While Mother Nature failed to cooperate at a few short track racing events this past weekend, she didn’t completely wipe out the list of events held throughout the United States. Many short tracks survived the weather forecasts and as a result provided some exciting and dramatic action for short track racing fans.
To get you caught up on the stories that took place 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.
Pollard dominated the Baby Rattler 125, but contact with South coming off turn four allowed Stephen Nasse to win Saturday’s Pro Late Model event at South Alabama Speedway.
Video of the contact between the two drivers can be seen exclusively on the Speed51 Network.
Ty Majeski did something on Sunday that no Badger State driver had ever accomplished: find victory at South Alabama Speedway.
Majeski grabbed the lead from Stephen Nasse on lap eight and led the rest of the race en route to a dominant win in the Hardee’s Rattler 250, the first event of the 2016 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco season.
Todd Gilliland is making it look easy to compete and win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.
Gilliland started from the pole and took the lead back from Ryan Partridge on Lap 123 to win the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at California’s Irwindale Speedway. His victory was his second consecutive victory in his second straight start in the West.
The highly anticipated Icebreaker 40 season opener for the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series at Selinsgrove Speedway (PA) was canceled on Saturday afternoon. It marked the fourth straight year that the event was not run.
In addition to the RoC opener, the Southern Spring Sizzler featuring the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South was also canceled due to a poor weather forecast.
The Lucas Oil Modifieds officially opened their season with a 100-lap show at the quarter-mile oval of Havasu 95 Speedway just outside Lake Havasu City, Arizona. As the sun beat down and the temperature got hot in the Arizona desert, Linny White got hot as well. White took the checkered flag by over a straightaway ahead of Matthew Hicks to score the win in the first points race of the season.
Austin Thaxton fended off last-lap challenges from defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and former NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia to win Saturday’s NASCAR Late Model 100 at South Boston Speedway.
Jonathan Davenport successfully defended his Buckeye Spring 50 at Atomic Speedway on Friday Night. Davenport withstood an early race battle with Brian Shirley to take his fifth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season, in front of a packed house.
Jason Hughes isn’t ready to give up his stranglehold on Humboldt Speedway’s victory lane quite yet.
On Saturday night, the defending national champion of the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental and reigning King of America went 42 laps as the leader from start to finish to capture his series-best 13th career feature win at the Humboldt, Kan., bullring and second of the 2016 campaign.
As he crossed under the checkered flag, Hughes put two fingers in the air in honor of the late Grant Junghans.
Jacob Gomes led 71 laps and pulled away by nearly half a second after a lap 55 restart, to claim his first career Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com victory at Madera Speedway. The victory on Saturday night added to the resume of the 2015 SRL Southwest Tour champion and came over 2012 PCS champion and Kulwicki Driver Development member Jeremy Doss.
Seven-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz completed the sweep of the FVP Western Spring Shootout Saturday night, as he passed leader Joey Saldana with just five laps remaining en route to capturing his second win in as many nights at Stockton Dirt Track.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51