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Marlar Cashes In For $4,000 Volunteer Speedway ‘Spring Thaw’ Victory April 15, 2016

Marlar Cashes In For $4,000 Volunteer Speedway ‘Spring Thaw’ Victory

BULLS GAP, Tenn. (April 15, 2016) — The Ray Cook-promoted Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series helped Volunteer Speedway kick off its 43rd season of exciting dirt-track racing Friday night with running of the 15th annual Spring Thaw.

Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., capitalized on the misfortune of race-long leader Chris Madden when he got together with a car suddenly slowing directly in front of him and spun in turn two just past the halfway point in the race to bring the caution flag out. Taking over the lead, Marlar would go on to hold both Dale McDowell and Rick Eckert off to capture the $4,000 victory.

Marlar was the quickest from Group A qualifying with a lap of 13.415 seconds, with five-time Volunteer Speedway Super Late Model champion Vic Hill second fastest to join Marlar in being locked into the starting lineup for the feature race out of that group.

Madden recorded the best time in Group B and overall when he toured the 4/10-mile high-banked oval in 13.318 seconds. He was joined by Chad Ogle in securing a spot on the feature starting grid from that group.

David Payne earned his way into the main event by taking the win in heat one ahead of Eric Wells, Josh Putnam and Adam Bowman while Jason Covert beat out Mark Vineyard, Devin Gilpin and Zack Olger in heat two.

Dale McDowell bested Gregg Satterlee, Cody Mahoney and Mark Douglas for the win in the third heat while Donald McIntosh was the victor in the fourth heat over Rick Eckert, Shanon Buckingham and Jake O’Neil.

Madden immediately set out to establish his dominance over the field when he bolted to the lead of the 40-lap feature from his outside front row starting position at the drop of the green flag. Marlar, Ogle, Hill, McDowell and Payne attempted to keep pace with the early leader during the initial laps but Madden was able to build a lead of several car lengths as the laps clicked off.

The racing, however, was fierce behind the front-runner as McDowell, Ogle and Hill went three-wide for the fourth spot on the second circuit with McDowell taking the position, also bringing McIntosh along for the ride to settle into fifth and dropping Hill back to sixth in the running order.

The first of four caution flags waved on lap 12 when Mack McCarter slowed with a flat tire, which provided Madden and the other front runners with a reprieve from slower traffic. After that yellow period, the fast-and-furious action for positions within the top five resumed as Ogle, McDowell and McIntosh went three-wide as they skirmished behind the lead duo of Madden and Marlar.

The pivotal moment of the race occurred on lap 24 when Madden found himself entangled with the car of O’Neil between turns one and two, after O’Neil slowed with a broken rear j-bar and was attempting to drop down and enter the turn two pit opening. With nowhere to go, the contact between Madden and O’Neil sent the race leader spinning and ultimately was forced to the rear of the field.

On the ensuing restart, Eckert made a strong move to the inside in turn one and managed to grab positions as he made his way up to the third spot. It was Marlar, however, who controlled the pace of the action following Madden’s demise.

Marlar, driving the Delk Equipment Sales/RC Trading Company/Cornett Thunder Race Engines/Capital Race Cars/No. 157 Chevrolet Camaro, went on to capture his third career Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series victory over McDowell, Eckert, McIntosh and Satterlee. Completing the top 10 finishers were Covert, Wells, Buckingham, Payne and Boles.

By Robert Walden (Volunteer Speedway – Media/Public Relations) & Richard Allen (InsideDirtRacing.com)

For more news visit www.volunteerspeedway.com

Photo courtesy of www.volunteerspeedway.com

Weekly Winners 4/5/16 - 4/11/16 April 11, 2016

Weekly Winners 4/5/16 - 4/11/16

Congratulations to:

Ray Cook - Cleveland Speedway

Jason Covert - Potomac Speedway 

Jordan Grabouski - Beatrice Speedway (pictured above)

Dale McDowell - Duck River Raceway Park 

Kenny Collins - Tri-County Racetrack

T.J. Reaid - Dixie Speedway

Ross Bailes - Cherokee Speedway

Nathan Ballard - Benton County Speedway

Todd Boulware - Raceway Park

Nelson Volbrecht - Raceway Park

Kelly Shryock - I-80 Speedway

Donovan Smith - Marshalltown Speedway

Jesse Hoeft - Hancock County Speedway

Nick Meyer - Hancock County Speedway

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."

For more news visit www.woolms.com

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