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Top 10: Short Track Racing Stories from the Weekend

November 12, 2018 • App, Archives, Other News, Region - National

It’s hard to believe, but the 2018 racing season is almost complete. That said, there’s still plenty of storylines that came from this weekend and we put them all together in this week’s Top 10.

 

1. Trackside Now: Jeff Choquette Wins Florida Governor’s Cup 200

Jett Motorsports has been on-fire the last month and a half. It started with Jeff Choquette winning the Winchester 400. Then, Stephen Nasse continued the winning ways at the Mobile 300. This weekend, Choquette found the way to victory lane again, this time at New Smyrna Speedway in the Florida Governor’s Cup 200.

 

2. Ramstrom Snaps Cold Spell at PASS MegaMeltdown

On a chilly night in Newton, North Carolina, Massachusetts driver Derek Ramstrom snapped his cold streak with a win in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 at Hickory Motor Speedway.

 

3. McKennedy Finds Perfect Recipe for North-South Shootout Win

A combination of pit strategy and outwitting the competition was what it was going to take to win the 16thAnnual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway (NC) Saturday night. At the end of a long day at the tricky North Carolina tri-oval, Jon McKennedy found the perfect mixture to add a win in the prestigious Modified race to his resume.

 

4. Thomas Wins $25K, Loses Title Tiebreaker to Sunshine

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. That about sums up the rollercoaster of emotions Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney endured at the conclusion of Saturday night’s Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

 

Cole Anderson closed out a dominating Pro Late Model campaign at New Smyrna Speedway with a win in the Prelude to the Governor’s Cup this weekend. (Speed51.com/Melissa Strahley photo)

5. Prelude to Governor’s Cup Goes to New Smyrna Dominator

The prelude to the 53rd Annual Florida Governor’s Cup went off without a hitch for young Cole Anderson Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway. The Minnesota native led practice, put his No. 97 on the pole in qualifying and dominated all but 16 laps of the 100-lap Pro Late Model feature.

 

6. Grant Strikes Again in Late-Race Oval Nationals Battle

When it comes to the first two nights of the 23rd annual Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway, it seems you just can’t keep Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney away from each other in late-race situations.

 

7. SRL to Sanction Lucas Oil Modifieds for 2019 and Beyond

Two of the most successful race series on the west coast will join forces in 2019. The Lucas Oil Modified Series and the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will both operate under the guidance and sanction of the SRL for 2019 and beyond.

 

8. ARCA to Return to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in 2019

Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee, will host the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for the Music City 200 on May 4, 2019. The date is roughly a month later than previous seasons at Nashville.

 

9. Tennessee Race Track Sold to Father-Son Combo

Kingsport Speedway announced at their season-ending awards banquet that Ervin and Keith Stiltner plan to purchase the 0.375-mile concrete oval from current owner Joe Loven.

 

10. Buzz Chew Racing and Mike Mahaney Part Ways

In racing as in life, in time all good things come to an end. After three seasons together, Buzz Chew Racing and Mike Mahaney have agreed to part ways.

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