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50th Annual Snowball Derby Weekend Review

Article/Photo By: Brad Newman

(Pensacola, FL) As most of you know, this was my first time in attendance at the Snowball Derby at Five Flags. To say that I had high hopes for the weekend would be an understatement. So many of my friends had been that I really felt left out so I booked my hotel and made sure I was going to the event this year. The festivities pre and post-race are absolutely incredible. The food is great, the people are as nice as can be, the racing is excellent and it really is a race fans dream. I told my friend that it’s kind of like a party, a concert, a fair and a race all mixed into a five day weekend of nonstop fun. I will undoubtedly be making my return to this event in 2018.

I arrived Thursday night just in time for Snowball qualifying the next day. Throughout the weekend it really did look like it could be Bubba Pollard’s race to lose. He was wicked fast in all the practices, but as were a few of his competitors, like Monster Energy Cup Series Champion, Kyle Busch. There were a little over sixty entries and most of them were separated by a few tenths in all of the practices, which is unheard of. The Snowball was more of a crapshoot, Bubba looked very fast but Choquette, Grill, and Anderson all were very fast in their respected practices.

Once Snowball qualifying rolled around the atmosphere changed, it’s like everyone was on pins and needles with each car taking its time. Peltier sat down a crazy fast lap early on in qualifying and to many peoples surprise, it stuck. Bubba Pollard would roll of second and Augie Grill third. Many big names didn’t make the show on time like Derek Kraus and Rich Bickle for starters. The Modified race would end Friday night’s festivities, Augie Grill passed the leaders and set sail afterward winning this event.

Saturday was really the first day things began taking off in terms of real racing. Snowflake qualifying was in the early afternoon and Bubba Pollard to no surprise parked his #26 machine on the pole. The drivers that transferred from the Last Chance race were Carson Hocevar, Scott Tomasik, Joe Graf and Elliott Massey. Also, the drivers that transferred from the Snowball Last Chance were Derek Kraus, Tyler Dippel, David Rogers and Jerry Artuso. With the conclusion of these Last Chance races the Snowflake and Snowball fields were set. The Snowflake field rolled off later that night, and the Snowball the day after.

Pollard and Choquette led the field to the green in the Snowflake. These two exchanged the lead on multiple occasions restart after restart, but Pollard held off Choquette almost every time. A huge pile up on a restart took out over ten cars early on in this event, names like Cole Anderson, Augie Grill, and others received significant damage. Bubba Pollard did, in fact, hold off the field to win the Snowflake portion of the Snowball derby followed by a hard-charging Spencer Davis and Anthony Cataldi.

The Pro Truck race was set to roll off next, one of the more exciting events of the weekend. The field was led to the green flag by Jarrett Parker and Steven Davis. Early contact between Cody Haskins and the leaders resulted in a lot of tore up Trucks and a new face in the lead, DJ Vanderlay. Bubba Gale was on the hunt to the front before he was involuntarily spun in a three-wide situation going into turn three for the lead. DJ would hold off the field after multiple attempts of a Green-White-Checkered. With the conclusion of this race, the racing for Saturday would be over, but the party had just started in Pensacola. Post-race festivities are one of the highlights of the Snowball weekend and Saturday’s is nothing short of incredible.

The Snowball Derby field was ready to get rolling Sunday morning. The pre-race activities include giveaways, meet and greets at the fan fest tent, driver introductions and more. Once the field was introduced Peltier and Pollard led the field to the green, Pollard jumped out to an early lead. Laps passed by extremely fast and we received our first caution around halfway, Peltier would end up passing Pollard on the outside to lead a handful of laps. Another caution would be brought out around lap 80 which drew the leaders to pit road….except for Ty Majeski.

Ty would lead the field for a while as a huge pile up out of two collected a lot of very fast race cars including your pole sitter Peltier and Stephen Nasse. Majeski would lead until he was passed by Kyle Busch, who had newer tires. Unfortunately for Ty this run would be well over one-hundred laps and he lost not one, but two laps during this cycle. Another caution came out later in the race and the leaders once again came to pit road, this time it was for good. Choquette, Pollard, and Busch would all take tires and race it out for the win the remainder of the race. Choquette passed Pollard early and led until about thirty to go and here comes Kyle Busch would have managed his equipment throughout this final run. Busch passed Pollard and Choquette with ease and straightaway-ed his competition in under twenty laps to win his second career, Snowball Derby. Choquette would finish second, and a dissatisfied Pollard, the fan favorite to win this event would round out your top three.

Snowflake 100 Results:

1             26P        Bubba Pollard

2             5D          Spencer Davis

3             00A       Anthony Cataldi

4             9JC        Jeff Choquette

5             112G     Augie Grill

6             43S        Justin South

7             51SN     Stephen Nasse

8             78          Corey Heim

9             95G       Derrick Griffin

10          18R        Casey Roderick

11          14H       Carson Hocevar

12          99N       JR Niedecken

13          46W      Cole Williams

14          22D       Steven Davis

15          12L        Dan Leeck

16          26CS     Chandler Smith

17          51K        Zachary Knowles

18          51F        Eddie Fatscher

19          00C        Brandon Curren

20          55BO    Brandon Oakley

21          16T        Scotty Tomasik

22          24D       Mason Diaz

23          14O       Connor Okrzesik

24          21P        Ryan Paul

25          2A          Austin Wood

26          24          Christopher Tullis

27          97A       Cole Anderson

28          30K        Bobby Knox Jr

29          15J         Jake Johnson

30          R7          Ryan Worsham

31          21J         Brandon Johnson

32          04          Corey Roper

33          51P        Perry Patino

34          11M      Jordan McCallum

35          12G       Joe Graf

36          4M        Elliott Massey

Snowball Derby Results:

  1. 51 Kyle Busch
  2. 9C Jeff Choquette
  3. 26 Bubba Pollard
  4. 12 Harrison Burton
  5. 13 Cassius Clark
  6. 18 Casey Roderick
  7. 26S Chandler Smith
  8. 81 Chase Purdy
  9. 99 Raphael Lessard
  10. 20 Brandon McReynolds
  11. 32D Tyler Dippel
  12. 18G Noah Gragson
  13. 75 Jeremy Doss
  14. 53J Boris Jurkovic
  15. 53B Cole Butcher
  16. 00 Anthony Cataldi
  17. 91 Ty Majeski
  18. 4 Kyle Plott
  19. 15 Christian Eckes
  20. 36 Dan Fredrickson
  21. 19 Kason Plott
  22. 5 Jerry Artuso
  23. 55 Spencer Davis
  24. 07 Corey LaJoie
  25. 46 Cole Rouse
  26. 11R David Rogers
  27. 14 Chris Davidson
  28. 01 Jake Crum
  29. 112 Augie Grill
  30. 14C Connor Okrzesik
  31. 5M Mason Mingus
  32. 48 Preston Peltier
  33. 9K Derek Kraus
  34. 2W Donnie Wilson
  35. 11B Logan Boyett
  36. 51N Stephen Nasse
  37. 88 Garrett Jones

Borst reflects on MBS win, looks ahead to Thanksgiving Classic

Article/Photo by: Josh Parrish

Lucama, NC – Jacob Borst from Elon, NC is quickly becoming one of the hottest drivers in limited late model competition. In 2015, Jacob finished second in the nation in quarter midget competition, racing in multiple states, such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, Connecticut, Alabama, Maryland, Ohio and Indiana. After quarter midgets, Borst transitioned to the Allison Series, where he posted a fifth place finish in the championship standings (after missing the opening four races due to age restraints) and also became the youngest winner in the division’s history.

Most recently, Borst put his #25 Nichols Dodge Chrysler Jeep Limited Late Model in Victory Lane at Myrtle Beach Speedway in the SELLM Series Challenger Feature. Myrtle Beach is a track Borst says he always looks forward to. ” I ran at Myrtle Beach Speedway last year in the Allison Legacy series. It was on my second Allison Legacy start and I won the pole and finished second in the race. Myrtle Beach has been good to us for sure!” This was Borst’s first win in the Challenger Division and second Limited Late Model win overall.

Borst also competed in the Pro Division at Myrtle Beach where he qualified 9th out of an impressive field of 40 cars. Unfortunately his strong effort was cut short after being involved in one of many wrecks that occurred in the 100 lap feature. This resulted in a 26th place finish.

Next weekend, Borst will be making his maiden voyage to Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, NC as he will be competing in the Limited Late Model division as part of the 17th Annual Thanksgiving Classic.

For Borst’s team, winning is always the goal but they are aware of the tough competition that will be at The Classic. “We always go with the goal of winning but we know that will be tough. We have had fast cars all year and are confident that we can run in the top 5 and have a shot at the win.”

So far, drivers such as Mini Tyrell, Akinori Ogata, and Karl Budzevski have all pre-registered for the Limited Late Model division ahead of the Thanksgiving Classic.

Short Track Central will have full coverage of this year’s Thanksgiving Classic. Be sure to follow along on http://www.fb.com/shorttrackcentral

For more information about the Thanksgiving Classic, visit http://www.snmpark.com

 

 

U.S. Short Track Nationals returning in 2018

For the second consecutive season, the world’s best short track racers will descend upon The Last Great Colosseum when Bristol Motor Speedway again hosts the Short Track U.S. Nationals, May 18-20.

The second annual running of the signature event will be sanctioned by five different racing organizations and brings together six elite short track racing categories to compete on the high banks of The World’s Fastest Half-Mile in one spectacular weekend of action.

“Last year’s Short Track U.S. Nationals showcased an epic weekend of competitive racing in six different categories,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager at Bristol Motor Speedway. “Seeing the best-of-the-best in the short track racing world take to the signature high banks of Bristol was a sight to behold. We anticipate this to be an even better event in 2018.”

Champion Racing Association powered by JEGS (CRA), who took the lead sanctioning role in developing this event, will be co-sanctioning the Super Late Model race with the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS, The CARS Super Late Model Tour (CARS) and the Southern Super Series (SSS). CRA also will oversee the action for the crate late model event with their JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet and the Street Stocks with their Lawrence Towing/CRA Street Stock Series. The CARS officials will oversee the Late Model Stock portion of the event with their CARS Late Model Stock Tour. The compacts will be organized and overseen by the Vore’s Compact Touring Series while the Modified portion of the weekend will be sanctioned by a Midwest based Touring Modified organization to be named at a later date. The Short Track U. S. Nationals is being presented by Vore’s Welding & Steel.

The inaugural event featured nearly 350 cars on track, leading the Short Track U.S. Nationals to join the likes of some of short track racing’s most revered events, including the prestigious Snowball Derby in Florida, Indiana’s famed Winchester 400 and Nashville’s All-American 400. The event featured 13 different winners who added their names to Bristol lore among multiple features in six divisions. Winners included soon-to-be fulltime NASCAR Cup Series driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Myatt Snider, Cole Williams and Chad Poole, among others.

Specific details of the event regarding daily schedules, additional racing information, parking and more will be released in the coming weeks. Information on tickets, camping and general details will be announced at a later date. Those who are interested can stay tuned to BMS’ social channels and http://www.BristolMotorSpeedway.com for updates.

-CARS Tour Press Release-

Burns confident ahead of 2017 Thanksgiving Classic

Article By: Josh Parrish

(Lucama, NC) – Swansboro native Chris Burns recently competed in the Super Late Model event held at Carteret County Speedway in September where he came up just one spot short of a victory. At this year’s Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park, Burns hope to change that. He will once again pilot the #55 Super Late Model owned by David Dale.

While Burns does not run on a regular basis at SNMP, he has had good runs there in the past which includes winning the Vintage Nationals that was held at the track in 2012. He has also competed in the track’s Limited Late Model and Late Model Stock divisions in the past.

In 2017 Burns competed full-time at Carteret County Speedway where he picked up one victory along with multiple top 5 finishes. He would come home 2nd in the points standings.

Sunday, November 26th will be Burns’ second time driving a Super Late Model in his career. We asked burns about his expectations going into the event. “We’ve got a good car that’s proven to be capable of running up front, so I plan on going with intentions of battling for a win.” The Super Late Model division will be running a 125 lap feature along with Late Model Stocks in action running 200 laps.

A “roulette style” payout will be implemented for the Super Late Model division this year at The Classic. Track owner Michael Diaz came up with the idea to boost the interest and excitement of the racers, so far it has received great feedback.  “We had such great feedback from the Late Model racers and so many questions from Super Late Model and Limited drivers that we thought it’d be great to include all of them,” track owner Michael Diaz said. “It’s a great concept that the drivers and teams are excited about and we’re excited about the excitement it’s bringing to the Thanksgiving Classic.”

For the Super Late Model feature, drivers can race for $10,000-to-win if they pay a $500 entry fee or $4,000-to-win if they pay a $125 entry fee.

For more information about the Thanksgiving Classic, visit http://snmpark.com/special-events/thanksgiving-classic/

 

Amber Lynn Seeking Redemption at the Beach

Article By: Brad Newman

Amber is an eighteen year old, second generation racer from Walkertown, North Carolina. Her father Ron, competed in the ARCA Series in the early 1990’s and has passed on his tradition to his youngest, Amber. She has raced up and down the East-Coast and competed everywhere she’s been, in pretty much everything she’s sat in. From go-karts to asphalt Late Model Stocks there’s only been one place that she felt like she’s left something on the table at, and that is Myrtle Beach speedway.

The 2017 season has almost come to a close for Amber and her team with the exception of the November SELLM Myrtle Beach event. This will be her third attempt at running this event. Last year she had a great car for both the Friday and Saturday race (Challenger Friday, Pro on Saturday). Last year she faced obstacle after obstacle in both races. In the Challenger race, she started in the first few rows, and quickly moved up to third in a few laps. She was attempting to pass the second place car when he slid up the track (Amber was running the higher lane) by doing this Amber caught his right rear and sent him around. Neither driver received any damage by Amber was black flagged by the Speedway for “rough driving.” The restart after receiving this penalty she was collected in an incident on the restart which ended her night. The Saturday race didn’t go much better, she was spun out coming off turn two with about ten laps to go ending her night then, as well.

Though Amber has had a wave of bad luck, much out of her control she heads into this weekend’s event with a positive outlook. The team’s goals are to contend for a win in both events, but most importantly getting the finish they deserve after all these years. Through all the adversity she has faced at this facility she still considers it one of her favorite race tracks that she’s ever stepped foot in. Myrtle Beach is a half mile asphalt-ish surface that has been weathered by the ocean air over decades of time, while also being paved with seashells it makes for a very entertaining surface. Amber has somehow found a way to run this race track to where she can save her equipment and tires while still making passes and gaining ground on competitors.

She is coming off an extremely successful 2017 rookie campaign at Bowman Gray Stadium where she collected three wins, rookie of the year, hard charger, and overall rookie of the year for the Stadium. She also collected multiple top five’s and a win at Caraway in their Charger division. Amber will once again be racing in the Challenger and Pro events at Myrtle this year, Challenger Friday and Pro are Saturday. This will also be the last asphalt event she runs this year before her and the team gear up for a 2018 campaign at Bowman Gray.

Keep an eye out for her black AND white car(s) this weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway for the Myrtle Beach 250.

Kluge looking for solid finish in SELLM debut

Article By: Josh Parrish

(Myrtle Beach, SC) –  This weekend, Nashville, NC native Jonathan Kluge will be making his limited late model debut at Myrtle Beach Speedway. This will not only be his first time racing a Limited Late Model, but also his first time at the track. Kluge will be competing in the South East Limited Late Model Series 50 Lap Challenger Division feature on Friday night.

Kluge said his main goal is ultimately to just learn. “My goal is to learn all I can and keep the nose on it and complete all the laps. Of course I’m going hoping to win but if as long as I finish I’m happy. I really feel like I’ll have a good shot at a great finish if not a win with my dad Mike Bushee and good friend Adam Resnick calling the shots, just going to have to find us a good spot and ride and save tires so we will have something in the end.”

Kluge will be driving the #5 Limited Late Model that is owned by Resnick, “I’m Very blessed for this opportunity Adam Resnick has giving me.”

Most recently Jonathan competed at the the 2016 Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports park where he finished 3rd in the Street Stock Feature. “I’m more then ready to get back behind the wheel after almost a year of not racing”, said Kluge. Looking ahead to this weekend, we asked him about transitioning from the street stock division to limited late models “I think I will have really good car control. I learned in a street stock that you really have to drive them hard and manhandle them”

For more information about the event, visit http://www.MyrtleBeachSpeedway.com

 

Clements confident ahead of Myrtle Beach 250 weekend

Article by: Josh Parrish

(Myrtle Beach, SC) – Swansboro, NC native Brandon Clements is one of the most well known Mini-Stock competitors on the East Coast. He has scored a total of 21 wins so far this season at multiple tracks in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Clements nearly captured the Track Championship at Wake County Speedway this year after leading the points for the majority of the season, but just fell short after being caught up in an incident in the season finale.

On November 11th, Clements will try and add another win to his already impressive 2017 season while competing in the Mini-Stock portion of the Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway (MBS). Clements has had success at MBS, as he has scored 4 wins there in the past.

We asked Clements about his confidence going into the event. “Going in to it very confident, we had a really good car there earlier this year scoring two wins. We are going with a different car but it should be even faster.” said Clements.

The final race at MBS is known to attract some of the greatest Mini-Stock drivers on the east coast.  Clements said, “I think the Thrasher Racing team will be bringing two really strong cars and as always A.J. Sanders will be quick, but this year hearing that the field will be stacked with really fast cars from all over”

The one thing that is synonymous with the speedway is the presence of extreme tire wear. When someone mentions the track, the first thing that comes to most people’s mind is tire conservation. “Picking a good spot to ride to keep the fenders on it and not burning the tires up is key and then going at the right time” said Clements, when asked about the key to winning at MBS.

To learn more about the Myrtle Beach 400, Visit http://www.MyrtleBeachSpeedway.com

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