Friday - 11:50pm ET - (listen live) - What a wild night here at Wake County Speedway. After 13 cautions, five lead changes and a lot of broken bumpers, the Capital City Clash is in the books. Jay Fogleman has won his second-career PASS South event.
While the victory lane ceremonies were taking place, some finger pointing and name calling occured in the pits. No one was arrested, but we'll have the down and dirty full report on Speed51.com next week.
That's all from Wake County tonight, goodnight!
Unofficial Results of the PASS South Capital City Clash
Friday - 10:38pm ET - (listen live) - There are some fireworks in the pit area between the crews of Heath Hindman and Preston Peltier. Police have been called to where they are at.
We are heading trackside. We will be back before the end of the night with more.
Friday - 10:37pm ET - (listen live) - Jay Fogleman has won the Capital City Clash. Ben Rowe finished second with Justin Wakefield third, Preston Peltier fourth and Heath Hindman fifth. Friday - 10:36pm ET - (listen live) - Jay Fogleman held the lead on the restart It is his race to lose. Friday - 10:32pm ET - (listen live) - YELLOW FLAG LAP 144 : We could see it coming. Preston Peltier was all over the back of Justin Wakefield for a few laps. Going into turn one, he hit the back of Wakefield, sending him for a ride in turn one. He didn't hit the wall though. Preston Peltier was sent to the rear for the incident.
Jay Fogleman, Ben Rowe, David Clark, Justin Wakefield, Preston Peltier
Friday - 10:31pm ET - (listen live) - Jay Fogleman held serve on the restart, with nine cars currently on the track. Ben Rowe is second, followed by Justin Wakefield, Preston Peltier and Heath Hindman. There are 136 laps on the board.
Ryan Blaney did make it back out on the track, but he is slow and is dragging something on the right front.
Friday - 10:27pm ET - (listen live) - YELLOW FLAG LAP 131 : As Justin Wakefield went to the outside and was getting passed for position by Ben Rowe, Ryan Blaney tried to get in the spot in turn three before Wakefield could turn down. When Wakefield and Blaney made contact, which appeared to cut down the right front tire on Blaney's car. He about hit the wall going into turn one, bringing out the yellow.
Top four: Jay Fogleman, Ben Rowe, Justin Wakefield, Heath Hindman
Blaney has hit pit road a few times, once to change the tire, and now it looks like they are looking for something bent on his car.
Friday - 10:24pm ET - (listen live) - Justin Wakefield's car sounds like it is backfiring and having issues. He has slowed just a tad, allowing Jay Fogleman to get the lead back. Wakefield still rides in second though.
There are 25 laps left.
Friday - 10:23pm ET - (listen live) - Justin Wakefield still holds the lead after a bit of green flag racing. Jay Fogleman still sits second with Ben Rowe, Ryan Blaney and Heath Hindman filling out the rest of the top five. There are 30 laps remaining. Friday - 10:18pm ET - (listen live) - Justin Wakefield hung it out on the outside, taking the lead after a side by side battle for the top spot with Jay Fogleman, just after the restart. Ben Rowe rides in third with Ryan Blaney fourth. Friday - 10:16pm ET - (listen live) - The problem now is time. Wake County Speedway has an 11:00pm curfew, which is county mandated. There are still over 50 laps left and just 45 minutes left to get that in as well as two local division races (Limited Late Models and U-Cars).
Jay Fogleman leads Justin Wakefield, Ben Rowe, Ryan Blaney and Heath Hindman
Friday - 10:14pm ET - (listen live) - YELLOW FLAG LAP 96 : Preston Peltier went for a spin in turn one after contact with Heath Hindman. Friday - 10:07pm ET - (listen live) - YELLOW FLAG LAP 94 : On the restart, Joe Heigl hit the back of John Batten going into turn one, sending Batten's car around. He backed it into the wall pretty hard.
During the yellow, Cassius Clark made a pitstop and it appeared they made a tire pressure change. Jeff Fultz did lean into the window to talk to Clark. We are not sure why. They do work together as Clark works out of Fultz's shop.
Top five: Jay Fogleman, Justin Wakefield, Ben Rowe, Preston Peltier, Heath Hindman
Friday - 10:02pm ET - (listen live) - YELLOW FLAG LAP 93 : Rick Frenette spun on the front stretch before going into turn one.
Top five: Jay Fogleman, Justin Wakefield, Ben Rowe, Preston Peltier, Heath Hindman
There are 13 cars on the track.
Friday - 10:01pm ET - (listen live) - Jay Fogleman still has the lead, but Justin Wakefield has been diving low on him every lap. Ben Rowe is third with Preston Peltier fourth and Heath Hindman fifth. There are 90 laps complete. Friday - 9:56pm ET - (listen live) - Jeff Fultz wasn't too happy with Ryan Blaney. He drove his car towards the pits, but couldn't make it all the way in, stopping in turn four. A few observers said he gave some sort of hand gesture to Blaney as he went by, then Fultz exited his car and walked to Blaney's pits to discuss the issue with his team. He has since walked away.
Blaney was put to the rear of the field by the PASS officials.
Jay Fogleman leads Justin Wakefield.
Friday - 9:54pm ET - (listen live) - YELLOW FLAG LAP 75 : Ryan Blaney appeared to get loose in turn two with Jeff Fultz on his outside. They made contact, sending Fultz into the turn two wall hard. Friday - 9:52pm ET - (listen live) - Jay Fogleman still leads, but there is a huge fight for positions in the top six. Friday - 9:48pm ET - (listen live) - YELLOW FLAG LAP 63 : Joe Heigl spun in turn two, bringing out the yellow. Up front, there was a scramble when they came up on Heigl's car as the yellow was just coming out. Jay Fogleman was passed, but they gave him the lead back due to the spun car of Heigl being on the track and the yellow being displayed. Friday - 9:46pm ET - (listen live) - Jay Fogleman held the top spot on the restart with Justin Wakefield running a close second. Jeff Fultz is third, but the storm might behind him. Preston Peltier runs fourth with Ryan Blaney in fifth. Those two had issues back at Orange County a race ago and it appears they aren't done having issues after the earlier incident. Blaney has looked a few times low on Peltier, but hasn't moved him. Friday - 9:37pm ET - (listen live) - YELLOW FLAG LAP 48 : Just after the restart, John Batten bounced off the backstretch wall, causing a pileup as they tried to squeeze by him. Involved were Cassius Clark (who is being put on the hook), Joe Heigl, Bill Pierce, Tayla Orleans and Trey Mitchell.
Top five are: Jay Fogleman, Justin Wakefield, Jeff Fultz, Ryan Blaney, Preston Peltier
Friday - 9:35pm ET - (listen live) - The restart appears that it will be Justin Wakefield, Jay Fogleman, Ryan Blaney, Jeff Fultz, Heath Hindman. Preston Peltier is sixth and Ben Rowe is ninth.
Devin Jones stopped on the track during this yellow and needed a push to the pits. None of the leaders or those involved in the wreck pitted, which is interesting considering the visual damage we can see to some of the cars.
Friday - 9:32pm ET - (listen live) - YELLOW FLAG LAP 47 : It appeared that Preston Peltier missed a shift or spun the tires, giving the lead to Ryan Blaney going into turn one on the restart. Going into turn three, Peltier appeared to divebomb Ryan Blaney hardcore, getting up on the side of Blaney's car, stacking up the field, causing some damage to a few cars, including Ben Rowe. Friday - 9:24pm ET - (listen live) - YELLOW FLAG LAP 46 : Trey Mitchell got in the back of Heath Hindman, turning his car. The rest of the field stacked up and stopped trying to avoid them.
Preston Peltier held serve up front. Ryan Blaney runs second, Justin Wakefield third, Ben Rowe fourth and Jeff Fultz fifth.
Friday - 9:21pm ET - (listen live) - Michael Pope pulled into the pits after losing second to Ryan Blaney on the track right before the yellow. They took the hood off and now Pope is out of the car, so it looks like his day is done.
Current top five: Preston Peltier, Ryan Blaney, Justin Wakefield, Ben Rowe, Jeff Fultz
Friday - 9:19pm ET - (listen live) - YELLOW FLAG LAP 42 : Devin Jones spun in turn two on his own. Friday - 9:18pm ET - (listen live) - The hood on Clay Jones' car flipped up and was blocking his windshield completely. He drove around the track nearly two laps at speed with it like that before coming in the pits. He went back out, but is now back in the pits.
Peltier still leads Michael Pope with Ryan Blaney third. Devin Jones is fourth as Joe Heigl has dropped back in the top 10.
Friday - 9:16pm ET - (listen live) - Preston Peltier retained the top spot, but on the restart he appeared to drive Michael Pope up the hill going into turn one. Randy Smith, the PASS flagman, pointed at Peltier as he went by, so he might have just got a warning from the officials for that. Friday - 9:10pm ET - (listen live) - YELLOW FLAG LAP 21 : Alex Fleming got under Mark Gibson going into turn three, hopped over the rear of his car and stacked up the field as Gibson spun around.
Also involved was Spencer Wauters, David Clark, John Batten, Cassius Clark, Rick Frenette and Jim Kelley. Most appear to have minor damage. Cassius Clark did lose a fender and pit road is quite active.
Preston Peltier still leads with Michael Pope second, who got that spot on the prior restart. Devin Jones is third and Joe Heigl runs fourth.
Friday - 9:06pm ET - (listen live) - YELLOW FLAG LAP 17 : Rick Frenette got in the back of Bill Pearce in turn two, spinning him around.
Top five: Preston Peltier, Joe Heigl, Michael Pope, Devin Jones, Ben Rowe
Friday - 9:03pm ET - (listen live) - Preston Peltier got the early jump and leads with five laps in the books. Joe Heigl rides in second with Michael Pope in third.
Bradley McCaskill has headed to pit road as planned in the backup car.
Friday - 9:02pm ET - (listen live) - GREEN FLAG - Joe Heigl and Preston Peltier leads the field to the start of the race. Friday - 8:58pm ET - (listen live) - The engines have been fired and the cars are circulating around the track, getting ready for the green. Friday - 8:56pm ET - (listen live) - The drivers are being introduced to the fans.
Just a reminder on the PASS South Series. The start and every restart is double file with all lead lap cars up front and the lapped cars behind (the first lapped car at a caution will get the "lucky dog" and will get a lap back). Also, the flagman starts every restart, not the leader. If a driver jumps the restart, it is a $500 fine.
Friday - 8:51pm ET - (listen live) - Joe Heigl will start on the point after the redraw. Here is the starting lineup. PosNo.Name 115HJoe Heigl 226Preston Peltier 335Devin Jones 451Michael Pope 598Justin Wakefield 64NBen Rowe 715Clay Jones 8OOJordon Napier 910Ryan Blaney 108Cassius Clark 1167Jeff Fultz 1234David Clark 1347mTrey Mitchell 142Tim Nooner 1562Mark Gibson 165Spencer Wauters 1748John Batten 185Alex Fleming 194SJay Fogleman 2091Heath Hindman 21K7Jim Kelley 2218Bradley McCaskill 2393Tayla Orleans 2478Bill Pearce 2530Rick Frenette Friday - 8:35pm ET - (listen live) - Grant Davidson has won the PASS Trucks feature, his third win in a row. Davidson was the points leader heading into tonight's race, so he will extend his points lead even further.
He was followed by Clint King and Ben Ebling.
Next up is the Capital City Clash Super Late Model race.
Friday - 8:32pm ET - (listen live) - 10 laps remain in the PASS Trucks feature. Grant Davidson has been on cruise control up front while Clint King has moved into second, putting Ben Ebeling to third. Friday - 8:28pm ET - (listen live) - 15 laps are on the board in the 50-lap PASS Truck event, and so far it has been a runaway by Grant Davidson. Ben Ebeling runs second, followed by Clint King. Friday - 8:21pm ET - (listen live) - The National Anthem has been sung and the engines have been fired for the PASS Truck feature. Make sure to click the listen live link to listen to the call of the Truck Series race. We will have updates here as well during the event, prior to the flag to flag coverage of the PASS South Super Late Model Capital City Clash. Friday - 8:00pm ET - (listen live) - PASS South competitor Duane Linville is not here racing. In fact, Linville isn't able to do much of anything at the moment. As seen on Speed51.com's Trackside Now from Orange County Speedway (NC) a few weeks ago (here), Linville took a hard hit into the turn one wall. He was able to get out ok, but we have since found out he was injured.
According to PASS officials, Linville suffered a broken shoulder and four ribs. Not only can he not race, he is not able to work. Here tonight, instead of a meet and greet with the drivers on the track, the PASS South Super Late Model racers have made their way into the grandstands with their helmets, collecting donations to give to Linville during his recovery time.
Speed51.com wishes Linville a speedy recovery.
Friday - 7:50pm ET - (listen live) - An interesting photo of Justin Wakefield from today's action has been uploaded to the Speed51.com Facebook page exclusively. Head on over to the facebook fan page to view the photo by clicking here. Friday - 7:40pm ET - (listen live) - We are hearing that Alex Haase, last year's winner of the Capital City Clash, is on his way to the track to watch tonight's event. Friday - 7:33pm ET - (listen live) - Ben Rowe has set fast time in PASS South Super Late Model qualifying. The top 10 will redraw for starting position later in the evening.
Super Late Models: Qualifying Results
298Justin Wakefield12.935 2218Bradley McCaskill13.25
(note: we had the wrong times up momentarily ... they have been corrected)
Bradley McCaskill will start at the rear of the field.
Friday - 7:25pm ET - (listen live) - Truck qualifying results. Friday - 7:13pm ET - (listen live) - Clint King has set fast time in the PASS Trucks. Next up is the Super Late Model qualifying. Friday - 7:08pm ET - (listen live) - The PASS Trucks have just started their qualifying session. Next up is the PASS South Super Late Models. Friday - 7:00pm ET - (listen live) - Tune in to www.racetalkradio.com now for audio live coverage of tonight's events here at Wake County Speedway. "Kickin' Asphalt" will start the radio coverage of the event, then it will go right into the exclusive PASS radio coverage. We will still be covering the action here on Trackside Now, giving you fans two ways to follow the action here tonight if you cannot make it to the track.
Friday - 6:30pm ET - Qualifying is just about 30 minutes away. We are going to go chat with some drivers and be back shortly.
Friday - 5:48pm ET - Ben Rowe was the fastest in the final Super Late Model practice.
Super Late Models: Third Practice Results
Friday - 5:45pm ET - The final Super Late Model practice is in the books. We will have results shortly.
Friday - 5:40pm ET - This is a first for Speed51.com.
Patricia Pahle, a long time fan of Speed51.com, posted on our new facebook page about coming to this race. Well, she made her way up to where we are stationed here in the tower and brought us a red rose from her own back yard, just to say thanks for coming to this event and supporting short track racing.
Thank you Patricia!
Friday - 5:35pm ET - Corey Latham from Race22.com just made his way up to the booth and gave us a bit of info. Apparently Bradley McCaskill broke a rocker arm on his car. He will start and park Jay Fogleman's backup car for points tonight.
Friday - 5:25pm ET - The final Super Late Model practice is on track.
Friday - 5:10pm ET - PASS North points leader Cassius Clark and PASS South points leader Ben Rowe are both here with different cars than they race up north. Rowe is using the car he won at Hickory while Clark is using his own stuff from back home, which is the same car he used at both Hickory and Orange County. Both drivers will be at Unity Raceway (ME) next week for the next PASS North event.
As an interesting sidebar, our own Elgin "Stat Boy" Trayler found out that on this day in 1886, Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton invented a carbonated beverage, which was later named Coca-Cola. Last week in the NASCAR Cup Series, Kyle Busch won on his birthday. Can Clark win today on his sponsor's birthday?
Friday - 5:05pm ET - The local Limited Late Models are on track for practice.
Friday - 4:45pm ET - Jim Kelley is another local racer here at Wake County Speedway today. He is a five-time track champion and "was" won of the favorites here last week, but we are hearing that he roughed his way to a win last week, so that might not be the case now.
Friday - 4:42pm ET - The 25th Super Late Model has made his way to the track. David Clark, another local racer here at WCS, just drove his #34 SLM down to the pit area and will compete tonight in the big dance.
Friday - 4:40pm ET - The Truck practice has concluded. Justin Crider spun his truck in turn two at the end of practice and almost got hit by Clint King, but both were able to get righted.
Friday - 4:35pm ET - The Trucks are back on the track.
Friday - 4:30pm ET - The second practice for the Super Late Models is in the books. Once again it was Devin Jones leading the way.
Super Late Models: Second Practice Results
498Justin Wakefield13.245 1418Bradley McCaskill13.399
Friday - 4:05pm ET - The PASS Trucks first practice has concluded. We will not have times on them, but it appears there are about nine trucks. During the session, Clint King spun his #07 truck in turn two. Justin Crider nosed his #7 truck lightly into the door of King's truck. They were both able to continue.
The Super Late Models are back on the track for their second practice.
Friday - 4:00pm ET - We are hearing that Alex Fleming broke something in the rear end of his car. They are working on fixing it.
Friday - 3:55pm ET - Devin Jones turned the fastest lap during the first round of practice for the Super Late Models.
Super Late Models: First Practice Results
1498Justin Wakefield13.459 2018Bradley McCaskill13.694
*note: Jay Fogleman did practice, but his transponder didn't pick up.
Friday - 3:44pm ET - The first practice for the Super Late Models has ended. Next up is the practice for the PASS Trucks.
Friday - 3:33pm ET - Hat trick. Spencer Wauters just looped his #5 machine in turn two as well, making three spinners in the same corner during this practice session.
Friday - 3:15pm ET - Turn two got another looper. The #30 of Rick Frenette went for a spin, but righted it and kept going. A few laps later, he just about hit the wall over in the same spot, so he might be having some handling issues.
Friday - 3:05pm ET - Tim Nooner was the first driver to go for a loop on the track. He ended up backwards in turn two. He was able to get his car spun back around and headed into the pits. It didn't look like he hit anything.
Friday - 2:59pm ET - The PASS South Super Late Models are on the track, getting ready to take the green flag for their first practice session. There are over 16 cars on the track right now during this session, so it could get dicey.
Friday - 2:40pm ET - A few late arrivals to the pit area include the #4 of Jay Fogleman, and the #48 of John Batten. Also, the #15 of Joe Heigl and #30 of Rick Frenette are here, making 24 Super Late Models here at this tight bullring track. That is twice the field that was here last year for this event.
Friday - 2:20pm ET - A couple track facts:
Wake County Speedway is in it's 47th consecutive year of operation.
The track has an 11:00pm curfew, enforced by the county.
Friday - 2:18pm ET - As the cars and stars of the PASS South Super Late Model Series rolled into Wake County Speedway, we tried to get a count of cars and who is here. We might be missing some, but here is what we have at the moment:
135Devin Jones 291Heath Hindman 351Michael Pope 418Bradley McCaskill 5O5Alex Fleming 6K7Jim Kelley 747Trey Mitchell 878Bill Pearce 915Clay Jones 104NBen Rowe 1198Justin Wakefield 1267Jeff Fultz 1310Ryan Blaney 1462Mark Gibson 1588David Pollen Jr. 168Cassius Clark 17O2Tim Nooner 1826Preston Peltier 195Spencer Wauters 2093Tayla Orleans
Friday - 2:15pm ET - The weather looks good for tonight's race, according to the latest radar images and forcast. It is currently in the low 80s with a chance for some scattered thunderstorms, but right now it is dry. There is a system that looks like it will hit the track around the first practice time, but it has been breaking up a bit over the last two hours, so hopefully it will miss us completely.
Friday - 2:10pm ET - While you read along here and listen during the race on Race Talk Radio, you can discuss the events at WCS in the Speed51.com Short Track Discussion Forum at Motorsports Lounge by clicking here.
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Friday - 2:05pm ET - Besides the Speed51.com Trackside Now coverage of the Capital City Clash, PASS will broadcast live audio from the track on RaceTalkRadio.com, starting at approximately 7:00pm Eastern. The Trackside Now coverage will continue throughout the race, so you can listen online and read about the happenings at the track.
Friday - 2:00pm ET - Welcome to Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the "Capital City Clash" PASS South Super Late Model event. There are multiple divisions on the racing card today. Here is the schedule, as provided by the track:
1:00pm Pit Gates Open
3:00 – 3:45 PASS Super Late
3:45 – 4:00 PASS Trucks
4:00 – 4:20 PASS Super Late
4:20 – 4:30 PASS Trucks
4:30 – 5:00 Break
5:00 – 5:15 Limited Late Models
5:15 – 5:30 U Cars
5:30 – 5:45 PASS Super Late
5:45 – 5:55 PASS Trucks
5:55 – 6:05 Limited Late Models
6:05 – 6:15 U Cars
6:20 PASS Drivers Meeting @ Scale Area
7:00 PASS Truck Time Trials
PASS Super Late Models Time Trials
Heat Races To Follow
Limited Late Models 7 Laps
U Cars 7 Laps
8:00 – 8:15 Feature Events to Begin
PASS Truck Feature Laps TBA
PASS Super Late Models 150 Laps
Limited Late Models 30 Laps
U Cars 25 Laps