The weather may be cooling down, but the on-track action is hot as ever in the short track world with some of the year’s most coveted events being contested these past few days. These are the Top 10 stories from the weekend.
The 47th Annual Winchester 400 came down to a late-race duel between Florida veteran Jeff Choquette and Georgia youngster Chandler Smith. The two battled side by side for the better part of the last 20 laps for the infamous Winchester Rifle.
Under a cool fall night at the track and when all was said and done, 2006 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Champion, Tim McCreadie would leave the famed Big “E” with the biggest win of his career after scoring his first World 100 triumph and Globe Trophy that comes with winning the prestigious event.
After clinching his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship two weeks prior, Justin Bonsignore still had one ambitious goal remaining entering the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing: sweep the four-race season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT). The driver from Holtsville, New York did just that and put a bow on his dream season Sunday afternoon.
The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race on Winchester 400 weekend has always brought some of the country’s best Late Model talent to compete with the series regulars. On Saturday afternoon, it was a long-time CRA regular in Wes Griffith Jr. leading wire-to-wire to win his first-career JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race at the legendary Winchester Speedway.
Millbury, MA’s William Wall emerged as the surprise winner when the dust settled after a wild finish to the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) World Series 75 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 13. The former Thompson Late Model Champion scored one for the locals by inheriting his first career ACT Late Model Tour victory while Colchester, VT’s Scott Payea secured his second straight ACT title with a 7th-place finish.
Reid Lanpher played the part of spoiler on Sunday, driving around six-time Pro All Stars Series (PASS) champion Johnny Clark with just 12 laps remaining and pulling away to win the PASS 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway.
One hundred and fifty laps of green flag racing around the ¼-mile Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) came down to a four-lap duel between two Mud Lane residents from nearby Northampton, Pennsylvania during Saturday night’s seventh annual Octoberfast event.
Christopher Bell pounded the cushion to perfection up against the Eldora Speedway wall to win his fourth career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature, but first of 2018, Sunday evening at the Ohio half-mile.
For the second week in a row, the Valenti Modified Racing Series featured a night full of drama, action and suspense. Todd Owen capitalized on a late-race restart to score his second career VMRS victory at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) on Saturday night.
All season long Cole Rouse has been close. Last time out, Rouse took the white flag and was leading before losing the race to teammate Hailie Deegan. It is more than safe to say Rouse wanted this win bad. Rouse finally got his elusive first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win Saturday by winning the NAPA AutoCare/Roseville Toyota 200 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies & the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at All American Speedway.