Category Archives: Late Models

Butcher to drive for GMS Racing at Thanksgiving Classic

Hot off the heels of a successful streak of Legend Car races including five wins and a championship at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Australian racer Bronson Butcher has been offered the opportunity to take his talents to the Super Late Model ranks. Current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Champion and NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) team, GMS Racing, will field a Super Late Model for Butcher at the annual Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC.
Butcher, a mechanic for over five years with GMS Racing and who currently travels weekly with the No. 23 NXS car of Spencer Gallagher, is relishing the chance to make the step up in his career.
“It’s been a long time coming,” stated Butcher. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work during my time here in the (United) States and GMS Racing has supported me the whole way. I’m excited to take this next step with the team.”
Butcher hopes to capitalize on this opportunity and is working with GMS Racing on putting together a full schedule for the 2018 racing season.
“We are thrilled to be able to put this deal together for Bronson and for the GMS team,” said Mike Beam GMS Racing General Manager. “We are always looking to grow our program and the more drivers we can get in the seat, the better. Bronson is a dedicated and hard-working driver, and we look forward to seeing him behind the wheel.”

-GMS Press Release-

Craig dominates to win at SNMP

Matt Craig took the lead from Matt Wallace on lap 28 of Saturday night’s 150 lap PASS South Super Late Model race and never looked back, as he scored his second Southern National win of the year in dominant fashion.

“That’s really cool to sweep the season in PASS, both races,” Craig said after the race. “The car has just been phenomenal. We have a good setup under our piece right now and I think it was a good race. I wish we had a few more cautions there, got strung and my car kept getting a little better and some other ones were fading. It was a lot of fun. I love this track a whole bunch and hope we come back here next year.”

Early in the race, Matt Wallace pulled away with a big lead, until the caution came out for rain. Craig, who had been saving tires, was able to get by and then pull away. He would go on to survive a series of late race restarts to pick up the win, his fourth win of the season in PASS South competition.

“We were just letting off at the flagstand,” Craig explained. “He was running a little hard and I’ve done it before. It takes a while to learn your lesson about that. With five to go, I wasn’t real worried. My crew was giving me the lap times and we felt safe.”

Maine driver Dave Farrington finished the race in second while fellow northern driver Trevor Sanborn was third. Rounding out the top-five were Jared Fryar and veteran Jay Fogleman.

Photo By: Josh Parrish

Sam Hunt ready for NKNPS race at Langley

Sam Hunt is relatively unknown to most in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) although he has been competing for 5 years. Hunt, now 23 years old, starting racing at the young age of 6, where he started racing Karts. After karts came the transition to asphalt with Limited Late Model and Late Model Stock Car competition. Hunt grabbed a few wins during his LMSC career at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC and Shenandoah Speedway in Shenandoah, VA.

Hunt began competing in the NKNPS at the age of 18 where he has since racked up multiple Top 10’s and Top 15’s in the series.  In 2016, he joined forces with Peyton Sellers to create HSR which granted him the title of the youngest NASCAR team owner at the age of 23. Currently, Sam is a full-time student at Virginia Commonwealth University, and he plans to graduate in the summer of 2017 with a degree in Finance.

Hunt spoke with our own Andrew Fuller about the upcoming NKNPS race at Langley Speedway in September. Hunt was competing at the Hampton Heat this past Saturday along with future late model races at Langley in preparation for the event.

“We are doing this race and another race to kinda get ourselves ready for the K&N race and to get my self some time on the track. I feel that the laps will be valuable and we’ll be ready come time in September” said Hunt.

Hunt came home in the 15th position at the Hampton Heat 200 on Saturday out of 31 cars that started the event.

Photo by: Andrew Fuller

PASS set to return to SNMP this weekend

Following the cancellation due to thunderstorms last race, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models will get another chance to tackle the high banks of Southern National Motorsports Park. PASS officials announced today that the south’s oldest Super Late Model tour will now return to Southern National on Saturday night, July 29th.

Many of North America’s best Super Late Model racers are already making plans to attend the biggest and newest event of the year, the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway in November, paying $15,000 to the winner. The top three finishers of the 150 lap PASS South Super Late Model race at Southern National Motorsports Park will receive guaranteed starting spots in the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300, which will also be nationally televised on MAV TV. The only stipulation is that teams receiving these guaranteed spots must have their entries and entry fees submitted or postmarked by August 1.

Former 2-time PASS National Champion, Jay Fogleman, will make his return to the driver’s seat at Southern National for the first time in over a year. Fogleman plans to compete, alongside his son and fellow former champion, Tate, at Southern National and then at South Boston Speedway in August in preparation for competing in the 44th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway.

The Foglemans will be joined at Southern National by PASS South points leader, Matt Craig, along with championship contenders Kodie Conner, Dave Farrington, Jr., Tyler Church, Roy Hayes, and Sarah Cornett-Ching. Local favorites Bradley McCaskill, Jeff Batten, Jody Measamer and Trevor Noles have also filed entries along with the Georgia duo of Kyle and Jordan McCallum.

The popular Mid-Atlantic Street Stocks will join PASS for the big night of racing at Southern National Motorsports Park. An updated schedule for Southern National will be posted on ProAllStarsSeries.com later this week.

JR Motorsports with solid finishes at OCS

Josh Berry and Anthony Alfredo both had solid nights at Orange County Speedway on Saturday, finishing third and sixth, respectively, in the 100-lap Mid-Atlantic Classic CARS Late Model Stock Car Series event on the three-eighths-mile oval.

Berry, the all-time leader in CARS LMSC victories, qualified on the pole for the 100-lap event and led the first laps before local star Deac McCaskill got past on a restart. Berry’s No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet was tight to begin with and did not get any better over the 100-lapper, and he lost second to Ronald Hill near the halfway mark. He finished a solid third.

Berry said, “I feel like the track changed a good bit between practice and the race, and we just missed it for the race.  We were too tight from the start, and it never got any better.  Overall, it was still a solid night, and we closed in some more on the points lead.  We are headed to two really good tracks for us with Hickory and Concord, so I am excited for those next two races.”

Alfredo started seventh and his No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet had the same problem as Berry, starting off way too tight. He pitted on lap 16 under caution for an adjustment to loosen his car up, falling to the back of the field. Over the remaining laps, the young Connecticut driver passed all the way up to sixth and was battling with current CARS LMSC point leader Layne Riggs for fifth when the checkered waved. Alfredo and Riggs are battling race to race for the series point lead. Alfredo and Berry (third in points) trail Riggs in the season-long grind by single digits.

“We were confident in the handling of the car and didn’t want to chase the changes of the race track like we had in the past. Unfortunately the car was really tight from the drop of the green flag. I didn’t want to give up our current track position at a place that’s so hard to pass but my crew chief Bryan Shaffer made a good call to come down pit road because we would have probably faded in the long run anyway. We made our way back up into the top ten and were fighting for a top five against the current point leader at the line. The guys have been working really hard and I need to thank them for that. The battling in the points is close, so hopefully we can go get another win at Hickory and take over the lead.” said Alfredo

-JR Motorsports PR-

McCarty claims Hampton Heat Victory

For longtime fans of  Langley Speedway, the ninth annual Hampton Heat Late Model 200 appeared headed for a finish that locals would remember for years. On consecutive laps, track legends C.E. Falk and Nick Smith, both former Heat winners, would make contact multiple times in a battle for another trophy and the $10,000 winner’s check.

But it wasn’t to be. In the midst of their battle, Bobby McCarty, racing at Langley for the first time, passed them on lap 190 and went on to win by about a half-straightaway over second-place Brenden Queen.

Falk, a three-time Heat winner, finished third, inaugural Heat winner Smith was fourth and Justin T. Carroll was fifth. The win was the second in as many weeks for McCarty, who won at his home track of South Boston a week before.

“The 12 (Smith) and 40 (Falk) started racing so hard and they slipped up the track, and I took my opportunity,” said McCarty, who is from Summerfield, N.C.

McCarty’s win, and even Smith’s late challenge, were unexpected because Falk was so dominant. The all-time leader in Heat history coming into the race with 665 laps led, Falk added 187 more to that total.

He won the pole and led all 100 laps before the 15-minute break at the halfway mark. He and second-place starter Philip Morris banged doors on the front straight at the end of the first lap, but Falk came out ahead.

Morris challenged Falk multiple times for the lead in the first half of the race without success. Morris, a four-time NWAAS national champion, would fade early in the second 100 laps due to a poor handling car.

“I don’t know what everybody else’s car is like,” Falk said at the halfway point, “but mine drives pretty good.”

Smith was Falk’s main challenger on most of the six restarts in the caution filled second half. Falk held him off easily until the final restart on lap 179, when, his tires worn, he could not shake Smith.

Photo by Andrew Fuller

Ford survives caution filled race in route to career best finish

(Raleigh, NC)

In his rookie year in the late model division at Wake County Speedway, Stephen Ford has competed in every race this season and racked up a total of four Top 5 finishes with one of those coming this past Friday. Although he is a rookie in the late model division, He is no stranger to the track. For the past few years he regularly competed in the Legend car division at the speedway and still competes in legends cars on dirt.

We asked Stephen about the transition from Legends to Late Models and he said, ” I believe the biggest adjustment has been that the car is a little bigger than a legend and will handle a lot better. I’ve learned that I still have to be up on the wheel every lap and get everything you can out of the car each lap.”

Ford qualified 5th in the Kid’s Ride-Along Night which featured a 60 Lapper for the Late Models. The night started off with Clay Jones leading the field to green alongside Zachary Marks. Jones would continue to show the way until lap 28 where Marks would take over the race lead. On lap 32 Alex Fleming would get turned by the #21 of Kevin Jefferys. After that the race saw a surge of cautions. At lap 38 Dylon Wilson went a spin after some contact as Zachary Marks continued to lead. At lap 44 the yellow would come out once more after Clay Jones went for a spin off the front bumper of Fleming.

After the string of cautions the field would reshuffle with Marks still in the lead followed by Cory Walker and Stephen Ford.

Ford was able to make his way by Cory Walker and take over the 2nd position. As he rode in 2nd, Clay Jones made his was from the back of the field up to 3rd and would try to make his way around Stephen. As the laps winded down the entire field began to loose grip and slide around the track. Drivers complained about fluid coming from the #17 machine of Marks but officials cleared him to continue despite the issue.

With 5 laps to go Clay Jones had reeled in the #86 of Stephen Ford, but at the end of the race Ford was able to fend off some hard challenges from Jones and come home a career best 2nd place finish

When asked about being able to hold of Clay Jones at the end of the race Ford said, “Being able to hold off Clay was a real big accomplishment for it to only be my fifth race in a late model. He has helped me out a lot also to help me get a little bit better.”

Wake County Speedway will be back in action Friday July, 14th