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29
Jan

BRL LM S21 R4 Recap

28 January 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 21 | Round 4
Late Model Series | Martinsville Speedway
Photograph by: Michael Goodman

Justin Morton with Total Downforce Racing claimed his 2nd win in a row tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Late Model Series at Martinsville Speedway ahead of J R Shepherd and Mathew Thunhorst. “I kind of knew going into the race, noticed in practice that we were going to be pretty short [on fuel]”, Morton commented at the end of the night, “I don’t know if I was going 100 percent there, but I was definitely trying to keep the rhythm and just keep both ends consistent and driving how I needed to drive the car.”

J R Shepherd continues to top the timing and scoring boards in qualifying with a 4-lap average time set at 20.217 tonight starting the feature from 10th with the Bootleg Racing League invert placing Bruce Pearson on the pole. Pearson led the 22-car field around to take the green flag with Joe Segalla to his outside as the action kicked off with Pearson quickly clearing out ahead going into the first corner. Much of the field went single file on the first lap with passing on the outside being especially difficult at Martinsville.

Lowell Jewell got his nose under Segalla with Kenny Kibbey following him under pushing Segalla back to 4th in a gap that formed ahead of a battle between Joseph Snyder and Matt Shinoski. Jewell soon found himself stuck on the outside when Kibbey got to his inside. Jewell tried to battle back but was forced to concede and fall back to 4th as Jason Menda was also able to get around him into 3rd. With the first 20 laps behind them, the familiar names started to rise to the front of the field with Kibbey, Menda, Justin Morton, Mathew Thunhorst, and Shepherd all running inside of the top 10.

Kibbey took a chance and went to the outside of Pearson for the lead with Menda and Thunhorst quickly closing the inside line. It was starting to go in Pearson’s favor when a miscommunication with the drivers behind him led to contact sending Pearson and Menda around on track and moving Kibbey, Morton, Thunhorst, and Shepherd all running up front when the caution came out. Racing resumed going into lap 28 with Kibbey getting a good jump as Morton slotted in 2nd ahead of Thunhorst.

Unusual for a Bootleg Racing League event, it became known that fuel was going to be an issue as the 4 leaders pulled away from the field. Morton, Thunhorst, and Shepherd had come down pit road earlier in the night for a splash to get them to the end, but Kibbey stayed out. Morton quickly took control of the lead soon after going back to green as Kibbey seemed to be running conservatively to stretch his fuel milage out a far as he could dropping back to 4th behind Shepherd but still staying with the pack.

Going into the 2nd half of the night, Morton continued to hold the lead as Shepherd was able to take advantage of a restart getting under Thunhorst to take away 2nd place after a fierce side by side battle for several laps. Kibbey followed suit diving under Thunhorst to challenge for 3rd securing the position with 40 laps remaining. Austin Boelke was struggling tonight staying within the top 10 but unable to move up through the field. With the laps quickly counting down, Morton was extending his lead out to almost 1 second ahead of Shepherd while Thunhorst patiently searched for a way around Kibbey for 3rd.

Going into the final 25 laps, it became clear that the event was not going to be completed within the allotted time to further complicate things for the drivers. Kibbey’s fuel situation was getting more and more dire while still holding onto 3rd place ahead of Thunhorst. Morton was still outpacing the rest of the leading pack going into the final moments as, in a somewhat unsurprising upset, Kibbey’s Nocturnal Gaming machine ran out of fuel, and he was forced to pull down pit road with 3 minutes to go. Going into lap 96 out of 100, the race was called on time and Justin Morton came around one more time to take the checkered flag with J R Shepherd, Mathew Thunhorst, Jeffrey Hardin, and Donny Moore rounding out the top 5 tonight at Martinsville Speedway.

J R Shepherd continues to lead in the point standings with 192 points. Kenny Kibbey holds onto 2nd place with 160 points. Mathew Thunhorst sits in 3rd with 151 points with Jason Menda holds 4th with 143 points. Lowell Jewell rounds out the top 5 in the point standings with 138 points going into the next round of the season. The Bootleg Racing League now heads over to North Wilkesboro Speedway for the next round of Season 21 on February 4th with all of the intense racing action brought to you live at 9PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!

28
Jan

BRL DSLM S1 R4 Recap

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!

28
Jan

BRL DSS S14 R4 Recap

27 January 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 14 | Round 4
Dirt Street Stock Series | Lincoln Speedway

Kyle Jared took the checkered flag tonight in a very chaotic running with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Lincoln Speedway ahead of William Hargreaves and Brandyn Proudfoot. “That race was definitely a survival race there”, Jared quickly commented at the end of the night, “That was a long race”. Proudfoot took a moment to share with us, “There’s so many cautions tonight”, also adding, “A lot of people are thinking they can sling it into the bottom… I think just inexperience played a big part tonight.”

Brandyn Proudfoot set the tone for the evening putting down the fastest time in qualifying with a 4-lap average set at 19.965 and dominating the first heat to take the win and secure the pole for the upcoming feature event. Billy Northcutt and Blaise Rachels took the checkered flag in the remaining heats while Dustin Benton and Chris Davis won their respective consolation races.

Proudfoot led the 24-car field around to take the green flag getting a good jump off the start but not able to clear Northcutt initially with Rachels trying to force a 3-wide situation for the lead. Proudfoot seemed to be struggling running the highline as Northcutt took the lead for himself clearing ahead of Proudfoot and Rachels with 5 laps behind them. Rachels continued to pressure Proudfoot for 2nd place. Kyle Jared closed in on the battle and split the drivers going 3-wide as Northcutt started to stretch out his lead.

William Hargreaves was quickly moving up and got involved in the battle for 2nd. Jared saw an opportunity and went around to the outside of Northcutt to challenge for the lead seeming to have the advantage on the leader with Hargreaves and Proudfoot running directly behind them ready to jump on whichever line came out ahead. Jared cleared into the lead going into the 2nd half of the night, but Northcutt quickly shut the door on Hargreaves staying tight on the rear bumper of Jared.

Hargreaves and Northcutt went side by side as Proudfoot found himself being challenged by Benton for 4th place with the laps counting down. Going into lap 18, Benton and Northcutt made hard contact sending both drivers around on the track and collecting most of the field. As racing resumed, Hargreaves continued to pressure Jared for the lead as Proudfoot and Jason Best battled for 3rd. Proudfoot stayed committed to the highline that he had been running all night while most drivers moved more toward the middle of the track as the night went on.

Hargreaves looked to the inside of Jared but wasn’t able to make it stick as Proudfoot overtook Best for 3rd going into the final stretch. Proudfoot reached the rear bumper of Hargreaves and made a late move to get around to the outside of Hargreaves as the white flag came out. Unable to make anything of it, Kyle Jared took the checkered flag unchallenged with William Hargreaves, Brandyn Proudfoot, Jason Best, and Jesse Steffes round out the top 5 tonight at Lincoln Speedway.

William Hargreaves takes the points lead away from Billy Northcutt with 297 point, 12 points ahead of Northcutt. Kyle Jared moved up to 3rd place with 241 points, Aiden Young sits in 4th with 220 points, and Jason Best rounds out the top 5 with 201 points. The Bootleg Racing League next head to Kokomo Speedway on February 3rd with all of the dirt slinging action brought to you live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!

24
Jan

BRL LM S21 R3 Recap

21 January 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 21 | Round 3
Late Model Series | USA Speedway
Photograph by: Michael Goodman

Justin Morton with Total Downforce Racing claimed his first win of the season tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Late Model Series at USA Speedway ahead of Mathew Thunhorst and Jason Menda. “I was cruising up front dreading a caution coming”, Morton shared with us as the night came to a close, “It did eventually come but I was kind of just trying to prepare myself for when it did happen, just trying to take care of the tires and I think that’s what gave me the edge over [Thunhorst] there at the end.”

J R Shepherd with Different Path Motorsports held the top spot in qualifying over Kenny Kibbey by 0.002 with his 4-lap average time set at 21.862 starting the feature event in 10th place with the Bootleg Racing League invert. Lowell Jewell of Thunder Ridge Racing led the 23-car field around to take the green flag with his teammate, Donny Moore, to his outside. Jewell had a strong launch off the start as Justin Morton was able to clear around Moore into 2nd before Moore could slot in line holding onto 3rd.

Kibbey was quietly pushing up through the field running in 7th as Shepherd seemed to struggle in the early stages holding around 10th with Thunhorst quickly pushing up to 16th from starting in the rear of the field. Going into lap 10, Morton had overtaken Jewell for the lead and was starting to break away from the field. Kibbey continued his charge to the front up to 4th and closing on the rear bumper of Jewell with Moore holding onto 2nd place. Kibbey tried to use the outside land to take away 3rd but wasn’t able to beat Jewell out of the corners and found himself stuck on the outside with Jason Menda and Thunhorst getting to his inside.

With 30 laps behind them, the top 8 drivers broke away from the rest as the field started to spread out around the track. Morton was cautiously extending his lead out to 1 second ahead of Moore with 2nd place through 6th all packed tightly together. Thunhorst got a nose under Menda for 4th and Kibbey took notice and quickly tried to follow him under. Kibbey and Menda made door to door contact sending Menda high up the track and falling back to 8th as he recovered and continued running.

Going into the 2nd half of the night, Moore was under pressure from Thunhorst while Morton further extended out his lead to over 2.5 seconds. Thunhorst was able to clear around Moore for 2nd place with Kibbey following him again up into 3rd as contact between Jewell and Moore ended Moore’s night early and sent Jewell back to 16th. Shepherd was still struggling to move up through the field running in 7th behind Menda with while Kibbey and Thunhorst looking to challenge for the lead.

The laps continued to count down as the majority of drivers were running single file waiting for opportunities to present themselves. Thunhorst had caught Morton while Kibbey seemed to be struggling and was falling back with reach of Todd Liston and Menda. Shepherd was also struggling unable to close the gap to Menda ahead with time running out. Thunhorst was started pressuring Morton to make a mistake, but Morton held his line well and was able to hold Thunhorst off.

Menda overtook Liston for 4th and was quickly closing on Kibbey. Going into lap 85, Menda got his nose to the inside and quickly cleared into 3rd place with Shepherd up to 5th. Morton continued to lead, and Thunhorst was starting to fall off the pace going into the final laps. As the checkered flag came out, Justin Morton came home with his first win of the season with Mathew Thunhorst, Jason Menda, Kenny Kibbey, and J R Shepherd rounding out the top 5 tonight at USA Speedway.

J R Shepherd continues to lead in the point standings with 143 points. Kenny Kibbey holds onto 2nd place with 133 points. Mathew Thunhorst sits in 3rd with 113 points with Jason Menda moving up into 4th only 1 point behind. Michael Goodman rounds out the top 5 in the point standings with 108 points going into the next round of the season. The Bootleg Racing League now heads over to Martinsville Speedway for the next round of Season 21 on January 28th with all of the intense racing action brought to you live at 9PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!

24
Jan

BRL NSCT S1 R13 Recap

20 January 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 13
National Sprint Car Trail | Richmond Raceway

James Tiernan again dominated the field taking the checkered flag tonight with the silver crowns in the Bootleg Racing League National Sprint Car Trail at Richmond Raceway ahead of Justin Morton and Aiden Young. “In that initial warmup there I actually found something, and it pretty much was just me limiting my wheel input”, Tiernan shared with us at the end of the night, “Basically I was driving it like a dirt car with more throttle than anything else… Really worked out. [I] was quick in qualifying, quick ever since. I was pretty confident once I kind of figured that out.”

James Tiernan sat on top the timing and scoring boards with his 4-lap average time posted at 19.902 in qualifying securing the pole for the feature event with Justin Morton to his outside on the front row. Tiernan had a good jump off the start as Morton found himself under pressure from Aiden Young and Jason Menda. With 5 laps completed, Young had to run more defensively with Menda challenging him from behind allowing Tiernan and Morton to pull away to battle for the lead amongst themselves.

10 laps into the night, much of the field became spread out into groups of 2 or 3 drivers fighting over positions. Morton was holding pace with Tiernan, but Morton wasn’t able to close in enough to make a move for the lead and Young was slowly reeling Morton back in as Menda dropped back. Bruce Jones and Joe Adams ran side by side for several laps over 5th place with Jones able to secure the position going into lap 16. Going into the 2nd half of the night, Tiernan stretched out the gap ahead of Morton to over 0.5 seconds.

Jones and Adams caught the rear bumper of Menda and the 3 fiercely battled over 4th place with no driver seeming to have the advantage. Menda reclaimed 4th while Jones and Adams continued to fight for 5th running alongside each other. Menda used the battle to pull away tightening his grip on 4th. Tiernan extended his lead out to over 1.5 seconds ahead of Morton who was over 2 seconds ahead of Young in 3rd with 10 laps to go. The laps counted down quickly without pause allowing James Tiernan to control his race and take the checkered flag with Justin Morton, Aiden Young, Jason Menda, and Bruce Jones rounding out the top 5 tonight at Richmond Raceway.

Aiden Young continues to lead the overall point standings with 811 points ahead of Justin Morton with 791 points. Bruce Jones sits in 3rd with 760 points. Justin Morton is the current leader in the silver crown class with 293 points followed by Aiden Young and Bruce Jones. The drivers of the Bootleg Racing League next head to Southern National Speedway on January 27th in the asphalt sprints.

24
Jan

BRL DSLM S1 R3 Recap

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!

24
Jan

BRL DSS S14 R3 Recap

20 January 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 14 | Round 3
Dirt Street Stock Series | Cedar Lake Speedway
Photograph by: Derek Henry

Jaycee Floyd took the checkered flag tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Cedar Lake Speedway ahead of Kyle Jared and Billy Northcutt. “[Jared] kept getting closer and closer so I just told myself just hit your marks and I think you should be fine”, Floyd commented at the end of the night’s action, “I got that restart where I started on the bottom and just, I knew if I beat him into turn one, I could throw a slider kind of help me out.”

William Hargreaves with Dirt Panda racing had the fast time in qualifying with a 4-lap average of 16.123 and led the first heat of the night around to take the green flag. Hargreaves dominated the field to take the win and secure the pole for the 30-lap feature event later in the evening. Kyle Jared, Zachary Loomis, Jaycee Floyd, and Billy Northcutt won the remaining heats with Neville Ulph and Stephen Spies winning their respective consolation races.

Hargreaves led the 24-car field around to take the green flag to kick off the main event. Hargreaves got a good start, but Jared to his outside stayed alongside him for the opening laps while Loomis and Floyd battled over 3rd. Trading sliders for the lead it was Hargreaves holding the position with the first 5 laps completed. A few laps later, a miscalculation from Hargreaves dropped him back to 5th behind his teammate Northcutt as Floyd overtook Jared for the lead with 20 laps to go.

Spies saw an opportunity and dove to the low line to challenge Hargreaves while Northcutt pulled away moving up into 3rd closing the gap to Jared ahead. Floyd continued to control the field going into the 2nd half of the night with Jared close behind keeping the pressure high. A late race caution came out stacking the drivers back up single file for a 1 lap shootout to the end with Floyd still leading the field. With a great launch off the restart, Jaycee Floyd pulled away quickly to take the checkered flag with Kyle Jared, Billy Northcutt, William Hargreaves, and Chase Barbara rounding out the top 5 tonight at Cedar Lake Speedway.

Billy Northcutt holds the lead in the point standings with 226 points with 3 rounds completed. William Hargreaves sits in 2nd place with 222 points. Jaycee Floyd jumped up to 3rd with 164 points with Kyle Jared and Aiden Young rounding out the top 5. The Bootleg Racing League next head to Lincoln Speedway on January 27th with all of the dirt slinging action brought to you live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!

15
Jan

BRL DSS S14 R2 Recap

13 January 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 14 | Round 2
Dirt Street Stock Series | Lucas Oil Speedway

Jaycee Floyd took the checkered flag tonight in his first race with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Lucas Oil Speedway ahead of Kyle Jared and Brandyn Proudfoot. Coming out of a late race caution it was a shootout to the finish that Floyd commented on at the end of the night, “I got tight there in turn one because it’s so hard hitting your groove for so long and then you go back, and you miss it that one lap.”

Two Bootleg Racing League rookies made their presence known tonight by sitting atop the timing and scoring boards in qualifying as Kyle Jared and Jaycee Floyd outpaced series staples such as multi-season champion Brandyn Proudfoot. Jared, with a fast lap of 18.111, led out the first heat of the night to kick off the action. Jared pulled away from the field to take the first checkered flag over 1 second ahead of Stephen Spies. Floyd, Proudfoot, Billy Northcutt, and Chris Davis won the remaining heats. Zachary Loomis, Cody Shaw, and Bradlee Means took their respective consolation race wins leading up to the 30-lap feature event.

Jared led the 22-car field around to take the green flag and got a good jump running side by side with Floyd going around the opening laps. Floyd cleared around the outside to take the lead going after the first 4 laps while the entire field scrambled for position. Proudfoot was aggressively pushing Northcutt trying to take away 3rd while Spies battled side by side with Aiden Young, William Hargreaves, and Justin Hopkins for 5th place with 10 laps completed.

Young was slowly chipping away at the battle pulling ahead into 5th but unfortunately caught the tires along the inside of the track sending himself and several other drivers trying to avoid contact into the infield grass and bringing out the caution. Davis struggled off the start and fell back, but quickly recovered and was back up to 8th as the drivers restacked to again take the green with Floyd in control of the field. Proudfoot cleared into 3rd off the start and was starting to put pressure on Jared going into the 2nd half of the night.

With 10 laps remaining, Floyd had extended his lead out to over 0.6 seconds ahead of Jared who still had Proudfoot on his rear bumper. Dirt Panda teammates Northcutt and Hargreaves were battling hard over 4th place close behind as Proudfoot saw his chance and dove under Jared for 2nd but unable to make it stick before falling back in line in 3rd. A late race caution restacked the field one last time with 2 laps to go. Jaycee Floyd got another great launch and pulled away from Kyle Jared to take the checkered flag with Brandyn Proudfoot, Billy Northcutt, and William Hargreaves rounding out the top 5 tonight at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Billy Northcutt claims the lead in the point standings with 152 points after the first two rounds. William Hargreaves drops back to 2nd place with 147 points. Aide Young sits in 3rd with 115 points while David Traylor and Hunter Hill are tied for 4th place with 100 points each. The Bootleg Racing League next head to Cedar Lake Speedway on January 20th with all of the dirt slinging action brought to you live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!

15
Jan

BRL LM S21 R2 Recap

14 January 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 21 | Round 2
Late Model Series | Myrtle Beach Speedway
Photograph by: Michael Goodman

Kenny Kibbey with Nocturnal Gaming claimed his 2nd series win in a row tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Late Model Series presented by Gargamel’s Kitchen at Myrtle Beach Speedway ahead of J R Shepherd and Mathew Thunhorst. “This one was a little less luck and a lot more of just hard work. I mean, that was a gritty race”, Kibbey was able to comment at the end of the night, “It’s tough making passes in these cars and we just had to not make any mistakes and take any advantage we could and just work for it.”

J R Shepherd took claimed the bonus points going into the evening by setting the fastest time at a 19.675 4-lap average in qualifying starting the feature event from 10th place with the Bootleg Racing League grid invert. Bryan Dehn qualified 10th and started on the pole to lead the 18-car field around to take the green flag with Joseph Snyder to his outside. Dehn quickly cleared out ahead as Tim Shinoski dove under Snyder for 2nd. Several other drivers saw the opportunity and Snyder found himself stranded on the outside and falling back fast.

With 5 laps completed, familiar names were slowly working their way toward the front with Austin Boelke leading Kenny Kibbey and Shepherd through traffic. Dehn continued to hold the lead ahead of Shinoski with most of the field going single file for the moment to put some laps behind them. 25 laps into the run, Dehn was extending his lead over Shinoski out to over 0.7 as Lowell Jewell started to pressure Donny Moore for 3rd. Kibbey and Shepherd felt it was time to go and went around to the outside of Boelke clearing around into 5th and 6th respectively.

Kibbey got his nose under Jewell with Shepherd still in tow and started challenging for 4th as Jewell battled back holding them off for several laps before conceding back in line from 7th ahead of Boelke. Mathew Thunhorst had quietly climbed up through the field and was running in 6th behind Shepherd as the train of cars still led by Kibbey cleared around Moore into 3rd. Dehn was maintaining his gap ahead of Shinoski with Kibbey, Shepherd, and Thunhorst closing the distance quickly.

The caution flag came out on lap 45 from contact between Rubin Altice and Joe Segalla restacking the field and placing Kibbey, Shepherd, and Thunhorst all within reach of the lead going into the 2nd half of the night. Off the jump, Shinoski was quickly being overtaken falling back 5th while Dehn defended the lead from Kibbey. After looking to the inside several times, Kibbey went wide and got around to the outside of Dehn and was able to get a nose ahead with Thunhorst slotting in behind him.

With 35 laps remaining, Kibbey, Thunhorst, and Shepherd were all clear of Dehn and battling amongst themselves for the lead. As Boelke tried to clear under Dehn the two drivers came together in the middle of the corner and fought to catch his car from a slide before coming to a stop sideway on the track bringing out another caution. Kibbey led the field around to take the green flag with Thunhorst to his outside and Shepherd directly behind him in 3rd. Off the jump, Shepherd got under Thunhorst, and they ran side by side for a brief moment before another caution came out on the track.

Kibbey again took the green flag going into lap 76 and Shepherd was again able to get under Thunhorst to challenge for 2nd place. Lap after lap, Thunhorst and Shepherd continued to run side by side with Lowell Jewell stuck behind them waiting for an opening as the caution came out again to restack the field to resume racing going into lap 84. Again, Shepherd dove under Thunhorst off the start and their battle continued as before. With the laps quickly counting down, Kibbey was able to extend out his lead of the battle for 2nd until a late race caution came out with 10 laps remaining.

With 4 laps remaining, Kibbey took the green flag for the final time with the battle for 2nd again raging between Shepherd and Thunhorst without either driver having a clear advantage when a caution came out on lap 99 ending the race under caution. Kenny Kibbey took the checkered flag with J R Shepherd taking 2nd place over Mathew Thunhorst by inches when the caution came out, with Lowell Jewell and Jason Menda rounding out the top 5 tonight at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

J R Shepherd continues to lead in the point standings with 97 points. Kenny Kibbey moved up to 2nd place with 88 points. Mathew Thunhorst jumped up to 3rd with 74 points with Lowell Jewell in 4th only 2 points behind. Michael Goodman rounds out the top 5 in the point standings with 70 points going into the 3rd round of the season. The Bootleg Racing League now heads over to USA Speedway for the next round of Season 21 on January 21st with all of the intense racing action brought to you live at 9PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!

15
Jan

BRL NSCT S1 R12 Recap

13 January 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 12
National Sprint Car Trail | Lucas Oil Speedway

James Tiernan took the checkered flag tonight in his dirt non-winged 360 sprint in the Bootleg Racing League National Sprint Car Trail at Lucas Oil Speedway ahead of Stephen Spies and Aiden Young. “I knew fuel strategy was going to play into it, so it was one of the weirder sprint car races I’ve ever run”, Tiernan commented at the end of the night, “The pace was there it was there the entire time I just wanted to make sure I had enough fuel for the end.”

Joseph Grady set the fastest 4-lap average time for the 2nd week in a row tonight in qualifying at 14.390 ahead of James Tiernan and Brandyn Proudfoot securing the pole for the night. Grandy led the field around to take the green flag with Tiernan to his outside and got a strong jump off the start, but Tiernan was able to dive low and quickly take away the lead with Proudfoot following him around. Grandy battled back from the high side running side by side with Proudfoot as Stephen Spies closing quickly on the leaders.

Contact between Proudfoot and Grandy allowed Spies to get to Grandy’s inside as Proudfoot started to pull away in 2nd. Proudfoot caught Tiernan with 10 laps completed and started to challenge for the lead with Tiernan running low and Proudfoot committing to the highline. Going into the 2nd half of the race, Tiernan was quickly closing on the first of the lap traffic as Grandy ran down Proudfoot and retook 2nd place for a moment before he lost control of his sprint bringing out the caution as Spies made contact unable to avoid Grandy spinning in the middle of the track.

Tiernan had another strong jump off the start going into lap 18 with Julian Valadez taking advantage of the restart and jumping out ahead of Tiernan to claim the lead. Proudfoot found himself in a 3 wide battle with Aiden Young and Spies battling for 3rd place as Tiernan slowly started to reel Valadez back in for the lead. Going into the final laps, Tiernan had caught Valadez and was aggressively challenging for the lead as mechanical issues ended Valadez’s run and a separate incident further back in the field brought out a late race caution.

Tiernan took the green flag with 3 laps remaining with Proudfoot back up to 2nd. Spies and Young were pressuring Proudfoot as Tiernan took the white flag. Coming out of the final corner, James Tiernan took the checkered flag as Stephen Spies cleared into 2nd place with Aiden Young, Justin Morton, and Brandyn Proudfoot rounding out the top 5 tonight at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Aiden Young continues to lead the overall point standings with 747 points ahead of Justin Morton with 724 points. Bruce Jones sits in 3rd with 702 points. James Tiernan is the current leader in the 360 Sprint Car class with 227 points followed closely by Brandyn Proudfoot and Aiden Young. The drivers of the Bootleg Racing League next head to Richmond Raceway on January 20th in the silver crowns with all of the intense action brought to you live at 10:20PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!

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