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Top 10: Short Track Racing Stories from the Weekend

August 13, 2018 • App, Archives, Other News, Region - National, Ticker

The Sprint Cars took center stage this weekend with their biggest event of the year, the 58th Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville, Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway. But that wasn’t the only big event and big story of the weekend. Get caught up with our top 10 stories from another hot weekend in Short Track Racing.

 

1. Close and Thrilling Finish Caps Off 58th Knoxville Nationals

Brad Sweet forever etched his name in the history books, edging 10-time Knoxville Nationals Champion Donny Schatz by 0.133 seconds in the second-closest finish in the 58-year history of the event. A green-white-checkered finish brought the sellout crowd to their feet with Sweet remaining loyal to the bottom and Schatz pounding the cushion. As the NAPA Auto Parts, Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 crossed the line in front of Schatz, the city of Knoxville erupted with positive emotion in celebration of a new winner.

 

2. Crazy PASS Race at SoBo Locks Pollard Into Oxford 250

On Tuesday, Bubba Pollard confirmed he would make the trip to Oxford, Maine for the 45th Annual Oxford 250. On Saturday night at South Boston Speedway (VA), he spun and won the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model Series 150-lap feature to lock his spot in the Oxford field.

 

3. Weiss Makes First Lucas Oil Dirt Victory One to Remember

Ricky Weiss scored the biggest win of his racing career on Saturday night capturing the Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 presented by Lucas Oil at Florence Speedway.

 

4. Pennsylvania Driver Defends Home Turf in Big Late Model Race

In front of a packed house and eager fans watching on Speed51’s Summer Thunder broadcast, the inaugural Motor Mountain Masters was held Saturday night at Jennerstown Speedway.  At the end of the night, one of the all-time best at the “Big J”, Barry Awtey defended his home turn and took home the $6,000 prize, adding to his already legendary list of accomplishments.

 

Corey Heim scored his first and second LMSC victories on Saturday at SoBo. (Speed51.com photo)

5. Rookie Upsets Legends in SoBo LMSC Doubleheader

Before Saturday night at South Boston Speedway (VA), Corey Heim had not raced a Late Model Stock Car. Now, he is a two-time winner at one of the discipline’s most historic and competitive tracks.

 

6. Michigan Driver Continues His Dominance at Berlin Raceway

Brian Campbell continued his dominance at Berlin Raceway (MI) on Saturday night.  In yet another dominating performance, Campbell secured his third JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour victory of the season.

 

7. Maine Driver is Top Cat Up North at Scotia Speedworld

Cassius Clark (Farmington, ME) picked up his fourth Toromont Cat 250 victory Saturday night at Scotia Speedworld, becoming the most decorated driver in the race’s 19-year history. In addition to winning over $14,000, Clark also takes home the coveted Scott Fraser Memorial Cup. 

 

Derek Thorn capitalized on another’s misfortune in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Evergreen. (NASCAR photo)

8. Augie Takes the Best Car to Montgomery Victory Lane

When Augie Grill scored his first Show Me the Money Series victory of the season with a last-lap pass back in June, he admitted that it was luck— not his Late Model— that won him the race.

 

9. PASS North Completes Final Challenge Before Oxford 250

DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire raced to his second Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model victory of the season Saturday night in the Creative Counters 151 at Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire.

 

10. One Derek’s Stumble is Another Derek’s Chance at Evergreen

Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good.

 

Derek Thorn was both those things on Saturday night in the NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at Evergreen Speedway, as he earned his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory of the season and seventh of his career.

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