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