News and Announcements

2021 Borderline Brawl at Waycross Motor Speedway

We are off this weekend to help support the 2021 Borderline Brawl at Waycross Motor Speedway.

Will Florida emerge victorious or will it be Georgia. Only one way to find out so we encourage you to join us for this 5th anniversary tie-breaking event!!

Our next event is May 15 with the Southern Clash Late Models, Reeds Metals 602s, Woodmenlife Street Stocks, and the Pure Stocks.

May 28th and 29th is The Harvey Jone Memorial with $10,000 to win CRUSA Dirt Late Models!

 

Short Track Super Series Returns to All-Tech Raceway in 2022

The Short Track Super Series and “The Mighty Rumble” of the Big Blocks Modifieds are back to All-Tech Raceway in 2022. SAVE THESE DATES!

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By GoSunoco Racing will return to the Sunshine State in 2022. The Short Track Super Series has reached an agreement with All-Tech Raceway in Lake City, Florida to present the third annual ‘Sunshine Swing’ in the state of Florida.

2022 Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 8 2022 (Open Practice)
  • Wednesday, February 9th 2022
  • Thursday, February 10th 2022
  • Friday, February 11th 2022
  • Saturday, February 12th 2022

Racing for both Short Track Super Series Modifieds & STSS Crate 602 Sportsman.  Keep informed about race updates and new information at shorttracksuperseries.com and alltechraceway.com.  Most importantly SAVE THE DATES!

#22R Wayne Risner Takes the SCDRA Lake Desoto Clash at All-Tech Raceway

Another great night of racing action at All-Tech Raceway. Congratulations to Wayne Risner on your huge SCDRA Lake Desoto Clash win in a heck of a battle with Newman Presnell, Dennis Adkins and Eddie McGrew. Great race.  Only slowed by 4 yellows.

Street Stock win go to #37 Cameron Metts on not one but two CRUSA Street Stock wins.

We appreciate all the fans in attendance.

SCDRA RESULTS:

1 #22R Wayne Risner
2 #48 Newman Presnell
3 #A1 Dennis Adkins
4 #132 Brandon Gibson
5 #01 Josh Adkins
6 #11S Casey Shane
7 #X Shannon Barnhill
8 #72 Walker Windham
9 #4M Eddie McGrew
10 Data unavailable
11 #95 Justin Stephens
12 #1 Roger Adkins II
13 #58 John Whisnant
14 #74 Bruce Denman
15 #4 Rick Ricks
16 #11V Ivan Valverde
17 #62 Andrew Smith
18 #10 Isaac Gipson
19 #777 Alan Carter
20 #05 Payne Pickles
21 #65 John Windham
22 #3 Johnny Pendarvis
23 #45 Robert Frohnapfel
24 #11 Jonathan Sarratt

Fiday Night Street Stock Feature Winner #37 Cameron Metts

#37 Cameron Metts Feature Winner

#37 Cameron Metts wins the Street Stock $1000 to Win Friday night feature!

Friday night’s racing was an action packed side by side duel for the win.  Saturday night the Street Stock and the SCDRA guys lay it all on the line for the fans. Come out and enjoy the Late Model Simulator behind the grandstands and stop by our concessions stand for an order of Redneck Nachos.

SCDRA TIME TRIALS TOP 10:

  • Dennis Adkins sets quickest overall time in round 1 time trials with a lap of 23.540 seconds.
  • Wayne Risner – 23.760
  • Eddie McGrew – 23.766
  • Walker Windham – 23.775
  • John Windham – 23.855
  • Newman Presnell – 23.860
  • Alan Carter – 23.889
  • Payne Pickles – 23.927
  • Rick Ricks – 24.083
  • Josh Adkins – 24.084

 

Larson Dominates Lucas Dirt Season Opener at All-Tech

 

LAKE CITY, FL (January 23, 2021) – Kyle Larson scored the victory in the first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the season on Saturday night at All-Tech Raceway. The 28-year-old California native earned his second career win in a dirt late model. On his way to Lucas Oil Victory Lane he took the lead from Tyler Erb on lap 14 and proceeded to lap up to the eighth-place finisher, eventually winning the race by a stout 15 seconds.

There was a tight battle for the lead for the first 14 laps as Larson, Erb, and Devin Moran battled for the lead. Larson started sixth and passed Erb for the point, completely dominating the rest of the 50-lap race which went caution free. Moran moved into second on lap 16 and stayed there the rest of the race. New track record holder Mike Marlar came home in third followed by reigning Series Champion Jimmy Owens, and Brandon Sheppard.

Erb started from the pole and looked strong early on, but he couldn’t hold off the hard-charging Larson who skated past Erb and pulled away from the entire field. Marlar got around Erb late in the race as Erb lost three spots in the closing laps to finish sixth. Owens came from the 13th starting spot to salvage a good finish taking fourth, after a good battle with Sheppard.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane Larson was in amazement of his performance. “I have been asking a lot of people how to run the bottom. I have been really bad every time in a late model about moving around. I can run the top good but moving around I haven’t been very good. So, I just tried to be a lot smoother.  Gosh, my race car was so fast. I could go anywhere I wanted.”

Larson, who in 2020 captured 46 feature events and was the open wheel driver of the year, praised his car owner Kevin Rumley for the win. “Kevin Rumley and everyone who works on this thing, it’s such a pleasure to drive. I cannot believe I won Port Royal last year, and I can’t believe I won here. This is awesome. Thanks to all of the fans in the stands and the ones watching at home.”

Moran was pleased with his second place run in the Tye Twarog-owned entry. It was Moran’s first race since last October after having off-season wrist surgery. “I lost all of my tearoffs early in the race. I couldn’t see the 6 car anyways, he was too far out in front. We will take this top two finish heading to East Bay next week.”

Marlar, who is attempting his first full season with the series was pleased with his opening night performance. “As the track moved around a little bit, I got better. I want to thank Ronnie Delk for giving me this opportunity, my wife Stacy, and my crew for giving me such a good car tonight. Thank you to all of my sponsors and to the fans for everything that you all do for us.”

The winner’s Rumley Engineering owned Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Bilstein Shocks, JVI Group, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Hot Rod Septic Treatment, and D&E Marine.

Completing the top ten were Tyler Erb, Gregg Satterlee, Jonathan Davenport, Kyle Bronson, and Brandon Overton.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
General Tire Winter Nationals – Presented by LINE-X
Saturday, January 23, 2021
All-Tech Raceway – Lake City, FL

Allstar Performance Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Tyler Erb / 17.895 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Mike Marlar / 17.793 seconds (overall)

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 22-Gregg Satterlee[5]; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens[3]; 4. 00S-Jesse Stovall[4]; 5. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[2]; 6. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr[7]; 7. 14R-Jeff Roth[9]; 8. 0G-Deshawn Gingerich[8]; 9. 29V-Darrell Lanigan[6]; 10. (DNS) 48W-Win Ingersoll

Summit Racing Equipment Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 9-Devin Moran[1]; 2. 1S-Brandon Sheppard[3]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[5]; 4. 385-Mark Whitener[2]; 5. 14-Josh Richards[4]; 6. 16-Tyler Bruening[7]; 7. 10C-Ryan Crane[10]; 8. 7R-Ross Robinson[8]; 9. 14G-Joe Godsey[6]; 10. 4S-Danny Snyder[9]

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 3S-Brian Shirley[1]; 2. 18J-Chase Junghans[3]; 3. 71-Hudson O’Neal[2]; 4. 12D-Doug Drown[7]; 5. 17D-Zack Dohm[4]; 6. 311-Clay Harris[8]; 7. 26JR-Jimmy Sharpe Jr[5]; 8. 8A-Rob Anderzack[9]; 9. 00H-Wil Herrington[6]

Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 76-Brandon Overton[2]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 3. 25-Shane Clanton[4]; 4. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[8]; 5. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[5]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[6]; 7. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald[7]; 8. 48-Colton Flinner[9]; 9. 14B-John Baker[3]; 10. 6S-Blake Spencer[10]


MyRacePass
 Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson[2]; 2. 8-Kyle Strickler[1]; 3. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[3]; 4. 44D-Dalton Cook[4]; 5. 0E-Rick Eckert[7]; 6. 2S-Stormy Scott[5]; 7. 1G-Ryan King[9]; 8. 66C-Matt Cosner[6]; 9. 16S-Sam Seawright[8]


Lucas Oil
 Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): “>1. 6-Kyle Larson[1]; 2. 56JR-Tony Jackson Jr[4]; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport[2]; 4. 44-Stewart Friesen[6]; 5. 81E-Tanner English[3]; 6. 2D-Dan Stone[8]; 7. 3W-Brennon Willard[7]; 8. 20B-Todd Brennan[9]; 9. 24D-Michael Brown[5]

LINE-X B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 00S-Jesse Stovall[1]; 2. 14-Josh Richards[5]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[4]; 4. 385-Mark Whitener[2]; 5. 00H-Wil Herrington[18]; 6. 17D-Zack Dohm[6]; 7. 12D-Doug Drown[3]; 8. 7R-Ross Robinson[14]; 9. 10C-Ryan Crane[11]; 10. 311-Clay Harris[9]; 11. 26JR-Jimmy Sharpe Jr[12]; 12. 14G-Joe Godsey[17]; 13. 4S-Danny Snyder[20]; 14. 16-Tyler Bruening[8]; 15. 14R-Jeff Roth[10]; 16. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr[7]; 17. (DNS) 29V-Darrell Lanigan; 18. (DNS) 8A-Rob Anderzack; 19. (DNS) 0G-Deshawn Gingerich; 20. (DNS) 48W-Win Ingersoll

UNOH B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 0E-Rick Eckert[5]; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[7]; 3. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[1]; 4. 2S-Stormy Scott[8]; 5. 81E-Tanner English[6]; 6. 2D-Dan Stone[9]; 7. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[4]; 8. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald[10]; 9. 44-Stewart Friesen[3]; 10. 6S-Blake Spencer[19]; 11. 24D-Michael Brown[18]; 12. 14B-John Baker[16]; 13. 1G-Ryan King[11]; 14. 3W-Brennon Willard[12]; 15. 16S-Sam Seawright[17]; 16. 44D-Dalton Cook[2]; 17. 66C-Matt Cosner[14]; 18. 48-Colton Flinner[13]; 19. 20B-Todd Brennan[15]

Source and read more at: https://lucasdirt.com

2021 Lucas Dirt Speedweeks Preview

Batavia, OHIO (January 19, 2021) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season is upon us, with racing at three tracks, with ten pay days. The 2021 season starts off with visits to All-Tech Raceway for the General Tire Winter Nationals – Presented by LINE-X, on January 21st – January 23rd, East Bay Raceway Park for the 45th Annual Wrisco Industries Winternationals – Presented by Lucas Oil January 24th – January 30th, and Bubba Raceway Park for the K&N Filters Winter Nationals – Presented by OPTIMA Batteries February 1st – 2nd.

The action will get underway with an open practice on Thursday, January 21st. Friday, January 22nd will officially kick-off the season with a 50-lap, $12,000-to-win event followed by a 50-lap, $15,000-to-win main event on Saturday, January 23rd at All-Tech Raceway.

On Thursday, January 21st, the pit gate will open at 2:00pm with practice from 6:00pm-9:00pm. For any fans getting to town early, the general admission gate will also be open to get a glimpse of the action before official competition begins on Friday. The pit gate will open at 2:00pm on both Friday and Saturday while the grandstands will open at 3:00pm Friday and Saturday. Hot laps each day will begin at 5:30pm with Heat race action at 7:10pm.

For tickets or more information on the General Tire Winter Nationals Presented by LINE-X, visit: www.alltechraceway.com, or call the track office at: (386) 754-7223.

Teams will then make the trek south to Tampa, Florida to East Bay Raceway Park for a thrilling week of racing at the “Clay by the Bay”. The action starts off on Sunday with an open practice from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, with the pit gate scheduled to open at 2:00pm. Beginning Monday, January 25th and continuing through Saturday, January 30th the nation’s top dirt late model drivers will battle it out for nearly $200,000 in prize money.

A full program is scheduled for six straight nights, which includes: Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, Berry Barn Strawberry Dash presented by DirtOnDirt.com, and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event. Each day, the Drivers Meeting will take place at 5:00pm, followed by Hot Laps at 5:30pm.

For tickets or more information on the 45th Annual Wrisco Industries Winternationals, visit: www.ebrp.co, or call the track office at: (877) 457-5611.

Following six nights of racing at East Bay Raceway Park, teams will make the trip back north to Bubba Raceway Park, a 3/8 mile, semi-banked, D-shape clay oval to compete for $10,000-to-win both Monday, February 1st and Tuesday, February 2nd. The pit gate is set to open at 2:00pm with the grandstand gates opening at 5:00pm. The Drivers Meeting will be at 5:00pm, Hot Laps set for 5:30pm.

For tickets or more information on the K&N Filters Winter Nationals – Presented by OPTIMA Batteries, visit: www.bubbaracewaypark.com, or call the track office at: (352) 622-9400.

All ten nights of racing will be available Live on MAVTVplus.com, with tape delayed airings on MAVTV Motorsports Network. January 22nd and 23rd at All-Tech Raceway, as well as January 29th and 30th from East Bay Raceway Park will be Live on MAVTV Motorsports Network. To find a full list of providers, visit: mavtv.com/get-mavtv/providers. The events on January 23rd at All-Tech Raceway, January 29th and 30th at East Bay Raceway Park, and February 2nd at Bubba Raceway Park will be tape delayed airings for CBS Sports Network. January 23rd from All-Tech Raceway and January 30th from East Bay Raceway Park are tape delayed airings for NBCSN.

 

Read more at:
https://lucasdirt.com/news/latest-news/2021-news/2021-lucas-dirt-speedweeks-preview

 

2020 All-Tech Raceway Season Champions

Before we close out the year, All-Tech Raceway would like to congradulate our 2020 Season Champions.

Its an honor for us to host race’s for you all! We are especially honored to have three up and coming Stars of the sport as Champions.We can’t say enough about these three young men. They have proven week after week why they deserve to be Champions and our sport looks great with these young drivers leading the way into the future.

CRUSA DIRT LATE MODEL Champion : “The Future” Trey Mills
(Age 12)

Reed’s Metals 602 Late Models
Champion : Jackson Hise
(Age 13)

Pure Stocks
Champion :”The Ghost” Bubba Roling
(Age 13)

Below are two great men, drivers , and veterans of our sport.
Heath Walker had a great season and proved why he is “The Dirt Ninja” by chopping down a few wins and the Street Stock Championship!
Donnie Birdwell earned Sportsman of the year for a few reasons.
1.His support of Racing at All-Tech Raceway as well as several other tracks throughout the State and in Georgia.
2.The improvements he has made in The Reeds Metals 602 Division.
3. His noticeable hard work and determination to improve.

Woodman Life Street Stocks
Champion: ” The Dirt Ninja”
Heath Walker

Sportsman of The Year.
Donnie Birdwell.

We’d like to say thanks to the Sponsors that make it possible for these five drivers and their teams to compete at All-Tech Raceway weekly.

SPECIAL THANKS TO.
Jason Fitzgerald
Stanton Mills
James Simon’s ( Southwark Crane)
Ricky Riedel ( H&R Engines)
GW Performance
Competition Cutz
Triple Crown Trailers
Mills Concrete
Gast Construction
Buckner Construction
John Roling Trucking
Carter Trucking
Wendell’s Trucking
Jason Garver
Computa Tune
Byron’s Tractor inc.
Napa Branford
Southern Bellevue
H&S Directional Drilling.

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Trey Mills Motorsports
Jackson Hise Motorsports
Bubba Roling Racing

News on Banquet and the Top 20 in points will be out in the next few days.
Thank You for your overwhelming support of All-Tech Raceway during the 2020 Racing Season.
We look forward to providing the best Racing has to offer in 2021 and beyond.
See You at the Track.

Prestigious Powell Family Memorial to Pay $25,000 to Win

By Brian McLeod
ELLISVILLE, Fla. — The bitterly sad news hit the short track racing world like an unexpected gut punch, and it’s since had a significant effect on the sport that reaches far and wide ever since it happened on June 7, 1995. That was the date when a small Piper Cherokee negotiating its way through foggy skies crashed in a swamp near Gainesville, Fla., taking away the lives of several members of driver James Powell III’s family, including his parents James “Buddy” Powell and Elizabeth Powell, along with his 4-year-old twin daughters Ashley and Nicole. Two more family members lost their lives in the crash, including his aunt Loveda McNair and his uncle C.J. Powell.
The incident sent the motorsports community into immediate shock during that long-ago summer, and of course changed the young driver’s life forever. Racing on both dirt and pavement from a home base in Astor, Fla., Powell’s successful racing career and his own life seemed to be heading in the right direction as he approached the start of his fourth decade on the planet, and suddenly it all seemed totally insignificant in the face of nearly unbelievable sadness and tragedy.
It remains in many minds as one of the darkest days in Florida short track racing history.
Florida’s Biggest Dirt Track Race
From the worst tragedies spring eternal hope, and now 25 years later, Powell has come to grips as much as possible with a day that broke his heart into a million pieces. The crash gave birth to a special race—appropriately dubbed the Powell Family Memorial—that honors his family’s memory, and it has gradually grown from its first presentation at Ocala (Fla.) Speedway [now known as Bubba Raceway Park] to become what is perhaps dirt track racing’s biggest and most-anticipated event in the Sunshine State.
“My family had previously operated Ocala Speedway for 12 years, but the track had been sold to Paul Pitre, who was a close friend of the family,” Powell said. “After the plane crash, he came to us with the idea for the memorial race, and our family decided that might be a good idea to pay tribute to those who lost their lives. It took legs and did well from the start, and it’s still going strong.”
A New Venue
It will be held this year at All-Tech Raceway in Ellisville, Fla. for the first time on Oct. 22-24, and has been staged at several different facilities (both dirt and paved ovals) over the years. The new site promises to be a huge step for the race, which will pay an eye-popping $25,000 to the winner and be sanctioned as a non-points event by the Adairsville, Ga.-based Crate Racing USA Dirt Late Model Series.
A huge car count is expected, and the grandstands might not be large enough considering the track’s penchant to produce side-by-side racing on a slick and smooth surface, and the race’s overall popularity during its 25-year reign in the Sunshine State.
“When Wendell Durrance [track promoter] told me he felt we should do something special since this was the race’s 25th year, I didn’t know what he meant,” Powell said. “When he said he wanted to pay $25,000 to the winner, he asked me what I thought about that. I said, ‘Holy crap…I think it’s gonna be awesome!’
“He’s gone above and beyond what was expected for our family’s race, and he and his staff have gone out of their way to help us. We’ve always tried to run the race around the date the plane crash happened, which was June 7. I told him I know the date and will never forget it, so we all decided to move the date until later in the year when the weather is cooler, and there’s less chance of rain every day like we have down here during the summer months. The race honors the memory of our family, and they are calling all the time to get our feedback on their plans, and that means a lot to me.”
Former Winners and a Couple Kids
According to track personnel, eight former winners are expected to compete at this year’s version of the highly-prestigious event, led by four-time winner Mark Whitener of Middleburg, Fla., who claimed his victories in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Other former winners expected to participate during the giant weekend include Patrick Williams (2006), Johnny Collins (2008), Ivedent Lloyd (2009, 2011), Phillip Cobb (2010), Keith Nosbisch (2012), Jason Fitzgerald (2017) and David Whitener (2019).
The up-and-coming kid brigade will be well represented with expected appearances from 12-year-old Trey Mills and 13-year-old Jackson Hise. Mills has already won races at the facility, despite not yet hitting his teen years. He has also won a feature event at Volusia County Speedway.
Personal Growth From Tragedy
Powell has mentally persevered through painful memories despite the heart-wrenching blow, and today stands strong and firm after a 32-year racing career that a few years ago reached its end. He speaks today with confidence, having grown into a self-assured and successful man from the shy, tousle-haired young kid who barely spoke more than a word or two to curious onlookers while starting his racing career about 10 miles from home in a trademark white No. 19 at Volusia County Speedway in Barberville, Fla.
The youngster at the time was following in his father’s footsteps, as Buddy Powell also competed in the Super Late Model division before his son’s career started to grab traction.
Powell’s life has hit brighter days since the crash that snatched away so many family members, and while he no longer competes as a race car driver, he and wife Kimberly have three children: 5-year-old Brystal, a 9-year-old son Cooper and the oldest, a 13-year-old daughter named Saige.
“I’m 54 years old, but I still feel like I’m about 24,” Powell said. “I just got to a point where I completely lost interest in racing. I drove for Mark Cowheard on pavement for 10-11 years, and we had a lot of fun and enjoyed much success together. That was probably the most fun I ever had in my career was driving for those guys. He got out, and at the time I had a grandmother who was needing care at home, we had our kids to spend our time around, and racing is such a tough business.
“It just takes so much time, and then you get home Sunday morning after the races that you’ve worked hard all week to make, and that day is completely shot because you’re exhausted. After a couple rides with different people, it got to the point where I was asking myself, ‘What in hell are you doing? And I finally said you know what? I’m done.’”
Powell walked away from a sport he’d participated in since he was a young man, and says he never looked back.
“I raced for 32 years, and I guess I just got burned out,” Powell said. “The people changed, others I’d raced with for many years were getting away from it or slowing down, and it got to the point where it was almost like a job. The fun was gone. Now we take time to go out on a boat, or climb into a motorhome with the kids for the weekend, and that’s just what we do. I honestly don’t miss the racing, but we had a really good time for a lot of years with some really great people. I had a good career in the sport, and I’ll always be thankful for those opportunities.”
The Memories Remain
When such sadness strikes a person so young, it’s logical to expect that some extremely difficult personal times will follow. Such was the case with Powell, but he eventually grasped ahold of the entire tragedy, and figured out how to mentally deal with what happened. He even figured out how to relate his own experiences to others, and to help them deal with similar grief-stricken experiences.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about all of them,” Powell said. “It’ll never go away, and it’ll always be a part of my life, but you can’t change it. You eventually realize you have to take the cards you were dealt and move forward.
“I’ve actually talked to other families who have experienced similar grief in their lives, and that’s what I always try to tell them. They’ll ask, ‘How did you do it?’ And I just tell them it’s definitely not easy, but you have to keep living your own life and moving forward every day, and just do what you can to honor their memory. That’s pretty much what has gotten me to where I am today.”
While Powell has a firm grip on his own personal feelings after 25 years, there are still those memories that occasionally filter through his mind. He actually focuses on keeping their memory alive, and that includes working to keep a prominent family’s name in peoples’ minds in the tiny town where he lives.
“I can assure you they are all greatly missed daily, and there’s sometimes occasions that two or three times a day something will happen that makes me stop what I’m doing to think about them,” Powell said. “I suppose that will never stop happening as long as I’m around.
“We’ve bought a couple more campgrounds, and we still live in the same area, so we’ve managed to keep the family name involved in the local history. Our family had a good name and my parents did a lot to help people, and I’m proud that we’ve been able to carry that reputation on after what’s happened. That was something that was very important to me after the plane crash, and it’s something I’m very proud we’ve been able to do.”
Racing Family Means Everything
Florida’s racing community will once again pay their utmost respects to the Powell family in mid-to-late October with the 25th running of the annual event, and someone will carry home a huge amount of money. Powell and friends will gather in the track’s parking lot for what he calls “a big ole’ barbecue and a good time for all of our racing friends,” and more memories will be made by some of the most respected folks in the game.
“I might not be driving anymore, but people ask me all the time about this race, and it really is a very important deal to me,” Powell said. “It’s been held at a few different tracks…Inverness, Ocala, Volusia, and it’s sorta like a homecoming every year when people gather for it. You always see people you only see at a racetrack once or twice a year. It’s always good to get up with people you don’t see as often, and it’s a nice feeling to know that people still have that much respect for our family. It truly means a lot to me.”
The event turns a big sweeping corner with its whopping payoff this year, and the importance of that growth is not lost on Powell. The future is brighter than ever for his family’s memorial event, it has become a huge part of Florida racing folklore, and though he no longer straps into a race car’s cockpit on a regular basis, that respect people seem to have for his lost family members makes him happy.
“I honestly think the race is getting stronger than it’s ever been, and to see people honor my family every year for what they stood for as decent, hard-working people, and also to respect what they contributed to the sport…that just means so much to me on a personal level,” Powell said. “To know that so many people have enough respect for us to keep this race going has made a huge difference in our lives, and it’s very important to all of us.”

Big-Block, Big Bucks: Erick Rudolph Ends ‘Sunshine Swing’ with $10,000 Victory; Grant Hilfiger Crate 602 Sportsman Star

Written by Chris Moore

LAKE CITY, FL – Erick Rudolph capped off the inaugural Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco ‘Sunshine Swing’ by winning the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event on Saturday night at All-Tech Raceway.

After having strong runs in both feature’s on Friday night, one cut short for mechanical issues, the Ransomville, N.Y., hot shoe powered his big-block powered No. 25R to the front in the final 10 laps to steal the show.

Rudolph’s one prior STSS victory also paid $10,000-to-win at the ‘York County Nationals’ at Pa.’s BAPS Motor Speedway in 2017.

Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen grabbed the LKQ North Florida $500 ‘Sunshine Swing’ championship with a runner-up finish. He also received a set of VAHLCO Elite Series® Wheels worth $1,400.

Milford, Del.’s Jordan Watson and Sheffield, Mass., native Andy Bachetti led the field to series “starter” Joe Kriss’ green flag in front of a packed house at the Florida half-mile.

The “Wild Child,” Andy Bachetti raced into turn number one to grab the lead. Billy Dunn, of Watertown, N.Y., and Billy Pauch Jr., of Frenchtown, N.J., followed Bachetti ahead of Watson to occupy the top three spots.

The stars of night one at the ‘Sunshine Swing’ – Stewart Friesen and Mat Williamson – were on the charge again, starting eighth and 12th after the Beyea Custom Headers redraw. The two occupied the fifth and sixth spots, respectively, just five laps into the affair.

Pauch Jr. was challenging Andy Bachetti for the lead until the leaders caught lap traffic. Bachetti was able to open his advantage over the rest of the field until lap 15, when Bachetti spun out negotiating lap traffic.

Billy Dunn would inherit the lead and command the race for the next several laps as several drivers around him went pit-side, including several drivers in the top top-10.

Two drivers taking advantage of the chaos in between yellow flags were Mike Gular and Rudolph.

On lap 32, Billy Dunn relinquished the lead to Mat Williamson, and Rudolph pulled up alongside. That restart however, would belong to Mike Gular. Boyertown, Pa.’s Gular restarted fourth, and drove around Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard and underneath Rudolph to take second.

One restart later, on lap 39, Gular would do one better, powering around Williamson to take the lead. Williamson would also lose second to Sheppard before the yellow on lap 41.

The restart that changed the race for good, ensued. Gular and Sheppard washed up the track, and Rudolph drove around Williamson and under the two leaders to take the lead for good.

Rudolph survived the remaining restarts to grab the Sunoco checkered flags. Friesen would climb all the way back to second to grab the Sunshine Swing championship. Mike Gular would hang onto third with Billy Pauch Jr., and Matt Sheppard rounding out the top five.

Phoenix, N.Y.’s Larry Wight finished sixth, Beaver Dams, N.Y.’s, Dillon Groover grabbed seventh and the Ocala Restaurant Hard Charger after starting 26th. Williamson faded to eighth, with Belle Mead, N.J.’s Brandon Grosso and Boyertown, Pa.’s Ryan Watt rounded out the top-10 driving for Rick Regalski.

The Crate 602 Sportsman went 30-laps in distance for a $1,500 payday to round out the ‘Sunshine Swing.’ Cresco, Pa.’s Grant Hilfiger started on the pole and led all 30-laps to win the race and the $500 LKQ North Florida ‘Sunshine Swing’ championship.

Despite challenges from Tony Ballestero and Tim Hartman Jr. throughout the race, Hilfiger held onto the lead for his first career STSS win.

Ransomville, N.Y.’s Jim Harbison came from 18th to finish second. Derek Webb, of Watertown, N.Y. finished third. Tim Hartman Jr., of Niskayuna N.Y. and Hamburg, Pa.’s Craig Whitmoyer rounded out the top five.

Racing resumes for the STSS on March 6-7 at Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway with the fifth running of the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial featuring the STSS Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central Modified opener (49 laps, $10,049 to win) and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman South Region lid-lifter (25 laps, $1,490 to win) and a host of other divisions.

All-Tech Raceway is located at 1024 SW Howell Road Lake City, FL 32024. To learn more about the speedway, visit www.alltechraceway.com.

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The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Evergreen Fuels Inc., ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Fast Axle, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, MJK Home Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

‘SUNSHINE SWING’ RESULTS SUMMARY – ALL-TECH RACEWAY FEBRUARY 8, 2020

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): ERICK RUDOLPH, Stewart Friesen, Mike Gular, Billy Pauch Jr., Matt Sheppard, Larry Wight, Dillon Groover, Mat Williamson, Brandon Grosso, Ryan Watt, Billy Decker, Matt Stangle, Billy Dunn, Kyle Coffey, Rick Laubach, Kyle Weiss, Demetrios Drellos, Alex Yankowski, Anthony Perrego, Robert Dutton, Danny Johnson, Billy Van Pelt, Jordan Watson, Jim Rasey, David Schilling, Andy Bachetti, Peter Britten, Danny Hieber.

Did Not Qualify (Receive Mike’s Racing Heads $50 Tow Insurance): Nick Mady, Rusty Smith, Justin Haers, Scott Van Gorder, Todd Neiheiser, Ryan Riffe, Clay Tatman, Scott Hitchens, Jeremy Smith, Tyler Siri, Darwin Greene, J.R. Hurlburt, Marshall Hurd, Russell Morseman III, Darren Smith.

‘Sunshine Swing’ Final Modified Points (Top-10): 1) Stewart Friesen 295; 2) Mat Williamson 258; 3) Matt Sheppard 255; 4 – Tie) Billy Pauch Jr. & Erick Rudolph 223; 6) Larry Wight 221; 7) Billy Decker 208; 8) Anthony Perrego 207; 9) Billy Dunn 204; 10) Brandon Grosso 184.

LKQ North Florida Sunshine Swing Champion ($500): Stewart Friesen
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Champion (Polarized Ray-Ban Sunglasses):
Stewart Friesen
VAHLCO Racing Wheels Champion (ELITE Series® Wheels):
Stewart Friesen

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Brandon Grosso (ninth) & Kyle Coffey (14th)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards):
Billy Pauch Jr. (fourth) & Brandon Grosso (ninth)
Beyea Headers Redraw Bonus ($50):
Mat Williamson
Competition Carburetor Fast Time Award ($50): Mike Gular (18.409 seconds)
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Bonus (Ray-Ban Sunglasses):
Erick Rudolph(winner)
DIG Race Products Bonus ($100 Certificate):
Dillon Groover(seventh)
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate):
Mat Williamson(eighth)
ERK Steering Bonus ($50): Kyle Weiss(16th)
Henry’s Exhaust Bonus ($50 Certificate):
Billy Decker (11th)
Ocala Restaurant Supply Hard Charger ($200): Dillon Groover (26th to seventh)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Stewart Friesen (second), Matt Stangle (12th) & Billy Van Pelt (22nd)
Wilwood Brakes Bonus ($75 Certificate): Larry Wight (sixth)


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps):
GRANT HILFIGER, Jim Harbison, Derek Webb, Tim Hartman Jr., Craig Whitmoyer, Payton Talbot, A-Jay Potrzebowski Jr., Jeff Brown, Blaine Klinger, Daniel Morgiewicz, Garrett Given Sr., Michael Mondak, Shawn McPhee, Carl Bittenbender, Antonio Ballestero, Scott Hitchens, Todd Buckwold, Brendan Gibbons, Kevin Chaffee, Michael Ballestero, Brian Sadler, Robert Delormier, Adam White, Bobby Flood, Kevin Sockriter.

‘Sunshine Swing’ Final Crate 602 Sportsman Points (Top-10): 1) Grant Hilfiger 290; 2) Tim Hartman Jr. 260; 3) Antonio Ballestero 242; 4) Jim Harbison 227; 5) Craig Whitmoyer 213; 6) Kevin Chaffee 205; 7) Payton Talbot 192; 8) Blaine Klinger 191; 9) Derek Webb 175; 10 – Tie) Scott Hitchens & Kevin Sockriter 174.

LKQ North Florida Sunshine Swing Champion ($500): Grant Hilfiger
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Champion (Polarized Ray-Ban Sunglasses):
Grant Hilfiger

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire): Daniel Morgiewicz (10th)
Beyea Headers Redraw Bonus ($25): Tim Hartman Jr.
Competition Carburetor Fast Time Award:
Kevin Chaffee (19.467 seconds)
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Bonus (Ray-Ban Sunglasses):
Grant Hilfiger
DIG Race Products Bonus ($100 Certificate):
A-Jay Potrzebowski Jr. (seventh)
ERK Steering Bonus ($50):
Scott Hitchens (16th)
Evergreen Fuels Inc. Winner’s Bonus ($39):
Grant Hilfiger

Source: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/2020/02/09/big-block-big-bucks-erick-rudolph-ends-sunshine-swing-with-10000-victory-grant-hilfiger-crate-602-sportsman-star/

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