Alexander’s Run To The Front Halted By Late Crash

Bristol, Tennessee (3/31/2020) Like nearly every other competitor in the pits at the inaugural Bristol Dirt Nationals, McDonough, Georgia native Morgan Alexander never envisioned being able to actually race on one of the world’s fastest half miles. The 2020 Senoia Speedway Late Model Sportsman champ was admittedly somewhat scared heading into the event, but most of those fears were alleviated the first time he hit the track. 

With the 602 Late Models hitting the track for the first competitive action of the week, Alexander would make history on Night #1 of the Bristol Dirt Nationals as he won the first heat race in the event’s history. Alexander would do so making a lap 7 pass on John Brooks after patiently tailing Brooks for the opening 6 circuits. 

Thanks to rain prematurely ending Monday’s action, Alexander’s lone Preliminary feature of the week would be pushed back to Tuesday, where he started on pole. Though he lost the lead on the opening circuit, Alexander would quickly settle into 2nd with his hands full of a persistent Dustin Diem. 

As the laps clicked off, Alexander rode around on an island, with no one close in front or behind. That would all change with 5 laps left as a car lost a motor to bring out a caution. On the restart Alexander and Diem would remain side by side for a lap before Diem was able to clear for 2nd. From there Alexander was able to hold off a late charge to finish 3rd in the 20 lap feature. 

The 602 Late Models would get just one more heat race for the week on Wednesday before Friday’s big show thanks to another torrential rain, with this one seeing Alexander not fair nearly as well. From his 7th spot on the starting grid, Alexander was only able to net one pass before the checkered flag. 

While this may not have been a big factor had the 602 Late Models been given a second set of preliminary features, that rough heat race would prove costly to his total points for the week. In fact, that one tough showing dropped Alexander from 8th to 14th in overall points, dropping him out of an automatic transfer into the main event and forcing him to run a 10 lap Last Chance Qualifier. 

Fortunately for Alexander, the LCQ went off without a hitch, as he cruised to the easy win and main event berth. 

Alexander would roll off 14th in the Main Event Friday night courtesy of his LCQ victory. Just a lap into the race, Alexander was up to 12th when he had to avoid a big multi car incident directly in front of him. With the crash sidelining a number of cars, Alexander would restart from the 9th position on Lap 2. 

5 laps in and Alexander found himself in 7th, looking for more with a 4 car pack ahead. With 9 to go Alexander once again was tasked with avoiding immediate danger, as a car rolled just ahead of him, while another car slid to the inside wall. Alexander would avoid both and restart 5th. 

The ensuing restart would be the turning point for Alexander. As he was making a pass for 4th, the 2nd and 3rd place runners got together, leaving Alexander nowhere to go as 11 cars piled in for a massive wreck. 

Alexander initially believed his car was driveable, but on the next restart Alexander would lose a right front tire to end his night, ultimately being scored with a 14th place finish. 

Morgan Alexander would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters for getting the team to this extraordinary event, including:

Alexander Produce

Boaty’s Transport

Severt And Sons Produce 

BBR Booger Brooks Racing 

Shorty’s Shocks 

Haymaker Race Bodies 

Performance Lift 

Tire South McDonough, GA

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Flippo Puts Together Week Of A Lifetime At Bristol Dirt Nationals

Bristol, Tennessee (3/29/2021) What a six month stretch Bakersfield, California native Jerry Flippo is having. From capturing his first IMCA Modified win at the end of 2020 at Antioch Speedway’s Turkey Night, to running up front all week at one of the most prestigious dirt races in the nation, Jerry Flippo is on a meteoric rise to the top of the West Coast IMCA Modified ranks. 

Heading into the event, Flippo’s goals were to simply try to make each feature and hopefully get it into the big show to grab his sponsors as much national attention as possible, but Flippo blew those expectations out of the water the first time he hit the track. 

After coasting to a heat race win on the opening night of the Bristol Dirt Nationals, Flippo lined up 2nd in Tuesday’s rain delayed feature event. 

From his front row starting spot, Flippo would survive a multitude of cautions and a late race charge from one of the best in the class in Justin O’Brien to lead all 20 laps and score the preliminary feature victory. 

Thanks to his win on Tuesday, Flippo was locked into Friday’s $7,500 to win finale, though he still needed to race Wednesday to accumulate points to help with his starting position. 

Flippo would roll of 10th in Wednesday’s heat, and found himself inside the Top 5 in short order before contact with another racer led to a caution and sent Flippo to the rear of the field. With only 3 laps left, Flippo did all he could to salvage a decent finish, climbing to 6th before the checkered flag. 

Wednesday’s preliminary feature could not have been any further from Tuesday’s success. Unfortunately for Flippo, he would start mid-pack but pull off halfway through the race with a mechanical failure. 

With Wednesday’s misfortune hampering his point total in a big way, Flippo started 11th in Friday’s main event. Though he fell back early, Flippo quickly rebounded to move into the Top 10. Over the last 5 laps, you could throw a blanket over Flippo, Joel Rust and Jeff Larson who exchanged the 8th, 9th and 10th positions repeatedly. Flippo would end the race in 9th, taking a Top 10 spot out of over 120 competitors for the week. 

When asked about his week, Flippo said that it simply was awesome, and there wasn’t much more to say about it. 

Jerry Flippo would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters including:

A1 Spring and Supply 

VIP Medical Concierge

Victory Circle Race Cars 

Cowboy Gears 

Sivesind Suspension 

Hill Threaded Products 

Eibach Springs

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Davis Oh So Close To IMCA Mod Glory Inaugural Bristol Dirt Nationals, Tallies Top 10 In Open Mod

Bristol, Tennessee (3/26/2021) For many teams, running one car at this past week’s inaugural Bristol Dirt Nationals was already a test to their team’s fortitude and endurance, but Eunice, New Mexico leadfoot Cory Davis decided to take it a step further by bringing two cars to the once in a lifetime event. 

Davis, who has blazed a trail across the southwest in recent years brought two potent IRP by 28 chassis out to Bristol to compete in both the IMCA Modified and Open Modified classes, and what a decision that wound up being. 

Right out of the box Monday it was clear to see that Davis would be a contender in the IMCA Mod division. From 3rd on the grid in his heat race, Davis had sole possession of the lead by the time the field reached Turn 1. Davis would breeze along until he encountered lap traffic with just 2 to go. Davis would not be denied however, as he held off a hard charging Ashton Wilkey for the win. 

Thanks to rain, the first preliminary feature for the IMCA Mods would roll off on Tuesday evening. On the start, Davis’s race almost ended in the blink of an eye as the car had trouble firing from the outside of the front row, leading to a huge pileup that collected him as well. Davis would be able to continue fortunately, now restarting in the 16th spot. In an extremely competitive feature, Davis was only able to rebound to 9th by the wave of the checkered flag. 

Just like Monday, Davis was a man on a mission in his heat race, going from 5th to the lead in the opening two circuits. Once Davis hit clean air he was untouchable, as he set sail and cruised to the heat race win. 

Once again Davis would start on the outside of the front row in his preliminary feature, this time avoiding issues and grabbing the lead on the start. Davis would lead the first 6 laps uncontested as Jesse Sobbing slowly creeped into the picture. Two laps later Davis would slip to 2nd as Sobbing powered around the high side. With the race being completely marred by cautions, the race would be called on Lap 15, as Davis would finish 2nd. 

With two strong runs in his preliminary features, Davis would lock himself in to Friday’s $7,500 to win finale, rolling off 10th based on his points for the week. 

Davis would move up one on the opening start to take 9th before an early caution bunched the field back together again. On the restart Davis was incredible, going from 9th to 3rd in a single lap, setting his eyes on JD Auringer for 2nd. 8 laps in and Davis now found himself in 2nd with a 2 and a half second gap to race leader Kyle Heckman.

A Lap 12 caution would bring the field back together and give Davis a real shot at Heckman. While he was focusing on Heckman, he also had to fend off a fast approaching Ricky Thornton Jr in 3rd. With 5 to go Davis would finally break free from Thornton, setting his sole focus on Heckman and the top spot. Despite everything he threw at him over the final 5 laps, Heckman would hold on for the win, as Davis brought it home in 2nd place. 

In the Open Modifieds, Davis was not afforded 2 separate qualifying nights, as rain limited the class to one set of heat races and one set of preliminary features. 

Davis would roll off 5th in his heat race, After riding around in 4th for most of the race, Davis made two slick moves to slide into 2nd spot, where he’d go on to finish. 

Thanks to the passing points he earned in Tuesday’s heat race, Davis started 2nd in his Open Modified Preliminary feature. Over a pretty straightforward 20 laps, Davis would rarely be challenged for 2nd as nobody in the field had anything for eventual winner Kyle Strickler. Davis would go on to finish 2nd. 

For the big show on Sunday Davis would start 4th. After falling to 5th on the opening lap, Davis nearly got into the front stretch pit barrier after clipping the dirt mound on the inside of Turn 4, dropping him back multiple positions. As laps clicked off, Davis would stay steadily in the 9th position, until Steve Arpin made a last lap pass that would ultimately push him to a 10th place finish. 

Cory Davis would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

IRP Racecars By28 

Cardinal Hardware 

Pressure Services 

Edge Safety 

TDS Suspension

Wehrs Machine

Results:

IMCA 1st Heat: 1st

IMCA 1st Prelim: 9th

Open Heat: 2nd

Open Prelim: 2nd

IMCA 2nd Heat: 1st

IMCA 2nd Prelim: 2nd

IMCA Mod Main Event: 2nd

Open Mod Main Event: 10th

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Elrod Falls Just Short Of Bristol Dirt Nationals Main Event Berth After Stellar Week

Bristol, Tennessee (3/25/2020) Many racers wouldn’t travel roughly 5,000 miles round trip to make their first start at a race track, but with a once in a lifetime event like the Bristol Dirt Nationals, San Martin, California’s JC Elrod just couldn’t resist. 

Elrod, a consistent runner on the West Coast, decided to make the jump from Hobby Stocks where he found so much success to IMCA Modified class in mid-2019, where he continues to grow and find speed. 

From the moment the team arrived, Elrod showed plenty of speed aboard his 2019 Evo by Twyzted. 

The IMCA Modifieds would hit the track on night 1 with Elrod rolling off 4th in his heat. After falling to 5th on the initial start, Elrod would take two spots in two laps as he moved into 3rd. Elrod would hold off a hard charging Josh Eberhardt over the final 8 laps to finish 3rd in a stacked heat, besting the likes of Clay Money and AJ Ward in the 10 lap contest. 

With rain moving in, Monday’s feature would get moved to Tuesday evening, where Elrod would start 11th in the 30 car field. Thanks to a strong start, Elrod would slip past 2 cars to claim 9th. Elrod would briefly fall back a spot after sliding high on lap 3, but would regain the spot a lap later. 

A few laps later, Elrod would fall back again as top side really wasn’t worked in yet, and it would cost him 2 spots. Elrod would have a bit of a scare with 5 to go, as he and another competitor got together coming out of Turn 2, fortunately Elrod would continue on. Elrod would climb as high as 8th in the waning laps, and ultimately go on to finish 9th. 

Keeping with the theme for the week of moving forward, Elrod did just that in Wednesday’s heat race, going from 8th to 6th on the opening lap before going on to take 5th. 

Elrod would roll off a bit further back in Wednesday’s feature as he started 15th. Once again Elrod was strong on the start,moving from 15th to 13th on Lap 1. Elrod would continue on ranging anywhere from 11th to 14th before his motor expired with just 3 laps remaining. 

Fortunately for Elrod, his week wouldn’t end there, as Jim Pettit II had supplied Elrod with a backup motor for the week, allowing Elrod to start his Last Chance Qualifier. 

Just like he had been all week, Elrod was on the move in his LCQ,as he was up to 5th 2 laps in. A lap later, any hope Elrod had of making the big show would disappear as Elrod hit a big rut in turn 1 and slid up the track, dropping him to 10th, where he’d ride around the remaining 9 laps. 

When asked about his thoughts on the weekend, JC said: “The crew and I headed 2500 miles to Bristol not knowing what to expect. Throughout the week I continued to move forward in every heat and feature. Losing the motor on Wednesday night hurt us in passing points but we were still in the top 30. I can’t thank Jim Pettit enough for sending me with a spare motor that allowed me to have fun in the LCQ and finish the week out strong. I also want to thank My dad and Don Powers for driving the rig out and for being the best damn crew I could ask for. These guys rolled straight from California for 42 hours, when they arrived on Sunday at the track we immediately unloaded the car and went right into practice. These guys busted their butts to make this happen. Finally I want to thank Clay Daly of Twyzted Motorsports for taking time out of his busy schedule to make sure we were dialed in this week. Customer support is huge in this industry and Clay’s is second to none.”

JC Elrod would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

WRB Construction

Security Shoring and Steel Plates

AD Robison Plastering

Lavender Yoga

Silicon Valley Tile and Stone

Results: 

Day 1 Heat Race: 3rd

Day 2 Preliminary Feature: 9th

Day 3 Heat Race: 5th

Day 3 Preliminary Feature: 18th

Day 5 LCQ: 10th

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Thomas’s Bristol Dreams End In Heartbreaking Fashion

Bristol, Tennessee (3/24/2020) 21 Seconds. Curtis Thomas found out the hard way in Saturday’s Bristol Dirt Nationals finale that that’s all it takes to take a promising run in one of the most prestigious races in the nation and completely turn it upside down. Thomas, a relatively local racer from just a couple of hours away in Knoxville, Tennessee was having a run of a lifetime aboard his 2013 Masterbilt chassis when the accident occured. 

From 5th on the starting grid in Saturday’s Main Event, Thomas had dropped a couple of spots before tragedy struck. As the field came around to start Lap 2, two cars got together in front of Thomas, spinning wildly before collecting Thomas and sending him for a hard impact into the inside barrier. The crash would end Thomas’s week but won’t keep him from racing for long. “We’re pulling the motor out of this one and putting it back in our other car for the Castrol race at 411 Thursday so we won’t be down long.” remarked Thomas. 

 A self described low budget racer, Thomas’s car and team are primarily based out of his cousin’s garage. “That was my personal car I wrecked at Bristol but my cousin has a car I drove for him last year. He’s gonna let me drive again until we get this one back from Masterbilt. This is going to be the same car that I sat the track record at 411 in for the hangover race back in January, so hopefully we can pick back up where we left off in it. Even with what happened this week, it wasn’t bad for a little team racing out of my cousins block garage haha. I’ll take it.”said Thomas after his Lap 2 crash. 

Barring his wreck in the finale, Thomas had put together a stellar week at Bristol. Though he had a rough heat race on Night 1, Thomas drove from his 15th spot on the starting grid to claim a Top 5 in Tuesday’s rain delayed preliminary feature. 

Thomas would carry that momentum into Wednesday, as he held off a hard charging Colton Trouille to win an exciting heat race. Thomas was scheduled to roll off 2nd in that night’s preliminary feature, but time constraints would push it to Thursday. 

With Thursday a complete washout, Friday’s main would be lined up off points for the day and a half of racing the class was able to get in, lining Thomas up to start 5th. The 24 car field would take the green flag and as you know just 21 seconds later, Thomas’s Bristol Dirt Nationals would come to an abrupt end.  

When asked about his thoughts on the event as a whole, Thomas said: “I’ve grown up around racing and watching my dad as I was growing up. I’ve been to a lot of different tracks and events over the years and this trip has topped them all! My late Papaw took me to both the races here where they covered the track in dirt before and as a kid I never thought I’d get the chance to go and do that and just to get the opportunity to do it and run as good as we did is just a dream come true. It’s been a long week and a lot of late nights and little sleep but definitely worth every minute. I can’t thank everyone, especially my uncle Randy and cousin Brad enough for helping make this happen!”

Curtis Thomas would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters for making this once in a lifetime experience happen, including:

Premier Services Group

US 411 Storage

Shular Enterprises

Bakers Transmission

Thomas Trucking

McCarter Trucking

Corkys Hardwood

Smoky Mountain Rod & Custom

Competition Racing Equipmen

Factory Moore

Results:

Day 1 Heat: 8th

Day 2 Prelim: 5th

Day 3 Heat: 1st

Day 5 Main Event: 22nd

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Anderson’s Bristol Hopes Come To A Grinding Halt

Bristol, TN (3/22/2021) What looked to be a promising run at the Bristol Dirt Nationals came to an abrupt end for Watertown, South Dakota’s Trevor Anderson. Anderson looked to be well on his way to a Main Event berth when suddenly with just 2 laps left in Saturday’s Last Chance Qualifier, his brakes locked up and sent him crashing into the outside wall. 

Fortunately for Anderson, his 2018 Arrow Chassis limited him to just a concussion, keeping him from sustaining far more serious injuries considering the speed at which his car was traveling.  

Like many of the divisions on the card this past week, rain played a big factor in scheduling, limiting the Open Modified class to just one night of heat races and preliminary features. Anderson’s heat race was pretty straightforward, as he went from 10th to 9th over the 10 lap race. 

With his heat race result, Anderson would line up 18th in the 23 car preliminary feature field. Once the feature started, Anderson was on the move. Anderson would motor past 7 cars to grab 11th just 3 laps in. Only 2 laps later, Anderson found himself in 9th after the 2nd caution of the race waved. Anderson picked off 2 more to claim 7th before another caution with 11 to go. With 5 to go Anderson made his final pass of the feature to take 6th, where he’d eventually go on to finish. 

Thanks to a strong prelim run, Anderson would be rewarded with the pole position in Saturday’s Last Chance Qualifier, needing to finish in the Top 4 to make the $10,000 to win finale. 

Things were looking good for Anderson in the LCQ, leading the first 5 circuits before Trey Harris powered past for the top spot. Unfortunately for Anderson, his strong run would come to an end just 3 laps later due to the aforementioned crash. Anderson would remark afterwards about how happy he was to have such a safe, well built racecar. 

Trevor Anderson would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters including:

Dirt Track Supply

Taco John’s

Veeders Collision Center

Arrow Paper

Crawford Osthus Funeral Chapel

Results:

Heat Race: 9th

Preliminary Feature: 6th

Last Chance Qualifier: DNF

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Oscar McCown Takes 5th At Inaugural Bristol Dirt Nationals

Bristol, TN (3/22/2021) For Whitesburg, Kentucky native Oscar McCown, just taking to the Bristol high banks was a dream come true. Matched up with over 100 of the best racers in his class, including multiple NASCAR Cup stars, McCown set out aboard his 2018 XR1 Rocket to prove that a small town racer could hang with the big dogs of the region. 

Rain would play a big factor during the week, giving McCown just one night to try and qualify before Saturday’s finale. McCown was confident in his car and his team however, as the team set quick time out of 68 cars in Sunday’s tuneup practice session. 

Due to a less than favorable pill draw, McCown would be forced to start 8th in his lone heat race of the week. This didn’t prove to be much of a hindrance though, as McCown quickly powered his way to 4th before a Lap 2 caution. McCown would continue to run in 4th until one last caution with 3 to go brought the field back together.  On the ensuing restart, McCown would quickly dispatch of the 3rd and 2nd place runners, going on to finish in the runner up spot. 

With passing points determining the starting grid in Wednesday’s rain delayed preliminary feature, McCown’s 8th to 2nd run in Tuesday’s heat race would reward him with the pole position. 

The following 20 lap preliminary feature was marred with cautions and carnage, but McCown was able to hold off the only serious challenger he faced, as he cruised to the victory. The jubilant McCown mentioned in victory lane that he felt like he hadn’t breathed in the last 10 circuits. 

Thanks to Wednesday’s preliminary win, McCown would lock himself into Saturday’s $7,500 to win finale, which would prove to be crucial with Thursday’s preliminary night rained out. 

For the 20 lap finale, McCown would roll off 3rd. Over the opening 5 circuits McCown would drop one spot to 4th, then on a lap 5 restart, would drop another to 5th as contact with another driver nearly sent McCown around. With laps ticking off, McCown found himself on a bit of an island in 5th, with no cars coming to challenge for the spot, and 4th just slightly out of reach. That would be the story for the rest of the race, as Oscar McCown claimed 5th out of 100+ competitors at the Bristol Dirt Nationals. 

Oscar wanted to send a big thank you to crew chief and longtime friend Greg Hampton, who was a key part of making this trip as successful as it was. 

Oscar McCown would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters for helping make this happen, including:

Eagle Race Engines

Pro-1 Gutters 

Total Therapy Solutions 

Farley Transport 

Leggacy Motors  

Joe Adams Heating and Cooling 

STR Bodies 

Level Construction 

Wells Motorsports 

Colten Burdette Racing

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Most Nabs Top 5 Finish Against Some Of The Nation’s Best At Historic Bristol Dirt Nationals

Bristol, TN (3/21/2020) Already one of the most recognizable names in midwest dirt racing, Red Oak, Iowa native Josh Most once again thrust himself into the national spotlight with a stellar run at the Inaugural Bristol Dirt Nationals. 

Most, who had been battling vertigo the week heading into the event, was a rocket out of the gate aboard his 2019 Edge going from 4th to 2nd in short order during Tuesday’s rain delayed heat race. Most would roll off 5th in his first preliminary feature. Just 2 laps in, Most was riding well in 4th, battling side by side with Adam Birck. As both drivers entered Turn 3 fighting for the same piece of real estate, the two touched wheels, sending both of them around to bring out a caution. 

Over the ensuing 14 laps, Most would claw his way back from 24th to 11th, but a last lap spin to avoid a car chopping off his nose would ultimately give him a 21st place finish for the evening. 

Wednesday’s heat race gave Most a bit harder of a climb to the feature as he started 7th. Within only 3 laps, Most had made his way to 2nd, where he’d go on to finish. 

With passing points playing a big factor in preliminary feature lineups, Most would slot in 3rd in the starting order. Though he fell back to 4th early on, Most carried a big wave of momentum to go from 4th to 1st in a 2 lap span. Most would have to survive a late restart with just 3 laps to go, but he would successfully fend off a hard charging Matt Looft to win Wednesday’s preliminary feature. 

By virtue of Wednesday’s win, Most had punched his ticket to Friday night’s $5,000 to win finale. With the 12 drivers who already transferred in being lined up by overall points for the week, Most would roll off 12th, as Tuesday’s rough feature really hampered his total points. 

Most, the owner of Edge Chassis, wasn’t the only Edge driver that made the big show, as Ankeny, Iowa’s Austin Kaplan also grabbed a starting spot by winning one of 4 Sport Mod LCQ’s on Friday night.

Most made it look easy during the opening 2 circuits, driving from 12th to 7th before a Lap 4 caution bunched the field back together. Most would restart 6th and make quick work of Trey Stamper before settling in behind Zack Tate. 

With just 7 to go, Most would finally get by Tate after a grueling battle. The field would bunch up one last time with 2 to go, with Tate regaining 4th on the following restart. Most threw everything he had at Tate over the final 2 laps, but would end up finishing 5th. 

When asked about his thoughts on the event as a whole, Most said “I’d had a rough week before we got there. I was in and out of hospital being diagnosed with vertigo. The event was way more prestigious than most can imagine. I have won an a main at the Chili Bowl on qualifying night, made a Saturday night B main, I’ve won Deery Brothers and SLMR races in Late Models, I’ve ran upfront at usac midget and non wing sprintcar races and this event is right at the top with everything out there. I wish I could have sight seen more, but I was trying to take it easy. I hope we all get the opportunity to do it again.”

Josh Most would like to thank each and every one of his sponsors and supporters who made this one of a kind experience possible, including:

Gage Agronomy 

Rolf Construction 

Lance Most Trucking

Capital Signs 

Dirt Defender 

Fast Shafts 

Advance Racing Suspension 

Red Oak Welding Supply 

Badger Racing

Monte Most

Bad Brad at Velocita

Tim Luv Tire Demon

Results:

Day 2 Heat: 2nd

Day 2 Feature: 21st

Day 3 Heat: 2nd

Day 3 Feature: 1st

Day 5 Main Event: 5th
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Travis Petersen Racing Shows Promising Speed In First Start Of 2020

Susanville,CA (6/30/2020) After 9 months away from the track, Reno based Pro Stock team Travis Petersen Racing with driver Jay Sears finally made their first start of the season Saturday night at Susanville’s Diamond Mountain Speedway. 

The race marked the 4th event of the 2020 Tri State Pro Stock Challenge slate, a series the team has only competed with once in the past. 

With practically everything on the car being new, team owner Travis Petersen knew that Saturday’s event would probably feature a few hiccups along the way, so Petersen wasn’t too disappointed with the night ending early for a brake issue. 

The night kicked off with heat race action, where Sears rolled off last in the 7 car field. Sears quickly moved into 5th on the opening lap, but would slide back to 6th a lap later as he battled handling issues. 

Sears’s heat race would ultimately come to an early end as he spun to a stop in Turn 4. 

Starting 12th in the 17 car feature, Sears found himself in the Top 10 early after an impressive 3 car pass. 

Unfortunately for Sears, his strong run would come to an end just a couple laps later, as he pulled into the pits under caution for both a flat tire and a loss of brakes. 

The Petersen Racing team would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters, including:

NPSG Global
Reno Tahoe Auto Group
Rini Insurance Agency
Bruce Rayburn Racecars
Eternal Image
#teamnorespect56
#beatitnerdakatucker
#f🐾ckcancer cocostrong
Vatos Locos Performance
Competition Carburetion

Keep It Dirty Apparel

Cory Sample Racing

Jonesy’s All American

With a Special thanks to the boys that make up TPR for 3 midnighters to make this happen. Jesse Gonzales for the motor this weekend and NPSG Global for the renovation and powder coating! 

 

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Johnson Sweeps Super Late Model Double Header, Lipke Grabs Modified Gambler

-Schmidt A Two Time Winner on Sunday

Coos Bay, OR (6/29/2020) With racing still mostly on hold across the State of Oregon, Coos Bay Speedway provided fans and competitors alike with an action packed doubleheader weekend this past Saturday and Sunday night on the NASCAR oval. 

Though the America’s Mattress Super Late Models saw a slight drop in car count this weekend, the racing remained just as intense as ever. Following up a strong 4th place showing his last time out, Gresham’s Jason Johnson found himself sweeping both nights of Super Late Model competition. 

Despite leading all 30 laps of Saturday’s feature, it certainly wasn’t a cakewalk for Johnson, who had to contend with rookie driver Braden Fugate knocking on the door lap after lap. Fugate would make one last attempt at getting around Johnson for the win on the last lap, but it would ultimately cost the Bandon racer as former track champ Brody Montgomery was able to capitalize on Fugate’s error to grab 2nd. Fugate, Doug Elkins and Mike Taylor would complete the Top 5. 

Sunday’s race proved to be much less stressful for Johnson. After quickly dispatching of early leader Dennis Souza, Johnson set sail, with Elkins and Montgomery in hot pursuit. Johnson would go on to win comfortably, ahead of Elkins, Montgomery, Fugate and Taylor. Pescadero, California’s Souza would be the last car scored, as last week’s winner BJ Donofrio wasn’t able to make the call for the feature. 

The IMCA Modifieds took to the track for their 2nd appearance Sunday, with Yreka, California’s Jimmy Lipke claiming the 35 lap feature. While Lipke led every lap from the pole position, a fierce battle waged behind in the form of Jon Debenedetti and Bricen James. Debenedetti, last Modified event’s winner, had his hands full with the Albany star. In the end, experience won out as Debenedetti held on for 2nd. James, Sam Potter and Paul Rea rounded out the Top 5. Debenedetti and James won the earlier heat races. 

Saturday’s Dwarf Car exhibition proved to be a wild event from the start. Though the race struggled to get going early, to the tune of 5 cautions in the opening 7 circuits. Once the race began to settle down, it was Eagle Point’s Brock Peters who paced the running order. Fellow Southern Oregon racer Ryan Smith proved to be Peters’s lone adversary, briefly swapping the lead back and forth in the early going before Peters pulled away. 

While that all happened up front, Josh King and John Chrisman were locked in a heated contest for 4th. Over the final 15 laps of the race, the duo would swap spots a total of 7 times, with King eventually coming out on top. In the end, Peters would pick up an impressive victory over Smith, Chad Cardoza, King and Chrisman. Peters, Camden Robustelli and Chris Kress won their respective heat races. 

The Street Stocks continued their strong car count from a week ago, with 16 competitors signing in Saturday and 10 making it back on Sunday. North Bend’s Ken Fox would grab the spotlight on Saturday, grabbing the lead from Dakota Godard at the midway point and never looking back. Godard should be commended for having another strong effort in just his 2nd weekend at the speedway. With the Top 2 pretty much gone, former Sportsman champ Dylan Siewell and Graig Osborne decided to put on a show of their own. For the race’s final 22 laps, these 2 drivers raced each other hard but clean, with the two finishing in a dead heat that saw Siewell grab 3rd by a nose. Phil Lovvorn would complete Saturday’s Top 5. 

Gresham native Kevin Roberts was the star of the show Sunday, driving up from 6th, methodically picking off cars one by one before taking the lead with 13 to go and opening up a huge lead back to Steve Dubisar. Dubisar, who struggled with mechanical issues Saturday night, rebounded strong with a 2nd place finish, ahead of Godard, Lovvorn and Fox. 

The Sportsman Late Models saw a nice boost this weekend by a few IMCA Sport Mods who wanted some extra seat time. Saturday’s event saw Jordan Henry pick up his first ever win, holding off a strong charge from Dave Schmidt. Doug Coffman would take 3rd in his first race since blowing a motor in a practice session earlier this year, while Corvallis visitor and Willamette regular Ryan Emry grabbed 4th. KC Scott would complete the Top 5. 

Sunday’s event wasn’t as competitive, with Roseburg racer Dave Schmidt leading all 25 laps for his first of 2 wins on the night. Coffman would come home 2nd, holding off a stellar run from Emry over the last 10 laps. Henry and season opener winner Trace Fugate would round out the Top 5. 

Speaking of IMCA Sport Mods, Dave Schmidt would grab his 2nd win of the night over an 8 car field. Schmidt once again led all 30 laps from the front row. Doug Coffman would yet again finish 2nd, having his hands full with Aaron Bloom for the majority of the race. Jordan Henry and KC Scott would be your Top 5. 

The Mini Outlaws features were claimed by northern visitors again this week, with Portland’s Scott Beaudoin and Albany’s Tahlan Rogers both finding victory lane. Beaudoin actually looked to have the weekend sweep in the bag, but issues with 2 to go allowed Rogers to sneak by for the win. Jason Kellam and Beaudoin won the class’s heat race each night. 

The Hornet division provided the closest feature finish of the weekend Saturday night, with Issac Stere narrowly edging Hannah Robison for the top spot. Both drivers started near the back of the field, so fans were treated to an awesome show as they both climbed up the race standings. Roseburg’s Seth Christian would pick up a dominating victory Sunday, winning by over a straightaway ahead of Stere. Kevin Rockwell and Dan Briesacher would be Sunday’s only other finishers. 

Coos Bay Speedway returns to action Wednesday night for Hump Day Havoc. The Winged Sprints return to headline the card, while the Dwarf Cars, Street Stocks and Jr Stingers will also be in attendance. 

Coos Bay Speedway is located in Coos Bay, OR a short jump off Hwy 101 then two & a half miles east on Hwy 42. The facility currently houses a 3/8-mile NASCAR dirt track, 1/8 mile NHRA drag strip, and hosts yearly Mud Drag events. For breaking news and updates on the 2020 season, visit our website http://www.coosbayspeedway.us and like the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/coosbayspeedway

Rob Gallaher Captures 3rd Straight As Gallaher Racing Stays Perfect

Marysville, CA (6/26/2020)

For a first time Marysville starter, Rob Gallaher could have fooled anyone. A rare solo trip for the San Jose racer, Gallaher made the most of his first trip to the Nor-Cal ¼ mile oval, leading 16 of the 20 scheduled laps en route to a dominant victory.  

The heat race was a difficult one for Gallaher. Though just 8 laps in distance, Gallaher fell behind the 8 ball early. Thanks to a late race issue for two cars ahead of him, Gallaher was able to sneak in a 4th place finish. 

Luckily for Gallaher, 4th place would be just where he wanted to finish, as the invert lined him up 3rd in the 18 car field for the 20 lap feature. 

At the drop of the green flag, Gallaher wasted no time moving forward, as he grabbed 2nd just one turn into the race. 

After 4 laps of shadowing Rick Etcheson, Gallaher took advantage of Etcheson’s mistake in turn 2 to grab the top spot. Gallaher would lead the next 6 circuits uncontested before back to back cautions on Lap 10. 

Gallaher would once again open a commanding lead before one last caution waved on Lap 14. 

With just 6 laps remaining, Gallaher would hold off multiple charges by local veteran Jimmy Ford before pulling away one last time to clinch the victory. 

After the race,Gallaher had this to say regarding his night and Marysville as a whole: “The Marysville racers welcomed us with open arms. We loved the track and the promoter had a well ran operation. We would love to come back with a couple of cars again for a big show.” 

Gallaher Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters, including:

Gallaher Company

1 Hour Drain

Tire Time 

Express Car Wash 

Yeti Coolers 

Coors 

Snap On

Built by the Captain

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Fugate Grabs First Super Late Model Podium Finish In Season Opener

Coos Bay, OR (6/22/2020)

While the jump to the Super Late Model class has had its fair share of early difficulties, Saturday night had to be an encouraging sign for Braden Fugate and the entirety of the Fugate Racing team.

2 of Fugate’s first 3 starts had ended with a DNF, so Saturday night’s 3rd place finish definitely felt like the team’s most complete Super Late performance to date. Even with the team’s occasional early struggles, Braden has shown the poise and persistence of a veteran racer, putting his team in as best position to succeed as possible.

Fugate started off the night with a strong run in the heat race. After starting 5th, Braden quickly passed Nathan Augustine for 4th, before settling in behind Rob Campos. After shadowing Campos lap after lap, Fugate finally made his move on the last lap to steal 3rd at the line.

Unfortunately for Fugate, the invert did him no favors, as he’d line up 9th on the starting grid. Within three laps, Fugate found himself knocking on the door of the Top 5.

For the next 17 circuits, Fugate continued to run 6th, before problems for a fellow racer helped him gain 2 spots to grab 4th. Lying just ahead in 3rd was defending Madras champ Jason Johnson, who managed to keep Fugate at bay lap after lap, regardless of Fugate’s numerous attempts.

With just 2 laps remaining, Fugate wrestled 3rd away from Johnson, going on to finish 3rd to improve on his previous career best finish of 4th.

When asked about his night, Fugate said: “We had a pretty solid night last night! We started in the back of both the heat race and main and were able to move forward in both which was huge for me! We are making steps in the right direction. Just super thankful to be able to be back at the track and get some more laps under my belt in that car! Overall it was a great night!”

Braden would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters who make this possible, including:
Mike Redmon
Ken Ware Chevrolet Buick Cadillac GMC
Canaday Coffee
Troubles Construction LLC
Outdoor Living and Rental Center- Bandon, Oregon
Coos Curry Supply – Port Orford, Oregon
Napier Auto Body
API Coatings
WSK Machine – Jim Diemert Racing Engines

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Gallaher Racing Looks To Build Off Exceptional 2019 Campaign

San Jose, CA (3/03/2020) Coming into 2020 with heaps of expectations after a stellar season this past year, the two headed monster of Rob and Joe Gallaher are ready to crush expectations and their competition. The San Jose, California based Father and Son Hobby Stock team once again claimed the Ocean Speedway Hobby Stock track championship in 2019, with Rob winning his 3rd in the past 4 years, and 4th total title in the previous 6. 

 

The anticipation is building in the Gallaher camp as we grow closer to March 13th’s season opener at Ocean, and for good reason. The team was busy in the off-season building a completely new car for the patriarch of the Gallaher family, Joe. Pre-season testing this past Thursday at Merced Speedway couldn’t have gone much better, and the early results have the team ecstatic. 

 

Gallaher Racing’s main goal for 2020 is simple, add another title to the family’s incredible list of accomplishments. They believe that putting a concerted effort to focus almost entirely on the local points chase will go a long way in helping accomplish the feat. 

 

If 2019 is any indication, their fellow division racers will have trouble preventing another back to back title run for the Gallahers. Rob was phenomenally consistent in his latest championship winning season, finishing outside the Top 5 only twice across his 15 feature starts. While the consistency was certainly impressive, one could argue that his 7 main event wins were an even bigger achievement. 

 

By far, the biggest win for either driver in 2019 was Rob’s win at the illustrious Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout. The Shootout is highly regarded as the most prestigious event at their home track, and Rob’s night 1 win last year marked his 2nd triumph in the race’s 9 year history. 

 

Joe Gallaher wasn’t far from the track title himself this past year, but multiple early season mechanical gremlins ultimately wound up being the deciding factor in the title race. Even with the early season problems, only a 19 point gap separated the two after the final race.  On top of that, both Gallahers were consistent to the point that there was over a 100 point difference between championship runner up Joe Gallaher and 3rd place in points, truly showing their stranglehold on the division in 2019. 

 

In the midst of a stellar season, Joe also picked up career wins number 2 and 3 along the way in back to back races, including what has likely become their most infamous moment sharing the track. In late June, the two were racing intensely for the win in the late going, when Joe got a little aggressive and sent his son for a spin. Joe would hold off the competition for his 2nd win of the season. Joe acknowledged on the ride home that night that he “may have that one comin’ back around”. 

 

When asked about his thoughts on the upcoming season, an excited Rob Gallaher had this to say: “We are fired up for the 2020 season. After Merced changed their hobby rules to exclude all the other hobby stocks in the state we decided to really focus on our home track in Watsonville. We have built a whole new car for my dad to maintain the competitive edge he had before damaging his frame at the McGowan race in Bakersfield last year. He has the pep in his step again that wasn’t there at the end of last year. Winning will be commonplace for both Gallaher cars again starting 2020.  We have made setup changes and drivetrain improvements to help us stay on top. We know our competition is getting better so we have to be making changes to be better too. I can’t wait to hit the dirt circle on Friday the 13th of March.”

 

Gallaher Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters, including:

Gallaher Company

1 Hour Drain

Tire Time 

Express Car Wash 

Yeti Coolers 

Coors 

Snap On

Built by the Captain

 

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Curran Claims 6th Win In 12th 2019 Antioch Start Before Bowing Out Of Title Chase

(7/23/2019) (Photo Courtesy of Katrina Kniss)

 

Saturday night at Antioch Speedway was a bittersweet one for Antioch native Brent Curran. Curran looked to be in the midst of a close points battle with Tommy Fraser for the track’s B Mod title, but after buying a new car and evaluating their options, the team has decided it’s best to get the new car ready for 2020. 

 

The event also marked what Curran believes to be his last race at his home track in 2019, as the plan is to travel and chase a few of the bigger shows in the region. 

 

With their decision already made, Curran was determined to end his Antioch season on a high note. From the drop of the green flag in his heat, you could sense the focus and urgency Curran had behind the wheel. Curran would lead all 8 laps of his heat race to win in dominating fashion. 

 

For the feature, Curran would roll off 3rd. After briefly falling back to 4th on the opening lap, Curran would go from 4th to the lead in just one corner as leader Les Friend got sideways in front of the field. 

 

With the race staying green, Curran was able to gain a nice cushion on the rest of the field as they had to check up to avoid Friend in Turn 4. As the laps began to click off in rapid succession, Curran’s lead only grew. 

 

By the time the lone caution of the race waved with just 4 laps left, Curran had amassed a straightaway’s length lead back to Fraser. 

 

On the restart, Curran again pulled away, hitting his marks as he went on to lead the final 4 laps and win by a healthy margin over Fraser and Kevin Brown. 

 

After the night was said and done, Curran said “This one was kinda bitter sweet. Earlier in the day my car owner and I had thrown around the idea of backing out of the points chase and putting our focus on getting the new car ready. As I went out for hot laps we both kinda looked at each other and agreed it was better just to let the points go and figure the new car out with all the bigger races coming up. Yeah it hurts being that my dad won his modified championship there in 2001 but I also realize I’m still young and have a lot more in me so I could come back and try it again when the time was right. The decision pretty much lit a fire under me for the rest of the night and I wanted to leave Antioch on a high note for the fans I do have there and all the support I’ve had this season. The heat race went exactly how I wanted it to and backed it up in the main. Another kind of emotional deal for me and once again very bitter sweet. As I said before, I can’t thank my supporters every week at Antioch enough and all the encouragement in the pits from the fans I do have to keep pushing when things got rough. My love for that track is so strong but for now I have to step back and look at the bigger picture. 6 wins half way through the season in only 12 races is something I made a goal but wasn’t expecting and I’ll hold my head high to that moving forward. Might not be able to get our championship this year but everyone knows I was there. I’ll be back!”

 

Brent would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Steel City Motorsports

Steadfast Construction

GRT Race Cars Inc.

Empire RC

89 Design

All Flow Muffler & Auto Repair

Jeff Fields (Brandit Designs)

Red Six RaceGear 

Velocita-USA

 

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Bryant Gaining On Competition, Nearly Claiming First Top 5 As He Moves Into 5th In Points

(7/22/2019) (Photo Courtesy of Jason Tucker Photos)

 

As we head into the last weekend of July, Jesse Bryant is turning heads and riding a wave of momentum after back to back 6th place runs at Placerville Speedway. With his finish Saturday night, the teen Pure Stock driver also moved into 5th place in the division’s overall points standings. 

 

Bryant unfortunately struggled in heat race action early in the night, as he was unable to get into a steady rhythm, relegating him to a 6th place finish out of the 7 finishers. 

 

Once the Main Event began, however, you could see a noticeable difference in the way Bryant attacked the track. After starting 7th in the 8 car field, Bryant quickly took 6th as he settled in behind fellow Rookie of the Year contender Stephanie Hanson. 

 

Just as Hanson had begun to open a fairly sizeable advantage back to Bryant, a lap 10 caution brought the field back together for a restart. 

 

Bryant wouldn’t waste any time on the ensuing restart, as he took 5th and started pulling away from Hanson and the rest. As laps wound down, multi-time winner Kevin Jinkerson began reeling Bryant in for 5th. 

 

Bryant was able to hold him off for a few laps before Jinkerson finally made his move with 3 to go, forcing Bryant to once again settle for a 6th place finish. 

 

Though Bryant would have loved a Top 5, the finish served him well, as he moved into the Top 5 in points, while also gaining 10 more ever-important points in the Rookie of the Year battle with Hanson with just 4 events remaining.

 

Jesse will be back in action this Saturday night for the Mark Forni Classic. 

 

The Bryant Racing team would also like to send their best to veteran racer Mel Byers, who suffered a hard crash into the Turn 1 wall at Placerville Speedway Saturday night. Byers was able to walk away from the incident with no major injuries. 

 

Jesse would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

 

Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating

 

DRP DeCarlo Racing Products

 

Chad Hammer Racing Engines

 

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Curran Scores 5th Victory on Emotional Weekend For The Curran Family

(7/8/2019)

 

While every victory obviously means a lot to a racecar driver, Saturday night at Antioch Speedway meant so much more for B Mod winner Brent Curran. In the past 4 years, Curran has lost 3 extremely close family members, each passing on in the first week of July. With Curran unsure if he’d be able to race Saturday, he knew they’d want him out at the track doing what he loves, thus Curran made the decision to race Saturday night. 

 

The night kicked off with heat race action, with an unfortunate pill draw lining Curran up last in the 5 car race. In the first two laps Curran made 2 quick moves, passing last week’s winner Scott Savell and point leader Tommy Fraser to slide into 3rd position. Though he was able to catch 2nd place runner Les Friend, Curran would have to settle for 3rd in the heat. 

 

For the feature, Curran would roll off 5th, but by the end of the opening lap, he was already up to 2nd. Just one lap later, Curran would capitalize on a mistake by race leader Kevin Brown to grab the top spot. 

 

While Brown was able to hang close to Curran for a couple of laps, Curran quickly began pulling away and opening a huge gap back to 2nd. By the time the first caution waved 7 laps in, Curran had amassed a full straightaway’s length lead over Brown and the rest of the field. 

 

Once the race got back underway it was right back to business for Curran, this time with a new challenger in Les Friend riding behind in 2nd. Just like before the caution, once a few laps had passed, Curran was once again ahead by a sizeable margin. 

 

When all was said and done, Curran would go on to win the feature by nearly half a lap. The feature netted Curran an increased $500 win winnings, as well as narrowing the points battle with Fraser to just 2 points. 

 

When asked for a comment about his night, Curran said “This last week has been a very tough week for me emotionally. I lost 3 family members very close to me within a few days of each other in the last 4 years. My Dena on 7/3/17, my Grandpa Barry on 7/5/17 and my Grandpa Jerry on 7/7/15… It was even up in the air that I was going to race Saturday with where my head was this week. They would’ve wanted me to race my heart out so I did. Had a solid heat race on one of the best track surfaces I’ve seen all year at Antioch. Car was solid and only needed to make a few minor adjustments for the main as the track dried out a bit. Went out with the intention in the main to take it easy the first few laps and keep the nose clean and go racing once everyone got sorted out. The car felt great the first few laps and within a couple laps found myself out front. Moved around a bit trying to see where the car felt the best but finally settled in on the bottom and never looked back. All in all another great week for points and an emotional win to top that.”

 

Brent would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Steel City Motorsports

Steadfast Construction

GRT Race Cars Inc.

Empire RC

89 Design

All Flow Muffler & Auto Repair

Jeff Fields (Brandit Designs)

Red Six RaceGear 

Velocita-USA

 

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Sorensen’s Dominant Streak Comes To a Close

(7/2/2019) (PC Katrina Kniss)

 

After completing the first 10 races of 2019 by either finishing either 1st or 2nd in Hobby Stock competition at Antioch Speedway, El Sobrante native and defending champ Chris Sorensen finally saw that streak come to an end Saturday night. Despite the rough outing, Sorensen still holds nearly a full race advantage in points back to 2nd place. 

 

Sorensen would roll off 3rd for his heat race, but quickly found himself in 2nd on the opening lap. For the next 6 laps, Sorensen threw everything he had at race leader Will Buirch. As the leaders came to take the white flag, however, Sorensen’s right rear tire began going down, costing him a spot to fall to 3rd, where he’d ultimately finish the heat race. 

 

For the main event, Sorensen would roll off 7th, and after the 1st lap, he was already up to 5th. A lap later, Sorensen made his way to 4th after a brief battle with Josh Leach. Sorensen would continue to run in 4th for the next few laps as the 2nd and 3rd place cars blocked the track ahead. 

 

After a Lap 7 caution, the race restarted. Sorensen would immediately fall back to 5th as his car pushed up the race track hard in Turn 1. A couple of laps later, Sorensen would regain the spot by passing Trevor Clymens, before taking 3rd after dodging a spinning Will Buirch. 

 

With 8 to go, the 2nd caution would fly to once again bring the field back together. On the ensuing restart, Sorensen would use a strong run through Turns 1 and 2 to take 2nd from Leach. 

 

After following leader James Thomson for a couple of laps, Thomson would get loose in front of Sorensen and spin, collecting Sorensen to bring out one final yellow flag. With just limited laps remaining, Sorensen was only able to salvage a 6th place finish after having what looked to be race winning speed. 

 

Chris would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Brc Race Cars

GET OUT OF TOWN! Professional Pet Care

LRT Graphics

Lucky Dog Racing League

Hotshots Motorsports Photography

Montalvo Motorsports

 

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Joe Gallaher Back In Victory Lane After Last Lap Bump and Run

(7/2/2019)

 

Joe Gallaher made one thing clear this past Friday night at Ocean Speedway: This Hobby Stock points battle is far from over. While his son Rob had dominated the first half of the season, Joe is riding a big wave of momentum after visiting victory lane in back to back races. 

 

With only 7 cars making it out to race Friday night, the Hobby Stocks would all race in the same heat race, with Joe starting 3rd while Rob rolled off in 5th. Over the course of the race, Rob would be the only Gallaher Racing driver to find any forward traction, moving up 2 spots to 3rd by the end of the race, while Joe would take 4th. 

 

Since Joe had won the previous race, he’d be forced to start last in the 7 car main event, as Rob started in 3rd. Joe wasn’t content to stay in the back long as he picked off two cars on the opening lap to take 5th. 

 

Before long, Joe would take 4th, before challenging his son Rob for 3rd. Rob would hold off the early challenge from his father, then shifted his attention back to the Top 2. After a Lap 5 restart, Rob went to work on the returning Matt Kile for 2nd. 

 

Kile and Rob Gallaher would race door to door for multiple laps, before Rob cleared for the spot. Just 1 lap later, Rob would inherit the lead as the leader lost their right rear wheel. Just before the caution, Joe had taken 2nd from Kile, meaning Gallaher Racing would restart 1st and 2nd. 

 

After the race restarted with 5 to go, Joe remained glued to Rob’s bumper for the following 4 laps. As the leaders took the white flag, Joe would get into the back of his son Rob, sending him around as the race stayed green. Joe would go on to win the race, while Rob had to settle for 6th. 

 

Gallaher Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters, including:

Gallaher Company

1 Hour Drain

Tire Time 

Express Car Wash 

Yeti Coolers 

Coors 

Snap On

Built by the Captain

 

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Sorensen Does it Again, Now a 5 Time Winner in 2019

(6/24/2019)

 

What a start to the 2019 race season it’s been for El Sobrante native Chris Sorensen. The defending Antioch Speedway Hobby Stock champ has set a ridiculous pace so far, picking up 5 wins and 5 runner up finishes across his 1st 10 starts of the season. Sorensen’s 5th and most recent win came this past Saturday night, extending his points lead to 50 points heading into the final weekend of June.

 

Sorensen’s night kicked off with heat race action, where he’d roll off 3rd of the 3 cars that made the call. Sorensen immediately took 2nd on the start, than settled in behind race leader Trevor Clymens. Though he looked to the inside of Clymens multiple times over the next 7 laps, he couldn’t find the right spot to make a pass, taking 2nd in the heat race.

 

For the feature, Sorensen would start 9th in the 11 car field. Sorensen was a busy man early, making 5 passes in the opening 2 circuits, including dodging a car that was sideways directly in front of him.

 

A lap later Sorensen found himself in 3rd, and knocking on the door for 2nd. The 10 lap battle for 2nd eventually evolved into a 3 car battle for the lead as Sorensen and Clymens tracked down race leader Breanna Troen.

 

With 8 to go, Sorensen grabbed 2nd from Troen, leaving just Clymens ahead. Sorensen and Clymens would race door to door lap after lap, with Sorensen gaining the upper hand as the leaders came to 2 to go. Sorensen would get lucky on the last lap. As he got out of shape coming out of turn 2, so did Clymens in 2nd, allowing Sorensen to maintain his advantage and walk away victorious yet again at Antioch Speedway.

 

Chris would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Brc Race Cars

GET OUT OF TOWN! Professional Pet Care

LRT Graphics

Lucky Dog Racing League

Hotshots Motorsports Photography

Montalvo Motorsports

 

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Sorensen Once Again Victorious at Antioch, Picks Up 4th Win of 2019

(6/19/2019) PC: Katrina Kniss

 

For the 4th time already in 2019, Chris Sorensen is back in victory lane at Antioch Speedway. It’s been a dominant season for the defending Hobby Stock champ, who through 9 races still has not finished lower than 2nd. With his 4th win of the season Saturday night, Sorensen now holds a 48 point lead over closest competitor Josh Leach.

 

Sorensen would roll off 3rd in his heat. From the drop of the green flag, it quickly became clear that Sorensen and Luke Brignoli easily had the 2 quickest cars in the race, as Sorensen stayed glued to Brignoli’s rear bumper.

 

While Sorensen had multiple opportunities to pass for the lead, he just couldn’t find the grip to make a move stick, ultimately settling for 2nd in the heat.

 

For the feature, Sorensen would start 3rd. His race was nearly in danger on the opening lap as the leader got sideways in front of Sorensen, with Sorensen just sneaking by to take 2nd. After looking for a way past for 2 laps, Sorensen would grab the lead from Ken Johns on lap 4 after Johns drifted high and allowed Sorensen to slide past.

 

A couple laps later, the first and only caution of the race waved to bring the field back together. After a lengthy caution, the race restarted with Sorensen jumping out to a sizeable advantage. As he maneuvered his way through lapped traffic, Sorensen’s lead only grew as two new challengers began to emerge in Josh Leach and James Thomson.

 

After a particularly hard to pass lapped car, Sorensen’s big lead was completely wiped out, allowing Leach and Thomson to close in.

 

As the leaders continued to battle through a large number of lapped cars, Sorensen’s lead once again began to grow. Though Thomson threw one last shot at him, Sorensen held on to once again find victory lane at Antioch Speedway.

 

Chris would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

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