(SPARTA, KY) The ASRS Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series hit the rough and bumpy asphalt of Kentucky Speedway for the twelfth race of the 2017 season . 39 drivers attempted to qualify for the 36 truck starting field; Scott Haller, Zack Calloway and Josh Walker failed to qualify for the race. Michael Atkins, Jr. led the speed chart in qualifying, winning the pole for the 113 mile main event.
Atkins jumped to the lead but a series of early cautions slowed the pace dramatically and a mix of pit strategies stacked the field with fast trucks running throughout. The early dominator was Tom Giannini who played pit strategy and took the lead for 19 laps.
As the race neared the half-way point, green flag pit stops began for the leaders as the race took a green flag look midway. The green flag pit stops allowed many drivers to take turns leading the way, with nine drivers swapping the lead 11 times.
Late in the going, a caution flew that brought many front runners to pit road, but when the caution flew for the Dominic Lee turning then leader Jamie Moore in turns 3 and 4, it was Pete Baskins leading in the #3. Baskins had to fend off hard chargers on fresher tires and with faster trucks to maintain his track position in the laps leading up to the caution. At the checkered flag it was Pete Baskins scoring his first ASRS victory, Sam Maxwell finishing second, Atkins and Giannini third and fourth with Devin Serra rounding out the top five.
Fresh off his second place finish, Sam Maxwell took the championship lead after former leader Brad Cross and second place driver Jim Foose suffered early damage and were unable to compete for the win. Next up for the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series, the series heads to Eldora Speedway for the first race on dirt in series history.
Wednesday Night’s the new home of Dirt Slinging action at ASRS. Fresh off opening night last week and the debut of the Dirt Sprint Cars from Volusia last week it was time for a couple other classes to take the sage this week. The dirt schedule sees alternating classes every other week. So this week it was the debut of the Dirt Stock Cars along with the Dirt Super Late Models.
For the 5 race schedule it would be Twitchy Race Reports coming on board to be the Stock Car title sponsor for the series. With the Super Late Models being sponsored by Ruby Sanctum Electronics. The dirt racing has provided different sponsorship options for ASRS as different companies have come on board to bring great racing action to ASRS.
To start the evening’s events would be the Dirt Stock Cars which would be running a 35 lap feature event. There would be 16 drivers showing up for the opening race for the TRR Stock Cars. Sitting on the pole would be Josh Walker with Brad Cross 2nd, Hunter Potson 3rd, John Kennedy 4th, and Justin Kruithof rounding out the top 5. The race saw Brad Cross jump the lead and never look back as Cross would pick up where he left off last week where he won one of the Sprint Car twin races. This was Brad’s 6th career ASRS victory. Followed by Cross would be fellow teammate Josh Walker 2nd, 3rd went to teammate Brandon Boyd making it an all Maxxed Out Motorsports top 3, Brian Chrismon was 4th, and Jason Stewart rounded out the top 5.
The Super Late Models saw 17 drivers make the trip to Volusia Speedway to do battle. In qualifying it would be Brad Cross grabbing the pole looking for the evening’s sweep with Justin Kruithof 2nd, Brandon Boyd 3rd, Josh Walker 4th, and Kris Titus 5th. It would be a very caution filled event that in the end would see Brandon Boyd cruise to his first career ASRS victory. Behind Boyd would be Walker 2nd, Kruithof 3rd, Cross who led early but ran into trouble off a restart ended up 4th, and Jim Foose rounded out the top 5.
Be sure to check back next Wednesday as the Sprint Cars will be back in action for week #2 which will again feature twin race events.
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The Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series headed to the Iowa Speedway for the 11th race on the 2017 Season as drivers continue to set their sights on making the 2017 Playoffs for the Championship.
It would see 38 drivers make the trip to try and qualify for the 36 Truck 100 lap event tonight. After qualifying was done it was Travis McQuistion sitting on the pole with Devin Serra 2nd, Jared Mogard 3rd, Dominic Lee 4th and Alex Giese rounding out the top 5. The event saw 6 yellow flag periods for 29 laps and saw 4 different race leaders.
The race saw Travis McQuistion take his #93 to the race lead for the early parts of the event. But once the leaders made their first pit stops around lap 23 it would shake up the leaders. McQuistion and Mogard who had pressured the #93 for the first 20 some laps would restart 7th and 8th respectively after some drivers chose to stay out or take only two tires on pit stops. Mogard would be successful in getting back to the front as Travis McQuistion would find trouble that sent his truck into the inside wall off turn 2 ending his event early. Lee Staples would take over the lead from them pit stops and would hang on to it for a few laps before Jake Douglas would take his #49 to the top spot off a restart. Douglas would stay out front for the next 62 laps of the event.
The race would see a green flag run to the end that would provide for an excellent finish to decide the winner between Jake Douglas and Jared Mogard. They have had their fair share of run-ins in prior events so it was shaping up to be a good finish for sure. That would be the case as Mogard would pressure Douglas causing Douglas to get into the wall coming off of turn 4. Mogard would briefly take the lead until they to go turn 1 where Douglas would get back by to the lead after Mogard would over drive turn 1. The end result would be with roughly 15 laps to go Mogard would have to re-rundown Douglas and try and get by Douglas again. Mogard would do both of them as once he caught Douglas coming to 6 laps to go Douglas again would get into the wall off turn 4 giving Mogard the opening he would be looking for. Mogard would lead only 6 laps and cruise on to his 18th Career ASRS victory and his 2nd on the 2017 Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series season.
We caught up with Mogard who had this to say “It feels great to get the win. Had a great race with Douglas there and were able to come out on top. Just got to thank all my sponsors Captain Morgan, Mountain Dew, Twitchy Race Reports, and lastly my team Maxxed Out Motorsports. We’ve been rolling the last 3 weeks with now the 2nd win and Brad Cross becoming the new point leader. Just got to keep it rolling to the end of the season.”
The point’s battle with just 7 races remaining before the Playoffs start got a bit tighter again. Brad Cross is the NEW point leader as Jim Foose had some troubles this week. Foose would fall to 2nd in the standings, Jason Stewart gained a spot to 3rd, Allan Young also gained a spot to 4th, while Sam Maxwell who also had trouble this week fell to 5th, Devin Serra gained a spot to go to 6th, Robby Baskins also gained a spot to 7th, and in the 8th and final playoff spot is Mitchell Brown who gained 1 spot.
Notable who fell out of the top 8 was Jonathan Holstein who didn’t make the race due to connection issues which now has him on the outside looking in. Join us next Tuesday as the SMC Truck Series heads to the Kentucky Speedway for the Driven Disignz Kentucky 113 a 75 lap event. Be sure to tune into Off Camber TV for the live broadcast to see who will be closer to the playoffs as every position and spot are starting to mean just that much more with only 7 race left till the playoffs.
(BARBERSVILLE, FL) The opening night of dirt sprint car racing for the American Sim Racing Series saw plenty of action and a pair of well deserving winners.
Under the setting sun of the evening, Brad Cross led wire to wire in race #1 of the Duel on the Dirt, bringing his #30 Coffman Racing Graphics sprint car to Victory Lane in the very first ASRS Sprint Car Series Presented by Perch’n main event. Stephen Pearce was second followed by a very fast Jim Foose in third. Kris Titus and Tim Knott rounded out the top five in a race that featured three cautions for nine laps with 14 starters.
The field was re-racked with Brad Cross starting at the tail (a nod to short tracks across the country), Stephen Pearce shot off the pole and led flag to flag in this 30 lap feature, taking his #16 to victory lane for the first time since winning an Xfinity Series race in March of 2016. The second feature, run under the lights, saw just one caution for three laps. Brandon Boyd was second, Foose again was third, followed by Tm Knott and Rex Hoyle to complete the top five.
Pearce, off his win and runner-up finish leads the championship after two races and is trailed by Jim Foose five points behind. The Sprint Car Series Presented by Perch’n will be back in action June 28th at USA International Speedway, while the ASRS Dirt Racing Series heads back to Volusia Speedway Park next week with the Super Late Models and Street Stocks.
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(MADISON, IL) After a week off the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series was ready to get back in action from the Gateway Motorsports Park for an 80 lap event which seen 39 drivers show up for the 36 Truck starting field. Following Qualifying it would see Jake Douglas sit on the pole with Ty Hester 2nd, Sam Maxwell 3rd, Michael Atkins Jr. 4th, and Jonathan Holstein 5th. There would only be 2 yellow flag periods for 8 laps with 7 different leaders throughout the event.
The first yellow flew on the opening lap when a truck got into the wall and after it appeared they got going there would be another wreck halfway down the back stretch. The race would go back green and would stay green all the way to lap 63 before the yellow flew again.
During the long green run it would see Jake Douglas lose control of his truck while leading spinning into the infield causing him to go multiple laps down. That would give Michael Atkins the lead for 18 laps before Mogard would cruise from his 11th starting spot to take the lead for the next 30 laps before the yellow came out.
The final 15 laps went green with no yellow and at the end it would see Travis McQuistion pick up his first career ASRS Win followed by Devin Serra 2nd, Mitchell Brown 3rd, Allan Young 4th, and Sam Maxwell 5th.
The Point Standings after Race #10 with just 8 races remaining before the top 8 in points are locked into the playoffs look like this Jim Foose holds the top spot still with Brad Cross 2nd, Sam Maxwell 3rd, Jason Stewart 4th, Allan Young 5th, Jonathan Holstein 6th, Devin Serra went from 9th to 7th to move into a playoff spot, and Mitchell Brown also gained 2 spots to go from 10th to the 8th and final playoff spot.
Next week the Truck Series heads to the Iowa Speedway for the Sam Maxwell Customs 100 a 100 lap event which like every SMC Truck Series event will be broadcasted live on Off Camber TV. Who will get a step closer to the 2017 Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series Playoffs when the checkers fly next week with only 7 races left after next week’s event? Be sure to tune in and find out!!!!
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By Tom Giannini
(FORT WORTH, TX) Coming into the fifth race of the Sportsman Truck Series, we have had two winners across four events. The dominance of John Kennedy and Michael Adkins on the season so far was the major storyline going in. Both drivers had won two races in a row and were in contention every week.
This race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway started out with Kris Titus on the pole. Kris Titus has been on a qualifying hot streak after coming off a pole in the previous week’s Sam Maxwell Customs event at Rockingham. Following Titus to the line would be Dominic Lee, an up and coming driver on the ASRS circuit of series. Scott Smith qualified 3rd, Tim Knott 4th and Brett Matthews rounded out the top 5.
Kris Titus would not have the kind of day he had hoped for off the pole. He would find trouble on the backstretch and be relegated to a DNF after leading 14 laps of the event. Overall, 6 out of the 17 drivers that entered the race would lead laps. That’s an astounding number showing just how competitive the field in the Sportsman Truck Series is. The other lap leaders included Scott Smith, Jeremy Banning, Pete Baskins, point leader John Kennedy and Scott Haller. The night would not be littered with many cautions but the ones we did have were for serious incidents. One incident saw the 04 of Thomas Wagner flipping down the backstretch in a spectacular wreck.
The last green flag run saw a thrilling battle between John Kennedy, Scott Smith, Jeremy Banning and Pete Baskins. John Kennedy appeared to be coasting to the win but the field would catch up to him when he used up his tires too quickly. Scott Smith would have to defend the lead from a charging Jeremy Banning and a pesky Pete Baskins who stayed among the leaders even though the driver of the 3 had not pitted on the last sequence of stops. Scott Smith went on to win the event under caution. Jeremy Banning finished 2nd, Pete Baskins held on for 3rd, John Kennedy amazingly held onto 4th after hitting the wall 3 times on the final run and Steve Buhala finished his late race charge with a top 5.
John Kennedy still remains atop the points standings followed by Scott Smith, Kris Titus, Tim Knott and Jeremy Banning. The series gets back underway on June 18 at Phoenix for the Father’s Day 60. Make sure to tune in! These up-and-comers have been putting on thrilling shows!
By Tom Gianinni
(PENSACOLA, FL) Congratulations to Justin Blackdeer. Blackdeer finished his impressive season last night with a win. It was a two for one in victory lane as the driver celebrated both a race win and his first ASRS Championship win. Coming into the event at Five Flags Speedway, Blackdeer had already clinched the championship. He had a lead of 23 points over Allan Young, a gap that proved to be insurmountable with less than 21 cars (16 in total) starting the event. The championship leader kicked off the night in style when he sat atop the practice sheet and later claimed the pole for the night’s event. Rex Hoyle qualified 2nd followed by AJ McCall, Jim Foose and Tim Knott.
The action started early on lap 2 when contact sent Jim Foose’s #42 Chevy spinning in front of the field collecting Lee Staples. The action would calm down from there as the rest of the race would only see two more cautions for minor incidents. Blackdeer dominated the race leading all but one lap. That lap would be led by Zac Coyer under a caution flag. Blackdeer reassumed the lead when the 31 came down pit road but his dominance on the field was never in question. He coasted to victory from there, his 5th win on the season. Second place in points Allan Young finished second on the night. Tim Knott came in third, Rex Hoyle 4th and Zac Coyer rounded out the top 5. The final points standings saw Justin Blackdeer claim the championship by 29 points over Allan Young. The championship came on the heels of 3 wins and a series leading 5 poles. Allan Young finished the season with two wins and one pole.
Jim Foose stumbled across the finish line in third after matching Justin Blackdeer step-for-step for most of the season. His late season struggles would relegate him to third place in the standings, 59 markers out of first. Tim Knott had a strong season, a season that would include the driver’s first win in ASRS competition. He finished 4th, 62 points out of 4th. Tom Giannini was a model of consistency. The driver of the #33 would not win one race or pole but when the smoke cleared on the season, he would find himself with a top 5 points finish.
We would like to congratulate all competitors on a terrific Super Late Model Season. There was a lot of action, a lot of hard racing, a lot of thrilling wins and a lot of tough luck heartbreaks. Although this season has come to an end, ASRS competition on Wednesday nights will not end. The drivers will exchange their asphalt cars for some mud slingers as the summer dirt series will be in full swing. Make sure to tune in for that, it’s sure to be a wild show!
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(ROCKINGHAM, NC) Race #9 for the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series as part of the ASRS leagues headed to the Rockingham Speedway for 100 laps of racing action. The night’s actions would see a return of the #01 after a two week suspension that was handed down after the Super Late Model event at the Lucas Oil Speedway.
The night saw thirty-one drivers make the trip to compete and get a step closer to a playoff spot in the standings. The race see eight caution flag periods for thirty-one laps with only two leaders and one lead change. Qualifying seen a bit of an “upset” happen as Kris Titus would put his #25 Maxxed Out Motorsports ride on the pole of the event with Jonathan Holstein 2nd, Alex Giese 3rd, Jared Mogard 4th, and Robby Baskins rounded out the top 5. As mentioned there was only two leaders Kris Titus lead the first five laps of the event before giving way to fellow teammate Jared Mogard who would go on to lead the remaining ninety-five laps.
The race saw a nice green run in the middle stages of the event before having a caution filled period during the last forty laps of the race. Mogard would have to fend off Tom Giannini on the last handful of restarts and would do just that. When the checkers flew it would be Mogard making a statement in his return to action to grab his 17th career Win with the ASRS league and his first of the 2017 SMC Truck Series.
We caught up with Mogard and he had this to say following the win “We had a good truck and got to the lead early and never looked back. We could have gone without the last 5 or so restarts but were able to fend off challenges from the #33 and #41 there to grab the Win. Just got to thank all my sponsors RHRswag.com, Twitchy Race Reports, Mountain Dew, Pepsi/Captain Morgan, and of course Maxxed Out Motorsports for the awesome equipment to compete in weekly.”
The rest of the top 5 were Allan Young 2nd, Tom Giannini 3rd, Mitchell Brown 4th from his 21st starting spot, and Justin Vaughn finishing 5th. The top 8 drivers after Race #9 with only 9 races to go before the Playoffs start are as followed. Jim Foose continues to be your point leader over Brad Cross who is now in 2nd, Sam Maxwell 3rd, Jason Stewart 4th, Jonathan Holstein fell 3 spots to 5th, Allan Young gained 3 spots to move to 6th, Michael Atkins Jr. 7th, and Robby Baskins moved up 2 spots to sit in the final spot in 8th.
The SMC Truck Series is off next week as it is iRacing’s Week 13. The Truck Series returns to action in 2 weeks June 13th from the Gateway Oval for the Staples CAD Tech 100 an 80 lap event. Be sure to tune into Off Camber TV on Youtube to see who gets a step closer to battling for a Championship.