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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.

  • JIMMY RENFREW
  • BUBBA POLLARD
  • BRYAN KRUCZEK
  • SAMMY GOODEN
  • JOE SQUELIA JR
  • GABE BROWN
  • TREVOR NOLES
  • LONNIE SOMMERVILLE
  • BEN ROWE
  • MAX MCLAUGHLIN
  • BRANDON SETZER
  • TYLER CHURCH
  • TATE FOGLEMAN
  • DEREK GRIFFITH
  • JAKE JOHNSON
  • TRAVIS STEARNS
  • KEVIN FLOARS
  • DEREK RAMSTROM
  • KODIE CONNER
  • DENNIS SPENCER
  • JEFF BATTEN
  • MATT CRAIG
  • DJ SHAW
  • JIMMY DOYLE
  • JERICK JOHNSON
  • GARRETT HALL
  • WYATT ALEXANDER

PR: Berry 4th, Mayer 15th at MBS

Josh Berry drove his All Things Automotive Chevrolet to a fourth-place finish Saturday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway in the second CARS Response Energy Late Model Stock Car Series event of the season. Teammate Sam Mayer was 15th in his Menard’s/JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

Berry qualified 16th for the Late Model Stock Car part of the BakerDist.com 200 on the big half-mile oval—at which he won the Myrtle Beach 400 last year. During qualifying, a car pulled out right in front of him, and that cost him in the end. As Myrtle Beach is notoriously hard on tires, it wasn’t a huge problem, but did interfere with Berry’s race strategy.

That strategy consisted of saving as much of his tires as he could, and he rode in 20th spot until a competition caution 40 laps in. From there, he set off toward the front of the field and made it as high as fourth with 15 laps remaining before finishing there at the checkered flag.

Mayer qualified 22nd and employed the same tire-saving strategy as Berry. He climbed to 17th by the halfway point and started pushing to gain spots, but by then the tires on his Menards-backed JRM Chevrolet were somewhat the worse for wear. The final 50 laps were an exercise in perseverance for the 14-year-old Badger State driver, and he crossed the line 15th.

Lee Pulliam won the race over Ronald Hill, Justin Johnson, Berry and Bobby McCarty.

The JR Motorsports teams will next see action on April 7, when the CARS Response Energy Tour heads to Wake County Speedway near Raleigh.

Josh Berry, driver No. 88 All Things Automotive Chevrolet team

“We had a really good car in practice, but for some reason when we put on our race tires, we lost speed somewhere. The race got pretty strung out, and I felt like they were setting a pretty fast pace. We dropped back to around 20th saving the tires, but I’m not sure if we could’ve gave up a bit more track position in the beginning. Either way, I still feel like we were missing some speed from where we were in practice and that ended up being the difference. We were still able to work our way up to fourth which was solid. We will work hard and be ready for the next one. Thank you All Things Automotive and all our guys for the hard work this weekend.”

Sam Mayer, driver No. 9 Menards/JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“The car kept getting better and better all weekend, and we had a really good piece for the race. We qualified worse than we wanted, but we came back to get a top-15 finish. Thanks to the entire JRM team for a good car all weekend!”

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.

MASS Series to make CCS debut in 2018

Article by: Josh Parrish

On Friday (January 26th) Mid Atlantic Street Stock Series owner/promotor Ron Barfield announced via Facebook that the series would be visiting Carteret County Speedway (CCS) for the first time this season.

CCS hosts Street Stocks on a regular basis during weekly events at the speedway. The division is a fan favorite and has produced multiple winners and spectacular finishes in the track’s three year stent.

The MASS series event at CCS will be held September 15th along with other divisions that will be announced at a later date.

Carteret County Speedway started out as a kart track in 1982 and ran until 2000 before owner Bobby Watson rebuilt the facility into an asphalt oval. Carteret County Speedway opened as an asphalt track on September 6, 2015. Since then, Carteret County Speedway has become the action attraction for the Crystal Coast.

For more information about Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com