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MLR Shines At Carolina Speedway’s Shrine 100

Continuing their momentum from Friday's $1500 KOC Qualifier triumph, MLR prevailed once again in the SECA Late Model segment of the 43rd Annual Shrine 100 at Carolina Speedway. Long surged past race leader Trent Ivey in the middle stages of the feature and secured his 5th victory of the season! Up next for MLR is a trip to Friendship Speedway this Saturday where the team will be looking for their 3rd victory of the season at the Elkin, NC [...]

Long Captures KOC Qualifier At Carolina

Rebounding from their recent struggles at Carolina Speedway, MLR scored the victory this past Friday night in the $1500 To Win "King of the Carolinas" qualifier.  After a solid lap in time trials, Long surged past the leader to score the win in his heat race.  After vaulting to the race lead at the drop of the green, Long distanced himself from the rest of the field and powered the #25 Mello Yello/Circle K Rocket to victory lane!

Parade Of Power & KOC Qualifier Highlight Busy Week For MLR

After a solid 3rd place finish this past Saturday night at Friendship Speedway, MLR has a busy week ahead of them. Earlier today, the team represented the dirt late model world in Charlotte Motor Speedway's 7th Annual "Parade of Power". The annual event kicks off an action packed season of racing at the Concord, NC venue and features up to 2 dozen different vehicles representing over 30,000 horsepower! On Friday, Matt and the team return to SECA late model [...]

MLR Dominates Tyler County For FASTRAK MOV Victory

MLR kicked off Independence Day weekend with a July 3rd trip to Tyler County Speedway. Fighting a loose car in the feature, Matt scored a 5th place finish at "The Bullring" and learned valuable info for the team's visit for the $3000 FASTRAK event the following week. The following day the team made their 1st trip to Legendary Hilltop Speedway. Matt quickly adapted to the southern Ohio oval, challenged for the lead in the feature, an impressive solid runner-up finish. The [...]

MLR Rockets To Victory At Friendship

After 3rd place performances at Friendship the previous week and Carolina Speedway this past Friday, Matt Long Racing arrived to Friendship Speedway as focused and determined as ever.  The team's extensive offseason work and testing paid off this past Saturday night as Long piloted his #25 Mello Yello/Circle K Rocket Chassis to Victory Lane! After setting Fast Time in SECA Late Model qualifying, Long led the 21 car field to the green.  Long's early position at the point was short lived [...]

Long Powers To Victory Lane At Friendship

  After struggling this past Friday in time trials at Cherokee Speedway, the MLR team loaded up and headed straight back to the shop to regroup for Saturday night's trip to Friendship.  To say they "regrouped" was an understatement!  After setting the 2nd fastest overall time in qualifying at Friendship, Matt vaulted to the race lead at the drop of the green and never looked back as he led the entire race for his first feature win of the season.  [...]

Cherokee and Friendship Up Next For MLR

  With the arrival of Baby Madison expected at any moment, Matt and the team have 2 events tentatively scheduled for this weekend.  First the team plans a return to Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, SC) tomorrow for the SECA late model segment of the Grassy Smith Memorial.  On Saturday, MLR heads back to Friendship Speedway (Elkin, NC) in hopes of repeating last week's top 3 finish!  Be sure to visit Matt and the team at these tracks for the new Matt [...]

Long Scores Solid 3rd Place Finish At Friendship

  After getting rained out this past Friday night at Carolina Speedway, MLR returned to Friendship Speedway on Saturday for another weekly SECA late model event.  Matt clocked in as the 6th fastest car amongst the 22 entries and then piloted his Circle K / Mello Yello Rocket to a 3rd place finish in the main event.  It was a strong run for the team as they gained more momentum heading into the summer months.  This weekend's plans will be [...]

Double Header Up Next For MLR

After a top 5 finish this past Saturday at Harris Speedway, Matt and the team have a pair of SECA late model races on the schedule for this coming weekend.  On Friday, the team eyes the $1500 to win event at Gastonia's Carolina Speedway.  On Saturday, MLR plans to head north to Elkin, NC and Friendship Speedway to complete their weekend double header.  Remember to visit Matt and the Mello Yello / Circle K team online (, on Facebook [...]