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July 3, 2018

Dustin Strand Stays Hot with NLRA River Cities Romp
Notches Podium Finish with USMTS

Grand Forks, North Dakota (07/03/18) – Dustin Strand continued his recent hot streak with a fast weekend in both his Walhalla Builders #71 McCaughan Builders/ Millenium Modified and his Bemidji Welders Supply #71 Keewatin Truck Service/ Millenium Late Model.

He pushed his 2018-win tally to seven with an NLRA win on Friday night, and he added a podium finish with the USMTS on Saturday night.

“I can’t say enough about our team. Everybody busted their tails and we had another great weekend in both cars,” Strand commented. “Even on Thursday night at Red River Co-op Speedway, when we got behind the eight ball early, nobody gave up and we turned it into a good night. The NLRA win at River Cities Speedway was great, but I was probably most proud of our run on Saturday night with the USMTS. We don’t get to run many open motor shows with the Modified, and those guys are the best of the best. To lead some laps and get a podium finish is something really cool or us.”

On Thursday night Dustin Strand was one of 15 Open Wheel Modified competitors on hand at Red River Co-op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba) to do battle in the regular night of racing. After failing to finish his heat race, Strand charged through the field 12 spots in the feature to reel in a runner-up finish behind Ward Imrie with Scott Greer, Ryan Kereluk, and Tony Caissie completing the Top-5 finishers.

The following night found Strand competing in the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) sanctioned program at River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota).

Dustin locked his spot into the A-Main with a runner-up finish in his heat race behind Ryan Corbett. Earning the fifth-starting position for the finale, Strand outdueled third-starting Shane Edginton to pick up his seventh win of the season and a $1,200 payday.

Edginton, Ryan Corbett, Brad Seng, and Joey Pederson rounded out the Top-5 finishers in the 20-lap affair.

Sunday night found Strand in action at Devil’s Lake Speedway (Lakota, North Dakota), where he was making a rare start with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS).

Rolling off from the pole of his heat race, Dustin registered a second-place finish behind Jake O’Neil, which positioned him second on the starting grid for the feature. Jumping to the lead at the drop of the green flag, Strand held the top spot for the first three laps until Johnny Scott took control for the remaining 37 circuits. Dustin went on to score a third-place finish behind Scott and Stormy Scott with Ryan Gustin and Zack VanderBeek trailing them to the line.

For more information from these event, please visit, and .

The upcoming weekend will see Strand competing in the Mid-Season Champion at River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) on Friday night, where he’ll compete in both the Late Model division and the IMCA Modified bracket race.

He’ll round out the weekend on Saturday evening with a Modified event at Minnesota’s Greenbush Race Park.

For more information on the events, please visit and .

Dustin Strand would like to thank all of his sponsors including, RHR Brew, Q&Z Plumbing & Heating, Keewatin Truck Service, Naastad Acres, Walhalla Builders, Newgard Insurance, McCaughen Builders, Generations Salon & Spa, Bemidji Welders Supply, RH Rebel Storage, Ben Adams Racing Engines, Forest Flying Service, Altru’s Sports Advantage powered by EXOS, Parallel Technologies Inc., Troy Pecka Trucking, and Marketing Services.

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July 3, 2018

Logan Roberson Returns to Victory Lane with Hagerstown “W”
Busy Holiday Week of Racing Ahead

Waynesboro, Virginia (07/03/18) – Logan Roberson visited hallowed ground on Saturday evening, when he parked his Wynbridge Inc. #17 BTS Towing Service/ XR1 Rocket Chassis Late Model in Victory Lane at the historic Hagerstown Speedway.

For Roberson, he was elated to finally get over the hump and back into Victory Lane.

“By no means are we having a bad year, but by our standards we expect more wins,” Roberson noted. “We’ve been really consistent over the past few months with Top-5 and Top-3 runs, but we just couldn’t seem to get back to Victory Lane. We changed that all on Saturday night, and hopefully we can go grab three wins this week. As always, I want to thank each-and-every person who supports my program and roots for me on the track. It really means a lot to me.”

Piloting the Dirt Defender #17 Crate Late Model, Logan Roberson traveled to Hagerstown Speedway (Hagerstown, Maryland) on Saturday evening to do battle in the Weekly Racing Series Event. Receiving the fourth-starting spot for his heat race, Logan blasted to the front on the opening lap en route to the 6-lap victory.

Rolling off the grid from the pole position for the feature, Roberson led from flag-to-flag to register his seventh win of the season. Mike Franklin, Tyler Hershey, Transtan Stoner, and Tanner Kerr completed the Top-5 finishers.

For full results from this event, please visit .

During the course of the Fourth of July week, Roberson has a trio of events scheduled. Action opens on Tuesday night at Potomac Speedway (Budd’s Creek, Maryland) before shifting to Beckley Motorsports Park (Beckley, West Virginia) on Wednesday night. The team will take a two-day break before thundering into Winchester Speedway (Winchester, Virginia) on Saturday evening.

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

Race fans also make sure to check out the “Apparel” page at to order the brand-new team shirts. Get them before they are gone!

Logan Roberson would like to thank his marketing partners, which include Wynbridge Inc., Cecil B. Arthur Beef Farm & Bucking Stock, Pancho’s Racing Products, Wells Custom Jeep, BTS Towing Service, Blue Ridge Treescape Service, Dirt Defender, Walker Arthur Racing, Beyea Custom Headers, Boyd Bilt, QA1, Keyser Manufacturing, All About Wraps, Rocket Chassis, Race 1, Kaylor’s Dirt Track Cams, Russ King Racing, Hoosier Tire by Terry Wilcher, Smiley’s Racing Enterprises, and Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Logan Roberson, please visit as well the team’s social media channels at and .

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July 3, 2018

Howard Moore Enjoys Successful ASCS Midsouth Speedweek

Memphis, Tennessee (7/03/18) – Howard Moore raced his Stinson’s Industrial #40 Senter Farms Maxim Sprint Car to a pair of American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Midsouth Speedweek victories over the weekend.

In four events the 21-year-old racer scored two wins, a runner-up finish, and a fourth-place finish.

“We had a great Speedweek,” Moore commented. “We got two wins and we were in contention for one more. I’ve got to give the credit to my team. Mr. Mike (Ward), Billy, my dad, and Ricky worked hard the whole weekend. It was extremely hot every day, but it didn’t keep them from giving me a good car every night.

“I also want to thank Larry Chase for putting together the Speedweek. It was a blast, and I hope it only grows for years to come. Last but not least, I want to say a very special thanks to Lora Crawley and Kristy Skinner for heading up the passing of the helmets at each event for the Jason Johnson family. Over $10,000 was raised, and that’s something to be very proud of”

Howard Moore kicked off the 2018 American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Mid-South Region Speedweek in fine style on Thursday night with a win at Riverside International Speedway (West Memphis, Arkansas).

Twenty-five entries took part in the program, and after dueling for the win in his heat race, Howard finished second, which locked him into the third-starting spot for the feature.

In the finaleMoore stalked leader Brad Bowden for the first 19 circuits before grabbing the lead. Once out front the pilot of the Dynamic Electric #40 Sprinter cruised to his third victory of 2018.

He was followed across the finish line by Marshall Skinner, Tim Crawley, Derek Hagar, and Brad Bowden.

On Friday night the action shifted to Crowley's Ridge Raceway (Paragould, Arkansas), where 24 entries took to the tight bullring. Howard raced from the eighth-starting spot to a second-place finish in his heat race, which earned him a spot in the redraw.

The redraw presented Moore with the third-starting spot for the feature for the second-straight night. Howard raced at the front of the field throughout the action-packed, 25-lap feature before crossing the finish line in second behind race winner, Derek Hagar. Marshall Skinner, Jeremy Middleton and Brad Bowden completed the Top-5 finishers.

Tracey Clay's I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, Arkansas) played host to the Speedweek action on Saturday night. For the third-straight night Howard pulled a big number at the pill draw. After racing to a third-place finish from his seventh-starting spot in heat race action, Howard received the outside-front-row starting spot for the 25-lap finale.

Moore took control of the lead from Zach Pringle on the second circuit and went on to cruise to his second win of the week and fourth of the season! Tim Crawley, Derek Hagar, Zach Pringle and Dustin Gates completed the Top-5 finishers.

Howard wrapped up the weekend on Sunday night at Diamond Park Speedway (Nashville, Arkansas), where he notched a fourth-place finish behind Brian Bell, Tim Crawley and Marshall Skinner.

Full results from the events are available at .

The upcoming weekend – July 6-7 – will take the team to Mississippi for a pair of United Sprint Car Series (USCS) events. Hattiesburg Speedway (Hattiesburg, Mississippi) will play host to the tour on Friday night, while Rodney Wing’s Whynot Motorsports Park (Meridian, Mississippi) will be the site of Saturday’s action.

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

Howard Moore would like to thank all of his sponsors including Stinson’s Industrial Senter Farms, Engler Machine & Tool, Ronnie’s Hot Rods, Spanky’s Hot Rods & Customs, Lawn Jox, ROCKHARD Power Coating, Momentum Racing Suspension, Hinchman Racewear, Mr. Roy Young, Mr. David Berryman, SPEC Racing Engines, Dynamic Electric, Butlerbuilt, Lightning Wings, Hinchman Racewear, Ethan Barrow, KDN Promotions, Swindell Bleeders, DGS Motorsports, Xtreme Race Graphics, and Marketing Services.

Howard Moore is always looking for new sponsors and marketing partners. For more information as well as the latest news and updates, please visit .

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July 3, 2018

Tony Jackson Jr. Triumphs at Tri State Speedway
Three-Race Weekend on Tap

Lebanon, Missouri (07/03/18) – Tony Jackson Jr. piloted his Merrill Self Storage #56 Carget Motors/ Longhorn by Weaver/ Cornett Racing Engine Super Late Model to his second win of 2018 on Thursday night at Oklahoma’s Tri-State Speedway.

The $3,000 win saw Jackson Jr. having to fend off advances from a hard-charging Jesse Stovall.

“Lapped traffic got pretty tricky, and Jesse (Stovall) was able to slip past for a lap there, but luckily I was able to get back to the lead,” Jackson Jr. said. “It was a fun race though, and it was great to get our second win of the year. The rest of the weekend didn’t go as well as we had hoped, but it still wasn’t terrible. We’ve got another busy weekend of racing coming up, so hopefully we can continue to build on what we learned last weekend.”

Tony Jackson Jr. invaded Tri-State Speedway (Pocola, Oklahoma) on Thursday night as a triple header weekend with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) came to life.

With 19 Super Late Models registered for action, Jackson Jr. locked his spot into the opening night feature with a heat race victory. Slipping past Jesse Stovall for the lead on lap-6, Tony held the top spot for 12 circuits until Stovall took advantage of Jackson Jr. bobbling in lapped traffic on lap-29.

Blasting past Stovall the next lap, Tony Jackson Jr. retook the lead and paced the field for the final ten circuits to capture his second win of the season. Cade Dillard, Stovall, Will Vaught, and Jack Sullivan completed the Top-5 finishers. He was awarded a $3,000 payday for his performance in the 40-lap affair.

On Friday night the team invaded Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma) to compete in the opening round of the co-sanctioned ARMI Freedom Classic, which was co-sanctioned by the CCSDS and Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA).

Jackson Jr. recorded a fifth-place finish in his heat race, which relegated him to the B-Main. Needing to place in the Top-5 to transfer, Tony was battling for the lead when he made hard contact with the turn-four wall, ending his B-Main. Using a provisional and a borrowed car for the feature, Jackson Jr. advanced through the field 13 spots on his way to an 11th-place finish.

Returning on Saturday for the second round of the ARMI Freedom Classic, Jackson Jr. secured his spot into the $5,000-to-win finale with a third-place finish in his heat race. Starting sixth on the feature grid, Tony passed one car in the 40-lap affair, scoring a fifth-place finish behind Jesse Stovall, Logan Martin, Jason Hughes, and Will Vaught.

Tony now sits second in the latest Lucas Oil MLRA standings.

Full results from the weekend are available at and .

Tony has three events on the schedule for this weekend. On Thursday night he’ll enter the UMP DIRTcar Summernationals event at Macon Speedway (Macon, Illinois). Then, on Friday and Saturday he’ll resume action with the Lucas Oil MLRA as the tour sanctions a $3,000-to-win and $5,000-to-win program.

For more information on the events, please visit and .

Tony Jackson Jr. would to like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include Carget Motors, Dream Racing Technologies, Longhorn by Weaver, Merrill Bonding, Merrill Self Storage Levin Storage Center, Berger’s Marina RaceNote, Budweiser, Cornett Race Engines, Burger Fusion, BASE Fuels, Dynamic Drivelines, Quick Car Products, Franklin Rearends, Sweet Manufacturing, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks, Hyperco, Tony Jackson Jr. Motorsports, Champion Oil, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Shafts, PFC Brakes, Simpson Race Products, Hoosier Tire Midwest, Performance Bodies, Butlerbuilt, Lone Oak Printing, Modern Images, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For more information on Tony Jackson Jr. Motorsports, please visit his official internet home at as well as the team's Facebook Fan Page at .

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July 3, 2018

Mike Benedum Makes Triumphant Return to the Driver’s Seat
Pockets $7,000 ULMS Victory at Tyler County Speedway

Salem, West Virginia (07/03/18) – After more than a month since his last event, Mike Benedum made a triumphant return to the driver’s seat on Friday night at Tyler County Speedway. By the time the night was over, he had pocketed a $7,000 winner’s check at the West Virginia bullring.

Benedum’s first win of 2018 came aboard the Eric Hudkins Motorsports #25 BSI Well Service Sweet Bloomquist Race Car/ Roush Yates Racing Engine Super Late Model.

“Wow, what a night for us,” Benedum exclaimed. “To come back after a few weeks out of the seat and win was just an amazing feeling. It got kind of tense late in the event with all of the lapped cars. I accidently got into one of them, and I definitely didn’t mean to do that. Late in the race the right rear tire started to go away, so I had to be easy with it. Saturday night at Portsmouth, bad luck bit us but I still am thrilled with our weekend results. I’m looking forward to getting back to action this week.”

Friday night found Mike Benedum in action at Tyler County Speedway (Middlebourne, West Virginia) to kick off the fourth annual Mega 100 weekend.

With 28 Zimmer’s United Late Model Series entries on hand, Benedum locked his spot into main event with a heat race victory. Receiving the pole position after the redraw, Mike jumped out to a lead early and held the top spot comfortably until lap-traffic started to become a factor late. Holding off Jared Miley in the closing laps, Benedum led flag-to-flag to capture his first win of the season and a $7,000 payday. Miley, Corey Conley, Tyler Carpenter, and Max Blair completed the Top-5 finishers in the 50-lap affair.

The following night Mike traveled to Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio) for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned Independence 50. In a field of 38 cars, Benedum suffered a broken lift-bar in his heat race, which ultimately brought an early end to his night.

Full results from these events are available at and

Mike is slated to return to action on Tuesday night with the $12,000-to-win, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Muskingum County Speedway (Zanesville, Ohio) before invading Beckley Motorsports Park (Beckley, West Virginia) on Wednesday night for the $4,000-to-wn, unsanctioned event.

For more information on the events, please visit and .

Mike Benedum would like to thank all of his marketing partners including BSI Well Service, Appalachian Minerals, BlackRock Enterprises LLC, Reliable Oil & Gas Transport, Sweet Manufacturing, Sweet Bloomquist Race Cars, Penske Racing Shocks, J&J Farms, Modern Images, ASi Wear and Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Mike Benedum please visit .

Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Victorious In Fred Brownfield Classic

Bryan Hulbert - ELMA, Wash. (July 3, 2018) Picking up his eighth overall win of the season, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. parked the Hills Racing/Vortex Wings No. 15h at Grays Harbor Raceway on Saturday night to cap off a successful weekend at the Fred Brownfield Classic that included a podium finish in preliminary competition.

Gridding 11th on Friday night, Sam fought his way through the field for a third-place finish. In doing so, Saturday was a much easier task as the team was already locked into the A-Feature with the draw yielding the front row.

"Friday night we were good, but we weren't as good as we could have been, so we made some changes for Saturday night to get the car a little more balance, and it proved to be the right call. I could tell in our Hot Lap session we had the car to beat," commented Sam.

"It's hard to start that far back with these guys as good as they are. With guys like Seth and Jason in front of you, giving up eight spots like that it's tough but to get in the top-four and get locked in, I knew Saturday would be a good night."

Unchallenged on Saturday, despite losing the right front shock and brakes, Hafertepe had a little luck play his way as traffic posed very little threat to track position.

"I knew if we got the chance to start up front, we'd have a good chance to win, and we proved that on Saturday night. Luckily the cautions fell right, or we probably would have been in big trouble with the shock coming off and no brakes, but we've been finding a little bit more on our car every night and slowly getting better. We've had plenty of speed, now we're getting to the point of just trying to perfect everything and get it to where it can be."

Leaving Elma with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by point's lead, Sam's next stop is the third annual Grizzly Nationals at Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, Mont. on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7.

"We were good there a couple years ago. Last year we struggled a little bit, but going in, we feel like, with the gains we've made this year, all those things will correlate for a better run and hopefully, we'll get to stand next to the Grizzly Bear."

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2018 Season to Date:

Events: 34; Wins -8 ; Top 5 - 19; Top 10 - 20; Top 15 -24; Top 20 -25;

Coming Up: Grizzly Nationals

July 6 and 7 at Gallatin Speedway (Belgrade, Mont.)

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Grizzly Nationals Next For Herrera Following Tough Washington Swing


Bryan Hulbert - ELMA, Wash. (July 3, 2018) With a tough run through Washington in the rear-view mirror, Johnny Herrera is on the road to Belgrade, Mont. for the third annual Grizzly Nationals at Gallatin Speedway.

"We've run okay at Gallatin. Track position is important there, but I'm looking forward to getting back and seeing what we can do. We're still searching the car a little bit. We had a couple crashes the past few races, so we're going over and making sure everything is right for this weekend."

Five nights of racing between the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway and the Fred Brownfield Classic at Grays Harbor Raceway, Johnny's best finish in Washington was a sixth-place showing on June 21.

"We were better in Washington at times, but then we just got caught up a few times. We started off good at Skagit and finished sixth, then the next night we ended up getting upside down so that just put us behind," stated Herrera.

"I was surprised the car wasn't really bent, just a lot of bolt-on parts. We got it back together and felt really good on Saturday until we ended up with a flat. We got it fixed, but with no more time than we had, we didn't the bleeder in the right rear, so after a couple of laps, the car was just too free."

Going into Grays Harbor, Johnny was looking to rebound at a track where he has had some success, but things would not go as planned.

"Grays Harbor was tough. The draw was really important, and we just couldn't get past it, then we ended up getting tangled with another car in the Heat on Saturday, but it worked out where we were able to race through the B-Main and actually the car felt good in the Feature. We started 21st and ended up 13th. Once it started misting on us the last few laps, the track was just wide open, so it was tough to make up any more ground but we're just going to keep digging and turn things around."

The Grizzly Nationals at Gallatin Speedway takes place on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 with each night getting underway at 7:00 P.M. (MDT).

The 2018 season marks the 34th year of racing for Johnny Herrera which includes over 140 victories in various forms of Sprint Car competition. For more information, and to keep in touch with the man called "Hollywood", log onto to

2018 Season To Date:

Races: 25; Wins: 0; Top 5's: 5; Top 10's: 13; Top 15's: 20; Top 20's: 24

Recent Results:

6/21/2018 - Skagit Speedway (Alger, Wash.)
Heat: 4th [7th]
Qualifier: 1st [2nd]
A-Feature: 6th [5th]

6/22/2018 - Skagit Speedway (Alger, Wash.)
Heat: 4th [6th]
Qualifier: 1st [1st]
A-Feature: 19th [6th] (DNF)

6/23/2018 - Skagit Speedway (Alger, Wash.)
A-Feature: 22nd [7th]

6/29/2018 - Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, Wash.)
Heat: 6th [8th]
B-Feature: 2nd [4th]
A-Feature: 11th [19th]

6/30/2018 - Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, Wash.)
Heat: 7th [7th] DNF
B-Feature: 3rd [8th]
A-Feature: 13th [21st]

Coming Up: Grizzly Nationals

July 6 and 7 at Gallatin Speedway (Belgrade, Mont.)

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Johnny Herrera would also like to thank Morton Excavating, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Champion Brands, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Ostrich Racing Engines, FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Racing Tire, Schoenfeld Headers, Maxim Chassis, Schroeder Torsion Bars, Simpson Race Products, Outlaw Wings, Weld Wheels, Finish Line Coatings, Semi-Crazy Truck Wash, Smiley's Racing Products, CSR Garage, Heidbreder Foundation Services and Rocket Designs for their continued support.