April 26, 2014 Hickory Motor Speedway 100 Lap Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge Race

Saturday, 4/26, was the third race of the Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge series at Hickory Motor Speedway. There were 21 late model cars entered for the 100-lap event.

Justin would start p. 14 for the feature. For the first lap the entire field was double file when the first caution came out for a car spinning on the backstretch during lap 2.  Everyone stacked up but there didn’t appear to be any damage to Justin’s car. On the re-start Justin quickly gained 4 spots to p. 8 by lap 15.

The second caution came out on lap 22 when a car’s engine let go. The red flag was displayed to clean up the oil that was around the entire track. Justin’s car needed a push from the wrecker to get going once the red flag was lifted. Then again the same thing happened when the field stopped while they were single file under yellow clearing the speedy dry from the track.

The race would go green from lap 31 to the end. Justin was running p. 8 at Lap 40 when the car slipped out of gear as he was coming out of turn 2. Justin was able to recover, get the car back in gear and continue on but lost a full straightaway to the car running p. 7.

With the transmission problem, Justin had to hold the gear shift in place and drive with one hand for 60 laps. All this time driving with one hand, he was able to maintain the 8th spot and re-gain the full straightaway he had lost when the car slipped out of gear.

In three starts, Justin has two top 10’s. It is called the “Challenge Series” and we certainly have been challenged so far this season. The bad luck last week with the weight hitting the front end of the car prevented a top 10 finish. The transmission problem this race held us back from advancing. Hoping everything comes together soon and we can get the Lee Faulk Racing #15 late model up front. The next 100-lap race will be May 10.

April 12, 2014 Hickory Motor Speedway 100 Lap Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge Race

It was beautiful weather on Saturday, 4/12, for the second 100-lap Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge race at Hickory Motor Speedway in NC. There were 26 late model cars entered in the event. Justin qualified p. 15.

At the outset of the race, the first 10 cars quickly spread out running single file. Mid-pack on back was a different story with mostly everyone doubled up. Justin did some great side by side racing running the inside line for most of the first 15 laps.

Laps 16 to 26 the drivers settled down and were running single file with Justin in p. 18. Lap 26 saw Justin begin to move forward doing again some great side by side racing until the first caution came out on lap 31. Justin had advanced to p. 15.

Lap 31 seemed to go on forever. The first re-start saw an engine let go putting oil down on the track. There were three more re-starts with three more quick cautions before they finally were able to go onto lap 32. Only the first six cars were running single-file. Everyone else was doubled up. Justin had fought his way up to p.10 when on Lap 42 he was turned coming out of turn 2. He did an amazing save to keep from hitting anything but he would re-start in the back of the field.

Racing hard on the outside now coming up through the field while running p.18 there was a huge pile up on the front stretch before the entrance to turn 1. Justin again did a great job of getting the car stopped in time before being collected in this pile up of at least 10 cars. This brought out the red flag for the clean up.

On the re-start, Justin began to move up through again on the outside. He had made it back up to p. 10 when a 30 lb. lead weight came off the car ahead of him and went through the front of the car into the radiator causing Justin to spin going into turn 1. He drove out of the spin keeping the car from hitting the wall but with the damage to the radiator he was unable to continue at Lap 57.

Very unfortunate end. This race showed excellent car control by Justin in running side by side for most of the race, for being able to make split second decisions to miss all the wrecks, to be able to drive the car out of a spin so as to not hit the wall after such an unexpected event of a lead weight flying through the front of the car, as well as the great communication from his spotter, Bobby, throughout the entire race.

The next 100-lap race will be held 4/26.

First Late Model Race Hickory Motor Speedway March 8, 2014

Saturday, March 8, was the first race of the season at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina and was also Justin’s debut in the Lee Faulk Racing #15 Late Model. Lots of changes this season — moving from Limited Late Model to stronger horse power in the Late Model stock car and working with a new crew chief and spotter. Justin had very limited practice during the off season and then practice on Friday, 3/7, before the race was rained out. But Saturday Justin was ready to get back on the track. It had been too long since his last win in the Hickory Fall Classic 100 back in September.

There were 24 Late Models at Hickory on Saturday. The track was fast and once qualifying started you needed to come in under 15 seconds to be up front. Justin qualified with a time of 14.977 putting him in p. 9 for the start of the race.

There were only 2 cautions in this 100-lap race — lap 4 and lap 45. Justin did some excellent driving at the beginning in the pack until the cars were able to separate a little.  Justin ran p. 9 and p. 8 for most of the race trying to save tires for the end. Unfortunately, with the race going green after lap 45, there wasn’t enough time to get to the front. With 25 laps to go, Justin ran strong to take over the 7th spot and was closing in on position 6 at the checkered flag.

It was a very solid run for the first Late Model race finishing p. 7 to bring home a top 10 finish. It was great to have the opportunity to race in front of such a huge crowd for opening night. The next race will be on March 29.

Justin Bolton to Compete in ZLoop Big 10 for LFR

Denver , NC – 2/10/14 – Justin Bolton had a very successful start to his career with Lee Faulk Racing. After the first six races in a stock car Justin had accumulated 2 wins along with 3 top 5 finishes and 1 top 10 finish, including a win in the coveted Fall Classic 100 at Hickory Motor Speedway in his last race of the season for 2013.

Bolton will make the move up to late model stock this year and compete for the ZLoop Big 10 championship at Hickory Motor Speedway. Justin who is already considered a “veteran” of the team after one short year will have a few new faces to learn. Not only will he have new teammates, Kate Dallenbach and Bret Holmes, but Bolton will be working with his new crew chief, Bobby Orr, as well.

Bobby Orr, the son of one of short tracks’ great – the late Pete Orr, will work full time with LFR this year specifically with Justin Bolton as crew chief and spotter.

“We have grown every year we have been in business and we felt like it was time to surround ourselves with more great people and talent. Bobby has been close to our family my whole life and I look at him as a brother. He will fit great with our system and knows a lot about these cars. He learned from one of the best, his dad. Bobby looks at this as more than a job but also something to be proud of and he takes pride in taking a part in building LFR better than ever. I know he’s going to give Justin 110% and I feel confident that they will be contending for wins this year as well. Justin showed last season he has the natural ability to win at this level and with his work ethic and focus there is no doubt in my mind he will be successful again this season. ” team manager Michael Faulk stated about the newly formed relationship.

Some people believe that running four late model teams is too much to handle; however, LFR has a much different outlook on this. Rather than a disadvantage, the team believes being able to simulate working team conditions similar to that of a cup team will only help the drivers prepare better for what is to come as they move up the NASCAR ladder.

“From the next level on drivers will be forced to work with teammates in multi-car team situations. We try to model our business plan after those of the super powers in the big 3 NASCAR series. There will most likely not be a situation for these drivers fortunate enough to make it where they are the only driver on the team competing for the same goal. We feel that we offer an opportunity for young drivers to learn what it takes to win a championship under the pressure of a multi-car team situation. As far as I know we are the only driver development team that is structured in this way, therefore I believe this is a big advantage that our program offers over any other that will allow them a seamless transition into the next level of their career as they will be more prepared for what is to come. “ Faulk said.

Bolton finished 2013 with a win and he looks to continue his success into this season as his first ZLoop 100 lap event is the first race of the season on March 8, 2014. Bolton will also compete in the annual Fall Brawl 150, which the team also won in 2012 with driver Pietro Fittipaldi.

Justin Bolton Late Model car #15

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI9ejF2qdQo

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.