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Fuqua Bags $5k in Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl July 2, 2017

Fuqua Bags $5k in Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl

July 2, 2017  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Night two of the 12th Annual Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl completed the race weekend at Central Missouri Speedway as 83 drivers signed in for the night. USRA Modifieds came out in full force with 38 cars. Twenty-six additional USRA Modifieds along with the 12 locked in cars from night one then took to the track in four heat races as drivers were in search of valuable passing points. Heat race wins went to Darron Fuqua over Gunner Martin. Heat two saw Justin Johnson in victory lane with Dean Wille second. Jim Moody chose to requalify for the night and claimed the victory in heat three over Kerry Davis. Ryan Middaugh found his way to the lead over Aaron Marrant in the final heat race. USRA Modifieds later returned to the track for their B-Main, and it was Nathan Gold who claimed the win. Fuqua quickly established himself as a front runner for the weekend as he captured the 20-lap scramble over Davis, Moody and Martin before the 24-car starting grid for the 50-lap finale returned to close out the night. Matt Dotson and Fuqua started on row one with Fuqua taking the early lead. Dotson tried repeatedly to make a bid for the lead on a smooth, yet difficult track condition. Fuqua then found his rhythm and pulled away from Dotson and Johnny Scott inside the top three. The first caution flag in the event waved on lap 11 for a spin involving Shad Badder and then again on lap 17 for Chad Lyle’s spin in turn four. Fuqua continued his dominance and pulled away from Dotson and Scott before Tim Karrick. drew a caution at lap 26. Just as things were beginning to heat up for the lead and about to be interesting with the leaders close together behind lapped traffic, the caution flag flew again to dismay of fans hoping to see some side-by-side action on the difficult track. Scott and Dotson had a fierce battle going throughout the night in second as did Shultz and Stormy Scott for fourth. The late-race cautions were for Moody and Dennis Elliott, who both suffered flat tires. Kevin Blackburn was also a victim of a flat tire during the closing laps. When racing resumed, Johnny Scott went for an opening on Dotson in turn three but ran out of real estate and wound up spinning from third in the field. His spin set up a final dash to the checkers. Dotson came to life for the race's closing laps and pulled to within a few feet of Fuqua, especially in turns one and two. On this night, however, no one found a way around Fuqua, who drives the No. 87 car and collected his 87th career main event victory. It was Fuqua’s second career win at the Central Missouri Speedway, and his biggest win to date. Dotson gave it all he could to win his second CMS special event of the year but had to settle for second. Schulz was a solid third in the rundown with Stormy Scott fourth and Marrant fifth.
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Clint Smith Wins Michael Head Jr Memorial July 1, 2017

Clint Smith Wins Michael Head Jr Memorial

SENOIA, GA—The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series returned  to the Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA., Saturday night for the Michael Head Jr Memorial and a familiar name with the Southern All Stars Series as well as the fans was in victory lane for the first time since a 2009 and that was 4 time Southern All Star Champion  Clint Smith of Senoia, GA., who battled with series points leader Austin Horton of Newnan, GA., to get his first series since his last win at the Cleveland Speedway.  Smith took the lead once but a caution flew before the lap was completed and had to go back to second but a few laps later Smith worked his by Horton to capture his 13th series.   Smith was elated in victory lane about the win and was honored to win the race that was dedicated to the son of one of his biggest rivals on the series Mike Head who won the series championship in 1991.  Horton padded his series points lead a few more markers as he came home in the second spot, third went to Cody King in his best run with the series, fourth to another two time Southern All Star Champion Ivedent Lloyd and Tristan Sealy fifth.

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Tim McCreadie Steals the Spotlight at the Big Show June 27, 2017

Tim McCreadie Steals the Spotlight at the Big Show

MALTA, NY – June 27, 2017 – Larry Wight took the lead from Stewart Friesen on a lap 74 restart, but Tim McCreadie pounded the cushion to go from fourth to the lead on lap 77. McCreadie then led the final 23 laps of Brett Hearn’s Big Show 9 to claim the $10,000 winner’s share at Albany-Saratoga on Tuesday night. It was McCreadie’s first win since he won at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in November 2011.

Friesen took second and Matt Sheppard took third from Larry Wight when he jumped the cushion late in the race and had to settle for fourth. Hearn rounded out the top-five.

“I’ve been trying to run this race for a while and take some of Brett’s money,” McCreadie said, tongue-in-cheek following his first Super DIRTcar Series win since 2011. “He always makes more than us and it’s nice to take $10,000 from him once and a while.”

Wight started on the front row with Max McLaughlin for the 100-lap Feature. Wight drove his No.99L to the point position at the drop of the green flag while Stewart Friesen raced into second from the third starting spot.

McCreadie was quickly on the move from his sixth starting spot and used the same outside lane to take second from Friesen at lap 17. Twenty laps in, Wight found his way into heavy lapped traffic as the race stayed green. At lap 22, Friesen took second back from McCreadie while Wight was able to race freely through the traffic.

Friesen caught the leader on lap 42 and passed Wight to take over the lead on lap 46. Friesen held the point just as the first caution of the race waved at lap 50 when Rich Scagliotta got turned around in turn two.

When the race restarted on lap 59, Friesen held off Wight’s charge while Sheppard took third from McCreadie. The top-five maintained their spots, with Hearn in fifth, until the second and final caution at lap 68.

The final restart with 74 laps complete produced all the action at Wight retook the lead from Friesen in the outside lane while McCreadie made his move from fourth to second before taking the lead three laps later.

“I couldn’t really hit the bottom at all and when we had cold tires we could roll the middle pretty well,” Wight said. “It seemed to be that if we got too much heat in the right-rear, the car went away on us. I don’t know if it was me being too hard on it or if we just need to do a little more work on the car itself to get it to run with that hot tires.”

Before Wight could worry about getting too much heat in the right-rear tire, McCreadie used the outside lane to drive to the lead.

“I just got lucky,” McCreadie said in Victory Lane. “Those guys were hunting the bottom and I had been up there banging the cushion for probably 70 laps and I just figured the only shot I had was to try and go in above it into (turn) one and it happened to stick. It could have easily went the other way, but we’re happy tonight.”

With eight laps to go, Wight jumped the cushion while running second and fell to fourth as both Friesen and Sheppard raced past him. Friesen caught McCreadie over the final five laps, but couldn’t get close enough to regain the top spot for the win.

“Our Halmar car was good on the long run, which is cool,” Friesen said. “It’s something we haven’t really had all year. Second to a guy like that, I mean there aren’t too many guys that can run a curb like that and put it where he needed. We’ll take a good second. We had a great long run car and it was good. I’m proud of everybody.”

“I didn’t know how many laps were left, but I saw him poke (the nose) once or twice,” McCreadie said of Friesen’s late challenge. “It was really kind of dusty once you caught lapped traffic. It wasn’t that you couldn’t maneuver, I just couldn’t really see through the center of the corner to put my right-rear on the cushion so it slowed my entry down and my whole corner down.”

Sheppard held on for a third-place finish, his third straight top-five finish and fifth consecutive top-five result to start the season.

“We had a really good car there in the middle of the race,” Sheppard said. “We really didn’t need that lap 68 caution. I was just rolling by Larry Wight for second and I don’t think anybody wanted to be third on that next restart. Timmy was third on the restart before and that’s how I got by him. Then I got pinned down there and just lost some ground. I started rolling again there at the end, but it was too little too late.”

Wight was happy to earn a top-five finish, but naturally would have preferred to hold on for the win. Mostly, Wight was surprised McCreadie was able to use the outside lane to take the win.

“I never thought anyone could get the top to work with it that far out and as nasty as the cushion was, but he must have been free enough where he could lean on it,” Wight said. “It seemed to be that if I went up there it would pull the nose and the car was a handful up there.”

Erick Rudolph was the 811 Dig Safely New York redraw bonus eligible driver as the eighth starter. He raced to a sixth-place finish in the Feature event. Pat Ward, who raced to an 11th-place finish, was the Pole Position Raceway Fast Qualifier. Series driver Peter Britten received the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck award after he was the first car out of the race at his home track.

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Weekly Winners 6/20/17 - 6/26/17 June 26, 2017

Weekly Winners 6/20/17 - 6/26/17

Congratulations to:

Myles Michehl – Sports Park Raceway

Devin Smith – Hamilton County Speedway

Ahnna Parkhurst – Modoc Raceway

Danny O’Brien – Brockville Ontario Speedway

Tyler Bare – 311 Speedway

Jordan Watson – Delaware International Speedway

Corey Madden – Crawford County Speedway

Clint Hatlestad – Arlington Raceway

Carl Thomas – Crowley’s Ridge Raceway

Chase McCormick – Friendship Speedway

Kelly Shryock – Clay County Fair Speedway & Sports Park Raceway (pictured)

Brandon Beckendorf – Fairmont Raceway

Mike Mataragas – Sycamore Speedway

Delmas Conley – Portsmouth Raceway Park

Cody Nielsen – Hancock County Speedway

Richie Eurich – Orange County Fair Speedway

Justin Haers – Canandaigua Motorsports Park

Derek Green – Hancock County Speedway

RC Whitwell – Humboldt Speedway

Shane Swanson – Hancock County Speedway

Max Blair – McKean County Raceway

Dona Marcoullier – Oakshade Raceway & Mount Pleasant Speedway

Shannon Babb – Fairbury American Legion Speedway

Todd Boulware – Raceway Park

Tyler Erb – Tri-State Speedway

Brandon Sheppard – Lernerville Speedway

Donovan Smith – Marshalltown Speedway

David Rieks – Hamilton County Speedway

Tad Reutzel – Hancock County Speedway

Dona Marcoullier Grabs American Ethanol Tour Win at Oakshade June 24, 2017

Dona Marcoullier Grabs American Ethanol Tour Win at Oakshade

Wauseon, Ohio (Saturday, June 24th, 2017): For the first time in the American Ethanol Late Model Tours’ three-year history, the cars and stars ventured outside of the home state of Michigan with their first ever visit to the Buckeye State. The popular 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked dirt oval of Oakshade Raceway, located west of Toledo in Wauseon, Ohio served as hosts for the historic first ever Buckeye State appearance for the AELMT for the running of the Growth Energy 40. When the checkered flag flew, it would be the AELMT winning the battle over the AELMT all-time high 50-car field with the state of Michigan sweeping the top five spots led by defending AELMT Champion and current points leader, Dona Marcoullier winning his second in a row and third of the first four AELMT races of 2017.

“This is awesome. I love this place. I came down here about 10 years ago and in my first ever Feature, I won the dang thing. We came down here in 2013 and ran the full deal and were able to win the Championship.” The elated Houghton Lake, Michigan standout stated in victory lane standing next to his #6m Northside Towing & Service/Rocket XR1 Chassis/Rhyne Competition Engines machine. “I don’t know man, I just love the people, love the place, love the racetrack, I mean, this place has got the greatest fans. What a year! I can’t thank the American Ethanol Late Model Tour enough for this series. This is flat out the best in this area in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.” The 32-year-old added.

After the Redraw of the top two finishers of the five heat races needed, QuickCar Racing Products Rookie points leader, Matt Shipley and Swanton, Ohio’s Rob Anderzack leading the stacked field to Chief Starter, Adam Matthews Sr.’s green flag. Shipley would utilize his 525 Chevrolet Performance Crate motor powered by Ethanol E85 to the race lead for the first four laps until the lone caution waved on lap four. On the restart, 2016 AELMT Rookie of the Year, Travis Stemler, who started third at the green and restarted in second, darted past on lap five. He brought Dona Marcoullier, who started next to him in the second row, with him and just a lap later, Marcoullier careened around the outside to grab the lead for himself.

Marcoullier would set sail the rest of the way and while picking through traffic, Ryan VanderVeen, who had never won in the AELMT but has an impressive three second place finishes and five third place showings, began to slowly reel in the race leader. However, VanderVeen couldn’t quite get to Marcoullier’s back bumper as the defending tour champion kept plenty of real estate between himself and VanderVeen to go on and win his third AELMT Feature in four starts in 2017 and his eighth career AELMT triumph. The most all-time in the tours’ brief three-year history.

VanderVeen would settle for second for the fourth time of his AELMT career while ISKY Racing Cams Fast Qualifier, Brandon Thirlby wrapped up the podium finishers. Eric Spangler finished in fourth with Stemler completing the top five for a Great Lakes State clean sweep of the first five finishers in the tour’s first ever appearance in the Buckeye State. Steve Kester led the Oakshade/Ohio contingent with a sixth place showing while two-time defending track champion, Brian Ruhlman was seventh over current track points leader, Devin Shiels, 2015 AELMT Champion, Rich Neiser and Canadian invader, Andrew Reaume finished off the top 10 after starting 21st.

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Jordan Watson Goes Wire to Wire at Delaware International June 24, 2017

Jordan Watson Goes Wire to Wire at Delaware International

The NAPA Big Block Modified heats were a prelude to the 25-lap feature with Jordan Watson and Jamie Mills picking up the wins. Watson would start the main in third but shot by Brandon Watkins and Dale Hawkins to lead lap one.

By the second circuit Mills had blasted from ninth to fifth. One lap later he shot by both Brandon and Bobby Watkins for the third spot behind Hawkins. Hawkins put up a good fight until lap eight when Mills moved by.

JoJo Watson had gotten by H.J. Bunting to crack the top five and was up to fourth by halfway. Matt Jester, who started in tenth followed into fifth. Jordan wasn’t letting up and had built a 7.5 second lead when the first caution flew on lap 15 when Brandon Watkins slowed.

On the restart Jester was able to get around Hawkins for fourth and once again Jordan opened a 3.5 second lead over Mills and his brother JoJo. The final yellow was out with five to go when Howard O’Neal came to a stop. As Jordan Watson again pulled away on the restart, JoJo Watson went to work on Mills taking second with three to go. That’s how they would finish with Jordan getting his first win of the season and his brother JoJo second. Third went to Mills with Jester fourth and Hawkins fifth.

NAPA Big Block Finish: 1. Jordan Watson; 2. JoJo Watson; 3. Jamie Mills; 4. Matt Jester; 5. Dale Hawkins; 6. Bobby Watkins; 7. Kevin Sockriter; 8. Matt Hawkins; 9. Dave Dissinger; 10. Jim Britt; 11. Brandon Watkins; 12. Scott VanGorder; 13. H.J. Bunting; 14. Howard O’Neal; 15. Carson Wright; 16. T.J. Williams; 17. Robert Dutton; 18. Michael White; DNS: Brian Hitz; Westley Smith.

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