LOUDON – The Premier Racing League Coastal Safety Auditors Grand National Series Chase field is finally set to begin after the postponement of the Iowa race earlier this year. The New England 100 was originally scheduled to be the first race of the Round of 12 instead played host to the final regular season race. Moonlighter Dan Murray was not eligible for the post season but still enjoyed his victory all the same, leading the final 25 laps in the event on Monday night after a two tire strategy call.
The rest of the Top 5 consisted of drivers locked into the post season already with wins. Brian Yaczik fought hard but in the end had nothing for the #5 of Murray and had to settle for a 2nd place effort. Jeff Ward would win the Savage Spinners pole and lead the most laps while battling James Krahula all night. Krahula would edge Ward for the 3rd position at the end followed by Pierre Daigle in 5th.
One driver who was hoping for a win tonight was Jeff Rhyne. Rhyne could only advance to the Chase with a win and found himself as high as 3rd at one point but would have to settle for a 9th place finish with damage. Joe Hassert would wind up claiming the last Chase position and will join Don Runkle Jr, Jody Green, Tommy Rhyne, Woodrow Mahan, Paul Pepper, Brian Mellendorf, Jake Wright and the others to fight for the Championship.
The Coastal Safety Auditors Grand National Series heads to Dover next week for the Delaware 100 and race #1 of the Round of 12 on September 26th. For more information on the Premier Racing League please visit www.PremierRacingLeague@gmail.com or at www.facebook.com/PremierRacingLeague.
LOUDON – New Hampshire Motor Speedway was the venue for the first Premier Racing League Sportsman Truck Series Chase race on Sunday and James Krahula was ready to race. Krahula started on the Savage Spinners Pole before walking off and leading every lap in the New England 75 in route to his 3rd victory of the season and the first Round of 12 event. Krahula’s win gives him a automatic birth into the Round of 8 which will kick off at Talladega Superspeedway on October 16th.
Paul Pepper came home with his best career Sportsman Truck Series finish with his 2nd place performance. Pierre Daigle also started his post season off on the right foot with a 3rd place finish Sunday. Randy Yokum and Brandon Minnick finish out the Top 5, both with career best finishes as well. The next highest Chase finisher was Jeff Rhyne in 7th who now sees him seeded 3rd in the Chase standings.
The Premier Racing League Sportsman Truck Series is off next week before returning to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on October 2nd for the 2nd race in the Round of 12. For more information on the Premier Racing League please visit www.PremierRacingLeague.com or at www.facebook.com/PremierRacingLeague.
JOLIET – The Premier Racing League AdvoCare Cup Series came to the Chicagoland Speedway for The Big Joe Show 200 and race two of the Round of 16. Scott Eckrich was strong again, winning his second race in a row after winning at Richmond last week. Eckrich came home with a 7 second victory over second place Jake Wright, the largest margin of victory for a AdvoCare Cup Series event on a oval.
“We started in the back and we worked our way up slowly and methodically. Got lucky with an early caution that got us some track position,” Eckrich calmly said in victory lane after his 8th win of the season. When asked if he was going to try for the sweep next week at New Hampshire, Eckrich just had one word, “always.”
Jake Wright put himself in a good position to advance to the Round of 12 with a second place finish, along with third place finisher Dan Murray and forth place Johnathon Caddell. Drew Carroll bounced back after a bad race at Richmond to round out the Top 5. Will Warstler won the Savage Spinners Pole and lead the most laps, but would end up finishing 18th.
Other Chase drivers found trouble on Tuesday, as James Krahula and his Unacceptable Racing teammate Tommy Rhyne were involved in the first caution of the day. Dylan Ackart missed the pit road and slid back onto the track collecting the Chase drivers as well as others. Krahula would finish 27th and Rhyne would finish 23rd. Rick Thompson is now the last driver on the outside looking in but only one point behind Kalvin Filarski as the series heads to New Hampshire for the last race of the Round of 16. Don Runkle Jr. still is in the picture only 4 points behind Filarski, while Matt LaCross and Ryan Howard are in a need to win situation.
The last Round of 16 race will be next week at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Coastal Safety Auditors 150 on September 20th. Viewers can watch the race live on the Global Sim Racing Channel at 9pm ET. For more information on the Premier Racing League please visist www.PremierRacingLeague.com or at www.facebook.com/PremierRacingLeague.
JOLIET – Jeff Ward was perfect on Monday night’s Coastal Safety Auditors Grand National Series race at Chicagoland. Ward won the Savage Spinners Pole, led the most laps, and found his way to victory lane. Ward was able to hold off James Krahula and Brian Mellendorf to claim his 6th victory of the season for the series.
DJ Beverly showed some muscle with a 4th place finish in the Illinos 150, hold off 5th place finisher Brian Yaczik. Joe Hassert’s 6th place finish was able to help pad his cushion over Jeff Rhyne for the final post season spot. The Coastal Safety Auditors Grand National Chase was delayed a week when the race at Iowa Speedway was rained out earlier this season. The final race will now we next week at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The Premier Racing League will send everyone to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway next week. The New England 100 will be on September 19th. For more information on the Premier Racing League visit www.PremierRacingLeague.com or www.facebook.com/PremierRacingLeague.
JOLIET – Sunday’s Premier Racing League Sportsman Truck Series race at Chicagoland saw a lot of action despite only three cautions. James Krahula took the lead on the last pit stop after the then leaders Scott Eckrich and Brody Hays made contact going into Turn 3 with only 12 laps to go. Krahula was able to lead the final 11 laps and claim his second victory of the regular season.
Savage Spinners Pole winner Scott Eckrich battled with Brody Hays during the final laps until contact between the two drivers sent Eckrich into the outside wall and ending his day. Hays led the most laps in the event and was able to recover to bring his truck home in second. JR Smith came home with a third place finish in only his second start in the series. Brian Mellendorf and Bruce Whitson would finish in 4th and 5th. Gary Whitson was the early favorite in the event when Whitson was caught up in a wreck while leading. Whitson would finish 24th.
Despite a poor finish from DJ Beverly on Sunday, DJ was able to secure the last Round of 12 spot for the Sportsman Truck Series Chase that will start next week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Scott Eckrich will lead the start of the post season with his 5 victories, just 1 ahead of Jake Wright. Ricky Hardin and James Krahula will enter with 2 victories. Pierre Daigle and Jason Swann were able to get in with a victory as well.
The Premier Racing League Sportsman Truck Series will be racing at the New Hampahire Motor Speedway on September 18th where 12 drivers will start their run for the championship. For more information on the Premier Racing League please visit www.PremierRacingLeague.com or www.facebook.com/PremierRacingLeague.