Tony Pizzaro pulled off an extravagant performance last season after his Coca-Cola 600 victory. Ryan Heuser blew up very late in the going, a factor that would have him fall 10th place in the championship after his season crown the year before. Endurance may play a factor again tonight.
The early laps saw Tim McDonnell and Ryan Heuser battle hard for the top-spot, with pole sitter Ryan eventually taking the spot. Unfortunately, fear fell into the laps of the QSM motor-squad, as teammate Craig Lee blew up just 33 laps into the extravaganza.
Pit stops from lap 61-64 gave John Battista the lead. He, Tim McDonnell and Donald Stewart would battle up front for the next 60 laps, with the #22 machine leading the bulk.
Brandon Raines went for a turn-2 spin after contact with David Butterworth. This brought out the first caution of the night, with leader Tim McDonnell making contact with Alan Nesfeder during yellow flag pit stops. An un-diagnosed tire rub sent him from the lead to one lap down after an unscheduled stop.
An enormous crash on lap 130 saw Kevin Corbat fly over racecars. Tony Pizzaro went for a half-flip, but maintained competitive pace throughout the event. Contact between Kavin Corbat and Cristian Torres started the melee. Rick Jackson, Alan Nesfeder, Ben Geer, Jonathan Skrabacz, Ken Pettit, Steven Spears, Matt Raboin, Rob Scarberry and Scott Jackson were also involved in the incident.
Donald Stewart and Ryan Heuser battled for the lead between lap 135 and 138. John Tharp took over on lap 143, and led 41 laps before relinquishing the spot to teammate William "Tex" Perry. He would lead 11 laps before pit stops. Tharp would steal the top-spot back past the half-way point.
Heuser and Tharp were the mid-show dominators. On lap 252, Tharp scraped the wall, causing Heuser to get loose and fly into the infield road course section. After another round of pit stops, the opposite happened. Tharp played superman through the access road and locked the brakes to avoid devouring the wall. Somehow, he would maintain enough pace to take the lead back on lap 280.
The caution bug started to hit on lap 269. Dalton Lucas went for a spin. Then Rick Jackson tangled with Tex Perry battling for fourth, sending them into the outside wall. Adam Crapser and Walt made heavy contact on the frontstretch. Leader Ryan would make an unscheduled pit stop, sending him a lap down and into a crash with Matthew Dominique and Jonathan Skrabacz. Tony Pizzaro and Steven Spears would headline the next to cautions, before another spin by Adam Crapser and Scott Deutsch would round it all up. Randy Dobbins cycled out as the leader without being involved in the mass-melee's. In total, there were 8 caution flags in only 63 laps.
A horrifying ordeal on lap 369 saw Donald Stewart crossing the start-finish line in prayer. Zach Michael and Dave Butterworth tangled off of turn-4, ricocheting into the #55 and sending him for a spin. Matt Raboin collided with him with pure dynamite force. Donald went head-over and back on his wheels, while Matt barrel-rolled several times before making a violent impact with the inside wall floor first. Both drivers would finish terribly, but came out unscathed.
An excellent pit stop saw Tony Pizzaro in front, short-lived by the strong WASP machine of Randy Dobbins. He held off a hard-charging Tim McDonnell, who had re-gained his lap during the several cautions, up until 11 laps to go. Tim had finally gotten the lead back. Five laps later, another early dominator was on the charge as well. Ryan Heuser was coming.
From Willingham Stone to Alan Nesfeder, the Extravaganza Series All-Star Race has witnessed some spectacular moments. Who can forget Jeremy VanSplunder and King Joe Dawkins tangling in the 2001 event, landing Harrison James his final All-Star crown. We may witness another stunning moment tonight. Race Results
The race began with Tony Pizzaro at the helm. It wouldn't take long for Ryan Heuser to show his muscle, leading for 21 laps before teammate Dave Miller flew by on lap 26.
Dave and Zach Michael traded the lead on four different occasions between lap 36 and lap 41. The #90 would win the battle, and start mildly pulling away from the field before green flag pit stops.
Ryan Heuser lost the handling of his car and relinquished 4th position to be the first car on pit road on lap 60. The rest of the field followed suit, with the #20 coming in one lap later. Dave Miller waited two more circuits to take his set of tires. Miraculously, Tim McDonnell went from 3rd to 1st with a 12.7 second pit stop after all was said and done. It was an Extravaganza Series record four-tire stop, tieing his own pit crew's mark from three seasons ago. Meanwhile, Alan Nesfeder lost control of his car coming in, slamming the inside wall and flying back onto the racetrack. Suuprisingly the yellow flag did not wave.
Tim's 2.2-second advantage shrunk to nothing in 16 laps when Ryan Heuser re-took the lead with 21 laps to go. 9 laps later, the engine let go. It was another hard-luck story, following a similar experience during the Coca-Cola 600 last season. We would see a 7-lap shootout for the victory without the fastest car in the field.
Tim McDonnell flew off to a one car-length lead on the restart and maintained the advantage for a couple of laps. Coming to 4-to-go Rick Jackson dove underneath the #22 Catepillar machine aand cleared him off of turn-2 with relaitive ease. For now, it would seem to finally be Rick's day for a victory.
The table's finally turned. As Scott Jackson won an enormous battle for third place, his cousin Rick Jackson pulled a couple car-length's ahead of Tim to capture the 2020 All-Star Race crown. Congrats to Rick, crew chief Falco Lombardi, and the entire Race-2-Win Motorsports team for an excellent victory!
The second All-Star Open event saw Steven Spears at the pole. The Lowe's dedicated much of their practice time for the year to come and race this 40-lap shootout, and they would both start towards the front.
Spears led the first lap with ease before Stephen Lowe made the pass for the top-spot on lap 2. He was able to maintain pace for a couple of circuits before the Flex Seal machine re-took the spot. He would go on to lead the next 22 laps.
Lap 5 saw a horrendous crash on the frontstretch. Some four-wide action spun Aaron Cummings around, knocking Scott Deutsch head-on into the outside wall and sending the rest of the field into hysteria. Mark Guthrie, Ben Geer, Alec Stelloh, Dylan Luithly, Mark Heron, Scott Drake, Rob Scarberry and Mike Carroll were all involved in the incident. Afterwards, Lap 17 saw a spin through the grass by Guthrie.
Walt Flowers was able to meander through the field after his 7th place starting spot to take the lead with 16 laps to go. Him and Ben Geer would fight it out hard for the next several circuits. Ben would drift up into the wall fighting hard for the victory. Only 6 laps remained.
Coming to 3 laps to go, Stephen Lowe dove underneath Walt on the frontstretch. The two raced side-by-side for a lap-and-a-half, with the #24 nearly clearing himself off the corner on two occasions. Walt would win the battle on the top lane.
On the final lap, Walt was able to meander past the lapped car of Mike Carroll and eek out the victory to clinch his final All-Star Race appearance. Congrats to Walt, crew chief Ragnar Moon, and the entire Quick-Silver Motorsports team for an excellent victory!
In the wake of the All-Star event, the first of two All-Star Open's are about to commence. Ken Pettit is the easy favorite to win the race and advance to the main event, but all it will take is another car with a 40-lap dream run to become victorious.
Bill Werkheiser won the pole and got off to a 1 car-length advantage over the field. ken Pettit used his outside lane momentum to get a run on the backstretch and take the top spot entering lap #2, as they race four-wide behind.
Tex Perry found himself in the mix before long, passing Dave Butterworth and Philip Parker for third position. Bill took the lead back on lap 6, making the same move Ken did five laps prior.
Ken took the lead back on lap 11, going side-by-side for a half-a-lap before exiting turn 2 with the advantage. Tex would follow for second, leaving these three battling it out amongst themselves for the rest of the event.
Bill took the second position back one lap later and found himself up front by the halfway mark. He went on to lead every lap until the white flag, where the #6 and #8 battled side-by-side for the only transfer spot.
Ken's car had the bottom momentum in turn 1, and was easily able to clear Bill and cross the finish line victorious to advance to the All-Star Race. Congrats to Ken, crew chief Slim Horton, and the entire Race-2-Win Motorsports team for an excellent victory!
100 laps of the most parody-filled All-Star Race in Extravaganza Series history. We've had 19 different winners since Alan Nesfeder won the 2019 race last year after qualifying through the Open. The first race in 1982 was won by Willingham Stone, pulling off one of his final glory moments before the rise of the "Rapid Riker".
The 2020 All-Star Race will consist of the 19 winners since the last all-star race, any former champions, and the winners of each 18-car All-Star Open. Here are the drivers currently in the show, and their last victory.
2020 All-Star Race Drivers
Scott Jackson: 2003 and 2009 Champion
Alan Nesfeder: All-Star Race, 2019
John Tharp: Daytona 500, 2020
Ryan Heuser: Texas, 2020
Tony Pizzaro: Atlanta, 2020
Johnny Reed Foley: Rockingham, 2020
Craig Lee: Darlington, 2020
John Battista: Dover, 2020
Alex Crapser: Talladega, 2020
Matt Raboin: Martinsville, 2020
Jimmie Stevens: Bristol, 2020
Mark Murphy: Phoenix, 2020
Tim McDonnell: Lime Rock, 2019
Matthew Dominique: Las Vegas, 2019
Rick Jackson: Homestead, 2019
Zach Michael: Kansas, 2019
Dave Miller: Talladega, 2019
Zakk Miller: Martinsville, 2019
Donald Stewart: Michigan, 2019
Randy Dobbins: Dover, 2019
One of the most competitive races of the season saw 77 lead changes among 19 different drivers. One team would dominate the show while another team saw itself up front during the final five laps of the event. We also saw Walt Flowers as competitive as ever in his return to competition.
Pole-sitter Tim McDonnell led his first laps right away, looking to dominate his second-straight spring Dover victory. John Battista and Ben Geer took turns at the lead early, leading 23 and 5 by the end of the event.
Lap 13 saw colossal mayhem for Steven Spears and the field. Zakk Miller attempted to dart down pit road and spun himself out, leaving the field in utter destruction. Michael Henson slammed Steven Spears on the drivers-side door, flipping him over several cars and into the upper catch-fencing. He would land violently in front of a massive pile of cars stopped on the frontstretch. Thankfully, nobody was hurt in the incident.
After the crash, Tony Pizzaro became our new leader, leading 121 laps by the end of the event. Speaking of 121, Walt Flowers led his first laps of the season replacing the injured Dan Johnston, while Bill Wekheiser was beginning his most dominant race of the season in style.
Closer to the mid-race point, it seemed that whenever Rick Jackson or Tim McDonnell grabbed the lead, they were the only two drivers that could stay there for a while. Drivers were able to comfortably stay in line behind them while the field separated into several packs.
Donald Stewart and Tony Pizzaro took turns at leading the event, with Pizzaro looking like another car who could stay up at the front at will. On lap 149, Matthew Dominique blew up on the frontstretch. Brian Lowe slowed down dramatically, getting tagged by Randy Dobbins and sent towards the inside wall.
Jimmie Stevens led the halfway bonus before John Battista took over the top-spot. Before green flag pit stops, it was the #12 up front for several laps. Battista suffered a slow pit stop and fell behind, leaving Pizzaro, Rick Jackson, Bill Werkheiser and Jack Paynter as the only four in the lead draft.
After another round of green flag pit stops, Rick Jackson's excellent stop brought him alone up front. He pulled to a near 6-second advantage before a debris caution with 63 laps to go. He held off the field for 25 more laps before Johnny Reed Foley took over, with Bill Werkheiser flying to the front 3 laps later.
With 31 laps to go, Rick took the lead back. He, Tony Pizzaro, Tim McDonnell and Foley raced excessively for the lead. Rick and Tony's tires were destroyed by the 10-lap-to-go mark, both falling outside of the top-10 by the finish after an extremely dominant day. Tim and Foley continued on to battle for the victory.
Pizzaro had one final pass in the tank before falling into the cluster of doom. He held the top-spot for 10 more laps. For the final 6 laps, it was the Lucas Racing show. Both Alex Crapser and John Battista flew by Pizzaro in turn 1. Battista was the fastest car of the second pack during the mid-race run, and looked to squeeze by his teammate for his first victory since Charlotte of last year.
On the same lap, Battista made a bonzai dive entering turn three and eke'd under his teammate. The #39 easily made the pass and stayed several car-length's ahead for the final 5 laps. The rest of the field meandered for second as Battista took the flag in one of the qui
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It's official. Brodrick Wittmann will be sitting out for three weeks after this week's event at Dover Downs. His aggressive driving at Talladega caused two wrecks, with the Dan Johnston incident deemed premeditated and outwardly intentional. Extravaganza driver Ken Pettit referred to the incident as "pure lack of wisdom" and that "a penalty was necessary for the integrity of the series." Johnston's teammate Craig Lee quoted "Spiderman (Philip Parker) looked like Harrison James compared to that greased sandwich on wheels. If they need a better rep have Jared race the car." It remains unknown whether Twisted Metal Racing will announce a new driver for the upcoming weeks.