PIT BOX: K&N Pro West Heads To Idaho
Whelen Southern Mods Return To Langley For Round 2
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will head to Idaho’s Meridian Speedway Saturday for the NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208. Chris Eggleston and Ryan Partridge are tied with 396 points in the championship standings. Eggleston has recorded two wins this season, while Partridge is coming off his first series victory at Colorado National Speedway. Rookie teammates Noah Gragson and Gracin Raz are close behind with 390 and 384 points, respectively.
• The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to action for the first time since their combination race with the NWMT at Bristol this Saturday at Virginia’s Langley Speedway for the Bayport Credit Union 150 presented by Budweiser. Jason Myers has a two point lead in the championship standings over brother Burt Myers headed into the weekend (269-267). Defending champion, Andy Suess, trails in third with 265 points, while Kyle Ebersole and JR Bertuccio round out the top-five.
NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST
Race: NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 at Meridian (Id.) Speedway
Date: Saturday, Sept. 5, 8:30 p.m. MT
Telecast: NBCSN, Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. ET
Twitter: #Idaho208, #KNWest, @meridianspeed
NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR
Race: Bayport Credit Union 150 pres. by Budweiser at Langley Speedway, Hampton, Va.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 5, 9:30 p.m. ET
Telecast: NBCSN, Friday, Sept. 11, 2:30 p.m.
Twitter: #Bayport150, #NWSMT, @LangleySpeedway
*All times are local and subject to change
Hathaway Finally Scores Road-Course Win
Series Veteran Takes Canadian Tire Checkered Flag At CTMP
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario — Jason Hathaway has raced in every event in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 history. He’s been a race winner and a championship contender.
After Sunday’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he can add highlight to his résumé: Road-course winner.
Hathaway, a self-professed “oval guy” held off road-course aces L.P. Dumoulin and Jeff Lapcevich following a late-race restart to win the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200.
More importantly, the moved the 38-year-old from St. Thomas, Ontario, to second in the championship standings heading into the season finale at Kawartha Speedway on Sept. 19. He is nine points behind Scott Steckly, who finished seventh, and has the same points total as Andrew Ranger. Ranger won the pole position and led the most laps (15) before tire issues dropped him to sixth.
D.J. Kennington finished fourth and J.F. Dumoulin fifth.
Hathaway’s weekend started off with an up and down Saturday. His crew had to change an engine prior to qualifying, but he added a sponsor when Muskoka Aviation Centre in Gravenhurst, Ontario, joined his team for Sunday’s race.
Hathaway’s No. 3 Muskoka Aircraft Center/HGC Chevrolet took the lead from Dumoulin with three laps to go following the race’s final restart. Dumoulin had gone to the front on Lap 42 after Lapcevich and Alex Tagliani, who led 12 laps, had tangled for the lead.
Following Ranger and Steckly, Tagliani, rookie Cayden Lapcevich and Kerry Micks rounded out the top 10.
After the race, Jeff Lapcevich, who had finished second in the four of the last six races at CTMP, announced Sunday’s event was his final with the series as he will turn his attention his son Cayden’s race career.
The Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 had seven lead changes among seven different drivers.
The 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will conclude the season Sept. 19 with the Pinty’s 200 at Kawartha.
Jason Hathaway leads LP Dumoulin and Jeff Lapcevich across the finish line Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Matthew Manor/Getty Images for NASCAR
Bonsignore Earns Third Win At Home
To Sweep At Riverhead Raceway
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Justin Bonsignore joined elite company Saturday night when he drove to a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season sweep of events at Riverhead Raceway.
Bonsignore grabbed the lead from Doug Coby on Lap 115 and held on through six caution restarts to take down a third career victory at his home track, and second in two tries in 2015.
A 12th and final caution came out on Lap 199 just after Bonsignore had taken the white flag in his No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet, and he came around to a yellow-checkered. It was the eighth career victory overall for the Holtsville, New York native.
In the process he became just the fifth driver in 31 years of Whelen Modified Tour racing to sweep a season at the venerable Long Island bullring.
Coby and his No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet finished second, while rookie Chase Dowling, Donny Lia and Eric Goodale rounded out the top-five.
Tom Rogers Jr – who won his second-consecutive Coors Light Pole Award at Riverhead earlier in the day – finished sixth.
Woody Pitkat, championship points leader Ryan Preece, Todd Szegedy and rookie Jeff Goodale completed the top-10.
Pitkat gained one point on Preece, who now leads by a single tally with three races remaining on the schedule.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back in action Saturday, Sept. 26 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the F.W. Webb 100.
Justin Bonsignore won his 8th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory Saturday at Riverhead Raceway. Will Schneekloth/Getty Images for NASCAR
Pena Makes Most Of Opportunity At VIR
Scores Fifth NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Win In Wild Finish
ALTON, Va. – Sometimes it’s good to be at the right place at the right time and that was true for Sergio Pena Saturday in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway.
Pena driving the No. 42 Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Toyota for REV Racing, took advantage of a couple of cars going off course during the final green-white-checkered attempt to collect his fifth career win.
With the 22-year-old Westminster, Virginia, native’s win, REV Racing has won at least one victory in six consecutive K&N East seasons dating back to 2010.
Pena started fifth on the final restart on Lap 59 and moved up to third after leader Austin Hill spun in Turn 1 allowing Dalton Sargeant to take the lead. Sargeant would also spin out while leading in Turn 7 which put Grala and Pena in the battle for the lead.
The two made contact and Pena was able to use the inside line to stay out front and score the win in just his third start of the season while filling in for Jay Beasley while he receives medical treatment.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender David Garbo Jr. followed Grala in third for his first career podium finish with fellow rookie Collin Cabre coming home fourth. J.J. Haley, who led for six laps, completed the top five.
Hill, who rebounded from an early spin to make his way back to the front before his final spin, rebounded to finish sixth with Nick Drake, Dale Quarterly, Sargeant and points leader William Byron rounding out the top 10.
Defending race winner Scott Heckert, started the race from the pole position and led the race on three different occasions, but suffered a broken rear end on Lap 46 to finished 15th and allowed Byron to build his points lead to 15 points with two races remaining on the schedule.
The Biscuitville 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to the track UNOH 100 at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, Sept. 10th.
PRACTICE: Ranger Leads Way At CTMP
Paces Both Canadian Tire Sessions For Clarington 200
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario — Andrew Ranger already has three wins at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and he’s on fast pace as he chases a fourth.
Ranger had the fastest lap in both NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 practice sessions Saturday afternoon for the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 Sunday.
The Roxton Pond, Quebec, driver had a lap of 82.845 seconds (106.855 mph) around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course in the final practice. Ranger’s No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge also led the first practice with a lap of 83.399 (106.145), which was third overall.
Ranger has two wins in the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200, and one in the season-opening race at CTMP. But he is winless there since 2009.
Jeff Lapcevich, who has finished as the runner-up in four of the last five CTMP events, was second quickest in practice at 83.222 (106.371) and rookie Kevin Lacroix was third at 83.428 (106.108).
Championship points leader Scott Steckly was fourth fastest in practice, followed by Alex Labbe.
DJ Kennington, Marc-Antoine Camirand, Alex Tagliani, Gary Klutt and Kevin Poitras.
Qualifying is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. Saturday, while the green flag for the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 is slated for Sunday at 10:05 a.m.
PRACTICE: Drake drives to the front at VIR
Records new time under track record during final practice
ALTON, Va. – Nick Drake showed everyone he’s ready for the Biscuitville 125 during final practice after setting fast time that was under the track record Saturday morning.
Drake piloted his No. 15 NAPA Toyota around the 2.25-mile North Course at 88.043 seconds (92.000 mph) to lead the 18-car field after two 45-minute practice sessions.
J.J. Haley finished a close second in his No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet (88.198/91.839) with Kaz Grala, Austin Hill and defending race winner Scott Heckert fifth.
Rookie Rico Abreu was sixth followed by William Byron, Brandon Gdovic, Dale Quarterly and Sergio Pena completing the top 10.
The final practice session was slowed several times by caution for cars going off the track or mechanical issues.
Qualifying for the Biscuitville 125 is slated to begin at 1:40 with the green flag for the race set for 4:35 p.m.
Caraway Speedway celebrates 50 years
Will celebrate its 50th anniversary Saturday with $3 admission
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Darren Hackett, Caraway Speedway Promoter, has been at the track since 1984, when he took the reign of operations over from his father, Russell.
“My family’s been here 38 out of the 50 years,” said Darren. “The Speedway’s only had three owners. So to see it celebrate 50 years is a wonderful thing.”
Darren, who saw the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. and fellow NASCAR Hall of Fame member Jack Ingram win races in 1982 when the track hosted what is now known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series, said the phones have been ringing off the hook in preparation for this Saturday’s 50th anniversary celebration.
“It’s going to be a big deal,” he said. “To see this track reach its 50th anniversary is an amazing sight. I’ve been at this track for many years and have been able to see the great racers that have come through, and the great races that still happen here every race night.”
To celebrate its 50th year of operations, Caraway Speedway will honor the top 50 drivers its seen come through its roster, chosen by a panel of seven board members who have been a large part of the track’s history.
The track will also name the five inductees into the Wall of Fame on Saturday night, and fans will be treated to an autograph session starting at 6 p.m. with most of the top 50 drivers in attendance.
Several NASCAR National Series stars got their start at the track, including Jimmy Hensley, Dale Earnhardt, Dennis Setzer, Bobby Labonte, Mike Skinner, Sam Ard and Justin Labonte, all top 50 honorees.
Track fast facts:
-The track has hosted more NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events than any other track – 56.
-Defending NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss leads in tour wins at the track with 12.
Rose In Tight Division II Battle At Seekonk
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II-V Update
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In this age of the backyard garage in weekly racing almost becoming extinct, Charlie Rose is proving that you can still be successful and do it yourself.
For the first time since 2005, Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway returned to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for 2015 with Rose and two of his fellow competitors – Robert Pelland and Dylan Estrella – engaged in a tight battle for the track’s late model championship. Pelland leads overall with Rose in third, just 11 points out of the lead.
All three drivers are also giving Seekonk Speedway a respectable showing in the NWAAS Division II standings with Estrella 18th, Pelland 22nd, and Rose just three points behind in 23rd.
Rose’s dad, Charlie Sr., built race cars for many years, which is how he got the racing bug, and also decided he would do it all himself out of his race shop next to his house.
“Most people today buy everything ready to go and just put it on and go racing or have someone else work on it for them,” Rose said. “We do everything in house and we take pride in that because when you do it yourself it really means something with everyone working on the car. My dad built cars and I just picked it up from him and started doing the same thing.”
Rose and Pelland share an impressive record of 15 top-10 finishes in as many starts this season and with a big night this Saturday, Rose hopes he can vault back to the top of the track standings and move up in the national standings as well.
“This Saturday night will probably make or break for two of us and give the other driver the advantage with it being a double points race,” Rose said. “Hopefully we can get back to winning races this Saturday night and over the final month of the season.”
Rose picked up his lone win in June and had a string of runner-up finishes before falling off a little in July.
“Our car just didn’t seem to like the warmer weather and hopefully with it starting to cool down, we can get our car back like it was earlier this year and pick up a win or two,” Rose said.
Rose enjoys racing at Seekonk, and besides the fact that it’s close to his home, he enjoys competing at the NASCAR-sanctioned track. He’s been racing over 30 years and he got his most recent opportunity to race late models while helping a young racer named Jeremy Lilly.
“I was working on Jeremy’s car when his dad offered to let me drive their other car and that’s what we’ve been doing ever since,” Rose said. “Jimmy St. Germain and Roscoe help me on my car during the week at the shop and on race weekends we join up with my car owner Joe (Lilly) and we all help each other out.”
Rose who has won Pro Stock titles at other tracks in New England, likes doing it himself and if he ever decided to hang up his driving helmet, he’ll probably still be working on race cars just like his dad did years ago.
“I like to race but I think I enjoy working on race cars and figuring them out as much as I do driving them so I’ll have fun either way,” Rose added. “We’re going to race hard for a championship but we want to have fun too at Seekonk.”
Columbus (Ohio) Speedway’s Kyle Purvis continues to lead the Division II national standings over Chris Hawkins (Oklahoma’s Salina Speedway and Flint Creek Speedway) by 42 points (483-441) with Matthew Janczuk representing Utica-Rome (New York) Speedway just one point behind Hawkins in third place.
Brett Kressley of Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway moved up from seventh place to fourth this week with Columbus having a second driver in the top five this week with Shane Shirk fifth.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II-V drivers are ranked by their best 14 NASCAR point 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 if the driver starts 10th or lower.
In other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings:
DIVISION III: Ryan Jenkins from Iowa’s Adams County (Iowa) Speedway and Junction Motor Speedway in Nebraska continues to lead the Division III standings by seven points over Chuck Schutz Jr. who competes at Grandview (463-457). Elko (Minnesota) Speedway’s Brent Kane is third with Stafford (Connecticut) Motor Speedway driver Stephen Kopcik fourth. Brad Burns, from South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway, rounds out the top five.
DIVISION IV: Grant Brown (Elko) remains in first place, however, Ryan Smith (Columbus) was able to slice 14 points off of Brown’s lead from a week ago and now sits just four points out of first place (448-443). Defending division champion AJ Saunders Jr. (North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium and Caraway Speedway) is third with Utica-Rome’s Glenn Forward and Mike Welch rounding out the top five, respectively.
DIVISION V: National points leader Thomas Tillison Jr. isn’t the only driver making Salina Highbanks and Flint Creek proud as Jack Kirby remains atop the standings again this week. Pennsylvania’s Aaron Van Fleet is second from Motordrome Speedway. Elko drivers Justin Schelitzche and Ashley Bell are third and fourth, while Lake County (Ohio) Speedway competitor Hunter Combs completes the top five.
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.