Goede Off To Hot Start At Elko Speedway

Goede Off To Hot Start At Elko Speedway

Defending Minnesota Champ On Top In Whelen State Points

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jacob Goede had a great season in 2014 at Elko Speedway, and judging by the results so far this year, he could be celebrating again this September.

The defending Minnesota state champion in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series picked up where he left off last year and is leading the standings in the North Star State as well as Elko’s Minnesota Corn Growers Super Late Model division seven races into the schedule.

The Carver, Minnesota, native has already racked up five wins and top-10s in all seven starts this season and he has also won the pole in qualifying every time out this year – but didn’t win from the pole every week.

“We have a unique system at Elko where we invert and draw each week in the heat races and feature so sometimes you might start on the front row and others you are back in the field a little,” Goede said. “We were able to have a good start last time out and get another win.”

Goede picked up his fifth win last Saturday night after starting seventh in the 20-car field. Goede leads fellow Elko competitor and former track champion Donny Reuvers by 60 points (251-191).


In the national standings Keith Rocco maintains his hold on the top spot over Lee Pulliam by 43 points (615-572). Despite missing the Saturday feature at New London-Waterford Speedbowl to compete in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event, Rocco scored a win Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway to stay out front as he battles for his second national crown. Pulliam remained second with a pair of wins at Radford, Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway.

Ryan Preece (Stafford, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Riverhead Raceway) remains in third with Kres VanDyke (Kingsport Speedway, Lonesome Pine Raceway) fourth and Matt Bowling (Langley Speedway, Motor Mile, South Boston Speedway) fifth.

North Carolina’s Josh Berry (Greenville Pickens Speedway, Hickory Motor Speedway, Motor Mile, South Boston, Langley) ranks sixth followed by South Carolina’s David Roberts (Anderson Speedway and Greenville) in seventh. Trey Gibson (Greenville, Anderson), Kyle Barnes (Kingsport, Lonesome Pine), and rookie Thomas Tillison Jr. (Salina Highbanks Speedway, Flint Creek Speedway) complete the top 10.

For Geode there is still a lot of racing to do in his No. 72 Chevrolet sponsored by Baby Gowdy, Goetz Trucking, Karrow Jewelers and Carver Automotive.

“The competition has been outstanding this season at Elko as it always is in our division,” Goede said. “Donny has won a bunch of championships at Elko and if you can beat him and the others in our division you have beaten the best.”

Goede also competes against his brother, Matt, who he says is one of the toughest competitors he has ever seen or faced – literally. Matt is racing with a broken right arm and left wrist after he suffered injuries in a dirt bike accident.

“My brother Matt had three straight top-three finishes at one point racing with a cast on both arms and that is pretty awesome,” Jacob said. “He now has a smaller cast on the left wrist and a brace on the right arm and I expect him to challenge for wins pretty soon.”

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I drivers are ranked by their best 18 NASCAR points finishes in series-sanctioned events. Drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of – up to 18 cars – and three points for a win, with an additional two points available if the driver starts 10th or lower.

The Whelen All-American Series points season will run through Sunday, Sept. 20.

The top three in the national standings, as well as state and province champions, track champions, top finishers in the Div. II-V and special award winners, will be honored at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards in December.

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 58 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participate.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

PIT BOX: Southern Mods Return To Action

PIT BOX: Southern Mods Return To Action

Canadian Tire Series Begins Busy Stretch, K&N East In Columbus



• The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action after the three-month spring break this Saturday for its annual July 4 visit to Caraway Speedway. The Daggett & Shuler Attorneys At Law Rusty Harpe Memorial 150 will be the third and final visit of the season to the “home track” of the tour. Defending NWSMT champion Andy Seuss won this event wire-to-wire last season en route to his first NASCAR title. Seuss also won the most recent race held at Caraway in April. Burt Myers leads the points standings entering this race with a nine-point advantage over J.R. Bertuccio (165-156).

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East also returns to action this weekend with the NAPA 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway. Points leader William Byron hopes to continue his impressive rookie campaign. Byron won the most recent race held at Langley Speedway and leads Kyle Benjamin by 23 points (253-230). Jay Beasley enters the race for Rev Racing on a string of consecutive top-five finishes and will lead his team as they go after their fourth win in five races at the challenging .333-mile central Ohio bullring.

• The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 begins its annual midseason flurry with three races in 11 days starting at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec. Series veteran Andrew Ranger has mastered the 2.113-mile, 14-turn airport course with wins in each of the three previous seasons. Current points leader Jason Hathaway will look to make it two wins in a row in the province of Quebec after he won at the Autodrome Chaudiere oval in Vallee-Jonction on June 13.


Race: Daggett & Shuler Attorneys’ At Law Rusty Harpe Memorial 150 at Caraway Speedway, Sophia, North Carolina
Date: Saturday, July 4, 9:45 P.M. ET (Approximately)
Twitter: #HARPE150, #NWSMT

NAPA 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio
RACE TIME: Saturday, July 4, 8:45 P.M. ET (Approximately)
TV: NBCSN, Friday, July 10, 2:30 P.M. ET
Twitter: #NAPA150, #KNEast


Race: Ecko Unlimited 100 at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec
Date: Sunday, July 5, 2:45 P.M. ET
Telecast: TSN – July 11 at 1 p.m. ET; RDS – July 25 at 2 p.m.
Twitter: #Ecko100, #NCATS


• The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series enters its midseason with a pair of familiar names at the top of the standings. Past national champion Keith Rocco leads two-time titlist Lee Pulliam by 60 points heading in to this week’s action (596-536). Rocco, who competes in NWAAS modifieds in New England, overtook Pulliam, who races late models in Virginia and North Carolina, three weeks ago. Current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour co-leader Ryan Preece sits in third place in the national standings just 14 points behind Pulliam.

Garcia Dominates At Chihuahua

Garcia Dominates At Chihuahua

NASCAR Next Driver Earns Second Career Mexico Win

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico – Ruben Garcia Jr. was out front nearly all Sunday at El Dorado Speedway en route to his second career NASCAR Mexico Series victory.

The 19-year-old NASCAR Next driver qualified second in his No. 88 Canel’s/Scotiabank/HDI Toyota for the Coca-Cola Zero 240, which concluded at 232 laps upon reaching the two-hour time limit.

Garcia held off a number of late challengers, including championship points leader Irwin Vences,

Vences settled for second and remains nine points ahead of Ruben Pardo, who finished third.

Rodrigo Peralta and Luis Felipe Montano finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Garcia’s teammate, Rafael Martinez, ended sixth after winning the pole award earlier in the day. Ruben Rovelo, Abraham Calderón, Manuel Gutierrez, and Antonio Perez rounded out the top 10.

Garcia’s previous win came in June of 2013 at Aguascalientes. He also finished second in the championship last year, and is in his second year as part of the NASCAR Next program. The industry initiative is designed to spotlight the sport’s rising stars.

The series will next race on July 12 at San Luis Potosi in the eighth of 10 regular-season races before the Desafio.



Ruben Garcia drove the No. 88 Canel’s/Scotiabank/HDI Toyota to Victory Lane Sunday in Chihuahua. OCESA

Bonsignore Rules At Riverhead

Bonsignore Rules At Riverhead

Scores Second Whelen Modified Tour Win At Home Track

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Justin Bonsignore has to enjoy racing at Riverhead Raceway.  

Bonsignore passed Timmy Solomito in Turn 3 on Lap 9 and waited out a rain delay and a late charge by Todd Szegedy to score his seventh career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win and second at his home track.

Bonsignore piloted his No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet around some late race traffic to hold off Szegedy and continue of his streak of scoring at least one tour win every year since 2011.

Doug Coby followed Szegedy in third to score his best career finish at Riverhead with Eric Goodale fourth and Woody Pitkat fifth. 

Timmy Solomito, who led the first eight laps of the race, followed in sixth while polesitter Tom Rogers Jr. rebounded from having to start the race at the rear of the 28-car field to finish seventh. Ryan Preece was eighth with rookies Vincent Biondolillo and David Sapienza rounding out the top 10.

This was the second career tour win for Bonsignore at Riverhead as the Holtsville, New York, native won at his home track in 2011 in his first career victory. 

The race was slowed seven times for caution with Shawn Solomito and Donny Lia involved in the only multi-car incident in the race on Lap 39. The race also featured a 45 minute red flag for rain to set up the final 51-lap sprint to the finish.

After six points events, the championship standings now feature a tie for the lead between Coby and Preece with 251 apiece. Pitkat sits third, just two tallies back of the co-leaders.

The Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200 is slated to air on NBCSN Thursday, July 2nd at 6 p.m. ET.

Whelen Euro ELITE 1: Vilarino Notches 20th Career Win

Whelen Euro ELITE 1: Vilarino Notches 20th Career Win

Takes Third Of The Season, Increases Points Lead

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Ander Vilarino (#2 TFT-Banco Santander Chevrolet SS) consolidated his points lead ahead of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series playoffs by scoring a dominant win on the .403-miles of  Tours Speedway. The Spaniard notched his third win of the season and the 20th of his NASCAR career and the second at Tours Speedway by beating Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) and Saturday’s race winner Nicolò Rocca (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS). 

Vilarino started from the pole and brilliantly defended his position through three restarts to lead from flag to flag in the MICHELIN 75. Gabillon – who posted the fastest lap of the race – and Rocca never had the chance to put pressure on the two-time champion and settled for second and third under the checkered flag. The Italian took the win the Junior “Jerome Sarran” Trophy.

“This is amazing! I have to thank my team, they did an unbelievable job! Frederic Gabillon’s done the fastest lap but my car was a bit faster on long runs,” said Vilarino. “Congrats to him and to Nicolo, who had a really good week-end. This is the best way to go to the summer break. I’m over the moon! Thanks to TFT.”

At the end of an interesting battle with Romain Iannetta (#7 TFT Chevrolet SS) and Philipp Lietz (#67 GDL Racing Ford Mustang)  that saw his repeatedly trying to exploit the outside line, 2014 race winner Mathias Lauda (#66 DF1 Racing Chevrolet SS) ended up a positive fourth ahead of Lietz, who took the win in the Challenger Trophy. Iannetta, Eddie Cheever III (#51 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) and Wilfried Boucenna (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) completed the top-10. 

The race saw three caution periods: the first one for debris, the second for a contact involving Kumpen and Bert Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS), who also ended up in the episode that triggered the third and final yellow flag of the day.

By winning today, Vilarino increased his points lead on Cheever to 29 points before heading to Magione, Italy for the first round of the playoffs on September 12-13. Gabillon sits in third 41 points back and leads Iannetta, Rocca, Kumpen and Lietz, who is first in the Challenger Trophy.

GDL Racing’s #67 Ford Mustang, driven by Philipp Lietz, leads the Teams standings.


Mayhew Captures Sonoma Win On GWC

Mayhew Captures Sonoma Win On GWC

Earns 9th Career K&N West Victory

SONOMA, Calif. – Dalton Sargeant led and led and led. And then, he didn’t.

For almost the entirety of Saturday’s Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway, Sargeant, a regular in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, looked primed to steal another one from his West series counterparts.

Then, with four laps remaining, Dave Smith’s Dodge slid off course. And the yellow flag flew.

That proved to be Sargeant’s undoing, as pole winner David Mayhew used a strong restart and eventual pass for the lead on the first lap of a green-white-checkered finish to capture his first victory of the season. It was his ninth victory in 92 career races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

It was also payback for the finesse move Sargeant pulled on Mayhew on Lap 3. Sargeant, a member of the current NASCAR Next class and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender in both the East and West, dipped his No. 52 GALT Chevrolet under Mayhew in the hairpin turn (turn 11) to grab a lead he held for all but the final two laps.

Mayhew led the first two and final two laps. In between, Sargeant, who won the season opener at Kern, led a total of 64 laps.

“Those last few laps were tense for sure,” Mayhew said. “We’ve been second a few times, third. We’ve been right there knocking on the door. It’s great to finally come away with the win.”

After winning two of the first four races in 2014, Mayhew entered Sonoma winless in any of this season’s first five races. The goose egg wasn’t for lack of effort. In the series’ last race at Shasta Speedway, Mayhew led the first 92 laps of the 150-lap event only to succumb to a faulty rear end that forced his first DNF of the season.   

Sargeant finished second , followed by J.J. Haley, Ryan Partridge and William Byron. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Austin Dillon and Trevor Bayne finished sixth and 10th, respectively, in their tune-up for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350.

Chris Eggleston, the points leader entering Sonoma, saw his lead dwindle after a 13th-place run, but by a single point. He heads into the July 11 race at Stateline Speedway with an 11-point lead over Garcin Raz.

Native son James Bickford, from nearby Napa, struggled at his home track, finishing a disappointing 28th.


David Mayhew passed Dallton Sargeant late in the race to earn the win. Getty Images for NASCAR

Whelen Mod Tour Postponed At Riverhead

Whelen Mod Tour Postponed At Riverhead

Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200 To Run Sunday

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – The Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race scheduled for Saturday evening at Riverhead Raceway has been postponed to Sunday afternoon due to inclement weather.

Just moments prior to green flag, light rain set in over the Long Island quarter-mile. The decision was ultimately made by NASCAR and track officials to postpone the event to Sunday. Green flag is slated for 12:30 p.m.

Tom Rogers Jr. of Patchogue, New York, earned his first career Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying before the rains came. He had to make an unapproved impound adjustment after time trials, however, and will fall to the rear of the 28-car field prior to the start of the race on Sunday.

Current points leader Ryan Preece qualified fifth while defending race winner – and Riverhead native – Eric Goodale will start 12th.

The Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200 is the sixth race on the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule, and the first of two trips to Riverhead.


QUALIFYING: Rogers Fast At Riverhead

QUALIFYING: Rogers Fast At Riverhead

Wins First Coors Light Pole, Starts In Rear After Adjustments

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Tom Rogers Jr. drew third in his qualifying draw and later took advantage of competing at his home track during qualifying and it paid off with a career first.

The Patchogue, New York, native went out early in his No. 0 Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm/CAC Industries Chevrolet and posted a fast time of 12.018 seconds (74.888 mph). That lap was good enough to hold up throughout the 35-car field to win his first Coors Light Pole award for tonight’s Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200 at Riverhead Raceway.

Although he will line up on the grid first, Rogers will have to fall of the rear of the field for making unapproved adjustments to his car after qualifying.

As in the case for most NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, all cars are impounded following qualifying and since Rogers’ team needed to make adjustments to his car, they will have to fall to the rear of the field for the start of the race.

The two-time Riverhead Raceway track champion edged a couple more Riverhead regulars as Timmy Solomito finished a close second at 12.034 seconds (74.788) in qualifying with rookie Vincent Biondolillo third in his first NWMT start at 12.056 (74.652). 

Justin Bonsignore, who scored his first career tour win at Riverhead in 2011, qualified fourth (12.081/74.497) and points leader Ryan Preece followed up fastest overall in practice to qualify fifth (12.098/74.392).

Doug Coby qualified sixth with Rowan Pennink, Troy Talman, James Civali and Frank Vigiliarolo Jr. completing the top 10.

The Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200 was slated to take the green flag at 6:30 p.m., but rain moved into the area just prior to the start and track activities are currently in a holding pattern.


PRACTICE: Byron Takes Success To The West

PRACTICE: Byron Takes Success To The West

K&N East Leader Edges Past Field At Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader William Byron is hoping his success follows him to the west coast.

Byron was fastest overall in the fianal practice session this afternoon for the Carneros 200 at California’s historic road course, Sonoma Raceway.
The 17-year-old Charlotte, N.C. native guided his No. 91 Liberty University through the 1.99-mile road course with a time 1:18.4 minutes and a speed of 91.351 mph.

K&N Pro Series West veteran David Mayhew and his MMI Racing/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet were second overall with a time of 1:18.5 minutes (91.311 mph).

Alex Schutte finished third overall with a time of 1:18.8 minutes (90.958 mph) with Brandon McReynolds taking fourth (1:18.8/90.583) and Ryan Partridge finishing fifth (1:18.9/90.826).

Dalton Sargeant was sixth overall with Austin Dillon, James Bickford, JJ Haley and Johnny Borneman rounding out the top 10.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and former K&N Pro Series East star Dillon, was fastest in the first practice session with a time of 1:19.4 and a speed of 90.273 mph.

Qualifying for the Carneros 200 is scheduled for Saturday at 9:45 a.m. PST with the green flag slated the afternoon at 2 p.m. PST.


PRACTICE: Gabillon And Longin On Top

PRACTICE: Gabillon And Longin On Top

Extremely Close Competition, Ten Drivers Below The Qualifying Record

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Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) topped the ELITE 1 Division charts in practice on the .403-mile long Tours Speedway oval, posting a time 16.576 seconds and edging championship leader Ander Vilarino (#2 TFT-Banco Santander Chevrolet SS) in the second and final practice session of the day.

The two contenders were closely followed by a CAAL Racing trio formed by Nicolò Rocca (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) and Eddie Cheever III (#51 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS). Bert Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) was sixth. All six went below the current qualifying record, held by Cheever with 16.872 seconds.

Vilarino was fastest in the first practice session ahead of teammate Romain Iannetta (#7 TFT Chevrolet SS), who was seventh overall, in front of the ELITE 2 points leader Philipp Lietz (#67 GDL Racing Ford Mustang). After incurring in a mechanical problem in FP1, reigning champion Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) ended up ninth overall, edging Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Double T by MRT Nocentini Chevrolet Camaro).

Fourteen Drivers ended up separated by less than .5 seconds.

In the ELITE 2 Division it was Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) to post the fastest time of the day in 16.781 seconds, a time that would have placed him third in the ELITE 1 divisione charts. He was .050 seconds faster that Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang), who edged Philipp Lietz (#67 GDL Racing Ford Mustang) and Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#51 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS). The four were separated by less than .1 seconds and all went below the current qualifying record.

After leading the first practice session, Ulysse Delsaux (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) ended up fifth overall, in front of Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Double T by MRT Nocentini Chevrolet Camaro). Guillaume Deflandre (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) ended up sixth, just ahead of Florian Renauer (#5 Dexwet Renauer Team Ford Mustang), who had to stop after hitting the wall exiting turn 4 in final practice. 

Nicki Petersen (#44 GDL Racing Ford Mustang) and Eric De Doncker (#98 Insulco Motorsport 98 Ford Mustang) rounded out the top-10, with the Belgian also leading the Legend Trophy. Carole Perrin (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) led the Lady Cup with the eleventh place.

Qualifying will begin on Saturday at 10 AM CET and will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv http://bit.ly/nweslive . Live updates will be available on the NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live page http://nas.cr/1GDY31h.


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