DISBANDS #186 TEAM TO FOCUS ON FAMILY
7, 2016) Jeremy Payne Racing announced today that they
plan to suspend their racing operation, as Jeremy Payne turns
attention to his family. While Dirt Late Model and Open Wheel
Modified driver Jeremy Payne does not know if the decision will
be permanent, he states that the timing was right to capitalize
on the sale of equipment. Payne's decision comes on the heels
of his record-setting fifth career 'Duel in the Desert' victory,
which came November 12th when he drove Johnny Saathoff's #96jp
Modified to a $7,777.77 payday at the pristine Dirt Track at Las
Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway!
"It was a tough decision to make for sure, but something
I need to do at this time," commented Payne today via telephone.
"My heart is still in racing and it always will be, but I
want to be at home more with my family now that I have a young
son (Greyson) and explore some other opportunities. I intend to
keep my options open and I'd like to think I'll be back behind
the wheel one day. I've been able to live out my dream for more
than half my life. That's not something many people get to do,
but my priorities have shifted as I've gotten older."
Payne, who began racing at 8 years old, knows it is only with
the support of sponsors that his career has been possible. "I
have to thank so many people for their support of my racing. First
and foremost, BB (Bryan Burch,) who is just as much part of this
team as I am. Additionally, Chad Wheeler and Wheeler Metals, Joe
Garrison at GRT Race Cars, Randy Davidson Trucking, Allgayer,
Inc., Keyser Manufacturing, Lucas Oil Products, as well as Jeff
Taylor and Johnny "Jet" Saathoff and the countless others
who have all been instrumental in my racing career. I also have
to thank my entire family and crew for their help and sacrifice,
as well as all of my loyal fans."
Equipment is currently available for purchase. A complete list
of equipment will be posted online soon at Jeremy-Payne.com.
FIFTH DUEL IN THE DESERT WIN!
13, 2016) Jeremy Payne concluded his 2016 racing season
in triumphant fashion from November 10-12 by picking up his fifth
career 'Duel in the Desert' title at the pristine Dirt Track at
Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada! Aboard Johnny Saathoff's
#96jp machine, Jeremy ran fifth in Thursday's qualifying feature
before claiming a third place performance in Friday night's A-qualifier.
After starting tenth in Saturday's 40-lap 'Duel in the Desert'
headliner, JP drove to the front and grabbed the top spot shortly
before the halfway mark. He then went on to dominate the second
half of the race to record the $7,777.77 triumph over Tim Ward,
Johnny Saathoff, Johnny Scott, and Peyton Taylor! Full results
from the season-ending weekend can be accessed online at www.lvms.com.
(Jeff Speer Photo)
STRONG AT LAKESIDE & SALINA!
(October 2, 2016) Jeremy Payne and his #186 team
traveled to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas and Salina
Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Oklahoma from September 29-October
1 for a trio of high-profile Open Wheel Modified specials. On
Thursday night at Lakeside, Jeremy ran fifth in his heat race
and won his B-Main prior to advancing all the way up to sixth
in his $1,500 to win 'Dueces Wild' preliminary feature event.
At Lakeside on Friday evening, a whopping $10,002 top prize was
on the line in the 'Grant Junghans Memorial.' Jeremy blasted up
to third in his heat race, led the first two circuits in the 42-lap
main event, and eventually placed eighth in the mega-event.
Saturday took the Jeremy Payne Racing (JPR) team
to Salina for the $3,000 to win 'Sooner Showdown.' Jeremy suffered
an unfortunate flat tire in his heat race, but battled back to
score the victory in his consolation event. He then made a charge
towards the front in the headliner and knocked down a top five
performance - finishing the race in the fourth position! Complete
results from all three weekend events can be located online at
MODIFIED MANIA AT TRI-CITY
25, 2016) Jeremy Payne Racing invaded Tri-City Speedway
in Granite City, Illinois on September 22-24 for the annual running
of 'Modified Mania,' which boasted $3,000, $4,000, and $5,000
top prizes respectively for the UMP Open Wheel Modifieds. Jeremy
Payne unfortunately missed out on the feature events on Thursday
and Saturday, but was able to transfer into Friday night's $4,000
to win headliner. Jeremy ran third in both his heat race and his
B-Main, but was unfortunately caught up in a wreck during the
main event and was eventually placed twenty-fourth in the final
finishing order. Complete results from all three races during
the 'Modified Mania' weekend can be accessed online at www.tricityspeedway.net.
DERAIL #186 TEAM AT LAKESIDE...
3, 2016) Jeremy Payne and his #186 team were back in
Super Late Model competition on Friday night, September 2 at Lakeside
Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The Lucas Oil MLRA Series rolled
into Lakeside last night to preside over a $3,000 to win program.
Jeremy placed sixth in his loaded heat race and later rolled off
from the inside of the ninth row in the 40-lap main event. JP
had then moved all the way up to sixth in the running order before
terminal motor issues sent him pitside and relegated him to a
fourteenth place showing. Complete results from last night at
Lakeside can be located online at www.mlraracing.com.
MECHANICAL WOES AT SALINA
21, 2016) Following a rain-out of the 'Grant Junghans
Memorial,' the #186 team rolled into Salina Highbanks Speedway
in Pryor Creek, Oklahoma on Saturday night, August 20 for a $3,000
to win United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) shootout.
Jeremy Payne was winning his heat race in preliminary action before
unfortunately suffering right rear suspension issues, which led
to a disappointing eighth place prelim finish. JP was then forced
to scratch from the remainder of the evening due to the damage
and was not able to make the start in the 32-lap headliner. Complete
results from last night at Salina can be viewed online at www.usmts.com.
RUNNER-UP IN HUMBOLDT STOP!
7, 2016) Jeremy Payne Racing followed the United States
Modified Touring Series (USMTS) to Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt,
Kansas and Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri on August
5-6 for a pair of $3,000 to win showdowns. On Friday night at
Humboldt, Jeremy Payne won his heat race prior to picking off
six competitors during the 42-lapper en route to an impressive
runner-up showing behind only victor Terry Phillips. At Wheatland
on Saturday evening in the 'Lucas Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout,'
Jeremy ran fourth in his heat race, won his B-Main, and later
climbed up to eighth in the 42-lap headliner. Complete results
from both USMTS stops can be viewed online at www.usmts.com.
IN USMTS SILVER DOLLAR NATS
24, 2016) Jeremy Payne and his #186 team returned to
competition with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS)
on July 22-23 in the annual running of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals'
at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. Jeremy finished second
in his first heat race on Friday night, while he ran third in
his final prelim of the evening. When Saturday rolled around at
I-80, Jeremy wound up sixth in the dash to earn the outside third
row starting spot in the $5,000 to win headliner. JP eventually
placed eleventh in the final rundown of the 42-lap 'Silver Dollar
Nationals,' which was contested in front of a huge crowd. Full
results from the Cornhusker State can be located online at www.usmts.com.
FOR PAYNE IN USMTS TRIPLE SHOT!
12, 2016) Jeremy Payne Racing (JPR) headed to Kansas
and Oklahoma with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS)
from June 9-11 for a trio of $3,000 to win shootouts. On Thursday
night, things kicked off at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas.
Jeremy Payne ran fourth in his heat race and won his B-Main before
starting the 42-lapper from the outside of the seventh row. JP
then knocked off nine competitors during the contest on his way
to a strong fifth place showing in the weekend opener behind only
winner Cade Dillard, Jesse Sobbing, Zack VanderBeek, and Ryan
At Longdale Speedway in Longdale, Oklahoma on Friday
and Saturday, two more $3,000 top prizes were on the line. On
Friday evening, Jeremy won his heat race prior to notching an
impressive third place podium performance in the 37-lap feature
behind only victor Ryan Gustin and runner-up Stormy Scott. At
Longdale on Saturday, the Springfield, Missouri native once again
took the victory in his heat race before climbing to second in
the 42-lap A-Main to trail only race winner Johnny Scott! Complete
results from all three races can be found online at www.usmts.com.
SHOW-ME 100 NIGHTLY RESULTS
28, 2016) Jeremy Payne and his #186 team chose to forego
tonight's racing action at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri
and forfeited their chance of advancing into the $30,000 to win
'Lucas Oil Show-Me 100' through their consolation event.
(May 27, 2016) Another $6,000 top
prize was on the line tonight at the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil
Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri in a special Tribute to Don and
Billie Gibson event, which was once again co-sanctioned by the
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA Series. Jeremy
Payne timed in fifteenth quickest in Group A during qualifying,
but later wound up ninth in his loaded heat race. After scratching
from his B-Main, JP was forced to watch the 40-lapper, which was
won by Jared Landers.
(May 26, 2016) The 24th edition
of the 'Lucas Oil Show-Me 100' kicked off tonight at the immaculate
Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. The Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA Series co-sanctioned the
'Cowboy Classic' prelim tonight, which drew 57 competitors to
vie for the $6,000 winner's check. Jeremy Payne was unfortunately
not able to transfer into the 45-lap main event - which was won
by Jonathan Davenport - after finishing ninth in his heat race
and seventh in his B-Main.
MUSKOGEE & SALINA WITH USMTS
22, 2016) Jeremy Payne Racing bolted to Outlaw Motor
Speedway in Muskogee, Oklahoma and Salina Highbanks Speedway in
Pryor Creek, Oklahoma on May 20-21 for a pair of $3,000 to win
USMTS showdowns. On Friday night in Muskogee, Jeremy Payne ran
fourth in his heat race and fifth in his B-Main prior to retiring
early from the 37-lapper in the twenty-third spot. At Salina on
Saturday evening, Jeremy won his heat race and later led laps
12-14 from his third starting position in the 37-lap headliner.
JP wound up slipping back to fifth at the checkers to finish behind
only winner Jason Hughes, Rodney Sanders, Ryan Gustin, and Jesse
Sobbing! Full results from both USMTS battles can be accessed
online at www.usmts.com.
IN MIDWESTERN TRIPLE SHOT
(May 8, 2016) Jeremy Payne and his #186 team ventured
to the states of Iowa and Illinois over the May 5-7 weekend for
a triple shot of high-profile Super Late Model action. Things
kicked off on Thursday night with a visit to Lee County Speedway
in Donnellson, Iowa, as the Lucas Oil MLRA Series presided over
a $3,000 to win program. Jeremy ran sixth in his heat race and
fourth in his B-Main, which unfortunately kept him out of the
40-lap main event in the Hawkeye State.
Over the weekend, the MARS DIRTcar Series and American
Late Model Series (ALMS) co-sanctioned a pair of specials in the
Land of Lincoln. On Friday evening at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer
City, Illinois, Jeremy finished fourth in his heat race prior
to moving up five spots during the $5,000 to win affair on his
way to a respectable eleventh place effort. At Fairbury American
Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday, Jeremy won
his heat race, led the first eight circuits of the $10,000 to
win feature, and eventually wound up seventh in the final finishing
order of the 50-lap 'FALS Frenzy.' Complete results from the action-packed
weekend can be viewed online at www.mlraracing.com
DERAILS PAYNE AT LAKESIDE...
23, 2016) Jeremy Payne Racing traveled to Lakeside Speedway
in Kansas City, Kansas on Friday evening, April 22 for a visit
by the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). Jeremy Payne
moved up four spots in his heat race to finish fourth and later
grabbed the second transfer spot through his B-Main. After rolling
off from the inside of the eighth row in the $3,000 to win main
event, Jeremy drove up to fifth and had his sights set on a possible
win before an untimely incident and subsequent flat tire derailed
his effort. He wound up retiring after only sixteen circuits in
the 32-lapper and was placed twenty-fifth in the final finishing
order. Full results can be viewed online at www.usmts.com.
COMPETES IN $20K BAD BOY 98
17, 2016) Jeremy Payne and his #186 team continued their
2016 campaign on April 15-16 at Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust
Grove, Arkansas, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned
the annual running of the 'Bad Boy 98.' Jeremy laid down the third
quickest lap in Group A during Friday's qualifying session and
later ran second in his loaded heat race behind only prelim winner
Wendell Wallace. After starting the $20,000 to win main event
on Saturday night from the inside of the third row, JP wound up
retiring with overheating problems (while in the fifth position)
in the 98-lap headliner and was paid for eighteenth at the pay
window following the 'Bad Boy 98.' Complete results from Batesville
can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
LM FOR SPRING NATIONALS
10, 2016) The Jeremy Payne Racing (JPR) team rolled into
the immaculate Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri on April
8-9 for the annual running of the 'MLRA Spring Nationals.' The
Lucas Oil MLRA Series doubleheader kicked off on Friday night
with a $2,000 to win shootout. Jeremy Payne ran fifth in both
his heat race and his B-Main, which unfortunately kept him out
of the 30-lap main event.
At Wheatland on Saturday evening, a $5,000 winner's
check was on the line to close out the 'MLRA Spring Nationals.'
Jeremy finished third in heat race action and later started the
45-lap headliner from the inside of the eighth row. The Springfield,
Missouri native was then able to pick off three competitors during
the caution-free affair en route to a respectable twelfth place
showing. Complete results from the weekend can be viewed online
IN SEASON-OPENING KOA VI
3, 2016) Jeremy Payne and his #186 team lifted the lid
to their 2016 campaign from March 31-April 2 in the 'King of America
VI' at Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas. Things kicked off
with a pair of preliminary programs for the United States Modified
Touring Series (USMTS) stars on Thursday and Friday. Jeremy won
his first heat race and finished third in his second prelim on
Thursday night, while he ran tenth and second respectively in
his two heat races on Friday evening.
By virtue of those strong performances, Jeremy racked
up the fourth most points in preliminary action, which automatically
locked him into the outside of the second row for the start of
Saturday's 72-lap headliner. During the course of the 2016 edition
of the 'King of America,' which boasted a whopping $12,000 payday,
JP climbed to as high as third in the running order before eventually
winding up fourth in the final rundown behind only victor Zack
VanderBeek, Johnny Scott, and Rodney Sanders! Complete results
from the action-packed weekend at Humboldt can be accessed online