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7
May

BRL SLM S17 R7 Recap

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!

6
May

BRL DSS S11 R7 Recap

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!

4
May

PGRL S1 R12 Recap

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!

30
Apr

BRL SLM S17 R6 Recap

30 Apr 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 17 | Round 6
Super Late Model Series | Southern National Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing

Justin Morton with Total Downforce Racing took his first win of the season becoming the 5th different winner in 6 races tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Super Late Model Series at Southern National Speedway ahead of Kenny Kibbey and Mathew Thunhorst. “Feel like I’ve been struggling at the end of these races to put something together and it finally clicked.”, Morton told us after leading 98 out of 100 laps tonight, “It takes a little bit more than skill to win one of these races. You gotta have a little luck on your side and I had that at the start of the race.”

Stephen Spies led the field to the green flag with Kenny Kibbey finding himself stuck to the outside and dropping back from 2nd place quickly before being able to tuck into line in 4th behind Mathew Thunhorst. Justin Morton took advantage moving up into 2nd place and soon took the lead away from Spies. 10 laps into the race, Thunhorst also cleared Spies with Kibbey close behind which forced Spies to stay on the outside line and fell back to 4th. Austin Boelke maneuvered himself into 5th staying close behind the leaders.

20 laps down and the top 3 were able to separate from the rest of the field by over one second pulling away from Spies as Boelke pressured for the position. The drivers were single filed out for the most part as the laps counted down and the field broke up into several smaller 3 to 5 car packs spread out around the track. Kibbey was able to get to the inside of Thunhorst, but Thunhorst fought back from the outside line and cleared holding onto 2nd behind Morton.

Thunhorst and Kibbey followed single file close behind Morton waiting for a mistake to take advantage of approaching the halfway point of the race while Boelke was able to clear around Spies now over 3 seconds behind the leader and falling further back lap after lap. Joe Segalla and Kurt Smith battled hard over 7th place in a pack to themselves as Joe Snyder ran over one second behind them. Positions 9th through 13th led by Todd Liston were more chaotic with the drivers trying to gain any positions they could before the end with 40 laps remaining.

With 30 laps to go, the leaders caught the rear of the field forcing Morton to negotiate through the lap traffic while maintaining speed as Thunhorst and Kibbey were both running close behind. Morton was held up periodically as the lap cars were reluctant to give up the inside line while having their own battles for position keeping the leaders single file while they cautiously maneuvered past. Thunhorst tried to pressure Morton, but the threat from Kibbey from behind kept him conservative as to not open himself up to lose the inside line.

With 15 laps remaining, the leaders had worked up to John Heyn running 9th in the field still carefully weaving through dense traffic single file. Morton was able to time his passes allowing him to build up a gap of over 0.4 ahead of Thunhorst as Kibbey got his bumper to the inside of Thunhorst going into the final 10 laps. Again, Thunhorst was able to clear Kibbey from the outside but with signs of tire wear showing allowing Kibbey to go for another attempt with 6 laps to go.

Kibbey cleared into 2nd and started to work on closing the gap to Morton. With not enough time left, Kibbey wasn’t able to get within reach of Morton as Morton crossed the line taking his first win of the season with Boelke and Spies rounding out the top 5 drivers of the night. “Just didn’t have enough time to catch up to [Morton], but even though if we could’ve caught him it was going to have to take a mistake or something by him to take the win.”, Kibbey commented after his hard charge toward the lead in the final moments.

Kenny Kibbey holds onto his lead in the point standings now with 230 points and 12 points ahead of Justin Morton. Austin Boelke sits in 3rd with 213 points and Mathew Thunhorst moved up into 4th place tonight still 39 points behind the leader. Joseph Segalla moved up into 5th place at 174 points rounding out the top 5 drivers as the Bootleg Racing League starts the second half of the season heading to The Bullring at Las Vegas on May 7th with all of the action broadcast live at 8:55PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!

29
Apr

BRL DSS S11 R6 Recap

29 Apr 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 6
Dirt Street Stock Series | Lernerville Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing

William Hargreaves with the Dirt Panda Racing Team led every lap and took the checkered flag for the 2nd week in a row in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Lernerville Speedway ahead of Brandyn Proudfoot and J R Shepherd. “That was a good race for sure, tough track to drive”, Hargreaves commented after his strong performance tonight, “You just gotta be real careful about it and not make mistakes and I was fortunate tonight. I really didn’t make any mistake and was able to come home with the win.”

The night started off with William Hargreaves taking the pole with a 17.796 in qualifying beating Brandyn Proudfoot by only 0.001 as the drivers took the track for the first heat. Jason Best started to the inside of Hargreaves as the field took the green flag. Hargreaves had a strong launch off the start and the field quickly single filed out behind him with Best sliding back to 3rd behind Chirs Hill. Hargreaves took the win with a 0.5 second gap over Hill in the end.

Proudfoot and Billy Northcutt started on the front row of the second heat of the night with Proudfoot opting to start from the outside line. Proudfoot quickly pulled away from the field while Northcutt had to defend the 2nd position from John Wilson successfully holding the position across the line. Jason Best took the green flag in the C Main event ahead of J R Shepherd. Best led every lap to the checkered as the field stayed mostly single file with the exception of Robbie Robinson and Stephen Spies battling hard over 3rd place with Spies taking the position on the final lap.

The B Main event started with Wilson in the lead. A great start over Bobby Hayes gave Wilson a strong lead that Wilson continued to build on throughout the race maintaining a gap of around 0.5 over Hayes as they crossed the line. With the conclusion of the consolation events, the drivers lined up on track for the feature event with Hargreaves and Proudfoot on the front row. Hargreaves had a good launch clearing ahead of Proudfoot with Northcutt coming up behind from 3rd and also able to clear Proudfoot into 2nd on the first lap.

Spies made a strong charge sliding in behind Northcutt forcing Proudfoot down low and back to 4th place going into the 10th lap with Wilson close behind looking to take advantage. 14 laps into the race, Northcutt miscalculated and slid over the berm and feel to the rear of the field before rejoining the track. This allowed Spies, Proudfoot, and Wilson to all move up one spot behind Hargreaves still leading the field. Wilson made a similar mistake a few laps later falling to the back and shuffling the leading order again with Shepherd and Joe Segalla rounding out the top 5 behind Hargreaves, Spies, and Proudfoot.

Proudfoot tried running the low line several times to overtake Spies in 2nd place but couldn’t find the speed coming out of the corners to outpace the momentum Spies carried down the straightaways. An unfortunate moment for Spies as his right rear tire hooked the berm in turn three sent him hard into the outside wall. Bobby Hayes moved up into the top 5 after that incident following Segalla as the battle for the lead intensified going into the final 10 laps between Hargreaves and Proudfoot.

In the final laps, Hargreaves managed to pull away and build a 0.8 second gap over Proudfoot as a caution was thrown out with 2 laps remaining. Restarting single file, Hargreaves had the advantage over Proudfoot as he took the green and white flags together. Proudfoot sent an aggressive dive below Hargreaves, but it wasn’t enough in the end as Proudfoot was forced to slide in behind Hargreaves as they crossed the line with Shepherd, Hayes, and Best rounding out the top 5 finishers.

William Hargreaves further extended his lead in the point standings with his win tonight now with 478 points and 10 points ahead of Brandyn Proudfoot. Billy Northcutt sits in 3rd with 439 points after his great recovery in the end and Bobby Hayes and Jason Best round out the top 5 drivers as the drivers now start the second half of the season. The Bootleg Racing League now heads over Fairbury Speedway on May 6th for the next round of Season 11 with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!

26
Apr

PGRL S1 R11 Recap

26 Apr 2022
Pretty Good Racing League | Season 1 | Round 11
Premier Series | Dover International Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing

Scott Eckrich with Graafix LC Motorsports took the checkered flag under caution tonight in the I Hate Octane93 on Twitch 200 with the Pretty Good Racing League at Dover International Speedway ahead of Mike Rasimas and Isaiah Dupre. Eckrich still holds onto the points lead going into the final round at Darlington next week. “Darlington’s not one of my strong suits. I’ve just really struggled at that place forever.”, Eckrich commented about the final round, “It’s going to be a tough one to try to defend the championship at.”

Don Runkle Jr. led the 30-car field to the green flag with Woody Mahan to his outside starting off the night’s action. Mahan had the stronger launch off the start and was able to overtake Runkle around the outside in turn four for the lead. Norm Pelletier quickly moved up into 2nd as Runkle fell back another position going into lap 5. Within the first 10 laps, Mahan built up a gap of over 1 second ahead of Pelletier as he pushed hard in the early stages of the race.

Brian Yaczik and Paul Pepper battled over 4th as both drivers were able to get around Pelletier. Joe Hassert secured 2nd place ahead of Michael Chrobok as Mahan continued to hold a strong lead over the field. Scott Eckrich was quickly negotiating through the field making a hard charge to the front from back in the pack with Jeff Ward trying to do the same only a few positions behind him on track. Going into lap 30, Eckrich was already in the top 5 and Ward had climbed up to 7th place.

Up 18 spots from where he started, Eckrich wasted no time continuing his push through the field and was closing the gap to Mahan reeling Mahan in within 0.7 with 40 laps completed. Ward fought his way into 3rd and was able to keep Eckrich within reach with Hassert and Yaczik following close behind being a little more conservative with their equipment. Lap 50 saw Ward overtaking Eckrich and taking the lead with Mahan dropping back to 3rd and Ward and Eckrich started to pull away from the rest of the field.

A caution on lap 56 gave a chance for the drivers to run through their first pit cycle as the entire field chose to take advantage of the opportunity. Eckrich restarted in the lead with Mahan to his side and Ward behind in 3rd. Unfortunately, as it is said, cautions breed cautions and a series of failed restarts followed in a chain reaction ending the night early for several drivers as the field struggled to get back into a groove. Mahan, Pelletier, Yaczik, Tommy Rhyne, and Pete Baskins were holding the top 5 spots choosing to not pit with the rest of the leaders as the field stacked back together for a successful restart attempt on lap 102.

The second half of the race started cleaner as the drivers showed more patience. Mahan dropped back to 2nd behind Rhyne with Yaczik pressuring from 3rd. Mahan continued to fall back with Eckrich making another hard charge to the front moving up to 3rd around Mahan within the first few laps off the restart. George, who also pit during the last caution with Eckrich, had made his way back into the top 5. Going into lap 118, Eckrich caught Rhyne and the two drivers battled hard over the lead with Eckrich able to secure the position two laps later.

George and Ward were running 4th and 5th behind Yaczik with 80 laps remaining. Mahan fell back to 7th behind Dupre showing signs of excessive wear as he was one of the drivers that chose to stay out to stretch the fuel as far as he could. Rhyne was able to stay close to Eckrich as Ward started battling over 3rd with Yaczik. Ward had the speed coming out of the corners but wasn’t able to find the momentum to finish the pass falling back behind Yaczik several times to block off George’s advance from behind. Ward took advantage of lap traffic blocking Yaczik to make his move to take 3rd place from the inside on lap 132.

As the green flag run stretched out farther and farther, Mahan’s strategy of waiting to pit and undercut the field was starting to look like a bust as fuel became a concern. One by one, the drivers who were leading off the restart 40 laps prior were forced to pit under green putting themselves two laps behind the lead and essentially out of contention. Mahan had to concede on lap 146 for fuel after almost a 90-lap run between stops. Eckrich and Ward were back in the front stacked tightly together and pulling away from Yaczik in 3rd by over 2 seconds with 50 laps remaining.

Ward dropped back from Eckrich as the leaders cautiously negotiated through lap traffic. More drivers were taking their pit stops under green flag conditions going into the final 40 laps. Ward had closed the gap back up to Eckrich and was aggressively trying to take the lead with Mahan overtaking both regaining one of his lost laps from his pit stop earlier now one lap off the leaders and back up to 9th place knowing that if Eckrich and Ward were forced to pit under green, he would be up to 2nd place behind Joe Alberico and ahead of Rhyne.

Lap 166 saw Ward pull down pit road under green with Eckrich pitting on the following lap. The risky strategy Mahan and Rhyne committed to did not pay off in the end as Ward was able to get back on track with fresher tires quickly enough to overtake Mahan and pull away as the new leader with 30 laps to go. Eckrich rejoined the field back in 4th and quickly went to work trying to close the gap to Ward running 3 seconds ahead of him. Lap traffic hindered Eckrich’s advance, and Ward ran away with the lead going into the final 10 laps.

With 8 laps to go, the first caution of the second half came out after over 90 laps of green flag racing. Eckrich took the lead followed by Rasimas and Parish as Ward chose to pit for fresh tires and rejoined in 5th. The green flag came out over the field with 3 laps to go, but an incident in the field brought the caution back out ending the race with Eckrich, Rasimas, Dupre, Ward, and Yaczik rounding out the top 5 finishers.

Scott Eckrich holds the points lead with 399 points after his win tonight. Thomas George sits in 2nd place 20 points behind the lead with Jeff Ward in 3rd with 362 points. Mike Rasimas and Brian Yaczik round out the top 5 drivers of the season with one round remaining. The Pretty Good Racing League now heads out Darlington Raceway for the season finale in the Imma Head Out 200 presented by The Joy of Driving on May 3rd with all of the action broadcast live at 8:50PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!

26
Apr

ASC S11 R12 Recap

25 Apr 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 12
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Imola

Jeffrey Ooms absolutely dominated the field in the Prototype Class tonight claiming his 4th win of the season with the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge at Imola ahead of Carter Kundinger and Robert Tinsey. Johan Shirazi took the checkered flag for the GT Pro Class ahead of Young Park and Christopher Paiz while Ryan Robertson took his 7th win of the season beating out Robert Kast and Luke Schmidt in the GT AM Class as well as outpacing the GT field as a whole. “Should be a good fight for these last two rounds”, Kundinger remarked in regard to closing in on Billy Smith for the points championship, “It’ll be interesting, I might have to put a little bit more practice into those [final] two rounds if I really want to try to secure this championship.”

Jeffrey Ooms had the fast lap in the Prototype Class during qualifying with a lap at 1:31.190. Ryan Robertson in the GT AM Class was leading the entire 21-car GT field in lap times with a scored time of 1:42.114. Paul Gibson with the GT Pro Class was behind Robertson’s time by 0.026 when qualifying came to a close. As the drivers took to the track to begin the 60-minute feature event, a lower car count than previous events was noticeable with many prominent names not appearing as the 31 car field took the green flag.

The Prototype drivers were quick to single file out behind Ooms off the start with a similar start as the GT3 drivers moments later stacked behind Robertson. Robert Tinsey and Carter Kundinger battled over 3rd place as a large gap of over 4 seconds formed between the top 4 and the rest of the Prototype field going into the 4th lap. Ooms pulled away to a strong lead running 1.8 seconds ahead of Austin Young up front. The GT3 field was mixed together between the GT Pro and GT AM drivers benefiting Robertson the most as several Pro drivers were between himself and Luke Schmidt in 2nd place in the GT AM Class.

Trouble for Young ended his evening early as Tinsey and Kundinger continued to battle now for 2nd place over 10 seconds behind Ooms 15 minutes into the event. Billy Smith, the Prototype Class points leader going into the evening, started toward the rear of the field but was slowly advancing through the field reeling in Leif Peterson in 5th place. Small incidents shuffled the GT3 field with Gibson and Robertson holding the lead in their respective classes, each with sizable gaps ahead of their nearest competitors.

After battling through the first half of the race, Kundinger was able to overtake Tinsey on lap 17 for 2nd place. Ooms, Gibson, and Robertson continued to lead across the classes as the field approached the pit cycle going into the second half. Ooms had a massive gap of more than 24 seconds over Kundinger and Tinsey going into the final 20 minutes of the event and Smith continued to pressure Peterson now for 4th place further back in the Prototype field. Gibson had a 6 second gap over Johan Shirazi in the GT Pro Class and Robertson had stretched his lead to over 18 seconds over Robert Kast in the GT AM Class.

In the final 10-minute stretch, Gibson was forced to end his race early because of technical issues after a strong performance all night giving the GT Pro lead over to Shirazi with Young Park close behind. Kundinger and Tinsey started to develop a 10 second gap between them in 2nd and 3rd in the Prototype Class as Ooms further stretched out his lead by over 30 seconds. Smith was able to take 4th place away from Peterson and was running 3 seconds behind Tinsey with little time left to attempt to reel him in.

The final few laps proved to be not enough for Smith to make up substantial ground on Tinsey ahead in 3rd. Ooms crossed the line almost 40 seconds ahead of the rest of the field in the Prototype Class. Shirazi held the lead in the GT Pro class with Park close behind pressuring while Robertson took the GT3 overall win tonight as well as the unofficial points championship in the GT AM Class. “I put in a lot of practice for this track and I’m glad to see it paid off.”, Robertson commented after the race.

Billy Smith holds onto the points lead with 218 points with Carter Kundinger slowly closing the gap following behind by 17 points now. Ross Booth further stretches out the gap in the GT Pro class leading over Ryan Washeleski by 64 points with a total of 386 points. Ryan Robertson with 285 points has become the unofficial points winner in the GT AM Class with a dominate 118-point lead over Trent Brown going into the final two rounds of the season. Satellite Racing, consisting of Robert Tinsey, Ryan Washeleski, and Ryan Robertson, continues to lead in the team points standings with 289 points. The Autobahn Sportscar Challenge now heads out to Nürburgring for the next round on May 9th with all of the action broadcast live at 9:05PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!

23
Apr

BRL SLM S17 R5 Recap

23 Apr 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 17 | Round 5
Super Late Model Series | North Wilkesboro Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing

Mathew Thunhorst took the checkered flag for the second week in a row tonight with the Bootleg Racing League Super Late Model Series at North Wilkesboro Speedway ahead of Austin Boelke and Justin Morton. “It was kind of a chess match… just kept working at him working at him and [Boelke] wasn’t leaving a whole lot open”, Thunhorst commented in regard to his battle for the lead, “Trying to avoid mistakes, trying to focus on [Boelke] having [Morton] and [Kibbey] right behind me the whole time.”

Donny Moore led the field to the green to start off the night’s action with Austin Boelke taking advantage as he made a quick clear over Jeffrey Hardin to take 2nd place away. Kenny Kibbey and Mathew Thunhorst followed on Hardin’s bumper running single file with Justin Morton behind them. Thunhorst was able to take away the inside line to overtake Kibbey into 4th place with Morton holding tight on Thunhorst forcing Kibbey to settle back into line back in 6th going into the 10th lap.

The top 8 drivers started to pull away from the field with Michael Goodman and Joe Segalla running at the tail of the lead pack. 15 laps into the race, Boelke dove deep to the inside and pushed Moore to the outside line shuffling him back as Boelke claimed the lead ahead of Thunhorst. Moore tried to hold on from the outside, but wasn’t able to as he fell back to 6th ahead of Goodman before rejoining the pack. Michael Lemieux caught the lead pack and started battling with Segalla over 8th place.

Stephen Spies followed Lemieux’s advance and overtook both drivers, pushing Segalla back to 10th behind Lemieux going into the 30th lap of the evening. Adam Schoen made a hard charge to the lead pack and was able to clear ahead of Spies. Boelke continued to hold the lead over Thunhorst who followed close behind patiently waiting for his opportunity. Going into the second half of the 100-lap event, drivers aggressively pushed trying to get track position before tire wear became an issue.

Boelke, Thunhorst, Morton, and Kibbey ran single file in the front pulling away from the field by over 2 seconds as Thunhorst started making more aggressive attempts to take away the lead but unable to hold the momentum to get under Boelke. Hardin found himself running alone in 5th place in the middle of a 3 second gap between Kibbey in 4th and Schoen in 6th. The laps continued to count down with Boelke holding off Thunhorst with 30 laps remaining as the lead pack had caught up to lap traffic.

After an intense stretch, Thunhorst was able to get into the inside of Boelke with 18 laps remaining. Boelke fought back from the outside but couldn’t maintain and settled into 2nd ahead of Morton as Thunhorst started to pull away. Going into the final 10 laps, Thunhorst had built the gap to over one second ahead of Boelke as Kibbey continued to pressure Morton for 3rd. Kibbey wasn’t able to capitalize on Morton before Thunhorst took the checkered flag and became the first repeat winner of the season.

Kenny Kibbey maintains his lead in the point standings with 191 points followed by Justin Morton, up from 3rd place now 13 points behind the lead. Austin Boelke moved up into 3rd place with 176 points with Michael Goodman and Mathew Thunhorst rounding out the top 5 drivers this season. The Bootleg Racing League heads over to Southern National Speedway for the next round of the season on April 30th with all of the action broadcast at 8:55PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!

22
Apr

BRL DSS S11 R5 Recap

22 Apr 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 5
Dirt Street Stock Series | Cedar Lake Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing

Billy Northcutt with the Dirt Panda Racing Team led flag to flag for the win tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stocks Series at Cedar Lake Speedway ahead of Brandyn Proudfoot and William Hargreaves. “That was a really fun race… I’d give money for [an] all green race tonight so I don’t have to get nervous if I’m up here leading and everybody accomplished that.”, Northcutt commented after his dominating run tonight, “I can’t guarantee that I was the fastest car on the track, but [Hargreaves] and [Proudfoot] were racing clean once they got behind me.”

Billy Northcutt sat on the pole with a fast time at 15.878 in the qualifying session tonight around 0.03 faster than William Hargreaves, Brandyn Proudfoot, and Jason Best behind him. Northcutt and Proudfoot shared the front row as the green flag came out over the first heat of the evening. Northcutt dominated the event taking the win ahead of Proudfoot by over 0.5 crossing the line. Hargreaves had Best to his inside as he took the green in the second heat. Hargreaves had a strong launch off the start pulling ahead and leading every lap to the checkered flag while Best battled with John Wilson holding onto 2nd place in the end.

Stephen Spies started out front for the C-Main consolation race with Bobby Hayes to his outside. Spies cleared Hayes early with Joe Segalla challenging Hayes for 2nd place. Spies and Hayes were able to separate themselves from the rest of the field to battle over the lead as the white flag came out with Spies able to hold the lead for the win. Wilson was leading the field to the inside of J R Shepherd to start off the B-Main consolation. A great launch from Wilson allowed him to clear Shepherd quickly taking control of the field. Running single file, Wilson led Shepherd and Hunter Hill to the checkered flag unchallenged.

Billy Northcutt took the green flag in the 40-lap feature event opting to start from the outside line with Hargreaves to the inside. Northcutt took a very high line jumping out to a strong lead over Hargreaves with Best, Proudfoot, and Spies following single file behind. The top 5 were able to pull away from the rest of the field with Bobby Hayes leading the second group ahead of Wilson and Shepherd. 10 laps down, Proudfoot overtook Best with an aggressive slider and Best wasn’t able to get the crossover completed in time to hold back Proudfoot’s advance.

Northcutt and Hargreaves built a two second gap ahead of Proudfoot as they crossed the halfway mark. Spies, Best, and Hayes battled over 4th as Wilson and Shepherd waited for an opportunity from behind. Wilson stuck his nose in and was able to get around Hayes into 6th with 15 laps remaining as Spies still led the rear pack from 4th place. Northcutt still led the field, but Proudfoot had reeled the leaders back in and overtook Hargreaves now right behind Northcutt.

Going into the final 5 laps over the race, Northcutt had caught up to lap traffic with Proudfoot pressuring for the lead. Negotiating through the rear of the field, Northcutt used the lap traffic to hold Proudfoot at bay and took the checkered flag crossing the line 0.142 ahead of Proudfoot with Hargreaves, Spies, and Best rounding out tonight’s top 5 finishers.

William Hargreaves continues to lead the points standings with 394 points after finishing 3rd tonight. Brandyn Proudfoot closed to gap from 2nd place to only 6 points with Billy Northcutt in 3rd place with 374 points, 20 points off the lead. Bobby Hayes and Johnny Ratley round out the top 5 drivers at this point in the season. The Bootleg Racing League now heads over to Lernerville Speedway on April 29th for the next round with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!

19
Apr

PGRL S1 R10 Recap

19 Apr 2022
Pretty Good Racing League | Season 1 | Round 10
Premier Series | Talladega Superspeedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing

Thomas George with Steel Horse Racing claimed his second win of the season tonight with the Pretty Good Racing League in the ‘Chuckles‘ I’m in Danger 250 presented by MC2 Editing Services at Talladega Superspeedway beating Ricky Hardin and Kevin Bartelt to the line in a photo finish. “It’s Dega so, I mean, anything can happen.”, George commented after his win tonight, “That caution just came out perfectly… When that came out, I knew it’s like, alright, I just want to survive. Let me get to the end here.”

Joe Hassert started the night off leading the field to the green flag with Jason Galvin to his outside as the field doubled up quickly running side by side. Scott Eckrich was one of a few drivers that decided to drop out of the main pack playing a safer strategy for the long run in an attempt to avoid the “big one”. Mike Rasimas opted to stay up near the front tucked in a few rows back on the inside line keeping the leaders within sight. As the drivers put 10 laps behind them the field had already split into two separate packs.

20 laps into the race, the leading pack tried to go three wide, but the outside line fell apart leaving the field two wide with Brian Yaczik leading the inside line and Paul Pepper leading the outside swapping the race lead back and forth between them. The first round of pit cycles began on lap 29 in small 8 to 12 car groups spreading the 38 car field out around all ends of the track in several smaller packs. A single car incident brought the caution out as the last group’s pit cycle was underway stacking the field back together once again.

The field again divided back up into two smaller packs going into the second half of the evening as the competition in the front pack started to pick up. The drivers continued to try to get a third line working to the outside but weren’t able to maintain for long before merging back into a two wide race. Eckrich led the second pack, in 17th place, from around one second behind the lead pack, holding a safe distance anticipating the chaos that Talladega is known for as the laps counted down.

Drivers started to feel the pressure to move toward the front to get into a good position for the end and bump drafting became more frequent which caused some trouble approaching lap 50 as the caution was thrown out for a bad bump that sent Jason Galvin around on track. Adam Jurski pushed Rich Jette out front around Jeff Ward off the restart taking away the lead. Much more of the field stayed in the lead pack off the restart as they aggressively positioned themselves.

With 40 laps remaining a large group of drivers were caught up in a massive wreck coming out of turn four ending the night early for Adam Blattell and stacking the field back together. Woody Mahan and Eckrich were on the front row as the green flag came back out over the field. Mahan had a very early launch off the restart which spread the field out into three separate groups on the first lap with only the top 14 drivers in the leading pack. The second pack followed four seconds behind with the third pack 2 seconds behind them.

Chris Lanini found himself taking the lead while controlling the inside line with Mahan battling back from the outside. The outside line had a strong run and cleared five cars past Lanini and choose to stay up high and continue pushing further out front as the inside line began to look less organized and not able to match pace. The leading pack shrunk down to the top 12 drivers and the third pack contained the majority of the field with 25 laps to go. The second pack of drivers were only three cars, consisting of Rick Thompson, Pepper, and Rasimas, and were slowly catching up to the leading pack almost ten seconds ahead of the rear pack.

Mahan held the lead as the entire front pack went single file along the outside wall knowing there would be one more required pit cycle for fuel going into the last 20 laps. Mahan and Eckrich were among the first drivers to pit only taking fuel and rejoining the track in 20th through 23rd place running together and quickly cycling back to the front as the rest of the drivers had to make their stops during the following laps. With 10 laps remaining, the final group of drivers made their pit stop.

Eckrich was set to overtake Rasimas who was exiting the pits but was spun around with Yaczik from aggressive pushing with Mahan bringing out the caution and allowing Rasimas to hold the lead for the restart with Jurski to his outside. Eckrich and Yaczik were far back in the field as the green flag came out taking them out of contention for the win. Thomas George had a great run on the outside and jumped out to the front as the “Big One” struck a few rows back involving the majority of the field with only 5 laps to go.

The Pretty Good Racing League does not have GWC finishes which left the drivers tonight with a one lap shootout to finish off the race at Talladega as the green and white flags came out together. George and Ricky Hardin battled over the lead coming out of tour four and down the front stretch with George taking the win by 0.037 in a photo finish across the line. Scott Eckrich climbed back up to 7th place in the end after all of the chaos.

Scott Eckrich continues to lead in the point standings after his strong recovery tonight with 360 points ahead of Thomas George by only 1 point. Jeff Ward still sits in 3rd place with 324 points with Mike Rasimas and Rich Jette each moving up one spot and rounding out the top 5 drivers with two rounds remaining in the season. The Pretty Good Racing League now heads over to Dover International Speedway for the “I Hate Octane93 on Twitch.tv” Dover 200 for the next round on April 26th with all of the action broadcast live at 8:50PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!

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