2019 was an action-packed season in the short track racing world. Speed51 cameras captured tons of action throughout the year, covering hundreds of races and producing thousands of videos for passionate fans. Trying to narrow all of that excitement into a list of 25 videos was a challenging task, but we’ve done it once again.
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With $20,000 on the line, Brandon Overton and Rick Eckert battled to a photo finish at one of the finest Dirt Late Model facilities in the southeast on Father’s Day weekend.
The Snowball Derby is always the biggest race in Super Late Model racing, with plenty of excitement and drama. Even after being postponed one day by rain, this year’s Derby delivered on that expectation.
The highly-anticipated Speed51 Super Select winner-take-all All-Star Race delivered on the hype, producing incredible racing around Lucas Oil Raceway on the weekend of NASCAR’s visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
October’s Haunted Hundred, the finale for the 2019 Tri-Track Open Modified Series schedule certainly lived to up expectations, and then some. An eventful feature event soon came down to Matt Hirschman and Ron Silk taking off the gloves in what would come down to an action-packed white flag battle, with plenty of controversy before and after the checkered flag.
The battle to get into the Snowball Derby is always intense, and this year that battle led to tempers flaring after Harrison Burton, Rich Bickle and Carson Hocevar were all removed from transfer positions by an accident just shy of the finish.
It was everything you could expect out of Modified race at “The Magic Mile” during the New England Short Track Showdown back in June. The usual helping of bump-drafting, slingshots, and multiple lead changes were the norm of the 50-lap feature, with Ronnie Williams and Anthony Nocella taking the fight to a dominating Chase Dowling; all culminating with a photo finish to cap it off.
The Super Late Model portion of the Short Track Showdown at “The Magic Mile” featured a thrilling finish, as Eddie MacDonald and Mike Hopkins battled over the closing laps to a photo finish.
During the 5th Annual Buckeye Late Model Dirt Weeks, the ULTIMATE Mid-Ohio Valley Series put on a thriller at Princeton Speedway.
In September, 113 Pro Late Model teams gathered at Virginia Motor Speedway for the FASTRAK World Championship and a shot at $50,000.
After 200 laps, the top spot for one of the biggest races in Super Late Model racing came down to a duel between two of Wisconsin’s finest – Ty Majeski and former NASCAR Cup Series Champion Matt Kenseth.
Returning to Canada’s big 5/8-mile for the second-straight season back in July for the Great Canadian 100, fans got plenty of high-speed thrills and side-by side-action once again. It was a great three-way battle between former RoC champs Chuck Hossfeld and Patrick Emerling, along with Tommy Catalano who was in search of an elusive first RoC victory.
The SBM VIII will be remembered by another name for those who were there that Saturday night in July: “The Ronnie and Ronnie Show.” The 125-lap contest would come down to youth and experience as Ronnie Williams and Ron Silk would settle the race honors in a pitched battle over the final laps at the quarter-mile oval.
The Spring Thaw at Volunteer Speedway put $10,000 on the line at Bulls Gap, Tennessee, and some of the top Dirt Late Model racers around battled hard for the big money in April.
In case Justin Weaver and Kyle Lee weren’t already exciting fans with their race-long battle for the lead, smoke began to billow from the rear of Weaver’s car over the closing laps. Weaver fought through the mechanical issue to score an improbable win.
RoC’s second trip to Chemung for the Rod Spalding Classic in early August saw the usual close-quarters tussling under the lights. The 75-lap affair featured plenty of heartbreak for many in the field, while giving others the chance to show off. Avoiding plenty of chaos, Patrick Emerling and Matt Hirschman would be the ones to settle things in the race’s final stretch.
The quarter-mile Star Speedway in New Hampshire produced some physical, close-quarters racing in the Star Classic this year, coming down to a battle between Joey Doiron and Ray Christian, III to the checkered flag.
A three-car battle broke out late in the Red Rose Rumble, with Brett Hamm, “Downtown” Michael Brown and Ross Bailes all battling for the Carolina Clash win.
When Brett Hamm suffered a flat tire on the final lap of the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series event at “Boom City” it created a wild and dramatic battle to the checkered flag.
There’s always plenty of thrills on Turkey Derby weekend in November down on the Jersey Shore in all divisions. But, the Dirt Mods stole the spotlight from the headline Tour-type Mods on this cold Saturday. In particular, Long Islander youngster Dillon Steuer gained the most attention, with multiple three-wide passes as he pursued the lead.
It’s a newer tradition in the racing scene, but the Bacon Bowl in Canada is already turning into a memorable, action-packed event on the calendar, and that was true again in 2019.
The FASTRAK UBB Memorial came down to an exciting three-car battle around the tight 3/8-mile I-77 Speedway to start a West Virginia doubleheader weekend.
The first 2019 visit by the Mods of Mayhem to the Florida Panhandle in April ended with a battle of North vs. South. Alabama’s Augie Grill and Ohio’s Kyle Purvis each carved a path through the top of the field over the early stage of the race. In the end, it would be the two of them who would shoot it out, while dodging lapped cars in the waning laps.
After an early issue, Stephen Nasse charged through the field at “The Last Great Colosseum” to score a gladiator’s sword.
A grand racing tradition, with only the Indianapolis 500 surpassing it in age, the 69th running of the Race of Champions 250 featured plenty of prestige and intrigue this past September. The race’s multiple pit stops over the long distance, coupled with Lake Erie’s reputation as being one of the most competitive tracks in the land, kept things unpredictable to the end.
Another crown jewel in the Super Late Model world, the All American 400 ended with local Mason Mingus battling with some of the top drivers in Super Late Model racing in a chaotic finish.