It was another busy weekend of short track racing action in all four corners of the country this past weekend. 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 18-20.
Moments after winning the final Modified division event of the 2015 season Saturday at Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Leon Gonyo passed away at the age of 63.
According to a provided statement from Devil’s Bowl Speedway officials, Gonyo, of Chazy, New York, appeared to suffer an undisclosed medical event while performing a ceremonial victory lap after Saturday’s win. Gonyo’s car then impacted the frontstretch wall before heading into the victory lane area.
Michigan native Steve Dorer usually calls the Midwest home for the summer months while chasing down big short track racing wins in the region, but this summer those plans changed. Sandy Dorer, Steve’s mother, had been battling cancer for the past eight years and within the past few months her health began to worsen. Putting family first, Steve stayed in Florida for the summer to be with her while putting his racing schedule on hold.
Restarts were kind to Johnny Clark Sunday at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.
Clark went four-for-four on late-race restarts and led the final 122 laps to capture his fourth Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 300.
Andy Seuss (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour), Lee Pulliam (Late Model Stock) and Matt Bowling (Late Model Stock) scored big wins at South Boston Speedway (VA) on Saturday night. A full on-demand replay of the event on NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live powered by Speed51.com can be seen by clicking the link above.
When Jacksonville, Florida’s Kurt Jett messaged Lakeport, California’s Derek Thorn about driving his Super Late Model in November’s Florida Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), neither one imagined that just two months later, they’d be celebrating a win in the Allen Turner Tune-Up Pro Late Model 100 at Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway, their second Pro Late Model win in as many starts since teaming up.
If Sam Yarbrough played baseball, his batting average would be worthy of the Hall of Fame. The 2015 Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) track champion showed up to the facility seeking a win, and he accomplished that goal in strong fashion.
Yarbrough had to deal with a restart with two laps to go, but he was able to beat Deac McCaskill to the checkered flag by almost 10 car lengths to score the victory.
Jonathan Davenport continued his dazzling season on Saturday night at Brownstown Speedway by winning the 36th Annual Jackson 100. Davenport took over the lead on lap 49 from Brandon Sheppard, and dashed to his first-ever win in the historic event.
Brandon Setzer (Super Late Model) and Sam Yarbrough (Late Model Stock) each scored wins in the CARS Tour’s visit to Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) Saturday night.
Brad Riethmeyer scored one of the biggest Outlaw Late Model wins in the country Saturday night by winning the Glass City 200 at Toledo Speedway (OH). Check out a full lap-by-lap replay of the race now on 51’s Trackside Now coverage presented by Earnest Performance.
In what has been one of the lengthiest seasons in recent memory thanks to a near spotless record of weather in 2015, competitors and fans gathered at Stafford Motor Speedway for its 20th and final Friday night show of the season this weekend. In a season that has seen the SK Modified division dominated by a select few, veteran driver Eric Berndt took the wheel of a fast No. 66 car to come away with an untouchable victory to close out the regular season.