While other racing series are winding down their seasons, the Skeeber Flobs Kettle Corn Pro Serie will be coming to life with a new schedule and fun events planned for the fall season.
The schedule will be a throwback to the heyday of the now NASCAR Xfinity Series, featuring races at historic venues such as South Boston Speedway, Rockingham Speedway and the latest addition to the iRacing track offering: Myrtle Beach Speedway. This historic venues will be matched with newer tracks to the series such as Iowa Speedway and Kentucky Speedway for a well balanced schedule that features the tracks of yesterday and today.
The Skeeber Flobs Kettle Corn Pro Series will use the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Chevy Impala, fixed setups and limited fuel. The series will adopt a few additional regulations such as pit road limits (more to be decided as the series opener nears).
“When you look back at the Xfinity Series history, you see many smaller venues that held races until as recently as the early 2000s, those are the places the Xfinity Series has outgrown but we have not forgotten” said ASRS President Jim Foose. “Places like Myrtle Beach, IRP, South Boston and Rockingham built the then Busch Series into a national tour. Other tracks that we have available to us that previously held those races are Gateway, Lanier, Milwaukee, Oxford Plains, and Road Atlanta. These were all happening places for many years and my goal is to bring awareness that these tracks are historical landmarks and that they aren’t that far removed from having the big shows and I plan to do that by providing a racing series that hits these places and plays on that tradition. Some of my favorite races growing up were the Busch and Truck Series races at tracks off the beaten path, and my very first NASCAR national touring race was at a track that only the trucks raced on in Mansfield, Ohio”.
Wednesday nights will see the Dirt Racing Series on track for the summer months before the dirt side will take a break for the fall. “Wednesday nights are our short track night, we’ve done an okay job on these races in the past but this time around we have to promote these races a little more and get the word out about what we have to offer. Some of the most exciting races we’ve run in the 16 year history of this league have been on the short tracks and I plan to add a few more to that list this fall” stated Foose.
(THOMPSON, CT) When ASRS drivers came to Thompson Speedway, they had two more shots to close the points gap between them and points leader Justin Blackdeer before the season finale next week. Jim Foose (-31), Allan Young (-32), Tim Knott (-55) and Matt Vaade (-61) had a huge mountain to climb at the start of the twin events. Allan Young would start race 1 with a leg up on Blackdeer when he put his 24 car on the pole. Rex Hoyle qualified 2nd, Travis Wright 3rd, AJ McCall started 4th and the points leader Blackdeer rounded out the top 5. Race 1 was chock full of fireworks.
On lap 3 Justin Blackdeer was spun off the right front fender of Tom Giannini’s 33 car. Neither car received much damage and both continued on. On the ensuing restart, Jim Foose would also be involved in an incident which would bring out another caution. That caution was followed by yet another caution involving Tim Knott. In 13 laps, four of the top 6 drivers in the points standings were involved in crashes. Knott would receive the worst damage and his 41 car would remain in the pit area for the remainder of the race. Allan Young would capitalize on the calamity and lead all but 7 laps on route to the win. The win would be redemption for last week when the 24 was leading late in the race when he was spun by Jacob Cochran. Rex Hoyle finished 2nd in race 1. Travis Wright finished 3rd, Justin Vaughn 4th and Jason Stewart finished 5th after a thrilling battle with Tom Giannini and Justin Blackdeer.
Race 2 would be much cleaner but no less full of storylines. AJ McCall qualified on the pole for this event. Tim Knott qualified fast enough to start on the outside of the front row. Jason Stewart followed up his top 5 finish with a top 5 starting spot in race 2. Zac Coyer started 4th and Rex Hoyle rounded out the top 5.
AJ McCall was fast, really fast, but the driver of the 32 Toyota would be penalized when he changed lanes on the race’s initial start. Tim Knott jumped out to the lead when McCall ducked down pit road to serve his penalty. Knott would not look back. The race would go caution free only seeing a few incidents that were not serious enough to warrant a race stoppage.
The win would be Tim Knott’s first in ASRS competition, a huge break for the driver who has been in a cold spell, mired by bad luck for months. Fans and drivers alike were happy to see the driver of the 41 snap his winless streak after having many opportunities to win squandered by incidents outside of his control.
Even with the wins by pursuing drivers, Justin Blackeer put his stamp on the 2017 ASRS Super Late Model season. He now leads the series by 23 points over Allan Young with one race remaining. Jim Foose is in 3rd with an insurmountable point deficit of 40. Allan Young will need a miracle. Assuming the series gets more than 23 entries, a rarity this late in a season, it is still unlikely the 24 can be crowned champion. Blackdeer dominated the season and can rightfully coast to a championship when the series rolls into Five Flags Speedway for the series finale next Wednsday night. Make sure to tune in!
(DOVER, DE) The Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series headed to Dover, Delaware for it’s annual visit to The Monster Mile. With high banked turns and a concrete surface, Dover is one of two tracks that features a concrete racing surface, which presents unique challenges to drivers as they navigate each corner at high speeds.
Forty drivers attempted to qualify for the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn 100, John Kennedy, Steven Trombly, Lee Staples and Stephen Pearce would miss the 36 truck field.
Charlotte winner Mitch Brown, driving the JF2 Racing #48, led the field to the green with JFoose Motorsports’ Michael Atkins, Jr. along side for the green flag. Things got crazy on lap six as Kris Titus flipped wildly on the backstretch.
The race featured another caution, before a long green flag run created the need for green flag pit stops, a tricky task that some drivers struggled with as the high speed corners and the slippery asphalt apron create an interesting pit entry point. Michael Atkins navigated his #44 Chevrolet to the pits earlier than the field and gained an advantage by doing so, running on fresh tires as the remainder of the field struggled along on worn tires.
When the smoke settled, Atkins emerged the leader and survived through a couple late race cautions including one that ended the race under the caution flag. Brown was second followed by Ty Hester in third, Brad Cross fourth and last season’s championship runner-up Robby Baskins fifth.
Jim Foose continues to lead the championship point standings, but the competition in second has changed as Jonathan Holstein has moved into second just 17 points behind.
Next week the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series heads to Rockingham Speedway, before a week break to kick off June.
(MARTINSVILLE, VA) Michael Atkins, Jr. had a near perfect day at Martinsville Speedway, winning the pole and the race at the .526 Mile paperclip shaped speedway.
24 drivers entered the Martinsville 100 and put on a great race that showcased side by side racing and close racing on a true short track that usually see’s its share of cautions. The race was not without incident as eight cautions flew during the 100 laps.
Four drivers shared the lead, swapping four times. Atkins, Jr. led the most laps, but nearly lost the race to Devin Serra who had the dominate truck in the middle stage, before a restart violation and the subsequent penalty would put Serra one lap down until the final 10 laps. Serra simply did not have enough time to come up through the field and when the final caution flew with a handful of laps remaining, his fate was sealed.
At the checkered flag it was Michael Atkins, Jr. taking the win, even though he is not eligible for championship points. Tim Knott was second, followed by Travis Wright, Dominic Lee and Scott Smith who rounded out the top five.
John Kennedy continues to lead the championship, despite missing Martinsville and becoming ineligible for points in the series. Kennedy currently holds a five point lead over Kris Titus. Next up for the Sportsman Truck Series; Texas Motor Speedway on June 4th.
By Tom Giannini
(HAMPTON, VA) Last week when the ASRS Super Late Model Series left Lucas Oil Raceway, fans had thought Jared Mogard won the race. Post race inspections had deemed the #01 winning racecar as illegal. Mogard was later stripped of the win and the win going to second place finisher Jacob Cochran. Mogard has since appealed his two week suspension but it was upheld by the Race Team Alliance, the governing body of ASRS.
As the smoke cleared, it was time to go racing again; this time the series played host to a double header at the Langley Speedway. Justin Blackdeer, who was a no-show last week, showed up to the track and he was determined to add to the point lead that shrunk when his 51 car failed to make the trek to Indianapolis. Blackdeer got off a strong start, putting his foot on the neck of the field early with a pole run in qualifying. Jacob Cochran qualified on the outside pole followed by Jim Foose, Tim Knott and Matt Vaade. Blackdeer would take the pole and lead every single lap of the race.
Race 1 went caution-free the entire way until a spin with two to go ended the race prematurely. Following Blackdeer to the line was Allan Young. Matt Vaade went on the finish 3rd, Jim Foose finished 4th and Tim Knott rounded out the top 5.
Race 2 would be where the fans got their money’s worth. Blackdeer would once again lead the field to the green, his series-leading fourth pole of the season. Allan Young qualified 2nd, Zac Coyer in this Coldbeer Racing #31 started 3rd, eventual race-winner Cochran started 4th and Jim Foose rounded out the top 5. Blackdeer would not dominate this race.
In fact the 51 only paced the field for 9 laps. The bulk of the laps led would go to the 24 machine of Allan Young. Young who came into the event 21 points behind first place would need a good run to make up some ground.
A good run was what he had until the closing laps when Jacob Cochran would enter turn 3 a little too hot under Young. The contact would send Young for a spin in front of the field triggering a massive race-ending pileup. When the smoke cleared and the field was frozen, it was Cochran that cleared the chaos with the lead. Following him to a second place finish was Tim Knott. Justin Blackdeer would clear the wreck to finish 3rd, Tom Giannini finished 4th and Evan Osbourne would round out the top 5.
With only two weeks left, Blackdeer has all but locked up the championship. He now leads Jim Foose by 31 points. Allan Young is 32 markers back followed by Tim Knott (-52) and Matt Vaade (-61). The series rolls into Thompson Speedway for another double-header in the series’ penultimate week. Make sure to tune in!
(CONCORD, NC) Winning races int he ASRS Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series isn’t easy, just ask Mitch Brown. Brown has been a part of the series for the better part of a year and many close finishes, but never closed the deal. That is until Charlotte.
Forty-five drivers attempted to qualify for the 36 truck starting field, among those who failed to qualify: Kris Titus, Brian Chrismon, Nick Coffman, Justin Brown, Michael Cunic and Jamie Moore. Michael Atkins, Jr. sped to the pole in the qualifying session and was joined by Tom Giannini on the front row for the start of the 100 mile race.
Five cautions slowed the pace of the race slightly, but green flag runs mid race set up green flag pit stops for some. A few late race cautions bunched the field as Mitch Brown had emerged the leader, even after contact with Allan Young swapped some paint between the two trucks. Brown had to hold off several charges in the late stages but was leading when the race’s final caution flew with two laps to go, completing the race under the control of the pace car.
When the dust settled and the checkered flag flew it was Mitch Brown picking up his first ASRS victory, Allan Young was second followed by Pete Baskins in third, Robby Baskins fourth and Sam Maxwell rounding out the top five.
The championship battle continues to see defending series champion Jim Foose expanding his lead to 21 points over Jason Stewart. Next week the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series heads to Dover.
By Tom Gianinni
(CLERMONT, IN) When team haulers rolled into Lucas Oil Raceway there was no story bigger than the points leader Justin Blackdeer’s team not rolling in with them. Blackdeer who came into the event leading Jim Foose by 26 points could only pray to maintain his points lead as the 51 machine remained idle in the garage. The rest of the top 5, Jared Mogard, Allan Young and Tim Knott, would all have a fire lit under them in this one as they would try to shrink the points gap between them and the lead. Jacob Cochran won the pole to start the event followed by last week’s winner Jake Douglas. Points contenders Allan Young and Tim Knott started 3rd and 4th. Matt Vaade would round out the top 5 on the starting grid. Sparks were flying early when contact between Jim Foose and Jordan Harnish led to a pileup on lap 1. The rest of the race would, for the most part, be clean and green. Fifth in points Tim Knott’s chances at slimming the points margin would suffer an early blow when his 41 car was sent for a spin into the inside wall.
After leading the first few laps, pole winner Jacob Cochran would surrender the lead to the class of the field, Jared Mogard, for the first and final time. The win was Mogard’s second on the season. Early leader Cochran followed Mogard to the line to finish 2nd, his fourth top 5 of the season. Allan Young would cash in a good points night finishing third. Matt Vaade finished 4th and Jim Foose rounded out the top 5 when the Toyota of Tom Giannini ran out of gas on the last lap while running in 5th.
The points landscape is much different following the 100 lap event. Justin Blackdeer was able to maintain his lead with the cushion he had built up over the first ten events. However, that lead is now slim now. Move over Jim Foose, there’s a new driver in second. Jared Mogard would leap frog Foose in points, 10 points behind first place. With his top 5, Foose only lost one spot to 3rd. Allan Young remained in fourth. With his struggles, Tim Knott is now tied for 5th with Tom Giannini, 47 points behind the lead.
The series rolls into Langley Speedway next week for twin races, a format loved by both teams and drivers. Catch the Ironman Challenge Twin 75s next Wednesday at 9 pm. Will the points leader show up? Will Jared Mogard continue his mid season surge? Tune in next week to find out!
Editors Note: Following post race penalties, Jared Mogard was disqualified from the race win and received no points for his appearance. Standings in the race review were before any penalties were issued.
(KANSAS CITY, KS) Forty-Three drivers made the trip to Kansas Speedway for the L.A. Simsport 125 as Race #6 of the SMC Truck Series was in action. Following qualifying it seen Devin Serra grab the pole with Jacob Cochran 2nd, Michel Atkins Jr. 3rd, John Kennedy 4th, and Pete Baskins rounded out the top 5. There were 5 yellow flag periods all involving solo car spins for the most part for twenty laps. The race seen thirteen lead changes between eight different drivers.
The race started a bit rough as the trend of the race started with roughly 7-10 lap runs before the first few yellow flags came out. As the race went on the field seen green flag racing with the last half of the race seeing one yellow flag. The last forty laps were split up into twenty or more lap green flag runs to the end. The last run to the checkers was a twenty-four lap green flag run which seen the leaders run all over the racing surface.
Off what was the final restart Kennedy brought them to green and led for a few laps. The gunner who has been dominating the Sportsman Truck Series appeared to possibly grab his first SMC Truck Series win on the 2017 season. But after about five laps Ty Hester would take over the lead and drive away from the field. Ty’s fast pace would prove to be costly as Justin Vaughn would run Ty down as his tires went away with roughly seven laps to go. Vaughn would in turn drive away from the field and not look back as he grabbed his first win on the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series in 2017. This was also Justin’s 2nd career ASRS win. Rounding out the top 5 was Ty Hester who fended off four drivers who were pressuring for 2nd at the end, Sam Maxwell came from his 21st starting spot to finish 3rd, Jared Mogard who continues to have qualifying issues came from his 30th starting spot to finish 4th, and continuing the hard charger trend Tim Knott came from his 26th starting spot to finish 5th.
The top 5 finishers proved that passing could be done at the Kansas Speedway. As for the Championship standings well they seen a shake up a bit again tonight. Remember the top eight in the standings after Race #18 head to the playoffs. Big headline regarding the standings was when Jason Stewart and his #1 ride did not show up tonight.
At the conclusion of tonight’s events it now sees Jim Foose pad his point lead from 4 to 18 points over Jason Stewart who is 2nd not a spot in the standings, Jonathan Holstein also holds his position in 3rd, Brad Cross gained a spot and moves to 4th, Zac Bozanich also gains a spot and moves to 5th, Danny Rodgers loses 2 spots and falls to 6th, while Sam Maxwell gains a spot to put him 7th, and Jared Mogard moves up 2 spots to the 8th and final spot in the current playoff picture.
Next week the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series heads “home” to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Sam Maxwell Customs 100 a sixty-seven lap event as drivers try to either pad their position in the playoffs while others try to creep into the hunt for the top eight. Tune in to Off Camber TV next week to see who takes advantage of the “Home Track” feel that next week should provide.