Foose Worst to First at Five Flags

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(PENSACOLA, FL) Wining at the famed Five Flags Speedway is tough enough, but it’s even tougher when a driver starts at the rear of the field and charges forward.  For Jim Foose, who had never won at Five Flags Speedway in many attempts, that’s exactly what he did.

Jared Mogard led the way in qualifying, but was sent to the rear of the grid for missing the drivers meeting, moving Matt Vaade to the point with Jordan Harnish second.  Jim Foose, AJ McCall and Shawn Musick also were moved to the rear of the field for infractions at the Thompson race two weeks ago.

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Foose’s #42 started dead last after a penalty for incident points at Thompson, but the #42 didn’t last long in the back as a lap two tangle between Jordan Harnish, Ty Hester and others moved the #42 to sixth in the running order.  Matt Vaade got out to a sizeable lead as the race went green for nearly 50 laps before Jim Foose and TJ Graves bumped, sending Graves’ #22 spinning and collecting and finishing off the Harnish #48 car.

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Shawn Musick stayed on track to lead a lap before pitting, handing the lead over to Vaade.  Vaade would lead a race high 73 laps before pitting on lap 75 for tires, leaving Foose on track to inherit the lead.  Mogard and Musick remained on the track, dropping Vaade to fourth.

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The final 22 laps went caution free as Foose held off Mogard and Vaade, both making several charges towards the lead, but Foose’s #42 was able to hold them off at the end of 100 laps.  Mogard would settle for second, Vaade third, Ernest Smith, Jr was fourth with Hester rebounding to finish fifth.

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The Super Late Model Tour takes two week hiatus before returning to action June 15th at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.  Matt Vaade holds a 19 point lead over Graves, while Foose moves to third ahead of Smith, Jr.

Bozanich Takes Charlotte Xfinity Victory

13307332_10154923020439778_456433081926090551_n(CONCORD, NC) Zac Bozanich made the most of the action at Charlotte Tuesday night as the Xfinity Series took the “Beast of the Southeast”.  A relatively warm track under the Musco lights led to a track that lent itself to great racing with the grip level high and cars sticking like glue to the high banks.

High grip also lends itself to another issue as cars run bunched together and Charlotte has developed multiple grooves over the past few races, leading to plenty of side by side racing.  Put that together with 29 drivers all wanting to take the checkered flag first and you have a wild race, and that’s exactly what we saw Tuesday night.

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Michael Atkins, Jr. led the field to the green flag with Ty Hester along the outside for the green flag.  The green flag didn’t last long as John Kennedy’s #89 and Jamie Vaughn made contact entering turn three, Vaughn would spin back up the track and collect several drivers as he spun across the racing surface at the exit of turn four.  Fortunately for many drivers, they took to the grass and avoided disaster.

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Back green, the action picked up allowing for a longer green flag run, where drivers learned about tire falloff, searching for different grooves as the handling went away and general battles for track position.  The race saw five lead changes among three drivers, Atkins led a race high 41 laps before spinning off turn two late in the going, Ty Hester led eight laps and Zac Bozanich took the lead for the final lead change.

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Bozanich would take his first Xfinity Series victory with Eric Barile in second, Alex Bates third, Jared Mogard and Justin Vaughn rounded out the top five.

Justin Vaughn opened up his points lead to 8 points over Jim Foose as the Xfinity Series takes a month break before returning to action in the TM Digital Concepts 125 at Kentucky Speedway June 28th.

 

 

Chapman Survives Charlotte Carnage for First ASRS Win

13240149_10154904099454778_7150279261246775856_n(CONCORD, NC) The TM Digital Concepts Tribute to our Heroes 100 saw 43 drivers attempt to qualify for the 32 truck field and with the difference between the pole and missing the race just .134 seconds.

Missing the race were  Alex Bates, Steve Buhala, Bradley Cross, Jonathan Hambrick, Jonathan Phelps, Jaden Rosard, Steven Thomas, Kris Titus, Steven Trombly, Robert Vormwald, and Barry Zellmer.

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Justin Vaughn’s #7 led the field to the green flag, but would only lead two of the 67 laps.  Caution flew early on lap 3 just as Michael Atkins, Jr. took the lead from Justin Vaughn.  The #44 of Eric Bannenberg spun collecting Joe Johnson’s #28 and Jason Lindner’s #13 .

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The race took a green feel to it after the restart before once again being slowed on lap 22.  From there the cautions came often, with five more cautions flying in the final 40 laps, bringing the total to 7.

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Jared Mogard was cruising to victory in the closing laps before making contact with the frontstretch wall and collecting second place Ty Hester’s #36 Tundra.  That would hand the lead to Adam Chapman in the #24 Folds of Honor Chevrolet.  Chapman led a total of three laps to score the win, his first ASRS victory.  Jason Stewart was second followed by Travis McQuistion third, Hester fourth and Nick Coffman’s #55 fifth.

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A total of seven drivers led the race with the lead changing hands eight times.  In addition to Chapman, Justin Vaughn, Atkins and Mogard leading, David Nannen and Hester each took turns leading the way.

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Championship leader Robby Baskins had a rough race but remains the leader by five points over Jim Foose as the Camping World Truck Series takes a week off before heading to Rockingham Speedway May 31st.

Harnish Makes Most of SLM Return

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(Thompson, CT) Just like apple pie is synonymous with America, short track racing is as much a part of ASRS. Jordan Harnish, the 2014 ASRS Super Late Model Tour Champion, hadn’t raced the short tracks in months partly due to injury.

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Harnish didn’t miss a beat thought, turning the fastest lap in qualifying that saw 29 drivers take time to make the 24 car grid.  Kris Titus, Jason Stewart, Jonathan Phelps, Todd Kirkwood and Don Runkle failed to qualify.

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Harnish would jump to the lead and would lead a total of 94 laps in a race that saw a season low two lead changes in the 100 lap race.  Jared Mogard was the only other leader in the #00.  The race saw nine cautions, most of which drivers chalked up to “short track racing”.

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With Harnish taking the checkered flag, Ty Hester returned to action to finish second followed by TJ Graves in third, Mogard fourth and championship leader Matt Vaade rounding out the top five.

Vaade leads the championship standings by 10 points over Graves as the Super Late Model Tour heads to Five Flags Speedway on May 25th.

Mogard Wins Dover Slugfest

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(DOVER, DE) 35 drivers showed up at Dover International Speedway for the seventh round of the 2016 ASRS Camping World Truck Series.  Three drivers failed to qualify; Edward Eastley, last week’s winner Zac Bozanich and Jaden Rosard, who planned to make his series debut.

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The field of 32 took the green flag, with Jordan Harnish leading the way from the pole position and Zack Calloway on the outside of the front row.  Harnish would take the early lead.  Two early cautions, one on lap four for Eric Bannenberg’s #44 spun around on the front stretch and another on lap 15 for Joe Johnson slowed the early progress, but a nearly 20 lap run got the field running as some driver charged through the field while others dropped in the running order.  Todd Kirkwood’s #38 brought out the caution on lap 37 and brought the field to pit road.

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Harnish positioned himself as the dominate driver in the first half, but a botched pit stop dropped the #48 truck and opened the door for Jared Mogard and Travis McQuistion to take turns leading the race.  Champioship points leader Robby Baskins quietly remained in the top five for the majority of the race and positioned his #46 Chevrolet to contend for the win.

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The final caution flew on lap 77 when Jamie Vaughn was involved in an incident, the caution allowed Joe Johnson to take the lead under yellow before pitting and turning the lead over to the damaged truck of Jim Foose.  Foose would lead just one lap, bringing the field to the final restart.  Mogard jumped to the lead as Baskins and Foose touched slowing both drivers.

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Mogard was able to pull away to take his first ASRS win, Alex Bates making his first start of 2016 came home second followed by Jason Stewart in his ASRS debut third, Harnish ended up fourth with Michael Atkins, Jr. completing the top five.

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The Camping World Truck Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway next week as the series sees the third consecutive week of competition after getting off to a slow start.  Robby Baskins leads the championship standings by 13 points over Jim Foose.

TM Digital Concepts Joins ASRS as 5 Race Sponsor

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TM Digital Concepts has joined ASRS as title sponsor of five events in May and June.

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TM Digital Concepts will sponsor the following events:

May 10th Truck Series @ Dover International Raceway
May 11th Super Late Model Tour @ Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
May 17th Truck Series “Salute to Heroes 100” @ Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 28th Xfinity Series @ Kentucky Speedway
June 19th Super Late Model Tour @ South Boston Speedway

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“We are excited to have TM Digital Concepts join ASRS as an event title sponsor, and joining our family of partners. We have continued to grow the league this year after some early hardships and this partnership shows the hard work our team has put into ASRS” said Jim Foose. “We look forward to a successful partnership with TM Digital Concepts and hope they will remain with us for many years to come.”

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TM Digital Concepts is a branding identity company for small businesses  looking to get their feet wet on the digital network.

Cross Storms to Kansas Truck Win

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(KANSAS CITY, KS) The ASRS Camping World Truck Series stormed into Kansas Tuesday night as 25 trucks took the green flag for the 125 mile race at the ultra fast, high banked 1.5 mile track.

New faces peppered the grid as the Maxxed Out Motorsports and MO2 Motorsports teams joined the truck series bringing the field up to 25 trucks, the largest starting field of 2016.  MO2 Motorsports driver Zac Bozanich led the field to the green flag with Pete Baskins joining him on the front row, as the pair made their truck debuts.

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Robby Baskins took the lead on lap two from Bozanich but Bozanich battled back to retake the lead on lap three.  Early on it appeared that Bozanich’s #91 had the field covered, but a slew of mid race cautions changed the running order.

Caution flew on lap 11 for the spinning Eric Bannenberg.  After a short green run followed by another caution for Edward Eastley’s #71 hitting the backstretch wall, Baskins would retake the lead on lap 23 before once again relinquishing it a lap later to Bozanich.  John Kennedy and Jason Linder took turns leading before Bozanich retook the lead again on lap 30.  Kennedy would retake the lead on lap 42 and hold it until lap 71 when Jim Foose took two tires while the rest of the lead lap trucks look four tires under caution.

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Foose would lead four laps before Zac Bozanich retook the lead, but it was short lived as Jamie Vaughn and Bozanich made contact, sending Bozanich spinning from the lead.  Foose retook the lead and held it until three laps to go when Bradley Cross took the lead.

Cross would hold the lead for the final three laps to take the win, fending off Jamie Vaughn and Jim Foose.  Jared Mogard would finish second after a last lap charge, Jamie Vaughn was third, Foose fourth and Justin Vaughn rounded out the top five.

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Robby Baskins finished 15th but retains the championship points lead by nine over Foose as the Camping World Truck Series heads to Dover next week the second in a three race stretch.