Category: Victory Lane

Twenty eight year old Winn, Michigan Expert Pro TT rider Henry Wiles has become the new fan favorite in Peoria, Illinois, as he’s been the clear-cut winner for ninet straight years (breaking Chris Carr’s record of eight) as he continues his dominance at historic PMC Race Park. Wiles had to start in the third row of the 25 lap main event. Second and third place finishers, Brad Baker and JD Beach made several attempts at closing the gap during the race, but unfortunately for them, Wiles never gave an inch and diminished any hope they might have had in catching him. Shaun Russell and Briar Bauman rounded out the top five in the Expert Pro main event. Rodney Spencer Jr. won the Pro Singles race for his first win as Dan Bromley was second followed by Justin Jones. Brad Baker took a $1,000 prize for winning the Dash-for-Cash race.

-Bob


Winn, Michigan Expert Pro TT rider Henry Wiles has become the new fan favorite in Peoria, Illinois, as he’s been the clear-cut winner for eight straight years (tying Chris Carr) as he continues his dominance at historic PMC Race Park. Second and third place finishers, Jared Mees and Jake Johnson made several attempts at closing the gap during the race, but unfortunately for them, Wiles never gave an inch and diminished any hope they might have had in catching him. JD Beach and last week’s winner Sammy Halbert rounded out the top five in the Expert Pro main event. Pole sitter Dominic Colindres got off to an incredible start in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles main event, but it was erased as a four-bike pile-up on lap two forced the red flags to come out and demand a restart. However, the restart had no effect on Collindres as he got the holeshot for the second time and never looked back on his way to victory. There was no denying Collindres as he was won by more than a full second over second-place finisher Stephen Vanderkuur. Justin Reed claimed third place with a solid performance on the KTM 450 SX-F.
-Bob

Jerrod Hull in the #12 Heartland Trailer Mfg. 410 sprint car from Sikeston, MO rolled into Peoria Speedway and dominated the field in the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) event Sunday night. Jerrod came from last in his heat race to finish second and never trailed the rest of the evening. He won the six car dash for cash race beating #22B Dustin Barks, then lead wire to wire to capture the 25 lap A-Main with #23 Robbie Standridge finishing second. To view more of my photo’s  click here.

-Bob

The pyro show at the conclusion of the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway wasn’t the only fireworks display in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski came out of Turn 4 on the last lap side-by-side, but at the finish line, it was Edwards getting the checkers and Keselowski needing the wreckers. The win was the third for Edwards at his home track, making him the only driver to win more than two NNS races here. It was the 27th career Nationwide win for the 2007 series champion and his second this season. Two-time GIR winner Reed Sorenson earned runner-up honors for the second-consecutive year and polesitter Trevor Bayne rounded out the podium with a third-place finish.

“We had a great restart,” said Edwards while addressing the media during his post-race press conference. “My guys built me a great car. We came to the checkered flag, and I hate to see stuff tore up, but we came here to win and he took it from us there in Turn 1. Just an awesome race. … I’m sure some of them don’t like that win—Brad Keselowski fans and stuff—but, man, I just couldn’t let him take it from me. I had to do what I had to do.”

Keselowski started third and dominated the race, leading five times for 136 laps in his No. 22 Dodge and appeared to be headed for victory lane. But a caution involving Keselowski’s teammate Justin Allgaier at Lap 196 forced a four-minute race stoppage and bunched up the field on the restart. The two swapped the lead back and forth in the remaining two laps and it was coming out of Turn 4 when contact was made, putting Keselowski into the wall and creating a massive pileup. The wreck became even scarier when Shelby Howard, with nowhere to go, smashed into the helpless Keselowski at full speed. Fortunately, all the drivers involved were evaluated and released from the infield medical center, but the incident relegated the Penske Racing driver to a 14th-place finish and dropped his points lead over Edwards from 227 points to 168.

“I was really proud how we were racing each other,” Keselowski said after the race. “He was holding me tight and getting me a little loose which was cool.  I was rubbing on him a little bit.  It was just great racing.  I figured out a way to beat him.  He wasn’t happy with me, so he wrecked me.  Wrecking down the straightaway is never cool whether it’s at 200 mph or 120.  I’m sorry that’s the way it had to end.”

-Bob

Here are a few shot’s I put together taken before and during a Nascar race. From time trials to pre race festivities and then the actual race there are numerous things happening that the average race fan never gets to see. I wanted to give you a behind the scenes look and hope you enjoy my snapshots.

-Bob

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