NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Keepin’ it Short – A harsh reminder that racing is a dangerous sport

Last Saturday night at Auburndale Speedway, Tyler Morr climbed into a race car to compete in a Kid’s Club race. By the end of the night, he was in a hospital bed in All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg battling to stay alive. After initially looking like he would get better, Tyler lost the battle on Wednesday at 3:15 PM. His family declined comment on Wednesday. Auburndale will be accepting donations on Saturday night to assist Tyler’s family.

While details about the injuries have not been released, the entire incident underscores a very serious reality that is often lost in these days of uber safe race cars; racing is a dangerous sport. From Talladega to Richmond Coliseum, whenever a driver climbs into a race car, they are doing something that could potentially injure, maim or kill them. Even with five and even seven point harnesses, HANS devices, neck collars, arm restraints and extra spacious green houses, anything can happen when pushing cars to their limits. When a young kid attempts to start chasing their passion, parents want to encourage them and help them to fulfill their hopes and dreams. No matter how hard they may try, when they strap a youngster into a race car, from a go-kart to a Super Late Model stock car, parents cannot insulate their children from everything, and sometimes that can end in tragedy.

Along with the loss of Tyler, the local racing community is also mourning the loss of Jeff Osborn. Osborn lost his life also chasing his passion of Winged Sprint Car racing at Valley Speedway. Osborn’s Sprint car left the race track, rolled several times and then struck a pole. He was wearing every possible safety device, according to his wife, but sometimes things happen that cannot be prevented short of not participating at all.

SAFER barriers are required at every race track that hosts a NASCAR National Touring Series race. It would be ideal to see them at every single race track in the country but, unfortunately, they are just too expensive to be feasible for the majority of the short tracks in the country. Someday we’ll hopefully see all of the different sanctioning bodies join in and help every short track in the country put in some sort of impact reducing retaining walls to take another step toward making racing as safe as humanly possible. Until then we’ll have to realize that, try as we may to make the sport as safe as we can by implementing every single safety precaution, in the end the sport we love can still end a life in the blink of an eye.

Whelen All-American Series Points Battle

Anthony Anders is still leading the national points this week but he has maxed out his number of races so, at this point, he’s only going to make incremental gains. With no race wins in the book, it is going to be hard for Anders to hold off his pursuers as the Summer wears on. C.E. Falk, III won twin races at Langley Speedway, his home track, last week, but was disqualified from one of the two in post race technical inspection. Falk is the highest in the point standings with six wins and, if he can maintain his current pace, will most likely assume the lead in another month.

Position, Name, Races, Wins, Top 5s, Top 10s, Total Points

1 Anthony Anders 20 0 11 18 476
2 Nate Monteith 13 3 9 11 377
3 C E Falk, III 10 6 9 10 350
4 Matt Bowling 10 1 8 9 295
5 Daniel Pope, II 8 3 7 8 283
6 Duane Howard 7 4 6 7 280
7 Deac Mccaskill 9 6 8 9 278
8 Zeke Shell 8 2 7 7 270
9 Keith Rocco 10 5 5 5 263
10 Austin Mcdaniel 8 2 8 8 260

This Week’s Racing Schedule:

Fri : May 25th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 22nd Annual Connecticut Classic 125 Late Models
Fri : May 25th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 22nd Annual Connecticut Classic 125 Limited Late Models
Fri : May 25th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 22nd Annual Connecticut Classic 125 SK Lights
Fri : May 25th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 22nd Annual Connecticut Classic 125 SK Modifieds
Fri : May 25th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 22nd Annual Connecticut Classic 125 Whelen Modified Tour
Fri : May 25th – Five Flags Speedway ; Pensacola : FL – Blizzard Series Super Late Models
Fri : May 25th – Indiana State Fairgrounds ; Indianapolis : IN – USAC Silver Crown
Fri : May 25th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets
Fri : May 25th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Late Models
Fri : May 25th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Stocks
Fri : May 25th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Legends
Fri : May 25th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Mel Kenyon Midgets
Fri : May 25th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Roadsters
Fri : May 25th – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – Three State Flyers Late Models
Fri : May 25th – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – 17th Annual Richard Boney Bonebrake Tribute Late Models
Fri : May 25th – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – Pure Stocks
Fri : May 25th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – USMTS Casey’s Cup Qualifier Modifieds
Fri : May 25th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – IMCA Stock Cars
Fri : May 25th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Fri : May 25th – Hattiesburg Motorsports Park ; Hattiesburg : MS – Nesmith Dirt Late Models
Fri : May 25th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – 20th Annual DART Show Me 100 Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models
Fri : May 25th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – 20th Annual DART Show Me 100 Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models
Fri : May 25th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – 20th Annual DART Show Me 100 A-Mods
Fri : May 25th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Late Models
Fri : May 25th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Modifieds
Fri : May 25th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Street Stocks
Fri : May 25th – Valley Speedway ; Grain Valley : MO – United Late Model Association Late Models
Fri : May 25th – The Dirt Track at Charlotte ; Concord : NC – May Showdown – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Fri : May 25th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Modified Mayhem 40 Modifieds
Fri : May 25th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Street Stocks
Fri : May 25th – Wayne County Speedway ; Orrville : OH – World of Outlaws Late Models
Fri : May 25th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – 358 Modifieds
Fri : May 25th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Sportsman
Fri : May 25th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – URC Sprint Cars
Fri : May 25th – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Sprint Cars
Fri : May 25th – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Street Stocks
Fri : May 25th – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Super Stocks
Fri : May 25th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : May 25th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Sport Modifieds
Fri : May 25th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Stock
Fri : May 25th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – Street Stock
Fri : May 25th – Langlade Speedway ; Antigo : WI – Late Models
Fri : May 25th – Langlade Speedway ; Antigo : WI – Modifieds
Fri : May 25th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Happy Laack Memorial Wisconsin Dirt Late Models
Fri : May 25th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Happy Laack Memorial Sprint Cars
Fri : May 25th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Happy Laack Memorial Street Stock
Fri : May 25th – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : May 25th – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – IMCA Sport Modifieds
Fri : May 25th – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – Street Stocks
Sat : May 26th – Mobile International Speedway ; Irvington : AL – Miller Lite Super Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Mobile International Speedway ; Irvington : AL – Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – Sayre Speedway ; Sayre : AL – Southern Superstars Super Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – USCS Sprint Week USCS Outlaw Thunder Sprint Cars
Sat : May 26th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – 305 Winged Sprints
Sat : May 26th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – 360 Winged Sprints
Sat : May 26th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Sport Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Hobby Stocks
Sat : May 26th – Marysville Raceway Park ; Marysville : CA – Mel Hal Memorial California Civil War Series Sprint Cars
Sat : May 26th – Perris Auto Speedway ; Perris : CA – USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
Sat : May 26th – Desoto Speedway ; Bradenton : FL – Open Wheel Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – Punta Gorda Speedway ; Punta Gorda : FL – Super Late Models
Sat : May 26th – New Senoia Raceway ; Senoia : GA – Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Waycross Motor Speedway ; Waycross : GA –Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Lucas Oil Raceway Park ; Clermont : IN – USAC MOPAR National Midgets
Sat : May 26th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Late Models
Sat : May 26th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Sportsman
Sat : May 26th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Street Stocks
Sat : May 26th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – World Figure 8 Tour 100 Lap Championship
Sat : May 26th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Stocks
Sat : May 26th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets
Sat : May 26th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – INEX National Legends
Sat : May 26th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – INEX National Bandoleros
Sat : May 26th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Roadsters
Sat : May 26th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Stock Cars
Sat : May 26th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Sport Mods
Sat : May 26th – Great American Dirt Track ; Jetmore : KS – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints
Sat : May 26th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Outlaws
Sat : May 26th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Strictly Stock
Sat : May 26th – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – Bill Bowman Special Late Model Sportsman
Sat : May 26th – Auto City Speedway ; Flint : MI – Main Event Super Late Models
Sat : May 26th  – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Outlaw Super Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Super Stocks
Sat : May 26th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Pro Stocks
Sat : May 26th – Springport Motor Speedway ; Springport : MI – Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – Springport Motor Speedway ; Springport : MI – Wingless Sprints
Sat : May 26th – Brainerd International Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – NASCAR K&N Pro East Series
Sat : May 26th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – USMTS Casey’s Cup Qualifier Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Worldwide Wissotafied Wissota Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Worldwide Wissotafied Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Worldwide Wissotafied Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : May 26th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Worldwide Wissotafied Wissota Super Stocks
Sat : May 26th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Super Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – NeSmith Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Street Stocks
Sat : May 26th – Whynot Motorsports Park ; Meridian : MS – Nesmith Dirt Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Whynot Motorsports Park ; Meridian : MS – Southern All Star Dirt Super Late Models
Sat : May 26th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Lindsay Auto Group Military Appreciation Night ASA Late Models
Sat : May 26th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Lindsay Auto Group Military Appreciation Night Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Lindsay Auto Group Military Appreciation Night Sportsman
Sat : May 26th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Lindsay Auto Group Military Appreciation Night Road Warriors
Sat : May 26th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Lindsay Auto Group Military Appreciation Night Chargers
Sat : May 26th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – 20th Annual DART Show Me 100 Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – 20th Annual DART Show Me 100 Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – Sportsman
Sat : May 26th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – Street Stocks
Sat : May 26th – Caraway Speedway ; Asheboro : NC – Late Models x2
Sat : May 26th – Caraway Speedway ; Asheboro : NC – Limited Late Models x2
Sat : May 26th – Caraway Speedway ; Asheboro : NC – Street Stock
Sat : May 26th – Concord Motorsports Park ; Concord : NC – PASS South
Sat : May 26th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Limited Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Street Stock
Sat : May 26th – Red River Valley Speedway ; West Fargo : ND – Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – Red River Valley Speedway ; West Fargo : ND – Super Stocks
Sat : May 26th – Columbus Motor Speedway ; Columbus : OH – Jeg’s All Stars Pro Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Emo Walleye Classic Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Emo Walleye Classic Wissota Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Emo Walleye Classic Street Stocks
Sat : May 26th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 6th Annual Keystone Cup Series 410 Sprints
Sat : May 26th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 6th Annual Keystone Cup Series Thundercars
Sat : May 26th – Little Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Slingshots
Sat : May 26th – Little Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Thunder Cars
Sat ; May 26th – Autodrome Montmagny ; Montmagny : Quebec – ACT Castrol Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Langley Speedway ; Hampton : VA – CARS Pro Cup Series
Sat : May 26th – Tyler County Speedway ; Middlebourne : WV – World of Outlaws Late Models
Sat : May 26th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Midwest Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – TNT Speedway ; Three Lakes : WI – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : May 26th – TNT Speedway ; Three Lakes : WI – Wissota Street Stocks
Sun : May 27th – Silver Dollar Speedway ; Chico : CA – Silver Dollar Fair California Civil War Series Sprint Cars
Sun : May 27th – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Late Models
Sun : May 27th – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Limited Late Models
Sun : May 27th – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Modifieds
Sun : May 27th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Roadrunner Enduro
Sun : May 27th – Great American Dirt Track ; Jetmore : KS – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints
Sun : May 27th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – FWD Enduro Race #1
Sun : May 27th – Spartan Speedway ; Mason : MI – Glass City Gold Cup Slugfest #1 Late Models
Sun : May 27th – Dodge County Speedway ; Kasson : MN – USMTS Casey’s Cup Qualifier Modifieds
Sun : May 27th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Worldwide Wissotafied Wissota Modifieds
Sun : May 27th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Worldwide Wissotafied Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sun : May 27th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Worldwide Wissotafied Wissota Street Stocks
Sun : May 27th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Worldwide Wissotafied Wissota Super Stocks
Sun : May 27th – Greenville Speedway ; Greenville : MS – USCS 600 Sprint Cars
Sun : May 27th – Greenville Speedway ; Greenville : MS – USCS Sprint Week USCS Outlaw Thunder Sprint Cars
Sun : May 27th – Magnolia Motor Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Coca-Cola Governor’s Cup Southern All Stars
Sun : May 27th – Magnolia Motor Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Southern All Star Dirt Super Late Models
Sun : May 27th – Magnolia Motor Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Super Late Models
Sun : May 27th – Magnolia Motor Speedway ; Columbus : MS – NeSmith Dirt Late Models
Sun : May 27th – Magnolia Motor Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Street Stocks
Sun : May 27th – Monett Speedway ; Monett : MO – MARS Dirtcar Series Late Models
Sun : May 27th – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Cornbelt Clash Late Models
Sun : May 27th – Rolling Wheels Raceway ; Elbridge : NY – DIRTCar Big-Block Modifieds
Sun : May 27th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Sport Modifieds
Sun : May 27th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Late Models
Sun : May 27th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Factory Stocks
Sun : May 27th – Thunder Road Speedbowl ; Barre : VT – 50th Annual Mekkelson RV Memorial Day Classic Late Models
Sun : May 27th – West Virginia Motor Speedway ; Mineral Wells : WV – World of Outlaws Late Models
Sun : May 27th – Seymour Speedway ; Seymour : WI – Wisconsin Dirt Late Models
Mon : May 28th – Lawrenceburg Speedway ; Lawrenceburg : IN – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Mon : Apr 28th – Boone Speedway ; Boone : IA – Deery Brothers Summer Series IMCA Late  Models
Mon : May 28th – Shady Bowl Speedway ; DeGraff : OH – CRA Super Series
Mon : May 28th – Clayhill Motorsports ; Atwood : TN – USCS Sprint Week USCS Outlaw Thunder Sprint Cars
Mon : May 28th – Shenandoah Speedway ; Shenandoah : VA – Late Models
Mon : May 28th – Shenandoah Speedway ; Shenandoah : VA – Sportsman
Wed : May 30th – Concord Speedway ; Concord : NC – USAC Eastern Focus Midgets
Thu : May 31st – Beebe Speedway ; Beebe : AR – USCS 600 Sprint Cars
Thu : May 31st – Beebe Speedway ; Beebe : AR – USCS Sprint Week USCS Outlaw Thunder Sprint Cars
Thu : May 31st – Delaware International Speedway ; Delmar : DE – World of Outlaws Late Models
Thu : May 31st – Highland Speedway ; Highland : IL – MARS Dirtcar Series Late Models
Thu : May 31st – Brooklin Fairgrounds ; Brooklin : Ontario – Tournament of Thrills Figure 8s

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