Shields Wins NHRA Regional Event at Virginia Motorsporst Park
Diane Shields brought the excitement in an otherwise quite weekend for TEAM PEAK. The Driver og the PEAK Top Alcohol Dragster, Duane Shields, won the Richmond, Virginia NHRA divisional race that was a make up for a rain delayed event earlier in the year. See all of the results below.
Clint Bowyer finished 21st in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway after starting 21st at his home track. Bowyer worked on handling in the early going before losing then regaining a lap to the leader. He raced mid-pack after rain forced a two hour-and-15-minute red flag on lap 99. Ricky Stenhouse made contact with the No. 15 on lap 185 sending Bowyer into a spin in turn two. The Emporia, Kansas native avoided damage by keeping his Toyota off the wall and finished the race in 21st.
David Ragan finished 33rd after loosing then regaining a lap to the leaders in the early going before rain stopped the race on lap 99. About 20 laps after the restart, Ragan spun off turn 4 into the front stretch grass as he raced with another car and lost three laps as while waiting on tow truck to escape the mud. After pitting for minor repairs, Ragan returned to the track and ran to the checkered flag.
Both Clint Bowyer and David Ragan will race this Friday night in the Sprint Showdown qualifying race to advance to Saturday night's All Star Race, both at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.
The Virginia Motorsports Park NHRA Regional event was rained out on April 25th and the officials had no choice but to postpone the event until the weekend of May 8-9 due to the current national event schedule. Unfortunately for Duane Shields, the rain date landed on the last half of his Hawaiian vacation with wife Betsy, so Duane was determined to make the best of it and win his second regional event of the year.
The final round was a classic match up between Duane and another top national competitor Rich McPhillips. Shields was first off the line with a .058 reaction time and never looked back to win with a 5.37 at 271 MPH to Rich McPhillips 5.53 at 268 MPH.
The NHRA Mellow Yellow series resumes May 15-17 in Commerce, Georgia with John Force back in the PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant colors.
PBR BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES
The BFTS was off this weekend but will resume with the Battle of the Bulls in Las Vegas on May 22-24.
PBR BLUEDEF VELOCITY TOUR
Kaique Pacheco won his fourth BlueDEF Velocity Tour event of the year by going 3-for-3 at the Cactus Jack PBR Bull Riding BlueDEF Velocity Tour event this weekend in Uvalde, Texas, to cut number one bull rider Joao Ricardo Vieira's lead to 540 points.
Pacheco’s win at Saturday night's event at the Uvalde County Fairplex has him with a commanding lead in the BlueDEF Velocity Tour standings, moves him to the number three spot in the PBR world standings, and he continues as the number one rookie on the Built Ford Tough Series.
The next event on the BlueDEF Velocity Tour is the JW Hart PBR Challenge on May 30th in Decatur, Texas which will feature PBR World Champions Chris Shivers, Justin McBride, Ross Coleman, Mike White, Michael Gaffney, Tater Porter, Cody Custer and J.W. Hart competing in a special pay-per-view event.
NASCAR PEAK ANTIFREEZE SERIES POWERED BY iRACING
Allen Boes scored the first win of his NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing career on May 5th at Pocono Raceway, becoming the most improbable winner thus far in 2015. Boes ran near the back for most of the race and narrowly avoided two wrecks before pit strategy enabled him to stay out for the last run of the race and attempt to stretch his fuel mileage to the finish. The gamble paid off, as Boes crossed under the checkers running on fumes. Danny Hansen played the same strategy and finished second despite two spins early in the race. Series point leader and PEAK driver Kenny Humpe settled for third after once again having the dominant car, while Tyler Hill and Landon Harrison rounded out the top five.
Though the victory eluded him, Humpe still gained ground in the championship standings. He now leads Ray Alfalla by 35 points with Chad Laughton slipping 51 points after finishing tenth. Patrick Crabtree and Chris Overland occupy fourth and fifth respectively.
The next stop for the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series is under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the longest race of the season on May 19th. The 300 mile event normally sees its fair share of comers and goers as drivers fight to stay ahead in the strategy game while managing setup adjustments.
DIRT LATE MODEL RACING
The Dirt teams were idle this weekend but will be back in action in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on May 15th and LaSalle, Illinois on May 16th.