Midweek late model racing series announced for March debut

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Online streaming service FloSports announced a new midweek late model racing series to debut March 25, 2021 at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tenn.

The Castrol FloRacing Night in America will feature 10 races scheduled to run from March through October. Most races will take place on either Wednesdays or Thursdays with one show on Tuesday. All events will be streamed live and available on demand at FloRacing.com. The 10 races will each be held at a different track in eight states located in the Midwest or South.

This marks the first time a sports streaming company has independently organized and produced a series of this scale.

The races will boast paydays of $10,000 to $20,000-to-win prizes as well as a points fund worth $60,000 to the winner.

Additionally, the series will be supported by a live studio show hosted by Michael Rigsby and Derek Kessinger, both with ties to DirtonDirt.com, which is one of the leading authorities on the sport.

FloRacing Night In America’s live midweek racing  joins other marquee events available on that site which includes the Dirt Late Model Dream, World 100, and Wild West Shootout.

“We are excited to continue providing grassroots motorsports fans with unique and high quality offerings on the FloRacing platform,” said Rigsby in a release. “We believe we’re adding even more excitement to FloRacing subscribers during the 2021 Dirt Late Model season by broadcasting live midweek events, and it’s great to have the support of our partners, including Castrol, who are helping make these races happen.”

The late model series joins a full slate of sprint car action from the site. FloRacing is also the online partner for the All Star Circuit of Champions, which last month announced a schedule of nearly 60 races.

2021 Race Schedule

Thurs., March 25: 411 Motor Speedway Seymour, Tenn.
Wed., March 31:  Tri-City Speedway Granite City, Ill.
Thurs., April 15: Tyler County Speedway Middlebourne, W.Va.
Wed., April 21: Atomic Speedway Alma, Ohio
Wed., May 12: Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, Ind.
Wed., May 19: Marshalltown Speedway Marshalltown, Iowa
Wed., June 2: Florence Speedway Union, Ky.
Tues., Sept. 14: Fairbury Speedway Fairbury, Ill.
Thurs., Oct. 7: Tri-County Racetrack Brasstown, N.C.
Wed., Oct. 20: Volunteer Speedway Bulls Gap, Tenn.

Jack Miller wins the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix as Fabio Quartararo stops his downward points’ slide

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Jack Miller ran away with the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi as Fabio Quartararo stopped his downward slide in the championship when a last-lap accident from his closest rival in the standings caused Francesco Bagnaia to score zero points.

Starting seventh, Miller quickly made his way forward. He was second at the end of two laps. One lap later, he grabbed the lead from Jorge Martin. Once in the lead, Miller posted three consecutive fastest laps and was never seriously challenged. It was Australian native Miller’s first race win of the season and his sixth podium finish.

The proximity to his home turf was not lost.

“I can ride a motorcycle sometimes,” Miller said in NBC Sports’ post-race coverage. “I felt amazing all weekend since I rolled out on the first practice. It feels so awesome to be racing on this side of the world.

“What an amazing day. It’s awesome; we have the home Grand Prix coming up shortly. Wedding coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m over the moon; can’t thank everyone enough.”

Miller beat Brad Binder to the line by 3.4 seconds with third-place Jorge Martin finishing about one second behind.

But the center of the storm was located just inside the top 10 as both Quartararo and Bagnaia started deep in the field.

Quartararo was on the outside of row three in ninth with Bagnaia one row behind in 12th. Neither rider moved up significantly, but the championship continued to be of primary importance as Bagnaia put in a patented late-race charge to settle onto Quartararo’s back tire, which would have allowed the championship leader to gain only a single point.

On the final lap, Bagnaia charged just a little too hard and crashed under heavy braking, throwing away the seven points he would have earned for a ninth-place finish.

The day was even more dramatic for the rider who entered the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix third in the standings. On the sighting lap, Aleix Espargaro had an alarm sound, so he peeled off into the pits, dropped his primary bike and jumped aboard the backup. Starting from pit lane, he trailed the field and was never able to climb into the points. An undisclosed electronic problem was the culprit.

For Quartararo, gaining eight points on the competition was more than a moral victory. This was a track on which he expected to run moderately, and he did, but the problems for his rivals gives him renewed focus with four rounds remaining.

Next week, the series heads to Thailand and then Miller’s home track of Phillip Island in Australia. They will close out the Pacific Rim portion of the schedule before heading to Spain for the finale in early November.

It would appear team orders are not in play among the Ducati riders. Last week’s winner Enea Bastianini made an aggressive early move on Bagnaia for position before the championship contender wrestled the spot back.

In his second race back following arm surgery, Marc Marquez won the pole. His last pole was more than 1,000 days ago on this same track in 2019, the last time the series competed at Motegi. Marquez slipped to fifth in the middle stages of the race, before regaining a position to finish just off the podium.

In Moto2 competition, Ai Ogura beat Augusto Fernandez to close the gap in that championship to two points. Fernandez holds the scant lead. Alonso Lopez rounded out the podium.

Both American riders, Cameron Beaubier and Joe Roberts finished just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12th respectively.