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Keepin’ it Short – Racing for a memory

Keepin’ it Short – Racing for a memory

The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series will be invading the upstate of South Carolina this coming week for the Grassy Smith Memorial. The winner of the event will take home $10,000 but they’ll also enter their name in the record books alongside some of the best dirt late model drivers in history. Last year’s event was won by Jonathan Davenport while Fred Smith, the son of the event’s namesake, has taken the checkered flag four times in the 12 years that it has been run. While the venue has changed over the years, as well as the sanctioning body one thing has remained the same, the best bring their best for this event.

Clarence “Grassy” Smith started off his racing career as an engine builder for the legendary Holman-Moody organization in NASCAR. Not only did he build race winning engines for the likes of Ned Jarrett, Cale Yarborough, Fireball Roberts and David Pearson, but he also helped more competitors than almost any other person in the garage because that was the kind of gentleman he was. After some time in the NASCAR ranks, Grassy’s son Freddy decided he would like to go dirt racing and the rest, as they say, is history. While Freddy was eventually dubbed the “Southern Gentleman” for his demeanor and gracious driving style, he maintains it was his father who truly was a Southern gentleman. The tandem accounted for more than 785 feature wins by Freddy which resulted in his enshrinement in the Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. While Freddy is still turning the wheel in anger, his son Jeff is also carrying on the family story as the owner of J & J Racecars in Gastonia and the operator of his own race team.

Freddy has won his father’s memorial race four times, more than anyone else. The only other drivers to claim the trophy in the race are Rick Eckert, Dan Schlieper, Chris Madden, Davenport and local hero “Rambo” Dennis Franklin. Noticeably missing from the list of winners of the race is Scott Bloomquist. While the Hall of Famer has claimed two Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model races at Cherokee Speedway, he’s yet to take the top spot in the Grassy Smith event. While his season started off strong it has hit a rather bumpy patch over the last two races. Bloomquist has come home 13th and 15th in his last two starts in Lucas Oil competition and have seen his lead in the points not only disappear but he’s actually fallen 60 points behind Jimmy Owens who has won three races this season.

Last year’s Lucas Oil Event at Cherokee was another barn burner like those the fans have become accustomed to at “The Place Your Momma Warned You About.”. Chris Wall was the fastest qualifier among the 39 cars that entered the event. While Wall was fast in qualifying it was Bloomquist who was fastest when it mattered the most, making a pass around Dale McDowell exiting turn four on the last lap of the event to grab the trophy and the $10,000 Victory Lane check. Randy Weaver crossed the line third ahead of Don O’Neal who is coming into Gaffney after taking the $10,000 winner’s purse at Florence Kentucky last weekend.

If you’re going to be near Gaffney, SC next Friday night, head out to Cherokee Speedway for the Grassy Smith Memorial. The stands will open at 5:00 PM while the drivers will be available during an autograph session from 6:00 – 6:45. Hot laps will take place at 7:30. The three support classes will have a 20 minute time limit so fans should get home plenty early.

*Whelen All-American National Championship Update*

Philip Morris is human after all. After winning eight straight races at South Boston Speedway the promoter put a $2,000 bounty on Morris’s head. While it didn’t work out that a stirring race to the finish between Morris and one of his chief competitor’s broke out, Peyton Sellers was able to claim the win after Morris had a right front tire go flat. Morris ultimately had to pit a second time with 10 laps to go and finally finished the race in eighth place, three laps down to Sellers. The misfortune for Morris was good fortune for Keith Rocco who was able to regain the top spot in the season points race. Rocco competed in three races last week, winning two of them. Rocco has competed in the maximum number of points races for the season so from this point on he’ll be trying to upgrade his point total. Morris still has five races before he reaches the 18 race maximum. Lee Pulliam is still sitting in third in the points after he also had a mechanical failure at Motor Mile this past weekend. After winning the first of twin races Pulliam’s crew changed the gear in the car but apparently didn’t completely tighten the cap. Eventually the rear end cover came off of Pulliam’s car during the second twin race which handed the win to Michael

1) Keith Rocco – 18 races – 9 wins – 13 top 5s – 16 top 10s – 521 points
2) Philip Morris – 13 races – 9 wins – 11 top 5s – 12 top 10s – 461 points
3) Lee Pulliam – 14 races – 7 wins – 11 top 5s – 12 top 10s – 453 points
4) Frank Deiny, Jr. – 13 races – 0 wins – 8 top 5s – 12 top 10s – 348 points
5) Zachary Hausler – 15 races – 11 wins – 13 top 5s – 15 top 10s – 325 points
6) Nate Monteith – 10 races – 6 wins – 9 top 5s – 9 top 10s – 306 points
7) Davin Scites – 11 races – 1 win – 9 top 5s – 9 top 10s – 299 points
8) Brandon Davis – 7 races – 5 wins – 7 top 5s – 7 top 10s – 297 points
9) C.E. Falk, III – 9 races – 2 wins – 8 top 5s – 8 top 10s – 296 points
10) Ryan Preece – 12 races – 2 wins – 9 top 5s – 10 top 10s – 290 points

Under the points structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the
race winner receives two points for every car in the event up to 20. Second
place receives two fewer points, and so-on through the field. Race winners
receive an additional five bonus points. For example, if there are 20 cars,
the winner receives 45 points, second gets 38 and third 36. If there are 15
cars, the winner received 35 points, second gets 28 and third 26. The top 18
races count towards the National Championship for a driver. A perfect season
for a driver would be 18 race wins with 20 car fields which equates to 810
points. The first driver to reach 810 points is declared the National
Champion in the event of a tie.

Fri : June 10th – Western Speedway ; Victoria : British Columbia – WILROC SprintCars
Fri : June 10th – Silver Dollar Speedway ; Chico : CA – BCRA Midgets
Fri : June 10th – Silver Dollar Speedway ; Chico : CA – Golden State Challenge
Fri : June 10th – Silver Dollar Speedway ; Chico : CA – Washington Midgets
Fri : June 10th – Five Flags Speedway ; Pensacola : FL – Pro Late Models
Fri : June 10th – Bloomington Speedway ; Bloomington : IN – USAC National Midgets
Fri : June 10th – Mount Lawn Speedway ; New Castle : IN – USSA – Midgets
Fri : June 10th – Humboldt Speedway ; Humboldt : KS – Oil Capital Racing Series
Fri : June 10th – Hutchinson Raceway Park ; Hutchinson : KS – United Rebel Sprint Series
Fri : June 10th – Callaway Raceways ; Fulton : MO – United Late Model Association
Fri : June 10th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Comp Cams Super Dirt
Fri : June 10th – Gallatin Speedway ; Belgrade : MT – Big Sky Sprints
Fri : June 10th – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – ISCARS Dash Series
Fri : June 10th – Dacotah Speedway ; Mandan : ND – DART Late Models
Fri : June 10th – Eagle Raceway ; Eagle : NE – ASCS / Midwest
Fri : June 10th – Eagle Raceway ; Eagle : NE – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars
Fri : June 10th – Canaan Fair Speedway ; Canaan : NH – Granite State Mini-Sprints
Fri : June 10th – I-88 Speedway ; Afton : NY – Capitol Region Sprintcars
Fri : June 10th – Mohawk International Raceway ; Hogansburg : NY – Empire Super Sprints
Fri : June 10th – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – Limited Late Models
Fri : June 10th – Attica Raceway Park ; Attica : OH – F.A.S.T. Sprints
Fri : June 10th – Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg : OH – The Dream Prelims
Fri : June 10th – Kil-Kare Speedway ; Xenia : OH – USAC Mopar D1 Midgets
Fri : June 10th – Limaland Motorsports Park ; Lima : OH – NRA SprintInvaders
Fri : June 10th – Raceway 7 ; Conneaut : OH – ULMS – Emods
Fri : June 10th – Ohsweken Speedway ; Ohsweken : Ontario – Modified Lites
Fri : June 10th – Thunderbird Speedway ; Muskogee : OK – Show-Me Racin Series
Fri : June 10th – Bedford Speedway ; Bedford : PA – Appalachian Mountain
Fri : June 10th – Williams Grove Speedway ; Mechanicsburg : PA – PA Sprints
Fri : June 10th – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Championship Late Model Association
Fri : June 10th – Brown County Speedway ; Aberdeen : SD – USMTS Modifieds
Fri : June 10th – Kingsport Speedway ; Kingsport : TN – Late Models
Fri : June 10th – El Paso Speedway Park ; El Paso : TX – Renegade Sprint Cars
Fri : June 10th – Heart O Texas Speedway ; Waco : TX – ASCS / Lone Star Region
Fri : June 10th – RPM Speedway ; Crandall : TX – Southern Modified Promotions
Fri : June 10th – Ephrata Raceway Park ; Ephrata : WA – West Coast Vintage Racers
Fri : June 10th – Manitowoc Expo Raceway ; Manitowoc : WI – Midwest Sprintcar Association
Fri : June 10th – Manitowoc Expo Raceway ; Manitowoc : WI – Wisconsin Dirt Late Models
Fri : June 10th – West Virginia Motor Speedway ; Mineral Wells : WV – Fastrak Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Huntsville Speedway ; Hunstville : AL – Southern SuperStars Short Track Series
Sat : June 11th – South Alabama Speedway ; Kinston : AL – Viper Pro Late Models
Sat : June 11th – I-30 Speedway ; Little Rock : AR – Sprint cars
Sat : June 11th – I-30 Speedway ; Little Rock : AR – IMCA Modifieds
Sat : June 11th – Northeast Arkansas Speedway ; Harrisburg : AR – Mid-South Racing Association
Sat : June 11th – Canyon Speedway Park ; Peoria : AZ – ASCS / Canyon Region
Sat : June 11th – Western Speedway ; Victoria : British Columbia – WILROC SprintCars
Sat : June 11th – All American Speedway ; Roseville : CA – NCMA Sprints
Sat : June 11th – Calistoga Speedway ; Calistoga : CA – Western AllStar DIRTcar Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Calistoga Speedway ; Calistoga : CA – West Coast Shootout
Sat : June 11th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – USAC Western Clasic Racing Series
Sat : June 11th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – USAC Western Sprint Cars
Sat : June 11th – Placerville Speedway ; Placerville : CA – BCRA Midgets
Sat : June 11th – Placerville Speedway ; Placerville : CA – Washington Midget Racing Association
Sat : June 11th – Ukiah Speedway ; Ukiah : CA – Airport Auto Brokers Late Models
Sat : June 11th – El Paso County Speedway ; Calhan : CO – United Rebel Sprint Series
Sat : June 11th – Pikes Peak Int Raceway ; Fountain : CO – ChumpCar World Series
Sat : June 11th – Ocala Micro Speedway ; Ocala : FL – Sunshine
Sat : June 11th – Gresham Motorsports Park ; Jefferson : GA – MMRA / Mini-Cups
Sat : June 11th – Gresham Motorsports Park ; Jefferson : GA – NASCAR K&N East Series
Sat : June 11th – Adams County Speedway ; Corning : IA – Super Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Knoxville Raceway ; Knoxville : IA – World of Outlaw Sprint Cars
Sat : June 11th – Magic Valley Speedway ; Twin Falls : ID – Rocky Mountain Challenge Series
Sat : June 11th – Avcom Park ; Avon : IL – IMRA TQ Series
Sat : June 11th – Rockford Speedway ; Rockford : IL – American Super Cup Series
Sat : June 11th – Anderson Speedway ; Anderson : IN – International Outlaw Figure 8 Series
Sat : June 11th – Lawrenceburg Speedway ; Lawrenceburg : IN – USAC National Midgets
Sat : June 11th – Mount Lawn Speedway ; New Castle : IN – UMRA TQ Midgets
Sat : June 11th – Shelby County Speedway ; Shelbyville : IN – Midwest TQ Racing League
Sat : June 11th – South Bend Motor Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Midwest Supermodified Association
Sat : June 11th – Great American Dirt Track ; Jetmore : KS – United Rebel Sprint Series
Sat : June 11th – Leesville 171 Speedway ; Leesville : LA – Ark-La-Tex Winged Modifieds
Sat : June 11th – Seekonk Speedway ; Seekonk : MA – Modified Racing Series of New England
Sat : June 11th – Butler Speedway ; Quincy : MI – Michigan Dirt Cup
Sat : June 11th – Flat Rock Speedway ; Flat Rock : MI – Michigan Legend Cars
Sat : June 11th – M-40 Speedway ; Jones : MI – Auto Value Super Sprints
Sat : June 11th – M-40 Speedway ; Jones : MI – MCR Dwarf Cars
Sat : June 11th – M-40 Speedway ; Jones : MI – USA Modifieds
Sat : June 11th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Interstate Racing Association
Sat : June 11th – Jackson Speedway ; Jackson : MN – Jackson Sprint Touring Series
Sat : June 11th – Jackson Speedway ; Jackson : MN – Midwest 305 Sprint Cars
Sat : June 11th – North Central Motor Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Upper Midwest Sprint Series
Sat : June 11th – Central Missouri Speedway ; Warrensburg : MO – United Late Model Association
Sat : June 11th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – United Late Model Association
Sat : June 11th – Scotland County Speedway ; Memphis : MO – United Late Model Association
Sat : June 11th – Springfield Raceway ; Springfield : MO – POWRI Midgets
Sat : June 11th – Springfield Raceway ; Springfield : MO – POWRI Micro-Sprints
Sat : June 11th – US 36 Speedway ; Cameron : MO – Nostalgia Super Stocks
Sat : June 11th – Whynot Motorsports Park ; Meridian : MS – Cajun Sprinters Association
Sat : June 11th – Electric City Speedway ; Great Falls : MT – Big Sky Sprints
Sat : June 11th – Speedway 660 ; Geary : New Brunswick – PASS North Late Model Series
Sat : June 11th – Bowman-Gray Stadium ; Winston-Salem : NC – Sportsman
Sat : June 11th – Bowman-Gray Stadium ; Winston-Salem : NC – Whelen All-American Modifieds
Sat : June 11th – Coastal Plains Raceway ; Jacksonville : NC – Limited Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Fayetteville Motor Speedway ; Fayetteville : NC – Carolina Clash Late Model Series
Sat : June 11th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Limited Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Orange County Speedway ; Rougemont : NC – Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Southwest Speedway ; Dickinson : ND – DART Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Jamestown Speedway ; Jamestown : ND – USMTS Modifieds
Sat : June 11th – Eagle Raceway ; Eagle : NE – ASCS / Midwest Series
Sat : June 11th – Eagle Raceway ; Eagle : NE – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series
Sat : June 11th – Canaan Speedway ; Canaan : NH – Senior Tour Auto Racers
Sat : June 11th – Twin State Speedway ; Claremont : NH – NEMA Lites
Sat : June 11th – Twin State Speedway ; Claremont : NH – NEMA Midgets
Sat : June 11th – Bridgeport Speedway ; Bridgeport : NJ – ARDC Midgets
Sat : June 11th – Bridgeport Speedway ; Bridgeport : NJ – Bridgeport Modifieds
Sat : June 11th – Wall Speedway ; Belmar : NJ – ATQMRA TQ Midgets
Sat : June 11th – Southern NM Speedway ; Las Cruces : NM – Renegade Sprint Car Series
Sat : June 11th – Las Vegas Motor Speedway – The Bullring ; Las Vegas : NV – NASCAR K&N West Series
Sat : June 11th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Buffalo : NY – Race of Champions Modifieds
Sat : June 11th – Fulton Speedway ; Fulton : NY – Empire Super Sprints
Sat : June 11th – Stateline Speedway ; Busti : NY – ULMS – EMod Series
Sat : June 11th – Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg : OH – The Dream
Sat : June 11th – Fremont Speedway ; Fremont : OH – F.A.S.T. Sprints
Sat : June 11th – Midvale Speedway ; Midvale : OH – TBRA Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Sandusky Speedway ; Sandusky : OH – USST Great Lake Trucks
Sat : June 11th – Creek County Speedway ; Tulsa : OK – Show-Me Racin Series
Sat : June 11th – Enid Speedway ; Enid : OK – Midwest DIRTcar Late Model Series
Sat : June 11th – Delaware Speedway Park ; Delaware : Ontario – NASCAR Canadian Tire Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Peterborough Speedway ; Peterborough : Ontario – Can-Am TQ Midgets
Sat : June 11th – Shannonville Motorsports Park ; Belleville : Ontario – ChumpCar World Series
Sat : June 11th – Toronto Motorsports Park ; Cayuga : Ontario – Pro Modified Racing Association
Sat : June 11th – Toronto Motorsports Park ; Cayuga : Ontario – Quick 32 Sportsman Series
Sat : June 11th – Southern Oregon Speedway ; Medford : OR – Golden State Challenge
Sat : June 11th – Southern Oregon Speedway ; Medford : OR – Northwest Wingless Sprint Tour
Sat : June 11th – Grandview Speedway ; Bechtelsville : PA – Modifieds
Sat : June 11th – Grandview Speedway ; Bechtelsville : PA – United Racing Company
Sat : June 11th – Lincoln Speedway ; Hanover : PA – All Star Sprint Cars
Sat : June 11th – Lincoln Speedway ; Hanover : PA – Central Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek
Sat : June 11th – Pocono Raceway ; Long Pond : PA – ARCA Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Port Royal Speedway ; Port Royal : PA – Pennsylvania Sprints
Sat : June 11th – Selingsgrove Speedway ; Selingsgrove : PA – Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Susquehanna Speedway ; Newberrytown : PA – Super Sportsmen
Sat : June 11th – Dillon Motor Speedway ; Dillon : SC – Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Florence Motor Speedway ; Timmonsville : SC – Limited Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Greenville-Pickens ; Greenville : SC – Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Highland Rim Speedway ; Ridgetop : TN – Southern Superstock Series
Sat : June 11th – Newport Speedway ; Newport : TN – Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Cowtown Speedway ; Kennedale : TX – Southern Modified Promotions
Sat : June 11th – Lone Star Speedway ; Kilgore : TX – ASCS / Lone Star Region
Sat : June 11th – Route 66 Motor Speedway ; Amarillo : TX – NCRA / Southern SportMod Series
Sat : June 11th – Franklin County Speedway ; Callaway : VA – Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Langley Speedway ; Hampton : VA – Late Models 2X
Sat : June 11th – Old Dominion Speedway ; Manassas : VA – Late Models 2X
Sat : June 11th – Shenandoah Speedway ; Shenandoah : VA – Late Models
Sat : June 11th – South Boston Speedway ; South Boston : VA – Allison Legacy Race Series
Sat : June 11th – South Boston Speedway ; South Boston : VA – USARacing Late Models
Sat : June 11th – Bear Ridge Speedway ; Bradford : VT – Sprint Cars of New England
Sat : June 11th – Ephrata Raceway Park ; Ephrata : WA – ICAR Late Model Series
Sat : June 11th – Ephrata Raceway Park ; Ephrata : WA – West Coast Vintage Racers
Sat : June 11th – Wenatchee Valley Super Oval ; East Wenatchee : WA – Inland NW Sprint Car Association
Sat : June 11th – Wenatchee Valley Super Oval ; East Wenatchee : WA – Washington Econo Sprint Car Organization
Sat : June 11th – Dells Motor Speedway ; Wisconsin Dells : WI – Mid-American Stock Car Series
Sat : June 11th – Plymouth Dirt Track ; Plymouth : WI – Midwest Sprintcar Association
Sat : June 11th – Plymouth Dirt Track ; Plymouth : WI – Wisconsin Dirt Late Model Association
Sat : June 11th – Tyler County Speedway ; Middlebourne : WV – Fastrak Late Model Series
Sat : June 11th – Gillette Thunder Speedway ; Gillette : WY – Championship Late Model Association
Sun : June 12th – Pikes Peak International Raceway ; Fountain : CO – ChumpCar World Series
Sun : June 12th – Kokomo Speedway ; Kokomo : IN – USAC National Midgets
Sun : June 12th – Lucas Oil Raceway ; Clermont : IN – CRA Super Series
Sun : June 12th – Thunderhill Speedway ; Mayetta : KS – United Rebel Sprint Series
Sun : June 12th – Nobles County Speedway ; Worthington : MN – USMTS Modifieds
Sun : June 12th – Big Daddys Speedbowl ; Wentworth : NH – Granite State Mini-Sprint Race Club
Sun : June 12th – Big Daddys Speedbowl ; Wentworth : NH – Northeast Mini-Sprints
Sun : June 12th – Big Daddys Speedbowl ; Wentworth : NH – Sprint Cars of New England
Sun : June 12th – Utica-Rome Speedway ; Vernon : NY – All Star Sprint Cars
Sun : June 12th – Utica-Rome Speedway ; Vernon : NY – Capitol Region Sprint Cars
Sun : June 12th – Nodak Speedway ; Minot : ND – DART Late Models
Sun : June 12th – Shannonville Motorsports Park ; Belleville : Ontario – ChumpCar World Series
Sun : June 12th – Erie Speedway ; Erie : PA – ULMS – EMod Series
Sun : June 12th – Selinsgrove Speedway ; Selinsgrove : PA – United Racing Company
Sun : June 12th – Susquehanna Speedway ; Newberrytown : PA – ARDC Midgets
Sun : June 12th – Susquehanna Speedway ; Newberrytown : PA – 358 Sprint Special
Sun : June 12th – Thunder Road International Speedbowl ; Barrie : VT – New England Antique Racers
Sun : June 12th – Eagle Valley Speedway ; Jim Falls : WI – Interstate Racing Association
Mon : June 13th – Mineral City Speedway ; Fort Dodge : IA – USMTS Modifieds
Mon : June 13th – Cottage Grove Speedway ; Cottage Grove : OR – Golden State Challenge
Tue : June 14th – Cedar County Speedway ; Tipton : IA – Hawkeye Dirt Tour
Tue : June 14th – Fairmont Raceway ; Fairmont : MN – USMTS Modifieds
Tue : June 14th – Willamette Speedway ; Lebanon : OR – Golden State Challenge
Tue : June 14th – Laurens Speedway ; Laurens : SC – Ultimate Super Late Models
Tue : June 14th – Jefferson Speedway ; Cambridge : WI – Big 8 Late Models
Wed : June 15th – Cresco Speedway ; Cresco : IA – USMTS Modifieds
Wed : June 15th – Brownstown Speedway ; Brownstown : IN – UMP Summer Nationals
Wed : June 15th – Indianapolis Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Series
Wed : June 15th – Indianapolis Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – USAC Mopar D1 Midgets
Thu : June 16th – Thompson International Speedway ; Thompson : CT – Modified Racing Series of New England
Thu : June 16th – Kankakee County Speedway ; Kankakee : IL – UMP Summer Nationals
Thu : June 16th – Brills Motor Speedway ; Meeker : OK – Southern Modified Promotions
Thu : June 16th – Cherokee Super Speedway ; Gaffney : SC – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Thu : June 16th – 411 Motor Raceway ; Seymour : TN – Tenessee RV Late Models
Thu : June 16th – Skagit Speedway ; Alger : WA – Golden State Challenge
Thu : June 16th – Central Wisconsin Raceway ; Unity : WI – USMTS Modifieds

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