Thiering Continues Record Run in Alberta

Thiering Continues Record Run in Alberta

Earns Fifth Straight Track, Province Titles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Erica Thiering endured the most difficult year of her racing career and still came out a champion, continuing one of the most dominant runs of success in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Thiering, 25, captured the 2015 track championship at Edmonton International Raceway and the accompanying Alberta provincial crown for the fifth year in a row and the seventh time in eight seasons.


During that timeframe only Keith Rocco’s eight consecutive championships in Connecticut is better among the 31 U.S. state and Canada provinces that were represented in the Whelen All-American Series program in 2015.

Despite racking up five wins, 10 top fives and 11 top 10s in 12 national points races in the late model super stock division at Edmonton, Thiering faced multiple challenges to keep her streak alive.

A checkered flag in the season finale gave her a come-from-behind championship victory to retain the track and province crowns by a final score of 171-163 over Ian Wilson in NASCAR points and 604-596 in the track standings.

“We ended up winning it on the last night,” Thiering said. “With three or four races to go we were in fourth place in points. It just so happened that it all turned around. We had our bad luck at the beginning of the season and they (the other contenders) had their bad luck at the end of the season.”

Despite the confidence built by sustained success through the years, the Sherwood Park, Alberta, native all but came to terms with the potential end to her championship streak as the season progressed.

“When I didn’t think I was going to win, it wasn’t going to be the end of the world,” Thiering said. “Ian did a really fantastic job this year, so I didn’t mind if I lost because it would have been well-deserved for him. The fact that we ended up pulling it through in the very last race was pretty phenomenal.”

Thiering branched out from her Alberta home base the last two seasons to run part-time in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. She made six appearances in the Canadian touring series in 2015, and faced adversity there as well.

“That was probably one of my more trying seasons between here and in the Pinty’s Series,” Thiering said. “It just seemed like if we were going to do well, something happened, but every racer kind of has that year at some point. It definitely ended well for us though.”

Thiering’s championship-winning No. 96 Pontiac is owned by her father, Ron, who also operates Edmonton International Raceway along with her mother, Loretta. The No. 96 was maintained with the help of crew chief Kevin Grimstead and team members Rob Settes and Rob Hildebrand.

Following the remarkable run at her home track, Thiering is looking to branch out even more in 2016. She’s seeking more opportunities to compete on the Pinty’s Series and will start off the season down in Nevada running a Whelen All-American Series super late model at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Time will tell how those two ventures progress, but Thiering figures to return to compete at Edmonton on occasion, although she will likely relinquish the track and province titles this year.

Edmonton’s 2016 season will commence on May 14 with the first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series features of the year.

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 57 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participated in 2015.

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 are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

Thiering won five of 12 late model super stock features in 2015. Edmonton International Raceway

Koslakiewicz Makes His Dream A Reality

Koslakiewicz Makes His Dream A Reality

Lands First Limaland Track Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jeff Koslakiewicz has been chasing a dream for the last five years, a championship at Ohio’s Limaland Motorsports Park.

Years of hard work and dedication finally paid off when the Lima, Ohio, native was crowned the Limaland Motorsports Park track champion in 2015.

“It feels great,” said Koslakiewicz, who goes by Jeff Koz in his racing efforts. “It’s something we’ve been trying to capitalize on for the past five years. To be crowned the champion in our first full-year racing Modifieds means the world.”

Koz, who has been competing at the quarter-mile dirt track for about six years now, finished with 1148 points in the track’s K&N Filter Modified division with two wins, seven top fives and eight top 10s in 12 events to finish 10 points ahead of runner-up Todd Sherman.

Koz and his team also finished in the top 10 of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I standings in Ohio.

“We started the season with two new cars,” the Limaland champion said. “So we didn’t have any high goals or expectations. The first night we finished second or third and from there things just kept getting better and better. We stayed consistent and placed in the top five almost every night. Which is an amazing accomplishment since Limaland has some of the best competition in the country.”

Koz credits his accomplishments to his team Jeff Koz Racing, a family race team owned by Elite Motorsports.

“It all started five years ago as a small family team, we were just racing for ourselves,” recalled Koz. “When Elite Construction came aboard as my sponsor, it started to grow. Soon they were helping out more and more and helping with the team. They’ve become family.”

Koz is no stranger to racing, he began racing at 16 years old and started competing in his family car one year later. He finished 21st in the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II Finalist Program which recognized top support division drivers from across the country before NASCAR switched to the current divisional champion system in 2014.

The 2015 season was the sweetest of all for Koz, and it wouldn’t have been possible without his support system.

“I have to thank Elite Motorsports for always supporting me,” Koz said. “I have to thank my team and all of my sponsors: Hume Supply, Orick Industries, Brown Plumbing & Heating, Challenge ElectricFidelity Builder Supply, US Muffler & Brake, Warehouse Associates, Thor D Imaging Wide Open Graphics, Rusty Schlenk Racing and Lockwood Performance.

I especially have to thank my wife and kids for their undying support and for allowing me to spend so much time doing what I love.”

Limaland Motorsports Park will open their doors for the 2016 season on April 5 for the Season Opening Shootout. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the green flag will be at 7:30 p.m.

One person chomping at the bit to begin racing again is Koz.

“We have two cars in the shop ready to go,” he said. “We want to do better than we did last year and pick up more wins along the way. Our goal is to be lifting that trophy at the end of the season and to be champion for another year.”

Koz and his No. 16 car will be back in action at Limaland on April 5 for the Season Opening Shootout. Mike Campbell/Campbell Photography

Lutz, Swanson to Step Up on Whelen Tour

Lutz, Swanson to Step Up on Whelen Tour

Will Take on Full Schedule, Run for Sunoco Rookie of the Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After testing the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour waters as part-time participants year ago, drivers Craig Lutz and Matt Swanson are ready to step up to full-time competition and contend for the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

Lutz, of Miller Place, New York, made his first Whelen Modified Tour appearance in 2014 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl where he has competed in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified division in recent seasons. Last year the 21-year-old, who works as a carpenter on Long Island, made four Whelen Modified Tour starts.


“I’m really looking forward to it,” Lutz said. “I’m excited for the experience of going to tracks I haven’t been to and getting some seat time there. Hopefully we’ll be able to make a competitive run for Sunoco Rookie of the Year.”

Swanson hails from Acton, Massachusetts. The 16-year-old student debuted on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2015 with five appearances, highlighted by a seventh-place finish in the NAPA Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway. His debut at Stafford in August made him the youngest race starter in Whelen Modified Tour history at 15 years, five months and 22 days old. Swanson earned the modified division track championship at Star Speedway in 2014 at age 14 before moving to touring competition last year.

“This year we’re coming into it really prepared,” Swanson said. “We only had one car last year and we used last year as a learning experience. This year we know what to expect and we’re coming back with two open motors from Billy the Kid and two Spafco chassis to see what we can do.”

Swanson, like Lutz, is looking forward to an opportunity to vie for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

“The driver that earns that award gets some pretty good publicity,” Swanson said. “To earn something like that on the Whelen Modified Tour would really be something to look back on years later. It’s really cool to be able to contend for that.”

The 17-race NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will commence with the Icebreaker 150 on Sunday, April 10 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. For 42nd Annual Icebreaker weekend ticket and event information, please click HERE.

Matt Swanson made five starts as a 15-year-old true rookie in 2015. Getty Images for NASCAR

Zacharias Adds to Chemung Legacy

Zacharias Adds to Chemung Legacy

Second New York State Title in Three Years

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With a treasure trove of championships already earned at just 24 years old, it’s hard to envision a limit to what Jimmy Zacharias can accomplish.

In 2015 Zacharias captured his fifth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship in the last six years at Chemung Speedrome, already two more than any other driver has earned since the Western New York oval joined NASCAR in 2001.


Zacharias’ magical season saw him rack up 15 wins, 27 top fives and 28 top 10s in 30 combined starts between full-time efforts Chemung and fellow New York track Holland Speedway Motorsports Complex, and a weekend visit to Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl. He captured the Empire State NASCAR title for the second time in three seasons and was a mere six points from the podium with a career-best fourth place finish in the Whelen All-American Series national standings.

A native of Candor, New York, Zacharias calls the .375-mile Chemung his home track. In 16 Sunoco Modified division features in 2015, Zacharias posted 10 wins in his family-owned No. 71 Central States Used Clothing Chevrolet. Four of the other six were won by his younger brother, T.J., who finished second in track points after overcoming a mid-season broken wrist.

Zacharias shies away from calling it a sibling rivalry, but the one Chemung title he did not win in the last six years went to his younger brother. They’re often vying head-to-head for checkered flags and championships.

“We’re teammates more than anything, so it didn’t really matter which one of us won,” Zacharias said.

Succeeding in weekly racing is a family tradition that predates the current generation. Zacharias’ uncles Billy Zacharias and Jim Zacharias Jr. each won a NASCAR track championships at the former Tioga Speedway (a.k.a. Shangri-La) in the early 1990s. His grandfather, Jim Zacharias Sr., also earned the NASCAR New York state title in 1974.

“It’s a big thing for the whole family,” Zacharias said of continuing on the winning tradition. “For T.J. and I to win pretty much every race except for a couple, it’s pretty huge.”

In addition to Central States Used Clothing, Zacharias’ 2015 title was also fueled with support from Floyd’s Used Clothing, NAPA Auto Parts of Candor, Insinger’s Sunoco Race Fuels and Waverly Pharmacy. The manpower came from Mike Bohling, Corey Mosher, Cody Jackson, Chris Clemens, Jamie Judge, Joe Sellars and Connor Sellars.

Looking ahead to the coming 2016 regular season, Zacharias is still in the process of finalizing his schedule. With Holland’s switch to Pro Chargers as NASCAR Division I, Zacharias will have to seek other opportunities if he wants to attempt to defend his New York title and make another national run.

“We’ve talked about some different things,” Zacharias said. “We were basically going to get through speedweeks, see what happens and go from there.”

Zacharias towed down to central Florida from his Southern Tier home base to participate in last week’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway and experienced mixed results in the four features run by the tour-type modified division.

In the second race of the week, the John Blewett III Memorial 76, Zacharias’ No. 71 dropped a cylinder in the closing laps and he parked it for the week. He ended up borrowing a car for the final two events from the Catalano family, his chief competition at Holland.

Zacharias finished second to Tommy Catalano in a close race for the 2015 Holland crown, but the on-track competition is trumped by the relationship the two families have fostered through their years trekking to race tracks across Upstate New York.

“Our families have been friends forever,” Zacharias said. “There really isn’t a rivalry there. If they need anything we give it to them, and I’m sure if we need anything they’d give it to us.”

Zacharias was able to rally in the borrowed Catalano car for a fourth-place finish in the New Smyrna finale. He’ll now begin the process of mapping out the rest of the season, which will likely include a return to Chemung to expand upon his collection of five championships.

“To do that already is pretty big, but hopefully we can add some more on to it,” Zacharias said. “Maybe even go bigger with it.”

Chemung’s 2016 season will commence on May 15 with the first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series features of the year.

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 57 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participated in 2015.

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 are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

Zacharias in the No. 71 Central States Used Clothing Chevrolet. Chemung Speedrome

Winning Never Gets Old for Carlson

Winning Never Gets Old for Carlson

Veteran Scores Third Straight LaCrosse, Wisconsin State Titles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Wisconsin has had its share of native sons enjoy success in NASCAR racing. 

While 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth might get the most national publicity, and the late Dick Trickle became a cult hero thanks in part to the weekly updates on ESPN’s SportsCenter in the 1990’s, no driver has more NASCAR championship trophies than Steve Carlson. 

Once again, it’s time Carlson made more room in his trophy case.

Carlson, the 2007 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, teamed up with car owner John Gilbertson to win his third straight track championship at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway. It was his sixth overall, and second Wisconsin state crown in as many years.

Carlson has won other titles throughout his career and sees no reason to stop anytime soon.

“I’m having fun in a fast and competitive car, Carlson said. “As long as I’m able to do that and keep winning races I see no reason to step away. Carlson also credited advice fellow Wisconsinite Trickle gave him years ago that helped him enjoy so much success at LaCrosse and other tracks when he traveled across the Midwest years ago winning races and championships in the former NASCAR Midwest Series.

“Dick told me years ago that if you could race well at LaCrosse and win races you could win anywhere, and he was right,” Carlson said. “LaCrosse has big sweeping turns and if you could learn to keep your momentum going and set up your car the right way you could run well at other tracks.”

Another reason the 58-year-old West Salem, Wisconsin, native still enjoys racing at LaCrosse is the time it gives him to race with his son Michael.

“Being out there with Michael each week keeps me motivated,” Carlson said. “I don’t know if he’ll get to travel around and race like I got to years ago so I want to enjoy the chance to help him and race with him at our home track. It’s a lot of fun and he’s a good racer.”

The elder Carlson got off to a fast start last season when he won the first three features on the schedule. He finished the season driving his No. 66 Johnnies Hobbies/Lloyd’s Speedshop entry to eight wins and 17 top-five finishes in as many starts in the Kwik Trip Late Model division at LaCrosse.

He used his strong performance to cruise past Bradley Powell for the state and track titles by 114 and 134 points, respectively.

Carlson closed out the NWAAS season sharing Victory Lane in August with Michael as a father-son duo each won a feature event during a doubleheader night at their home track.

The 2015 championships were also the first with new crew chief Al Hemmersback, who moved up from crew member to team leader last season. Chris and Craig Johnson along with Toby Nuttleman joined Hemmersback to get Carlson’s car ready each week at the legendary .545-mile track.

“I really appreciate all the guys that work had on the car each week and all of our sponsors who help make it possible for us to race,” Carlson said. “These guys have been with me a while now and they love to race. They even go out and help Ty (Majeski) when he travels and races. They love it.”

Carlson will return to LaCrosse in search of a fourth consecutive Late Model division championship when the track kicks off its 2016 season on Sunday, April 24. 

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the track and having fun again this year,” Carlson said. “One of the best times I have at the track is helping Michael and getting to spend time with him. That means a lot to me. We’re ready to get going.”

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 57 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participated in 2015.

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 are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

Race Central Live Powered by Speed51: Concord

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Concord Speedway for the first time since 2009 with the Spring Sizzler 150 on Saturday, March 19 at the ultra-fast half-mile track.



Race Central Live Powered by Speed51: Caraway

The 12th season of NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour competition will commence with the Davis Roofing 150 on Saturday, March 12 at Caraway Speedway.





NASCAR: Daytona 500 Dazzles in Race Season Debut

Denny Hamlin wins the 2016 Daytona 500 in the closest finish ever recorded.

Denny Hamlin wins the 2016 Daytona 500 in the closest finish ever recorded.

Restrictor plate racing is an acquired taste. Some do not enjoy it, not all (including some drivers) look forward to it, yet most everyone is willing to pay attention to the last lap to see who will be crowned Daytona 500 Champion. For firsthand experience of this maxim, I observed that my wife, ever the casual fan, sat down to take in the last lap and was cheerily surprised by what she saw.

With a great last lap move to pull out of line from his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota, committed to the top and chased down teammate Matt Kenseth, brushed off a block and bump, and then wedged between Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. to squeak out the tightest finish — 0.010 seconds — in the 58-year history of the Great American Race.

How often do we get a photo finish where we must slow down the tape to see who won? Bottom line, this Daytona 500 finish will be remembered for years.

No doubt, certain racing purists see sheer boredom in superspeedway cars that have been “restricted” since 1988 from reaching their upper limits at Daytona and Talladega in the interest of safety, where stockers are confined to running in large packs and no one can generate a serious performance advantage over the duration of the race.

Daytona looked like it's old self with fan excitement everywhere.

Daytona looked like it’s old self with fan excitement everywhere.

Yet, Sunday’s Daytona 500 delivered in abundant ways for the start of the NASCAR season:

  • Hamlin wasn’t content to get a top 5 finish and solid points day, but gambled for the win. Hoisting the Daytona 500 trophy has always been a dream of this 35-year-old driver, with Hamlin’s mother Mary Lou tweeting out the essay that Hamlin wrote when he was in 2nd grade, declaring he would win the February 1998 Daytona 500. A dream realized, albeit 18 years later than planned.
  • We had genuine sportsmanship among the drivers at the end. Martin Truex Jr. wasn’t sure who had won when he and Denny Hamlin crossed the start-finish line, but maintained perspective. “I feel like we were in really good position just doing what we did,” Truex acknowledged. “Circumstances didn’t work out quite as well as they should have…I felt like I should have run Denny up the track a little bit. Two years ago I would have been sitting here with a sourpuss on my face. Today was (still) a great day.”
  • The validation of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising project was a crown jewel redevelopment, with all 101,500 stadium seats spoken for in the self-proclaimed World Center of Racing. Some on social media commented that they could see open seats in the aerial shots, but plentiful fans mingled on the interior concourses throughout the race. The new Daytona Rising stadium has captured the spirit that fans now look to attend social events centered around sports, given that tracks most offer something beyond the pure HD experience of watching on one’s home theater.
  • The weather was perfect, with no rain throughout Speedweeks to inflict havoc on scheduled race events.
  • We did not get the typical carnage of the “big one” associated with many superspeedway events, and cars remained on the track and not in the catch fence. Just once, it was a relief to not have to hold our breath after the finish with anticipation as to whether drivers would emerge safely from scattered sheet metal. Gratifyingly, there was no spectacle of jet dryers exploding from impact with an errant race car.
  • Strategy calls were evident throughout the race. Teams struggled with grip on the high banked corners. Handling was at a premium in the draft, as the daytime weather and slick track contributed to cars being tight in the corner. New rubber was at a premium, as teams had to speculate on whether to take two or four tire pit stops.
  • At plate tracks, the top drivers now rise to the top and have demonstrated sharpness and shrewdness at this time of racing. Leaders must showcase the command of the draft and which line is working best, often maintaining their position by taking the air off one lane, then moving to the other, thereby stalling out potential moves by the competition.
  • This year, we saw several of the sport’s top drivers, including Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kevin Harvick, and pole sitter Chase Elliott engage in epic slides on their own coming out of Turn 4, showcasing that cars were indeed on the handling edge. Elliott completed 18 laps Sunday before his Hendrick Motorsports #24 Chevrolet was taken to the garage with heavy front end damage, the result spin and infield nose-dive.
  • And if you wish to recreate multicultural last lap drama, check out the Fox Deportes Spanish language telecast of the finish. Victorioso is exciting in any language, and this clip will surely leave you smiling.

Plate races are a limited, distinct piece of the NASCAR schedule, but a legacy component of what NASCAR is. Daytona Speedweeks was a stellar start for the season, with fans at least talking about what happened on the track. The NASCAR show now moves forward to the real heart of the season. Bring on the new low downforce race pack for Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

By Ron Bottano. Let’s connect on Twitter @rbottano


Kumpen Makes History At Daytona

Kumpen Makes History At Daytona

Finishes 26th In First Restrictor Plate Race For A NWES Driver

Just one year, 4 months and 8 days after winning the 2014 EuroNASCAR title, Anthony Kumpen made history again by becoming the first ever NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver to race at the Daytona International Speedway, thus reaching the culmination of a progression that began less than 2 years ago, when he drove in a NWES race for the first time in his career. 

The Belgian, who took part in NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener on the 2.5-mile superspeedway thanks to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and the Nexteer Road To Daytona Program, produced a strong performance in his restrictor plate debut, drafting and battling two and three-wide at 300 kilometers per hour with some of the best drivers in the sport to finish 26th at the wheel of the #46 Leaseplan Chevrolet Camaro fielded by Precision Performance Motorsports. 

Despite an early contact with a debris that damaged the front of the car and affected its aerodynamic performances, Kumpen proved his talent and preparation going up to sixth in the first part of the race and skillfully drafting his way in the 40-car field.

“It was an amazing experience. It was simply fantastic to stay in the pack and i hoped it would last for a long time. The car was perfect and we were a little bit unlucky with that piece of debris, but we learnt a lot of things, we came home with an almost intact car and a good result for Leaseplan and all our partners,” said Kumpen. “If you think to the path that NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and Nexteer designed for me, it is something special, something young European drivers should seriously consider because NASCAR racing has no equals and, thanks to EuroNASCAR, there is a great opportunity to find a place in the spotlight.”

The PowerShare QQQ 300 was won by rising NASCAR star, former NASCAR Xfinity Series champion and 2016 Daytona 500 polesitter Chase Elliott, who bested Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne to the finish line.

“We are very proud of Anthony and what he did since he debuted in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series just 20 months ago. His impressive performance demonstrates how effective is the bridge we built between Europe and the US to give drivers the best opportunities to cross the ocean,” said Jerome Galpin, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series President / CEO. “Many thanks go to Whelen Engineering, Nexteer Automotive and all the partners supporting the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and our programs. We also want to thank the Precision Performance Motorsports team for being a great partner in the US.”

The near future for Kumpen is revolving around the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season and the battle to regain the title he won in 2014, but there are also plans to go back to the States in the summer for more NASCAR XFINITY Series races.

“We did some amazing things in the last couple of year, but this is just the beginning and we will  keep pushing to improve the program even more and be back very soon to race again in NXS.  The bridge between Europe and US is growing stronger every day,” said the 37-year-old Hasselt-native. “Now we will completely focus on the upcoming NWES season, because with the PK Carsport team we absolutely want to regain the title. We are working hard for this and we will definitely be in great shape for the season opener in Valencia.”

The 2016 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season will open at Valencia, Spain on April 23-24, where the best European NASCAR drivers will battle turn after turn to start the title hunt on the right foot.

Majeski Dominates New Smyrna World Series

Majeski Dominates New Smyrna World Series

Closes With Southern Paint 100 Win and Super Late Crown

See video

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. – Ty Majeski finished the week as he started it, by dominating New Smyrna Speedway.

The 21-year-old Seymour, Wisconsin, native led for the entirety of the Southern Paint 100 in Honor of Bruce Gowland to take home the victory and the 2016 Super Late Model championship in the 50th Annual World Series of Stock Car Racing.

“The car was flawless,” said Majeski, who was second to Harrison Burton Thursday in a physical 35-lap battle. “Some of the circumstances that took place (Thursday) kind of lit a fire under us. We came out firing today.”

Majeski had three wins and three second-place finishes in six races to easily out-distance Burton, 344-320. The 15-year-old Huntersville, North Carolina, had a pair of wins. Stephen Wallace, who opened the series with a win, finished third, a point behind Burton

“It’s really special,” said Majeski. “I felt like we were in really good position to win it last year and, with two races to go, broke a left rear trailing arm bracket, hit the wall in Turn 3, and ended our week early. It feels pretty good to come back down here and defend the way we ran last year, and even improve on it.”

Majeski said his team came out with a whole new setup. The newly minted champ started the race in the second position but quickly gained the lead on the outside as the green flag waved.

Even a brief early yellow didn’t slow Majeski. Burton started a charge to the front and took the runner-up spot from Stephen Nasse on Lap 25. Majeski, though, wasn’t fazed and built a 6.6 second lead on Burton and had the majority of the field down a lap.

Another caution brought the field together on the Lap 83 lap. Under yellow, Burton, who was still running second, pitted out of second-place due to fluid on his windshield. The 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, rallied to finish sixth.

As the field went to restart, Dalton Armstrong missed a shift on the start and caused a six-car pileup. Undaunted Majeski blew away the field on the restart on Lap 88, and had a three second margin of victory on runner-up Brad May as the checkered flag waved.

Stephen Nasse, Christian Eckes and Riley Herbst rounded out the top five. After Burton, Tyler Ankrum, Derek Scott Jr., Steve Wallace and David Rogers completed the top 10.

Daniel Keene Jr., finished fourth to earn the Pro Late Model championship while Derek Thorn came out victorious in the series final race of the week.

Cody Stickler was crowned the Florida Modified champion after earning four consecutive wins. His final win came after the initial race winner, Josh Todd, failed post-race inspection.

Print This Post Print This Post