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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