Chicagoland - Oval
1
Adam Gilliland
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2
JD Laird
-00.141
3
Chad Coleman
-00.622
4
EJ ORourke
-01.837
5
Paul Nicholas Cooper
-02.141
6
Jimmie North
-03.058
7
Kris Gibeau
-03.456
8
Wesley Donaldson
-03.574
9
Michael Priester
-04.433
10
Nathan Bowers
-05.184
Las Vegas - Oval
1
Stevie Minson
-00.000
2
JD Laird
-00.997
3
Chad Coleman
-01.116
4
Brian Day
-01.206
5
Brandon Chubirko
-02.400
6
Jordan Hightower
-03.175
7
Scott Formosa
-04.579
8
EJ ORourke
-07.258
9
Scott Simley
-08.615
10
Joey Gattina
-08.783
Michigan - Oval
1
Adam Gilliland
-00.000
2
Jose Gonzalez
-00.944
3
Anthony DeBaro
-01.675
4
Anthony M Calantoni
-02.563
5
EJ ORourke
-03.864
6
Mike Kelley
-04.190
7
Sean Boundy
-04.241
8
Michael Priester
-04.525
9
JD Laird
-05.727
10
David Boden
-06.067
Phoenix - Oval
1
Doy Woods
-00.000
2
EJ ORourke
-00.481
3
Stefan Marinak
-01.135
4
Jimmie North
-01.540
5
Paul Nicholas Cooper
-01.901
6
Steven Haring
-02.720
7
Wesley Donaldson
-04.695
8
Jason Pick
-16.131
9
Jonathan Lockhart
-2 L
10
Adam Gilliland
-4 L
Phoenix - Oval
1
Trey Eidson
-00.000
2
Brian Day
-02.258
3
Harrison Widelitz
-03.109
4
Adam Gilliland
-04.574
5
Doy Woods
-05.197
6
Scott Stenzel
-07.205
7
Brandon Chubirko
-07.725
8
Chad Coleman
-08.145
9
JD Laird
-08.469
10
Chad Cole
-08.852

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Gilliland Wins On Last Lap Pass to Win At Chicagoland in Flat Out Friday Series

2017-06-24 19:08:01 - Posted By: Steven Haring
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JD Laird making his first appearance in SIM500 Friday’s Series captured the pole and would start on the pole with Chad Coleman leading the outside line to the checkers. Laird would take off and lead the first 11 laps as Adam Gilliland would gain the second spot even before the first lap. Won’t take long for the one of 10 lead changes to start as on lap 12 Gilliland would have the lead and 20 laps in the smell of a caution free race was in the air as the field started to get stretched out. First round of pit stops would start and jumble the field up as they all cycled through but as the cycle cleared it was Gilliland back out front. The #08 of Gilliand would hold the lead until the second round of stops started and by now it was clear it was going green the rest of the way. The smell was so strong some tried 2 tire stops to gain position.

As the push the finish started low and behold we got our first caution of the night as someone’s 2 tire stop didn’t work so well as they spun coming off turn 4 to bring out the yellow. The strategy game would begin as Laird would pit from the 3rd spot and take only 2 right sides as Gilliland pitting from the lead would take 4 and Laird would lead everyone off pit road. The question would be how long could he hold off everyone behind him. With 9 to go at the green we’d soon find out. Laird would rocket off the restart and have a ½ second lead over Gilliland but there was still a long way to go. The laps would tick off one by one as would the tenths of a second of Laird’s lead. Clearly Gilliland was coming but when could he get there. As we started the last lap Laird was only a tenth ahead of Gilliland but he still had to get around him. Coming out of turn 2 it would be Laird but Gilliland was gaining momentum down the back stretch and pulled even with Laird in the middle of 3 & 4 and would clear Laird just out of turn 4 headed towards the finish line. Laird’s chance for a crossover went out the window and Gilliland went down and took any chance of that of happening away and crossed the checkers for his second win of the season in Flat Out Friday.

With the close finish of Gilliland and Laird let’s not lose sight of Coleman finishing 3rd and EJ O’Rourke and Paul Cooper rounding out the top 5.

With 1 races to go not much has changed at the top with Donaldson holding an 14 points lead over O’Rourke with one race to go. Next week it’s on to Vegas where Donaldson and O’Rourke will be playing No Limit Hold Em for the title.



Minson Roll's the Dice for the Win!

2017-06-22 15:57:45 - Posted By: Joey Gattina
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The star's shined bright in Vegas as the WCIparts.com Truck Series rolled into Sin City for round number three. It was a first for the series to have all the racing action "LIVE" on Yellow Flag TV and the drivers didn't disappoint.

The race started off with Jordan Hightower grabbing the pole in his first start. The #22 would only find himself out front leading just four laps in the event. It wouldn't take long before outside pole sitter JD Laird would show his dominance leading the most laps (65) but would come up one spot short when the checkers dropped.

It would all come down to the last pit stop under green flag conditions. The call was for two tires on the #23 Laird and #96 of Minson. The money stop would be all JD Laird as he looked prime to close out the race until his JD Graphic's sponsored truck would break loose getting up to speed. This would open up the door for Steve Minson to capitalize on the mistake.

With only a handful of laps, the #96 Minson would maintain his advantage leading just seven laps to score his first win of the season. The number #23 of Laird would cross the line in the second spot followed by the #20 Chad Coleman in 3rd. The fourth place finisher Brian Day's #33 scores back to back top 5 finishes in his first two series starts. Rounding out the top 5 would be Brandon Chubirko who would also take over the points lead with this fifth place finish.

Next week the series will head to the Dover International Raceway.



Gilliland Grabs 2nd Straight, Kelley Wraps Up Segment One Title

2017-06-19 05:25:20 - Posted By: Mike Kelley
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For Immediate Release: June 18th, 2017

26 racers showed up in the Irish Hills of Michigan to tackle the super fast Michigan International Speedway, and it was a field that featured some real hot shoes.
Veteran Chad Coleman stuck his plain jane #20 Ford Fusion on the pole, barely edging out Anthony Calantoni by 4 hundredths of a second.

The Segment Championship was on the line, as David Comstock held a scant two point lead over Mike Kelley. Comstock was having mechanical issues, and was not able to make a qualifying attempt. Kelley decided to take a provisional, in hopes of having a safe, clean race. Comstock was able to take to the track as the field completed the first lap, hoping to get back on the lead lap and protect his championship lead. It was not in the cards, as more mechanical issues would plague the #42 machine all night, causing him to finish 24th. This handed the Championship over to Kelley in a very anticlimactic way, as Kelley cruised home to a 6th place finish. "This was certainly not the way our team wanted to see this play out", Kelley said in the garage after the race. "David was fast every week, and the fact he had a shot at it after missing a race shows he was the guy to beat all season long. That being said, our team worked hard all, had a win, and ran up front all season. We'll take it!"

The race was very good though, and only two cautions slowed the action. The first flew on lap 33 when The Rhineston Cowboy lost control of his ##99 Harley Davidson machine after scuffung the wall off turn 2. Campbell was able to recover and race on. This was in the middle of green flag stops, as many were trying to get to the half-way point at lap 40. Many others had already stopped and were employing a two stop strategy. It was going to be interesting, but it was all for naught. On lap 58, the field was shuffled up once again as Scott Formosa crashed off turn 2 in similar fashion, but he also collected the already damaged car of pole-sitter Coleman. Both cars were eliminated from the race. This shuffled the field yet again, as many racers had already made their last stop, and some were on pit road at the time of the crash.

Adam Gilliland was on pit road as the leader when the yellow flew, and had been showing a lot of strength again, after winning last week and starting from the back due to having the wrong number on his Axalta machine. Since he did not have to stop under yellow, he re-inherited the lead as the field went back to green on lap 63 for the run to the checkers. Marcus Napier, having a great run from his 9th starting spot, was 2nd, Jose Gonzalez was 3rd, Byron Daley, in his first Sim500 Cup start, was 4th, and Calantoni rounded out the top 5. Quite a few different strategies left many wondering how it would all play out. Kelley had worked his way into the top 5, but got aced out by the timing of both cautions, and restarted 13th, and this was the story for many others as well.

Gilliland charged out to a big lead on the restart, with 21 drivers still on the track chasing him. First time Sim500 racer and fast guy Anthony DeBaro was also making his debut, and was also having bad luck with his pit timing. He had 4 fresh shoes and was charging towards the front during the final run, dragging a few others who were in the same boat. The racing was hard, clean, and really fun to watch as the laps wound down. With 10 laps to go Gilliland looked to be on cruise control for the win, Daley had moved up to 2nd, but was not gaining. Gonzalez was solidly in 3rd, and Calantoni, Napier and DeBaro were engaged in battle for 4th.

Daley did start nipping away at the gap as the laps would down, threatening to make a race of it, but he lost control off turn 4 coming to the white flag and spun down onto pit lane effectively ending his bid for the win, and relegating himself to a 21st place finish. This bumped everyone up a spot in the top 10, and let Gilliland easily take the win, 1 second ahead ahead of Gonzalez. DeBaro worked his way back to the final spot on the podium, wrapping up a great Cup Series debut for the #96 team (rumors are he will run for the Segment 2 title). Calantoni clicked off another solid top 5 finish, and EJ ORourke capped off a great top 5 run, squeezing past Kelley on the final lap. What a fantastic race to cap off a great Sim500 Cup Series debut season! Thanks to all for the great racing this season. Segment 2 kicks off next Sunday night in Daytona for the Coke Zero 225.

Congrats to the Top 8 who are now qualified for The Chase, which will debut in Segment 3


 



Woods Wins A Tough One At Phoenix In Flat Out Friday Series

2017-06-17 14:33:29 - Posted By: Steven Haring
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Doy Woods making his first start in the SIM500 Flat Out Friday Series decides to make a statement and wins in a typical short track race with beating and banging with a little Hatfield and McCoys mixed in. Adam Gilliland would win the pole and selected to take his chances starting from the back. Little did he know there was more crap going on back there than there is in a septic tank cleaner truck. To be fair the race did have it’s cautions but the last almost 40 laps went caution free until 1 to go when either Hatfield got into McCoy or visa versa. The pole would transfer to Woods but on the start Chad Coleman would take off like a Michael Vick from a dog show. Even through a few early cautions Coleman would hold point with Woods in toe with the race still being in it’s early stages. Woods would gain the lead on lap 20 with Stefan Marinak moving up to 3rd place behind Coleman.

On lap 21 we check back on the Hatfield and McCoys and their still battling each other like hyenas picking over a carcass in the African dessert. A caution on lap 25 would send everyone down pit road and Jason Pick would come out in the lead but would surrender it quickly to Marinak when a caution would come out and scramble the field once more with about 30 to go. On the restart is when the longest green flag and when Woods would just take control like my wife at Macy’s with my Amex.

The racing was all from 2nd back was where it was all happening. Marinak was battling with EJ O’Rourke and a 3 way battle between Jimmie North, Paul Cooper and Steve Haring for a top 5 finish. As Woods comfortably crossed the finish line in his Toyota Care/JDR Graphics Tundra ahead of O’Rourke the battle came down to the 5th spot and Cooper would get that. Checking in on the Hatfield and McCoys and they’re still arguing on pit road even after the race. Any chance of them exchanging holiday cards this season probably just went out the window.

With 2 races to go not much has changed at the top with Donaldson holding an 18 points lead over O’Rourke with KC Duncan having a very outside chance for the title but anything can happen



Eidson Dominates in the Desert

2017-06-15 15:33:02 - Posted By: Joey Gattina
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The Sim500 Truck Series Powered by WCIParts.Com Basha’s 200k at Phoenix International Raceway was all Trey Edison. The newcomer to the series qualified on the pole and led a race-high 84 laps in winning the caution filled event.

The competition was fierce as the newly paved racing surface provided much-needed grip to all the trucks. With all the driver's running competitive lap times, the battle for track position took on an all new meaning. The intense action would attribute to the 11 cautions that would slow the event. Green flag racing would, however, created close door to door racing throughout the field. Adam Gilliland, Hunter Mitchell, and Doy Woods would take a short turn at the point. In the end, no one proved to have anything for #36 OTC Tundra of Trey Eidson. With the victory, Eidson is now chasing eligible if he can remain in the top 20 of the points standings. Surviving the night and completing the top 5 were; Brian Day, Harrison Widelitz, Adam Gilliland, and Doy Woods.

Last week’s winner Scott Stenzel continues to lead the early season points over Brandon Chubirko, Chad Coleman, Chad Cole and Widelitz. Next week the truck series completes its’ west coast swing with DC Solar 150 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Thanks for everyone’s support of Sim500 and WCIParts.Com. We hope to see you all in Sin City. Stay tuned for more exciting details on Vegas.




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