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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.

Alfredo making jump to K&N Series

Anthony Alfredo announced today that he will be joining the reigning NASCAR K&N East Champions, MDM Motorsports for the 2018 season. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series, which includes the East and the West divisions, is the top step in NASCAR’s developmental ladder before drivers progress to the three-national NASCAR Series, the Camping World Truck Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. “MDM is a great team with proven success at the next level. I would like to thank them for allowing me to become a part of their team. I am grateful for this opportunity and plan to make the most of it.” said Alfredo.

Anthony Alfredo is an 18-year-old race driver from Connecticut who has emerged as one of the brightest prospects for future NASCAR Cup Series stardom. Anthony was selected to drive for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s JR Motorsports (JRM) team in the Late Model division of the ultra-competitive CARS Tour in 2017, and finished a close second in the championship to his much more experienced teammate, Josh Berry. Anthony topped off the season by winning the Southeast Limited Last Model Pro Division, driving for Lee Faulk Racing and Development.

Alfredo is also driving under the Ranier Racing Development program with top NASCAR talent scout Lorin Ranier. Anthony will be teaming up with Crew Chief and former Goody’s Dash Series Champion Robert Huffman.  “For as little racing experience as he (Anthony) has, I think he has done a great job in his career thus far,” said Huffman. “I’m looking forward to working with him this year.  Finishing second in the CARS Tour Championship by just a few points to someone like Josh Berry shows he already has the ability to run with top competition.”

“I’m really excited about joining MDM Motorsports this year to race for the K&N East Championship.  I am looking forward to working with all of the great individuals that are a part of their team and cannot wait to get to New Smyrna Speedway for our first race on February 11, 2019.” said Alfredo.

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.