DARLINGTON – Newcomer Craig Stykes won his 2nd Premier Racing League AdvoCare Cup Series race in just his 3rd start on Tuesday. Stykes started the AdvoCare Southern 300 on the outside of the front row and led a race high 87 laps in route to his victory. Stykes found himself at the front of the field many times of Tuesday, and was able to use his newer tires to get around Michael Chrobok in the winding laps to win by the 4th largest margin of victory in series history.
Standing in Darlington’s historic victory lane, Stykes was still wondering how he made it happen. “I don’t know how I got here to be honest,” Stykes said after being drenched in a shower of AdvoCare Spark. “I took it one lap at a time, I felt like I bounced it off the wall every three laps. One minute I’m having a blast and feel like I got it figured out, and the next lap I’m hitting the wall and sideways off of [Turn] 2 and they are starting to catch me. I gotta thank my team, I just pit when they say pit. I just drive it and hopefully they tell me what to do.” Even though this was Stykes’ 2nd win on the season, he was not eligible for the Chase due to the low amount of starts in the series.
Winning the “Dory” award on Tuesday was Drew “Mr. Excitement” Carroll who came back to finish 2nd after being four laps down at one point in the event. “The cautions just fell our way,” said the exhausted Carroll after the race. “Our car was really fast, I think we were running the fastest laps out there. It was just hard to get [Stykes], maybe if we had a restart we could of been right there, but my car was so used up.” Carroll will start the Chase next week at Richmond with two wins on the season, and will be tied for the 3rd spot on the Chase Grid.
Michael Chrobok was passed by both Stykes and Caroll late in the going to finish in 3rd The bigger story involving the driver of the #38 was the accident on a late restart that involved Chase hopeful Jeff Ward, as well as Rett McBride and Tommy Rhyne. Ward had nowhere to go and saw his championship hopes end there. At that point in the race, the very fast Ward was right on the bubble of knocking out Kalvin Filarski, who was involved in an earlier incident, from the last transfer spot. The playoff-bound Jake Wright comes home in 4th and will start the Chase in the 2nd position next week at Richmond. Thomas George finished in 5th.
Scott Eckrich started on the Savage Spinners Pole for the AdvoCare Southern 300 but made contact with Matt LaCross early to end his regular season. Eckrich will start the Chase with the top seed with his 6 victories, just one more than 2nd seed Jake Wright. Joining Carroll in the 3rd seed will be James Krahula and Dan Murray each with two wins. Chase drivers with one victory on the season are Tommy Rhyne, Ricky Hardin, Johnathon Caddell, and Ryan Howard. Drivers getting in on points are Rich Jette, Nick Kohan, Don Runkle Jr., Matt LaCross, Rett McBride, Rick Thompson, and finally Kalvin Filarski.
The Premier Racing League AdvoCare Cup Series start Round 1 of the Chase August 30th at the Richmond International Raceway. The Coastal Safety Auditors 200 will be live on the Global SimRacing Channel at 9PM ET. To find out more about the Premier Racing League visit www.PremierRacingLeague.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PremierRacingLeague.
DARLINGTON – Monday night’s Premier Racing League Coastal Safety Auditors Grand National Series again saw Brian Yaczik in victory lane for the Darlington 100. Yaczik inherited the lead from Savage Spinners Pole winner, Jeff Ward, and held off the charging Jake Wright to claim his 3rd victory of the year.
The always talkative Yaczik said post race that, “We came off of pit road and I knew [fuel] was right on the number… the way Jake [Wright] was catching me was I just flat ran my tires off!”. Yaczik now moves into 3rd place in the Chase Standings with only two races to go.
Jake Wright again comes home with another solid performance with his 2nd place finish on Monday. Wright started 17th in the 25 car field, but was able to manage his tires to snag yet another Top 5 (for the 15th time!). Paul Pepper’s practice during the week paid off with a 3rd place finish. Troy Haydt comes home in 4th. James Krahula was able to bounce back from a earlier wreck with Jeff Rhyne to round out the Top 5. Jeff Ward comes home in 14th, one lap down after having to pit lane for fuel after leading with the most laps in the event.
The bubble for post season remains a nail biter as Joe Hassert was able to extend his gap over Jeff Rhyne for the final transfer spot. Hassert was able to come home with a 6th place finish while his closest rival, Jeff Rhyne, saw trouble multiple times during the event. Rhyne came home in the 17th position.
Next week the series will head to “America’s Hometown Track!” to take on the South Boston Speedway on August 29th for the SoBo 125. If you would like to find out more information about the Premier Racing League, visit www.PremierRacingLeague.com or www.facebook.com/PremierRacingLeague.
BOWMANVILLE – Squeezing every drop out of the car for the final 21 laps, Jake Wright sputtered across the line to claim his 4th victory in the Premier Racing League Sportsman Truck Series this season. Wright won the Savage Spinners Pole for the Canada 100 on Sunday, but the early race saw Jeff Ward hold the 17-year-old at bay. Ward will see a off-track excursion lead to the end of his lead, and the end of his night Wright makes the only lead change during the event.
Wright was able to make the race on only one pit stop and actually ran out of fuel coming into the last corner. That proved not to be an issue with the lead that Wright had built during the final laps. “I was short shifting and letting off early the entire last run in order to make it,” said Wright in victory lane after the event. Wright’s win will move him up the 2nd in the Chase Standings with only two races left in the regular season.
James Krahula found himself coming home with a very quiet but solid 2nd place after starting 5th. Brian Mellendorf would come home 3rd after a race long battle with 4th place finish, Paul Pepper. Rick “Air Man” Thompson would round out the Top 5 with a very solid finish in his #76 Air Force Silverado.
Adam Blattel and Jow Hassert were able to lock themselves into the post season on Sunday, leaving only three spots up for grabs with only two events left in the regular season. Woodrow Mahan remains the last transfer spot by only 12 points over Chad Stahlman.
Next week the Premier Racing League Sportsman Truck Series heads to the tough South Boston Speedway on August 28th for the SoBo 100. For more information about the Premier Racing League, please visit www.premierracingleague.com.
BRISTOL – Scott Eckrich made his return to the Premier Racing League AdvoCare Cup Series on Tuesday and everyone took notice in The Unacceptable Night Race at Bristol. Eckrich, who served a two race suspension from the league after actions at Pocono, returned without missing a beat. Eckrich lead the most laps and held off a very hungry Ricky Hardin on newer tires late in the event. It was his 6th win on the season and moved him back ahead of Jake Wright in the Chase Standings with only 1 race to go in the regular season.
“Tonight, apparently we were turning a lot of RPM’s and I had a little nose damage, and that combined I was running about one degree away the ‘engine grenading’ status all night long,” said Eckrich about the damage he received after hitting Ricky Hardin earlier in the night. “We had to run the middle and the low line to keep the temps down… I would run middle to low for a few laps and it would give me enough temperature leeway to run the top a few laps and get the speed.”
Ricky Hardin was able to rally back up the 2nd position after getting spun off the nose of Scott Eckrich early. When asked about the incident post race, Hardin had this to say. “I can’t share what my thoughts were on air. Let’s just say I wasn’t very happy. It was almost a racing deal, I’m not that mad looking back at it. I would of loved to of given him that little treatment back though.” Hardin is solidly locked into the Chase with his win at Martinsville earlier in the season.
Dylan Ackart used alternate strategy and was able to do one less pit stop in the event and was able to come home with a 3rd place finish after doing some banging with Rett McBride towards the end of the race. Dylan is not in Chase contention being one of the drivers who was absorbed when the iRacing Online Championship Cup Series folded a few weeks ago. Rett Mcbride comes home in 4th and the Spring Bristol winner, Tommy Rhyne, comes home with a 5th place postion.
The biggest story coming from the night, though, was focused on the drivers around the Chase bubble. Jeff Ward came in tied for the last transfer spot on points. Ward won the Savage Spinners Pole Award and was fast early, but was caught up in a wreck while leading on lap 35. Ward had lead all of the laps until that point. Josh Parker’s wrecked car was sitting on the track leaving Ward no place to go as he came around the corner. Ward is now 21 points behind Kalvin Filarski who currently holds the last transfer spot heading into Darlington.
The Premier Racing League AdvoCare Cup Series now heads to take on the Lady in Black, Darlington Raceway, for the AdvoCare Southern 300 on August 23rd. Darlington will not only host the last race before the Chase, but will also serve as an AdvoCare Fast 5 event. The Top 5 drivers from Indianapolis; Scott Eckrich, Ricky Hardin, Will Warstler, Josh Parker, and Jeff Ward, will earn a additional $50 if they are able to conquer the track, “Too Tough To Tame” on Tuesday. The event will be broadcast live on the Global SimRacing Channel (GSRC) with coverage beginning at 9pm ET. For more information on the Premier Racing League, please visit www.premierracingleague.com.
BRISTOL – Jake Wright earned his 3rd win of the season in the Premier Racing League Coastal Safety Auditors Grand National Series on Monday. Wright was not the early favorite though, starting 19th in a field of 26 drivers, but he took the lead when it counted and lead the final laps to claim victory.
Jeff Ward won the Savage Spinners Pole for the event and lead 54 laps, barely clipping Brian Yaczik for most laps lead by only 1 point. The race was dominated by these 2 drivers and Nick Kohan, who all spent their fair share of time at the front of the field.
Jeff Ward is still your leader in the Chase standings with only 4 events to go in the regular season, with 4. Jake moved himself into 2nd with his win on Monday night. Joe Hassert jumped Jeff Rhyne as the last transfer spot for the Chase as they continue their fierce battle for post season glory. Joe now sits only 5 points ahead of Rhyne as the series heads to Darlington Raceway on August 22nd.