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Reed wins Crosley Brands ARCA 150 at Kentucky

September 27th, 2015

(SPARTA, Ky) – Ryan Reed grabbed the lead from Austin Cindric with 20 laps remaining in Saturday’s Crosley Brands 150, then held off a charging Travis Braden, to win his second ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race of the season.

“It’s a lot of fun. It’s amazing when you drive as good as racecars as this one…how fun it can be,” Reed said. “We started the day off in maybe an eighth-place car, but my crew chief Teddy Brown and everyone at Lira Motorsports did a great job tuning up our hot rod. We just never gave up. We got out front and got track position.” Reed, in the No. 38 Lilly Diabetes-MOMO-TraqGear-Ford Performance Ford, captured the second win for Lira Motorsports, a first-year team that entered four cars in Saturday’s Crosley Brands 150. Another of those cars, the No. 59 driven by David Levine, improved 15 spots to finish third. Braden, in the No. 01 West Virginia University-Matheson Gases-Platinum Express Chevrolet, was second. Ross Kenseth was fourth and ARCA Racing Series point leader Grant Enfinger finished fifth. Braden made up a big margin on Reed, closing the gap in the final laps before Reed pulled away, winning by .356 seconds.

“It was probably a rookie mistake on my part,” Braden said. “I think I got too close to him too soon. When I got there, I didn’t have anything for him. I’m very happy to finish second-place here. I definitely didn’t expect what we’ve done here in just two races.” Braden was the highest finishing SCOTT Rookie of the Race with Levine right behind him in a career-best finish.

“This car was an absolute rocket today,” Levine said. “To be where we were Tuesday in the test to where we are now is great. It’s great to see a Lira Motorsports driver in victory lane and that our team has won races.”

The rest of the top 10 included Daniel Suarez in the No. 15 Arris Toyota in sixth, Kyle Weatherman in the No. 22 Crosley Brands Dodge seventh and another Lira Motorsports entry, Chris Windom in the No. 36, eighth. Hoosier Superspeedway point leader Matt Kurzejewski finished ninth in the No. 54 Costy’s Energy Services Chevrolet and Bo LeMastus in 10th place in the No. 42 Crosley Brands-T&T Construction-Glad Precision Dodge. Cindric, after having a tire issue on lap 80, finished 17th in the No. 99 AutoZone Ford for Cunningham Motorsports.

Saturday’s race was scheduled for Friday night at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway but was moved to Saturday afternoon due to rain. It took one hour, 26 minutes to finish the race, which saw three cautions for 34 laps. Most of the caution laps came when a light rain shower hit the track near the middle of the race. Venturini Motorsports driver Suarez led the first 53 laps with Cindric leading 27 and Reed the final 20.

It was a big day in the point standings for Enfinger. The Fairhope, Ala. native entered the day with a 225-point lead over Josh Williams and Tom Hessert. Hessert, however, crashed on the first lap with Sarah Cornett-Ching, an accident that also caught up Menards Pole winner William Byron and the No. 25 Ansell-Menards Toyota driven by Brandon Jones. Williams also had problems, finishing 24th, allowing Enfinger to widen his lead to 320 points. By starting race No. 20 of the 2015 ARCA season at Kansas Speedway, Enfinger will win his first series championship.

The Friday, October 16 race at Kansas Speedway will be live on FOX Sports 1 with live Timing and Scoring at

Ashley Newman Claims First-Career, Super Late Model Win

September 17th, 2015

Ripley, Tennessee- Ashley Newman has claimed several vicories throughout his career, but on Saturday evening he piloted his Upton Motorsports #73 Greg’s Sawmill/ Longhorn Super Late Model by scoring the feature win at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway.

On Saturday night Upton Motorsports and Ashley Newman unveiled their sharp new wrap on their Longhorn Super Late Model at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway (Calvert City, Kentucky). It proved to be a great night as Ashley captured his first-career, Super Late Model victory. Winning by 1.248 seconds over Tim Brown in the main event, Newman scored his 8th overall victory of the season with Scott Bell, Jarryd Holshouser, and Jason Wagner rounding out the top five.

“I’ve had a lot of success in Crate Late Models, but to get my first win in a Super is really special to me,” said Newman with a big smile. “This opportunity that Greg and Angie Upton give me is just incredible, and I can’t thank them enough for their great support.

Complete results from this event can be found at .

The upcoming weekend, September 18th-19th, will take Ashley into battle in a pair of $5,000-to-win, DIRTCar Super Late Model events. On Friday evening the team will compete at Tri City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, Illinois) before heading to Federated Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, Missouri) on Saturday night. For more information on these events, please visit and .

Upton Motorsports would like to thank all of their sponsors including Greg’s Sawmill, 45 Race Shop, Best One Tire & Service, Gary Beard Trucking, Bob Pierce Race Cars, Rod End Supply, AR Bodies, Schoenfeld Headers, Real Racing Wheels, Ace Sign Company, PPM Racing Products, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Ashley Newman and Upton Motorsports, please visit and .

Riley Hickman Scores Win in Inaugural NeSmith Event at KLMS

September 3rd, 2015

Cleveland, Tennessee – Riley Hickman made history on Friday evening by piloting his Hickman Manufacturing #R1 Austin Trucking/CVR Late Model to the $2,500 victory in the inaugural NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series event at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway.

On Friday night Riley Hickman made the trip to Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway (Calvert City, Kentucky), pulling double duty in both his Crate and Super Late Models. Drawing a field of twenty-seven entries for the Southern All Stars Series-sanctioned Super Late Model event, Hickman recorded the fastest time in qualifying to lock into the pole position for the feature. Battling for a $4,000 payday, Riley recorded a 3rd place finish behind race winner, Billy Moyer Jr., and Ashley Newman with Brandon Kinzer and Dylan Ames rounding out the top five.

On the same night twenty-eight Crate Late Models signed in for the $2,500-to-win, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series event. Recording the fastest time again, Riley earned the pole position for the feature. Charging to the lead on lap 12, and then holding off Matt Henderson, Riley scored his thirteenth win on the season with Henderson, Ryan King, John Owenby, and Jake Teague trailing him to the finish line.

Saturday night brought twenty-four Super Late Models to Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway for the $5,000-to-win, Southern All Stars feature event. Earning a 2nd row starting spot, Riley Hickman held his 4th place starting spot for the 50-lap A-Main, registering a 4th place finish behind Billy Moyer Jr., Dane Dacus, and Dylan Ames with Ashley Newman coming in 5th.

Looking to capture the $2,500 payday plus a bonus $1,000 for a weekend sweep, Riley was one of 29 Crate Late Models signed in for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series-sanctioned event. Battling with John Owenby for the 50-lap affair, Hickman was surpassed with three laps to go retiring to a runner-up spot behind Owenby with Ashley Newman, Ronnie Johnson, and Matt Henderson completing the top five.

“It was a great weekend in both cars, and it was a lot of fun to race at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway,” noted Hickman. “I want to thank my crew, my sponsors, and all of my fans for their great support.”

Complete results from these events can be found at and .

While Riley expects to compete in a host of events over the Labor Day weekend he hasn’t yet locked down his definite plans. He does have the $3,500-to-win, unsanctioned Super Late Model event at Duck River Raceway Park (Summertown, Tennessee) on Sunday night penciled into his schedule. For the latest team plans please keep your browsers pointed to .

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