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BRL DSS S9 R4 Recap

by Ryan Senneker
22 Oct 2021
Bootleg Racing League | Season 9 | Round 4
Dirt Street Stock Series | Kokomo Speedway

Brandyn Proudfoot took home the checkered flag for Jim Beaver eSports at the Bootleg Racing League’s Dirt Street Stock Series around Kokomo Speedway after a long battle against William Hargreaves. Starting in 2nd between Johnny Ratley in the pole position and Hargreaves in 3rd, the race was exciting through the entire 40 lap event as Proudfoot and Hargreaves crossed the finish line with only .450 between them. Ratley was separated from the lead battle by lap traffic and finished in 3rd.

With his 3rd win of the season, Proudfoot puts some distance between Ratley and Billy Northcutt in the points standings. Ratley trails by 13 points after finishing in 3rd. Northcutt had a rough start finishing 7th after being involved in an incident on lap 1 and is now 25 points behind the lead. With seven more races in the season, Proudfoot can’t let his guard down quite yet. Ratley has shown that he is here to compete and has his eyes on the championship.

Finishing the race in the midst of a heated battle, Proudfoot never felt safe on the track. “He was right on me and the pressure was definitely there.” Driving around lap traffic while trying to stay ahead of Hargreaves, Proudfoot said, “He was definitely close enough he could’ve made the move and I frankly think there definitely would’ve been a slide job there if it weren’t for those lap cars.”


BRL GN S8 R3 Recap

by Ryan Senneker
16 Oct 2021
Bootleg Racing League | Season 8 | Round 3
Grand National Series | North Wilkesboro Speedway

J R Shepherd absolutely dominated the evening with his Different Path Motorsports Ford at North Wilkesboro Speedway claiming his first win of Season 8 with the Bootleg Racing League Grand National Series and his 51st career win overall. Justin Morton and James Lowe finished 2nd and 3rd while Kenny Kibbey secured the pole position for next week’s race at Five Flags Speedway by finishing 8th.

With his win, Shepherd also claims the points lead over Mathew Thunhorst and Austin Boelke with a gap of only 5 points between the three season winners. Just behind them, Justin Morton and James Lowe are tied for 4th place just 8 points behind the lead. It is still very much any driver’s championship at this point as this season has had 3 different winners for the first 3 races.

Out pacing the rest of the field lap after lap through the evening, J R Shepherd crossed the finish line over 3 seconds ahead of his competition. Besides simply having a preference for this track, Shepherd had some tricks up his sleeves going into the event. “I just tried something new with the brakes tonight and how I was using them and it seemed to pay off in the long run for sure.” Going into Five Flags Speedway next weekend, Shepherd looks to put some distance between himself and the other championship drivers in the standings.


BRL DSS S9 R3 Recap

by Ryan Senneker
15 Oct 2021
Bootleg Racing League | Season 9 | Round 3
Dirt Street Stock Series | Knoxville Raceway

Johnny Ratley with the Dirt Panda race team started 2nd in the feature behind his teammate William Hargreaves, but wasted no time getting to the front in the first few laps and held off the likes of Hargreaves, Jim Reavis, Brandyn Proudfoot, and Billy Northcutt for the remainder of the 40 lap Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock event at Knoxville Raceway and came home with a hard earned checkered flag.

After a surprising upset with Proudfoot and Hargreaves being involved in an incident on lap 28 that sent them both to the back of the field, the points standings have closed up with only an 8 point gap between the current top three of Proudfoot, Northcutt, and Ratley.

“I was just trying to hold it and just stay in front of him.”, Ratley commented about battling Reavis across the finish line, “We were beating and banging so much and the last few laps Billy (Northcutt) was catching up with us. I didn’t know if he was going to catch us and pass us.”


BRL GN S8 R2 Recap

by Ryan Senneker
09 Oct 2021
Bootleg Racing League | Season 8 | Round 2
Grand National Series | Hickory Motor Speedway

Mathew Thunhorst took the checkered flag at the first running of the Hickory Motor Speedway for the Bootleg Racing League’s Grand National Series. Taking the lead on lap 27, Thunhorst held off J R Shepherd and James Lowe for the remainder of the race showing himself to be the dominate driver at the end of the night.

With the night’s victory, Thunhorst and Shepherd are now tied for first place in the point standings, each with 78 points. Austin Boelke trails behind by only 2 points, Kenny Kibbey by 4 points, and James Lowe by 6 points. The tight competition means no mistakes for the drivers competing for the BRL Season 8 championship.

Asked about next weekend’s race at North Wilkesboro Speedway, Thunhorst is cautiously optimistic. “Definitely have my work cut out for me, a lot of fast guys in front of me or in between me and that number one spot. I’m going to be positive about it. You know, feeling good, but I know I got a lot of strong competitors that I got to try to beat too. It’s one of those thing, just going to have to see how it plays out.”


BRL DSS S9 R2 Recap

by Ryan Senneker
08 Oct 2021
Bootleg Racing League | Season 9 | Round 2
Dirt Street Stock Series | Weedsport Speedway

After a very tight, action packed race, Brandyn Proudfoot won the second race of the season in the Bootleg Racing League’s Dirt Street Stock Series for the Jim Beaver eSports team ahead of William Hargreaves and Kenny Kibbey giving him a 30 point lead over Billy Northcutt in the point standings.

Johnny Ratley had a strong showing early in the evening with the quickest qualifying time of 17.887 starting on the pole for the 40 lap feature. After leading the first 14 laps, Hargreaves overtook his teammate with the Dirt Panda race team. Hargreaves then held off Proudfoot around the next 18 laps until Proudfoot was able to capitalize on the inside line to secure the lead with only 8 laps to go.

Proudfoot explained his mindset going into a race against such strong competitors, “It’s ultimately those smaller goals like I’m going to run the bottom at Weedsport or I’m going to try not to hit the wall running Eldora. It’s those smaller goals where you’ll make your personal improvements, it’s not about the big ones. It’s the small ones that count and they add up quick.”


BRL GN S8 R1 Recap

by Ryan Senneker
02 Oct 2021
Bootleg Racing League | Season 8 | Round 1
Grand National Series | Stafford Speedway

Austin Boelke started on the pole because of a technicality, but left no doubt in anyone’s mind that he deserved the position as he led the entire 100 lap event ahead of J R Shepherd. This was Boelke’s first career win in the Bootleg Racing League’s Grand National Series and a strong start for him in the new season.

Mathew Thunhorst was able to capitalize on lap traffic to get by Kenny Kibbey on lap 91 taking 3rd place away and holding it to the finish. Justin Morton couldn’t manage to get around Kibbey and finished in 5th ahead of Tim Shinoski.

Boelke commenting on his progression over the years in the league, “It just shows how tight of a group we are here at BRL. How you can come into the league and not know what you’re doing and then gradually build up as you get more and more speed in the car and confidence in yourself. We’re just a great group of guys here. A bunch of friends just having a good time.”


BRL DSS S9 R1 Recap

by Ryan Senneker
01 Oct 2021
Bootleg Racing League | Season 9 | Round 1
Dirt Street Stock Series | Eldora Speedway

Brandyn Proudfoot made a strong start for the 9th Season of the Bootleg Racing League’s Dirt Street Stock Series by starting on the pole with a qualifying time of 19.242 and securing the win over Johnny Ratley and Stephen Spies.

Proudfoot never had a comfortable lead over Ratley and was under constant pressure to make no mistakes over the 40 lap event. Billy Northcutt beat out Chris Davis for 4th place in the end after an intense battle spanning several laps of trading sliders turn after turn all the way to the finish line.

Asked about holding his championship title against the growing list of direct competitors, Proudfoot said, “The past 3 seasons we had Billy (Northcutt) come along, then we had William (Hargreaves) and now we have Johnny (Ratley).” He continued, “It’s difficult, it’s 2 wide racing and it’s really anybody’s game. It’s just about who can figure it out.”


BRL Stone River Shootout Recap

by Ryan Senneker
25 Sept 2021
Bootleg Racing League
Stone River Shootout | Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway

Mathew Thunhorst claimed the checkered flag for the 6th Annual Stone River Shootout with the Bootleg Racing League becoming the 5th different winner of this special 200 lap race event followed by Justin Morton, and J R Shepherd. Securing the pole with a qualifying time of 19.038, Thunhorst was consistently the quickest driver around the track all night.

Talking about his pit strategy, Thunhorst shared, “Justin (Morton) worked the numbers before the race and we found out what we needed on fuel. So I just decided to bite the bullet up front and it was just generally because the fact that fuel goes in really quick here and tires seem to take an eternity compared to that so I just tried to save the tires for late in the run.”

Kenny Kibbey held more than a 5 second lead over Thunhorst for 64 laps after having the quickest pit stop on lap 64 at 11.7 seconds. Taking his 2nd pit stop early, compared to the rest of the lead lap drivers, Kibbey tried to gain a strategic advantage by pitting on lap 128 and giving up the race lead for the moment. However, a caution on lap 146 sabotaged his chances to regain the lead later in the race and giving the rest of the pack a safe pit opportunity. Kibbey finished 5th overall.


BRL Whiteriver Shootout Recap

by Ryan Senneker
24 Sept 2021
Bootleg Racing League
Whiteriver Shootout | Bristol Motor Speedway

Brandon Proudfoot was the dominate driver through the evening qualifying in the pole position with a 17.057 and leading all 50 laps of the first annual BRL Dirt Shootout in the Big Block Modifieds around Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kenny Kibbey had a rough start getting knocked out of his heat setting him to start in 12th place for the feature. After a hard fought race, Kibbey finished in 6th place behind John Wilson and Robby Robinson. Chris Davis held off the pack as he stayed close to the front through the event finishing in 3rd behind Justin Morton.

Proudfoot, when asked about winning the Bootleg Racing League’s first big block modified event, he explained, “It’s real nice, these cars are more up my wheel house being that I come from the dirt late model pro series. These things are a little bit of a hybrid being they got kind of the rear end of a late model, but the front end of a sprint car. You see under cautions our front end jumping around. Different cars, same people and same community.”


BRL GN S7 R11 Recap

by Ryan Senneker
18 Sept 2021
Bootleg Racing League | Season 7 | Round 11
Grand National Series | New Smyrna Speedway

With a close points race through the season, J R Shepherd went into New Smyrna feeling the pressure from Justin Morton who was trailing by only 5 points. Shepherd and Morton, starting in 7th and 6th respectively, wasted no time getting to the front and breaking away from the rest of the field to battle it out over the 100 lap event. The two championship competitors stayed within .3 of each other almost the entire way to the checkered flag, but Morton couldn’t manage to get around Shepherd in the end.

Austin Boelke had a rough first half, getting caught up in two separate incidents early in the race, but was still able to fight his way back up to 5th place in the end and 3rd in overall season points. Kenny Kibbey made his return to the BRL Grand National Series with a dominant 3rd place finish, hungry for another championship this winter.

With his 5th win of the season and 50th career win overall, J R Shepherd became the season 7 champion while still staying humble giving a shout out to Morton’s skill on the track, “The biggest thing was just trying to have fun tonight and that one restart had me on the edge of my seat. Justin ran me extremely hard, but extremely clean. It’s hard to run someone that hard and, you know, not have contact and stuff going on so hats off to him.”