The Short Track Racing world had quite a few big races, including one of the biggest Super Late Model races in the country, and that led to some big stories.
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.
For years Oxford Plains Speedway has been one of one of the greatest obstacles of Wayne Helliwell Jr.’s racing career. Between crashes, mechanical failures and late-race struggles, the Dover, New Hampshire considered the track to be his kryptonite over the last decade. That all changed Sunday night when strategy, steady pit stops and a final charge to the front all culminated with Helliwell winning the 43rdannual Oxford 250.
For expanded coverage, check out our Speed Central from Sunday, here.
To hear from Helliwell, watch his interview on the Speed51 Network here.
Raphael Lessard may be a French-speaking Canadian, but he’s certainly making his mark in American auto racing. The personable Lessard had never seen Concord Speedway in North Carolina until this weekend, but it didn’t matter. The 15 year-old took the lead from Quin Houff at the quarter-mark of the Lead2 Group 100 and went on to dominate the remainder of the event. Lessard scored his second CARS Tour Super Late Model win of the season for David Gilliland Racing.
To see Saturday’s Trackside Now coverage from Concord, click here.
To hear from Lessard, watch his interview on the Speed51 Network, here.
The 28-year-old from Holtsville, New York, held off the charge of brothers Timmy and Shawn Solomito to score the victory in the Riverhead 200 at Long Island’s Riverhead Raceway. It was a night of milestones for Bonsignore, who earned his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in his 100th career start.
Check out our Race Central Live coverage from Saturday at Riverhead on NASCAR Home Tracks by clicking here.
For the second night in a row Scott Bloomquist led every lap of a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event, winning Saturday night’s Whiskey City 60 at Lawrenceburg Speedway. His win at Lawrenceburg was his 12th series win of the season as he continues to stand atop the championship standings.
Colchester, VT’s Scott Payea emerged as the victor in a heavyweight thriller at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, August 27, beating out Eddie MacDonald, Dillon Moltz, and Brad Babb for his third American-Canadian Tour (ACT) win of the season in the Dave’s Small Engines/Ferris Mowers 100.
For more from Saturday’s ACT race at Oxford, check out our Speed Central coverage here.
Partridge, 28-years-old from Rancho Cucamonga, California, battled to stay in the top-three for 113 laps, falling as low as third to Bill McAnally Racing teammates Todd Gilliland and Chris Eggleston. It was on the next lap, that the course of the race changed and propelled Partridge to the top of the board.
The Super Late Model field present Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) was modest in size but not in talent. Brad May led 13 other stout competitors around the track from green to checkers, adding a fresh new name to the list of winners in the prestigious Clyde Hart Memorial.
Telling Josh Berry that winning the CARS Tour Late Model Stock title is out of his reach might be a bad idea. One race after missing his first CARS race of 2016 to run for JR Motorsports at Iowa Speedway, Berry bounced back to score the win Saturday at Concord Speedway (NC).
Check out our Trackside Now coverage from Saturday at Concord here.
After starting 10th in a 16-car field, Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, took the lead on lap-63, received pressure from Jon McKennedy, of E.Chelmsford, MA, and Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, for a period, then went on to score his third Valenti Modified Racing Series win of the season, Saturday night, August 27, at Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford Maine.
Check out our Speed Central coverage from Saturday here.
Nineteen Super Late Model cars entered the Citrus County Speedway (FL) garages on Saturday night for the first time since the racetrack reopened its gates earlier this year. But they weren’t alone, each class from Street Stocks, to Florida Modifieds, and Pro Trucks were full fields reminiscent of the strength of the Florida short track scene from the late 90’s.
For more from Citrus County, check out Saturday night’s Trackside Now coverage here.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount