BRL DSLM S1 R9 Recap
03 March 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 9
Dirt Super Late Model Series | I-55 Raceway
Aiden Young with Gambler Motorsports takes the checkered flag tonight by 0.005 seconds over his teammate, Stephen Spies, in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Super Late Model Series at I-55 Raceway with Jason Dill rounding out to podium finishers. “I don’t think I breathed on the last 10 laps”, Young commented as the night came to a close, “It was just fun racing there with [Spies] just trying to stay out of his door and just see if I couldn’t squeak him out at the end.”
Brandyn Proudfoot put down the fastest lap going into the evening at 11.938 leading the first heat out of the gate with Aiden Young to his inside. Proudfoot claimed the win fairly unchallenged by Young. John Wilson held off Stephen Spies to take the win in the 2nd heat and Thomas Vickers absolutely dominated the B-Main consolation event wrapping up the night’s preliminary races before the 30-lap feature.
Proudfoot led the field around to take the green flag getting a strong jump going into the first corner clearing ahead of Wilson and Young. Spies quickly maneuvered around Wilson and Young to take 2nd place away with Vickers aggressively pushing up into 3rd. Vickers saw his chance and dove low under Spies able to take 2nd place with the first 10 laps completed and was quickly reeling Proudfoot in for the lead. Vickers threw a quick slider on Proudfoot, but Proudfoot was able to counter with a crossover and maintained the lead going into the 2nd half of the night.
Young had caught the leaders and was pressuring Spies for 3rd. In a shocking upset, Vickers and Proudfoot came together knocking both drivers out of contention as the caution flag came out. Spies was in control of the field as racing resumed but Young was able to stay alongside him Gambler Motorsports teammate and the 2 drivers ran side by side without either lane having a clear advantage with the laps quickly counting down.
Jason Dill followed the leaders closely waiting for an opportunity to capitalize on as Spies and Young stayed door to door going into the final moments. In an amazing show of incredible skill, the leaders battled hard lap after lap without making contact while still able to outpace the rest of the field. Coming out of the last corner, Aiden Young was able to get a nose ahead to take the checkered flag over Stephen Spies by 0.005 seconds at the line. Jason Dill, Brandyn Proudfoot, and Thomas Vickers round out the top 5 tonight at I-55 Spedway.
Jason Dill is now leading in the point standings with 601 points, 7 points ahead of Thomas Vickers in 2nd place. Aiden Young sits in 3rd with 532 points, William Hargreaves is in 4th with 522 points, and Michael Smith rounds out the top 5 with 474 points. The Bootleg Racing League next heads to Weedsport Speedway on March 10th with all of the dirt slinging action brought to you live at 8:50PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
BRL DSS S14 R9 Recap
03 March 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 14 | Round 9
Dirt Street Stock Series | I-55 Raceway
Billy Northcutt with Dirt Panda takes the checkered flag tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at I-55 Raceway ahead of Stephen Spies and Jason Dill. “I would’ve been excited to see a caution there honestly and give [Best] a chance to get back in line and see what happened”, Northcutt commented at the end of the night, “Early on I jumped out to a little bit of a lead and with no cautions it just takes all the stress off and it’s easier to hit your marks and everything like that so I was able to stay out front and take the win on this one.
Billy Northcutt set down the fastest lap in qualifying putting down a 14.840 starting out front for the first heat of the night with Chris Davis running to his outside. Northcutt took the win and secured the pole position for the feature race later in the night. Jason Best took the 2nd heat win claimed the remaining front row feature slot. David Traylor held off Chris Hill and Brandyn Proudfoot to take the checkered flag in the B-Main consolation race wrapping up the evening’s preliminary events.
Northcutt opted to start from the outside lane as he came out of turn 4 to take the green flag. Northcutt had a good launch off the start pulling away from the field early on as Proudfoot was aggressively pushing up through the traffic on his way to the front. The top 3 were getting spread out with the middle of the field a hornet’s nest of activity with drivers all fighting for position running 2 and 3-wide with the first 10 laps behind them. Neville Ulph was under pressure from Proudfoot battling over 4th place.
Going into the 2nd half of the run, Northcutt had extended his lead out to almost 1 second over Best with lap traffic coming into view. Proudfoot overtook Ulph for 4th and went to work running down Davis 0.9 seconds ahead of him with 10 laps remaining with the field becoming spread out around the track. Davis was coming under pressure from Proudfoot in the final laps, but it was too little, too late for Proudfoot as Billy Northcutt came around to take the checkered flag with Jason Best, Chris Davis, Brandyn Proudfoot, and Neville Ulph rounding out the top 5 tonight at I-55 Speedway.
Billy Northcutt stretches out his lead in the point standings with 581 points, now 119 points ahead of Jason Best in 2nd place. William Hargreaves slips back to 3rd place after another no-show on the track with 461 points as Chris Hill moves up to 4th at 423 points and John Wilson rounds out the top 5 with 401 points. The Bootleg Racing League next heads to Weedsport Speedway on March 10th with all of the dirt slinging action brought to you live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
PGRL S4 R2 Recap
28 February 2023
Pretty Good Racing League | Season 4 | Round 2
Premier Series | Auto Club Speedway
Cosmin Ioanesiu with Nexxus eSports took the checkered flag tonight in the Alex’s “Totally Legal” Race Engines 200 presented by Julesburg Farms with the Pretty Good Racing League at Auto Club Speedway ahead of Colton Salek and Thomas George. Talking about having to come from the back of the field after being caught up in an incident early in the 1st half of the night, Ioanesiu commented, “We got back on cycle with everybody and just methodically worked the car through the field and somehow got into a position to win it. Runs were made, blocks were thrown, wrecks were had, and somehow, we got a win. I’d say that sums up pretty good.”
Alex Graetz was in command of the 41-car field as the green flag came out with Tim Winecoff to his outside going into the first corner. Saif Faries was making an early charge for the lead diving low as he tried to find the speed to Challenge Graetz. Through the opening laps several drivers struggled to get into a groove and were sent sliding across the infield after misjudging corner exit bringing out early cautions with Graetz under pressure from Norm Pelletier.
Graetz continued to control the field until Cody Dempster took the lead away 22 laps into the night as the top 8 drivers pulled away from the rest of the field. Jeff Ward was making an aggressive move up to the front battling side by side with Faires for several laps as he tried to position himself to take advantage of the halfway point bonus points moving up to challenge Dempster. Ward kept the pressure up around several laps and were quickly approaching the fuel window as another caution came out from contact between Scott Eckrich and Ryan Rose battling over 10th place.
After cycling through pit road, racing resumed going into lap 36 with Dempster still in the lead. Chris Stofer and Colton Salek battled over 2nd as Ward started climbing back up to the leader from 6th place. Vincent Crow was finding a lot of speed along the highline and was quickly pushing up to 4th. Stofer secured 2nd place and immediately cleared around Dempster for the lead as Ward moved up to 3rd being pushed by Crow. The racing up front became intense approaching lap 50 as the drivers fought to get as many bonus points as possible with Ward sacrificing tire wear to jump out front crossing the line into the 2nd half before immediately falling back through the field.
Dempster reclaimed the lead as Ward continued to drop back with Stofer and Salek again battling for 2nd. Thomas George, last season’s points champion, was running in 5th making calculated moves as he quietly moved up toward the front of the field. Salek closed in on Dempster and made several attempts for the lead but wasn’t able to make anything stick with Crow moving up into 3rd and reeling the leaders in. The caution came out on lap 62 when Stofer got loose going down the backstretch giving the drivers an opportune chance to come down pit road within reach of the end in regard to the fuel window.
Salek won the race off pit road and took the lead from Dempster for the restart with 35 laps remaining. Dempster and Crow were able to take advantage as Salek dropped off the pace and started battling over the lead as the laps quickly counted down. Jake Silvia caught the battle and started pressuring Crow as Dempster cleared out front. Graetz rejoined the lead pack and was making aggressive low dives trying to make up any positions he could running in 5th behind Doug Roth.
Salek again started pushing for the lead as the front pack grew larger with time running out. Dempster had a strong hold of the lead with Silvia and Salek running single file tight on his bumper waiting for a mistake out of him going into the closing laps. Cosmin Ioanesiu was quickly climbing up through the lead pack and was up to 4th and quickly reeled Salek as Crow fell back to 5th and was under pressure from Michael Chrobok. Another caution came out with 19 laps to go restacking the field.
The drivers all came down pit road for tires with Dempster leading the field for the restart ahead of Silvia, Ioanesiu, and Salek. With 15 laps remaining in the night, racing resumed with Silvia stayed alongside Dempster for the lead. Salek tried to get under Ioanesiu for 3rd but couldn’t get clear running side by side for several laps until another caution halted the action again.
The green flag came back out going into the final 10 laps with dempster still in control of the field. Off the jump, Dempster was instantly under pressure as he went 3-wide with Silvia and Ioanesiu for the lead. The top 9 hard broke away from the rest of the field with the leading pack pushing their cars to the limit all scrambling to get as good of a finish as possible. Coming down the front stretch with 3 laps to go, Salek tried to force a 3-wide situation driving up between Silvia and Dempster resulting in both drivers sliding across the infield and handing the lead and race win over to Cosmin Ioanesiu taking the checkered flag under yellow flag conditions with Colton Salek holding onto 2nd. Thomas George, Vincent Crow, and Michael Chrobok round out the top 5 tonight at Auto Club Speedway.
Vincent Crow stretches out his lead with 136 points with Jake Silvia now 12 points behind him. Thomas George jumps up 4 spots into 3rd with 120 points, Jeff Ward is up 4 spots into 4th with 115 points, and Michael Chrobok rounds out the top 5 with 114 points. The Pretty Good Racing League next heads to Las Vegas for the “MARSS Properties Vacation Rentals 200” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7th with all the action broadcast live at 8:50PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
BRL LM S21 R8 Recap
25 February 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 21 | Round 8
Late Model Series | Southern National Speedway
Mathew Thunhorst with Forge Racing took his first checkered flag of the season tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Late Model Series at Southern National Speedway ahead of Aiden Young and Matt Hoose. “It was just craziness out there”, Thunhorst commented at the end of the night, “Got a couple bites at the apple and finally just got enough that I could get in there and try to work [Young] over and, you know, got it done.”
J R Shepherd with Different Path Motorsports continued his top qualifying streak for the 8th week in a row setting down the fastest lap at 14.731 starting the night off in 10th place with the Bootleg Racing League grid invert with Kurt Smith leading the 24-car field around to take the green flag for the 100-lap feature event alongside Stephen Spies on the front row.
Smith jumped out to the lead with Spies tucking in behind him. Adam Schoen and Austin Boelke made contact trying ot get single filed out bringing out an early caution restacking the field to resume racing going into lap 7. Off the jump, Matt Hoose got under Spies to take away 2nd place before more contact further back in the field resulted in several drivers having to come down pit road for repairs very early in the night to include Shepherd who could avoid an incident directly ahead of him.
Smith continued to lead the field as the green flag came back out with 14 laps completed. Hoose was able to hold 2nd place as Spies found himself under pressure from Aiden Smith clearing around the outside to take 3rd. Tyler Shadduck was coming up through the field trying to get around the outside of Michael Goodman but unable to complete the move getting loose which allowed several drivers past him on the inside line pushing him back to 8th. Young got to the outside of Hoose and was trying to repeat the move he made on Spies a few laps earlier getting a nose to the outside of Smith in the lead.
Smith held the lead leaving Young nowhere to go other than the outside line with Hoose still to his inside. Hoose conceded the battle allowing Young to clear around with Hoose slotting in behind him holding onto 3rd. On lap 43, an incident involving several drivers in the back half of the field blocked up the track on the backstretch as the leaders were coming around unaware and Smith was collected bring an unfortunate end to his strong run and giving the lead to Young for the restart going into the 2nd half of the night.
Mathew Thunhorst was quietly moving up through the field throughout the chaotic race patiently avoiding incidents and was up 15 spots into 3rd. With 40 laps remaining, Thunhorst was pressuring Young for the lead as the 2 drivers pulled away from the rest of the field. In a shocking upset, Shepherd and Shadduck made contact ending the point leader’s night early as Young and Thunhorst continued to battle for the lead with 28 laps to go.
Going into the final 8 laps, Thunhorst got a nose to the inside of Young running side by side with both drivers trying to get their nose out front. After a few tense laps, Thunhorst cleared into the lead and started to pull away from Young. Coming around the last corner, Mathew Thunhorst took the checkered flag over 1 second ahead of Aiden Young in 2nd place. Matt Hoose, Justin Morton, and Lowell Jewell round out the top 5 tonight at Southern National Speedway.
J R Shepherd continues to lead in the point standings, even with an unfortunate end tonight, with 371 points. Michael Goodman holds onto 2nd place with 294 points. Lowell Jewell sits in 3rd with 273 points with Mathew Thunhorst sitting in 4th with 269 points. Justin Morton rounds out the top 5 in the point standings with 241 points going into the next round of the season. The Bootleg Racing League now heads over to Hickory Motor Speedway for the next round of Season 21 on March 4th with all of the intense racing action brought to you live at 9PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
BRL DSLM S1 R8 Recap
24 February 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 8
Dirt Super Late Model Series | Volusia Speedway Park
Thomas Vickers with Apex Industries took the checkered flag tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Super Late Model Series ahead of Aiden Young and Stephen Spies. “Kept the racing clean and had some sliders and everything. It was a pretty fun race.”, Vickers commented as the night came to a close.
Jason Dill threw down the fastest lap in qualifying at 15.728 at the line claiming the front of the first heat of the night. Dill was able to take the checkered flag in the first heat while under pressure from John Heyn, Thomas Vickers dominated the remaining heat race by over 1 second ahead of the rest of the field, and Stephen Spies held off John Wilson to take the win in the B-Main Consolation race leading up to the 30-lap feature event.
Dill came around to take the green flag with Vickers to his outside. Dill had a strong launch off the start clearing out front, but Vickers stayed with him and dove low to get around the inside running side by side for several laps before conceding back into 2nd as John Heyn and Stephen Spies got involved. Vickers and Dill started swapping sliders over the lead with Dill maintaining the lead with the first 10 laps completed.
Aiden Young caught with Gambler Motorsports teammates in 3rd and 4th challenging Spies as the top 5 pulled away from the rest of the field. Vickers again tried going low under Dill but wasn’t able to make it work with Dill leading the field into the 2nd half of the night. Vickers was slowly getting a nose ahead of Dill still trying to use the low line taking the lead going into lap 19. Young was able to get ahead of Spies and started going after Heyn as the caution flag came out with 10 laps remaining.
Racing resumed with Vickers jumping out front and Heyn quickly jumped up into 2nd as Spies and Young tried to split the track around Dill but contact between Heyn and Spies sent Heyn around on track ending his run. With 8 laps to go, Vickers again took the green flag with Spies in 2nd place. Young instantly went after Dill taking away 3rd place and closed on Spies getting a nose ahead. Thomas Vickers came out of the final corner to take the checkered flag with Aiden Young, Stephen Spies, Jason Dill, and Michael Smith rounding out the top 5 tonight at Volusia Speedway Park.
Thomas Vickers and Jason Dill are now tied for the lead in the point standings now at 530 points each, 8 points ahead of William Hargreaves in 3rd place. Aiden Young sits in 4th with 451 points and Michael Smith rounds out the top 5 with 421 points. The Bootleg Racing League next heads to I-55 Raceway on March 3rd with all of the dirt slinging action brought to you live at 8:50PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
BRL DSS S14 R8 Recap
24 February 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 14 | Round 8
Dirt Street Stock Series | Volusia Speedway Park
Chris Davis with Team CDR claimed his first win of the season tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Volusia Speedway Park ahead of Jeffery Hardin and Chris Hill. “What I didn’t want to do was touch [Hardin] at all. He’s a very clean driver, he’s a good driver… At this track, it’s a lot about momentum. So, if I touched [Hardin] it would be bad for both of us.”, Davis took a moment to share with us at the end of the night, “I have to give my thanks to Menda because I saw him coming on the outside and that’s when I decided to take [the high line] and going up top is what worked.”
Jeffery Hardin with Loose Luggs sat at the top of the timing and scoring boards going into the evening with a fast lap put down at 19.856 taking the pole for the first heat. Under pressure from Chris Davis, Hardin was able to defend the lead taking the checkered flag and securing the pole for the feature event later that night. John Wilson took the remaining heat victory and Jason Menda beat Joey Brewer to the line to take the win in the B-Main consolation race leading into the 30-lap feature event.
Hardin led the field around to take the green flag opting to start from the outside line with Wilson on his inside. Hardin had a good jump, but Wilson was able to stay on the inside with Davis staying close to the battle waiting for an opportunity. Aiden Young was quickly climbing through the field closing on the leaders early in the run as Hardin and Wilson continued to run side by side with 5 laps completed.
Hardin was able to clear into the lead as Wilson found himself under pressure from Davis while the top 3 drivers started to separate themselves from the rest of the field. Menda had reeled Young in and was trying to get around the outside with Chris Hill and Bobby Hayes directly behind him battling over 6th. The leaders were running single file all within 0.5 seconds as they crossed into the 2nd half of the night with Davis keeping the pressure high on Hardin.
Menda cleared around Young into 4th and was gaining on the leaders with Hill, Young, Hayes, and Robby Robinson in tow behind him. Going into the final 10 laps, the top 8 were all running in close quarters with Davis looking to the inside of Hardin for the lead. As the laps quickly counted down, Davis changed up his line moving around to the outside of Hardin and was able to use the momentum to get alongside the leader with 3 laps to go. Coming out of the final corner, Chris Davis had jumped out ahead to take the checkered flag with Jeffery Hardin keeping a nose ahead of Chris Hill for 2nd. Jason Menda and John Wilson round out the top 5 tonight at Volusia Speedway Park.
Billy Northcutt holds onto the lead in the point standings with 497 points, now 36 points ahead of Hargreaves. Jason Best sits in 3rd place with 382 points as John Wilson moves up to 4th at 361 points, now tied with Chris Hill going into the next round of the season. The Bootleg Racing League next heads to I-55 Raceway on March 3rd with all of the dirt slinging action brought to you live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
PGRL S4 R1 Recap
21 February 2023
Pretty Good Racing League | Season 4 | Round 1
Premier Series | Daytona International Speedway
Vincent Crow with Team Watson Racing took the first checkered flag of the new season in the Team Watson Racing Setups 250 with the Pretty Good Racing League at Daytona International Speedway ahead of Jake Silvia and Joshua O’Connor. “I went into this race and said I’m going to race and if I finish, I finish and if I don’t, I don’t”, Crow commented as the night came to a close, “I still can’t believe I won, I don’t win these races.”
Angel Jaime led the 46-car field around to take the green flag kicking off the new 2023 season for the Pretty Good Racing League. In the opening laps, Jaime was able to hold onto the lead riding up and leading the outside lane being pushed out front by Deven Cannon. As the field started to get settled in, a miscommunication further back brought out the caution flag and stacked everyone back together again as racing resumed going into lap 13 with Jaime still in control.
The aggression only increased with several drivers weaving between lines searching for a way to progress forward in the field. Vincent Crow found his way to the front with Aiden Graetz pushing him along the inside as the top lane struggled to get organized being led by Cannon. With Cosmin Ioanesiu’s help, Cannon was able to get back up alongside Crow to challenge for the lead with Jaime tried to take advantage sliding out of the low lane quickly going 3-wide to utilize the draft following Cannon.
Going into lap 35, Jaime got out of shape and slid down to the inside of the track before recovering back in 32 running in the back of the 2nd pack. Out front, both high and low lanes were competitive as drivers were figuring out who they wanted to work with when separated from teammates. An abrupt lane change from Adam Blattel while Cody Dempster was having a strong run along the outside resulted in the leading pack coming together and bringing the caution back out just short of the halfway point of the night giving the field an opportune chance to come down pit road.
Racing resumed going into lap 43 with Chris Stofer out front. The front pack started to break apart and the top 13 drivers started to pull away while negotiating lap traffic going into the 2nd half. Ioanesiu was in control of the lead pack as they crossed the halfway point gaining 10 bonus points being pushed by Jaimes across the line. As the laps counted down, the 2nd group of cars being led by Michael Chrobok was quickly reeling the lead pack in combining the groups together 28 drivers running together with 40 laps to go.
Jeff Ward took control of the field and maintained the lead for most of the 2nd half with drivers running single file behind him trying to stretch their fuel window to make it to the end. A late race caution on lap 82 took away any fuel concerns as the majority of the field came down pit road restacking behind Scott Eckrich to take the green flag with 15 laps remaining. Thomas George pushed Adam Jurski out front along the inside line as Crow and Eckirch teamed up to the outside with Brian Yaczik following them around. As they continued to swap the lead around the caution flag came out for the final time with Vincent Crow taking the win under yellow flag conditions with Jake Silvia, Joshua O’Connor, Scott Eckirch, and Brian Yaczik rounding out the top 5 tonight at Daytona International Speedway.
Vincent Crow starts the season off in the lead with 73 points with Jake Silvia 3 points behind him. Joshua O’Connor sits in 3rd with 59 points, Scott Eckrich is 4th with 58 points, and Brian Yaczik is tied with Adam Jurski for 5th with 56 points each. The Pretty Good Racing League next heads to California for the “Alex’s ‘Totally Legal’ Race Engines 200” presented by JBF at Auto Club Speedway on February 28th with all the action broadcast live at 8:50PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
BRL LM S21 R7 Recap
18 February 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 21 | Round 7
Late Model Series | Stafford Motor Speedway
Justin Morton with Total Downforce Racing claimed his 4th win of the season tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Late Model Series at Stafford Motor Speedway ahead of Aiden Young and J R Shepherd. “It’s very hard to pass at this track. The car was very, very tight the entire way around the track”, Morton explained at the end of the night, “That made passing even trickier, but I think at the same point it also made it easier because if you got on the gas just a little bit too soon you’re just going to lose a ton of time and the guy behind you would be able to stick their nose under you.”
J R Shepherd with Different Path Motorsports continued his streak of qualifying on pole by putting down a 20.728 gridding up in 10th place with Jospeh Snyder sitting on the pole through the Bootleg Racing League grid invert. “I’ll do my best to keep it up here for a little while”, Snyder shared with us before joining the grid, “To be honest, I am struggling with this car. I was just getting used to the super late models, we changed to the late models, and I just can’t figure this car out.”
Snyder, driving with Rougarou Racing, led the 22-car field around to take the green flag getting a good jump off the start but so did Ruben Altice to his outside as the two drivers ran side by side around the first few laps before Snyder cleared into the lead. Further back in the field, contact between Tyler Shadduck and Darryl Wineinger resulted in several drivers receiving severe damage to include Donny Moore and Shepherd. Moore came down pit road for repairs, but Shepherd stayed out on track and continued to run in 8th place.
Altice was able to slot into line between Snyder and Matt Hoose holding onto 2nd place. Shadduck was up to 5th and aggressively working on Michael Goodman as Justin Morton ran behind Shadduck patiently putting laps behind him without pushing the car. Aiden Young was running in 7th behind Morton with Shepherd directly behind him. Going into lap 16, Shadduck got Goodman up off his line opening the lane for Morton, Young, and Shepherd to take pushing Goodman back to 8th as Shadduck quickly closed the gap to Hoose in 3rd.
Snyder found himself stranded on the outside as Altice got to his inside and dropped back to 7th before slotting in behind Shepherd. Going into lap 29. Shadduck dove deep into the corner to get under Hoose and tried the same move again a few laps later on Altice running all the way down onto the apron. Altice was able to defend against Shadduck but Morton, Young, and Shepherd had dropped back slightly not sure as Shadduck continued to pressure Altice.
With 40 laps behind them, Shadduck got a nose to the inside of Altice taking the lead away with Altice falling back to 7th after contact between the two leaders forced him up the track. Going into the 2nd half of the night, Morton seemed content to follow Shadduck around the track letting the laps count down. Young, Shepherd, and Hoose rounded out the lead pack all running single file showing a lot of patience. Shepherd was showing a strong pace staying with the leaders even with significant damage to his car from the incident in the opening laps.
With 40 laps remaining, Shadduck was showing signs of excessive tire wear sacrificing a lot of speed through the corners to stay close to the inside line to hold off the line of cars behind him. Lap traffic were giving the leaders a lot of room as they came through while Morton started applying pressure on Shadduck to try and force a mistake out of the struggling leader. Going into lap 84, Morton saw his opportunity getting a nose to the inside of Shadduck and quickly cleared into the lead with Young, Shepherd, and Hoose following him through.
With open track ahead of him, Morton showed his pace as he broke away from the leading pack with Young following close behind. The group broke up into 2-car packs as Shepherd and Hoose battled over 3rd and Michael Goodman started challenging Shadduck for 5th. Coming out of the final corner, Justin Morton took the checkered flag ahead of Aiden Young while J R Shepherd defended 3rd from Matt Hoose and Tyler Shadduck held onto 5th tonight at Stafford Motor Speedway.
J R Shepherd continues to lead in the point standings with 338 points. Michael Goodman takes 2nd place away from Mathew Thunhorst with 257 points. Lowell Jewell moves up into 3rd with 237 points with Thunhorst sitting in 4th with 229 points. Justin Morton rounds out the top 5 in the point standings with 204 points going into the next round of the season. The Bootleg Racing League now heads over to Southern National Speedway for the next round of Season 21 on February 25th with all of the intense racing action brought to you live at 9PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
BRL DSLM S1 R7 Recap
17 February 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 1 | Round 7
Dirt Super Late Model Series | Fairbury Speedway
Thomas Vickers continues his winning streak taking the checkered flag tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Super Late Model Series at Fairbury Speedway ahead of William Hargreaves and Jason Dill. “I like this track a lot”, Vickers commented at the end of his run, “Just have to be real easy on the throttle and just worry about how you enter and everything just making sure you hit your marks and it’s pretty smooth sailing here if you hit it right.”
Thomas Vickers set the fastest laps down in qualifying sitting at the top of the timing and scoring boards with a 11.966 and secured the pole for the heat of the night to kick off the night’s excitement. Vickers opted to start from the inside lane placing William Hargreaves to his outside to take the green flag. Vickers cleared out front quickly off the jump as the field went single file along the top of the track struggling to utilize the low line in the early stages. Vickers took the checkered flag unchallenged with Jason Dill taking 2nd place away from Hargreaves on the final lap. Hargreaves went on to win the consolation race leading into the 30-lap feature.
Vickers again choose to start on the bottom of the track to take the green flag. Off the jump, Vickers cleared ahead of Dill with Hargreaves battling for 2nd but again unable to make the inside line work slotting into 3rd as the field went single file along the outside lane similar to the earlier events. Hargreaves seemed to have more speed than Dill and repeatedly threw sliders but couldn’t clear into 2nd place in the opening laps. The battling between Dill and Hargreaves allowed Vickers to pull away with the lead with the first 5 laps completed.
Hargreaves was showing his frustration as there was contact from another failed slider, but Hargreaves was able to take away 2nd place going into the 2nd half of the run. Dill attempted a crossover but ran into the same issues with the inside lane that Hargreaves had earlier and slotted back into 3rd as Hargreaves pulled away slightly. Vickers had extended his lead out to over 3.5 seconds going into the final 10 laps reaching lap traffic. With the top line being so dominate, the entire field continued to run single file waiting for other to make mistake with the laps quickly counting down.
The lap traffic drivers were giving Vickers the high side not slowing the leaders progress in any way as Thomas Vickers came out of the final corner to take the checkered flag over 6 seconds ahead of William Hargreaves in 2nd place. Jason Dill, John Wilson, and Michael Smith round out the top 5 tonight at Fairbury Speedway.
William Hargreaves has run away with the points lead now at 522 points, a shocking 67 points ahead of Jason Dill in 2nd place. Thomas Vickers, Aiden Young, and Stephen Spies round out the top 5 drivers going into the next round. The Bootleg Racing League next heads to Volusia Speedway Park on February 24th with all of the dirt slinging action brought to you live at 8:40PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
BRL DSS S14 R7 Recap
17 February 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 14 | Round 7
Dirt Street Stock Series | Fairbury Speedway
Blaise Rachels claimed his first win of the season tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Fairbury Speedway ahead of Neville Ulph and Chris Hill. “I just kept running it [and] kept running it and finally started pulling away so I went back to the top.”, Rachels commented to us regarding trying to run against the dominate line on the outside tonight.
Brady Thompson set down the fast laps in qualifying at 15.103 taking the pole in the first heat of the night to the inside of Neville Ulph. Thompson forced a checkup out of Ulph clearing into the lead causing a stack up further back allowing Jason Best to get alongside Jeffery Hardin for 3rd. Hardin was able to defend the position as Best slotted back into line in 4th. Thompson took the checkered flag wrapping up the first heat with Blaise Rachels taking the win in the 2nd heat. Hardin battled Bobby Hayes to take the win in the B Main consolation race leading up to the 30-lap feature event.
Thompson took the green flag to kick off the feature with Rachels to his inside. John Wilson battled Ulph for 3rd as Hardin found himself stuck on the inside line falling back in the field before slotting into line back in 7th. Wilson successfully held onto 3rd with the first 5 laps behind them. Several drivers throughout the field were aggressively trying to find speed down low but unable to as the high line was the dominate path around the track. Wilson fell back to 5th with Ulph and Hill got around him while he was experimenting down low.
Rachels was running out front on the rear bumper of Thompson over 2 seconds ahead of Ulph going into the 2nd half of the night. Going into the final 10 laps, Billy Northcutt was doing what he could to recover from a rough start to the night up to 6th behind Wilson. In the final laps, the leaders had caught lap traffic allowing Ulph to start to close the gap but there wasn’t enough time for Ulph to join the battle for the lead as Thompson and Rachels came out of the final corner side by side to take the checkered flag. Brady Thompson was disqualified for a rule violation officially awarding tonight’s win to Blaise Rachels with Neville Ulph, Chris Hill, John Wilson, and Billy Northcutt rounding out the top 5 tonight at Fairbury Speedway.
Billy Northcutt takes the lead in the point standings away from teammate William Hargreaves with 497 points, now 36 points ahead of Hargreaves. Jason Best sits in 3rd place with 382 points as Chris Hill moves up to 4th at 296 points. John Wilson rounds out the top 5 in the point standings going into the next round of the season. The Bootleg Racing League next heads to Volusia Speedway Park on February 24th with all of the dirt slinging action brought to you live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!