23 May 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 14
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Spa
Daniel Neice took the final checkered flag of the season tonight with the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge at Circuit de Spa ahead of Billy Smith and Robert Tinsey in the Prototype Class. David Williams beat Young Park and Christopher Paiz to the line in the GT Pro Class and Robert Kast finished ahead of Sheldon Rosenbaum and Dale Green in the GT AM Class. Smith won the Prototype season championship with Ross Booth and Ryan Robertson winning the GT Pro and GT AM Class season championships respectively.
Robert Tinsey started the evening off on the pole in the Prototype Class with a fast lap of 2:01.392 and David Williams was on the pole for the GT drivers with a 2:15.978. The 28-car field took the green with all eyes on Billy Smith and Carter Kundinger who were directly competing against each other for the season championship. Daniel Neice quickly took the lead away from Tinsey going around the first lap with Smith moving up to 4th directly behind Kundinger.
Tinsey retook the lead on the following lap and built a gap of around 0.6 with Kundinger and Smith close behind Neice running single file. Williams had a strong lead over Washeleski and Schmidt by over 3 seconds 10 minutes into the race. Neice again cleared into the lead ahead of Tinsey as Lou Carbonneau tried to challenge Smith for 4th, but Carbonneau eventually conceded and fell back in line behind Smith. Smith was guarding 4th place aggressively as a 4th place finish or better would win him the championship over Kundinger in the end.
Carbonneau tried several more time to take away 4th place from Smith. Able to clear for the position, Carbonneau made effective use of lap traffic to block Smith who fell back to 5th. Kundinger was forced to leave the racing line to avoid an incident within the GT field and that allowed Carbonneau to close the gap between them and take 3rd place away. Kundinger struggled to collect himself back up as Smith also got around him while Kundinger continued to fall short of his previous pace.
Kundinger regained his composure and caught back up to Smith 20 minutes into the evening and cleared back in 4th with 10 laps completed. Williams extended his gap ahead of the GT3 field by over 6 seconds demonstrating the dominate pace in the early stages. Smith was able to match pace with Kundinger but seemed content to play it safe and follow Kundinger for the time being letting the time count down. Neice was showing one of the strongest performances seen from him since the beginning of the season with the gap between himself and the rest of the Prototype drivers was over 5 seconds.
As the first round of pit cycles had begun, Kundinger and Smith stayed out putting Smith in the lead ahead of Kundinger. Neice was able to take 2nd when all drivers finished with the first pit stop of the night. Smith was running in the lead after taking a short pit stop to create distance between himself and Kundinger. Tinsey moved up to 3rd place and Kundinger was holding onto 4th with Leif Peterson rounding out the top 5 going into the second half of the 90-minute event.
With 40 minutes remaining, Williams was leading the GT3 Class by almost 12 seconds as he consistently outpaced the rest of the field. Kundinger was aggressively pushing through traffic trying to close the 5 second gap to Tinsey in 3rd place while Smith extended his lead to over 3.5 seconds ahead of Neice. Peterson stayed close to Kundinger and went side by side through several corners battling over 4th. The battle stretched out over a few laps with lap traffic assisting either driver at different times while they swapped positions back and forth.
Peterson won the position when Kundinger choose to take his final pit stop early. Smith went down pit road on the following lap giving the lead to Neice temporarily. Smith came out of pit road ahead of Kundinger while the majority of the Prototype drivers had yet to stop for fuel. Neice stayed out for several laps longer than his competitors stretching the gap as far as he could. Neice rejoined the race over 3 seconds ahead of Smith on track and held onto the lead going into the final 20 minutes.
As the season came to a close, Smith seemed to finish out the night choosing the championship over risking to try for the win and crossed the line in 2nd place behind Neice. Kundinger finished in 4th place behind Tinsey. Billy Smith officially took the season championship in the Prototype Class ahead of Carter Kundinger and Robert Tinsey. Ross Booth won the championship in the GT Pro Class ahead of Paul Gibson and Ryan Washeleski and Ryan Robertson to the championship in the GT AM Class with a landslide over Trent Brown and Franco Margarella.
21 May 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 17 | Round 9
Super Late Model Series | Martinsville Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Mathew Thunhorst claimed his third win of the season with the Bootleg Racing League Super Late Model Series at Martinsville Speedway ahead of Justin Morton and James Lowe. Thunhorst now has the most wins of any other driver in the series this season. “I hate that he didn’t get second at least out of that”, Thunhorst commented about Kenny Kibbey’s show of sportsmanship during their contact in the final few laps, “He pulled an extremely classy move with letting me try to gather that back up and he kind of paid the price for it.”
James Lowe took the green flag for the field as the drivers thundered past the crowd and into the first turn. The field had a lot of chaos shuffling the running order around as drivers went after position gains early and some unfortunate drivers dropping to the rear of the field such as Donny Moore who started in 3rd. Justin Morton and Mathew Thunhorst got to the inside of Joseph Snyder and knocked him back to 4th as Morton and Thunhorst started to close in on Lowe still in the lead.
20 laps into the night, Morton and Thunhorst had completely close the gap to Lowe. Kenny Kibbey was looking to the inside of Snyder clearing into 4th place. Morton and Thunhorst went side by side battling over 2nd place but Thunhorst had to concede and settled back into 3rd ahead of Kibbey. Morton was caught out and stuck on the outside line as Thunhorst and Kibbey both went underneath him pushing him back to 4th. The top 3 drivers started pull away with Morton leading the rest of the field around 1 second behind the battle for the lead.
Thunhorst got inside of Lowe on lap 38 and quickly cleared for the lead with Kibbey following behind. Lowe settled into 3rd but couldn’t match the pace of Thunhorst and Kibbey and he slowly started to fall back as Morton started reeling him in. Crossing the halfway point in the race, the two leaders had separated themselves from the rest of the field by over 1 second. Morton had pulled away from Snyder in 5th and closed the distance to Lowe to make an attempt for 3rd place.
Michael Goodman was running in 5th place with 40 laps remaining running 2 seconds behind Morton. Kibbey held onto the rear bumper of Thunhorst in the battle over the lead as the leaders started catching the rear of the field. Thunhorst was able to use the lap traffic to build a slight gap between himself and Kibbey, now running 0.4 ahead of Kibbey. Kibbey struggled to close the gap back up while negotiating through more traffic going into the last 20 laps.
With 10 laps remaining, Kibbey completely close the gap to Thunhorst but wasn’t given a good opportunity to take advantage of as Thunhorst was careful to not leave any opening going into the corners. On lap 97, Kibbey took a chance to dive under Thunhorst. Thunhorst closed the door quickly and Kibbey couldn’t checkup quick enough as contact was made. Thunhorst spun to the inside and Kibbey slowed in an amazing show of sportsmanship allowing Thunhorst to reclaim the lead. Morton and Lowe close up in that time and cleared around Kibbey before he got back up to speed and fell back to 4th. Thunhorst took the checkered flag around 1 second ahead of Morton with Goodman rounding out the top 5.
Kenny Kibbey still leads in the point standings with 345 points. Justin Morton sits in 2nd place 12 points behind the lead. Mathew Thunhorst and Austin Boelke are tied for 3rd place both with 309 points. Michael Goodman, a rookie in the series this season, holds onto 5th place with 274 points. The Bootleg Racing League will be back on the track after taking a break for Memorial Day Weekend heading to Langley Speedway on June 4th with all of the action broadcast live at 8:55PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
20 May 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 9
Dirt Street Stock Series | The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Brandyn Proudfoot with Jim Beaver eSports claimed his 4th win of the season with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at The Dirt Track at Charlotte ahead of William Hargreaves and Billy Northcutt. “At the beginning of the race everyone was pushing going in then it would snap loose”, Proudfoot commented about the challenges he faced tonight, “It was such a difficult, difficult track and there towards the end I just had to run pretty much a lane off the wall and that was the only way I could get around this place.”
William Hargreaves took the pole for the night with a fast lap clocked at 18.514 and led the first heat to the green flag. Billy Northcutt tried several times to get around Hargreaves by using the inside line, but Hargreaves had superior momentum coming out of the corners and led every lap to the finish line. Johnny Ratley took the green for the second heat with Brandyn Proudfoot challenging to his inside. Similar to the first heat, the outside line was dominate and Ratley defended the line against Proudfoot taking the win.
Bobby Hayes took the green flag to start off the C Main consolation race with J R Shepherd to his outside. Shepherd stayed alongside Hayes for several laps as each driver tried to gain an advantage. With 2 laps to go, Shepherd was able to get a strong run pulling ahead of Hayes with Brennan Myers following behind him pushing Hayes back to 3rd before the checkered flag. Stephen Spies led the B Main event to the green. Spies had a strong launch off the start pulling ahead with Jeffrey Hardin and Jason Best battling over 2nd. Best was able to clear for the position and started to reel Spies back in as the drivers crossed the halfway point. Best was able to close the gap to Spies, but not able to make an attempt at the lead before Spies took the checkered flag.
Hargreaves was on the pole starting off the feature event and opted to start from the outside line with Ratley to his inside and Proudfoot lined up directly behind him. Hargreaves had a good jump off the start as Ratley dropped back to 3rd behind Proudfoot. Proudfoot threw an aggressive slider to clear into the lead forcing Hargreaves to check up hard to avoid contact losing all his momentum. Hargreaves, after collecting himself back up, retook the lead with a slider of his own clearing back in front of Proudfoot.
10 laps into the event, Proudfoot again took the lead away this time around the outside of Hargreaves. Hargreaves and Northcutt were running 2nd and 3rd as they pulled away from the rest of the field, but neither driver was able to match Proudfoot’s pace going into the second half of the 40 lap event. Ratley found himself running alone with over a one second gap ahead and several seconds behind him on track. Northcutt closed in on Hargreaves trying to get within reach to battle for 2nd with Proudfoot pulling further away in the lead.
The majority of the field were trading positions aggressively led by Best in 5th place as the laps counted down. With 10 laps remaining, Proudfoot continued to lead but Hargreaves was able to close the gap as they negotiated through lap traffic. Going into the final stretch, Hargreaves was within reach for a slider but couldn’t clear the move as Proudfoot took the checkered flag with Hargreaves, Northcutt, Ratley, and Best rounding out the top 5 drivers of the night.
Brandyn Proudfoot and William Hargreaves are now tied for the lead in the point standings both with 707 points with only two rounds remaining in the season. Billy Northcutt is in 3rd place with 673 points and out of reach of the championship battle. Bobby Hayes and Jason Best round out the top 5 drivers so far this season. After a brief break for Memorial Day Weekend, the Bootleg Racing League with be back on the track at Limaland Motorsports Park on June 3rd with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
17 May 2022
Pretty Good Racing League | Season 2 | Round 1
Premier Series | Kansas Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Mike Rasimas with Graafix LC Motorsports took the first checkered flag of the season in a one lap shootout with the Pretty Good Racing League in the Goodbye Fast Repairs 200 presented by SpeedMafia at Kansas Speedway ahead of Jeff Ward and Shane Parish. “I was just trying to drive to my limits. I didn’t have that much practice this week and I was kind of trying to learn the car as I went.”, Rasimas admitted after the claiming his win, “By halfway through I sort of figured stuff out I figured out how to run low if I need to and exactly how to run that high line.”
Mike Rasimas took the green flag for the field with Tommy Rhyne to his outside. Rasimas had a very strong jump off the start pulling far ahead of the field. James Krahula followed along the inside line overtaking into 2nd place with Danny Gutierrez trying to do the same taking 3rd away from Shane Parish. There was a lot of aggressive position shuffling throughout the field as the drivers scrambled in the early stages of the race. Several drivers were caught out in these moves sliding down to the infield and falling to the rear of the 35-car field as the green flag stayed out.
20 laps into the night Gutierrez was leading the field with Parish, Greg O’Berry, Rhyne, and Rasimas rounding out the top 5. Some familiar names from last season started making their way into the top 10 including Jeff Ward, Thomas George, Brian Yaczik, and Michael Chrobok. Approaching lap 50, Chrobok and Rasimas battled over 2nd place with Gutierrez still holding the lead. Yaczik moved up into 5th behind Parish. Gutierrez was having a strong run staying out of reach of Chrobok pressuring from behind him.
On lap 54, Norm Pelletier got loose coming out of turn four and was sent uncontrollably sliding through the infield and back out on the track in turn one into traffic collecting several drivers in a large incident bringing out the caution flag and potentially ending the night early for several drivers. Rasimas took the lead on the restart with Yaczik trying to clear Gutierrez from the inside but couldn’t complete the pass and went back single file in 3rd place. Chrobok and O’Berry made contact down the back stretch, not causing any race ending damage, but bringing the caution flag out again as the field restacked.
Entering the second half of the race, many drivers were feeling the frustration of fast repairs being taken away from the league after the completion of the last season as they continued to run out laps with damage taking away from overall speed and maneuverability. Rasimas continued to lead ahead of Yaczik with Gutierrez, Parish, and Krahula in the top 5. Ricky Hardin was one of the biggest movers in the race running in 9th, up 24 positions from where he started.
With 30 laps remaining, Gutierrez and Yaczik battled over the lead. Parish moved up into 3rd with Rasimas and Mahan following close behind. Rasimas made a strong charge to the front and reclaimed the lead with Ward running behind him. Yaczik moved back into 3rd and started closing on Ward quickly to challenge for 2nd as Rasimas started pulling away from the field. Rasimas took the checkered flag ahead of Ward, Parish, Yaczik, and Gutierrez in a one lap shootout coming out of a caution with one lap remaining.
Mike Rasimas took the first win of the season with some very strong drivers from last season having unfortunate luck tonight, including Scott Eckrich who was out for technical issues, giving Rasimas a nice lead in the point standings going forward. The first race for the league without the traditional one fast repair caught many drivers out with only 24 drivers still running as the checkered flag was thrown. The Pretty Good Racing League will be back on the track May 31st for more intense racing in the Wake Up for the Finish 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with all of the action broadcast live at 8:50PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
14 May 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 17 | Round 8
Super Late Model Series | Lanier National Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Kenny Kibbey with Nocturnal Gaming took the checkered flag tonight for his second win of the season with Bootleg Racing League Super Late Model Series at Lanier National Speedway ahead of Mathew Thunhorst and Michael Goodman. “I really pushed the limit, but I made sure I never spun my tires. I never really spun my tires the entire race.”, Kibbey explained as to how he was able to pull away from Thunhorst in the final moments, “That was really going to be key to keeping the rear tires underneath me.”
The green flag came out over the track as Michael Goodman jumped out to a strong lead with James Lowe behind him. Austin Boelke had trouble early on sliding into the inside wall coming down the front stretch, but with no caution thrown Boelke was shuffled to the rear of the field. Goodman got loose giving Lowe a chance to get along side of him along the outside, but Goodman was able to correct his car and hold the lead. Kibbey took the opportunity taking 2nd place from Lowe with Justin Morton following through pushing Lowe back to 4th only 12 laps into the night.
Mathew Thunhorst was up to 5th running behind Lowe in the rear of the lead battle as the top 5 drivers pulled away from the rest of the field running single file with Goodman still in the lead. Morton got the inside of Kibbey 30 laps in trying to take away 2nd place, but instead Kibbey took the situation to challenge Goodman for the lead. As Kibbey took the lead, Morton tried to follow on the outside as Thunhorst moved into 4th. Morton was not able to overtake Goodman and Thunhorst closed up the gap forcing Morton to stay on the outside line falling back in the pack.
Going into the second half of the night, Kibbey continued to lead with Thunhorst close behind. Goodman found a gap between Thunhorst and Donny Moore to secure 3rd place. Kibbey and Thunhorst pulled far ahead of the rest of the field with Thunhorst pressuring for the lead. The leaders built a gap of over 2 seconds ahead of Goodman holding 3rd place with Moore, Lowe, Morton, and Boelke following single file behind him. Going into 20 laps remaining, Kibbey had built a gap between himself and Thunhorst of around 0.7.
The gap continued to expand going into the final 10 laps to over 1 second as Kibbey started negotiating through lap traffic. Thunhorst showed signs that his tires were well worn and started dropping off as Kibbey set some of the fastest lap times of the night in the final few laps to take the checkered flag for his first win of the season with Thunhorst, Goodman, Moore, and Morton rounding out the top 5 finishers tonight at Lanier National Speedway.
Kibbey stretched out his lead in the point standings now at 308. Justin Morton stays in 2nd place 14 points behind the lead. Austin Boelke struggled tonight early on but recovered enough by the end to hold onto 3rd place in the standings now 24 points behind Kibbey. Mathew Thunhorst and Michael Goodman round out the top 5 drivers with three rounds remaining. The Bootleg Racing League now heads to Martinsville Speedway on May 21st with all of the action broadcast live at 8:55PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
13 May 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 78
Dirt Street Stock Series | Lanier National Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Brandyn Proudfoot with Jim Beaver eSports took the checkered flag for the third time this season with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stocks Series at Lanier National Speedway ahead of Billy Northcutt and William Hargreaves. “I tried to just run the line the best I could and ultimately I just, just made enough time to get that checkered flag”, Proudfoot commented after the race win, “If it was a 50 lapper here it would’ve been a three-way battle for sure.”
William Hargreaves took the pole with a fast lap at 16.272 after arriving on track with just enough time to get one lap in during the qualifying session. Proudfoot started to his outside as the green flag was thrown out starting off the first heat of the night. Hargreaves cleared ahead of Proudfoot off the start with Billy Northcutt battled Jason Best over 3rd. Hargreaves and Proudfoot ran side by side with neither driver showing an advantage over the other going into the final lap. Hargreaves was able to hold on from the outside crossing the line 0.068 over Proudfoot.
Chris Hill and John Wilson led the field to the green for the second and final heat of the night. Hill had a strong launch and cleared in front of Wilson. Wilson stayed with Hill but wasn’t able to challenge for the lead before Hill took the checkered flag. The B Main consolation race was led out by Northcutt with Jeffrey Hardin to his outside. A very good launch from Northcutt gave Jason Best, starting in 3rd, the opportunity to follow him past Hardin and the two drivers started to pull away. Northcutt showed superior speed staying out of reach of Best all the way to the checkered flag and taking the win.
The drivers lined up on track for the feature event behind Hargreaves with Wilson to his inside as the green flag came out. Hargreaves had a good launch pulling out in front of the field. Best and Wilson made contact ending Wilson’s night very early and forcing Best to the rear of the field after spinning around on track. Proudfoot gained the most from the incident moving up into 2nd place and challenging Hargreaves for the lead from the inside line running alongside of each other similar to their heat race earlier.
Hargreaves was able to hold the lead as Proudfoot slid back in line behind the leader. Hargreaves, Proudfoot, and Northcutt pulled away from the rest of the field as the three drivers battled over the lead going into the second half of the race. Hargreaves and Proudfoot traded sliders back and forth for several laps before Proudfoot was able to hold it and started stretching the gap between himself and Hargreaves. Hargreaves and Northcutt had slight contact giving Northcutt an opening to take away 2nd place.
With 10 laps remaining, Northcutt was able to clear into 2nd place as Proudfoot pulled ahead by over 1 second. Northcutt started aggressively closing the gap to Proudfoot in the final laps but wasn’t able to completely close the distance as Proudfoot crossed the line closely followed by Northcutt and Hargreaves, with J R Shepherd and Jason Best rounding out the top 5 finishers of the night.
Brandyn Proudfoot took the points lead away from William Hargreaves tonight with his win now at 627 points, only 1 point ahead of Hargreaves in 2nd place. Billy Northcutt holds onto 3rd with 598 points and Bobby Hayes and Jason Best round out the top 5 drivers of the season with three rounds remaining. The Bootleg Racing League drivers now set their sights to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the next round on May 20th with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast for you live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
09 May 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 13
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Nürburgring
Jeffrey Ooms took his 5th win of the season tonight in the Prototype Class with the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge at the Nürburgring ahead of Cameron Bidwell and Daniel Neice. Paul Gibson beat Young Park and Ross Booth across the line in the GT Pro Class with Ryan Robertson taking the checkered flag ahead of Franco Margarella and Luke Schmidt in the GT AM Class. Ross Booth and Ryan Robertson became the unofficial season champions in their respective GT Classes while the points race in the Prototype Class is the closest it has been in a long time.
Jeffrey Ooms secured the pole in qualifying with a fast lap clocked at 1:41.206 and took the Prototype Class to the green flag with Paul Gibson leading the GT3 Class drivers soon thereafter. Ooms pulled away to a strong lead ahead of Billy Smith and Cameron Bidwell. Gibson also had a strong start pulling away from Young Park as the entire field had a clean beginning to the 60-minute event. Bidwell, Smith, and Kundinger battled 3 wide over 2nd place in the Prototype Class going into the 2nd lap with Bidwell ending up with the position over Smith and Kundinger in 4th.
The early battles allowed Ooms to build up a gap of over 4 seconds in the first few minutes as Kundinger continued to challenge Smith for 3rd place. Ryan Robertson had a strong lead ahead of Franco Margarella from the front of the GT AM Class as Park struggled to close the gap to Gibson leading in the GT Pro Class ahead of them. The majority of the drivers settled in single file to let the laps count down in the early stages of the race. Robert Tinsey has caught up to Kundinger in 4th and started pressuring for the position with 10 minutes completed.
10 Minutes into the night, technical issues took Smith off the track from 2nd place. Tinsey was involved in a large incident on lap 8 ending his night early as well being forced to pit for significant repair. Soon afterwards, Kundinger also went off track after losing control of his LMP2 falling far back in the running order. Bidwell inherited 2nd place with Daniel Neice running in 3rd as the Nürburgring was proving to be too much for some drivers. Smith had rejoined the race from several laps down from the leader trying to salvage what points he could from the night.
Luc Carbonneau caught Neice 25 minutes in and started challenging for 3rd place staying close on his bumper. Neice became the latest Prototype driver to have bad luck when he found himself caught up in an incident and was knocked back to 4th after Carbonneau misjudged a corner with Leif Peterson moving up to claim 3rd. Neice was able to recover and climbed back up to 3rd place as the drivers passed the halfway point in the race. Ooms continued to lead with a commanding 22 second lead over Bidwell who had over an 11 second lead over Neice. Carbonneau and Peterson stayed close behind Neice going into the 20th lap.
Approaching 20 minutes remaining, the final drivers completed their pit cycles with Ooms in a stronger lead over Bidwell than he had before his stop. Kundinger had managed to get back up to 5th place running around 2 seconds behind Peterson. Ross Booth took the lead in the GT3 Class as Robertson was looking to take the lead back from Bradley Salmon in the GT AM Class which he did on lap 25. Going into the final 10 minutes, Kundinger closed the gap to Peterson down to 1.2 seconds.
Peterson closed up on Neice running within 0.6 with Kundinger still close behind waiting to take advantage with 5 minutes remaining in the night. Ooms was still running in the lead and extended his gap to almost 40 seconds over Bidwell going into the final lap. Peterson, Kundinger, and Carbonneau were all running close behind each other contesting over 4th place as all three closed up on Neice in 3rd. Ooms crossed the line claiming his 5th win with Bidwell, Neice, Peterson, and Kundinger chasing each other across the line in the Prototype Class.
Billy Smith holds onto the lead in the point standings with 226 points. Carter Kundinger closed the gap to the lead to only 9 points going into the final round. Robert Tinsey follows close behind in 3rd place with 197 points. Ross Booth has a commanding lead with 417 points in the GT Pro Class as the unofficial season champion for the class. Paul Gibson holds onto 2nd place with 340 points and Ryan Washeleski following behind by 18 points in 3rd. Ryan Robertson is the unofficial season champion in the GT AM Class with 324 points ahead of Trent Brown who has 184 points and Franco Margarella 14 points behind him.
Satellite Racing, consisting of Robert Tinsey, Ryan Washeleski, and Ryan Robertson, is dominating in the team point standings sitting in the lead with 305 points and almost 70 points ahead of Satellite Racing Apollo in 2nd place. The Autobahn Sportscar Challenge now heads over to Circuit de Spa for the final round of the season on May 23rd with all of the intense action broadcast live at 9:05PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
07 May 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 17 | Round 7
Super Late Model Series | The Bullring at Las Vegas
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Justin Morton with Total Downforce Racing claimed his 2nd win in a row tonight with the Bootleg Racing League Super Late Model Series at The Bullring at Las Vegas ahead of Mathew Thunhorst and Kenny Kibbey. “The car was actually really good tonight probably the best driving car we’ve had all season.”, Morton commented. With his second win in a row Morton is within reach of contesting for the championship, and he shared his thoughts on that, “Kicking myself at the start of the season for having a bad start, but it is what it is, and I’ll see what I can do to make the best out of it.”
Kurt Smith took the green flag for the field with Michael LeMieux to his outside. Austin Boelke wasted no time from 3rd taking the inside line to overtake LeMieux for 2nd. Mathew Thunhorst and Kenny Kibbey went three wide forcing Lemieux to the far outside to get positions where they could with the track being very difficult to pass around. Kibbey found himself in position to get to the inside of Boelke and quickly took 2nd place away with Justin Morton and Thunhorst tucking in behind shuffling Boelke back to 5th ahead of Joe Segalla as the front runners then set their focus on Smith still holding the lead.
Kibbey was able to dive below Smith and Smith was shuffled back as Kibbey, Morton, Thunhorst, and Boelke quickly overtook pushing Smith back to 5th. Kibbey tried to pull away from the field, but Morton and Thunhorst kept pace staying close behind with Boelke choosing to save early in 4th to attack later on in the race. Morton got under Kibbey taking away the lead 20 laps into the race leaving a gap for Thunhorst to follow knocking Kibbey back to 3rd.
40 laps into the race Kibbey got back to the inside of Thunhorst reclaiming 2nd position as Boelke slid going through the corner after contact with Smith sending Boelke to the rear of the field. The caution flag came out from the incident placing Kibbey on the outside line with Thunhorst in the position to take 2nd place back to his inside. This also placed James Lowe behind Thunhorst in position to get himself in the battle for the lead. Thunhorst retook the position, but Kibbey slid down in time to hold onto 3rd ahead of Lowe with Donny Moore rounding out the top 5 as the drivers crossed into the second half of the race.
The leading battle split with Morton and Thunhorst battling while pulling away from the battle between Kibbey and Lowe as the drivers settled into a groove with the laps counting down. Jason Menda was trying to get inside of the top five and started pressuring Moore who was leading the majority of the field over 3 seconds behind the leaders. With 30 laps remaining, Menda was able to take away the inside line overtaking Moore and running away with 5th place. Boelke had climbed back into the top 10 working over car after car trying to recover what he could before the end.
Coming up on 20 laps to go, another caution was thrown out over the field bringing Kibbey back into a good place to take 2nd place away from Thunhorst. Morton continued to lead as the green flag came out and racing resumed. Thunhorst cleared ahead of Kibbey holding 2nd. Boelke fought from the outside getting into 7th before finding an opening on the inside line and aggressively continued his climb through the field going into the final 10 laps. Boelke overtook into 5th place as Thunhorst chased Morton across the line with Morton taking the checkered flag by a mere 0.202 ahead of Thunhorst at the line.
Kenny Kibbey still leads in the point standings with 268 points. Justin Morton closed the gap to the lead to only 10 points with Austin Boelke close behind with 249 points. Mathew Thunhorst and Joe Segalla round out the top 5 drivers of the season going into the final 4 rounds. The Bootleg Racing League now heads over to Lanier National Speedway on May 14th with all of the action broadcast live at 8:55PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
06 May 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 7
Dirt Street Stock Series | Fairbury Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Billy Northcutt with the Dirt Panda Racing Team claimed his 2nd win of the season tonight with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Fairbury Speedway ahead of Brandyn Proudfoot and William Hargreaves. “That caution came out and I noticed that [Proudfoot] was right behind me and I as like well my chances of winning just dropped to at least 50/50”, Northcutt joked with us after battling Proudfoot out of the final turn to the checkered flag, “I just went in and stayed focused on the wall… and when I came off the wall he was right there and he backed out of [his slider] though, he wasn’t going to quite clear it or it was going to be right on the nose.”
Billy Northcutt took the pole with a fast lap at 14.56 on the boards in the qualifying session to start off the evening strong. Taking the green flag in the first heat, Northcutt had Proudfoot instantly pressuring for the lead. Proudfoot wasn’t able to find the speed on the inside line almost allowing Matt Shinoski to overtake for 2nd but slammed the door holding the position as he fell in line over 1.5 seconds behind Northcutt as Northcutt took the checkered flag.
Robby Robinson led the second heat event to the green flag with J R Shepherd to his inside. Shepherd tried to stay alongside but fell back to 4th before he was able to get in line while Robinson found himself under attack from Chris Hill and William Hargreaves. Robinson ran the outside pulling away from Hill while Hargreaves threw a failed slider that let Shepherd take 3rd away while Robinson took the win.
The C Main consolation race had Matt Shinoski and Jason Menda on the front row as the green flag came out. Shinoski took off to a strong start from running the outside line with Stephen Spies getting up into 2nd. Spies threw a slider on Shinoski and was able to overtake for the lead as he pulled away out of reach of retaliation from Shinoski or Menda behind him. Menda made contact with the outside wall giving Bobby Hayes a chance to take away 3rd but Menda defended his position while Spies crossed the line for the win.
The B Main consolation race started with Shepherd and Hargreaves on the front row. Shepherd had a good launch off the start clearing Hargreaves for the lead, but Hargreaves stayed close behind with minor contact going through the corners. Hargreaves and Shepherd traded sliders with 4 laps to go with Hargreaves ending with the lead in the end taking the checkered flag with Shepherd still close behind.
Northcutt starting on the pole for the feature event and opted to started from the outside of Robinson as the green flag flew. Northcutt had a great launch as Hill rode the outside line around Robinson who found himself stranded on the inside falling further back in the field. Robinson found a gap to slide up into in 7th place running behind Brandyn Proudfoot. Northcutt continued to lead as Hill and Hargreaves battled hard over 2nd ending in contact sending Hargreaves far back in the field.
As the drivers crossed the halfway point in the race, Northcutt continued to hold the lead holding off Hill and Spies. Proudfoot had gotten up to 4th place and Hargreaves was back inside the top 10 and climbing trying to salvage what he could before the end. Proudfoot started battling with Spies and Hill which allowed Northcutt to pull away building up a gap of over 1 second ahead of Hill.
Going into the last 10 laps, Proudfoot cleared into 2nd place as Hill and Spies came together with both drivers getting sent around. The caution flag was thrown out with 7 laps remaining from that battle putting Proudfoot to the inside of Northcutt at the disadvantage. Northcutt had a good launch, but Proudfoot stayed right on his bumper as the laps counted down. Proudfoot threw an aggressive slider coming out of turn four on the final lap, but Northcutt got a nose back ahead and took the checkered flag.
William Hargreaves holds onto the lead in the point standings after his amazing recovery tonight finishing in 3rd with 548 points. Brandyn Proudfoot closed the gap now off the lead by a mere 2 points with Billy Northcutt close behind with 523 points. Bobby Hayes and Stepen Spies round out the top 5 drivers so far in the season. The Bootleg Racing League now heads over to Lanier National Speedway for the next round on May 13th with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
03 May 2022
Pretty Good Racing League | Season 1 | Round 12
Premier Series | Darlington Raceway
Photograph by: Michael Chrobok
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Scott Eckrich with Graafix LC Motorsports took the checkered flag as well as the season championship tonight for the season finale in the Imma Head Out 200 presented by The Joy of Driving at Darlington Raceway with the Pretty Good Racing League ahead of Jeff Ward and Drew Carroll. “Just really tried to take care of the front tires tonight because I knew it was going to matter.”, Eckrich commented after claiming the champion title, “Real excited to get the first one, be able to etch my name into that record book as the first PGRL championship winner.”
Kevin Bartelt started the night’s action off on the pole taking the green flag for the field with Don Runkle Jr to his outside. Bartelt pulled away to an early lead as the field shuffled around going single file very quickly. Joe Hassert and Michael Chrobok started working on closing that gap back up with Pete Baskins and Thomas George rounding out the top 5. Jeff Ward, Woody Mahan and Brian Yaczik were up into the top 10 within the first 10 laps already making moves toward the front.
Chrobok cleared Hassert for 2nd place after a short battle and immediately closed in on Bartelt showing an aggressive pace taking the lead and pulling away in a manner of moments. Scott Eckrich made a hard charge through the field and found his way into 6th in the first 15 laps right behind Ward. Ward and Eckrich continued to push closing the 2 second gap to George in 3rd while George pressured Chrobok ahead of him. The top 5 came back together on track with 20 laps down.
On lap 25, Ward maneuvered around Bartelt for the lead with Eckrich moving into 2nd. Chrobok and George started to fall back as Ward and Eckrich pulled away to battle amongst themselves over the lead. Eckrich was up 17 spots from where he started the race as the leading battle continued to pull away building a gap of over 4 seconds on the field with Ward still in the lead 40 laps into the evening. Drivers started cycling through their first pit stops just before lap 50 while Ward and Eckrich continued to run away with the lead running over 8 seconds ahead of the field.
Ward pulled into the pits on lap 53 for his stop with Eckrich pitting the following lap giving the lead over the Yaczik briefly before he also chose to pit laps later. The final round of stops happened on lap 57. Ward and Eckrich resumed racing still running 1st and 2nd with a commanding 13 second lead over Chrobok in 3rd. Ward had to check up for lap traffic trying to stay on the lead lap allowing Eckrich to clear ahead into the lead going into the 65th lap of the night.
Eckrich had contact with lap traffic approaching the halfway point of the race sending him hard into the outside wall. Able to recover, Eckrich continued to run from behind Ward but with significant damage to his car hurting his pace allowing Ward to pull away. Ward negotiated through the rear half of the field putting everyone outside of the top 11 one lap down with Tommy Rhyne running as the last car on the lead lap with 80 laps completed. Eckrich struggled to hold onto what he could dropping back to over 6 seconds behind the lead and 7 seconds ahead of Yaczik in 3rd as he tried to hold out for the next pit cycle to make repairs.
Lap 92 saw the first caution flag being thrown giving Eckrich the much-needed chance to make repairs and get himself back on pace. Eckrich was able to take back the lead coming out of the pits ahead of Ward as the field again took the green flag and, after a failed restart attempt, racing resumed with Eckrich and Ward pulling away from the field with their superior pace. Ward stayed very close to Eckrich and took a look to the outside but conceded back behind Eckrich with 44 laps remaining.
Ward took the lead away soon after and showed a strong pace staying out of reach for Eckrich to try to reclaim the position. Drew Carroll had moved up into the 3rd position and was leading the main pack in the field around 1.5 seconds behind the leaders. The second half of the race was very much a repeat of the earlier laps with Ward and Eckrich chasing each other as they both pulled far ahead of the rest of the field. Carroll was being pressured from Yaczik behind him in 4th but able to hold his ground running a consistent pace each lap.
With 20 laps remaining, Eckrich was getting more aggressive as he tried to take the lead from Ward. Eckrich saw his chance with 12 to go and took the lead quickly from the inside line as Ward struggled to maintain pace in the final stretch. Eckrich pulled away little by little around the last 10 laps of the race taking the checkered flag and officially becoming the season champion with Ward, Carroll, Yaczik, and Paul Pepper rounding out the top 5 finishers crossing the line.
Scott Eckrich took the championship with 423 points in the season and 36 points ahead of Thomas George in 2nd place. Jeff Ward finished the season out tied for 2nd with George with Mike Rasimas and Brian Yaczik rounding out the top 5 drivers as the first season came to a close. After an off week to take a breather, the drivers will be right back on the track to kick off season two with the Pretty Good Racing League at Kansas Speedway on May 17th for the Goodbye Fast Repairs 200 presented by SpeedMafia with all of the action broadcast at 8:50PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!