From Super Late Models racing in the California sunshine to the indoor racing in the Northeast, this past weekend offered short track racing fans a little bit of everything. To catch you up on all of the action from around the country, we at Speed51.com powered by JEGS have assembled a list of the top 10 stories from the weekend.
To see a full list of winners from the weekend, as well as upcoming events, visit the PFC Brakes racing calendar.
Mechanical failures and on track incidents dwindled the 38 car field to 11-cars by the end of 250 laps, but Senoia, Georgia’s Bubba Pollard left all the events behind him to take the second annual Winter Showdown victory at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA.
51’s Bob Dillner went one-on-one with Pollard after the race to discuss how he’ll use the hefty $40,000 check.
For several weeks, thousands of short track racing fans have voted in record numbers for the 2015 51’s presented by JEGS, Speed51.com’s annual balloting of the best in short track racing. Keeping up with 51’s tradition, this year’s voting included categories that resemble categories in the annual Academy Awards for films, which will be handed out Sunday. After careful counting of each ballot, Speed51.com is now revealing the winners of the 2015 51’s presented by JEGS.
Erick Rudolph entered Saturday night’s Battle of Trenton with two goals in mind: win the battle and win the war. If he were to accomplish the first of those two goals, he knew that the second – winning the overall Indoor Auto Racing Series championship – would take care of itself. At night’s end, everything had gone according to plan for the Ransomville, New York driver.
Highlights from the Battle of Trenton will be available this week on the Speed51 Network.
Throughout the split 80-lap Lucas Oil Modified Series feature during the second annual Winter Showdown weekend, it looked like the victory had all but been decided. Then when a few late cautions bunched up the field, it all changed hands when Ryan Partridge used the outside line to get around race dominator Austin Barnes for the lead and eventual win.
Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) played host to the first big race of the Late Model Stock Car season on Saturday afternoon with the 125-lap main event during the Icebreaker 200 weekend. In typical Myrtle Beach fashion, tire strategy was the name of the game, and Tommy Lemons Jr. was the one who played it the best.
Racers from all over the Northeast made their way to Maine Indoor Karting in Scarborough, Maine Saturday afternoon for the 8th annual DT100. At the end of the day, two drivers in the middleweight division stole the show with a thrilling finish that event promoter David Thomas, Jr. coined as the best finish in event history.
Jefferson Pitts Racing teammates Gracin Raz and Noah Gragson have been best of friends since they began to run together in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West last season. But their friendship hit a bit of a road hump at Kern County Raceway Park (CA) Sunday afternoon, as the two hungry racers – dueling for the runner-up spot late in the race – tangled in turn three.
Ryan Gustin bested his car builder, Jason Hughes, in a hard-fought battle at the Ark-La-Tex SpeedwayFriday night to capture the win on the second night of the 5th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash presented by Horseshoe Bossier City.
Brad Sweet led just the final lap of the inaugural ATX Rentals Outlaw Shootout feature at Cotton Bowl Speedway Friday night as he outdueled teammate Daryn Pittman on the final turn to capture his third World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win of the season in a thrilling photo finish.
The long awaited regular season opener at Desoto Speedway saw a packed house treated to an action packed night of racing that saw Scott Hogan claim the Pro Truck “King of the Blacktop” title and Devin McLeod take the Florida Modified Invitational 100.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51