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Joseph Joiner Scores Career Payday in National 100
MILTON, Fla. (11/10/20) – Joseph Joiner scored a milestone victory on Sunday night in his family-owned No. 10 Three Trade Consultants/ Law Offices of Cole & Davis/ Capital Race Cars Super Late Model.
The 27-year-old Florida native rallied from a mid-race pit stop and took advantage of a last-lap tangle between the top-two to earn the biggest win of his career in the 46th Annual National 100 at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City.
“I can’t put that into words,” Joiner said when asked to describe his emotions. “I’ll go ahead and tell you, there’s no way I can even try. This is unbelievable, and I got a lot of folks to thank for it, that’s for sure.”
Joiner viewed his breakthrough run as a sign of even better days ahead for him and his team. “Man, we’re here to stay,” Joiner said. “This is a statement for us, a big confidence booster for our team. We’ve had some rough luck this year. Some things have went our way, some things haven’t. It’s just racing. This is certainly a big help, and we got plenty of places to spend the money, that’s for sure.”
Joseph posted the fourth-fastest lap in his qualifying group during Saturday’s preliminaries. Unfortunately, a broken drive shaft in his heat race resulted in a sixth-place finish.
Starting 17th in Sunday’s 100-lap finale, Joiner methodically worked his way through the field, breaking into the Top-5 as the race neared halfway. Several drivers stopped regularly for tires changes in the caution-filled race, including Joiner, who pitted for a new right-rear tire on lap 52 while running fifth.
Working his way back to the front of the field in the second half of the race, Joiner was second when a caution on lap 98 setup are green-white-checkered finish. Jason Heitt overtook Joiner for second on the restart and shot to the inside of leader Parker Martin in turn two.
Entering turn three, however, Martin made contact with Hiett’s left-rear corner, sending Hiett spinning out of contention. Martin lost traction and slid up the track in turn four, opening the door for Joiner to steal the race along the inside of the track.
Joiner pocketed $15,000 and becomes just the second Florida driver to win the marquee event. Martin was disqualified for his contact with Hiett, giving the runner-up spot to Christian Hanger. Ahnna Parkhurst, Rodney Martin, and Dale McDowell rounded out the Top-5 finishers.
“I hate it for Jason and Parker there,” Joiner said on the winner’s stage while celebrating the most prestigious and richest triumph of his budding career. “They race hard, and (tangling) right there in the last corner ain’t no good, but we’ll certainly take it.”
“We’ve dreamed of winning that race for a long, long time, and we couldn’t be more thankful for all our supporters and sponsors that made it possible for that dream to come true. It was a big win and a moment we’ll cherish forever, but we’re looking forward to even bigger wins to come!”
The Hunt the Front racing team would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include Three Trade Consultants, The Law Offices of Cole & Davis, Go Lithium, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Capital Race Cars, QA1, Jones Racing Products, DirtCarLift.com, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.
For the latest team news and updates on Hunt the Front, please visit www.HuntTheFront.net. You can also connect with Hunt the Front on Facebook @huntthefront56, on Twitter @huntthefrontjj, and on Instagram @hunt_the_front_vlog.
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Debuting a brand-new Capital Race Car, Beard piloted his Gary Beard Trucking No. 86 Mann Motorsports / Capital Race Cars/ Clements Racing Engine entry to a $6,000 payday. It was his sixth win of the season.
“From the time that we unloaded, this new Capital Race Car was awesome. A huge thanks to Marshall Green and everyone at Capital Race Cars for a great car,” said Beard. “Thanks to my family, crew, and all of our great sponsors for making this possible.”
Kyle Beard traveled to Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss. on Saturday night for the Hercules Pumping Services All-American 60. Drawing 18 COMP Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) entries for the season finale, Kyle came in second fastest overall in time trials behind Hunter Rasdson before picking up an 8-lap heat race victory.
Outrunning Rasdon in the 60-lap feature, Beard rolled to his fifth win of the season over Rasdon, Spencer Hughes, Rick Rickman, and Morgan Bagley. Winning by more than a three-second margin, Kyle Beard earned $6,000 for his 16th career CCSDS triumph.
Full results from this eventare available at www.CompDirt.com.
The team is still evaluating the remainder of their 2020 schedule. Point your browsers www.KyleBeard86.com as the latest team plans are unveiled.
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Piloting his Drydene Performance Products No. 7 J&C Properties/ G-Style Transport/ Vic Hill Race Engine Super Late Model, Weiss registered a second-place finish. His podium appearance secured him the runner-up spot in the national tour’s final championship standings.
“Going up and down the road is real hard, but it’s been worth it this year. We’ve put our blood, sweat and tears into this thing. I’m very proud of my team and what we accomplished this year. Hopefully in 2021, we can make a run at that championship and give Brandon [Sheppard] a run for his money.”
Weiss was one of 55 World of Outlaws Late Model Series entries on hand at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. on Wednesday night for the “Last Call” – a midweek doubleheader that replaced the tour’s season-ending World Finals because coronavirus restrictions limiting large gatherings.
Coming one spot shy of a transfer position in his heat with a fourth-place finish, Weiss transferred into the B-Main for another shot at the opening night feature. Outdueling Rick Eckert to pick up the 10-lap consolation victory, Ricky earned the 20th-starting position for the A-Main. With $12,000 on the line, Weiss passed 10 cars in the 50-lapper to finish tenth.
For another $12,000-to-win program on Thursday, Ricky followed up the sixth fastest time in his qualifying group with a heat race win. Receiving the second-starting position for the feature via the redraw, Weiss blasted past Dale McDowell on the opening lap to take command of the lead.
With a handful of restarts slowing his momentum as the race hit the midway point, Ricky surrendered the top spot to Tim McCreadie on lap 30 when McCreadie slipped by coming out of turn two. Weiss went on to score a runner-up finish behind McCreadie with Brandon Overton, Chris Madden and Dale McDowell rounding out the Top-5.
“I’m just proud of my guys and everyone who helps us,” Weiss spoke in his final podium of the Outlaws season. “Thank you to everyone who is a part of this team. A lot of folks from Drydene are here tonight and I really a win for them. We ran our hearts out though, and that’s all we can do. Maybe next year we’ll get that win here.”
He second-place finish on Thursday evening secured a runner-up finish in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series final point standings. For complete results from these events or to view the final championship standings, please visit www.WoOLMS.com .
On Saturday, Weiss visited Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn. piloting an Eagle Racing Engines, Inc. powered Drydene Performance Products Crate Late Model in a Weekly Racing Series event. Laying down the third fastest qualifying lap in a field of 27 cars, Ricky locked into the third-starting position for the A-Main.
Clawing forward one spot in the 25-lap affair, Ricky Weiss notched a runner-up finish behind Jason Welshan. Matt Henderson, Jensen Ford, and Mack McCarter completed the Top-5 finishers.
This weekend – November 13-14 – Ricky is planning to return to Volunteer Speedway for the Volunteer Motorsports Crate Late Model National Championship. The American Crate All-Start Series event consists of a $5,000-to-win program on Friday, followed by a $15,000-to-win finale on Saturday.
Ricky Weiss would like to thank his marketing partners and sponsors including Drydene Performance Products, J&C Properties, G-Style Transport, Turk Enterprises, Derrick's Sandblasting, Keewatin Truck Service, Kakela Farms, Collins Brothers Towing, Wiesner Trucking, RDW Recycling, Hawkeye Construction, Sweet Manufacturing, Penske Racing Shocks, Total Works Truck & Equipment, Straight Ahead Ventures, JCJ Tools, Inc., Rod Fehr Racing, VP Racing Fuels, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Forks Mobile Wash, LG Transport, Aldon Auto, Innovative Auto & Diesel Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, KRC Power Steering, Kenny’s Components, Servicemaster Recovery, Go Lithium, DirtCarLift.com, Arizona Sport Shirts, FK Rod Ends, Swift Springs, Allstar Performance, Hooker Harness, Peterson Fluid Systems, Winters Performance Products, C&R Radiators, QA1, Strange Oval, Quarter Master, PFC Brakes, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wrisco Industries, Performance Bodies & Parts, QuickCar Racing Products, Butlerbuilt, Gorsuch Performance Solutions, Braswell, Dirtvision, Bell, Earnhardt Technologies Group, k1 RaceGear, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
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“That was a crazy race with a lot of attrition,” Parkhurst commented. “We realized early that tires were going to play a huge part in the outcome of the race. On lap 49, I had a flat. I pitted under caution for two new rear tires. Dad leans in and tells me to drive easy the next 40 laps and maybe we’ll have something for them at the end – and we did. I hate it for those guys running up front, you never want a race to end that way. Overall, we had a really good weekend.”
Pulling double duty in the Super Late Model and Crate Late Model ranks, Ahnna Parkhurst invaded East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City on Saturday afternoon to compete in preliminary events for the 46th Annual National 100.
In a field of 23 Super Late Models, Parkhurst followed up the fifth fastest time in her qualifying group with a third-place finish in her heat. In the Crate Late Model division, Ahnna came in third fastest in her group before placing second in her heat race behind Richie Stephens.
Starting Sunday night’s $15,000-to-win Super Late Model feature in ninth, Parkhurst suffered a pair of flat tires in the first half of the race that forced her to slow her pace in the latter half of the 100-lapper.
With multiple competitors suffering flat tires late, Parkhurst began challenging for a Top-5 finish as laps winded down. Taking advantage of tangle between two frontrunners on the final lap, Ahnna crossed the line in fourth, however, was elevated to a third-place finish after a car was disqualified. She trailed Joseph Joiner and Christian Hanger across the line with Rodney Martin and Dale McDowell rounding out the Top-5.
The team looks to return to action this Saturday, November 14 at Modoc (S.C.) Raceway with a $5,022-to-win event. The 10th Annual Jack Starrett Memorial will be sanctioned by the Ultimate Super Late Model Series.
To learn more about this event, please visit www.UltimateSupers.com or www.ModocRaceway.com .
THE KNOW HOW: Kasey Kahne Racing Pulls Through Adversity To Claim Third Championship
CONCORD, NC — Nov. 10, 2020 — This year tested everyone’s limits; it tested their mentality; and it tested their stamina.
Mainly, it tested how they push through it all.
Brad Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team – consisting of Crew Chief Eric Prutzman and crew members Joe Mooney and Andrew Bowman – exemplified the never give up attitude in 2020. At times they faced Hell, yet still walked through the fire ready for another round. That drive and determination led Sweet to his second consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion and gave Kasey Kahne Racing its third team championship.
“It feels great to get number three,” said KKR owner Kasey Kahne. “And two-straight for Brad Sweet. The guys have done a really good job. A really good job in an interesting year. But overall, they stayed after it and did all they need to do to win.
“They just never slowed up. They never gave up. Brad is as focused and precise out here as ever. It is just fun to watch him. You just know he is always going to be there. He just takes care of everything all of the time. He’s got a really good team behind him and it is fun to watch.”
For the first time since 2013, Sweet and the team suffered four DNF finishes this year. Three of them came consecutively. Logan Schuchart, who finished second in points had one DNF and Donny Schatz, who finished third had two.
While it may have beaten their spirits at the end of the night, it didn’t kill their drive. In the 16-race span where Sweet suffered the four bad finishes, he still managed to earn seven top-10s – three of them runner up finishes. Then, he and the team returned to Victory Lane at I-80 Speedway for their eighth win of the season.
After that win, Sweet reclaimed the points the next weekend from Schuchart, racked off eight top-five finishes in a row and earned five runner-up finishes in the final 15 events. That performance helped him hold of Schuchart by 46 points at the end of the season to get his second title.
“It was a tough year,” Sweet said. “NAPA Auto Parts guys, we overcame a lot of adversity, to have four DNFs and still lead the points. We showed our resilience. We came in here (in the season finale weekend), and I thought, executed perfectly. We did everything we needed to do to win the points and get Kasey Kahne Racing the team championship.”
This year was Sweet’s third season with Prutzman as his crew chief. In their time together they’ve won the 2018 Knoxville Nationals, 2019 Jackson Nationals, 2019 Kings Royal, 33 World of Outlaws events and now two championships.
“Me and Eric, Joe and Andrew, we’re all meshing,” Sweet said. “Obviously, to overcome some of the stuff we had to overcome this year I feel like it made us stronger. To win, it makes us desire to win next year even more.”
Prutzman, who had previously spent seven years with Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing as a mechanic and was a part of four championship wins with Donny Schatz, said he sees the continued growth of the team and their strength as championship contenders, no matter the circumstances.
“It’s amazing,” Prutzman said about what the KKR team accomplished this year. “It just shows that our team is really strong and that we keep digging and just keep trying to win races and do our best. Obviously, we had really unfortunate races. It’s just really great.”
Sweet locked up the driver championship during the penultimate race of the year, but the team championship came down to the final lap of the final race with David Gravel trying to win it for Jason Johnson Racing. And Sweet was just as focused as bringing home another title for KKR as he was for himself. After securing his second championship, he said he felt like his work was half done.
“That means a lot,” Kahne said about getting his third championship as a team owner. “That’s kind of a split feeling if you don’t win them both. So, to win them both it feels like you were the best car, the best driver, the best team all season long in the toughest Series that there is in dirt racing.”
It means just as much to the entire KKR team, as well.
“Obviously, the driver [championship] is really important, but the team is all of us and Kasey,” Prutzman said. “Everybody at KKR, so it is a really big deal.”
By claiming a third championship, KKR became the fourth team in the history of the World of Outlaws to have three or more championships. The other three on that elite list our Karl Kinser’s team with 16 championships, TSR with nine championships and Steve Kinser Racing with six championships.
KKR is also only 15 wins away from 200 career World of Outlaws wins now.
They know their title run next year won’t be easy with the rising level of competition, but that’s still not deterring their drive and determination to go after it.
“I know next year is going to be even harder,” Kahne said. “We’re looking forward to that. We’ll be prepared and ready to go again. You can see that next year is going to be a stout field and it will be a lot of fun to see if we can get three in a row.”
Their 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Click here for tickets.If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision