Quicksilver Finale, Fall Brawl, & Donnie Hodges Memorial

October 14, 2019 --- This past Saturday, T.J. and the UpFront Performance team made the trip to Clarksville Speedway to compete in what was originally scheduled to be two complete shows to take place on Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, weather forced promoters to push everything to Saturday with two full shows still on the agenda. Herndon, eager to get his Quicksilver car on the track after finding the issue he believes to have been causing his loss of traction in the previous weeks also agreed to pilot Dale Nelson’s ride in the Fall Brawl portion of the event.

As qualifying for the Friday portion of the event got underway, the Atwood Outlaw qualified fastest and won his heats in both his personal car as well as Nelson’s ride. In the Quicksilver feature, Herndon jumped into the lead and was pleased to learn that he had indeed corrected his grip problem as the #1 got faster as the race went on. Unfortunately, with about 14 laps remaining, the field had about six cautions before completing a single lap. Restart after restart Herndon powered to the point before being negated by a caution. On what would prove to be Herndon’s last re-start from the point, Herndon exited turn four on the gas to find the flagman once again waving the caution flag. Obviously, Herndon was the only one watching the flagman as the cars behind him continued to stay in the gas and ran over Herndon’s car as he continued to wave his arm out the window to gain their attention. As luck would have it, the leader wound up with the right side of his body destroyed and would have to go pit side to replace a cut down tire. With the flagman apologizing for inadvertently waving the caution by mistake, Herndon was still forced to restart from the rear of the field due to having to exit the track for the new tire. In the final 14 laps, Herndon managed to salvage a 10th place finish on a track that was bottom dominant. Luckily, there was no mechanical damage to the car and although he was forced to give this feature away, he was confident that he could make the best of a do over in the Saturday portion of the program.

In Friday’s portion of the Fall Brawl, Herndon took the early lead in Nelson’s #N1. After leading the first half of the race, Arkansas’s Tony Anglin made the pass and went on to take the win while Herndon managed to hang on for a runner up finish despite what seemed to be a clutch slippage problem.

As Saturday’s portion of the program got underway, Herndon picked up right where he left off in the Quicksilver car by once again setting fast time and winning his qualifier. In Fall Brawl qualifying, Herndon managed to time in fourth fastest and pull off a win in the fourth qualifier while continuing to battle clutch problems.

As the Quicksilver drivers took to the track in what would be the final event in the inaugural season of the young series, the Atwood Outlaw and current points leader would take the green from the pole position. After losing the first feature by a fluke, Herndon ruled the point with emphasis as he led from wire to wire taking the win in the final race of the season. By virtue of the win, the Atwood Outlaw would seal the deal as the first series champion of the Quicksilver Street Stock Performance Series.

As the Fall Brawl and Donnie Hodges Memorial took the green as the headliner of the evening, Herndon throttled up from the fourth starting spot. Unfortunately, on about lap four or five, the clutch gave up which would end Herndon’s chances of finishing the event that would be eventually won by Tony Anglin to make him two for two on the night. For all the latest news and information associated with Clarksville Speedway and the Quicksilver Street Stock Series, just click on www.clarksvillespeedway.com or www.quicksilverseries.com.


Durrence Layne / Quicksilver Double Header

October 7, 2019 --- This past Saturday, T.J. and the UpFront Performance crew towed both cars to Camden Speedway to compete in both the Durrence Layne and Quicksilver Street Stock Performance Series. With no timing system and left solely to the luck of the draw for starting spots in the qualifiers, Herndon would start 4th in the first heat of Durrence Layne and 5th in the second heat of the Quicksilver class. In the Durrence Layne qualifier Herndon managed to finish 3rd in the Dale’s Recycling / RaceTek Special which translated into a 5th place starting spot in the feature to be contested later in the evening. In the Quicksilver qualifier, the Atwood Outlaw piloted his personal car to a 2nd place finish translating to a 3rd place starting spot in the Quicksilver main event.

As the green fell on the Durrence Layne feature, the #1 appeared to be making moves toward the point before falling back and stabilizing. At the conclusion of the race, Jason Baker who is the current runner up in National points would be credited with the win. Following Baker to the line was Keaton Downing, Michael Kirby, T.J. Herndon, Wyatt Hill, Kaleb Vandygriff, Jimmy Nolen, Keenan Vandygriff, Kendell Staggs with Austin Kinney rounding out the top ten. Herndon stated after the race that his tires, which were several races old, seemed to never fire off. As everyone else’s tires began to build heat, he stated that it was near impossible to hang with the front runners.

In the Quicksilver main event, Herndon occupied the second row outside as the field took the green flag. In the early laps of the race, Herndon patiently turned laps waiting on his tires to come in. Once his tires had fired, it was very evident that he a fast race car. As the twenty-five lap event reached the halfway point, the Atwood Outlaw pulled the trigger and made the pass for the lead where he would remain while opening as much as a straightaway lead as the laps would down. As Herndon passed under the checkers it would be his sixth victory out of the seven Quicksilver Street Stock Performance Series events that he has entered in this, their inaugural season. Following the Atwood Outlaw to the stripe would be Michael Kirby, Wyatt Hill, Joel Landers, Jimmy Nolen, Bubba Vandygriff, Mutt Trotter, Tim Wilson, Kaleb Vandygriff with the #J3 car of Joseph Hamm rounding out the top ten. For all the latest news and information associated with Camden Speedway, Durrence Layne or the Quicksilver Street Stock Series, just click on www.camdenracing.com, www.durrencelayneracing.com, or www.quicksilverseries.com.


Durrence Layne Weekly Series

September 30, 2019 --- Last Saturday afternoon, T.J. Herndon and the UpFront Performance crew once again traveled to Camden Speedway in a quest for a couple more national points as he would be netting on a 48 in the title chase. Unfortunately, only seven cars showed up leaving the field one car short of racing for a full fifty points. In the heat race, Herndon parlayed an outside front row starting position into a win while laying claim to the pole starting position in the feature. As the green waved over the field in the feature, Herndon made a move to the front which he maintained throughout the race. With checkers waving, it would be the Atwood Outlaw taking the win for the second straight week. Following Herndon across the stripe would be the #00 of jimmy Nolen, Tyler Dutton, Hunter Runions, Justin Pugh, Colby Brandon with Tammy McClaren rounding out the top seven. For all the latest news and information associated with Camden Speedway, point your browser to www.camdenracing.com.


Durrence Layne Weekly Series

September 23, 2019 --- This past Friday evening T.J. and the UpFront Performance crew traveled to Tennessee National Raceway in Hohenwald, TN to do some testing of changes made during the past week. Herndon got the night underway by starting 6th in the first heat race. Herndon struggled in the qualifier and failed to make advancement which destined him to start shotgun on the field from the 11th starting spot out of the twelve cars on hand. T.J. and the crew addressed some changes before the feature that would hopefully improve their performance in the main event. Upon taking the green, Herndon managed to make a move toward the front with passing at a premium on a bottom dominant racetrack. As the 15 laps quickly dissipated, Herndon’s ride was somewhat better allowing him to move up through the field however track conditions and time would not be on his side tonight. Taking the win would be the #93 of Eddie Rhinehart followed by Hunter Runions, Trevor Woodard, Jimmy Nolan, Kaleb Vandygriff with T.J. Herndon advancing from 11th to cap the night off with a 6th place finish. Following the Atwood Outlaw to the stripe would be Keenan Vandygriff, Jimmy Woodard, Jansen Woodard with Craig Pedrick rounding out the top ten. For the latest news associated with Tennessee National Raceway, log onto www.tennesseenationalraceway.com.

On Saturday afternoon, after spending the morning in the shop addressing issues learned from the previous night, the UpFront crew once again made the pull to Camden Speedway in Camden, TN. Herndon would roll off 3rd on the starting grid in the first heat race. The improvements to the car were noticeable but still a tick off of heat winner Richie Berryhill. Herndon would start the main event from the third position after the #00 of Jimmy Nolen took the win in the second qualifier. Herndon once again made adjustments to the blue #1 RaceTek ride and waited patiently on the main event. As the green waved over the fourteen car field, the Atwood Outlaw wasted little time to challenge for the lead. Herndon would challenge Berryhill utilizing the bottom groove with Berryhill a lane higher. The two veteran drivers ran door to door lap after lap. Although Berryhill had the preferred line, Herndon managed to make small gains as the two ran cleanly side by side for the first eight laps. Herndon finally cleared Berryhill on lap nine allowing the #1 to move up into the preferred line and open up some breathing room between he and Berryhill. As the checkers waved, the win would go to the Atwood Outlaw followed closely by the #41 of Richie Berryhill. Following Berryhill to the stripe would be Jimmy Nolen, Hunter Runions, Justin Pugh, Tyler Dutton, Wyatt Hill, Charles Zimmerman, Colby Brandon with Jeran Hudson rounding out the top ten. For all things Camden Speedway, point your browser to www.camdenracing.com.


Durrence Layne Weekly Series

September 16, 2019 --- This past weekend T.J. and the UpFront Performance crew went to Camden Speedway in Camden, TN for their weekly Durrence Layne sanctioned event. With just eight cars on hand for the event, Herndon started last in the heat and advanced to finish second and secure an outside front row starting position for the feature. As the starter waved the green to start the feature, much like the few previous trips to Camden, there was one car that proved to be untouchable. This week the car to beat was the #00 of Jimmy Nolen. Herndon tried every line and drove the wheels off the Dale’s Recycling / RaceTek special to no avail. The #1 actually logged a tick faster corner speeds than the #00 but on corner exit, Nolen tractioned up and pulled away on the straightaways. As the field passed under the checkers, it would be Jimmy Nolen for the win followed by the Atwood Outlaw, Colby Brandon, Hunter Runions, Justin Pugh, Jeran Hudson, Zach Daniels with the 6t of Tyler Dutton being credited with an eighth place finish. For the full results associated with this event, log onto www.camdenracing.com.


Mack’s Camo Connection “Hunt the Front 25”

September 9, 2019 --- This past weekend the Atwood Outlaw and crew made the pull to Camden Speedway to compete in the $1,000 to win “Hunt the Front 25” sponsored by Mack’s Camo Connection. Due to the lack of a timing system, qualifying for heat races was determined by a pill draw. In the first heat, Herndon drove the Dale’s Recycling / RaceTek special to a 2nd place finish yielding a 4th place starting position in the feature event. As the field went green, Wyatt Hill powered away from the #1 leaving Herndon throwing everything that he had at trying to hang with Hill. As the laps wound down, Herndon had used his car up completely trying to run down the leader allowing his challengers to close on him in the closing laps. At the conclusion of the 25 laps, it would be Wyatt Hill taking the big check followed by Dale Nelson who got around Herndon in the closing laps. Herndon managed to hang on to the third position followed by the #00 of Jimmy Nolen. Following Nolen to the line was Michael Kirby, Brent Steele, Eddie Rhinehart, Justin Pugh, Trevor Woodard with Jeran Hudson rounding out the top ten. For the full results associated with this event, log onto www.camdenracing.com.


Labor Day Weekend Hat Trick

September 3, 2019 --- This past Labor Day weekend the Atwood Outlaw and crew kicked off a three-day weekend of racing by making the pull to Thunderhill Raceway in Middle Tennessee. Originally, the plan was to race two nights at Thunderhill, but a low car count sent the crew scrambling to find a destination on Saturday that would have a field large enough to yield full Durrence Layne points. Although Thunderhill was short on count, there was no shortage in competition level. Herndon would go on to qualify 2nd and win the heat placing him on the pole for the evenings feature. As the field took the green off turn four, the #1 Dale’s Recycling / RaceTek special took the lead immediately and lead from flag to flag. Following Herndon to the checkers was Eddie Rhinehart, Trevor Woodard, Craig Pedrick, Will Burke with Jimmy Woodard being scored in the sixth position. For the latest results, information and news associated with this and other special events at Thunderhill Raceway Park, just follow them by clicking on www.thunderhillracewaypark.com.

On Saturday, with the chance of the car count once again being low, the team decided to make the pull to Eric Cates Memorial Speedway in Arkadelphia, AL which is the home track of the Jason Baker who currently occupies the second position in the National points standings. Although the crew didn’t remember ever running at ECM, upon arrival everything looked very familiar. After a quick glance at the website it was discovered that the Atwood Outlaw was actually here one other time in a modified series race in 2007. Back then the track was named River Valley Speedway in which he started the feature 3rd and won. During the qualifying portion of the program, Herndon laid down the second fastest lap which parlayed into a second place starting spot in the qualifying heat. Herndon piloted the #1 to a second-place finish in the heat and prepped the car for the feature ahead. On the initial start of the feature, Herndon drove deep into turn one and took the lead on lap one which he refused to relinquish for the remainder of the contest. As Herndon passed under the flag stand with the checkers waving he made it two for two on the weekend as well as ECM / River Valley Speedway. Following the Outlaw to the stripe would be the driver occupying the second spot in the national points Jason Baker. Following Baker to the line would be Chad Winkles, Sam Hughes, Jeremy Isbell, Noel Bailey, Bobby Joe Rankin, Randy Fowler, Kash Wilson with Seth Jarden rounding out the top ten. For the latest news and full results associated with ECM Speedway, log onto www.ecmracing.com.

On Sunday, the Dale’s Recycling / RaceTek crew traveled to Duck River Raceway in Wheel, TN in efforts to defend the King of Tennessee crown that he captured in the 2018 King of Tennessee Shootout. In the qualifying portion of the event, in a pattern that seems to continue, Herndon qualified 6th which is his worst qualifying attempt as anywhere he had been on the clock all year. Herndon, pitted the car after qualifying, winked and said “the car’s good, it’s not a sixth-place car”. Later in the Fast Six Dash, Herndon started sixth and advanced to finish second in six laps. In the Main event, Eddie Rhinehart who had won the dash earlier chose to relinquish the bottom and opted to start the feature from the high side. As the field took the green, the Outlaw carried the Dale’s Recycling / RaceTek special deep into turn one while taking the point with the #93 of Eddie Rhinehart in tow. As the race progressed, Herndon survived several cautions and restarts to open up a sizable lead while working lapped traffic to take the win and retain the crown and King of Tennessee title for one more year while closing out the weekend three for three. Chad Winkles managed to get around Eddie Rhinehart while working lapped traffic in the closing laps. Rhinehart was followed to the line by Michael Kirby, Keaton Downing, Mark Haddon, David Gentry, Will Burke, Dwayne Ward, with Brian Hudson completing the top ten. For the latest news and results from Duck River Raceway Park check them out on Facebook or on the web at www.duckriverracewaypark.com.


Durrence Layne Weekly Series

August 26, 2019 --- This past Saturday night, T.J. Herndon and crew stayed close to home and made the pull to Camden Speedway in Camden, Tennessee for their weekly show. After winning the first heat race, Herndon took the green of the feature event from the pole position. It was immediately evident that the Dale’s Recycling / RaceTek special had nothing for the #92 car of Chico Zimmerman. As the laps wound down, it would be Chico Zimmerman taking the win followed by Herndon, Colby Brandon, Justin Pugh, Tony Cruse, Joseph Hamm, Ricky Knight, Marlin Cathey, Jeran Hudson with Josh Hartman rounding out the top ten. For the latest news and full results from week to week, point your browser to www.camdenmotorspeedway.com.


7th Annual Southern Street Stock Nationals

August 19, 2019 --- This past Wednesday, the Atwood Outlaw and crew struck out to Meridian, MS for a practice night before starting the processes to try and put the Dale’s Recycling / RaceTek special into the main event on Thursday. Practice went well with the fourth fastest time on the board out of the 66 cars on hand although the car was lacking drive.

In Thursday’s activities, after qualifying 97 entries, the drivers would be divided into six Feature races of approximately 16 cars each with only the winner locking into the Main event. All others would transfer to sub-mains to be contested on Friday. Herndon would start 4th in the 6th feature qualifier with the car decent but still not to his liking. The #1 managed to finish 2nd in his qualifier which transferred him into B-Main #2 to be contested on Friday. The D & C Main transfers would fill the B-Main field which, along with provisionals, would determine the the remaining thirty starters of the Main Event.

On Friday, after the running of the D & C Mains, Herndon started 3rd in the second B-Main and finish 2nd locking the Atwood Outlaw into the big show to be contested on the following evening.

On Saturday afternoon, Herndon rolled to the green in the 7th Annual Southern Street Stock Nationals occupying the 10th starting position. Surprisingly, with all the previous changes that had been made to the car chasing drive, he finally had some traction. Somewhere around lap six something broke in the rear suspension which affected the handling that he would later find out to be a broken trailing arm. Although the car was a hand full, Herndon managed to drive around it and had made his way up to 7th by a caution on lap twenty three. By the next caution at lap thirty one, Herndon had advanced to the 6th position. After the restart, it was clear that Herndon had a solid top five car until the #1 Dale’s Recycling special nosed up to the wall in turn two and stopped on lap thirty five. Herndon’s night would come to a close due to a faulty factory weld on a right front A-frame. The final fifteen laps would continue with the Atwood Outlaw sitting in the infield with his RaceTek machine on a rollback. At the conclusion, it would be all Justin McRee for the win. Some drama at the end of the race shuffled the finishing order which eventually ended in the following official results. Scored 2nd would be Chad Thrash followed by David Showers, Chad Winkles, Jamey Boland, Spencer Hughes, Johnny Stokes, Trevor Woodard, David Williamson with Dale Nelson rounding out the top ten. After Herndon’s DNF he would be scored 30th in the finishing order. For full results and the latest news associated with SSSN 2019 log on to www.whynotmotorsportspark.com.


Double Header SSSN Tune-Up

August 12, 2019 --- The Atwood Outlaw kicked off this past weekend by traveling to Tennessee National Raceway in Hohenwald, TN on Friday evening to compete in the 2nd Annual Melissa Cothran Memorial event. T.J. would be driving fellow RaceTek driver Gary Tucker’s car for the evening as well as helping Darrell Beckham work some kinks out of Gary’s car. After a few adjustments, Herndon took to the track and laid down the fastest lap during hot lap qualifying. Herndon then went on to win his qualifying heat before later taking the point and leading every lap of the main event to lay claim to the $1,000 pay day in Tuckers RaceTek chassis powered by a box stock GM crate engine. Following Herndon to the stripe would be Eddie Rhinehart, Trevor Woodard, Jimmy Woodard, Kaleb Vandygriff, Brian Vandygriff, Jansen Woodard, Patrick Gray, Tammy McClearen with Marcus McCrary rounding out the top ten. For full results and the latest news associated with Tennessee National Raceway log on to www.tennesseenationalraceway.com.

On Saturday, Herndon traveled to Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, TN to compete in the seventh race of the Quicksilver Street Stock Performance Series inaugural tour. Wheeling his own personal car, Herndon once again set fast time in qualifying and won his heat race. In the main event, Herndon once again put the #1 up front and held off all challengers in what seemed to be twenty restarts in a caution riddled 25 lap $1,000 to win feature event. Following the Atwood Outlaw under the checkers would be Charles Zimmerman, Joel Landers, Parker Neblett, Floyd Clinard, Ricky Knight, Jr, Tony Cruse, J.R. Wilson, Joseph Hamm with the #27b of David Beall rounding out the top ten. Herndon manages to hold onto the series point lead in spite of missing a race earlier in the season for a family vacation. The Atwood Outlaw has garnered five wins and a second place finish in the remaining six events. For the latest news associated with the Quicksilver Street Stock Performance Series just train your browser to www.quicksilverseries.com.


John's Timber Summer Sizzler

August 5, 2019 --- This past weekend, T.J. Herndon and the UpFront Performance crew took the Dale’s Recycling, Durrence Layne Street Stock machine to Thunderhill Raceway in Summertown, TN to compete in the $1,000 to win John’s Timber Summer Sizzler promoted by the Mid-South Big-10 Street Stock Series. After hot laps, the program was put in a holding pattern as the area experienced a slow soaking rain. Luckily, the rain dissipated and the show was able to resume. After some pretty major changes the past week, Herndon was anxious to get a good test run on the car before the Southern Street Stock Nationals in two weeks. After a lack luster qualifying attempt, Herndon was scored as 5th fastest although he said that the car felt perfect on the track.

As the field took the green in the main event, the Atwood Outlaw started working his way to the front and past Trevor Woodard to move into second on lap eight. By the time Herndon got to second, the leader David Gentry had opened up a straightaway lead. In clean air, the #1 was about a tenth of a second faster but there was no way that Herndon was going to have enough time to run him down before the conclusion of the race. Suddenly two cars spun off of turn four bringing out the caution on lap 15 with 5 laps remaining. On the restart, Herndon immediately went to the high side and tried to use the momentum off of the turns to get a run on the leader. On lap 17, Herndon exited turn four and sailed down the front stretch wall with a run on the leader. Herndon had to get on the binders hard while getting pinched into the concrete as the #6 exited the bottom and shot out to the wall to break his momentum. On lap 18, Herndon exited turn four on the high side and pulled a crossover move on the front straight. Herndon entered turn one about 12” off of the tractor tire but failed to complete the pass while falling back in line down the back stretch. On lap 19, Herndon once again entered high but initiated the crossover sooner as Gentry shot out to the outside wall. Herndon once again entered turn one 12” off the tire with Gentry door to door to his outside. The two cars touched rear wheels in the center of the corner with the #1 holding the advantage as they exited the corner. As the two started down the back straightaway, Gentry turned into Herndon in an attempt to spin him but as Herndon cleared the #6, Gentry’s hard left turn propelled him down into the infield costing him what was to be a sure second place finish. As the #1 of Herndon broke free, he continued on to take the white flag and turned the final circuit unopposed to take the checkers and the win while continuing to maintain his points lead in the Mid-South Big-10 Street Stock Series. Following the Atwood Outlaw to the stripe was local hot shoe, Eddie Rhinehart in second. In third would be Trevor Woodard followed by Brent Steele, Kaleb Vandygriff, Hayden Moran, Michael Kirby, David Gentry, Kennan Vandygriff with Tyler Moak rounding out the top ten.

At post race tech inspection, as Herndon and his crew were removing shocks that were claimed / bought off of the winning car, some gentleman not associated with the series showed up and declared Herndon disqualified for rough driving and said that they were awarding the win to Eddie Rhinehart. The series declared Herndon the winner but after the victory lane photographs, Herndon went to retrieve his winnings and was told that someone had given the money to Rhinehart. Luckily amid all of the craziness, the Durrence Layne Series National Director happened to be in attendance to witness it all and saw that the Atwood Outlaw was made whole in the matter. To check out the full results, check out the Mid-South Big-10 Street Stock Series on Facebook at @midsouthbig10series or watch the entire race on Speedway Videos Production on YouTube by clicking the following link. All graphics, video and photography are the property of Richard Ford. https://youtu.be/oLc7TTEHhuQ


Quicksilver Street Stock Performance Series

July 29, 2019 --- This past weekend, T.J. Herndon and the UpFront Performance crew made the tow to Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville,TN for the $1,000 to win Quicksilver event. Herndon powered the #1 Monte Carlo to fast time overall among the 20 cars in attendance for the timing which set the lineup for three qualifying heat races. In the heat, Herndon fell victim to the #3 of Wyatt Hill which by virtue of his second place finish would find himself starting the night’s feature occupying the 4th position.

Come feature time, the Atwood Outlaw wasted little time moving into the 2nd position but found himself once again chasing the white #3 of Wyatt Hill. For twenty five laps, Herndon threw everything that he had at trying to put himself into position to contend for the lead to no avail. As the race concluded, Wyatt Hill would be credited with the win with Herndon crossing the stripe in second. Following Herndon to the line would be Floyd Clinard Jr., Joel Landers, Parker Neblett, Joseph Hamm, Ronnie Hedgepath, Justin McDaniel, Cody Hodges with Josh Hartman closing out the top ten. For the latest news and results from the Quicksilver Street Stock Performance Series, check them out on the web at www.quicksilverseries.com.


"Back the Blue" - Sheriff Tommy Hickerson Memorial

July 22, 2019 --- Last Friday night, T.J. Herndon and the crew took the Dale’s Recycling Street Stock entry to Hohenwald, TN to participate in the $1,000 to win “Back the Blue” event at Tennessee National Raceway. After the qualifying portion of the event, Herndon qualified second about a tenth of a second off of Wyatt Hill’s quick time of 15.881.

After a four wide driver’s salute to the late Sheriff Tommy Hickerson, the teams readied their mounts for the night’s main events. As the Street Stock feature took the green, the #3 of Hill assumed the point and never looked back. Throughout the next twenty laps, the front two were able to separate from the 3rd place car on occasion but Herndon was never able to contest for the lead. As the race came to a close, Wyatt Hill would lay claim to the $1,000 followed by T.J. Herndon. Following Herndon to the line was Eddie Rhinehart, Brent Steele, Kaleb Vandygriff, Trevor Woodard, Jansen Woodard, Bruce Odum, Hunter Runions as Michael Blade rounded out the top ten. For the latest news and results from Tennessee National Raceway, check them out on Facebook @TNR2012.


Salute to America Nationals

July 8, 2019 --- This past Independence Day weekend, T.J. Herndon and the UpFront Performance crew took the Durrence Layne street stock to Alabama to compete in the Mid-South Big-10 / Mississippi Street Stock event at the Talladega Short Track. This being Herndon’s first ever visit to the Talladega track quickly turned into a fire drill with the hotlap / qualifying session placing the Atwood Outlaw on the time clock the first lap that he had the opportunity to pull onto the track surface. After qualifying, Herndon locked the Dale’s Recycling, RaceTek machine into the top six by qualifying third out of the nineteen drivers on hand for the event. It became apparent early on that the #1 team needed a gear change but with the gear that was needed in the other hauler back in Milan, Herndon was destined to make the best out of what he had. In the Fast Six Dash to set the first three rows of the main event, T.J. piloted the #1 machine to a third place finish while nailing down the third starting spot in the main event.

As the green fell across the feature start, Herndon once again settled into the third spot behind Winkles and Rhinehart. It became clearly apparent after the first few re-starts that Herndon had a third place car with Rhinehart continuing to choose the outside starting spot after each caution. Herndon’s gear caused the #1 to struggle while exiting the corners allowing the #93 of Rhinehart to power in front of him time after time. On a re-start about mid-way through the race, Rhinehart chose to re-start on the bottom to up his odds for a pass on Winkles. With the gear Herndon was pulling, the opportunity to start on the top was just enough to propel him into the second position although he had nothing for the #23 of Winkles. As the feature came to a close, the #23 of Chad Winkles would be the first to the stripe followed by the #1 machine of T.J. Herndon. Third place would be occupied Eddie Rhinehart with David Earl Gentry, Johnny Stokes, Jason Baker, Jamey Boland, Brent Steele, Michael Kirby all in tow and Hayden Moran rounding out the top ten. For the latest news and results from the Mid-South Big-10 Street Stock Series, check them out on Facebook @midsouthbig10series.


Quicksilver Street Stock Performance Series Race #5 at Camden

July 1, 2019 --- This past weekend T.J. Herndon and the UpFront Performance crew stayed close to home and carried his Quicksilver car to Camden Speedway to compete in the 5th race of their series. He also agreed to take the wheel for the night of the #52 Durrence Layne street stock of Jeran Hudson. In street stock qualifying of 19 entries, Herndon started forth and finished second in the second heat slating him for a fourth place starting position in the street stock feature later in the evening. With no timing system at Camden Speedway, the twenty Quicksilver entries were lined up into three qualifiers by pill draw. The Atwood Outlaw started third in the second qualifier and advanced to a win which parlayed into an outside pole starting position in the Quicksilver Street Stock Performance Series’ main event for the evening.

In the Durrence Layne street stock feature, Herndon rolled to the green flag occupying the 4th position. After twenty laps, Herndon retreated back into the field at times and gained positions at others. As the checkers waved over the field after twenty laps, the #52 closed out the night with a respectable top five finish. Taking the win in the Durrence Layne feature was Herndon’s teammate the N1jr. of Cody Nelson followed to the stripe by Keaton Downing, Jimmy Nolen, Chad Winkles, T.J. Herndon, Joseph Hamm, Brian Markham, Justin Pugh, Colby Brandon with Paducah Kentucky driver Tony Cruse rounding out the top ten.

As the Quicksilver main event of the evening took the green flag, Herndon settled into the second position behind pole sitter Wyatt Hill patiently awaiting his tires to build heat. As his tires began to come in, Herndon made the pass on the leader and never looked back while opening up as much as a straightaway lead at times between cautions. As the twenty five lapper came to a close, it would be all Atwood Outlaw as he put a bow on his fourth feature win out of the five races in the Quicksilver Street Stock Performance Series this season. Chasing the #1 R.C. Mathews Contractor, Super 98 Custom Works monte carlo to the finish line was Wyatt Hill, Dale Nelson, Tony Cruse, Joel Landers, Charles Zimmerman, Brian Markham, Keaton Downing, Jason Dukes with the #00 of Jimmy Nolen rounding out the top ten. For the latest news and results from Camden Speedway, check them out on Facebook or on the web at www.camdenracing.com.


Inaugural Street Stock "Rally at the River"

June 17, 2019 --- This past weekend T.J. Herndon, Cody Nelson and crew descended upon Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, TN for a three day show labeled as the “Rally at the River”. Choosing to forgo the first night of practice, the crew showed up on Friday night for the qualifying portion of the event. With all qualifying being determined by heat race finishes, when the line-ups for the qualifiers were posted, surprisingly, three of the four fastest cars would find themselves in heat two. Herndon would go on to win heat two and lock himself into the outside pole of the main event after passing the post race tech P&G testing.

On Saturday night, Herndon took the green in the main event and wasted little time placing the #1 machine up front and began to set a pace for the fifty laps ahead. With Herndon and Winkles opening up distance on the third place challenger, Herndon tried to slow the pace as they got closer and closer to the rear of the field. On lap 14 some cars got together and spun at the rear of the field with Herndon taking evasive action and clearing them but unfortunately the #23 of Winkles tko’d the left front of the #1 machine necessitating a stop for officials to pull his fender off of the tire and also remove his hood. Herndon would restart lap 15 with an excellent car with seemingly no mechanical damage other than the aero effects of losing his hood. As the field took the green, Herndon and Winkles drag raced down the back stretch door to door with Winkles on the low side and Herndon on the cushion. As the field exited turn four, Winkles left the bottom and drove to the wall pinning Herndon and forcing his car to climb the wall while almost overturning. As Herndon’s car came down off of the wall he never lifted and entered turn one on the bottom with his momentum carrying him up the track making contact with the #23 car. Although neither Herndon or Winkles stopped forward motion, the #1 car was charged with a caution as several cars spun avoiding a potential accident. So on lap 15, the Atwood Outlaw would restart 26th with a car that was still an excellent piece other than some slight toe-out damage with thirty five laps to go.

Herndon started a fervent charge to the front at the drop of the green. On a caution at lap 37 he had made it into the 14th position. By the next caution on lap 45 he had advanced to the 4th position. Things were looking good for the Outlaw with he and the third place car running the same line, the double file restarts that they had instituted all weekend would place him on the outside of the second row for the restart with Rhinehart to his inside. As luck would have it, with five laps remaining, race officials decided to go to a single file restart. As the Rally at the River concluded, the Atwood Outlaw would wrestle out a third place finish. Although it wasn’t a win, the fans in the stands expressed their gratitude for his efforts and never die attitude that he exhibited in his charge to the front with an overwhelming applause. The winner of the $3,000 to win 1st Annual Rally at the River was the #444 of Brooks Strength followed by Eddie Rhinehart, T.J. Herndon, Michael Blade, Trevor Woodard, Allen Carter, Chad Winkles, Wyatt Hill, Joe Hamm with Charles Zimmerman rounding out the top ten. For the latest news and results from Duck River Raceway Park check them out on Facebook or on the web at www.duckriverracewaypark.com.


"Clash at the Mag"

June 3, 2019 --- T.J. Herndon and his team blew into Columbus, Ms on May 30th for the first of a three night show at Magnolia Motor Speedway. On night one, Herndon recorded fast time during qualifying by laying down a 17.150 with second place qualifier Jamey Boland putting a 17.250 on the board. By virtue of his time, Herndon started the qualifier on the pole and managed to go ahead and take the victory in heat one parlaying into a pole starting position for the first nightly feature. As the field took the green on the main event, Herndon’s car never came up to speed while holding his line and allowing all cars to get by before taking a hard left into the infield. Everyone would later learn that the #1 machine lost a rear differential on the initial take off and never powered up resulting in a rare DNF that credited the points leader of the series with a 24th place finish.

On night two, T.J. timed in 4th quick resulting in an outside pole starting position of the first qualifier. The Atwood Outlaw would go on and take the win in the first heat rewarding him with the pole starting position for the street stock main event. Herndon rebounded from the night before by hustling the #1 Dale’s Recycling, Yeoman Race Engines, R.C. Mathews Contractor, Super 98 Customworks machine to cross the checkers while leading the pack. Following the Outlaw to the stripe would be Hayden Moran, Jamey Boland, Spencer Hughes, Johnny Stokes, Bryan Fortner, Jason Hollis, T.J.’s teammate Dale Nelson, Sr. crossed the line in the 8th position tailed by David Williamson and Chad Thrash rounding out the top ten.

On night three, Herndon timed in 5th in the qualifying session which placed him out side pole of the second qualifying heat. Herndon finished second in his heat and locked into the nightly main occupying the 5th starting position out of the 25 cars entered. A decision not run wheel covers in the feature most likely cost the team big time. With a large hole occupying the bottom exit of turn four, Herndon filled the rim with mud early on and the tire was so bad out of balance that the left rear developed a violent bounce making traction almost impossible. In true Atwood Outlaw fashion, Herndon made the best of the bad situation and fought the whole race to hammer out a top five finish. Crossing the stripe first was Hayden Moran followed by Jamey Boland, Spencer Hughes, Chad Winkles with T.J. Herndon coming in fifth. Chasing Herndon to the line would be Johnny Stokes, Brooks Strength, Dale Nelson, Sr., Matt Byram with David Williamson rounding out the top ten. For the latest news and results from Magnolia Motor Speedway, check them out on Facebook or on the web at www.magnoliadirt.com.

 

 


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