Ontario, NY – Race of Champions Series and Rocket Performance management is are proud to announce the formation of the “602” Modified Beginner division.
After being approached by Race of Champions Modified Series veterans, who have a vested interest in the continuation of Modified stock car racing in the region, Series management along with the enthusiastic approach of Series racer, Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., were able to bring together a new division; the “602” Modified Beginner Division, which is intended to cultivate, educate and promote the future of Modified racing.
The Series will be based around a Stock “602” Chevrolet Performance Crate Engine, which Rocket Performance will supply new Chevrolet “602” engines with the proper oil pan installed, sealed for installation into the car and competition. The intention for the division is not to admit “other” seals and/or engines from other Series and/or sanctions and to maintain an entirely stock application for the division.
The intention of a crate “602” engine class is for each competitor to have the same engine, while many other divisions have different “crate” engine rules, the original intent of the “crate” engine was not for it to be rebuilt or altered, therefore we are mandating a stock “602” in its manufactured format.
In addition to the “602” engine, there will be several other rules in place to maintain the division as an entry-level Modified racing starting point. The rules will include specified shock rules, a spring rate range, sway bar range as well as other rules intended to maintain this division as entry-level. Only one-way radios will be permitted.
Eligibility for the division will be based on an individual basis for the 2021 season. Any competitor with Modified racing experience or that is currently competing in the Sportsman Modified or Modified division will not permitted to participate in the division.
“This division is being put in place to help further Modified racing,” stated Tommy Catalano from Rocket Performance. “We wanted to do something good for the sport. I, personally, started racing Microds at Sodus a number of years ago and with my families involvement in the sport, I was able to keep going. That’s challenging for others, so we wanted to provide them an opportunity to move up, have a base point to start and focus on the division.”
More information may be found here;
The division is intended to only race at Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y., and in a special event as part of Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway in September. When details become available on Spencer Speedway for the 2021 season, the schedule will then be released.
The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, Jerico TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 71stannual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2021 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.
For more information, contact Race of Champions Media at [email protected]
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Mooresville, NC – The application for the 2021 CARS Tour Lucas Oil Touring 12 program is now open. The program, in its fourth year of existence, has been a staple to growing and maintaining the Late Model Stock car count.
The Lucas Oil Touring 12 program is dedicated to a selected amount of twelve teams that sign an agreement to compete full time on the tour in 2021, all while promoting the tour and its events to the public. Teams that are a part of the program will receive payment, tire discounts, and other incentives throughout the year for their participation.
The application process for the Lucas Oil Touring 12 program is open to all teams who believe they can meet the requirements set forth in the agreement. The CARS Tour will begin accepting application on December 1st, 2020 and conclude on January 31st, 2021. The selected Touring 12 teams will be notified no later than February 7th with a public announcement to follow.
The deciding factors in determining the Lucas Oil Touring 12 will be based on: historic CARS Tour participation, team/driver accomplishments, merit to CARS Tour sanction body both now and in the future, and the ability to maintain the standards of the Lucas Oil Touring 12 agreement in its entirety.
Teams selected for the Lucas Oil Touring 12 program will receive the following benefits if accepted as part of the program for the 2021 season:
-Annual entry to all thirteen championship points races is just $1,075 for Touring 12 teams. A savings of $1,075 compared to entering each event on the 2021 season which would total $2,150.
-Each team will be able to purchase two (2) sets of tires each race weekend at the track at a discounted rate of $100 per set throughout the 2021 season. A savings of $2,600 for the 2021 season.
-Touring 12 teams will receive an additional $150 travel bonus added to their purse each event in 2021.
-Each Touring 12 team will receive $1,000 product credit provided by Lucas Oil to use on Lucas Oil products of their choosing throughout the season.
– Touring 12 teams will receive four (4) general admission tickets to every championship points event on the 2021 schedule.
-Each Touring 12 team will receive one (1) provisional for a feature event starting position to use at their discretion, should they not qualify for a race on the 2021 schedule. The provisional can be used once for the season then no other exceptions will be made.
-Touring 12 teams will receive a guarantee of $500 per championship points race, unless they do not make the feature event and/or there is a terminal occurrence preventing them from starting the feature event.
-Touring 12 teams will receive priority parking time/location at a majority of the events on the 2021 schedule.
-Touring 12 teams will receive their choice of a case of water or case of beer at every event in 2021.
In addition to the Lucas Oil Touring 12 program, the Loyalty Bonus Bucks program will continue as well in 2021 for any team not selected to the program. Any team who competes in any 3 consecutive championship points races will receive $500 cash bonus added to their purse at the third event.
Teams that have the desire to apply for the 2021 Lucas Oil Touring 12 program can do so by visiting the CARS Tour website at www.carsracingtour.com and clicking the “Touring 12” banner on the left hand side of the page.
For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212.
-CARS Tour Press Release
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo
ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Bill McAnally Racing has announced the BMR Drivers Academy for the 2021 season, presenting an opportunity for at least 14 drivers to participate with the 10-time NASCAR and ARCA regional championship winning organization. Academy competition will encompass 40 races across 18 two-day sessions at five tracks in California that include NASCAR national series or weekly venues.
The Academy season will culminate with opportunities in ARCA and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for race winners and series points leaders.
Oval tracks in the program include All American Speedway in Roseville, Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale and Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield. Road courses will feature Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma and Thunderhill Raceway near Willows.
Drivers will compete in full-sized stock cars utilizing a 625-horsepower NASCAR Robert Yates Spec Engine and the same chassis components as ARCA and the NASCAR Truck Series. Races will be streamed live to a worldwide audience via SPEED SPORT TV.
In addition to driver support on track, the BMR program will also provide training in media relations, sponsorship relations, social media, fitness, leadership development, and diet.
At season start, all drivers will participate in a drawing to determine their choice of race cars for the season. Drivers will be guided by a crew chief/spotter who has experience as a proven winner. After eight race events a redraw of crew chief/spotter will occur, giving drivers opportunities to have a different perspective. If a participant reaches six victories, their car becomes eligible for exchange.
Primary car inventory including hood, quarter panels, color scheme, number, and font can be utilized by academy participants for their supporters and sponsors, after approval by the Academy.
Bill McAnally Racing is based in Roseville and has won a record 10 NASCAR and ARCA regional championships and more than 100 victories. Drivers who have raced at BMR include Cole Custer, Chase Briscoe, Brendan Gaughan, Todd Gilliland, Hailie Deegan, Derek Kraus and Peyton Sellers. In 2020, BMR won the ARCA Menards Series West championship with 15-year-old Jesse Love, the youngest champion in series history.
Drivers that win race events in the Drivers Academy during the 2021 season will receive one entry per win, towards a drawing for an opportunity with BMR in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix next November.
The program is being made available to 14 drivers, along with two additional cars being made available for one-off or part-time entries. Program costs and additional details are available at www.BMRDriversAcademy.com The planned schedule begins in March and ends in October. For more information about Bill McAnally Racing, visit www.BMRNAPARacing.com
-Bill McAnally Racing Press Release & Photo
QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. – Taking advantage of the Heat/Qualifier format to its full extent on Night 1 of the fifth annual Copper Classic at Arizona Speedway, California’s Kyle Larson grabbed win No. 44 on the 2020 season, along with his second career triumph with the ASCS Southwest Region.
Drawing 100 to set his Heat Race lineup, Larson’s Qualifier performance sent him from 19th in passing points to earing the right of the front row in Friday’s 25-lap feature event.
Taking a shot at the lead on the start, Rico Abreu rolled the bottom on Larson and Carson Macedo with the No. 57 diamonding the first two turns to the lead down the back straightaway with Macedo second.
Red working Lap 4 for Brock Zearfoss, who went for a ride exiting the second turn, the field reverted to Lap 3 on the restart with Larson again taking off with the lead as Rico set sights on second, but could not hold the spot as Buddy Kofoid and Colton Hardy pounced on the No. 24 with Kofoid taking third.
By a half stretch as the race passed Lap 10, Larson began working slower traffic. Held up by the backmarkers, Macedo closed rapidly. Taking advantage, the No. 21 shot to the lead on Lap 12, but it was short-lived as Larson reclaimed the point the following lap. Moving in on the pair during the exchange, Buddy Kofoid was able to take second on Lap 14.
Pulling away by a half-second, Larson was not out of the woods as traffic came back into play with five laps to go. Finally clearing the slower machines, Larson was unstoppable with an advantage of 2.050-seconds at the finish.
Carson Macedo worked back to second in the closing laps, with Buddy Kofoid taking third. Rico Abreu crossed fourth with Arizona’s Colton Hardy in fifth. California’s D.J. Netto was sixth with Garet Williamson seventh. Justin Sanders, Devon Borden, and J.J. Hickle made up the top ten.
The Copper Classic continues Saturday, November 28, with racing getting underway at 6:00 P.M. (MT). Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for youth 7-12. Pit Passes are $40.
Fans not able to attend can see all the action live on https://www.floracing.com.
Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N Ironwood Rd. More information on the facility can be found online at http://www.arizonaspeedway.net as well as on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Arizona-Speedway-211954742150175. Fans can also email [email protected] or call (480) 926-6688.
For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the nine Regional Tours that make up ASCS Nation in 2020, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
ASCS Southwest Region
Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Ariz.)
5th annual Copper Classic (Night 1)
Friday, November 27, 2020
Car Count: 54
Heat Races (Top 30 in Passing Points advance to Qualifiers)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 19-Colby Thornhill; 2. 46JR-Joel Myers Jr; 3. 5T-Ryan Timms; 4. 8Z-Brock Zearfoss; 5. 2B-Billy Chester III; 6. 56-Sammy Swindell; 7. 67-Brian Thomas; 8. 1B-Brenham Crouch; 9. 20G-Noah Gass
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 21-Carson Macedo; 2. 8-Devon Borden; 3. 2-Alex Pettas; 4. 01-Mitchel Moles; 5. 47-Charles Davis Jr; 6. 16A-Justin Sanders; 7. 1X-Robbie Price; 8. 131-Royal Jones; 9. 40X-Mike Archuleta
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 2XM-Max Mittry; 2. 2X-Chase Majdic; 3. 24-Rico Abreu; 4. 14T-Tim Estenson; 5. 29-Jeff Oliver; 6. 5C-Colby Copeland; 7. 9-Dustin Freitas; 8. 7K-Mason Keefer; 9. 5K-Patrick Krob
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 4-Logan Calderwood; 2. 7Z-Zane Blanchard; 3. 9R-Reece Goetz; 4. 1-Dylan Harris; 5. 88N-DJ Netto; 6. 19AZ-Spencer Bayston; 7. 5H-Michael Faccinto; 8. 7-Gary Taylor; 9. 6-Jett Carney
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 19A-Buddy Kofoid; 2. 01X-John Carney; 3. 24W-Garet Williamson; 4. 13-Tim Kaeding; 5. 5V-Kalib Henry; 6. 22B-Jesse Baker; 7. 115-Nick Parker; 8. 12JG-Josh Grady; 9. 50S-Rocky Silva
Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 83T-Tanner Carrick; 2. 41-Colton Hardy; 3. 38B-Blake Carrick; 4. 63-JJ Hickle; 5. 57-Kyle Larson; 6. 91-Chase Goetz; 7. 18-Lorne Wofford; 8. 17C-Chris Bullock; 9. 12J-John Clark
Qualifiers (Top 16 in combined Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Qualifier 1 (10 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson; 2. 46JR-Joel Myers Jr; 3. 16A-Justin Sanders; 4. 9R-Reece Goetz; 5. 8-Devon Borden; 6. 13-Tim Kaeding; 7. 5T-Ryan Timms; 8. 1-Dylan Harris; 9. 7Z-Zane Blanchard; 10. 2B-Billy Chester III
Qualifier 2 (10 Laps): 1. 24-Rico Abreu; 2. 21-Carson Macedo; 3. 01X-John Carney; 4. 24W-Garet Williamson; 5. 2X-Chase Majdic; 6. 5V-Kalib Henry; 7. 2XM-Max Mittry; 8. 19-Colby Thornhill; 9. 01-Mitchel Moles; 10. 2-Alex Pettas
Qualifier 3 (10 Laps): 1. 88N-DJ Netto; 2. 41-Colton Hardy; 3. 63-JJ Hickle; 4. 19A-Buddy Kofoid; 5. 8Z-Brock Zearfoss; 6. 83T-Tanner Carrick; 7. 38B-Blake Carrick; 8. 14T-Tim Estenson; 9. 47-Charles Davis Jr; 10. 4-Logan Calderwood
B-Features (Top 4 from each advance)
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 38B-Blake Carrick; 2. 2XM-Max Mittry; 3. 5C-Colby Copeland; 4. 5T-Ryan Timms; 5. 01-Mitchel Moles; 6. 29-Jeff Oliver; 7. 1-Dylan Harris; 8. 14T-Tim Estenson; 9. 20G-Noah Gass; 10. 7-Gary Taylor; 11. 2-Alex Pettas; 12. 115-Nick Parker; 13. 12JG-Josh Grady; 14. 7K-Mason Keefer; 15. 12J-John Clark; 16. 40X-Mike Archuleta; 17. 67-Brian Thomas; 18. (DNF) 1X-Robbie Price
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 13-Tim Kaeding; 2. 5V-Kalib Henry; 3. 19-Colby Thornhill; 4. 19AZ-Spencer Bayston; 5. 56-Sammy Swindell; 6. 2B-Billy Chester III; 7. 7Z-Zane Blanchard; 8. 5H-Michael Faccinto; 9. 17C-Chris Bullock; 10. 18-Lorne Wofford; 11. 1B-Brenham Crouch; 12. 6-Jett Carney; 13. 9-Dustin Freitas; 14. 131-Royal Jones; 15. 4-Logan Calderwood; 16. 47-Charles Davis Jr; 17. 50S-Rocky Silva; 18. 5K-Patrick Krob; 19. (DNF) 91-Chase Goetz; 20. (DNF) 22B-Jesse Baker
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson; 2. 21-Carson Macedo; 3. 19A-Buddy Kofoid; 4. 24-Rico
Abreu; 5. 41-Colton Hardy; 6. 88N-DJ Netto; 7. 24W-Garet Williamson; 8. 16A-Justin Sanders; 9. 8-Devon Borden; 10. 63-JJ Hickle; 11. 19AZ-Spencer Bayston; 12. 2X-Chase Majdic; 13. 46JR-Joel Myers Jr; 14. 9R-Reece Goetz; 15. 38B-Blake Carrick; 16. 13-Tim Kaeding; 17. 5V-Kalib Henry; 18. 83T-Tanner Carrick; 19. 01X-John Carney; 20. 5C-Colby Copeland; 21. 5T-Ryan Timms; 22. 2XM-Max Mittry; 23. (DNF) 19-Colby Thornhill; 24. (DNF) 8Z-Brock Zearfoss
-American Sprint Car Series Press Release
-Photo credit: Ben Thrasher
COCHRAN, Ga. – Garrett Smith will wrap up a busy 2020 campaign by competing during Gobbler 100 weekend this Friday and Saturday at Georgia’s Cochran Motor Speedway.
Smith will be competing in the crate late model portion of the event, which pays $3,000 to the winner following a 40-lap feature on Saturday evening at the three-eighths-mile dirt oval.
Should he manage to pull his car into victory lane at the conclusion of the event, it would be Smith’s fourth victory of the season overall and his third of the year at Cochran Motor Speedway.
“We’ve been really good at Cochran all year,” said Smith, a Barry Wright Race Cars developmental driver. “The last race we won there we won our heat and led every lap of the feature, so I know we can do it again this weekend. This race is going to draw a lot of good cars, so we’ll have to be on our game, but I know my team will bring me a good car and we’re going to try and be up front when it counts.”
Smith, who also has a victory at Georgia’s Boyd’s Speedway this year, said that the chance to race at Cochran wouldn’t be possible without his fans, family and sponsors.
“I love going to Cochran because the fans are great there. They really make me feel at home,” said Smith. “We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the fans or without our sponsors like Atlanta Paving and Concrete, Wiley X, TMC, BKP Art, Dirt Car Lift or MPM Marketing. My parents are really supportive of me and I hope I can bring them a trophy as a post-Thanksgiving present this weekend.”
-McCallister Precision Marketing Press Release
-Photo credit: Tommy Bates
EPPING, N.H. — Star Speedway’s 2021 schedule includes multiple major events, a full slate of weekly racing series divisions ready to race for a championship and the thrills and spills of staple shows to begin and end the season.
Fans will get a taste of Supermodifieds, Late Models, Modifieds, Midgets, Super Late Models, Trucks, Street Stocks and more over the course of more than 22 events of racing from April through October.
The schedule is headlined by two events for the Tri Track Open Modified Series (May 29 and July 24), including a new Memorial Day weekend show and the 10th annual SBM Classic in July. The 56th annual Star Classic returns, with a three-day show from September 17-19, while there are countless other special events including memorial races and extra-distance shows planned. The Granite State Pro Stock Series is back at Star for two dates — May 8 and a new Sunday special as part of the Star Classic weekend, September 19.
Continuing tradition, the season begins with the Spring Bunny Brawl on April 24, and ends with the two-day Howler weekend, October 23-24. Star will give teams, drivers and fans one week off each month during the season, with off nights scheduled for May 22, June 12, July 17, August 28 and September 4.
The J&S Paving 350 Supermodifieds will continue to honor some of the best of the past at Star Speedway, with six special events as part of their 10-race schedule for 2021. A champion will be crowned on September 11. Major memorial events planned include the inaugural Dennis McKennedy Memorial race as part of the Star Classic:
- Bob Webber Sr. Memorial (May 15)
- Jen Garland Memorial (June 19)
- Krupski Cup (June 26)
- Marco Turcotte Memorial (July 24)
- Jim Belfiore Memorial (August 14)
- Dennis McKennedy Memorial at Star Classic (September 18)
The Ken Izzett Construction Late Models are back with their own nine-race slate, headlined by an Independence Day weekend special on July 3, a 75-lapper, and a 100 lap feature on August 21. The Late Models will also return to the Star Classic, this year as part of a Friday slate. The Late Model champion will be crowned on September 11.
The MLM Diagnostic Fast 40 series return for the Woody’s Street Stocks as part of the division’s 16-race schedule. There will be four races in the 40 lap series (April 24, May 29, June 26 & August 7), while the season will begin at the Bunny Brawl and end with the title battle on September 26. The Street Stocks will continue to run their 50-lap race to end the season at the Howler, October 23.
The EXIT Realty Pro Truck Series rumbles into the New Hampshire oval for two dates of their own, slated for events on August 7 and Star Classic Sunday, September 19. The North East Mini Stock Tour returns to Star three times — including dates on June 5, August 7 and September 26. The annual NEMST 4 Cylinder Nationals main event will be run during their September date, moved from Classic weekend.
Two Wild And Whacky Wednesday night races are set for June 23 and August 4, with both nights showcasing 4 and 6/8 Cylinder enduro races. The Six Shooters join the June show, while the August race is headlined by the Mia’s Jewelry Boutique Slingshots and spectator one-on-one drag races. NELCAR returns to Star with their Legends Cars division in 2021, with dates on May 8 and Saturday, September 18.
The three-day Star Classic will honor the late Bobby Webber Sr., beginning on Friday, September 17, headlined by a 100-lap race for the Modified Racing Series, joined by the Late Models, Pure Stocks and Slingshots. On Saturday, the day full of winged warriors is back with the ISMA 125, Dennis McKennedy 350 Supermodified memorial, NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites and NELCAR Legends Cars. On Sunday, the weekend ends with a 100-lapper for the Granite State Pro Stock Series, races for the EXIT Trucks, Classic Lites, Street Stocks and Six Shooters.
The Six Shooters will run 13 races, headlined by the Don & Aline Coster Memorial (July 10) and the Liz Paradise Memorial (October 23). The Slingshots are set for 14 battles of their own, with a 40-lap special scheduled for part of the August 4 show. There are 13 races for the Pure Stocks, races for the Classic Lites, and multiple enduro races for the 4, 6 and 8 cylinders.
The track will hold two swap meets — one to start the season on April 17, from 7-4 p.m., and one in the fall, a two-day special on October 30-31 from 6:30-3:30 p.m.
The 2021 schedule is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information visit Star Speedway at StarSpeedwayNH.com and follow the track on social media.
-Star Speedway / Souza Media Press Release
-Photo credit: Speed51
Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the 2021 schedule of events for the ACT Late Model Tour. Twelve point-counting events are slated for the Tour’s 30th season across nine tracks throughout New England and Quebec.
ACT will also sanction multiple big-money, non-point events throughout 2021. Highlights of the schedule includes six sanctioned events that pay at least $5,000 to win, six doubleheader events with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS), long-awaited returns to several tracks throughout the Northeast, and the renewal of one of ACT’s oldest events.
In announcing the schedule, ACT stressed that it is subject to change based on the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Events could be dropped, added, or moved depending on how the situation evolves regionally and nationally over the coming months.
The 2021 ACT season begins at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) with the inaugural Northeast Classic. A practice day is scheduled for Friday, April 16 with qualifying and a $5,000-to-win feature on Saturday, April 17. The event was originally supposed to debut in 2020 before getting pushed back a year due to the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak.
After a week off, the ACT Late Model Tour heads to New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2. The 150-lap event comes following a two-year ACT hiatus from the track. The PASS Super Late Models are also on the card at both NHMS and Lee.
On Sunday, May 16, ACT rolls into Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl for the 23rd Community Bank N.A. 150. The Tour then has three weeks off before traveling to N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park for the 46th Spring Green on Saturday, June 12. Thunder Road and White Mountain are the only tracks booked to host multiple point-counting ACT events in 2021.
The next two events are ACT/PASS doubleheaders at New Hampshire tracks that last held an ACT event more than a decade ago. Sunday, June 20 will see the ACT Tour visit Hudson Speedway. The only previous Tour visit was a 2001 event won by Pete Fecteau. On Sunday, July 4, ACT journeys to Winchester, NH’s Monadnock Speedway for the Independence Day 150. The last ACT trip there was a 2003 event won by Todd Stone.
ACT then has three straight big-money showdowns on the calendar. Saturday, July 24 is the $5,000-to-win Claude Leclerc 150 at Vallée-Jct., QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere. The following Saturday, July 31 is the third annual $10,000-to-win Midsummer Classic 250 at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Saturday, August 7 is the ACT-sanctioned C$10,000-to-win Bacon Bowl 200 at Autodrome Chaudiere. Although the Bacon Bowl is a non-point event, officials are discussing potential bonus programs for Tour teams that make the trip.
Following a break, ACT makes its lone 2021 stop at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, August 28 as part of the “Night Before the Oxford 250” program. A second trip to Thunder Road is in store the following Sunday, September 5 for the 43rd Labor Day Classic.
To conclude the month of September, ACT is bringing back one of its most storied traditions. On Saturday, September 25, White Mountain Motorsports Park will host the Fall Foliage 200 with a $5,000 winner’s purse. It becomes the fifth different home track for the event, which was last contested in 2016 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.
The non-point, $10,000-to-win 59th Vermont Milk Bowl at Thunder Road is next on the card. ACT then crowns its 2020 champion at Masschusetts’ Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, October 23. The PASS Super Late Models and Tri-Track Open Modified Series are also on the Seekonk card with a trio of “Haunted 100” features.
The full ACT schedule can be found at www.acttour.com/schedule. The 2021 ACT Late Model rules are also posted on the Tour website at www.acttour.com/rules. More information, including the full-season entry form, will be released in the coming weeks.
2021 ACT Late Model Tour Schedule of Events
# DAY DATE EVENT TRACK LOCATION
— Fri Apr 16 Northeast Classic Practice Day New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, NH
1 Sat Apr 17 Northeast Classic New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, NH
2 Sat/Sun May 1/2 Lee USA 150 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH
3 Sun May 16 23rd Community Bank N.A. 150 Thunder Road Speedbowl Barre, VT
4 Sat Jun 12 46th Spring Green White Mtn. Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH
5 Sat Jun 20 Hudson 150 Hudson Speedway Hudson, NH
6 Sun Jul 4 Independence Day 150 Monadnock Speedway Winchester, NH
7 Sat Jul 24 Claude Leclerc 150 Autodrome Chaudiere Vallée-Jct., QC
8 Sat Jul 31 Midsummer Classic 250 White Mtn Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH
*** Sat Aug 7 Bacon Bowl 200 Autodrome Chaudiere Vallée-Jct., QC
9 Sat Aug 28 Oxford Plains 150 Oxford Plains Speedway Oxford, ME
10 Sun Sep 5 43rd Labor Day Classic 200 Thunder Road Speedbowl Barre, VT
11 Sat Sep 25 Fall Foliage 200 White Mtn. Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH
*** Sat/Sun Oct 2/3 59th Vermont Milk Bowl Thunder Road Speedbowl Barre, VT
12 Sat Oct 23 Haunted 100 Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, MA
***denotes non-point event
-American-Canadian Tour Press Release
-Photo credit: Speed51
Jeremy Doss has a reputation at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (NV). The driver from Upper Lake, CA knows where the payoff is, and that is Victory Lane. True to that reputation, Doss found himself in that exact location Saturday night in the “Optima Batteries 75 presented by FAST” for the SPEARS Modified Series. Doss repeated last year’s debut victory by defeating a 37-car entry, and taking home the $2,500 Winners Check. It was Doss’ fourth victory of the season, and allowed him to expand his one-point championship lead over “Fast” Eddie Secord to 15, with one event remaining.
“It feels good going into Irwindale (Speedway) with a points cushion”, Doss described. “We’re gonna put a 602 in it for the next race, and I think that will benefit us there and give us a good shot of coming out on top. A points cushion is always nice going into the last race, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Shelby Strobel got the afternoon started by setting the “PFC Brakes Zero Drag Fast Time Award”. It was an improbable feat for the Meridian, ID driver, as the team lost a motor in the second practice session of the weekend. It was touch and go as to whether the team would compete this weekend, as Stroebel described.
“The motor developed a knock, out on the racetrack, and started to lose power. After tearing it halfway down, we found that it was in the bottom end and we couldn’t repair it. Chris Bray offered up his engine to us, and I really didn’t want to do it because if we blow his up, we gotta fix it too. He just said, “Don’t worry about it, we’ll work it out in the end.” We took it to his shop, and his guys, his lights, his floor and Tom Pfundstein of course, we all fixed it and put the other motor in last night until about 1:30 (am) in the morning. It made it to where we could race today and I’m really, really happy with our finish.”
The starting line-up featured a redraw of the fast eight qualifiers, and Eddie Secord made his bid for success by drawing the ace to start on the pole. Eric Rhead pulled the “two”, followed by Doss, Stroebel, Travis McCullough, Sam Jacks, Dylan Cappello, and Ian Elliott. The initial start found Secord pulling out to the lead, with Doss following in the preferred inside groove. A caution came out quickly, when a multicar incident found Nick O’Neal turned around after contact with Jim Coffey, with Ed Coffey also spinning to avoid the skirmish in Turns 3 and 4.
The restart found Doss lined up alongside Secord on the front row. Secord was able to pull ahead in the bottom groove, but Doss battled back, getting under Secord in Turn 1 on lap four, and completing the pass on Turns 3 & 4. Stroebel was able to get by Rhead for third and closed on the bumper of Secord for the runner-up position. It only took a couple of laps for Stroebel to get under Secord and take up pursuit of Doss for the lead. Lap seven saw Doug Carpenter around after contact from Jeff Longman. On resumption, Doss was able to pull out to a short lead with Cappello getting by Secord for third on lap 10. Meanwhile, Travis Thirkettle was moving forward from his 13th place starting position, vaulting into the top-five only a dozen laps into the event. He cleared Secord for fourth on lap 18 and took up the chase of Cappello for third, as Secord began to fall back.
Doss continued to lead, but as he approached lapped traffic on lap 23, Nick O’Neal was sent spinning in front of the leader after contact from Austin Stewart, amongst a group of drivers trying to stay on the lead lap. Justin Johnson was unable to avoid the spinning O’Neal and was also involved, ending his night. Doss was able to avoid contact, but it set up another restart, this time with Stroebel to his outside. Once again, Doss was able to pull away, as Thirkettle and Cappello battled for third. Four laps later, Thirkettle made his move under Cappello coming off Turn 4, taking the position.
As Thirkettle was moving up, championship runner-up Secord was falling back, with an ill-handling car. Sam Jacks moved under Secord to jump into the top-five on lap 33, with Wyatt King following a few laps later. Another caution on lap 38 slowed the action as Jeff Longman was sent spinning. The ensuing restart found new life for Secord, as he moved back into the top-five in the bottom line, with Cappello falling outside the top-five, a victim of the high-line. But it didn’t last long for Secord as Jacks, King and Cappello soon moved back by the struggling driver. A spin by Carpenter slowed the action once again on lap 47, to bunch up the field once more.
Another restart found Sam Jacks the victim this time, as King and Cappello both drove by on the inside to run fourth and fifth. Secord continued to struggle as he fell victim to Aubree Cristiani, who moved Secord back to eighth. Travis McCullough, Ian Elliott and Clint Shubert followed soon after, pushing Secord outside the top-10.
Meanwhile, Doss was on cruise control up front, as Cappello once again moved back into fourth, getting under Wyatt King just before a red for Ed Coffey, which stopped the action for the clean-up. Another restart found Doss pulling ahead of Stroebel, Thirkettle, Cappello and King, with Secord given new life once his tires cooled. At the checkered, Doss was able to pull away for the win, with the top-five remaining the same. Secord was able to recover to eighth, limiting the damage to his championship hopes. The second five at the finish consisted of Sam Jacks, Aubree Cristiani, Secord, Travis McCullough, and Ian Elliott.
For Doss, it was a big night at his best track. A $2,500 win, to go along with a big points night for the 2018 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series Champion, was just what the doctor ordered. Despite qualifying second, Doss had a dominating car when it came to race conditions, and he was grateful for the effort put out by his team to make the car so good.
“We had a really good race car”, Doss asserted. “We didn’t really have good short-run speed, it was decent, but I knew we had a good race car, and it didn’t really fall off. I gotta thank the mad scientist, Duane Sharp, for giving me a great car. I also want to thank Eddie and Cory Wilcox for giving me the opportunity to drive their car. Thank you to Eddie Wilcox Jr., Dale Dodds and everyone who is a part of this race team for helping out this weekend. I’d also like to thank Peters Racing Engines, Pit Stop USA, Swift Springs, PFC Brakes, and everyone who is on-board with us this weekend.”
Stroebel was making his first SPEARS Modified start since this event in 2019. He had a great second place effort in his return, but needed just a little more on the short runs, to be able to compete with Doss for the win.
“Our car went tight, especially on the restarts, so the longer runs we were better”, Stroebel stated. “But by the time that the long runs came, he was already ahead by five or seven car lengths. I think I could keep the distance at that point, but myself and Travis (Thirkettle), and I think even Dylan Cappello were tight on those restarts for five to eight laps, and made it to where Jeremy just got away from us.”
The next event for the SPEARS Modified Series will be the season finale at Irwindale Speedway, on the 1/3-mile on December 19th. Doss will enter the final event with a 15-point edge over Secord in the battle for the championship. He will look to become the first driver to score championships in both the SPEARS Modified Series, as well as the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series.
A-Main Finishing Order:
- Jeremy Doss, 2. Shelby Stroebel, 3. Travis Thirkettle, 4. Dylan Cappello, 5. Wyatt King, 6. Sam Jacks*, 7. Aubree Cristiani, 8. Eddie Secord, 9. Travis McCullough, 10. Ian Elliott, 11. Aaron McMorran, 12. William Guevara, 13. Austin Stewart, 14. Clint Schubert, 15. Nathan Gasser, 16. Jimmy Sloan, 17. Eric Rhead, 18. Mason Sargent, 19. David Levitt*, 20. Douglas Carpenter, 21. Jim Coffey*, 22. Dalton Cristiani, 23. Ed Coffey, 24. Jeff Longman, 25. Nick O’Neil, 26. Justin Johnson
Last Chance Qualifier Finishing Order:
- David Levitt*, 2. Austin Stewart*, 3. Jeff Longman, 4. Douglas Carpenter, 5. Holly Clark, 6. Brent Bell, 7. Jimmie Petrie*, 8. John Seely, 9. Jerry Toporek, 10. Al Jones, 11. Rosalee Weller, 12. Tom Pfundstein, 13. Ryley Millard*, 14. Donovan Barr, DNS Billy Mitchell
*SPEARS Modified Series Rookie-of-the-Year Contender
-SRL Press Realease by: Kevin Peters
-Photo credit: Sal Sigala Jr.
Mooresville N.C. -– Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that John Hunter Nemechek will compete for the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship behind the wheel of the organization’s No. 4 Tundra.
Nemechek is a six-time winner in Truck Series action, winning at least one race each season from 2015 to 2018 for his family-owned team, NEMCO Motorsports. Also, while driving his family-owned team, the North Carolina native qualified for the Camping World Truck Series playoffs in each of his two full-time seasons, finishing eighth in the championship standings in both 2016 and 2017. He was voted the series most popular driver in 2015.
The 23-year-old driver produced three top-10 finishes and an average result of 22.4 while competing for rookie of the year honors in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020. He recorded a career-best eighth-place finish twice, both coming at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award four times and finished 23rd in the championship standings.
“Kyle and Samantha with the support of Toyota have built an organization that has won races and championships on a consistent basis and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to carry on the winning tradition by getting back to victory lane in the Camping World Truck Series next year,” Nemechek said. “I can’t thank the partners that have supported my career through the years enough for their continued support and I’m looking forward to building relationships with new partners this year. Bring on 2021 — Let’s Go Places!”
“I began my XFINITY Series career with NEMCO and I’ve had a long-running relationship with Joe and the Nemechek family, so it’s cool to see things come full circle with being able to sign John Hunter to race at KBM,” Busch said. “John Hunter is a proven winner in the Camping World Truck Series, as well as the Xfinity Series, and someone who we are confident will be able to put the No. 4 Tundra up front on a consistent basis and compete for victories each and every race. Despite only being 23 years old, he has a lot of experience across all three series and with next year’s Truck Series schedule including a lot of events where it’s just show up and race, having an experienced driver in one of our full-time Tundras is going to be beneficial to our whole organization.”
In addition to his six Camping World Truck Series wins, Nemechek has one NASCAR XFINITY Series win, which came at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in October of 2018. In 2019 he qualified for the playoffs and finished seventh in the championship standings in his lone full-time season after positing six top-five and 19 top-10 finishes.
Nemechek won two marquee Super Late Model events in 2014, the Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., and the All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn. He also won the Snowflake 100 at 5 Flags Speedway in 2015.
Announcements on sponsors and who will serve as Nemechek’s crew chief are forthcoming.
-Kyle Busch Motorsports Press Release
-Photo credit: Speed51Photos.com
GAFFNEY, SC — One break in the action was all it took for Brandon Overton to execute the plan that would, ultimately, win him $10,000 and his first career Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series Feature.
A caution flag was displayed with 40 laps remaining in the 30th annual Blue Gray 100 at Cherokee Speedway Sunday afternoon, opening the door for Overton to take his Wells Motorsports #76 pit-side for a new set of Hoosier Racing Tires while running third. While several other drivers were beginning to experience heavy tire wear and eventually blowing them out, Overton was patient with his fresh rubber and bided his time, just waiting for the front of the field to come back to him.
It didn’t take long for the Evans, GA-driver to see his plan come to fruition. In just 10 laps, he had made it back up inside the top-10. Two laps later, he was sitting fourth.
With only 15 laps remaining, Overton was running second and in hot pursuit of the leader and defending race winner, Chris Madden. By this time, Madden was one of only two cars in the field that had not yet been to pit road for service, and the big question loomed – how much further could he go on a single set?
Madden looked good after a Lap 83 restart, but heading down the backstretch on Lap 93, his chances for a seventh Blue Gray win were dashed, falling victim to a very ill-timed flat tire. Overton then assumed the lead and drove it all the way back home unchallenged for his second career Blue Gray 100 victory.
“I probably pitted a little too early because there was still a lot of traffic in front of us,” Overton said. “It could have gone either way; I could have pitted, and they wadded ‘em up on a restart and you’re done for the night. So, it was a risky gamble, but it paid off.”
But just exactly how was Overton’s master plan for the long-distance race set up? A good dose of preparation paired with a big helping of execution.
“We made that decision, probably, Wednesday,” Overton candidly replied about his decision to pit earlier than others for tires. “I said if we’re not out front leading, car most definitely comfortable and I know I’m gonna make it, I’m just gonna pit.
“I got to second just riding around, and then I just still kept telling myself, ‘Just chill out. You’re gonna pit, you’re gonna pit.’”
Madden’s flat right-rear tire may have also had a catalyst from behind.
“I was pushing [Madden],” Overton said. “His crew guy was back there in Turn 3, and I was telling myself to just stay as close to him [as I could have] to make him go faster and faster. I wasn’t gonna push the issue, but once he started backing up, I had enough tire that I could have went around him on the top and come back down.”
Now with 26 Feature victories total on the board this year, this magical stretch Overton’s been on has been nothing short of astonishing. And, of course, he’s got the hard-working attitude and humble demeanor to match.
“These last couple races, I told [my crew] if we win, we win, if we don’t, we’ve had a hell of a year,” Overton said. “This is the best year I’ve ever had racing. I told Big Dave when I called him up about driving this stuff, I said ‘man, I just want to have fun again.’ And that’s what I’m doing, I’m having fun.”
Benji Hicks crossed the stripe in second for his best career finish in the event. Hicks, of Mt. Airy, NC, originally started 19th and mostly floated around those mid-pack positions until tire wear started to take its toll around Lap 60. Hicks also came in around the same time Overton did for tire changes, which helped him back to the front in the closing stages.
At one point, Hicks had gotten a good run on the top side on a restart and drove around Madden for second. He was unable to hold Madden off near the end, but claimed the runner-up spot upon Madden’s Lap 92 blowout.
“I’ve said it two or three times already, but it’s been a crappy year, and I’m so excited to get a podium finish like this,” Hicks said. “Now, we’re going to go and run the new two Xtreme races and see how we do.”
Kyle Strickler came home in the third spot after also having a very up-and-down race. The Highside Tickler held it strong up front all race and eventually came to challenge the leaders with about 30-to-go, until blowing a right-front tire set him back a bit.
“I was trying to drive the car so straight that it actually chattered the right-front tire and then it wore completely out,” Strickler said. “When [Johnathan] Davenport got into the wall, it almost was really bad. Madden just barely missed him, I just barely missed him and then going into Turn 3, I felt it go completely flat.
“It helped me, actually, because that put me ahead of a bunch of guys that ended up getting flats as well, and that just put us ahead of the guys with new tires.”
A great podium finish to start off the 2020-21 Xtreme season and his new venture with PCC Motorsports, of Indiana, will find the Mooresville, NC-pilot in the pit area at the next Xtreme Series race – Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN, on Dec. 5. for the second running of the Grinch 40.
“I really enjoy that racetrack, it’s probably one of my favorite places to go to,” Strickler said. “We ran second with the [tour] there last year, so I’m definitely going to go to that. I think we’re going to try and make as many races as we possibly can. It’s a nice little Series for us to kinda break-in the new team.”
Blue Gray 100 Feature (100 Laps) 1. 76-Brandon Overton [$10,000]; 2. 55-Benji Hicks [$5,000]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler [$3,000]; 4. 32A-Tyler Carpenter [$2,000]; 5. 18-Brett Hamm [$1,500]; 6. 58-Ross Bailes [$1,300]; 7. 9-Johnny Pursley [$1,200]; 8. 79-Daulton Wilson [$1,100]; 9. 421-Anthony Sanders [$850]; 10. 42K-Cla Knight [$800]; 11. 88-Trent Ivey [$750]; 12. 44-Chris Madden [$700]; 13. 2-Dennis Franklin [$650]; 14. 17V-Tim Vance [$600]; 15. O3-David Yandle [$550]; 16. 49-Jonathan Davenport [$500]; 17. 24D-Michael Brown [$500]; 18. 27-Christian Hanger [$500]; 19. 57M-Zack Mitchell [$500]; 20. J27-Jadon Frame [$500]; 21. 22-Chris Ferguson [$500]; 22. 29-Larry Grube [$500]; 23. 157-Mike Marlar [$500]; 24. 27H-Justin Hudspeth [$500]; 25. 21-Will Harris [$500]; 26. 57-Adam Yarbrough [$500] Hard Charger: 55-Benji Hicks[+17]
-Xtreme DIRTcar Series Press Release
-Photo credit: Kevin Ritchie