Unlike last weekend, this weekend featured beautiful weather across much of the country, which allowed for race tracks throughout the country to break the ice and get back to racing.
To get you caught up on the biggest stories that took place, Speed51.com presents you with a list of top 10 stories from the weekend.
After a slow start to 2018, Bubba Pollard turned the page with a win in the CARS Response Energy Super Late Model Tour’s Mid Atlantic Classic at Orange County Speedway (NC). Between incidents and mishaps, Pollard recorded several poor finishes in 2018, often while contending for the win. On Saturday night, Pollard instead avoided chaos around him and picked up a $10,000 paycheck.
Montgomery Motor Speedway officials slapped handcuffs on Casey Roderick Saturday night following the Show Me the Money Series “Disturbing the Peace” 100 feature. Roderick was “arrested” for disturbing the peace with a hard-fought victory, and was promptly cuffed to his trophy in the winner’s circle.
Another driver added his name to the list of first-time winners in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards on Sunday. This time, it was Christian Eckes’ turn as he held off Chandler Smith over the final 20 laps to pick up his first career ARCA victory in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway (IN).
‘Thugg Nasty’ Logan Roberson was not to be denied in the Sweeney Chevrolet GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance contest at Potomac Speedway (MD) on Friday.
Curtis Gerry of Waterboro continued to shine when the money is on the line, claiming victory in the Honey Badger 150 Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race Sunday afternoon at Oxford Plains Speedway. It was the third straight PASS Super Late Model win for Gerry at Oxford Plains Speedway, a streak that began at the 44th Annual Oxford 250 last August.
The track was different and the state was different, but the story of the second FUEL Racing Series was the same as the first. Ben Watkins dominated the feature, leading all 40 laps en route to his second straight victory to open the season.
Deac McCaskill had his eyes on the prize this past weekend for the CARS Tour Mid-Atlantic Classic at Orange County Speedway (NC). The Late Model Stock Car veteran out-dueled a stout field to pick up the win in front of a hometown crowd.
The Modified Racing Series went to New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway for the second race of the season. Defending series champion, Anthony Nocella, went to victory lane. Get all the details on the event in our Speed Central coverage.
The “House of Hook” at Whynot Motorsports Park lived up to its name on Saturday evening for the finale of the Queen City Shootout. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series’ 50 lap feature event saw multiple lanes of hooked-up racing. When the checkered flag waved for the final time of the evening, it was Billy Moyer Jr. who was the best of the field claiming his first World of Outlaws win of the 2018 season and third all-time Series win.
Whether it’s in a Modified or a Late Model, when Zane Zeiner shows up at a major event in the Northeast he is always considered one of the drivers to beat. On this particular Sunday afternoon, a lot had to come together so that the Bath, Pennsylvania could merely be in attendance.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount