LIBERTY FIRE CO. FIRECRACKER 40 FOR BRC LATE MODELS TOPS THE JULY 4TH SHOW AT GRANDVIEW
Miscue by fireworks provider forces cancellation of fireworks show admission price lowered
BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 1, 2015 . . . The best laid plans sometimes go astray. That is the case with the fireworks portion of the huge 4th of July Holiday Show that is planned for Grandview Speedway for this Saturday night AT 7:30 p.m.
“Unfortunately we have had to cancel the fireworks portion of the show. Based on plans made last year with the pyrotechnic company used by the speedway for a number of years we advertised fireworks. It has been part of our holiday show for years,” said assistant track general manager Tina Rogers. “After three unanswered calls we were finally advised that a scheduling snafu by the pyrotechnic company, again a firm we have used for years, would result in no fireworks for Grandview. We made every effort to secure the services of other companies but at this late date it just could not be done.
We do apologize to our fans, many who look forward to the fireworks show each year. The ticket price for the Holiday show, still a great one, will be reduced to $20 for adults.”
The huge Independence show of NASCAR stock car racing will include the Liberty Fire Co. Firecracker 40 for BRC Late Models along with the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds and Sportsman stock cars. With the Late Models not having raced for three weeks there should be plenty of action filled racing excitement in the Firecracker 40. And the Modifieds and Sportsman have been out of action for two weeks because of rainouts so their events should be packed with extra excitement also.
Big Diamond Honors our American Heroes
Big Diamond Speedway will continue to honor members of our Military in two ways. Not only do ACTIVE military members receive FREE admission into every race, but beginning this Friday, June 26, all Veterans of our military who have military ID, will receive a FREE meal ticket at each race.
Veterans will need an official military ID to receive their meal ticket, which is good for one hot dog, one slice of pizza AND one drink. The Veteran Meal Ticket will be given to them when they purchase their admission tickets as long as proper ID is provided.
Friday, JUNE 26 is Blyth's Cleaning Services Night. Lias Tire Modifieds, USS Achey Sportsman, Savage 61 Roadrunner Crazy 8's, four eight lap features, and a 20 lap Sportsman make up feature. Adult General Admission is $15, Senior Citizen admission is $13. ACTIVE military with ID and kids 12 and under are FREE!
Coming up on Friday July 3 B&H Landscaping presents the George/Georgie Stevenson Memorial race where the Lias Tire Modifieds will be running a 35 lap feature event paying $4,000 to win and $300 just to take the green. There will also be a Cash Dash for the Modifieds presented by Mark’s Service Center. The USS Achey Sportsman will be competing for $1,000 to win in their feature event that evening. The Savage 61 Roadrunners and 600cc Modifieds will join in on the fun. There will be a great fireworks display for families to enjoy and celebrate Fourth of July weekend. General Admission for this event will be $25 and children 12 and under and active military with ID are admitted for free.
After nearly three decades of raising money for children and adults battling life threatening and debilitating illnesses, George Stevenson passed away in April. Big Diamond, however, is proud to bring the past and present together as track management honors both George the father and Georgie his son, who not only made their mark on racing, but impacted the lives of countless children who suffered for decades.
George's passion for sick and dying kids was famous along the East coast. By partnering with Big Diamond and their drivers and fans, the annual Georgie Stevenson Memorial Race, named in honor of George's late son who was a huge race fan before his death, the speedway became the premier venue to raise money for "George's kids." Now that George has passed on, it's time to recognize him and his efforts.
Gates open at 5:45 PM. Warm ups begin at 7:45. Racing begins at 8:15 PM.
DANNY O'BRIEN BECOMES 7TH DIFFERENT 358 MOD WINNER OF THE YEAR AT BROCKVILLE
In racing action the 358 Modifieds were set to take the green for a 30 lap event and Joe Banks was on the charge as he took the early race lead over Kyle Dingwall, Chris Herbison, Jason Riddell and Danny O'Brien. Banks had a fast car and was running away from the field but Kyle Dingwall had other ideas. On lap 9 Dingwall closed in making it a 2 car battle for the lead as Herbison, Danny O'Brien and Riddell all battled for a top 5 spot behind the race leaders. On lap 10 Dingwall made the pass for the lead and started to open up a sizeable advantage over Banks. Danny O'Brien by this time was on the move as well, he worked his way to 3rd and closed in on the top 2. Dingwall held the top spot but O'Brien had a plan and that was to go to the outside of the race track and put on a show. He did just that getting around Banks for 2nd and quickly reeled in the race leader using that outside lane while Dingwall stayed committed to the bottom. On lap 19 Danny made the pass for the lead leaving Dingwall 2nd, Chris Herbison, Joe Banks and Pat O'Brien completed the top 5. The caution flew for Lance Willix who hit an infield tire on lap 19 bunching the field up for another restart. When the green flew Danny O'Brien stayed in control but older brother Pat was on the move. He quickly got by Banks for 4th then just 2 laps later, was able to sneak by Herbison for 3rd but still had plenty of work to do to catch younger brother Danny and Kyle Dingwall. A lap 27 yellow bunched the field up one last time, but when the green flew Danny O'Brien was the class of the field as he stormed to his first win of the season over Dingwall, Pat O'Brien, Chris Herbison and Joe Banks.
In the 25 lap Sportsman feature Jason Cummings led the opening 5 laps over Dave Wilgosh, Dylan Evoy, Jeremy LaSalle and Tabatha Murphy. Evoy has struggled a bit at Brockville in 2015. He's had fast cars but no luck, on this night the luck looked to go in his favor as he took over the top spot from Cummings on lap 7 with LaSalle, Tyler Givogue and Steve Barber completing the top 5. Evoy was on a mission as he cruised around the top side of the speedway building up a full straightaway lead as behind the leader LaSalle, Steve Barber Tyler Givogue and Ryan Scott were all having a great battle in the top 5. On lap 20 Barber finally was able to clear LaSalle for 2nd but still had some ground to make up to try and catch Dylan Evoy. On lap 23 the final yellow flew setting up a 2 lap dash to the checkered flag. When the green came back out, Barber did all he could to get by for the win but Evoy was not to be denied as he scored his first Brockville Speedway win of 2015. Barber came home 2nd with LaSalle, Ryan Scott and Tyler Givogue rounding out the top 5.
In the Rookie Sportsman feature Nathan Berry had his way with the field as he took the lead at the drop of the green over Greg Ezard and Tom Roy. Several mid race cautions slowed the race but Berry was not bothered by this at all as he held on with no problems to score his 2nd career win and 2nd in the last 4 weeks. Greg Ezard took a borrowed ride to the 2nd spot with Tom Roy, Madison Mulder and Troy Molson rounded out the top 5.
The Rookie 15 lap feature was one of the most exciting races of the night as Teddy Baird took over the lead at the green flag over Josh Read, Jamie Truelove, Dylan Kirkland and Corbin Millar. Read had a great car and was pressuring Baird for the lead which was what he did on lap 4 bringing Millar to 2nd as Baird completed the top 3. Millar tried several different lines including the bottom but on lap 6 his great night ended as he lost a tire in turn 2 ending his great run and a shot at a potential win. When the green flew Read had another contender in the form of Jamie Truelove while Baird, Tyler French and Michael Dillon who came from 19th to round out the top 5. Truelove did all he could do in the remaining laps but it looked like Josh Read was well in line to grab his first ever win. On the white flag lap Read headed into turn 3 and used a lower line, this allowed Truelove to gain momentum on the extreme outside lane. Truelove took full advantage as he pulled but Read to win by a half car length at the checkered flag. Josh Read settled for a heart breaking 2nd place finish. Tyler French, Teddy Baird and Michael Dillon rounded out the top 5.
DANNY O'BRIEN, Kyle Dingwall, Pat O'Brien, Chris Herbison, Joe Banks, Stephane Lafrance, Ryan Arbuthnot, John Mulder, Bobby Herrington, Jason Riddell, Roger Levesque, Gage Morin, Lance Willix II, Kenny Polite, Jordan McCreadie, (DNS) Steve Bilow
DYLAN EVOY, Steve Barber, Jeremy LaSalle, Ryan Scott, Tyler Givogue, Louie Jackson Jr., Jason Shipclark, Aaron Pugh, Jason Cummings, Johnathon Ferguson, Shane Sterns, Tabatha Murphy, Connor Dawdy, Tristan Draper, Joey Evans, Jessica Power, Billy Cook, Cory Winters, Steve Morris, Dave Wilgosh, Corey Wheeler, Scott McGill
NATHAN BERRY, Greg Ezard, Tom Roy, Madison Mulder, Troy Molson, Josh Kirkland, Tyler Reynolds, Alex Fredette, Gabriel Cyr, (DNS)Suzi Roy
Weller (URC) and Laubach (358 mods) visit Victory Lane Friday Evening at Big Diamond Speedway
Minersville, PA June 19, 2015
The URC 360 Sprint cars made a stop at the Big Diamond Speedway Friday evening and put on a great show for the large crowd that was in attendance on this beautiful evening for racing. The field was led to the green for their 25 lap feature event by Joe Trenca and Justin Barger. Trenca would set the early pace, but then Josh Weller would take over the top spot on the second lap. From there he would work his way through the tail end of the field and lap several cars before finding his way to Victory Lane. Meanwhile, Trenca would find himself battling with Justin Barger for the runner up spot and it would be Barger who would finish runner up followed by Trenca, Curt Michael and Robbie Stillwaggon. The race was stopped for on lap 22 when Tyler Ross spiraled over the wall between turn 3 and 4 and left the racing surface. The driver was ok and despite landing on his wheels after what some called a helicopter style flight, his car was unable to continue after it landed in the trees just outside of the track. The heats were won by Joe Trenca, Justin Barger and Josh Weller and the Consolation event was won by Larry Kelleher.
The Lias Tire 358 Modified Feature saw Justin Grim and Kyle Follweiler lead the field to the green flag for the start of their 25 lap feature event. Grim would take the early lead, followed by Scott Albert. Albert would take over the top spot on the restart on lap 3, but Grim would quickly take the top spot back. Justin had Billy Pauch Jr. on his rear bumper, and on lap six, Billy would take over the top spot. Grim would soon be facing the challenges from Rick Laubach who was working his way to the front hoping to score another victory this season. Grim would have a tire go down and have to exit the track during a caution period on lap 11 and despite the efforts of his crew, he would return to the race on the next completed lap, leaving him one lap down on the field. Laubach would get his chance to go after the lead after the restart on lap 12 and would jump out in front of Billy Pauch Jr., but Pauch was not going to sit back and let Rick have the top spot honors for long, as he regained the lead on lap 15. It looked as though Pauch had the win locked up, but coming out of turn 2 on the final lap, his car slowed and this gave Laubach the chance to get by him and score the victory. Duane Howard would finish in the runner up spot, followed by Jared Umbenhauer, Ray Swinehart and John Willman. The GME Hard Charger Award was earned by Duane Howard for starting 14th and finishing 2nd for a gain of 12 positions. The heats were won by John Willman, Colt Harris and Kyle Follweiler.
Modified Feature Results - 1. Rick Laubach 2. Duane Howard 3. Jared Umbenhauer 4. Ray Swinehart 5. John Willman 6. Kyle Follweiler 7. Kevin Beach Jr. 8. Andy Burkhart 9. Bobby Gunther Walsh 10. Scott Albert 11. Paul Moyer 12. Shawn Fitzpatrick 13. Justin Grim 14. Billy Pauch Jr. 15. Joe Mooney 16. Dan Hineline 17. Heath Metzger 18. Colt Harris 19. Jimmy Bobbit Jr. 20. Steve Young 21. Craig VonDohren 22. Meme DeSantis 23. Mario Dinatale
URC Feature Results - 1. Josh Weller 2. Justin Barger 3. Joe Trenca 4. Curt Michael 5. Robbie Stillwaggon 6. Jason Clauss 7. Randy West 8. Troy Betts 9. Davie Franek 10. Jimmy Stetzel 11. Brad Franks 12. Scott Lutz 13. Keith Prutzman 14. Kevin Albert 15. Mark Bitner 16. Art Liedl 17. Jason Cherry 18. Tyler Ross 19. Larry Kelleher 20. JR Berry 21. Andy Best
RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY LOSES SECOND OF SEASON TO MOTHER NATURE
Ransomville, NY – Friday, June 12th, 2015 – Mother Nature won her second of the season last Friday as late afternoon thunderstorms forced Ransomville officials to cancel the racing program. “While we were able to beat the odds the week prior and complete our racing program, it just wasn’t in the cards this week,” commented PR Director Tana Robinson. “Heavy rains all week made for saturated grounds coming into the day,” continued Robinson. “The heavy rain that fell at 3:30 pm proved to be too much for the track and grounds to absorb.”
Coming up next Friday is a Full card of FinditQuick.com Modifieds, Investors Services Sportsman, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks, Gippster’s Collision 4 Bangers, and Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman presented by BlueCross and BlueShield of WNY and National Maintenance Contracting Corporation. Special tickets are available for purchase through the United Way in Niagara Falls and will include dinner and admission. Please call Bill Jakobi if interested in purchasing (716) 216-4582. “Mother nature has not been kind to us for the United Way event the past three years,” commented Robinson. “We will give it another shot this coming Friday, June 19th – the scheduled rain-date.”
The point’s battles continue to heat up as the cream has certainly risen to the top. Ransomville native Erick Rudolph currently holds the lead in the Modifieds over fellow Ransomville competitor Ryan Susice. The pair lead Scott Kerwin, Mr. Smallblock Pete Bicknell, and defending champion Danny Johnson.
A familiar trio of names find themselves at the top of the Sportsman list as 2013 champion Jesse Cotriss leads the way. James Michael Friesen and Greg Martin sit second and third. These three finished in the top three last season with Martin the champion.
THE EXCITEMENT OF 305 SPRINTS, THE NASCAR 358 MODIFIEDS AND SPORTSMAN MAKE UP ACTION PACKED TRIPLEHEADER SET FOR SATURDAY AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 10, 2015 . . . The first Saturday night appearance for the 305 Sprints is what Grandview Speedway fans have been talking about. And that appearance is set for this Saturday, June 13, 7:30 p.m. Fans will also be anxious to see if there will be a new winner in the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified feature race as seven different drivers have visited victory lane already this season. The third part of the tripleheader show being sponsored by A.D.Moyer Lumber Co. will be the always exciting Sportsman stock cars.
Defending TSRS champion Mike Haggenbottom will be leading a talented array of Winged Sprint racers as they test their skills on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. More than two dozen of high powered sprint cars are expected to see action in a series of qualifying events topped off by an action filled feature race.
The 358 Modifieds have been offering fans “edge of their seat” action this season that has had them guessing who will be in victory lane. Ron Seltmann, winner of his first career feature victory last Saturday, will be looking to make it two in a row but will have stiff competition from the likes of Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Don Norris, Jr. and a host of others.
And the Sportsman talents will offer their always entertaining racing action.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet set to take place at the same time near the main entrance. The Meet and Greet will feature Modified racer Don Norris Jr., Sportsman talent Craig Whitmoyer and Late Model star Randy Stoudt along with 305 Sprint racer Ryan Stillwagon. The stock car racers all have an affiliation with Boobie Nation and Alex’s Lemonade Stand and will be in the midst of a Lemon Aid Days fundraising effort. Racing gets the green flag at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is set at $18 while youngsters 11 and under are admitted FREE. Active military with proper ID are admitted FREE.
Fans are reminded that the Ingersoll Rand Texting contest runs from 11 a.m. on Saturday to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Winner receives an IR Merchandise pack. Just text IRToolsGRV to 313131.
Then on Sunday, 1 p.m. there is Enduro racing action along with the Blast from the Past Vintage car racing action. Outlaw Enduro racing will include 2-60 lap races for big cars and 2-60 lap races for small cars plus 20-lap Ladies race. In addition two 15-lap features for Blast from the Past Vintage Cars. Adult admission is just $10.
Tuesday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. the Thunder on the Hill Series Super DirtCar Series Modifieds 18th Annual Traffic Jam Big Block Modifieds event takes place and will have the Big Blocks featured in 60-lap main event while the 358 Modifieds will go 30 Laps (NASCAR points will be awarded). Adult admission is $25.
Saturday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. fans can celebrate Father’s Day. Pocono Raceway. A tire changing contest will be on-going as fans try to win Free Pocono tickets. Feature winners receive $600 prize package from Ingersoll Rand, First 200 DADS through the front gate receive a free Grandview Speedway Can Koozie. Racing includes T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 11 and under are admitted free. Fans taking part in the IR Tools texting contest will win the IR merchandise package plus two tickets to a regular Saturday show.
Auto Racers for Kids Benefit Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park
Mercer, PA (June 9, 2015): The sixth running of the Auto Racers for Kids charity event will be held at Mercer Raceway Park this Saturday, June 13. The list of previous winners reads like a who's who in the 410 Sprint Car World, and the current edition promises to be bigger and better than before. All of the regular classes that comprise the Saturday Night Live! racing program will be on hand, and they can all go for broke because the finishes will not affect the season point championship contests.
The Auto Racers for Kids foundation was founded by Erie-area businessmen, and it has since come under the leadership of Fairview, PA's Scott Bonnell. Bonnell's name should sound familiar to the fans who attend Mercer Raceway Park, for he was a standout in the 410 Sprint Car ranks before suffering career-ending injuries in a crash at another regional speedway. Despite that setback, Bonnell remains committed to Sprint Car racing, indeed to racing in general, as his name adorns several race cars, and he is the title sponsor of racing divisions at the Park and at Eriez Speedway, another facility that will host an Auto Racers for Kids program in the coming weeks. Bonnell has generously supported the foundation throughout its history. This event is made possible by Bonnell's Rod Shop.
All of the proceeds from this event, and the companion program for Late Models to be held at Eriez, benefit disadvantaged children and youths in Northwestern PA.
In 2010, the Auto Racers for Kids presented three Sprint Car races, one of which was held at Mercer.
The winner that night was Jack Sodeman, Jr., who donated his entire purse to the cause! Other winners that first year were current World of Outlaws star Daryn Pittman and Danny Mumaw. Since then, there has been but one Sprint Car race held, and it has been an annual affair at the Park. Brian Ellenberger scored in 2011, current All Stars racer Danny Holtgraver prevailed in 2012, Rod George took the honors in 2013, and Ed Lynch, Jr. topped the 2014 edition. Who will it be in 2015?
A hidden fact is that C.J. Jones has won the last two runnings of the charity race for the Outlaw Sprint Warrior division. Jeff Teeters has done the same in the Modified Lite class.
In addition to the two classes of Sprint Cars, and the Mod Lites, the 358 Modifieds, Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks will also be on hand.
The 410 Sprint Car portion of the program will pay $3,000 to the winner, while a cool grand awaits each of the winners in the Outlaw Sprint Warriors and 358 Modifieds. The happiest Stock Car pilot will grab $500. Should Teeters get his third Mod Lite win in a row, it would be worth $375. The Minis will chase after $200.
The gates will open at 4, practice will start at 6:30, and racing will commence at 7. Please come out early, as a large crowd is expected for this popular event.
The adult admission for this charity inspired event will be $15. Seniors (60+) will be admitted for $13, students (9-15) for $7, and children (8 and under) will be free. The Family Pass will apply for two adults and up to four minors of any age. That will be $35. Pit Passes will also be $35.
Another reason to get to the track early is the auctions that will take place behind the grandstands.
There will be silent auctions and Chinese auctions. Racing memorabilia and other exciting prizes will be available. Fans and racers wishing to donate merchandise should come early and bring their items to the rear of the main grandstands.
If you cannot make it to the track for this one, please remember that the Mid-Season Championships will be held on Saturday, June 20. Double points will be on the line. That will also be Meet Your Heroes Night, and that will be presented by Herr's, the official snack food sponsor at Mercer Raceway Park.
RED WHITE & BLUE AUTOS NIGHT: SMOKEY THE BEAR TO VISIT WITH THE DCNR THIS FRIDAY AT BIG DIAMOND
Be sure to check out Big Diamond Speedway this Friday evening June 12 for the Red White and Blue Auto Sales Night, as you will not want to miss out on all the excitement. This week the Lias Tire 358 Modifieds will be back in action and last week’s winner, the “Ultimate Underdog”, John Willman will see if he can make it two wins in a row after taking home a $3000 payday last week for his win in the Modified feature event. Rick Laubach, Duane Howard, Billy Pauch, Kevin Beach, and MeMe DeSantis are a few others who will battle it out for the top spot in points.
The USS Achey Sportsman are in action and will be ready to challenge back to back winner Doug Hendricks. The talented field will be trying their best to stop his winning streak, such as Wayne Witmer, Charles Fayash, Mike Mammana, Tim Fitzpatrick, Daryl Dissinger and current points leader Mike Lisowski. These guys will be swapping positions throughout their qualifiers and feature trying to get the best finish possible including the ever popular trip to the Red White and Blue Auto Sales Victory Lane.
Jim Kost will try to be the best of the best in the Savage 61 Roadrunner class, but drivers such as Shon Elk, Chris Holland, Terry Kramer Jr, and Tim Fitzpatrick want to be the first ones across the finish line when the checker flag waves at the end of their 20 lap feature event. The last few races for the Roadrunners have been action packed and the winners have been decided coming down to the line as they have been battling hard each week.
Returning after their week off will the be Slifko Fabrication Street Stocks. Jasen Geesaman has been the dominate force so far this year, but Mike Radocha, Jeremy Becker and Rich Bossinger hope to end Geesemans winning streak and park their cars in the Red White and Blue Auto Sales Victory Lane this week.
There will be a Big Wheels Race for the kids at intermission time, all you need to do is bring along your little racer’s big wheel and be ready to race! There will be prizes for the kids and something for all participants as well.
Smokey the Bear will also be at the track this Friday along with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) with a few of their fire response brush trucks, coloring books for the kids, wristbands, and some reading information for the fans in attendance. Be sure to bring the family out to participate in the Big Wheel Races and meet Smokey the Bear!
The drivers and track have been working hard all week to prepare in order to put on a great show for the fans, so be sure to come out to Big Diamond Speedway Friday June 12 and cheer on your favorite drivers during the Red White and Blue Auto Sales night.
Red White and Blue Auto Sales is the place to shop for your next car, be sure to check them out on the web at www.rwbautos.com to see their inventory of pre owned cars available, with financing options for everyone. They can be reached at 570-875-2225.
General Admission is $15, Senior Citizens are $13 and Active Military with ID and kids 12 and under are FREE!
Gates Open at 5:45 PM with Warm ups starting at 7:45 and racing getting underway at 8:15.
LISOWSKI WINS 40-LAP SPORTSMAN RACE AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. June 6, 2015 . . . Mike Lisowski, behind the wheel of the M&J Construction No. 15, stayed patient and held off the constant challenges of Jason Neidlinger in the NASCAR Sportsman Summer Splash 40-lap feature sponsored by Bashore Trucking/BFP Specialty on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. Lisowski actually lost the lead to Neidlinger at one point, but regained control and later withstood runner-up Craig Whitmoyer’s bids to collect a $1,500 payday. “My car was tight early in the race, but it got better when fuel burned off,” commented an elated Lisowski in victory lane after posting his second win of the season.
The 30-lap Modified feature went non-stop and produced a well-earned career first win for veteran campaigner Ron Seltman Jr. Fighting handling issues all season long, the dedicated crew members stuck with him and had the car in top notch form. The win didn’t come early for Seltman Jr. since he had to deal with lapped traffic and constant pressure from second-place finisher Ray Swinehart, who ironically helps him set up his car, from the 14th lap until the end. Seltman Jr. beat him out by a tire at the line. Seltman Jr. said “the win means more to him than anyone can imagine and in addition to Ray’s help he also thanked defending point champion Jeff Strunk and Mike Gular for their input.”
In the 40-lap Sportsman event Paul Houseknecht led seven laps before Lisowski charged to the outside for the pass and the lead on the restart needed when Brett Gilmore stopped in the third turn. Neidlinger and Dean Bachman followed for second and third the same time as Houseknecht dropped to fourth and Sean Weiss fifth.
The side-by-side battle for first went on lap after lap with Lisowski on the high side and Neidlinger trying the inside to dive underneath.
Neidlinger managed to make the pass stick for the 22nd and 23rd lap, but Lisowski was back on top the 24th circuit.
A three-way dual for first ensued by the 26th lap between Lisowski, Neidlinger and Craig Whitmoyer with Brian Hirthler and Brett Kressley just waiting in the wins for a slip-up.
Neidlinger, who was having his best run of the season, bounced off the homestretch wall on the 30th lap and kept going, but lost valuable positions.
Behind Lisowski, Whitmoyer, Hirthler, K. Gilmore and Kressley were bumper-to-bumper which gave him some breathing room.
Lisowski kept everyone at bay and didn’t make a mistake to capture the victory. Chasing him across were Whitmoyer, Kressley and K. Gilmore. Sixth through tenth were Neidlinger, Jim Housworth, Erik Renninger, Jeff Sechrist and Paul Kline.
Houseknecht, Sean Weiss and Neidlinger won the heats. The consi went to K. Gilmore.
Seltman Jr. started on the outside pole in the Modified main and quickly charged past Mike Bailey, who is getting adjusted to the car after returning a few weeks ago, to be the new leader on the second lap.
Within a few laps Seltman Jr. opened daylight and was being chased down by Swinehart, Bailey, Jarrad Miller and Eric Biehn.
By the 12th lap Swinehart began to reel Seltman Jr. in as lap cars came into play. Two laps later Swinehart was on Seltman Jr.’s tailpipe and the pair went side by side with neither one giving in.
The race behind them was a heated one between Don Norris Jr., Miller and Bailey. Trying to get into the top five mix were Doug Manmiller, Mike Gular and Craig Von Dohren.
Coming on for the checkered Swinehart gave it his all and made one last effort to pass Seltmann Jr., but fell short by a wheel and 0.035 seconds. Third went to Norris Jr. with Miller, fourth and Gular, fifth to score their season best finishes. VonDohren, Bailey, Manmiller, John Willman and Kyle Weiss rounded out the top ten.
Heats were won by Norris Jr., Bailey and Kevin Hirthler. Nate Christman was the consi winner.
Stoudt led from the wave of the green until the drop of the checkered for his second win in the Late Model feature.
Cory Merkel, while running second, spun in the fourth turn for the fifth lap caution. Stoudt continued his rapid pace on the restart while Ogin, Chuck Schutz, Dan Green and Joe Fanelli trailed. Wayne Pfeil soon joined the thick of the battle.
No one got close enough to Stoudt to challenge him as he was victorious again followed by Ogin, Schutz, Green and Pfeil. Sixth through tenth were Fanelli, Sean Merkel, Kyle Merkel, Mike Wharton and Kory Fleming, last week’s feature winner.
C. Merkel and Stoudt were the heat winners.
Sportsman Feature Finish (40-Laps): 1. Mike Lisowski, 2. Craig Whitmoyer, 3. Brett Kressley, 4. Kenny Gilmore, 5. Brian Hirthler, 6. Jason Neidlinger, 7. Jim Housworth, 8. Erik Renninger, 9. Jeff Sechrist, 10. Paul Kline, 11. Dean Bachman, 12. Brian Kressley, 13. Ken Eckert Jr., 14. Jordan Henn, 15. Paul Houseknecht, 16. Brett Gilmore, 17. Ryan Lilick, 18. Brad Arnold, 19. Kyle Lilick, 20. Ryan Beltz, 21. Pat Conrad (alternate), 22. Sean Weiss, 23. Andy Ressler, 24. Ryan Shupp. DNS: Mark Kemmerer. DNQ: Mike Koffel and Brandon Whitmoyer.
358 Modified Feature Finish (30-Laps): 1. Ron Seltmann Jr., 2. Ray Swinehart, 3. Don Norris Jr., 4. Jarrad Miller, 5. Mike Gular, 6. Craig Von Dohren, 7. Mike Bailey, 8. Doug Manmiller, 9. John Willman, 10. Kyle Weiss, 11. Jared Umbenhauer, 12. Jeff Strunk, 13. Frank Cozze, 14. Meme DeSantis, 15. Danny Erb, 16. Duane Howard, 17. Kevin Hirthler, 18. Nate Christman, 19. Ryan Grim, 20. Glenn Strunk, 21. Jamie Speers, 22. Mike Kellner, 23. Eric Biehn, 24. Brian Houseknecht, 25. Todd Smith, 26. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 27. Tim Buckwalter, 28. Kyle Borror. DNQ: Ron Haring Jr., Mark Kratz and Ryan Kunkle.
Late Model Feature Finish (25-Laps): 1. Randy Stoudt, 2. Dave Ogin, 3 Chuck Schutz, 4. Dan Green, 5. Wayne Pfeil, 6. Joe Fanelli, 7. Sean Merkel, 8. Kyle Merkel, 9. Mike Wharton, 10. Kory Fleming, 11. Rick Todorow, 12. Dean Stoudt, 13. John Giesler, 14. Cory Merkel, 15. Steve Wilson, 16. Blaine Emery, 17. Lou Egrie Jr., 18. Steve Gross.
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
358 MODIFIEDS AS OF JUNE 6, 2015
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 2381*
2. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 2199
3. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 2102**
4. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #88 1940*
5. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53/2 1872
6. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357/19 1830
7. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5 1774
8. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 1729*
9. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA #976 1700
10. Nate Christman, Fleetwood, PA #37 1667
SPORTSMAN AS OF JUNE 6, 2015
1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 2175****
2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 1893**
3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 1668
4. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 1647
5. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 1602
6. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 1480
7. Brad Arnold, Kenhorst, PA #830 1476
8. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 1453**
9. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ #51 1437
10. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #00 1346
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)
SIX DRIVERS SCORE CAREER FIRSTS AT BROCKVILLE
A busy night was in store this past Saturday night at the Brockville Ontario Speedway as the Sportsman and Rookie Sportsman would run their held over races from May 9th plus a full program in all classes. The top drivers were all in the hunt for the win on this night but drivers who had never won before were the ones making headlines.
The Sportsman were up next to conclude their held over feature from opening day, starting at lap 8 and Jessica Power led the field to green as behind her Tristan Draper, Jason Shipclark, Dylan Evoy and Shane Pecore were all in a battle for a top 5 position. On lap 14 Draper used the top side of turns 3 and 4, to take over the top spot with Power 2nd, Shipclark, Evoy and Pecore rounded out the top 5. The good news for Draper was that he had a fast race car, the bad part was he had no brakes during the entire race which caused him to change his driving style. This allowed Shipclark to reel in the leader as they both approached lapped traffic with 5 laps to go. Shipclark was able to get along side of Draper in traffic and the top 2 raced hard to the white flag. On the final lap Shipclark edged out in front of Draper as they headed into turn 3, but Draper never backed down and would drive by Shipclark to record his first ever win by a half car length. Shipclark had to settle for 2nd with Evoy, Power and Pecore completing the top 5. In the night cap Tabatha Murphy was the class of the field in the opening laps as she dominated the opening 11 laps with Jason Cummings and Ryan Scott completing the top 3 early on. On lap 12 Scott would move to 2nd and by halfway, would work his way by Murphy to take over the lead and start to pull away. In the meantime defending track champion Shane Pecore started 15th and was on the charge late in the event. He took 3rd from Murphy, then quickly got by Steve Barber for 2nd and would make a run at the leader with 5 laps to go. The yellow would fly on that same lap setting up a 5 lap dash to the checkers. When the green flew Ryan Scott played it perfect as he held off all challenges from Pecore to record his first ever Sportsman victory. Pecore held on for 2nd with Barber in 3rd, Jessica Power had a fantastic run coming home 4th and Tyler Givogue came from 19th on the grid to round out the top 5.
In the 358 Modified 30 lap event Andy Lloyd was looking to put all the bad luck behind him as he raced out to the early lead over Roger Levesque, Joe Banks, Kenny Polite and Bryan Rogers. Lloyd was trying to end a near 2 year winless drought and looked to have the car to beat as he held off multiple challenges in the first 14 laps from Banks, who was looking to put motor troubles behind him as he ran 2nd, with Bobby Herrington, Stephane Lafrance and Ryan Poole completing the top 5. On lap 15 the caution flew bunching the field up for a restart that would pay off large for Stephane Lafrance. When the green flew he quickly got by Herrington for 3rd then closed in on Banks for 2nd. He would grab the position and on lap 17 and used the bottom of the speedway off turn 2 to take over the lead and begin to put on a dominant performance in his brand new home built chassis. Behind the leader Pat O'Brien was also on the move as he moved into 2nd with 10 laps remaining and was on the charge looking for his 2nd win in a row, with Jordan McCreadie having another solid run in the 3rd spot. By lap 25 Lafrance had built up a full straightaway lead, O'Brien would narrow the gap to about 7 car lengths but that was about it as Stephane Lafrance would put all the bad luck behind him to score his 2nd win of the year and first at "The BOS"in 2015. O'Brien came home 2nd with Jordan McCreadie, Ryan Arbuthnot and Gage Morin rounding out the top 5.
358 Modified STEPHANE LAFRANCE, Pat O'Brien, Jordan McCreadie, Ryan Arbuthnot, Gage Morin, Kyle Dingwall, Danny O'Brien, Bobby Herrington, Andy Lloyd, Joe Banks, Bryan Rogers, Ryan Poole, Luke Stewart, Jason Riddell, John Mulder, Chris Herbison, Roger Levesque, Steve Bilow, Kenny Polite, Lance Willix II
Sportsman(From 5/9) TRISTAN DRAPER, Jason Shipclark, Dylan Evoy, Jessica Power, Shane Pecore, Jeremy LaSalle, Corey Winters, Ryan Scott, Aaron Pugh, Kyle Wilson, Connor Dawdy, Bruce Makinson, Jon Mills, Steve Barber, Shane Sterns, Johnathon Ferguson, Tyler Givogue, Billy Cook, Scott McGill, Tabatha Murphy, David Andre, Jason Cummings, Dave Wilgosh (DNS) Martin Pelletier, Dany Gagne, Mathieu Laramee, Dillon Sallows and Brad Winters
Sportsman RYAN SCOTT, Shane Pecore, Steve Barber, Jessica Power, Tyler Givogue, Tabatha Murphy, Kyle Wilson, Johnathon Ferguson, Shane Sterns, Jeremy LaSalle, Joey Evans, Aaron Pugh, Corey Winters, Tristan Draper, David Lapointe, Stephen Morris, Scott McGill, Jason Shipclark, Dylan Evoy, Jason Cummings, Bruce Makinson, David Andre, Jon Mills, Billy Cook, Dave Wilgosh (DNS) Connor Dawdy
Holden Scores Again in 358 Modifieds at Mercer
Mercer, PA (June 6, 2015): Defending track champion Jimmy Holden scored his second win of the seaon in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds at Mercer Raceway Park. He used a lapped car to maximum advantage as he raced by Lonny Riggs in turns three and four on lap 17 and then he held off Riggs in a two lap run to the checkers.
Dennis Lunger cruised to the $1,500 win in the unsanctioned Crate Late Model go, while C.J. Jones prevailed in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors.
Mike Thompson led the way in the Mini Stocks, presented by Epertherner's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles. Bryan Wagner topped the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, and Mark Marcucci won the nightcap for the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites.
Holden explained his winning move on Riggs, made with the assistance of a lapped car. "It would have been close, I think we were catching him, but as far as the timing went, its tough to say (if he would have been able to make the pass)." Holden was convinced that he had the better car. "Things just went our way tonight."
Riggs blasted out from the pole position to build a commanding lead. Young Kyle Holden, making his first start of the season, was impressive in the runner-up spot. Cousin Jimmy raced along in third, with Frankie Guidace and Kle Fink rounding out the top five.
Jimmy Holden took second away from Kyle by lap 10, and he immediately went after Riggs. He steadily cut into the margin, and by lap 15, he was nipping on Riggs' heels. Holden made the winning move two laps later with a little help from a lapped car.
With Jimmy Holden out front, and Riggs in second, it looked as though the racers might make it all the way to the finish without any interruption. It was not to be, however, as the cars racing in positions three, four, and five, tangled with two lapped cars in the second corner. That ended the outstanding effort of Kyle Holden. Also eliminated was Frankie Guidace, who has had nothing but bad luck so far in 2015. The other top five car involved, Kyle Fink, was able to resume the action.
Jimmy Holden selected the inside line for the restart. While Riggs raced hard into turn one, he was unable to get his nose ahead again. Holden pulled away coming off turn two and led the rest of the way. Riggs was second, but veteran Tommy Kristyak used the restart to pick up valuable points in his quest for a track championship. Rob Curtis placed fourth. Last week's winner, J.R. McGinley was fifth.
Fink rebounded to sixth. JeffSchaffer, Jr. edged out Brian Schaffer for seventh. Sid Unversagt, Jr. was ninth, and Shayne Izzo was tenth, despite spinning in turn three on the final lap.
Rich Whitney and Frankie Guidace scored in their respective heat races. There was no B Main.
Lunger was happy to getthe win, but disappointed that more of his brethren did not support the show. "We really love this place, we wish they had the Crate cars more often, but we understand that we won't get the chances to race here if the racers will not support the show." Lunger talked the race up the night before at another area track. "I tried to get cars, and I think we got a couple of them to come down," he said.
Bobby Whitling set the pace in the Crate Late Model feature event, with Dennis Lunger, Matt Latta, Alan Dellinger, and Joe Long holding spots in the top five. Dellinger tangled with Russ Byler in turn two on lap four, and both competitors were out of the race.
On the restart, Whitling rode the cushion, but he got a bit too wide in turn four, and that left the middle open for Lunger. Lunger drove by, and never looked back. One brief caution did bring him back to the rest of the field, but nobody could keep up with him over the remaining laps.
At the checkers, it was Lunger ahead of Matt Latta, Whitling, Khole Wanzer, and Long. Breyton Santee was the final finisher. Byler and Dellinger were scored in seventh and eighth based on laps completed.
Russ Byler topped the preliminary for the Crate Late Models. There was no B Main.
C.J. Jones was the surprise winner in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. He was racing in fifth when an unusual set of events eliminated the first four cars on lap 14. Mark Rossey, Cody Bova, and Jeff Taylor were collected by a lapped car in turn four. Meanwhile, the leader, George Hobaugh, Jr., got together with another lapped car in turn three. That moved Jones to the front, and he delivered the win from there.
Mike Miller, Darin Gallagher, and Jake Gomola, other racers who benefited from the shuffles, were second through fourth. Bova made a daring run back through the field in the final six laps to take fifth.
Terry Young, subbing for his niece, Kotie Kirkbride, was sixth.Mike Marano, II was seventh. Hobaugh came back to eighth without the nose wing of his machine. Ninth belonged to Chris Matthews. George Englert was tenth.
Heat winners were Cody Bova and C.J. Jones. There was no B Main.
358 Modifieds: Jimmy Holden, Lonny Riggs, Tommy Kristyak, Rob Curtis, J.R. McGinley, Kyle Fink, JeffSchaffer, Jr., Brian Schaffer, Sid Unversagt, Jr., Shayne Izzo, Kevin Green, Makayla Guidace, Kyle Holden, Frank Guidace, Rich Whitney, Clyde Gumpp (DNS).
Crate Late Models: Dennis Lunger, Matt Latta, Bobby Whitling, Khole Wanzer, Joe Long, Breyton Santee, Russ Byler, Alan Dellinger.
Outlaw Sprint Warriors: C.J. Jones, Mike Miller, Darin Gallagher, Jake Gomola, Terry Young, Mike Marano, II, George Hobaugh, Jr., Chris Matthews, George Englert, Devin Litwiler, Tim Callahan, Mark Rossey, Jeff Taylor, Darren Pifer, Andy Feil, Andrew Fescemyer, Alex Paden (DNS).
John Willman takes home the $3000 Modified Feature win
Minersville, PA June 5, 2015 The Ultimate Underdog, John Willman set his eyes on the big prize Friday evening when the Lias Tire 358 Modified Feature boasted $3000 to win and was able to hold off many talented racers in order to score his first win at the Minersville oval. Ray Swinehart would follow and challenge Willman for the lead early in the race, but Willman was successful in holding him off and it gave time for Craig VonDohren to chase Swinehart down. VonDohren would take second place away on lap 15 as Willman continued to set the pace. VonDohren would be involved in a mishap on lap 21 that caused him to head to the pit area and saw Duane Howard sent to the rear for his involvement in the accident. The restart then pitted Billy Pauch Jr. against Willman, but Willman once again was able to hold off the hard charging Pauch and score his first win of the season at Big Diamond. Pauch would finish second followed by Kevin Beach Jr., Ray Swinehart and Meme DeSantis.
The USS Achey Sportsman were brought to the green flag by Paul Kline and Doug Hendricks. Kline would be able to assume the top spot and Hendricks bided his time as he waited for his chance at the lead. The field would see the caution fly at lap 10 and on the restart, Hendricks and Kline would battle it out for the number one spot, but it was Hendricks this time that was able to pull away from Kline. Kline would have his hands full holding off Mike Mammana, but coming to the checkers, Mammana would pass Kline for the runner up spot and Kline would be credited with a third place finish. Rounding out the top five were Tim Fitzpatrick and Doug Witmer.
358 Modified Feature Results - 1. John Willman 2. Billy Pauch Jr. 3. Kevin Beach Jr. 4 Ray Swinehart 5. Meme DeSantis 6. Jared Umbenhauer 7. Colt Harris 8. Scott Albert 9. Shawn Fitzpatrick 10. Duane Howard 11. Rusty Smith 12. Bobby Gunther Walsh 13. Heath Metzger 14. Andy Burkhart 15. Paul Moyer 16. Craig VonDohren 17. Rick Laubach 18. Kyle Follweiler 19. Justin Grim 20. Shawn Ward 21. Jimmy Bobbit Jr. 22. Mario Dinatale 23. Kent Reinhart
Sportsman Feature Results - 1. Doug Hendricks 2. Mike Mammana 3. Paul Kline 4. Tim Fitzpatrick 5. Wayne Witmer 6. Daryl Dissinger 7. Billy Moyer Jr. 8. Shawn Light 9. Chad Putalavage 10. Charles Webber 11. Jack Butler 12. Ed Mirochko 13. Billy Wingle Jr. 14 Kris Lilick 15. Charles Fayash 16. Mike Lisowski 17. Glenn Rowan 18. Matt Clay 19. Jeremy Hertzog DNS - Josh Hertzog
Modified Points as of 6/5/15
1. BILLY PAUCH JR 1595
2. DUANE HOWARD 1577
3. RICK LAUBACH 1492
4. MEME DESANTIS 1329
5. KEVIN BEACH JR 1283
6. RAY SWINERHART 1226
7. SHAWN FITZPATRICK 1195
8. JOHN WILLMAN 1111
9. COLT HARRIS 1104
10. HEATH METZGER 1070
Sportsman Points as of 6/5/15
1. TIM FITZPATRICK 1542
2. WAYNE WITMER 1534
3. DARYL DISSINGER 1505
4. DOUGH HENDRICKS 1495
5. MIKE LISOWSKI 1468
6. MIKE MAMMANA 1366
7. SHAWN LIGHT 1264
8. CHARLES FAYASH 1198
9. CHARLES WEBBER 1195
10. GLENN ROWAN 1073