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Mini Tyrell Victorious in Saturday Night Portion of 2017 Thanksgiving Classic

Mini Tyrell backs up is P2 finish from Friday with a win in Saturday’s portions of the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – Mini Tyrell, the 13-year-old two-time Shenandoah Late Model track champion, put the final cherry on top of an incredible weekend by ending up in victory lane in Saturday’s portion of the 17th Annual Thanksgiving Classic presented by Solid Rock Carriers.

After earning the pole position earlier in the afternoon during group qualifying, Tyrell held onto the race lead for the first sixteen circuits before Friday night’s winner, Jamie York was able to get by the Manassas, Virginia driver. The top four drivers, in fact, were all right nose to tail for a little more than half the race until a caution was displayed on lap forty-five. From there it was mostly downhill from there.

The old saying in racing that ‘cautions breed cautions’ was certainly proven to be correct as things started to go downhill fast for a couple of drivers. Jamie York found himself to be on the wrong end of one of those deals after his night was finished earlier than the team planned when he was involved in a crash following the evening’s first restart.

Clay Jones, who had battled his way up to the front of the field, almost had his night come to a screeching halt after he spun in turn four battling hard with Paul Williamson – who had been leading the race at the time. Williamson and Jones were both sent to the rear their involvement in bringing out the yellow. Tyrell would inherit the lead and held off several challenges for the lead after a handful of restarts.

Tyrell’s family and crew were emotional in victory lane and for good reason.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend,” Tyrell told The Weekly Racer in victory lane Saturday night. “Being able to learn so much running with some of these guys and holding them off is just truly incredible. We lost a good friend a couple months ago that was like a brother to me, his birthday is Monday and I knew he was riding with me. I was just praying with about five laps to go that he would get me through it and sure enough he did.”

The victory comes just one day after Tyrell finished second to York in Friday nights “Dash for Cash” 40-lap feature and put a bookend on one of the biggest weekends in his young career.

“They [Tyrell’s crew] gave me an awesome car this weekend and we were just riding there for the first fifty laps just trying to conserve things,” Tyrell went on to say. “Unfortunately we got into the back of Jamie York and messed up the front end of the car a little bit, sorry to him for that but that’s just racing. Fell back to fourth trying to recover from that but was able to battle back to the front and lead the way the rest of the night.”

Gary Ledbetter Jr. took the victory in a thrilling 50-lap Street Stock feautre. Michael O’brien certainly did his fair share of making things interesting when he took things three wide a couple of times battling with Ledbetter in lap traffic. Gary Ledbetter Sr., Gerald Benton, and pole sitter Curtis Pebbles rounded out the top five finishers.

The 2017 Thanksgiving Classic will wrap up later this afternoon, as the green flag will wave for the 125-lap Super Late Model and 200-lap Late Model Sock features. Danny O’Quinn Jr. (SLM) and Lee Pulliam (LMSC) will lead their respective fields to green. Grandstands will open at 9:45 AM. An on-track autograph session is scheduled for 10:15 AM when the first green flag waving at approx. 12:00 noon.


Saturday Night Limited Late Model Results;

  1. #81 Mini Tyrell; 75
  2. #15 Clay Jones; 75
  3. #25 Jacob Borst; 75
  4. #29 Paul Williamson; 75
  5. #17 Jason Meyers; 75
  6. #28 Justin Gill; 75
  7. #26 Karl Budzevski; 75
  8. #28 Tyler Horne; 75
  9. #2 Joshua Yeoman; 75
  10. #05 Alex Flemming; 75
  11. #55 Aaron Champion; 75
  12. #07 Robert Arch; 56
  13. #22 Eric Winslow; 48
  14. #1 Jamie York; 47
  15. #91 Chris Elliot; 47
  16. #55 Gerald Benton; 47
  17. #16 Rusty Daniels; 45
  18. #21 Kevin Jefferys; 20
  19. #14 Akinori Ogata; DNS
  20. #31 Wayne Goss; DNS

Ep. 05 Opening Night For NWMT, South Boston, Southern National & CARS Tour at Dominion

Join the guys as they bring their second quest in a row onto the show and talk about all the action in March.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Phillip Morris Doubles Down in South Boston to collect two wins in their season opener. We talk about the new pavement.

Tyler Hughes and Tim Allensworth split the bill at Southern National in their rescheduled, Sunday season opener.

To Wrap things up we talk about the CARS Tour Duel races at Dominion Raceway where two new Late Model winners were crowned (after the disqualification and suspension of race two winner Jeff Oakley) as well as a dominating performance from Brandon Setzer who locked himself into the Short Track Nationals at Bristol with his two wins.

Christian Eckes Wins From the Pole at Southern National; Carries Momentum Into Snowball Derby


Lucama, NC – Two weekends and two victories for the Middletown, New York native Christian Eckes. After a thrilling victory over JRM teammate Josh Berry in the Late Model Stock portion of the Myrtle Beach 400, Eckes entered the 2016 Thanksgiving Classic with his Super Late Model

Eckes was the only car in the twelve-car field to lay down a sub 14-second lap to claim the pole Saturday afternoon. That speed clearly transferred into Sunday’s race as Christian set the pace early in the 125-lap feature. Colt James, the red number fifteen in the field was the only car able to really give him a run for his money and keep him honest. Some decent racing took place behind the two but it was clear Eckes and James were the class of the field.

The race was only slowed by two cautions. First, we had an issue with a car on the backstretch. This gave Colt James the shot he needed to get around Eckes and set the pace he wanted to run. The second caution, however, was the #15 of Colt James who lost power and coasted on the racing surface. James was able to get his car down pit road and had to nose his machine into his pit stall.

This gave the control of the race back to Christian Eckes, which was the final nail in the coffin. Have to tip our hat to Jake Crum who gave it all he had on the final restart but just didn’t have enough under him, Eckes was able to drive away from the field to earn his first Super Late Model victory.

“We had a really good car this weekend,”Eckes when we caught up with him in victory lane. “We unloaded really strong and stayed that way. I got a little worried there when Colt passed me, really just sucks for him to have a mechanical issue he had a really good car. I am just really happy for all my guys, we worked really hard for this race and it paid off, I am just really thankful to be here.”

Coming off the victory at Myrtle Beach and now Southern National, Eckes is heading into the Snowball Derby next weekend with two consecutive victories and momentum on his side. “We built a brand new car for the derby so we should have a good shot,” Eckes explained. “The momentum is going to be big for me. This is my first victory in the super, we have just had so much bad luck this year it’s not even funny. To win last week and this week it’s a big sigh of relief you know. Both wins are huge for me and it will pay off heading into the derby.”


UNOFFICIAL Accent Imaging SLM Results

1) #15 Christian Eckes; 125
2) #57 Austin Theriault; 125
3) #8 Tate Folgeman; 125
4) #01 Jake Crum; 125
5) #67 Clay Jones; 125
6) #55 Kevin Floars; 125
7) #25 Michael Faulk; 125
8) #25 Anthony Alfredo; 125
9) #98 Jody Meesmer; 117
10) #15 Colt James; 94 – Engine
11) #7 Tyler Church; 84 – Mechanical
12) #17 Darren Shaw; DNS

Deac McCaskill & Christian Eckes Win Pole Awards for Late Model and Super Late Model Feature


Dead McCaskill (Left) & Christian Eckes (Right) are your pole winners from Saturday afternoons qualifying session. They will lead the field to green on Sunday afternoon for their 200 lap and 125 lap features respectfully. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – Qualifying in the books here at Southern National Motorsports Park for the Sunday portion of the 2016 Thanksgiving Classic. 28 Late Model Stocks and just 11 Super Late Models (two did not take time) took time as the sun set over turns one and two this afternoon.

Southern National veteran Deac McCaskill grabbed the pole award with a 15.492 (92.951 mph). He will be followed into turn one by 2016 Dominion Raceway champion Nick Smith, 2016 Motor Mile champion Lee Pulliam, Tommy Lemons Jr., and Johnsathan Findley to round out the top five starters. McCaskill, who is no stranger to the high banks of Southern National, will have plenty of competition to fend off tomorrow after.

“We had a really good car in the CARS event,” McCaskill said. “I don’t know what happened. Car kind of went away from me there at the end. We worked it some. My NASCAR package is different from my CARS package. We did a lot of testing on Thursday. We’ll see what we’ve got.”

Christian Eckes, who is coming off of a thrilling Myrtle Beach 400 victory of JRM teammate Josh Berry, will lead the field of about thirteen cars to the green flag at high noon Sunday afternoon. Eckes was the only car to hit sub 15-second lap and won the Fury Racecars Pole Award posting a time of 14.903 (96.625 mph). Edging out Camping World Truck series driver Austin Theriault by only about one hundredth of a second. Tate Folgeman, Tyler Church and Colt James will round out the starting five.

Gates open tomorrow morning at 9:45 AM with a chapel service. The on-track autograph session is scheduled from 10:15 to 11:30 am. Green flag for the 125-lap Super Late Model feature is set to roll off approx. 12:01 PM with the Late Model Stock Car feature to follow.


UNOFFICIAL TWR Late Model Starting Line Up
















UNOFFICIAL TWR Super Late Model Starting Line Up





Four Winners Crowned in Opening Night of the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic

Sun setting over SNMP as the Chargers open up the 15th Thanksgiving All-Star Classic. Photo: Andy Marquis/SNMP)

Sun setting over SNMP as the Chargers open up the 15th Thanksgiving All-Star Classic. Photo: Andy Marquis/SNMP)

Now that everyone has had time to digest the pounds of food that we all ate the day before, it was time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful night at Southern National Motor Speedway. Continuing their time honored tradition of hosting its annual “turkey race” – better known as the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic. A three-day, ten-race event to kinda put it all on the table and prove whom the best is. The opening night hosted four division’s – Bandos, Street Stock, Chargers, and Mods – for a total of 145 laps of racing.


Blaise Brinkley lead wire to wire in the 15-lap INEX Bandolaro division after sitting on the pole. Picking up in similar fashion at the Classic as he has in the past at Southern National, this win however, did not come as easy as those in the past. Cole Bruce, a regular competitor in the Bando division at Langley Speedway, made sure that Brinkley did not get to far ahead of him for the entirety of the race. Only falling back as much as five car lengths at any given time. Lap traffic did almost play in the favor of Bruce as it allowed him to close on the rear nerf bar of Brinkley as the laps wined down. Was a little bit to late though, Brinkley cruised to the victory and the pay day; winning all the money on the table – Pole Award, Halfway Award, as well as the winners purse.

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