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Moran Scores Biggest Career Win at Prairie Dirt Classic July 28, 2018

Moran Scores Biggest Career Win at Prairie Dirt Classic

FAIRBURY, IL — July 28, 2018 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series headlined one of the most prestigious races in the country on Friday and Saturday night: the 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by Bank of Pontiac. The fast quarter-mile of Fairbury American Legion Speedway, located northeast of Bloomington in Fairbury, IL, served as host to the 100-lap Feature, paying $30,000 to win. Fans cheered as a rising star emerged victorious with the biggest win of his career. 2017 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Devin Moran passed defending Series Champion and defending Prairie Dirt Classic winner Brandon Sheppard for the final time with 21 laps to go to secure the big payday.  

“Once we moved up to the top, I really found something there, and the car was just so phenomenal. It’s incredible what we can do with such a little team that we have. Everyone on this team has come together, and to be able to do what we’re doing is so unbelievable,” the 23-year-old stated standing next to his #9 Tommy Pope Construction / Rocket XR1 Chassis / Clements Racing Engines entry. “It’s by far the biggest one. This tops them all. It’s just incredible what we’ve done, and I can’t thank God enough for blessing us with the capabilities to come out here and race, let alone win,” added the Dresden, OH driver, who garnered a total of $33,200 for his efforts.

Chris Simpson and Sheppard would bring the star-studded 29-car field to the green flag to begin the century grind. Simpson would race out to the lead early while the rest of the field settled in behind him. After following Simpson around the fast quarter-mile, Sheppard made his move to take over the top spot, and he brought with him Chris Madden, who started fifth, and Moran, who started third. The trio then pulled away from the rest of the pack with Moran getting by Madden for second. On lap 42, Moran took the lead for the first time and led the field to the halfway point.

Madden slipped past Sheppard for second and began to challenge Moran for the race lead. Sheppard regained the runner-up spot and quickly caught Moran, who was mired in traffic. On the final restart after a caution —of which there were many — coming on lap 69, Sheppard immediately began pressuring the race leader. On lap 72, Sheppard stole the lead away only to lose it a lap later. 

Sheppard tried one more time on lap 78 and again was scored as the leader only to again lose it right back the very next lap to Moran for what turned out to be the final time. Moran put plenty of real estate and lapped traffic between he and Sheppard to seal the victory, the biggest of his career.

“Man, I got nervous there on that last restart. Every time we restarted, that top just kept getting faster and faster. I could tell why once we moved up there, and it was way better for us. (Crew Chief and brother) Wylie (Moran) just kept pulling the sticks apart, so I just kept running up high, and it worked out for us,” explained the Buckeye State driver. “This is so cool. We just kept fine tuning little things all weekend long, and it was just really good. When we can do that, I’m happy,” Moran ended.

Current points leader Mike Marlar, who started 15th, passed Sheppard with two laps to go to claim the runner-up position. “We had a really good race car, and it was a really good race track tonight. It was so congested early, but once it cleared out, I was able to get to the front," stated the 40-year-old driver who was able to gain some points to add to his lead in the standings in his #157 Delk Equipment Sales / Rocket XR1 Chassis / Cornett Racing Engines machine.

“Also, congratulations to Devin (Moran) and his team. He’s been doing an awesome job, and I’m real proud of him. If we would’ve had a caution there we might’ve had a shot, but we had to really work to get by Brandon (Sheppard) for second, so we’ll take it, and we know we did the best we can,” added the Winfield, TN pilot. 

Rounding out the podium was Sheppard, who led on four different occasions for 25 total laps before finishing in third in his #1 Seubert Calf Ranches / Rocket XR1 Chassis / Durham Racing Engines entry. “We were really good the whole race, but Devin (Moran) was just a little bit better tonight. I got a little bit free when we got to the lapped traffic, and that’s where we needed to be a bit better,” explained the 25-year-old from New Berlin, IL. “It’s typical Fairbury, though. There’s three grooves of racing and when you get to them they’re all over the place and they’re fighting for position too. We’re thankful to be in the top three though,” Sheppard remarked. 

Madden finish in the fourth position ahead of Billy Drake, who completed the top five with a World of Outlaws career-high finish of fifth. Three-time Prairie Dirt Classic winner Shannon Babb was sixth, and 2018 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour Champion Brian Shirley was seventh. 2017 FALS Super Late Model Track Champion Ryan Unzicker was eighth, while another former Prairie Dirt Classic winner, Dennis Erb Jr., from 20th, and 2015 Series Champion Shane Clanton, from 23rd, rounded out the top 10. Four-time Track Champion and current points leader Kevin Weaver earned the KSE Hard-Charger Award with his 25th- to 11th-place run. 

For more news visit www.woolms.com

Weekly Winners 7/17/18 - 7/23/18 July 23, 2018

Weekly Winners 7/17/18 - 7/23/18

Congratulations to:

David Rieks - Estevan Motor Speedway

Jason Minnehan - Hamilton County Speedway

Aaron Reutzel – Eriez Speedway & Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway

Chad Thrash – Greenville Speedway

Johnny Scott - Hamilton County Speedway

Landon Bagby – Rome Speedway

Andy Bryant - I-35 Speedway

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Rex King Jr. – Lernerville Speedway & Sharon Speedway

Dona Marcoullier – Merritt Speedway

Rodney Sanders – I-80 Speedway & Southern Iowa Speedway

Stewart Friesen – Orange County Fair Speedway, Fonda Speedway & Autodrome Granby

Robby Rosselli - Estevan Motor Speedway

Jeremy Smith – Afton Motorsports Park

Wesley Bonebrake – Path Valley Speedway

Matt DeLorenzo – Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Brent Trimble – Elkins Raceway

Michael Norris – Stateline Speedway

Keith Flach – Lebanon Valley Speedway

Lucas Schott – I-80 Speedway

Jordan Grabouski - I-80 Speedway & Beatrice Speedway

Jared Boumeester - Boone Speedway & Mason City Motor Speedway

John Norder – Merritt Speedway (pictured)

Mat Williamson – Merrittville Speedway

Scott Cook – Winchester Raceway Park

Duane Howard – Georgetown Speedway

Ricky Thornton Jr - Knoxville Raceway & Stuart International Speedway

Jesse Mueller – Airborne Park Speedway

Amanda Whaley – Bridgeport Speedway & Georgetown Speedway

Tim Fuller – Mohawk International Raceway

Tyler Bare – Elkins Raceway

Jimmy Phelps – Brewerton Speedway

Austin Horton – Rome Speedway

Devin Smith - Buena Vista Raceway & Boone Speedway

Derek Green - Mason City Motor Speedway x2

Adam McAuliffe – Fonda Speedway

Cody Laney - Perris Auto Speedway

Stewart Friesen Grabs Autodrome Granby Victory On Home Soil July 23, 2018

Stewart Friesen Grabs Autodrome Granby Victory On Home Soil

GRANBY, QC – July 23, 2018 – Late in the race, Stewart Friesen, five-time NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series talent, pulled alongside current points leader and defending NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion on the back stretch and powered ahead to take the lead at Autodrome Granby. Friesen never intended to look back, but with four laps to go Sheppard suffered a right rear flat, and bringing out the caution flag. HBR Motorsports driver Jimmy Phelps and Erick Rudolph in the no. 25r lined up behind the Halmar Racing no. 44 of Stewart Friesen, poised to take a stab at the lead. Unfortunately for both of those drivers, Friesen’s car never faded and kept ahead of his challengers.

Despite a rash of flat right rear tires, the racing on the half-mile facility was superb. Friesen was overjoyed with his first Series win at Autodrome Granby, as well as his second Series win on Canadian soil. After climbing on top of his car, Stewart Friesen showed the massive Canadian crowd how much Canadian pride he has. After clamoring down from the roof, the first thing he said was, “Oh Canada! It’s about time!”

“What a tough race. We were awful at the beginning. I made a bunch of adjustments inside the car to keep up with it. I could have killed Eric for the shock selection before the race, but it paid off in the end on the long run. Wow, finally to win one here in front of all the Canadian fans. Man, it feels so good. It’s been spectacular (the last few weeks). I gotta thank everybody at Halmar International for giving me the opportunity to come out here and run all these races and all these great race fans that support us and wear our shirts, chase us all over the place, and watch on TV. I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you so much. I’m so proud to be Canadian.”

Throughout the afternoon and into the evening, the track was taking spotty rain showers. The racing surface was well taken care of by the Autodrome Granby staff, and it was ready to go at race time. With water, no sun, and no wind, the track retained its moisture, making for an extremely tacky racing surface.

Runner up Jimmy Phelps discusses the speeds on the track: “The track was heavy, fast, and challenging. It took us a long time to get to be a third-place car.” The track needed to slow a little bit and the guys who were up front needed to slow a little bit. Fortunately, we caught a couple restarts there late. We got some track position back. It would have been nice to be a little better on the last run there—maybe we could’ve given Stew a shot. But we’ll take second.”

After a couple difficult races, including breaking the car and finishing last at Outlaw Speedway, Phelps needed a strong run to keep up in the points standings. He moved back up into third in Series Points after benefitting from Matt Sheppard’s woes. With only four laps to go, Matt Sheppard was running in second place behind Stewart Friesen before suffering a flat right rear tire. Sheppard slowed in turns 3 and 4 and brought out the caution. Sheppard managed an 8th place finish after passing a handful of cars on the restart.

Jimmy Phelps and Max McLaughlin had an intense side by side battle in which The Baldwinsville Bandit was victorious. Despite racing for the same Championship Points and real estate on the track, Phelps does not view his relationship with Max McLaughlin as a rivalry. Instead they “look out for each other. At the end of the day it’s too good to see him run up front. He’s come a long way in a few short years.”

Erick Rudolph gets on the podium again in 2018 even though his car was ill handling for most of it. “For three-quarters of the race I didn’t feel like we had a racy car at all. But it came alive a little bit at the end. We kept it in one piece and were able to put it on the podium.”
Rudolph moves into second in points -111 behind Sheppard. Phelps moves up to third and McLaughlin falls to 5th.

For more news visit www.superdirtcarseries.com

Austin Horton Captures First Southern Nationals Win at Rome Speedway July 22, 2018

Austin Horton Captures First Southern Nationals Win at Rome Speedway

Austin Horton of Newnan, Ga. took the lead away from Aaron Ridley on lap 47 to go on to win his first-career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV victory and became the 37th different winner with the tour. Horton also became the fourth different winner in six races so far on tour. 


Horton picked up $5,300 while driving the Orr’s Towing, Wood Motorsports, GW Performance and Keyser Manufacturing-sponsored Vic Hill Racing Engines-powered Rocket Chassis.

Aaron Ridley would jump out to the race lead early and hold the point for the first 22 laps until Michael Page, who started sixth would make his presence known and take the lead on the outside in turn four coming to complete lap 23. Page would lead until lap 46 when he got caught up in a pile of cars in turn two and would have to relinquish the race lead over to Aaron Ridley. Ridley would lead on the restart but third place starter Austin Horton would go around Ridley for the top spot on the 47th lap and lead the remaining distance with Ridley finishing second, Ivedent Lloyd third, Casey Roberts fourth and Michael Page rallying from the tail of the lead lap to finish fifth. 

Four caution flags slowed the event at Rome Speedway. On lap six, Zach Leonhardi and David Doherty got together on the front-chute to bring out the first caution of the 53-lapper with Leonhardi spinning. On lap seven, Tyler Millwood would come to a stop in turn two for the second yellow. On lap 46, a five-car pileup including race leader Michael Page in turn two would send Page to the rear of the lead lap cars for the restart. Shanon Buckingham, Forrest Trent, Brandon Overton and Donald McIntosh would all be involved. On lap 51, series points leader Dale McDowell would spin in turn four after contact with Michael Page to bring out the fourth and final caution.

After four straight nights of racing, the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV will take Monday off before returning to action on Tuesday Night July 24th at Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, Ga. paying $3,500-to-win for Round Seven of the tour. After six races, eleven drivers have perfect attendance with Casey Roberts leading the series point standings over Dale McDowell and Brandon Overton who are tied for second, both drivers are just 16 points out of the lead. 
 
For additional news visit www.southernnationalsseries.com
Sanders Reclaims Silver Dollar Nationals Throne July 21, 2018

Sanders Reclaims Silver Dollar Nationals Throne

Rodney Sanders is always tough to beat. At the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., it seems like it’s not even a fair fight.

Sanders—the 2013 and 2014 USMTS national champion—led all 40 laps Saturday night to capture the United States Modified Touring Series main event during the 8th Annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals.

Since 2013, “The Sandman” has been nearly unstoppable at the Kosiski family’s 4/10-mile of clay nestled halfway between Lincoln and Omaha at exit 420—only twice, in fact, out of the 10 USMTS main events staged here since his first win five years ago.

The 28-year-old from Happy, Texas, started on the pole and, despite three cautions during the last half of the race and a late charge by Jason Hughes, was never seriously challenged for the $8,000 winner’s share of the prize money.

Hughes, making his first USMTS start since last month’s Masters event at the Cedar Lake Speedway, got by Lucas Schott following the race’s final caution with five laps remaining but could not get close enough to Sanders to make a bid for the lead.

Zack VanderBeek claimed a fourth-place paycheck behind Sanders, Hughes and Schott while 16th-starting Stormy Scott held off his twin brother, Johnny Scott, for fifth.

As the current USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup national points leader, Johnny Scott took a provisional and drove Stormy Scott’s back-up car from the 23rd starting spot after needing a provisional to make the show.

Casey Arneson, who started 17th after winning the Real Racing Wheels “B” Main, was seventh at the finish line with Dereck Ramirez, Jake Timm and Jesse Sobbing rounding out the top 10.

For additional news visit www.ustms.com

Aaron Reutzel Sweeps I-79 Summer Shootout July 21, 2018

Aaron Reutzel Sweeps I-79 Summer Shootout

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (July 21, 2018) - For the fourth time in five events, Aaron Reutzel earned his way to Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victory lane, this time by taming “Dirt’s Monster Half-Mile” at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PPMS) during the second and final leg of the 2018 I-79 Summer Shootout.

For Reutzel, his evening in Western Pennsylvania was nearly flawless, not only leading all 25 laps of the All Star main event, but also kicking-off the evening with the fastest time during qualifying time trials, as well as earning an impressive heat race win. The victory, Reutzel’s seventh of the 2018 All Star Circuit of Champions season, concluded a model weekend for the Clute, Texas, native that also included a victory on Friday night at Eriez Speedway. Reutzel is now the owner of two perfect weekends in 2018, actually winning back-to-back events at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway and Dirt Oval (Ill.) at Route 66 on June 29 & 30.

“We are doing one heck of a job right now,” Aaron Reutzel explained in victory lane, driver of the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports/Folkens Bros. Trucking/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/No. 87 sprint car. “Our cars have been fantastic, as well as holding together. When nights go as smooth as this, you can’t ask for much more.”

After finishing second during the evening’s dash, his only defeat at PPMS, Aaron Reutzel lined up on the outside of row one for the start of the 25-lap main event. Although flawless for most of the program, immediately gaining the lead after the initial start, Reutzel did encounter a few hazards, mostly in the form of lapped traffic which nearly cost Reutzel his lead. Reutzel’s first, and perhaps his most challenging situation during the 25-lapper occurred on lap eight when the driver of the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports entry nearly made contact with a lapped car twice while trying to work around him.

Although unable to keep up with Reutzel for the first few circuits, Carson Macedo, who started from the pole position by way of dash victory, was able to chase down Reutzel as the pair encountered lapped traffic. Reutzel’s near-mishap was just what Macedo needed, using his momentum to pull even with the Texan as the duo battled through turns one and two on lap 10. Luckily for Reutzel, the potential lead change was negated after caution flags flew for a slowing Tyler Esh.

After the feature’s first and only caution appeared, action resumed with Reutzel still in command of the field over Macedo and Cole Duncan. Periods of heavy traffic came into play once again with less than ten circuits remaining thus allowing Macedo to close the gap once more. Although Macedo made a tremendous effort to track down Reutzel, the former ASCS national champion was just as strong, if not stronger in traffic.

“The top of the speedway was pretty dominant tonight. You were able to carry a lot of momentum up there,” Carson Macedo explained. “I kept trying to get closer in traffic, but (Aaron Reutzel) was really good, too. He made good, consistent laps.”

“There were a couple of guys out there that made things tricky; bottom to top then back to the bottom,” Reutzel said about traffic. “They were making me a little nervous. I really didn’t know which way to go, but luckily we got through them without getting into any trouble.”

For additional news visit www.allstarsprint.com