Labor Day Weekend featured a bunch of great racing action throughout the United States and Canada. We understand that between attending races and enjoying the summer weather that you may have missed a few stories from those races throughout the weekend. That’s why we have put together a list of the top-10 stories from the past weekend, so that you can catch up on the biggest short track racing stories from the weekend of September 4 – August 8.
Christopher Bell had never seen the Winchester Speedway before arriving at the 37-degree banked half-mile oval in Winchester, Indiana this Labor Day weekend for the World Stock Car Festival. But it didn’t take long for the 20-year-old driver from Norman, Oklahoma to figure the place out.
Bell took the lead from Stephen Nasse on the first circuit of the 100-lap event and never looked back. He dominated the Winchester 100 to score the win in his first trip to “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”
Fans from all across the world were able to tune in to watch Bell and a host of other Super Late Model stars on a live 51 TV broadcast. The broadcast was used as a test for the 44th Annual Winchester 400 later this year. If you didn’t catch the live broadcast, highlights will be available soon on the 51 Network.
As NASCAR’s Whelen All-American Series only “pro-am” charity event, the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown (DHSTS) starts a new chapter as it plans to move the celebrity Late Model race across the Commonwealth of Virginia to Langley Speedway (Hampton, Va.) for the ninth edition of the event in April 2016. Proceeds from the Showdown charity event benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports Cystic Fibrosis research and therapy.
Scott Bloomquist took the lead from defending Hillbilly Hundred winner, Don O’Neal on lap 79 and pulled away for the victory on Sunday Night at I-77 Raceway Park. It was Bloomquist’s fifth straight Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win, and the second of his career in the nation’s oldest running dirt late model event.
As was the case with preceding features over the Labor Day weekend at Oswego Speedway (NY), a turn of events over the closing laps decided the winner of the 59th Budweiser International Classic 200 for the non-winged Supermodifieds on Sunday afternoon. The turn of events put Bob Bond in the driver’s seat and he capitalized on a green-white-checkered-finish to win his third career ‘Classic.’
Saturday night at Langley Speedway in Virginia, George Brunnhoelzl, III left little doubt that he had the car to beat. From qualifying to leading 141 of the race’s 150 laps, Brunnhoelzl was out front as he scored his 24th career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory.
Dave Dion, Jean-Paul Cabana, Brian Hoar and the Dragon’s are just a handful of the driver’s who have been victorious in the Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl (VT). But on Sunday afternoon, Nick Sweet did something none of those driver’s had ever done before him. He won his third Labor Day Classic, a feat that puts him on top of the long list of winners.
51 TV went one-on-one with Sweet after the race to discuss his victory.
Friday night would be a night of both triumph and frustration for Woody Pitkat at his home track of Stafford Motor Speedway (CT). To start the night, Pitkat collected his first SK Modified win since teaming up with car owner Adam Skowyra at the beginning of 2014 and looked to continue the momentum in the Valenti Modified Racing Series 80-lap feature.
The Fairhope, Ala. native used a pass on the first green-white-checkered lap to get by Kyle Weatherman to earn his fifth win of 2015 and keep him in the driver’s seat to be the 2015 series champion. Weatherman led laps 88-103 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds before he slipped and went just high enough for Enfinger to slide past him on the backstretch, and hold him off for the victory.
Donny Schatz entered rarefied territory Monday night at Grays Harbor Raceway as he scored his 200th career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory and joined legends Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell as the only drivers to ever reach the mark.
Jake Crum and his Fathead Racing No. 8 Late Model Stock Car had the magic potion Saturday night to keep Josh Berry from a second-straight win in the Bobby Isaac Memorial 150 at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway.