This past weekend offered a little bit of everything to race fans. Modifieds pounded the pavement at Concord (NC), Late Models raced around Southern National Motorsports Park (NC), a race winner was disqualified in New York and history was made at Kern County (CA).
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.
Brett Hearn dominated Saturday’s Hard Clay Open at Orange County Fair Speedway (NY), but was stripped of the win after declining post-race technical inspection. More information including finishing results can be found in Speed51’s Speed Central coverage from the event.
Late race heroics paid off for George Brunnhoelzl III at North Carolina’s Concord Speedway.
The 33-year-old North Babylon, New York, native joined the battle for first place with 12 laps remaining and passed Ted Christopher with three laps to go to collect his first win of the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season and his 26th career tour win.
Highlights from the race can be seen on the Speed51 Network by clicking here.
He may have led all 150 laps, but Deac McCaskill’s CARS Tour 150 was not even close to being simple. McCaskill had to fend off charges from two of the best drivers Late Model Stock Car racing has to offer to take the win in the season-opener at Lucama, North Carolina’s Southern National Motorsports Park.
Todd Gilliland’s unbeaten streak has reached historic proportions.
The 15-year-old Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, driver went from third to first following a late-race restart at Kern County Raceway Park en route to capturing Saturday night’s NAPA Auto Parts 150. It was Gilliland’s second NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win in as many starts this season. More impressively, it was Gilliland’s fourth win in his first four career NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts.
Even in short track racing there are days when a driver gets the perfect race car and looks like he’s out for a Sunday drive. That’s exactly how it went on Sunday at Southern National Motorsports (NC) Park for Quin Houff. He faced some challenges throughout the race, mainly from the defending CARS Tour Super Late Model champion Cole Timm, but he was able to fend those off with ease en route to the victory.
Josh Richards completed the weekend sweep of the Douglas Dodge Ram Trucks Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway on Sunday night as he scored his fourth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series victory of the season. The Shinnston, W.V. -native is the first driver to sweep the race weekend since the Illini 100 became a full-weekend event in 2014.
Eddie VanMeter used a last lap pass on Terry Fisher, Jr. to win the season-opening CRA Sportsman feature at Lucas Oil Raceway (IN) Sunday afternoon.
VanMeter’s last lap pass can be seen now in the highlights on the Speed51 Network.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series’ first ever visit to East Alabama Speedway will go down as being one of the most memorable track debuts on the series tour in recent history. Jonathan Davenport came from third to first in the final three laps to win the 19th Annual Bama Bash on Saturday Night.
In the 36 previous USMTS feature races he competed in at the Humboldt Speedway since 2006, Zack VanderBeek had never been the first to see the checkered flag.
But Saturday night, during one of the biggest and most prestigious dirt modified races on the planet, the 31-year-old from New Sharon, Iowa, excited the final turn with nobody in his way and collected not only his first win at ‘The Hummer’ but the biggest of his career in King of America VI presented by Chix Gear.
David Stremme ran in second for the first half of the 30-lap Southeast Dirt Modified Tour feature event. When Trent Young’s car broke, Stremme captured the lead on lap 16. Stremme withstood a charge from point leader Taylor Cook, but was able to pull away in the final dozen laps to win by four-car-lengths.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51