(SPARTA, KY) Kentucky is known for it’s bluegrass and another form of horsepower, but on Tuesday night the focus became on the loud form of horsepower as the ASRS Xfinity Series stormed into the 1.5 mile track.
Jared Mogard led the field to the green flag in his newly renumbered 10 car with Michael Atkins, Jr. along side, also in a renumbered ride as his #18 car became the #01 for the remainder of the season.
Early on, the race took a green look, going a full fuel run that forced the entire field to make a green flag pit stop, just as the final driver completed his pit stop, the caution flew for the first time on lap 35.
Three cautions slowed the pace as the 125 mile race saw six leaders swap the lead a total of 12 times in the 84 lap race. One of those cautions flew when Steven Thomas and points leader Justin Vaughn made contact in turn 1, collecting others and effectively taking Vaughn out of contention for the win, which he was poised to race for a top five position.
As the checkered flag flew, it was Mogard picking up the win, his first Xfinity Series win with Atkins, Jr. second, Zac Bozanich was third in the #91, while Eric Barile and Ty Hester rounded out the top five.
Justin Vaughn continues to lead the championship standings by just one point over Jim Foose as the Xfinity Series heads to Pocono Raceway for the first time in series history on August 2nd.
(MADISON, IL) The winning train of Zac Bozanich made a stop in Madison, Illinois Tuesday evening and in the shadows of the “Gateway Arch” put on a show for the ages.
Bozanich led the field to the green flag in the #91 Toyota Tundra and seemed unstoppable until pit strategy came into play midway through the 100 mile race at Gateway Motorsports Park, for a period of time (14 laps to be exact), it seemed as if Bozanich would not take home the victory after a dominating run at the 1.25 mile oval.
Early on the race pace was slowed by four cautions in the first 34 laps, Jordan Harnish and Shawn Musick suffered damage in the lap 14 crash that collected others including Ty Hester, John Kennedy and Steven Trombly. Championship leader Robby Baskins suffered damage when his #46 made heavy contact with the outside wall early in the going. Championship runner-up Jim Foose spun on lap 34 and collected Eric Barile’s #14.
Despite the incidents early, many drivers continued on and the race ran relatively close between drivers. The challenging corners of Gateway provided close action as drivers tried different lines and shifting patterns to maximize handling and speed.
Jason Stewart’s #1 took it’s turn leading on lap 28 before giving way to Bozanich on lap 32. Jared Mogard and Zac Bozanich traded the lead seven times between themselves before Bozanich took the lead for the final time on lap 64.
Bozanich took the checkered flag, his third in a row in the Camping World Truck Series with Mogard second, Alex Bates battled back to third after early trouble. Mitchell Brown and Curtis Aho rounded out the top five.
Robby Baskins continues to lead the championship standings, as he has after all the Camping World Truck Series races in 2016, extending his lead to 32 over Foose as the series takes a week break before returning to action at Kentucky Speedway July 5th.
(CLERMONT, IN) Jared Mogard came up short two weeks ago at Five Flags Speedway in winning in the Super Late Model Tour, but he wouldn’t be denied at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Five Flags winner Jim Foose won the pole and led the field to the green flag. Foose would lead the first 18 laps before giving way to Justin Blackdeer as Foose brought the #42 to pit road for tires and fuel.
Blackdeer would take his shot at the lead, leading for 30 circuits before Mogard wrestled the lead away. A late race caution set up Ty Hester to take the lead after strategy put the #36 out front. Hester’s lead would only last 7 laps before Mogard completed the pass and took the lead for the final time.
Mogard would cruise to victory, with Hester second, Blackdeer third, Rex Hoyle finished fourth while Foose rounded out the top five.
Matt Vaade continues to lead the championship standings, but his lead has been cut over the past two races with TJ Graves just 11 points back. Foose is just 12 points back, while fourth Ernest Smith, Jr. is only 18 points out of the lead after eight races. The Super Late Model Series heads to South Boston Speedway June 29th.
(NEWTON, IA) The Camping World Truck Series was founded on short tracks and the newest short track on the schedule, Iowa Speedway, which joined the series in 2009, ranks high on the list of best short tracks in the series.
Robby Baskins ran the fastest lap in qualifying and was joined by Michael Atkins, Jr. on the front row for the green flag. The green didn’t last long as entering turn 1 on lap 2 a pile up collected several drivers, including championship hopefuls Jim Foose and Gene Collum.
The green flag was a common sight as several early cautions damaged many driver’s hopes before longer green flag runs came into play in the race’s second half. Robby Baskins established himself as a favorite for the win, but he had competition from Zac Bozanich and Jared Mogard.
Mogard led the most laps, 60, before slipping back to second in the late going as Bozanich made his way to the lead. A late race restart with five laps to go set Bozanich on his way to victory, as the 7/8 mile track was hard to pass, making track position key at the end.
Bozanich won his second Camping World Truck Series race in a row, Mogard was second followed by Robby Baskins, Atkins, Jr. and Eric Barile rounded out the top five.
With a third place finish, combined with Foose’s 23rd place showing, Robby Baskins extended his points lead to 27 points as the Camping World Truck Series heads to Gateway Motorsports Park next week.
(ROCKINGHAM, NC) Rockingham Speedway’s Camping World Truck Series history might be short, but the famed 1 mile high banked track has provided such great racing in it’s short time on the schedule. What makes Rockingham so good is the fact that it’s not perfect, the surface is worn, the shape is a bit awkward and the high banks provided multiple grooves as drivers search for any grip.
Zac Bozanich led the field to the green with Jared Mogard set to lead the outside lane, but Mogard’s truck didn’t start on the grid and moved championship leader Robby Baskins to the front row. Mogard’s #00 would start, but joined the race after the green flag flew. Bozanich and Michael Atkins, Jr. fought side by side for lead for several laps.
The first 77 laps ran caution free, including a green flag pit stop for everyone between lap 48-52. Bozanich set such a blistering pace and the tires fell off so much that just five drivers remained on the lead lap when the first caution flew. Alex Bates received the Free Pass, while three drivers took the wave around, which can be a risky move at a track as slippery as Rockingham.
Two more cautions flew, one on lap 88 for Mitchell Brown, and the race ended under the caution as Shawn Musick and Joe Johnson made contact, collecting Gene Collum and others.
Bozanich remained on the track following the lap 88 caution, while the rest of the lead lap drivers pitted. But the gamble paid off as Bozanich was leading as the final caution flew, taking home his first Camping World Truck Series win. Atkins, Jr. was second followed by Travis McQuistion, Robby Baskins and Jim Foose rounded out the top five.
Baskins was able to add one point to his lead in the championship standings which now stands at 6 points over Jim Foose. The Camping World Truck Series takes next week off before returning June 14th Iowa Speedway.
(PENSACOLA, FL) Wining at the famed Five Flags Speedway is tough enough, but it’s even tougher when a driver starts at the rear of the field and charges forward. For Jim Foose, who had never won at Five Flags Speedway in many attempts, that’s exactly what he did.
Jared Mogard led the way in qualifying, but was sent to the rear of the grid for missing the drivers meeting, moving Matt Vaade to the point with Jordan Harnish second. Jim Foose, AJ McCall and Shawn Musick also were moved to the rear of the field for infractions at the Thompson race two weeks ago.
Foose’s #42 started dead last after a penalty for incident points at Thompson, but the #42 didn’t last long in the back as a lap two tangle between Jordan Harnish, Ty Hester and others moved the #42 to sixth in the running order. Matt Vaade got out to a sizeable lead as the race went green for nearly 50 laps before Jim Foose and TJ Graves bumped, sending Graves’ #22 spinning and collecting and finishing off the Harnish #48 car.
Shawn Musick stayed on track to lead a lap before pitting, handing the lead over to Vaade. Vaade would lead a race high 73 laps before pitting on lap 75 for tires, leaving Foose on track to inherit the lead. Mogard and Musick remained on the track, dropping Vaade to fourth.
The final 22 laps went caution free as Foose held off Mogard and Vaade, both making several charges towards the lead, but Foose’s #42 was able to hold them off at the end of 100 laps. Mogard would settle for second, Vaade third, Ernest Smith, Jr was fourth with Hester rebounding to finish fifth.
The Super Late Model Tour takes two week hiatus before returning to action June 15th at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Matt Vaade holds a 19 point lead over Graves, while Foose moves to third ahead of Smith, Jr.
(CONCORD, NC) Zac Bozanich made the most of the action at Charlotte Tuesday night as the Xfinity Series took the “Beast of the Southeast”. A relatively warm track under the Musco lights led to a track that lent itself to great racing with the grip level high and cars sticking like glue to the high banks.
High grip also lends itself to another issue as cars run bunched together and Charlotte has developed multiple grooves over the past few races, leading to plenty of side by side racing. Put that together with 29 drivers all wanting to take the checkered flag first and you have a wild race, and that’s exactly what we saw Tuesday night.
Michael Atkins, Jr. led the field to the green flag with Ty Hester along the outside for the green flag. The green flag didn’t last long as John Kennedy’s #89 and Jamie Vaughn made contact entering turn three, Vaughn would spin back up the track and collect several drivers as he spun across the racing surface at the exit of turn four. Fortunately for many drivers, they took to the grass and avoided disaster.
Back green, the action picked up allowing for a longer green flag run, where drivers learned about tire falloff, searching for different grooves as the handling went away and general battles for track position. The race saw five lead changes among three drivers, Atkins led a race high 41 laps before spinning off turn two late in the going, Ty Hester led eight laps and Zac Bozanich took the lead for the final lead change.
Bozanich would take his first Xfinity Series victory with Eric Barile in second, Alex Bates third, Jared Mogard and Justin Vaughn rounded out the top five.
Justin Vaughn opened up his points lead to 8 points over Jim Foose as the Xfinity Series takes a month break before returning to action in the TM Digital Concepts 125 at Kentucky Speedway June 28th.
(CONCORD, NC) The TM Digital Concepts Tribute to our Heroes 100 saw 43 drivers attempt to qualify for the 32 truck field and with the difference between the pole and missing the race just .134 seconds.
Missing the race were Alex Bates, Steve Buhala, Bradley Cross, Jonathan Hambrick, Jonathan Phelps, Jaden Rosard, Steven Thomas, Kris Titus, Steven Trombly, Robert Vormwald, and Barry Zellmer.
Justin Vaughn’s #7 led the field to the green flag, but would only lead two of the 67 laps. Caution flew early on lap 3 just as Michael Atkins, Jr. took the lead from Justin Vaughn. The #44 of Eric Bannenberg spun collecting Joe Johnson’s #28 and Jason Lindner’s #13 .
The race took a green feel to it after the restart before once again being slowed on lap 22. From there the cautions came often, with five more cautions flying in the final 40 laps, bringing the total to 7.
Jared Mogard was cruising to victory in the closing laps before making contact with the frontstretch wall and collecting second place Ty Hester’s #36 Tundra. That would hand the lead to Adam Chapman in the #24 Folds of Honor Chevrolet. Chapman led a total of three laps to score the win, his first ASRS victory. Jason Stewart was second followed by Travis McQuistion third, Hester fourth and Nick Coffman’s #55 fifth.
A total of seven drivers led the race with the lead changing hands eight times. In addition to Chapman, Justin Vaughn, Atkins and Mogard leading, David Nannen and Hester each took turns leading the way.
Championship leader Robby Baskins had a rough race but remains the leader by five points over Jim Foose as the Camping World Truck Series takes a week off before heading to Rockingham Speedway May 31st.
(Thompson, CT) Just like apple pie is synonymous with America, short track racing is as much a part of ASRS. Jordan Harnish, the 2014 ASRS Super Late Model Tour Champion, hadn’t raced the short tracks in months partly due to injury.
Harnish didn’t miss a beat thought, turning the fastest lap in qualifying that saw 29 drivers take time to make the 24 car grid. Kris Titus, Jason Stewart, Jonathan Phelps, Todd Kirkwood and Don Runkle failed to qualify.
Harnish would jump to the lead and would lead a total of 94 laps in a race that saw a season low two lead changes in the 100 lap race. Jared Mogard was the only other leader in the #00. The race saw nine cautions, most of which drivers chalked up to “short track racing”.
With Harnish taking the checkered flag, Ty Hester returned to action to finish second followed by TJ Graves in third, Mogard fourth and championship leader Matt Vaade rounding out the top five.
Vaade leads the championship standings by 10 points over Graves as the Super Late Model Tour heads to Five Flags Speedway on May 25th.
(DOVER, DE) 35 drivers showed up at Dover International Speedway for the seventh round of the 2016 ASRS Camping World Truck Series. Three drivers failed to qualify; Edward Eastley, last week’s winner Zac Bozanich and Jaden Rosard, who planned to make his series debut.
The field of 32 took the green flag, with Jordan Harnish leading the way from the pole position and Zack Calloway on the outside of the front row. Harnish would take the early lead. Two early cautions, one on lap four for Eric Bannenberg’s #44 spun around on the front stretch and another on lap 15 for Joe Johnson slowed the early progress, but a nearly 20 lap run got the field running as some driver charged through the field while others dropped in the running order. Todd Kirkwood’s #38 brought out the caution on lap 37 and brought the field to pit road.
Harnish positioned himself as the dominate driver in the first half, but a botched pit stop dropped the #48 truck and opened the door for Jared Mogard and Travis McQuistion to take turns leading the race. Champioship points leader Robby Baskins quietly remained in the top five for the majority of the race and positioned his #46 Chevrolet to contend for the win.
The final caution flew on lap 77 when Jamie Vaughn was involved in an incident, the caution allowed Joe Johnson to take the lead under yellow before pitting and turning the lead over to the damaged truck of Jim Foose. Foose would lead just one lap, bringing the field to the final restart. Mogard jumped to the lead as Baskins and Foose touched slowing both drivers.
Mogard was able to pull away to take his first ASRS win, Alex Bates making his first start of 2016 came home second followed by Jason Stewart in his ASRS debut third, Harnish ended up fourth with Michael Atkins, Jr. completing the top five.
The Camping World Truck Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway next week as the series sees the third consecutive week of competition after getting off to a slow start. Robby Baskins leads the championship standings by 13 points over Jim Foose.