Category Archives: Short Tracks

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.

Jones doubles down at Wake County

(Raleigh, NC) Goldsboro native Clay Jones had to start the first 30 Lap feature of the night from the 4th position after struggling in qualifying with an ill handling car. The late models would be the first division of the night to race which did not give the team a lot of time to adjust on the car. Zachary Marks would lead the field to the green flag alongside Alex Fleming who qualified 2nd followed by Dylon Wilson in 3rd.

Marks would continue to lead until problems occurred on his #17 machine which resulted in him finishing 9th in the first twin race of the night. This would result in Alex Fleming taking over the lead. As the race continued Jones managed to work his way around Wilson and Fleming to take home the first Twin 30 race of the night.

After the race, officials determined that there would be a 5 car invert for the second race.

This resulted in Cory Walker starting on the point alongside Stephen Ford starting in 2nd. Walker would stay out front for the first handful of laps until he came under pressure from Fleming. The field continued to be shuffled around after a contact filled race. Jones reeled in Fleming towards the end of the race and make a late race pass around him. Jones would go on to win his 4th race of the season and extend his points lead over Alex Fleming and Dylon Wilson. Wake County will be back in action June 23rd.

Race #1 Results

  1. Clay Jones
  2. Dylon Wilson
  3. Alex Fleming
  4. Stephen Ford
  5. Cory Walker
  6. Kevin Jefferys
  7. Sammy Pacitti
  8. Bobby Morris
  9. Zachary Marks

Race #2 Results

  1. Clay Jones
  2. Alex Fleming
  3. Dylon Wilson
  4. Sammy Pacitti
  5. Cory Walker
  6. Stephen Ford
  7. Kevin Jefferys
  8. Zachary Marks
  9. Bobby Morris

602 Mods set to Visit Ace in 2017

The all new 602 Tour Modified Series which formed the year will visit yet another new track in the 2017 Season. The series will be visiting Ace Speedway (Altamahaw, NC) which has recently changed ownership and now in the hands of Jason Turner. The series will visited the 4/10 mile oval on September 1st. The track hosted it’s first race of the season back on May 19th and saw great success with great car counts along with a larger than expected fan attendance. The track always produces great racing action and I wouldn’t expect ant different on the night of September 1st.

The Series as of now will include 4 races…

Wake County Speedway – Friday, July 28th

Ace Speedway – Friday, Sept. 1st

Carteret Co. Speedway – Sat, October 28th

Franklin Co. Speedway – Sun, Nov. 12th

The races at Carteret and Franklin County will also include the 602 Limited Series which is currently led by Robbie Brewer (99 pts.) and Rock Harris (94 pts.) both of which having wins so far in the 2017 season.

For more Details visit 602Tour.com or FB.com/OfficialAceSpeedway

Burbage wins in Dominating fashion at ECMS

Article By: Josh Parrish

(Robersonville, NC) Thomas Burbage out of Washington, NC sat on the pole for the 4th time in the 2017 Race Season with a time of 15.165 at East Carolina Motor Speedway (ECMS) located in Robersonville, NC. Tyler Matthews clocked in 2nd with a time of 15.275 followed by Wesley Johnson in 3rd with a 15.326.

The 50 Lap feature produced great racing throughout the field by at the front it was the Thomas Burbage show. In the early stages of the race Burbage has to fend off challenges from Tyler Matthews, but at around lap 8 suspension problems plagued the #63 of Matthews causing him to stop on the backstretch and bring out the first yellow of the race. Matthews would go on to lose 2 laps after repairs.

After the race was back underway Burbage would pull away from Wesley Johnson and Jeff Shifflet. Tyler Matthews had motor issues after getting back on track after his early incident which ultimately resulted in a last place finish. The race would continue to run green until Lap 30 when the #33 of Ryan Haddock spun through the grass off turn 4.

The field was reset with just 20 laps to go, and from there Burbage would leave the field in dominating fashion while there was tons of hard racing behind him. Burbage would go on to claim his 2nd win of the season by leading all 50 laps of the event.

 

Late Model Results:

1. Thomas Burbage #9

2. Wesley Johnson #12

3. Jeff Shifflet #01

4. Louis White #7

5. Kenneth Mercer #25

6. Ryan Haddock #33

7. Chris Burns #19

8. Tyler Matthews #63

Diaz leads Late Model points after back to back wins at SNMP

Article by: Josh Parrish/Photo: Race 22

Lucama, NC – Mason Diaz currently sits at the top in late model points at Southern National Motorsports Park after grabbing two wins this past Saturday in the Remember the Fallen 225. Diaz currently has 8 podium finishes with half of those being wins. He leads with a total of 250 points followed by Chris Chapman and Rusty Daniels who each have 233 points. Jonathan Findley sits in 4th position with a total of 231 points followed Paul Williamson who rounds out the top 5, with a total of 214 points.

Throughout the night there were 5 different leaders in the late model division including the #4 of Jonathan Findley, #21 of Gerald Benton, #24 of Mason Diaz, #29 of Paul Williamson, and the #51 of Chris Chapman. Diaz would fall to 3rd in the 2nd Twin race of the night but made a last lap pass to get by Findley. Findley, being the only other driver in the top 5 with a win also has 4 runner up finishes, 3 of which were behind Diaz.

Although neither Chapman or Daniels have a win this year, they have both been recording consistent Top 5 finishes, Both are previous winners at SNMP and hope to get get back to victory lane soon.

The next race at Southern National Motorsports Park will be the School’s Out 325 on June 24th featuring  Late Model Stocks, Chargers, Mini Stocks, Any Cars, Legends and Bandoleros.

 

Sargeant leads Short Track Challenge Points after strong run at Toledo

Dalton Sargeant came off a second-place finish in the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway Sunday after leading 161 laps and is currently leading the 2017 Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge standings after the first three short track races this season (Nashville, Salem and Toledo).

Sargeant’s win at Salem, along with a ninth-place finish at Nashville and his runner-up run at Toledo are enough to keep the lead in the Sioux Chief Short Track points.

“Leading the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge is really cool,” said Sargeant. “Cunningham won it last year in the No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion and it would be pretty significant to be able to win it again in the same car. Coming into the season there were a lot of outside expectations with driving the championship car and I think leading the short track challenge and sort of picking up where Cunningham left off last season is a good start to proving those expectations.”

However, with eight more short track races to go, there’s still plenty of time to catch the leader, especially for Theriault, who trails Sargeant by just 25 points headed to the next short track race on tour at Elko Speedway June 3. In fact the top-five in Sioux Chief points are close with 16-year-old Christian Eckes in third at 595, Zane Smith fourth at 590 and Riley Herbst fifth at 570. Just 70 points separate the top-five in contention.

“ARCA has a lot of great short tracks on the circuit that have a lot of history and a lot of great racing,” Sargeant continued. “It’s always really competitive whenever we go to these tracks and I think that was apparent just this past weekend at Toledo. There’s always good battles on restarts and long green-flag runs and with the level of competition in the field that ARCA has been brining to tracks so far, it makes for some fun racing.”

Sargeant also left Toledo with the Valvoline Lap Leader of the Race honors after he spent most of the afternoon in front, leading 161 of 200 laps before he gave it up to Harrison Burton inside of 10 to go. As a result, Sargeant is now well in control of the overall Valvoline Lap Leader of the Year award category with 219 laps-led on the season. Kyle Weatherman, who didn’t race at Toledo, is a distant second at 138 laps-led.

“Overall we had a strong day at Toledo. We led the majority of the laps, had fast pit stops and good restarts and we came away moving up in championship points. Leading 161 laps I think shows how strong Cunningham cars are and how we’re able to compete for the win every race. It’s not something that’s done very easily, especially on short tracks, so to be the Valvoline Lap Leader right now after Toledo is awesome. Hopefully we’ll keep moving up in points and keep getting ahead in some of these other areas like the lap leader and short track challenge.”

Sargeant also earned the Protect Plus Halfway Leader award this past weekend

Brinkley feels confident ahead of Late Model Debut

Article/Photo By: Josh Parrish

Blaise Brinkley is known for his dominance in the Bandolero division at tracks around the East Coast winning over 80 races and claiming a total of  6 track championships. This Saturday at Southern National Motorsports Park he will be taking the next step and making his Late Model debut.

Brinkley out of Sanford, NC will be piloting the #24 Chatlee Marine Ford Fusion  in the Remember the Fallen 225 which will feature Twin 40 races for the Late Model division.

Ahead of his debut Brinkley says, “I have a lot of confidence going into late model racing because I know what I’m working with. My dad is phenomenal in late model racing and I have a lot of people behind me, such as Lee Pulliam and Greg Marlowe. We went and tested last weekend and it was amazing, we were running competitive times with late models and I’m excited to be able to follow my dreams.”

Be sure to check out Blaise along with all the other drivers this Saturday at the Remember the Fallen 225 at SNMP which will also feature Chargers, UCARS, Mini Stocks, Legends, and Bandoleros in Action.