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September 23, 2019

Tyler Erb Wins in LOLMDS Kokomo Debut
Inaugural Hoosier Autumn Classic Up Next

St. Marys, Ohio (09/23/19) – Tyler Erb didn’t know what to expect heading into Friday night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Kokomo Speedway. He had only seen Sprint Car videos of the place. As it turned out, he would quickly take to the ¼-mile oval. In fact, he piloted his Industrial Resourcing Group No. 1 XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model to the $12,000 victory.

“Wow, how about this place,” Erb said in regards to Kokomo Speedway. “It definitely lived up to the hype. I ran in second to both little Billy [Moyer Jr.] and Huddy [Hudson] O’Neal, and my car was so much better than those guys, but I couldn’t get clear to complete the pass. Then I took the lead twice and the caution came out both times, and I was kinda losing my patience there. Hudson had trouble late and we were able to capitalize and get the win.

“This win was so needed for our team, and I just want to say thanks to Best Performance Motorsports, my team, my sponsors, my fans and everyone that supports us. We have the team and we have the speed, so hopefully we’ve got several more wins in us before this year is over.”

Making his debut at Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo Indiana) on Friday night, Tyler Erb triumphed in thrilling fashion to pick up the $12,000 triumph.

Twenty-four Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) drivers looked to try their hand at claiming the victory in the rare Super Late Model appearance at the renowned Sprint Car facility. A win in his heat race positioned Tyler on the outside-front-row for the 50-lap feature. Tyler slipped as far back as the third position at times during the event before staging a late-race charge to the lead.

With just four laps to go, Erb shot past Hudson O'Neal for the top spot. The Texas native went on to lead the final circuits on his way to his sixth series' win of the 2019 season. The victory increased Tyler's overall win tally on the year to nine.

On Saturday Tyler thundered into Indiana's Brownstown Speedway, where the 40th annual Jackson 100 took center stage with a $15,000 winner's check on the line. With 34 entries taking aim on the top prize, he finished third in his heat race to earn the 10th-starting spot for the feature. Advancing four spots in the finale, Erb crossed the finish line in the sixth spot.

Tyler is currently fourth in the latest LOLMDS standings and continues to lead the Eibach Springs Rookie of the Year standings. For complete results from the weekend, please visit .

Up next for the team is the inaugural Hoosier Autumn Classic at Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, Indiana). The event opens with preliminary action on Friday, September 27, where a driver could win up to $5,000. On Saturday night the event culminates with a $12,000-to-win finale. The weekend is sanctioned by the American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT).

For more information on the event, please visit .

Also, please make sure to visit to pick up the latest team merchandise.

Best Performance Motorsports would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include New Point Lighting & Design, Inc., Roberts Bee Company, Bulk Material Lift, Franklin Enterprises, Boxo USA, Industrial Resourcing Group, Bazell Race Fuels, Sunoco, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks, Hoosier Tire, Valvoline, Corey Frazer State Farm, Industrial Hydro Excavating, Beyea Headers, Day Motorsports, Champion Brands, Doyle Edwards Trucking, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wiles Drive Shafts, Simpson Race Products, Weld Racing, Performance Rod & Custom, Peterson Fluid Systems, Barnes Systems Inc., Powers Performance, Butlerbuilt, Impact Race Gear, Heath Lawson Photography, Swift Springs, Walker Performance Filtration, ASI Racewear, Fragola Performance Systems, Dirt Defender, Outerwears, Strange Engineering, Performance Race Engineering, Five Star Race Car Bodies Rocket Chassis, R&R Design and MSR Mafia Marketing & PR Services.

For the latest information on Best Performance Motorsports please visit the team website at and as well as their social media channels at, and .

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September 23, 2019

Jake Knowles Conquers Camden Durrence Layne Action
Pads Point’s Advantage in Series Standings

Rome, Georgia (09/23/19) – Jake Knowles once again visited Victory Lane with the Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series over the weekend. His latest victory came on Saturday night at Tennessee’s Camden Speedway in his Knowles Race Parts & Bodies No. 66 Phillips Properties/ Josh Roberts Trucking/ Coosa Heating & Cooling/ Longhorn Chassis Late Model.

The victory was his fourth of the year with the tour and his fifth triumph overall of 2019. The win also allowed him to extend his advantage atop the series’ standings.

“We buried ourselves on Friday night in qualifying, but still rebounded to finish seventh,” Knowles shared. “On Saturday night we had a much better start to the night, and we were able to pounce late to get the win. This has been a great year for our team, and it’s because of the awesome help and support that we get.”

Jake Knowles followed the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series to Tennessee National Raceway (Hohenwald, Tennessee) on Friday night, where he opened a doubleheader weekend with the tour. Jake qualified 14th fastest in the 28-car field in time trials. Knowles then scored a 10-lap B-Main victory, which positioned him 10th on the starting grid for the $2,000-to-win A-Main. Improving three positions in the 40-lap affair, Jake reeled in a seventh-place finish.

On Saturday afternoon at Camden Speedway (Camden, Tennessee), Jake secured his spot into the A-Main with the seventh-fastest time in qualifying. Wheeling his way into a podium spot within in the first three laps, Knowles overtook Brandon Williams late in the race to capture his fifth win of the season and a $2,500 payday. Oakley Johns, Spencer Hughes, Justin McRee, and Cruz Skinner trailed him to the checkers in the 40-lap affair.

Jake continues to lead the late Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point standings. For full results from the events as well as the latest standings, please visit .

This weekend – September 27-28 – the team is tentatively planning to travel to Mississippi to compete in the annual Cooper’s Country Meat Packers Magnolia State Cotton Pickin’ 100 at Johnny Stokes’ Magnolia Motor Speedway. He’ll be pursuing a $3,000 top prize in the Crate Late Model division.

For more information on the weekend’s event, please visit .

For more information on available marketing opportunities with Jake Knowles Racing, please contact the team at .

Jake Knowles would like to thank his marketing partners, which include Knowles Race Parts & Bodies, Josh Roberts Trucking, Buster Goss Body Shop, Phillips Properties, Rheem, Martins Wrecker Service, Curbow Logging, Coosa Heating & Cooling, JW Motorsports, Bohannon Glass, Cruise with the Champions, Shorty’s Shock Service, Hoosier Racing Tire by Pup, Knowles Trucking, Wiles Racing Driveshafts, Joe’s Transmission, Carolina Racing Supply, Big A’s Custom Graphics, AG Calf Ranch, VP Racing, Mitchell Jenkins Photography, Stealth Racing Carburetors, VP Racing Lubricants, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Jake Knowles please visit .

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September 23, 2019

Jeff Taylor Wins Ron Ghormley Memorial in I-30 Speedway Thriller
Preps to Chase Mega Payday in Race For Hope 71

Cave City, Arkansas (09/23/19) –
Jeff Taylor won Saturday night’s Ron Ghormley Memorial in thrilling fashion at I-30 Speedway. The victory was worth $3,000 for the driver of the Industrial Electric No. 5 Spur Bar/ Wehrs Machine/ Provence Construction/ Shaw Race Car Modified.

“We had a heck of a race with Drew [Armstrong] and Curtis [Cook] for the win at I-30,” Taylor noted. “Those guys are hard to handle anywhere but especially at I-30. I kept digging and was finally able to get to the lead with about 10 to go and from there held on for the win. Hats off to the track staff because we could race all over that thing.

“Everyone at Shaw Race Cars is busting their tails, and it’s showing with what we are accomplishing at the track. This is a big week for us as we head to Batesville for the Race For Hope 71. We’re definitely gunning for that $15,000 winner’s check.”

Jeff Taylor made the short trip to I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, Arkansas) on Saturday evening for the Ron Ghormley Memorial. After starting the night off with a dominating heat race victory from the fourth starting spot, Jeff started the main event on the outside front row. He slipped back to third in the early going before mounting a charge to the lead with just 10-laps to go. From that point Taylor outran Drew Armstrong and Curtis Cook through lapped-traffic late in the race capturing his eighth win of the season and a $3,000 payday. J.T. Goodson, and Keaton Atkinson completed the Top-5 finishers.

Full results from the event are available at .

This weekend – September 24-28 – Jeff has his sights set on winning the Race For Hope 71 at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove, Arkansas). The week-long event culminates with a $15,000-to-win/ $2,000-to-start, IMCA Modified finale on Saturday night.

For more details on the mega event, please visit .

Jeff Taylor would like to thank all of his sponsors, which include Shaw Race Cars Industrial Electric, Spur Bar, Heat Transfer Solutions, New Vision Graphics,Provence Construction, Wehrs Machine, Fury Energy, Sweet Manufacturing, No Limits Racing, Precision Performance, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Jeff Taylor Racing, please visit the official team website at and for more information on Shaw Race Cars, please visit .

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September 23, 2019

Shane Clanton Wires WoO Field at Outlaw
Billy Clanton Classic Up Next for the “Georgia Bulldog”

Zebulon, Georgia (09/23/19) –
Shane Clanton increased his 2019-win tally to eight on Friday night with a $10,000 World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series triumph in his Skyline Motorsports No. 25 Bennett Explosives/ Super K Express/ Capital Race Car/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model. The victory came at New York’s Outlaw Speedway and allowed him to climb to second in the latest series’ standings.

“You couldn’t have scripted a better night for our team than we had on Friday night. We set fast time, we won our heat race, and then we led every lap of the feature,” Clanton commented. “Those late-race cautions got a little nerve racking, but I knew I had the car to beat, and that I just needed to keep hitting my marks. I’ve got one great crew with me now, and I’ve got great backing from Skyline Motorsports and all of my sponsors. We’re back to being a contender every time that we hit the track, and that’s a great feeling.”

On Thursday night Shane Clanton was one of 27 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries on hand at Stateline Speedway (Busti, New York), as he kicked off the three-day northeastern swing. Improving one spot in his heat race, Clanton posted a runner-up finish behind Darrell Lanigan, which locked him into the third-starting spot for the opening night feature. With $10,000 on the line, Shane ultimately crossed the finish line in the seventh position in the 50 lapper.

The following night at Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, New York), Shane registered the fastest lap in time trials before cruising to a heat race victory. Earning the pole position for the A-Main, Clanton led flag-to-flag en route to his eighth win of the season, which came over Brandon Sheppard, Chase Junghans, Cade Dillard, and Dennis Erb Jr. He pocketed a $10,000 payday for his winning performance.

On Saturday evening at Selinsgrove Speedway (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania) for the Jeff’s Auto Body National Open, Clanton secured his spot into the $10,000-to-win finale with a third-place finish in his heat. Breaking into the Top-5, Shane gained five spots in the 50-lap feature, reeling in a fourth-place finish behind Darrell Lanigan, Ricky Weiss, and Brandon Sheppard with Gregg Satterlee coming in 5th.

Shane has climbed to second in the latest World of Outlaws point standings. Full results from the weekend are available at .

Next up for Clanton is a very special event for the Georgia racer. This Saturday night, September 28 he’ll enter the fifth annual Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway (Senoia, Georgia). The Schaeffer’s Oil Fall Nationals event posts a $10,000 top prize. Shane won the 2015 and 2016 editions of the race, which salutes the memory of his late father.

For more information on the event, please visit .

Shane Clanton would like to thank all of his sponsors including Skyline Motorsports, Bennett Explosives, Bruening Rock, Products, Weldbank Energy, Capital Race Cars, Super K Express, Clements Racing Engines, Olson Explosives, M&S Concrete, True Temp Heating & Air Conditioning, VP Racing Fuels, Freeman Plumbing, Hoosier Tire South, RV Select, Gorsuch Performance Solutions, Carolina Concrete Finishers, QA1, Quarter Master, Bert Transmission, Weld Racing, Five Star Stock Car Bodies, Bulldog Rear Ends, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Simpson Race Products, Penske Shocks, Beyea Custom Headers, Sweet Manufacturing, Peterson Fluid Systems, Schaeffer’s Oil, Modern Images, Stop Tech Brakes, Allstar Performance,, Advanced Transportation, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Shane Clanton, please visit and for more information on Skyline Motorsports, please visit .

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September 23, 2019

Rodney Sanders Races to Fall Jamboree Friday Night Win
Clinches USMTS Hunt for Casey’s Cup Championship

Happy, Texas (09/23/19) – Rodney Sanders enjoyed a solid weekend during the 21st annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree at the Queensland family owned, Deer Creek Speedway. He claimed a win, three podium finishes, and clinched the 2019 USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup Championship in his Wichita Tank Racing No. 20 Kenny’s Tile/ ARMI Contractors/ MB Customs/ Hatfield Racing Engine Modified.

“It was definitely a big weekend for our team. While we would’ve liked to have won all three nights, we are still very happy with our performances against such a talented field of competitors,” Sanders said. “We were in contention for the win every night, and that consistency propelled us to the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup Championship.

“We started this year a little slower than I would’ve liked, but once we hit our stride things really started to fall into place. Thanks so much to each-and-every person, who supports our team.”

Thursday night saw Rodney Sanders return to competition with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) at Deer Creek Speedway (Deer Creek, Minnesota) during the opening round of the 21st annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree. In a stout field of 68 entries, Sanders improved seven spots in his heat race to register a runner-up finish behind Adam Hensel. Starting the opening night feature in fourth, Rodney advanced two spots to place second behind Dereck Ramirez with Brandon Davis, Hunter Marriott, and Zack VanderBeek trailing him to the checkers.

The following night, Rodney passed four cars in his heat race to place second behind Austin Siebert. Finishing fourth in the Dash 4 Cash, Sanders earned the eighth-starting position for the main event. Wheeling past Dustin Sorensen for the lead on lap 24, Rodney Sanders fended off challenges from Jake O’Neil late in the 40-lapper to score his 14th win of the season and a $4,000 payday. Dustin Sorensen, O’Neil, Dereck Ramirez, and Zack VanderBeek rounded out the Top-5 finishers.

For the final night of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Saturday, Sanders jumped up one spot in his heat to finish second. Passing seven cars in the 50-lap feature, Rodney reeled in a third-place finish behind Jacob Bleess and Brandon Davis with Zack VanderBeek and Lucas Schott completing the Top-5 finishers.

With his performances over the weekend, Rodney captured the Casey’s Cup point’s championship and continues to lead the USMTS National Championship point standings.

For more results from the weekend’s events, please visit .

This week – September 25-28 – will find Sanders in action at Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa) during the sixth annual Summit USRA Nationals. After a host of preliminary events earlier in the week, the weekend draws to a close with a $5,000-to-win affair on Saturday night.

More details on the extravaganza can found at .

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Wichita Tank Racing, Armi, Swan Energy, Mesilla Valley Transportation, S&S Fishing and Rental, Kenny’s Tile, MB Customs, Hatfield Race Engines, Hibner Logging, Bergman Tax and Accounting, Paulson Rock Products, Integra Shocks, Swift Springs, FK Rod Ends, CMD Race Shocks, Wehrs Machine, 87 Automotive, Keyser Manufacturing, Allstar Performance, Speedway Motors, Beyea Headers, Rodney Sanders Racing, Day Motorsports, Driven Race Oil, C&R Radiators, Real Wheels, Palmer Painting, Deatherage Opticians, Wilwood Brakes, PEM Rearends, Winning Edge Carburetors, VP Race Fuels, McCartney Welding, Simpson Race Products and Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit .

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September 23, 2019

Jensen Ford Returns to Winning Ways with Volunteer Speedway Victory
New Car Propels Tennessee Racer to Victory Lane

Johnson City, Tennessee (09/23/19) – Jensen Ford took his one-race old Mike Whitehead Racing No. 83 Whitehead Construction Inc./ TNT Race Car/ Eagle Racing Engine Late Model into battle on Saturday evening at Tennessee’s Volunteer Speedway and came away with his third win of the 2019 campaign.

“Between rainouts and bad luck on the track, this has been a tough year, but it’s funny how a win can make you forget about all of the bad stuff pretty quick,” Ford laughed. “This was our second night out on this new car, and we were able to show a lot of speed. I’m definitely fired up about the remainder of the season.”

On Saturday night Jensen Ford visited Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, Tennessee), where he was piloting his Whitehead Construction Inc. No. 83 Crate Late Model entry. In a field of 16 entries, Ford laid down the second-fastest lap in time trials behind Tim Byrd, which positioned him second on the starting grid for the main event. Jumping into the lead on the drop of the green flag, Jensen led wire-to-wire en route to his third win of the season.

Byrd, Logan Roberson, Rusty Ballenger, and Heath Alvey completed the Top-5 finishers.

For full results from this event, please visit .

Jensen is tentatively scheduled to return to action this Saturday, September 28 with a trip to Richmond Raceway (Richmond, Kentucky). The second annual Damn Yankees 50 takes center stage. The FASTRAK Late Model Series event posts a $5,000 top prize.

For more information on the event, please visit .

Race fans are also encouraged to head over to and pick up the brand-new Jensen Ford t-shirts before they are gone.

Jensen Ford would like to thank all of his sponsors including Whitehead Construction Inc., Wilwood Disc Brakes, Penske Racing Shocks, Tiger Rear Ends, FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Racing Tire, PPM Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, TNT Race Cars, Performance Bodies, Sweet Manufacturing, QuickCar, Safecraft Safety Equipment, ButlerBuilt Performance Seat Systems, Eagle Racing Engines, TruForm Race Products, Innovative Graphics, Simpson Race Products, Go Lithium, VP Racing Fuels,, Dynamic Drivelines, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Jensen Ford, please visit his official cyber home at .

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September 23, 2019

Austin Horton Claims Alabama State Championship Super Late Model Win
Finishes Second in NLMSCS Finale at EAMS

Newnan, Georgia (09/23/19) – Austin Horton pushed his 2019-win total to six over the weekend by topping the Super Late Model portion of the 47th annual Alabama State Championship in his Vape’s Gone Wild No. 16 Wood Motorsports/ Orr’s Towing/ Super K Express/ XR1 Rocket Chassis by Clint Smith/ Clements Race Engine Super Late Model.

He added a runner-up finish in the weekend’s National Late Model Super Car Series (NLMSCS event).

“We had a pair of great hot rods all weekend and earned the pole for both features. We had the perfect setup on my Super Late Model and got the win. Unfortunately, we went the wrong way on tires in the National Late Model Series event, and it killed our chances at the win, but we still got second,” Horton noted. “It was another great weekend for our team. I want to say a very special thanks to everyone, who helps us out.”

Austin Horton made the trek to East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, Alabama) over the weekend for the 47th annual Alabama State Championship. With 26 Super Late Models on hand for the two-day event, Horton locked his spot into Sunday night’s $5,000-to-win A-Main with the fourth fastest lap in his time trial group. In a field of 20 National Late Model Super Car Series (NLMSCS) entries, Horton secured his spot into the main event with the fastest lap in his time trial group.

Outrunning Dalton Cook in the 47-lap feature on Sunday night, Horton soared to his sixth win of the season in the feature over Cook, Joseph Brown, Parker Martin, and Kenny Collins.

With $5,000 on the line in the NLMSCS sanctioned feature, Horton notched a second-place finish behind Mark Whitener with Rodney Martin, Joseph Brown, and Kenny Collins trailing them to the checkers.

For more results from these events, please visit .

Austin will not be racing this weekend. Rather he will spend Saturday getting married to the love of his life – Madison Wood.

The team will be adding more dates to the schedule in the coming days. The latest team updates will be posted at as they are finalized.

Austin Horton would like to thank his marketing partners, which Super K Express, Orr’s Towing, Vapes Gone Wild, Franklin Enterprises, GW Performance, Rocket Chassis by Clint Smith Racing, Gary’s Pulp & Logging Inc., Allstar Graphix, McKoon’s, Horton’s Inc. and MSR Mafia Marketing & PR Services.

For the latest information on Austin Horton, please visit .