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Tuesday Night Short Track Series

Hart Takes LM Championship with Win at Iowa

December 05, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The 8th and final race of the NW Club Late Model season was held at Iowa Speedway on November 29, 2018. There were 8 drivers on the grid with Joshua Hart taking pole position, followed by Wayne Hutchison, Ray Partridge, Scott Kukas, and Dee Palmer.

The race was relatively caution-free, with only 1 yellow for 5 laps. Hart led all 100 laps to take the win with Hutchison, Partridge, Richard Orr, and Nick Kuhn rounding out the top 5. This win also vaulted Hart back into top spot in the standings, giving him the season championship, beating Hutchison by 20 points. Kuhn was a further 22 points back in 3rd, while Scott Kukas finished 4th and Dee Palmer rounded out the top 5.

This season saw 24 drivers participate in at least 1 race, with 10 drivers starting at least half of the the time. We'll see what next season holds in store - stay tuned!

Hutchison Takes Advantage of Small Field to Win at Five Flags

November 17, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Short track racing isn't supposed to mean short grids but that's exactly what we had on Thursday night as just 5 drivers made their way to Five Flags Speedway for 125 laps of Late Model action in the NW Club Late Model Series. Dee Palmer showed the way in practice but it was Wayne Hutchison who took pole position on this night with a 16.920s lap. Palmer was 2nd, Scott Hutchison 3rd, Josh Culley 4th, and Scott Kukas 5th.

As you might expect, the race was very clean, with only 1 caution near the middle part of the race when Scott Kukas finally "blowed it up good". Hutchison led from pole until the 1st caution, then opted for 2 tires on the pit stop while Culley and Palmer took fuel only. On the restart it took a few laps for the tires to come up to temp, but once they did Hutchison made short work of Palmer and then, about 15 laps later, Culley. From there to the end it was simply a matter of staying out of trouble. The final results was Hutchison with the win, Culley in 2nd, Palmer 3rd, and Scott Hutchison 4th.

With just 1 race remaining in the season, Wayne Hutchison holds the lead in the points standings with 261 points. Nick Kuhn sits in second at 238, Joshua Hart is 3rd at 235, Scott Kukas is 4th with 218, and Steven Paulissen rounds out the top 5 at 185.

The final race of the season will be at Iowa Speedway on 11/29/18 - BE THERE!

"Josh" Keeps Winning in Late Models

November 11, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Races 5 and 6 of the Northwest Club Late Model series took place at South Boston on 10/25 and Thompson Speedway on 11/8. We had 11 cars show up for SoBo, but only 5 for Thompson...

South Boston was once again dominated by Joshua Hart who qualified on pole, led all 150 laps and won by 6.5s over Wayne Hutchison. Brad Carpenter had a great race, coming from 10th on the grid to finish 3rd. Ray Partridge limped home 4th, 1 lap down, while Nate Little rounded out the top 5, 2 laps down. The race went caution free and was a testament to how clean the racing is in the Northwest Club.

Round 6 at Thompson was lightly attended but still gave some good racing for most of the race. This race also went caution free for 100 laps, with Josh Culley leading all 100 laps and taking the win, 5.1s ahead of Nick Kuhn. Scott Kukas hung on for a 3rd place finish ahead of Wayne Hutchison and Dee Palmer.

With just 2 races to go, the points standings have Hutchison in 1st with 255, Kuhn 2nd with 238, Joshua Hart in 3rd with 235, Steven Paulissen 4th with 185, and Scott Kukas rounding out the top 5 with 179.

The next race is on November 15th, at Five Flags Speedway for 125 laps. Let's get a full field out there for this great track!

Four in a Row for Hart at Martinsville

October 25, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The Northwest Club Late Model series visited the Martinsville paperclip on Thursday, October 11th for 100 laps of short track action. Qualifying saw Joshua Hart take his 4th pole position of the season with a 20.497s lap. Scott Mann, Charles Larr, James Paulson and Wayne Hutchison were 2nd through 5th fastest with only 0.16s covering the top 5.

The race was amazingly clean and quick with zero cautions and an average lap time of 21.194s. Hart pulled out a lead early and was never seriously challenged. Mann and Larr both DNF'd without obvious incidents, leaving Hutchison to finish 2nd after a race long battle with Dee Palmer who brought it home 3rd. Josh Culley moved up 7 positions from the start to finish 4th and Steven Paulissen rounded out the top 5.

After 4 races and 4 wins Joshua Hart leads the points standings with 188 points. Hutchison sits second with 171, Nick Kuhn is 3rd with 158, Jared Morgan is 4th at 150 and Steven Paulissen holds down 5th place with 149 points.

The next race is October 25th at South Boston for 150 laps. Gonna be lots of action on that little bullring so come on out and give it a try, won't you?

Hart Stretches Points Lead with Third Straight Win

October 07, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Thursday night's Northwest Club Late Model race at Lanier Speedway saw 12 drivers in attendance to tackle the 3/8 mile bullring for 150 laps. Taking pole position with a lap of 13.666s was Joshua Hart, followed by Brad Carpenter 13.773, Richard Orr 13.874, Drew Lalonde 13.983 and Wayne Hutchison at 14.008s.

Once again Hart was the class of the field, leading all 150 laps and lapping the majority of the field several times. Richard Orr came home second and Wayne Hutchison 3rd after 2nd place driver Brad Carpenter pitted for a fast repair and tires on a late caution. Those were the only 4 cars that finished on the lead lap. Jared Morgan recovered from an early spin to finish 5th, 1 lap down just in front of Scott Hutchison. Nick Kuhn was 7th, 2 laps down followed by Steven Paulissen and Ray Partridge, 3 and 4 laps down respectively.

After 3 weeks the points standings have Hart firmly in first place with 141 points, Hutchison in 2nd with 128, Nick Kuhn 3rd wtih 120, Jared Morgan 4th at 114, and Steven Paulissen rounding out the top five with 109 points.

Next week's race should be a real challenge for everyone - 100 laps at the paperclip that is Martinsville! Come on out and join us; the more the merrier!

Two in a Row for Hart at Concord

September 23, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Week #2 of the Northwest Club Late Model series and 14 drivers took the green flag at the trick triangle of Concord for 125 laps of high banked short track action.

Qualifying saw USA winner Joshua Hart take pole position with the only sub 16 second lap of the night at 15.904. Brad Carpenter grabbed the outside front row with a 16.070, while Wayne Hutchison and Ray Partridge filled out row 2. Richard Orr started 5th with Keith Pierce to his outside and Nick Kuhn and Jared Morgan shared row 4. The rest of the starting lineup included Gary LaViolette, Mike Ouellette, Steven Paulissen, Andrew Jump, Ray Fournier, and Scott Hutchison.

The race proved that Concord is a tricky track to find the ideal line and, even when you do, it's even trickier to pass other cars. This made for lots of close, bumper-to-bumper action for all 125 laps. As at USA last week, the final standings were jumbled a little bit due to some drivers having to stop for fuel and others being able to conserve just enough to finish on fumes. Joshua Hart led every lap from pole but this week had a strong challenger in Brad Carpenter. Unfortunately, Carpenter was one of the drivers who couldn't make it to the end on fuel... leaving 2nd place once again to Wayne Hutchison. Nick Kuhn brought his ride home in 3rd, the last car on the lead lap while Keith Pierce finished 4th and Carpenter 5th.

Points standings after two races have Joshua Hart out in front with 94 points from 2 wins, Hutchison in 2nd with 86 points, Kuhn 3rd with 83, Pierce 4th with 82 and Jared Morgan 5th with 75.

The next race is on October 4th at Lanier Speedway for 150 laps. Let's see how many cars we can get out for what should be a real barnburner!

Hart Dominates at USA

September 16, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The Northwest Club Thursday Night Late Model series got off to a great start on 9/13 with 13 drivers unloading at USA Speedway for 100 laps of short track action.

Qualifying was fast and furious with 3 drivers dipping into the 20s bracket: Joshua Hart took pole with a 20.921, Ryan Worley grabbed the outside front row at 20.960, and Wayne Hutchison was third with 20.977. Steven Paulissen started 4th while Nick Kuhn / Keith Pierce were 5/6, Jared Morgan / Mike Ouellette were 7/8, Scott Kukas / Drew Lalonde were 9/10, William Lee / Aaron Stowe were 11/12 and Scott Hutchison started 13th.

The race itself went green from start to finish. There was great racing for position all through the field with a fair amount of order shuffling as the race progressed. Joshua Hart had the field covered as he drove away from the start and managed to lap all but Hutchison by race end. In the later stages of the race it became apparent that it was going to be very close on fuel for everyone. Some drivers elected to pit under green for a splash, while others chose to conserve fuel as best they could. Several drivers actually ran out of fuel just as they crossed the finish line!

The final result showed Joshua Hart in 1st, Wayne Hutchison 2nd, Keith Pierce 3rd, Nick Kuhn 4th, Ryan Worley 5th and Jared Morgan 6th.

Next week's race is at Concord Speedway for 125 laps of tri-oval terror. Hope to see you all, and more, there next week!

Thursday Night Late Models

September 09, 2018 | Nick Kuhn

Hello Northwest! The Northwest Club is happy to be back from a short break with a new season! Starting this Thursday (9/13/2018) we will be running a Thursday Night Late Model fixed setup series.

Session opens up at 7pm pacific for practice. Qual at 8pm, you get 4 laps and 10 minutes to show what you can do. Race kicks off at 8:10pm and should last 30-45 minutes. We will have off weeks for Major’s races and Thanksgiving. This is the same car we finish the Major’s with and will be great practice.

Everyone in the Northwest is welcome, including all skill levels. Chances are we have someone already at a similar level. Historically this league has had great racing throughout the field!

Let me know if you have any questions, and hope to see you all out on the track!

Larr Wins Season Finale at Irwindale

May 19, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Thirteen drivers showed up for the final race of the NW Club Paved Short Track Series at Irwindale Speedway. Charles Larr showed he had the pace in his SK Modified taking pole at 17.443. Brad Carpenter grabbed 2nd spot with a 17.476 while Nick Kuhn and Leslie Stratton filled the 2nd row. Matt Pollard and Gary LaViolette made up the 3rd row.

The race was the Charles Larr show. Larr led all 100 laps, set fastest lap, and lapped the field up to 6th place. Nick Kuhn had a strong showing to finish second, just beating Brad Carpenter to the line. Dee Palmer brought it home 4th and Scott Hutchison took 5th.

When all was said and done, the championship standings show that we have Co-Champions - Nick Kuhn and Dee Palmer both finished with 210 points from 1 win and 5 top 5's each. Third place went to Wayne Hutchison with 199 points, while Robert Hirschbock took 4th with 195 and Matt Pollard was 5th with 188 points.

Well that's it for this season of Paved Short Track racing. Keep an eye out for an announcement regarding a summer season that will be starting in the near future!

Stratton Shows the Way at Five Flags

May 11, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Round 5 of the 6-race SK Modified Paved Short Track series was held at Five Flags Speedway on Wednesday night. Eleven cars took the track for qualifying with Keith Pierce snagging the pole at 16.243s. Leslie Stratton was 2nd quick at 16.246 while Dee Palmer and Wayne Hutchison filled out the 2nd row. The third row contained Scott Kukas and Robert Hirschbock while Matt Pollard and Nick Kuhn startd 7th and 8th.

Stratton got the early jump and led the majority of the laps (76) with Hutchison leading the other in the middle part of the race. The race was slowed by 7 cautions for 33 laps as Pierce, Pollard, Kuhn, and Drew Lalonde all had early exits with wrecked race cars. At the checkers it was Stratton with the win by 0.47s over Dee Palmer and 0.9s over Hutchison. Ray Partridge brought the #88 home 4th with Gary LaViolette grabbing a Top 5.

With 1 race to go Dee Palmer leads the points standings with 210. Nick Kuhn sits 2nd at 200 while Wayne Hutchison has 199. Robert Hirschbock sits 4th at 192 and Matt Pollard rounds out the top 5 with 187.

,p>The final race of the season will be on May 16th at Irwindale Outer. Be prepared for some high speed wall hugging action!

Kuhn Fends of Carpenter for the Win at Myrtle Beach

May 05, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Race 4 of the 6-race Paved Short Track Series saw 10 SK Modified drivers descend on Myrtle Beach Speedway for 100 laps of action packed short track racing. Brad Carpenter, a veteran of the official SK Modifies series, showed the way in qualifying with an 18.561 to take the pole. Outside front row was filled by Wayne Hutchison at 18.665s. Row two was Nick Kuhn and Bryan Barns, while row 3 starters were Keith Pierce and Leslie Stratton.

There was a lot of good close racing as Carpenter took the early lead and was being chased by Hutchison, Kuhn, and Barns. When everyone stopped for tires during a mid-race caution, Scott Kukas inherited the lead for 1 lap. A strategy call to take just 2 tires by Kuhn and Hutchison saw them get out of the pits in front of the field, with Carpenter dropping back in the pack - but with 4 fresh tires. The last 44 laps were all about whether Carpenter could make his way through the pack and whether Kuhn could hold him off once he got there. As it played out, Carpenter did make it up to 2nd place and harried Kuhn for the last 10 laps, but to no avail. Kuhn had just enough car left under him to hold on for the win! The finishing order (top 5) was: Nick Kuhn, Brad Carpenter, Robert Hirshbock, Wayne Hutchison, and Dee Palmer.

With 2 races to go, the standings show Dee Palmer in first place with 168 points, followed closely by Nick Kuhn with 167. Wayne Hutchison sits 3rd at 157 and Robert Hirschbock moved up two spots to sit 4th at 155 points.

Next week's race will be 100 laps at Five Flags Speedway. Hope to see y'all there!

Pierce Shows the Way at Oxford Plains

April 27, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

On the surface, you'd think that Keith Pierce dominated Wednesday night's SK Modified race at Oxford Plains. And he pretty much did. Pierce led 96 of the 100 laps after starting on pole and never giving ground the whole race. Dee Palmer grabbed second place with an inspired run from 7th on the grid while Matt Pollard finished 1 spot ahead of his starting position in 3rd. Nick Kuhn and Robert Hirschbock rounded out the top 5. As usual this was pretty much a follow-the-leader type of race with the only real challenges for position coming on restarts. Unfortunately, the outside line just wasn't rubbered in quite enough to allow those outside passes to stick.

With 3 of the 6 races complete, Dee Palmer holds down the championship lead with 128 points. Nick Kuhn sits 2nd with 124 while Wayne Hutchison managed to move up 1 spot to third with 117 points. Matt Pollard was the big mover, jumping up 5 spots to sit tied with Tyler Young for 4th at 114 points.

Next week's race sees the Modified try their luck at Myrtle Beach, a short track with a little more grip and banking than Oxford, but with a very trick turn 1/2. See you there, right?

Hutchison Right Spot at the Right Time at Lanier

April 20, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Round 2 of the Pave Short Track Series saw 15 SK Modifieds show up at Lanier Speedway to try their luck on the tricky short oval. Charles Larr set the pace all night taking pole position with a 12.863s lap. Robert Hirschbock was close behind at 12.944 while Wayne Hutchison and Matt Pollard filled row 2. Leslie Stratton and Dee Palmer grabbed row 3 while Mat Henry and Nick Kuhn started 7th and 8th.

This was a fast an furious race with laps times regularly in the low 13s range. At the start the field sprinted away from the green flag and quickly got into single file with Larr leading from Hirschbock and Hutchison. About 20 laps in, Stratton and Pollard muscled their way by Hutchison to take 3rd and 4th respectively. The big event of the race came on lap 54 when Larr got loose coming off T2, corrected it and slammed into the outside wall. This quickly gathered up the top 4 runners, ending the night for Larr and sending the others to the pits for repairs. Hutchison assumed the lead and never looked back, leading the final 46 laps to take the win by 2.2s over Gary LaViolette, Nick Kuhn, and Dee Palmer - a Dogbear 1-2-3-4. Tyler Young had a strong run to finish 5th, 1 lap down.

After 2 weeks the standings show Dee Palmer in 1st place with 85 points, while Nick Kuhn and Gary LaViolette are tied for 2nd with 84. Hutchison and Tyler Young sit in 4th tied at 79. It's a tight race and anybody's championship to win at this point!

Next week's race will be at the Dukes of Hazzard track - Oxford Plains. Should be a blast!

Palmer Slips and Slides to Victory at Bristol

April 12, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Week #1 of Season 3 of the Paved Short Track Series took place Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway for 100 laps of wheel-to-wheel, nose-to-tail action with the SK Modifieds. Twelve drivers showed up for the event and Leslie Stratton showed he had it figured out, take pole position with a 14.771s time. Dee Palmer was outside front row at 14.850, Wayne Hutchison and Nick Kuhn filled the 2nd row, and Brian Young and Robert Hirschbock locked up row 3. Special mention to Scott Brown who was finally back in action after a long time away from iRacing.

The race started out with Stratton taking the early lead, Palmer slotting in behind him, and then everyone else more or less holding station. A couple early cautions dropped some to the rear of the field but otherwise there was not a lot of early movement. Just before half way a caution convinced some drivers to stop for tires. Stratton and Palmer stopped but Hutchison and Kuhn stayed out on old tires. At this point in the race there were just 6 cars on the lead lap. On the restart Hutchison took the lead and led for 12 laps until his untimely demise when he pushed a little high off T4 and hit the wall. The ensuing carnage caused several drivers to tow / fast repair. The final restart with less than 40 to go saw lots of pressure at the front but Dee Palmer was able to hold off Nick Kuhn for the win, by just 0.39s. Gary LaViolette finished 3rd, moving up 7 spots from his 10th place starting position. Robert Hirschbock was 4th, 1 lap down and Scott Kukas took 5th place, 4 laps adrift.

Next Wednesday's race is at Lanier Speedway for 100 laps of "flatter" track action. Come on out and join the fun. It doesn't cost anything to give it a try!

Palmer Takes Season Finale - Stratton the Championship

March 31, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

A short field of just 9 Legends cars showed up for the Paved Short Track Series Season 2 finale at Irwindale on Tuesday night. Qualifying was extremely close with Robert Hirschbock grabbing the pole with a time of 15.307 seconds. Close behind was Wayne Hutchison at 15.323, Nathan Little at 15.329, and Dee Palmer at 15.331.

There was a lot of jostling for position throughout the 100 lap race, with 4 different drivers leading laps, divided almost evenly between them. At the end of lap 100, however, it was Dee Palmer who was first to the checkered flag, with Nathan Little just 0.2s back in second and Hirschbock a further 2.5s back in 3rd.

Leslie Stratton finished this race 3 laps down in 7th but that was good enough to clinch the championship with 211 points. Nick Kuhn was a close second at 205 with Hutchison 3rd at 204, and Hirschbock tied with Little for 4th with 202 each. Congratulations to Leslie on winning a tough championship fight.

Season 3 will see a couple of changes coming to the Paved Short Track Series. We'll be moving to Wednesday nights starting April 11th, and we'll be racing SK Modifieds. Should be a lot of fun as we start off at Bristol, then move on to Lanier, Oxford Plains, Myrtle Beach, Five Flags, and finally Irwindale for the season finale. Races will be every week through May 16th with no "off" weeks. Hope to see lots of cars out every week!

Kuhn Wins at Five Flags

March 25, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

A short field at Five Flags for the Legends race still gave a great race as Nick Kuhn took the checkers, just 0.2s ahead of Dee Palmer. Robert Hirschbock was 3rd and Leslie Stratton 4th on the night.

With just one race to go next week at Irwindale, Lesslie Stratton holds the points lead with 211 points. Hirschbock moved into 2nd place with 194, and Matt Pollard jumps into 3rd at 183.

Stratton Shows the Way at Lanier Dirt

March 10, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Tuesday night saw the Legends cars back at Lanier, only this time it was on the dirt track. The surface was dry and slick, making it critical to get the setup right and find the grip wherever you could.

Robert Hirschbock led the way in qualifying with a 16.912 to grab pole. Leslie Stratton narrowly missed at 16.916. The second row had Dogbear teammates Chad Barker (16.929) and Wayne Hutchison (16.972).

The race had some close racing, and some close crashes. There were 7 cautions for 21 laps in the 100 lap race. Hirschbock led early, giving up the lead after 16 laps. From there it was primarily the Leslie Stratton show as he led 83 of the remaining 84 laps to take the checkers by over 3s from Drew Lalonde. Wayne Hutchison finished 3rd, 5s behind the leader. Hirschbock finished 4th, 1 lap down, in what became a bit of a race of attrition in the later stages.

With 2 races to go in Season 2 Wayne Hutchison and Leslie Stratton are tied for the lead in the points standings with 171 points each. Nathan Little, a non-factor on the dirt, sits 3rd at 159 while Chad Barker is 4th with 158. It's still all to race for as we head back to the paved oval at Five Flags on March 20 before finishing up at Irwindale Inner

Barker Wins at South Boston to Challenge for Championship

March 03, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Tuesday night saw the Legends cars at South Boston Speedway for some short track racing at it's best. Fourteen drivers unloaded and turned practice laps but only 11 were able to figure it out and hang around for the race. Wayne Hutchison surprised everyone by taking the pole with a time much faster than he turned in practice, 16.324. Was he sandbagging? :). Chad Barker started 2nd at 16.330, Dee Palmer 3rd at 16.340, and Dillon Huffines 4th at 16.416.

The race started out with Hutchison taking a small lead over Barker and holding onto that lead, through a few cautions, until lap 46. That's when he got loose, over corrected, and hit the outside wall hard. Took Barker out with him. Fast repairs and fresh tires for Barker put him a lap down and keen to get back to the front. As he was working his way back up, both Leslie Stratton and Brian Bennett were also taking advantage of the competition, and cautions, to move up too. With about 17 laps to go Barker finally made the outside pass around Stratton to take the lead, which he held until the checkered flag flew. Stratton finish a close 2nd, with Bennett 3rd. Nick Kuhn finished a respectable 4th after having some early troubles, and Hutchison made it back up to 5th.

After 3 of 6 races Wayne Hutchison holds the points lead with 130, Barker is 2nd with 128, Stratton 3rd with 125, Nathan Little 4th with 123 and Nick Kuhn 5th with 120. It's anybody's championship at this point!

Next week's race is at Lanier DIRT in the DIRT Legends car. Should be a dumptruck load of fun. And might have some huge ramifications for the championship too...

Little Wins at Lanier - Championship Race Tightens Up

February 17, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Lanier Speedway was the host for Week #2 of the Tuesday Night Short Track series for the Legends cars. Twelve drivers tackled the tricky oval but Chad Barker proved to be fastest in qualifying to take the pole. Gregory Scott grabbed outside front row while Nathan Little and Nick Kuhn filled out row 2.

The race started quickly with Barker taking the lead and the field sorting itself out into a single file. There were 3 cautions for only 15 laps (great job guys) but the incident that changed the course of the race happened around Lap 60 when the leaders came upon a somewhat stubborn lapped car. In trying to get around the backmarker, Barker spun and had to drop to the rear of the field. This gave the lead to Nathan Little, who held onto it very tightly for the last 40 laps to take the win. Second place went to Nick Kuhn, 3rd to Wayne Hutchison, and Barker made it back up through the field to take 4th.

The standings after 2 races show Hutchison in 1st place with 89 points, followed closely by Little with 88, Barker with 83, and Leslie Stratton with 81. Couldn't get much tigher!!!

Next race is on February 27th at South Boston for 100 laps. See ya'll there!

Hutchison Wins at the Beach

February 10, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Myrtle Beach was the location for week #1 of the second season of the Tuesday Night Short Track series. Myrtle Beach is a tricky short oval with a curved front straight and "speed bumps" on the inside of T1/2 that will seriously upset the car if you hit them. Qualifying was very close with Wayne Hutchison narrowly taking pole position from Nate Little. Nick Kuhn and Leslie Stratton filled out row 2. 12 drivers total started the race. Drivers found the track a little slippery and challenging and this led to 8 cautions for 37 laps of the 80 lap race. All those cautions helped Hutchison stay out front and take the checkers, 0.65s ahead of Little. Stratton made a valiant effort to bring home 3rd place and Chad Barker made up the most positions, finishing 4th after starting 11th. Next week's race will be 100 laps at Langley Speedway. This track made for some great racing in season 1; let's hope for a huge field this season!

Tuesday Night Short Track Series - Season 2

February 02, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Season 2 of the Tuesday Night Short Track series (TNSS) kicks off on February 6th. This series is exclusive to Northwest Club League members and will feature 6 races over 8 weeks. The schedule is shown above. All races will be in the Legends car, but we've added a little twist this season - race 4 will be in the Dirt Legends at Lanier Dirt.

The 6 tracks selected for this season are either new to the series or proved to be great Legends tracks during Season 1.

All races kick off with practice at 7pm Pacific, with qualifying at 7:50, and green flag at 8:00. See y'all there!

Hirschbock Takes First Win at Irwindale; Barker Snags Championship

January 24, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The inner oval at Irwindale was the site of the final race of the Tuesday Night Short Track season and we had a season high 15 drivers show up for practice. Once everybody figured out how to run the ultra-wide layout, Dee Palmer laid down a blistering Q lap to take pole position. Robert Hirschbock lined up outside row 1 wtih Chad Barker and Wayne Hutchison making up row 2.

Hirschbock got the jump at the green flag and took the lead from Palmer going into turn 1. The racing throughout the night was close and intense. There were several single car spins, some of which brought out yellow flags, but for the most part it was bumper-to-bumper racing at the limits of grip. Hirschbock led all 100 laps to get his first win of the season, with Nathan Little finishing 2nd and Matt Pollard 3rd.

And that brings us to the championship standings. The champion of the 1st season of the Tuesday Night Short Track series is Chad Barker. Chad finished with 358 points, exactly 1 point ahead of Nate Little. Wayne Hutchison finished in 3rd, 21 points behind Little and Matt Pollard made a big late move up to 4th. It was a great first season and thanks to everyone that came out to race. We had 35 different drivers participate in at least 1 race and a dozen who made it 6 or more times.

There will be no race next week (1/30) but we'll get season 2 under way in 2 weeks time. Once again we'll be racing the Legends cars, only this time we might mix it up a little bit with maybe a dirt race or a road race in there :)

Another Win for Barker Tightens up Championship Race

January 20, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Las Vegas' Bullring Speedway hosted round #9 of the Tuesday Night Short Track Series on 1/16. 12 Legends racers showed up to fight it out on the slippery banking with Chad Barker taking pole position. Robert Hirschbock started outside front row, while Wayne Hutchison and Leslie Stratton filled the 2nd row.

Chad Barker managed to lead 79 of the 80 laps and hold off a hard charging Leslie Stratton for his 3rd win of the season. Front row man Hirschbock ran into a little trouble and finished 2 laps down. Series leader Nate Little had a quiet night, coming home 4th while Dave Miller ran a strong race from 9th on the grid to finish 3rd.

Nate Little's lead shrank to just 22 points over Hutchison and 29 points over Barker. It'll take a small miracle for either to catch Little and win the championship with just one race left, but it's not impossible!

Next week's race (1/23) will be 100 laps at Irwindale Inner. Flat and wide should make for some awesome racing!

Little Dominates Langley to Extend Points Lead

January 13, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The flat short track at Langley Speedway saw 11 Legends racers on 1/9 for 80 laps of very close, slip-and-slide racing! Nathan Little had it dialled in to take the pole over Chad Barker and Leslie Stratton.

This race was the Nate Little show up front. He led all 80 laps and was never seriously challenged for the lead. Chad Barker finished 2nd and Wayne Hutchison managed to struggle home in 3rd. Once again Stratton's internet issues ruined what might have been a great race with him dropping from 3rd to last, 16 laps down. Dave Miller made the biggest move of the race, picking up 5 spots to finish 4th.

Nate Little stretched his lead in the points standings to 53 points ahead of second place driver Wayne Hutchison. Matt Pollard gained another position in the standings, jumping over Tyler Young and into 3rd overall. Barker used his 2nd place finish to move up 2 spots into 5th overall.

Next week's race (1/16) will be 80 laps at the Bullring in Las Vegas.

Hutchison Spins to Win at Concord

January 13, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The tricky triangle that is Concord Speedway welcomed 12 Legends racers on 1/2 for 65 laps of bumper-to-bumper, side-by-side action! Chad Barker took the pole with Wayne Hutchison lining up outside row 1. Row 2 was filled by Leslie Stratton and Robert Hirschbock.

Three drivers led laps (Barker 43, Hutchison 15, Hirschbock 7), as drivers were swapping positions, and paint, all throughout the race. Hutchison managed to spin himself by cutting down a little too low on Dave Miller during one of the restarts, and ended up a lap down with damage. Fortunately there were several cautions that allowed him to get his lap back and get back into the race for the win. While Barker was leading a ton of laps up front, Hutchison was working his way through traffic and was finally able to take the lead with 15 laps to go on a restart after the final caution. That caution was caused, coincidentally, by leader Barker and 2nd place Nathan Little tangling in T3 while fighting for track position. Final results had Hutchison taking the win, with Barker finishing 2nd and Hirschbock taking 3rd. Leslie Stratton's great start to the race was nullified by the internet connection gremlins causing him to drop from 3rd to 9th.

Nate Little retains his lead in the points standings, 45 points ahead of new second place driver Wayne Hutchison. Tyler Young drops to 3rd and Matt Polard jumped up 1 spot to 4th overall.

Next week's race (1/9) will be 80 laps at the fairly flat short oval Langley Speedway.

Stratton Wins at USA, Little extends points lead

December 30, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

USA Speedway on Boxing Day night brought 13 drivers to USA Speedway for 50 laps of Legends action. Chad Barker took pole with Leslie Stratton lining up outside row 1. Nate Little and Matt Pollard made up row 2.

Three drivers led laps (Stratton 24, Barker 18, Little 8), with Stratton holding off Barker for the win by just .153s. Little was a further half second back to place 3rd.

Nate Little retains his lead in the points standings, 45 points ahead of second place Tyler Young. Drew Lalonde moved up two spots and now sits in 3rd overall.

Next week's race (1/2) will be 65 laps at the tricky tri-oval Concord.

Barker Holds On for Second Win of Season

December 16, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

Back to our usual number of participants for some Legends fun at South Boston. Fifteen drivers took the green flag for 85 laps of 2 wide bumper to bumper action! Nick Kuhn grabbed the pole with Wayne Hutchison taking 2nd. Third went to Chad Barker with Dave Miller filling out row 2. Kuhn took the early lead before getting a little loose and giving up the lead to Hutchison who then led the next 40 laps. The last half of the race saw Nick Kuhn regain the lead only to have it taken away by Chad Barker. Hutchison spun in T1 on one of the later restarts and managed to collect 4 or 5 other cars in the ensuing melee. Fortunately all had fast repairs left so they could continue racing. The final laps saw an epic battle between Barker, Kuhn, and Drew Lalonde with Barker holding on to win by just 0.2s over Kuhn. Lalonde finished 3rd and Hutchison was able to work his way back up to 4th overall.

After 5 of 10 races this season, Nathan Little holds the lead in points with 209. Wayne Hutchison is 2nd with 202 and Tyler Young holds on to 3rd with 178. There are several drivers with just 4 starts who can still challenge for the championship so, hopefully, we'll see them all out racing the rest of the season.

Next week's race (12/19) will be 50 laps at USA Speedway. See y'all there!

Barker Nips Little at the Line for Big Win

December 07, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

Big update night for iRacing so the field for Tuesday night's short track series was a little smaller than normal. Only 11 drivers showed up to take the green flag for 90 laps of hard fought racing at Lanier Speedway in the Legends. Nathan Little led the way in qualifying and put his car on the pole. Little then proceeded to lead the first half of the race, before giving way to Leslie Stratton who led for the next 12 laps. Finally, Chad Barker managed to wrestle the lead away from Leslie and led the final 38 laps, beating Little to the line by a mere 0.057 seconds. That's Chad's first win in the series! Drew Lalonde finished 3rd and was the biggest mover of the race, starting in 11th and clawing his way to the front. There was some great, wheel-to-wheel racing throughout the pack between Dave Miller, Robert Hirschbock, Matt Pollard, and Wayne Hutchison. Just goes to show that you don't have to have a huge field of cars to have a great race!

Pointswise, Nathan Little (171) stretched his lead to 6 points over Matt Pollard (165). Wayne Hutchison holds 3rd with 158 points. Big mover of the week is Chad Barker who gained 9 spots to sit 11 overall.

Next week's race (12/12) will be 85 laps at South Boston. See y'all there!

Little's Big Win Leaves Barker Heartbroken

December 02, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

The TNSS races just keep getting better every week! Tuesday saw 17 drivers show up for 65 laps of fast and furious action in the Legends car at Thompson Speedway. The racing was close, with quite a bit of side-by-side action. Matt Hackathorn took the pole position with a blistering 21.92s time and led the first lap of the race. From there on it was Chad Barker leading the way and looking like a sure winner until lap 56. Barker and Hackathorn touched as they raced down the back straight, with both spinning out of control. This put Nate Little into the lead, a position he would hold onto until the checkered flag flew. Coming home 2nd was Kane Lasky, with Dave Miller taking 3rd.

After 3 races the points races is extremely close. Nate Little moved into 1st with 125 points, Matt Pollard holds down 2nd with 124, Wayne Hutchison is 3rd with 120, and Nick Kuhn is 4th with 117. Big mover of the week was Dave Miller, moving up 11 spots to 8th.

Next week's (12/5) race is 90 laps at Lanier Speedway. Short straights and wide corners should make for some exciting racing. Come out and join the fun!

Hutchison Fast Repairs His Way to a Win at Oxford Plains

November 22, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

Week 2 of the Tuesday Night Short Track series saw 20 cars show up for practice, and 15 cars take the green flag. It was Oxford, it was hot, and the Legends cars were slipping and sliding all over the place. Kerri Huffines set the pace in practice with a blistering 16.99 lap but Ryan Worley was able to lay down the fast lap when he needed it in qualifying to take the pole with a 17.049.

The race itself saw some long green flag stretches, punctuated by a few cautions for small incidents. One of those cautions was brought out by eventual race winner Wayne Hutchison when he was attempting a pass on the outside of T4, got loose, over corrected, and hit the outside wall nose first! A fast repair later, Wayne restarted in 13th place with little hope of getting the win. However, with a little help from accidents at the front of the field, leaders pitting for tires, and a couple timely cautions late in the race, Hutchison was able to get to the front with 16 laps to go and hold on for the win by 0.299s over Huffines. Tyler Young grabbed the final podium spot with a great run from a 10th place starting spot!

Next week's race is 65 laps at Thompson Speedway, again in the Legends car. Hope to see y'all there!

Andrew Williams Wins Inaugural Tuesday Night Short Track Event

November 18, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

Sixteen Legends cars racing for 50 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway's 1/4 mile Legends oval. What could go wrong, right? Well, not much really. All 16 cars were listed as "running" at the end. There were 4 cautions for relatively minor incidents but there was also lots of close quarters racing, a little wheel to wheel contact, and lots of fun. The only downside is that the race was over in just 18 minutes. Maybe we'll make next week's race just a little bit longer :)

Big winner on the night was Andrew Williams. Andrew lead 31 of the 50 laps and somewhow finished the race incident free! Second place went to Robert Dutton and third place to Nathan Little. Special mention to Matt Pollard for leading the other 19 laps that Andrew didn't lead!

Next week we're at Oxford Plains. A bit bigger track with almost no banking and lots of room to race. Should be a blast!

Tuesday Night Short Track Series

November 11, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

Another new NW Club League series? You bet!

Tuesday nights will now be the home to the Tuesday Night Short Track Series. First race will be 11/14.

Cars: Legends and Monte Carlo Late Model

Tracks: Charlotte, Oxford, Thompson, Lanier, South Boston, USA, and Concord

Times: Practice 7:00pm Pacific, Qualifying 7:50, Race 8:00

Race Length: All races will be 50 laps long

Setups: OPEN with a base set provided in practice

Weather: iRacing Default

All races will show up in the "League Session" tab in iRacing. The complete schedule is attached. Participation will be on a first come, first served basis to begin with. If we have more people wanting to race than we can fit into 1 session, we'll look at running more than 1 race per week.

Results and Standings will be available at http://www.danlisa.com/scoring/season_schedule.php?season_id=7143

Please join us for some enjoyable racing and networking. These cars and tracks will make for some tight short track racing. Do you have what it takes?