by Ryan Senneker
08 Dec 2021
Pro Late Model Dirt Series | Series Finale
Fall Nationals | Lanier National Speedway
Ryan Underwood with Team VLR has won the Pro Late Model Dirt Series Fall Nationals Grinch 30 Series Finale at Lanier National Speedway and took the Carrier Fall Nationals Championship after an intense battle with Ethan Toedter. With such tight and aggressive racing all throughout the 16 car field, all of the drivers presented an impressive showcase of the talent this league can bring to the track to close out the series with Ryan Underwood coming out on top.
With only a five point split between Underwood and Toedter, the battle between these two championship competitors began in the first heat race. Toedter took that win with Underwood riding his rear fender across the finish line. Getting into the feature Toedter held the lead through the first 18 laps with Underwood trying different lines looking for any opportunity to challenge Toedter. The second caution of the night gave Underwood that chance as he anticipated Toedter’s jump and utilized the top line to stay along side Toedter and, on the 19th lap, took the lead for the remainder of the event.
“I knew [Toedter] was going to be hard to get around with how short the race was. I needed him to make a mistake and I was waiting for that top line to come in [around] one and two and it finally came in just enough to get side by side with him and all I had to do was kind of block him from being able to slide up to the moisture.”, Underwood told us as he was celebrating his win. “He beat me in the heat and he had the better start spot and I knew it was just going to be a race between me and him, whoever could win it or finish ahead of the other person.”
by Ryan Senneker
17 Nov 2021
Pro Late Model Dirt Series | Round 6
Fall Nationals | Volusia Speedway
Ethan Toedter with Newton Cattle Farms Racing took home the checkered flag at the Pro Late Model Dirt Series Fall Nationals 30 lap event at Volusia Speedway, The Gobbler 30, ahead of Ryan Underwood and Justin Thompson. With a hard fought battle all the way to the end between Toedter, Underwood, and Cardwell, this was any drivers’ race to the very end. “I knew we were all going to be even, we all race together all of the time. So, I mean, we’re all going to race each other with respect.”, Toedter told us about the intense battle for the lead.
A late caution might have been frustrating for Toedter, but was exactly what Underwood and Cardwell needed as they had made contact and lost the momentum to stay with Toedter. This allowed them to close back up and try to battle for the lead again over a GWC finish, but Toedter held them off to the finish line and with that win took 1st place in the current points standings, Underwood sliding back into 2nd place. With tonight’s event awarding double points, the championship is still very much contested between Toedter and Underwood going into the final round.
Knowing he’d have to try something different to get an advantage over Underwood and Cardwell, Toedter explained, “Once I got behind both of them they started doing battle and, at that time, I knew I was going to be quicker because they were sitting there throwing sliders back and forth and whatever. So I honestly just started trying to figure out a line. So that’s when I just started rolling that slick both corners and it was really good.”
by Ryan Senneker
03 Nov 2021
Pro Late Model Dirt Series | Round 2
Fall Nationals | USA International Speedway
Davin Cardwell absolutely dominated the field at the Pro Late Model Dirt Series Fall Nationals event around USA International Speedway. The top qualifier, winning his 10 lap heat race, Cardwell led all 30 laps of the feature. With an impressive gap between Cardwell and Underwood, in second place, Cardwell had his victory in the bag until two late race cautions stacked the field back together with only 5 laps to go and then again with 4 laps to go.
Able to hold off both points leaders, Ryan Underwood and Ethan Toedter finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively, Cardwell was feeling the pressure through both restarts. Cardwell got great starts both times and held the lead, defending the inside as he crossed the finish line side by side with Underwood taking the checkered flag by only .06 ahead of Underwood. Underwood holds onto first place in the points standings going forward in the Fall Nationals, followed by Toedter and Cardwell.
“I have tons of respect for everyone in the race and, you know, everything just played out in my favor tonight.” Cardwell knew the last few laps weren’t going to be easy with Underwood and Toedter on top of him coming out of the restarts. “Underwood was really fast there and he was actually faster than us, but we were able to keep him behind us.”
The PLMDS Carrier Fall Nationals will be broadcast LIVE on the Network beginning next week. VGN will cover the final 3 races of the 2021 season.
11/3 – USA International Speedway
11/17 – Lanier National Speedway
12/8 – Volusia Speedway
Coverage will begin at 8:20pm ET.
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