Category Archives: Short Track Series

Rookie Burrchett, Veteran Mogard Winners of 20th Annual All American 400

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(LAKELAND, FL) It’s been several months since the drivers of the American Sim Racing Series have fired up their Super Late Models, but that would change on Wednesday night when it was time to kick off the first of two races that comprise the All American 400. The All American 400, in its 20th season, attracted all of the best drivers of the series. Even SLM champ Justin Blackdeer dusted off his #51 to make a run at the trophy.

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Wednesday night started off with uncertainty when iRacing issues put the race into doubt. The issues would be resolved and qualifying for the event began on time. Rookie Joe Burchett won the pole for the race followed by Zac Coyer, Jonathan Holstein, Jordan Harnish and Justin Blackdeer rounding out the top 5. The race would be marred by wrecks, some wrecks being huge pileups.

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One of the major wrecks happened when Jamie Moore made an outside pass on Matt Vaade on a restart. Vaade would move to block the run but would make contact with the left front of Moore. Vaade would go careening into the outside wall and then back down to the inside wall. Contact with other cars along the way would turn the racing surface into a junkyard. The wreck would take out race contenders, one of which was early race leader Allan Young.

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From there the race would belong to Justin Blackdeer. He would lead a majority of the second half until a late race surge from Joe Burchett put an end to Justin Blackdeer’s lead. Burchett would walk away from the field and claim the win in his first ever American Sim Racing Series start. Justin Blackdeer finished 2nd followed by Brad Cross, Jordan Harnish and Tim Knott.

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Thursday night played host to the Pro Late Model portion of the All American 400. The cars are drastically different from their SLM cousins so naturally they produced a different crop of front runners and contenders. Carson Hocevar won the pole for the event but would then shock the field by packing up the race hauler and driving away. That would then give the pole to 3rd place qualifier Allan Young. Zac Coyer started 2nd, Jared Mogard 4th and Jim Foose rounded out the top 5. T

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he night would belong to several different drivers. Allan Young, Jared Mogard, Tim Knott and Jim Foose found themselves in the top 5 for most of the night. Thursday night’s race would be run under green far more than Wednesday’s race.

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Jared Mogard was the class of the field, coming back from an early technical issue to claim the lead for a second time late in the race. He would go on to storm away from the field and claim the second leg of the 20th Annual All American 400. John Kennedy finished 2nd followed by Tim Knott, Jim Foose and Matt Handley rounded out the top 5.

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With that, the 20th version of this prestigious ASRS race is now in the books. The Turkey Bowl is next week, stay tuned to ASRS to see how it goes!

Hester Wins, Makes Points Battle Interesting

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(NEWTON, IA)  What once was a two-horse race with two races remaining has suddenly become a three-horse race going into the ASRS Short Track Pro-Series Finale. The series rolled into Iowa with both Jared Mogard and Jason Stewart looking to put more distance between them and 3rd place Ty Hester before settling the championship amongst themselves at Richmond. The outcome of the race would be the complete opposite.

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The night started out well for Jared Mogard when he put his #01 Maxxed Out Motorsports Chevy on the pole. Flanked to Mogard’s outside would be the championship race underdog Ty Hester. Tim Knott, Devon Armstrong and Dominic Lee rounded out the top 5. The night went sour quickly for Mogard who lost major track position when he experienced mechanical issues.

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He would not have a chance to recover when he was involved in a mid-race pile-up relegating him to a 17th place finish. Jason Stewart would have similar fortunes. Stewart was running well and passing cars quickly after starting a disappointing 10th place. He would later be heavily damaged on a restart later in the race. Stewart would go on to finish 12th. Ty Hester would not be denied in this one. He led 90 of the 100 laps, fending off a late charge by Tom Giannini and then later blowing by him on fresher tires following a late race restart.

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Giannini and Mogard would be the only other two drivers to lead laps on the night. Hester’s win was the gravy on top of a stellar team performance. Dominic Lee finished 2nd, a 1-2 finish for Alpha Tango Racing. Andrew Garrels, Tom Giannini and Bruce Pearson rounded out the top 5. Ty Hester, in this race, started this race a championship race underdog and a longshot; he would end it as not only a serious contender, but the championship leader and new favorite. He leads Jared Mogard by 4 points with Jason Stewart sitting in 3rd a mere 5 points out of the lead.

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The championship will come down to the last lap at Richmond where all 3 drivers have a legitimate shot to win the race and the championship. The next race will be in two weeks as the series is off for the first leg of the 20th annual All American 400. Stay tuned!

Mogard Wins Texas, Assumes Points Lead

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With the short 10 race season entering the final stretch, the ASRS Short Track Pro-Series took a trip to the biggest track listed on the 2017 schedule, Texas Motor Speedway. Coming into the event, Jason Stewart had a loose grip on the Series points lead. After not winning a race, the ever-consistent Stewart still held a lead of 5 points over Jared Mogard. Up until the Texas race, Mogard was sitting on 3 wins but that number would go up even further Wednesday afternoon. Qualifying saw the hometown boy, Tim Knott, claim the pole. Jared Mogard flanked Knott to the outside. Pat Rusha, Ty Hester (3rd in points) and Allan Young rounded out the top 5.

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The race got off to a quiet start but Jared Mogard assumed an early lead from Tim Knott.  Although he led a lot, he would not hold the lead all night. A total of 6 drivers led laps but no driver led nearly as many laps as the 43 laps led by Mogard. Lee Staples led the second most laps by pacing the field for 13 circuits. The race was far from a caution-fest but there were plenty of yellow flags sprinkled in throughout the night.

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These yellows would supply the race with many different fuel strategies. Andrew Garrels led the field to a late race restart on old tires but would quickly be swallowed up by Tom Giannini. Giannini would then surrender the lead to Mogard just one lap later.

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That would be the final lead change of the night as the #01 drove to the win. Pat Rusha followed Mogard to the line followed in 3rd by Allan Young, Ty Hester and then Dominic Lee in 5th. Jared Mogard now leads the points standings by 5 over Jason Stewart. Ty Hester sits 16 points back in 3rd. Jim Foose and Bruce Pearson now round out the top 5 in points.

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With a 55 point lead to 4th place and only two races remaining, it is now safe to say the points race is a three horse battle. Ty Hester will have to make some magic happen in week 9 to have a legitimate shot to win the championship in Richmond. The series rolls into Iowa next for the penultimate race of the short season.

Giannini Rides Late Race Strategy Gamble to Win

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By: Tom Giannini

(CLERMONT, IN) When we last took a look at the ASRS Short Track Pro-Series, Jared Mogard just finished the second of two wins in a row. The win at Rockingham was the third of the short season for Mogard. With only 6 races completed so far, Mogard had accounted for an astounding 50% winning percentage. We have not seen a driver so dominant in a single series since Justin Blackdeer dominated the Super Late Model Series earlier in the year.

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Although Mogard has won half of the races, the season has really belonged to Jason Stewart with his masterful consistency shown so far. Stewart leads the series by 4 points over Jared Mogard. Ty Hester (-8), Dominic Lee (-28) and Scott Smith (-28) round out the top 5, respectively. The race on tap for this Wednesday was at Lucas Oil Raceway, a track the drivers tackled just the night before in the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series. There were fireworks in that race as their Chase for the Cup was well under way but here were certainly fireworks flying again in this race.

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The night started out with Ty Hester laying down a blistering lap. Hester’s lap beat second place Jared Mogard by over a full tenth of a second. Tim Knott, Tom Giannini and Evan Osbourne rounded out the top 5. The fastest two drivers on the night would be the #36 of Hester and the #01 of Mogard.

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Both drivers were greased lightning and gapped the field by almost 4 seconds on the first green flag run which consisted of less than 30 laps. Tom Giannini showed his willingness to be on a separate pit strategy early when he was the only driver not to pit under the first caution. He would soon get overtaken by Hester and would settle into 6th place. Giannini would then pit under the next yellow flag whilst everyone else stayed out.

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The driver of the #33 climbed back into the 4th position but would remain there until a caution flew with less than 20 laps to go. He would stay out and regain the lead. He would not look back when 2 more cautions slowed the pace of the race at the very end. One of those yellows was for the #36 and the #01 when they made contact exiting turn 2 on the ensuing restart. That wreck would have major points implications. Jason Stewart, who was involved in a different wreck, would salvage a 4th place, yet another impressive run for the driver of the #1. The top 5 would extend his points lead late into the short season.

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The drivers of the ASRS Short Track Pro-Series will roll into Texas next week for a big race at a big track. Make sure to tune into to see how that turns out!

Mogard Wins at Rockingham

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(ROCKINGHAM, NC) Mogard Wins Again, Dominates Rockingham For the duration of the ASRS Short Track Series season, the drivers have tackled tracks that were a mile in length or shorter. Most tracks on the circuit are composed of tight spaces and bullring like atmospheres.

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Wednesday’s race at Rockingham would offer a change of pace for the competitors. Although the track is a mile long, it offered some extra room for drivers to maneuver around in. That difference would not matter to the series’ front runners as fans in attendance would find out. Coming into the race, the season has been a dogfight between Ty Hester, Jason Stewart and Jared Mogard. The three drivers were separated by a mere 10 points atop the standings.

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There would be a shakeup in the points standings before the race was over. An open qualifying format was instituted for the first time this season and Dominic Lee took advantage of the extra qualifying laps. He put his #18 NOS Chevy on the pole. Qualifying second was Lee’s team mate and points leader, Ty Hester. Jared Mogard, Allan Young and Travis Wright all rounded out the top 5.

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The biggest story on the day was Ty Hester finding trouble early on in the event when his #36 Chevy was heavily damaged in an accident. He would not be able to continue in the event and was relegated to an 18th place finish. From there on the race was on for the points lead. Jared Mogard dominated the event but Jason Stewart was not going down without a fight. Stewart led laps late in the race and had a chance to win but the hard charging and dominant Mogard would not allow Stewart the victory.

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Mogard passed Stewart late in the race and went on to win the event. Allan Young followed Mogard around Stewart for a second place finish. Stewart went on to finish 3rd, well enough to claim him the points lead. Alex Geise finished 4th and pole sitter Dominic Lee went on to finish with a top 5 result. Jared Mogard, although dominant, would not beat Jason Stewart by enough positions to claim the points lead.

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Stewart now sits atop the series. The model of consistency is quickly becoming a championship favorite. Ty Hester will try to rebound next week as the series rolls into Lucas Oil Raceway. Time is ticking as only four races remain on the schedule!

Mogard Takes Myrtle Beach Victory


(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) When the Short Track Pro Series announced it’s schedule for the fall season, Myrtle Beach was the big question mark in many drivers’ minds as the track was a brand new addition to the schedule.


Many questions were answered early on in the evening as the usual suspects found speed at the oddly shaped 4/10 mile track.  Jared Mogard and Ty Hester qualified on the front row and for the majority of the race those two battled for the win.  Stephen Pearce was the only other driver to lead a lap and break up the domination up front.


In all Mogard would lead 63 of the 125 laps, scoring the victory in a race that saw 10 cautions slow the pace for 49 laps.  Hester was second followed by Tyler Reed, Scott Smith and Travis Wright rounded out the top five.


Hester took over the championship lead, now leading Jason Stewart by four points as the series heads to Rockingham Speedway.

“Magic Mike” Atkins Claims Magic Mile Victory

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(LOUDON, NH) Coming into the 4th week of the ASRS Short Track Pro-Series schedule, it has been Ty Hester and Jason Stewart with a leg up on the competition. Other drivers have led many lap and won races, but it has been the steady resolve of Hester and Stewart that have them atop the points standings. Jim Foose, Dominic Lee and Rex Hoyle rounded out the top 5 entering the 60 lap race at the Magic Mile, New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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It would be Michael Atkins Jr. laying early claim to the race with a pole run. Points leader Ty Hester started second followed by Dominic Lee, Stephen Pearce and Scott Smith. Michael Atkins would not have smooth sailing, the driver of the #44 employed an off sequence pit strategy that landed him far back in the field on a restart. He would receive damage in a restart stack-up and would be forced to pit under the next caution to repair the damage. The damage was not severe enough to keep him out of contention.

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Atkins made his way back up through the field, methodically passing cars on the inside and outside lines. He would not be denied in this one as he went on to win the race. Jason Stewart continued his strong season and finished in the runner-up position. Jared Mogard finished 3rd followed by Scott Smith and Ty Hester. Stewart’s runner-up finish was enough to take the points lead from Ty Hester.

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However, that points lead is as slim as they come. One point is the differential after 4 races. Collin Penn, Dominic Lee and Jared Mogard all find themselves in contention resting comfortably in the top 5.

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The season looks as if it is coming down to Ty Hester and Jason Stewart. Will their momentum continue? We will have to wait until the teams take to Myrtle Beach Speedway on October 11th!!

Pearce Breaks Through, Wins Lanier

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Written by: Tom Giannini

(BRASELTON, GA) It has been awhile since we have mentioned ASRS driver Stephen Pearce. At Lanier Speedway last night, that all would change. For the most part, the season has belonged to several dominant drivers. These drivers include some ASRS all-stars such as Ty Hester, Jared Mogard and Jason Stewart. Stewart, who hasn’t shown dominating speed, has quietly put together a stellar first two races in which he was able to enter Lanier sitting atop the points standings. Rex Hoyle was only one point behind Stewart and there was a three-way tie for 3rd with Michael Atkins, Ty Hester and Collin Penn all sitting 4 points off the leader.

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Travis Wright raised some eyebrows when he was the surprise pole winner. His speed in qualifying was no fluke either as he would lead 32 laps in dominating fashion until an incident relegated Wright to a DNF. Filling the void atop the leader board after Wright’s incident would be Stephen Pearce.

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Pearce would go on to lead a race-high 49 lap with the other 19 laps lead going to Ty Hester. The race would be marred with many hard crashes, at times seeing cars rolling down the front stretch. Following Stephen Pearce to the finish was Ty Hester in 2nd, Danny Rodgers in 3rd, Jared Mogard in 4th and Dominic Lee rounding out the top 5. Dominc Lee has quietly been having a strong season as the driver of the #18 sits 3rd in points.

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Ty Hester is your new points leader followed by Jason Stewart (-2). Dominic Lee and Jim Foose are tied for 3rd just 7 points out of the lead. Rex Hoyle rounds out your top 5 with just 8 points sitting between him and Ty Hester. The series rolls into New Hampshire next week for 60 laps at the Magic Mile.

Mogard Takes Pro-Series Checkered at South Boston

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Mawhinney Wins Pro-Series Opener

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.