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CHARLIE MCKENNA FOURTH IN SEASON FINALE!

Posted October 24, 2021
Following a rain-out on Friday night at Hamilton County Speedway, Charlie McKenna and his #22 team wrapped up their version of the 2021 racing season on Saturday evening, October 23 at the Webster City, Iowa speedplant. The final night of the 20th Annual 'Fall Futurity' doubleheader shelled out a $1,500 payday for the Super Late Models. Charlie won his heat race in preliminary action and later started the A-Main from the inside of the third row. The Ames, Iowa ace then moved up to fourth in the contest to finish out the season with a strong fourth place performance behind only victor Jason Hahne, Lance Matthees, and Jeff Aikey! Full results from last night's season finale can be accessed online at www.hamiltoncospeedway.com.


MCKENNA FINISHES THIRD IN FINAL POINTS!!!

Posted October 3, 2021
The hectic Malvern Bank Series and Hoker Trucking Series tours both closed out their season schedules on October 1-2 with a Championship Weekend at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. On Friday night in the $5,000 to win penultimate event on the series calendar, Charlie McKenna qualified fourth fastest in Group B during time trials before placing second in his heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the third row in the A-Main, Charlie was in the fourth position and looking for more when a broken oil pump belt dropped him to a disappointing fourteenth place showing.

At I-80 on Saturday evening in the series finale for both tours, the #22 team competed for another $5,000 top prize. Charlie stopped the clock ninth fastest in Group A during qualifying before securing a victory in his heat race. After starting the 30-lapper from the inside of the fifth row, the Ames, Iowa native was battling hard for a top five finish before a broken hood t-bar caused low visibility and forced Charlie to settle for an eighth place performance. When the dust had settled after Championship Weekend, Charlie found himself third in both the final version of the Malvern Bank Series and Hoker Trucking Series point standings! Complete results from the I-80 doubleheader can be viewed online at www.slmrseries.com.


CHARLIE MCKENNA NABS DAVENPORT TOP FIVE!

Posted September 26, 2021
The McKenna Motorsports team continued their busy month of September with a scheduled Hoker Trucking Series tripleheader from September 23-25 in the Hawkeye State. On Thursday night at Dubuque Speedway in Dubuque, Iowa, Charlie McKenna timed in eighth fastest in Group A during qualifying before running second in his heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the sixth row in the $3,000 to win feature event, Charlie brought his #22 entry home in the tenth finishing position.

Following a rain-out on Friday evening at West Liberty Raceway, the dirt-slinging action for the weekend concluded with a $5,000 to win battle on Saturday at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa. Charlie laid down the fourth quickest lap in Group B during time trials and later placed second in his stacked heat race. The Ames, Iowa ace then started the 40-lapper from the outside of the front row before winding up fifth at the checkers behind only winner Jason Hahne, Justin Kay, Tyler Bruening, and Jake Neal. Complete results from this weekend can be viewed online at www.slmrseries.com.


MCKENNA TRANSFERS INTO $50K KNOXVILLE NAT'LS

Posted September 19, 2021
Next up on the racing calendar for the #22 team was a visit to the historic Knoxville Raceway from September 16-18 for the 17th edition of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' The three-day crown jewel extravaganza at the Knoxville, Iowa speedplant started with a pair of preliminary programs - each of which boasted a $7,000 winner's check. Charlie McKenna unfortunately missed out on Thursday's 25-lap headliner after running seventh in his heat race and ninth in his B-Main. In Friday night's prelim, Charlie placed fifth in both his heat race and his B-Main, which narrowly kept him out of the 25-lapper.

At the 1/2-mile oval on Saturday, all eyes were focused on the conclusion of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie, as a whopping $50,000 paycheck was up for grabs. Charlie grabbed the third and final transfer spot through his B-Main and later started the 100-lap headliner from the outside of the fifteenth row. The Ames, Iowa ace then raced hard early in the contest before eventually retiring in the twenty-fifth finishing position of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.'

The McKenna Motorsports team also entered the Malvern Bank Series portion of Saturday's show at the Marion County fairgrounds facility. Charlie timed in nineteenth fastest overall during qualifying, finished sixth in his heat race, and later passed nine competitors during the $4,000 to win 'Bob Maschmann Memorial' en route to a respectable tenth place showing. Complete results from Knoxville Raceway can be accessed online by visiting www.lucasdirt.com and www.slmrseries.com.


CHARLIE CAUGHT UP IN YANKEE WRECK...

Posted September 5, 2021
Following a rain-out on Friday night at 300 Raceway, the annual running of the 'Yankee Dirt Track Classic' turned into a single day affair at the Farley, Iowa speedplant on Saturday evening, September 4. A $10,000 top prize was on the line in the annual event, which was co-sanctioned by both the Malvern Bank Series and the Hoker Trucking Series.

Charlie McKenna laid down the seventeenth fastest lap in Group A during the qualifying session before placing fourth in his loaded heat race. After finishing seventh in his B-Main, Charlie received a provisional to gain access into the 50-lap feature event. The Ames, Iowa standout was then unfortunately caught up in a lap 28 pileup during the headliner and was relegated to a disappointing seventeenth place showing. Complete results from the single-race holiday weekend can be viewed online at www.slmrseries.com.


MCKENNA FOLLOWS MALVERN TOUR TO NORFOLK

Posted August 29, 2021
Charlie McKenna and his #22 team followed the Malvern Bank Series tour to Off Road Speedway in Norfolk, Nebraska on Saturday evening, August 28, as a $3,000 top prize was up for grabs. Charlie timed in tenth fastest in Group B during the qualifying session prior to running second in his loaded heat race. Following a B-Main triumph, Charlie started the 35-lap main event from the inside of the ninth row. On a one lane racetrack during the A-Main, the Ames, Iowa ace was able to move past a trio of competitors on his way to a fourteenth place showing. Complete results from the single-race weekend can be viewed online at www.slmrseries.com.


CHARLIE MCKENNA RACKS UP TRIO OF TOP FIVES!

Posted August 22, 2021
The McKenna Motorsports team was very impressive over the August 19-21 extended weekend by posting a trio of top five finishes against some stout competition in three Hoker Trucking Series showdowns in the Hawkeye State! On Thursday night at C.J. Speedway in Columbus Junction, Iowa, Charlie McKenna placed fourth in his loaded heat race prior to moving up to finish fourth in the $3,000 to win main event. At the end of the 30-lap contest, Charlie trailed only victor Dave Eckrich, Chris Simpson and Chad Holladay!

At West Liberty Raceway in West Liberty, Iowa on Friday evening, a $5,000 top prize was up for grabs. Charlie once again ran fourth in his heat race before winding up fifth in the 35-lapper behind only race winner Spencer Diercks, Dave Eckrich, Chad Holladay, and Jason Hahne. In the weekend finale on Saturday at Maquoketa Speedway in Maquoketa, Iowa, which boasted a $3,000 winner's check, the Ames, Iowa standout finished second in his heat race and fourth in the 35-lap A-Main behind only winner Todd Cooney, Dave Eckrich, and Justin Kay! Full results from the tripleheader weekend can be viewed online at www.slmrseries.com.


TOP TEN FOR MCKENNA AT THAYER COUNTY!

Posted August 15, 2021
The Malvern Bank Series took the #22 team to Thayer County Speedway in Deshler, Nebraska on Saturday night, August 14. The 'Thayer County Fair Race' drew an 18 car field to vie for the $3,000 winner's check. Charlie McKenna posted the thirteenth fastest lap overall during the qualifying session and later moved past three competitors during his heat race to finish fourth. After rolling off from the inside of the sixth row in the 30-lapper, Charlie steered his MB Customs mount past four racecars en route to a steady seventh place showing. Full results from last night at Thayer County Speedway can be viewed online at www.slmrseries.com.


MCKENNA'S RUN SPOILED BY LAPPED CAR

Posted August 9, 2021
The McKenna Motorsports team followed the Malvern Bank Series west to Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska on Saturday night, August 7 for a $3,000 to win throwdown. Charlie McKenna timed in ninth fastest overall during the qualifying session before securing a victory in his heat race. After starting the A-Main from the inside of the second row, Charlie was running in the third spot when an incident with a lapped car dropped the Ames, Iowa ace to a disappointing fifteenth place showing. Sunday's stop to Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa was then unfortunately washed out by inclement weather. Full results from Junction Motor Speedway can be viewed online at www.slmrseries.com.


CHARLIE MCKENNA ON PODIUM AT STUART!

Posted August 2, 2021
Charlie McKenna and the McKenna Motorsports team were scheduled to compete in a trio of Malvern Bank Series shootouts from July 30-August 1 in the states of Kansas and Iowa. On Friday night in a $3,000 to win show at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, Charlie won his heat race in preliminary action prior to winding up seventh in the final rundown of the A-Main. Saturday's event, which was slated to shell out a $3,500 top prize, was then unfortunately rained-out at Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa.

The SLMR triple shot then concluded with a Sunday special at Stuart International Speedway in Stuart, Iowa. Charlie clicked off the second fastest lap overall during time trials before placing third in his heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the third row in the $3,000 to win headliner, the Ames, Iowa ace moved past a couple of cars en route to a stellar third place podium effort behind only winner Kyle Berck and runner-up Tad Pospisil! Complete results from the busy weekend can be viewed online at www.slmrseries.com.


MCKENNA HOLDS HIS OWN AGAINST LUCAS OIL FOES

Posted July 25, 2021
McKenna Motorsports trekked west to I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska from July 20-24 for a lucrative stretch of racing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Things kicked off with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary shows leading into the 'I-80 Nationals.' After unfortunately failing to transfer into Tuesday's 30-lap opener, Charlie McKenna placed third in his heat race on Wednesday prior to finishing eighteenth in the final rundown of the 30-lapper. The Ames, Iowa ace then ran fifth in his B-Main on Thursday, received a provisional to gain access into the $30,000 to win 'I-80 Nationals,' and eventually wound up twenty-eighth in the 53-lap headliner.

Over the weekend at the Cornhusker State venue, a whopping $53,000 top prize was up for grabs in the annual running of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals.' In the double set of heat races on Friday night, Charlie finished fifth in his first heat race and ninth in his second prelim of the evening. Unfortunately, motor woes during his B-Main on Saturday took him out of contention to advance into the 80-lap grand finale that was eventually won by Kyle Bronson. Full results from the last five days can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.


CHARLIE MCKENNA WIRES FIELD AT WEBSTER CITY!

Posted July 18, 2021
Ames, Iowa standout Charlie McKenna recorded his second feature win of the 2021 racing season on Saturday night, July 17 at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa! In a weekly Late Model event, Charlie won his heat race in preliminary action and later rolled off from the pole position in the 20-lap main event. Charlie then wired the feature field in leading every lap to bag the $700 top prize over a top five that consisted of runner-up Jason Hahne, Jeff Aikey, Gabe Umbarger, and Curt Schroeder! Full results from last night's race can be accessed online at www.hamiltoncospeedway.com. (Jodie Casey Photo)


MCKENNA BLASTS TO TOP FIVE AT ALBION!

Posted July 12, 2021
Charlie McKenna and his #22 team entered a pair of high-profile races last week in the states of Iowa and Nebraska. On Tuesday night, July 6 in the 'Denny Osborn Memorial' at Independence Motor Speedway in Independence, Iowa, Charlie placed seventh in his heat race and fourth in his B-Main before rolling off from the outside of the twelfth row in the $7,200 to win headliner for the IMCA Late Models. The Ames, Iowa standout then wheeled his MB Customs mount past eleven competitors during the 60-lapper to land in the thirteenth finishing position.

Following a rain-out on Saturday at Junction (NE) Motor Speedway, McKenna Motorsports was in the pit area on Sunday, July 11 at Boone County Raceway in Albion, Nebraska. The Malvern Bank Super Late Model Series presided over the 'Tanner Pelster Memorial' and a $3,111 top prize was up for grabs. Charlie received a provisional to gain access into the 31-lap main event, but made the best of it by charging past seventeen cars to salvage an impressive fifth place performance. He trailed only winner Kyle Berck, Josh Leonard, Ben Schaller, and Corey Zeitner at the checkers! Full results from both races can be viewed online at the Indee My Race Pass page and www.slmrseries.com.


CHARLIE MCKENNA POCKETS $3,000 AT FAYETTE CO!

Posted June 27, 2021
Ames, Iowa ace Charlie McKenna claimed his first feature win in dominating fashion on Friday night, June 25 at Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa! Charlie earned Fast Time honors during Hoker Trucking Series qualifying and later advanced up to second in his heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the front row in the 30-lap headliner, Charlie led the entire feature distance to pocket the $3,000 top prize over a top five that consisted of runner-up Chad Holladay, Matt Ryan, Justin Kay, and Jason Rauen!

Earlier in the weekend, the #22 team was in Hoker Trucking Series action at Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa on Thursday evening. Charlie moved up to finish fifth in his heat race and later battled a spring issue during the A-Main, which helped lead to a tenth place effort in the $3,000 to win contest. Saturday's series tilt at Independence Motor Speedway in Independence, Iowa was then washed out early in the day due to inclement weather. Full results from the final weekend in June can be located online at www.slmrseries.com. (K.C. Rooney Photo)

 

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