Big race season is officially in full-swing and it was kicked off with the highest paying Late Model race in North America at the Jukasa Motor Speedway. But a $50,000 race wasn’t the only big event that took place this weekend. We have all of the biggest stories from the weekend right here.
Bubba Pollard can win anywhere in 2018. Even outside of the United States. Pollard took the lead from Raphael Lessard on lap 144 of the 200-lap Pro Late Model feature at the Canadian Short Track Nationals, scoring the victory at Jukasa Motor Speedway (ON).
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Johnny Sauter made the most of his off-weekend by returning to his home state and winning the ARCA Midwest Tour race at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Saturday night.
Roderick dominated Sunday’s Alabama 200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway, racking up a second consecutive black bear trophy. Roderick’s recent resurgence is due in large part to dusting off the 13-year-old chassis nicknamed, “Moneymaker” that built Ronnie Sanders Racing into the nation’s premier Pro Late Model program.
Matt Hirschman has been one of the most dominant Modified drivers in the country during the last few years, winning with the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series, Tri-Track Open Modified Series, and other open shows across the Northeast. He has also amassed a number of top-five finishes racing with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour while running on a part-time basis. But one thing “Big Money” hadn’t been able to do in recent years is park his No. 60 in victory lane against the stars from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Saturday night, at a track that he has had so much success at, his nine-year winless drought finally came to an end.
Logan Seavey (No. 20 Craftsman Toyota) took the lead on lap 66 and withstood four late-race restarts to claim his first career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory in Monday’s General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Seavey’s win was the 50th for the Venturini Motorsports team dating back to team owner Bill Venturini’s first series win at Flat Rock Speedway in 1984.
Nineteen year old Ryan Messer drove to the biggest victory of his racing career in the 18th Annual McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250 on Sunday evening at Speedway 660. Messer, of Harvey, New Brunswick, took the lead for the final time on Lap 234 from Steve Halpin (Saint John, NB) and led a total of 17 laps en route to his first 250-victory in just his sophomore Pro Stock season.
For the second straight day, it appeared that there was going to be a first-time winner in a premier Champion Racing Association (CRA) Late Model Series at Winchester Speedway. Kyle Crump led from the start of the ARCA/CRA Super Series race on Monday, having had a three second lead at one point and holding off repeated challenges from Jeff Fultz in the late stages. Unfortunately for Crump, it was not meant to be after being forced to pull off after the final restart with 10 laps to go with a flat right front tire.
Hometown racer Jason Corliss proved once again that he’s the man to beat in big Thunder Road events by taking the Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) on Sunday, September 2. Corliss grabbed the lead from polesitter Cody Blake just before the halfway point and never looked back on his way to a $5,000 payday in the Summer Showdown Series finale.
It appeared that defending JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion Jack Dossey III was on his way to his first-ever series victory Saturday evening at Winchester Speedway. He had taken the lead on lap 26 and had stretched his lead to nearly six seconds. But it was not meant to be, as his night ended on the hook after collecting the turn two wall on lap 71.
After dominating most of the 100-lap APC United Late Model Series feature at the Jukasa Motor Speedway, Brandon Watson suddenly found himself having to fight off JR Fitzpatrick during a five-lap dash for the win. With a lead of more than three seconds at times during the race, the thought was Watson would drive off into the distance and take the win. However, that was easier said than done.