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.


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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