What Went Down....with Adam Fenwick
Hello all you short-track asphalt racing fans. My name is Adam Fenwick and welcome to the first edition of What Went Down, your weekly update on the short-track asphalt racing world here at LuvRacin.com.
Every Monday Iíll summarize some of the the most important short-track asphalt events and news of the previous weekend. This wrap-up will cover just about everything asphalt, including NASCARís developmental divisions, super late models, modifieds, pro late models and much more.
With that said, lets go ahead and jump right in.
PRO CUP UH OH: Some would argue that the USARacing Pro Cup Series has been on the verge of collapse since Hooters left as title sponsor at the end of the 2008 racing season.
Yet, somehow, the series has persevered. The series was essentially defunct after Hooters left, but several series team owners came together and bought the organization and kept it running.
Now, after two seasons of short car counts and a rough economy, the series might finally be on its last leg. The series was being run by Strutmasters owner Chip Lofton, but recently he gave the reigns to the series to Jack McNelly.
Then word snuck out last week that the series would be closing up shop with a handful of events left on the season schedule. In a memo posted on the official USAR website (www.usarprocup.com), McNelly admitted that the USARacing Pro Cup Series as we all know it had ceased operation.
However, not all is lost. McNelly stated in the same memo that the series, now being called simply the Pro Cup Series, WOULD be racing Aug. 13 at Concord (N.C.) Speedway. McNelly will continue to serve as series director, but the rest of his management team is unknown.
We certainly hope that McNelly and his team can save the series from going the way of the dinosaurs. It would be an awful end for the series that was so successful for so long.
BOWMAN GRAY DOUBLE: L.W. Miller has proven time and time again that he has no problem using his front bumper to move drivers out of the way in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour competition.
He reminded his competitors, primarily series championship leader George Brunnhoelzl III, of that fact Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Brunnhoelzl, the 2009 series champion, started from the pole and led the annual Southern Modified Tour stop at the historic quarter-mile asphalt oval until lap 97, when Miller gave him a bit shot in the bumper to move him out of the way.
Miller, who also used the same tactic on 2010 series champion Burt Myers last year to win at Bowman Gray, went on to win his second-straight race of the season and second-straight at Bowman Gray.
Burt Myers was second ahead of Brunnhoelzl, Jason Myers and Randy Butner.
IOWA ROCK STAR: Jeff Choquette made his trip to Iowa a successful one Friday night, picking up the victory in the ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour late-model feature at Iowa Speedway.
The triumph, the first series win for the Florida native, didnít come easily. Choquette spent most of the race battling with series regular Ross Kenseth. The two battled down to the wire, but it was Choquette who came out on top in front of 20,000 fans.
Kenseth wound up second, followed by Tim Schendel, Nathan Haseleu and Jeff Storm.
MR. SIZZLE: J.R. Roahrig pocketed a huge payday Thursday night, beating Brian Ross to win the 10th annual Summer Sizzler for outlaw late models at New Paris Speedway in Indiana and $20,000.
Starting from the sixth position, Roahrig ripped through the field and took the lead and took the lead on lap 20 following a restart. Roahrig maintained the lead throughout the rest of the event despite a wreckfest behind him.
Polesitter and early leader Brian Ross finished second, followed by Tyler Roahrig, Phil Bozell and Bobby Stremme.
Other winners this weekend were...
Ted Christopher (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut)
Dylan Kwasniewski (NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Colorado National Speedway)
Ty Dillon (ARCA Racing Series at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania)
Johnny Clark (Pro All Stars Series North super late models at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts)
Donald Theetge (ACT Castrol late models at Autodrome Chaudiere in Quebec)
Mike Holdridge (Valenti Modified Racing Series at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Massachusetts)
Bubba Pollard (Viper Series pro late models at South Alabama Speedway)
ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Iowa (Aug. 12)
Blizzard Series super late models at Five Flags Speedway in Florida (Aug. 12)
American-Canadian Tour late models at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Aug. 13)
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Aug. 13)
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Montana Raceway Park (Aug. 13)
UARA-STARS Late Model Series at Kingsport Speedway in Tennessee (Aug. 13)
Pro Cup Series at Concord Speedway in North Carolina (Aug. 13)