Even with the NASCAR playoffs in full swing and the dirt racing season waning, NASCAR regulars and alums made waves both on and off the clay.
The Cup Series regular contested the wingless micro sprint division at Millbridge Speedway in North Carolina Wednesday night (Oct. 18).
Briscoe was a force all night, winning the pole dash and leading laps early before settling for second in the A-main.
The Truck Series regular had a rough night in the wingless micro division at Millbridge, going backwards quickly in his heat race after slipping on the slimy low side of the racing surface. Caruth parked early in the feature event, though the DirtVision crew didn’t elaborate on why.
The Truck Series regular logged some serious miles this weekend, immediately heading from the truck race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida all the way to the Orange County Fair Speedway in New York, tagging the back of a last-chance qualifier for the Eastern States 200 race. Friesen made the most of it, charging to second in the qualifier and earning the 36th starting position in the 200 field.
Friesen made the most of that too. Improving from 36th to 12th over the first 100 laps, Friesen eventually finished second on the day, securing a five-figure payday for his troubles.
The Xfinity Series regular rebounded from an ugly heat race performance in the wingless micro division at Millbridge Wednesday, improving from 18th to 11th in the A-main.
The former Cup Series regular spent the weekend contesting the World of Outlaws races at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Texas Friday and Saturday. Kahne qualified for Friday’s A-main despite again losing positions in both his heat race and during the Last Chance Showdown race, eventually finishing 18th.
Saturday, Kahne did notch a win, grabbing a heat race victory on the final night of racing ever for the landmark Texas track. He bested his own driver, Brad Sweet, to do it.
Kahne failed to finish the A-main and was scored 21st, getting collected in an early-race incident that did heavy damage to his team car as well.
The Cup Series regular joined Sweet in making major waves on Monday afternoon with the announcement that he and his High Limit Racing Series had taken ownership of the All-Star Circuit of Champions sprint car tour from Tony Stewart.
This story broke late Monday, with a lot of details left to be ironed out. But this is a major-league development for sprint car racing, as Larson and Sweet’s High Limit Series flew in the face of the long-dominant Outlaws tour in the sprint car ranks, paying increased purses and operating without driver exclusivity agreements.
Larson and Sweet now owning the second-tier sprint car tour in the entire country is likely going to shake the Outlaws and their business model to its foundation this offseason.
The reigning ARCA Racing Series champion contested the non-wing outlaw micro sprint division of the Keith Kunz Giveback at Port City Raceway in Oklahoma, finishing seventh in Friday’s feature and 10th in the finale A-main.
The former Cup Series regular enjoyed a strong weekend behind the wheel of his B-modified, scoring a preliminary feature win at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois Friday night, then finishing second the following evening in the weekend’s finale feature.
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