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Outlaw Shane Clanton Capitalizes at Ponderosa Speedway May 6, 2016

Outlaw Shane Clanton Capitalizes at Ponderosa Speedway

JUNCTION CITY, Ky. – May 6, 2016 – Shane Clanton claimed his third World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series victory of the season under Friday night’s Ponderosa Speedway lights, winning the 24th-annual “Kentucky Klassic.”

“Well, just catching those lapped cars, I was able to get in better position in the corners,” Clanton said. “I knew if I got up against that berm, I could go down the straight-away and it would be difficult for someone to pass me.”

On the first lap, Clanton used the outside groove to wheel his No. 25 Weldbank Energy/Coopers Meat Packers Capital machine into the No. 1 spot. He thereon led the remainder of the race. This is the defending points champion’s first win since Feb. 20 at DIRTcar Nationals in Barbersville, Fla.

“I think our car had a good balance as choppy as the track was,” said Clanton, who first dealt with lapped cars on Lap 9. “If you got a good balance, you don’t upset your car when you go over the holes. Our car is so balanced right now it could go wherever you want it to go.”

Although Clanton led the field for the majority of the race, second-place finisher Chris Madden made a late push in his No. 44 Crowder Trucking/ Gentry Plastics Longhorn car with 15 laps to go – revisiting two out-of-series barn-burners the drivers had on April 23 at Senoia Raceway and Rome Speedway on April 24.

Madden, a regional favorite, challenged the Outlaws – specifically Clanton. But, it may have been the luck of the draw that diminished Madden’s chances of catching Clanton in the end.

“We just drew a bad number tonight,” said Madden, who drew a number six for the feature event. “We had a great racecar, but we just needed to start toward the front.

“Right toward the end we got into lap traffic when we went to make that late-charge. I won two in a row that night in Senoia and went to Rome Speedway and beat him again. I’m still up on him.”

Madden beat Clanton at Senoia by a .013 margin, but he was only able to close the gap to four-one-hundredths of a second at Ponderosa. Clanton with five laps remaining doubled the margin, slamming the door on both Madden’s late-pursuit and the possibility of a non-Outlaw winning a feature for a third-straight weekend.

In an uncanny resemblance, Clanton was doomed by lapped traffic in both prior battles with Madden; this time however, Clanton was able to weave through the field where Madden could not. It took slicing through a three-wide group of lapped cars to widen the gap.

“Madden was closing in on me, but in the middle of lapped cars I did all that I can do,” Clanton said. “I just knew I had to meet my marks and get passed those lapped cars as best as I could and let him play havoc trying to get by them. To outrun him and the field feels pretty good.

“Lapped cars cost me my race two weeks ago at Senoia with Madden, and I didn’t want to do it tonight. Luckily, we prevailed.”

Rounding out the podium was the No. 22 Satterlee Petroleum Distributors/ Keyser Manufacturing Rocket car of Gregg Satterlee. He started the race in the lead position. Satterlee kept to the bottom groove of the track, but said it was the harder tires that caused him to fade quicker than Clanton and Madden.

“I guess we were a little harder on our tires than they were,” Satterlee said. “I think they had a softer right-rear tire, and I think that allowed them to get going a little quicker. We went 30 laps and I knew we were right with these guys, and in those last nine laps, it kind of got away.”

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Weekly Winners 4/26/16 - 5/2/16 May 2, 2016

Weekly Winners 4/26/16 - 5/2/16

Congratulations to:

 
Josh Richards - Carolina Speedway 
Billy Decker - Fulton Speedway
Jason Hiett - Talladega Short Track 
A.J. Diemel - Cedar Lake Speedway
Austin Smith - Tri-County Racetrack
Dona Marcoullier - Tri City Motor Speedway
John Cordovani - Canandaigua Motorsports Park
Erik Korman - Bridgeport Speedway
Brad Roberts - Bridgeport Speedway
Andy Bryant - Lucas Oil Speedway (pictured above)
Kevin Smith - Skagit Speedway
Kent Arment - Casino Speedway
Billy Decker Wins Highbank Holdup at Fulton Speedway April 30, 2016

Billy Decker Wins Highbank Holdup at Fulton Speedway

By Mike Mallett

FULTON, N.Y. - April 30, 2016 - It didn't take long for the new combination of Billy Decker and car owner Mike Payne to find their way to victory lane on the Super DIRTcar Series trail. The duo joined forces over the winter and their first series event together was Saturday's Highbank Holdup at the Fulton Speedway. Just like he's done so many times in the past, Decker worked the bottom of the speedway methodically to first get the lead and then to brush off attacks from Tim Fuller in the final laps to secure the win in the 100-lap event.

"I'd be lying if I didn't tell you I really wanted to win this race," said an excited Decker afterwards. "I had to cut my old buddy Fuller off there on the backstretch to get it done. My car didn't fire too good on the restarts. I have to thank Mike Payne Racing. This is awesome. It is our third race together and there are good things to come. I'm tickled to be here. This was a lot of fun."

Fuller was joined by joined by Tom Sears Jr. on the front row for the start of the race. Fuller went to the bottom of the first corner to wrangle the lead away from Sears. Fuller paced the 31 car starting field for the opening circuits with Larry Wight was marching his way from the sixth starting spot into second to become a contender before lap 10.

It didn't take long for Fuller to find himself in traffic as he caught the back of the pack on lap 13. He got bottled up on the bottom of the speedway and Wight went the top of the track off the exit of turn four to snatch the lead away on the same lap. They remained glued together several laps.

Wight showed the way as Fuller road in second looking for a faster line in traffic. He found it on lap 28 as he moved off the bottom of the speedway to the top groove. Wight had moved down in an effort to get through traffic opening the lane for Fuller. Fuller and Wight ran side-by-side until lap 36 when Wight made a mistake on the cushion in turns one and two allowing Fuller to drive back into the lead.

As Fuller was regaining his position at the front Decker had advanced into the top five after redrawing seventh. Fuller had good speed on the top but Decker was even quicker on the bottom as he picked off car after car. By the time the first caution was displayed on lap 44 for Sears Jr. Decker had moved into third behind Fuller and Wight.

The action resumed again on lap 50 with Fuller going right back to his line on the top and Wight charging hard to get by. All the while Decker stayed patient on the extreme low lane of the racetrack. Decker was able to get by Wight and he was gaining on Fuller when the yellow was needed again on lap 61. This time for a spinning Mike Mahaney.

After the field was realigned Fuller remained in his groove on the top and Decker stayed low. Neither driver was willing to give up on their preferred lane on the racing surface. Fuller was running that lane when he caught slower traffic yet again on lap 79. This was the break that Decker needed.

Fuller's lead was negated quickly as he struggled to find a way through traffic. Decker pulled alongside and the pair raced together in traffic for several laps before Decker edged his way to the lead on lap 83. Fuller didn't lose much ground initially as he stayed within striking distance of Decker. Eventually he lost the runner-up spot in traffic as well to Jimmy Phelps.

"I didn't think I was ever going to get there," stated Decker. "It took a little rubber down there in turns three and four and Tim was going across. I wanted him to keep doing that because I knew I'd be there in a minute. When he got to traffic and he couldn't use the whole racetrack that's what let me get to him."

One final caution was necessary on the 95th circuit, this time for Eldon Payne who had gone around in turn two. The single-file restart lined up with Decker in front of Phelps and Fuller. At the green both Decker and Phelps dove low going into turns one and two while Fuller put his No. 19 right back on the outside. He got by Phelps and stayed with Decker. He worked him over for the final few laps.

"I knew he (Fuller) fired really good on that last restart because he flashed up next to me," commented Decker. "I sucked up all the backstretch. I feel lucky that I was able to get here."

At the checkered it was all Decker taking the win with Fuller coming home a close second. Fuller went after it in the final laps but some rubber that had been laid down on the bottom of the race track in turns three and four allowed Decker to stay in front for the win.

For additional news visit www.superdirtcarseries.com

Jason Hiett Scores First Career Southern All Star Win At Talladega April 30, 2016

Jason Hiett Scores First Career Southern All Star Win At Talladega

EASTABOGA, AL--The Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series made its first stop of the 2016 season Saturday night at the Talladega Short Track for the annual NASCAR weekend show and Jason Hiett of Oxford, Al., pick up his first career series win as he dominated from the drop of the green flag to the checkered flag worth $4,000.

35 cars took laps in White Performance group qualifying and Hiett set fast time for his group at 14.564 with Dale McDowell second, Jake Knowles third, Terry Smith fourth and Tim Roszell fifth in group A, in group B Riley Hickman was the man on top with a lap of 14.732, with Dylan Ames, Cory Hedgecock, William Thomas & Todd Morrow rounding out the top five.

In four PPM Racing Products B Mains, Joseph Joiner took the win in the first one David Seibers in the second, David Breazeale the third one and Jason Wilson the fourth one.

In the 40 lap main Hiett and Hickman were side by side at the drop of the green but Hiett moved ahead of Hickman down the backstretch and then proceeded to build up a huge lead at time of Hickman who later discovered he had a slowly leaking tire, but Hickman said that he had nothing for Hiett as he was the dominate car.  Hickman brought home the second place and got him closer to the top of the points as he is in pursuit of his 4th straight series title which has not been done before as to a four in a row champion, but also will put him in line to time Clint Smith as the only four time champion.  Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, TN., made a charge late in the race on the high side and got Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA., at the line to take third with McDowell falling to fourth and Jake Knowles of Rome, GA rounding out the top five.

Finishing in the sixth spot was Tim Roszell of Anniston, AL., , seventh to William Thomas of Phenix City, AL., , eighth to Dylan Ames of Harvest, AL., , ninth to Todd Morrow of East Ridge, TN.,  and tenth to Joseph Joiner of Milton, FL.

Hiett was very excited in SUNOCO victory lane as he exited his car after making a victory lap with the checkered flag.  “We have tried awful hard to win a Southern All Star race, we have led a few of them over the years, but have never got here in victory lane, it feels great” said Hiett.  Hiett is sponsored by Vinson Race Engines, Freestyle Graphix, Phillips Properties, Austin Trucking, and Capital Race Cars.

For more news visit www.sasdirt.com

Richards Scores Inaugural Series Victory at Carolina Speedway April 29, 2016

Richards Scores Inaugural Series Victory at Carolina Speedway

GASTONIA, N.C. - April 29, 2016 - Josh Richards battled from an eighth place starting position and through tough track conditions and cautions on Friday night at Carolina Speedway as he claimed the inaugural World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series win at the track.

"We were able to survive," said Richards, who took home the $10,000 purse. "We had a great car there. It was starting to get rough off Turn 4, but I want to thank all the fans for coming out. It's great to come out with a win."

Challenging track conditions proved to be a test for the 24 drivers that started the A-Main - in the 50-lap feature, there were 12 cautions with eight drivers finishing on the lead lap. A caution on Lap 24 allowed drivers to replenish their tear-off visor sheets, making track visibility less of a struggle through the remainder of the race.

Some of those earlier cautions however, made way for Richards to eventually claim the lead position on the restarts. Richards started eighth.

"That was the biggest thing: trying to find a clean spot," said Richards about finding a favorable groove. "Once you got up on somebody, you couldn't see anything. It was just a matter of trying to be smooth. You were forced to move around a little bit."

Following the race's first caution on Lap 5, Richards' strong restart catapulted him into third position. Less than 10 laps later, Richards took over the second spot in turn 2 from Frank Heckenast Jr., who drifted up the track. Heckenast wheeled his car to a season-best fourth-place finish.

Richards claimed the lead on lap 16 after Johnny Pursley, who started the race in the top spot, lost a right rear tire. There on, Richards never looked back.

Chub Frank's No. 1* Cory Rubber Corporation machine followed behind Richards for the latter-half of the race, recording his best finish in not only 2016, but also since his second-place finish at Delaware International Speedway in August 2015. The Bear Lake, Penn.-native said he'd rather be in victory lane, but rebounding from qualifying 14th earlier in the night made it a successful night.

"The track was choppy, but you could at least race on it," Frank said. "It was definitely a handful. I never knew which way my car was going. I don't think my car was bad, but [Richards'] car ran through all the rough stuff better than mine. He was more consistent."

Rounding-out the podium was York, Penn.-native Rick Eckert, who also took advantage of the lower groove earlier in the race. Eckert's No. 7 Paul Crowl Racing car claimed the third spot on Lap 17, passing Heckenast in Turn 2 like Richards did earlier.

"It's about time," Eckert said. "At least we made it on the inside, but got beat on the outside. In the middle of the race right before the track started getting rough, we had a good car. Everyone was in there, starting to rip it up. I couldn't maneuver through the holes and everyone else couldn't too. But Josh's seemed to maneuver through the holes. He earned it."

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Weekly Winners 4/19/16 - 4/25/16 April 25, 2016

Weekly Winners 4/19/16 - 4/25/16

Congratluations to:

Dustin Smith – Hamilton County Speedway

Ralph Morgan Jr. - Path Valley Speedway

Gregg Satterlee – Hagerstown Speedway 

Jordan Grabouski – I-80 Speedway & Heartland Park Topeka

Dona Marcoullier - Tri City Motor Speedway

Cody Nielsen – Hancock County Speedway 

Aaron Barley – Tyler County Speedway

Courtney McCartney – Longdale Speedway (pictured, Gary Pigg Photo)

Myles Michehl – Hamilton County Speedway

Frank Cozze – Grandview Speedway

Kyle Beard – Jackson Motor Speedway

Tim Hindley – Orange County Fair Speedway

Matt Sheppard – Canandaigua Motorsports Park & Utica-Rome Speedway

Mike Marlar – Smoky Mountain Speedway

Pat O’Hanlon – I-88 Speedway

Eric Stanton – Marshalltown Speedway

Michael Kloos – I-55 Raceway

Jeff Deal – Hamilton County Speedway     

Dan Powers - 81 Speedway