Photo finishes, big money races, and even some controversy. You name it and it happened during what was a wild weekend of short track racing around the country. If you missed any of it, just keep reading and we’ll get you caught up.
For the first time since 1983, the Oxford 250 trophy and winner’s check are headed south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Bubba Pollard of Senoia, Georgia took the lead from Travis Benjamin for the final time on lap 219 and survived multiple restarts late to win the 45th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).
Earl Pearson Jr. added the Inaugural Dirt Million at the Mansfield Motor Speedway to his impressive list of career victories. His late-race pass around Bobby Pierce allowed him to take home the $202,993.50 first-place prize.
Making his 26th career start with the series on Saturday night at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA), Plott rode the ups and downs of a full moon night to score his first career series victory.
Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 Big Tine Ford) nudged two drivers out of the way on the final two green flag lap to score his first career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards win in the Primera Plastics 200 at Berlin Raceway. Graf edged Zane Smith (No. 41 LaPaz Margarita Miz/ICON Vehicle Dynamics Toyota) at the finish by 0.041 seconds, about three feet.
Showing the sprint car world a Tony Stewart of old on Sunday evening in Central Pennsylvania, Smoke helped his Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 close out their four-race trek through Pennsylvania Posse Country by earning a victory at BAPS Motor Speedway, ultimately leading a dominant All Star roster that placed seven competitors inside the top-ten, Smoke included, two of which on top of the feature podium. For Stewart, the $5,000 victory was his first with the traveling All Stars since winning at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway over one year ago, bumping his career total to three during All Star competition.
Dalton Zehr became the fifth different winner of the 2018 ARCA Midwest Tour season on Saturday night as he won a wild Wayne Carter Classic at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Illinois. Zehr held off a late charge from Jonathan Eilen to get his first victory of the season and third overall on the tour.
Saturday’s CARS Response Energy Late Model Stock Tour event at Wake County Speedway (NC) may have been contested at the series’ smallest track, but it produced a huge first-time win for a rookie driver.
Eddie MacDonald kicked off his double-duty weekend in style Saturday night by winning the American-Canadian Tour 150 on “The Night Before the Oxford 250.” MacDonald took the lead from polesitter Evan Hallstrom on Lap 52 and survived multiple restarts to complete a season sweep of ACT races at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).
Going into Friday night’s 100-lap season championship feature at Kalamazoo Speedway, the four big Outlaw Super Late Models races had been split by Jeff Ganus and Tyler Roahrig. Ganus won the Intimidator 100 and the Lane 75 on the same night in May, while Roahrig won the Firecracker 75 in July and his second straight Kalamazoo Klash earlier this month. So it was no surprise that the season championship feature came down to a battle between the “Constantine Comet” and “Rocket”.
Derek Kraus scored the biggest victory of his young career with a win over his Bill McAnally Racing teammate, Cole Rouse, as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series made its inaugural visit to Gateway Motorsports Park on Friday for an East-West combination race.