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May 26, 2020
Tyler Stevens Bags Third Win of 2020 Campaign
TLP Motorsports Texas Bound this Weekend
Searcy, Arkansas (05/26/20) – Tyler Stevens continued his hot hand early in 2020 season racing action on Saturday night in his Stallion Transportation Group No. 2 IRP OS1/ Level 1 Driving Academy/ W&W Timber Modified.
The Arkansas’ racer rolled into Legit Speedway Park (West Plains, Missouri) and came away with the $1,000 win in the opening round of the West Plains Recycling Scrappin 40’s.
With 47 entries on hand, Stevens began his night by blazing to a heat race win in his Stallion Transportation Group No. 2 Modified. Starting second in the 40-lap feature at the 3/8-mile oval, Tyler grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag and fought off early-race advances from Jeff Taylor. As the event progressed Stevens lead started to expand, and he ultimately drove to the victory, which marked his third of the 2020 campaign.
“Man, this racecar was on a rail tonight. I had to change my groove there early in the race, and once I did, my car felt that much better,” Stevens said in Victory Lane. “I want to thank everybody who helps me on this car. I couldn’t be more excited about this season and what we can accomplish.”
Sawyer Crigler, Ken Schrader, Shawn Walsh and Ashton Wilkey completed the Top-5 finishers.
On Sunday evening the second-and-final round of the Scrappin 40’s was held with 35 Modifieds on hand. After drawing the seventh-starting position for his heat race, Tyler charged to a fourth-place finish, which left him just short of locking into the 40-lap finale. As a result, he had to run a B-Main, which he won in convincing fashion.
Later that night, Stevens started 13th on the feature grid for the $750-to-win finale before advancing eight spots to finish fifth.
For full results from the weekend, please visit www.LegitSpeedway.com .
The upcoming weekend – May 29-30 – has the team scheduled to head to the Lone Star state for a doubleheader at Heart O’ Texas Speedway (Elm Mott, Texas).
For more information on the weekend’s slate, please visit www.heartotexasspeedway.com .
TLP Motorsports would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include Stallion Transportation Group, Level 1 Driving Academy, W&W Timber, IRP Racecars, MoBag'$ Suspension Technology, Keyser Manufacturing, Razor Edge Graphics, Cade Dillard Racing, Kyle Tiffee Shelter Insurance Agency, David Leech Construction, Swift Springs, TruForm Race Products, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Ultra-Force Spring Machine, Sneaky Horse Traction Augmentation Ltd., KR Performance Fuels LLC, Velocita USA, Close Racing Supply, AFCO Racing, Team 5 Enterprise, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.
For the latest information on TLP Motorsports and Tyler Stevens, please visit www.TylerStevensRacing.com .
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May 26, 2020
McDowell Rolls to Southern All Stars Victory at Thunderhill
Toyota Knoxville 50 at Tazewell Speedway this Saturday
MOORESBURG, Tenn. (05/26/20) – Dale McDowell cruised to a 50-lap Southern All Stars Racing Series victory on Saturday night at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Summertown, Tenn.
McDowell went virtually unchallenged in his Shane McDowell Racing/ E-Z-GO No. 17m Kinzer Drilling/ Quality Natural Gas/ Team Zero Race Cars/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model to earn $5,000 in the tour’s return to racing.
Laying down the fastest lap overall in time trials to start the night, McDowell locked into the pole position for the main event. Jumping to the race lead at the drop of the green flag, Dale soared his second win of the season over Jason Hiett, Tyler Millwood, Donald McIntosh, and Sam Seawright.
“I came up to watch the heats, and you reminisce a little bit and I see these stands packed and for us race car drivers, we’re fortunate enough and blessed to do this,” McDowell commented in Victory Lane. “We couldn’t do it without you guys, so thank you.”
Full results from this event can be found at www.SASDirt.com .
Wrapping up the Memorial weekend on Monday, McDowell made the trip to 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.) for the 8th Annual Scott Sexton Memorial. Dale topped the speed charts in his qualifying group before winning his heat race to start third in the main event. After running inside the Top-5 for much of the race, McDowell was eventually one of several earlier retirees from the 52-lap affair.
Complete results from the event are available at www.411MotorSpeedway.net .
This Saturday, May 30 the team is scheduled to compete in the 15th Annual Toyota Knoxville 50 at Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, Tenn.). The Schaeffer’s Iron-Man Championship Series presented by DirtonDirt.com event boasts a $10,000 top prize. For more information on the event, please visit www.TazewellSpeedway.net .
Shane McDowell Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and marketing partners including E-Z-GO, Kinzer Drilling, Quality Natural Gas, Waddell Transfer Inc, ShearWorx, Cometic Gaskets, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Fox Racing Shox, Will Kinzer Foundation, Shackelford Enterprizes, Connected Strategy Advisors, Spring Pro, Team Zero Race Cars, Clements Race Engines-Chevrolet, FK Rod Ends, Go Lithium, Schoenfeld Headers, Keyser Manufacturing, MSD Ignition, All Star Performance, Performance Bodies, Five-Star Bodies, Hoosier Tire, Wiles Driveshafts, Weld Racing Wheels, Butlerbuilt Seats, DMI Racing Products, Jones Racing Products, Safecraft Safety Equipment, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Dyers Top Rods, QuickCar, PEM Racing, Walker Filterations, Mark IV ATV's, Winters Rearends, Sweet Manufacturing, Peterson Fluid Systems, DirtWraps, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For the latest information on Shane McDowell Racing please visit www.ShaneMcDowellRacing.com .
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May 26, 2020
Overton Cruises to Gene Maine Memorial Victory at Needmore
Lucas Oil Reopening Tour Continues at East Bay
EVANS, Ga. (05/26/20) – Brandon Overton made a stop at Needmore Speedway (Norman Park, Ga.) on Saturday to enter his Wells Motorsports No. 76 Crossfit Overton/ Allstar Concrete/ Longhorn Chassis by Wells/ Clements Racing Engine-powered Super Late Model in the inaugural Gene Maine Memorial.
It was a decision which ultimately led to his fifth win of the 2020 season. Overton dominated the first Super Late Model event at Needmore Speedway in five seasons for a $6,000 payday. The race honored late racer Gene Maine of Valdosta, Ga., who died in a December automobile accident at the age of 55.
“It’s just great to see all the fans back [here], and it’s just a special race to win. I wanted this one really bad,” Overton said. “Last week I was talking to one of my old racing buddies and he was telling more stories about Gene Maine, so for his family to be here, obviously he’s got a lot of history around these parts.”
After coming in third fastest overall in time trials against the 23-car field, Brandon outran Kyle Bronson in his heat race to lock into the pole position for the 40-lap A-Main.
Overton blasted into the lead at the drop of the green flag and survived to a trio of restarts for the win. He took the checkered flag 1.384 seconds ahead of Bronson, Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer Jr., and Brian Shirley.
“The car was a handful after that last restart. I don’t know if I sealed my right-front [tire] up or what … but we held on,” Overton added. “I have to thank Wells Motorsports for this opportunity and all of our great sponsors. I couldn’t do this without their support.”
For full results from this event, please visit www.RaceNeedmoreSpeedway.com .
Earlier in the week, Brandon kicked off the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Reopening Tour at Golden Isles (Brunswick, Ga.). On Tuesday, Overton set the overall fastest time in qualifying and charged to a heat race victory to lock into the second-starting position for the feature.
After jumping out to an early lead, polesitter Josh Richards snuck by on the high side but a timely caution allowed Overton to regain the top spot. Holding off the field until lap 32, Brandon went on to place third behind race winner Jimmy Owens, and Mason Zeigler. Richards and Devin Moran rounded out the Top-5.
On Wednesday night, Brandon edged his way into the feature with the fourth and final transfer spot in his heat race. After advancing forward from his 13th-starting position, Overton hit a bump on the track that slammed him into the wall and collided with another competitor, ending his night.
For the final round of the Golden Isles Nationals on Thursday, Overton set a blistering lap of 15.220 seconds in qualifying that earned him the overall fast time. Picking up an 8-lap heat race victory, Brandon locked into the pole position for the finale. After jumping out to an early race lead for the first seven circuits, Overton ran into ignition issues on his No. 76 that sidelined him for the remainder of the race.
This week – May 25-27 – Overton continues the Lucas Oil Reopening Tour at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla. The action will broadcast LIVE on LucasOilRacing.TV or on the LOLMDS Facebook page (@lucasdirt) at 7:30 p.m. ET each night.
To learn more about these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com .
Brandon Overton would like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include Crossfit Overton, Wells Motorsports, Allstar Concrete, Longhorn Chassis by Wells, Big Dog Stump and Tree, RW Powell Construction, Convenient Lube, Big Blue Smoke House, Doug Campbell Body Shop, Clements Racing Engines, Penske Shocks, Hoosier by Brian, Top Notch Kustom Koncepts, Steering Buddy, Impact Race Gear, Swift Springs, Penn Grade Oil, Quarter Master, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Wilwood, All-Star Performance, Wehrs Machine, Schoenfeld, Winters Performance, Performance Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, Sunoco Race Fuels, Fast Shafts, AFCO Racing Products, COMP Cams, Quickcar Products, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.
For the latest information concerning Brandon Overton, please visit www.BrandonOverton76.com. To learn more about Wells Motorsports, visit www.WellsAndSonsMotorsports.com.
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SMALL VICTORIES: Kyle Larson taking each race in stride, cherishing every feat
The 9-time World of Outlaws winner will compete at Lake Ozark Speedway May 29-30 on DIRTVision
ELDON, MO – May 26, 2020 – The crowd of fans at Federated Auto Parts Raceway erupted in applause when Kyle Larson completed his qualifying lap.
Johnny Gibson pegged the redline of his vocal cords announcing Larson set a new track record with a 9.995 sec. lap around the 1/3-mile track – the first sub-10 second lap at the bullring for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.
A second wave of applauses then echoed around the facility. Social media became a source of love and astonishment toward Larson for a minute or so after.
Back at his hauler, Larson shed tears.
Tears of joy. Tears of relief. Tears that reflected a “crazy and rough” month and a half.
A derogatory comment made by Larson during an online racing event cost him much of what he built in NASCAR. He’s since acknowledged his mistake and apologized, and now, after losing a top ride in motorsports, the Elk Grove, CA driver is finding a hint of peace again in his dirt racing roots.
“It’s definitely something I love,” Larson said about Sprint Car racing. “I really just love racing cars in general. I’m just happy I can still get out here and have some fun and be around my close friends.”
Along with the support of his fans, sponsors, friends and family, Larson gave a lot of credit to crew chief and car owner Paul Silva for allowing him to continue to drive his #57 car.
“I’ve been racing with Paul for a long time,” he said. “I think since 2012. It’s nice to have him, as well as all of his supporters, still behind me, and be out here still able to race for a living still.”
In his second start at I-55 during the Drydene Double Down Invitational finale, Larson earned an emotional win – his first since losing his NASCAR ride and ninth with the World of Outlaws. The night before he set the new track record. Both accomplishments hold significant meaning to Larson, who is cherishing any victory – big or small.
“I’ll be honest, I’m thankful that everyone was in the infield because I was back here (at the hauler) by myself choked up and tears in my eyes,” Larson said about his reaction to setting the track record. It’s just been a crazy, rough handful of weeks. So, any small accomplishment like that means a lot.”
Larson received thousands of congratulatory comments on his accomplishments from fans and drivers, including brother-in-law and reigning Series champion Brad Sweet who called Larson an “unbelievable talent.”
“I know he needed that,” Sweet said after Larson’s win. “Happy for him.”
Chase Elliott, Mike Joy, Vince Welch, Kenny Wallace and Kyle Larson Racing driver Carson Macedo were also a few who took to social media to congratulate Larson.
His 2020 Sprint Car season hadn’t been going as planned, even before the mistake. In the three World of Outlaws season opening races at Volusia Speedway Park, Larson was unable to start the first due to an issue, finished 23rd the next night and then 16th the final night. He found some momentum at Knoxville with a 18th to 10th run. Then, I-55 was a turning point for he and the Silva Motorsports team.
Silva had been working on the #57 car out of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing shop in Indiana, studying notes and scaling the car. That time and accessibility was key to helping find the speed in the car, again, Larson said.
“Just really proud of Paul (Silva) and everyone who helps out on his team,” an elated Larson said after winning at I-55. “Everyone who has stuck behind us after my mistake there. It means a lot. I’m having a blast. Trying to have as much fun as I can anyways. Trying to keep my mind off things. To turn it around here now, it gives us confidence for sure.”
He also entered the weekend with an eased mind. He, his wife and kids made their first long road trip together to the Missouri track – fun family time, Larson said. Their finding time for more of that this week by spending time with Clint Bowyer and his family in Lake Ozark, Larson said, before the World of Outlaws’ May 29-30 doubleheader at Lake Ozark Speedway, which he will also compete in.
Other than running as many Sprint Car races as he can, Larson said he doesn’t have a solid racing plan for the year. And added no one really does with the COVID-19 situation, though. He’ll pick and choose the races that make the most sense to him. He knows several of them will be with the World of Outlaws, though.
“I love racing with the World of Outlaws,” said Larson, who has owned a World of Outlaws team since 2013. “They’ve stuck behind me too throughout this. That means a lot. I always want to support them, especially with them sticking behind me.
“I can’t wait to get my journey started and see where my future goes.”
Fans can catch all of the action from the World of Outlaws May 29-30 doubleheader at Lake Ozark Speedway LIVE on DIRTVision. Tickets for the event can also be purchased by clicking here.