It was another busy weekend of short track racing action in all four corners of the country this past weekend and we here at Speed51.com powered by JEGS had a presence at 17 short track racing events in 12 different states. 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.
Proving why he is the number one-ranked dirt late model driver in the nation, Jonathan Davenport captured the 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com on Sunday night. Davenport took the lead at the start of the event led all 100 laps to score the $30,000 victory.
With just a few laps remaining in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature at Long Island’s Riverhead Raceway, Ryan Preece cut underneath John Fortin off turn four in a bid to take the lead. They drag-raced to turn one, and Preece took over the top spot the next time off turn two. He crossed under the checkered flag first, but moments later it was Fortin who rolled his red, white, and blue No. 84 into victory lane.
There’s no way Rico Abreu could come back from this flip to win the race, right? Or could he? Find out now in the 51 Network clip from Friday night’s IRA Sprint Car race at Dodge County
Zane Smith is racing like a Super Late Model veteran in his rookie season. The 16-year-old Californian has been up front leading laps and collecting wins when he can and collecting solid top-five or top-ten finishes when his car isn’t quite up to snuff. The mix of aggression and consistency has led to the New Smyrna World Series title and the current PASS South Super Late Model Series point lead.
But Saturday night at Motor Mile Speedway, Smith added a new wrinkle to his playbook. Like most crafty veterans find ways to do, Smith took advantage of others’ mistakes and scooted away with the CARS Super Late Model Tour victory in a race that he never looked destined to finish any better than 5th in.
Vanna Brackett and Shawn Knight battled it out for the lead for a number of laps during the 50-lap Super Late Model feature at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) on Friday night before contact between the drivers sent Brackett into the dirt in turn two with 10 laps to go. But one Brackett’s misfortune turned into another one’s treasure. Subscribe to the 51 Network to see the final 10 laps.
Todd Szegedy came back from a spin to take the checkered flag in the Valenti Modified Racing Series’ return to Claremont Speedway on Friday night, but it is Chris Pasteryak who will go into the record books as the winner of the event. Szegedy’s No. 85 machine owned by Kevin Stuart was deemed illegal for having a “non-compliant carburetor pursuant to the 2015 Modified Racing Series rulebook,” according to a press release sent out by the series.
Gone from the Melvin “Puddin’” Swisher Modified ride that he earned the Modified track championship in last season, Bohn has been nothing but fast in his limited starts in his family-owned No. 659 car at the Winston-Salem quarter-mile this season. Saturday night, the New Jersey native picked up his second win of the season, a season that also included a $3,000 bonus for finishing in the top-four in one of his previous starts as well.
David Oliver grew up watching stock car racing from the grandstands at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway before eventually kicking off his racing career at the Scarborough, Maine oval. Over the years, as the 42-year-old climbed the ladder from the Wildcat to Sportsman and eventually up to the Super Late Model ranks, he learned a lot about how to win races at the track. On Saturday night he re-visited his home track with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North and all of that experience paid off in a big way.
First wins are always sweet, but it feels a little sweeter when your first win comes at home. Birch Run, Michigan’s Dan Leeck calls Dixie Motor Speedway home, and for the first time in his career the 2014 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion found victory lane on Friday night.
Friday night was much the same as the season had been for Ryan Preece in the SK Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT). Everything that could possibly go wrong, did go wrong. But this time around, Preece and company were able to rise above it all and take home the biggest payday of the season in the second running of the NAPA SK 5K.