Late Model Roundup - Presented By Five Star Racecar Bodies
A Compilation of News and Press Release Including All of the Tours From A to W
Brad Leighton in victory lane at Thunder Road. (Ken Spring Photo)
ACT Late Models – Brad Leighton amazed spectators Sunday afternoon when he survived two hair-raising trips off Thunder Road's turn two, three flat tires, and more than a handful of pit stops to win the 30th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200, an American-Canadian Tour Late Model Championship race. It was Leighton's first win on the modern-day ACT Tour and his first stock car win since 2004 when he won a NASCAR Camping World Series East race at Watkins Glen International road course. It was also Leighton's first win since losing his biggest fan and father-in-law, Roger “Papa” Bull.
“I really would have liked to have shared this one with Papa,” said Leighton, driver of the Irving Oil/Subway/Coca-Cola #55NH Ford Fusion. “We were one lap from pulling it in and calling it a day, but the guys never gave up. Talk about overcoming a lot of stuff, these guys on my crew changed everything on this car. It was a wild race for sure, and we were in it to win it.”
Leighton started the race ninth, but began jumping hurdles at lap 50 when he blew a right front tire which sent him over the turn two embankment. Leighton headed for the pits where Dale Shaw led the crew in assessing the damage. Shaw stepped in for regular crew chief Matt Gosselin, who left to take a position on a NASCAR Nationwide Series team.
“The radiator shroud took some damage, and we were running hot but not overheating,” explained Leighton.
Leighton returned to the track with a new right front tire and a watchful eye on his temperatures. But at lap 120, the right front blew again, and the Irving Oil Ford Fusion went straight over the embankment in turn two for a second time.
“We knew it just wasn't coincidence that we were losing the tires,” said Leighton. “The guys took a look around and discovered that the sway bar was rubbing so they ground the end of it down to prevent that from happening again.”
Damage from the second ride over turn two, however, caused the left front tire to blow and Leighton had to return to the pits once again. The team changed the tire, made some adjustments, and sent him back into the race.
“Onwards we went,” joked Leighton, who pitted a half-of-a-dozen times throughout the event. “We had fresh tires on so we were good to go.”
Leighton took the lead following a lap 172 battle with Eric Williams and Patrick LaPerle that saw the trio go three-wide. Leighton chose the high ground and it paid off.
“I just drove around them. I got up on the outside because that was the preferred line. There was definitely more grip up there,” he said.
Once out front, Leighton soared to the checkers unchallenged.
“We had enough challenges in the first half, I didn't need anymore!” he admitted. “I have to thank everyone at Irving Oil, Dave Parker at Subway, and my car owner Peter Duto. Everyone has worked so hard to get here and it's awesome to have it pay off like this.”
ACT Quebec Series – The field of 22 all-star Late Model stock car drivers has been set for the first-ever Coors Light 200 “Showdown at Chaudière” at Vallée-Jonction, QC's Autodrome Chaudière on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6:30pm. The $5,000-to-win, non-points invitational race will feature the best 11 drivers from the U.S.-based American-Canadian Tour Late Model series and the top 11 drivers from Canada's Série ACT-Castrol.
Fronting “Team Canada” will be Série ACT-Castrol point leader Alexandre Gingras of Val Bélair, QC.
Gingras was a main event winner at Autodrome Chaudière in 2007, and was the runner-up at the track's Luminaire Napert 150 last month. Leading “Team USA” will be Scott Payea of Milton, VT, the ACT Late Model Tour point leader. Payea has multiple victories on American tracks at Thunder Road and White Mountain Motorsports Park, both very similar to Autodrome Chaudière.
Karl Allard of St-Félicien, QC won the Luminaire Napert 150 in August and ranks second in Série ACT-Castrol standings for Team Canada. Ironically, a Canadian driver, Montréal's Patrick Laperle, ranks second in the ACT Late Model Tour and will represent the USA in the Coors Light 200. In six previous starts while running with the Castrol cars, Laperle has three top-five finishes at Chaudière.
The balance of Team Canada's 11 drivers will be comprised of veterans Yvon Bédard and Claude Leclerc, Autodrome St-Félicien winner Jean-François Déry, Capital City Speedway winner Martin Lacombe, top rookie Patrick Hamel, consistent top-five threat Dany Ouellet, sophomore drivers Jonathan Desbiens and Stéphane Durand, and rookie Spencer MacPherson of Carleton Place, ON.
Team USA's roster is filled by seven-time ACT Late Model Tour champion Jean-Paul Cyr, and fellow Vermont drivers John Donahue, Brent Dragon, Scott Dragon, rookie Nick Sweet, and Pete Potvin, New Hampshire racers Randy Potter and young Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr., and another Québec driver, Donald Theetge. Theetge, 12th in ACT Late Model Tour points and a Série ACT-Castrol event winner at Autodrome Chaudière in June, is on the team as the first
alternate. Maine's Glen Luce, currently eighth in ACT Late Model Tour standings, has withdrawn his entry for the event.
The Coors Light 200 “Showdown at Chaudière” will pay $5,000 to the race winner and $1,000 to the last-place (22nd) finisher. In addition, Goodyear Tire has posted a “team” prize of four free ACT-legal race tires to each driver on the winning team. A scoring system will be in place, with the winner receiving one point for his team, the second place finisher receiving two points for his team, and so on. The 11-man team with the lowest combined total will win the Goodyear award, valued at more than $5,000.
General admission for the Coors Light 200 “Showdown at Chaudière” is $30 (CAN) for adults, $15 for students (13-17), and $5 for children (5-12). Racing action begins at 6:30pm on Saturday, Sept. 6. Autodrome
Chaudière is located on Route 122 Ouest (West) in Vallée-Jonction, QC, just minutes from Thetford Mines.
ARCA Trucks - Paul Haun won this past weekend's ARCA Truck race at DuQuoin Fairgrounds. It was his seventh victory of the 2008 season.
ASA Late Model Challenge Series – Rebecca Kasten Racing is pleased to announce Chris Purdy as the crew chief for its #90 ASA Late Model Series team effective September 1, 2008. Chris will join current RKR crew members Tony Strupp Jr. and Craig Vandenberg. Chris brings a wealth of experience to RKR having worked with champion crew chief Howie Lettow as well as previous ASA Late Model Series champions Stephen Leicht and Kelly Bires while employed at Wal Tom Racing. During the 2005 season Purdy ventured south to Charlotte, North Carolina where he served as the car chief for current NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano. Purdy was most recently a crew chief for 5K Motorsports assisting drivers Derek Thorn, Alex Kennedy and Brett Moffitt over the previous two seasons.
Alexandre Gingras (ACT Photo)
“I really want to thank Ken Wills and the entire 5K Motorsports organization for allowing me the opportunity to work with their team” stated Purdy. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and I wish them incredible success in the future”.
“I couldn't be more excited to have Chris as a part of our team”, stated Driver Rebecca Kasten. “It is obvious by looking at his track record that success follows him wherever he goes. Chris has an incredible amount of experience in developing young drivers and working on the ASA Late Model Series cars. I consider it an honor that he chose our team to work with. He could have easily gone elsewhere if he didn't believe that I have the potential and drive to succeed”.
Chris Purdy and the entire RKR organization will now focus their immediate attention toward the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division Gateway 100 at Gateway International Raceway. Driver Rebecca Kasten will be making her fourth career ASA Late Model Series start during the September 6th event. Gateway International Raceway will mark both the longest and fastest track of Kasten's career.
ASA Late Model North Series - Jeremy Miller won last weekend's Performance Concepts Iowa Bob Milner Memorial 100 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway (IA).
ASA Late Model South Series – The entry form for the South Georgia 100 is now available and due to the ASA Late Model Series office by 9/8/2008. The race will be held at South Georgia Speedway on Saturday, September 13th.
ASA Midwest Tour – Marshfield Super Speedway, located in the middle of the state of Wisconsin, will welcome the American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment to its half-mile oval this Sunday afternoon for the Kim Parsons Memorial 100. This will be a special event for everyone involved.
Kim Parsons is the daughter of Marshfield PA announcer Steve Parsons who lost her life earlier this year at the age of 21 in a tragic accident. Steve and Kim has been a staple at central Wisconsin facility and her loss has been felt by competitors, fans, and the staff of Marshfield Super Speedway.
"We were best friends, we were a father and daughter who enjoyed doing something together," Steve Parsons stated earlier this year. "She was a mom and loved her girls."
Rebecca Kasten's #90 (Chuck Gonzales Photo)
"We took her to her first race when she was three months old. We made sure her ears were covered and from a little bitty kid and on, she got into racing," Parsons recalled. "She would cheer and root on her favorite drivers. I wouldn't go to a race without taking her along. I would always organize the Fall Spectacular and she would make the program books for that. In fact one of them was over 50 pages long. She was also a track princess, giving trophies out to the winners, she really loved being with the drivers and the teams."
It wasn't long after the loss, that he started thinking of doing something special in honor of Kim, "It was in the beginning of April that I started thinking of doing a special event in honor of my daughter," Parson stated. "I saw the ASAMT schedule and noticed there was an open date in September and I started to think about it. I went with a couple of buddies over to Elko Speedway and came back and thought that was an awesome event."
"I have been to several ASAMT shows and thought they were awesome shows," Parsons exclaimed. "I contacted Steve (Einhaus, ASAMT VP) and we started talking. I also got a lot of encouragement from ASAMT competitor Mark Kraus who said he would help met get sponsors for the event. When we got the date, I called Mark on a Tuesday night and by Wednesday, he already had about $5,000 in sponsorships and now we have about $20,000 in sponsors so far."
Sponsors assisting with this event includes: Miller Lite, Earth Incorporated, RZ Builders Inc., Stratford State Bank, CAS Construction, Riverview Construction, and Don Fanetti Trucking.
"Since our first discussion last Spring about this event I have realized how very important and special the Kim Parson's Memorial is for Steve and a lot of their friends," Steve Einhaus, ASAMT VP stated. "We have had Marshfield on our radar since day one of the series and having Steve ask us to sanction the event was a huge boost for our schedule. To honor Kim in this event will not only make our schedule complete, it will be a special day for our teams, the fans, and for the Steve Parsons family."
ASAMT first practice is scheduled for 10:45 am on Sunday, September 7th with the second practice scheduled to begin at noon. Qualifying will get underway at 2:00 pm with the popular ASAMT autograph session taking place at 3:00 pm. Racing will get underway at 4:00 pm.
The Limited Late Models and 4-cylinders will also be in action.
Marshfield Super Speedway is located 3 miles west of Marshfield, WI on County Trunk H. The physical address is: 10853 County Road H, Marshfield, WI 54449. The track's website is www.marshfieldspeedway.com.
ASA Northwest Tour – Jason Fraser (Snohomish, WA) won his first ever American Speed Association Aero Exhaust Northwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment main on Saturday August 30 at Yakima Speedway. After four years of Tour racing and being so close it was a relieved Fraser standing on top of the podium. Gary Lewis' (Snohomish, WA) strong season continued with a second place to add to his two wins. A career best came for long time NWT racer Rick Suran (Estacada, OR) with a well earned third. Eighteen of the Northwest's best touring race cars took the green for the NAPA of Yakima & Selah 125.
After what seemed to be an eternity Fraser got that first tour win. Before the race what looked to be confident Fraser said when asked about how many second place finishes he has had at Yakima Speedway, “I have lost count but tonight will be the night I win.”
Fraser started third after fast qualifier Lewis drew for a six car invert. Pole sitter Travis Bennett (Ellensburg, WA) led the first 34-laps. After an unbelievable four wide move on the outside into turn one of the fabled .500-mile oval Shelby Thompson (Spokane, WA) took over as the race leader. Thompson held the lead until lap 83. At that point race winner Fraser was able move by Thompson who had run into tire problems. Fraser led the remainder of the 125-lap main.
Lewis tried to match Fraser's speed but with his car not responding due to handling troubles struggled to second place. Lewis continued making trips to the podium in the 2008 season. In four ASANWT starts Lewis has 2-wins and 1-second. Overall in 2008 Lewis has been awesome with 6-wins, 2-seconds in 9 starts around the northwest.
Drivers have been heard to say that once Fraser breaks the barrier he will be a regular visitor on the top step of the podium. In the post race interview Fraser stated, “I knew it would come but when has been so close. I can not thank my crew enough for giving me such a great car.” Continuing Fraser said, “When you beat Gary Lewis you know it is special night.” Fraser now heads to the ASANWT's next stop on September 20 at his home track Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA.
Next up for the American Speed Association Aero Exhaust Northwest Tour presented ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment will be the season championship race on Saturday September 20, 2008 at Evergreen Speedway's Big Track Championship on the .667-mile oval. Included with the ASANWT will be the local Speedway Chevrolet Super Stock Championship race.
ASA RC Cola/Moon Pie Southeast Asphalt Tour – The ASA RC Cola/Moon Pie Southeast Asphalt Tour races next at Lanier National Speedway on September 13th.
Big 8 – The Big 8 Series will run twin 50 lappers at Jefferson Speedway (WI) on September 12th-13th.
Blizzard SLM Series – There is just one more race on the Blizzard Series schedule at Five Flags Speedway before the Snowball Derby. That final tune-up event will take place on Friday, September 26th.
Carquest Maritime Pro Stock Tour – The Carquest Tour heads to the Centre for Speed (NB) for this weekend's Saturday night race.
CRA Super Series – Current NASCAR Sprint Cup point's leader Kyle Busch and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver David Stremme both officially became the first two entries for the 37th Annual Winchester 400 Presented By Ed Martin Auto Group and Renegade on Sunday, October 12th. Those two NASCAR stars along with the best late model drivers in the country will be competing for a possible $27,000 plus payoff in one of the most prestigious short track events in the country.
Busch will be traveling with David Stremme from Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday morning October 12th after competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday night, October 11th. Both Busch and Stremme will get some limited practice laps that Sunday at Winchester Speedway, but since they will miss qualifying for the event on that Saturday, they will have to start the event as Promoters Options on the tail of the field.
Busch currently holds a 208-point lead over Carl Edwards in the Cup standings heading into the weekends event at Richmond for Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch has scored a record 18 victories in NASCAR's top three series including eight Cup wins, seven Nationwide wins and three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series wins. Busch got a late model win with the ASA Midwest Series at the Milwaukee Mile on August 24th.
This will be the fourth CRA Super Series event that Busch has competed in at Winchester Speedway. In 2002 Busch competed in the Car Brite 200, but a broken wheel early in the event put Busch down four laps. Busch was able to make up three of those laps and managed a ninth place finish, the first car one lap down. In 2003 Busch returned to Winchester to compete in the CRA Super Series sanctioned Car Brite Winchester 400, Busch's day ended on lap 130 from damage in an accident. Busch returned last year to again compete in the Winchester 400, Busch's day ended on lap 85 after a broken wheel sheared off the wheel studs on the right rear of his #51 late model. Busch's goal is to get his name on the Winchester 400 winners T-shirt that is printed for every event.
Stremme, the popular South Bend, Indiana native, raced many times at Winchester Speedway during the development of his career while racing with the CRA Super Series and the American Speed Association. Stremme is also a former track record holder at Winchester and has a CRA Super Series victory at the similarly high-banked Salem Speedway. Stremme is a long time friend of Winchester Speedway owner Charlie Shaw, who helped Stremme in his early days of late model racing. Stremme is currently 12th in NASCAR Nationwide Series points driving for car owner Rusty Wallace. Stremme was signed earlier this year as a test driver for Penske Racing and is rumored to be the replacement for Ryan Newman in Penske's #12 Cup car in 2009.
In last years Winchester 400 Stremme came from his 35th place starting position to
lead laps 165 through 215, and then lead again from lap 277 until lap 310, giving the lead
to eventual winner Ryan Lawler after making a pit stop. Stremme would hang on to finish
third, the last car on the lead lap, even after his car's handling went away when his left
rear wheel started coming loose after losing three lug nuts while charging from the rear
of the lead laps cars after pitting.
The 37th Annual Winchester 400 Presented By Ed Martin Auto Group and Renegade
will pay the winner $12,000, plus another possible $10,000 will be available in lap leader
bonus money. There will also be a $3,700 bonus available to any former Winchester 400
winner or non CRA Super Series regular if they can win the 37th Annual Winchester 400
and $3000 in traveling bonuses to the top three finishing non-series regulars. Entry forms
for the Winchester 400 and additional series information is available at www.craracing.net
or contact the CRA office at 812-883-0455.
The 37th Annual Winchester 400 Weekend Presented By Ed Martin Auto Group and Renegade will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 10th, 11th and 12th with racing action from the Vore's Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts, CRA Street Stocks, Howe CRA Sportsman Series and The Run For The Gun Shootout between the American Modified and the O'Reilly USA Modified Series in addition to the 37th Annual Winchester 400 Presented By Ed Martin Auto Group and Renegade.
Georgia Asphalt Series – Bubba Pollard won this past weekend's GAS event at Peachstate Speedway (GA).
Goodyear Challenge Series – The Goodyear Challenge Series returns on September 13th at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).
Late Models – Motordrome Speedway promoter Stan Lasky has announced the addition of the "Piney Lasky Memorial Fall Festival 200" to the 2008 schedule, on October 18. Offerring $50,000 in prize money for Late Model, Modified, and Street Stock competitors, this special Saturday event is certain to garner national attention. The event is easily the richest unsanctioned event held at a paved speedway in Western PA for quite some time.
The Late Model portion of the Fall Festival, will include heat races and the 100-lap Piney Lasky Memorial feature. Paying $6,000 to win and a guaranteed $600 to start in the 30-car field should grab the attention of racers from the across northeast and midwest. Lasky is also offering lap leader money of $2,000 which gives one Late Model driver the chance to earn $8,000 for one day_s work.
For open-wheel Modifieds, a 60-lap feature event will pay $1,000 to the winner with $600 in bouns lap leader money and $200 to start. It will be possible for one of the 30 starters to claim as much as $1,600. The Modifieds are one of the most popular divisions in the neighboring state of Ohio, and outsiders are expected to challenge four-time Champion Adam Kostelnik and the Motordrome regulars.
Street Stocks will compete in a 40-lap main event, paying $600 to the winner and $100 to start. Like the other features, $400 in lap leader money could increase the winner_s take to $1,000. A field of 30 cars are eligible to take the green flag.
Fans can save $10 on advance tickets by oredering before October 11. Children under age six are admitted free, with admission for ages six to 14 set at $10. Adult tickets (ages 15 and up) are $25 if pre-ordered by deadline, or $35 after October 11. Pit passes are $35.
Practice on Friday night October 17 begins at 6pm. On Saturday October 18, gates open at 9am, with practice for all three divisions at noon. Racing begins at 6pm with heat races, followed by last chance races and features. Sunday October 19 will be reserved as a rain date.
For more information log on to www.motordrome.com or call 724-872-7555.
PASS North SLM - The PASS North Super Late Models return to action on Saturday night, September 13th at White Mountain Motorsports Park.
PASS South SLM - Just when you think the run for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model championship could not get any tighter it does. Prior to last Saturday's Piedmont Pride 125 at Caraway Speedway, PASS South points leader Corey Williams had a 50 point lead over then, third place driver in points Alex Haase. At Caraway, Williams was involved in a late race accident with Dean Clattenburg while racing for second and finished back in twelfth. Haase managed to come back and finish second after being involved in a spin while battling race long leader Mark Gibson for the top spot. That second place finish by Haase has allowed him and the Kyle Busch owned Toyota team to move in to second in PASS South points just 30 points behind Williams. Perry Brown, who was second in points entering the Piedmont Pride 125, was involved in a wall grinding crash in turn two early in the race resulting in a disappointing 22nd place finish. Brown's early departure has dropped him to third in points leaving him with a lot of work to do to prepare for this weekend's Daniel Boone Classic at the Newport Speedway.
Perhaps the two sleepers for the PASS South championship are fourth in points Mark Gibson and fifth in points Heath Hindman. Gibson and his Yarborough Transfer Company #62 have been one of the hottest cars on the circuit as of late. Gibson has recorded top five finishes in three of the last five races and led all but 25 laps of the Piedmont Pride 125. Car owner Jeff Day says the team has worked hard on few areas of the car that were lacking and the difference in performance has been stark with Gibson moving up to fourth in the PASS South standings just 58 points out of the lead. For Hindman, the last few weeks have been just the opposite of Gibson. Since 2007, Hindman has been consistently won of the fastest cars at each and every PASS South event and that has carried over to 2008. However, where there has been speed for Hindman in 2008, there has not been any luck. Through the first six races, Hindman finished in the top ten in every race but one. In the last three races, though, Hindman has struggled through a combination of crashes and mechanical problems to only average an 18th place finish and fall to fifth in points. But, luck looks to turn around for the native of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, first by racing this weekend in his home state at the Newport Speedway's Daniel Boone Classic. Then, Hindman heads to the Hickory Motor Speedway as the defending winner of the Over the Mountain 150.
Newport Speedway will not be an easy adversary for the drivers of the PASS South Series. At 3/8 of a mile and with corners banked at 24 degrees, regulars of the Newport Speedway like to brag that it is a miniature version of the Bristol Motor Speedway. And, with laps expected at less than 13 seconds in qualifying, many drivers say that by the time you see an accident happen, it's already too late because you are already in it.
Hooter's Pro Cup North veteran Jay Fogleman, fresh off a third place finish in that series first Championship Race held at Mansfield, Ohio, will join a strong group of Newport Speedway Super Late Model drivers in the hopes of taking the coon skin cap away from the PASS South regulars.
Action gets kicked off on Friday, September 5th at the Newport Speedway with practice for the PASS South Super Late Models from 3 PM to 7 PM. On Saturday, September 6th, pit gates open at 2 PM with practice starting at 4PM, and qualifying for the Daniel Boone Classic at 6:30 PM. In addition to the PASS South Super Late Models on the racing card will be the Limited Late Models, Street Stock, Road Rage, and Front Wheel Drive.
PASS Pluffybilt Racing Tractors Sportsman Series - The PASS Sportsmen return to action during APSS 400 weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) on September 20th-21st.
SRL - Jim Petit, III won the recent Flashco SRL event at Altamont Motorsports Park (CA).
Sunbelt SLM - The Sunbelt Series schedule resumes on September 27th at Columbia Motorsports Park (FL).
Jason Fraser in victory lane (ASA NW Photo)
Bub Bilodeau won the 2007 track championship at Beech Ridge. Could he win another one this year? (Jamie Williams Photo)
Super Late Models - Bub Bilodeau took a small step towards another track championship at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway by winning Saturday night's Pro Series (Super Late Model) event there. Steve Jones led from the start, but was passed by last year's PASS Modified Rookie of the Year Chris Smith on lap six. Smith was passed by Bilodeau on lap 27 in a race that went green from start to checkers.
Smith held on for second place. The top five was rounded out by Bill Rodgers, Bobby Babb and Aaron Ricker.
With the final points race of the season coming up this Saturday night, Bilodeau enjoys a slim four point lead over Babb.
Superpro - The Supepro Series returns to action on September 28th at Plymouth Speedway (IN).
TSRS - Cody Smith now knows that there's nothing like coming back home. The familiarity of family and friends was just the medicine that he needed to get back to victory lane after two seasons away from it.
The now 19-year-old (On August 17th) from LaVernia, Texas returned to his roots and raced in the Texas Super Racing Series over the Labor Day Weekend at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas and made the most of his appearance by winning the Back To School 75, sponsored by the H-E-B store located at William Cannon Drive/Brodie Lane in Austin!
The 2006 TSRS Rookie of the Year and Overall Runner-up started on the pole of the 75-lap feature after Qualifying third. The Top Six (6) then redrew for starting positions and Smith drew the "1" pill and would lead the field to the green flag along-side Leander, Texas driver Chris Schild
After a thrilling battle with Schild and then later with Fast Qualifier, Heath Stewart over the last 2/3s of the race, Smith fended off the advances of the Del Valle, Texas veteran to score his first TSRS Feature since the 2006 season.
"That was real exciting to take on seasoned veterans like Heath Stewart, Chris Schild, and Robert Barker," the excited Lone Star State teenager stated. "A couple races ago I was behind Stewart and working on his back bumper, but decided to show him respect and not get into him, he repaid the favor this time around and showed that same respect back."
After Stewart got around Schild for second on Lap 19, Stewart gave Smith all he could handle for the remainder of the race, looking high and low, trying to figure out a way around the 19-year-old. "I just kept running my line and trying to stick to it. When I had the lead my adrenaline was running high; my crew helped keep me calm throughout the race." Smith explained.
"This is what I like about racing with those who respect each other," Continued the LaVernia, Texas driver. "I need to thank my sponsors for everything they have done for me this year. RTM Construction Company, Terry James at TRC Race Cars, Spreen Racing Engines, and Screen Pro Graphics. I also want to thank everyone on my team." He ended.
The next race on the Cody Smith Racing Schedule is at Houston Motorsports Park in Houston, Texas for the Trucks Driver America Terrier Transportation FREE Night featuring FREE General Admission! Smith will be racing in the tracks weekly ASA Racing Pro Late Models division.
In addition to running select races within the Texas Super Racing Series, Smith will also be attending the remainder of the ASA Late Model Series Southern Division events as well as local events back in his home state of Texas at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, Texas and at Houston Motorsports Park in Houston, Texas.
Smith is running with limited sponsorship from RTM Construction Company as well as TRC Race Cars, Spreen Racing Engines, Screen Pro Graphics, M.P.H. Promotions, and Cody Smith Racing.
In addition, Smith and the team are actively seeking additional sponsorship for the remainder of the 2008 racing season as well as for the 2009 campaign.
UARA-STARS - Matt McCall won this past weekend's UARA-STARS race at Tri County Motor Speedway (NC).
USPRO - Dave Gentile, Jr. is the 2008 USPRO champion.
Wisconsin Challenge Series - The Wisconsin Challenge Series is scheduled to be in action this Friday night, September 5th, at Madison International Speedway (WI)
Kyle Busch and David Stremme are both coming back to the Winchester 400 this season.
Cody Smith in victory lane.