Hubbard Returns To National Spotlight with World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory at Potomac Speedway
Former WoO LMS Regular Leads All the Way to Earn Third Career Series Victory
(BUDDS CREEK, MD - Aug. 15, 2014) - Austin Hubbard may no longer travel nationally, but he's still capable of competing with the best dirt Late Model drivers in the country. The 22-year-old Seaford, Del., driver proved as much Friday night at Potomac Speedway with a dominating performance in the 3/8-mile oval's World of Outlaws Late Model Series event.
Bonsignore Earns 2nd Consecutive Thompson NWMT Victory;
Gelinas’ Victory Ends 10-Year Draught For Car Owner
(August 14, 2014 - Thompson, CT) - Justin Bonsignore earned his second Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory this season behind the wheel of his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour entry after taking the late race lead and holding on through two restarts in the Budweiser King of Beers 150. Kerry Malone led the way in NASCAR Whelen All American Series action with a convincing victory in the Sunoco Modified 30-lap feature event. Also picking up wins were Larry Gelinas in the Late Models, Eric Bourgeois in the Monster Mini Stock division and Corey Hutchings in the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division. Art Chartier won the Vintage Outlaw feature.
Justin Bonsignore won the Budweiser King of Beers 150 to earn his sixth career Whelen Modified Tour victory and his third at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He is also the first driver to win consecutive races at Thompson since Ted Christopher did it with four in a row (beginning in 2010).
Donny Lia and Ron Yuhas led the field off the line with Lia getting the early lead. Tommy Barrett, Jr. moved into second on lap four before he and Lia pulled away from the rest of the field by half-a-straightaway. Barrett attached himself to Lia’s bumper, but Lia held strong in the lead despite the pressure.
Racing resumed at lap 17 with Lia jumping to the front. Ryan Preece got by Barrett for second, but didn’t have enough to take over the lead. Lia, Preece and Barrett pulled away from the rest of the field. Barrett challenged Preece on the outside in turn three, but Preece pulled away coming out of the corner. Preece started working the bottom groove to try and make a run on Lia, but Lia was too strong and continually pulled away.
Caution slowed the pace at lap 40, but Lia continued to set the pace when racing resumed at lap 46. Preece got hung up on the inside groove and dropped back to fourth behind Doug Coby and Yuhas. Preece’s luck continued to turn for the worse, however, when he got turned coming off turn four.
The green came back out at lap 58 with Lia leading the way. Barrett and Coby rounded out the top-three with Barrett only a car length behind Lia. The field strung out single file until caution flew at lap 73. Lia led a contingent of lead lap cars onto pit road, but it was Timmy Solomito out first. Glen Reen inherited the lead for the restart.
Reen held off the hard-charging Ron Silk to keep the lead on the restart, but Silk was able to get a run on the bottom to take over the top spot on lap 83. Barrett followed suit to take over second on lap 85 while Matt Hirschman took over third. Lia, meanwhile, was on the move and had advanced to third by lap 95.
The long green flag run worked into Silk’s favor as he worked his way through lapped traffic with ease. Barrett remained within distance, but couldn’t get close enough to challenge.
The race took a surprising turn at lap 124 when Patrick Emerling spun in turn one collecting Barrett and Lia. Coby and Justin Bonsignore took over second and third.
Silk drove to the front on the restart at lap 129 but caution quickly came back out when Rowan Pennink spun in turn four. Coby took the lead when racing resumed at lap 135, but the action wasn’t over yet. Justin Bonsignore used the bottom groove to take the lead on lap 136 in turn four. Coby remained glued to his bumper, but the race came to a halt quickly when Yuhas and Eric Goodale hit hard in turn two.
Bonsignore led the field back to green with only nine laps remaining. Coby hung tough on the inside, but Bonsignore was able to prevail and hold on to the lead. Coby, Silk and Preece went three-wide for the second spot with Silk coming out with the position. Caution would realign the field back to the last completed lap with Coby back in the second position beside Bonsignore for the restart.
Bonsignore cleared Coby heading into turn one to hold on to the lead. Hirschman advanced to second with Coby holding on to third for the checkers.
Kerry Malone used two three-wide moves to take the lead on the third lap of the Sunoco Modified feature and lead the remainder of the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature.
Troy Talman took the early lead, but had Malone to deal with as he shot up to the front to challenge heading into turn three. Talman held the lead as they came to the line. On lap three, Talman’s night took a dramatic turn when he and Keith Rocco made contact in turn two and took him out of the lead and out of contention.
Malone used the outside groove for the restart with Tyler Chadwick getting relegated back to the sixth spot after starting on the front row inside groove. Todd Ceravolo, Ryan Preece, and McDermott rounded out the top-four. Malone pulled out to a five car length lead as the remaining top-five, which included Rocco, ran nose-to-tail.
As the laps wound down, Malone and Ceravolo pulled away from Preece, who had slipped back by ten car lengths. Meanwhile, Rocco got by McDermott for the fourth spot at lap 26 and began to close in on Preece.
Malone approached lapped traffic as he took the white flag, but it didn’t slow him down at all as he cruised to checkered flag ahead of Ceravolo.
Corey Hutchings picked up the win in the Limited Sportsman 30-lap feature after taking the lead from Chris Douton on lap seven.
Scott Young took the early lead as Tommy Shea, Jr. and Douton battled it out for the second spot. Douton cleared the position and set his sights on the lead, which he claimed on lap three. Caution tightened the field back up with Douton and Young on the front row for the green flag.
Douton resumed the race lead with Corey Hutchings on his bumper. Coming around turn four on lap four, Hutchings challenged on the bottom groove as the duo went side-by-side through turns one and two. The battle continued through the entire lap with Douton holding on to the top spot by inches. On the following circuit, Hutchings got a run and cleared Douton on the backstretch of lap seven for the lead.
Caution flew at lap eight for a spun car in turn four, but the pause didn’t hinder Hutchings, who shot right back out front when racing resumed. Hutchings pulled ahead to a commanding lead with Douton trying to reel him in. Caution, however, closed up that distance for Douton at lap 18.
At the drop of the green, Douton went high and wide in turn four slipping back in the field before pulling off the track. Hutchings, meanwhile, pulled out front by five car lengths over the rest of the field. Shawn Monahan took over second with Scott Sundeen quickly closing in third.
Hutchings had no pressure as he continued to pull further and further away from the field before taking the checkered flag firmly in control.
Larry Gelinas ended a ten-year dry spell for car owner Jeff Hartwell when he took the victory in the Late Model 30-lap feature Thursday night. Gelinas took the lead on a lap six restart and never looked back.
Nick Ladyga and Gelinas brought the field to green with a tight door-to-door battle ensuing. Ladyga held a small advantage at the line to lead the first lap, but he had no time to get comfortable as Chris Curtis got up alongside him at lap four to challenge for the lead. The duo were side-by-side when Gelinas looked underneath entering turn four, but backed out of it coming out of the turn. On the next circuit, Ladyga made contact with Curtis, who spun in turn four before caution came out. Ladyga was sent to the rear and Gelinas took the lead for the restart.
Gelinas drove to the front on the restart with John Lowinski-Loh in second. Rick Gentes, however, was coming fast in third. A side-by-side duel for fourth was won by Jeff Smith over Jim Banfield. Gelinas pulled away from the rest of the field by a comfortable ten car lengths as Gentes started his challenges on Lowinski-Loh. Gentes tried the bottom groove, but Lowinski-Loh pulled away in the corner. Lap-after-lap, Gentes challenged for the position, but Lowinski-Loh continued to hold him off. On lap 20, Gentes got up alongside Lowinski-Loh as they traveled through turns three and four dead even. Coming out of turn one, Gentes took the spot as Lowinski-Loh shifted his focus to Smith, who also got by for the third spot.
Up front, Gelinas soared to the checkered flag unchallenged and took the checkered flag with a half-a-straightaway lead over the rest of the field.
Eric Bourgeois had a flawless run in the Monster Mini Stock feature after leading every lap of the 15-lap feature. Bourgeois took the checkers with a commanding two second lead over the rest of the field.
Bourgeois took the early lead with Nick Anderson and Joe Baxter rounding out the top three at the conclusion of the first lap. The race went single file as Bourgeois set a torrid pace, but caution tightened them back up again at lap four.
Bourgeois showed no signs of slowing when racing resumed, but a multi-car crash in turn four slowed the pace before the lap was complete. Among the cars involved in the wreck was Anderson, who had been running second to Bourgeois prior to the caution.
Dave Trudeau was the man on the move on the restart as he moved into second behind Bourgeois. Baxter, Seekonk’s Mike Viens and Mike “Butch” Veins rounded out the top-five.
Baxter challenged Trudeau lap-after-lap, but Trudeau wasn’t giving it up. Their battle allowed Bourgeois to pull ahead to a two-second lead and Mike Viens to close in on Baxter’s bumper. Bourgeois never faltered over the remaining laps and soared to the checkered flag. Trudeau held off Baxter for second and third respectively.
Art Chartier has been waiting a long time to visit Victory Lane at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, and Thursday night he finally got that chance. Chartier took the lead on lap 12 of the 15-lap Vintage Outlaws Modified Tour feature and held off Joe Baxter for the win.
Bill Cummins brought the field to green, but couldn’t hold off the advances of Baxter who took the top spot coming out of turn two on lap two. Baxter pulled ahead to a convincing lead before caution slowed his pace at lap four.
Baxter picked up right where he left off on the restart and pulled ahead to a commanding lead on the drop of the green. Chartier closed in, however, before caution flew for the second time at lap seven.
When racing resumed, Baxter proved he had his No. 58 machine hooked up and pulled ahead by five car lengths over Chartier, who closed in on his bumper entering turn three of lap eight. On lap 10, Chartier made a move on the outside groove, but Baxter closed the door. Chartier made another run on Baxter at lap 12 on the front stretch. Baxter tried to hold him off again, but this time Chartier was successful in his bid and took the lead on the backstretch.
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR FEATURE FINISH (TOP-TEN): 1. Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY; 2. Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA; 3. Doug Coby, Milford, CT; 4. Ryan Preece, Berlin, CT; 5. Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT; 6. Timmy Solomito, Islip, NY; 7. Ted Christopher, Plainville, CT; 8. Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, CT; 9. Glen Reen, Wilbraham, MA; 10. Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, GA.
VINTAGE OUTLAWS FEATURE FINISH (TOP-FIVE): 1. Art Chartier, Douglas, MA; 2. Joe Baxter, Pascoag, RI; 3. Darryl Dutch, Greenville, RI; 4. Mark Alden, Westboro, MA; 5. Bill Cummins, Clinton, MA.
MINI STOCK FEATURE FINISH (TOP-TEN): 1. Eric Bourgeois, E. Haddam, CT; 2. Dave Trudeau, Mansfield, CT; 3. Joe Baxter, Pascoag, RI; 4. Mike Viens, Seekonk, MA; 5. Mike (Butch) Viens, Putnam, CT; 6. Jeff Moffat, Smithfield, RI; 7. Chris Ivory, Oakdale, CT; 8. Steven Michalski, Brooklyn, CT; 9. Christopher Viens, Putnam, CT; 10. Nick Matera, Warwick, RI.
LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH (TOP-TEN): 1. Larry Gelinas, Buxton, ME; 2. Rick Gentes, Burriville, RI; 3. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme, CT; 4. Jim Banfield, S. Glastonbury, CT; 5. Marc Curtis, Worcester, MA; 6. Damon Tinio, Mendon, MA; 7. Chris Curtis, Rutland, MA; 8. Nick Ladyga, Voluntown, MA; 9. Joe Curioso, Mystic, CT; 10. Chad LaBastie, Uxbridge, MA.
SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (TOP-TEN): 1. Kerry Malone, Needham, MA; 2. Todd Ceravolo, Gales Ferry, CT; 3. Keith Rocco, Berlin, CT; 4. Ryan Preece, Berlin, CT; 5. Keith McDermott, Scituate, RI; 6. Matt Gallo, Berlin, CT; 7. John Catania, Agawam, MA; 8. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard, CT; 9. Ken Barry, Preston, CT; 10. Andrew Charron, E. Greenwich, RI.
LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (TOP-TEN): 1. Corey Hutchings, Salem, CT; 2. Shawn Monahan, Waterford, CT; 3. Scott Sundeen, Sutton, MA; 4. William Wall, Shrewsbury, MA; 5. Joe Arena, Bristol, CT; 6. Brent Gleason, Griswold, CT; 7. Kevin Bowe, Pawtucket, RI; 8. Scott Young, Willimantic, CT; 9. Steve Kenneway, Lowell, MA; 10. James Bendiak, Hopkinton, MA.
Jimmy Owens Cashes in on COMP Cams Topless 100 at Batesville Motor Speedway
(LOCUST GROVE, AR - August 16, 2014) - For the second time in his career, Jimmy Owens found victory lane in the COMP Cams Topless 100-Presented by Crop Production Services. The three-time and defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion took the lead on lap 81 from Don O'Neal and cruised on for the $40,000 victory. Owens had previously won the event back in 2009.
Dale McDowell charged from his eleventh starting spot to finish second. McDowell passed Jonathan Davenport on the final circuit to earn the runner-up spot. Davenport came home third, followed by 23rd-starting, Scott Bloomquist, with Don O'Neal rounding out the top five.
Ruston Finishes Ninth in the Bully Hill 125 at Watkins Glen International
(Watkins Glen, NY, August 9, 2014) – Kenzie Ruston brought home the No. 96 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet in ninth position, after starting nineteenth, in the Bully Hill Vineyards 125 at Watkins Glen International. The finish was far from easy; Ruston and her Ben Kennedy Racing team battled adversity all afternoon, and survived two late restarts to bring home their seventh top-10 of the year.
The team had a transmission failure early in the first practice session, limiting Ruston to only 14 laps of practice on the technically demanding Watkins Glen International. The second practice was ended prematurely when Ruston had an incident in the Bus Stop.
Travis Braden Scores Emotional Bud St. Amant Memorial 174 Victory At Columbus Motor Speedway
Defending Series Champion takes over Points Lead with the biggest Win of his Career
Columbus, Ohio (Saturday,August 2, 2014): The ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS returned to Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio for the first time since the 2011 racing season on Saturday, August 2nd. After the postponement of the June 28th race that was rained out, the circular 1/3 (0.333) mile semi-banked paved oval hosted the inaugural running of the JEGS Bud St. Amant Memorial 174 Presented by CoughlinCars.com. When teams arrived in the morning hours, Mother Nature was again waiting for them, but the weather subsided and an outstanding race was witnessed in front of a strong and vocal crowd in the Buckeye State capital.
Owens Battles Back at Cedar Lake Speedway, Tops Pierce for First Career USA Nationals Victory
Tennessee Driver's Dramatic Victory Pays $50,050 in World of Outlaws Crown Jewel Event
(NEW RICHMOND, WI - August 2, 2014) - Jimmy Owens added another crown jewel to his lustrous resume Saturday night at Cedar Lake Speedway, claiming a dramatic $50,050 victory in the 27th annual USA Nationals.
Kenzie Ruston Finsihes Second in the Autolite Iridium XP 150
(Newton, IA, August 2, 2014) – Kenzie Ruston finished second, to race winner Brandon Jones, in the Autolite Iridium XP 150 at Iowa Speedway on Friday night. Ruston’s second place finish improved her record of being the highest finishing female in NASCAR K&N Pro Series history. Ruston’s previous best finish was third on two separate occasions.
“We started fourteenth and worked our way up to eleventh before the break,” said Ruston. “We came in at half way and made some aggressive changes so I could move up the track and run the high line. I’ve never seen a race here in the K&N Series where the top line was that dominant.
Preece Wins Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint after Competitor Mishaps
(Wednesday July 30, 2014 - Thompson, CT): Ryan Preece took advantage of missteps from his competition to claim victory in a special 20/20 Sprint event of the Sunoco Modified Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, July 30th. The night included Thompson’s four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, along with the Vintage Outlaws, taking to the track for a night that would include its share of drama and exciting racing resulting in hard fought victories for some of the track's most prominent contenders.
Jeff Smith took the first win of the night and his first at the “Big-T” as the Late Models took center stage. Smith's victory came in the wake of a very dramatic and eventful opening race after the early laps were dominated by a three way battle between Nick Ladyga, John Lowinski-Loh and Glenn Boss battling it out for the lead before drama ensued following a lap two caution. Ladyga held off his rivals on the lap three restart before a battle for second between Lowinski-Loh and Boss resulted in Boss going around in turns one and two. The drama continued when Boss and Lowinski-Loh were once again involved in an incident in the first two turns on lap eleven where it appeared that Rick Gentes got into the back of Ladyga, pushing him into Lowinski-Loh who had taken the lead going into turn one. The contact send Lowinski-Loh spinning and collected several cars in the process including Boss' vehicle.
32nd Annual Sunoco North/South 100 - Presented by Lucas Oil up next for LOLMDS
(WAYCROSS, GA - July 22, 2014) - The excitement and anticipation is building for one of the premier crown jewel events in all of dirt late model racing, the "Sunoco North/South 100 - Presented by Lucas Oil". This three-day mega event will once again be sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and will be held at Florence Speedway in Union, KY August 7th through the 9th. This year's event will have a new format that will include drivers running two sets of heat races on Friday night with passing points determining the starting field for the feature event on Saturday.
Sunoco Race Fuels returns as the title sponsor for this year's Sunoco North/South 100 - Presented by Lucas Oil. Sunoco is the "Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and is the largest manufacturer of racing gasoline in the world. Sunoco Race Fuels are designed to meet the quality and consistency needs of professional racers. In addition, Sunoco is involved with numerous racing sanctioning bodies, tracks and competitors to provide the latest in race gas technology. Sunoco's track-proven fuels are designed to provide exceptional performance, quality and consistency, keeping you "Ahead of the Pack".
Kyle Busch Wins A Thrilling Circle City 100 On Dramatic Last Lap Pass Of John Hunter Nemechek
ARCA/CRA Super Series joins ARCA Racing Series for ARCA doubleheader at Lucas Oil Raceway
(Brownsburg, IN - Friday, July 25, 2014): The ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS raced at the immaculate Lucas Oil Raceway (IN), located west of Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana on Friday, July 25th as part of an all ARCA doubleheader with their counterparts in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars, Kyle Busch and David Ragan as well as a plethora of drivers with familiar last names in the NASCAR world, would join the ARCA/CRA conglomerate for the Circle City 100 Presented by JEGS.com. A strong crowd was in attendance was treated to one of the most exciting races of the season as the NASCAR visitors delivered against the stout ARCA/CRA contingent.