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Archive for May, 2016

Memorial Day Is Raceday At Macon Speedway NASCAR Personalities Join Macon Stars For Monday Event

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest and most popular race weekends in the United States. With the running of the Indy 500, the Coca Cola 600, and many special events across the country, fans flock to see their favorite drivers on track. This is no different in Central Illinois, where Macon Speedway will be holding its second event in three days with a Memorial Day Special event on Monday afternoon.

Coming off a Saturday night event that saw Lovington, IL driver Jeremy Nichols claim feature wins in Sportsman and Street Stocks, Springfield, IL’s Guy Taylor take the Pro Late Model win, Germantown, IL driver Rodney Standerfer win in the Billingsley Towing Modified class, and Decatur, IL’s Michael Gossett take the checkered in the Hornet division, many other drivers from all across the state will head to the 1/5-mile high banked dirt track on Monday vying for top spots.

Monday’s action will be non-stop with seven divisions scheduled to race. Headlining the event will be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified division with the stellar field of Macon Speedway stars facing off against NASCAR’s Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace. Schrader and Wallace are partners along with Tony Stewart and Bob Sargent in the Macon Speedway operation. The two drivers, despite running a large amount of events across the country in their open wheel cars, will have a tough challenge beating the likes of Rodney Standerfer, Dave Crawley, Jr., Curt Rhodes, and a barrage of others who pace the track on a weekly basis.

In addition to the Modifieds, the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models will be racing. It will be the second event on the year for the series, after Jackonville’s event on Friday was postponed due to rain. The series opened at Lincoln Speedway on May 6 with Nick Bauman taking the victory. Jake Little, Roben Huffman, Andy Minett, and Brandon Eskew claimed top five finishes. The Pro Late Models will be running for $600 to win on Monday afternoon.

Also on the card are the UMP B-Mods, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Hornets, regular divisions at the speedway. Part time classes making their second appearances of the year are the POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets and the Micros, presented at Macon by the Beach House. In all, the seven divisions will give every race fan a taste of all kinds of divisions and types of cars.

Monday’s events will start an hour earlier to all fans and competitors to make it back to their homes at a reasonable time. Pits are set to open at 2:30, grandstands at 4:00, competitor pill draw will end at 4:50, hotlaps begin at 5:00, and racing action will take the green at 6:00. Grandstand admission is just $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

More information on Monday’s event can be found at www.maconracing.com.

Lincoln County Highlights

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Cashing in on the opportunities on the oval were many competitors that took to the track at Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte (NE) on Saturday evening. Outrunning the storm with the fastest to earn a trip to the winners circle was Colton Osborn, Dillon Schultz , Casey Werkmeister, Shawn Slezak and Erik Nelson.

Working his way through traffic and going to the top groove to snare the lead, Colton Osborn of Cozad was able to drive to the point and earn the IMCA Modified Feature victory. Osborn was working the bottom groove for much of his run to second place before going up the ladder a rung on the 12th lap that took him into the lead. Leading the way for the initial 11 laps of the feature event was Ogallala’s Cole Hodges. Hodges continued to stay up on the wheel with authority to snare a runner-up finish. In his first appearance at Lincoln County Raceway, Tanner Black of Grent Bend, Kanas was third overall when the checkered flag flew on Saturday.

In one of the most competitive and exciting races of the evening, it was Dillon Schultz of North Platte that was able to avoid incidents and was in a position to win during the final laps to claim the checkered flag in the IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature event. Schultz led the final two laps of the feature event to earn the win after a red flag was thrown while Schultz was running in the second place position and current leader at the time, Henry Henderson of Sutherland was collected in an accident while working through lap traffic. Henderson was not able to continue in the feature. Earning a runner-up finish as a result of his consistency in the final laps was Zach Schultz of North Platte. After starting at the rear of the field on a re-start,
Jamey Kennicutt of Gothenburg worked his way back on the podium with a third place finish.

Continuing his streak of good fortune, Casey Werkmeister of Maywood snared the lead just short of the halfway point and never looked back to earn yet another Feature victory in the IMCA Stock Car division. Werkmeister started in the sixth row and rode the cushion to the front and led from the ninth lap through the final lap. The Flyin’ Farmer Kyle Clough of Wallace was able to surge forward during the final laps to earn the runner-up paycheck after starting in the fourth row on the starting grid. Coming from deep in the field, Casey Woken of Norton, Kansas patiently worked through traffic to earn a podium finish in third place overall.

Striking when the iron was hot was Shawn Slezak of Milligan, as he led the final lap of the Hobby Stock Feature event to record the victory. Slezak had worked to get within contention of the lead during the waning laps and cashed in on a golden opportunity on the final lap and took advantage of the open door to the front of the field. Finishing second overall after leading laps as they dwindled down was Jacob Wolsleben of Lexington. Crossing the finish line in third place overall was Brady ‘Deuces Wild’ Weinman of Arnold. Weinman started on the outside of the third row and was able to stay out of the trouble throughout the feature to earn the elite finish.

Starting from the beginning until the finish in dominant fashion, Erik Nelson of Central City scored the victory in the IMCA Sport Compact Feature. Nelson started on the front row of the feature and he surged forward and never looked back to earn the win. It was a family battle for the remaining podium positions with Andrew Baumgardner of North Platte and his father Tom Baumgardner also of North Platte finishing second and third, respectively.

Owens Wins Wild Show-Me at Lucas Oil Speedway

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

WHEATLAND, MO- Jimmy Owens became a 4-time winner of the Show-Me 100 by taking the $30,000 victory on Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Speedway. In front of a tremendous crowd and while closing out an absolutely action-packed race that was filled with drama, Owens picked up the lead for the final time when Scott Bloomquist lost a left rear wheel and Bobby Pierce had to pit with a flat tire.

After the final caution on lap 98 for Pierce, Owens led a 2-lap dash to the finish for the victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/Lucas Oil MLRA co-sanctioned event. Bloomquist fought back to finish second, followed by Jesse Stovall, Jonathan Davenport and Tony Jackson Jr. “We felt we had the best car here all weekend. I started having rear brake problems. The car started to really push and it wouldn’t go through the corners. We had that final caution there near the end, and I was hoping to stay green. I would rather be lucky than good sometimes, and it’s going to be a great ride home. I want to thank everyone at R&W Motorsports, Barry and Lance Wright, and all the crew. They have all worked so hard for this. This is just awesome,” said Owens in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 54th time in his career.

“A big thanks to E3 Spark Plus, Wehrs Machine, and Ohlins Shocks, they all proved themselves tonight. Also thanks to a new sponsor; Cheap Cars. Thanks to Red Line Oil, and especially to Chris Davis of Midwest Sheet Metal. Thank God everybody had a safe night; there were some tough wrecks out there tonight. That highside was treacherous, but that’s where you had to be.” Davenport bolted to the lead at the start of the race and led the first 44 circuits until Friday night’s winner, Jared Landers stormed to the point. Landers held the lead until Bloomquist forged ahead on lap 55. Bloomquist held the point until Owens wrestled the lead from him. Bloomquist rebounded to take the lead with nine laps to go but as he was entering turn number one, he lost his left rear tire. The caution came out, and he pitted for a new tire and wheel.

“I felt a little vibration,” said Bloomquist on his left rear wheel. “I tried to stay on the bottom the best I could, but when Jimmy and Pierce went by me I thought I had better get up there with them. It’s just unfortunate that the wheel broke. To get a second place finish after what happened is pretty remarkable. Fortunately, there weren’t a lot of cars left on the lead lap so we restarted fifth, which helped.” The biggest story of the race was the amazing performance by Bobby Pierce. Pierce won the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge and charged from the 29th starting spot to take over the lead under the caution as Bloomquist pitted. Under that caution, Pierce’s right rear tire went flat, forcing him to pit as well. Stovall came out late to the starting grid due to mechanical issues and quietly charged through the field. He was running second to Owens with nine laps remaining.

“I was riding around in the early part of the race, and then cars started dropping out and I realized that I was up to 12th. I thought; let’s keep going and the next thing I knew I am up to second challenging for the lead.” “On that last restart I thought about going low and sliding him [Owens], but it just wouldn’t stick down there and I ended up going to the top, but it wasn’t good enough. Then I lost it a little bit in turn four on the final lap and Bloomquist got by him. To finish third in this race feels great.” Completing the top ten were Pierce, Steve Francis, Tim McCreadie, Dennis Erb Jr., and Chris Brown.

In preliminary action, Jason Papich, Chris Simpson, and Will Vaught won their respective B-Mains. Bobby Pierce won the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge.

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Burton Wins First SSS Race at Five Flags Speedway

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

(Pensacola, Fla.) – Harrison Burton picked up his second career Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco win Friday night at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. The 15-year-old driver narrowly escaped a penalty with seven laps to go that would have sent him to the rear of the field.

Perennial heavyweight Bubba Pollard took control at the point of the 36-car field following a lap 22 restart. After a long green flag run, lapped traffic in the closing stages of the race allowed Burton to close in with less than 10 laps remaining.

As Pollard had his hands full trying to put Riley Herbst one lap down, Burton charged hard into turn three and made contact with Pollard. The end result saw Pollard spin in turn four with just seven laps remaining.

By rule, for his involvement, officials called for Burton to be sent to the tail until Bubba Pollard, in an ultimate show of sportsmanship, brought his car down pit road and explained to officials that he “lost it” on his own and that Burton’s contact had nothing to do with it.

Based on Pollard’s honesty, the initial ruling was overturned, and Burton drove away from Casey Roderick on the final restart, and into Five Flags Speedway victory lane for the first time in his career.

“This is the happiest I’ve ever been in my life,” Burton told fans after an enthusiastic high-five from his dad, Jeff Burton, in victory lane.

Burton, who struggled in the series’ previous Five Flags appearance, started seventh and worked his way up to second in the opening third of the race. After having his first pass for the lead negated by caution, the Huntersville, North Carolina native dropped back to fifth by the halfway point.

The extended green flag period that followed saw the second-generation driver methodically work his way back through the top five and back into contention late.

“It’s been so long since we won last, we’ve worked so hard on this,” stated Burton, who gave far more credit to his team than he took for himself. “Things are really starting to click for us. We’re getting better and better as the weeks go on. Even when we have a bad week it seems we still end up with top five and top 10s. I think this is just a show of our strength and I can’t wait to get another win.”

Jeff Choquette, who was making his first appearance in more than a year and a half rallied late for a strong runner-up finish. Choquette happily said that this wouldn’t be his last run back with the Southern Super Series or at Five Flags Speedway.

“I love coming here, this is an awesome race track,” Choquette said after his strong return run. “36 race cars, I don’t think you can say much more than that.”

Veteran Augie Grill rounded out the podium ahead of Raphael Lessard and Kyle Grissom in the top five.

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Noonan Edges Schlenk For ALMS Win In Epic Finish At Oakshade

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Oakshade Raceway played host to some incredible racing action Memorial Day weekend with Casey Noonan edging out Rusty Schlenk in an epic battle to the finish of the American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco feature event.

Sylvania, Ohio’s Casey Noonan started on the outside of the front row and got the lead at the start of the 30-lap, $2,000 to win, ALMS feature event over defending track champion Brian Ruhlman. A caution on lap 10 tightened up the field for a double-file restart in which Noonan chose to take the inside, putting Schlenk to his outside. Schlenk, the ALMS point leader, took advantage and darted out to the lead on the restart. A spin on lap 14 brought out the yellow flag again and Schlenk chose the inside position for the restart with Noonan flanking him on the outside. Noonan capitalized and took the lead back on the restart. Another caution slowed the field on lap 25 after Brad Wade smacked the backstretch wall. Just as the field was lined up for a single-file restart, the skies opened up just a bit and the track became too slick to resume racing. After about 10 minutes of the cars circulating around the oval, track conditions improved and the field lined up behind Noonan to go back to green for the final five laps. Schlenk restarted second and within a couple laps, was able to pull alongside Noonan to race for the lead. The two drivers raced side by side the final three laps with Noonan getting a great run coming off the final corner to pull ahead just a bit to earn his second Oakshade feature win of the year. Schlenk maintained his ALMS point lead after settling for a close second place finish. Ruhlman was third with Mike Bores and Jon Henry rounding out the rest of the top five finishers. With the feature win, Noonan takes over the early season track point lead by four points over Ruhlman.

Great racing action continued in the UMP Sportsman feature with sparks flying at the finish. Jamie Grochowski led the first five laps until crashing into an embankment around a light pole in the infield which took him out of contention, although he would later return to the race several laps down. Bob Gregory inherited the race lead with Rusty Smith pressuring from the second position. Rich Ruff charged his way to the front late in the race after getting by both Smith and Gregory. A late caution set up a three-lap race to the finish. Sylvania, Ohio’s Rusy Smith got to the inside of Ruff and the two drivers raced side by side all the way to the checkered flag. Ruff came off the final corner a bit high and scraped the frontstretch wall sending a shower of sparks flying as he tried to fend off Smith. Smith carried a good run on the inside off turn four to beat Ruff to the checkered flag in an extremely close and exciting finish. Mike Jessen finished third with Tim Fisher gaining five positions to finish fourth. Gregory slipped back to finish fifth.

Gregg DeTray appeared to be on his way to his first Bomber A Main feature win of the year, but the bad luck bug would bite him once again. DeTray started inside the second row and took the lead shortly after the drop of the green flag. He proceeded to open up a big lead and was working through slower traffic when Dylan Hough spun on lap 11 just in front of him. DeTray had nowhere to go and ripped the front off Hough’s car with the right side of his. DeTray continued on as the yellow flag came out. Another caution came out on a lap later after a Dean Taylor crash. DeTray led Jeff Foks Jr. as they came back to the green flag for the final three laps. Foks, from Holland, Ohio, took the lead away on the restart and pulled away to win his second A Main of the year. Tim Hancock and Chris Sands also got by DeTray to finish second and third respectively after DeTray faded back to end up fourth. Teri-Lynn Murphy was fifth.

Brogan Rehklau led from flag to flag in the Sport Compact feature event, ending Richard Riffe’s consecutive win streak at two. The Waldron, Michigan driver started on the outside of the second row and had the lead by the end of the first lap. Riffe quickly worked up to second, but was unable to mount a successful challenge on Rehklau. It was the first win of the season for the defending track champion. Riffe settled for second with pole-sitter Cory Gumm finishing third. Matt Brazeau started very deep in the field and took a fourth place finish with Jeff Foks Sr. ending up fifth.

A hard crash at the start of the Bomber B Main took out last week’s B Main winner, Dylan Burt, as well as Ryder Price and Duane Fletcher. Once things got going, Jerry Signor jumped out to the race lead. Adrian, Michigan’s Roscoe Stetten took command on lap five after starting toward the back of the field. Terry Rump closed in late, but Stetten held on to pick up the victory. Following Rump in second was Jarrett Rendel in third and Brandon Clark in fourth. Nick fenner finished fifth.

Jeff Goodman from Wauseon, Ohio, led the entire distance of Sport Compact B Main which was the final race of the night. Goodman wasted little time and quickly took the lead before pulling away to pick up the checkered flag over Chris Leonard. Chane Stuckey II started on the pole and slipped back two spots to finish third. Jennifer Rendel was fourth and Kenny Wats rounded out the top five finishers.

The “Night of Wheels” returns to Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, June 4 with a full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts in addiction to a large number of bikes that will be given away at intermission to a bunch of happy kids. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.