27 January 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 4
Dirt Super Late Model Series | Lincoln Speedway
Brandyn Proudfoot took the checkered flag tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Super Late Model Series at Lincoln Speedway ahead of Aiden Young and John Heyn. “The car wasn’t really suited the best for the top side so it was really comfortable there in the middle for me and I was just kind of nurturing my tires through the middle making sure not to spin”, Proudfoot commented with us as the night came to a close, “The street stock, it’s what I do in real life… the late models also I hold dear to me because that’s the car I like to drive [in iRacing], that’s the one I have the most experience in.”
Brandyn Proudfoot sat at the top of the timing and scoring boards during qualifying tonight with a 4-lap average time set at 15.141 beating out William Hargreaves by almost 0.1 and followed it up by holding off Thomas Vickers to take the first heat win of the night and secured the pole for the 30-lap feature event later on in the evening. William Hargreaves took the 2nd heat win and Aiden Young took the checkered flag in the consolation race wrapping up the preliminary events.
Proudfoot opted to start the feature off from the outside placing Hargreaves to his inside as the green flag came out. Proudfoot had a strong jump off the start quickly clearing into the lead with Stephen Spies and Vickers battling side by side over 3rd. Vickers was able to use the outside to roll around Spies closing the gap to Hargreaves keeping the pressure up on the leaders in the opening laps. Spies made contact with the outside wall and quickly dropped back into the field before he was able to recover.
Proudfoot was still in control of the field ahead of Hargreaves after the first 10 laps. Vickers caught the leaders and made minor contact knocking Proudfoot loose and Hargreaves was quick to take advantage clearing into the lead himself. John Heyn was up to 4th with his Gambler Motorsports teammate Stephen Spies directly behind him searching for a way to advance up through the pack. Proudfoot found himself back in 3rd struggling to find a way around Vickers going into the 2nd half of the night.
Heyn made hard contact with the outside wall sending himself around on the track and falling back to 11th place as the caution came out. Hargreaves was still in control of the field as racing resumed with Proudfoot again battling side by side with Vickers for 2nd place. In a shocking upset, contact between Vickers and Hargreaves sent both drivers around handing the lead back to Proudfoot with Aiden Young in 2nd for the restart with 11 laps remaining. Proudfoot cleared ahead of Young off the jump as a large gap started to build up between Young and Jason Menda in 3rd.
Young tried to take advantage of a mistake from Proudfoot but was able to stay on the inside of Proudfoot going into the final laps as Young connected with the outside wall and fell back several car lengths behind the leader. A late race caution restacked the field for a 2-lap shootout to the end with Heyn back up to 3rd after his earlier incident. As the final green flag was thrown, Brandyn Proudfoot jumped out ahead of Aiden Young to take the checkered flag with John Heyn, Jason Menda, and William Hargreaves rounding out the top 5 tonight at Lincoln Speedway.
Aiden Young holds the lead in the point standings with 299 points over William Hargreaves in 2nd place 5 points behind. Jason Dill sits in 3rd place with 247 points with Stephen Spies and Thomas Vickers rounding out the top 5 drivers going into the 5th round of the season. The Bootleg Racing League next heads to Kokomo Speedway on February 3rd with all of the dirt slinging action brought to you live at 8:40PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
20 January 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 3
Dirt Super Late Model Series | Cedar Lake Speedway
Thomas Vickers with Richard Murtaugh Racing took the checkered flag tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Super Late Model Series at Cedar Lake Speedway ahead of Aiden Young and William Hargreaves. “I was just waiting on the right opportunity to make the pass and then I saw it open up and I took my chances”, Vickers shared with us at the end of the night, “You just have to make sure you stay on your marks and things like that, it can easily get you up out of rhytym and mess you up when you have cautions like that.”
Jason Dill took the top spot on the timing and scoring boards with a 4-lap average set at 13.062 knocking Thomas Vickers back to 2nd in the final moments of qualifying to start off the night and led the first heat around to take the green flag. Dill held off Chris Davis to take the first checkered flag a secured the pole for the feature event later in the evening. Thomas Vickers and Aiden Young won the remaining heats with Jason Menda taking the consolation race win.
Dill led the 17-car field around to take the green flag for the feature event with Vickers to his outside. In the opening laps, Dill wasn’t able to defend against a slider from Vickers to take away the lead. After getting out front, Vickers wasted no time pulling away building up a 1.5 second lead with only 5 laps behind them. Dill made contact with the outside wall on lap 8 allowing several drivers to clear around him as his fell back in the field to 9th.
Young stayed close behind Vickers as Hargreaves and Davis battled over 3rd with 10 laps completed. After clearing ahead of Davis, Hargreaves saw an opportunity to get under Young but wasn’t able to hold pace and fell back to 3rd crossing into the 2nd half of the race. Dill was aggressively pushing back up through the field closing the gap to Davis as he climbed back into the top 5. Vickers again started to pull away building a gap between himself and Young with 10 laps remaining.
The leaders were making calculated moves as they had to negotiate through dense lap traffic in the final laps. Hargreaves was trying to challenge Young but repeatedly was forced to fall back in line to avoid traffic. A late race caution restacked the field with 4 laps remaining erasing the 2 second gap Vickers had created to that point. On the restart, Thomas Vickers got a great launch and led the field around to take the checkered flag with Aiden Young, William Hargreaves, Chris Davis, and Jason Dill rounding out the top 5 tonight at Cedar Lake.
Aiden Young jumps up to the lead in the point standings with 227 points over William Hargreaves in 2nd place 4 points behind. Jason Dill sits in 3rd place with 190 points with Matt Durbin and Jeff Sharp rounding out the top 5 drivers going into the 4th round of the season. The Bootleg Racing League next heads to Lincoln Speedway on January 27th with all of the dirt slinging action brought to you live at 8:40PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
13 January 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 2
Dirt Super Late Model Series | Lucas Oil Speedway
Stephen Spies with Gambler Motorsports took the checkered flag tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Super Late Model Series presented by Whiteriver LLC at Lucas Oil Speedway ahead of Brandyn Proudfoot and Aiden Young. “Once we finally got rolling there that actually was a lot of fun”, Spies shared with us as the night came to a close after running a perfect race, “I really like this track and it just felt real comfortable in the setup and it just was rolling, it felt easy.”
Stephen Spies with Gambler Motorsports stood atop the timing and scoring boards in qualifying setting a 4-lap average of 14.389 beating Bradlee Means in 2nd place by over 0.1 seconds. Spies went on to lead every lap in the first heat and take the win ahead of William Hargreaves. Bradlee Means and Brandyn Proudfoot took the remaining heat wins. James Ray and Billy Northcutt took their respectively consolation race wins leading up to the 30-lap feature event.
Spies led the 20-car field around to take the green flag with Means to his inside. Spies got a great jump off the start but further back in the field other drivers struggled as several drivers came together sending Proudfoot into the outside wall and bringing out an early caution. Spies got another good jump off the restart, but again the field struggled sending Hargreaves around immediately bringing out another caution. After more failed restarts, Spies was able to get another good jump off the start going into lap 5 with Proudfoot following him along the top side into 2nd place.
Proudfoot immediately went for the lead along with Aiden Young going 3 wide. Spies reclaimed the lead as Proudfoot and Young continued to battle over 2nd place with another caution halting the action with 10 laps completed and leading into more failed restarts with the a few drivers mistiming the jump and collecting several others. Spies took the green going into lap 11 with Proudfoot and Young continuing their battle for 2nd. Spies took advantage of the situation to pull away from the field by over 0.7 seconds going into the 2nd half of the evening.
Hargreaves was defending against Matt Durbin for 4th place while Proudfoot and Young extended their gap ahead of the rest of the field to over 2 seconds as Spies caught lap traffic for the first time in the night. Spies was forced to checkup for a lap car allowing Proudfoot and Young to quickly close on him and Proudfoot dove low to take the lead as the caution came out placing him back in 2nd place for the single file restart with 9 laps remaining. Spies was under immediate pressure from both Proudfoot and Young off the restart.
Proudfoot made a minor mistake along the outside line allowing Spies to pull away as Young continued to challenge for 2nd place. Young repeatedly tried to make something happen on the bottom of the track but couldn’t match Proudfoot’s momentum coming out of the corners as the laps quickly counted down. Stephen Spies extended his lead out to over 1 second to take the checkered flag tonight with Brandyn Proudfoot, Aiden Young, Bradlee Means, and William Hargreaves rounding out the top 5 at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Stephen Spies take control of the lead in the point standings with 158 points over William Hargreaves in 2nd place 8 points behind. Aiden Young sits in 3rd place with 148 points with Matt Durbin and Jeff Sharp rounding out the top 5 drivers going into the 3rd round of the season. The Bootleg Racing League next heads to Cedar Lake Speedway on January 20th with all of the dirt slinging action brought to you live at 8:40PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
06 January 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 1
Dirt Super Late Model Series | Lernerville Speedway
William Hargreaves with Dirt Panda Racing took the checkered flag tonight with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Super Late Model Series at Lernerville Speedway ahead of Aiden Young and Stephen Spies. “I’m not very good in these… I don’t run them much and so I got everything I can do just to hang on to this thing”, Hargreaves commented as the night came to a close, “That was a very unfortunate break for Vickers tonight, that was definitely his race to win.”
Thomas Vickers with Richard Murtaugh Racing had the fast 4-lap average set at 14.293 at the top of the timing and scoring boards as qualifying came to a close and the drivers started lining up for the heat events. Vickers claimed the checkered flag in the first heat and secured the pole for the upcoming feature with John Heyn and William Hargreaves winning their respective heats. Billy Northcutt and Matt Hoose won the following consolation races leading up to the 30-lap feature event.
Vickers quickly cleared ahead of Heyn off the green flag with Hargreaves moving up into 2nd before Heyn could get settled into 3rd ahead of Stephen Spies. Hargreaves closed in on the rear bumper of Vickers keeping the pressure up in the early stages of the night. Heyn was forced wide and went off the track through turns three and four recovering back in 12th. Vickers continued to hold of Hargreaves with Spies under pressure from Aiden Young battling for 3rd.
Going into the 2nd half of the race, Spies made a move for 2nd before going off the backstretch dropping back behind Young in 4th. Vickers was starting to build up a strong gap ahead of Hargreaves of over 2.8 seconds while the leaders were aggressively negotiating through dense lap traffic as the caution came out with 10 laps remaining. In a shocking upset, contact between lap drivers resulted in Jason Menda being pushed up the track and making hard contact with Vickers coming around his outside. Vickers was sent off the back of turn one making hard contact with the outside wall giving the lead over to Hargreaves.
In the final laps, Hargreaves maintained a 0.5 second gap on Young. Coming out of the final corner, Young closed the gap to the lead but not enough to make an attempt for the lead as William Hargreaves took the checkered flag ahead of Aiden Young with Stephen Spies, Matt Durbin, and Jeff Sharp rounding out the top 5 tonight at Lernerville Speedway.
William Hargreaves starts the new season off in the lead with 82 points. Aiden Young, Stephen Spies, Matt Durbin, and Jeff Sharp round of the top 5 in the point standings after the first round. The Bootleg Racing League next heads to Lucas Oil Speedway on January 13th with all of the dirt slinging action brought to you live at 8:40PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!