This Is Talladega
Last weekend was a strong weekend for our PEAK teams but unfortunate turns of events prevented better results. Clint Bowyer made a late race charge to the front in Talladega, only to be involved in a wreck on the final lap of the race finishing in 30th. Check out all of the weekend highlights below.
Clint Bowyer finished 30th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started tenth and his strategy of dropping to the back of the field to avoid trouble paid off early as he dodged a 14-car pileup on the backstretch near the 50-lap mark. Bowyer stayed at the back of the field until 40 laps remaining, then jetted to the front of the field breaking into the top five. As the laps wound down Bowyer raced in ninth as 11 cars lined up single file to determine the winner. The leaders broke formation with two laps to go. In the frenzied racing, another car clipped Bowyer causing the field to speed by as he collected himself. He completed the lap but took the checkered flag in 30th.
Michael Waltrip finished 36th after qualifying 23rd, but hopes for a good finish were dashed early. A blown engine forced Brian Scott into a spin in front of Waltrip on lap 19 leaving Waltrip no room to maneuver. The number 55 suffered extensive front-end damage and spent about 40 laps in the garage for repairs. Waltrip returned to competition on lap 57 and raced until the finish.
The NASCAR teams return to Clint Bowyer's home track Saturday night at Kansas Speedway where David Ragan will take over the driving duties of the number 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine for the rest of the 2015 season.
The NHRA teams were idle last weekend and will return to action on May 15-17 in Atlanta, Georgia.
PBR BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES
More than 11,000 fans saw six-year veteran Rubens Barbosa earn his first career PBR victory Sunday at PBR Built Ford Tough Rumble in the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Barbosa rode Palm Springs for 87. 5 points to not only win the event, but also the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. He went 3-for-3 on the weekend which catapulted him from 31st to 13th in the PBR world standings.
J.B. Mauney followed up his victory last weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, with a second place finish, followed by leading Rookie of the Year contender Kaique Pacheco. BlueDEF rider Matt Triplett broke out of a recent slump going 4 for 4 on the weekend to finish in fifth place overall at the event.
The PBR Built Ford Tough Series invades Las Vegas on May 22-24 for their next event.
DIRT LATE MODEL RACING
The dirt late model racers were busy with three races in three nights. Thursday night's main event in Macon, Illinois was won by Jimmy Owens, Friday night's event in Macon City, Illinois was won by Scott Bloomquist and Saturday night's event in Paducah, Kentucky was won by Jason Feger, taking the win over PEAK's Don O'Neal and Thursday nights winner Jimmy Owens.
O'Neal's second place finish in Paducah moves him to 4th in series points only 50 back from the series lead. The next events on the series are in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on May 15th and LaSalle, Illinois on May 16th.