Race 3 of 10 in the Freedom series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Daniel Fergerson grabbed the pole with Ray Schmidt on outside front row. The race had no yellows with just 1 lead change. Ray Schmidt led 73 laps and more importantly the last one to grab the win. Timothy Kendrick grabbed second , Kenneth Schuitema third, David Schuitema fourth, and Daniel Fergerson bringing home fifth. Come out and support the league when the Freedom Cup cars turn right next week at Sonoma Raceway .
Fontana, California--Ray Schmidt continued his dominance of the Freedom Cup Series as he chalked up yet another win at the Auto Club Speedway. Schmidt led the field for a total of 60 laps after starting in third. Pole sitter Rob Mitten led 3 laps as Jimmy Todd and David Schuitema both led 2 each. Todd trailed Schmidt in 2nd followed by Kent Connolly in third after both battled each other hard throughout the race. Mitten brought home 4th with Schuitema rounding out the Top 5. Two races down, three to go until the Winter Chase begins!
Race 6 of 6 in the truck series at Auto Club Speedway. Jason Oltmanns grabbed the pole with Matthew Laventure on outside front row. The championship was still up for grabs with Daniel Fergerson holding a slim 3 point lead over Shane Mceachin and Performance Motorsports holding just a 3 1/2 point lead over 3 D Racing in the Team points. The race had just 1 yellow with 9 lead changes .3D Motorsports Shane Mceachin led 30 laps and more importantly the last one to grab the win and the Truck championship and Team championship for 3 D Racing. Tom Moustakas grabbed second , Rodd Flagg third, Joshua Hanner fourth, and Matthew Laventure bringing home fifth.
Daytona Beach, FL—The Freedom Cup Series kicked off the Winter Season at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday night and brought some exciting racing with it. Kent Connolly didn’t take the pole, but rather started 6th. Connolly didn’t lead the most laps, but rather just two…..but one of those two was the last one! Ray Schmidt took the Coors Light Pole Award with a lap of 46.914 seconds with Daniel Fergerson to his outside. Ray led the first part of the race for a total of seven laps before Jimmy Todd was able to wrestle the lead away and pace the field for a race high 54 laps. Todd found himself working with Daniel Fergerson most of the race and was able to avoid any trouble throughout the race. After the one lone caution for a single car wreck, a dash to the finish was set up. Todd and Fergerson paced the field yet again and contact between Fergerson and Schmidt sent Ray up into the wall and to the garage for the day. It looked to be a race between Todd and Fergerson until the trio of Connolly, Shawn Turner and Rodney Lease were able to hook up and challenge for the lead. Turner was able to get by Todd to lead four laps with Connolly in tow. Todd attempted to have Fergerson push him on the high side but the car had gotten too tight and Todd had to watch as the Turner, Connolly and Lease trio got smaller and smaller in his windshield. Turner and Connolly slugged it out on the last lap with a two car drag race to the finish line with Connolly edging out Turner for the checkered flag. From one coast to the other, the Freedom Cup Series heads to sunny California for this Tuesday’s race!
Race 5 of 6 in the truck series at gateway Motorsports Park. Shane Mceachin grabbed the pole with Matthew Laventure on outside front row. The race had 8 yellows with 6 lead changes.3D Motorsports Shane Mceachin led 83 laps and more importantly the last one to grab the win. Joshua Hanner grabbed second , Matthew Laventure third, Daniel Fergerson fourth, and Ryan Keiss bringing home fifth. Come out and support the league when the trucks take to Auto Club Speedway next week for the final race in the abbreviated season .
Race 4 of 6 in the truck series at Daytona under the lights. Joshua Hanner grabbed the pole with Ronald Thompson on outside front row. The race had 3 yellows with 16 lead changes.Performance Motorsports Joshua D. Baker in only his second start at Revved Up Racing came through with his first win. Joshua Hanner grabbed second , Ronald Thompson third, Shawn " The Banker" Turner fourth, and Dennis W. Wright bringing home fifth. Come out and support the league when the trucks take to Gateway Motorsports Park.
Ray Schmidt, 2014 Sunday Cup Champion
Homestead, Fl- Ray Schmidt finished off the 2014 Sunday Cup Series winning an impressive 15th time. Daniel Fergerson started on the pole and led numerous times but a pit mistake cost him a win. Fergerson would come home second in the race and the championship. Rodney Lease came home in 3rd place edging out Austin "The Legend" Carver at the line. Kent Connolly would lead a couple laps and come home rounding out the top 5. The race saw 2 cautions and include 8 lead changes among 3 drivers.
Final 2014 Standings
1. Ray Schmidt 15 wins 4 poles 2480 points
2. Daniel Fergerson 7 wins 11 poles 2446 points
3. Kent Connolly 2 wins 1 pole 2413 points
4. Rodney Lease 0 wins 0 poles 2406 points
5. Dennis Wright II 0 wins 1 pole 2396 points
6. Austin Carver 1 win 5 poles 2315 points
7. Shawn Turner 0 wins 0 poles 2221 points
I would like to personally thank all the drivers who supported the league. I would be lying if I said I was happy with the turnout. Was really hoping for a bigger crowd on Sundays and have a bigger mix of winners, but enjoyed the racing that we had. Once again thanks for supporting the series and Revved Up.
18 Trucks took the grid at Homestead at the half way point of the season. Rodd Flagg took the pole and led the drivers out on a 100 lap shootout. With 4 yellow flags and 15 lead changes it was a racey night. Shane Mcceachin brought home the trophy with Doug Sigmon 2nd, Daniel Fergerson 3rd, Matthew Laventure 4th , and Lance Armentrout Jr rounding out the top 5. Next week Daytona come one come all.
Homestead, FL—The Freedom Cup Series rolled into the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the season finale and to crown the 2014 champion. Jimmy Todd put down a lap of 32.016 seconds to claim the Coors Light Pole with Ray Schmidt lined up on the outside of the front row. Todd got off to a quick start and quickly added more laps led to his career total. After several laps, Todd’s car went away and Schmidt, David Schuitema, and Timothy Kendrick found their way around the pole sitter. The slippery track conditions contributed to accidents that hindered the championship hopes of two of the title contenders, Todd and Schuitema. Todd lost the car off of Turn 2, pancaking the driver side of the car and later, in the same corner, the car broke loose sending Todd head on into the wall, destroying the engine and regulating the M&Ms Camry to the garage. Schuitema held the lead on a late restart but as the cars took the green flag the car broke loose and slammed into the front stretch wall taking Kendrick with him. After the mayhem subsided, Schmidt and Kent Connolly were the last two cars that had not suffered from misfortunes and raced for the checkered flag which Schmidt claimed, for his 13th win of the year, as well as the 2014 Freedom Cup Series Championship. Connolly brought home second with Kendrick claiming the third position. Schuitema was able to limp home in the fourth position and Todd rounded out the Top 5 while in the garage. The Freedom Cup Series will take the week off before beginning the 2014 Winter Season on November 25th. Please join us as we congratulate Ray Schmidt on the 2014 Freedom Cup Series Championship!
1. Ray Schmidt 5048
2. David Schuitema -7
3. Jimmy Todd -8
4. Rodney Lease -48
5. Kent Connolly -2652
6. Dennis Wright -2847
7. Timothy Kendrick -2882
8. Daniel Fergerson -2916
9. Robert Mitten -2967
10. Matt Laventure -2980
11. Austin Carver -3003
12. James Hudson -3048
Avondale, Arizona—The pressure was on, the drivers were primed and five drivers were ready to battle it out for three available spots as Ray Schmidt was the only driver breathing easy as the race prepared to kick off while David Schuitema, Kent Connolly, Rod Lease, Jimmy Todd, and Dennis Wright were ready to pull their belts tight and go to work over the next 104 laps. Ray Schmidt continued to show that his cars are fast by taking the pole position yet again, making it a clean sweep of every pole in the Eliminator round. Ray took the green flag with Jimmy Todd to his outside but it did not take long for David Schuitema to make his way under Todd and through to second place. This is where the troubles on the night started to find some of the drivers as several quick cautions began to cycle through claiming several victims including spins by Kent Connolly, Dennis Wright, and Shawn Turner, and even the pole sitter Schmidt after clipping the grass and slamming the wall hard to end his night. The race went green the rest of the way out and varying pit strategies just couldn’t overcome Schuitema’s fast car and gas mileage that got him to the checkered flag first. Todd came home a solid second with Lease bringing home third. Connolly finished in the fourth position and Wright rounded out the Top 5. Schuitema’s win secured him a spot in the final round of the Chase and left two spots open which were awarded to Todd and Lease. As the Freedom Cup Series races it’s way into the sunset at Homestead, Championship weekend festivities will be in full swing and a champion will be crowned!
Standings after Phoenix:
1. Ray Schmidt IN
2. David Schuitema IN
3. Jimmy Todd +2
4. Rod Lease +1
5. Kent Connolly -1
6. Dennis Wright -41
7. Daniel Fergerson -120
Race 2 of the abbreviated 6 race season was at Phoenix tonight for 100 laps. It was a Performance Motorsports front row with Daniel Fergerson on the pole and Ryan Keiss on the outside row. The race had 7 yellows with 3 different leaders. Ryan Keiss brought home the win, Rodd Flagg 2nd, Daniel Fergerson 3rd, Matthew Laventure 4th, and Ronald Thompson 5th. Next week Homestead come on out and support the league.
Daniel takes the pole and checkers in Phoenix
Phoenix, Az- With the Chase coming down to the end, Daniel Fergerson is doing all he can to win the championship. Problem is it may be too much of a lead that Ray Schmidt has on the field. Fergerson scored the maximum amount of points by collect the win in Phoenix, but Schmidt came in second to slow down any big gain in points. Kent Connolly came home third in his bruised car, after a run in with his teammate Dennis Wright. Rod Lease stayed calm and cool once again and finished fourth. Wright rounded out the top 5. There were 4 cautions with 6 lead changes among 5 drivers. The Season comes to an end next week at Homestead Miami Speedway.
Fort Worth, Texas—With just two races left until the final four drivers are set for their run at the Freedom Cup, the Freedom Cup Series headed into Texas for stop #2 of 3 in the Eliminator Round of the Chase. It was quickly apparent who had the fastest cars when they unloaded, the question was, who was going to get to the finish line first or would it be one of the underdogs? Ray Schmidt laid down a blistering lap of 29.036 seconds to take the pole with Timothy Kendrick qualifying on his outside. Schmidt and Kendrick swapped the lead back and forth after the green flag flew while Jimmy Todd, David Schuitema, Kent Connolly, and Rod Lease tried to maintain pace with them. It didn’t take long before Schmidt and Kendrick started extending their lead, leaving the field to fight for third place. Kendrick decided to pit earlier than the field for his last pit stop which proved pivotal in his battle with Schmidt as it gave him the lead as the stops cycled through as well and the trophy that awaits the winner in Victory Lane. Schmidt brought home second, followed by Schuitema, Todd, and Lease. With one race to go before the final four are locked in for the final race at Homestead, Ray Schmidt is the only driver that has secured his spot. The points battle will be intense as four of the seven eligible drivers are within just 2 points of each other!
1. Ray Schmidt IN
2. David Schuitema +2
3. Kent Connolly +1
4. Rod Lease +1
5. Jimmy Todd -1
6. Dennis Wright -40
7. Daniel Fergerson -79
Rodd Flagg took the pole with Brandon Chubirko outside front row. The fans wouldn't be disappointed even with the likes of Joshua Hanner and Austin " The Legend " Carver not in the field. Rodd Flagg led 64 0f the 90 laps and only 2 cautions, and Flagg led the most important lap the last one. Daniel Fergerson brought home second, Matthew Laventure 3rd, Ryan Keiss 4th, and Kent " Do you believe in Miracles" Connolly rounding out the top five. Trucks in Phoenix week cmon out.
Fort Worth, Tx- Daniel Fergerson was in his own time zone in Coors Light qualifying take his 9th pole of the season with new comer Richard Tillman outside pole. When the green flag dropped Fergerson wasted no time dropping the hammer and pulling away from the field. The only thing that was going to slow him down was a caution by Shawn Turner, which waved early. The field pitted and Tillman experienced mechanical issues from a separate incident getting to pit road. On the restart Ray Schmidt tried to give chase to Fergerson but his night would end early with hard contact into the wall off of two. Fergerson lapped the field just passed half way in the race. Rodney Lease, running second battle with the front stretch wall and lost resulting in his car spinning out of control. Fergerson got caught up in the wreck and both guys nights were done. While Connolly took over the lead the crowd went wild. Fergerson had gotten out of his car and walked to Leases pit to confront him about the wreck. Later on we learned Fergerson was asking Lease where they were gonna grab a drink and not the on track incident. Connolly cruised to victory with Wright finishing 2nd 13 laps down from an earlier battle he had with the wall. Espn Jamie Little caught up with Connolly after the race and asked if the win meant anything due to it being by guys wrecking out? Connolly responded, " Ill take them any way they want to hand them to me. I dont usually finish the races." The race was slowed by one yellow flag and saw 1 lead change and two leaders. Fergerson was able to cut a small chunk of the lead away from Schmidt, but is still 34 points out of the lead with two races remaining.
Schmidt goes to Victory Lane
Martinsville, Va- Ray Schmidt continued his hot streak with yet another win. Schmidt grabbed the pole with Daniel Fergerson on his outside. The two of them would run nose to tail for the first part of the race until Fergerson spun and collected Kent Connolly. Both were able to repair their cars and continue on. Dennis Wright would stay out and take over the lead from Schmidt during the pit stops. Schmidt would regain the lead 10 laps later and be pressured by Rodney Lease. Lease had a strong run and was looking to take home his first cup win but would come up short, but finish his career best second place. Schmidt would take home the win with Fergerson 3rd, Connolly 4th and Wright rounding out the top 5. Schmidt led 140 of the 150 laps and extended his lead to now 38 points ahead of Fergerson with 3 races remaining. There were 5 cautions for 23 laps and 2 lead changes among 2 drivers. The Cup guys head to Texas Motor Speedway next week for race 34 of the season.
Ray Schmidt takes the pole and leads all 167 laps with only Timothy Kendrick giving him a challenge. Kendrick takes second Kent Connolly third Rod Lease fourth and Dennis Wright grabbed fifth.With just 3 races left in the Freedom Cup series the championship is still up for grabs.
Brandon Chubirko lead only four laps, but those included the most important one.. the last one. Brandon Chubirko sucked his tank empty and won at Talladega. G's Up's Gregory Thompson would also have enough fuel and sneak up to finish second. Lance Armentrout Jr would impress with a third place finish after running empty on the last lap. 3D's Rodd Flagg would sneak his way into the top five with a fourth place finish. The big winner of the night would be Joshua Hanner who finished fifth. Hanner was sure to lose his bid for five, until his teammate Shane Mceachin choked on the last lap and gave Hanner the championship by one point. Yes one point.. The competition level could not have been better this season with 3D also edging Performance Motorsports out for the team championship. The final drivers standings would have Joshua Hanner as the champ with Shane Mceachin second. Rodd Flagg would finish third with Daniel Fergerson fourth. Ryan Keiss would round out the top five. Thanks for everyone who participated this season and we hope to see you back next time!
Talladega, Alabama—Talladega was wild….crazy….unpredictable. Austin Carver took the Coors Light Pole Award with a lap of 50.030 seconds and would look to steal a win away from the drivers still eligible for the Freedom Cup but the outcome of the race would look drastically different. Carver brought the field down to green but Jimmy Todd, who started third, sliced his way from behind Carver to hook up with Ray Schmidt and took the lead from the get go. Todd and Schmidt stayed committed to the bottom lane and was able to hold several charges off from other drivers trying to form an outside line to pass the strong duo. Carver was able to get a push from Dennis Wright to put his car out in front of Todd and Schmidt but lost his drafting partner. What happened next changed the course of the race for several of the Freedom Cup Series driver. Carver’s spotter called him clear to the bottom of the race track in front of Todd but as he came down, his left quarter panel contacted Todd’s right front fender, turning Carver in front of the field and collecting most of the field. Todd’s car ended up having to be towed to the garage, ending his strong run and putting him a lap down. When the race resumed Wright and Rod Lease hooked up to try and hold Schmidt off but Todd hooked back up with Schmidt and the duo was able to make their way back to the front of the field where Schmidt took home the checkered flag followed by Wright in second and Lease in third. Todd was able to bring home his machine in fourth with Carver rounding out the Top 5. Timothy Kendrick, Matt Laventure, and Rob Mitten were unfortunately on the wrong side of the cut line following Talladega and will not advance to fight for the Freedom Cup at Homestead.
Talladega, Al- David Baker made his first start in the Sunday Cup series and wanted to make his presence known. Baker put down a fast lap collect the Coors Light Pole Award with Ray Schmidt starting outside row one. Baker and Schmidt were quick to get hooked up and Baker led the first 5 laps. Dennis Wright jumped to the high line and led a group of cars, including Daniel Fergerson, Rod Mitten, Kent Connolly and Rod Lease. Wright cleared Bakers nose and dropped down on the low line taking over the lead for a handful of laps before Baker and Schmidt powered back by. Baker and Schmidt swapped spots giving Schmidt the lead and a bonus point for the championship. Wright wasnt done as he pushed Mitten's machine to the front on the high side, but the two cars made contact when the dropped to the low side. Mitten's car went to the apron and Wrights car shot up the hill and brushed the wall. Mitten had no damage but lost the pack. Schmidt led the pack down pit road for their scheduled stop as Fergerson stayed out to lead a lap. Schmidt and Baker once again got hooked up and took over where the left off. Meanwhile, Fergerson's chance he had of making up points for the championship came to a halt as iRacing failed to let Fergersons car leave pit road. Fergerson left disappointed and scored in 7th place. Wright and Connolly were able to gain the lead and work together leading laps and staying 1-2. As the laps wound down Wright was content with stay in Connolly's tracks, but on the final lap in the tri oval Wright's car lost grip and pushed up leaving a gap for Schmidt. Connolly went high to stay with his teammate and this allowed Schmidt to inch his way thru to a photo finish victory. The margin of victory was .000. Every angle was looked at and all were conclusive that Schmidt's Chevy was just ahead on Connolly, with Wright coming home 3rd. As the ticker shows Schmidt was third with 1 to go. David Baker would finish a solid 4th in his first start and Rod Lease would round out the top 5. There were 10 lead changes among 5 drivers and no cautions. Schmidt led the most laps of the race extending his championship lead to 31 points over Fergerson with 4 races left in the chase. Next week the cup drivers head back to the paperclip of Martinsville.
Beginning the night Doug Sigmon held a slim lead over Kent Connolly and Austin Carver. Carver would strike first by winning the pole, but his lead would be short lived. Doug Sigmon took the lead and never looked back. Carver would rebound from a spin to finish second. David Schuitema would have an impressive run to finish third. Kent Connolly would be the real loser of the night after a dissapointing fourth place finish. Jeffrey Kochis would round out the top five. Doug Sigmon took the race trophy and championship trophy on the same night. Austin Carver would bump pass the struggling Connolly to finish second. Kent Connolly would settle for third with just one point between him and Carver. Jeffrey Kochis would finish fourth and David Schuitema would take the fifth spot.
It was a dominate night for 3D Motorsports as they earned the top two spots. Rodd Flagg and teammate Joshua Hanner battled for the top spot. Hanner would win out though and Flagg would finish a close second. Points leader Shane Mceachin battled his way through the field to finish third. Performance's Daniel Fergerson would finish fourth. His teammate Ryan Keiss would round out the top five. Be sure to join us next week for the Championship Finale, The Stars Fell On Alabama 175 presented by 3D Racing with a prize to the winner given by 3D Motorsports! The points could not be tighter with Shane Mceachin leading by only six points over teammate Joshua Hanner!
Daniel Fergerson scores max points at Charlotte
Concord, NC- With yet another win, by Daniel Fergerson at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he is every so slightly closing the gap to the lead. Ray Schmidt came home runner up to minimize the damage inflicted by Fergerson. Rod Lease showed once again he is bound and determined to find victory lane before the season ends. Lease brought home his car in one piece in third place. Dennis Wright came home fourth and Kent Connolly rounded out the top 5. There was only one caution, when fan favorite Shawn Turner, wrecked out of 4 completing lap 1. The Cup drivers head to Alabama next week to stop in and visit Connolly, before heading to Talladega Motor Speedway. Schmidt holds a slim 21 point lead over Fergerson with 5 races remaining.
Written by Jimmy Todd
Charlotte, NC.—Another race, another win for Ray Schmidt. Ray simply dominated Charlotte Motor Speedway from the drop of the green flag. Ray took the pole with a lap of 28.302 with Jimmy Todd starting on his outside. Ray went on to lead 101 of 112 laps, with David Schuitema leading 6, Todd leading 4, and Kent Connolly leading 1. Todd brought home a solid 2nd place finish, where he had ran most of the night, and was the only car besides Schmidt on the lead lap. Rodney Lease delivered a third place finish, followed by Schuitema and Connolly to round out the top 5. Daniel Fergerson and Ray Schmidt have secured their spots in the third round while the rest of the field will try to secure their spots at Talladega. The standings shape up like this:
1. Ray Schmidt 3091 IN
2. Jimmy Todd 3085 -6
3. David Schuitema 3080 -11
4. Kent Connolly 3078 -13
5. Rodney Lease 3077 -14
6. Daniel Fergerson 3048 IN
7. Dennis Wright 3036 -51
8. Matt Laventure 3000 -91
9. Robert Mitten 3000 -91
10. Timothy Kendrick 3000 -91
The Legend lived up to his name Thursday night. Austin Carver not only won the race, but lapped the field.... Twice! Carver dominated the running leading every lap and picking up win number five for the season. Doug Sigmon took over the points lead with a second place finish. Kent Connolly would also look to gain a glimsp of the championship battle, but came home a distant third. David Schuitema would battle back from an early spin to finish fourth. Jeffrey Kochis would round out the top five.
Two time champion vs defending champion... It was Performance's Austin Carver and 3D's Joshua Hanner battling for the win at Rockingham. Carver would get the best of Hanner today though and pick up his first win of the season. Hanner would finish a close second, but leave the track disappointed. 3D would pull away from Performance with Rodd Flagg finishing third. Shane Mceachin would get the wave going for the fans with a fourth place finish. Brian Steger would come back and make noise... starting seventeenth and finishing fifth!
Kansas City, KS- Daniel Fergerson closes in on points leader with a win in Kansas. Fergerson started on the pole and stayed up front all night. Ray Schmidt looked to challenge Fergerson for the win, but came up one spot short. Rod Lease finished with another top 3 in third place with Kent Connolly fourth and Austin Carver coming home fifth. There were 4 lead changes amongst 3 drivers and 2 yellow flags. Schmidts points lead is now 26 points over Fergerson with 6 races left. Next week the cup drivers head back to Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Austin Carver added to his legacy Thursday night by winning at Lucas Oil Raceway. Carver dominated the race, but felt pressure from George Jones late in the running. Carver held him off though and picked up his fourth win of the season. George Jones would fight hard and come home a close second. Ryan Keiss would battle poor pit strategy all night and clawed his way back up to third. Kent *Wall Kill* Connolly would shock and lead on the last restart, but fell back to fourth. Doug Sigmon would round out the top five.
Kansas City, Kansas—The Freedom Cup Series rolled into the Kansas Speedway for the fourth race of the Chase for the Freedom Cup and the race did not disappoint. Daniel Fergerson captured the pole with a lap of 30.166 seconds and was the dominant car for most of the race. Fergerson led 61 of the 89 laps with Ray Schmidt leading 20 and Jimmy Todd leading the other eight. Fergerson took the checkered flag 3.77 seconds ahead of Schmidt who brought home a solid second place finish with Todd finishing third, the last car on the lead lap. Dennis Wright brought home fourth despite a pit road penalty with David Schuitema rounding out the top 5. With Fergerson securing his spot in the next round of the Chase, the rest of the Chase field continue to battle for a spot in the next round as we take a look at the standings:
1. Daniel Fergerson 3048 IN
2. Ray Schmidt 3043 -5
3. Jimmy Todd 3042 -6
4. Dennis Wright 3040 -8
5. David Schuitema 3039 -9
6. Kent Connolly 3038 -10
7. Rodney Lease 3036 -12
8. Matt Laventure 3000 -48
9. Robert Mitten 3000 -48
10. Timothy Kendrick 3000 -48
Performance Motorsports and 3D was locked in a duel for the final twenty laps. Keiss, Carver and Hanner battled for many laps until contact with two to go sent Carver and Hanner flying. Keiss squeaked through and held off the field to pick up his first win of the season. Rowdy Boys Racing would have a strong showing with Matthew Laventure finishing second. Performance would again be represented with Daniel Fergerson coming home third. After a slow start to the season, rookie driver Robert Mitten finally showed his muscles with an impressive fourth place finish. Free agent Greg Hooks proved he has what it takes with a fifth place finish.
Schmidt tames Miles
Dover, DE- Daniel Fergerson's night looked promising when he grabbed the pole and led the first 31 laps before his night went sour. Daniel made hard contact with the wall but his never give up attitude kept him in the race. Ray Schmidt took over the lead on Daniels mistake and never looked back, leading a race high 74 laps. Fergerson battled with his wrecked race car and finished second. Rod Lease ran a clean race as usual and brought it home 3rd, followed by Kent Connolly and Dennis Wright rounding out the top 5. The race was slowed by 2 cautions and saw 3 different leaders. Next week the cup guys head to Kansas.
Dover, Delaware—Ray Schmidt once again proved why he is a force to be reckoned with in the 2014 Chase for the Freedom Cup by winning the third event of the Chase at Dover. Ryan Keiss took the pole with a lap of 23.787 seconds around the one mile concrete oval and everyone the night to be a little crazy as Dover’s menacing resident Miles the Monster had come to play. As soon as the green flag dropped, Jimmy Todd gassed up the M&Ms Toyota from his fourth place starting spot only for it to break loose and tag the right front fender against the front stretch wall, causing damage. Miles was only beginning. Keiss led a good deal of the beginning of the race with Daniel Fergerson and Schmidt close behind until Miles had decided it was time to claim his next victim as Fergerson tagged the wall and had to go to pit road for lengthy repairs. Next up for Miles was the pole sitter Keiss as after his pit stop it wasn’t long before his machine was retired to the garage for the night. Miles then reached out and nabbed Todd again on his pit stop as he clipped the barrels on his way to pit road, further damaging the right front of his machine. Once Schmidt took the lead it he was on cruise control the rest of the race, lapping the entire field on his way to the checkered flag. Todd and Kent Connolly had a great battle throughout the race before Todd got the assist from Miles for second place as Connolly bobbled just enough after clipping the apron to allow Todd to take the position. Connolly brought home third, followed by David Schuitema in fourth and Rodney Lease rounding out the top five.
With the third round of the Chase complete, that means one thing, eliminations. Austin Carver and James Hudson have unfortunately been eliminated from contention for the Freedom Cup and now the Top Ten in points are geared up for the second round of the Chase as all the second round drivers have their points reset to 3000 headed into Kansas. The seeding for the second round of the Chase is as follows:
1. Ray Schmidt
2. Rodney Lease
3. Kent Connolly
4. Jimmy Todd
5. Daniel Fergerson
6. Rob Mitten
7. David Schuitema
8. Matt Laventure
9. Dennis Wright
10. Timothy Kendrick
3D's Joshua Hanner dominated the one caution race at New Hampshire, leading all but one lap. Hanner would not have an easy ride though. RBR's Matthew Laventure would pressure him all the way to the line and came home a close second. The Legend Austin Carver would battle the top two until late in the race and then drifted back to third. Newcomer Greg Hooks would impress with a solid fourth place finish. 3D's Rodd Flagg would round out the top five. Shane Mceachin holds a narrowing seven point lead over defending champion Joshua Hanner.
Loudon, NH- Ray Schmidt took the pole for chase race #2 and never looked back. The race went caution free and had only one lead change, which took place during the only pit cycle of the night. Daniel Fergerson gave chase to Schmidt, but could never quite catch him. Rodney Lease bobbled in front of the leaders, but was able to bring home his #41 machine in third place. Kent Connolly and Dennis Wright rounded out the top 5. Schmidt now holds a 26 point lead headed into Dover next week.
Loudon, NH—Matt Laventure made his return to the Freedom Cup Series and quickly picked up right where he left off, in Victory Lane. Ray Schmidt took the pole with a lap of 30.211 seconds and ran a dominating race until a spin coming off of pit road took him out of the battle for the top spot. After this spin, Laventure took the lead and never looked back. Schmidt brought home the second spot with Rodney Lease finishing solidly in third place with a stellar run. Jimmy Todd finished fourth with Lance Armentrout Jr. rounding out the top five. With one race remaining before the first round of eliminations in the Chase the standing sort out like this:
1. Ray Schmidt 2112
2. Rob Mitten -31
3. Rodney Lease -32
4. Kent Connolly -36
5. Matt Laventure -44
6. Jimmy Todd -66
7. Daniel Fergerson -67
8. Dennis Wright -73
9. Timothy Kendrick -77
10. David Schuitema -79
11. Austin Carver -106
12. James Hudson -112
The Freedom Cup Series heads to Dover where when the dust settles, only 10 drivers will be moving on to the second round of the Chase for the Freedom Cup.
The Nationwide cars rolled out on Kentucky speedway with Shane Mceachin taking the pole and Joe Fulkrod on the outside . Joe led 83 of the 90 laps and most importantly the last lap to get by Shane and take the win.
1st Joe Fulkrod
2nd Shane Mceachin
3rd David Schuitema
4th Jeffrey Kochis
5th Daniel Fergerson
3D Motorsports suffered a bad night after the whole team was involved in a early race wreck, but the lone survivor would hold the field off. Shane Mceachin who played a part in the wreck, escaped without much damage and lead sixty-one laps and took home the trophy. The win would be Mceachin's second of the season as he solidified his points lead. Performance Motorsports would have a stellar night with Daniel Fergerson finishing second after a late race pitstop. The fans would be shocked after Rowdy Boy's Racing would finish in the top five. The fans were even more shocked when that driver was Kent Connolly. Connolly ran hard and finished third. Connolly held off hard charging Performance driver Austin Carver, who would cross the line in fourth. Rodney Lease would show muscle yet again and rounded out the top five.
The fans at Chicagoland have been anticipating this moment all year. The start of the chase. Austin "The Non-Legend "Carver grabbed the pole with Joshua Hanner on the outside front row. Joshua sent out a statement tonight that he was going to give points leader Ray Schmidt a run for the title. Joshua Hanner led 96 of the 100 laps in the race. Austin Carver took home 2nd, Ray Schmidt 3rd, Daniel Fergerson 4th, and Rod Lease 5th. Come back next week and see who wins round 2 of the chase at New Hampshire.
Austin Carver was ready to add to the legend Thursday night by picking up the pole. He didn't stay up front long though as connection issues would send him to the back. Carver took advantage of cautions and worked his way into second and locked himself into a tight battle for the last twenty laps with Ernie Brown. Brown slipped up with two to go and Carver pounced. The two made contact, but each gathered it up and finished the race. Carver took the win with Ernie Brown finishing second. After a post race review, it was determined that Brown changed lanes before the restart on lap 73 and he was given an EOLL. Gregory Thompson would shock everyone in his first career SLM racing with a second place finish and running right with the leaders. Doug Sigmon would finish third and Dennis Wright would rebound from an early spin to finish fourth. Ernie Brown would round out the top five after his penalty was enforced.
Well the chase starts in the freedom cup series at Chicagoland with Timothy Kendrick grabbing the pole. Robert Mitten led the most laps but he didnt lead the most important one the last one. Robert overdrove turn two on the last lap to give the lead to hard charging Ray Schmidt. Next race in the chase New Hampshire.
1st Ray Schmidt
2nd Robert Mitten
3rd Daniel Fergerson
4th Doug Sigmon
5th Dennis Wright
Well, Brandon Chubirko crossed the line first, but after reviewing the replay... Yeah Chub won this time! 3D's Brandon Chubirko completely dominated the running leading all but two of the laps. His teammate Rodd Flagg would come home second after a late race dash failed to get by Chubirko. Joshua Hanner was just par for the night.. Finishing third and showing no signs of life and leaving many wondering if his off track activities could be getting in the way. Shane Mceachin shocked the world with another strong run and a fourth place finish without ending anybody's night. The Legend was in full form on Monday night representing Performance Motorsports well with a fifth place finish. 3D bounced back from a horrible race with the top four spots. Can anybody compete with them next week? Stay tuned!
Ray takes home 10th checkered flag
Richmond, VA- Daniel Fergerson took the pole for the night and led the first 16 laps before handing the lead over to Ray Schmidt. Ray then increased his lead lap by lap until halfway when Dennis Wright, coming out of the pits, got together with Rod Mitten. Mitten was running third at the time, and had to make repairs to his #4 machine. This set up a restart with Ray and Daniel side by side. Ray got the better of Daniel and continued where he left off. Wright brought out the finally caution of the night which gave Daniel one more shot at getting by Ray, but Ray was able to set his cruise and capture his 10th victory of the season and have a big advantage with the chase starting. Daniel came in second followed by Rod Lease in third, Mitten 4th and Wright rounding out the top 5. The chase is now set as the Cup drivers head to Chicagoland. Ray has an 18 point lead over Daniel and 21 point lead over Joshua Hanner.
by Jimmy Todd
Richmond, VA—Ray Schmidt showed once again why he is not only been the predominant points leader of the Freedom Cup Series in 2014, but a heavy favorite to be this year’s Freedom Cup Series champion. Doug Sigmon captured the pole by wheeling his machine around the Richmond International Raceway with a lap of 20.441 seconds but was able to only lead 1 lap, the first, before Schmidt took over and lead the remaining 136 laps of the event. The race was only slowed by one caution but even after the field was bunched back up, Schmidt would not be denied his impressive seventh checkered flag of the 2014 season. Sigmon would bring home a solid second place finish followed by the #4 machine of Rob Mitten. Jimmy Todd’s Toyota came home fourth and the #088 machine of Kent Connolly rounded out the Top 5.
With the checkered flag falling at Richmond, the Race to the Chase is completed and now the Chase for the Cup has begun. The standings have taken a little bit of a shuffle as the Chase begins and looks like this:
1. Ray Schmidt 2021 Leader
2. Matt Laventure 2021 -0
3. Jimmy Todd 2006 -15
4. Austin Carver 2006 -15
5. Daniel Fergerson 2003 -18
6. Rodney Lease 2000 -21
7. Kent Connolly 2000 -21
8. Timothy Kendrick 2000 -21
9. David Schuitema 2000 -21
10. Dennis Wright 2000 -21
11. James Hudson 2000 -21
12. Robert Mitten 2000 -21
The next three races will be very interesting as 11th and 12th place will be eliminated at the conclusion of Chase Race #3. The Chase for the Cup begins at Chicagoland Speedway, Tuesday, September 9th. A win gets you in to the next elimination round! Congratulations to all the drivers that made this year’s Chase and good luck to them all!
Travis Wright had the fastest car and used it to win at USA. The path to the front would not be an easy one though as he had to pass the two Performance boys. Wright worked his way by Keiss and then Carver. Travis Wright would earn his first win for him and his namesake. Austin Carver would finish a close second, spinning out of four. Ryan Keiss would finish third, but the admin panel put him to the EOLL because of a lane switch. That would give Doug Sigmon third and Dennis Wright fourth. Ernest Brown would round out the top five.