09 August 2022
Pretty Good Racing League | Season 2 | Round 11
Premier Series | Michigan International Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Brian Yaczik with Loud Pedal Motorsports took his 3rd win of the season under caution flag conditions tonight in the “Yaz’s Sandwiches & More 200” at Michigan International Speedway with the Pretty Good Racing League ahead of Scott Eckrich and Chance Manning. “I’ve been to plenty of races at [Michigan International Speedway]. I love that facility, love the area”, Yaczik shared with us as the action came to a close, “Every time we get to come down to race here it’s always a little special to me.”
Chance Manning started on the pole tonight alongside James Krahula as the green flag was thrown out over the field. Manning had a good launch off the start, but soon found himself under pressure from Thomas George after the first few laps. Jeff Ward, the points leader going into the evening, had his race ended only 10 laps in with technical issues putting his hard-earned lead at risk late in the season. Manning continued to control the field with George pushing him from behind with the first 20 laps were completed as Scott Eckrich broke into the top 10.
George made a move around the inside of Manning for the lead on lap 25 taking control of the field as Eckrich’s charge to the front continued moving up to 5th and quickly closing on the leaders. Manning got alongside George and the two leaders started trading crossovers back and forth with neither driver wanting to give up the lead. The battling allowed Mike Rasimas to close in on the leading battle pressuring for position forcing Manning to concede for the moment falling back in line behind George.
Only 30 laps into the run, Manning, George, and Rasimas were three wide over the lead with Eckrich up to only 1.5 seconds behind them in 4th. The field started cycling through green flag pit stops throughout the leading battle with Manning and George coming down on lap 35 while Rasimas and Eckrich came down pit road on the following lap. George was the leading driver as the running order finished shuffling from the pit cycle with Manning in 2nd and Eckrich in 5th 2.8 seconds behind the leader.
As the drivers approached the second half of the night, Eckrich was making an aggressive charge back to the leaders overtaking Rasimas and George and closing in on Manning only a few laps after rejoining the track from pit road. A caution at the halfway point gave the field an opportune chance to make another pit stop with Eckrich winning the race off pit road and taking control of the field for the restart going into lap 52. The aggression was high with George and Manning banging doors over 2nd and making several attempts for the lead.
Cautions plagued the next 20 laps while feuds erupted between drivers throughout the field delaying the race further. The green flag came out as racing resumed on lap 73 with Rasimas jumping out in front taking control of the field with George and Manning again battling each other aggressively, this time over 2nd place. Brian Yaczik found himself position between the two while Eckrich cautiously maintained distance, back in 8th place, between himself and the battles ahead.
Going into the final 15 laps, Rasimas was still in lead with Manning close behind looking to the inside. George got to the outside of Manning and the two were again battling amongst themselves allowing Rasmias to pull away out front. Yaczik got between them pushing George to 5th back behind Eckrich as Yaczik and Manning closed back in on Rasimas overtaking the leader and battling each other for the lead with Eckrich running behind Yaczik in 3rd with 10 laps remaining. Eckrich pushed Yaczik into the lead as Manning fell back to 3rd. George, Carroll, and Rasimas went three wide over 4th place with Michael Chrobok getting his nose into the fight.
Manning got alongside Eckrich and started aggressively battling over 2nd place behind Yaczik with 6 laps remaining. Manning cleared ahead of Eckrich and quickly pushed for the lead again diving below Yaczik. Yaczik pulled a crossover taking the lead back with Eckrich pushing him. Eckrich continued to push Yaczik trying to move the lead battle away from Manning as the laps counted down. As they ran into the final 2 laps, the caution flag again came out over the field bringing the action to an end prematurely with Brian Yaczik taking the checkered flag under yellow flag conditions with Scott Eckrich, Chance Manning, Drew Carroll, and Mike Rasimas rounding out the top 5 finishers tonight at Michigan International Speedway.
Jeff Ward leads in the point standings the 10th straight week in a row with 370 points. Brian Yaczik holds onto 2nd place now 32 points behind the leader. Scott Eckrich moves up two spots into 3rd with 328 points with Drew Carroll and Thomas George rounding out the top 5 in the standings going into the final round next week. Next week, the drivers of the Pretty Good Racing League head down to Virgina for the “We Flex Our Muscles on Track 200 presented by #TeamLaps4MD” at Richmond Raceway on August 16th with all of the intense action broadcast live at 8:50PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
06 August 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 18 | Round 7
Super Late Model Series | Oxford Plains Speedway
Photograph by: Michael Goodman
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
J R Shepherd with Different Path Motorsports claimed his 3rd win of the season tonight with the Bootleg Racing League Super Late Model Series at Oxford Plains Speedway ahead of Justin Morton and Austin Boelke. “Every race can have its own trouble and a lot can happen during one of these races so just try to do the best you can in each and every one of them”, Shepherd commented as the night came to a close, “It was as an okay night I guess as far as the championship goes for everybody that’s involved in that.”
Joe Segalla had control of the field as the green flag came out over Oxford Plains Speedway. Segalla cleared ahead of Ruben Altice going into the first corner as Altice found himself stranded on the outside with Jason Menda leading a charge to the inside with Austin Boelke close behind. Altice fell back to 4th before dropping into line ahead of Michael Goodman. Menda looked to the inside of Segalla several times for the lead, but Segalla didn’t leave an opening for Menda to get his nose into as the drivers put the first 20 laps behind them.
Justin Morton and J R Shepherd, both drivers tied for the points lead going into the night, were running 6th and 7th respectively waiting patiently for an opportunity to present itself to move forward through the field. Segalla and Menda had started to pull away from Boelke when Boelke got loose and checked up the field behind him. Menda then slid up the track on lap 28 and got shuffled back to 7th alongside James Lowe with Segalla still in control of the field.
Lap 34 saw trouble for Morton after contact with Chris Wolfson broke both drivers loose and sent Morton back to 12th while Shepherd moved up to 5th. Boelke found himself to the outside of Altice who cleared into 2nd behind Segalla. Boelke continued to fall back as he struggled to find a gap to drop into dropping back to 7th. Shepherd was up to 3rd running behind Altice while Segalla started to stretch out his lead lap after lap as the drivers crossed the halfway point of the night.
Morton was aggressively pushing up through the field and was up to 9th behind Chris Davis going into the second half. Shepherd struggled to find a way around Altice who was holding the inside line cautiously to prevent being pushed to the outside. Menda started to climb back up toward the front overtaking Todd Liston for 4th and closing in on Shepherd ahead. Segalla had extended his lead over Altice to over 1 second with 35 laps remaining with Shepherd still unable to get his nose under Altice.
Contact between Adam Schoen and Boelke with 25 laps to go brought out the caution flag resetting the field and taking away the 1.5 second lead Segalla had built up over Altice as well as positioning Shepherd directly behind him for the restart. In a shocking upset, with drivers scrambled to get to the inside as the green flag came back out with 20 laps to go, a chain reaction led to Menda pushing Shepherd into Segalla and sent Segalla spinning into the infield along with Altice. No caution came out and Shepherd had control of the field with Morton back up in 2nd place.
Segalla recovered back on track in 10th behind Wolfson. Shepherd was able to stay out ahead of Morton by several car lengths with Boelke and Lowe running behind in 3rd and 4th. Lowe was pressuring Boelke, but Boelke wasn’t leaving any opportunity for Lowe to take advantage of going into the final few laps. Shepherd pulled away in the lead by over 1 second as the white flag came out and J R Shepherd took the checkered flag tonight at Oxford Plains Speedway with Justin Morton, Austin Boelke, James Lowe, and Donny Moore rounding out the top 5 finishers.
J R Shepherd took the lead in the point standings tonight with 267 points. Justin Morton trails Shepherd by only 1 point with Austin Boelke holding onto 3rd place with 264 points. Donny Moore stays in 4th place with 241 points and Michael Goodman rounds out the top 5 in the points with 228 points. The drivers of the Bootleg Racing League now head up to Maine on August 13th for round 8 of season 18 at Lanier National Speedway with all of the action broadcast live at 8:55PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
05 August 2022
Endurance League Events | Hollywood 500
NASCAR Pro Trucks | Auto Club Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Brian Young with Firelight eSports took the checkered flag tonight in the Endurance League Events Hollywood 500 at Auto Club Speedway ahead of Blake Trawick and James McKee. Young joined us after his victory tonight commenting, “It was just really lucky timing right there and the pit stop on that caution before the GWC was just as good as I could possibly ask for and it just put me in a really good position to try and go for the win.” Young came out of the night with $115 in prize winnings.
Justin Anderson was in control of the field as the green flag came out over the Auto Club Speedway and had a good launch off the start clearing ahead of Brian Young. Anderson was under immediate pressure as Young and Dillon Poteet went three wide with Anderson for the lead only a few laps into the night. Anderson maintained the lead as the drivers put the first 10 laps behind them but had spent most of the race to that point with Poteet looking to get alongside him.
Blake Gordon took advantage of the situation and overtook Anderson for the lead shortly thereafter but wasn’t able to run away with it as Anderson stayed close to Gordon’s rear bumper. The lead was handed back and forth between Gordon and Anderson with Katlyn Heydt closing up on the battle with 20 laps completed with Gordon in the lead. Heydt was running in 3rd place already up 6 spots from the start. Heydt and Gordon came together sending both drivers around resulting in severe damage to Heydt’s Toyota and giving the lead back to Anderson going into lap 30.
Much of the field started to single file out while the drivers settled in, biding their time while the laps counted down. Poteet closed back in on the leader and was pushing Anderson trying to separate from the rest of the field as the two drivers started to pull away from Cody Smith in 3rd. As they passed the 50 laps mark, Anderson and Poteet had built almost a 1 second gap over the rest of the field with Brian Young running in 3rd ahead of Jacob Fyfe and Todd Thomas. The 33 cars on track were still showing a lot of patience and made only fairly calculated moves throughout the field.
The field closed back in on the leaders and Poteet was overtaken by Young who set his sights to Anderson as he actively looked for a way around for the lead. Fyfe continued his forward progression battling over 3rd place side by side with Poteet for several laps. The battle allowed Anderson and Young to again break away from the pack before Fyfe cleared into the position. During lap 65 Poteet pulled down pit road ahead of the rest of the field under green flag conditions setting up to overtake the leaders through pit strategy.
Unfortunately for Poteet, the caution flag came out only two laps later ruining his plan completely as the rest of the drivers came down pit road safely under the caution leaving Poteet one lap behind the leaders. Anderson held the lead off the restart ahead of Young going into lap 74 after a brief side by side battle that Young conceded from. The field again quickly single filed out as drivers were actively pacing themselves with almost 200 laps left in the night. Dannis Faircloth was up an impressive 28 spots from where he started the race and was running in 6th.
Young continued to pressure Anderson for the lead with 90 laps completed but had yet to make an attempt for the lead seemingly bidding his time. Fyfe was leading the secondary pack behind the leaders and had closed the gap up to Young bring Joe Yakes and Smith with him as the top 5 drivers had over a 1 second lead ahead of Shaun Pechin in 6th. Anderson continued to control the field as they crossed the 100-lap mark with the top 5 running single file behind him with Smith taking up the rear of the lead pack.
Coming out of lap 106, Anderson was the first to run down pit road under the green flag but lost a few seconds when he slid through his pit box and had to reposition before the crew was allowed to provide service to his Chevrolet. As the rest of the field went through their pit cycles, Anderson regained the lead on lap 114 with over a 3 second gap ahead of Young. Young was consistently reeling the leader back in however with his fresher tires closing by several tenths of a second each lap.
As the field approached the halfway point, Young had completely closed the gap to Anderson and overtook for the lead and quickly started to pull away. The early pit stop seemed to be a mistake as Anderson fell back further as more drivers caught him sending him back to 6th showing the falloff of his tires with only a handful a laps more on them than the drivers who pitted later with Young. 26 of the 41-car field were still on track with Kevin McGarvey in 23rd being the last truck on the lead lap.
Yakes caught Young and was able to take the lead away with Chad Mikosz following him up into 2nd while Young found himself under pressure from Fyfe as he tried to hold onto 3rd. Michael Strohl found his way into the battle for the lead getting alongside Smith and the two drivers battled side by side for several laps before Strohl was able to use the momentum from the outside line to move up to the outside of Yakes and challenge for the lead. Young and Smith ran alongside each other directly behind them battling over 3rd.
On lap 144, Strohl cleared ahead for the lead with Young pulling around to the outside of Yakes filling the hole that Strohl left behind and pushing Yakes back to 3rd ahead of Smith. Strohl maintained control of the field followed closely by the top 6 with Blake Trawick running in the rear of that pack with 100 laps remaining in the night. Young and Yakes battled back and forth over 2nd place with Young to the inside with Smith pushing from behind. That battle didn’t take any pressure off Strohl as he wasn’t able to pull away before Young cleared into 2nd the pack stayed with the leader.
Smith took back 2nd place from Young and made a move for the lead but couldn’t complete the pass falling back behind Strohl. Trawick started moving forward up into 4th and closed up on Smith’s rear bumper. Much of the field had closed back up into one long single file line as drivers were looking at saving their equipment with the green flag run stretching out with only a handful of quick battles throughout. Strohl started aggressively weaving his truck down the straights trying to break the draft with Young behind him to make any attempt for the lead more difficult.
With 80 laps remaining, Strohl started to break away with Young and Trawick in tow. Fyfe was running in 4th and led the secondary pack almost a second behind the lead pack. The lead pack came down pit road coming out of lap 176 under green flag conditions with Trawick beating Strohl down the pit exit and taking control of the field for the first time tonight. Young fell back to 5th behind Fyfe while Trawick and Strohl had a strong 3 second lead over James McKee in 3rd.
Going into the last 50 laps of the night, Trawick and Strohl extended the gap ahead of the field to almost 4 seconds working together to get as far ahead as possible with the laps counting down. Aggression throughout the field was picking up with every position becoming more important with the end of the night closely approaching. Trawick started to pull away from Strohl with a gap between them growing to over 2 seconds as Strohl fell off the leading pace.
Trawick came down pit road on lap 214 giving control of the field back to Strohl who stayed out on track. The rest of the field came down pit road over the next several laps while Strohl stayed out, possibly hoping for a caution, until lap 217. Young and Trawick were running in 2nd and 3rd respectively when Strohl pulled off track and quickly took the lead away. Strohl rejoined the track in 9th behind McKee and Trawick took control of the field with 30 laps remaining.
A late race caution in the final moments restacked the field for a GWC finish with Young in control of the field ahead of Trawick in 2nd and Strohl back up to 3rd. Trawick looked to the inside of Young but couldn’t complete the move while McKee moved up into 3rd. Trawick took another look coming out of the final corner but Brian Young maintained the lead taking the checkered flag after a long, hard fought battle with Blake Trawick, James McKee, Michael Chrobok, and David Grantham rounding out the top 5 finishers tonight at Auto Club Speedway.
05 August 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 12 | Round 7
Dirt Street Stock Series | Kokomo Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Brandyn Proudfoot with Jim Beaver eSports claimed his 5th win of the season tonight with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Kokomo Speedway ahead of Zachary Loomis and J R Shepherd. “It’s definitely a momentum boost and a little bit of a confidence boost too.”, Proudfoot commented after dominating the track tonight, “The multi-lane track condition made it interesting. At the beginning of the race, I honestly wasn’t sure if I made the right choice, but I just tried to stick it out and see what happened and luck was in my favor tonight
Brandyn Proudfoot put down the fastest lap at the top of the evening with a 14.838 during qualifying and beat out J R Shepherd for the first heat race win securing the pole position for the feature event. Zachary Loomis took the second heat and started alongside Proudfoot on the front row. William Hargreaves won the third and final heat of the night and started 3rd in the feature. Proudfoot led the field around turn four and had a strong launch out ahead of the field as the green flag came out over Kokomo Speedway.
Proudfoot ran a very high line around the track while Loomis was committing to the inside trying to match Proudfoot’s pace. Shepherd and Billy Northcutt battled side by side over 3rd place with Hargreaves waiting behind for an opening to take advantage of. Proudfoot maintained control of the field ahead of Loomis as the drivers put the first 10 laps behind them as Northcutt started to fall back to 6th behind Jason Menda. Shepherd started look to the outside of Loomis looking to take away 2nd place with Menda following him along the wall.
Hargreaves found himself stranded to the inside and struggled to get ahead of Shepherd, but Loomis moved up to the high side and closing any gap Hargreaves could’ve moved up into. Menda tried to get his nose beneath Shepherd and, with Hargreaves still running low, he caused a three wide battle over 3rd before Menda was forced to fall back and Hargreaves cleared ahead of him on the high side for 4th. Proudfoot had stretched his lead out to over 1.5 seconds ahead of Loomis and was catching the first signs of lap traffic with 15 laps remaining.
Loomis continued to push down low, but Shepherd stayed within a few car lengths keeping the pressure up from the high side with Hargreaves and Menda running very close behind. Going into the final 5 laps, Proudfoot had extended his lead out to 2.5 seconds as he cautiously negotiated through the rear of the field. Proudfoot maintained his pace all the way to the checkered flag with Zachary Loomis, J R Shepherd, William Hargreaves and Jason Menda rounding out the top 5 finishers tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Kokomo Speedway.
Brandyn Proudfoot is running away with the lead in the point standings with 539 points as the season championship begins to look like a shutout. William Hargreaves holds onto 2nd place with 469 points with Billy Northcutt close behind in 3rd with 455 points. J R Shepherd moved up into 4th place with 405 points as Jeffrey Hardin slid back to 5th with 400 points. The drivers of the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series now set their sights toward Lanier National Speedway for race 8 of season 12 on August 12th with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
02 August 2022
Pretty Good Racing League | Season 2 | Round 10
Premier Series | Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Drew Carroll with Loud Pedal Motorsports took the checkered flag by 0.003 in a drag race to the line tonight in the We Got a Partial Track Update; It Only Took 84 Years 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Pretty Good Racing League ahead of Scott Eckrich and Jeff Ward. “I was driving the race of my life right there”, Carroll commented as the night came to a close, “I feel like we’ve been running really, really solid, and we just haven’t had the finishes to show for it… We just had some luck tonight”
Adam Jurski was in control of the 23-car field as the green flag came out with James Krahula alongside him on the front row. Jurski launched far out in front of the rest of the pack going to the first turn while several drivers were caught up in an incident off the start that Scott Eckrich was able to avoid altogether bypassing half of the field and moving up to 11th place. Jeff Ward also survived the green flag collisions and was inside of the top 10 as the field started to single file out around the course.
5 laps into the night, Jurski maintained the lead and had stretch out over 3 seconds ahead of Drew Carroll as Eckrich had maneuvered up to 6th and was closing in on Brian Yaczik ahead of him. Ward overshot a corner on a previous lap and was running in 8th behind Mike Rasimas. Carroll was closing the distance to Jurski after putting down the fastest laps on track for 2 laps in a row and was within 1 second of the leader with 8 laps completed. As the first quarter of the race was behind them, a lot of the expected names were making their way into the top 10.
Carroll had closed up on Jurski’s bumper and was aggressively looking for an opportunity to take the lead away but struggled to find the drive off speed coming out of the corners to beat Jurski into the next corner. Eckrich had made up 2 seconds on the leaders from 5th place as the lead battle continued and Jurski had reached the first signs of lap traffic on lap 13. Jurski was forced to checkup for a lap car and that gave Carroll the opportunity to get alongside the leader and Carroll was able to clear ahead of Jurski going into turn one.
Carroll started pulling away from Jurski while Eckrich was up to 4th place and continued to close the gap. Ward was up into 7th place behind Rasimas and Yaczik. In the second half of the night, with 21 laps remaining, Eckrich was the first driver to go down pit road after climbing up to 2nd place and within 3 seconds of the leader. Eckrich rejoined in 11th, but several drivers opted to run their pit cycles on the following lap to include the leader, Carroll. As Carroll rejoined the track in 7th, Eckrich was only a few car lengths behind him.
As the last of the drivers completed their pit stops, Carroll had regained control of the field with Eckrich running close on his rear bumper with 18 laps to go. As the laps counted down, Eckrich made many failed pass attempts for the lead but wasn’t able to complete the move around Carroll going into the final 10 laps. As the white flag came out, Eckrich started pushing much more aggressively for the lead but wasn’t able to make the pass and Drew Carroll crossed the line 0.003 ahead of Scott Eckrich in a drag race to the checkered flag with Jeff Ward, Brian Yaczik and Adam Jurski rounding out the top 5 finishers tonight at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Jeff Ward leads in the point standings the 9th week in a row with 370 points. Brian Yaczik holds onto 2nd place now 50 points behind the leader. Drew Carroll moves up three spots into 3rd with 316 points after tonight’s win, only 4 points behind Yaczik. Thomas George fell back to 4th place with 300 points and Shane Parish holds onto 5th with 299 points. Next week, the drivers of the Pretty Good Racing League head up to Michigan for the “Yaz’s Sandwiches & More 200” at Michigan International Speedway on August 9th with all of the intense action broadcast live at 8:50PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
30 July 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 18 | Round 6
Super Late Model Series | Southern National Speedway
Photograph by: Michael Goodman
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
J R Shepherd with Different Path Motorsports took the checkered flag for the 2nd time of the season tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Super Late Model Series at Southern National Speedway ahead of Justin Morton and Michael Goodman. “This is a tough place to run… it’s just really easy to overdrive whether you’re on the bottom or on the top”, Shepherd commented after claiming his big win tonight, “Just tried to be really patient and had some things fall out way.”
Michael Goodman started in control of the 14-car field tonight and took the green flag alongside Donny Moore on the front row. Goodman had a great launch off the start and cleared ahead of Moore going into the first corner wile Austin Boelke and Kurt Smith battled side by side over 3rd place with Justin Morton and J R Shepherd directly behind them. Morton went low behind Smith and Shepherd stayed up high opting to follow his teammate, Boelke, in the battle. Contact between Smith and Boelke sent Boelke sliding high up the bank in turn three putting him in the rear of the field.
Jason Menda was making consistent forward progression maneuvering around Smith and taking 3rd away with Shepherd following him around pushing Smith back to 5th with 20 laps completed. The top 4 started separate themselves from the rest of the field and Menda had to concede the 3rd place to Shepherd shortly thereafter falling to the back of the lead battle. Shepherd got to the inside of Morton and the two drivers ran side by side for several laps before Shepherd cleared for 2nd place going into the second half of the night with Goodman still holding the lead.
Boelke was slowly climbing back up through the field, up to 7th ahead of Joe Segalla with 40 laps remaining, cautiously clearing one car after another. Shepherd closed up on Goodman’s rear bumper but couldn’t find the grip to run the low line around him as Goodman started to drive defensively taking away any opportunity for Shepherd to get to his inside. Shepherd got alongside the outside of Goodman and committed to the move pushing ahead and clearing into the lead with 26 laps to go. Morton repeated the move and was able to push Goodman back to 3rd ahead of Menda.
With the laps counting down, Boelke started pushing more aggressively showing his speed and climbed back into the top 5 as he closed in on Menda. Goodman and Menda battled side by side over 3rd place ahead of Boelke and Moore also battling side by side over going into the final 10 laps. Goodman was able to clear back into 3rd with Boelke following him through into 4th. Morton was looking to the inside of Shepherd around the final lap but couldn’t get there as J R Shepherd crossed the line taking the checkered flag tonight at Southern National with Justin Morton, Michael Goodman, Austin Boelke, and Donny Moore rounding out the top 5 finishers.
J R Shepherd and Justin Morton are now tied for the lead in the point standings each driver with 227 points. Boelke fell back to 3rd place 1 point behind the leaders. Donny Moore moved up to 4th place with 205 points and Michael Goodman moved up into the top 5 in the points with 194 points. The drivers of the Bootleg Racing League now head up to Maine on August 6th for round 7 of season 18 at Oxford Plains Speedway with all of the action broadcast live at 8:55PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
29 July 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 12 | Round 6
Dirt Street Stock Series | Port Royal Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Brandyn Proudfoot with Jim Beaver eSports took his 4th checkered flag of the season tonight with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Port Royal Speedway ahead of William Hargreaves and Hunter Hill. “I kind of just went with what I knew and instinct”, Proudfoot commented on knowing where to run on track as he slowly pushed further to the inside as the night went on.
Brandyn Proudfoot came into the night at the top of the timing and scoring boards with a fast lap at 22.790 in qualifying and taking the checkered flag in the first heat race of the night over William Hargreaves. Billy Northcutt took the second heat win for the night with Chris Davis taking the final transfer spot. Kevin Davis and J R Shepherd battled over the lead
Brandyn Proudfoot led the 16-car field to the green to the inside of Billy Northcutt as racing began for the 40-lap feature event with William Hargreaves starting in 3rd. Hargreaves made an attempt on the lead around the first lap but couldn’t clear Proudfoot slotting ahead of Northcutt in 2nd. Chris Davis was aggressively pushing forward overtaking Northcutt for 3rd place while Hargreaves and Proudfoot started to pull their battle away from the rest of the field. Northcutt was under pressure for 4th from Kevin Davis and Bobby Hayes challenging for the position 10 laps into the night.
Contact between Jason Menda and Billy Northcutt along the outside wall sent Northcutt up and over the wall in turn three ending his night early. Proudfoot and Hargreaves were battling side by side as Chris Davis got a nose into the fight, but contact was made, and Davis made hard contact with the inside wall and fell back to 8th place while Proudfoot and Hargreaves continued to battle over the lead. As the drivers passed the halfway point of the night, Proudfoot was able to break away from Hargreaves by a few car lengths while the two drivers were again separated from the rest of the field.
Hunter Hill was in 3rd with a sizable gap between himself and Bobby Hayes behind him going into the last 15 laps. Chris Davis had climbed back up into 6th place behind J R Shepherd from his incident earlier with the leaders and Proudfoot was slowly extending his lead out ahead of Hargreaves as the laps counted down. Proudfoot was able to maintain his line and stayed out of reach of Hargreaves as he took the checkered flag in the end with Hargreaves, Hunter Hill, Bobby Hayes, and Chris Davis rounding out the top 5 finishers tonight at Port Royal.
Brandyn Proudfoot maintains the lead in the point standings with 455 points. William Hargreaves moved up into 2nd place with 396 points with Billy Northcutt close behind in 3rd with 391 points. Jeffrey Hardin holds onto 4th place with 346 points and Hunter Hill up to 5th with 343 points. The drivers of the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series now set their sights toward Kokomo Speedway for race 7 of season 12 on August 5th with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
26 July 2022
Pretty Good Racing League | Season 2 | Round 9
Premier Series | Pocono Raceway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Thomas George with Steel Horse Racing claimed his first checkered flag of the season tonight with the Pretty Good Racing League in the Steel Horse Live 69 at Pocono Raceway ahead of Vincent Crow and Mike Rasimas. “I take it one lap at a time, that’s just kind of how I do things.”, George shared with us as the night wrapped up and he modestly added, “I didn’t come into this race expecting to lead like this. I struggle a bit at Pocono.”
Woody Mahan led the field to the green flag at the start of the night with Thomas George running alongside him to the outside. The two drivers battled hard over the lead for several laps until George was able to pull away enough to hold the front going into lap 4. Drew Carroll caught the lead battle and overtook Mahan for 2nd place as he closed the gap to George ahead with 10 laps completed. As the laps counted down, Carroll was able to stay with George, but couldn’t find the speed to make an attempt on the lead in the early stages of the night.
Scott Eckrich and Jeff Ward battled each other as they climbed up through the field with Eckrich breaking into the top 10 first on lap 20 and was closing in on Brian Yaczik. George gave up the lead going into lap 24 as he opted to take his first stop for fuel early giving control of the field to Mahan. The shuffle in the running order sent Eckrich and Ward up to 5th and 6th respectively with both drivers staying out on track for several more laps. As the last of the field came through their pit cycles, George was able to reclaim the lead 30 laps into the night.
Going into the 2nd half, Ward was up to 6th place with Eckrich drafting with Mike Rasimas using each other to push forward as Rasimas ran in 8th. Going into lap 36, Rasimas and Eckrich had closed the gap to Ward while George was still in control of the field with a lead of over 2 seconds ahead of Carroll as the entire field had become spread out around the track. Ward cleared Cody Erdmann for 5th place and Eckrich overtook Rasimas to stay on Ward’s rear bumper. Eckrich got to the inside of Ward and quickly cleared into the top 5 pushing Ward back to 6th ahead of Rasimas.
With 30 laps remaining, Eckrich wasted no time moving forward as he cut to the inside of Christopher Dewald for 4th. Lap 41 saw the first caution of the night caused by contact between Yaczik and Erdman sending both drivers around on the racing line without causing serious damage for either. That gave the field an opportune time for the final fuel stop and closing up the large gaps that had built up throughout. George took the green flag for the field with Eckrich to his inside in 2nd place. Ward had fallen back to 12th off pit road and had a lot of ground to make up in the last 25 laps.
George cleared Eckrich off the restart and Eckrich was quick to slide up behind him ahead of Vincent Crow. Ward was aggressively pushing forward up to 6th running behind Rasimas after the first lap. George maintained the lead going into the last 15 laps ahead of Eckrich who was staying tight on his bumper waiting for George to make a mistake. Rasimas overtook Carroll for 4th place while Ward held onto 6th ahead of Isaiah Dupre. The top 10 were all running single file close enough together that if any driver made a mistake whey would likely be dropped to the back of the line before finding a space to slot into.
The top 7 drivers were still packed tightly together going into the final 10 laps. George wasn’t giving Eckrich any opportunity to make a pass attempt while Eckrich was pushing George trying to separate their battle from the rest of the group. A late race incident brought out the 2nd caution of the night with 7 laps remaining brought everyone back together for a 3-lap shootout to the finish. Goerge stayed out on track while Eckrich and Ward opted to go down pit road for fresh tires rejoining the track in 9th and 10th. There was another incident off the restart in the middle of the field and brought the night to a close with George taking the win under yellow flag conditions with Crow, Rasimas, Chris Lanini, and Eckrich rounding out the top 5 finishers across the line tonight at Pocono Raceway.
Jeff Ward leads in the point standings the 8th week in a row with 342 points. Brian Yaczik holds onto 2nd place now 33 points behind the leader. Thomas George moves up into 3rd with 294 points after tonight’s win, only 15 points behind Yaczik. Shane Parish fell back to 4th place with 285 points and Vincent Crow holds onto 5th with 276 points. Next week, the drivers of the Pretty Good Racing League head to Indianapolis for the “Do You Got an Updated Track? Be a Lot Cooler If You Did! 100” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 2nd with all of the intense action broadcast live at 8:50PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
23 July 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 18 | Round 5
Super Late Model Series | North Wilkesboro Speedway
Photograph by: Michael Goodman
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Mathew Thunhorst claimed his 3rd checkered flag of the season with the Bootleg Racing League Super Late Model Series at North Wilkesboro Speedway ahead of J R Shepherd and Justin Morton. “That was really intense”, Thunhorst commented about the race long battle against Shepherd adding, “You get maybe a chance maybe every 10 or 15 laps and if you don’t hit it right, you’re not going to get in there.” Thunhorst shared with us that this may be his final race of the season due to personal reasons and will have to step back from the championship battle.
Justin Morton led the field to the green flag with Joseph Snyder to his outside starting off the 100-lap event. Morton jumped out to a strong lead as J R Shepherd and Mathew Thunhorst were aggressively pushing up through the field early on moving up into 3rd and 4th respectively in the first few laps. Thunhorst, Snyder, and Shepherd went 3 wide over 2nd place with Thunhorst high and Shepherd low around Snyder. Thunhorst was able to clear around Snyder into 2nd place as Shepherd held the inside line. Snyder conceded the battle after Austin Boelke got to his inside behind Shepherd and tried to drop down to the inside line, but contact was made with Donny Moore sending him around and collecting several other drivers from behind.
Racing resumed going into lap 22 with Morton still in control of the field. Shepherd stayed to the inside of Thunhorst as the two drivers ran side by side for several laps before Thunhorst dropped back to 3rd ahead of Boelke. Stephen Spies and Kenny Kibbey had climbed up into the top 10 from their starting positions in the rear of the field. Shepherd got a nose beneath Morton going for the lead on lap 30 with Thunhorst following him around pushing Morton back to 3rd as the three drivers pulled away from the rest of the field.
Going into the 2nd half of the night, Shepherd maintained control of the lead with Thunhorst following close on his rear bumper. Morton fell off the lead battle while Kibbey and Spies moved up into the top 8 ahead of Michael Goodman and were closing on Kurt Smith ahead in 6th. Smith was in a battle with Moore over 5th place but struggled to find an opening. Goodman battled back against Spies with 40 laps remaining clearing back into 8th as Snyder caught the battle and started pressuring Spies.
With the laps counting down, Shepherd wasn’t able shake Thunhorst and Boelke had closed back in on Morton going for 3rd place with 20 laps remaining. Spies fell back to 10th while Kibbey was still running in 7th behind Moore. Shepherd was negotiating through lap traffic one at a time spread out around the track with Thunhorst taking several looks to the inside getting impatient. Thunhorst got his nose inside with 13 laps to go but Shepherd fought back from the outside. The championship caliber drivers stayed side by side as they went into the final 10 laps.
With 8 laps to go, Thunhorst cleared for the lead with contact between the two drivers as they both went for the inside line. They were able to gather their cars back up and continued to battle as Shepherd looked for an opening beneath Thunhorst. In the final laps, Thunhorst started to pull away from Shepherd by several tenths and took the checkered flag with Morton holding Boelke off for 3rd closing out the night at North Wilkesboro Speedway.
Mathew Thunhorst took the lead away from Austin Boelke in the point standings with tonight’s win now with 190 points. Boelke fell back to 2nd place 1 point off the lead. Justin Morton holds third place 2 points off the lead and J R Shepherd still sits in 4th place 3 points off the lead. Donny Moore rounds out the top 5 drivers in the points with 169 points. The drivers of the Bootleg Racing League now move across North Carolina on July 30th for round 6 of season 18 at Southern National Speedway with all of the action broadcast live at 8:55PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!
22 July 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 12 | Round 5
Dirt Street Stock Series | Cedar Lake Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Brandyn Proudfoot with Jim Beaver eSports took his 3rd checkered flag of the season tonight with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Cedar Lake Speedway ahead of Billy Northcutt and William Hargreaves. “I feel like I could’ve got by him a little cleaner, but the track definitely played a little bit different tonight than it did in past seasons for sure”, Proudfoot commented to VGN. When asked about going after the championship, he added, “I’m not really here for the championship. I’m here for the community.”
Billy Northcutt cleared out ahead of Williams Hargreaves off the green as the first heat event of the night began. Running a mid-line around the corners, Northcutt was able to hold the lead and take the first checkered flag with Hargreaves following him across the line. Brandyn Proudfoot shared the front row with Jason Menda as the second heat took to the track. Proudfoot cleared ahead of Menda but wasn’t able to pull away while Robby Robinson closed in on the lead battle going into lap 2. Menda looked to the inside several times but couldn’t find an answer for Proudfoot’s momentum on corner exit with Proudfoot taking the win.
Chris Davis and Neville Ulph started out front for the 3rd heat and Davis had a great launch as the green flag came out. Hunter Hill found himself in a battle with Bobby Hayes, and Brennen Myers for 3rd place while Ulph had a safe gap ahead of them. Davis took the checkered flag with a strong lead over the field and Hill won the battle for 3rd. Jeffrey Hardin and Hunter Hill led the C Main consolation race to the green. Hardin had a good jump, but Hill jumped out ahead into the lead coming out of turn two.
Myers got alongside Hardin and was battling over 2nd from the inside. Myers took the position and closed in on the leader and went for a low dive going into the final corner but couldn’t get a nose ahead of Hill before he took the win. Robinson and Stephen Spies were in command of the field for the B Main consolation race with the two drivers battling side by side for several laps off the start. Robinson cleared ahead of Spies on lap 3 with Hayes moving up to challenge Spies. Hayes cleared into 2nd place as Robinson crossed the line to take the checkered flag.
Northcutt opted to start the 40-lap feature race to the outside of Proudfoot and cleared Proudfoot coming out of the second corner. Davis and Hargreaves battled side by side over 3rd place close behind with Menda closing on them from 5th. Hargreaves cleared into 3rd ahead of Davis and closed up on the back of the battle for the lead between Northcutt and Proudfoot with 10 laps completed. Northcutt maintained the lead as they approached the halfway point of the night.
Hargreaves was looking to the inside of Proudfoot as Myers caught the battle with Menda close behind. Proudfoot threw a slider to take the lead away on lap 24 but contact between them sent Northcutt loose sending him back to 3rd behind Hargreaves. Spies was moving up through the field from 12th and had reach the rear of the lead pack with 10 laps remaining as he tried to take 4th place away from Myers. Spies cleared into 4th as Hargreaves was looking to the inside of Proudfoot for the lead.
Proudfoot held the lead, but Hargreaves kept the pressure up going into the final 5 laps. Spies struggled to find an opening around Northcutt for 3rd as Hargreaves and Proudfoot traded slider giving Northcutt a chance to get to the inside of Hargreaves and take away 2nd place. Northcutt dove beneath Proudfoot but couldn’t get a nose ahead as the white flag came out over the track. Hargreaves got back alongside Northcutt coming out of the final corner with Northcutt holding onto 2nd place as Proudfoot took the checkered flag tonight at Cedar Lake Speedway.
Brandyn Proudfoot maintains the lead in the point standings with 371 points. Billy Northcutt moved up into 2nd place with 343 points with Williams Hargreaves close behind in 3rd with 318 points. Jeffrey Hardin climbed up into 4th place with 293 points and J R Shepherd fell back to 5th with 272 points after missing the race for personal reasons. The drivers of the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series now prepare for Port Royal Speedway on July 29th for race 6 of season 12 with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!