Category Archives: Short Tracks

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.

BSR Partners with Setzer Racing for Guaranteed spot in Short Track Nationals

(Mooresville, NC) – Bond Suss Racing (BSR) and Cole Anderson will join forces with Setzer Racing for this weekend’s US Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway. The BSR machine will get a makeover, putting the No. 6 on the Timberwolf Plastics Camery for the much anticipated event in Tennessee. Anderson remains behind the wheel for the 100-lap event and now, with the backing of Setzer Racing, has a guaranteed starting spot in the big dance.

 

“I’m excited heading into Bristol this weekend,” said Anderson. “Going around that fast of a track with a ton of banking is crazy. It really sits you down in the seat.”

 

“We had the opportunity to team-up with Setzer Racing and in doing so, guarantee ourselves a starting position in the race, so it was a no brainer,” said Suss. “There are a lot of cars and with how qualifying and the qualifying races are laid out, it made sense. We will get a chance to learn some things on Saturday and then get to work on Sunday.”

 

Anderson and the BSR team had a successful test at Bristol Motor Speedway in late April, consistently finding themselves in the top-five in practice. It was one of two open test sessions for the race this Sunday and both driver and crew chief feel confident heading into the event.

 

“I learned you can really bust off a quick lap on your first lap. During the test the low groove seemed to be the preferred lane, so we will see if that changes throughout the race,” said Anderson. “After leaving the test I think as a team we are all very confident, our car showed great and consistent speed, and we were still able to bust off that quick lap. To say the least I am very excited to get back to Bristol.”

 

“I thought our test was really good,” said Suss. “The car had good speed throughout the day and Cole was able to be consistent, which can be hard at a track like Bristol. We definitely learned some things at the test and I think we put ourselves in a good position heading into this weekend.”

 

Super Late Models will have three practice sessions on Friday before getting down to business on Saturday. Saturday consists of qualifying, which determines starting positions in the qualifying races Saturday night. Odd and even qualifiers will be split up into two 50-lap races, where the top-ten from each race advance to the 100-lap event on Sunday. On Sunday, all cars that secured a spot in the US Short Track Nationals will re-qualify for their starting position in the race later that evening.

-BSR Press Release

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.