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Dec
03

My take on the Trenton Race.

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Three abreast parade lap salute to the fans. (WOS Photo)

Lawrenceville, NJ December 3, 2017 ... When I first heard of the Trenton race being on dirt all I could think of was an Arena covered in dust. From the cloth seats to the concourse concessions. But after the pounding of 84 cars over 500 laps from Thursday nights practice, Fridays practice and 14 races and the Saturdays practice, “Alphabet Mains” and feature, there was not even a hint of dust ever during the 3 days of the event. This show was great and could be the start of something big that could outgrow the venue. For those that chose not to go because they didn’t want to get dirty talk to someone who went. Next year mark it on your calendar as a must go to race. You will not be disappointed.

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Article Credit: Brooke Rowden

FAIRBURY, IL. (October 7, 2017) - Robert Ballou made his POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprint League debut in stunning fashion coming out victorious at the league's season finale event at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Sprint Mania gathered a wide variety of drivers for the inaugural event with nine different states represented among the field of 31 cars. Ballou bested the group over Dave Darland, Joe B. Miller, Landon Simon, and League Champion Korey Weyant rounded out the top five.

The feature event was full of big sliders, close calls, and drama. Mario Clouser and Joe B. Miller led the 22-car starting field to green flag racing Saturday night with Miller leading lap one while Ballou sat third, but he didn't waste any time before throwing a slide job in turns three and four to take over second.

The yellow flag flew early on in the race for Mitch Wissmiller and Kevin Thomas Jr. who tangled and came to a stop in turns three and four. Kevin Thomas Jr. and Josh Hodges had originally travelled to Haubstadt, Indiana earlier that day for a race at Tri-State Speedway which got rained out. They loaded up and hauled directly to "FALS" where they tagged the back of the B-Main and both transferred into the feature event. Thomas won the B-Main from the back.

When the green flag came back out, a fierce battle within the top five continued to heat up. Joe B. Miller remained in the lead while Tyler Courtney challenged Ballou for second and then Dave Darland showed his nose to challenge Courtney for third. Courtney found enough momentum coming off of turn two and threw the slider at Ballou in turns three and four to make the pass for second leaving Ballou now in third.

As Miller began to catch lapped traffic, the red flag would wave for Terry Babb who got above the cushion in turns three and four and upside down. He climbed out under his own power but was done for the evening.

21 laps remained. The green flag flew, and Courtney was hot on Miller's trail as he followed him down the backstretch. Courtney threw the slide job for the lead, Miller crossed over and they drag raced down the front straightaway to the crowd's delight. Courtney was the new race leader.

Courtney remained in a comfortable lead while Ballou and Darland worked their way past Joe B. Miller. Ballou began reeling Courtney in as he caught lapped traffic. Ballou pressured Courtney in turns three and four, but Courtney remained in the lead until he made contact with lap car Kevin Thomas Jr in turns one and two and flipped with four laps to go. Courtney climbed out under his own power, but would not refire.

With an open racetrack and four laps left ahead of him, Ballou would go on to snag his first POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East win of his career and a stellar $4,000 payday over Dave Darland and Joe B. Miller.

Korey Weyant was crowned the 2017 POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Champion Saturday night after wrapping up the title season over Terry Babb by 107 points, which makes him the first ever Champion to sweep both WAR regions in a season.

The POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprints concluded their season with the Sprint Mania event and will begin planning the 2018 season immediately. Any racetracks interested in promoting an event can contact League Director, Casey Shuman.

POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprint League 10/7/17
Fairbury American Legion Speedway - 31 cars

Hinchman Racewear Heat 1 - 8 laps
1. 24-Landon Simon, Tipp City, OH (6); 2. 56-Mitchell Davis, Auburn, IL (1); 3. 14-Chad Wilson, Toledo, OH (2); 4. 31L Buddy Lowther, Cincinnati, OH (5); 5. 4G-George Gaertner III, Salem, WI (7); 6. N2-Nic Harris, Atlanta, IL (3); 7. 24X-Kyle Simon, Covington, OH (7)

Wilwood Disc Brakes Heat 2 - 8 laps
1. 23C-Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, IN (3); 2. 8D-Terry Babb, Decatur, IL (1); 3. 17GP-Dave Darland, Lincoln, IN (5); 4. 1-Mitch Wissmiller, Saybrook, IL (8); 5. 11-James Lyerla, Hillsboro, IL (6); 6. 52F-Logan Faucon, Elkhart, IL (7); 7. 1T-Tyler Shoemaker, Bloomington, IN (4); 8. 95-Tommy Rockwell, Towanda, IL (2)

Bell Helmets Heat 3 - 8 laps
1. 6-Mario Clouser, Auburn, IL (1); 2, 12-Robert Ballou, Rocklin, CA (5); 3. 5H-Patrick Haynes, Bradley, IL (2); 4. 20-Steve Thomas, Rantoul, IL (3); 5. 89-George Gaertner Jr, Salem, WI (6); 6. 7-Steve Clott, N/A (8); 7. 9-Kevin Thomas Jr, Cullman, AL (7)-DNS; 8. 74-Josh Hodges, Tijeras, NM (8)-DNS

Schure Built Suspension Heat 4 - 8 laps
1. 99-Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL (1); 2. 47-Katlynn Leer, Moulton, IA (4); 3. 51B-Joe B. Miller, Millersville, MO (6); 4. 38-Allen Hafford, Beach Park, IL (3); 5. 31-Austin Sears, Macomb, IL (2); 6. 16-Anthony Nicholson, Bartlett, TN (5); 7. 37X-Dave Gross, Rochester, IN (7)

B-Main - 12 laps
1. 9-Kevin Thomas Jr (14); 2. 16-Anthony Nicholson (7); 3. 74-Josh Hodges (15); 4. 11-James Lyerla (2); 5. 38-Allen Hafford (1); 6. 52F-Logan Faucon (4); 7. 31-Austin Sears (5); 8. 89-George Gaertner Jr (3); 9. 95-Tommy Rockwell (12); 10. 1T-Tyler Shoemaker (11); 11. 29-Randy Stanford (10); 12. 37X-Dave Gross (9); 13. 7-Steve Clott (6); 14. N2-Nic Harris (8); 15. 24X-Kyle Simon (13)

POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprints A-Main - 35 laps
1. 12-Robert Ballou (4); 2. 17GP-Dave Darland (9); 3. 51B-Joe B. Miller (2); 4. 24-Landon Simon (6); 5. 99-Korey Weyant (7); 6. 6-Mario Clouser (1); 7. 56-Mitchell Davis (10); 8. 74-Josh Hodges (19); 9. 16-Anthony Nicholson (18); 10. 52F-Logan Faucon (22); 11. 14-Chad Wilson (12); 12. 38-Allen Hafford (21); 13. 5H-Patrick Haynes (13); 14. 11-James Lyerla (20); 15. 20-Steve Thomas (16); 16. 31L-Buddy Lowther (14); 17. 4G-George Gaertner III (15); 18. 23C-Tyler Courtney (5)-DNF; 19. 9-Kevin Thomas Jr (17)-DNF; 20. 47-Katlynn Leer (3)-DNF; 21. 8D-Terry Babb (11)-DNF; 22. 1-Mitch Wissmiller (8)-DNF

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Sep
20

The Woman Behind Grandview Speedway

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THE FOLLOWING VIDEO IS PROVIDED BY GARY SILVERMAN AT GSP VIDEO.
Order the complete race night DVD at gspshop.com
- 358 modified 'Freedom 76' feature highlights from 9/16/2017 at Grandview Speedway


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Aug
11

Road Trip: Knoxville Nationals Day 2

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Jul
23

WINDOM SWEEPS WAR EAST WEEKEND

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Canton, IL (July 22, 2017) - Returning to his hometown, Chris Windom picked up his third win in three opportunities with the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprints on Satuday night at Spoon River Speedway. The race was a non-stop 25 lapper at top speed on the high-banked speed plant.

Korey Weyant moved into the lead at the start from the pole starting position with Landon Simon close behind. Weyant set a torrid pace as he led the first seven laps. Simon got a good run on lap eight to move past Weyant for the lead. Windom would also move by for second in the following laps.

Simon was up to the challenge as he moved through lapped traffic to keep the lead. That would change on lap twenty two as Simon slid up high in turn one as he attempted to lap a slower car. Windom would move underneath Simon and had the momentum down the backstretch to move into the lead.

Simon made one final attempt at Windom on the final turn of the last lap, but Windom would prove to be too strong in his J&D powered DRC. Mitch Wissmiller ran third in his Air Plus Contracting/SF Welding & Repair Chevy 410 powered Maxim after a good battle with Korey Weyant. Weyant would end up fourth in the Ealey Transportation/Weeble's Bar and Grill/Tosti's Transmission Eagle with Automotive Machine power. Rounding out the top five was Mario Clouser in his Yokohama Tires/Clouser Auto Repair Maxim with Claxton power. Terry Babb was sixth as he was followed by Slater Helt and Chris Parkinson. James Lyerla and Andy Baugh rounded out the top ten.

The POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprints have three remaining events in 2017. They are in action next at Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois on Friday, August 18. The following events are the much anticipated SPRINT MANIA on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7 at Fairbury American Legion Speedway, also known as FALS in Fairbury, Illinois.

The POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint League is back on track next week for a two day weekend. Kicking off on Friday, July 28 at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri followed by Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday, July 29.

POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprint League
7/22/17
Spoon River Speedway - 16 cars

Hinchman Racewear Heat 1 - 8 laps
1. 5-Chris Windom, Canton, IL (2); 2. 99-Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL (7); 3. 65-Chris Parkinson, Gladstone, MO (5); 4. 22S-Slater Helt, Harrisonville, MO (6); 5. 31-Austin Sears, Macomb, IL (1); 6. 7S-Wade Seiler, Alton, IL (8); 7. 31L-Buddy Lowther, Cincinnati, OH (3); 8. 20-Steve Thomas, Ludlow, IL (4)-DNF

Wilwood Disc Brakes Heat 2 - 8 laps
1. 24-Landon Simon, Brownsburg, IN (4); 2. Mario Clouser, Auburn, IL (2); 3. 1-Mitch Wissmiller, Saybrook, IL (5); 4. 8D-Terry Babb, Decatur, IL (8); 5. 95-Tommy Rockwell, Towanda, IL (3); 6. 11-James Lyerla, Hillsboro, IL (7); 7. 6B-Andy Baugh, Mason City, IL (6); 8. 1T-Tyler Shoemaker, Clinton, IL (1)

POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprints A-Main - 25 laps
1. 5-Chris Windom (3); 2. 24-Landon Simon (2); 3. 1-Mitch Wissmiller (6); 4. 99-Korey Weyant (1); 5. 6-Mario Clouser (7); 6. 8D-Terry Babb (4); 7. 22S-Slater Helt (8); 8. 65-Chris Parkinson (5); 9. 11-James Lyerla (10); 10. 6B-Andy Baugh (13); 11. 7S-Wade Seiler (9); 12. 95-Tommy Rockwell (11); 13. 31L-Buddy Lowther (14); 1T-Tyler Shoemaker (15); 15. 31-Austin Sears (12)-DNF; 16. 20-Steve Thomas (DNS)

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Urbana, IL (July 21, 2017) - Making his second start of the season with the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprints, Chris Windom made it two for two with a win Friday night at the Champaign County Fairgrounds Speedway fresh off of his NASCAR Truck start at Eldora Speedway this week.

The initial start would see the red flag fly as Chris Parkinson got upside down in turn 1. He was uninjured, but done for the evening.

When racing resumed, Clouser moved into the top spot as he was followed by Wissmiller. With a lap in the books, Cameron Knell would flip in turn four to bring out the red flag. He was uninjured. During the red flag, Wissmiller went to the pits with a mechanical issue, ending his evening.

Clouser set a quick pace as he was chased by Windom. With the pair working heavy lapped traffic, Windom would move past Clouser on lap fourteen. Clouser kept it close as the duo negotiated continued lapped traffic. Just behind them, Terry Babb was gaining on Clouser for the second spot and Justin Grant had worked his way into the fourth spot.
In the closing laps, Windom had a comfortable lead as the battle was for second between Clouser and Babb. Clouser was able to move past a slower car, while Babb made contact slowing him down and allowing Grant to move into third.

Windom picked up the win in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving/AmsOil Claxton-powered DRC. Clouser was a strong second in his Yokohama Tires/Clouser Auto Repair Claxton-powered Maxim. Grant was third in the Sam McGhee Motorsports/Mike McGhee and Associates/Brown Racing Solutions Foxco-powered Maxim. Babb was fourth in the KCBJ Motorsports/Faith Flat Out Minstries/APT Powder Coating Eagle with 5 Star power. Rounding out the top five was Landon Simon in the Mount Baker Vapor J&D powered DRC. Zach Daum was the Indy Race Parts Hard Charger as he moved from fourteenth to sixth. He was followed by Jerry Coons Jr. and points leader Korey Weyant. Rounding out the top ten were Bret Tripplett and Steve Thomas.

The POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprints will be in action again on Saturday, July 22 at the Spoon River Speedway in Canton, IL.

POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprint League 7/21/17 Champaign County Speedway - 26 cars

Hinchman Racewear Heat 1 - 8 laps
1. 20-Steve Thomas, Ludlow, IL (2); 2. 99-Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL (1); 3. Bret Tripplett, Lincoln, IL (3); 4. 56-Mitchell Davis, Auburn, IL (5); 5. 4L-Cameron Knell, Villa Grove, IL (4); 6. 65-Chris Parkinson, Gladstone, MO (6); 7. 37X-Dave Gross, Rochester, IN (7)-DNF

Wilwood Disc Brakes Heat 2 - 8 laps
1. 5-Chris Windom, Canton, IL (1); 2. 11G-Justin Grant, Ione, CA (2); 3. 21K-Jerry Coons Jr, Tucson, AZ (3); 4. 5D-Zach Daum, Pocahontas, IL (5); 5. 73-Willie Tackitt, Tuscola, IL (4); 6. 7-Bobby Logan, Rantoul, IL (6); 7. 31-Austin Sears, Macomb, IL-DNS

Bell Helmets Heat 3 - 8 laps
1. 24-Landon Simon, Brownsburg, IN (5); 2. 7S-Wade Seiler, Alton, IL (1); 3. 95-Tommy Rockwell, Towanda, IL (2); 4. E85-Dan Meyer, Tuscola, IL (3); 5. 31L-Buddy Lowther, Cincinnnati, OH (6); 6. 22S-Slater Helt, Harrisonville, MO-DNS

Schure Built Suspensions Heat 4 - 8 laps
1. Mario Clouser, Auburn, IL (1); 2. Mitch Wissmiller, Saybrook, IL (3); 3. 8D-Terry Babb, Decatur, IL (6); 4. 11X-James Lyerla, Hillsboro, IL (4); 5. 11-Mark Brucker, Elliott, IL (2); 6. 72-Al Thomas, Ludlow, IL (5)

B-Main - 12 laps
1. 4L-Cameron Knell (1); 2. 65-Chris Parkinson (5); 3. 73-Willie Tackitt (2); 4. 31L-Buddy Lowther (3); 5. 11-Mark Brucker (4); 6. 72-Al Thomas (7); 7. 37X-Dave Gross (8); 8. 7-Bobby Logan (6); 9. 31-Austin Sears-DNS; 10. 22S-Slater Helt-DNS

POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprints A-Main - 25 laps
1. 5-Chris Windom (3); 2. 6-Mario Clouser (1); 3. 11G-Justin Grant (7); 4. 8D-Terry Babb (4); 5. 24-Landon Simon (6); 6. 5D-Zach Daum (14); 7. 21K-Jerry Coons Jr. (11); 8. 9 9-Korey Weyant (8); 9. 22-Bret Tripplett (10); 10. 20-S. Thomas (5); 11. 56-Mitchell Davis (13); 12. 95=Tommy Rockwell (12); 13. 11X-James Lyerla (15); 14. 7S-Wade Seiler (9); 15. E85-Dan Meyer (16); 16. 31L-Buddy Lowther (20); 17. 1-Mitch Wissmiller (1)-DNF: 18. 4L-Cameron Knell (17)-DNF; 19. 65-Chris Parkinson (18)-DNF; 20. 73-Willie Tackitt (19)-DNF

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