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S02E11 – 2018 Season and Series Previews from the Mid Atlantic

The guys get back together for the first time in 2018 to talk about the recent races in the national series, ARCA, as well as the K&N Pro Series East season opener in Florida. We also take a look at six different tracks schedules throughout the Mid-Atlantic region along with the CARS Tour. Jesse announces he will be spotting full-time for #TeamRacingVirginia driver Grayson Cullather in the CARS Tour LMSC program.

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Tate Fogleman Dominates Super Late Model Portion of 2017 Thanksgiving Classic

Tate Folgeman celebrates getting out of the car in SNMP victory lane during the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – Tate Fogleman had something to prove this weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park in the seventh running of the Thanksgiving Classic. Though he was not the fastest car in single-car qualifying Saturday evening – that honor was bestowed upon Danny O’Quinn Jr. when he was the only driver to cusp the fourteen-second brack.

Folgeman, however, flexed his muscles early and often taking the lead from O’Quinn before the field returned to the start-finish line. He would be tested five different times throughout the race when the field was slowed due to the caution flag. Folgeman was money on every restart and retained his position at the front of the field each time.

Second through well, the rest of the field saw some pretty interesting battles throughout the 125-lap feature. Tim Hollis might have been the biggest mover through the entire event as he started shotgun on the field after failing to lay a lap down in qualifying. He would battle his way up to as high as fourth place during the race but would ultimately fall back to seventh when the checkered flew

Jody Meesmer clearly earned the “Tough Break Award” if there was one. Jody took the green flag in the sixth position and it was an uphill battle from there. Running as high as third during the feature, Meesmer had possible engine/carb issues that brought out the afternoons first caution. He would later make contact with Bronson Butcher that caused pretty substantial cosmetic damage. He would later bring out another caution, indirectly of course, due to debris falling off his car.

No one would have anything for Folgeman in the closing laps and he would go on to take home the hardware.

Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Super Late Model Results

  1. #8 Tate Folgeman; 125
  2. #16r Bronson Butcher; 125
  3. #7 Taylor Stricklin; 125
  4. #16 Lucas Jones; 125
  5. #2 Darrell Gilchrist; 125
  6. #96 Danny O’Quinn Jr.; 125
  7. #22 Tim Hollis; 125
  8. #98 Jody Meesmer; 78

Matt McCall Officially Wins the 17th Annual Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park

Matt McCall, along with family and crews, pose for a post race photo in victory lane Sunday evening at Southern National Motorsports Park. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – Matt McCall, fresh off the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Season with Jamie McMurray, was fast all weekend in his Grant County Mulch Late Model Stock heading into the weekends 200-lap feature. Even after fully admitting to making a mistake during qualifying time trials, McCall was able to put down a lap that locked him into the show. Saving him from the mayhem that ensued in the 25-lap last chance qualifier.

McCall was a factor from the drop of the green all the way to the checkered. One can argue, however, that Philip Morris had the dominant early on in the race after he opened up a half straightaway lead over the field once he took the lead from Pulliam. However, after an eight-car invert, full contact racing, and ultimately contact with another competitor, Morris’ night ended much earlier than he had anticipated.

“We worked really hard to come here and it is always good and rewarding to get the trophy,” McCall said in victory lane. “It is really hard to come back into Late Model Stock race and know what pace to run but it sort of played into our hands there and I think we had a little more tire there at the end.”

After being fastest in most of the session both Friday and Saturday, McCall was only able to muster a sixth place starting position. He fully admitted in victory lane after the race that it was the guy behind the wheel that messed up, not the car.

“The guy holding the pedal messed up qualifying so I will take full credit for that,” expressed McCall. “I felt really good about the car. In practice it was really solid, we made some gains this year, fortunately, it was enough.”

Staying within the top five, or there about the first half of the feature, the eight-car invert played into the hands of McCall however as he was scored fourth when the yellow flag was displayed for the halfway break. We asked McCall what changes he and the crew made to the car as the first half was in the day and the second half was going to be at night.

“We didn’t touch it,” McCall told The Weekly Racer about the halfway break. “We put tires on it and fuel in it. We got a little lucky and got it here a couple weeks to test in the dark so I kind of knew what I thought we needed and it worked out.”

Results were finally made official from speedway officials more than two hours after the checkered flag waved.

“I thought I was in the lead,” McCall commented about the final restart that put him ahead of Johnson. “Every time we contested it they put us behind him so we will just see if they give it to us this time by getting into the right spot. It is always weird with Late Model Stock racing and there aren’t really any loops it’s all visual. Maybe it would have made a difference, maybe it wouldn’t, we were pretty good at the end.”

2017 Thanksgiving Classic Results;

  1. #51 Matt McCall
  2. #44 Justin Johnson
  3. #27 Tommy Lemons Jr.
  4. #07 Bradley McCaskill
  5. #5 Lee Pulliam
  6. #22 Bobby McCarty
  7. #26 Peyton Sellers
  8. #4 Jonathan Findley
  9. #21 Mike Darne
  10. #9r Alex Brock
  11. #41 Sam Meyer
  12. #9 Charlie Watson
  13. #55 Mark Wertz
  14. #82 Cameron Burke
  15. #99 Layne Riggs
  16. #63 Tyler Matthews
  17. #2 Robert Powell
  18. #90 Terry Carroll
  19. #9 Devon Dodson
  20. #03 Brenden Queen
  21. #24 Colin Garret
  22. #18 Jason York
  23. #01 Philip Morris
  24. #5 Adam Resnick
  25. #1 Juan Gonzalez
  26. #24 Mason Diaz
  27. #17 Stacy Puryear
  28. #19 Cameron Bowen
  29. #33 Ryan Haddock
  30. #46 Thad Moffit
  31. #22 Grayson Cullather
  32. #82 Will Burns

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

Bradley McCaskill Sets Sights on Colt James at Southern National’s Spooktacular

Bradley McCaskill, pictured at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. (Photo credit: Andy Marquis)

LUCAMA, NC – Bradley McCaskill has his sights set on Colt James and the $1,000 bounty that has been placed on James heading into Saturday night’s Spooktacular at Southern National Motorsports Park.

McCaskill has plenty of experience at Southern National Motorsports Park and is a former winner of the Limited Late Model portion of the Spooktacular.  This weekend, he will compete in the Fast Five Pro Late Model doubleheader and he has every expectation of outrunning James, who has won the last eight consecutive Pro Late Model races.

“Looking forward to racing against Colt,” McCaskill said.  “I hope we can be the team that finally knocks him off his throne. He will be really tough to beat and he is smart with his car and how he races.”

McCaskill will be bringing the car he has been competing within PASS South and CARS Super Late Model competition.  Earlier this year, he ran in a PASS race at Southern National, but a flat right rear tire derailed his performance and relegated him to a 10th place finish.

With his experience at the 4/10-mile track, McCaskill has plenty of confidence.

“Colt really has a handle on his car right now,” McCaskill explained.  “I feel confident that we can get our car to work as good as his.  It will be interesting to see how the motor combinations run against each other.  Plus, there are twins to throw another twist in there.  Who goes hard the first race versus who saves for the second race.”

Along with the Pro Late Model, McCaskill is hoping he can compete in the Limited Late Model race as well – but as of now, he is unsure if he will be able to.  If he is able to race, he will compete in a Late Model ordinarily driven by Ronald Renfrow.

“I hope there are good turnouts for both divisions,” McCaskill concluded.  “Looks like there is good money up for grabs this weekend.”

Since the first running of the Spooktacular in 2014, a race won by Joey Throckmorton, the race has become one of the biggest Limited Late Model races on the East Coast.  Meanwhile, the Pro Late Model division has attracted headliners all season, including points leader Colt James, NASCAR Next driver Hailie Deegan, Jody Measamer, Giovanni Bromante and more.

Saturday’s Spooktacular will get underway at 6pm EST and is headlined by twin 75-lap duels for the Pro Late Models and a 100-lap Limited Late Model race. The Charger division will race for 35 laps, Mini Stocks for 65 laps, Any Cars for 15 laps, Legends for 35 laps, Bandoleros for 15 laps and the Virginia Mini Cups will hold twin 25 lap races.

More information about the Spooktacular can be found at http://www.snmpark.com/spooktacular.

The fall schedule will resume on Saturday, October 28th with the Day of Destruction, which is poised to be one of the biggest events ever held at Southern National Motorsports Park.  The Day of Destruction will feature a Demolition Derby, Enduro racing, burnout competitions, flagpole races and much more.

The Day of Destruction will also feature a Haunted Race Track Tour, continuing a Southern National Motorsports Park tradition that began in 2015.

More information about the Day of Destruction can be found at http://www.snmpark.com/demoderby.

The fall schedule will conclude with the three day, 12 division Thanksgiving Classic which will run from Friday, November 24th through Sunday, November 26th and is headlined by the $20,000-to-win Late Model Stock Car feature.

More information about the Thanksgiving Classic can be found at http://www.snmpark.com/thanksgivingclassic.

This fall, Southern National Motorsports Park will be the place to be for big races and big events.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at www.snmpark.com“like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

 

Brandon Ward Wants to Honor Fallen Crew Member with Southern National Win

Brandon Ward celebrates his victory in the most recent Southern Modified Racing Series race at Concord Speedway. (Photo credit: Corey Latham/Race22.com)

LUCAMA, NC – A victory at Southern National Motorsports Park would be extra special for Southern Modified Racing Series points leader Brandon Ward.

Brandon Ward’s long-time friend and crew member Mike Sabiston passed away when the team was unloading a Super Late Model prior to a Pro All Stars Series race at Southern National Motorsports Park on August 2, 2013.  Today, many of those same guys who worked with Ward at New Day Motorsports continue to work with Ward on his Tour Modified – and a victory at Southern National would be a special one.

“We miss Mike every day, every race,” Ward said.  “This is the same race team, it’s the same group of guys that worked on that Super Late Model with Mike.  The majority of these guys were part of the same team that Mike was part of.  You know, Mike was such a huge part of our racing family.  Every time we go to the racetrack, every day of my life, I miss Mike tremendously.  But, when I do come to Southern National, it’s definitely something, the thought of that day never goes away.

“It kind of sucks in some ways because Southern National is a great facility and a great track and I love racing there but every time I come there, the memory of that day is one of the first things that I think of.”

While the memories of Sabiston’s passing are still raw, Ward wants to add a good memory at Southern National Motorsports Park and honor Sabiston with a victory on Saturday night.

“You always want to win when you go to the racetrack, that’s the only reason we go.  Every race, the next race you go to is the most important race but to come and get a win at SNMP would be huge for me and most of these guys on this team just because we feel like it would at least add a good memory to some of the other memories we have from there.”

Saturday night’s race at Southern National Motorsports Park is the fourth race of the season for the Southern Modified Racing Series and Ward enters the race with the points leader.  The 36-year-old from Winston Salem, North Carolina finished fourth in the tour’s season opening race at Caraway Speedway back in March and has since won races at Orange County Speedway and Concord Speedway.  The two wins and three top-five finishes give Ward a 16 point lead over Bobby Measmer, Jr.

“We’ve really had a good season.  We’ve had two poles and two wins and qualified outside pole  at Caraway and ended up fifth.  Two wins and three top five finishes, it’s been a really good season for us.  These guys have worked hard.  We’ve been really focused on this modified program for the past year now.  Throughout all the hard work all these guys have put in, we feel like we have the racecar where we need to have it.

“We’ve got a lot of big marketing partners that make a lot happen for us.  We couldn’t do it without Spaugh Racing Technologies, KPMoto.com, Progressive Racing Engines, Precision Built Spindle, AMSOIL, Robbins Sandblasting, David E. Day Incorporated and Miller Welder.”

Ward got his start in racing when he began racing in Go-Karts at the age of eight and he has been racing ever since then.

“I got started in racing through my dad and grandfather,” Ward explained.  “They got me started Go-Kart racing when I was eight years old.  I raced Go-Karts from the time I was eight until I was 16.  Then we moved into the Goody’s Dash Series.  From that point, I’ve really had the opportunity to race in many other big divisions. I’ve ran Hooters Pro Cup, K&N Series, UARA and PASS South.”

Now, Ward races predominantly in Modifieds after teaming up with Will Spaugh and Kevin Powell at Bowman Gray Stadium.

“The move to Modifieds for us now really came through Will Spaugh,” Ward commented.  “I started driving Kevin Powell’s modified at Bowman Gray and Will Spa came on board to crew chief for me in that car and my Super Late Model.  At that point, Will was in the process of building his own Tour Modified car and that’s when we put the whole program together and made the switch to Modifieds completely and basically tying Will’s tour mod with Kevin’s Bowman Gray car and using the same team and guys in one joint effort.  It made the most sense for us to do that right now.”

Ward will be in action at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday night, April 8th as part of the Southern Modified Racing Series’ 125 lap race.  The Modifieds will be joined by Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros and the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club.

Tickets for Saturday night’s races will be available at the gate.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for kids ages 7-14 and kids six and under free.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at www.snmpark.com“like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

Tyler Hughes and Tim Allensworth Split Southern National’s Season Opener

Lucama, NC – A rare Sunday afternoon start at Southern National Motorsports Park led to some good racing and some big wrecks as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series kicked off their season.

Tyler Hughes set fast time in individual car qualifying picking up a couple tenths of his fastest lap in the practice sessions. Adam Murray in the other 8 car couldn’t get his car to fire after setting the fastest lap in practice earlier in the morning.

The first twin of the day was mostly uneventful with Hughes and Mason Diaz racing each other close most of the race. Diaz got to Tyler’s bumper a couple times but couldn’t get him loose enough to slide him out of the bottom line. Tyler led from green to checkered to grab the first win of his 2017 NWAAS campaign.

In the second race things unraveled for a couple drivers. Seventeen laps in Ronald Rendfrow’s day came to an end after his car lost control and went shooting into the wall in turn-1, heavily damaging the front end of the car and leading to cleanup. Jonathon Findley found himself up front with a really good car but on lap 38 Louis White decided that his car wasn’t good enough as he got under his bumper sending him spinning into the corner. Originally he didn’t have much damage but Tyler Hughes had already committed to the bottom line and collided head on with Findley doing heavy damage to both cars. White was sent to the end of the longest line for the restart as a penalty.

Surviving through the wreckage, just barely, was Tim Allensworth who was moved earlier on in the race. He grabs his first late model win at SNMP and Chris Chapman was able to hold off Diaz for a second place finish.

In the chargers division Brian Obiedzenski led every lap of their 35 lap feature to put him on top of the standings to start the year off and the UCAR race had Ronnie “Buckshot” Jones making a last lap pass to steal the win from P.J. Flowers after it looked like maybe the handling fell off a little toward the end. Over in the INEX series the Bandoleros had a pass coming to the checkered flag as the leaders had to split lapped traffic and Ethan Johnson was able to grab the win from second place. Over in the legends Tommy Jackson Jr. led all 25 laps and won by over three second.

Photos from the Southern National Opener

Final Results – Race 1 – NWAAS Late Models

  1. Tyler Hughes
  2. Mason Diaz
  3. Rusty Daniels
  4. Louis White
  5. Jonathan Findley
  6. Ronald Renfrow
  7. Chris Chapman
  8. Tim Allensworth
  9. Paul Williamson
  10. Paul Wark
  11. Gerald Benton
  12. Adam Resnick
  13. Michael Schwietering
  14. Adam Murray
  15. Brandon Hobbs

Final Results – Race 2 – NWAAS Late Models

  1. Tim Allensworth
  2. Chris Chapman
  3. Mason Diaz
  4. Rusty Daniels
  5. Adam Resnick
  6. Paul Williamson
  7. Louis White
  8. Paul Wark
  9. Jonathan Findley
  10. Tyler Hughes
  11. Ronald Renfrow
  12. Gerald Benton
  13. Michael Schwietering

 

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