WFO is half way through the TNL Season and this is by far the closest point’s battle in league history. Stealth is tied with Wheel atop the standing with 246 points.
Ice is sitting in 3rd at 245 with F1yer and Rain tied for 4th at 244. “I’ve never been in a point’s battle like this” Ice was quoted as saying. “This is unreal to have the points this close. Knowing that 1 bad race can end your championship dreams. A ton of pressure on you every week.”
Although these 5 drivers have separated themselves a bit from the field Sidebite and JJ are still in contention sitting at 230 and 227 points respectively.
DK missed week 1 but has ran extremely strong over the last 6 races picking up 1 win in the process. If the 2nd half of the season is anything like the 1st half this will be the best championship season of any league ever.
Terre Haute, Indiana: 22 cars made the trek to Indiana to run the historic Terre Haute Action Track. Heat 1 rolled out with F1yer moving up from his 5th place starting position to grab the heat race win, and Gates would bring home 2nd and transfer to the “A” main.
Heat 2 would see 17Va start up front and roll to the win with DK movin up from 4th to grab the 2nd transfer spot.In heat 3 Rain would move up and take the lead on lap 4 and never look back. Ice would make a pass on Scrub with 2 laps to go to grab the final transfer spot from the heats.
The “Snicker’s” Dash would have 17Va start on the pole and never relinquish the lead. Ice would work his way up to 3rd before an accident with Rain would send them both to the back. F1yer would bring home 2nd with DK 3rd, Gates would motor home 4th with Rain and Ice rounding out the field.
B1 would see JJ start up front and never look back winning the 1st “B” feature with Scrub hanging around in 2nd to advance to the “A” Feature.
B 2 would have some excitement as SideBite would run away with the B. Woods and Zombie would make contact with 2 to go and Stealth would drive in and finish off Woods. Stealth would use the contact to get up to 2nd and get the final transfer spot.
14,982 fans would give the 10 drivers that made the feature a standing ovation as 17Va would lead the field to the green flag. The field would stay bunched up and the 1st driver to get pinched out of the groove would be Ice. He would go from 5th to 9th on lap 4.
The pack would stay very compact however with F1yer taking over the lead on lap 6. DK would move up to 2nd on lap 8 bringing Rain with him. Ice would catch Stealth pushing him up towards the pack. In the meantime up front it was a 6 car battle with JJ finding his way into the top 3 along with Rain, F1yer, 17Va, and Sidebite.
Lap 17 would have some excitement as Gates, Ice, and Stealth would be battling for the 6th spot and once again Ice would be the one in trouble as he would check up and Stealth would get him going around essentially putting Ice in the freezer.
By lap 28 JJ and DK would separate themselves from the field, swapping the lead several times the next 7 laps. With 2 laps to go JJ would get a tad loose and DK would dive to the bottom of the track, getting his left wheels in the slick stuff at the bottom of the track and he would slide up and clip the front nose of JJ’s car.
DK would go on to win and collect the $35,000 1st place prize that would go along with it. After the race we caught up to DK who came to the WFO trailer to have us look at the pass.
“Man it was really close and I know I clipped his nose in the corner. I wanted the officials to look at it and if I was in the wrong then I was willing to accept the consequences.”
WFO officials looked at the replay and determined it to be a racing accident and would not take any action against DK for the incident. JJ was not happy with this decision and the normally calm and cool driver would launch a protest.
“I really feel like Ice made the wrong call on this one. Im not one to complain but I really felt like I had a legitamite complaint. After a lengthy conversation with JJ, Ice would render the following decision,
“From the replay I got from DK it looked like DK made an evasive move that resulted in contact being made between him and JJ. And from that replay I could not lay blame on DK for the incident and it will be considered a racing accident.”
Come join us next week as WFO has their Mid Season Challenge from WFO Boone and will have dual “A” Features. The winners of this race will get to start on the front row of the season ending race at WFO Thunderbird.
Xtreme Octane Racing is ready to kick off season 3. This season we are making the switch over to the BLS Superstock Chassis. The big topic of the season is, can wheel do it again. VLR Wheel has won both of the first 2 seasons of XOR. Season 1 in the Gen 3’s and season 2 in the TnL’s.
Can he do it now in the BLS Superstocks? One person that will be trying to stop the 3 peat is VLR Shock. We got an interview with Mr. Weaver and we asked him.
“Howard which tracks do you think that you have the best chance at winning on this season?”
He replied. “Well, it looks like a great schedule. Just from what I see I honestly think we should be in the top three every week. I've won league races at PDR, Lowes, Brownstown, Farmer City, and Florence and I've came close at a lot of the others. I think it's a great schedule and I can see myself in victory lane a lot this year.”
We also asked him, ”Who do you believe will have a breakout season?”
He answered. “I believe BLS Zombie will have a breakout season. He has been making all the A-Mains lately it seems like. He's been doing good at VLR and that’s where I’ve got to see him mostly and I think he'll step it up get some top fives and maybe sneak into the winners circle. Also Blaze will have a breakout year but I don't know if that applies to him because he's already running up front.”
Shock will be making his 1st full time effort at XOR this season. Be sure to watch him as we all know he will be up front running for a win every single night.
Another driver shooting to knock VLR Wheel off his pedestal is BLS Flyer. Joe finished 3rd last season in the TnL’s. It wasn’t a great season for him last season. “We got caught up in a lot of wrecks and traffic last season. Had to come through the B-Main quite a bit. This season will hopefully be a little different. I will be shooting for the front and the championship."
2 WFO drivers that have committed to running the full schedule are WFO Rain and Sidebite. Both drivers are very confident. Rain said that he knows he can run for a championship this season. He finished 2nd in points last season. But you can bet he will be shooting for that 1st XOR championship.
We asked him what tracks do you think that you have the best chances of winning on? He replies, “All of them.” We asked Sidebite. How good do you think your chances of winning the championship this season are? He told us I think I have as good a chance as anyone else. There are a lot of new tracks that most people haven’t run and this is a new chassis. It will be interesting.” This season will be one of the most exciting seasons yet. There are a lot of great drivers. A lot of up and comers also.
So come out October 14, 2010 at 8 Est. Be in Vent at 7:55 Est. Opening night will be an all new Talladega Short Track that hasn't been released as of this posting. The BLS Superstocks are available for download on www.teamvlr.com.
Washington D.C.: The Traveling WFO Tour rolled 21 haulers into the nation’s capital this week to run the ultra tight Capital Speedway V2.
Heat 1 kicked off with points leader Stealth coming from the back to get up to 3rd before an accident sent him to the rear of the field. JJ and DK would run 1-2 the last 7 laps to transfer to the “A”.
Heat 2 would see 17Va start on the pole and never look back and Zombie would stay glued to his bumper. Ice would be involved in an accident and work his way back to 3rd.
In heat 3 F1yer would make a charge from the back but fall just short by finishing 3rd. Scrub and Rain would advance to the “A” Main.
The Snicker’s Dash would see JJ start on the pole and would lead all 8 laps. 17Va would come in 2nd with DK a close 3rd. Zombie, Rain, and Scrub would round out the field.
In B1 F1yer would find the top groove and hold off a hard charging Wheel to win the “B” and Wheel would grab the final transfer spot.
B2 would see Ice start on the pole and never look back as Stealth would fight back from the 6th spot to grab the last transfer position of the night. The sell-out crowd of 9,587 fans were able to witness one of the most star studded races of the season as JJ and 17Va would lead 10 of the best drivers around out of turn 4.
JJ would quickly grab the lead as the field would start to do battle. JJ, 17Va, Zombie, and DK would jump out on the field battling for the 1st 7 laps. JJ would get loose in turn on lap 8 sending him spinning off the track and making it a 3 way battle for the lead.
Meanwhile back in the field F1yer was methodically making his way to the front using the bottom of the track to make his moves and moving up to 5th. Up front the lead was changing every lap which was keeping them from breaking away from the field. On lap 11 17Va would grab the lead but the pack lead by Stealth and F1yer would be right there with them making it a 7 car battle for the lead.
On lap 14 Stealth would try to get around D*K* and was able to get a nose to his inside quarter-panel nudging him up the track in turn 3n4 and pull him down the straight. DK would try to keep his car as low as possible going into turn 1. F1yer would then try to get under DK making slight contact as DK would turn into Stealth sending DK around.
Stealth would lead this pack of 6 cars up to the leaders as 17Va and JJ as they continued to do battle up front. Lap 17 Ice would get to the rear of F1yer and push him around Stealth and they would continue to work together to get to the lead. Once there Ice looked content to push F1 and try to extend their lead over 3rd place.
JJ, Wheel and Stealth would swap the 3rd position several times between lap 24 and 35. F1yer would move to the middle/top groove on the track giving Ice the bottom in the final 10 laps of the race. Lap 32 Ice would get up to F1yer’s door but was unable to make the pass for the lead.
F1yer was able to keep the momentum on the high side and motor home for his 2nd win in the WFO Series. Ice would come in a close 2nd and JJ would win the battle for 3rd. Wheel would motor home in 4th with Stealth rounding out the top 5. Rain would finish 6th, 17Va 7th.
DK would limp home in 8th. Scrub and Zombie would come home 9th and 10th.After the race F1yer tried to do a Carl Edwards back flip off the car but landed on Zombie who had come over to victory lane to congratulate his teammate. Which made for an awkward photo?
F1yer was excited after he dusted himself off “Man that was an awesome race. I was patient coming through the field and was just working the bottom of the track. Got to the front and Ice pushed me the rest of the way through then I moved to the top side and was able to keep it rolling on the high side. I knew Ice was right there and any mistake he would take advantage of it. He showed his nose a couple of times but couldn’t get the run on the bottom."
Catching up to Ice after the race he said "Man that race was WILD!!! After about 10 laps I was able to get to F1’s bumper and just push him up through the field. I thought I would have something for him at the end but he was just to strong on the top side.”
Come join us next week as The Traveling WFO Tour goes to Terre Haute, Indiana in what has been a very exciting race in seasons past.
Knoxville Iowa: The Traveling WFO Tour rolled into the historic Knoxville Day Speedway and brought 21 of the best drivers in DTR2. We thought we were going to be racing without WFO Series Promoter WFO Ice but he was able to pull into the pits at the last second.
Heat 1 kicked off with Stealth and Wheel coming from the back of the pack and both were able to find their way around Scrub for the 2 transfer spots.
In heat 2 Ice would come from the back and use the inside line to work around DK and hold him off for the win.
In heat 3 the veteran WFO 17VA would make his long awaited return to dtr2 in fine fashion by winning his heat race, and BLS_OK would be able to hold off F1yer, Sidebite, and JJ for the transfer position.
The Snicker’s Dash would kick off with Stealth on the point. Ice would once again use the bottom line to get around for the lead and would be able to hold off Stealth and Wheel for the win. Stealth would come in 2nd, Wheel 3rd, OK 4th, 17Va and DK would round out the field.
B1 would be a dogfight. Scrub would run away with the win but the battle for the final transfer spot would be a classic. Coming into the last corner JJ would have the spot with Blaze to his outside and F1yer right behind him.
JJ would run up the track to attempt a slide job to guarantee the spot but would clip Blaze’s nose causing him to get sideways and F1yer to spin him out. After the race it was determined that JJ would lose the spot and F1yer would move into the final transfer spot.
B2 wouldn’t see quite the excitement as Sidebite would take off from the start and never look back. Doit 18 was able to hold off Bob for the last transfer spot of the night.
With the 13,912 fans on their feet, WFO Ice would lead the all-star to the green flag. Ice would quickly establish himself on the bottom with Stealth riding on the top side and Wheel following to see which line was going to be the fastest.
On lap 6 OK would get into the left rear of 17Va and send him into the infield. Va would shoot back across the track and F1yer would collect him causing them both to go to the back of the field.
By lap 8 the battle for the lead would intensify with Wheel, Ice, and Stealth swapping the lead. Stealth would get sideways coming out of turn 2 on lap 12 and he would lose about half a second to the leaders.
17Va would get back to the pack and would get around Doit18, Sidebite and Scrub. By lap 20 Ice and Wheel would start swapping the lead every corner. Wheel would get the drive coming out of turn 2 and Ice would keep it on the bottom in turns three and four and Wheel was able to pull to the inside of him down the straight.
With their constant battling Stealth was able to start closing the distance and by lap 28 he was right back in the thick of things. Coming down to the white flag, Ice would have the inside position on Wheel going into turns one and two, and was able to keep it glued to the bottom of the track forcing Wheel to either go to the top or go through the grass.
Wheel would stay right on the back bumper of Ice going into turns three and four causing Ice to get a little sideways. However, Wheel would let off allowing Ice to catch it and drive home for the win. Wheel would come home a close 2nd with Stealth right there for 3rd.
BLS_DK would run a clean race and grab 4th, and 17Va would battle back for a top 5 finish. BLS_OK would bring home 6th and Scrub, F1yer, Sidebite, and Doit 18 would round out the field.
After the race we caught up with the Ice~Fighter and asked him what he thought of the racing. “To tell you the truth I thought I was a goner on that last turn."
Wheel showed a lot of class letting me to catch the car. The server was a bit off tonight which caused some contact that otherwise would not be there, but all and all it was a great race with Wheel and Stealth.”
VLR Wheel was abit more somber at his trailer. “Man Ice drove a good race and blocked me there at the end. I wish I would have just gone high and used the momentum to get around on the high side, but he drove a smart race and came away with the win.”
BLS_OK was at 17Va’s trailer. Ok said, “Man I got into ya and I just wanted to come down and say sorry.”
Which 17Va replied “No worries man I was just happy to be racing again. I had a good run and ended up with a top 5.”
Remember to come out next week as The WFO Tour goes to the Nation’s Capitol to run Capitol City V2. Hope to see you all there!!!