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Buddy Shepherd Scores Biggest Win of Young Career at Madera July 15, 2017

Buddy Shepherd Scores Biggest Win of Young Career at Madera

Buddy Shepherd scored the biggest win of his young career Saturday night at Madera Speedway (CA) in the SPEARS (SRL) Southwest Tour Series “51 FIFTY Energy Drink 125”.  The $5,000 win bested a field of 20 Super Late Models at the 1/3-mile paved facility.  The Rookie of the Year competitor passed a three-time series champion and held off two former Southwest Tour Series Champions to score his first career SRL Series win in a race that was peppered by a succession of cautions.

The winning move was punctuated by a three-wide move past Carlos Vieira, Derek Thorn and a lapped car that triggered the maneuver.  It came at the tail end of a 40-lap green flag run, which saw Shepherd pressing the leaders on the bottom, bouncing back and forth from second through fourth below Vieira, Thorn and Craig Raudman.

As the lead quartet approached Colby Potts exiting turn two, Shepherd dove low and Vieira went high.  As they exited turn four, Shepherd emerged with the lead, earning the “FLUIDYNE High Performance Move of the Race.”

“There is no holding back with these guys,” Shepherd told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “If you give these guys an inch, they will take every bit of it. I really had to dig, but I knew we could get around the 51 (Vieira) and the 43 (Thorn), but I didn’t know how long it would take us.  The lapped car came at the perfect opportunity and I took it.”

The weekend started off with Derek Thorn recording his record 43rd career fast-time effort with a 13.850, besting Shepherd by 0.041 seconds.

The top eight drivers redrew for position at the front of the field with Valley Springs, CA driver Tracy Bolin drawing the number one card.  Carlos Vieira drew the lucky number two at a track that turned out to be top-side friendly, with Shepherd, Raudman, McGhee, Schlick, Thorn and Gomes following.

Vieira got the jump at the drop of Noel Dawson’s green flag to take an early lead.  In a sign of things to come, Bobby Lyon cut down a tire after contact from close racing and hit the turn three wall hard, only two laps in. The driver was okay, but he was done for the night.

A series of cautions plagued the next 30 laps, as Thorn advanced forward to run second over a revolving door at third featuring Bolin, Raudman and Schmidt.  Each caution resulted in the lower line loosing position and a constant shuffling of the field.

Following a lap 33 restart, the field finally settle down, as Vieira and Thorn moved out to a comfortable lead ahead of Bolin.  As the field singled out, Shepherd made his way by Bolin, as Raudman did the same a few laps later. Shepherd caught the lead duo first, around lap 50, and proceeded to begin work on the two leaders running nose to tail. As Shepherd fought under Thorn, Raudman caught the trio and trapped Shepherd in the bottom groove, as the race reached the midway point.

On lap 71, Shepherd made the winning move in lapped traffic. Two laps later Vieira’s stellar run was over from contact and the ensuing cut tire.  He hit the turn three wall hard to end his night.

On the restart, 2006 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Champion Eric Schmidt entered the fray, battling Thorn and Raudman for the second spot closely behind Shepherd.

Several cautions followed, including one on lap 90 when three-time and defending SRL champion Thorn cut a tire and hit the turn two wall to slow the field again.  Thorn rejoined the field two laps down, but retired shortly thereafter due to damage.

In the meantime, championship leader Bobby Hodges had worked his way into the top five, but contact shortly after the lap 93 restart between Bolin and Schmidt resulted in Hodges being shot into the outside retaining wall to end his day.  In all it was a difficult night for everyone in the top six in the standings.

Over the last 25 laps, Shepherd was able to hold off Raudman and Schmidt, with Christian McGhee advancing to fourth after a spirited battle with his teammate Blaine Rocha.  Keith Spangler came on strong at the end, with one of the fastest cars on track, to round out the top five finishers.

Spangler finished ahead of Colby Potts, Donny St. Ours, Jack Wood, a fading Blaine Rocha and Justin Westmoreland, with Scott Sanchez the final lead lap car in 11th.

For Shepherd, winning at Madera Speedway was a familiar feat, as he was the 2015 Late Model Champion at the track and currently leads the televised Pro Late Model Division at the track.  The win was even sweeter beating his driver coach and friend Derek Thorn.  In addition, it was his first race in a car owned by Nick Sivesind and normally piloted by Lance Wilson.

“All the laps that I have put in here in a Late Model have really paid off,” Shepherd began.  “With Nick behind me, giving me this ride, I just can’t thank him enough.  He has just done so much for me over the last couple of weeks.  Butch (VanDoorn) is crew chiefing the deal and the car turned awesome. I got on the throttle and the car was just awesome.

“I would have really liked to have battled it out with him (Thorn), but I saw him going to the pits early and that sucks for him.  I had a really great battle with him earlier, and I knew I could trust him because he normally drives pretty clean.  That whole Campbell Motorsports bunch, they are the thing, and I’m just glad to be in victory lane tonight in front of all these great racers.”

Thorn may have finished 15th in the event, but he was happy for Shepherd and the success he found Saturday night.

“Buddy is a great kid and has a lot of talent.  It’s great to see him get to showcase his talent in the SRL.  I was pumped to see him get the win last night,” Thorn stated.

2001 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour (NFSWT) Series Champion Craig Raudman finished second behind Shepherd, with a car that showed the scars of short track racing.  For the Dave Reed Racing Team, it was a step in the right direction as they get closer to victory lane.

“It was kind of frustrating for a little while there,” Raudman said.  I got banged around a lot, especially in the first three or four laps with the 15 car (Shepherd).  The cautions kept killing me because I kept getting the odd number, so I was on the bottom.  The bottom was just too hard to get around here, to keep up with the outside line.  I think we got back to seventh or ninth there and had to dodge a lot of wrecks.  Luckily on that last restart, we got the topside and were able to truck on and pull away.”

Eric Schmidt entered the event eighth in the championship standings.  It is not a familiar place for the former series champion, but he feels they may have finally turned the corner in a race that proved to be a challenge.

“The car was good, and we kind of tripped on to something in the practice today, because the car wasn’t so good yesterday,” Schmidt said.  “We tweaked on it a little for the race and it really woke up.  The topside was the place to be.  Being second was bad (the leader can pick inside or outside).  You needed to be fourth tonight because you couldn’t roll the bottom.

“It’s a good run for us, as we have been struggling for a while and we have finally turned the corner, I think tonight.  So I am looking forward to the rest of the season.  I did have fun out there tonight.”

The victory for Shepherd produced the fourth different winner in four SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series events thus far in 2017.  He follows Bobby Hodges, Blaine Rocha and Derek Thorn in that category. Only one driver in the top six in points finished the event with Rocha in the ninth position.  As a result, Rocha unofficially takes the championship lead by two points over Hodges.

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VanderBeek Scores Third WIn In A Row at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway July 13, 2017

VanderBeek Scores Third WIn In A Row at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway

The USMTS Badgerland Summer Shootout presented by Prestige Custom Cabinetry continued with Round 3 at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway and Zack VanderBeek continued his mastery of the Bay area ovals with his third win in as many nights.

And in capturing his 42nd career United States Modified Touring Series, the ‘Z-Man’ moved into a tie with Tommy Myer for fifth on the series’ all-time wins list.

Defending USRA Modified national champion Lucas Schott snagged the Sybesma Pole Award and pulled out to lead the first couple of laps before VanderBeek pounced, and then proceeded to pace the final 38 circuits en route to another $3,000 payday.

Four cautions kept his pursuers’ hopes alive, but the night belonged to Vanderbeek. But behind the 32-year-old three-peater from New Sharon, Iowa, there was plenty for the fans to keep their eyes on.

Austin Arneson finished more than four seconds behind the winner, but it was enough to secure the runner-up paycheck while Ryan Gustin was just one car-length back in third.

Gustin, who started 15th on the 24-car grid, earned his third KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award of the 2017 campaign, while rookie Cory Mahder came from 11th to grab fourth and veteran Brian Mullen passed seven cars on his way to a top-five result.

Fourteenth-starting Cade Dillard was sixth, Schott held on for seventh, Dereck Ramirez claimed the eighth spot, Mike Mullen nabbed ninth and Jake Timm rounded out the top 10 on the semi-banked 1/3-mile clay oval at the Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh, Wis.

VanderBeek’s sixth win this season on the Casey’s USMTS National Tour powered by S&S Fishing & Rental was his fourth straight in the RHRSwag.com USMTS Northern Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

With that, he has officially clinched the regional points title with tomorrow’s Badgerland Summer Shootout finale and a make-up date at the Mason City Motor Speedway on Aug. 13 still on the to-do list.

For more news visit www.usmts.com

Tim Fuller Wins Gets Unique Ecigs Series Victory at Mohawk July 12, 2017

Tim Fuller Wins Gets Unique Ecigs Series Victory at Mohawk

After an unheard of, 5 weeks off the 358 Modifieds were back in action this past Wednesday night for the Unique Ecigs Series opener along with a full show for all divisions. Tim Fuller held off a late charge by Carey Terrance to claim his 3rd 358 Modified win in 4 races.

Ryan Arbuthnot and Tim Fuller led a quality filled field of 358 Modifieds to green with Fuller charging to the lead over Arbuthnot, JF Corriveau, Billy Dunn and Mario Clair. It didn't take long for the Edwards New York native to stretch his lead out to over 5 seconds by lap 7 while behind him Lance Willix and Billy Dunn were both on the charge taking 2nd and 3rd while Arbuthnot and Clair continued their top 5 runs. By lap 13 Fuller began to work traffic while Willix was able to get away from Billy Dunn and try to run down the race leader. The first yellow flew on lap 17 for debris bunching the field up for a key restart for Lance Willix. When the green flew Fuller continued to run the top lane while Willix stayed committed to the bottom with Billy Dunn, Carey Terrance and JF Corriveau completing the top 5. The top 3 drivers once again began to pull away as the track also took a major change becoming more abrasive. This played into the hands of Willix as he took over the top spot on lap 29 with Fuller, Dunn, Terrance and Corriveau completing the top 5. The lead for Willix would be short lived as on lap 34 Willix was unable to clear lapped cars allowing Fuller to sneak by bringing Terrance with him to 2nd and the battle was on. Over the remaining laps Terrance gave Fuller all he could handle, even sailing to the top lane to try and get by off turn 2 on lap 49 but it was not to be on this night. Tim Fuller paced himself perfectly as he charged to win number 3 on the year with Terrance, Willix, Dunn and Mario Clair completing the top 5 at the line.
For more news visit www.mohawkspeedway.com
Weekly Winners 7/5/17 - 7/10/17 July 10, 2017

Weekly Winners 7/5/17 - 7/10/17

Congratulations to:

Travis Stemler – Tri-City Motor Speedway

Alex Ferree – Marion Center Speedway

Dennis Lykins – Senoia Racewaay

Donovan Smith - Boone Speedway

Tanner English – Clarksville Speedway

Cody Nielsen - Clay County Fair Speedway & Hancock County Speedway

Andy Bryant - Lakeside Speedway & Lucas Oil Speedway

Logan Roberson – Winchester Speedway

Mike Marlar – Farmer City Raceway

Eric Elliott - Boone Speedway

David Rieks - Hamilton County Speedway

David Smith - Buena Vista Raceway

Eric Stanton - Boone Speedway

Jordan Grabouski - Beatrice Speedway

Shane Swanson - Hancock County Speedway

Darron Fuqua - Thunder Hill Speedway

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Brett Kressley – Big Diamond Speedway

Brandon Thirlby – I-96 Speedway

Clint Hatlestad - Arlington Raceway

Eric Dailey - Fairmont Raceway

Brad Grim – Grandview Speedway (pictured)

Max Blair – Stateline Speedway

Brandon Beckendorf - Jackson Motorplex

Jake Masters - Clay County Fair Speedway, Fairmont Raceway & Kossuth County Speedway

Tyler Bare – Virginia Motor Speedway

Kevin Smith - Skagit Speedway

Rich Neiser – Thunderbird Raceway & Winston Speedway

Jason Bass - Buena Vista Raceway

Matt Sheppard – Outlaw Speedway & Canandaigua Motorsports Park

James Dennis – Skyline Speedway

Corey Zeitner – Adams County Speedway

Chuck Clise – Bedford Speedway

Jordan Watson – Delaware International Speedway

Brandon Walsh - Legit Speedway Park

Blake Adams - Chateau Raceway


Tyler Bare Scores Third Victory at Virginia Motor Speedway July 8, 2017

Tyler Bare Scores Third Victory at Virginia Motor Speedway

Jamaica, VA – 2015 Victory Lap Pro Late Model Champion Tyler Bare of Rockbridge Baths, VA left no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is a contender for this year’s championship with a very convincing win in the Pro Late Model 35 lap feature at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway. Bare would sweep the outside of Davis Lipscombe of Mechanicsville, VA out of turn 2 to take the lead on lap 3. Once out front Bare was able to fend off a couple of challenges for the top spot from Corey Almond of Appomattox, VA in the later stages of the race to score his third win of the season. “This Rocket XR1 performed flawlessly tonight, I can’t thank my crew enough for giving me such a hot rod, commented Bare in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane. Lipscombe and Bare led the field to green with Libscombe taking the lead heading into turn 1 with Bare right on his bumper. On the next circuit Bare rocketed around the outside of Lipscombe out of turn 2 for the lead, one he would never relinquish. Behind his the battle all race long was for the second spot as Almond, Justin Williams, Matt Quade and Lipscombe took turns in the runner up spot. Defending Champion and current point leader Williams brought out the first caution with a flat right rear tire that would send him to pit road. Williams would work his way back to fourth but could not get to the front to challenge for the lead. Two late cautions allowed Almond to make a run at bare but each time the leader was up to the task and held on to take the win. Rounding out the top five were Corey Almond, Matt Quade, Justin Williams and Davis Lipscombe.

For additional news visit www.vamotorspeedway.com
Brett Kressley Wins First-Ever Stevenson Memorial at Big Diamond July 8, 2017

Brett Kressley Wins First-Ever Stevenson Memorial at Big Diamond

FORESTVILLE, PA. -- For once, Mother Nature gave race fans at Big Diamond Speedway a break.

An early-evening shower could not stop Big Diamond Speedway from celebrating the 37th running of the Stevenson Memorial on a night when the track remembered not only Georgie and his father George, but the loss of five of the speedway’s racing family members over the past few weeks.

Brett Kressley scored his first win of the season and his first-ever win in the Stevenson Memorial in the Steel & Metal Service Center 358 modified feature which earned him a $4,000 pay day for the 30-lap event.

In the 30-lap 358 modified feature, Kressley took the lead at the start at the race from his pole position as he and outside pole sitter Ray Swinehart jumped out to an early lead on the field.

On a lap 3 restart, Frank Porreca’s car got sideways resulting in an 11-car pile-up on the frontstretch which brought out a 15-minute red flag as the track crew did an excellent job in getting the race back underway in a short time. All drivers in the accident were OK.

When the race resumed, Kressley once again took off from the field while a four-car battle for the second was begging to shape up behind him which include two-time winner Craig VonDohren.

By lap 8, Kressley began to extend his lead over the field and five laps latter he was working lapped traffic.

VonDohren would track down runner-up Swinehart during those laps and then worked to his inside of Turn 4 by lap 15.

At this point, Kressley’s lead was more than a straightaway as VonDohren took over the second spot at the start of lap 16.

From there, VonDohren had clear track while Kressley worked lapped traffic, allowing VonDohren to cut the lead down to a straightaway by lap 22.

Kressley would see his big lead erased when the caution came out for Swinehart on lap 26 who lost his right front wheel in Turn 2.

Kressley was able to maintain the lead on the restart as Ryan Godown drove under VonDohren for second in the apex of Turns 1 and 2 before VonDohren raced back under Godown for second on the backstretch.

Kressley would go on to score the win and became the fifth different winner of the season by .540 seconds over VonDohren with Godown settling for third.

Jeff Strunk came from 18th to finish fourth while 15th-place starter Duane Howard finished fifth.

“The track was real nice and fast tonight and luckily we had a pretty good starting position,” Kressley said. “The restarts are not always my best thing and I’m learning as we go race-by-race. I saw Ryan (Godown) and Craig (VonDohren) right behind me so I knew that I couldn’t make a mistake.”

Sixth through 10th were Rick Laubach, John Willman, Mike Lisowski, Shawn Fitzpatrick and Kevin Beach Jr.


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