It was another busy weekend of short track racing action in all four corners of the country this past weekend. We understand that between attending races and enjoying the summer weather that you may have missed a few stories from those races throughout the weekend. That’s why we have put together a list of the top-10 stories from the past weekend, so that you can catch up on the biggest short track racing stories from the weekend of August 21 – August 23.
Tim Brown entered Saturday night just needing to finish within four spots of Burt Myers to win his 10th Modified championship at Winston-Salem, North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium. There were times throughout the 150-lap race where it seemed like Brown wouldn’t be able to do that, but at the end of it all it was Brown celebrating in the infield grass in front of a capacity crowd once again.
While Brown celebrated the championship, it was Jason Myers celebrating his seventh win of the season in victory lane. 51 TV’s Rob Blount caught up with Myers to talk about his win and that interview can be soon now on the 51 Network.
Sprint Car driver Kevin Swindell was released from Des Moines Mercy Hospital Friday afternoon. Swindell was hospitalized for eight days following a serious crash last Thursday at Knowxville Raceway in a heat race for the Knoxville Nationals.
The Swindell family released a statement on Friday and that can be read on Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
After a three-win and near championship-winning season in 2014, signs pointed towards Donnie Wilson continuing those winning ways into 2015 on the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco. Through the first 10 races of the year, however, those signs were turned in different directions than victory lane.
Wilson, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, changed all that and got back to his winning ways Saturday when he scored his first Southern Super Series victory of 2015 in the Lee Fields Memorial at Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway.
51 TV’s Mark Keeler went one-on-one with Wilson after the race and that interview can be seen on the 51 Network.
In the 41 previous editions of the Oxford 250, having years of experience in short track stock cars and being from the northern part of New England has been a prerequisite for success in the historic event held at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. From the race’s inaugural winner Joey Kourafas to Dave Dion, Mike Rowe, Jamie Aube, Ricky Craven, Ralph Nason, Ben Rowe, Eddie MacDonald and Travis Benjamin, most of the race’s previous winners were longtime competitors of the short track wars in New England that were able to add to their legacies by winning the 250.
This year, two teenage drivers from deep in the heart of the South are looking to buck that trend in the Oxford 250.
Champion Racing Association officials and the management at Crisp Motorsports Park – Home of the Watermelon Capital Speedway have released the dates for SpeedFest 2016. The prestigious pre-season event featuring Super Late Models and Pro Late Models will be held on Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st. As is tradition, this event is held the weekend prior to the Super Bowl every year. This will be the 5th straight year that SpeedFest has been held at Crisp Motorsports Park – Home of the Watermelon Capital Speedway, which is located in Cordele, Georgia.
In the ARCA/CRA Super Series return to Baer Field Speedway (IN), a fresh face made his way to victory lane.
Sixteen-year-old Grant Quinlan took advantage of a front row starting position to dominate Saturday’s 100-lap feature at the half-mile Fort Wayne, Indiana circuit. The win was the first of points leader Quinlan’s ARCA/CRA career.
At approximately 12:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 30 one of the most crucial moments of the 42ndAnnual Oxford 250 will take place, and it won’t be on the race track.
Following the driver’s meeting, the 70-plus drivers expected to enter the event will make their way one-by-one towards a race official holding a bag. In that bag will be numbered pills that will represent each driver’s starting spot in one of six qualifying heat races
AJ Fike had only run six ARCA Racing Series events in 2015 prior to Sunday’s 100-lap showdown on the dirt of the big one-mile oval in Springfield, Illinois. He had only led three laps total. On Sunday he led a more than just three laps, but more importantly he led the one that mattered most and scored one of the biggest wins of his career.
Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., wrapped up a perfect weekend on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series with a dominating victory in front of a near-capacity crowd Sunday night at Eriez Speedway.
Richards, who opened the national tour’s three-race weekend with victories at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday, overtook WoO LMS points leader Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., on lap 31 of Sunday’s 50-lap A-Main at Eriez and cruised through the remainder of the caution-free race on his way to his ninth WoO LMS victory of the season and his fifth in the tour’s past six races.
Emotionally drained after completing a 100-lap race slowed once by a minor spin, Les Hinckley III, of Windsor Locks, CT, sat for a brief period speaking only with series officials, before exiting his race car to a cheering crowd and well wishers.
The Windsor Locks, CT, driver had just completed his journey back to racing and won the Valenti Modified Racing Series ‘Victor Johnson 100′, Saturday night, Aug 22, at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH.