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.


Leon Gonyo celebrates a win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in 2012.

1. New York Racer Passes Away During Victory Lap

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.


2. Dorer Points to Sky, Wins One for Momma at Springport

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.


3. One Clark Takes Away PASS 300 Win From Another

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.


4. Race Central Live: Seuss, Pulliam and Bowling Score at SoBo

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 can be seen by clicking the link above.

51 TV’s Matt Kentfield went one-on-one with Seuss after his win, while Bob Dillner talked to Pulliam as he closed in on another NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship.


Derek Thorn celebrates his win in the Allen Turner Tune-Up 100. ( Photo)

5. Facebook Message From 3,000 Miles Away Leads to Allen Turner Victory

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.


6. ‘Local Hero’ Yarbrough Fights Off Invaders at Myrtle Beach

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.


7. Superman Sizzles Again in Brownstown’s  Jackson 100

 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.


8. Trackside Now: Setzer, Yarbrough Take CARS Tour Wins at The Beach

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.


51 TV’s Elgin Traylor went one-on-one with Setzer after the race, while Rob Blount caught up with Yarbrough.


Brad Riethmeyer celebrates his Glass City 200 win in victory lane. ( Photo)

9. Trackside Now: Riethmeyer Grabs Glass City 200 Win

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.



10. The ‘Bulldog’ Chews Up the Competition at Stafford

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.

Top 10: Short Track Racing Stories From the Weekend