The Short Track Racing world world was busy this past weekend with prestigious events in nearly every region. This weekend saw some exciting racing all over the country and some surprise winners 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.

 

1. The Underdog Fights Off the Champion at Martinsville

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway is the biggest race of the year for Late Model Stock Cars.  It attracts

Mike Looney overcome with emotion after Martinsville win. (Speed51.com photo)

Mike Looney overcome with emotion after Martinsville win. (Speed51.com photo)

the biggest names and the biggest crowds and it has one of the biggest trophies in the famous grandfather clock.

But in 2016 it wasn’t won by a big name.  It was won by an underdog.  It wasn’t won by a NASCAR national champion.  It was won by a driver with two wins at his local race track.  It wasn’t won by Lee Pulliam or Tommy Lemons Jr.  It was won by 38-year-old Mike Looney.

For an on-demand replay of our Trackside Now coverage presented by PFC Brakes and Centroid Machines, click here.

 

2. Bittersweet Win for Bonsignore; Fourth Title for Coby at Thompson

Justin Bonsignore did nearly everything he could do on Sunday, but unfortunately for him it wasn’t enough.  The driver from Holtsville, N.Y. won the battle at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s (CT) World Series, however, it was Doug Coby winning the war and clinching his third straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

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3. Pitkat Riles Up Thompson Crowd After Contact With Masse

Pitkat (52) and Masse battle for the win at Thompson. (Speed51.com/Rick Ibsen photo)

Pitkat (52) and Masse battle for the win at Thompson. (Speed51.com/Rick Ibsen photo)

Fans at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) were already riled up prior to the Valenti Modified Racing Series 50-lap feature on Saturday night.  Woody Pitkat got them even more riled up after making contact with Steve Masse on a late restart and parking his No. 52 in Sunoco World Series Victory Lane.

For an on-demand replay of Saturday’s Trackside now coverage presented by JRI Shocks and PFC Brakes, click here.

 

4. Sheppard Sensational in Dirt Track World Championship

Brandon Sheppard charged from the 21st starting position to win his second career Dirt Track World Championship Race at Portsmouth Raceway Park on Saturday night. Sheppard earned a career-best $100,000 as he drove the Eric Brock-owned Best Performance Motorsports Team/Rocket Chassis to the victory.

 

5. Therrien, Moltz Clash on Final Lap of ACT Finale at Thompson

The final round of the 2016 American-Canadian Tour season had fireworks during and after the race Saturday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT). Bobby Therrien and Dillon Moltz clashed for the win on the final lap of the 75-lap Sunoco World Series feature when Therrien delivered a bump and run that netted him the victory.

For an on-demand replay of Saturday’s Trackside now coverage presented by JRI Shocks and PFC Brakes, click here.

 

6. Gilliland Clinches K&N West Championship; Makes Even More History

Todd Gilliland started the season with a historic winning streak. Wrapping it up Saturday night, an eighth-place finish was more than enough for the teenager to add to the record books.

Gilliland and team celebrate their championship. (Sal Sigala Jr. photo)

Gilliland and team celebrate their championship. (Sal Sigala Jr. photo)

The 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, clinched the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship with his 13th top 10 in 14 races. Ryan Partridge outlasted defending series champion Chris Eggleston and NASCAR Next driver Julia Landauer in a green-white-checkered finish to the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies at All American Speedway.

 

7. The ‘Fire Starter’ Makes a DIRTcar Clean Sweep North of the Border

Erick Rudolph made a clean sweep during Brockville Ontario Speedway’s Fall Nationals as he picked up Friday nights DIRTcar Small Block Modified feature and Saturday nights Super DIRTcar Series feature, both in his No. 62 Small Block Modified.

 

8. Luce Storms Forward for Oxford Win; Shaw PASS North Champ

Glen Luce of Turner earned a trip to victory lane the hard way, driving from 29th starting position to victory lane Saturday on Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model Championship Day at Oxford Plains Speedway.

For expanded coverage from Oxford, check out our Speed Central coverage here.

 

S 51 TV Network red9. Briscoe Caps Off Championship Season With Exclamation Point

Chase Briscoe ended the season with an exclamation point, winning the Kansas 150 Friday night at Kansas Speedway and the 2016 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards national championship, all in his rookie year on the job.

 

10. Trackside Now: Defebo Wins Shortened King of the Green at Evergreen

Brian Defebo picked up the win in an abbreviated King of the Green Modified race at Pennsylvania’s Evergreen Raceway.

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

TOP 10: Short Track Racing Stories From the Weekend