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Top 10: Short Track Racing Stories From the Weekend

April 16, 2018 • App, Archives, Other News, Region - National

Despite Mother Nature’s best attempt to derail plans, a number of short track racing events were held and completed around the country this past weekend.

 

To get you caught up on the biggest stories that took place, Speed51.com presents you with a list of top 10 stories from the weekend.

 

1. Mr. Freeze Heats Up With $7,500 Victory at Grandview

Stewart Friesen wrestled the lead away from Mike Gular in lapped traffic with three laps remaining to win the inaugural Bruce Rogers Memorial at Grandview Speedway (PA). Friesen collected the $7,500 top prize money along with beautiful hardware to signify the victory.

 

2. Gilliland Batting 1.000 After K&N East Win at Bristol

Gilliland celebrates his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol. (Nigel Kinrade Photography)

When it comes to the K&N Pro Series East in 2018, Todd Gilliland is batting 1.000.

 

The Sherrils Ford, North Carolina, native won the Zombie Auto 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon, holding off Harrison Burton on the final 10-lap sprint to the finish.

 

3. Jeb Burton Gets Back in Victory Lane at Ace Speedway

On Friday night, Jeb Burton arrived at North Carolina’s Ace Speedway ready to race 100 laps in his No. 4 Late Model Stock Car.  At the end of the night, Jeb enjoyed a long father-and-son embrace with his father Ward after winning the season-opening race.

 

4. Thorn Gets Back to SRL Victory Lane at His Home Track

Derek Thorn continued his mastery of Kern County Raceway (CA) by winning the SPEARS Manufacturing 100 presented by Berchtold Equipment Saturday night. The win at his home track was the Lakeport, CA native’s 33rd career SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series victory.

 

5. Black Sunshine Reigns in Tough Dirt Late Model Climate

Bloomquist couldn’t be beat Saturday night at Atomic. (Heath Lawson Photo)

Scott Bloomquist led flag-to-flag to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned Buckeye Spring 50 at Atomic Speedway. The 54-year-old Hall-of-Famer became the seventh different winner this season on the LOLMDS tour.

 

6. Watkins Has a Perfect FUEL Series Opener at Cherokee

The FUEL Racing Series opened its fifth season at South Carolina’s Cherokee Speedway on Saturday night. Twenty-six cars turned out to try to make the 22-car field for the 30-lap feature. In the early hours of Sunday morning it was Ben Watkins scoring his second career FUEL victory in dominating fashion.

 

7. Miinch Uses Pattern of Success to Fashion Another Win

That cliché about good things coming to those who wait was proven true Saturday night at Tucson Speedway.

 

Taylor Miinch waited, then won the SuperClean 75 presented by Hoosier Tire and continued his domination of the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by MAVTV.

 

8. Gerstner, Brown Split SMRS Twin Bill at Caraway

Jeremy Gerstner and Tim Brown tallied wins at Caraway Speedway Saturday night, visiting victory lane in the Southern Modified Racing Series’ (SMRS) twin bill at the Sophia, NC facility.

 

9. Mason Ludwig Earns Breakthrough Victory at Hickory

A little more than a week after being named the “On The Track” grand prize winner of the 2018 Search for a Champion contest, Mason Ludwig broke through for his first Limited Late Model victory at historic Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

 

10. Johnson, McCaskill Score Victories in SNMP Spring Fling

Justin Johnson got his redemption at Southern National Motorsports Park in the first of two Late Model Stock Car twins on Saturday night while Bradley McCaskill scored his biggest Southern National victory in the second twin.

 

-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51

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