The Weekly Pile UP

Volume 4

May 30, 2019

Who will earn the Gladiator Sword at the Last Colosseum?

The must-see event of the weekend is the Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN.

The prestigious two-day event will be held on Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st.  In its third year, the excitement continues to grow with four different classes of racing, headlined by the 100 lap Super Late Model showdown co-sanctioned by ARCA/CRA Super Series, Southern Super Series, and CARS Super Late Model Tour. These three top super late model series’ have sanctioned all of the previous Short Track National events at the historic Bristol Motor Speedway. The past and current competitors are a showcase of the top talent in these series’, with previous winners NASCAR Monster Energy up driver Bubba Wallace, and Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Raphael Lessard.  This year must watch drivers include Jack Dossey III, Mike Skinner, and Jake Garcia.
The supporting series of this event are the Vores Compact Touring Series which is scheduled to run a C, B, and an A feature, the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks scheduled for both a B and an A feature, and the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour Pro Late Models who are running their own 100 lap feature.

The action-filled two-day event begins Friday with open practice at noon for all divisions, running until 7:15 PM.  Saturday’s practice sessions begin at 1:30 PM and kicking off the racing at 5:30 PM is the 15 lap Vores Compact Touring Series C feature.  This is the BEST value for your money in racing this year, with adult prices starting at just $15 for Saturday’s event. Tickets can still be purchased on Bristol’s website.  If you are not able to make the trip to TN this weekend, the pay per view is available for $19.99  on Speed 51.

Teresa’s take on Bristol:
Why is this the must-see event of the weekend – or maybe the year?

A few years ago we decided we were going to do our small part and support short track racing either by stopping by local tracks when traveling or to make a new track our vacation destination. 

When the Short Track Nationals was announced a few years ago we knew this was an event not to be missed.  We have been lucky enough to see the day and night Cup races and an Xfinity race at Bristol. The excitement and fanfare at Bristol are unparalleled. The history, prestige, and magnitude of BMS are enough to draw in the true NASCAR fan, and then you add in the racing!

The Short Track Nationals was different of course.  The larger than life features of Bristol itself cannot be changed, but the atmosphere was quite different. Gone was the fanfare, but in its place was a welcoming home-track feeling. There was the excitement from the drivers who would not otherwise get to run on this track and the fan’s excitement to watch their home-town drivers compete with some of the best from around the country. 

There is no other time this year that you will see this many talented drivers in one place.  And the cost – just $15 to see this many drivers make history, and to fight for the opportunity to be invited back to celebrate their achievements with NASCAR crowd later this year.

As a side note – we are hoping for safe travels and a checkered flag for Geelhoed Motorsports as they take on the remainder of the Vores Compact Touring series drivers at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.

Last Week’s Amazing Races and Rain

On the touring level, the Menards ARCA series traveled to the 1.5 mile Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Taking home the checker was Kulwicki Development Driver Alumni and former Roush – Fenway XFinity driver Ty Majeski. The win was Majeski’s first win in the series as he was able to outrun the stellar field which included current GMS Racing NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series driver Sheldon Creed and other Truck Series competitors including Gus Dean and Harrison Burton, as well as current ARCA points leader Michael Self.

The series’ next race is at the Tricky Triangle of Pocono Speedway. Fastest time yesterday, in a rain-shortened practice, was Christian Eckes, followed by Corey Heim, Ty Majeski, and Raphael Lessard, who is taking over driving duties this week in the KBR car.

Admission is free on Friday if you bring in any monster Energy can for recycling. If the beautiful PA mountains are too far of a trek for you be sure to catch all the action on FOX Sports 2 live at 5:30 PM and again on FOX Sports 1 at 8 PM.

This past weekend was a disappointing one for dirt fans across the Mid West as many races were washed by rain and a tumultuous Mother Nature.  The American Ethanol Late Model Tour has faced several weather challenges this year, and this past weekend was no exception. The Michigan racing weekend was a washout as the 40 lap race at Thunderbird Speedway was suspended on Saturday the 25th, and the following day the series was forced to postpone their race at Merritt Speedway in Lake City.

The series will try again Saturday at Montpelier Motor Speedway, in Montpelier, Indiana for the Indiana Ethanol 40 which includes a purse of $4000 to win and $500 to start.  The gates open at 3 PM, hot laps at 5 PM, and races begin at 6:30 PM. General Admission is $20 and kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

It seems as if a  full moon was shining brightly over Berlin Speedway Saturday instead of the spectacular fireworks. In the last qualifier race before Money in the Bank with $4000 on the line, the 75 lap Super Late Model race was nothing short of spectacular. Travis Braden came back to familiar stomping grounds and it looked like he was going to walk away with the cash.  A late race caution where Shotko was held in check by race leader Jurkovich lead to the field stacking up behind the top 4 and some tempers flaring.  Boris Jurkovic took home the checkered flag and a guaranteed spot in the $20,000 to win Money in the Bank.

Not one to be left out of the spotlight, the modifieds looked to have an impressive starting field before some of the field dropped out before and during the two features.  Three drivers were out before the green flew as Chad Clark was not able to start with mechanical issues, Tony Caputo with a personal issue causing him to leave the track early, and Billy Eppink with electrical issues. In a surprising event, Josh Frye spun on the backstretch but still came back to take the checker. The second modified feature winner was Bubba Brooks who had been fighting an ill running car through the night as well.

The sportsman division saw a level of sportsmanship and respect that is unparalleled, as the race winner was not determined until Tuesday.  A last lap spin into the dirt caused the caution to fly as the back of the pack was lost in the flying dust. The checker had not been thrown and Holtzlander thought he had the win.  The caution allowed Austin Hull to take the lead and a disputed checkered flag. Berlin Raceway officials made the call several days later that Hull did indeed score the W.

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