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 5-7.
GOLD MEDAL: Jimmy Blewett (Modifieds & Late Models)
It was “Showtime” in the Northeast this past weekend with Jimmy Blewett scoring a total of three wins in two days at two different race tracks.
Blewett kicked off the weekend by parking the Mystic Missile No. 4 in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory Lane at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) for his first Tour win since 2009.
The New Jersey native then made his way to his home state to compete at Wall Stadium (NJ), a bullring located on the Jersey Shore. Blewett piloted his own Modified in the Summer Scorcher 125, one of the track’s biggest annual races, and went on to score his second victory of the weekend. He followed that up by making a rare start in a Late Model and scoring his third win of the weekend.
SILVER MEDAL: Dalton Sargeant (ARCA Racing Series)
It was only a matter of time until Dalton Sargeant ended up in ARCA Racing Series Victory Lane. The Boca Raton, Florida driver survived a wild race at Berlin Raceway (MI) on Saturday evening to pick up his first win in 11 series starts. For a driver that has been on the brink of a win all year long — whether it be in Super Late Model or Stock Car competition — the win serves as a huge momentum booster for the rest of the season. With the monkey off his back and a Speed51.com silver medal around his neck, Sargeant is ready to chase more wins in 2016.
BRONZE MEDAL: Burt Myers (Modifieds)
Burt Myers was potentially just one move away from sweeping the biggest weekend of the year at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) this past weekend.
Myers kicked off the weekend by dominating the early stages of the 100-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature race. He took over the lead within the first 10 laps and held onto the lead until lap 72 when Myers slipped in the inside dirt, allowing Tim Brown to power by. Four laps later the skies opened up and the race was called official with 76 laps completed. Myers settled for a runner-up finish.
On Saturday night, Myers returned to the track for the Strutmaster.com 199, the annual NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at the track. With revenge on his mind, Myers held off his younger brother Jason to pick up the win and extend his lead in the championship standings.
-Text by Speed51.com Staff