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Tony Buffomante Grabs TA2 Victory In VIR Survivors' Race September 24, 2016

Tony Buffomante Grabs TA2 Victory In VIR Survivors' Race

ALTON, Va.  [September 24, 2016] – Tony Buffomante emerged victorious at Virginia International Raceway as the Trans Am Series held its second race of the day, a TA2 independent race, for Round 8 of the 2016 Trans Am Championship.  The victory was Buffomante’s fourth of the year and second consecutive, helping bolster his points lead in the TA2 Championship.  

Buffomante, in the No. 34 Mike Cope Racing Ford Mustang, began the day in second position, alongside teammate and pole sitter Justin Haley, in the No. 99 Braun Foundation Ford Mustang, and held the position for much of the race until the No. 99 of Haley was contacted by a lapped car and forced off course, losing 4 positions.  Buffomante then inherited the lead and comfortably held it for the majority of the race.  

Buffomante would be joined on the podium by Mike Cope Racing teammates Lawrence Loshak, in the No. 5 Pennzoil Platinum/ MOMO/ ETE Reman Chevrolet Camaro, who battled back from as low as eighth, and the resurgent Justin Haley, who recovered from fifth position, after the contact, to finish third.  

“I just focused on staying clean,” said Buffomante.  “Obviously there were a lot of people going off, a little oil, there was grass on the track—I was worried about getting grass on the grill and overheating.  Things got a little hot at the end, so I started short-shifting it; but the biggest thing here for me is Mike Cope Racing 1-2-3 on the podium with the “Arrive and Drive” program—the cars are awesome.  Justin (Haley) had the win, there was no doubt about it, he had the pace all weekend, but he went one way and a lapper took him out.  It’s as simple as that. I feel bad for him, but he’ll get his first win soon.”

The TA2 top five was completed by Kyle Marcelli, in the No. 96 New Field Inc. Chevrolet Camaro, and John Atwell, in the No. 02 A&J Lab Portal Chevrolet Camaro, as they finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  The TA2 class top ten also featured, in order, Steve Kent, Jr., Gar Robinson, Jordan Bernloehr, Curt Vogt and Shane Lewis.  An unusually high seven drivers were unable to finish the race due to a variety of mechanical issues.  

On his way to victory lane Buffomante would turn the fast lap of the race, a new track record 1:53.839, but he comes away with the greater prize— solidifying his position atop the TA2 points no matter how slight that might be. 

“It’s going to take speed to bring this championship home,” said Buffomante.  “You can’t just come out here and coast around, these guys are too fast—especially the guys under the Mike Cope tent.  I thought it was going to be a great points day; then I hear Justin had fallen back to fifth and thought ‘that would be a heck of a drive to get back up here,’ then he ends up in third!  We just have to be fast every weekend.  It’s how you stay out of trouble; it’s how you gather up points.  There’s no holding back; there’s no conservatism. It’s just too competitive here.”

For more news visit www.gotransam.com

Photo courtesy of www.gotransam.com

Lucas Schott Grabs Jamboree Victory September 23, 2016

Lucas Schott Grabs Jamboree Victory

SPRING VALLEY, Minn.—Friday night shows have been very good for Lucas Schott when the United States Modified Touring Series comes to Southern Minnesota.

Two years ago, at 18 years of age, Schott captured his first USMTS win during the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree and he did again this year by leading all 42 laps Friday night to score a $5,000 payday.

Schott earned his second USMTS win less than two months ago just a few miles down the road at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing.

From the pole, ‘Cool Hand Luke’ exploded to an eight-car-length lead within the first two laps of Friday’s Featherlite Fall Jamboree feature and flawlessly maneuvered through heavy lapped traffic for most of the contest to beat Thursday’s winner, Cade Dillard, to the finish line by less than two seconds.

“It was an awesome race track with all the rain they had this week,” Schott said in Widow Wax Victory Lane. “It’s been a good weekend so far and I’m looking forward to tomorrow night.

“I was just going through lapped traffic the best I could and I saw Cade show his nose down there once. I was just kind of saving my stuff in lapped traffic but once I saw him I knew I had to start passing some of these guys.”

While Dillard searched for a way to get around Schott, he also had his hands full with Brandon Davis who stayed in the mix the entire distance before settling for third.

Jason Hughes, who secured his second straight and third overall USMTS national championship on Thursday night, was a close fourth with Chris Brown snagging fifth place.

Ricky Thornton Jr., Rodney Sanders, Craig Thatcher, Josh Angst and Travis Saurer rounded out the top 10.

For additional news visit www.usmts.com

Photo courtesy of www.usmts.com/Buck Monson

Weekly Winners 9/13/16 - 9/19/16 September 19, 2016

Weekly Winners 9/13/16 - 9/19/16

Congratulations to: Ralph Morgan Jr. – Hagerstown Speedway Steve Stacey – New Paris Speedway Mike Marlar – Knoxville Raceway Brandon Beckendorf – Arlington Raceway Justin Zeitner – Park Jefferson Speedway Josh Richards – Knoxville Raceway Billy Dunn – Mohawk Int’l. Raceway Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway Danny Johnson – Weedsport Speedway Matt Sheppard – Brewerton Speedway Cody Nielson – Clay County Fair Speedway Matt Cosner – Bedford Speedway Jake Masters – Clay County Fair Speedway Alex Ferree – Marion Center Speedway Dona Marcoullier – Crystal Motor Speedway Nick Meyer – Clay County Fair Speedway Austin Jahnz – Clay County Fair Speedway Jacob Murray – Marshalltown Speedway (pictured above)
Mike Marlar Wins Knoxville Nationals September 17, 2016

Mike Marlar Wins Knoxville Nationals

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (September 17, 2016) – It has been the year of the upset winners at Knoxville Raceway and Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tennessee surprised everyone by leading the final 61 laps on his way to a win $40,000 at the 13th annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store! Front row starters Jimmy Owens and Josh Richards were the early front runners of the 100 lap event, Owens led the opening ten laps until Richards used lapped traffic to get by Owens and pull away. It appeared that Richards, the four-time runner-up at Knoxville would go on to finally win the Knoxville Nationals. Marlar started in row two and fell to fifth early but was able to claw his way back to the leaders. On lap 40 Marlar made his move and passed Richards. The event was marred by eight caution periods and Marlar was able to hold off challenges by Richards and later from Scott Bloomquist on every restart to drive away and win by 1.188 seconds over Blooquist at the checkered flag. The win was Marlar’s second of his career at Knoxville who won a Nationals preliminary here in 2012. Marlar finished fourth in 2015, third in 2014, and sixth in 2012. The part-time super dirt late model driver was able to put together the winning combination to become the eleventh different winner of the Knoxville Nationals crown jewel event. Bloomquist started eighth and was running fourth at halfway. His car came alive and was running second by lap 60. "Bloomer" was able to driver beside Marlar on a few occasions and pass him briefly at one point during the race, but fell short of winning a record third Nationals. 19 year-old Bobby Pierce finished third in his first entry at Knoxville in four years. The youngster looked strong driving from his tenth starting position to stand upon the podium a week after winning the World 100 at Eldora Speedway. Richards was running third when he pulled in with five laps remaining. Jimmy Owens would pull in on lap 46 with mechanical woes as would Jonathan Davenport on lap 79. In preliminary action Gregg Satterlee won the B Main and Morgan Bagley won the C Main. For more news visit www.knoxvilleraceway.com
Danny Johnson Picks Up SDS Win at Weedsport September 17, 2016

Danny Johnson Picks Up SDS Win at Weedsport

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Sept. 17, 2016 – Danny Johnson picked up his first Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season in the Shakelton Auto and Truck Parts No. 27J and collected his 80th series win Saturday night at Weedsport Speedway. Johnson battled Tim Fuller early for the lead but sailed away to take the King of the Hill 100 and take home the $10,000 payday over Matt Sheppard and Fuller. “We had a good race with Timmy Fuller. I love racing with Timmy, he’s a good, clean racer,” Johnson said. “We raced side-by-side and I was able to get ahead of him that lap there when I got to the bottom and was then able to pull away from him. I’d like to thank my car owner Chris Gennarelli, my engine builder as well as my boys for getting it ready and everyone who has helped us out.” Mat Williamson and Tim Kerr drew the front row in the Dig Safely redraw and brought the 31-car field to the initial green flag. Kerr jumped out to an early lead over Fuller and Johnson. Just as Fuller and Johnson started to put pressure on Kerr for the top spot the first caution of the night came out on lap 11 due to a right rear flying off of sixth place starter Rob Bellinger’s car. Fuller took advantage of the lap 22 restart and took the lead from Kerr. Johnson then advanced into the second spot from Kerr and then snuck up to Fuller’s rear bumper as he started to put pressure on Fuller. Johnson took the lead over Fuller coming off of turn four on lap 28 but Fuller didn’t give up as they battled side-by-side for several laps, swapping first and second. Tenth starter Sheppard made his way into the top three by lap 33 and slowly gained ground on the leaders. Six cars piled up going into turn one on lap 37 bringing out the second caution of the night. Brett Hearn and Ryan Phelps were two of the drivers involved that received extensive damage on their cars forcing them to go pit side. Wight took advantage of the lap 45 restart as he took back the third spot from Sheppard. Wight drove by Fuller on the outside coming out of turn four for the second position the next lap by. Johnson led his No. 27J small block modified to the halfway mark over Wight, Fuller, Sheppard and Peter Britten. Fuller and Sheppard were knocking on Wight’s doors as Sheppard took third from Fuller on lap 58. Johnson caught the back of the field on lap 60 as he showed a straightaway over second place runner Wight. Wight changed his lane and moved to the top in turns one and two allowing Sheppard to drive underneath and take over second on lap 63. Sheppard soon found his way into lap traffic as he worked his way around the top of the track to gain ground on Johnson. Wight fell off the pace allowing Fuller and Friesen to go by for the third and fourth spot. Johnson edged his way through heavy lap traffic building a strong lead of 2.067 seconds over Sheppard. After a hard wreck at Brewerton Speedway the night before Johnson made a strong comeback to capture his 80th Super DIRTcar Series victory and collect the $10,000 payday at Weedsport Speedway over Sheppard, Fuller, Friesen and Wight. “I watched the 9s come up on the leader board into second. I didn’t want to give him a chance so I went as fast as I could. I had no idea how much of a lead I had. All I knew was, whoever was in second, especially Matt, wanted to be first.” After a streak of four wins in a row Sheppard was disappointed with how the race turned out but was happy for Johnson and his team. “We didn’t draw a great number. It was kind of the same deal as last night and then worked our way through the front. We had a really good car but didn’t have anything for Danny tonight. Hats off to Danny, he needed this win.” After a hard fought battle between him and Johnson for the lead early on, Fuller fell back a few spots but came back through late in the race to finish third. “We were really good in the beginning then Danny lined up beside us with that small block and I think he was toying with us having a small block. We weren’t that good. I would say around lap twenty or thirty he got us. I went back a few more spots then my car got good enough again towards the end of the race. I think the car was good enough to be second but not to beat Danny.” For additional news visit www.superdirtcarseries.com Photo courtesy of www.dirttrackdigest.com/Jay Fish
Weekly Winners 9/6/16 - 9/12/16 September 12, 2016

Weekly Winners 9/6/16 - 9/12/16

Congratulations to: Ricky Thornton Jr. – Boone Speedway Jeff Strunk – Grandview Speedway Ryan Gustin – Mississippi Thunder Speedway Stan Mullins – Las Vegas Bullring (pictured) A.J. Diemel – River Cities Speedway Andrew Wylie – Dog Hollow Speedway Matt Sheppard – Utica-Rome Speedway & Le RPM Speedway Tommy Bryant – Golden Triangle Raceway Park Kenny Collins – Winder Barrow Speedway Billy Dunn – Can-Am Motorsports Park Austin Horton – Senoia Raceway Dona Marcoullier – Tri-City Motor Speedway Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway