Whether it was on dirt or on pavement, Short Track Racing was in full force throughout North America this past weekend. From a big payday in Super Late Model racing to emotional wins seemingly all over the country, Speed51.com had it covered.
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.
Tayler Riddle lost last year’s Summer Showdown by running too hard and not having enough tire underneath him at the end. In the 2016 edition, Riddle found redemption, blasting out of nowhere in the final 20 laps and taking advantage when Preston Peltier stumbled to claim the $25,000 check at Evergreen Speedway (WA).
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The Allen Turner Pro Late Models ran Twin 50s Friday night at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Stealing the show was Jeff Choquette who won both features in dominating fashion, managing to lead all 100 laps over persistent young guns like Casey Roderick and Cole Anderson.
Choquette’s success, however, was laced with controversy, particularly due to his preeminence on the restarts. (Watch the highlights here)
Riverhead Raceway (NY) has earned a reputation for being one of the most daunting tracks on the NASCAR Whelen Modifed Tour due to its tight quarters and hard competition. Over the years drivers of the “Long Island Brigade” that competed at Riverhead one time or another have been favorites to win.
Saturday night, Timmy Solomito became the latest Long Island son to add his name to the list of winners in Whelen Modified Tour competition at Riverhead. Solomito led early but then fell back a few positions, eventually retaking second and setting out in pursuit of three-time and defending champion Doug Coby.
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For the final time at Columbus Motor Speedway, Brian Campbell goes to victory lane in honor of a great friend and a great driver, Bud St. Amant. Campbell has a great history with the track in the middle of the Buckeye State. Of the four previous ARCA/CRA Super Series events to take place at the flat 3/8th mile, Campbell has claimed victory in half of those.
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Ty Majeski can now add another item to his ever growing racing resume, a win at a track larger than one mile. He accomplished that goal in the first hour of Sunday morning at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.
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A Saturday full of ups and downs for local driver Jay Jay Day ended on the highest of highs as he went from dropping out of his first ever Pro Late Model start during pace laps, to going from last to first to win his first official start in the division.
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Joe Squeglia Jr. took the lead late and held on to win the PASS North feature at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway. For more information from Friday’s race, visit our Speed Central coverage. Highlights from Friday’s race will be available soon on the Speed51 Network.
Stewart Friesen battled to a wild first win of the season Sunday night as the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds took on Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway.
Friesen, who took the lead on the initial start from pole-sitter Max McLaughlin, was able to capture the Mel Valade Backhoe Service 100 lapper, but not without a hard fight by fourth place starter, Matt Sheppard.
Ted Christopher scored two victories for two legends synonymous with Northeast Modified racing Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway. Christopher of Plainville, Connecticut opened the night by winning the 44-lap SK Modified feature in memory of legendary car owner Mario Fiore who passed way earlier this week. He completed the sweep later in the night by winning the 80-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature, his first win in the No. 00 since the passing of legendary car owner Joe Brady.
Two years ago Speed51.com caught up with Matt Craig, son of JCR3 team principle Jeff Craig and grandson of team founder Jimmy Craig. The team had a reputation of winning with many drivers in the Pro Cup & Super Late Model ranks. Matt at the age of 15 had no reputation and a big seat to fill. Hear what Craig had to say on the Speed51 Network here.
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-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount