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!
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!
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!
28 October 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 5
National Sprint Car Trail | Gateway Motorsports Park
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
James Tiernan took his silver crown all the way to Victory Lane tonight in the Bootleg Racing League National Sprint Car Trail at Gateway Motorsports Park ahead of Justin Morton and Aiden Young. “I tried my best not to look in my rear view mirror much of that race it was just a matter of keeping my head down running my line and making sure I was where I needed to be”, Tiernan shared with us as the night wound down, “It was just a matter of me running my line and making sure I didn’t make any mistakes to kind of let him get a nose in where I didn’t want him.”
James Tiernan took the pole in qualifying with a quick 4-lap average time of 31.259 with Justin Morton only 0.012 seconds behind him in 2nd. As the green flag came out, Tiernan jumped out to a strong lead with Morton slotting in behind him. Bruce Jones secured 3rd as a battle over 5th involving Rory Collins, Jason Menda, and Aiden Young started to heat up. Menda was running the high line as Collins tried to close the door ahead of Young. Young had a good run going along the inside and couldn’t checkup in time to avoid contact. Young was knocking into the infield as Collins was sent up the track into Menda, both drivers make hard contact with the outside wall going into the 2nd lap of the night and bringing out an early caution.
As racing resumed, Jones tried to get to the inside of Morton but wasn’t able to match Morton’s pace along the outside. Young was looking to the inside of Todd Liston for 4th taking away the position going into lap 4. Morton closed the gap back up to Tiernan as the leaders pulled away from the rest of the field with over 1 second between them and Jones in 3rd. Young got the inside of Jones quickly moving up into 3rd but the gap to the leaders continued to stretch out.
Menda was still recovering from the earlier incident and had climbed back up to 6th close behind Liston looking to the inside several times. With 13 laps completed, both Liston and Menda got loose on corner exit forcing Menda down the track to avoid contact and giving him the opening he needed to move up into 5th as the drivers continued to run. Morton was still keeping the pressure high on Tiernan with only 0.1 seconds between the two with Morton looking to the inside but unable to complete the move.
Going into the 2nd half of the night, Tiernan started weaving his line down the straights in an attempt to break the draft for Morton behind him as the lead battle extended out to over 4 seconds ahead of Young. With the laps counting down, the field had become spread out around the track. The only active battles were for the lead between Tiernan and Morton and over 3rd place between Young and Jones with 20 laps remaining.
A late race caution came out with 11 laps to go when Joe Segalla got loose coming out of turn four with Collins behind him. Segalla wasn’t able to recover before making hard contact with the inside wall resulting in significant damage. The field restacked for the restart changing the dynamic of the race placing Young and Jones back with the leaders. Tiernan got another good jump off the restart. Morton cleared into 2nd ahead of Young while Menda got to the inside of Jones.
Jones went wide in the corner and made minor contact with the outside wall allowing Menda to secure the position with Liston in 5th. Tiernan and Morton again pulled away from the field as Menda started closing the gap to Young in 3rd. Coming out of the final corner, James Tiernan took the checkered ahead of Justin Morton with Aiden Young, Jason Menda, and Bruce Jones rounding out the top 5 tonight at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Aiden Young secured the lead in the overall point standings with 323 points. Justin Morton jumped up 2 spots into 2nd with 306 points. Bruce Jones holds onto 3rd with 299 points. Stephen Spies fell back to 4th with 253 points and Rory Collins rounds out the top 5 drivers with 249 points. Justin Morton holds onto the Silver Crown points lead with 148 points ahead of Aiden Young and Bruce Jones. The drivers of the Bootleg Racing League head over to North Wilkesboro Speedway on November 4th in the asphalt sprints with all of the intense action brought to you live at 10:30PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
21 October 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 4
National Sprint Car Trail | Eldora Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
James Tiernan absolutely dominated the field tonight in the non-winged 360 dirt sprints with the Bootleg Racing League National Sprint Car Trail at Eldora Speedway ahead of Bruce Jones and Aiden Young. “Really good run there, the top was there the entire time and just ran away with it”, Tiernan commented after his near perfect race tonight, “There was one time I kind of did more of a slider line than I’d liked and nearly stepped on my wheelie a little bit but mostly just smooth sailing.”
James Tiernan held the top of the timing and scoring tower with a 4-lap average time at 15.414 with the non-winged 360 dirt sprints in qualifying securing the pole and advancing straight to the 30-lap feature event. Terry Landis beat out Rory Collins in the heat by over 1.2 seconds at the line. Tiernan took the green flag for the feature with Justin Morton to his outside to kick off the night’s main event.
Tiernan jumped out to an early lead pulling ahead of Morton by over 1 second in the opening laps while Morton had Stephen Spies, Brandyn Proudfoot, and Aiden Young directly behind him keeping the pressure high. Proudfoot was driving a very low line compared to the other drivers and was able to clear ahead of Spies into 3rd with an aggressive slider move that Spies couldn’t defend against. Proudfoot immediately went after Morton for 2nd place forcing Morton off his preferred line.
Morton fell back to 4th as Spies followed Proudfoot along the high line using the momentum to hold Morton’s pass attempts at bay lap after lap. Passing the halfway point of the event, Tiernan had completely checked out with a gap of over 4 seconds ahead of Proudfoot who still had the battle between Morton and Spies directly behind him. With 11 laps remaining, Spies was able to pull away from Morton and closed back in on Proudfoot ahead as the caution came out when Proudfoot made contact with the outside wall and spun across the track coming to a stop on the inside wall.
Tiernan took the green with 10 laps to go with Spies directly behind him for the single file restart. Proudfoot fell back to 7th from the incident. Again, Tiernan had a great jump off the start pulling away from the field. Bruce Jones tried to take 3rd from Morton as they went nearly 4-wide with Young and Terry Landis getting involved. Spies made contact with the outside wall but was able to recover in 4th behind Young and Jones.
Going into the final laps, Proudfoot closed back up on the battle with contact between the drivers shuffling the group around. James Tiernan took the checkered flag in the end with Bruce Jones, Aiden Young, Brandyn Proudfoot, and Justin Morton rounding out the top 5 tonight at Eldora Speedway.
Aiden Young, Stephen Spies, and Bruce Jones are in a 3-way tie for the lead in the overall point standings with 160 points each. Justin Morton and Rory Collins round out the top 5 drivers. James Tiernan claimed the lead in the dirt sprints point standings with 76 points from tonight ahead of Bruce Jones and Aiden Young. The drivers of the Bootleg Racing League head over to Gateway Motorsports Park on October 28th in the silver crowns with all of the intense action brought to you live at 10:30PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
07 October 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 3
National Sprint Car Trail | Limaland Motorsports Park
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Brandyn Proudfoot with Jim Beaver eSports took the checkered flag by 0.019 in a drag race to the line in the Bootleg Racing League National Sprint Car Trail tonight at Limaland Motorsports Park in the dirt midgets ahead of Stephen Spies and Aiden Young. Proudfoot shared with us after packing up for the night, “Yeah, I did not think I was going to get [Stephen Spies], but I managed to pop a wheel stand and shoot her straight to the line and got him by a hair.”
John Heyn took the pole in qualifying with a 4-lap average lap time of 12.295 and advanced straight to the feature event along with Stephen Spies, Preston Cranmer, Grady Wade, Aiden Young, and Brandyn Proudfoot. Terry Landis and Justin Morton shared the front row to take the green flag for the 12-lap heat event. Landis and Morton started to pull away from the field as they battled over the lead with Landis holding it through the opening laps. Steve Goldner caught the leaders and got to the inside of Morton for 2nd 5 laps into the run.
Morton jerked right to avoid contact with Goldner and couldn’t recover before making contact with the outside wall as Bruce Jones jumped up into 2nd place with Brennon Lacy up to 3rd. Landis continued to control the field going into the final few laps and took the checkered flag with Jones and Lacy rounding out the top 3 finishers. Pole sitter, John Heyn, shared his thoughts going into the feature event, “Passing going to definitely be difficult. I think as the race goes on, I think you’ll see things widen out almost like what we saw earlier towards the end of the heat race.”
Heyn had Spies to his outside as the green flag came out for the 30-lap main feature event. Heyn had a strong jump off the start with Spies crossing over to dive beneath him clearing out into the lead going into lap 4. Spies held the lead with Heyn close behind through the first half of the night with minor incident happening further back in the field as the drivers started to spread out around the track. Proudfoot climbed up to 3rd place and was pressuring Heyn as Young made contact with the outside wall falling back to 4th.
Cranmer was having a rough night falling back to 13th after minor contact with John Wilson sent him around in traffic going into the final 10 laps. Proudfoot was one of the few drivers committed to running the bottom line staying to the inside of Heyn with Spies still out front. A late race caution with 3 laps remaining restacked the leaders single file and Heyn mistimed the jump making contact with the rear of Spies sending himself around and fell back to 11th after running up front all night.
Proudfoot dove beneath Spies as the green came back out but couldn’t clear far enough for a slider. Coming out of the final corner Proudfoot and Spies had a drag race to the line side by side with Brandyn Proudfoot taking the checkered flag by 0.019 over Stephen Spies in the end. Aiden Young, Bruce Jones, and Stevin Goldner round out the top 5 finishers tonight at Limaland Motorsports Park in the 3rd round of the Bootleg Racing League National Sprint Car Trail.
Stephen Spies leads in the Dirt Midget point standings with 72 points with Brandyn Proudfoot 1 point behind. Justin Morton leads the Silver Crown standings with 76 points over Aiden Young with 72 points and also in the Asphalt Sprints with 76 points ahead of Stephen Spies with 72 points. The drivers of the Bootleg Racing League take a week off before jumping into their non-winged dirt 360 sprints at Eldora Speedway on October 21st with all of the intense action brought to you live at 10:30PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
23 September 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 1
National Sprint Car Trail | Iowa Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Justin Morton with Total Downforce Racing took the checkered flag in the inaugural race of the Bootleg Racing League National Sprint Car Trail at Iowa Speedway ahead of Aiden Young and Stephen Spies. “I can’t really ask for much better of a race there… It’s pretty cool to be able to win the inaugural race of a series in this league.”, Morton commented as the night came to a close, “I’ve been looking forward this series for a while, since it’s been announced. It’s such a cool concept. It’s something I’ve always wanted to run on iRacing, just the whole USAC style of racing.”
Justin Morton sat at the top of the boards after putting down a 4-lap average time of 21.760 in qualifying and advancing straight through to the feature event along with Aiden Young, Bruce Jones, Rory Collins, Matt Hoose, and Jason Menda. Stephen Spies shared the front row with Joe Segalla to take the green flag for the 15-lap heat event. Spies jumped out to a strong lead off the start as Preston Cranmer cleared ahead of Segalla for 2nd. Donny Moore struggled early on making contact with the outside wall on lap 4 sending his car tumbling down the front stretch. Segalla reclaimed 2nd place from Cranmer as Lowell Jewell closed in on the battle and started pressuring Cranmer for 3rd place. Spies took the checkered flag ahead of Joe Segalla and the drivers pulled back out on track for the 50-lap feature event.
Morton and Young shared the front row as the green flag came out over Iowa Speedway to kick off the main event. Morton had a great launch off the start and pulled away from the field while Young and Jones battled over 2nd place. Spies was making strong forward progression clearing ahead of Hoose for 5th and closing up on a battle between Collins and Jones over 3rd with 10 laps completed. Spies looked to the inside of Jones several times but wasn’t able to complete the pass while Jones was using the highline momentum coming out of the corners to pull ahead down the straightaways.
Hoose and Collins stayed close behind the battle for 3rd while Young still struggled to close the gap to Morton in the lead. As the drivers approached the halfway point of the night, Morton had extended his lead out to almost 1.5 seconds over Young. Spies had cleared into 3rd with Hoose running close behind. Jones had fallen back to 6th behind Collins. Collins and Hoose were battling hard over 4th place going into the last 20 laps while Spies pulled away with 3rd and was closing up on the rear of Young. Spies got his nose to the inside of Young but wasn’t able to complete the pass as the lap counted down.
The drivers were starting to push more aggressively going into the final 10 laps. Spies tried several more times to clear beneath Young, but again wasn’t able to match the high line speed down the straights. Hoose and Collins continued to battle side by side with both drivers getting everything they could out of the track. Preston Cranmer quietly moved up into 6th ahead of Jones and was slowly reeling in Hoose and Collins. With 3 laps to go, Spies started setting Young up for another attempt for 2nd place but couldn’t make the move before Justin Morton took the checkered flag in the inaugural race in the Bootleg Racing League National Sprint Car Trail with Aiden Young, Stephen Spies, Matt Hoose, and Rory Collins rounding out the top 5 finishers tonight at Iowa Speedway.
Justin Morton showed his skill with the silver crown, but the brilliance of the Bootleg Racing League National Sprint Car Trail is that next week will be a very different car and a very different track to put each driver’s overall skill to the test. Next week, the drivers will jump into the asphalt sprints at Lucas Oil Raceway on September 30th with the intense action brought to you live at 10:30PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!