Bad Boy Mowers Big 4 Series (Race #4)

September 18, 2017 --- This past weekend, T.J. Herndon and the crew made their way to Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville, Arkansas for the forth and final race of the Bad Boy Mowers “Big 4” Street Stock Series. On Thursday evening, the 58 drivers on hand would participate in the time trial portion of the event. On race monitor, Herndon’s first lap was 4th fastest but a glitch in the transponder system failed to separate the first and second lap resulting in a no time for the #1 car. Herndon eventually would be allowed to take to the track once again for one lap which resulted in a 17.214 second lap shaking out to be 14th fastest overall. After the 24 car inversion, the Atwood Outlaw would be slated to line up outside front row of the 5th Qualifier on Friday afternoon. On Friday night, Herndon managed to overcome some reoccurring brake issues and win the 5th Qualifier which locked him into the $10,000 to win Main Event on Saturday night.   

At the conclusion of the winner’s dash on Saturday evening, the #1 Monte Carlo of Herndon would roll to the green flag occupying the 6th starting position. As the Main Event got underway, Herndon managed to stay close to the front of the pack although he, once again, began to experience brake problems. The Atwood Outlaw was still running 6th as the first caution waved over the field on lap 27. Shortly after the caution, Herndon lost all pedal on lap 30 with 20 laps remaining. With the brake problems preventing T.J. from venturing to the bottom of the racetrack, which seemed to be the fastest way around in the closing laps, he continued to circle the high side and occupied the 10th position with ten laps to go. Unfortunately, there would be a huge accident and roll-over on lap 41 bringing out the final red flag and caution of the night. Herndon was able to avoid the accident but ran over some debris resulting in a flat right rear tire and a quick trip to the pits before returning to the rear of the field with 9 laps remaining. Congratulations to Kevin Salter on his $10,000 pay day as the checkered flag flew over the field at the conclusion of lap 50. Following Salter to the stripe would be Brian Richie, Wayne Brooks, Robby Arnold, Whitney Nunally, Carmon Vincent, Tim Brown, Dale Nelson, Aaron Carr with Jared Hays rounding out the top ten.

Irrespective of battling handling and mechanical problems for the final two events, the Atwood Outlaw managed to secure enough points to lock up the 2017 Tennessee State Championship as well as finishing 6th overall among the 78 series entrants in the 2017 series. Other state champions are Kevin Salter for the state of Arkansas, Burl Woods for the state of Missouri, Ray Phipps for the state of Oklahoma and Justin McRee representing the state of Alabama. For full results from this past weekend as well as the latest news and details of upcoming events, check out the track’s website at www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net.


Bad Boy Mowers Big 4 Series (Race #3)

August 7, 2017 --- This past Friday, T.J. Herndon and the crew made their way to Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville, Arkansas for the third race of the Bad Boy Mowers “Big 4” Street Stock Series. On Friday evening, Herndon would attempt to qualify from the forth starting position in the second qualifier with the top two finishers transferring to Saturday’s main event. Unfortunately, handling problems and a 4th place finish would prevent the #1 monte carlo from transferring and destined him to start forth in the second B-Main on Saturday. On Saturday, the Atwood Outlaw managed to secure the victory in his B qualifier and parlay his win into a 14th place starting spot in the main event. Throughout the feature race, Herndon continued to fight handling problems and struggled to finish 16th as the race wound down. At the conclusion of the event, the first to the stripe would be Missouri hot shoe, Burl Woods taking home the big check for the night. Following close behind would be Peyton Taylor, Tony Anglin, Jared Hays, Carmon Vincent, Dale Nelson, Chuck Knight, Edwin Wells, Dennis Schoenfeld with Jeremy Russell rounding out the top ten. The next event of the Bad Boy Mowers Street Stock Series is the 22nd annual Schoenfeld Headers Mid America Street Stock Championship taking place September 14th through the 16th. This final event for the 2017 season will pay the winner $10,000 as well providing successful drivers an $800 payday just to secure a spot in the main event. For full results from this past weekend as well as the latest news and details of upcoming events, check out the track’s website at www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net.


Bad Boy Mowers Big 4 Series (Race #2)

July 10, 2017 --- This past Friday, the Atwood Outlaw and the UpFront Performance team made their way to Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville Arkansas for the second race of the Bad Boy Mowers “Big 4” Street Stock Series. Unfortunately, before their arrival at the track, they would learn that the qualifying portion of the event on Friday night had been cancelled due to an impending threat of inclimate weather and the show would be changed to a one day event on Saturday with the purse being cut from a $5,000 to win to a $2,500 payday. Having Friday night off in Batesville, the team opted for a nice dinner in town and evening at the Holiday Inn. On Saturday evening, Herndon once again did himself no favors at the pill draw used to establish starting positions in the qualifiers. Herndon rolled to green in the 5th qualifier occupying the fourth starting spot surrounded by previous event champions. The Atwood Outlaw managed to secure the victory in his qualifier and parlay his 5th starting spot in the dash into a 4th place finish to start the main event from outside of the second row.

In the Feature, Herndon managed to patiently run up front throughout the evening maneuvering the #1 monte carlo into the runner up position as the 40 lapper wound down. In a deja`vu moment from race one, a late race caution flew over the field on lap 38 with just two laps remaining to the finish. On the restart, Herndon maintained his position and took the checkered flag from the 2nd position behind one of the hottest street stock drivers in the country right now, Peyton Taylor. Following Peyton and T.J. to the stripe would read as a who’s who of big time super stock racing. Finishing third would be Aaron Carr followed by Robby Arnold, Tony Anglin, Hared Hays, Richie Tosh, Ben Waggoner, Derek Brown with Dennis Schoenfeld rounding out the top ten. The next event of the Bad Boy Mowers Street Stock Series is scheduled for August 4th and 5th at Batesville Motor Speedway boasting a $3,000 winners purse. For full results from this past weekend as well as the latest news and details of upcoming events, check out the track’s website at www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net.


ASC Warranty Street Stock Challenge

June 19, 2017 --- This past weekend, T.J. Herndon traveled to Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville Arkansas to debut the new Monte Carlo Super Stock that he built over the winter. All total, 33 drivers would show for the first race of the Bad Boy Mowers “Big 4” Street Stock Series. T.J. and the crew made the trip down on Thursday for the practice session and were well pleased with the car’s first laps on the big oval. On Friday night, a bad pill draw would put the UpFront team behind the eight ball and force the #1 to start tail back of the fourth qualifier. Fortunately, the Atwood Outlaw was able to take the lead on lap four of the twelve lap qualifier and go on to take the checkers locking himself into the Main event on Saturday as a winner of one of the six qualifiers. On Saturday night, with stipulations requiring a pill draw to determine the front six starting positions from the winners of the qualifiers, it was agreed by all that Drake, T.J.’s four year old son, would draw the pill in efforts to change the team’s luck at the pill draw. Drake came through pulling the #2 pill and placing his daddy in position to take the green from outside of the front row.

In efforts to remedy a small handling issue, the team opted to make a suspension change prior to the start of the Main event. Unfortunately, the change would ultimately take Herndon out of contention for the win and force him to struggle throughout the 40 lap Feature. In spite of the car being a handful, Herndon was able to maintain a solid top five run by occupying the 4th spot all the way to the first caution on lap 37. On the restart after the caution with just three laps remaining, the #1 failed to get back up to speed while filtering back to the 9th position as a result of damage to the right rear tire during the early laps of the race. At the conclusion of the ASC Warranty Street Stock Challenge, it would be the Bad Boy sponsored #23 of Kevin Salter taking the checkered flag and a $4,000 check for his efforts. Following Salter to the stripe would be Burl Woods, Carmon Vincent, Chuck Knight, Whitney Nunally, Tim Brown, Tony Anglin, Chuck Adams, T.J. Herndon with Derek Brown rounding out the top ten. The next event of the Bad Boy Mowers Street Stock Series is scheduled for July 14th & 15th at Batesville Motor Speedway boasting a $5,000 winners purse. For full results from this past weekend as well as the latest news and details of upcoming events, check out the track’s website at www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net.

 

 


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