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Meseraull Scores Midwest Sprint Car Series Win April 8, 2017

Meseraull Scores Midwest Sprint Car Series Win

By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

PUTNAMVILLE – Lincoln Park Speedway roared back to life on Saturday evening with the Midwest Sprint Car Series on hand to contest the “Indiana Open Wheel Racin’ Fest, which paid $4,000-to-win.

Thomas Meseraull, or T-Mez as he’s come to be known, put on a dominating show for a packed house in Putnamville. The San Jose, Calif. hot shoe started seventh in the 30-lap A-main and eventually lapped all the way up to ninth-place at the finish to claim the lion’s share of the purse on opening night.

Jeff Deckard of Ellettsville was the UMP Modified feature victor as he held off the challenges of Roy Bruce Jr. and Kenny Carmichael Jr. Steve Peeden won from the pole in the UMP Super Stock A-main to win over Wes McClara. The bomber feature went to Jordan Almanza and the secondary feature went to Harley Burns.

Forty sprint cars were on hand to chase the big payday to start the season at LPS with the Midwest Sprint Car Series including defending series points champion Brady Short and race winner Shane Cottle.

Carson Short was the top dog in group qualifying with a time of 12.932.

Four 10-car heat races made for a battle to be one of the 16 cars automatically locked into the night’s A-main. Chad Boespflug, Kody Swanson, Carson Short and Shane Cockrum won their heat races. With the large field, a C-main was contested as Tyler Rust scored the win and advanced into the B-main along with Hunter O’Neal, Kendall Ruble and Lukas Smith.

Only the top-four came from the B-main to the main event as Jeff Bland Jr. came away with the win over Ethan Barrow, Dakota Jackson and O’Neal.

Boespflug started the 30-lap feature on the pole alongside Swanson with Carson Short and Cockrum in the second row. Once the field took the green flag it was Meseraull that rocketed to the front by lap five. Boespflug would slip back into a three-way battle for fourth with Short and Jarett Andretti. Up front it was Meseraull that started to build his lead after a caution on the second lap.

On the re-start, Meseraull put the Michael Dutcher-owned No. 17gp on a rail as Brent Beauchamp gave chase. Kody Swanson slipped back after a brief duel for second with Beauchamp. Meseraull quickly built a several car length lead by the 10th circuit ahead of Beauchamp. Behind him, Jon Stanbrough had moved up to challenge Andretti for the third position. Swanson, Brady Short and Boespflug were in contention 3-wide for the fifth spot.

At the midway point, Meseraull had roared out to a half straightaway lead over the field. Beauchamp had settled into second ahead of Andretti. On lap 17, Meseraull was working his way through some lapped traffic that failed to slow his dominant run.

With five laps to go, Meseraull had built a full straight away lead over the field as he drove to the victory. Beauchamp, Andretti, Brady Short and Stanbrough wrapped up the top-five finishers.

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Tad Davis Takes Checkers at Humboldt April 7, 2017

Tad Davis Takes Checkers at Humboldt

Following the King of America VII, the 2017 race season got back underway this Friday night at Humboldt Speedway. With a new season comes a new sanctioning body, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. In A Modified action Mt. Hope, Kansas driver Tad Davis defended his 2016 track championship as he held off Fayetteville, Arkansas speedster Tyler Wolff for the 20 lap victory. Three time winner Mitch Keeter held off Tuscon, Arizona ace RC Whitwell for third. Seventh starting Cody Schniepp rounded out the top five. Heat race wins went to Wolff and Davis.

 
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Weekly Winners 3/28/17 - 4/3/17 April 3, 2017

Weekly Winners 3/28/17 - 4/3/17

Congratulations to:

 
Bailey Harris - Cochran Motor Speedway (pictured)
David Payne - Tri-County Racetrack
Tyler Bare - Virginia Motor Speedway
Dale Hollidge - Winchester Speedway
Jason Trammell - Tazewell Speedway
Logan Roberson - Hagerstown Speedway
Tanner English - Brownstown Speedway
Jack Sullivan - Timberline Speedway
Brian Shirley - Farmer City Raceway
Brandon Sheppard - Farmer City Raceway
Shirley Scores First Victory This Season April 2, 2017

Shirley Scores First Victory This Season

FARMER CITY, IL— April 2, 2017— Brian Shirley must have blown out the candles on his birthday cake this morning and wished for a win because tonight at Farmer City Raceway he claimed his first World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series victory of the season at the Illini 100. “I am just happy,” said Shirley. “I am happy for my team. We’ve had a lot of solid runs this year and we’ve had some heart breaks so for this to pay off for Bob Cullen, Lisa Cullen and everyone behind us we appreciate it. The biggest thing is that that we get monkey off our back with [this win] and hopefully there’s more to come.” To take the lead Shirley had to out-duel three-time World of Outlaws Champion and five-time Farmer City Raceway winner, Billy Moyer as well as regional all-stars Shannon Babb and Bobby Pierce. For the fans the race between the bunch was a flashback to the good ole days of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals. During the final day of the two-day event, Moyer showed that he remained hungry for a win and unsatisfied with the previous night’s third place finish as he claimed the fastest time in his qualifying group, a heat win and drew the pole position for the feature event. Moyer started the feature next to Pierce and punched the gas as soon as the green flag fell over Farmer City to claim the lead early in the race. By lap-two Babb found his way past Pierce and by lap-nine he was at Moyers door knocking. Pierce trailed behind the pair working tirelessly to reel them in. By lap-15 it was a battle for the lead between the three as almost every lap around the track fans saw three-wide action. Shirley found himself in the mix for the podium positions and the atmosphere at Farmer City cranked up a notch. It was lap-22 that was a game changer in the race as Pierce and Babb fell off the backstretch ledge losing a little momentum in the process. Shirley capitalized with a run on the bottom of the racetrack to pass Moyer for the lead. As the two front runners ran into lap traffic Shirley was able to hold off a hard-charging Moyer and take the checkers. It was a big day for Shirley and his crew as they snagged Quick Time, won a heat and finished one position ahead of Moyer for the second night in a row. “We tried and we about got him. We just came up a little short,” said Moyer. “This place always does a good job and puts on a good race and come main event time it’s always a multi-groove deal. Brian could run around that bottom better obviously and he did a good job. We camped out there in the middle and did the best we could do.” The final podium position went to Pierce. “It was a fun race I just wish it went the other way,” said Pierce. “It was a really good race between all of us. A lot of sliders a lot of crowds just wish we really could have got it but oh well. I didn’t even know Brian was going to be in the hunt there. He just kind of snuck up.” Tyler Erb and Brandon Sheppard also were seen wheeling-and-dealing on the track as they each gained eight positions during the 25-laps. For more news visit www.woolms.com
Sheppard Leads Green To Checkers At Farmer City Raceway April 1, 2017

Sheppard Leads Green To Checkers At Farmer City Raceway

FARMER CITY, IL— April 1, 2017— During night one of the two day show at Farmer City Raceway for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Illini 100 event, Brandon Sheppard held on to the lead from green to checkers. That’s also how the feature played out with no cautions during the 75-lap event.

Sheppard has had his eyes set on Farmer City Raceway since the start of the season and the results from tonight’s event puts the cherry on top for the young driver. Not only did he defeat the stacked field during the feature, he also set the fastest lap on the track during qualifying, placed second in his heat race and pulled the pole position during the redraw.

Earlier in the day Sheppard said, “It would mean a lot to me and this team if we won tonight. We only have one Outlaw race on the year and there has been a different winner at every track this year so to be the first repeat winner would be awesome.”

Sheppard is now the first repeat driver of the 2017 season with six different drivers appearing in Victory Lane during the first six races of the season. Billy Moyer was trying to continue the trend by becoming the seventh different driver to win as he tirelessly tried to reel in Sheppard for 70 laps of the Feature. Moyer has three Illini 100 wins in the bank but he couldn’t pull it off for the fourth time as he continued to get hung up by lap traffic. Brian Shirley used the lap traffic to his advantage as he was able to pass Moyer to claim the second position within the last five laps.

“We had a pretty good car but honestly we just really needed a caution,” said Shirley. “I think if we would of had a caution we would of had a good chance to win but at the end of the day you can always say what ifs but we’ll take it. I feel like we’ve had a lot of bad luck as well as some good runs and have been pretty fast so maybe it will help us build momentum. Like with Brandon [Sheppard] and [his team], momentum builds success, so if we can keep running good then hopefully a win will come.”

Gaining momentum and remaining consistent seems to come naturally for the Rocket1 team as they continue to remain in the lead of the Series Points Standings ever since the conclusion of DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

“We have a good balance that I’m comfortable with which is why we can be so consistent and run at different tracks and still be fast,” said Sheppard. “It also makes like a little easier when you start on the pole. I honestly can’t be more happy with how we are running lately. I just go out there and do the best I can every day.”

Sheppard and Shirley weren’t the only Illinois-natives making moves on their home turf. Shannon Babb and Bobby Pierce found their way through the field fairly easily as Babb passed nine cars to claim a top-five finish from a 14th start and Pierce passed thirteen cars to finish sixth from a 19th start.

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Timothy Culp Grabs First Series Win March 26, 2017

Timothy Culp Grabs First Series Win

KILGORE, TX— March 26, 2017— Timothy "Hollywood" Culp etched his name in the book of World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Winners with his victory at LoneStar Speedway. Of the six races this season, the Series has seen six different drivers win.

Culp got a taste of Victory Lane two nights earlier when the Series visited Whytnot Motorsports Park where he finished second behind Brandon Sheppard.

The Rocket Chassis that took him to Victory Lane in Texas has only hit the track three-times. Culp and his new ride have found their way to the podium all three times, racking up one second-place finish and two wins.

“Wow is all I can say,” said Culp. “To be able to run with these guys is amazing let alone win. It’s exceeded all of my expectations. As soon as we unloaded [this car] brand new it’s been a rocket. It’s lived up to its name. It’s been unreal really, for a guy like me to come out here and be able to run with the Outlaws. A World of Outlaws win is crazy. It’s going to take a few days for this one to sink in.”

Culp didn’t have a smooth sail to Victory Lane, as 2017 Rookie of the Year contender Devin Moran held on to the lead from green until lap 25 of the 40 lap Feature. Moran had the best run of his Outlaw career tonight at LoneStar Speedway as he won his heat, pulled the pole position, and had the second fastest car of the night during qualifying.

“It’s awesome to get out here and get a podium finish and hopefully we can keep the ball rolling next week,” said Moran. “I wanted [my first win] to be tonight because of where we started but it is what it is.”

The toughest heartbreak of the night went to Texas-native, Morgan Bagley. Bagley brought out the guns in Texas as he found his way to Sheppard’s door during the Feature knocking for the final position on the podium. The pair ran door-to-door for several laps but with only laps six to go Bagley got a left rear flat. He decided that instead of changing his tire, which would cause him to head to the back of the field, that he would stay in fourth and give it a whirl. Come the checkers he had fallen back to the 19th position.

With Bagley’s hometown being only 15-minutes from LoneStar Speedway there was a fair share of “MoBags” gear in the crowd and he sure put on a show for his fans as he had his best run of the season.

Although Bagley gave it his best shot, it was Sheppard who held on tight to the third position. The current points leader couldn’t help but smile in Victory Lane as he knew what was in store next for the World of Outlaws. His home track, Farmer City Raceway.

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