Justin Wins iRacing Pro Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway

Justin won the iRacing Pro Series race on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Bolton Captures Improbable Win at Phoenix


by Jason Lofing on November 13th, 2013


Bolton holds-off Kusheba,Chubirko, Buie, Harrison and Adjei for the win.


Justin Bolton captured his first career NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series win on Tuesday night, coming back from an early crash to take the victory. Bolton, the winner of Hickory Motor Speedway’s Fall Classic for Limited Late Models, chose to stay out under a late-race yellow — which appeared to be a strange call, to say the least.  In what had already been a yellow-filled race, however, the closing laps got even crazier with several crashes taking-out nearly all the top cars.  The yellows helped Bolton maintain the lead and he did the rest, holding-off Paul Kusheba on a green-white-checker shootout for the win.


Kusheba, who made a valiant effort on the last lap, settled for the runner-up spot.  Brandon Chubirko was third from Brandon Buie, Landon Harrison and Kwame Adjei as the top six were covered by .756s.


No less than a dozen cautions slowed the field for 55 laps and, in any other event, many of the wrecks might have been considered “The Big One.” By the end of the 156 lap online race, only a handful of cars were still running in reasonable condition, with only 11 cars finishing on the lead lap.


Phoenix has long been known for a track that produces its fair share of cautions and it did not take long for the first yellow to fly.   On Lap One, outside polesitter Kenny Humpe got a bit too aggressive entering Turn Three and spun, causing a major stack-up in his wake. When the smoke cleared, a half-dozen cars had sustained damage with Humpe getting the worst of it.


With Humpe out of the picture, Kusheba assumed control of the race after taking four tires under during his first pit stop. Though he took four tires while some drivers took just two, Kusheba made quick work of everyone in front of him and took the lead. Although he later lost the lead under caution when Dylan Duval stayed out, Kusheba once again used his fresher tires to reclaim the lead.


The first of a dozen cautions involved Humpe (#58), Tom Moustakas (#10) and Richard Dusett (#96) . . . among others.


The first Big One developed on a Lap 91 restart when everyone stacked up as the green waved. The inside line acccordioned together, sending Josh Berry spinning in front of the back half of the field. Jeremy Lukaszka, Brian Day, Brandon Hauck and PJ Stergios were also involved in the crash.


Laughton caught Kusheba with 30 laps remaining, but passing had proven to be difficult on worn tires. For nearly ten laps Laughton was right the bumper of Kusheba’s Chevy SS, waiting for a mistake. Kusheba finally made one off of Turn Four and Laughton dove to the inside in Turn One. The two ran door-to-door through Turns One and Two and were still side-by-side as they braked for Turn Three. As both drivers fought for ground in the middle of the corner, they made contact which sent both cars into the wall. Kusheba was able to continue with minimal damage but Laughton nosed hard into the front-stretch wall, ending his night.


The next two restarts saw two more large crashes unfold at the front of the field, eliminating nearly every competitive car except for Kusheba. The final wreck set up the one lap shootout and Bolton used a superb restart to come away with the victory.


After the 12-caution mess at Phoenix, NiPS drivers will likely enjoy seeing Homestead-Miami Speedway next on the schedule. The 1.5 mile oval normally has long green flag runs, which will be a welcome sight for drivers needing a good finish after crashing (or being crashed) at PIR. Look for Laughton to be strong once again if he can stay out of trouble . . . although after the first two races we have seen that is no easy task. Be sure to tune in next Tuesday night to catch Week Three of the NiPS from Homestead on ETV Live!


Justin Bolton received Pole Award and wins the race at Hickory Motor Speedway on June 8, 2013 (video)

Thanks to Cannon Racing Videos, official videographer at Hickory Motor Speedway, for the following video of Justin’s Pole Award and win on June 8, 2013.


Justin Featured in the Tribune Review Newspaper – October 16, 2013

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Latrobe Native Caps Racing Season with Victory at Hickory Motor Speedway

Latrobe grad Justin Bolton moved to limited late model racing a year ago.

By Karen Kadilak
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Driving in his first 100-lap race, Justin Bolton of Latrobe capped a successful season by finishing first in the limited late model division of the Fall Classic at the Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina last month.

Bolton, who qualified in 15.48 seconds, withstood a strong challenge from runner-up Landon Huffman of Claremont, N.C. to win his second race of the season. Bolton, 18, also took first place in an event in June.

In four other races, he placed sixth, fourth twice and second.

He ranked 14th among limited late model drivers with 274 points on oval tracks. Huffman ranked second.

A member of the Lee Faulk Racing and Development team in Denver, N.C., Bolton, who drives a Chevrolet, moved to limited late model after competing in the Legend Car series as a semi-pro a year ago.

Founder Lee Faulk said Bolton might be the best driver the team has produced.

“He’s a natural,” Faulk said. “Very few drivers have caught on as immediately as he has.

“He listens well.”

Former drivers include 2011 Hickory Limited Late Model champion Pietro Fittipaldi.

Fittipaldi, the grandson of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi, competed in Formula 4 racing in England this year.

Co-owner Michael Faulk likes that Bolton is serious.

“He’s doesn’t eat, text, use a cell phone or spend time playing with a friend,” Michael Faulk said. “He’s focused and has a lot of dedication.”

Bolton said being part of the team has made him a better racer.

“Lee really helped me (in) being smooth on the throttle and keeping the steering steady,” Bolton said.

Lee and Michael Faulk agreed Bolton’s future is bright.

“He definitely can be a NASCAR driver,” Michael Faulk said.

Because of limited funding, Bolton competed in less than a third of races this year.

Using social media to secure sponsors, he looks forward to competing more often next season.

“It’s sad when you see kids who don’t have the ability Justin has, but have money, racing,” said Lee Faulk, noting that $160,000 is needed for a full season.

A freshman at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Bolton is studying mechanical engineering with an emphasis on motor sports.

To become a sponsor, visit JustinBolton.com and click on marketing.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

Video of Justin’s Win at the 100 Lap Fall Classic Race at Hickory Motor Speedway – 9/28/13

Justin Bolton wins Fall Class 100 at Hickory Motor Speedway in the #15 Lee Faulk Racing Limited Late Model 9/28/2013.

Video taken by CANNON RACING VIDEOS, official videographer of Hickory Motor Speedway.  http://youtu.be/RvGyr9Io96Q

Justin Featured in the Latrobe Bulletin Newspaper – 10/9/13

The Latrobe Bulletin newspaper featured Justin on the front page of their sports section on October 9, 2013.  Dan Scifo wrote an article entitled GL Graduate Bolton Wins 100 Lap Fall Classic Showcase in North CarolinaClick here to read the article in a browser or read it below.

GL Graduate Justin Bolton Wins 100 Lap Fall Classic
GL Graduate Justin Bolton Wins 100 Lap Fall Classic Showcase in North Carolina

Justin Bolton Wins His First 100 Lap Race in the Fall Classic at Hickory Motor Speedway

Going into the weekend of this race was exciting because it was Justin’s first 100 lap race but also bittersweet because it was his last race of the 2013 season. Practice on Friday, 9/27, went very well. The car was fast and driving very smooth. The team felt very confident they had the winning combination of equipment, crew and driver to win the race. Saturday,

9/28, there were 28 Limited Late Models entered in the event. At the end of practice, Justin was 5th fastest. During qualifying each driver was given two timed laps and they took the fastest of the two. The second timed lap was the fastest for each driver. Justin qualified with a 15.480 and would line up p. 3 for the race.

The Fall Classic is the premier race at Hickory Motor Speedway for the Limited Late Models. This race on Sat., 9/28, would last 1 hour and 45 minutes and have an unbelievable 11 cautions. Justin started in p. 3 and had moved up to p. 2 by lap 5. On lap 20, Justin took over the lead and held on to the lead through lap 68. The #75 of Landon Huffman battled Justin side by side for a lap but Justin held on to the lead on the outside when the 11th caution flag flew. Starting as the leader for the longest remaining run of the race, the last 24 laps, Justin maintained the lead and crossed the finish line with a 2 car length lead over the 2nd place car.

For this race only being Justin’s 6th this season, he did phenomenal on every one of the 11 restarts during this marathon of a race. This season was nothing short of incredible. Justin’s first race ever in a Limited Late Model and he finished 6th. His second race and he records his first victory. Then he had two 4th place finishes and a 2nd place finish and this 2nd place finish was after a very long 7 weeks out of the car. This past Saturday was the perfect way to end the season, by winning his first ever 100 lap race.

Driving for Lee Faulk Racing this season, I know, Justin has learned so much. We cannot thank Lee Faulk, Michael Faulk, and all the crew members that work so hard at the track enough for always giving Justin a great car to drive. In all six races Justin competed in, he brought the car back without any damage.

Justin will continue with Lee Faulk Racing next season driving a Late Model. Currently, he will run a limited schedule of 5 races like we did this year. During the off season, we will be actively looking for businesses willing to utilize Justin as a valuable marketing and promotional tool. Racing is Justin’s passion and his career choice and he is willing to partner with businesses and make promoting companies and products part of his daily routine. If you would like more information, please contact Sherri Bolton at TurnLeft@AllianceRacing.netor Michael Faulk at Icon 25 Motorsports Marketing at Mike@Icontwentyfive.com. You can also support Justin by simply liking Justin Bolton Racing on Facebook and following Justin on Twitter @JustinBolton99.

Justin Bolton Wins the 100 Lap Fall Classic at Hickory Motor Speedway

Fall Classic Win at Hickory Motor Speedway

Saturday, 9/28, was the premier race for the Limited Late Models at Hickory Motor Speedway. Justin Bolton from Greensburg, PA ran a 5 race schedule this year with Lee Faulk Racing in his first season driving a Limited Late Model. The Fall Classic would be Justin’s first 100 lap race. There were 28 cars entered in the event. Justin Bolton qualified the #15 Lee Faulk Racing Limited Late Model in p. 3 with a 15.480. The race would last 1 hour and 45 minutes with 11 cautions. Justin took the lead at lap 20 and held on to the lead through lap 68. The #75 of Landon Huffman battled Justin side by side for a lap but Justin held on to the lead on the outside when the 11th caution flag flew. Starting as the leader for the longest remaining run of the race, the last 24 laps, Justin maintained the lead and crossed the finish line with a 2 car length lead over the 2nd place car. Along with this win, Justin had one other win at Hickory Motor Speedway in his second race running with Lee Faulk Racing back on June 8. He has one 6th place finish, two 4th place finishes and a 2nd place finish as well. What is most impressive is in five 35-lap races and this 100-lap event, Justin had no damage to the #15 Lee Faulk Racing Limited Late Model car. Justin Bolton is currently attending UNC in Charlotte, NC majoring in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Motorsports. Racing is his career choice and he is actively looking for Marketing Partners for the 2014 season. Justin will continue with Lee Faulk Racing running a Late Model in 2014. To utilize Justin as a valuable marketing and promotional tool for your business please find our contact information below.

Icon 25 Motorsports Marketing / Michael Faulk Mike@Icontwentyfive.com
Alliance Racing / Sherri Bolton TurnLeft@AllianceRacing.net