Championship battles, some old-school winners, “Big Money” and weather issues were the top headlines from the past weekend in short track racing. We understand that between attending races and waiting out the foul weather that you may have missed a few stories from races from coast to coast 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 October 2-5.
Patrick Laperle is never one to mince his words. The Canadian Late Model standout certainly had plenty to get off his chest following a disqualification in Saturday’s American Canadian Tour (ACT) Fall Foliage 200 at New York’s Airborne Park Speedway. The win went to Brian Hoar, which was the 41th of his ACT career, but Laperle’s shock DQ was what has everyone in the Northeastern Late Model scene talking today.
Doug Coby and Ryan Preece brought their tight title fight in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon. Like they have for much of the season, the two were there when it counted at the end of the NAPA Fall Final feature. Coby went to victory lane and Preece finished second, setting up an epic title bout in two weeks at Thompson.
Collin Cabre entered the final NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season with only two top-10 finishes to his credit in his rookie season with Rev Racing. Saturday morning, he left the “Monster Mile,” with the winner’s trophy. Cabre took his first career victory in the Drive Sober 125, which was delayed a day by rain storms from Friday to Saturday. While Cabre was a first-time winner, a first-time champion was crowned at the end of 125 laps.
A plane crash near the Georgia/South Carolina border claimed the life of former USAC National Champion Tony Elliott Friday. Elliott was a fixture for years on the short tracks of America in the open-wheel wars. In addition to the 1998 USAC Sprint Car National Championship, Tony won races in all three of USAC’s national series.
After having his hopes dashed in a controversial finish one year ago, Stevie Smith roared back Sunday night and scored his third-career Champion Racing Oil National Open victory at Williams Grove Speedway.The win, Smith’s second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season, is his first National Open title since 1991 and comes one year after contact between he and David Gravel in the closing laps of the 2014 National Open ended his run.
Jeff Taylor scored an emotional victory in the final AIM Recycling USA PASS North Super Late Model race of the season Sunday at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME), his first win following the passing of his father in January. The multiple-time track champion scored the win over Glen Luce and Dave Farrington, Jr., while deeper in the field, the “Maine Racing Legend” Mike Rowe was able to lock down the series title.
Speed51.com’s Rob Blount was one of the few people able to slow down William Byron this season, as the newly-crowned NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion went one-on-one with 51 about his title season following Saturday morning’s race at Dover International Speedway.
Matt Hirschman added another big win to back up his “Big Money” moniker with a victory in the prestigious Race of Champions 200 at Chemung Speedrome in New York Sunday. An on-demand lap-by-lap recap of the event is available on Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage. More from the race will be on 51 in the coming days.
Officials at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) decided Saturday morning to postpone this weekend’s All American 400 weekend due to a forecast of inclement weather and concerns for track becoming dry enough for competition in time for Sunday’s feature racing. The All American 400 has been rescheduled for the weekend of October 16 through 18, 2015.
You couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish out the Modified point season at Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) Sunday. There were five drivers that all had a shot at the title. They had 100 laps to play it out and over the final circuits there would be four of them gunning for the win. In the end Austin Kochenash, who came into the day second in points, did all that he could by winning the main, his first at that distance, however, when the final tally of points where added, his title attempt fell just short to Earl Paules, thanks to his fifth place run.
-By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director – Twitter: @MattKentfield