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Austin Horton Scores First Career Southern All Star Win April 28, 2018

Austin Horton Scores First Career Southern All Star Win

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Austin Horton All Smiles After First Career Southern All Star Win

RACE RECAP: EASTABOGA, AL--The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series presented by Max Fab made its annual spring NASCAR race weekend stop at the Talladega Short Track and the 2017 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Champion Austin Horton of Newnan, GA., finally got his first career series win. In 2017 Austin competed on the series full time and had numerous top five finishes but could never get that top spot, but his finishes got him the series championship last year. In 2018 he made his first race back with the series count as he held off challenges from three time Southern All Star Champion Ronnie Johnson and Michael Page to get the win.

The top three worked lapped traffic as they battled for the top spot and gave the huge crowd on had a great race as Johnson made several attempts to get by Horton but had to back off, but Johnson could not rest at Page was right there with them and was looking for either driver to make a mistake and give him the chance he would need to try and get the win.

Jason of Oxford, AL., came home in the third spot driving the Jason Lively car and fifth place belonged to Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, TN., in his first start with the series this year.

Finishing in position sixth through tenth were Riley Hickman of Ooltewah, TN., Jadon Frame of Decherd, TN., Terry Smith of Oxford, AL., Grant Pearl of Southside, AL., and Donald McIntosh of Blairsville, GA.

RACE TIDBITS: Jay Scott of Fayetteville, TN., continues to lead the series standings as he, Mark Dodson of Caledonia, MS., and Ray McElhiney of Pulaski, TN., were the only drivers in the top seven in series points to make the show.

Drivers that moved into the top ten in points after Talladega were Riley Hickman, Jadon Frame and Eric Hickerson

2015 Southern All Star Rookie of the Year Dillon Tidmore had to drop before qualifying as oil pump problems ended his night early.

Career first Southern All Star starts went to J T Seawright of Ft Payne, AL., and Dalton Polston of Lithia Springs, GA

For additional news visit www.sasdirt.com

Jennings Holds Off Campbell For Thrilling NCRA Sprint Victory April 28, 2018

Jennings Holds Off Campbell For Thrilling NCRA Sprint Victory

From David Smith Jr.

ARDMORE, Ok. (April 28, 2018) – Danny Jennings with stood race long challenges by defending series champion Jeremy Campbell to claim a hard-fought victory during the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car divisions inaugural appearance at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore on Saturday night in a challenge event with the NCRA Sprint Car Bandits presented by Blaine’s Motor Supply.

Jennings and Sprint Car Bandits touring regular Michael Lang started on the front row for the twenty-five-lap feature with Jennings taking the lead as the green flag fell. Third starting Campbell, Don Droud, Jr., Lang and Michael Day were the top five after the first lap was complete.

Jennings opened a quick ten-car-length lead over Campbell before the leaders approached the rear of the field on lap four which allowed Campbell to close the distance.

The first and only caution of the feature finale fell on lap five when current SCB point leader Michael Day came to a stop at the top of turn two and would retire to the pit area.

The final restart set up for some of the wildest racing up front as Jennings would get the jump on the start with Campbell close behind. The three-time and defending tour champion dove low entering turns three and four on lap eleven to pull slightly ahead of Jennings, only to see the Norman, Oklahoma veteran power back out front exiting turn four to maintain the lead.

Droud and Lang would wage their own battle for the third position with Lang taking over the spot, on lap sixteen, only to see Droud return the favor one lap later.

Back up front lapped traffic again waited for the leaders with top the four dicing their way through the slower cars. Campbell would pull several sliders, only to see Jennings power back out front each lap.

With one lap to go, Campbell got yet another run entering turns three and four and looked to make a last lap pass for victory. But Jennings, aboard his Peterson Elite powered/ Maxim chassis sponsored by David Grace Motorsports #1j sprinter would again come out of turn four the leader and would take the $2000 victory by three car lengths over Campbell. For being the highest-finishing driver from Oklahoma, Jennings also picked up an extra $100 from Fred Summers and FixYourGenerator.com.

Campbell and his Schroeder Racing Engines powered, Maxim chassis brought home his family owned Dan’s Cycles, Scotts Well Service, BEPC, Knoche Farms, JP Agronomy, HRP, DMI, Penske sponsored #10c sprinter home second while Droud and the MAP Inc., Ruff Bailey Cattle Co., Heeke Farms, Jennifer Ann Designs sponsored/Ochs Brothers Racing #1x came home third. Lang settled for a strong fourth place finish while sixth starting J.D. Johnson brought his familiar #98 Auto Craft, Evans, Relloy USA, Andale Construction, Alternative Pest Control sponsored sprinter to a fifth-place finish.

The three, eight lap heat races for the twenty-three- car field were won by Johnson, Lang and Campbell.

For additional news visit www.racencra.com

Howard Wins April 27, 2018

Howard Wins "Money In The Mountains" at Big Diamond

Big Diamond PR 4/27/18

Despite of all the adversaries that were presented to Big Diamond Speedway yesterday, promoter Jake Smulley was able to provide a very raceable track to the teams and drivers to compete on throughout the night. With rain all morning and cloudy damp conditions the rest of the day the track crew was able to get the dirt oval in racing shape for the night’s events.

It was “No Sweat Service Group” night at the speedway and when it was all said and done, the “Diamond Cutter” Duane Howard added his name to an already impressive list of winners of the annual “Money in the Mountains” race at the speedway. The driver out of Oley, PA took the lead early and went on to dominate the 40-lap feature event on Friday night.

John Willman and Shawn Fitzpatrick led the 24-car starting field to the green flag will Willman jumping out to the early lead. The fourth place starting Howard was on the move early and making his way to the front.

A caution on lap two for a tangle involving Fitzpatrick, Billy Pauch Jr and Ryan Watt halted the action temporarily. Opening night winner Pauch Jr and Watt headed to the pits with only Watt returning to the track to continue.

On the restart Howard continued his march to the front as he powered around Willman to take the lead. Invader Mike Gular also was able to get by the strong running Willman at the time to move in to the runner-up spot.

Howard continued to lead the way over Gular and Willman when heartbreak struck the #24 of Willman when he suddenly slowed and pulled off the track with engine troubles. The final caution of the night flew on lap 19 when Jared Umbenhauer slowed and headed to the pits with Howard leading.

On the restart Howard continued to lead with Gular right on his heels as a new player entered the action. The “Sensational One” Jimmy Horton making a rare appearance at the speedway was now on the move and up to third. Horton wasted no time getting by Gular for second now setting his sights of the leader.

Horton was making gains on Howard and with five to go had narrowed the margin to a couple of car lengths to the leader with lapped traffic looming ahead. Unfortunately for Horton that was as close as he was going to get as Howard zipped under starter Jeff Merkel’s checkered flag to take home the win and the big $6000 first place prize.

“I could hear him (Jimmy Horton) getting close there and I didn’t want to push the issue with the lapped traffic. The track was pretty narrow, and it had a heavy cushion and I was trying to stay off it as much as I could. They did a really good job with the track today considering the weather. It feels nice to finally get the monkey off our backs tonight and win a race. We’ve been consistent all year, but it feels really good to get this team in victory lane where the deserve to be and hopefully now we can get on a roll.”

Horton gave it all he could to reel in the leader but had to settle for well earned second place finish. Ryan Godown shook off problems earlier in the night to finish a solid third with the steady running Gular in fourth. Ryan Watt made a nice comeback after his lap three tangle to finish in the fifth spot. Finishing sixth thru tenth were Rick Laubach, Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk, Kevin Beach Jr. and Frank Yankowski.

For more news visit www.bigdspeedway.net

Weekly Winners 4/17/18 - 4/23/18 April 23, 2018

Weekly Winners 4/17/18 - 4/23/18

Congratulations to:

Kenny Ryder – Accord Speedway

Tanner English – Duck River Raceway Park

James Dennis – I-77 Raceway Park & Ohio Valley Speedway

Brandon Walsh – Legit Speedway Park

Brad Smith – Lakeside Speedway

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Denny Anderson – Berlin Raceway

Stewart Friesen – Georgetown Speedway

Jeremy Ohl – Port Royal Speedway

Eric Stanton – Boone Speedway

Jeff Waterman – Lee County Speedway

Lance Town – Lakeside Speedway

Logan Roberson – Winchester Speedway & Potomac Speedway

Lance Borgman – Eagle Raceway

Billy Szotko – Berlin Raceway

Shannon Babb – 34 Raceway

Dakotah Knuckles – Tazewell Speedway

Chuck Clise – Greater Cumberland Raceway

Brandon Sheppard – Whynot Motorsports Park

Jeff Strunk – Bridgeport Speedway

Sturgis Streeter – Salina Speedway

Ben Watkins – Fayetteville Motor Speedway

Brian Shirley – Fayette County Speedway

Curtis Cook – Plummerville Super Speedway (pictured)

Brad Grim – Grandview Speedway

Stormy Scott – Southern New Mexico Speedway

Shane Hiatt – Eagle Raceway

Nathan Ballard – Lee County Speedway

Ed Noll – I-35 Speedway

Max Blair – Delaware International Speedway

Zack VanderBeek – Southern New Mexico Speedway

Matt Sheppard – Outlaw Speedway

McKenna Nelms – Senoia Raceway

Michael Lake – Legendary Hilltop Speedway

Jordan Grabouski – Eagle Raceway

Victory For VanderBeek in Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout Finale April 22, 2018

Victory For VanderBeek in Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout Finale

 Zack VanderBeek zipped into the lead at the drop of the green flag and never looked back Sunday on the third and final day of the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout at the Southern New Mexico Speedway.

It was the 44th career USMTS victory for the 33-year-old from New Sharon, Iowa, and his second of the 2018 campaign in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit.

Defending USRA Modified track champion Bumper Jones and last year’s Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year R.C. Whitwell followed VanderBeek to the checkered flag, respectively, to record their best series finishes of the season while Lucas Schott and Jake Timm rounded out the top five.

Saturday’s winner, Jake O'Neil, finished sixth, Billy Vogel was seventh, Dereck Ramirez claimed the eighth spot, Summit USMTS Southern Series points leader Johnny Scott nabbed ninth-place money and 2014 USRA Modified national champ Fito Gallardo took the checkered flag in tenth.

In the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup points, O'Neil continues to hold a 46-point advantage (693 to 647) while Ramirez is close behind with 638 markers. Schott (626), VanderBeek (603), Stormy Scott (601), Terry Phillips (600), Rodney Sanders (587), Timm (557) and Joe Duvall 475) round out the top ten.

Johnny Scott remains atop the Summit USMTS Southern Series standings with a healthy 91-point advantage (686 to 595) over Ramirez. Sanders is third with 588 points, followed by Stormy Scott (550), Duvall (543), Carlos Ahumada Jr. (510), Logan Robertson (503), Cade Dillard (464), Zane Ferrell (464) and VanderBeek (422) in the top ten.

For more news visit www.usmts.com

Photo courtesy of www.usmts.com

Babb Banks $10,555 in Slocum 50 Victory April 21, 2018

Babb Banks $10,555 in Slocum 50 Victory

By Billy Rock (West Burlington, IA) -- For the second time in the young 2018 season, Moweaqua, IL driver Shannon Babb was able to get out front early and distance himself from the field en-route to a win with the Lucas Oil MLRA. Saturday nights 10th annual "Slocum 50" presented by Roederer's Pit Stop, would attract a total of 37 drivers all vying for the $10,555 top prize.

In a rare time-trial qualifying event for the MLRA at the 34 Raceway, it would be Chad Simpson and Shannon Babb setting fast times in their respective sessions. Those two drivers would carry that mojo into the feature event as Simpson rolled off on the DirtonDirt.com pole with Babb to his outside.

When the green flag dropped however, it would be Chris Simpson making the first bold move of the race from his fourth starting spot. As the pair of front row starters slipped up slightly exiting turn two, Chris Simpson was able to pin his Longhorn Chassis to the bottom and take the early lead with a methodic three wide pass on lap one.

Simpson's time at the point however would be short lived as the events first caution would appear on lap two. With Chris Simpson out front for the restart, the actual upper hand appeared to belong to Babb as he was quickly able to search the multiple grooves of the speedway for a way back around the early leader Simpson.

In the annual race honoring the life of former late model driver Brent Slocum, it was only fitting that Babb would make his move for the lead on the races fifth lap--the same car number of Slocum. Once out in front, Babb would maintain a consistent margin between himself and Simpson and hold on for the win, surviving a deep drive into lapped traffic.

An excited Babb commented in the Andy's Frozen Custard Victory Lane by saying, "It was awesome that they re-worked the track before our feature, they just made it great from top to bottom for the first half of the race and gave us all a chance. We were going three wide and I didn't know where to run at, but once we got the top going in three and four I was able to make the pass."

The events final 41 laps went caution free which kept the race leaders buried in lapped traffic for most of the race. Babb said of his battle in traffic, "It was getting tough in traffic at the end. I knew where we were and just needed to stay there. I didn't know if they would try to give me a slide job or not but they treated me right."

Chris Simpson would come home in second and in doing so takes over the points lead where his worst finish in his last three MLRA starts is 2nd. Regarding Babb's early pass for the lead Simpson said, "It's hard to leave the bottom when you take the lead on the bottom. He (Babb) just found the black of the racetrack before I did."

Simpson, who picked up the $5,000 MLRA win on Friday in Davenport commented, "Anytime you can run top 3 or 4 with these guys it's a good night."

Finishing off Saturdays podium positions was 2014 MLRA Champion Chad Simpson, who for the second straight night spent much of the race battling his brother for position. Friday nights action in Davenport saw the driver of the "Duece-Nickel" sidelined after making contact with the turn two wall while running in the top three. For Chad, Saturday nights result was a welcome finish to their weekend that will give them momentum heading into next weekend's MLRA southern swing.

Chad Simpson spent the entire second half of the main event lurking behind brother Chris for the runner up spot. He said of the great battle, "The lap cars were holding him(Chris) up a little bit and they were helping me to where I could catch him a little bit. There were a couple of spots I was better but then there was a couple he was better at than me, so it was just a trade off in the end."

Rounding out the top five was Billy Drake and Dave Eckrich. The nights hard charger went to Decorah, IA's Tyler Bruening who came home in 12th after taking a provisional and starting 25th.

For additional news visit www.34raceway.com

PHOTO CREDIT: Lloyd Collins/Fast Track Photos