And now for the 1st big announcement of the week! After last nights season finale in the Wednesday night SMP Super Truck Series, we bid adieu to a full time truck series until next February (hint hint….). But, not all is lost! The Smith Media Productions series name will continue on, this time being the title sponsor of the Wednesday night Smith Media Productions Super Speedway Series! This is something we have batted around off and on in our heads for a while here at Can-Am Racing Series, and with the timing right for the usual yearly fall/winter swoon, we thought what better way to keep things fun than to bust out the SimBrick and run some super speedways for a while? This will have some fun twists in it, though. It will be a 9 race season, consisting of Daytona Day, Daytona Night, and Talladega, and consisting of all 3 major NASCAR race vehicles! One race, at each track, in the A-Class, B-Class, and Silverados! The races will also be shorter than our typical races, with the fuel levels cut to ensure pitstops. With a start time of 9pm EST, and Open Qualifying, the races will be 40-50 laps each so we will be done by 10pm EST! The schedule we are still finalizing, and will have out this weekend, dictating what car type will be at what track. Signups are open, and hopefully we will have a new logo out soon. But for now, get ready for some wild super speedway action on Wednesdays coming in 2 weeks!
It was Championship night for the Upstate Racing League/Can Am Racing Series SMP Media Super Truck Series at Homestead. The racing was fierce, and coming into the race the points battle was as tight as it had been all season. The top five racers were only separated by fifteen points. However, it was expected that the race for the title would come down to the top two trucks, Chris Cable and Cody Parker.
The 05 truck of Cable would pull into Homestead with a three point lead on Parker. Cable started the night off well with a qualifying effort that would put him on the outside of row one. Bruce Perry would set the pace in qualifying and lead the field to green. Parker showed that he was there to nab the title early as he grabbed the lead on lap two from his fourth starting spot and proceeded to lead the first 31 laps. However, when the caution flew for a Cable spin on lap 32, the field would pit and Greg Netherwood’s team would bring him to the point.
Netherwood would lead the field for the next 16 laps before Al Smith Jr., another championship contender, would get loose and collect the 151 truck of “Hot Rod” Rodney Haack. This would bring out the second and final caution of the night. Another round of pit stops would show the Netherwood machine staying ahead and leading the field to the green flag on the final restart of the season.
The 1 truck of Netherwood would hold the point for a couple laps until the blazing fast truck of Perry grabbed the lead from him on lap 60. Bruce would not look back, and even though the two battled hard for the last twenty laps, he would hold on to grab his third truck win of the season. Netherwood would finish in a very close second, While Trevor Williams was third. Rounding out the top five were Parker, and Dale O’Neil.
Cable would never rebound from his crash on lap 32 which would give Cody Parker his first SMP Super Truck series championship. This is Parker’s third overall points title with the Can-Am Racing Series, and first with the Upstate Racing League. Cable would finish seventh in the race to cap off a solid year and second in the points chase. Smith Jr. claimed third on the year while Williams and Richard Haskins rounded out the top five in points.
This week the NEORacingNews.com Pro Cup Series left the twisty turns of the road courses to beat and bang at the last great coliseum. Qualifying saw segment points leader Sean Casto laying down an impressive lap to take his first pole of the season. 21 cars would take the grid for the 150 lap race.
Lap 1 saw Nick Silver overtaking Sean Casto for the lead but Casto would return the favor a few laps into it. While trying to keep up, Silver would loose control out of turn 4, sliding to the inside wall and dropping to the end of the pack. The first caution would come on lap 16 as Scott Walter would self spin in turn 2.
Trevor Williams would then lead 15 laps until Chris Cable took over the lead after pitstops on lap 34. The middle portion of the race would see Sean Casto leading Chris Cable as the two battled it out for the lead. Cable would push Casto into turn 1, causing heavy contact with the wall on lap 114. This would send both Cable and Casto towards the back of the field with damage and hand the lead to Nick Silver for the final time. Cautions peppered the late stages of the race, allowing Silver to hold off Trevor Williams on the final restart to take his first win of the segment and fifth overall on the season. Williams would come home second, Jonathan Abrahamson third, with Shane Ewing and Sean Casto recovering to round out the top 5.
Next week the NEORacingNews.com Pro Cup Series heads to the high speeds and high banks of Atlanta!
The SMP Super Trucks came to Phoenix for the penultimate race of the season. Chris Cable would set fast time and jump out to the early lead. After an early yellow Cable and Cody Parker would battle it out for the win. In the end Cody Parker held on to pick up the Win and move into second place in the championship standings. Chris Cable moves into the championship race with one to go next week. Mathematically three driver are with in grasps of the championship as 5 points separate the top 3. Will the champion be Cable, Parker, or Smith Jr? See you next week to find out!
The NEORacingNews.com Pro Cup Series turned left and right for the second week in a row as they visited the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Tuesday.
25 cars hit the grid for what would be a race dominated by regular road course front runners David Krikorian and Derek Robinson. The lead would change hands a total of three times between Krikorian and Robinson, until David pulled out to a 33 second lead after pit strategy and a few off-tracks by Derek. David Krikorian would go on to win his first race of the season and make a statement that he is a force to be reckoned with. Derek Robinson would come home second, Nick Silver third, with Shawn Breitzman coming home fourth followed closely by Sean Casto who had a last lap off-track.
The stars of the NEORacingNews.com Pro Cup Series head to Bristol next Tuesday for race 23 on the season. Sean Casto continues to lead the segment standings over Nick Silver by 8 points while Silver leads the overall standings by 83 points.