Whether it was on dirt or on pavement, Short Track Racing was in full force this past weekend throughout North America. From the ACT Late Models battling around Thunder Road to the #LetsRaceTwo event for Sprint Cars and Midgets at Eldora Speedway (OH), the action on the short tracks was intense.
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.
Veteran racer Dave Blaney was injured in a crash Friday night during qualifying for a World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series race at Eldora Speedway (OH). The crash occurred during time trials at the Rossburg, Ohio dirt track and sources at the track told Speed51.com that Blaney flipped several times before coming to a stop on the race track.
Ty Majeski and his crew chief Toby Nuttleman proved one thing on Saturday at the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series opener at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. They proved that you don’t need always need the newest equipment in order to make it to victory lane.
Full race highlights will soon be available on the Speed51 Network.
Outlaw Super Late Model racer Jeff Ganus was injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday morning near Bristol, Michigan.
According to WNDU.com, Ganus was traveling on his motorcycle with a group of friends when a deer jumped out in the road in front of the group. 41-year-old Chris Rugg hit the deer and set off a chain reaction that led to Ganus crashing into Rugg. Four people were involved in the accident and all were taken to nearby hospitals.
A familiar face showed up in victory lane Saturday night at Anderson Speedway in Indiana. Cody Coughlin drove his Toyota Camry to a second straight ARCA/CRA Super Series victory.
A video recap of the race, including a one-on-one interview with Coughlin can be seen now on the Speed51 Network. Full highlights will be available soon.
One year ago, Raphael Lessard was circling the short tracks of the Northeast with the simple goal of gaining experience and staying out of harm’s way. On Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC), the “birthplace of NASCAR stars,” the 14-year-old native of Quebec lived out a dream as a CARS Tour Super Late Model winner.
To see the video recap, including a one-on-one interview with Lessard check out the Speed51 Network: http://speed51.com/racing-videos/
The CARS Tour rolled into Hickory Motor Speedway Saturday evening and the local heroes had the upper hand from the drop of the first green flag. Leading the cast of characters was 2014 track champion Josh Berry. The Tennessee native knew what it would take to win at Hickory, but he didn’t know that he would end up doing it with pieces missing from his race car.
You can watch 51’s one-on-one interview with Berry now on the Speed51 Network.
Barre, Vermont’s own Nick Sweet nailed down the American-Canadian Tour win at his home track of Thunder Road (VT) Sunday afternoon. Sweet took the lead for the final time on lap 146 and pulled away on a late-race restart to win the Merchants Bank 150.
It took nearly seven days to run the full 200-lap distance in the Modified opener at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC), but the “Madhouse” lived up to its expectations.
The driver who ended up celebrating in victory lane was not the one officially credited with the win. 51 will have more on that story soon.
Ryan Partridge put an end to Todd Gilliland’s three-race win streak in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series WestSaturday night at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway.
The 27-year-old from Rancho Cucamonga, California, held off a charging Gilliland on the Green-White-Checkered attempt to cruise to his second series victory after leading 127 laps.
Saturday night’s Triple 25s at Mahoning Valley Speedway featured a little bit of everything for the ground-pounding Modified fans. A variety of faces took their turn at the front, and navigating the way there for many was at a premium with the short distance of the three races.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51