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Chris Johnson Remains Undefeated at the Thanksgiving Classic in the Modified Division

Chris Johnson works off turn four at Southern National Motorsports Park in preparation for the 40-lap feature at the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – Chris Johnson, the Mechanicsville, Virginia, continued to flex his muscle at Southern National Motorsports Park in the IMCA style asphalt modified’s. Johnson was the quickest of seventeen entries during group qualifying earlier in the afternoon and, if we are being honest, probably of the entire weekend as he continued to show his strength through the 40-lap feature.

Hunter Slayton, who lined up on the outside pole, gave Johnson an honest run for his money as the two jumped out to an early lead over Shawn Balluzzo and Eric Fowlkes but it just was not enough to get around the Southside Speedway regular. The field was slowed four times by the caution flag, Most of which were just simple single car spins. One, however, involved the No. 93 machine of Austin Thaxton who ended up making contact with the outside wall and received the heaviest of damage throughout the night. Luckily everyone was able to drive away from the incident and continue on.

Chris Johnson made easy work of Slayton on every restart but one. The one restart was actually called into question by race control and Slayton was, let’s call it ‘advised’ to give the position back to the control car to avoid the need for NASCAR officials to have to step in. Slayton obliged a few laps later and Chris Johnson went on to win his third Modified feature in the Thanksgiving Classic. Hunter Slayton would finish second while Shawn Balluzzo completed the podium. Southside Speedway’s own Tyler Davis (00) and Kyle Wood (42) made up the rest of the top five.

Brandon Allen (86) went wire to wire over Robert Arch (27), James Stroud (4), Neil Mason (50), and Steve Sullivan (58) in the 30-lap UCAR feature. Thirteen cars took the green flag, only eight finished on the lead lap.

 

Southern Lighting Modified Results;

  1. #36 Chris Johnson; 40
  2. #77 Hunter Slayton; 40
  3. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  4. #00 Tyler Davis; 40
  5. #42 Kyle Wood; 40
  6. #2 Eric Fowkles; 40
  7. #93 Austin Thaxton; 40
  8. #11 Jimmy Humblet; 40
  9. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  10. #20 Chris Humblet; 40
  11. #51 Bubba Johnston; 40
  12. #29 Adam Medek; 40
  13. #43 Warren Lipford; 40
  14. #29 D.J. Huffman; 40
  15. #10 Wayne McGee; 30
  16. #4 Ryan Pritt; 17
  17. #70 Curtis Hughes; 16

Green Flag Set to Wave on 17th Annual Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park

Frontstretch and grandstand area at Southern National Motorsports Park (Andy Marquis/SNMP photo)

The 17th Thanksgiving Classic presented by Solid Rock Carriers gets underway on Friday night and runs through Sunday with a total of 775 laps of racing for the 11 divisions which will compete. The schedule for this weekend can be found below.

With Thanksgiving dinners wrapped up, some of the best drivers and their families in the Mid-Atlantic region will converge on the .400-mile high-banked oval of Southern National this weekend. Philip Morris, who was victorious in the first recorded Thanksgiving Classic, looks to continue his hot streak this year and will be making his return to the North Carolina Speedway. He will be one of the drivers to keep an eye out for one Sunday.

Lee Pulliam, newly crowned NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National champ, and Brenden Queen are looking for strong outings this weekend in the Late Model portion of the show. Pulliam, coming off of a disappointing finish in last years classic as well as at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Pulliam will be looking for victory lane one final time this year. Brenden Queen, who was forced to start at the rear of the field last weekend at Myrtle Beach one-week prior and fought his way back up to the fourth position, will be looking to improve his finishing position from last year.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series crew chief Matt McCall will be making his return to Southern National this weekend. McCall, who is no stranger to victory lane, will be looking to finally check The Classic off his checklist. In 2016 McCall finished third to Lemons and Queen after contact with Pulliam battling for the lead on a late race restart.

The IMCA style Modified’s will be making their return as well with a 40-lap feature on Saturday night along with one of two Limited Late Model features of the weekend. Brandon Clements will look to pick up another dominant victory in the Mini Stock feature after coming back from what should have been a race-ending crash the month prior at the Spooktacular.

Other divisions racing this weekend will be the INEX Legends and Bandos, Chargers, UCAR, Street Stocks, as well as Super Late Models. The Weekly Racer will be on the road Friday afternoon and will provide coverage all weekend long on our Twitter feed (@theweeklyracer)

 

Friday, November 24th: Bandoleros (20 laps), Chargers (40 laps), Legends (25 laps), Limited Late Model Dash (40 laps). Green flag at 8:15pm.

Tickets: Adults – $15; Seniors, active military, and students (with ID) –$12; Kids 6-12 – $5; Kids five and under – FREE.

 

Saturday, November 25th: Bandoleros (20 laps), Legends (30 laps), Southern Lightning Modifieds (40 laps), Mini Stocks (50 laps), U-CAR (30 laps), Street Stocks (15 laps), Limited Late Models (40 laps). Green flag at 4:30pm.

Tickets: Adults – $20; Seniors, active military, and students (with ID) – $15; Kids 6-12 – $5; Kids five and under – FREE.

 

Sunday, November 26th: Late Model Stock Car Last Chance Qualifier (25 laps), Super Late Models (125 laps), Late Model Stock Car feature event (200 laps). Green flag at 12pm.

Tickets: Adults –$25; Seniors, active military and students (with ID) –$20; Kids 6-12 – $10; Kids five and under – FREE.

3-Day Tickets: Adults –$45; Seniors, active military and students (with ID) – $35, kids 6-12 –$20.

 

Previous Winners

1998 — Philip Morris

1999 — Scott Riggs

2000 — Frank Deiny, Jr.

2001 — Kirk Leone

2002 — Brandon Butler

2003 — Denny Hamlin

2004 — Jamey Caudill

2005 — Jamey Caudill

2006 — Deac McCaskill

2007 — Denny Hamlin

2008 — Joey Coulter

(SNMP closed 2009-2011)

2012 — Greg Edwards

2013 — Ronnie Bassett, Jr.

2014 — Brayton Haws

2015 — Lee Pulliam

2016 — Tommy Lemons, Jr.

Racing Roulette Expanded to Super Late Models and Limiteds for Thanksgiving Classic

LUCAMA, NC – Southern National Motorsports Park has expanded the Racing Roulette format, which was implemented for the Late Model Stock Car portion of the Thanksgiving Classic, to the Super Late Model and Limited Late Model divisions.

The Racing Roulette format allows drivers to race for more money to win the race if they pay a higher entry fee.

“We had such great feedback from the Late Model racers and so many questions from Super Late Model and Limited drivers that we thought it’d be great to include all of them,” track owner Michael Diaz saif. “It’s a great concept that the drivers and teams are excited about and we’re excited about the excitement it’s bringing to the Thanksgiving Classic.”

For the Super Late Model feature, which will be run on Sunday, November 26th, drivers can race for $10,000-to-win if they pay a $500 entry fee or $4,000-to-win if they pay a $125 entry fee.

In the Limited Late Model feature, which commences on Saturday, November 25th, drivers can pay a $300 entry fee to race for $4,000-to-win or a $100 entry fee for $2,200-to-win.

Registration for the Thanksgiving Classic is open and competitors can register for the race online.

The Limited Late Model feature on Saturday, November 25th is a 75 lap race.  The Super Late Model portion of the Thanksgiving Classic on Sunday, November 26th will be a 125-lap event.

In addition to Saturday’s Limited Late Model race, the Thanksgiving Classic will also feature a Limited Late Model “Dash for Cash” race on Friday, November 24th.  The 40-lap race, will be a scuff tire.  Drivers competing in the race can bring two tires with them and purchase two tires from the .  The Dash for Cash pays $750 to the winner and $50 to start.

More information about the 17th Thanksgiving Classic presented by Solid Rock Carriers » http://snmpark.com/thanksgivingclassic

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Thanksgiving Classic to Pay $20,000 to Win with Racing Roulette Format

Late Model Stock Car racing in last year’s Thanksgiving Classic. (Photo credit: Corey Latham/Race22.com)

The 17th running of the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park will bring the event back to the forefront of the big races in the Southeast region.

$20,000 will be the top prize for the 200-lap six-tire Late Model Stock Car race. The upped purse comes with a twist which is being referred to as Racing Roulette.

Late Model Stock Car drivers will have the option to race for three different winner’s purses. Escalating from $6,000 to $20,000 depending on the entry fee paid for the event.  Additionally, the halfway point will pay $2,000.

The race’s base purse pays $6,000 to win, the same as it paid last year with a $125 entry fee for the teams.   Teams will have the option to pay an elevated entry fee of $500 for a chance at a $10,000 winner’s purse or gamble it big with a $1,000 entry “fee and win $20,000.

“We wanted to do something different,” said track owner Michael Diaz.  “Everyone is doing the same thing and we wanted to bring a different element to the event and give guys a chance to win some big money without spending a lot more.”

The race is set to pay $650 to start but the upped entry fee of $1,000 will be matched as start money for those who pay the escalated entry fee. Which takes the risk out of putting up the additional money.

“The risk is minimum even if you go for the big money you’re still going to get that money back at the end of the night.  It’s minimum risk, maximum reward. It’d be cool if a guy rolled the dice and won the $20,000.”

The purse throughout the field won’t change from second to start money which begins at 12th position.  That might give even more incentive for guys to roll the dice in Racing Roulette.

Local race fan and businessman Kirk Ipock is helping to make this a marquee event in the Southeast.  His company Solid Rock Carriers are sponsoring the Thanksgiving Classic.

“I’m happy to be sponsoring the Thanksgiving Classic,” Ipock said.  “It’s the biggest race there is at the end of the year and it’s the end of the season.  I like Southern National Motorsports Park and hope to be a part of it next year as well.”

$20,000 is only $5,000 short of the top prize for the LMSC race at Martinsville Speedway making it the second highest paying race in all of Late Model Stock Car racing.

“This should take our race to the next level,” explained Diaz.  “Sometimes it takes a little innovation to get the notoriety of an event back where it needs to be and we think this could be it.  It’ll also be big for the fans who will get to see all the top LMSC drivers in the region go for a big prize.”

Who’s ready to take the Racing Roulette challenge and go for $20,000 in the 17th running of the Thanksgiving Classic?

Bradley McCaskill Sets The Pace In The Limited Late Model Finale Saturday Night

Bradley McCaskill celebrates in victory lane after winning Saturday nights Limited Late Model feature with car owner, mom, and crew. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Bradley McCaskill celebrates in victory lane after winning Saturday nights Limited Late Model feature with car owner, mom, and crew. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – It was Bradley McCaskill’s race from start to finish in Saturday nights 75 lap Mini’s Mission “Burn Rubber to Help Another” Limited Late Model feature. McCaskill, 27 from Knightdale, North Carolina, was second fastest earlier in the afternoon only to Alex Fleming. McCaskill and Fleming would be the pair to watch for most of the evening, as the two were in a league of their own.

“We got a great jump there at the start and got the lead,” McCaskill said after the race. “Our plan was to get up there and kind of set the pace and do what we need to do to save tires. Alex definitely ran us a lot harder than we anticipated and pushed me a lot harder than I wanted to go. I think he hurt his stuff there a little to much and we ended up getting back by him.”

Give credit to Alex Fleming, who will look to start his Super Late Model Sunday afternoon, for keeping young Bradley McCaskill honest all race long. The first half of the race Fleming applied plenty of pressure to the leader until he was able to get under and around McCaskill and even hold off an attempted cross over move. Fleming would hang onto the lead for about ten laps when McCaskill decided it was time to go and regained his spot at the top of the leader board with twenty-four laps to go.

Once he got around Fleming there it was nothing more than navigating his way through some lap traffic and staying smooth. Behind them was also some great racing for the final positions within the top five as well. Karl Budzevski, driver of the #26 was practically in a league of his own while Kenneth Mercer & Tim Allensworth had some fun.

It was clear by the end of the race that McCaskill had the car to beat Saturday night. In the car that won the 2016 Ronnie Barnnett Memorial at East Carolina Motor Speedway with Louis White behind the wheel, we asked Bradley if the cold weather had anything to do with the teams strategy going into the 75-lap feature.

“I think that’s where we had a little bit of an advantage,” said McCaskill. “The track gripped up a little more than I anticipated, I thought we were going a little to hard there for the track temperature but I guess it had a little bit more grip in it than I thought.”

Bradley went on to tell us that he might make the needed changes on the car and start the Late Model Stock race that will roll off the grid approx. 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon. Telling us that car owner Louis White said he could drive it if he wanted to. Grandstands are set to open Sunday morning around 9:45 AM with an on track driver autograph session scheduled for 10:15 – 11:30 AM. Pre race ceremonies should kick off at 11:45 followed by the green flag for the Super Late Model feature at 12:01 PM.

 

Mini’s Mission 75 Results
1) #7 Bradley McCaskill
2) #05 Alex Fleming
3) #26 Karl Budzevski
4) #24 Kenneth Mercer
5) #21 Tim Allensworth
6) #24 Colin Garrett
7) #M3 Shelton McNair, Jr.
8)  #87 Mini Tyrell
9)  #61 Michael O’Brien
10) #00 David West
11) #21 Gerald Benton
12.) #29 Bian Obiedzenski
13) #31 Wayne Goss
14) #82 Mike Ganoe
15) #91 Chris Elliott
16) #28 Justin Gill
17) #07 Ronald Renfrow

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