Brandon Ward celebrates his Firecracker 150 win

Anderson Win
3rd Preston Peltier (left), 1st Brandon Ward (center), 2nd Landon Cling (right)

Brandon Ward celebrates his Firecracker 150 win
with sponsor Kevin Powell of Brandon Ward Scores the Hat Trick at Anderson; Winning the Firecracker 150, Taking over the Championship Points Lead, and Securing a Spot in the All American 400 Brandon Ward timed things out perfectly running down Landon Cling from ten car lengths back and then out dueled the youngster on a lap 127 restart to pick up his second career win and his second win of the season. In addition to the win Ward took over sole possession of the championship points lead and also earned himself a guaranteed starting position for the $22,000 to win All American 400 at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in October. Landon Cling lead the most laps with sixty-six for settling for second. Veteran Preston Peltier rounded out the podium with his fifth top five in seven races this season.

Brandon Ward Pick up His First Career PASS South Series Win

Wake Co Win

Charlotte, NC 5/12/12- Wake County Speedway, the less than quarter mile located in Raleigh, North Carolina, played host to the PASS South Series super late models Friday night celebrating fifty consecutive years of racing. After all was said and done regulars to track were left thinking about those last fifty years when the last time 125 laps of racing in any division was ran caution free. One guy that could tell you fifty years from now, will be #62 Brandon Ward as he cruised to victory winning the Capital City Clash/Bull Ring Tough Guy Challenge 125 presented by Bio-Specialists. The win was his first in the series and his first for car owner Jeff Day who has fielded a car in the series dating back to the inaugural season in 2006. “Wow, what a race that was right there,” cheered an excited Brandon Ward as he exited the car in victory lane. “Man, I never thought in a million years I would get my first PASS South Series win at a track like Wake County. All my guys worked their butts off to give me an unbelievable car tonight and it showed. I’ve been trying so hard to get Jeff Day a win in this series and tonight we were finally able to do it.” Ward was fortunate enough to redraw the pole position after qualifying ninth during the series redraw of the top ten qualifiers and never looked back. #31 Kyle Grissom who set fast time during the day’s qualifying session and started to the outside of Ward challenged the #62 machine early on riding right on the bumper of Ward and making contact several times over the first thirty-two laps. Just as Ward started to put fellow competitors #1 Justin Allison and #29 Landon Cling a lap down, the two made contact resulting in Grissom losing a half a straightaway distance to the leader. A pair of quick movers early on in the form of #4 Jay Fogleman closed in to the third position, as did Gray Gaulding after starting tenth. Still clean and green at the event’s halfway mark, Ward continued to lead over a distant Grissom in second followed by Fogleman and series veteran #26 Preston Peltier. With the race inside forty laps to go and still no slowing the field, business amongst drivers picked up on track. Caruth, in his first season racing on pavement shined on the tight bull ring making a move that saw him go from fifth to second all in a matter of Wake County’s 100 foot back stretch. This was exactly what Ward needed to almost circle the field entirely. Inside twenty laps to go early front runners Fogleman and Grissom battled to stay within the top five and on the lead lap. Brandon Ward once again showed no signs of mercy or letting up in the closing laps as he lapped the field all the way up to the fourth position as the checkered flag flew through the air. Preston Peltier made it back-to-back podium finishes with his second place finish. Third place man Ross Kenseth did the same after scoring his first series win in the series’ last outing at Orange County Speedway just two weeks ago. “I’ve been racing in this series as a car owner since day one and maybe I’ve missed fielding a car in about twelve races during that time, and you couldn’t have wrote a better script than this one tonight,” stated Jeff Day, car owner of Ward’s #62 ride. “I can’t even begin to describe how easy Brandon is to work with out there. He really is an awesome racecar driver and I’m proud that he was the guy that got this #62 Kevin Powell Ford/ race team in victory lane tonight.”

News from the past

4/28/2012 Ward Finishes 2nd at Orange Blossom Special
4/16/2012 Ward Wins Sounth Boston 150
1/23/2010 New Day Motorsports in 2010
1/19/2010 Brandon Ward To Pilot #62 For New Day Motorsports in 2010
10/1/2009 Ward replaces Gibson in New Day Motorsports ride at the Howler
8/24/2009 Brandon Ward wins USAR Pro Cup race for his recovering dad
8/23/2009 Brandon Ward Secures Emotional Victory in Honor Flight 250
8/8/2009 Brandon Ward Wins South Boston 250
8/1/2009 Brandon Ward and Cathy-Lee Hambright announce engagement
4/3/2009 Rookie Ward does well in Whelen Tour debut
6/6/2008 Ward Survives Mechanical Demons to Secure Top Ten
4/21/2008 Ward, RHR Teammates ‘Make Lemonade’ At South Boston Speedway
4/16/2008 2007 Pro Cup Rookie of the Year
1/14/2008 Brandon Bags Bountiful Banquet Booty
10/5/2007 High Drama In Lakeland
10/6/2007 Ward, Randy Humphrey Racing Win Miller Lite Rookie Title
4/12/2007 Ward & Humphrey Team Fro All-Out Assault
2007 Brandon Ward Wins 2006 UARA-Stars Championship
2007 Ward Wins at Newport
2007 Wards Wins at Orange Co.