By: Tom Giannini
(SOUTH BOSTON, VA) It has been a week since Jonathan Mawhinney won the series opener at the Las Vegas Bullring. Fans were excited to see if he could recreate his winning magic at South Boston but were dismayed when the #71 never made the trip to the South Boston Speedway. The small track in the heart of Virginia provides tight racing in even tighter quarters. The narrow straightaways turns small wrecks into huge wrecks. That would happen several times last night.
When practice ended, it was Ty Hester that had the fastest time. It was no surprise being Hester is always a threat in a Pro-Series car. Qualifying saw Michael Atkins win the pole by almost a full tenth over Zac Coyer. Scott Smith, Ty Hester and Jim Foose rounded out the top 5. It would be 3rd place starter, Ty Hester, that led the most laps on the night (53). Competition was stiff with 4 drivers all leading laps. Michael Atkins (13), Jason Stewart (30), Ty Hester (53) and Jared Mogard (4) were your lap leaders on the night.
Jared Mogard had a rough night to start. He found himself deep in traffic several times on the night but would rebound at the right moment, sealing the win after leading only the last 4 laps. The race for the win was thrilling between Mogard and Stewart with Mogard prevailing. Second place went to Jason Stewart, third went to Ty Hester, fourth was Rex Hoyle (his second top 5 in as many races), and Scott Smith rounded out your top 5.
Jason Stewart is your new points leader. His lead is a slim one; only one point separates him and second place Rex Hoyle. Michael Atkins, Ty Hester and Collin Penn are all tied for third place only 4 points behind the leader. The series rolls into Lanier Speedway next week for another 100 lap duel.
By: Tom Giannini
(LAS VEGAS, NV) With the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series and ASRS Xfinity Series seasons already in swing, it was time for the boys of fall to hit the short track circuit for the first ASRS Short Track Pro-Series race of the 2017 season.
One of the biggest questions going into the 125 lap event at the Bullring in Las Vegas was if Jared Mogard could defend his 2016 Championship against the likes of newcomers and short track aces. One short track ace entered in the event was Justin Blackdeer who dominated the field in the previous season of Super Late Model competition. There was a shock when Jared Mogard did not show up on the entry sheet of the season’s first event. A race behind already, it will be hard for the driver of the #01 to defend the crown but far from impossible.
Turning the spotlight to the drivers in attendance, the night got off to a good start for Jonathan Mawhinney who paced practice with blistering speeds. Travis Wright, Ty Hester, Allan Young and Jim Foose all posted top 5 times throughout the half hour long practice session. That speed would transfer into qualifying as the top 3 in practice all started in the top 3 for the race. The newcomer Mawhinney claimed the pole by almost a full tenth over the rest of the field. Travis Wright lined up next to him in second. Third went to Travis Wright followed by Mat Mitchell and Rex Hoyle. The race was not short of excitement in the caution and drama departments as the race was slowed by a walloping 16 cautions.
There were only three cars at the end of the event without a scratch or dent of some sort. Jonathan Mawhinney led the entire 125 laps of the event. Smooth sailing for him considering 66% of the race was run at pace speeds. Following Mawhinney to the checkered was Michael Atkins Jr who impressively came back from an earlier spin. Dominic Lee would finish 3rd but not after fireworks when he and his team mate Ty Hester were involved in an incident with only a few laps remaining. Jim Foose was a staple in the top 5 all night as he turned his 7th place start into a 4th place finish. Short track ace Rex Hoyle would finish 5th on the night.
Early season favorites Justin Blackdeer and Jonathan Holstein were involved in wrecks and were relegated to DNFs. Ty Hester would rebound from his wreck to finish 11th. The series will continue on at South Boston Speedway in Virginia next Wednesday as the drivers either hope to continue their good runs or try to right the ship early.
There’s an old saying around race tracks; “The fastest car doesn’t always win the race”. For the ASRS Dirt Racing Series Super Late Model finale, that held true.
Brad Cross set the fast lap in qualifying and dominated the 75 lap main event, much like he has done all season on the dirt tracks. The problem was the fuel load was short for a 75 lap feature. Kris Titus was the first to run dry on lap 56.
Cross ran out of fuel on lap 57 while leading. He was followed to pit road by nearly the entire field. The lead battle then became a battle between Trevor Brownlee, looking for his first ASRS win, and Jim Foose, who had flipped his car on the opening lap. Brownlee lost the lead with seven laps to go.
Foose cruised to victory, his first on dirt. Brownlee was second, John Kennedy third, Ty Hester and Josh Walker rounded out the top five. Despite running out of fuel, Cross took home his third dirt championship this season, completing the season sweep on dirt.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next week the dirt series heads to the Sprint Cars for their scheduled double header.
(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.
In the Street Stocks, John Kennedy was second, Jason Stewart third, Kris Titus and Jared Mogard rounded out the top five.
In the 50 lap Late Model main event, Kris Titus was second followed by Tim Knott, Mogard and Brian Chrismon.
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.
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.
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.
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!
(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.
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.
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.
Stephen Pearce leads to the championship standings by seven points over Collin Penn. The top five are separated by just 13 points.