51's Weekend Update
Who Has Been Winning This Weekend
Compiled From various Series and Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, 5-11-09, 10:40am

ACT – The American Canadian Tour Late Model race at Airborne Speedway (NY) was postponed from Saturday night unitl Sunday due to rain.  When it take roll off, ACT point leader Scott Payea took down the victory.

1) Payea  2) Randy Potter  3) Brad Leighton  4) Donald Theetge  5) Brent Dragon

ARCA - James Buescher and Justin Lofton traded the lead back and forth officially four times. Then they traded paint coming to the white flag in the tri-oval before Buescher bounced off and then drove off to victory lane to win the thrilling Drive Smart Buckle Up Kentucky 150 Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.

Buescher, in Kevin Cywinski's Wolfpack Rentals Toyota, led three times for 57 laps en route to his third career ARCA RE/MAX Series victory in his 16th series start. Buescher, who led off the season with a victory at Daytona driving for the same Win-Tron Racing team, fought an ill-handling racecar most of the day before the crew turned things around.

Lofton, after leading 43 laps, finished second in Eddie Sharp's Lofton Cattle Toyota.

1)  Buescher  2) Lofton  3) Jesse Smith  4) Brian Ickler  5) Frank Kimmel

ASA LM South / SPLMS Drew Brannon won Saturday night's ASA Late Model South Series and Southern Pro Late Model Series combo race at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA).

1) Brannon  2) David Odell  3) Russell Fleeman  4) Scotty Ellis  5) Dustin Dunn

GAS – The Georgia Asphalt Series was at Lanier National Speedway (GA) on Saturday night for a combo event with the tracks Super Six Series.  This race was a make-up for last week’s rain out.  13-year-old Chase Elliott won his first Pro Late Model event by finishing ahead of Bill Elliott Driver Development teammate Casey Roderick.

1) Chase Elliott  2) Casey Roderick 3) Paul Kelley  4) Greg Simpson  5) Jeremy Rice

ISCARS Dash Series - This weekend's race at Lonesome Pine Speedway (VA) was cancelled due to safety concerns about there being too much water on pit road after a rain storm.  Although the local divisions at Lonesome Pine did race, ISCARS officials noted that they ran on either street or grooved tires and it would not be safe for the ISCARS Dash cars to run on the same track.  The event will be rescheduled.

Ken-Ten Late Models – Weather postponed Friday night’s Twin 50’s at Beech Bend Speedway (KY).  The event will now be held on May 29th.

Late Models - J.R. Baril won this weekend's Keys For Cars Late Model feature at Lee USA Speedway (NH).

Late Models - Last season in the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Model division at the Rockford Speedway, eight of the top 10 drivers in the final point standings would score a feature win in the ultra-competitive premier division at the high-naked quarter mile. One of the two drivers left out of the victory circle last season was 3rd place points man Jon Reynolds Jr. After finishing second on opening week to seven-time Track Champion Ricky Bilderback, you figured it wouldn't be long before Reynolds found the checkers.

And indeed, on the second Saturday night of the racing season, the second generation driver would plant his orange “X” car in the victory circle and cement himself as one of the early contenders for the 2009 Track Championship.

The 30 lap Late Model main would go flag-to-flag without a halt, and showcase some high-speed, close quarters, textbook short track racing.

Modifieds - Jimmy Blewett of Howell is as hot as a firecracker at Wall Stadium. His most recent streak started last November when he won the tour type Modified stock car portion of the annual Turkey Derby. His good fortune continued on April 18 when he topped the Grand Reopening 100-lap main event for the Modified stock cars. On Saturday night (May 9) Blewett’s good fortune continued as he drew the number one starting spot in a blind draw and went on to win the Race of Champions Qualifier 100 running away.

Blewett jumped right to the front at the first green flag with Tony Ferrante, Jr. of Franklin Square, N.Y. close behind. Ferrante tried the outside of Blewett on several occasions in the early going before settling into second and finishing the race in that spot. The big race for position was for third in the closing laps as Howell’s Ken Woolley, Jr. held off Flemington’s Andy Walko, who finished fourth, and the fifth place finishing Steven Reed of Howell.

Modifieds - Tim Brown won the Bowman Gray Gear 100 for the Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series at Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday.

1) Tim Brown  2) Jonathan Brown  3) Burt Myers  4) Junior Miller  5) Randy Butner

Modifieds - In what was arguably the best feature thus far of 2009, Lou Strohl raced to a nail biting win in Saturday’s 35-lap nonstop Modified contest at Mahoning Valley Speedway as he edged point leader John Bennett and Rick Kirkendall en-route to his first win of the season.

In a race that took just ten minutes to run, Strohl, who started from the pole, had a race long handful of Bennett and Kirkendall to deal with as well as Mike Quinn and Stacey Brown who completed the top five.

PASS South – A wild night on the Wake County Speedway quarter-mile found Jay Folgeman in victory lane for the second time in his career.  Ben Rowe was second, Justin Wakefield was third, Preston Peltier and Heath Hindman.


PLM – Concord Speedway (NC) hosted a 100-lap Pro Late Model event on Saturday night.  Bobby Measmer Jr. won from the pole and extended his point lead.

PLM - It’s not often that a race is won on the first lap, but a move from fourth to second on the start of the Pro Late Model feature Friday night at Five Flags Speedway proved to be the difference for teenage driver Brandon Odom

Odom squeezed by James Kimbrough and Keith English on the opening lap of the 40-lap race, then powered by Keith Thorpe for the lead on lap 10.  The strong moves gave Odom the head start on defending champion Johanna Long that he needed to win the race.

1)  Odom  2)  Long  3)  Ronnie Smith  4) Jr. Niedecken  5) Thorpe

Super Late Models -David Rogers won Saturday night's Super Late Model feature at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).  Only eight cars were listed in the finishing order.

1) Rogers  2) Chad Akins  3) Rich Clouser  4) Davey Gibbs  5) Mike Finn

True Value Modifieds – Milford CT; modified driver Doug Coby made a daring crossover move to pass race leader Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT; on lap 82 to go on and win his first race with the True Value Modified Racing Series at the Waterford, CT; Speedbowl Saturday night. It was also the the first win for the Czarnecki Bros. race team, owners of the car. Coby became the seventh different winner at Waterford in seven different races.

Pole sitter and defending champion Pasteryak took the lead at the drop of the green flag receiving constant pressure from Todd Owen, Somers, CT; Mike Holdridge, Madison, CT, and Mike Stefanik, Coventry, RI. Stefanik pursued the leader for 35 laps while Coby chased him for 21 laps before the winning pass.

At the end of the 100 lap grind, slowed by eight caution periods, Stefanik settled for second, his best finish with the sixth year series, Pasteryak was third, former Waterford winner, Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT, finished fourth, second year driver Steven Masse, Bellingham, MA, was fifth, his best finish with the series, followed by Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, MA, Mike Douglas, Auburn, NH, Owen, Rob Janovic, Waterford, and Jim Dolan, Bethel, CT.

WoO Sprints – For the second consecutive year, Donny Schatz won a race at Eldora Speedway in the month of May and took the lead in the World of Outlaws championship standings in the process. The three-time and defending series champion used a very fast race car and a little luck when 20-time series champion Steve Kinser broke with just two laps remaining to inherit the lead and ultimately the $10,000 win and take the point lead in the process.

The win for Schatz was the fifth of his career at Eldora Speedway, which is owned by his car owner, two-time NASCAR champions Tony Stewart. For the North Dakota native, it was his 93rd career A-Feature win with the World of Outlaws. He has won five times this season, all on half-mile tracks aboard the Armor All J&J.

1) Schatz  2) Sammy Swindell  3) Danny Lasoski  4) Craig Dollansky   5) Randy Hannagan

Brandon Odom in victory lane at Five Flags Speedway. (Amber Odom Photo)
Jay Folgeman won the PASS South race at Wake County Speedway (51 Sports Photo)