It was a good weekend to be named “Tyler” if you were a short track racer. Don’t believe us? Read through our Top 10 Stories from this weekend and you’ll see why.
Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman Toyota) dominated the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway, leading 199 of 200 laps en route to his second series victory of the season.
It looked to be the Brian Campbell show once again at Toledo Speedway for the ARCA/CRA Super Series portion of the Glass City 200. He had taken the lead from his ninth starting spot by lap 30 and was cruising up front. However, Campbell’s race ended on lap 75 after falling off the pace with engine issues, creating a whole different race.
Over the years, Newport, Tennesee’s Jimmy Owens has had his share of bad luck at the Lucas Oil Knoxville Late Model Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores, but Saturday night his perseverance paid off to the tune of $40,000! Gaining the lead before the halfway point, he built big leads and fended off all challenges in winning his first ever Knoxville Late Model Nationals. The Malvern Bank SLMR Series provided excitement of their own. In a fender-clashing finish, Tad Pospisil won the series inaugural race at Knoxville over Kyle Berck.
“The Outlaw” did what he does best Sunday afternoon in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts used the mixture of a perfect strategy and a fast race car to win the inaugural $10,000-to-win NAPA Blue & Gold 250 at White Mountain Motorsports Park.
Brett Hearn will race anything and everything that ends with the word “Modified.” Whether it’s a Big-Block Modified, Small-Block Modified or even a Crate 602 Sportsman Modified, Hearn will be there and he’ll be a favorite to win. That proved true Sunday night when he jetted into Devil’s Bowl Speedway victory lane during the inaugural $10,000-to-win Vermont 200.
Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine raced to his first Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model win of the year Saturday night at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Rowe won for the tenth time in PASS Super Late Model competition on White Mountain’s high-banked, quarter-mile oval, by far the most in series history.
Tyler Roahrig has been one of the hottest drivers in Outlaw Late Model racing over the past several years. On Saturday night, he showed he isn’t slowing down anytime soon by winning his second Glass City 200 in three years at Toledo Speedway.
In a seesaw battle at the front, Tim Fuller proved his dominance at Mohawk International Speedway for the tenth time in 2018. The win is his first with the Super DIRTcar Series in 2018 and a record-extending tenth at MIR. Fuller becomes the second driver in history to sweep the 358 Modified and Big-Block Modified portions of the Mohawk Nationals. Mat Williamson put up a stout fight against the MIR Track Champion, but once again took second behind the no. 19 after finishing second to him the previous night in DIRTcar 358 Modified action. Billy Dunn quietly slipped into third place with a strong run in the no. 3rs.
Dylan Cappello has never been too fond of Orange Show Speedway and its tight quarter-mile track, but he likes it a lot better today. Winning will have that affect, especially the dominant kind of win that Cappello had Saturday night in the GEICO 100 presented by Optima Batteries.
Just moments after taking the checkered flag to become the first three-time winner of the “Haubstadt Hustler” at Tri-State Speedway, Thomas found himself sandwiched between a pile of racecars in turn one with heavy damage to the front end of his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green – Jonathan Byrd/DRC/Speedway Chevy.