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Team PEAK Update 5.30

It was a busy Memorial Day weekend for the racing teams led by the Dirt Late Model drivers of Don O’Neal and Darrell Lanigan taking top five finishes.  Check out the results from your favorite team below.

The NHRA teams return to action June 2-4 at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire, the first of four races in a four-weekend stretch.

Armed with a new crew chief and a gas tank that held just enough fuel to get him to the end of 600 miles, Austin Dillon won his first NASCAR Cup Series race and put the #3 Chevrolet back in Victory Lane for the first time since October 2000 in Sunday night’s rain-delayed race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Dillon was one of eight drivers who stayed on the track when the strongest cars in Sunday night’s race came to pit road on Lap 368 of 400.  Dillon trailed Jimmie Johnson until the end when Johnson ran out of gas with less than three laps remaining.

The strongest cars of the night belonged to Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. who were in pursuit of Dillon, but ran out of time to catch the #3 and finished second and third respectively.  PEAK’s Matt Kenseth finished fourth, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin who rounded out the top five.

In the race’s four stages, Kyle Busch passed Truex on Lap 90 to win the first stage while Truex dominated the second stage and Denny Hamlin took the third stage win after a round of pit stops on lap 292 shuffled the order.

Notable PEAK drivers including Daniel Suarez finished 11th while Clint Bowyer finished 14th.

The NASCAR teams head to Dover, Delaware for the next race on Sunday, June 4th.


The next race on the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will be held June 4th at the Triovalo Internacional de Cajititlán, in Jalisco, Guadalejara.


Ray Alfalla won his second straight NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series race of 2017 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Tuesday night to move to the top of the series points race. The three-time series champion passed Taylor Hurst with 16 laps remaining, then held off Cody Byus over the final laps to pick up the checkered flag. Alfalla led 108 of 200 laps and was the class of the field for most of the race. Byus finished second, 1.5 seconds behind Alfalla. Bobby Zalenski finished third, while polesitter Dylan Duval came home fourth and Hurst faded to finish fifth.

Alfalla’s victory vaulted him into the championship lead ahead of Bobby Zalenski by seven points.  Former leader Ryan Luza falls to third 31 points back of the lead with Darik Bourdeau and Logan Clampitt rounding out the top five.

Pocono Raceway is next up on the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series schedule on Tuesday, June 13th.

DIRT LATE MODEL SERIESScott Bloomquist won his fifth series event of the 2017 racing season on Tuesday Night at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska.  Bloomquist took the lead from PEAK’s Darrell Lanigan on lap ten and led the rest of the way to score his 82nd career series win in the First Annual Go 50. Mason Zeigler finished in second while 16th-starting Earl Pearson Jr. came home in third. Gregg Satterlee and Tim McCreadie rounded out the top five. Completing the top ten were Josh Richards, PEAK drivers Darrell Lanigan and Don O’Neal, Steve Francis, and Dennis Erb Jr.

Thursday night in Wheatland, Missouri, Earl Pearson Jr. gained the lead on lap 15 from Jesse Stovall and then held off Scott Bloomquist in the final laps to win the Cowboy Classic.  Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, and Mike Marlar rounded out the top five. Completing the top ten were PEAK’s Darrell Lanigan, Bobby Pierce, Gregg Satterlee, Mason Zeigler, and Billy Moyer Jr.

On Friday night, Tim McCreadie took the lead on lap 30 from Jimmy Owens and went on to claim his third win of the season. PEAK’s Don O’Neal’s finished third, with Scott Bloomquist and Josh Richards completing the top-five.

Saturday night’s Show-Me 100 was won by Bobby Pierce who came from the 14th starting spot to take his third victory in less than a year.  Pierce took the lead on lap 87 from Earl Pearson Jr. who led 86 of the 100 laps.  Pearson came home second, Tim McCreadie finished third followed by Scott Bloomquist and Jonathan Davenport, who came from the 30th starting spot to finish fifth.

PEAK driver Don O’Neal finished 15th while teammate Darrell Lanigan finished 28th in the Show-Me 100 main event Saturday night.  The Dirt racers now take a couple of weeks off and resume on June 15th in Columbus, Mississippi with O’Neal fourth in series points and Lanigan seventh.

russ komarnicki

May 30, 2017

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