Mawhinney Wins Pro-Series Opener

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By: Tom Giannini

(LAS VEGAS, NV)  With the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series and ASRS Xfinity Series seasons already in swing, it was time for the boys of fall to hit the short track circuit for the first ASRS Short Track Pro-Series race of the 2017 season.

One of the biggest questions going into the 125 lap event at the Bullring in Las Vegas was if Jared Mogard could defend his 2016 Championship against the likes of newcomers and short track aces. One short track ace entered in the event was Justin Blackdeer who dominated the field in the previous season of Super Late Model competition. There was a shock when Jared Mogard did not show up on the entry sheet of the season’s first event. A race behind already, it will be hard for the driver of the #01 to defend the crown but far from impossible.

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Turning the spotlight to the drivers in attendance, the night got off to a good start for Jonathan Mawhinney who paced practice with blistering speeds. Travis Wright, Ty Hester, Allan Young and Jim Foose all posted top 5 times throughout the half hour long practice session. That speed would transfer into qualifying as the top 3 in practice all started in the top 3 for the race. The newcomer Mawhinney claimed the pole by almost a full tenth over the rest of the field. Travis Wright lined up next to him in second. Third went to Travis Wright followed by Mat Mitchell and Rex Hoyle. The race was not short of excitement in the caution and drama departments as the race was slowed by a walloping 16 cautions.

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There were only three cars at the end of the event without a scratch or dent of some sort. Jonathan Mawhinney led the entire 125 laps of the event. Smooth sailing for him considering 66% of the race was run at pace speeds. Following Mawhinney to the checkered was Michael Atkins Jr who impressively came back from an earlier spin. Dominic Lee would finish 3rd but not after fireworks when he and his team mate Ty Hester were involved in an incident with only a few laps remaining. Jim Foose was a staple in the top 5 all night as he turned his 7th place start into a 4th place finish. Short track ace Rex Hoyle would finish 5th on the night.

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Early season favorites Justin Blackdeer and Jonathan Holstein were involved in wrecks and were relegated to DNFs. Ty Hester would rebound from his wreck to finish 11th. The series will continue on at South Boston Speedway in Virginia next Wednesday as the drivers either hope to continue their good runs or try to right the ship early.

Jake Douglas Wins Epic Duel with Dominic Lee, Chase Field Set

2017-09-12 22-09-31_0By Tom Giannini

(JOLIET, IL) The racers were out in Joliet, Illinois for the final race of the 2017 Sam Maxwell Customs regular season. For several drivers in the midst of the points battle for the Chase clinching 8th position, there was an added level of anxiety mounting before the drop of the green flag. After the shocking pre-race announcement that Sam Maxwell would step aside from Chase competition due to a conflict of interest, the Chase bubble seat got red hot with Tom Giannini and Kevin Mingus chasing Michael Atkins and Jonathan Holstein for the final two spots in the Chase.

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The race could not have started better for Atkins as the driver of the #44 put his Jim Foose Motorsports Chevrolet on the pole for the afternoon’s race. Jordan Ashelin would flank Atkins to the outside of row one followed by Mitch Brown, Devin Serra and Jake Douglas.
The race would prove to be a competitive one as 6 drivers would pace the field for at least one lap.

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Trouble would find three of the four bubble position competitors as Michael Atkins and Jonathan Holstein were both involved in wrecks throughout the event. Tom Giannini would be caught a lap down during a strategy move to short pit. Giannini would finish 12th, Mingus 13th, Atkins 17th and Holstein finished 26th. Combine Holstein and Atkins’ lead over Giannini and Mingus with Giannini and Mingus’ sub-par finish, the race for the final two transfer positions went to Holstein and Atkins.

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The real story on the night would prove to be the epic race for the lead in the closing laps. Jake Douglas and Dominic Lee would have fans on their feet as they traded the lead (and some paint) in the closing laps. Douglas would come out on top with his first win of the 2017 season. Douglas, who is not in the Chase field, would play the role of party crasher as he celebrated in Sunoco Victory Lane.
We caught up with Douglas in Victory Lane:

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“Man, what a great truck. Obviously I learned a lot from last night in the Cup series race which led me to find a good line for sure. Great race guys!”
Finishing second to Douglas was Devin Serra, followed in third by Dominc Lee, 4th went to Jordan Ashelin and Allan Young rounded out the top 5.

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Without further adieu, here is your 2017 Sam Maxwell Customs Chase field:
Brad Cross: 2 wins, 3 top 5, 6 top 10
Michael Atkins Jr: 1 win, 4 top 5, 6 top 10
Mitch Brown: 1 win, 5 top 5, 8 top 10
Jason Stewart: 1 win, 3 top 5, 8 top 10
Jim Foose: 3 top 5, 8 top 10
Devin Serra: 7 top 5, 9 top 10
Allan Young: 8 top 5, 9 top 10

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We at ASRS would like to congratulate our field of 8 drivers as they duke it out for the Sam Maxwell Customs trophy. We will see the boys in action next week in New Hampshire. Tune into OCTV on Youtube to catch all the action!

Foose Scores Dirt Win at Volusia, 2nd Win in a Week

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There’s an old saying around race tracks; “The fastest car doesn’t always win the race”.  For the ASRS Dirt Racing Series Super Late Model finale, that held true.

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Brad Cross set the fast lap in qualifying and dominated the 75 lap main event, much like he has done all season on the dirt tracks.  The problem was the fuel load was short for a 75 lap feature. Kris Titus was the first to run dry on lap 56.

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Cross ran out of fuel on lap 57 while leading.  He was followed to pit road by nearly the entire field.  The lead battle then became a battle between Trevor Brownlee, looking for his first ASRS win, and Jim Foose, who had flipped his car on the opening lap.  Brownlee lost the lead with seven laps to go.

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Foose cruised to victory, his first on dirt.  Brownlee was second, John Kennedy third, Ty Hester and Josh Walker rounded out the top five.  Despite running out of fuel, Cross took home his third dirt championship this season, completing the season sweep on dirt.

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Foose Takes Sportsman at Myrtle Beach

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(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) Jim Foose is the all time win’s leader at ASRS, but was winless for over a year before venturing into Myrtle Beach Speedway and the Coffman Racing Graphics Sportsman Truck Series.

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Jonathon Holstein led the field to the green flag with Jim Foose along side for the green flag.  Holstein would shoot to the lead with Foose on his tailgate.  Foose’s race would take an unexpected turn midway through the race when Steve Buhala made contact with Foose’s #42 and sent both drivers spinning.  Both drivers were able to continue on.

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The race was on as Holstein remained on the track without pitting.  The battle for the lead heated up after the 3/4 mark, with Foose closing in fast on Holstein.  The two made contact with less than 20 to go, Foose cleared Holstein to take the lead while Holstein’s #70 slammed the outside wall.

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Foose would fend off Jeremy Banning in the closing laps, but in the end it was Foose adding to his win total.  Banning was second, Austin Foutch finished third Josh Siddon and Steve Buhala rounded out the top five.

Kohan Takes Win in Canada

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The Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series hit the road course of  Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for Race #17 of the 2017 season. With just two races left coming into the night it would be a wild card for drivers as they try to lock up a playoff spot. 32 drivers would make the trip to do some road racing. In qualifying it was Nick Kohan grabbing the pole with Dominic Lee 2nd, Tom Giannini 3rd, Sam Maxwell 4th, and Zack Calloway would round out the top 5.

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This race was a bit different than a normal oval race. There would only be one yellow flag and that was at the half way point as a competition yellow was thrown to bunch the field up. Prior to the lap 17 yellow flag it seen Devin Serra drive from his 7th place starting spot to take the lead and dominate the first half of the race. However under the yellow he would blow his motor downshifting for the yellow ending his race early. This opened the door for many other drivers. Off the only restart there was a pile up as someone spun the tires and this caused a chain reaction wreck.

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The last half of the race was dominated by Nicholas Kohan as he would cruise to yet another ASRS Victory. The top 5 saw Sam Maxwell finish 2nd, Allan Young drove from 18th starting spot to finish 3rd, Jeremy Banning drove from 23rd to finish 4th, and Alex Giese went from his 20th starting spot to round out the top 5.

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With just 1 race remaining before the 2017 SMC Truck Series Playoffs kick off it seen the points change yet again. Sam Maxwell still sits atop the standings and is your Point Leader, Allan Young 2nd, Jason Stewart moves to 3rd, Brad Cross falls to 4th, Mitchell Brown moves to 5th, while Devin Serra falls to 6th, Jim Foose 7th, and Jonathan Holstein who came in tied with Michael Atkins Jr. for the final playoff spot now sits 8th. On the outside looking in with just 1 race remaining are Michael Atkins Jr. 9th just 6 points out of the playoff spot, Jared Mogard sits 10th and he is 12 points out of the playoffs, and lastly Tom Giannin sits 28 points out in 11th.

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Next week ASRS is off as it is iRacing’s “Week 13” which as always sees NO racing action at ASRS. The SMC Truck Series is back in action in two weeks September 12th at the Chicagoland Speedway for the final race before the Playoffs start. Be sure to tune into Off Camber TV to see who does and who doesn’t make the 2017 SMC Truck Series Playoffs!!!

Harnish Tames Darlington

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Race #2 of the Dash for Cash Playoffs for the Xfinity Series headed to the “Lady in Black” Darlington Raceway for a 74 lap event. The evening seen 36 drivers make the trip to try and get one of the 32 starting spots. Following qualifying it was Ty Hester grabbing the pole, Jared Mogard 2nd, Michael Chrobok 3rd, Chad Finley 4th, and Jake Douglas rounded out the top 5. It was a caution filled race seeing 9 caution periods for 37 laps.

The multiple wrecks made for a lot of tore up cars and also affected some chase drivers which in the end shook up the standings. The race ended under yellow and when the checkers flew it was Jordan Harnish picking up the win followed by Jared Mogard 2nd, Jacob Greider came from 18th to finish 3rd, Robby Baskins also started deep in 22nd and finished a solid 4th, while Tom Giannini rounded out the top 5. This would be Harnish’s 14th Career ASRS victory tonight.

As mentioned before the point standings were shook up again tonight with some drivers getting in wrecks. With just 1 race left before the final 4 drivers are set to race for the 2017 Xfinity Championship the top 8 are as followed Sam Maxwell holds the lead, Jonathan Holstein 2nd, Tom Giannini 3rd, Jared Mogard 4th, Ty Hester fell to 5th, Jim Foose 6th, Allan Young 7th, and Jason Stewart fell to 8th.

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The Xfinity Playoffs takes a break now until October 4th for the final race before the “final four” are set. The race will take place at the Iowa Speedway for a 125 lap event. Then the 2017 Season Finale will take place on October 17th from the Chicagoland Speedway for a 84 lap shootout to crown the 2017 Champion.

#DecemberDirtWeek Announced

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The ASRS Triple Crown returns to action this December, as three distinct dirt cars hit the same track over three nights of racing after the turkey dinner has settled and the holiday shopping rush has begun.


The #DecemberDirtWeek Triple Crown will feature the 410 winged sprints, non winged sprint cars and Super Late Models racing around the track in 30 lap feature events.  Each event will feature qualifying heat races and last chance qualifiers if necessary that run before the feature event.



Tuesday, December 12th will feature the Non Wing Sprints as the feature event.  

Wednesday, December 13th will feature the Super Late Model 30 Lap Main Event.

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Thursday, December 14th will be all about the winged 410 sprints.

Originally, the dirt cars were going to hit USA International Speedway two weeks after the All American 400, however plans changed once the ASRS DIRT RACING SERIES raced on the ¾ mile track and the majority of drivers agreed the track was just a little too big for the close racing expected from the dirt cars.  “I originally thought Lakeland would be perfect for this kind of event, but we didn’t put on very good races there in our first trip on dirt and for a marquee event like this I thought we would be better off at a smaller venue and one with actual dirt racing history” Jim Foose stated.


Eldora Speedway is expected to host the event.  The Triple Crown will be the send off for the 2017 season, as it is the final event on the 2017 calendar.

Maxwell Secures Chase Berth with Bristol Win

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Twitchy Race Reports

(BRISTOL, TN) Race #16 of the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series was back in action tonight. The “Night Time is the Right Time” as the Trucks went to the Bristol Motor Speedway for a 100 lap shootout short track style. Tonight 38 drivers showed up for a shot at the 36 spot starting field. Qualifying seen Jonathan Holstein grab the pole which was huge given his current point position as he tries to make the 2017 SMC Truck Series Playoffs. 2nd in qualifying was Alex Giese, 3rd Michael Cunic, 4th Allan Young, and 5th went to Travis Wright.

The race was slightly caution filled as there were 6 yellows for 30 laps. Most of the night’s cautions would be for small wrecks involving just a couple of trucks. However a big wreck just shy of the halfway point shook up the race as it started around the 5th place running spot and took out multiple competitors including some key drivers who were close to the playoff bubble. The race went back green and would have a long run to the end which provided for some good racing action. Holstein dominated the race and held the late until late in the race fending off Young, Maxwell, and Mogard as the top 4 drivers had one hell of a race for the lead and eventual win.

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Allan Young would make a run at Holstein with roughly 25 laps to go and it would cost him 2 spots as Maxwell and Mogard would get by him. Holstein would have to fend off Maxwell and Mogard for the final 20 laps while having to dodge through lap traffic. With roughly 15 to go a pair of lap trucks were running side by side which slowed the leader down and allowed the top 4 drivers to tighten up even more than they already were.

Once they navigated through that it would again see the running order shake up for the final time with 10 laps to go as Sam Maxwell would race to the lead with Mogard following him to 2nd. Mogard threw everything he had at Maxwell but was unable to get the lead. In the end Sam Maxwell would cruise to his 4th Career ASRS Victory and his first of the 2017 SMC Truck Series. The rest of the top five looked like this, Jared Mogard 2nd, Allan Young 3rd, Jonathan Holstein 4th, and Tom Giannini rounded out the top 5.

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With just TWO races left before the 2017 SMC Truck Series Playoff Grid is set the point standings got shook up. Sam Maxwell still sits atop the standings as the point leader, Allan Young jumps up one spot to 2nd in the standings, Brad Cross falls a spot to 3rd after being involved in that big wreck, Jason Stewart jumped up a spot to 4th, Devin Serra falls a spot to 5th, Mitchell Brown jumps to 6th with a solid top 10 finish tonight, Jim Foose falls another spot to 7th after being in a wreck early on, the 8th and final playoff spot currently is in a tie between Michael Atkins Jr. who was in a wreck early and had a bad finish and Jonathan Holstein who is now tied with Atkins after dominating the race and gaining 2 bonus points for leading a lap and the most laps sits tied for the final playoff spot with just 2 races left. Jared Mogard who needed to have a good run only sits 3 points out of the playoff spot in 10th and Tom Giannini is 12 points out of the final playoff spot in 11th.

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Tune in to Off Camber TV for Race #17 in two weeks August 29th as the drivers will be tackling the Road Coarse to see who will have to make a last ditch effort to try and get into a playoff spot and who will lock their spot in the playoffs up and get ready to race for a Championship.

Lee Staples an ASRS Winner!

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL) #64 Wins Daytona Sportsman Race The ASRS Sportsman Truck Series field rolled into Daytona for a little fun at the beach and then even more fun under the lights at the Daytona International Speedway. Scott Smith came in riding high after a recent surge of momentum has seen his #21 truck to the head of the points standings. Only two other drivers remain in contention and they are the #25 of Kris Titus (-3) and the #15 of Jeremy Banning (-12).


The series had been off since July 30th when Brandon Boyd dominated the field at Eldora winning the pole and then the race. The pole for this race would go to Pat Rusha and his #05 machine. Edward Bray nabbed the outside of the front row followed by points leader Scott Smith in 3rd, Lee Staples in 4th and Michael Cunic in 5th. The big one struck early when the #59 of Tyler Reed made contact with the #34 of Michael Cunic on lap 4. The #34 would slide down the front stretch on his roof in what would prove to be a scary accident. Unfortunately, points contender Jeremy Banning was involved in the wreck and his night was be over early. Kris Titus also received damage in the melee but he would continue on. Points leader Scott Smith lucked out when his #21 made it through the wreck unscathed.


After the wreck, only 11 of the 18 starters of the race were able to stay with the lead pack of cars on the restart. The field of competitive cars would dwindle down to just 7 by the time the field hit the halfway mark as some drivers lost the draft with their extensive damage. The class of the field was the two LA Simsport trucks of Edward Bray and Lee Staples. After a strong qualifying run, both drivers backed up their speed by dominating the field until the second caution flew on lap 24 when the #43 of Steve Buhala came down the track making contact with the #06 of Brandon Boyd. Boyd would make extremely hard contact with the inside wall. Buhala would come back up the track and collect the #5 of Scott Haller. On the ensuing pit stops, it would be Scott Smith that would find himself in the lead for the restart. Bray and Staples would use each other’s help to snatch the win from Smith. Calamity would ensue after the restart as there were several trucks that were wrecked but not badly enough to warrant a caution.


The race came down to five lead pack cars at the end of the race: Staples, Bray, Titus, Kennedy and Smith. Kennedy was the first victim to lose the draft with 4 to go, from there on out it was the LA Simsport tandem of Staples and Bray vs. the #25 of Titus and the points leader Scott smith. With 2 to go, Smith and Titus got to racing for 3rd leaving the battle for the win to the dominant cars of Staples and Bray.


Lee Staples held off his tandem partner for the win, his first in ASRS competition! Edward Bray finished a close second followed by Kris Titus, Scott Smith and John Kennedy. The series will roll into Myrtle Beach on August 27 for some close quarters short track action. Tune in!

Mingus Takes Checkers as Big One Ensues at Michigan

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Twitchy Race Reports

(BROOKLYN, MI) Race 15 for the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series took them to the Michigan International Speedway. Tonight there were 42 drivers showing up trying for a spot in the 36 truck starting field. After qualifying was done it seen Michael Atkins Jr. on the pole with Lee Staples to his outside. 3rd was Tim Knott, Mitchell Brown 4th, and Jake Douglas 5th.

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There were five yellows with four lead changes in tonight’s action. The race went green for the first five-teen laps before seeing the first yellow. The race would go green to lap thirty providing some great pit strategy to start to pay itself out. On the one to go lap roughly ten drivers would come down pit road to top off with fuel. The race went green to lap 41 as drivers who stayed out were starting to pit which was playing into the hands of the guys who pitted on one to go during the prior yellow. The race went back green with just 4 laps to go and off the final restart is when the big one happened which sent the race to a yellow finish.

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When the checkers flew it was Kevin Mingus getting the Win, Michael Chrobok 2nd, Lee Staples 3rd, Pete Baskins 4th, and Sam Maxwell 5th. This would be Mingus’s FIRST Career ASRS Victory in his #94 Truck. The points and playoff picture with 3 races remaining are still under review.

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The last restart which saw the big one happened is under review so points and official results are still pending. Be sure to check out the website in the next couple of days to see what the top 8 point guys are.