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JessicaJ

JessicaJ

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Jack Routson Turns Up the Heat in Southern Florida

27 February 2019 - 04:03 PM

Jack Routson Turns Up the Heat in Southern Florida

 

JessicaJ Media – Genoa, IL (February 27, 2019) – Arriving at Hendry County Motorsports Park for his first start of 2019, Jack Routson was ready to get the season started off on the right foot.  Taking to the Florida track for Thursday's practice, Routson began to get a handle on the 1/3rd-mile dirt speedway. 

 

Once the first of two action packed nights in Clewiston arrived on February 22nd, Routson was ready to show what an offseason of preparation could yield.  Starting outside row two of heat three, the 16-year-old wasted no time moving to the lead in the opening corner.  Holding onto the top spot for a handful of laps, he ultimately finished runner-up.  Earning the necessary positions for a good feature starting spot, he fired off sixth for the main race of the night.  Fighting a car that wasn't quite up to full song, Routson still kept a good pace until being swept into a three car pileup just past halfway.  Tagging the tail of the field, he made his way back to eleventh as the remaining laps clicked off in a heartbeat.

 

Regrouping for night two of the Inaugural Everglades Swamp Cabbage Nationals, Routson's hard work earned big dividends.  Setting a new track record in qualifying, the #14 Prairie State Water Systems/Midwest Sealcoats, Inc/Service Concepts midget earned him an extra cash prize.  Slotted to start on the pole of heat one, the initial start was waved off with Routson sent to the tail.  Wheeling a lightning-quick car, he didn't stay back there long and had already passed a trio of cars by the backstretch on lap one.  On the second lap he moved to second and quickly caught first place.  Giving the leader an intense run for his money, the kid from Genoa, Illinois gave it one last try at the line and barely missed taking the heat win.  Once more starting outside row three in the Southern States Midget Series feature, he was into the top five when the yellow flew on lap one.  Surviving a flurry of early yellows and battling hard-charging competitors, Routson bided his time until the final caution.  Restarting third with one lap remaining, he drove hard after the runner-up spot and nearly claimed it as the checkered flew. 

 

Awarded with a podium spot following an impressive Saturday showing, the long trip from Northern Illinois paid off for Routson's family-owned team.  Afterwards the personable racer exclaimed, "I was really excited to have the opportunity to go do some racing during the winter!  It felt great and I was very happy with how the weekend went. I learned a lot about how to overcome obstacles and gain driving skill."  Thanks to Prairie State Water Systems, Midwest Sealcoats, Inc, Service Concepts and everyone who helped make this event a reality.

 

Next up for Jack Routson will be the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) season opener at Beaver Dam Raceway April 20th.  Visit his Facebook page @JackRoutsonRacing to learn more about this rising star as he takes the next step in his career and stay tuned throughout the season.

 

Results at a glance

Everglades Swamp Cabbage Nationals

~~Friday~~

Heat 3—start 4th ; finish 2nd

Feature—start 6th ; finish 11th

~~Saturday~~

Qualifying – 1st, 13.391 seconds (new track record)

Heat 1—start 1st ; finish 2nd

Feature—start 6th ; finish 3rd


Josh Most Captures Best Chili Bowl Finish in 10th Appearance

05 February 2019 - 04:42 PM

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Josh Most Captures Best Chili Bowl Finish in 10th Appearance

 

JessicaJ Media – Red Oak, IA (Feb. 5, 2019) - Making the 6.5 hour trip to Tulsa for the Chili Bowl Nationals in January, Josh Most was prepared to make his tenth run inside the River Spirit Expo Center.  With back-to-back appearances in Saturday's D mains, all signs pointed to an even better result in his third consecutive Oklahoma start.

 

When Most took to the track for Thursday's fourth heat race in sixth position, he quickly engaged in a battle with two-time reigning Chili Bowl champion Christopher Bell.  As the short race took the checkered flag, Most had moved up to third and overall sat twelfth in passing points heading into the Qualifiers.  Returning to the quarter-mile dirt track for Qualifier 4 from the outside of row two, the Red Oak, Iowa native began making his move towards the front.  However, a broken right front shock mount and subsequent flip sent his #92M back to the pits on the hook.  Immediately jumping into repairs on the Most Trucking/Advanced Racing Suspensions/Gage Agronomy Services Spike Chassis, the small team rolled to staging when called up for the second B Main.  Starting tenth out of sixteen cars, the part-time midget racer marched his way all the way to third, easily advancing into the A Feature.  Taking the green from row eleven, Most survived a chaotic, caution-filled race and carved his way to the front as multiple competitors fell out.  Once the checkered waved and the dust settled, he had claimed a fifth place finish and set himself up for an excellent chance at Saturday's A Main.

 

With a long wait on Saturday until the night's biggest races, Most and crew prepared to capitalize on his best showing throughout the years.  Experiencing many changes since his 2007 debut, the modified racer from Southwest Iowa was ready when he pushed off for the second B Main in sixth place.  Action immediately picked up as each racer tried to claim one of the coveted top seven positions.  Going onto the backstretch a couple laps in, a few competitors piled-up ahead and brought him to a stop.  Restarting at the back, the Lance Most-owned machine now had a much longer path to reaching a chance to compete for the Golden Driller.  Making it through a few more cautions, laps ran out as the car began to move forward.

 

Finishing his 2019 Chili Bowl with a fourteenth place finish may not have been what was hoped for at the beginning of the day, but the 33 year old was still happy with beating more than 85% of the field.  "I'm happy and everyone that's associated with me racing [the midget] is more than pleased with what went on.  We'll just come back next year and try to better it, but that's going to be a tough goal to maintain and do.  If it wasn't for Tyler Thomas, his crew and the guys at Advance helping us get it back together on our prelim night, we never would have made the B feature and qualified for the A.  We didn't really have any expectations other than just go down there and have a good run.  It was more in favor of trying to have fun and we had a good run in that heat race with Christopher Bell.  Sometimes not having an expectation and going down there, it seems like you always run better.  If you really expect to win or run top five, it kinds of puts a lot of stress on you and it seems like something always happens."

 

Impressing a lot of people with what he can accomplish by only racing a national midget three times per year, Most is looking to expand beyond indoor racing at Du Quoin's Southern Illinois Center and Tulsa in 2019.   With a goal of making five total midget starts, he will also spend a bulk of the Summer racing modifieds, stock cars and perhaps late models closer to home in Iowa.  Next up for the personable racer is the Ice Breaker at Abilene Speedway in Texas.  Practice will be held February 14th followed by racing on the 15th and 16th. Follow along with Josh Most throughout the year on Facebook @EdgeChassisbyMost. 


Brayton Lynch Shows Constant Improvement in 3rd Chili Bowl

24 January 2019 - 04:38 PM

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Brayton Lynch Shows Constant Improvement in 3rd Chili Bowl

 

JessicaJ Media – SPRINGFIELD, Ill (Jan. 24, 2019) – Making his way to Tulsa for the annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, Brayton Lynch was looking to improve upon his two previous starts.  With loads of preparation poured into his #1k, the 19 year old knew a strong showing on his Tuesday preliminary night would put him in good shape for Saturday.

 

Drawing the pole of his heat race, Lynch had his work cut out for him to earn the most possible points by holding onto first place.  The 19 year old and his new, brightly colored paint scheme got a strong jump at the green.  Holding off a spirited charge from NASCAR racer Alex Bowman, Lynch pulled away to take heat three's checkered flag.  Claiming his first ever Chili Bowl heat race win put the racer solidly into the Qualifiers.  A speedy take off in the first Qualifier sent Lynch from second into the lead during lap one.  He pulled away with the lead for five laps before the car turned sideways and slid to a stop on the cushion.  Making his way back to ninth in the closing laps, all attention turned towards claiming one of the coveted B Main transfer spots.  Firing off from ninth on lap one, he instantly became part of an intense scramble for position.  Surviving through a couple yellows, the Springfield, IL driver caught the battle for the final transfer spot as the lap counter ticked towards zero.  Ultimately credited with seventh, Lynch was left with refocusing on doing his best during Saturday's portion of the event.

 

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Already miles ahead of his prior results inside Tulsa's River Spirit Expo Center, Lynch had earned an eighth place starting spot for the first of two F mains.  Zipping past a pile-up on lap one, he restarted fifth once the field reformed.  Needing only to maintain for the remaining fifteen circuits to advance, the Rusty Kunz Racing driver moved into fourth early, falling into a comfortable position.  Unchallenged to the checkers, Lynch advanced into the E main.  Upon taking the green flag in 19th, the speed from Tuesday returned and he shot past five cars in the first lap.  Getting chopped off by competitors trying to hold onto their position, the second time put the high school grad into a spin cycle before tipping onto his left side.  As the green waved once more, it took a few laps to get up to full song before he took off again and began passing cars.  But each lap ticked off quickly, leaving him in seventeenth.

 

While not fully up to his expectations, Lynch experienced a couple firsts via his first prelim heat win and advancing out of his original feature on Saturday.  Huge thanks to his grandparents, parents, family, friends and those who were a big part of making it all a possibility.  Plans for the upcoming season are still in the works, so stay tuned to the Brayton Lynch Racing Facebook page.

 

In His Own Words

"We raced pretty well and had as much speed as anyone. To win that heat race on a huge stage was pretty cool. I felt more satisfied with the moves I made in that race to hold [Bowman] off and I'm pleased that we showed more speed than in the past years.  My goal was to make the A main on my prelim and I failed to do so.  I am highly frustrated with that just because we were really competitive and the results just don't show how fast we really were.  I learned a lot: mainly to stay calm while leading so we don't cost ourselves again.  Just needed to minimize the big mistakes and we would have been in the hunt for a spot in the show on Saturday."

 

Results at a Glance

Tuesday  

Heat 3 – start 1st; finish 1st 

Qualifier – start 2nd; finish 9th         

B Main – start 9th; finish 7th

 

Saturday

F Main 1 – start 8th; finish 4th

E Main 1 – start 19th; finish 17th

 

Brayton Lynch is a 19 year old driver from Springfield, IL with a rich family background in racing.  Gaining experience through frequent USAC and POWRi midget appearances, he is a hard worker with lots of potential.  Featuring a background in flat track motorcycles and outlaw karts, he currently competes in national midgets while continually looking for ways to move his career forward.  Sponsorship opportunities are available to partner with Lynch in 2019.

 

JessicaJ Media serves upcoming and experienced racers through press releases, photos, hero cards and more.  Growing up in Illinois before moving to Indianapolis, Jessica is passionate about motorsports and giving those in the short track community a way to have their story told.  She also has multiple articles published in Flat Out Magazine and can be found at a track most weekends.


Trey Osborne Caps 2018 Season with Championship

21 November 2018 - 08:44 PM

Trey Osborne Caps 2018 Season with Championship

By Jessica Jenkins

 

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When Trey Osborne embarked on 2018 he had the strength of continued improvement in the Mel Kenyon Midget Series to spur him on.  With the series' Rookie of the Year under his belt in 2015 followed by fourth and third place in the standings the next two seasons, Osborne knew he was capable of accomplishing even more this year.  The result was three wins and ten top five finishes in 18 starts to claim first place once the points were tallied at season's end.

 

Making his racing debut just nine years ago at the age of seven, the racer from Columbus, OH hasn't taken long to make his mark in the sport.  Capturing this year's United States Speed Association midget championship by 310 points is a clear statement that this young driver is going places.  By wheeling his orange #60 to victory lane at Anderson Speedway, Indianapolis Speedrome and Sportsdrome Speedway, Osborne now sits seventh on the series' all-time winners list with five total victories.  The 10th K&M Tool and Die Mel Kenyon Midget season was held at a mix of pavement and dirt short tracks to prove their champion is adept on all types of surfaces.  By leading a total of 162 laps, Osborne accomplished what had never been done before in the series by locking the title up with one race remaining on the schedule.

 

Alongside his full season with USSA, Osborne also ran part time in the Midwest Thunder division for speed2 midgets.  A best finish of third at Lincoln Park Speedway after winning the heat race highlighted his USAC foray in Aaron Leffel Racing's #11T.  The 15 year old also participated in the USAC's inaugural BC39 national midget race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Dirt Track, holding his own by gaining two spots and finishing fourth in his heat race.  A shortened schedule on day two only gave him opportunity to finish tenth in the qualifier.

 

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Thinking back on his season Osborne summarized, "I was really happy with the amount of races that I won and then obviously the championship. It just means a lot because of how equal the cars are, so I really felt like I won it.  At the Speedrome I was pretty happy with how I did because I won the heat race and the feature.  Thought that was pretty cool and I did it on old tires, which I hadn't been able to do before.  I want to thank my Dad for driving me everywhere and my sponsors, DJ Safety Gear for making all my safety equipment, Chips' Customs & Collisions for keeping the car orange, Leigh-Osborne Realty and REO Motorsports."

 

Plans for 2019 are still up in the air, but you can be sure to find Osborne contending for wins wherever he goes.  Follow him via Facebook at Twitter @TreyOsborne60 and visit his website at TreyOsborne.com to see what he accomplishes next.

 


Lynch Rejuvenates Season with IMS Debut in BC39

11 September 2018 - 03:01 PM

Lynch Rejuvenates Season with IMS Debut in BC39

By Jessica Jenkins

 

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Inspired by an exhibition race two years ago, USAC's dream of racing midgets in turn three of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway finally came to fruition.  Having been part of the BC39 announcement in June, Brayton Lynch was excited to try out America's newest dirt track.

 

As day one of the highly touted event fired off Wednesday, Lynch's IMS debut started off with a strong run in the tenth heat race.  Starting eighth, the racer from Springfield, IL did not stay there long and was up to second while hunting down the leader when the checkered flag waved after ten laps.  Settling himself firmly in the top five of passing points appointed him as one of the lucky few to run the Stoops Pursuit race.  Using a unique format of eliminating any drivers who had been passed in each 4 lap segment, Lynch left his outside row two starting position and dove to the bottom, driving straight to the lead early.  While other drivers experienced trouble behind him, the #1k Spike Chassis was focused only on holding the lead.  Easily advancing through the first three stages by leading 11 laps, the competitors behind him began to gain the advantage in the final elimination round as Lynch's inside lane slicked off.  Sliding out of the lead when the checkered on those four laps waved sent the personable youngster to the infield, per the rules, and ultimately to a seventh place finish at the end of BC39 night one.

 

Fired up to get on track Thursday, Lynch had to wait through a heavy downpour, persistent showers and significant track work before his chance to show what he could do in the fifth of eight Qualifiers.  Set to start sixth but moving to fifth when one car withdrew, the 19 year old was up to third by the end of lap one while running his favorite line on the bottom and immediately took off for second place.  One yellow just shy of halfway while battling for the runner-up spot reset him third in line.  From that point on he wielded several fierce challenges and took the checkered with a net gain of two positions.  Lynch's combined passing points placed him outside row two in the inaugural BC39 against a select field 26 from over 100 entries.  Unfortunately a significant drop in right rear tire pressure at the green made the car a handful and created a spin thirteen laps in.  Soldiering through, Rusty Kunz Racing's young star restarted at the tail and tried a variety of lines while avoiding further trouble before taking the first ever national midget feature checkered flag at IMS in nineteenth.

 

Afterwards Lynch recounted, "We were perfect pretty much every time until the feature.  Then in the feature tonight, we just had some bad luck with a tire and it is what it is.  But we made the show out of over 100 cars, so I'd say it was pretty good.  No second chances, so we were good on passing cars this week.  It was pretty cool being here, seeing fans in the grandstands that they built for the track and then looking across the big track and seeing fans outside turn 3."  The #1k is a tight knit team and Lynch knows he couldn't do it without his parents, grandparents and his whole crew along with Adam Lopez of Snap Fitness and Country Financial, Stanton Engines, Bell Helmets, CSI Shocks, Walker Filters and more.

 

You can expect to find Lynch and crew back in action this Friday, September 14 at Jacksonville Speedway.  POWRi action will begin with hot laps at 6:15pm and racing at 7pm.