Tennessee Tipoff Classic Results from Smoky Mountain Speedway
7, 2014) John Blankenship and the Number 23,
Inc. team rolled into Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville,
Tennessee today for round one for the inaugural 'Tennessee
Tipoff Classic,' which was sanctioned by the National
Dirt Racing League (NDRL). Tonight's program drew 40 competitors
to the East Tennessee venue and a $7,500 top prize was
up for grabs. John clicked off the seventh quickest lap
in Group A during NDRL qualifying prior to running third
in his loaded heat race behind only prelim winner Dale
McDowell and runner-up Scott Bloomquist. After starting
the 40-lap feature from the inside of the fifth row, John
finished the caution-free main event right where he started...
in the ninth position.
Bama Bash Results from East Alabama Motor Speedway
1, 2014) The 17th edition of the 'Bama Bash'
concluded tonight at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix
City, Alabama and John Blankenship started the 75-lap
main event from the twelfth position. John was unfortunately
involved in a first lap pileup in the $17,017 to win affair,
which damaged his #23 Rocket mount. The driver known as
the "West Virginia Wizard" soldiered on after
the incident and eventually claimed a fifteenth place
performance tonight at EAMS.
(February 28, 2014) John
Blankenship returned to National Dirt Racing League (NDRL)
competition tonight, as the 17th Annual 'Bama Bash' at
East Alabama Motor Speedway served as the first points
race for the second-year national touring series. The
two-day show at the historic Phenix City, Alabama facility
drew 38 competitors for the $17,017 to win extravaganza.
John laid down the third quickest lap in his group during
the NDRL qualifying session and later placed third in
his stacked heat race behind only prelim victor Kent Robinson
and runner-up Don O'Neal. The Williamson, West Virginia
star will roll off from the outside of the sixth row when
the talented field takes the green flag tomorrow night
in the 75-lap feature!
Deems Darrell Lanigan Top Performing Speedweeks Driver!
24, 2014) The Wizard has determined that Darrell
Lanigan was the top performing Dirt Late Model driver
during Speedweeks. Although Lanigan only raced 7 races,
he earned a rating of 109.37. He is followed in the rankings
by Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis and Brandon Sheppard
as the only drivers with ratings exceeding 100. The Speedweeks
races were full of surprise winners and disappointing
performances. However, for the most part the names at
the top of the rankings are very familiar to fans. If
your favorite driver is missing from the rankings be aware
that the Wizard only considered drivers who participated
in 4 or more races. | Read
Nationals Results from Volusia Speedway Park
22, 2014) The 43rd edition of the 'DIRTcar Nationals'
came to a close tonight at Volusia Speedway Park and John
Blankenship had his sights set on the $10,000 payday.
John posted the third fastest lap in Group B during WOOLMS
qualifying and later ran second in heat race action behind
only prelim victor Dale McDowell. After drawing the outside
of the front row prior to the drop of the green flag in
the 50-lapper, John paced the stellar field for the first
sixteen circuits before giving way to eventual winner
Kyle Bronson. The Williamson, West Virginia star never
lost sight of the top spot in the VSP finale, but settled
for third at the checkers behind only winner Bronson and
runner-up Darrell Lanigan.
(February 21, 2014) Rolling
afternoon thunderstorms forced Volusia Speedway Park officials
to cancel this evening's action at the 'DIRTcar Nationals'
presented by Summit Racing Equipment, setting the stage
for a huge finale on Saturday night featuring the World
of Outlaws Late Model Series. The winner of the 50-lapper
tomorrow night at VSP will receive a $10,000 paycheck.
More info can be found online at www.woolms.com.
(February 20, 2014) The
World of Outlaws Late Model Series roared into Volusia
Speedway Park tonight to preside over round four of the
'DIRTcar Nationals.' John Blankenship timed in ninth quickest
in Group A during the WOOLMS qualifying session prior
to nabbing the fourth transfer spot through his heat race
behind only Casey Roberts, Billy Moyer, and Brandon Sheppard.
John then started the $10,000 to win main event from the
inside of the seventh row, but did not stay mid-pack for
long. The Williamson, West Virginia star blasted past
nine competitors during the 50-lapper to claim a strong
fourth place effort behind only victor Casey Roberts,
Scott Bloomquist, and Dale McDowell.
(February 19, 2014) The
43rd annual 'DIRTcar Nationals' continued tonight at Volusia
Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida with another UMP
DIRTcar Series showdown, which boasted a $10,000 top prize.
John Blankenship laid down the fastest lap in his group
during time trials and later grabbed the fourth and final
transfer spot through his heat race behind only prelim
winner Darrell Lanigan, Tim McCreadie, and Shane Clanton.
John then rolled off from the outside of the eighth row
in the 40-lap A-Main, but pulled off the racing surface
after only eleven circuits and was placed twenty-fifth
in the final finishing order.
(February 18, 2014) Round
two of the 'DIRTcar Nationals' took place earlier this
evening at Volusia Speedway Park and another $7,000 winner's
check was on the line. John Blankenship clicked off the
second quickest lap in his group during UMP qualifying
prior to finishing second in heat race action behind only
prelim victor Boom Briggs. After starting the 30-lap feature
from the inside of the third row, John slipped back a
few spots early in the race and eventually netted a solid
seventh place performance.
(February 17, 2014) The
Number 23 Inc. team rolled east from East Bay to Volusia
Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida for tonight's opening
round of the annual 'DIRTcar Nationals.' John Blankenship
qualified fifth fastest in his group during UMP DIRTcar
Series time trials and later advanced up to second in
his heat race to finish behind only prelim winner Eric
Wells. The driver known as the "West Virginia Wizard"
then started the $7,000 to win feature event from the
inside of the third row and was able to move up one spot
to finish fourth in the 30-lapper behind only victor Ivedent
Lloyd, Jr., Brady Smith, and Eric Wells.
Speedweeks Thoughts Heading into Volusia
16, 2014) The Speedweeks have now completed their
second week of action and most of the stars of the World
of Outlaws, the Lucas series, the NDRL and many other
well known drivers are now headed to Volusia for head
to head battles. The Wizard sees many drivers that are
still strong after two weeks of battle and some that are
limping to Volusia. Some Wizard observations at this point
are that Billy Moyer despite the technical issue at East
Bay is number one following 5 great races at Tampa. Less
fortunate so far is Tim McCreadie who is the only driver
of the 2013 Top 10 Wizard ranked drivers participating
in Florida that is not in the Speedweeks top 25 at this
point. Another struggling driver thus far is Vic Coffey
who currently sits at 49th. Additional struggling drivers
that might be of interest to fans are Justin Rattliff
and Dennis Franklin who are both outside the top 50. |
Results from East Bay Raceway Park
15, 2014) The long week at East Bay Raceway Park
wrapped up tonight with the 38th Annual 'Winternationals'
finale, which paid $10,000 to the winner and was taped
by the television cameras of the Lucas Oil Production
Studios. John Blankenship timed in fourth quickest in
Group A during the LOLMDS qualifying session and later
scored the win in his heat race over Brian Shirley, Dennis
Franklin, and Devin Moran. After starting the 60-lapper
from the inside of the second row, John ran inside of
the top five through most of the first half of the race,
but pitted near the halfway mark and wound up eleventh
in the final rundown.
(February 15, 2014) A huge
day/night doubleheader to close out the 38th Annual 'Winternationals'
started earlier this afternoon with a $7,000 to win tilt,
which was originally scheduled for Wednesday and subsequently
postponed due to heavy rain showers. John Blankenship
started out the program by laying down the twelfth fastest
lap in Group A during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
time trials at East Bay Raceway Park and grabbing the
fifth and final transfer spot through his stacked heat
race. With passing at a premium during the 35-lap daytime
affair, John was still able to move up nine positions
on his way to a steady tenth place effort.
(February 14, 2014) The
first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points race of
the week at East Bay Raceway Park took place tonight and
a $10,000 payday was on the line. John Blankenship clicked
off the third fastest lap in Group B during the qualifying
session and later scored the win in his heat race over
Steve Francis, Ray Cook, and Dan Stone. The Williamson,
West Virginia driver then started the 50-lapper from the
outside of the front row and grabbed the point on lap
nine. John then led all but one circuit up until lap 44
when eventual winner Billy Moyer was able to wrestle away
the top spot. John couldn't quite get that elusive first
win at East Bay, as he was forced to settle for a strong
runner-up finish behind Moyer.
(February 13, 2014) The
38th Annual 'Winternationals' continued tonight at East
Bay Raceway Park with a $7,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series program, which was broadcast LIVE on MAVTV.
John Blankenship timed in fourth quickest in Group A during
the qualifying session and later scored the win in heat
race action. After rolling off from the inside of the
second row in the 45-lap main event, John suffered an
early flat tire and pitted a couple of different times
for service from the Number 23 Inc. crew. When the checkered
flag flew, John had battled back up to the eleventh finishing
(February 12, 2014) Officials
of East Bay Raceway Park and the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series have postponed tonight’s events from
the 38th Annual 'Winternationals' due to rain. Tonight’s
$7,000 to win showdown is rescheduled for Saturday morning,
February 15. Tomorrow night’s - Thursday, February
13 - series program from East Bay Raceway Park will air
LIVE on MAVTV starting at 9:30 PM EST. MAVTV can be found
on DIRECTV on channel 214 and on DISH Network on channel
248. For cable subscribers, please check the local listings
in your area.
(February 11, 2014) After
opting to skip Monday's non-points 'Winternationals' opener
at East Bay Raceway Park, John Blankenship and his Number
23 Inc. team returned to action tonight at the Gibsonton,
Florida facility. John started his night on fire, as he
set a New Track Record during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series qualifying with his lap of 13.854 seconds around
the 1/3-mile oval. The Williamson, West Virginia ace then
finished third in his heat race, which locked him into
the outside of the fifth row for the start of the $5,000
to win feature event. During the course of the 25-lapper,
John hung around the top ten and eventually netted a tenth
place performance at the track deemed as the "Clay
by the Bay."
Bowl of Racing Results from Golden Isles Speedway
8, 2014) The three-race 'Super Bowl of Racing'
at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, Georgia wrapped
up tonight with another televised showdown, which boasted
a $10,000 winner's check. John Blankenship laid down the
ninth quickest lap in Group B during Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series qualifying prior to running fifth in his stacked
heat race. Following a triumph in his B-Main, John started
the 50-lap main event from the outside of the ninth row.
After moving up inside of the top ten early in the 'Super
Bowl of Racing' finale, the "West Virginia Wizard"
pitted with problems to his #23 ride before returning
to the racetrack to eventually salvage a thirteenth place
performance. John emerged from GIS tied for sixth in the
current version of the LOLMDS point standings heading
into East Bay.
(February 7, 2014) A busy
day at Golden Isles Speedway wrapped up tonight with the
first points event for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
John Blankenship qualified fourth quickest in Group B
during the time trial session and ran second in his heat
race behind only victor Billy Moyer, Jr. The Williamson,
West Virginia star, who started the 50-lapper from the
outside of the fourth row, then moved forward in the $10,000
to win feature event. In front of the television cameras
of the Lucas Oil Production Studios, John blitzed past
four competitors on his way to a strong fourth place effort
behind only winner Chris Madden, Don O'Neal, and Earl
(February 7, 2014) The
ultra-fast Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, Georgia
played host to the 2014 season lid lifter for the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series earlier this morning/afternoon
and a $5,000 top prize was up for grabs. John Blankenship
timed in sixth fastest in Group A during qualifying and
later placed third in his heat race behind only prelim
winner Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Tim McCreadie. After
starting the 25-lap, non-points main event from the inside
of the sixth row, John wound up fourteenth in the final
finishing order at the 4/10-mile complex.
(February 6, 2014) Tonight's
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season opener at Golden
Isles Speedway in Brunswick, Georgia has been postponed
until tomorrow morning due to persistent rain showers.
The $5,000 to win event tomorrow morning will serve as
the first race in a big doubleheader at GIS, as the regularly
scheduled $10,000 to win showdown will be held in the
evening. Additional information concerning the twin bill
can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
2013 Final Driver
4, 2014) The "WIZARD" announced today
the rankings of super late model drivers for 2013. You
can view the “WIZARD’S” magical rankings
for the top 30 drivers by clicking on the icon to the
right. The 2013 rankings were compiled using the best
available information from various sources. In some cases
full driver statistics may not have been available but
nonetheless the rankings provide a good idea of how late
model drivers stacked up against one another last year.
It should also be noted that the Wizard does not include
all races in his rankings, as some races are disqualified
if the race did not attract a competitive field of drivers.
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Computer Driver Rankings Announced
28, 2014) John Blankenship announced today his
intent to provide a computerized ranking of super late
model drivers in 2014. As a prelude to that, you can view
the “WIZARD’S” magical rankings for
the Winter Extreme and the Battle on the Border by clicking
on the “Wizard” icon to the right. Drivers
that participated in four or more of these races are included.
The Arizona/Texas rankings are shown here to provide fans
with an idea of how the computer judged individual driver
performances out west, and to show how the 2014 rankings
will appear. These western races will not be considered
in the 2014 Wizard rankings because there was not an adequate
number of highly rated drivers participating.
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'14 Arizona/Texas Rankings
Battle at the Border Results from El Paso Speedway Park
26, 2014) The Number 23 Inc. team concluded the
inaugural 'Battle at the Border' tonight at the El Paso
Speedway Park in El Paso, Texas, as another $5,000 winner's
check was on the line. John Blankenship, who had taken
the win the previous two nights at EPSP, timed in third
quickest in his group during NDRL qualifying and later
placed fourth in his stacked heat race behind Kent Robinson,
Billy Moyer, and Ryan Gustin. After starting the 40-lap
feature event from the inside of the sixth row, John made
a sterling charge past seven competitors to finish fourth
in the final rundown behind only victor Terry Phillips,
Kent Robinson, and Billy Moyer.
25, 2014) Williamson, West Virginia native John
Blankenship made it two-for-two in the NDRL 'Battle at
the Border' tonight at El Paso Speedway Park, as he picked
up his second straight checkered flag at the El Paso,
Texas venue! John started his night by clicking off the
quickest lap in his group during time trials and finishing
second in his heat race behind only prelim victor Kent
Robinson. John then drew the third starting spot prior
to the 40-lapper and worked his way past race leader Billy
Moyer, Jr. on lap twelve to grab the top spot. The driver
known as the "Coal Man" then worked lapped traffic
to perfection during the remainder of the caution-free
affair to claim the $5,000 top prize over Kent Robinson,
Billy Moyer, Jr., Ryan Gustin, and Terry Phillips! (ZSK
24, 2014) John Blankenship scored his first feature
victory in 2014 tonight in dominating fashion in the 'Battle
at the Border' opener at the El Paso Speedway Park in
El Paso, Texas! John laid down a New Track Record for
Super Late Models during National Dirt Racing League (NDRL)
qualifying and later bested Max Blair and William Thomas
to claim a heat race triumph. After drawing the fifth
starting spot prior to the 30-lap feature event, John
utilized the bottom groove of the 3/8-mile facility to
work his way to the front. The Williamson, West Virginia
star then grabbed the point from Hall of Famer Billy Moyer
right at the halfway mark of the race and dominated the
remainder of the distance to record the $3,000 payday
over Moyer, Mason Zeigler, A.J. Diemel, and Tim Fuller!
Winter Extreme Results from Tucson International Raceway
19, 2014) The Number 23 Inc. team wrapped up
the 2014 edition of the 'Winter Extreme' miniseries today
at Tucson International Raceway, as a $10,000 to win finale
closed out the busy six-race stretch. John Blankenship
knocked down the second fastest lap in his group during
NDRL time trials and later scored the win in his loaded
heat race over Jimmy Mars and Will Vaught. After drawing
the fifth starting spot prior to the 50-lap feature event,
John pretty much rode in line on the one-groove track
surface and eventually placed third in the final rundown
behind only winner Ryan Gustin and runner-up Shane Clanton!
(January 18, 2014) John
Blankenship had his best run of the 2014 'Winter Extreme'
tonight at Tucson International Raceway in Tucson, Arizona,
as he contended for the win in the fifth event of the
six-race miniseries. John posted the third quickest lap
in his group during National Dirt Racing League (NDRL)
qualifying and later finished second in heat race action
behind only prelim winner Ryan Gustin. In the $5,000 to
win main event, John worked his way past eight competitors
during the 40-lapper from his outside fifth row starting
spot. At the conclusion of the A-Main, the "Coal
Man" celebrated his runner-up on the podium behind
only victor Jimmy Mars!
(January 17, 2014) Another
$3,000 winner's check was up for grabs tonight in Tucson,
as the fourth round of 'Winter Extreme' action took place
at TIR. John Blankenship qualified third fastest in his
group during NDRL time trials and later placed fourth
in his loaded heat race. Following a triumph in his B-Main,
John started the 30-lap feature event from the inside
of the tenth row. The Williamson, West Virginia standout
was then able to pass seven competitors during the A-Main
en route to a twelfth place showing.
(January 15, 2014) After
a couple of days off from racing action, the desert heated
back up tonight with the third leg of the 'Winter Extreme'
miniseries at Tucson International Raceway in Tucson,
Arizona. John Blankenship timed in sixth quickest in his
group during the National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) qualifying
session and later finished eighth in his heat race after
suffering a flat left rear tire. John then rallied up
to fourth in his B-Main, but that was unfortunately a
couple of spots away from a coveted transfer position
into the $3,000 to win main event.
(January 12, 2014) The
second round of the 'Winter Extreme' miniseries took place
earlier today at Tucson International Raceway and a $5,000
top prize was on the line for the NDRL Super Late Models.
For the second straight event to kick off the 2014 season,
John Blankenship clicked off the fastest lap overall during
NDRL qualifying. Following a fourth place effort in his
heat race, John won his B-Main to gain access into the
40-lap main event. With passing at a severe premium on
the one-groove racing surface, John was able to pick up
three positions on his way to a sixteenth place performance.
(January 11, 2014) John
Blankenship and the Number 23 Inc. team kicked off their
2014 campaign today with night one of the 'Winter Extreme'
miniseries at the Tucson International Raceway in Tucson,
Arizona. With nearly 60 competitors on hand for the National
Dirt Racing League (NDRL) opener, John laid down the quickest
lap overall during the qualifying session. After an invert
of six for the heat races, John finished fourth in his
heat race and later scored the win in his consolation
race. The Williamson, West Virginia native then scooted
past ten competitors during the 30-lap, $3,000 to win
feature event to claim a respectable tenth place effort
in his 2014 season lid lifter.