As October nears its end, so too are many touring series around the country. Champions are crowned, big checks are given out, and of course that means there’s plenty of big stories coming out of each race that takes place during the weekend. Check out the 10 biggest stories from this past weekend right now.

 

1. Richards Cashes in $100,000 Dirt Track World Championship Payday

Josh Richards won his second straight Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship presented by Optima Batteries on Sunday afternoon at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Richards took the lead on lap 22 from Brian Shirley and led the rest of the way to pick-up the $100,000 first-place prize and his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season.

 

2. Friesen Ends 2018 Dirt Modified Schedule in Winning Fashion

Even with a bitter chill in the air, the Northeast’s faithful Dirt Modified fanbase packed the Orange County Fair Speedway from top to bottom Sunday afternoon to watch 46 Big-Block Modified drivers chase a record winner’s purse of $40,000 in the 200-lap finale to the 57th Eastern States Weekend. The rejuvenated “House of Power” has had quite the 2018 season since being taken over by new manager Chris Larsen, and the season came full circle with Larsen’s ace driver, Stewart Friesen scoring his second Eastern States 200 win.

 

3. Doss Avoids Déjà Vu to Win $15,000 Vegas Fall Classic

When you’re in Las Vegas and you’re gambling for the win, it’s always about the “odds.” Jeremy Doss was the odds-on favorite heading into Saturday’s Senator’s Cup Fall Classic at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Bullring. Doss lived up to the winning odds as he walked away $15,000 richer after a last-lap pass on Gracin Raz, in almost the exact same fashion that Doss lost the race to Derek Thorn the year prior.

 

4. Berry’s Big Gamble Pays Off in Fall Brawl at Hickory

Josh Berry showed himself to be a gambling man Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway.

After recording fast time in qualifying for the Fall Brawl, Berry gave up the pole position and started from the rear of the field for the chance at an additional $1,000 bonus.  Ultimately, the gamble paid off as the JR Motorsports driver charged from the rear of the field to score his third career victory in the prestigious race.

 

Sheldon Creed won the season finale and the ARCA Racing Series championship on Friday at Kansas Speedway. (ARCA photo)

5. Creed Puts Exclamation Point on ARCA Season at Kansas

Sheldon Creed put an exclamation point on his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship season with a comeback win in Friday’s ARCA Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway.

 

6. Connecticut Drivers Share Spotlight in GSPSS Finale

It was a great day for Connecticut drivers in the Granite State Pro Stock Series season finale at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night. Local driver Ray Christian III claimed his first career GSPSS victory in a thrilling race of attrition, while another Connecticut native, Devin O’Connell, sealed his first Pro touring series championship.

 

7. Hard Work Pays Off for Myers, Gerstner in SMRS Finale

It is well known in the motorsports industry that wins and titles are accomplished off the track as much as on the track.  A few success stories proved that was the case during the Southern Modified Racing Series championship night at the always competitive 3/8-mile Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina on Saturday.

 

Brad May scored the victory in the Hart to Heart 100 at New Smyrna Speedway. (Speed51.com photo)

8. Florida Drivers Defend Home Turf in Hart to Heart 100

The ages of Saturday night’s Hart to Heart 100 podium finishers at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) ranged all the way from 23 years old to 63 years young.  But there was one glaring commonality between the otherwise disparate drivers: they’re proudly “FloGrown.”

 

9. Tyler Thomas Tallies First USAC Midget Win in Leffler Memorial

For much of the past decade, Tyler Thomas has been patiently waiting for his turn at USAC glory. Sunday night, his turn finally arrived as he captured his first career USAC P1 Insurance National Midget feature win in the fifth running of the “Jason Leffler Memorial” at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.

 

10. Clanton Smokes ‘Em in Showdown Shootout at Senoia

Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga. led from start to finish to capture the $4,000 payday Friday Night at Senoia Raceway during the Showdown Shootout sanctioned by the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV.

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