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Kyle Bronson Wins NeSmith Late Model 10th Annual Southern 100 and $10,000

MILTON, FL - Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL was the dominant driver in the dominant race car all weekend, as he led all 100 laps to claim the $10,000 top prize Saturday night after winning the 10th Annual Southern 100 for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Southern Raceway driving the Brandon Collision Rocket.
 
Bronson took the lead at the start of the race, showed patience in lapped traffic during the middle stages of the race, and then in the closing laps when his challengers fell to the wayside with tire issues, Bronson turned up the wick and checked out on the field.
 
"We had a good car from the time we unloaded to the end of the race," Bronson said.  "I have to give the credit to my crew and to Rocket Chassis, who build the best race cars anywhere.  I spent most of the race trying to manage my tires, and I tried not to run a real fast pace.  That caused the car to tighten up, so late in the race, I decided to pick up the pace because I came here to win the race with the fastest car, and that's what we did."

Bronson drove under the checkered flag with a 3.371 second margin of victory over Walker Arthur of Forest, VA in the Cecil B. Arthur Beef Farms Special.  Arthur made a late race charge to finish second on tires that were out of tread and on the cords.  Travis Pennington of Stapleton, GA finished third in the Excel Racing Solutions Special.

Devin Dixon of Apollo Beach, FL started 16th and finished fourth in the Dave's Towing Rocket, and Mark Whitener of Middleburg, FL was fifth in the ULC Motorsports Special.  Bryant Marsh of Corinth, MS took the sixth spot in the Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Trak Star, and seventh went to Marcus Minga of Shannon, MS in the B&M Salvage Rocket.

Monte Skinner of Saraland, AL fought hard during the middle stages of the race to stay on the lead lap, and after starting 22nd, finished eighth in the M&M Lifts Special to earn the Beyea Headers Hard Charger of the Race Award.  Steven Jernigan of Milton, FL was ninth in the JEI Logging GRT, and Josh Huss of Flomaton, AL rounded out the top ten in the Century Auto Parts Special.
 
In preliminary action on Friday night, three-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion and National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN out-timed the 34-car field in Sunoco/Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Qualifying with a lap around Southern Raceway in 15.432 seconds driving the Josh Roberts Trucking Special.
 
The four eight-lap Friday night Heat Races were won by Bronson, Cruise With the Champions Rookie of the Year point leader Grant Garrison of Walton, KY in the Darrell Lanigan Racing Special, Pennington and Joseph Joiner of Milton, FL in the Three Trade Consultants Special.

The two ten-lap B-Main Races on Saturday night were won by 14-year-old Colton Horner of Katy, TX in the Houston Specialty Products Special and Ruben Mayfield of Lenoir City, TN in the RM Trucking CVR.

Bronson took the lead at the start of the race followed by Pennington, Garrison, Joiner and Johnson.  The first of 16 caution flags came out on lap six when Ivedent Lloyd Jr. of Ocala, FL spun in turn four.  On the restart, Joiner got to the inside, of Garrison down the backstretch to take over the third spot.

The second caution flag came out on lap 12 when Whitener and Arthur tangled while battling for the sixth spot.  The contact sent Arthur spinning in turn two, and Whitener was ticketed for the caution flag.  Walker got the sixth spot back, and Whitener went to the tail of the field for the Dixie-Style Double-File Restart.

Bronson led the field back to green flag action with Pennington, Joiner, Garrison, Johnson, Arthur, Tyler Turvin of Ochlocknee, GA in the T&J Steel Special, Shep Lucas of McKenzie, AL in the Lucas Farms CVR, Jeff Mathews in the CURS/RV Select Special, and Dixon doubled up behind the leader in the top ten.

A multi-car tangle on the restart lit up the yellow caution bulb for a third time, and Cody Smith of Holt, FL was ticketed with the caution in the Smith-Co Motorsports Rocket. On the next restart, it was Garrison getting back around Joiner to retake the third position.  Caution flags on lap 13, 14, the lap 14 restart, lap 18, and the lap 18 restart led to a single file restart.

This led to the field settling into a more conservative pace.  Bronson reached the last car on the tail of the lead lap on lap 25.  That car was Skinner, who refused to give way to the leader trying to stay on the lead lap.  Bronson stayed behind Skinner for 23 laps, and at the same time, Pennington and Garrison stayed tucked in behind Bronson.  The top three cars seemed content to just ride for a while.

The leaders did have an anxious moment on lap 48 when T.J. Brittain of Centre, AL spun the Brittain Hauling Warrior in turn four right in front of Skinner and the top three cars.  Everyone stayed out of the harm's way, as Skinner went on around to line up on the lead lap for the restart, and Bronson finally had clear race track in front of him.

As the second half of the Southern 100 began to unfold, tire management came into play, and not for the good of many front runners.  While running third, Garrison fell off the pace with a tire issue to bring out the caution flag on lap 62.  Bronson led Pennington, Joiner, Johnson, Arthur, Dixon, Marsh, Lucas, Minga and Matthews in the top ten down for the restart.

Lucas slowed from the ninth spot on lap 76 to bring out the caution flag with a tire issue.  Another top ten car, Mathews was done on lap 84.  The tire wear issues were coming right down to the wire, as Joiner gave up third on lap 91 with a tire problem, and Johnson was another third-place competitor that blew out a worn tire on lap 95.

On each restart, Bronson got stronger and stronger, increasing his lead over Pennington each time until at one point; he held a full straightaway lead.  On the final restart of the race on lap 95, Arthur was able to work underneath Pennington to take over the second spot.

But by that time, Bronson had packed his bags, turned in the key, checked out on the field and headed to the bank with $10,000.

The next race for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series will be the 2017 season finale and another $10,000-to-win race on November 23, 24, and 25 with the Possum Town Grand Prix at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, GA.

OFFICIAL FINISH OF ROUND 15 AT SOUTHERN RACEWAY IN MILTON, FL ON 11/4/17:
1. Kyle Bronson
2. Walker Arthur
3. Travis Pennington
4. Devin Dixon0
5. Mark Whitener
6. Bryant Marsh
7. Marcus Minga
8. Monte Skinner
9. Steven Jernigan
10. Josh Huss
11. Colton Horner
12. Joseph Joiner
13. Ronnie Johnson
14. Grant Garrison
15. Andy Picklesimer
16. Cody Smith
17. Jeff Mathews
18. T.J. Brittain
19. Shep Lucas
20. Tyler Turvin
21. Chris Bayhi
22. Ivedent Lloyd Jr.
23. Ruben Mayfield
24. Matt Henderson

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$10K-To-Win 10th Annual Southern 100 at Southern Raceway in Milton, FL Up Next for NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series

CARTERSVILLE, GA - The $10,000-to-win 10th Annual Southern 100 is up next for the 2017NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Southern Raceway in Milton, FL.  This will be the penultimate race of the 2017 season for America's Leader in racing, and the second straight year NeSmith Racing has sanctioned this event.
 
The expected entries for the 10th Annual Southern 100 are rolling in.  Not only will NeSmith regular travelers like two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, TN and the defending Southern 100 Champion Andy Picklesimer of Ooltewah, TN be on that list but there are many more hot shoes that will looking for the $10,000.
 
While Hedgecock has clinched his second straight NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Championship with two races to go in the 2017 season, Picklesimer is in a tight battle, not only for the National Championship Runners-Up spot, but also for the 2017 Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year Award.
 
Hedgecock has 1,302 points after six wins, 11 top five finishes and 12 top ten finishes in 14 races.  Grant Garrison of Walton, KY is second in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series points chase and leads the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year standings with 1,090 points after two top five finishes and seven top ten finishes in 14 races.
 
There are three other Cruise With The Champions RoY candidates behind Garrison in the top six of the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS point standings.  In third is 14-year-old Colton Horner of Katy, TX with 1,008 points after one top five finish and five top ten finishes in 14 races.  Veteran Marcus Minga of Shannon, MS is fourth with 938 points and two top ten finishes in 14 races.
 
Cruise With The Champions Rookie contender T.J. Brittain of Centre, AL is fifth with 936 points after one top five finish and five top ten finishes in 14 races.  Picklesimer is sixth with 922 points after two top five finishes in 14 races.
 
There are many more top entries expected for the Southern 100 this weekend at Southern Raceway including three-time NeSmith National Champion and National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN, Jake Knowles of Rome, GA, Shep Lucas of McKenzie, AL, Todd Morrow of Cleveland, TN, Kody Barber of Bogalusa, LA, the 2016 Sunoco Young Gun Champion Bryant Marsh of Corinth, MS, and Travis Pennington of Stapleton, GA.
 
The Sunshine State will be well represented with Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL, Mark Whitener of Middleburg, FL, Devin Dixon of Tampa, FL, and Tyler Clem of St. Petersburg, FL.  Local Florida Panhandle favorites will include Cody Smith of Holt, FL, Joseph Joiner of Milton, FL, Kyle Bryant of Navarre, FL, and Josh Huss from just across the state line in Flomaton, AL.
 
"Dr. Dirt " Johnny Stokes of Columbus, MS will handle the track prep on the Southern Raceway surface for the $10,000-to-win 10th Annual Southern 100 for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.  Stokes will be in charge of track prep for the last two events of the 2017 season for the NeSmith Late Models, each paying $10,000-to-win.
 
Stokes is the Promoter of the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS season finale at his Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS on November 23, 24, and 25 with the $10,000-to-win Possum Town Grand Prix.
 
On track action for the 10th Annual Southern 100 at Southern Raceway will begin on Thursday night with an Open Practice Session from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  On Friday, the pit gate opens at 2 p.m. with NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Pre-Race Registration and Technical Inspection from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The Driver's Meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. and racing is scheduled for 6 p.m.
 
Friday night's competition will include Sunoco/Knowles Racing Parts and Bodies Group Qualifying and Heat Races to determine the top starting spots for Saturday night's $10,000-to-win Southern 100.  Drivers that fail to transfer to the Big Show, will have another opportunity to make the race on Saturday night through a B-Main Race.
 
On Saturday, the pit gate opens at 9 a.m. with NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series check in from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The Driver's Meeting is at 5:30 p.m. and Racing is scheduled for 6 p.m.
 
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FASTRAK Racing Series gears up for Championship Weekend at Screven Motor Speedway

Carnesville, GA –  The FASTRAK Racing Series is gearing up for the 2017 Championship Weekend, a two-night event at Screven Motor Speedway, November 17th and 18th. The first night of Championship Weekend will be a $2,000 to win feature event with the second night paying $3,000 to win.

The 2017 FASTRAK Racing Series has seen a competitive points battle all season long. The Championship will be decided after the second night of Championship Weekend. Benji Hicks, of Mt. Airy, NC, currently leads the FASTRAK Racing Series with 392 points. Hicks has picked up four wins during the 2017 campaign. A run of four consecutive top-fives helped stretched his points lead to 22 points heading into the final two races of the season. He has finished in the top-five in eight races this season.

Jensen Ford of Piney Flats, TN, currently sits second in the Championship fight with 370 points. Ford has one victory this season, winning the June 17th race at Toccoa Raceway, and four top-fives.

Defending Champion, Cla Knight of North Augusta, SC is in third with 369 points. Knight picked up a win at the Rebel Yell in FASTRAK's last visit to Screven Motor Speedway on July 22nd. He has piloted his way to four top-five finishes on the FASTRAK Racing Series tour.

Ronda, NC's Matthew Nance sits fourth in the FASTRAK Racing Series points with 366. Nance has four top-five finishes this season and notched his first career FASTRAK Racing Series win on July 3rd at Lavonia Speedway.

Ron Parker of Belwood, NC rounds out the top five in points with 349. Parker has driven to four top-five finishes during the 2017 FASTRAK Racing Series season.

The total purse for the FASTRAK Racing Series Championship Weekend is over $25,000. FASTRAK's sister series, the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series will also host their championship event at Screven Motor Speedway with a $5,000 to win event on November 18th.

Additionally, the FASTRAK Racing Series will try a new format at Screven Motor Speedway. Teams will be divided into two groups, A and B, for qualifying by pill draw. Teams' qualifying efforts will lock them into heat races within their groups.

"Several of our teams have said they would like to see a new format," said Stan Lester of FASTRAK, "We try to listen to our teams and although I disagree with them on this one, I am willing to try it and see if we are not seeing something they are. As long as it still brings the competitive racing we always see in the FASTRAK late model series events, because our fans are happy as well, then we will consider it for 2018".

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Hudson O'Neal Emerges as Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year

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BATAVIA, OH (October 30, 2017) Hudson O'Neal of Martinsville, IN has quickly established himself as a future star in dirt late model racing. O'Neal wrapped up the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season in ninth place in the final championship standings and officially clinched the 2017 Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year - Presented by Hot Rod Processing.

"I've accomplished so much this year and learned a lot," O'Neal exclaimed. "I didn't meet all my expectations, but I learned more than I could ever have imagined, and had the time of my life doing it! I'm already looking forward to the 2018 season."

O'Neal ended his rookie season with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with seven (7) top five finishes, seventeen (17) top ten performances and he will collect over $10,000 in cash and other prizes at the year-end awards banquet.

O'Neal attributes his success this season to his team and the support of his sponsors. "I want to thank Todd Burns for this opportunity, I can't say enough about this team and how hard they've worked all season."

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Josh Richards Earns Lucas Oil National Championship

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BATAVIA, OH (October 27, 2017) After capturing his first-career Dirt Track World Championship victory at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park, Josh Richards of Shinnston, WV clinched the 2017 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship.
 
Richards entered the season finale trailing points leader Tim McCreadie of Watertown, NY, by 40-points, but his $100,000 triumph and McCreadie's seventeenth-place finish, propelled him to his first-career Lucas Oil title. He joins Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN, as the only drivers to claim both Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series championships.
 
"I don't know if it's quite hit me yet," Richards said. "God is so good. I can't even explain it. We made the switch last year, which was a very difficult decision. Eric and Kelly Brock, they gave me the opportunity. I didn't know how we were going to do, what we were going to do."
 
"But fast-forward to now, to look at the year we've had and to be in this position, I think it all hit us at once. We were so happy for the championship and I'm like, 'Oh wow, we just won a big race, too.' To cap it off like this, with this [throwback car] and everything ... it couldn't have been scripted any better."
 
Richards reached Victory Lane on ten (10) different occasions and finished in the top five in twenty-eight (28) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events in 2017. Piloting the Best Performance Motorsports, Rocket Chassis - powered by a Durham Racing Engine, the 29-year-old will collect over $75,000 in cash and other prizes at the series year-end awards banquet.
 
Richards' #1 entry is sponsored by: Bulk Material Lift.com, Corey Frazier-State Farm Insurance, Alexander Lawn and Landscaping, Ultimate Firepit, Sunoco Race Fuels, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, Riggs Motorsports, and Valvoline.
 
Tim McCreadie (NY) finished second, followed by Scott Bloomquist (TN), Don O'Neal (IN), and Jimmy Owens (TN) rounding out the top five in series standings. Sixth through twelfth are: Darrell Lanigan (KY), Earl Pearson Jr. (FL), Dennis Erb Jr. (IL), Hudson O'Neal (IN), Gregg Satterlee (PA), Steve Francis (KY), and Boom Briggs (PA).
 
FINAL Standings
1. Josh Richards 8345
2. Tim McCreadie 8280
3. Scott Bloomquist 8230
4. Don O'Neal 7675
5. Jimmy Owens 7665
6. Darrell Lanigan 7495
7. Earl Pearson Jr. 7400
8. Dennis Erb Jr. 6985
9. Hudson O'Neal 6915
10. Gregg Satterlee 6795
11. Steve Francis 6610
12. Boom Briggs 5910

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Jimmy Mars Honored to be a 2018 National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee

(MENOMONIE, WISCONSIN)  With his third place podium finish in an Open Wheel Modified last Friday night, October 20 at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin during the 9th Annual 'Fall Festival,' Jimmy Mars capped off a strong 2017 campaign.  Jimmy entered fifty-three different events this year - primarily in his familiar #28 MB Customs Super Late Model - and was able to drive to victory lane on five occasions.  In addition, Jimmy accumulated twenty-seven Top Five performances throughout his season and thirty-seven Top Ten efforts.

His 2017 season finale finish wasn't nearly the best thing that happened to the Menomonie, Wisconsin native over the weekend; however, as it was announced on Saturday that Jimmy will be a Class of 2018 inductee into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.  Next year's induction ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, August 11 during the 'North/South 100' weekend at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky, which is the home of the Hall of Fame.

"It is truly a great honor to be inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame and I have to thank the committee that voted me in," commented Mars this week via telephone.  "I also have to thank my wife and kids, my parents, and my brother and long-time crew chief Chris (Mars), along with everyone that has ever supported my racing program, sponsored the car, or helped turn a wrench on it.  Racing is definitely a team sport and I couldn't have ever come close to reaching a level to be inducted into the Hall of Fame if it wasn't for the help and support of a lot of people.  Being inducted hasn't totally set in yet, but that will be a very special day next August - that's for sure!"

Jimmy has been winning races since he first jumped behind the wheel of a racecar in 1985, but he burst onto the national scene in 1997 when he emerged victorious in the 'Dream' at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio to pocket the hefty $100,000 top prize in one of the most unforgettable races in Dirt Late Model history.  He has been a prolific winner in crown jewel and other mega-events including the 1996 'USA Nationals' at Cedar Lake (WI) Speedway, the 2000 and 2007 'Topless 100' at Batesville (AR) Motor Speedway, the 2008 'National 100' at East Alabama Motor Speedway, and the 2009 and 2011 'Firecracker 100' at Lernerville (PA) Speedway.  In 2009, Jimmy also became only the second driver ever to win three races paying at least $50,000 in a single season by capturing victories in the 'USA Nationals' at Cedar Lake (WI) Speedway, the 'North/South 100' at Florence (KY) Speedway, and the 'Dirt Track World Championship' at Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway.

The popular driver known as "The Iceman" was a fixture on the ultra-competitive Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series (also known as UDTRA and Xtreme later in its existence) during the early 2000s and racked up twelve career feature wins, along with finishing inside of the top five in series points in 2002, 2003, and 2004 where he was the series runner-up.  To this date, Jimmy has also amassed eight career World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series victories, seven career UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals triumphs, and three career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series wins.  Over the last handful of years, operating Mars Race Cars - which produces high quality Dirt Late Model and Open Wheel Modified chassis to clients across the country - has kept Jimmy and his brother Chris Mars very busy and off the road full time, but their Mars Racing team has remained a serious threat to win each time they hit the racetrack!

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Southern Nationals Bonus Series Readies for Showdown at Senoia Raceway October 28th paying $10,000-to-win

By Chris Tilley, Series Publicist

BRASSTOWN, NC (October 22, 2017)-The Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV will head back down to Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Ga. this Saturday Night October 28th for the Second Annual Showdown at Senoia paying $10,000-to-win and $500-to-start.

This will mark the third-ever series appearance to Senoia Raceway as Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga. captured both of the series wins in 2015 and 2016. During last year's Showdown at Senoia, Clanton would go on to claim the $10,000 payday over Michael Page, Brandon Overton, Chase Junghans and Jimmy Owens.

There will be a full show of hot laps, qualifying, heat races, consolation races and the 60-lap main event for the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series on Saturday night. The tire rule for the event is Hoosier 1350 and 1600 along with the American Racer 48 and 56.

On Saturday October 28th, the pit gates open at 12:00 pm, the grandstand gates swing open at 2:00 p.m., the drivers meeting will be at 3:00 pm and hot laps will roll out around 3:30 p.m. Feature races will begin at 7:30 p.m. Adult general admission is $30.00 and adult pit passes are $40.00. There will be an open practice session on Thursday night and the track will host and un-sanctioned event on Friday night to serve as a tune-up for teams racing for the $10,000 payday on Saturday night.

Southern Nationals Bonus Series Remaining Races:
October 28-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$10,000 to win (60 laps)
November 18-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$5,000 to win (50 laps)

Current Southern Nationals Bonus Series Points (after October 21)
1. Donald McIntosh-2,200
2. David Payne-1,988
3. Joey Standridge-1,467
4. Jeff Neubert-1,242
5. Jamie Oliver-1,022
6. Brandon Overton-936
7. Ray Cook-815
8. Billy Ogle Jr.-799
9. Steve Smith-797
10. Mike Marlar-790

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Donald McIntosh Makes Schaeffer's Southern Nationals Bonus Series Trip to Blue Ridge Motorsports Park Pay $4,000

By Michael Despain

BLUE RIDGE, GA - October 21, 2017 - The Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV would make its first-ever appearance at Blue Ridge Motorsports Park in Blue Ridge, GA and Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, GA would make his first-ever trip to the 1/3 mile semi-banked clay oval a profitable one as he would claim the $4,000 payday.

McIntosh, who is also the current series points leader, would claim his second win of 2017 with the tour and also become only the second-repeat winner with the series while driving the Blount Motorsports owned Massey Electric/Ole Ben Franklin Motors/Stowers CAT/Blount Excavating/Cherokee Millwright/Arnold's Trucking/DR Investments sponsored #7m Rocket Chassis, Vic Hill Race Engines-powered mount.

Ray Cook would take the race lead at the start of the 40-lap, $4,000 to win contest, with Kurt English and Donald McIntosh giving chase. The first caution of the event would fly on lap two when Kip Cochran would make contact with the outside retaining wall in turn one to slow the action. The restart would see Cook maintain the lead, while McIntosh would work past English for the second position, while David Payne and Kenny Collins would battle for the fourth position. McIntosh would immediately begin to challenge Cook for the lead on lap three and the pair would race side-by-side for the top spot until McIntosh would finally collect the top position on lap seven. McIntosh would pull away a bit from Cook as he started working slower traffic on lap nine and by lap thirteen, McIntosh would begin to encounter heavy lapped traffic, allowing Cook and English to close in on the race leader, while Shawn Chastain would make his way into the top five and battle with Payne for the fourth position. The slowing car of Danny Ledford would draw the next caution flag on lap eighteen as his mount would slow in turn one to bunch the field back together. The restart would see McIntosh motor away from the pack, while English would take the second position from Cook, while Chastain would take fourth from Payne.

As the race worked past the halfway mark, Chastain would close in on Cook for third and the duo would battle wheel-to-wheel for the position until Chastain would take the spot on lap twenty-four. Caution would wave again on lap twenty-six when George Mashburn would contact the outside wall in turn four, but would be able to continue the event. This restart would see seventh-place starting Chastain take the runner-up spot away from English, while J.T. Seawright would pressure Cook for the fourth position. The caution would wave again on lap twenty-seven when Tim Rucker would loop his machine in turn four and the attempted restart would also be cautioned as Craig Greer would spin in turn four as the field came back to the green flag. The next restart would also see trouble as Johnny Chastain, Jeremy Ledford, and Greer would tangle entering turn three, with Chastain and Ledford done for the night. The next attempted restart would see disaster strike second-place running Shawn Chastain as he would lose a right-front tire and when the chaos settled, Chastain, along with Seth Wimpey, Joey Standridge, Rucker, and Greer would all be collected in an incident in turn one that resulted in a red-flag situation due to the track being blocked. Once the clean-up was completed and action resumed, McIntosh would again drive away from the field, with English now second, while Cook would be challenged for third by Seawright as that pair battled side-by-side for the position until Seawright would claim the spot on lap thirty-one. McIntosh would continue to build his lead over the final few circuits of the contest and would see the checkered flag first, with English finishing second and Seawright scoring a third-place finish. Cook and David Payne would complete the top five. The remainder of the top ten finishers in the event would be Gary McPherson, Kenny Collins, George Mashburn, Seth Wimpey and Jeff Neubert.

The Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV next event will be Saturday October 28 at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA for the 2nd Annual Showdown at Senoia, paying $10,000-to-win.

Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals, and Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R. Coordinator Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or by visiting the official website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.

Official Summary of Results

Feature Results for Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series at Blue Ridge Motorsports Park in Blue Ridge, GA on October 21, 2017
1. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
2. Kurt English-Murphy, N.C.
3. J.T. Seawright-Fort Payne, Ala.
4. Ray Cook-Brasstown, N.C.
5. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
6. Gary McPherson-Dalton, Ga.
7. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
8. George Mashburn-Murphy, N.C.
9. Seth Wimpey-Blue Ridge, Ga.
10. Jeff Neubert-Rockford, Tenn.
11. Joey Standridge-Telico Plains, Tenn.
12. Craig Greer-Cleveland, Tenn.
13. Shawn Chastain-Murphy, N.C.
14. Johnny Chastain-Murphy, N.C.
15. Jason Croft-Woodstock, Ga.
16. Jeremy Ledford-Cleveland, Ga.
17. Tim Rucker-Madisonville, Tenn.
18. Steve Smith-Powell, Tenn.
19. Danny Ledford-Warne, N.C.
20. Benjy Shaw-Telico Plains, Tenn.
21. Kip Cochran-Franklin, N.C.
22. Jamie Oliver-Murphy, N.C.

Time of Race: 37 minutes, 48 seconds

Current Southern Nationals Bonus Series Points (after October 21)
1. Donald McIntosh-2,200
2. David Payne-1,988
3. Joey Standridge-1,467
4. Jeff Neubert-1,242
5. Jamie Oliver-1,022
6. Brandon Overton-936
7. Ray Cook-815
8. Billy Ogle Jr.-799
9. Steve Smith-797
10. Mike Marlar-790

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Richards Wins Dirt Track World Championship; Clinches First Lucas Oil Title

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PORTSMOUTH, OH (October 21, 2017) - Josh Richards completed a dream night at Portsmouth Raceway Park on Saturday night. The West Virginia native won his first-career Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by Optima Batteries, worth $100,000, and the 2017 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship, worth $75,000.
 
Richards became the fourth different leader of the race when he passed race leader and defending DTWC winner, Brandon Sheppard for the lead after a lap 46 restart. Richards led the rest of the way to take his tenth series win of the season over Sheppard, Jonathan Davenport, Mike Marlar, and Jared Hawkins.
 
Jonathan Davenport started on the pole and led early on. Sheppard took over the point on lap 36, and then began pulling away from the field until a caution on lap 46 slowed his pace. On the restart, Richards; who was running third; went around Sheppard to take over the lead and stayed in front until the checker flag waved.
 
Tim McCreadie entered the race as the series point leader by 40 points over Richards and 75 ahead of Bloomquist. During the race McCreadie suffered two flat tires and Bloomquist had a tire go down while running second to Richards. Bloomquist finished the race in 12th and McCreadie was credited with a 17th place finish.
 
In Lucas Oil Victory Lane after the biggest win of his career, the 29-year-old was emotional when being interviewed. "I have to collect my thoughts right now. I can't thank everyone enough for this opportunity. I made a tough decision last year to switch teams. We didn't know what was going to happen. We started the year off well, and then we went to a bunch of new tracks and kind of fell off a little. We struggled a little bit, but so did those other guys. We got on a hot streak in July though."
 
"Coming into this weekend we felt pretty good and I know Scott [Bloomquist] and Timmy [McCreadie] did too. Thanks to Best Performance Motorsports, Eric and Kelly Brock for giving me this opportunity.
It's been a crazy year. Randall Edwards has done such a great job as crew chief. There are so many people behind this team and that supported me. I felt everything in the last four or five laps. I have been through this scenario enough to know. I knew the tires were slipping away, but fortunately they held up to the end."
 
The Best Performance Motorsports, Rocket Chassis entry is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Bulk Material Lift.com, Corey Frazier-State Farm Insurance, Alexander Lawn and Landscaping, Ultimate Firepit, Sunoco, Integra, Keyser, Riggs Motorsports, and Valvoline.
 
Sheppard, the runner-up and defending DTWC winner, joined Richards in Victory Lane with another podium finish in the crown jewel event. "We had a pretty good car. Josh got around me on that restart and he did a good job out in front. I look up to him a lot. I drive for his dad. It's been a dream come true driving for Mark [Richards], we have had a great year. Being able to learn from Josh has been great. We would have liked to get the win tonight, but there's nobody else I'd like to finish second to than Josh."
 
Davenport, who was sporting the Flintstone Flyer scheme commemorating the late Mike Duvall, came home in third in the G.R. Smith-owned, Rocket Chassis entry. "Congrats to Josh and Brandon on their run tonight. We were good early on. I just don't have this place down pat yet for some reason. We keep getting closer."
 
Completing the top ten were Zack Dohm, Chub Frank, Brandon Overton, Darrell Lanigan, and Dennis Erb Jr.
 
Feature Finish (100 Laps):
1. Josh Richards
2. Brandon Sheppard
3. Jonathan Davenport
4. Mike Marlar
5. Jared Hawkins
6. Zack Dohm
7. Chub Frank
8. Brandon Overton
9. Darrell Lanigan
10. Dennis Erb Jr.
11. Tyler Carpenter
12. Scott Bloomquist
13. Rod Conley
14. Hudson O'Neal
15. Josh Bocook
16. Eric Wells
17. Tim McCreadie
18. Brandon Fouts
19. Chris Ferguson
20. Don O'Neal
21. Steve Casebolt
22. Jimmy Owens
23. Earl Pearson Jr.
24. Tim Dohm
25. Steve Francis
26. Gregg Satterlee
27. Devin Gilpin
28. Doug Drown
29. Jackie Boggs

Time of Race: 79 minutes 28 seconds

Point Standings
1. Josh Richards 8345
2. Tim McCreadie 8280
3. Scott Bloomquist 8230
4. Don O'Neal 7675
5. Jimmy Owens 7665
6. Darrell Lanigan 7495
7. Earl Pearson Jr. 7400
8. Dennis Erb Jr. 6985
9. Hudson O'Neal 6915
10. Gregg Satterlee 6795
11. Steve Francis 6610
12. Boom Briggs 5910

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Dirt Track World Championship - Preliminary Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
PORTSMOUTH, OH (October 20, 2017)- The battle for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship all comes down to Saturday. In the final event of the 2017 season, the final sixteen heat races are in the books for the 37th annual Dirt Track World Championship.

Tonight's program saw drivers competing in two rounds of heat races, racing for a combined passing points total, all to determine the starting grid for Saturday night's 100-lap main event.
 
Round one saw leading Rookie of the Year candidate, Hudson O'Neal win the first heat race. Other heat race winners in round one were: Scott Bloomquist, Jackie Boggs, Don O'Neal, Jared Hawkins, Tim McCreadie, Brandon Sheppard, and Delmas Conley.
 
The second round of heat races started off with a bang, as Eddie Carrier Jr. took home the win in the first heat after a hard-fought battle with Earl Pearson Jr. Other heat race winners in the second round were: Dale McDowell, Jimmy Owens, Rod Conley, Doug Drown, Zack Dohm, Jonathan Davenport, and Tim Dohm
 
After all the passing points were tallied, the fastest lap between the top-two drivers determined the pole position. Jonathan Davenport will start on the pole of the main event. Jimmy Owens was just a few tenths of a second shy of earning the pole position, and will start on the outside of the front row. Earl Pearson Jr., Brandon Sheppard, and Josh Richards round out the top-five for Saturday night's DTWC main event.
 
Action at the track on Saturday will start with a Dirt Racing Outreach Service at 3:30pm in the Turn 4 grandstands. A Driver Autograph Session will take place at 4:30PM, followed by a silent auction to benefit Hurricane relief efforts at 5:00PM. Hot Laps will begin at 6:00PM, and the first B-Main will begin at 7:00PM. Rounding out events on the track will be the Open Wheel Modifieds main event, the Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race, and the 37th Annual Track World Championship 100-Lap, $100,000-to-win main event.

B-Main #1 Line Up (15 Laps - Top 2 Transfer):
Tim Dohm
Tyler Carpenter
Eddie Carrier Jr.
Delmas Conley
Kyle Bronson
Josh Bocook
Devin Moran
Shane Hitt
Jason Jameson
Jared Miley
Jason Perry
Chris Hackett
Clint Keenan
Kirk Phillips
Kyle Hardy
Robbie Scott
Craig Wolford
Steve Stollings
Frank Heckenast

B-Main #2 Line Up (15 Laps - Top 2 Transfer):
Gregg Satterlee
Hudson O'Neal
Chris Ferguson
Boom Briggs
Dale McDowell
Dennis Erb Jr.
Tyler Erb
Jason Feger
Jason Covert
Jason Montgomery
Audie Swartz
Billy Staker
Darrell Lanigan
Larry Holbrook
Jeff Arnold
Mike Benedum
Dave Hornikel
Billy Gullion
Corey Conley

B-Main #3 Line Up (15 Laps - Top 2 Transfer):
Devin Gilpin
Jackie Boggs
Steve Francis
Michael Brown
Mark Frazier
Ben Adkins
Shannon Thornsberry
Eric Wells
Brandon Fouts
Mason Zeigler
Colton Flinner
Stephen Breeding
Lee Logan
Charlie Jude
RJ Conley
Kevin Wagner
Byron Meeks
Ronnie Whitt

Feature Line Up (100 Laps):
Jonathan Davenport
Jimmy Owens
Earl Pearson Jr.
Brandon Sheppard
Josh Richards
Scott Bloomquist
Don O'Neal
Tim McCreadie
Mike Marlar
Rod Conley
Brandon Overton
Doug Drown
Steve Casebolt
Jared Hawkins
Zack Dohm
Chubb Frank
17th First B-Main - 1st Place
18th Second B-Main - 1st Place
19th Third B-Main - 1st Place
20th First B-Main - 2nd Place
21st Second B-Main - 2nd Place
22nd Third B-Main - 2nd Place
23rd LOLMDS Provisional 1
24th LOLMDS Provisional 2

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Billy Moyer Racing to Host Racelogic Chassis School on December 2-3, 2017

(BATESVILLE, ARKANSAS)  With the 2017 racing season quickly coming to a close and 2018 right around the corner, Billy Moyer Racing (BMR) will host a unique training seminar - focused on Late Model Chassis - on December 2-3, 2017 at their Batesville, Arkansas race shop.  Six-time 'World 100' winner Billy Moyer, who is the proud owner of 825 career wins, will be a featured speaker at the Racelogic Chassis School, along with his son Billy Moyer, Jr., who is a rising star in the Super Late Model ranks and a former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Rookie of the Year.  This will mark the first time the talented father-son racing duo has hosted an informative Racelogic Chassis School.

In the confines of their historic headquarters, the Moyer's will be joined by AFCO engineer Ben Baker to provide an in-depth look at every aspect of how a professional Dirt Late Model team prepares their cars for each differing track condition.  One of the potent Moyer Victory Race Cars out of the BMR stable will also be on display throughout the class - allowing attendees a hands-on experience of the do's and don'ts in preparing and setting up a winning racecar.  In addition, there will be a spring smasher, scales, guide book, and many other hands-on items that will serve as visual aids for each person attending this two-day seminar.

"I'm really looking forward to hosting one of these Racelogic seminars at our own shop and sharing some of the setup stuff and tips we have learned throughout the years," commented the elder Moyer recently.  "Little Billy has taught at a few of these schools in the past and he has had some great experiences with it, so I am really excited.  It will be neat to speed up the learning curve for those that attend the seminar - stuff that may have taken us years to learn or test - they can reap immediate rewards!"

The Racelogic Chassis School at Billy Moyer Racing will be held from 9:00am - 6:00pm on Saturday, December 2 and will include a lunch.  Afterwards, a bonus get together is planned on Saturday evening at a local restaurant.  On Sunday, December 3, the seminar will run from 9:00am - 2:00pm.  The official host hotel for the school will be the Comfort Inn and Suites in Batesville, Arkansas and reservations can be made now by calling 870-698-1900.

The cost for this Racelogic Chassis School is only $499.00 and registration is limited to only 75 attendees.  Spots are quickly filling up and will sell out soon, as information gathered in this class could be invaluable for your race team and your quest to find victory lane.  You can find additional information and also sign up for this great seminar by logging onto www.racelogicseminars.com or you can contact Brian Littleton at 479 461-7561.

If learning from arguably the best Dirt Late Model driver to ever turn a wheel isn't enough, Billy Moyer and his son Billy Moyer, Jr. have decided to reward attendees with a huge discount sale on thousands of used parts, tires, and other items throughout the course of the weekend.  Attendees will be able to get a jump start on their 2018 campaign by accruing these discounted parts at BMR.  In addition, the famed trophy room will be open for attendees to gaze through the trophies, plaques, and other awards accumulated through Billy's 40-year Hall of Fame career on dirt, including the six globe trophies for winning the sport's grandest race - the 'World 100' at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio!

Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience, which could help your own race team immeasurably!  Sign up online today at www.racelogicseminars.com and make sure your spot is saved in Batesville, Arkansas on December 2-3 for this can't miss seminar!!!

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FINAL
1. Josh Richards 8345
2. Tim McCreadie 8280
3. Scott Bloomquist 8230
4. Don O'Neal 7675
5. Jimmy Owens 7665
6. Darrell Lanigan 7495
7. Earl Pearson Jr. 7400
8. Dennis Erb Jr. 6985
9. Hudson O'Neal 6915
10. Gregg Satterlee 6795
 
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