Each year, thousands of short track racing fans make their way to Speed51.com for the latest short track racing news and information.  Like every news outlet, there are stories posted on Speed51.com that are read more and receive more interaction than others.  As we get ready for the ball to drop and the year 2019 to begin, we take a look back at the top 100 most viewed stories from the 2018 short track racing season.


The results below combine the reach of each story through Speed51.com, the Speed51 Video Network and Speed51.com’s social media channels.


Without further ado, here’s the list for 2018:


#1 – Jason Johnson Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Accident

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series driver Jason Johnson died from injuries sustained in an accident at Beaver Dam Raceway on Saturday, June 23, 2018.


#2 – Nashville Getting Covered in Dirt for WoO Show

Many outlaws have crossed through the Nashville music scene over the years, but for the first time in history the World of Outlaws and their 900 horsepower Sprint Cars will crank up the volume on May 31 and June 1 in Music City.


Brandon Setzer was not happy following the conclusion of a CARS Tour race at Orange County. (Speed51.com photo)

#3 – CARS Tour Suspends Setzer

Following an altercation in the pit area at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) during a CARS Tour Super Late Model race, officials from the sanctioning body handed down penalties to driver Brandon Setzer and car owner Dennis Setzer.


#4 – Roderick DQ’d; Okrzesik Wins at Montgomery

After several attempts to meet the necessary left-side weight ratio failed, Casey Roderick was stripped of his Show Me the Money Series win on July 22 at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL).  After serveral attempts to meet the left-side weight requirement, Technical Inspector Ricky Brooks discovered a piece of lead in the tailpipe of the car and immediately sent the team out of the inspection area


#5 – South Carolina Track Considers Switch From Asphalt to Dirt

A Speed51.com exclusive story in August detailed how NASCAR’s second oldest operational track was considering a major change.  Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC), currently a ½-mile asphalt oval, was considering returning to its dirt racing roots for the first time since 1970.


#6 – Caraway Speedway Cutting Weekly Racing Program; Track Up for Sale

One of the most historic weekly racing facilities in North Carolina shut down its weekly racing program in 2018. Caraway Speedway owners, Darren and Renee Hackett, informed Speed51.com in May that Caraway Speedway was scaling back the remainder of its 2018 racing schedule to six events.


#7 – 90-Year-Old Poised to Make History With K&N West Start

Nearly three-quarters of a century ago, a teenage Hershel McGriff drove his father’s 1940 Hudson to a 12th place finish at Portland Speedway.  On May 5, 2018, a few months after turning the 90th page of a storied book of accomplishments, the NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee remarkably put the helmet on and fastened the belts to take another record-setting green flag.


Bubba Pollard and Matt Craig collided at Greenville. (Speed51.com photo)

#8 – Wild Greenville Meltdown Leads to Hot Tempers & Destroyed Cars

The name of the big Super Late Model race at Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC) was the Meltdown and while the temperature outside wasn’t melting anything down, the tempers on the track certainly got hot. Brandon Setzer pulled his car into victory lane, but the story wasn’t about his red No. 6 machine on this day. Instead, the story was about Bubba Pollard, Matt Craig, and a whole lot of torn up equipment.


#9 – First Look at 51st Annual Snowball Derby Entry List

With only five weeks remaining until the 51st Annual Snowball Derby, the mailbox at Five Flags Speedway was filling up with completed entry forms for the most prestigious Super Late Model race in the country.  On October 23, track officials released the first look at the Super Late Model entry list for drivers competing during the November 28 – December 2 race weekend.


#10 – Drivers React After Zane Smith’s Payback at Salem

Another week in the books and another wild ARCA Racing Series race to go along with it. This time the series was on the high banks of Indiana’s Salem Speedway where Venturini Motorsports’ Michael Self and MDM Motorsports’ Zane Smith had a bit of a coming together, not once, but twice.  Eventually, Smith got revenge on Self when he admittedly took it upon himself to payback his rival for earlier contact. 


#11 – Nashville Announces Date Change for 2018 All American 400

After much consideration by the staff at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN), the 34th Annual All American 400 was moved to a date later than originally planned.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans for the new date and eventually forced track officials to postpone the event to April 2019, setting up a pair of All American 400’s to be held next year. 


#12 – Wallace, Mingus Share Thoughts on Crash & Fight

Steve Wallace won a Snowball Derby with Richie Wauters in 2004.  In 2018, Wallace collided on the track and in the pit area with Mason Mingus, the current driver of the Wauters No. 5 car.  Both drivers shared their thoughts on the crash and fight after it occurred.


#13 – Sprint Car Star Hodnett Dies After Crash in Pennsylvania

Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett died September 20 following a crash at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pennsylvania.  Hodnett, a member of the Pennsylvania Posse, was 49 years old.


Jack Smith was among the drivers involved in a dramatic Pro Late Model race at Bristol. (Speed51.com photo)

#14 – Contenders Crash & Fight; Reeves Wins Pro Late Models at Bristol

The Pro Late Model race at Bristol Motor Speedway had it all.  It had fights, crashes, and even a rain delay to throw another curveball with eight laps to go.  In the end, local driver Josh Reeves scored the checkered flag and won the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour portion of the second Short Track U.S. Nationals.


#15 – Four DQ’d in Snowball Derby Pure Stock Race

A quartet of Pure Stock drivers felt the wrath of the “The Room of Doom” during the opening night of the 51st Annual Snowball Derby.


#16 – Crew Chief Offers Reward After Theft of Setup Notebook

Andrew Hicken, the crew chief and operator of King Racing, posted a reward of $1,000 following the theft of his setup notebook following a Pro All Stars Series (PASS) event at Petty International Raceway in New Brunswick, Canada.


#17 – Chili Bowl Ride Up for Grabs in Keith Kunz Give Back Classic at Millbridge

Keith Kunz Motorsports and Millbridge Speedway (NC) gave one aspiring race car driver the chance of a lifetime.  The Keith Kunz Motorsports Give Back Classic on Wednesday, October 31 provided Outlaw Kart racers with an opportunity to win a free ride for the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2019.


#18 – Berlin Late Model Driver Encounters Racer’s Worst Nightmare

Leroy Magoon was attempting to qualify for his first template Super Late Model race at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway on Saturday. The 39-year-old driver has made plenty of Outlaw Late Model starts, but never in a template Super Late Model.


Unfortunately, Magoon will never forget his first Super Late Model attempt — but for all of the wrong reasons.


#19 – Pollard, Craig React to Greenville Meltdown Incident

The Meltdown Race at Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC) ended up being as wild as they come, with an incident taking place between Bubba Pollard and Matt Craig that will be replayed for years to come.  The two drivers reacted to the incident after the race. 


#20 – Big Names Added to Bristol Entry List

As the entry lists grew for the second Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway, the event attracted some of short track racing’s biggest names.  Nearly 300 cars were spread across the entry lists for the six divisions that competed at the Last Great Colosseum.


#21 – Burton, Wimmer to Continue Relationship Under New Banner

Veteran driver and crew chief Chris Wimmer embarked on a new venture during the 2018 season.  Wimmer started his own race company, Wimmer Motorsports, and brought rising star Harrison Burton along with him.  The Wisconsin native has been Burton’s crew chief since May of 2015 and now the two will continue to work together under a new banner.


#22 – New Smyrna Releases Updated World Series Entry List

New Smyrna Speedway officials released the latest batch of pre-entries for the 2018 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. The Tour-type Modified list was the biggest grower this time around. 


Bubba Pollard celebrates a big win north of the border. (Speed51.com / Ken Kelley photo)

#23 – Georgia Star Takes $50,000 Win North of the Border

Bubba Pollard proved that he could win anywhere in 2018. Even outside of the United States. Pollard took the lead from Raphael Lessard on lap 144 of the 200-lap Pro Late Model feature at the Canadian Short Track Nationals, scoring the $50,000 (CAD) victory at Jukasa Motor Speedway (ON).


#24 – Pollard, Majeski Tangle in 51st Annual Snowball Derby

A pair of Super Late Model heavyweights tangled during the 51st Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL).  Georgia ace Bubba Pollard and Wisconsin native Ty Majeski collided with 14 laps remaining, forcing Pollard to the sidelines and relegating him to a 26th-place finish.


#25 – Friesen to Make Super Late Model Debut at Nashville

Dirt Modified standout and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Stewart Friesen added a new brand of racing to his resume.  The 34-year old native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario made his asphalt Super Late Model debut on April 7 at one of the most storied asphalt short tracks in the country, the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville (TN).


#26 – Waterford Promoter Answers Questions About 2018 Season

As the state of Connecticut persevered through the bitter chill of winter, things began to warm up on the shoreline at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. After announcing the track’s 2018 season-opening weekend of May 5 and 6, the Speedbowl crew quietly but steadily worked towards preparing the facility for its 67th season of operation.  Speed51.com spoke to then track promoter George Whitney about the upcoming season. 


A lot of talk surrounded the new Five Star body in 2018. (Speed51.com photo)

#27 – ABC Committee’s Detailed Statement on ABC Body Status

Track, sanctioning bodies and series leaders that deal specifically with the ABC Body (Approved-Body-Configuration) as the ABC Committee assembled a statement in regard to any previously published information in the media and/or on social media. The released status intended to establish the position and declare that the ABC Committee has not approved the new Five Star body for 2019. 


#28 – Burton, Goodale Highlight First Batch of New Smyrna WS Entries

With racing closing in, New Smyrna Speedway released the first batch of pre-entries for its three headlining divisions for the 2018 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.


#29 – 12-Year-Old Slinging Dirt With North Carolina Dirt Late Model Veterans

Standing at just 62 inches from head to toe, Bryson Harper isn’t much taller than the crate Late Model he slings around dirt tracks on the weekends. 


But despite his size (and age), Harper doesn’t scare easy.  Racing against drivers double his age is a typical Saturday night for the 12-year-old who straps in for a feature with the confidence of a veteran.


#30 – Majeski Strikes Back to Capture First Win of Speedweeks

One night after spinning out of the lead off the front bumper of Harrison Burton, Majeski struck back and captured his first victory of Florida Speedweeks. In an exciting 50-lap feature for the Super Late Models at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), Ty Majeski outdueled Stephen Nasse in the closing laps to claim the victory on the fifth night of the 52nd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.


#31 – Analyzing Late Model Car Counts in North America

One of the most frequently asked questions that our staff at Speed51.com receives during our coverage of a given race is, “How many cars are there?” It’s a question that everyone wants to know, whether it’s a crown jewel event or a regular points-counting event for a sanctioning body.


With the 2018 Late Model season in the record books, we decided to analyze car counts from this past season.


#32 – Three DQ’d at IWK 250; Kenny Wallace Named Winner

Two days after the completion of the prestigious IWK 250 at Riverside Speedway (NS) an official winner was declared by Pro Stock Tour officials.  Race winner Cassius Clark, runner-up finisher Dave O’Blenis and fifth-place finisher J.R. Fitzpatrick have all been disqualified for unapproved carburetors.


NASCAR personality and Dirt Modified racer Kenny Wallace has been named the official winner of the race.


Bubba Pollard celebrates his first career Oxford 250 win. (Speed51.com / John A. Miller photo)

#33 – Georgia Ace Claims Oxford 250 Prize in First Attempt

For the first time since 1983, the Oxford 250 trophy and winner’s check were taken south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Bubba Pollard of Senoia, Georgia took the lead from Travis Benjamin for the final time on lap 219 and survived multiple restarts late to win the 45th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).


#34 – Racer Dies Shortly After Winning Race at Myrtle Beach

A Myrtle Beach Speedway racer passed away shortly after winning a Vintage Car feature at the South Carolina facility on Saturday, August 6. 


#35 – CRA Disqualifies Five Drivers After Tire Testing

Champion Racing Association (CRA) officials announced in August that five drivers had been disqualified from two different events on August 18th after multiple forensic laboratory tests determined the teams had used illegally-altered tires during their respective events. 


#36 – Wallace, Lessard Feud Leads to Unexpected Winner at Orange County

The fastest car doesn’t always win the race. That’s a fact in racing, especially on short tracks. Sometimes things happen that takes the fastest car out of contention. On a Saturday night at North Carolina’s Orange County Speedway, Steve Wallace had the fastest car in the 150-lap Super Late Model race, but he wasn’t the one celebrating in victory lane. Instead, he was left fuming after a third-place run while Kyle Plott celebrated his second career win.


#37 – Snowball Derby Qualifying Produces Handful of Surprises

Snowball Derby qualifying always has its share of surprises.  While most surprises occur when certain drivers don’t qualify for the race, this year’s qualifying produced a handful surprise drivers that qualified in on time to make their first starts in the Snowball Derby.


Things are known to get a little crazy at Bowman Gray. (Speed51.com photo)

#38 – Opinion: Antics at the Madhouse Finally Went Too Far

“The Madhouse.” Say those two words to any short track racing fan and you’re bound to get one of two reactions. “I love that place” is one, or you may hear, “That place is ridiculous. If I wanted to see that I’d watch WWE.”


But according to Speed51.com’s Rob Blount, what happened on a Saturday night in August should never be part of the show. What happened that night went way too far.


#39 – Big Names Added to Entry List for $50,000 Late Model Race

In the current short track racing climate, any time an event can boast an entry list of 30 or more cars, you know it’s going to be a big show. With that being the case, the Canadian Short Track Nationals at Jukasa Motor Speedway qualifies as a gigantic event as it had more than 60 Pro Late Models on the preliminary entry list.


#40 – MacDonald Family Sells Lee USA Speedway to Longtime Racer

Longtime Nashua businessman Norman Wrenn Jr. purchased Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. Wrenn bought the 3/8-mile speedway from John “Red” MacDonald and wife Judy, track owners for the last 33 years. Wrenn made the disclosure Tuesday, February 27.


#41 – ARCA/CRA Super Series Driver DQ’d After Tire Testing

Champion Racing Association (CRA) officials announced that the Stan Rosen entry driven by Kyle Crump at the ARCA/CRA Super Series event at Baer Field Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 28 was disqualified from the event following their runner-up finish after multiple forensic laboratory tests determined the team had used an illegally-altered tire during the event.  


#42 – Choquette Wins, Burton & Majeski Collide at New Smyrna

Jeff Choquette did not initially plan on running his Super Late Model on the fourth night of the 52nd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway; however, the decision to do so paid off.  Choquette capitalized when Ty Majeski spun off the front bumper of Harrison Burton and Burton was sent to the rear by race officials. 


#43 – 2018 Kulwicki Driver Development Program Competitors Announced

Officials of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) announced the seven drivers who will represent the organization during the 2018 racing season. These young racers helped keep the memory and legacy of 1992 NASCAR Cup Champion Alan Kulwicki alive, while also competing for the rich ($54,439) and prestigious annual Kulwicki Cup Championship.


#44 – Port City Racecars Relocates to Mooresville, Sold to Gary Crooks

Gary Crooks (owner of Crooks Racing) and associates announced in November that they had purchased Port City Racecars from Harley Boeve and relocated the business to Mooresville, North Carolina. 


Renovations are underway at Hudson International Speedway. (Track Photo)

#45 – Hometown Racer Leading Hudson Speedway Through Overdue Makeover

Prior to the 2018 racing season Hudson, New Hampshire native and former racer Ben Bosowski took purchase of his hometown’s old racing stomping grounds, Hudson Speedway, with one goal in mind: giving the quarter-mile the comeback story it so rightfully deserved.  


#46 – Big Names Headed to Snowball Derby Last Chance Race

Four of the biggest names in Super Late Model racing were on the outside looking in after qualifying for the 51st Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. 


#47 – First Look at Bristol Short Track U.S. Nationals Entry List

The five sanctioning bodies for the second Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway released the first look at the entry lists on April 27. 


#48 – Modified Racing Series Title Fight Takes Dramatic Turn

The battle for the 2018 Valenti Modified Racing Series championship took a dramatic turn at Lee USA Speedway (NH).  While championship contender Woody Pitkat celebrated in victory lane, Sam Rameau – who led the MRS point standings entering Lee – was left fuming with a decision made by series officials.


#49 – California Racer Dies After Crashing While Leading Race

A Supermodified driver at California’s Madera Speedway died Saturday night, August 13. Donnie Large of Clovis, California was leading the 360 Supermodified feature when his car crashed in turns one and two on the 21st lap of the race.


#50 – Speed51 Super Select Canceled; 2019 Date Announced

With Tropical Storm Gordon expected to bring heavy rain to the Indianapolis area, race officials made the decision to cancel the inaugural Speed51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway.  Despite this unfortunate news, officials from Track Enterprises, the Champion Racing Association (CRA) and Speed51.com announced that the inaugural Super Late Model All-Star Race will now be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019.


Justin Haer’s car after a scary crash at Land of Legends. (Justin Haer’s Fan Page photo)

#51 – Haers Recovering After Frightening Crash at Land of Legends

Everyone at Canandaigua, New York’s Land of Legends Speedway held their breath on May 29 as one of their favorites held on for the wildest ride of his racing career. Phelps, New York driver Justin Haers took a frightening tumble in the third turn of the track during hot laps for the weekly show, with his No. 3 Big-Block Modified ultimately landing hard on the clay.


#52 – Pollard to Race Major Late Model Stock Car Races in 2018

When someone thinks about Super Late Model racing, the first name that comes to mind is Bubba Pollard. The Senoia, Georgia driver has been one of the most dominant drivers in the sport in recent years, winning just about everywhere he goes. But this year, Pollard tried something different. He strapped in behind the wheel of a Late Model Stock Car owned by Jamie Yelton’s Fathead Racing. 


#53 – First Two Drivers Accept Invites for Speed51 Super Select

The first two drivers confirmed that they will be participating in the inaugural Speed51 Super Select “winner-take-all” event at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana. Those two names were two of the biggest in Super Late Model racing. One is a long-time veteran, and one is still a teenager, but both have proven that they can win some of the biggest races in Super Late Model racing.


#54 – First Look: Big Names Entered for Speed51 Super Select

Officials from the Champion Racing Association, Track Enterprises and Speed51.com released the first look at the entry list for the (minimum) $10,000 “Winner-Take-All” event.


#55 – Inaugural Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Postponed to 2019

The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Commonwealth Classic originally scheduled for October 19-20 at Richmond Raceway (Richmond) was postponed due to unfavorable weather forecast. 


#56 – Sapienza Wins Turkey Derby After Hirschman, Blewett Tangle

Matt Hirschman and Jimmy Blewett started from the front row for the 45th annual Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium Speedway (N.J.) and dominated the race, but an incident between the two opened the door for Dave Sapienza to claim the his first Turkey Derby victory.


#57 – Top Three DQ’d; Morrissey Named Oktoberfest Winner

When Andrew Morrissey completed the Oktoberfest 200 at Lacrosse Speedway (WI) as the fourth car to take the checkered flag, he couldn’t have possibly imagined he would be adding his name to the list of winners in the 49-year history of the event.


That is exactly what happened, however, as the top three finishers – including the event’s last two winners, Ty Majeski and Johnny Sauter – failed post-race technical inspection, turning the win over to Morrissey.


#58 – Money in the Bank 150 Entry List Reaches 40 Drivers

As the anticipation continued to build for the second running of the Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway (MI), so too did the entry list for the $20,000-to-win race.  Track officials released an updated entry list for the June 11 ARCA/CRA Super Series event.  As of May 27, 40 Super Late Model drivers from throughout North America were entered for the race.


#59 – Busch to Race Super Late Model at 2019 CRA SpeedFest

Kyle Busch will get a jump start on his 2019 racing season by strapping into a Super Late Model for one of the marquee early season events.  Busch, the 2015 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series champion, has filed an entry to compete in CRA SpeedFest 2019 at Crisp Motorsports Park (GA) on Saturday, January 26.


Bonsignore’s crashed car crosses the finish line at New Hampshire. (Speed51.com photo)

#60 – Bonsignore & Preece Collide; Dowling Steals Musket 250 Win

The longest race in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history came down to a dramatic final lap at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Chase Dowling avoided a collision between leaders Justin Bonsignore and Ryan Preece on Lap 250 of the inaugural Musket 250 to score his elusive first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. 


#61 – New Operators Ready to Shake Things Up at Mobile

When the high-banked half-mile oval of Mobile International Speedway opened its gates on March 10, it did so with the father-son tandem of Charlie and Kody Lyons as the new operators of the historic facility. Charlie Lyons signed a lease agreement with current owner Ida Hatfield with the intentions of purchasing the oval and drag strip in 2019.


#62 – List of Big Money Super Late Model Races Continues to Grow

Over the last five years, the number of Super Late Model races paying $10,000 or more has increased dramatically. Speed51.com put together a list of events that paid at least $10,000 to win for Super Late Models in 2018.


#63 – Pollard Geared Up for Three Races in Two States in Four Days

Bubba Pollard has experienced plenty of busy race weekends during his career, but in June he tackled one of his busiest yet. Beginning on a Friday night, the Senoia, Georgia driver competed in three different races in two different states during a four-day period.


#64 – Burton Slithers by Choquette in Final Turn to Win Rattler

Harrison Burton did what he needed to do to win the 42nd Annual Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway.  The then 17-year-old rising star from Mooresville, North Carolina swapped paint with veteran Jeff Choquette on the final lap and pulled away off the final turn to win the season opener for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco.


#65 – PASS to Host New Short Track Event at Richmond

Officials from the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and Richmond Raceway announced a major addition to the motorsports calendar. The PASS Super Late Models will headline the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway, an event now scheduled for March 30, 2019. 


#66 – Berlin Raceway Cancels Battle at Berlin 251

Berlin Raceway officials notified Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS officials that they unfortunately canceled the “Primera Plastics Battle at Berlin 251” originally scheduled for Monday, August 13. Track officials noted that they only had 11 entries to date and were unsure they could achieve the superior car counts they have experienced in the past for the event.


The Room of Doom has produced plenty of stories at the Snowball Derby. (Speed51.com photo)

#67 – The Stories From the Room of Down at Snowball Derby

Dreams have been crushed and others have been made in “The Room of Doom” following the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.   Throughout the 50-year history of the race, the stories from the tech shed have kept racers, officials and fans on their toes.


We took look at the timeline of some of the stories involving infractions, disqualifications and more from “The Room of Doom.”


#68 – Two New Tracks, No Bristol on 2019 NASCAR Modified Tour Schedule

The 35th season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will feature a mix of historic short tracks on the eastern seaboard as well as the second running of the 250-lap showcase event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The schedule is highlighted by two new tracks, but no longer includes Bristol Motor Speedway. 


#69 – Modified World Reflects on Legacy of Maynard Troyer

The Modified racing world lost a legend in May. Maynard Troyer passed away at the age of 79.


Troyer’s impact on Modified racing, both as a driver and as a car builder, is hard to quantify, but it can be seen in just about every current Modified race held, whether on asphalt or on the dirt.


#70 – NASCAR Announces Acquisition of the ARCA Racing Series

In a move designed to strengthen a relationship that dates back more than 60 years, NASCAR announced the acquisition of the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA).


#71 – Fisticuffs Transpire Between Nasse & Wilson at Five Flags

Stephen Nasse Rocky Balboa’d his way into Donnie Wilson’s driver’s side window following an on-track incident at Five Flags Speedway (FL).  Full-blown fisticuffs transpired soon after Wilson was able to climb out from his machine.


#72 – Tears Flow After Bryant’s Derby Dreams Become Reality

Kyle Bryant just couldn’t help it. As soon as he found out he was officially in the 51st Annual Snowball Derby, the tears began to flow. He fought to keep them to a minimum, but the emotion of the moment was just too much.


#73 – Oxford 250 Notes: Fourth-Place Finisher Nets Over $20K

Bubba Pollard may have stolen the headlines following Sunday’s 45th Annual Oxford 250, but the Georgia driver’s big victory wasn’t the only interesting storyline.  We took a look at some of the biggest stories to come out of the race in our post-race notebook below.


Kyle Busch takes a bow after winning the Winter Showdown. (Speed51.com photo)

#74 – Busch Takes a Bow, Wins the $30,000 Winter Showdown

A decent finish is never good enough for 2015 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series champion Kyle Busch.  Following a top five result in 2017’s Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park (CA), the Las Vegas driver returned in 2018 and captured the $30,000 prize. 


#75 – Melton Burns It Down After Winning His Daytona 500 at Dillon

On a cool night in South Carolina, Jeff Melton blazed past the competition – then melted his tires for the fans.


Jeff Melton scored the victory in the 8th Annual New Year’s Bash Street Stock Nationals at Dillon Motor Speedway (S.C.), holding off Chuck Barnes and Gary Ledbetter, Sr. in the closing laps of a race he called the discipline’s Daytona 500.


#76 – GSPSS Officials Reveal Vision for New, Old School Series

While many new and proposed short track touring series that pop up nowadays are merely new banners for existing race cars, the staff of the Granite State Pro Stock Series recently revealed a vision for something new and unique.


#77 – Chase Purdy Produces Pivotal Snowflake 100 Win

With an uncertain future ahead of him, Chase Purdy closed out the 2018 season on a positive note, winning a hectic Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway (FL).


#78 – Short Track World Loses Two Long-Time Northeast Promoters

The month of January was a very difficult month for the short track racing community in the Northeast as two well-respected track promoters passed away. The short track racing world lost Bobby Webber Sr., owner and promoter at New Hampshire’s Star Speedway and Hudson Speedway, as well as Cliff Krause, the promoter of New Jersey’s Wall Stadium Speedway.


#79 – Street Stock Champ to Debut New Super Late Model at Oxford

Former Oxford Plains Speedway Street Stock champion and 2018 Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Wildcat division champion Josh Childs debuted a new Super Late Model at Oxford Plains Speedway in October’s Pro All Stars Series (PASS) 150. 


Peltier climbs out victorious at Hickory Motor Speedway. (Speed51.com photo)

#80 – Long Haul to Easter Bunny 150 Pays Off for Peltier

Preston Peltier loaded up the No. 48 Super Late Model and hauled 1,500 miles from Colorado to North Carolina this week for the 13th Annual Easter Bunny 150.  The long haul proved to be worth the effort when he won his fifth career Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).


#81 – ARCA Drivers Outspoken About Graf’s Victory at Berlin

Wild and crazy doesn’t even begin to describe the finish of the Primera Plastics 200 for the ARCA Racing Series at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway on Saturday night. However, the word “controversial” does a pretty solid job instead.


New Jersey’s Joe Graf, Jr. got the victory on Saturday, his first ARCA win. But while he may have gotten the trophy, he definitely didn’t make any friends.


#82 – Florida Modified Driver DQ’d After Tire Test at New Smyrna

New Smyrna Speedway officials announced that Tank Tucker’s Florida Modifieds victory on night No. 7 of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing was disqualified following testing of a tire sample.


#83 – Hirschman’s Injured Crew Member on Road to Recovery

February was a month of triumphs and hardships for the No. 60 Pee Dee Motorsports Modified team. After a solid start to Speedweeks, disaster struck while the team was unloading equipment on Tuesday, February 13 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Crew member Dennis Duffy sustained a serious open leg fracture which required immediate surgery and left him hospitalized.


#84 – Noah Gragson Leaves KBM With Another Snowball Triumph

Noah Gragson came to Pensacola, Florida with unfinished business, looking for a win in the Snowball Derby to complete his tenure with Kyle Busch Motorsports. Gragson finished that business at Five Flags Speedway (FL), winning the 51st Annual Snowball Derby and continuing KBM’s success at the event.


#85 – Smooth Operator Pierce Eyes Carolina Clash Victory at Team’s Hometrack

The 2018 racing season was one of many changes for Bobby Pierce as he settled into a new team, with a new car, on a new series. While the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was taking a break in March, Pierce and the Dunn Benson Ford team are remained busy.  Pierce made his first start in the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series in a homecoming for the team at Fayetteville Motor Speedway (NC).


#86 – Pollard’s Domination Leaves Opponents Scratching Head at Mobile

Every driver has a theory, but none agree on what makes Bubba Pollard’s Pro Late Model car so good. The only agreement his closest competitors can reach is that Pollard is in a class of his own currently.


#87 – Dirt Modified Driver Returning to Asphalt at Lancaster

Billy Whittaker has explored many disciplines of racing in the state of New York during his racing career.  The 44-year-old Dirt Modified racer embarked on another adventure when he strapped in behind the wheel of a Tour-type Modified for a Race of Champions (RoC) Asphalt Modified Series race at Lancaster National Speedway (NY).


Brian Campbell celebrates his $20,000 Money in the Bank 150 win. (Speed51.com photo)

#88 – Late-Race Restart Lets Campbell Rob the Bank at Berlin

Entering the Money in the Bank 150 at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway, all eyes were on two drivers: Bubba Pollard and Kyle Busch. Pollard was chasing his third win in four days and a possible $42,000. Busch is a two-time Snowball Derby winner and a former NASCAR Cup Series champion. But when the checkered flag waved, all of the eyes at the track were on the white No. 47 car of Michigan’s own Brian Campbell.


#89 – ‘Homeboy’ Steals Outlaw Stock Win From Griffin, Nasse

The Snowball Derby Outlaw Stock feature was packed with local racers, but many eyes fell on the speedy pair of Derrick Griffin and Stephen Nasse, who battled for the pole during qualifying.  However, in a longer formatted race than the division normally runs, it wasn’t about being the fastest as much as it was about getting to the finish.


#90 – Opinion: Kyle Larson Needs to Be Embraced, Not Censored

A rising tide lifts all boats.


Some in racing believe that to be true; others apparently don’t. At least that’s how it seems to Kyle Larson, who told members of the media at Michigan International Speedway that he feels he has to avoid talking about his love for Sprint Car racing.


#91 – Harvick Posts Weekly Bonus in Honor of TC at Stafford

Following his March victory at ISM Raceway, Kevin Harvick expressed his frustration with the disconnect between the short tracks of America and the highest levels of NASCAR. Since that remark, the NASCAR community has been buzzing with talk of returning to the roots and supporting local short track racing.  Harvick, the 2014 Cup Series Champion, backed up his comments with contingency support at Stafford Speedway in 2018.


#92 – Blown Engine Changes Chili Bowl Fate for Larson, Bell

With about 15 laps to go in the 32nd Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals it looked as if 2018 was the year that Kyle Larson would finally score a Golden Driller of his own. His friends like Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell had already won the Chili Bowl, but he hadn’t. But with 10 laps to go, fate decided it had other plans. Larson’s engine went up in smoke, and so too did his Chili Bowl dreams. Bell went by and went on to score the win in his favorite race for the second year in a row.


#93 – Motorsports Icon Evernham Acquires JRi Shocks

Motorsports Icon and NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham announced his acquisition of JRi Shocks, effective immediately. JRi Shocks founder, Jeff Ryan, will continue to play a leading role in the organization as a Partner and Vice President of Engineering.


#94 – Mayhem-Filled Martinsville 300 Sees Virginia Veteran in Victory Lane

On a wild and eventful night at Martinsville Speedway (VA), C.E. Falk, III took the win in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, adding his name to a list of the all-time greats in Late Model Stock Car racing.


Chandler Smith broke through for his first SLM victory at SpeedFest. (Speed51.com photo)

#95 – Smith Sent to Rear, Spins & Wins at CRA SpeedFest

A Georgia racer parked a No. 26 Super Late Model in victory lane at SpeedFest Saturday evening, and his name wasn’t Bubba Pollard.


Chandler Smith charged through the field with less than 20 laps to go to grab the ARCA/CRA Super Series win at Crisp Motorsports Park for the biggest victory of his young racing career.


#96 – Yarbrough Proving To Be a Hard Charger in Carolina Clash

The 2018 Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series brought together some of the best Dirt Late Model stars in the Southeast, each vying for the spotlight race after race, often against some of the toughest national touring stars as well. Amidst all this cutthroat competition, Adam Yarbrough, a shoe string budget driver from Denver, North Carolina, made some of the most noise.


#97 – Midget Racer Pulls Off Must-See Move to Avoid Crash

It’s being called “The Move of the Year,” “The Save of the Year,” and more. Logan Seavey, a USAC National Midget driver and past winner of the QRC Speed51 Open at Millbridge Speedway, literally rode the fence during a USAC National Midget series race at Pennsylvania’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, also known as “Lanco.”


#98 – Unity Raceway Will Not Open for 2018 Racing Season

One of Maine’s most historic short tracks will not open its gates in 2018. Unity Raceway announced in January that the track would not be opening for the 2018 season.


#99 – A Racing Journalist’s Day as a Fan at Eldora’s Dirt Late Model Dream

Speed51.com Editor Brandon Paul made his way to Eldora Speedway in June for the Dirt Late Model Dream.  However, he did it without a laptop or even a piece of paper.  He attended as a fan and then reflected on that experience after the event.


#100 – CRA Introduces Junior Late Model Series

Champion Racing Association (CRA) officials announced that they will introduce a new racing series in 2019 to focus on a youth movement for short track stock car racing. The CRA Junior Late Model Series powered by JEGS will see 10 to 15-year-old drivers compete amongst themselves for both experience and recognition in full size late models with economical drive train and suspension alternatives


-Text by Speed51.com Staff

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