May 9, 2019 – ARCA/CRA, CARS Super, SSS North/South Super late model Challenge at Nashville Fairgrounds:
In Nashville, this past weekend the ARCA CRA Super Series, CARS Super Late-model, and the Southern Super Series had their North/South Super Late model Challenge at the historic Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. The race was originally scheduled for a Saturday night opener for the ARCA Menards Series but was moved to be the closer for ARCA on Sunday afternoon, and they did not disappoint the fans. The race started off with a quick spin by Trey Bayne coming out of turn four heading to the start of the race. Josh Brock, who started on the pole for the race, showed that he came to play leading the race from start to finish. He had a long hard-fought battle with the former winner of the All-American 400 at the fairgrounds, Oklahoma City driver Donnie Willson who was driving his new Rowdy Manufacturing chassis. Brock who is the reigning champion of the ARCA/CRA super series picked up his first win at the track and ended the streak of Southern Super Series dominance of this race. After the race, Brock said, “This is amazing, I have finished second, third, and fifth every time I’ve come here. I’ve raced here for eight years. I can’t wait to get home and really soak this in.” Brock added “This is Nashville, the legends have raced here, the legends have walked across this stage. It’s absolutely awesome.”
ARCA Midwest Tour at Madison Speedway
The ARCA Midwest Tour went to Madison Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin for the Joe Shear Classic. The 200 lap annual race is in Memory of Short Track racer Joe Shear who won four track championships (1973, 1974, 1980, 1982) and 66 features at Madison. One of the 27 drivers who competed in the race, John Beale said of the race, “This is as big as it gets around the Madison area. A 200 lapper, there are people that come from all around the country, You don’t want to run the weekly short tracks. You want to grow, you want to tour and this is as big as it gets, 10,000 dollars to win.” The red flag was brought out on lap 65 for a major pile-up involving the cars of Ty Majeski, Carson Kvapil, Dan Fredrickson, Rich Bickle Jr., among others. At the conclusion of the race Bubba Pollard the Senoia, Georgia driver took home the checkered flag in his ARCA Midwest Tour Debut.
CARS Late Model Stock at Ace Speedway
On Friday, May 3rd, the CARS Late model Stock Tour went to Ace Speedway in Elon, North Carolina for “The Race at The Ace 125”. The Pole position was won by Ryan Millington, the first of his career in the Cars Late model Stock tour. It did not take long for the first accident of the race, as on lap 3 the caution came out for Trevor Ward’s smoking car, however, at the same time of the incident Justin Carroll and Layne Riggs got together leading to a five-car pile-up involving Josh Berry, Tommy Lemmons, Taylor Gray, Sammy Smith, and Jason York. On the lap 30 restart, Zack St. Onge missed a shift causing to the field to spread apart. Multiple cars got together in turn 1 leading to a pile-up that ended with Brandon Pierce making contact with the outside wall and Leland Honeyman Jr. driving into the back right quarter panel of Josh Berry’s 88 machine, and finally going into the wall ending Honeyman’s night. Bobby McCarty who had taken the lead on lap 9 had the win in sight until a lap 89 caution for an incident involving Taylor Gray and Mini Tyrrell led to a key restart at the end of the race with Josh Berry now having worked his way up to second. In turn three on the restart Berry used the chrome horn to move McCarty out of the way and was able to take the lead from him. There was a late restart on lap 103 for a single-car spin, however, it was still Berry’s race, who in the last 22 laps opened up a near 2.5-second lead to take the race win in front of Ryan Millington, Deac McCaskill, Bobby McCarty, and Berry’s teammate at JR motorsports Adam Lemke. The race was an emotional one for JR Motorsports and their owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. whose mother, Brenda Jackson, passed away just over a week ago. Before climbing out of the car Berry pointed to the memorial decal for her on the roof of the car.
This week in Short Track Racing
The short track scene has a lot of great races happening this weekend. In Marne, Michigan at the famed Berlin Raceway, the Main Event Outlaw Late Model series opens their season. The original season opener for the Tour was Scheduled for May 4 at Baer Field Motorsports Park, however that was rained out pushing the opener to May 11 at Berlin with the first of the tours 4 scheduled races at the 7/16 mile D-Shaped oval. The Outlaws will be the Main event for the tracks weekly show which will also have their modified, sportsman, and Four-Cylinder divisions.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut for the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 at the half-mile track. There are 35 cars entered for the May 10 event. The series currently has a tight battle for the lead in points with only 12 points separating the top 5 drivers of Doug Coby, Patrick Emerling, Jimmy Blewett, Burt Myers, and Chris Pasteryak.
The NASCAR K&N West Pro Series heads to Tucson Speedway in Tuscon, Arizona for the Port of Tucson Twin 100s. This makes for an interesting show as the drivers of the K&N West series go to battle for two races of 100 laps at the 3/8 mile track out in the desert.