Atkins Tames Rockingham Pro Series

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(ROCKINGHAM, NC) Rockingham Speedway once again played host to ASRS racing this week as the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series headed to the one mile track just one night after the Xfinity Series left the high banks.

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Michael Atkins, Jr. led the field of 21 to the green flag.  A caution at lap nine slowed the field, before the race took a green flag feel.  Mid-race brought about green flag pit stops as nearly the entire field completed their stops for fresh tires and fuel.  One driver, Shawn Musick was able to stay on the track long enough to catch a caution flag before he made his way to pit road.  With the tire fall off, the rest of the field was able to nearly catch Musick prior to the caution.

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The race was on from there as Tom Giannini, Ty Hester, Michael Atkins and Danny Rodgers swapped the lead over the course of the second half.  In the end it was Atkins who emerged as the leader at the end.

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A caution with two laps to go ended the race under the control of the pace car with Atkins taking the win, followed by Danny Rodgers, Jared Mogard, Ty Hester and Jim Foose in fifth.

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Atkins leads the championship by seven over Mogard as the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series heads to Kentucky Speedway next week.

Bozanich Rocks Rockingham

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(ROCKINGHAM, NC) The ASRS Xfinity Series turned back the dial a bit, heading to a track that has not been a part of NASCAR’s Xfinity Series since 2004.  For years Rockingham Speedway hosted NASCAR events that many times were decided by last lap action.  ASRS hit Rockingham for the first time in 2008 and has made regular stops at the high banked one mile ever since.

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37 drivers were on hand to attempt to qualify for the 110 lap event.  Five drivers failed to qualify for the 32 car starting field: Brandon Boyd, Edward Bray, Michael Cunic, Jared Morgan and Gary Nichols.  Homestead winner Robert Padavich turned the fastest lap in qualifying and led the field to the green flag with Jared Mogard to his outside.

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The race featured seven lead changes among five drivers and was slowed by 11 cautions, mostly in the mid-portion of the race.

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Padavich showed that he was a contender in the #54, but he had company as well in the form of Zac Bozanich, Ty Hester and Brandon Smith.

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Late in the going, Padavich suffered a setback and dropped to ninth at the finish.  Hester and Bozanich battled up front and Justin Brown joined in the fun as well.

A late caution ended the race under the control of the pace car, Bozanich was able to pick up the victory, followed by Hester, Justin Brown was third, Smith fourth and Pete Baskins fifth.

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Ty Hester jumped to the lead in the Xfinity Series Championship leading Sam Maxwell by three points heading into Charlotte Motor Speedway next week.

Mogard Takes Southern National Win

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(Kenly, NC) Jared Mogard has been on a hot streak in the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series.  After winning the season opener at Phoenix, Mogard took the Iowa race off to enjoy family time.  The week off didn’t slow Mogard at all.

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Ty Hester led the field to the green flag with Zac Bozanich to his outside.  Those two drivers swapped the lead several times in the race’s first 80 or so laps before a crash ended Bozanich’s evening. It was Jim Foose who took the lead on a rough restart that saw the top four cars go four wide into turn one.  Hester dropped to second behind Foose before spinning Foose’s #42 car out of the lead.  THe ensuing crash ended Foose’s race along with Bozanich and left much of the field with damage.

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The final 50 laps of the 150 lap race were much cleaner, with Mogard and Hester going head to head for the lead, Brandon Smith joined in the fun in his #92.

Mogard cruised to victory over Hester, Danny Rodgers was third, followed by Smith and Allan Young.

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Michael Atkins, Jr. leads the championship, in a three way tie for the lead with Allan Young and Shawn Musick as the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series heads to Rockingham Speedway.

Padavich Scores First Win at Homestead

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(HOMESTEAD, FL) The third round of the ASRS Xfinity Series headed south to the Homestead-Miami Speedway, normally the home of the championship race, Homestead moved to the third race for 2017.

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39 drivers were on hand to attempt to qualify for the 32 car starting field.  Failing to qualify were Edward Bray, Michael Cunic, Austin Foutch, John Kennedy, Cody Leland, Matthew Mitchell, and Kris Titus.

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Sam Maxwell turned the fastest qualifying lap and started on pole with Logan Runyon along on the front row.  Maxwell would jump to the early lead in the #98 Ford, a position that he has grown familiar with in the early stages of this season’s races.  The first caution slowed the field on the first lap as ASRS Officials realigned the field due to penalties from Phoenix last week.

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On the restart, Maxwell once again jumped to the lead and the race went green for 16 laps before Danny Rodgers brought out the second caution on lap 20.  A 30 lap run led to green flag pit stops and the third caution flew on lap 54 for Steve Buhala’s #43.  The race took a turn at “yellow fever” as two more cautions flew within 14 laps before the race went green on lap 70.

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Zac Bozanich took  the lead from Sam Maxwell on lap 77, Maxwell took back the lead on lap 91 but was playing a fuel saving strategy that didn’t quite work out.  Maxwell surrendered the lead on lap 96 to Ty Hester who led one lap before Robert Padavich took the lead.

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Padavich took the victory followed by Hester in second, Bozanich third, Bradley cross fourth and Michael Atkins, Jr. fifth.

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Sam Maxwell leads Jake Douglas buy one point in the Xfinity Series Championship, Ty Hester sits third three points behind Maxwell. Next week the Xfinity Series heads to Rockingham Speedway for the Rebel 110.  It’s the fun of Rockingham with the drama of 10 extra laps!

Atkins Makes Last Lap Pass for Iowa Win

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(NEWTON, IA) It’s said that races are won and lost on the final lap and Iowa Speedway once again delivered a fantastic finish as Michael Atkins, Jr. made a last lap pass on Danny Rodgers to take the Iowa Corn E85 victory.

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Twenty two drivers attempted to qualify for the 85 lap event, Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn sponsored driver Jonathan Holstein led the field to the green flag.  With 10 lead changes among nine drivers, the action up front was hot and heavy.

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Six cautions slowed the pace, but in the end Michael Atkins took the lead on lap 84 and took his first win of 2017.  Danny Rodgers was second followed by Holstein in third, Gary Nichols fourth and Lee Staples fifth.

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Atkins took the championship lead and leads Lee Staples by one point as the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series heads to a true bullring, the Southern National Motorsports Park next week.

 

Douglas Doubles Down in Desert

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(AVONDALE, AZ) Jake Douglas is on a roll early on in the 2017 ASRS Xfinity Series.  This week the #49 Ford led the way in qualifying, which saw 41 drivers attempt to qualify for the 32 car starting field.  Failing to qualify was: Michael Cunic, Matt Doza, Austin Foutch, Jay Graves, Jr., Ernest Martinez, Jr., Allen McEwen, Kevin Mingus, Kris Titus and Barry Zellmer.  Jared Mogard, Matt Mitchell and Zack Calloway took provisionals.

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Jake Douglas led the field to the green flag in the #49 SKF Ford Mustang and was accompanied by Michael Atkins, Jr. on the front row.  Several early cautions cleared the way for glimpses of green flag racing around lap 20, but even so the cautions kept coming as drivers battled a slick Phoenix International Raceway.

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The track was extremely slick at the exits of turn two and turn four, sending several drivers spinning around like rush hour traffic on an icy morning.

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The race, scheduled for 125 laps was cut short by 19 laps, as the time limit expired on lap 106, with Jake Douglas leading the way.  Douglas was able to score his second victory in a row over second place Logan Runyon, Danny Rodgers was third followed by Tom Gianinni and Allan Young who rounded out the top five.

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Jake Douglas leads the championship standings by 12 points over Danny Rodgers as the ASRS Xfnity Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway next Tuesday night for an tropical afternoon of racing.

 

Mogard Takes Phoenix Pro Win

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(AVONDALE, AZ) Jared Mogard picked up where he left off in the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series by visiting Victory Lane in the season opener.

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Mogard led the field of 27 to the green flag for the 75 lap affair and was joined by Jake Douglas on the front row.  Mogard looked unstoppable at Phoenix, taking his #01 to the lead, a position he resided in for 68 of the 75 laps.  The race went green off the bat for 19 laps before the first caution flew.

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Seven more cautions slowed the pace, but one thing remained consistent, Mogard established himself as the man to beat.  A restart on lap 67 set up the race for an eight lap run to the finish, but a caution for the race’s biggest crash on lap 72 ended the race under caution.

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Mogard cruised to victory over Bradley Cross, who brought the #30 home second, Jake Douglas was third followed by Danny Rodgers and Tom Giannini who rounded out the top five.

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Following the race both Mogard and Rodgers were penalized 10 points for restart violations.  Both drivers changed lanes prior to the start-finish line and were found to be in violation of a new rule that was added in the offseason to enable cleaner restarts.

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Next week the ASRS Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series heads to Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn 85.

Douglas Kicks 2017 Off With Atlanta Win!

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(HAMPTON, GA) The 2017 ASRS Xfinity Series kicked off Tuesday evening at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and the action was hot.  43 drivers attempted to qualify for the 32 car starting grid.  Missing the race was: Mitch Brown, Brian Carbone, Bradley Cross, Mike Cunic, Christopher Edl, Austin Foutch, Jay Graves, Jr., Cody Leland, Gary Nichols, Kris Titus and Barry Zellmer.

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Michael Atkins, Jr. led the field to the green flag in the #44 Liberty University Chevrolet and was joined by Sam Maxwell on the front row.  Atkins would take the lead, but quickly handed the lead to Maxwell, who is piloting the #98 Ford this year.  The first caution flew at the conclusion of lap one after Jordan Harnish made contact with Kevin Mingus, sending Mingus spinning into the turn 3 wall.  Maxwell continued to lead for the restart, before being passed by Jared Mogard’s #01 Chevrolet on lap 11.  Mogard’s lead was short lived as Danny Rodgers took the lead for the first time on lap 15.

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The race featured another caution on lap 16 for a crash in the quad oval that eliminated Zac Bozanich and Tom Giannini from the race.  Both were pre-race favorites to challenge for the win.  Allan Young assumed the lead under the caution flag, and continued to lead once the race went back green on lap 20.  Young would lead 21 laps before Sam Maxwell fought his way to the lead on lap 40.

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Caution flew on lap 44 for the #44 of Atkins, Jr. as the field was cycling through green flag pit stops.  Nearly half of the field was caught on pit road and thus trapped a lap down before taking the “wave around” under the caution.  Jake Douglas emerged as the race leader for the first time in the #49 Ford and brought the field to the restart.

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Douglas would lead through a caution on lap 56 after Allan Young and Jamie Vaughn made contact, setting up a four lap dash tot he checkered flag with Douglas remaining the leader.  The green flag was short lived as Pete Baskins and Jared Mogard made contact in turn 1 on the restart, resulting in the race ending under caution.

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Jake Douglas scored the win followed by Justin Brown in second, Danny Rodgers was third followed by Jared Mogard and Sam Maxwell in fourth and fifth respectively.

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The Xfinity Series is back in action next week at Phoenix International Raceway.