Friday, 09:30pm ET - That is it for today's action. Swing back by Speed51.com Saturday for continuing coverage of the sixth annual North South Shootout.
Friday, 09:00pm ET - Jeff Melton won the Street Stock 50-lap feature, then promptly caught on fire in turn one trying to get to victory lane. He was able to get out ok, but had to run down to victory lane while his car sat in turn one with the safety crews removing it from the track.
Friday, 08:35pm ET - With qualifying completed for the Modifieds, here is a list of who is not locked in the field, forcing them to race in the consi (and guaranteed spots) to see who gets in the sixth annual North-South Shootout:
MODIFIEDS: NOT LOCKED IN YET AFTER QUALS AND HEATS
Chris Whitenight, Jr
Richie Kuiken, Jr
Friday, 08:30pm ET - The final heat race for the Mods is in the books. To no surprise, Ted Christopher dominated the event, wire to wire. Chuck Hossfeld finished second while Les Hinckley took third. Woody Pitkat was in the transfer spot, but with two laps to go, Bobby Santos III drove around Pitkat to take the final transfer spot.
Friday, 08:20pm ET - The fourth and last Modified heat is next. Here is the lineup:
136Ted Christopher 206Les Hinckley 398hChuck Hossfeld 488Woody Pitkat 534sJosh Nichols 698nBobby Santos III 775Carl Pasteryak 898sRichie Kuiken, Jr 94nBarry Callavini
Friday, 08:19pm ET - Jimmy Blewett won the third heat race over Eric Beers. Glen Reen hung onto third while Earl Paules moved his way by Pete Brittain for fourth. Brittain held onto fifth, but it was one spot short of the transfer.
There were two yellows again in this heat. Racing for the transfer spot, Jason Trinchere made contact with Brittain, sliding himself sideways and coming to a rest in turn two. Trinchere brought out the second caution as well, spinning in turn four with just a handful of laps remaining in the heat.
Friday, 08:09pm ET - The third Modified heat is next. Here is the lineup:
119Jimmy Blewett 29Eric Beers 376Jason Trinchere 417nGlen Reen 58nEarl Paules 666Pete Brittain 78sJay Mize 817sChris Whitenight, Jr 903 Luke Fleming
Friday, 08:07pm ET - George Brunnhoelzl III won the second heat from the pole. Ryan Preece raced his way up to second with Rowan Pennik and Ronnie Silk rounding out the top four. Rick Kluth was fifth, missing the transfer by one spot.
During the race, there were two yellows. The first occured right around the transfer spot when Daren Scherer spun in turn two. Kenny Horton spun to avoid. The second yellow was for Horton spinning in turn four.
Friday, 07:57pm ET - The second Modified heat is next. Here is the lineup:
128George Brunnhoelzl III 293Rowan Pennik 33Daren Scherer 440Ryan Preece 544Rick Kluth 629Kenny Horton 779xRonnie Silk 834nRusty Smith 922Lloyd Agor
Friday, 07:54pm ET - Brian Loftin went to the point and won the first heat race. Todd Szegedy, Frank Fleming and Thomas Farrell III rounded out the top four and all transferred into the feature.
The only yellow in the race occured when Flemke and Jason Myers had contact in turn four, causing both to spin. Flemke was able to make it back to fifth, but was unable to get in the big show via this heat race.
Friday, 07:45pm ET - The Modifieds are on track for the first of four heat races. Here is the lineup:
12Todd Szegedy 223Brian Loftin 307Frank Fleming 408Thomas Farrell III 54sJason Myers 699Jamie Tomaino 779Ed Flemke 8659Danny Bohn 931Gene Pack
Friday, 07:43pm ET - Ron Yuhas, Jr. took the final heat race checkered flag ahead of Rob Janovic, Jr, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Pete Brittain and Adam Cicero.
During the race, Earnhardt, in his first SK Modified event, made contact with Brittain in turn three, then again in turn one, sending Brittain into the spin cycle, bringing out the yellow. . Both were able to continue and make it into the feature.
Friday, 07:36pm ET - The third SK Modifieds heat race is on track, about to take the green flag. Here is the starting lineup:
14Ron Yuhas, Jr. 251Rob Janovic, Jr 311Pete Brittain 48EJeffrey Earnhardt 561Richie Evans, Jr 627Adam Cicero 76Jeff Rocco 83Henry Stampfl
Friday, 07:35pm ET - Ted Christopher took an easy win in the second heat race. Eric Beers was second, followed by Ryan Preece, Rick Kluth and Richard Knapp, Jr. The rest head to the consi.
Friday, 07:29pm ET - The second of three SK Modifieds heat races is on track, about to take the green flag. Here is the starting lineup for the second race:
100Ted Christopher 281Ryan Preece 35Eric Beers 448Rick Kluth 51Richard Knapp, Jr 68PPatti Pruitt 777Mike Carpenter 838Robert Schwartz, Jr
Friday, 07:28pm ET - Tommy Cravenho held off Jimmy Blewett to take the victory in the first SK heat race. Blewett was all over the back of Cravenho, racing like he way trying to win a feature event. The two made contact a few times, but all 15 laps were caution free. Shaun Carrig, Jimmy Zacharias and Marc Nappi rounded out the top five. The rest have to race their way in through the consi, according to the announcers.
Friday, 07:22pm ET - The first of three SK Modifieds heat races is on track, about to take the green flag. Here is the starting lineup for the first race:
131Tommy Cravenho 291Shaun Carrig 312BJimmy Blewett 471Jimmy Zacharias 512FKevin Flockhart, Jr 614Marc Nappi 774Sherri Hogan 845Gary Young, Jr
Friday, 07:19pm ET - Pete Brittain took the checkered flag first in the Vintage Modifieds heat race.
Friday, 07:08pm ET - The two Super Modified heat races are in the books. Dave McKnight won the first heat race over Bobby Santos, while David Shullick, Jr. won the second heat over Charlie Schultz.
Friday, 07:00pm ET - Besides Mike Herman, Jr. watching Speed51.com's Trackside Now from Phoenix, we have learned there are many NASCAR-affiliated folks checking out the site on their laptop to find out how their friends are doing at the North-South Shootout. Tony Hirschman, Jr. has been one of the guys checking out the site as well as Kevin "Bono" Manion and the whole #1 Cup team.
Friday, 06:55pm ET - Mike Herman Jr. is literally heartbroken that he cannot be at the North vs. South Shootout this year, but we are told that he is keeping track of what's going on from afar. Herman is spotting for NASCAR Nationwide Series and Gibbs development driver Marc Davis at the Phoenix Int'l Raceway this weekend. In between practices today he has been stopping by the Racing Electronics bus in the infield of PIR and hoping on the computer to check out Speed51.com and all the happenings from Concord, which is more than 2,000 miles across the country from where he is.
Herman was supposed to be racing, but had to withdraw due to the economy issues.
Friday, 06:30pm ET - Heat races for the support divisions are up next.
Friday, 06:28pm ET - Qualifying for the Modifieds has concluded, and Burt Myers took the fast qualifier position for tomorrow's event. The top-four in qualifying are locked in and the rest will race in heats and the consi to set the field.
Here is the results from the Modified qualifying session:
35Charlie Pasteryak15.290 628George Brunnhoelzl III15.315 1576Jason Trinchere15.379 1698hChuck Hossfeld15.379 1708Thomas Farrell III15.379 2998nBobby Santos III15.496 3517sChris Whitenight, Jr15.663 3698sRichie Kuiken, Jr15.678 404nBarry Callavini16.811
Friday, 05:40pm ET - Ronnie Silk has set fast time in the SK Modifieds qualifying. We will have the complete list from qualifying once we receive it from the track.
Next up is the Modifieds qualifying session.
Friday, 05:17pm ET - Qualifying has begun. We will have updates once each division completes their session.
Friday, 05:15pm ET - While the officials waited for the sun to go down behind the trees, they decided to go ahead and sing the National Anthems (Canadian and American). Those as well as the invocation have been completed and the sun is down below the trees, so it should be just a few more moments before qualifying begins.
Friday, 05:05pm ET - We are moment away from qualifying. Up first is the SK Modifieds. We are in a waiting pattern though as officials are hoping the sun goes down just a bit more in the sky. The location of the sun right now causes a major blind spot to drivers as they exit turns one and two and head into the dogleg on the backstretch, one of the most critial parts of the track.
It shouldn't be too long before the sun is down below the tree line, which will curb the issue.
Friday, 04:50pm ET - The driver's meeting has concluded, and we are about 10 minutes away from the start of qualifying.
During the driver's meeting, the format for tonight was told to the drivers. Here is what we know:
There are 42 Modifieds here. The top four drivers from qualifying will be locked into the show. From there, there will be four heat races, 20 laps each in length. The top three from each heat advance into the big show. The rest of the field will be determined by the consi race and guaranteed spots, for a 33 or 34 car field.
The SKs will time trial as well as having three 15-lap heat races.
There will be a 15-lap heat race for the Supers. There appears to be about 13 cars on hand.
ROLLING THUNDER MODS
There will be a 12-lap Rolling Thunder heat race.
There will be an eight-lap heat race.
STREET STOCK FEATURE
The only feature of the night, which is for the Street Stocks, is currently scheduled for 50 laps, but may be cut short due to low car count. They will have a 10-lap heat race.
Friday, 04:15pm ET - All practice sessions have completed. Up next is qualifying for all divisions.
Friday, 02:55pm ET - After a walk through the pit area, it is time for a generous helping of pit notes. Here is what we have found:
- Hillbilly Racing is fielding two cars here at the North-South Shootout and it is a reunion of sorts. In addition to the neon orange #79 of regular driver Ronnie Silk, the team has also rolled out a silver Modified for former driver Eddie Flemke, Jr. - who drove to many race wins and a runner-up finish in the NASCAR Modified Tour standings - when he drove for the team earlier this decade.
- Jerry Marquis is here walking around the pits. The former NASCAR Modified Tour champion isn't racing, to the disappointment of many of his longtime fans. Instead, he is strolling around in street clothes and visiting many of his old friends. Marquis moved from New England to North Carolina earlier this season and is looking for an opportunity to work full-time for a team in the Charlotte area.
- For awhile, it looked like the legendary #00 Brady Bunch Modified team would be skipping this year's North-South Shootout. But they have shown up here with young connecticut driver Keith Roucco behind the wheel of their car - which was last raced in the All-Star Challenge Series finale at All-Star Speedway a few weeks ago by Teddy Christopher.
- One team that is not here today is the #09 operation of Bobby Grigas, III. The team planned to run both the Tour-type Modified and SK Modified races this weekend and practiced at the track last week. They appear to have loaded up to go back to New England early though.
- Chuck Hossfeld is driving the #96 H&H Motorsports Troyer this weekend.
- True Value Modified Racing Series champion Chris Pasteryak is here this weekend, but he's not racing. Pastreyak is serving as the crew chief on his father Charlie's metallic blue #5 Modified. He did report that he suited up and turned some practice laps with the car yesterday though. Also helping out the team this weekend is former Waterford Speedbowl (CT) Late Model champion Tim Jordan.
- Several drivers, including Ted Christopher, Jimmy Blewett, Kenny Horton and Earl Paules are doing double-duty this weekend - racing both in the Tour Modified and SK Modified events.
- Part-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Doug Coby isn't in the Tour-type Modified field this weekend, but he is here racing his own #10 SK Modified.
- Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) SK Modified driver Lloyd Agor is driving a second MSR Modified this weekend as a teammate to Todd Szegedy. Agor has the #22 on his Mod.
- The #31 Modified of Gene Pack has the words 'Thank You Son" on the passenger's side roof in tribute to Brian Pack, who passed away in a motorcycle wreck earlier this year. The Packs have been fixtures of the North-South Shootout for several years.
- Glen Reen is a surprise entrant in the North-South Shootout. The 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year won last year's NSS SK Light feature, but after a wreck at the season-ending Mod Tour race at Thompson, he pretty much decided to skip the Shootout. But you can't keep a good racer down and Reen's team rebuilt their car to come here anyways. They did a fine job of that, placing in the top 15 of their practice sessions.
Friday, 02:00pm ET - The distance between Phoenix, Arizona, and Concord, North Carolina, is over 2000 miles, but that didn't stop Bobby Santos III from racing in both cities, a day apart.
Thursday night, Santos raced in the Copper World Classic Midget race. He was running up in the top five before mechanical issues took him out of the event with just a few laps to go.
Today, Santos is planning on practicing and qualifying a Super Modified in the North South Shootout. Santos shows that distance between tracks doesn't matter when you are a hard-core racer.
Friday, 01:10pm ET - While practice continues here at Concord Motorsport Park, check out the list of drivers that are either here or expected to be here (pre-registered). The list below was provided by CMP track officials:
03 Luke Fleming 06Les Hinckley 07Frank Fleming 08Thomas Farrell III 00Keith Roucco 1Burt Myers 2Todd Szegedy 3Daren Scherer 4sJason Myers 4nBarry Callavini 5Charlie Pasteryak 8nEarl Paules 8sJay Mize 9Eric Beers 15Mike Herman Jr (on pre-entry list, but not here) 17sChris Whitenight, Jr 17nGlen Reen 19Jimmy Blewett 22Lloyd Agor 23Brian Loftin 28George Brunnhoelzl III 29Kenny Horton 31Gene Pack 34sJosh Nichols 34nRusty Smith 36Ted Christopher 40Ryan Preece 44Rick Kluth 45Erick Rudolph 60Matt Hirschman 66Pete Brittain 68Johnny Bush 75Carl Pasteryak 76Jason Trinchere 79Ronnie Silk 79xEd Flemke 88Woody Pitkat 93Rowan Pennink 98sRichie Kuiken, Jr 98nBobby Santos 98hChuck hossfeld 99Jamie Tomaino 659Danny Bohn
0Ted Christopher 1Ricky Knapp 3Henry Stampfl 4Ron Yuhas, Jr. 5Eric Beers 6Keith Rocco 8fThomas Garrell III 8pPatti Pruitt 8eJeffrey Earnhardt 10Doug Coby 11Pete Brittan 12bJimmy Blewett 12fKevin Flockheart, Jr 14Mark Nappi 19Kenny Horton 24Danny Cates 27Adam LaCicero 31Thomas Cravenho, Jr 38Robert Schwartz, Jr 45Gary Young, Jr 48Rick Kluth 51Rob Janovic, Jr 55Steven Reed 58Ronnie Silk 61Richie Evan, Jr 71Jimmy Zacharias 74Sherri Hogan 76Jason Trinchere 77Michael Carpenter 81Ryan Preece 91Shawn Carrig
3dDoug Didero 3bRandy Burch 7Charlie Schultz 9Bobby Santos III 14Scott Martel 61Dave Shullick, Jr 77Tim Ice 78Mark Sammut 84Mike Lichty 85Jeff Russell 92Larry Lehnert 94Dave McKnight, Jr 97Rob Summers
VINTAGE MODIFIEDS (according to track officials, 12 to 13 cars are expected by tomorow)
3Kenneth Deese 13Randy McAnulty 14Pete Brittain 40Anthony Colosimo 50Ken Pullen 77David Poskitt
ROLLING THUNDER MODIFIEDS
list not provided at this time
list not provided at this time
Friday, 12:00pm ET - Even though the main action of the North-South Shootout takes place on the half-mile oval, this season there were additional races and days added to the big event. The November Nightmare events took place Wednesday and Thursday on the quarter-mile oval, just outside turn two of the big track. Legends Cars, Bandoleros, Stadium Stocks and Ford Focus Midgets took to the track for two nights of racing. Who won the events? Visit Speed51.com's sister site LegendsNation.com for a list of the winners.
Friday, 11:30am ET - We are working on getting a complete driver roster of who is here. Once we get that, we will pass it along.
Friday, 11:00am ET - The weather is absolutely beautiful here at CMP. It is currently 70 degrees and sunny with the temperature to top out around the mid-70s mark. Rain is supposed to enter the area, but it is not scheduled to hit Concord until late tonight and be gone early in the AM on Saturday, so at this moment, we do not predict any drops to hit the area during the on-track action.
Friday, 10:30am ET - Good morning from Concord Motorsport Park in Concord, North Carolina, for the sixth annual North-South Shootout. There will be plenty of racing action on track today and tomorrow on the half-mile oval for fans of the Modifieds. If you cannot make it to the track, follow along here at Speed51.com as we provide updates both days.
Here is the schedule for today's on-track action:
ROUND ONE PRACTICE
10:30 AM - 10:55 AM : Modifieds
10:55 AM - 11:10 AM : Street Stocks
11:10 AM - 11:25 AM : Vintage Divisions
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM : SK-Type Modifieds
12:15 PM - 01:00 PM : Super Modifieds
01:10 PM - 01:30 PM : Rolling Thunder Modifieds
ROUND TWO PRACTICE:
01:35 PM - 02:05 PM : Modifieds
02:10 PM - 02:30 PM : Street Stocks
02:35 PM - 02:55 PM : Vintage Divisions
03:00 PM - 03:25 PM : SK-Type Modifieds
03:35 PM - 04:10 PM : Super Modifieds
04:20 PM - 04:40 PM : Rolling Thunder Modifieds
04:45 PM: MANDITORY DRIVER'S MEETING
05:00 PM: QUALIFYING
SK-Type Modified Time Trials
Modified Time Trials
Street Stock Heat Races
Super Heat Races
Vintage Heat Races
SK-Type Modified Heat Races
Rolling Thunder Modified Heat Races
Modified Heat Races
STREET STOCK FEATURE