Memorial Day Weekend Roundup
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
The Dirt Track at Charlotte – May 28
The fans at Charlotte were treated to some great dirt racing action as the World of Outlaws Sprint Series put on a great show for all the fans in town for the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race. Rain once again pushed the show back a day but the race ended with Paul McMahan taking his first race win of 2011. Sammy Swindell started on the pole of the feature and led the first 14 laps of green flag action. Then after a yellow bunched the field back up it was fast qualifier McMahan who grabbed the top spot after a tough wheel to wheel battle with Swindell. A few laps later a flat left rear tire sent Swindell pitside and erased his great run. The top-five on the night were rounded out by Steve Kinser, Donny Schatz, Jason Meyers, and Lucas Wolfe.
Jason Sides Celebrates His I-96 Outlaws Victory Photo Source: http://www.woosprint.com
I-96 Speedway – May 30
After Charlotte the Outlaws headed to I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan for what would prove to be a wild night of racing. Rookie driver Bill Rose started the feature on the pole and jumped out to the lead as an eight-car wreck sent Steve Kinser flipping and took out the likes of Kerry Madsen and Lucas Wolfe as well. When racing resumed Rose and Jason Sides battled back and forth for the lead with Sides eventually claiming the top spot which he would hold onto for the rest of the night despite the best efforts of a hard charging Jason Meyers who would come home second. The remainder of the top-five was Craig Dollansky, Donny Schatz, and Chad Kemenah. Points leader Joey Saldana was involved in two separate incidents but still brought his machine home in the top-ten and extended his points lead to 12 points over new second place driver Donny Schatz.
Lucas Oil Late Model Series
DART Show-Me 100 – May 28
The 19th Annual DART Show-Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri featured one of the closest finishes in the race’s history. Leader Jimmy Owens pushed high in turn four on the final lap and opened the door for Scott Bloomquist to make a run. Owens narrowly held on by half a car length over Bloomquist to claim the $30,000 victory. Owens led the race from the start until lap 6 when Dan Schlieper took the lead. Then on lap 19 Owens got back around Schlieper to grab the lead until he was passed again on lap 38 by Don O’Neal for the the top spot. It took Owens until lap 83 to regain the lead once more over O’Neal and stay there until the end. Bloomquist came home second with Steve Casebolt, Brian Birkhofer, and Chris Brown completing the top-five. The Show-Me 100 will be aired Sunday, June 19th on CBS Sports Spectacular at 5 PM Eastern for those wishing to see the action for themselves.
USAC National Sprint Car Series
Lernerville Speedway – May 30
Night 1 of the USAC National Sprint Car Series “Eastern Storm” swing was held at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania. The night belonged to Jon Stanbrough as he picked up the win in dominating fashion as he led all 40 laps. Coleman Gulick came home second and put some pressure on Stanbrough but not enough to crack “The Silent Gasser” Jon Stanbrough. Chris Windom came home third ahead of fast qualifier Levi Jones and Robert Ballou who came home fifth. The series now heads to Grandview Speedway for night two of the “Eastern Storm” on Tuesday night.
USAC Silver Crown Series
Hoosier Hundred – May 27
Jerry Coons Jr. In Victory Lane at the Hoosier Hundred with Shane Hmiel Photo Source: www.usacracing.com
This year’s Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds had a special guest as last year’s race winner Shane Hmiel was in attendance serving as Grand Marshal after a serious accident last year almost ended his life. When racing got under way it was pole sitter Levi Jones who jumped out and led the first 53 laps. A mandatory stop on lap 52 bunched the field back up and gave ninth place started Jerry Coons Jr. the chance that he needed. Coons had already made his way up to the third spot and quickly passed second place Bud Kaeding after the restart and then Jones for the lead on lap 54. Coons would hold on for the victory which was the second year in a row for the RW Motorsports team who also owned Hmiel’s entry last year. Jones came home second with Tracy Hines, Kaeding, and Brian Tyler rounding out the top-five.