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McDowell Beats Outlaws at Duck River April 8, 2016

McDowell Beats Outlaws at Duck River

WHEEL, Tenn. - April 8, 2016 - Dale McDowell hopped out of his car, pumping his fist to a near-capacity crowd Friday night at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn. This is a feeling of accomplishment he has not felt in 11 years.

McDowell snapped his winless streak with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series, a streak dating back to May 20, 2005 when he was last victorious at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, Ohio. But, this was not an easy feat, as the 26-car feature was one filled with many battles.

"The draw was big for us tonight," said McDowell, whose No. 17M Bad Boy Off Road Team Dillon Racing Inc. car started the race in the top spot. "It's was awfully racey, especially in lapped traffic."

McDowell held the inside groove of the track for most of the race, while others - Darrell Lanigan especially - tested him on the high side. Lanigan, who finished runner-up to McDowell, kept his No. 15 Georgia Boot/Peak Performance car at the top of the track, building speed to close less than the two-second gap between them.

On lap 29 Lanigan closed the margin; he contested McDowell further with five laps to go. But, on the 1/4-mile oval, lapped traffic kept McDowell safe from losing his lead.

"Yeah, I had to get him hung-up in traffic and get a good groove around that top," Lanigan said. "But, the top was so far out there so there really wasn't a whole lot left. He didn't miss his marks on the bottom, so it was going to be really hard to win it."

Others gambled when choosing their line for the race. Josh Richards kept his No. 1 Valvoline Rocket Chassis low on the track, but moved up to the center of the track towards the latter part of the race. The ever-changing track conditions coupled with some "missed adjustments" resulted in him rounding out the podium.

"The bottom early was definitely good, but then it got a black ring around the bottom," said Richards about the bottom race-line becoming slick late in the race. "Dale did a great job. He was definitely the car to beat."

McDowell had another ulterior motivation fueling him toward the checkers. After the race, he smiled not for the winless streak he just snapped, but for his late-mother. His mother passed away in 2011, and all he could say after the race is that the win was for her.

"My mom has always loved this place," McDowell said. "I'd like to dedicate this win to her."

Shane Clanton maintained his quick lap-times from last weekend, recording the fastest qualifying time of both groups with a 12.472. Clanton won his heat race before eventually placing fourth in the A-Main. Clanton's No. 25 Weldbank Energy Corporation car and Richards' car rubbed paint throughout the race.

"I got a little bit of body damage being stuck in the middle," said Richards about the battle for third. "It was just racing. Shane was right there on our bumper the whole time."

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Photo courtesy of www.woolms.com

Weekly Winners 3/26/16 - 4/4/16 April 4, 2016

Weekly Winners 3/26/16 - 4/4/16

Congratulations to:
Craig Von Dohren - Grandview Speedway (SDS Photography, pictured above)
Josh Richards - Farmer City Raceway
Doug Manmiller - Big Diamond Speedway
Zack VanderBeek - Humboldt Speedway
Jack Sullivan - I-30 Speedway
Richard Frost - Clarksville Speedway
Jordan Grabouski - Salina Speedway
Landon Maddox - Longdale Speedway
Richards Sweeps Illini Weekend April 3, 2016

Richards Sweeps Illini Weekend

FARMER CITY, Ill. - April 3, 2016 - Josh Richards completed the weekend sweep of the Douglas Dodge Ram Trucks Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway on Sunday night as he scored his fourth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series victory of the season. The Shinnston, W.V. -native is the first driver to sweep the race weekend since the Illini 100 became a full-weekend event in 2014.

"The track was a little greasy early, and we didn't know how hard we should run," said Richards, who took home a $15,000 prize tonight for his No. 1 Valvoline Rocket Chassis team. "It's been an incredible year. This year is just getting started."

This was Richards' 62nd career World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series victory. The three-time series champion is now 10 wins short of the all-time record.

Richards picked up on Sunday where he left off on Saturday. From the fifth starting position, Richards overtook Billy Moyer Jr. within the first 20 laps of the 75-lap feature. Through traffic in the first half of the feature, Richards was the class of the field as 19-year-old Bobby Pierce worked to run him down.

"When you get into traffic you slow down a little bit," said Richards, ultimately winning by nearly a five-second differential. "You're trying to move around and the track just gets dirty. We tried to get through it the best we could and make our moves when they counted."

Pierce though had his hands full much of the night with Scott Bloomquist. Following a caution on lap 37, Pierce's No. 32 Allgayer, Inc. car and Bloomquist's No. 0 All Star Performance car jockeyed for position.

Traffic and one final late-race caution on lap 55 regrouped the race's frontrunners inside of 20 laps remaining, but Pierce got the best case-scenario, finishing second place on the night. Bloomquist rounded out the podium in third.

"It's tough once you get by someone, and you got to pass him by again," said Pierce about his battle with Bloomquist. "It's kind of hard to sit back in the seat, relax and do it all over again because Scott's one of the best."

Bloomquist, who lead the start of the race, said he could have performed better. Of the top-3 finishers, Bloomquist logged the quickest lap in the race with 13.536.

"It just felt like we missed it a little bit," Bloomquist said. "[The battle with Pierce] was fun, I guess. We raced a little cleaner than others did out here, but there's a lot more races left."

The weekend - with two preceding weather cancellations - drew a total of 48 late models to Farmer City Raceway, with 45 competing in Sunday's action. During preliminary action on Sunday, Billy Moyer Jr. was the fastest overall qualifier. Moyer, Richards, Shane Clanton and Chase Junghans, each won one of four heat races. Last Chance Showdowns on Sunday were won by Rick Eckert and Illinois-native Brian Shirley.

For more news visit www.woolms.com

VanderBeek Reigns at King of America VI April 2, 2016

VanderBeek Reigns at King of America VI

HUMBOLDT, Kan.—In the 36 previous USMTS feature races he competed in at the Humboldt Speedway since 2006, Zack VanderBeek had never been the first to see the checkered flag.

But Saturday night, during one of the biggest and most prestigious dirt modified races on the planet, the 31-year-old from New Sharon, Iowa, excited the final turn with nobody in his way and collected not only his first win at ‘The Hummer’ but the biggest of his career in King of America VI presented by Chix Gear.

“Man, it feels great to finally get one here and to have it come during this event is something special,” VanderBeek said. “The car was spot on and the track was in great shape. I’m just so grateful to my sponsors and my crew that let me focus on just driving the thing.

“We work hard, and it feels good to see all those hours pay off.”

The 31st win of VanderBeek’s USMTS career came with a $12,000 payday as he notched his name as the sixth different driver in six years to wear the King of America crown.

The winningest driver in USMTS history at the Humboldt Speedway and defending race winner Jason Hughes set the pace for the start of the 72-lap affair but it was first-timer Kyle Strickler using the outside lane to wrestle the lead away at the waving of the green flag.

Strickler set a torrid pace for the first quarter of the race, pulling out to as much as a ten-car-length lead before finding back-markers for the first time on lap 18.

In addition to trying to run down the leader, Hughes had his hands full with 2014 King of America winner Rodney Sanders, and the pair continued their wheel-to-wheel tussle as they joined Strickler in thick lapped traffic.

Hughes slipped in front of Strickler as they came to the stripe to complete the 25th lap, and Sanders followed into the second spot one lap later.

Sanders never let Hughes rest, and when the defending USMTS national champ brushed the outside concrete wall on lap 32, he seized the moment and powered his way into the lead.

For the next 20 circuits, Sanders ran away and hid as he seemingly weaved his way through lapped traffic with relative ease.

He had built a full straight-away cushion over Hughes and Strickler when the race’s first caution waved with 52 laps in the books.

After the restart, Hughes and Strickler struggled to keep Sanders in their crosshairs while Hunter Marriott charged past both Jeremy Payne and Strickler to take over third.

VanderBeek, who was sixth when the yellow flag waved, climbed to fifth on lap 54, fourth on lap 55 and got around Marriott for third on lap 56 before caution again slowed the action.

Using the shortest path around the 3/8-mile clay oval, VanderBeek disposed of Hughes when the green flag reappeared. From there, he and Sanders drove off to settle things by themselves.

VanderBeek hounded Sanders for the next six laps, and finally seized the opportunity to get underneath Sanders on the low side of turn 2. The two drag-raced down the back-stretch wand entered the corner door to door.

They banged wheels a couple of times on the exit of turn four, and VanderBeek nosed ahead at the flagstand to lead for the first time on lap 63.

Sanders tried to keep the pressure on, but VanderBeek eventually began to pull away and appeared to be on his way to an easy victory when the final caution flew with three laps to go.

Nonetheless, VanderBeek nailed a flawless restart and outran the field the final three laps to score the win and his third trip to Widow Wax Victory Lane in 2016.

For additional news visit www.usmts.com
Photo courtesy of www.usmts.com/Buck Monson
Gafforini Extends Wins Mark at The Bullring March 26, 2016

Gafforini Extends Wins Mark at The Bullring

Even though he'd been there more than anyone else, six-time track champion Scott Gafforini was still emotional in the Winner's Circle at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Gafforini, of Las Vegas, passed 10-time race winner Chris Clyne on lap 43 of the 50-lap NASCAR Super Late Models feature to extend his all-time Saturday night feature wins record to 62 at the beloved 3/8-mile paved oval. The veteran racer was all smiles after yet another victory at the short track.

"With Chris Clyne, Chris Trickle and all these guys, we may have a limited field, but it's still the best of the best on the West Coast as far as I'm concerned," said Gafforini, who started from the eighth position. "We are just going to try and get as many (wins) as we can (this year) and try to make all the fans happy."

NASCAR Super Late Models 50-lap feature
1. Scott Gafforini; 2. Chris Clyne (-1.971 seconds); 3. David Anderson (-3.459); 4. Warren Knipper (-4.366); 5. Justin Johnson (-5.474); 6. Chris Trickle (-10.764); 7. Kayli Barker (-13.624); 8. Stan Mullis (-10.863); 9. Steve Anderson (-15.135); 10. Ryan Vargas (-16.429); 11. Gary Clift (-2 laps); 12. Matthew Frady (-48 laps)

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Matt Cosner Scores Win at Williams Grove March 25, 2016

Matt Cosner Scores Win at Williams Grove

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 Mechanicsburg - Matt Cosner of Cumberland, Md., scored his first ever Williams Grove feature win worth $2,000 after holding off last week’s winners Gregg Satterlee.

Cosner took the lead from Bryan Bernheisel on the fifth tour of the 25-lap super late model main to run to the win but he had to do so while staying ahead of Gregg Satterlee. After scoring a win last week during opening night, Satterlee started eighth in the field and was up to fourth with six away. He got by Bernheisel for second on the eighth lap and then spent the remainder of the distance trying to figure out how to get by Cosner. After running him down, Satterlee searched various lines repeatedly, trying to find an avenue to make a pass but Cosner was flawless to the checkered flag. Bernheisel settled for third followed by Jim Yoder and Dylan Yoder. Sixth through 10th went to Kenny Pettyjohn, Gene Knaub, Rick Singleton, Gary Stuhler and Mason Zeigler. Heats went to Dylan Yoder and Singleton.

For more news visit www.williamsgrove.com

Photo courtesy of WRT Speedwerx/Beard & Matt Cosner