Cross Sweeps Dirt Again!

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Twitchy Race Reports

(ROSSBURG, OH)  Wednesday Night’s the dirt track night as the Street Stocks and the Late Models were in action from the Eldora Speedway. Featuring a 30 lap Street Stock event and a 30 lap Late Model Event. There would be 13 drivers in attendance for the Street Stocks and 11 drivers in attendance for the Late Models.

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First up would be the Street Stocks and it would see Tyler Reed grab the pole bringing the field to green with Kris Titus 2nd, Brad Cross 3rd, Zac Bozanich 4th, and Jared Mogard 5th. The race had a couple yellows but the racing action under green was good. Brad Cross would get to the lead and would look tough yet again to beat. Fellow teammate Zac Bozanich would however try and challenge Cross for the lead and would do so for a few laps. The two drivers would trade slide jobs before Zac would get crossed up and ended up spinning out ending his chances at victory.

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When the checkers flew no surprise was made as Brad Cross picked up yet another victory on dirt. This would be Cross’s 10th Career ASRS Victory. Richard Stallings was 2nd, Jim Foose 3rd, Kris Titus 4th, and Jared Mogard 5th.

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For the Late Models Brad Cross was the fastest in qualifying with Kris Titus 2nd, Nick Coffman 3rd, Zac Bozanich 4th, and Jared Mogard 5th. The quick 30 lap event would go green to checker with no cautions as Brad Cross would drive away picking up the sweep of the action again in the dirt series cruising to his 11th ASRS Victory. Zac Bozanich was 2nd, Kris Titus 3rd, John Kennedy 4th, and Richard Stallings rounded out the top 5.

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Next week the dirt series heads to the Sprint Cars for their scheduled double header.

Kohan Returns to Pocono with a Win

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Twitchy Race Reports

(LONG POND, PA)  Race #14 on the 2017 SMC Truck Series was at the Pocono Raceway for the Fastlane 75 a 30 lap sprint for the Trucks. There were 38 drivers who showed up for a shot at one of the 36 starting spots. It would see Nick Kohan make his 2017 debut and grab the pole with Michael Atkins Jr. 2nd, Devin Serra 3rd, Jake Douglas 4th, and Sam Maxwell rounded out the top 5 drivers. The race went green for most of the race which made for a fast paced event. The top 4 drivers of Kohan, Douglas, Atkins, and Serra drove away from the field by over 4 seconds while Maxwell, Mogard, and Chad Finley battled for 5th-7th grabbing the rest of the field by 5 second.

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The green flag run provided a very spread out event for everyone. It also provided for green flag pit stops which came about half way through as drivers made their stops. After it cycled through it seen no change in the top 5. Chad Finley who was running 6th had problems and it ended up ending his night after contending for a top 5 finish. Also notable point leader going into the event Brad Cross also had a pit road penalty which cost him a shot at a solid finish as well.

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The race appeared to be going caution free until with 4 to go when Dominic Lee had issues in which brought the yellow out. The race ended under yellow and it was Kohan making the most of his ASRS debut grabbing his 10th career ASRS Victory. Rounding out the top 5 was Jake Douglas 2nd, Michael Atkins, Jr. 3rd who needed a good run as he was in the final playoff spot coming into the nights action, Devin Serra 4th, and Sam Maxwell finished 5th.

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The series point standings with just 4 races remaining before the 2017 Playoffs start look like this. Devin Serra took the point lead with Brad Cross falling to 2nd after his pit road issues, Sam Maxwell 3rd, Allan Young 4th, Jason Stewart 5th, Jim Foose 6th, Mitchell Brown 7th, and Michael Atkins Jr. sits in the 8th and final playoff spot. Just a couple drivers outside the top 8 have a shot at it and they are Jonathan Holstein who is 9th (-20 points), Jared Mogard 10th (-28 points), and Tom Giannini is also trying to make a very late push as he sits 11th in the standings (-44 points).

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Next week the SMC Truck Series is off but the Xfinity Series kicks off their Playoffs with a road coarse event which will be a 35 lap event. Tune in two weeks from now to see who gets a step closer to the 2017 SMC Truck Series Playoffs as the Trucks will be in action from the Michigan International Speedway.

ASRS Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series Slings Mud for First Time, Cross Wins

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By Tom Giannini

(ROSSBURG, OH)  When the schedule for the 2017 Sam Maxwell Truck Series was released last year, a lot of drivers circled July 11th. Some circled the date because they knew their dirt experience would pay off. Others circled it because they knew it would be an uphill struggle for them to compete on dirt for the first time. Eldora played host to the Fastlane Racing Dirt Derby at Eldora and it did not disappoint.

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Bradley Cross was the favorite entering the event as the driver of the #30 has excelled in other ASRS sanctioned dirt events. Things got off to a fast start for him when he rocketed his truck to the pole. Danny Rodgers started on the outside pole followed by Devin Serra, Kris Titus and Richard Stallings.

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Drivers and fans alike did not know what to expect coming into the 75 lap event. Was there going to be a lot of wrecks? How tight would the racing be? Would tempers be flaring or would everyone give a lot of room to their fellow competitors? The answers did not disappoint. The racing was very good, at times the drivers would enter a turn 4-wide and exit the turn cleanly. There were a few wrecks on the night and several trucks that made a lot of contact but for the most part the night was pretty clean by Eldora standards.

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The incident counter would reveal only one driver that finished the night without having made contact and that driver was Brad Cross. He did not have to make contact as he was in clean air all night. Cross dominated the event leading all 75 laps en route to victory. Devin Serra had a strong run and ended up in 2nd. Richard Stallings, Kris Titus and Danny Rodgers all rounded out the top 5.

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Points leader Sam Maxwell was involved in a wreck and was relegated to a 25th place finish. The new points leader is now race winner Brad Cross. Devin Serra now trails him by 11 points followed by Allan Young (-20), Sam Maxwell (-23) and Jim Foose (-24). The battle for the bubble is heating up. With only five races before the start of the Chase, drivers looking to break into the top 8 are running out of time.

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The series will roll into Pocono next week. Make sure to tune into OCTV on Youtube and don’t miss any of the action!

Buhala Stretches Fuel to Last Drop, Wins Michigan Sportsman Race

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By Tom Giannini
(BROOKLYN, MI) Sunday was a beautiful 78 degree in Brooklyn, Michigan. For the competitors of the ASRS Sportsman Series, the competition would prove to be a lot hotter. Tim Knott paced the series coming into the event with Scott Smith hot on his heels only 2 points back. Kris Titus was in 3rd only 12 points behind, Jeremy Banning was 4th behind 13 points, and John Kennedy rounded out the top 5 with a 20 point deficit.

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Tim Knott would look to extend his points lead and things looked good for him early when he blew the field away for his second consecutive pole. Kris Titus started 2nd followed by Scott Smith, Travis Wright and Andrew Hoeft.

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The race got off on the wrong foot when the #18 of Dominic Lee turned points contender Scott Smith on lap 1. Both competitors would save their racecars and continue on with minimal damage. The ensuing restart would see phenomenal side-by-side racing between Tim Knott and Kris Titus. Tim Knott would lurch out ahead of Titus and would hold the lead for several laps until another caution came out when the #05 of Pat Rusha sandwiched the  #29 of Gary LaViolette into the wall. Under that caution, Tim Knott would pit but Kris Titus and several others would remain on track. From that point forward it would seem as if Kris Titus would not be denied.

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The worst wreck of the day took place when the #39 of Josh Siddon was turned up the track in front of the #10 of Travis Wright. The heavy impact would send Siddon’s truck into the air.

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On the ensuing restart, Kris Titus was still leading in his #25 Toyota. He would lead a race high 25 laps on the day. His lead would come to an end when green flag pit stops began. Several cars including Dominic Lee and Steve Buhala would remain out on the track as long as possible in an effort to catch a caution since neither driver could make it to the end. That effort would pay off as the #06 of Brandon Boyd would bring out a yellow with 5 to go when he spun exiting pit road following his green flag stop. The race would not go green following the spin but the race was far from over. With 5 to go, the leaders would have to stretch their fuel in order to complete the remaining laps. Coming to the white flag, Dominic Lee ran his #18 out of fuel. Steve Buhala would assume the lead on the last lap and would continue to clutch the car to victory. That would be the only lap led for the #43 en route to victory, his first in ASRS competition since 2012!

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Scott Smith snatched the points lead from Kris Titus. Jeremy Banning, Tim Knott and John Kennedy fill out the rest of the top 5 as the series travels to Eldora to slide on some dirt. That race will take place on the night of July 30th, tune in!

Giannini Wins Kentucky, 8 Drivers Punch Chase Ticket

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By Tom Giannini

(SPARTA, KY) When the ASRS Xfinity Series schedule was released, Kentucky was circled on many calendars. Why? Because the 1.5 mile oval was set to play host to the end of the regular season, the final race that drivers on the outside could make a last ditch effort to make the 8-driver Chase for the championship. Drivers above the 8th position in the standings would have to play defense as a bad race may put them on the outside looking in. The top 8 entering the event were Ty Hester, Sam Maxwell, Jared Mogard, Tom Giannini, Jonathan Holstein, Jim Foose, Allan Young and Zachary Bozanich.

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Qualifying would see top-8 driver Tom Giannini claim the pole. The rest of the top 5 included Jared Mogard, Dominic Lee, Tim Knott and Sam Maxwell. Although won the pole by almost a tenth of a second, it would be Jared Mogard that dominated the event early on when his #01 Maxxed Out Motorsports entry paced the field for 38 laps. Other lap leaders included Sam Maxwell and Jamie Moore. A long green flag run would give way to a sequence of green flag pit stops.

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All of the leaders would come down pit road for service except for Tom Giannini who saved fuel for the beginning portion of the race. That extra fuel would be the difference as the #33 would stay out for a few extra laps. Right before Giannini went to enter pit road for service, a caution flag flew and changed the entire complexion of the race. Giannini led the field to the ensuing green flag and he would not look back.

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Shortly after the restart, Jared Mogard’s #01 experienced mechanical issues before he could mount a comeback. The issues would relegate him to a 17th place finish. Giannini went on to win the event after leading 53 out of 100 laps. Finishing second was Sam Maxwell, 3rd was Shawn Musick, 4th was Danny Rodgers and Dominic Lee rounded out the top 5.

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Zachary Bozanich did not show up for the event at Kentucky and because of that, he lost his Chase spot to Jason Stewart. There were no other changes to the drivers in the top 8. Now it’s time to meet your 2017 Chase field:

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Jared Mogard: #01, 2 wins, 5 top 5s, 5 top 10s

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Tom Giannini: #33, 1 win, 5 top 5s, 7 top 10s

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Ty Hester: #36, 1 win, 5 top 5s, 7 top 10s

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Sam Maxwell: #98, 1 win, 5 top 5s, 7 top 10s

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Jason Stewart: #1, 1 win, 2 top 5s, 6 top 10s

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Allan Young: #24, 0 wins, 2 top 5s, 7 top 10s

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Jonathan Holstein: #70, 0 wins, 1 top 5, 4 top 10s

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Jim Foose: #42, 0 wins, 0 top 5s, 3 top 10s

On behalf of ASRS, we would like to congratulate out 8 Chase drivers as they set out to settle the 2017 Xfinity Series Championship. The next race will be at Mid-Ohio on August 1st!

Cross Sweeps USA International Dirt Racing Series

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(LAKELAND, FL) Brad Cross had a perfect night in the #30 Dirt Racing Series Street Stock and Super Late Model Wednesday night as he scored wins in both the Twitchy Race Reports Street Stock feature event and the Ruby Sanctum Electronics Late Models.

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In the Street Stocks, John Kennedy was second, Jason Stewart third, Kris Titus and Jared Mogard rounded out the top five.

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In the 50 lap Late Model main event, Kris Titus was second followed by Tim Knott, Mogard and Brian Chrismon.

Tim Knott Flexes Muscle in Dominating Five Flags Win

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By Tom Gianinni

(PENSACOLA, FL) John Kennedy has been the driver to beat so far in this inaugural ASRS Sportsman Truck Series. He came into Independence Day weekend 13 points over 2nd place Scott Smith. Kris Titus came into the event 15 markers back. Tim Knott was 17 points back and Jeremy Banning rounded out the top 5 with a 23 point deficit. Perhaps the biggest story of the night was John Kennedy failing to show up for the 100 lap event at Five Flags Speedway. That would leave the door open for others to make a move. Tim Knott was not satisfied sitting 3rd in the standings and he showed it from the moment his team unloaded the #41 Chevy. Knott was fastest in practice and then backed it up with the fastest time in qualifying. Jeremy Banning followed Tim Knott to the line. Scott Smith was 3rd, Brett Matthews 4th and Gary LaViolette rounded out the top 5 on the starting grid.

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The night was slowed by 5 cautions. The worst yellow having come out after the #5 of Scott Haller lost control coming off of turn 4. The car would spin up the track and collide with the #25 of Kris Titus hard. Another major incident would see Scott Smith (2nd in points) spin and collect the inside wall hard with less than 15 laps remaining. The #21 team would get to work and starting repairing his badly damaged Toyota. Luckily for them, the bulk of the damage turned out to be cosmetic and on the short track, there was not much of a need for pristine aerodynamic fenders. He would rebound on the night and finish 2nd. The driver Scott Smith finished 2nd to was no other than the dominating driver on the night, Tim Knott. From the drop of the green, he showed up the field, leading every green flag lap en-route to the victory.

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The most Knott had to work was on the last restart when the #21 was charging hard. He was able to maintain the lead even on older tires and seal the deal for his impressive victory, his first of the season.

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The series will roll into Michigan on July 16. From one of the shortest tracks on the schedule to one of the longest, it will be sure to put on a good show as these young guns look to put on a show and position themselves for a championship down the stretch. Tune in!

Titus & Pearce Score Sprint Wins at USA!

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(LAKELAND, FL) The second installment of the ASRS Sprint Car Series Presented by Perch’n featured another double header with the 360 Sprint Cars taking to the  3/4 mile USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL.

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In race #1 it was Kris Titus leading 22 of the 30 laps in the #25 machine to pick up the victory in a race slowed by one caution.  Zac Bozanich was 2nd followed by Collin Penn, Brad Cross and John Kennedy in the top five.

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As the sun went down and the lights came on, the second event was rolling onto the track.  Stephen Pearce was the dominator of this one.  The second event featured 2 cautions and was led wire to wire by PMP Motorsports teammates Pearce and Collin Penn.  Penn finished second followed by Jason Stewart, Bozanich and Vaade finished third to fifth.

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Stephen Pearce leads to the championship standings by seven points over Collin Penn.  The top five are separated by just 13 points.