A list of regional touring series events and special weekly racing events highlighted this past weekend’s short track racing schedule. A dirt racer from Upstate New York scored his first stock car win in Alabama, while a veteran from the “Heart of Dixie” scored a big Pro Late Model victory on his home turf.
To get you caught up on those stories, as well as the rest of the big stories from this past weekend throughout the country, Speed51.com powered by JEGS presents you with a list of top 10 stories from the weekend.
A full list of winners from the weekend, as well as upcoming events, can be seen by visiting the PFC Brakes racing calendar.
Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway is a far cry from the dirt tracks of Upstate New York that Tyler Dippel grew up racing on, but on Sunday night Dippel found himself celebrating in victory lane, just as he has done many times in the past. This time instead of climbing out of a Big-Block Dirt Modified he was climbing out the driver’s side window of a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East stock car.
Augie Grill had been in the same spot before, and admitted he made the wrong decision. He wasn’t going to let it happen again Sunday afternoon.
Over the last 30 laps of the Spring Explosion 125 at Montgomery Motor Speedway, Grill watched and waited. And he waited. And he kept waiting for the perfect time to pounce on Casey Roderick for the race lead.
When the dust had settled on the season opener at South Boston Speedway (VA), all the former National Champions in the field were spun out and torn up at the end of the first of two 100-lap Late Model Stock Car races Saturday night.
Matt Bowling survived the dog fights with lapped cars, leaders and was in the right place at the right time to sweep the night.
Watch full highlights from South Boston now on the Speed51 Network.
Sitting 10th with 25 laps to go at an oval where track position is a premium, Burt Myers faced a daunting challenge. The ensuing final circuits may be among the best of his distinguished NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour career.
The Speed51 Network talked to the top-three finishers after the race, and you can watch that video now by clicking here.
According to Speed51.com partner site DirtOnDirt.com, South Carolina Dirt Late Model driver Chris Madden has been disqualified from this weekend’s Spring Nationals event at Smoky Mountain Raceway (TN). Madden’s No. 44 race car struck an opponent’s crew member who was riding on a minibike in the track’s pit area.
Jason Morman had the perfect plan to drive in to victory lane Montgomery, until he looked to his left and saw Jeff Letson streaking to the inside in turn three.
Morman and Letson split then-race leader Okie Mason on an early race restart, bringing the fans in the grandstands to their feet and allowing Letson to sneak by to grab the lead. Letson would go on to lead the rest of the event, staking his claim as the open-wheel king of Montgomery.
Whenever the Sunoco Challenge Series hits the high banks of Auburndale Speedway (FL) fans can expect some of the best Super Late Model racing in the state of Florida. Saturday night at “The Bullring” didn’t disappoint. In this installment, the second race of 2016, in front of a packed grandstand, Joe Boyd pulled the upset win in a race filled with carnage.
David Gravel claimed his first World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the season Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway as he held off Shane Stewart through the 35-lap feature.
Anthony Perrego scored the first victory of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by VP Velocita South Region season at the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial for the grand re-opening of Georgetown Speedway.
Under a warm mix of sun and clouds on Saturday, the Greenville-Pickens Speedway opened their gates for round two of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Saturday night, and when it was all over, a first-time winner sat in “Double Aught Bryan Ramey Victory Lane” as the headlining limited late model 75-lap feature was won in dominating fashion by one fast female, Tasha Kummer.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51