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“Overall it was a pretty good night at VMS, and I was pleased with our finish,” Hubbard said. “With all of the rainouts over the weekend that field became insanely good. We’ve only run one race since Speedweeks so to know we line up with many of the best in the sport right now gives us a lot of confidence in our team moving forward. We have a busy week of racing in front of us, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Drawing a stout field of 56 Super Late Models, Hubbard recorded the third-fastest time in his qualifying group before picking up an 8-lap heat race victory. Earning the fifth-starting position for the $20,000-to-win A-Main, Austin battled in the Top 10 throughout the 60-lap affair before ultimately landing a solid sixth-place finish.
Hubbard now faces a four-race weekend, which will see him taking part in both Crate Late Model and Super Late Model events.
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Roberts and BMS Getting it Dialed In
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Apr. 17) After the Spring Nationals double header Weekend at Tazewell and Volunteer Speedways the light at the end of the tunnel was not a bear with a flashlight. Starting 11th and finishing sixth at Tazewell led the team to Volunteer where they had their best outing to date winning the first heat and finishing fourth.
After Tazewell it was a thrash to get the car ready for Saturday with the team working until 4 AM and from 10 AM until race time.
“At Tazewell we messed up in qualifying. We got faster in the feature, but starting where we did we were just fast enough to run into all the wrecks. We didn’t mess up the chassis or suspension on the car, but had to redo just about everything else,” said Bryant. “At Volunteer we were good. The best thing about Volunteer was we made good decisions. Good decisions for the car and driver and ended up in pretty good shape.
We had a third place car at Volunteer. Jimmy (Owens) got us on the restart with three to go, and we ended up fourth. The important thing is it looks like we have found the combination we have been looking for since Casey got behind the wheel. We are not quite there yet, but we are close and it feels good.”
What the Casey and BMS have needed to get things sorted out is seat time. With the weather cancelling a number of races, eight of 21 this season, seat time has been in short supply.
“We had a really good car on Saturday and if I hadn’t gotten eased into the wall and messed up the spoiler early on we might have had a better finish,” said Roberts. “What is really important is that things started to come together on Saturday. There was a different feel to the whole deal. It felt like we turned a corner as a team.”
This coming weekend the team will head to Kentucky for another Spring Nationals doubleheader. Ponderosa Speedway is scheduled for Friday night and Saturday night at Florence Speedway for the 42nd Annual Spring 50.
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He won on Friday evening at Boyd’s Speedway before doubling down on Saturday night with a triumph at Volunteer Speedway. The victories pushed his 2018-win tally to five.
He added a Top-5 finish in Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals action on Saturday night at Volunteer Speedway in the Shadden Motorsports #9 XR1 Rocket Chassis Super Late Model.
“Top to bottom we had a great weekend, and came away with three wins,” Hedgecock noted. “We got the win on Friday night in the Crate Late Model at Boyds and then on Saturday night we fell back early in the feature, but was able to charge forward. I got into Trevor Sise while battling for the lead. I’ll take fault there, and I’m sorry for the contact. In the Super Late Model we struggled early, but got rolling late to come home with a Top 5.”
Cory Hedgecock invaded Boyd’s Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia) on Friday evening, where he competed against a field of 26 Crate Late Models. After recording the fastest time in qualifying, Hedgecock cruised to a heat race victory, positioning him on the pole for the feature. With only four cars finishing on the lead lap, Cory streaked to his fourth win of the season, topping Rusty Ballenger, Lamar Scoggins, Chip Reynolds, and Jimmy Elliott.
The upcoming weekend – April 20-21 – will see Hedgecock entering a pair of NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series events as the tour kicks off its 2018 campaign. The two-time defending series champion will open the weekend with a $2,000-to-win race at Camden Speedway (Camden, Tennessee) on Friday night before trekking to North Alabama Speedway (Tuscumbia, Alabama) for a $2,500-to-win program.
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Hagar Excited for Opportunity to Tackle World of Outlaws Races in West Memphis and Pevely
Inside Line Promotions - MARION, Ark. (April 17, 2018) - Derek Hagar is going World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series racing this weekend.
Hagar has leased an engine from fellow Mid-South native Jason Sides to compete on Friday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., and on Saturday at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., during the Spring Classic.
"I've known Jason for a long time," Hagar said. "I talked to him early in the year about an engine rental. We got the motor in the car on Sunday. It takes people like him to give guys like me an opportunity to run with them and help us try to flex our muscles by giving us the best option to be competitive with them. We have good equipment and a good motor. It's up to me to try to put together a good result each night."
Hagar has three World of Outlaws starts under his belt at Riverside International Speedway, where he has nine 360ci winged sprint car victories in the last four seasons.
"It's really going to be a different character this weekend with the river being up," he said. "The river has a lot to do with the moisture in the track. It's liable to be wet and heavy and possibly a little choppy. We have to make the best of it and hopefully shine with the big guys."
Hagar's best World of Outlaws result at the oval was his debut in 2007 when he placed 18th.
"The track was rough and heavy," he said. "I drove up into the top 10. I think I was seventh or eighth. I guess running through the ruts the RACEiver came out of the holster on my shoulder. It fell between the heel rest and the frame. It got wedged there and I didn't have full throttle the rest of the race."
Hagar has competed in one World of Outlaws show at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, which occurred in 2012.
"We got there just in time for hot laps with our 360 motor in," he said. "We didn't qualify well, which was expected. We started at the back of our heat and missed a spot in the A Main by one position. We transferred out of the B Main into the A Main, but it rained out as soon as we pushed on the track. We went back for the makeup race a couple months later and I destroyed the car. It was eventful to say the least."
Hagar was credited with a 19th-place result.
SEASON STATS -
9 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 3 top 10s, 4 top 15s, 7 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., and Saturday at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., for the Spring Classic with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
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Hahn Picks Up Top-Five Finishes in Midget and Champ Sprint Competition
Bryan Hulbert - SAPULPA, Okla. (April 17, 2018) Taking advantage of an off weekend with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com, Blake Hahn raced close to home with a pair of top-five finishes in POWRi West Midget and Champ Sprint competition.
Taking the Velocita/Parker Lee Project No. 52 to Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. on Friday with the Lucas Oil POWRi West Midgets, Blake picked up the win in his Heat Race to start the evening.
"I'd never been to the track in Meeker, so I really wasn't sure what to expect. We were good in Hot Laps and just made a few small changes before the Heat. Ended up having a pretty good race with Grady [Chandler]. I think we swapped the lead six times."
High Passing Points following the Heat, Hahn drew the fourth starting spot in the feature. Two attempts at the start saw Blake holding third for the first half-dozen laps. Getting the pass for second cautions brought little relief, but traffic brought the race for the win down to the final lap.
"I thought I had that one," commented Hahn. "With the way the track was you had to commit a long way out to how you were going to get around slower traffic. The top was so fast, you didn't want to get stuck on the bottom, so you had to carry some speed in on the slide to make it work, and I just carried in too much."
Rolling to the white flag with race-long leader, Ace McCarthy, dead ahead Hahn dove the bottom of the first turn. Racing ahead of McCarthy for a moment, the No. 52 topped the cushion in turn-two, allowing Ace to sneak back by.
"I wanted that win bad, but for as little time as we get to run the Midget, I was really happy with how the car worked and ran. My Dad and Dalton had it just about perfect."
Slated to race the Midget again at Caney Valley Speedway on Saturday, plans adjusted to Champ Sprints at Creek County Speedway with some intervention from Mother Nature. Behind the Wheel of Jerry McGehee's No. 55h, Blake had to battle to fifth twice during the 25 lap affair.
"We ended up having to start 18th in the feature and got up to fifth pretty quick on the top. I think we were about 10 laps in and I got a run on fourth but got squeezed," explained Blake. "
"I ended up smacking the wall with the right side tires, got on the brake going into three, and just got the car over rotated which made me mad because I felt like that was another one I could have won. After that, I just let that thing eat through three and four, and had to pick and choose in one and two. Getting back to fifth made me feel better, but I wanted to get Jerry a win."
Keeping close to home once again, Hahn plans on running with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley's Racing Products at Creek County Speedway on Friday, April 20 and Caney Valley Speedway on Saturday, April 21. If the weather gets Caney again, Hahn will be back at Creek in the McGehee No. 55h.
The 2018 season is Blake Hahn's 16th year of racing. Starting in Jr. Sprints at the Tulsa Shootout, Hahn has progressed through the ranks with over 90 victories across Micros, Midgets, and Sprint Cars. For continued updates on Blake Hahn Racing, along with his full 2018 lineup, log onto http://www.blakehahnracing.com.
2018 Season to Date:
Events: 13; Wins -1 ; Top 5 - 5; Top 10 - 10; Top 15 -11; Top 20 -11;
April 20, 2018 - Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, Okla.) with ASCS Red River
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Mallett Rallies for Two Top Fives During USCS Doubleheader at Bubba Raceway Park
Inside Line Promotions - OCALA, Fla. (April 17, 2018) - Jordon Mallett is itching to garner his first feature victory of the season.
Mallett has been consistent, finishing in the top 10 in every race this season and in the top five during approximately half of the shows, en route to leading the USCS Series national championship standings.
That consistency continued last weekend during a doubleheader at Bubba Raceway Park. Mallett placed fourth in the dash before he powered from seventh to fifth place in a heat race on Friday. That lined him up on the outside of the seventh row for the A Main.
"When we got there they let us know they had just put new dirt on the track and hadn't had a weekend to see what it was going to do because it rained out the previous weekend," he said. "I felt like it struggled a bit with that. There wasn't any passing. In the feature it was the same way without much racing at all. At the end I found a spot around the infield tires that I could get, but no one else could seem to keep their car low enough. We had a really good car at the end. The bottom just took too long to come in."
Mallett made a strong run at the end of the race to close with a fifth-place finish.
Saturday started off much better as Mallett won both the dash and a heat race. He lined up on the outside of the second row for the A Main.
"We fell to 10th or 12th right off the bat," he said. "We struggled. It was the same thing as the previous night. With about five or six laps to go the bottom came in good enough. We clawed all the way up to fifth. I could see the leaders again, but it was the same story on a different day. We just ran out of time."
Mallett rebounded from the slow start to score a fifth-place result, which marked his fourth consecutive top five.
"A top five is always great, but I'm wanting to put one in the win column," he said. "I can't complain with a top five though. If we keep this up the wins will come."
Mallett is scheduled to compete this Friday at Crossville Speedway in Crossville, Tenn., and Saturday at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tenn., with the USCS Series.
QUICK RESULTS -
April 13 - Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. - Dash: 4 (4); Heat race: 5 (7); Feature: 5 (14).
April 14 - Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. - Dash: 1 (2); Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 5 (4).
SEASON STATS -
11 races, 0 wins, 5 top fives, 11 top 10s, 11 top 15s, 11 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday at Crossville Speedway in Crossville, Tenn., and Saturday at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tenn., with the USCS Series
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