Pope to run for CARS Tour SLM Title

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Nolan Pope is going to be staying very busy this year after signing a new deal with Lee Faulk Racing and Development to contest the full CARS Super Late Model Tour schedule.

Pope, 21, ran the full CARS Super Late Model Tour schedule in 2017 before running only two events in 2018. He has a best finish of third in CARS Super Late Model Tour competition, which came in 2017 at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway.

The CARS Super Late Model Tour season begins on March 9 with a $10,000-to-win event at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C.

“I got the chance to run the CARS Tour schedule once before, so I’m pretty excited to do it again,” said Pope. “We’ve run well against the CARS Tour in the past and our goal is to be consistently in the top-five and start challenging for wins this year. With Lee Faulk Racing behind me I know we can do it.”

In addition to his CARS Super Late Model Tour schedule, Pope will also be competing in additional super late model events around the country. He’ll start his season by competing in the SpeedFest event at Georgia’s Crisp Motorsports Park on Jan. 25-26.

Pope, who scored a pair of victories in late model stock car competition in 2018 at South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway, also plans to compete in the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway and the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Florida, among others.

“I’m beyond excited to get this season going,” said Pope. “Thank you to Lee Faulk Racing for believing in me and trusting me to get the job done. Races like SpeedFest and the Snowball Derby are bucket-list races. I want to go down there and show everyone just how good we are.

“Thanks to my parents, Lee Faulk Racing, MPM Marketing, my sponsor Wiley X and all my friends for helping me get this far. I can’t wait to see everybody at the track.”

Lee Faulk Racing and Development’s Michael Faulk said he is excited to have Pope back for another season.

“Nolan made huge gains last year behind the wheel,” said Faulk. “He picked up a couple of wins and we think that’s just the start for this young man. He only made a few super late model starts last year but he performed well when he raced, which was fantastic. We’re looking forward to more strong performances this year and hopefully some visits to victory lane.”

Furr joins Mullins Racing as Crew Chief

Fresh off a solid test during the annual ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test at Daytona International Speedway last weekend, Mullins Racing has announced that veteran crew chief Tony Furr has joined the team.

Furr will serve as crew chief on the No. 3 Mullins Racing Ford driven by team owner and 2018 Daytona ARCA runner-up Willie Mullins during the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire on Feb. 9 at Daytona International Speedway.

“The main thing is the knowledge Tony brings,” said Mullins, who was 29th fastest overall during the Daytona ARCA test after focusing on single-car runs. “This man is such a large wealth of knowledge and we’re able to tap into that. He’s spent so much time in the wind tunnel with Hendrick before that we’re able to use a lot of that knowledge to find speed with our car.”

Furr made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut as a crew chief in 1994 and over the years has worked with a number of NASCAR stars, including Bill Elliott, Joe Nemechek, John Andretti, Ward Burton, Jerry Nadeau and more.

He has two NASCAR Cup Series victories as a crew chief, one with Andretti at Daytona International Speedway in 1997 and another with Nadeau at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2000.

“He seems to be a pretty smart guy with a good head on his shoulders,” Furr said of Mullins. “I’ve worked with quite a few guys down there in Daytona with his level of experience and he’s a lot more levelheaded than a lot of up-and-comers and listens good. He’s a sponge. He was soaking up all the information I was trying to give him during the test.

“I think if we put all that together when we go back and with a little bit of luck I think we’ll have a shot at being a player all day long.”

Furr was with the Mullins Racing team during last weekend’s ARCA test at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first opportunity for Mullins and Furr to work together in advance of the season opener in February.

“We did only single-car runs and we believe that we were one of the top-five to top-eight fastest cars in single car runs,” Mullins said. “We’re very proud of that and very happy with the how the speed in the car has continued to get better.”

“I think we were definitely top-five in the single car runs during testing,” Furr added. “We didn’t get to draft much as we wanted to, but I think we’ll be fine. He got a lot of experience down there last year by doing what he did, so that’ll hopefully carry over.”

Mullins believes the addition of Furr could be the spark his family-owned team needs to break into victory lane at the World Center of Racing.

“There is a lot of excitement this year,” Mullins said. “Last year we had the unknown of the new body and this year we have the excitement of going back with a second-place finish and knowing we have a fast car now. Now we’ve got to turn that excitement into a result. We’re very much looking forward to going back and having a lot of our crew back with us this year and hopefully we can try and come out of there with a good result again.”

The No. 3 Mullins Racing Ford carries sponsorship support from County Waste, CW Metals, Crow Wing Recycling, Bugsy’s Auto, Snap On by Timmy Brann, Sherwin Williams Paint and Dinah Marie Photography.

-Mullins Racing Press Release-

Super Late Models dropped from Myrtle Beach Icebreaker

Myrtle Beach Speedway announced on Friday (1/11/19) that they would be dropping the Super Late Model portion of the 2019 Icebreaker via Facebook…

“Due to the low number of entrants and teams committed to Florida’s speedweek events, we have decided to cancel the Super Late Model portion of the IceBreaker.

With that being said however, we are still excited about the “4th Annual IceBreaker!” Great car counts are expected for the Late Models, Carolina Mini Stock Challenge, and Street Stocks. This will be the 2019 kick off event for Late Models in the region, and the second event for Mini Stocks and Street Stocks coming off their openers at neighboring Dillon Motor Speedway. Late Models will go 125 laps, while Mini Stocks and Street Stocks will be bumped up to 50 lap features each.

We hope to see you here for the green flag at 2:30 pm on February 2nd as we officially begin our 2019 season. For more details on this event and all things Myrtle Beach Speedway, please visit mbspeedway.com

This is the second time that MBS has had to remove Super Late Models from an event due to low entries.

Allison Legacy Series Reveals 2019 Schedule

The Allison Legacy Series has released thier 2019 Race Season Schedule which features 8 different tracks across North Carolina and South Carolina.


Mar 30 Tri-County Speedway Hudson, NC

Apr 13 Orange County Speedway Rougemont, NC

Apr 27 Dillon Motor Speedway Dillon, SC

May 11 Hickory Speedway Hickory, NC

May 18 Anderson Speedway Williamston, SC

June 1 Caraway Speedway Sophia, NC

June 29 Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, SC

July 20 Southern National Raceway Lucama, NC

July 27 Tri-County Speedway Hudson, NC

August 10 Hickory Speedway Hickory, NC

August 24 Dillon Motor Speedway Dillon, SC

Sept 14 Orange County Speedway Rougemont, NC

Sept 28 Orange County Speedway Rougemont, NC

Oct 12 Hickory Motor Speedway Hickory, NC

Oct 26 Orange County Speedway Rougemont, NC

Sanders prevails in Race #1 of CMSC Series | Results

Dillon, SC – The 2019 Race season officially begin this past Sunday as Dillon Motor Speedway hosted it’s Annual “New Year’s Bash.” The Bash is primarily recognized as the “Daytona 500” for Street Stock racers which draws between 40 to 50 of the nation’s best year after year. This year the $2,500 to Win Street Stock feature would be won by Gary Ledbetter Jr. who dominated by leading all 109 Laps.

The New Year’s Bash also includes racing in the Challenger, Mini-Stock, UCAR and Banger divisions. The Mini-Stock portion of the event was hosted by the Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge Series presented by Accent Imaging. Robert Strmiska, Junior Snow, Michael Rouse, Shane Canipe, and Brandon Clements made up the Top 5 in qualifying.

The chaos began early in the Mini-Stock feature. Going into turn 1 on the first lap saw Pole Sitter and Race Leader get sideways in front of the field which slotted him back in the 5th or 6th position as the field raced down the backstretch. This was not the end of Strmiska’s problems.

On lap 5 the #09 of Canipe, who was leading at the time, lost power coming out of turn 4. This caused the field to stack up. Strimska and the #16 of Michael Tucker made contact which resulted in both cars slamming the inside wall near the front strech pit exit. There were 5 cars in total involved in this early incident.

After the problems of Strmiska and Canipe, the lead was handed over to the #51 of Snow. Snow would lead a handful of laps before turning the lead over to Michael Rouse. Snow later had mechanical issues and had to pull off. After all of the issues and a handful of restarts AJ Sanders had made his way up to the Top 3. Michael Rouse would hold the lead over AJ Sanders and Brandon Clements for multiple laps before he expirenced problems as well. Rouse’s #53 Racer Walsh Co. Mini Stock let out a large puff of smoke as he led the field into turn one. He developed engine issues which forced him to pull off as well.

As the race winded down, AJ Sanders would lead over Clements and 2018 Series Champion, Kris Hetu. Hetu was behind the wheel of the Red #01 that is normally piloted by his son, Aiden. Sanders was able to pull away from Clements and the rest of the field on long runs. There were multiple cautions and restarts towards the end of the race that allowed the field to bunch back up and have another shot at gaining positions.

In the end, Sanders was able to hold of Clements and Hetu to pick up the first win of the 2019 Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge Series season.

Full Results below…

  1. AJ Sanders
  2. Brandon Clements
  3. Kris Hetu
  4. Mike Stafford
  5. Patrick Arch
  6. Chris Macdonald
  7. Isaac Chandler
  8. Justin Owens
  9. Steve Scott
  10. Michael Rouse
  11. Shannon Ward
  12. Mike Heron
  13. Jamie Tucker
  14. Dennis Gammons
  15. Daniel Bentley
  16. Matt Briggs
  17. Jason Adams
  18. JR Snow
  19. Jesse Jonnes
  20. Chad Sykes
  21. Duane Walker
  22. Michael Tucker
  23. Robert Strmiska
  24. Shon Gibson
  25. Shane Canipe
  26. Randy Hewitt
  27. Thomas Parmlee (DNS)
  28. Bailey Miles (DNS)

The Next race for the Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge series Presented by Accent Imaging will be on February 2nd at Myrtle Beach for the 2019 “Icebreaker”

Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge releases 2019 Schedule

The 2018 Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge Series saw big turnouts, hard racing, and a points battle that came down to the final race that saw Kris Hetu picking up the series Championship. The series will be returning in next season and has now released their 2019 schedule as seen below…


January 5th: Dillon Motor Speedway

February 2nd: Myrtle Beach Speedway

March 23rd: Southern National MP

April 12th: Ace Speedway

May 4th: East Carolina Motor Speedway

June 1st: Caraway Speedway

July 13th: Carteret Co. Speedway

August 3rd: East Carolina Motor Speedway

August 23rd: Wake Co. Speedway

Sept 14th: Dillon Motor Speedway

Oct 19th: Myrtle Beach Speedway

November 16th: Carteret Co. Speedway (4cyl Nationals)

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour releases 2019 Schedule

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 35th season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will feature a mix of historic short tracks on the eastern seaboard as well as the second running of the 250-lap showcase event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

For the third straight season, the Whelen Modified Tour will kick off at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway. The race on Saturday, March 16, will precede the return of the tour to Virginia’s South Boston Speedway.

Following the southern swing, the tour will kickoff the New England racing season as the headliner for a pair of landmark Connecticut race weekends: the 46th annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 7, and the 48th annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on Sunday, April 28.

The 16-race tour calendar visits seven states and features the return to Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall Township, New Jersey. The tour has run three events at the high-banked third-mile oval, most recently in 2007.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule celebrates some of most iconic eastern short tracks,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director for regional racing. “It’s a nod to the old school NASCAR Modified division racing from Connecticut to Virginia competing for championship points and bragging rights. After a tremendous 2018 season, we are even more excited about what 2019 will bring.”

This past year, Long Island’s Justin Bonsignore rolled off eight wins en route to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship. He out-distanced rising young star Chase Dowling and dethroned five-time tour champion Doug Coby to claim the top spot in the premier Modified series.

One of the highlights of 2018 was the inaugural Musket 250, a $25,000-to-win extra-distance championship event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Dowling took advantage of a clash between Bonsignore and former tour champion – and 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver – Ryan Preece in the final turns of the final lap to score his first win and claim the biggest winner’s purse in tour history.

The 2019 race at New Hampshire will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The Whelen Modified Tour will also be part of the Monster Energy Series weekend at the “Magic Mile” with its championship points event on Saturday, July 21. The annual all-star race for the tour will be held on the 1.058-mile speedway on Friday, July 20.

Other schedule highlights include:

  • Two premier northeastern tracks remain in place on the calendar: Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway will host the tour on Saturday, June 1. The tour’s trip to upstate New York and Oswego Raceway will be part of the track’s 63rd Annual Classic Week with the Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s.
  • Riverhead Raceway will host a pair of races: Saturday, July 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7. Bonsignore swept the two events at his home track in 2018.
  • The championship will conclude with the traditional races at Stafford and Thompson. First will be the 47th Annual NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford on Sunday, Sept. 29, followed by the crowning of the 2019 champion at the 57th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 13.

2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule

Date Track Location Laps
Sat, March 16 Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, S.C. 150
Sat., March 30 South Boston Speedway South Boston, Va. 150
Sun, April 7 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 150
Sun, April 28 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 200
Sat, May 18 Wall Stadium Speedway Wall Township, N.J. 150
Sat, June 1 Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass. 150
Wed, June 5 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 125
Sat. July 6 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 200
Fri, July 19 ** New Hampshire Motor Speedway * Loudon, N.H. All Star
Sat, July 20 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 100
Fri, Aug 2 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 150
Wed, Aug 14 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 150
Sat, Aug 31 Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y. 150
Sat, Sept 7 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 200
Sat, Sept 21 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 250
Sun, Sept 29 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 150
Sun, Oct 13 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 150

– NASCAR Hometracks Photo –

MAVTV to broadcast 2019 New Year’s Bash at Dillon

Dillon Motor Speedway posted the following Message and Photo on their Facebook page…

“Mark Your Calendars! The New Years BASH Is Always The Saturday After New Years Day! Dillon Motor Speedway And The 9th Annual New Years BASH January 4-5th, 2019! This Is Gonna Be BIG! Make Plans To Attend This National Event!!! Thanks To Long Time Friend And Broadcaster Bob Dillner For Added Support In 2019! Race Details Coming Soon!”

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Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and more. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

More info about MAVTV – http://www.MAVTV.com

More info about Dillon Motor Speedway – http://www.DillonMotorSpeedway.com

Ray Evernham aquires JRI Shocks

Mooresville, NC- Motorsports Icon and NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham announced today his acquisition of JRi Shocks, effective immediately. JRi Shocks founder, Jeff Ryan, will continue to play a leading role in the organization as a Partner and Vice President of Engineering.

“Since retiring from the competition side of NASCAR, I have been itching to find an opportunity to continue using my experience in business and engineering, so when JRi was presented to me it was a natural fit,” said Evernham, CEO and President of JRi Shocks. “I have worked with Jeff Ryan for more than 30 years and have always known he was one of the most innovative shock designers in the motorsports industry, but what really drew me to JRi is the work Jeff and his team are doing outside of racing. From street performance to off-road, they are creating some of the most functional, highest quality shocks on the market. I am really looking forward to working with Jeff to take JRi to the next level.”

Evernham will be heavily involved in all areas of the business, including marketing and sales strategy, new product design and operations. Under the new ownership, JRi will focus on better serving their existing customers, expanding their product offerings in current markets and continuing to gain market share in the aftermarket shock industry.

“With Ray Evernham as the owner and with same shared disciplines, JRi will be able to focus on product innovation and achieve our ultimate goal of delivering the best products and services to our customers. I am looking forward to writing JRi’s next chapter while building on our current performance with a dedicated team in place that has been chosen to pilot the future trajectory of the company,” said Jeff Ryan, Partner and Vice President of Engineering JRi Shocks.

JRi Shocks’ new headquarters will be located at 115 Eastbend Court, Mooresville, NC 28117.

-JRi Shocks Press Release

Gragson – From Short Track roots to the Xfinity Series in 2019

JR Motorsports announced Tuesday that Camping World Truck Series driver, Noah Gragson would be joining the organization in 2019. It was no ordinary Driver Reveal or Press Release as the team went full JRM 360 in their latest Facebook video as seen below titled “Credential Required”…


Noah Gragson started his NASCAR journey like most other young guns did in the sport, started racing Bandoleros at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring at the age of 13, eventually moving to compete in Late Models. Gragson also competed in the INEX Legends car series, winning the 2014 Young Lion Road Course championship.

Gragson competed in both the K&N Pro Series East and the K&N Pro Series West in 2016, winning a combined four races. On October 7, he was hired by Kyle Busch Motorsports to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017. In preparation, he drove the No. 18 Toyota from KBM at the Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway events in an entry fielded by Wauters Motorsports. In his debut at Phoenix, Gragson qualified 14th and finished 16th. Gragson raced at Homestead as well, qualifying 10th and finishing 15th. In 2017, he recorded his first career Truck win in the fall at Martinsville Speedway and finished tenth in points.

He returned to the No. 18 KBM truck for the 2018 season, while also making his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing at Richmond Raceway as part of a three-race schedule that included further starts at Talladega Superspeedway and Dover International Speedway. His racing slate also included starts on the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and CARS Tour circuits in an effort to make himself a better driver via more seat time.

Noah currently sits 2nd in the NCWTS points (9/25/18) as he is still going for his first NASCAR Championship.

As the Video notes, Noah will be taking over the No.1 machine that has been piloted by Elliott Sadler since the 2016 Season. Current rumors are that Noah will be bringing his current sponsors, Switch and Safelite Autoglass with him as he joins JRM.

Article Photo by: Jason Wedehase

CARS Tour set for Road Course Debut in 2019

Mooresville, NC 9/25/18 – History will be made on Saturday, November 23, 2019 when the CARS Response Energy Tour hosts its first ever event on a road course at Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia. The Late Model Stock Car event, around the 12 turn course, will be a non-points race to close out the 2019 calendar year.

With anticipation building for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series ROVAL race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the CARS Tour along with Dominion Raceway, wanted to publicize the event just prior to the release of the 2019 CARS Response Energy Tour season schedule. With the addition of road course events being added to multiple stock car series schedules across the country, the timing for an attempt to see Late Models turning both left and right felt appropriate.

“This is one of the most exciting announcements in years for the world of Late Model racing.” stated Steve Britt, owner of Dominion Raceway. “The opportunity for the drivers of the CARS Tour to race on our two mile road course should have fans and competitors totally elated, and it could only happen at a facility like Dominion.”

The non-points race around the 2 mile track, which features eight of twelve turns as left handers, will be done in comparable format to a normal CARS Tour race with testing taking place on Friday November 22nd followed by the Saturday afternoon race on November 23rd. All aspects of the entry fee, testing, pit passes, and purse will be similar to that of a normal CARS Tour sanctioned race at an oval.

Testing for the event will take place over the next year in preparation for the race with CARS Tour and Dominion Raceway officials evaluating rules and requirements to keep costs down for competitors anticipating changes to their cars. An emphasis will be placed when testing to keep the cars and their components (transmissions, control arms, chassis parts, etc.) the same as what is normally used at ACSR Tour events.

“I think this is going to be an awesome event. There’s no secret that Jack and I, probably more so me, are all about trying to be fluid with ideas on how we can stand out and do something different,” noted Chris Ragle, CARS Tour Series Director. “I think this race and the way we are doing it, is the perfect way to introduce our competitors and fans to road course racing. Dominion Raceway is a beautiful facility that we are familiar with, and the amount of desire that Steve Britt has in him to make this work is hard to ignore. There’s all kinds of stock car series that host road coursed races, there’s no reason the CARS Tour can’t do the same, it just has to be done right, and we think we can make that happen on November 23rd, 2019.”


-CARS Tour PR-

Nelson Sweeps Wild Full Moon Night at Jennerstown

Fate smiled upon one particular competitor who has seen his share of disappointments in 2018 during Saturday’s eventful Super Cup Stock Car Series Twin 50s at Jennerstown Speedway. Petersburg, West Virginia’s Brent Nelson had all the breaks go his way en route to an evening sweep, the second time in which such a feat occurred for him at the Pennsylvania facility.

Nelson’s sixth and seventh career SCSCS victories came with a new sponsor on board.

“To come home winning with Royal Purple on the hood, I can’t ask for a better night,” Nelson remarked.   “We’ve had rotten luck about everywhere we’ve gone this year.   We’ve run well, but wrong place at the wrong time and as they say, that’s racing.”

Nelson’s No. 80 Royal Purple Synthetic Oil / Airtek Inc. / Steam Turbine Services / Precision Auto Collision / Atkinson Welding Chevrolet qualified a close second to Bob Schacht, who won his season record-tying fifth Pole Award.

It was 2017’s top rookie Jerod Brougher, in his first appearance of the year, who drew the pole. Cars were required to take evasive action almost immediately, as the Scottdale, Pennsylvania driver’s machine suddenly slowed in the initial corners on the opening lap. July’s second Twin 50 winner J.P. Crabtree was the only car to sustain cosmetic damage as a result of the left front fender falling off his No. 42 USA Tire / J.R.’s Landscaping / Stagger Pros / Support The Troops / Don Gnat Racing Ford.

Crabtree was able to continue and followed Schacht by local former Street Stock champion Andrew Kostelnik for second in the opening laps and then by early leader Toby Grynewicz shortly after.   It was a yellow flag for the expired engine of John Komarinski on lap 19 that changed the complexion of the first race and entire night.

On the restart lap, contact ensued between Crabtree and Schacht, and resulted in Schacht being sent for a spin and his No. 75 Engineered Components / Bob Schacht Motorsports Chevrolet backed into the turn four wall. The aftermath collected an innocent Kevin Kromer as well, ending the Walnutport, Pennsylvania racer’s night abruptly.

Crabtree was sent to the rear for the contact, but recovered to a runner-up result.   Schacht lost some laps, but the SCSCS overall points leader got back on the track to salvage an eighth place finish in an attrition-filled 50-lap event.

Both drivers, who had a history of contact with each other from earlier in the season, offered their point of view on what they felt had occurred.

“It was just hard racing for the lead,” Crabtree explained. “I had my front end down in there on him and I guess he thought he was going to close the door on me and it wasn’t going to affect him, but I stayed in it.”

“For whatever reason, the 42 car just took me out and I wound up backwards into the fence,” Schacht commented. “I don’t know what his problem is, if he’s got issues with Midvale and what happened or whatever, but if he’s got a problem with me then he’s messing with the wrong guy.”

All of the mayhem under the full moonlit sky opened the door for Nelson, who was riding solidly in the top five beforehand and led the rest of the way.   He would additionally give the birds-eye point of view he had of the altercation after the race.

“Going in I was running my own line and they got in there; I don’t know if J.P. slipped up,” Nelson described. “He did get into the left-hand quarter panel and turned Bob, but call it a racing incident, call it that he took him out, I don’t know the answer.   Only J.P. knows that.”

Following Nelson and Crabtree to the line were Kostelnik and Grynewicz.   Marc Jones turned in a best career fifth place finish and scored his third Hard Charger award of the season.

Third-year driver Jason Schue survived to finish sixth, earning the driver of the No. 3 Peckie’s Auto Body / Larry’s Lawn Mower Repair / 1st Choice Computer Solutions / Rage Karts Chevrolet his first ever attempt at participating in the redraw for the front three rows for the second Twin 50, in which the Littlestown, Pennsylvania driver drew the third starting position.

Nelson and Kostelnik redrew the front row, but one driver would be absent from the second feature.   Director of Competition, Joe Schmaling, provided the reasoning for his call to park Crabtree following the first Twin 50.

“We went on just watching the 42 knowing what was done and how he does stuff and I decided at the end of the race it’s time for him to go home,” Schmaling answered.   “He’s leading our Northern points, which is kind of a shame, but if he calms down he will be welcome back.”

Nelson got out to an impressive lead from the get go in the second Twin 50, but maneuvering toward the front with his patched up car was Schacht.   On lap 41, Nelson slipped high in turn four which allowed Schacht to speed by for the top spot; however, two circuits later things would turn much worse.

Throughout the course of the caution free feature, Schacht’s car noticeably displayed sparks going through the turns. With seven laps remaining, the right front tire loudly popped sending the Mooresville, North Carolina driver hard into the turn four outside wall.   Schacht was okay.

Nelson was not home free yet with some new challengers on the final restart, Kostelnik and Brougher, hungry to claim their first victory. The veteran driver held them off over the closing laps to sweep the night.

“I don’t know if I got in some marbles up there but honestly I thought I had a right rear tire going down,” Nelson said about his car late in the going.   “The car was extremely loose after that and I followed Bob and backed off a little bit and just rode it out. I thought, well, he could have a little bit of bad luck and lo and behold going into turn three his night turned pretty bad.”

“I knew how my car was driving getting into the corner and I drove it in pretty deep,” Nelson added regarding the final restart. “I didn’t know if they were going to come in that hard or not.   It worked, we were able to get off of two and get to the outside and here we are.”

Brougher was able to get by Kostelnik to finish a best career second in his first outing of 2018.   After what turned out to be a hydraulic throw-out bearing issue in the first race, the Scottdale, Pennsylvania driver could not have been more thrilled with the rally from the rear to second.

“This thing was flying,” Brougher noted about his No. 71 Make It Spark Ltd. / Donegal Auto Body / Parry Custom Homes Chevrolet. “We had fresher tires than everybody out there because we went in with a mechanical failure on the first lap of the first feature, so I knew we had a little bit of an advantage there. I can’t thank everybody enough for all the help we got these past couple weeks putting this car together. This thing was in pieces 14 days ago.”

The beginning of Kostelnik’s SCSCS career continued on a good note with his third third-place finish in four starts. It was more than an eventful day for the entire Minjock Racing crew behind-the-scenes, changing the rear end gear twice and repairing a fuel pump.

“I knew I didn’t have third gear when I lost it in the first race and in the second race I kind of knew on that restart was going to be a little sketchy and on top of that the tires were going away,” the driver of the No. 41 Blackberry Smoke / Moody Premium Guitar Straps / Spherical Solutions / Waterway Fire Hose Testing / The Allegheny Group Chevrolet recapped. “It was a bit of a handful there. I think we’re definitely getting there now.”

Grynewicz turned in another fourth place result in his No. 40 T&T Plumbing / Winsupply / Global Safaris Chevrolet and defending Jennerstown Street Stock champion Lauren Butler stayed out of trouble to round out the top five in the No. 53 Edlin Automotive Services / Cornwell Tools / Motive Parts of Homestead Inc. / Fleegle Graphics / #TeamChampion Chevrolet.


Mayer wins big at the bullring

Saturday’s CARS Response Energy Late Model Stock Tour event at Wake County Speedway produced a huge first-time win for a rookie driver.

Sam Mayer held off JRM teammate Josh Berry and Lee Pulliam to score his first career CARS Response Energy Tour victory.

Mayer said this win was a huge relief and lifted weight off his shoulders. After several top five finishes in 2018, Mayer was finally able to celebrate a win.

Mayer started 10th in the 20-car field at the “bullring”  Mayer had fallen back to 11th where he was forced to work his way through the field before taking the lead on lap 75 of the feature.

Mayer had gapped 2nd place runner Josh Berry, until the caution flew with two laps to go for a single car spin in turn 4. This allowed Josh Berry, who started last, among others such as Pulliam and Layne Riggs one last shot to get by Sam Mayer.

“I used up my tires a little early, I think,” Mayer said about the restart. “I had to start in fourth gear just to avoid spinning my tires on those restarts. I was still able to get a good jump, because the gearing is so small at this small track. We were able to go and get clear.

“Pulliam gave me a shot and said ‘I gave you all I got, man.’ It was a great feeling going into three being clear. Coming to the checkered flag is a great feeling, putting my hand up in the car.”

Along with running the full season in the CARS Tour, Mayer has recorded starts in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series along with numerous Super Late Model starts.

“Everything this year has been learning. I’ve been going to new tracks like here every single weekend. It’s just all about learning and getting ready for next year and the rest of my career.”

The CARS Response Energy Tour will host two more races this season. The series returns to action in two weeks at Orange County Speedway. The season finale will take place November 3 at South Boston Speedway (VA).


Pos # Driver
1 9 Sam Mayer
2 5 Lee Pulliam
3 99 Layne Riggs
4 22 Deac McCaskill
5 88 Josh Berry
6 07 Bradley McCaskill
7 22 Bobby McCarty
8 2 Brandon Pierce
9 74 Ronald Hill
10 22 Eric Winslow
11 18 Ty Gibbs
12 9 Charlie Watson
13 44 Thomas Beane
14 47 Alex Fleming
15 43 Sammy Pacitti
16 17 Zachary Marks
17 2 Cody Haskins
18 4 Dylon Wilson
19 1 Mike Chambers
20 2 Randy Renfrow

Double Payout & Bonuses for Charger division at SNMP

Lucama, NC –

The charger division is known for great racing and being an affordable class to compete in. Well this weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park, the charger drivers will have a lot of reasons to come and compete.

SNMP announced that the Charger division will have a twin races for August 18th, September 8th and September 22nd. Each race of the night will pay $600 to win and $100 to start. Along with the payout comes a few added bonuses including the following awards…

  • $125 for Best Average Finish
  • $65 for 2nd Best Average Finish
  • $35 for 3rd Best Average Finish
  • $25 for Last Place
  • $50 for Longest Tow
  • $100 Random Spot Bonus

There will be a different tire rule in affect for these 3 events. Normally this division has a 4 “Scuff” Tire rule where teams will receive 4 used tires to qualify and race on. These events will still have the 4 scuff tires as well, but will also come with 1 new tire to go along with them.

The purse for the events are as follows…. (Per Twin race)

1st – $600, 2nd – $350, 3rd – $275, 4th – $200, 5th – $150, 6th to Last – $100

For more information visit http://www.SNMPark.com

Parsons to make CWTS Debut at Bristol

Mooresville, NC (August 7, 2018) – Premium Motorsports is proud to welcome Stefan Parsons, NASCAR Whelen All American Series and CARS Tour Series driver, to the team as he makes his NASCAR Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway. Parsons will pilot the #15 Chevy Silverado in his first ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Phoenix Construction Services, Inc. will serve as Parsons’ primary sponsor in Thursday night’s ‘UNOH 200’.

Stefan Parsons has racing in his blood. He has been around the sport his entire life as the son of former NASCAR driver/Cup Series team owner, now Fox Sports 1 race commentator, Phil Parsons and nephew to NASCAR Hall of Famer, Benny Parsons. He now looks to make a name for himself in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“I’m super excited to make my truck debut at Bristol. I can’t thank Jay Robinson and everyone at Premium Motorsports enough as well as James Finch & Phoenix Construction for giving me this opportunity. I’m excited to work with Mike Hillman Sr & Peter Sospenzo as I make my NASCAR debut in the #15 Phoenix Construction, Chevy Silverado. This is something I’ve been dreaming about my whole life and I can’t put into words what this means to me. My family has a history of winning at Bristol and I hope to continue the tradition.” – Stefan Parsons


CCS to host $8,000 to Win Limited Late Model race

Carteret County Speedway posted on Facebook that they will be hosting their Annual Labor Day race this year once again, but this time with a change to the payout.

CCS announced that they will be paying $8,000 to win the limited late model portion of the Labor Day event on Sunday September 2nd. Along with the boosted purse, CCS officials also announced they will be paying a $1,000 Pole award and a $100 bonus to any drivers who run a Throwback scheme.

The last time the track hosted a large Limited Late Model event, Layne Riggs came out on top picking up the $15,000 Payday in the Solid Rock Carriers 150. We could expect to see Layne along with many other Late Model Stock regulars.

The track made a point that ALL Late Model racers are welcome at this event as there was some confusion dealing with drivers not knowing if they were eligible for the latest event.

For more information visit http://www.CarteretSpeedway.com

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SMRS moves Carteret race to 2019, revises 2018 schedule

Southern Modified Racing Series Releases Revised Schedule
Carteret County Event Will Move to 2019 SMRS Schedule

(Sophia, NC): The Southern Modified Racing Series has released a revised schedule for the remainder of the 2018 season.

The revised schedule has five events remaining beginning with the “53rd Anniversary Night” at Caraway Speedway on August 25th. The Series takes a week off before returning to Caraway on September 8th followed two weeks later with an event at Hickory Motor Speedway on September 22nd. The series then hits Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, NC on October 6th and wraps up the 2018 season at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC on October 20th.

Missing from the revised schedule is the Labor Day weekend event originally set for September 2nd at Carteret County Speedway. “We want to thank CCS owner, Bobby Watson, for working with SMRS on the date change. Several of the SMRS teams expressed concern for the schedule having three events in three weeks so Bobby graciously worked with us on the schedule change. We hope to be able to make a return visit to CCS during the 2019 season with a quality event for the Crystal Coast race fans”, said SMRS owner Renee Hackett.

“The Modifieds ran here at Carteret County Speedway in 2015 when Cale Gale took the win and they put on a great show for our fans who have been looking forward to their return” said CCS owner Watson. “We wanted to give those fans another great event and it looks like that will have to wait until 2019. CCS is known for great racing and we look forward to the SMRS series bringing that type event in 2019”, Watson said.

For more information on the SMRS Modified series go to www.southernmodifiedracingseries.net or on facebook at Southern Modified Racing Series or on Twitter @SMRSMods or contact Renee Hackett at 336-302-5803.


-Photo by Brad Newman

Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge set for ECMS return

Article/Photo by: Josh Parrish

-Robersonville, NC-

The Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge Series returns to action August 4th as they travel to East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, NC.

This weekend will mark the second time the series has visited ECMS in 2018.

Brandon Clements picked up the win back in March along with setting a new track record in the series with a time of 16.647. AJ Sanders would come home 2nd with Kris Hetu rounding out the podium finishing in 3rd.

Since the Series last visited ECMS, the track has seen one driver stand out in its weekly racing program. That driver is James Stroud who has won the last 2 Mini Stock races at East Carolina. He will racing once again this weekend as he tries to make it 3 in a row in the Mini-Stock “Truck” as seen below…

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Other drivers that have shown speed at ECMS this season include Duane Walker who has finished runner-up twice this season, and Andy Ipock who picked up a win back in May. Stephen Sanders is another driver who has shown speed this season and currently leads the track’s points standings in the Mini Stock division.

Brandon Clements currently leads the CMSCS points over Kris Hetu, who trails Clements by only 11 points. Shane Canipe, Stephen Sanders and Ryan Moore round out the top 5.

For more information on the series visit http://www.carolinamsc.com

For more information on the track visit http://www.ecspeedway.com

Caraway to go up for sale, cutting back remaining schedule

One of the most historic weekly racing facilities in North Carolina is shuttering its weekly racing program effective immediately. Caraway Speedway owners, Darren and Renee Hackett, said on Monday afternoon that Caraway Speedway is scaling back the remainder of its 2018 racing schedule to six events.

 Darren Hackett said a large part of why this is happening is because of the passing of his father and longtime Caraway Speedway owner/promoter, Russell Hackett.

“I think it’s time to hit the reset button and shutter weekly racing at the track,” said Hackett.  “(As far as the sale) The estate has to be settled and the other members are wanting to sell the facility.  At this time, I can’t make the obligation to purchase it, so I’m searching for the right buyer.

“I’m taking this from Dad’s playbook; it’s 1981 all over again. It was really bad back then and by the third week of May car counts had really declined to the point that he shuttered weekly racing.  He took some weeks off and finished the year with special events only. By the end of the season, the crowds and car count was really strong. I’m hoping the same will happen this time around.”

Caraway Speedway opened in 1966 as a dirt track and was paved in 1972. Darren’s father, Russell, purchased the track in 1977 and promoted the facility until 2011 when he turned it over to Darren. Bobby Labonte and Dennis Setzer are two notable NASCAR drivers that have won track championships at Caraway Speedway.

Recently, Caraway Speedway has become a haven for open-wheel Tour-type Modified racing in the Carolinas, along with Bowman Gray Stadium. The Hackett’s, who also own the Southern Modified Racing Series and promote the North-South Shootout, said they are hoping to find a buyer for Caraway that will keep the Modifieds as a priority.

“I have a couple candidates, but I’m really looking for the right one,” explained Darren. “I’m looking for someone that can help it survive. I want someone that has a desire for Modified racing, because without Caraway, Modifieds will fall by the wayside.

“We started down that road (with a prospective buyer) last August. We got about time to sign the paperwork and our buyer backed out.”

“I don’t want it to be a North Wilkesboro or a Rockingham,” added Renee.

“I’m hoping that I can find the right fit to ensure that racing can continue for a very long time in the future,” continued Darren.

The Hackett’s, who also own and promote the 602 Super Limited and Modified Tours in addition to Caraway and the Southern Modified Racing Series, said they will fulfill their obligations to every tour and the North-South Shootout through the rest of this year.

“It is my plan to continue doing it (SMRS) because it is my baby,” explained Renee. “Darren and I have to talk about the financials of doing it; My hope is for it to continue on. I certainly don’t have any plans of not doing it.”

Caraway Speedway’s next event will be on July 7thwhen the Southern Modified Racing Series, will race at the track along with Late Model Stock Cars, and the 602 Super Limited and Modified Tours, which are also owned by the Hackett’s. The Allison Legacy Series will also be on the card that evening.

The Hacketts are passionate about racing and their hearts have poured into the speedway for years.  Now the reset button has been hit and it’s time to figure out the best path for the future of Caraway Speedway.

Caraway Speedway Remaining 2018 Schedule

July 7             SMRS, LMSC, 602 Super Limited and Modifieds, Allison Legacy

July 28           Southeast Super Trucks

Aug. 25          SMRS, 602 Super Limited and Modifieds, Limited Late Models, U-Cars, Mini Stocks

Sept. 3           Labor Day Classic – Limited Late Models, Chargers, Mini Stocks, U-Cars, 602 Modifieds

Sept. 8           SMRS, 602 Super Limited and Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Mini Stocks, U-Cars

Alfredo ready for South Boston return

MDM Motorsports and driver Anthony Alfredo are ready to get their first victory of the 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season this Saturday, May 12 at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia.

They’ll have two chances to achieve that goal as twin 100-lap features are on the card. Last year, Harrison Burton grabbed a popular win in one of the races in front of family and friends for MDM, and Alfredo is ready to do the same.

The popular racer will be behind the wheel of the Ceco Building Systems, Oxford Energy, JDRF No. 40 Toyota for his fourth start in the series. He currently sits sixth in the championship standings.

“Going back to South Boston is good,” Alfredo said. “It’s a benefit whenever you can go back to a track you’ve had experience at before. That showed in our last race at Langley, and we’re looking for one spot better at South Boston. I know the car will be fast, and Robert Huffman and the team do an outstanding job, so we should be in great shape on Saturday.”

Huffman was equally optimistic about his team’s chances. “For Anthony, it’s a big boost to go to track where he has high confidence and I think that really showed up at the last race. I wouldn’t expect anything less for this race either. Our team works really hard and we’re after nothing less than a win this weekend.”


-Adam Mattox Photo-

Short Track Community Rallies in support of Brandon Setzer

The CARS Tour decision on Tuesday night to suspend Brandon and Dennis Setzer for the remainder of the season due to their involvement in the post-race fight on Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway was not taken positively from within the short track industry.

The amount of support the Setzers received from inside the short track industry was astonishing. Several notable current and former drivers chimed in on Twitter to support the Super Late Model winner and his NASCAR legend father.


Pope with strong runner up at Hickory

HICKORY, N.C. – (April 30, 2018) – Brody Pope made the most of his first start at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night, scoring a runner-up finish in the 50-lap limited late model feature.

With rainouts hampering his racing plans early this year, Pope was anxious to get back on track Saturday evening. Driving for Lee Faulk Racing and Development, Pope qualified his No. 1 limited late model fourth in the field of 23 cars for round three of the Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge.

Pope started strong and stayed in the top-five throughout the early portion of the race before advancing to second in pursuit of race leader Pat Rachels. Pope was able to get to Rachels’ back bumper and pull alongside him briefly, but he couldn’t complete the pass and settled for a strong second-place effort.

The second-place finish by Pope on Saturday at Hickory is the 18-year-old competitors second runner-up result this season. He also finished second in a 75-lap race at South Carolina’s Greenville-Pickens Speedway in February.

“Considering this is my first time racing at Hickory, I’m really happy with a second place finish,” Pope said. “I tried to get by Pat there late in the race but I couldn’t quite get the pass done and had to settle for second. That makes two second place finishes for me this year and I really think we’re right on the verge of winning. Thanks to Lee Faulk Racing and Development as well as MPM Marketing for everything they’ve done for me. We’re so close to winning, I can taste it.”

Nick Hughes, Pope’s crew chief at Lee Faulk Racing and Development, said Pope drove a smart and patient race Saturday night at Hickory against a stacked field.

“Brody did everything he was supposed to do tonight,” Hughes said. “He ran consistent lap times and that gave him a shot at winning the race in the closing laps. You can’t ask for much more than that. If he keeps running races like that he’ll be in victory lane before we all know it.


-MPM Marketing PR-

Entry List – Easter Bunny 150

New Englanders Ben Rowe, Derek Griffith, Derek Ramstrom, DJ Shaw, Bryan Kruczek, Jimmy Renfrew, Sammy Gooden, Joe Squeglia Jr., Gabe Brown, Jake Johnson, Travis Stearns, Dennis Spencer Jr. and Wyatt Alexander have already filed entires.

The southern contigent already includes the likes of two-time PASS South champion Matt Craig, Kodie Conner, Tate Fogleman, Jeff Batten, and Jimmy Doyle. Jerrick Johnson will pilot the MyComputerCareer machine and will be joined by former Hickory winners, Brandon Setzer and Tyler Church, as well as Trevor Noles, Max McLaughlin, Kevin Floars.

And two Canadian provinces are currently represented by Ontario’s, JP Josiasse and New Brunswick’s, Lonnie Sommerville, returning to Hickory for the first time in a number of years.

A surprise late entry was national short track superstar Bubba Pollard. It will be the first time he and Craig have shared the track since their incident at the Greenville Pickens Meltdown in January.

“I’m there to win races,” he said. “I’m not going for him. You’ll never forget it, that’s for sure. It’s always in the back of your mind, but I’m there to win races.”

The action kicks off on Friday, March 30 with optional practice for all competing divisions from 2 – 5:20 p.m.. On Saturday, March 31, practice will begin at 1 p.m., followed by qualifying at 4 p.m., the pit party at 5:30 p.m., last chance race at 6:30 p.m., and features for the PASS South Super Late Models and SMRS Tour Modifieds at 7 p.m.

The complete known entries can be viewed below.


Pittman excited to race in front of CARS Tour audience

Article By: Josh Parrish/Photo By: The Auto Channel

Raleigh, NC – On April 7th the CARS Racing Tour will be invading the 1/4 mile bullring of Wake County Speedway alongside the Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge Series (CMSCS)

This event will mark the third race of the 2018 CMSCS race season. After the first two events of the season AJ Sanders leads the points standings followed by 2017 Champion Brandon Clements in 2nd and Shane Canipe in 3rd.

One racer who will be competing at WCS on April 14th is Joseph Pittman who is a former winner at “The County”. Pittman, from Lucama, NC has multiple starts at track and has picked up 1 win in the past in the track’s UCAR division. Pittman currently sits 14th in the CMSCS points after missing race #1 at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

The Solid Rock Carriers 123 is one of the biggest events to be held at WCS in the tracks long running history and the opportunity to run in front of such a large audience is a big deal to many of the drivers in the CMSCS. Pittman told Short Track Central, “I think it’s pretty cool for them to give us a chance to run with them and give some fans a chance to see some other types of cars. I have ran a few races in UCAR with the pro cup series before it switched to what it is now, but there is a huge difference in the fan base from then to now.”
We asked Pittman about who he feels will be the strongest competition in the event, “Clements has always been tough there and I’m sure some of the local guys will be tough as well.” Clements recorded more wins at WCS than any other driver in the Mini-Stock division at WCS in 2017 but fell just one spot short in the points standings to TJ Dillon.
Pittman is no stranger to Wake County Speedway and as mentioned earlier in the article, picked up a win at the speedway a couple seasons ago. He said he looks forward to competing once again at The bullring. “I managed to sneak in 1 UCAR win there a few years ago! So I’m looking forward to see how we can do with the changes that we have made for the series!

Corr leads Final Practice at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2018) — Former Daytona polesitter Sean Corr posted the fastest speed in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards final practice Friday morning in preparation for Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire.

Corr, in the No. 43 NESCO-Empire Racing Chevrolet, put up the fastest lap of the week after two practice sessions with a speed of 181.785 mph.

“This new Chevy 43 car is really good,” said Corr. “Between practices and tests we finally figured out the right gear. This thing (new composite body) is a brick compared to the old steel cars. This thing really punches a huge hole through the air; but as far as drafting and being able to catch a pack so quickly…you can really run down a pack. The cars just love it.”

Cartersville, Georgia’s Mark Thompson was second on the board in the No. 66 Phoenix Air Ford with a speed of 181.704 mph. Thompson, also entered for the Daytona 500, will be making his 100th ARCA start in Saturday’s race.

Travis Braden, in the No. 27 MatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare-Liberty Village Ford, was third quickest overall at 181.638 mph.

“I’m happy,” said Braden. “I’ve learned a ton this week. My spotter and I have really learned how to talk with each other. Communication is really good. The qualifying thing (group qualifying) is kind of a crap shoot…in random groups. It’s going to depend on who you’re with. Between the test and here, I got a lot of drafting practice.”

Noah Gragson, in the No. 54 Switch-Safelite Auto Glass Toyota, was fourth overall.

“The guys at DGR-CROSLEY, all the crew guys…they built a really, really fast Switch-Safelite Toyota,” said Gragson. “This is a great opportunity and privilege to drive for these guys. The amount of pride they put into their cars…it really shows. I’ll tell you what…this Toyota is really fast. It’s good to be back in the ARCA car…hanging out with my buddies…a little bit more laid back over here. It also helps, and it’s more fun when you’re fast. It’s going to be a fun race. It’s Daytona…if you can win one here, it’s big.”

Bo LeMastus was fifth overall in the No. 77 Crosley Brands-Big Tine Ford.

“It felt good,” said LeMastus. “We’ve been real smooth since the test. Keep finding a little bit more each time we’re out. It’s just been a forward progression. These guys are so professional at Chad Bryant Racing. It’s a great group to be with. I think we’re good. This group qualifying is a luck of the draw. Hopefully we’ll be with a few good guys.”

Night One goes to Stremme at Volusia

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 6, 2018 — The premier drivers and teams within the DIRTcar UMP Modified ranks from across North America converged to Volusia Speedway Park (FL) for night number one of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. A stellar field of 65 teams made their way to the Sunshine State to compete in the first of seven straight nights of competition for the open-wheeled weekly warriors. David Stremme, originally from South Bend, IN and now calls Mooresville, NC home, shot out to the lead on the opening lap from his third starting spot and held off two-time defending DIRTcar Nationals Champion, Nick Hoffman to score his second career Gator.

“We were pretty good tonight, but I feel like we still have a lot of work to do. We’re just ok and we know that. Its only night one,” Offered the 40-year-old owner of Lethal Chassis after his victory. “Things will change quite a bit the rest of the week and the competition here is pretty strong. Real happy though, have to thank all the sponsors. Definitely Penske Racing Shocks. This is the first race with them on the car, so we’re pretty proud of that.” He added.

The first Feature of the DIRTcar Nationals would see NASCAR Xfinity Series star, Justin Allgaier and Hoffman lead the mammoth 28-car field to chief starter, Dave Farney’s green flag to begin their 20-lap Feature. Stremme, who started on the inside of the third row, quickly shot around the front row and grabbed the early advantage while the rest of the field jockeyed for position. Hoffman fell back to as far as fifth, before regrouping and picking off cars one by one until he got back up to second.

As the laps clicked off, Hoffman closed the gap on Stremme and caught a break when the caution flag flew with just a single lap to go. That set up a one-lap shootout between Stremme and Hoffman and on the restart, Stremme got the jump on both Hoffman and Allgaier, who was running in the third spot. Stremme would get away from both and cross the stripe first en route to his first DIRTcar Nationals Feature win since the 2015 season and second of his career.

Hoffman settled for second as Kyle Strickler, who won one of the three Last Chance Showdowns to get into the show, started 19th and completed the podium finishers. Chase Collins, who started 13th, finished fourth as Zeke McKenzie, who started 11th, finished off the top five. NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series regular, Justin Haley was sixth after starting 25th while Kenny Wallace, Michael Long, K.C. Burdette and Allgaier, who faded on the last restart, were the top 10.

Night two for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds will see the teams return for the next $1,000 payday. The Arctic Car All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars will race for their first of two nights of action before the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars race for three nights in a row starting on Friday, February 9th. For more information about the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals and to order tickets, please call: 1 (844) DIRT-TIX or log onto the website located at: dirtcarnationals.com You can also follow the DIRTcar Nationals throughout the off-season and into the month of February by visiting the DIRTcar Nationals Social Media outlets. Just search for “DIRTcar Nationals” on both Facebook and Twitter for the very latest updates.

Abbreviated DIRTcar Nationals Results:

FEATURE (20 Laps ) – 1. David Stremme; 2. Nick Hoffman; 3. Kyle Strickler; 4. Chase Collins; 5. Zeke McKenzie; 6. Justin Haley; 7. Kenny Wallace; 8. Michael Long; 9. Kc Burdette; 10. Justin Allgaier; 11. Ray Bollinger;12. Tyler Evans; 13. Ryan Cripe; 14. Jason Brookover; 15. Larry Burkins; 16. Paul Niznik; 17. Tony Anderson; 18. Josh Rice; 19. Mike McKinney; 20. Jason Beaulieu; 21. Shon Flanary; 22. Todd Neiheiser; 23. Troy Johnson; 24. Jason Garver; 25. Jamie Carter; 26. Brian Ruhlman; 27. Rick Conoyer; 28. Ken Schrader.

Tullman to make ARCA Series debut

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Officials from Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) announced today that sports car veteran Max Tullman (@MaxTullman) will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in next Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire.

Tullman enters the stock car world after competing regularly for the past few years in sports car scenes across the United States and Canada, including the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.

The Chester Springs, Pa. native turned his fast laps at the “World Center of Racing” during the ARCA Racing Series open-test at the 2.5-mile speedway in January. Tullman joined MMM shortly thereafter and participated in a private test with the Mooresville, N.C. team at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway last week.

The 20-year-old also has three NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) starts to his credit last season driving for Jefferson-Pitts Racing. His success includes two top-10 finishes in three starts delivering a career-best ninth place result at Kern County (Calif.) Speedway in Nov. 2017.

“I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity to drive for Mason Mitchell Motorsports at Daytona next weekend,” said Tullman, driver of the No. 78 Chevrolet. “The team has a winning history on the superspeedways and had a very competitive and productive test at Daytona earlier this month.

“I’m looking forward to making my ARCA debut with one of the most successful teams in ARCA and hope that my debut is strong and allows us to put some more races together for the 2018 season.”

Veteran Motorsports crew chief Doug Richert, who led Dale Earnhardt Sr. to his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) championship in 1980 will call the shots for Tullman in the 80-lap event.

Cup Series spotter Tyler Green who assisted in propelling Mason Mitchell Motorsports to their Talladega Superspeedway ARCA victory in April 2016 will guide Tullman for the event.

Zoomi, a new marketing partner in ARCA competition will support Tullman in his debut.

Zoomi is the first and AI-informed learning analytics company that uses machine learning to rapidly individualize training pathways in real-time. Its artificial intelligence studies learner behaviors and patterns to understand what each employee knows, what still needs to be taught and how to best deliver that information automatically – so you don’t have to.

With more than 250 proprietary algorithms, Zoomi provides deep personalized learning, predicts learning and performance, optimizes learning content and links learning to business outcomes.

Myota, a superior data security management solution will serve as an associate marketing partner for the ARCA season opener.

“Without the support of Zoomi, Myota, Doug and the Mason Mitchell Motorsports team, Daytona would not be possible,” continued Tullman.

“This is the biggest race of my career and I want to go out there and do a good job not only for the team, but for Zoomi, Myota and for all those that believe in me.

“Hopefully, we can bring some good exposure to Zoomi and Myota and it will help us in our plan to race a lot more this season.”

2014 ARCA Racing Series champion Mason Mitchell said his team is eager to work with Tullman and continue its dominance of crafting young talent into contenders and winners on the development tour.

“We’ve developed a strong pedigree at Mason Mitchell Motorsports and we’re eager to have that continue with Max,” added Mitchell, who serves as one of the series’ youngest team owners.

“Max is eager to perform and deliver. His enthusiasm is contagious, but his desire to learn and exceed expectations was evident at the Talladega test. We’ve set an achievable goal for our No. 78 team at Daytona and look forward to seeing Max’s debut be successful.”

Tullman will be teammate to Quin Houff who returns to MMM for the second-consecutive season at Daytona in the No. 98 Chevrolet.

PASS Series to invade Richmond in 2018

Officials from the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and Richmond Raceway announced today a major addition to the 2018 motorsports calendar. The PASS Super Late Models will headline the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night, October 20. The PASS Super Late Models will compete in a 100-lap event on the famed three-quarter mile oval, along with a 75 lapper for the Late Model Stock cars, as well as feature events for Limited Late Models and Street Stocks. A practice day for all divisions is scheduled for Friday, October 19 that will see all cars attending go through a mandatory safety inspection. Additional practice, qualifying, and all features will take place on Saturday night, October 20, all ending under the lights of Richmond Raceway.

“Many have said that Richmond Raceway is the perfect short track for fans and racers…we agree and believe the Commonwealth Classic will be a bucket list event for short trackers for years to come,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “We’ve been working with Dennis [Bickmeier] and his staff at Richmond for the better part of the year to give short track racers and fans this new event and are glad that Super Late Model racers, along with Limiteds and Street Stocks, will have the chance to race at Richmond for the first time ever. We’re also glad that Late Model Stocks will be returning to Richmond and one of the first tracks that ever ran that division back in the early 1980s.”

“We look forward to bringing another weekend of racing to fans in Racing Virginia with the Pro All Stars Series,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “The inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic will feature some of North America’s best Super Late Model drivers, and we are honored PASS selected Richmond Raceway as the site for its championship race weekend. It is going to be another great weekend of racing as the Action Track gets hot in October.”

The Commonwealth Classic at Richmond will be the penultimate race of the PASS National Championship Series. Now entering its 11th season, Super Late Model racing’s only true national championship will bring drivers together from all over North America to compete this Fall at Richmond Raceway.

“When you look at the great drivers that race in PASS North from New England and Canada like Ben Rowe, DJ Shaw, Travis Benjamin and others and the great PASS South drivers like Matt Craig, Tate Fogleman, Kodie Conner and those guys, this is the type of event that they will want to win and be a part of,” said Mayberry. “You take those competitors, along with all the other great Super Late Model drivers from the Midwest, West Coast and the Canadian Maritimes that we expect to compete…that’s gonna be one heck of a show come October.”

The Commonwealth Classic will consist of a 100 lap event for the PASS Super Late Models, paying $10,000 to win and $700 to start. Additionally, Late Model Stocks will return to Richmond Raceway for the first time in a number of years, competing in a 75 lap race, paying $7,000 to win and $700 to start. Both the Limited Late Models and Street Stocks will make their first ever starts at Richmond Raceway with the Limiteds racing for 50 laps and $4000 to win and the Street Stocks racing for 25 laps and $2000 to win.

The Commonwealth Classic weekend will begin on Friday, October 19 with rotating practice for all divisions from 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM. On Saturday, October 20, pit gates will open at 8 AM, with rotating practice from 10 AM – 12:30 PM, followed by qualifying at 3 PM, last chance races, and features for the PASS Super Late Models, Late Model Stocks, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks set to begin at 4 PM.

To purchase tickets, entry forms, and for additional information on the Commonwealth Classic at Richmond, please go to ProAllStarsSeries.com orRichmondRaceway.com.

The 2018 PASS National Championship Super Late Model season will kick off the short track racing season on Saturday, February 24 with the 13th Annual South Carolina Clash 200 at Dillon Motor Speedway.


-PASS Press Release-

CARS Tour to host two LLM races in 2018

With the huge Mountain Dew “Do The Dew” 150, on March 10th, already set to kick off the 2018 CARS Late Model Stock Tour season, the kickoff event got even bigger with the addition of a major Limited Late Model (LLM) race as the supporting class. The race will be hosted and sanctioned by the CARS Tour, giving LLM teams and drivers a chance to see what the CARS Tour is all about.

The seventy-five lap race will pay a $13,100 in purse, with $2,500 going to the winner and $250 to start the feature event. With an effort to minimize cost and encourage teams to travel from all over the region, the race will be run on two new and two used tires. Teams will turn in two used F-45 tires to CARS Tour officials, which meet the minimum tread depth requirement, and purchase two new F-45 tires for the race. The two used tires will be distributed to teams via a lottery to ensure fairness to all teams in attendance.

CARS Tour officials will utilize the technical rules of the Southeast Limited Late Model Series for the event, while following CARS Tour race procedures of the pole winner starting first and green flag laps only counting toward the total race distance.  A small difference from CARS LMSC standard age of 14 to compete; the minimum age for the LLM race will be 12.

“This could really turn out to be a major event for us and anyone who is a fan of LMSC racing. We’ve put this race together to showcase LLM teams and to provide those teams an opportunity to see what the CARS Tour is all about,” explained Chris Ragle, CARS Tour Series Director. “It’s a real solid purse that keeps cost down and should encourage teams from outside the area to attend. There’s going to be some good racing the March 10th weekend and I encourage all fans to go ahead and make plans to be at this one. There’s probably not a track in the Carolinas that races as well Tri-County. I promise you’ll see a show.”

Another opportunity for LLM teams to compete with the CARS Tour as a support division will be on Friday, August 3rd at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, NC. The event will be part of the CARS Throwback 276 weekend as the near capacity event expands to two days in 2018. This race will once again pay $2,500 to win and $250 to start, this time utilizing the LLM rules of Hickory Motor Speedway, as it will calculated as a points race for the Hickory Motor Speedway LLM division at the track. Two new tires and two used tires will be the formula for competition once again. Expanded details about this race will come at a later date.

Alfredo making jump to K&N Series

Anthony Alfredo announced today that he will be joining the reigning NASCAR K&N East Champions, MDM Motorsports for the 2018 season. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series, which includes the East and the West divisions, is the top step in NASCAR’s developmental ladder before drivers progress to the three-national NASCAR Series, the Camping World Truck Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. “MDM is a great team with proven success at the next level. I would like to thank them for allowing me to become a part of their team. I am grateful for this opportunity and plan to make the most of it.” said Alfredo.

Anthony Alfredo is an 18-year-old race driver from Connecticut who has emerged as one of the brightest prospects for future NASCAR Cup Series stardom. Anthony was selected to drive for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s JR Motorsports (JRM) team in the Late Model division of the ultra-competitive CARS Tour in 2017, and finished a close second in the championship to his much more experienced teammate, Josh Berry. Anthony topped off the season by winning the Southeast Limited Last Model Pro Division, driving for Lee Faulk Racing and Development.

Alfredo is also driving under the Ranier Racing Development program with top NASCAR talent scout Lorin Ranier. Anthony will be teaming up with Crew Chief and former Goody’s Dash Series Champion Robert Huffman.  “For as little racing experience as he (Anthony) has, I think he has done a great job in his career thus far,” said Huffman. “I’m looking forward to working with him this year.  Finishing second in the CARS Tour Championship by just a few points to someone like Josh Berry shows he already has the ability to run with top competition.”

“I’m really excited about joining MDM Motorsports this year to race for the K&N East Championship.  I am looking forward to working with all of the great individuals that are a part of their team and cannot wait to get to New Smyrna Speedway for our first race on February 11, 2019.” said Alfredo.

Chilly Willy 150 Current Entry List Released

With the 5th Annual Chilly Willy 150 at Tucson Speedway just over one week away, the anticipation level is growing. For West Coast racing fans, the anticipation grew even more late Tuesday as track officials released the first look at the entry list for the upcoming $10,000-to-win Super Late Model contest.

As expected, many local favorites are expected to show up and defend their home asphalt, with veterans Chuck Wares and John Lashley leading the home guard, while hometown young guns like Sean Bray will look to prove themselves against the experienced roster.

Super Late Model stalwarts from all across the west will also be shooting for the $10,000 prize including 2017 Summer Showdown winner Preston Peltier, Bruce Yackey, Christian McGee, and Ron Eaton.  Former race winners Tayler Riddle and Owen Riddle will also be looking to become the first two-time race winners.

Canada’s British Columbia already has a trio of drivers set to make the long journey south in one week’s time with Brandon Carlson, Darrell Midgely, and BC hall-of-famer Tom Berrow entering the fray.

While these 35 teams are confirmed with the track, expect more drivers to throw their names in come race day, such as Noah Gragson, Ron Norman and Matt Levin who have expressed their intentions to go for the 10 grand.

The full entry list for the race can be viewed below…

Registered Super Late Models as of 1/17/18

#01 – Ron Searle Jr. – Tucson, AZ

#1 – Jay Fields – Pueblo West, CO

#4 – Brandon Schilling – Tucson, AZ

#6 – Dane Jorgenson – Sierra Vista, AZ

#7 – Ron Eaton – Lakewood, WA

#07 – Chuck Wares – Tucson, AZ

#8 – Mariah McGriff – Vail, AZ

#08 – Jace Hansen – Denver, CO

#10 – Owen Riddle – Naches, WA

#12M – Christian McGhee – Ontario, CA

#12Y – Bruce Yackey – Greeley, CO

#13 – Ned Champine – Mescal, AZ

#14 – Vanessa Robinson – Las Cruces, NM

#15 – Tayler Riddle – Naches, WA

#22B – Paul Banghart – Tucson AZ

#22E – Chris Eggleston – Thornton, CO

#23 – Curtis Lansing – Tucson, AZ

#25 – Brandon Farrington – Tucson, AZ

#26 – John Newhouse – Twin Falls, ID

#29 – Jeff Wade – Paul, ID

#32 – Brett Yackey – Greeley, CO

#34 – Rudy Vanderwal – LaSalle, CO

#37 – Mike Longton – Moxee, WA

#43 – Kody Vanderwal – LaSalle, CO

#47 – Steve Blankenship – Tenino, WA

#48 – Preston Peltier – Brighton, CO

#51 – Sean Bray – Tucson, AZ

#53 – Nathan Gasser – Lochbuie, CO

#60 – Scott Graf – Toledo, OR

#65 – Gary LaVoie Jr. – Maricopa, AZ

#81C – Brandon Carlson – Central Saanich, BC, Canada

#81M – Darrell Midgley – Sidney, BC, Canada

#84 – Tom Berrow – Surrey, BC, Canada

#88 – John Lashley – Tucson, AZ

#91 – Chris Atkinson – Cheyenne, WY

Mayer to JRM in 2018

Sam Mayer has been named to JR Motorsports’ championship-winning Late Model program for 2018. The 14-year-old native of Franklin, Wis. will take the seat of the team’s second entry for the season, hoping to continue the run of success the team has had over the past several years.

Mayer, son of former IndyCar and road racing star Scott Mayer, will join 2017 CARS Late Model Stock Car Series champion Josh Berry as a teammate for 2018. The younger Mayer, who began racing go-karts at the age of 4, ended his first Late Model campaign in 2017 on the strength of three victories and 13 top-10 finishes. Mayer ended the season with a fifth-place run in the prestigious Myrtle Beach 400, a race that Berry won to cap his season.

“We’re very happy to have a young driver of Sam’s caliber join us here at JR Motorsports,” said L.W. Miller, director of motorsports at JRM. “He’s accomplished a lot in his career already, including against the top Late Model talent in the Southeast, and he definitely has all the qualities we look for on the track and off it.”

The breakout 2017 season for Mayer also included a full slate of US Legend Car Series events, and the young driver won the US Legend Car Winter Heat Championship, the Summer Shootout and US Legend Car Asphalt Nationals.

“It will be a really exciting experience, to know that I’m with a top NASCAR team and a top Late Model team,” Mayer said. “I hope to be really competitive and have lots of fun while doing it. I’m confident with the way the team is going to treat me and the car, and excited about seeing what we can do together and what we can accomplish.”

JR Motorsports is coming off a two-year stretch in which its Late Models have won 26 races in 97 starts. Berry has claimed 21 race victories in that span, while drivers Anthony Alfredo, Christian Eckes and Scott Bishop combined to add five wins to the total.

Now in its 17th year of competition, the JRM Late Model program has scored 40 victories in the last three seasons and track championships in 2012 and 2014. Berry also won the CARS Late Model Stock Car owner championship in 2016 and the driver title in 2017.

-JRM Press Release-

Disavino hopes to make his name known this season

Article By: Leon George / Photo By: Andrew Fuller

Daybreak Farm, in Chesterfield County, is about 20 miles from Richmond, Virginia. An unobtrusive sign informs everyone the one-lane wide, asphalt driveway, is for private use. The pastoral serenity of the 90-acre farm quickly makes you forget having to cope with the almost always rush-hour traffic jam of Route 360. It’s easy to think you’re in the heart of farm country, 100 miles from Richmond. The man-made pond, Lake Howie, immediately catches your eye when you get out of your car. The chicken coop, solar panels, and immaculate landscape hint at a modern-day gentleman farmer operation.

Once the garage door is opened you realize you’re at the home of DiSavino Racing. The car, number 55, is stripped down, every part of it being prepared for the 2018, 12-race schedule at Southside Speedway. Memorabilia from earlier races hang on the garage walls. A retired, half-scale size car sits next to the full-size vehicle they will run at Southside Speedway. The clean garage is a far cry from a grease-pit. The owners already in the mindset of a NASCAR level team.

Howard DiSavino III, Howie, started his racing career on the Arena Racing circuit. He was 13- years-old, driving a half-scale size, 22-horsepower car around an indoor track. Two years later, in 2017, he debuted at Southside Speedway behind the wheel of a full-size, 450-horsepower Late Model Stock Car. If his career moved any faster he would have Dale Jr in his rearview mirror.

The tale of the two Howards began when an eight-year-old Howie came home from school one day with free tickets to an Arena Racing race night. The sights of the cars and the crowd, the sounds of the engines and the cheers of the fans mixed with the fumes from the cars racing around the indoor oval track made it a thrilling night. But, Howie knew from the first moment, that being a spectator wasn’t enough. He wanted to drive. Howard Jr, his dad, likes to joke about how if he only knew then what that night would lead to he may not have taken his son to the races! This is not a father pushing his son to do something; this is a father honoring his son’s passion.

Neither of them knew anything about NASCAR before Howie was bitten with the racing-bug. Howard looked at the sport as a bunch of drivers turning left. A bunch of grease-monkeys hanging around a dirty garage. He quickly realized he couldn’t be more wrong about the sport. The more they learned what needed to be done to be successful, at every stage of the sport, the more they gained an appreciation for the people involved. The science behind a successful car was eye opening. The warmth and comradeship of their competitors and the track’s owners was as humbling as fans becoming tire night sponsors (one race’s tire cost is $650). Howie learned to stick-shift a week before his first Late Model Stock Car race and stalled on the track his first time out. Since then he has become a Top 3 finisher.

“Run Your Car Not Your Mouth” is the credo of DiSavino Racing. It’s easy to use buzzwords like throwback and old school with that credo as your foundation. In many aspects they are fitting descriptions. The entire team is focused on doing what’s right not what’s easy. They view doing it the easy way instead of the right way and trash-talk as shorts cuts to disaster. They refuse to lean on any excuse be it about the car or the other drivers or their inexperience. Excuses are an unwanted distraction. While a win is always the goal, at this level, finishing unscathed is the next best thing. This is not a hobby they dabble in, this is serious business. At a cost of at least $25,000 per year for a 12-race schedule, this is Howie’s college education, and a NASCAR victory is his PHD.

Stock car racing, at every level, is a sponsorship business. To be safe and successful means there is no skimping on cost. Saving a few dollars here and there doesn’t just cause a bad finish, it could cause a serious injury. Top-of-the-line equipment from the fire suit and helmet to the nuts and bolts of the car isn’t cheap. It’s as much about safety as it is about winning. Amsoil and Mass Mutual are two of the national level sponsors along with regional sponsor Colonial First Mortgage to name just a few of the partners of DiSavino Racing. They partner with DiSavino mostly because they believe in the future of a now 16-year-old young man, named Howard DiSavino III. There is always room for like-minded sponsors to partner with the team. The entire DiSavino team is like a second family that comes together off the track as well as on focusing on the races.

They are not so single-minded and focused on racing that they forget their community. Last year, Howie raised over $6,000 for the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign through the American Cancer Society. The fundraising was a personal need as well as a gratifying accomplishment since Howie’s mom has survived three different types of cancer. The family and members of the racing team can frequently be seen helping out at the Chesterfield Food Bank. Howie will be competing in every race at Southside Speedway during 2018. Junior Johnson, Bobby Allison and Richard Petty have all driven at Southside Speedway during their NASCAR careers. Howard DiSavino III intends to add his name to that illustrious list of NASCAR drivers that took on the 1/3 mile oval track.

The fans keep them humble. The competition keeps a fire-in-their-belly. Getting to NASCAR keeps them hungry.

SMRS announces 2018 Schedule

The 2018 Southern Modified Racing Series schedule includes visits to six tracks, all in the State of North Carolina.  Caraway Speedway, Concord Speedway, Hickory Motor Speedway and Orange County Speedway return from 2017.  After a year absence, Tri-County Motor Speedway returns to the series.  The Hudson, NC racetrack was part of SMRS in its inaugural season in 2016.  The new addition to the tour is Eastern North Carolina’s Carteret County Speedway.

“We have our core tracks returning; we also added Tri-County back from the first year and the race there was absolutely awesome,” said Renee Hackett, Series Director for SMRS.  “There is also the new addition of Carteret County Speedway, a great venue.  I’ve got quite a lot of feedback from the teams and they are very excited with the new schedule.”

The 2018 season and a busy month of March gets going at Caraway Speedway on Sunday, March 11 with the 99-lap season opener.  The weekend will also include a test day for teams on Saturday.

“We are very excited for opening day on Sunday, March 11.  To help teams break-in their equipment for the season, we are also going to have a test and tune day on Saturday, March.  This should give everyone some extra time to prepare for Sunday.”

From there SMRS moves to Concord Speedway for the first time in 2018 with the longest race of the season, 125 laps on Saturday, March 24. SMRS Mods join the Super Late Models of the Pro All Stars Series at Hickory Motor Speedway during the Easter Bunny 150 on Saturday, March 31.  The Modifieds will compete in a 75-lap feature. The second event at Caraway is on the schedule for Saturday, April 14, with Twin 50s on that day.

The spring portion of the 2018 season concludes on Friday, May 25 with SMRS running 75 laps at Concord Speedway, once again a combo show with the PASS Super Late Models during the Old Glory Night at the famed tri-oval.

Caraway will host a mid-summer bout on Saturday, July 7 with a 71-lap feature. The half-mile will also be the site of the beginning of the fall portion the SMRS schedule, with Twin 53’s on Saturday, August 25. Carteret County Speedway will host SMRS for the first time in history, during Labor Day Weekend, on Sunday, September 3. SMRS will head to Caraway Speedway one last time in 2018, on Saturday, September 8 for a 75-lap event.

The season concludes with three more 75-lap events at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 22, Tri-County Motor Speedway Saturday, October 6, and Orange County Speedway on Saturday, October 20.

Josh Parrish Photo

PASS Releases 2018 South Schedule

Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced several dates today for the 2018 PASS South Super Late Model schedule. The South’s original and longest running Super Late Model tour will be highlighted in 2018 by beginning the season with two of the biggest and most prestigious races in the region. With seven dates confirmed, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete on at least five different venues over the course of the 2018 season, with one date left to confirm and up to two more events possibly to be announced by mid-January.
“We believe this schedule should work well for our racers in and outside the southeast region in 2018,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “We realize everyone is busy and we have worked very hard to avoid any conflicts with other series or track schedules. We’re very appreciative for all of our enthusiastic track owners that have partnered with us again for our 13th season of racing in the South. We’ve got several big things on the burner for next year and are excited for the possibilities.”
The 2018 season will start on, February 23-24, at Dillon Motor Speedway with the 13th Annual South Carolina Clash. After a very competitive race last year, the 200 lap event will once again be the first contest of the 2018 PASS National Championship Series, asphalt Super Late Model racing’s only true national championship.
The PASS South Super Late Models will then move to the Tarheel State for the 13th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 31. Hickory, the longest tenured track on the PASS South circuit dating back to 2006, will once again hold the biggest and most traditional Super Late Model race in the Carolinas. As always, the Easter Bunny 150 is expected to attract some of the top short track racers in the country for one of the most sought after trophies in the sport.
In May, the series will move to one of the fastest and most unique tracks in the country. PASS will expand its relationship with Concord Speedway by again hosting the Old Glory 125 on Friday night, May 25 as part of the big Memorial Day weekend festivities in the Charlotte area. The famed triangular half-mile, known for its legendary Big 10 Series, will once again also see the PASS South Super Late Models as part of the 16th Annual North-South Shootout on November 9-10. Additionally, PASS will be the exclusive sanctioning body for Super Late Models at Concord Speedway in 2018.
The PASS South Super Late Models will also return to two of the Mid-Atlantic’s most exciting speedways in 2018 with a couple of 150 lappers. Orange County Speedway will host the series on Saturday night, July, 21 before the tour moves to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, August 11 for a twin bill with the NASCAR Late Model Stocks.
PASS will close out the 2018 season by crowning the series champion at the 13th Annual Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, November 17. Final confirmation for any other dates will be released by January 20. Additional information on support divisions will also be announced in the near future.
Look for the release of the 2018 schedule for the PASS North Super Late Models and the remainder of the PASS National Championship Series dates to be released in the near future.
2018 PASS South Super Late Model Schedule
February 24 Dillon Motor Speedway Dillon, SC
March 31 Hickory Motor Speedway Hickory, NC
May 25 Concord Speedway Midland, NC
July 21 Orange County Speedway Rougemont, NC
August 11 South Boston Speedway South Boston, VA
November 9-10 Concord Speedway Midland, NC
November 17 Hickory Motor Speedway Hickory, NC
– Dates Subject To Change
– Additional Dates Could Be Added


-Pro All Star Series PR-

Rouse to compete for BMR in 2018

Bill McAnally Racing announced today that Cole Rouse will join BMR to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2018.

The 20-year-old driver from Fort Smith, Arkansas will contend for the championship in the West division of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and race in select events in the East division, driving BMR’s No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry.

This marks the return of Rouse to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, where he registered four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes while finishing eighth in the championship standings as a rookie in 2016.

This past season, he raced for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the CARS Super Late Model Tour, where he captured a championship. He also made starts in the ARCA Midwest Tour, the ARCA CRA Super Series, the ARCA Racing Series, the Southern Super Series, and the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour in 2017.

“It’s great to have Cole join the BMR team,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “We’ve watched his development and with the potential he’s displayed, we anticipate great results for BMR’s partners and fans. We look forward to chasing a championship together.

“Cole comes to us with a lot of racing experience,” McAnally said. “That should be beneficial in getting a quick start to the 2018 season.

“We will work hard to continue the success we’ve had in recent years with the NAPA Filters Toyota and I know Cole will do a great job on and off the track in representing BMR and our partners,” McAnally said.

Rouse said he is eager to join the BMR team and return to the series.

“I’m excited to be with BMR next year in the NAPA Filters Toyota,” Rouse said. “Bill does a great job of getting the right people to make the program thrive. BMR was the most dominant team in the West this past year and I think we will be in the coming year, too.

“My goal for the year is to win the championship in the West,” he said. “I think we have a really good shot at it.”

Rouse began his racing career at the age of 14, competing in mini-cup cars before advancing to late model competition in 2013. He captured attention in 2015 when he led a race-high 145 laps of the All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, before mechanical trouble left him to finish fifth.

BMR captured its third straight title in 2017 and eighth K&N West championship overall – a record for the series and the NASCAR Regional Touring level.

(Photo – ARCA Racing Series)

Higgins to compete Full Time in SEST Series in 2018

As the 2017 season has came to a close, few drivers and teams have already began to prepare for the 2018 Season. Many are tearing their race cars apart and going through them from front to rear. Many are searching for sponsors for the up coming season. Not many young teenagers have their life long goals and dreams drawn out, however in
this case fourteen year old Ashton Higgins from Weaverville, NC is set to compete full time in the Southeast Super Trucks in the 2018 season.

Why is this so important? This kid has already set a tough standard, capturing the 2017 Southeast Super Stock Championship and Rookie Of The Year. He had a stellar season, with Five wins, Eleven top five, and twelve top Ten finishes out of twelve races. Not to mention the several pole awards claimed. The ALH Motorsports Team has purchased a truck for the 2018 season attempting to capture another Championship and Rookie Of The Year. Ashton will be piloting the #9 Fastlane Towing Chevrolet Silverado next season.

The young driver out of the ALH Motorsports stables has already made one attempt in the Southeast Super Trucks on November 4th at Anderson Motor Speedway. What does Ashton do? He qualified on the pole in his first attempt against some of the most fierce competition, several short track veterans Lee Tissot, Kenneth Headen, Randy Porter, Martin Nesbitt, Jeff Caldwell, Ralph Carnes. He not only put the Mike Green/ Kenny
Campbell Motorsports Truck on the front row, but let everyone know he meant business and ran up front until mechanical failure took him out of contention.

For more information you can follow Ashton and his career on his Facebook page ALH Motorsports.

-SEST Press Release-

50th Annual Snowball Derby Weekend Review

Article/Photo By: Brad Newman

(Pensacola, FL) As most of you know, this was my first time in attendance at the Snowball Derby at Five Flags. To say that I had high hopes for the weekend would be an understatement. So many of my friends had been that I really felt left out so I booked my hotel and made sure I was going to the event this year. The festivities pre and post-race are absolutely incredible. The food is great, the people are as nice as can be, the racing is excellent and it really is a race fans dream. I told my friend that it’s kind of like a party, a concert, a fair and a race all mixed into a five day weekend of nonstop fun. I will undoubtedly be making my return to this event in 2018.

I arrived Thursday night just in time for Snowball qualifying the next day. Throughout the weekend it really did look like it could be Bubba Pollard’s race to lose. He was wicked fast in all the practices, but as were a few of his competitors, like Monster Energy Cup Series Champion, Kyle Busch. There were a little over sixty entries and most of them were separated by a few tenths in all of the practices, which is unheard of. The Snowball was more of a crapshoot, Bubba looked very fast but Choquette, Grill, and Anderson all were very fast in their respected practices.

Once Snowball qualifying rolled around the atmosphere changed, it’s like everyone was on pins and needles with each car taking its time. Peltier sat down a crazy fast lap early on in qualifying and to many peoples surprise, it stuck. Bubba Pollard would roll of second and Augie Grill third. Many big names didn’t make the show on time like Derek Kraus and Rich Bickle for starters. The Modified race would end Friday night’s festivities, Augie Grill passed the leaders and set sail afterward winning this event.

Saturday was really the first day things began taking off in terms of real racing. Snowflake qualifying was in the early afternoon and Bubba Pollard to no surprise parked his #26 machine on the pole. The drivers that transferred from the Last Chance race were Carson Hocevar, Scott Tomasik, Joe Graf and Elliott Massey. Also, the drivers that transferred from the Snowball Last Chance were Derek Kraus, Tyler Dippel, David Rogers and Jerry Artuso. With the conclusion of these Last Chance races the Snowflake and Snowball fields were set. The Snowflake field rolled off later that night, and the Snowball the day after.

Pollard and Choquette led the field to the green in the Snowflake. These two exchanged the lead on multiple occasions restart after restart, but Pollard held off Choquette almost every time. A huge pile up on a restart took out over ten cars early on in this event, names like Cole Anderson, Augie Grill, and others received significant damage. Bubba Pollard did, in fact, hold off the field to win the Snowflake portion of the Snowball derby followed by a hard-charging Spencer Davis and Anthony Cataldi.

The Pro Truck race was set to roll off next, one of the more exciting events of the weekend. The field was led to the green flag by Jarrett Parker and Steven Davis. Early contact between Cody Haskins and the leaders resulted in a lot of tore up Trucks and a new face in the lead, DJ Vanderlay. Bubba Gale was on the hunt to the front before he was involuntarily spun in a three-wide situation going into turn three for the lead. DJ would hold off the field after multiple attempts of a Green-White-Checkered. With the conclusion of this race, the racing for Saturday would be over, but the party had just started in Pensacola. Post-race festivities are one of the highlights of the Snowball weekend and Saturday’s is nothing short of incredible.

The Snowball Derby field was ready to get rolling Sunday morning. The pre-race activities include giveaways, meet and greets at the fan fest tent, driver introductions and more. Once the field was introduced Peltier and Pollard led the field to the green, Pollard jumped out to an early lead. Laps passed by extremely fast and we received our first caution around halfway, Peltier would end up passing Pollard on the outside to lead a handful of laps. Another caution would be brought out around lap 80 which drew the leaders to pit road….except for Ty Majeski.

Ty would lead the field for a while as a huge pile up out of two collected a lot of very fast race cars including your pole sitter Peltier and Stephen Nasse. Majeski would lead until he was passed by Kyle Busch, who had newer tires. Unfortunately for Ty this run would be well over one-hundred laps and he lost not one, but two laps during this cycle. Another caution came out later in the race and the leaders once again came to pit road, this time it was for good. Choquette, Pollard, and Busch would all take tires and race it out for the win the remainder of the race. Choquette passed Pollard early and led until about thirty to go and here comes Kyle Busch would have managed his equipment throughout this final run. Busch passed Pollard and Choquette with ease and straightaway-ed his competition in under twenty laps to win his second career, Snowball Derby. Choquette would finish second, and a dissatisfied Pollard, the fan favorite to win this event would round out your top three.

Snowflake 100 Results:

1             26P        Bubba Pollard

2             5D          Spencer Davis

3             00A       Anthony Cataldi

4             9JC        Jeff Choquette

5             112G     Augie Grill

6             43S        Justin South

7             51SN     Stephen Nasse

8             78          Corey Heim

9             95G       Derrick Griffin

10          18R        Casey Roderick

11          14H       Carson Hocevar

12          99N       JR Niedecken

13          46W      Cole Williams

14          22D       Steven Davis

15          12L        Dan Leeck

16          26CS     Chandler Smith

17          51K        Zachary Knowles

18          51F        Eddie Fatscher

19          00C        Brandon Curren

20          55BO    Brandon Oakley

21          16T        Scotty Tomasik

22          24D       Mason Diaz

23          14O       Connor Okrzesik

24          21P        Ryan Paul

25          2A          Austin Wood

26          24          Christopher Tullis

27          97A       Cole Anderson

28          30K        Bobby Knox Jr

29          15J         Jake Johnson

30          R7          Ryan Worsham

31          21J         Brandon Johnson

32          04          Corey Roper

33          51P        Perry Patino

34          11M      Jordan McCallum

35          12G       Joe Graf

36          4M        Elliott Massey

Snowball Derby Results:

  1. 51 Kyle Busch
  2. 9C Jeff Choquette
  3. 26 Bubba Pollard
  4. 12 Harrison Burton
  5. 13 Cassius Clark
  6. 18 Casey Roderick
  7. 26S Chandler Smith
  8. 81 Chase Purdy
  9. 99 Raphael Lessard
  10. 20 Brandon McReynolds
  11. 32D Tyler Dippel
  12. 18G Noah Gragson
  13. 75 Jeremy Doss
  14. 53J Boris Jurkovic
  15. 53B Cole Butcher
  16. 00 Anthony Cataldi
  17. 91 Ty Majeski
  18. 4 Kyle Plott
  19. 15 Christian Eckes
  20. 36 Dan Fredrickson
  21. 19 Kason Plott
  22. 5 Jerry Artuso
  23. 55 Spencer Davis
  24. 07 Corey LaJoie
  25. 46 Cole Rouse
  26. 11R David Rogers
  27. 14 Chris Davidson
  28. 01 Jake Crum
  29. 112 Augie Grill
  30. 14C Connor Okrzesik
  31. 5M Mason Mingus
  32. 48 Preston Peltier
  33. 9K Derek Kraus
  34. 2W Donnie Wilson
  35. 11B Logan Boyett
  36. 51N Stephen Nasse
  37. 88 Garrett Jones

Borst reflects on MBS win, looks ahead to Thanksgiving Classic

Article/Photo by: Josh Parrish

Lucama, NC – Jacob Borst from Elon, NC is quickly becoming one of the hottest drivers in limited late model competition. In 2015, Jacob finished second in the nation in quarter midget competition, racing in multiple states, such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, Connecticut, Alabama, Maryland, Ohio and Indiana. After quarter midgets, Borst transitioned to the Allison Series, where he posted a fifth place finish in the championship standings (after missing the opening four races due to age restraints) and also became the youngest winner in the division’s history.

Most recently, Borst put his #25 Nichols Dodge Chrysler Jeep Limited Late Model in Victory Lane at Myrtle Beach Speedway in the SELLM Series Challenger Feature. Myrtle Beach is a track Borst says he always looks forward to. ” I ran at Myrtle Beach Speedway last year in the Allison Legacy series. It was on my second Allison Legacy start and I won the pole and finished second in the race. Myrtle Beach has been good to us for sure!” This was Borst’s first win in the Challenger Division and second Limited Late Model win overall.

Borst also competed in the Pro Division at Myrtle Beach where he qualified 9th out of an impressive field of 40 cars. Unfortunately his strong effort was cut short after being involved in one of many wrecks that occurred in the 100 lap feature. This resulted in a 26th place finish.

Next weekend, Borst will be making his maiden voyage to Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, NC as he will be competing in the Limited Late Model division as part of the 17th Annual Thanksgiving Classic.

For Borst’s team, winning is always the goal but they are aware of the tough competition that will be at The Classic. “We always go with the goal of winning but we know that will be tough. We have had fast cars all year and are confident that we can run in the top 5 and have a shot at the win.”

So far, drivers such as Mini Tyrell, Akinori Ogata, and Karl Budzevski have all pre-registered for the Limited Late Model division ahead of the Thanksgiving Classic.

Short Track Central will have full coverage of this year’s Thanksgiving Classic. Be sure to follow along on http://www.fb.com/shorttrackcentral

For more information about the Thanksgiving Classic, visit http://www.snmpark.com



U.S. Short Track Nationals returning in 2018

For the second consecutive season, the world’s best short track racers will descend upon The Last Great Colosseum when Bristol Motor Speedway again hosts the Short Track U.S. Nationals, May 18-20.

The second annual running of the signature event will be sanctioned by five different racing organizations and brings together six elite short track racing categories to compete on the high banks of The World’s Fastest Half-Mile in one spectacular weekend of action.

“Last year’s Short Track U.S. Nationals showcased an epic weekend of competitive racing in six different categories,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager at Bristol Motor Speedway. “Seeing the best-of-the-best in the short track racing world take to the signature high banks of Bristol was a sight to behold. We anticipate this to be an even better event in 2018.”

Champion Racing Association powered by JEGS (CRA), who took the lead sanctioning role in developing this event, will be co-sanctioning the Super Late Model race with the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS, The CARS Super Late Model Tour (CARS) and the Southern Super Series (SSS). CRA also will oversee the action for the crate late model event with their JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet and the Street Stocks with their Lawrence Towing/CRA Street Stock Series. The CARS officials will oversee the Late Model Stock portion of the event with their CARS Late Model Stock Tour. The compacts will be organized and overseen by the Vore’s Compact Touring Series while the Modified portion of the weekend will be sanctioned by a Midwest based Touring Modified organization to be named at a later date. The Short Track U. S. Nationals is being presented by Vore’s Welding & Steel.

The inaugural event featured nearly 350 cars on track, leading the Short Track U.S. Nationals to join the likes of some of short track racing’s most revered events, including the prestigious Snowball Derby in Florida, Indiana’s famed Winchester 400 and Nashville’s All-American 400. The event featured 13 different winners who added their names to Bristol lore among multiple features in six divisions. Winners included soon-to-be fulltime NASCAR Cup Series driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Myatt Snider, Cole Williams and Chad Poole, among others.

Specific details of the event regarding daily schedules, additional racing information, parking and more will be released in the coming weeks. Information on tickets, camping and general details will be announced at a later date. Those who are interested can stay tuned to BMS’ social channels and http://www.BristolMotorSpeedway.com for updates.

-CARS Tour Press Release-

Amber Lynn Seeking Redemption at the Beach

Article By: Brad Newman

Amber is an eighteen year old, second generation racer from Walkertown, North Carolina. Her father Ron, competed in the ARCA Series in the early 1990’s and has passed on his tradition to his youngest, Amber. She has raced up and down the East-Coast and competed everywhere she’s been, in pretty much everything she’s sat in. From go-karts to asphalt Late Model Stocks there’s only been one place that she felt like she’s left something on the table at, and that is Myrtle Beach speedway.

The 2017 season has almost come to a close for Amber and her team with the exception of the November SELLM Myrtle Beach event. This will be her third attempt at running this event. Last year she had a great car for both the Friday and Saturday race (Challenger Friday, Pro on Saturday). Last year she faced obstacle after obstacle in both races. In the Challenger race, she started in the first few rows, and quickly moved up to third in a few laps. She was attempting to pass the second place car when he slid up the track (Amber was running the higher lane) by doing this Amber caught his right rear and sent him around. Neither driver received any damage by Amber was black flagged by the Speedway for “rough driving.” The restart after receiving this penalty she was collected in an incident on the restart which ended her night. The Saturday race didn’t go much better, she was spun out coming off turn two with about ten laps to go ending her night then, as well.

Though Amber has had a wave of bad luck, much out of her control she heads into this weekend’s event with a positive outlook. The team’s goals are to contend for a win in both events, but most importantly getting the finish they deserve after all these years. Through all the adversity she has faced at this facility she still considers it one of her favorite race tracks that she’s ever stepped foot in. Myrtle Beach is a half mile asphalt-ish surface that has been weathered by the ocean air over decades of time, while also being paved with seashells it makes for a very entertaining surface. Amber has somehow found a way to run this race track to where she can save her equipment and tires while still making passes and gaining ground on competitors.

She is coming off an extremely successful 2017 rookie campaign at Bowman Gray Stadium where she collected three wins, rookie of the year, hard charger, and overall rookie of the year for the Stadium. She also collected multiple top five’s and a win at Caraway in their Charger division. Amber will once again be racing in the Challenger and Pro events at Myrtle this year, Challenger Friday and Pro are Saturday. This will also be the last asphalt event she runs this year before her and the team gear up for a 2018 campaign at Bowman Gray.

Keep an eye out for her black AND white car(s) this weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway for the Myrtle Beach 250.

Kluge looking for solid finish in SELLM debut

Article By: Josh Parrish

(Myrtle Beach, SC) –  This weekend, Nashville, NC native Jonathan Kluge will be making his limited late model debut at Myrtle Beach Speedway. This will not only be his first time racing a Limited Late Model, but also his first time at the track. Kluge will be competing in the South East Limited Late Model Series 50 Lap Challenger Division feature on Friday night.

Kluge said his main goal is ultimately to just learn. “My goal is to learn all I can and keep the nose on it and complete all the laps. Of course I’m going hoping to win but if as long as I finish I’m happy. I really feel like I’ll have a good shot at a great finish if not a win with my dad Mike Bushee and good friend Adam Resnick calling the shots, just going to have to find us a good spot and ride and save tires so we will have something in the end.”

Kluge will be driving the #5 Limited Late Model that is owned by Resnick, “I’m Very blessed for this opportunity Adam Resnick has giving me.”

Most recently Jonathan competed at the the 2016 Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports park where he finished 3rd in the Street Stock Feature. “I’m more then ready to get back behind the wheel after almost a year of not racing”, said Kluge. Looking ahead to this weekend, we asked him about transitioning from the street stock division to limited late models “I think I will have really good car control. I learned in a street stock that you really have to drive them hard and manhandle them”

For more information about the event, visit http://www.MyrtleBeachSpeedway.com


Clements confident ahead of Myrtle Beach 250 weekend

Article by: Josh Parrish

(Myrtle Beach, SC) – Swansboro, NC native Brandon Clements is one of the most well known Mini-Stock competitors on the East Coast. He has scored a total of 21 wins so far this season at multiple tracks in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Clements nearly captured the Track Championship at Wake County Speedway this year after leading the points for the majority of the season, but just fell short after being caught up in an incident in the season finale.

On November 11th, Clements will try and add another win to his already impressive 2017 season while competing in the Mini-Stock portion of the Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway (MBS). Clements has had success at MBS, as he has scored 4 wins there in the past.

We asked Clements about his confidence going into the event. “Going in to it very confident, we had a really good car there earlier this year scoring two wins. We are going with a different car but it should be even faster.” said Clements.

The final race at MBS is known to attract some of the greatest Mini-Stock drivers on the east coast.  Clements said, “I think the Thrasher Racing team will be bringing two really strong cars and as always A.J. Sanders will be quick, but this year hearing that the field will be stacked with really fast cars from all over”

The one thing that is synonymous with the speedway is the presence of extreme tire wear. When someone mentions the track, the first thing that comes to most people’s mind is tire conservation. “Picking a good spot to ride to keep the fenders on it and not burning the tires up is key and then going at the right time” said Clements, when asked about the key to winning at MBS.

To learn more about the Myrtle Beach 400, Visit http://www.MyrtleBeachSpeedway.com

To get updates from the November 9th-11th at MBS, visit FB.com/ShortTrackCentral



Up and Down the ranks with Cale Gale

Article/Photo by: Brad Newman

Cale Gale may be a household name for some, but not all. To your average spectator, Saturday’s Truck race at Martinsville is just another race where a rich kid can buy a seat and try to compete at a short track. For Cale Gale, this time, it’s something different. Gale hasn’t sat in the seat of a Camping World Truck since the 2013 season, since then he has raced in just about everything BUT the NASCAR’s top three series.

Cale Gale got the call from Shane Huffman, MDM Motorsports and his longtime partner Rheem about a month ago asking him if he’d like to pilot the #99 machine around the paperclip for the Fall Martinsville race. Of course, Cale said yes. But let’s rewind a bit to the 2012 NCWTS Season where Cale had a full-time ride with ESR with Rheem has his exclusive sponsor. He ran well that season, it wasn’t his first shot in the NWCTS, but, it was his first full-time season. In the final event of 2012 Cale and crew chief Jerry Baxter pulled off an amazing strategy call, which earned Cale his first and last NCWTS victory. Cale Gale beat Kyle Busch in his own playground, at his own game that night. And, unfortunately even with an emotional victory lane speech and an excellent showing of talent on the track, Gale remained in limbo for the 2013 season.

During the next calendar year, Cale competed almost full time at the famed Bowman Gray Stadium running Sportsman, and winning races. While doing this he also had the birth of his first child, Camber Gale. Cale continued to crew chief and mentor Brandon Jones in ARCA and K&N, while juggling a newborn and helping his father Bubba run their business, Gale Force Suspension Management. He started a couple NCWTS races near the end of the year and had great showings, finishing thirteenth at Kentucky, sixth at Phoenix and tenth at Homestead. But even with having an entire year off, hopping in and showing he can still compete at NASCAR’s highest level, nothing came of it.

Since that 2013 season, Cale has run everything from a 602 Super Limited all the way to a NASCAR Whelen Modified. I had a chance to ask him what exactly is the learning curve from driving all different types of race cars compared to a NASCAR Truck, “A tour type modified does everything it’s supposed to do. Got big ole tires, a real low center of gravity, nice and wide tread width, lightweight, and plenty of motor.  A truck is more sluggish. Higher center of gravity, heavier, smaller tires.” But this task is nothing Cale can’t handle, he assured me. During these off years, Cale was hired by Roush Fenway Racing as a shock-man, which as many of you know has Gale written all over it. But recently Cale has been kind of the five-tool player of the RFR shop doing everything from simulations to testing with the team at the track.

Gale told me at this point in his career, he hasn’t raced for points in much of anything since 2003. With that being said, he would love the opportunity to compete for a championship in whatever it may be that he races next. He has pondered the idea of possibly running for a championship at the famed quarter mile, Bowman Gray. But, like most things in his racing career, this isn’t set in stone. He had the chance to tell me it’s “truly humbling and unbelievable to be the guy that can still get that call or text in today’s time.” I asked him if he exceeded expectations this weekend, did he believe anything could come of this opportunity. He simply said, “I do have a slight hope that if I do my job that is possible.” And in today’s racing world, that’s all you need…..one opportunity.