Updated - Monday, September 28th, 8:30am ET
ACT Late Models - The 47th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl at Barre’s Thunder Road originally scheduled for Sunday, September 27th, has been postponed due to rain. The event has been rescheduled for next Sunday, October 4th.
The 47th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl is the final event of Thunder Road’s 50th Anniversary Season. Barre’s Nick Sweet will start on the pole of the first segment next Sunday, after earning the Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole award on Saturday, September 26. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. will start on the outside pole after coming up just short in his bid for a fourth straight pole award. A total of 54 cars attempted to qualify for the non-point counting event. The field of 30 has been set for the first segment.
ASA MIdwest Tour - It was a night of great racing and many story lines at Elko Speedway. Dan Fredrickson finally returns to victory lane in the American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment, Steve Holzhausen wins the Race for the Gold Championship and there will be a battle for the championship at the season finale.
1) Frederickson 2) Chris Wimmer 3) Steve Holzhausen 4) Jason Schneider 5) Jacob Goede
Blizzard Super Late Model Series - The 2009 Blizzard Series championship at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, came down to the final event on Friday, September 25th, with drama and excitement closing out the five-race series. When the checkered flag flew, Augie Grill claimed his second Blizzard Series victory of 2009 while 16-year-old racer Johanna Long won the Blizzard Series championship in dramatic style, her first Super Late Model title.
Entering the night’s event, Bubba Pollard had a 23-point lead over Long in the chase with Grill 44 points back, but when Grill and Long qualified first and second respectively and Pollard qualified 12th, the points tightened before the green flag flew. Pollard needed to just finish three spots ahead of Long to take the Blizzard Series title, but a lap-one wreck severely damaged Pollard’s machine, taking him out of the title chase. He would go on to finish 20th.
Up front, Grill dominated the event, and even after a late-race caution where he started second after pit stops, Grill drove by Hunter Robbins for the lead and went on to victory lane. Behind him, Long crossed the line in fourth, taking the title over Grill by a mere five points over Grill. By their top-two finishing positions in the 2009 Blizzard Series points chase, Long and Grill locked themselves in to the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby, which will be held at Five Flags Speedway on December 6th.
Casey Smith and Robbins finished the race second and third respectively with Chris Davidson in fifth.
DIRTCar 358 Modifieds - The roller coaster ride in the Small-Block ranks continued Friday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park for reigning Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Champion Billy Decker as he captured his second 358-Modified Series win in two weeks.
Decker won the ‘GMCI Express 150’ at Autodrome Granby on Sept. 13 then finished dead-last the next weekend in ‘Race Mania 5’ at Autodrome Drummond, before leading all but the initial circuit to dominate the Xtreme Lubricants 75 which was his third tour triumph at Rolling Wheels.
Decker staved off a late race rally by runner-up Matt Sheppard and clung to a two car-length victory under the checkers, while Alan Johnson, Ronnie Johnson (no relation) and Chad Brachmann filled in front-five spots at the stripe.
DIRTCar Big-Block Modifieds - Three weeks earlier Matt Sheppard had paced the field for 87 laps at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park and came away empty. Saturday night Sheppard led the final 57 circuits and this time it was good enough to give ‘Super Matt’ his Super DIRTcar Series-high sixth win of the season as rain shortened the ‘World Series 100’ to 68 laps.
DIRTCar Pro Stocks - If there was any question whether a crate engine could keep up with an open motor in the Pro Stock class on a bigger speedway, Joey Ladouceur put those doubts to rest on Saturday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. Ladouceur took the lead from top tour rival Pete Stefanski on lap 16 of the 30-lap Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series feature and rolled on to convincing win in the Terrell’s Potato Chips 30.
1) Ladouceur 2) Don Carlson 3) Pete Stefanski 4) Dave Bissonnette 5) Jocelyn Roy
Ken-Ten Series - Sammy Sanders wons Race #9 of the 2009 Ken-Ten Series at Kentucky Motor Speedway and also won the Inaugural Ken Ten Championship
Josh Brock finished 2nd at KMS, which secured second in points and the Rookie of the Year title.
1) Sanders 2) Brock 3) Chad Willis 4) Mason Mingus 5) Mark Day
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series - Taking the lead with 18 laps to go, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL went on to win the first day time race in the 30 year history of the Jackson 100 Sunday Afternoon at Brownstown Speedway. After sitting behind a torrid battle for the lead between Shannon Babb and Don O'Neal, Pearson raced past both of them in going to score his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of 2009. Babb finished second followed by O'Neal, defending race winner Tim McCreadie and current series point's leader Scott Bloomquist.
NASCAR Camping World East Series - A pair of rookies took center stage Friday at Dover International Speedway: Brett Moffitt came away with the Sunoco 150 checkered flag and Ryan Truex earned the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Series East championship.
Truex, a 17-year-old development driver for Michael Waltrip Racing, finished eighth on Friday but it was the performance throughout the 11-race season that put him in the championship Winner’s Circle following the Sunoco 150. Truex finished his first season in NASCAR’s top development series with three wins and eight top 10s.
The main championship contender for Truex – Eddie MacDonald – finished one position behind Truex in the race and wound up 34 points out of the championship (1,719 – 1,685).
Jody Lavender was the third driver to enter the day with a mathematical chance at the championship, 102 points back of Truex. His race ended with a 17th-place finish, seven laps down.
Friday’s season finale was dominated on the track by Moffitt, also 17. The Grimes, Iowa, native led four different times for 85 laps and crossed the line two and a half seconds ahead of Ryan Gifford for the Sunoco 150 victory. The second win of the year placed him third in the season standings.
Following Richard Childress Racing development driver Gifford across the line at Dover was Corey LaJoie, David Mayhew, and Alan Tardiff. Steve Park, Ryan Duff, Truex, MacDonald and Jarit Johnson rounded out the top 10.
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Matt DiBenedetto set the track qualifying record earlier in the day and led three different times for 31 laps, but a mid-race accident left him two laps down in 11th.
With the 2009 season complete, the next racing event on the schedule for NASCAR Camping World Series teams will be the 2010 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown on Jan. 29-30 in Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.).
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour - As the most successful competitor in the 25 years of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, there are few milestones that Mike Stefanik has yet to attain. On Sunday in the Made In America Whelen 300 at Martinsville Speedway, Stefanik crossed two more off the list.
Stefanik wrestled the lead away from Todd Szegedy on Lap 180 and kept it through two late restarts to earn the 70th victory of his illustrious career in the combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours. A seven-time Whelen Modified Tour champion, and the winningest driver in Tour history, Stefanik also notched his fifth career win at the 0.526-mile oval on Sunday, a Tour record at the historic facility.
With the victory, Stefanik became the eighth driver in NASCAR history to reach the 70-win plateau in a series, and the first driver to do it outside of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Following Stefanik and Szegedy in the top 10 were Ryan Preece, pole winner Ron Silk, Burt Myers, Kevin Goodale, George Brunnhoelzl III, Donny Lia, Eric Goodale and Jamie Tomaino.
By virtue of being the highest-finishing car from the Whelen Southern Modified Tour in the race, Myers earned a victory for that Tour.
Ted Christopher, the Whelen Modified Tour points leader coming into the race, suffered mid-race engine troubles and settled for a 30th-place finish, 67 laps down. His finish, combined with Lia’s eight-place effort, closed Lia to within just one point of the championship lead with two races remaining in the season. Preece is just 12 back of Christopher, and Szegedy is fourth, 37 points out of first.
Brunnhoelzl increased his lead in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour standings to 140 points over Andy Seuss, who finished 21st on Sunday, 20 laps off the pace. Two races also remain in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s 2009 campaign.
PASS Super Late Models - Ben Rowe won Sunday's rain-delayed PASS South/National Super Late Model race at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC). Rowe pitted late in the race to swap front and rear tires and then came back through the pack. Clay Jones finished second. Preston Peltier led for awhile, but had a flat tire and had to come back through to pack to finish third. Rowe's closest rival in the PASS South points battle, Jay Fogelman, dropped out of the race early with mechanical problems.
WoO Sprint Cars - Eldora Speedway will always be near and dear to Jason Sides. After all, he won his first career World of Outlaws race at the famed track in the 2004 Kings Royal, making history, as he scored his first win with the series in one of the crown jewel events of sprint car racing. On Friday night he returned to the hallowed ground that is Eldora's Victory Lane, taking the opener of the Team Chevy Four Crown Nationals.
For Sides it was his second A-Feature win of the season and the fourth of his career with the World of Outlaws. He dove under Tim Shaffer on the front straightaway on the 26th lap to take the lead and would pace the field for the final five laps of the 30-lap event to earn the $10,000 victory.
1) Sides 2) Tom Shaffer 3) Joey Saldana 4) Jason Meyers 5) Cale Conley
WoO Sprint Cars - Rain has forced the postponement of the Commonwealth Clash for the World of Outlaws at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania originally scheduled for Saturday, September 26. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 31 and will now be the third to final race of the season.
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