It was another busy weekend of short track racing action in all four corners of the country this past weekend. We understand that between attending races and enjoying the summer weather that you may have missed a few stories from those races throughout the weekend. That’s why we have put together a list of the top-10 stories from the past weekend, so that you can catch up on the biggest short track racing stories from the weekend of July 31 – August 2.
Anthony Nocella picked up his second career Modified Racing Series win on Saturday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, but he wasn’t the first driver to finish line or even the initial winner of the event. Nocella inherited the win after Woody Pitkat was penalized by series officials for making contact with Richard Savary on the last lap of the second twin 50-lap feature.
Only on Speed51.com powered by JEGS can you find the full story including quotes from Nocella, Pitkat and series president Jack Bateman.
Danny Bohn had a weekend that he will never forget this past weekend at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC). The New Jersey driver scored a win in race #2 of twin Modified features at the “Madhouse” on Friday night before coming out on top of a few intense battles to win the Strutmasters 199 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at Bowman Gray on Saturday.
51 has the story on both races, as well as a one-on-one interview with Bohn now up on the 51 Network.
Making his historic 2015 season even better, Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., led the final 88 laps of Saturday’s 28th annual USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway to score a $50,000 victory in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series crown jewel event.
Davenport, whose stellar 2015 campaign already included a $100,000 payday at Eldora Speedway’s Dirt Late Model Dream and a $26,000 Prairie Dirt Classic triumph at Fairbury American Legion Speedway just one week ago, overtook Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., on lap 23 of Saturday’s 100-lap race and pulled away from Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark.
If Josh Berry and his JR Motorsports team would have raced the whole CARS Tour season there’s a good chance they’d be contending for the championship along with Brayton Haws and Myatt Snider. Berry and his team dominated the Late Model Stock portion of the Summertime Showdown 250 at Orange County Speedway (NC) to score a second straight win.
Brandon Setzer dominated the Super Late Model portion of the CARS Tour double to score his first series win. Read more about his win by clicking here.
Bryan Kruczek waited five years to carry his first Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North checkered flag. With the monkey off of his back, he only had to wait three more months to score his second career win on the competitive Super Late Model touring series.
Kruczek of Newmarket, New Hampshire, took the lead from Mike Hopkins following a lap 90 restart and pulled away from the rest of the 36-car field to win Sunday’s H.P. Hood 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway.
When Brandon McReynolds won at Iowa Speedway in May, it took everybody, including McReynolds, a little by surprise. McReynolds had been a highly touted prospect since his Late Model Stock days, but a disappointing first season and a half in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season had some questioning if McReynolds had a future at NASCAR’s top levels. That May victory wound up at times feeling more like a prolonged apology than a coming-out party.
No such sentiment remained Friday night, when McReynolds dominated from start to finish to sweep the Iowa Speedway K&N Pro Series combination events for the season.
Mechanical problems and bad luck have plagued the 2015 season according to Lee Pulliam. The Late Model Stock ace came into the weekend with 15 wins in a year that could have produced several more.
However he was not to be denied on Saturday night as he swept both 75-lap events at South Boston Speedway (VA) to continue his progress towards a track title, a state title and, if all goes well, another national title.
A searing 90 degree heat greeted fans and competitors at Wall Stadium Speedway (NJ) Saturday evening for the appropriately named “Summer Scorcher,” a $5,000 to win 125-lap show for the Modified division. The race brought out some of the biggest names in New Jersey Modified racing, but at night’s end it was a relatively new face in victory lane.
Trevor Alspach of Williamsboro, New Jersey beat out Jimmy Blewett, one of the most familiar names in Northeast Modified racing, to score one of the biggest wins of his career.
Dale Blaney earned his tenth UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions main event victory of the 2015 season on Saturday night, August 1, during the “Open Wheel Championship” at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio. It was a fourth consecutive UNOH All Star victory for the GoMuddy.com, Big Game Treestands, CH Motorsports, #1 operation, with Blaney now increasing his career win total to 125 with the series. Blaney earned $10,000 for his “Open Wheel Championship” finale win on Saturday night; valuing his weekend win total to $15,000 thus far. “The Low Rider” opened the UNOH All Star weekend with an “Open Wheel Championship” preliminary victory at Atomic Speedway on Friday night, July 31.
Derek Griffith becomes the only driver to win four races in one season, after the Hudson, NH driver picked up the victory at White Mountain Motorsports Park.
Dillon Moltz jumped ahead of the field on the drop of the green flag until lap 11, when Mike Parks caught the berm of the new pavement, screeching to a halt before touching the front stretch wall. Moltz would see Griffith alongside his door on the restart, but won the battle, retaining the lead. Griffith stayed within striking distance, and took the lead on lap 44.