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Top 10: Short Track Racing Stories from the Weekend

October 1, 2018 • App, Archives, Other News, Region - National, Ticker

What a weekend it was. Mayhem at Martinsville, second dates with the cow, history for the Dirt Princess and another big check for “Big Money Matt.” If you missed any of it, just keep reading because we’ll get you up to date with our Top 10 stories from the weekend.

 

1. Mayhem-Filled Martinsville 300 Sees Virginia Veteran in Victory Lane

On a wild and eventful night at Martinsville Speedway (VA), C.E. Falk, III took the win in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, adding his name to a list of the all-time greats in Late Model Stock Car racing.

 

2. Dirt Princess Makes History with K&N Victory at Meridian

Hailie Deegan’s first season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series has been full of historic achievements. She topped them all Saturday night.

 

3. Last-Lap Pass Earns Corliss a Second Kiss with the Cow

Jason Corliss earned himself a second date with a Vermont beauty queen Sunday afternoon at Thunder Road International Speedbowl (VT).  The hometown driver from Barre, Vermont used a last-lap pass on Bobby Therrien to win the 56thVermont Milk Bowl and lay a second smooch on the cow.

 

4. Trackside Now: 68th Annual Race of Champions 250

They call Matt Hirschman “Big Money Matt” for a reason. He proved it once again at Lake Erie Speedway in the Race of Champions.

 

5. Scelzi Becomes Youngest Winner in Outlaws History

On an emotional night in Pennsylvania Posse country, it was neither the locals or Outlaws in Victory Lane, as California phenom Gio Scelzi passed two-time National Open Champion David Gravel to lead Lap 16 and never looked back to win his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Victory on the opening night of the Champion Racing Oil Williams Grove National Open. Scelzi becomes the youngest driver to ever win a World of Outlaws race at the ripe age of 16 years old. Gravel settled for second with Lucas Wolfe completing the podium.

 

Brian Campbell picked up another pair of boxing gloves for winning the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Fall Brawl feature. (Speed51.com photo)

6. Campbell Scores the Boxing Gloves in CRA All-Stars Tour’s 100th Race

In April 2011, the first JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race was run at the Toledo Speedway.  Wyoming, Michigan’s Brian Campbell took the checkered flag in that one over a stout 32-car field that included current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones.

 

7. McDowell Dominates on Way to Fourth Dixie Shootout Victory

Dale McDowell dominated the Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout on Saturday night at Dixie Speedway. The Georgia native set the Miller Welders overall fast time, won his heat, and led all 50-laps to score his fourth-career win in the annual event.

 

8. Gomes Breaks Southwest Tour Winless Drought at Madera

Jacob Gomes entered Saturday night’s “SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour 125 presented by 51 FIFTY Energy Drink 125” at Madera Speedway (CA) with only one top-ten in a disastrous season.  He left Madera with his first SRL win since his championship season in 2015.  In a race that saw four different leaders, and four lead changes, Gomes emerged on top of the field for the seventh time in his career, and vaulted himself back into the top-ten in the championship standings.

 

9. Dewease Wins One for Greg at Williams Grove

The all-time Williams Grove win leader, Lance Dewease, passed Brock Zearfoss on Lap 24 and never looked back to win his 15th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of his career. Dewease, full of emotion in Victory Lane, dedicated the $56,000 Champion Racing Oil National Open win to the late, great Greg Hodnett. Daryn Pittman came from eighth to second with Brian Montieth completing the podium at the famous Williams Grove Speedway.

 

10. Two-Time Terbo: Erb Goes Back-to-Back at Atomic

Getting that first win on a national tour for most young guns usually takes a lot of time and frustration. Doing it again, however, is very different, let alone on the very next night. Most people would never have bet that “Terbo” Tyler Erb would sweep both nights of the Outlaw Invasion at Atomic Speedway before this weekend, and yet, he did, taking the race lead away from runner-up Mike Marlar on a last-lap pass for the win.

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