With hundreds of medals being handed out this month in Rio, we at Speed51.com have decided to hand out a few medals of our own to short track racers for their performances from this past weekend. The judges on Speed51.com have considered all aspects of each racer’s weekend performance including the number of wins, the strength of the win and the way each racer won their race(s).
Without further ado, here are the Short Track Racing medalists from the weekend of August 19-21.
GOLD MEDAL: Chad Boespflug (USAC Midgets)
While many athletes dream of winning gold medals every four years, race car drives such as Chad Boespflug dream of winning big-money races each year. Boespflug lived out his dream this past weekend by winning a total of $60,000 in two races at Badlands Motor Speedway (SD).
Boespflug kicked off the weekend on night one of the Rock and Roll Gold Cup by visiting victory lane in the $10,000-to-win preliminary race. He followed that up on Sunday night by passing one of USAC’s best “big-money racers,” Dave Darland, and winning the hefty $50,000 top prize.
For his performance in Brandon, South Dakota this past weekend, Boespflug has been awarded this weekend’s gold medal on Speed51.com.
SILVER MEDAL: Michael Barnes (Supermodifieds)
Winning a championship at “The Steel Palace” is not an easy task. It’s made even more difficult when a driver is forced to start shotgun on the field on championship night.
Supermodified driver Michael Barnes was up to that task Saturday night, driving from last to first to win the 50-lap feature and the season championship at Oswego Speedway.
For his impressive drive to the front with the championship on the line, Barnes is awarded this week’s silver medal.
BRONZE MEDAL: Garrett Jones (Southern Super Series)
Whether it be in the swimming pool or on the race track, training and practice helps mold athletes into winners. Late Model driver Garrett Jones proved that to be true this past weekend by winning the Southern Super Series Lee Fields Memorial 150 at Mobile (AL).
Jones credited the win to the amount of time he and his team had recently spent testing at Hickory Motor Speedway, a track located close to their shop in Mooresville, North Carolina. That practice paid off in the way of Jones’ first career Super Late Model win.
For his performance in Irvington, Alabama this past weekend, Jones is awarded this week’s gold medal.
-Text by Speed51.com Staff