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Logan Seavey wins Saturday Night Thunder at virtual Bristol

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Logan Seavey overcame an early incident and passed Chase Cabre for the lead with 13 laps to go in the 150-lap race to win the Saturday Night Thunder iRacing event at a virtual Bristol Motor Speedway.

The race was run with ARCA Menards Series cars. The event was open to NASCAR Xfinity Series, Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, Pinty’s Series, Whelen Euro Series and ARCA Menards Series drivers.

Seavey, who plans to run a full-time USAC sprint car and midget schedule while looking for a NASCAR ride, advanced to the feature by finishing second in his heat race.

Cabre, who will run a full ARCA Menards Series schedule when racing returns, finished second. Alex Labbe, a driver in the Pinty’s Series, was third. Anthony Alfredo finished fourth. Kyle Weatherman completed the top five.

The event featured three heat races that transferred four drivers each to the feature. The two last chance qualifying races transferred six drivers each to the feature.

Two drivers who advanced through the last chance qualifying race finished in the top 10 in the feature. Joey Gase was ninth in the feature. Jeb Burton placed 10th in the feature.

RESULTS

FEATURE RACE

  1. Logan Seavey
  2. Chase Cabre
  3. Alex Labbe
  4. Anthony Alfredo
  5. Kyle Weatherman
  6. Ty Majeski
  7. Justin Allgaier
  8. Blake Koch
  9. Joey Gase
  10. Jeb Burton
  11. Justin Haley
  12. Stewart Friesen
  13. Landon Huffman
  14. Myatt Snider
  15. Jesse Iwuji
  16. Will Rodgers
  17. Kaz Grala
  18. Brandon Brown
  19. Chandler Smith
  20. Josh Bilicki
  21. Ryan Truex
  22. Derek Kraus
  23. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  24. Harrison Burton

 

HEAT RACES

Top four advanced to feature

HEAT 1

  1. Blake Koch
  2. Logan Seavey
  3. Chase Cabre
  4. Kaz Grala
  5. Derek Kraus
  6. Landon Huffman
  7. Ryan Truex
  8. Christian Eckes
  9. Joey Gase
  10. Tyler Ankrum
  11. JJ Yeley
  12. Stewart Friesen
  13. Trevor Bayne

HEAT 2

  1. Kyle Weatherman
  2. Alex Labbe
  3. Josh Bilicki
  4. Jesse Iwuji
  5. Bayley Currey
  6. Brandon Brown
  7. Spencer Boyd
  8. Ryan Ellis
  9. Chandler Smith
  10. Brennan Poole
  11. Sam Mayer
  12. Michael Annett
  13. Jeb Burton

HEAT 3

  1. Anthony Alfredo
  2. Will Rodgers
  3. Justin Allgaier
  4. Ty Majeski
  5. Matt Mills
  6. Scott Stenzel
  7. Stephen Leicht
  8. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  9. Joe Graf Jr.
  10. Justin Haley
  11. Myatt Snider
  12. Harrison Burton

LAST CHANCE QUALIFYING RACES

LAST CHANCE QUALIFYING RACE 1

Top 6 advance to feature

  1. Derek Kraus
  2. Ryan Truex
  3. Brandon Brown
  4. Joey Gase
  5. Jeb Burton
  6. Myatt Snider
  7. JJ Yeley
  8. Stephen Leicht
  9. Matt Mills
  10. Joe Graf Jr.
  11. Ryan Ellis
  12. Sam Mayer

LAST CHANCE QUALIFYING RACE 2

  1.  Landon Huffman
  2. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  3. Justin Haley
  4. Harrison Burton
  5. Stewart Friesen
  6. Chandler Smith
  7. Spencer Boyd
  8. Bayley Currey
  9. Christian Eckes
  10. Scott Stenzel
  11. Tyler Ankrum
  12. Michael Annett
  13. Trevor Bayne

Saturday Night Thunder iRacing event: Start time and more

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Fans will get an additional night of iRacing involving NASCAR competitors with the Saturday Night Thunder event at a virtual Bristol Motor Speedway.

The event will be run with digital ARCA Menards Series cars. The event is open to Xfinity, Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, Pinty’s Series, Whelen Euro Series and ARCA drivers.

Today’s event is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET.

FORMAT: Two-lap, single-car qualifying will set heat race grids. There are scheduled to be four 20-lap heats. The top four from each heat will transfer to the feature. There is scheduled to be two 20-lap last chance qualifying races. The top two from each last chance qualifying race will transfer to the feature.

FEATURE RACE: The feature is scheduled to have 20 cars and be 150 laps. Drivers are allowed one reset to repair crash damage. No one will transfer to Sunday’s eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series race. There also will be up to three attempts at a green/white/checkered finish.

RULES: Drivers are allowed one reset in the heat races. There will be no cautions in the heat races. There will be no cautions in the two last chance qualifying races.

ONLINE: Watch at eNASCAR.com/live.

DRIVERS SCHEDULED TO COMPETE (Subject to change): Alex Labbe, Anthony Alfredo, Brennan Poole, Chandler Smith, Chase Cabre, Christian Eckes, Harrison Burton, Jeb Burton, Jesse Iwuji, Joey Gase, Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, Kaz Grala, Kyle Weatherman, Landon Huffman, Logan Seavey, Michael Annett, Myatt Snider, Ryan Ellis, Ryan Truex, Sam Mayer, Scott Stenzel, Sheldon Creed, Spencer Boyd, Ty Majeski, Tyler Ankrum, Michael Annett, Matt Mills, Stephen Leicht, Ruben Garcia, Stewart Friesen, Will Rodgers, Blake Koch, Brandon Brown, JJ Yeley, Bayley Currey

 

Chandler Smith set for eight Truck Series races with Kyle Busch Motorsports

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Chandler Smith will run an eight-race schedule in the Truck Series this year for Kyle Busch Motorsports, the team announced Tuesday.

Smith, 17, will begin his schedule in the No. 51 Toyota with the first two races in the Triple Truck Challenge, at Richmond Raceway (April 18) and Dover International Speedway (May 1).

Smith’s remaining schedule is Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 8) and then five of the seven playoff races: World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Aug. 21), Bristol Motor Speedway (Sept. 17), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Sept. 25), Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 3) and Phoenix Raceway (Nov. 6).

Smith made four starts for KBM last year, finishing in the top 10 in each one and earning three top fives.

Kyle Busch Motorsports announces 2020 driver, crew chief lineup

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Kyle Busch Motorsports announced its driver-crew chief roster for the 2020 Gander Outdoors Truck Series season on Wednesday. It includes the addition of veteran Danny Stockman.

Stockman will be in charge of the No. 51 Toyota, which will be driven by Kyle Busch, Chandler Smith and more drivers to be announced at a later date.

Stockman was a long-time crew chief at Richard Childress Racing, most recently working with Austin Dillon in the Cup Series this season. He was Dillon’s crew chief when he won his titles in the Truck Series (2011) and Xfinity Series (2013).

Ryan “Rudy” Fugle will be paired with Christian Eckes on the No. 18 Toyota. Fugle worked on the No. 51 this year as it won six races, including all of Busch’s five wins and Greg Biffle‘s victory. Fugle has led KBM teams to five owner titles (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019) and two driver titles (2015 and 2017).

Mike Hillman Jr. will be the crew chief for Raphael Lessard‘s rookie season in the No. 4 Toyota. Hillman has two Truck Series titles, including Toyota’s first in 2006 with Todd Bodine.

 

Stephen Nasse DQ’d, Travis Braden declared Snowball Derby winner

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What was the greatest day of Stephen Nasse’s late model racing career turned into the biggest nightmare just over two hours later.

After roaring through the field from a next-to-last starting position (36th in the 37-driver field) to win the 52nd Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, Nasse and his car were disqualified due to an illegal equipment violation found in post-race inspection.

As a result, original race runner-up Travis Braden was ruled the winner, while 14-year-old Jake Garcia, making his first career Snowball Derby start, moved up from third-place to runner-up.

This marks the third time since 2013 that the Snowball Derby winner has been disqualified for violations: Chase Elliott was DQ’d in 2013, giving the win to Erik Jones; and then in 2015, Christopher Bell was DQ’d, giving the win to Elliott.

Nasse was DQ’d for a titanium violation in the brake system of his car, apparently the first time such equipment has been found in Derby cars. Here’s an interview with chief technical inspector Ricky Brooks, courtesy of AutoWeek.com’s Matt Weaver, explaining Nasse’s disqualification:

Braden, a West Virginia native, told Speed51.com about his victory, “It feels very special. But I know it’s going to feel more special with a little bit of time. It stinks we couldn’t have won the race outright, but I know these guys won the Snowball Derby. We brought a car here capable of winning this race outright.”

Nasse took to Twitter to express his feelings about being disqualified:

Nasse’s car was the only one to fail post-race inspection.

Had Garcia won, he would have been the youngest winner in Derby history (Chase Elliott holds that record at 16 years, 6 days old, in 2011).

Rounding out the top five were Canadian native Cole Butcher in third, Jesse Dutilly in fourth and Preston Peltier in fifth. The race was originally scheduled to be run Sunday, but persistent rain pushed the event to Monday afternoon/evening.

Braden adds his name to a long list of Derby winners including Kyle Busch (2009, 2017), Erik Jones (2012, 2013), John Hunter Nemecheck (2014), Chase Elliott (2011, 2015), Christian Eckes (2016) and Noah Gragson (2018).

Several other notables and their finishing positions included veteran Cup driver David Gilliland (27th), JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry (29th), and NASCAR Cup driver Corey LaJoie, who suffered early problems and finished 31st. Former Roush Fenway Racing Xfinity Series driver Ty Majeski finished 13th, and ARCA Menards Pro Series West (formerly K&N Pro Series West) driver Derek Kraus finished 18th.

Majeski appeared headed to the win with less than two laps to go when he was involved in a multi-car wreck on Lap 317, bringing out a red flag race stoppage.

That opened the door for Nasse, Braden and Garcia — before Nasse was disqualified.

As a result, instead of earning what would have been the 100th late model win of his career, the 25-year-old Majeski, a native of Seymour, Wisconsin, was left with a wrecked race car and finished 13th.

“I’m just extremely frustrated,” Majeski told Speed51.com. “We had a real good car, a car plenty capable of winning. This is a tough one. Man, it sucks.”

Here are the updated results:

52nd Annual Snowball Derby Official Results

Pos. # Driver
1 26b Travis Braden
2 35 Jake Garcia
3 53b Cole Butcher
4 30 Jesse Dutilly
5 48 Preston Peltier
6 51s Chandler Smith
7 22 Casey Roderick
8 18 Hunter Robbins
9 36 Dan Fredrickson
10 53j Boris Jurkovic
11 119 Dalton Zehr
12 12G Derek Griffith
13 91 Ty Majeski
14 9C Jeff Choquette
15 43 Derek Thorn
16 81 Giovanni Bromante
17 7d John DeAngelis
18 2 Derek Kraus
19 54c Matt Craig
20 9m Brad May
21 51a Michael Altwell
22 20m Cole Moore
23 75 Jeremy Doss
24 16 Lucas Jones
25 26p Bubba Pollard
26 10 Kaden Honeycutt
27 54g David Gilliland
28 112 Augie Grill
29 57 Josh Berry
30 14c Connor Okrzesik
31 7 Corey LaJoie
32 21p Jeremy Pate
33 11 David Rogers
34 15 Rodrigo Rejon
35 4 Kyle Plott
36 78 Corey Heim
37 51n Stephen Nasse DQ

 

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