51's Weekend Update
Lynch, Thorn, Fuller and DiBenedetto Pick Up Victories
SLM - Blake Lehr won the Super Late Model feature at Orlando Speedworld (FL) over Jared Allison and David Pollen, Jr.
UARA-STARS - Matt DiBenedetto put his #41 out front and won the UARA-STARS Late Model Stock Car race at Concord Motorsport Park. Finishing behind him were Ross Furr, BJ Mackey, Kevin Leicht and Mark Setzer. Stay tuned to Speed51.com for a complete race story.
USAR Pro Cup Series - The packed house at South Georgia Motorsports Park saw a barnburner of a finish to the Glover Foods 250 presented by Crane Cams on Saturday night.
Bobby Gill, Michael Ritch and Woody Howard swapped positions—and paint—in the waning stages before Howard, driver of the No. 55 Dean Motorsports Chevrolet, took the lead with eight laps remaining en route to his fifth Hooters Pro Cup win and his first since switching to the Aaron’s Southern Division.
Following Lynch across the finish line was Mike David, followed by Duncan. Brett Thompson was fourth, with series rookie Jason Bowles topping a talented freshman class for fifth.
Pro All Stars Series – There is still almost a week before there is any on-track action for any of the PASS tours (when the Easter Bunny 150 kicks off the 2007 PASS South season at Hickory Motor Speedway). In the meantime, PASS fans got their own event in this weekend’s second annual PASS Motorsports Extravaganza at the Gorham (ME) Sports Center. That is where they got a sneak peak at rides of 2007 up close and the chance to meet many of the drivers from various PASS tours and tracks on the PASS schedules.
Redneck Racing Series - "Big Show" was the show again as Ken Deese started the 2007 Redneck Racing Series season by winning at Concord Motorsport Park.
NASCAR West Series - Scott Lynch opened up the 2007 season for the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series with a win in the Allstate Texas Thunder 150 before a packed crowd at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, Texas, on Saturday.
Lynch, the 2003 series champion, battled past two-time series champion Mike Duncan to post his ninth career win.
Lynch, who did not compete last season, made an inside pass on Duncan on lap 69. From there he held off challenges from several competitors and then held on in a final two-lap dash to the finish, as a late-race caution extended the race distance to 155 laps with a green-white-checkered finish.
The fans packed themselves in for the PASS Motorsports Extravaganza. (51 Photo)
All-American Challenge Series - Jeff Choquette won over a 20-car field at Desoto Super Speedway (FL).
ASA Late Model Series, Challenge Division – At Nashville’s Music City Motorplex, Derek Thorn made a daring move to the high side of Charlie Menard on lap 138 for the lead and the 20-year-old Californian never looked back. After he made the pass using the top groove off the second turn and completed it off the fourth, Thorn's #5 machine was on cruise control and hoisted the famed Nashville Guitar in victory lane.
CRA Super Series – Andy Ponstein was the fast timer for the CRA Super Series feature at Music City Motorplex. He out-timed Chris Gabehart, Eddie Mercer and Eddie Hoffman for the pole. Ponstein will start 10th after the 10-car invert that he drew out of the hat post-qualifying. For more from the track, please click here for Speed51.com’s Trackside Now updates.
DIRT Modifieds - Tim Fuller dominated the 'North-South Shootout 100' on Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway to officially open the 2007 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series. Fuller kicked off the Advance Auto Parts points trail with his first-ever DIRT-sanctioned victory at the 60 year-old Maryland oval, leading the final 73 laps as a late race caution extended the distance beyond the century mark.
Brett Hearn, Gary Tomkins, Billy Decker and Rick Laubach chased Fuller to the checkered flag.
Frank Ruocco is the defending winner of today's Budweiser Modified Nationals at Waterford. On Saturday, he qualified his #97, with a new black paint scheme, in the ninth position. (Jim DuPont Photo)