Category Archives: Late Models

Burbage wins in Dominating fashion at ECMS

Article By: Josh Parrish

(Robersonville, NC) Thomas Burbage out of Washington, NC sat on the pole for the 4th time in the 2017 Race Season with a time of 15.165 at East Carolina Motor Speedway (ECMS) located in Robersonville, NC. Tyler Matthews clocked in 2nd with a time of 15.275 followed by Wesley Johnson in 3rd with a 15.326.

The 50 Lap feature produced great racing throughout the field by at the front it was the Thomas Burbage show. In the early stages of the race Burbage has to fend off challenges from Tyler Matthews, but at around lap 8 suspension problems plagued the #63 of Matthews causing him to stop on the backstretch and bring out the first yellow of the race. Matthews would go on to lose 2 laps after repairs.

After the race was back underway Burbage would pull away from Wesley Johnson and Jeff Shifflet. Tyler Matthews had motor issues after getting back on track after his early incident which ultimately resulted in a last place finish. The race would continue to run green until Lap 30 when the #33 of Ryan Haddock spun through the grass off turn 4.

The field was reset with just 20 laps to go, and from there Burbage would leave the field in dominating fashion while there was tons of hard racing behind him. Burbage would go on to claim his 2nd win of the season by leading all 50 laps of the event.

 

Late Model Results:

1. Thomas Burbage #9

2. Wesley Johnson #12

3. Jeff Shifflet #01

4. Louis White #7

5. Kenneth Mercer #25

6. Ryan Haddock #33

7. Chris Burns #19

8. Tyler Matthews #63

Diaz leads Late Model points after back to back wins at SNMP

Article by: Josh Parrish/Photo: Race 22

Lucama, NC – Mason Diaz currently sits at the top in late model points at Southern National Motorsports Park after grabbing two wins this past Saturday in the Remember the Fallen 225. Diaz currently has 8 podium finishes with half of those being wins. He leads with a total of 250 points followed by Chris Chapman and Rusty Daniels who each have 233 points. Jonathan Findley sits in 4th position with a total of 231 points followed Paul Williamson who rounds out the top 5, with a total of 214 points.

Throughout the night there were 5 different leaders in the late model division including the #4 of Jonathan Findley, #21 of Gerald Benton, #24 of Mason Diaz, #29 of Paul Williamson, and the #51 of Chris Chapman. Diaz would fall to 3rd in the 2nd Twin race of the night but made a last lap pass to get by Findley. Findley, being the only other driver in the top 5 with a win also has 4 runner up finishes, 3 of which were behind Diaz.

Although neither Chapman or Daniels have a win this year, they have both been recording consistent Top 5 finishes, Both are previous winners at SNMP and hope to get get back to victory lane soon.

The next race at Southern National Motorsports Park will be the School’s Out 325 on June 24th featuring  Late Model Stocks, Chargers, Mini Stocks, Any Cars, Legends and Bandoleros.

 

Brinkley feels confident ahead of Late Model Debut

Article/Photo By: Josh Parrish

Blaise Brinkley is known for his dominance in the Bandolero division at tracks around the East Coast winning over 80 races and claiming a total of  6 track championships. This Saturday at Southern National Motorsports Park he will be taking the next step and making his Late Model debut.

Brinkley out of Sanford, NC will be piloting the #24 Chatlee Marine Ford Fusion  in the Remember the Fallen 225 which will feature Twin 40 races for the Late Model division.

Ahead of his debut Brinkley says, “I have a lot of confidence going into late model racing because I know what I’m working with. My dad is phenomenal in late model racing and I have a lot of people behind me, such as Lee Pulliam and Greg Marlowe. We went and tested last weekend and it was amazing, we were running competitive times with late models and I’m excited to be able to follow my dreams.”

Be sure to check out Blaise along with all the other drivers this Saturday at the Remember the Fallen 225 at SNMP which will also feature Chargers, UCARS, Mini Stocks, Legends, and Bandoleros in Action.

BSR Partners with Setzer Racing for Guaranteed spot in Short Track Nationals

(Mooresville, NC) – Bond Suss Racing (BSR) and Cole Anderson will join forces with Setzer Racing for this weekend’s US Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway. The BSR machine will get a makeover, putting the No. 6 on the Timberwolf Plastics Camery for the much anticipated event in Tennessee. Anderson remains behind the wheel for the 100-lap event and now, with the backing of Setzer Racing, has a guaranteed starting spot in the big dance.

 

“I’m excited heading into Bristol this weekend,” said Anderson. “Going around that fast of a track with a ton of banking is crazy. It really sits you down in the seat.”

 

“We had the opportunity to team-up with Setzer Racing and in doing so, guarantee ourselves a starting position in the race, so it was a no brainer,” said Suss. “There are a lot of cars and with how qualifying and the qualifying races are laid out, it made sense. We will get a chance to learn some things on Saturday and then get to work on Sunday.”

 

Anderson and the BSR team had a successful test at Bristol Motor Speedway in late April, consistently finding themselves in the top-five in practice. It was one of two open test sessions for the race this Sunday and both driver and crew chief feel confident heading into the event.

 

“I learned you can really bust off a quick lap on your first lap. During the test the low groove seemed to be the preferred lane, so we will see if that changes throughout the race,” said Anderson. “After leaving the test I think as a team we are all very confident, our car showed great and consistent speed, and we were still able to bust off that quick lap. To say the least I am very excited to get back to Bristol.”

 

“I thought our test was really good,” said Suss. “The car had good speed throughout the day and Cole was able to be consistent, which can be hard at a track like Bristol. We definitely learned some things at the test and I think we put ourselves in a good position heading into this weekend.”

 

Super Late Models will have three practice sessions on Friday before getting down to business on Saturday. Saturday consists of qualifying, which determines starting positions in the qualifying races Saturday night. Odd and even qualifiers will be split up into two 50-lap races, where the top-ten from each race advance to the 100-lap event on Sunday. On Sunday, all cars that secured a spot in the US Short Track Nationals will re-qualify for their starting position in the race later that evening.

-BSR Press Release

Event preview: Dogwood 300 at SNMP

Lucama, NC-

This weekend marks race #2 of the 11 PASS South Series races in 2017, which will be hosted at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, NC. The event will consist of 150 Laps of PASS Super Late Models, along with 150 Laps of NASCAR Late Model Stocks. This event format is similar to what you might see at a CARS Tour Race. Race #1 of the Season was won by Jared Irvan, son of former NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan, in his #28 Chevrolet.

The last time the series visited SNMP was on July 12th, 2014 in which Preston Peltier came home with the Victory over the hard charging Tyler Church in the 150 Lap SLM Feature. So far we know the following will be competing this weekends in the PASS Feature… Jared Irvan, Bradley McCaskill, Tanner Thorson, Matt Craig, Tate Fogleman, and many others

The Last time the Late Model Stocks were on track at SNMP was at the 2016 Thanksgiving Classic in which Tommy Lemons Jr. came home with the victory. Among the drivers competing this weekend are… Lee Pulliam, Tommy Lemons Jr, Deac McCaskill, Tyler Hughes, Haley Moody, Mason Diaz, among others.

We will be at the track all weekend taking photos of the event. Be sure to like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ShortTrackCentral

Event Preview – School’s Out 300 at SNMP

(Lucama, NC)-

This Saturday night, Southern National Motorsports Park will feature racing from the Late Model Stock and Charger Divisons along with UCAR’s, Legends, and Bandoleros.

One of the big headlines coming into the night is Late Model Stock points leader Bradley McCaskill. As most of you know Bradley was injured in a big crash at East Carolina Motor Speedway, and he is still recovering. With Bradley being sidelined, the race for the championship is basically down to 5 drivers. Chris Chapman, Tyler Matthews, T.J. Barron, Tim Allensworth, and Ricky Jones.

Below are the points as of the last race.

  1. Bradley McCaskill – 169 (1 win)
  2. Chris Chapman – 161 (2 wins)
  3. Tyler Matthews – 158 (1 win)
  4. T.J. Barron – 147
  5. Tim Allensworth – 147
  6. Ricky Jones – 146

In the Charger Division Robert Arch leads Michael O’brien by 11 points and Jeremy Bohne by 14. Arch has visited Victory Lane at Southern National 5 times in 2016 along with O’brien grabbing 1 win. Jeremy Bohne has yet to visit Victory Lane this year but hopes to do so this weekend in the 35 Lap feature for the Charger division.

The race for the UCAR points is tightening up. Buckshot Jones lead Brandon Allen by a margin of only 4 points. Followed by Allen is Joseph Pittman who is in a 12 point deficit behind  Jones. Both Jones and Allen have shown Consistency throughout the year by finishing Top 3 in every race of 2016. Jones has recorded 1 victory so far this season.

In The Legends and Bandolero division the points seem to be all but wrapped up. In the Legends Division, Dillon Spain has a 21 point lead over Chris Stancil and a 28 point lead over teammate Will Bristle. Spain has won all 6 races in 2016.

In the Bandoleros, Blaise Brinkley shows a 12 point lead over Emily Day and a 13 point lead over Camryn Rice. Brinkley has 1 win in 2016 along with Josh Kossek and Dustin Yeoman.

Zane Smith pulls off 3rd PASS victory of 2015, as Setzer and Nasse Tangle

Story By: Josh Parrish

South Boston Speedway has been one of the most competitive tracks on the PASS South Super Late Model series schedule. It has produced some of the best racing the series has seen.
The latest race on Saturday night saw Florida native Stephen Nasse dominate the early stages of the 150 lap feature event. Not far behind Nasse is where you would find series point leader Zane Smith and Brandon Setzer,
both of which also compete in the CARS Super Late Model Tour. Setzer was seeking his first win in the PASS Series where as Smith has already visited victory lane twice.

An impressive battle between the top 3 ended when Smith got under Nasse for the lead going into turn three. From there Nasse rode the high line which Setzer had been using all night.
When they entered turn three the next lap Nasse got a bump from Setzer and the two leaders went up the track and hard into the wall ending both drivers nights.

That incident left Zane Smith alone in the lead and he able to pull away for yet another PASS win in 2015. “We were just riding there for the longest time,” said Smith.
“I got the opportunity to take my chance and I got under Nasse and Setzer got into the back of him and there was nothing he could do. We were able to pull away on the next restart and get the win.
It’s been a great season in PASS and a lot of things have gone our way. We got in a wreck going for a win at Caraway, but other then that’s it’s been a perfect year so far.”

Setzer was upset with the outcome, but it was also all the emotion of being so close to winning. “I made the commitment to go high and I run in the back of him,” said Setzer.
“It was my fault. It ruined the night for both of us. I know they are upset, but we can race together really well. We did it at Orange County. We’ll just regroup from here.”