Holzhausen Capitalizes Late On Bills’ Mistake For 1st Win
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The Sim Auto Racing Association began it’s GM Parts Xperts Super Late Model Series on Thursday night. The first of the eleven race series took place at one of the more difficult 1-mile ovals: New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The weather provided favorable passing conditions with low humidity and cooler temperatures, keeping the track around a mild 70 degrees. Though the evening showed overcast for the New Hampshire 103, there was nothing gloomy about this first race to kick off the Super Late Model Series. A total of 46 cars would attempt to qualify, but only 31 cars would start the feature after provisionals.
I just got in the gas too soon, pushed up to the wall and I had to either let out of it or run into the wall…Tim BillsTim Bills, driver of the #37 H&H Sign Supply machine set the tone of race No. 1 as he started up front after a 7-car invert moved him to the top spot. Bills proved to have the dominant car leading 90 laps on the night. It wasn’t until a turn two incident, with about two laps remaining. The near flawless #37 car would make one small slip and the hopes for victory went sailing by as the #87 of Derek Holzhausen passed Bills on the inside down the back stretch. Holzhausen would take the lead out of turn four coming to the white flag and would not look back.
It is my first win, its been a lot of hard work and a long time coming, lots of seconds to these guys, they’re awfully fast…Derek HolzhausenDerek Holzhausen found himself battling in the top five all night long with other drivers such as #6 Joe Schaffer Jr., #75 Cody Kelley, and the #66 David Krikorian. Hard Charger on the night would go to the #14 Derek Robinson who started 25th on the grid after a qualifying mistake. Robinson darted 10 positions in the first 30 laps of the race and just continued to climb his way to the front. Robinson would see a few chances to battle for the race lead late in the race with a few cautions in the remaining 15 laps. Robinson would go on to finish 3rd. Schaffer hung around the top five all night as well to finish in 4th, and Darrell Hamlin climbed up to round out the top five.
Next week the GM Parts Xperts Super Late Model Series rolls into the USA International Speedway for the Lakeland 125 at the 0.75 Mile Oval. After witnessing the tough competition at New Hampshire, moving to a track that will be shorter, but have more banking, it will be a race that everyone should tune in to watch.
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Kelley Reels In Majeski Late For Richmond Victory
The GM Parts Xperts Late Model Series started off its 2016 Fall Season with at the Richmond International Raceway for the Richmond 100. Casey Kelley laid down the hot lap in Time Trials to take the pole position but would be inverted as Ty Spearman would be moved from 8th to the head of the field.
Spearman could only hold the top spot for a lap, as Derek Robinson, who started 3rd moved into the lead on lap 2. Robinson would continue up front holding off challenges from Tyler Price, and eventually Cody Kelley and Ty Majeski for the top spot. Majeski would pass Cody Kelley for 2nd place on lap 38 to move into the position to challenge Robinson and he would complete the pass for the lead a few laps later on lap 42. Kelley would also take advantage and keep with Majeski up front as Robinson would slide through the field as the race progressed.
After a few early cautions, the last of the caution of the race would end at halfway, as a long green flag run would ensue to the race end. Majeski and Cody Kelley would break away from the rest of the field as Tim Bills, Joe Schaffer Jr. and Ty Spearman would make up the top five through this run. Cody Kelley got right up to Majeski’s bumper and passed him headed into turn one on lap 85, Majeski would try a crossover but would up making a mistake and hitting the backstretch wall. This one mistake would allow Kelley to put a second lead on Majeski with just 14 to go. Kelley would never look back and without a caution, Majeski could not catch back up.
Kelley would claim the season-opening win at Richmond leading the final 16 laps to pick up his 41st career SARA victory. After leading 43 laps, Ty Majeski would have to settle for second. Tim Bills would hold off a small pack for a 3rd place finish after running in the top five all night. Casey Kelley laid down the fast time and picked up the bonus points for the pole, but could never find the lead and finished 4th. Joe Schaffer Jr. found his way into the top five early before finishing in the 5th position. Ty Spearman, David Krikorian, Ian Layne, Trevor Edwards, Derek Robinson rounded out the top ten.
Majeski Powers To Opening Night Victory at NHMS
The Grassroots Vintage SK Shootout Series hit the track first to kick off SARA’s 2016 Fall Season, as they would take on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the New England 75. Ty Majeski set the fast lap in Time Trials to grab the pole, but would get inverted back to 9th while Derek Kraus moved up to start in the first spot.
Kraus held onto the lead throughout the first portion of the race, but had his hands full as Schaffer continued to try and look for a way by. Kraus closed the door a number of times, and while they battled at the front of the field, it was allowing Majeski to pick his way back up to the front. Majeski cracked the top five on lap 25 when Ty Spearman and Matt Rolfe tangled while battling for 3rd, dropping them out of contention.
On the lap 29 restart, Kraus pulled back into the lead, but Majeski was on the move after starting on the outside in 4th. He pulled up along side Schaffer down the backstretch to take 2nd, and then drove around the outside of Kraus to take over the lead on lap 31. After a couple of quick cautions, the race would see a long green flag run towards the end of the race as Majeski jumped back out ahead. Cody Kelley had moved up into 2nd and ran within a couple car lengths of Majeski, and nearly stole the lead on lap 55 when Majeski got up into the wall, but Majeski would hold him off, and went on to pick up the victory. Majeski would lead the final 45 laps on his way to picking up his 74th career SARA victory.
Kelley would come up a spot short in his charge to the front, after starting back in 12th as he moved up to finish 2nd. Schaffer had a fast car early but could never find his way up to the lead and eventually finished in 3rd after battling right behind the leaders. After leading the first 30 laps, Kraus would drop back a couple spots but hung on to finish in 4th. Clay Snider was the biggest mover of the night, moving up 14 spots to finish in the top five from his 19th starting spot. Evan Sorensen, Sean Disbro, Christopher Alcares, Conner Blaise, and Ian Layne rounded out the top ten.
Patience Pays Off For Spearman With Win at Irwindale
The Callaway Investments Sportsman Street Stock Series started off its 2016 Fall Season at the Irwindale Speedway for the Irwindale 75. The race would kick off with Ty Spearman laying down the fastest time in Time Trials for extra bonus points. However, an 8 car invert would send Brandon Obsorne to the top spot for the start of the race.
Osborne would be in a battle from the top spot from the get go, with Andy Shuck trying to take the top spot from the race’s first lap. Shuck would lead the 2nd lap, before Osborne would take it back on lap 3 as they would race side by side. Shuck would take the lead on lap 4, as he would start to break away from the top five which consisted of Tyler Price, Osborne, Parker Traves and Matt Rolfe. The race would kick off with a 17-lap green flag run, but would have a few cautions to slow the pace down from that point with Shuck still out front.
Shuck would continue to pull out to a decent lead no matter who restarted behind him, but a charging Ty Spearman finally broke into the top five on lap 40, just past halfway. Spearman would start to move forward, eventually moving to the 2nd spot on lap 43. The top two would start to gap themselves over new 3rd place car Ryan Beagle, as the rest of the field seemed to be battling it out in hard 2, 3, and even at sometimes 4 wide racing back through the pack as no inch of the Irwindale Speedway wasn’t being used to make passes, especially in the corners.
When Spearman got to 2nd place, he faced a 1.1-second gap, but erased that over the next 12 laps and took the lead on lap 55 from Shuck. Shortly after taking the lead, the race would have another caution. Spearman got out front cleanly on the ensuing restart as Shuck just couldn’t get close enough to attempt a pass for the lead. The race would end under yellow as Spearman picked up his 17th career SARA victory in the season opener for the Street Stocks.
Andy Shuck would up 2nd after leading a race-high 52 laps. Ryan Beagle made his first SARA start in nearly a year and made a mid-race push forward to claim the 3rd spot. Clay Snider started in 14th before moving into the top five in the closing stages to finish 4th. Tyler Price was in and out of the top five all race as he rounded out the top five. Matt Rolfe, Ian Layne, Tim Bills, Trevor Edwards and Travis Warling would round out the top ten.