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“All of our hard work finally paid off,” a relieved Roberson said. “The start to this year has been far from what we wanted or expected, especially after the big year we had last season. However, none of us gave up and just kept digging. I want to thank my family, friends, fans, and sponsors for their never-ending support.”
Receiving the outside-front-row starting position for the feature after the redraw, Logan took the lead at the drop of the green flag and held the top spot for the entire distance, topping Chuck Bowie, Joe Warren, Richard Hawkins, and Darin Henderson at the finish line. His 20-lap dominate victory marked his second of the weekend and second of the season.
The upcoming weekend – April 6-7 – has Logan Roberson Racing primed to go after another weekend sweep at Potomac Speedway and Winchester Speedway.
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McDowell held off a hard-charging Scott Bloomquist late in the race to score his second $10,000 win of the season.
A convincing victory in his heat locked Dale into the second-starting position for the finale.
Jumping into the lead on the opening lap of the feature, Dale paced the field throughout the event before holding off Scott Bloomquist in the closing laps to capture his second win of the season and a $10,000 payday. Bloomquist, Aaron Ridley, Clint Smith, and Zach Leonhardi completed the Top-5 finishers in the 60-lap affair at the gumbo oval.
With the weather looking less-than-favorable across the region for the upcoming weekend – April 6-7 – Shane McDowell Racing will remain idle. The team is currently evaluating options for the following weekend. Please keep your browsers pointed to www.ShaneMcDowellRacing.com for the latest schedule updates.
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The triumph marked his third of the 2018 campaign.
Behind the wheel of the Cushman #23 Crate Late Model entry, Cory Hedgecock traveled to I-75 Raceway (Sweetwater, Tennessee) on Saturday night for the United Championship Racing Alliance (UCRA) season opener. With 15 cars on hand for the Spring Loaded Easter 40, Cory laid down the fastest time in qualifying before charging to a heat race victory.
Rolling off the feature grid from the pole, Hedgecock overcame challenging track conditions as well as a persistent Jimmy Elliott in the 40-lap affair to capture the $2,000 payday. The triumph marked his second straight win and third overall on the season. Ruben Mayfield, Josh Henry, and Anthony White completed the Top-5 finishers.
“We hit the ground running on Saturday night with fast time and a heat race win, but then early in the feature I struggled a little bit as I tried to navigate the rough,” Hedgecock noted. “I finally found a groove and turned up the wick halfway through the race. After that we got rolling really well and thankfully were able to get another feature win.”
The upcoming weekend – April 6-7 – looks to be a busy one for Hedgecock. On Friday night he will return to the driver’s seat of the Shadden Motorsports #9 XR1 Rocket Chassis Super Late Model with a $4,000 victory at Tennessee’s Crossville Speedway. On Saturday night Cory will be back behind the wheel of his #23 Crate Late Model at 411 Motor Speedway. He may also compete in the Steel Head division if his new car gets ready in time.
Cory Hedgecock would like to thank all of his sponsors, which include Cushman, Valley Transport, Rocket Chassis, Schoenfeld Headers, Five Star Hyundai, Eagle Racing Engines, K&P Used Cars, Transport One, Renegade Racing Fuels, VooDoo Technology, Timeless Memories Photography, Hoosier Racing Tires, CFYA, Renegade Reach, Wells Racing Photography, Strange Oval Racing, High Velocity Heads, Crowder Small Engines, Jesel Valve Train Innovation, Stealth Racing Carburetors, QuickCar, Bicknell Racing Products, MSD Ignition, CV Products, CP Pistons, Boydbilt, Ohlins Shocks, Winters Performance, Simpson Race Products, Martel Signs and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
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After winning on Saturday night at Sabine Motor Speedway, he’s now a perfect two-for-two in the win column.
“The win was really special, but what made it even more special is it made for a great birthday present for my dad,” Hightower said. “He’s always been there for me and helped me live my dreams, so it means a lot to get a victory for him so close to his special day. Our racecar was really good again, and I want to thank everyone who supports my program. We’ll try and three-for-three on Friday at Waco.”
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Blake Hahn Pockets $13,000 With NCRA In Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout
Bryan Hulbert - PARK CITY, Kan. (April 3, 2018) Blake Hahn's first NCRA victory is one he won't soon forget as the Oklahoma shoe bagged the biggest payday of his career at the Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout at 81-Speedway.
"This team needed a big win, and to get the Air Capital Shootout was a huge feather in our cap. The field of drivers we had to race with was about as tough as you can get. Out of the 49 drivers that were there, at least 30 of them had a chance to win that race," stated Hahn who netted $13,000 for the victory.
Running through double Heat Races to make Friday's A-Feature, with no chance at a B-Main, Hahn advanced fourth to second in his first Heat Race. Starting sixth in the second set of Heats, Blake stormed to the win. Lining up the feature straight up on the combined passing point totals, the Griffith Truck and Equipment No. 52 took the green from the fifth position.
"We were good all night on Friday. The track was slick in the Heats so you could move around, but once the feature went green, the track started taking rubber. I got to fourth and felt until I screwed up on a restart around Lap 10. Pittman came in and two-grooved me through one and two and that got me out of my rhythm. I tried to recover and just missed my mark in turn three so that let a couple more by me. After that, I just buckled down on the bottom for seventh. The way the track was, there was no way to pass unless the person in front of you messed up."
Back under a normal Heat, B-Main, A-Main format for Saturday, Hahn charged from seventh win first in the fourth Heat Race to earn the pole of the A-Feature.
"The track was all but gone by the time my Heat came up so I threw the wing in the trunk and went for the Hail Mary. I hit the bottom and it stuck on the first lap then going into turn one the second time around, everyone was on the top so I drove it in as deep as I could to slide everyone and it worked."
Leading every lap of the A-Feature, Hahn went unchallenged the entire race as the line put the filed around the infield tires.
"The whole race was who could get through the opening set of turns first. I had Johnny [Herrera] next to me on the start and I knew if I bobbled at all, he was going to get me so I just focused on making sure I didn't give him the opportunity to beat me into turn one. Once I knew I had the lead, I just made sure I hit my marks and stayed out of trouble. All I could think about on the way home was all the success, my grandpa, Emmett had with NCRA and in Wichita. Adding my name to a track he won so many races at is really cool."
Up next for Hahn is the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com at Tony Stewart presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7. Both nights begin at 7:30 P.M. (CT).
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: 9; Wins -1 ; Top 5 - 2; Top 10 - 7; Top 15 -7; Top 20 -7;
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“We had a real good weekend,” Weiss said. “On Friday night we came up just a little short of the win, and then on Saturday night I wish the feature had been 25 laps longer because we were getting better and better as the race went along. I can’t complain though because we had two strong runs. I want to thank Scott (Bloomquist) and Cody (Mallory) at Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars and all of my sponsors for all their sport. We’re going to head home now and get our equipment freshened up and ready for all of the big events that will be coming up.”
Friday night found Ricky Weiss in action at La Salle Speedway (LaSalle, Illinois) for the Lucas Oil Late Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) sanctioned double-header. Drawing 48 Super Late Models for the Hoker Trucking Thaw Brawl, Weiss qualified 11th-fastest in his qualifying group locking him into the fourth-starting spot for his heat. Sending the Top-2 finishers into the opening night feature, Ricky streaked to a 10-lap heat race win, locking his spot into the main event.
Rolling off third for the finale, Ricky Weiss led for two laps near the mid-stages of the feature, but ultimately landed a runner-up finish after challenging Shannon Babb on the final corner coming up short by .174 of a second. Dennis Erb Jr., Brandon Sheppard, and Chad Simpson completed the Top-5 finishers in the 50-lapper.
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For the upcoming weekend, Howard has his eyes set on a pair of 410 c.i. events in Illinois and Missouri. On Friday night at the Gundaker-family owned Tri City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, Illinois) the Neal Tire and Auto Service Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) Sprint Cars will open their 2018 campaign with a $2,000-to-win event.
The next night the team plans to invade St. Francois County Raceway (Farmington, Missouri) for the facilities’ season opener.
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 MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
Hafertepe Earns Show Position At Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout With NCRA
Bryan Hulbert - PARK CITY, Kan. (April 3, 2018) Sam Hafertepe, Jr. rolled to 81-Speedway to get a few more test laps out of his Cool Chassis with the Hills Racing Team No. 15h and, despite a lackluster racing surface, ended the weekend third in the Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout with NCRA.
"We went there to test some things out, but with the track the way it was we really couldn't do a lot of testing because the surface was so poor, but we did figure a few things out. We really did feel like we had the best car in the feature, but just couldn't get to the front like we needed too," commented Hafertepe of the weekend.
Making his way through twin Heat Races on Friday, the 25-lap preliminary feature ended with Hafertepe crossing sixth. Returning Saturday, Sam found himself starting seventh in a very stacked Heat Race.
"We made some gains from the first night to the second night, and got some balance in the car," commented Sam. "We had a pretty stacked Heat Race and I feel like we flexed some muscle coming from seventh to third in a race that had Swindell, McCarl, Dover, and Pittman."
Gridding Saturday's feature fifth, Sam moved to fourth on the start as everyone chase Blake Hahn. Slipping by Wayne Johnson for third on Lap 12, Sam made several attempts at the runner-up spot but was not able to clear the No. 45x of Johnny Herrera before the checkered flag fell.
"Even with the third-place finish, it paid pretty well, but with a car that was that good, you really want to win. Still, it's a good way to start the team and that's really our main approach is to get the team going on the right foot with a little money in the bank account. If you can do that, it makes the whole season a lot easier."
Shifting gears to the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com, the Heidbreder Foundation No. 15h will return to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 at Tony Stewart presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals where Sam has four wins to his credit, including the sweep of the event in 2017.
"With what we've learned at Devil's Bowl, and even this past weekend, I feel like we're going to be as good as we have been in the past," stated Hafertepe, "There's going to be a lot of good teams down there this weekend, and really, if there is anyone I'm watching it's Swindell. They seem to have their stuff rolling the best right now out of anyone that I've seen but I think we're close to where we need to be, but even then with Texas, you never really know where you're at until they drop the green."
Both nights of racing get underway at 7:30 P.M. (CT).
For continued updates on Sam Hafertepe, Jr. log onto http://www.sam15.com and make sure to find him on Twitter (@samhafertepejr). For news on Hill's Racing Team, log onto https://www.facebook.com/hillsracing/ and on Twitter (@HillsRacingTeam).
2018 Season to Date:
Events: 8; Wins -0 ; Top 5 - 2; Top 10 - 3; Top 15 -5; Top 20 -5;
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Inside Line Promotions - GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (April 3, 2018) - Kevin Swindell Racing is planning on 2018 being its biggest season thus far.
Spencer Bayston will be behind the wheel of the Swindell Speed Lab backed No. 39 for approximately 50 winged sprint car shows beginning this Friday at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, and Saturday at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, during the Core & Main Spring Nationals with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.
"We're hoping to improve a little bit more," Swindell said. "We had a lot of promise throughout last year. The focus is to take what we know and improve on it. Now it's fine-tuning stuff and hopefully winning more races."
The duo captured a pair of feature victories last season. The first came on April 15 at Attica Raceway Park with the second occurring on June 22 at Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio. Both races were All Star sanctioned.
"Last year was a learning year for the both of us," Bayston said. "We want to build on it and we're entering this year with a little higher expectations."
Bayston said he's comfortable competing at both tracks on the schedule this weekend.
"Atomic has always been a place we've been able to qualify well," he said. "When the track has grip and a cushion I can get comfortable. Later in the night when it gets slick I'm still learning. We've had some really good runs there though.
"Attica is a place we've had success at in the past. That's one of the first places we ran the No. 39 car. It'll be good to get back there."
Bayston has two top fives at each track while driving for Kevin Swindell Racing and the goal this weekend is to continue that level of success.
"We're real comfortable at Attica for the most part," Swindell said. "Atomic has been good. We've got the idea of it now. It'll be good to go back to these places for a third and fourth time and really know what we need so we can start tinkering."
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Friday at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, and Saturday at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, for the Core & Main Spring Nationals with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions
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