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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

 

PASS Mega-Meltdown Qualifiers to be hosted at SNMP

Although the Pro All Stars Series season is not quite halfway complete, drivers and series officials are already looking towards one of the biggest and newest events of the year, the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway in November.

In advance of the MegaMeltdown, PASS and Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., announced that two events coming up in the month of July will serve as qualifiers for the MegaMeltdown.

As part of the agreement, the winner of the upcoming pro late model race at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 8 will be awarded a guaranteed starting spot in the prestigious race.

Then, the following weekend on Saturday, July 15, the top three finishers of the 150-lap PASS South super late model event there will also receive guaranteed starting spots in the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300.

The only stipulation is that teams receiving these guaranteed spots must have their entries and entry fees submitted by Aug. 1.

Drivers from the Southern National events will join the top-two finishers of the Neal Newberry 125 at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval in Washington state on Sept. 23 as guaranteed starters during the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300.

“PASS has had a long history at Southern National dating back to the series inaugural season in 2006,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Mike [Diaz] and the folks at Southern National have been great supporters of PASS and the MegaMeltdown at Hickory.  We expect this race to attract a lot of cars and these guaranteed spots at Southern National could be pivotal to a driver making the MegaMeltdown or not.”

The Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 will be held Nov. 18 at Hickory Motor Speedway, paying $15,000 to the winner and $1,000 to start.

With lap leader bonus money added in, the winner could take home more than $20,000.

CREDIT: Pro All Stars Series

Wilson eyeing first win of 2017 at “The County”

(Raleigh,NC)

Dylon Wilson is one driver who knows his way around Wake County Speedway, also known as “America’s Favorite Bullring” and has shown speed all season but still without a win in 2017. Wilson won the Metal Depot 100 “Big Money” Late Model race back in 2014 where he had to out run current points leader Clay Jones along with Bradley McCaskill and Randy Renfrow. So far this season, Wilson has recorded top 5 finishes in every event with two of those being runner-ups. He currently sits 3rd place in the standings behind Alex Fleming (2nd) and Clay Jones (1st).

“We’ve not had a chance to run much the last couple of years, honestly I’ve only been running late models/limiteds since 2013, and have only ran 2 full seasons since then, we won 3 times in 2014 including the 100 lapped at Wake County, (which is when I fell in love with the track).”

Since 2014 Wilson has only competed in about 12 race due to starting his new business (One Designs Wraps) along with building a house.

“Now that we’ve finally got our stuff back together we decided to avoid spending thousands of dollars on tires and testing every week at other tracks and come to wake County and buy just 2 tires and have a blast on a .25 mile bull ring. So with that being said, I feel like we’ve started off solid, we tried to come in with no expectations but with a worst finish of 4th through 5 races our expectations has went up dramatically. We are getting better every week, from practice to qualifying to the race we find a extra tenth it seems about every week, so this is the most confidence I’ve had in our program in a while.”

Wilson also talked about the racing this year and how the 1/4 mile bullring always produces non-stop action.

“The racing this year is great. On paper you might think it doesn’t seem great, averaging like 10 cars and Clay Jones has won all but one. What you don’t see on paper is how many passes is made, and the quality of racing, as a race fan I’ll take racing with guys like Clay Jones, Alex Fleming, and Cory Walker even if there is a total of 10 cars every week over a field of 18 somewhere else where there is only 2 cars with a legit chance to win. It just seems at wake, every week there is AT LEAST 5 cars that can win, so if you win there you are getting it done, especially with only 60 laps to do it.”
Late Models will be back in Action this Friday June 20th in the Kids Ride Along Night which will also feature racing from all of the regular divisions at WCS.
For more info about this weekend’s event visit: http://www.wcspeedway.com

FCS to close after issues with Property Owner

Franklin County Speedway posted on Facebook the following statement:

​”I’m not sure how to start this out or how to even begin to explain how disappointed we are to announce this but at this time all races at Franklin County Speedway have been canceled for the rest of the season. 

Unfortunately the one thing we all knew was possible to kill things off happened. Whitey Taylor has stepped in to make sure we don’t continue as in his words “he wasn’t making enough money and we were making too much” even though we have lived up to every obligation we had with him. We first encountered an issue the Thursday after the Night of Destruction event after having one of the largest crowds in the tracks last three decades. Apparently according to family members of Taylor this was enough to make him angry and demand that we not run anymore races there. 

We worked last week to settle the issue and thought things could continue on as planned. Unfortunately Taylor had other plans. As we received a message from one of the race car owners that he heard Taylor was taking over. After our previous issues were resolved we wanted to make sure everything was good to go and texted him as such. He said we “could work for him” and he was going to “make a million dollars just like he did in 1986″. 

Legal recourse wouldn’t be worth the time and effort as our contract expires in November anyways. With that said we are disappointed for all the fans, racers and staff. We would love to continue on with you but it’s just not feasible at this time. 

I’m not going to cry foul. At the end of the day when you play with rattlesnakes and you know what they do, then you can’t cry when you get bit. You chalk it up to another lesson learned and hopefully going forward we won’t be so stupid as to play with a rattlesnake known for his venomous bite. 

Myself and my wife Kimberly want to thank everyone who was involved with the track from the day to day chores to the staff on race days to the fans and the racers and pit crew members. We can’t thank you guys enough for everything you’ve done and your support every moment we were there at the track. 

Before closing I do want to address the fact that Mr. Taylor has corresponded with drivers that we up and left and he didn’t even know it. I don’t think we need to explain ourselves but I’m sure the screenshot of the text from him last Thursday when this process began will serve as evidence to who’s telling the truth and who isn’t. Not that you guys don’t know who Mr. Taylor is already.  He will also try to sing you a song about non-payment but you should ask yourself since he said that last time and let us come back if there’s anyway that could be true. 

Correspondence on our part continued with him via phone and then text again. We have nothing to hide and love the race track more than probably anyone else. We hate that you guys are caught in the middle of this and hope that somehow someway Mr. Taylor will see the error in his ways and make this right with us so we can complete the 2017 season. 

We will be making an announcement in the coming days of plans to try and finish the season at an alternate venue for all the racers and fans. This isn’t our first rodeo with having problems with Mr. Taylor and we plan to do everything within our power to live up to what we have promised every racer and fan. 

Thanks,

Langley Austin”

Based on comments from racers and fans, they will be boycotting any future races hosted by Whitley.

Repko set for ARCA Debut

-MMM Press Release-

Statesville, North Carolina – 17-Year-old short track standout Ryan Repko will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut in the Montgomery Ward 200 at the Madison International Speedway on June 23rd. Repko will be behind the wheel of the No. 78 Champion Power Equipment/Cometic Gaskets Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

“This is going to be a huge step up,” an excited Repko stated.” If you compare it to stick and ball sports, I’m basically making the transition from college to pro. It’ll be a great experience for me and I have confidence in my MMM crew going into it.

“I originally started racing in Late Models at Motor Mile and Motor Mile resembles Madison quite a bit so we’re hoping my experience there will transition over to Madison. There will be a few challenges going into this. The two most obvious will be the horsepower and the size of the car, but I think the biggest thing will be running on a radial tire. I’ve never driven on a radial tire in my career. I know that my MMM crew led by Kevin Reed will get me up to speed quickly. These guys produce quality cars.”

Repko just captured his first CARS Late Model Tour Stock Car pole at the Anderson Motor Speedway last weekend and earned a sixth-place finish.

“I’ve had my eye on Repko for quite some time now,” Owner Mason Mitchell stated. “He knows how to take care of his equipment and manage his stuff until the end of a race. We’ve always raced well at Madison so I am confident we will have a great weekend.”

2015 was Repko’s first season racing in late models at Motor Mile, South Boston and Hickory. He picked up one win during his rookie season and was awarded Motor Mile Speedway’s rookie of the year in limited late models. 2016 was Repko’s first appearance at the Martinsville ValleyStar 300 where he qualified third overall and finished ninth in the feature race. He is currently a high school Junior at North Lincoln High School and enrolled in the academic honors program.

MMM has two prior starts at Madison. Last season the team earned a runner-up finish with Kyle Weatherman behind the wheel. In two starts the teams led 163 out of 400 laps.

The Montgomery Ward 200 will be live on MAVTV Friday, June 19th at 9:00 pm ET. Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring for all on-track activities throughout the day.