Castrol FloRacing Night In America 2023 Point Fund Announced
Jan 23, 2023AUSTIN, Texas — The 2023 Castrol® FloRacing Night in America point fund has been finalized. The champion will receive $75,000 if they have perfect attendance at all contested events or a guaranteed $50,000 without perfect attendance, which is up from $30,000 in 2022.
2023 Castrol FloRacing Night In America Schedule Unveiled
Dec 21, 2022AUSTIN, TX — The details for the 2023 Castrol® FloRacing Night in America schedule have been unveiled. The third year for the mega mini-series will see 13 races at 12 venues in nine states.
Brandon Sheppard Set To Field Longhorn Chassis In 2023
Dec 15, 2022Switching to a rival chassis brand after running virtually his entire career in a Rocket Chassis, four-time World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series champion Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., today announced the newly formed Sheppard Riggs Racing team will field Longhorn Chassis in 2023.
RTJ Dominates Peach State While Sheppard Takes Castrol Flo Championship
Nov 13, 2022In a cinematic version of Saturday's caution-free, 75-lap domination at Senoia Raceway, the winner might've said something clever like: "How 'bout them peaches?"But after Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., thoroughly dismantled a top-notch field in the Castrol® FloRacing Night in America finale for a $53,053 victory in the Peach State Classic, there wasn't much left to say about the story Thornton's SSI Motorsports No. 20rt told with his dazzling victory.In a 20-minute race where Thornton crossed the finish line 10 seconds ahead of his competition and lapped all but five drivers, Thornton got an unusual signal from a teammate as he motored around car after car from his pole starting spot."My crew guy's jumping up and down telling me to slow down," Thornton said, "so I knew I was pretty good."Pretty good is a $53,053 understatement as Thornton grabbed his richest victory of the season and wrapped up a $15,000 runner-up check on the second-year tour behind tour champion Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., who finished 13th in the finale.Third-starting Hudson O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., vainly chased Thornton in finishing 10.224 seconds behind while Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, settled for third. Ashton Winger of Hampton, Ga., improved six spots to finish fourth and last year's race winner Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., rounded out the top five.The outcome was never in doubt. Thornton built a 3.4-second lead after 10 laps, and while that margin was cut to 1.1 seconds seven laps later when he hit his biggest batch of slower cars, once Thornton cleared that traffic he built an insurmountable lead that kept him out of sight of the competition most of the rest of the way."I was really good. My crew guy kept telling me I had a good lead, but every time I'd slow down, I'd start getting loose and then really get stuck behind a lapped car," said Thornton, whose crew chief is veteran wrench Anthony Burroughs. "We tried (a suspension setup) that Burroughs wanted to do and it was really good for us."In Friday's preliminary night, when Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., raced to a $20,000 victory, Thornton rallied but couldn't quite get into contention and ended up getting caught up in one wreck and spinning another time. Things went his way Saturday."With the way last night went, I felt like we could've run top-three and then we got caught in that wreck. I didn't know what I needed to do today to stay ahead of (top contender Mike) Marlar. I figured if we went out and won, we wouldn't worry about it."Down by nearly six seconds just past halfway, O'Neal knew he was running for second unless misfortune befell Thornton."He was pretty good. He was just a little bit more maneuverable than I was. I couldn't quite get the (car to) slide quite good enough down there, but we'll take a second," said O'Neal, who was making his second-to-last start with Double Down Motorsports before heading to the Rocket Chassis house car in 2023. "First time ever here and this thing raced pretty awesome. There was lapped cars everywhere and I would have never thought it went 75 green (laps). It was really cool. We had we had to good hot rod all weekend, just obviously needed to be quite a bit better to catch the 20."Moran, who fielded the JBR Motorsports car of NASCAR Cup crew chief Jeremy Bullins, rebounded from failing to make the starting lineup for Friday's 50-lapper."Major turnaround from last night," Moran said. "Man, I got into that (infield tire barrier). I tried running the very bottom off of (turn) two, and them things are pretty hard and they don't move, so I broke the bumper and jacked the left front up."Despite the damage, Moran was able to pressure O'Neal late in the race and a third-place finish helped him enjoy his Southern journey that might've been spoiled by weather except for massive efforts to dry the facility after Thursday, Friday and Saturday rain."They have a great staff, you know, from the gates to the concession stand to everywhere else. I don't get to race down in Georgia a whole lot, but man I love coming down here and hanging out with these guys," Moran said, adding that "this is the heart and soul of Dirt Late Model racing. The best Dirt Late Model racers always come out of Georgia and Tennessee."We sucked last night. We stayed up and thought about stuff and talked all morning and we just worked really hard. So I want to thank Jeremy and all these guys that he brought to the races with us. They all worked their butts off."The 2022 season has now drawn to a close for Castrol® FloRacing Night in America with Brandon Sheppard claiming the $75,000 championship. This year’s campaign saw 11 features contested with 10 different winners and 219 drivers entering at least one event.
Kyle Bronson Scores First Win Of Season In Peach State Opener
Nov 12, 2022Senoia Raceway was the perfect place for Kyle Bronson to put an end to his year-long drought. And the Brandon, Fla., driver was quick to thank his crew, family and car owners Wayne and Shirlene Hammond after Friday's Castrol® FloRacing Night in America victory on the opening night of the Peach State Classic."I'm just glad they didn't give up on me," Bronson said. "It's been a rough year here, man."Putting the pain of a winless season behind him, the 32-year-old Bronson led all 50 laps from outside the front row, staying ahead of some feisty action behind him in grabbing a $20,000 payday and his first Castrol tour victory (last year's Peach State Classic wasn't a tour event).
National Dirt Late Model Hall Of Famer Jimmy Mars Announces Retirement
Nov 11, 2022With National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Jimmy Mars announcing his official retirement from competition, MB Customs has tabbed 22-year-old Rochester, Minn., Dustin Sorenson as house car driver beginning in 2023, the team announced today.
Senoia Raceway's Unique Plan To Save Peach State Classic From Hurricane
Nov 10, 2022Mother Nature has thrown a wrench into this year’s Peach State Classic at Senoia Raceway, as Hurricane Nicole made landfall early Thursday morning in Florida as a category one hurricane. Thursday night the track is likely to see significant rain showers from the band of storms.
Senoia's Peach State Classic On Tap For Castrol FloRacing Night In America
Nov 8, 2022SENOIA, Ga. — Castrol® FloRacing Night in America wraps up the 2022 season with the second annual Peach State Classic at Senoia Raceway this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12.
Brandon Sheppard Merging Family Team with Riggs Motorsports
Oct 20, 2022Four-time World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series champion Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., is gearing up a national tour run next season after merging his family’s Sheppard Racing with Illinois-based Riggs Motorsports, the team announced today.
Jimmy Owens Continues 411 Domination On Castrol FloRacing Night In America
Oct 12, 2022SEYMOUR, Tenn. — Is eight enough? Probably not, knowing the proficiency of Jimmy Owens at 411 Motor Speedway.
Big Names Expected For Castrol FloRacing Night At 411 Motor Speedway
Oct 11, 2022Castrol FloRacing Night in America is ready to make your Tuesday feel less like a Tuesday. The popular mid-week racing series is bringing many of the nation's top dirt late model racers to 411 Motor Speedway for 50 laps of dirt-slinging action.
411 Motor Speedway Hosts Castrol FloRacing Night In America Tuesday
Oct 10, 2022AUSTIN, Texas — The McCarter family-owned 411 Motor Speedway plays host to Castrol® FloRacing Night in America this Tuesday, October 11.
Dale McDowell Charges To Castrol FloRacing Night In America Tri-County Win
Oct 7, 2022BRASSTOWN, N.C. — With a track-record $22,022 on the line as Tri-County Race Track hosted the Castrol® FloRacing Night in America tour for the 17th FK Rod Ends Tar Heel 53 presented by Jacky Jones Automotive Group, both track promoter Ray Cook and series director Ben Shelton expected a bevy of heavy hitters to descend upon the 1/4-mile bullring nestled in the state’s scenic western hills.
Big Names Heading To Tri-County For Castrol FloRacing Night In America
Oct 4, 2022Castrol FloRacing Night in America will be bringing many of dirt late model racing's biggest stars to Tri-County Race Track on Thursday night for the $22,022-to-win Tarheel 50.
Castrol FloRacing Night In America Thunders Into Tri-County Thursday
Oct 4, 2022AUSTIN, Texas — Castrol® FloRacing Night in America thunders into Ray Cook’s Tri-County Racetrack (Brasstown, N.C.) this Thursday, October 6 for the FK Rod Ends Tarheel 50 presented by Jacky Jones Automotive Group, which is headlined by a $22,022-to-win / $1,000-to-start finale.