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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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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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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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

McDaniel Adds to Impressive Career Accolades in 2018

(2/3/2019)

 

For 3rd generation Marysville racer Ryan McDaniel, success is rarely hard to find. The 21 year Modified driver has established himself as one of the state’s top competitors, so another season in which he won more than a quarter of his starts should come as no surprise.

 

The 3 time and defending IMCA All Star Modified Tour Champ came within 6 points of a 4th tour title in 2018. Unfortunately for McDaniel, despite ending the tour with 3 Top 5’s in 4 races, a rough race at Tulare early in the season would wind up being the difference in the title hunt.

 

McDaniel was again the man to beat at Placerville in his limited appearances this past season. In his 5 Late Model starts for car owner Matt Farnham, McDaniel picked up 3 wins, including the Tribute to Al Hinds, one 2nd place finish and a single DNF. Had McDaniel ran the full season, he was on pace to run away with the track title.

 

One thing that can’t be understated about this past season was McDaniel’s success in the state of Nevada. With the exception of the Duel, McDaniel took home 3 wins and 2 2nd place finishes in his 5 starts, including a weekend sweep at Lovelock Speedway’s Frontier Days in late July. Though not in Nevada, McDaniel also ran extremely well up North at Siskiyou Motor Speedway, claiming one win and 3 Top 5’s in his 3 starts.

 

On top of those, McDaniel claimed Top 5’s in some of the state’s biggest races, including the Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout, Petaluma’s Top Dog Nationals, and California’s lone Wild West Modified Shootout date at Yreka’s Siskiyou Motor Speedway.

 

McDaniel also had somewhat successful runs at two of the biggest IMCA Modified races in the nation, the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas, and the IMCA SuperNationals in Boone Iowa. At the SuperNationals in early September, McDaniel finished 2nd in both of the first two nights of heat races, but couldn’t put together strong enough finishes in either main to clinch a spot in Saturday’s show, forcing him to run in Saturday’s last chance show. McDaniel was able to win his Last Chance heat, but while running in the final transfer spot in the LCQ, McDaniel was wrecked to end his weekend. At the Duel, McDaniel had similar luck, having to run an LCQ on the final night to have a chance at the big show. McDaniel managed to drive from 6th to 2nd in that LCQ, but ultimately fell one spot short of the final transfer spot, ending his weekend and season.

 

When asked about his thoughts on 2018, McDaniel said: “2018 was a pretty successful season. Every race we went to we had good runs at. We made the best of the bad draws and took advantage of the good starting spots. I can’t thank all my crew enough for the hard work that they put into my racing. It’s definitely not possible without our amazing sponsors that we have. Without them, we literally cant race like we do. It’s truly a blessing to work with such great people. I do my best to represent them on and off the racetrack. 2019 is shaping up to be another spectacular season.”

 

Season Stats:

Starts: 26 (21 in Mod, 5 in Late Model)

Wins: 7 (4 in Mod, 3 in Late Model)

Top 5’s: 16

Top 10’s: 16

Best Finish: 1st ( times)

Worst Finish: 16th

 

Placerville (Late Model):

April 21st: 1st

May 19th: 2nd

July 4th: 13th

July 14th: 1st

August 18th: 1st

 

Lovelock:

July 27th: 1st

July 28th: 1st

 

Fernley:

April 8th: 2nd

May 12th: 2nd

July 21st: 1st

 

Yreka:

April 14th: 1st

May 27th: 2nd

June 22nd (Wild West Modified Shootout): 4th

 

Cocopah:

Missed Main each of 3 nights at Arizona Mod Tour by 1 or 2 spots

 

Ocean:

September 29th (Pat & Jim Pettit Shootout): 5th

 

Petaluma:

June 2nd: 2nd

 

Las Vegas (Duel in the Desert): Made qualifying feature on Thursday night. Started 28th and finished 16th. Started 6th in Saturday’s LCQ, drove up to 2nd and missed the transfer by 1

 

Boone: Ran 2nd in both Thursday and Friday’s heat races, finishing near Top 15 in both. Won Last Chance heat on Saturday, was running in final transfer spot in LCQ before getting wrecked with 4 to go.

 

Tulare:

May 5th: 12th

 

Calistoga:

September 14th: 3rd

September 15th: 2nd

 

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

Domco Plumbing
Jay’s Mobile Welding
McDaniel Motorsports
Farnham Farms
ICON Racing Pistons
Golden Empire Towing
Joe Carr Racing
Dirt Stars Racing Products
KMJ Performance
Victory Race Cars
NAAKE Suspension Specialists
JVAN Sports
Matteoli Brothers

Brennan and Jewett Associates
Walt Foster Pollination
Sweco
Matt Farnham Motorsports
N and S Tractor

Rocket Chassis

Speed Shift TV
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Hughes Caps Off Career Season With Merced Track Title

(1/21/19)

 

While Darrell Hughes has spent the past few seasons proving to be a serious contender wherever he raced, the Manteca native took it to a whole new level in 2018. The 3rd generation talent stayed closer to home this past season, dominating most of the season at Merced Speedway en route to his first track title.

 

To say Hughes had the competition covered all season at his home track may be an understatement. Aside from one DNF early in the season, Hughes never finished outside the Top 5 at Merced all season. Hughes made his big push to take the track championship late in the season, winning five of the last seven races, including both the Timmy Post Memorial and the Tribute to Ed Parker, to amass an insurmountable point lead over the last 2 months of the season.

 

Though it wasn’t as successful of a trip as the team would have liked, Hughes credits the long haul to Arizona for the Arizona Modified Tour in Mid-February as big reason for the team’s jump in performance. The differences showed the few times Hughes travelled in 2018. Hughes excelled at one track in particular in his 2018 travels, Southern Oregon Speedway. After a Top 5 run at the track’s speedweek race in late June, Hughes returned in September for the 2nd annual R Charles Snyder Salute. The team looked like a contender all weekend, eventually falling just short to Bobby Hogge IV and earning a nice $2,500 payday for his effort.

 

Like many modified drivers in the region, Hughes capped off his season at the annual Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas. This year’s Duel was Hughes’s finest showing yet. Hughes made the preliminary features on both of the first 2 nights, highlighted by a heat race win and Top 10 on night 1. On the final day, Hughes would have to win his LCQ to make the big show, but would ultimately miss the transfer by just two spots, ending his weekend and season.

 

When asked about 2018 and his plans for 2019, Darrell said: “Hopefully we can get some help with tires and fuel so we can make it to the Arizona mod tour next month. I think a lot of our success in 2018 can be accredited to some stuff that we learned last February at Cocopah speedway.”

 

Season Stats:

Starts: 23

Wins: 5

Top 5’s: 15

Top 10’s: 17

Best Finish: 1st (5 times)

Worst Finish: 25th

 

Cocopah Speedway:

February 16th: 11th in B Main

February 17th: 19th

 

Merced Speedway:

April 14th (Tribute to Bill Egleston) : 3rd

April 28th: 16th

May 5th (Ted Stofle Classic): 2nd

May 19th: 5th

June 6th: 3rd

June 30th (Timmy Post Memorial) : 1st

July 7th: 2nd

July 21st: 4th

August 18th (Tribute to Ed Parker) : 1st

August 25th: 1st

September 15th: 1st

September 22nd  (Championship Night) : 1st

October 5th: 5th

 

Southern Oregon Speedway:

June 23rd (Wild West Speedweek) : 4th

September 2nd (R Charles Snyder Salute) : 2nd

 

Siskiyou Motor Speedway:

June 22nd (Wild West Speedweek) : 12th

 

Coos Bay Speedway:

June 24th (Wild West Speedweek) : 18th

 

Ocean Speedway:

August 4th (Cecil Memorial) : DNF

Seotember 28th (Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout) : 5th

September 29th (Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout) : 10th

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track:

Duel Recap:

Night 1: Won heat, finished 9th in the feature.

Night 2: Came from the B main and finished 25th after starting 28th

Night 3: Finished 3rd in LCQ, missing transfer by two spots

 

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

Dad

Wife and Kids

Mike Enos

Gabby Knaus

Mike Degroot
California Materials,Aggregates and Trucking
HRT shock service
All Pro Coatings
Degroot Construction
Icon Pistons

Victory Circle Chassis
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Late Success has Drager Looking Forward to 2019

(1/21/19)

 

Though 2018 was an up and down season for Matthew Drager, the Albany based team showed substantial progress in the last few months of the season that has given Drager plenty of optimism heading into 2019.

 

The first couple of months were rough for Drager and his team. They battled a myriad of mechanical issues that limited the amount of races that Drager was able to run, even leading to Drager racing for multiple other car owners across the May and June months.

 

In late July Drager was back into his own car after replacing the rear clip on his chassis, and the change in performance was blatantly obvious. The first night back in his new car, Drager towed up to Gray’s Harbor Speedway. It looked like Drager was well on his way to a victory before late contact with a lapped car ended his chances at the win.

 

The following week Drager would return for the Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals, with this race truly being a sign of things to come. Drager took home a 3rd place finish in the main event, kicking off a 5 week stretch where Drager would finish in the Top 3 at 3 big shows (Shipwreck Beads Mod Nationals, Logger’s Cup at Cottage Grove, and Willamette’s Modified Nationals).

 

Drager followed those up with another strong showing at one of the state’s biggest modified races, the $5,000 to win R Charles Snyder Salute, running in the Top 10 early before fading late in the 50 lap feature. This didn’t faze Drager, as the team’s momentum carried into the final two points races at Willamette Speedway, taking finishes of 2nd and 3rd over the last two weeks. Drager’s season would end at the annual Duel in the Desert, where he had a nice showing, making one preliminary main, but just missing transferring into the big show by three spots on the final day.

 

When asked about his thoughts on 2018, Drager said “2018 was a challenging year but has us motivated for a strong 2019. It was rough in the fact that we got so tore up early and missed half of the year but when we got back in our equipment we had some really good runs and I’m optimistic for what the next year holds.”

 

Season Stats:

Starts: 15

Top 5’s: 6

Top 10’s: 8

Best Finish: 2nd (Twice)

Worst Finish: 18th

 

Willamette:

April 21st: 18th

May 26th: 10th

June 1st: 6th

June 2nd: 14th

June 16th: 5th

August 17th: 17th

August 18th (Mod Nationals) : 2nd

September 15th: 2nd

September 22nd: 3rd

 

Cottage Grove:

August 10th: 11th

August 11th (Logger’s Cup) : 3rd

 

Southern Oregon:

September 2nd (R Charles Snyder Salute) : 15th

 

Grays Harbor:

July 21st: 15th (Lead first 19 laps before contact with lapped car)

July 28th (Shipwreck Beads Mod Nationals) : 3rd

 

Las Vegas:

Day 1: DNF in heat due to debris, drove from the back to 8th in the B Main before contact ended night.

Day 2: Finished 3rd in heat, finished 2nd in B Main to transfer to A, finished 18th in feature after starting 29th  

Day 3: Started 5th in LCQ but finished 4th, 3 spots out of transfer spot

 

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

Drager Performance

GRT Race Cars

Stumbling J Livestock

Young Brothers Construction

Myerz Media

Ohlins by JDR

Big Sky Landscaping

Powers Transport

Aamco of Corvallis and Lebanon

Grandma
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