This past weekend offered a little bit of everything to race fans. The racing season in the Northeast finally got underway with the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT), Super Late Models once again roared around the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville (TN) and plenty more took place this weekend too.
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.
Donnie Wilson and the Southern Super Series dominated a clash with the ARCA/CRA Super Series at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday night.
Steve Wallace led early after starting on the pole, but was shadowed lap after lap by Wilson. After a hard battle, Wilson made the pass into turn one to take the lead on the 15th lap and pulled away.
“I feel like I’m dreaming,” Timmy Solomito shouted at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) Sunday evening. One year after making his debut for Flamingo Motorsports, the Long Island driver reached the goal that he has strived for over his entire driving career. He joined the list of drivers to win a race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Garrett Hall picked up his first ever touring series victory in the Pro All-Stars Series’ return to the high banks of Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway. Afterwards, Hall spoke with Speed51 TV to recap his big win.
Uncustomary rain showers kept track workers busy at the beloved 3/8-mile short track as the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series visited for the Blackjack 121, and the race was called at the 62-lap mark with all-time series winner Derek Thorn earning the rain-shortened victory. Thorn, who led the series’ 125-lap feature at The Bullring in November through 50 laps before having car trouble, won for the seventh time at the track and secured his 25th career SPEARS Southwest Tour Series win.
George Brunnhoelzl III captured the checkered flag for the second straight NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race on Saturday night. Afterwards the four-time NWSMT champion recapped his day at South Boston to our Speed51 TV cameras.
Eighteen cars started the first of the two 75-lap features for the late models. Cody Haskins in the No. 2 started alongside two-time feature winner Chase Purdy in the Hawk-McCall Motorsports No. 41 in the front row. Haskins grabbed the top spot and started to pull away early as Purdy and two-time winner Trey Gibson swapped second back and forth a couple of times before Purdy took over and settled in.
Josh Williams chalked up his career first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory Saturday night at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, driving away from the pack to win the Music City 200.Williams, in the No. 6 Musselman’s Apple Sauce Chevrolet, gambled on pit strategy, taking four fresh tires under caution on lap 84 when several of the front-runners took only two. Those that opted for the two tire stop were hoping for a late-race caution…a caution that never came. Williams passed rookie Brady Boswell on lap 158 for the lead, and drove away from the field over the final 43 laps.
Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, TN is now 2 for 2 to open the 2016 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series season after taking his second straight win on Saturday night in a wild 50-lap main event that saw eight lead changes at I-75 Raceway. Hedgecock got a break with a late-race caution to take the lead on the restart and lead the last three laps of the race.
The start of Saturday’s North/South Super Late Model challenge in Nashville was wild, and now you can take a ride with Kenzie Ruston to see what it was like first-hand.
Ryan Partridge got his second win in as many starts in this year’s Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by LoanMart by taking the checkered flag in the GEICO Arizona Shootout at Tucson Speedway early Sunday morning.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount