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July 3, 2019

Ashton Winger Sweeps Tennessee Iron Man Weekend
Three-Race Holiday Weekend Swing on Deck

Hampton, Georgia (7/03/19) – Ashton Winger won his first-career Schaeffer’s Oil Iron Man Championship Late Model Series event on Friday night at Tennessee’s Crossville Speedway. He backed it up on Saturday night by winning again with the series at Smoky Mountain Speedway in his Johnny Doan Plumbing No. 12 E-Z-Go/ Keyser Manufacturing/ XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.

His pair of $3,000 victories increased his 2019-win tally to four.

“There’s so many great people that supports my program, and I want to thank them all. Even with the mechanical issue that we had on Sunday evening, we had just an unbelievable weekend of racing,” Winger said. “We’re now gearing up for a big holiday weekend of racing and we’re going to do our best to add some more wins to the total.”

Friday night found Ashton Winger in action at Crossville Speedway (Crossville, Tennessee), where he was piloting his Johnny Doan Plumbing No. 12 Super Late Model in the Schaeffer’s Iron-Man Championship sanctioned program. With the second-fastest lap in his qualifying group positioning him on the second row for the feature, Winger snuck past race-leader Michael Chilton following a restart on lap-17 and navigated through lapped traffic in the final 13 circuits to capture his third win of the season and a $3,000 payday. Cory Hedgecock, Michael Chilton, Donald McIntosh, and Connor Meade trailed Ashton to the checkers in his first career victory with the series.

Following the series to Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tennessee) on Saturday, Winger laid down the fastest lap overall in time trials, which positioned him second on the starting grid for the A-Main. Jumping into the lead at the drop of the green flag, Winger led wire-to-wire en route to his fourth win of the season. Cory Hedgecock, Donald McIntosh, Connor Meade, and David Crabtree completed the Top 5. He pocketed another $3,000 prize for his efforts

On Sunday Winger traveled to Rome Speedway (Rome, Georgia) for the Independence Day Celebration, but discovered motor issues before the night began that prevented him from competing.

Full results from the weekend are available at .

A three-race weekend opens on Wednesday night at Alabama’s Talladega Short Track, where Ashton will compete in a Weekly Racing Series event in the Super Late Model division. Friday night will take the team to Duck River Raceway Park (Wheel, Tennessee) for a $2,000-to-win, unsanctioned Super Late Model program. The weekend draws to a close with a $4,000-to-win, Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series event on Saturday evening at Thunderhill Raceway Park (Summertown, Tennessee).

For more information on the racing events, please visit and .

Ashton Winger would like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include E-Z-Go, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Boydbilt Fabrication Spring-Pro, Collins Signs, Turkey Creek Snacks, Franklin Enterprises, The Realty Queen & Team, Johnny Doan Plumbing, Rocket Chassis, Advanced Technology Motorsports, FK Rod Ends, CSR Aluminum Fabrication, Will Kinzer Foundation for Autism Research, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Off Axis Paint, O.H. Hendricks Sheet Metal, Hoosier Tire South, VP Racing Fuels, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil, RSD Enterprises, 2 Brothers Motorsports, Racing Radio, Stealth Racing Carburetors, Fast Shafts, K&N Racing Filters, Integra MX Springs, GW Performance, J&C Properties and MSR Mafia Marketing & PR Services.

For the latest information on Ashton Winger, please visit his internet home at as well as his social media channels at .

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July 3, 2019

Jesse Lowe Lands in Victory Lane for the 10th Time in 2019
Crossville Speedway and 411 Motor Speedway Holiday Trips on Tap

Crossville, Tennessee (7/03/19) – Count it as the 10th win of 2019 for Jesse Lowe. That’s what the pilot of the Xtreme Pressure Washing No. 5j Gondolas Pizza and Steakhouse/ CVR Race Car Crate Late Model achieved on Friday night with his triumph at Crossville Speedway.

“Anytime you can win, it’s always great but it’s extra special to win at home. It was nice to win in front of so many friends and family on Friday night at Crossville,” Lowe commented. “We’ve always seemed to struggle on the Durrence Layne tire rule, so to come away with a seventh-place finish on Saturday night at Smoky Mountain was a pretty good night for us.”

Jesse Lowe invaded Crossville Speedway (Crossville, Tennessee) on Friday evening as he returned to the driver’s seat of his Xtreme Pressure Washing No. 5j Crate Late Model. Bringing home his tenth win of the season in the feature, Jesse outran Cameron Weaver, Trent Mullinay, Andy Miller, and Christian Hanger at the line.

The following night for the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Series (DLCS) sanctioned, Smoky Mountain Moonshine Classic at Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tennessee), Jesse secured his spot into the $3,000-to-win A-Main with a runner-up performance in his B-Main.

Starting in the 12th position, Lowe gained five spots in the 40-lapper to record a seventh-place finish.

For more results from these events, please visit and .

The upcoming holiday weekend has Jesse slated to enter a pair of events in his home state. On Friday night the festivities kick off at Crossville Speedway, where the 2nd annual J Paul Smith Memorial posts a $3,000 top prize. On Saturday night, the team will invade 411 Motor Speedway for the $3,000-to-win, American Crate All-Star Series event.

Full more information on the weekend’s docket, please visit and

Jesse will look to push his 2019-win tally to double digits this Saturday night with a trip to Mitch McCarter’s 411 Motor Speedway, where he’ll compete in the Crate Late Model division.

For more information on the program, please visit .

Jesse Lowe would like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include Xtreme Pressure Washing, Gondolas Pizza and Steakhouse, Hidden View Lake, Bennett Heating and Cooling, Workout Anytime (Crossville and Cookeville, Tennessee), Baisley’s Body Shop, Phantom Racing Engines,  CVR Racecars, Martel Sign Company, The Clean Machine, Hyperco, Autozone, 865 Hydro Graphics, Haircuts by Mel, Hoosier Tire South, Penske Shocks by Vinny, Velocita, Butlerbuilt and Marketing Services.

Jesse would also like to say a very special thanks to Gary, Kyra, Jerry, Jeff, and last but not least his Dad for their great help on keeping the racecar in race-winning condition.

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

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July 3, 2019

Cory Hedgecock Streaks to Smoky Mountain Speedway Triumph
Sets Sights on Three-Race Weekend

Loudon, Tennessee (07/03/19) – Cory Hedgecock enjoyed a strong weekend in both the Super Late Model and Crate Late Model division in his Cushman No. 23 K&P Used Cars/ Hidden View Lake/ XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Eagle Racing Engine entry.

He bagged a pair of runner-up finishes in Schaeffer’s Oil Iron Man Championship Late Model Series competition and added a Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series victory.

“It was a great weekend for our team. We got our 10th win of the year. The two runner-up finishes with the Super Late Model were a total victory too because we’ve struggled with that part of our program for the past month or so,” Hedgecock said. “Both cars were under me the whole weekend and felt great. We’ll take this momentum into the upcoming weekend’s events.”

On Friday night Cory Hedgecock was one of 19 Schaeffer’s Iron-Man Championship entries on hand at Crossville Speedway (Crossville, Tennessee) for the $3,000-to-win, weekend opener. Earning the sixth-starting position for the A-Main via preliminary events, Hedgecock gained four spots in the 40-lapper to reel in a runner-up finish behind Ashton Winger with Michael Chilton, Donald McIntosh, and Connor Meade rounding out the Top-5.

The following night brought Cory to Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tennessee), where he was pulling double duty in the Super and Crate Late Model ranks.

In a field of 14 Schaeffer’s Iron-Man Championship entries, Hedgecock locked his spot into the $3,000-to-win A-Main with the second-fastest lap in his time trial group behind Connor Meade. Starting the feature in the third position, Cory improved one spot to finish second behind Ashton Winger with Donald McIntosh, Connor Meade, and David Crabtree trailing them to the checkers.

For the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Series sanctioned, Smoky Mountain Moonshine Classic, Hedgecock posted the fastest time in qualifying, which positioned him on the pole for the feature. Leading flag-to-flag, Cory fought off mid-race challenges from Brandon Williams to capture his tenth win of the season and a $3,000 payday. He topped Williams, Wil Herrington, Drew Kennedy, and Cruz Skinner at the line in the 40-lap affair.

For more results from these events, please visit and .

The Fourth of July extended weekend has the team set to enter three events. Action opens on Wednesday night with a trip to Wartburg Speedway (Wartburg, Tennessee) for a $3,000-to-win program with the Topless Outlaw Series. On Friday night, action resumes at Crossville Speedway (Crossville, Tennessee), where the 2nd annual J Paul Smith Memorial posts a $3,000 winner’s check for the unsanctioned, Crate Late Model event. The weekend draws to a close on Saturday night at I-75 Raceway (Sweetwater, Tennessee) with a $2,500-to-win, Topless Outlaw Series event.

Cory Hedgecock would like to thank all of his sponsors, which include Cushman, Rocket Chassis, Five Star Hyundai, Eagle Racing Engines, K&P Used Cars, Hidden View Lake, Budget Transmissions, VP Racing Fuels, VooDoo Technology, Timeless Memories Photography, Hoosier Racing Tires, CFYA, Wells Racing Photography, Strange Oval Racing, High Velocity Heads, Wilds Race Products, 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, Integra Shocks & Springs, Brucebilt Performance, Wiles Driveshafts, Simpson Race Products, Martel Signs and Marketing Services.

For more information on Cory Hedgecock, please visit the team’s official website at as well as social media outlets at and .


Two Top Fives for McIntosh

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (July 2) Donald McIntosh scored two Iron-Man top five finishes over the weekend with a fourth at Crossville and a third at Smoky Mountain. Tommy Kerr racing only at Smoky Mountain had a seventh place finish.

McIntosh was fast qualifier at Crossville, started on the pole and came home fourth in the feature.

“The car wasn’t that good in the feature. We just couldn’t find any traction and really got killed on the restarts,” said David Bryant.

Saturday night at Smoky Mountain both McIntosh and Tommy Kerr were racing. McIntosh qualified second in the second group and started fourth in the feature. Just before the half-way point he had worked his way to second, when an altercation with a lapped car damaged the car. He was able to hang on for a third place finish.

“Car was a lot better and Donald was running second when a lapped car came down on him, hit the right side of the car taking out sheet metal and the spoiler. After that he was just hanging on,” continued Bryant.

Kerr qualified third in the first group, started fifth and finished seventh in the feature.

“Kerr did a good job with what he had to work with. With two cars racing we weren’t able to get all the tweaks we needed to do on the car,” concluded Bryant.

The next event prior to the Southern Nationals will be the Iron-Man Firecracker 40 tonight, July 3, at 411 Motor Speedway.

Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Blount Excavating, Massey Electric, Turner Hydraulics, Ole Ben Franklin Motors, Walker’s Truck Contractors, Food City, and The Wine and Spirits Cellar.

BMS races Rocket XR1 Chassis. Power is provided by Vic Hill Racing Engines with Dyer’s Top Rods, Driven Racing Oil, Waterman Fuel Pumps, VP Race Fuels and starting power from Go Lithium batteries. Gauges and wiring harnesses from QuickCar. Drive train components are from Quarter Master with Carbon Fiber drive shafts from Fastshafts. The shocks are Penske Racing Shocks with chassis and suspension components from TWM and springs from Hyperco. Noses and body parts are from Five Star Stock Car Bodies and tires are Hoosier Performance Tires from Hoosier Tires South.

For more information on Blount Motorsports or how you can become part of “The Team” go to

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July 3, 2019

Kyle Strickler Races to Florence Modified Checkers
Tazewell Speedway and Portsmouth Raceway Park Up Next

Hazard, Kentucky (07/03/19) – Kyle Strickler overcame an early-race tangle to pilot his G-Style Transport No. 8 Wells & Sons Motorsports/ Wehrs Machine/ Longhorn Race Car Modified to his third win of 2019 on Saturday night at Kentucky’s Florence Speedway.

“Things definitely got dicey there early in the Modified feature, but not even a little damage could slow us down. It was pretty cool to come from the back to get the win,” Strickler said. “It wasn’t a bad weekend in the Super Late Model. We are still learning something new every time we hit the track. We made some solid gains at Tazewell, so I’m looking forward to going back there on Wednesday night.”

Friday night found Kyle Strickler kicking off the weekend’s action at Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, Tennessee) in a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) sanctioned program. In a field of 27 cars, Kyle secured his spot into the opening night feature with a fourth-place finish in his heat race. Starting in 11th in the $12,000-to-win finale, Strickler passed four cars in the 50-lapper to record a seventh-place finish.

The following night, Kyle pulled double duty at Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky) during the annual Ralph Latham Memorial. Strickler followed up an eighth-place finish in his heat with the third-and-final transfer spot in his B-Main.

With $12,000 on the line in the feature, Kyle improved five spots in the 50-lapper to place 16th.

In the Open Wheel Modified ranks, Strickler got involved in a tangle on the opening lap of the feature, which tore off his front bumper. Joining the field from the tail, Kyle wheeled his way to the front to pick up his third win of the season.

Full results from these events are available at and .

Kyle will get a jump on the holiday weekend with a Wednesday night trip to Tazewell Speedway to compete with he Schaeffer’s Oil Iron Man Championship Series in a $5,000-to-win, Super Late Model program. On Thursday night, the team will join the LOLMDS contingent at Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio), where a $12,000 winner’s check is on the line.

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

Wells & Sons Motorsports would like to thank all of their sponsors, which include G-Style Transport, Wilwood, Longhorn Chassis, Brucebilt Performance, Big Blue Smoke House, Doug Campbell Body Shop, Cornett Race Engines, Penske Shocks, Hoosier Tire South, All-Star Performance, Wehrs Machine, Schoenfeld, Winters Performance, Performance Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, Sunoco Race Fuels, Fast Shafts, AFCO Racing Products, MSR Mafia, COMP Cams, Quickcar Products and MSR Mafia PR & Website Services.

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July 3, 2019

Austin Horton Rolls to Rome Speedway Victory
Increases 2019-Win Total to Four

Newnan, Georgia (07/03/19) – Sunday night at the historic Rome Speedway was the scene of Austin Horton’s latest victory. He picked up a $3,000 victory for the triumph in his Vape’s Gone Wild No. 16 Wood Motorsports/ Orr’s Towing/ Super K Express/ XR1 Rocket Chassis by Clint Smith/ Vic Hill Race Engine Super Late Model.

“We had a good piece the whole weekend. We started with a runner-up finish at Dixie [Speedway] on Saturday and knew we were good, just needed a little more and we found it for Rome on Sunday night,” Horton commented. “We definitely had some great cars behind us, so that makes the win that much sweeter.

“I can’t thank everyone enough that has helped me get to where I am and the people that are just a phone call away anytime I need anything. Also, a very special thank you goes out to my family, friends and sponsors for always backing me.”

Saturday night found Austin Horton in action at Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, Georgia), where he took his Vape’s Gone Wild No. 16 Super Late Model entry into battle. After laying down the third fastest lap in time trials, Horton gained one spot in the 40-lap feature to place second behind Michael Page with Austin Smith, T.J. Reaid, and Casey Roberts trailing them to the checkers.

The following night at Rome Speedway (Rome, Georgia), for the Independence Day Celebration, Austin locked his spot into the show by setting the fastest time in a field of 19 entries. Outrunning Jake Knowles, Horton soared to his fourth win of the season, and was followed across the finish line by Knowles, Tyler Millwood, Derek Ellis, and Donald McIntosh. He pocketed a $3,000 payday for his winning performance.

For more results from this event, please visit .

Austin and his team are currently monitoring weather forecasts before they decide on their next race. Once they lock down a choice, it will be posted at .

Austin Horton would like to thank his marketing partners, which Super K Express, Orr’s Towing, Vapes Gone Wild, Franklin Enterprises, GW Performance, Rocket Chassis by Clint Smith Racing, Gary’s Pulp & Logging Inc., Allstar Graphix, McKoon’s, Horton’s Inc. and MSR Mafia Marketing & PR Services.

For the latest information on Austin Horton, please visit .

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July 3, 2019

Dustin Strand Wins Third-Straight River Cities Feature
River Cities Speedway and Greenbush Race Park Next

Grand Forks, North Dakota (07/03/19) – Over the past month Dustin Strand has been dominant in the Late Model division at North Dakota’s River Cities Speedway. He continued that streak on Friday night with his third-straight win at the oval in his Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. 71 Keewatin Truck Service/ Double Deuce Bar & Grill/ Millenium Chassis/ Ben Adams Racing Engine Late Model.

The victory marked his fifth overall win of 2019.

“It took us a while to get the gremlins off our back to start the season, but we’ve found our groove over the past month. We had another outstanding weekend,” Strand noted. “We had to dig deep to get the win on Friday night at River Cities. On Saturday night we had a good car but came up short of the win. Definitely not going to hang our heads about a runner-up finish. Thanks so much to everyone who has never stopped supporting or believing in us.”

Dustin Strand visited River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) on Friday night behind the wheel of his Keewatin Truck Service No. 71 Super Late Model. Passing four cars in his heat, Strand captured a heat race win, locking his spot into the show.

Outrunning ninth-starting Shane Edginton, Dustin advanced through the field seven spots to pick up his fifth win of the season. Edginton, Bill Mooney, Brad Seng, and Mike Balcaen trailed him to the checkers.

The following night at Devil’s Lake Speedway (Crary, North Dakota), Dustin advanced two positions in his heat to finish fourth. Starting the feature in the third position, Strand gained one spot in the 25-lapper, notching a second-place finish behind Brad Seng with Brody Troftgruben, Cole Schill, and Jesse Teunis rounding out the Top-5.

For full results from the weekend’s event, please visit and .

This Friday Strand will return to River Cities Speedway to compete in the Mid-Season Championship in the Late Model division, while Saturday will find him racing in his No. 71 Millenium Chassis Modified at Minnesota’s Greenbush Race Park.

To find more information on the events, please visit and .

Dustin Strand would like to thank all of his sponsors including Q&Z Plumbing & Heating, Keewatin Truck Service, Carr's Grain Service, Naastad Acres, Double Deuce Bar & Grill, Walhalla Building Center, Generations Salon, Sam’s Auto Body, Bemidji Welders Supply, RHR, Air Seeder Parts LLC, Ben Adams Racing Engines, Forest Flying Service, Anytime Fitness EGF, Parallel Technologies Inc., Troy Pecka Trucking, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Dustin Strand, please visit his official internet home at .

Bellm Takes on ASCS Warrior Region Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway

Lonnie Wheatley, NIXA, Mo. (July 3, 2019) – Kyle Bellm kicks off the month of July by taking on the ASCS Warrior Region at Eldon, Missouri’s Lake Ozark Speedway on Saturday night.

Bellm joins forces with the Smith Racing No. 86 Sprint Car team for the Saturday night card.

“We got things rolling really well last time out, so I’m looking forward to seeing if we can put it in victory lane this time out,” Bellm commented.

Bellm and the Smith Racing No. 86 last joined forces for the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour event at Lake Ozark Speedway on May 25-26 with Bellm in the mix for the win in the finale only to be collected in an incident that cut the night short.

Running a limited slate of events thus far in 2019, Bellm has finished among the top five in his last four outings including a win at Double X Speedway on June 9 and and no lower than seventh during that span.

Overall, Bellm has finished among the top five on four occasions and in the top-ten in seven of a dozen Sprint Car starts so far in 2019.

Following Saturday night’s card at Lake Ozark Speedway, action picks up with a triple on deck next weekend at Caney Valley Speedway, Creek County Speedway and Knoxville Raceway.

The Kyle Bellm Racing efforts are made possible with support from marketing partners including Greenworks Nursery, Landscapes Awarded, Christian County Collision Repair, Bybee Lawn Care, PPG Automotive Finishes, Colorvision, Schure Built Suspensions, Schaeffers Racing Oil and Park West Retirement Living.

Quick Stats:  14 Races, 1 win, 4 top-fives, 7 top-tens.

Up Next: Lake Ozark Speedway on Saturday night.

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