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 October 9-11.
The final farewell to the New York State Fairgrounds concluded with a familiar result in Sunday’s Syracuse 200. Almost identical to the previous year’s pass, defending Super DIRT Week main event winner Stewart Friesen was able to set up and get around leader Matt Sheppard with only 26 laps to spare to win the 44th running of event in his No. 44 Big Block Modified.
For much of Sunday afternoon it appeared evident that a Kyle Busch Motorsports car would win the 44th Running of the Winchester 400 at Indiana’s Winchester Speedway as dirt racing ace Christopher Bell ran out front much of the race. But in the end it was NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Erik Jones firing the Winchester rifle for the third straight year.The Byron, Michigan native survived multiple incidents and a strong fight from Bell and Cody Coughlin to claim the victory in the prestigious race once again.
51 TV’s Jana Wimmer went one-on-one with Jones after the race to discuss his third straight win in the prestigious events on the Winchester high banks.
Tommy Lemons is expecting two special deliveries in the next month: A child and a grandfather. The child will be he and his wife, Laura’s, first. The grandfather – Martinsville Speedway’s famous grandfather clock trophy – will be his second.
51 TV’s Elgin Traylor went one-on-one with Lemons and also caught up with Timothy Peters, who wrecked while making a last turn attempt at passing Lemons for the win.
Coming into Sunday’s 53rd Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont, Nick Sweet was determined to come out on top of not just the entire field, but his chief rival in 2015, Derrick O’Donnell. After finishing behind O’Donnell in the season championship and placing second behind O’Donnell in time trials on Saturday, Sweet made it clear that the same wouldn’t happen in the main event, and he was true to his word.
51 TV’s Brandon Paul went one-on-one with Sweet after the race to discuss the win and his second kiss with the Vermont beauty queen “Miss Daisy Dalton.”
The history books will read; 2015 was the closest championship race in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
New Hampshire’s Andy Seuss duplicated his feat of one year ago and is now a two-time series champion, but like most things in history, it didn’t happen without a fight.
For the fourth time in his career, Dan Fredrickson etched his name into the record books after winning the ARCA Midwest Tour’s Oktoberfest 200 on the final day of the 46th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisconsin.
Fredrickson took the lead from Ty Majeski on a restart with 10 laps to go in the ARCA Midwest Tour’s season finale.
As NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIV continues on, the number of chances to get a Moody Mile win dwindles. Jimmy Phelps, a two-time Syracuse 200 fast qualifier, had never won a feature at the New York State Fairgrounds. That all changed Saturday as the 40 year-old was victorious Salute to the Troops 150 for the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds.
If Jack Smith’s performance in the final stages of the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour season is any indication of his team’s future, his competitor’s better be worried for 2016.
Smith took the lead in the opening stages and held off charges from Travis Braden and Trevor Berry to claim the JEGS 100 at Winchester Speedway on Saturday night.
51 TV’s Rob Blount went one-on-one with Smith after his dominating efforts on the high banks.
With the New Hampshire fall foliage serving as the perfect backdrop, 18 different divisions competed at Lee USA Speedway this past weekend during the track’s annual Octoberfest event. Les Hinckley of Windsor Locks, Connecticut led the list of winners by capturing the win in the penultimate event of the 2015 campaign for the Valenti Modified Racing Series.
Joe Boyd took over the lead on lap 2 and never looked back en route to winning the first round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown at Desoto Speedway (FL) Saturday night. Visit Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage for an on-demand replay.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51