Mogard Wins Richmond Super Late Models

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Justin Blackdeer has owned the ASRS Super Late Model Series through the first half of the season. He came into the race leading second place, Jim Foose, by 23 points. Jonathan Holstein, Allan Young and Jared Mogard also sat in the top 5 of the points standings just begging for a chance to catch the lightening fast Blackdeer. That dream would hit an early roadblock when Blackdeer unloaded with speed, showing second fastest in practice to open the night. Justin Blackeer would take that speed and convert it into his third pole on the young season. Scott Smith qualified 2nd, Jim Foose was 3rd, Jordan Harnish 4th and Pete Baskins rounded out the top 5.

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However, Blackdeer would not put on his usual dominating performance. Because pit strategy would play a role in this race for the first time all year, Blackdeer was not able to maintain his lead for long. The race saw an unusually high number of leaders as five drivers led laps in the race due to the varying pit strategies. Travis Wright led 58 laps, the most of anyone on the night. Some major issues crept up for points contenders on the night.

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3rd in points Jonathan Holstein would be involved in three incidents, one of which saw him turn Michael Atkins into the wall in retaliation for a previous incident. 2nd in points Jim Foose would be caught up in a major wreck that effectively ended the race under caution. Justin Blackdeer did not run well on the night but he seems to have everything working for him this year, including luck. He almost spun the car twice, resulting in two amazing saves, but fell through the field multiple times. Even through the adversity, the driver would finish an amazing 5th.

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Jared Mogard won the event after an early penalty sent him to the end of the line. Most laps leading driver Travis Wright would end up 2nd, Jacob Cochran riding momentum of his own finished 3rd and Tim Knott finished 4th. Blackdeer now leads Foose by 33 points followed by Jared Mogard in 3rd, Allan Young in 4th, and Jonathan Holstein rounds out the top 5 sitting 52 points out. The series rolls into New Smyrna next week. A lot of unanswered questions follow the series there, better tune in!

Mogard Takes Wild Richmond Victory

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(RICHMOND, VA) Richmond International Speedway for a 125 lap event was the storyline for the Xfinity Series as they had their 10th event of the 2017 season. There were thirty-six drivers who showed up to try and make the thirty-two car starting field. Qualifying seen Jake Douglas sit on the pole with Justin Brown 2nd, Tom Giannini 3rd, Jared Mogard 4th, and Ty Hester 5th. It was a caution filled event which continued the recent trend for the ASRS competitors as of late. There were twelve caution flag periods for sixty laps. That would be just shy of half the race run under yellow. There were nine lead changes between seven different drivers. The theme of the night was the field pacing under yellow as the pace car spent a lot of time on the racing surface tonight. Along with the slow pace that the night seen it would also see a lot of the point contenders have issues tonight.

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Ty Hester who came into Richmond leading the points would have a tough night being caught up in a few accidents not of his own making. Also Justin Brown another driver in the top 3 in points would have a rough night as well. Other notables the 8th place driver in the standings Jim Foose who held the final playoff spot in the Xfinity Series would have car issues and miss the first 10 laps of the event costing him a good point day as well. The last big storyline in the point series was Jason Stewart who was 9th in the points coming into tonight failed to qualify for the event. Stewart was just 1 point out of the 8th and final playoff spot.

There were several yellows as mentioned before but during the few green flag laps the drivers did get seen good racing up in the top 5 between the top finishers at the end of the evening. The last eight lap dash to the end seen Tom Giannini and Jared Mogard have a good battle for the lead and eventual win. Jared Mogard would make the pass on Giannini with just a handful to go before the final yellow waved. Off the restart Mogard would rocket to the lead driving away for the final four laps to claim his 15th Career ASRS Victory and his 2nd on the 2017 ASRS Xfinity Series Season. We caught up with Mogard following the event and he had this to say “It feels good to get back to victory lane here at ASRS. I thought we had thrown away our chances at the W when we got a speeding penalty but were able to drive back through the field and survive to have a shot. We had a great battle with Tom at the end and it was clean racing so got to thank him for racing me clean as well. I want to thank my Sponsors Twitchy Race Reports, Captain/Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and lastly to my team Maxxed Out Motorsports and to my teammates. Now hopefully we can repeat this tomorrow in the Super Late Models.”

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The top 8 drivers after Race #10 with just two events before the playoffs are as followed. Sam Maxwell takes over the point lead with Hester’s tough luck. There’s a tie for 2nd with Justin Brown being scored 2nd, Ty Hester 3rd, Jared Mogard 4th, Allan Young moved up two spots to 5th, Zac Bozanich 6th, Tom Giannini jumped up three spots into the playoff picture in 7th, and holding the final spot in the playoffs is Jonathan Holstein who actually LOST three spots in the standings in 8th. Jim Foose and Brad Cross are 9th and 10th respectively just twelve points out of the final spot with just two events left before the playoffs start. The ASRS Xfinity Series is back in action next Tuesday May 2nd from the Talladega Super Speedway for a 57 lap restrictor plate event.

Kennedy Doubles Down at Bristol

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(BRISTOL, TN) The ASRS Sportsman Truck Series returned to action as the drivers made their way to the Bristol Motor Speedway for some short track racing. It would be a short shootout only being 100 laps. There were twenty-five drivers who made trip for the 2nd race of the season. In qualifying it would see Michael Atkins Jr. put his #44 on the pole of the event. The top 5 were Jake Greider 2nd, Michael Guidry 3rd, Tim Knott 4th, and Michael Cunic 5th. The race seen nine caution flag periods for fourty-five laps. There were five different lead changes between five different drivers. The race was much like the SMC Truck Series this past Tuesday where the race seen an average of 9-10 laps before the yellow flag would fly.

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The race saw different drivers dominate and appear to be on their way to victory. Michael Guidry would lead the first 26 laps and appeared to be very dominate. He was going to be very hard to beat but when he decided to make a pit stop it would hand the lead over to Michael Cunic in his #34 Truck. Cunic would look to be the man that was going to drive to victory lane as he fending off a hard charging Jake Greider. A yellow flag that involved a lap car and the leaders would cost Cunic the race lead.

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This chain of events would hand the lead to the #03 of Jake Greider. Greider who had a tough start to the Sportsman Truck Series at Charlotte was fast all night and once he got out front looked to be very hard to beat. However off a restart with roughly twenty-five laps to go Greider would spin the tires pushing him up the track. The officials deemed this to be a lane change before the start/finish line and as a result Greider would have to serve a black flag penalty under green flag racing conditions.

The misfortune for the #03 team would be the break that point leader and opening race winner John Kennedy was looking for as he would gain the lead following the penalty. The race would see three caution periods once Kennedy had his #89 Toyota out front but John would not look back. He would fend off a last lap last corner ditch effort from the #7 of Justin Vaughn to cruise on to his 2nd career ASRS Win and his 2nd win on the 2017 ASRS Sportsman Truck Series Season. We caught up with Kennedy following the Win and he had this to say about going 2 for 2 “Wow 2 in a row it feels good when we qualified in the back I thought we were in trouble. But after a few laps we were starting to make our way forward. We got in to a little trouble halfway through and I thought I was done but we were able to rebound from that and got the win. I can’t thank my spotter Jared Mogard enough for keeping me calm during the whole race. I also got to thank my teammates at Maxxed Out Motorsports. I would also like to thank my wife, Twitchy Race Reports, Maxxed Out Motorsports, and St. Baldrick’s Foundation.” There is no “playoffs” for the Sportsman Series so it’s an “old school” get the most point’s type of system. The current top 5 in the standings are as followed. John Kennedy has the point lead followed by Tristan Rodgers 2nd, Kris Titus 3rd, Jacob Cochran 4th, and Justin Vaughn 5th.

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The ASRS Sportsman Truck Series is back in action in two weeks May 7th from the Chicagoland Speedway for a 67 lap event. Can Kennedy complete the hat trick to start the season off or can someone else cruise to their first ASRS Victory be sure to stay tuned in two weeks.

Heat Races to set field for Twitchy Race Reports Triple Crown

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(CLEVELAND, OH) Qualifying for the Inaugural ASRS Twitchy Race Reports Triple Crown just got more interesting as drivers will race their race into the Feature event through heat races.  The heat races will mark the first time that the American Sim Racing Series has used the format to qualify drivers for an event, the finishing order of the heat races will set the front portion of the starting grid for the feature event.

Only 24 starting positions exist for the feature event and nearly 70 drivers have expressed interest in racing for the Twitchy Race Reports Triple Crown.  Instead of rewarding drivers who can turn one fast lap by themselves on the track, heat Races will bring about a new element with drivers having to race against their competitors in order to qualify for the feature event.

Heat races will run 15 laps, with no cautions.  Heat races will be lined up by average points earned, and drivers will be assigned a “qualifying group” that will practice and compete in the heat race together, with multiple sessions running simultaneously.  Once the heat races are completed, the transfer drivers will take a break while the remaining drivers that have yet to qualify for the feature event will race in a ‘Last Chance Qualifier”.   Either four or six drivers will transfer from the Last Chance Qualifier.  In some cases two “Last Chance Qualifiers” will be run with the transfer positions being divided by two, meaning that two or three drivers will transfer to the feature event.  Drivers transferring through the Last Chance Qualifier will start at the rear of the field in the feature event.

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Finally, the Feature Event will take center stage with a 10 minute warm-up that will conclude with the Bill Mathews Four Wide Salute.  Then the feature event will be lined up and will race 50 laps, with cautions turned on.  The feature event will be lined up based on finishing position in the heat races with the heat winners starting in front of the second place finishers and so on.

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“We had alot of input from our members that they wanted heat races and that authentic dirt track feel for these races, and I’m happy that we were able to give that to them” said ASRS President Jim Foose.  “This is our first foray into dirt racing and I feel it is important that we honor the dirt track way of doing things.  This format gives us that Saturday night short track feel, while keeping things competitive and creating more action on the race track.  Qualifying into a race by turning one fast lap is fine on asphalt tracks, but with ever changing track conditions on dirt, having to race your way into the feature provides a unique challenge and gives us what I feel will be the best quality starting field possible.  I can’t thank Jared (Mogard) and Twitchy Race Reports for joining in and making this a reality, he’s not only a sponsor but he’s been involved in much of the event format and helping me understand some of the quirks of dirt racing.  We agreed to cut the races from 100 laps to 50 laps to fit this format into a time slot we prefer and Jared has been there offering his expertise from the beginning”.

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The Twitchy Race Reports Triple Crown will run 50 lap feature events May 4th at Volusia Speedway Park, and May 11th at Williams Grove Speedway.  The Twitchy Race Reports Triple Crown will wrap up with a 100 lap feature event at Eldora Speedway on May 18th.  Each race will pay $25 iRacing credits to the winner, with an extra $25 available to any driver who sweeps the Twitchy Race Reports Triple Crown.  If a driver does not sweep the races, the $25 bonus credits will be paid to the driver who scores the most points in the three events.

Cochran Conquers the Plains

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By Tom Gianinni

As the ASRS Super Late Model Series rolled into Oxford Plains, no two stories were bigger than the dominance of Justin Blackdeer and the suspension of Ty Hester. Hester, fourth in points, was suspended for two weeks following multiple incidents including one last week at the Bullring. The other story, Blackdeer, came into the event riding a huge wave of momentum as the driver led the points standings by 29 over second place Jim Foose. An interesting afternoon would be ahead for all of the drivers vying for the championship.

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Jared Mogard would start the afternoon on the pole followed by Stephen Pearce, Jordan Harnish, Allan Young and points leader Justin Blackdeer. Second in points Jim Foose would start the night in 10th. Third in points Rex Hoyle’s team did not make the trip to Oxford Plains. Overall the night was clean and green with close and tough racing throughout the field. Track position would be key in this race as passing on the tiny track with no straightaways was very hard to come by. Another key to the night would be starting on the inside lane on restarts. If drivers found themselves on the outside lane, it may be ten positions back before they were able to find a place in line. Jared Mogard would lead the most laps on the night. Interestingly enough, his laps led came despite of early contact that relegated him to the back of the field. He charged up through the field to bring himself back into contention.

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Other lap leaders included Justin Blackdeer, Matt Vaade and eventual winner Jacob Cochran. The afternoon would certainly take an interesting turn at the end of the night when there were multiple wrecks and incidents while racing for the lead. Justin Cochran would assume the lead under caution when the leaders at the time tangled. He would ride that caution to victory, a huge win for the him. Scott Smith finished second, Jared Mogard finished his bumpy night with an impressive podium finish. Jordan Harnish finished 4th and Tim Knott finished 5th. Justin Blackdeer would be a victim of late race contact for the lead and he would go on to finish 16th.

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With the other points leaders struggling, his lead only shrank to 23 over second place Jim Foose. Jonathan Holstein climbed three spots into 3rd. Allan Young improved to 4th and Jared Mogard rounded out the top 5. Suspended Ty Hester fell to 9th. The series rolls into Richmond next Wednesday for the 9th race out of 16. Can Blackdeer get his train back on rails? Can Foose close in? Tune in next week!

Bozanich Takes Richmond Victory

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(RICHMOND, VA) The Sam Maxwell Customs ASRS Truck Series returned to action for Race #5 on the 2017 season. Tonight the drivers headed to the short track of Richmond International Raceway for the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn 100 a 100 lap shootout.

It would see forty-two drivers show up to attempt to qualify for the thirty-six truck starting field. After qualifying was done it was Danny Rodgers putting his #22 on the pole for the event. Michael Atkins Jr., Jamie Vaughn, Jake Douglas, and Jared Mogard rounded out the top 5 in qualifying. The quick race stats seen 8 caution flag periods for 41 laps with 10 lead changes between 7 different drivers. The race was a caution filled event that seen the race take on an average of eleven green flag laps before the yellow would fly throughout the race. Surprisingly enough though most of the yellow flag periods for single truck or at the most two truck spins.

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The second yellow that came out was for the biggest wreck of the night when the leaders got loose in front of the field off turn two which left the rest of the field dodging the wrecking cars. This involved several drivers as they just had no room to avoid the spinning trucks.

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The surprise of the night came when the yellow flew with roughly thirty laps to go for Danny Rodgers who appeared to have the race in his hands and was his to loose. He would get loose off turn two and hit the wall sending him spinning to the inside wall. He would escape with minimal damage however would be buried back in about the twenty-fifth position. Rodgers would struggle to rebound from this mistake with just few laps left.

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When the race was all said and done it was Zac Bozanich taking his #91 Toyota to ASRS Victory Lane at Richmond. This is Zac’s second win on the Sam Maxwell Truck Series season and his 9th career ASRS Victory.  Arguably the most impressive part about this Win for Zac is that he came from his 21st starting position to get the win at the end of this relatively short race when you figure in the yellow flag periods. We caught up with Zac and he had this to say about his performance tonight “Man did it feel good to get that monkey off my back after winning Daytona and then having the next 3 finishes outside the top 20. Qualifying didn’t really show our speed that we had in the 91 Speed Vegas Toyota, but that thing was a rocket in race trim. Starting 21st limited the strategy for the night and really forced me to take my time and just miss all the carnage that was going to happen and luckily I was able to do that and found myself inside the top 5 by about lap 30. From there it was just settle in and survive tell the end and make a late race charge. I caught a couple good breaks with leaders wrecking and picking up spots that way and then on the final restart the leader started spinning off of 4 and luckily made it by with minimal contact which ended the race under yellow. I can’t thank my whole MaXXed Out Motorsports team enough for the great trucks week in and week out, Brad, Jared, Nick, John, Kris really provide good feedback and trucks so we as a team can perform and win races.”

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The top 5 finishers were as followed; Zac Bozanich your Winner, Devin Serra 2nd, Sam Maxwell 3rd, Jim Foose 4th, and Allan Young rounding out the top 5. The championship standings which see the top eight in the standings go to the playoffs after race #18 took a bit of a shake up with the wrecks that took place. The current eight drivers in the playoffs after Race #5 are Jim Foose who retains the point lead, Jason Stewart 2nd, Jonathan Holstein 3rd, Danny Rodgers 4th, Brad Cross 5th, Zac Bozanich jumps up three spots to move into 6th, Dan Mathews who jumped up four spots to move into a playoff position for the first time in 2017 7th, and Sam Maxwell who jumped up four spots as well to take the final playoff spot in 8th.

The next Sam Maxwell Truck Series event is not until May 9th when the drivers will head to the Kansas Speedway for the L.A. Simsport 125 an 85 lap event for everyone there. As for next Tuesday night April 25th the ASRS Xfinity Series is in action from the Richmond International Raceway for the Richmond 125.

Hester Sweeps Bullring Twin Races

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By: Tom Giannini

The ASRS matadors entered the bullring Wednesday night for some intense racing action on the tiny track located just outside of turn two at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and minutes away from the strip. Between the blackjack hands the ASRS Super Late Model Series raced two full points paying races at 75 laps each. Justin Blackdeer came into the night as the points leader by just one point over Rex Hoyle. Their dog fight for the points lead would be closely monitored by Tom Giannini, Jonathan Holstein and Jim Foose as they rounded out the top 5 in points waiting for them to slip up and tighten the points race.

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The start of race 1 saw Blackdeer once again draw an early advantage when he won the pole over Tim Knott, Jacob Cochran, Allan Young and Travis Wright. Second in points Rex Hoyle had to start in the rear of both twin races when he was penalized for missing the the drivers’ meeting. Race 1 would see Justin Blackdeer lead the opening 40 laps from the pole, the most laps led for anyone in the event. Blackdeer was passed by Hester with 35 laps to go and Hester would not look back. Hester was followed to the flag by Jim Foose, Justin Blackdeer, Justin Brown and Tim Knott.

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Race 2 would prove to be the real show on the night. Jim Foose won the pole for this one, surprising the field with an extremely fast lap time. Foose’s rival Ty Hester lined up with him on the front row followed by Justin Blackdeer, Tim Knott and Travis Wright. Night time conditions would prove to be an advantage for Foose as he would go on to lead a race-high 63 laps in a dominating performance. That domination would soon turn into defeat as contact between the two drivers sent Foose into a four-wheel drift.

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He would eventually recover the car and assume second place but the deficit would prove to be insurmountable. Hester would go on to win the race and break out the brooms with a sweep of the night’s events. Foose would finish 2nd, Allan Young 3rd, Justin Blackdeer 4th and Tom Giannini would round out the top 5.

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Justin Blackdeer would use his two strong runs to extend his points lead to 29 over new second place Jim Foose. Rex Hoyle is now third, Hester improved to 4th and Allan Young fell to 5th. Even with the gain in points, Foose would not be happy with Hester. Foose shared a few choice words with the driver of the 36 on the radio as Hester defended his position in the contact. They will take their rivalry to Oxford Plains Speedway next week for the Oxford Plains 125, a 125 lap race on the tight track with no walls. Will Foose exact some revenge? Will Blackdeer continue his absolutely dominating performance on the season? Tune in next week!

Brown Takes Bristol Victory

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(BRISTOL, TN) Race #9 of the ASRS Xfinity Series took the drivers to the Bristol Motor Speedway for a 200 lap or 85 minute whichever came first event. It would be a full field of forty-three drivers going for one of the thirty-two starting spots. Leading qualifying would be Nolan Sutton with Jonathan Holstein to his outside. The rest of the top 5 were as followed, Sam Maxwell 3rd, Cole Eastman 4th, and Jake Douglas 5th. The top 5 saw a few new faces to the Xfinity Series with Sutton an Eastman making their debuts in the series.

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The race would be much like Sportsman Truck Series on Sunday night with a very caution filled event. It would see sixteen caution flags for eighty laps. Would also see Eight different lead changes between five different drivers. Jake Douglas would lead the most laps with 86. Other drivers leading at least a lap would be Justin Brown, Jonathan Holstein, Allan Young, and Nolan Sutton. If we took the time to cover every yellow flag incident it would take a long time to get through this report. As mentioned before the race was scheduled for 200 laps or 85 minutes. That time limit would come into play. The 85 minute time clock would end the race after 181 laps were complete. It cut the race 19 laps short from the originally scheduled distance. The first half of the race saw Jake Douglas dominate leading the race as it appeared he was on his was to his 3rd ASRS Xfinity Win in 2017. However a pit stop roughly 60 laps in would put Douglas back in traffic for the first time.

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It would shake the field up and made for some good racing in the top 5 with drivers battling for position and the race lead. With Douglas pitting it would hand the lead over to Justin Brown shortly after the green flag came back out. Once Brown got to the lead he would not look back as he would have to fend off late race challenges from Ty Hester, Sam Maxwell, Jake Douglas, and Dylan Hickey. Justin Brown would hang on and survive a 1 lap dash back to the checkered flag when the time limit ran out just as the field was going back green from a yellow flag. Joining in the top 5 would be Sam Maxwell 2nd, Jake Douglas 3rd, Robby Baskins 4th, and Jared Mogard would round out the top 5. Maxwell would gain some points on the point leader Ty Hester who finished 6th just behind Mogard. After Race #9 the current eight drivers who are in the playoffs which starts in just 3 races (Richmond, Talladega, and Kentucky) are as followed: Ty Hester hangs on to the point lead with Sam Maxwell 2nd, Justin Brown 3rd, Jared Mogard 4th, Jonathan Holstein 5th, Zac Bozanich 6th, Allan Young 7th, and currently 8th is Jim Foose.

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The Xfinity Series is back in action April 25th for another short track event from the Richmond International Raceway for a 125 lap event. As for racing action next Tuesday April 18th the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series is in action from Richmond for a 100 lap event. That race you can of course catch on Off Camber TV’s Youtube channel.

Kennedy Takes Sportsman Opener!

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(CONCORD, NC) Sunday Funday tonight was the debut of a new series called the Sportsman Truck Series. This series was created to give lesser experienced drivers a chance to race for a championship and for wins. With the amount of new drivers coming to ASRS and the level of competitiveness that the officials have seen in the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series in 2017 and multiple drivers not being able to make the starting fields of the SMC Truck Series events this Sportsman Series was just thing for these drivers. Tonight the Series opener took place from the Charlotte Motor Speedway and would see a full thirty-two Truck field show up to compete for the first checkered flag on the series.

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Leading qualifying would be Michael Atkins Jr. grabbing the pole, James Hobgood 2nd, Justin Vaughn 3rd, Nick Indelicato 4th, and Jamie Vaughn 5th. The race seen eight lead changes. Also would see eight caution flag periods for twenty-nine laps. Justin Vaughn would lead the most laps leading thirty-one laps. The race was as mentioned before a yellow filled event. The first wreck was a big pile up that took out multiple different drivers.

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The race seen a pattern it would go roughly 5-7 laps before a caution flag would fly for various different reasons and wrecks. A couple key turning points would be a few penalties that were accessed during the event. Both of them would be off restarts. James Hobgood who would restart 2nd on a restart would change lanes before the start finish line and would end up having to serve a black flag penalty under green flag racing conditions. The other notable penalty would again be off a restart for the leader Jamie Vaughn who changed lanes also and would have to serve a black flag penalty under the green flag. The race would see a lot of good racing action.

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Late in the race things got good off a restart with 11 laps to go. Jacob Cochran was the leader and John Kennedy who restarted 2nd got a good restart. Kennedy would run down Cochran and would pressure Jacob. The pressure would cause Cochran to make a slight mistake that would sent him into the turn 4 wall giving Kennedy the opening he was looking for. John Kennedy would take the lead with 3 laps to go and would go on to grab the Win. The race ended under yellow when Jacob Cochran would come down across Kris Titus’s nose and caused a big pile up on the back stretch. As mentioned John Kennedy took his Maxxed Out Motorsports #89 Toyota to victory lane grabbing his 1st Career ASRS Win.

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We caught up with Kennedy following the win and he had the following to say “It feels good to finally get a win in the season opener. It was a real up and down race for us but was fun all around. I would like to thank my spotter Jared Mogard, my teammates, Maxxed Out Motorsports, St Baldrick’s Foundation, and Twitchy Race Reports” The top 5 looked like this John Kenned 1st, Michael Atkins Jr. 2nd, James Hobgood would rebound from his penalty to finish 3rd, Jesse Curry 4th, and Matthew Mitchell 5th. The ASRS Sportsman Truck Series is off until April 23rd when they will head to Bristol Motor Speedway for 100 laps of short track racing action.

Young Cruises to South Boston Victory

By: Tom Gianinni

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Coming into South Boston, Justin Blackdeer was labeled as the clear favorite. When the team trailers rolled in Blackdeer was the points leader by 6 over second place Rex Hoyle. The top 5 was a tightly packed bunch with only 24 points separating Blackdeer and 5th place Ty Hester. We would see the points get a major shakeup in the next 125 laps at the small Virginia track.

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Blackdeer started the night living up to expectations when he led practice. Eyes were also on Tim Knott in this event as he posted the second fastest speed in practice. However, Blackdeer would not back up his practice time in qualifying as Jacob Cochran won the pole with a lap that was over a tenth faster than second place Jim Foose. Allan Young would start third, Scott Smith fourth and points contender Rex Hoyle would round out the top 5. Third in points Tom Giannini would start 16th and fourth in points Jonathan Holstein started 13th. The biggest surprise of the night was when fifth in points Ty Hester’s team did not attempt to qualify for the event.


Cochran started on the pole but it was Jim Foose that rode the high side momentum to an early lead. Foose would lead the first 35 laps of the event. Things were running smoothly for Foose and he established himself as an early contender. It was Foose’s race to lose when he would duck down pit road for tires and adjustments under a caution. That strategy call would prove to be his undoing on the night. Allan Young would assume the lead when Foose hit pit road and he would not look back. Young led the next 90 laps en route to his victory. Rex Hoyle finished second on the night, Jared Mogard third and Tim Knott showed speed in his fourth place performance. Early leader Jim Foose would round out the top 5.

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When the smoke cleared , Justin Blackeer was still atop the points standings. He leads Rex Hoyle by the slimmest of margins, just one point. Tom Giannini and Jonathan Holstein were involved in a terrible lap one incident and both were relegated to poor finishes. They kept their respective third and fourth place positions in the standings but the gap would widen to 30 and 31 points respectively. Ty Hester would fall out of the top 5 and was replaced by Jim Foose after his strong run.

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Next week the series invades Las Vegas for some gambling and racing. The famous Las Vegas Bullring will play host to the Las Vegas Ironman Challenge Twin 60s. It is there that Justin Blackdeer will look to continue his early season surge. Can Foose continue his climb? Will Giannini and Holstein stop the bleeding? Find out next week!