"The Triple X car, I had never driven one and this may be the best car I have ever sat in." Doug Esh said this Sunday night after leading every lap of his heat, dash and main event, besting the World of Outlaws at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York. We at XXX agree, and race results from Brady Bacon, Brian Montieth, Justin Bienert, Kelsey Carpenter, Kenny Potter, Smokey Fairbank, Koty Adams, Landon Hurst, Justin Sturch, Matt Smith and Justin Melton over the past two weeks support this hypothesis.
Preceeding Esh's outlaw triumph, Brady Bacon took his XXX chassis into victory lane on Saturday night at Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon, the 4th triumph of the yeah for the "Broken Arrow Bandit" on the ASCS National tour. Bacon's victory moved him to 2nd in the points standings after leading every lap in the feature.
Brian Montieth was absolutely the fastest thing on wheels Friday the 16th at Williams Grove Speedway. "The Edge" put on an absolute clinic as he made his way from 17th place to take the victory, the first for XXX at Williams Grove.
Kelsey Carpenter battled his way to his first 360 win this past Saturday night at Skagit Speedway, passing Evan Funk going into turn one on lap 20 and holding the point for the rest of the contest in his Dri Eaz sponsored XXX chassis. Carpenter’s first win in the 360 division came with a different car number, as his usual #27c took a backseat to a Travis Rilat styled #29, as Kelsey and his team dedicated the race to the memory of Tyson Perez and the recovery of Travis Rilat.
Horrible weather has made it hard on our Team XXX drivers in Alberta to get their season underway. When racing action does get in, Justin Bienert has been consistently one of the top teams in the Sportsman Sprint division, and he proved it again on Saturday night. With a huge field of Sportsman Sprints on hand, Bienert was the main event winner at Castrol Raceway Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Bienert also won his heat race.
Kenny Potter is keeping Team XXX on its toes, swapping from winged to wingless racing and having success in both. On Friday night, Potter won for the third time this year, this time in non-wing 305 action at Valley Speedway in Missouri.
Smokey Fairbank survived a wild night to pick up his third feature win of the year at Wakeeney Speedway in Kansas. After a four hour delay between his heat race and the main, Fairbank passed former URSS champion Cj Johnson in traffic en route to his third triumph of 2010.
One of our valued Team XXX members in the Deep South has been a man on a mission this season, as this past weekend, Koty Adams won his third Southern Thunder Sprints race in the past month. The win was easy going for Adams, as he led from the very get go without challenge at Sabine Motor Speedway in Many, LA. Adams’ previous two wins came at Champion Park Speedway in Minden, LA on June 19th and at Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, TX on June 26th.
In the 600 class, Landon Hurst used a little luck and a big power move to secure his first Deming Speedway victory. After the original lead two cars took themselves out on a lap six wreck, Kelly Mauck inherited the lead with Hurst in behind him. After pacing him for a few laps, Hurst used a bonsai power move underneath Mauck to secure the lead coming out of turn two on the tenth lap, then raced away from the field to secure the win.
After numerous strong runs against both stout local and national competition, defending I-30 Speedway track Justin Sturch won his first race of 2010. Taking on the tough I-30 local group, Sturch bested the 16 car field to score his first W in his XXX chassis after leading all 25 laps.
The nation’s oldest Midget sanctioning body, the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association, crowned its first multiple main event winner of the season on Saturday night. Matt Smith, pilot of the Hawk Race Engines XXX midget, took his second stateside victory of the year at Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin. Matt led every lap but one en route to victory lane.
Congratulations go out to Justin Melton, a valued Team XXX member who races XXX chassis in not only Sprint Cars, but Midgets and 600 Mini Sprints as well. Justin collected his first sprint car win this past weekend in his XXX chassis, topping the ASCS Lonestar vs. Sooner region event at RPM Speedway of Texas. It was an all XXX 1-2 finish, as Sean McClelland extended his Sooner region points lead by taking runner up.
At Triple X Race Co, we want to say congratulations to The Hammer, The Broken Arrow Bandit and The Edge plus all of the other Team XXX drivers having success recently. We also want to wish the speediest of recoveries to Travis Rilat as he heals from his injuries.