Bear Brings Home 10th and Wauters 23rd in North / South Super Late Model Challenge at Fairground Speedway Nashville

Mooresville, NC (April 12, 2016)- Quinnton Bear delivered a top 10 finish in IMG_1225the North / South Super Late Model challenge at Fairground Speedway Nashville Saturday night in the first CRA Super Series powered by JEGS (CRA) / Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco (SSS) combination race.

Bear started in the 11th place position on the starting grid for the 75 lap SLM race piloting the No. 5 Buzze Racing/Bassett Racing Wheels/Sparco Toyota Camry for Wauters Motorsports.  Bear is in his first full season in the SLM division and had hoped for a top-five or the win Saturday night.

Quinnton Bear:                                    

“It definitely not the weekend we wanted by any means at all.  But we took some positives away from the race and I keep on learning every time I get in the racecar.  A top 10 wasn’t what our goal was, but it makes it sound little better than 14th. The competition was pretty steep and we had a lot to work on the car but we made some gains and I’m looking forward to my next race with Richie (Wauters) and the whole No. 5 Sparco Toyota team.”  

Spencer Wauters piloting the No. 5W Victor Ford/Five Star StockCar Bodies SLM in the Southern Super Series (SSS) division qualified 30th and started 34th in the North South SLM challenge.  The team struggled throughout the weekend but advanced to the 20th place before mechanical issues forced Wauters to settle for a 23rd place finish.

IMG_6112 Spencer Wauters:

“It was not the weekend we were hoping for at Nashville.  We struggled all weekend to find rear grip.  We qualified 30th and started 34th in the big race on Saturday and made it up to 20th.  I thought I had a right rear flat because the car went from loose one lap to wrecking loose the next.  I came in and the right rear wasn’t flat (come to find out the stagger blew up an inch from where we started) then could hardly get the car fired, like the battery was dead or something, and went out for a few more laps and the motor started missing.  I just parked it and I think the alternator stopped working and drained the battery or something happened in the ignition box.  We’ll find out when we unload and check everything out.”

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Quinnton Bear on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5, @QuinntonBear94.

Quinnton Bear & Spencer Wauters Ready for Rockin’ & Racin’ at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville

Nashville, TN (April 7, 2016)-Quinnton Bear will pilot the No. 5B SPARCO Toyota Camry and Spencer Wauters will drive the No. 5W Victor Ford super late model (SLM) in the Rockin & Racin CRA Super Series powered by JEGS (CRA) / Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco (SSS) combination race Saturday, April 9th at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

IMG_1225This will be Bear’s second start on the 18 degree banked 0.596-mile track in Nashville, TN.  In 2015, Bear drove a pro late model in the All-American 400 event.

Quinnton Bear:

“I’m really looking forward to returning to Fairgrounds Speedway.  Any track that has a lot of banking suits my driving style.  I love how it is a two grove track where you can race the top and the bottom.  I’m excited to be working with Richie (Wauters) as my crew chief this weekend.  I really like the format that CRA and the SSS put together for the combined race.  Our goal is to learn as much as possible and come home with the best finish or win in the Team Construction North-South Super Late Model race in the No. 5 Sparco Toyota Camry.”

Wauters has had several starts for his father, Richie Wauters’ team on the short track and considers it one of his favorites.

Spencer Wauters:

IMG_6112“I really love Fairgrounds Speedway! I’m glad to finally be back behind the wheel this season and what a perfect place to race.  I’ve run very well each time I’ve been here but luck just hasn’t been our side. Hopefully, we will be able to get the Victor Ford a solid finish in the combined CRA / SSS race.  It should be an exciting weekend of racing Friday and Saturday nights.”

This will be the first time the CRA and SSS have used the format of two separate point event features then a 75-lap Team Construction North-South Super Late Model challenge, which will pay $5,000 to win.

In addition to the North-South SLM race, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville will also host the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards which will run following the late model race Saturday evening.

IMG_1224Speed51 will broadcast live racing action on Friday and Saturday during the SLM feature events.  For information on how to purchase the live broadcast visit www.Speed51.com.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Quinnton Bear on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5, @QuinntonBear94, @SpencerWauters.

Quinnton Bear and Noah Gragson Join Wauters Motorsports for SpeedFest 200 at Crisp Motorsports Park in Champion Racing Association Event

Bear Set to Start in 15 SLM Races for Wauters in 2016

Mooresville, N.C. (January 22, 2016)-Quinnton Bear, of Avon, Indiana and Noah Gragson, the Las Vegas, Nevada high school junior are set to pilot the Wauters Motorsports Toyota Camrys in the annual SpeedFest 200 at Crisp Motorsports Park – Home of the Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia on Jan. 31.

This will be Bear’s second start at the D-shaped, banked oval.  He competed in the JEGS Series at the famed Crisp Motorsports Park in 2015.  The 19 year old has two previous Super Late Model (SLM) starts in the Champion Racing Association (CRA) division in 2015, where he finished fifth at Winchester Speedway and ninth at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Bear, who finished third in overall points and was name rookie of the year in the JEGS Series in 2015, will also compete in 15 SLM races with Wauters Motorsports in both the CRA Series and the Southern Super Series (SSS) in 2016.

Quinnton BearQuinnton Bear:  “Cordele is a fun little racetrack; it is narrow and has no wall on the backstretch, which is a little sketchy.  I was able to adapt fairly quickly last year and I’m hoping for the same thing this year in a Super Late Model car.  I’m extremely excited about running against drivers such as Kyle Busch next weekend.  My goal is to get a lot of seat time in 2016 in the SLM cars, be competitive and make sure I am able to compete for the win at each event. I have 100% faith in Richie (Wauters), the car and the team and I’m ready to run with the big dogs and hopefully be very competitive with them this season.”

Gragson, in just his first year in stock car racing, was second in overall points and the rookie of the year winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West division in 2015.

NoahNoah Gragson:  “This will be my first race at this track; I’ve been watching videos and trying to learn as much as I can before I get to Georgia next week.  I’m super excited about racing with top NASCAR names like Kyle Busch at SpeedFest – that will be cool!  I’ve been watching Richie’s (Wauters) teams in the past and the awesome results they have had in SLM cars and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I’m honored and a little humbled to be able to drive for the Wauters Motorsports guys.  It really is a great opportunity for me to race with them.  My goal is to learn as much as I can and be competitive for him and the team in SpeedFest.”

On track action begins for the ARCA/CRA SpeedFest 2016 at Crisp Motorsports Park – Home of the Watermelon Capital Speedway Saturday, Jan. 30 with practice and qualifying.  The 200-lap CRA SLM event will follow the JEGS/ CRA Pro Late Model race Sunday, Jan.31 at 2 pm.

Speed51.com will provide trackside coverage and additionally will have live PPV video broadcast of SpeedFest.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5.

 

Dalton Sargeant Scores Fourth and Daniel Hemric 10th in Snowball Derby with Wauters Motorsports at 5 Flags Speedway

12310440_721345384631839_6555815682352380801_nPensacola, FL (December 7, 2015)-Dalton Sargeant piloting the No. 5S GALT Toyota Camry posted a fourth place finish in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby Sunday afternoon.  His Wauters Motorsports teammate for the weekend, Daniel Hemric in the No. 5H First Community Bank of Santa Rosa, California, scored a 10th place finish after breaking a left shock during the 300 lap race at 5 Flags Speedway.

12341153_1215720738441877_4805500486981750993_nSargeant qualified in the fourth place position, with Hemric starting 11th in the famed Snowball Derby.  Both were able to advance and not have to participate in the last chance race on the half-mile paved Pensacola, Florida track.

Team Owner/ Crew Chief Richie Wauters:  “We had a great race with Dalton (Sargeant) but we were just too tight at the end of the race.  I should have freed him up a little more on that last pit stop.  We didn’t come in for tires on the first caution – thinking the race would never go 60 plus laps of green flag racing.  That hurt us but Dalton was able to do what he always does behind the wheel and get back up to the front. He is a very talented driver and two top-five finishes – in just two Derby runs is pretty impressive. We all worked hard, we’ll take fourth and see what we can put together to get a win in 2016.

Speed51 photoI was really hoping for a better finish for Daniel (Hemric). Bobby (Gill) who was the crew chief for Daniel said a left front shock broke during the race so they weren’t able to get him his first Derby win.  I have to thank Daniel for racing with us these last few late model races and wish him all the best as he goes to Brad Kesolowski Racing for the 2016 NCWTS season.”

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports, Dalton Sargeant and Daniel Hemric on Facebook and twitter: @WautersMotors5, @DaltonSargeant, @DanielHemric.

Dalton Sargeant & Daniel Hemric Look to Take the Tom Dawson Trophy Home in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby with Wauters Motorsports

Kern County photoPensacola, FL (December 1, 2015)-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers, Dalton Sargeant and Daniel Hemric will be piloting the Wauters Motorsports Super Late Model (SLM) entries in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway, December 6, 2015.

Sargeant, the 17-year-old high school senior, was the runner-up in the 2014 Derby piloting the No. 5 GALT Toyota Camry for Wauters Motorsports and hopes to advance one spot this year and claim the Tom Dawson Trophy.

“The best short track race all season is right around the corner so we’re all really looking forward to the Snowball Derby, it’s something we’ve been working towards all year. Every time we’ve been on track this year at 5 Flags Speedway with the GALT Wauters Motorsports Toyota Camry it’s been toward this weekend.  We’re taking a brand new car which we’re really confident in but at the same time it’s really hard not to bring last year’s car that we finished 2nd with. I replay last year’s Derby over in my head all the time, how I could’ve beat Nemechek because we were so close there at the very end. This year hopefully we’ll be in that same position and contend for the win.” Dalton Sargeant said.

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Hemric has three previous Derby starts leading in two of the three events and was considered a serious contender for the win in 2014 but he was caught up in a crash in the late stages of the 300 lap race.

“The Snowball Derby is the pinnacle for super late model racing, and short track racing in general. Every year that there’s an opportunity to go run this event; I find it to be a huge honor. As a team, we have to go south and focus on trying to lock ourselves into the show qualifying night, and if we can do that, Sunday will be all about execution and putting ourselves into position late in the race to have a shot at it. Just really thankful for “First Community Bank of Santa Rosa, California” for making it a reality to go chase the Snowball one more time!” Daniel Hemric said.

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2.  On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby SLM cars.  Qualifying for the Snowball Derby will be Friday, December 4th.

Saturday’s SLM action features the 50-lap last chance event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap SLM race.

The green flag is set to drop for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby Sunday, December 6 at 2:00pm CT at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com.  Speed 51 www.Speed51.com will have complete coverage of the week’s races.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports, Dalton Sargeant and Daniel Hemric on Facebook and twitter: @WautersMotors5, @DaltonSargeant, @DanielHemric.