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Weekly Winners 4/18/17 - 4/24/17 April 24, 2017

Weekly Winners 4/18/17 - 4/24/17

Congratulations to:

Donovan Nunnikhoven - I-35 Speedway

Ricky Thornton Jr. - Atchison County Raceway & I-35 Speedway

Mat Williamson - Lernerville Speedway

Andy Bryant - Lakeside Speedway

RC Whitwell - Humboldt Speedway

Ashton Winger - Senoia Raceway

Josh Richards - Sharon Speedway

Jeff Waterman - Lee County Speedway

Tyler Afrank - Boone County Raceway

Mike Tanner - I-35 Speedway

Nick Meyer - Hamilton County Speedway (pictured)

Shawn Jett - Tyler County Speedway

Tim Jones - Merrittville Speedway

Max Blair - McKean County Raceway

Devin Smith - Hamilton County Speedway

Austin Horton - Senoia Raceway

Matt Cosner - Bedford Speedway

Kyle Bronson - East Bay Raceway Park

Richards Best In Steel Valley 50 at Sharon Speedway April 21, 2017

Richards Best In Steel Valley 50 at Sharon Speedway

HARTFORD, OH (April 21, 2017) – Josh Richards was victorious in the first ever appearance by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Friday night at Sharon Speedway. Richards took the lead from Scott Bloomquist on lap four and withstood the challenges of both Brandon Sheppard and Gregg Satterlee to take the win in the Steel Valley 50.

“I can’t thank the track staff enough for trying to get the track raceable for the feature. It was tough on the drivers and especially the cars; I know they had put new dirt on the track, but with the rain they had the last couple of days, that didn’t help. We raced as hard as we could to put on a show for these fans. It feels good to come out on top,” said Richards in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the third time this season.

Bloomquist led the first three laps of the race before yielding the lead to Richards. Sheppard then moved into second and started to challenge Richards for the lead. Satterlee picked up steam and sprinted around Sheppard for second on lap 17. Satterlee tracked down Richards and the two ran side-by-side for a while until Richards pulled away from him.

Sheppard managed to regain the second spot on lap 38 from Satterlee. Sheppard then spent the final 12 laps pursuing Richards. Sheppard was turning faster laps than Richards on several occasions, but Richards held his line and held a steady lead until the finish.

“I was trying to move around a lot in the final laps. As a driver, it’s mentally challenging. We are going to have to go through these cars from front to back for tomorrow at Hagerstown. The crews work very hard during the week to get these cars ready. Thanks to the crowd for coming out tonight, it looked like a big crowd,” said the driver for the Best Performance Motorsports, Dargie Race Engines, Rocket Chassis.

Sheppard tried chasing down the car and team he had driven for the last two years but came up short. “The track finally blew off there a little bit and the racing was good. We dropped back to sixth or seventh early on, but as the race went on, we got stronger and stronger. I would like to thank Mark Richards and Steve Baker from Rocket Chassis, Valvoline, and Seubert Calf Ranches for all of their help.”

The remainder of the top ten were: Alex Ferree, Boom Briggs, Colton Flinner, Dylan Yoder, and Chub Frank.

For additional news visit www.lucasdirt.com

Mat Williamson Takes Checkers at Lernerville April 21, 2017

Mat Williamson Takes Checkers at Lernerville

Defending champion Mat Williamson looked as if he’d lost nothing in the off season in terms of speed or savvy and was in mid-season form as evidenced by a resounding performance that saw him hold off a hard charging Brian Swartzlander to collect the opening night win.

 
As the cars made their way out onto the speedway, fans couldn’t help but notice a front row consisting of Wiliamson and Rex King Jr.  The two drivers looked primed for a 25 lap duel that would keep fans glued to the edge of their seats.  Williamson bolted out to the early lead followed by King, a strong running Rick Regalski, Jimmy Weller and Brian Swartzlander.   A caution with two laps down slowed the pace and on the restart, Williamson elected to start on the high side where he would get a good jump on the field. On the same restart, Swartzlander slipped and fell back to ninth while Garrett Krummert charged forward from his 10th starting spot to third, winning a three car position battle between himself, Shingledecker and Weller.

Meanwhile, Williamson was putting the field well behind him in clean air when Regalski brought out the caution with nine laps in the books. Once action resumed, Swartzlander was able to slide under King to take the second spot after a two lap door to door battle. Swartzlander was perhaps the only car that looked capable of catching and perhaps passing the leader, and his cause was helped by a lap 14 caution for JR McGinley who stopped on the back stretch.

Williamson was able to drive away in the waning laps after running a few laps with Swartzlander on his doorstep while behind them, to collect his 20th career feature win at Lernerville while Swartzlander took a hard earned second place and King rounded out the podium. Regalski was able to come back from the tail of the field to score a top five finish.

“This place is awesome, it’s one of the best race tracks in the country,” Williamson said. “The surface is the greatest we go to week in and week out and it makes the four hour drive worthwhile. It’s always fun driving here, but they kept me on my toes tonight, they’re great race car drivers and they’ll make you work for it.”

For more news visit www.lernerville.com

Photo courtesy of www.lernerville.com

Thornton Conquers April 20, 2017

Thornton Conquers "The Cage"

Twenty-six days of silence was broken Thursday night when the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental invaded the Atchison County Raceway and refired the engines for the 2nd Annual “Cage Match.”

The Scott brothers—Johnny and Stormy—filled the front row for the start of the 50-lap MSD Central Region main event, and Stormy Scott jumped out to lead the first 13 laps until the race’s first caution flag waved for a slowing car with a flat tire.

But Stormy Scott had a flat tire of his own. He ducked into the pits under caution and never returned to rejoin the field, giving Johnny Scott the point for the restart.

With Cade Dillard and Chase Junghans tucked in behind, Rodney Sanders snuck into third on lap 14 and the top four reeled off another six 12-second orbits around the high-banked 1/5-mile oval until the next yellow waved with 20 laps complete.

At the halfway mark, Johnny Scott continued to lead Dillard around the high side of the track with Sanders, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Josh Blumer filling the rest of the top five spots.

Hard contact on the short back-stretch between Sanders, Darron Fuqua and Dereck Ramirez. Although the green flag remained out, the incident caused crippling to the Modifieds of Sanders and Ramirez.

With the laps winding down, Thornton began to search around the middle of the track and found a spot to slide up in front of Johnny Scott to lead the 45th circuit, but Thornton crawled over the cushion two laps later and allowed Scott to regain the position.

Thornton again got by Scott on lap 48 which saw the final caution come out to set up a two-lap, green-white-checkered dash to the finish.

While Thornton cruised the final two laps to register the victory, 10th-starting Zack VanderBeek nudged in front of Scott to take the runner-up position while Joe Duvall, who started 15th, wrestled fourth away from Dillard in the final two laps.

Fuqua rolled the top side to beat Dillard to the finish line for fifth, Tyler Wolff snagged seventh, Kyle Prauner earned an eighth-place paycheck in his USMTS debut with fellow Nebraska racer Mike Densberger ninth and Sanders rounding out the top 10.

Thornton took a $3,000 payoff back to the Gressel Racing pit for his fourth triumph of the 2017 campaign.

For more news visit www.usmts.com

Weekly Winners 4/11/17 - 4/17/17 April 17, 2017

Weekly Winners 4/11/17 - 4/17/17

Congratulations to:

Tyler Erb – Magnolia Motor Speedway

Derek Doll – Tyler County Speedway

Rodney Sanders – Lucas Oil Speedway

Jack Sullivan – I-30 Speedway

David Payne – Tri-County Racetrack

James Dennis – Skyline Speedway (pictured)

Matt Dooley – Senoia Raceway

Will Vaught – Lucas Oil Speedway

Tanner English – Winchester Raceway Park

Trent Elliott – Coos Bay Speedway

Mark Newton – Senoia Raceway

Logan Roberson – Potomac Speedway

Ashton Winger – Senoia Raceway

Tyler Bare – Virginia Motor Speedway

Jeff Strunk – Big Diamond Speedway

Austin Horton – Senoia Raceway

Max Blair – Stateline Speedway

Devin Moran – Moler Raceway Park

Jason Trammell – Tazewell Speedway

Matt Guererri – Canandaigua Motorsports Park

Brandon Walsh - Legit Speedway

Justin Zeitner - Adams County Speedway

Mike Tanner - I-35 Speedway

Vaught Scores Victory at Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals April 14, 2017

Vaught Scores Victory at Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals

Wheatland, Missouri (April 14, 2017) - Will Vaught made the most of a late-race restart to grab a season-opening win Friday night as the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals began at Lucas Oil Speedway.

"It's pretty sweet," Vaught said after getting past Tony Jackson Jr., with five laps remaining and going on to capture the $2,000 feature on night one of the doubleheader presented by RacingJunk.com.    

Other feature winners on the opening night of the weekend doubleheader were Jon Sheets (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds) and Burl Woods (Big O Tires Street Stocks).

Vaught, of Crane, took home the win with Springfield veteran Terry Phillips second and Lebanon's Jackson settling for third after being in control most of the way.

Jackson passed MLRA rookie Payton Looney, who started on the pole, for the lead on lap five. He maintained it until the race's lone caution waved, when Jackson teammate Raymond Merrill spun in turn four.

That set up a five-lap shootout to the finish with Jackson leading Vaught, Looney, Phillips and Rodney Sanders to the restart.

That was the opportunity Vaught needed. Jackson slipped high in turn two and Vaught slid underneath to take the lead with Phillips also going past and into second. That's the way it stayed until the finish with Vaught earning his second career win at Lucas Oil Speedway, following up a win in the Larry Phillips Memorial last September.

"He over drove the corner a little bit and we got by him," said Vaught, who was making his season debut. He's been overseeing his children's quarter-midget racing with daughter Mallory (5) and Maddox (7) winning on Lucas' "slick track" behind the main grandstand a week ago.

"Both of them won last week and we got the win tonight. It's pretty special," Vaught said. "We'll have to improve (Saturday night) because Tony probably had the best car. But he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and we compensated."

A dejected Jackson said he wasn't sure what happened on the re-start, though he suspected that a new right-rear tire rule played a factor and he didn't have enough heat in the rubber when the race returned to green.

"That's a part of it," Jackson said of the untimely caution.

Phillips was more upbeat, driving from a 12th starting position to the runner-up spot.

"The way the night started, it wasn't looking too sporty," Phillips said. "To be able to drive up through there with all these good cars, we'll take it."

Sanders finished fourth and reigning MLRA Series champion Jesse Stovall was fifth.

For additional news visit www.lucasoilspeedway.com

Photo courtesy of www.lucasoilspeedway.com/ Kenny Shaw