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.
The once friendly confines of Talladega Superspeedway were unkind to many of the points contenders this week. The top-4 in points would struggle, while one driver would find himself in the battle for his life after a horrific backstretch accident. The tides are about to turn in Extravaganza 2020.
There was a ton of three-wide action early as to be expected. Tim McDonnell made the first three-wide pass for the lead before being overtaken by the QSM duo of Craig Lee and Ryan Heuser. John Tharp would lead most of his 19 laps led of the day early in the go.
Lap 23 saw Alan Nesfeder become the first casualty of the day, separating the pack into two groups while the rest of the field successfully avoided the mayhem. Ryan and Rick Jackson dominated as the two high-horsepower machines pulled away from the second pack.
John Tharp took the lead again on lap 33 and kept it until the first round of green flag pit stops. The first group of 19 cars already eclipsed 8 seconds on the second by this time, ensuring themselves that a good stop would keep them in a battle for the lead early.
Once stops were complete, Dale Rosendaul, Brandon Raines and John Battista's engine were out of the draft, leaving 15 left while the second pack grew stronger. Rick Jackson and Ryan Heuser would dominate again, leading over a third of the race's total laps by the end.
Things got more competitive after the second round of pit stops, seeing Dan Johnston take the lead in a three-wide move on lap 98. He would lead the field for three more laps until the first caution flag waved.
On the backstretch, Philip Parker got sandwiched between Aaron Cummings and Glenn Kaufmann on lap 99, spinning Glenn around before getting slammed by Johnny Reed Foley. Just after the restart, Tim McDonnell got spun and clipped Jimmie Stevens and Rick Jackson. Rick's car got smacked by Ben Geer ricocheting his car violently off the outside wall and straight into the path of Matt Raboin. Matt hit Rick straight on the drivers door, knocking him unconcious, though he was able to get out under his own power. With the #44 out, it left Ryan Heuser left to dominate the show.
Severe devastation occurred after a 174 MPH impact to the inside wall by Dan Johnston left the backstretch grandstands fans in horror. Contact from Brodrick Wittmann and Alex Crapser flew him through the infield without brakes, slamming the inside access-wall so hard that he flew back onto the racetrack at over 100 MPH. Dalton Lucas got smacked, and points leader Ryan Heuser knocked the entire rear side of the car off after more heavy contact with the #121. Dan suffered a major concussion, a broken left leg, fractures to his right clavicle and right scapula, three broken ribs and four broken front teeth in the accident.
Alex Crapser took his first lead of the day with 25 laps to go, squeezing by Jonathan Skrabacz for the spot. He led for 8 more laps before Dale Rosendaul and Zach Michael drafted by on the inside. Dale led for three more circuits before relinquishing the top-spot to Zach Michael.
With nine laps to go, Dale drove back by Zach on the inside lane with help from Matthew Dominique. He was poised to win his first race in over a decade after crossing the line first with 3 laps left. Zach then made another move on the inside of the frontstretch to re-take the spot. Coming out of turn 2, Dale made a successful cross-over maneuver to re-take the lead. The loss of momentum would hurt bo
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Dan Johnston underwent intensive surgery Sunday night after a devastating impact to the inside wall during yesterdays Extravaganza Series event at Talladega. Doctors implanted a steel pin into his left leg, with fractures to his right clavicle and right scapula. He also suffered from a major concussion, three broken ribs and four broken front teeth. Fortunately, no internal bleeding was found during Dan's examination. He was last seen awake and alert, talking to doctors and family members with a dismembered face. No word on if Dan will be able to race another lap in the 2020 season.
After a horrifying inside-wall impact to the front end of Dan Johnston's Allstate QuickSilver Motorsports #121 Chevrolet, Dan has been carried off to the Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Serious condition. He is currently undergoing surgery with un-diagnosed injuries, though rib and head injuries appear to be the major concern. After the 174 MPH impact to the inside-access wall, his car careened mid-air back onto the racetrack and slammed into Dalton Lucas, coming to an immediate stop after slamming into the outside wall. Ryan Heuser then slammed into his stopped racecar, the final blow to a horrifying display of terror and dread. Dan is the first driver at Talladega to make impact with the inside and outside backstretch wall in the same crash, hitting both at 90+ MPH. We will await on his status as the night goes on.
Great reminder to inform all fans, that Harrison James Jr. has pushed heavily towards improving safety within the sport. Jeremy Pringle is also heading a safety committee which includes the heads of all manufacturers. Encouraging to hear after the intense trepidation. According to sources, Series Director Jeremy Pringle and driver Brodrick Wittmann were involved in quite the heated discussion after the race about the accident involving Dan Johnston. Wittmann was reportedly not happy with the conclusion that he caused the wreck, and claimed "hard racing" as the definite cause.