English Officially Claims LOLMDS Rookie of the Year Honors!
18, 2020) Riggs Motorsports driver Tanner English was officially
honored as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year
in pre-race festivities leading up to the 40th Annual 'Dirt Track
World Championship' on Saturday, October 17 at Portsmouth Raceway
Park in Portsmouth, Ohio! Tanner, who wound up finishing ninth overall
in the final LOLMDS point standings, racked up eighteen Top Ten
performances against the stellar series regulars while finishing
a best third on two different occasions in the $12,000 to win 'Bob
Miller Memorial River Days Rumble 50' at Portsmouth back on September
5 and in the $15,000 to win 'Jackson 100' at Brownstown Speedway
in Brownstown, Indiana on September 26.
In the DTWC this past weekend at PRP, Tanner wound
up finishing sixth in his loaded heat race and fifth in his B-Main.
The Benton, Kentucky hotshoe was then forced to utilize a LOLMDS
emergency provisional, started twenty-seventh on the grid in the
100-lapper, and was officially awarded a sixteenth place showing
in the crown jewel extravaganza - despite drawing a lap 94 yellow
flag in the $100,000 to win contest. Teammate Jason Riggs was also
in action over the weekend in the Buckeye State, but was unfortunately
unable to transfer into the DTWC after running eighth in his heat
race and sixth in his B-Main. Jason did compete in the 'Jim Dunn
Memorial' for non-qualifiers, which boasted a $3,000 paycheck, and
crossed the finish line in the eighth position. Full results from
Portsmouth Raceway Park can be located by pointing your web browser
English Gets Top Tens in Land of Lincoln
11, 2020) Tanner English was the lone Riggs Motorsports
driver in competition over the October 9-10 weekend, as the young
Benton, Kentucky hotshoe ventured to the Land of Lincoln for a pair
of MARS Racing Series battles. On Friday night at Peoria Speedway
in Peoria, Illinois, Tanner stopped the clock second fastest in
Group B during qualifying before running second in his heat race.
After rolling off from the outside of the fourth row in the 40-lap
main event, Tanner wound up finishing right where he started in
the $5,000 to win affair... in the eighth position.
The dirt-slinging action quickly shifted to Fairbury
Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening for
the annual running of 'FALS Frenzy.' A stout 50 car field converged
at FALS to vie for the $15,000 payday. Tanner was quick right out
of the box, as he knocked down the second quickest lap in Group
B during time trials and later secured an impressive heat race triumph.
He then started fifth on the grid in the 50-lapper, but wound up
slipping to a tenth place performance at the 1/4-mile oval. Complete
results from both weekend races can be viewed online at www.marsracingseries.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Top Ten for Tanner English at Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Motor Speedway
4, 2020) Tanner English took his #81e Riggs Motorsports
ride to the Keystone State on Saturday, October 3 for the 32nd edition
of the 'Pittsburgher 100' at the sprawling Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Motor Speedway in Imperial, Pennsylvania. Tanner timed in eleventh
quickest in Group B during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying
and later placed seventh in his loaded heat race. After grabbing
the third and final transfer spot through his B-Main, the Benton,
Kentucky ace was able to drive up inside of the top ten during the
$20,000 to win headliner and eventually nabbed a solid tenth place
performance after 100 green flag circuits. Tanner still finds himself
ninth in the latest LOLMDS point standings exiting the 'Pittsburgher
100.' Complete results from PPMS can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
English Steers to Impressive Podium
Effort in $15,000 Jackson 100!
27, 2020) Tanner English, of Benton, Kentucky, turned in
an impressive weekend at the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown,
Indiana on September 25-26. In the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
weekend opener on Friday, Tanner placed fourth in his stacked heat
race prior to picking up the victory in his consolation event. After
rolling off from the inside of the eleventh row in the $10,000 to
win throwdown, Tanner streaked past eleven competitors during the
40-lapper on his way to a steady tenth place performance.
On Saturday evening at the 1/4-mile, semi-banked oval, a $15,000
top prize was up for grabs in the 41st Annual 'Jackson 100,' which
was held in front of a huge overflow crowd of spectators. Tanner
ran second in his heat race and later started the 100-lap headliner
from the inside of the sixth row. He was once again on the move
early and often in the 'Jackson 100,' as he picked off eight racecars
en route to a head-turning third place podium effort behind only
victor Tim McCreadie and runner-up Jonathan Davenport. Tanner is
now ninth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting
the Hoosier State and is still leading the Rookie of the Year chase.
Complete results from the 'Jackson 100' weekend can be accessed
by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Tanner English Competes in Four-Race
Week at FALS & I-80
20, 2020) The #81e team was busy from September 15-19 in
the states of Illinois and Nebraska, as a total of four special
events were held at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois and
I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. Things started on Tuesday
night at FALS in a DIRTcar Racing showdown dubbed as 'One for the
Road,' which paid out $15,000 to the winner. Tanner English stopped
the clock sixth fastest in Group B during the qualifying session
before finishing second in his heat race. Despite getting caught
up in a tangle during the 50-lap feature event, Tanner was still
able to bring home a steady eleventh place performance.
Next up was a trip west to I-80 Speedway for a trio
of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series programs that made up the 'I-80
Nationals.' On Thursday in the Cornhusker State, Tanner unfortunately
missed out on the $7,000 to win main event after running eighth
in his heat race and sixth in his B-Main. Another $7,000 top prize
was on the line on Friday, as Tanner placed seventh in his heat
race, second in his B-Main, and eleventh in the 30-lapper. In the
$30,000 to win 'I-80 Nationals' finale on Saturday evening, the
young Benton, Kentucky wheelman utilized a series provisional to
gain access into the 80-lap affair and eventually salvaged a sixteenth
place effort in the mega-event. Full results from the lucrative
four-race week can be viewed by clicking on www.fairburyspeedway.com
(Todd Healy Photo)
English Advances to Seventh in Harold
13, 2020) Defending 'Harold Hardgrove Memorial' winner
Tanner English was back at Lake Cumberland Speedway on Saturday
evening, September 12, as a $10,022 payday was on the line in the
ninth annual version of the race at the Burnside, Kentucky oval.
Tanner stopped the clock sixth fastest in his group during Schaeffer's
Oil Iron-Man Championship Series qualifying and later grabbed the
third transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the 50-lap
headliner from the inside of the sixth row, the young Benton, Kentucky
driver was able to move past a quartet of competitors en route to
a solid seventh place showing. Complete results from Lake Cumberland
Speedway can be accessed by clicking on www.lcspeedway.net.
Tanner English Blitzes to PRP Podium
Effort; Fifth at Beckley!
7, 2020) Tanner English headed to the states of Kentucky,
Ohio, and West Virginia from September 4-6 for a trio of high-profile
Super Late Model contests. On Friday night at Ponderosa Speedway
in Junction City, Kentucky in the $12,000 to win 'John Bradshaw
Memorial,' which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series, Tanner ran third in his heat race and eleventh in the 50-lap
main event. At Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio on Saturday
evening, another $12,000 top prize was on the line in the 'Bob Miller
Memorial River Days Rumble 50.' Tanner placed fourth in his heat
race and suffered a flat tire early in the contest, but stormed
back from the tail of the field to land on the podium in third behind
only race winner Hudson O'Neal and runner-up Jimmy Owens!
A last minute trip to Beckley Motorsports Park in Beckley, West
Virginia then greeted the Riggs Motorsports team on Sunday for the
'Beckley USA 100.' A $15,000 winner's check was up for grabs in
the unsanctioned program, which drew a 26 car field. Tanner was
strong in preliminary action and later started the 100-lap main
event from the outside of the front row. The Benton, Kentucky ace
ran in the second spot early in the distance, suffered a flat tire
in lap 60, and rebounded to earn a solid fifth place effort behind
only victor Zack Dohm, Tyler Erb, Ryan Montgomery, and Henry Hornsby
III. Complete results from each race can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com
and the Beckley Motorsports Park Facebook page. (MM
Riggs Motorsports Makes First Visit
to Port Royal Speedway
30, 2020) The lucrative month of August with the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series wrapped up from August 27-29 in the 'Rumble
by the River' at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania.
The tripleheader weekend kicked off on Thursday night with a $10,000
to win program. Tanner English, in his first career visit to the
1/2-mile oval and armed with a brand-new XR1 Rocket Chassis, ran
fourth in his loaded heat race before securing a victory in his
B-Main. After starting the 30-lap sprint from the inside of the
tenth row, Tanner was able to work his way six competitors on his
way to a thirteenth place effort.
Following a rain-out of the $12,000 to win show on Friday evening,
Saturday's grand finale in the Keystone State boasted a $15,000
top prize. Tanner grabbed the third and final transfer spot through
his heat race and later rolled off from the inside of the seventh
row in the 50-lap finale. The young Benton, Kentucky ace fought
hard for a top ten showing in the contest before winding up twelfth
in the final finishing order. Tanner still finds himself tenth in
the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings and is on top of
the Rookie of the Year chase. Complete results from the entire 'Rumble
by the River' weekend can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Tanner English Continues on Lucas
Oil Trail at Batesville...
23, 2020) Tanner English and Riggs Motorsports made their
way to Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Arkansas over
the August 20-22 weekend for the 28th edition of the 'Topless 100.'
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again presided over the
crown jewel spectacular, which kicked off with a pair of $5,000
to win preliminary showdowns. On Thursday night, Tanner ran third
in his stacked heat race before winding up sixteenth in the final
rundown of the 30-lap main event. At BMS on Friday evening, Tanner
had a similar night, as he placed third in his heat race and sixteenth
once again in the 30-lapper.
By virtue of racking up - you guessed it - the sixteenth most points
during the two prelims, Tanner earned the rights to the outside
of the eighth row for the start of Saturday's 100-lap crown jewel
headliner. During the course of the annual 'Topless 100,' the Benton,
Kentucky youngster fought valiantly to move forward in the $40,000
to win affair before eventually winding up paid for a nineteenth
place performance. Tanner still finds himself tenth in the latest
version of the heated LOLMDS point standings exiting the 'Topless
100' weekend. Complete results from the roofless Batesville biggie
can be viewed online by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
English Salvages Thirteenth in $50,000
North/South 100 at Florence
16, 2020) The Riggs Motorsports team was back on the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series trail from August 12-15 in a lucrative
four-day stretch at the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky.
Things kicked off at the Cincinnati-area facility on Wednesday night
with the rain-postponed 'Ralph Latham Memorial,' which boasted a
$12,000 payday. Tanner English fought mechanical problems all night
long, utilized a series provisional to gain access into the 50-lap
main event, and later moved up to twentieth in the final finishing
order. At Florence on Thursday evening in the $10,000 to win 'North/South
Shootout,' Tanner ran fourth in both his heat race and his B-Main
and received another series provisional before winding up twenty-first
in the 50-lapper.
In preliminary action for the 'North/South 100' on
Friday and Saturday, Tanner finished tenth in both of his heat races
and was an early retiree in his B-Main. The Benton, Kentucky ace
then relied on a series emergency provisional to advance into the
100-lap crown jewel headliner, which once again carried a whopping
$50,000 top prize. Tanner was able to blast past twelve competitors
during the action-packed contest and eventually left Florence with
a thirteenth place showing. Complete results from the busy extended
weekend can be accessed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Tanner English Victorious in Hall
of Fame Classic for $10,000 Win!
9, 2020) Tanner English - driving a family owned #96 car
- secured his second feature win of 2020 and his biggest payday
to date on Saturday evening, August 8 at the historic Brownstown
Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana! Tanner clicked off the third fastest
time in his group during qualifying and ran third in his loaded
heat race to earn the inside of the sixth row for the start of the
50-lap 'Hall of Fame Classic.' Tanner then methodically worked his
way to the front of the stellar field and eventually led the final
two circuits of the entertaining race. At the checkers, the young
Benton, Kentucky ace was celebrating a $10,000 triumph over Josh
Rice, Kent Robinson, Greg Johnson, and Jonathan Davenport!
On Friday night, August 7, the #96 team was at Ponderosa Speedway
in Junction City, Kentucky to compete in the annual running of the
'Pete Abell Memorial.' The Schaeffer's Oil Iron-Man Championship
Series presided over the $4,000 to win event and Tanner started
off the evening by setting a New Track Record during the qualifying
session. After finishing second in his heat race, Tanner moved up
to second in the 40-lapper to garner a strong runner-up performance
behind only race winner Jonathan Davenport! Full results from both
venues can be viewed online at www.ponderosaspeedway.net
(Mark Schaefer Photo)
English Rallies to Another Top Ten
in Silver Dollar Nationals!
26, 2020) A hectic stretch with the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series concluded from July 23-25 in a lucrative weekend at
I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. The three-day spectacular
for the ground-pounding Super Late Models started on Thursday night
with the 'Dirt Track Bank Go 50,' which carried a $12,000 payday.
Tanner English, who was making his first trip to the Cornhusker
State venue, unfortunately got into the wall during his heat race
and was forced to break out the back-up car for the 50-lap main
event. After utilizing an emergency provisional and starting shotgun
on the field, Tanner worked his way past ten competitors to salvage
a fifteenth place effort.
On Friday evening at the 4/10-mile speedplant, two
rounds of heat races were on tap to help set the stage for Saturday's
grand finale. Tanner finished eighth in his first heat race of the
night, while he ran second in his final prelim. After grabbing the
second transfer spot in Saturday's consolation race, Tanner rolled
off from the outside of the eleventh row in the $53,000 to win 'Silver
Dollar Nationals' headliner. During the course of the 101-lap affair
and despite drawing a lap 42 caution flag, the Benton, Kentucky
hotshoe was able to move up into the top ten to eventually garner
a solid tenth place performance in the crown jewel event! Full results
from all three days at I-80 Speedway can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Tanner English Streaks to Show-Me
100 Top Ten at Wheatland!
20, 2020) Tanner English and the #81e team followed the
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to the states of Iowa, Illinois,
and Missouri from July 13-19 for a quartet of series contests. On
Monday night at 300 Raceway in Farley, Iowa, Tanner suffered mechanical
troubles in his B-Main, utilized a series provisional, and later
drove past sixteen competitors during the $10,000 to win main event
to salvage a steady seventh place performance in a back-up machine.
At Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois on Friday evening,
Tanner grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat
race before winding up twelfth in the final finishing order of the
$12,000 to win feature.
Next up was a visit to the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway
in Wheatland, Missouri for a pair of lucrative shows. In Saturday's
annual 'Show-Me 100,' which boasted a hefty $20,000 top prize, Tanner
placed fourth in his heat race prior to blasting past six racecars
during the 100-lapper to land in the ninth finishing position. At
Wheatland on Sunday in the $12,000 to win 'CMH Diamond Nationals,'
Tanner was forced to rely on a series emergency provisional and
despite getting caught up in a lap 29 incident, the young Benton,
Kentucky hotshoe salvaged a twelfth place performance in the 50-lap
affair. He currently finds himself tenth in the latest version of
the LOLMDS point standings exiting Wheatland. Full results can be
viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
English Remains Consistent on Lucas
Oil Tour at Florence
12, 2020) The Riggs Motorsports team made their way to
Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky on July 10-11 for two more
pivotal Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point races. Despite getting
rained-out at the Cincinnati-area speedplant on Saturday evening,
Friday's $12,000 to win 'Summer Sizzler Nationals' opener went off
without a hitch. Tanner English grabbed the fourth and final transfer
spot through his loaded heat race and later rolled off from the
outside of the seventh row in the 50-lap main event. Tanner was
then able to drive past a handful of competitors during the headliner
to once again land in the top ten - in the ninth finishing position.
Complete results from Florence can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Tanner English Scores Pair of Top
Tens in Buckeye State!
5, 2020) The Independence Day holiday weekend for the Riggs
Motorsports team took them to the Buckeye State for a pair of $12,000
to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series programs on July 3-4. On
Friday night at Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio, Tanner
English placed third in his loaded heat race and later drove past
four competitors during the 50-lapper to nab a solid eighth place
effort. At Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio on Saturday
evening in the annual 'Independence 50,' Tanner ran fifth in his
heat race and won the B-Main prior to steering past ten racecars
during the 50-lap headliner en route to a steady seventh place showing.
The young Benton, Kentucky hotshoe still sits tenth in the latest
version of the heated LOLMDS point standings exiting the fireworks-filled
weekend. Complete results from both Ohio facilities can be viewed
by pointing your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.