Whether it was on dirt or on pavement, Short Track Racing was in full force throughout North America this past weekend.  From a wild night at Bowman Gray to the high banks of Salem Speedway to the dirt at “The Mag,” Speed51.com has all the stories you could ever want to read from this weekend.


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.


1.Wild Night at the Madhouse Ends with Modified Driver in Handcuffs

North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium is known as the ‘Madhouse’ for a reason.  On Saturday night, under a full moon, the Madhouse lived up to its nickname.  In the second race of a twin feature for the Modifieds, Joe Ryan Osborne and James Civali got into each other on the race track.  The contact led to Civali going for a spin on the race track, and eventually Osborne leaving the race track in the back of a Winston-Salem police car in handcuffs.


Noah Gragson grabbed his first K&N East checkered flag on Friday. (Speed51.com/Rick Ibsen photo)

Noah Gragson grabbed his first K&N East checkered flag on Friday. (Speed51.com/Rick Ibsen photo)

2. Gragson Goes Three-wide at Stafford for First East Win

The return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East to Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) lived up to all the hype by the time the checkered flag waved Friday night.  Noah Gragson of Las Vegas, Nevada scored his first series victory by going third to first on a thrilling green-white-checkered restart.

3. Speed Central: Newton Inherits PASS Win at Anderson


Friday’s PASS South race at South Carolina’s Anderson Speedway saw a wild and controversial finish between Matt Craig and Dalton Sargeant.  For a full day’s recap, visit our Speed Central coverage.  To see the video of what took place, click here to visit the Speed51 Network: http://speed51.com/racing-videos/


4. Full Moon Freakiness at Salem Can’t Deter Coughlin

Cody Coughlin was just a few hundred feet shy of the white flag when a lapped car just ahead of had a rear tire come clean off the race car to bring out the caution flag.  After two more restarts and a lengthy red flag, Coughlin finally took the checkered flag at Indiana’s Salem Speedway in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 100.

It was just that kind of night in Indiana.  A full moon night at a short track where wild things happen.

For an on-demand recap of Saturday’s Trackside Now coverage, click here: http://speed51.com/tn-jegs-cra-all-stars-tour-salem-in/


Cole Anderson celebrates his first Southern Super Series victory. (Speed51.com photo)

Cole Anderson celebrates his first Southern Super Series victory. (Speed51.com photo)

5. Anderson KO’s Competition in Rumble at Montgomery

Cole Anderson tackled the Rumble By The River 125 at Montgomery Motor Speedway as if he were a prize fighter chasing a title belt. He bided his time, felt out his opponents, picked the perfect opportunity to attack and never relented until the final bell sounded.

Trackside Now coverage can be found by clicking here. Video highlights of the wild race can be seen now on the Speed51 Network.


6. Shaw Spins, Davis Wins at Claremont

Check out our Speed Central coverage of a wild Granite State Pro Stock Series race in Claremont, New Hampshire that saw a fantastic battle between DJ Shaw, Derek Griffith and Jeremy Davis.


Dilbeck celebrates his first Super Late Model victory. (Speed51.com photo)

Dilbeck celebrates his first Super Late Model victory. (Speed51.com photo)

7. Dilbeck Dominant at Hickory

Chris Dilbeck led over 120 laps in a dominating performance to win Saturday night’s Over The Mountain 150 for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models at Hickory Motor Speedway. The victory marks the first career PASS South Super Late Model win for the Georgia native.

To see our Speed Central coverage from Saturday, click here.


8. Cansdale Gets Out the Broom, Makes it an Irwindale Sweep

Ryan Cansdale continued his early season hot streak with a convincing win in the 51 Fifty Energy Drink 100 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series event at Irwindale Speedway (CA) Saturday night. The Laguna Beach, California driver led the final 45 laps and held off series veteran Dan Holtz by 1.10 seconds to score his second victory of the season, at his home track, to vault him to the championship lead over two-time series champion Derek Thorn.

For an on-demand replay of our Trackside Now coverage, click here.


pfc-anim19. Lanigan Goes Back to Victory Lane at “The Mag”

Darrell Lanigan came from the sixth starting spot to win his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the year on Saturday Night at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Lanigan passed race leader Jimmy Owens with 12 laps to go for his second career LOLMDS victory.


10. Nocella, McKennedy Split at Oxford

Anthony Nocella and Jon McKennedy split the twin-50 features for the Valenti Modified Racing Series at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway.


-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

Top 10: Short Track Racing Stories From the Weekend