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Griffith Wins JEGS/CRA All Star Tour Feature at Winchester Speedway October 13, 2018

Griffith Wins JEGS/CRA All Star Tour Feature at Winchester Speedway

Special from Speed51.com – The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race on Winchester 400 weekend has always brought some of the country’s best Late Model talent to compete with the series regulars.  On Saturday afternoon, it was a long-time CRA regular in Wes Griffith Jr. leading wire-to-wire to win his first-career JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race at the legendary Winchester Speedway.

Griffith inherited the pole after original front row starters Billy VanMeter and Corey Deuser got together at the end of the first lap, creating a complete restart.  After the restart, Griffith led all 100 laps, holding off challenges from 2017 Southern Super Series champion, Stephen Nasse and two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series champion, Travis Braden to pick up his first win.

“We have tried and tried and we’ve been leading leading races and got taken out,” the 51-year-old Griffith told Speed51.com.  “We’ve junked at least five or six here and had good cars.  It just finally all came together.  Just persistence, that’s all it is.

“From the get-go on Friday we were really strong.  We were faster in practice than we ever were in qualifying here.  We didn’t get to do a mock run so we had to start fifth but as soon as it was time to go, the thing was there.”

For the majority of the race, Griffith had Nasse all over his bumper looking to take the lead. However, Griffith was able to drive away after the last restart.

“That kid (Nasse) is like a dog on a bone,” Griffith said.  “I saw him right there and my spotter was telling me half back, half back, at your quarter, at your quarter, but he raced me clean though.  He never touched me.  I’ve got to give the kid credit.  He’s always raced me clean.  I know he’s had trouble in the past with other guys, but I’ve never had trouble with him.”

After hounding the leader for the majority of the race, Stephen Nasse drove to a second place finish in the Jett Concrete No. 9 normally driven by teammate Jeff Choquette.

“We were a little bit tight on the long run,” Nasse said.  “I couldn’t get to the gas when I wanted to and that really hurt us.  I thought I had something for the 33 (Griffith) there at the beginning, thought he was kind of holding us up.  But then he just took off and me and Travis (Braden) were just left racing with each other.  It was a good race for us with all the problems we had.  Had a water pump go bad in practice yesterday and overcame a few obstacles. It feels good to have the car all in one piece and a top two isn’t bad.”

For more news visit www.cra-racing.com

Batman Gambles and Wins $20,000 at Super DIRT Week October 6, 2018

Batman Gambles and Wins $20,000 at Super DIRT Week

OSWEGO, NY – October, 6, 2018 - Batman Peter Britten took advantage of the new competition pit stop to win the Camping World 150 for the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds. Giving up his top 10 running position on track, Britten came down pit road on lap 100 to take fuel and a new right rear tire and then drove from position 22 to the lead to collect the $20,000 check.

"This feeling is just awesome," Britten said. "We learned last year that you have to make sure your car is there at the end and we had it today."

Tim Fuller and Erick Rudolph led the 40-car field to the green flag. Fuller led the first nine laps of the event before Mat Williamson took over on a lap nine restart.

Larry Wight showed early speed while working from his tenth place starting spot into fifth by lap 16. Wight's speed continued on the outside of the track as he worked to third by lap 21 and had second by lap 36.

Williamson faded and Fuller had the lead back at lap 50 over Rudolph, Stewart Friesen, Wight and Williamson.
Friesen found life on the extreme outside of the track as he fought his way to the lead on lap 59. Fuller faded back to third as Rudolph worked around to take over second. The front of the field ran single file until Lance Willix's flat tire brought out the caution on lap 69.

Seven drivers came down pit road to take fuel and tires. The most notable driver taking advantage of the opportunity was Pat Ward, who was running in the middle of the field.

Gary Lindberg stuck his nose inside the top five for the first time on lap 79. Friesen, Wight, Rudolph, Lindberg and Ronnie Davis III ran in the top five until the competition yellow that was thrown on lap 97.

Williamson and Britten were both running inside the top 10 when they elected to roll the dice and take advantage of the competition yellow. Eight other drivers came to pit road for fuel and tires. The top five drivers on track all elected to maintain their positions.

The field returned to green on lap 106 with Friesen driving out to the lead. Lindberg and Hearn restarted on the outside and instantly powered forward off the second turn. Lindberg worked to second and Hearn cracked the top five for the first time on the day as he worked into third. By lap 108, Hearn worked over Lindberg for the second spot, but had a large gap between himself and Friesen. Ward slid into the top five on lap 111 and the caution flag flew on the following lap.

Pit road was busy on this caution period as top 10 runners Wight, Fuller, Jimmy Phelps and Matt Sheppard came to pit road. All four drivers took fuel and a new right rear tire. Sheppard was first off pit road, followed by Phelps, Wight and Fuller.

Friesen continued to lead, but Britten was making a charge through the field and worked to the second spot by lap 135. The ensuing restart was single file, allowing Friesen to run whatever line he wanted into the first turn. Britten stalked all over the back bumper until he was able to get a good run off the fourth turn to complete the pass on lap 143.

Britten pulled away to a comfortable margin of victory, while Friesen easily hung onto the second spot. Sheppard rallied late after restarting in position 27 on lap 118 to complete the podium. Hearn and Rudolph finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

"We have been too stubborn with our pit strategies," Sheppard said. "We should've pitted earlier but I'm definitely happy to come home with a podium finish after restarting from way back in the field."

Ward, who faded in the final 15 laps ended up sixth with Billy Dunn, Lindberg, Kenny Tremont Jr. and Davis III rounding out the top 10.

For additional news visit www.superdirtweekonline.com

Logan Roberson Claims $20,000 FASTRAK World Championship October 6, 2018

Logan Roberson Claims $20,000 FASTRAK World Championship

Jamaica, VA – Logan Roberson of Waynesboro, VA has been the bridesmaid on eight FASTRAK sanctioned events, that was until tonight when he took home the biggest win of his career on the biggest stage in Pro Late Model racing, the $20,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship. Roberson grab the lead from Jenson Ford of Piney Flatts, TN and looked to have the race under control. Roberson would lose the lead to Michael Brown of Bufford, SC in traffic on lap 52 but would power back to the lead on the next circuit. Roberson would keep Brown at bay to take home the 2018 FASTRAK World Championship.

“I don’t know what to say, me and my dad work our butts off in the shop at night to come here to do this, to get my first FASTRAK win against all these good guys, man I don’t know I am crying like a baby, I am just so excited, we are just a small funded team but we got it done tonight” commented a very emotional Logan Roberson in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane.

Rounding out the top five were Michael Brown, Tyler Bare, 2017 World Champion Ross Bailes and Matt Long.

Jensen Ford, Tyler Bare, Logan Roberson and Brett Hamm picked up heat race wins. Kyle Lukon and Corey Almond were the B Main winners and Chris Blackwell scored the win in the non-qualifiers race.

Jensen Ford and Logan Roberson led the 31 car field to green with Ford grabbing the lead out of turn 2. Roberson would get by Ford on lap 4 out of turn 4 to take the lead. Roberson stretched his lead out over Tyler Bare by 10 car lengths until lap the leaders began to work traffic. On lap 20 Bare got inside Roberson out of turn 2 and looked to have a run good enough to take the lead only to have caution come out for a car stopped in turn 4.

On the restart Roberson pulled away from the now battle for second between Bare and Michael Brown. On lap 23 Brown swept the outside of bare to take second and set out to catch Roberson. Two laps later the leaders began working traffic and Brown closed on Roberson’s bumper but the battle for the lead was thwarted by a caution on lap 31. On the restart Roberson once again pulled away until he began to run into lapped traffic again. Brown finally got back to Roberson bumper and on lap 51 got inside Roberson for the lead. Roberson would quickly regain the lead on the next corner with a strong move out of turn 2.

A final caution on lap 54 tightened the field back on Roberson bumper for the restart. Roberson was able to hold off Brown over the final six laps to score his first FASTRAK win and the biggest win of his career. Following Roberson to the checkers were Brown, Bare, Ross Bailes and Matt Long to round out the top five.

For additional news visit www.vamotorspeedway.com

Weekly Winners 9/18/18 - 9/24/18 September 24, 2018

Weekly Winners 9/18/18 - 9/24/18

Congratulations to:

Rodney Sanders – Deer Creek Speedway

Duane Howard – Georgetown Speedway

Lance Borgman – Beatrice Speedway

Andy Nezworski – Davenport Speedway

Brandon Sheppard – Outlaw Speedway

Tim Fuller – Fonda Speedway

Brian Shirley – LaSalle Speedway & Peoria Speedway

Bumper Jones – Southern New Mexico Speedway

Justin Bjorkland – KRA Speedway

Jeep VanWormer – Berlin Raceway

Darron Fuqua – I-35 Speedway

Johnny Scott – Deer Creek Speedway

Eric Stanton – Stuart International Speedway

Aaron Reutzel – Eldora Speedway (pictured)

Rick Gumm – Brownstown Speedway

Dave Constantino – Fonda Speedway

Stewart Friesen – Fonda Speedway

 

Weekly Winners 9/11/18 - 9/17/18 September 17, 2018

Weekly Winners 9/11/18 - 9/17/18

Congratulations to:

Jimmy Owens – Knoxville Raceway

Brandon Sheppard – Knoxville Raceway

Tyler Erb – Knoxville Raceway

Jeep Van Wormer – Berlin Raceway

AJ Diemel – Cedar Lake Speedway

Max Blair – Freedom Motorsports Park

Paul Banghart – Tucson Speedway

Ron Barker – Lafayette County Speedway

James Dennis – Ohio Valley Speedway

Joss Moffatt – Lawrenceburg Speedway

Duane Howard – Grandview Speedway

Mitch McGrath – Plymouth Dirt Track

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Jason Genco – Genesee Speedway

David Scott – Hummingbird Speedway

Mike Maresca – Thunder Mountain Speedway

Logan Roberson – 411 Motor Speedway

Tyler Bare – Beckley Motorsports Park

Tim Fuller – Mohawk International Raceway

Matt Sheppard – Brewerton Speedway

Jack Sullivan – Batesville Speedway

Cruz Skinner – Senoia Raceway (pictured)

Jonathan Taylor – Bedford Speedway

Kevin Smith - Skagit Speedway

Shaun Mayea - Madras Speedway

Jordan Grabouski - Junction Motor Speedway

Brandon Beckendorf - Park Jefferson Speedway

Clint Hatlestad - Arlington Raceway

 

Owens Conquers Late Model Knoxville Nationals September 15, 2018

Owens Conquers Late Model Knoxville Nationals

 Three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion walked away with a $40,000 check after ruling the 15th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store.

Owens took the lead on lap 41 from Brandon Sheppard and held off a charging Bobby Pierce to score his first Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals victory. Don O’Neal fought off a late-race challenge from Josh Richards to finish second. Richards came home in third, followed by Scott Bloomquist and 28th starter Brian Shirley.

Gaining momentum from a lap 38 restart, Owens powered on lap 41. Owens stretched his lead to a full straightaway mid-race before encountering lapped traffic on lap 75, opening the door for Pierce. The duo crossed the line door-to-door on the 80th circuit before Pierce slipped over the berm and lost his momentum, relinquishing the spot to Owens.

Don O’Neal moved into second after a lap-82 restart, shuffling Pierce to third. The final caution waved on lap 88 when O’Neal and Pierce made contact while battling for second. Owens sailed away in the final laps to become the twelfth different winner of the annual event.

“This is awesome,” Owens said. “I have to thank Leon Ramirez and all of my friends and family for believing in me. Thanks to God for a safe race and to all of the fans. I hope Leon, and everyone was watching tonight cheering me on. They have had enough heartbreak like I have this year. It’s awesome to get this win and thanks to my crew for busting their tails.”

“When Bobby [Pierce] got up beside me it didn’t change how I was running,” Owens added. “We a good car. The lapped cars were running three and four wide and I knew those guys behind me were going to close in on me. I was expecting some sort of pass from someone. It was so hard to maneuver through traffic because the track was so good tonight.”

O’Neal was looking for his second-career Late Model Nationals victory. “The cushion was really treacherous especially at the end of the race. We would fall back a spot or two on the restarts. We have had a little bad luck and been off a few times, but we got things turned around here tonight and it helps the morale of the Peak Antifreeze team.”

Richards, who has earned four, second-place finishes in the event was happy with his podium finish. “I had a blast out there. We had some problems yesterday that got us behind. We could have gotten some more points last night, but thanks to everyone on the Best Performance team for working hard on the car. I think we were a little better than Don [O’Neal] at the end I just couldn’t quite squeeze by him. We had a fun race there.”

Owens’ Ramirez Motorsports-owned Rocket Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: E3 Spark Plugs, Boomtest Well Service, Tommy Pope Construction, Red Bone Fishing and Rental, Power Rig, LLC, Red Line Oil, Keyser, Hypercoil Springs, Midwest Sheet Metal and Cheap Cars.

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce, Tyler Erb, Chad Simpson and Earl Pearson Jr.

For more news visit www.lucasdirt.com