TALKING POINTS: October 3, 2016
Story By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com – Photos By: Jay Fish & Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com
RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY: Mother Nature took it to many short tracks across the Northeast this past weekend. I think the only tracks that were able to race were Dover and Fulton for their Outlaw 200. Williams Grove lost all three days of their National Open, which has now been rescheduled for October 14th as a one-day show. Georgetown Speedway also rescheduled their Friday night event for the same night. Stafford Motor Speedway has rescheduled their “Fall Final” weekend for this coming weekend while Mahoning Valley, Wall Stadium and Bridgeport Speedway’s all had cancellations this past Saturday.
PHELPS PHAST AT PHULTON: Jimmy Phelps scored his second big dirt modified win in as many weeks this past Saturday picking up the Outlaw 200 at the Fulton Speedway. The race was shortened to 188 laps due to a heavy mist that would just not go away. It appeared that Matt Sheppard would be on his way to another $20,000 but a broken front end would end his race early. Mike Mahaney who has just gotten better as the season has gone on was second with Alan Johnson, Chris Hile and Larry Wight completing the Top-5. Chris Hile came from the B-Main to finish 4th at the end of 188 laps. Who knows what would have happened if those last 12 laps could be completed?
TRUEX TITLE CAPABLE: Martin Truex Jr. picked up his fourth win of the 2016 season yesterday in dominating fashion at the Dover International Speedway and his second in three Chase races. The way it looks now is that Truex seems to be the odds all favorite to pick up his first NASCAR Sprint Cup at Homestead Miami in November. I hated to see Kyle Larson and Tony Stewart get eliminated out of The Chase yesterday at Dover, they both are officially out of title contention but can still finish as high as fifth in the final standings.
TO O-S-WE-GO: Super DIRT Week officially kicked off yesterday at the Oswego Speedway in upstate New York. It really looks like everything is going to go off as smoothly as possible there. One of the best parts about Super DIRT Week is the Satellite event’s at the short tracks in the Syracuse area. Satellite races include Tuesday night at Utica-Rome, Wednesday at Weedsport, Thursday at Brewerton, Friday at Five Mile Point and Saturday at I-88 and Fulton Speedways.
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