Wauters’ Drivers Ready to Run for $25,000 in Inaugural Winter Showdown

Dalton Sargeant will start third – Will Gallaher 14th at Kern County Raceway Park

Bakersfield, CA (February 28, 2015)- The Wauters’ Motorsports teams may be far from their North Carolina race shop, but they are  looking for a win in the inaugural Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park tonight.

Dalton Sargeant, who has been on the top of the speed charts all week, will start third after winning his qualifying heat Friday night.

California native, Will Gallaher will start 14th at the Bakersfield track.

Opening ceremonies for the SRL Southwest Tour Series race begin at 5:00pm PT. Live updates on www.Speed51.com.

Be sure to follow Dalton Sargeant and Will Gallaher on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@DaltonSargeant, @Will_Gallaher

Dalton Sargeant Leads Testing for Inaugural Winter Showdown 250 at Kern County Raceway Park

‘Will Gallaher and Spencer Wauters Third and Fourth in Showdown Practice at Bakersfield, CA Race Track’

Bakersfield, CA (February 25, 2015)-While most of the Northeast is covered in snow, the Wauters Motorsports Super Late Model teams headed west to Bakersfield, California to participate in the inaugural Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park. The race is tapped to be the ‘Richest Short Track Event on the West Coast’ boasting a $25,000 prize to the winner.

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Photo Courtesy of Dalton Sargeant @DaltonSargeant

On Monday and Tuesday open testing was held on the half-mile paved oval with Dalton Sargeant leading the field, four-tenths faster than any of the other Spears SRL SW Tour cars.  California native, Will Gallaher was third fastest in practice with Spencer Wauters fourth.

“Dalton (Sargeant) is really fast.  He outpaced the field by four-tenths,” team owner, Richie Wauters said.  “He, Will (Gallaher) and Spencer (Wauters) all have a good chance at the win on Saturday in the main event.  We just have to keep doing what we are doing, stay out of trouble in the qualifying races and I’m confident one of the teams will bring home the trophy Saturday night.”

Practice and qualifying will be held Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th with the inaugural Winter Showdown 250 set to begin at 5:00pm PT Saturday afternoon.

Be sure to follow Dalton Sargeant and Will Gallaher on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@DaltonSargeant, @Will_Gallaher).

Dalton Sargeant Opens 2015 Season with Pete Orr Memorial 100 at New Smyrna Speedway


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Charlotte, N.C. (January 21, 2015) - Dalton Sargeant will begin his 2015 season with the Pete Orr Memorial 100 at New Smyrna Speedway, one of the premier facilities in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Sargeant, who will be climbing aboard the No. 5s Five Star Race Car Bodies Wauters Motorsports machine on Saturday, January 24 and will make his first start since he finished in the second position in the 47th running of the Snowball Derby last December.

In preparation for a full NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule with HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, Sargeant will be making his first career start at New Smyrna Speedway, which will host the first round of the prestigious NASCAR HomeTracks series on February 15.  Sargeant also calls New Smyrna Speedway his hometown track, although he has never competed on the fast, 1/2 mile high banked facility located a mere three hours from his hometown in Boca Raton, Florida.  Although there will be many firsts for Sargeant in this weekend’s event, he will have a few familiar faces at New Smyrna Speedway. The No. 5s will have veteran NASCAR crew chief and owner Richie Wauters calling the shots, just as he did in 2014 with Sargeant’s previous seven career super late model starts.  This will also be the second ever start for the No. 5s, as the only other previous start for the Van Doorn Racing Development chassis was in the Snowball Derby last December.  Sargeant will also have leadership from legendary driver Bobby Gill, who has two wins at New Smyrna Speedway in Pro Cup competition.

Dalton Sargeant: “I really can’t wait to get back into a racecar, especially the same car prepared by Richie Wauters and Bobby Gill that we finished second in the Snowball Derby with. It’s definitely my favorite car out of the potent Wauters Motorsports stable and it’s been calling my name ever since we parked it in December. It’s funny that I’ve lived almost my whole life only three hours away from New Smyrna Speedway and never seen a race at the facility, I hear it’s one of the nicest, and crown jewels of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series so I’m really looking forward to competing for the first time at my hometrack.  The weather is next to perfect here in South Florida and there’s no better time to go racing while the rest of the US is cold and possibly shoveling snow the same time we’re racing.  This will be our only chance to get some laps around New Smyrna in preparation for the first race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division, so it will be extremely important to get up to speed quickly and be competitive during the Pete Orr Memorial 100. I couldn’t have better teachers in Richie Wauters and Bobby Gill, so even though I have no experience, atleast my team has thousands of laps around this facility and hopefully we can be competitive as soon as we unload. We had a huge amount of momentum at the end of 2014 and going into the offseason, so we are very hopeful that momentum carries into 2015.”

Don’t forget to follow Dalton Sargeant on all social media platforms such as Twitter (@DaltonSargeant), Instagram (@DaltonSargeant), Facebook (@Dalton Sargeant) and visit www.DaltonSargeant.com for all your news and media. For live, in-race updates of all the on-track action this weekend, follow @DaltonSargeant on Twitter and also log on to Speed51.com for their Trackside Now live updates and coverage.


Dalton Sargeant Finishes Second in his Snowball Derby Debut After Starting in the 25th Position

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Charlotte, N.C. (December 8, 2014) - Dalton Sargeant and the No. 5s Victor Ford Wauters Motorsports team battled throughout the 323 laps of their very first Snowball Derby.  After qualifying in 25th, Sargeant methodically made his way through a field of the best short track drivers in the country, finishing in the second position.  The Snowball Derby was Sargeant’s seventh super late model start, and only second start at 5 Flags Speedway.

The green flag waived and the No. 5s maintained its position for the opening laps, Sargeant adjusting to a race pace with a good amount of traffic after starting 25th in the 37-car field.  The first 100 laps went smooth for the stock-car rookie as he advanced ten positions under green-flag conditions before his first pit stop.  Sargeant battled with some of the biggest names in short track racing, but stalled his progress in the middle portion of the event, maintaining his 10th position until lap 193.  Through a good pit stop and two aggressive restarts, Sargeant was able to take over the second position on lap 222 and stayed in contention to win the 47th running of the Snowball Derby the rest of the way.  After a 75-lap green flag run Sargeant looked as though he would finish in the fourth position until a caution came out with five laps remaining.  Legendary crew chief and owner Richie Wauters made the call for four tires under the caution period and Sargeant restarted in the sixth position with five laps remaining.  The No. 5s was able to survive multiple incidents and sometimes miraculously avoided incidents, routinely picking up positions each restart. Following two more restarts that included 3 and sometimes even 4 wide racing, the field was faced with a green white checkered finish, as Sargeant restarted in the second position.  After spinning his tires a little on the final restart, the No. 8 of Nemechek was able to pull out to a lead that Sargeant couldn’t quite make up in the final three laps.  The No. 5s was able to close on the leader but Sargeant ultimately finished in the second position.

Dalton Sargeant:  “It’s a really good run for everyone on this Wauters Motorsports team, to be in contention for the win there at the end is a testament to how we all came together as a team this weekend.  We didn’t always have the best practice sessions, and searched around for the best setup, but Richie Wauters and team never gave up and worked extremely hard all weekend to find the balance that showed up in those closing laps.  This was a brand new car that we tested a few weeks before the Derby and we knew we were going to have something that we could contend with as soon as we unloaded it.  The race got really crazy at times, but having a good car made those 3 and sometimes even 4 wide situations easier, we had really good pitstops all day and as soon as the sun went down the car just took off.  Great momentum going into 2015 and now we’ll switch gears and go to work on those plans now.”


Dalton Sargeant Brings Experience, Confidence and Momentum Into First Attempt at the Snowball Derby

Dalton Sargeant Racing Release 

Charlotte, N.C. (December 3, 2014) - Dalton Sargeant and the No. 5s Victor Ford, Wauters Motorsports team will attempt to make their first career start in the 47th annual Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Florida at 5 Flags Speedway. Car Owner and Crew Chief Richie Wauters will attempt his 20th Snowball Derby, with one win as a crew chief with Steve Wallace coming in 1994. Practice for the Snowball Derby begins Thursday with the prestigious 300-lap event on Sunday, December 7.

16-year old Sargeant will be making just his seventh career super late model start in just his first full season not only in stock-car competition, but his first season competing on oval tracks. In 2014, Sargeant has 38 starts between late model and super late model competition and has recorded 2 wins (Orange County Speedway and Virginia International Raceway) and 27 top-10 finishes. Sargeant also has momentum coming into the Snowball Derby, as he has a consecutive top-10 finishing streak of five events, dating all the way back to October.

Sargeant, who resides in the Sunshine State of Florida in Boca Raton, has one career start at 5 Flags Speedway coming in September of 2014. It was the first career super late model start for Sargeant, as he qualified in the 17th position and raced his way into the top five before ultimately finishing in the eighth position. This weekend’s 47th running of the Snowball Derby, will mark Sargeant’s second start at the historic ½-mile speedway.

Dalton Sargeant: “The Snowball Derby is the single biggest short track event in the country and I’m excited just to have the opportunity to try and make the 36-car field. The caliber of drivers and equipment that come to Pensacola are the best of the best, so if we make the field it would be a huge accomplishment for our team. With that being said, we had a really good test here a few weeks ago, good enough that we believe the No. 5s Wauters Motorsports Victor Ford Fusion will be able to contend for great finish on Sunday. I’ve got a ton of confidence in our team, equipment, and the amount of experience I have behind me. Richie Wauters has been coming to the Snowball Derby since 1994 and has had a number of great runs with numerous different drivers, that experience helps me every time the car is on track. Along with Wauters, we have Bobby Gill who has won the Snowball Derby as a crew chief once with Johanna Long in 2010 and also 1993 and 1997 as a driver. All these factors and a brand new race car we are debuting here in Pensacola is why we have so much confidence and momentum coming into our first Snowball Derby together. I definitely think when Sunday comes around, we’ll be one of the dark horse’s with a chance at a great finish at the end of the day.

Don’t forget to follow Dalton Sargeant on all social media platforms such as Twitter (@DaltonSargeant), Instagram (@DaltonSargeant), and Facebook (@Dalton Sargeant). For live, in-race updates of all the on-track action, follow @DaltonSargeant on Twitter. You can also watch the 47th Annual Snowball Derby from 5 Flags Speedway with 51 Live TV, offered only on Speed51.com.