Rudolph Scores Night 2 Victories At PartSource Applefest Shootout

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON, Ont. – September 24, 2016 – The busiest and fastest night of racing hit the track for night two of Brighton Speedway’s PartSource Applefest Shootout Weekend presented by Cool 100, Coca-Cola, Lucas Oil and Image Factor on Saturday night.

The pit area was jammed with 125 cars signed in for action in five divisions with the PartSource Applefest Shootout 100 for the 358 Modifieds and 65-lap Excel Tower Service Great Crate Race presented by Hotch’s Auto Parts, Dibbits Excavating and Vanderlaan Building Products for the Go Nuclear Late Model Series headlining the night’s events.

Rudolph Wins Third Straight Applefest Shootout

The name Erick Rudolph (No.62 Van Raine Construction) has become synonymous with victory lane at Brighton’s Applefest Shootout weekend and 2016 was no different. The Ransomville, NY native drove from the 12th starting spot to win the 100-lap DIRTcar 358 Modified race and $5,000 payday for the third straight year.

Tyler McPherson (No.777) led early after starting on the pole. A trio of restarts before the race reached lap 25 kept the field tight and allowed Rudolph to make his march forward. Gary Lindberg (No.28 He’s Not Here Bar & Grill) drove to the lead on a lap 18 restart and opened a five-second lead over Mcpherson before a caution on lap 40.

At the halfway mark, Kyle Dingwall (No.66 King Edward Auto Parts) trailed Lindberg in the runner-up position while McPherson and Rudolph raced nearby. Rudolph drove to second shortly after and then challenged Lindberg for the lead on a lap 65 restart. Lindberg moved the Ransomville native up the track in turns three and four which allowed Dingwall to take over the top spot.

Another restart 11 laps later saw Rudolph return the favour to Lindberg as he retook second and four laps later claimed the lead from Dingwall. Despite another handful of cautions, Rudolph scored the win by maintaining momentum through the middle of the racetrack which was also the slickest part of the surface. Nobody else in the field could run the same line as Rudolph, allowing him to pull away to a victory by 1.6 seconds over Lindberg, Dingwall, Ryan Arbuthnot (No.R70) and Chad Brachmann (No.3).

Pelletier Scores Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series Win

A massive field of DIRTcar Sportsman drivers helped fill the pit area for the second-half of the doubleheader weekend. Several drivers made the trip from Friday’s series race in Quebec while others extended their stay at Brighton for the second Sportsman race of the weekend.

Martin Pelletier (No.92 BRRS Recycling) of Sorel, QC started on the pole for the 35-lap main event and never relinquished the top spot. Pelletier overcame restarts on lap 6, 18, 25 and 26 to earn the win. Pelletier fought off a group of tough contenders including Humberstone champion Brad Rouse (No.18r Rick’s Delivery), Friday night winner and Merrittville champion Cody McPherson and front row starter Jessica Power (No.52 Speedy Auto Service).

While Rouse and McPherson periodically tried the outside lane, Pelletier successfully used the shortest way around the 1/3-mile oval to dominate the race. McPherson took second from Rouse on a restart with nine laps to go and finished in the runner-up spot. Rouse, Justin Sharp (No.8s Blue Moon Potatoes) and Brianna Ladouceur (No.15b Twin Leaf Express) completed the top-five.

DIRTcar 358 MODIFIEDS (23 Entries)A-Main (100 Laps): 1. 62 Erick Rudolph, 2. 28 Gary Lindberg, 3. 66 Kyle Dingwall, 4. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot, 5. 3 Chad Brachmann, 6. 777 Tyler McPherson, 7. 25 Bobby Herrington, 8. 115 Stephane Lafrance, 9. 9J Jordan McCreadie, 10. 28 Todd Gordon, 11. 75 Joe Banks, 12. 24b Jessica Power, 13. 88 Curtis Bellamy, 14. 96 Fred Carleton, 15. 15J Tim Jones, 16. 38 Scott Wood, 17. M96 Dale Planck, 18. 7 Mike Maresca, 19. 08 Mark D’Ilario, 20. L12 Jeremy Lasalle, 21. 63 Chris Herbison, 22. 47s Corey Wheeler, 23. 16 Gage Morin (DQ). No Time. Margin of Victory: 1.634 seconds.

DIRTcar SPORTSMAN (33 Entries) A-Main (35 Laps): 1. 92 Martin Pelletier, 2. 7 Cody McPherson, 3. 18r Brad Rouse, 4. 8s Justin Sharp, 5. 15b Brianna Ladouceur, 6. 52 Jessica Power, 7. 0 Shane Pecore, 8. 33 Ryan Scott, 9. 18jr Louis Jackson Jr., 10. 22s Shane Stearns, 11. 32r Ron Davis III, 12. 14 Kyle Wilson, 13. 8 Zach McBride, 14. 20x Jason Shipclark, 15. 2k Rob Knapp, 16. 94 Gabriel Cyr, 17. 17 Tristan Draper, 18. 35 Thomas Cook, 19. 38j Jared Herbison, 20. 81 Bruce Makinson, 21. 72 Gordon McIntosh, 22. 174 Chris Storm, 23. 08 Chris Ferguson, 24. 29k Chris Cunningham, 25. 2c Luke Carleton, 26. 102 Derek Cryderman, 27. 44 Jonathan Ferguson, 28. 9r Tom Richau Jr., 29. m70 Billy Cook, 30. 8t Tyler Parker. No Time. Margin of Victory: 1.678 seconds.



It brought back memories for seasoned racing fans!

It was a show not many will forget as two drivers who have forged stellar careers in stock car racing over the span of forty years battled wheel to wheel and side by side for more than half the race.

Frank Cozze picked up his first Bridgeport Speedway win in more than twenty years as he held off the challenges of Billy Pauch to win the twenty-five lap 358 Small Block Modified feature event at the Bridgeport Speedway on the eve of the first running of The King of the Big Blocks!  It was Cozze's seventh Bridgeport Speedway win while Pauch sits tied for third on the track's All Time Feature Winner's List with fifty-eight wins.

It was Cozze's fourth win of the season for car owner, Tom Umbenhauer.  Cozze lined up along side of 2016 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt for the start and quickly jumped out in front.  Pauch drove into second from his sixth place start on lap eleven and the battle was on.

Lap after lap, Pauch would race ahead of Cozze on the inside as the two battled side by side through the turns but it was Cozze who would roll the outside off the corner to regain the lead.  Pauch edged ahead as the leaders raced across the line to complete lap seventeen but Cozze was back in front as the pair exited turn two on the next circuit.

Cozze and Pauch led a stellar field of talent to the checkered flag at the end of twenty-five laps.  The amount of racing history represented in those first to spots is nothing less than staggering.  Billy Pauch, Jr. finished third in his own Kid Racing No. 15.  Dominick Buffalino finished fourth with Brett Kressley racing into fifth on the final laps.

Watt, Tyler Dippel, Craig VonDohren, Ryan Krachun and Rick Laubach rounded out the top ten finishers.

Steph Palmai-Carberry returned to Bridgeport's Victory Lane when she picked up the win in the Hilborn Tri-State Race Savers Sprint Car (TSRS) feature event earlier in the evening after leading from the green flag to the checkered.  The winner was greeted in Victory Lane by her father and grandfather who have played integral roles in her racing career.

Tim Tanner raced into second on lap fourteen and began to cut in to the lead but was unable to get to Palmai-Carberry's No. 99 before the checkered.  Tanner finished second with Robbie Stillwaggon racing into third in the race's final laps.  Tommy Carberry, the winner's husband finishing fourth with Mike Haggenbottom rounding out the top five.  It was the final night of points for TSRS as Haggenbottom earned his fifth consecutive title with his fifth place finish.

Several hot lap sessions were offered for the Big Block Modifieds who will take center stage tonight (Saturday) in the first King of the Big Blocks event.  Fifty laps of Big Block Modifieds with $12,000 going to the winner in an event sponsored by K&A Excavating Company and United Rental Inc.

By virtue of the quick laps in the final timed sessions, Craig VonDohren and Brett Kressley earned guaranteed starting spots in the King of the Big Blocks.

358 SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS (25 LAPS): 1 – Frank Cozze, 2 – Billy Pauch, 3 – Billy Pauch Jr, 4 – Dominick Buffalino, 5 – Brett Kressley, 6 – Ryan Watt, 7 – Tyler Dippel, 8 – Craig Von Dohren, 9 – Ryan Krachun, 10 – Rick Laubach, 11 – John McClelland, 12 – Duane Howard, 13 – Jim Britt, 14 – Tommy Scheetz, 15 – Ray Swinehart, 16 – PJ Oiver, 17 – Ryan Forte, 18 – Ron Roberts, 19 – Brian Papiez, 20 – Eric Kormann, 21 – Kevin Vaclavicek, 22 – John Pakenham, 23 – Mike Iles, 24 – Ryan Godown, 25 – Jimmy Horton, 26 – Richie Pratt

TRI-STATE RACE SAVER SPRINT CARS (20 LAPS): 1 – Steph Palmai-Carberry, 2 – Tim Tanner Jr, 3 – Ryan Stillwaggon, 4 – Tommy Carberry, 5 – Mike Haggenbottom, 6 – Eddie Wagner, 7 – Joe Lord, 8 – Dave Brown, 9 – Joe Kay, 10 – Kyle Purks, 11 – Chris Allen, 12 – Samantha Lieberman, 13 – Bryant Davis, 14 – David Bonner, 15 – Harris Kohen, 16 – Tim Smolenyak, 17 – Douglas Snow, 18 – Scott Frack, 19 – Doug Suiter, 20 – Jeff Geiges, 21 – Rick Steif


Redemption for Riggs: Fourth Little Guys Nationals Championship

(Mercer, Pa September 24, 2016):  Lonny Riggs came to life after a lap 14 restart, and drove eleven more laps to victory in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified portion of the 17th Annual Little Guys Nationals at Mercer Raceway Park. It was Riggs' fourth triumph in the season-ending classic. Trusty Rusty Moore earned his third prestigious win in the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Car segment of the Little Guys Nationals.

Other winners were Greg Dobrosky (Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors), Gary Luzier (Precise Racing Products Open Stock Car B Feature), Joshua Ferry (2 Barrel E-Mods), Ryan Fredericks (270 Micro Sprints), Mark Marcucci (Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites), and Shane Shook (Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks).

It was a bit of sweet redemption for Lonny Riggs, who was running up front in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature the previous night. In fact, Riggs led for a bit before fading at the end of the race. "I was thinking about last night, I didn't want to run out of fuel again," Riggs said of a late-race caution that set up a one-lap shootout. "Actually, what happened last night was the fuel pick up started floating in the tank, and we got it fixed this afternoon, and that did the trick," Riggs clarified.

Eric Gabany and Jeff Schaffer, Sr. were the class of the field for the first half of the race. They traded positions several times, and, to make matters even more interesting, they played some mind games by switching lanes for the several restarts that dotted the affair up to the midpoint.

Eventually, Schaffer took command, but he still could not shake free of Gabany. Meanwhile, Ricky Richner worked his way into third, and he began to close in on them. Tommy Kristyak, Kyle Fink, Steve Schumacher, Lonny Riggs, and Jimmy Holden were swapping spots behind them.

Riggs got his chance to shine on lap 14. At the time, he was riding in third, behind Schaffer and Gabany. While Schaffer had the advantage on the restart, Riggs quickly passed Gabany for second. Just one lap later, he ducked under Schaffer in turns one and two, and he had the lead as they entered turn three.

"Our car was pretty good, I was just getting bunched in there, and I was just waiting for it to clear out a little bit," Riggs explained.

He was leading Schaffer and Gabany as the laps wound down. Gabany was starting to apply some pressure to Schaffer for the second spot, but his bid for the spot ended prematurely. Gabany's car broke on the frontstretch bringing out that final caution that made Riggs start to think about his misfortune the night before.

Riggs powered off turn four with a healthy advantage in the one-lap dash for the cash. Kyle Fink followed in his tire tracks, getting under Schaffer as they came off the corner. Schaffer held onto third. Richner, the winner of the very first Little Guys Nationals, was fourth. Jimmy Holden crossed in fifth.
Kristyak led Matt Reeher to the line for sixth. Kyle Holden, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., and Jason Sines completed the top ten.

The heat winners were Gabany, Kristyak, and Richner.

Greg Dobrosky led wire to wire to claim the Outlaw Sprint Warrior finale presented by Bonnell's Rod Shop. "It was pretty easy tonight, just hold it to the floor and turn," Dobrosky noted. He got his break at the start of the race when the odds-on favorite, Adam Kekich, was put back a row for gassing it up too soon on the initial start. That moved Dobrosky to the pole, and Kekich just could not chase him down.

Dobrosky jumped out to the lead, with Tyler Denochick holding off Kekich for the second spot. They ran in that order through the first twenty laps. Kekich drove around his youger competitor in turns one and two to grab the position, but Dobrosky had an insurmountable lead by then.

Following Dobrosky, Kekich, and Denochick across the finish line were Jacob Gomola, Mike Marano, II, Gregg McCandless, and Dan Bennett. Jeremy Kornbau and Andy Priest were unable to finish the race.

The staff and management of Mercer Raceway Park wish to thank the fans and competitors for a fun-filled and entertaining 2016 racing season.

358 Modifieds:  Lonny Riggs, Kyle Fink, Jeff Schaffer, Sr., Ricky Richner, Jimmy Holden, Tommy Kristyak, Matt Reeher, Kyle Holden, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Jason Sines, Clyde Gumpp, Ryan Kemery, Josh Deems, Eric Gabany, Jerry Bowser, Steve Schumacher, Kevin Green, Frank Guidace, J.R. McGinley, John Smith, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Jimmy Parenti, Jr., Richard Whitney, Kevin Hoffman (DNS).

Sprint Warriors:  Greg Dobrosky, Adam Kekich, Tyler Denochick, Jacob Gomola, Mike Marano, II, Gregg McCandless, Dan Bennett, Jeremy Kornbau, Andy Priest.


Gabany and Kekich Home Again in Mercer Raceway Park's Victory Lane

(Mercer, PA September 23, 2016):  Mercer's Eric Gabany celebrated a homecoming of sorts, winning the opening night for the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds in the 17th Annual Little Guys Nationals. Another former track regular, Andy Buckley, seized upon the opportunity presented on lap ten when the leader pounded the wall in turn one, and went on to win the main for the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series and Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars.

Also taking wins were Adam Kekich (Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors), Todd Reuser (270 Micro Sprints), Ed Haylett (Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks), Tyler Frankenberry (2 Barrel E-Mods), Mark Marcucci (Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites), Roman Jones (Elder Tractor Sales & Service Junior Sprints).

Gabany, who swapped out his 358 powerplant for a big block midway through the year, was glad that he kept the trusty engine. "The big block didn't last very long. That small block, man, I'll tell you, it keeps going, and it's great when you win."

Kyle Fink grabbed the early lead in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature event. He was challenged by Gabany, Lonny Riggs, and J.R. McGinley. Fink led the way through lap ten. However, a caution allowed Gabany to line up beside him for the restart. Gabany had the preferred inside line, and he shot out to the lead, pulling Riggs into second.

Two laps later, another restart put Riggs on the front row, and this time, Gabany switched to the outside. It was almost his undoing.

"The restarts were a little tricky, but I managed to pull through," Gabany said. "I tried the outside for that restart and the flagman wouldn't let me start the race, so I had to go back down on the inside, which was smart becasue there was a lot more grip down there than on the outside anyway."
Riggs got away first, and he began pulling away. But as the laps counted down, Gabany rallied. He was able to make a power move coming though turn four to take the lead from Riggs on lap 23.

Soon after Gabany regained the lead, a rash of yellow fever took over, but he was able to maintain control. Having learned his lesson, Gabany stayed low for the final restarts in the race.

Riggs was not so fortunate, though. The restarts did not suit him, and he was shuffled out of contention for the win. Kyle Fink grabbed second in the process, with Jimmy Holden quietly getting third. McGinley had the fourth spot. Fifth went to Kevin Hoffman.

New York invader Steve Schumacher was the last man to pass Riggs. Next came Jeff Schaffer, Sr., Sid Unverzagt, Jr., and Frank Guidace.

The winners of the twin semi-features were Fink and Richard Whitney.

In the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Adam Kekich registered the win, and the significance of the accomplishment was not lost on him. You see, Kekich was driving the McMillin number five, one of the most storied cars in the annals of Western PA Sprint Car racing. Kekich fondly recalled Ted Wise, who drove that mount many years ago. "It's an honor to bring home a win for them at a historical place like this," he added.  

C.J. Jones jumped ahead at the start, with Kekich biding his time in second. Jeremy Kornbau and Gregg McCandless were also in the mix. The race was stopped on lap five when Mike Miller rolled slowly after colliding with Greg Dobrosky, who spun in turn two. Jones held the lead for four more laps before he slid out of the groove in turn three. That opened the door for Kekich, who went by and led the remainder of the race.

"I knew if I kept C.J. in check, I was going to have a shot at him in traffic. But he just bobbled there, and we took advantage of the opportunity we had to get by."

Andy Priest took the second spot from Jones near the midpoint of the race, and he followed Kekich to the checkers. Jones held on for third. Jeremy Kornbau turned in a strong performance getting fourth. Gregg McCandless ran in the top five the whole distance. Jacob Gomola came through the field to take sixth. Seventh was Ken Rossey, with Tyler Denochick, Dan Bennett, and Andrew Naugle rounding out the top ten.

The twin Semi-features went to Jones and Denochick.

The season will conclude Saturday with the second haldf of the 17th Annual Little Guys Nationals. Gates will open at 1 with racing starting at 3 p.m.

358 Modifieds:  Eric Gabany, Kyle Fink, Jimmy Holden, J.R. McGinley, Kevin Hoffman, Steve Schumacher was the last man to pass Riggs. Next came Jeff Schaffer, Sr., Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Frank Guidace, Jason Sines, Richard Whitney, Kevin Green, John Smith, Matt Reeher, Clyde Gumpp, Ryan Kemery, Jerry Bowser, Tommy Kristyak, Kyle Holden.  DNQ:  Josh Deems, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Travis Walsh.

Outlaw Sprint Warriors:  Adam Kekich, Andy Priest, C.J. Jones, Jeremy Kornbau, Gregg McCandless, Jacob Gomola, Ken Rossey, Tyler Denochick, Dan Bennett, Andrew Naugle, Greg Dobrosky, Mike Miller, George Englert.


Little Guys Nationals Format Announced for Mercer Raceway Park
(Mercer, PA September 21, 2016): Due to the high volume of calls about this weekend’s Little Guys Nationals, the management of Mercer Raceway Park is releasing additional information about the format of the two-day event.

Friday will have a standard program consisting of heats, B Mains and A Main for the clash between the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series and Mercer’s own Precise Racing Products Open Stocks.

"However, changes were made for the other divisions in the hope of concluding the program at a reasonable hour," said track owner Bill Altman.

Several of the classes—Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, and the 270 Micro Sprints—will be racing in a pair of semi-features, with the top ten to twelve racers moving on to the Feature events.

The remaining classes—Elder Tractor Sales & Service Junior Sprints, Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites, Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking/Ray’s Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks, and the two barrel E-Mods—will have quick hot laps before heading into their features only competition. Those hot lap sessions will start at 6 p.m., followed by racing at approximately 6:30.

Saturday will be a bountiful day of racing, starting at 3 p.m, with a full compliment of heats, consolations, and feature events for all classes. Please keep in mind that there may be as many as three feature events for the Stocks, depending on the number of entries.

Friday’s Order of Events:
5:30 Pill Draw Closes and Driver’s Meeting
6:00 Hot Laps for Junior Sprints, Mod Lites, 2-bbl E-Mods, and Mini Stocks
6:30 Heats for Sock Cars
Junior Sprint Feature
Outlaw Sprint Warrior semi-features
Mod Lite feature
358 Modified semi-features
2-bbl E-Mod feature
Micro Sprint semi-features
Mini Stock feature
Stock B Mains (if needed)
Outlaw Sprint Warrior features
Stock Car feature
358 Modified feature
Micro Sprint features
Saturday’s Order of Events:
2:30 Pill Draw Closes and Driver’s Meeting
3:00 Heat Races for Stock Cars, Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Junior Sprints,
358 Modifieds, 2-bbl E-Mods, Micro Sprints, Mod Lites, Mini Stocks
B Mains (if needed) for Stock Cars, Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Junior Sprints,
358 Modifieds, 2-bbl E-Mods, Micro Sprints, Mod Lites, Mini Stocks
Stock Car A feature
Outlaw Sprint Warrior feature
Junior Sprint feature
358 Modified feature
Stock Car B feature
2-bbl E-Mod feature
Micro Sprint feature
Mod Lite feature
Mini Stock feature
Stock Car C feature


DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals Still to Come on Brockville Speedway’s 2016 Schedule

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

The regular season is over and the track championships at Brockville Ontario Speedway have been decided. All that remains on this year’s calendar is the prestigious 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals – Friday and Saturday, October 14th and 15th – at The BOS.

Action gets underway Friday night with the 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Street Stocks starting at 7:00. Big Block Mods are the headline class for Saturday’s schedule, along with the Sportsman Modifieds, Mini Stocks and Outlaw Vintage Mods. Racing will hit the 3/8th of a mile oval on Temperance Lake Road, north of the city at 4:00. Track owner and promoter Paul Kirkland says the motorsports community has been buzzing about this marquee event ever since the season-ending checkered flag was unfurled.

“Drivers from across the province, into Quebec and the States will be here, but our Saturday night regulars are hungry for the win,” admitted Kirkland. “Victories by home track runners at the Northeast Fall Nationals have been few and far between, but this could be the year to change all that. We’ve scheduled a 2-day event that packs nearly the same level of excitement as our crowds see all season. If someone they see every week can walk away with the checkered flag, it’ll be a huge occurrence.”

Kirkland points out that the 2011 and 2013 Sportsman Modified trips to victory lane by Chris Herbison and Shane Pecore’s 2014 win had been the only successes by Brockville regulars at the end of year spectacular until Dylan Evoy – who recently claimed his 3rd track championship – logged a Fall Nationals triumph last year.

A pair of DIRTcar Racing’s biggest names has enjoyed multiple wins over the years. Billy Decker won the Small Block main event in 2010 and 2011, as well as the Big Block headliner in 2013. Danny Johnson grabbed the Big Block win in 2010 and the Small Block honours in 2012. He swept both feature races in 2014.

For the 8th annual edition of the 1000 Islands RV Northeast Fall Nationals – A Craig Revelle Tribute, presented by St. Lawrence Radiology, Rez-X Racing and sponsored by 103.7 BOB-FM, the Brockville Recorder & Times and CKWS-TV – the Friday, October 14th program has the final Mr. DIRTcar championship event for the 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Street Stocks, with a 7:00 green flag. The Saturday, October 15th agenda is headlined by DIRTcar Big Block Mods, the championship final for Sportsman Modifieds, Mini Stocks and Outlaw Vintage Mods. Racing gets underway at 4:00.

Fans can find complete Northeast Fall Nationals details by checking www.brockvillespeedway.com, as well as the track’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.



New Egypt, NJ (September 18, 2016) – At New Egypt Speedway’s fourth annual All Star Cup event, Billy Pauch, Jr. powered to the win in the 358 Modified feature. Ryan Godown was the victor in the main event for the Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprints. Jim Housworth topped the field in the Sportsman feature. The Crate Modified feature was won by Matt Stangle.

As the 50-lap Modified feature got underway, polesitter Jeff Strunk grabbed the lead with Billy Pauch, Jr. in second. After a side-by-side battle, Pauch, Jr. slipped by Strunk to gain the top running spot on the fifth lap. With ten circuits recorded, Pauch, Jr, had developed a comfortable lead with Strunk, John McClelland, Jimmy Horton and Ryan Godown next in line. By lap fifteen, Pauch, Jr. was knifing his way through lap traffic as McClelland was tracking down Strunk for the runner-up position. After a multi-lap tussle for the runner-up position, McClelland edged by Strunk on the twenty-first tour to assume second place. Three laps later, Strunk regained the spot. On the next circuit, the sizeable advantage that Pauch, Jr. had established was wiped out as the yellow flag waved for a halfway point fuel stop. When action resumed, Pauch, Jr. remained in control with Godown jumping into second and McClelland in third. As he did in the first half of the race, Pauch, Jr. began to pull away from the field. With ten circuits to go, Pauch, Jr was slicing his way through lap traffic with Godown narrowing the gap. On lap forty-three, the yellow lights were lit as Rick Laubach stopped on the backstretch. As the green flag waved, Pauch, Jr. repelled Godown to keep his lead with McClelland, Dominick Buffalino and Strunk in pursuit. The final caution period of the race took place on the forty-fifth revolution as PJ Oliver’s ride stopped. Following the single file restart, Pauch, Jr. maintained his position and continued to pace the field to the checkered flag. For Pauch, Jr., the victory was his fifth of the year at New Egypt Speedway and his second career All Star Cup win. Godown completed the race in second with Buffalino finishing in third. A strong run resulted in McClelland crossing the line in fourth place. Strunk came home in fifth. Buffalino, Strunk, and Danny Bouc won the 358 Modified heat races. Ryan Krachun took the checkered flag in the consolation contest.

For the fifth time in 2016, Ryan Godown was the victor in the Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprint main event. Heidi Heddin led the first four circuits of the 20-lap main event before Johnny Cornell took over. Godown, who started the contest in twelfth place, charged past Cornell for the lead on the thirteenth tour. Cornell, who announced his retirement from racing, finished in second place. Third place was taken by Bobby Butler. The top five was completed by Heddin and Brian Spencer. The qualifying events in the Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprints division were taken by Lee Nardelli and Butler.

In the 25-lap Sportsman feature, Jim Housworth collected his fifth career win at New Egypt Speedway. Art Liedl led the pack for the opening eleven circuits. On lap twelve, ninth place starting Steve Davis darted to the front. Following a caution period on the nineteenth revolution, Housworth outdueled Davis to gain the lead. In the final laps, Housworth kept his advantage to grab his first win at New Egypt Speedway since 2013. Second place was claimed by Bob Lineman, Jr. With Davis taking third, Brandon Grosso was fourth and Matt Stangle took fifth. Davis and Art Liedl were victors in the Sportsman heat races.

Matt Stangle, the 2015 New Egypt Speedway Rookie champion, sped to the victory in the 25-lap Crate Modified feature. Jeremy Martino started the race in front and paced the field until John Aumick took over on the twelfth lap. On the next tour, Stangle worked his way past Aumick and led the race for the remaining distance. Aumick took the runner-up spot with Ebby Ridge completing the event in third. Frank Dorry, Jr. and Ryan Simmons filled out the top five. The Crate Modified heat race winners were Stangle and Jordan Cox.

358 MODIFIEDS - 50 LAPS FEATURE: 1. BILLY PAUCH, JR. 2. Ryan Godown 3. Dominick Buffalino 4. John McClelland 5. Jeff Strunk 6. David Van Horn 7. Doug Manmiller 8. Ryan Grim 9. Ryan Krachun 10. Billy VanInwegen 11. Duane Howard 12. Jimmy Horton 13. Rick Laubach 14. Lou Cicconi 15. Jim Britt 16. Clay Butler 17. Andrew Bohn 18. Chad Barney 19. PJ Oliver 20. Danny Bouc 21. Willie Osmun 22. Wade Hendrickson 23. John Willman 24. DJ Ruppert    

NEWS SPRINTS - 20 LAPS FEATURE: 1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Johnny Cornell 3. Bobby Butler 4. Heidi Heddin 5. Brian Spencer 6. Lou Cicconi 7. Rich Mellor 8. Lee Nardelli 9. Wayne Weaver 10. Chris Moll 11. Al Cheney 12. Jermain Godshall 13. Duane Nixon 14. Larry Ricci 15. Brody Adamsky.  

SPORTSMAN – 25 LAPS FEATURE: 1. JIM HOUSWORTH 2. Bob Lineman, Jr. 3. Steve Davis 4. Brandon Grosso 5. Matt Stangle 6. Art Liedl 7. Eric Kormann 8. Cale Ross 9. Bill Liedtka 10. Roger Manning 11. Mickey Kessler 12. Rocco Infante 13. Will Dupree 14. Kyle Lilick 15. Chris Grbac 16. Dakota Kessler 17. Jimmy Amato 18. Ryan Lilick 19. Stan Ploski  
CRATE MODIFIEDS – 25 LAPS FEATURE: 1. MATT STANGLE 2. John Aumick 3. Ebby Ridge 4. Frank Dorry, Jr. 5. Ryan Simmons 6. Jason Bittner 7. John Criscione 8. Jordan Cox 9. Kyle Kania 10. Jeremy Martino 11. Alonzo Morales 12. Walt McIntyre 13. Matt Knaub 14. Dan Fleming 15. Brandon Grosso 16. Johnny Bangs 17. Devin Dodson 18. Shawn Ratchford 19. Eric Palmer 20. Rich Jones


Woodhull’s ‘Mr. Small Block’; Van Pelt Wins 200th Small Block Race Of Career In Lyle Sherwood Memorial

(WOODHULL, NY) – There were plenty of great stories to share when it came to the 2016 running of the Lyle Sherwood Memorial.  Woodhull Raceway honored the late driver of the No. 17, who lost his life in a race on the High Banks after suffering a massive heart attack.  

Billy Van Pelt won his first ‘Lyle Sherwood’ the year we lost Sherwood, back in June of 2005, and added his third straight Lyle Sherwood Memorial to go along with his 200th Small Block Modified victory of his career.  But Jeff Daugherty wouldn’t let Van Pelt take the entire spotlight, winning his first career Crate Sportsman feature- in his first career start.

Van Pelt drew the tenth starting position for the thirty-five lap event, that was led early by Penn Can Speedway track champion Alan Rudalavage.  In fact, the first four positions in the redraw saw Penn Can’s Rudalavage, Five Mile Point’s Jeff Crambo, Outlaw Speedway’s Ron Cartwright Jr. and Woodhull Raceway’s Ryan Tracy lead the field to Scott Lyon’s green flag.

Rudalavage took the early lead, but it was fifth place starter and Outlaw Speedway owner Tyler Siri who quickly moved up to the runner-up spot to challenge Rudalavage for the top spot.  Van Pelt was working the outside lane to perfection while the top two battled, as a majority of the starting field worked the bottom lane to find traction.

‘Captain Quick’ Curt Van Pelt was making a rare start, in a backup Grant Hilfiger-owned machine, and also found the outside to his liking while making passes.  While his brother Billy was a comfortable distance behind Rudalavage and Siri, a timely lap sixteen caution flag slowed the field and would bunch them back up for a Delaware double-file restart.

But before that restart could take place Siri would head to the pit area with problems and gave up the second position.  Siri did not return for the restart.  Donnie Lawson also went to the pits with what appeared to be a flat tire, dashing his chances at a Lyle Sherwood victory.

On the lap sixteen restart, Van Pelt went to work on Rudalavage for the lead trying to make it three-straight Lyle Sherwood Memorial wins for car owner Grant Hilfiger.  Van Pelt had earlier in the week, announced that he and Kevin Chilson will once again team up for the 2017 season.

Van Pelt was scored as the leader on lap twenty-two after finally clearing Rudalavage on the outside.  Another caution would fly two laps later, a four-car melee including Crambo, Joe Dgien, Dylan Dewert subbing for Frank Dunning and Kenny Peoples Jr.

Once the green flag came back out, Van Pelt set sail.  Nobody was going to take away career Small Block win number two hundred.  Van Pelt scored the win over Rudalavage, Cartwright Jr., Curt Van Pelt who recovered to fourth and Eric Fisher the top five after a fierce battle with Brady Fultz.

“This is one of the races that we really really love to win,” said Van Pelt in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane.  “We still miss Lyle, ‘Mr. Outside’.”

Van Pelt spoke to the intense battle for the lead with Rudalavage, who had a stout race car Saturday night.

“He (Rudalavage) was squeezing me pretty hard.  But he was doing everything he could to try and win the race.  I was going to do whatever he wasn’t going to do.”

Winning this race was an important one to check off the list, again, before Van Pelt and Hilfiger’s time together as a team came to an end.

“This is one of the biggest races that Grant always wanted to win, and we’ve won it three years in a row.  Super happy for him, I have to thank Grant even for the opportunity to drive this hot rod.”

The Modifieds led off the night’s features on a night where changing forecasts had race officials concerned on just how many features would be able to take the green flag.  But for one young man out of Elmira- Mother Nature holding off created the biggest night of his young racing career.

Jeffery Daugherty took the leap from the Mini Stocks, where he won his first career feature earlier this season, to the Crate Sportsman Modifieds on Saturday night on the High Banks.  He jumped into a car his team purchased about halfway through the season, and has had a handful of practice sessions after a night’s racing card had concluded.  The team took a patience approach to debuting Daugherty in the division, which paid off big as Daugherty would knock his first start out of the park.
Daugherty finished third in his heat race and showed his fellow competitors and fans alike that he wasn’t there to just poke around and log laps- he was there to race.  During the redraw, Daugherty picked the number two spot putting him outside pole for the start of the twenty-five-lap feature.

Daugherty started alongside Woodhull veteran Kenny Peoples Jr, who was piloting the No. 6x for David Mayo.  Although Peoples had a strong car, Daugherty powered to the lead on the initial green flag and set the early pace.

Chris Daugherty, 2016 NAPA Crate Sportsman track champion, quickly moved himself into the runner-up spot and found himself behind his son pacing the field.

“My expectation for him was a top ten finish and put it back in the trailer in one piece,” said Daugherty of his expectation of his son’s first Crate race.  “This is a night to remember right here.”

It’s safe to say that the fourteen year old exceeded his father’s and his own expectations on this night.  Daugherty fought off charges from not only his father, but from Peoples as well with the top three running nose-to-tail for a majority of the event.

“My expectation was to just come out, have some fun, learn something about the car and if it was fast let ‘er eat,” said Jeffery post-race.

While Daugherty was leading, his father was putting the pressure on him to earn it.  But most in attendance had that feeling that if you were going to get the lead in this one, you were going to have to not only go through the No. 01, but Chris’ No. 22jz as well.  Surely a win by Daugherty’s son in his first race, would be just as if not more special than a win himself on this night.

Peoples through everything but the kitchen sink at Chris to try and get by for second place.  He tried high, he tried low, he tried running up against the infield yuke tires, but there was just no way around the Daugherty boys on this night.

The rookie bagged his first Crate Sportsman win of his career over his father Chris, Peoples battled all night to have to settle for third, Jake Dgien brought the No. 3 home fourth while Chris Fisher made a rare Woodhull start to finish in the top five.

“I don’t even know what to say, I’m speechless,” said the younger of the Daughertys.  “I pushed up a couple times, so I tried to slow my entry so I could stay on the bottom.  Coming out and to finish one-two with my dad, that’s great.”

BIG BLOCK/SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS, 23 cars (35 Laps): BILLY VAN PELT, Alan Rudalavage, Ron Cartwright Jr., Curt Van Pelt, Eric Fisher, Brady Fultz, Ryan Tracy, Kevin Chilson, Cory Costa, Brian Doolittle, Joe Dgien, Dave DuBois, Kenny Peoples Jr., Lee Bills, Ray Bliss, Dillon Groover, Dylan Dewert, Jeff Crambo, Dale Welty, Boyd McTavish, Donnie Lawson, Tyler Siri, Stacy Jackson

Heat Winners: Ron Cartwright Jr., Jeff Crambo, Joe Dgien

CRATE SPORTSMAN, 17 cars (25 Laps): JEFFERY DAUGHERTY (1st Career Crate Sportsman Win In First Start), Chris Daugherty, Kenny Peoples Jr., Jake Dgien, Chris Fisher, Stevie Hartman III, Brandon Butler, Tim Guild, Connor Brown, Tracy Stanford, Bill Williams, Dan Michaud, John Austin, Stacey Jackson, Wade Knickerbocker, Mike Jackson  DQ: Dayton Brewer
360 LATE MODELS, (20 Laps): BRUCE MILLER, Glenn Whritenour, Jason McGregor, Carl Hughes, Steve LaBarron, Wally Wade, Mick Seeley, Adam Austin, Kurt Stebbins



BECHTELSVILLE, PA. September 11, 2016 . . . Jeff Strunk, “the Bechtelsville Bullet,” had been having a rather mediocre season, at least by his usually high standards, at Grandview Speedway behind the wheel of the Glenn Hyneman owned No. 126 Modified.

Saturday night the ten-time NASCAR track point champion rectified the 2016 campaign by pulling off his biggest win of the year ­ the Freedom 76-Lap Modified Classic event for a hefty payday of $25,000 plus.

Strunk didn’t have an easy time in claiming his sixth win in the event, his last being in 2013, as he first dueled with Ryan Watt, who he lost the lead to earlier and then had to thwart off the challenges of second-place finisher and defending race winner Craig VonDohren.

Following the five qualifying heats won by Dan Bouc, Jared Umbenhauer, Bobby Varin, Rick Laubach, also the winner of the $1,000 Cash Dash, and David VanHorn plus the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 captured by Kyle Borror the 32-car starting field was set for the main event – the 46th Annual Freedom 76.

Through the luck of the draw Jeff Strunk pulled the number one seed and he wasted no time maintaining the lead on the initial green from starter Ray Kemp.

Thrashing for positions behind him were Watt, Ray Swinehart, Brian Krummel and Mike Kellner.

Duane Howard, the race winner in 2011, brought out the first caution on the fifth lap when he slowed on the homestretch. After a quick pit stop he rejoined the action. Strunk maintained first on the restart and within a matter of laps he had a comfortable margin built up over the rest of the competition.

Lapped traffic allowed Watt to reel Strunk in and gain some ground.

Finally on lap 20, Billy Pauch slowed in turn one after contact with the homestretch wall while running eighth bringing him to an abrupt halt and the yellow was out.

This time Watt, who started third, outgunned Strunk to become the new leader.

By this time the order behind Watt consisted of Strunk, 12th-place starter Von Dohren, Swinehart and last week’s feature winner Doug Manmiller, who started eighth.

The field regrouped when Kellner, in the top ten, brought out the 34th lap caution when he slowed his pace in turn four.

When action went green again with Watt on the high lane and Strunk hugging the inside, the pair battled side-by-side for several laps with neither one lifting.

Strunk was back in front at the conclusion of the 37th lap.

Don Norris Jr. slowed in the second turn for the yellow shortly after Strunk regained control and that brought out a mandatory fuel stop.

After the seven-minute stop, Strunk was still first, but now Manmiller and VonDohren were second and third as Watt got shuffled to fourth and Rick Laubach fifth.

VonDohren was back in the runner-up spot on the 43rd lap and set his sights on Strunk.

Ryan Godown brought out the final caution on the 49th lap after contact with the homestretch wall brought him to a stop in turn two. Once again the restart saw Strunk stick with the inside path and VonDohren running his familiar high lane. The two swapped paint on occasion, but not enough to change the status. Waiting in the wings for a miscue in hopes of advancement were Laubach, Manmiller and Watt.

Lapped cars came into the picture again on the 66th lap and Laubach began gaining ground on the front two.

Strunk kept everyone behind him and went on to claim his third win of the season at the 1/3-mile oval followed by VonDohren, Laubach, Manmiller and Watt.

Rounding out the top ten were Swinehart, Krummel, Umbenhauer, Kyle Weiss and Varin.

In the 20-lap Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, the last chance to qualify, Borror and Dom Buffalino battled back and forth for the lead lap after lap, but it was Borror that emerged the victor trailed by Buffalino, Godown, Kevin Hirthler and Howard putting them in the final starting spots for the Freedom 76.


46th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Feature (76 Laps): 1. Jeff Strunk, 2. Craig Von Dohren, 3. Rick Laubach, 4. Doug Manmiller, 5. Ryan Watt, 6. Ray Swinehart, 7. Brian Krummel, 8. Jared Umbenhauer, 9. Kyle Weiss, 10. Bobby Varin, 11. Duane Howard, 12. Tommy Scheetz, 13. David VanHorn, 14. Mike Gular, 15. Kevin Hirthler, 16. Kenny Gilmore, 17. Keith Hoffman, 18. Dom Buffalino, 19. Brett Gilmore and 20. John McClelland. DNF: 21. Tyler Dippel, 22. Kyle Borror, 23. Ryan Godown, 24. Billy Pauch Jr., 25. Tim Buckwalter, 26. Ryan Grim, 27. Don Norris Jr., 28. Danny Bouc, 29. Mike Kellner, 30. Glenn Strunk, 31. Billy Pauch, 32. Mike Lisowski.

DNQ: Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Bobby Trapper Jr., P.J. Oliver, Gary Hager, Steve Swinehart, Brett Kressley, Danny Erb, Ron Seltmann Jr., Mike Weinert, Colt Harris, Bobby Trapper, Nate Christman, Brian Hirthler, Craig Whitmoyer, John Willman, Brian Kuhl, Brian Houseknecht, Dan Waisempacher, Justin Grim, Billy VanIwegen, Dale Hartz, Eric Biehn, Kory Fleming.

Cash Dash: 1. Rick Laubach, 2. Craig Von Dohren, 3 Mike Gular, 4. Bobby Varin, 5. Jared Umbenhauer, 6. Danny Bouc, 7. David VanHorn.

Schaeffer Motorsports Minute Man (20 Laps). 1. Kyle Borror, 2. Dom Buffalino, 3. Ryan Godown, 4. Kevin Hirthler, 5. Duane Howard.



Exciting Sprint and Sportsman Doubleheader Set For Friday Night

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 8, 2016 . . . Billy Pauch Sr. has won the Freedom 76 Modified Classic at Grandview Speedway six times, the most of any competitor. He has won hundreds of feature races at a variety of tracks in a variety of race cars. He is a true legend in the sport. On Saturday, September 10th, he will be looking to add to that very impressive record as he goes up against many of the top dirt track Modified talents that are entered in the 46th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic at Grandview Speedway. A victory will reward the Garden State racing talent with $25,000.

However Pauch will have his hands full as he seeks his seventh win in the Classic. Track champion Craig VonDohren will be standing in the way along with Ryan Godown, winner of championships at two area tracks, Duane Howard, ten time track champion Jeff Strunk, Ray Swinehart, Mike Gular, Ryan Watt, Bobby Varin, David VanHorn, Doug Manmiller, and a long list of other dirt track racing standouts.

Even Billy Pauch Jr., a rising young star in area motorsports, will be challenging his father for the victory and big pay check.

A full series of qualifying races, a $1,000 to win Cash Dash, consolation races, Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 (last chance to make the big race), will lead up to the Freedom 76. Racing starts at 7 p.m.

Adult admission is $40 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay just $10. Kids under 6 will be admitted free. Advance ticketholders will be admitted at 3 p.m. while the ticket windows will open at 3:30 p.m.

Rain date for the Freedom 76 is Saturday, September 17.

On Friday night, September 9th, 7 p.m. champion Mike Haggenbottom will lead a stellar field of 305 Sprints to Grandview and they will be part of a doubleheader that will include the always exciting Sportsman stock cars. The Freedom 38 will be the big event for the Sportsman. In addition Modified racers participating in the Freedom 76 will be given practice time.

Adult admission for Friday night is $12 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $5. Kids under 6 are admitted free. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. There is no rain date for this event.

Advance tickets ($35) for the Freedom 76 will be on sale early on Friday evening.


Bicknell wins 6th John Spencer Memorial and 24th Championship – Lafantaisie and Bailey win first Titles

September 4, 2016 THOROLD, ONTARIO – Even though Pete Bicknell’s tenure as co-owner of Merrittville Speedway may be winding down, his career as a driver will always have the St. Catharines native ‘owning’ a huge part of Merrittville Speedway’s storied history.

Bicknell, who won his first Modified Points Title in 1984 won his 6th career John Spencer Memorial earning his 24th Modified Title.

Going into Semenuk’s Esso 65th Championship Chase Finale September 3rd – two divisional point races could have went right down to the final lap and that they did. Four Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Events featured last lap lead changes.

Two Welland Drivers – Kyle Rothwell and Tyler Lafantaisie would share the spotlight as Rothwell would win the Feature but Lafantaisie would win his first career Title in the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Division.

Hagersville’s Dave Bailey not only won the Hoosier Stock Feature – the recently crowned Ohsweken Speedway Champion would also win Merrittville’s title.

Welland’s Paul Gaboury won his first Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Feature of 2016 with Cody McPherson of St. Catharines taking home his 4th career Championship.

Josh Sliter’s 6th win of 2016 earned the Ridgeway Driver his 6th career Rev’s Full Throttle Power Sports Modified Lite Championship.

For the second straight week, Second generation driver Dave DiPietro of North Tonawanda, NY won the Yager Bros Trucking Novice Sportsman Feature with Trevor Wright of Smithville earned the Title.

John Spencer who was an up and coming racer who passed away as a result of a racing accident in 1953 at the former Stamford Park in his home town of Niagara Falls.

Later that year and to coincide with the final points event of the season for the Modifieds, his crew created an Annual Memorial Award that was presented annually until the 1965 season when the award was lost. In 1999 former Merrittville owner Ken Kavanagh and his son – Reunion Committee Chairman Rick recovered it and restored it and it made it’s return in 2000 … it’s winner – Pete Bicknell.

“That was the best car I’ve had here in a couple years,” said Pete Bicknell at the conclusion of the 50 lap Jerry Winger Memorial, “thanks to the crew … it was perfect! I can’t thank the guys that maintain the track and all our staff for all their efforts over the last 14 years. To our fans and sponsors –thanks for all your support. I can’t thank Semenuk’s Esso and all those that supported tonight … speaking for all the racers … we really appreciate it.”

Speedway Reunion Committee Member and former racer Terry Huffman of Port Colborne paced the starting field in his own restored 1979 Limited Sportsman Race Car with front row starters Tim Jones and Wayne Conn side by side at the drop of Starter Steve DeVos’ green flag.

Conn would find an advantage taking the lead the first time down the backstretch. Jones would keep pace with the leader and quickly Pete Bicknell made it three wide for top spot.

Between Turns 1 and 2 on lap 4, Bicknell was the new leader and by lap 10 had a 2 second advantage over Chris Steele who had taken second from Jones.

Lap 13 would find Jones retaking the runner-up spot and by lap 15 was closing in on his father-in-law. Also on the move was Gary Lindberg in third on lap 18.

Unfortunately Jones’ race would end on lap 21 after slowing off the pace and heading into the pits. Lindberg, second in points in his rookie season was now in the runner up spot about a straightaway behind Bicknell.

By lap 30, Lindberg had closed the gap some but by lap 35, Bicknell had stretched his lead once again.

With several Niagara IceDog players in the crowd, the race they had to be watching was the one for fifth between Fred Carleton’s Bones Mobile and Mike Bowman – both former Spencer Winners.

Consistency has won Bicknell many of his titles and 2016 was no exception. In just his 2nd win of the season, Bicknell was followed by Lindberg, Erick Rudolph, Chris Steele and Mike Bowman.

Going into the 2016 John Spencer Memorial, Bicknell and Stoney Creek’s Bruce VanDyke had each won the event 5 times. VanDyke’s wins came in the first era from 1953 to 1965 while Bicknell’s have come since 2000.

“That was just crazy … we were just trying to keep everyone straight,” said Kyle Rothwell of the final lap after winning his second straight 4 Cylinder Feature and 7th of 2016.

The final lap has got to go down as one of the most thrilling in Merrittville’s 65 year history.

Rookie second generation driver Kyle Miller was first to lead the 15 lap event which saw Sam Iftody the first to challenge by lap 3. The two would run side by side until Iftody lost the runner up spot to Tony Kelly on lap 6.

Just before a lap 8 caution Tyler Lafantaisie took control of third spot and on the restart – Miller, Kelly and Lafantaisie went three wide with Miller holding the advantage.

By lap 10, Rothwell was closing in on the leaders taking over 4th spot. Quickly the race for second went three almost four wide.

Taking the white flag at the start finish line … the battle for top spot went 4 wide with no one having an edge right around and down the backstretch.

Still 4 wide coming out of Turn 4 for the final time … Kyle Rothwell and Tony Kelly would gain an advantage on Miller who had to settle for third.

“It sure was a great season … what a wicked finish … I don’t know where I ended up,” said Tyler Lafantaisie whose Championship winning car is owned by Rothwell and his wife Lisa, “Thanks to Kyle and Lisa for all they have done.”

Lafantaisie’s would finish 4th to take the title by 9 points over Rothwell. Mike Sadusek would round out the top 5.

Lafantaisie’s #96 went right from Victory Lane to it’s new owner – fellow 4 Cylinder competitor and Twisted Metal Racing team-mate Alex Riley.

“I had to do what I had to do … my apologies to Chris (Crawford), said Dave Bailey in Hoosier Stock Victory Lane, “when I saw where Mark (Fawcett) was … I knew I needed to win to take the title. My Aunt and Uncle from North Carolina are here tonight … so it’s cool that they got to see me win.”

The Semenuk’s Esso 47x of Kyle Pelrine was first to lead the Hoosier Stock Feature but by lap 2 – the new leader was Chris Crawford.

By lap 5, Crawford opened up a lead of a couple car lengths with the race for second the one to watch between Dave Bailey and Peter Reid.

By lap 9, Bailey had taken the runner up spot. By lap 15, Bailey had begun to close in on Crawford.

Taking the white flag on lap 19 – the two were side by side. Coming out of Turn 4 the final time … the two front runners would come together.

Bailey would go on to his third straight win and 4th of the season – edging defending Champion Mark Fawcett by just three points for the 2016 title.

Crawford, Reid, Fawcett and Pelrine would round out the top 5.

“I didn’t think I had anything for Charlie (Lynch),” said first time 2016 Sportsman Feature Winner Paul Gaboury, “on the last restart … I just held it to the floor.”

2016 Rookie Tom Richau led the 25 car starting field to the green flag for the 25 lap Sportsman Feature until Joey Mastroianni took over top spot in Turn 1.

On the move in the early stages was Charlie Lynch who was quickly into the runner up spot and in top spot by lap 6. By lap 8, Brad Rouse was in third spot.

By lap 10 the top three cars were separated by about 10 car lengths.

Racing to the halfway point Rouse had closed in on Mastroianni for third and by lap 15 … the race for second was three wide. A caution on lap 20 had Gaboury challenging the leader.

Into Turn 2 for the last time, Gaboury edged ahead of Lynch holding the advantage to the checkered flag with Rouse, Rob Knapp and Justin Sharp closing out the top 5.

“I had a really good season although I would have liked to finish it on a better note,” said Cody McPherson who held on for a 6th place finish – earning his 4th career Sportsman Championship, “my brakes locked up.”

“I didn’t think the car was going to stick on the top,” said Josh Sliter whose 6th win earned him his 6th Modified Lite Point Championship, “I was on the bottom the whole race.”

Sliter’s JSR tearm-mate Rob Misener out-raced the Semenuk’s Esso #08 of Steven Beckett to the initial green flag.

With a few laps complete … Misener had driven away from former champion Jeffrey May who had taken over the runner up spot. By lap 4 – Beckett, Josh Sliter and Chris Watson were battling for third spot.

By lap 8, Sliter was in control of the runner up spot and closing in on the leader.

Through the final laps, Sliter had closed in on Misener’s rear bumper until the final time out of Turn 4.

Sliter made his outside move stick with Misener settling for second. May, Watson and Archer Truck Services Driver of the Week Tyler Winger rounded out the top 5.

Sean Dominey was first to lead the 10 lap Yager Bros Trucking Novice Sportsman Feature until Dave DiPietro took control with one lap complete.

Dominey and DiPietro would make contact early with Dominey losing control of his car while DiPietro didn’t miss a beat. DiPietro would resume control on the restart and through to the checkered flag for his second straight win.

“It was a great season … the motor wasn’t quite right tonight though,” said 14 year old Trevor Wright after winning the 2016 Championship after finishing in 6th spot.

358 Modified John Spencer Memorial (50 laps) Pete Bicknell, Gary Lindberg, Erick Rudolph, Chris Steele, Mike Bowman, Fred Carleton, Chad Brachmann, Ryan Susice, Scott Wood, Mark D’Ilario, Shayne Pierce, Todd Gordon, Wayne Conn, Don Spiece, Tim Jones, Tommy Flannigan, Rick Hoctor, Ken Winfield

Sportsman Feature (25 laps) Paul Gaboury, Charlie Lynch, Brad Rouse, Rob Knapp, Justin Sharp, Cody McPherson, Brent Begolo, Jay Mallory, Joey Mastroianni, Tom Richau, Jesse Penner, Chris Storm, Darrell Farraway, Joey Herremans, AJ Custodi, Adam Leslie, Dave DiPietro, Paul Williamson, Robbie Johnston, Rob Goulding, John Babion, Noah Walker, Seaon Dominey, Chris Watters, Chris Bellamy.

Novice Sportsman Feature (10 laps) Dave DiPietro, Joey Herremans, Billy Bleich, Jr., Chris Storm, John Babion, Trevor Wright, Noah Walker, Sean Dominey.



New Egypt, NJ (September 4, 2016) – On First Responders Night presented by Flemington Car and Truck Country at New Egypt Speedway, Danny Bouc captured the 358 Modified feature with Ryan Godown taking the 2016 championship. Bob Lineman, Jr. took top honors in the Sportsman feature. The TSRS Sprint Car main event was won by Mark Bitner.

After the original start of the 30-lap 358 Modified feature was called off due to a tangle involving Lou Cicconi and Bryan Kuhl, Tad Cox blasted to the front of the pack with DJ Ruppert, Danny Bouc and Dominick Buffalino in pursuit. On the third circuit, Bouc motored past Ruppert to gain the runner-up position. With six laps completed, Cox was beginning to distance himself from the pack with Bouc, Buffalino, Billy Pauch, Sr. and Ruppert next in line. By the tenth tour, Bouc was starting to cut into Cox’s advantage. As the race reached the halfway point, Bouc was on Cox’s bumper and applying pressure for the lead. On lap sixteen, Bouc scooted by Cox for the lead with Buffalino, Pauch, Sr. and Billy Pauch, Jr. in tow. On the next tour, the younger Pauch worked his way past his father to take over fourth place. Back at the front, Cox and Buffalino were edging closer to Bouc. With ten laps to go, Bouc was still in command with Buffalino slipping by Cox for second place. Cox fell back two more spots as Pauch, Jr. moved into third on the twenty-second circuit and Pauch, Sr. advanced into fourth on the following lap. As Bouc was trying to get a little breathing room, Buffalino was feeling the heat from Pauch, Jr. in the battle for second place. On the twenty-fourth revolution, Ryan Godown, who had started the race in nineteenth place, was continuing his drive to the top five as he drove past Ruppert to gain sixth place. With only five laps remaining, Pauch, Jr. blasted by Buffalino to take possession of second place. Just after losing the runner-up spot, the third place running Buffalino spun in turn four to bring out the second and final yellow flag of the contest. On the single file restart, Bouc held off Pauch, Jr to remain on top with Godown, who had inherited fifth during the caution period, working his way by Cox for fourth place. Bouc paced the field over the remaining laps to take his second checkered flag of the year. Pauch, Jr. claimed the runner up position with the elder Pauch completing the contest in third. By finishing in fourth place, Godown was able to capture his fourth New Egypt Speedway championship by one point over Pauch, Jr. Cox’s strong run resulted in a fifth place finish. Tad Cox and Dominick Buffalino won the 358 Modified qualifying races.

For the second time in 2016, Bob Lineman, Jr. visited victory lane after he won the 20-lap Sportsman feature. Dakota Kessler led the opening circuit before Marty Resnick passed him for the lead. On the ninth circuit, JT Trstensky assumed the top running position. With five laps remaining, Lineman, Jr. bolted by Trstensky for the lead and controlled the contest for the rest of the distance. Twelfth place starting Art Liedl finished in second place. Trstensky, Resnick and Bill Liedtka completed the top five finishers. The Sportsman heat race winners were Bob Lineman, Jr. and Derek Krum.

Mark Bitner led from start to finish to capture the checkered flag in the 20-lap main event for the TSRS Sprint Car feature. The victory was Bitner’s third TSRS win at New Egypt Speedway in 2016. The runner-up spot was taken by Joe Lord. Mike Haggenbottom was third. Fourth went to Chris Allen, Jr. with ninth place starting Tim Tanner finishing in fifth. Ryan Stillwaggon and Mike Haggenbottom were victorious in the TSRS Sprint Car qualifying events.

On Saturday, September 10, Championship Night takes place at New Egypt Speedway with titles on the line for the Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprints, Sportsman, Crate Modifieds & Street Stocks. In addition, the Vintage Stock Cars will compete in an exhibition event. The pit gates unlock at 3:00 p.m. with grandstand turnstiles opening at 4:00 p.m. Hot laps will start at 5:00 p.m. and action gets underway at 6:00 p.m. Admission to the grandstand is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for teens 12-15, $10 for military personal and their spouses with ID, and no charge for children 11 and under. Pit admission is $30 with a New Egypt Speedway license and $40 with no license.


358 MODIFIEDS - 30 LAPS FEATURE 1.  DANNY BOUC 2. Billy Pauch, Jr. 3. Billy Pauch, Sr. 4. Ryan Godown 5. Tad Cox 6. Ryan Krachun 7. DJ Ruppert 8. John McClelland 9. David Van Horn 10. Willie Osmun 11. Billy Osmun, III 12. Bryan Kuhl 13. Clay Butler 14. Dominick Buffalino 15. John Pakenham 16. Doug Ostwald 17. Chad Barney 18. Andrew Bohn 19. Lou Cicconi 20. PJ Oliver


SPORTSMAN - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. BOB LINEMAN, JR. 2. Art Liedl 3. JT Trstensky 4. Marty Resnick 5. Bill Liedtka 6. Will Dupree 7. Marty Saxton 8. Ryan Simmons 9. Steve Desmelyk 10. Jimmy Amato 11. Cale Ross 12. Eric Palmer 13. Drew Reinhold 14. Dakota Kessler 15. Brandon Grosso 16. Alan Bleacher 17. Mickey Kessler




BECHTELSVILLE, PA. SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 . . . Popular veteran racer Doug Manmiller has been grinding all year long in the 358 Modified class at Grandview Speedway. He lost his ride with the Dave Zubikowski No. 00 mid-season, then debuted his own mount and still struggled.

He finally teamed up with Jason and Theresa Miller and after that things began to gel for the new team. Shut out of victory lane since August 30, 2014, the Shoemakersville, PA talent finally got the monkey off his back Saturday night.

He was in fourth on the 22nd lap, shot past Ryan Grim and John Willman and proceeded to dive between a lapped car and underneath leader Justin Grim to take over the lead on the 23rd lap. He kept everyone at bay behind him the remainder of the race to win his first 30-lap Modified feature of the season.

Steve Todorow took over the driving reigns of the No. 93 NASCAR Late Model normally chauffeured by his dad Rick at mid-season. The team had their share of ups and downs, but he finally had Lady Luck on his side and was able to hold off five-time feature winner and two-time point champion Brian Shuey to win his first-ever career 25-lap BRC Late Model feature and pick up an additional $100 from T.P. Trailers.

It was Brian Papiez at the head of the pack for his fourth NASCAR 25-lap Sportsman feature win as he took the lead from Paul Kline and then held off the challenges of Mike Lisowski for the triumph in which he collected an additional $100 from T.P. Trailers.

The biggest winners of the evening were the three newly crowned 2016 Point Champions. Craig VonDohren won his ninth 358 Modified title with 4509 points over runner-up Mike Gular. It was championship No. 8 for Chuck Schutz in the BRC NASCAR Late Model division who finished with 3683 points ahead of Wayne Pfeil. In the NASCAR Sportsman class Jordan Henn captured his first champion with 3078 points over runner-up Mike Lisowski.

The season was one of the most competitive in years at the Bechtelsville, PA oval with 26 different drivers winning features.

Coming up on Friday, September 9th, 7 p.m. the TSRS 305 Sprints along with the Sportsman stock cars in a doubleheader show topped by a 38-lap feature for the Sportsman. Modifieds will also be allowed practice time.

And on Saturday, September 10th, 7 p.m. the biggest event of the season takes place with the running of the $25,000 to win 46th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic featuring many of the top names in dirt track Modified stock car racing.

It took several cautions before the Modifieds could string consecutive green flag laps together, but once they did Justin Grim was leading the 28-car starting grid trailed by John Willman, Kory Fleming, Ryan Grim and Ray Swinehart.

Manmiller joined the thick of the battle as he advanced into fourth on the fifth circuit.

Lap-after-lap the order continued to be J. Grim, Willman, R. Grim, Manmiller and Swinehart with neither one giving an inch. Trying to break into the top five were Fleming and Frank Cozze.

By the 21st lap the slower-moving cars entered the picture and the front runners had to use heads up defensive driving.

As the head of the pack came out of turn four to complete lap 23, Manmiller made a very daring maneuver. He went from fourth past the others and then proceeded to shoot between the leader and a lap car to take control of first.

Cautions were needed once Manmiller was in front and positions behind him constantly changed, but he made sure he was always first as the laps clicked off at the drop of the checkered he claimed a well-deserved 24th career win. Chasing him across were R. Grim, Cozze, Willman and Jeff Strunk. Rounding out the top ten were last week’s feature winner Duane Howard, Kevin Hirthler, who started dead last; Kenny Gilmore, Mike Gular and Craig VonDohren.

Heats were won by Brett Kressley, Manmiller and R. Grim.

Steve Todorow set the pace for two laps in the Late Model feature before the red was thrown when Joe Fanelli hit the backstretch wall with heavy impact and almost flipped. He was uninjured, but the car was badly damaged. When action resumed Todorow was still in front behind chased by Shuey, Dan Green, Bill Henning and Schutz.

Green relinquished third on the fourth lap when he spun in the second turn for the fourth lap caution. It was still Todorow running the high lane being pressured by Shuey on the inside. Shuey made several advances, but to no avail and Todorow pulled away.

The lead never changed and Todorow was victorious being followed by Shuey, Henning, Schutz and Ron Kline.

Shuey and Todorow were the heat winners.

Rookie B.J. Joly led the first six laps of the Sportsman feature before a multi-car fourth turn accident brought out the yellow. On the restart Papiez charged into first while Joly, Jack Butler, Kline and Lisowski diced for second through fifth.

Derrick Smith slowed his pace along the homestretch for the ninth lap caution period. This time when action went green again Paul Kline stormed into the lead.

Papiez just regained the lead on the 15th lap when Dylan Swinehart slowed in turn four.

Kline, Lisowski, Henn and Ken Eckert Jr. jockeyed for positions while Papiez held onto first.

Lisowski  took over second on the 18th lap restart which was needed when Brad Arnold broke along the backstretch. Lisowski made several bids for first, but was unsuccessful.

Papiez kept everyone at bay to collect another win in his Grandview rookie season at the drop of the checkered. Second went to Lisowski followed by Kline, Henn and Ryan Lilick.

Kyle Lilick, Ryan Higgs and Kenny Bock won the heats. The consolation went to Joe Funk III.


358 Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Doug Manmiller, 2. Ryan Grim, 3. Frank Cozze, 4. John Willman, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. Duane Howard, 7. Kevin Hirthler, 8. Kenny Gilmore, 9. Mike Gular, 10. Craig VonDohren, 11. Kory Fleming, 12. Danny Erb, 13. Jared Umbenhauer, 14. Justin Grim, 15. Kyle Borror, 16. Brian Houseknecht, 17. Brett Gilmore, 18. Chris Gambler, 19. Eric Biehn, 20. Ray Swinehart, 21. Brett Kressley, 22. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 23. John Tschudy, 24. Glenn Owens, 25. Ron Seltmann Jr., 26. Blaine Bracelin, 27. Ron Haring Jr., 28. Steve Swinehart.

Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Brian Papiez, 2. Mike Lisowski, 3. Paul Kline, 4. Jordan Henn, 5. Ryan Lilick, 6. Ken Eckert Jr., 7. Craig Whitmoyer, 8. Brandon Whitmoyer, 9. Mark Kemmerer, 10. Joe Funk III, 11. Jack Butler, 12. Kyle Lilick, 13. B.J. Joly, 14. Ryan Higgs, 15. Derrick Smith, 176. Dylan Swinehart, 17. Chad Kohler, 18. Brad Arnold, 19. Andrew Kreis, 20. Nathan Mohr, 21. Kenny Bock, 22. Pat Conrad, 23. Jim Housworth, 24. Brian Hirthler, 25. Ryan Beltz, 26. Steve Young. DNQ: Zak Wydra, Rich Jones, and Jesse Landis.

NASCAR Late Model Feature (25 Laps): 1. Steve Todorow, 2. Brian Shuey, 3. Bill Henning, 4. Chuck Schutz, 5. Ron Kline, 6. Steve Wilson, 7. Wayne Pfeil, 8. Dave Ogin, 9. Dan Green, 10. Dirk Rimrott, 11. Eric Hoch, 12. George Irwin, 13. Joe Fanelli, 14. Bryon Sipe.

DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and Sportsman Invade Cornwall Sunday, Sept. 4

WEEDSPORT, N.Y, - Sept. 2, 2016 - Cornwall Motor Speedway in Cornwall, Ont. is the site of round number three for the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series and round number four of the DIRTcar Sportsman Series this Sunday, Sept. 4th.

The event begins a busy month of September for the Northeast's premier 358 Modified and Sportsman tours as five series events greet the 358 Modified teams and eight series events greet the sportsman teams over the next four weekends.

Erick Rudolph is currently the man to beat as he has won both 358 Modified Series wins this season at Merrittville and Ransomville. Rudolph leads the way in the point standings with 300 points. Danny Johnson sits second in the standings with 280 points followed by Pete Bicknell with 235 points.

On the strength of a Fulton Series win in April and top ten finishes in all three shows to date, Brad Rouse currently leads the way in the point standings with 252 points. Shane Pecore currently sits second with 245 points in the standings followed by Alex LaJoie in third with 186 points.

With valuable series points on the line a strong contingent of Sportsman teams are expected to enter the 50-lap event. Additionally, each DIRTcar Sportsman series events serve as a qualifier for the first ever World Short Track Championship to be held in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 20-22. Series feature event winners along with the top 12 in series points earn automatic entries into the All-Star Invitational held that weekend.


RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK_The season  points championship for the Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds and the Investors Service Company Sportsman  were determined last Friday night at Ransomville Speedway. Ransomville’s Ryan Susice defended his 2015 358 Modified championship, coming into the night with a ten point lead over Pete Bicknell of St. Catharines, Ontario. Susice finished fourth while Bicknell was right behind him in fifth place. Winning the Investors Service Company Sportsman championship was Matt Farnham of Tonawanda who came into the night having to just start the twenty-five lap feature. It’s the first championship for Farnham. Cory Sawyer of Niagara Falls, NY continues to lead the Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stock points. Cole Susice of Ransomville is the points leader for the Gippsters Collision Four Banger division and Andrew Spurback of Niagara Falls, NY won the Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman main event and extended his points lead in the division. The SS title will be decided this Friday while the 4 Bangers and Novice go til the KOH weekend
Kenny Wills of Ransomville was victorious in the fifty lap special for the Krown Undercoating 358 Modified feature. For Wills, it was his second win of the season at Ransomville Speedway. Wills was fast from the start of the event. Wills started on the outside pole position and battled his cousin Allan Wills in the early stages of the race. Phil Vigneri III of Eden, NY was also at the f ront of the pack early. Scott Kerwin of  Newfane, NY moved into third looking like a challenger for the lead on lap twelve. At this point in the race Pete Bicknell would slip by Ryan Susice as the race for the championship had the attention of everyone at Ransomville Speedway, both were running mid-pack. With Wills moving out to a five second lead. Ryan moved back in front of Pete on lap thirty with Chad Brachmann of Sanborn, NY now in second and Erick Rudolph of Ransomville in third, who still had a chance for the title. With Susice and Bicknell crossing the finish line fourth and fifth, respectively. Scott Kerwin would finish fifth. Tommy Flannigan of St. Catharines was sixth and had an outside chance or the title. Mike Bowman also of St. Catharines was eighth. Vigneri was ninth and Jeff McGinnis of Ransomville was tenth.  
Heat race winners in the Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds were Kenny Wills, Ryan Susice and Jeff McGinnis.
“It’s been a great year for this team,” said Susice afterwards. “I was thinking of the championship, but I wanted to win the race. We won the heat race, the car was great.   I have to thank everyone ...my family, fiancé, sponsors and the track. A lot of hard work has gone into the facility this year.  The track surface has been phenomenal the last month or so"
 In the twenty lap Investors Sportsman Company feature, Dave Conant of Lewiston, NY won his first feature at Ransomville Speedway since 2011 Conant led every lap and dominated and had better than a five second lead on second place finisher James Henry of  Niagara Falls, NY, who finished second in division points. Getting third was Brett Senek of Ransomville. Derrick Borkenhagen of Ransomville was fourth. Jesse Cotriss of Medina, NY was fifth.  Mike Williams of Tuscarora Nation, NY was sixth. Points champion Matt Farnham was seventh. Greg Martin of Wilson, NY was eighth. Brett Martin of Lockport, NY was ninth. Rounding out the top ten was Kevin Wills of Ransomville and Chris Burek of Wilson.
Heat race winners in the Sportsman was James Henry, Brett Senek and Mike Williams.

In the fifteen lap Novice Sportsman feature, it was Andrew Spurback who took the lead just after a lap eleven restart from then leader Bubby Pawlak of Wilson. Pawlak had led from the opening lap, who held on for second. Derek Wagner was third followed by Garrison Krentz of Tonawanda was fourth. Bryan Harris of Newfane was fifth. Justin McKay of  NorthTonawanda was sixth. Brandon Michaud of Medina was seventh. Cam Tuttle of Wilson was eighth. Darrell Borkenhagen of Sanborn was ninth. Robbie Johnston was tenth.
This Friday night, the Mr DIRTcar Sportsman Series will make it’s annual appearance at Ransomville Speedway. Niagra Frontier Publications and WGR Radio will sponsor the night’s activities.  
The King of the Hill Weekend (September 16-17) for the Investors Service Company Sportsman and the Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks. The Gippsters Collision Four Cylinders and the Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman will also be in action on Saturday night. There is just three nights left on the Ransomville Speedway 2016 schedule.

Ransomville Speedway
Sept. 2
358 MODIFIEDS (30):KENNY WILLS, Erick Rudolph, Ryan Susice, Pete Bicknell, Scott Kerwin, Tommy Flannigan, Mike Bowman, Phil Vigneri III, Jeff McGinnis, Nick Joy, James Sweeting, Rick Richner, John Smith, Steve Schumacher, Allan Wills, Tyler McPherson, Jim Zimmerman, Russ Zimmerman.

SPORTSMAN (25): Dave Conant, James Henry,  Brett Senek, Derek Borkenhagen, Jess Cottris, Mike Williams, Matt Farnham, Greg Martin, Brett Martin, Kevin wills, Chris Burek, Steve Lewis Jr, Dave DiPietro, Jonathan Reid, Austin Susice, Jim Harbison, Zack Sam, Chase Mattison, Dan Michaud, gory Hermanson, AJ Custodi.

NOVICE SPORTSMAN (15): ANDREW SPURBACK, Bubby Pawlak, Derek Wagner, Garrison Krentz, Bryan Harris, Justin McKay, Brandon Michaud, Cam Tuttle, Darrell Borkenhagen.








































































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