3Ds Shane Mceachin did not have the best looking car at the end, but it was fast enough to pick up his first win of the season. Performance Motorsports dominated much of the race with Ryan Keiss leading the most laps. Keiss would lose the lead on the final pit stop and could not rebound. Keiss would finish second with a clean truck. Doug Sigmon is a free agent, but that didn't stop him from running with the heavy hitters. Sigmon fought his way to third and never looked back. Performance would again be represented with The Legend Austin Carver bringing his demo truck home fourth. Rowdy Boys would be represented by their star, Matthe.... No Kent Connolly. Connolly drove a dirty race, but was able to come home fifth.
Hanner wins third
Bristol,TN- Austin "The Legend" Carver led 14 drivers down to the green but Joshua Hanner grabbed the lead and led all 150 laps. Austin had to settle for bridesmaid once again. Gregory Thompson came in third place. Daniel Fergerson finished 4th, and Shane McEachin rounded out the top 5. There were 3 cautions for 15 laps and no lead changes. The Cup series takes next week off and the head to Richmond in two weeks before starting the chase.
17 cars took the grid in one of the biggest fields in the superlatemodels at Lanier. James Poleske grabbed the pole with Austin Carver on the outside. The race was slowed by 10 cautions in a ruff and rowdy race. The race was going to be a test of patience and attrition. With end of the race coming to an end Carver and Poleske had a last lap altercation giving Poleske the win. SoBo next week so come on out and lets have some fun the key word in sentence is fun.
1st James Poleske
2nd Shane Mceachin
3rd Joshua Hanner
4th Kent Connolly
5th Ernest Brown
Adam Racine wins at Bristol! Pre race favorite Rod Mitten was caught up in an early incident but would survive to keep running. On the restart Shawn Turner fell asleep behind the wheel, running up the track totaling Mittens Ford. On the last restart It was Kent Connolly and Racine but Connolly would fade after a few laps leaving Adam to take the win!! Out of the 17 drivers who started the race 4 finished, it will be a long night in the body shop tomorrow for a lot of these teams
1 Adam Racine
2 Kent Connolly
3 Steven McGough
4 Jeffrey Kochis
5 Brandon Hauck
Bristol, TN—The high banks of Bristol welcomed the Freedom Cup Series for 167 laps around the half mile bullring. The race was only slowed by two cautions and was led by four different leaders but one driver quickly showed the field that he had Bristol’s number. Rod Mitten put his Budweiser machine on the pole with a lap of 15.725 seconds and was fast all night long. Mitten led a race high 148 laps while Jimmy Todd led 9, Ray Schmidt led 8, and Rodney Lease led 2. Mitten proved that he had the car to beat as over the course of the race he was able to lap every car except the #29 machine of Timothy Kendrick. Mitten took the checkered flag with Kendrick bringing home a strong second place finish. Lease brought home third, followed by Kent Connolly in fourth, and David Schuitema rounded out the top 5. Despite both leading laps, Todd and Schmidt each ran into issues but were able to finish the race running but several laps down to Mitten. Dennis Wright and Shawn Turner both suffered early problems which regulated their machines to the garage and the dreaded DNF.
The Chase for the Freedom Cup is heating up as there are just two races left and three Chase spots left up for grabs with 14 drivers still in the hunt for these spots. The top 9 drivers in the standings have locked themselves into Chase with the 10th place spot and the Wild Card positions waiting to be claimed. The drivers that have clinched their spots include: #12 Ray Schmidt, #41 Rodney Lease, #088 Kent Connolly, #18 Jimmy Todd, #81 Matt Laventure, #16 Austin Carver, #29 Timothy Kendrick, #25 Daniel Fergerson, and #53 David Schuitema. The three Chase spots up for grabs are currently occupied by #89 Trever Aswarnauth, #56 James Hudson, and #4 Rob Mitten. Next week the Freedom Cup Series heads to Atlanta!
It was the perfect race with no cautions. The long runs would allow 3D and Joshua Hanner to dominate. Hanner lead seventy two of seventy five laps and cruised to his first win this season. Teammate Rodd Flagg had a good race as well and finished second. Rowdy Boys Racing's Matthew Laventure finally showed some muscle and picked up a third place finish. Performance Motorsports would have an off week by their standards, but still had Daniel Fergerson in the fourth spot. His teammate and fan favorite Austin Carver would round out the top five. We do not expect another caution free race next week at Bristol.
Fergerson dominates at MIS
Brooklyn, Mi- Daniel Fergerson took the pole for the 100 lap race at Michigan International Speedway and never looked back. Austin Carver was able to complete the 1-2 punch for Performance Motorsports, after a week long taunting by them and 3D Motorsports. Points leader, Ray Schmidt was able to control his virtual race car to a 3rd place finish. Rodney Lease remained calm and smooth and brought his car home in 4th place. 3D's lone driver, Shane McEachin looked strong in the car coming home 5th even after making an extra fuel stop due to a malfunctioning calculator. Schmidt lead was cut by 6 points tonight by Fergerson, but still has a considerable lead with only 2 races left until the chase starts. The race went caution free and saw 5 lead changes amongst 3 drivers. Next week the cup series heads to Thunder Valley for the second trip of the season at Bristol Motorspeedway. Can Kent Connolly get the Bristol sweep or will Performance continue their hot streak? Stay tuned.....
Well with only 7 cars and Dennis Wright and Austin Carver both being a no show the fans expected a clean race. After Charles Edwards made his much anticipated return to Revved Up he picked up where he left off by putting Kent Connolly into the wall. Then an altercation between James Poleske and Jimmy Todd all but left them out of contention. With just 3 cars left to make a serious run at the win Banker did what he does best and thats win plate races Bill Paradise second, Butch Gilpin 3rd, Jimmy Todd 4th, and Kent Connolly 5th.
Michigan International Speedway played host to the Freedom Cup Series on Tuesday for the second time this year. 14 drivers showed up and hopes were high for a competitive night of racing. Daniel Fergerson in the 25 car captured the pole with the 16 car of Austin Carver to his outside. Timothy Kendrick and Robert Mitten rounded out row two.
Coming to the green the outside lane got stacked up behind the spinning tires of Carver resulting in contact between Carver and Mitten and bringing out the only caution of the race. Apparently for the restart the flagman was busy eating his ice cream as no flag flew when the 29 car of Kendrick once again stacked up the outside line and bounced off the wall in front of the field damaging a majority of the cars and causing back flags which as we know are not cleared in the FCS. By the time everyone attended to their broke race cars virtually the whole field was either laps down or out of the race.
The result was Daniel Fergerson leading all the laps and taking the win. Points leader Ray Schmidt was also able to avoid the melee of the first few laps and chased Fergerson the whole race managing a consistent gap of 3 secs for the first fuel run and hoping to close ground on the pit stops. Unfortunately for the 12 team Schmidt slid through his pits resulting in a 15 second stop. Fergerson pitted the next lap he came out 3 second ahead which ended up being the winning move of the race. Schmidt settled into second knowing that with the fixed set ups combined with the fact that his lap times in the first run virtually mirrored Fergerson's that barring a misstep he was not going to catch him. Dennis Wright grabbed third 39 seconds back the only other car on the lead lap. Jimmy Todd bit by a black flag and Jeffrey Kochis rounded out the top five both one lap down.
With three races left till the chase FCS will return to the hills of Tennessee and Bristol Motor Speedway.
After a long week of jabs, everybody was eyeing Thursday night. Ernest Brown took the pole, but was quickly passed on the outside by Austin Carver. Carver took off and was only slowed by two cautions. Carver and Ryan Keiss would switch the lead though and Keiss looked to be a strong contender for the win. One push up by Keiss and Carver changed his plans and picked up his second win. Performance would again win the night though with Keiss finishing second. Matthew Laventure would have a wild ride in the infield, but was able to rebound for a third place finish. Jake Griffin would have a stellar first race and came home fourth. Kent Connolly would shock the world with a fifth place finish.
Johnny Penland completely dominated at Mid Ohio to pick up his first win of the season. Penland won the pole and lead every single lap. Rod Mitten was also stellar, but had nothing for Penland. Mitten would hold off road course ace Kent Connolly. Connolly fought his way past Austin Carver to pick up the third spot. Carver would eventually wind up in the garage. Butch Gilpin would come a disappointing fourth after being wrecked by Carver. Jeffrey Kochis would round out the top five.
G's Up's Frank Buccialia III was back to his old self Monday night. Buccialia would lead the most laps and hold off defending champ Joshua Hanner and the hard charging Ryan Keiss. Performance Motorsports would be antagonized during the week by 3D Racing, and tonight they struck back. Ryan Keiss manhandled his way around Joshua Hanner on the last lap and finished second. Hanner would finish third. Rowdy Boys Racing used their new addition, with Matthew Laventure finishing fourth. Performance would again be represented in the top five with Daniel Fergerson coming home fifth.
Joshua Hanner brings home win #2
Watkins Glen, NY- Kent Connolly's night looked to be shining tonight as he put down a fast lap to collect the pole for tonight's race. Joshua Hanner rolled off second. Connolly led the first 10 laps before slowing for an autograph session in the bus stop. This handed the lead to Hanner who never looked back. Ray Schmidt started 3rd and stayed on Hanner bumper all night. On the final lap coming into the carousel, Schmidt tried to rattle Hanner's cage but spun him out instead. Schmidt was a gentleman about it and gave Hanner the spot back fearing a confrontation at the hauler after the race. Hanner took the checker flag with Schmidt in second and Connolly and his wore out sharpie in third. There was 1 lead change amongst two drivers and no yellows for the night. Schmidt leads by 60 points over Daniel Fergerson with 3 races remaining before the chase begins. The Cup series heads back to the Irish Hill to take on the high speeds of MIS.
With 22 cars taking the grid the race started out with such promise but changed quickly. Shawn "The Banker" grabbed the pole with Brandon J Osborne starting beside Shawn. With 5 cautions the race got cut down to 6 cars with a shot at the win. That's where the fun began with some track swapping and partner switching. With 3 to go Kent "The Wanna Be Legend" makes a strong run on leader Shawn Turner on the high side but Turner does his patoned move on Kent and puts him in the wall, and thats where it ends. Turner 1st, Connolly 2nd, Bill Paradise 3rd , William Burton, and Jimmy Todd 5th.
The Freedom Cup Series race this week was 45 circuits of the historic Watkins Glen International raceway. There was a good show out with 14 cars taking the green flag for the start. Zachary Trull grabbed the poll with Austin Carver to his side. Timothy Kendrick and Robert Mitten comprised row two.
Being a road course race with no cautions the name of the game was keeping the car on the track. Those who did finished at the top of the order and those who failed would find themselves multiple laps down or out of the race all together.
Trull would lead all the laps except the two he gave Carver as the pit stops cycled. Carver held down the second spot for the whole race with Kendrick doing the same in third.
Robert Mitten had a grip on 4th place until an incident with 15 to go cost him the spot. Points leader Ray Schmidt started at the tail end of the field but was able to keep his car going in the correct direction all night and grabbed a fourth place finish following Mitten's mishap. Mitten took the fifth position in the final standings.
The FCS will make their second trip to Michigan next week.
Ryan Keiss completely dominated the field leading most of the laps and cashing in on the win. Jeffrey Kochis ran down the leaders and got up to second late in the race and delivered another stellar performance.
Ernest Brown would lead some laps early, but fell back to third at the end. Kent Connolly would bring out a caution yet again, but was able to rebound and finish fourth. Doug Sigmon rounded out the top five. Performance Motorsports has won the last two events, can anybody keep up with these guys in the SLMs?
William Roberts takes the pole and never looks back tonight at the Glen! It was all about William tonight as even drivers with the talent level such as Austin Carver couldn't catch up. Everyone finished the night with their tanks empty trying to catch him.
1 William Roberts
2 Austin Carver
3 Johnny Penland
4 Daniel Fergerson
5 Robert Mitten
3D's Rodd Flagg completely dominated Pocono to pick up the win on season opening night. Flagg did get pressure at the end from teammate Joshua Hanner, but Flagg was able to hold him off to the line. Hanner would finish second with another teammate Shane Mceachin coming in behind him in third. Performance Motorsports talked a big game in the off-season and lived up to the hype with Ryan Keiss finishing fourth. The team would also be represented in the fifth spot with Daniel Fergerson edging Austin Carver out at the line. It is sure to be another action packed season!
Shane McEachin win first cup race
Long Pond, Pa- Shane McEachin returned to the series after an absent from the series and takes home his first win of the season. It wasn't an easy task though as "The Legend", Austin Carver, started on the pole and was hungry for a win. Ray Schmidt started outside pole and is always hungry for a win. Carver led the field to green but gave the lead up as Schmidt passed him going into one. The lead didn't last long however as Carver regained the lead on lap 2 and was pulling away ever so slightly. Colby Franklin looped his car off of three on lap 10 and collected Daniel Fergerson, ending their nights early. Carver led the pack back to green on lap 15, but bobbled out of three handing the lead over to McEachin. On lap 20 the yellow waved for the final time as Dennis Wright looped his car off of three. Schmidt grabbed the lead on a two tire stop when the rest took four. Schmidt led the field to green on lap 24 but by lap 25 McEachin and Carver got by and had a battle going. McEachin pitted on lap 52 and was able to come out in front of Carver and Schmidt until lap 56. Carver was able to move around McEachin briefly. On lap 62, Carver slipped up in the tunnel turn and McEachin had a huge run and was able to pass Carver and say "Good Night Lucy". McEachin picked up the win with Carver second, Schmidt third, Yves Gallagher fourth and Rod Lease rounding out the top five. The race saw two yellows with 6 lead changes amongst 3 drivers. Next week the Cup series heads to the Glen to see who can turn left and right. With four races left until the chase the standings is as follows,
1 - Ray Schmidt
2 - Daniel Fergerson
3 - Kent Connolly
4 - Rodney Lease
5 - Dennis W. Wright
6 - Austin Carver
7 - Yves Gallagher
8 - Shawn Turner
9 - Jimmy Todd
10 - Brandon Chubirko
Just last night it was The Legend getting back to victory lane, Friday night it was another stars chance. The Banker Shawn Turner lead at the end, but Austin Carver would have something to say. Carver made a last lap dash to the high side and had Turner beat until The Banker decided to withdraw. Turner inched Carver into the wall and edged The Legend to the line. The Banker cashed in on his first victory in a century and celebrated afterwards. Carver would have a nice points day with yet another second place finish. Points leader Kent Connolly would edge challenger Jimmy Todd to the line to earn third. Todd would finish a close fourth. Newcomer Kevin Cremonesi would have an impressive fifth place finish.
Its been a while since fans had something to really talk about... A reason to smile... A feeling inside that the world was going to be okay. Well the fans got that feeling by watching the Thursday night late model series. Austin Carver would make a late race pass on William Roberts and pulled away on the last restart to win the opener at New Smyrna. The Legend is back and the spark may have originated from his new team and driver Ryan Keiss. Keiss battled throughout the race and fought and clawed his way to the second spot on the final lap. William Roberts would lead much of the race, but fell back to third, late in the running. Ernest Brown had severe damage, but still managed a fourth place finish. Newcomer Todd Cousins would round out the top five.
The Freedom Cup Series went racing at Pocono Tuesday evening. Eight cars showed up ready to race with League honcho Jimmy Todd and stalwart Kent Connolly both taking a provisional.
William Roberts dominated the show capturing the pole and going on to lead all the laps en route to capturing his first FCS win. Austin Carver turned a sub par sixth place qualifying effort into a well deserved 2nd place finish. Series points leader Ray Schmidt started on the outside of row two and climbed his way to as high as 2nd place until a brush with the wall in turn one would cause him to drop back to 7th.
The only caution of the race came out on lap 28 after a solo spin by the 29 car of Timothy Kendrick.
With the reset of the field the action picked up. Roberts however was not part of it as he once again drove away. Third through fifth position were heavily contested for the last 15 laps of the race between Schmidt and the 25 and 89 cars of Daniel Fergerson and Trevin Aswarnauth. Farther back Rod Lease, Kendrick and Yves Gallagher had their own battle going on.
Schmidt managed to fend off the challenge and bring it home in 3rd. Fergerson would eventually get by tenacious Trevin to grab 4th place leaving Trevin with a top 5.
The point standings heading into race 22 at Watkins Glen:
#12 Schmidt, #41 Lease, #088 Connolly, #18 Jimmy Todd, #81 Laventure, #16 Carver, #53 Schuitema, #29 Kendrick, #25 Fergerson, #89 Aswarnauth
Austin Carver would lead the most laps and checked out from the field on the final restart, but his lead would not be enough. Daniel Fergerson ran down Carver, but The Legend would find speed and held Fergerson down on the bottom and dueled for twenty or so laps. The epic battle finally ended when the two made contact out of four with five to go. Carver would make an unbelievable save, but Fergerson would sail away and pick up his first win of the season. Carver came home second with Rod Mitten finishing a distant third after showing promise early on. Kent Connolly would drive a quite race, but was ready to step up at the end and came home fourth. Newcomer J Ryan Martin would round out the top five. The Glen is next week!
Speedway, In- Ray Schmidt captured his 9th checkered flag in 21 races at Indy. The Legend, Austin Carver took the pole for tonight race with Robert Mitten along side of him. Carver gave up the top spot after grabbing his bonus point for leading a lap. Timothy Kendrick took over the top spot with Austin and Ray giving chase. Caution waved for the first time on lap 21 allowing the teams to come to their pit crews for new tires and adjustments. Schmidt was able to beat everyone off pit road and gain the lead and clean air. On lap 44 Schmidt pitted out of the lead to come to the attention of his crew for new Goodyears and a full tank of Sunoco gas. Caution waved for the second and final time on lap 50, when Dennis Wright lost the back end coming out of turn 4. His car made hard contact with the inside wall and shot back out to the outside wall ending his night. Carver side swiped the pitlane wall trying to avoid the spinning 54 machine, and lost all hope of catching Schmidt. Kendrick beat Schmidt off pitlane and gained the lead, with Kent Connolly in 3rd. Schmidt took over the lead 3 laps later and never gave it back. Kendrick didn't give up, as the two ran identical lap times much of the final 10 laps of the race, but had to settle for second place. Connolly finished third, with James Tory fourth, and Rod Lease rounding out the top five. The race saw 4 leaders and 6 lead changes and 2 cautions for 8 laps. With 5 races left until the chase Schmidt extends his lead over Daniel Fergerson by 52 points as the cup series heads to Long Pond, Pennsylvania and the 3 turn track of Pocono.
Kent Connolly and Austin Carver were inseparable for much of the night. That would change on the last lap when Connolly made a bold move to the outside and raced Carver to the line. The 088 and 16 car would make contact and send the Nike Chevy in the air. Connolly would limp across the line as the leader and Carver would bring his home second. Newcomer Dylan Ackart would put on a show and came home third. Points contender Jimmy Todd lost some ground on the Connolly camp, but still managed a solid fourth place finish. Ralph Blair would round out the top five.
Tuesday's Freedom Cup Series race at the Brickyard coincided with the most recent iRacing update. Due to the timing of the race and the large download numerous drivers were unable to get the update loaded in time to make the start of the race. The race was held as scheduled and following was reviewed to determine if it would be official or rescheduled. FCS czar Jimmy Todd who was one drivers that couldn't make the start was given the task of deciding what to do. After deliberation it was decided that the race would be considered official.
The race started 5 cars with Ray Schmidt in the #12 on pole and newcomer Andrew Leigh to his outside. The 53 lap race went caution if not incident free. Jeffrey Kochis who started on the outside of row two and was participating in his first FCS race would be the first to succumb after an incident about 10 laps in would end his night.
Kent Connolly would see a strong run go away when a solo incident following the first round of pit stops would send him to the pits for extended repairs.
Schmidt would go on to lead all the laps but Andrew Leigh put up a fight. Both cars pitted on the same lap and left pit road within 5 seconds of each other. A couple laps after exiting pit road Schmidt had trouble entering turn one and almost looped the car giving Leigh a glimmer of hope and allowing him to cut the lead to under 3 seconds. However, seeing the leader that large in his windshield caused Andrew to overdrive in pursuit resulting in a solo incident that required a trip to pit lane. He would be able to maintain the second position 2 laps down, followed by Rod Lease, Connolly and Kochis.
The Freedom Cup Series will return to Pocono for a return date following the previous controversial race there two months ago.
Joshua Hanner and Rodd Flagg looked to be battling it out for a championship earlier in the year, but after Hanner's win Monday night, Kent Connolly has sung. Hanner battled 3D teammate Brandon Chubirko for most of the last run, but Hanner was too much for the young pro driver. Chubirko spun along with arch rival Frank Buccialia III late in the running. The two spinners only raised next weeks ticket prices though, because the King was back in the top three... Austin Carver drove from the rear several times and survived a horribly timed restart by Kent Connolly to creep into the second spot. Shane Mceachin would glide his way to another top three and gave doubters more reasons to hate. Matthew Laventure would declare himself a free agent before the race and proved he would be the top option after Austin Carver is off the market with a solid fourth place finish. Before we mention the final finisher in the top five, let us remind you that the field did feature several wrecks, but a majority of the twenty two car field finished. That makes this man top five even more shocking... Michigan native and Rowdy Boys driver Dennis Wright took several weeks off and it payed off big time. Wright fought the champ Joshua Hanner for much of the running and then fought back after receiving damage to finish fifth. Joshua Hanner just has to start next week and he will clinch yet another title for him and 3D. The battle for second could not be tighter though with Shane Mceachin and Rodd Flagg separated by only three points! Tune in next week for a make up race at Daytona!
Fergerson Dominates Atlanta
Hampton, Ga- Daniel Fergerson led 98 of 100 laps and takes home his third checkered flag of the season. Daniel started on the pole and never looked back. Ray Schmidt took care of his car and let the yellows fall in the right places to finish in 2nd after starting 6th. Kent Connolly survived when he was trapped numerous laps down when he short pitted and was able to take advantage of a wave around and to get a lucky dog late in the race and bring home his TNT Machine in third place. The self proclaimed legend, Austin Carver, was really no threat tonight. He was able however to come home in 4th place. David Schuitema, making his cup debut was able to score a top 5 coming home in 5th place tonight. The race was marred by 5 cautions and saw two leaders. Ray Schmidt holds a 36 point lead in the standings over Daniel Fergerson heading into next weeks race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for race 21.
As you can see in the ticker, the lap before had a totally different look. Nobody in the stands would have placed their money on Jimmy Todd headed into the final lap, but Todd would defy all odds and pick up the win. Behind the 18 car, the picture shows the carnage as everybody fought for every given inch. Lance Armentrout Jr would come out of nowhere to finish second. Kent Connolly would push and shove his way to third. Calvin Troy would lead the lap before the last, but fell to fourth in the final standings. Austin Carver would come from a lap down late in the running to finish fifth and keep his championship hopes alive. Tune in for another action packed Friday night next week!
Austin Espitee would give the bumper to Ernest Brown and pick up the lead late in the race. Espitee would take the win with a mad crew at his hauler after the running. Doug Sigmon would finish second, but bring home the big trophy with the championship crown. Dayton Gank would continue his impressive streak of top fives with a third place finish. Kent Connolly surprisingly only wrecked once and finished fourth. Jeffrey Kochis had second on the line for the championship and turned it on at the end to finish fifth. Doug Sigmon won the championship with Kent Connolly and Jeffrey Kochis tying for second!! David Schuitema and Ernest Brown would finish close behind. Congrats to the champ and all competitors for another great season of racing!
Rod Mitten was fastest in practice and put his #9 Ford Mustang on the pole for the Wednesday Nationwide Series finale. But fate had different plans for the rookie, the race was tight all night with the top 3 of Rod Mitten, Butch Gilpin and newcomer Nick Ward swapping places on the top of the leaderboard. With about 20 laps to go Ward would challenge Mitten for the lead but end up taking them both out in turn 4. Ward had terminal damage but Mittens Ford still had some life to keep his championship hopes alive. On the final restart with 10 laps to go it was all about Mr. Where Did He Come From? Johnny Penland, after not leading a single lap Penland aced the restart and never looked back to win the season finale! Johnny P came up 5 points short of Mitten to finish 2nd in the points.
The top 5 of the race went as follows
1 Johnny Penland
2 Butch Gilpin
3 George Jones
4 Robert Mitten
5 Doug Nieskes
The Top 5 of the championship went as follows
1 Robert Mitten
2 Johnny Penland
3 Kent Connolly
4 Jeffrey Kochis
5 David Schuitema
The trucks took to Iowa for the 8th race of the season. Brandon Chubirko grabbed the pole with Rodd Flagg on the outside front row. With the legendary Austin Carver not in the race it left the race wide open. Carver was rumoured to be vacationing in SanFrancisco. With 9 yellows flags being flown the fans were wondering if the race would ever get done. With the race winding down James Hudson held off Joshua Hanner to bring home the bacon and the checkered flag. With Shane Mceachin coming in 3rd, Gregory Thompson 4th, Doug Sigmon 5th.
Well the A cars took to the flat banking of New Hampshire with Trevor Aswarnauth grabbing the pole and Daniel Fergerson on the outside. Trevor Aswarnauth grabbed the lead with Ray Schmidt hot on his tail for about 25 laps. Trevor and Ray had an awesome battle till Ray finally got by Trevor only to have a caution bunge the field back up. During that first run the racers learned they better take of their tire or it was going to be a longggg night. On the last run Daniel would give Ray a little run for his money but Ray would just walk away from the field. Daniel took second, Joe Marks third, Yves Gallagher fourth, and Trevor bringing home fifth.
Dave McArthur grabbed the pole at famed Daytona with Scott Amey on the outside line. With the car counts low there was an anticipation of some good racing but that notion died quickwith some aggresive driving. With only about 4 cars in the lead pack strategy would play into out come. Kent Connolly led the pack in to pit road but would come out with a sizeable gap between he and the second place car of Tyler Bachelder and third place of Jimmy Todd but got tracked down by the two. It was coming down to who would make his move and when but when a late race caution came out it locked the field giving Connolly first, Tyler Bachelder second. Jimmy Todd third, Jakob Howchick fourth, and David Schuitema fifth.
The drivers of the Freedom Cup Series joined by late model ace Doug Sigmon tackled New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Tuesday. Or more accurately NHMS tackled the drivers. The fixed set up supplied was very difficult to drive due to having too much rear brake bias. Even the best drivers could spin their cars out by just thinking about braking. However, being a fixed set up series everyone races on an equal plane.
Timothy TJ Kendrick grabbed the pole in his #29 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet with Jimmy Todd to his outside. Series points leader Ray Schmidt and occasional visitor Doug Sigmon filled up row two. Kendrick took the green and held his spot for 3 laps until Schmidt was able to roll by on the inside. By lap six Austin Carver had improved his position to third after starting on the outside of row 3. His strong showing in the opening laps would be short lived as he became the first victim of the sensitive brakes and self spun into the inside wall ending his night on lap ten. He wasn't alone as the race was marred by 9 cautions with the majority of them being self spins. Schmidt stayed out while the rest of the field pitted. When the race resumed he would hold down the top position with Kendrick and Todd following close behind. The three drivers that would hold down those three positions for the majority of the race through a spate of cautions.
Schmidt looked like the car to beat and would go on to lead 60 of the 100 laps led until following a caution on Lap 74 running as the leader coming back to the green he ran out of talent spun his tires turned into the second place car of Kendrick then hard into the outside wall effectively ending his night although he did limp his badly damaged car to the finish 5 laps down. In the incident TJ also got heavy damage but was able to affect repairs and stay on the lead lap. Jimmy Todd would get bit by one of the league rules. Black flags are not cleared. In the FCS if you get a black flag for any reason you bite the bullet and pay the penalty. Todd was heard on the private radio lamenting that rule but took his medicine.
The ensuing restart would see the field shaken up with Dennis Wright, Doug Sigmon and Kent Connolly taking the three top spots. However for Wright and Connolly the race would finish much as it had been going all evening as a couple more late cautions would cause them to fall from contention.
As if to be a fitting conclusion to a rough night the race would finish under caution. Doug Sigmon would use his Late Model short track experience to find himself up front at the right time and take the checkered. The bad luck of Connolly and Wright would pay off for Todd and Kendrick who came home second and third the only cars on the lead lap. Rodney Lease came home in fourth one lap down and Connolly grabbed the fifth place two laps down.
Schmidt would have his worst finish since the second race in Phoenix but still managed to extend his points lead with Matt Laventure again unable to make the trip. Rodney Lease has taken over second in the standings followed by Connolly, Laventure and Jimmy Todd rounding out the top 5.
With next week being an off week the drivers will have a chance to lick their wounds and dream about what could have been before heading to The Brickyard on July 22nd.
Well the Superlatemodels took to Lanier . Ernest Brown grabbed the pole and Doug sigmon on the outside.
Ernest Brown looked like the dominant car when an early wreck gave him major damage. Dayton Gank seized the opportunity led the most laps with Kent connolly hot on his tracks but never could quite get to Dayton. Next week will be the season finale at New Smyrna Speedway. Come see if Doug Sigmon can close out the championship.
1st Dayton Gank
2nd Kent Connolly
3rd Doug Sigmon
4th Jeffrey Kochis
5th David Schuitema
The bells rang and fireworks filled the air as people took part in festivities across the land. It was clear.. The King had returned. Robert Mitten lead the most laps and looked to be dominate throughout the running, but at the end it was clear... Mitten was a ant in a world of giants. Mitten found out just why Carver had reached legendary status at Revved Up... With seven to go, Carver reeled Mitten in from a second and a half back and easily made the pass on the outside. Mitten would result to dirty tatics to hold off Carver, door slamming him multiple times, but Carver prevailed and sailed away. Carver would win, but Mitten would gain valuable ground over the very veteran driver Kent Connolly in the points championship. Travis Wright would make his debut for Wednesday nights and show why he still is one of the most feared drivers with a third place finish. Butch Gilpin showed what he could do when he doesn't get taken out with a fourth place finish. Johnny Penland finished fifth and solidified his chances for the championship title. There is just eleven points seperating Mitten, Connolly and Penland heading into the showdown finale.
G's Up made a big move in the off-season to pick up Jason Oltmanns and it payed off with a win Monday night. Oltmanns held off championship leader Joshua Hanner. Hanner's second would normally be a huge points day, but points challenger Rodd Flagg would finish third. Doug Sigmon would battle hard and it would pay off with a fourth place finish. The crowd would be on its feet when favorite driver Austin Carver would bounce back from major damage and wheel his way to a top five. The points are still close with Hanner and Flagg separated by just seven points. Shane Mceachin may be a long shot now in third.
Lance Armentrout Jr and Matthew Laventure stayed together the entire last run and it payed off for them. Ray Schmidt and Trevor Aswarnauth would be the challenging duo at the end, but the two misjudged the timing and finished behind Armentrout and Laventure. The final order would be Armentrout winning, Laventure in second, Schmidt in third and Aswarnauth coming home fourth. Robert Mitten would severally bring down the talent level of Austin Carver, but Carver would still manage to come home with a top five in fifth place.
Kent Connolly was leading through the last lap, but in turn four things took a change for the worse for the German driver. Austin Carver may be the Legend, but Ray Schmidt is making some bed time stories with his plate track performances. Schmidt pulled out and beat Connolly to the line in a perfectly timed move. David Schuitema would look strong until lap cars got in the way of him and the two leaders, but he would finish third. Johnny Penland would show some muscle yet again and finish fourth. Bill Paradise would have a performance that was movie worthy and rounded out the top five. The points could not be tighter with Kent Connolly and Rod Mitten deadlocked for the top spot. Johnny Penland is looking to pounce next week with just seven points between him and the leaders.
The Freedom Cup Series rolled into Daytona for a 53 lap shoot out under the lights Tuesday night. Even with series founder Jimmy Todd and Matt Laventure leading in wins and presently holding down second place in points absent and taking a provisional 15 cars took the green flag.
As to be expected with a fixed set qualifying times were very close. Only 7 cars qualified with the gap between first and seventh less then .07 seconds. Ray Schmidt grabbed the pole by .025 over Trevin Aswarnauth. David Schuitema and Marshall Crowell filled out row two.
When the race went green Schmidt took postion on the yellow line with Aswarnauth falling in behind. Exactly where they would run for the next 53 laps. On lap 4 the two car group of Doug Pack being pushed by Clifford Ferguson made a move to the outside allowing Pack to lead a lap but were unable to clear cars of Schmidt and Aswarnauth before falling back and resuming their place in line. A common refrain as 14 laps later is was the tandem of Austin Carver being pushed by Schuitema which gave Carver a lap led but suffered the same fate. They did regroup and make another run a couple laps later giving Schuitema a lap led. On lap 22 the big one happened removing over half of the field from contention for the win. The field pitted with no change in the top 5 running order.
Schmidt took the green on the restart with Trevin following and again both cars camped out on the yellow line. They would hold those positions for the final 20 laps. The final lap would see Chuck Runyan try to hook up with Carver and go to the outside. Aswarnauth recognized the last ditch effort and jumped up in front of the two cars hoping to take advantage of their push but their tandem broke apart causing them to lose steam. Schmidt took the checker with Trevin taking second by the same .025 second gap he trailed in qualifying followed by Carver, Runyan and Shuitema rounding out the top 5. The damaged cars of Bill Paradise, Marshall Crowell and Kent Connolly kept plugging finishing the race one lap down.
Next week the FCS will follow Tropical Storm Arthur up the east coast bringing their own hurricane to lakes region of central New Hampshire and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
3D Racing's Joshua Hanner dominated at Kentucky and added to his chances of picking up yet another championship. G's Up would represent well yet again with Gregory Thompson finishing second. Rodd Flagg would minimize the damage with a solid third place finish after trouble early. Performance would again show strength with Daniel Fergerson coming home fourth. Jason Oltmanns would round out the top five. Only four races remain and just six points separate Hanner and Flagg for the championship!
Ryan Keiss looked to be the dominate car at Kentucky until a mid race wreck gave him severe front end damage. Ray Schmidt would be quick to take over the lead spot and never look back. Schmidt took home the win with the hard charging damaged car of Ryan Keiss finishing second. Daniel Fergerson would being his tight car home third. Rod Lease would finish fourth after a stellar clean run. Yves Gallagher adjusted on his car throughout the race and finished fifth. Its Daytona next week, so cmon out for plate racing at its finest!
The Freedom Cup Series rolled into Sparta, KY to contest the 17th race of the season under the lights at Kentucky Speedway. A track that is in such bad condition that rather then marketing the competitive racing to be had at the facility they are relegated to running commercials touting just how bad the condition of the track really is.
Nine drivers took the green flag at the start with Matthew Laventure capturing his 7th pole of the season. Laventure led the field to the green with Ray Schmidt to his outside on row one and Jimmy Todd and David Shuitema comprising row two.
Laventure went on to lead 4 laps until a minor bobble in the corner on lap 4 opened the door for Schmidt who slipped by on the inside to grab the lead. The bobble brought Timothy Kendrick to Laventures bumper and the two would battle for the second position most of the night. A caution on lap 29 gave the field the opportunity to pit for tires and first timer Timothy Mullins stayed out an extra lap under caution to grab a bonus point for a lap lead.
Schmidt held the lead as the green flew again with Laventure and Kendrick resuming their battle for second joined by Austin Carver who quietly made his way up to fourth. Kendrick who had a fast car in practice and appeared to be a contender for the win got by Laventure and the two were beginning to put pressure on the leader as the second and last caution of the night flew five laps later on lap 38. The caution falling as it did opened up multiple strategies since it was just beyond a fuel run under race conditions. Schmidt in the lead chose to take two tires while the remaining drivers took four. Kendrick, Todd and Kent Connolly chose to go down pit road a second time to top off the tank.
Schmidt jumped out to over a one second lead on the restart with Laventure and Carver in tow. It appeared that Schmidt's two tire strategy was going to be a mistake as Laventure and Carver ran him down with Kendrick who got past Todd bearing down also. Schmidt was able to hold off hard charging Laventure and as tires started to give away Carver fell back into the clutches of Kendrick with the two swapping the 3rd position 5 times over the last 50 laps to the detriment of Kendrick's fuel strategy. The battle with Todd and Carver caused him to use up his tires too early in the run. A late problem removed Todd from the mix.
As the laps wound down and the tires gave up the challengers lap times plummeted giving Schmidt the break he needed and allowing him to go into fuel conservation mode. The race finished Schmidt, Laventure, Kendrick, Carver with Todd rounding out the top five. There was no change in the top ten points following the race.
Bring your sun tan lotion and speedos, (on second thought don't. Nobody wants to see that.) next week the FCS will head to the beach to take on the great equalizer Daytona Speedway again under the lights.
Butch Gilpin was leading in the final laps when a multi car wreck broke out and he cruised to the flag under caution. Kent Connolly was looking to make a move, but we will never know if he had anything for the bad fast Gilpin. Connolly would come home second with Cody McCorkle finishing third. David Schuitema would have yet another strong run in his pocket and would bring his car across the line in fourth. To the normal racer, a fifth place finish would be a great day at the track, but to fan favorite Austin Carver, the finish was unacceptable. Carver came home fifth after so called teammate Kent Connolly left him after Carver pushed him to the front. Connolly didn't make any friends Friday night, but he would claim the championship with a sizable gap between first and second. That second place finisher would be Rod Lease, a driver would didn't use glitch fast tows or dirty side drafts and intentional wrecks to make it into the top three. David Schuitema would wrap up his impress campaign with third place in the points. Dennis Wright would use his admin powers to bump him up to fourth in the standings. Chris Roberts would round out the top five, while some had him pegged to win it all until a two race absence ended any chance of such a feat.
The inaugural race for the Wednesday Night Nationwide Series started off well for most drivers. As the night went on I could not say the most for some people. Austin Carver did not live up to expectations, it is believed he was bothered by the short autograph line before the race as most the fans crowded around new driver Gabriel Czerniecki. The fans made the right choice as Gabriel won the race by 20 seconds only to be challenged early by Butch Gilpin. Johnny Penland also ran well bringing home a runner up finish.
The top 5 went as followed
1 Gabriel Czerniecki
2 Johnny Penland -20.910
3 Butch Gilpin -24.501
4 Robert Mitten -54.298
5 Doug Nieskes -1:23.581