20 May 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 9
Dirt Street Stock Series | The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Brandyn Proudfoot with Jim Beaver eSports claimed his 4th win of the season with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at The Dirt Track at Charlotte ahead of William Hargreaves and Billy Northcutt. “At the beginning of the race everyone was pushing going in then it would snap loose”, Proudfoot commented about the challenges he faced tonight, “It was such a difficult, difficult track and there towards the end I just had to run pretty much a lane off the wall and that was the only way I could get around this place.”
William Hargreaves took the pole for the night with a fast lap clocked at 18.514 and led the first heat to the green flag. Billy Northcutt tried several times to get around Hargreaves by using the inside line, but Hargreaves had superior momentum coming out of the corners and led every lap to the finish line. Johnny Ratley took the green for the second heat with Brandyn Proudfoot challenging to his inside. Similar to the first heat, the outside line was dominate and Ratley defended the line against Proudfoot taking the win.
Bobby Hayes took the green flag to start off the C Main consolation race with J R Shepherd to his outside. Shepherd stayed alongside Hayes for several laps as each driver tried to gain an advantage. With 2 laps to go, Shepherd was able to get a strong run pulling ahead of Hayes with Brennan Myers following behind him pushing Hayes back to 3rd before the checkered flag. Stephen Spies led the B Main event to the green. Spies had a strong launch off the start pulling ahead with Jeffrey Hardin and Jason Best battling over 2nd. Best was able to clear for the position and started to reel Spies back in as the drivers crossed the halfway point. Best was able to close the gap to Spies, but not able to make an attempt at the lead before Spies took the checkered flag.
Hargreaves was on the pole starting off the feature event and opted to start from the outside line with Ratley to his inside and Proudfoot lined up directly behind him. Hargreaves had a good jump off the start as Ratley dropped back to 3rd behind Proudfoot. Proudfoot threw an aggressive slider to clear into the lead forcing Hargreaves to check up hard to avoid contact losing all his momentum. Hargreaves, after collecting himself back up, retook the lead with a slider of his own clearing back in front of Proudfoot.
10 laps into the event, Proudfoot again took the lead away this time around the outside of Hargreaves. Hargreaves and Northcutt were running 2nd and 3rd as they pulled away from the rest of the field, but neither driver was able to match Proudfoot’s pace going into the second half of the 40 lap event. Ratley found himself running alone with over a one second gap ahead and several seconds behind him on track. Northcutt closed in on Hargreaves trying to get within reach to battle for 2nd with Proudfoot pulling further away in the lead.
The majority of the field were trading positions aggressively led by Best in 5th place as the laps counted down. With 10 laps remaining, Proudfoot continued to lead but Hargreaves was able to close the gap as they negotiated through lap traffic. Going into the final stretch, Hargreaves was within reach for a slider but couldn’t clear the move as Proudfoot took the checkered flag with Hargreaves, Northcutt, Ratley, and Best rounding out the top 5 drivers of the night.
Brandyn Proudfoot and William Hargreaves are now tied for the lead in the point standings both with 707 points with only two rounds remaining in the season. Billy Northcutt is in 3rd place with 673 points and out of reach of the championship battle. Bobby Hayes and Jason Best round out the top 5 drivers so far this season. After a brief break for Memorial Day Weekend, the Bootleg Racing League with be back on the track at Limaland Motorsports Park on June 3rd with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
13 May 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 78
Dirt Street Stock Series | Lanier National Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Brandyn Proudfoot with Jim Beaver eSports took the checkered flag for the third time this season with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stocks Series at Lanier National Speedway ahead of Billy Northcutt and William Hargreaves. “I tried to just run the line the best I could and ultimately I just, just made enough time to get that checkered flag”, Proudfoot commented after the race win, “If it was a 50 lapper here it would’ve been a three-way battle for sure.”
William Hargreaves took the pole with a fast lap at 16.272 after arriving on track with just enough time to get one lap in during the qualifying session. Proudfoot started to his outside as the green flag was thrown out starting off the first heat of the night. Hargreaves cleared ahead of Proudfoot off the start with Billy Northcutt battled Jason Best over 3rd. Hargreaves and Proudfoot ran side by side with neither driver showing an advantage over the other going into the final lap. Hargreaves was able to hold on from the outside crossing the line 0.068 over Proudfoot.
Chris Hill and John Wilson led the field to the green for the second and final heat of the night. Hill had a strong launch and cleared in front of Wilson. Wilson stayed with Hill but wasn’t able to challenge for the lead before Hill took the checkered flag. The B Main consolation race was led out by Northcutt with Jeffrey Hardin to his outside. A very good launch from Northcutt gave Jason Best, starting in 3rd, the opportunity to follow him past Hardin and the two drivers started to pull away. Northcutt showed superior speed staying out of reach of Best all the way to the checkered flag and taking the win.
The drivers lined up on track for the feature event behind Hargreaves with Wilson to his inside as the green flag came out. Hargreaves had a good launch pulling out in front of the field. Best and Wilson made contact ending Wilson’s night very early and forcing Best to the rear of the field after spinning around on track. Proudfoot gained the most from the incident moving up into 2nd place and challenging Hargreaves for the lead from the inside line running alongside of each other similar to their heat race earlier.
Hargreaves was able to hold the lead as Proudfoot slid back in line behind the leader. Hargreaves, Proudfoot, and Northcutt pulled away from the rest of the field as the three drivers battled over the lead going into the second half of the race. Hargreaves and Proudfoot traded sliders back and forth for several laps before Proudfoot was able to hold it and started stretching the gap between himself and Hargreaves. Hargreaves and Northcutt had slight contact giving Northcutt an opening to take away 2nd place.
With 10 laps remaining, Northcutt was able to clear into 2nd place as Proudfoot pulled ahead by over 1 second. Northcutt started aggressively closing the gap to Proudfoot in the final laps but wasn’t able to completely close the distance as Proudfoot crossed the line closely followed by Northcutt and Hargreaves, with J R Shepherd and Jason Best rounding out the top 5 finishers of the night.
Brandyn Proudfoot took the points lead away from William Hargreaves tonight with his win now at 627 points, only 1 point ahead of Hargreaves in 2nd place. Billy Northcutt holds onto 3rd with 598 points and Bobby Hayes and Jason Best round out the top 5 drivers of the season with three rounds remaining. The Bootleg Racing League drivers now set their sights to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the next round on May 20th with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast for you live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
06 May 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 7
Dirt Street Stock Series | Fairbury Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Billy Northcutt with the Dirt Panda Racing Team claimed his 2nd win of the season tonight with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Fairbury Speedway ahead of Brandyn Proudfoot and William Hargreaves. “That caution came out and I noticed that [Proudfoot] was right behind me and I as like well my chances of winning just dropped to at least 50/50”, Northcutt joked with us after battling Proudfoot out of the final turn to the checkered flag, “I just went in and stayed focused on the wall… and when I came off the wall he was right there and he backed out of [his slider] though, he wasn’t going to quite clear it or it was going to be right on the nose.”
Billy Northcutt took the pole with a fast lap at 14.56 on the boards in the qualifying session to start off the evening strong. Taking the green flag in the first heat, Northcutt had Proudfoot instantly pressuring for the lead. Proudfoot wasn’t able to find the speed on the inside line almost allowing Matt Shinoski to overtake for 2nd but slammed the door holding the position as he fell in line over 1.5 seconds behind Northcutt as Northcutt took the checkered flag.
Robby Robinson led the second heat event to the green flag with J R Shepherd to his inside. Shepherd tried to stay alongside but fell back to 4th before he was able to get in line while Robinson found himself under attack from Chris Hill and William Hargreaves. Robinson ran the outside pulling away from Hill while Hargreaves threw a failed slider that let Shepherd take 3rd away while Robinson took the win.
The C Main consolation race had Matt Shinoski and Jason Menda on the front row as the green flag came out. Shinoski took off to a strong start from running the outside line with Stephen Spies getting up into 2nd. Spies threw a slider on Shinoski and was able to overtake for the lead as he pulled away out of reach of retaliation from Shinoski or Menda behind him. Menda made contact with the outside wall giving Bobby Hayes a chance to take away 3rd but Menda defended his position while Spies crossed the line for the win.
The B Main consolation race started with Shepherd and Hargreaves on the front row. Shepherd had a good launch off the start clearing Hargreaves for the lead, but Hargreaves stayed close behind with minor contact going through the corners. Hargreaves and Shepherd traded sliders with 4 laps to go with Hargreaves ending with the lead in the end taking the checkered flag with Shepherd still close behind.
Northcutt starting on the pole for the feature event and opted to started from the outside of Robinson as the green flag flew. Northcutt had a great launch as Hill rode the outside line around Robinson who found himself stranded on the inside falling further back in the field. Robinson found a gap to slide up into in 7th place running behind Brandyn Proudfoot. Northcutt continued to lead as Hill and Hargreaves battled hard over 2nd ending in contact sending Hargreaves far back in the field.
As the drivers crossed the halfway point in the race, Northcutt continued to hold the lead holding off Hill and Spies. Proudfoot had gotten up to 4th place and Hargreaves was back inside the top 10 and climbing trying to salvage what he could before the end. Proudfoot started battling with Spies and Hill which allowed Northcutt to pull away building up a gap of over 1 second ahead of Hill.
Going into the last 10 laps, Proudfoot cleared into 2nd place as Hill and Spies came together with both drivers getting sent around. The caution flag was thrown out with 7 laps remaining from that battle putting Proudfoot to the inside of Northcutt at the disadvantage. Northcutt had a good launch, but Proudfoot stayed right on his bumper as the laps counted down. Proudfoot threw an aggressive slider coming out of turn four on the final lap, but Northcutt got a nose back ahead and took the checkered flag.
William Hargreaves holds onto the lead in the point standings after his amazing recovery tonight finishing in 3rd with 548 points. Brandyn Proudfoot closed the gap now off the lead by a mere 2 points with Billy Northcutt close behind with 523 points. Bobby Hayes and Stepen Spies round out the top 5 drivers so far in the season. The Bootleg Racing League now heads over to Lanier National Speedway for the next round on May 13th with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
29 Apr 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 6
Dirt Street Stock Series | Lernerville Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
William Hargreaves with the Dirt Panda Racing Team led every lap and took the checkered flag for the 2nd week in a row in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Lernerville Speedway ahead of Brandyn Proudfoot and J R Shepherd. “That was a good race for sure, tough track to drive”, Hargreaves commented after his strong performance tonight, “You just gotta be real careful about it and not make mistakes and I was fortunate tonight. I really didn’t make any mistake and was able to come home with the win.”
The night started off with William Hargreaves taking the pole with a 17.796 in qualifying beating Brandyn Proudfoot by only 0.001 as the drivers took the track for the first heat. Jason Best started to the inside of Hargreaves as the field took the green flag. Hargreaves had a strong launch off the start and the field quickly single filed out behind him with Best sliding back to 3rd behind Chirs Hill. Hargreaves took the win with a 0.5 second gap over Hill in the end.
Proudfoot and Billy Northcutt started on the front row of the second heat of the night with Proudfoot opting to start from the outside line. Proudfoot quickly pulled away from the field while Northcutt had to defend the 2nd position from John Wilson successfully holding the position across the line. Jason Best took the green flag in the C Main event ahead of J R Shepherd. Best led every lap to the checkered as the field stayed mostly single file with the exception of Robbie Robinson and Stephen Spies battling hard over 3rd place with Spies taking the position on the final lap.
The B Main event started with Wilson in the lead. A great start over Bobby Hayes gave Wilson a strong lead that Wilson continued to build on throughout the race maintaining a gap of around 0.5 over Hayes as they crossed the line. With the conclusion of the consolation events, the drivers lined up on track for the feature event with Hargreaves and Proudfoot on the front row. Hargreaves had a good launch clearing ahead of Proudfoot with Northcutt coming up behind from 3rd and also able to clear Proudfoot into 2nd on the first lap.
Spies made a strong charge sliding in behind Northcutt forcing Proudfoot down low and back to 4th place going into the 10th lap with Wilson close behind looking to take advantage. 14 laps into the race, Northcutt miscalculated and slid over the berm and feel to the rear of the field before rejoining the track. This allowed Spies, Proudfoot, and Wilson to all move up one spot behind Hargreaves still leading the field. Wilson made a similar mistake a few laps later falling to the back and shuffling the leading order again with Shepherd and Joe Segalla rounding out the top 5 behind Hargreaves, Spies, and Proudfoot.
Proudfoot tried running the low line several times to overtake Spies in 2nd place but couldn’t find the speed coming out of the corners to outpace the momentum Spies carried down the straightaways. An unfortunate moment for Spies as his right rear tire hooked the berm in turn three sent him hard into the outside wall. Bobby Hayes moved up into the top 5 after that incident following Segalla as the battle for the lead intensified going into the final 10 laps between Hargreaves and Proudfoot.
In the final laps, Hargreaves managed to pull away and build a 0.8 second gap over Proudfoot as a caution was thrown out with 2 laps remaining. Restarting single file, Hargreaves had the advantage over Proudfoot as he took the green and white flags together. Proudfoot sent an aggressive dive below Hargreaves, but it wasn’t enough in the end as Proudfoot was forced to slide in behind Hargreaves as they crossed the line with Shepherd, Hayes, and Best rounding out the top 5 finishers.
William Hargreaves further extended his lead in the point standings with his win tonight now with 478 points and 10 points ahead of Brandyn Proudfoot. Billy Northcutt sits in 3rd with 439 points after his great recovery in the end and Bobby Hayes and Jason Best round out the top 5 drivers as the drivers now start the second half of the season. The Bootleg Racing League now heads over Fairbury Speedway on May 6th for the next round of Season 11 with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
22 Apr 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 5
Dirt Street Stock Series | Cedar Lake Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Billy Northcutt with the Dirt Panda Racing Team led flag to flag for the win tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stocks Series at Cedar Lake Speedway ahead of Brandyn Proudfoot and William Hargreaves. “That was a really fun race… I’d give money for [an] all green race tonight so I don’t have to get nervous if I’m up here leading and everybody accomplished that.”, Northcutt commented after his dominating run tonight, “I can’t guarantee that I was the fastest car on the track, but [Hargreaves] and [Proudfoot] were racing clean once they got behind me.”
Billy Northcutt sat on the pole with a fast time at 15.878 in the qualifying session tonight around 0.03 faster than William Hargreaves, Brandyn Proudfoot, and Jason Best behind him. Northcutt and Proudfoot shared the front row as the green flag came out over the first heat of the evening. Northcutt dominated the event taking the win ahead of Proudfoot by over 0.5 crossing the line. Hargreaves had Best to his inside as he took the green in the second heat. Hargreaves had a strong launch off the start pulling ahead and leading every lap to the checkered flag while Best battled with John Wilson holding onto 2nd place in the end.
Stephen Spies started out front for the C-Main consolation race with Bobby Hayes to his outside. Spies cleared Hayes early with Joe Segalla challenging Hayes for 2nd place. Spies and Hayes were able to separate themselves from the rest of the field to battle over the lead as the white flag came out with Spies able to hold the lead for the win. Wilson was leading the field to the inside of J R Shepherd to start off the B-Main consolation. A great launch from Wilson allowed him to clear Shepherd quickly taking control of the field. Running single file, Wilson led Shepherd and Hunter Hill to the checkered flag unchallenged.
Billy Northcutt took the green flag in the 40-lap feature event opting to start from the outside line with Hargreaves to the inside. Northcutt took a very high line jumping out to a strong lead over Hargreaves with Best, Proudfoot, and Spies following single file behind. The top 5 were able to pull away from the rest of the field with Bobby Hayes leading the second group ahead of Wilson and Shepherd. 10 laps down, Proudfoot overtook Best with an aggressive slider and Best wasn’t able to get the crossover completed in time to hold back Proudfoot’s advance.
Northcutt and Hargreaves built a two second gap ahead of Proudfoot as they crossed the halfway mark. Spies, Best, and Hayes battled over 4th as Wilson and Shepherd waited for an opportunity from behind. Wilson stuck his nose in and was able to get around Hayes into 6th with 15 laps remaining as Spies still led the rear pack from 4th place. Northcutt still led the field, but Proudfoot had reeled the leaders back in and overtook Hargreaves now right behind Northcutt.
Going into the final 5 laps over the race, Northcutt had caught up to lap traffic with Proudfoot pressuring for the lead. Negotiating through the rear of the field, Northcutt used the lap traffic to hold Proudfoot at bay and took the checkered flag crossing the line 0.142 ahead of Proudfoot with Hargreaves, Spies, and Best rounding out tonight’s top 5 finishers.
William Hargreaves continues to lead the points standings with 394 points after finishing 3rd tonight. Brandyn Proudfoot closed to gap from 2nd place to only 6 points with Billy Northcutt in 3rd place with 374 points, 20 points off the lead. Bobby Hayes and Johnny Ratley round out the top 5 drivers at this point in the season. The Bootleg Racing League now heads over to Lernerville Speedway on April 29th for the next round with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
15 Apr 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 4
Dirt Street Stock Series | I-55 Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
William Hargreaves with the Dirt Panda Racing Team led every lap to the checkered flag tonight with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at the I-55 Speedway ahead of Brandyn Proudfoot and Billy Northcutt. “It’s a great track, I think it’s pretty racy all around really.”, Hargreaves commented after his photo finish win tonight, “My only hope was to defend that slider line. I knew [Proudfoot] was going to go for it, and I just had to send it down there as far as I could and hope it worked.”
William Hargreaves and Billy Northcutt started the night off matching fast laps at 14.565 in qualifying with the pole going to Hargreaves who led the field to the green from the front row inside of Brandyn Proudfoot in the first heat. After several attempts on the lead from Proudfoot, Hargreaves was able to hold him off and take the checkered flag. Billy Northcutt led the second heat with Chris Davis to his outside.
Northcutt cleared Davis quickly and instantly went on the defensive not giving Davis an opportunity to challenge him. John Wilson and Chris Hill started the B Main consolation race from the front row. A strong launch from Wilson set him off to a good start as the field single filed out. Wilson was able to outpace the rest of the field pulling away by over 0.7 before taking the checkered flag.
Hargreaves took the field to the green flag starting off the 40-lap feature event with Northcutt to his inside. Hargreaves wasn’t able to clear Northcutt as the drivers battled side by side around the first few laps before Northcutt slid back into 2nd to defend against Brandyn Proudfoot close behind in 3rd. Chris Davis started challenging for 3rd trading sliders with Proudfoot back and forth as the drivers passed the 10-lap mark.
Proudfoot was able to get to the outside of Northcutt but wasn’t able to clear as Proudfoot made contact with the outside wall and found himself back in another heated battle with Davis. The battle came to a head as Proudfoot got loose and fell behind Chris Hill before settling back in 5th ahead of Joe Segalla. Going into the second half of the event, Davis and Hill battled hard over 3rd and Hargreaves managed to pull away from Northcutt by over 2 seconds.
Davis and Hill came together with 10 laps to go unfortunately sending both drivers around and to the rear of the field. The gap of over 2.5 seconds that Hargreaves had built over Northcutt was taken away as the caution came out from that incident. Hargreaves ran the outside line to clear Northcutt, but Proudfoot took advantage of the restart to stay with the leader and quickly took 2nd place away. Proudfoot made a hard charge for the front, but it wasn’t enough in the end as they crossed the line slamming doors with Hargreaves crossed the line 0.029 ahead of Proudfoot.
William Hargreaves took the lead away from Johnny Ratley with his win tonight now with 317 points total. Brandyn Proudfoot moved up to 2nd place 7 points behind the leader. Billy Northcutt trails behind in 3rd at 290 points with Ratley and Bobby Hayes rounding out the top 5 in the points standings 4 weeks into the season. The drivers now set their sights to Cedar Lake Speedway on April 22nd with all of the mudslinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM EDT only on the Virtual Grip Network!
08 Apr 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 3
Dirt Street Stock Series | Volusia Speedway Park
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Johnny Ratley with the Dirt Panda Racing Team took the checkered flag for the first time this season tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Volusia Speedway Park beating out William Hargreaves and Billy Northcutt. “It felt like the top was the place to be in the beginning”, Ratley told us after the race, “[The] last restart of the race, [Hargreaves] took the high side and then I was just grinning because I knew that bottom was coming in and I was able to sneak on by him.”
William Hargreaves stood at the top of the boards starting the evening off with a fast lap of 19.46 in qualifying beating Johnny Ratley by 0.02. Hargreaves swept the first heat of the night holding off Billy Northcutt pressuring from behind. Ratley took the win in the second heat beating Brandyn Proudfoot to the line. Jason Best took the win in the C Main consolation as Chris Hill got around Bobby Hayes taking 2nd place before the end. In the final consolation race, J R Shepherd took the win in the B Main event ahead of John Wilson.
Hargreaves and Ratley battled hard over the lead immediately going into the feature event with Northcutt and Proudfoot catching the lead in the first few laps. The battle intensified with no driver giving an inch as Hargreaves continued to hold onto the lead. Proudfoot slid back to 4th behind Northcutt with Ratley looking to the inside of Hargreaves giving the lead over to Ratley going into the second half of the race.
As the battle continued, more drivers caught up to the front with Jason Best and J R Shepherd joining the pack. The top six drivers pressured each other hard as Proudfoot struggled and dropped back to 5th behind Best. Best continued his forward momentum diving to the inside of Northcutt but wasn’t able to complete the move. With 10 laps to go Shepherd tried to use the low line to get around Proudfoot and was denied as Proudfoot slammed the door. Proudfoot tried to recover some positions throwing a slider on Best, but Best anticipated the move and completed a cross over retaking 4th with Proudfoot going high into the outside wall and dropping back to 7th behind Chris Hill.
Proudfoot threw a slider to move back up to 6th behind Shepherd but found himself too far back to make up much more ground. The final laps saw Hargreaves and Northcutt trading sliders back and forth battling hard over 2nd place with Hargreaves taking the position in the end as the Dirt Panda Racing Team crossed the line 1st, 2nd, and 3rd with Johnny Ratley taking the checkered flag.
Johnny Ratley now leads in the points standings with 241 points followed by William Hargreaves in 2nd only 8 points behind. Brandyn Proudfoot dropped back to 3rd in the points after struggling tonight 9 points behind Ratley. Billy Northcutt and Jason Best round out the top five drivers of the season with eight races remaining. The drivers now set their sights to the I-55 Speedway for the first time in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series on April 15th and all of the action can be seen live at 7:10PM EDT only on the Virtual Grip Network!
01 Apr 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 2
Dirt Street Stock Series | Weedsport Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Brandon Proudfoot with Jim Beaver eSports wins his second week in a row in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Weedsport Speedway beating Johnny Ratley and William Hargreaves to the finish line. “After about 20 to go… about from that point onwards”, Proudfoot commented about the hard-fought battle against Ratley running side by side through the second half of the feature event, “One restart I got a pretty good start over [Ratley] and I tried the inside but my, because I ran the top the whole night, my right rear wasn’t having any of it.”
Brandyn Proudfoot started the night off strong on the pole with a fast lap at 17.691 in qualifying. Proudfoot beat Johnny Ratley to the line taking the win in the first heat of the night. Jason Best led the field in the second heat with Chris Davis to his outside. The two drivers traded sliders early with Best taking the win in the end. Williams Hargreaves started the third and final heat of the night with Billy Northcutt to his outside. Hargreaves took the win as John Wilson kept the pressure on Northcutt but wasn’t able to make a pass before the checkered flag.
The C Main had Stephen Spies and Wilson on the front row as the green flag came out. Spies had a good launch off the start pulling away as Bobby Hayes and John Wilson battled over 2nd place. Hayes briefly cleared for the position before Wilson dove in deep and took it back holding it to the checkered flag. J R Shepherd led the B Main to the green flag with Wade Burris to his outside. Contact in the first turn collected 3 of the drivers shuffling the pack with Jackie Whaley coming home in 2nd place behind Shepherd.
Proudfoot and Best started the feature on the front row with Proudfoot being the only driver of the night to opt for starting on the outside line putting Best to his inside. Ratley, Hargreaves, and Northcutt wasted no time moving to the front to pressure Proudfoot who continued to be one of only a few drivers to run the high line. Ratley and Hargreaves battled hard over 2nd place with Northcutt waiting behind to take advantage lap after lap as the field entered the second half of the 40 lap event.
The battling behind him allowed Proudfoot to build up a gap over Ratley who cleared for 2nd place. Going into 10 laps to go, Ratley completely closed the gap up to Proudfoot and started making moves trying to take the lead away from the inside. Proudfoot relied on the momentum from the outside line to keep the lead exiting the turns staying just out of reach of a slider from Ratley as they ran side by side with the laps counting down. Hargreaves caught the battle in the final laps and had to checkup to avoid contact with Ratley coming home in 3rd with Proudfoot taking the win over Ratley by 0.183 at the line.
Brandyn Proudfoot takes off to an early lead for the season with 167 points, 9 points ahead of Johnny Ratley in 2nd place in the points standings. Rounding out the top 5 so far this season are William Hargreaves in 3rd place with 152 points, Billy Northcutt in 4th place with 138 points, and Chris Davis in 5th place with 125 points. The drivers now make their way over to Volusia Speedway Park for the third round of the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series on April 8th and all of the dirt slinging action will be broadcast live at 7:10PM EDT only on the Virtual Grip Network!
25 Mar 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 1
Dirt Street Stock Series | Eldora Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Brandyn Proudfoot with Jim Beaver eSports took the first win of the season in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Eldora Speedway ahead of Johnny Ratley and William Hargreaves. The second half of the race happened amidst dense traffic that Proudfoot and Ratley had to negotiate while battling over the lead. Proudfoot told us the traffic made for some great racing, “We have a little bit of a mixed community here at Bootleg Racing League. A lot of guys that do the asphalt program in the Grand National Series… a lot of those guys also tread over here. So, it’s kind of interesting because you get a mixed reaction [from the lap down cars when approaching].”
Johnny Ratley took the pole tonight with a fast lap of 19.146 and took the win in the first heat of the night after pulling away from the rest of the field by over 1.2 seconds. Brandyn Proudfoot won the second heat, but it was a much closer finish than what Ratley had. The third and final heat of the night came down to a battle between William Hargreaves and Billy Northcutt with Hargreaves taking the checkered flag. Chris Davis and Stephen Spies led every lap in each of their respective consolation races taking the checkered flag.
Johnny Ratley led the field to the green in the 40-lap feature event with Brandyn Proudfoot to this inside. Ratley had a strong start building up a gap between himself and Proudfoot as both drivers pulled away from William Hargreaves and Bill Northcutt battling over 3rd place. 10 laps into the race, Proudfoot was able to reel Ratley back in and started pressuring for the lead with a slider. The two leaders continued to throw sliders back and forth for several laps before Proudfoot settled back in behind Ratley with 20 laps remaining.
The second half of the race brought a new challenge as the leaders caught the rear of the field and started negotiating through heavy traffic. With only 10 laps to go, Ratley continued to lead until Proudfoot took control of the highline and used lap traffic to block Ratley behind him single file. This gave Proudfoot the chance he needed to pull away. Ratley went to work getting back up close to Proudfoot but there weren’t enough laps left for him to attempt a pass as Proudfoot crossed the finish line.
The drivers made a strong statement tonight going into the new season racing all 40 laps without a single caution flag thrown at Eldora Speedway. Johnny Ratley proved that he is able to challenge Proudfoot and showed the crowd that he doesn’t plan on letting Proudfoot run away with the championship this time around. Now the drivers with the Bootleg Racing League set their sights to Weedsport Speedway for the second round on April 1st broadcast live at 7PM EDT only on the Virtual Grip Network!
18 Mar 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 10 | Round 11
Dirt Street Stock Series | Knoxville Raceway
Brandyn Proudfoot took the checkered flag in the final round of the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Knoxville Raceway ahead of Jim Reavis and Brennan Myers closing out the season. “I kind of just tried to stay patient, stay up there, and I got up to like 6th and then I was able to actually get into a rhythm and really just start checking off boxes.”, Proudfoot told us about fighting the track in a very damaged car tonight, “It wasn’t so much the car more than it was the cushion. It was really, really aggressive especially there in turn one.”
William Hargreaves took the overall pole in qualifying and lead position in the first heat race with a fast lap of 22.566. The other heats would be led to the green flag by Jason Best at 22.579, Chris Davis at 22.582, and Brandyn Proudfoot at 22.585. Hargreaves started off the first heat with Lon Franks to his outside. Hargreaves held the inside line tight holding off Franks behind him and taking the win. Best had Jim Reavis to his outside as the second heat started and also choose the inside line as Stephen Spies challenged Reavis for 2nd off the launch but conceded and fell in behind Reavis in 3rd. Best took the win as Spies sent his car deep into the corner and took 2nd place away from Reavis as they crossed the line.
Davis had Eli Shaffer to his outside as the green flag came out over the third heat. Davis had a strong launch and cleared Shaffer going through the first corner, but Shaffer was putting him under pressure right away. After several failed pass attempts, Davis held onto the lead with Shaffer and Bobby Hayes banging doors coming around the final lap with Shaffer coming home in 2nd. Proudfoot started the final heat sharing the front row with J R Shepherd. With a later launch than expected, Proudfoot cleared Shepherd quickly but wasn’t able to pull away as we’ve seen from him throughout the season. Shepherd stayed with reach of Proudfoot but couldn’t get a strong enough run to challenge for the lead as Proudfoot took the checkered flag.
The C Main event began with Jackie Whaley and Brennan Myers on the front row. Whaley had an early launch quickly pulling ahead of the field as Myers was under pressure from Neville Ulph with Hunter Hill waiting close behind to take advantage from 4th place. Myers was able to clear into 2nd place with Hill tucking in behind and pinning Ulph to the inside with the high line becoming the more preferred line. Justin Simmons followed suit tucking in tight behind Hill as Ulph continued to fight from the inside. Whaley took the win ahead of Myers and Hill with Ulph able to hold onto 4th in the end and Simmons taking the final transfer spot to the feature.
The B Main event started with Reavis and Chris Hill on the front row. Reavis choose a low line as Chris Hill went high quickly closing the gap and getting into position to challenge for the lead. Reavis took notice and moved up to the higher line to block forcing Hill to try to run low to advance, but Hill couldn’t get enough speed coming out of the corners to make the pass. Reavis took the checkered flag with Hill, Glenn Townsend, Jeffrey Hardin, and Matt Shinoski claiming the rest of the transfer spots into the feature event.
The 19-car feature event field was led to the green by William Hargreaves with Jason Best to his outside. With a good launch, Hargreaves was able to clear Best off the start and moved up high. Chris Davis stayed low trying to make use of the inside line staying door to door with Best and clearing for 2nd as Lon Franks repeated the move on Davis and took 2nd for himself a lap later, but a caution came out when contact was made been Glenn Townsend and Neville Ulph in the middle of the field sending Ulph around and giving 2nd place back to Davis.
Off the restart, several cars throughout the field in different battles were making contact as the caution came back out with a few cars going sideways on track. Going back green for the 7th lap, Hargreaves opted to restart from the outside with a strong launch as Franks and Davis got around Best shuffling Best back to 4th. The third caution of the evening came out 8 laps into the event Shaffer and Hunter Hill came together and collected drivers coming up quickly from behind. The 9th lap started with Hargreaves getting another strong jump ahead of Franks as Franks tucked in behind Hargreaves and got around Davis who had to accept 3rd. Stephen Spies tried to make a pass around Davis to the inside, but Best gave Davis a hard shove from behind keeping Davis in 3rd.
Hargreaves and Franks pulled away from the field and battled over the lead ahead of Best in 3rd as they crossed the halfway point of the feature. Proudfoot was making a hard charge through the field up to 4th ahead of both Davis and Spies and closing quickly on Best. Shepherd was spun around in a battle, but the caution was not thrown out as Franks jumped ahead of Hargreaves after Hargreaves made contact with the outside wall losing all of his momentum and dropping back to 2nd. Proudfoot caught up to the leaders with 15 laps to go and quickly took 2nd place away from Hargreaves after more contact with the wall left his car damaged and forced him to pull into the pits ending his race early.
Proudfoot continually had the fastest lap times on track as he closed on Franks. With 10 laps to go, Proudfoot started pressuring Franks for the lead as the caution came out when Chris Hill and Brennan Myers came together along the outside wall sending Hill around. In a single file restart, Franks led the field to the green followed by Proudfoot and Best with only 9 laps remaining. Franks had a good launch but wasn’t able to shake Proudfoot who stayed on his bumper going high into the turn. Another caution halted the action when Davis over rotated on the start and came to a stop on track.
With 8 laps left, Franks again had a strong jump with Proudfoot close behind looking to the inside. Proudfoot cleared Franks with a slider, but when Franks went to pull off a crossover move, he made contact and both leading drivers were turned sideways in traffic causing a massive checkup in the field and several other collisions as the caution came out. With the timing of the caution, the lead was given to Proudfoot with Franks going into the pits with damage. Proudfoot was showing signs of damage with his car out of shape going through the corner, but another caution came out with 5 laps to go as several incidents happened throughout the field behind. Proudfoot stayed out again for the restart and was able to hold onto the lead as he took the checkered flag.
Brandyn Proudfoot officially became the season champion as the night came to a close, with 842 points, over William Hargreaves who put up a strong fight through the season coming in 2nd place. Season 11 starts next Friday as the Bootleg Racing League moves to Eldora Speedway resetting the point standings and giving all drivers a fresh start at the next championship battle starting on March 25th broadcast at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!