This past weekend offered a little bit of everything to race fans. Doug Coby visited victory lane again at Stafford, the RoC Modifieds ushered in a new era at Mahoning Valley Speedway, Nick Hoffman thrilled on the dirt of Dublin, Chad Finchum proved he’s for real at Motor Mile and even more took place too.
To get you caught up on the stories that took place this past weekend throughout the country, Speed51.com powered by JEGS presents you with a list of top 10 stories from the weekend.
In just his second race with the No. 37 RPM Motorsports team, veteran racer Scott Payea visited victory lane at Lee USA Speedway (NH) Sunday afternoon.
Payea of Milton, Vermont took the lead from Ray Parent on lap 117 of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 and never looked back en route to his first American-Canadian Tour win since 2009.
Doug Coby returned to his winning ways on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Sunday afternoon in the renowned NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway. After finishing fourth in the season-opening Icebreaker at Thompson two weeks prior, Coby started Sunday’s Spring Sizzler from the pole position and led all but seven laps on his way to victory lane.
Mother Nature played nicely with us today and kept the rain at bay. We had a great day for racing at the Annual Frostbuster race to open the racing season. Both Late Model and Sportsmen track records were broke Sunday during qualifying. Ty Majeski broke the two-year-old record with a 19.482 second lap. Majeski also won the 6-for-6 dash and went on to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model feature.
It was a typical sight to see Saturday night in Bradenton, Florida as Jesse Dutilly pulled into victory lane once again at Desoto Speedway in the third race of the 2016 Sunoco Challenge Series Super Late Model season.
Dutilly lead nearly half of the scheduled 115 laps of the Butch Lindley Memorial. He was able to work around a stout Joe Winchell and hold off a hard charging Joe Boyd in the closing laps to pull off the win.
Former Mahoning Valley Speedway track champion Eric Beers kept the $2,800-winning check in-house by leading flag-to-flag in the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series kickoff race of the 2016 season Saturday afternoon.
Beers, the previous week’s local Modified feature winner at the ¼-mile facility, had to contend with defending RoC champion and Northampton, Pennsylvania neighbor Matt Hirschman at multiple moments during the 75-lap distance.
Hoffman was penalized late for jumping a restart, but rebounded quickly to make the winning pass for the lead with just two laps to go to take the win at North Carolina’s Dublin Motor Speedway.
Matt Hirschman has come close to victory in 2016 already with four top five finishes in four on-track appearances. The fifth attempt is where the Northampton, Pennsylvania driver would get it done at the track where he began his Modified racing career, the recently reopened Evergreen Raceway.
The Southern Modified Racing Series headed to Altamahaw, North Carolina’s Ace Speedway for the second race of its inaugural season. Jon McKennedy, John Smith, Burt Myers and Jason Myers all put on a show at the challenging 4/10-mile oval.
t’s been a season of firsts for Chad Finchum.
Fresh off his first-career win in the NASCAR K&N East Series on April 16th at Bristol Motor Speedway, Finchum collected his first-ever checkered flag at Motor Mile Speedway Saturday, routing a field of accomplished regulars en route to victory in the Shelor Motor Mile 150.
Andy Saunders held off Nick Hinkley on a lap 34 restart and pulled away to win the season opener for the Pro Stocks. We’ve got all the information on a massive opening day at Wiscasset in our Speed Central.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount