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CCS to host Carolina Mini Stock Challenge this Weekend

Article By: Josh Parrish

The Carolina Mini Stock Challenge presented by Accent Imaging will take to the track for the first time in the 2017 season at Carteret County Speedway located in Swansboro, NC. This race will be a non-points race, but the winner has a chance to walk away with over $3000. This will be race #1 of the 5 race series. Other tracks the series will visit include Dillon Motor Speedway, East Carolina Motor Speedway, and Wake County Speedway.

The race will consist of two 30 lap races paying $1000 to win each. There will be a fast qualifier award worth $1000 along with a Hard Charger and Longest Haul award both paying $100 each. Not only will we see racing from the mini stocks, but the Legends running Twin 30’s along with Bandos, UCARS, Bangers and Mini Cups.

Who To Watch:

#7 Brandon Clements – Clements who is from Swansboro is a local favorite and is always a contender at any track he visits. He holds the most wins at CCS with a total of 5 and recently grabbed wins at both Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, NC and at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina.

#53 Michael Rouse – Rouse is another threat for the win, as he has notched a total of 4 Wins at Carteret County Speedway. He was the winner of the most recent Mini Stock race at CCS.

#01 Kris Hetu – Hetu has 4 top 5 finishes at CCS, with 3 of those being 2nd Place finishes. He hopes to finally break through and get a win which he has been so close to doing many times at the speedway.

BJ Thrasher, who is a regular at Anderson Speedway, will also be making the Haul this weekend to CCS where he has a Top 5 finish that came back in September of 2015.

For more info about the series, visit them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Carolina-Mini-Stock-Challenge-329731720774669/

Gilliland makes it 4 in a row at Spokane County Raceway

Starting from pole for the sixth consecutive week, Gilliland went on to lead every one of 150 laps to score his 11th career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory as well as his fourth consecutive win.

It was the second straight race the 16-year-old from Ford Sherrills, North Carolina, has led flag-to-flag after a dominating performance last time out at California’s Irwindale Event Center.

His teammate Derek Kraus was his closest competitor of the night, having multiple runs at the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota after the first half of the 150-lap feature. Despite the potential, the 15-year-old Rookie of the Year candidate came home second, tying his best career finish in the series.

Though it didn’t affect Gilliland, the weather had quite the impact on the day’s on-track events. Delaying the start of the race by nearly two hours, the race did not go green until the cars turned 102 laps behind the pace truck as an effort to dry the racing surface.

Stopping for fuel before the green, it was the Gilliland show from there on.

Behind the reigning champion, however, was some close competition and tough breaks for his competitors. A crash on Lap 14 with Blaine Perkins and Rich DeLong III brought out the race’s first of two red flag periods.

Following the lengthy rain delay, the race didn’t see the checkered flag until well after midnight on the West Coast.

Chris Eggleston came home third with Michael Self and Nicole Behar rounding out the top five.

Matt Levin ties his career-best K&N Pro Series West effort in sixth followed by Garret Archer, Owen Riddle, Julia Landauer and Braeden Havens completing the top 10.

The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 from Spokane County Raceway will air on NBCSN Thursday, May 18 at 10 p.m. PT.

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.”

X-1R Pro Cup Series & Allison Legacy Series : SNMP

 

On Saturday (9/28/13) The X-1R Pro Cup Series returned to Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, North Carolina. This is the 2nd time this year that the series has been to the track. Along with the series, there were also 3 supporting classes running including the Limited Late Models, Allison Legacy Series, and the UCAR’s.

The first race of the night was the Allison Legacy Series, which ran a caution filled 35 laps. This was the 13th race of the season for the series. The winner of the race was Tyler Hill, who had dominated all night. This was his 3rd win this year.

Then was the 200 Lap Feature Event, the X-1R Pro Cup Series. Coming to the green Lee Pulliam missed a shift and caused multiple cars to stack up. That caused serious damage to the front end of some cars on the outside lane.

Later in the night Lee Pulliam had troubles and had to pull in the pits.- (pictured below)

On Lap 100 there was a 10-minute break that allowed crews to change tires, add fuel, and make adjustments.

After the break the action heated up as Caleb Holman moved to the front of the field, but in the end Clay Rogers charged to the front using the high line and took the victory.

RESULTS

1 16 Clay Rogers 200
2 75 Caleb Holman 200
3 2 Tyler Young 200
4 67 Clay Jones 200
5 56 Gus Dean 200
6 21 Eric Gerchak 200
7 2 Brady Boswell 200
8 33 Ryan Heavner 200
9 62 Andrew Smith 200
10 23 J.P. Morgan 200
11 1 Dalton Hopkins 198
12 41 Lee Pulliam 128
13 17 Stacy Puryear 32