2nd Annual King of Tennessee Shootout

October 15, 2018 --- This past weekend, T.J. Herndon took the RaceTek house car to Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, TN to compete in the 2nd annual King of Tennessee Shootout as part of the Deep Fried 75 weekend of events. Herndon kicked off the weekend by laying down the fastest lap in practice and qualifying locking him into the pole position of a top six Dash for Cash determining the top six starting positions of Saturday night’s $2,500 to win main event. Herndon won the Dash for an extra $200 as well as the pole starting position for Saturday’s feature.

On Saturday evening as the main event got underway, the Atwood Outlaw took the green and wasted little time settling into the point. Although the contest was stalled by several cautions and restarts, Herndon was able to hold off all challengers in his quest for the King of Tennessee title while pulling off a sweep for RaceTek in the event. Herndon picked up checks for fast qualifier, dash winner, highest finishing topless car as well as the $2,500 winner’s purse. Following the Atwood Outlaw to the stripe would be “Doctor Dirt”, Johnny Stokes close behind in second. The 3rd position would go to the hard charging Brian Hudson trailed by Allen Carter, Chad Winkles, Trevor Woodard, Dillion Scott, Joel Landers, Hunter Runions with Kaleb Vandygriff rounding out the top ten.

For full results from this past weekend as well as the latest news and details of upcoming events, check out the series facebook page at www.facebook.com/midsouthbig10series/. You can also watch a video of T.J.’s post race interview by clicking on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/midsouthbig10series/videos/305965913331285/?t=56.


Schoenfeld Headers Mid-America Street Stock Championship

September 17, 2018 --- If only one word could be used to describe the Atwood Outlaw’s visit to Batesville Speedway this past weekend, it would have to be “rollercoaster”. In Thursday’s qualifying session, Herndon laid down a solid lap while timing in 5th of the 47 drivers on hand that night. By virtue of his time and the 24 car inversion, Herndon would start 4th in Friday’s qualifier with the top three transferring to the $10,000.00 to win A-Main on Saturday.

On Friday night, Herndon took the green in his qualifier from the outside of the second row. The #1 car immediately began to give up spots and filter back through the field. Midway through the race, Herndon began to make a move back toward the front but as luck would have it, time expired and the checkered flag waved over Herndon as he crossed the stripe while occupying the 4th position. At the conclusion of the qualifiers, Herndon was somewhat bummed that a minor change could have such an adverse effect on the cars handling which destined him to run a B-Main on Saturday evening. The crew did learn that Herndon did secure a provisional due to being the fastest qualifier not locked in after the qualifiers since the four drivers that were faster than him raced their way in.

On Saturday evening, the Atwood Outlaw took the green while occupying the pole of the second B-Main with only the top two advancing to the big show. Unlike the qualifier on Friday night, Herndon powered up the Yeoman power plant and struck out opening up as much as a straightaway lead on the second place challenger. During the course of the race, Herndon laid down the fastest lap of the weekend by clocking a 15.973 sec. time on lap four. Herndon took the win and earned a 20th starting spot in the A-Main allowing one of the other competitors to utilize the provisional to get in on time.

At the start of the 50 lap Main Event, it was very dusty and many of the drivers opted to settle in and be patient in the opening laps. On lap 11 as the #1 of Herndon entered turn one, the driver to his rear ran short on talent and dumped him in the center of the turn. As the race resumed, Herndon would have to restart in the rear by virtue of coming to a stop on the track. Unfortunately, it took twenty something laps to get around a car that was just fast enough to prevent a clean pass which put him into the closing laps of the race and still at the rear of the field. As the checkered waved over the field, the #23 of Kevin Salter would claim the $10,000 with Ritchie Tosh in tow. Rounding out the top ten were the UFO of Wayne Brooks, Dale Richardson, Tony Anglin, Robby Arnold, Ben Waggoner, Peyton Taylor, Tim Brown with Dale Nelson closing out the top ten. The #1 of T.J. Herndon would close the night and the up & down weekend out with a 21st place finish. 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.com.


2018 Durrence Layne Street Stock Nationals

August 20, 2018 --- This past weekend, T.J. Herndon traveled to the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS to campaign the new RaceTek house car in the 6th Annual Durrence Layne Street Stock Nationals. With almost 140 drivers from 18 different states on hand during the time trial portion of qualifying, Herndon and two of his RaceTek teammates established themselves solidly in the top five with Cody Nelson setting fast time overall and securing an A-Main provisional should he wind up needing it. On Friday, the officials used the previous time trials to divide the field into six qualifying features with the top two finishers in each Qualifier advancing to the big show on Saturday. The Atwood Outlaw took the green flag from the pole of the 2nd Feature. In spite of continuing to fight brake problems that had plagued the team for weeks, Herndon managed to lead from green to checkered and lock himself into the Nationals Main Event with his starting position to be determined by a Winners Dash. Unfortunately, the Main Event would be postponed to September 1st due to very heavy rains in the area. Although it would mean another trip to Mississippi on Labor Day weekend, Herndon welcomed the delay in hopes of resolving his brake issues before returning for the Feature Event.

The following weekend, the RaceTek crew carried the car to Camden Speedway to try and find the brake issues and ready the car for the return to Mississippi. Herndon managed to win the Heat race and was leading the Feature when a local drove into his left rear nearly spinning him coming off turn four. Herndon gathered the car up after driving down through the infield actually continuing to maintain the lead before discovering that the guy had cut his left rear tire down. The crew replaced the tire and Herndon returned to the track but was laps down and finished last while his teammate Cody Nelson would go on to take the win. Once again, the crew would travel back to the shop oblivious to what was going on with the brakes.

Prior to the Street Stock Nationals Main Event on September 1st, T.J. and crew took advantage of the open practice the night before to continue to search out the brake issues. After many changes and test runs, the grader hit the track at 11:00 pm with the #1 car still without brakes. The following day, Herndon would pilot the RaceTek machine to a 5th place finish in the dash which qualified him to start in the middle of the second row of the 36 car, 3 wide field. At the drop of the green in the 50 lap Main Event, Herndon tried to ride and save his equipment as much as possible. Ten to twelve laps in, Herndon made his way up to second. Midway through the race, the Atwood Outlaw would take the lead for twelve to fifteen laps before relinquishing the point back to Richie “Rocketman” Stephens. At the conclusion of the fifty lap event, it would be the Rocketman taking home the big check followed by the Atwood Outlaw and the hard charging Trey Bright. Following Bright to the stripe would be Joseph Joiner, Johnny Stokes, Michael Williams, Tim Powers, Wyatt Hill, Dillon Scott with the #23 of Chad Winkles rounding out the top ten.


Batesville Summer Street Stock Sizzler

July 16, 2018 --- This past weekend, T.J. Herndon and the UpFront Performance team traveled to Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville, Arkansas for two $2,500 to win Summer Street Stock Sizzler Main Events. On Friday night, as luck would have it, Herndon once again showed up with a set-up that was announced in the driver’s meeting to be disallowed irrespective of the written rules. Unfortunately, the crew would learn of the change 20 minutes before taking to the track for his qualifier. The crew did their best while changing shocks and springs all around the car but were unable to touch the jack bolts before having to take to the track. Herndon did the best he could with an ill handling racecar but was unable to lock into the Main Event through his qualifier forcing him to a B-Main to attempt to make the show. After having a little more time to make the needed revisions to the car, the Atwood Outlaw was able to turn his 5th place starting position in the B into a win as well as a starting spot in the A Main all be it deep in the field. The Atwood Outlaw had maneuvered his way to the front half of the field early on until a car turned into the #1 Monte Carlo as he entered turn one turning the car resulting in the car being spun and backing up the track with hard impact with the outside wall. Herndon had a good ride and was on the move but unfortunately his night would be over with his first DNF of the 2018 season.

On Saturday, after repairing the damage from the previous night, the crew prepped the car while hoping for a better result. As the green dropped on the second qualifier, Herndon wasted little time making his way from his 6th starting spot to the lead. As the checkered flew over the field, the Atwood Outlaw would take the win in the second qualifier while locking himself into the main event on the outside of the front row. As the main event got underway, Herndon quickly moved into the lead where he would repeatedly open up comfortable leads throughout the caution riddled event. Just when it seemed as though the big check was Herndon’s for the signing, a major accident brought out the final caution with just six laps remaining. On the restart after the caution, the #1 Monte Carlo of the Atwood, TN driver failed to come up to speed as he discovered that he had a right rear flat after apparently running through some debris caused by the accident. Herndon immediately returned to the pits and replaced the tire before returning to the 19th position for his final six lap charge the checkers. As the green fell over the field, Herndon consistently moved toward the front as the laps wound down. As the main event came to a close, the winner would be Danny Womack in the #3w followed to the line by the G1 of Tony Anglin. Charging all the way from the rear of the field in just six laps would be the Atwood Outlaw finishing third. Following Herndon to the stripe would be Kris Lloyd, Robby Arnold, Tommy New, Burl Woods, Mikey Bell, Chuck Knight with Jeremy Russell in the KEG1 car rounding out the top ten. 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.com.


ASC Street Stock Challenge

June 18, 2018 --- This past weekend, T.J. Herndon and the UpFront Performance team traveled to Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville, Arkansas for $4,000 to win ASC Street Stock Challenge. On Friday afternoon, the Atwood Outlaw parlayed a third place starting spot in the third qualifier into a win locking him into the $4,000 to win main event on Saturday night.

On Saturday the crew continued to make changes to the car in efforts to achieve a balanced set-up similar to the one they had earlier in the season. As the green dropped on the winner’s dash, Herndon slipped back into the fourth position where he rode for the remainder of the dash while securing the fourth starting spot for the night’s feature. After a short intermission and driver introductions Herndon would roll to the green flag while occupying the outside spot in the second row. As the main event got underway, Herndon quickly moved into the third position where he would ride for the remainder of the 40 lap, caution free event. At the completion of 40 laps, the Salado Flash would lay claim to the big check by leading the caution free event from flag to flag. Following Tosh to the stripe would be Ben Waggoner, T.J. Herndon, Robby Arnold, Dale Nelson, Wayne Brooks, Brian Ritchie, Tony Anglin, Burl Woods with Jeff Floyd rounding out the top ten for the weekend. 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.com.


Allgood Fast 40

May 21, 2018 --- This past weekend, T.J. Herndon and crew traveled to Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville, Arkansas for $3,000 to win Allgood Fast 40. On Friday afternoon, the crew learned in pre-race tech that they wouldn’t be allowed to run the set-up that they had ran at the previous races in the Spring although the rule change wasn’t substantiated by the written rules. This last minute change was a total curve ball to the UpFront crew as they were five hours from home with everything that they needed to make a change back at the shop. Herndon made some spring changes and the like and got the #1 hotrod close but handling and tire wear would prove to be a problem. After a lackluster pill draw by his crew chief, the Atwood Outlaw would go on to turn an 8th place starting position into a victory in the first qualifier. By virtue of this win, Herndon was locked into the main event on Saturday night as well as the pole starting position in the 8 lap winners dash that sat the starting positions one through four in the $3,000 to win feature on Saturday.

On Saturday the crew made additional changes to the car in hopes of remedying their tire wear situation. As the green dropped on the winner’s dash, the Atwood Outlaw wasted little time scurrying to the point and never looked back for the next 8 laps taking the checkers in convincing fashion over the winners of the four qualifiers and grabbing the pole position for the night’s main event. After a short intermission and driver introductions Herndon would roll to the green flag along side Dale Nelson in the N1 for an all Tennessee front row. As the main event got underway, Herndon led the first five laps or so before starting to fade. In spite of his handling problems, Herndon remained competitive throughout the race running 5th the majority of the race although he had nothing for the cars out front. At the completion of the 40 lap, caution free event, it would be all Peyton Taylor for the win and the $3,000 check. Following Peyton to the stripe would be Dale Nelson, Robby Arnold, Richie Tosh. Tony Anglin would ease by T.J. Herndon on lap 40 relegating him to a 6th place finish. Crossing the line in seventh would be Jared Hays followed by Jeremy Russell, Wayne Brooks with Ben Waggoner rounding out the top ten. 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.


2018 Arkansas Spring Nationals

March 26, 2018 --- This past weekend, the Atwood Outlaw made his way to Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville, Arkansas for his first outing of the 2018 season. On Thursday evening, the crew participated in an open practice to test the changes made over the off season. After a few visits to the track, Herndon was well pleased with the performance of his ride and put it in the box ready for competition on the following day.

On Friday night, Herndon’s pill draw seeded him in the second row outside in the first of six qualifiers. Herndon finished 2nd in his Heat earning him a 5th place starting spot in the $1,500 to win, Friday night main event. As the field rolled to green in the 30 lap Feature, Herndon immediately started pressing toward the front of the pack. By lap 10, the Atwood Outlaw occupied the 2nd position. Throughout the remainder of the race, several cautions broke the rhythm and provided the drivers with downfalls and opportunities during multiple restarts. As the race drew to a close, Herndon continued to hound the 54m of Richie Tosh but couldn’t find a clear path to the lead. As the checkered flag flew over the field, it would be Richie Tosh taking the big check with T.J. Herndon close in tow. Following Herndon to the stripe was the 01x of Peyton Taylor, Tony Anglin, Kyle Slader, Danny Womack, Kris Lloyd, Robby Arnold, Wayne Brooks with Edwin Wells rounding out the top ten.

On Saturday evening, things seemed to continue in Herndon’s favor as he pulled a #7 pill at the pill draw placing him on the pole of the second qualifier. Herndon parlayed the pole starting spot into a win allowing him to start Saturday’s Feature event from outside the front row beside the first Heat winner and close friend Robby Arnold. At the drop of the green, the Atwood Outlaw wasted little time scurrying to the point and never looked back for the next 30 laps. Herndon built a comfortable lead in the contest slowed only by some lapped traffic in the closing laps. At the conclusion of Saturday’s Feature event, Herndon would break his bridesmaid’s curse by being the first to the stripe. Over the years, T.J. has been denied a victory in Batesville’s crown jewel events several times by multiple mechanical failures and bad luck but tonight would prove to be his night. Following Herndon to the stripe as Tennessee’s first Street Stock winner would be the hard charging N1 of fellow West Tennessee driver Dale Nelson for an all Tennessee one / two finish. Following Nelson under the checkered was Friday night’s winner Richie Tosh, Robby Arnold, Dale Richardson, Edwin Wells, Tony Anglin, Kris Lloyd, Tim Brown with Kyle Slader rounding out the top ten. By virtue of Herndon’s two Feature finishes over the weekend he emerged as the 2018 Arkansas Spring Nationals Champion. 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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