22 Jan 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 9 | Round 3
Grand National Series | Langley Speedway
Mathew Thunhorst showed his skill around Langley Speedway as he led every lap to his first win of the season in the Bootleg Racing League Grand National Series 100 lap event holding off J R Shepherd and Kenny Kibbey. A late race caution forced a three-lap shootout and Shepherd was able to take advantage of the restart to get 2nd place away from Kibbey, who had held it up to that point. “Just got lucky that the caution came out when it did and there were just a few laps in the end and I got a good restart.”, Shepherd commented about getting around Kibbey.
With his first season win under his belt, Thunhorst now sets his sights to Five Flags Speedway for next week. “It’s one of those places that feels pretty good. I know [Kibbey’s] going to be starting in front of me there… I know he’s going to be pretty strong there.” Thunhorst, a strong driver each week, knows the competition is going to be tough, “You hope things go good, but you still have to prove it week in and week out and a lot of these guys are pretty strong. So, we’ll just have to see how it plays out.”
Shepherd is still holding onto the lead in the point standings with two wins and a total of 119 points after the first three races. Thunhorst trails behind Shepherd by only 1 point after his win tonight and Kibbey holds onto 3rd place 5 points off the lead. Justin Morton and Austin Boelke are still 4th and 5th in the standings with 110 and 108 points respectively, both drivers still very much in contention for the championship battle themselves.
21 Jan 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 10 | Round 3
Dirt Street Stock Series | Volusia Speedway Park
Lon Franks claimed his first win of the season tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series feature event at Volusia Speedway Park finishing ahead of Billy Northcutt and Brandyn Proudfoot. As with Jordan Gage at Eldora Speedway two weeks ago, Franks made himself known in his debut race by starting in 4th, getting control of the lead early, and holding off the likes of Proudfoot, Hargreaves, and Northcutt across the finish line.
“You could about go anywhere really, so I was just trying to stay smooth once I got the lead”, Franks commented on his win tonight. Franks is currently sitting in 17th in the point standings with a total of 81 points with this being his first race with the league, but he says that he’s not really focused on a championship at this time. “I’m just here for a good time. Whatever happens happens, you know. Run clean and fast and points will gather as they do.”
Joining the season after two races have already completed, Franks has an uphill battle to challenge for the championship at this point in the season. Proudfoot moved up into the lead currently with 225 points ahead of Northcutt by 14 points. Hargreaves dropped back to 3rd in the standings with a total of 198 points after a late race incident sent him to the back of the field. Gage is quickly falling out of contention with the championship early in the season after being involved in an incident that ended his night making for two bad weeks in a row for the driver.
19 Jan 2022
Coast 2 Coast Racing League | Week 6
Hometown Heroes Series | Volusia Speedway Park
Randy Shreves took the win in the A&J Custom Creations 305 Sprints Series with the Coast 2 Coast Racing League Hometown Heroes Series feature race at Volusia Speedway beating Andy Patton and Jeff Flaro to the line in a GWC finish. Shreves gave us a moment to talk about getting to the inside of Patton on the last restart, “[Patton] caught me once and then after that I realized he was going a little bit before the green. So, I kind of read his start a little bit.”
Kyle Moonen dominated the ABR Setup Shop 360 Sprints Series 25 lap feature finishing ahead of John Heyn and Randy Shreves. Heyn made a strong charge to the front from the middle of the field through the event, but it wasn’t enough in the end to challenge Moonen for the lead. “When we had one with like five to go, I wasn’t too thrilled about that… that gave [Heyn] five laps to do something if we stayed green.”, Moonen commented about his late race restarts. “Once we got that second one with two to go, I knew that if I got a pretty good start and jumped out ahead of them… it’s less time for whoever’s in second and third to try something different and make it happen.”
Kyle Parker led every lap to victory in the COOLRAY Air Conditioning & Heating Pro Late Model Series feature event ahead of Brandon Templeton and Nick Vickrey. Several cautions in the first half of the race kept the field packed together, but the drivers’ seemed to find their stride afterward with a good green flag run to the finish. “I was hoping for a little more green flag running in the beginning”, Parker commented after his win. Coming back to the series after a six-month break, Parker made a strong statement with his win tonight. “To come out and lead about every lap… gets my confidence up a little bit and kind of show them that I’m not a push over.”
17 Jan 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 5
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Road America
Jeffrey Ooms absolutely dominated the field in the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge 90 minute event at Road America ahead of David Shutt and Billy Smith II. Ooms started on the pole and was consistently quicker around the track lap after lap stretching his gap ahead of Shutt to almost 40 seconds by the end of the event. Bradlee Haley took home the win in the GT Pro class ahead of Ross Booth and Paul Gibson while Ryan Robertson beat out Kevin O’Keefe and Luke Schmidt in the GT AM class.
A surprising upset was caused by some confusion on the start that lead to a large incident with the Prototypes early into the first lap. Smith, who finished in 3rd place tonight, was coming from the back of the field and shared with us his reaction, “Coming around turn one, on the team chat they were kind of like, “Hey, just stop” basically, so I was already completely off throttle before I went around turn one and in all that chaos I was lucky to come through unscathed.”
After an unfortunate start for Daniel Neice, ultimately ending his evening early, the point standings have now shifted with Neice giving up the points lead in the Prototypes to Kundinger leading with 89 points. Smith moves up to 2nd with 88 points and Neice now holds onto 3rd place with 83 points. Booth holds the lead in the GT Pro point standings followed closely by Haley and Gibson, all three drivers separated by only 8 points. O’Keefe maintains his lead in the GT AM standings at 97 points. Robertson moved into 2nd place after tonight’s win trailing the lead by 5 points and Trent Brown moves back to 3rd place with 72 points. The Satellite Racing team consisting of Robert Tinsley, Ryan Washeleski, and Ryan Robertson took the lead in the team point standings with 99.7 points overtaking Blue Chew Americas – Black, who slipped back to 5th place overall.
15 Jan 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 9 | Round 2
Grand National Series | Hickory Motor Speedway
J R Shepherd of Different Path Motorsports won for the second week in a row tonight at the Bootleg Racing League Grand National Series at Hickory Motor Speedway ahead of Mathew Thunhorst and Kenny Kibbey. Thunhorst challenged Shepherd all the way to the finish, but didn’t have the run in the end take the lead away from the reigning champion as the checkered flag came out.
Back to back wins keeps Shepherd in the lead with a total of 80 points in the point standings, but that position is anything but safe with Thunhorst trailing behind by only 2 points. Kibbey holds onto 3rd ahead of Justin Morton in 4th. Austin Boelke is tied for 5th place with James Lowe 9 points off the lead. With the top six positions within 10 points altogether, this is still very much any driver’s championship as the season gets going.
“This is a tough, tough track”, Shepherd told us about his win tonight. “There was a lot of luck that went into it. I was in the right place on some of the restarts and got me some track positions.” Going forward, the drivers head out to Langley Speedway. “Langley’s a really tough facility and we haven’t been there in a several seasons, maybe a couple years. It’s going to be a lot about track position. I think if you get caught on that outside with these grand national cars you’re not going to be able to make a whole lot stick.”
14 Jan 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 10 | Round 2
Dirt Street Stock Series | Weedsport Speedway
Brandyn Proudfoot of Jim Beaver eSports claimed his first win of the season tonight at Weedsport Speedway in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock feature event ahead of William Hargreaves and Billy Northcutt. Proudfoot had to defend hard against Hargreaves and even lost the lead to him for a few laps midway through the feature as Hargreaves used lap traffic to his advantage. In an exciting last minute attempt, Proudfoot was able to regain the lead with only two laps to go and took home the checkered flag. Proudfoot seems to be off to more of an uncertain start in this season than what we’ve seen from him in previous seasons.
Jordan Gage, last week’s winner, started the night in 2nd place behind Proudfoot and was already challenging for the lead when technical issues took him out of the race going into the third turn on the first lap. That upset allowed Proudfoot to close up the gap in the point standings. Hargreaves now leads with 153 points, but Proudfoot is now trailing behind by only 2 points after tonight’s win. Northcutt is currently in 3rd with 131 points and Gage dropped back to 4th with 120 points.
“With the higher car counts, the track breakdowns, everything’s going to happen faster which means you have to figure it out quicker. If you start falling behind, you’re going to start dropping back quick even if you’re an experienced guy.”, Proudfoot talked with us about the challenges this season with the increased field size. “It’s all about getting your problem solving down, getting used to those tracks, learning the characteristics, and ultimately keeping up with that track breakdown.”
12 Jan 2022
Coast 2 Coast Racing League | Week 5
Hometown Heroes Series | Volusia Speedway Park
Ross Korynta of Phantom Motorsports claimed his first win of the season at the A&J Custom Creations 305 Sprints Series with the Coast 2 Coast Racing League Hometown Heroes Series 20 lap feature around Volusia Speedway ahead of Blake Chapman and John Heyn. Korynta commented on his win, “Blake [Chapman] was a little faster on the bottom and then once I saw he was down there then I moved down there kind of in block mode. I think he was a little bit faster than me tonight, but sometimes that’s racing.”
Randy Shreves of LGR Motorsports won the ABR Setup Shop 360 Sprints Series 25 lap feature beating out John Heyn and Brian Dickens in a chaotic start and stop race with multiple cautions. Many drivers had to pack it up early tonight as incidents with the restarts prevented a good, long green flag run. Shreves was unavailable for comment after the race, but Heyn, who finished in 2nd, shared with us, “This track was actually, I thought, in pretty good shape tonight so I don’t know what all of that craziness came from.”
Tader Williams led every lap all the way to the checkered flag at the COOLRAY Air Conditioning & Heating Pro Late Model Dirt Series 30 lap feature ahead of Nick Vickrey and John Heyn. Williams talked with us afterward about the last few laps of the race, “I got a good restart there with 8 to go. I knew I had a pretty good car up under me as long as I just stayed out of trouble and didn’t hit anything I was pretty much going to be alright so I just kind of rode my line and I found the bottom there with 5 to go and was able to pull away pretty good.”
by Ryan Senneker
08 Jan 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 9 | Round 1
Grand National Series | Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway
J R Shepherd of Different Path Motorsports claimed the first win of the season at the Bootleg Racing League Grand National Series 100 lap event at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway beating out Mathew Thunhorst and Kenny Kibbey. The intense battle for the lead never let up as the top 4 drivers crossed the finish line within .3 of a second. It was such a close finish between Shepherd and Thunhorst, crossing the line within .004 of each other, that there was some confusion over who had actually won, as Shepherd told us, “I didn’t even realize that I’d won it until the cool down lap and everybody told me. I thought I’d finished second.”
Tonight at Nashville was a great start to the new season showcasing how competitive the drivers in the series have become over the years. Last season, several drivers were in the battle for the championship with Shepherd taking it in the last event. This season is shaping up to be another tight battle in the point standings going forward.
“Matt ran me extremely, extremely clean. He definitely could’ve shoved me up the track at any point and he didn’t do that”, Shepherd commented with us as he celebrated his win. “Being able to win at Nashville, this is a track I’ve been wanting to win at for a very, very long time because it’s so close and I’ve raced at this track before in real life on the short track inside so it’s really cool and if I don’t get to race anymore this season I’d be okay with that.”
07 Jan 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 10 | Round 1
Dirt Street Stock Series | Eldora Speedway
Jordan Gage with the Dirt Panda Racing Team took the checkered flag in his debut race for the season opener of the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Eldora Speedway beating out Cruise Caudell and Shaun Hayes. Gage controlled the field tonight with grace pulling away by almost an entire second at one point in the race. Gage is just one of an influx of new drivers to the series this season that shook up the usual field as many familiar names went home early after not making it to the feature event.
Brandyn Proudfoot and Billy Northcutt battled each other hard through the last season for Proudfoot to earn the championship title. This season is shaping up to be a very different story altogether as Proudfoot finished in 5th, behind William Hargreaves in 4th, after a fierce battle across the entire field tonight. Gage made a loud statement along with several other new drivers in the Bootleg Racing League that they are a force to be reckoned with. If Gage is the new driver to beat this season remains to be seen as we look toward Weedsport Speedway next weekend.
“If you weren’t up top, you know, banging on the cushion, you weren’t going anywhere”, Gage commented after his flag to flag victory. Staying focused on hitting his marks and running his line, Gage was able to hold the lead uncontested ahead of league favorites such as Northcutt, Proudfoot, and Hargreaves. “Just ran up there and if the slider ever came we were ready for it, but we seemed pretty untouched.”
05 Jan 2022
Coast 2 Coast Racing League | Week 4
Hometown Heroes Series | Volusia Speedway Park
Blake Chapman of Vanderpool Racing won for the fourth time this season in the A&J Custom Creations 305 Sprints Series with the Coast 2 Coast Racing League Hometown Heroes Series 20 lap feature event around Volusia Speedway ahead of Brennon Lacy and Nick Vickrey with a GWC finish. “With these restarts we don’t have much room as a leader to dictate when we go since the green comes out pretty much as soon as the pace car pulls off”, Chapman shared with us about losing the gap he had built ahead of the field as the caution came out with only two laps to go. “I guess it makes for better racing”.
Randy Shreves of LGR Motorsports took the checkered flag tonight in the iCON Sim Sports 360 Sprints Series 25 lap feature beating out Patrick Spangler and Kyle Parker. Multiple cautions ended the evening early for several drivers, including Stephen Spies and Donovan Ross, as restarts caused mayhem in the tightly stacked field. Very much a start and stop race with many cautions halting the action, Shreves told us, “It definitely takes an effect on you. You just gotta hope that you get a good restart every time because if you mess up just once, there’s your race.”
Brad Vickrey of Spartan Racing absolutely dominated Volusia Speedway as he lead every lap to his second win of the season tonight in the Pro Late Model Series 30 lap feature ahead of Tader Williams and Stephen Spies. “I knew that I had my work cut out for me if I was going to try to stay out front”, Vickrey told us about holding off Williams and Spies for 30 laps. Vickrey is leading in the points standings and has his eyes on the championship. “I’ve been trying to get a pro late model championship out of Coast 2 Coast for like 3 years now… hopefully this is the year.”