(Story by Michael Despain) Sweetwater, TN (April 8, 2017)- The Schaeffer’s Oil Iron-Man Championship Series Super Late Model visited I-75 Raceway for the track’s first-ever Super Late Model event and Kenny Collins of Colbert, Ga. would etch his name in the record book as the winner of the 30 lap, $3,000 to win event.
Collins would sweep the evening’s activities as he would also be the top qualifier and he would lead all 30 circuits of the main event to score the victory in his Dockery Specialized Transport/Southeast Miscellaneous Erectors/Jake’s Drywall/Collins Signs/Thomas Clarke Performance/Erwin Racing Supply/Kenny Harris Grading sponsored Longhorn entry. Collins’ victory also came on American Racer Tires.
Kenny Collins would take the lead at the drop of the green flag, with Carder Miller, David Payne, Ray Cook, and Billy Ogle, Jr. giving chase. The action would slow quickly though as Craig Greer and Brian Selby would tangle in turn one on lap 2. The restart would see Payne challenge Miller immediately for the second position, with Payne able to work past Miller for the position on lap 3. Meanwhile, Ogle, Jr. would challenge Cook for fourth position, but mechanical gremlins would strike Cook as he would slow on the backchute and stop in turn four to draw a caution flag on lap 4. (more…)
The 11th Annual Joey Coulter Charity Race Weekend wrapped up on Sunday under overcast skies although the temperature was comfortable while the racing action was downright hot. The 200-lap Charity event for the Pro Trucks was competitive and interesting from start to finish and, when all was said and done, a new face graced victory lane for the event.
Ten O’Reilly Auto Parts caps were spread out during the driver’s meeting before the race and each driver from the top ten in Saturday’s qualifying picked a hat with the number inside indicating where they would start on the grid for the 200 lapper. Fast qualifier Michael Goddard chose to pick first and, as luck would have it, picked the hat with the number one meaning he would start from the pole. Jason Lester drew the hat with number two and would flank Goddard at the start on the front row while Tommy Kelly and Cody Martell made up row two.
After the on-track autograph session and pre-race ceremonies it was time to go racing with event Grand Marshal Dave Dion giving the command to fire the engines. Dion then joined flagman Julian Mullis and dropped the green flag for the race as pole sitter Goddard quickly streaked out to a nice lead. The race immediately began being a bit “chippy” with plenty of bumping, banging and “leaning” going on nearly each and every lap. (more…)
Lakeland, FL (November 1, 2016) Eighteen cars were on hand for round 5 of the Racecar Engineering Wheel Man Sportsman Series at Citrus County Speedway this past Saturday night. It was another strong performance by the current points leader Sean Bass, who once again powered his way to victory lane. Unfortunately for Bass, his car did not pass post-race technical inspection, and Bobby Mobley was awarded his 1st Wheel Man Sportsman win. The victory secured the #29 5 Star Services, Mobley Racing team the 2016 Citrus County Speedway Sportsman Track Championship as well. Brooke Storer had another strong run finishing 2nd and closing the once perceived insurmountable points lead between herself and Bass to a mere 11 points. In only his 2nd appearance in the Series, Jessie Henley once again finished strong crossing the stripe in 3rd, while Jason Rendell rebounded after a couple of tough runs to finish 4th and give him a tight 2-point lead over Alexa Anderson in a 3rd place points battle. Brent Cooper, who started 8th, was able to avoid trouble and run with the leaders all night, rounding out the top 5.
Anthony LaPoint put on an awesome show to win the FLF Hard Charger Award bringing his 21L car to a 6th place finish after starting 17th. (more…)
ROSSBURG, Ohio – September 10, 2016 – Bobby Pierce battled more than 100 dirt late models all weekend long to capture his first-ever World 100 title Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. The 46th running of the event featured drivers from 22 states, two Canadian provinces and two Australian cities. The Oakwood, Ill. native was the last man standing in the five-caution feature.
“I’ve won some big races, but this by far is the biggest win,” said Pierce, who was the first Illinois driver to win the event. “This is going to take forever to sink in. It means the world. I dreamt of this day and when I cross the finish line, I [thought I was] going to have tears coming out of my eyes. But, I didn’t. I don’t think I did because this has to take a while to sink in. It hasn’t yet.”
In the 100-lap crown-jewel, 14 states were represented. Of the three Illinois-natives competing, the Oakwood driver’s World 100 victory did not come easily. Though Pierce won one of the two preliminary features on Friday, Pierce’s No. 32P Allgayer Inc. Champion Spark Plugs Bob Pierce racecar had some ground to cover for the night’s main event – starting 22nd in the 30-car field. (more…)
ROSSBURG, Ohio – September 9, 2016 – Bobby Pierce and Earl Pearson Jr. captured back-to-back checkered flags under the Friday night lights, each winning their 25-lap feature events on the second preliminary day of the World 100 weekend at Eldora Speedway. The 105 competitors were split into two feature groups – odd and even. On the line: $10,000 for the two drivers who outshined the field.
The first feature was an instant classic – multiple barn-burners merging into one giant shootout in the closing laps of the race. Menomonie, Wisc. driver Jimmy Mars started on the outside of the first row but roared down the backstretch into the lead within the first lap. While Mars built more than a one-second advantage over the 24-car field, Martinsville, Ind. driver Don O’Neal battled toward the front from 11th position.
O’Neal, who was the fast-timer earlier in the night, split Ade, Ohio native Jon Henry and Chickamauga, Ga. wheelman Dale McDowell for a three-way drag race to challenge Mars. Six laps into the feature, O’Neal wedged his car underneath Henry for the runner-up spot. (more…)
ROSSBURG, Ohio – September 8, 2016 – Matt Miller and Don O’Neal shared the spotlight Thursday night in a pair of features that showcased the talented 108-car field that came to compete during the 46th Annual World 100 weekend at Eldora Speedway. Each feature was 25 laps, with a $10,000 payout.
In the first of the twin-features, 2016 Dirt Late Model Dream winner Dennis Erb Jr. lost the battle of restarts. With two yellow flags within the first few laps, the No. 3 Rick Delong Racing/ Dominator Race Products Rocket car of Miller managed to overtake the Carpentersville, Ill. native for the top spot. Riding the cushion for the remainder of the race, Miller was only challenged at the checkered flag.
Like Miller, Shannon Babb held his ground in second place. That is, until Erb regained ground and created a three-way dash to the checkers. The trio stretched the width of turn four, grouped side-by-side. Carrying more momentum than the rest, Miller won the opening feature of the weekend by a 0.114-second margin. Babb was runner-up, while Erb rounded-out the podium.
Miller has not won a show at the World 100 since winning Friday’s preliminary in 2014. The Whitehouse, Ohio driver is also a past-winner of Eldora’s Dirt Late Model Dream (2005).
“It was kind of a struggle,” said Miller, gesturing to where he hit lapped traffic. “You get behind all that traffic there and you start to push. I knew they were closing in there. You don’t want to slide job to those guys up in the cushion. You just have to make yourself wide.” (more…)
Ocala, Florida (08/16/16) – For the second-straight weekend Devin Dixon parked the Big Frog Motorsports #58 Dave’s Towing/Rocket XR-1 Late Model in victory lane. His latest triumph came on Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park, where the Florida racer pocketed a cool $2,000.
Competing in the Back to School Night, Devin Dixon and the Big Frog Motorsports team headed to Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida) on Saturday for the $2,000-to-win, affair. In a field of 14 Super Late Models, Dixon gained three positions in his heat posting a 3rd-place finish. Starting in the 6th slot for the main event, Devin progressively worked his way forward in the field before taking the lead just past the halfway point. He went on to register his second-straight victory and fifth overall on the season. Keith Nosbisch, Brandon Scott Grey, Joe Kump, and Tyler Clem trailed Dixon across the finish line.
“I knew we had a good car from the drop of the green flag, and that if I was patient we could get to the lead,” commented Dixon. “I was able to bide my time and use the low line to take the lead just past the halfway point. I again want to thank all of the guys with Big Frog Motorsports for giving me such a great car.” (more…)