Mother Nature washed out a few big events, but there was still plenty of action and big storylines that came out of this weekend. A year-old feud reignited on Saturday at North Carolina’s Orange County Speedway, and that leads off our Top 10 for this week.
The fastest car doesn’t always win the race. That’s a fact in racing, especially on short tracks. Sometimes things happen that takes the fastest car out of contention. On Saturday night at North Carolina’s Orange County Speedway, Steve Wallace had the fastest car in the 150-lap Super Late Model race, but he wasn’t the one celebrating in victory lane. Instead, he was left fuming after a third-place run while Kyle Plott celebrated his second career win.
Saturday was a historic day in Florida Super Late Model racing as veteran racer Wayne Anderson won the second edition of the Full Throttle 100 at Citrus County Speedway, collected a $10,000 check and subsequently retired from Late Model racing.
While the prestigious race has always been a significant event on the short track schedule, the 53rdedition had added significance, as the race was run in remembrance of longtime track owner Bob Webber, Sr. who passed away in January. At the end of the night, it was only fitting that Jon McKennedy, a driver who “Big Bob” took under his wings, stood in victory lane.
The CARS Response Energy Tour made a major announcement on Friday evening, when they posted on Facebook introducing the Old North State Nationals, a $30,000-to-win feature for the CARS Late Model Stock Tour at Orange County Speedway (NC) for 2019.
Justin Bonsignore just continues to pull away in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship race. The Holtsville, New York, driver found himself carrying the checkered flag for the seventh time this season on Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway.
Fifteen-year-old Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. claimed his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series win in the most unthinkable way Saturday night at Star Speedway. The local favorite from Candia, New Hampshire rebounded from a ride deep into the turn two woods to win the Nocella Paving 100.
7. Mother Nature Impacts Two Major Events
The win was a big one for the 18-year-old driver from Bakersfield, but it did not come easily. Shepherd had to fight of a strong effort from Madera Speedway’s (CA) winningest driver Matt Erickson, who appeared to wrestle the lead from Shepherd late in the race. A lap 137 caution, however, nullified the pass and set up a late race six-lap dash to the finish.
Defending champion Josh Berry claimed his 14th career CARS Response Energy Late Model Stock Tour victory Saturday night, holding off Deac McCaskill for the win at Orange County Speedway (NC).
Ryan Robbins of Dixfield drove to his second Super Late Model victory of the season, while Gabe Brown of Center Conway, New Hampshire earned his first stock car racing championship atop the Budweiser Championship Series racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway Saturday night.