The Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series hit the road course of Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for Race #17 of the 2017 season. With just two races left coming into the night it would be a wild card for drivers as they try to lock up a playoff spot. 32 drivers would make the trip to do some road racing. In qualifying it was Nick Kohan grabbing the pole with Dominic Lee 2nd, Tom Giannini 3rd, Sam Maxwell 4th, and Zack Calloway would round out the top 5.
This race was a bit different than a normal oval race. There would only be one yellow flag and that was at the half way point as a competition yellow was thrown to bunch the field up. Prior to the lap 17 yellow flag it seen Devin Serra drive from his 7th place starting spot to take the lead and dominate the first half of the race. However under the yellow he would blow his motor downshifting for the yellow ending his race early. This opened the door for many other drivers. Off the only restart there was a pile up as someone spun the tires and this caused a chain reaction wreck.
The last half of the race was dominated by Nicholas Kohan as he would cruise to yet another ASRS Victory. The top 5 saw Sam Maxwell finish 2nd, Allan Young drove from 18th starting spot to finish 3rd, Jeremy Banning drove from 23rd to finish 4th, and Alex Giese went from his 20th starting spot to round out the top 5.
With just 1 race remaining before the 2017 SMC Truck Series Playoffs kick off it seen the points change yet again. Sam Maxwell still sits atop the standings and is your Point Leader, Allan Young 2nd, Jason Stewart moves to 3rd, Brad Cross falls to 4th, Mitchell Brown moves to 5th, while Devin Serra falls to 6th, Jim Foose 7th, and Jonathan Holstein who came in tied with Michael Atkins Jr. for the final playoff spot now sits 8th. On the outside looking in with just 1 race remaining are Michael Atkins Jr. 9th just 6 points out of the playoff spot, Jared Mogard sits 10th and he is 12 points out of the playoffs, and lastly Tom Giannin sits 28 points out in 11th.
Next week ASRS is off as it is iRacing’s “Week 13” which as always sees NO racing action at ASRS. The SMC Truck Series is back in action in two weeks September 12th at the Chicagoland Speedway for the final race before the Playoffs start. Be sure to tune into Off Camber TV to see who does and who doesn’t make the 2017 SMC Truck Series Playoffs!!!
Race #2 of the Dash for Cash Playoffs for the Xfinity Series headed to the “Lady in Black” Darlington Raceway for a 74 lap event. The evening seen 36 drivers make the trip to try and get one of the 32 starting spots. Following qualifying it was Ty Hester grabbing the pole, Jared Mogard 2nd, Michael Chrobok 3rd, Chad Finley 4th, and Jake Douglas rounded out the top 5. It was a caution filled race seeing 9 caution periods for 37 laps.
The multiple wrecks made for a lot of tore up cars and also affected some chase drivers which in the end shook up the standings. The race ended under yellow and when the checkers flew it was Jordan Harnish picking up the win followed by Jared Mogard 2nd, Jacob Greider came from 18th to finish 3rd, Robby Baskins also started deep in 22nd and finished a solid 4th, while Tom Giannini rounded out the top 5. This would be Harnish’s 14th Career ASRS victory tonight.
As mentioned before the point standings were shook up again tonight with some drivers getting in wrecks. With just 1 race left before the final 4 drivers are set to race for the 2017 Xfinity Championship the top 8 are as followed Sam Maxwell holds the lead, Jonathan Holstein 2nd, Tom Giannini 3rd, Jared Mogard 4th, Ty Hester fell to 5th, Jim Foose 6th, Allan Young 7th, and Jason Stewart fell to 8th.
The Xfinity Playoffs takes a break now until October 4th for the final race before the “final four” are set. The race will take place at the Iowa Speedway for a 125 lap event. Then the 2017 Season Finale will take place on October 17th from the Chicagoland Speedway for a 84 lap shootout to crown the 2017 Champion.
The ASRS Triple Crown returns to action this December, as three distinct dirt cars hit the same track over three nights of racing after the turkey dinner has settled and the holiday shopping rush has begun.
The #DecemberDirtWeek Triple Crown will feature the 410 winged sprints, non winged sprint cars and Super Late Models racing around the track in 30 lap feature events. Each event will feature qualifying heat races and last chance qualifiers if necessary that run before the feature event.
Tuesday, December 12th will feature the Non Wing Sprints as the feature event.
Wednesday, December 13th will feature the Super Late Model 30 Lap Main Event.
Thursday, December 14th will be all about the winged 410 sprints.
Originally, the dirt cars were going to hit USA International Speedway two weeks after the All American 400, however plans changed once the ASRS DIRT RACING SERIES raced on the ¾ mile track and the majority of drivers agreed the track was just a little too big for the close racing expected from the dirt cars. “I originally thought Lakeland would be perfect for this kind of event, but we didn’t put on very good races there in our first trip on dirt and for a marquee event like this I thought we would be better off at a smaller venue and one with actual dirt racing history” Jim Foose stated.
Eldora Speedway is expected to host the event. The Triple Crown will be the send off for the 2017 season, as it is the final event on the 2017 calendar.
Twitchy Race Reports
(BRISTOL, TN) Race #16 of the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series was back in action tonight. The “Night Time is the Right Time” as the Trucks went to the Bristol Motor Speedway for a 100 lap shootout short track style. Tonight 38 drivers showed up for a shot at the 36 spot starting field. Qualifying seen Jonathan Holstein grab the pole which was huge given his current point position as he tries to make the 2017 SMC Truck Series Playoffs. 2nd in qualifying was Alex Giese, 3rd Michael Cunic, 4th Allan Young, and 5th went to Travis Wright.
The race was slightly caution filled as there were 6 yellows for 30 laps. Most of the night’s cautions would be for small wrecks involving just a couple of trucks. However a big wreck just shy of the halfway point shook up the race as it started around the 5th place running spot and took out multiple competitors including some key drivers who were close to the playoff bubble. The race went back green and would have a long run to the end which provided for some good racing action. Holstein dominated the race and held the late until late in the race fending off Young, Maxwell, and Mogard as the top 4 drivers had one hell of a race for the lead and eventual win.
Allan Young would make a run at Holstein with roughly 25 laps to go and it would cost him 2 spots as Maxwell and Mogard would get by him. Holstein would have to fend off Maxwell and Mogard for the final 20 laps while having to dodge through lap traffic. With roughly 15 to go a pair of lap trucks were running side by side which slowed the leader down and allowed the top 4 drivers to tighten up even more than they already were.
Once they navigated through that it would again see the running order shake up for the final time with 10 laps to go as Sam Maxwell would race to the lead with Mogard following him to 2nd. Mogard threw everything he had at Maxwell but was unable to get the lead. In the end Sam Maxwell would cruise to his 4th Career ASRS Victory and his first of the 2017 SMC Truck Series. The rest of the top five looked like this, Jared Mogard 2nd, Allan Young 3rd, Jonathan Holstein 4th, and Tom Giannini rounded out the top 5.
With just TWO races left before the 2017 SMC Truck Series Playoff Grid is set the point standings got shook up. Sam Maxwell still sits atop the standings as the point leader, Allan Young jumps up one spot to 2nd in the standings, Brad Cross falls a spot to 3rd after being involved in that big wreck, Jason Stewart jumped up a spot to 4th, Devin Serra falls a spot to 5th, Mitchell Brown jumps to 6th with a solid top 10 finish tonight, Jim Foose falls another spot to 7th after being in a wreck early on, the 8th and final playoff spot currently is in a tie between Michael Atkins Jr. who was in a wreck early and had a bad finish and Jonathan Holstein who is now tied with Atkins after dominating the race and gaining 2 bonus points for leading a lap and the most laps sits tied for the final playoff spot with just 2 races left. Jared Mogard who needed to have a good run only sits 3 points out of the playoff spot in 10th and Tom Giannini is 12 points out of the final playoff spot in 11th.
Tune in to Off Camber TV for Race #17 in two weeks August 29th as the drivers will be tackling the Road Coarse to see who will have to make a last ditch effort to try and get into a playoff spot and who will lock their spot in the playoffs up and get ready to race for a Championship.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL) #64 Wins Daytona Sportsman Race The ASRS Sportsman Truck Series field rolled into Daytona for a little fun at the beach and then even more fun under the lights at the Daytona International Speedway. Scott Smith came in riding high after a recent surge of momentum has seen his #21 truck to the head of the points standings. Only two other drivers remain in contention and they are the #25 of Kris Titus (-3) and the #15 of Jeremy Banning (-12).
The series had been off since July 30th when Brandon Boyd dominated the field at Eldora winning the pole and then the race. The pole for this race would go to Pat Rusha and his #05 machine. Edward Bray nabbed the outside of the front row followed by points leader Scott Smith in 3rd, Lee Staples in 4th and Michael Cunic in 5th. The big one struck early when the #59 of Tyler Reed made contact with the #34 of Michael Cunic on lap 4. The #34 would slide down the front stretch on his roof in what would prove to be a scary accident. Unfortunately, points contender Jeremy Banning was involved in the wreck and his night was be over early. Kris Titus also received damage in the melee but he would continue on. Points leader Scott Smith lucked out when his #21 made it through the wreck unscathed.
After the wreck, only 11 of the 18 starters of the race were able to stay with the lead pack of cars on the restart. The field of competitive cars would dwindle down to just 7 by the time the field hit the halfway mark as some drivers lost the draft with their extensive damage. The class of the field was the two LA Simsport trucks of Edward Bray and Lee Staples. After a strong qualifying run, both drivers backed up their speed by dominating the field until the second caution flew on lap 24 when the #43 of Steve Buhala came down the track making contact with the #06 of Brandon Boyd. Boyd would make extremely hard contact with the inside wall. Buhala would come back up the track and collect the #5 of Scott Haller. On the ensuing pit stops, it would be Scott Smith that would find himself in the lead for the restart. Bray and Staples would use each other’s help to snatch the win from Smith. Calamity would ensue after the restart as there were several trucks that were wrecked but not badly enough to warrant a caution.
The race came down to five lead pack cars at the end of the race: Staples, Bray, Titus, Kennedy and Smith. Kennedy was the first victim to lose the draft with 4 to go, from there on out it was the LA Simsport tandem of Staples and Bray vs. the #25 of Titus and the points leader Scott smith. With 2 to go, Smith and Titus got to racing for 3rd leaving the battle for the win to the dominant cars of Staples and Bray.
Lee Staples held off his tandem partner for the win, his first in ASRS competition! Edward Bray finished a close second followed by Kris Titus, Scott Smith and John Kennedy. The series will roll into Myrtle Beach on August 27 for some close quarters short track action. Tune in!
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(BROOKLYN, MI) Race 15 for the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series took them to the Michigan International Speedway. Tonight there were 42 drivers showing up trying for a spot in the 36 truck starting field. After qualifying was done it seen Michael Atkins Jr. on the pole with Lee Staples to his outside. 3rd was Tim Knott, Mitchell Brown 4th, and Jake Douglas 5th.
There were five yellows with four lead changes in tonight’s action. The race went green for the first five-teen laps before seeing the first yellow. The race would go green to lap thirty providing some great pit strategy to start to pay itself out. On the one to go lap roughly ten drivers would come down pit road to top off with fuel. The race went green to lap 41 as drivers who stayed out were starting to pit which was playing into the hands of the guys who pitted on one to go during the prior yellow. The race went back green with just 4 laps to go and off the final restart is when the big one happened which sent the race to a yellow finish.
When the checkers flew it was Kevin Mingus getting the Win, Michael Chrobok 2nd, Lee Staples 3rd, Pete Baskins 4th, and Sam Maxwell 5th. This would be Mingus’s FIRST Career ASRS Victory in his #94 Truck. The points and playoff picture with 3 races remaining are still under review.
The last restart which saw the big one happened is under review so points and official results are still pending. Be sure to check out the website in the next couple of days to see what the top 8 point guys are.
The American Sim Racing Series has announced plans to bring back the “Cup Series” after a two year absence. The formula will change from what was used in 2015, the last season of Cup Series racing at ASRS. Race lengths are being increased to bring race lengths to 150-200 Miles.
While race lengths are being increased fuel loads are being decreased to 50% bringing more race strategy into the races, with tire and fuel management being at the forefront of the race winning strategy. The additional distance also allows a driver to overcome an early mistake.
Adding another wrinkle to the strategy of the races, a championship point will be awarded to the leader at the half-way point of the race. Additionally, bonus points will continue to be awarded for laps led and leading the most laps in a race.
Races will be held at NASCAR’s greatest race tracks, including Daytona, Martinsville, Texas and Indianapolis. Furthermore, a short “Raceoff” for the championship will take place with the final four races being contested with an elimination round prior to the season ending championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“The schedule is very similar to 2014 in terms of us taking the best tracks and the most historical tracks and give them races while eliminating some redundancy with intermediate tracks” said ASRS President Jim Foose. “As it sits with the preliminary schedule we sent out to our drivers, Atlanta, Dover , Kansas, Michigan, Phoenix, Sonoma and Watkins Glen got left off the schedule. My plan is to rotate Atlanta and Texas each year, and possibly a rotation between a mile and a half track like Kentucky or Chicagoland will allow Michigan to be added to future schedules”. The Charlotte “Roval” also does not appear on the schedule and is awaiting an official iRacing scan of the exact layout being used.
Broadcasting is on the horizon for the ASRS Premier Cup Series, but is dependent on funding. Foose stated that “everything is on schedule to get that done before the current season wraps up”.
The official hashtag for the ASRS Cup Series will be #Back2Cup and several announcements will be coming throughout the remainder of the 2017 season as anticipation builds for the 2018 season.
(CLEVELAND, OH) Short tracks are making a come back this fall as the Short Track Pro Series is headed back on track. The 2017 Fall schedule will pay homage to the NASCAR Busch Series and will stop at many of the former bullrings that built the foundation of that racing tour.
The series will race 10 points paying races, using the NASCAR K&N Pro Series car and will add three new tracks to the rich history of the Short Track Pro Series with new stops at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and the wildcard event at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Race lengths will remain nearly the same as in previous seasons, with most races running 100 laps or 100 miles. The Short Track Pro Series will race on Wednesday nights beginning September 13th.
(MECHANICSBURG, PA) The Perch’n Sprint Car Series was in action from the famous Williams Grove Speedway for 30 lap events.
The first race had 12 drivers show up. At the end of qualifying it was Matt Vaada grab the pole with Brad Cross 2nd, Jared Mogard 3rd, John Kennedy 4th, and Collin Penn 5th. There were only a couple yellows in the 30 lap event. For the 2nd race there were 9 drivers make the trip for the 2nd race.
Matt Vaade got the pole, Jared Mogard 2nd, Jay Graves 3rd, Brad Cross 4th, and Jim Foose rounded out the top 5. The race was dominated by Matt Vaade for most of the event. However a late race yellow with 10 laps to go changed everything. Vaade controlled the restart with Cross, Kennedy, and Mogard looking to pounce. Off the restart it was Matt and Brad racing side by side with Kennedy and Mogard right behind them.
Going into turn 1 Vaade would clip the end of the inside guard rail in turn 1 which would cause him to push up the track sending him from the race lead to 4th. Brad would grab the lead and would have to fend off a hard charging teammate in the forms of John Kennedy. Kennedy was running the top shelf and got to the back of Brad but he would jump the couching and cost him the race. The top 5 would be Brad Cross grabbing the WIN yet again with John Kennedy 2nd, Jared Mogard 3rd, Matt Vaade 4th, and Jim Foose rounded out the top 5. This is Brad’s 12th career ASRS Victory.
For race #2 on the evening it seen Matt Vaade dominate leaving no doubt in this race. He only had to deal with one restart and off that restart he had to fend off a hard charging Mogard who was reeling in Matt slowly before the only yellow flew. Vaada hung on and cruised on to his 11th career ASRS Victory followed by Mogard 2nd, Penn 3rd, Stewart 4th, and Foose 5th.
Tune back in toward the end of the month on the 23rd when the Sprint Cars will run their final double header before crowing the 2017 Dirt Sprint Car Series.
(LEXINGTON, OH) The first round of the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash saw the cars and stars of the Xfinity Series hit the scenic road course of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The top eight drivers in the championship began their four race journey to the championship on the tight twists and turns of the 13 turn course, the lone road course on the schedule.
Sam Maxwell showed the way in qualifying, turning the fastest lap of the 20 drivers in attendance. The #68 was on rails early on in the race, which saw a first turn mishap that sent Brad Cross spinning off course.
Maxwell would lead the first 11 laps before relinquishing the lead to Ohio native Travis McQuistion, one of four Ohio drivers in the field. McQuistion would hold the lead in his #93 through the lone pit stop as the race went caution free.
With McQuistion not in the Dash 4 Cash, the race win was valuable for many others. Maxwell challenged for the win, but came up short in the end. McQuistion took the victory, his first Xfinity Series win. Maxwell was second followed by Ty Hester, Lee Staples and Jonathan Holstein.
Sam Maxwell leads to the Championship battle by two points over Ty Hester. Jason Stewart is third just six points back from the lead, Jonathan Holstein sits fourth seven points back, Allan Young fifth eight points behind the lead, Tom Giannini -11 in sixth, Jim Foose -13 in seventh and Jared Mogard -15 in eighth.