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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

J.J. Hickle Runs To Victory At Lakeside Speedway In ASCS Sprint Week Opener

 

(Image Credit; Richard Bales)

Bryan Hulbert – KANSAS CITY, Kan. (August 11, 2020) Rebounding after losing the lead early on at Lakeside Speedway, Washington's J.J. Hickle stormed to victory on the opening night of the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Week presented by Smiley's Racing Products.

"He got me on the bottom, and I could see it was getting thin down there, so I just kept hitting my marks on the top," stated Hickle. "I knew we were going to be good late, and you know, Ian [Madsen] is one of the best in the game, so I just bided my time just hoping to get an opportunity in traffic, and you know, it didn't exactly shake out very good for either of us, but it seemed like I was there at the right time."

Earning the pole in Tuesday's A-Feature, Hickle led the opening two revolutions. Working the cushion at both ends of the half-mile oval, the bottom was wide open for Ian Madsen to get the lead working the third lap.

Growing his advantage to nearly two-seconds as he hit traffic, Madsen's lead started to shrink as the race came to the final 10 laps. Weaving around the back-markers, the No. 63 of Hickle closed rapidly with five laps to run. On the back bumper of Madsen's No. 35m with three laps to go, Hickle shot to the race lead with twin flag showing in the stand.

Peddling for all he had, the final two turns saw Madsen with a huge run, but no time as Hickle hit the checkered flag 0.282-seconds ahead of the HAM Construction No. 35m. Blake Hahn crossed third. Picking up the Tiny's Truck Repair Hard Charger Award, Seth Bergman climbed nine spots to fourth with Harli White fifth.

Colton Heath was sixth with Tanner Holmes seventh. Robbie Price moved from 14th to eighth, followed by Jay Russell and Michael Faccinto to round out the top ten.

A field of 38 was on hand at Lakeside Speedway. The Bush's Chicken Fast Time Award, worth $100, went to Ian Madsen. Heat Races were worth $100 to win with Michael Faccinto, Jay Russell, Blake Hahn, and Chelsea Blevins getting wins. Dash wins netted $50 with J.J. Hickle and Jay Russell topping those. The C-Feature went to Bailey Sucich with the B-Feature topped by Austin O'Neal.

The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Week powered by Smiley's Racing Products heads for Caney Valley Speedway on Wednesday, August 12. Pits open at 4:00 P.M. with Grandstands opening at 5:00 P.M. Hot Laps at 7:00 P.M. with Qualifying to follow at 7:30 P.M. (CT). Admission is $20 with kids 12 and under free.

For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the Regional Tours that make up ASCS Nation in 2020, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).


Race Results:


Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Week powered by Smiley's

Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kan.)

Sprint Week - Round 1

Tuesday, August 11, 2020


Car Count: 38


Bush's Chicken Qualifying ($100 to quick time)

Qualifying (2 Laps): 1. 35M-Ian Madsen, 00:15.121[13]; 2. 95-Matt Covington, 00:15.203[24]; 3. 63-JJ Hickle, 00:15.240[2]; 4. 33-Colton Heath, 00:15.263[22]; 5. 17W-Harli White, 00:15.316[14]; 6. 23-Seth Bergman, 00:15.372[3]; 7. 115-Nick Parker, 00:15.425[30]; 8. 11-Austin O'Neal, 00:15.434[32]; 9. 52-Blake Hahn, 00:15.479[27]; 10. 18T-Tanner Holmes, 00:15.484[35]; 11. 76-Jay Russell, 00:15.508[20]; 12. 1X-Jake Bubak, 00:15.515[17]; 13. 21P-Robbie Price, 00:15.520[25]; 14. 5H-Michael Faccinto, 00:15.555[5]; 15. 17B-Ryan Bickett, 00:15.605[4]; 16. 81A-Chris Morgan, 00:15.625[28]; 17. 1B-Chelsea Blevins, 00:15.642[38]; 18. 22X-Riley Goodno, 00:15.647[31]; 19. 50Z-Zach Chappell, 00:15.668[1]; 20. J2-John Carney II, 00:15.680[37]; 21. 9-Chase Randall, 00:15.707[19]; 22. 55B-Brandon Anderson, 00:15.724[10]; 23. 88-Travis Reber, 00:15.791[29]; 24. 21S-Shane Hopkins, 00:15.911[33]; 25. 14-Bailey Sucich, 00:15.915[7]; 26. 6-Jett Carney, 00:15.917[23]; 27. 17G-Channin Tankersley, 00:15.937[18]; 28. 41-Colton Hardy, 00:15.965[21]; 29. 21R-Gunner Ramey, 00:15.979[8]; 30. 44-Jesse Love, 00:15.987[11]; 31. 26M-Fred Mattox, 00:16.063[34]; 32. 47-Avery Goodman, 00:16.098[12]; 33. 92J-JR Topper, 00:16.160[15]; 34. 24D-Danny Sams III, 00:16.205[16]; 35. 5T-Ryan Timms, 00:16.208[36]; 36. 42P-Preston Perlmutter, 00:16.404[26]; 37. 57-Bailey Elliott, 00:16.781[6]; 38. 22B-Jesse Baker, 00:18.551[9]


Heat Races ($100 to Heat Winners. Top 4 in each advance to the A-Feature)

Schure Built Suspension Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 5H-Michael Faccinto[2]; 2. 17B-Ryan Bickett[1]; 3. 23-Seth Bergman[3]; 4. 63-JJ Hickle[4]; 5. 55B-Brandon Anderson[6]; 6. 50Z-Zach Chappell[5]; 7. 21R-Gunner Ramey[8]; 8. 14-Bailey Sucich[7]; 9. 57-Bailey Elliott[9]; 10. 22B-Jesse Baker[10]

Griffith Truck & Equip. Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 76-Jay Russell[2]; 2. 1X-Jake Bubak[1]; 3. 35M-Ian Madsen[4]; 4. 17W-Harli White[3]; 5. 9-Chase Randall[5]; 6. 24D-Danny Sams III[10]; 7. 44-Jesse Love[7]; 8. 47-Avery Goodman[8]; 9. 92J-JR Topper[9]; 10. (DNF) 17G-Channin Tankersley[6]

Brewer Trucking Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn[2]; 2. 95-Matt Covington[4]; 3. 33-Colton Heath[3]; 4. 21P-Robbie Price[1]; 5. 81A-Chris Morgan[5]; 6. 88-Travis Reber[6]; 7. 41-Colton Hardy[8]; 8. 6-Jett Carney[7]; 9. 42P-Preston Perlmutter[9]

Old School Racin' Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 1B-Chelsea Blevins[1]; 2. 18T-Tanner Holmes[2]; 3. 115-Nick Parker[4]; 4. 22X-Riley Goodno[5]; 5. J2-John Carney II[6]; 6. 21S-Shane Hopkins[7]; 7. 5T-Ryan Timms[9]; 8. 11-Austin O'Neal [3]; 9. (DNF) 26M-Fred Mattox[8]


Mid-Mo Equipment Dashes ($50 to win each):

Dash 1 (4 Laps): 1. 63-JJ Hickle[2]; 2. 35M-Ian Madsen[3]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[4]; 4. 17W-Harli White[5]; 5. 5H-Michael Faccinto[1]

Dash 2 (4 Laps): 1. 76-Jay Russell[3]; 2. 115-Nick Parker[2]; 3. 1B-Chelsea Blevins[5]; 4. (DNF) 33-Colton Heath[1]; 5. (DNS) 95-Matt Covington


Hoosier Tire C-Features (Top 4 advance to the B-Feature)

C-Main (8 Laps): 1. 14-Bailey Sucich[2]; 2. 47-Avery Goodman[4]; 3. 5T-Ryan Timms[1]; 4. 6-Jett Carney[3]; 5. 92J-JR Topper[5]; 6. 42P-Preston Perlmutter[6]; 7. 22B-Jesse Baker[8]; 8. 57-Bailey Elliott[7]; 9. 26M-Fred Mattox[9]; 10. 17G-Channin Tankersley[10]


BMRS B-Feature (Top 4 advance to the A-Feature)

B-Main (12 Laps): 1. 11-Austin O'Neal [1]; 2. 9-Chase Randall[4]; 3. J2-John Carney II[3]; 4. 81A-Chris Morgan[2]; 5. 50Z-Zach Chappell[6]; 6. 24D-Danny Sams III[9]; 7. 44-Jesse Love[12]; 8. 41-Colton Hardy[10]; 9. 21R-Gunner Ramey[11]; 10. 14-Bailey Sucich[13]; 11. 21S-Shane Hopkins[8]; 12. 88-Travis Reber[7]; 13. 55B-Brandon Anderson[5]; 14. 6-Jett Carney[16]; 15. 47-Avery Goodman[14]; 16. 5T-Ryan Timms[15]


SawBlade.com A-Feature

A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 63-JJ Hickle[1]; 2. 35M-Ian Madsen[3]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[5]; 4. 23-Seth Bergman[13]; 5. 17W-Harli White[7]; 6. 33-Colton Heath[8]; 7. 18T-Tanner Holmes[10]; 8. 21P-Robbie Price[14]; 9. 76-Jay Russell[2]; 10. 5H-Michael Faccinto[9]; 11. 115-Nick Parker[4]; 12. J2-John Carney II[19]; 13. 17B-Ryan Bickett[12]; 14. 22X-Riley Goodno[15]; 15. 9-Chase Randall[18]; 16. 1X-Jake Bubak[11]; 17. 11-Austin O'Neal[17]; 18. 81A-Chris Morgan[20]; 19. (DNF) 1B-Chelsea Blevins[6]; 20. (DNF) 95-Matt Covington[16]


Lap Leader(s):JJ Hickle 1-2, 24-25; Ian Madsen 3-23

Tiny's Truck Repair Hard Charger: Seth Bergman

High Point Driver: N/A

Provisional(s): N/A

2020 Sprint Week Winners: - J.J. Hickle – 1 (8/11 – Lakeside Speedway);

2020 Sprint Week Standings (Top 10): 1. J.J. Hickle 150; 2. Ian Madsen 142; 3. Blake Hahn 135; 4. Seth Bergman 130; 5. Harli White 125; 6. Colton Heath 122; 7. Tanner Holmes 119; 8. Robbie Price 116; 9. Jay Russell 113; 10. Michael Faccinto 110;


ASCS Online:

American Sprint Car Series: http://www.ascsracing.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lucasoilascs

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lucasoilascs (@lucasoilascs)

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Video Broadcast: http://www.racinboys.com

Live-Scoring (Where Applicable): MRP Live


ASCS Sponsors:

Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. More information can be found on Lucas Oil Products at www.lucasoil.com. MAVTV Motorsports Network is the presenting sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. Log onto http://www.mavtv.com for more information.

Sawblade.com is the official SawBlade of the American Sprint Car Series and title sponsor of every National Tour A-Feature as well as Victory Lane. For more information, log onto https://www.sawblade.com and follow along on Social Media at @SawBladecom on Twitter, on Instagram at Sawblade.com_, and Facebook.

Associate sponsors for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented the MAVTV Motorsports Network include Hoosier Racing Tire and Brodix. All Heat Races are brought to you by SCE Gaskets. All B-Features are presented by BMRS.

Team Lucas Sponsors for the American Sprint Car Series consist of Protect the Harvest, Geico, SRI, General Tire, MAVTV Motorsports Network, LucasOilRacing.tv, and General Tire.

All events are broadcast online at http://www.racinboys.com.

Product and Contingency Sponsorship provided by SCE Gaskets, K&N Filters, BMRS, SpeedMart, Engler Machine and Tool, FSR Radiator and Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, MyRacePass.com, Weld Wheels, Maxwell Industries, Simpson, Wesmar Racing Engines, Hinchman Indy Racewear, Rod End Supply, Smiley's Racing Products, and Triple X Race, Co.


THE ONE AND ONLY - CAPITANI CLASSIC FORMAT

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

By World of Outlaws

“The ONE and Only” with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at Knoxville Raceway Aug. 13-15 will be a one of kind historic event with a unique format and more than $400,000 in prize winnings on the line.

The format places importance on Thursday’s and Friday’s $10,000-to-win events with points accumulated from results throughout the two nights determining drivers’ starting positions for Saturday’s $50,000-to-win Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank.


FORMAT HIGHLIGHTS:

Thursday/Friday:

Points earned for Qualifying, Heats, D-Main, C-Main, Last Chance Showdown and 25-lap Feature.

Drivers seeded based on Hot Laps times to determine Qualifying order for their group – three cars qualify at a time.

Top 48 in Qualifying inverted into 6 Heat Races (8 cars inverted in each Heat Race).

Top 8 in accumulated points from Qualifying and Heat Races make up the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

POINTS TABLE:

Qualifying: 1. 100, 2. 99, 3. 98, 4. 97, 5. 96... One point per position.

Heats: 1. 100, 2. 95, 3. 90, 4. 85, 5. 80... Five points per position

A Main: 1. 250, 2. 247, 3. 244, 4. 241, 5.238... Three points per position


Saturday:

Top 4 in accumulated points from Thursday & Friday are locked into Saturday’s DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Balance of the cars will be split into 4 Qualifying Races with the four winners going to the Dash. 30-lap A-Main for $50,000-to-win, $3,000-to-start.

“This event is like none other and it’s the richest three-day race this season, so since it’s ‘The ONE and Only’ it calls for a special format,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “This was put together by our World of Outlaws officials with input from our teams, as well. It’s truly everybody coming together to make this week spectacular for the competitors and fans alike.”

Remaining ticket packages for the front and back grandstands are going quick and can be purchased by clicking here. The three-day tickets for adults are $110 and $62 for youth 13-19. Kids 12-and-under are free and will receive a ticket on site. Camping is available through Knoxville Raceway by calling (641) 842-5431. Beginning Aug. 1, any remaining tickets will be made available for single night purchases.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can still watch all three nights live on DIRTVision with a Fast Pass Subscription.


FULL FORMAT:


Thursday/Friday

Pill draw will be same as all events and cars will be split into 8 groups of 9 cars. (some groups may be 8 cars depending on car count)

Cars will Hot Lap in their groups. Hot Lap times will be used to seed cars into qualifying groups within the hot lap groups to qualify 3 cars at a time. i.e. Hot lap group 1 fastest 3 will go out first, then the next 3 fastest and then the final 3. Then Hot Lap group 2 fastest 3, etc.

Some hot lap groups may have 2 cars in the last qualifying group. The order of Hot lap groups will remain the same when qualifying the subgroups within them. HL Group1, HL Group 2, etc. Qualifying is not split and is one group.

Top 48 in Qualifying will be inverted into 6 Heat races (so the top 8 cars will be inverted in each Heat). The balance of heats will line up straight up behind the invert cars.

Top 8 in accumulated points from Qualifying and Heat races will make up the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Those drivers will draw for their Dash starting position. The Dash finish will line up the first 4 rows of the feature.Heat winners transfer to the feature.

Top 6 in points after the DIRTvision Fast Pass Dash cars that were not a Heat winner also make the feature. If a Heat winner is a Dash car, then 7th in points will make the feature and so on if needed. The 6 Heat winners and top 6 in points will be combined and will line up in the feature by points behind the Dash cars.

The Last Chance Showdown (LCS), C-main and D-main will be lined straight up by accumulated qualifying and Heat race points. 16 to LCS, 16 to C-main, 20 to D-main. Top 4 from each move to the rear of next event by their finishing order to create 20 car fields.

Fastest car that did not transfer to the feature after the heats will start on the pole of the LCS. This may cause 21 cars for the LCS. Cars behind the pole car line up by accumulated points.

Points will be earned for all events except the dash and will be used to line up Saturday program.

Heats-10 Laps, Dash 6-Laps, C-Main-10 Laps, LCS-12 Laps, Feature-25 Laps


Saturday:

Top 4 in accumulated Points from Thursday/Friday will be locked into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash on Saturday.

The balance of the cars will be split into 4 Qualifying races straight up by points.

Qualifying Race Winners will go to the Dash.

2nd-4th will go to the A Main by finishing position.

5th-8th to the LCS by finishing position.

9th-12th to the C-main.

13th-17th to the D-main.

Top 2 in points that do not transfer will start on the front row of the LCS.

top 4 out of the LCS, C-Main and D-main transfer to the next race lined up on the tail by finish.

The Dash top 4 in points locked in cars will draw for positions 1-4 in the Dash, Qualifier winners will draw for positions 5-8. Dash finish lines up the first 4 rows of the feature.

Qualifiers-12 Laps, Dash-6 Laps, C-Main-12 Laps, LCS-15 Laps, Feature-30 Laps.



PURSE:

Thursday and Friday:

A Main:

1. $10,000; 2. $7,500; 3. $5,000; 4. $4,500; 5. $4,000;

6. $3,500; 7. $3,250; 8. $3,000; 9. $2,800; 10. $2,600;

11. $2,400; 12. $2,200; 13. $2,000; 14. $1,800; 15. $1,600;

16. $1,500; 17. $1,400; 18. $1,300; 19. $1,200; 20. $1,100;

21. $1,000; 22. $1,000. 23. $1,000. 24. $1,000.


LCS: Top Four Transfer;

5. $800; 6. $750; 7. $725; 8. $700; 9. $675; 10. $650;

11. $625; 12. $600; 13. $575; 14. $550; 15. $525;

16. $500; 17.-21. $400.

C-Main: Top Four Transfer;

5. $300; 6. $250; 7. $200; 8. $175; 9.-21. $150.

D-Main: Top Four Transfer; 5.-20. $125.


Saturday A Main:

1. $50,000; 2. $25,000; 3. 12,500; $4. 8,000; 5. $7,000;

6. $6,000; 7. $5,750; 8. $5,500; 9. $5,250; 10. $5,000;

11. $4,500; 12. $4,250; 13. $4,000; 14. $3,750; 15. $3,500;

16. $3,250; 17. $3,000; 18. $3,000; 19. $3,000; 20. $3,000;

21. $3,000; 22. $3,000; 23. $3,000; 24. $3,000.

Saturday LCS: Top Four Transfer;

5. $2,400; 6. $2,200; 7. $2,000; 8. $1,800; 9. $1,600; 10. $1,400;

11. $1,200; 12. $1,100; 13. $1,000; 14. $900; 15. $800;

16. $700; 17. $600; 18. $500; 19. $500; 20. $500; 21. $500.

Saturday C Main: Top Four Transfer;

5. $450; 6. $400; 7. $350; 8.-20. $300.

Saturday D Main: Top Four Transfer;

5. $250; 6. $250, 7. $250; 8. $250; 9.-20. $200.


Sheppard Wins in First Summer Nationals Start of 2020, Hoffman Goes Flag-to-Flag for Fifth-Straight Summit Modified Victory at Sycamore


DIRTcar Late Models

MAPLE PARK, IL – August 11, 2020 – He hadn’t raced his family-owned #B5 Rocket Chassis since May, but it just doesn’t seem to matter which car he drives or what track he’s at. Brandon Sheppard has been just plain dominant so far this year.

B-Shepp invaded the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model circuit Tuesday night at Sycamore Speedway and put a whooping on the field, winning in his first tour start this season by over six seconds and collecting the 21st Hell Tour victory of his career.

Coming off a long weekend with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series at Cedar Lake Speedway, Sheppard was looking forward to getting back to work with his #B5 machine this week and had a very limited amount of time to prepare for it.

“I’ve been away from the shop, I only got one day to work on this thing this week,” Sheppard said in Victory Lane. “I’ve been away from home for five weeks now, and I’ve got another six days in-a-row to be away from home.”

But that just didn’t seem to affect him. Sheppard stalked his competition at the drop of the green, waiting for the right moment to pounce. It didn’t take long, as he made the move around Frank Heckenast Jr. for second on Lap 3, then overtook the defending champion Brian Shirley for the lead one lap later.

Using all three lanes of the racetrack throughout the race, Sheppard swiftly maneuvered through lapped traffic and actually began pulling away from Shirley in the caution-free race.

Iowan Jeremiah Hurst did his best in his late-race rally efforts to catch Sheppard, but ultimately came up one spot short. He came on strong in the second half of the race, passing both Heckenast Jr. and Shirley to reach the runner-up spot.

As the laps wound down, it became more and more clear – nobody was going to touch the B5 car Tuesday night. Sheppard crossed the line untouched, collecting $5,000 for the victory.

Shirley capped-off the podium in third, Heckenast Jr. was fourth and Jason Feger rounded out the top-five.

UP NEXT

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model action continues Wednesday night, Aug. 12 at the Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, IL, for another 40-lap, $5,000-to-win main event in Round #17 of the 2020 DIRTcar Summer Nationals. Watch every lap live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.

Feature (40 Laps) 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard [3][]; 2. 58-Jeremiah Hurst [4][]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley [1][]; 4. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr [2][]; 5. 25-Jason Feger [7][]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb [6][]; 7. 21B-Rich Bell [5][]; 8. 48-Tim Lance [11][]; 9. 4G-Bob Gardner [9][]; 10. 59-Garrett Alberson [8][]; 11. 5-John Provenzano [12][]; 12. M27-Mike Provenzano [15][]; 13. 1M-Mike Mataragas [22][]; 14. 10J-Jordan Bauer [16][]; 15. 3-Dale Markham [10][]; 16. 15B-Jay Brendle [18][]; 17. 76-Titus Sneed [19][]; 18. 16-Rusty Griffaw [13][]; 19. 91P-Jason Papich [20][]; 20. 89-Mike Spatola [14][]; 21. 48L-Tim Lance Jr [17][]; 22. 8-Herb Reich [21][] Hard Charger: 1M-Mike Mataragas[+9]


 DIRTcar Summit Modifieds


Nine starts. Six wins. Zero finishes outside of the top-two.

Nick Hoffman kept his DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals winning streak alive win a dominating victory Tuesday night at Sycamore Speedway, leading flag-to-flag in the 20-lap event and capturing his fifth-straight Summit Modified Feature win.

“I really love coming to this place, it always fits my driving style – slick and smooth,” Hoffman said in Victory Lane. “I knew Will [Krup] was gonna be pretty good there, we tried some stuff on his car for the Feature. He was kinda complaining after the Heat Race, so I gave him a few things to try that I haven’t done yet. He was pretty good, kept showing he was close to me. It was really cool to sweep the top-three again for the Elite [Chassis] cars, and we’ll keep rolling tomorrow.”

Coming into the week, the top-four drivers in the Summit Modified points standings were drivers of Hoffman’s chassis brand Elite Chassis. Hunt Gossum was fourth in line, but not at the track Tuesday night.

Will Krup and Mike McKinney also stood on the podium after the checkered fell, having chased down Hoffman the entirety of the race. They each drove smart, clean races and it paid off in the end.

UP NEXT

The DIRTcar Summit Modified action continues Wednesday night, Aug. 12 at the Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, IL, for another 25-lap, $1,500-to-win main event in Round #17 of the 2020 tour. Watch every lap live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.

Feature (20 Laps) 1. 7-Nick Hoffman [1][]; 2. K19-Will Krup [3][]; 3. 96M-Mike McKinney [4][]; 4. 25W-Allen Weisser [6][]; 5. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson [5][]; 6. 24-Zeke McKenzie [2][]; 7. 36-Kenny Wallace [8][]; 8. 57-Tim Hamburg [7][]; 9. 1L-Dave Lilja [9][]; 10. 17H-Scott Hauge [10][]; 11. 44-Andy Sherley [11][] Hard Charger: 25W-Allen Weisser[+2]


Starks Hustles to Top 10s at 360 Knoxville Nationals Prelim Night and Ultimate Challenge


 Inside Line Promotions - OSKALOOSA, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2020) - Trey Starks posted a pair of top-10 finishes in Iowa last weekend.

The Gobrecht Motorsports competitor placed 10th on Friday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville before hustling to sixth on Sunday at Southern Iowa Speedway.

Starks kicked off the 30th annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank by qualifying 28th quickest during his preliminary night on Friday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville.

"We really put ourselves behind for the weekend with our qualifying lap on our prelim night," he said. "We went out a little bit late, which didn't help, but that certainly wasn't the only reason. You know it going in that if you don't put down a good qualifying lap it pretty much ruins your whole weekend. You have to play catch up the whole time.

"We won our heat race to get as many points as we could. We had a really good car and drove it from 18th to 10th in the feature. We actually had a restart and were running eighth. We gambled trying to get another spot and lost two, but we were really happy with the car."

Starks' rally for a top 10 put him ninth on the starting grid for the B Main on Saturday.

"We picked up a handful of spots, but we needed a couple more," he said. "We just couldn't quite get there to get a transfer. The 360 cars are really equal and racing near the front of the B Main, those drivers are really good."

Starks finished sixth, missing a spot into the main event by only two positions.

The team headed to Southern Iowa Speedway on Sunday for the Sage Fruit Ultimate Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Co. with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour. Starks placed third in a heat race and second in a qualifier to lock himself into the 12th starting spot for the main event.

"We had a great night in Oskaloosa," he said. "That was probably the hardest I've worked in the car in a long tie. About Lap 5 while racing with Sam Hafertepe Jr. we knocked the nose wing down. The track was fast and hooked up. It was a handful, but the car was fast. That was the first time I've gained positions with the nose wing down. If we hadn't knocked the nose wing down and had a caution or two I think we could have had a car capable of winning."

Starks overcame the early problem as he maneuvered to a sixth-place showing, which was his 12th top 10 of the season.

The team returns to Knoxville Raceway this Thursday through Saturday for The One and Only and the 9th annual Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.


QUICK RESULTS -

Aug. 7 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 28; Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 10 (18).

Aug. 8 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - B Main: 6 (9).

Aug. 9 - Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa - Heat race: 3 (3); Qualifier: 2 (1); Feature: 6 (12).


SEASON STATS -

32 races, 1 win, 4 top fives, 12 top 10s, 13 top 15s, 19 top 20s


UP NEXT -

Thursday through Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, for The One and Only and the 9th annual Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series


MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.TreyStarksRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Starks55Trey

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TreyStarksRacing?fref=ts


APPAREL -

Starks has t-shirts and hoodies for sale at http://www.TreyStarksRacing.com .


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"I want to thank Golf Cart Services for its support of our team," Starks said. "They are a huge part of our program and I can't wait to get their logo in Victory Lane."

Gobrecht Motorsports would also like to thank E-Z-GO, FK Rod Ends, Champion Brands, J&J Auto Racing, Fibreworks Composites, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Beer Hill Gang, Gettysburg Rental Center, Gardy's Enterprises, Baker Door Company, Moose Lodge 720, Pro Shocks, Auto Meter, KSE Racing Products, Fel-Pro, Taylor Ignition Wires, Miller Welders, K&N Filters, Mettec, Bell Helmets, AL Driveline, DMI, Champion Spark Plugs, ISC Racers Tape, Schroth Racing, HMS Motorsports, Kinsler Fuel Injection, All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads, Ultra Lite Brakes & Components, Rider Automotive, BAPS Motor Speedway and Saldana Racing Products for their continued support.


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Hill Enjoys Her Career-Best 360 Knoxville Nationals Outing

 

Inside Line Promotions - OSKALOOSA, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2020) - Alex Hill produced a career-best result at the 30th annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank, which was also highlighted by a top-five qualifying time and an exciting B Main victory on her preliminary night.

"I was really, really happy with the way things went at 360 Nationals," she said. "My crew gave me a fast car every time I was on the track. I think racing at Knoxville for three weeks before the Nationals really helped, too."

Her first night of competition got off to a solid start when she posted the fourth-quickest time out of 48 cars in the all-important time trials at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.

"I messed up on the exit of turn four on my first lap, but I was able to keep the car from washing up the track there on my second lap and that was the faster one," she said.

The six-car inversion placed her in the sixth starting position of her heat race with the top four finishers advancing to the A Main.

"I had a decent start, but a guy came up in front of me and I had to get on the brakes, which made me lose a lot of ground," she said. "We were fast and gaining on cars at the end, but we had just gotten too strung out before then for us to have enough time to challenge them. We finished sixth."

Having the quickest qualifying time of the cars not transferring to the A Main placed Hill on the pole position for the B Main.

"We had four starts before we could get a lap completed and we thought the top would be the place to run," she said. "On the final restart, the guy beside me got the jump. But that actually turned out better for me. I went to the bottom and found out it was pretty good. I got the lead and decided to stay there. I had (five-time 360 Knoxville Nationals champion) Terry McCarl pull alongside me at the end, but I was able to hold him off for the win. That was one of my biggest wins in a sprint car."

Hill's victory slotted her in the 21st starting position in the night's main event. She gained a spot to finish 20th.

"My car was better on the bottom, but that was where most of the other cars I was racing with were running," she said. "That made it tough to move forward and I just kind of held my position."

Her preliminary performance placed Hill in the B Main on Saturday. She ended up crossing the finish line 13th, which was the best run during her career at the famed event. Hill then closed out her weekend of racing in Iowa on Sunday at the Sage Fruit Ultimate Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Co. The Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour event was held at Southern Iowa Speedway.

"The track at Oskaloosa was pretty tough to pass on," she said. "It was pretty much one lane most of the night. I was able to move up a spot in my heat race, but the guys up front in my qualifier played games and that cost me positions on the start that I wasn't able to get back. We passed some cars in the B Main, but missed making the transfer by a couple of spots.

"We had a fast car all night, but the track was really tough to pass on and the breaks didn't go our way."


QUICK RESULTS -

Aug. 7 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 4 (48); Heat race: 6 (6); B Main: 1 (1); Feature: 20 (21).

Aug. 8 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - B Main: 13 (6).

Aug. 9 - Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa - Heat race: 5 (6); Qualifier: 10 (8); B Main: 5 (7).


SEASON STATS -

18 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 3 top 10s, 4 top 15s, 8 top 20s


UP NEXT -

Aug. 22 at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour


MEDIA LINKS -

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/HillsRacingTeam

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hillsracing/


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"We're excited to have Total Rentals back with our team this year," Hill said. "We greatly appreciate their support."

Hill would also like to thank Townline Variety, BearPaw Convenience, Tony Stewart Racing, Ackland Insurance, Cool Chassis, Creative Edge Signs and Graphics, Lettrage Pixel, XYZ Machining, Fischer Racing Engines, Strodes BBQ and Deli, Allstar Performance, PPM Racing Products, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Original Traders Energy, PAC Racing Springs, Wilwood, DMI, MicroBlue, Vorte Racing Products, Saldana Racing Products, Kinsler Fuel Injection, KSE Racing Products and Brown and Miller Racing Solutions for their continued support.


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Williamson Takes Positives Away From First 360 Knoxville Nationals


Inside Line Promotions - OSKALOOSA, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2020) - Garet Williamson experienced the highs and lows of being a sprint car driver in the span of four days.

On Thursday, Williamson competed against a stacked field during his 30 th annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank preliminary night at Knoxville Raceway. He qualified 32 nd quickest, charged from seventh to fourth in a heat race and came away with a solid 13th-place run in the main event.

The downside was that Williamson was forced to run Saturday's C Main and after a fierce battle with Kelby Watt for a transfer position into the B Main, the 20-year-old Missouri driver got upside down in Turn 1 after the checkered flag flew at the half-mile oval in Knoxville, Iowa.

"One of our goals was to make it on our prelim night," he said. "After we qualified bad, we weren't sitting very good and we turned it around with that heat race going from seventh to fourth. It set us up pretty good for the A Main. We started in the back of that, but we made good laps.

"It started off decent, but obviously we tore up a car pretty good (on Saturday). We learned a lot, so I guess we take the good things with it and leave the bad stuff behind and move forward to the next track."

Williamson only had to wait one day to put his 360 Knoxville Nationals experience behind him as the Bryant Paver Motorsports team towed to Southern Iowa Speedway for the Sage Fruit Ultimate Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Co.

After winning his heat race and placing seventh in a qualifier, which locked him into the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour main event, Williamson started 16th and advanced two spots to a 14th-place finish.

"I was anxious to get back in the seat after that big ride we took at Knoxville," he said. "It was huge for us to get back in the seat and get that over with.

"We have a super-good team and when everything is right we have a really good team. I'm happy with the direction we are taking. It sucks to tear up a car like that, but we were fast all week. So we have to take that and move on."

Thanks to the Knoxville Raceway crash Williamson won't compete in this week's ASCS Sprint Week, which carries no points for the ASCS National Tour drivers. Instead, he is going to head back to Knoxville Raceway to watch the 410 stars battle.

"Qualifying is something we struggle at and we are going to take that in and watch how those guys do it," he said. "They are the best in the country so watching them can definitely help."


QUICK RESULTS -

Aug. 6 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 32; Heat race: 4 (7); Feature: 13 (19).

Aug. 8 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - C Main: 5 (6).

Aug. 9 - Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa - Heat race: 1 (2); Qualifier: 7 (6); Feature: 14 (16).


SEASON STATS -

22 races, 2 wins, 4 top fives, 7 top 10s, 10 top 15s, 15 top 20s


UP NEXT -

Aug. 22 at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour


MEDIA LINKS -

Twitter: https://twitter.com/garetw3

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Garet-Williamson-Racing-572353479787934/


SPONSORS -

Williamson would like to thank Mid-Mo Equipment, Lucas Oil Products, Sorrels Auto & Truck Parts, JBC Transport, LLC, Royal Power Sports, Mo State Construction, Schure Built Suspensions, Tiger Towing, Clems Signs and Maxim for their continued support.


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Setters Focusing on Fifth Straight Rocky Mountain Sprint Car Series Win


Inside Line Promotions - ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (Aug. 11, 2020) - James Setters returns to Rocky Mountain Sprint Car Series competition this Friday at Electric City Speedway.

Setters is undefeated in four starts this season with the series at the dirt oval in Great Falls, Mont., where he has won seven in a row driving for Mike Quigley dating back to the middle of last year.

"We checked the motor out and it was good from the last week," he said. "We went through the car, too. We want to continue winning."

Setters has admitted that pressure has increased throughout his winning streak.

"In the 360 there's not the pressure you have to win to continue the streak," he said. "You want to win, but there isn't any pressure."

Setters made a pair of starts in his family 360ci sprint car last weekend during an ASCS Frontier Region doubleheader at Sweetwater Speedway. He was battling for a top five during the opening round on Friday when a lack of brakes sent him pitside early.

Setters rebounded on Saturday, advancing from 12th to eighth to garner the Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars.

"We need to be better in the heat race and get the car better, which I think we have," he said. "It's important that we set ourselves up for the feature by being strong in the heat race. That is something we are focusing on."


QUICK RESULTS -

Aug. 7 - Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, Wyo. - Heat race: 3 (2); Feature: 20 (10).

Aug. 8 - Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, Wyo. - Heat race: 5 (6); Feature: 8 (12).


SEASON STATS -

7 races, 4 wins, 4 top fives, 5 top 10s, 6 top 15s, 7 top 20s


UP NEXT -

Friday at Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont., with the Rocky Mountain Sprint Car Series


MEDIA LINKS -

Twitter: https://twitter.com/setters_james

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/james.setters.188

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jameslsetters/


SPONSORS -

Setters would like to thank ProWest Motorsports, AFEX Graphics and Slade Shock Technology for their continued support.


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Price Looking Forward to ASCS Sprint Week Following Top 10 at Skagit Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - ALGER, Wash. (Aug. 11, 2020) - Robbie Price scored a sixth-place finish last Thursday night at Skagit Speedway on the heels of a month-long hiatus from racing designed to re-evaluate his program and get back to having fun.

This was the second consecutive week Price raced at the dirt oval as he posted a runner-up result the previous Thursday. That marked his first top five of the season.

"It's no secret we had been struggling a bit and we really just needed to step back and regroup," he said. "We had a great run last week and then to come back this week with another solid finish is a really encouraging feeling."

Price began the night by qualifying 11th quickest among 17 competitors. He followed that up by winning a heat race from the pole position. Price then rallied forward five positions in the feature to take the checkered flag sixth. The top-10 finish was his fourth of the year.

"I really hurt us in qualifying and it was an up-hill grind the rest of the night," he said. "The track was really one lane around the bottom and you had to be able to capitalize when the opportunity presented itself. Thankfully, we were able to do that and considering how far we started back, sixth isn't too bad."

Next up for Price will be a return to ASCS competition as he tackles ASCS Sprint Week, which features six straight nights of racing in the Midwest. It begins on Tuesday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Additional races are Wednesday at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan.; Thursday at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.; Friday at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla.; Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.; and Sunday at Diamond Park Speedway in Nashville, Ark.

With the series utilizing the format of the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1, teams will qualify each night. Price believes this is an area where his team can improve and he is excited for the opportunity to further dial in his program early in the night.

"Any time you have time trials it forces you to be fast right off the truck and I think that's an area where we can get better and hopefully excel," he said. "It can be tough if luck isn't in your favor with the pill draw and it's seemed like we haven't had much luck at all in that area this year. We've got our work cut out for us and it's going to be quite the grind this week, but steady racing can only make us better and I think this week will do a lot for us as we look toward the rest of the year."



QUICK RESULTS -

Aug. 6 - Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. - Qualifying: 11; Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 6 (11).



SEASON STATS -

18 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 4 top 10s, 5 top 15s, 9 top 20s



UP NEXT -

Tuesday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.; Wednesday at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan.; Thursday at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.; Friday at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla.; Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.; and Sunday at Diamond Park Speedway in Nashville, Ark.


MEDIA LINKS -

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"I'm really thankful to bring on Beaufort Self Storage as a partner for the 2020 racing season and I'm looking forward to bringing new eyes to their business," Price said. "You can never have enough storage space and these guys are the best."

Price would like to thank Millstone Heating & Sheet Metal, Shockwave Motorsports, Wildlight Motorsports Photography, Shark Racing Engines, Triple X Race Components, Highline Performance and Champion Brands for their continued support.

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Sams III Learns Throughout Tough 360 Knoxville Nationals and Ultimate Challenge

 


Inside Line Promotions - OSKALOOSA, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2020) - Danny Sams III is optimistic following a challenging weekend in Iowa.

The Sams LaMountain Racing driver soaked up as many lessons as he could throughout his first time tackling the 30th annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank and the Sage Fruit Ultimate Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Co.

"It didn't go how we wanted it to, but we'll take that experience and grow from it," he said.

Preliminary action was Friday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, where Sams III qualified 17th quickest out of nearly 50 drivers.

"We qualified pretty decent for how late we went out," he said. "Then we lined up for the heat race and the motor starting acting up on us."

Sams III placed sixth in his heat race and seventh in the B Main.

"We put a new engine in it for Saturday, but something broke on the car going into turn one and we went straight into the wall," he said. "It tore it up a bit."

Sams III was unable to make a lap in the C Main as his 360 Knoxville Nationals came to an abrupt end on Saturday. The team used a different car on Sunday at Southern Iowa Speedway for the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour's Ultimate Challenge.

"It went kind of like Knoxville," Sams III said. "We didn't have a good enough heat race to make the qualifier. By the time we got the car figured out we finished a couple of spots out a transfer."

Sams III placed sixth in both a heat race and a B Main to miss transferring into the main event by only three positions.

Now the focus shifts to ASCS Sprint Week, which features races on Tuesday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.; Wednesday at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan.; Thursday at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.; Friday at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla.; Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.; and Sunday at Diamond Park Speedway in Nashville, Ark.


QUICK RESULTS -

Aug. 7 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 17; Heat race: 6 (3); B Main: 7 (7).

Aug. 8 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - C Main: DNF (12).

Aug. 9 - Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa - Heat race: 6 (4); B Main: 6 (8).


SEASON STATS -

19 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s, 5 top 15s, 7 top 20s


UP NEXT -

Tuesday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.; Wednesday at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan.; Thursday at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.; Friday at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla.; Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.; and Sunday at Diamond Park Speedway in Nashville, Ark.


MEDIA LINKS -

Website: https://samslamtnracing.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/samslamtnracing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/samslamtnracing/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samslamtnracing/


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"We met the LaMountain Family, the owners of East Mountain Transport, Inc., at the Gator Nationals in early 2019," Sams III said. "It started with a small partnership. It's grown from there and I'm so grateful for the support of the LaMountain Family and East Mountain Transport, Inc."

Sams LaMountain Racing would like to thank Southern Racing Fuels, Williams Precision Engines, Kistler Racing Products, Goodyear Rubber Products, Inc., and Raintree Design LLC for their continued support.


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Carney II Beginning Six Straight Nights of Racing on Tuesday at Lakeside Speedway


Inside Line Promotions - EL PASO, Texas (Aug. 11, 2020) - SawBlade.com Xiphos saw blade backed driver John Carney II begins a six-day stretch of sprint car competition on Tuesday when he invades Lakeside Speedway.

It will mark his debut at the dirt oval in Kansas City, Kan., and the first of a half dozen races this week during ASCS Sprint Week.

"We want to get off to a good start and that begins with a solid qualifying lap," he said. "I'm excited that ASCS is trying the All Star format this week."

Carney II will then compete on Wednesday at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan.; Thursday at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.; Friday at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla.; Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.; and Sunday at Diamond Park Speedway in Nashville, Ark.

He has been to all of those tracks except Diamond Park Speedway.

"Racing six days in a row can be grueling and a lot of work, but if you get on a roll it's a lot of fun as well," he said. "Our goal is to build momentum at Lakeside Speedway and hopefully string together a week of solid performances."


SEASON STATS -

21 races, 4 wins, 7 top fives, 10 top 10s, 14 top 15s, 17 top 20s


UP NEXT -

Tuesday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.; Wednesday at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan.; Thursday at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.; Friday at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla.; Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.; and Sunday at Diamond Park Speedway in Nashville, Ark.



MEDIA LINKS -

Website: https://j2carney.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/J2Carney

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnCarneyRacing/


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"Everything came together where SawBlade.com wanted to work with me on the motor sports side and felt I could help market their new Xiphos saw blade," Carney II said. "I'm glad to welcome them on board this year along with my continued sponsors that have supported me throughout the years."

Carney would also like to thank Danny Sander Construction, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Burkham Contracting, South Plains Towing, CSR Garage, Jackson Compaction, Speedway Motors Racing Engines, Momentum Racing Suspensions, Raider Graphix and Tejas Motors for their continued support.


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TROPHY COLLECTOR: Kyle Larson Targets Big Knoxville Win At ‘The One and Only’ Silva Motorsports and Larson look to continue dominance at Knoxville Raceway Aug. 13-15


KNOXVILLE, IA – Aug. 11, 2020 – With the historic winning streak Kyle Larson has put together in 2020, some may see it as a disappointment he won’t be able to add a Knoxville Nationals title this year. Larson isn’t one of them.

To the Elk Grove, CA driver, “The One and Only” on Aug. 13-15 at Knoxville Raceway, which includes the $50,000-to-win Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank on Saturday, holds just as much importance as the Nationals.

“If I won it, I would probably still consider myself a Nationals winner,” Larson said. “The format is a little different but it’s still tough, if not tougher than the regular Nationals format. You’re racing against extremely competitive cars every single night instead of splitting the field in half. In ways, it could be tougher and mean more.”

(RELATED: ‘The One and Only’ Format: Knoxville Set To Make History Aug. 13-15)

Larson has been one of the most dominate drivers at Knoxville this year, visiting Victory Lane in his last three visits to the track – including his sweep of the June World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series doubleheader. His secret to the success? He’s not sure. You’ll have to ask his car owner and crew chief Paul Silva, he said.

However, before going on a winning streak, they struggled at Knoxville. Larson failed to qualify for the Knoxville Nationals last year and finished 10th when the Series returned to racing at the track in May. Since then, they’ve yet to lose at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World.”

The main key to their success at the track is they’ve gotten the Silva Motorsports #57 good everywhere. Larson is on a streak of 11 top-10 finishes in a row with the World of Outlaws – eight of them top two finishes and five of them wins. His most recent win came at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 where he earned his first Ironman title after a barn burner of a race.

The week prior, Larson made a rare mistake and totaled the car he had been dominating the year with. When they went to I-55 with the new car for the first time, Larson said his and Silva’s confidence was down. It caused them to second guess themselves and resulted in a sixth place run that never saw them in contention to win.

One bad night was enough. They returned to their winning ways the next day.

“I think we’ll be fine,” Larson said.

In total for 2020, Larson has picked up more than 30 victories between Sprint Cars and Midgets. He doesn't look too far into his historic streak, though. He's focused on doing his job each week.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Larson said about his hot streak. “I think maybe if I ever start struggling really bad, I can look back to how successful we’ve been. Kind of the hot streak we’ve been on for the past few months now. But I just take it week to week. Really race by race because we’ve been running so much. It’s been good. Just fun to be in contention every night.”

He’ll have three more chances to add another Knoxville Raceway trophy to his ever-growing collection this weekend and more money in his wallet with Thursday and Friday’s events paying $10,000-to-win and Saturday’s paying $50,000-to-win. It’s the biggest purse of the year and biggest Sprint Car event of the year. And while it may hold the title of “The One and Only” rather than the Knoxville Nationals – due to it being postponed to 2021 – Larson isn’t concerned about titles. His plan is the same no matter what it says on the trophy. Win.

Single-day and package tickets are now available for “The One and Only” at Knoxville Raceway by clicking here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all three nights of racing live on DIRTVision.


Kerry Madsen Dominates 360 Knoxville Nationals for First Victory of the Season


Inside Line Promotions - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2020) - Kerry Madsen checked the first win of the season off the list in impressive fashion last Saturday.

The Big Game Motorsports driver guided the Killer Instinct Crossbows sponsored sprint car to Victory Lane at Knoxville Raceway, which hosted the 30th annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank.

Madsen was on point from the time the team unloaded on Thursday during preliminary action. He set quick time during qualifying before advancing from sixth to second place in a heat race.

"We got an early number (for qualifying) and the track was a bit greasy, but the car was that good that it ripped around and we had a good time," he said. "Then in the heat race we had a good start and made the transfer."

The feature inversion lined Madsen up on the outside of the fourth row.

"I thought if we could get in the top five we'd be in a great position for Saturday," he said. "We were just passing cars and came up to second. I was really happy with that. We had the most points overall so at that point it's yours to win or lose."

Madsen's runner-up position gave him the most preliminary points out of the nearly 100 competitors, putting him on the pole for Saturday's main event.

"On the first lap I wasn't really sure what the best line was going to be," he said. "Once I figured it out around the top we were good. It takes a lap to get wound up so you have to cover your tracks. Once we got up to speed it was fine."

Madsen led the distance with the only close call coming in the closing laps when a problem with the top wing shoved it to the back, tightening up the race car.

"The wing was in the trunk so I had to change my driving style a bit, but otherwise it was great," he said. "It's one of those races you don't realize how cool it is to win until you win it. It goes up in stature every year. There were a lot of good teams there. Brian Morrison built us a great engine and we prepared a special car so we put effort into it. It was good for it to go smooth all weekend."

Madsen will return to Knoxville Raceway this Thursday through Saturday for The One and Only and the 9th annual Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

"I feel pretty confident," he said. "I feel like with three nights that that could play into our hands. By the third night we should be on the ball and have everything dialed in."


QUICK RESULTS -

Aug. 6 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 1; Heat race: 3 (6); Feature: 2 (8).

Aug. 8 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Feature: 1 (1).


SEASON STATS -

40 races, 1 win, 11 top fives, 23 top 10s, 28 top 15s, 33 top 20s


UP NEXT -

Thursday through Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, for The One and Only and the 9th annual Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series


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Sides Motorsports Rolling Into Marquee Knoxville Raceway Event With Two-Car Team


Inside Line Promotions - PEVELY, Mo. (Aug. 11, 2020) - Jason Sides and Tim Kaeding will both pilot Sides Motorsports' sprint cars this weekend at Knoxville Raceway.

The duo invades the half-mile oval in Knoxville, Iowa, Thursday through Saturday for The One and Only and the 9th annual Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank. The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event replaces the famed Knoxville Nationals - the sport's biggest event and one in which Kaeding has earned a top five for Sides Motorsports each of the last two years.

"We both help each other," Sides said. "He's helped me a ton trying to get around that place. He feels like he's at home in that car and it's shown the last couple of years."

Sides is coming off a premier World of Outlaws event last weekend when the series visited Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for the Ironman 55.

"We got into a crash, which was my fault, the first night," he said. "We were really good in turns one and two through the middle. I tried the same thing through turns three and four and it didn't work. When I spun I collected Daryn Pittman. It tore up his car and mine. At the other end of the track the bottom had been throwing some of the wet mud through the middle. I got in there too hard in turns three and four and we were a little free to be running up there. Daryn was committed to running that same line as I was and when I spun he had nowhere to go."

Sides had qualified 14th quickest, advanced a position to finish fourth in a heat race and was running inside the top 10 in the main event when the incident occurred. He restarted at the back of the pack and rallied his damaged race car to an 18th-place result.

The weekend concluded on Saturday at the high-banked oval, where Sides timed in 17th quickest. He placed sixth in a heat race and won the Last Chance Showdown to transfer into the back of the A Main. Sides gained five positions - tied for the most - before finishing 16 th in the feature.

"We were pretty decent, but it stayed so good around the bottom," he said. "We got by a few cars here and there, but it was so equal for everyone that it was hard to pass."


QUICK RESULTS -

Aug. 7 - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. - Qualifying: 14; Heat race: 4 (5); Feature: 18 (11).

Aug. 8 - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. - Qualifying: 17; Heat race: 6 (5); B Main: 1 (1); Feature: 16 (21).


SIDES MOTORSPORTS SEASON STATS -

44 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 6 top 10s, 15 top 15s, 31 top 20s



UP NEXT -

Thursday through Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, for The One and Only and the 9th annual Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series



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"I've used VRP Shocks for many years because they are the best on the market," he said. "We rely on VRP Shocks to give us consistency each and every night from track to track across the country on the World of Outlaws circuit."

Sides would also like to thank Wetherington Tractor Service, Inc., BR Motorsports, East Coast Logistics, King Racing Products, Dancer Logistics, Inc., Jim Schuhknecht, R.E. Enterprises, TORA TORA, FSR Radiators, Mid-States Equipment, Brad, Driven Racing Oil, Ingles Racing Engines, Wings Unlimited and All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads for their continued support.


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Bogucki Produces Career-Best 360 Knoxville Nationals and Top 10 at Ultimate Challenge


Inside Line Promotions - OSKALOOSA, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2020) - Scott Bogucki enjoyed a career-best showing at the 30th annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank last weekend.

The SawBlade.com backed sprint car driver placed fourth during his preliminary night on Friday before finishing 13th in the finale on Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. Both results were career bests for Bogucki.

"It's been the best yet so I'll take that as a good thing," he said. "We had a really, really good car on Friday. That was a better car than we had the night we won there last month."

Bogucki qualified 12th quickest before he powered from fourth to win a heat race on Friday. The feature inversion lined him up on the outside of the front row. Bogucki ran second for nearly the entire race before a late-race restart dropped him two positions to a fourth-place result.

However, he earned enough points to rank 10th out of the nearly 100 competitors. That gave him the 10th starting position for Saturday's A Main.

"I got us too tight and that was my fight," he said. "But I think that was the best quality 360 Nationals field ever. I think there were only three dedicated 360 sprint car teams to make the A Main and we were one of them so that is pretty good."

Bogucki, who salvaged a 13th-place effort, ventured to Southern Iowa Speedway on Sunday for the Sage Fruit Ultimate Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Co. with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour. He started last in a heat race - ninth - and gained four positions to place fifth. A fourth-place finish in a qualifier locked him into the main event. Bogucki capped the night by advancing from 13th to ninth in the A Main.

"That place isn't the raciest place," he said. "I got lucky and a couple of guys fell out in the heat race. I was okay and we passed a couple as well. Come feature-time we had a good race car and moved forward so that's always good."

Bogucki will shift focus to 410ci sprint car competition as he will compete with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series this Thursday through Saturday at Knoxville Raceway during The One and Only and the 9 th annual Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank.


QUICK RESULTS -

Aug. 7 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 12; Heat race: 1 (4); Feature: 4 (2).

Aug. 8 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Feature: 13 (10).

Aug. 9 - Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa - Heat race: 5 (9); Qualifier: 4 (3); Feature: 9 (13).


SEASON STATS -

20 races, 1 win, 6 top fives, 12 top 10s, 14 top 15s, 16 top 20s


UP NEXT -

Thursday through Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, for The One and Only and the 9th annual Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series


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"Everyone at SawBlade.com has been very supportive," Bogucki said. "They have stuck with me for three years as we've continued to build our race team and develop into a consistent contender. I appreciate their loyalty and support."

Bogucki would also like to thank Dissolvalloy, Ostrich Race Engines, KW Motorsports, Smith Titanium, Rod End Supply, Weld Wheels, JJS Mechanical Inc., HRP Wings, Momentum Suspension, KW Transport, Pac Torsion Bars, Maxim Chassis, Weld Wheels, JJS Mechanical Inc., Momentum Suspension, Howard Law and Findley and Sons for their support.


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Crockett Shows Speed But Lacks Luck During 360 Knoxville Nationals and Ultimate Challenge


Inside Line Promotions - OSKALOOSA, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2020) - Misfortune hampered Roger Crockett throughout last weekend in Iowa, where a broken rear end cut his 360 Knoxville Nationals short and a violent crash destroyed his race car during the Ultimate Challenge.

The busy weekend began on a promising note as Crockett qualified 18 th quickest, placed fourth in a heat race and moved forward to post a seventh-place result on Friday during his preliminary night at the 30th annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank hosted by Knoxville Raceway.

That performance narrowly missed locking into the Saturday main event at the oval in Knoxville, instead placing Crockett third in the starting lineup for the B Main. He ran second for nearly the entire race before a part in the rear end broke with two laps remaining.

"That was just unfortunate because it's not a maintenance item or something you can inspect," he said. "I've never seen one break there. We had to hustle to the get car ready on Sunday afternoon for the Ultimate Challenge."

Luck wasn't on Crockett's side on Sunday at Southern Iowa Speedway, which hosted the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour's Sage Fruit Ultimate Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Co. Crockett lined him up last in a heat race and gained two positions to finish seventh. He advanced two more spots in a qualifier to end eighth. The work in progress continued in a B Main as Crockett maneuvered from fourth to second to transfer into the back of the main event.

Unfortunately, the misfortune elevated to another level at the start of the A Main as Crockett was involved in a wild, multiple-car incident in turns three and four.

"I had nowhere to go," he said. "They came down the track in front of me. I split the two cars wrecking, but something, a car or a piece, it ripped my right side nerf off and caught the right rear. It broke the rear arms off. The car was like floating, it hit the ground, turned and flipped. I'm extremely lucky it landed on all four wheels.

"It hit hard when I landed. I always want to get right out. I started to do my normal routine to get out. Then I could feel heat and then I heard somebody scream. It felt like I was in there for a long time.

"The way they have the bars now there's not a lot of room when you're wearing the Hans device and helmet. I saw Jordon (Mallett) running over so I changed how I was getting out because at that point I went out head first knowing he was going to pull me. My foot was caught and they were pulling on me. I was able to turn my foot and they pulled me out.

"I really appreciate Jordon. He got out of his car so fast. He was there immediately to help. It's brave of someone to get out and come to a dangerous situation. I want to also thank Scott Bogucki and his crew, the Herrera Family, Blake Hahn and Dalton; a lot of people worked to make it happen. Also, thank you to Maxim Chassis, K1 RaceGear, Bell Helmets and ButlerBuilt for the great products to help make us safe."

Crockett said his sprint car is destroyed and he will likely be sidelined for the next month until racing on Sept. 12 at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.


QUICK RESULTS -

Aug. 7 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 18; Heat race: 4 (3); Feature: 7 (10).

Aug. 8 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - B Main: DNF (3).

Aug. 9 - Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa - Heat race: 7 (9); Qualifier: 8 (10); B Main: 2 (4); Feature: DNF (19).


SEASON STATS -

19 races, 0 wins, 4 top fives, 9 top 10s, 13 top 15s, 15 top 20s


UP NEXT -

Sept. 12 at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour



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"Since we've used Champion Racing Oil we haven't had any bearing problems and everything looks great in the motors," Crockett said.

Crockett would also like to thank BC Motorsports, Rocket Designs, Tracker Native Tobacco, FK Rod Ends, Olson Custom Designs, Champion Racing Oil, Maxim Chassis, Indy Race Parts, Bell Helmets, AL Driveline, Newlin Bar Service, Rider Racing Engines and KSE Racing Products for their continued support.


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Kaleb Johnson Posts Career-Best 360 Knoxville Nationals Outing


Inside Line Promotions - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2020) - Kaleb Johnson displayed speed throughout the 30th annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank before his weekend ended in the B Main on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway.

"We improved over our previous year so that was good," said Johnson, who finished 18th in the C Main in his first Nationals appearance in 2019 before being credited with a 23rd-place finish in the B Main this year. "But I would've been a little happier if we could've finished our last race on Saturday.

"The competition is always so tough for this event. I think about 16 of the 20 drivers who were locked into Saturday's A Main were full-time drivers. But we always enjoy racing against the best because we believe it makes us better."

Johnson began competition on Thursday with time trials - his two most important laps of the weekend.

"Our qualifying went all right," said Johnson, who timed in 24th quickest out of 48 cars. "But I obviously didn't lay down the greatest lap.

"Our plan going in was to run one lap on the top and one on the bottom. Looking back, I should've done both laps on the bottom since it was better. While our first lap on the top was quicker, there was better grip on the bottom. Unfortunately, I missed the bottom going into turn three on the second lap. Otherwise I think it would have been faster. But the good thing was that it gave us a good starting spot in our heat race and set us up for making the A Main."

Johnson started on the pole for his heat race alongside Harli White.

"I raced with Harli for a few laps before I snuck by her on the backstretch about Lap 3 or Lap 4," he said. "Tim Shaffer was faster than me and he passed me with two laps to go and we finished second."

Johnson rolled off 14th on the A Main starting grid.

"The A Main was a little disappointing," he said. "I thought there was going to be more on the bottom and that's what we set the car up for. It turned out the top was better, but our car was pretty tight running there.

"There was a yellow around halfway and I was running 14th. I tried the bottom on the restart and lost a couple of spots before I went back to the top and just kind of held on and finished 16th."

Johnson's points total from Thursday slotted him in the 13th starting position for Saturday's B Main.

"Our first few laps went well and I felt we had a pretty good car," he said. "We moved up to ninth when there was a red flag on Lap 4. When the race restarted, I went into turn one on the top and got stuck in dirty air. It sent me over the cushion and into the fence. It broke the right rear shock and bent both right side wheels and ended our race.

"It was disappointing, but I was happy we had a good car. We probably wouldn't have made the transfer without some luck, but I think we could've moved up to about fifth or sixth."

Johnson will take this weekend off before returning to competition on Aug. 21 at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Aug. 22 at Park Jefferson International Speedway in North Sioux City, S.D., with the Midwest Power Series and Midwest Sprint Touring Series.


QUICK RESULTS -

Aug. 6 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 24; Heat race: 2 (2); Feature: 16 (14).

Aug. 8 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - B Main: DNF (13).


SEASON STATS -

14 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 5 top 10s, 7 top 15s, 10 top 20s


UP NEXT -

Aug. 21 at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Aug. 22 at Park Jefferson International Speedway in North Sioux City, S.D., with the Midwest Power Series and Midwest Sprint Touring Series


MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.kalebjohnsonracing.com/

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"We're really happy to have Mike on our team and for his support again this year," Johnson said. "I encourage anyone who is looking to buy a home in the Sioux Falls area to contact Mike for the best mortgage option for them."

Johnson would also like to thank Merle Johnson Farm Toys, GRP Motorsports, Oddson Underground, JF Capital, Snyder Tree Service, State Bank of Fairmont, Sea Foam, Schaeffer's Oil, Hepfner Racing Products, DeBerg Concrete, Big Al's Diecasts, The Ron Weber Team, DeBerg Flooring, Dave's Lawn Care & Landscaping, Triple M Trucking, Last Deck and Marthaler Dodge for their continued support.

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ZEKE’S STREAK: Inside McKenzie’s Quest to Start Every Summit Modified Race in 2020 Indiana racer scored first career tour win at Kokomo, looks to build on momentum in Phase II


MAPLE PARK, IL – August 11, 2020 – In its nine previous seasons of existence, no one driver has ever dared to take on the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tour in its entirety, starting every event on the schedule from start to finish.

Just the thought of racing 28 nights over 46 calendar dates around some of the most demanding dirt tracks in the Midwestern United States is enough to deter even some of the most seasoned Modified veterans from even attempting such a task.

Except one.

Meet Zeke McKenzie – the DIRTcar UMP Modified veteran and team owner from Claypool, Indiana, who’s made the commitment to start every Summit Modified race on the 2020 schedule. Should he make it all the way through the final date of competition at Cedar Ridge Speedway on Aug. 29, he’ll become the first driver in tour history to start every race in a single season.

He continues his quest against the rest of the Summit Modified field Tuesday night, Aug. 11 at Sycamore Speedway in a 25-lap, $1,500-to-win event that kicks off Phase II and Arizona Sport Shirts Week #4 of the 2020 tour. Fans can watch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.

“We’ve ran a few shows [in the past] when it was close to home, but this year’s a little different for us,” McKenzie said. “We had a little extra help with some sponsors and everything to run the entire Summit Modifieds tour.”

McKenzie’s no stranger to Victory Lane, combining for 24 DIRTcar UMP Modified victories in local competition over the 2018 and 2019 seasons. But there was one accolade missing from his 17-year UMP Modified racing career – a DIRTcar Summit Modified win.

In the Friday night portion of the Hoosier Dirt Shootout at Kokomo Speedway, he finally got it. McKenzie drove from the fourth starting spot to lead in the opening laps of the first preliminary Showdown Feature and held off fellow UMP Modified star Tyler Nicely for his first career Summit Modified victory.

He stood in Victory Lane, astonished at his hard-fought achievement and nearly overcome with emotion.

“I’m just… flabbergasted,” McKenzie said. “It’s great to be here at home and get one in front of all these great people. We went from almost flipping at LaSalle to winning, I can’t believe it.”

A former customer of other well-known UMP Modified chassis brands, McKenzie currently owns and operates a company of his own – Vanquish Race Cars. McKenzie said the publicity surrounding the Summit Modified tour has provided him the opportunity to promote his brand on a larger scale and has been a big catalyst for his quest to start every race.

“There’s a few different things we wanted to incorporate into these cars,” McKenzie said. “They’re built bigger for the bigger and taller guys. We tried to cut the cost back a little bit to help the mid-range racer. We want to promote ourselves with the help and tech support that you should have with building chassis.”

Strikingly, the McKenzie Family Racing Team is a team of just two.

“It’s mainly me and my fiancĂ© Ricki, she does a lot,” McKenzie said. “She’s out here sweating with me every day. We’ve had some customers and some friends that have stopped in here and there at the closer races and helped, which has been greatly appreciated.

“We’ve had multiple people offer to help or stay at their house or work out of their shop while they’re gone. What better way to spend your time traveling around than with your racing community?”

Outside of the win at Kokomo, McKenzie’s scored two other top-ten finishes. He estimated having only been to around six-to-eight tracks on the 2020 schedule, and said it’s been a challenge having to adapt to a different configuration every night, but he loves the grind and the ease of access to most tracks.  

“Our luck hasn’t been real great,” McKenzie said. “We’ve been off a little bit, traveling to a lot of tracks we’ve never been to. But we found some stuff wrong with the few days off we’ve had.

“The racetracks have been great. You get here real late at night and the gates are open and you can pull in, get a nice place to sleep with some lights on, you don’t have to worry about anything.”

And while he is staring down the best UMP Modified competition in the country each and every night at the track, it doesn’t seem to scare him. Zekester welcomes the big-name challenges like Hoffman, McKinney, Harrison and Krup with open arms, and knows racing against the best, six days a week, will only help him improve.

Don’t miss the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Phase II kickoff Tuesday night, Aug. 11 at Sycamore Speedway – watch live on DIRTVision!


Dover Recovering From Vicious Crash During Frustrating Weekend in Iowa


Inside Line Promotions - OSKALOOSA, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2020) - Jack Dover is recuperating after a wild crash on Sunday night sent him to the hospital.

Dover got upside down on the opening lap of his Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour heat race during the Sage Fruit Ultimate Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Co. at Southern Iowa Speedway.

"We were fourth quickest in hot laps and I felt really good," he said. "On the first start we went down into turns one and two and we were up to third. I knew we had a good car, but they called the start back. We got a great start again on the second attempt. We went into turn one and ran in through the middle. Someone went low and slid up. I was going to cut underneath him, but he slowed up too much and I caught his right rear. I thought we'd come out of it. Then I was flipping and once I thought it was about over it kept going."

Dover flipped multiple times, destroying his race car and ending his night early. He visited a hospital, but was released that night.

It was a rough ending to a challenging weekend for Dover, who had a lot of speed at the 30th annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank hosted by Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.

"I had a lot of confidence going into the weekend," he said. "We drew dead last in our prelim night, but we knew we had something to qualify 19 th and run second in our heat race."

Dover went out last in qualifying, but timed in 19th quickest out of the nearly 50 competitors. He then gained a spot in a heat race to finish second. Dover lined up 11th for the A Main and quickly made his way toward the top five. He was up to seventh only a few laps in when a mechanical problem sent him to the pits with a DNF.

"I'm really confident we had a top-five car that night," he said. "I calculated the points and if we would have finished sixth in our prelim feature we would have started 19th in the A Main on Saturday."

Instead Dover lined up 19th in the B Main. He advanced seven positions to finish 12th.

Dover will take this weekend off before racing on Aug. 21 at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Aug. 22 at Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., with the Midwest Power Series and Midwest Sprint Touring Series.


QUICK RESULTS -

Aug. 7 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 19; Heat race: 2 (3); Feature: DNF (11).

Aug. 8 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - B Main: 12 (19).

Aug. 9 - Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa - Heat race: DNF (5); B Main: DNS (13).


SEASON STATS -

20 races, 6 wins, 14 top fives, 16 top 10s, 17 top 15s, 17 top 20s


UP NEXT -

Aug. 21 at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Aug. 22 at Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., with the Midwest Power Series and Midwest Sprint Touring Series


MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.JackDoverRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JackDoverRacing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackdoverracing?fref=ts


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"I'm really excited to have a big, local company I can represent," Dover said. "When we travel around the Midwest we see their trucks everywhere. It's great to have a company like that want to be part of Jack Dover Racing."

Dover would also like to thank Carpet Land, Certified Transmission, SSS Motorsports, Backlund Plumbing, True Trucking, Husker Diesel, Speedway Graphics, Thorpe's Body Shop, Speedway Engines, Volvo Trucks of Omaha, Spike Chassis, Sway Away, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Schoenfeld Headers, Langfeldt Overhead Doors, K&N Filters, FK Rod Ends, DMI, Vortex Wings, Speedway Motors, Ostransky Farms, R&G Services and Industrial Plating for their continued support.


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