McPherson and Buscumb win Special Events in Hingston Metal Fabricators Night at Merrittville

Sunday July 27, 2014 THOROLD, ONTARIO –
Hingston Metal Fabricators closed the month of July Saturday Night at Merrittville Speedway with Cody McPherson of St. Catharines and Leroy Buscumb of Port Colborne taking home wins in the 30 lap Tri Track Series Event for the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division and the 2nd Round of the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Triple Crown Series rain-delayed from Semenuk’s Esso Archer Truck Service Night.

Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action also found two drivers winning their first features of 2014 – Canfield’s Mark Fawcett in the Hoosier Stock Tribute to 1982 Bomber Division Points Champion Carl Saunders and Scott Wood of Thorold in the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature. Port Colborne’s Josh Sliter closed out the Feature Winners – taking home the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature.

Second generation driver Gary Lindberg was first to lead Merrittville’s final Tri Track Series Event for the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division and right from the start of the 30 lap event began to distance himself from the field. By lap 10 – his margin over Austin Wood was a ¼ lap.

Unfortunately Lindberg was deemed to have jumped on the original start and would be put two spots on the first caution or the end of the race whichever came first. Debris in Turn 3 would slow the field on lap 15.

Cody McPherson and Austin Wood led the field back to green with McPherson having a slight advantage until Wood took control down the backstretch of lap 17. Wood, McPherson and Lindberg drove away from the field with Lindberg taking control of second on lap 20.

For the second time caution would slow the pace on lap 26 after the two leaders came together with McPherson back in top spot after the restart and cruised to his 4th win of the season.

James Friesen seemed to have solved his car problems from earlier in the night – rallying to finish second after starting at the tail of the field. Brent Begolo, Brad Rouse and Justin Sharp rounded out the top 5.

Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Heat Winners were Rouse, Begolo and McPherson. Jordan Cosco won the Consolation.

The Tri Track Series for Merrittville, Humberstone and Ransomville Speedway’s Sportsman Divisions concludes Friday August 8th at Ransomville and Sunday August 17th at Humberstone.

Chad Chevalier led the field to the green flag of the 35 lap Feature for the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds until Scott Wood took control down the backstretch of the first lap.

Chevalier had closed in slightly on Wood on lap 8 in lap traffic before a lap 10 caution slowed the pace. With Wood back in control – the second generation driver opened up a 5 car lead by half-way.

Back into lap traffic on lap 25, one driver on the move was Mat Williamson who broke into to top 5. A final caution on lap 33 saw Wood’s lead of some 10 car lengths go away with a 2 lap dash to the finish.

Wood would prevail with Williamson’s late race charge taking him to the runner-up spot. Chevalier would settle for third with Mike Bowman and Ryan Susice closing out the top 5.

Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Heat Winners were Travis Miller, Todd Gordon and Scott Wood.

The Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 on Saturday and at 4 on Monday. Showtime for both events is 7:00.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – (30 laps) Cody McPherson, James Friesen, Brent Begolo, Brad Rouse, Justin Sharp, Adam Leslie, Ryan Turner, Paul Gaboury, Rob Knapp, Jordan Cosco, Jay Mallory, Charlie Lynch, Gary Lindberg, Gord McIntosh, Robert Baker, Derick Hodge, Ray Hockridge, Joey Mastroianni, Tyler Anderson, Austin Wood, DNS – Paul Cunningham.

DIRTcar 358 MODIFIED FEATURE (35 laps)
Scott Wood, Mat Williamson, Chad Chevalier, Mike Bowman, Ryan Susice, Chris Steele, Todd Gordon, Pete Bicknell, Tyler McPherson, Brandon Easey, Travis Miller, Robbie Krull, Tim Jones, Mark D’Ilario, Chad Brachmann, Fred Carleton, Shayne Pierce, Brett Clarke, Luke Skywalker, Ken Winnfield, Dave Flannigan, Jr., Tommy Flannigan.



The 358 Modifieds were ready for 30 laps as Chris Herbison and Jordan McCreadie led the field to the green flag with Herbison getting the early advantage into turn #1. Herbison would lead the opening 2 laps but McCreadie had a fast race car and was able to get the lead back as the field completed lap 3 while Luke Stewart, Joe Banks and Bryan Rogers completed the top 5. McCreadie would pull away to over a straight away lead by lap 8 until the yellow flew for a crash involving Bryan Rogers, Stephane Lafrance, Ryan Poole and Danny O'Brien. All drivers pulled away but O'Brien and Lafrance would be heard from later in the event. On the restart McCreadie still held the lead but on the move was Jason Riddell. After Starting 3rd he would challenge McCreadie repeatedly for the lead while Luke Stewart, Joe Banks and Kyle Dingwall battled for a top 5 position. 2 caution flags would come out near the halfway point first for Joe Banks who spun off turn 2. Then for Lance Willix as he went off the speedway in turn 3. When the race resumed McCreadie still held the top spot over Jason Riddell, Kyle Dingwall, Ryan Abuthnot and Danny O'Brien came from the back to move into the top 5. Dingwall also had a fast car and was able to work his way to 2nd by Riddell bringing Arbuthnot to 3rd, Riddell and Danny O'Brien continued to complete the top 5. With 10 laps to go Stephane Lafrance started to make his move forward as did Danny O'Brien as they worked through traffic to claim 3rd and 4th with 8 laps remaining. O'Brien was the first driver to clear all traffic as he claimed 2nd with 5 to go and quickly ran down Jordan McCreadie who was apporaching lapped traffic. On lap 29 O'Brien closed in and used a lapped car as a pick off turn 4 to grab the lead, leaving McCreadie and the rest of the field behind as Danny O'Brien claimed his 4th win in a row and 6th of the season. McCreadie, Dingwall, Lafrance and Ryan Arbuthnot rounded out the top 5.

n Sportsman action Tristan Draper and Brian Comeau started on the front row and would remain side by side into turn 1 with Tabatha Murphy completing the top 3. For the next 10 laps Comeau and Draper put on a fantastic side by side battle for the lead as behind them Dylan Evoy, Tabatha Murphy and Jessica Power battle for positions 2 through 5. Evoy would make his way to 3rd and close in on the lead battle with Comeau and Draper. Comeau would take the top spot briefly on lap 13 bringing Evoy to 2nd. Tristan Draper, Jessica Power and Shane Pecore would complete the top 5. 2 laps later on lap 15 Evoy made a big move on the high side to take over the top spot and open up a commanding lead on the rest of the field. Behind Evoy, Shane Pecore was moving quickly from his 9th starting spot as he made his way to 3rd on lap 17. Pecore then pressured Brian Comeau for 2nd, which he took away on lap 18, but still had some major distance to make up as Dylan Evoy was pulling away from everyone in the closing stages of the 25 lap affair. On lap 22 the yellow flew for Aaron Pugh who spun off turn 2. On the final restart Pecore tried to get by Evoy going into turn 1 but he would not get it done as Dylan Evoy went on to collect his 2nd win in a row and 6th of the year. Pecore came home 2nd, Brian Comeau, Jessica Power claimed her 2nd top 5 in the last 3 races finishing 4th, and Jeremy LaSalle claimed his 3rd straight top 5 by finishing 5th.

358 Modified
DANNY O'BRIEN, Jordan McCreadie, Kyle Dingwall, Stephane Lafrance, Ryan Arbuthnot, Bobby Herrington, Jason Riddell, Joe Banks, Chris Herbison, Andy Lloyd, Steve Bilow, Ryan Poole, Dave Austin, Luke Stewart, Lance Willix, Bryan Rogers

DYLAN EVOY, Shane Pecore, Brian Comeau, Jessica Power, Jeremy LaSalle, Tabatha Murphy, Tristan Draper, Jason Shipclark, Jon Mills, Mike Maresca, Bruce Makinson, Jason Cummings, Corey Winters, Johnathon Ferguson, Aaron Pugh, Kenny Polite

Rookie Sportsman
BRIANNA LADOUCEUR, Connor Dawdy, David Andre, Shane Sterns, Brad Winters, Jenn Sargent


Big Diamond Speedway Quick Results 7/25/2014
358 Modifieds (25 Laps)
1) Colt Harris 2) Billy Pauch Jr. 3) John Willman 4) Rick Laubach 5) Meme DeSantis 6) Duane Howard 7) Kevin Albert Jr. 8) Kevin Smith 9) Kyle Follweiler 10) Frank Cozze 11) Scott Albert 12) Kevin Bates 13) Bobby Gunther Walsh 14) Scott Adams 15) Jamie Speers 16) Dale Hartz 17) Jim Bobbitt Jr. 18) Joe Mooney 19) Shawn Fitzpatrick 20) Jared Umbenhauer 21) Richie Pratt Jr. 22) Heath Metzger 23) Paul Moyer 24) Ray Swinehart 25) Dan Hineline. Heat Winners - Rick Laubach, Ray Swinehart, Colt Harris

Sportsman (20 Laps)
1) Mike Lisowski 2) Craig Whitmoyer 3) Harry Landis 4) Doug Hendricks 5) Ray Woodall Jr. 6) Kevin Beach Jr. 7) Shawn Light 8) Charles Webber 9) Chad Putalavage 10) Josh Hertzog 11) Jordan Moyer 12) Charles Fayash 13) Billy Moyer 14) Wayne Witmer 15) Marc Berzowski 16) Tim Fitzpatrick 17) JR Fulper. Heat Winners - Craig Whitmoyer, Shawn Light

Roadrunners (20 Laps)
1) Chris Holland 2) Kris Ney 3) TJ Fitzpatrick 4) Joey Brennan 5) Tom Hablett 6) Shon Elk 7) Andrew Fayash Jr. 8) Jim Kost 9) Jared Seigfried 10) Jeremy Becker 11) Joe Kavanaugh 12) Terry Kramer Jr. 13) Jesse Krasnitsky 14) Devin Trexler 15) John Whyne 16) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 17) Earl Lins 18) Bruce Ditzler DNS) Bill Wingle, Bill Wingle Jr.. Heat Winners - Terry Kramer Jr., Chris Holland



Ransomville, NY – Friday, July 25th, 2014
–Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY captured the win in the thirty lap Van Raine Construction Tri-Track Modified series.  Rudolph took the lead away from Danny Johnson using a classic Danny move in the moat with approximately five laps remaining to take the lead. It was Rudolph’s second win of the season in the FinditQuick.com Modified division for 2014. Fresh off his first ever Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series win, Rudolph collected this checkered aboard his Snyder Industries sponsored machine. Johnson held on for second followed by Rick Richner who led the first fifteen laps.  Ryan Susice and Pete Bicknell rounded out the top five.  Rudolph’s win put him back in the points lead by just two markers over fellow Ransomville native Ryan Susice.

Boyd MacTavish of Ransomville, NY took top honors in the Investors Services Sportsman twenty-five lap main event.  MacTavish advanced from his sixth place starting position to second just prior to the half way point and would apply heavy pressure to the 25 of Borkenhagen with ten laps remaining.  The pair would run nose to tail putting on a great show for the fans.  With two to go, MacTavish looked to the inside of Borkenhagen as the pair exited turn two.  MacTavish would make the move stick and become the eighth different winner of 2014 in the Sportsman ranks.  Borkenhagen, Greg Martin, Chris Burek, and Mike Williams rounded out the top five.

ERICK RUDOLPH, Danny Johnson, Rich Rickner, Ryan Susice, Pete Bicknell, Scott Kerwin, Mike Bowman, Chad Brachmann, Chad Chevalier, Robbie Krull, Alan Johnson, Jeff McGinnis, Steve Schumacher, Chuck Hossfeld, Sam Crogan, Nick Joy, Brett Clark, Tyler MacPherson, Dave Flannigan Jr., Rick Hoctor, John Smith, and Brian Sage. 

Heat Winners – Erick Rudolph, Ricky Richner, and Pete Bicknell.

BOYD MACTAVISH, Derrick Borkenhagen, Greg Martin, Chris Burek, Mike Williams, Scott George, Kevin Wills, Don Spatorico, James Friesen, James Henry, Brett Martin, Justin Sharp, Matt Farnham, Jesse Cotriss, Nate Reynolds, Dave Kubiniec, Alan Wills, and Sean Letts.

Heat Winners – Brett Martin and Allan Wills.


Brett Haas Wins Special Small Block Mod Feature

David Gravel Scores Win in Return of the Outlaws

Sunday July 20, 2014

West Lebanon, NY: 
Another hot summer night of racing was capped off with 2 amazing feature events.  The first was the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series, with David Gravel Taking his 4th win of the season, while in the Lebanon Valley Small Block Modified division; Brett Haas led wire to wire in the 25 lap shootout.

In the 25 lap Sprint Car Feature, David Gravel held off a hard charging Kerry Madsen and Donny Schatz to take the $10,000 victory.

In the Small Block 25 lap feature, Brett Haas powered out to the early lead with the 45 of Wayne Jelley hot on his heels.  Lap traffic was the only thing difficult for Haas to get through as the 55 was too strong for everyone else.

Haas scores his 2nd win on the year followed by Jelley.  Alan Houghtaling worked his way up to finish 3rd, followed by Jason Herrington and Art Collins completed the top 5 finishers.

For more information on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, visit their website at www.woosprint.com.  And for more information about Lebanon Valley Speedway, visit our website for more information including the jam packed schedule, visit www.LebanonValley.com and click on ‘Speedway’.

Milton Cat Small Block Modified Feature (25 Laps):
1)Brett Haas, 2)Wayne Jelley, 3)Alan Houghtaling, 4)Jason Herrington, 5)Art Collins, 6)Frank Hoard III, 7)Ryan Darcy, 8)Brian Sandstedt, 9)Olden Dwyer, 10)Chad Pierce, 11)C.G. Morey, 12)Ryan Charland, 13)Tom Faxon, 14)D.J. Faulkner, 15)Brian Peterson, 16)Ricky Davis, 17)Steve Hough, 18)Jim Rajczi, 19)John Ferrier, 20)Ken Aanonsen, 21)Kenny Aanonsen JR, 22)Frank Harper, 23)Dylan Scribner, 24)Chad Jeseo, DNS)Kim LaVoy



BECHTELSVILLE, PA. July 20, 2014 . . . 
Tim Buckwalter, an ARDC midget racing standout has won several midget features at Grandview Speedway, but he had never won a 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358 Modified feature until Saturday night in the activities sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats and televised by RCN-TV 4. Point leader Randy Stoudt topped the field in the 25-lap BRC Late Model feature race while Jared Umbenhauer continued his record setting pace winning the 25-lap Sportsman feature race for his ninth win of the season.

Buckwalter, the 2013 Modified rookie, teamed up with Jerry and Linda Rogue for the season to drive their No. 22. Several weeks ago after the car was destroyed when Duane Howard landed on top of his car in the homestretch melee, the team took some time off, got a new frame and returned to action. They struggled a while, but had the car in top notch running order on Saturday night and his “dream finally came true” – he got to victory lane in the division. He thanked all his sponsors for sticking with them and making everything possible. He now has three more wins to go to tie his father Rick in the career win list. The Royersford racer collected a $2900 payday which included $250 from T.P. Trailers and a $150 product award from VP Racing Fuels.

Allentown radio personality Bobby Gunther Walsh led for the first ten laps before Kyle Weiss spun in the second turn for the first caution. On the restart Buckwalter put the H.G. Associates powered mount at the head of the pack.

Buckwalter quickly built up a comfortable margin by the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader bonus over second through fifth-place runners Gunther Walsh, Jon Kellner, Mike Laise and Jordan Umbenhauer.

Four-time feature winner Doug Manmiller spun in the fourth turn for the second and final caution on the 20th lap to erase Buckwalter’s commanding lead. Buckwalter hung tough and held onto the lead when action resumed, but now Kellner, Umbenhauer, Craig VonDohren and Laise were in pursuit. Trying to get into a top five spot was last week’s feature winner Duane Howard and he did on the 23rd lap.

Kellner and VonDohren battled for second for four laps before VonDohren finally cleared him with one lap to go.

Buckwalter kept all challengers behind him and went on to score a crowd-pleasing triumph. Chasing him across the line were VonDohren, Kellner, Umbenhauer and Howard. Rounding out the top ten were Jeff Strunk, Laise, Nate Christman, Mike Gular, coming from the 21st spot and Frank Cozze. Todd Smith received the Cargo Trailers product gift certificate.

Buckwalter, Laise, Ray Swinehart and Don Norris Jr. were the heat winners. After winning the third heat, Swinehart’s engine erupted and he was finished for the night. Consolation race victories went to Terry Meitzler and Gular. There were 34 Modifieds on hand trying for one of the 28 feature starting spots.

Randy Stoudt, the all-time leading late model feature winner, won his third 25-lap NASCAR BRC feature of the season behind the wheel of the Taylor White and Wanda Brown-owned No. 22.

Rookie and polesitter Cory Merkel took the early lead at the drop of the green trailed by Lou Egrie Jr., Joe Fanelli, Kory Fleming and bill Henning.

Fleming advanced to second on the fifth lap to challenge C. Merkel for the top spot.

C. Merkel was able to hold off Fleming’s bids until the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader mark when Fleming charged past him.

One lap later Stoudt moved into the runner-up spot and began challenging Fleming for first.

Stoudt moved to the outside lane coming off the fourth turn on the 19th circuit and was successful in becoming the new leader.

While Stoudt showed the way around the 1/3-mile banked clay oval, the battle for positions brewed between Fleming, Wayne Pfeil, Dan Green and Chuck Schutz, last week’s feature winner.

With three to go Pfeil made his way into second and took chase after teammate Stoudt.

It was Stoudt, who calls Pottstown home, leading the rest of the way as Pfeil, Fleming, Green and Schutz chased him across the line. Sixth through tenth were Jason Miller, Sean Merkel, Lou Egrie, C. Merkel and Rick Todorow.

S. Merkel and Lou Egrie Jr. won the heats.

The ninth win for Jared Umbenhauer didn’t come easy as he beat Kenny Gilmore by inches in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature.

Joe Masiado set the pace for two laps before rookie Brett Gilmore took the top spot and checked out.

The battle for the remaining spots was hot and heavy between Masiado, Sean Weiss, Tom “ Miller and Mike Lisowski.

Ryan Lilick brought out the first yellow when he spun in the second turn. It was still B. Gilmore, running the outside, ahead on the restart, but now Miller, in the low groove, was in pursuit of the lead.

Miller became the new leader at the half way mark, but B. Gilmore stayed right with him trying to regain the top spot.

The yellow was thrown on the 16th lap for Brett Kressley stopped in the fourth turn with a flat left rear tire. He rejoined the pack after a quick pit stop. Umbenhauer, who overtook second the previous lap, moved into first when Miller suddenly slowed his pace and brought out the yellow on lap 18. The leader continued to be Umbenhauer on the restart, but now Kenny Gilmore overtook his son Brett to set his sights on Umbenhauer.

Umbenhauer and K. Gilmore put on quite a battle for the lead as K. Gilmore would nose ahead, but could never lead a lap as Umbenhauer was always in front at the line. B. Gilmore, Paul Kline and Brian Hirthler were dicing for third through fifth.

Coming in for the checkered K. Gilmore made one last charge, but it was Richland, PA’s Umbenhauer the victor in the Bashore-owned No. 5 by 0.037 seconds. It appeared B. Gilmore would have his best finish of the season in third, but was denied the chance as he found himself turned around in the fourth turn with Kressley and Jordan Henn also involved as they had nowhere to go to avoid the mishap. Hirthler, who was running fifth, managed to avoid contact and finish third followed by Lisowski and Brandon Whitmoyer. Kline, fourth at the time of B. Gilmore’s spun, managed to get sixth followed by Dean Bachman, Ryan Beltz, Erik Renninger and Ken Eckert Jr.

Heats were won by Miller, Masiado and Lisowski. Eckert Jr. won the consi.


358 Modified Feature (30 Laps):
1. Tim Buckwalter, 2. Craig VonDohren, 3. Jon Kellner, 4. Jordan Umbenhauer, 5. Duane Howard, 6. Jeff Strunk, 7. Mike Laise, 8. Nate Christman, 9. Mike Gular, 10. Frank Cozze, 11. Todd Smith, 12. Chris Esposito, 13. Jarred Miller, 14. Terry Meitzler, 15. Doug Manmiller, 16. Kyle Weiss, 17. Don Norris Jr., 18. Ryan Kunkle, 19. Bobby Gunther Walsh, 20. Kyle Borror, 21. Eric Biehn (alternate), 22. Chris Gambler, 23. Justin Grim, 24. Mike Kellner, 25. Andy Ressler, 26. Kevin Hirthler, 27. Brian Houseknecht, 28. Tommy Scheetz, alternate. DNQ: Ryan Grim, John Willman, Ron Seltmann Jr. and Kevin Hartnett.

Late Model Feature (25 Laps):
1. Randy Stoudt, 2. Wayne Pfeil, 3. Kory Fleming, 4. Dan Green, 5. Chuck Schutz, 6. Jason Miller, 7. Sean Merkel, 8. Lou Egrie, 9. Cory Merkel, 10. Rick Todorow, 11. Joe Fanelli, 12. Lou Egrie Jr., 13. John Giesler, 14. Bill Henning, 15. Steve Wilson, 16. Buddy Mertz, 17. Dave Ogin. DNS: Tony Giglio.

Sportsman Feature (25 Laps):
1. Jared Umbenhauer, 2. Kenny Gilmore, 3. Brian Hirthler, 4. Mike Lisowski, 5. Brandon Whitmoyer, 6. Paul Kline, 7. Dean Bachman, 8. Ryan Beltz, 9. Erik Renninger, 10. Ken Eckert Jr., 11. Jim Housworth, 12. Doug Snyder, 13. Ryan Lilick, 14. Guy Germano, 15. Sean Weiss, 16. Jason Neidlinger, 17. Brett Gilmore, 18. Brett Kressley, 19. Jordan Henn, 20. Mark Behm, 21. Tom Miller, 22. Joe Masiado, 23. Joe Funk II, 24. Craig Whitmoyer. DNQ: Lex Shive, Kevin Dries, Josh Adams, Jamie Undercoffler.

1. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA  #4* 3964**
2. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA  #1C 3699***
3. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 3672****
4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 3427****
5. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA  #357 3337
6. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 3128
7. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #19 2535
8. Kevin Hirthler, Bechtelsville, PA  #117 2516
9. Nate Christman, Fleetwood, PA  #37 2478
10. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA  #33 2461

Sportsman Modifieds
1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5 3907*********
2. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 3487**
3. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 3165
4. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 2974*
5. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA  #72 2638
6. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA  #77H 2586
7. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 2511*
8. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ  #51 2505
9. Ryan Beltz, Harleysville, PA  #221 2376
10. Ken Eckert, Orwigsburg, PA #29 2335

* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)


Big Diamond Speedway
DIRTcar 358 Modifieds (32 Laps)
1) Ray Swinehart ($3,200) 2) Rick Laubach 3) Frank Cozze 4) Duane Howard 5) Kyle Follweiler 6) Jared Umbenhauer 7) Meme Desantis 8) Kevin Smith 9) Scott Albert 10) Tim Buckwalter 11) Mike Mammana 12) Dan Hineline 13) Jim Bobbitt Jr. 14) Heath Metzger 15) Colt Harris 16) Dale Hartz 17) Kevin Albert Jr. 18) Shawn Fitzpatrick 19) John Willman 20) Billy Pauch Jr. 21) Ron Haring Jr. 22) Joe Mooney 23) Lou Cicconi DNS) Glenn Rowan

Heat Winners - Frank Cozze, Kevin Smith, Rick Laubach

Sportsman (25 Laps) 1) Wayne Witmer ($1,000) 2) Doug Hendricks 3) JR Fulper 4) Craig Whitmoyer 5) Tim Fitzpatrick 6) Kevin Beach Jr. 7) Mike Lisowski 8) Billy Moyer Jr. 9) Mike Glass 10) Jason James 11) Charles Fayash 12) Charles Webber 13) Josh Hertzog 14) Shawn Light 15) Todd Huffman 16) Rob Riegel 17) Chris Hertzog 18) Clay Butler 19) Marc Berzowski 20) Mark Behm 21) Harry Landis 22) AJ Gerhart DNS) Jeff Bubori

Heat Winners - Wayne Witmer, Clay Butler, Shawn Light

Roadrunners (25 Laps) 1) Chris Holland ($300) 2) Jeremy Becker 3) Joey Brennan 4) Tom Hablett 5) Jared Seigfried 6) Kris Ney 7) TJ Fitzpatrick 8) Devin Trexler 9) Jesse Krasnitsky 10) Terry Kramer Jr. 11) John Whyne 12) Jon Schlauch 13) Randy Fayash 14) Tim Fitzpatrick 15) Jim Kost 16) Bruce Ditzler 17) Shon Elk

Heat Winners - TJ Fitzpatrick, Jeremy Becker


Big Diamond Speedway
358 modifieds
1. Billy Pauch Jr. 2438
2. Duane Howard 2227
3. Rick Laubach 2201
4. Frank Cozze 2140
5. Kevin Smith 2062
6. Meme DeSantis 2038
7. Jared Umbenhauer 1909
8. Kevin Albert Jr. 1869
9. Stewart Friesen 1585
10. Shawn Fitzpatrick 1435
Sportsman Modified
1. Tim Fitzpatrick 1137
2. Wayne Witmer 1113
3. Doug Hendricks 1091
4. Clay Butler 1055
5. Billy Moyer Jr. 993
6. Shawn Light 972
7. Kevin Beach Jr. 885
8. Chad Putalavage 825
9. Todd Huffman 741
10. Mike Glass 738


Smackdown! Round Two Moved to July 27 at Mercer Raceway Park
Mercer, PA (July 13, 2014:
Facing a forecast that included afternoon and evening thunderstorms, officials of Mercer Raceway Park made the difficult decision to postpone round two of Smackdown!, the annual confrontation between the track's Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds and the Big Blocks of the BRP Modified Tour. The rivalry will resume on Sunday night, July 27.

In the opening round, held Saturday July 12, Volant's Lonny Riggs scored one for the home team. He drove Merle Black's colorful and speedy 358 Modified to victory over Brad Rapp, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Rex King, Jr., and Dave Murdick. It was the first time in the history of the region's premier touring Modified series that a Mercer-legal machine defeated the invaders on its home track. For Riggs, it was his second triumph against the Big Blocks. Several seasons ago, he prevailed at another area speedway driving a 358 Modified also earned by Black.  Prior to that, Gary Smoker, an infrequent competitor at the Park these days, also triumphed at another area track with his Mercer-legal car.

While all of the Modifieds in action at the Park appeared similar to one another, beneath the bodywork there was an important distinction. The cars that compete regularly at the Park under the Approved Toilet Rentals banner have 358 cubic inch engines. The touring series, however, allows larger powerplants. Most are 467 cubic inches, but pitside chatter suggested that there may have been some behemoths between the frame rails of the visitors' cars. The bigger engines produce more horsepower, and more horsepower often translates into a performance advantage on the track, especially when the surface was a finely prepared as it was Saturday night.
The grudge match will continue two weeks hence. For now, though, the Mercer regulars, and Riggs in particular, have all the bragging rights.
On Sunday, July 27, the Modified feature will be 35 laps, and it will pay a hefty $1500 to the winner. The Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors will compete for a cool grand, while the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series will make its debut at the speedway. The Rock Concrete Modified Lites will round out the card. Regular six-divisional action will take place the night before, making for a great two-race weekend.
Before the next doubleheader rolls around, though, Mercer Raceway Park will host the annual Racing for a Cure Night, benefiting the American Cancer Society. All cancer survivors will be admitted free of charge on July 19 for a fun and exciting Saturday Night Live! racing program.



BECHTELSVILLE, PA…July 13, 2014 . . .
Five time track champion Duane Howard, rebounding from a horrendous front stretch flip two weeks ago and elimination from competition the previous week, wheeled the Petruska-owned Atlas Paving No. 66 past Jeff Strunk on the 24th lap restart and went on to win his fourth 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358 Modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in the activities sponsored by A.D. Moyer Lumber “It’s fun to race here, but it’s not easy coming from 13th or so every week,” commented Howard in victory lane. “The Petruska team is great and they provide me with a good car every week and I apologize for my actions last week.” Howard and another competitor had a confrontation in the pits the previous week for which Howard was apologizing.

Chuck Schutz recorded his second win of the season in the 20-lap Late Model feature by a healthy margin over runner-up Jason Miller in the event that went non-stop.

The Jared Umbenhauer domination in the Sportsman division continued as he won his eighth 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature with Ryan Lilick a distant second.

Ronnie Peck, former late model champion and modified stand-out, was the winner of the 15-lap Blast From The Past Vintage Car feature.

Bobby Gunther-Walsh led one lap before he bounded off the second turn wall for the caution after contact with another competitor. This put Mike Laise in the lead when action resumed with pressure from Jon Kellner, Kyle Borror, Terry Meitzler and Nate Christman.

Kellner put Vince Gagliardo No. 41 at the front of the pack on the eighth lap, but Laise stayed with him trying to retake first.

At the halfway, leader mark Kellner was in lap traffic and now the order behind him consisted of Laise, Strunk, Howard and Borror.

Strunk overtook second on the 16th lap and took off after Kellner.

Just as Strunk reeled Kellner in, Kevin Hartnett stopped in the second turn bringing out the caution with 18 laps in the books. Kellner managed to hold onto the lead with heavy pressure from Strunk, Howard, Craig VonDohren and Doug Manmiller giving him no room to error.

Racing side-by-side with Kellner on the outside and Strunk inside, Kellner found himself in the third turn wall in a hard racing incident and the yellow unfurled on the 21st lap. It was a tough break for Kellner, who was finally having a decent run. Strunk and Howard were door handle to door handle on the restart with Strunk having the edge.

Tommy Scheetz III and Mike Gular spun between turns one and two for the next caution on the 23rd lap. The restart was void when Laise and John Willman were in the second turn facing the wrong direction. This time it was Kevin Hirthler accused of triggering the mishap and he was sent to the rear. On this restart Howard charged past Strunk and into the top spot to be the fifth different leader.

Howard continued his pace until he pulled into the winner’s circle for his 63rd career win followed by Strunk, VonDohren, Manmiller and Ryan Grim, for his best run of the season. Sixth through tenth were Jordan Umbenhauer, Christman, Terry Meitzler, Frank Cozze and Borror. Don Norris Jr. received the Cargo Trailers product certificate.

Heats were won by Laise, Howard and Von Dohren. Gular won the consi.

In Late Model action Joe “Geezer” Fanelli was the early leader while Jason Miller, Dan Green, John Giesler and Schutz diced for positions.

Fanelli, looking for his first win as a rookie in the division, was able to hold off Miller’s continuous bids for the lead until Miller overtook him on the14th circuit. One lap later Schutz was in the challenging position.

Miller ran the high line and Schutz stuck to the bottom as the pair battled for first.

A new leader emerged on the 18th lap when Schutz put the Ty Zeigler-owned mount in the lead.

Schutz never surrendered the lead and pulled into victory lane for his 36th career win trailed by Miller, Fanelli, his best career effort and also him the Dan’s Deli recipient; Wayne Pfeil and Green. Rounding out the top ten were Sean Merkel, Randy Stoudt, Kory Fleming, Lou Egrie, Cargo Trailer certificate recipient and Bill Henning.

Green and Miller won the heats.

After two tries to complete the first lap of the Sportsman feature, Mike Lisowski was ahead challenged by Jason Neidlinger, Guy Germano, Lilick and Sean Weiss.

Lilick moved into second on the third lap to put his bids in for first.

Lilick overtook the lead on the 12th lap restart needed when Germano and Ken Eckert Jr. tangled on the backstretch.

The final restart was when Tom Miller and Ron Krex tangled in turn three. Krex was shaken up slightly however Miller continued. Lilick held his own on the restart, but by now Umbenhauer arrived in second.

Umbenhauer charged ahead on the 14th lap leaving Lilick, Craig Whitmoyer, Lisowski and Paul Kline in pursuit.

There was no stopping Umbenhauer and he scored his 14th career win at the track. Lilick, recorded his season best performance for second followed by Whitmoyer, Lisowski and Kline. Kenny Gilmore, Sean Weiss, Joe Funk II, Brett Gilmore and Brett Kressley, Cargo Trailer product certificate recipient, completed the top ten.


358 Modified Feature (30 Laps):
1. Duane Howard, 2. Jeff Strunk, 3. Craig VonDohren, 4. Doug Manmiller, 5. Ryan Grim, 6. Jordan Umbenhauer, 7. Nate Christman, 8. Terry Meitzler, 9. Frank Cozze, 10. Kyle Borror, 11. Tim Buckwalter, 12. Don Norris Jr., 13. Andy Ressler, 14. Mike Gular, 15. Todd Smith, 16. Chris Esposito, 17. Kevin Hirthler, 18. Ryan Kunkle, 19. Mike Laise, 20. Justin Grim, 21. Tommy Scheetz III, 22. Brian Houseknecht, 23. John Willman, 24. Jon Kellner, 25. Kevin Hartnett, 26. Ray Swinehart, 27. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 28. Mike Kellner. DNQ: Eric Biehn, Chris Gambler and Ron Seltmann Jr.

Late Model Feature (25 Laps):
1. Chuck Schutz, 2. Jason Miller, 3. Joe Fanelli, 4. Wayne Pfeil, 5. Dan Green, 6. Sean Merkel, 7. Randy Stoudt, 8. Kory Fleming, 9. Lou Egrie, 10. Bill Henning, 11. Steve Wilson, 12. Cory Merkel, 13. John Giesler, 14. Rick Todorow, 15. Dave Ogin, 16. Lou Egrie Jr., 17. Dirk Rimrott, 18. George Irwin, 19. Buddy Mertz, 20. Steve Butler.

Sportsman Feature (25 Laps):
1. Jordan Umbenhauer, 2. Ryan Lilick, 3. Craig Whitmoyer, 4. Mike Lisowski, 5. Paul Kline, 6. Kenny Gilmore, 7. Sean Weiss, 8. Joe Funk II, 9. Brett Gilmore, 10. Brett Kressley, 11. Jordan Henn, 12. Erik Renninger, 13. Dean Bachman, 14. Ken Eckert Jr., 15. Jason Neidlinger, 16. Brandon Whitmoyer, 17. Doug Snyder, 18. Tom Miller, 19. Ron Krex, 20. Guy Germano, 21. Joe Masiado, 22. Ryan Beltz, 23. Jim Housworth, 24. Brian Hirthler, DNQ: Dave Bartram and Chris Jenkins.

1. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA  #4* 3706**
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 3404****
3. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA  #1C 3400***
4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 3261****
5. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA  #357 3120
6. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 2903
7. Kevin Hirthler, Bechtelsville, PA  #117 2460
8. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA  #33 2451
9. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA  #17 2438
10. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W 2328
11. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #19 2258
12. Nate Christman, Fleetwood, PA  #37 2241
13. Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, PA  #81 2082
14. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA  #976 1926
15. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D 1885
16. Tommy Scheetz III, Boyertown, PA  #37X 1880
17. Jon Kellner Sr., Lansdale, PA  #41 1866
18. Eric Biehn, Bechtelsville, PA  #87 1794
19. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA  #B4 1748
20. Chris Esposito, Green Lane, PA #31 1694
21. Todd Smith, Hatfield, PA  #39 1674
22. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K 1673
23. Justin Grim, Orefield, PA  #61 1468
24. Andy Ressler, Bechtelsville, PA  #10 1425
25. Tim Buckwalter, Royersford, PA  #11 1410
26. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #A1 1390
27. Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA  #15 1383
28. Brian Houseknecht, Bechtelsville, PA   #323 1318
29. Ron Seltman,  Lower Pottsgrove, PA  #R19 1194
30. Brad Arnold, Kenhorst, PA  #830 1122
Also Feature Winner: Steward Friesen

1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5 3601********
2. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 3348**
3. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 2869
4. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 2687*
5. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA  #77H 2460
6. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 2434*
7. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA  #72 2433
8. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ  #51 2283
9. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J 2238
10. Ryan Beltz, Harleysville, PA  #221 2138
11. Ken Eckert, Orwigsburg, PA #29 2121
12. Brandon Whitmoyer, Harrisburg, PA  99X 1950
13. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA  #142 1936
14. Guy Germano, Richlandtown, PA #542 1861
15. Tom Miller, Gilbertsville, PA #77 1838
16. Ron Krex, Harleysville, PA  #9K 1771
17. Dean Bachman, Reading, PA  #65 1659
18. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #00 1503
19. Kaitie McCardle, Honeybrook, PA #11 1482
20. Sean Weiss  #24 1401
19. Dave Bartram, Quakertown, PA#28 1347
20. Mike Stringer, Germansville, PA  #23 1335

* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)



The 358 Modifieds were ready to go for their 25 lap feature event. Ryan Poole, who is back in a 358 Modified in 2014 took the lead from the outside pole over Joe Banks, Bryan Rogers, Chris Herbison and Luke Stewart. The yellow flew quickly on lap 2 as Jason Riddell had problems spinning in turn 4. On the restart Poole continued to lead the way and started to pull away from the field. The caution flew on lap 4 for Stephane Lafrance who spun off turn 1 after contact with Chris Herbison and the front stretch wall. When the green came back out it was still Poole with the advantage over Banks, Herbison, John Mulder and Ryan Arbuthnot. Poole began to pull away once again as he held a half straight away lead by lap 9. On lap 10 a scary moment saw Jason Riddell and John Mulder tangle on the front stretch. Luke Stewart, Kyle Dingwall and Bobby Herrington were all involved which brought out the red flag. All drivers were ok but Herrington, Mulder and Riddell were all finished for the night. When the race resumed Poole took the lead from the high side but the man on the move was Danny O'Brien. The 10 time track champion worked his way to the 3rd spot after starting in 12th by lap 11, and would quickly close in on the battle for the lead between Ryan Pool and Joe Banks. O'Brien made the move to 2nd 2 laps later and would put on a fantastic show as Poole and O'Brien battled side by side over the next 8 laps. On lap 20 Jordan McCreadie spun in turn 4 bringing out another yellow. When the green flew Poole did everything he could to hold off O'Brien but on lap 25 the 10 time champion moved to the inside to take the lead away. On lap 29 Stephane Lafrance saw a great run go away as he lost a right rear tire in turn 4 bringing out the yellow one final time. On the restart Danny O'Brien had no issues pulling away to his 2nd win in a row and 4th of the season over Ryan Arbuthnot who snuck past Poole for 2nd at the line. Kyle Dingwall rebounded to finish 4th after an early race spin while Bryan Rogers claimed the number 5 position.

The 25 lap Sportsman feature saw Kenny Polite race out to the lead at the drop of the green flag over Dylan Evoy, Johnathon Ferguson, Jason Shipclark and Corey Winters. Polite had a great car on this night as he pulled away to almost a straightaway advantage while Evoy, who struggled with handling issues, tried at will to catch the leader. As the top 2 drivers raced away from the field the battle was on in the rest of the top 5 as Ferguson, Shipclark and Corey Winters put on a spirited battle for the fans. Polite would enter into lapped traffic as the raced neared halfway which allowed Dylan Evoy to close the gap. Despite his efforts Evoy was unable to reel in the leader as the race continued caution free until lap 18 as Aaron Pugh spun off turn 2 bringing out the only yellow of the race. On the restart Polite once again showed how good his car was as he pulled away from Evoy while Johnathon Ferguson, Jeremy LaSalle and Corey Winters continued to battle it out in the top 5. Kenny Polite ran a perfect race, led all 25 laps, and after 8 seasons of trying would finally put himself into victory lane for his first ever Sportsman win. Evoy settled for 2nd While Jeremy LaSalle had his best run of the season finishing 3rd. Corey Winters and Aaron Pugh, who rebounded from an early race spin to finish 5th.

358 Modified-
DANNY O'BRIEN, Ryan Arbuthnot, Ryan Poole, Kyle Dingwall, Bryan Rogers, Joe Banks, Luke Stewart, Dave Austin, Jordan McCreadie, Andy Lloyd, Stephane Lafrance, John Mulder, Bobby Herrington, Jason Riddell, Steve Bilow, Chris Herbison

KENNY POLITE, Dylan Evoy, Jeremy LaSalle, Corey Winters, Aaron Pugh, Bruce Makinson, Jason Shipclark, Johnathon Ferguson, Tabatha Murphy, Jamie Young, Jason Cummings, Scott McGill


Billy Pauch Jr. Impressive in New Egypt Speedway Triumph

New Egypt, NJ (July 12, 2014) –
Billy Pauch Jr. of Frenchtown, NJ recorded his first win in the Rick Holsten owned #96 Saturday night as he captured the 30 lap Modified feature at New Egypt Speedway. Pauch Jr. impressed all on hand as he grabbed the lead on lap #5 and then pulled away from his dad, 6-time champion Billy Pauch, with ease on the final restart with 4 laps remaining.  

PJ Oliver and DJ Ruppert brought the field to the start with Oliver leading the first couple of laps as Neal Williams & Gary Butler moved in to challenge. Pauch Jr. quickly chased those two with all three drivers battling for the lead. Pauch Jr. wrestled the top spot away from them as Pauch Sr. was already fifth after just 5 laps from his 14th starting spot. By lap 10, Pauch had moved in to second to chase his son while point leader Ryan Godown was up to third. Pauch and Godown raced hard nose-to-tail but could not make up any ground on the younger Pauch as he was flawless in traffic. As the laps clicked off it seemed that Pauch Jr. was going to cruise to the victory when the final caution flag appeared with 4 laps remaining. However the restart was anti-climactic as Pauch Jr. easily pulled away to win his first of the season at NES. Billy Pauch Sr. broke on the final lap going down the backstretch as Godown went on to claim the runner-up spot. Gary Butler drove a nice race to finish third, with Willie Osmun and Neal Williams rounding out the top five.

Mike Haggenbottom of Levittown, PA won for the second straight week in the New Egypt RaceSavers 305 Sprint Car 20 lap feature. Haggenbottom did it a little bit easier than his last lap pass last week, as this time he got to the front early after a hard battle with Mark Bitner and set a pace that was difficult for the rest of the field to match. Phil Meisner Jr. finished second with a late race charge past Bitner and Bobby Devault. Bitner ended up third, followed by Devault and 13th starter Stefanie Palmai.    

MODIFIED Feature (30 Laps): 1. Billy Pauch Jr. 2. Ryan Godown 3. Gary Butler 4. Willie Osmun 5. Neal Williams 6. David Van Horn 7. Sammy Piazza 8. Tim Apgar 9. Tad Cox 10. DJ Ruppert 11. Danny Bouc 12. Jimmy Blewett 13. Kevin Vaclavicek 14. Pat Wall 15. Andrew Bohn 16. Chris Grbac 17. Billy Pauch 18. Brian Papiez 19. Bobby Butler 20. PJ Oliver 21. Doug Ostwald

NERS 305 SPRINT Feature (20 Laps):
1. Mike Haggenbottom 2. Phil Meisner Jr. 3. Mark Bitner 4. Bobby DeVault 5. Stefanie Palmai 6. Joe Lord 7. Pat Freiberger 8. Rick Stief 9. Jamie Kostic 10. Erika Palmai 11. Tommy Carberry Jr. 12. Scott Frack 13. Jimmy Carpenter 14. Ian Borden 15. Harris Kohen 16. Shane Smith 17. Karl Freyer 18. John Snook 19. Chuck Palmucci 20. Adam Carberry 21. David Brown Jr. 22. Justin Hoffman 23. Steve Voorhees 24. Neal Williams 25. Tim Tanner Jr. 26. Bruce Roslin. DNQ: Brad Franks

SPORTSMAN Feature (20 Laps):
1. Mike Hendershot 2. JT Trsensky 3. Mike Butler 4. John Cornell III 5. Jason Dunn 6. Mike Howardson 7. Alan Bleacher 8. Will Dupree 9. Bob Lineman Jr. 10. Ryan Simmons 11. Marty Saxton 12. Melissa Scarpati 13. Andy Visinsky 14. Kevin Dale 15. Joe Reid 16. Adam Cox 17. Jimmy Amato 18. Robin MicTighe 19. Warren Floyd 20. Mike Lyons 21. Joe Systo 22. JR Fulper 23. Tom McCoy . DNS: Jimmy Martin



(Woodhull) --
It is very rare to see a NAPA Crate Sportsman driver win three weeks in a row but Cory Costa has made it look easy as the rookie driver in the division is clicking on cylinders right now. Costa had to start 18th and was already a top 10 car by lap six and a top five car by lap 13 as it then took him several laps to get around both Chris Daugherty and Bobby Peoples to move up into position number two, which he finally did on lap 19 and all was left was Josh Sawyer who led the first 23 laps before surrendering his top spot to Costa on lap 24. Sawyer ended up finishing in the runner up position, followed by Russ Morseman, John Hargrave, and Bobby Peoples.

Now picking up his second win in three weeks in the Insinger Performance 370 Modifieds was the Deming's Service Center, Penn York tax company, Instant Heat Wood pellets sponsored #22 of Josh Nobriga. Nobriga found himself in the runner up position on lap 19 where he battled Stacey Jackson, in his Garys Motors #88. Jackson took the lead on a lap 14 restart, when current race leader, Bobby Davis unexpectedly went to the pits during the caution and never returned. On the final lap, Nobriga dug low and attempted to seal off Jackson coming out of four but instead put Jackson into the wall unintentionally on the front stretch but picked up the win.  Mike Bills finished in third, followed by Eric Fisher and Steve Hartman Jr.


370 Modifieds Feature:
JOSH NOBRIGA (2), Stacey Jackson, Mike Bills, Eric Fisher, Steve Hartman Jr, Brady Fultz, Art Goodier, Kenny Peoples Jr, Bryan Dolittle, Donnie Lawson, Kevin Chilson, Billy Vanpelt, Frank Dunning, Joe Dgein, Chris Fisher, Larry Keegan, Casey Pavlick, Dale Welty, Bob Davis, Dave Dubois

Crate Sportsman Feauture:
CORY COSTA (3), Josh Sawyer, Russ Morseman, John Hargrave, Bobby Peoples, Chris Daugherty, Dayton Brewer, Brandon Butler, Mike Buchanan, Harry Vosburg, Jake Dgein, Brett Buono, Brandon Martin, Marc Benson, Zach Cary, Collin Brown, AJ Costley, Dillon Groover

360 Late Models Feature:
GLENN WRITNEOUR (4), Steve LeBarron, Carl Hughes, Mick Seeley, Jaye McConnel, Josh Smith, Cecil LeBarron, Buck Payne, Fred Amman, Rick Loucks, Bruce Miller (DNS)


McPherson wins Jerry Winger Memorial at Merrittville

Sunday July 13, 2014 THOROLD, ONTARIO –
Since Merrittville Speedway’s first event in 1952, Western Hill residents have played a major role in the Thorold facilities history. When the 63rd Season was celebrated July 12th it was a huge night for the St. Catharines neighborhood.

Tyler McPherson won his first Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature – taking home the  50 lap Lucas Oil Slick Mist 50 Jerry Winger Memorial after his brother Cody McPherson won his third Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Feature of 2014.

The start of the 50 lap event had Chris Steele lead the field to honorary starter Brian Stevens’ Green Flag with second generation driver Todd Gordon challenging the leader right away until an early caution slowed the field.

While it was a good night for some Western Hill natives, it wasn’t for Mat Williamson who slowed off the pace only to return until retiring from the event.

Gordon would challenge Steele once again on the restart. Through a couple restarts Steele and Gordon would swap top spot several times until Steele pulled away to a comfortable lead to the halfway point.

The driver on the move was Tyler McPherson who was quickly in the runner up spot – taking the lead out of Turn 4 to complete lap 29. Steele would soon face a challenge from second generation driver Ryan Susice who took the spot on lap 35. Also making a late race charge was Chad Brachmann who had come from tail after being involved in an earlier caution.

A lap 46 caution set up a 4 lap dash to the finish with McPherson holding a 5 car length advantage at the finish over Brachmann with Susice settling for third. Tim Jones was fourth with Steele holding on to fifth.

“Once we were able to get to the top … the car works great.” said three time and defending Champion Cody McPherson in Victory Lane at the conclusion of the 25 lap Sportsman Feature.

McPherson took the lead from initial leader Joey Mastroianni on lap 5 and 5 laps later had opened up a lead of almost a full straightaway. Several cautions to the halfway point and beyond had McPherson in control until a final yellow on lap 25 set up a one lap dash to the finish.

McPherson held the lead over James Friesen, Boyd MacTavish, Gary Lindberg and Jay Mallory.

358 Modifieds (50 laps)
Tyler McPherson, Chad Brachmann, Ryan Susice, Tim Jones, Chris Steele, Mike Bowman, Tommy Flannigan, Scott Wood, Bill Bleich, Brandon Easey, Travis Miller, David Flannigan, Jr., Pete Bicknell, Dennis Giancola, Todd Gordon, Ken Winnfield, Brett Clarke, Luke Skywalker, Chad Chevalier, Mat Williamson, DQ (Weight) - Fred Carleton.

Sportsman Division – (25 laps)
Cody McPherson, James Friesen,  Boyd MacTavish, Gary Lindberg, Jay Mallory, Austin Wood, Jason Farraway, Justin Sharp, Brad Rouse, Joey Mastroianni, Adam Leslie, Jordan Cosco, Charlie Lynch, Gord McIntosh, Ryan Turner, Jim Harbison, Rob Knapp, Paul Gaboury, Brent Begolo, Robert Baker, Matt Sharpe, Derick Hodge, Paul Cunningham..


Big Diamond Speedway Quick Results
DIRTcar 358 Modifieds (25 Laps)
1) Billy Pauch Jr. 2) Duane Howard 3) Meme Desantis 4) Jared Umbenhauer 5) Dale Hartz 6) Kevin Albert Jr. 7) Shawn Fitzpatrick 8) Frank Cozze 9) Scott Albert 10) Jim Bobbitt Jr. 11) Bobby Gunther Walsh 12) Colt Harris 13) Ron Haring Jr. 14) Neil Huber 15) Heath Metzger 16) Jamie Speers 17) Kyle Follweiler 18) Kevin Smith 19) John Willman 20) Lou Cicconi 21) Rick Laubach 22) Mike Mammana 23) Ray Swinehart 24) Dan Hineline 25) Tim Fitzpatrick 26) Paul Moyer. DNQ) Harry Landis, Christine Martin

Heat Winners -
Billy Pauch Jr., Kevin Smith, Jared Umbenhauer. Consolation Winner - Colt Harris

Late Models (20 Laps)
1) Scott Haus 2) Ben Whitaker 3) Bryan Bernheisel 4) Danny Snyder 5) Jim O' Hara 6) Devin Frey 7) Steve Nederostak DNS) Andrew Stotler. Heat Winner - Scott Haus

Roadrunners (20 Laps)
1) Jeremy Becker 2) Joey Brennan 3) Andrew Fayash III 4) Chris Holland 5) Jim Kost 6) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 7) Devin Trexler 8) Kris Ney 9) Shon Elk 10) Tom Hablett 11) Terry Kramer Jr. 12) Joe Kavanaugh 13) Jesse Krasnitsky 14) Bill Wingle Jr. 15) TJ Fitzpatrick 16) John Whyne 17) Jared Seigfried 18) Bruce Ditzler DQ) Kyle Wingle. Heat Winners - Andrew Fayash III, Jim Kost.



The 358 Modifieds were ready for a 25 lap battle and Alexandria Ontario's Joel Doiron wasted no time jumping out to a 5 car length lead over Travis Stacey, Jordan McCreadie, Matt Woodruff and John Mulder. Doiron was dominant in the opening 8 laps but Jordan McCreadie was closing the gap. On lap 12 McCreadie saw an opening and would take the lead away bringing Carey Terrance to the number 2 position from his 12th starting spot. The race would run caution free which meant lapped traffic was going to be an issue. Terrance was all over McCreadie for the next 8 laps as behind them Doiron, Ryan Arbuthnot and Gage Morin battled for a top 5 position. Terrance tried everything to get by the 2nd generation driver but McCreadie would hold the top spot as the field worked heavy lapped traffic with just 5 laps remaining. On lap 21 Terrance saw an opening heading into turn 1 as he charged in between 2 lapped cars, and Jordan McCreadie, to take over the lead and begin to pull away while Doirion, Artbuthnot and Billy Dunn completed the top 5. Over the final 4 laps Carey Terrance was the fastest car on the track as he drove a perfect race to secure his 2nd win of 2014. McCreadie had a great run coming home 2nd with Joel Doiron, Ryan Arbuthnot and Billy Dunn rounding out the top 5.

358 Modified
CAREY TERRANCE, Jordan McCreadie, Joel Doiron, Ryan Arbuthnot, Billy Dunn, Gage Morin, Chris Raabe, Danny O'Brien, Brian McDonald, Mike Adderly, Tom Conklin, Travis Stacey, Lance Willix, Matt Woodruff, Charlie Rice, John Mulder, Casey Swamp, David Papineau, Mike Arquiett, Delbert Legrow, Dexter Stacey, Zach Arquiett, Robert Delormier, Delbert Legrow Jr.


 Ransomville, NY –
Friday, July 11, 2014 – Ryan Susice of Ransomville, NY captured his first win of the season in the Modified ranks.  Susice took control on lap nine of the thirty lap main event and quickly distanced himself from the remainder of the field.  Enjoying a full straight away lead by the half way point, Susice would go uncontested and become the sixth different winner of 2014 in the headlining class.  Susice piloted his Subway sponsored #38 machine to a very popular win.  Danny Johnson advanced to second after a lap twenty-seven restart but was unable to mount a challenge for the lead and would settle for second.  Points leader Erick Rudolph advanced to third followed by Jeff McGinnis  and Steve Schumacher who lead the early going.

Jesse Cotriss of Akron, NY captured his first win of the 2014 season aboard the Investors Services Sportsman division.  The defending champion has had a difficult season to say the least but turned it all around last Friday as he became the seventh different winner in the class. Cotriss took the lead on lap nine of the twenty-five lap event aboard his Fearby Auto/All Metal Works sponsored #55c and held it the remaining distance.  Despite his challenging season, Cotriss came into the night second in points and cut the margin between him and leader Greg Martin.  James Michael Friesen advanced to second on lap thirteen and was able to close in but time would run out leaving Friesen with the runner up position.  Scott George finished in third followed by Kevin Wills who led the early going.  Chris Burek rounded out the top five.
RYAN SUSICE, Danny Johnson, Erick Rudolph, Jeff McGinnis, Steve Schumacher, Pete Bicknell, John Smith, Rick Richner, Tom Flannigan, Robbie Krull, Scott Kerwin, Sam Crogan, Chad Brachmann, Nick Joy, Dave Flannigan Jr., and Russ Zimmerman. Heat Winners – Steve Schumacher and Jeff McGinnis.

JESSE COTRISS, James Friesen, Scott George, Kevin Wills, Chris Burek, James Henry, Allan Wills, Greg Martin, Derrick Borkenhagen, Andy Smith, Mike Williams, Nate Reynolds, Boyd MacTavish, Justin Sharp, Don Spatorico, Dave Conant, Phil Vigneri III, Matt Farnham, Brett Martin, Dave Kubiniec, Anthony Rizzardo, and Gordon Hermanson.  Heat Winners – Derrick Borkenhagen, Chris Burek, and James Michael Friesen.

DAN HESCHKE, Jeremie Josephite, Mike Martin, Steve Lewis Jr, Chris Ketch, Kevin House Jr and Kenny Wlls. Heat Winner – Dan Heschke.


MINERSVILLE, PA - July 5th, 2014
Dale Hartz and Brett Kressley led the field to the green for the 34th running of the Georgie Stevenson Memorial for the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds.  Hartz would take the early lead until lap 4 when John Willman took over the top spot.  His lead lasted until lap 6 when Frank Cozze put his #357 Norm Hansell modified out in front and showed the way until lap 19 when Rick Laubach took control of the lead.  The caution flew on lap 19 and Laubach and Cozze would bring the field back to the green.  Laubach would quickly pull away, but the battle for second began to heat up as Cozze started to feel the pressure from Duane Howard.  Howard would eventually take over the runner up spot on lap 30 and hold it until the end of the feature.  Billy Pauch Jr, the current points leader, found himself running out of fuel on lap 32 and brought out the caution as he needed assistance to be pushed back into the pit area.  Laubach would once again bring the field to the green and he would be the one seeing the checkers on lap 34 and making the trip to Victory Lane, earning himself a $3,400 payday.  Howard would finish in the runner up spot, followed by Cozze, Jared Umbenhauer and Doug Manmiller.

Kevin Albert Jr., Rick Laubach, and Brett Kressley won their heat events and earned a chance to run in the Marks Service Center Cash Dash for $300.  The trio started 3 wide and Laubach would take the early lead on the first lap, but Albert brought out the caution before they completed their second circuit.  On the restart, Laubach and Kressley would line up side by side, with Albert on their heels.  Kressley took the lead and brought the field to the checkers followed by Laubach and Albert and earned himself a $300 paycheck.
In the 20 lap USS Achey Sportsman Feature event, Tim Fitpatrick put his T102 ride out in front after starting on the front row with Craig Whitmoyer. The caution would fly on lap 8 when Rob Riegel spun his 69HB.  Fitzpatrick and Whitmoyer would bring the field to the green, but again, Fitzpatrick pulled away from Craig and took over the lead.  Lap 18 saw Harry Landis and Clay Butler have some issues that brought out the caution, so Whitmoyer would again line up next to Fitpatrick with hopes of chasing him down.  Fitzpatrick would not be beaten and would come across the stripe first followed by Whitmoyer.  Rounding out the top 5 were JR Fulper, Doug Hendricks and Wayne Witmer.

The Savage 61 Roadrunners had Kris Ney and TJ Fitzpatrick bring the field to the green.  Fitzpatrick would take the lead on the first lap, but after the caution flew, the two drivers would again have the chance to battle it out side by side.  This time Ney would take over the top spot and led until the caution flew on lap 12 when the #105 of Joey Brennan lost a wheel.  Ney would line up on the front road next to Chris Holland on the restart.  Holland mashed the gas and took over the top spot and he was able to hold off the charges of Shon Elk and make a trip to Victory Lane.  Shon Elk would have to settle for the runner up finish followed by Jim Kost, Devin Trexler and Andrew Fayash III.

Racing returns to Big Diamond Speedway this coming Friday, July 11th, featuring the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Modifieds, Slifko Fabrication Services Late Models, and Savage 61 Roadrunners.  Gates open at 5 PM, warm-ups are at 7:45 PM, and the first heat hits the track at 8:15 PM.  Adult grandstand admission is $15.00.  Seniors, active military, and students ages 13 to 17 are $13.00 (all with valid ID).  Kids 12 and under are free.  Pit participation fees are $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members

Big Diamond Speedway
358 Modifieds (34 Laps)
1) Rick Laubach ($3,400) 2) Duane Howard 3) Frank Cozze 4) Jared Umbenhauer 5) Doug Manmiller 6) Tim Buckwalter 7) Ray Swinehaer 8) Kevin Smith 9) Scott Albert 10) Mike Mammana 11)Jason Rivers 12) Shawn Fitzpatrick 13) Jim Bobbitt Jr. 14) Heath Metzger 15) Billy Pauch Jr. 16) Kyle Follweiler 17) Meme Desantis 18) Dale Hartz 19) Colt Harris 20) John Willman 21) Lou Ciconni 22) Dan Hineline 23) Brett Kressley 24) Joe Mooney 25) Kevin Albert Jr. 26) Ron Haring Jr. Heat Winners - Kevin Albert Jr., Rick Laubach, Brett Kressley.

Sportsman Modified Andy Fayash Memorial
(20 Laps) 1) Tim Fitzpatrick 2) Craig Whitmoyer 3) JR Fulper 4) Doug Hendricks 5) Wayne Witmer 6) Mike Lisowski 7) Shawn Light 8) Billy Moyer Jr. 9) Charles Webber 10) Ray Woodall Sr. 11) Harry Landis 12) Clay Butler 13) Jeff Bubori 14) Chad Putalavage 15) Josh Hertzog 16) Mike Glass 17) AJ Gerhart 18) Todd Huffman 19) Rob Riegel 20) Charles Fayash 21) Kevin Beach. Heat Winners - Clay Butler, Kevin Beach Jr.

Roadrunners (20 Laps)
1) Chris Holland 2) Shon Elk 3) Jim Kost 4) Devin Trexler 5) Andrew Fayash III 6) Jared Seigfried 7) Kris Ney 8) Tom Hablett 9) Jeremy Becker 10) TJ Fitzpatrick 11) Joe Kavanaugh 12) Terry Kramer Jr. 13) Jesse Krasnitsky 14) Kyle Wingle 15) John Whyne 16) Joey Brennan 17) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 18) Bill Wingle Jr. 19) Jon Schlauch 20) Bill Wingle Sr. DNS) Chuck Eckert. Heat Winners - Tom Hablett, Kris Ney



Ransomville, NY – Friday, July 4th, 2014 –
  Nate Reynolds of Newfane, NY became the seventh different winner in the Investor’s Services Sportsman division.  Reynolds inherited the lead on lap three when current leader James Henry slowed in turn one.  Reynolds would maintain the point position through the final laps and take the win in the twenty-five lap main. Piloting his Joey’s Sneaks sponsored #6r, Reynolds held off a hard charging Andy Smith in the closing laps.  “I have to thank my parents and all my sponsors,” commented Reynolds.  “I have so much help – can’t thank them all enough.” Smith held on for second followed by Hotwheels Greg Martin, Boyd MacTavish, and Scott George.  A total of twenty-one cars took the initial green.

Kenny Wills of Ransomville, NY captured his first victory in the Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman division.  In just his second start, Wills topped the six car field after an early battle with Ken Washburn.  Dan Heschke advanced to second and pressured Wills the final two laps but would have to settle for the runner up finish.

NATE REYNOLDS, Andy Smith, Greg Martin, Boyd MacTavish, Scott George, James Michael Friesen, Matt Farnham, Phil Vigneri II, Derrick Borkenhagen, Justin Sharp, James Henry, Chris Burek, Jesse Cotriss, Mike Williams, Jim Harbison, Sean Letts, Allan Wills, Brett Martin, and Kevin Wills. Heat Winners – James Henry, Brett Martin, and Kevin Wills.

KENNY WILLS, Dan Heschke, Rick Blech, Ken Washburn, Mike Martin, and Kevin House Jr. Heat Winner – Kenny Wills.


Danny Johnson battles Stewart Friesen for DIRTcar 358-Modified Series win at Ransomville Speedway

Justin Sharp picks up DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series feature win

RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. -- July 3, 2014 --
After a suspenseful night of racing, at Ransomville Speedway Wednesday, July 2, Justin Sharp and "The Doctor" Danny Johnson claimed hard-fought victories.

Modified star Johnson, out of Rochester, N.Y., picked up the win Wednesday in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series 75-lapper after a tense battle with Stewart Friesen, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, for the lead

"The Doctor," a regular racer on Ransomville's 3/8-mile, was fast from the get-go, powering from fourth to second at the green flag. Polesitter Jeff McGinnis took the initial lead.

A flat right rear tire on the No. 72 of Tommy Flannigan brought the race's first caution. When the race restarted, it was Friesen who sped ahead at the green flag and caught up with the leaders. He pulled up between McGinnis and Johnson for a three-wide attempt for the lead, but lap-8 caution slowed his advance.

Johnson found a little extra speed off the double-file restart that followed and grabbed the lead from McGinnis. Th e speedway was under yellow flag conditions again soon thereafter due to a collision in the backstretch between the No. 22c of Mario Clair and the No. 28 of Todd Gordon.

When the race continued, a three-wide battle ensued between Friesen, McGinnis and defending DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Champion Erick Rudolph. Friesen charged ahead, gained momentum over several laps, and by lap 18 was closing in on leader Johnson.

The leaders raced through heavy traffic in lap 23, and Friesen again went three-wide for a pass, this tie with Johnson and a lapped car. In turn 2 of lap 24 he cleared both cars and claimed the lead.

Friesen was soon pulling away from the field, deftly maneuvering through lapped cars as he did so. It was a caution in lap 44 that sealed Friesen's fate; he chose the inside on the restart and Johnson, fast on the high side, charged ahead of the No. 44 and never looked back.

"The outside was really good, Johnson said. "I knew, when he went to the bottom, that that was my chance, and I gave it all I got."

Friesen finished a strong second, followed by Erick Rudolph in third, Ryan Susice fourth and Pete Bicknell fifth.

"It's always fun coming back to Ransomville," Friesen said. "It's always fun racing my favorite driver, too. He's top-notch. Running second to him is never a bad thing."

The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series 30-lap feature that night was just as much a nailbiter, with Justin Sharp fending off late race charges of James M. Friesen. Andrew Smith had the initial race lead, but he spun in lap 14 soon after being passed by Shane Pecore. Sharp was fast on the next restart, and raced three-wide with Pecore and Friesen until he pulled ahead for the lead in lap 17.

In a green-white-checkered finish, Friesen, then second, had one last opportunity to challenge the leader. He plunged deep to the low side of the track in turns 3 and 4, but his efforts were not enough to pass the leader before the checkered flag and Sharp took the win.

"The restarts were tough," Sharp said in Victory Lane that night. "I had thee jump a little bit going into (turn) 3."

The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series heads to Quebec for a Monday, July 21, feature race at Autodrome Granby followed by the next round Tuesday, July 22, at Autodrome Drummond. The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series pickS back up Sunday, Aug. 31, at Cornwall Motor Speedway.
DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Statistical Report

Ransomville Speedway
Wednesday, July 2
A-Main (75 laps):
1. 27J Danny Johnson ($5,000), 2. 44 Stewart Friesen, 3. 25 Erick Rudolph, 4. 38 Ryan Susice, 5. 42 Pete Bicknell, 6. 1R Jeff McGinnis, 7. 7 Tim McCreadie, 8. 123 Robbie Krull, 9. 37s Alan Johnson, 10. 38R Billy VanPelt, 11. 7SC Scott Kerwin, 12. 22 James M. Friesen, 13. 3 Chad Brachmann, 14. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot, 15. x22 Chuck Hosfeld, 16. 21k Randy Chrysler, 17. 16 Lance Willix II, 18. 28 Todd Gordon, 19. 777 Tyler McPherson, 20. 72 Tommy Flannigan, 21. 26 Rick Richner, 22. 678 John Smith, 23. 22c Mario Clair, 24. 74 Dave Flannigan, 25. 06 Brandon Easey 26. 66x Carey Terrance, 27. 35 Chad Chevalier, 28. 56 Steve Schumacher, 29. 27 Ray Bliss. DNS:7s Sam Crogan, 12j Nick Joy

B-Main: D. Flannigan, Arbuthnot, Smith, Willix, Hosfeld, Chevalier, Bliss, Terrance, Schumacher

Heat 1: D. Johnson, Gordon, McPherson, Brachmann, A. Johnson, D. Flannigan, Crogan, Arbuthnot
Heat 2: Susice, Kerwin, McGinnis, VanPelt, Clair, Chevalier, Smith, Bliss
Heat 3: Rudolph, Bicknell, Easey, Chrysler, Richner, Schumacher, Joy, Terrance
Heat 4: McCreadie, S. Friesen, T. Flannigan, J. Friesen, Krull, Willix, Hosfeld

Time Trials: 1. Gordon 17.165, 2. Rudolph 17.191, 3. McCreadie 17.215, 4. Susice 17.306, 5. Bicknell 17.319, 6. D. Johnson 17.340, 7. S. Friesen 17.346, 8. Easey 17.401, 9. Brachmann 17.426, 10. McPherson 17.428, 11. Terrance 17.476, 12. Clair 17.479, 13. T. Flannigan 17.500, 14. Chrysler 17.540, 15. J. Friesen 17.548, 16. McGinnis 17.564, 17. A. Johnson 17.648, 18. Crogan 17.653, 19. Kerwin 17.684, 20. Joy 17.689, 21. Krull 17.706, 22. Chevalier 17.721, 23. VanPelt 17.759, 24. Schumacher 17.853, 25. Hosfeld 17.904, 26. Smith 17.954, 27. D. Flannigan 18.005, 28. Bliss 18.024, 29. Richner 18.063, 30. Arbuthnot 18.092, 31. Willix 18.237

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Statistical Report
Ransomville Speedway
Wednesday, July 2

A-Main(30 laps):
1. 8s Justin Sharp ($1,000), 2. 52 James M. Friesen, 3. 0 Shane Pecore, 4. 28 Gary Lindberg, 5. 7 Cody McPherson, 6. 26 Scott George, 7. 55H Jesse Cotriss, 8. 51 Kevin Wills, 9. 7f Matt Farnham, 10. 18R Brad Rouse, 11. 3m Mathieu Desjardins, 12. 21 James Henry, 13. 25 Derrick Borkenhagen, 14. 18jr Louie Jackson, Jr., 15. 6m Nate Reynolds, 16. 10 Brett Martin, 17. 92p Martin Pelletier, 18. 15 Adam Leslie, 19. 3a Adam Hilton, 20. 23 Mike Stacey, 21. 47 Phil Vigneri, 22. 40sL Sean Letts, 23. 92 Joey Ladouceur, 24. 52 Jessica Power, 25. 4 Greg Martin, 26.1 Andrew Smith, 27. 92c Billy Coleman - Ransomville, N.Y., 28. 7 Mike Maresca, 29. 31 Boyd MacTavish, 30.19c Rob Clark. DNS:5 Don Spatorico, 18w Jim Harbison, 94 Chris Burek111 Alan Wills

B-Main 1: Farnham, Power, Clark, Pelletier, A. Wills, Spatorico, Rouse
B-Main 2: Stacey, Maresca, MacTavish, Letts, Hilton, Harbison, Burek

Heat 1: McPherson, Sharp, G. Martin, Desjardins, Jackson, Farnham, Clark, Spatorico, A. Wills
Heat 2: Vigneri, Smith, Reynolds, Coleman, Borkenhagen, Power, Rouse, Pelletier, Letts
Heat 3: Lindberg, B. Martin, Cotriss, Ladouceur, Leslie, Stacey, Burek, Harbison
Heat 4: George, Pecore, Friesen, K. Wills, Henry, Maresca, MacTavish, Hilton

Time Trials: 1. George 18.455, 2. Lindberg 18.358, 3. Pecore 18.372, 4. J. Friesen 18.387, 5. K. Wills 18.388, 6. McPherson 18.411, 7. Vigneri 18.413, 8. B. Martin 18.418, 9. Cotriss 18.425, 10. Smith 18.428, 11. Sharp 18.443, 12. G. Martin 18.462, 13. Desjardins 18.497, 14. Henry 18.505, 15. Farnham 18.522, 16. Maresca 18.533, 17. Hilton 18.536, 18. Clark 18.538, 19. Ladouceur 18.543, 20. Burke 18.581, 21. Pelletier 18.584, 22. Borkenhagen 18.638, 23. Coleman 18.660, 24. Reynolds 18.669, 25. Power 18.673, 26. Leslie 18.674, 27. MacTavish 18.712, 28. Rouse 18.866, 29. Jackson 18.890, 30. Harbison 18.915, 31. Spatorico 18.944, 32. A. Wills 18.950, 33. Stacey 18.969, 34. Letts 19.003


Erick Rudolph wins Canada Day thriller at Humberstone Speedway

Late-race charge takes Rudolph to DIRTcar 358-Modified Modified Series Victory Lane

PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO — July 2, 2014 — After a stunning late-race charge, Erick Rudolph, of Ransomville, N.Y., took victory in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series 100-lapper Tuesday, July 1, at Humberstone Speedway.

The defending series champion, Rudolph wrestled the lead from small block star Mat Williamson, of St. Catherines, Ontario, with just four laps remaining in the feature race.

“I just started reeling him in,” Rudolph said during the Victory Lane ceremonies that concluded the Speedway’s Canada Day special. “We raced each other hard for a little bit, had a lot of fun doing that, then with four laps to go I was able to get by him and get the win.”

Williamson and Rudolph certainly put on a show for fans at Humberstone Speedway, battling back and forth right up until the checkered flag.

The battle began early in the race, with Williamson starting eighth on the grid and Rudolph sixth. By lap 20, Williamson was grappling with initial race leader Mike Bowman for second place and Rudolph was close behind in third. Todd Gordon was in the lead after a quick move off a restart in lap 13 took him past polesitter Bowman.

In lap 21, Williamson was closing in on Gordon, closely hugging the inside of the track while Gordon looped around on the outside groove.

Shane Pierce spun in lap 22 to bring the race’s third caution. The subsequent restart presented an opportunity for Williamson, and he took full advantage, powering ahead at the green flag for the lead. Williamson kept his position through the next 40 caution-riddled laps, and was able to leverage intermittent green lap runs to pull ahead of the rest of the field. Behind him, Rudolph and Gordon battled hard for the runner-up spot with Rudolph winning out in lap 50.

After a lap-59 restart, a series of green-flag laps put the leaders among lapped traffic by lap 76. At first Williamson struggled with the extra cars on the track, letting Rudolph come within a few car lengths of his rear bumper. However, a three-time maneuver charging between Robbie Krull’s No. 123 and Lance Willix’s No. 16 helped Williamson work the lapped cars to his advantage.

With two cars between his No. 25 ride and the leader, Rudolph’s advance was challenged, but Rudolph did not let it slow him down. He darted low on the inside of turn 3 in lap 91 in an attempt to pass one of the lapped cars, but he hit a barrier to bring caution back to the race track.

On the restart, Rudolph was fast on the top side and kept pace with Williamson. They raced side-by-side, with Rudolph trying the outside, then deftly crossing behind to the inside, to try to find a way around Williamson. Finally, in lap 96, Rudolph was able to find enough speed to overtake Williamson for the lead and the win.

“When the race first started I realized we had missed the setup a little bit, but I knew as the race went on that it would get better, and I was just waiting and waiting,” Rudolph said. “I almost got to him, but I got caught up with a couple of lapped cars. Then the yellow came out. From there it was just working on him.”

“It was tricky to get by him, but we made it work,” Rudolph continued.

Williamson stayed strong for a second-place finish.

“We were too good too early,” Williamson said. “We sealed our tire over there, and that was our fate. We were just lucky to hang in there for second (place). If the race had been a little bit longer, we would have ended up third or fourth. It was a good run for Erick, and we just have to work on it for next time.”

Pete Bicknell finished third after starting fourth. Drastic equipment changes after the night’s qualifying rounds helped Bicknell stay strong throughout the feature.

“We changed just about everything about it. We had been having trouble with it being a little bit loose, so I said ‘let’s just change everything we can think of,’ and we did,” Bicknell said of the No. 42. “It actually worked good — that’s probably the best we’ve had the car for a while. The guys did a good job changing everything over.”

Chad Brachmann finished fourth after staring third and polesitter Mike Bowman placed fifth. Rounding out the top ten are Ryan Susice in sixth, Gordon in seventh, Mario Clair in eighth, Lance Willix in ninth and Tyler McPherson in tenth.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series continues Wednesday, July 3, with a 75J lap feature at Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, N.Y. For more information about the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, visit www.dirtcar.com.

1. 25 Erick Rudolph – Ransomville, N.Y.
2. 6m Mat Williamson – St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
3. 42 Pete Bicknell – St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
4. 3 Chad Brachmann – Sanborn, N.Y.
5. 71 Mike Bowman – St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
6. 38 Ryan Susice – Ransomville, N.Y.
7. 28 Todd Gordon – Thorold, Ontario
8. 22c Mario Clair – Drummondville, Quebec, Canada
9. 16 Lance Willix II – Theresa, N.Y.
10. 777 Tyler McPherson – St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
11. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot – Renfrew, Ontario, Canada
12. 17 Chris Steele – Fenwick, Ontario, Canada
13. 38 Scott Wood – Thorold, Ontario, Canada
14. 66x Carey Terrance – Hogansburg, N.Y.
15. 123 Robbie Krull – Cambria, N.Y.
16. 72 Tommy Flannigan – Port Robinson, Ontario, Canada
17. 12 Chad Chevalier – Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
18. 21k Randy Chrysler, Lewiston, N.Y.
19. 88 Shane Pierce – Welland, Ontario, Canada
20. 23 Larry Lampman, Jr. – Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
21. 74 Dave Flannigan – St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
22. 108 Bill Bleich – Port Robinson, Ontario, Canada
23. 18 Rick Hoctor – Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Qualifying Heats (top 4 redraw)
Heat 1: Bowman, T. Flannigan, Lampman, Clair, Wood, Willix, Arbuthnot, Pierce
Heat 2: Rudolph, McPherson, Gordon, Terrance, Steele, Bleich, Krull, D. Flannigan
Heat 3: Williamson, Susice, Bicknell, Brachmann, Chevalier, Chrysler, Hoctor

Time Trials: 1. Bowman 15.867, 2. Susice 15.939, 3. T. Flannigan 15.943, 4. Clair 15.955, 5. Williamson 16.005, 6. Rudolph 16.023, 7. Wood 16.034, 8. Lampman 16.051, 9. Brachmann 16.097, 10. Bicknell 16.111, 11. Chevalier 16.133, 12. Chrysler 16.144, 13. Terrance 16.157, 14. McPherson 16.216, 15. Steele 16.271, 16. Pierce 16.341, 17. Gordon 16.346, 18. Krull 16.487, 19. Bleich 16.548, 20. D. Flannigan 16.560, 21. Arbuthnot 16.624, 22. Hoctor 16.811, 23. Willix 16.889



The 358 Modifieds were on deck for a 30 lap feature go and after a vicious crash last week Jordan McCreadie was looking to get things turned around as he rocketed to the lead from the outside pole position with Bryan Rogers, Chris Herbison, Kyle Dingwall and Jason Riddell making up the early top 5. McCreadie was having his way with the field and pulled out to over a straight away lead by lap 6 as Dingwall was making a charge to the front in the early going grabbing 2nd from Rogers, Jason Riddell and Stephane Lafrance who started 8th rounded out the top 5. McCreadie's car worked best on the high side as the Watertown native opened up an even bigger advantage until lap 9 when Chris Herbison spun off turn 4 bringing out the first yellow of the race. On the restart McCreadie was committed to the top but Kyle Dingwall was even faster on the bottom. On lap 11 Dingwall flexed his muscle in turn 2 as he charged into the top spot over McCreadie, Rogers, Riddell and 2013 358 Modified Rookie of the Year Ryan Arbuthnot completing the top 5. Once in front Dingwall put his #66 to work as he pulled out to a huge lead over the rest of the field. Stephane Lafrance was also on the move as he made his way past McCreadie for 2nd but still had over a straightaway to catch Dingwall. As the top 5 worked lapped traffic points leader Danny O'Brien was also making his way forward from his 9th starting spot. O'Brien made his way past Arbuthnot to crack the top 5 on lap 23 and was pressuring Bryan Rogers for 3rd until the yellow flew for Joe Banks who spun off turn 3 on lap 27. On the final restart Dingwall proved he had the strongest car on this night as he he took his 2nd win of the season by 1.5 seconds over Stephane Lafrance. Jordan McCreadie was able to nip Danny O'Brien at the line for 3rd while Ryan Arbuthnot continued his impressive season coming home 5th.

In Sportsman action Aaron Pugh took the lead at the drop of Nate Vandermeer's green flag and brought Tabatha Murphy with him to 2nd. Brian Comeau Corey Winters and Kenny Polite made up the top 5. Just as quick as the green flew the yellow came back out immediately for Bruce Makinson as he spun off turn 3. On the restart Pugh and Murphy staged a great battle for the lead as Murphy kept the car glued to the bottom Pugh remained stuck to the high side. Murphy would grab the lead momentarily on lap 6 but Pugh pulled a cross over move in turn 4 to regain the top spot back on lap 7. The caution flew for Tristan Draper and Kenny Polite on lap 8 for a tangle in turn 2. On the restart Pugh continued to hold the lead as Murphy, Corey winters, Dylan Evoy and Shane Pecore rounded out the top 5. After suffering a severely broken nose early in the morning while making repairs to his race car after a crash at Mohawk the night before,Dylan Evoy made his way past both Winters and Murphy to 2nd just past the halfway point.  Pugh continued to hold the lead but Evoy was right there with him and made a bid for the lead in turn 3 on lap 16 but ran out of race track as he slid off turn 3 ending his charge at a possible 4th win of the year. He would recover to finish 9th. On lap 17 a tangle in turn 1 involving Jessica Power, Brent Kelsey and Jeremy LaSalle brought out the final caution. On the restart Pugh was looking to put the bad luck and finally get to victory lane. Shane Pecore and last week's winner Jason Shipclark had other ideas as both drivers came from 15th and 16 respectively on the grid to break into the top 5 for the first time with 5 laps to go. On lap 22 Pecore saw an opportunity to grab the spot and would do just that off turn 2 as Aaron Pugh tried to fend off Jason Shipclark and Jon Mills who made his way to the top 5 late in the going. With all the action behind him Shane Pecore was not to be denied as he charged to his 2nd win of the season over Jon Mills who finally got his season turned around with a good run. Aaron Pugh, Jason Shipclark and Corey Winters came home for a solid 5th place run.

358 Modified
KYLE DINGWALL, Stephane Lafrance, Jordan McCreadie, Danny O'Brien, Ryan Arbuthnot, Bobby Herrington, Jason Riddell, Ryan Poole, Luke Stewart, John Mulder, Chris Herbison, Andy Lloyd, April Wilson, Steve Bilow, Joe Banks, Bryan Rogers, Adam Moore

SHANE PECORE, Jon Mills, Aaron Pugh, Jason Shipclark, Corey Winters, Johnathon Ferguson, Tabatha Murphy, Bruce Makinson, Dylan Evoy, Jason Cummings, Jeremy LaSalle, Jessica Power, Brian Comeau, Scott McGill, Brent Kelsey, Kenny Polite, Tristan Draper(DNS) Billy Cook






















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