Category Archives: Short Tracks

Preece steals the show in NXS race at Loudon

Kyle Busch may have won the Overton’s 200 on Saturday at New Hampshire, but it was Ryan Preece who stole the show.

The 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion was widely impressive in his first race since last season and finished second to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Preece spent all of last season with JD Motorsports but this was his first chance in a quality ride. He made the most of it too.

“This one’s for all the short track guys,” said the 26-year-old Berlin, Connecticut native.  “I work hard week in and out with that modified, so to be able to have this opportunity means a lot to me.”

Preece left JD Racing in December and returned to the Modified Tour because he wanted to win. He believes he can do the same at the highest levels of the sport, but simply needed the right equipment to get there.

Preece ran up front for the entirety of the 200-lap event. He even led for a couple laps at the start of the second stage. While a victory would have been outstanding, Preece understood the significance of a second-place finish.

“To win today, it was going to take beating Kyle Busch,” he said. “I watch him win a lot of races in the Xfinity Series sitting on my couch at home. To be able to finish second to him today was a great accomplishment, and something to build on. But Iowa’s the next task, next goal. I gotta do as much as I can to prepare so we can have another solid finish.”

Preece will get one more shot with Gibbs at Iowa in two weeks. Before then, he needs to figure out what he has to do differently to get everything he can out of such an opportunity.

“I don’t know if I’m overdriving it and building the right front air pressure too quick,” Preece said. “The car seems to be really neutral and then it tends to get on the snugger side. I’m going to get some feedback from Chris (Gabehart), my crew chief, and hopefully from Toyota and Joe Gibbs to see something that I can make better in the future.”

There shouldn’t be any Cup drivers in Iowa to stop Preece next time. That could be what it takes for him to get what would be an emotional first victory.

Frazier grabs first win of the season

(Lucama, NC) The Bandolero division took to the 4/10 mile oval of Southern National Motorsports Park for the 5th time in 2017. Parker Frazier, from New Hill, NC, is in his 3rd year of Bandolero competition. Frazier showed great speed in practice and would go on to the claim the pole ahead of the 15 Lap feature. Matthew Gurganus qualified 2nd with Josh Speas clocking in at 3rd.

The race got off to a rocky start when a huge crash started behind the leaders as they headed into turn 1 on the first lap. This crash brought out the Red Flag as Stanley Hayes and Kaleb Bradley both made hard contact with the outside wall. Hayes was taken away from the wreck on a stretcher and put into the Ambulance. Camryn Rice was also involved but spun without sustaining much damage and was able to continue.

As the Race got back underway Frazier would continue to lead until lap 14 when 3 cars were involved in a wreck in turn 4 coming to the white flag. The cars involved included Ethan Johnson, Matthew Gurganus, and Josh Speas.

From there it was a shootout to the finish. Frazier would continue to lead, but not without a late race challenge from Johnson who was able to clear Rice on the restart. Johnson closed the gap by a few car lengths but was unable to catch the #17 of Frazier. Frazier lead all 15 laps and grabbed the victory.

We talked to Parker after the win and asked him what he has worked on so far this year to improve. “The biggest thing I had to work on this year is studying the line of the track and how to compete for position with other drivers”

This was Frazier’s first win of the year and he became third different driver to win at SNMP this season.

Race Results:

Bando Result

For More info about SNMP, visit http://www.snmpark.com

 

Sargeant Reveals New Sponsor & Paint Scheme

Dalton Sargeant and Cunningham Motorsports are proud to announce a new partnership with Performance Plus. This will begin with the branding of Sargeant’s No.77 Ford Fusion in the upcoming ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at Iowa Speedway. Performance Plus, the high quality motor oil brand of Kleen Performance Products, will also be featured in every vehicle at Cunningham Motorsports.

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“I’m very excited to have Performance Plus as a new partner and kick things off at Iowa Speedway,” said Sargeant. “They have a huge presence and proven success in motorsports so it’ll be special to have them on the car this weekend and see the benefit of their products in the performance of our race cars.  Anytime you can make the team happy by introducing a better quality product and lubricant to the race cars, transporters and team vehicles it’s really a win win for everyone. I love the colors and scheme for the No. 77 Performance Plus Ford. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.  It’ll definitely grab your attention under the lights this weekend at Iowa Speedway.”

With the high demands of auto racing, race teams depend on oil and lubricants to keep their cars and transport equipment going strong.  This is why Cunningham Motorsports will begin to utilize Performance Plus Lubricants for their race cars most demanding components.  “We pride ourselves on having a high performance oil that race teams such as Cunningham Motorsports and Dalton Sargeant can rely on,” said Leigh Harrington, VP of Corporate Marketing for Safety-Kleen.  Some of the most significant stress we see on our lubricants comes from racing. Our high quality base oil and superior additive package means our oil not only provides better performance but also withstands the wear and tear of these cars and teams. We’re proud to partner with Sargeant and Cunningham Motorsports and wish him the best of luck at Iowa Speedway.”

With one win already this year, Sargeant has high expectations for this weekend. The 19-year-old competed with the leaders and came away with a top-five finish in his first attempt at Iowa in an ARCA Racing Series machine last season. Sargeant now heads to the track with a new partner, the defending race-winning team in Cunningham Motorsports, all with hopes to earn valuable points in a close championship battle where he currently stands in second position.

“It would be huge to be able to run well at Iowa this weekend,” said Sargeant. “We started off the season strong, hit a few bumps along the way, but the resiliency of this team is exceptional. No matter what has been thrown our way, we always come to the track ready to compete for the win. Over the years, I’ve raced at this track a good amount, Iowa Speedway is really fun to chase different grooves and adapt to changing conditions throughout the race.  The guys at the shop have been working hard on this No. 77 Performance Plus Ford Fusion and it’s a car we’ve had success with this season. I think we’re all confident going into the midway point in the ARCA Racing season.”

-Cunningham Motorsport Press Release-

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

 

Fontaine optimistic ahead of Madison

Ready to get back to good ole classic short track racing, ARCA Racing Series rookie Justin Fontaineheads to Madison International Speedway eyeing a career-best finish in Friday night’s Montgomery Ward 200.

With the support of AM Racing and their development team Win-Tron Racing, Fontaine heads to the track looking to shake off the disappointment of Michigan International Speedway last week.

Last weekend in Michigan, Fontaine powered to strong practice times and even showcased a better qualifying performance, but an oiled track sent the Asheville, N.C. native into the wall just seven laps into the 100 lap race, ending his day.

Fontaine is grateful for the experience, but ready to put last week in the rear-view mirror and focus out the windshield on racing under the lights Friday night.

“This Win-Tron Racing team has been able to bring some very fast race cars to the track for me to drive. Now, we just need some luck. I was a little too conservative in my ARCA return at Elko Speedway earlier this month, but I’ve learned from that. Now, I’m ready to go to Madison and see what we can pull off.”

Even though he doesn’t have any prior experience at Madison, the AM Racing developmental driver will lean on Win-Tron Racing team principal Kevin Cywinski and AM Racing crew chief Bill Henderson.

“I am really gelling with my team right now,” added Fontaine, the cousin of NASCAR Truck Series driver Chris Fontaine. “Bill knows what I’m looking for in our ProMATIC Toyota and I’m able to give him the feedback he needs to make the car better. Plus, Kevin’s a veteran of Madison hailing back from his racing days. I’m really optimistic that we can practice, qualify and race in the top-10.”

“The team I’m with is capable of winning and I think if I’m in the right position, I can win. We just need everything to come together to make it all happen. Maybe Madison will do the trick. I’m thrilled to race in tight quarters again.”

Currently 20th in the series’ standings, Fontaine has a career best finish of 11th which came at Elko earlier this month

While sticking with a heavy ARCA schedule for now, Fontaine’s focus is expected to turn towards the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he’ll compete in a limited schedule this summer in an AM Racing entry.

Rookie Stephen Broy discusses 2017 season

(Mooresville, NC)

Stephen Broy is a 19 year old Kart racer who races at Millbridge Speedway in the Predator 375 division. Millbridge, located in Salisbury, NC is a track known for big money races along with the Speed51 Open that is hosted there every year. Broy is originally from Bay Shore, NY and says he has been surrounded by racing his entire life.

Broy just started racing this season and says the biggest challenge has not only been racing, but also figuring out tires and prepping them.

“Prepping tires and learning on how to determine which tires and prep to use has been the biggest thing. Tires are everything you could have the best motor and the worst tires and do nothing”

Broy said for this year his main goal is to log laps and to get seat time. “My expectations for this year is to make every race and run as many laps as I can and finish top 10 in points”  Broy is currently tied for 9th in points out of 31 racers. Grayson Pope leads the standings in the Predator 375 Division. His best finish this season was 6th which came back in April

Stephen also would like to thank his sponsors – RSKKS Properties, RSKKS Lawncare, Bases Loaded Sports, and The Sign Post, Inc.

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