VLR_Shock earns the win at Bluegrass Speedway in the ERL Monday Madness Late Model Series on his birthday. ERL_Ralphyboy takes an early lead holding the competition off for all but the last four laps.
Adding to the excitement VLR_Shock is caught up in a wreck as ERL_Ralphyboy has a glitch and warps, knocking VLR_Shock back to 6th place and a half lap down. Slowly and steadily VLR_Shock inches his way back up through the pack. And with 14 laps to go he passes for 2nd place.
Nine laps later VLR_Shock, and ERL_Ralphyboy have a 3 lap battle with VLR_Shock ultimately pulling ahead for the checkered flag and the win.
VLR_Shock worked hard for this win, cranking out an “in race” lap time of 11:63. Congrats to VLR_Shock on the win, and for qualifying on the pole for an extra 10 point bonus.
Las Vegas, Nevada: The Traveling WFO Tour rolled into BLS Speedway and 24 drivers made the trip to The Vegas Strip to gamble on winning the $12,000 prize.
Heat 1 – SideBite and DK would advance while F1yer, Amp, Rain, and Bullet would have to run the “B”.
Heat 2 – Tofast and Stealth qualified for the “A”. Jammin and Rick would have to try to get out of the “B”
Heat 3 – Ice and JJ qualify while Blaze and Wheel find themselves in the “B”
Snickers Dash – Sidebite would win with Stealth, JJ, Tofast, and DK rounding out the field.
B1 – Blaze and IFRT_14 come out of this competitive feature to run in the “A”.
B2 – Jammin and 42 would both qualify after F1yer was taken out early. Wheel and Rain would make contact on the last lap costing both a chance a chance in the “A”.
“A” Main – The “A” Main would start out with Sidebite and Stealth working together and would pull away from ToFast, Ice, and JJ who would battle it out for 3rd. Stealth would be content to ride behind SB just pushing him along and getting out to over a second lead over 3rd place.
Tofast would drop back a bit but DK would take his place on the 3-way battle for 3rd. On the 14th lap Stealth would lose the draft and Stealth was not able to catch back up and Sidebite would begin to walk away.
By lap 18 Ice had taken control of 3rd and would start to reel in Stealth for 2nd. Stealth would pull up the track and push Ice as they would try to catch Sidebite from 1.2 seconds ahead.
DK however would find his way into the battle and the 3 would swap 2nd place 5 times until lap 20 when DK would slip up and Stealth would start to push Ice back to the leader.
Sidebite would prove to be way too much as he would cross the finish line .7 seconds ahead of Ice. Stealth come in 3rd with DK and JJ rounding out the top 5. Jammin, Blaze, ToFast, IFRT_14, and IFRT_14 would bring in the final 5 spots.
Attica Ohio: The Traveling WFO Tour rolled into the famed 1/3 mile Attica Raceway Monday night with 28 cars pulling in. VLR Shock would make his 1st start in the TNL’s this season along with 8 other drivers,
Heat 1 would be loaded as Wheel, F1yer, Shock, JJ, and Scrub would be looking to finish in the top 2. JJ would start outside pole and lead every lap and F1yer would make his way up to 2nd and get the transfer spot.
Heat 2 would see DK, Sidebite, and Rain battle it out for 12 laps as DK would run the high side to keep the lead and grab the win and Rain would settle for 2nd.
Heat 3 would see point’s leader Stealth having to come from 6th to try to make the field. Doit17 would jump out front with Zombie a close 2nd. Ice and Stealth would battle Zombie for 2nd. On the last lap Ice would hold 2nd going into turn 3 and Stealth would try a slide job. Ice tried to cut down and Zombie was sitting there knocking Ice back to 4th and Zombie to 2nd.
In “The Snicker’s Dash” JJ would grab the lead early and DK would be satisfied running 2nd. Wheel would get to 3rd before having a tire cut down sending him to 6th, Rain, Zombie, and Doit17 would come across the line in 3rd, 4th, and 5th.
B1 would see F1yer and Stealth pull away for the 2 transfer spots
In B2 Ice, Shock, and Sidebite would have a great battle as Ice and Shock would make it to the feature.
The “A” Main kicked off with a record crowd in attendance. As JJ and DK would lead the star studded field into turn 1. JJ would pull in front of DK coming off turn 2 with Doit17 and Wheel following. On lap 4 Wheel would use the high side to get around Doit17 for 4th.
The next lap F1yer would pinch Doit17 into the wall for 5th allowing Ice and Shock to close the distance. Wheel would quickly catch DK and take over the 3rd position. F1yer would then catch DK and misjudge a slide job pushing DK off the backstretch on lap 10.
DK would come back onto the track in 6th but would slide high and clip the wall slowing his momentum and Stealth would hit him in the rear sending him back off the track in turn 1.
By lap 12 Rain and Wheel would be locked into a great battle for 2nd. Both drivers pulling slide jobs and putting on a show for the crowd. Lap 15 Rain would move up the track and pinch Wheel into the front straight wall.
Rain would then slow up a bit to give Wheel the position back. This however would let F1yer, Doit17, and Ice gain on them making it a 6 car race for 2nd. Ice would then move to the high side of Doit17 making the pass for 5th and F1yer would get loose off of turn 4 moving Ice to the 4th position.
By lap 20 JJ had extended his lead over Wheel and Rain to over .4 seconds as Wheel and Rain continued to battle side by side. On lap 22 F1yer would start putting the pressure on Ice for the 4th spot and eventually using a slide job to clear him on lap 24.
Lap 25 would see JJ’s lead evaporate as he would slide off the track coming out of turn 2, giving the lead to Wheel. At the same time F1yer would catch Rain and the battle for 3rd would heat up. Ice, Doit17, and Shock would continue their battle for the 5th position going 3 wide several times.
JJ continued to keep the pressure on Wheel looking for any mistake he could use to get around. But it would be JJ who would make the mistake, jumping the cushion in 3&4 allowing Rain and F1yer to get around. This would allow Wheel to get out to a comfortable lead with 3 laps to go.
Wheel would lead coming to the white flag but going into turn 3 on the last lap his car would suddenly spin and Rain, F1 and JJ would zip by giving the win to Rainman!!! F1yer and JJ would finish 2nd and 3rd. Wheel would recover for 4th with Ice rounding out the top 5.
Shock would grab 6th and Doit17 would motor home 7th. Stealth would get 8th and Zombie and DK would finish 9th and 10th.
After the race we caught up to Wheel as he was visibly upset. “Man this piece of $h!t gas pedal just came off man, I had this thing won and it just broke!!! Wheel would then find Mama Tiger and she rocked him to sleep in the trailer.
Rain was in victory lane when we caught up to him. “Wow I don’t know what happened but luck was on my side tonight. I had a great car and had a great race with Wheel for a bunch of laps. Looked like he had another tire go down there and I was in the right place at the right time.”
Join us next week as the Traveling WFO Tour heads to BLS Super speedway for some high speed drafting.
St. Louis, Mo: The WFO Tour had 30 TNL haulers pull into the famed St. Louis 3/8 mile track for their season opener after a couple of late add ons. The WFO opener was one of the biggest opening races in WFO history. Tour promoter WFO Ice was very pleased with the car count.
“I’ve been really promoting this really hard since the schedule was released 2 weeks ago, I was extremely happy when we seen the # of cars pull in, and when you have drivers like Stealth, Wheel, Rain, F1yer, JJ, and everyone else I knew it was going to be a great show.”
After the drivers meeting, the pill draw took place with Doit 43 getting the lucky #1 pill and JJ getting the unlucky #28 pill. In a very stacked heat 1 it was Stealth and F1yer getting the transfer spots directly to the “A” Main with drivers like Wheel and JJ having to take their chances in the “B”.
Heat 2 would see Rain and Doit 17 advance while Jammin, Zombie, and Blaze would go to the “B”. In heat 3 Sidebite and Scrub would move on. Slammer and Ice would be left out in the cold and have to run the "B".
In the Snicker’s Dash Stealth would have the pole and never relinquish the lead with Rain, F1yer, Scrub, Doit 17, and Sidebite following him. In B1 action, Wheel would start on the point and never look back and Doit 3 would power home for the 2nd transfer spot.
B2 would see a 3 way fight for the lead as Zombie, Ice, and Blaze would be nose to tail for the entire 15 laps. In the end Zombie would pick up the win and Ice would get the final transfer spot.
After a great night of racing it was time to cap it off as 10 of the best dirt drivers on the planet got ready to go 50 laps in the WFO opener.
Stealth and Rain would quickly jump out to a lead as it would take F1yer a few laps to get in the groove. By lap 7 Wheel had moved from his 7th starting spot up to 5th.
Stealth would lead with Rain right there with him. By lap 17 F1yer had really gotten into a groove and was starting to reel in the leaders, but Wheel had made his way into 4th and was closing the distance between himself and F1.
A little further back Ice and Sidebite had a great battle going on for 5th. On lap 27 F1 would go into turn one and the rear end would slip out from under him allowing Wheel to take over the 3rd position and he would set his sights on the leaders. F1yer would gather it back up and try to work with Wheel to get back to the leaders.
On lap 30 Rain would secure the lead and begin to methodically pull away from Stealth and amass a .52 second lead until Rain would slip up coming out of turn 2 and the fight was on again.
This constant battling allowed Wheel to get to the leaders and the next 13 laps would be epic. The three drivers would swap spots basically every corner until the last lap.
Stealth was able to get to the lead with Rain and Wheel doing everything they could to get the win. However in doing so this gave Stealth just enough of a cushion to secure the win, Rain would come home 2nd and Wheel 3rd. Ice moved up 6 spots to finish 4th and teammate Sidebite would get a top 5.
F1yer would limp home 6th after handling problems, Doit 17 in 7th, Doit 3 would cross the line 8th, Scrub would finish 9th and Zombie would see his night end a little early and finish 10th.
After the race Stealth was celebrating on top of his trailer. “I tell ya this was one of the best races I’ve been a part of. Rain and Wheel were all over me. I think Rain really gave this one away whenever he made that mistake coming out of turn 2, which really just let me back in it and most of the time I can really make that work in my favor.”
Rain looking dejected commented, “Man I let Stealth have that one, he owes me one. I had an awesome car tonight and one mistake cost me that win, but Great Job to Stealth after taking a break to come back strong and get this win.”
After talking with other race reporters we were able to catch up with Wheel, “That race was awesome! I don’t know what happened to F1yer but I was ready to work with him to try to go get those two and he just broke loose and I went on, But the race for the win was something else. Three of the best drivers around going at it for a big win like that was fun, another lap and the outcome might have been different."
F1yer jumped out of his car and kicked it as we were catching up with him. “Man I had a piece of S%!# tonight. I was running along great and then it would feel like I had a right rear go down and it would snap around on me, I guess to come home 6th is ok. It’s going to be a long season and I have plenty of time to turn it around.”
Come test your driving ability against the best drivers in the game next week as the WFO Tour takes the TNL’s to the famed Attica 09 V2. We will be looking forward to another huge car count next week!!!