It was a busy 4th of July weekend full of short track racing events throughout the United States. We understand that between attending races, cookouts and fireworks that you may have missed a few stories throughout the weekend. We here at Speed51.com powered by JEGS 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.
In January, following Rico Abreu’s big win in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks surprised racing fans when they announced that they would add Abreu to their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team for 2015.
Just about six months later, Abreu and his team celebrated a win while America celebrated its independence.
Just one week ago, Eddie MacDonald’s Super Late Model that he planned to run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was in pieces. The car, owned by Dave Lemieux, didn’t have a body on it and the multi-time winner at “The Magic Mile” didn’t know what to expect when he showed up for Sunday’s inaugural Pro All Stars Series event.
Fast forward seven days and the man known by many as “The Outlaw” was back in a familiar place in NHMS victory lane.
John Hunter Nemechek slipped on the famous Green Jacket in Victory Lane at Lebanon I-44 Speedway (MO) Saturday night and laughed as it was about two sizes too big on him. He adjusted the buttons and rolled the sleeves a little and finally looked at home in his unique trophy as he posed for the Victory Lane shots. And with each passing major victory Nemechek gets, one can’t help but feel he belongs in a Green Jacket as much as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer ever has.
Nemechek’s victory in the Mercy Masters of the Pros 144, the $8,000-to-win JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour race at Lebanon, was the latest on a long list of short track résumé-making accomplishments.
George Brunnhoelzl III scored his record 12th NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour win at Caraway Speedway (NC) early in the morning on Sunday. A full lap-by-lap description of the race can be found by visiting NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live powered by Speed51.com coverage. Speed51.com will have a full story on GB3’s win in the upcoming days.
They say when it rains, it pours. Less than 24 hours before our country’s Independence Day celebration, Tim Russell reigned supreme again after a several year drought that left him winless before taking the checkered flag for the Clyde Hart Memorial at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).
“Man, it feels good to be back in victory lane,” Russell told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It feels good to be back, period.”
“Years ago, it felt like Rusty took me under his wing pretty much,” said Lemons in victory lane. “This means a lot to win his race.
“I said before this wouldn’t be as good as winning at Martinsville, but it’s really close.”
On paper Skylar Holzhausen’s win in the Johnny’s Hobbies 40 as part of TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Round Three Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes came from the outside pole. In actuality is was an uphill climb for the Bangor, Wis., pilot to grab his first series win at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway Friday night.
Brandon Sheppard rocketed around the high-side to win the Independence 50 on Saturday Night at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Sheppard is currently leading the Lucas Oil Products Rookie of the Year chase and becomes the first Rookie to win a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event this season.
After coming just short of a win the night before, Donny Schatz dominated night two of the Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night and scored his 19th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.
“It feels good to get back to victory lane,” Schatz said.
Tyler Roahrig made it four for four in Outlaw Super Late Model competition at New Paris Speedway (IN) on Friday night by taking down the win in the Doug Hanna Classic. A full lap-by-lap recap can be viewed by checking out Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage.