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I hope everyone out there enjoyed the Labor Day holiday around the country. It was a little wet here on the East Coast, but that didn’t prevent a gaggle of races from taking place here and all over the rest of the country.
BAD LUCK BITES: Jay Fogleman had battled hard all night at North Carolina’s Ace Speedway and looked like he was on his way to a victory in Saturday’s Pro All Stars Series South super-late-model feature.
Then bad luck reached out and bit him.
Fogleman, who had spent much of the night battling for the lead with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Clay Rogers, was coming to the white flag when contact with the lapped car of David Oliver sent Fogleman for a spin.
The contact ruined Fogleman’s night and put Rogers in prime position to earn his second-straight PASS victory. Rogers didn’t let the opportunity pass him by as he held off Ryan Blaney to pick up his second-straight series triumph.
Fogleman, who ended up finishing seventh, was visibly upset by the incident that cost him a victory. The crash also tightened up the points race, with Blaney’s second-place finish allowing him to close to within one point (unofficially) of Fogleman for the series championship lead.
Jody Lavender, Bradley McCaskill and Jordan Anderson completed the top five Saturday night.
GRISSOM WINS, MAYBE?: Kyle Grissom picked up his second UARA-STARS Late Model Series triumph of the season Saturday night at Virginia’s Lonesome Pine Raceway.
At least, we think he did.
Grissom crossed the finish line first, there is no questioning that. The question is was his race car legal? In post-race inspection UARA-STARS officials found a cylinder head that they were concerned with, prompting them to send the part off for testing to determine if it was legal.
At this point Grissom is the unofficial winner of the event, but it is very possible that Grissom could lose the victory if results of testing on the cylinder head come back negatively. If he does lose the victory, Andy Mercer would be credited with the win.
It wouldn’t be the first time this happened this year. In June Ronnie Bassett, Jr. lost a victory at South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway after a cam was found to not meet series specifications. That victory went to Jeremy Burns.
ASPHALT TIDBITS: Ted Christopher has found a ride for the final few NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events this year. It just so happens to be the ride he lost only a few weeks ago.
Christopher and team owner Ed Whelan have reportedly patched up their relationship and are going to enter the final few events this year, beginning with this Sunday’s race at Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut.
Elsewhere, southern late-model driver Justin Wakefield has apparently decided to leave asphalt racing behind. He and the No. 98 Carswell Motorsports team have parted ways, with Wakefield reportedly wanting to spend more time at home.
Other winners this weekend were...
Erik Jones (Jegs/CRA All-Star Tour crate late models at Owosso Speedway in Michigan)
Andy Seuss (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Langley Speedway in Virginia)
Eric Holmes (NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Spokane County Raceway in Washington)
Nick Sweet (American-Canadian Tour late models at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Vermont)
Ron Silk (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Delaware Speedway in Canada)
Chris Buescher (ARCA Racing Series at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in Indiana)
Johnny VanDoorn (CRA Super Series super late models at Winchester Speedway in Indiana)
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. Race re-scheduled for Sept. 10.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. (Sept. 10)
American-Canadian Tour/Serie ACT Castrol late models at Autodrome Chaudiere in Quebec, Canada. (Sept. 10)
Jegs/CRA All-Star Tour crate late models at Berlin Raceway in Michigan. (Sept. 10)
Pro All Stars Series North super late models at White Mountain Motorsports Park in New Hampshire (Sept. 11)
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour/NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut. (Set. 11)
American-Canadian Tour/Serie ACT Castrol late models at Circuit Riverside in Quebec, Canada. (Sept. 11)