(BRASELTON, GA) A new format made it’s debut at Lanier and two drivers joined the club as ASRS Winners. Series officials made a decision to split the 100 lap race at Lanier into two 50 lap events that paid out full points for each event, allowing drivers a chance to cash in twice in one night as Super Late Model Tour winners.
The first race was run under the afternoon sun, as the track surface was ready for racing, some drivers were caught off guard leading to 5 cautions and nearly half the race being run behind the pace car. TJ Graves emerged the winner, leading all 50 laps from the pole tio pick up his first ASRS victory. Jim Foose was second followed by Justin Blackdeer, Rex Hoyle and Robby Baskins to round out the top five.
All lead lap finishers were inverted for the second 50 lap feature, which put 12th place finisher Shawn Musick on point for the green flag. TJ graves would start 12th.
Musick and Ernest Smith, Jr. would lead the field to the green flag. The second 50 lap main was much cleaner than the first as the track had taken rubber and cooled off under the night sky. Just two cautions flew in the second race. Musick would lead for just 4 laps before Smith would take the lead, never looking back on his way to his first ASRS win. Championship leader Matt Vaade battled his way from the seventh position to take second at the checkered flag. Graves would fight from 12th to finish third followed by Musick and Blackdeer rounding out the top five.
Matt Vaade continues to lead the championship standings, Graves moves to second 12 points behind as the series heads to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on May 11th for a traditional 100 lap event.
(TALLADEGA, AL) Things get wild and crazy when ASRS goes to Talladega, this year’s Xfinity race was no different. Joe Johnson and Big Evil Racing teammate Chad Mikosz led the field to the green flag in their Chevy Camaros.
Johnson led lap one, before championship leader Jim Foose navigated his #42 to the front for one lap. Foose gave way to Mikosz who led lap three and then Gene Collum took the lead on lap four. Those first four laps featured four lead changes among those four drivers, showing just how competitive the field was. It was that closeness that led to the first caution flag on lap five as Jonathan Hambrick made contact with Travis Wright, sending Hambrick’s #26 spinning and collecting Robby Baskins and Jim Foose.
Two more cautions flew during the 125 mile race, first Mikosz spun in the tri-oval. The third and final caution flew when Toby Wedgewood and Jamie Vaughn.
Teammates made their way to the front with the Baskins-Vaughn pair of Justin Vaughn and Pete Baskins joining the BER teammates of Collum and Mikosz and two unlikely partners with Steve Buhala’s #43 leading Shawn Musick’s #12. The battle was on between those six drivers.
At the checkered flag it was Justin Vaughn taking the win, his first ASRS win. Pete Baskins took second in his ASRS debut, Buhala brought his #43 home third with Musick and Travis Wright rounding out the top five.
With his win, Justin Vaughn took the points lead from Jim Foose, who finished outside the top ten for the second week in a row. Vaughn holds a 3 point lead over Foose as the Xfinity Series takes a break before returning to action May 24th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
(RICHMOND, VA) The ASRS Xfinity Series took the Richmond International Raceway Tuesday and for the first time in recent history the race was run under the afternoon sun. The change in time of the day changed some key characteristics of the 3/4 mile tri-oval.
Drivers struggled in practice with grip, but as the track rubbered up, it became quite racey with a drivers able to pass on the outside and run side by side.
Robby Baskins started on pole, but lost the lead in turn 1 on the first lap as he drove into the corner too hard and washed up the track, allowing Justin Vaughn and Jim Foose to slip by. Vaughn led nine laps before giving way to Jim Foose. Foose would lead 48 laps over two stints at the front before a late race pit stop lined the #42 up on the outside lane. Foose was able to quickly make it back to second and was hot on the tail of the #46 of Baskins before a series of late race cautions slowed his progress.
Travis Wright started to charge to the front at the end of the race and would eventually get as high as second but it was Baskins taking the win after Foose crashed with two laps to go while running second. Wright was second, Chad Mikosz was third with Justin Vaughn and Joe Johnson rounding out the top five.
Foose finished 12th but holds onto the championship lead in the #42 by nine points over Gene Collum as the Xfinity Series heads to Talladega next week, the first time in 2016 that the Xfinity Series will run back to back weeks.
Twin 50 lap races will be run, each race will pay FULL points for each 50 lap event, the second event will feature an invert of all lead lap finishers.
Why change the format? Lanier features a pit road that is unique and always brings up complaints from drivers who lose laps on pit road. The twin format was last used in 2009.
How will the race schedule work out?
Each race will be 50 laps with a 30 minute time limit on the first race. The second event will feature a short 10 minute practice session and will have a 40 minute time limit.
All Times Eastern
8:30PM Practice (20 Minutes)
9:00PM Twin 50 #1 (Late Afternoon)
APPROX 9:30PM Practice for Twin 50 #2 (10 Minutes)
9:40PM Twin 50 #2 (Night)
Twin 50 #2 line up will be set by finishing order in Twin 50 #1, the lead lap finishers will be inverted, while all non-lead lap drivers will line up where they finished in Twin 50 #1.
(KENLY, NC) The ASRS Super Late Model Tour took to the Southern National Motorsports Park, a return that was nearly six years in the making. Rex Hoyle was also making a return on his own, returning to ASRS for the first time in two years and he made the most of it.
Justin Blackdeer and Shawn Musick led the way to the green flag, Blackdeer would lead 57 laps. The race’s first caution flew on lap 7 for Steve Buhala’s #43, after going back green the race went 57 laps before the second caution flew for Ernest Smith, Jr’s #34.
Nick Kohan took an 8 lap shot at the lead, before giving way for the #50 of Rex Hoyle to take the lead and never look back. Hoyle would score the win, with Kohan trailing in second, Blackdeer third, Ben Nile fourth and Jim Foose rounded out the top five in the #42.
Matt Vaade leads the championship standings by 18 over Douglas Nelson.
Next up for the Super Late Model Tour, Twin 50’s at Lanier National Speedway on April 27th.
(MILWAUKEE, WI) The Milwaukee Mile is deep in tradition and has been home to the Camping World Truck Series for many years (2005-2009 and 2012-2014) but has fallen off the schedule a few times over the past few years. The famed mile long track was back on the 2016 schedule as the trucks went back to their roots.
Justin Vaughn turned the fastest lap in qualifying and was joined by his brother Jamie Vaughn on the front row, as the the two sought their first ASRS wins.
Caution flew on lap 16 as the #44 of Eric Bannenberg was involved in a spin. Just after the restart, the night’s biggest incident took place on the front stretch and collected the trucks of Justin Vaughn, Shawn Musick, Matt Vaade and Eric Bannenberg.
Racing resumed before the sixth and final caution flew on lap 60 when Justin Vaughn was again involved in an incident on the track. The green flew once again on lap 64 and the race went green to the end. Jamie Vaughn took the lead but he had company at the front as Jim Foose brought his #42 to the rear bumper of the #19 Razorback Professional Tools Silverado as the two battled for the lead. Foose would take the lead on lap 66 before Vaughn would take the lead back on lap 68.
The two battled bumper to bumper and at times door to door for the final 32 laps as they fought through lapped traffic. Foose mounted a charge in finale 10 laps but came up short at the checkered flag.
Jamie Vaughn would score his first ASRS win with Foose trailing in second. Robby Baskins was third after struggling early on, Jason Linder was fourth with Joe Johnson rounding out the top five.
Robby Baskins remains atop the championship standings, leading Jim Foose by 20 points after five events. The Camping World Truck Series takes a two week hiatus before storming into America’s Heartland where the high speeds meets the high groove and high banks of the Kansas Speedway on May 3rd.
(HAMPTON, GA) Atlanta Motor Speedway, long known as the second oldest surface in NASCAR, has become a home to many great races over the years and every time ASRS heads to the Peach State a few common themes come up; tire wear, fuel mileage and pit road speeding penalties. Fortunately, the pit road penalties were kept to a minimum.
Josh Mayeu led the field with Robby Baskins on the outside as the Xfinity Series went green for 125 miles. Mayeu’s lead was short lived as Baskins took the lead before one lap was completed. Jamie Vaughn took a shot at the lead before contact with the outside wall sent the #19 backwards. The first of two cautions flew on lap 11 as Josh Mayeu crashed, Robert Moyer, Jr. was also involved in the incident and both drivers retired from the event.
The restart saw new faces emerge towards the front as a hard charging Steve Buhala rallied into the top five while Baskins fended off challenges from Joe Johnson and Justin Vaughn. Green flag pit stops shook up the running order momentarily as Baskins pitted leaving Jim Foose on the track to lead a lap, Zack Calloway followed suit and led a lap before pitting.
The pit stops fell just outside of the pit window, which was between 28 and 35 laps. Many drivers were forced into fuel conservation mode before a caution flew on lap 68 for Sam Collum slow on the track after contact with the wall .
The restart saw a shootout as drivers went three and at one point four wide as they battled for the win. Baskins pulled away from the chaos to take the win followed by Joe Johnson second, Justin Vaughn third after making a daring three wide pass, championship leader Jim Foose was fourth and Steve Buhala brought his #43 home in fifth.
Foose leads the Xfinity Series standings after four races by 10 points over Sam Collum. The series returns to action April 19th at Richmond International Raceway.