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Matt Hirschman Scores Second Consecutive Victory in Modified Feature at Myrtle Beach

Matt Hirschman climbs from his modified for the second year in a row in Myrtle Beach Speedway victory lane. (Charlie Alexander/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

The tour type Modified’s were once again on the card for a 125-lap high-speed chess match for week two of the Myrtle Beach 400. This year track management and officials introduced a brand new component to the race – stages!

Yes, much like what you see in the top three tiers of the NASCAR circuits, the 125-lap feature was essentially split into four segments with cautions coming at lap 50, 75, and 100 with the final 25-lap segment being green flag laps only. A $500 bonus for each “segment win” was announced to help encourage the drivers to get up on the wheel as the modified portion of the weekend has been known for major tire conservation due to the abrasive track surface and soft tires the cars run.

Jim Zacharies was the fastest man in town earlier in the afternoon during group qualifying posting a lap of 19.755 to earn the pole position. Bobby Measmer Jr., Timmy Solomito, George Brunnhoelzl III, and Patrick Emerling rounded out the starting five when it came down to the race.

Zacharies and Solomito looked to be the early favorites when the green was displayed jumping out to a massive lead. The two would trade the top spot several times before placing a handful of cars a lap down. Solomito was able to take the lead from Zacharies just before the end of the first segment and pick up an extra $500 bucks. Zachaires would not pit during the caution and stay out on the track to retake the lead and eventually win the second stage, however, issues would prevent the pole sitter from even finishing the race. Both Bobby Measmer and Hirschman turned the wick up as the field went back green in the third segment. So much in fact that Measmer was able to power his way to the top spot, bringing Hirschman with him. Measmer was just in a league of his own as laps clicked off and drove away from the field to collect the lap 100-segment bonus.

Hirschman, the fifth different race leader, would inherit the race lead for the final 25-lap segment after The Weekly Racer learned that Bobby Measmer was penalized for entering pit lane to early at the lap 100 break. The break, if you will, was enough for Hirschman to take control of the race and drive away to victory. The race was slowed just once in the final segment as GB3 has issues in turns three and four. Hirschman, however, able to hold his own and build over a second lead over the field. Give a shout out to Bobby Measamer who was able to drive all the way back to the third position in the closing laps.

“There was a bunch of different strategies that the other guys used and were actually a little surprising and interesting to me something to think about,” Hirschman said in victory lane. “They put up the $500 for the stages so it was something to shoot for. We were close on the last one and ended up second, the seventeen [Measmer] was just really good there and drove away. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to run him back down. It worked out; we lead the laps we wanted to and the most important one, the last one. A couple of guys picked up some money and it would have been nice to add to our win total but we can’t complain, we came here with the goal to win the race. I am really happy to PD Motorsports; two years in a row to win this race its great.”

 

Modified UNOFFICIAL Results 

1 #60 Matt Hirschman 125
2 #4M Jason Myers 125
3 #17M Bobby Measmer Jr. 125
4 #3 Daren Scherer 125
5 #17B Danny Bohn 125
6 #11M Burt Myers 125
7 #7NY Timmy Solomito 125
8 #07 Patrick Emerling 125
9 #00 Jeff Fultz 125
10 #18Y Daniel Yates 125
11 #4TR Jason Tutterow 125
12 #79 George Brunnhoelzl III 124
13 #12N Mike Norman 122
14 #48 Johnny Kay 113
15 #71 Jim Zacharies 99

Josh Berry Finds Redemption in Myrtle Beach Speedway Victory Lane

Josh Berry shakes the monkey off his back and parks it in victory lane after winning the 2017 Myrtle Beach 400 after coming up one position short the year before. (Charlie Alexander/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – This time a year ago Jr. Motorsports driver Josh Berry had a different feeling and set of emotions running through his mind, body, and sole if you will.

For those that don’t remember Berry, along with JRM teammate Christian Eckes, were racing hard side-by-side in the closing laps of the Myrtle Beach 400 where Eckes made contact with Berry as the pair powered off turn four. The contact sent Berry into the wall and ended his shot at the victory. The 2017 edition of the race proved to have the same undertones, however, Berry was on the good end of the deal.

The Late Model Stock portion of the Myrtle Beach 400 dual weekends has never failed to produce some of the best racing of the year, in TheWeeklyRacer.com very humble opinion. This race easily stacks up as a candidate for Race of the Year, if that was something that we handed out at the end of the year – maybe that is something we should look into doing this year.

With just a little bit different format this year, fifty-seven cars took to the speedway earlier in the afternoon for single-car qualifying where NASCAR officials introduced a little bit of a twist for drivers and teams. Each car would get two laps. If the team felt like they left something on the table they could let officials know they would like to spin the roulette wheel so to speak. The team would have 45-seconds to make adjustments to the car and then go back out for one lap and that one lap was your time.

Josh Berry was also the man of the hour during the qualifying session earlier in the afternoon laying down a 20.400-second lap around the just over half-mile oval. Berry was the only driver the lay down a sub .500-second lap. Timothy Peters, Tyler Hughes, Jake Crum – who both would eventually retire early from the feature – and Justin Milliken rounded out the fastest five starters and were among the top sixteen drivers to be locked into the feature. Current track and national champion, Lee Pulliam, was forced to essentially spin the roulette wheel after an issue during qualifying. The one lap he was able to put down was good enough for ninth quick.

Things did not take long to heat up on the racing surface as some of the best in the business went to war per se on the worn out asphalt of Myrtle Beach. Several drivers from Jake Crum, Lee Pulliam, Timothy Peters, David Roberts, and eventually Josh Berry all had their hand in the cookie jar for the lead.

However, after what some would call interesting and others would argue exciting, final one hundred laps, it was the No. 88 of Josh Berry who took the checkered flag, the gigantic trophy, and check for $10,000 back to his race shop. Oh, yea, not to mention Berry won a fishing trip for himself and his crew along with a brand new chainsaw.

“The first half of the race we just to manage it and see what we had,” Berry said in victory lane. “Our goal was run the first half and make the car better for the second half and if hopefully if things fell our way we would be up front. We were a little bit too loose the first half, made some good adjustments at the break and I think I was able to conserve my tires better than the first part of the race. It ended up coming down to me and Timothy [Peters] at the end of the race and I was better than him.”

It was certainly no cakewalk for Berry, ended up beating Peters – who had just flown in from Miami where he raced in the truck series season finale the night before – on a late race restart where he ended up spinning his tires and allowing Berry to jump out to the lead.

“We took off and he was kind of able to clear Chad [McCumbee] but I could tell a couple of runs before that he was starting to get a little loose up off the corner,” Berry said. “I thought it was going to come down to him [Peters], Lee and us but Lee ended up going to the back with his issue so it just came down to Timothy and me. I really felt like we were able to save a little more than him and we were able to get away from him there the last couple of laps.”

With just how tight the field was running from first all the way back to fortieth you would have to think that in the back of your brain that you would be thinking about all the happened one year ago. We ask Berry what was going through his mind in the closing laps as he tried yet again to seal the deal at Myrtle Beach.

“Yea, it’s weird. The second half of the race just has a tendency to thin out. It was a little like last year and it came down to just me and Timothy and it was just like that last year really,” Berry went on to say. “I just ended up on the wrong side of it then. Either way, hats off to all of these guys at Jr. Motorsports. They work their butts off building racecars. It means a lot to get them into victory lane. It has turned into a pretty big day for those guys and tomorrow [Sunday] is going to be a pretty big day for Dale too so it means a lot to be able to bring him a Myrtle Beach 400 win.”

 

Myrtle Beach 400 Late Model Stock UNOFFICIAL Results

Pos. Car Name Laps
1 #88 Josh Berry 225
2 #12P Timothy Peters 225
3 #16M Chad McCumbee 225
4 #03 Brenden Queen 225
5 #41 Sam Mayer 225
6 #27 Tommy Lemons Jr. 225
7 #2S Myatt Snider 225
8 #02 Justin Milliken 225
9 #00 Shane Lee 225
10 #18G Ty Gibbs 225
11 #15 Ryan Millington 225
12 #97 Greg Edwards 225
13 #12G Trey Gibson 225
14 #7 Justin Crider 225
15 #26 Peyton Sellers 225
16 #44 Justin Johnson 225
17 #18R David Roberts 225
18 #25 Kevin Leicht 225
19 #61 Justin Hicks 225
20 #30 Brian Vause 225
21 #60B RA Brown II 225
22 #1 Michael Faulk 225
23 #36 Neil Meredith 225
24 #70 Stuart Ricks 225
25 #16H Colby Howard 224
26 #23 Dexter Canipe Jr. 224
27 #11W Lucas Williams 224
28 #24B Blaise Brinkley 224
29 #88P Charles Powell III 223
30 #51C Matt Cox 215
31 #46 Thad Moffit 212
32 #51 Blair Addis 203
33 #5G Cole Glasson 202
34 #2P Brandon Pierce 202
35 #01 Jake Crum 201
36 #5P Lee Pulliam 201
37 #17B Bryant Barnhill 200
38 #98 Stefan Parsons 183
39 #8A Anthony Alfredo 130
40 #99 Layne Riggs 125
41 #63 Chris Throckmorton 68
42 #8H Tyler Hughes 59
43 #83 Jeremy McDowell 14

Mason Diaz and Colt James Split Fast Five Pro Late Model Features; James Clinches Track Championship

Colt James celebrates his ninth win on the season as well as the 2017 Fast Five Pro Late Model track championship. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – Mason Diaz, who will make his Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway next weekend, snapped Colt James’ win streak in the Pro Late Model division at Southern National Motorsports Park.

James entered the weekend as the division points leader riding an eight-race win streak and a $1,000 bounty on his head. Johnathan Findley, the 2015 Late Model Stock Car track champion, set quick time earlier in the afternoon with 15.239 (94.494 MPH) second lap. Bradley McCaskill, entering the race hunting that bounty would roll off second followed by Colt James, Casey Roderick, and Mason Diaz.

Findley was certainly the car to beat early in the race creating over a full second lead over the rest of the field when the green flag was displayed. Findley would set a blistering pace until lap 42 when he fell off the pace quickly and came to a dead stop on the front stretch. The caution would be displayed for the second, and what would be final time of the first 75-lap feature. Findley would get the car fired back up and drive towards the end of pit road where he would stall and need assistance off the speedway.

It would take two attempts to get the race going again as the tower did not like something on the restart. However, once the field was rolling Diaz was able to jump ahead of James to take the race lead. Colt James would struggle just a bit on the top groove and ultimately surrender second place to Casey Roderick. Diaz would lead the rest of the way to the checkered flag snapping Colt James eight-race win streak, earning his first career win in a Pro Late Model, and collected the $1,000 bounty that had been growing throughout the race season.

A four-car invert was instituted for the final 75-lap feature for the Fast Five Pro Late Models handing the front row over to the top two contenders for the championship; Will Bristle and Colt James. It was all Colt James when the green flag was displayed, and with a little help from a not so good start from Bristle, took sole possession of the race lead and never looked back. Roderick looked to give the eight-time winner a run for his money, however, until something let go under the hood of Roderick’s car ending his night on lap eighteen.

James would flex his muscle on the ensuing restart following the red flag conditions leaving Mason Diaz to battle Jody Measamer for second. At one point, during the final handful of laps, you could have thrown a blanket over the top three cars that was how close they were running. Measamer was able to take the second position from Diaz on the final restart of the race and was able to keep Diaz behind him to capture the second place finish. James’ ninth win in ten tries was, of course, enough to clinch the 2017 track championship.

“We’re like the little team that could,” James said in victory lane Sunday evening. “You’ll never beat me in heart. I always got more heart. We’re just like everybody in the stands, we’re blue collar. We go to work from 7-5 Monday through Friday, come out here and race our butts off and try to show that there’s still room for the little guy out here. We just try to win races.”

 

FAST 5 Pro Late Model Race 1;

  1. #24 Mason Diaz; 75
  2. #18 Casey Roderick; 75
  3. #15 Colt James; 75
  4. #91 Will Bristle; 75
  5. #83 Matt Sever; 75
  6. #6 Cody Quarrick; 74
  7. #18 Bradley McCaskill; 50
  8. #4 Johnathan Findley; 42
  9. #98 Jody Measamer; 33
  10. #14 Greg Burgess; 10

 

FAST 5 Pro Late Model Race 2; 

  1. #15 Colt James; 75
  2. #98 Jody Measamer; 75
  3. #24 Mason Diaz; 75
  4. #83 Matt Sever; 75
  5. #91 Will Bristle; 73
  6. #14 Greg Burgess; 51
  7. #6 Cody Quarrick; 33
  8. #18r Casey Roderick; 18
  9. #18 Bradley McCaskill; 1
  10. #4 Johnathan Findley; DNS

Rusty Daniels Back to Victory in Over A Year in the 2017 Southern National Spooktacular

Rusty Daniels celebrates in victory lane at Southern National Motorsports park after over a year absence. Dominates the 2017 4th Annual Spooktacular October 22, 2017. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – It had been since Memorial Day weekend of 2016 that Rusty Daniels was in victory lane at Southern National Motorsports Park. Leading a race-high 83-laps Daniels dominated the Limited Late Model portion of the 4th Annual Spooktacular presented by NCDOT Click-it-or-ticket.

Daniels, from Alliance, North Carolina, started the 100-lap feature from the pole position posting the fastest time – 16.310 seconds – earlier in the afternoon during group qualifying. 2017 Shenandoah track champ Mini Tyrell rolled off the grid in the second position followed by Jonathan Cash, Paul Williamson, and John Jones. Daniels threw caution to the wind once the green flag was displayed and immediately pulled away from the rest of the field. Daniels would go on to lead all fifty laps of the first half of the race.

Daniels was regulated to the fourth spot for the second half the feature after Southern National officials let one lucky race fan pick the invert. JD Eversole would inherit the race lead and do a fine job holding onto it for several laps. Mini Tyrell, who had been running in the second position the entire first half of the race, was able to get under and around Eversole to take the race lead. It took Daniels just seventeen laps to get back up to the front of the field passing Tyrell for the lead. Daniels was not in the clear, however, as he had to hold off several late race restarts to hang onto the win.

“It’s very special,” Daniels said in victory lane about the win. “We brought a different car that we have never run here and we tested two weeks ago, this was the first time I have been on the track with it. It’s an eleven-year-old car but it drives like its brand new. We work hard on this stuff. I can’t thank all of my family and everybody enough that helps me with this.”

An emotional win for Daniels for sure as longtime friend Andy Smith and spotter was back on the radio as his eyes in the sky after two years.

“It’s nothing like connecting with someone on the radio,” Daniels went on to say. “We have raced a lot of years together. He had a couple surgeries and just couldn’t get back to the track but we broke him in right and won the race the first night he’s been back. I just can’t thank them enough for all they have done in my life for racing.”

Daniels went on to tell The Weekly Racer that he wasn’t too concerned with the invert itself but the people that were around him after the invert, citing that he had not raced around them that much and was hard to judge how much you can actually trust them. He also went on to say the crew made no adjustments during the five-minute break.

Jessica Jones, running a Lee Pulliam Performance prepared ride, capitalized on the final caution by avoiding the big wreck that happened in turn two as well as got a great restart with just five laps to go. Dana would take advantage of Tyrell’s slip out of turn four to finish in the second position. John Jones, father of Clay Jones, Minny Tyrell, and Jonathan Cash – who actually caught a piece of the wreck there at the end of the race – rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Limited Late Model Spooktacular UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #16 Rusty Daniels; 100
  2. #9 Jessica Dana; 100
  3. #15 John Jones; 100
  4. #81 Mini Tyrell; 100
  5. #40 Jonathan Cash; 100
  6. #1y Darren Cockram; 100
  7. #61 Jonathan Kornegay; 99
  8. #1 Tony Grady; 95
  9. #29 Paul Williamson; 95
  10. #98 JD Eversole; 95
  11. #61 Michael Obrien; 95
  12. #19 Cameron Bowen; 35
  13. #20 Wesley Hawkins; 25

Colin Garrett and Nick Leitz Pick Up Their First Late Model Wins at Dominion Raceway

Colin Garrett celebrates a win in the Sportsman class at South Boston Speedway earlier in 2017. (Photo: Trisha Westfall)

Thornburg, VA – For the second year in a row Dominion Raceway and Entertainment held two special events for Late Model racers. Opening the entry blank to those who have yet to pick up a win at Dominion Raceway in 2017 and a second feature open to drivers who have yet to earn a Late Model Stock win in their career. Colin Garrett, 17 yo from South Boston, Virginia, earned the pole for the 75-lap 2017 first time winners race posting a time of 15.527-seconds. Nick Leitz, 21 from Chesapeake clocked a time just .007 seconds slower to earn the second starting position in the fourteen car field.

The top five cars would invert after the pill pull from Garrett handing the front row over to Chris Johnson and Owen Smith. Chris Johnson would show the way for the first ten circuits as Garrett worked his way through the pack. Garrett would take the race lead on lap eleven and never look back. Attrition and restarts appeared to be the storyline this weekend from the high banks of Dominion as a handful of caution periods claimed several cars – Chris Johnson was one of them later in the race.

Garrett flexed his muscles on every restart jumping ahead of Nick Leitz to reclaim his spot at the front of the field. The final twenty-seven laps went caution free as half of the field wrecked out and Garrett cruised to the checkered flag picking up his first Dominion Raceway win of the year. Nick Leitz, Logan Jones, Jimmy Duncan, Chandler Sherman rounded out the top five finishers.

In the second and final Late Model feature of the night – this race open to all of those who have yet to earn a Late Model Stock feature win – the starting lineup for the 25-lap feature was set by the way the field finished in the first race. Nick Leitz lead the six-car field to the green flag and to the checkered picking up his first career Late Model Stock win leading all 25-laps.

Nick Leitz celebrates in victory lane at Dominion Raceway on October 21, 2017 winning his first Late Model Stock Car feature. (Photo: Short Track Central)

LMSC 2017 First Time Winners UNNOFICIAL

  1. #24 Colin Garrett; 75
  2. #14 Nick Leitz; 75
  3. #77 Logan Jones; 75
  4. #55d Jimmy Duncan; 75
  5. #18 Chandler Sherman; 70
  6. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 62
  7. #36 Owen Smith; 59
  8. #82g Mike Ganoe; 42
  9. #9 Alex Brock; 42
  10. #24c Chris Johnson; 36
  11. #13 Reid Murphy; 31
  12. #89 Matt Ashworth; 31
  13. #55 Chris Flowers; 27

 

 

LMSC First Time Winners Race UNOFFICIAL

  1. #14 Nick Leitz; 25
  2. #9 Alex Brock; 25
  3. #18 Chandler Sherman; 25
  4. #36 Owen Smith; 25
  5. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 25
  6. #55d Jimmy Duncan; 1

Chris Humblet Dominates Modified Opener at Dominion; E.J. Kinney Back in Victory Lane in UCAR Feature

Thornburg, VA – Eric Fowlkes was the fastest car in group qualifying this past weekend at Dominion Raceway as the IMCA style modifieds took to the high-banked, .400-mile oval for the second to last time in 2017. Fowlkes earned the pole by laying down a 15.819 (91.03 mph) second lap. He would, however, take the green flag in the third position after inverting the top three on the grid. Handing the front row over to defending track champion Chris Humblet. Adam Medek would keep his second-place qualifying position while points leader Jimmy Humblet started fourth and Tony Fowler rounding out the fastest five qualifiers.

The invert seemed to be just what the doctor ordered for Chris, who wasted zero time jumping out to the lead, commanding the pace of the race. An early caution slowed the pace of Chris Humblet, giving pole winner Fowlkes another shot to get around the defending champ but could not do so. He and Jimmy Humblet would settle in line clicking off laps.

The field would be slowed two more times due to the yellow flag. The third and final time after the entire front stretch was blocked and multiple cars received damage. Things got wild when Adam Medek got loose off turn four in front of half the field with fewer than ten laps to go. Ends up over correcting and heading back towards the outside wall when mayhem ensued. Mike Bedner, Bubba Johnston, Tony Fowler, and Ryan Pritt all got a piece of the action that brought out the red flag. Medek was the only one not able to rejoin the field.

Fowlkes looked to capitalize on what would be the final restart. With a solid run off of turn four Fowlkes would lead at least one of the 35-laps before a small hiccup allowed Chris Humblet to take the top spot back. With not enough laps left on the board, Fowkles would be forced to settle with a second place finish over Jimmy Humblet, Bubba Johnston, and Warren Lipford – who by the way was able to replace the motor in his No. 43 modified that he lost earlier in the day.

The Modifieds will be back in action one final time this season on October 21st where a champion will be crowned.

 

No. 55 E.J. Kenny celebrates his third victory of the 2017 campaign at Dominion Raceway on October 14, 2017. (Photo: Charlie Alexander/King Charles Photography)

E.J. Kenny found his way back to Radley Chevrolet Victory lane this past weekend after starting on the front row in the 25-lap UCAR feature. Kenny was the fastest car in group qualifying over Daniel Thomas, Aaron Donnelly, Alex Ayers, and Kris Kurtz. Kenny and Thomas would simply swap spots on the front row after the invert was determined to be the top two.

Thomas, who was a regular competitor at Southside Speedway this year, proved that he earned his position at the front of the field when the green flag was displayed leading the first twelve circuits. In a race that only witnessed two caution periods, but a ton of action throughout the field, Kenny was able to work his way around the No. 72 of Thomas for the top spot and it was pretty much game over after that. The win was Kenny’s third official victory of the 2017 season. Daniel Thomas was able to hang onto a second place finish in just his third start this season. Don Schumann and Alex Ayers – another Southside Speedway regular –would finish third and fourth respectively. Rounding out the top five finishers was the No. 31 of Aaron Donnelly who clinched the 2017 UCAR track championship with 19 starts, 6 wins, 14 top fives, and 19 top ten finishes.

 

Modified UNOFFICIAL Results:

  1. #20 Chris Humblet; 35
  2. #2 Eric Fowlkes; 35
  3. #11 Jimmy Humblet; 35
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 35
  5. #43 Warren Lipford; 35
  6. #4 Ryan Pritt; 35
  7. #5 Tony Fowler; 33
  8. #29 Adam Medek; 23
  9. #99 Mike Bedner; 23
  10. #88 Harvey Thomas; 23

 

UCAR UNOFFICIAL Results:

  1. #55 E.J. Kenny; 25
  2. #72 Daniel Thomas; 25
  3. #11 Don Schumann; 25
  4. #96 Alex Ayers; 25
  5. #31 Aaron Donnelly; 25
  6. #2 Kris Kurtz; 25
  7. #40 Cameron Ruggles; 25
  8. #8 James Johnson; 25
  9. #39 Andrew Lang; 25
  10. #77j Jack Johnston; 25
  11. #15 Mark Marshall; 25
  12. #68 Brandon Coates; 24
  13. #1 Michael Frayser; 24
  14. #3 Ed Johnson; 24
  15. #13 BeeJay Anderson; 13
  16. #16 Derek Hoak; 4
  17. #71 Jon Pritt; 1
  18. #12 Ryan Pritt; 1

Peyton Sellers Earns Fourth Win and $5,000 in Dominion Raceway’s The Big One

Peyton Sellers leads the field Saturday night in route to his 4th victory in 7 starts at Dominion Raceway on October 14th, 2017. (Charlie Alexander/King Charles Photography)

Thornburg, VA – It was a familiar name in a familiar place this past Saturday night at Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia. Peyton Sellers took home the cash and trophy as the Speedway put a cap on their 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car series. With $5,000 going to the race winner and NASCAR national points wrapped up we saw quite a few drivers from all over the region come out to play.

Sellers, who actually qualified on the pole and was forced to start from the fifth position after the invert, was up battling for the lead in under ten laps. With three wins under his belt in just six starts the Danville, Virginia driver was able to take the lead from points leader and eventual track champion, Doug Barnes, by lap thirteen and focus on setting his own pace at the front of the field.

“Barnes put enough pressure on me to be able to make me run a good straight race,” Sellers said in victory lane. “I was having to run a good conservative pace. I knew I could fire off anytime I wanted to and be okay but I didn’t know what these tires were going to do. Sometimes you would feel a little tight and then you start thinking in the back of your mind if the tires are gone.”

The 150-lap feature only saw three caution periods for Eddie Johnson, Dustin Storm, and Chandler Sherman looping their machines. Eddie Johnson, the 2017 Southside Speedway track champion, did not have luck on his side as he was involved in the evening’s first caution – granted race control felt he had some help from the No. 8 of Hughes. His misfortune continued a handful of laps later when Dustin Storm went around off of Johnson’s nose to bring out the second yellow.

Sellers made quick work of the twenty-one-car field on every restart to secure his position at the front of the field and dictate the pace.

“Honestly the car was pretty well balanced,” Sellers said when asked about getting out front and saving tires. “We were on the free side all night and I knew it was going to be a good thing as far as saving tires. If we had a lot of positive wheel into it then it was going to scrub the tire and it was not. It was pretty neutral getting in and neutral from center off.“

Coming fresh off a third-place finish in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway – the first official race under the new permanent LED lights – and a track championship at South Boston Speedway here Sellers spent most of the year running on Hoosiers the former Xfinity driver seemed to be very impressed with the McCreary American Racer tires and wishes more tracks ran them to make traveling a little bit easier.

“I like the Hoosiers,” Sellers told The Weekly Racer. “But you know I like the McCreary’s evenly right now. They are really good tires. I wish more tracks would run them because it’s pretty costly to come up here and race because we have to add a muffler and buy a different tire that is not good anywhere else. That’s a big investment for us to come up here and do that. We had a good set of tires left over from the $10,000 to win race that kind of persuaded us to come back up here.”

The second place finish from Doug Barnes Jr. was enough for him to clinch the 2017 track championship over Tyler Hughes. Brenden Queen, Colin Garrett, and Tyler Hughes would round out the top five finishers.

 

The Big One UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #26 Peyton Sellers; 150
  2. #88 Doug Barnes Jr.; 150
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 150
  4. #24 Colin Garrett; 150
  5. #8 Tyler Hughes; 150
  6. #21 Mike Darne; 150
  7. #7 Michael Hardin; 150
  8. #24d Mason Diaz; 150
  9. #13 Kelly Kingry; 150
  10. #16 Dustin Storm; 150
  11. #82 Cameron Burke; 149
  12. #25 Robert Bruce; 149
  13. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 147
  14. #07 Richard Storm; 143
  15. #82g Mike Ganoe; 132
  16. #12 Nick Smith; 124
  17. #18 Chandler Sherman; 114
  18. #51 Mike Weddell; 94
  19. #57 Eddie Johnson; 74
  20. #45 Tyler Daniels; 35
  21. #32 Rusty Poland; 32
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