Wall Stadium

DATE OF EVENT: Sept. 14, 2019

DATE OF RELEASE: Sept. 14, 2019

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WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Two-time All American Auto Group Modified stock car champion Steven Reed raced to his fourth main event win of the season Saturday night at Wall Stadium Speedway. The Jackson resident and current point leader was emotional in the winner's circle after the event.

A pair of drivers, Joey Merlino of Pine Hill and Kevin Davison of Howell, fought for their first main event wins in the test as Reed worked his way to the front of the pack. A lap 18 restart saw Davison power to the front past Merlino in the outside lane before another caution slowed the action. Davison again worked the outside lane on the ensuing restart before both Merlino and Davison tangled in turn two. Reed then raced into the lead after his climb to the head of the field.

Reed then survived a few more cautions before stretching his advantage to the checker flag. Andrew Krause of Holmdel and Eddie McCarthy of Pt. Pleasant were second and third while Brick's Eric Mauriello and Neptune's Chris Andretta wrapped up the top five.

“This win is for the fans,” an emotional Reed said after the win. “Every week a lot of people come up to me in the stands and that really means a lot. Some come up and wish me luck like I'm a man going off to war. Their encouragement helps. Even the haters help us by encouraging us to go faster!

“I also have to thank my family and backers for all they do to make this car fast. It is so much fun to drive because it is so good. My spotter kept telling to to take it easy and save the tires in case there was another restart. It is hard to slow down when the car is so good!”

Point leader Elliot Wohl of Beachwood took a step toward his first O'Shea's Auto Repair Factory Stock title by wining his fifth 25-lap main event of the year. Former champ Scott Riggleman of Manchester led much of the first half of the race before settling for second, while Tom Rajkowski of Fords, Wall's Bryan O'Shea and Joey Helberg of Union wrapped up the top five.

Former champion Brian Osborn of Howell raced into the lead on lap five and drove on to his second victory of the year in the 25-lapper for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks. Alonzo Morales of Mt. Ephraim and point leader Neil Rutt III of Edison were second and third while Sal Liguori of Hazlet and Jeffrey Loesch of Neptune City were fourth and fifth.

Eric Mauriello jumped into the Alan Camp No. x3 for the Center State Engineering Sportsman 25-lapper and crossed the finish line first, but when that team suffered a tire bank infraction Jonathan Laureigh of Lanoka Harbor was awarded the feature race win. Farmingdale's Tommy Martino, point leader Carsten DiGiantomasso, Jake Nelke of Manahawkin and Roland DeMartino of Beachwood were second through fifth.

Auto racing continues at Wall Stadium Speedway this Saturday (Sept. 21) night with the Factory Stocks battling in two 25-lappers and the Sportsman cars and Mike's Performance Center Limited Late Models each racing in a 25-lapper. The visiting Three Quarter Midgets will race in a 25-lap event on the inner oval and Demolition Derby action will also be presented. Grandstand gates open at 5:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 5:45 p.m. and features start at 7:00 p.m. This “Pack the Track” night event offers a discounted admission of just $10 for adults and $5 of children aged 6 to 16. Kids five and under and parking is always free.

Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is ckmotorsports@aol.com.

MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. STEVEN REED, JACKSON, 2. Andrew Krause, 3. Eddie McCarthy, 4. Eric Mauriello, 5. Chris Andretta, 6. Jonathan Mandato, 7. Kevin Davison, 8. Kenny Van Wickle, 9. Tyler Truex, 10. Robert French, 11. Michael Carr, 12. Shaun Carrig, 13. Jason Treat, 14. Joey Jarowicz, 15. Derek Hopkinson, 16. Joey Merlino, 17. Dom Fattaruso, 18. Ron Frees, 19. Tom Catanzaro, 20. ed Delage, 21. Ricky Collins

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ELLIOT WOHL, BEACHWOOD, 2. Scott Riggleman, 3. Tom Rajkowski, 4. Bryan O'Shea, 5. Joey Helberg, 6. Tim Majek, 7. Nick Killmer, 8. Matt Badessa, 9. Robert Ptaszynski, 10. Kevin Flores, 11. Robert Stack, 12. billy Both, 13. John Bowers, 14. Waylon Speer, 15. Joe Mongeau, DQ Matt Malachatka

4 CYLINDER FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BRIAN OSBORN, HOWELL, 2. Alonzo Morales, 3. Neil Rutt III, 4. Ricky Williams, 5. Jeff Loesch, 6. Mike Lavery, 7. Nicole Razzano, 8. Doug Ashford, 9. Ian Ashford, 10. Darianne McLaren, 11. Brian Barbalacci, 12. Cody Critelli, 13. Jennifer Schultz, 14. Deanna McLaren, 15. Bill Schwarz, 16. Ryan Maher

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. Jonathan Laureigh, Lanoka Harbor, 2. Tommy Martino, 3. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 4. Jake Nelke, 5. Roland DeMartino, 6. Kyle Scisco, 7. Neil Rutt III, 8. Tomas Stainionis, 9. Michael Rising, DQ Eric Mauriello, DQ Jarret DiGiantomasso

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Sammons Scores Third While Pauch Jr. Wraps Up 2019 Title At New Egypt

New Egypt, NJ – Davey Sammons and Dakota Kessler led the 30-Lap Vahlco Wheels Modified feature to the green. Sammons would jump out the early lead and led the first six laps when Johnny Guarino, Cale Ross and Wade Hendrickson tangled in turn three. Sammons would jump back out to the lead on the ensuing restart with Kessler in tow. The second caution of the event would fly on lap ten when Kevin Vaclavicek, Dominick Buffalino and Blaine Bracelin got together in turn four. Sammons would again take command of the field on the restart. Brandon Grosso would take over the runner-up spot from Kessler after starting 10th on lap 13. The only slight hiccup that Sammons would have would be on lap 15 when his right side sail panel came loose and folded over which would not phase him one bit as he continued to set a torrid pace. Billy Pauch Jr. who started 12th would now be in the third position as him and Grosso battled for second while they chased after Sammons. 2018 track champion David VanHorn had now raced up from his 13th starting spot while him and Mike Butler put on a crowd-pleasing duel running side by side for the fourth position lap after lap toward the end of the event. They would all be no match for Sammons and he would lead wire-to-wire scoring his third Vahlco Wheels Modified main event of 2019 at New Egypt Speedway. Brandon Grosso would come home second with Billy Pauch Jr. third, David VanHorn fourth, and Mike Butler completing the top five.

“Two weeks ago we changed something on the car and had a motor issue, we got everything back in time for last week and found out we had a bent valve. So, we found something and it took us two weeks to run it. I drove as hard as I could. The track was really fun, I’ve won races where I had to run the bottom and it’s nice to win one where you have to get up on the wheel. We fought for this and we’re just happy to be here”, said Sammons post race.

After clinching the 2019 Vahlco Wheels Modified title the week prior, Billy Pauch Jr. was officially crowned champion this week, for Pauch Jr. it is his second championship in three years and four straight seasons where he hasn’t finished worse than second in points.

“It was a tough and challenging year, we really got going there. We really wanted to win tonight but hats off to Davey (Sammons), Our guys are awesome, this means a lot, I grew up here as a kid, we’ve had a good couple of years here and we have a lot of fun”, Pauch Jr. said following the race.

Brian Spencer picked up his second straight Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Car feature over Rich Mellor, Larry Drake, Duane Nixon and Heidi Hedin. With his second place finish Rich Mellor has clinched the 2019 Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Car championship.

Robbie Holzwarth scored his second Crate Modified win of 2019 and the second of his career over Ryan Heim, Sammy Martz Jr., Matt Miller and Johnny Bangs. The point battle is closer than ever with Joe Toth leading Johnny Bangs by just two points and Ryan Simmons 10 out of the lead in third heading into next week's final points race. The Crate Modified results are currently unofficial.

Rob Longo won the 15-lap feature for the Mike’s Performance Center 4-Cylinders over point leader Mike Fox, Joe Garey Sr., Dom Antonelli and Scott Dunn.

New Egypt Speedway is back in action next Saturday night when Hammer Electric presents Championship Night along with ¼ Midget Night. Track champions in the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars, Hammer Sportsman, Crate Modifieds, Street Stocks and the Mike’s Performance Center 4-Cylinders will all be crowned. Also all area ¼ Midget Racers are invited to put their cars on display and take part in our ¼ Midget parade during intermission.

Adult Admission (16+) is $20, Seniors (65+) are $18, Teens (12-15) & Military w/ID are $10 while Kids 11 & Under are FREE. Pit gates will open at 4PM with the grandstands opening at 5PM. Hot Laps are scheduled for 6PM with racing scheduled to begin at 7PM next Saturday.

New Egypt Speedway, which is New Jersey’s premier dirt racing facility, is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.
For more information, visit online: www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway.

New Egypt Speedway Results

Flemington Car & Truck Country

First Responders & Modified Championship Night


Vahlco Wheels MODIFIEDS

Feature (30 laps): 1. Davey Sammons 2. Brandon Grosso 3. Billy Pauch Jr. 4. David VanHorn 5. Mike Butler 6. Dakota Kessler 7. Ryan Krachun 8. John McClelland 9. Jimmy Horton 10. Cale Ross 11. Danny Bouc 12. Rich Rutski 13. Wade Hendrickson 14. Billy Osmun 15. PJ Oliver 16. Frank Venezia 17. Bob Lillick 18. Danny Carlough 19. Jack Swain 20. Pat Wall 21. Kevin Vaclavicek 22. Dominick Buffalino 23. Blaine Bracelin 24. Johnny Guarino DNQ: John Pakenham, Bob Rambone

Heat Winners: Davey Sammons, Kevin Vaclavicek, Billy Pauch Jr.

Consi Winner: Cale Ross

Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless SPRINTS (NEWS):

Feature (20 laps): 1. Brian Spencer 2. Rich Mellor 3. Larry Drake 4. Duane Nixon 5. Heidi Hedin 6. Gary Huston 7. Greg Shepsis 8. Brad Schaale 9. Eric Degler 10. Al Cheney 11. Chace Leahy 12. Ken Nealis

Heat Winners: Duane Nixon, Larry Drake

CRATE MODIFIEDS (Unofficial Results)

Feature (20 laps): 1. Bobby Holzwarth 2. Ryan Heim 3. Sammy Martz Jr 4. Johnny Bangs 5. Matt Miller 6. Ryan Simmons 7. Joe Toth 8. Anthony Tramontana 9. Jon Meyer 10. Steve Hicks 11. Kevin Borden 12. Andy Walko 13. Robbie Dunn 14. Vinny Troia 15. Zach Merola 16. Jeremy Martino 17. Dan Fleming 18. Darren Cox 19. Aaron Weaver 20. Tom Princiotta 21. Eric Palmer 22. Jake Roveda 23. Glenn McIntyre 24. Nick Van Wickle 25. Ryan Krushinski

DNQ: Jarrod Burdge, Will Protinick, Glenn McIntyre, Rob Mancini

Heat Winners: Tom Princiotta, Andy Walko, Bobby Holzwarth

Consi Winner: Steve Hicks

Mike’s Performance Center 4-CYLINDERS

Feature (15 laps): 1. Rob Longo 2. Mike Fox 3. Joe Garey Sr. 4. Dom Antonelli 5. Scott Dunn 6. Jimmy Avery 7. Penny Horner 8. Jim Backowski 9. Joe Garey Jr. 10. Ashley Wroble 11. Joe King

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Winner Logan Schuchart (Devin Mayo Photo)

FORTUNE FAVORED: Logan Schuchart wins NOS Energy Drink Showdown at Stockton
Schuchart benefits from teammate Jacob Allen’s bad luck to win race and $20,000 prize

STOCKTON, CA – Sept. 13, 2019 – Logan Schuchart could see victory at the Stockton Dirt Track with three laps to go. He could see his opportunity to sweep the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series races at the track. And he could see collecting the $20,000 award for winning the NOS Energy Drink Showdown.

However, he could also see his Shark Racing teammate Jacob Allen leading, searching for his first World of Outlaws win. He couldn’t catch him. A runner-up finish looked like his calling, and he was OK with that.

Cruising down the backstretch, he saw Allen’s Drydene No. 1a car power into turn three, heading for two laps to go. When Schuchart exited turn four, he no longer saw Allen in front of him. The white and blue No. 1a slowed and pulled into the infield.

The lead was Schuchart’s. And after two clean laps, so was the win.

“It’s a tough deal,” Schuchart said of Allen’s affliction. “I’m happy to get the win. It’s awesome to have these cars up front. Whatever happened, this team works really hard to keep these cars on the racetrack.”

The victory was Schuchart’s seventh of the year – further breaking his record of winning at most four wins in a season – and 15th career World of Outlaws win overall.

While he celebrated in Victory Lane with his Drydene cladded Shark Racing team, Allen was back at the trailer diagnosing an engine failure with his crew under a full moon Friday the 13th night.

“Pretty much a heart break,” said a deflated Allen, trying to find the words to describe the loss. “It’s kind of tough.”

The Shark Racing duo were fast all night. Schuchart qualified third and Allen fourth – both setting times that broke the previous track record. Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz set Quick Time and the new track record with a time of 12.543 sec.

Schuchart and Allen went on to both finished second in their Drydene Heat races. Then finish third and second, respectively, in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – won by Austen Wheatley.

Wheatley and Allen made up the front row of the 30-lap Feature – both attempting to win their first World of Outlaws race. On the initial start, Wheatley hit the throttle and wheeled onto the front stretch, allowing Allen to get the jump on him and pull away with the lead into the first turn.

His comfortable lead was eliminated in two laps when the first caution came out for Shane Stewart going off track in turn two. On the restart Allen launched back to the lead, but Wheatley stayed close and got side by side with Allen through the first corner. Allen had the better grip on the high groove and drove away from Wheatley down the backstretch.

While Allen ran away with the lead, David Gravel worked his way around Schuchart for third and after dueling with Wheatley for eight laps moved into second. By that time, Allen had found himself in heavy lap traffic. Gravel was able to gain yards on him every lap.

However, once Allen found clean air again, he left Gravel searching for speed by pulling away to about a straightaway lead.

With nine laps to go Allen caught more traffic, including Brad Sweet, and got loose exiting turn two. He lost traction exiting turn four, too, unable to hold his line. That allowed Gravel to go from being a straightaway back to being at Allen’s tail tank.

Allen continued to run the low line into turn one and Gravel darted high to try and get a run around him. However, the move cost Gravel a chance at a win. Going high opened the door for Schuchart to dive underneath. The two almost made contact at the apex of the corner, hurting Gravel most. Schuchart accelerated away from the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 41 car down the backstretch.

“I kind of punched myself in the head there after that,” Gravel said. “I tried to pass Jacob on the top going into one and two, ended up giving the spot to Logan.”

Now, the only car Schuchart saw in front of him was his teammate. With seven laps to go inches separated the Shark Racing drivers due to a caution for Tim Kaeding going off track in turn two.

On the final restart of the night Allen rocketed ahead of Schuchart. He made it look like a race between a great white shark and a carp. Schuchart couldn’t keep pace with his teammate and in the closing laps found himself having to hold off a hard charging Schatz, who got around Gravel for third.

With three laps to go Allen wore the appearance of a first-time winner. Clean laps. No mistakes. And fields of clean air between the cars behind him and in front of him. Appearances meant nothing, though. While driving through turns three and four his fairy tale turned into a horror movie. His engine let go. Speed lost. Win lost.

“After that last restart it felt like it was kind of starting to lose power a pinch,” Allen said. “But it’s hard to say. You know, you’ve got a lot on your mind. There’re only a few laps left. You’re just trying to finish it and win the race. It’s a pretty shitty deal really. I don’t know. It sucks. I guess it’s just part of it.”

Allen’s misfortune became Schuchart’s gain as he inherited the lead and drove to his second straight win at the Stockton Dirt Track.

“He was way faster than I was,” Schuchart said about Allen. “It showed after the restart. It’s tough. Once Jacob got to the lead, he was gone. I couldn’t really hit my marks there for a few laps. I was just trying to make myself wide. I was happy to run second in this race. But I’m a competitor at the same time. I was going to try and pass him if I got the spot.

“Jacob, he’s been working really hard at this deal. It’s tough. It takes a lot out of you. Especially when you get beat all of the time. But he’s right there. We’ve seen it in the past. I hope he can get his spirit up and win one of these things. I’ve never been so big as a fan as I was running second tonight.”

While Allen’s slumped body posture and hanging head expressed his disappointment in his 17th place finish, he was still able to find the light in a gloomy situation.

“It gives you confidence for sure, just being that close and just leading laps,” Allen said. “Definitely a confidence booster. Probably the biggest thing, besides me getting my first win, is just knowing Logan was running second and we had a shot at getting our first one-two finish. Yeah, it’s not easy to be up front on any of these Outlaw races. I guess it just made me more hungry for the next time.”

Schatz finished second and Gravel had to settle for third. With Schatz’s runner-up finish he was able to retake the points lead over Grass Valley, Calif.-native Brad Sweet – who finished 10th – one race after Sweet took it from him. The reigning champion is now 14 points ahead of Sweet heading into the final California race of the year.

Schuchart is in a close points battle of his own. Sitting fifth in points, he is 38 points behind fourth-place Daryn Pittman after winning the NOS Energy Drink Showdown.

The Pennsylvania-native now has his sights set on a win at Calistoga Speedway.


The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Sept. 14, will be at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, Calif. for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown.

As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on www.DIRTVision.com.

Race Results: 9/13/19 – Stockton Dirt Track

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$20,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$5,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [4][$3,200]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,800]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$2,500]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [8][$2,300]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [12][$2,200]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [16][$2,100]; 9. 17W-Shane Golobic [13][$2,050]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet [14][$2,000]; 11. 44W-Austen Wheatley [1][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [17][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$1,100]; 14. 88N-DJ Netto [18][$1,050]; 15. O-Bud Kaeding [21][$1,000]; 16. 7S-Tim Kaeding [9][$900]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][$800]; 18. 88-Jonathan Allard [22][$800]; 19. 5-Shane Stewart [20][$800]; 20. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [15][$800]; 21. 7-Jason Sides [5][$800]; 22. 53-Jessie Attard [19][$800];
Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-27, Logan Schuchart 28-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Carson Macedo[+8]

Qualifying – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.543; 2. 41-David Gravel, 12.561; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.565; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.624; 5. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 12.668; 6. 7-Jason Sides, 12.707; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.709; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.746; 9. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.76; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.775; 11. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.802; 12. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 12.841; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.844; 14. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.941; 15. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.997; 16. 17W-Shane Golobic, 13.015; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.049; 18. 88N-DJ Netto, 13.065; 19. 53-Jessie Attard, 13.12; 20. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.154; 21. O-Bud Kaeding, 13.19; 22. 88-Jonathan Allard, 13.645

DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic [6]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [5]; 7. 53-Jessie Attard [7]; 8. 88-Jonathan Allard [8]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) – 1. 44W-Austen Wheatley [2]; 2. 41-David Gravel [1]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [4]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 7. 5-Shane Stewart [7]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) – 1. 7-Jason Sides [2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 3. 7S-Tim Kaeding [4]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [5]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [3]; 6. 88N-DJ Netto [6]; 7. O-Bud Kaeding [7]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 44W-Austen Wheatley [1]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 4. 41-David Gravel [3]; 5. 7-Jason Sides [5]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [6]

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Justin Grant captured the victory in Friday night's Jim Hurtubise Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)


By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (September 13, 2019).........Justin Grant remembers going a long way in his first visit to the Terre Haute Action Track in 2010.

Friday night, the Ione, Calif. native showed he's come a long way in another aspect since his humbling introduction to the famed western Indiana half-mile nearly a decade earlier, winning the 20th running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, his first Sprint Car win of any kind at the track.

"In my first race here in 2010, I sailed it out of the park in turn one and I smashed a guy's Buick or Plymouth, or something, whatever it was," Grant recalled. "I made it a long way out there too. Terre Haute had my number for quite a while and it's taken me nine years to finally get a win here, but we did it, and it feels really good. At one point, it was probably my worst track on the tour. To come here and win, it means a lot to me personally."

Grant, a 2018 Sumar Classic Silver Crown winner at Terre Haute, had a topsy-turvy turn of events to begin his night. Shortly after racing from 5th to 1st to win the first heat race, on his cooldown lap, Grant encountered trouble, without warning, that nearly spelled complete disaster.

"We had a left front radius rod come apart, and you can't steer," Grant explained. "The axle rolls back and falls off the arm. I lifted off of (turn) two, and halfway down the back stretch, it started squirrelling all around and I thought 'Whoa, we got a problem here.' I knew the front end was falling out, and when you get on the brakes, it just folds them up. I was just trying to coast it to a stop; I got it whoa'd down pretty slow, then it dropped, and the frame rail dug in and it just turned me right into the inside wall. Luckily, it just front-bumpered into it. No harm, no foul. We brought it back, put a bolt in it and we were ready for the feature."

If the incident would've occurred one lap earlier, the outcome and the progression of the night could've been disastrously different. However, on this particular night, in the first ever USAC National event held simultaneously on Friday the 13th and with a full moon hovering overhead, perhaps good fortune was on his side.

Grant rolled off for the 30-lap feature from the third position, but it took no time flat for him to race his way into the lead, grooving the bottom past pole sitter Nick Bilbee in the first turn to secure the lead while 7th starting Jason McDougal charged all the way to 2nd by the conclusion of the opening lap, but a full second behind Grant.

In the ensuing laps, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Brady Bacon and Tyler Courtney had worked their way around McDougal to occupy positions 2-3-4 and formed a triumvirate in their pursuit to run down Grant with seven laps completed.

Grant was introduced to lapped traffic by the tenth lap, allowing Thomas to close the gap to under a second. The lapped cars of Dustin Christie and Aric Gentry battled for position in their own right, but Grant escaped from Thomas for the time being, maneuvering around the outside of Christie off turn four, then dove low, sliding by Gentry at the entrance of turn one.

Thomas kept Grant in check, and as Grant slid into the fluff on the outside of turn two on the 11th lap, Thomas used a massive run to drive by Gentry and charge into turn three side-by-side momentarily to the inside of Grant. Grant withheld the challenge and remained in control past halfway, until lap 18, when Thomas went on the attack once again, throwing a monster slider on Grant who was able to stand his ground and firm his grip of the lead as he split the lapped cars of Steve Thomas and Dustin Smith to sneak away and increase the interval to 2.5 seconds.

From that point forward, the crystal clear message was sent to Grant. There was no more time to be conservative and ride around as Grant stood up in the seat and regularly entered above the cushion as he began to assert his authority and rebuild his advantage.

Courtney, who had won three of the last five USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features at Terre Haute entering the night, had carved his way into second under Thomas on the 21st lap. Meanwhile, Grant was sitting pretty up front with a comfortable lead in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Bow Foundation - Challenger Construction/Maxim/Claxton Chevy.

With just five laps remaining, however, Grant's two-plus second lead was deleted when two-time Jim Hurtubise Classic winner and 4th running Brady Bacon encountered trouble and heavy right-side damage, coming to a rest against the turn one wall.

"I didn't want to see that," Grant said of the yellow flag. "I knew I had gotten through lapped traffic pretty quickly for as thick it was. We were honestly in a pretty good rhythm. Here, you never want to see a yellow when you're leading. The front stretch is so long and so slick, and if you slide yourself, there's nothing off of two and you're a sitting duck. You can't block the slider; you just hope you get a good enough restart and you can beat the slider to the center."

Justin Grant's 16th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory moved him into a tie with Damion Gardner for 33rd on the all-time win list. The victory vaulted Grant past Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson and Brian Tyler on the same list.
(David Nearpass Photo)

Grant was fully prepared for the challenge that was going to be presented to him at the drop of the green flag from Courtney, the defending series champion. Courtney reared back on the start and fired his machine to the bottom in hope to slide up in front of Grant by turn two. Grant never wavered, kept his right foot on the throttle and squeezed through to the miniscule peak of daylight between Courtney to his inside and the concrete wall to his outside.

Courtney took his shot and sold out for the lead in the process, as Grant shot back out to a half-second advantage while Thomas took advantage of Courtney's loss of momentum exiting the second turn to move back to second. In the final laps, Thomas utilized a line lower than Grant's top side ride but wasn't able to get close enough to fire off a slide job for the top spot.

Grant, meanwhile, raced to his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points win of the season by 0.925 of a second over Thomas, Courtney, Fatheadz Eyewear fast qualifier Chris Windom and series point leader C.J. Leary.

Grant's 16th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory moved him into a tie with Damion Gardner for 33rd on the all-time win list. The victory vaulted Grant past Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson and Brian Tyler on the same list.

Chase Stockon, who started 2nd and finished 7th in Friday's feature, reached a milestone by making his record 285th consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature start since the 2012 season, surpassing the previous record of 284 set by Levi Jones.

Contingency award winners Friday night at the Terre Haute Action Track were Chris Windom (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Carson Short (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Bill Rose (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Dustin Smith (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Eric Perrott (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).


USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 13, 2019 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 20th Jim Hurtubise Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-20.094; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-20.175; 3. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-20.176; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.230; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.233; 6. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-20.275; 7. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-20.288; 8. Carson Short, 21, RCM-20.302; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-20.437; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.458; 11. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-20.520; 12. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-20.528; 13. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-20.652; 14. Mitch Wissmiller, 29, Barker-20.703; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-20.835; 16. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-20.889; 17. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-20.957; 18. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-21.117; 19. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-21.134; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-21.532; 21. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-21.913; 22. Jake Simmons, 3, Simmons-21.932; 23. Paul May, 71m, May-21.978; 24. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-22.026; 25. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-23.370; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-NT; 27. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Brian VanMeveren, 6. Kyle Robbins, 7. Jake Simmons, 8. Dustin Smith. 2:46.85

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Short, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Mitch Wissmiller, 6. Max Adams, 7. Aric Gentry, 8. Tye Mihocko. 2:48.36

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Nick Bilbee, 4. Isaac Chapple, 5. Dustin Christie, 6. Bill Rose, 7. Steve Thomas, 8. Eric Perrott. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Bill Rose, 2. Dustin Smith, 3. Aric Gentry, 4. Max Adams, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Kyle Robbins, 7. Steve Thomas, 8. Eric Perrott, 9. Jake Simmons. 3:41.71

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (3), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 3. Tyler Courtney (9), 4. Chris Windom (6), 5. C.J. Leary (4), 6. Jason McDougal (7), 7. Chase Stockon (2), 8. Nick Bilbee (1), 9. Josh Hodges (11), 10. Carson Short (8), 11. Max Adams (17), 12. Isaac Chapple (15), 13. Dustin Smith (13), 14. Kyle Robbins (19), 15. Dustin Christie (18), 16. Aric Gentry (22), 17. Steve Thomas (21), 18. Brady Bacon (10), 19. Tye Mihocko (20), 20. Brian VanMeveren (16), 21. Mitch Wissmiller (14), 22. Bill Rose (12). NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Justin Grant

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (9th to 3rd)




NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,771, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,653, 3-Justin Grant-1,606, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,602, 5-Brady Bacon-1,598, 6-Chris Windom-1,568, 7-Chase Stockon-1,533, 8-Jason McDougal-1,354, 9-Carson Short-1,324, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,035.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 14, 2019 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - "Haubstadt Hustler" - Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

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Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1

Winner James McFadden (All Star Media Photo)

Contact: Tyler Altmeyer
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1
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James McFadden is two-for-two at Atomic; Scores ‘Night Before The Knittel’ worth $5,054

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (September 13, 2019) - With plans to compete in Pennsylvania during the coming weekend, ‘Speedweek: Reloaded’ winner James McFadden was unsure of his team’s return to Atomic Speedway for Friday’s ‘Night Before The Knittel.’ Suffice it to say, the decision to stay in the Buckeye State proved exciting, as well as valuable.

For the second time in as many nights, Warrnambool, Australia’s James McFadden is an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 main event winner in Chillicothe, Ohio. The victory, valued at $5,054 with the ‘54’ honoring the late Dean Knittel’s car number, was accomplished in convincing fashion, eventually driving by Rudeen Racing’s Cory Eliason on lap 16 before escaping to a lengthy command in traffic.

The multi-time World Series of Sprintcars champion now owns four All Star Circuit of Champions victories in 2019, all of which occurring in pairs: Plymouth Dirt Track and Jackson Motorplex on July 25 & 26, followed by back-to-back wins at Atomic Speedway on September 12 & 13.

Although no match for McFadden during the late stages of the 30-lapper, Cory Eliason chased the Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb entry to the final checkers, followed by Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing super sub Tim Shaffer, Clute, Texas’ Aaron Reutzel, and six-time Series champion, Chad Kemenah.

“Everyone knows the Kasey Kahne Racing guys, as well as the No. 9 cars, are some of the best in the world,” James McFadden said, driver of the Wicked Energy Gum/Team ASE/Curb.com/No. 9 sprint car. “They really make my job a lot easier. I certainly enjoy driving their car.”

Starting fourth on the feature grid, McFadden gained his first spot in the running order with only one lap knocked off the counter, as outside-pole sitter and lap one leader, Aaron Reutzel, lost his footing in turn two and fell off the edge of the speedway. Although Reutzel was able to quickly regain his momentum, multiple spots were lost, ultimately dropping from first to fourth.

After a caution on lap four, green flag competition returned with McFadden chasing Chad Kemenah and race leader Cory Eliason. Slower traffic entered the picture by lap nine giving McFadden the opportunity to close-in on the lead pair’s advantage. Just two circuits later, McFadden made a move, this time driving by Chad Kemenah with a long-range slide job through turns three and four. The move stuck, now switching his focus to Eliason.

As the laps clicked by, the road blocks widened, eventually leading to a three-to-four car, nose-to-tail battle amongst the top-four in traffic. Unaffected by lappers stacking up two and three wide ahead of him, McFadden remained collective and continued his pursuit of Eliason’s familiar No. 26.

Incidentally, the midpoint of the 30-lap program marked as the turning point for McFadden. Utilizing a near-perfect drive through the first and second corner on lap 16, McFadden exited turn two right on the back bumper of Eliason. Exercising his signature slider yet again, McFadden dove hard into turn three and drove right by the Rudeen Racing entry. By no surprise, the slider was a success, allowing McFadden to secure the lead by the time the cars reached the flagstand.

Although caution flags would reappear on lap 20, the quick momentum shift proved to be nothing but an advantage for McFadden, using the ensuing restart to escape to a near-straightaway margin.

The front-runners did encounter traffic one more time during the final five circuits, but McFadden was on point.

“Things were very similar in the end, maybe a little more slick than last night,” McFadden continued, who won the main event by a margin of victory equalling 1.4 seconds. “We weren’t very far off from where we were last night. Our base package is pretty good right now.”

The three-day All Star Circuit of Champions invasion of Atomic Speedway will conclude on Saturday evening, September 14, with the second running of the Dean Knittel Memorial. Headlined with a 30-lap main event awarding a $12,554 winner’s share, as well as a guaranteed $754 for each A-Main starter, the evening blockbuster will also hand out bonus money incentives for heat race winners ($154), dash winners ($454), overall fast qualifier ($554), most A-Main laps led ($354), and the A-Main’s hard charger, which will result in a $754 bonus.

Those seeking additional news and notes pertaining to Atomic Speedway should visit the facility live on the Web at www.atomicspeedway.net.

Contingency Awards/Results:
Atomic Speedway - September 13, 2019:
Event: ‘The Night Before The Knittel’
Entries: 37
C&R Racing All Star Warm-Ups: Cory Eliason - 11.638 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Aaron Reutzel - 11.361 seconds
Ford Performance Heat #1: Brandon Wimmer
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Sye Lynch
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Kory Crabtree
Mobil 1 Heat #4: Cory Eliason
JE Pistons Dash #1: Cory Eliason
Fatheadz Eyewear Dash #2: Aaron Reutzel
Classic Ink USA Screenprinting B-Main Winner: Cap Henry
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet A-Main Winner: James McFadden
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Brock Zearfoss (+9)
Cometic Gasket Most A-Main Laps Led: James McFadden (16-30)
Rayce Rudeen Foundation First Non-Transfer: Skylar Gee
(Lincoln Electric, MSD Performance, Fatheadz Eyewear, Rayce Rudeen Foundation, Cometic Gasket: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)


Group (A)
1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.361; 2. 70X-Justin Peck, 11.413; 3. A79-Brandon Wimmer, 11.631; 4. 4-Cap Henry, 11.669; 5. 45-Trevor Baker, 11.690; 6. 99-Skylar Gee, 11.757; 7. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.939; 8. 9J-Dean Jacobs, 12.068; 9. 35-Zach Hampton, 12.081; 10. 9W-Lance Webb, 12.379

Group (B)
1. 14-Tim Shaffer, 11.461; 2. 13-Paul McMahan, 11.475; 3. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 11.586; 4. 42-Sye Lynch, 11.749; 5. 11N-Buddy Kofoid, 11.914; 6. 83X-Nate Reeser, 12.218; 7. 4D-Josh Davis, 12.245; 8. 27-Cody Gallogly, 12.403; 9. 4XX-Bradley Ashford, 12.411

Group (C)
1. 22C-Cole Duncan, 11.430; 2. K4-Chad Kemenah, 11.725; 3. 40-George Hobaugh, 11.845; 4. 60-Kory Crabtree, 11.917; 5. 4X-Jimmy Stinson, 11.933; 6. 59-Bryan Nuckles, 11.967; 7. OOH-Hunter Lynch, 12.323; 8. 1B-Keith Baxter, 12.670; 9. 44-Charlie Vest, 12.698

Group (D)
1. 21-Brinton Marvel, 11.492; 2. 11-Dale Blaney, 11.532; 3. 9-James McFadden, 11.560; 4. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.589; 5. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 11.753; 6. 15-Mitch Harble, 11.928; 7. J4-John Garvin, 12.103; 8. 54-Danny Smith, 12.178; 9. 40i-Mark Imler, 12.548

Heat #1 - Group (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. A79-Brandon Wimmer [2]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 3. 70X-Justin Peck [3]; 4. 9J-Dean Jacobs [8]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 6. 99-Skylar Gee [6]; 7. 9W-Lance Webb [10]; 8. 35-Zach Hampton [9]; 9. 45-Trevor Baker [5]; 10. 4-Cap Henry [1]

Heat #2 - Group (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 42-Sye Lynch [1]; 2. 14-Tim Shaffer [4]; 3. O7-Gerard McIntyre [2]; 4. 13-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 11N-Buddy Kofoid [5]; 6. 83X-Nate Reeser [6]; 7. 27-Cody Gallogly [8]; 8. 4D-Josh Davis [7]; 9. 4XX-Bradley Ashford [9]

Heat #3 - Group (C) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 60-Kory Crabtree [1]; 2. K4-Chad Kemenah [3]; 3. 22C-Cole Duncan [4]; 4. 40-George Hobaugh [2]; 5. 4X-Jimmy Stinson [5]; 6. 1B-Keith Baxter [8]; 7. 59-Bryan Nuckles [6]; 8. OOH-Hunter Lynch [7]; 9. 44-Charlie Vest [9]

Heat #4 - Group (D) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 26-Cory Eliason [1]; 2. 9-James McFadden [2]; 3. 11-Dale Blaney [3]; 4. 21-Brinton Marvel [4]; 5. 70-Brock Zearfoss [5]; 6. J4-John Garvin [7]; 7. 15-Mitch Harble [6]; 8. 54-Danny Smith [8]; 9. 40I-Mark Imler [9]

Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 26-Cory Eliason [2]; 2. K4-Chad Kemenah [4]; 3. 42-Sye Lynch [1]; 4. A79-Brandon Wimmer [3]; 5. 70X-Justin Peck [5]

Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 2. 9-James McFadden [2]; 3. 14-Tim Shaffer [3]; 4. 22C-Cole Duncan [4]; 5. 60-Kory Crabtree [5]

B-Main (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer
1. 4-Cap Henry [1]; 2. J4-John Garvin [4]; 3. 4D-Josh Davis [13]; 4. 1B-Keith Baxter [6]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee [3]; 6. 9W-Lance Webb [9]; 7. 27-Cody Gallogly [10]; 8. 35-Zach Hampton [11]; 9. 4XX-Bradley Ashford [15]; 10. 40I-Mark Imler [16]; 11. 44-Charlie Vest [17]; 12. 45-Trevor Baker [2]; 13. 83X-Nate Reeser [5]; 14. OOH-Hunter Lynch [14]; 15. 54-Danny Smith [12]; 16. 15-Mitch Harble [7]

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 9-James McFadden [4]; 2. 26-Cory Eliason [1]; 3. 14-Tim Shaffer [6]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 5. K4-Chad Kemenah [3]; 6. 22C-Cole Duncan [8]; 7. 11-Dale Blaney [11]; 8. 70-Brock Zearfoss [17]; 9. 11N-Buddy Kofoid [18]; 10. A79-Brandon Wimmer [7]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [20]; 12. 13-Paul McMahan [13]; 13. O7-Gerard McIntyre [12]; 14. 9J-Dean Jacobs [16]; 15. 42-Sye Lynch [5]; 16. 60-Kory Crabtree [10]; 17. 4X-Jimmy Stinson [19]; 18. 21-Brinton Marvel [14]; 19. 40-George Hobaugh [15]; 20. 4D-Josh Davis [23]; 21. J4-John Garvin [22]; 22. 4-Cap Henry [21]; 23. 1B-Keith Baxter [24]; 24. 70X-Justin Peck [9] Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel (1), Cory Eliason (2-15), James McFadden (16-30)

2019 All Star Circuit of Champions Driver Standings (After 9/13/2019):
1. Aaron Reutzel - 4992
2. Dale Blaney - 4948
3. Cory Eliason - 4880
4. Paul McMahan - 4752
5. Brock Zearfoss - 4740
6. Greg Wilson - 4558
7. Gerard McIntyre - 4374
8. Skylar Gee - 4312
9. George Hobaugh - 3714
10. Justin Peck - 3298

2019 All Star Circuit of Champions Winners:
Bubba Raceway Park, Fla. (1/31/2019): Tim Shaffer
Bubba Raceway Park, Fla. (2/1/2019): Tim Shaffer (2)
Bubba Raceway Park, Fla. (2/2/2019): Tony Stewart
Volusia Speedway Park, Fla. (2/6/2019): Shane Stewart
Volusia Speedway Park, Fla. (2/7/2019): Brad Sweet
Virginia Motor Speedway, Va. (4/11/2019): Cory Eliason
Port Royal Speedway, Pa. (4/13/2019): Lance Dewease
Attica Raceway Park, Ohio (5/24/2019): Aaron Reutzel
Fremont Speedway, Ohio (5/26/2019): Aaron Reutzel (2)
Outlaw Speedway, N.Y. (6/7/2019): Brock Zearfoss
Stateline Speedway, N.Y. (6/8/2019): Dale Blaney
Weedsport Speedway, N.Y. (6/9/2019): Danny Dietrich
Attica Raceway Park, Ohio (6/14/2019): Kyle Larson
Muskingum County Speedway, Ohio (6/16/2019): Dale Blaney (2)
Wayne County Speedway, Ohio (6/19/2019): Aaron Reutzel (3)
Wayne County Speedway, Ohio (6/22/2019): Buddy Kofoid
Dirt Oval at Route 66, Ill. (6/29/2019): Aaron Reutzel (4)
Lernerville Speedway, Pa. (7/5/2019): Aaron Reutzel (5)
Sharon Speedway, Ohio (7/6/2019): Dale Blaney (3)
Utica-Rome Speedway, N.Y. (7/12/2019): Aaron Reutzel (6)
Orange County Fair Speedway N.Y. (7/13/2019): Danny Dietrich (2)
Lebanon Valley Speedway N.Y. (7/14/2019): Brock Zearfoss (2)
Plymouth Dirt Track, Wis. (7/25/2019): James McFadden
Jackson Motorplex, Minn. (7/26/2019): James McFadden (2)
Knoxville Raceway, Iowa (7/27/2019): Gio Scelzi
34 Raceway, Iowa (7/28/2019): Tony Stewart (2)
I-96 Speedway, Mich (8/16/2019): Cory Eliason (2)
Plymouth Speedway, Ind. (8/17/2019): Aaron Reutzel (7)
Grandview Speedway, Pa. (8/22/2019): Aaron Reutzel (8)
Williams Grove Speedway, Pa. (8/23/2019): Aaron Reutzel (9)
Williams Grove Speedway, Pa. (8/23/2019): Lance Dewease (2)
Lincoln Speedway, Pa. (8/24/2019): Skylar Gee
BAPS Motor Speedway, Pa. (8/25/2019): Gerard McIntyre
Attica Raceway Park, Ohio (8/30/2019): Aaron Reutzel (10)
Attica Raceway Park, Ohio (8/31/2019): Brock Zearfoss (3)
Wayne County Speedway, Ohio (9/2/2019): Cap Henry
Bedford Speedway, Pa. (9/5/2019): Aaron Reutzel (11)
Port Royal Speedway, Pa. (9/6/2019): Trey Starks
Port Royal Speedway, Pa. (9/7/2019): Aaron Reutzel (12)
Atomic Speedway, Ohio (9/12/2019): James McFadden (3)
Atomic Speedway, Ohio (9/13/2019): James McFadden (4)

About the All Star Circuit of Champions:
All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first 'outlaw' Sprint Car organization of the modern era. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015. In 2019, MAVTV Motorsports Network will continue to be the official television home of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 and will broadcast ten high-profile events.

About Ollie’s Bargain Outlet:
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Inc., founded in 1982, is one of America’s largest retailers of closeouts and excess inventory, offering real brands at real bargain prices. Famous for its signature catch-phrase Good Stuff Cheap, Ollie’s has a huge variety of famous brand-name merchandise in every department – food, books, housewares, toys, electronics, domestics, clothing, furniture, health and beauty, flooring, seasonal items and so much more – at up to 70 percent off the fancy stores’ prices. You never know what you’ll find at one of Ollie’s 337 “semi-lovely” stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, visit www.ollies.us. Like us on Facebook or find us on Twitter at @OlliesOutlet. Ollie’s is a publicly-traded company on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol OLLI.

About Mobil 1:
The world's leading synthetic motor oil brand, Mobil 1™ features anti-wear technology that provides performance beyond our conventional motor oils. This technology allows Mobil 1 to meet or exceed the toughest standards of car builders and to provide exceptional protection against engine wear, under normal or even some of the most extreme conditions. Mobil 1 flows quickly in extreme temperatures to protect critical engine parts and is designed to maximize engine performance and help extend engine life.

For more information, visit www.mobiloil.com, on Twitter @Mobil1 and, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/mobil1.

Mobil, Mobil 1 and Mobil 1 Racing are registered trademarks of Exxon Mobil Corporation or one of its subsidiaries.


Photo Credit: All Star Media Credit
Contact: Tyler Altmeyer
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1
(724) 954-4915, pr@tonystewart.com

POWRi Racing

Winner Jake Neuman (Mark Coffman, Speed Demon Productions Photo)


BELLEVILLE, ILL. (September 13, 2019) - Taking the wheel of the Team Ripper No. 21KS on Friday night at Belle-Clair Speedway, Jake Neuman of New Berlin, Ill. delivered a long overdue first win of the year for car owner Steve Reynolds and crew chief Flea Ruzic. After taking the lead on lap six, Neuman fended off mid-race pressure from Austin Brown and survived a late charge from Logan Seavey to score his third win of 2019 and the fifth of his POWRi National Midget career.

Making his 179th career appearance with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League, Friday's attempt aboard the No. 21KS marked the first time in his seven-year career that Neuman drove for anyone other than his father, Jim Neuman. A series of severe crashes and recent motor trouble over the past month in his own No. 3N contributed to the decision to make a one-off appearance, a decision that paid dividends.

For Team Ripper, the eighth time was the charm, as Neuman became the eighth driver to pilot the No. 21KS in 2019, but the first to park it in victory lane. The list of racers before Neuman is simply a who's who of today's motorsports landscape. Up-and-comer Karter Sarff, USAC sensation Jason McDougal, modified driver Nick Hoffman, micro sprint star Joe B. Miller, Triple Crown champion Tracy Hines, USAC Sprint Car points leader C.J. Leary and California gasser Maria Cofer are all among Team Ripper's 2019 pilots, but it was Neuman who got the job done first.

Starting the 30-lap feature from the fourth-spot, Neuman earned his slot in the outside of row two after jetting away to a dominant heat race win from the pole. However, it was Daniel Robinson of Ewing, Ill. who led the field to green after snagging PAC Racing Springs High Point Man honors backed by a seventh-to-second charge in the opening heat.

Leading the charge into turn one, Robinson quickly assumed the point while Neuman went top shelf to jump from fourth-to-second in the first lap. A lap five caution for Holley Hollan, Andrew Felker and Jesse Colwell halted the action and threw a wrench in the championship battle, sending Colwell of Red Bluff, Calif. to the infield with a DNF as he watched his points lead diminish.

Going back to green, Neuman saddled up and drove flatfooted into turn one with a big slider heading for Robinson as he mounted a bid for the lead. Unable to come back at him, Robinson settled into second as Neuman took the point and focused on clear track ahead on the sixth circuit.

While the high side came in and proved to be the prime place to play, the ultra-fast 1/5th-mile surface became tough to manage in the pack as the speed ramped up lap after lap. Essentially a cowboy up atmosphere on the lip, it was slide or be slid to take position, making for intense mid-race restarts.

The final restart roared to life with 13 laps left as Neuman maintained a strong pace ahead of Austin Brown, who won the May showing at Belle-Clair, and Logan Seavey, who was hungry for his tenth win of the season after starting in the tenth spot. While Neuman put his head down and ran away with the lead, Seavey shot by Brown with eight to go and immediately began cutting into Neuman's 2.6 second advantage.

Eating into the gap each lap, Seavey snuck closer and closer to Neuman's rear bumper as the race came to a close. By the time the two-to-go signal was given, Seavey had the No. 21KS in sight and was only behind by one-second, but the time was running out too fast.

Seavey's late-race charge did not come fast enough, as the checkered flag dropped, and Jake Neuman won his fifth career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League main event in his debut in the Team Ripper No. 21KS. Marking his third win of the year, Neuman's big night solidified all of Reynolds and Ruzic's hard work and brought him closer to the third spot in this year's championship chase.

Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. ran out of time in his pursuit of a tenth victory in 2019, settling for a tenth-to-second run aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports, Mobil 1, Bullet/Toyota No. 67. Rounding out the podium was local favorite Austin Brown of Millstadt, Ill. in the plain jane No. 17 with a third-place effort.

Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill. made a massive gain in the hunt for the title as his fourth-place finish narrowed Colwell's advantage from 350 points to 180 points. 16-year old Cannon McIntosh made a remarkable recovery after spinning on lap 11, going tailback, and storming back to a fifth-place result.

Rounding out the top ten at Belle-Clair was Karter Sarff of Mason City, Ill. in sixth-from-14th aboard the AJ Felker No. 37X, Tanner Carrick in seventh-from-15th with his Walker Filters No. 71K, 14-year old Daison Pursley in the eighth spot driving his Toyota Racing No. 9, Ace McCarthy with hard charger honors from 23rd-to-ninth, and Shelby Bosie in the tenth position.

Tomorrow, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets encounter the "Mighty Macon" Speedway alongside the POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Outlaw Micros. Pill draw is from 3:30pm to 5:15pm followed by drivers meeting at 5:30pm with hot laps at 6:00pm and racing to follow. If you can't make it, you can watch the entire program LIVE on www.speedshifttv.com.

For more information on POWRi Racing, you can visit www.powri.com online, like POWRi on Facebook, or follow @POWRi_Racing on Twitter and Instagram.

Auto Meter Heat One (8 Laps):
1. 17-Austin Brown, Millstadt, IL (2); 2. 11-Daniel Robinson, Ewing, IL (7); 3. 17C-Devin Camfield, Decatur, IL (1); 4. 44S-Andrew Felker, Carl Junction, MO (8); 5. 55-Nick Knepper, Belleville, IL (5); 6. 20G-Noah Gass, Mounds, OK (6); 7. 5F-Danny Frye III, St. Peters, MO (3); 8. 1T-Thomas Chandler (4).

KSE Racing Products Heat Two (8 Laps):
1. 08-Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, OK (2); 2. 9-Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, OK (1); 3. 5D-Zach Daum, Pocahontas, IL (3); 4. 97K-Jesse Love, Redwood City, CA (8); 5. 37X-Karter Sarff, Mason City, IL (4); 6. 103-Broc Hunnell, Eolia, MO (6); 7. 3B-Shelby Bosie, Sherman, IL (7); 8. 21X-Steve Stroud, St. Charles, MO (5).

Advanced Racing Suspensions Heat Three (8 Laps):
1. 21KS-Jake Neuman, New Berlin, IL (1); 2. 67K-Holley Hollan, Broken Arrow, OK (2); 3. 67-Logan Seavey, Sutter, CA (4); 4. 71-Jesse Colwell, Red Bluff, CA (7); 5. 71K-Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, CA (3); 6. 86C-David Camfield, Decatur, IL (6); 7. 5H-Danny Frye, St. Peters, MO (8); 8. 28-Ace McCarthy, Tahlequah, OK (4).

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Main Event (30 Laps):
1. 21KS-Jake Neuman (4); 2. 67-Logan Seavey (10); 3. 17-Austin Brown (2); 4. 5D-Zach Daum (11); 5. 08-Cannon McIntosh (3); 6. 37X-Karter Sarff (14); 7. 71K-Tanner Carrick (15); 8. 9-Daison Pursley (9); 9. 28-Ace McCarthy (23); 10. 3B-Shelby Bosie (19); 11. 11-Daniel Robinson (1); 12. 5F-Danny Frye III (21); 13. 86C-David Camfield (18); 14. 21X-Steve Stroud (22); 15. 5H-Danny Frye (20); 16. 97K-Jesse Love (6); 17. 20G-Noah Gass (16); 18. 1T-Thomas Chandler (24); 19. 55-Nick Knepper (13); 20. 17C-Devin Camfield (12); 21. 67K-Holley Hollan (8); 22. 44S-Andrew Felker (5); 23. 71-Jesse Colwell (7); 24. 103-Broc Hunnell (17).
Lap Leader(s): Robinson 1-5; Neuman 6-30.
Hard Charger(s): McCarthy +14.

UPDATED POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Standings (8 Races Left):
1. Jesse Colwell (5,840 PTS); 2. Zach Daum (-180 PTS); 3. Holley Hollan (-930 PTS); 4. Jake Neuman (-950 PTS); 5. Daison Pursley (1,010 PTS).

Winner Jake Neuman (Mark Coffman, Speed Demon Productions Photo)

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