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SpeedFest 2019 Race Report

Connor Okrzesik and team came in to 2019 confident a victory was near. Coming off a 4th place finish at the prestigious Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Florida, momentum was on his side. A stacked entry list full of super late model regulars including Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch was the highlight of the pre-race buzz. Southern Super Series regular Stephen Nasse led the field to the green flag for the 200 lap event. By lap 50, Okrzesik would be knocking on the door of the top three. Connor looked strong throughout the next quarter, making his way to second behind Harrison Burton, son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Jeff Burton.After the halfway break, Connor Okrzesik got pushed three wide on the restart, forcing him back to third. Within a few laps, Connor was back on the leaders bumper, soon taking the lead from Kyle Busch. Okrzesik put over two seconds on second place, but a caution flag with seven laps to go worried the young driver. Connor made a bold decision to choose the inside lane for the restart. Within six laps, Okrzesik had put nearly a whole second on Kyle Busch and crossed the finish line to win his first career super late model victory."I can't think of a better way to get my first career Super Late Model win than to beat Kyle Busch at one of the biggest super late model events in the country. Mike Garvey and the crew were awesome and they have been doing this for years and years. I took the inside line so that the 51 couldn't force me up the track if I hadn't cleared him off of two." - Connor Okrzesik

2018 Snowball Derby Race Report

Connor Okzresik and the #14 Metro Glass Toyota Camry started the 51st Annual Snowball Derby from a career Snowball Derby best 5th starting position. A 300 lap affair, taking care of your car and tires is a must. After falling back outside the top 10 early in the first run of the race, Okzresik started making his way back through the field and into the top 10 by lap 30. The first caution of the day flew on lap 45 with a spin by Kaden Honeycutt. Very few teams decided to pit, mostly ill handling cars near the back. The race restarted on lap 55 with Connor restarting in 10th position on the outside line. The inside line checked up on the restart and there was a vicious crash in the middle of the pack, but the #14 car escaped clean. The race resumed on lap 65 with Jeff Choquette and Harrison Burton on the front row and Connor in P8. After a heck of a battle with Ty Majeski, Connor slid into the 7th position and eventually passed Majeski a few laps after. Kaden Honeycutt completed the hat trick by spinning out for the third time on lap 88. Teams were now in the window of pitting and taking their 1st set of fresh tires. The #14 crew had an unbelievable stop and came off pit road in 3rd. A red flag was put out by the officials as a hole formed in the racing surface. The race resumed and Connor would run quietly inside the top 10 for the remainder of the 300 laps. A late yellow set things about for a mad dash to the finish and Okzresik capped off an unbelievable run with a 4th place showing in the 51st Snowball Derby.

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Mobile 300 Race Report

Mobile International Raceway held their Inaugural Mobile 300 super late model race on Sunday, October 28th. Many of the nations top teams showed up to go for the crown. The #14 crew had high hopes heading into the weekend at Mobile and they lived up to the expectations. After a great practice session, Connor put the #14 hot rod on the front row for the 300 lap event. Okzresik led laps during the middle portion of the race and after battling hard with Stephen Nasse and Bubba Pollard, the #14 machine would wind up finishing a proud 2nd after 300 laps. “It was a great weekend for the #14 team with our 2nd place finish in the Mobile 300. The breast cancer awareness Senneker super late model was very fast thanks to Mike Garvey. Thanks to Michael Beasley and all that helped on the pit crew. Thanks to Mobile International Speedway and the Lyon family for hosting the event."

Show me the Money 100 Race Report

Connor Okrzesik and crew arrived to the "Show Me The Money" Beat The Heat 100 Pro Late Model race at Montgomery Motor Speedway knowing they had a real shot at a PLM victory as Montgomery is a personal favorite of driver #14. Connor would qualify P3 with a time of 15.77, just behind pole sitter Giovanni Bromante and Bobby Knox Jr. Okrzesik would drop to 5th by lap 25 but the car really started to come to him soon after. By lap 35 he was back inside the top 3 behind Bromante and Roderick. There would be a close call between the #14 Chevy SS and some lapped traffic near the midway point of the race but all escaped cleanly. A couple restarts late in the race allowed Connor to grab 2nd place and possibly track down Roderick but it wasn't meant to be. After a somewhat rewarding yet disappointing 2nd place finish, the leaders headed to tech inspection and race winner Casey Roderick's machine ended up failing due to a weight issue. That meant that Connor Okzresik and the 14 gang would be declared race winners after passing inspection. Next on the list is a victory in the Southern Super Series.

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Super Late Model 125 Race Report

Connor Okrzesik was featured on Speed51.com and the Five Flags Speedway Facebook page before Blizzard race #3 at the speedway on Friday. The link to the Speed51 story will be provided at the end of this race report. Lots of eyes were on the #14 Toyota Camry Metro Glass machine and it's driver heading into tonight's Blizzard race. Everyone was asking "When will Connor Okrzesik win his first Super Late Model Race?". Things started out great with a 2nd place qualifying effort and a 4th place feature start after the re-draw. Connor ran quicker laps than heavyweights Bubba Pollard and Casey Roderick in qualifying, giving everyone confidence this might be the night. Connor would run in the top 5 for the entire night although never contending for the win. A 3rd place finish behind Roderick and Pollard was enough to put the racing world on notice.

KSJ Pro late model 96 Race Report

Just one night after finishing 4th at 5 Flags Speedway, the #14 team was off to Mobile International Speedway for another Pro late Model race on Saturday night. Okrzesik would pace the first practice over Casey Roderick before the rains came. Qualifying was squeezed in and Connor put up the 2nd fastest lap just behind Roderick. After an invert, the #14 Metro Glass Chevy SS would start from the pole for the feature. Not long into the race, the rocker arm stud broke on the chevy and Connor was forced to park it for the night and ended up finishing at the back of the pack.

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allen turner pro late model 100 Race Report

After finishing 2nd the previous weekend in his Super Late Model at Montgomery, the #14 team changed focus to the Pro Late Model and the Allen Turner 100 at 5 Flags Speedway. Qualifying a solid p4, Connor believed he had a car capable of winning. The green flag flew and the #14 Metro Glass Chevy SS went straight to the front. With only 100 laps in the race, tire saving was minimal for some and non existent for others. After grabbing the lead, tires started to fall off and the #14 machine started getting tight. Unable to hold on to the lead, Connor would manage a solid 4th place finish after leading some of the middle portion of the race.

Rumble by the River 125 Race Report

The #14 Metro Glass Chevy SS team rolled into Montgomery brimming with confidence for the Southern Super Series event. Connor would once again pace practice over the likes of Casey Roderick and Kyle Plott. Okrzesik would win the pole for the feature by almost two tenths over the field and start 2nd after the redraw. Connor dominated the middle portion of the race leading 40 laps and battled side by side with Roderick for the final 10 laps of the race. Bubba Pollard took home the win with Connor in a close 2nd. "The tires just didn't come in soon enough after that pit stop. We had a really fast long run car." said Okrzesik in his post-race interview.

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Universal Fabricators 125 Race Report

June 22nd saw the 2nd Blizzard Series race of the year at Five Flags Speedway live on Speed51.com. Connor and the 14 team paced practice with a lap time of 16.695 and qualified 2nd on speed for the feature just behind Bubba Pollard. After the redrwaw Okrzesik would start 7th. Lots of craziness insued before and after the green flag flew. Firework debris cluttered the grills of the cars and then the lights would go out in turn 3 under yellow on lap two. A medical emergency in the stands would extend the red flag a few more minutes before cars were refired.  Connor would drive up to 3rd place by lap 30 and stay in the top-5 for the duration of the event. Casey Roderick would score the win.

Short Track U.s. Nationals Race Report

It’s Bristol baby! The Short Track Nationals returned to Bristol Motor Speedway for the 2nd consecutive year and the competition on track met all expectations. Connor Okrzesik and the #14 Metro Glass Chevy SS team came to BMS with high expectations. A solid 13th place finish last year in the Nationals left something to be desired as the team returned to “The Last Great Colosseum.” The team struggled with a mechanical issue in practice but had the car repaired in time to finish 5th in final practice. Qualifying just outside the top 10 in 11th with a lap time of 14.819, the crew and driver were confident heading into the race. There were multiple incidents in the first half of the race, all of which Connor evaded. The #14 Chevy SS would run from 8th to 11th for the first 90 laps of the race as cars faded into runs and got into wrecks. A late caution set up a sprint to the finish and Okrzesik diced his way to a great 6th place finish in the Short Track U.S. Nationals, a solid 7 positions better than last years finish.

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Rattler 250 Race Report

Connor Okrzesik and the #14 Metro Glass Toyota Camry qualified a solid 8th for the 42nd Annual Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway. Going into the race with a car capable of winning, many had picked the #14 machine as an underdog to win. After climbing from 8th to the top 5 in 15 laps, three wide contact with Chandler Smith and Stephen Nasse would end Connor’s day. The #14 Camry climbed the frontstretch wall and suffered severe front end damage.

Rattler 125 Race Report

The prelude to the Rattler 250 is the Baby Rattler 125. Hosted the night before the 250, it’s a chance for some drivers in the 250 field to run a PLM race before they run their SLMs the next day. The #14 Metro Glass Chevy SS started 3rd and would take a shot at the lead on lap 30 under Mason Diaz but fall back to 4th as the tires wore out. Connor would run top five the rest of the event and come home with a 5th place finish. Connor will take to South Alabama Speedway again tomorrow for the 42nd Annual Rattler 250 in his #14 Metro Glass Toyota Camry.

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Speedfest 2018 Race Report

Due to a significant amount of rain in the forecast for Sunday, Speedfest 2018 was moved up to Saturday to insure the race would get in and teams wouldn't be stuck at the track until at least Monday. Connor Okzresik would qualify 7th in his #14 Metro Glass Chevy SS and went into the event Saturday knowing he had a car capable of winning. The green flag waved and the driver of the #14 was very methodical saving his car for later in the race. Okzresik would hover around 5th to 7th for the first 175 laps as much of the middle part of the race was a long green flag run. Handling became a factor in determining who was up front when the cautions started to fly near the end. With 25 laps to go the leaders made contact and Connor found himself restarting third with a chance to win the race. On the restart, Purdy got into Choquette and opened the door for Okrzesik. The caution came out as Connor was taking the lead and unfortunately due to scoring rules, the #14 would have to restart 3rd. The green flag waved with 23 laps to go and Connor would make contact with Carson Hocevar and spin out. Thanks to some great driving by the youngster from Mobile, the #14 Metro Glass Chevy SS would recover to finish 6th in the Speedfest 200.

2017 Snowball Derby Race Report

Saturday night was rough for the #14 Metro Glass Chevy SS but the Okrzesik Racing team went into the 50th annual Snowball derby on Sunday with a top 15 starting spot and a very fast racecar. The green flag waved and after the dust and sand settled Okrzesik found himself running 13th after 20 laps. The youngster in the #14 followed NASCAR Cup Champion Kyle Busch through the field and was inside the top 10 by lap 40 of the 300 lap race. On lap 74 the caution flag flew and most of the leaders would come into the pits. Okrzesik would not be one of them as he stayed out along with Ty Majeski and Chris Davidson. The #14 machine would restart the race in p3. Mechanical issues with the car would force Connor to make a pitstop and subsequently be pushed behind the wall on lap 119. On lap 153 the Metro Glass Chevy SS would be officially declared out for the race due to a broken sway bar after contact with Chase Purdy. "Wasn't our day as we lost something in the front end from racing contact and I couldn't steer. So thankful for all the help we had during the weekend without it we would of never made it. Special thanks to Mike Garvey for setting up a fast car."

Photo Credit: Brad Newman / Short Track Central

Photo Credit: Brad Newman / Short Track Central

2017 Snowflake 100 Race Report

After qualifying 13th for the Snowball Derby earlier in the day, Connor Okrzesik and the #14 Metro Glass Chevy SS took to the track Saturday night for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100.  Okrzesik posted the 5th fastest qualifying lap for the event and ran near the 5th position for the first 40 laps of the race. On the lap 21 restart, the inside line in which Okrzesik was in stacked up and created a massive pileup in the middle of the pack. Connor received minimal damage and continued without pitting. Unfortunately on lap 39 the young Connor Okrzesik would find trouble and spin out but recovered into the top 15 before getting turned into the wall on lap 75. Connor climbed from the wounded Metro Glass machine and finished the night P23. "The car ran good. We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We were the 13th wrecked car. Thanks to Mike Garvey and the rest of the crew for some great help."

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