19 November 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 19 | Round 9
Super Late Model Series | Hickory Motor Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
J R Shepherd with Different Path Motorsports took the checkered flag tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Super Late Model Series at Hickory Motor Speedway ahead of Justin Morton and Jeffrey Hardin. “Hickory’s one of those tracks that’s extremely line sensitive and the outside lane just does not have much grip at all so everybody’s trying to fight and get down to the bottom and there was a lot of door to door contact for sure”, Shepherd commented at the crew loaded his car up for the night, “Rough night trying to come through the field, just trying to keep it clean and surprised we were able to get up there to be honest with you.”
J R Shepherd sat on top of the timing and scoring boards with his fast 4-lap average time in qualifying at 13.940 and started the evening in 10th due to the grid invert. Donny Moore had the pole position and led the 16-car field to take the green with Jeffrey Hardin to his outside. Moore had a strong jump and quickly cleared out ahead as Hardin slotted down ahead of Adam Schoen to hold onto 2nd place. The field was scrambling to get down to the inside line in the opening laps to prevent being shuffled to the back of the field.
With 10 laps behind them, there was very little movement throughout the field with everyone choosing to run single file as the track split into 2 packs with a gap building behind Michael Goodman in 11th. Mathew Thunhorst was holding onto 7th with Shepherd and Justin Morton directly behind him and was patiently waiting for opportunities rather than push Tim Shinoski ahead of him. A brief checkup ahead of them pushed Shinoski high to avoid contact with Joseph Snyder giving Thunhorst the opening he needed to move forward with Shinoski falling back to 9th behind Morton going into lap 25.
Snyder tried to get his nose beneath Chris Davis for 4th, but Davis shut the door and the 2 drivers came together. Bouncing off each other’s door straighten both drivers back out without losing position. Thunhorst found himself stuck on the outside of Shepherd and quickly started falling back through the field before slotting back in line in 8th. Shepherd was up to 4th with Morton still directly behind him and Thunhorst quickly got around Shinoski and back to the rear bumper of Morton.
Going into lap 40, Moore and Hardin had broken away from Davis in 3rd and Hardin was starting to pressure Moore for the lead. Shepherd quickly got to the inside of Davis stranding Davis to the outside as Morton and Thunhorst cleared around him. Davis fought back when Shinoski tried to follow Thunhorst through and was able to clear back ahead of him to hold onto 6th place. Approaching the 2nd half of the night, Davis had to check up on corner exit and Shinoski caught the rear of him sending himself around and collecting Rubin Altice bringing out the caution.
Moore continued to lead the field as the green flag came back out, but Shepherd started from 3rd directly behind them. Hardin tried to prevent being stuck out on the outside and went for the lead along the outside. After a few laps, Hardin realized the move wasn’t going to work and tried to slot in behind Moore but made contact with Shepherd to his inside. Shepherd checked up abruptly letting Hardin in causing Thunhorst to go high to avoid contact. Thunhorst was quickly shuffled far back into the field as a train of cars went by to his inside before he could get back down in 11th place.
Thunhorst was aggressively pushing up through the field making up any positions he could going into the last 30 laps quickly jumping up to 9th as Shepherd cleared around Hardin for 2nd. Going into lap 81, Shepherd beat Moore around turn four and took the lead with Morton still holding in 4th. Thunhorst was having more trouble trying to push through traffic and after making contact with Snyder made the decision to retire early bringing his car straight to the trailer essentially forfeiting his run for the points championship as his competitors ran 1st and 2nd in the field with 10 laps remaining.
Shepherd and Morton ran side by side around the final laps with neither driver willing to concede. Shepherd had a strong enough run out of turn 2 to clear ahead of Morton down the back stretch with Hardin holding 3rd. Coming out of the last corner, J R Shepherd took the checkered flag with Justin Morton, Jeffrey Hardin, Chris Daivs, and Michael Goodman rounding out the top 5 tonight at Hickory Motor Speedway.
J R Shepherd has a strong lead in the point standings after his win tonight with 418 points. Mathew Thunhorst holds onto 2nd place after a rough night with 395 points over Justin Morton with 388 points. Joseph Snyder holds onto 4th with 296 points and Donny Moore rounds out the top 5 with 290 points. After the Thanksgiving holiday, the drivers of the Bootleg Racing League head out to South Boston Speedway for the 10th round of Season 19 on December 3rd with all of the action broadcast live at 9PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
18 November 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 8
National Sprint Car Trail | Kokomo Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
James Tiernan took another win as he seems to be unbeatable in the series, regardless of the car or track, in the Bootleg Racing League National Sprint Car Trail at Kokomo Speedway ahead of Brandyn Proudfoot and Bruce Jones. Tiernan shared with us tonight’s winning strategy, “The top line can be very, very quick here and I knew if I just ran it in a little bit more, got rid of that cushion and made it tricky to run, and then just switch to my preferred line which is the bottom here then I think it’d be smooth sailing from there. Kind of Worked out that way.”
James Tiernan took the pole going into the evening with his 4-lap average time of 12.057 in qualifying, beating out the rest of the field by over 0.2 seconds on the boards. Off the jump, Tiernan jumped out to a strong lead as Brandyn Proudfoot quickly climbed up through the field clearing into 2nd only 5 laps into the run. Stephen Spies chased Proudfoot around the high side staying close enough to keep the pressure up on Proudfoot while Tiernan extended his lead out to 1.5 seconds.
Justin Morton and Aiden Young battled hard over 5th place further back in the field as the caution flag came out on lap 12 from a solo car incident erasing Tiernan’s lead ahead of Proudfoot. Proudfoot stayed close behind Tiernan off the green but wasn’t able to challenge for the lead himself with Stephen Spies close behind. Bruce Jones took advantage of the restart and went into the 2nd half of the night going 3 wide with Spies and Proudfoot over 2nd. As the drivers shuffled, Jones jumped up into 2nd ahead of Proudfoot by running the lowline.
Going into the final 6 laps, Tiernan had completely left the field behind running over 5 seconds ahead of the battle for 2nd between Jones and Proudfoot. Spies followed close behind but was slowly falling off the pace. Coming out of the final corner, James Tiernan took the checkered flag with a 5.6 second lead. Bruce Jones and Brandyn Proudfoot came across the line side by side with Proudfoot claiming 2nd place by 0.006 and Stephen Spies and Justin Morton rounded out the top 5 tonight at Kokomo Speedway.
Aiden Young holds onto the lead in the overall point standings with 509 points. Bruce Jones moved up into 2nd with 482 points as Justin Morton slid back to 3rd with 480 points. Stephen Spies moves up into 4th with 418 points and Rory Collins rounds out the top 5 drivers with 411 points. James Tiernan is the current points leader in the Dirt 360 Sprints with 152 points ahead of Bruce Jones and Brandyn Proudfoot. After the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the drivers of the Bootleg Racing League take on The Milwaukee Mile in the Silver Crowns on December 2nd with all of the intense action brought to you live at 10:30PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
18 November 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 13 | Round 9
Dirt Street Stock Series | Kokomo Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Brandyn Proudfoot with Jim Beaver eSports took the checkered flag tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Kokomo Speedway ahead of Adam Carlisle and William Hargreaves. “The secret for me tonight was using the complete width of the track The high line is usually where the grips at… tonight was a little bit of the middle.”, Proudfoot shared with us at the end of the night, “While both lines maybe seemed appealing the most important thing whenever it comes to these street stocks is carrying your momentum.”
Zachary Loomis had the fastest 4-lap average of the 21 drivers in qualifying with a time at 14.927 and led the first heat to take the green flag with Brandyn Proudfoot to his outside. Proudfoot was able to get beneath Loomis halfway through the run and secured the lead to take the checkered flag in the end. Adam Carlisle led out the 2nd heat of the night alongside William Hargreaves. Hargreaves was able to take the lead quickly after the start, but Carlisle fought back reclaiming the lead as the white flag came out. Side by side out of the final corner, Hargreaves had a nose ahead to take the win by 0.050 at the line. Billy Northcutt and J R Shepherd sat on the front row as the 3rd and final heat took the green flag. Shepherd stayed with Northcutt off the jump and the 2 drivers battled side by side around every lap with Northcutt crossing the line first by 0.040.
Chris Davis led the C Main consolation out getting a strong jump off the start. Stephen Spies tried to utilize the outside line, but noticed it wasn’t working before diving low halfway through the event. After a heated battle, Spies took the checkered flag. Hunter Hill led out the B Main consolation and jumped out to an early lead blocking Neville Ulph. John Wilson was charging up through the field clearing around Ulph and quickly closing on the leader. Wilson held the inside line and was able to hold the lead to take the checkered flag finishing up the preliminary events of the night.
Proudfoot led the 18-car field around to take the green flag as the 40-lap feature event kicked off. Proudfoot jumped out to a strong lead off the jump ahead of Hargreaves as the drivers behind shuffled over early gains. Loomis was committed to the outside line early trying to challenge Hargreaves for 2nd but unable to complete the move with Proudfoot pulling away from the field by almost 2 seconds going with the first 10 laps completed. Loomis continued to battle with Hargreaves blocking drivers from behind that had caught the battle.
Hargreaves took note of Loomis’s strategy and went up high to block him off while Carlisle started to pressure Loomis for 3rd. Loomis changed up his line going to the inside, but again wasn’t able to find the speed to clear around and Carlisle took advantage of the situation tucking in behind Hargreaves and cleared into 3rd. Going into the 2nd half of the night, Proudfoot enjoyed the battling behind him as he stretched his lead out to almost 4 seconds and was starting to reach the first signs of lap traffic.
Northcutt caught Loomis with 10 laps remaining and again cleared around him using the outside line with Davis close behind. Carlisle stayed tight on the rear of Hargreaves with both drivers running up against the outside wall when the caution flag came out with contact between Davis and Spies with 7 laps to go erasing Proudfoot’s 6 second lead and bringing the field back together for a single file restart. Hargreaves tried to stay with Proudfoot off the jump, but Proudfoot had the dominate speed and pulled away again as Carlisle tried to use the restart to challenge Hargreaves for 2nd.
Going into the final laps, Proudfoot had proven to be untouchable with Carlisle running side by side with Hargreaves. Coming out of the last corner, Brandyn Proudfoot took the checkered flag and Adam Carlisle took 2nd place away from William Hargreaves. Billy Northcutt and Zachary Loomis rounded out the top 5 tonight at Kokomo Speedway.
William Hargreaves holds onto the points lead with 638 points. Billy Northcutt sits in 2nd with 604 points. Adam Carlisle is in 3rd place with 593 points. J R Shepherd holds on to 4th place with 531 points and Chris Davis rounds out the top 5 drivers with 392 points. Going into the next round, the drivers will be back after the Thanksgiving holiday to take on Port Royal Speedway on December 2nd with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
12 November 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 19 | Round 8
Super Late Model Series | Southern National Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Kenny Kibbey with Nocturnal Gaming took the checkered flag tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Super Late Model Series at Southern National Speedway ahead of J R Shepherd and Mathew Thunhorst. “Sometimes you’re forced to make the outside work and there were a couple of situations where I was put there and it actually worked out really well so I thought ‘Well, this might actually become an option’.”, Kibbey commented at the end of the run, “I had to take what was mine and give them what was theirs and all of us just had to hit our marks and that’s really what it came down to.”
J R Shepherd had the fast time in qualifying with a 4-lap average at 13.970 gaining the much needed 10 points toward the season championship and would start the 100-lap feature event off from 10th place with Ruben Altice sitting on the pole alongside Lowell Jewell because of the Bootleg Racing League qualifying invert. Altice had a good jump off the start clearing ahead of Jewell as an early caution was thrown when Steve Hilbert and Donny Moore came together as the field shuffled for position off the start.
The green flag game back out going into lap 7 as racing resumed with Altice again clearing into the lead. Jewell struggled to get slotted in line with Bruce Pearson and Austin Boelke pushing past him along the inside. Mathew Thunhorst tucked in behind Boelke with his two championship competitors, Shepherd and Justin Morton, following him under moving up to 4th through 6th respectively. Kenny Kibbey started the night in 9th and was struggling to get through traffic still running in 9th with 15 laps completed.
Boelke got a nose under Pearson to challenge for 2nd, but Pearson decided to try to go for the lead going around the outside of Altice. As drivers saw the move working, Morton and Shepherd quickly moved up to the outside to do the same cleared around Boelke and Altice into 2nd and 3rd. Thunhorst saw the success and went to go high just as Boelke checked up to avoid contact with Altice ahead of him and Thunhorst unintentionally sent Boelke around on the track bringing out the caution with 25 laps behind them. In a sign of good sportsmanship, Thunhorst, who is in the race for the championship, did a pass-through down pit road sending himself to the back of the field demonstrating the respect the drivers of the Bootleg Racing League have for each other.
As the green flag came back out, Morton and Shepherd again went high to clear around Pearson and started battling amongst themselves for the lead. Kibbey was starting to make moves toward the front running in 5th and pressuring Matt Hoose ahead of him. Thunhorst made a few quick passes off the start and was up to 12th behind Todd Liston. Boelke tucked in behind Thunhorst and was following him up through the field as Kibbey cleared around Hoose and Pearson into 3rd running over 2 seconds behind the leaders.
Going into the second half of the night, Morton was still holding the lead ahead of Shepherd. Kibbey had closed the gap and was in the battle for the lead in 3rd place. Thunhorst was showing his speed and skill as he continued to make solid strides through the field working back into the top 10 and moving up fast. The leaders had started to build up a gap between themselves and Pearson in 4th with all three drivers following very closely behind each other waiting for someone to make a mistake they could take advantage of.
The laps were quickly counting down without incident as the majority of drivers were settling into a long single file train around the track. Shepherd looked to the inside of Morton for the lead several times but wasn’t able to take risks with Kibbey close behind. Kibbey went to the outside of Shepherd to again try passing along the outside but wasn’t able to make the move work and dropped back in line. Thunhorst had moved around Adam Schoen up to 7th and was looking under Tim Shinoski for 6th with 27 laps remaining.
With only 25 laps remaining, Shepherd went low under Morton and again couldn’t complete the pass which allowed Kibbey to get a solid hold to the outside again challenging for 2nd. Kibbey and Shepherd ran side by side for several laps before Kibbey was able to make the move stick and cleared into 2nd and immediately moved up tight on Morton’s bumper. Again, Kibbey looked to the outside of Morton going after the race lead and was able to get even with him on lap 83.
Thunhorst cleared up into 4th ahead of Pearson and was working on the 1.6 second gap between himself and the leaders as Kibbey cleared ahead of Morton and secured the lead going into the final 15 laps. Shepherd tried to repeat the move going around the outside of Morton. As the laps counted down with Morton and Shepherd running side by side, Thunhorst tried to make use of the battle over 2nd and close the gap without either driver having a clear advantage over the other.
The battle allowed Kibbey to streak away with the lead well over 2 seconds ahead of Shepherd who cleared into 2nd as Thunhorst reached the rear of Morton. With 2 laps to go, Thunhorst dove beneath Morton going for 3rd. Kenny Kibbey came out of the final corner to take the checkered flag tonight with J R Shepherd, Mathew Thunhorst, who was able to complete the last second pass into 3rd, Justin Morton, and Adam Schoen rounding out the top 5 tonight at Southern National Speedway.
J R Shepherd holds onto the lead in the point standings tonight with 368 points. Mathew Thunhorst sits in 2nd place with 360 points over Justin Morton with 343 points. Joseph Snyder holds onto 4th with 266 points and Donny Moore rounds out the top 5 with 258 points. Next week, the drivers of the Bootleg Racing League head out to Hickory Motor Speedway for the 9th round of Season 19 on November 19th with all of the action broadcast live at 9PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
11 November 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 7
National Sprint Car Trail | Fairbury Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
James Tiernan continued his winning streak for the fourth week in a row tonight in the Bootleg Racing League National Sprint Car Trail at Fairbury Speedway ahead of Aiden Young and John Heyn. “Sometimes you just have to run [the inside line] in a little bit”, Tiernan commented as the track settled down at the end of the night in regards to his commitment to running the inside line the whole way, “It’s a mix of burning off fuel and then burning in that line a little bit better and kind of worked out in the very last minute… stuck to it and [it] rewarded me thankfully.”
John Heyn secured the pole tonight with a fast 4-lap average time of 12.711 and led the 11-car field to take the green flag with Aiden Young to his inside. Heyn had a great jump off the start with Young battling side by side with James Tiernan for 2nd. Contact between John Wilson and Bruce Jones fighting over 9th sent Jones sliding across the infield grass, but luckily for Jones the caution came out moments later when Justin Morton spun around on the track after coming together with Neville Ulph in 5th allowing Jones to stay on the lead lap with 5 laps completed.
Heyn had another great launch off the green flag and Stephen Spies took advantage to challenge Young for 2nd place with Tiernan in 4th. More bad luck for Jones came on lap 9 when he again connected with Wilson with the two drivers running intersecting line on the track and was sent around on the track brining out another caution. Off the restart, Tiernan dove low running along the inside line staying alongside Spies in 3rd. Spies made contact with the outside wall going into the 2nd half of the run allowing Tiernan to clear into 3rd. Spies dropped back to 4th under pressure from Ulph going forward.
Tiernan started reeling Young in to challenge for 2nd as the leaders were starting to reach the first signs of laps traffic with the caution flag coming back out with 10 laps remaining from Spies and Wilson independently catching the outside wall and sliding across the track. Off the restart, Morton rode his midget up the outside wall and flipped down across the track while Heyn continued to control the field ahead of Young. Tiernan made a hard charge beneath Young for with Young running lower in a defensive line to block. Tiernan reacted by going high and cleared around Young into 2nd place.
Tiernan was closing on Heyn in the lead still running the low line getting a nose ahead of Heyn with 4 laps remaining. Tiernan cleared ahead of Heyn going into the final moments and with 2 laps remaining, the caution came out when Terry Landis connected with the outside wall flipping down the track. The green and white flags came out together with James Tiernan jumping out ahead to take the checkered flag. Aiden Young was able to take away 2nd place in the end with John Heyn, Bruce Jones, and Stephen Spies rounding out the top 5 tonight at Fairbury Speedway.
Aiden Young holds onto the lead in the overall point standings with 454 points. Justin Morton sits in 2nd with 422 points. Bruce Jones holds onto 3rd with 418 points. Rory Collins holds 4th with 359 points and Stephen Spies rounds out the top 5 drivers with 357 points. Aiden Young is the current points leader in the Dirt Midgets points with 138 points ahead of Bruce Jones and Stephen Spies. The drivers of the Bootleg Racing League head over to Kokomo Speedway on November 18th in the 360 NW Sprints with all of the intense action brought to you live at 10:30PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
11 November 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 13 | Round 8
Dirt Street Stock Series | Fairbury Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Jordan Gage with Dirt Panda took the checkered flag tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Fairbury Speedway ahead of William Hargreaves and Adam Carlisle. “I feel really comfortable here on the bottom, but I think it was our third restart it just went away and there’s nothing else down there, so we go to the top and we just hung on”, Gage commented to us as the night came to a close, “I just was trying to counteract and moves they threw at me.”
Billy Northcutt jumped to the top of the boards in qualifying with a 4-lap average time at 14.886 starting on the pole for the first heat of the night. Northcutt and William Hargreaves broke away from the rest of the pack by over 1 second. Hargreaves tried an aggressive slider coming out of the final corner but couldn’t clear ahead as Northcutt took the checkered flag. Jordan Gage shared the front row with Zachary Loomis for the second heat. Gage and Loomis battled hard for the lead, but Gage held him off to take the win.
The third heat was led out by Adam Carlisle and Steve Smiley. Carlisle had a great launch off the jump and pulled away from the rest of the pack in the opening moments. Carlisle continued to extend his lead to take the win 1.7 seconds ahead of Smiley. The fourth and final heat of the night had Beau Brannon and Hunter Hill on the front row. Brannon jumped out to an early lead as Ryan Senneker got to the outside of Hill to take away 2nd place. Brannon help a solid pace taking the win just under 1 second ahead of Senneker.
Neville Ulph and Chris Davis were on the front row for the C Main consolation race taking the green flag. Ulph and Davis pulled away fighting over the lead quickly building up a gap ahead of Michael Menees in 3rd. Davis tried to make the inside work but could match the Ulph’s speed on corner exit. Coming out of the final corner, Davis threw an aggressive slider to take away the win in the last seconds. Chris Hill and J R Shepherd were on the front row as the B Main consolation took the green flag. Hunter Hill moved up into 2nd place and followed Chris Hill to the checkered flag in the end.
Northcutt lined up on the pole to take the green flag for the 18-car field with Gage to his outside. Northcutt quickly cleared ahead of Gage and moved up to the outside line coming out of turn two. Hargreaves was running side by side with Brannon fighting for 3rd place as Northcutt and Gage started to pull away by over 1 second early in the run. Hargreaves cleared ahead of Brannon 7 laps into the night with Loomis starting to look to the inside of Brannon, but unable to close the gap enough to take away the line.
Going into lap 13, Gage was able to take the lead away from Northcutt with Hargreaves diving low to challenge for 2nd pushing Northcutt back to 3rd with 15 laps completed as the leaders reached lap traffic. Loomis went for a crossover on Carlisle but over rotated the car with Brannon close behind unable to avoid contact blocking up the track going into the 2nd half of the night bringing out the first caution. Off the restart, Hargreaves was pressuring Gage for the lead.
Hargreaves tried several sliders but was unable to clear ahead with Gage utilizing the outside momentum to keep a nose ahead. As the laps counted down, the field started more aggressively pushing for positions trying various different lines around the track. On lap 27, another caution came out over the track after contact between Senneker, Davis, and Hunter Hill resulted in Senneker going sideways in the middle of the track sending Senneker to the rear of the field for the restart.
Gage was still in control of the field as the green flag came back out. Carlisle was pressuring for the lead with Hargreaves in 3rd going into the final 10 laps. Carlisle threw a slider for the lead, but Gage answered the move with a crossover to reclaim the position. They repeated the maneuver as the laps counted down with Gage again securing the lead. The two continued to battle going side by side going around the final lap. Coming out of the last corner, Jordan Gage held the lead as William Hargreaves took 2nd place away from Adam Carlisle and Billy Northcutt and Rocky Battenfield rounded out the top 5 tonight at Fairbury Speedway.
William Hargreaves holds onto the points lead with 564 points. Billy Northcutt sits in 2nd with 531 points. Adam Carlisle is in 3rd place with 514 points. J R Shepherd holds on to 4th place with 468 points and Chris Davis moves rounds out the top 5 drivers with 343 points. Going into the next round, the drivers will take on the Kokomo Speedway on November 18th with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
08 November 2022
Pretty Good Racing League | Season 3 | Round 12
Premier Series | Phoenix Raceway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Thomas George with Steel Horse Racing took the checkered flag as well as the Season 3 Championship tonight in the MC² Editing Services Leading the Way 250k at Phoenix Raceway with the Pretty Good Racing League ahead of Cody Dempster and Michael Chrobok. “We fricken did it!”, George exclaimed as the official points results were released live. “I just said to myself, you just gotta go out and you have to do what you can do, and you know let stuff play out as it’s supposed to… I can’t believe it!”
Isaiah Dupre led the 22-car field to the green flag to kick off the last race of 2022. The early stages of the race saw several drivers struggling with loose conditions on cold tires until getting settled in with the first 10 laps behind them. Mike Rasimas took the lead ahead of Thomas George and Woody Mahan as Dupre fell far back into the field. Michael Chrobok, the points leader coming into the night, was up to 7th and quietly climbing up through traffic making the calculated moves we’ve seen from him all season.
George took control of the field away from Rasimas going into lap 16 and started checking off laps as the field started to spread out around the track with very few side by side battles. Scott Eckrich climbed up into the top 10 running behind Jeff Ward making their expected charge to the front with only 25 laps completed. Going into lap 33, Cody Dempster got loose and slid up toward the outside wall catching Eckrich and bringing out the caution flag giving the leaders a safe chance to come down pit road with George still in control of the field as the green flag came back out.
Yaczik stayed close behind George off the restart with Ward quickly closing on the leading battle from 3rd. Chrobok was up to 5th behind Adam Jurski and Eckrich seemed to be out for the night with significant damage from the earlier incident with Dempster. The drivers were settled into a groove with the laps counting down going into the 2nd half of the night. All 3 championship contenders were running up front with George still in the lead followed by Chrobok and Yaczik. Ward had fallen off the pace and was over 2 seconds behind the leaders running in 5th behind Rasimas.
Chrobok made a risky move coming down pit road under the green flag very early in an attempt to undercut George for the lead. Yaczik saw the move and came down pit road on the following lap, but unfortunately for both drivers Jordan Harnish lost his car trying to get slowed for pit entry and brought out the caution flag forcing Chrobok and Yaczik to restart from the tail of the field going into lap 82 with George still in the lead. Off the jump, George quickly started to pull away from the field building up a gap of over 1 second in the first few laps.
Chrobok was again quietly climbing up through the field back up to 7th as Rasimas was closing the gap to George in the lead with 100 laps completed. Dempster had cleared around Greg O’Berry for 3rd with Ward running directly behind them in 5th. Going into the final 50 laps, 13 drivers were still on the lead lap with George still holding a strong pace in the lead. Yaczik seemed to be struggling running in 11th behind a 3-car battle for 8th between Chance Manning, Rich Jette, and Dupre.
Chrobok reeled Ward and Harnish in and tried to split them. Chrobok was able to clear Ward and dove under Harnish moving up into 5th making aggressive moves to make up lost time with the laps quickly counting down. George and Chrobok came down pit road together on lap 117 under green flag conditions handing the race lead over to Rasimas for the moment. The final pit cycle was completed through the field with 20 laps remaining with George in the lead ahead of Dempster and Chrobok. Chrobok was consistently closing on Dempster who was running a few car lengths behind the leader.
Going into the final 10 laps, the top 3 were coming closer together as Dempster and Chrobok continued to put down faster lap times than George with the leaders quickly negotiating through dense lap traffic. As the checkered flag came out, Thomas George was able to hold the lead and take the final win of the season and secure the season championship with Cody Dempster, Michael Chrobok, Mike Rasimas, and Isaiah Dupre rounding out the top 5 tonight at Phoenix Raceway.
Thomas George overtook Michael Chrobok for the points lead tonight by 2 points to take the championship with 418 points overall. Brian Yaczik finished the season out in 3rd with 394 points. Scott Eckrich held onto 4th place with 350 and Cody Dempster moved up into 5th with 338 points as Season 3 came to a close. The drivers of the Pretty Good Racing League now head off into the off season, but you can find them back here for Season 4 next February on the Virtual Grip Network!
05 November 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 19 | Round 7
Super Late Model Series | Thompson Speedway
Photograph by: Michael Goodman
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
J R Shepherd with Different Path Motorsports took the checkered flag tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Super Late Model Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park ahead of Mathew Thunhorst and Chris Davis. “Definitely one of the tracks that you just never know what can happen”, Shepherd commented at the end of his run, “You can do everything perfect but still get taken out by someone else’s mess. It’s a really tough track and just fortunate enough that things worked out that we got in that position.”
Donny Moore was in the pole position to take the green flag for the 19-car field with Austin Boelke to his outside. Off the jump, Boelke was able to get around him for the lead as Moore went high and fell back into the field to 6th behind Kenny Kibbey. As drivers shuffled for position, and early caution came out 4 laps into the night when Mark Hertzog, Kurt Smith, and Michael Goodman came together coming down the front stretch battling over 9th. Boelke had a good jump off the restart with Chris Davis slotting into 2nd ahead of J R Shepherd.
Justin Morton and Mathew Thunhorst had climbed up to 4th and 5th respectively while Kibbey struggled to get around Joseph Snyder for 6th. With 10 laps behind them, the field had gone mostly single file around the track all running close behind the car ahead with very few gaps between drivers. Davis made a move to the inside of Boelke for the lead but wasn’t able to hold the momentum which allowed Shepherd to get to his outside. Shepherd cleared into 2nd as Morton tried to follow him through, but contact was made with between himself and Davis sending Morton high up the track falling back to 9th.
Kibbey moved up to 5th directly behind Thunhorst who was still searching for a way around Davis ahead. 30 laps into the run, Shepherd was keeping the pressure high on Boelke in the lead and Thunhorst and Kibbey were still looking for an opportunity to get around Davis who was falling off the lead pace. Thunhorst became impatient and dove below Davis on lap 33, but again wasn’t able to complete the pass allowing Kibbey to clear ahead into 4th. Boelke and Shepherd had extended the gap between themselves and Davis to over 1 second and Shepherd started looking to the inside of Boelke.
Going into lap 45, Davis and Kibbey had door-to-door contact down the front stretch sending Davis wildly low across the grass and sliding back up the track in turn one narrowly avoiding contact with Thunhorst. The field shuffled while Davis recovered from the slide and continued running from 5th. Boelke continued to lead as the top 4 quickly started to pull away from the field with Davis holding onto 5th ahead of Goodman. The pace difference again separated the lead battle by over 1 second ahead of the rest of the field going into the second half of the night.
With 40 laps remaining, Boelke reached the first signs of lap traffic with Shepherd, Kibbey, and Thunhorst still tight on his bumper. The field started to spread out around the track into several smaller groups as the green flag run stretched out. With 28 laps remaining, Kibbey went high coming out of turn four making hard contact with the outside wall and spinning into the infield ending his night early. The race stayed under the green flag for another lap until Davis had contact while trying to get around lap traffic. Davis was able to continue running in 4th, but Chris Wolfson had to stop his car on the track to avoid further contact bringing out the caution flag.
Boelke took the green with 21 laps remaining, but Shepherd was able to use the highline to clear ahead into the lead. Thunhorst and Davis followed him around and Boelke dropped back to 4th slotting in ahead of Jeffrey Hardin. The battle for the lead was now between two drivers as Shepherd and Thunhorst quickly pulled away from the rest of the field. As the laps counted down, J R Shepherd was able to hold off Mathew Thunhorst to take the checkered flag with Chris Davis, Austin Boelke, and Jeffrey Hardin rounding out the top 5 tonight at Thompson Speedway.
J R Shepherd holds onto the lead in the point standings tonight with 319 points. Mathew Thunhorst sits in 2nd place with 318 points over Justin Morton with 300 points. Joseph Snyder moved up to 4th with 237 points and Donny Moore rounds out the top 5 with 225 points. Next week, the drivers of the Bootleg Racing League head out to Southern National Speedway for the 8th round of Season 19 on November 12th with all of the action broadcast live at 9PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
04 November 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 6
National Sprint Car Trail | North Wilkesboro Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
James Tiernan took his third checkered flag in a row tonight, this week in his asphalt sprint, in the Bootleg Racing League National Sprint Car Trail at North Wilkesboro Speedway ahead of Justin Morton and Aiden Young. “I was trying to kind of haul, make sure I got in front of [Morton] early”, Tiernan shared with us at the end of his run, “Making sure you have tires underneath you when you’re trying to make those passes is super important in like the asphalt sprint cars and the silver crowns.”
Todd Liston started off the night taking the green flag for the 7-car field in the only heat with Joe Segalla to his outside. Liston had a great jump off the start pulling away to almost 0.5 as the drivers quickly single filed out. Liston continued to stretch out his lead to over 1 second as the laps quickly counted down taking the checkered flag in the end. Soon thereafter Justin Morton lined up on the pole to lead the field around to take the green flag in the 50-lap feature event.
James Tiernan stayed with Morton off the start and the two drivers quickly put almost 1.5 seconds between the lead battle and Jason Menda back in 3rd. Aiden Young was aggressively pushing up through the field up to 5th with 10 laps completed as Bruce Jones slowly closed the gap to Menda for 3rd. Tiernan dove to the inside of Morton to claim the lead for himself on lap 12 completing the move, but Morton stayed tight on Tiernan’s rear bumper keeping the pressure high going forward. Young cleared around Jones and reached the rear of Menda diving low to take away 3rd. Going into the 2nd half of the night, Menda got loose trying to get everything he could out of the car and came together with Jones spinning both drivers into the outside wall.
The drivers restacked to once again take the green flag after that incident with Tiernan still in control of the field. Off the jump, Tiernan and Morton again pulled away from the field. Young may have sacrificed too much getting up into 3rd as he was not able to maintain the same pace as the leaders and started fall back. John Wilson caught Segalla and made a move for 4th place but couldn’t complete it when he got loose coming out of the corner and chose to back out of it for the moment to save the car.
Wilson closed back in on Segalla after recovering and started pressuring him again with 16 laps remaining. Tiernan had built up over 0.5 seconds between himself and Morton and Young had fallen back to over 1.6 seconds. Wilson, Segalla, Jones, and Rory Collins were all tightly paced together and fighting over 4th place with Wilson holding the position going into the final 10 laps. Segalla continued to battle back from the outside and reclaimed 4th when Wilson got loose in turns three and four sliding down into the pit wall bringing out a late race caution.
Tiernan again pulled away as the green came back out. This time around, Morton was not able to stay with the leader and fell back several car lengths going into the final laps. Coming out of the last corner, James Tiernan took the checkered flag for the third week in a row with Justin Morton, Aiden Young, Joe Segalla, and Bruce Jones rounding out the top 5 finishers tonight at North Wilkesboro Speedway.
Aiden Young holds onto the lead in the overall point standings with 387 points. Justin Morton jumped sits in 2nd with 373 points. Bruce Jones holds onto 3rd with 357 points. Rory Collins moved up into 4th with 304 points and Stephen Spies rounds out the top 5 drivers with 299 points. Justin Morton holds onto the Asphalt Sprint points lead with 149 points ahead of Aiden Young and Bruce Jones. The drivers of the Bootleg Racing League head over to Fairbury Speedway on November 11th in the midgets with all of the intense action brought to you live at 10:30PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!