Category Archives: Late Models

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

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.

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-

LMSC Engine Combos to downsize in 2019

NASCAR issued a statement to all Home Track members stating that ALL Dodge, Chevy and Ford built motors will no longer be legal under NASCAR sanctioning starting in the 2019 season. This comes as to a relief for most who have been going off of hearsay for the last few months on the future of LMSC engine combos. 

The only engine combinations that will be legal under NASCAR sanctioning will be the new Chevrolet Built “upgrade” motor which most of us know now as the new SPEC motor. Also, the Ford SR347, the Harrington Enforcer engine and lastly the 604 GM Crate motor.

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.