51's Weekend Update
Who Won and What Happened
ARCA RE/MAX Series -  Michael McDowell made his grand exit from the ARCA RE/MAX Series stage in grand style. The Phoenix, Arizona rookie, on his way to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series in 2008, won the SIM Factory Pole, led the most laps and passed James Buescher with two laps to go to win the thrilling Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway.

Frank Kimmel, who finished fifth, secured his ninth ARCA RE/MAX Series championship and eighth consecutive just by virtue of rolling off the grid.  1) McDowell  2) James Buescher  3) Michael Simko  4) Marc Davis 5) Kimmel

BLIZZARD – Eddie Mercer’s winless streak that dates back to the 2005 Snowball Derby came to an end Friday night in the Blizzard Series SLM finale at Five Flags Speedway (FL).  Mercer took the lead from Grant Enfinger late in the race and cruised to victory over Enfinger and Adam Crawford.  1) Mercer  2) Enfinger  3) Crawford  4) Ken McFarland  5) Kurt Jett


Behind him, though, the 2007 Blizzard Series points championship was on the line and it was a title that seemingly none of the contenders wanted to win Friday night.  Point leader going into the event, Ryan Crane, was involved in a lap 84 that also collected third-place points runner Scott Carlson.  Second-place points driver Justin Drawdy was already taken out several laps prior, leaving the title up in the air.  In the end, neither Crane nor Drawdy got their cars back into the race from their incidents and Carlson was able to salvage a sixth-place finish with a bruised racecar, earning him a tie in the standings with Crane. 

Because Carlson had two wins during the 2007 Blizzard Series and Crane failed to win any, Carlson was declared the champion. 

CRA SS - Ryan Lawler knows winning.  He's won PASS South races and might be on his way to a PASS South Championship.  But nothing he's done thus far even compares to what he did on Sunday.  Lawler held off a stout group of drivers to win the 36th Annual Winchester 400. 

Lawler was one of only three cars on the lead lap at the end of the day.  He finished ahead of rookie John Van Doorn and Nextel Cup star David Stremme.  1) Lawler  2) Van Doorn  3) Stremme  4) Rick Turner  5) Terry Fischer, Jr. 



GAS - After a long string of bad luck this season Bubba Pollard finished the deal at Senioa Speedway (GA) by winning his second GAS race of the season.  With his second-place finish, Russell Fleeman was presented with the $20,000 check for winning the series title.  1) Pollard  2) Fleeman  3) Joey Senter  4) Tony Clark  5) Shane Chastain

GOODYEAR – Drew Brannon won Saturday night’s Goodyear Challenge Series event at Desoto SuperSpeedway (FL).  1) Brannon  2) Joe Winchell  3) A.J. Curelli  4) Doug Moff  5) Justin Larson

LMSC – Andy Loden, winner of the last two Hickory Motor Speedway Late Model Stock Championships took the victory in the prestigious Fall Brawl event at Hickory Sunday afternoon.  1) Loden  2) Matt McCall  3) Coleman Pressley  4) Chris Lawson  5) Chrissy Wallace

PASS North - Cassius Clark of Farmington, Maine scored his second Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model of the year in Sunday’s season finale at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH).  Clark fought a spirited battle for the lead throughout much of the race with Trevor Sanborn

Mike Rowe won his heat race and finished second in the feature event, but could not gain enough points to catch his son Ben Rowe in the championship standings.  Ben finished fifth despite having a tire that was going flat.  His finish locked up the 2007 PASS North championship.  Ben is now a four-time series champion.

Sanborn, who spun out of the lead on lap 93 after getting into oil on the track, rebounded to finish third.  1) C. Clark  2) M. Rowe  3) Sanborn  4) Johnny Clark  5) B. Rowe

SLM – Cale Gale won the Miller Lite Super Late Model event at Mobile International Speedway (AL) Saturday night.  1) Gale  2) Richard Fincher 3) Grant Enfinger  4) Hunter Robbins  5) Chris Davidson

SLM -  2005 SRL champion Jason Fensler won the $4000 Big Dog Hoosier Tires 125 at Altamont Motorsports Park (CA) on Sunday afternoon. Burney Lamar, after blowing an engine and coming through the B-Main event, came home second from his
23rd starting spot.  1) Fensler  2) Lamar  3) Mike Beeler  4) Greg Potts  5) John Dalerio

WMT - Twenty-two-year-old Bobby Santos III scored his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at the track he grew up watching racing.

Santos (No. 3 Roby’s Propane/Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet) led 109 laps, including the final 32, in winning the Xtra/Mart 150 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.  1) Santos  2) Reggie Ruggiero  3) Matt Hirschman  4) Ted Christopher  5) Ronnie Silk