May 24, 2019
The Low Down and Dirty
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series VS. the Great Lakes Super Sprints dueled at I-96 Speedway last week. Taking home the checker in this duel was Sam Hafertepe Jr., and the podium was rounded out by Phil Gressman and Blake Hahn.
On a more serious note, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland MO suffered storm, and possible tornado, damage to the grounds. Campers at the nearby campground were overturned and the newly covered stands were destroyed. Eleven were injured as a result of the storms in Wheatland.
For Those Who Prefer Asphalt
The Stars came out to play for the big payout at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the NASCAR All-Star Race.
The fans have shown their support for Alex Bowman as he was the fan favorite this year and voted into the race. Racing their way into the show were Bubba Wallace, William Byron, and Kyle Larson.
Larson who has been struggling a bit this year went on to show his detractors that he is indeed an All-Star while at the same time taking home a cool $1M.
No All-Star weekend is complete without some post-race action and this year was no different as Clint Boyer decided to tell Ryan Newman how disappointed he was with Newman’s ‘blocking’. I think Clint may have forgotten the size difference between the two, and that helmets can hurt.
At our home track, Berlin Raceway Josh Frye took the checker in both Sportsman features and said it was with the help of a little bit of luck. That is a little bit of humility from Frye who has been tough to beat in whatever he drives at Berlin. Corey Holtzlander and Justin Roelofs each won a 4 Cylinder race, again. The Super Late Models had first-time winners in this division for each of their features with Scott Thomas bringing home the first checker and Nate Walton with the W for the second feature.
Both Thomas and Walton each received congratulations from John Van Doorn who brought home a ‘first time’ win of his own. With 21 ARCA/CRA Super Series wins and 3 championship years, JVD has never won a CRA/JEGS All Stars Tour race. That streak came to an end at Birch Run Speedway where he dominated the field, leading the last ¾ of the race.
Brian Campbell and Steve Dorer dueled for the second, and got together on a restart. Neither drivers were happy with the incident, and Campbell had some harsh words regarding Dorer, “He’s just an idiot. And when you run with idiots, that’s what you get.,” Campbell said. “I’ll try not to run with idiots anymore, but what are you going to do?”. Will these two be meeting up again at Money in the Bank June 10?
Coming to a Track Near You
This weekend brings many Memorial Day celebrations as the racing community is fully supportive of our troops, and honors those who have fallen.
Home track Berlin Raceway again honors our military with free admission for all active and retired military members, reduce admission of $8 for all if purchased in advance which will get you a 750 lap SLM feature with $4000 to win and fireworks! Rounding out the event are the Modifieds, Sportsmen, 4 Cylinders and Mini Wedges. ARCA superstar Travis Braden has already said he will be at Berlin Saturday to compete for the $4000. Who else do you think might show up?
Head out to I-96 Speedway to see dirt late model champ Bobby Pierce race for the $4000 purse.
Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville has laid out the brown carpet of dirt to welcome the DIRT Car Clash on May 25 and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint car series May 31-June 1.
The ARCA Midwest Tour heads to Wisconsin International Raceway, home of the former ARTGO Challenge Series, for the Memorial Day Triple 50s, Monday, May 27. The day features the top Fox River Racing Club drivers in one feature, the Midwest tour in a second 50 lap feature, and then the top finishers from each of these races compete in the final 50 lap feature of the day