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WATT ELECTRIC IN BIG DIAMOND TRIUMPH, WAMPLER, HABLETT, AND LAWRENCE ALSO TAKE FRIDAY NIGHT WINS

MINERSVILLE, PA - April 20th, 2014

Ryan Watt took the lead on lap 10 and led the final 20 laps to take home the $3,000 payday at Big Diamond Speedway Friday evening in the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Modifieds.  The victory was the 5th of Watt's career at the Schuylkill County oval.  Tom Umbenhauer, making his first start of the season, led early from his pole starting spot before 4th starting Meme Desantis took over the top spot.  Desantis led until lap 10, when Watt was able to beat him to the line by inches just before a caution flag came out.  On the ensuing restart, Watt was able to win the drag race to turn number one and take the top spot for good.  During the closing laps, heavy lapped traffic came into play, allowing Desantis to close, but he could never get close enough to mount a serious challenge to Watt.  Desantis held on for second, and also emerged the night as the early season Modified points leader.  Rick Laubach came home third, followed by Jeff Strunk and Frank Cozze.  Sixth thru tenth were Doug Manmiller, who started 20th in the Breitenstein Motorsports #14 machine, Stewart Friesen in a second Norm Hansell mount, rookie Brett Kressley, Dan Hineline, and rookie Joe Mooney.

In the Late Models, Billy Wampler took the lead at the drop of the green from his outside pole starting spot and was never seriously challenged, leading all 20 laps for his first victory of the season.  With the win Wampler also took over the series points lead.  Scott Haus made a late race charge to finish second, followed by Chase Billet, Bryan Bernheisel, and Steve Nederostak.  Danny Snyder, opening day winner Sean Merkel, Andy Haus, Bryon Sipe, and Drew Weiser rounded out the top ten.

In the Roadrunners, Tom Hablett made it two for two, taking the lead late in the race and holding off a late charging Chris Holland for his second victory of the season.  Jim Kost came home third, followed by Terry Kramer Jr., and Jeremy Becker.  Shon Elk, Jason Brown, Chuck Eckert, Glenn Rowan, and Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. completed the top ten spots.

Racing returns to Big Diamond Speedway this coming Friday, April 25th, with the first and only appearance this season of the Rislone Sprint Series United Racing Company Sprint Cars.  Also on the card are the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Modifieds, U.S.S. Achey Sportsman, and Savage 61 Roadrunners.  This will be the first DIRTcar sanctioned Modified event of the season, and also the first appearance for the Sportsman cars after two rainouts to start the season.  Gates open at 5 PM, warm-ups are at 7:45 PM, and the first heat hits the track at 8:15 PM.  Adult general admission is $25.00.  Seniors, students ages 13 to 17, and active military are $23 (all with valid ID).  Kids 12 and under are free.  Pit participation fees are $30 with a license and $40 without.

Big Diamond Speedway Results 4/18/14

358 Modifieds - 30 Laps 1) Ryan Watt ($3,000) 2) Meme Desantis 3) Rick Laubach 4) Jeff Strunk 5) Frank Cozze 6) Doug Manmiller 7) Stewart Friesen 8) Brett Kressley 9) Dan Hineline 10) Joe Mooney 11) Tim Fitzpatrick 12) Kevin Smith 13) Kevin Albert Jr. 14) Ron Haring Jr. 15) Andy Burkhart 16) Duane Howard 17) Billy Pauch Jr. 18) Craig Von Dohren 19) Jared Umbenhauer 20) Tom Umbenhauer 21) Colt Harris 22) Shawn Fitzpatrick 23) Tim Buckwalter 24) Dale Hartz 25) John Willman 26) Kyle Follweiler

DNQ) Kyle Borror, Eric Biehn, Jim Bobbitt Jr., Heath Metzger, Paul Moyer, Ray Swinehart, Robin Schultz

Heat Winners: Kevin Albert Jr, Rick Laubach, Brett Kressley

Consolation Winner: John Willman

Late Models - 20 Laps 1) Billy Wampler ($1,000) 2) Scott Haus 3) Chase Billet 4) Bryan Bernheisel 5) Steve Nederostak 6) Danny Snyder 7) Sean Merkel 8) Andy Haus 9) Bryon Sipe 10) Drew Weiser 11) Dave Frey 12) Randell Paxton

Heat Winners: Andy Haus, Scott Haus

Savage 61 Roadrunners - 20 Laps 1) Tom Hablett ($300) 2) Chris Holland 3) Jim Kost 4) Terry Kramer Jr. 5) Jeremy Becker 6) Shon Elk 7) Jason Brown 8) Chuck Eckert 9) Glenn Rowan 10) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 11) Jared Seigfried 12) Kyle Wingle 13) Joe Kavanaugh 14) Billy Wingle Jr. 15) John Whyne 16) Jon Schlauch 17) Kris Ney 18) TJ Fitzpatrick DNS) Devin Trexler, Jesse Krasnitsky

Heat Winners: TJ Fitzpatrick, Tim Fitzpatrick Jr.

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UNOFFICIAL GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY  POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR 358
MODIFIEDS AS OF COMPLETION OF RACES ON APRIL 12, 2014

 
1. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 797
2. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 778
3. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA  #4* 698*
4. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA  #1C 650
5. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D 637
6. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA  #357 624
7. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K 611
8. Nate Christman, Fleetwood, PA  #37 594
9. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA  #33 558
10. Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, PA  #81 541
11. Kyle Follweiler, Slatington, PA #85K 519
12. Justin Grim, Orefield, PA  #61 513
13. Eric Biehn, Bechtelsville, PA #87 508
14. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #19 503
15. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA  #976 482
16. Tim Buckwalter, Royersford, PA #11 461
17. Tommy Scheetz III, Boyertown, PA #37X 445
18. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 418*
19. Jon Kellner Sr., Lansdale, PA  #41 406
20. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W 381
21. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #A1 336
22. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA  #17 310
22. Steward Friesen, Niagara, Ontario #357X 310*
24. Ryan Kunkel, #77X 303
25. Chris Esposito, Green Lane, PA #31 290
26. Kevin Hirthler, Bechtelsville, PA #117 274
27. Todd Smith, Hatfield, PA #39 236
28. Brad Arnold, #830 229
29. Andy Ressler, Bechtelsville, PA  #10 194
30. Kyle Borror, Minersville, PA #B4 186

SPORTSMAN AS OF APRIL 12, 2014
1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5 597*
2. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA  #77H 565
3. Dean Bachman, #65 516
4. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 505*
5. Katie McCardle, Honeybrook, PA #11 464
6. Jim Houseworth, #72 458
7. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J 440
8. Ron Krex, Harleysville, PA  #9X 420
9. Tom Miller, Barto, PA #77 403
10. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA  #19 398
11. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ  #51 389
12. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 380
13. Mike Stringer, Germansville, PA  #23 365
14. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA  #221 352
15. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 344
16. Guy Germano, Richlandtown, PA #542 316
16. Ken Eckert, Orwigsburg, PA #29 316
18. Ryan Beltz, Harleysville, PA #221 310
19. Dave Bartram, Quakertown, PA#28 280
20. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 259

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MANMILLER, STRUNK, STOUDT AND UMBENHAUER SCORE FEATURE WINS IN NASCAR STOCK CAR RACING AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY NIGHT

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. April 13, 2014. . . Shoemakersville’s Doug Manmiller and Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, two of the best talents in area 358 Modified racing,  shared the victories in the Twin 20-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified features on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway claiming a $2250 payday which included the $250 bonus from T.P. Trailers, Limerick.

Randy Stoudt, Pottstown, tied Jon Kellner’s win record at 58 when he won the 25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature for new team owners Taylor White and Wendy Brown in his familiar No. 10. He picked up an additional $100 from T.P. Trailers. It was the first win for the veteran racer in a while having not been active at the Bechtelsville oval in 2013.

Defending NASCAR Sportsman point champion Jared Umbenhauer, Richalnd, took advantage of Craig Whitmoyer’s bad luck when Whitmoyer dropped out while leading the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature. Umbenhauer went on to win the event by a comfortable margin over runner up Ryan Beltz, in which he earned the T.P. Trailers $100 bonus along with the winner’s purse.

Regular Saturday night racing action returns to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 19th at 7 p.m. with the NASCAR 358 Modifieds in action along with the Sportsman and Late Model stocks. At least a dozen racing events are included.

Eric Biehn took the early lead in the first 20-lap modified feature while Kyle Follweiler, Manmiller, Ray Swinehart and Jordan Umbenhauer diced for positions. Biehn’s comfortable lead was erased on the seventh lap caution brought out when Kyle Borror and Ron Seltmann Jr. tangled on the backstretch. Biehn held his own on the restart, but Manmiller was now in the runner-up seat.

Manmiller, a winner of one of the twin events last year, got a good run coming off the fourth turn and ducked to the inside of Biehn to put the Josh Biever-owned/GMI No. 46 at the head of the pack.

Umbenhauer, working on the outside, charged into second to pressure Manmiller with Biehn, Craig Von Dohren and Jeff Strunk in tow.

Within no time Manmiller, who later praised the crew in victory lane for giving him a good car and was happy he had a good fourth place starting spot, built up a commanding lead.

Manmiller never looked back until he saw the drop of the checkered to chalk up his 19th career win at the 1/3-mile oval. Defending point champion Von Dohren came home second followed by Umbenhauer, Strunk and Biehn. Rounding out the top ten were Mike Gular, Duane Howard, Follweiler, Ray Swinehart and John Willman.

In the second 20-lap event Manmiller’s bid at two-in-a-row vanished quickly when he hit the third turn wall with heavy impact before any laps could be completed. He did manage to continue.

Tommy Scheetz III was the early pacesetter when action resumed being challenged by Swinehart, Kyle Follweiler, John Willman and Biehn.

Behind Scheetz III and Swinehart, Willman, Follweiler and Biehn were three-wide for the remaining spots.

Meme DeSantis, Von Dohren and Justin Grim tangled along the homestretch to bring out the yellow at the eight-lap marker. A first turn incident that involved Mike Kellner and Manmiller and ended their nights voided the restart. On the next attempt Swinehart, who hasn’t visited victory lane at the track since August 4, 2012, charged into the lead. Second through fifth now was comprised of Scheetz III, Willman, Don Norris Jr. and Strunk.

Tim Buckwalter was in the fourth turn boilerplate for the next caution on lap 10. The restart was brought back to the line when Norris Jr. and Willman got together with Norris Jr. riding the second turn inside rail. When action went green again it was still Swinehart in the lead, but now Strunk took over second and was in the hunt.

Strunk, a nine time track champion, running the high line in the Vinny Salerno No. 4*, began closing on Swinehart who had distanced himself.

With five laps remaining Strunk charged ahead and went on to victory which he was happy to get so early in the season. Crossing the line in second was Swinehart trailed by Scheetz III, Follweiler and Frank Cozze. Sixth through tenth were Howard, Mike Gular, Biehn, Kyle Weiss and Terry Meitzler. Swinehart, Manmiller, Von Dohren and Strunk were the heat winners. Consi winners were Buckwalter and Scheetz III.

Late Model action saw rookie Cory Merkel spin on the initial start. It was Stoudt charging from second to first on the next attempt. While Stoudt showed the way, the battle behind him brewed between Chuck Schutz, Kory Fleming, Lou Egrie and Dirk Rimrott.

By the fifth lap trying to chase down Stoudt in traffic were Schutz, Fleming, Egrie and Dan Grim and the order pretty well remained the same as the laps wound down.

Everyone got a last shot at Stoudt wheeling the A to Z Furniture, J & H Automotive mount, when Merkel spun again between turns three and four. Stoudt quickly motored away on the restart.

Stoudt never relinquished first and pulled into the winner’s circle for his first win of the year followed by Schutz, Fleming, Green and Egrie. Defending point champion Jason Miller finished sixth trailed by Rick Todorow, Rimrott, Steve Butler and John Giesler.

Heats were won by Fleming and Egrie.

Jared Umbenhauer was in the right position in the Sportsman feature when leader Whitmoyer relinquished the top spot when he was forced to the infield with mechanical problems. Umbenhauer, behind the wheel of the Barry Bashore-owned, Eastern Rigging No. 5, thanked the crew for a well-handling car that worked on the top and bottom.

Whitmoyer quickly took the lead from polesitter Ryan Beltz on the initial green and began to open some daylight.

Behind Whitmoyer, a three car battle for second soon developed between Beltz, Joe Funk II and Umbenhauer.

Whitmoyer’s bad luck continued when he surrendered the lead on the 16th lap. It didn’t take Umbenhauer long to take advantage of the situation as he assumed the lead.

Umbenhauer continued his pace and went on to claim his seventh career  win at Grandview by a healthy margin followed by Beltz, Funk II, Brian Hirthler and Jordan Henn. Sixth through tenth were Jim Housworth, Dean Bachman, Kaitie McCardle, Erik Renninger and Brandon Whitmoyer.

Beltz, Whitmoyer and Funk II won the heats.

RESULTS: 1st 20-Lap Modified Feature – 1. Doug Manmiller, 2. Craig Von Dohren, 3. Jordan Umbenhauer, 4. Jeff Strunk, 5. Eric Biehn, 6. Mike Gular, 7. Duane Howard, 8. Kyle Follweiler, 9. Ray Swinehart, 10. John Willman, 11. Jon Kellner, 12. Frank Cozze, 13. Nate Christman, 14. Meme DeSantis, 15. Don Norris Jr., 16. Tommy Scheetz III, 17. Tim Buckwalter, 18. Terry Meitzler, 19. Kyle Weiss, 20. Chris Esposito, 21. Kevin Hirthler, 22. Justin Grim, 23. Kyle Borror, 24. Todd Smith, 25. Mike Kellner (provisional), 26. Ryan Kunkle, 27. Mike Laise, 28. Ron Seltmann Jr., 29. Ryan Grim.

2nd 20-Lap Modified Feature – 1. Jeff Strunk, 2. Ray Swinehart, 3. Tommy Scheetz III, 4. Kyle Follweiler, 5. Frank Cozze, 6. Duane Howard, 7. Mike Gular, 8. Eric Biehn, 9. Kyle Weiss, 10. Terry Meitzler, 11. Craig Von Dohren, 12. Nate Christman, 13. Justin Grim, 14. Meme DeSantis, 15. Kevin Hirthler, 16. Todd Smith, 17. Ryan Kunkle, 18. Don Norris Jr., 19. Jordan Umbenhauer, 20. Jon Kellner, 21. John Willman, 22. Kyle Borror, 23. Mike Laise, 24. Tim Buckwalter, 25. Doug Manmiller, 26. Mike Kellner, 27. Chris Esposito, 28. Ryan Grim, 29. Ron Seltmann Jr. DNQ: Brad Arnold, Andy Ressler, Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Chris Gambler, Brian Houseknecht.

25-Lap Sportsman Feature: 1. Jared Umbenhauer, 2. Ryan Beltz, 3. Joe Funk II, 4. Brian Hirthler, 5. Jordan Henn, 6. Jim Housworth, 7. Dean Bachman, 8. Kaitie McCardle, 9. Erik Renninger, 10. Brandon Whitmoyer, 11. Ron Krex, 12. Brett Kressley, 13. Mike Stringer, 14. Ryan Lilick, 15. Ken Eckert Jr., 16. Dave Bartram, 17. Tom Miller, 18. Jamie Undercoffler, 19. Craig Whitmoyer, 20. Brad Brightbill, 21. Jason Neidlinger, 22. Kenny Gilmore, 23. Lex Shive, 24. Guy Germano, 25. Steve Warner.

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

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY READY FOR FIRST FRIDAY EVENING EVENT OF 2014

MINERSVILLE, PA - April 9th, 2014

With the season opening Money in the Mountains race now in the record books, all focus turns to this Friday April 11th, when Big Diamond Speedway presents the first of 21 Friday evening events scheduled for the 2014 race season.

The Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Modifieds will go 30 laps for $3,000 to win and $300 to take the green.  Also on the card will be the U.S.S Achey Sportsman going 20 laps for $1,000 to win and the Savage 61 Roadrunners going 20 laps for $300 to win.  The XCEL 600 Modified are also on the card this coming Friday evening.  A great field of cars is expected for this event, with 2 time defending track champion Craig Von Dohren, Frank Cozze, Stewart Friesen, Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Kevin Albert Jr., Dale Hartz, and many more expected to be in attendance looking to take home the top prize.  Grandstand admission for this event will be $20.00 for adults, $18.00 for seniors, active military, and students ages 13 to 17 (all with valid ID).  Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees are $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members.  Remember, bring your wrist band from the last race of the 2013 season and receive $2.00 your grandstand admission.  The same tire and racing fuel rules are in effect on this day as they were for Money in the Mountains, with both Hoosier and American Racer tires allowed to be run on this evening.

As is the case each and every week at Big Diamond Speedway, both a Modified and Sportsman Hard Charger Award winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for use off a rebuild of a steering gear (any brand) courtesy of GME Manufacturing LLC from New Ringold, PA.

Also each and every week, Red, White, and Blue Autos Inc. from Ashland, PA will be sponsoring a weekly Hard Luck Award for the Modified and Roadrunner divisions.  The management of Big Diamond Speedway will pick a driver who had bad luck that night from each of those two divisions based on the evenings racing results.  The driver picked as the hard luck driver in each division will be admitted for free the following week, courtesy of the fine folks at Red, White, and Blue Auto Sales.  The same Hard Luck Award will be awarded to the Sportsman division courtesy of Kim's Kreations in Myerstown, PA.

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WOODHULL RACEWAY LOOSES SEASON OPENER TO MOTHER NATURE.

(Woodhull, NY)  The 50th consecutive season opener at the Woodhull Raceway will have to wait one more week as heavy rains in the beginning of the week covered the entire northeast washed out any plans of racing on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Track owner, Ted White made the decision at 3 in the afternoon today (April 8) as a majority of the grounds in the spectator parking lot and pits at the racing facility are extremely wet and it would make it very difficult for race fans, drivers and crew members to exit the facility in a smooth matter.

The season lid lifter will be pushed back one week until April 19th with Lias American Racer Tires to sponsor the 5 card show featuring a special $1,000 to win feature event for the NAPA Crate Sportsman. Also on the card it will be the S&W Awards and Photos 360 Late Models along with the Joe Willcox Performance Street Stocks, the Signs Plus of Kanona Mini Stocks and the LaBarron Brothers Repair and Parts Front Wheel Drive Divisions.
The Insinger 370 Modifieds will make their season debut on April 26.

On the plus side, the weather for next week looks very promising, which will dry the grounds  at the track and Ted White has told everyone to keep theirs “fingers crossed” for the April 19th  show.

Gates for the April 19th event open at 4:30 with the first green flag waving at 6:30 pm.

Fans and competitors of the Woodhull Raceway are encouraged to register for future track cancellations by going to rainedout.com.  All the information is on the home page of the track web site at www.woodhullraceway.com

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RYAN GODOWN WINS 2ND ANNUAL MONEY IN THE MOUNTAINS EVENT


Ryan Godown sails off into Turn 1 at Big Diamond Speedway on Sunday afternoon as he led the final 30 laps to score the $7,500 feature win.

MINERSVILLE, PA - April 6th, 2014

"We came here saying we would be content if we could go home with a top 5 finish.  But this car is a rocket ship.  It's a rocket ship at Syracuse, it's a rocket ship at New Egypt, and it was a rocket ship here today.  My guys worked hard on the car and the effort paid off."

Those were just a few of the words uttered by Ryan Godown in victory lane after dominating the 2nd annual Money in the Mountains big block/small block challenge event at Big Diamond Speedway.

Jeff Strunk drove into the lead from his outside pole position, leading the first nine laps while Godown was quickly moving forward from his 6th place starting position.  On lap 10 Godown made his move, powering around Strunk in turn two to take a lead he would never give up.  Godown continued to lead lap after lap, while behind him a fierce battle had developed between Strunk and Erick Rudolph, making his first ever visit to Big Diamond Speedway.  Rudolph managed to wrestle 2nd position away from Strunk on lap 17, only to have Strunk wrestle it back away from him on lap 21.  Billy Pauch Jr. all of a sudden appeared to take 3rd away from Rudolph on lap 24, but as quickly as he gained the spot, mechanical woes forced Pauch Jr. to retire from the event just one lap later.  The remaining 16 laps saw Godown, Strunk, and Rudolph keep a stranglehold on the top three spots, while Keith Hoffman, Billy Pauch Sr., and Billy Decker had a great battle going for the next three positions.  The last 5 laps saw Godown get into some lapped traffic, but he was not to be denied and drove home to the $7,500 first place payday.  Strunk held on for 2nd, followed by Erick Rudolph, Keith Hoffman in the Steve Searock owned #26, and Billy Decker, in a great ride from his 16th starting spot.  Sixth thru tenth were Billy Pauch Sr., Sammy Piazza, Pat Ward, Matt Sheppard in the Norm Hansell #357, and two time defending track champion Craig Von Dohren in the Eastern Rigging #11.

Sean Merkel was victorious in the 20 lap 358 Late Model feature, taking the lead from race long leader Andy Haus on lap #16 and leading the rest of the way for the $1,000 payday.  Haus held on for the runner up position, followed by Billy Wampler, Scott Haus, Drew Weiser, Grant Adams, Steve Nederostek, Bryon Sipe, Jim O' Hara, and Jason Smith.

"Front Row" Joe Kavanaugh took the lead from his pole starting spot and led the first 6 laps of the Roadrunner feature until a caution waved for the #11J of Bill Wingle Jr., who shredded a tire in tire four.  On the restart, Jim Kost powered into the lead in his potent #126 machine.  Kost led until lap #12, when Tom Hablett, in his new #555 ride, drove by to claim the top spot.  Hablett led the rest of the way, followed by Jeremy Becker, who made a late race charge from his 15th starting spot to claim runner up honors.  Chris Holland also made a late race charge to take third, followed by "Buckshot" Glenn Rowan, and Joey Brennan.  Sixth thru tenth were Kost, Tim Fitzpatrick Jr., Jason Brown, Kris Ney, and Shon Elk.

Big Diamond Speedway - 4/6/2014
Money in the Mountain Big Block/Small Block Challenge Race (40 Laps) 1) Ryan Godown ($7,500) 2) Jeff Strunk 3) Erick Rudolph 4) Keith Hoffman 5) Billy Decker 6) Billy Pauch Sr. 7) Sammy Piazza 8) Pat Ward 9) Matt Sheppard 10) Craig Von Dohren 11) Frank Cozze 12) Meme Desantis 13) Kevin Smith 14) Joe Mooney 15) Shawn Ward 16) Larry Wight 17) Brad Trice 18) Tim Fitzpatrick 19) Billy Pauch Jr. 20) Jared Umbenhauer 21) Randy Chrysler 22) Rick Laubach 23) Kyle Merkel 24) Dan Hineline 25) Kyle Borror 26) Justin Grim

DNQ) Harry Landis, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Dale Hartz, Kevin Albert, Jr., Ron Haring Jr., Heath Metzger, Brett Kressley, Andy Burkhart, Kyle Follweiler, Paul Moyer, Robin Schultz, Charles Fayash

Heat Winners - Rick Laubach, Jared Umbenhauer, Ryan Godown, Kyle Merkel

Lap Leaders - Jeff Strunk (laps 1-9), Ryan Godown (10-40).

Late Model (20 Lap) 1) Sean Merkel 2) Andy Haus 3) Billy Wampler 4) Scott Haus 5) Drew Weiser 6) Grant Adams 7) Steve Nederostek 8) Bryon Sipe 9) Jim O' Hara 10) Jason Smith 11) Devin Frey 12) Danny Snyder. Heat Winners - Sean Merkel, Grant Adams

Roadrunners (20 Laps) 1) Tom Hablett 2) Jeremy Becker 3) Chris Holland 4) Glenn Rowan 5) Joey Brennan 6) Jim Kost 7) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 8) Jason Brown 9) Kris Ney 10) Shon Elk 11) Devin Trexler 12) Jared Siegfried 13) Jon Schlauch 14) Jesse Krasnitsky 15) Joe Kavanaugh 16) Terry Kramer Jr. 17) Bruce Ditzler 18) Billy Wingle Jr. 19) Kyle Wingle DNS) TJ Fitzpatrick

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OPENING NIGHT FEATURE RACES WON BY CANADIAN STEWART FRIESEN, BRETT KESSLEY AND SEAN MERKEL AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 6, 2014 Canadian invader Stewart Friesen clicked off his first career 30-lap regular season NASCAR 358 Modified victory at Grandview Speedway on a brutally cold Saturday night, while young Brett Kressley of Orefield, PA picked up where he left off last season, claiming another win in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman main event, and Sean Merkel of Boyertown, PA was the winner in a wild 25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature on the 52nd consecutive Opening Night at the Bechtelsville, PA based dirt raceway.

In spite of the very chilly weather, a good crowd was on hand to watch some fan-pleasing competition, with more than 80 race cars taking part in qualifying sessions. Since it was the first race of the year, all feature events started heads-up, as they qualified in their earlier qualifying heat races.

The opening night race served as a tune-up for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds as they race in twin 20-lap feature races on Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. Late Models and Sportsman will also be in action. Adult admission is $20 while youngsters 12 and under pay just $5.

In the NASCAR 358 Modified main, Stewart Friesen took the green from the pole after winning his heat race steering a No. 357 mount owned by Norm Hansell and the popular driver immediately pulled away. A quick caution on lap three closed the field up again.

Friesen immediately reclaimed the top spot with the new green on lap four over Justin Grim, who started from fourth-place in the 28-car starting field. Meme DeSantis started sixth and was already up to third at this point, with third-place starter Craig VonDohren running in fourth. A caution on lap six closed up the field again and another yellow on lap 10 tightened the field up as well.

A new green saw Friesen back out in front for lap 11 over DeSantis and the No. 1C driven by VonDohren. At halfway VonDohren slipped by DeSantis to steal the runner-up spot, dropping DeSantis to third with 15 in the record books. A caution again appeared after lap 15 when nine-time division champion Jeff Strunk headed to the pit area with his second left front flat of the event.

Again it was Friesen, VonDohren and, now, Duane Howard, the fifth-place starter with the Petruska No. 66 machine, vaulting into third, as DeSantis dropped to fourth for lap 16. With nine tours remaining Jon Kellner Sr. spun it around exiting turn four all alone and, once again, brought out the yellow flag.

Track Starter Ray Kemp waved the green again and Friesen retook the number one position over VonDohren and Howard, with DeSantis running fourth in front of Mike Gular, who was in fifth-place after taking the original green from second spot. Racing through some heavy lapped traffic on lap 26 through turns three and four, VonDohren got collected in a crash with a slower lapped car and the caution brought the field together again. VonDohren continued on, but had any chance at getting a win torpedoed after that unfortunate tangle with a lapped car.

With a single file restart, Friesen powered out in front with the green waving over Howard, DeSantis, Gular and Kyle Weiss in that order. On the final circuit Howard pulled up next to Friesen down the back part of the raceway, but Friesen held on and pulled off the popular win.

Howard finished a strong second at the checkered, followed by DeSantis, Gular and Weiss rounding out the top five finishers.

“The key was getting a good draw and getting the heat win to give us the pole to start the feature,” revealed Friesen afterwards. “This Norm Hansell car is a beautiful piece and this place is a cool joint to race at. It feels good to get this win and a lot of it is the preparation this team does in the shop. I was fortunate to hang on, honestly. The choppy track conditions tonight made it tough racing for everyone and all the cautions kept it clean in front of me as the leader. I am glad to win one for this team and I know the fans had to really enjoy it being out here tonight. It’s freezing for everyone tonight whether you’re watching or racing.”

Feature winner Stewart Friesen was handed an additional #250 bonus courtesy of T.P. Trailers of Limerick, PA.

In the Late Model feature Sean Merkel started from the pole and was the early rabbit, with defending division champion Jason Miller, who started third, and former division champion and fourth-place starter Randy Stoudt chasing Merkel early on. Yellow lights came out on the original start and once again on the following restart, plus on lap three, lap seven and lap ten, as Merkel pulled away to a big advantage each time. Another caution appeared prior to lap 11, as Merkel continued to show his muscle aboard the Kochel Equipment self-owned No. 118 Late Model.

Sammy Schlosberg, who started from fifth-place wheeling his unsponsored No. 70 car with the number taped on the doors and roof, moved into third-place on lap 11 and a lap later Schlosberg went to the outside exiting turn four to drive past Miller and suddenly find himself running in second-place.

By lap 17 Schlosberg began to pressure Merkel and on lap 20 Schlosberg drove into turn three underneath Merkel to become the new leader. On lap 21, again, Merkel repassed Schlosberg racing underneath Schlosberg through turns three and four. Schlosberg continued to pressure Merkel until a slower lapped car got in the way with a circuit remaining to give Merkel that break he needed. Merkel crossed under the checkered first to give him his seventh career win and earn his first win ever on Opening Night at the track.

Schlosberg settled for the runner-up position at the line in front of Miller, Wayne Pfeil and former track champion Lou Egrie Sr. finished out the top five.

In Victory Lane Merkel mentioned, “Sammy caught me sleeping, there. I got help from a lapped car to get back around him, but that’s what happens when you fall asleep. Some nights things just go your way. The car was real good tonight, but we finished the race with the motor running hot. We hope to get that fixed by next week, but we took full advantage of the starting spot and pulled it off, tonight.”

In the Sportsman feature Jordan Henn started from the pole and immediately put the HigFab chassied family-owned No. 77H machine out in front with a wave of the green over fourth-place starter Brad Brightbill and outside front row starter Joe Funk. On lap three Craig Whitmoyer hopped a wheel battling as the fifth-place car and drove his self-owned No. 99 hot rod hard into the outside boilerplate wall in turn four to bring out a red flag.

It was Henn again out in front with the green over the high-flying No. 19K of Brett Kressley, who started from eleventh-place and raced past the competition running the high outside lane, after four rounds. Henn held on as the leader and Kressley was running second with ten in the books, as the race leaders got into lapped traffic. On lap 12 exiting turn four and racing down the front straight, Kressley used a lapped car to drive past Henn, who got caught behind a lapped car running the inside, with Kressley grabbing first as they crossed at the starters stand.

Kressley pulled away as the leader, but a caution on lap 16 brought the field together again. With the restart Kressley assumed the top spot over Henn, with the two-time defending division champion and eighth-place starter Jared Umbenhauer moving up to third. Brightbill fell back to fourth and Dean Bachman, who started from third-place with his self-owned No. 65 mount, now was running fifth. The top five remained that way as the checkered waved, as Kressley turned in a strong Opening Night performance to claim his sixth career feature win at the track to tie Umbenhauer at the top of the all-time career winners list.

In qualifying events Late Model heat winners were Sean Merkel and former division champ Ron Kline. Sportsman heat race victors were Jordan Henn, Joe Funk and Dean Bachman. In the 358 Modified division qualifying event winners were Stewart Friesen, Mike Gular, seven-time point champion and the defending track champ Craig VonDohren, plus Justin Grim, with consolation triumphs going to Nate Christman and Don Norris Jr. There were no consolation races in Late Model and Sportsman divisions.

Coming up next Saturday night, April 12 at the Berks County track the NASCAR 358 Modified cars run a Twin-20’s program, with the NASCAR Late Models and NASCAR Sportsman running regular races. Racing gets the green flag by 7 P.M. throughout the month of April. Information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com or check Facebook or Twitter. Track info number is 610.754.7688.

NASCAR 358 Modifieds  1) Stewart Friesen  2) Duane Howard  3) Meme DeSantis  4) Mike Gular  5) Kyle Weiss  6) Ryan Grim  7) Tim Buckwalter  8) Justin Grim  9) Mike Kellner  10) Nate Christman  11) Brad Arnold  12) Terry Meitzler  13) Don Norris Jr.  14) Andy Ressler  15) Frank Cozze  16) Brian Houseknecht  17) Craig VonDohren  18) Chris Esposito  19) Bobby Gunther Walsh  20) Jeff Strunk  21) Chris Gambler  22) Jordan Umbenhauer 23) Jon Kellner Sr.  24) Ron Seltman 25) John Willman  26) Ryan Watt  27) Doug Manmiller  28) Ray Swinehart

NASCAR Sportsman  1) Brett Kressley  2) Jordan Henn  3) Jared Umbenhauer  4) Brad Brightbill  5) Dean Bachman  6) Tom Miller  7) Kenny Gilmore  8) Guy Germano  9) Kaitie McCardle  10) Ron Krex  11) Jim Housworth  12) Joe Fanelli  13) Mike Stringer  14) Ryan Lilick  15) Erik Renninger  16) Ken Eckert  17) Joe Funk  18) Dave Bartram  19) Craig Whitmoyer  20) Brian Hirthler  21) Jamie Undercoffler  22) Jason Neidlinger  DNS) Mike Lisowski  DNS)  Ryan Beltz  DNS) Lex Shire

NASCAR Late Models 1) Sean Merkel  2) Sam Schlosberg  3) Jason Miller  4) Wayne Pfeil  5) Lou Egrie Sr.  6) Dan Green  7) Lou Egrie Jr.  8) Chuck Schutz  9) Bryan Sipe  10) Dirk Rimrott  11) Bill Henning  12) Dave Ogin  13) Buddy Mertz  14) Randy Stoudt  15) George Irwin  16) Kory Fleming  17) John Giesler  18) Ron Kline  19) Rick Todorow  20) Steve Butler  21) Cory Merkel

UNOFFICIAL  POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
MODIFIEDS AS OF APRIL 5, 2014

1. Steward Friesen #357X 310*
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 299
3. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D 289
4. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 280
5. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K 269
6. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA  #17 254
7. Tim Buckwalter, #11 246
8. Justin Grim, Orefield, PA  #61 240
9. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #A1 226
10. Nate Christman, Fleetwood, PA  #37 215
11. Brad Arnold, #830 209
12. Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, PA  #81 197
13. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA  #976 185
14. Andy Ressler, Bechtelsville, PA  #10 174
15. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA  #357 167
16. Brian Houseknecht, #323 156
17. Craig VonDohren, Barto, PA  #1C 150
18. Chris Esposito, Green Lane, PA #31 138
19. Bobby Gunther Walsh,  Allentown, PA  #1 122
20. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA  #4* 118
21. Chris Gambler, Whitehall, PA  #77 103
22. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #19 96
23. Jon Kellner Sr., Lansdale, PA  #41 87
24. Ron Seltman, Lower Pottsgrove, PA  #R19 73
25. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W 62
26. Ryan Watt, #14W 57
27. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 48
28. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA  #33 38
29. Ryan Kunkel, #77X 10
30. Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA  #15 10

SPORTSMAN
AS OF APRIL 5, 2014
1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 307*
2. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA  #77H 300
3. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5 288
4. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA  #19 279
5. Dean Bachman, #65 270
6. Tom Miller, Barto, PA #77 256
7. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 248
8. Guy Germano, Richlandtown, PA #542 239
9. Katie McCardle, Honeybrook, PA #11 226
10. Ron Krex, Harleysville, PA  #9X 215
11. Jim Houseworth, #72 200
12. Joe Fanelli, Exton, PA  #22 198
13. Mike Stringer, Germansville, PA  #23 180
14. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA  #221 175
15. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ  #51 160
16. Ken Eckert, Orwigsburg, PA #29 156
17. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J 150
18. Dave Bartram, Quakertown, PA#28 130
19. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 129
20. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 110
21. Jamie Undercoffler, Pennsburg, PA  #1J 107
22. Jason Neidlinger, #88X 95

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

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New Egypt Speedway Set For Regular Season Opening Night

First 100 Fans Receive Free Billy Pauch 700th Win Poster Courtesy of Craftmaster Printing

New Egypt, NJ--After a successful opening night on Saturday, March 22, New Egypt Speedway is ready to open for their regular point season this Saturday, April 5. After a long, snowy winter the track is in good shape to begin the official New Egypt Speedway point season.

“I think we showed a lot of people how great we can make the racing surface even after such a harsh winter,” said General Manager Allyse Wolfinger. “Wayne put a lot of time and effort into making such a great track surface and we plan to continue that into our official point season kick off and beyond.”

The 358 Modified division will kick off its points season with Billy Pauch set to defend his championship against last year’s runner up Ryan Godown and returning favorites Jimmy Blewett, Neal Williams, David VanHorn, Willie Osmun, Tad Cox, Tim Apgar, Doug Ostwald, John McClelland, and many more. Newcomers to the Modified division in 2014 include former New Egypt Speedway Big Block winner Danny Bouc and former Sportsman driver Kevin Vaclavicek.

Joining the 358 Modifieds on the program for the night are the Crate Modifieds led by defending two-time champion Eric Palmer, the Street Stocks led by defending champion Dan Collamer, and the new crop of rookie drivers in the HCI/Spike N Go Rookie division.

Saturday will not only kick off the 2014 points season but will also honor a career accomplishment for defending 358 Modified champion Billy Pauch. The first 100 fans through the front gates will receive a Billy Pauch 700  th  Win poster courtesy of Craftmaster Printing located in New Egypt, NJ. The Speedway will also have a special billboard unveiling in the front entrance at 4:45 pm.

Pit gates will open at 2 pm for early technical inspection, front gates will open at 4 pm, hot laps will begin at 5:15 pm, and the first green flag will wave at 6 pm. Adults are $20, seniors 65 and older are $18, teens 12-15 and active military and their spouses with ID are $10, and children 11 and under are free.

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Opening Night Is Here for Grandview

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 2, 2014 . . . The 2014 Grandview Speedway stock car racing season, the 52nd consecutive, is set to start on Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. The opening night at the Berks County clay oval will feature the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars in action. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m.

Many of best known talents in dirt tracing stock car racing will be seen in action in a full series of qualifying races leading up to a 30-lap feature for the 358 Modifieds and 20-lap features for the Sportsman and Late Models.

Admission for the April 5th racing will be $15 for adults and youngsters 12 and under will be admitted free. Pit fees are $30 but only those with NASCAR licenses will be admitted to the competition pit areas.

Early arriving fans will get a chance to see a variety of race cars on display including a 305 sprint car, an ARDC midgets, enduro cars, NASCAR 358 Modified, Late Model and Sportsman as part of the Low Down & Dirty Meet and Greet.

On Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m. the always exciting Enduro racers will be in action for the first time this season.

And coming up on Saturday, April 12th the NASCAR 358 Modifieds will be in action in two 20-lap features along with racing for the Late Models and Sportsman. Adult admission for that special event will be $20 while youngsters 12 and under will pay just $5.

The first of four doubleheader sprint and midget show is set for Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m.

There is always free parking on the grounds of the speedway.

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Woodhull Raceway cancelling this weekend’s practicing sessions

At 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014, Owner Ted White decided to pull the plug on the two practice sessions scheduled for April 4th and 5th , due to the heavy amounts of snow the southern tier received on Sunday.

There is no reschedule date for the test and tune sessions and all racing activities for opening night are still on schedule.
Opening night is Saturday, April 12th, with gates opening at 4:30 and racing at 6:30. On card will be 360 Late Models, Crate Sportsman, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Front Wheel Drives, and a special appearance by the Crate Late Models. All presented by Clark Oil Company.

For more information, log on to the track website at www.woodhullraceway.com

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY RAINS OUT - MONEY IN THE MOUNTAINS EVENT IS NOW SEASON OPENER

MINERSVILLE, PA - March 31th, 2014

Everything and everyone was ready to go, but just like many other years, Mother Nature decided to let us all know that she may not be a huge race fan.  All day rain Saturday and Sunday forced the postponement of the 2014 Big Diamond Speedway 43rd season opener to this coming Friday, April 4th. 2014.

Speaking of the season opener, this Friday April 4th it's the event you've been waiting for since the inaugural event in 2013; the 2nd annual Money in the Mountains big block/small block challenge race going 40 laps for $7,500 to win and $500 to take the green.  No car registration fees and no gamblers fee required!  A strong field of cars is expected for this event, with verbal commitments already received from Billy Decker, Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Stewart Friesen, Mike Mahaney, "The Doctor" Danny Johnson, Jimmy Horton, Matt Billings, Sammy Piazza, Chad Brachmann, Anthony Perrego, Billy Pauch Sr., Keith Hoffman and many more invaders, ready to take on track regulars Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk, Doug Manmiller, Kevin Albert Jr., Dale Hartz, Shawn Fitzpatrick, and many, many more.  Gates open at 5 pm with warm-ups at 7:45 pm and the first heat hits the track at 8:15 pm.  Also on the card that evening will be the Jeremy Slifko Fabrication Services Late Models, making their 2014 season debut, along with the Savage 61 Roadrunners.  Each of these divisions will go 20 laps in their respective feature events.  Rain date for this event is Sunday April 6th with gates opening at noon, warm-ups at 2:30 pm, and first heat at 3:00 pm if needed.

Racers in all divisions will be able to run approved Hoosier D300, 400, and 500 tires or American Racer 44 or harder tires on rear.  Weights are as follows: Spec Head Gas - 2275 lbs, Spec Head Alky - 2350 lbs, Open Small Block on Gas under 363ci - 2350 lbs, Open Small Block on Alky under 363ci - 2400 lbs, Small Block over 363ci - 2500 lbs, and Big Blocks - 2500 lbs. Big Diamond/DIRT style body rules...NO SAIL PANELS.

Adult grandstand admission for this event will be $25.00.  Seniors, active military, and students ages 13 to 17 (all with valid ID) will be $23.00.  Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees will be $30.00 with a valid 2014 license from any track, and $40.00 without a license.

Over $750 in lap money has been collected for this event, including the Jeremy Slifko Fabrication Service Halfway Bonus paying $150 to the leader of lap #20.  Two other awards to be handed out that evening will be to the benefit of two drivers who fail to qualify for the feature event that evening.  The 2nd annual Fans of Big Diamond/Dog Pound Hard Luck Award will award $750 to the driver voted on by track management as having the hardest luck of the evening that kept them from making the field.  New this year is the “Long” Haul Award, which will award $125 to the driver that failed to qualify but had the longest tow to get to the track.

As is the case with every 358 Modified race this season, GME Manufacturing LLC from New Ringold, PA, one of the top performance steering builders & rebuilders in the nation, will award a $25 gift certificate for use off a rebuild of a steering gear (any brand) to the hard charger in the Modified feature.

Another weekly award for both the 358 Modifieds and Roadrunners is the Red, White, and Blue Autos Inc. Hard Luck Award.  The management of Big Diamond Speedway will pick a driver who had bad luck that night from each of those two divisions based on the evenings racing results.  The driver picked as the hard luck driver in each division will be admitted for free the following week, courtesy of the fine folks at Red, White, and Blue Autos Inc.  To be eligible for this award, drivers must have a Red, White, and Blue Autos Inc. sticker on the right side of their car that will be provided to them at the track.  The goal of this award is to help ease the pain of someone who may have had engine issues, incurred a flat tire while running near the front of the pack, or any other sort of issue that brings an abrupt and unfortunate end to their evening.

It's shaping up to be another fantastic race, and we hope to see you there.

The following Friday, April 11th, Big Diamond Speedway will present the show that was supposed to be presented on March 30th, along with the XCEL 600 Modifieds as an added bonus.  The Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Modifieds will go 30 laps for $3,000 to win and $300 to take the green.  Also on the card will be the U.S.S Achey Sportsman going 20 laps for $1,000 to win and the Savage 61 Roadrunners going 20 laps for $300 to win.  A great field of cars is expected for this event too, with 2 time defending track champion Craig Von Dohren, Frank Cozze, Stewart Friesen, Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Kevin Albert Jr., Dale Hartz, and many more expected to be in attendance looking to take home the top prize.  Grandstand admission for this event will be $20.00 for adults, $18.00 for seniors, active military, and students ages 13 to 17 (all with valid ID).  Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees are $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members.  remember, bring your wrist band from the last race of the 2013 season and receive $2.00 your grandstand admission.  The same tire and racing fuel rules are in effect on this day as they were for Money in the Mountains.  Mark it on your calendar now, you won't want to miss it.

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Rain stop Practice Session at Granview

GOOD NEWS!!! THE 52ND SEASON OF STOCK CAR RACING IS SET TO GO AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON APRIL 5

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 29, 2014 . . . There may have been some who thought the stock car racing season would never get here after such a long, cold, snowy winter. However there is good news, the 52nd consecutive season of stock car racing will get the green flag on Saturday, April 5th at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway.

The one-third-mile, banked clay track is expected to be in peak condition having had new clay added to the surface at the end of 2013.

Saturday night racing action for the season opener will include a tripleheader show that will feature the fan favorite NASCAR 358 Modifieds along with the crowd pleasing action of the Sportsman and Late Model stock cars.

A full series of qualifying events will be presented in each division with a 30-lap feature topping the racing action for the Modifieds and 25-lap features for the Late Models and Sportsman.

Again this season T.P. Trailers of Limerick, PA will be posting  bonus bucks for the feature winners in each division. That includes $250 for the Modified winner and $100 for the Late Model and Sportsman feature winner.

The racers will be chasing lucrative point funds offered by the Rogers family and NASCAR with the 358 Modified champion walking off with well over $10,000 at the end of the season.

For the first time in quite a while Pastor Don Kerns will deliver an invocation before the races and Keith Gerhart will deliver one of his rousing renditions of the National Anthem.

Jeff Ahlum, well known area racing announcer, will be kicking off his career as the Saturday night announcer replacing long time announcer Ernie Saxton who retired at the end of last season after 45 years at the microphone.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted for FREE. There is free parking on the grounds of the speedway.

Fans coming out for the season opener will have a chance to meet three of the racers up close and collect autographs, take pictures and just get to know them. The “Low, Down & Dirty” radio show, heard on the Internet each Tuesday night, 8:05 p.m., at www.blogtalkradio.com will be hosting the weekly Meet & Greet session at the main entrance of the speedway. This week, at 5 p.m., early arriving fans will meet NASCAR 358 Modified racer Kyle Weiss, Sportsman talent Kaitie McCardle and Late Model racer Dan Green. They will also have their cars on display.

Coming up on Saturday, April 12th will be twin 20-lap features for the Modifieds along with racing action for the Sportsman and Late Models.

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GRANDVIEW SET FOR PRACTICE DAY, TIRE SITUATION ADDRESSED

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 26, 2014 . . . As long as the weather person cooperates dozens of race cars, all types, are expected to take to the track at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, March 29th at noon. The free-to-the-public practice session will offer racers from a variety of different divisions of competition the opportunity to test and tune their new equipment for the 2014 season and fans will have the opportunity to see what their favorites have to offer.

Speedway management has also announced a change in their tire situation for the 2014 season. It had been said that tires stamped with BGP would not be allowed in competition after Memorial Day weekend. Track owner Bruce Rogers and Lias Tire (manufacturer of American Racer tires) have decided to allow the use of BGP stamped tires for the entire 2014 season but suggest that teams go to the new GVIEW stamped tire as soon as possible.

“We want to allow the racers a fair amount of tire to use the older BGP tires and did not want to have racers face a financial hardship by forcing them to go to the newer GVIEW tire early in the season,” said track owner Bruce Rogers. “We feel this is a fair way to handle the tire situation.”

The free-to-the-public practice session allows fans to enjoy the action from the grandstands free of charge.

Everyone entering the pit area will be charged $30 but NO NASCAR license will be required.

The chase for the lucrative point championships will get the green flag at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5th with a tripleheader show featuring the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. Gates open at 5 p.m. Adult admission will be $15 while youngsters 12 and under will be admitted FREE.

Season tickets, priced at $350, will be available. The season ticket includes a reserved seat for all the Saturday night events run between April 5 and the end of September.

NASCAR pit licenses for the drivers and owners in the 358 Modified division will be $200 for the season while owners and drivers in the Late Model and Sportsman divisions will pay $100.

Pit admission for the regular Saturday night NASCAR events will run $30.

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New Egypt Speedway Ready For Open Practice Day, Fast Time Bonuses Up For Grabs

New Egypt, NJ--         After a successful 2014 season opener, New Egypt Speedway is ready for a day of practice this Saturday, March 29, 2014. All divisions are welcome to hit the track to test and tune their equipment for the 2014 season.

For the first time the Speedway will be handing out bonus awards for the fastest times of day in all New Egypt Speedway divisions. Drivers competing for the fastest time must register at the pit shack and only the registered driver of the car will be eligible for the bonuses. Drivers competing will be required to cross the scales after the finish of each practice session.

 The fastest time for the Modifieds, Sportsman, Crates, Street Stocks, and Sprints will receive one $30 Saturday night pit pass. The fastest time in the Modified, Crate, and Sprint divisions will receive a $175 Vahlco Racing Wheels product certificate. The fastest time in the Modifieds, Sportsman, and Crate division will receive a free front bumper courtesy of WizFab Racing Fabrications and Jimmy Wismer. The fastest time in the Street Stocks will receive a $50 bonus and the second fastest time of the day will receive a $25 bonus courtesy of Black Flagged Racing.

Pit gates will open at 10 am for early technical inspection and practice will begin at noon. Grandstands are open and free to the public to watch. Pit admission is $25 per person. The pit concession stand will be open throughout the day for food and beverages.

For more information on Open Practice visit our website  www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway. 

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2014 Woodhull Raceway Car Show another success at the Arnot Mall

By Paul Harkenrider

(Woodhull NY) With the season opener less than three weeks away at the Woodhull Raceway, the 2014 Arnot Mall Car Show, presented by Swarthout Recycling, was a chance for the drivers to show off their new paint schemes and announce their new sponsors for the 2014 season.

The event was highlighted by two of last year’s track champions, Donnie Lawson in the Insinger Performance 370 Modified’s, and Glen Writenour in the S&W Awards and Photos 360 late models division as both are looking to repeat as track champions in their respective classes.

The mall was packed in the suburban Elmira shopping complex with thousands of racing fans from all over the Southern Tier having the opportunity to get up close and personal with the drivers and their cars before they hit the dirt in just a few weeks.

Also thousands of the 2014 Woodhull Raceway schedule brochures were handed out and representatives of the track were on hand all weekend to greet the fans and answer questions.

Jim Liegeot of Northeast racing videos was also on hand on interviewing drivers for his weekly show that will air later in the week. You can catch his show on northeastracingvideos.com, or on his YouTube channel by simply searching Northeast Racing Videos.

Track owner, Ted White and his wife, Brandi would like to thank everyone for their attendance at this year’s event particularly the faithful competitors of Woodhull for representing the facility with great professionalism.  Representatives of the Arnot Mall were equally pleased with the numbers and commented as to the smoothness of the entry and exit procedures. They would also like to thank Swarthout Recycling for sponsoring the Mall show for the 5th consecutive year.

Up next on the Calendar is he practice dates scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 4th and 5th starting at 6 p.m. Season tickets will be on sale both nights, as well as opening night, if you wish to purchase them. For more information for upcoming events simply log on to www.woodhullraceway.com

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2014 Modified Division could be the biggest ever at the High Banks

By Paul Harkenrider

(Woodhull, NY)  Coming off one of the most exciting years of Modified racing at the Woodhull Raceway in 2013. 2014 is projected to be even bigger for the Insinger Performance 370 Modified’s, as 8 different drivers made it into victory lane last season. For 2014, that number of drivers could be even higher.

Last year’s track champion, Donnie Lawson, a second generation star out of Woodhull, NY, and is looking to repeat as a track champion as he pulled off one of the most impressive seasons in his racing career. Despite only wining three features, Lawson finished in the top five in 14 of the 18 point races; he also picked up 13 heat wins.

In what will be his 26th year of racing at the high banks, Billy “The Kid” Van Pelt is no longer a kid when he started his career in the late 1980’s. Van Pelt, out of Harrison Valley, PA, is looking for what will be his 16th career track championship. In 2013, Van Pelt was still able to pick up 4 feature wins, which was more than any other modified driver in the class. He is also under new car ownership after parting ways with car owner, Kevin Chilson, and is looking to climb back to the top with his brand new car that will be revealed to the public very soon.

Joe Dgein, out of Avoca, NY, is looking to start his season the way he ended it, with a win. Coming off one of the most impressive driving performances of the year, starting at the rear of the field and weaving his way through the competition, Dgein found himself in victory lane for the first time in his career and the winner of the 9th annual Lyle Sherwood Memorial. Despite not picking up a feature win during the points season, he was able to pick up nine top 10 finishes and three heat wins for the TMT Contracting Sponsored number 3 machine.

Being the only Modified driver in the class with a Ford motor, it did not stop Bobby Davis from having a solid season, with not winning a feature at all in 2013, the Bradley Supply sponsored number 60 finished in the runner up spot twice and finishing in the top five, five times. Davis, out of Cameron NY, also had 4 heat wins on the season.

The Terry Brewer owned number 15 made it into victory lane twice in 2013, piloted by none other than Steve Hartman Jr, out of Woodhull, NY. The second generation star also finished in the top five, six times, and picked up six heat wins.

It was another impressive year for Frank “Stunning” Dunning as he found himself in victory lane twice; on top of that, he picked up seven top five finishes and five heat wins.

Despite never picking up a feature win in 2013, Kenny Peoples Jr, out of Addison, NY won a special race that no one will probably forget that was there that night. Peoples won the first ever Jake Davis Memorial, a King of the ring event, in honor of his nephew, that tragically passed away in October of 2012. The Micro Solutions sponsored numbered 5K was able to finish in the top five, five times, and also picking up three heat wins.

Mike Bills, also a second generation star out of Woodhull, NY, was as well very close to picking up a feature win with finishing in the runner up spot three times, and having eight top 5 finishes. The Spiegel’s recycling sponsored number 21 also had three heat wins.

Despite the very slow start, Eric Fisher, out of Dundee, NY, had a very impressive ending to his 2013 racing campaign by picking up two feature wins, both in the month of August. Over the course of the entire year, the Bully Hill Vineyards sponsored number 37C was able to pick up eight top 10 finishes, as well as five heat wins.

With having a very condensed racing season in 2013, it did stop Dylan Dewart, out of the hills of Corning, New York from picking up two features wins, one of which was the Jim Williams memorial back in June. Dewart also picked up a feature win at the Little Valley speedway. The Swarthout Recycling sponsored number 28 also was able to pick up four top five finishes, as well as three heat wins.

Also having a condensed season at the high banks was Alan Rudalavage out of Greenfield, Pennsylvania, this did not stop the Quinn’s Supermarkets sponsored number 145 from getting to victory lane twice early in the year. Rudalavage was also able to finish in the top five, six times.

Going to make the move up from the Crate Sportsman division into the Modified class is Chris Daugherty, out of Elmira, NY. Daugherty is the reigning track champion in the NAPA crate sportsman. In 2013, the Daugherty Auto Sales sponsored numbered 22jz, was able to make it to victory lane six times, as well as finishing in the top five, 12 times. Daugherty also picked up five heat wins.

With a number of different Modified drivers being very close to finding themselves in victory lane, it adds even more excitement for what is in store for the 2014 season. The Insinger Performance 370 Modified’s gets the first two weeks off of the 2014 season at the Woodhull Raceway. Their season debut is Saturday, April 26th, presented by Mt. Dew with gates opening at 4:30, and racing at 6:30.

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Practice Session Cancelled

Mercer, PA (March 20, 2014):  The practice session scheduled for Saturday, March 22, at Mercer Raceway Park has been cancelled.  Racing action will start on Saturday evening, March 29, with the Chiller Thriller featuring the NDRL Northeast Regional Late Model Series, the NDRL Modifieds, Crate Late Models (no sanction), and Open Stock Cars.

Gates will open at 4 p.m, hot laps will start at 6:30, and racing at 7.

Ticket prices will be $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $7 for students, and children (8 and under) are free.  The Family Pass (two adults and up to four minors of any age) is $35,  Pit passes are also $35.

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES HARD CHARGER AWARDS FOR MODIFIEDS AND SPORTMAN DIVISIONS

MINERSVILLE, PA - March 18th, 2014

GME Manufacturing LLC from New Ringold, PA, one of the top performance steering builders & rebuilders in the nation, has come on board as the weekly "Hard Charger Award" sponsor for the Modified and Sportsman divisions at Big Diamond Speedway.

Each week they race, the Modified and Sportsman Hard Charger Award winners will receive a $25 gift certificate for use off a rebuild of a steering gear (any brand).

Additionally, GME Manufacturing will award a $100 gift certicate for the Modified and Sportsman Coal Cracker Hard Charger for use off a rebuild or new GME gear.  They will also award a $100 gift certificate to the Rookie of the Year in the Modified and Sportsman divisions for use off a rebuild or new GME gear.

GME Manufacturing builds, rebuilds and repairs all types and brands of steering system gears, pumps & racks. They can build any steering combination that you need.  Their easy checklist ordering system gives you the variation that suits your driver/race car. GME Manufacturing has the highest commitment to excellence in the performance steering industry. Their products are made only with the finest materials and their service goes the extra mile to assure quality, reliability & convenience for your team.

We are happy to welcome aboard GME Manufacturing as a sponsor of Big Diamond Speedway.  GME Manufacturing, along with Hard Luck Award sponsors Red, White, and Blue Autos Inc. and Kim's Kreations give the racers just a few more reasons to make Big Diamond Speedway their Friday night home for racing.

This Sunday, March 23rd, 2014, is a test and tune session for any car with a roll cage.  Gates open at 12 noon, with cars set to hit the track at 2 PM.  Grandstand admission is free.  Pit participation fees are $25.00 per person.  The concession stands will be open serving food and drink for your enjoyment.

Then on Sunday, March 30th, 2014, it's the day we've all been waiting for.  Opening day 2014!  Gates open at 12 noon, warm-ups are at 2:30 PM, and the first heat hits the track at 3 PM.  Opening day will feature the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Modifieds going 30 laps for $3,000 to win and $300 to take the green.   Also on the card will be the U.S.S Achey Sportsman going 20 laps for $1,000 to win and the Savage 61 Roadrunners going 20 laps for $300 to win.  A great field of cars is expected, with 2 time defending track champion Craig Von Dohren, Frank Cozze, Stewart Friesen, Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Kevin Albert Jr., Dale Hartz, and many more expected to be in attendance looking to take home the top prize.  Grandstand admission for opening day will be $20.00 for adults, $18.00 for seniors, active military, and students ages 13 to 17 (all with ID).  Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees are $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members.  remember, bring your wrist band from the last race of the 2013 season and receive $2.00 your grandstand admission.  Mark it on your calendar now, you won't want to miss it.

Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/bigdiamondspeedway for all the up to date information you need.

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GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY NOW HAS AN OFFICIAL CHAPLAIN, FREE-TO-THE-PUBLIC PRACTICE STILL ON THE SCHEDULE FOR MARCH 29TH

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 13, 2014 . . . A little prayer just may help as Grandview Speedway continues to move toward their popular Free-to-the-Public practice session set for Saturday, March 29th at noon.

Weather conditions have created havoc for auto racing events scheduled at area speedways so far this season but management at the Bechtelsville racing facility still hopes to be able to present the practice session. It gives racers the opportunity to test and tune their new equipment before the season opens officially on Saturday, April 5, 7 p.m.

New to Grandview Speedway this season will be Pastor Don Kerns. The Boyertown, PA resident will serve as the track chaplain and that is a first for the Berks County clay oval.

Pastor Kerns is a longtime fan of motorsports and has over the years been involved in the sport as a Stoudt Auto Sales Corvette pace car driver at Grandview and other area tracks. He is a graduate of Lancaster, PA Bible College and he has served as pastor of Calvary Evangelical Congregational Church in Birdsboro, PA. He is a licensed pastor by the ECC denomination. He is married, wife Karen, and they have two children, Eric and Lauren.  Don is also employed by Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown delivering parts.

A complete schedule of events planned for the 2014 season at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

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Start of Pen Centre Race Car Show means countdown to Merrittville’s 63rd Season shifting into high gear

March 10, 2014 THOROLD, ONTARIO –  With more than 1 million square feet of shopping fun – the Pen Centre is starting to make a splash with spring’s hottest colors at the Pen Centre.

The common areas of Niagara’s largest shopping destination will make a splash with spring and summer’s hottest colors from March 17th to 23rd when Race Cars from Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisions and Tuesday Night Karts are on display in preparation for the 2014 Season.

“We’ve turned the clocks ahead … the first day of spring is just ahead and on St. Patrick’s Day - there’s no better way to get racing season one step closer to going GREEN with our week at the Pen Centre,” relays (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “the opportunity to put a schedule into a shopper’s hand … to have a chance to talk with shoppers and have them see the race cars up close and meet the drivers personally is very important to us.”

Set to join the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds are veterans Mat Williamson, (who is raced his Big Block Modified in the DIRTcar Nationals in Florida last month), Scott Wood, Tyler McPherson and Fred Carleton.

The Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division will feature the car of two-time Champion Cody McPherson in addition to 2013 Mr. DIRTcar Champion Brad Rouse, BJ Willard, Austin Wood and 2014 Rookie Ryan Turner.

Just ahead of his second season in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites are to be represented by 4th generation driver Dylan Davidson.

The Hoosier Stock Division will be represented by defending Champion Kevin Knapp.

Trevor Wright and Austyn Werstroh will be representing the Tuesday Night Racers in the Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series.

Merrittville Speedway’s Race Car Show at the Pen Centre will run from Monday March 17th to Sunday March 23rd during Mall Hours.

The Pen Centre’s180 stores and services include the most popular national stores and brands like Target, Aeropostale, American Eagle, the Bay, H&M, HomeSense, Old Navy, Sears, SportChek and Winners!

The Pen Centre’s $13-million renovation reflects Niagara’s unique culture with bright new corridors … an exciting new food court … comfortable soft seating and contemporary new colors will give shoppers a brighter, fresher experience.

The Pen Centre is located at HWY 406 and Glendale Avenue in St. Catharines and Store Hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:30 to 6:00 and on Sundays from Noon to 6 PM. For further information visit www.thepencentre.com.

Once the Pen Centre Race Car Show closes  – all sights will be set on Saturday April 26th’s Spring Sizzler and the rest of the 2014 Season.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 63rd Consecutive Season in 2014 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

To reach Merrittville Speedway during the off season – call the Winter Office at 905-685-7223 or via e mail – ebicknell@cogeco,net.

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STRUNK, VONDOHREN AND HOWARD HAVE RULED THE NASCAR MODIFIEDS AT GRANDVIEW SINCE 2000, WILL THINGS CHANGE IN 2014?

BECHTELVILLE, PA March 6, 2014 . . . Will there be someone else’s name on the NASCAR 358 Modified championship trophy at Grandview Speedway when the 2014 season is over? That is a great question.

 Since 2000 when Jeff Strunk won his first track title at Grandview there has been three drivers dominate the NASCAR 358 Modified championship battles. Strunk has won nine titles since then with his last coming in 2011. Craig VonDohren has won three titles during that same period and has won seven since 1988. He is the defending champion. And Duane Howard won in 2010 and 2012. Howard also won the title in 1993, 1996 and 1997 giving him a total of five track titles.

The “big three” have accounted for a total of 21 championships between them.

All three will be back in action when the 2014 season officially gets the green flag on Saturday, April 5th at 7 p.m.


However the “big three” will have plenty of racers showing up with big plans. Doug Manmiller, always a strong campaigner, will be looking for his first Grandview title as will Kyle Weiss, Mike Gular, Kevin Hirthler, veteran Frank Cozze, young Tim Buckwalter, and others.

The last driver to win a NASCAR 358 Modified title before the “big three” started their streak was Terry Meitzler. That was back in 1999. Meitzler, a feature winner in 2013, will be looking to challenge for the championship again.

Officially action gets underway on Saturday, March 29th at 12 noon with a free-to the-public practice session giving all racers a chance to test and tune their new equipment.

The point battles for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman gets started on Saturday, April 5th with a tripleheader show starting at 7 p.m. As in the past adult admission for the regular show will be $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted FREE.

Season tickets still remain available for $350 and that season ticket will cover a reserved seat for all Saturday night racing events starting in April and continuing through September. Mail a check payable to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505 and please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to speed the mailing of the pass.

Those having purchased season tickets are invited to the track on Saturday, March 15th at 1 p.m. to pick their reserved seat for the season.

Modified, Sportsman and Late Model racers are reminded that BGP stamped tires will be permitted until Memorial Day weekend. After that date only tires with the GVIEW stamp on them will be allowed for use. “This gives racers ample time to use up any tires they may presently have,” said promoter Bruce Rogers.

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY CAR SHOW POSTPONED DUE TO IMPENDING WEATHER - NEW DATES ANNOUNCED

MINERSVILLE, PA - March 1st, 2014

Due to the impending snow storm scheduled to arrive in our area on Sunday, the management of Big Diamond Speedway along with the management of the Fairlane Village Mall have made the decision to move the car show to one week later. We do not want to put anyone at risk trying to get their vehicle to the show when road conditions may be treacherous. We hate to move the show, but believe it is in the best interest of everyone involved.

The new move in date for cars will be Saturday, March 8th at 9:00 PM. The new move out date will be Friday, March 14th at 9:00 PM. The drivers interviews and tire changing contest will now be Friday, March 14th beginning at 7:00 PM. Also available that evening for purchase will be Big Diamond Speedway season passes, pit licenses and the brand new 2014 Big Diamond Speedway t-shirts.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the show on these new dates listed. Looking forward to kicking off what is sure to be a fantastic 2014 race season.

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THE SNOW WILL DISAPPEAR AND THE RACING SEASON WILL OPEN ON MARCH 29TH AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA February 27, 2014 . . . Raise your hand if you think the snow should be gone. Auto racing fans throughout the area are anxious to see the snow disappear and racing get the green flag. The Rogers family, operators of Grandview Speedway, are looking forward to snow being gone and work starting on the one-third-mile, banked clay track to get it ready for the free-to-the-public practice session set for Saturday, March 29th starting at noon.

On that day all divisions of racing are invited to participate in the afternoon practice session that will give fans a chance to see what the race teams will have ready for the 2014 season and the racers will have the chance to test and tune their equipment so it is ready for the official season opener.

And the season opener at Grandview Speedway will be a tripleheader show featuring the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman with a 7 p.m. starting time on Saturday, April 5. Again this season TP Trailers of Limerick, PA will be paying bonuses to the feature winners in each division provided they are displaying the TP decals clearly visible.

On Sunday, April 6th, 1 p.m. the Enduro racers will be in action with one of their exciting action packed events.

Then on Saturday, April 12th, fans will be treated to a double feature program of NASCAR 358 Modifieds along with racing for the Late Models and Sportsman. The Modifieds will participate in two 20-lap feature races.

The first of the special TSRS 305 Sprints and ARDC Midgets doubleheader shows will take place on Sunday, May 4th. The Open Wheel Spectacular will have a 7:30 p.m. starting time. The Open Wheel doubleheaders will be presented four times during the season.

The 2014 season looks to be one of the busiest ever presented at the Bechtelsville oval.

Season tickets that cover all Saturday night events, April through September, are available for $350 and include a reserved seat. Send a check payable to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505 and please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to speed the return of the season pass.

Season ticket holders are invited to the speedway on Saturday, March 16th at 1 p.m. to pick out their season for the season.

Adult admission for weekly regular Saturday night events will be $15 while youngsters 12 and under will be admitted FREE.

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Merrittville Speedway hosting March 1st opportunity for Race Teams to get 2014 Driver VIP and Season Passes ahead of deadline

February 11, 2014 THOROLD, ONTARIO – If you have been enjoying watching the Olympics from balmy Sochi Russia where it has been in the 60’s this week … in just a little more than 2 months – you can look forward to similar weather when Seaway Mall presents the annual Spring Sizzler as a kick-off to Merrittville Speedway’s 63rd consecutive season.

With some of our J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites already in action during  the TUSA Modified Lite Winternationals at the East Bay Raceway Park and the DIRTcar Nationals about to kick off at the Volusia Speedway Park in Florida means that for Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Race Teams – time is running out to save and take advantage of preseason special pricing with the deadline a little more than 2 weeks away.

“March 1st is the deadline we set and conveniently it falls on a Saturday this year,” reminds (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “our Winter Office will be open for those still needing to get their Driver VIP Passes … Season Passes and Memberships”

Merrittville Speedway’s Winter Office, located at Bicknell Racing Products will be open from 9 AM to 12 Noon Saturday March 1st for those unable to visit during regular business hours leading up to the deadline..

Drivers from 2013 that attained 75% Attendance with their Driver VIP Pass certificates have until March 1st to take advantage of the special offer they received at the Banquet.

Returning drivers from the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Division can purchase their Driver VIP Passes for $ 225.00 – a savings of $ 150.00 based on season pass pricing. For the Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites, Rick’s Delivery Sportsman and Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Divisions – 2014 Driver VIP Passes are $ 275.00 – a $ 100.000 savings.

Drivers, Crew Members and Car Owners can purchase Merrittville Pit Season Passes until March 1st for $375.00. After March 1st they are still available but at the $400.00 Rate.

While Merrittville Memberships are included in both Driver VIP and Season Pit Passes, another option is a 2014 Membership at $75.00 which saves the member on weekly Pit Admission fees. DIRTcar Memberships Forms will also be available.

For 2014, Pit Pricing will be as follows - Merrittville Members … $20.00, DIRTCar Members … $25.00 and for Non Members … $30.00 at each weekly event. Pricing may vary on Special Events.

Drivers in all 5 Divisions must be current Merrittville members to receive points and to be eligible for any 2014 Point Fund monies and Awards.

Merrittville Speedway’s Winter Office is open Monday to Friday from 9 to 5 in addition to the Saturday March 1st additional hours. Bicknell Racing Products is located at 117 Cushman Road in St. Catharines Ontario.

To reach Merrittville Speedway during the off season – call the Winter Office at 905-685-7223 or via e mail – ebicknell@cogeco,net.

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 63rd Consecutive Season in 2014 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY PURSE INCENTIVES ANNOUNCED

MINERSVILLE, PA - January 29th, 2014

Already one of the highest paying Modified tracks in the nation, Big Diamond Speedway has recently announced some purse incentive for all divisions that give the racers one more reason to attend every Friday evenings. Should the Modified field have 33 cars or more attempting to qualify for a regular 25 lap feature, the purse will be raised to $3,200 to win and $275 to take the green. There is exciting news for the other divisions too, as it was recently announced that should the field of cars for any of the other three classes reach 33 cars for a regular show, they too will get a boost in pay. The Late Models will get $1,200 to win and $150 to take the green, the Sportsman will get $1,000 to win and $125 to take the green, and the Roadrunners will get $400 to win and $40 to take the green. This is only in affect for their regular 20 lap feature events when cars counts are 33 cars or more. Otherwise, standard purse payouts will apply.

Only a few weeks away is the annual Big Diamond Speedway car show at the Fairlane Village Mall in Pottsville.  The show runs Sunday March 2nd thru Saturday, March 8th.  Forms will be posted on the website soon, or email Tim Long at pengwin1@ptd.net to have the entry and insurance forms emailed directly to you.

Opening day is set for Sunday, March 30th, featuring the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic DIRT 358 Modifieds going 30 laps for $3,000 to win and $300 to take the green.  Also on the card will be the U.S.S. Achey Sportsman going 20 laps for $1,000 to win and the Savage 61 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Roadrunners going 20 laps for $300 to win.

The following week will be the 2nd annual Money in the Mountains big block/small block challenge for the Modifieds going 40 laps for $7,500 to win and $500 to take the green.  Also on the card will be the seasons first appearance of the Jeremy Slifko Fabrication Services Late Models, along with the Savage 61 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Roadrunners, both going 20 laps in their feature events.  Rain date for this event is Sunday, April 6th.

Two contingency awards have been announced for the Money in the Mountains race that will benefit two race teams that fail to qualify for the main event.  The 2nd annual "Fans of Big Diamond/Dog Pound" Hard Luck Award is going to pay a minimum of $240 to a team chosen by track management as the hard luck driver of the evening.  Meme Desantis, last years winner of this award, took home over $700.  Donations are still being collected, so no one quite knows what this years final amount will be.  New this year will be the "Long" Haul Award.  The driver who tows the furthest and fails to qualify for the main event will take home a minimum of $125.  Donations are still being collected for this award too, so the final amount is yet to be determined.  Just two more reasons for teams to attend the 2nd annual Money in the Mountains event.

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Big Diamond Speedway Rules & Tire Questions Addressed

MINERSVILLE, PA - January 28th, 2014

Questions have been abound on numerous media outlets in regards to DIRTcar rules and American Racer tire usage at Big Diamond Speedway during the 2014 season.  Track management has released the following details for each division to hopefully clarify some of those questions:

Modifieds - Any teams that want to use up their BGP tires can do so on the following events in 2014:

 1. Season Opener (3/30/14)
 2. Money in the Mountains (4/4/14)
 3. Georgie Stevenson Memorial (7/4/14)
 4. Prelude to the Coalcracker (8/15/14)
 5. Jack Rich Memorial Coalcracker 72 (8/31/14)

Those 5 events will not be DIRTcar sanctioned thus Hoosier tires will not be mandatory.

D.I.R.T. stamped Hoosiers will be the mandatory tire for all other races. D300-400-500.

Only the Modified drivers need to purchase a DIRTcar license. They are $125 and can be purchased through the speedway at the annual car show or up until opening day.

All car owners and crew members can purchase the $90 Big Diamond pit license. Pit fees will be $30 for Big Diamond and DIRTcar members and $40 for non members.

Our 2014 rules will be the same as the 2013 rules. Some changes we will be made as we move forward.

You still have the option to run gas or alcohol. However, VP fuels will be the fuel that needs to be used.

Our engine sealing program will continue the same way. Please call Jim at 570-640-4171.

Any other questions please call 570-527-3168.


Sportsman - Any teams wishing to use up their BGP tires can do so on the following events in 2014:

 1. Season Opener (3/30/14)
 2. Andy Fayash Memorial (6/13/14)
 3. Sportsman Coalcracker 40 (8/29/14)

D.I.R.T. stamped Hoosiers will be the mandatory tire for all other races. D300-400-500.

The 2014 rules will almost be the same as 2013. The following changes are as follows:

 1. Aluminum wheels are allowed (2425lbs)
 2. Sail panels are allowed
 3. GM 602 Crate engines are allowed (2350lbs)
 4. Steel wheels are allowed (2350lbs)

Sportsman are not DIRTcar sanctioned.

A Big Diamond pit license for Sportsman drivers and crew will be $45. Pit fees will be $30 for members and $40 for non members.

Engine sealing program will still be in place. Call Jim at 570-640-4171

Any other questions please call 570-527-3168.

Roadrunners - Any teams wishing to use up their American Racers tires can do so on the following races:

 1. Season Opener (3/30/14)
 2. Money in the Mountains (4/4/14)

The Hoosier G60-15 SH tire will be mandatory at all other races.

2014 rules will almost be the same as 2013. The following changes are as follows:

 1. Exhaust cannot be larger than 2 1/2" O.D.

A Big Diamond pit license for Roadrunner drivers and crew will be $90. Pit fees will be $30 for members and $40 for non members.

Engine sealing program will still be in place. Call Jim 570-640-4171.

Roadrunners are not DIRTcar sanctioned.

Late Model Rules:

 1. Any 11" Hoosier tire (approximately $145) can be used D1200 or harder.
 2. Open carb for any rule package.
 3. Williams Grove, Susquehanna, and Grandview cars must weigh 2,350 lbs.
 4. Steel Block Bandit cars must weigh 2,450 lbs.

American Racer tires can be used for the opener (3/30/14) and Late Model Coalcracker 40 (8/29/14).

No mixing and matching of rules. Pick one of the following rule packages and follow it:

Grandview
Susquehanna
Williams Grove

A Big Diamond pit license for Late Model drivers and crew and will be $45. Pit fees will be $30 for members and $40 for non members.

Late Models are not DIRTcar sanctioned.

Modified, Sportsman, and Roadrunner tires can be purchased through the speedway by calling 570-527-3168.

Don't forget to order your Big Diamond Speedway banquet tickets now before it's too late.  The banquet is Saturday, February 8th at the Pottsville Zone in Pottsville, PA beginning at 5 PM.  Order forms are available on the website at www.bigdspeedway.com

Also right around the corner is the annual Big Diamond Speedway car show at the Fairlane Village Mall in Pottsville.  The show runs Sunday March 2nd thru Saturday, March 8th.  Forms will be posted on the website soon, or email Tim Long at pengwin1@ptd.net to have the entry and insurance forms emailed directly to you.

Opening day is set for Sunday, March 30th, featuring the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic DIRT 358 Modifieds going 30 laps for $3,000 to win and $300 to take the green..  Also on the card will be the U.S.S. Achey Sportsman going 20 laps for $1,000 to win and the Savage 61 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Roadrunners going 20 laps for $300 to win.

The following week will be the 2nd annual Money in the Mountains big block/small block challenge for the Modifieds going 40 laps for $7,500 to win and $500 to take the green.  Also on the card will be the seasons first appearance of the Jeremy Slifko Fabrication Services Late Models, along with the Savage 61 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Roadrunners, both going 20 laps in their feature events.  Rain date for this event is Sunday, April 6th.

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Seaway Mall Spring Sizzler at Merrittville opens 2014 Season in just 14 Saturdays – Patriot Sprint Tour joining 358 Modifieds and Sportsman

January 23, 2014 THOROLD, ONTARIO – With another drop in temperature and a rise in snow banks upon us - Merrittville Speedway’s Race Fans and Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Teams have to wait just a short 14 more Saturdays for April 26th’s Seaway Mall Spring Sizzler and the start of the Thorold DIRTcar sanctioned facility’s 2014 Season.

Saturday April 26th … See it … Smell it and make your WAY to the Seaway Mall Spring Sizzler featuring the Patriot Sprint Tour … the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds and the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman.

Pit Gates open at 3 PM with the Great Clips Grandstand Ticket Office opening for the first time of the Season at 5:30. Showtime is at 7 PM.

“The Seaway Mall offers the region an unparalleled shopping experience,” reveals (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “and for race fans … April 26th is sure to be an unparalleled racing experience … through the Sprint Cars … to the Modifieds and Sportsman – each race team will be looking to kick off their seasons with exciting action!”

“Until the Spring Sizzler and before that our Annual Race Car Show,” reveals Seaway Mall’s Mike Belcastro, “race fans and teams alike looking to avoid the winter blues can check out our annual Winter Sidewalk Sale until this Sunday to grab some post Holiday Deals.”

With the Winter Sidewalk Sale closing the month of January it won’t be long until the Spring Sizzler picks up speed when race cars from all 5 Divisions go on display the first week of April (March 31st to April 5th) at the Seaway Mall including  the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds, Rick’s Delivery Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders.

Seaway Mall is one of Niagara’s top shopping destinations since the day it opened in 1975. With over 120 shops and services, Seaway Mall offers the region an unparalleled shopping experience with a strong emphasis on community involvement. Located in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula, Seaway Mall is anchored by Target, Sears, Zellers, Winners, Shoppers Drug Mart and a 7 screen Cineplex Odeon.

The Seaway Mall is located at 800 Niagara Street North in Welland or on line at http://www.seawaymall.com/index.html

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE FILLED WITH BIG MONEY RACES

MINERSVILLE, PA - January 20th, 2014

Take one quick look at the 2014 Big Diamond Speedway schedule, and much like the race of the same name, you will see that there really is "Money in the Mountains".

Second year track owners Jake and Jasmine Smulley have put together what is sure to be the most aggressive and rewarding schedule in the 40 plus years of the historic speedway.  Highlights of the season include the following races:

Sunday 3-30-14 - SEASON OPENER! Just like every other season, opening day means extra money is on the line.  The 358 Modifieds go 30 laps for $3,000 to win and $300 to take the green. The Sportsman cars go 20 Laps for $1,000 to win and the Roadrunners go 20 Laps for $300 to win.

Friday 4-4-14 - 2nd Annual MONEY IN THE MOUNTAINS! A huge success last season, the 40 lap Big Block/Small Block challenge race returns to the schedule paying $7,500 to win and $500 to take the green. The Late Models and Roadrunners are also on the card. This race carries a rain date of Sunday 4-6-14.

Friday 6-13-14 - 2nd Annual ANDY FAYASH MEMORIAL for Sportsman! This race, run in memory of one of the most popular competitors in the history of the Speedway, goes 30 laps for the Sportsman cars paying $3000 to win and $157 to take the green. DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and the XCEL 600 Modifieds are also on tap, but this night is truly for the Sportsman racers to shine.

Tuesday 6-24-14 - THE DIAMOND SHINES 40 WORLD OF OUTLAWS LATE MODEL SERIES! The first appearance of the World of Outlaw Late Models since June 24th, 2009 pays $8,000 to win and $600 to take the green. Roadrunners are also a part of this awesome evening of racing.
 
Friday 7-4-14 - 34TH GEORGIE STEVENSON MEMORIAL! Always a "must attend" event, the 34th running of this race run in memory of young Georgie Stevenson sees the 358 Modifieds going 34 laps for $3400 to win and $340 to take the green. Sportsman, Roadrunners, and XCEL 600 Modifieds also are part of the evenings festivities. This race carries a rain date of Friday, July 11th.
 
Tuesday 7-15-14 - BIG BLOCK BRAWL! The DIRTcar Big Blocks Modifieds make their return for the first time since 2009!  The race will be 75 laps for $6,000 to win.  Roadrunners and FIREWORKS round out the evening!
 
Friday 8-15-14 - 2nd Annual PRELUDE TO THE COALCRACKER! Run for the first time ever last season, this event sees the 358 Modifieds go 30 laps for an insane $4,000 to win and $400 to take the green. Late Models and Roadrunners join the Modifieds. This event has a rain date of Friday, August 22nd.

Friday 8-29-14 - The LATE MODEL COALCRACKER 40 paying $1,600 to win and $150 to take green (If over 26 cars) along with the SPORTSMAN COALCRACKER 40 paying $1,600 to win and $150 to take green (If over 26 cars).  The Roadrunners also see action on this night, when our other divisions take center stage.  Sure to be a great night of racing.

Sunday 8-31-14 - THE JACK RICH MEMORIAL COALCRACKER 72! The premier event at Big Diamond Speedway sees the 358 Modifeds going 72 Laps for  $10,000 to win and $700 just to take the green.  You read that correctly, $700 to take the green, the largest amount ever paid for last place in the history of the track.  The Roadrunners also shine on this night, going 25 laps in their Coalcracker event.  FIREWORKS! are also presented during the evenings events.  This race carries a rain date of Monday, September 1st.

Other special dates include Friday April 25th, when the URC SPRINT CARS make their only appearance of the season joined by the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and Roadrunners.  On Friday, May 9th, the SUPER SPORTSMAN make their return for the first time in many years, with the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Roadrunners also in action.  Friday, June 6th sees the Roadrunner division competing in the fan favorite "Crazy 8" races.  Four eight lap feature events for the Roadrunners highlight the evening, along with the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and Late Models.  Friday August 8th sees the 2nd annual FANdemonium! event.  This night offers FREE GRANDSTAND ADMISSION to everyone in attendance! DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Roadrunners, and XCEL 600 Modifieds make up this unprecedented event.

Lastly, should the races listed above not be exciting enough, the racers have one more reason to attend Big Diamond Speedway on Friday evenings.  Should the Modified field have 33 cars or more attempting to qualify for a regular 25 lap feature, the purse will be raised to $3,200 to win and $275 to take the green.  There is exciting news for the other divisions too, as it was recently announced that should the field of cars for any of the other three classes reach 33 cars for a regular show, they too will get a boost in pay. The Late Models will get $1,200 to win and $150 to take the green, the Sportsman will get $1,000 to win and $125 to take the green, and the Roadrunners will get $400 to win and $40 to take the green. This is only in affect for their regular 20 lap feature events when cars counts are 33 cars or more. Otherwise, standard purse payouts will apply.

It's all shaping up to be a season to remember for fans and competitors alike at Big Diamond Speedway.

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Tri-Track Series Set to Launch in 2014 at Humberstone, Merrittville and Ransomville Speedways

RANSOMVILLE, NY/THOROLD, PORT COLBORNE, ONT…Three of the Niagara Regions dirt tracks are coming together to create the Tri-Track Series in 2014. These local tracks include the New Humberstone Speedway located in Port Colborne, Ontario, Merrittville Speedway located in Thorold, Ontario and the Ransomville Speedway located in Ransomville, NY.

The Series will be featuring both the 358 DIRTcar Modifieds and the DIRTcar Sportsman. Each of the tracks will host at least two 358 Modified and two Sportsman races as part of the 12-race series. “We are very excited to be working alongside both Clinton Jeffery and the staff at Humberstone and Erica Bicknell-Jones and all the staff at Merrittville to bring together this series” stated Tana Robinson, PR and Marketing Director for Ransomville Speedway.

The Tri-Track Series is looking for a potential sponsor to the series. Each track will provide up to 12 VIP Suite tickets for your event. In addition to event advertisement at all three speedways, the potential sponsor will receive name and or logo mentions in pre and post race press releases as well as name and or logo mentions via all three tracks social media outlets. Also, the potential sponsor has the ability to set up a display at each event and the ability to prevent each winning driver a winners plaque with the company name and or logo on it. To take advantage of this opportunity, feel free to email Clinton@humberstonespeedway.com; ebicknell@cogeco.net and raceransomville@aol.com

About Each Track in the Series:
Ransomville Speedway is located on Braley Road, off NYS Route 93 in the Niagara County hamlet of Ransomville, just fifteen minutes from both Lockport and Niagara Falls. Set for their 57th season of operation, “The Big R” races on Friday nights and features 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Novice Sportsman, Street Stocks,  and 4 Cylinders. For more information on Ransomville, log on to ransomvillespeedway.com or follow the track on Twitter @Ransomville and like the speedway on Facebook. You can also call the speedway at 716-791-3602 or 716-791-3611. 

Merrittville Speedway: Merrittville Speedway is located on Merrittville Highway in Thorold, Ontario, just minutes away from St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. Merrittville is opening up the gates for the 63rd consecutive season in 2014. Racing on Saturday nights, Merrittville features the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, 4 Cylinders and Mod Lites. For more information on Merrittville, log on to merrittvillespeedway.com or follow the track on both Facebook and Twitter @Merrittville. You can contact the speedway at their winter office, located at Bicknell Racing Products at 905-685-7223 (RACE).

Humberstone Speedway: The New Humberstone Speedway is the Niagara Region’s Sunday race place and is located just two miles East of Port Colborne on Highway 3, just 17 miles west of the US/Canadian Border at the Peace Bridge (Buffalo/Fort Erie). Set to open for their 55th season of operation in 2014, Humberstone features Sportsman, Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Pro 4 Trucks. For more information, please visit us on the World Wide Web at www.humberstonespeedway.com as well as follow us on Twitter @NewHumberstone and like the track on Facebook. You can also call the track at 905-834-4002 or at the offices, located at Cosco Haulage at (905) 935-2886.

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New Egypt Speedway Announces “Sweet 16” Redraw Sponsored By Modell’s Sporting Goods For March Madness Meltdown

New Egypt, NJ--  With racing set to begin in 52 days at New Egypt Speedway, the March Madness Meltdown on Saturday, March 1st, just got a little bit sweeter. For both the Modified and Sportsman division there will be a “Sweet 16” redraw sponsored by Modell’s Sporting Goods Stores.

No matter the amount of heats, the redraw for both divisions will be a set 16 drivers. If there are 3 heats, the top 5 qualifiers will redraw. The remaining qualifiers will be put into a fan draw where the remaining 16th redraw position will be pulled. If there are 4 heats, the top 4 qualifiers will redraw. If there are 5 heats, the top 3 qualifiers will redraw. The remaining qualifiers will be put into a fan draw where the remaining 16th redraw position will be pulled.

The “Sweet 16” redraw will take place in front of the grandstands during the brief intermission between heats and features. With the help of sponsor Modell’s Sporting Goods, drivers will be picking basketballs with envelops attached to determine their redraw position. The drivers will then sign the basketballs and give them to a nearby young fan or toss them into the crowd.

This is just one of the many giveaways and specials the Speedway has planned for both the fans and drivers during our season opening March Madness Meltdown event. As more information becomes available it will be released and posted to the Speedway’s website.

Modell's Sporting Goods is America's oldest, family-owned and operated retailer of sporting goods, athletic footwear, active apparel and fan gear, committed to providing a convenient and compelling shopping experience for the athlete and fan in all of us. Modell's Sporting Goods operates stores throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Visit their nearest location to the Speedway in the Hamilton Marketplace on Route 130 in Hamilton, NJ.

For more information on our March Madness Meltdown event, visit our website www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway

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GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES BUSY RACING SCHEDULE FOR 2014

BECHTELSVILLE, PA January 3, 2014 . . . One of the busiest schedules of racing events in a number of years has been announced for NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway. The one-third-mile, banked clay track, considered one of the most successful weekly short tracks in the nation, will offer more than 40 auto racing events during the 2014 season. The 2014 season will mark the 52nd anniversary season of stock car racing at the Berks County auto racing facility.

Action will kick off with the traditional free-to-the-public practice session, open to all forms of competition, set for Saturday, March 29th at noon. This is also the opportunity for 2014 season pass holders to choose their reserved seat for the new season.

Officially racing action will get the green flag on Saturday, April 5, 7 p.m. with an exciting tripleheader show of NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman racing being offered. These will be the first point events of the season.

The first of nine scheduled Enduro events will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 6th.

NASCAR 358 Modifieds will be featured in the first special event of the season when they complete in twin 20-lap features on Saturday, April 12th at 7 p.m. The Late Models and Sportsman will run in their regular 25 lap features. Qualifying events will be presented for all divisions.

The first of four Open Wheel Spectaculars will be presented on Sunday, May 4th, 7:30 p.m. and will feature the TSRS 305 sprints along with the American Racing Drivers Club wingless midgets.

Seven features will make up the Sunday, May 25th Thunder on the Hill Racing Series season opener. Included in the action packed show will be two URC sprint car features, two 358 modified features along with feature races for the ARDC midgets, sportsman and legends cars. This event will have a 7:30 p.m. starting time. This is the first of five Thunder on the Hill events that are co-promoted by Bob Miller and Bruce Rogers.

The first of two huge events for the 358 modifieds happens on Saturday, August 9th when the annual Forrest Rogers Memorial 50-lap Classic is presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings. The Late Models and Sportsman will also be part of the night of stock car racing action.

The Late Models will be featured in their annual Firecracker 40 on July 5th along with a great Fireworks show. Modifieds and Sportsman will also be part of the special night.

And on Saturday, September 13th the 44th annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic, paying $25,000 to win, will take place. For the first time there will be racing action the night before, Friday, September 12, when Race of Champions Sportsman and ARDC midgets will be featured.

Season passes, that include admission to all Saturday night racing events, April through September, are available for just $350. They may be purchased at the March 29th practice day or by sending a check in the amount of $350 payable to Grandview Speedway to 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to help hasten the return of your ready to use season passes.

Check out www.grandviewspeedway.com to see the full 2014 schedule.

Information on racing at Grandview Speedway, operated by Bruce Rogers and family, can be had by telephoning 610.754.7688.

Businesses wishing to benefit through marketing opportunities at Grandview Speedway and reap huge rewards can get complete information on sponsor nights, billboards and track magazine advertising by telephoning Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. at 215.752.7797 or email Esaxton144@aol.com.          

Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA.

GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY 2014 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, March 29 FREE to the Public Practice Session. 12 Noon

Saturday, April 5 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7 PM

Sunday, April 6 Enduro 1 PM

Saturday, April 12 Modifieds Twin 20’s, Sportsman & Late Models 25 laps 7 PM

Saturday, April 19 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7 PM

Saturday, April 26 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7 PM

Sunday, April 27 Enduro 1 PM

Starting time for Saturday NASCAR events and Thunder events will now be 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 3 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models

Sunday, May 4 ARDC & TSRS Sprints Open Wheel Spectacular

Saturday, May 10 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models, Blast From The Past Vintage Club

Saturday, May 17 Modifieds, Sportsman, & Late Models

Sunday, May 18 Enduro 1 PM

Saturday, May 24 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models

Sunday, May 25 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES - Grandview Thunder 7-25’s Features Only 7-25’s
Modifieds (2), URC Sprints (2) ARDC Midgets, Sportsman, Legends Rain Date Monday, May 26 6 PM

Saturday, May 31 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models

Tuesday, June 3 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
Jesse Hockett Classic- USAC National Wingless Sprint Tour & ARDC Wingless Midgets

Saturday, June 7- TP Trailers Night - Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman

Sunday, June 8 Enduro 1 PM

Saturday, June 14 Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman, Blast From The Past Vintage Club

Saturday, June 21 Modifieds, URC Sprints

Sunday, June 22 ARDC & TSRS Sprints Open Wheel Spectacular

Saturday, June 28- Bashore Trucking-BFP Speciality Night Modifieds, Sportsman (40 Laps) & Late Models

Tuesday, July 1 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series 410 Sprints & ROC Modifieds, Pioneer Pole Buildings

Saturday, July 5 Modifieds, Firecracker 40 for Late Models & Sportsman Plus Fireworks!

Saturday, July 12 – WNPV Radio Night (tentative) - Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models, Blast From The Past Vintage Club

Saturday, July 19- Hatfield Quality Meats Night - Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models

Sunday, July 20 Enduro 12 Noon & ARDC & TSRS Sprints 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 26- Pepsi-Bashore Modified Challenge Night - Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models

Tuesday, July 29 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
Pioneer Pole Buildings 17th Annual TRAFFIC JAM ROC Modifieds & 410 Sprints

Saturday, August 2 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models, Blast From The Past Vintage Club

Saturday, August 9 Forrest Rogers Memorial for Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models PPB Night

Sunday, August 10 Enduro 1 PM

Saturday, August 16 Modfieds, Sportsman & Late Models (Forrest Rogers Rain Date)

Saturday, August 23 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models

Sunday, August 24 Enduro 1 PM

Saturday, August 30 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models

Sunday, August 31 ARDC & TSRS Sprints Open Wheel Spectacular

Saturday, September 6- Green Lane Wm Penn-Four Star Lettering Night - Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models

Sunday, September 7 Enduro 1 PM

Friday, September 12 ROC Sportsman & ARDC Midgets

Saturday, September 13 44th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic- $25,000 to win + Cash Dash 7 PM starting time

Saturday, September 20 Freedom 76 Rain Date 7 PM

Saturday, October 11 Enduro 6 PM Chargin Charlie Eckert Memorial 200 laps plus Blast from the Past Vintage Races.

Saturday, October 18 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
Halloween Party 6 PM 358 Modifieds, ARDC Midgets, URC Sprints, Sportsman, Legends. Monster Smash Demo Derby & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars Rain Date Sunday, October 19 4 PM

Saturday, November 1 Fall Jamboree SpeedSTRs, Slingshots, Junior Slingshots, Wingless 600’s 12:30 PM

Sunday, November 2 Fall Jamboree SpeedSTRs, Slingshots, Junior Slingshots, Wingless 600’s 12:30 PM

Sunday, November 9 Fall Racer’s Flea Market Starting at 7 AM

Saturday, November 15 52nd Anniversary Awards Banquet 6 PM Doors Open 4 PM- Gilbertsville Fire Co
 
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is a Bruce Rogers/Bob Miller Promotion

—25th Anniversary Season!—

Visit our web sites: www.grandviewspeedway.com and

www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com;

www.facebook.com/grandviewspeedwayinc; twitter@grandviewspeedway;

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Bobcat of Hamilton’s passion for employees and customers leads to 4th Season as Title Sponsor of 358 Modifieds at Merrittville

December 19, 2013 THOROLD, ONTARIO – HANDLE IT … HAUL IT … GET IT DONE – three sentences that describe equipment known for being tough, versatile and agile - earning a reputation of being ‘One Tough Animal.’

HANDLE IT … HAUL IT … GET IT DONE are three New Year’s resolutions that drivers at Merrittville Speedway may aspire to as they prepare for the competition in the Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modified Division in 2014.

The job on everyone’s mind once the racing season begins – dethroning 23 time Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Champion Pete Bicknell.

“What can you say about last season,” said John Quast, owner of Bobcat of Hamilton who will return for the fourth straight year as Title Sponsor of the Thorold facility’s premier division, “…12 different winners with Pete Bicknell taking home just 2 wins en route to an unprecedented 23rd title … year in and year out – he’s definitely one tough animal. Through-out every division … the competition was second to none and Congratulations once again to two time Sportsman Champ Cody McPherson and his Bobcat of Hamilton Team! ”

 “Once again we are thrilled to host John and everyone from Bobcat of Hamilton – they take great pride in showcasing who they are,” announced (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, adding, “ their involvement also provides excitement for their customers and staff alike all season.”

As the authorized full-line Bobcat dealer that has been serving the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara regions for more than 10 years, Bobcat of Hamilton provides quality Bobcat compact equipment and services to valued customers in the construction, rental, landscaping, agriculture, grounds maintenance, government, utility, industrial and mining markets.

More than 50 years ago, Bobcat Company unleashed a way to work better, smarter and faster and today – Bobcat of Hamilton is one of more than 900 dealers in 100 countries that strive to empower customers to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.

With the first event of the season for the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds some 4 months away in April 26th’s Annual Spring Sizzler - Winter is when compact equipment owners put their Bobcat of Hamilton Skid-Steer loaders through a different kind of workout.

Bobcat of Hamilton is located at 370 McNelly Road in Stoney Creek. For hours of operation and other information visit www.bobcatofhamilton.com or call 905-643-3177. You can also join Bobcat Company on Face Book at https://www.facebook.com/BobcatCompany?fref=ts

The Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Division will join the Rick’s Delivery DIRTcar Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating & Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions to form the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series that will take to the d-shaped oval for the 63rd consecutive season of Saturday Night excitement from late April to mid September.

To reach Merrittville Speedway during the off season – call the Winter Office at 905-685-7223 or via e mail – ebicknell@cogeco,net. Merrittville Speedway’s Winter Office located in Bicknell Racing Products, 117 Cushman Road in St. Catharines Ontario.

For all the news leading up to Merrittville Speedway’s 63rd Consecutive Season in 2014 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us next season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Weekly Racing Divisions featuring local heroes and up and coming new stars at Merrittville Speedway … The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara!

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NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY SET TO MAKE HISTORY, SETS OPEN COMP MODIFIED AND SPORTSMAN MARCH MADNESS MELTDOWN MARCH 1, 2014

New Egypt, NJ-         The off-season just got a little shorter for New Jersey dirt racing fans and drivers. New Egypt Speedway will host the Northeast Modified and Sportsman March Madness Meltdown opener Saturday, March 1, 2014, with a rain/snow date the following Saturday, March 8th. This is the earliest opening date since New Egypt reopened as a dirt track in 1998.

Billed as the "March Madness Meltdown," the "Winter Green 50" will combine Small Block and Big Block Modifieds, and leave drivers seeing green with a posted purse of at least $5,000 to win and $300 to take the green. The "Tip Off 25" will feature the Crate and Open Sportsman cars running together paying at least $1500 to win and $75 to take the green.

The race format will consist of a draw for heats in both the Modified and Sportsman divisions. The top finishers in each heat will redraw for the feature, with the number of redraw positions depending on the number of heat races run.

Many bonuses will be on the line for both Modified and Sportsman drivers. The winner of the Winter Green 50 Modified feature will be a guaranteed starter in the Race of Champions season opener at the Selinsgrove Speedway on March 15th. The first PA/NES Spec 358 legal car to take the checkers will also become a guaranteed starter in the Race of Champions 358 Modified Feature at Selinsgrove on March 14th. The first New Egypt Speedway regular across the line in the Modified feature will also be a guaranteed starter in the ROC Cabin Fever 60 at New Egypt Speedway on March 22nd, and the Sportsman winner will be a guaranteed starter in the ROC Sportsman feature at New Egypt on March 22nd, all courtesy of Andy Harpell, Race of Champions series director.  

Management decided to make this show as open as possible when it comes to motor rules and tire specs. Modified tire rules are as follows: For the Left Front tires, any American Racer SD 33 or harder, Hoosier D300 or harder; Right Rear tires, any American Racer SD38 or harder, Hoosier D300 or harder; Left Rear any American Racer SD 44 or harder, Hoosier D300 or harder; Right Rear any American Racer SD 48 or harder, Hoosier D300 or harder. To make it fair for all engines to compete, the weight rules have been set as the following: For a NES/PA Spec 358 Small Block Gas motor - 2,275 lbs; NES/PA Spec 358 alcohol motor - 2,350 lbs; Open Small Block 2,400 lbs; Big Block 2,500 lbs.; Delaware Style Big Motor 2,600 lbs. Sail panels are optional for Small Block cars only. Big Block cars will not be permitted to run sail panels.

The Crate/Open Sportsman will use the same tire rules as the Modified division. Weights will be as follows: Sportsman Two-barrel carburetor with aluminum wheels - 2,500 lbs.; Sportsman two-barrel carburetor with steel wheels - 2,450 lbs.; Crate 602 engine aluminum wheels 2,300 lbs.; Crate 602 engine steel wheels - 2,350 lbs. Rev chip is NOT mandatory.

There will also be plenty of fan giveaways upon entering the gate and throughout the afternoon to stay warm as well as prizes and tickets to upcoming shows. Fans who come to the Speedway in their favorite NCAA college gear will receive $2 off their General Admission ticket.

New Egypt Management is currently seeking a title sponsor for the event to sweeten the purses and is in the process of drawing up sponsor packages. Anyone wishing to sponsor the event can contact the Speedway. Lap sponsorship will also be available.

The show will be run as quickly as possible with no two-seater rides scheduled for the afternoon.

Pit gates will open in time for all participating cars to go through the mandatory New Jersey safety inspection. Front gates will open at 12:30, hot laps at 1:15, and the first green flag will fly at 2:00 p.m.

Pit admission is $35 with no license required. Front gate admission is $25 for adults, $12 for teens 12-15, and children under 11 are free. There is NO driver entry fee for this event. Saturday, March 8th will be used as a rain/snow date.

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Second Annual New Egypt Speedway All Star Cup Scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014

Crate Modifieds Added To the Schedule

New Egypt, NJ --As the 2014 schedule continues to take shape, New Egypt Speedway is excited to announce that the second annual All-Star Cup Shootout has been slated for Saturday, September 20, 2014. In addition, a separate All-Star Cup series has been created for the Crate Modified division who will run on the same night for their All-Star Cup point championship.

The inaugural 2013, $10,000 to-win All-Star Cup Shootout went to New Egypt Speedway regular Gary Butler while Grandview and Big Diamond’s Craig Von Dohren took home the All-Star Cup points championship edging New Egypt Speedway’s own Ryan Godown by only one point. This year’s All-Star Cup Series will again follow the same format. Drivers can sign up before the season begins to be included in the point series which runs from April to August. Within those four months, the driver’s eight best finishes will receive points. A maximum of four wins are allowed. If a driver has more than four wins, his/her next best finishes will be used. The registration fee is $100 per track, and a driver is allowed to enter for multiple tracks. Only finishes at registered tracks will be counted. Drivers can enter for a big block or small block Modified track, but must adhere to the New Egypt Speedway 358 small block rules for the All-Star Cup Shootout on Saturday, September 20, 2014.
 
The All-Star Cup Shootout is the final points paying event for the All-Star Cup series. The race is a 40-lap, shootout-style event that will pay the race winner a minimum of $10,000 and will pay $350 to take the green. In 2013, the All-Star Cup point championship paid $2,500 cash, $2,500 in tires from Lias Tire and $1,000 in wheels from Valken wheels. Second and third place in points were also paid cash and wheels. In 2014, the All Star Cup champion will receive a minimum of $5,000.

Added to the card in 2014 will be the Crate Modified division racing in their own 30-lap, $5,000 to win All-Star Cup Shootout that will pay $250 to take the green. Much like the Modified division, the Crate Modifieds can register before the season begins to be included in their overall point series. However, the track registration fee is $50 per track and their best six finishes will count toward the overall point total. Only three wins will be allowed for the Crate Modified division, at which point their next best finishes will be used. Entry forms for both the Modified and Crate Modified divisions can be found on the New Egypt Speedway website and must be submitted to the Speedway no later than Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Finishing positions will be monitored and point distributions will be managed by New Egypt Speedway and posted on the New Egypt Speedway website on a weekly basis. Points will be distributed as follows for both divisions: 1) 15, 2) 14, 3) 13, 4) 12, 5) 11, 6) 10, 7) 9, 8) 8, 9) 7, 10) 6, 11) 5, 12) 4, 13) 3, 14) 2, 15) 1. All other positions will receive one point. Points will not be awarded to a driver that does not qualify for his/her feature race.

Speedway management is in the process of contacting sponsors to add to the overall point championship winnings as well as the race purse for our 2014 event. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, the Speedway has many different ways businesses can get involved in our event.

For more information on the All Star Cup Shootout, visit our website www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY SEASON PASSES ON SALE FOR THE 2014 SEASON!

MINERSVILLE, PA - November 29th, 2013

If you need that perfect gift for your special race fan this Christmas, a 2014 Big Diamond Speedway season pass is the ultimate gift that will literally keep on giving! Not only will the season pass holder receive free admission into every race of 2014, we will also include a 2014 Big Diamond T-Shirt AND a reserved seat for every event on the 2014 schedule!

The 2014 season will kick off with the free-to-the-public practice session on Sunday, March 23rd followed by the season opener for the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Roadrunners on Sunday March 30th.
 
A season pass is $345 and may be purchased by contacting smulleyracing@gmail.com. Checks made payable to Big Diamond Speedway can be sent to PO BOX 671 Minersville, PA 17954. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope.
 
Fans purchasing a season pass will be able to select their reserved seat at the practice on March 23rd.
 
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SEASON PASS WILL MAKE A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR THAT RACE FAN ON THE LIST

BECHTELSVILLE, PA November 29, 2013 . . . Looking for a Christmas gift idea for that race fan on your list? NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway is offering a 2014 season pass that includes a reserved seat for every Saturday night racing event scheduled at the one-third-mile, banked clay track, April through September.

A season ticket includes all the regular Saturday night shows that feature NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Late Models along with those special events such as a visit by the URC sprinters, the Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings, the Firecracker 40 for Late Models, the Sportsman 40 lapper and the rich Freedom 76 modified stock car classic that rewards the winner with $25,000 or more.

The season ticket includes a reserved seat that belongs to the seat holder for all the Saturday shows. Seat selection will be available starting on Saturday, March 29th when the annual Free-to-the-public practice session takes place.

Season tickets are priced at $350 and can be had by sending a check or money order, payable to Grandview Speedway, to cover each season ticket being ordered. Include a self addressed stamped envelope for convenience in having the tickets returned in a timely manner. Orders should be addressed to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505.

The 2014 schedule of events is expected to be released in the very near future.

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Big Diamond Speedway 2014 Tentative Schedule

Saturday 2-8-14 - Awards Banquet @ The Pottsville Zone, Pottsville, PA @ 5pm.

Sunday 3-2-14 to Saturday 3-8-14 - Annual Car Show @ The Fairlane Village Mall, Pottsville, PA.

Sunday 3-23-14 - Open practice, any car with a roll cage invited to attend.

Sunday 3-30-14 - SEASON OPENER! 358 Modifieds 30 laps for $3,000 to win/$300 to take the green. Sportsman 20 Laps/$1,000 to win, Roadrunners 20 Laps/$300 to win.

Friday 4-4-14 - 2nd Annual MONEY IN THE MOUNTAINS! 40 lap Big Block/Small Block challenge paying $7,500 to win/$500 to take the green. Late Models, Roadrunners. RAIN DATE IS SUNDAY 4-6-14.

Friday 4-11-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners, 600 Modifieds.

Friday 4-18-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Late Models, Roadrunners.

Friday 4-25-14 - URC SPRINT CARS, DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Roadrunners.

Friday 5-2-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Late Models, Roadrunners, 600 Modifieds.

Friday 5-9-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, SUPER SPORTSMAN, Sportsman, Roadrunners.

Friday 5-16-14 - KEN'S TIRE NIGHT! DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners.

Friday 5-23-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Roadrunners, ARDC MIDGETS.

Friday 5-30-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Late Models, Roadrunners.

Friday 6-6-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Late Models, Roadrunner Crazy 8's (Four 8 Lap Features).

Friday 6-13-14 - 2nd Annual ANDY FAYASH MEMORIAL! Sportsman 30 laps for $1570 to win/$157 to take the green. DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, 600 Modifieds.

Friday 6-20-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifeds, Late Models, Roadrunners.

Tuesday 6-24-14 - THE DIAMOND SHINES 40 WORLD OF OUTLAWS LATE MODEL SERIES! $8,000 to win/$600 to take the green. Roadrunners.

Friday 6-27-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners.

Friday 7-4-14 - 34TH GEORGIE STEVENSON MEMORIAL! 358 Modifieds 34 laps, $3400 to win/$340 to take the green. Sportsman, Roadrunners, 600 Modifieds. Rain Date is 7-11-14.

Friday 7-11-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Late Models, Roadrunners.

Tuesday 7-15-14 - BIG BLOCK BRAWL! DIRTcar Big Blocks Modifieds make their return! 75 laps for $6,000 to win, Roadrunners. FIREWORKS!

Friday 7-18-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifieds + PEPSI CHALLENGE Races for Mods, Sportsman, Roadrunners.

Friday 7-25-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Roadrunners, ARDC MIDGETS.

Friday 8-1-14 - 2nd Annual FANdemonium! FREE GRANDSTAND ADMISSION! DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Roadrunners, 600 Modifieds.

Friday 8-8-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Late Models, Roadrunners + PRO SHINE AUTO DETAILING CHALLENGE Races for Roadrunners.

Friday 8-15-14 - 2nd Annual PRELUDE TO THE COALCRACKER! 358 Modifieds 30 laps for $4,000 to win/$400 to take the green. Late Models, Roadrunners. Rain Date is 8-22-14.

Friday 8-22-14 - DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners.

Friday 8-29-14 - LATE MODEL COALCRACKER 40! $1,600 to win, $150 to take green (If over 26 cars), SPORTSMAN COALCRACKER 40! $1,600 to win, $150 to take green (If over 26 cars), Roadrunners.

Sunday 8-31-14 - THE JACK RICH MEMORIAL COALCRACKER 72! 358 Modifeds 72 Laps, $10,000 to win/$500 to take the green and Roadrunners 25 Laps. FIREWORKS! Rain Date is Monday 9-1.

Unless Noted, DIRTcar 358 Modified Features are 25 Laps, Late Models, Sportsman, and Roadrunners are 20 Laps.

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VONDOHREN, UMBENHAUER AND MILLER HONORED AS 2013 NASCAR STOCK CAR CHAMPIONS AT 51ST ANNUAL GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY AWARDS BANQUET

GILBERTSVILLE, PA November 16, 2013 . . . Close to 500 people filled the Gilbertsville, PA Fire Co. Social Hall on Saturday night as the 51st annual Grandview Speedway Awards Banquet honored the NASCAR stock car champions and  a variety of special awards were presented.

For the seventh time in his career Craig VonDohren was honored as the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified champion. The Oley, PA professional racer also earned the car owner championship. Earning 5907points on his way to the title VonDohren walked off with well over $10,000 for his championship efforts including championship money from track owners Bruce and Teresa Rogers along with NASCAR.

Duane Howard, the 2012 champion, finished second with 5480 points. Howard, a five time champion, also an Oley resident, tallied nine feature wins during the season. Nine time champion Jeff Strunk (Pottstown) earned 4866 points on his way third place in the final standings. The highlight of Strunk’s season was his victory in the $25,000 to win BPG Racing Freedom 76 not including more than $2000 in lap money and other perks.

Young Jared Umbenhauer of Richland, PA was honored as the NASCAR Sportsman titleholder for the second year in a row with Barry Bashore, his car owner, sharing in the honors.  The team had five feature victories and earned 5262 points on their way to the title. Fleetwood, PA’s Kenny Gilmore came on strong late in the season to grab second spot in the standings with 4712 points and one feature win. Craig Whitmoyer of Hamburg, PA finished third in the standings with one win and 4561 points.

Jason Miller took home his very first championship in the Late Model division. The New Tripoli, PA racer did it the hard way as he tallied 5284 points but had no feature wins.  Green Lane’s Terry Snyder, owner of the car driven by his son Danny, was able to take the owner’s championship while his son finished second in the standings with 5266 points just 18 points behind the champion. Snyder had three feature wins. Six time Late Model champion Chuck Schutz of Pottstown came home third in the final standings with 5250 points and three wins.

The top twenty drivers and top ten owners in each of the three divisions were honored with awards.

In addition to the thousands of dollars in point fund money distributed to Modified, Sportsman and Late Model racers, Duane Howard received over $13,500 in winnings for his efforts in the American Racer Cup championship battle. It was the second year in a row that he won the title and third in four years.

Others receiving checks from the American Racer Cup included Craig VonDohren finishing third in the standings in the overall standings. VonDohren picked up $3,500 in cash along with almost $2,000 in product sponsorship. The third finisher at Grandview in the Racer Cup was Jeff Strunk while fourth was Meme DeSantis followed by Doug Manmiller.  More than $25,000 in cash and prizes was distributed to those Grandview racers.

Brett Kressley, picked up the American Racer Sportsman Cup which included four American Racer Modified tires courtesy of Lias Tires in Indiana, PA.

In the NASCAR 358 Modified division former ARDC midget champion Tim Buckwalter earned Rookie of the Year honors while DIRT stock car legend Frank Cozze was presented with the Best Newcomer award for his first season of racing at Grandview. John Willman went from 24th in the 2012 standings to 11th in the final 2013 standings to earn the Most Improved Driver award. Veteran racer Jeff Strunk took home the Sportsmanship award while Jarrad Miller received the Best Appearing Car honors. Kevin Hirthler took home Hard Luck honors.

Former 410 sprint car racer Sam Schlosberg took the Best Newcomer honors in the Late Model division as he was able to win three features. Dan Green, a graduate of go-kart racing, took the Rookie of the Year honors. Wayne Pfeil Jr., a feature winner, earned the Most Improved award. Kory Fleming, who had his race car destroyed late in the season in a race accident, took home the Hard Luck award. He does plan to return to Grandview racing in 2014. Buddy Mertz, a big supporter of racing at Grandview, was given the Sportsmanship award for lending his car to other competitors during the season. Past champion Chuck Schutz was honored with the Best Appearing Car award.

Jordan Henn earned the Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Sportsman division. Six feature winner Brett Kressley was named Best Newcomer. Kenny Gilmore went from 21st in the points in 2012 to second in 2013 to pick up the Most Improved Driver award. Lady racer Kaitie McCardle, who was forced to miss a few races due to a lack of sponsorship, earned the Hard Luck honors while “Geezer” Joe Fanelli won the Best Appearing Car honors.

More than a dozen media on hand were presented with Special Appreciation Awards as were a number of officials and track employees.

Long time track announcer Ernie Saxton, who retired at the end of the season after 45 years in the booth, served as the MC for the banquet for the final time. He was presented with a beautiful gold watch by the Rogers family and an appreciation award. It was announced that veteran short track announcer Jeff Ahlum will become the Saturday night announcer at Grandview. Saxton will continue as the marketing and PR director for the speedway a position he has held for 47 years.

Attendees enjoyed a home style dinner of ham and roast beef and the awards were followed by an Elvis Presley show and music for dancing and socializing.

Grandview Speedway management has announced that the tentative opening practice date is set for Saturday, March 29. The first race event of the 2014 NASCAR stock car racing season will take place on Saturday, April 5th. Full details for the new season will be announced in the near future.

2013 MODIFIED
POINT STANDINGS

1. 1C Craig Von Dohren 5907
2. 4 Duane Howard 5480
3. 4* Jeff Strunk 4866
4. 357 Frank Cozze 4456
5. 46 Doug Manmiller 4379
6. 88D Meme DeSantis 4218
7. 21K Kyle Weiss 4034
8. 117 Kevin Hirthler 3973
9. 17 Ryan Grim 3939
10. 53/611 Mike Gular 3933
11. 74W John Willman 3913
12. 917 Jarrad Miller 3585
13. 2 Glenn Strunk 3545
14. 81 Terry Meitzler 3354
15. 37 Nate Christman 3346
16. 41 Jon Kellner 3274
17. 976 Don Norris Jr. 3175
18. 19 Jordan Umbenhauer 3056
19. 91 Tim Buckwalter 2812
20. 22/30/7X Tommy Scheetz III 2550

2013 SPORTSMAN
POINT STANDINGS

1. 5 Jared Umbenhauer 5262
2. 7 Kenny Gilmore 4712
3. 99 Craig Whitmoyer 4561
4. 19K Brett Kressley 4387
5. 19 Brad Brightbill 4336
6. 17X Kevin Beach Jr. 4001
7. 4* Brian Hirthler 3895
8. 14J Joe Funk 3501
9. 14 Paul Kline 3269
10. 15 Mike Lisowski 3202
11. 221 Ryan Beltz 3125
12. 77H Jordan Henn 3111
13. 142 Ryan Lilick 3108
14. 67 Scott Davis Jr. 3059
15. 22 Joe Fanelli 3022
16. 65 Dean Bachman 2662
17. B4 Kyle Borror 2436
18. 9K Ron Krex 2413
19. 51 Erik Renninger 2386
20. 542 Guy Germano 2253

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HORTON, WAGNER GAIN WILD CARD WEEKEND WINS AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY

Bridgeport, NJ (November 16, 2013) – On day one of Bridgeport Speedway’s Wild Card Weekend, Jimmy Horton gained the win in the Small Block Modified race. The fourth round of Black Flagged Racing’s Outlaw Stock Car Shoot-Out Series was won by Rich Reider. Eddie Wagner took top honors in the TSRS Sprint Car main event.

In the 30-lap feature for the Small Block Modifieds, Jimmy Horton paced the field for the entire distance to gain the win. After the original start was marred by a multi-car accident, Horton outdueled polesitter Kyle Borror to gain the lead. By the second circuit, Duane Howard was in the runner up position. Throughout the second half of the contest, Howard was glued on Horton’s bumper. Horton, driving the Dieter Schmidt owned Small Block Modified, held on for the victory by repelling several challenges from Howard in the final laps. With Howard finishing in second, Billy Pauch came home in third. Fourth went to Ryan Watt. Stewart Friesen, who was involved in the original start mishap, recovered to finish in fifth. The Small Block Modified heats went to John Willman, Anthony Perrego, Ryan Watt, and Mike Mamanna. Wade Hendrickson and Steve Young won the consolation events. There were forty-two Small Block Modifieds on hand for the event.

Eddie Wagner led from start to finish as he captured the checkered flag in the 20-lap main for the TSRS Sprint Cars. Karl Freyer took the runner-up spot. Dave Brown, Rick Stief, and Jamie Kostic completed the top five.

BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 2013

Small Block Modifieds
Heat 1 - 1. John Willman 2. Duane Howard 3. Meme DeSantis 4. Stewart Friesen 5. Brian Kressley                        
Heat 2 - 1. Anthony Perrego 2. Jimmy Horton 3. Ryan Grim. 4. Rick Laubach 5. Ron Roberts      
Heat 3 - 1. Ryan Watt 2. Jimmy Blewitt 3. Richie Pratt, Jr. 4. Billy Pauch 5. Mike Iles      
Heat 4 - 1. Mike Mamanna 2. Bob Drayton 3. Kyle Borror 4. Jeff Heotzler 5. Ryan Anderson      
Consolation  1 - 1. Wade Hendrickson 2. Chris Grbac  
Consolation  2 - 1. Steve Young 2. Don Cogdill, III   

SMALL BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS   1. JIMMY HORTON 2. Duane Howard 3. Billy Pauch 4. Ryan Watt 5. Stewart Friesen 6. Rick Laubach 7. Richie Pratt, Jr. 8. Meme DeSantis 9. Brian Kressley 10. Jimmy Blewett 11. Kyle Borror 12. Mike Iles 13. Ron Roberts 14. Don Cogdill, III 15. Steve Young 16. Jeff Heotzler 17. Ryan Anderson 18. Chris Grbac 19. Steve Searock 20. Bob Drayton 21. Anthony Perrego 22. Mike Mamanna 23. Ryan Grim 24. John Willman

DNS: Wade Hendrickson
DNQ: Steve Searock, Rusty Smith, Stan Frankenfield, Jr., Steve Davis, John Kelly, Neil Huber, Scott Hulmes, Pete Serra, Justin Grim, Andrew Krause, Rich Rutski, Tom Maccherone, John Pakenham, Brad Roberts, Jason Duppel

DNQ: Jimmy Avery, David Kramer, Andy Whittaker, Cheri LaClaire, Bill Stockert, Joe Meron, Bruce Whittaker

TSRS SPRINT CAR FEATURE - 20 LAPS 1. EDDIE WAGNER 2. Karl Freyer 3. Dave Brown 4. Rick Stief 5. Jamie Kostic 6. Jon Haegele 7. Chris Allen 8. Bryant Davis 9. Mike Esposito 10. Ed Newhauser 11. Cody Jourdan 12. Tony Smolenyak 13. Bruce Bowen 14. Mario Page 15. Ryan Stillwagon

DNS: Mike Kostic

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WOODHULL RACEWAY CONCLUDES 49TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON WITH ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET

(Woodhull, NY)  For the first time ever the Watson Homestead in East Campbell, NY was the setting for the Annual Woodhull Raceway Awards Banquet. 

Track owners, Ted and Brandi White presented checks and hardware to the top ten in the final point standings.  In addition several other special awards were handed out to very worthy recipients.

Donnie Lawson was crowned the Track Champion in the Insinger Performance 370 Modifieds, his first ever title in Woodhull’s top division dethroning multi time Woodhull champ, Billy VanPelt.  Versatile wheelman of both the pavement as well as dirt, Chris Daugherty chalked up his first ever Woodhull title by claiming the highly competitive NAPA Crate Sportsman Championship.  For Daugherty it will be off to the 370 Modifieds in 2K14 where he will be a forced to be reckoned with.  Glen Whritenour won his sixth Woodhull S&W Awards and Photos 360 Late Model title after a highly contested season battle with 2012 Woodhull champ, John Waters in a fight that went right down to the last lap of the last night of the year.  After many years of trying, Brett Marlatt finally received his hardware as the Joe Willcox Performance Street Stock Champion.  After several years of playing the bridesmaid role, Marlatt was able to secure the title after a season long tussle with Teddy Morseman Jr.  Brandon Morseman was the only repeat Track Champion as he secured his second consecutive track title in the Signs Plus Mini Stock Division after a season that was filled with consistent top five finishes and wins.  Last but certainly not least Jaye McConnell was crowned the 2013 Track Champion in the LaBarron Brothers Repair and Parts FWD Class his first ever track title and with his performance in 2013 there may be many more titles to come.  Congratulations to all the 2013 Woodhull Raceway Track Champions.

The gala event started with a social hour followed by a mouth watering professionally catered buffet dinner provided by Corning Catering.  Woodhull’s weekly announce duo of Morgan Colegrove and Paul Harkenrider. emceed the event which was attended by hundred’s of drivers, crew members, track personnel and marketing partners.

During the presentations the highlights of the 2013 race season were discussed in addition to plans for 2014 and beyond at the facility.  Fourth year track owner, Ted White was quick to point out that the success of the Woodhull Raceway was still in the hands of his dependable staff and his loyal fan and driver base and he looks forward to many more years promoting one of the most successful race venues in the northeast over the past several decades.

In addition supporters of the track are encouraged to follow the Woodhull Raceway track web site over the next several months for any off season news including registration beginning after January 15, 2014 for the Annual Woodhull Raceway Arnot Mall Car Show scheduled for March 22 and 23, 2014.  In addition any potential rules meetings that may be scheduled will be posted on the track web site. 

The following is a list of the top ten in the final point standings for each class as well as the Rookie of the Year Awards and Sportsmanship Awards for each class.  In addition several other special awards were presented.

370 Modifieds top ten: 1) Donnie Lawson, 2) Billy VanPelt, 3) Frank Dunning, 4) Joe Dgien, 5) Bob Davis, 6) Steve Hartman Jr., 7) Kenny Peoples Jr., 8) Mike Bills, 9) Eric Fisher, 10) Brian Doolittle.

Rookie of the Year.  Josh Nobriga

Sportsmanship Award.  Eric Fisher

360 Late Models top ten: 1) Glen Whritenour, 2) John Waters, 3) Carl Hughes, 4) Bruce Miller, 5) Cecil LaBarron, 6) Steve LeBarron, 7) Jeremy Wonderling, 8) Jerry Wilson, 9) Jay McConnell, 10) Fred Amann.

Rookie of the Year.  Ray Bliss Jr.

Sportsmanship Award.  Jerry Wilson

Crate Sportsman top ten: 1) Chris Daugherty, 2) Ray Smith, 3) Brett Buono, 4) Russ Morseman III, 5) John Hargrave, 6) Connor Brown, 7) Josh Sawyer, 8) Bob Buono, 9) Josh Keesey, 10) Rod Mullen.

Rookie of the Year.   Josh Sawyer

Sportsmanship Award.  Conner Brown

Special Awards.

Dedication to Motorsports Award.  Ronnie Towsley. 

Perseverance Award.  Carl LeBarron

Dust to Glory Award.  Joe Dgien

Media Award.   Kickin’ Country 105.3 FM in Hornell

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2013 CHAMPIONS AND SPECIALTY AWARD WINNERS HONORED AT THE RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY BANQUET
 

Friday, November 1st, 2013 – Over two hundred and forty guests gathered last Friday evening to celebrate the accomplishments of many.  Over sixty Ransomville Speedway members received point fund monies and sponsor bonus awards totaling over $25,000.

Honored for the thirteenth time at Ransomville Speedway as the Mighty Taco Modified Champion was Mr. Smallblock Pete Bicknell.  Bicknell of St. Catharines, Ont had 2 wins, 3 seconds, 3 thirds, 4 fourths, and a fifth place finish at Ransomville and once again found himself in very familiar territory at the top of the point standings.  Erick Rudolph came home in second.  Having raced primarily on the asphalt surface until the recent few seasons, Rudolph has proven he has adapted well. 2011 track champion Chad Brachmann claimed the third place finish in the point standings.

Jesse Cotriss of Akron, NY claimed his very first track championship in the Investors Services Sportsman ranks.  Cotriss started the season off right by setting fast time at the annual Test, Tune, and Time event.  He backed that up with three wins on the season and several top five finishes which earned him the championship crown.  Past champion James Michael Friesen came home in the second position followed by 2012 champion Don Spatorico.
 
The 2013 Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stock champion had it all come together this past season. After suffering some dismal finishes the past few seasons, Pat Dell and team set their sights on the championship early on.  Dell would be a contender almost weekly and earned several top five finishes as a result.  Dell and company celebrated their very first title in championship fashion.  Defending champion Alex Morris finished in the runner up position followed by 2013 King of the Hill winner Brian Lonneville.
 
Chris Leone was crowned the champion in the FinditQuick.com Fireball class after being the runner up in 2012.  Leone earned two victories on the season but it was his consistent top three finishes that aided him to the title run.  2012 champion Jim Stone finished in second followed by Ashley Harbison.
 
Austin Susice moved up from the Go-kart ranks in 2012 and proved this past year he was definitely ready for the big track.  Susice would claim four wins in 2013 and the track championship in the Gippsters Collision 4 Banger division.  Coming up just one marker short of the championship was Mike Kramarz of Niagara Falls, NY.  Kramarz enjoyed his best season to date.  Brett Senek is also a graduate from the Go-Kart division and enjoyed a great third place finish.
 
Specialty award winners;
Most Improved Mighty Taco Modifieds – Brian Sage
Most Improved Investors Services Sportsman – Chris Burek
Most Improved Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stock – Pat Dell
 
NMCC Most Popular Mighty Taco Modified – Jeff McGinnis
NMCC Most Popular Investors Services – Jesse Cotriss
NMCC Most Popular Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stock – Ken Camidge
NMCC Most Popular FinditQuick.com Fireball – Mike Hossfeld
NMCC Most Popular Gippster’s Collision 4 Banger – Jose Torres
 
Best Appearing Mighty Taco Modifieds – Scott Kerwin & Nick Joy
Best Appearing Investors Services Sportsman – Boyd MacTavish
Best Appearing Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks – Jaren Israel and Kyle Wendt
Best Appearing FinditQuick.com Fireball – Mike Hossfeld
Best Appearing Gippster’s Collision 4 Banger – Mike Pahl
 
Pat Spina Mechanic of the Year – Steve Matson
 
Owner of the Year – Roy Fearby
 
Trevor Wilkins Memorial Hard Charger – James Michael Friesen
 
Hard Luck Awards – Sam Crogan, Greg Martin, and Don Hermanson
 
Performance Awards – Erick Rudolph & Brian Lonneville
 
Key Player – Rob Clark
 
Appreciation Awards – Mindy Kramp, Jenn Martin, Ashley Sharp, & Cheryl Nieskes
 
Driver of the Year – Jesse Cotriss
 
Firth Jewelers also presented the Drivers with Championship Watches and their significant others with Racers Pendants.

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Eastern States Weekend
Saturday
Eastern States 100 Small Block Modified Feature Finish, 102 Laps:
1. Stewart Friesen, 2. Billy Decker, 3. Chuck McKee, 4. Tommy Meier, 5. Tim Fuller, 6. Tim McCreadie, 7. Pat Ward, 8. Jeff Heotzler, 9. Bob McGannon, 10. Billy VanInwegen, 11. Brett Hearn, 12. Andy Bachetti, 13. Jimmy Horton, 14. Tim Hindley, 15. Larry Wight, 16. Danny Creeden, 17. John Ferrier, 18. Jeremy Markle, 19. Gary Edwards Jr., 20. Rob Rowe, 21. Roger Chrysler, 22. Donnie Corellis, 23. Chris Shultz, 24. Randy Chrysler, 25. Dale Planck, 26. Darwin Greene, 27. Brian Krummel, 28. Brett Haas, 29. Bobby Hentschel, 30. Matt DeLorenzo, 31. John McClelland, 32. Rick Mill, 33. Matt Sheppard, 34. Ken Tremont Jr. Did Not Start: Tyler Dippel.

DIRTcar Crate Sportsman Feature Finish, 50 Laps: 1. Tyler Dippel, 2. Anthony Perrego, 3. Brian Krummel, 4. Andrew Reeves, 5. Shane Jablonka, 6. Christian Rumsey, 7. Michael Sabia, 8. Mike Butler, 9. Robbie Speed, 10. Joe Conklin, 11. Chris Stevens, 12. Jack Speshock, 13. Wayne Devantoy, 14. Brett Wright, 15. Pete Goydich, 16. Patrick Murphy, 17. Matt Pappa, 18. Matt Janiak, 19. Tyler Boniface, 20. Zack Mead, 21. Mike DuBois, 22. Chris Lynch, 23. Jesse Leiby, 24. L.J. Lombardo, 25. Frank Venezia, 26. Darrell Ford, 27. Thomas Strupp.

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DIRTcar Racing to Sanction 358-Modifieds at Big Diamond Speedway

Marks first time DIRTcar has sanctioned a weekly division in Central Pennsylvania

MINERSVILLE, Pa. - Oct. 24, 2013 - DIRTcar 358-Modified racing will have a Pennsylvania home on Friday nights next season at Big Diamond Speedway.

Big Diamond has a longstanding tradition of sanctioning its weekly divisions, but the 2014 season will mark the first time DIRTcar Racing has sanctioned a weekly program at the 3/8-mile track in Minersville, which is just off Interstate 81 between Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

"DIRTcar Racing has a lot of momentum and good people behind it so we're excited to bring it to Big Diamond next year," promoter Jake Smulley said. "I'm looking forward to working with them and seeing how our racers stack up in DIRTcar's points program."

Big Diamond will continue to pay $2,750-to-win for their weekly DIRTcar 358-Modified program, which is one of the top "to-win" purses nationwide for weekly racing.

Big Diamond and DIRTcar management have a reached an agreement that will see the current rules package in place at Big Diamond phased into DIRTcar rules over a period of time, with management from both sides having input in regard to these regulations.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series rules will remain intact for all Series events.

This sanctioning will mark the first time a DIRTcar division has run at Big Diamond since Duane Howard won a Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series race there in 2009. Brett Hearn in 2004 and Alan Johnson in 2003 also won Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified races at Big Diamond. The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series will make an appearance at the popular facility on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

"We're looking forward to building a solid foundation in Pennsylvania to continue growing DIRTcar Racing," said DIRTcar's Director of Series & Sanctioning Joe Skotnicki. "There is a lot of history at Big Diamond, and a lot of very talented racers, so we're excited to have the opportunity to partner with them."

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BILLY PAUCH TOPS  STRONG FIELD ON SMALL BLOCKS IN DELAWARE FALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
 

By CHARLIE BROWN, DELMAR, DE – Billy Pauch won his first Small Block Modified Fall Championship at the Delaware International Speedway back in 1989. Over the next 22 years he would add five more wins to his list. On Saturday night Pauch led early then chased Delaware’s Jamie Mills most of the distance before regaining the lead late in the race and driving to his seventh Fall Championship  win.
 
Pauch started on the pole and led the first two laps before Jamie Mills, who started in fourth, rode the high groove to the front. A rash of cautions between laps 10 and 15, all for single car incidents kept the field tightly bunched. A switch to single file restarts allowed the field to settle down to some racing with Mills, Pauch, Ryan Watt, Wade Hendrickson and Craig Von Dohren holding down the top five.
 
Mills was racking up the lap money and by halfway was darting through heavy traffic. Doug Manmiller battled his way into the top five and David VanHorn, Jr. was on the move in sixth. The yellow was out again on lap 33 when Eric Kormann came to a stop. On the restart Pauch made a bid for the lead on the bottom in turn one but Mills held off the challenge. Pauch tried the low groove again on the following lap and again couldn’t make the pass. His break came in turn three when Mills slid high leaving the bottom lane open for Pauch to regain the lead.
 
Mills was still in the battle and tried to slide under Pauch in four on lap 41. Pauch fourth off the move to hold the top spot. Von Dohren was now picking up the pace as he drove into second with Hendrickson following into third. Pauch was able to keep a comfortable two second margin between himself  and VonDohren to the checkered Van Horn got by Mills on the final lap for third and Watt held on to finish in fifth.
 
“It’s a great racetrack,” said Pauch. “It’s just about two hour too far from my house you know. We love coming down here and racing everybody. Jamie (Mills) set quite a pace there at the beginning. I wasn’t ready for that. We had to pick it up when we needed to pick it up.”
 
Pauch earned $5000 for the win plus another $245 in lap money and $25 from Carolyn Parson for supporting Breast Cancer Awareness on his car. Heats for the 36 cars were won by Pauch, Manmiller and Watt with Kevin Hirthler taking the consolation.
 
50-lap Small Block Finish: 1. Billy Pauch; 2. Craig VonDohren; 3. David VanHorn Jr; 4. Jamie Mills; 5. Ryan Watt; 6. Doug Manmiller; 7. Wade Hendrickson; 8. Jimmy Horton Sr; 9. Kevin Hirthler; 10. Brad Brightbill; 11. Mike Iles; 12. Kyle Borror; 13. Mike Gular;  14. Tom Maccherone; 15. Dwayne Heck; 16. Adam Weber; 17. Chuck Tucker; 18. Rick Laubach; 19. Chris Grbac; 20. Nate Christman; 21. Scott Hulmes; 22. Rocco Infante; 23. Eric Korrman; 24. Scott Van Gorder; 25. Bobby Firth; 26. Dennis Drain; 27. Ray Swinehart; 28. Richie Pratt Jr; 29. Keith Hoffman; 30. Justin Grim; DNQ: Steve Warner; Pete Serra; Drew Simmons; H J Bunting; Ron Roberts; George Richardson.

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2014 CAR SHOW

MINERSVILLE, PA - October 17th, 2013

With a very successful 2013 season in the books, Big Diamond Speedway track owners/promoters Jake and Jasmine Smulley have already started focusing their energy on preparing for an even better 2014 race season.

The first item on the agenda will be the 2014 Big Diamond Speedway Car Show, which will once again be held at the Fairlane Village Mall in Pottsville.  The move in date for all vehicles will be on Sunday, March 2nd 2014 at 5:00 PM after the mall closes for the day.  The cars will then be on display the entire week during regular mall hours.  Cars will move out at 9:00 PM on Saturday, March 8th, once again after the mall closes for the day.

Driver interviews are scheduled for Friday, March 7th at 7:00 PM, with the always popular tire changing contest to follow immediately after the interviews are complete.

Awards will be given to multiple divisions, along with the overall best of show.

Entry fees for the show will be $20.00 per car.  This fee is to cover insurance costs for the week.  Any car from any division is welcome to be displayed during the week, with the focus of course being on the 358 Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman, and Roadrunner divisions.

Entry forms and hold harmless agreements will be posted on the Facebook page and website soon.  Until then, please email Tim Long at pengwin1@ptd.net, and copies of each form can be emailed to you in PDF form, with payment and mailing instructions included.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the car show and for selected events during the 2014 race season.  Please email pengwin1@ptd.net if interested to discuss details.

The 2014 season is tentatively set to begin on Sunday, March 23rd with a test and tune scheduled for any car from any track provided it has a roll cage.  The following Sunday, March 30th is tentatively scheduled to be opening day with the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Roadrunners on tap.  More details on opening day and a complete 2014 schedule will be released in the very near future.

Get ready for another exciting season of racing at Big Diamond Speedway!

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CHAD SINON AND BPG RACING CLOSE THEIR RACING OPERATIONS AFTER LONG SUCCESSFUL EFFORT

BLUE BELL, PA October 13, 2013 . . . “I will miss it, the competition, the friends, the whole aspect of the sport,” said Chad Sinon as he announced that he closing his BPG Racing team operations after many successful years. “We had a great run with a lot of fantastic people involved.”

Much of the BPG Racing team equipment has been sold and there are people looking at the rest. Everything is for sale.

“We, my wife (Lauren) and I, have talked about getting out for the last couple of years,” said the 47-year-old Blue Bell, PA businessman. “It comes down to time available and wanting to do other things. We are very much involved with our son’s sailboat racing, and we always want to spend time with the kids. That is very important to us.”

“The reason we stayed in the sport the last couple of years was because of the great relationship we had with our driver Duane Howard, crew chief Alan Finch and all the great team members. They are all a wonderful group of people to have worked with.”

Sinon and Howard had a great season at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway winning nine 358 Modified feature races including the Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings. They also picked up more than $10,000 for winning the American Racer Cup championship.

Over the years Sinon and his BPG Racing teams, with some very talented drivers, have been able to win titles at Grandview Speedway, Big Diamond Speedway, Bridgeport Speedway, DIRT Southeast Series Tour title, four BPG Racing Freedom 76 races, three Forrest Rogers Memorials, and the list goes on.

“I have had some of the very best drivers as part of our team and they became like family members,” said Sinon. “Our relationships with Duane seemed to go on forever. It was such a successful combination. Sure we are going to miss it but it is time to devote more time to our family.”

Sinon and his BPG (Brandon Products Group), headquartered in North Wales, PA, has been a huge supporter of the sport sponsoring many events and teams over the years. He had a great devotion to the sport for more than a dozen years having gotten started at the Penn Can Speedway with his late father.

As much as Sinon will miss the sport, the sport will certainly miss Sinon and BPG Racing.

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Good Fortune Propels Hearn To Fifth Career Win In ‘Salute to the Troops’ 358-Modified Championship 150 At NAPA Super DIRT Week

One Year After Losing Race To Empty Fuel Tank, Hearn Benefits From Dunn’s Heartbreak On Final Lap

SYRACUSE, NY – Oct. 12, 2013 – After 36 years of competition, Brett Hearn knows the fickle nature of racing at the one-mile New York State Fairgrounds.

So the 55-year-old DIRTcar superstar from Sussex, N.J., wasn’t the least bit surprised when good fortune propelled him to victory in Saturday’s ‘Salute to the Troops’ DIRTcar 358-Modified 150 exactly one year after bad luck stole a shot at the race’s checkered flag from him.

“The Moody Mile is just that,” said Hearn, referencing the track’s infamous nickname. “It took one away from me last year when maybe I almost could have done it, and then it gave me one back this year. That’s the way it works.”

Indeed, Hearn appeared headed to a runner-up finish until the upset-minded Billy Dunn of Watertown, N.Y., slowed entering turn one on the final lap due to a dry fuel cell. The Northcountry driver’s heartbreak sent Hearn chugging on to his fifth career triumph in NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week’s Saturday headliner.

Hearn steered his Madsen Motorsports Teo-Pro across the finish line nearly a straightaway ahead of Watertown, N.Y.’s Tim Fuller, the 2005 event winner who quietly drove the J&S Racing Teo-Pro car to the runner-up spot in his 20th career start in the 150.

Alain Boisvert of Lachine, Que., finished third in his Bicknell machine, becoming the highest-finishing French-Canadian driver in the history of the 358-Modified 150. Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., drove Dieter Schmidt’s Troyer car to a fourth-place finish in his 17th career appearance in the 150 and Matt Billings of Brockville, Ont., earned the $150 Draco Springs Hard Charger Award for advancing from the 36th starting spot to place a career-best fifth after working all night to repair damage his Bicknell car sustained in a crash during Friday’s heat action.

Hearn, who started 14th, had last year’s disappointment on his mind after he reached Victory Lane in dramatic fashion. His car ran out of fuel with two laps remaining in 2012, handing the win to Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y.

“Last year we had a less-conservative strategy starting last in the race (after using ‘preferred starter’ status to start last),” said Hearn. “We tried to stretch our fuel mileage beyond means (147 laps after pitting on lap three) and (the Syracuse Mile) took one away from us right at the very end. This year it turned around and gave us one back.”

After Hearn watched Stewart Friesen of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., relinquish the lead in Saturday’s 150 to mechanical trouble on lap 97 and polesitter Ronnie Johnson of Duanesburg, N.Y., have his bid dive-bombed by a flat left-front tire on lap 121, he found himself sitting second behind Dunn. He spent the remainder of the distance chasing the 29-year-old Dunn, who passed Johnson for the top spot on lap 118 and began eyeing the biggest victory of his young career.

“We played cat and mouse – I’d run up on him, he’d run away. I’d run up on him, he’d run away,” Hearn said of his pursuit of Dunn. “Then, with about eight (laps) to go, it was almost like he ran out of gas. I got a big run on him on the front straightaway and I thought I was gonna run over top of him, and then he took off again. I thought he was running out of gas then, so I kind of backed off.”

Perhaps Hearn’s conservatism in the final circuits ended up paying major dividends. With fuel concerns running through his mind – especially after third-place Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., ran out of gas on lap 143 and limped to the pit area – he set a pace that left him enough to reach the finish.

“Obviously if Billy was at speed I wasn’t gonna be able to pass him on open track, but as it played out I saved just enough,” said Hearn. “That last straightaway I started closing up on him, and then I saw him wiggle the car going into one and I knew that was it.”

Dunn, who started 11th but was already up to second by the time the race’s first caution flag flew on lap 21 to prompt him, Hearn and most other contenders to make their mandatory pit stops three circuits later, was unable to coast around the track to complete the race after running out of gas. He finished 24th one year after placing second in his first-ever start in the 358-Modified 150.

Hearn’s $20,000 triumph came in his 28th career start in the 150. He previously won the race in 1986, 1989, 1990 and 2007.

With the first big race of NAPA Super DIRT Week XVII under his belt, Hearn is focused on duplicating his 1990 feat of sweeping the weekend’s 358-Modified 150 and Syracuse 200 big-block Modified classic. The only other driver to win both races during the same Super DIRT Week is Danny Johnson of Phelps, N.Y., who pulled it off in 2006.

Hearn is scheduled to start Sunday’s $50,000-to-win Syracuse from the outside pole.

“If I was to make a prediction this morning, I would have said, ‘The small-block is O.K., and the big-block is really good,’” said Hearn. “I’m real confident with the big-block, but tomorrow is gonna be crazy. Anything can happen.”

Fuller, 45, felt fortunate to finish second after starting 19th. He was among the drivers who pitted at the same time as Hearn, on lap 24, and ran the remainder of the race a few positions behind the eventual winner.

“It was just survival,” said Fuller, who finished third in last year’s 150. “Once it cycled around after the pit stops we had some people drop out. Friesen was gonna win it – nobody was gonna pass him. Then Ronnie Johnson was gonna win it – nobody was gonna pass him. And then it cycled around to Billy Dunn – nobody was gonna beat him.

“It’s unfortunate. I would’ve liked to see Billy get a win, but everybody knows you gotta lose one here before you win one so...he’ll around for a long time.”

Boisvert, meanwhile, was one of the happiest third-place finishers in the history of NAPA Super DIRT Week. Making his fourth career 358-Modified 150 start but first since 1998, the bilingual auctioneer patiently stayed out of trouble the whole way to emerge with a surprise podium finish.

“It was a great run for us,” said Boisvert, whose third-place finish bested Mario Clair’s fourth-place run in 2008 among Quebec drivers who have competed in the 150. “We brought our (Autodrome Granby) Friday-night ride here with the engine we run every Friday, and it was just good stuff. The team prepared me a good car and it was lots of fun racing with those guys. To see Brett and Fuller and then me – we compare ourselves to them, so to race with them and finish behind them is just great.

“We’re very happy,” he continued. “The weather was fantastic all week. We had great food, we had great people all around us. It was so much fun. To see everybody come over and congratulate me after the race was special.”

Six different drivers led the race, with Ronnie Johnson the only entrant to set the pace on two occasions (laps 1-23 and 98-117). Marc Johnson of Guilderland, N.Y., led laps 24-37; DIRTcar 358-Modified points leader Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., paced laps 38-73 before making his mandatory pit stop; Friesen led laps 98-117; and Dunn ran up front for laps 118-149.

Friesen’s fate was nearly as difficult to swallow as Dunn’s. The two-time Syracuse 200 champion appeared primed to write a spectacular comeback story after failing to log a time-trial lap on Thursday due to a blown engine. Using an engine borrowed from fellow racer Jeremy Wilder, he drove forward from the last starting spot (28th) to finish third in Friday’s second 20-lap heat race and then established himself as the cream of Saturday’s crop before pulling up lame on lap 97 while leading.

The race was slowed by five caution flags for 27 laps. All were for slowed or stopped cars: Yan Bussiere of Drummondville, Que. (lap 21); Ryan Arbuthhnot of Renfrew, Ont. (lap 40); Willy Decker of Vernon, N.Y. (lap 70); Chris Raabe of Napanee, Ont. (lap 85); and Carey Terrance of Hogansburg, N.Y. (ran out of gas on lap 136 while fourth).

Finishing in positions 6-10 was Andy Bachetti of Great Barrington, Mass.; J.R. Heffner of Stephentown, N.Y., who registered his first top-10 finish if five career 150 starts; Marc Johnson, who recorded his third top-10 finish in four 150 appearances; Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa.; and McCreadie, who was put behind his rivals after he had to pit twice during the first caution period because his pit stall was blocked by other cars on his first attempt.

NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLII concludes on Sunday (Oct. 12) with the running of the $50,000-to-win big-block Modified Syracuse 200. Also on Sunday’s card is the DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship 25.

For the latest news and updates about NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week and DIRTcar Racing, visit www.SuperDirtWeekOnline.com, “like” the Super DIRT Week and DIRTcar Racing Facebook pages or follow the Twitter feeds @SuperDIRTWeek and @DIRTcarNE.

‘Salute to the Troops’ DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship 150 Results
1. Brett Hearn
2. Tim Fuller
3. Alain Boisvert
4. Jimmy Horton
5. Matt Billings
6. Andy Bachetti
7. J.R. Heffner
8. Marc Johnson
9. Rick Laubach
10. Tim McCreadie
11. Erick Rudolph
12. Larry Wight
13. Mat Williamson
14. Mario Clair
15. Wayne Jelley
16. Kenny Tremont Jr.
17. Jeff Sykes
18. Donnie Corellis
19. Andrew Krause
20. Bob McGannon
21. Pat Ward
22. Brian McDonald
23. Tim Sears Jr.
24. Billy Dunn
25. Carey Terrance
26. Chad Brachmann
27. Billy Decker
28. David Hebert
29. Dale Planck
30. Kevin Albert
31. Darwin Greene
32. Brandon Sweet
33. Jimmy Blewett
34. Clement Therrien
35. Ronnie Johnson
36. Stewart Friesen
37. Chris Raabe
38. Willy Decker
39. Ryan Arbuthnot
40. Yan Bussierel

Time of Race: 1 hour, 53 mins., 52 secs.

Lap Leaders: R. Johnson (1-23); M. Johnson (24-37); Rudolph (38-73); Friesen (74-97); R. Johnson (98-117); Dunn (118-149); Hearn (150)

Caution Flags: 5 for 27 laps

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Terrance & Marc Johnson Claim Victories In DIRTcar 358-Modified Heat Races During S-T-R Trailer Repair ‘Friday Night Lights’

New Yorkers Earn First-Ever Triumphs At Syracuse Mile During NAPA Super DIRT Week

SYRACUSE, NY – Oct. 11, 2013 – Carey Terrance of Hogansburg, N.Y., and Marc Johnson of Guilderland, N.Y., combined to give a fresh look to NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week Victory Lane as each earned first-ever triumphs at the one-mile New York State Fairgrounds in the Twin 20-lap DIRTcar 358-Modified heat races that were part of the S-T-R Trailer Repair ‘Friday Night Lights’ qualifying program.

Terrance, 32, controlled the first 20-lapper from start-to-finish, while the 33-year-old Johnson inherited the top spot when race-long pacesetter Chris Raabe of Napanee, Ont., slowed on a lap-18 restart and marched on to capture the second heat race. Both drivers collected $1,000 checks for their efforts.

The key move for Terrance in the evening’s first small-block qualifier came on the original start. Taking advantage of his outside pole starting spot, he outgunned front-row mate Ronnie Johnson of Duanesburg, N.Y., to assume immediate command and never looked back.

In a race slowed by just a single caution flag on lap 11, Terrance kept Johnson at arm’s length throughout the distance and beat the pole winner for Saturday’s ‘Salute to the Troops’ DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship 150 to the finish line by 1.653 seconds.

“I knew from running the ‘Futures’ race with the big-block (earlier on Friday) that (the track) was one lane getting in to turn one,” said Terrance, who is in contention for the overall DIRTcar 358-Modified points championship. “I took the lead in that race but the caution came out and I had to go back to second, so I knew the initial start (in the 358-Modified heat) would be crucial. I had to try and get an edge there on (Johnson) and I just pushed it on the start and the officials said it was good.”

The checkered flag continues a dream NAPA Super DIRT Week for Terrance, who was the lone driver to qualify among the top six in both big-block and 358-Modified time trials on Thursday. He will make his seventh career start in Saturday’s 358-Modified Championship 150 and his first-ever appearance in the Syracuse 200 on Sunday.

“This is the overall best effort we’ve ever put in for DIRT Week,” said Terrance, whose career-best finish in the 358-Modified Championship 150 is a ninth in 2012. “We’re here with a big-block too and we’ve gotten a lot of help from Matt and Bobby Hearn (at Teo-Pro Car), and so far being fast in time trials with both cars and winning the heat really has us excited.”

Defending DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship 150 winner Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., finished third in the first heat, running steadily behind the leaders for the entire distance. Five-time 150 victor Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., was fourth and Tim Sears Jr. of Clay, N.Y., placed fifth.

Donnie Corellis of Averill Park, N.Y., who finished 15th, claimed the final transfer spot to the 150.

Marc Johnson was a surprised – but also very satisfied – winner of the second 20-lapper. He felt resigned to finishing second after chasing Raabe from the start, but when Raabe slowed off turn two following a lap-18 restart Johnson obligingly accepted the top spot and didn’t let it go.

With Raabe limping onto the inside cinder track to keep the race under green-flag conditions, Johnson steered his family-owned Troyer car across the finish line 0.964 of a second in front of St. Catharines, Ont.’s Mat Williamson.

“I was on the hammer (trying to catch Raabe) but I was down a little on gear,” said Johnson, a regular at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., who is no relation to former Syracuse 200-winning Johnsons Jack, Alan and Danny. “They were handling me pretty good on the restarts, but we caught a break and were able to get a win.”

Johnson will make his fourth career start in the 358-Modified Championship 150. He’s run strong in all three of his previous appearances, finishing as high as sixth in 2010.

“We put everything into this, we work really hard and we’ve run well here, so we’re really excited,” said Johnson. “The first year we were here (in ’09) we finished ninth, won the Rookie of the Race and won the Hard Charger Award. The next year we finished sixth and led some laps, and last year we were good but overheated. We feel pretty good about our chances tomorrow.”

The drive of the second 20-lapper was authored by Stewart Friesen of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., who started last (28th) because he didn’t log a qualifying lap on Thursday after losing an engine. With a borrowed engine under his car’s hood he charged through the field to finish third, solidly putting him into the 150 field.

Billy Dunn of Watertown, N.Y., and overall DIRTcar 358-Modified points leader Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

The second heat was slowed by three caution flags, including one on lap 14 for a hard turn-three crash involving Chad Jeseo of Averill Park, N.Y.

The ‘Salute to the Troops’ 358-Modified Championship 150 is scheduled to get the green flag on Saturday (Oct. 12) at 1:30 p.m.

For more information on NAPA Super DIRT Week, visit www.SuperDIRTWeekonline.com.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Heat No. 1 Finish (20 laps): 1. Carey Terrance, 2. Ronnie Johnson, 3. Tim McCreadie, 4. Billy Decker, 5. Tim Sears Jr., 6. Brett Hearn, 7. Larry Wight, 8. J.R. Heffner, 9. Jeff Sykes, 10. Alain Boisvert, 11. Mario Clair, 12. Dale Planck, 13. David Hebert, 14. Rick Laubach, 15. Donnie Corellis, 16. Brandon Sweet, 17. Bob McGannon, 18. Kevin Albert, 19. Yan Bussiere, 20. Jasmin Leveillee, 21. Brian McDonald, 22. Darwin Greene, 23. John McClelland, 24. Rich Scagliotta, 25. Henry Maier, 26. Brian Swarthout, 27. Aaron Jacobs (DNS) Bob Sarkisian, Ryan Godown

DIRTcar 358-Modified Heat No. 2 Finish (20 laps): 1. Marc Johnson, 2. Mat Williamson, 3. Stewart Friesen, 4. Billy Dunn, 5. Erick Rudolph, 6. Pat Ward, 7. Kenny Tremont, 8. Willy Decker, 9. Tim Fuller, 10. Andy Bachetti, 11. Jimmy Horton, 12. Andrew Krause, 13. Jimmy Blewett, 14. Wayne Jelley, 15. Chad Brachmann, 16. Clement Therrien, 17. Tim Currier, 18. Ryan Arbuthnot, 19. Scott Flammer, 20. Tommy Flannigan, 21. Neal Williams, 22. Olden Dwyer, 23. Chris Raabe, 24. Matt Billings, 25. Chad Jeseo, 26. Jeff Rockefeller, 27. Scott Boudinot, 28. Gary Wagner (DNS) Dan Humes, Dominic Buffalino, John Lutes Jr.

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DEADLINE FOR GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY BANQUET TICKET PURCHASES APPROACHING

Bechtelsville, PA October 4, 2013 . . . Champions will be honored and a variety of special awards will be presented when the annual Grandview Speedway Awards Banquet takes place on Saturday, November 16th at the Gilbertsville, PA Fire Co. Social Hall.

The deadline for ticket purchases has been set for October 25th. That means all ticket orders must be in the hands of Vicki Gehris by that date. Tickets are priced at $35 and includes a home style roast beef and ham dinner. The award presentations will be followed by music for dancing. Orders may be placed with Vicki at 610.367.2776.

Craig VonDohren of Oley will be honored as the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified champion for the seventh time. Jared Umbenhauer (Richland) will receive the NASCAR Sportsman championship honors for the second time and Jason Miller (New Tripoli) will walk off with the NASCAR Late Model championship awards for the first time.

A number of special awards will be presented including Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Driver, and a number of others.

Information on events still to be presented at Grandview Speedway in 2013 can be had at 610.754.7688 and www.grandviewspeedway.com.

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JOE DGIEN WINS 9TH ANNUAL LYLE SHERWOOD MEMORIAL

Wonderling, Jackson, Marlatt, Kreidler also victorious.

By Paul Harkenrider

(WOODHULL NY) Patience and car setup was the secret to wining the biggest Modified race of the 2013 season up on the high banks.  Brady Fultz brought the 25 car starting field to the opening green flag, but it was Dan Pompey out of Nicholson, Pennsylvania jumping into the early lead where he would stay until the 2013 Modified Track Champion, Donnie Lawson would take over the lead on lap 18. Then as laps ticked away and with the help of several caution flags,  Joe Dgein, who had to win a consolation race to even qualify into the 50 lap special got himself all the way up into the runner up position. Then on lap 43, mechanical issues on Lawson machine forced him go pit side. On the restart, it was the Avoca native, Joe Dgien picking up his first ever feature win at the Woodhull Raceway and the 9th Annual Lyle Sherwood Memorial. Dan Pompey finished in second, followed, Mike Bowman, Brady Fultz and Kenny Peoples Jr.

In the ISKY Cams BRP Can Am 360 LM Championship race, it was Jeremy Wonderling, leading all 50 laps. However, he came up just short to John Waters in the series finale as John Waters was able to take home his first career BRP Can Am Series Championship after a very impressive month of racing in September. Glen Whritenour finished in second, followed by Waters, Mike Wonderling Jr, and Ray Bliss, the 2013 Rookie of the Year for the series.

The GRIT 602 Carte Sportsman series put on a 30 lap show and the winner was Mike Jackson who started on the pole and led a majority of the race to pick up his second feature of the year, despite only running four races during the limited season. Bob Buono finished in second followed by Boyd Mactavish and Ray Bliss. In the Crate Sportsman Non Winner’s Race presented by NAPA, it was Chris Fisher picking up the win.

That concludes the 2013 racing season at the Woodhull Raceway.   Up next will be the Annual Awards Banquet set for Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Watson Homestead in East Campbell, NY..  Plans are already underway for the 2014 season which will kick off in March with the Annual Arnot Mall Car Show. Plans also call for an April 2014 race kick off to start year number 50 at the Woodhull raceway.

Small Block/ Big Block Modified’s ( LYLE SHERWOOD MEMORIAL-50 LAPS) Feature: JOE DGIEN(1), Dan Pompey, Mike Bowman, Brady Fultz, Kenny Peoples Jr, Alan Rudalavage, Casey Pavlick, Frank Dunning, Brad Rapp, Brent Wilcox, Stacey Jackson, Ron White, Kevin Chilson,  Jim Holden, Brian Doolittle, Donnie Lawson, Mike Bills, Bryon Worthing, Bryce Davis, Randy Chrysler, Ray Bliss, Steve Hartman Jr, Ron Cartwright, Dale Welty, Steve Paine 

Heats: Brady Fultz, Alan Rudalavage, Donnie Lawson, Stacy Jackson. Consolations: Joe Dgien

BRP late model feature: JEREMY WONDERLING, Glen Writenour, John Waters, Mike Wonderling, Ray Bliss, Brian Knowles, Jason McGregor, Jay McConnell, Buck Payne, Steve LeBarron, Tracy Dunn, Mick Seeley, Bruce Miller, Jason Knowles, Josh Smith, Cecil LeBarron, Jerry Wilson, Mike Wonderling, Jarred Hill, Wally Wade 

Crate Sportsman Feature: MIKE JACKSON (2) Bob Buono, Boyd Mactavish, John Hargrave, Ray Bliss, Ryan Olsommer, Chris Daugherty, Ron White, Dale Welty, Another Stockman, Brett Buono, Jim Johnston, Bobby Peoples, Collin Brown, Dave Marcucilli, Geoff Powell, Dillon Groover, Cory Costa, Roger Williams, Josh sawyer, Donnie Knowles, Ray Smith, Steve Hartman Sr, Chris Fisher

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY TO CLOSE OUT SEASON THIS SUNDAY

MINERSVILLE, PA - September 27th, 2013

Track owners/promoters Jake and Jasmine Smulley present the final event of the season at Big Diamond Speedway this coming Sunday, September 29th.  On the card will be the ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds in a 25 lap feature event, along with the USS Achey Sportsmen, Savage 61 Roadrunners, and Anthracite Coal Delivery Street Stocks all competing in 20 lap feature events.

2013 track champions will also be crowned Sunday.  Craig Von Dohren needs only to finish 23rd or better in the Modified feature to secure his second consecutive track title.  Sportsman point leader Jared Umbenhauer simply needs to attempt to qualify to wrap up his first ever Big Diamond Speedway title.  Mike Walls has a commanding lead in the Street Stock standings.  Marc Berzowski has already clinched the Roadrunner championship.

This event will mark the end of what has been a very successful first season under the Smulley ownership.  First time ever events such as the big block/small block "Money in the Mountains", which paid $7,500 to win and $500 to take the green, and the "Prelude to the Coal Cracker", which paid $4,000 to win and $400 to take the green, turned out huge cars counts and crowds alike.  Two old time fan favorites, the Street Stock division and the Roadrunner Crazy 8's, made their return to the track this season.  Four different $3,000 to win and $300 to take the green Modified specials were sprinkled in for good measure, along with the long running and always successful Georgie Stevenson Memorial and Coal Cracker 72 events.  The Late Models made a late season appearance at the track, and turned out a nice field of 18 cars and lots of fan excitement.  So much that they have been added for at least 13 events in 2014. FANDEMONIUM, a night where free grandstand admission was offered to all, was a huge success, leading to a standing room only crowd. The always highly anticipated 410 Sprint Speed Week show was again a gigantic success.

All in all it was a great 2013, and plans are already underway for an even better 2014 racing season.

Come join us for the final event of 2013 this Sunday, and cheer on all the stars and cars that made 2013 a memorable one.

Gates open at 4 PM, with warm-ups at 5:45 PM and the first heat hitting the track at 6:15 PM.

Grandstand general admission is $15, with seniors, students (ages 13 to 17) and active military (all with proper ID) admitted for $13.  As always, kids 12 and under are admitted free.

Pit participation fees are $30 for members and $40 for non-members.

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Tire/Engine Rules Clarification for All Star Cup Championship on Thursday October 3rd, 2013

New Egypt, NJ- Just a week and a half remains until the inaugural All Star Cup Championship on Thursday October 3rd, 2013 at New Egypt Speedway in New Egypt, New Jersey.

Drivers participating in the $10,000 to win 40-lap 358 modified race must run a spec 358 small block motor.  IF A MOTOR IS NOT SEALED, participants must go through tech inspection at the speedway prior to the event. Tech will begin at noon Thursday October 3rd.

In addition, to clarify the tire rule, all tires MUST BE AMERICAN RACER STAMPED and use these compounds: Left Front: 33; Right Front 38; Left Rear 44; Right Rear 48.

The popular Sportsman / FASTRAK Crate Sportsman will join the modifieds in a special $1,000 to win 20-lap feature.

Tech inspection will begin at noon, front gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 6:30pm and racing at 7pm.  Tickets are $30 and pit passes are $35.  The Sportsman will join the 358 Modifieds to round out the two-division show. New Egypt Speedway is located at 720 Route 539 in New Egypt, New Jersey.  For more information call the speedway at 609-758-1900 or visit us online at www.newegyptspeedway.net.

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Big Diamond Speedway
358 Modified Point Standings

1. Craig VonDohren 4371
2. Meme DeSantis   4137
3. Doug Manmiller  4126
4. Jeff Strunk     4103
5. Frank Cozze     3786
6. Kevin Albert Jr. 3540
7. Dale Hartz       3263
8. Ricky Yetter    3192
9. Kevin Smith     3156
10. Ray Swinehart   3012

Sportsman modified
1. Jared Umbenhauer 4442
2. Kevin Beach Jr. 4142
3. Doug Hendricks  3904
4. Ray Woodall Jr. 3827
5. Wayne Witmer    2602
6. Robin Schultz   3559
7. Tim Fitzpatrick 3458
8. Billy Moyer Jr. 3230
9. Andy Cozze      2948
10. Mike Lisowski   2946

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Big Diamond Speedway
Sunday
358 modified feature (25 Laps)
1) Dale Hartz 2) Ray Swinehart 3) Frank Cozze 4) Craig Von Dohren 5) Jeff Strunk 6) Doug Manmiller 7) Shawn Fitzpatrick 8 ) Tom Umbenhauer 9) Brad Brightbill 10) Kevin Albert Jr. 11) Brad Arnold 12) Dan Hineline 13) Jason Neidlinger 14) Kevin Hartnett 15) Kevin Smith 16) Meme Desantis 17) Ricky Yetter

Sportsman modified feature (20 Laps) 1) Tim Fitzpatrick 2) Kevin Beach Jr. 3) Robin Schultz 4) Jordan Henn 5) Craig Whitmoyer 6) Corey Renninger 7) Wayne Witmer 8 ) Ray Woodall Jr. 9) Andrew Cozze 10) Jared Umbenhauer 11) Doug Hendricks 12) Dean Bachman 13) TJ Fitzpatrick 14) Josh Hertzog 15) Rob Riegel 16) Jason James 17) Chad Putalavage

Roadrunner feature  (20 Laps) 1) Jim Kost 2) Jeremy Becker 3) Marc Berzowski 4) Kody Sites 5) Jason Brown 6) Andrew Fayash III 7) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 8 ) Jared Seigfried 9) Chris Holland 10) Kris Ney 11) Terry Kramer Jr. 12) Tom Hablett 13) Shon Elk 14) Tim Spesak 15) Christian Donatti 16) Devin Trexler 17) Kyle Killian

Roadrunners (20 Laps - From 9-21-2013) 1) Tom Hablett 2) Terry Kramer Jr. 3) Kris Ney 4) Kyle Killian 5) Jim Kost 6) Jeremy Becker 7) Marc Berzowski 8 ) Devin Trexler 9) Shon Elk 10) Jason Brown 11) Tim Spesak 12) Jared Seigfried 13) Andrew Fayash III 14) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 15) Chris Holland

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Chrysler Survives One Lap Dash for the Cash in Little Guy Nationals
 
Mercer, PA (September 22, 2013): Randy Chrysler saw his half lap lead evaporate when the caution flag came down instead of the checkers that he anticipated at Mercer Raceway Park. That gave J.R. McGinley one last shot at the win in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified portion of the 14th Annual Little Guy Nationals, but Chrysler was up to the task on the green-checker finish. The event attracted 197 cars for the second night of competition, presented by American Racer Tire, Ben Bissett Chevrolet, Rock Concrete, and East Penn Carriers.

After reaching victory lane, Randy Chrysler let out a big whoop of joy. It was a difficult weekend for him. "We were running second on Friday night, and we started losing power, we thought it was the tranny, but it may have been the engine." He continued, "so, my two crew guys went back to Niagara Falls to get the back-up car and they didn't make it back until five in the morning." With Saturday's rain-out, however, they were able to catch up on their sleep and get the other car ready for battle.

Eric Gabany grabbed the lead at the start of the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature, but his bid for a double on Little Guy Nationals weekend quickly came to an end. Randy Chrysler powered by him following a lap five restart. While Gabany held second for a few more circuits, J.R. McGinley climbed into second before the second stoppage of the event. While the field was realigning, Gabany drove off the track with a badly smoking engine.

Meanwhile, Chrysler was busy building up a substantial lead. McGinley was locked in a struggle with Jimmy Holden for second. Frankie Guidace, the divisional champion, put on a late race charge for fourth.

As the leader was charging through turns three and four, and with the checkers in sight, two cars fighting for position at the rear of the field tangled right in front of Chrysler. As the caution waved, Chrysler picked his way through the accident scene.

The final restart posed a quandary for Chrsyler. As the field circulated under the yellow, he looked for his crew to give him a signal for the lane choice on the final restart. Three of them signaled for the outside and two for the inside. Chrysler cast the deciding vote, taking the inside. The choice proved to be the right one, as he was able to open several car lengths immediately upon the final showing of the green flag.

McGinley's solid second place finish gave him another win in his private bet with Kyle FInk, who wound up in the fifth spot. This side bet allowed McGinley to shave Fink's head!

Holden, Guidace, and Fink completed the top five. Gary Smoker, Andy Priest, Steve Barr, Lonny Riggs, and Tommy Marshall, III were the next five finishers.

The feature race was marred by a multi-car car pile-up between turns three and four on lap two. Sid Unversagt, Jr. turned over, but was unhurt. Fortunately, most of the cars were able to resume the race.

The heat winners were Chrysler, Gabany and Fink. There was no B Main.

Michael Bauer, the divisional champion, led the entire 25 lap distance to take win in the Bonnell's Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Bauer was worried when he saw C.J. Jones' number 10 appear on the scoreboard. "I saw C.J. on the scoreboard moving up there, and I knew that it would be a hard fight to the end."

Bauer's concern materialized, as Jones was able to close in on him in the waning laps. "The tire went away with four to go, and we had to struggle our way through the traffic."

Although Jones had a couple of cautions to bring the leader back to him, he could never make a serious bid for the lead on the restarts. Bauer was always able to get away cleanly. But, he did close significantly at the end of the race to make thinks a bit more difficult for the young divisional champion.

Brandon Matus did a fine job moonlighting in the McMillin 5, taking third spot. Andy Feil raced home in fourth. Chris Matthews was moved up to the fifth spot when Adam Kekich came up light at the scales in Don Blaney's number 11.

Mike Miller placed sixth, after turning a 360 earlier in the event and being relegated to the tail of the field. Ralph Engel, Jr., Greg Dobrosky, Jimmy Morris, and Mike Marano, II completed the top ten.

The heat wins went to Jones and Marano. There was no B Main.

358 Modifieds: Randy Chrysler, J.R. McGinley, Jimmy Holden, Frankie Guidace, Kyle Fink, Gary Smoker, Andy Priest, Steve Barr, Lonny Riggs, Tommy Marshall, III, Andy Paden, Matt Reeher, Eric Beggs, Mark Spence, Mario WIlliams, Jimmy Parenti, Shawn Fleeger, Kyle Holden, Rick Kress, Dillon Barr, Eric Gabany, Clyde Gumpp, Shayne Pierce, Richard Whitney, Sid Unversagt, Jr., Max Smoker.

Outlaw Sprint Warriors: Michael Bauer, C.J. Jones, Brandon Matus, Andy Feil, Chris Matthews, Mike Miller, Ralph Engel, Jr., Greg Dobrosky, Jimmy Morris, Mike Marano, II, Tyler Graves, Greg Frederick, Kotie Kirkbride, Cody Braden, Joe McEwen, Adam Kekich (DQ).

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Godown Rushes Past Everyone to Post his 8th Win at New Egypt
 
New Egypt, NJ (September 21, 2013) – Ryan Godown of Ringoes, NJ won his eighth feature of the season on Saturday evening as he captured the 30-lap 358 Modified feature on Football Night. Godown charged thru the pack to the lead in just 11 laps, beating current point leader Billy Pauch to the front and went on to win by 4 car lengths over the five time champ.
 
Neal Williams grabbed the lead from his front row starting spot and controlled the opening laps of the event. Williams enjoyed a sizeable advantage until yellow flags began slowing the pace 7 laps into the event. By lap 10, Godown and Pauch were up to 2nd and fourth respectively and when the green flag waved on the restart, this duo raced by Williams and began to pull away. Pauch dogged Godown the rest of the event, however never could muster enough to pull alongside the #747. Godown slowly opened up a little breathing room over the last five laps, but not enough to ever feel comfortable. At the finish it was Godown beating Pauch by just 3 car lengths. The victory for Godown was career win 28 for him at NES. Pauch settled for second and held on to the point lead by just 7 points going into the final night of the season next week with Twin 20 lap Modified features on the schedule.  Tad Cox had another strong night finishing third, which is his tenth consecutive top ten finish.  Neal Williams finished fourth as he battled with Cox right to the final turn & Willie Osmun rounded out the top five.
 
The ARDC Midgets made their third and final stop at New Egypt in 2013 Saturday night and for the third time, Steve Buckwalter of Royersford, PA took the victory. Buckwalter, who became a dad for the second time earlier in the week and then captured the 410 Sprint Feature at Williams Grove Speedway Friday, capped off the week sweeping the ARDC season at NES by posting his 7th career win at the track. Series point leader Trevor Kobylarz chased Buckwalter the entire event but to no avail, settling for second. Brendan Bright finished third, followed by Bruce Buckwalter Jr. and Nick Wean.
 
The Crate Sportsman 20 lap feature event was won for the second time this season by Chuck Steuer of Bohemia, NY. Steuer led the entire event but had to hold off numerous challenges from Matt McAnally, including a last lap charge that saw the two side by side for the final half of a lap. McAnally tried a cross over move on the final turn but fell less than a car length short at the finish. Andrew Bohn came home in third, chased by Mike Butler and Mike Carman.  
 
Next Saturday, September 28th, New Egypt Speedway will present Championship Night sponsored by National Parts Supply. The evening will feature Twin 20 lap feature events for the 358 Modifieds, with the 2013 358 Modified championship on the line. Going into this final night 5-time champion Billy Pauch holds a slim 7 point advantage over defending champ Ryan Godown. Double point feature events for the Sportsman and Street Stocks are also on tap. The 2013 division champion will be crowned at the conclusion of each of these events as well. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with the first race starting at 6:00 pm.  For more information call the speedway office at (609) 758-1900 or log on to www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway.
 
NES RESULTS 9/21/13
358 MODIFIED Feature (30 Laps): 1. Ryan Godown 2. Billy Pauch 3. Tad Cox 4. Neal Williams 5. Willie Osmum 6. Gary Butler 7. Rocco Infante 8. David Van Horn 9. Rick Holsten 10. Tommy Farrell 11. DJ Ruppert 12.John Stangle 13. Steve Davis 14. Brad Freeman 15. Bob Drayton 16. PJ Oliver 17. Doug Ostwald 18. Chris Grbac 19. Jimmy Blewett 20. Bill Pauch Jr. 21. Matt Papiez
DNS: Sammy Piazza

FASTRAK CRATE SPORTSMAN Feature (20 Laps): 1. Chuck Steuer 2. Matt McAnally 3. Andrew Bohn 4. Mikey Butler 5. Mike Carman 6. Chuckles Stone 7. John Micek 8. Ryan Simmons 9. Jordan Cox 10. Kyle Bostick 11. Bob Rambone 12. Dean Conk Jr. 13. Jeremy Martino 14. Jarrett Rozycki 15. Scott Hyland 16. Melissa Scarpati 17. Joe Dill 18. Frank Dorry
DQ: Jesse Dill, Ron Barnstead 
 
ARDC MIDGET Feature (20 Laps): 1. Steve Buckwalter 2. Trevor Kobylarz 3. Brenden Bright 4. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. 5. Nick Wean 6. Tim Buckwalter 7. Steve Drevicki 8. PJ Gargiulo 9. Brett Wanner 10. Billy Pauch Jr. 11. Jason Rice 12. Tony Dimattia 13. Steve Craig 14. Billy Courtwright 15. Mark Gilmore 16. Brett Arndt 17. Greg Fitzpatrick 18. Ryan Greth 19. Shawn Jackson 20. Curt Michael 21. Jim Radney 22. Kyle Lick
 
NES Point Standings thru 9/21/2013
358 Modifieds           
 DRIVER (* denotes wins)      POINTS
1          Billy Pauch*(5)          967
2          Ryan Godown*(8)      960
3          Gary Butler**            891
4          Willie Osmun**         875
5          David Van Horn*       873
6          Neal Williams*          857
7          Tad Cox                     856
8          Rocco Infante*           751
9          John Stangle             736
10        Rick Holsten            714
11        Doug Ostwald         697
12        Sammy Piazza            682
13        Tim Apgar               676
14        Jimmy Blewett*         653
15        P.J. Oliver               647
16        Tommy Farrell III       588
17        John McClelland        578
18        Ron John Koczon       468
19        Chris Grbac           459
20        DJ Ruppert            437

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Mario Clair claims historic DIRTcar 358-Modified Series event at RPM Speedway

Clair's victory takes him to second in series points

St-Marcel-de Richelieu Quebec - Saturday, September 21, 2013 - Martin Bélanger, DIRTcar Correspondant- Mario Clair made history on Friday evening becoming the first driver to win a DIRTcar 358-Modified Series event at Le RPM Speedway. Clair took the lead on a lap 76 restart and resisted charges from Chris Raabe in the final portion claiming his first DIRTcar 358-Modified Series event of the season.

Pierre Dagenais and Mat Williamson were on the top row of 26-car field that took the initial green in the 100-lap event. Williamson quickly jumped to the lead as Chris Raabe got to second. Carey Terrance hit the outside wall in turn 4 with 2 laps completed.

Only 1 green lap was done when Daniel Rivard stopped in turn 2 and the yellow was back out. Williamson charged to the lead as RPM Speedway promoter Yan Bussière grabbed third on the issuing restart.

Williamson lead, followed by Raabe in second and Bussiere in third, and the event started to pick up a good rhythm when Brian McDonald hit the wall hard in the front stretch.

While Williamson retained the lead, Steve Bernard was able to pass Yan Bussière for third when the green light came back. Local runner Suzie Langlois slowed the field down on lap 31.

When flagman Benoit Savoie showed the green, the top 2 remained the same as Mario Clair was able to move up to the third spot. A good battle occurred for the lead as a 3-car tangled happened just in front of the flag stand.

At the halfway point, still under caution, Williamson still in the lead over Raabe, Clair, Bussière and veteran Claude Brouillard rounding out the top 5.

Green lights came back on lap 52 with Williamson and Raabe on the top row with Clair behind him, Brouillard, Bussière and Dominic Dufault in the mix for fifth just before Kevin Hamel slowed the field down.

A lap 58 restart saw Clair taking second over Raabe, but the young gun regained his position on lap 60. Another 3-car accident occurred in turn 4.

Williamson kept the lead as the top 5 stayed intact on the restart.

A lap 75 restart saw Williamson and Raabe got slightly together and Mario Clair slipped by and took the lead. Behind the leader, Willamson was involved in an accident with Hebert also in the mix in turn 4 on lap 77.

Using the outside lane, Clair powered by Raabe in the lead; Claude Brouillard was now behind the two leaders with only 20 laps to be completed. Running in the top 5 most of the feature, Bussière stopped in the backstretch

Clair, using the top lane, out-dueled Raabe in the last portion of the event and claimed his first DIRTcar 358-Series win of 2013 over Chris Raabe and Claude Brouillard.

Clair was pretty happy in the winner's circle: ''we battled hard for this win'', moving up to second in points with this win the #22 driver noted the points chase.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Race #7-Le RPM Speedway, September 20th, 2013 Le RPM 100 Event Summary

Feature Results: 22c Mario Clair, 01 Chris Raabe, 3 Claude Brouillard, 22j Gino Clair, 1h David Hebert, 25r Erick Rudolph, 54 Steve Bernard, 6 Mat Williamson, 63 Dominic Dufault, 39x Alex Therrien, 66x Carey Terrance, 39 Alan Therrien, 37 Paul St-Sauveur, 98 Jacques Pelletier, 124 Pierre Dagenais, r70 Ryan Arbuthnot, 44 Sebastien Gougeon, 23 Dany Bilodeau, 21 Yan Bussière, 25b Steve Bernier, 10x Dale Planck, 13 Kevin Hamel, 22p Patrick Beaumier, 146 Daniel Rivard, 31 Suzie Langlois, 151 Brian McDonald

LAP LEADERS:  Willamson (1-75); Clair (76-100)

Heat Races (8 laps, top 4 went to redraw, top 6 qualify)
H1: McDonald, G.Clair, Hebert, Dagenais, Alex Therrien, St-Sauveur, Arbuthnot, Beaumier
H2: Rudolph, Hebert, Bernard, Bussiere, Bilodeau, Dufault, Terrance, Hamel, Langlois
H3: S.Bernier, Williamson, Brouillard, Gougeon, M.Clair, J.Lalancette, Planck, Alan Therrien, Rivard

Le RPM Speedway DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Race #7 Roster (26)
01 Chris Raabe - Napanee, Ontario
1H David Hebert - St-Damase, Quebec
3 Claude Brouillard - Tracy, Quebec
6 Mat Williamson - St. Catharines, Ontario
10x Dale Planck - Cortland, N.Y.
13 Kevin Hamel - Yamaska, Quebec
21 Yan Bussiere - Drummondville, Quebec
22c Mario Clair - Drummondville, Quebec
22j Gino Clair - St-Germain, Quebec
22p Patrick Beaumier - Granby, Quebec
23b Dany Bilodeau - Victoriaville, Quebec
25 Erick Rudolph - Ransomville, N. Y.
25B Steve Bernier - St-Hyacinthe, Quebec
31 Suzie Langlois - Yamaska, Quebec
37 Paul St-Sauveur - La Presentation, Quebec
39 Alan Therrien - Victoriaville, Quebec
39x Alex Therrien - Victoriaville, Quebec
44 Sebastien Gougeon - Drummondville, Quebec
54 Steve Bernard - Granby, Quebec
63 Dominic Dufault - Ste-Victoire-de-Sorel, Quebec
66x Carey Terrance - Hogansburg, N. Y.
R70 Ryan Arbuthnot - Renfrew, Ontario
98 Jacques Pelletier - St-Francois-du-Lac, Quebec 
24 Pierre Dagenais - Gatineau, Quebec
146 Daniel Rivard - Granby, Quebec
151 Brian McDonald - Cornwall, Ontario
 
2013 DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Schedule
Mon. May 20, Merrittville Speedway, Thorold, Ont. - Matt Sheppard
Mon. July 1st, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ont. - Matt Sheppard
Wed. July 3, Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville, N. Y. - Chad Brachmann
Sun. Sept. 1, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ont. - Steve Bernard
Fri. Sept. 6, Autodrome Drummond, Drummondville, Que. - David Hebert
Fri. Sept. 13, Mohawk International Raceway, Akwesasne, N. Y. - Matt Sheppard
Fri. Sept. 20, Le RPM Speedway, St-Marcel De Richelieu, Que. - Mario Clair
Sat. Sept. 21, Brighton Speedway, Brighton, Ont. - 100 laps
Wed. Oct. 9, Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, N. Y. - 75 laps
Thurs. Oct. 10, Rolling Wheels Raceway, Elbridge, N. Y. - 75 laps
Sat. Oct. 12, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, N. Y. - 150 laps
Sat. Oct. 19, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Brockville, Ont. - 100 laps

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Racing at Brighton Speedway canceled due to inclement weather

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series race will not be rescheduled

BRIGHTON, ONTARIO - Saturday, September 21, 2013 - The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series race scheduled for tonight at Brighton Speedway have been canceled due to inclement weather. The race will not be rescheduled.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series continues Wednesday, Oct. 9, for a NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week special at Weedsport Speedway.

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Day 2 of Little Guys National postponed on Sunday
 
Mercer, PA  (September 21, 2013):  Due to steady rains, the second day of Mercer Raceway Park's Little Guy Nationals has been postponed until Sunday afternoon, September 22.  Gates will open at noon, with racing to start at 2 p.m.

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Gabany Tops 358 Modifieds on Night One of Little Guy Nationals

Mercer, PA (September 20, 2013): Over 180 cars, 183 to be exact, registered to compete in night number one of the Little Guy Nationals at Mercer Raceway Park, presented by American Racer Tires. Taking the win in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds was Eric Gabany with a dominant performance. The hometown driver was back on familiar turf, after spending most of the season racing his potent 358 Modified against the Big Blocks at a neighboring speedway.

The luck was with Jimmy Morris in the Bonnell's Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. He used a borrowed engine, but his big break came on a lap three restart when the leaders tangled and he managed to avoid getting collected in the melee.

A few weeks ago, Eric Gabany returned to the Mercer Raceway Park for a bit of a refresher. He explained that he learned a lot racing against the more powerful cars elsewhere, but he was glad to be home for this big double-header weekend. Once again, he had the outside groove mastered, so it was like he had never been away. "I knew that the outside would be hard to beat, but I was really worried about my weight." He continued, "with all those cautions, I ended up being about twelve pounds over, so it was pretty close."

Gabany jumped out to the early lead in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, and never looked back. Were he able to look over his shoulder, he would have seen J.R. McGinley and Kyle Fink waging an intense battle for second. By taking the position, McGinley also won their side bet. He got to dye Fink's hair. So, later in the program, McGinley and his crew led Fink and his associates to the flag stand, where the hair color was applied to all!

Andy Priest, reunited with his former car owner Ted Hull for the weekend, placed fourth, with Jeff Schaffer taking the fifth spot.

Shayne Pierce, a New York invader, was scored in sixth, just ahead of Andy Paden and Gary Smoker. Smoker came back from a spin early in the event. Shawn Fleeger and Carl Weatherby were next across the stripe.

The three heat wins went to Jimmy Holden, Shayne Pierce, and J.R. McGinley Clyde Gumpp captured the B Main.

Jimmy Morris romped home with the victory in the Bonnell's Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. He gave much of the credit to Gary Edwards, who set the car up for him after they installed the motor provided by Dan Demyan just a few days before the race. "This was the first time at the track that I didn't have to touch the car, I just sat back and watched." Morris added with a laugh, "this thing drove better than a Cadillac, I didn't even touch the wheel, it just turned itself."

Morris assumed the lead after a lap three restart. Almost all of the front-runners came together between turns one and two, but he jogged to the outside to avoid any impact. His car was a rocket thereafter.

Greg Dobrosky also benefited from that incident, and he rode home in second, almost a half lap behind the speedy Morris. Tyler Graves, the young New Yorker, claimed third. Divisional champion Michael Bauer was fourth, with Joe McEwen completing the top five.

Mike Miller was back in in his familiar ride, and he was sixth across the line. Chris Matthews placed seventh. C.J. Jones, one of the unfortunate victims of the lap three incident, recovered for eighth. Adam Kekich drove a borrowed car to ninth. Mike Marano, II, rounded out the top ten.

The heat winners were Bauer and Graves. There was no B Main.

358 Modifieds: Eric Gabany, J.R. McGinley, Kyle Fink, Andy Priest, Jeff Schaffer, Shayne Pierce, Andy Paden, Gary Smoker, Shawn Fleeger, Carl Weatherby, Tommy Marshall, III, Kyle Holden, Walo Williams, Greg Unrue, Jr., Eric Beggs, Sid Unvesagt, Jr., Lonny Riggs, Rich Whitney, Max Smoker, Steve Barr, Jimmy Holden, Randy Chrysler, Frank Guidace, Clyde Gumpp. DNQ: Rick Kress, Ray Aikins, Makayla Guidace, Steve Sevacko, Josh Seippel.

Outlaw Sprint Warriors: Jimmy Morris, Greg Doborsky, Tyler Graves, Michael Bauer, Joe McEwen, Mike Miller, Chris Matthews, C.J. Jones, Adam Kekich, Mike Marano, II, Andy Feil, Greg Frederick, Kotie Kirkbride, Cody Braden, Ralph Engel, Rob Felix, Jacob Lagastee, Skip Daugherty, Brian Wright.

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Action-packed weekend ahead for DIRTcar 358-Modified, Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock Series

Race weekends at Brighton Speedway and Le RPM Speedway

WEEDSPORT, N. Y. - With NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week just a few weeks away, some of the DIRTcar series are heating up for their final races before the "Moody Mile."

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series will be running this Friday, Sept. 20, at Le RPM Speedway in St. Marcel de Richlieu, Quebec, and Saturday, Sept. 21, at Brighton Speedway in Brighton, Ontario.

Erick Rudolph leads the series in points after a strong fourth-place finish Sunday, Sept. 15, at Mohawk International Raceway. DIRTcar stars Carey Terrance, Mat Wililamson, David Hebert and Mario Clair are all vying for the point lead, all within 100 points of Rudolph.

The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series is also running at both Canadian tracks, with the Sporstman Modified Series kicking off Brighton Speedway's Applefest Weekend Friday, Sept. 20, and then heading to Le RPM Speedway for a 50-lap special Saturday, Sept. 21.

Last year's DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Champion Joey Ladouceur leads in points for the DIRTcar Sportsman Series heading into the weekend's event, but Mathieu Desjardins in second and Brad Rouse in third are both ready to make their move for the top spot.

Stephane Lebrun currently leads in 2013 DIRTcar Pro Stock Series, and he'll be put to the test Saturday, Sept. 21, when the series invades Le RPM Speedway for a 50-lap feature. Pro Stock stars Dave Bissonnette, P. J. Peters, Rob Yetman, Jocelyn Roy, Roch Aubin and Alain Brochu are ready for the challenge in the series's last race before NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLII.

Racing starts at 7 p.m. Friday night at Brighton Speedway and 6 p.m. Saturday night. For more information about Applefest Weekend, visit www.brightonspeedway.com.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m. for both events at Le RPM Speedway. For more information, visit www.lerpmspeedway.com.

AT A GLANCE:

Friday, September 20:

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series at Le RPM Speedway

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series at Brighton Speedway

Saturday, September 21:

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series at Brighton Speedway

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series at Le RPM Speedway

DIRTcar Pro Stock Series at Le RPM Speedway

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14th Annual Little Guy Nationals at Mercer Raceway Park

Mercer, PA (September 17, 2013): It seems like only yesterday that the 2013 racing season was starting at Mercer Raceway Park, but now the final events are upon us. On Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, the speedway will conduct the 14th Annual Little Guy Nationals. This extravaganza of speed will highlight the support classes in two complete shows made possible with the help of American Racer Tires.

The Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds will top the card on both nights. They will race 25 laps for $1,000 on Friday. By racing just five more laps on Saturday, the winner will get double the money! Frankie Guidace, the 2013 divisional champion, will try to put an exclamation mark on his outstanding season. However, several New York invaders are expected to challenge for the top honors. Will any of the region's Big Block stars swap powerplants to try their luck?

Sprint Car fans will see the Bonnell's Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors take to the track for their final rounds of the 2013 season. Michael Bauer captured his first championship in a contest with Jimmy Morris that went right to the wire! Will they have to fight off some of the Western Ohio 305 Sprint stars, too? Friday the winner will earn $500, with $700 on the line on Saturday.

The pit gates will open at 3 p.m. Friday, with spectator gates opening an hour later. Practice will start at 6:15 and racing at 7. On Saturday, the pit gates will open at noon, with spectator gates opening at 1 p.m. Practice is set for 3 p.m. and racing at 4.

Friday's admission prices are as follows: adults $13, seniors (60+) $11, students (9-15) $5. The Family Pass, which is good for two adults and up to four minors of any age, will be $28. Pit passes will be $30.

Saturday's admission prices will be as follows: adults $15, seniors (60+) $13, students (9-15) $75. The Family Pass will be $32. Pit passes will be $35. Anyone bringing back their wristbands from Friday will receive a $5 discount on Saturday.

In the event of inclement weather, there will be arrangements made to complete the program on other available dates. Check the website, www.mercerracewaypark.com, for all of the details.

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STILL MORE RACING ON THE SCHEDULE AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, COPIES OF ANNUAL YEARBOOK/FREEDOM 76 PROGRAM STILL AVAILABLE

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 18, 2013 . . .           When Jeff Strunk won the 43rd Annual BPG Racing Freedom 76 Modified race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 14th, taking home more than $27,000, he pretty much brought an end to the regular weekly racing season at the NASCAR sanctioned Bechtelsville racing facility. However there are still a few special events.

That very same night Duane Howard, winner of nine NASCAR 358 Modified feature races at Grandview this season, was presented with a check in the amount of $10,000 for being the overall champion of the American Racer Cup Series. Howard also collected additional cash as the Grandview winner of the American Racer Cup.


When the top performers are honored at the annual awards banquet set for November 16th champion Craig VonDohren will pick up well in excess of $10,000 for his championship efforts from both NASCAR and the track owners Bruce and Theresa Rogers. Just shows that racers competing at Grandview are competing for some serious cash. Those wishing to attend the banquet can get information from Vicki Gehris at 610.367.2776.

Some special events still to go in the season includes the October 5th Outlaw Enduro which will feature 200-lap features for the big cars and the small cars plus racing for the Blast from the Past Vintage Cars which will allow racers from other clubs to participate. There will be a couple bicycles given away to youngsters. Racing will start at 7 p.m. Adult admission is just $10 with kids 12 and under admitted free.

On Saturday, October 19th the annual Halloween Thunder on the Hill events will be presented with five 25-lap features being presented that will include racing for the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, URC Sprints, ARDC midgets and Legends cars. In addition there will be a demo derby and a Vince’s Towing race for owners of race cars. It all starts at 6 p.m.

And on Sunday, November 10, 7 a.m. Grandview will be hosting their annual Flea Market that gives racers a chance to sell some of their old equipment. In addition there will be a variety of vendors on hand offering memorabilia and collectables. No charge to attend.     

Fans and racers wanting to obtain a copy of the 48-page BPG Racing Freedom 76 Program/Grandview Speedway Yearbook will be happy to know there are still copies available. The book includes eight pages of color photos, great composite color shots of the champions, champion stories by Brett Deyo and Randy Kane, a Freedom 76 history, recap of the season, point standings, feature winners list since 1963, Ernie Saxton writes about his departure as track announcer after 45 years, old timer’s page and much, much more. The book is priced at $9 including shipping and handling. Send check to ESC, Inc. 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047. Credit cards (Visa and MC) can be used when ordering two or more of the books at 215.752.7797.

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Matt Sheppard charges to victory in 358-Modified Series feature at Mohawk International Raceway

AKWESASNE, N. Y. - Monday, September 16, 2013 - After an impressive Super DIRTcar Series win Saturday night at Mohawk International Raceway, Matt Sheppard raced his way to his second victory of the weekend in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series race Sunday, Sept. 15.

Sheppard started 13th in the feature event after placing fourth in his heat, falling just short of the redraw. The JB Motorsports FX Caprara Car Companies/Xtreme Lubricant 9s team quickly adjusted to challenging track conditions, and Sheppard came back to the field ready to take on the 12 cars standing in the way of victory lane.

Heat race winner Carey Terrance redrew the pole, and starting on the inside of the front row next to Pete Britten. At the green flag they found out just how fast the inside of the track was, and Terrance charged ahead for the initial lead. Danny Johnson passed Britten from the inside of the second row, but Britten stayed at Johnson's rear bumper for several tracks.

In lap 10, Terrance slipped to the outside and Johnson cruised past him on the inside for the lead. Britten, Erick Rudolph and Mat Williamson were also able to get by on the fast inside lane.

A lap-20 caution brought the field back together for a double-file restart, and Johnson kept the lead off the restart. Britten, starting on the outside pole, fell behind Rudolph, Terrance, Williamson and Sheppard, who used the restart to crack the top 5.

Another yellow flag and restart in lap 24 gave Sheppard the opportunity to make his way to third after Terrance in second and Johnson in first. In lap 32, Sheppard managed to take Terrance on the inside, but the yellow flag waved before the completion of the lap, leaving him in third. Williamson had been turned around in turn 2, and the 6m took to the pits. Billy Dunn, Mohawk International Raceway's 358-Modified division champion, also pit under yellow.

Off the restart, Chris Raabe's 01 brought the yellow after stopping in the backstretch and Lee Ladouceur spun off a lap-34 restart to bring caution back of the track. Johnson clung to his lead off the restarts, and by lap 39 was lapping cars in the back of the field. The yellow lights were on again in lap 40 for Wiliamson, who again went to the rear of the field.

The leaders started to gain some momentum through some caution-free laps, and Sheppard was able to charge past Terrance in lap 47 to claim second and, in lap 49, pass Johnson for the lead. With nothing to hold him back, Sheppard continued forward, establishing a 10-car-length lead by lap 53.

By lap 56, Sheppard was almost half the track ahead of the rest of the field when Terrance got enough bit to get by Johnson for second. Sheppard was quickly approaching cars at the rear of the field, but lapped traffic didn't cause any problem for him as he kept powering forward.

"I definitely didn't want to get off that bottom," Sheppard said. "I wanted to get through them as clean as I could, but I really didn't want to take any unnecessary chances either. It's one of those races you never really know what's going to happen."

Lance Willix II brought caution in lap 60 with the 16 turned around. Sheppard led off the restart, still followed by Terrance in second and Johnson in third. The leaders again reached lapped traffic in lap 67, and Terrence nosed up to Sheppard hoping to find an opportunity to claim the top spot.

However, Pierre Dagenais clipped a tire in lap 70 to bring caution to the field and slow the pace. the 124 was towed off the track and the field returned to green, Sheppard keeping the lead for the remaining five laps.

Early race leaders Terrance came in second and Johnson third at the checkered flag. Rudolph finished fourth and Britten fifth to round out the top 5.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series continues with its last rounds before October's NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLII, taking on Le RPM Speedway Friday, Sept. 20, and Brighton Speedway Saturday, Sept. 21.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series

Mohawk International Raceway - September 15, 2013

Statistical Report

A-Main (75 laps): 1. 9s Matt Sheppard, 2. 66x Carey Terrance, 3. 27T Danny Johnson, 4. 25 Erick Rudolph, 5. 21a Pete Britten, 6. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot, 7. 7z Dale Planck, 8. 42P Pat Ward, 9. 151 Brian McDonald, 10. 99L Larry Wight, 11. Danny O'Brien, 12. 10c Tim Currier, 13. 22c Mario Clair, 14. 6m Mat Williamson, 15. 14 C. G. Morey, 16. 97 Michel Chicoine, 17. 47 Simon Perreault, 18. 3 Bill Mullin, 19. 55 Matt Woodruff, 20. 188 David Papineau, 21. 124 Pierre Dagenais, 22. 16 Lance Willix II, 23. 1H David Hebert, 24. 74 Neal Provost II, 25. M96 Lee Ladouceur, 26. 01 Chris Raabe, 27. 54 Steve Bernard, 28. 23 Billy Dunn, 29. 9J Jordan McCreadie, 30. 98H Justin Lalancette, 31. 34 George Foley, 32. 6 Pat O'Brien. DNS: 03 Zach Aubertine, 20 Brett Hearn

B-Main (10 laps): Clair, Bernard, D. O'Brien, Provost, Chicoine, Mullin, Morey, Foley, Papineau, Lalancette, Woodruff, Perreault. DNS: Hearn

Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, top 3 redraw)

Heat 1: Dunn, Rudolph, Arbuthnot, Sheppard, McCreadie, Mullin, Bernard, Woodruff

Heat 2: Terrance, Currier, McDonald, Ward, P. O'Brien, Clair, Chicoine, Lalancette, Perreault

Heat 3: Johnson, L. Ladouceur, Planck, Dagenais, Hebert, Provost, Foley, Hearn. DNS: Aubertine

Heat 4: Britten, Wight, Williamson, Wilix, Raabe, D. O'Brien, Morey, Papineau

Time Trials: 1. Johnson 18.721, 2. Dunn 18.788, 3. Rudolph, 4. McCreadie 19.079, 5. Sheppard 19.103, 6. Britten 19.104, 7. Arbuthnot 19.175, 8. Terrance 19.202, 9. Currier 19.287, 10. Williamson 19.314, 11. Planck 19.410, 12. Clair 19.467, 13. Ladouceur 19.534, 14. Hearn 19.609, 15. Wight 19.670, 16. P. O'Brien 19.675, 17. McDonald 19.677, 18. Bernard 19.731, 19. Ward 19.777, 20. Mullin 19.858, 21. Dagenais 19.882, 22. Willix 19.891, 23. Raabe 20.032, 24. Hebert 20.068, 25. Chicoine 20.092, 26. D. O'Brien 20.114, 27. Lalancette 20.275, 28. Perreault 20.301, 29. Morey 20.324, 30. Foley 20.651, 31. Woodruff 20.658, 32. Papineau 20.662, 33. Provost 21.152. No time: Aubertine

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JEFF STRUNK EARNS MORE THAN $25,000 AS WINNER OF SECOND STRAIGHT BPG RACING FREEDOM 76 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 15, 2013 . . . For the second year in a row Jeff Strunk was able to take home the big bucks in the $25,000 to win 43rd Annual BPG Racing Freedom 76 at Grandview Speedway on Saturday. The win gave the nine time track champion his fifth victory in the Freedom 76 Classic and helped his mom celebrate her birthday. More than 70 racers, many of the top names in the sport including five former Syracuse DIRT Classic winners,  tried to earn starting spots in the 33 car starting field with a very large crowd on hand.

Rick Laubach took the lead at the drop of the green but Jeff Strunk, coming from 4th starting position, went to the front on the second lap and set the pace for the entire 76-lap race. Canadian racer Stewart Friesen, a pre-race favorite, came to a stop in the fourth turn early in the race done for the night earning a last place finish. However Strunk’s winning effort was not as easy as it might seem for the veteran racer and his Keizer Aluminum Wheels sponsored modified.

Early in the race Ryan Watt, a regular at Bridgeport Speedway, moved into position to challenge Strunk for the lead and continued to challenge him through the 44th lap. Billy Pauch Jr. ran third for 19 laps before Meme DeSantis, coming from 16th starting spot, moved into third and put pressure on second place Watt. 

With one third of  the race completed track champion Craig VonDohren, considered a pre-race favorite, tangled with an infield marker and damaged the front end of the race car putting him out of the race just as he was starting to make his move through the field.

At the 43-lap marker a fuel stop closed up the field on the leader. Just two laps later DeSantis charged into second and put pressure on the leader. With 50 laps completed Duane Howard, who had started in 24th position, moved into third place. The top three battled for the top spot for the final 26 laps but despite some strong efforts could not catch the hard charging Strunk.

With the checkered flag waving Jeff Strunk, who calls Pottstown home, was able to claim the win in the rich classic by a narrow margin over Temple’s Meme DeSantis and Oley racer Duane Howard. Fourth place was earned by New Jersey racer Ryan Godown, coming from 21st starting position, while Ryan Watt, Boyertown, a challenger for the top spot for much of the first half, finished fifth.

Qualifying heats, 12 laps each, were won by Ryan Watt, Kenny Gilmore, Keith Hoffman, Meme DeSantis, Doug Manmiller, Ryan Godown and Stewart Friesen. Consolation races, each 10 laps, went to Frank Cozze and Kyle Borror.

The Schaffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, giving the top four finishers starting spots in the BPG Freedom 76, was won by Jon Kellner Sr. followed by Ray Swinehart, Kevin Hirthler and Don Norris Jr.

In the Mertz Flying Dutchman Cash Dash, featuring heat winners and guaranteed starters, was won by Craig VonDohren earning him $1,000. VonDohren’s crew won the $500 tire changing contest.

 BPG RACING FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED FEATURE – 76 LAPS: 1. Jeff Strunk 2. Meme DeSantis 3. Duane Howard 4. Ryan Godown 5. Ryan Watt 6. Danny Johnson 7. Jared Umbenhauer 8. Mike Gular 9. Glenn Strunk 10. Doug Manmiller 11. Kyle Weiss 12. Keith Hoffman 13. Nate Christman 14. Kenny Gilmore 15. Mike Mahaney 16. Kevin Hirthler 17. Jordan Umbenhauer 18. Billy Pauch Sr. 19. Ryan Grim 20. Todd Smith 21. Brett Kressley 22. Jarrad Miller 23. Mike Laise 24. John Willman 25. Jon Kellner Sr. 26. David VanHorn 27. Don Norris Jr. 28. Wade Hendrickson 29. Billy Pauch Jr. 30. Ray Swinehart 31. Craig VonDohren 32. Craig Whitmoyer 33. Stewart Friesen

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WILLS WIN AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY – Friday, September 13, 2013 -  A chilly evening greeted fans, drivers, sponsors, and crew last Friday night for the final weekend of racing at the Big R in 2013.  The annual King of the Hill event presented by the Niagara Gazette and Investor’s Services featuring qualifying events on Friday with the main events slated for Saturday.

Kevin Wills of Ransomville, NY won his second feature main of the 2013 season aboard the Investors Services Sportsman division. Wills took full advantage of his front row starting position to take control at the drop of the green. Wills would need to tip toe through lapped traffic as the event went clean and green through the final stages before a trio of yellows slowed the pace.  Wills would maintain the top spot and collect the win. “I just had the momentum going,” commented Wills. “I knew Jesse was there, I just ran my line.”  2013 champion Jesse Cotriss came home in second followed by Greg Panunte, Cody McPherson, and Scott George.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – KEVIN WILLS, Jesse Cotriss, Greg Panunte, Cody McPherson, Scott George, Chris Burek, Boyd MacTavish, Nate Reynolds, Brett Martin, James Michael Friesen, AJ Lloyd, Derek Smith, Andy Smith, Mike Williams, Andy Jankowiak, Jim Zimmerman, Gary Lindberg, BJ Willard, James Henry, Alan Wills, Greg Martin, and Derrick Borkenhagen. Heat Winners – Greg Panunte and Jesse Cotriss.

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Today's DIRTcar events at Mohawk International Raceway rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and Pro Stock Series to run Sunday at 1 p.m.

AKWESASNE, N. Y. - Friday, September 13, 2013 - The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series events scheduled to run Friday, Sept. 13, at Mohawk International Raceway have been postponed due to over-saturated grounds. Both series have been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15, with gates opening at 10:30 a.m. and racing scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 14, the Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series invade Mohawk International Raceway to kick off an action-packed weekend. For more information about the upcoming race weekend, call (518) 358-9017 or visit www.MohawkInternationalRaceway.com.

AT A GLANCE:

Mohawk International Raceway DIRTcar Weekend

Saturday, Sept. 14: Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series

Sunday, Sept. 15: DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, DIRTcar Pro Stock Series

Location: Mohawk International Raceway, 313 Frogtown Rd., Hogansburg, N. Y.

About the track: 3/8-mile oval

For more information: (518) 358-9017 or www.MohawkInternationalRaceway.com

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PAUCH,GODOWN, FRIESEN AND MAHANEY ARE LATEST ENTRIES FOR BPG RACING FREEDOM 76, $25,000 GOES TO THE WINNER OF THE GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY CLASSIC

Pauch going for career win No. 700 in BPG Freedom 76

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 12, 2013 . . . Four top performers in dirt track modified stock car racing have added their names to the list of entries for the 43rd Annual BPG Racing Freedom 76 Modified Classic at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 14th.

Stewart Friesen, Mike Mahaney and Ryan Godown, all frequent visitors to area short track victory lanes, will join more than 60 other races that will take part in the big event that pays $25,000 to win for 76 laps of high speed action on the one-third-mile, banked clay track.

Billy Pauch Sr. is a last minute addition to the list of entries. The dirt track racing legend is looking for his 700 th career win and is a six time winner of the BPG Racing Freedom 76.

The race will be the final appearance in the announcing booth for long time track announcer Ernie Saxton. After 45 years Saxton, who has announced at more than 150 tracks around the nation, will retire from the regular announcing chores at Grandview. He will continue to handle the PR, marketing and program book publishing for the track.

A full series of qualifying events, including the Schaffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 (final qualifying event), leads up to the 76-lap finale. In addition there will be the Mertz Flying Dutchman Cash Dash featuring the top performers of the night battling for $1000. New this event will be a tire changing event that will pay $500 to the winner.

An estimated $2000 in lap sponsorship and award perks will be available including the newest award which is a recliner chair for the Hard Luck Award winner courtesy of Brian Shupp and Beltzville Furniture of Lehighton, PA.

Some of the other top names in the sport that have submitted entries include New Yorkers Alan Johnson and Bobby Varin along with Billy Pauch Jr., Sammy Piazza, Ron Roberts, Ryan Watt and David VanHorn all visitors. Among the regulars will be new Grandview modified champion Craig VonDohren, nine feature winner Duane Howard, recent Coalcracker 72 winner Jeff Strunk, Meme DeSantis, Frank Cozze, Tim Buckwalter, Jon Kellner Sr., and a host of others.

A Fan Jam kicks things off at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 2:30 p.m. Included will be music by DJ Outlaw, autograph sessions, race cars on display, dunk tank and more. Gates for advance ticket holders open at 3 p.m. while ticket windows will be open at 3:30 p.m. The final opportunity to purchase advance tickets will be at the track between 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday, September 13.

Tech inspection for the race cars will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, September 13th and starting at 10 a.m. on race day. All race cars must be signed in by 4:30 p.m. on September 14.

Adult tickets are priced at $30, youngsters 6 through 12 are $10 and children under 6 are admitted free. Pit admission is $45 and no NASCAR license is required. Camping is permitted on the grounds (no hookups) and parking on the speedway grounds is free. Rain date for the September 14th event is September 21.

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4th ANNUAL BULL RING CHALLENGE AT THE WOODHULL RACEWAY IS FAST APPROACHING

Bully Hill Vineyards to present the two nights of race activity set for Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28, 2013.

(Woodhull, NY)  The countdown is on to the final 2 nights of racing at the Woodhull Raceway as the Bully Hill Vineyards of Hammondsport, NY will present the 4th Annual Bull Ring Challenge.

Dubbed as New York’s Toughest Dirt Bull Ring track owner, Ted White and his staff are putting the finishing touches on what promises to be the biggest event of the season.

It all gets underway on Friday night, September 27 with a complete show including heats, consolation races and a 25 lap feature event for the S&W Awards and Photos 360 Late Models.  The Joe Willcox Performance Open Street Stocks will run a 35 lap feature for $500 to win.  The Signs Plus Open Mini Stocks and LaBarron Brothers Repair and Parts Open Front Wheel Drive Classes will combine for their night of action.  Friday night will culminate with a $1,000 to win, 50 lap feature for the NAPA Crate Sportsman Division.

In addition any Big and Small Block Modifieds that are in attendance will be allowed ample hot lap time to shake down their mounts for Saturday night’s action.

A huge bone fire will allow campers, race fans, driver’s and staff members the opportunity to co-mingle as Friday night comes to a close.

Gates for the September 27 event open at 4:00 with racing at 6:30pm.

Saturday’s events will get underway with gates opening at 3:30 and the first green flag of the night waving at 5:30 pm.  Activity will include a return of the BRP Can Am 360 Late Models racing 50 laps for a prize of $1,500 to win in the ISKY Cams Championship.  The Joe Willcox Performance Open Streets will race a 25 lap feature for $500 to win.  Mini and FWD Classes will join forces in a 20 lap, $200 to win affair and of course the Big Block/Small Block Shootout which will showcase many of the regions top pilots in a 50 lap, $3,000 to win classic. To wrap up the high powered night of action the NAPA Crate Sportsman will run their make-up Non-winners 15 lap event.

Free Pumpkins will go out to all the youngsters in attendance on Friday night with a Pumpkin Judging Contest on Saturday

Free overnight parking will be available all weekend and teams will be allowed to leave their rigs at the facility if they wish to do so.

Should weather become an issue Sunday, September 29 has been reserved as a make-up date.

There are several Motels within a 20 mile radius of Woodhull for those that wish to stay and there are numerous grocery stores, gas stations and eating establishments with a short drive of the race track

For more information including rules for the events as well as directions to the speedway simply log on at www.woodhullraceway.com

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Big Diamond Speedway
358 Modified Point Standings

1. Craig Von Dohren 4101
2. Meme DeSantis 3980
3. Doug Manmiller 3868
4. Jeff Strunk 3834
5. Frank Cozze 3499
6. Kevin Albert Jr. 3325
7. Ricky Yetter 3047
8. Kevin Smith 2987
9. Dale Hartz 2955
10. Ray Swinehart 2712

Sportsman Point Standings
1. Jared Umbenhauer 3967
2. Kevin Beach Jr. 3649
3. Doug Hendricks 3387
4. Ray Woodall Jr. 3347
5. Billy Moyer Jr. 3230
6. Wayne Witmer 3081
7. Robin Schultz 3003
8. Mike Lisowski 2946
9. Tim Fitzpatrick 2859
10. Mike Glass 2744

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$25,000 WAITING FOR WINNER OF BPG RACING FREEDOM 76 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

Saxton to call last race after 43 years in the announcer’s booth

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 11, 2013 . . . Many of the best known names in dirt track modified stock car racing will be at Grandview Speedway for the 43rd annual BPG Racing Freedom 76 Modified Classic that rewards the winner with at least $25,000.

It happens on Saturday, September 14th, with the green flag falling for the start of racing action at 7 p.m.

Long time track announcer Ernie Saxton will be calling his last race. He has announced all 43 of the Freedom 76 races and will leave the booth after 45 years as the regular Saturday night announcer. The 72-year-old Saxton will continue at the track handling the public relations, advertising and sponsorship marketing.

A full series of qualifying events, including the Schaffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 (final qualifying event), leads up to the 76-lap finale. In addition there will be the Mertz Flying Dutchman Cash Dash featuring the top performers of the night battling for $1000. New this event will be a tire changing event that will pay $500 to the winner.

An estimated $2000 in lap sponsorship and award perks will be available including the newest award which is a recliner chair for the Hard Luck Award winner courtesy of Brian Shupp and Beltzville Furniture of Lehighton, PA.

Some of the top names in the sport that have submitted entries include New Yorkers Alan Johnson and Bobby Varin along with Billy Pauch Jr., Sammy Piazza, Ron Roberts, Ryan Watt and David VanHorn all visitors. Among the regulars will be new Grandview modified champion Craig VonDohren, nine feature winner Duane Howard, recent Coalcracker 72 winner Jeff Strunk, Meme DeSantis, Frank Cozze, Tim Buckwalter, Jon Kellner Sr., and a host of others.

A Fan Jam kicks things off at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 2:30 p.m. Included will be music by DJ Outlaw, autograph sessions, race cars on display, dunk tank and more. Gates for advance ticket holders open at 3 p.m. while ticket windows will be open at 3:30 p.m. The final opportunity to purchase advance tickets will be at the track between 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday, September 13.

Adult tickets are priced at $30, youngsters 6 through 12 are $10 and children under 6 are admitted free. Pit admission is $45 and no NASCAR license is required. Camping is permitted on the grounds (no hookups) and parking on the speedway grounds is free. Rain date for the September 14th event is September 21.

The 48 page special edition BPG Racing Freedom 76 program/yearbook will be available for just $6. There will be eight pages of great color photos plus a huge amount of black and white photos . There are champion stories, recap of the season, final points, recap of all winners since the speedway opener, history of the Freedom 76, a column by Ernie Saxton and more. Well known writers such as Brett Deyo and Randy Kane have contributed articles.   Can’t get to the race; order a book by sending $9 to ESC, Inc. 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047.

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Mohawk International Raceway and Twin Leaf present DIRTcar & Go Nuclear Late Model Series Weekend Double Header

AKWESASNE, NY – One of the biggest events of the 2013 racing season will take place this weekend, as Mohawk International Raceway along with Twin Leaf present a DIRTcar and Go Nuclear Late Model Series Weekend Double Header this Friday and Saturday night.  All four major DIRTcar touring divisions will be on hand throughout the weekend.

Friday night’s program will feature the 358 Modified DIRTcar Series race, along with a Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock event, as well as the Go Nuclear Late Model Series with a non-points event with the top two Late Model finishers earning a guaranteed starting spot into Saturday night’s Richard Tenace Memorial event.

The following night will be another big night at MIR, as the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series comes to town, along with the next round of the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series.  In addition, the Go Nuclear Late Model Series returns once again for the 1st Annual Richard Tenace Memorial event, paying $1500 to win.  Two Time defending Mohawk International Raceway track champion Billy Dunn will look to put his home track advantage to the test in his quest for his first ever win on the Super DIRTcar Series tour.

Friday night’s general admission prices are only $30 for adults, $25 for Students & Seniors and $15 for children 12 and under.  Pit Admission is $35 for members and $40 for non members.  Pit Gates and Grandstand area will open at 4pm, with Hot Laps beginning at 6pm.  Time Trials for 358 Modified Series and Pro Stock Series will commence at 6:45 followed by heat races at approximately 7:15pm.

Saturday night’s general admission is just $35 for adults, $30 for Students & Seniors and $15 for children 12 and under.  Pit admission is $40 for members and $45 for non members.  Pit Gates and Grandstand area will open at 2:30pm, with Hot Laps beginning at 5pm.  Time Trials for Big Block Modifieds and Sportsman are slated for 5:45 with heat race action set to begin at approximately 6:30pm.

Weekend passes are available as well.  General Admission prices are $60 for adults, $50 for Students and Seniors, $25 for Children 12 and Under.  A Weekend Pit Pass is available for $80.  Free Camping on the MIR premises is permitted.  Breakfast will be served from 8am to 11am on Saturday morning for just $8.  A chicken dinner will also be available for lunch from 11am until all is sold at a price of only $10.

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Big Diamond Speedway
Sunday
358 modified feature
(25 Laps) 1) Shawn Fitzpatrick 2) Kevin Albert Jr. 3) Frank Cozze 4) Doug Manmiller 5) Meme Desantis 6) Craig Von Dohren 7) Rick Laubach 8 ) Dale Hartz 9) Jeff Strunk 10) Ricky Yetter 11) Brett Kressley 12) Kevin Smith 13) Jimmy Reppert 14) Ron Haring Jr. 15) Neil Huber 16) Dan Hineline DNS) Ray Swinehart

Sportsman modified feature (20 Laps) 1) Jared Umbenhauer 2) Tim Fitzpatrick 3) Doug Hendricks 4) Robin Schultz 5) Kevin Beach Jr. 6) Andrew Cozze 7) Wayne Witmer 8 ) Shawn Light 9)Jason James 10) Dean Bachman 11) Kevin Brady 12) Rob Light 13) Jason Neidlinger 14) Chad Putalavage 15) Charles Fayash 16) Joe Mooney 17) Ray Woodall Jr.

Roadrunner feature (20 Laps) 1) Jeremy Becker 2) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 3) Shon Elk 4) Kyle Killian 5) Jim Kost 6) Tom Hablett 7) Marc Berzowski 8 ) Jason Brown 9) Devin Trexler 10) Terry Kramer Jr. 11) Kris Ney 12) Jason Brown 13) Jared Seigfried 14) Tim Spesak 15) Jon Schlauch 16) Billy Wingle Jr. 17) Andrew Fayash III 18) Neil Bressler 19) Chris Natale 20) Chris Schaeffer 21) Joe Kavanaugh

Street Stocks feature (20 Laps) 1) Mike Walls 2) Jason Geesaman 3) Scott Thunberg 4) Chris Derr 5) Jeff Haag 6) Jeremy Becker 7) Chip Kennedy 8) Kody Sites DNS) Mike Kiehl

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Jason Herrington Takes DiCarlo Auto Body Small Block Finale

Saturday September 7, 2013

By: Rodney Rescott

West Lebanon, NY: The season finale at the famed ½ mile dirt oval known as the Valley of Speed is usually full of tension and excitement.  This year’s addition threw in yet another wrinkle; weather.  But the DiCarlo Auto Body Small Block Modified and Budget Sportsman Finales were not to be denied.

Under constant threatening skies, the track officials and management team got the racing underway with just a minor delay.  Mother Nature’s ‘dust control’ was on and off all night, but the racing would not stop!

At the beginning of the 30 lap Small Block Modified Finale, Kenny Aanonsen Jr took to the early lead with his #43JR, but by the time the 104.9 The Cat Lap Counter turned to lap 3, the #23 of Alex Bell charged out to a healthy lead.

But Bell’s lead ended shortly thereafter, as mechanical trouble ended his night pitside, while the #1 of Jason Herrington assumed the point.  Caution slowed the field briefly on lap 16, but under green, Herrington had full control of his #1.

At the checkers, Herrington scored the win in the 30 lap season ender.  Steve Meilleur charged through the field to finish 2nd.  Ryan Darcy, Brian Sandstedt and Chad Jeseo battled it out to round out the top 5 respectively. 

Frank Harper, Brett Haas, Kim Lavoy, Rob Pitcher, and Steve Hough completed the final Top 10 finishers.

The season finale in the Budget sportsman took the high banks a little earlier, and here is how it went down.  Ricky Davis was out to the early lead, but Chris Lynch powered his #74 out front by lap 2.

Lynch held the head of the class through several caution flag periods and subsequent restarts.  But each caution kept the field right on the #74’s heals, and by lap 8, Tyler Dippel charged his way into the top spot, relegating Lynch to 2nd.

Caution flew again on lap 17 for a spinning car in 3.  During that caution, bizarre contact by a lap car parked Lynch in the turn 4 wall, ending his chance at a solid top 3 finish.  Once the ‘excitement’ settled down, the race was back to green, and Dippel showed no signs of flinching, pulling away and taking the win.

Peter Carlotto battled his way up to finish 2nd, 3rd was Ray Hall Jr, followed by Robbie Speed and Michael Sabia rounding out the top 5 finishers.   Alan Houghtaling, Whitey Slavin, Todd Lane, Tommy Johnson, and Brian Peterson completed the top 10 finishers.

DiCarlo Auto Body Small Block Modified Season Finale (30 Laps): 1)Jason Herrington, 2)Steve Meilleur, 3)Ryan Darcy, 4)Brian Sandstedt, 5)Chad Jeseo,  6)Frank Harper, 7)Brett Haas, 8)Kim LaVoy, 9)Rob Pitcher, 10)Steve Hough, 11)Frank Hoard III, 12)Chad Pierce, 13)Sean Mandell, 14)Mark Pullen, 15)Milo Campbell, 16)Darek Schibi, 17)Alex Bell, 18)Kenny Aanonsen JR, 19)Don Goodrich, 20)Alan Houghtaling, 21)Angelo DeCarlo, 22)Olden Dwyer

Budget Sportsman Season Finale (20 Laps): 1)Tyler Dippel, 2)Peter Carlotto, 3)Ray Hall Jr., 4)Robbie Speed, 5)Michael Sabia, 6)Alan Houghtaling, 7)Whitey Slavin, 8)Todd Lane, 9)Tommy Johnson, 10)Brian Peterson, 11)Greg Catlin, 12)Timothy Davis 2nd, 13)Milo Campbell, 14)Brandon Pitcher, 15)John Virgilio, 16)Matt Pappa, 17)Brandon Page, 18)Jay LaMountain, 19)Colin Clow, 20)Zeb Catlin, 21)Mike Verhagen, 22)Chris Lynch, 23)Cody Ochs, 24)Keith Johannessen, 25)Ricky Davis, 26)Alissa Cody, DNS)Greg McCloskey

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VONDOHREN, PFEIL AND KRESSLEY WIN NASCAR FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW, TRACK TITLES GO TO CRAIG VONDOHREN, JASON MILLER AND JARED UMBENHAUER

Bechtelsville, PA September 8, 2013 . . . The 2013 NASCAR Whelen All American Series stock car racing season came to an end at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night with Craig VonDohren winning twice. First VonDohren, who calls Oley, PA home, charged from 16th starting spot to take the lead with just four laps to go in the 30-lap Green Lane Wm Penn/Four Star Lettering Night Modified feature race and lead the rest of the way to grab his sixth win of the season. The second part of his two win night was that he earned the 2013 NASCAR 358 Modified title, his seventh track title, for which he will be honored at the annual track awards banquet on November 16th.

In the 25-lap main event for the Sportsman stock cars Brett Kressley (Orefield) charged from 12th starting position to take the lead from Ron Krex on the 13th lap and lead the balance of the race to grab his fifth win of the season. Jared Umbenhauer earned the NASCAR Sportsman title for the second year in a row and tallied five feature victories on his way to the title.

Veteran racer Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) took the lead in the 25-lap Late Model feature on the drop of the green and led all the laps to claim his first win of the season. Jason Miller went into the night seven points behind Chuck Schutz looking to dethrone the six time Late Model champion and did just that as his third place finish gave him his first NASCAR Late Model title at Grandview. Danny Snyder came in second and Schutz had to settle for third in the final standings.

The 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature got off to a rough start with Jon Kellner Jr. trying the high groove in the fourth turn in an effort to gain first spot from pole sitter Bobby Gunther Walsh. Kellner ended up in the wall and out for the night. On the second try for a start Justin Grim grabbed the lead and set the pace for two laps before hard charging Addison Meitzler went to the front. The Kutztown racer set the pace and held off challenges from Jon Kellner Sr. for the top spot  for 16 laps before Kellner was able to charge into the lead. Kellner, in search of his second win of the season, held the top spot for seven laps before Craig VonDohren, who had started 16th, went to the front with his V&M Towing No. 1c and led the field to the finish and his sixth win of the season. Second spot went to Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) followed by Ryan Grim (Whitehall), Addison Meitzler (Kutztown) and Tim Buckwalter (Douglassville).

 VonDohren told the victory lane announcer that it (the win) got them ready for the $25,000 to win BPG Racing Freedom 76 set for Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 14th at 7 p.m.

The 25-lap main event for Late Models got most of the attention from fans as there were no less than five racers with a chance to grab the title when the race started. Wayne Pfeil went to the front with the drop of the green and led all the laps on his way to his first win. Second place was earned by Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane) who challenged the leader throughout the race. Jason Miller (New Tripoli) grabbed third with a consistent performance and that gave him enough points to earn his first Late Model title at the Berks County clay oval. Danny Snyder (Green Lane) put forward a strong effort to finish fourth in hopes of gaining the title. Sean Merkel (Boyertown) came from 12th to finish 5th.

Dean Bachman got to lead the first lap of the 25-lap Sportsman feature race while Erik Renninger set the pace in the second lap. Ron Krex put his mount in front on the third lap and led the next 10 laps. On the 13th circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay track Brett Kressley went to the front and led the final 12 laps to get his fifth win of the season with his Kressley Auto & Truck Sales entry. Brad Brightbill (Sinking Springs) made a strong effort to grab second. Jared Umbenhauer (Richland) finished third and celebrated  his second straight division championship. Kenny Gilmore (Fleetwood) charged from 24th to a 4th place finish and Guy Germano (Richlandtown) finished fifth.

 Qualifying heats, 12 laps, for the 358 Modifieds were won by Justin Grim, Chris Esposito, Craig VonDohren and Ron Seltman. Modified consolation races, 10 laps each, went to Mike Kellner and Todd Smith. Sportsman qualifiers, each eight laps, were won by Dean Bachman, Guy Germano and Scott Davis Jr. Late Model qualifier victories, eight laps, were earned by Sam Schlosberg and Steve Nederostek.

The biggest event of the season is set for Saturday, September 14th at 7 p.m. with the running of the 43rd annual BPG Racing Freedom 76 Modified Classic paying $25,000 to win. With a number of visitors expected to try for the big bucks it should be another great night of racing. The Fan Jam offering fun for all takes place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, September 21st.

Information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be had by checking in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688. In addition the official Grandview Speedway Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/grandviewspeedwayinc or check in on Twitter at @gviewspeedway.

358 MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS: 1. Craig VonDohren ( 6 wins) 2. Jon Kellner Sr. 3. Ryan Grim 4. Addison Meitzler 5.  Tim Buckwalter 6. Glenn Strunk 7. Duane Howard 8. Jeff Strunk 9. Terry Meitzler 10. Meme DeSantis 11. Chris Esposito 12. Don Norris Jr. 13. Frank Cozze 14. Nate Christman 15. Kyle Borror 16. Ron Seltman 17. Tommy Scheetz III 18. Todd Smith 19. Jarrad Miller 20. Kevin Hirthler 21. Bobby Gunther Walsh 22. Justin Grim 23. Mike Gular 24. Ray Swinehart 25. John Willman 26. Mike Kellner 27. Jordan Umbenhauer 28. Jon Kellner Jr.

LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 LAPS:1.Wayne Pfeil 2. Sam Schlosberg 3. Jason Miller 4. Danny Snyder 5. Sean Merkel 6. Dan Green 7. Chuck Schutz 8. Steve Nederostek 9. Steve Todorow 10. Dirk Rimrot 11. Steve Butler 12. Bill Henning 13. Rick Todorow 14. Buddy Mertz 15. George Irwin DNS Drew Weisser

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 LAPS: 1. Brett Kressley 2. Brad Brightbill 3. Jared Umbenhauer 4. Kenny Gilmore 5. Guy Germano 6. Ron Krex 7. Joe Funk 8. Craig Whitmoyer 9. Scott Davis Jr. 10. Brian Hirthler 11. Joe Fanelli 12. Kevin Beach 13. Jordan Henn 14. Ryan Lilick 15. Ryan Beltz 16. Michael DeMedio 17. Dave Bartram 18. Kaitie McCardle 19. Dean Bachman 20. Jason Neidlinger 21. Erik Renninger 22. Lex Shive 23. Mike DeBellis 24. Mark Behm 25. Chuck Miller

FINAL UNOFFICIAL 358  MODIFIEDS
AS OF SEPTEMBER 7 , 2013
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 5907******
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4 5480*********
3. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #4* 4866*
4. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA   #357 4456*
5. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 4379*
6. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D 4218**
7. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K 4034
8. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA  #117 3963
9. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA  #17 3939
10. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA  #53 3933

 SPORTSMAN MODIFIED
1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5 5262*****
2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 4712*
3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 4561*
4. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA  #19K 4387*****
5. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA  #19 4336*
6. Kevin Beach, Minersville, PA  #17X 4001*
7. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 3895
8. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J, 3501*
9. Paul Kline, Muhlenberg Park, PA  #14 3269*
10. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA  #15 3202**

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

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David Hebert clinches 358-Modified Series at Autodrome Drummond

Hebert outlasts final-lap caution and challenges from Mario Clair

DRUMMONDVILLE, QUEBEC - Saturday, September 7, 2013 - After some dramatic final laps, David Hebert, of St-Damase, Quebec, charged to victory in Friday's DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature at Autodrome Drummond. A last-lap caution gave runner-up Mario Clair, of Drummondville, Quebec, to challenge for the lead, but Hebert stayed strong through a green-white-checkered finish

"It was a good race. The car was really good, really fast," Hebert said. "It feels very good to win this race. This is the race to win."

The 75-lap race, the fifth round of the series, drew an impressive field of 48 cars to the Quebec track to compete for just 30 starting spots in the feature. With a lap time of 17.384 putting him third overall in time trials and a heat race win, Hebert had no trouble getting into the show.

It was Steve Paine, however drew the pole starting position. Paine, of Waterloo, N. Y., was also strong right off the trailer, placing fourth overall in time trials and also winning his heat. He chose the outside at the initial start but was outrun at the green flag by Mario Clair in the 22c. Hebert was also fast on the outside, and in lap 3 cruised around Clair in turn two.

"The track was really fast on the top and not so much on the bottom," said Hebert, who took advantage of speed on the outside groove to tackle lapped cars early on.

However, Clair knew the track as well and kept up with the leader, riding Hebert's bumper for a lap then racing side-by-side in lap 19. Clair's position on the top of the track gave him an edge, but approaching cars from the back of the field in his lane slowed him.

Hebert pulled ahead, but slowed a little later for the same reason.

Clair boxed in Hebert on the outside, ready to make his move and nose ahead, but a yellow flag brought by Matt Sheppard in lap 22 brought the field back together.

Hebert kept his lead off the restart, but Paine took advantage of the situation to charge ahead to take second from Mario Clair. Clair rode in third, Robidoux in fourth, and 39a Therrien in fifth.

"I started on the outside," said Paine, who drew the pole for the initial start but early on lost ground to Hebert and Clair. "ed liked it was ok, so I started on the outside. It was a little slimy and Mario beat me on the start. Then I foolishly went to the bottom, and a lap or two later the track dried up enough to race on. So then I got back to the top and got back to second."

However, Paine was not able to keep his position much longer. Yellow conditions hit the field again in lap 28, and maintained his lead off the restart. In lap 37, Hebert reached began again to lap cars in the back of the field, but this time wasn't ready to let it slow him down.

For Paine, the lapped traffic cost him a position as Mario Clair powered forward with the leader Hebert in his sights. Hebert, meanwhile, had established a seemingly insurmountable lead, and seemed ready to claim an early victory.

A late race caution with one lap to go threw a wrench in Hebert's plans, calling for a restart followed by a green-white-checkered finish. Hebert stuck to his guns and stayed ahead, outlasting a dramatic last-lap yellow to pick up the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series win at Autodrome Drummond.

Mario Clair finished second, followed in third by Steve Paine, who was happy to have fared so well amongst Autodrome Drummond's best.

"Those guys run first and second here every week. They finished first and second here in points, and to come here and run third to them is really good for me," said Paine, who took Bruno LePage's No. 99 to a podium finish in Friday's feature event. "We came here tonight and I was surprised at how good I was right off the bat. We were fast in warm-ups, fast in time trials, fast in heat, and pretty good in the feature."

Danny Johnson, of Rochester, N. Y., charged from his 16th starting position to fourth at the checkered flag. Kayle Robidoux finished fifth after starting eighth and defending his spot in the top-five against challenges from Jimmy Phelps. Rounding out the top ten are Phelps in sixth, Alan Therrien in seventh, Carey Terrance in eighth, Dominic Dufault in ninth and Brian McDonald

"Race Mania 9" at Autodrome Drummond continues this afternoon. The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series and the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series are among the action planned for the night. For more information about "Race Mania 9," visit www.autodrome-drummond.com.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series continues next weekend with round 6 Friday, Sept. 13, at Mohawk International Raceway in Akwesasne, N. Y. For more information about the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, visit www.dirtcarump.com/category/divisions/358-modifieds/

A-Main (75 laps):
1. 1H David Hebert - St-Damase, Quebec
2. 22c Mario Clair - Drummondville, Quebec
3. 99p Steve Paine - Waterloo, N. Y.
4. 27T Danny Johnson - Rochester, N. Y.
5. 46 Kayle Robidoux - St-Constant, Quebec
6. 99J Jimmy Phelps - Baldwinsville, N. Y.
7. 39a Alan Therrien - Victoriaville, Quebec
8. 66x Carey Terrance - Hogansburg, N. Y.
9. 63 Dominic Dufault - Ste-Victoire-de-Sorel, Quebec
10. 151 Brian McDonald - Cornwall, Ontario
11. 54 Steve Bernard - Granby, Quebec
12. 25 Erick Rudolph - Ransomville, N. Y.
13. 73jr Chris Raabe - Napanee, Ontario
14. 20 Brett Hearn - Sussex, N. J.
15. 7z Dale Planck - Homer, N. Y.
16. 3 Claude Brouillard - Tracy, Quebec
17. 44 Sebastien Gougeon - Drummondville, Quebec
18. 73 Alain Boisvert - Lachine, Quebec
19. 6 Mat Williamson - St. Catharines, Ontario
20. 115 Stephane Lafrance - St. Albert, Ontario
21. 23 Dany Bilodeau - Victoriaville, Quebec
22. 21a Pete Britten - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
23. 22J Gino Clair - St-Germain, Ontario
24. 99 Bruno Lepage - Maple Grove, Quebec
25. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot - Renfrew, Ontario
26. 49 Francois Bernier - Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
27. 21 Yan Bussiere - Drummondville, Quebec
28. 37 Paul St-Sauveur - La Presentation, Quebec
29. 170 Danny O'Brien - Kingston, Ontario
30. 9s Matt Sheppard - Waterloo, N. Y.

Did not qualify:
39x Alex Therrien - Victoriaville, Quebec
98h Justin Lalancette - St. Andrews West, Ontario - 18.241
87 Alex Fortier - Princeville, Quebec
5 David Cote - Acton Vale, Quebec
64 Daniel Nadeau - Marieville, Quebec
27 Michel Dusseault - Victoriaville, Quebec
51 Michel Fagnan - St-Anne-de-Sorel, Quebec
13 Kevin Hamel - Yamaska, Quebec
22p Patrick Baumier - Granby, Quebec
44 Jean Boissinneault - Granby, Quebec
7 Patrice Demers - Drummondville, Quebec
98 Jacques Pelletier - St-Francois-du-Lac, Quebec
124 Pierre Dagenais - L'Ange Gardien, Quebec
31 Paul Hamel
10c Tim Currier - Auburn, N. Y.
172 Andre Gauthier - Granby, Quebec
97 Michel Chicoine - Ste-Cecile-de-Milton, Quebec
22P Patrick Beaumier

B-Main 1 (top 3 transfer): Boisvert, Bernier, Brouillard, G. Clair, Fortier, Currier, Dagenais, Rivard, Gauthier, Boissonnealt, K. Hamel, Alex Therrien. DNS: Fagnon, Cote

B-Main 2 (top 3 transfer): LaFrance, Bernard, Gougeon, Bussiere, Nadeau, Pelletier, Arbuthnot, Lalancette, Dusseault, Chicoine, Beaumier, St-Sauveur

Qualifying heats (top 4 transfer, top 2 to redraw)

Heat 1: Paine, Robidoux, Planck, Johnson, Bernier, Gougeon, Fortier, Arbuthnot, Alex Therrien, Lalancette

Heat 2: Hebert, Alan Therrien, McDonald, Rudolph, LaFrance, Nadeau, St-Sauveur, Cote, Dusseault. DNS: Fagnon

Heat 3: Phelps, Lepage, Williamson, Hearn, Brouillard, Boisvert, Boissonneault, Baumier, K. Hamel

Heat 4: O'Brien, M. Clair, Dufault, Raabe, Bussiere, G. Clair, Pelletier, Rivard, Demers

Heat 5: Terrance, Sheppard, Bilodeau, Britten, Dagenais, Bernard, Currier, Chicoine, Gauthier

Time Trials: 1. Phelps 17.192; 2. O'Brien 17.373; 3. Hebert 17.384; 4. Paine 17.405; 5. McDonald 17.412; 6. Bilodeau 17.432; 7. Clair17.446; 8. Britten 17.556; 9. Alan Therrien 17.563; 10. Rudolph 17.586; 11. Planck 17.601; 12. LaFrance 17.611; 13. Robidoux 17.628; 14. Sheppard 17.631; 15. Arbuthnot 17.636; 16. Johnson 17.652; 17. Terrance 17.655; 18. Lepage 17.657; 19. Dufault 17.687; 20. Raabe 17.727; 21. Williamson 17.737; 22. Bernier 17.744; 23. Hearn 17.744; 24. G. Clair 17.754; 25. St-Sauveur 17.761; 26. Gougeon 17.778; 27. Brouillard 17.796; 28. Nadeau 17.826; 29. Bussiere 17.847; 30. Boissonneault 17.919; 31. K. Hamel 17.927; 32. Alan Therrien 17.930; 33. Dusseault 17.934; 34. Dagenais 17.938; 35. Bernard 18.002; 36. Fagnon 18.066; 37. Currier 18.095; 38. Fortier 18.106; 39. Boisvert 18.129; 40. Pelletier 18.223; 41. Lalancette 18.241; 42. Demers 18.247; 43. Rivard 18.256; 44. Cote 18.301; 45. Chicoine 18.551; 46. Baumier 18.732. NT: P. Hamel, Beamier

2013 DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Schedule
Mon. May 20, Merrittville Speedway, Thorold, Ont. - Matt Sheppard
Mon. July 1st, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ont. - Matt Sheppard
Wed. July 3, Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville, N. Y. - Chad Brachmann
Sun. Sept. 1, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ont. - Steve Bernard
Fri. Sept. 6, Autodrome Drummond, Drummondville, Que. - David Hebert
Fri. Sept. 13, Mohawk International Raceway, Akwesasne, N. Y. - 100 laps
Fri. Sept. 20, Le RPM Speedway, St-Marcel De Richelieu, Que. - 100 laps
Sat. Sept. 21, Brighton Speedway, Brighton, Ont. - 100 laps
Wed. Oct. 9, Cayuga County Fair Speedway, Weedsport, N. Y. - 75 laps
Thurs. Oct. 10, Rolling Wheels Raceway, Elbridge, N. Y. - 75 laps
Sat. Oct. 12, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, N. Y. - 150 laps
Sat. Oct. 19, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Brockville, Ont. - 100 laps

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$25,000 WAITS FOR WINNER OF 43RD ANNUAL BPG RACING FREEDOM 76 AT GRANDVIEW    

LONG TIME ANNOUNCER ERNIE SAXTON TO RETIRE FROM BOOTH AFTER 45 YEARS

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 5, 2013 . . . It could be that a racer’s poor season could become a great season as a result of winning the 43rd Annual BPG Racing Freedom 76 at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 14th. Or it could be that a racer having a great season will turn it into an outstanding season by picking up the $25,000 check as a winner of the annual classic.

The BPG Racing Freedom 76, a race won by some of the best known names in the sport over the years, is expected to attract a stellar field of racers to try for a starting spot in the rich event.

Past winners have included such standouts as six time winner Billy Pauch, Meme DeSantis, current Grandview Speedway champion Craig VonDohren (currently sixth in NASCAR National standings, Duane Howard (currently 8th in NASCAR National standings, Jeff Strunk (who took home more than $50,000 as a winner last year as part of the 50th anniversary celebration), and a host of others.

New York standouts Alan Johnson and Bobby Varin have submitted entries along with Keith Hoffman. More than 60 racers are expected to see action.

A full slate of qualifying events will be presented along with the Schaffer Motorsports Minute Man 20 which offers racers a final opportunity to make the big race. In addition the Merkel Flying Dutchman Cash Dash will pay $1,000 to win plus there will be $500 for the team changing a tire the quickest.

There is lap money and a variety of perks that will give the winner an opportunity to add to their $25,000 first place money.

After 45 years as the track announcer, Ernie Saxton has announced that the 43rd edition of the BPG Racing Freedom 76, he has announced them all, will be his final appearance as the track announcer.

“It is time,” said Saxton. “It has been great to be the announcer here for so many years. The racers made it easy because they presented so much action on the track. However at 72 I figure it is time to work on my bucket list. I will still be involved handling the PR, advertising and sponsorship but I will not be a regular Saturday night fixture here at Grandview Speedway.”

Adult admission for the BPG Racing Freedom 76 is $30 while youngsters 6 through 12 pay just $10 and under six are admitted for free. Pit admission, no NASCAR license required, is $45. The Fan Jam, free to all, offers autographs, race car displays, DJ Outlaw entertainment, dunk tank and more, will run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Advance tickets will be sold at the track office on Friday, September 13th from 5 p.m. to  p.m.

Advance ticket holders will be admitted at 3 p.m. while ticket windows will open at 3:30 p.m. Season ticket holders are welcome to use their reserved seats. Racing will start at 7 p.m.

The official Grandview Groove BPG Racing Freedom 76 Program and Yearbook will be available for $6 and includes final point standings, a complete list of feature winners, stories on the champions, a BPG Freedom 76 history, a season recap, a column by Ernie Saxton on his retirement as the announcer, color photos, and much more. The book will be available throughout the day on the speedway grounds or check send a check for $9 to ESC, Inc., 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047.

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"Race Mania 9" at Autodrome Drummond features Super DIRTcar Series, 358-Modified Series, Pro Stock Series

Dale Planck hopes for another Drummond victory

WEEDSPORT, N. Y. - "Race Mania 9" is about to take over Autodrome Drummond, in Drummondville, Quebec, featuring three DIRTcar Northeast series. The weekend of racing kicks off Friday, Sept. 6, featuring the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series take over the quarter-mile oval Saturday, Sept. 7.

In July, the trip to Autodrome Drummond spelled victory for Dale Planck in the Super DIRTcar Series and Steve Bernier in the Sportsman Modified Series. Last year's 358-Modified Series champion, Dale Planck, of Homer, N. Y., is aiming to tackle Drummond in both a small block and a Big-Block Modified ride.

"We'll be doing double-duty there for sure," said Planck, who has been running a Big-Block Modified full-time this year and is currently third in Super DIRTcar Series points. "I love the place and hopefully I can repeat."

Planck's July win came after four other racers broke down while in the lead, but Planck's 7z stayed strong.

"We just tried to stay out of trouble for the first 80 laps then the last 20 laps or so, things got weeded out a little bit and we were able to get racey and pull it off," said Planck. "We just kept working at it and working at it and the car came around real good for us."

Despite his success in a tough race there earlier this year, Planck isn't overconfident going into the weekend's races.

"There are so many variables. You can be dominant at one track at one point, and then go back there with the same exact setup and it doesn't," said Planck. "That's why I love dirt track racing."

Planck will take on the track Friday, Sept. 6, with DIRTcar 358-Modified Series competitors and again Saturday, Sept. 7, with Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modfied Series competitors. The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series will join the Big-Block Modifieds Saturday night, featuring some of the region's best full-fender racers.

For more information about Race Mania at Autodrome Drummond, visit www.autodrome-drummond.com .

AT A GLANCE:

Race Mania 9 at Autodrome Drummond

Friday, Sept. 6: DIRTcar 358-Modified Series

Saturday, Sept. 7: Super DIRTcar Series, Pro Stock Series

Physical Address: 1155 Boul. St-Joseph Oest, Drummond, Quebec, Canada, J2B 6B6

About the Track: Quarter-mile semi-banked dirt oval

For more information: www.autodrome-drummond.com

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Steve Bernard wins in great fashion the DIRTcar 358-Modified event at Cornwall Motor Speedway

Fourth-place finish for Mat Williamson launches him to Series point lead

Cornwall, Ontario - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - Martin Bélanger, Cornwall Motor Speedway Public Relations- Cornwall Motor Speedway was the host of the fourth race of the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series with the Jiffy Auto Services 125 in conjunction with the final round of the Gaetan's Chip Stand Canadian Nationals Sunday, Sept. 1.

The final round Gaetan`s Chip Stand Canadian Nationals/DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, saw Chris Raabe took the initial lead in the 125-lap event as Stephane Lafrance quickly jumped to second. Caution came out on lap 3 as Mike Bowman had a fire in the back of his car.

On the following green, Lafrance grabbed the lead as the yellow lights came back on lap 9 with a 3-car tangle causing the caution. Lafrance lead the way over Raabe and Kayle Robidoux running in third. The yellow flag was back on the speedway on lap 18 as Joel Doiron slowed on the backstretch.

Lafrance stayed at the top with 25 laps down as Steve Bernard, now in third, passed Robidoux. Ledoux slowed the field down on the next lap. Bernard was on the move as he got Raabe and was chasing the leader Lafrance with 36 laps in the books.

Bernard build himself a sizeable lead as the race got momentum, Lafrance and Robidoux trying to get closer to the leader as they got into heavy traffic. A lap 55 caution occurred for Brandon Sweet and Justin Lalancette who got together on the front stretch.

Bernard rocketed to the lead on lap 60 with Matt Williamson making his way to fourth. Williamson continued his way up grabbing third on lap 70 while Bernard was comfortable in front. The mandatory caution occurred on lap 75 as the car stopped on the front stretch for a 10-minute pit stop.

The green was back after the break with Bernard in the lead, as the top 3 remained the same. The leaders got into heavy traffic on lap 85 as Lafrance was now close to Bernard but the leader was able to build a little distance with 30 laps to go. Dingwall got out of the speedway on lap 96 and the yellow was out.

On the following green, David Hebert found something running up to fourth as caution was out on lap 100. Looking for track championship and also the Canadian Nationals title, Mario Clair stopped on the front stretch and was sent to the pits. Only 1 lap was completed as championship contender Chris Raabe stopped in turn 4 opening the chances to others for the titles.

While Bernard was alone in front, Lafrance, Williamson and Hebert had a good battle for the other top 4 positions. Hebert got Williamson with 4 laps to go for third spot. Bernard led the final laps to capture the win over Lafrance and Hébert.

Bernard was smiling in the winner`s circle: "my friend were teasing me because I was mad last night not winning at Drummondville, but winning here tonight is very special!'' Longtime supporter of big events at Cornwall, Bernard also noted this for his win: ''We have been coming here for so long and finally being able to win a big one is something I will remember for a long time!''

The Series will remain in Canada as round five will be held at Autodrome Drummond next Friday evening as the Modifieds will have a 75-lap event part of a busy month of September for this division.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Race #4-Cornwall Motor Speedway, September 1st, 2013 Jiffy Auto Services 125 Event Summary

Feature Results:  Steve Bernard, Stephane Lafrance, David Hebert, Mat Williamson, Erick Rudolph, Alain Boisvert, Brandon Easey, Joel Doiron, Yan Bussiere, Danny O'Brien, Tim O'Brien, Kayle Robidoux, Carey Terrance, Brian McDonald, Kyle Dingwall, Ryan Arbuthnot, Laurent Ladouceur, Jeff Sykes, Gabriel Richer, Roy Delormier, Gilles Godard, Yannick Ledoux, David Papineau, Chris Raabe, Justin Lalancette, Mario Clair, Zach Aubertine, Roger Levesque, Chad Chevalier, Mike Bowman

LAP LEADERS:  Raabe (1-7), Lafrance (8-37) , Bernard (38-125)

Heat Races (8 laps, top 2 went to redraw, top 4 qualify)
H1: T.Obrien, Clair, McDonald, Godard, Richer, Doiron, Easey, Levesque
H2: Raabe, Robidoux, Hebert, Bussiere, Lalancette, Langlois, Wilson, Chicoine (DNS)
H3: Lafrance, Rudolph, D.O'Brien, Terrance, Ladouceur, Bowman, Lepage, Chevalier
H4: Boisvert, Bernard, Aubertine, Papineau, Arbuthnot, Sweet, Therrien, Bilodeau
H5: Williamson, Ledoux, Dingwall, Sykes, Dagenais, Hamel, Delormier, Stacey, Gauthier

Cornwall Motor Speedway DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Race #4 Roster (41)
01 Chris Raabe - Napanee, Ontario
1H David Hebert - St-Damase, Quebec
03 Zach Aubertine - Chaumont, N. Y.
4J Jeff Sykes - Edwards, N. Y.
06 Brandon Easey - St. Catharines, Ontario
6 Mat Williamson - St. Catharines, Ontario
10R Gabriel Richer - Les Coteaux, Quebec
12 Chad Chevalier - Port Colborne, Ontario
12L Yanick Ledoux - Granby, Quebec
13 Kevin Hamel - Yamaska, Quebec
15 Kyle Wilson - Joyceville, Ontario
17 Marc Therrien - Williamstown, Ontario
17d Danny O'Brien - Iverary, Ontario
21 Yan Bussiere - Drummondville, Quebec
22c Mario Clair - Drummondville, Quebec
22D Roy Delormier - Cornwall, Ontario
23 Laurent Ladouceur - Alexandria, Ontario
23b Dany Bilodeau - Victoriaville, Quebec
24b Roger Levesque - Kingston, Ontario
24 Brandon Sweet - LaFargeville, NY
25 Erick Rudolph - Ransomville, N. Y.
27 Gilles Godard - Summerstown, Ontario
27T Travis Stacey - Kahnawake, Quebec
31 Suzie Langlois - Yamaska, Quebec
40 Joel Doiron - Alexandria, Ontario
46 Kayle Robidoux- St. Constant, Quebec
54 Steve Bernard - Granby, Quebec
66 Kyle Dingwall - South Dundas, Ontario
66x Carey Terrance - Hogansburg, N. Y.
R70 Ryan Arbuthnot - Renfrew, Ontario
71 Mike Bowman - St. Catharines, Ontario
73 Alain Boisvert - Lachine, Quebec
88 Tim O'Brien - Kingston, Ontario
97 Michel Chicoine - Ste-Cecile De Milton, Quebec
98L Justin Lalancette - St. Andrews, Ontario
99 Bruno Lepage - Maple Grove, Quebec
115 Shephane LaFrance - St. Albert, Ontario
124 Pierre Dagenais - Gatineau, Quebec
151 Brian McDonald - Cornwall, Ontario
172 Andre Gauthier - Granby, Quebec
188 David Papineau - Akwesasne, Ontario

2013 DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Schedule
Mon. May 20, Merrittville Speedway, Thorold, Ont. - Matt Sheppard
Mon. July 1st, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ont. - Matt Sheppard
Wed. July 3, Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville, N. Y. - Chad Brachmann
Sun. Sept. 1, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ont. - Steve Bernard
Fri. Sept. 6, Autodrome Drummond, Drummondville, Que. - 75 laps
Fri. Sept. 13, Mohawk International Raceway, Akwesasne, N. Y. - 100 laps
Fri. Sept. 20, Le RPM Speedway, St-Marcel De Richelieu, Que. - 100 laps
Sat. Sept. 21, Brighton Speedway, Brighton, Ont. - 100 laps
Wed. Oct. 9, Cayuga County Fair Speedway, Weedsport, N. Y. - 75 laps
Thurs. Oct. 10, Rolling Wheels Raceway, Elbridge, N. Y. - 75 laps
Sat. Oct. 12, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, N. Y. - 150 laps
Sat. Oct. 19, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Brockville, Ont. - 100 laps

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DANNY O'BRIEN NOTCHES 6TH WIN OF THE YEAR ON FINAL POINTS NIGHT AT BROCKVILLE

Track titles and bragging rights were on the line this past Saturday at "The BOS" in all division plus the final points in the first ever Ogilvie's Auto and Fleet Triple Crown for the 358 Modified and Sportsman divisions.

The Modifieds were set for 50 laps of racing and with the heads up start format Lee Ladouceur and Jeff Sykes led the field to Gary Vandermeer's green flag. Sykes was able to use the outside groove to take the lead away as Ladouceur, Danny O'Brien, Brian McDonald and Pat O'Brien completed the top 5 spots. Sykes was on rails in the opening laps as he held a 6 car length lead working the outside lane to perfection until the first caution flew on lap 12 for defending track champion Kyle Dingwall spun in turn 4. When the green flew Sykes continued his great run with Danny O'Brien, Brian McDonald, Pat O'Brien and Jason Riddell making up the top 5. Danny O'Brien was in pursuit of the lead on lap 20 as Sykes began to enter into lapped traffic. 5 laps later O'Brien used a slick move in turn 3 to take away the spot using the bottom side of the speedway. On lap 28 the yellow flew for Luke Stewart who slowed with a flat tire. On the restart O'Brien took command of the lead but behind him Lee Gill was having quite an adventure. After a near flip in his heat put him 15th on the starting grid Gill tried at will to keep pace with his championship rival. After surviving contact with the wall and dodging several race cars along the way Gill was able to break into the top 5 by lap 30. On lap 36 the yellow flew again for Joe Banks who spun off turns 1 and 2. When the green flew Danny O'Brien had the fastest car on the track and despite 2 late race cautions O'Brien would cruise on the his 6th win of the year and clinch the Ogilvie's Auto and Fleet 358 Modified Triple Crown with older brother Pat O'Brien coming home 2nd. Lee Gill came home 3rd sealing up his 5th career track championship. Jeff Sykes and Bobby Herrington rounded out the top 5.

In the Sportsman portion of the Ogilvie's Auto and Fleet Triple Crown Shane Pecore and Doug O'Blenis started on the front row with O'Blenis getting the early lead into turn 1. O'Blenis would lead the opening 4 laps until defending track champion Chris Herbison took control of the race and would open up a full straightaway by lap 10. On lap 13 Tristan Draper spun off turn 3 bringin out the yellow. When the green flew Herbison was able to keep the top spot but Jon Mills, Dylan Evoy, Shane Pecore and Ryan Poole were starting to make a run. Mills was fresh off a win last week and was working on Herbison but the defending track champion stepped up the pace and pulled away from Mills by the halfway point. With Herbison well out in front of the field the best battle on the race track was for the 2nd spot as Dylan Evoy tried several attempts to get by Mills as they put on a great side by side battle over the next 10 laps. On lap 28 Tristan Draper spun in turn 2. On the restart Herbison had clearly the fastest car on the race track as he pulled away from the field with Mills, Evoy, Shane Pecore and Steve Barber charging hard in the top 5. Chris Herbison has had a season of struggles but he put it all together on this night scoring his 2nd win of the season and in the process wrapped up the Ogilvie's Auto and Fleet Sportsman Triple Crown. Mills settled for 2nd with Dylan Evoy 3rd, Shane Pecore locked up the title by taking the green flag and closed out the year with a 4th place run. Jonathan Ferguson rounded out the top 5.

The Rookie Sportsman were set to close out their season as Scott McGill and Riley Gill led the field into turn 1 with Gill taking the top spot away. Gill has been turning heads as of late and fresh off a Rookie Sportsman win the night before at Can Am was looking to add his first Brockville win as he dominated the opening laps. On lap 6 the yellow flew for Jamie Young who spun after contact with Richard Raison. On the restart Gill continued to lead but Jasmine David was starting to put the pressure on. David made several attempts at the lead as the laps wound down but Gill was able to hold off all challenges. On lap 11 however Gill's great run came to an end as he slid off turn 2 handing the lead to Jasmine David. From there on it was no contest as Jasmine David closed out a great rookie season by taking her 2nd win of the year by a full straightaway. Richard Raison came home 2nd with Chris Bakker finishing 3rd and in the process claimed the Rookie Sportsman title. Scott McGill and Riley Gill rounded out the top 5.

he regular season is in the record books but the racing action is not finished yet as the annual Monster Enduro will be set to go in 2 weeks on Sunday September 15th. Racing begins at 2pm.

358 Modified DANNY O'BRIEN, Pat O'Brien, Lee Gill, Jeff Sykes, Bobby Herrington, Stephane Lafrance, Brian McDonald, Tim O'Brien, Ryan Arbuthnot, Bryan Rogers, John Mulder, Luke Stewart, Joe Banks, Roger Levesque, Steve Bilow, Dave Austin, Kyle Dingwall, Lee Ladouceur, Jason Riddell, Andy Lloyd, Adam Moore, Kyle Wilson

Sportsman CHRIS HERBISON, Jon Mills, Dylan Evoy, Shane Pecore, Jonathan Ferguson, Jessica Power, Steve Barber, Ryan Poole, Kenny Polite, Dana Aikins, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Jason Shipclark, Brian Copp, Doug O'Blenis, Aaron Pugh, Bruce Makinson, Thomas Cook, Tristan Draper, Kevan Bennett, Jason Cummings, Tabatha Murphy

Rookie Sportsman JASMINE DAVID, Richard Raison, Chris Bakker, Scott McGill, Riley Gill, Jamie Young

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY PREPARES FOR SEASON ENDING POINT SHOWS

MINERSVILLE, PA - September 2nd, 2013

After a very successful Coal Cracker weekend, the focus now shifts to the final four Sundays in September at Big Diamond Speedway.  For the first time in the history of the track, the season has been extended for the entire month of September.

Racing will be held on September 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.  Gates on each day will open at 4 PM and first heat will hit the track at 6:15 PM.  Each race will be a full points paying event for each division on the card.

September 8th features the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stocks

September 15th features the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Roadrunners

September 22nd features the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Roadrunners

September 29th features the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners, and Street Stocks

The 2013 track champions will be crowned on the September 29th event, ending a very successful first season for new track owners Jake and Jasmine Smulley.  The focus will then shift to preparations for the 2014 race season.

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MARLATT AND WHRITENOUR CLINCHED TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SEASON FINALE!!

VanPelt the other feature winner before rain called the rest of the evening.  DONNIE LAWSON CLAIMS FIRST EVER 370 MODIFIED TRACK TITLE.

By Paul Harkenrider

(Woodhull NY) The 2013 points season was nothing short of magnificent as two of the most competitive classes to grace the high banks this year went to the very lap to determine the 2013 track champion.

In the 360 Late Models, Glen Whritenour had a one point advantage going into Saturdays evenings racing festivities. In the heats, John Waters easily ran away with his qualifying event and picked up the 3 bonus points. Glen Whritenour only finished 3rd which gave Waters the nod going into the 25 lap feature. Writenour drew the position 3 pill while Waters drew the 6th position. It did not take long before two of the premier drivers in the entire northeast were both out front with Whritenour with the slight advantage. Waters gave everything he could to get around the Jasper native but it was not enough. At the Line, it was Glen Whritenour picking up his 6th career track championship at the Woodhull Raceway.

In the 370 Modified’s, it was Billy VanPelt picking up win number 4 in 2K13. Frank Dunning finished in the runner up spot followed by Eric Fisher, Ron Cartwright and Mike Bills. Donnie Lawson finished in 18th but clinched his first ever track championship in Modified action after winning a number of Sportsman track championships at both Woodhull and Black Rock Speedway.

The NAPA Crate sportsman got 4 laps in until heavy rain came through and called the 3 remaining features with Connor Brown the race leader.

Next Week, a jam packed Saturday will be in store as the Annual Lyle Sherwood Memorial will be on hand, along with the Bicknell Race Products Can Am Series, Open street Stocks, Open mini stocks and Open Front wheel drives along with a Non-Feature Winners event in the NAPA Crate Sportsman Division.  Also, gates will be opening at 3:30 and not 4:30 as racing will start at 5:30 and not 6:30. Presented by Griffith energy.

370 Modifieds  Feature: BILLY VANPELT (4),  Frank Dunning, Eric Fisher, Ron Cartwright, Mike Bills, Bryan Worthing, Bob Davis, Kenny Peoples Jr., Stacey Jackson, Brian Doolittle, Don Lawson, Ron White, Lee Bills,  John Hargrave, Art Goodier, Tim Guild, Kevin Chilson, Donnie Lawson, Joe Dgien, Dale Welty(NS), Casey Pavlick(NS), Steve Hartman Jr. (NS).

S&W Awards and Photos 360 Late Models

2013 Track Champion: Glen Whritenour (6)

Feature: GLENN WHRITENOUR(6), John Waters, Bruce Miller, Jerry Wilson, Steve LaBarron, Mick Seeley, Jaye McConnell, Cecil LaBarron, Jared Hill, Carl Hughes, Brad LaBarron, Jason McGregor, Josh Smith, Ray Bliss, Mike Tubbs, Carl Cleveland, Barry Payne, Fred Amann, Frank LaBarron(NS).

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JEFF STRUNK EARNS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON IN NASCAR MODIFIEDS, SEAN MERKEL GETS FOURTH WIN AND BRAD BRIGHTBILL IS A FIRST TIME WINNER AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

 BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 1, 2013 . . . For the first time this season nine time track champion Jeff Strunk was able to earn a win in a regular season 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night picking up $2750 with the Vinnie Salerno owned No. 4*. In the 25-lap feature for Late Models Sean Merkel of Boyertown, PA charged to the front at the drop of the green with his Merkel Rebar NO. 118 and held off all challengers leading all the laps to win his fourth of the season. And in the 25-lap main event for Sportsman Brad Brightbill of Sinking Springs, PA was able to wheel his own Vinnie’s Towing & Recovery #19 to his first win of the season.

Rookie Modified racer Andy Ressler took the lead at the start for the 28-car starting field in the 30-lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen 358 Modifieds and looked like he just might be able to pull off a win leading for 14 laps while a variety of racers battled for the front running positions. At the 15-lap marker veteran Jon Kellner Sr., looking for his second win of the season, took charge and set the pace for seven laps while Jeff Strunk challenged coming from 16th starting position. With 22 laps in the record book Strunk charged to the front and the Pottstown, PA racer was able to lead the rest of the way to grab his first win at Grandview since he took home the $50,000 in the 2012 BPG Racing Freedom 76 back in September. Finishing in second was nine time feature winner Duane Howard (Oley) while third spot was earned by Craig VonDohren (Oley). Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) finished fourth while Ray Swinehart (Perkiomenville) grabbed fifth.

With a 365 point lead going into the final night of points racing on Saturday, September 7th, VonDohren has claimed his seventh track championship.

Erik Renninger had the first place position for the first two laps of the 25 lap Sportsman feature before young Ryan Lilick took control and led for 20 laps looking as if he was on his way to a first career win. With just three laps to go veteran Brad Brightbill squeezed under Lilick in the first turn and went to the front and led the field to the checkered flag claiming his first win of the 2013 season. Second spot went to Collegeville based Lilick for his best effort of the season. Brett Kressley (Orefield) took third followed by Jared Umbenhauer (Richland) and Guy Germano (Richlandtown).

With a 533 point lead in the chase for the title going into the final night of point racing on September 7th Jared Umbenhauer has claimed his second straight NASCAR Sportsman track championship.

In the 25-lap Late Model feature Sean Merkel took command on the first lap and led every lap to claim his fourth feature race victory of the season. Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane) challenged the leader a couple of times but had to settle for a second place finish while Danny Snyder (Green Lane) looking for his fourth win had to settle for third. Defending champion Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) claimed fourth while Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) grabbed fifth.

Jason Miller had been the point leader going into the night’s racing action but finished seventh while Chuck Schutz finished fourth putting Schutz back in front in the battle for the Late Model title. Schutz takes a 7 point lead into the final night of Late Model racing on September 7th. There are six different drivers that still have a mathematical chance of winning the title.

Qualifying races for the 358 Modifieds, each 12-laps, were won by Jon Kellner Sr., Addison Meitzler, Todd Smith and Eric Biehn. The two 10-lap consolation races went to Craig VonDohren and Kevin Hirthler. The 8-lap qualifiers for the Sportsman were won by Jordan Henn, Brett Kressley and Erik Renninger while the two 8-lap qualifying events for the Late Models were won Sean Merkel and Steve Nederostek. 

Coming up on Saturday, September 7, 7:30 p.m. is an action packed tripleheader featuring the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars in their Final point races of the season. The night will be sponsored by Green Lane Wm. Penn and Four Star Lettering.  Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets for BPG Racing Freedom 76 set for September 14th on sale race night.

358 MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS: 1. Jeff Strunk 2. Duane Howard 3. Craig VonDohren 4. Jon Kellner Sr. 5. Ray Swinehart 6. Ryan Grim 7. Mike Laise 8. Andy Ressler 9. Glenn Strunk 10. Addison Meitzler 11. Mike Gular 12. Jarrad Miller 13. John Willman 14. Nate Christman 15. Doug Manmiller 16. Doug Manmiller 17. Eric Biehn 18. Jordan Umbenhauer 19. Don Norris Jr. 20. Frank Cozze 21. Chris Esposito 22. Ron Seltman 23. Bobby Gunther Walsh 24. Todd Smith 25. Jon Kellner Jr. 26. Kevin Hirthler 27. Terry Meitzler 28. Tommy Scheetz III

LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 LAPS: 1.Sean Merkel 2. Sam Schlosberg 3. Danny Snyder 4. Chuck Schutz 5. Wayne Pfeil 6. Ron Kline 7. Jason Miller 8. Steve Todorow 9. Steve Nederostek 10. Dan Green 11. Bill Henning 12. Rick Todorow 13. John Giesler 14. Steve Butler 15. Buddy Mertz

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 LAPS: 1. Brad Brightbill 2. Ryan Lilick 3. Brett Kressley 4. Craig Whitmoyer 5. Jared Umbenhauer 6. Guy Germano 7. Kenny Gilmore 8. Erik Renninger 9. Brian Hirthler 10. Kevin Beach 11. Jordan Henn 12. Scott Davis Jr. 13. Ryan Beltz 14. Joe Fanelli 15. Jason Neidlinger 16. Kevin Dries 17. Mike Debellis 18. Mark Behm 19. Kaitie McCardle 20. Joe Funk 21. Chuck Miller 22. Jamie Undercoffler 23. Tom Miller  DNS- Lex Shive

UNOFFICIAL  POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR MODIFIEDS
AS OF AUGUST 31, 2013
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 5597*****
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4 5232*********
3. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #4* 4630*
4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 4369*
5. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA   #357 4272*
6. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K 4024
7. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D 4000**
8. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA  #117 3856
9. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA  #53 3850
9. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W 3849

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Dunn, Maresca, Claim Victories on Final Points Night at MIR

AKWESASNE, NY – It was a hot night at MIR this past Friday night with track titles on the line in all divisions plus the final points in the Frenchie's "Chevy Runs Deep" 358 Modified Series and the Frenchie's Ford "Go Further" Sportsman Series.

The 358 Modifieds were set for 50 laps in the Frenchie's Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified Series. 22 cars came to Austin Swamp's green flag with Zach Aubertine taking the lead from the pole as the field scrambled into turn 1. It didn't take long for 2010 track champion Carey Terrance to take the number 1 spot away on lap 2 as Aubertine Brian McDonald, Chris Raabe and Billy Dunn completed the top 5. The yellow flew on lap 4 for Tom Conklin as he spun in turn 4. On the restart Terrance held the lead but some heavy hitters were charging forward early on. Danny Johnson made a rare appearance on this night. The Doctor was able to get the 2nd spot away from Aubertine and quickly close in for the top spot on lap 10. Point leader Billy Dunn was also on the move as he worked his way from 12th to 3rd in the early laps. Dunn would get by Johnson and quickly reel in Terrance. On lap 14 Dunn used a power move down the backstretch to take the top spot and open up a commanding lead. Near the halfway point of the event Dunn had nearly a half-track lead as Terrance, Johnson, Matt Billings and Aubertine battled it out in the top 5. Dunn's car was on rails as with 10 to go he was on pace to lap the entire field until the yellow flew on lap 45 as Chris Raabe and Lance Willix came together in turn 2. On the final restart Dunn would have no problem holding the rest of the field at bay as he notched his 7th win of the season, the Frenchie's Series title and his 2nd straight track title. Terrance settled for 2nd, Matt Billings 3rd, Mario Clair battled from a lap down to finish 4th and Zach Aubertine rounded out the top 5.

In the Frenchie's Ford Go Further Sportsman Series event Mike Maresca drew the pole and was looking for back-to-back wins. Maresca set a torrid pace in the early going of the 35 lap contest with Ricky Thompson, Brad Winters, Dylan Evoy and Corey Wheeler rounding out the top 5 early on. The first yellow flew on lap 6 for Wyatt Mullin and Jasmine David as they got hooked together down the front stretch. On the restart remained atop the leader board as Dylan Evoy, Louie Jackson Jr., Brent Kelsey and Corey Wheeler continued to complete the top 5. Maresca was making it look very easy at the head of the field as he led by a full straightaway by the halfway point as the field entered lapped traffic. Evoy started to reel in the leader on lap 24 as Maresca continued to run away and hide in the lapped traffic with Jackson, Kelsey and Wheeler still completing the top 5. The yellow would fly for Jasmine David who lost a front end on her car ending her night. On the restart Evoy made every attempt to get by Maresca but it wasn't enough as Mike Maresca held on for his 2nd win in a row and first in the series. Evoy came home 2nd, good enough to take his 3rd straight series crown. Louie Jackson Jr., Brent Kelsey and Corey Wheeler finished 5th taking home his first Sportsman track championship.

The Pro Stock division was set for their 20 lap battle as Stephane Lebrun and Roch Aubin came into the night separated by only 7 points. Off the start it was Marc Lalonde getting the lead into turn 1 with PJ Peters, Stephane Lebrun, Jocelyn Roy and Allen Peters rounding out the top 5. The yellow flew on lap 2 for William Chubb who came to a stop in turn 2. On the restart PJ Peters was able to take away the top spot bringing Jocelyn Roy to 2nd. Lalonde, Lebrun and Allen Peters rounded out the top 5. Jocelyn Roy wasn't worried about points as he worked his way to 2nd just past the halfway point of the event and ran down the leader PJ Peters. On lap 14 Peters slipped wide in turn 2 and that was all Roy needed as he took the lead and would not look back leading the final 6 laps scoring his first Pro Stock win at Mohawk. Stephane Lebrun came home 2nd locking up his 2nd career track title at MIR. Allen Peters, PJ Peters and Roch Aubin rounded out the top 5 at the finish.

Mohawk International Raceway will be off next Friday Night but in 2 weeks time on September 13 and 14 Twin Leaf will present the annual double header weekend featuring the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series, 358 Modified Series, DIRTcar Pro Stocks, DIRTcar Sportsman and the Go Nuclear Late Model Series.  Stay tuned to mohawkinternationalraceway.com for more information.

August 30, 2013 Results
358 Modified BILLY DUNN, Carey Terrance, Matt Billings, Mario Clair, Zach Aubertine, Danny Johnson, Lance Willix, Brian McDonald, Ryan Arbuthnot, Jordan McCreadie, Jeff Sykes, Joel Doiron, Mike Maresca, Chris Raabe, David Papineau, Travis Stacey, Tom Conklin, George Foley, Matt Woodruff, Tommy Jock Jr., Casey Swamp, Justin Lalancette

Sportsman  MIKE MARESCA, Dylan Evoy, Louie Jackson Jr., Brent Kelsey, Corey Wheeler, Brad Winters, Ryan Stabler, Ricky Thompson, Robert Delormier, Jenna David, Darryl Nutting, Mike Arquiett, Zach Arquiett, Thomas Cook, Adam Rozon, Scott Mere, Neal Provost, Wyatt Mullin, Delbert Legrow Jr., Josh Brockway, Brian Comeau, Andrew Fish, Scott McGill, Jasmine David, Ryan Helm

Pro Stock JOCELYN ROY, Stephane Lebrun, Allen Peters, PJ Peters, Roch Aubin, Marc Lalonde, Ronnie Tyo, Preston Mossow, William Chubb, Dan Desnoyers, Darryl Mainville, Chris Tremblay

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Big Diamond Speedway
Quick Results 8/30/2013
Sportsman (25 Laps
) 1) Ray Woodall Jr. 2) Jared Umbenhauer 3) Doug Hendricks 4) Shawn Fitzpatrick 5) Kevin Beach Jr. 6) Craig Whitmoyer 7) Joe Mooney 8 ) Colt Harris 9) Robin Schultz 10) AJ Gerhart 11) Andrew Cozze 12) Wayne Witmer 13) Heath Metzger 14) Jason Neidlinger 15) Rob Light 16) Todd Huffman 17) Shawn Light 18) Corey Renninger 19) Charles Fayash 20) Kevin Brady 21) Mike Glass 22) Tim Fitzpatrick 23) Josh Hertzog 24) Brett Kressley DNS) Billy Moyer Jr.

Roadrunners (20 Laps) 1) Kyle Killian 2) Marc Berzowski 3) Chris Holland 4) Terry Kramer Jr. 5) Jeremy Becker 6) Tom Hablett 7) Jim Kost 8 ) Joe Kavanaugh 9) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 10) Andrew Fayash III 11) Devin Trexler 12) Kris Ney 13) Jared Seigfried 14) Charles Weber 15) Ricky Bender 16) Neil Bressler 17) Jon Schlauch 18) TJ Fitzpatrick 19) Tim Spesak 20) Shon Elk 21) James White 22) Chip Kennedy 23) Glenn Rowan 24) Jesse Krasnitsky 25) Chris Natale 26) Dave Long Jr.

Modified Non-Winners (20 Laps) 1) Ricky Yetter 2) Kevin Smith 3) Dale Hartz 4) Bobby Gunther Walsh 5) Shawn Fitzpatrick 6) Dan Hineline 7) Andy Burkhart Donny Hartz

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SUSICE, FRIESEN,  CLAIM WINS AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY; PETE BICKNELL EARN 2013 TITLES

Ransomville, NY – Friday, August 30, 2013 – As has become the norm in 2013 – Mother Nature threatened to rear her ugly head last Friday forcing officials to rush the program for the eighty-three competitors in attendance. Several rain delays would hamper the event sponsored by Atwal Eye Care & the Fire House Tavern. Three events in September make up the remainder of the 2013 year.

Ryan Susice of Ransomville, NY collected a cool $2,000 last Friday night aboard the 52 lap Stan Friesen Mighty Taco Modified memorial event.  Under a perfect scenario, feature mains are run from lap one through the final lap in the same time frame. Thanks to the likes of Mother Nature, the 52 lap event was split into two segments after inclement weather forced the field pitside on lap 26.  The cars would return an hour later to complete the final 26 circuits with Susice in control. Susice would take top honors for the second time in 2013 aboard his Subway sponsored #38.  Sam Crogan, Ricky Richner, Chad Brachmann, and Scott Kerwin rounded out the top five.

The race within the race would be between Pete Bicknell and Erick Rudolph for the 2013 title.  Damage during an incident early on resulted in Rudolph going a lap down.  Motor woes would sideline Bicknell but it wouldn’t matter as Rudolph failed to make up the necessary positions to claim the title.  Bicknell was crowned the champion for the thirteenth time at Ransomville Speedway winning a pair of features in the process.  Rudolph would claim three wins –one of which came aboard the $13,000 to WIN Alex Friesen Summer Nationals event on August 16th.

James Michael Friesen and Greg Martin put on a barn burner of a race in the twenty-five lap Investors Services Sportsman main event.  Martin led the majority of the race until the final corner when Friesen made a move to the outside to take the lead and the win.  Friesen hounded Martin through the final five laps putting major pressure on the Wilson, NY driver.  Friesen would bring the crowd to their feet as he pulled alongside Martin through turns three and four.  Friesen would claim his fourth win of the season aboard the borrowed car owned by John McKinney.  Martin, Don Spatorico, Allan Wills, and Rob Clark rounded out the top five.

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – RYAN SUSICE (38), Sam Crogan (7), Ricky Richner (26), Chad Brachmann (3), Scott Kerwin (7K), Alan Johnson (14J), Robbie Krull (123), Brian Sage (12), Steve Schumacher (56), Jeff McGinnis (1r), Erick Rudolph (25), Justin Wright (11j), Nick Joy (12j), Pete Bicknell (42), John Smith (678), Trevor Perry (3t), and Tommy Flannigan (72). Heat Winners – Steve Schumacher (56) and Ryan Susice (38).

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH –JAMES MICHAEL FRIESEN (52), Greg Martin (4), Don Spatorico (5), Allan Wills (111), Rob Clark (19c), Chris Burek (94), Nate Reynolds (6r), Matt Farnham (7f), Kevin Wills (51), Justin Sharp (8s), Scott George (26), James Henry (21)), Billy Coleman (92c), Sandy Pembleton (28), Phil Vigneri III (47v), Adam Hilton (3a), Jesse Cotriss (55c), Mike Williams (6m), Andy Smith (1), Derrick Borkenhagen (25), Boyd MacTavish (41), Brett Martin (4), and Jim Zimmerman (27). Heat Winners – Greg Martin (4), Rob Clark (19c), and Justin Sharp (8s).

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RACE COMPETITION TAKES A NIGHT OFF AT THE WOODHULL RACEWAY ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013

(Woodhull, NY)  The Woodhull Raceway will do something very rare on Saturday night; September 14, 2013 and that is take a night off during the season.

“Traditionally when we start things off in mid-April we race each and every Saturday night until we close up shop in late September or early October stated track owner, Ted White.  This past winter when we were putting our 2013 Woodhull Raceway Schedule of Events together we decided to mirror what we did in 2011 and 2012 and give everyone a night off on Sept. 14.  We try to work closely with Little Valley and their “Specials Only Format.”  When LV puts their annual schedule together they try not to step on anyone’s toes and we appreciate their attempt to try and work with surrounding race tracks and it is with that though in mind that we are giving way to Little Valley on Sept. 14.  This gives all of our Modified and 360 Late Model race teams as well as our loyal fans and employees an opportunity to travel to Little Valley for a night of race action with out any conflicts.”

Woodhull will however be open for practice on Saturday afternoon, September 14 for practice from 1:00 until 4:00 pm.  This will allow any type of race car the opportunity to use the track for test and tune purposes.  Numerous race teams have indicated they will be at Woodhull in an attempt to get their machines dialed in for the remaining upcoming special events on Sept. 21, 27 and 28.

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY PRESENTS THE 33rd RUNNING OF THE ANNUAL COAL CRACKER EVENT

MINERSVILLE, PA - August 26th, 2013

It all started back in 1979, when Bobby Emerich from Hamburg, PA scored the victory in the inaugural running of the Coal Cracker 50 race.  It was one of only two wins at Big Diamond for the popular driver, who later tasted victory in the Freedom 76 race as a car owner with the late Smokey Warren behind the wheel.  Warren tasted victory 14 times at Big Diamond, but like so many others, was never able to take home the crown jewel event at the Schuylkill County oval.

The race has varied in distance over the years, from 50 laps, to 40, back to 50, then 60, 100, and now 72.  Regardless of length, it has always been the one race every driver at Big Diamond has wanted to win.  After last weeks victory by Tim Buckwalter, there have been 106 different winners in the Modified ranks at Big Diamond, but only 17 have been able to win the biggest race on the schedule.  Emerich's victory may have been the closest thing to an upset in any of the races won, as all the drivers who managed to park their cars in victory lane were on or near the top of their game at the time of their wins.

The "Diamond Cutter", Duane Howard, leads the way with 6 wins in this event, twice the amount of any other driver.  He looks to add #7 to his resume come this weekend.  Jeff Strunk has three wins in this event, tied for second all time with the late, great "Chargin'" Chalie Eckert, who was virtually unbeatable in this event in the early 80's, and the late Doug Hoffman, who went 16 years between his 2nd and 3rd wins.  Strunk has to be considered one of the favorites in this years event.  Another huge favorite has to be two time Coal Cracker champion, 2012 track champion, and current point leader Craig Von Dohren.  No one has been as consistent as CVD in 2013 at Big Diamond, and this event should be no exception.  Other two time winners Ryan Godown and Billy Pauch Sr. are excepted to be in the field too, along with last years first time winner Doug Manmiller.

Other past winners in this event are Kenny Brightbill (2), Paul Koch, "Fast" Freddie Rahmer, Toby Tobias Jr., Rick Schaffer, Billy Schinkel, Tom Mayberry, and Keith Hoffman, all with one win each.

Looking at drivers who have multiple wins at Big Diamond for their career but have yet to win the "big one", you would have to list "The Temple Tornado" Meme Desantis, Ray Swinehart, and Rich Laubach as potential victors this weekend.  Tim Buckwalter looked very stout in last weeks "prelude" race, and has to be in everyone's mind as the dark house.

Each year this event takes several exciting twists and turns during the evening, and this year is sure to be no different.  After attracting 45 cars for the "Prelude to the Coal Cracker" race last week, event organizers Jake and Jasmine Smulley are expecting a very nice sized field for this event.
 
So plan to be there on Sunday, September 1st for the Jack Rich Memorial 72 paying $10,000 to win $500 just to take the green.

The entire evenings events will be sponsored by Jack Rich, Inc.  Jack Rich is your full service community oil company, supplying quality fuels & related heating, cooling and plumbing services throughout the Greater Schuylkill County.

Heat races will be lined up by luck of the draw.  All drivers who finish in a handicap spot in their heat event will redraw for their feature starting position (number to be determined).

All 72 laps will be run under green flag conditions.

Big Diamond 358 Modified rules apply.  Weights will be 2350 for cars running alcohol and 2275 for those on gas.  Any American Racer tire with any track stamp will be allowed for this event as long as the tread pattern and compounds are equal to Big Diamond Speedway tires.

Pit participation fees will be $35.00 with a membership and $40.00 without.  Any track license will be accepted as membership for this event.

Early car registration fee for this event will be $35.00 per car.  The day of the race the car registration fee will increase to $50.00 per car.

Grandstand admission will be $25.00 for this event.  Kids 6 to 12 will be $5.00, kids under 6 years of age are admitted free of charge.

First heat hits the track at 8:15 PM sharp.

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DIRTcar 358-Modified Series heats up at Cornwall with Canadian Nationals finale

Raabe, Clair vying for track title and series points

CORNWALL, ONTARIO - Monday, August 26. 2013 - Cornwall Motor Speedway is rounding out its 2013 season Sunday, Sept. 1, with a special finale featuring the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. Sunday's Jiffy Auto Service Triple Crown Finals for the Canadian Nationals Gaetan's Chip Stand Series features a special 125-lap, $5,000-to-win race for the best small-block competitors in the region.

The third and final Canadian Nationals event could be a decisive victory for drivers vying for track and series points. Chris Raabe, the Napanee, Ontario, driver of the 01, is second in track points to Mario Clair, trailing by just 26 points. On the other hand, a win for Clair could propel him forward in DIRTcar 358-Modified Series points, where he currently sits sixth, after Jimmy Phelps, Mat Williamson, Danny Johnson, Erick Rudolph, and Carey Terrance.

"We're in the middle of a championship battle with Mario Clair," said Raabe, who proved in last year's Super DIRTcar Series victory at Cornwall that he has what it takes to take on the big dogs. "He has a significant advantage right now going into Sunday's race, but we're hoping for a decent finish and we're looking forward to a chance to compete with the guys in the series."

In addition to the usual DIRTcar 358-Modified Series rules, this finale for Cornwall's Canadian Nationals features a mandatory on-track pit stop.

"It gives teams a chance to adjust the cars," said Raabe who, like many other racers, likes to take advantage of the opportunity to work on the car midway through the race. "it's certainly going to add an extra twist and it's going to be cool for the fans as well. They'll get to see the drivers working down there on the front stretch."

Fans at Cornwall will get a glimpse into teams's pit strategy as they watch them fuel up and make necessary tire changes right on the quarter-mile's front-stretch.

Joining the DIRTcar 358-Moidfied Series in Cornwall's finale are full shows for Pro Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Semi-Pros and Mini Stocks. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. For more information about Sunday's races at Cornwall Motor Speedway, visit www.cornwallspeedway.com or call (613) 938-3945.

AT A GLANCE

DIRTcar 358-Modified Triple Crown Canadian Nationals 125

DATE: Sunday, September 1

GATES OPEN: 5 p.m.

RACING STARTS: 7:30 p.m.

DIVISIONS: DIRTcar 358-Moidfied Series, Pro Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Semi-Pros and Mini Stocks.

WHERE: Cornwall Motor Speedway, Civic #16981, Cornwall Centre Rd., Long Sault, Ontario

ABOUT THE TRACK: Quarter-mile high banked oval

2013 DIRTcar 358-Modified Series driver points
1. Jimmy Phelps 265
2. Mat Williamson 238
3. Danny Johnson 220
4. Erick Rudolph 184
5. Carey Terrance 182
6. Mario Clair 174
7. Pete Bicknell 162
8. Tommy Flannigan 149
9. Chad Brachmann 148
10. Mike Bowman 148

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New Egypt Speedway Points thru 8/24
358 Modifieds

1 Billy Pauch**** 820
2 Ryan Godown*(7) 814
3 Gary Butler** 751
4 David Van Horn* 747
5 Neal Williams* 745
6 Willie Osmun** 738
7 Tad Cox 717
8 John Stangle 621
9 Rocco Infante* 613
10 Tim Apgar 605

 Sportsman
1 Bob Lineman Jr.*** 522
2 Clay Butler* 510
3 John Cornell III 490
4 Kevin Vaclavicek* 487
5 Jim Housworth*** 484
6 Mike Lyons* 472
7 Mike Howardson 468
8 Mike Butler* 464
9 Brian Roemer 398
10 Ebby Ridge 384

* denotes wins

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RYAN ARBUTHNOT TAKES FIRST CAREER 358 MODIFIED WIN IN DOMINANT FORM AT BROCKVILLE

Tallman Truck Center was on hand for a full show at The BOS this past Saturday night along with the Patriot/SOS and CAOSS Sprint Tour. One of the biggest crowds were on hand and were treated to a great show in all divisions.

The 358 Modifieds were ready to roll as Dave Austin and rookie Ryan Arbuthnot led the field to Nate Vandermeer's green flag with Arbuthnot getting the early race lead. Arbuthnot had one of the fastest cars on the race track on this night as he pulled out to a half straightaway lead with Joe Banks, Jason Riddell, Dave Austin and Luke Stewart completing the top 5. With a very abrasive surface tires were on everyone's mind as the race neared the halfway point. Arbuthnot however, was putting on a clinic at the front of the field as he started to enter lapped traffic. Behind the leader the battle was on for 4th, 5th and 6th as Luke Stewart, Bobby Herrington and Pat O'Brien put on a great show with the veteran besting both young stars to take over 4th on lap 16. Only 1 caution slowed the race as Andy Lloyd came to a halt in turn 4. On a lap 20 restart Arbuthnot pulled away from the field leaving Riddell, Herrington, O'Brien and Stewart to battle it out in the top 5. With 5 to go Arbuthnot was well out front along with Jason Riddell the battle was on behind the top 2. Bryan Rogers and Bobby Herrington made slight contact in turn 4 ending Herrington's great top 5 run which brought Lee Ladouceur into the top 5. With a fast car and a fast surface it was a perfect match for Ryan Arbuthnot as he cruised on to his first ever 358 Modified win at Brockville. Riddell came home 2nd with Pat O'Brien, Luke Stewart and Lee Ladouceur rounding out the top 5 at the finish.

In Sportsman action Aaron Pugh and Dana Aikins started on the front row and it was Mr. August taking away the number 1 position. Aikins 3 career wins have all come in the month of August and was looking to add a 4th as he held the top spot over Steve Barber, Jon Mills, Jessica Power and Bruce Makinson. The yellow would come out at the end of lap 1 for Jenna David who hit the wall on the front stretch. On the restart Aikins continued his great run but Jon Mills was looking to make a statement. After taking the 2nd spot on lap 2 he quickly made his way to the outside getting around Aikins 1 lap later for the lead as Jessica Power, Makinson and Shane Pecore battled it out in the top 5. Once in front Mills started to pull away but Jessica Power was also on the charge. Power was able to quickly make her way to 2nd just past the halfway point of the event and tried to run down the leader as the laps wound down. The yellow flew for Joey Evans as he spun his car in turn 4. On the restart Power tried several times to make the move on the inside in turn 1 and would draw alongside of Mills on a couple of occassions. Despite her efforts it would not be enough as Mills held on for win #1 of the season over Power, Pecore, Chris Herbison came from 14th to 4th at the line and Dylan Evoy also charged from his 16th starting spot, to round out the top 5 at the finish.

The first ever Co-Sanctioned Patriot/SOS/CAOSS Sprint Car Series event was ready to go and Jason Barney drew the pole position and quickly rocketed out front of the 26 car field. Steve Poirier, Keith Dempster, Chris Jones and Justin Barger battled hard in the opening lap until the yellow flew for Bob Crawford as he spun in turn 1. 1 lap later Jeff Cook had problems bringing the yellow out again. On the restart Barney kept the lead but Poirier was on the charge after drawing the 4th position. Poirier went to the top side in turn 4 and easily took the lead leaving Barney, Jones, Dempster and Barger to round out the top 5 positions. On lap 10 the leader started to enter lapped traffic and this played right into Jason Barney's hands as he tried several times to chase down Poirier until the caution flew at the halfway point for Kyle Fraser who slowed on the front stretch. On the restart Poirier kept a comfortable lead but behind the top 2 the Joyceville Jet Rick Wilson was running strong. After starting 10th on the grid he worked his way to 3rd getting by Chris Jones on lap 17 and tried to run down the top 2 as the laps clicked off. The final yellow flew on lap 17 for SOS regular Warren Mahoney as he spun in turn 3. On the final restart Steve Poirier jumped out to the lead and would never look back in the final 8 laps to secure his 150th career sprint car win with Barney taking yet another runner up finish. Rick Wilson had his best run since 2010 at Brockville as he came home 3rd, Chris Jones and Justin Barger completed the top 5.

In the Rookie Sportsman race Jamie Young was the class of the field as he took the lead away on the opening lap from Richard Raison. Young had a good handling race car and was able to pull out to a comfortable margin over Richard Raison and Jasmine David as they had a spirited battle for 2nd and 3rd throughout the entire 15 lap affair. With the race going caution free it allowed Young to pull out to a commanding lead, a lead in which he would never give up as he dominated to score his 2nd feature win of the year. Raison held off David for 2nd while Jeremy Coulter came home 4th and Josh Powers rounded out the top 5.

In the Rookie feature a pair of lady drivers brought the field to the green flag as Geneva Sheffield and Samantha Henderson charged hard but it was 3rd place starter Randy Massey getting the advantage into turn 1.  Massey would have a fast car in the early laps as he held the lead until points leader Quincy Roberts came from his 8th starting spot to take the lead just before halfway. On lap 9 a scary moment for leading rookie Mike Best as his car caught fire on the front stretch. Saftey workers quickly got the fire out and Best was able to climb out with no injuries. Corbin Miller was trying to make a race out of it with Roberts in the closing laps but it was not to be as Roberts held strong for his 5th win of the year over Miller, Samantha Henderson had a great run finishing 3rd with new comer Mike McGonegal taking his best ever finish in 4th while 2 time winner Josh Kirkland rounded out the top 5.

Next week it's final points night in all divisions including the final event in the Ogilvie's Auto and Fleet Triple Crown for the Modified and Sportsman divisions. Race time will begin at 7pm with a pre-race tailgate party taking place in the afternoon and a post race bonfire with special guests Healy and Orr playing some great music to celebrate the end of the regular season.

358 Modified RYAN ARBUTHNOT, Jason Riddell, Pat O'Brien, Luke Stewart, Lee Ladouceur, Danny O'Brien, Kyle Dingwall, Tim O'Brien, Lee Gill, Kyle Wilson, Bobby Herrington, Adam Moore, John Mulder, Bryan Rogers, Roger Levesque, Joe Banks, Andy Lloyd, Stephane Lafrance, Dave Austin

Sportsman JON MILLS, Jessica Power, Shane Pecore, Chris Herbison, Dylan Evoy, Dana Aikins, Jonathan Ferguson, Bruce Makinson, Aaron Pugh, Kenny Polite, Steve Barber, Brian Comeau, Brian Copp, Doug O'Blenis, Tabatha Murphy, Tristan Draper, Jason Shipclark, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Jason Cummings, Jenna David, Joey Evans

Rookie Sportsman JAMIE YOUNG, Richard Raison, Jasmine David, Jeremy Coulter, Josh Powers, Riley Gill, Chris Bakker, Scott McGill, Patrick Lanthier

Patriot Sprints STEVE POIRIER, Jason Barney, Rick Wilson, Chris Jones, Justin Barger, Keith Dempster, Sammy Reakes IV, Jared Zimbardi, Kevin Ward Jr., Devin Caron, Patrick Vigneault, Jamie Collard, Jim Munsie, Etienne Girard, Ryan Hunsinger, Glenn Styres, Warren Mahoney, Paul Pekkonen, Dave Wickham, Brad Lodge, Mike Farrell, April Wilson, Bob Crawford, Kyle Fraser, Frank Baranowski, Jeff Cook

Rookie QUINCY ROBERTS, Corbin Miller, Samantha Henderson, Mike McGonegal, Josh Kirkland, Tyson Slinger, Marc Matthias, Geneva Sheffield, Randy Massey, Cody McEroy, Francis Blanchette, Colin Tracey, Mike Best, Michael Dillon

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HOWARD WINS NINTH NASCAR MODIFIED FEATURE OF THE SEASON

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 25, 2013 . . . For many racers nine features wins would make a pretty good career; nine feature wins for Duane Howard is the makings of another impressive season in an already impressive career. The Oley, PA racer wheeled the BPG Racing No. 4 to victory in the 30-lap RCN Night NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night holding off point leader Craig VonDohren who had charged from 26th starting position to challenge for the win. The 25-lap Late Model feature was won by Steve Nederostek of Walnutport putting his Salvage Transport No. 69 in victory lane for the first time this season. And in the 25-lap main event for Sportsman Kenny Gilmore of Fleetwood was able to drive his Russell E. Conrad Plumbing & Heating No. 7 to his first win of the 2013 season.

The 30-lap Modified feature had Jon Kellner Jr. taking the top spot from pole sitter Justin Grim on the first lap and setting the pace for 24 laps holding off challenges from a variety of racers. At 24 laps, on a caution restart, young Kellner spun in Turn 2 giving up the lead and setting up a fan pleasing battle between Jeff Strunk, looking for his first Grandview feature win of the season, and Meme DeSantis. Unfortunately the battle between the duo only lasted until the first turn of the restart lap when both Strunk and DeSantis tangled and ended against the wall. Strunk was out for the night and DeSantis was able to continue and finished 12th.

 On the restart Duane Howard, who had come from 15th starting spot, was in front with point leader Craig VonDohren and Nate Christman challenging. The final laps saw Howard able to hold on to the lead and grab the $2750 first place money (including the $250 TP Trailers bonus).

In victory lane Howard dedicated the win to his number one fan, his daughter, who is off to Fordham University. “The team is focused, the driver is focused,” said Howard. “However I don’t know that we would have had anything for Strunk and DeSantis.”

Second spot went to Craig VonDohren (Oley) who continues to hold a commanding lead in the point battle for the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified championship. If he is able to hold on to the top spot, with just two point races remaining, it would be his seventh track championship. Third spot went to Nate Christman (Fleetwood) for one of his best efforts of the season followed by Ryan Grim (Laury’s Station) and Kyle Weiss (Hamburg).

Rick Todorow led the Late Model feature starting field to the green but Steve Nederostek quickly took the top spot in the 25-lap main event. On the fourth lap Wayne Pfeil charged into the lead with Nederostek in second. Pfeil was able to hold on to the first position, holding off the challenges from Nederostek, until the 13th lap when Nederostek was able to take command and set the pace for the balance of the race to earn his first win of the season. Finishing a close second was Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) followed by Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane), Danny Snyder (Green Lane) and Sean Merkel (Boyertown).

Defending champion Chuck Schutz, the Late Model point leader going into the night, finished 13th after dropping out of the feature. With a 7th place finish Jason Miller was able to move in front of the Late Model point standings with at least the top five in the standings still having a chance to win the championship. Miller has been able to take the point lead despite not having won a feature during the season.

An 11-car accident took place on the first lap of the Sportsman main event sending a few of the regular top performers to the pits done for the night. On the restart of the 25-lap feature Jamie Undercoffler was in first spot but Mike Lisowski charged to the front before the first lap was completed and held the lead for the first three laps. Kenny Gilmore, coming from fifth starting spot, took the lead on the fourth lap and never looked back as he was in front for the balance of the feature race. Craig Whitmoyer (Hamburg) tried to take the lead away from the Fleetwood racer but had to settle for second. Third spot went to Jared Umbenhauer (Richland) who continues to lead the point standings as he tries for his second straight Sportsman title. Last week’s feature winner Joe Funk (Coopersburg) finished fourth followed by Brad Brightbill (Sinking Spring).

Qualifying heat races, each 12 laps, for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds were won by Ryan Grim, Jon Kellner Sr., Justin Grim and Mike Laise while the 10 lap consolation race wins went to Mike Gular and Tim Buckwalter. The Late Model qualifiers, 8 laps each, were won by Danny Snyder and Steve Nederostek. In the Sportsman qualifying events, each 8 laps, the wins were earned by Mike Lissowski, Jamie Undercoffler and Kaitie McCardle.

Coming up on Saturday, August 31, 7:30 p.m. is an action packed tripleheader featuring the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. Just two point races remain as racers battle for the various division point titles. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted free.

358 MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS: 1. Duane Howard 2. Craig VonDohren 3. Nate Christman 4. Ryan Grim 5. Kyle Weiss 6. Addison Meitzler 7. John Willman 8. Mike Gular 9. Justin Grim 10. Tim Buckwalter 11. Eric Biehn 12. Meme DeSantis 13. Terry Meitzler 14. Frank Cozze 15. Mike Laise 16. Jarred Miller 17. Glenn Owens 18. Chris Esposito 19. Bobby Gunther Walsh 20. Jeff Strunk 21. Jon Kellner Jr. 22. Kevin Hirthler 23. Jon Kellner Sr. 24. Doug Manmiller 25. Ray Swineheart 26. Don Norris Jr. 27. Ryan Kunkle 28. Jordan Umbenhauer 29. Tommy Scheetz Sr. 

LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 LAPS: 1. Steve Nederostek 2. Wayne Pfeil 3. Sam Schlosberg 4. Danny Snyder 5. Sean Merkel 6. Ron Kline 7. Jason Miller 8. Steve Todorow 9. Rick Todorow 10. Dan Green 11. Cory Merkel 12. John Giesler 13. Chuck Schutz 14. Dean Stoudt 15. Steve Batdorf 16. Buddy Mertz

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 LAPS: 1. Kenny Gilmore 2. Craig Whitmoyer 3. Jared Umbenhauer 4. Joe Funk 5. Brad Brightbill 6. Kevin Beach 7. Brian Hirthler 8. Erik Renninger 9. Kaitie McCardle 10. Scott Davis Jr. 11. Ryan Beltz 12. Tom Miller 13. Dave Bartam 14. Kevin Dries 15. Joe Fanelli 16. Jamie Undercoffler 17. Dean Bachman 18. Scott Davis Sr. 19. Ryan Lilick 20. Jordan Henn 21. Mike Lisowksi 22. Ron Krex 23. Brett Kressley 24. Chris Jenkins --- DNS Mark Behm and Paul Kline

UNOFFICIAL  POINT STANDINGS FOR 358 MODIFIEDS
AS OF AUGUST 24, 2013
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 5312*****
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4 4936*********
3. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #4* 4323
4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 4201*
5. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA   #357 4158*
6. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K 4014
7. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D 3990**
8. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA  #117 3801
9. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W 3663
10. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA  #53 3642

UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN AS OF AUGUST 24, 2013
1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5  4706*****
2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7  4202*
3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99  4049*
4. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA  #19K  3788****
5. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA  #19 3731
6. Kevin Beach, Minersville, PA  #17X 3588*
7. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 3451
8. Paul Kline, Muhlenberg Park, PA  #14 3269*
9. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA  #15 3202**
10. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J, 3144*

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

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Sharp wins $1,000 in David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Finale - Panunte the Title in Pen Centre Night at Merrittville

Sunday August 24, 2013 THOROLD, ONTARIO – The Pen Centre hosted the final round of the 2013 David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series for the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division at Merrittville August 24th. With Justin Sharp taking home the Victory in the 40 lap Sterling Silver Main Event and the $1000 Winner’s Share but it was Greg Panunte that took home the Mini-Series Title.

Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action also saw Pete Bicknell and Mark Fawcett notch their second wins while first time winners were Bob Davidson. and Kyle Rothwell in the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified, Hoosier Stock, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions respectively.

“We’ve been running good the last few weeks … thanks to Ted Curvin for his help with my shocks,” relayed Justin Sharp in Victory Lane after winning the 40 lap David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Finale, “once I got into lap traffic … I ran as hard as I could … like the slower cars were actually ahead of me.”

In addition to the $1000 winners share of the purse for the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Main Event, Sharp also took home the 24th edition of the Sterling Silver Award established by former race Ken Walsh that honors racing pioneer and Wall of Famer Bill Willard Sr. His daughter Betty Moore presented him with the annual trophy.

Jim Johnstone was first to lead with caution slowing the field right away on lap 1. Rob Knapp was the new leader but unfortunately would be hit with a 2 spot penalty for firing before the leader on the next caution or at the end which ever came first.

Johnstone however would quickly regain top spot with Justin Sharp joining the battle for top spot with the front runners battling three wide.

Sharp would be the new leader on lap 7 and on a lap 9 restart his new challenger would be Bill Willard Senior’s great grandson Cody McPherson – the 2011 winner of the special event.

By lap 15 Sharp was off to a lead of almost a ¼ lap over McPherson who had the same advantage over Knapp in third.

Just past the halfway point Sharp was into slower cars and was able to stretch his lead with Knapp challenged by Brent Begolo who took over third at lap 30. Lap 31 saw caution slow the field after James Friesen slowed at the start finish line with a broken drive shaft.

“I felt a vibration about 5 laps ago,” revealed Friesen in a quick on track interview with Clint Geoffrey, “I was hoping it would just go away.”

Sharp resumed control of top spot on the restart and after a lap 37 caution would set the pace in the three lap dash to the finish – holding off McPherson by about 5 car lengths.

Jim Johnstone settled for third with 2013 David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Champion Greg Panunte fourth.

“With the season we’ve been having … we’ll take it,” thanked Panunte who took the Mini-Series Title without a Victory, “at least we are consistent … it seems like the harder we try – the worse we do. Thanks to all my guys for their support and Rick Bellante – I would have been done racing 3 years ago without him.”

Another of Willard Senior’s great grandsons - BJ Willard rounded out the top 5.

Tommy Flannigan was first to lead the 35 lap Feature for the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds. Quickly Scott Wood was in the runner up spot and took the lead just before a lap 5 caution after a number of cars came together in Turn 4.

Wood was back out front on the restart and as the race hit the lap 10 mark – Pete Bicknell, Mike Bowman and Chris Steele had raced into the top 5 ahead of Flannigan. The second caution slowed the pace after Flannigan coasted into the infield and Fred Carleton slowed with a flat tire.

Bicknell edged ahead of Wood on the restart but the next time around it was Wood back in control until caution on lap 17 after Brandon Easey slowed with a flat tire.

Wood resumed control with Mat Williamson now into the top 3.  With Bicknell being pressured by Williamson, the current point leader was still able to challenge Wood until caution on lap 26.

Bicknell would quickly regain the lead when action resumed with Williamson following to take over the runner up spot as well.

At the checkered flag, Bicknell’s 2nd win of the season would clinch his 23rd Points Championship. Mat Williamson – fresh off clinching his 1st Point Championship at Lernerville Speedway would take second while Wood and Bowman would settle for third and fourth with Erick Rudolph fifth.

KING OF THE CRATES SERIES - RICK’S DELIVERY DIRTcar SPORTSMAN – (40 laps) Justin Sharp, Cody McPherson, Jim Johnstone, Greg Panunte, BJ Willard, Brent Begolo, Rob Knapp, Paul Gaboury, Boyd MacTavish, Gary Lindberg, Austin Wood, Jason Moore, Brad Rouse, Mark Chiddy, Jason Farraway, Adam Leslie, Joey Mastroianni, Gord McPherson, Travis Miller, Jordan Cosco, Robert Baker, Paul Williamson, Derek Hodge, James Friesen. DNQ - Charlie Lynch, Michael Bosse.

DIRTcar 358 MODIFIED FEATURE (35 laps) Pete Bicknell, Mat Williamson, Scott Wood, Mike Bowman, Erick Rudolph, Robbie Krull, Chad Chevalier, Brandon Easey, Fred Carleton, Chris Steele, Bill Bleich, Todd Gordon, Ken Winnfield, Tyler McPherson, Rick Hoctor, Tommy Flannigan.

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BUCKWALTER GETS FIRST CAREER MODIFIED WIN WITH "PRELUDE" TRIUMPH AT BIG DIAMOND, CARBERRY WINS 305's, BERZOWSKI WINS ROADRUNNERS

MINERSVILLE, PA - AUGUST 25th, 2013

"Wow! That's all I can say. Wow! I've been racing for 16 years and I don't think I have ever been happier. You look at modified racing anywhere in this area and Duane Howard is the best there is. To get around him for the lead is incredible."

Those were the words uttered by Tim Buckwalter after scoring a convincing win over Duane Howard and the rest of the stellar field at Big Diamond Speedway's "Prelude to the Coal Cracker" event Friday evening. The win was Buckwalter's first in a 358 Modified and netted him $4,000 for his 30 laps worth or work.

Duane Howard shot into the lead from his pole starting position and led the first eight laps of the event. Buckwalter made his winning move on a lap eight restart, powering around the outside in his Morrison powered Bicknell mount purchased recently from Ron John Kozcon. Once in front, Buckwalter ran consistent laps around the outside groove of the track while maintaining his lead. Behind him, Doug Manmiller, Billy Pauch Sr., and Rick Laubach were putting on a tremendous show for the fans battling for third place. With less than 10 laps to go, Howard once again pulled to within striking distance of Buckwalter, using the low groove to draw closer and closer to Buckwalter.  Driving like a seasoned veteran, Buckwalter made the adjustment and moved lower on the track, taking away the opening on the bottom.  From there Buckwalter was able to maintain a two to three car length advantage and drive home to victory lane, much to the approval of the large crowd on hand for the event.

Howard was able to hold on to second place, followed by Manmiller, Laubach, and Pauch Sr.  Meme Desantis (from 26th spot), Craig Von Dohren, Richie Pratt Jr., Kevin Smith, and Frank Cozze rounded out the top ten.  Heat races were won by Von Dohren, Howard, Pratt Jr., and Terry Meitzler.  Both Pratt and Meitzler were making there first starts of the season at Big Diamond. Forty-five modifeids were on hand first the first ever "Prelude" event.

In the curfew-shortened 14 lap Savage 61 Roadrunner event, Marc Berzowski took the lead late from Shon Elk and raced to his 9th victory of the season. A last lap tangle involving Elk, Jeremy Becker, and Chris Holland, shuffled the finishing order considerably, as all three cars were running in the top five at that time. Kyle Killian was able to avoid the wreck and drive home to a strong second place finish, followed by Terry Kramer Jr., Devin Trexler, and Jim Kost.  Sixth thru tenth were Chip Kennedy, Neil Bressler, TJ Fitzpatrick, Joe Kavanaugh, and Ricky Bender. Tom Hablett and Marc Berzowski were the heat race winners.

Adam Carberry won the 20 lap event for the TSRS 305 Sprint Cars.

Racing returns to Big Diamond Speedway this coming Friday evening, August 30th.  On hand will be the ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds in a 20 lap non-winners race, the USS Achey Sportsman going 25 laps for $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green, and the Savage 61 Roadrunners in a normal 20 lap feature event. Also on hand will be the Roadrunner one-on-one challenge races for the top 11 in points.  The Sportsman and Roadrunner events will be point races.

To be eligible for the Modifed non-winners race, you must not have won at Big Diamond during the 2013 season and have run at least five events in the 2013 season.  The winner of the non-winners race will get a set of (4) American Racer tires.  The race will be lined up by luck of the draw, with the drivers having perfect attendance guaranteed to have the front starting positions.  Those that only ran five races will start in the rear of the field.  This is a feature only, no heat races will be run.  Also during the evening, there will be numerous hot lap sessions for any Modifieds that may want to get laps to shake down their car for Sundays Coal Cracker 72 race.

The 20 drivers eligible for the non-winners race are Kevin Albert Jr., Ricky Yetter, Kevin Smith, Dale Hartz, Brad Arnold (all with perfect attendance), Andy Burkhart, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Nathan Klinger, Dan Hineline, Jim Bobbitt Jr., Mike Mamanna, Donny Hartz, Ron Haring Jr., Bobby Gunther Walsh, Billy Pauch Jr., Nick Desantis, Craig Whitmoyer, Kyle Borror, Blaine Bracelin, and Danny Nicholas.

Then on Sunday, September 1st, it's the annual Coal Cracker 72 race for the ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds.  Rain date is Monday September 2nd.  As in past years, this race will pay $10,000 to the overall winner, and $500 just to take the green flag.  Also on the card will be the Roadrunners going 25 laps in their annual Coal Cracker event, and an amazing fireworks display brought to you by ZY Pyrotechnics.  The entire evenings events will be brought to you back Jack Rich Inc.  A large field of cars is expected for this event, so get there early.  This is one you will not want to miss.

Big Diamond Speedway
Friday
Prelude to the Coal Cracker
358 modifieds (30 laps)
1) Tim Buckwalter ($4,000) 2) Duane Howard 3) Doug Manmiller 4) Rick Laubach 5) Billy Pauch Sr. 6) Meme Desantis 7) Craig Von Dohren 8 ) Richie Pratt Jr. 9) Kevin Smith 10) Frank Cozze 11) Kyle Borror 12) Kevin Albert Jr. 13) Ricky Yetter 14) Jared Umbenhauer 15) Kyle Weiss 16) Andy Burkhart 17) Dale Hartz 18) Nick Desantis 19) Justin Grim 20) Jeff Strunk 21) John Willman 22) Terry Meitzler 23) Mike Nicholas 24) Dan Hineline 25) Danny Nicholas 26) Billy Pauch Jr.

DNQ) Kyle Follweiler, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Craig Whitmoyer, Eric Biehn, Brad Arnold, Tim Fitzpatrick, Nathan Klinger, Ray Swinehart, Mike Diehl, Kevin Beach Jr., Tommy Sheetz Jr., Brian Gagliardo, Jason Neidlinger, Tim Fitzpatrick Jr., Heath Metzger, Ron Haring Jr., Donny Hartz, Mike Mamanna

Roadrunners (20 Laps) 1) Marc Berzowski 2) Kyle Killian 3) Terry Kramer Jr. 4) Devin Trexler 5) Jim Kost 6) Chip Kennedy 7) Neil Bressler 8 ) TJ Fitzpatrick 9) Joe Kavanaugh 10) Ricky Bender 11) Andrew Fayash III 12) Bill Wingle Jr. 13) Tim Spesak 14) Bruce Ditzler 15) Tom Hablett 16) Shon Elk 17) Jeremy Becker 18) Chris Holland 19) Kris Ney 20) Jesse Krasnitsky 21) Jon Schlauch DNS) Dave Long Jr.

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BRIAN SAGE WINS FIRST EVER MODIFIED FEATURE AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY – Friday, August 23, 2013 – Crystal clear blue skies greeted fans, drivers, sponsors, and crew last Friday night at Ransomville Speedway for the VP D98 Sportsman Series 30, the Mighty Taco Modifieds, Double Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks, and FinditQuick.com Fireballs.  The comfortable temperatures aided track maintenance resulting in an awesome racing surface come race time.

Brian Sage of Brockport, NY captured his first ever Modified feature win at the Big R.  To say he was happy would be putting it mildly!  Sage took the lead away from John Smith on lap nine and held off late race challenges by Scott Kerwin and Chad Brachmann.  Sage would be greeted trackside by a rousing round of applause as the crowd on hand showed their joy for his first ever win in the thirty lap main. “It feels pretty good,” commented Sage.  “We found some major problems with the car recentely, it made a huge difference tonight.”  Kerwin would come home in second aboard his BlueCross/BlueShield of WNY & NMCC sponsored #7.  2011 champion Brachmann claimed third followed by defending champion Pete Bicknell and 2013 Summer Nationals winner Erick Rudolph.

Jesse Cotriss of Akron, NY captured the third and final VP D98 Sportsman thirty lap Series event. Cotriss took the lead away from Kevin Wills of Ransomville, NY on lap twenty-two and quickly distanced himself from the remainder of the field.  Cotriss was elated trackside as he celebrated with crew, family, and friends.  “The car was good all night and the track was awesome,” commented Cotriss.  “When we came out for the re-draw it was still tacky.  Many thanks to VP for all they have done this year for the drivers and the track.” Wills would hold on for second followed by Boyd MacTavish, James Henry, and James Michael Friesen.  Wills, MacTavish and Henry would put on a great show for the fans as they battled side by side in the final ten laps for the runner up position.

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – BRIAN SAGE (12), Scott Kerwin (7), Chad Brachmann (3), Pete Bicknell (42), Erick Rudolph (25), Robbie Krull (123), Alan Johnson (14j), Tommy Flannigan (72), Jeff McGinnis (1r), John Smith (678), Steve Schumacher (56), Ricky Richner (26), Justin Wright (11j), Sam Crogan (7), Phil Vigneri Jr. (44v), Nick Joy (12j), and Ryan Susice (28). Heat Winners – Tommy Flannigan (72) and Brian Sage (12).

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – JESSE COTRISS (55c), Kevin Wills (51), Boyd MacTavish (41), James Henry (21), James Michael Friesen (52), Justin Sharp (8s), Greg Martin (4), Nate Reynolds (6r), Allan Wills (111), Cody MacPherson (7), Don Spatorico (5), Scott George (26), Chris Burek (94), Matt Farnham (7f), Rob Clark (19c), Mike Williams (6m), Sandy Pembleton (28), Brett Martin (10), Derrick Borkenhagen (25), Jim Zimmerman (27), Phil Vigneri III (47), and Adam Hilton (3a). Heat Winners – James Henry (21), James Michael Friesen (52), and Jesse Cotriss (55c).

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Big Diamond Speedway
Friday
358 Modifieds (25 Laps
) 1) Craig Von Dohren 2) Duane Howard 3) Jeff Strunk 4) Doug Manmiller 5) Tim Buckwalter 6) Meme Desantis 7) Rick Laubach 8) Ricky Yetter 9) Ray Swinehart 10) Frank Cozze 11) Kevin Albert Jr. 12) Kevin Smith 13) Andy Burkhart 14) Brad Arnold 15) Steve Young 16) Nathan Klinger 17) Bobby Gunther Walsh 18) Dale Hartz 19) Kyle Borror 20) Ron Haring Jr. 21) Dan Hineline 22) Donny Hartz 23) Blaine Bracelin 24) Bill Gensler DNS) Shawn Fitzpatrick

Sportsman modified (20 Laps) 1) Kevin Beach Jr. 2) Mike Glass 3) Jared Umbenhauer 4) Doug Hendricks 5) Tim Fitzpatrick 6) Joe Mooney 7) Andrew Cozze 8) AJ Gerhart 9) Robin Schultz 10) Wayne Witmer 11) Billy Moyer Jr. 12) Shawn Light 13) Glenn Reinhart 14) Heath Metzger 15) Corey Renninger 16) Mike Lisowski 17) Harry Landis 18) Ray Woodall Jr. 19) Charles Fayash 20) Kevin Brady 21) Josh Hertzog DNS) Rob Light

Roadrunners (20 Laps) 1) Shon Elk 2) Jeremy Becker 3) Mark Berzowski 4) Chris Holland 5) Joe Kavanaugh 6) Tom Hablett 7) Jesse Krasnitsky 8) Glenn Rowan 9) TJ Fitzpatrick 10) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 11) Devin Trexler 12) Tim Spesak 13) Kyle Killian 14) Terry Kramer Jr. 15) Andrew Fayash III 16) Jon Schlauch 17) Chris Natale 18) Bruce Ditzler 19) Kris Ney 20) Chip Kennedy 21) Jim Kost 22) Neil Bressler

Coke Challenge One-On-One Match Races For Modifieds - Overall Winner - Doug Manmiller
 
358 Modified Point Standings
Updated 8/17/2013

1. Craig VonDohren 3584
2. Jeff Strunk 3478
3. Meme DeSantis 3453
4. Doug Manmiller 3303
5. Frank Cozze 2984
6. Kevin Albert Jr. 2819
7. Ray Swinehart 2662
8. Ricky Yetter 2633
9. Dale Hartz 2559
10. Kevin Smith 2553
11. Andy Burkhart 2431
12. Tim Buckwalter 2124
13. Shawn Fitzpatrick 2022
14. Brad Arnold 2021
15. Nathan Klinger 1722
16. Duane Howard 1674
17. Dan Hineline 1486
18. Jim Bobbitt Jr. 1407
19. Mike Mamanna 1342
20. Donny Hartz 1320

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Billy Dunn Chases Down Mario Clair For 6th Win of the Season at Mohawk International Raceway on Friday Night

AKWESASNE, NY – After a one week lay off the top stars at Mohawk International Raceway were back in fine form with Cedar View Golf Course on hand.

In 358 Modified action Billy Dunn has been the driver to beat as he came into the night with a 14 point lead on 2nd place Chris Raabe. Dunn would have a long way to go as he started deep in the pack in the 25 lap affair. Travis Stacey was able to get the lead early on from the pole over Jordan McCreadie, Mario Clair, Brian McDonald and Carey Terrance. Stacey would build up a full straightaway lead by lap 5 as Mario Clair cleared McCreadie for the 2nd spot, McDonald and Zach Aubertine completed the top 5. Clair was able to run down the leader by lap 10 and used the low side of the speedway down the back stretch to take over the top spot and open up a commanding lead. With Billy Dunn starting deep in the pack it looked like his chances for victory were all but over as he worked his way into the top 5 just past the halfway point. Clair entered into lapped traffic and began lapping cars at will as Dunn battled former track champion Brian McDonald for 2nd until Dunn was able to take the spot away with 9 to go. Clair started to enter heavier traffic which played right into the hands of Dunn as he was able to reel in the leader and make a great battle for the win. With 3 laps remaining Dunn caught Clair in turn 2 and would use the bottom side of the track to take over the lead for good. Even a lap 24 caution for Carey Terrance, who spun, would not slow his charge as Dunn pulled away from Super Mario on the final restart for his 6th win of the year over Clair, Zach Aubertine, Brian McDonald and Lance Willix.
 
In the Sportsman division rookie Mike Maresca used the pole position to take away the lead early on. Maresca, in his first full season on dirt, has learned a lot this year and showed everyone as he rocketed to a full straightaway lead by lap 5 with Robert Delormier and Dylan Evoy rounding out the top 3 early on. Maresca was on cruise control and seemed like he was well on his way to career win #1. Robert Delormier had other ideas as he ran down Maresca in traffic and was able to take the lead away on lap 10. Corey Wheeler and Dylan Evoy were also on the move. Evoy and Wheeler both moved into the 2nd and 3rd spots by lap 12 until the caution flew for Neal Provost who suffered a hard hit in turn 2. On the restart Wheeler went right to work as he took the 2nd spot from Evoy and quickly ran down Delormier for the top spot. The final caution flew on lap 18 settingup a 2 lap shootout to the finish. On the final restart Delormier got out in front of Wheeler and seemed destined to go to victory lane. However in turn 2 Delormier left the bottom open as the top 2 raced side by side into turns 3 and 4. Coming off the final turn the 2 drivers exchanged paint several times as Corey Wheeler was able to edge Delormier by 0.011 seconds for his first win of the year over Delormier. Darryl Nutting, Dylan Evoy and Mike Maresca rounded out the top 5.

Next week the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stock and Bandit will be on the card for a full program, the Mod Lites will have the night off. The green flag drops at 7:30 pm.
 
358 Modified BILLY DUNN, Mario Clair, Zach Aubertine, Brian McDonald, Lance Willix, Jordan McCreadie, Pierre Dagenais, Travis Stacey, Tom Conklin, Carey Terrance, Joel Doiron, Chris Raabe, Lee Miller, Ryan Arbuthnot, Louie Jackson Jr., Justin Lalancette, David Papineau, Matt Woodruff, Jeff Sykes, Travis Back

Sportsman COREY WHEELER, Robert Delormier, Darryl Nutting, Dylan Evoy, Mike Maresca, Brent Kelsey, Scott Mere, Jenna David, Nolan Swamp, Louie Jackson Jr., Wyatt Mullin, Brad Winters, Zach Arquiett, Terry Ladouceur, Mike Arquiett, Thomas Cook, Delbert Legrow Jr., Adam Rozon, Ryan Helm, Josh Brockway, Jasmine David, Ricky Thompson, Neal Provost

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ERICK RUDOLPH SCORES WIN IN 29TH ALEX FRIESEN SUMMER NATIONALS 100 AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY – Friday, August 16, 2013 – What a picture perfect night it was at the Big R for the 29th running of the Alex Friesen Summer Nationals.  The 100 lap 358 Modified event boasts one of the highest paying 358 races in the region.  With a grand prize of $13,000 on the line, many outside DIRTcar stars joined the stout weekly regulars in hunt for the big pay day presented by Coors Light and Mighty Taco.

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY collected what will most definitely go down as one of the most memorable wins of his career as he notched the victory in the $13,000 to win 29th Alex Friesen Summer Nationals.  Rudolph started mid pack in the fifteenth position and had to work his way by some of the hottest drivers in DIRTcar  including Billy Decker, Brett Hearn, Stewart Friesen, and Dale Planck.  Rudolph would slowly work his way to the front and reel in the leader Danny Johnson just after the mid-way point.  Rudolph would pull to the high side of the 27j machine on lap 65 and take the lead on lap 66.   Rudolph quickly pulled away from the field aboard his Snyder Industries sponsored #25 and collected the biggest win of his DIRTcar career.  “I was worried early on,” commented Rudolph.  “But all of a sudden the car came to me. It was hooked up on the top so I stayed with it.”

Danny Johnson would score the second position after leading the first sixty-five circuits.  Johnson was piloting his Traction Grabber sponsored, Lisa Maroney/Dave Botsford owned #27j.  Always a fan favorite, Johnson would not disappoint as he finished in the runner up position.  “I think the red flag hurt us,” commented Johnson. I’m glad we came home with a second.  BRP built a great car.” Defending champion Bicknell ran a solid race in second for much of the 100 laps prior to giving up the position to Rudolph.  Bicknell would hold on for a third place finish.  Hearn made the long trek in from Sussex, NJ and would come from deep in the pack after a disappointing heat run.  Hearn put on a great show as he came through traffic to score the fourth place finish.  Friesen would back up his win of a year ago with a top five finish. 

James Henry of Niagara Falls, NY became the tenth different winner in the Investors Services Sportsman ranks with his win last Friday.  Henry took control at the drop of the green aboard his Madskins/Norampac sponsored #21 and held it the entire distance.  “It’s been a long time, 2 ½ years,” commented Henry in victory lane. “Eric Giguere drove the car at CMP, he found a few things.  I really feel like we have turned a corner with it.”  The event went green to checker as a field of twenty strong ran clean and green. Rookie Derrick Borkenhagen would come home a solid second and score his best finish of the season.  It was a night for rookies as Phil Vigneri III also enjoyed a great run in third.  Following Vigneri was Nate Reynolds and Brett Martin.

Jake Stefanski of North Tonawanda, NY took top honors in the Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stock feature main event.  After some dismal finishes as of late, Stefanski found himself with a front row starting position.  Stefanski would immediately claim the point position and hold it the entire twenty laps.  “I have got to thank Mike Greenawalt for a chance to drive his car,” commented Stefanski.  “I got out in front and just held my line.” Mike Short would run a strong second and keep Stefanski in his sights.  Short would settle for second as the Investor’s Services 17d of Stefanski would top the field. Current point’s leader Pat Dell would claim third at the line followed by Jason Meyers and Brian Lonneville.

Brett Senek of Ransomville, NY captured his fourth win of the season in the Gippster’s Collision 4 Banger division.  Senek used a move to the inside of Brian Monahan Jr. with a pair to laps remaining aboard the twelve lap event to take the lead. Senek would maintain control the final two circuits and claim the win.  Monahan held onto second after leading the first ten circuits. Tommy Lalomia continued his top three finish with a third followed by Mike Kramarz and points leader Austin Susice.

ALEX FRIESEN SUMMER NATAIONALS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – ERICK RUDOLPH, Danny Johnson, Pete Bicknell, Brett Hearn, Stewart Friesen, Billy Decker, Tommy Flannigan, Dale Planck, Jeff McGinnis, Ryan Susice, Robbie Krull, Mark Dilario, Steve Schumacher, Dave Flannigan, Jr., Vic Coffey, Randy Chrysler, Nick Joy, Sam Crogan, Justin Wright, Chad Brachmann, Scott Kerwin, Alan Johnson, Todd Burley, John Smith, Ricky Richner, Jimmy Phelps, and Brian Sage. Heat Winners – Pete Bicknell, Ryan Susice, and Randy Chrysler.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – JAMES HENRY, Derrick Borkenhagen, Phil Vigneri III, Nate Reynolds, Brett Martin, Rob Clark, Matt Farnham, James Michael Friesen, Chris Burek, Jesse Cotriss, Don Spatorico, Mike Williams, Allan Wills, Boyd MacTavish, Justin Sharp, Mark Chiddy, Jim Zimmerman, Kevin Wills, Andy Smith, Adam Hilton, and Greg Martin. Heat Winners – Derrick Borkenhagen, Greg Martin, and Rob Clark.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH – JAKE STEFANSKI, Mike Short, Pat Dell, Jason Meyers, Brian Lonneville, Ricky Washburn, Jesse Johnston, Ken Camidge, Jaren Israel, Cliff Gregg III, Randy Zimmerman, Sean Letts, Alex Morris, Cliff Brucker, Donald Hermanson, Nathan Zimmerman, Brandon Sherwood, Webb Nashwinter, and Kyle Wendt. Heat Winners – Randy Zimmerman and Jake Stefanski .

4 BANGER FEATURE FINISH – BRETT SENEK, Brian Monahan Jr., Tommy Lalomia, Mike Kramarz, Austin Susice, Mike Pahl, Chris Lammerts, Ryan Plante, Jason Fuller, Brendan OKeefe, Randy Chrysler Jr., John Conklin, Corey OKeefe, Anthony Guthrie, Howard Guthrie, Justin McKay, and Joey Zimmerman. Heat Winners – Mike Pahl and Brian Monahan.

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RAIN WASHES OUT BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY FOR 8th TIME IN 2013

MINERSVILLE, PA - AUGUST 11th, 2013

For the 8th time this season, rain forced the cancellation of the racing events scheduled for Big Diamond Speedway on Friday, August 9th.

Heavy rains Thursday evening in Friday morning, with even more rain forecast for Friday evening forced owners/promoters Jake and Jasmine Smulley to cancel the evenings events.

Racing returns to Big Diamond Speedway this coming Friday, August 16th with a full program of 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Roadrunners.  Also on the card are the Coca Cola one-on-one challenge races for the ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds.

The following Friday evening, August 23rd, Big Diamond Speedway presents the "Prelude to the Coalcracker" event for the 358 Modifieds.  This race will be 30 laps for $4,000 to win and $400 to take the green.  Heat race line-ups will be by luck of the draw.  This race will serve as a great tune up race for anyone looking to enter this years Jack Rich Memorial Coalcracker 72 event.  A stellar field is expected for this prelude event.

Also on the card or the 23rd will be the Hilborn Tri-State Race Saver Sprints making their 2nd appearance of the season in a 20 laps feature event, along with the Savage 61 Roadrunners, also with a 20 lap feature event.

The Street Stocks race originally scheduled for this date has been removed from the evenings event.

Adult grandstand admission for this event will be $20.00, with kids 12 and under admitted free of charge.

Gates will open at 5:00 PM, with warm-ups at 7:45 PM and the first heat scheduled to hit the track at 8:15 PM.

Then on Sunday, September 1st, Big Diamond Speedway and Jack Rich Inc. present the annual Coalcracker 72 race for the ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds.  This years races will once again pay $10,000 to win, but the "to take the green" money has been increased to $500.

Entry forms are now available for this event, with the early entry fee being $35.00 per car.  The day of the event the entry fee increases to $50.00 per car.  Entry forms have already been received from track regulars Ricky Yetter and Ron Haring Jr.

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DUANE HOWARD WINS 43RD ANNUAL FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 11, 2013 . . . “You should have been there.” That is what race fans will be saying to their friends that could not make it to Grandview Speedway for the 43rd running of the Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings on Saturday night. It was one of those races that fans will talk about for years to come. Duane Howard, driving a backup BPG Racing No.4 and starting 24th, took the lead from Craig VonDohren with just a few laps remaining and then held off point leader VonDohren to earn (and he did work for it) his eighth NASCAR 358 Modified victory of the season.

The victory for Howard earned him the $10,000 first place money, $250 in bonus bucks from TP Trailers of Limerick, $200 Hard Charger bonus from Bobby Gunther Walsh and his sponsors for charging from 24th to victory and $150 worth of VP Racing fuel for winning while using gas. It was the second time that the Oley, PA racer won the prestigious Memorial race run in memory of the man who had the idea and turned it into Grandview Speedway.

The 25-lap main event for Late Models  was won by Sam Schlosberg wheeling his own Green Lane Auto Sales No. 70 to his third win of the season while Mike Lisowski put his M&J Construction No. 15 in the Sportsman 25-lap feature for the second time this season.

The 50-lap feature for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds got off to a bad start when Kyle Follweiler got sideways in front of the field coming off the fourth turn on the first lap causing a huge multi-car tangle. Once the mess was cleaned up and a couple of cars were towed to the pits Jon Kellner Jr. took command of the actual start of the race with Eric Biehn challenging. A three car tangle in the first turn had the caution out and Chris Esposito towed to the pits. On the restart Kellner Jr. was again in front but was now being challenged by his dad Jon Kellner Sr. and Jeff Strunk.

A bumper off a car on the backstretch brought out a debris caution and Ray Swinehart went to the pits lacking a bumper. The restart had Kellner Jr. still in front but it was now a five car race for the lead as Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Kellner Sr. and Duane Howard were chasing the leader.

With 40 percent of the race completed Strunk, a nine time track champion who is without a win this season, charged to the front and set the pace until the 27th lap when VonDohren, the current NASCAR 358 Modified point leader, was able to take command,

At 30-laps in the record book VonDohren was in front with Strunk, Howard, Kellner Sr. and John Willman forming the top five.

With 41 laps finished Howard, who had qualified for the feature through the consolation just as VonDohren had, was now nipping on the rear of VonDohren’s Pioneer Pole Building No. 1c. Just a few laps later Howard was able to take advantage of slower traffic and get by VonDohren and then led the rest of the way to grab the rich win.  Second spot, right on the rear of the winner, went to VonDohren (Oley) who continues to maintain a comfortable lead in the chase for the championship. Jeff Strunk (Pottstown) finished third followed by Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) and John Willman (Birdsboro).      

In victory lane Howard jumped out of the car waving the checkered flag yelling “Take that baby!!!” Howard gave his team much of the credit for being able to roll out a plain white backup car and being able to take it to victory. Howard was upset that lapped cars were such a factor. “Craig (VonDohren) got caught with some of the slower cars and that cost him the win,” said Howard.

Von Dohren was disappointed with the finish and commented that he was “first loser.” Third place finisher Jeff Strunk called it a good run for his No. 4* team, “I thought we had something for them tonight.”

Steve Nederostek charged to the front in the 25-lap Late Model feature and looked to be on his way to victory but Sam Schlosberg challenged him for much of the race and with 18 laps completed the leader bobbled in the fourth turn giving Schlosberg the opportunity to take the lead. Once in front Schlosberg (Green Lane) was able to charge to the checkered flag and pick up win number three on the season. Second spot went to Jason Miller (New Tripoli) who got under Nederostek on the final lap while Nederostek (Walnutport) finished third. Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) was in the thick of the action all night and settled for fourth while previous week feature winner Sean Merkel (Boyertown) finished fifth. Current point leader Chuck Schutz had a tough night and did not finish the feature and that has created a three driver battle for the point title between him, Danny Snyder and Jason Miller with less than 100 points separating the three.

Sean Weiss led the feature field in the 25-lap Sportsman feature for a couple of laps before getting high in the fourth turn and allowing Joe Fanelli to charge to the front. Once in front Fanelli was able to set a quick pace with Ryan Beltz and Ryan Lilick challenging. Fanelli, often called “The Geezer”, held the top spot until the 11th lap when Mike Lisowski, coming from seventh, took the lead. Once in from Lisowski had a fairly easy time of it until the closing laps when current point leader Jared Umbenhauer, coming from 15th starting spot, challenged. Lisowski (Minersville0 was able to hold on to the top spot to get his second win of the season while Umbenhauer (Richland) finished second and increased his lead in the point battle. Third place was earned by Joe Fanelli (Exton) for his best effort since joining the Sportsman ranks. Ryan Beltz (Harleysville) finished fourth followed by Ryan Lilick (Collegeville).

Qualifying heat races for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, each 12-laps, were won by Jon Kellner Sr., Tim Buckwalter, Todd Smith and Eric Biehn. The 10-lap Modified consolation races went to Craig VonDohren and Don Norris Jr. The Sportsman qualifiers, each 8 laps, were won by Jared Umbenhauer, Ryan Lilick and Brad Brightbill while the 8-lap consolation race went to Craig Whitmoyer. The two eight lap qualifiers for the Late Models were won by Sam Schlosberg and Wayne Pfeil.

Coming up on Saturday, August 17 and 24th, 7:30 p.m. are action packed tripleheaders featuring the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. Just four point races remain going into August 17th as racers battle for the various division point titles. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted free. A special Sunday event is set for August 25th, 7 p.m. featuring 305 Sprint Cars and Sportsman. Adult admission will be $16 while youngsters 12 and under will be admitted FREE.

FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL 358 MODIFIED FEATURE - 50 LAPS: 1. Duane Howard 2. Craig VonDohren 3. Jeff Strunk 4. Jon Kellner Sr. 5. John Willman 6. Bobby Varin 7. Kyle Weiss 8. Jarred Miller 9. Glenn Strunk 10. Doug Manmiller 11. Kevin Hirthler 12. Meme DeSantis 13. Frank Cozze 14. Todd Smith 15. Ryan Grim 16. Jon Kellner Jr. 17. Eric Biehn 18. Don Norris Jr. 19. Terry Meitzler 20. Bobby Gunther Walsh 21. Kyle Follweiler 22. Mark Kratz 23. Justin Grim 24. Ray Swinehart 25. Chris Esposito 26. Tim Buckwalter 27. Nate Christman 28. Jordan Umbenhauer

LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 LAPS: 1.Sam Schlosberg 2. Jason Miller 3. Steve Nederostek 4. Wayne Pfeil 5. Sean Merkel 6. Danny Snyder 7. Rick Todorow 8. Steve Todorow 9. Mike Kellner 10. Steve Butler 11. Dan Green 12. Dirk Rimrott 13. Steve Weikel 14. John Giesler 15. Cory Merkel 16. Bill Henning 17. Steve Batdorf 18. Chuck Schutz 19. Buddy Mertz

NASCAR SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 LAPS:1. Mike Liswoski 2. Jared Umbenhauer 3. Joe Fanelli 4. Ryan Beltz 5. Ryan Lilick 6. Jordan Henn 7. Joe Funk 8. Brad Brightbill 9. Brett Kressley 10. Kevin Beach 11. Craig Whitmoyer 12. Kenny Gilmore 13. Brian Hirthler 14. Scott Davis Sr. 15. Sean Weiss 16. Dean Bachman 17. Tom Miller 18. Scott Davis Jr. 19. Jamie Undercoffler 20. Kaitie McCardle 21. Brandon Whitmoyer 22. Paul Kline 23. Erik Renninger 24. Tommy Scheetz II

UNOFFICIAL  POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR MODIFIEDS AS OF AUGUST 10, 2013
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C  4732*****
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4  4330********
3. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 3941*
4. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #4* 3926
5. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA   #357 3848*
6. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D 3597**
7. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K 3681
8. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA  #117 3443
9. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W 3291
10. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA  #53 3230

UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN AS OF AUGUST 10, 2013
1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5 4120*****
2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 3635
3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 3564*
4. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA  #19K 3416****
5. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA  #19 3186
6. Kevin Beach, Minersville, PA  #17X 3122*
7. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA  #15 3092**
8. Paul Kline, Muhlenberg Park, PA  #14 3029*
9. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 2978
10. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J, 2559

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

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Chevalier dedicates first win in CMH Sales & Leasing Night

Sunday August 11, 2013 THOROLD, ONTARIO – CMH Sales & Leasing presented Help A Child Smile Night August 10th at Merrittville and when it was all said and done – Chad Chevalier was smiling after winning her first  Feature in the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Division.

Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action also saw  Boyd MacTavish, Cory Turner, Derek Wagner and Kyle Pelrine in Victory Lane in the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman, Hoosier Stock, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions respectively.

“I’d like to dedicate tonight’s win to my friend JD who lost his wife Joyce to cancer this week,” said first time 2013 Winner Chad Chevalier, who was awarded the hard charger award in last Monday’s Bob Sr. Super DIRTcar Series Big Block 100, “the 100 lapper and tonight were two different tracks – we’ve been fast all year but ran out of luck a few times. We have been working hard on set-ups and it’s coming together.”

Tommy Flannigan, in the CMH Sales & Leasing # 72 was first to lead the 35 lap Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature before Chevalier took control the first time through Turn 2. Landing into the runner up spot quickly was Tim Jones with the two breaking away from the field by lap 5.

Caution would slow the field on lap 11 after Mat Williamson slowed down the back stretch. Chevalier chose the outside for the restart with Robbie Krull now in the runner up spot. Jones would fall to fourth spot behind Flannigan.

The Port Colborne Driver was able to pull away to a lead of some 5 seconds by lap 20.

Chevalier was into lap traffic by lap 22 but was hardly slowed as by lap 30 was off to a lead of almost a half lap.

Bicknell and Mike Bowman made late race moves to charge into 3rd and 4th behind Krull with Erick Rudolph  following into 5th. Bicknell almost spun out late in the race but rallied in the last few laps to take the runner up spot from Krull on the homestretch.

The top 5 were Chevalier, Bicknell, Krull, Bowman and Rudolph.

“This is a once in a lifetime deal,” said Boyd MacTavish of Ransomville NY of his recent teaming up with rookie Rob Clark of Georgetown, “we actually became friends on Face Book first and we talked there about me running an asphalt late model he owns and here at the track ended up parking beside each other. I took him under my wing and have helped him with set ups and coaching … and he’s helped me out financially. We’ve got some big plans and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Robert Baker beat front row starter Charlie Lynch to lead the 25 lap Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Feature before Brent Begolo took control on lap 3.  Begolo pulled away to a good lead right away with Robbie Rounce holding off Greg Panunte and Boyd MacTavish for the runner up spot.

Just as Begolo was about to come up on slower cars the first caution slowed the field on lap 16.

Begolo resumed control on the restart with MacTavish the challenger eventually taking over top spot on lap 18. Once out front the MacTavish was able to pull away to  healthy lead through to the finish.

MacTavish and Begolo were followed by Robbie Rounce, Greg Panunte and Adam Leslie. In post race inspection, Rounce was disqualified and received no points or money.

Mark Fawcett was back in his Camaro and was first to lead the 15 lap Hoosier Stock Feature with Pete Reid quickly facing a challenge from Cory Turner. Kevin Knapp would take third from Reid out of Turn 4 to complete lap 4.

By the halfway point Turner was closing in on the leader and pulled alongside down the back stretch of lap 10. Turner would take over the lead on lap 11. Into Turn 2 of lap 13 Fawcett would lose control of his car and miraculously Kevin Knapp and the rest of the field were able to avoid the car.

“I really screwed up last night (at Ohsweken) …  my car was in a heap after last night so I needed to get a picture tonight for my guys,” admitted the Caistor Centre driver, “I have a great crew behind me … they got it back together and here we are.”

At the finish, Turner was followed by Reid, Murray and Knapp.

DIRTcar 358 MODIFIED FEATURE (35 laps) Chad Chevalier, Pete Bicknell, Robbie Krull, Mike Bowman, Erick Rudolph, Tim Jones, Tyler McPherson, Bill Bleich, Chris Steele, Tommy Flannigan, Fred Carleton, Scott Wood, Todd Gordon, Rick Hoctor, David Flannigan, Ken Winnfield, Mat Williamson.

DIRTcar SPORTSMAN FEATURE – (25 laps) Boyd MacTavish, Brent Begolo, Robbie Rounce, Greg Panunte, Adam Leslie, BJ Willard, Brad Rouse, Cody McPherson, Gary Lindberg, James Friesen, Travis Miller, Justin Sharp, Paul Gaboury, Rob Knapp, Jason Farraway, Jason Moore, Robert Baker, Joey Mastroianni, Austin Wood, Charlie Lynch, Chris Bellamy, Paul Williamson, Jordan Cosco, Derick Hodge. DNS – George Bosse, Ron Kingsbury, Gord McIntosh, Paul Cunningham.

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FISHER BECOMES 8TH DIFFERENT MODIFIED WINNER IN 2013

By Paul Harkenrider

(WOODHULL NY) 2013 has certainly been the year for the Insinger Performance 370 Modified’s as Saturday nights 25 lap feature was certainly a thriller. Kevin Chilson that started on the inside pole was able to get out to the early race lead, separating himself from the rest of the field, but lap traffic became a factor in the green to checkered run which gave Eric Fisher the opportunity to come within winning contention. Kevin Chilson led the first 24 and ¾ laps but once the checkered flag was dropped, at the line it was Eric Fisher by a tire. Kevin Chilson had to settle for the runner up spot, followed by Mike Bills, Kenny Peoples Jr and Billy VanPelt. Heats went to Dylan Dewert, Donnie Lawson, and Fisher.

The 360 S&W Awards and Photos 360 Late Models 25 lap feature was also thrilling as it was a battle between a trio of Allegheny county stars. For the first 21 laps it was a battle between Jeremy Wonderling and John Waters while Bruce Miller was running closely behind in third. Then on lap 22, Waters and Wonderling collided which made both cars stall coming out of turn two. Bruce Miller was able to fly on by with a full head of steam, lead the rest of the way and pick up his second feature of the year. Jeremy Wonderling finished in second followed by Waters, Josh Smith and Jason Knowles.  Heats were granted to Glen Whritenour, John Waters and Bruce Miller.

In the NAPA Crate Sportsman, it was Chris Daugherty picking up yet another feature. Ray Smith finished in second followed by Josh Sawyer, John Hargrave and Bob Buono. Daugherty increased the point lead over John Hargrave by 10 points with just 3 point races remaining. Heat winners went to Josh Sawyer and Brett Buono.

The Open Crate Late Models made their one and only appearance of the Woodhull racing season and it was a battle between the top 4 cars, all of which that were former Woodhull competitors. Picking up the win was former 360 Late Model competitor Dustin Waters. Brian Knowles finished in second followed by Bryce Davis, Wayne Robertson and Jason Genco rounded out the top 5.

Next week, the Patriot Sprint Tour is making up their show that was washed out on July 27th.  5 of Woodhull’s regular classes will see action including the Quad C.  Gates open at 4:30 and racing at 6:30.

370 Modified Feature: ERIC FISHER (1) Kevin Chilson, Mike Bills, Kenny Peoples Jr, Billy VanPelt, Dylan Dewert, Donnie Lawson, Joe Dgien, Bobby Davis, Josh Nobriga, Frank Dunning, Ron Cartwright, Vern Wasson, Steve Hartman Jr, Casey Pavlick, Brian Doolittle, Ron White, Don Lawson, Bryce Davis, Art Goodier, Wes Campbell, Tim Guild.  DNS: Lee Bills

Heats: Dylan Dewert, Donnie Lawson, Eric Fisher

360 Late Models Feature: BRUCE MILLER(2), Jeremy Wonderling, John Waters, Josh Smith, Jason Knowles, Mike Wonderling, Carl Hughes, Steve LeBarron, Barry Payne, Jerry Wilson, Mike Wonderling Sr., Mick Seeley, Fred Amann, Jared Hill, Billy VanPelt, Frank LeBarron, Rick Teller, Glenn Whritenour, Scott Tubbs, Cecil LaBarron, Jason McGregor, Jay McConnell.

Crate Sportsman  Feature: CHRIS DAUGHERTY (7) Ray Smith, Josh Sawyer, John Hargrave, Bob Buono, Steve Hartman Sr, Roger Williams, Ryan Tracy, Larry Keegan, Bobby Peoples, Dillon Groover, Connor Brown, Josh Keesey, Scott Waters, Collin Brown, Jake Dgein, Russell Morseman, Rod Mullen, Mike Buchanan

Crate Late Models Feature: DUSTIN WATERS, Brian Knowles, Bryce Davis, Wayne Robertson, Jason Genco, Ed Carley, Zack Carley, Bob Piets, Garrett Mott, Jay Deming, Ike Fanton, Billy Mesler, Jaye Layfield, Garrett Stephan, John Haggerty, Brad Messler

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DANNY O'BRIEN DOMINATES AT BROCKVILLE SPEEDWAY FOR THE 5TH TIME IN 2013

It was another great night of racing at "The BOS" this past Saturday night as Trailer Country was on hand for a full program plus the first of back to back appearances, for the Ford Dingwall Vintage Series.

The 358 Modifieds were set to go as 22 drivers took to the speedway. Dave Austin and Luke Stewart strated on the front row as Stewart took the top spot away into turn 1. The yellow flew right away on the opening lap as Tim O'Brien, Adam Moore and April Wilson came together in turn 2. All drivers were able to pull away. On the restart Stewart had a greagt race car and used the top side of the speedway to pull out to a 4 car length advantage but the man on the charge was Danny O'Brien. After 2 rough weeks O'Brien started in spot number 3 and quickly made his way to the lead passing Stewart on lap 3. Once in front O'Brien made it look easy as he pulled out to a huge lead. Meanwhile behind him Luke Stewart had his hands full with 4 time track champion Lee Gill. the 2 drivers battled hard for the 2nd spot until Gill was able to take it away bringing Pat O'Brien with him. Several mid race cautions bunched up the field giving Gill and Pat O'Brien a clear shot at the leader. When the green came back out Danny O'Brien continued his dominant performance as Pat O'Brien was able to wrestle the 2nd spot away down the back stretch. Kyle Dingwall, the defending track champion was the biggest mover of the night. After starting 12th he battled with Luke Stewart in the closing laps and would eventually take away the number 4 position. However despite late cautions and heavy lapped traffic Danny O'Brien was back in fine form taking his brand new car to victory lane for the 5th time this season. Older brother Pat O'Brien settled for 2nd followed by Lee Gill, Kyle Dingwall and Luke Stewart.

The Sportsman division was ready for battle on this night as well as Tabatha Murphy and Jonathan Ferguson charged into turn 1 with Ferguson getting the early advantage. Ferguson would lead the opening 3 laps until the yellow flew for Aaron Pugh who spun in turn 2. On the restart Murphy was able to get a great restart to take over the top spot heading into turns 1 & 2 with Ferguson, Steve Barber, Jessica Power and Kenny Polite making up the top 5 early on. Murphy had a strong race car and would hold the top spot for the next several laps but Ferguson was charging hard after the leader. The top 2 put on a fantastic show for the fans as both Murphy and Ferguson raced wheel to wheel for  the next 9 laps but Murphy was able to hold off all challenges to stay at the top of the field. The yellow would fly again just before the halfway point as Chris Herbison and Kurtis Lee came together in turn 2. When the green flew Murphy was on the charge as she held onto the lead but Dylan Evoy was the man on the move. Evoy started in 14th and made his way to 3rd by lap 13. Using the bottom side of the race track Evoy was able to take 2nd from Ferguson as laps wound down, and quickly closed in on the leader. With 10 to go Evoy used a power move on the bottom off turn 2 to take over the top spot over Murphy, Ferguson Barber and Jessica Power. Once in front Evoy was the fastest car on the race track building up a full straightaway lead on the rest of the field. Evoy has struggled at Brockville in 2013 but he put it all together again to claim his 2nd win in a row over Murphy, Steve Barber, Ferguson and Jessica Power.

The Rookie Sportsman division was ready to tackle as fast racing surface on this night. Jeremy Coulter and Richard Raison led the field to the start of the 15 lap event with Coulter taking away the top spot. Coulter had been away from the speedway for a couple weeks and it seemed to recharge himself and his team as he pulled away from everybody in the opening laps. Josh Powers brought out the first yellow of the day as he spun in turn 3. On the restart Coulter would keep the roll going as he pulled out to another huge lead but the driver charging hard was points leader Chris Bakker. After Starting 7th on the grid he would work his way into the top 3 getting by Richard Raison with just 5 laps to go. Coulter had everything going his way as he scored his first ever Sportsman win over Tristan Draper, Chris Bakker, Richard Raison and Jamie Young.

The Rookie class is always exciting to watch and Corbin Miller was looking to get back into victory lane as he charged from his 4th starting position to grab the early race lead. Miller would lead the opening 6 laps as the 2 early yellows would fly, both for Mike McGonegal as he had problems in turn 2. On the restart Miller would try to fend of 3 time winner Quincy Roberts. The 2 drivers have had a great championship battle all year and have been the class of the field each week. Roberts closed in on Miller with 5 laps to go in the 15 lap event and the chase was on. With 3 to go Miller's car slowed as he cut down a right front tire handing the lead over to Quincy Roberts. Once in front Roberts made it look easy as he scored his 2nd in a row and 4th of the season over Scott McGill, Kurtis Daye, Tyson Slinger and Josh Kirkland.

Next week Jim's Performance Plus will be on hand for another round of the Ford Dingwall Vintage Series plus a full show in all 5 classes. The green flag drops at 7pm.
 
358 Modified DANNY O'BRIEN, Pat O'Brien, Lee GIll, Kyle Dingwall, Luke Stewart, Bobby Herrington, Luke Whitteker, Stephane Lafrance, Lee Ladouceur, Jason Riddell, Tim O'Brien, Bryan Rogers, John Mulder, Joe Banks, Dave Austin, Adam Moore, Roger Levesque, Steve Bilow, Andy Lloyd, Lee Miller, April Wilson, Ryan Arbuthnot

Sportsman DYLAN EVOY, Tabatha Murphy, Steve Barber, Jonathan Ferguson, Jessica Power, Jon Mills, Shane Pecore, Kenny Polite, Chris Herbison, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Jason Shipclark, Dana Aikins, Bruce Makinson, Brian Comeau, Aaron Pugh, Doug O'Blenis, Kurtis Lee

Rookie Sportsman JEREMY COULTER, Tristan Draper, Chris Bakker, Richard Raison, Jamie Young, Jasmine David, Josh Powers

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Kekich Wins One for "Putsy"
 
Flinner in FASTRAK, Guidace, McEwen, Moore, Pfeuffer, and Hickok also Prevail
 
Mercer, PA (August 10, 2013): There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Adam Kekich crossed the finish line for the win in the 410 Sprint feature, presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling, New Wilmington Motors, and Ralph Butch, Inc. As expected, the third generation driver dedicated the victory to his late grandfather, Paul "Putsy" Kekich, who was a very popular and successful racer in his day.
 
Colton Flinner won his first career Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Regional Touring Series Event. Frank Guidace scored in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds in the final tune-up for next week's Smackdown! with the BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour.
 
Joe McEwen chalked up a win in the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors, and Shane Pfeuffer got back on track in his quest for a first championship in in the Modified Lites offered by Big Daddy’s Speed Center and Rock Concrete. Caleb Hickok and "Trusy" Rusty Moore took top honors in the Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking/Ray’s Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks and the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, respectively.
 
Adam Kekich had a little extra help taking the win in the 410 Sprint Cars, presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling, New Wilmington Motors, and Ralph Butch, Inc. No doubt, "Putsy" Kekich guided the young racer to victory lane. Although the young pilot started on the front row along with "Superman," Arnie Kent, it was Kent who broke out to the early lead. Kent, who was substituting in the Martha Dionise 15 for vacationing Scott Preister, kept the top spot through several early cautions, one of which claimed point leader Eric Williams, who spun off the top side of turn 3.
 
Kent looked like he would earn his first win of the season, but he spun by himself coming off turn four. He did two complete 360s and kept moving, but he surrendered the lead to Kekich in the process. Remarkably, nobody else struck Kent, so the filed stayed under the green.
 
Kekich stayed on the point through the final yellow of the race, which was for the spinning cars of John McCracken and Brandon Spithaler on lap 22. Spithaler was holding down fourth spot at the time.
 
When racing resumed, there was no stopping Kekich. Second went to last week’s hard luck driver, Dan Kuriger. Jack Sodeman Jr. climbed form eleventh position to take third, gaining valuable points on Williams, who placed tenth.
 
Next came a pair of Andies, Priest and McKisson. Rounding out the top ten were Rod George, Carl Bowser, Stuart Brubaker, Travis Philo, and Eric Williams. 
 
McKisson, Russ Sansosti and Priest took the three heats for the 23 car field. There was no B Main.
 
Colton Flinner tasted the sweet nectars of victory in the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Regional Touring Series event. The win was special for the young driver, who had a rough start to his 2013 season.
 
After a fireworks display and four-wide salute to the fans, Flinner and Matt Latta paced the field to the green. Flinner jumped ahead at the start and went on to lead all 25 laps, but he did have to overcome three different cautions.
 
The first caution came out for the spinning car of Bob Pifer in turn 3. On the restart, the evening's fast qualifier, Max Blair, gained third position just four laps into the race. Jamie Brown brought out the second caution of the event by stopping on the front stretch on lap eight. The final stoppage took place on the ensuing restart, involving Adam Ademick and Mike Anderson.
 
On the final restart of the race, Blair passed Matt Latta for the second position and set his sights on the leader. Blair closed right in on Flinner, but he could not get next to him as they sliced and diced through the lapped traffic.
 
At the finish, it was Flinner by 1.509 seconds over Blair. Latta, Chad Wright, and Andrew Wylie rounded out the top five.
 
The next five across the line were Dave Airgood, Jr., Bruce Hordusky, Bobby Rohrer, Bobby Whitling, and Joel Prosser.
 
Blair, Latta and Wright took the heats for the 19 car field.
 
The Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds feature had Carl Weatherby and Jeff Schaffer on the front row, but that changed quickly. Weatherby was called for a false start, and that moved Frank Guidace to the pole. Giudace capitalized on the opportunity, taking a lead that he would hold through the checkers.
 
On lap 11 Schaffer put on the pressure and was ready to pounce on any little mistake that Guidace may make. While this was going on, Kyle Fink and Jimmy Holden close in on them, putting all four cars in the same corner. With lapped traffic in front of the leaders, Guidace picked through them, gaining an advantage over Schaffer. The traffic also allowed Holden to slip by Fink for third.
 
At the line, it was Guidace by .359 seconds over Schaffer. Holden, Fink, and J.R. McGinley rounded out the top five. Gary Smoker, Steve Barr, Weatherby, Matt Reeher, and Shawn Fleeger finished in positions six through ten.
 
Giudace and McGinnley were the heat winners for the 15 cars.
 
In the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Joe McEwen smoked the field from the start. Front row starter and current point leader Michael Bauer had problems early and came to a hault on the first lap.
 
A pair of incidents bunched the field again, but McEwen was not fazed in the least. The first came for the spinning cars of Chris Matthews, Mike Miller, and Andy Feil. On the ensuing restart Mike Marano, II come up lame and forced another restart.
 
McEwen cruised to victory, followed by Jimmy Morris, C.J. Jones, Jason Scoville and Rob Felix. Miller and Feil came back for sixth and seventh, respectively. Greg Dobrosky, Kotie Kirkbride, and Eric L. Williams claimed positions eight through ten.
 
Heat winners were Jones and Bauer for the 14 car field.
 
Next week, August 17, the Big Block Modifieds of the BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour will invade the Park to challenge the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds in the annual Smackdown! So far, the Big Blocks have had the bragging rights at the Park. Could this be the year that a Mercer regular gets to talk some trash? It could happen, as New Yorker Chad Brachmann tops the Mod Tour points and he races a very potent 358 Modified himself. Along with the Modifieds will be the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking/Ray’s Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks and the Vintage Dirt Modifieds. This program is presented by Schaeffers Oil Company.

FASTRAK Northeast Regional Touring Series LM:  Colton Flinner, Max Blair, Matt Latta, Chad Wright, Andrew Wylie, Dave Airgood, Jr., Bruce Hordusky, Bobby Rohrer, Bobby Whitling, Joel Prosser, Joel Watson, Breyton Santee, Mike Anderson, Khole Wenzer, Billy Henry, Jeremy Adamick, Jamie Brown, Bob Pifer, Dan Angelicchio (DNS).
 
410 Sprint Cars:  Adam Kekich, Dan Kuriger, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Andy Priest, Andy McKisson, Rod George, Carl Bowser, Stuart Brubaker, Travis Philo, Arnie Kent (15), Chris Best, Russ Sansosti, Bill Jones, Jr., Francis Sesco, Mike Flynn, Brandon Matus, Gale Ruth, Jr., Brent Matus.
 
358 Modifieds:  Frank Guidace, Jeff Schaffer, Jimmy Holden, Kyle Fink, J.R. McGinley, Gary Smoker, Steve Barr, Carl Weatherby, Matt Reeher, Shawn Fleeger, Lonny Riggs, Greg Unrue, Max Smoker, Makayla Guidace, Andy Paden (DNS).
 
Outlaw Sprint Warriors:  Joe McEween, Jimmy Morris, C.J. Jones, Jason Scoville, Rob Felix, Mike Miller, Andy Feil, Greg Dobrosky, Kotie Kirkbride, Eric L. Williams, Chris Matthews, Cody Braden, Michael Bauer.
 
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BICKNELL, WILLIAMS, WIN AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY; BURLEY AND SPATORICO CLAIM RAINED OUT FEATURES FROM AUGUST 2ND

Ransomville, NY – Friday, August 09, 2013 – An action packed night of racing was on tap last Friday as Ransomville Speedway ran double features for the Mighty Taco Modifieds and Investors Services Sportsman along with a regularly scheduled program.  A total of eighty-eight cars filled the pit area and a full house was enjoyed as fans flocked to the Big R for the 2FindYourHome.com sponsored event.

 Pete Bicknell of St Catharines, Ontario notched his second win of the year at Ransomville Speedway aboard the Mighty Taco Modified division.  Bicknell used a move to the outside of Chad Brachmann on lap twenty-two of the thirty lap main to take over the point position.  Piloting his Lucas Oil sponsored BRP chassis, Bicknell would pull away from Brachmann and take the win. Brachmann came home in the runner up position followed by Jeff McGinnis, Scott Kerwin, and Ricky Richner.

Todd Burley of Spencerport, NY captured his second feature event of 2013 at the Big R aboard the Mighty Taco Modified division.  Burley would simply dominate the rained out thirty lap feature from August 2nd holding a full straight away lead at the half-way mark. Burley has had a challenging year to say the least but certainly had things pointed in the right direction last Friday. Defending champion Pete Bicknell of St. Catharines, Ont. piloted his Lucas Oil sponsored #42 to second followed by Brian Sage who enjoyed his best finish of the season.  Alan AJ Slideways Johnson made a rare visit to the Big R enjoying a fourth place finish followed by Erick Rudolph.  Rudolph came from the back of the pack to place the top five finish after being involved in a pair of mishaps early on.

Mike Williams of the Tuscarora Nation captured his first win of the season aboard the Investors Services Sportsman division.  Williams took control in the early going of the twenty-five lap main and enjoyed a big advantage by the half-way point. Williams picked a perfect night to take top honors as it was also his sponsors’ night. Guests from 2FindYourHome.com enjoyed all the racing action from the Bud VIP Tower suites.  Adam Hilton, Kevin Wills, Boyd MacTavish, Nate Reynolds, and Chris Burek put on a great show for second as they battled tough and nail for the runner up position.  At the line it would be Hilton with position followed by Wills, Burek, and Jesse Cotriss.

Don Spatorico of Ransomville, NY took top honors in the twenty-five lap rained out Investor’s Services Sportsman feature from August 2nd. Spatorico took the lead away from Matt Farnham on lap eight and held it the remaining distance. Allan Wills of Ransomville, NY would challenge Spatorico but to no avail as the defending champion captured his second win of the season aboard his Baker Farms and GB Construction sponsored #5.  Jesse Cotriss of Akron, NY advanced to second followed by Allan Wills, Farnham, and Justin Sharp.

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH 8/9/13 – PETE BICKNELL, Chad Brachmann, Jeff McGinnis, Scott Kerwin, Ricky Richner, Alan Johnson, Todd Burley, Erick Rudolph, Robbie Krull, Tommy Flannagan, John Smith, Ryan Susice, Dave Flannagan, Roy Susice, Jesse Cotriss, Steve Schumacher, Brian Sage, Steve Miller, Pat Vigneri, and James Henry. Heat Winners – Scott Kerwin, Jeff McGinnis, and Ricky Richner.

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH 8/2/13 – TODD BURLEY, Pete Bicknell, Brian Sage, Alan Johnson, Erick Rudolph, John Smith, Steve Schumacher, Tommy Flannagan, Robbie Krull, Chad Brachmann, Steve Miller, Scott Kerwin, Ricky Richner, Phil Vigneri, Jesse Cotriss, Sam Crogan, Ryan Susice, James Henry, Dave Flannigan Jr., Roy Susice, and Jeff McGinnis.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH 8/9/13 – MIKE WILLIAMS, Adam Hilton, Kevin Wills, Chris Burek, Jesse Cotriss, Nate Reynolds, Boyd MacTavish, Matt Farnham, Brett Martin, Don Spatorico, Allan Wills, Derrick Borkenhagen, Jim Johnstone, Sandy Pembleton, Justin Sharp, Phil Vigneri III, Rob Clark, Greg Martin, James Michael Friesen, James Henry, and Jim Zimmerman. Heat Winners – Derrick Borkenhagen, Adam Hilton, and Rob Clark.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH 8/2/13 – DON SPATORICO, Jesse Cotriss, Allan Wills, Matt Farnham, Justin Sharp, James Michael Friesen, Chris Burek, Boyd MacTavish, Mike Williams, Rob Clark, Sandy Pembleton, Brett Martin, Adam Hilton, Derrick Borkenhagen, James Henry, Kevin Wills, Jim Johnstone, Jim Zimmerman, Nate Reynolds, Derek Smith, Greg Martin, and Phil Vigneri III.

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$25,000 WAITING FOR WINNER OF FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED CLASSIC AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 8, 2013 . . . The biggest event of the season at Grandview Speedway, the annual BPG Racing Freedom 76, is set for Saturday, September 14th. And as it has for so many years the 76-lap race for Modified stock cars will reward the winner with the largest first place offering of any weekly short track in the Northeast, $25,000.

Three of the racers expected to be factors in the battle for the big payday are current NASCAR 358 Modified point leader Craig VonDohren, defending 358 Modified champion Duane Howard and defending race winner Jeff Strunk. Between the three there have been 20 track titles earned at Grandview Speedway. Strunk had nine titles, VonDohren has earned the championship six times and Howard has five titles. All three are currently in the running for the NASCAR 358 title at the Berks County clay oval and all three have to be considered strong favorites for a win in the BPG Racing Freedom 76.

Strunk was a huge winner in the race last season when he picked up more than $50,000 for his winning efforts. The increased winner’s share was in honor of the 50th anniversary season.

There is a long list of racing talents expected to be included in the race with entries expected to start arriving shortly.

A full series of qualifying events will be presented to fill out the starting field for the 76 lap race. A Cash Dash will feature the top performers of the night.

The rain date is set for Saturday, September 21.

Adult admission will be $30 while youngsters 6 through 12 will pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free.

There is a special promotion in place that offers an adult ticket and a lap sponsorship for just $40, a package that would normally cost $50 with all money going into the lap sponsorship fund. A lap sponsorship without the ticket purchase is just $20. The ticket/lap package or lap sponsorships are available from Marilyn Saxton in the track office or contact Ernie Saxton at the track or at 215.752.7797.

Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

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Little Guy Nationals Details and Registrations Now Available
 
Mercer, PA (August 9, 2013):  Mercer Raceway Park will host the 14th Annual Little Guy Nationals on Friday and Saturday, September 20-21, with a raindate of Sunday, September 22.  The big event will feature the 358 Modifieds, Open Stocks, Outlaw Sprint Warriors, STARS Modified Lites, Mini Stocks, Micros, and, now, E-mods.  Details and registration forms are available on the track website and through the track's social media.
 
Remember that you can get alerts regarding the cancellation of any racing event at Mercer Raceway Park sent directly to your smartphone or other electronic device. To register, please go to the track's website, www.mercerracewaypark.com, click on the icon for RainedOut.com, and follow the easy steps.

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VONDOHREN AND UMBENHAUER GET FIFTH WINS OF THE SEASON

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 4, 2013 . . . It was just one of those nights that seemed to include a large number of accidents along with the normal exciting Saturday night stock car racing action at Grandview Speedway. Six time NASCAR Modified champion and current point leader Craig VonDohren was able to “pull a win out of the hat” with a low charge under leader Addison Meitzer in the second turn of the final lap to put his Kauffman’s BBQ Chicken No. 1c in victory lane in the 30-lap WNPV-1440AM Radio sponsored NASCAR 358 Modified feature. The win was the Oley, PA racer’s fifth win of the season and earned him $2750 including the TP Trailers bonus money. In addition there was $150 in fuel courtesy of VP Racing Fuels.

In the 25-lap main event for NASCAR Sportsman defending champion and current point leader Jared Umbenhauer took the lead from Ryan Beltz late in the race and drove to victory. The win was the fifth of the season for the Richland, PA driver with the Eastern Rigging No. 5. And Sean Merkel of Boyertown, PA was able to run away and hide from the competition despite a large number of cautions earning his second victory of the season with his Kochel Equipment No. 118 in the 25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature race.

It was all Addison Meitzler in the 30-lap Modified feature. At least that is the way it was until the second turn of the final lap when Craig VonDohren, charging from 26th starting spot made an aggressive move to get under Meitzler, who had led from the drop of the green,  to take the lead and charge to victory. Meitzler , once he was able to regain control of his race car, was able to hold on for a second place finish. For Meitzler (Kutztown) it was his best effort of the season but it was no solace for the fact that he was so close to his first win since July, 2009. Ray Swinehart (Perkiomenville) looking for his second win of the weekend had to settle for third followed by rookie Andy Ressler (Bechtelsville) and Jordan Umbenhauer (Richland).

With the win VonDohren increased his point leader in the battle for the NASCAR 358 Modified title while his challenger, defending champion Duane Howard, was caught up in an early race multi-car accident that had him towed off and credited with 24th finishing spot.

Veteran Grandview racer Ryan Beltz took the top spot at the start of the 25-lap feature  for Sportsman leading the 25-car starting field. Beltz was able to hold the top spot until the 18th lap. After a battle with Brett Kressley and Jared Umbenhauer the lead was relinguished by Beltz to point leader Umbenhauer. At the finish it was Umbenhauer (Richand) leading the way with Brett Kressley (Orefield) very close behind. Beltz (Harleysville) settled for third followed by Erik Renninger (Bridgewater, NJ) and Brad Brightbill (Sinking Springs).

The 25-lap feature for the NASCAR Late Model feature was all about Sean Merkel as the Boyertown, PA racer was in front of the 16 car starting field for the entire event. Several cautions closed up the field behind the leader and each time he was able to pull away from the field and he had a healthy lead at the finish. Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane) finished second while Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton), who was in the hunt throughout the entire feature, had to settle for third. Jason Miller (New Tripoli) claimed fourth with Steve Nederostek (Walnutport) getting fifth.

 Qualifying heat races, each 12 laps in distance on the one-third-mile, banked clay track for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds were won by Terry Meitzler, Bobby Gunther Walsh and Addison Meitzler. The Modified consolation race, 10 laps in distance, went to nine time track champion Jeff Strunk. Qualifiers for the Late Models, 8 laps, were won by Sean Merkel and Jason Miller. In the eight lap Sportsman qualifiers wins went to Erik Renninger, Scott Davis Jr. and “Disco Joe” Fanelli.

Coming up on Saturday, August 10, 7:30 p.m. Forrest Rogers Memorial featuring 50-lapper for Modifieds paying $10,000 to win plus racing for Late Models and Sportsman. $25 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 thru 12. Under 6 admitted FREE. Then on Sunday, August 11, 1 p.m. the Outlaw Enduro Racers in action along with Blast From the Past Vintage Cars. $10 for adults. Youngsters 12 and under admitted FREE.

358 MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS:  1. Craig VonDohren 2. Addison Meitzler 3. Ray Swinehart 4. Andy Ressler 5. Jordan Umbenhauer 6. John Willman 7. Bobby Gunther Walsh 8. Terry Meitzler 9. Jarred Miller 10. Don Norris Jr. 11. Doug Manmiller 12. Glenn Strunk 13. Kevin Hirthler 14. Frank Cozze 15. Tim Buckwalter 16. Mike Gular 17. Ryan Grim 18. Kyle Weiss 19. Eric Biehn 20. Mike Laise 21. Todd Smith 22. Mark Kratz 23. Jeff Strunk 24. Meme DeSantis 25. Duane Howard 26. Tommy Scheetz III 27. Justin Grim 28. Jon Kellner Sr.

LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 LAPS: 1. Sean Merkel 2. Sam Schlosberg 3. Wayne Pfeil 4. Jason Miller 5. Steve Nederostek 6. Danny Snyder 7. Chuck Schutz 8. Mike Kellner 9. Rick Todorow 10. Steve Todorow 11. John Giesler 12. Dan Green 13. Cory Merkel 14. Drew Weisser 15. Buddy Mertz 16. Bill Henning

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 LAPS: 1. Jared Umbenhauer 2. Brett Kressley 3. Ryan Beltz 4. Erik Renninger 5. Brad Brightbill 6. Joe Funk 7. Scott Davis Jr. 8. Jordan Henn 9. Paul Kline 10. Dean Bachmn 11. Kevin Beach 12. Tom Miller 13. Brian Hirthler 14. Sean Weiss 15. Kevin Dries 16. Ryan Lilick 17. Kenny Gilmore 18. Craig Whitmoyer 19. Mike Lisowski 20. Joe Fanelli 21. Jason Neidlinger 22. Mike DeBellis 23. Mark Behm 24. Chris Jenkins 25. Jamie Undercoffer 26. Brandon Whitmoyer (DNS).

UNOFFICIAL  POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR MODIFIEDS
AS OF AUGUST 3, 2013
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 4437*****
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4 4026*******
3. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 3724*
4. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA   #357 3661*
5. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #4* 3640
6. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D 3401**
7. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K 3333
8. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA  #117 3234
9. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA  #53 3220
10. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W 3033
 
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN
AS OF AUGUST 3, 2013
1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5 3820*****
2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 3437
3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 3360*
4. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA  #19K 3193****
5. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA  #19 2946
6. Paul Kline, Muhlenberg Park, PA  #14 2932*
7. Kevin Beach, Minersville, PA  #17X 2906*
8. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 2792
9. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA  #15 2785*
10. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA  #B4 2436*

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

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RAY SWINEHART WINS BIG DIAMOND MODIFIEDS, BEACH, KILLIAN, EARNST ALSO VICTORIOUS

MINERSVILLE, PA - AUGUST 4th, 2013

Ray Swinehart took advantage of a new set-up, a sixth starting spot, and a little luck to record his first win of the season at Big Diamond Speedway Friday evening.

Brad Arnold took the early lead from his pole starting position and led the first few laps.  Swinehart made his move on lap three and took the lead, followed closely by Duane Howard, driving the Glenn Hyneman owned #126 car.  Lap after lap Swinehart led, with Howard following closely, hoping the veteran Swinehart would leave him the opening he needed to take the lead.  Disaster struck on lap #18 for now 5th place Arnold, as his engine expired exciting turn #2, bringing out the caution.  Under the yellow flag conditions, Howard suddenly exited to the pits, ending his night and now putting ninth starting Jeff Strunk next to Swinehart on the restart.  On the restart Swinehart powered away on the outside groove and led the remaining 7 laps, scoring his first victory at Big Diamond since August 5th, 2011.  The victory was the 20th of Swinehart's career at Big Diamond, and moved him into a tie for ninth place on the all time win list with Butch Kresier and Jack Follweiler.  Strunk held on for a solid second place finish, followed by Meme Desantis, last weeks winner Frank Cozze, and Bobby Gunther Walsh, with his first ever top five at Big Diamond.  Sixth thru tenth were Kevin Albert Jr., Craig Von Dohren, Dale Hartz, Rick Laubach, and Doug Manmiller.  Heat races were won by Howard, Gunther Walsh, and Arnold.

With his third place finish, Desantis has now moved to within 80 points of Von Dohren in the season long points battle with a maximum of eight point races remaining.

In the 20 lap USS Achey Sportsman feature, Wayne Witmer led the early part of the feature event from his outside pole starting position.  Around the mid-way point of the event, Kevin Beach was able to power by Witmer and pull away to a large margin of victory for his third victory of the season and 8th of his career in the Sportsman ranks.  Witmer held on for a season best second place finish, followed by Doug Hendricks, Billy Moyer Jr., and Jared Umbenhauer.  Mike Lisowski, TIm Fitzpatrick, Robin Schultz, AJ Gerhart, and Mike Glass rounded out the top ten.  Heat races were won by Andrew Cozze and Doug Hendricks.

With the 4th place finish, Moyer moved to within 63 points of Umbenhauer in the season long battle, with only seven races remaining for the Sportsman division.

Jared Umbenhauer won the last five rounds of the Sportsman challenge races to win the overall title for the evening.  Umbenhauer beat Mike Lisowski in the final round for the overall win.  Corey Renninger won rounds one thru four, Billy Moyer Jr. won round five, while Umbenhauer won rounds sixth thru ten in the fan favorite one on one events.

Kyle Killian used his 2nd place starting spot and a non-stop 20 lap event to win his third feature of the season in the Savage 61 Roadrunner division.  Shon Elk followed Killian across the line in second, with Jim Kost, Marc Berzowski, and Joe Kavanaugh completing the top five. Sixth thru tenth were Jeremy Becker, Terry Kramer Jr., Devin Trexler, Chris Holland, and Tim Fitzpatrick Jr.  Heat races were won by Jeremy Backer and Devin Trexler.

Chad Earnst won the 20 lap non-stop Legends feature event.

Racing returns to Big Diamond Speedway this coming Friday, August 9th, with a full card of Modified, Sportsman, and Roadrunner racing events.  First heat race hits the track at 8:15 PM.

Just a reminder that coming up on Sunday, September 1st, Big Diamond Speedway and Jack Rich Inc. present the annual Coalcracker 72 race for the ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds.

Entry forms are now available for this event, with the early entry fee being $35.00 per car.  The day of the event the entry fee increases to $50.00 per car.  Entry forms have already been received from track regulars Ricky Yetter and Ron Haring Jr.

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Brad Winters Scores Career Win Number One at Mohawk International Raceway on Friday Night

AKWESASNE, NY – Another action packed night at Mohawk International Raceway was set to go as Brass Horse Pizzeria and Lounge were on hand and were treated to some great racing.

In the 358 Modifieds the man to beat all year has been Billy Dunn. Coming into the night with the points lead and a 3 race winning streak, he would have his work cut out starting deep in the pack. Zach Aubertine jumped out to the early race lead as Carey Terrance, Jeff Sykes, Jordan McCreadie and Chris Raabe followed in the top 5. Aubertine and Terrance were the class of the field all night long as they battled for the top spot throughout the entire 25 lap distance. At the halfway point Aubertine had his hands full as Terrance, Raabe, Billy Dunn and Jeff Sykes battled it out in the top 5. Terrance was not afraid of the outside groove as he drew alongside of Aubertine several times in turn 4 only to lose the lead again in turn 1. With 5 laps remaining things got interesting as lapped traffic became an issue, Aubertine was caught behind 2 cars but played it perfect and was able to clear all traffic and pull out to a 4 car length lead. On the final lap Terrance made a bid for the lead in turn 4 but Aubertine held strong for his first win of the season over Terrance, Billy Dunn, Chris Raabe and Danny Johnson came from deep in the field to round out the top 5.

The Sportsman division was set to roll out as 30 cars took to the speedway and a pair non winners led the field to the green. Brad Winters and Mike Maresca battled side by side for the opening 6 laps until Winters took control down the back stretch as Maresca, Dylan Evoy, Billy Cook and Mike Arquiett rounded out the top 5. The yellow flew for the first time on lap 7 for Jenna David who slowed her machine in turn 4. On the restart Winters chose the outside lane and used it perfectly to grab the lead away as Mike Maresca gave chase from position number 2, Mike Arquiett, Dylan Evoy and Corey Wheeler completed the top 5. Winters was on cruise control working the top side of the speedway but Mike Arquiett was also on the move. Arquiett would move into the top 3 with 7 laps remaining until the final yellow flew for Wyatt Mullin who slowed in turn 3. On the final restart Brad Winters would jump out to a comfortable lead and despite the challenges from Arquiett in the closing laps nobody was stopping Winters from scoring his first ever sportsman win. Mike Arquiett, Mike Maresca, Louie Jackson Jr., and Corey Wheeler rounded out the top 5.

In Pro Stock action Marc Lalonde and Dan Desnoyers led the field to the green flag as the field headed off into turn 1. Allen Peters started in the 3rd spot and quickly made his way to the lead down the backstretch as Lalonde, Desnoyers, Roch Aubin and Jocelyn Roy completed the top 5. the first yellow flew on lap 3 for Dion Oakes who spun in turn 2. On the restart Peters continued to lead as behind him PJ Peters and Stephane Lebrun were also marching forward. The 2 drivers worked their way into the top 5 by lap 7 and were in pursuit of the leader. On lap 8 Roch Aubin and PJ Peters both tangled in turn 4 bringing out the yellow flag for the 2nd time. In the closing laps Allen Peters was trying hard to hold off late race challenges from both Stephane Lebrun, PJ Peters and Roch Aubin. The top 4 swaped positions several times in the closing laps but in the end Allen Peters would win the war as he scored his first win in over a year in Pro Stock. Lebrun, Aubin, Mike White and Jocelyn Roy rounded out the top 5.

August 2, 2013 Results
 
358 Modified ZACH AUBERTINE, Carey Terrance, Billy Dunn, Chris Raabe, Danny Johnson, Jeff Sykes, Brian McDonald, Mario Clair, Jordan McCreadie, Danny O'Brien, Tom Conklin, Lee Miller, Casey Swamp, Luke Stewart, David Papineau

Sportsman BRAD WINTERS, Mike Arquiett, Mike Maresca, Louie Jackson Jr., Corey Wheeler, Darryl Nutting, Dylan Evoy, Brent Kelsey, Ricky Thompson, Ronnie Tyo, Mike Stacey, Billy Cook, Blake Stallings, Ryan Stabler, Delbert Legrow Jr., Robert Delormier, Trevor Arquiett, Thomas Cook, Jenna David, Josh Brockway, Jasmine David, Scott Mere, Junior Barnes, Tabatha Murphy, Nolan Swamp, Adam Rozon, Wyatt Mullin, Zack Arquiett, Ryan Helm

Pro Stock ALLEN PETERS, Stephane Lebrun, Roch Aubin, Mike White, Jocelyn Roy, Marc Lalonde, PJ Peters, Eli Gilbert, Dan Desnoyers, Preston Mossow, Dion Oakes, Darryl Mainville

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Big Diamond Speedway
Friday
358 Modifieds (25 Laps)
1) Ray Swinehart 2) Jeff Strunk 3) Meme Desantis 4) Frank Cozze 5) Bobby Gunther Walsh 6) Kevin Albert Jr. 7) Craig Von Dohren 8) Dale Hartz 9) Rick Laubach 10) Doug Manmiller 11) Kevin Smith 12) Ricky Yetter 13) Shawn Fitzpatrick 14) Nathan Klinger 15) Andy Burkhart 16) Kyle Borror 17) Dan Hineline 18) Donny Hartz 19) Brad Arnold 20) Duane Howard 21) Ron Haring Jr. 22) Tim Buckwalter 23) Nick Desantis

Sportsman modifieds (20 Laps) 1) Kevin Beach Jr. 2) Wayne Witmer 3) Doug Hendricks 4) Billy Moyer Jr. 5) Jared Umbenhauer 6) Mike Lisowski 7) Tim Fitzpatrick 8) Robin Schultz 9) AJ Gerhart 10) Mike Glass 11) Josh Hertzog 12) Andrew Cozze 13) Charles Fayash 14) Ray Woodall Jr. DNS) Jason James, Corey Renninger, Kirby Schlappich

Sportsman Challenge Races - Overall Winner - Jared Umbenhauer

Roadrunners (20 Laps)  1) Kyle Killian 2) Shon Elk 3) Jim Kost 4) Marc Berzowski 5) Joe Kavanaugh 6) Jeremy Becker 7) Terry Kramer Jr. 8) Devin Trexler 9) Chris Holland 10) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 11) TJ Fitzpatrick 12) Tim Spesak 13) Kris Ney 14) Jesse Krasnitsky 15) Bruce Ditzler 16) Jon Schlauch 17) Glenn Rowan

358 Modified Point Standings
Updated 8/3/2013

1. Craig Von Dohren 3276
2. Meme DeSantis 3196
3. Jeff Strunk 3189
4. Doug Manmiller 3025
5. Frank Cozze 2769
6. Kevin Albert Jr. 2613
7. Ray Swinehart 2435
8. Dale Hartz 2424
9. Ricky Yetter 2396
10. Kevin Smith 2357

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STAN AND ALEX FRIESEN TO BE REMEMBERED PRIOR TO THE RUNNING OF THE  29TH ANNUAL ALEX FRIESEN SUMMER NATIONALS, AUGUST 16 AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY
 
Ransomville, NY – There are many individuals whom have left a distinct mark on the racing community both locally and through-out the Northeast. Two of those made large scale impacts on the history of Ransomville Speedway.
 
On December 23rd, 2012 – Ransomville Speedway said farewell to their fearless leader Stan Friesen. Stan had been the driving force behind the Big R since 1973 when he and then co-owner Kurt Uhl took over direction of the racing facility. Stan along with his sons Jamie, Joel, and Alex also would help build up the half mile famed oval through the last four decades into one of the premier facilities within the auto racing industry. Most recently, Ransomville Speedway earned VP Track of the Year honors for 2012.
 
On December 5th of 1996 - Stan and family along with the entire racing community suffered a great loss in the passing of Alex Friesen. Through a tragic snow mobile accident, Alex was taken from all of us way to early in life. So many times you hear – “Where would Dirt racing be today if Alex were still with us?”. Honestly – I don’t think any of us could dream that big. Alex had a passion unmeasured by most.
 
On Friday, August 16th, Ransomville Speedway and the Friesen family will honor both Stan and Alex with the planting of two maple trees. The ceremony will take place at 5 pm in front of the main ticket booth and is open to all whom would like to pay their respects and join us in the celebration of two great men.

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TRIPLEHEADER STOCK CAR RACING ACTION MAKES UP WNPV-1440AM RADIO NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 1, 2013 . . . After two weeks of tough luck Duane Howard was able to charge back to victory lane in the NASCAR 358 Modifieds last Saturday night and tighten up the point battle with current leader Craig VonDohren. Both racers will be back in action on Saturday (August 3) when WNPV-1440AM Radio presents a full show of stock car racing that includes the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman. Each division tops off their part of the racing action with a rough and tumble action packed feature event.

Howard has been able to win seven features this season with his BPG Racing mount while VonDohren has four main event wins with his Beartown Recycling entry. Those two will get most of the attention but looking to keep them out of victory lane will be Mike Gular, nine time champion Jeff Strunk, Meme DeSantis, Frank Cozze and others.

The Late Models will have an extra event as Joe and Linda Moskal of WNPV Radio sponsor a special five lap cash dash that will feature the top two from each qualifying heat race and then an additional competitor that will come by way of the lucky draw.

Young fans will have a chance to win a $300 Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR Lionel train courtesy of Henning Trains of Lansdale.

Adult admission is just $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted FREE. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. and at the same time a Meet and Greet features three of the top racers at the main gate. Warm-ups start at 6:45 p.m. and racing gets the green at 7:30 p.m.

Modified racers will be using the Saturday night WNPV Radio sponsored event as a tune-up for the $10,000 to win Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings set for Saturday August 10. That will be a 50-lapper that is expected to draw a stellar field of competitors racing for the big bucks. Sportsman and Late Models will be part of the night of racing. Adult tickets will be $25 while youngsters 6 thru 12 will pay $5 and those under 6 will be admitted free. There is an August 17th rain date in place.

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43RD ANNUAL FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL OFFERS $10,000 TO WINNER ON SATURDAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 1, 2013 . . . Over the years some of the very best talents in dirt track stock car racing have won the rich Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings. The classic for NASCAR 358 Modified racers is a 50-lap race set for Saturday, August 10th at Grandview Speedway that pits the best against the best with the winner taking home $10,000.

Craig VonDohren, enjoying a stellar season, has won the race five times, something no one else has been able to do. Nine time track champion Jeff Strunk has won it four times and Ray Swinehart is a three time winner.  Young Kevin Hirthler is a two time winner including last year and Meme DeSantis has been to victory lane twice. Defending track champion Duane Howard is a past winner as is Jon Kellner Sr. and Terry Meitzler. They will all be in action on Saturday, August 10th looking to add another win to their resume in the prestigious event.

Of course there are a number of standout talents that have not won the race that would like to add their name to the impressive list of winners and that includes DIRT Hall of Famer Frank Cozze, Doug Manmiller, Mike Gular, Kyle Weiss, Tim Buckwalter, Don Norris, Tommy Scheetz III and others.

A stellar field of racers will be on hand for the 43rd edition of the Forrest Rogers Memorial run in memory of the man who had the idea and turned his dream of a speedway into a reality.

In addition to qualifying events and the 50-lap Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings there will be racing action featuring the Sportsman and Late Model stock cars.

Admission for the August 10th night of racing, which has an August 17th rain date, is $25 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 through 12 and it is free for children under 6. Active military members with a current ID card will be admitted FREE.

The very next day, Sunday, August 11th, the Outlaw Enduro racers and Blast from the Past Vintage stock cars will be racing at 1 p.m.

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MATT BILLINGS SCORES WILD 358 MODIFIED WIN AT BROCKVILLE

It was an emotional night this past Saturday at "The BOS" as NAPA Auto Parts was on hand for 2nd annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

"Bearfoot" Bob McCreadie, Pat O'Brien Sr. and Mark Hitchcock were inducted in the drivers category while George Tackaberry and the late Glen Gould went in as Patrons of the sport. As emotional as the Hall of fame was the action on the race track was even more intense.

The 358 Modifieds were ready for battle next as a pair of Kingston Ontario natives led the field to the green. Andy Lloyd and Roger Levesque charged into turn 1 with Lloyd getting the advantage followed Levesque, Luke Stewart, Jason Riddell and Ryan Arbuthnot. The yellow would come out right away for Roger Levesque as he spun his car in turn 4.

When the green came back out Jason Riddell charged to the lead for the first time in the event. Behind him Ryan Arbuthnot and Bobby Herrington were having quite a battle for the number 2 position. On lap 8 the 2nd caution flew for Luke Stewart who slowed in turn 3. When the green flew again Arbuthnot was able to wrestle the top spot away with Herrington, Riddell, Pat O'Brien and Bryan Rogers completing the top 5. Bobby Herrington has not won in over a year and was determined to get the top spot away and did just that on lap 16 over Arbuthnot, Matt Billings, Pat O'Brien and Riddell. Matt Billings had an off night from his home track in Canandaigua and made his presence known on this night as he and Herrington put on a great side by side battle for the lead in the closing stages of the 30 lap contest. Billings tried several inside and outside passes but Herrington fended off all challenges as the laps wound down.

The yellow flew again on lap 23 and provided a scary moment for the leaders as Roger Levesque spun in turn 4. The top 2 were able to use some great heads up driving to avoid contact. On the final restart Billings started to go to work on Herrington and moved to the top side of the speedway but Herrington remained strong in the number 1 position. Coming to the white flag off turn 4 Billings made a move past Herrington and held a half car length advantage at the stripe but the 2 drivers made slight contact and Herrington spun his machine hitting the inside wall and collected many drivers including  points leader Lee Gill and Danny O'Brien who hit Herrington's car head on. Both drivers were able to walk away from their machines unharmed.

The race was red flagged due to the track being blocked but the skies opened up washing out the remainder of the race and the rest of the night giving Matt Billings his first win of the year. Pat O'Brien came home 2nd with Jason Riddell, Ryan Arbuthnot and Stephane Lafrance completing the top 5.

The Street Stocks kicked off the night and were welcomed to the speedway by a steady rain fall which delayed the initial green flag. When the rain cleared up Selena Simzer and Darrick Eaton brought the field to the green with Eaton getting the advantage into turn 1. Eaton would lead the opening 4 laps until the yellow flew for Brock Cullen who spun off turn 4 towards the swamp area. Cullen was able to avoid serious trouble and return to the field. On the restart Todd Raabe started to charge forward from his 8th starting position. Raabe took the lead on lap 5 followed by Eaton, Travis Andrews, Alex Gagnon and John Gifford. 2 laps later Andrews would bring out the final yellow as he slowed in turn 1. On the final restart Raabe jumped out to a comfortable lead and would end his season of bad luck as he became the 8th different winner in 9 Street Stock races in 2013. Alex Gagnon came home 2nd with Darrick Eaton, John Gifford and Brock Cullen recovered from his early race spin to finish 5th.

 This coming Saturday night will be huge as 9 total features will be run including the held over events for the Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman and Rookies plus a full show in all 5 divisions including a 25 lap Jiffy Muffler Series event for the Rookies and the return of the TUSA Mod Lite Series. The green flag drops at 7 pm.

358 Modifieds MATT BILLINGS, Pat O'Brien, Jason Riddell, Ryan Arbuthnot, Stephane Lafrance, Tim O'Brien, Kyle Dingwall, John Mulder, Lee Ladouceur, Dave Austin, Andy Lloyd, Luke Whitteker, Joe Banks, Luke Stewart, Jeff Ciglich, Roger Levesque, April Wilson, Lee Gill, Bobby Herrington, Danny O'Brien, Bryan Rogers, Adam Moore

Street Stock TODD RAABE, Alex Gagnon, Darrick Eaton, John Gifford, Brock Cullen, Kevin Fetterly Jr., Brian Billings, Selena Simzer, Travis Andrews, Danny Mocibob, Perry Comeau, Steve Billings, Steve Kearney

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POINT BATTLES HEAT UP ENTERING THE MONTH OF AUGUST; SPORTSMAN CHALLENGE RACES AND LEGENDS AT BIG DIAMOND THIS FRIDAY

MINERSVILLE, PA - JULY 31st, 2013

After some unfortunate events that affected some of the top runners in each division last week, the point battles are heating up as we enter August at Big Diamond Speedway.

This coming Friday, August 2nd, we present the ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds, USS Achey Sportsman, Savage 61 Roadrunner, and Legend cars.  Also on the agenda are the challenge races for the Sportsman featuring one-on-one match races for the top 11 drivers in points that attend.

Craig Von Dohren leads the Modified points by 108 markers over Meme Desantis, who has really come on as of late.  With a win, 2nd, and 7th in the last three races, Meme has been able to take over the 2nd spot from Jeff Strunk and set his sights on CVD.

In the Sportsman ranks, Jared Umbenhauer leads by 74 points over Billy Moyer Jr. after winning the last two events run.  Moyer has run into some hard luck as of late, but has still managed to put together back to back top ten finishes to remain close with Ray Woodall Jr. a distant third after two rough weeks.

Marc Berzowski leads the Roadrunner points for the first time this season after scoring 4 top 6 finishes in last weeks Crazy 8's event.  Two time Crazy 8 winner Jeremy Becker is 119 points back with Chris Holland looming in the third position.

Racing in all divisions is expected to be very close and exciting this Friday as we head into the final 1/3 of the season, and more importantly, Coalcracker weekend.

Only 5 races remain until Labor Day weekend, when we present the Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 race for the ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds at Big Diamond Speedway.

The race will be Sunday, September 1st and will once again be 72 laps paying $10,000 to win.  This years "to take the green" money has been increased to $500.

The entire evenings events will be sponsored by Jack Rich, Inc.  Jack Rich is your full service community oil company, supplying quality fuels & related heating, cooling and plumbing services throughout the Greater Schuylkill County.

Entry forms will be available at the pit sign in booth every week from now until Coalcracker night.  Early entry fee is $35.00 per car and entry fee the day of the event is $50.00.

Lap sponsorships are avaialble for $20.00 per lap.  Please see Tim Long at the pit sign in booth or in the announcers tower at intermission if interested in sponsoring a lap.

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Big Diamond Speedway
358 Modifieds

1. Craig VonDohren 3028
2. Meme DeSantis 2910
3. Jeff Strunk  2892
4. Doug Manmiller 2815
5. Frank Cozze  2490
6. Kevin Albert Jr. 2356
7. Ricky Yetter  2199
8. Dale Hartz  2186
9. Kevin Smith  2152
10. Ray Swinehart  2127
Sportsman
1. Jared Umbenhauer   2800
2. Billy Moyer Jr.  2726
3. Ray Woodall Jr. 2591
4. Mike Lisowski  2534
5. Kevin Beach Jr.  2495
6. Doug Hendricks   2252
7. Mike Glass  2126
8. Wayne Witmer 2123
9. Robin Schultz  2041
10. Tim Fitzpatrick  1952

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New Egypt Speedway Points
thru 7/27
358 Modifieds

1. Billy Pauch*** 721
2. Ryan Godown*(5) 713
3. Gary Butler** 665
4. Neal Williams* 663
5. David Van Horn* 654
6. Willie Osmun** 645
7. Tad Cox 631
8. John Stangle 569
9. Tim Apgar 567
10. Rocco Infante* 543
Sportsman
1. Bob Lineman Jr.** 374
2. Rich Rutski* 363
3. Clay Butler 362
4. John Cornell III 359
5. Mike Lyons* 358
6. Kevin Vaclavicek* 353
7. Jim Housworth** 348
8. Ebby Ridge 339
9. Mike Howardson 337
10. Mike Butler* 328
* denotes wins

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Mercer Raceway Park is Wet Again! Busy August, so Think Dry

Mercer, PA (July 27, 2013): Rain settled over Mercer Raceway Park once again on Saturday, July 27, postponing the Meet Your Heroes Night, which would have been presented by Herr's. The program will be made up, so watch for future announcements for the new date when you can meet and greet your favorite stars!

A practice session will take place on Wednesday, July 31. This is open to all types of race cars. Gates will open at 4 and practice will continue until dusk. Pit Passes will be $20. Due to insurance regulations, the spectator areas will not be open.

After the practice session, there will be a busy month of racing action.

August 3 will be a Saturday Night Live! race event, featuring the exciting six classes. But, there will be more! The younger racing fans will get their opportunities to take their bikes and trikes onto the race track. That's right, the kid's bike races are back, courtesy of Ray's Racing Collectibles and Approved Toilet Rentals. Please remember that all children must have a helmet to be able to participate.

August 10 will now feature the FASTRACK Northeast Regional Pro Late Models. This program is made possible by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick and GMC. All of the other regular classes will be in action, including the 410 Sprint Cars! Please make note of this schedule change.

Coming on August 17 will be the annual visit of the BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour. The Big Block Mods will come to the cozy corners of Mercer Raceway Park to take on the track's 358 Modifieds for a real "Smackdown." Although the 358 powered cars have had some success against the Big Blocks at other venues, it is head to believe that they have never prevailed on their home turf! Could this be the year that one of Mercer's favorites gets the glory? This program is made possible by Schaeffers Oil Company, and it will also include the Vintage Dirt Modifieds.

The final racing event of the month will be the 24th Annual Western PA Sprint Championship. Hovis Auto Supply will bring the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions in for their second appearance of the season. Pittsburgh's own Danny Holtgraver took the popular win in the first visit by the touring series, but plenty of other top talents will be on hand, along with all of the Mercer regulars. So, mark your calendars for August 24 for this great event.

Mercer Raceway Park sends get well wishes to Jack Sodeman, Jr. The popular Sprint Car driver was injured at Lernerville Speedway on July 27. He was treated and released from a local hospital, but will follow-up with a specialist next week.

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HOWARD GETS WIN NUMBER SEVEN, KELLNER EARNS THIRD WIN, LISOWSKI WINS FIRST AND HOWARD WINS PEPSI CHALLENGE MATCH RACES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 28, 2013 . . . For the seventh time this season defending champion Duane Howard was able to wheel the BPG Racing No. 4 to victory in the 30-lap Bashore Trucking NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified feature Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. Adding to a big payday night was Howard’s win in the Pepsi Challenge One-on-One Match Race Series which pitted the top ten drivers against each other with Howard winning the last three and topping Craig VonDohren to pick up the $1500 first place money and giving him a $4250 prize money total for the night. The 25-lap feature for the Late Models, the most exciting event of the night, saw Mike Kellner of Lansdale earn his third win of the season. Mike Lisowski of Minersville won his first 25-lap Sportsman feature of the season.

Rookie Andy Ressler went to the front in the 30-lap Modified feature that had 29 starters and set the pace for three laps before ARDC midget champion Tim Buckwalter charged to the front and held the lead for five laps. Mike Laise, who had started second, took over first spot on the ninth lap but while that was happening defending champion Duane Howard was charging through the field from his 14th starting position and took the lead on the 12th circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. Once in front Howard, who calls nearby Oley home, set a torrid pace and when the checkered flag fell Howard had lapped 11 of the feature starters and had a comfortable lead over second place finisher Jordan Umbenhauer (Richland), his best of the season. Third place was earned by Mike Gular (Green Lane) followed by Doug Manmiller (Shoemakersville) and Meme DeSantis (Temple). Just one caution was needed during the 30-lap main event.

Nine time champion Jeff Strunk was involved in an early race second turn altercation that put him out of action giving him a last place finish and left him still without a win.

Though Duane Howard won the main event Craig VonDohren continues to be the point leader as both chase after the lucrative NASCAR 358 Modified title.

 “The car was running well,” said Howard in victory lane. “We have had a lot of help from the VP Racing Fuels people since we switched to gas. We have figured out something under the hood to make it work.”

Young Jordan Henn of Kutztown was able to set the pace at the start of the 25-lap Sportsman feature. The rookie racer stayed in front through the 11th lap when Mike Lisowski, coming from 6th starting spot, took command and led the rest of the event. The Minersville racer earned his first win of the season with the M&J Construction No. 15. Second place went to rookie Henn followed by Tom Miller (Barto), Brad Brightbill (Sinking Spring) coming from 23rd starting spot and Kenny Gilmore (Kutztown)

Current Sportsman point leader was involved in a mid-race multi car accident in turn four while battling for the top spot that. His involvement forced him to go to the rear of the field and charge his way back to a seventh place and allows him to hold on to his point lead in the chase for his second straight Sportsman title.

In the 25-lap main event for Late Models Sean Merkel led the first lap with the 16 car starting field following. The next circuit saw veteran Rick Todorow go to the front and set the pace until the 9th lap when Wayne Pfeil took command after battling with the leader for several laps. Pfeil held off several challenges, with as many as five racers battling for the lead, before he went to the infield with mechanical issues giving the top spot to Mike Kellner. However the final laps were not a “tea party” for the Lansdale racer as worked hard to keep his Mary Kay/Power Washers No. 57 in front of the field. At the finish Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane) was close to pushing Kellner across the finish line and settled for second. Third place want to early leader Rick Todorow (Quakertown) followed by Danny Snyder (Green Lane) and Jason Miller (New Tripoli).

Chuck Schutz, driving a borrowed car, managed to go from 16th to finish 6th in the Late Model feature and hold on to his point lead in the chase for his seventh title.

Qualifying races, 12 laps each, for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds were won by Mike Laise, Jarrad Miller and Tim Buckwalter. Don Norris won the consolation race. The Sportsman qualifiers, eight laps each, were won by Tommy Scheetz II, Jared Umbenhauer and Mike Lisowski. Late Model qualifiers, each eight laps in distance, were won by Sam Schlosberg and Sean Merkel.

Coming up on Saturday, August 3, 7:30 p.m. featuring the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman. WNPV-1440AM Radio Night includes a 5-lap Joe and Linda Moskal Cash Dash plus Henning Motorsports Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR Lionel train giveaway. A driver meet and greet takes place when spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted free.

Information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be had by checking in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688. In addition the official Grandview Speedway Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/grandviewspeedwayinc or check in on Twitter at @gviewspeedway.

BASHORE TRUCKING/PEPSI CHALLENGE NIGHT NASCAR 358 MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS: 1. Duane Howard 2. Jordan Umbenhauer 3. Mike Gular 4. Doug Manmiller 5. Meme DeSantis 6. Mike Laise 7. Jarrad Miller 8. Craig VonDohren 9. Ray Swinerhart 10. Kevin Hirthler 11. Frank Cozze 12. Tim Buckwalter 13. Terry Meitzler 14. Kyle Weiss 15. Andy Ressler 16. Tommy Scheetz 111 17. Ryan Grim 18. Don Norris Jr. 19. Glenn Strunk 20. Nate Christman 21. Addison Meitzler 22. John Willman 23. Ron Seltman 24. Eric Biehn 25. Brian Houseknecht 26. Ryan Kunkle  27. Mark Kratz 28. Ron Haring Jr. 29. Jeff Strunk  

BASHORE TRUCKING/PEPSI CHALLENGE NIGHT NASCAR LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 LAPS:1. Mike Kellner 2. Sam Schlosberg 3. Rick Todorow 4. Danny Snyder 5. Jason Miller 6. Chuck Schutz 7. John Giesler 8. Drew Weisser 9. Steve Nederostek 10. Steve Batdorf 11. Sean Merkel 12. Steve Todorow 13. Bill Henning 14. Wayne Pfeil 15. Buddy Mertz 16. Dan Green

BASHORE TRUCKING/PEPSI CHALLENGE NIGHT NASCAR SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 LAPS: 1. Mike Lisowski  2. Jordan Henn 3. Tom Miller 4. Brad Brightbill 5. Kenny Gilmore 6. Joe Funk 7. Jared Umbenhauer 8. Brett Kressley 9. Kevin Beach 10. Paul Kline 11. Scott Davis Jr. 12. Brandon Whitmoyer 13. Joe Fanelli 14. Ryan Lilick 15. Dean Bachman 16. Sean Weiss 17. Jamie Undercoffler 18. Mike DeBellis 19. Ryan Beltz 20. Ron Krex 21. Craig Whitmoyer 22. Brian Hirthler 23. Dave Bartram 24. Tommy Scheetz II 25. Erik Renninger 26. Kyle Borror (DNS)

UNOFFICIAL  POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR MODIFIEDS
AS OF JULY 27, 2013

1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 4135****
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4 3962*******
3. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #4* 3557
4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 3520*
5. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA   #357 3482*
6. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D 3323**
7. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K 3198
8. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA  #53 3063
9. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA  #117 3050
10. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W 2771
 
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN
AS OF JULY 27, 2013

1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5 3511****
2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 3290
3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 3224*
4. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA  #19K 2896****
5. Paul Kline, Muhlenberg Park, PA  #14 2707 *
6. Kevin Beach, Minersville, PA  #17X 2691*
7. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA  #19 2678
8. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA  #15 2665*
9. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 2595
10. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA  #B4 2436*

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

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WOODHULL RACEWAY LOOSES JULY 27, 2013 SHOW TO RAIN

Marks the third complete loss to Mother Nature in 2K13.

(Woodhull, NY)  With a threat of rain all around the area, Woodhull Raceway track owner, Ted White made a valiant effort to put the July 27, 2013 event into the record books which included the return of the Patriot Sprint Tour.  However, severe weather moved into the region just as the races were scheduled to start with heavy rain and damaging winds forcing White to pull the plug on the event.

Because of a hole in the Patriot Sprint Tours 2013 schedule, Woodhull was able to re-schedule the show for Saturday, August 17 as the PST will return to Woodhull.  Also seeing action on that night will be the 370 Modifieds, Crate Sportsman, 360 Late Models, Street Stocks and the combined Quad C Division.

Gates for the August 17 event will open at 4:30 with racing at 6:30.

Currently the marketing division of the Woodhull Raceway is working with both Lamb and Webster along with Kickin’ Country to have both groups return to the track on 8/17/2013 to sponsor the show as both were at the track when the show was rained out.

Next Saturday Woodhull will open the month of August with Maple City Dodge of Hornell sponsoring Salute to the Vets Night.  On the track it will be a regular card featuring the return of the ever popular 270 Micro Sprints. 

For more information log on at www.woodhullraceway.com. 

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SUSICE, COTRISS, CLAIM WINS AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY – Friday, July 26, 2013 – Over one hundred cars jammed the pit area last Friday night at Ransomville Speedway located in the small hamlet of Ransomville, NY.  The Western New York facility enjoyed one of the nicest race nights of the 2013 season as bright blue skies greeted fans, drivers, crew, and sponsors.  The event was sponsored by the Jetport Lounge and Niagara’s Lazy Lakes Camping Resort and featured six divisions of racing along with an Autograph Night.

Ryan Susice of Ransomville, NY won his first Mighty Taco Modified feature of 2013 last Friday night.  Susice took the lead away from Ricky Richner on lap five and quickly pulled away from the remainder of the field.  Piloting his Subway sponsored #38, Susice would not be denied as he collected the win in the thirty lap main event.  After making an early race pitstop, Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY charged from deep in the pack to finish in the runner up position. Ricky Richner led the early going and settled for third at the line.  Defending champion Pete Bicknell of St Catharines, Ontario claimed fourth followed by Robbie Krull.

“It’s been a long time coming,” commented Susice trackside. “We have had a good car, we just couldn’t catch any breaks. We really needed this, we have a busy week coming up.  It was a good night.  I’m real proud of our guys.”

 Jesse Cotriss of Akron, NY collected his first win of the season aboard the Investor’s Service Sportsman division.  Cotriss set a blistering pace up front leaving Billy Coleman, James Michael Friesen, and Justin Sharp to battle for the runner up position.  As the front runners maneuvered their way through heavy lapped traffic, incidental contact was made resulting in Coleman going around in the ring with just a hand full of laps remaining. When the checkered flew Friesen would claim second followed by Sharp, Boyd MacTavish, and Nate Reynolds. With $700 as the winners take on the line, Cotriss picked a great night to pick up the initial win as it also came in the VP D98 Sportsman series thirty lap event.  As an added bonus, Cotriss also came out of the night with the points lead however the points remain tight between himself, defending champion Don Spatorico, and Friesen. 

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – RYAN SUSICE, Erick Rudolph, Ricky Richner, Pete Bicknell, Robbie Krull, Scott Kerwin, Jeff McGinnis, Chad Brachmann, John Smith, Tommy Flannagan, Phil Vigneri Jr., Brian Sage, Todd Burley, Steve Schumacher, Brett Clarke, Pat Vigneri, Steve Miller, and Nick Joy.  Heat Winners – Ricky Richner and Steve Schumacher.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – JESSE COTRISS, James Michael Friesen, Justin Sharp, Boyd MacTavish, Nate Reynolds, Don Spatorico, Kevin Wills, Brett Martin, Chris Burek, Greg Martin, Matt Farnham, Rob Clark, Derrick Borkenhagen, Sandy Pembleton, Billy Coleman, Joe Drake, Adam Hilton, Mike Williams, James Henry, Andy Smith, Phil Vigneri III, Jim Zimmerman, Scott George, and Allan Wills. Heat Winner – Greg Martin, Boyd MacTavish, and Brett Martin.

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ONE-ON-ONE PEPSI CHALLENGE MODIFIED ACTION TOPS RACING AT GRANDVIEW    

NASCAR 358 MODIFIEDS, LATE MODELS AND SPORTSMAN SATURDAY AT 7:30 P.M.

BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 24, 2013 . . .  The excitement of the Bashore Trucking/Pepsi Challenge featuring one-on-one challenge races that have the top 10 NASCAR 358 Modified racers competing will be in the spotlight this Saturday (July 27) at Grandview Speedway. The Challenge rewards the one competitor left standing after the challenge events are completed with $1,500 and the prestige of being the best of the best.

More than a dozen events will make up the Saturday night show which gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Included in the action, in addition to the Challenge, will be a full series of qualifying events  leading up to a 30-lap feature for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, the 25-lap feature for the Late Models and 25-lap feature for the Sportsman.

Four pair of tickets for the NASCAR weekend of racing at Pocono, August 2-4, valued at over $1000 will be given away to lucky fans in the grandstands courtesy of WNPV-1440 AM Radio of Lansdale.

Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. and at the same time a Meet and Greet featuring a driver from each division of competition and their race car will be on display. It is a chance for fans to meet the racers, take photos, collect autographs and more. Warm-ups get the green at 6:45 p.m. while racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Adult admission is just $15 while youngsters under the age of 12 are admitted FREE.

Coming up on Saturday, August 3rd is WNPV-1440AM Radio Night featuring the Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman at 7:30 p.m. The Joe and Linda Moskal Cash Dash is set for the Late Models with the top two in each qualifying event taking part along with one driver earning his spot by luck of a drawing. Henning Motorsports will be giving away a Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR Lionel train valued at $300 to a lucky fan. All fans that receive a Lansdale Cannoneers t-shirt during the July 27th and August 3rd events will have their picture taking in victory lane with the Henning Motorsports Late Model #80 that is sponsored by part by the Lansdale Cannoneers.

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Mohawk International Raceway and Lazore’s Construction Present the Return of the Empire Super Sprints This Friday Night as well as Frenchie’s “Go Further” Sportsman Series/Seaway Sportsman Series Plus Modifieds and Mod Lites

AKWESASNE, NY – After getting rained out on their originally scheduled date last month, The Empire Super Sprints will make their return to Mohawk International Raceway this coming Friday night along with round two of the Frenchie’s Ford “Go Further” Sportsman Series.  The Sportsman race will also be part of the Seaway Sportsman Series.  Modifieds and Mod Lites will also be on the program.  Please take note that the Pro Stocks and Bandits will have the night off.

World of Outlaw Sprint Car star Craig Dollansky has confirmed that he will be on hand at the track, as his car and hauler will be on display throughout the evening.  Dollansky, from Elk River, Minnesota, has been a regular on the series since 2001.

General Admission is $25 for adults, while children 12 and under are just $10.  Pit Admission is $30 with DIRTcar license and $35 without.  Pit Gates and Grandstand area opens at 4pm.  Racing starts at 7pm. 

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BIG DIAMOND READIES FOR ROADRUNNER CRAZY 8's ON SAVAGE 61 NIGHT

MINERSVILLE, PA - JULY 23th, 2013

This coming Friday, July 26th, Big Diamond Speedway presents the Crazy 8's for the fan favorite Roadrunner division.  That would be four 8 laps features, each carrying their own set of points.  It will deinitely make for an exciting and "Crazy" night of racing.

Also on the card will be the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stocks.

As we do each and every week, Roadrunner heat line-ups will be luck of the draw.  The first feature will be lined up by normal handicapping procedures. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th feature events will be lined up via an invert number, drawn by the previous feature winner.  The invert numbers available will be 5 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 11 - and 13. Whatever number is drawn for the 2nd feature will not be used again. Same thing for the 3rd and 4th features. An invert number can only be used one time during the night. Should make an interesting show even more interesting.  The point standing are sure to look a lot different once the night is over.

Before the races begin, be sure to stop by the grandstand area and visit the Shon Elk #10x Roadrunner sponsored by Savage 61.  Shon will have several intersting items happening at his car before the evenings racing events begin, with all proceeds benefitting the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.  For a minimum donation of $1.00, all kids in attendance are invited to put a pink hand print on Shon's car.  There will be two bikes being raffled off at $2.00 per ticket.  Shon Elk Motorsports hats and t-shirts will be for sale with $1.00 from each purchase gonig to the coalition.  Be sure to stop by and say "hello" to Shon and help support a great cause.

We hope to have other cars on display for the fans too.  After last weeks successful FANdemonium promotion, we have decided to allow any competitor interested to display their car each and every week between the hours of 5 PM and 7 PM.

Don't forget, less than two months remain until Labor Day weekend, when we present the Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 race for the ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds at Big Diamond Speedway.

The race will be Sunday, September 1st and will once again be 72 laps paying $10,000 to win.  This years "to take the green" money has been increased to $500.

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Cornwall Motor Speedway Gearing Up For Two Huge Events With the Return of the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series and Round Two of Gaetan’s Chip Stand Canadian Nationals Series

July 22, 2013

Cornwall, Ontario – By Craig Revelle – July 22, 2013 – As the end of July approaches, and the summer begins to heat up, so does that action at Cornwall Speedway, as two of the biggest events of the 2013 season are coming up.  The return on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series will hit the fast high banks of Cornwall Speedway on Sunday, July 28th and the second round of the100 lap Canadian Nationals Presented by Gaetan’s Chip Stand Series will highlight the program on Sunday, August 4th.

LKQ Headline Auto Recycling will present the return of the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series on Sunday, July 28th.  Last year’s inaugural event filled the Cornwall Motor Speedway with excitement as track records were broken with lap times just above the 10 second mark.  Under the right circumstances, unprecedented sub 10 second lap times on the ¼ mile track could be reached as all of the top stars of the World of Outlaw Sprint Car series visit the track, including last year’s winner Donny Schatz and teammate and multi-time series champion Steve Kinser.  Lightning Sprints, as well as our Jiffy Auto Service Modified division will also be on the schedule for the night.

The second round of the Canadian Nationals Series will take place at Cornwall Speedway on Sunday, August 4th sponsored by Jiffy Auto Service.  The first race of this series took place on Canada Day weekend and thrilled the packed grandstand as Matt Sheppard made a late race pass on Jimmy Phelps to get the win.  Mat Williamson also got by Phelps in the closing laps to take second, while Danny Johnson and Carey Terrance rounded out the top five.  Round two will be just as exciting, and all of the Cornwall Speedway regulars and a host of visitors will all be trying to obtain glory in the 100-lap feature event.  A full show for the Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Mini Stocks will also be on the schedule.

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MEITZLER, WHITMOYER, SNYDER AND SCHLOSBERG WIN NASCAR FEATURES AT GRANDIEW

BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 21, 2013 . . . Terry Meitzler, a past champion, had been thinking about retiring. The Berks Products sponsored team had been struggling but with a new Higbie racer being used for the first time everything seemed to come together on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway when the Kutztown racer was able to drive the Dennis Bailey owned No. 81 to victory in the 30-lap Hatfield Quality Meats Night NASCAR 358 Modified. The victory, the first since July 19, 2008 for Meitzler, earned the team $2750 including $250 in bonus bucks from TP Trailers in Limerick, PA

Craig Whitmoyer of Hamburg drove his Engle Body/Huber Fabrication No. 99 to his first win of the season in the 25-lap main event for the Sportsman racers. The win for the one armed racer tightened his grip on second place in the point standings.

Danny Snyder (Green Lane) took advantage of a late race spin by leader Mike Kellner to grab the lead and ride to victory with the Rhoads Brothers Livestock Hauling No. 4 in the regular 25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature race. The rained out 25-lapper for Late Models was won by Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane) at the wheel of his own Green Lane Auto Sales No. 70.

In the 30-lap main event for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds Justin Grim set the early pace. A five car accident in Turn 1 on the third circuit closed up the 28 car field behind the leader putting Tim Buckwalter and Todd Smith in the thick of the battle. With four laps in the record book Buckwalter, a past ARDC Midget champion, took the lead. Buckwalter continued to be the leader until the 13th lap when a two car accident on the backstretch eliminated defending champion Duane Howard. On the restart Don Norris Jr. charged to the front with Doug Manmiller and Terry Meitzler challenging. The final laps of the main event had Norris and his Limerick Diner No. 976 and Meitzler in a side-by-side battle for the win. With four laps remaining Meitzler was able to put his racer in front of the field and ride to a popular with the fans victory. Second place was earned by Don Norris (Douglassville) just a few feet behind. Doug Manmiller (Shoemakerville) grabbed third followed by Modified division point leader Craig VonDohren (Oley) and nine time champion Jeff Strunk (Pottstown) still searching for his first win of the season.

In Victory Lane a very happy winner celebrated with his cigar chomping car owner Dennis Bailey and told fans that had actually been considering retiring. He did not think he was going to get a win again.

Two Late Model feature events were presented with one of the features left from the previous week when a two and one-half hour rain delay forced the postponement of a 25-lap Late Model feature.

The first 25-lapper saw Mike Kellner charge to the front at the start. A couple of wild multi-car accidents saw point leader Chuck Schutz getting upside down on Drew Weisser. No one was injured but the field of racers was drastically reduced. Once things got settled and racing resumed Kellner again set the pace. The Lansdale racer set the pace until the 22nd lap when he spun in the second turn and Danny Snyder was able to squeeze between him and the boiler plate guardrail. On the restart Snyder took control of the race and held off the challenge of Steve Nederostek (Walnutport) in the closing laps to get his second win of the season. Third place went to veteran Rick Todorow (Quakertown) followed by Kory Fleming (Milford, NJ) and Bill Henning (Lansdale).

The second 25-lap Late Model feature saw Sam Schlosberg take the lead from his second place starting spot on the first lap and lead the entire 25 lap event with second place finisher Sean Merkel (Boyertown) close behind for the entire event. Third went to Mike Kellner (Lansdale) finished third followed by Rick Todorow and Jason Miller (New Tripoli). The win was Schlosberg’s second of the season.

Sean Weiss took the early lead in the 25-lap Sportsman feature. Weiss spun on an early race caution restart and the lead went to Ron Krex. The lead remained in Krex’s hands until just three laps remained when Craig Whitmoyer, after a battle that lasted several laps, took command and led the rest of the way. Second spot went to Krex (Harleysville) followed by Kenny Gilmore (Kutztown), Tom Miller (Barto) and point leader/defending champion Jared Umbenhauer (Richland). 

Qualifying heat wins for the Late Models, eight laps each, were won by Chuck Schutz and Mike Kellner. Sportsman heats, each eight laps, were won by Tom Miller, Ryan Beltz and Dean Bachman while Brett Kressley took top honors in the eight lap consolation. In the 358 Modified qualifiers, each 12 laps, were won by Tim Buckwalter, Todd Smith and Andy Ressler. Frank Cozze, the feature winner the previous week, won the 10 lap consolation race to make the feature starting lineup.

Coming up on Saturday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. will be Bashore Trucking Pepsi Challenge featuring the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars plus one-on-one Pepsi Challenge races featuring top Modified racers.  As gates open AT 5:30 P.M. there will be drivers doing a meet and greet along with having their race cars on display. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted FREE.

358 MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS: 1. Terry Meitzler 2. Don Norris Jr. 3. Doug Manmiller 4. Craig VonDohren 5. Jeff Strunk 6. Kyle Weiss 7. Kevin Hirthler 8. Jordan Umbenhauer 9. Mike Gular 10. Glenn Strunk 11. Tim Buckwalter 12. Justin Grim 13. Ryan Grim 14. Ron Seltman 15. Frank Cozze 16. Ryan Kunkle 17. John Willman 18. Andy Ressler 19. Todd Smith 20. Chris Esposito 21. Tommy Scheetz III 22. Ray Swinehart 23. Kyle Follweiler 24. Duane Howard 25. Mike Laise 26. Meme DeSantis 27. Jarred Miller 28. Nate Christman

LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 LAPS: 1.Craig Whitmoyer 2. Ron Krex 3. Kenny Gilmore 4. Tom Miller 5. Jared Umbenhauer 6. Kyle Borror 7.Brad Brightbill 8. Ryan Beltz 9. Brett Kressley 10. Brian Hirthler 11. Ryan Lilick 12. Paul Kline 13. Dave Dissinger 14. Scott Davis Jr. 15. Kevin Beach 16. Mike Lisowski 17. Joe Fanelli 18. Joe Funk 19. AJ DeSantis 20. Sean Weiss 21. Dean Bachman 22. Kevin Dries 23. Mike DeBellis 24. Erik Renninger (DNS)

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 LAPS: 1. Danny Snyder 2. Steve Nederostek 3. Rick Todorow 4. Kory Fleming 5. Bill Henning 6. Steve Todorow 7. John Giesler 8. Mike Kellner 9. Wayne Pfeil 10. Buddy Mertz 11. Dan Green 12. Chuck Schutz 13. Drew Weisser 14. Jason Miller 15. Sam Schlosberg 16. Sean Merkel (DNS)

LATE MODEL FEATURE (held over from July 13th) – 25 LAPS: 1.Sam Schlosberg 2. Sean Merkel 3. Mike Kellner 4. Rick Todorow 5. Jason Miller 6. Steve Nederostek 7. Steve Todorow 8 Danny Snyder 9. John Giesler 10. Drew Weisser 11. Chuck Schutz 12. Buddy Mertz 13. Bill Henning 14. Wayne Pfeil 15. Dan Green

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STEPHANE LAFRANCE DOMINATES THE FIELD FOR WIN #1 OF THE SEASON AT BROCKVILLE

It was a very busy night at the Brockville Ontario Speedway this past Saturday night. All 5 division were ready to do battle along with the first appearance of the season for the Patriot Sprint Tour.

The 358 Modifieds have a tight points battle going on between Lee Gill and Danny O'Brien. Both drivers came in to Tackaberry Construction night separated by 17 points and would roll off 13th and 14th on the grid. Up front a pair of Kingston natives led the field to the start of the 30 lap event. Andy Lloyd and Tim O'Brien charged hard into turn 1 and O'Brien wasted no time taking over the top spot bringing Stephane Lafrance and Bryan Rogers with him to 2nd and 3rd. O'Brien would lead the opening 5 laps until Lafrance used a power move down low in turn 4 to grab the lead. Once in front Lafrance began to pull away to a commanding lead as Tim O'Brien, Bryan Rogers, Luke Whitteker and Andy Lloyd battled it out from 2nd to 5th. With all the laps on the speedway it made passing very tough as some of the heavy hitters were caught in traffic throughout the event. Danny O'Brien, Lee Gill and Pat O'Brien did not even crack the top 10 until just past the halfway point but the one driver who did figure out how to pass was Kyle Dingwall. After starting 12th he patiently made his way into the top 5 on lap 17 getting by Andy Lloyd for 5th and was in pursuit of rest of the top 5. On lap 20 the first caution flew for Jason Riddell who went off the speedway in turn 1. On the restart Lafrance made it look very easy as he pulled away from the rest of the field and survived one more caution flag on lap 26 to score his first win of 2013. Bryan Rogers had his best finish of the year to come home 2nd. Luke Whitteker, Tim O'Brien and Kyle Dingwall rounded out the top 5.

The first of 3 appearances for the Patriot Sprint Tour was set to take on "The BOS" as Jamie Collard was looking to become the first repeat winner on the tour this year. Collard would have the best spot as he took the lead from the pole and would set a torrid pace in the early going with Devin Caron, Michael Parent, Jared Zimbardi and Chris Jones making up the top 5 positions early on. The first yellow flew on lap 4 as Kyle Fraser lost the handle in turn 3. 2 laps later Keith Dempster also experienced the same problem bringing out the yellow on lap 6. The green would come back out and Collard still held the top spot but turn 3 was about to strike again. Dale Gosselin made contact with another car sending him flipping wildly over the bank. Gosselin was able to climb out of the car after assistance from medical officials and was taken in the ambulance for observations but would be ok. When the race resumed Collard still had a great car and would pull away once again but lapped traffic played the great equalizer as Parent and Zimbardi both closed in with 10 to go. The yellow would come out again for Kyle Fraser as he spun in turn 2. Collard would get the advantage again when the green flag flew leaving Parent and Zimbardi to battle for 2nd and 3rd . Parent's great run came to an end as he spun in tricky turn 3 bringing out the final caution. This set up a 3 lap dash to the checkers and Collard would pull away for his 2nd win of the season over Jared Zimbardi, Devin Caron, Justin Barger and Steve Poirier.

In the 25 lap Sportsman feature Aaron Pugh was looking to get his season back on track after a great stint in the Rookie Sportsman division earlier in the year. He would not disappoint as he took the lead from the outside pole. The yellow flew quickly on the opening lap as Kevan Bennett lost the handle on his car in turn 4. When the green flew it was Pugh jumping well out in front of the field pulling out to a 5 car length lead over Sheldon Hoogwerf, Ryan Poole, Dana Aikins and Jon Mills. Pugh had the fastest car all night long and was looking for his first ever Sportsman win but Hoogwerf was looking to close the gap. On lap 15 Hoogwerf closed to within a car length as the leaders battled lapped traffic but Pugh still held the advantage. Just like in the Modified feature the top drivers were having their struggles getting to the front. Chris Herbison, Shane Pecore and Dylan Evoy started deep in the field and would break into the top 10 late in the event. On lap 17 the yellow flew for Jason Shipclark as he spun in turn 2. When the green flew is was still Pugh well out in front but the race was far from over. On lap 23 Dylan Evoy was making a run at the top 5 off turn 4 and would suddenly slow coming down the front stretch bringing the yellow out for the final time. With a one lap shootout Aaron Pugh played it perfectly and would lead all 25 laps for his first career Sportsman feature win over Hoogwerf, Poole, Aikins, and Mills.

In the 15 lap Rookie Sportsman race Josh Powers used a great move from the outside pole to take away the top spot early on with Tristan Draper and Chris Bakker rounding out the top 3. Powers had a great car on this night and would pull out to a half straightaway lead but Draper was on the charge. With 5 laps to go he quickly closed in on the leader and the battle was on. A late caution flew for Jamie Young who blew a right rear tire, he would return to the field before the next restart. When the green flew Draper saw an opportunity and made the pass for the top spot as the field exited turn 4. Once in front nobody was catching Draper on this night as he cruised to his 2nd win in a row and 3rd of the season over Powers and Jamie Young would charge from 6th to finish 3rd on the final lap.

Next week NAPA Auto Parts will be on the card for the 2nd annual Brockville Ontario Speedway Hall of Fame induction ceremony. 3 legendary drivers and 2 patrons of the sport will be honored during next week's full program. The first green flag drops at 7pm.

358 Modifieds: STEPHANE LAFRANCE, Bryan Rogers, Luke Whitteker, Tim O'Brien, Kyle Dingwall, Bobby Herrington, Lee Gill, Danny O'Brien, Jason Riddell, Luke Stewart, Ryan Arbuthnot, Andy Lloyd, John Mulder, Roger Levesque, Joe Banks, April Wilson, Dave Austin, Pat O'Brien

Patriot Sprint Tour: JAMIE COLLARD, Jared Zimbardi, Devin Caron, Justin Barger, Steve Poirier, Tommy Wickham, Etienne Girard, Jason Barney, Jeff Cook, Chris Jones, Glenn Styres, Alain Boisvert, Lee Ladouceur, Tyler Rand, Michael Parent, Keith Dempster, Patrick Vigneault, April Wilson, Mitch Brown, Kyle Fraser, Paul Pekkonen, Dale Gosselin, Rick Wilson

Sportsman: AARON PUGH, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Ryan Poole, Dana Aikins, Jon Mills, Shane Pecore, Kenny Polite, Jessica Power, Chris Herbison, Doug O'Blenis, Kurtis Lee, Bruce Makinson, Jason Cummings, Jonathan Ferguson, Tabatha Murphy, Brian Copp, Steve Savoie, Dylan Evoy, Kevan Bennett, Steve Barber, Jason Shipclark

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KENNY PEOPLES JR WINS FIRST EVER JAKE DAVIS MEMORIAL IN HONOR OF HIS NEPHEW

Dewert, Waters, Marlatt, Hargrave, Morseman and Mitchell also victorious

(WOODHULL NY).  July 20, 2013 will be an evening the Peoples and Davis racing families will never forget. The first ever Jake Davis Memorial occurred on the high banks which was a King of the Ring challenge for the Insinger Performance 370 Modified’s. 22 cars were registered in the highly anticipated event. As the field narrowed down to 4, Billy VanPelt went up against current point leader Donnie Lawson. VanPelt was able to get a great run on the outside and power his way into the finals. He would face the winner of Rookie driver Bryce Davis, a cousin of Jake, and Kenny Peoples Jr, an uncle of Jake, a teenager who tragically lost his life this past October. Davis was able to start on the outside of Peoples and get the win and advance into the finals. Then for the finals, it was the rookie driver, Bryce Davis, going up against the long time veteran Billy Vanpelt. It was a two lap shootout as on the first lap it was wheel to wheel racing between the two, then on turn two, Davis broke his dry shaft and was unable to complete the race. However, track officials asked Vanpelt for approval if Kenny Peoples Jr could replace Davis in the finals. Van Pelt approved and it was a two lap shootout for the ages. In the two laps they were side by side, then on turn 4, Peoples powered his way on the outside and at the line it was the second generation star, Kenny Peoples Jr, the Uncle of Jake Davis winning the first ever Jake Davis memorial. It was a very emotional time for Peoples Jr while getting interviewed as nearly the entire crowd gave him a standing ovation. It was also a class act from Billy VanPelt for allowing Peoples to come out and put on a show for the fans that will go down in Woodhull Raceway history.

In the S&W awards and photos 360 Late Models, John Waters was able to pick up his seventh feature of the year. Carl Hughes finished second, followed by Jeremy Wonderling, Jaye McConnell was 4th and Carl Cleveland was 5th. Heats went to Hughes and Wonderling.

In the 25 lap feature for the Insinger performance 370 Modified’s, it was Dylan Dewert nailing the chassis set-up to perfection and completely dominating the feature event picking up his second feature of the 2013 season. Donnie Lawson finished once again in the runner up spot. Billy VanPelt was third, followed by Joe Dgein, and Eric Fisher.

Finally back in victory lane was John Hargrave for the NAPA Crate Sportsman. In the runner up spot was rookie driver Brandon Butler, Brett Buono was in 3rd followed by Steve Hartman Sr, and Mike Jackson was 5th. Russ Morseman, Josh Sawyer, and Steve Hartman Sr. won the 3 qualifying heat races.

Winning once again was Brandon Morseman in the Signs Plus Mini Stocks. Jason Gleason finished in a close second followed by Brian Grant finishing in third. Heats went to Morseman and Gleason.

onnell and Cody Baker.

Next week is a two night special on the high banks, as the Lucas Oil ESP tractor pull will make a Friday evening appearance presented by Lamb and Webster. The following night, the Patriot Sprint tour will make their second appearance of the year. The Street Stocks will have a well-deserved night off. There is also a Mini Stock and Front Wheel combined Quad C event. Both nights beginning around 6:30.

Quick Results & Extra Notes

Insinger Performance 370 Modified Feature: DYLAN DEWERT (2), Donnie Lawson, Billy VanPelt, Joe Dgein, Eric Fisher, Ron White, Frank Dunning, Casey Pavlick, Bobby Davis, Bryan Worthing, Steve Hartman Jr, Ajay Potrzebowski, Art Goodier, Kevin Chilson, Stacy Jackson, Brian Doolittle, Don Lawson, Dave Dubois, Ken Peoples Jr, Lee Bills

King of the Ring Challenge (Jake Davis Memorial): Kenny Peoples Jr.

S&W Awards and Photos 360 Late Models  Feature:  JOHN WATERS (7), Carl Hughes, Jeremy Wonderling, Jaye McConnell, Carl Cleveland, Steve LeBarron, Brad LaBarron, Mick Seeley, Barry Payne, Jerry Wilson, Fred Amann, Glen Whritenour, Cecil LaBarron, Frank LeBarron, Jason McGregor.

NAPA Crate Sportsman Feature: JOHN HARGRAVE (3), Brandon Butler, Brett Buono, Steve Hartman Sr, Mike Jackson, Josh Keesey, Donnie Knowles, Ryan Tracy, Russ Morseman, Chris Fisher, Chris Daugherty, Greg Young, Rod Mullen, Lynn Burrell, Bobby Peoples, Collin Brown, Bill Laviolette, Connor Brown, Scott Waters, Dillon Groover, Josh Sawyer, , Ray Smith, Bob Buono, Chris Brockway, Jake Dgein

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Mercer Raceway Park Cancels July 20 Program

Mercer, PA (July 20, 2013):  Due to rain, Mercer Raceway Park canceled the July 20 program that featured the ARDC Midgets, and more. That event will have no raindate.

Coming up on July 27 will be the Meet Your Heroes Night, presented by Herr's. The cornerstone of this program is the opportunity to meet and greet all of the racers. Fans young and old can get autographs and pictures with their favorites!

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BIG DIAMOND FANDEMONIUM A HUGE SUCCESS - MANMILLER WINS MODIFIEDS, UMBENHAUER AND BERZOWSKI ALSO VICTORIOUS

MINERSVILLE, PA - JULY 21th, 2013

"Now you've seen how awesome this is, so now we need you to keep coming back".

Those were the words from Modified feature winner and 2011 track champion Doug Manmiller after executing an exciting last lap pass of Shawn Fitzpatrick for the victory Friday evening.

A packed house witnessed the victory as track owners Jake and Jasmine Smulley presented FANdemonium, which offered free grandstand admission to everyone in attendance.  There were tons of giveaways to the fans, almost two dozen cars on display, and many other activities that kept the large crowd buzzing all night long.

Kevin Albert Jr. took the early lead from his pole starting position, but was soon overtaken by second starting Shawn Fitzpatrick.  The races only caution occurred on lap #7, and after the caution Fitzpatrick continued to lead.  All the while, Manmiller was slowly moving forward from his seventh starting position.  With five to go, Manmiller disposed of second place running Albert and set his sights on leader Fitzpatrick.  Lap after lap, Manmiller continued to gain ground on Fitzpatrick, and with one two go he was right on his tail.  Fitzpatrick went into turn one a little too hot and hopped the cushion, leaving just enough room for Manmiller to squeeze by and go on to win by a little over a car length.  The win was the tenth of Manmiller's career at Big Diamond, moving him into a tie with Dave Schoffstall on the all time win list.  A disappointed Fitzpatrick finished a season best second, followed by point leader Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk, and Albert.  Frank Cozze, Meme Desantis, Andy Burkhart, Tim Buckwalter, and Rick Laubach, making his first start of the year in the Eastern Rigging #11 car, rounded out the top ten.  Heat races were won by Albert Jr, Fitzpatrick, and Kevin Smith.

Driving with a heavy heart, Jared Umbenhauer of Richland drove Robert Derfler's No. 16D to victory in the 20-lap sportsman main event.  Umbenhauer lost his grandfather earlier in the the week.  Umbenhauer, who started 11th and had worked his way into 6th position before a front stretch crash eliminated many of the top five, took the lead on the lap 13 restart after the caution.  From there he drove away to a huge margin of victory, scoring his fourth win of the season at Big Diamond and seventh of his young racing career.  Mike Glass finished a season best second, followed by Mike Lisowski, Joe Mooney, with his first ever top five, and Shawn Light.  Last race winner Doug Hendricks was sixth, followed by Andy Cozze, Andrew Fayash III, Kevin Brady, and Billy Moyer Jr.  Heat races were won by Kevin Beach Jr. and Tim Fitzpatrick.

Marc Berzowski scored his seventh win of the season in the Roadrunner division, followed closely by Jeremy Becker.  Shon Elk was third, followed by Kyle Killian, and Tim Fitzpatrick Jr.  Heat races were won by TJ Fitzpatrick and Glenn Rowan.

Racing returns to Big Diamond Speedway this coming Friday, July 26th with the Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Crzy 8's for the fan favorite Roadrunner division.  That would be four 8 laps features, each carrying their own set of points.  Should make for an exciting and "Crazy" night of racing.  The entire night is sponsored by Savage 61.

Don't forget, less than two months remain until Labor Day weekend, when we present the Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 race for the ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds at Big Diamond Speedway.

The race will be Sunday, September 1st and will once again be 72 laps paying $10,000 to win.  This years "to take the green" money has been increased to $500.

The entire evenings events will be sponsored by Jack Rich, Inc.  Jack Rich is your full service community oil company, supplying quality fuels & related heating, cooling and plumbing services throughout the Greater Schuylkill County.

Big Diamond Speedway
Friday
358 Modifieds (25 Laps
) 1) Doug Manmiller 2) Shawn Fitzpatrick 3) Craig Von Dohren 4) Jeff Strunk 5) Kevin Albert Jr. 6) Frank Cozze 7) Meme Desantis 8) Andy Burkhart 9) Tim Buckwalter 10) Rick Laubach 11) Mike Mamanna 12) Ricky Yetter 13) Kevin Smith 14) Dale Hartz 15) Ryan Watt 16) Bobby Gunther Walsh 17) Brad Arnold 18) Jim Bobbitt Jr. 19) Kyle Borror 20) Blaine Bracelin 21) Ron Haring Jr. 22) Ray Swinehart 23) Nick Desantis 24) Dave Gerhart DNS) Dan Hineline

Sportsman modified (20 Laps) 1) Jared Umbenhauer 2) Mike Glass 3) Mike Lisowski 4) Joe Mooney 5) Shawn Light 6) Doug Hendricks 7) Andrew Cozze 8) Andrew Fayash III 9) Kevin Brady 10) Billy Moyer Jr. 11) Todd Huffman 12) Robin Schultz 13) Jared Seigfried 14) Tim Fitzpatrick 15) AJ Gerhart 16) Charles Fayash 17) Kevin Beach Jr. 18) Ray Woodall Jr. 19) Wayne Witmer 20) Harry Landis 21) Corey Renninger 22) Chad Putalavage 23) Josh Hertzog DNS) Colt Harris

Roadrunners (20 Laps) 1) Marc Berzowski 2) Jeremy Becker 3) Shon Elk 4) Kyle Killian 5) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 6) Dave Miller 7) Terry Kramer Jr. 8) Devin Trexler 9) Kris Ney 10) Jim Kost 11) Joe Kavanaugh 12) Chris Holland 13) Jon Schlauch 14) Connor Horan 15) Neil Bressler 16) TJ Fitzpatrick 17) Tim Spesak 18) Glenn Rowan 19) Chip Kennedy 20) Kody Sites 21) Jesse Krasnitsky DNS) Bruce Ditzler, John Whyne

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Big Diamond Speedway
358 Modified Point Standings

1) 1c Craig Von Dohren  2889
2) 4* Jeff Strunk      2764
3) 88d Meme DeSantis    2612
4) 46 Doug Manmiller   2538
5) 357 Frank Cozze      2180
6) 3a Kevin Albert Jr. 2067
7) F15 Dale Hartz       1989
8) 5 Ricky Yetter     1979
9) 33 Ray Swinehart    1912
10) 7 Kevin Smith      1892
11) 87 Andy Burkhart    1829
12) T102 Shawn Fitzpatrick 1812
13) 27 Brad Arnold      1565
14) 91 Tim Buckwalter   1534
15) 96 Jim Bobbitt Jr.  1352
16) 83 Mike Mamanna     1226
17) 4k Nathan Klinger   1217
18) 11 Duane Howard     1184
19) 15x Dan Hineline     1071
20) 57 Donny Hartz      1010
21) 85 Ron Haring Jr.   868
22) 99 Craig Whitmoyer  768
23) 3 Billy Pauch Jr.  730
24) 74w John Willman     649
25) 79 Blaine Bracelin  575
26) 1 Bobby Gunther Walsh 525
27) 88a AJ Desantis      510
28) 47 Gary Wagner      430
29) 39 Danny Nicholas   411
30) 88x Nick Desantis    406
31) 19v Bobby Varin      305
32) 61 Justin Grim      305
33) 57 Bill Gensler     290
34) 41 Jon Kellner Sr.  286
35) B4 Kyle Borror      256
36) 78 Neil Huber       250
37) 7 Rick Laubach     241
38) 87 Eric Biehn       230
39) 21k Kyle Weiss       230
40) X5 Daryl Dissinger  200
41) 1 Keith Hoffman    198
42) 14w Ryan Watt         190
43) 17 Ryan Grim        185
44) 13L Robin Schultz    180
45) 99 Brandon Whitmoyer 160
46) 62 Joe Mooney       155
47) 30 Tommy Sheetz Jr. 105
48) 24 Scott Miller     105
49) 41m Mike Kellner     90
50) 10G Dave Gerhart     70

Sportsman modifieds
1) 16d/11 Jared Umbenhauer 2491
2) 17 Billy Moyer Jr.  2456
3) 72 Ray Woodall Jr.  2371
4) 17x Kevin Beach Jr.  2285
5) 15 Mike Lisowski    2237
6) 80 Doug Hendricks   2003
7) T102 Tim Fitzpatrick  1952
8) 2 Mike Glass       1850
9) 64 Wayne Witmer     1836
10) 13L Robin Schultz    1783
11) 62 Joe Mooney       1689
12) 22 Charles Fayash   1587
13) 3 Corey Renninger  1574
14) 72c Andy Cozze       1562
15) 91 Shawn Light      1361
16) 4 AJ Gerhart       1350
17) 1 Jared Siegfreid   1252
18) 7 Harry Landis     1130
19) 56 Josh Hertzog     896
20) 73 Jason James      778
21) 81 Heath Metzger    686
22) 99 Brandon Whitmoyer 680
23) 7 Todd Huffman     650
24) c7 Colt Harris      646
25) Oink Kevin Brady      562
26) X5 Daryl Dissinger  475
27) 88x Andrew Fayash III 415
28) 42d Chad Putalavage  350
29) 19 Brad Brightbill  321
30) 14 Paul Kline       315
31) 97 Jason Neidlinger 300
32) 134 Mark Behm        250
33) 21k Kirby Sites      250
34) 23R Rob Martin       201
35) 343 Jeff Hertzog     180
36) 6jr Kirby Schlappich 85
37) 42d Mike Diehl       70
38) 77H Jordan Henn      45
39) 80H Rick Hendricks   45
40) 21k Kyle Weiss       45
41) 99 Craig Whitmoyer  45
42) B4 Kyle Borror      45
43) 67 JR Fulper        45
44) 343 Jeremy Hertzog   45
45) 26 Steve Searock IV 45

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MOTHER NATURE CLAIMS WIN AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY - Hot summer temperatures gave way to a cold front late Friday afternoon resulting in heavy thunderstorms shortly after gates opened for last Friday nights racing action.  Based on the radar, officials wasted no time in cancelling the racing program allowing teams and fans an opportunity to beat the worst of the storm.

The 2nd VP D98 Sportsman series event has been rescheduled for Friday, July 26th when Jetport Lounge and Niagara's Lazy Lakes Camping Resort present a Full Card of Racing plus the Gippster's Collision 4 Bangers, a 4/6 Cylinder Enduro, 1st annual Rib-fest Cook-off and an Autograph Night.  Rain-checks from July 19th will be honored at that time.

With just six point events remaining for the Mighty Taco Modifieds and Investor's Services Sportsman, the title chases couldn't get any closer.  21 year old Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY holds a slim eight point lead over defending and multi-time champion Pete Bicknell.  Rudolph has a pair of wins to his credit while Bicknell has one.  Ryan Susice sits twenty-six points back of the leader in third while 2011 champion Chad Brachmann is currently fourth.

Defending champion Don Spatorico of Ransomville currently is tied with Jesse Cotriss on top of the Investor's Services Sportsman chase.  At 484 points, the pair is ahead of James Michael Friesen who is just three markers back.  To say this one is a tight one would be putting it mildly.

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2nd Annual Napa Auto Parts, Finish Line Web Design, Brockville Speedway Hall of Fame Inductions Set for Saturday, July 27th at the BOS

Craig Revelle

July 19, 2013

Brockville, ON – The second annual NAPA Auto Parts Brockville, Finish Line Web Design, Brockville Ontario Speedway Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is set for next Saturday, July 27th on NAPA Auto Parts Night at Brockville Speedway. 

Last year’s inaugural inductees Marcel Lafrance, Tony Blake, Dave Heaslip and Bob Lodge will be joined by another great group of ambassadors that have helped shape Brockville Speedway to what it is today.  While the actual inductees will not be announced until the night of the ceremony, we can tell you that we had 35 nominees that came in through the Brockville Speedway Facebook page in the weeks leading up to the voting process on the brockvillespeedway.com website.  Nearly 500 votes came in over the two week process.  There will be five members added to the Hall of Fame for 2013.

There were plenty of worthy nominees for this year’s induction into the Brockville Speedway Hall of Fame.  Our selection for this years ceremony was based on the top three from the fan vote, as well as two other selections that we feel have solidified there mark in the history of Brockville Ontario Speedway and deserve recognition for their dedication and commitment to racing in this area.  Just some of names that were nominated (in no particular order) are Pat O’Brien, Pat O’Brien Sr., Danny O’Brien, Denzil Billings, “Stock Car” Steve Bilow, “Barefoot” Bob McCreadie, Tony Corcoran, Mark Hitchcock Keith and Ford Dingwall and many more great names that make up the history of our track.

Please join us on Saturday, July 27th as we induct another great group of racer’s and contributors to the NAPA Auto Parts, Finish Line Web Design, Brockville Ontario Speedway Hall of Fame.

For more information on Brockville Ontario Speedway, please visit our website, www.brockvillespeedway.com.  You can also follow us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrockvilleSpeedway.

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WOODHULL RACEWAY OPENS MONTH OF AUGUST WITH SALUTE TO THE VETS NIGHT

August 3, 2013 Regular Big 6 Show presented by Maple City Dodge of Hornell.

(Woodhull, NY)  For the men and women of the United States Military it will be a night to remember on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Woodhull Raceway.  Any past or present member of any USA military branch will be admitted into the track absolutely free as a show of appreciation from track owner, Ted White and all his Woodhull Raceway staff members.

 Any card carrying veteran will be admitted into the track absolutely free on August 3 and if they so choose they can come in their military garb, however it is not required, just proper identification. 

On the track it will be a Regular Big 6 Show featuring all of Woodhull’s weekly classes of competition including the Insinger Performance Modifieds, the S&W Awards and Photos 360 Late Models, the NAPA Crate Sportsman, the Joe Willcox Performance Automatics Street Stocks along with the Signs Plus Mini’s and the LaBarron Brothers FWD classes.

As an added attraction, the ever popular 270 Micro Sprints will make their lone trip to Woodhull in 2013.  The cut down version of full sized sprint cars have always put on a great show at the track and it is a sure bet that this years event will not disappoint.

The Woodhull Raceway is proud to welcome back The Dodge Boys of Maple City Dodge in Hornell as the nightly event sponsor of the Salute to the Vets Night at the track.  For Kevin Burch, Gary Harwood and all the rest of the staff and management team of MCD it will be their second night of sponsorship at Woodhull in 2013.

Maple City Dodge has a huge presence at Woodhull as the Official Car and Truck Dealer of the track.  In addition MCP has signage at the facility, an ad on the 2013 Woodhull Raceway Schedule Brochure and they receive weekly mentions on the tracks public address system as one of the Woodhull Raceway’s major marketing partners.

Gates open at 4:30 with racing starting at 6:30 pm.

For more information log on at www.woodhullraceway.com.

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Big Diamond Speedway
358 Modified Point Standings
July 6

1. Craig VonDohren 2601
2. Jeff Strunk 2486
3. Meme DeSantis 2364
4. Doug Manmiller 2231
5. Frank Cozze 1921
6. Dale Hartz 1814
7. Ray Swinehart 1813
8. Kevin Albert Jr. 1797
9. Ricky Yetter 1783
10. Kevin Smith 1702
Sportsman
 1. Billy Moyer Jr. 2246
 2. Ray Woodall Jr. 2243
 3. Jared Umbenhauer 2186
 4. Kevin Beach Jr. 2145
 5. Mike Lisowski 1951
 6. Tim Fitzpatrick 1782
 7. Doug Hendricks 1753
 8. Wayne Witmer 1721
 9. Robin Schultz 1597
 10. Mike Glass 1552

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY ADDS 4 SUNDAY SHOWS IN SEPTEMBER TO CLOSE OUT SEASON

MINERSVILLE, PA - JULY 14th, 2013

The positive changes continue to unfold.

New owners Jake and Jasmine Smulley promised change when they purchased Big Diamond Speedway back in October of 2012, and they continue to deliver.

This year saw the first ever "Money in the Mountains" 40 lap event for both big and small block modifieds paying $7,500 to win and $500 to take the green.  It saw the addition of the Street Stock division for the first time in over a decade, giving them eight races to showcase their talent. 

On July 19th fans will be part of the first ever FANdemonium event, offering free grandstand admission to anyone that attends. 

On July 26th, the return of the Crazy 8's, four 8 lap feature events for the Roadrunners is on the schedule.

Now, for the first time in Big Diamond Speedway history, there will be racing every single Sunday evening for the entire month of September.  The annual Coalcracker 72 race was already scheduled for Labor Day weekend, Sunday September 1st.  That date just seemed too early to end what so far is shaping up to be a fanatastic 2013 racing season. 

Unfortunately, Friday night football is king in Schuylkill County and race crowds tend to drop off once the football games begin.  The solution: races have now been added for September 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, letting fans get both their football and racing fix each and every weekend in September.  Currently each show will consist of the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Roadruners.

Warm-ups will be at 5:45 PM with the first heat scheduled to hit the track at 6:15 PM sharp.

Each one of these added events will be point races, with the final point race being Sunday, September 29th.  That will be the night we crown the champions in our three main divisions.

So mark your calendars, tell your friends, and plan on spending each and every Sunday in September at Big Diamond Speedway.

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Dunn Out Runs Clair for Fourth Win of 2013 at Mohawk International Raceway

AKWESASNE, NY – The racing action at Mohawk was fast on this night. Feature racing was run off very quickly due to the lack of yellow flags, but it was still some familiar faces getting the job done once again.

In the 358 Modifieds Gilles Godard and Casey Swamp led the field to the green and Godard raced out to the early lead over Swamp, Jordan McCreadie, Mario Clair and Larry Welling. It didn't take long for the first yellow to fly as Lance Willix, Jeff Sykes and Chris Raabe tangled in turn 2. On the restart Godard held on to the lead but Mario Clair was charging to the front. Clair had a fast car and was able to wrestle the lead away on lap 5 leaving Godard Billy Dunn, Larry Welling and Brian McDonald to battle it out in the top 5. Clair built up over a straight away advantage but 3 time winner Billy Dunn was on a mission. After Godard slowed in turn 1 Dunn slipped on by for 2nd and tried to run down the leader. Dunn changed his line on the speedway as he moved to the top side of the track and immediately began gaining ground. At the halfway point Dunn was able to close in and take the lead on the outside from Clair with Carey Terrance, McDonald and Raabe rounding out the top 5. Larry Welling's great night came to an end as he broke while running 5th, bringing out the yellow for the last time. On the final restart Dunn pulled away leaving Clair and the rest of the field behind. Dunn had everything going his way on this night, as he went on to claim his 4th win in the last 5 weeks over Clair, McDonald, Chris Raabe recovered from the early race spin to finish 4th. Carey Terrance rounded out the top 5.

The Sportsman division was all about the trophy and check on this night. With the Seaway GM and Performance Series in Granby a special non points show was held. Louie Jackson Jr. was looking to take full advantage on this night as he took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Jackson lead the opening 4 laps of the 20 lap affair with Wyatt Mullin, Corey Winters, Neal Provost and Nolan Swamp completing the top 5. On Lap 5 Swamp, Ryan Helm and Robert Delormier came together in turn 2 bringing out the first yellow flag. On the restart Jackson continued his march to victory lane but the man on the charge was 2 time and defending track champion Dylan Evoy. After getting to 2nd just before the halfway point he used the patience game to reel in Jackson. The leaders headed into lapped traffic with 7 to go as Jackson still led the way over Evoy, Winter, Mullin and Delormier. On lap 14 Evoy was able to navigate traffic perfectly and take away the number 1 spot leaving Jackson to deal with the lapped cars. Once in front Evoy showed his muscle as he pulled away by a straightaway to claim his 4th win of the season over Jackson, Corey Winters 2013 debut resulted in a 3rd place finish. Robert Delormier and Zach Arquiett rounded out the top 5. 

In Pro Stock action Jocelyn Roy was looking to get to victory lane for the first time at MIR and showed his strength early on by jumping out to the early race lead. Roy would pull out to a 4 car length lead with Ryan Stabler, Eugene Tarbell, Roch Aubin and PJ Peters rounding out the top 5. Stabler was able to clear all traffic and begin his pursuit of Roy just before the halfway point. On lap 9 Roy began to lose the handling on his car as he slipped up off the bottom of the speedway in turn 4. Stabler was on his bumper and with 5 to go Stabler made the move in turn 3 to grab the lead. Behind him defending track champion PJ Peters started to go to work. He made his way to the 2nd spot with 3 to go and quickly reel in Stabler. On the final lap Peters came within a car length of the leader but it wasn't enough as Stabler took his first ever Mohawk win in the caution free race. Peters settled for 2nd, with Stephane Lebrun, Jocelyn Roy and Roch Aubin rounding out the top 5.

358 Modified: BILLY DUNN, Mario Clair, Brian McDonald, Chris Raabe, Carey Terrance, Tom Conklin, Jeff Sykes, Joel Doiron, Justin Lalancette, Casey Swamp, Jordan McCreadie, Luke Stewart, Tom Benedict, Lee Miller, David Papineau, Larry Welling, Gilles Godard, Travis Stacey, Jenna David

Sportsman - DYLAN EVOY, Louie Jackson, Corey Winters, Robert Delormier, Zach Arquiett, Wyatt Mullin, Neal Provost, Billy Cook, Nolan Swamp, Thomas Cook, Mike Arquiett, Ronnie Tyo, Delbert Legrow Jr.,  Ricky Thompson, Jasmine David, Scott Mere, Josh Brockway, Ryan Helm

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RUDOLPH, FRIESEN, TAKE WINS AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY – Frank’s Market Place and WGR 550 presented a Full Card of Racing last Friday night as Mother Nature provided what might have been the best night of the year weather wise.  The tenth of a scheduled twelve shows was completed as eighty-four cars signed in pit side set for competition in the Mighty Taco Modifieds, Investor’s Services Sportsman, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks, and Gippster’s Collision 4 Bangers. 

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY collected win number two on the season aboard the Mighty Taco Modified class. The top three of Jeff McGinnis, Robbie Krull, and Rudolph gave the fans their monies worth as they ran in a tight battle through the first half of the thirty lap event.  You could have put a blanket over this trio as they ran high, low, and everywhere in between dicing for the top spot.  Rudolph would make the move stick on a lap fourteen restart and go on to win aboard his Snyder Industries sponsored #25 Bicknell chassis. Speaking of Bicknell – defending champion Pete Bicknell came home in second followed by McGinnis, Tommy Flannagan, and Krull.


James Michael Friesen claimed his third win of the season in the Investor’s Services Sportsman main.  Friesen took the lead away from rookie Derrick Borkenhangen on lap seven and held it the remaining distance.  The battle for that top spot was one that brought the fans to their feet as Borkenhagnen, Friesen, and defending champion Don Spatorico ran three wide for the lead.  Friesen would use a move to the inside of Brokenhagen to take over the lead position and held it to the finish.  Nate Reynolds advanced from his eighth starting position to claim the runner up spot.  Greg Martin passed defending champion Spatorico in the closing laps for third.  Spatorico would finish in fourth followed by Jesse Cotriss.  The top four in points finished in the top six positions keeping the points battle ever so tight.

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – ERICK RUDOLPH, Pete Bicknell, Jeff McGinnis, Tommy Flannagan, Robbie Krull, Ryan Susice, Chad Brachmann, Todd Burley, Scott Kerwin, Brian Sage, Ricky Richner, Justin Wright, Steve Miller, Steve Schumacher, John Smith, and Nick Joy.  Heat Winners – Jeff McGinnis and Robbie Krull.  Rick Wilkinson Modified Dash for Cash – Robbie Krull.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – JAMES MICHAEL FRIESEN, Nate Reynolds, Greg Martin, Don Spatorico, Jesse Cotriss, Boyd MacTavish, James Henry, Justin Sharp, Billy Coleman, Kevin Wills, Chris Burek, Adam Hilton, Matt Farnham, Andy Smith, Rob Clark, Derrick Borkenhagen, Brett Martin, Phil Vigneri III, and Jim Zimmerman.  Heat Winners – Brett Martin, Derrick Borkenhagen, and Don Spatorico.

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Mohawk International Raceway and Within Reason Delivery Present a Full Program This Friday Night

AKWESASNE, NY – Last weekend’s events at Mohawk International Raceway presented some epic battles, with Billy Dunn taking the win in the second round of the Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” Series and Jenna David capturing her first ever Sportsman feature win.  Stephane Lebrun, Dan Ferguson and Jean Marc Larose all celebrated feature wins on a thrilling night that was capped off by a fantastic fireworks display.

Within Reason Delivery will be on hand at Mohawk International Raceway featuring a full program of Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Bandits and Mod Lites as well as the Sportsman division, who were not originally on the schedule for this night.  By popular demand, they have been added to this week’s schedule with a non-points event.  The top cars from each heat race will redraw for the top 12 starting positions for the 20 lap feature.

Pit Gates and Spectator area will open at 4pm.  Heat race action will get underway at 7:30pm.  Pit Admission is $25 with DIRTcar License and $30 without.  Grandstand Admission is only $12 with children 12 and under admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

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TRIPLEHEADER STOCK CAR RACING ACTION RETURNS TO GRANDVIEW SATURDAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 10, 2013 . . . The close point battle between point leader Duane Howard and challenger Craig VonDohren continues as NASCAR Whelen All American 358 Modifieds are back in action this Saturday, July 13th at Grandview Speedway. So far this season Howard, the defending champion, has been to victory lane six times while VonDohren, a six time track champion, has won four feature races including last Saturday’s. The season is now well into the second half and could see talents such as Jeff Strunk, Meme DeSantis, Frank Cozze, Doug Manmiller and others make a charge toward the championship.

In addition to the excitement created by the Howard/VonDohren and others title battle, the Sportsman stock cars will return after a week off. Jared Umbenhauer is the point leader and has tallied three feature wins this season. He is the defending champion of the Sportsman division. Chuck Schutz has a healthy point lead in the Late Model division and the six time champion and defending champ will be looking for his fourth feature win for the season.

At least 14 events of racing featuring close to 90 race cars will be included in the Saturday night  action being sponsored by Whelen Engineering and getting started at 7:30 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. and a driver meet and greet will take place at the same time. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 12 and under will be admitted free. Active military are admitted FREE when displaying a valid current military ID.

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Chad Brachmann Beats Dale Planck to Win 358-Modified Series at Ransomville Speedway

Sanborn Driver Battles Traffic, Caution-Riddled 75-Laps to Take Tour Event

RANSOMVILLE, N. Y. - Friday, July 5, 2013 - Ransomville Speedway's Battle at the Border Wednesday, July 3, spelled redemption for 358-Modified driver Chad Brachmann. After a disappointing run in the first of three races at the speedway, finishing 11th in the Modified feature Tuesday, Brachmann and his team put all the effort they had into tweaking the Mighty Taco 3B, and it showed Wednesday when he took the win in the coveted DIRTcar 358-Modified Series race.

"After last night, we were all down in the dumps about how poorly we finished," Brachmann said after Wednesday's race. "We went back to the shop today, we worked real hard and it paid off."

The small block Modified tour race brought some of the best drivers to the western New York track to compete in a 75-lap feature, and Brachmann faced the likes of Dale Planck, Tim McCreadie, Danny Johnson, Stewart Friesen, and Billy Decker in his ride to the finish Wednesday night.

Brachmann qualified for the redraw after a second-place finish in his heat, and drew the second spot with Planck starting on the pole. Planck kept the top spot on the green, and kept it after a double-file restart in lap 2. However, lap 4 spelled trouble for Mario Clair and Zach Aubertine, who got in a tangle in turn 3. On the following restart, Brachmann usurped the lead and never looked back.

The leaders faced heavy lapped traffic going into lap 14, Planck still in second after Brachmann and Phelps in third. Brachmann deftly maneuvered lapped cars and stayed out of trouble as a car hit the outside wall in lap 22 to bring out another yellow and a pileup in lap 30 caused the red flag to be waved. Steve Schumacher and Aubertine collided, causing Aubertine's 03 to flip and bring the red.

"It got a little crazy out there," Brachmann said, "but I just figured I just had to bide my time and not do anything stupid, and keep the car clean."

Another collision in lap 31, involving Rob Krull, Todd Gordon, and John Smith brought out the yellow flag again, but Brachmann again avoided the wreck and stayed in the lead on the restart.

Lapped traffic again posed a challenge for leaders Brachmann and Planck in lap 44, but Brachmann was strong on the outside and able to get around cars without much trouble. In lap 49, Johnson slowed off pace to bring out the hello and in 54 the 38 of Susice caught fire to bring the seventh caution of the race.

The last laps of the race remained caution-free, and Brachmann stayed ahead of Planck to take the win at the checkered flag. Planck was second and "Mr. Small Block" Pete Bicknell picked up the third spot. Jimmy Phelps in fourth and Jeff McGinnis round out the top five.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series travels north of the border for a 125-lap feature Sunday, September 1, at Cornwall Motor Speedway.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series - Round 3
Ransomville Speedway
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

1. 3B Chad Brachmann - Sanborn, N. Y.
2. 7z Dale Planck - Cortland, N. Y.
3. 42 Pete Bicknell - St. Catharines, Ontario
4. 99J Jimmy Phelps - Baldwinsville, N. Y.
5. 1R Jeff McGinnis - Ransomville, N. Y.
6. 12 Chad Chevalier - Port Colborne, Ontario
7. 7K Scott Kerwin - Newfane, N. Y.
8. 25 Erick Rudolph - Ransomville, N. Y.
9. 72 Tommy Flannigan - St. Catharines, Ontario
10. 66x Carey Terrance - Hogansburg, N. Y.
11. 91 Billy Decker - Sidney, N. Y.
12. 6 Mat Williamson - St. Catherines, Ontario
13. 123 Rob Krull - Cambria, N. Y.
14. 44v Phil Vigners - Elba, N. Y.
15. 22c Mario Clair - Drummondville, Quebec
16. 37 David Hebert - St. Damase, Quebec
17. 26 Ricky Richner - Niagara Falls, N. Y.
18. 56 Steve Schumacher - North Tonawanda, N. Y.
19. R70 Ryan Arbithnot - Renfrew, Ontario
20. 64 Daniel Nadeau - Marieville, Quebec
21. 16B Todd Burley - Spencerport, N. Y.
22. 28 Todd Gordon - Thorold, Ontario
23. 38 Ryan Susice - Ransomville, N. Y.
24. 71 Mike Bowman - St. Catharines, Ontario
25. 27J Danny Johnson - Rochester, N. Y.
26. 7m Tim McCreadie - Watertown, N. Y.
27. 08 Mark D'Ilario
28. 678 John Smith - Niagara Falls, N. Y.
29. 03 Zach Aubertine - Chaumont, N. Y.
30. 44 Stewart Friesen - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Did Not Qualify:

12 Brian Sage - Brockport, N. Y.

45 Mike Ward

12j Nick Joy - Lyndonville, N. Y.

11 Brett Clarke

11J Justin Wright - Piffard, N. Y.

21k Randy Chrysler - Tuscarora Nation

B-Main 1: Nadeau, Decker, McGinnis, D'Ilario, Hebert, Ward, Clark

B-Main 2: Schumacker, Kerwin, Aubertine, Bowman, Williamson, Wright

Heat 1: Gordon, Rudolph, Planck, Friesen, Burley, Decker, D'Ilario, Clark

Heat 2: Clair, Chevalier, Smith, Susice, Arbithnot, Hebert, Ward

Heat 3: Johnson, Bicknell, McCreadie, Terrance, Krull, Schumacher, Wright, Sage, Williamson

Heat 4: Vigners, Brachmann, Phelps, Flannigan, Richner, Kerwin, Aubertine, Bowman, Joy

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Schedule DATE TRACK LOCATION LAPS WINNER
Sun. May 19 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall, Ont. 100 (Postponed to July 1)
Mon. May 20 Merrittville Speedway Thorold, Ont. 100 Matt Sheppard
Mon. July 1 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall, Ont. 100 Matt Sheppard
Wed. July 3 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville. N. Y. 75 Chad Brachmann
Sun. Sept. 1 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall, Ont. 125 -
Fri. Sept. 6 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville, Que. 75 -
Fri. Sept. 13 Mohawk International Raceway Akwesasne, N. Y. 100 -
Fri. Sept. 20 Le RPM Speedway St-Marcel De Richelieu, Que. 100 -
Sat. Sept. 21 Brighton Speedway Brigton, Ont. 100 -
Wed. Oct. 9 Cayuga County Fair Speedway Weedsport, N. Y. 75 -
Thurs. Oct. 10 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge, N. Y. 75 -
Sat. Oct. 12 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, N. Y. 150 -
Sat. Oct. 19 Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville, Ont. 100

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Mohawk International Raceway and Frenchie’s Chevrolet Presents Round 2 of the Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” 358 Modified Series and Independence Day Weekend Fireworks Display

AKWESASNE, NY – Mohawk International Raceway along with Frenchie’s Chevrolet returns to action tomorrow night with the second round of the Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” 358 Modified Series along with a full program for Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Mod Lites and Bandits.  We will also celebrate our Independence Day Weekend with an exciting Fireworks display.

After getting rained out last week, Mohawk Raceway officials are looking forward to getting back to racing this week.  Last year’s Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” 358 Modified Series champion and Mohawk Raceway Track Champion Billy Dunn won the first event of the 2013 Frenchie’s Series earlier this season and will be looking to capture the 50 lap feature win.  It wont be an easy task though, as a great field of cars will be on hand looking to take the win including 4 time Frenchie’s feature winner Carey Terrance, two time winner Chris Raabe as well as Roy Tarbell and Brian McDonald who both have Frenchie’s series victories to their credit.  Dale Planck (3 wins) and Matt Billings also have Frenchie’s Series feature wins.

The Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” Series began in 2009 as Roy Tarbell took home the inaugural championship.  Todd Stone claimed back to back titles in 2010 and 2011.  Billy Dunn won the championship in a very close battle on the final night last season.

Pit Gates and Spectator area will open at 4pm.  Heat race action will get underway at 7:30pm.  Pit Admission is $30 with DIRTcar License and $35 without.  Grandstand Admission is only $20 with children 12 and under is just $5.

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Post-Race Inspection Findings Result in Fine, Point Reduction for Matt Sheppard

WEEDSPORT, N. Y. - July 2, 2013 - Due to a post-race inspection violation within a DIRTcar 358 "Spec" cylinder head, Matt Sheppard, the winner of the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series race at Cornwall Motor Speedway Monday, July 1, will be fined $4,000 and 100 points.

Below are official point standings after the above stated deduction.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Point Standings, as of July 2, 2013
1.  Mat Williamson  180 
1.  Jimmy Phelps  180 
1.  Danny Johnson  180 
4.  Mario Clair  122 
5.  Carey Terrance  120 
6.  Erick Rudolph  116
6.  Brett Hearn  116 
8.  Mike Bowman  108
9.  Billy Dunn  105
10. Matt Sheppard  100

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Matt Sheppard Charges for the Win in 358-Modified Series at Cornwall Motor Speedway

Last-Lap Challenge to Phelps Brings Sheppard to Victory Lane

CORNWALL, ONTARIO - Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - In a late-race challenge against Jimmy Phelps, Matt Sheppard took the lead to win the Monday, July 2, DIRTcar 358-Modified Series race at Cornwall Motor Speedway. With just three laps to go, Sheppard cruised around Phelps on the outside of Cornwall's quarter-mile to usurp the win.

Sheppard started ninth in the grid for Monday's feature, and worked his way up during the 100-lap race. Local Cornwall racer Brian McDonald drew the pole, and claimed the lead at the green flag, followed closely by Phelps.

A lap 2 caution slowed the pace as several cars came together midfield. Tim O'Brien and Jeff Sykes went into the wall outside turn 1 and were towed off the track, as was Pete Britten's 21a. The 72 of Tommy Flannigan came out with a flat and the 7z of Dale Planck was able to stay on the track.

McDonald kept his position on the restart, but Phelps fell to third after a strong restart for Luke Whittaker. Mike Bowman was fourth off the restart and Sheppard fifth.

With several caution-free laps at hand, Phelps gained the momentum to challenge Whittaker for the second spot in lap 14, taking the top groove. Whittaker stayed strong on the bottom, but not strong enough to fend off Phelps, who passed him in lap 17. Baldwinsville's Phelps charged forward, challenging McDonald, racing side-by-side until he could take the lead in lap 26.

The yellow flag waved as Whittaker pulled into the pits with mechanical issues. Phelps maintained his spot in the lap 31 restart, followed by McDonald in second, Sheppard in third, and Mat Williamson in fourth.

With some laps under his belt, Sheppard was able to gain enough speed to challenge McDonald for second in lap 43 and pass him in turn 1 of lap 44. By lap 54, Sheppard and Phelps were practically nose-to-tail, both battling through lapped traffic.

A caution in lap 63 brought the field back together for a double-file restart. Phelps chose the inside pole, but trouble off the restart as Kayle Robidoux and Carey Terrance made contact brought the field back to yellow. Phelps kept his lead on the subsequent lap 76 restart, staying ahead of a strong Sheppard. McDonald, however, was no match for Williamson, who charged ahead and made the pass for third place in lap 84.

Meanwhile, Phelps had a narrow lead over Sheppard, and, with just three laps to go, Sheppard gained the speed he needed to pass Phelps on the outside. Phelps wasn't letting it go easy, and made several charges against Sheppard, one last-lap charge so risky that it lost him second place to Mat Williamson.

"It was a great race. It was fun to watch Matt and Jimmy battle it out," said Williamson, of St. Catharines, Ontario, happy with his second-place finish. "I just had to take advantage of Jimmy slipping up there on the last lap. I'm just fortunate to be up here. Lately we haven't been running well, so it's a great bounce back."

Phelps, third at the checkered, was aiming for a win over rival Sheppard, but was happy with a podium finish and ready to learn from the experience.

"We picked the wrong line there in the lapped traffic, and that's the way it goes," said Phelps. "We had a really good car, we had a car good enough to win, but that's what happens sometimes when you're leading - you really don't know what's going on behind you."

Rounding out the top 5 in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature from Monday are Danny Johnson in fourth and Carey Terrance in fifth.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series continues with the Battle at the Border Wednesday, July 3, at Ransomville Speedway. For more information about the DIRTcar Sportsman Series, visit www.dirtcarump.com. For the latest news and updates about the series, follow @DIRTcarNE on Twitter and "DIRTcar Racing" on Facebook.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series
Cornwall Motor Speedway
July 1, 2013
A-Main
1. 9s Matt Sheppard - Waterloo, N. Y.
2. 6 Mat Williamson - St. Catharines, Ontario
3. 99J Jimmy Phelps - Baldwinsville, N. Y.
4. 14 Danny Johnson - Rochester, N. Y.
5. 66x Carey Terrance - Hogansburg, N. Y.
6. 25 Erick Rudolph - Ransomville, N. Y.
7. 151 Brian McDonald - Cornwall, Ontario
8. 71 Mike Bowman - St. Catharines, Ontario
9. 01 Chris Raabe - Napanee, Ontario
10. 115 Shephane LaFrance - St. Albert, Ontario
11. 22c Mario Clair - Drummondville, Quebec
12. 23 Laurent Ladouceur - Alexandria, Ontario
13. 66 Kyle Dingwall - South Dundas, Ontario
14. 74 Matt Billings - Brockville, Ontario
15. R70 Ryan Arbithnot - Renfrew, Ontario
16. 46 Kayle Robidoux- St. Constant, Quebec
17. 21 Yan Bussiere - Drummondville, Quebec
18. 1H David Hebert - St-Damase, Quebec
19. 4J Jeff Sykes - Edwards, N. Y.
20. 23b Dany Bilodeau - Victoriaville, Quebec
21. 72 Tommy Flannigan - Port Robinson, Ontario
22. 22J Jeremy Wilder - Fort Plain, N. Y.
23. 7z Dale Planck - Cortland, N. Y.
24. 20 Brett Hearn - Sussex, N. J
25. 17d Danny O'Brien - Iverary, Ontario
26. 38 Luke Whittaker - Iroquois, Ontario
27. 21a Pete Britten - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
28. 49 Billy Dunn - Watertown, N. Y.
29. 88 Tim O'Brien - Kingston, Ontario
30. 73 Alain Boisvert - Lachine, Quebec

Did not qualify:

54 Steve Bernard - Granby, Quebec

5 David Cote - Acton Vale, Quebec

97 Michel Chicoine - Ste-Cecile De Milton, Quebec

64 Daniel Nadeau - Marieville, Quebec

27T Travis Stacey - Kahnawake, Quebec

27 Gilles Godard - Summerstown, Ontario

124 Pierre Dagenais - Gatineau, Quebec

10R Gabriel Richer - Les Coteaux, Quebec

39a Alan Therrien - Victoriaville, Quebec

17 Marc Therrien - Williamstown, Ontario

98L Justin Lalancette - St. Andrews, Ontario

40 Joel Doiron - Alexandria, Ontario

188 David Papineau - Akwesasne, Ontario

39 Clement Therrien - Victoriaville, Quebec

03 Zach Aubertine - Chaumont, N. Y.

21k Randy Chrysler - Lewiston, N. Y.

24b Roger Levesque - Kingston, Ontario

Heat 1: 9s Matt Sheppard; 2. 38 Luke Whittaker; 3. 66x Carey Terrance; 4. 7z Dale Planck; 5. 1H David Hebert; 6. 4J Jeff Sykes; 7. 25 Erick Rudolph; 8. 49 Billy Dunn; 9. 54 Steve Bernard; 10. 5 David Cote

Heat 2: 1. 99J Jimmy Phelps; 2. 20 Brett Hearn; 3. 21 Yan Bussiere; 4. 74 Matt Billings; 5. 72 Tommy Flannigan; 6. 73 Alain Boisvert; 7. 64 Daniel Nadeaeu; 8. 97 Michel Chicoine; 9. 27T Travis Stracey

Heat 3: 1. 22c Mario Clair; 2. 71 Mike Bowman; 3. 46 Kayle Robidoux; 4. 23b Dany Bilodeau; 5. 124 Pierre Dagenais; 6. 23 Laurent Ladouceur; 7. 66 Kyle Dingwall; 8. 27 Gilles Godard; 9. 10R Gabriel Richer

Heat 4: 1. 115 Stephane LaFrance; 2. 6 Mat Williamson; 3. 01 Chris Raabe; 4. R70 Ryan Arbithnot; 5. 17 Marc Therrien; 6. 40 Joel Doiron; 7. 39a Alan Therrien; 8. 188 David Papineau; 9. 98H Justin Lalancette

Heat 5: 1. 151 Brian McDonald; 2. 14 Danny Johnson; 3. 17d Danny O'Brien; 4. 21a Pete Britten; 5. 22J Jeremy WIlder; 6. 88 TIm O'Brien; 7. 39 Clement Therrien; 8. 03 Zach Aubertine; 9. 21k Randy Chrysler; 10. 24b Roger Levesque

B-Main 1: 1. 1H David Hebert; 2. 22J Jeremy Wilder; 3. 66 Kyle Dingwall; 4. 25 Erick Rudolph; 5. 73 Alain Boisvert; 6. 97 Michel Chicoine; 7. 21k Randy Chrysler; 8. 54 Steve Bernard; 9. 124 Pierre Dagenais; 10. 10R Gabriel Richer; 11. 98H Justin Lalancette; 12. 39a Alan Therrien; 13. 39 Clement Therrien; 14. 17 Marc Therrien

B-Main 2: 1. 23 Laurent Ladouceur; 2. 72 Tommy Flannigan; 3. 49 Billy Dunn; 4. 88 Tim O'Brien; 5. 4J Jeff Sykes; 6. 5 David Cote; 7. 03 Zach Aubertine; 8. 40 Joel Doiron; 9. 27 Gilles Godard; 10. 188 David Papineau; 11. 24b Roger Levesque; 12. 27T Travis Stacey; 13. 64 Daniel Nadeau

Time Trials: 1. 9s Matt Sheppard, 14.115; 2. 151 Brian McDonald, 14.305; 3. 99J Jimmy Phelps, 14.320; 4. 1H David Hebert, 14.381; 5. 14 Danny Johnson, 14.407; 6. 21 Yan Bussiere, 14.417; 7. 115 Stephane LeFrance, 14.435; 8. 66x Carey Terrance, 14.436; 9. 20 Brett Hearn, 14.459; 10. 22c Mario Clair, 14.469; 11. 17d Danny O'Brien, 14.470; 12. 21a Pete Britten, 14.488; 13. 38 Luke Whittaker, 14.503; 14. 23b Dany Bilodeau, 14.540; 15. 49 Billy Dunn, 14.551; 16. 01 Chris Raabe, 14.561; 17. 72 Tommy Flannigan, 14.630; 18. 6 Mat Williamson, 14.650; 19. 4J Jeff Sykes, 14.672; 20. 97 Michel Chicoine, 14.673; 21. 39 Clement Therrien, 14.675; 22. 03 Zach Aubertine, 14.681; 23. 71 Mike Bowman, 14.717; 24. 39a Alan Therrien, 14.733; 25. 7z Dale Planck, 14.766; 26. 22J Jeremy Wilder, 14.792; 27. 54 Steve Bernard, 14.809; 28. 27 Gilles Godard, 14.814; 29. 23 Laurent Ladoueur, 14.836; 30. 66 Kyle Dingwall, 14.856; 31. 74 Matt Billings, 14.885; 32. 73 Alain Boisvert, 14.904; 33. R70 Ryan Arbithnot, 14.909; 34. 124 Pierre Dagenais, 14.924; 35. 25 Erick Rudolph, 14.930; 36. 21k Randy Chrysler, 14.940; 37. 88 Tim O'Brien, 14.952; 38. 46 Kayle Robidoux, 14.956; 39. 17 Marc Therrien, 14.973; 40. 5 David Cote, 14.990; 41. 98L Justin Lalancette, 15.036; 42. 40 Joel Doiron, 15.115; 43. 64 Daniel Nadeau, 15.126; 44. 10R Gabriel Richer, 15.146; 46. 27T Travis Stacey, 15.464; 47. 188 David Papineau, 15.563; 47. 24b Roger Levesque, 15.761

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PHIL VIGNERI WINS FIRST 358 MODIFIED FEATURE AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY
 

Ransomville, NY – Tuesday, July 02, 2013 – Ransomville Speedway kicked off “Ironman Week” this past Tuesday with a scheduled rain-out make up show.  It would be the first of a three race event week that included the 4th annual Battle at the Border.  Dig Safely NY presented a Full card of Mighty Taco Modifieds, Investor’s Services Sportsman, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks, and Gippster’s Collision 4 Bangers plus an Open Wheel Pit Crew Competition.  A total of eight-six cars signed in pitside to kick off the three event week. 
 
Phil Vigneri Jr. captured his very first 358 Modified win last Tuesday aboard the Mighty Taco Modified division.  What a win it was!  Vigneri took the lead at the drop of the green and quickly pulled away.  Vigneri would lead every lap of the thirty lap main on his way to collecting the very exciting win aboard his Oak Orchard sponsored #44v.  Vigneri was joined pitside by his very happy crew.  Rich Vinson came home in second followed by Tommy Flannagan.  Ryan Susice came from ninth to finish fourth followed by points leader Erick Rudolph. 

Kevin Wills of Ransomville, NY notched his first win of the season aboard the Investor’s Services Sportsman division. Wills claimed the lead at the drop of the green and held it the entire twenty-five laps aboard his JP2 sponsored #51.  Wills would set a blistering pace up front as he led son Allan through the middle stages of the event.  A late race caution bunched up the field allowing Billy Coleman to challenge for the runner up position.  Coleman would make the pass on the younger Will and secure the second place finish as Kevin collected the win.  Allan held on for third followed by Bob Winters and Boyd MacTavish.  MacTavish was fresh off a second place finish aboard the Super DIRTcar series in Cornwall the night prior making him the unofficial point’s leader of the Series.   A season high of 24 cars took the green.

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – PHIL VIGNERI JR., Rich Vinson, Tommy Flannagan, Ryan Susice, Erick Rudolph, Brian Sage, Steve Schumacher, Todd Burley, Stew Friesen, Pete Bicknell, Chad Brachmann, Scott Kerwin, Justin Wright, Ricky Richner, Jeff McGinnis, Nick Joy, John Smith, David Nadeau, and Robbie Krull. Heat Winners – Nick Joy and Phil Vigneri Jr. 

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – KEVIN WILLS, Billy Coleman, Allan Wills, Bob Winters, Boyd MacTavish, Rob Clarke, Don Spatorico, Brett Martin, Chris Burek, Phil Vigneri III, Dave Conant, James Michael Friesen, Jesse Cotriss, Adam Hilton, Greg Martin, James Henry, Derrick Borkenhagen, Andy Smith, Matt Farnham, Justin Sharp, Nate Reynolds, Mike Williams, Jim Zimmerman, and Scott George. Heat Winners – Allan Wills, Rob Winters, and Rob Clark.

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New Egypt Speedway Honoring Our Nation’s Military with Military Heroes 30 Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project

New Egypt, NJ-- July 1, 2013--   This Saturday night, New Egypt Speedway will honor our nation’s military with the first annual Military Heroes 30 race benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project and sponsored by Premio Foods. $2 from every admission sold will go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Racing Saturday night will be the URC Sprints, the 358 Modifieds, and Modified Match Races. There will also be a huge fireworks display after the final race of the night.

Beginning at 2 pm in the picnic area of the Speedway will be Fan Fest. Drivers will have their cars on display and will be signing autographs until 4 pm. There will be
tons of t-shirt, ticket, and children’s giveaways and DJ ODB will be on hand. There will also be a silent auction featuring autographed t-shirts from special events including the New Egypt Speedway World of Outlaw event, Grandview Speedway’s USAC event, and the Dirty Jersey 60 event. All proceeds from the auction will also go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

As a thank you to our nation’s military, any service men and women in uniform will receive a free sausage sandwich, bag of chips, and a soda courtesy of our sponsors Premio Foods, The Snack Shack, and Earl Megill’s Clutter Room Collectables. All active and retired military and their spouses with proper ID will receive half price general admission of $12. There will also be a special guest speaking at intermission about how the Wounded Warrior Project helped him during his time served overseas.

The first 150 adults through the general admission gates will receive a free can coolie courtesy of Black Flag Racing and the first 200 children through the general admission gates will receive a free glow stick courtesy of driver Neal Williams. There will also be a special gift card giveaway for anyone who brings in their wrist bands from Tuesday’s Grandview Speedway event, Wednesday’s Bridgeport Speedway event, or Friday’s Georgetown Speedway event. Bring your wristband with your name and telephone number on the back, drop it into the bucket located at the front ticket entrance and be entered to win one of ten $20 gift cards to Wawa, Applebee’s, Texas Roadhouse, BP Gas Stations, or Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

At intermission there will be a Premio Foods sponsored Sausage Eating Contest with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. There are a total of 15 spots available for the contest and anyone looking to enter should call the Speedway office at 609-758-1900 or email at nesoffice@comcast.net. All participants must be 18 years or older.

Pit gates open at 1:30 pm, front gates open at 2 pm, hot laps are at 5:15 pm, and the first green flag waves at 6 pm. Adults are $25, seniors 65 and older are $23,
teens 12-15 are $10, and children 11 and under are free.

For more information on the Military Heroes 30, visit our website www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on
Twitter @nesspeedway.

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New Egypt Speedway
358 Modifieds points

1 Ryan Godown**** 525
2 Billy Pauch** 524
3 Neal Williams* 482
4 Gary Butler** 477
5 David Van Horn 471
6 Willie Osmun* 469
7 Ron John Koczon 468
8 Sammy Piazza 457
9 Rocco Infante* 447
10 Tad Cox 446
11 Tim Apgar 428
12 John Stangle 422
13 John McClelland 416
14 Tommy Farrell III 379
15 Doug Ostwald 368
16 Rick Holsten 358
17 P.J. Oliver 348
18 Bob Drayton 316
19 Jimmy Blewett 314
20 Chris Grbac 256

(* denotes wins)

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DEWERT BECOMES 6TH DIFFERENT MODIFIED FEATURE WINNER ON JIM WILLIAMS NIGHT.

Waters, Morseman, Mullen, Kriedler III, & McConnell also pick up victories.

Story by Paul Harkenrider

(WOODHULL NY)… A near record crowd was in attendance for the annual Jim Williams Memorial Trophy Races and the popular fireworks extravaganza. Due to rain that pounded the 1/3 oval throughout the whole week and early Saturday morning made track conditions a lot more different than a majority of these drivers are comfortable with. Despite other area tracks already pulling the plug on their Saturday night shows, the Woodhull Raceway was determined to put on a great show for the fans in which they did.

Track conditions were a factor in the Modified class as three quick cautions already occurred on lap number one. Once things got started and drivers got comfortable with the racing surface, it was good clean racing from there on out. In the early going, it seemed to look like Donnie Lawson would be able to pick up his 3rd feature of the year but it was Dylan Dewert’s night to shine and he would join a premier class of other drivers with feature wins this year. Lawson once again finished in the runner up spot; however, he did take over the point lead on Billy VanPelt. Alan Rudalavage, Eric Fisher and Joe Dgein rounded out the top 5.  Frank Dunning, Joe Dgein, and Steve Hartman Jr were the heat winners.

Finally back in victory lane once again as John Waters picked up his 4th feature of the year, once he was able to get out front, Waters was nothing short of dominant in the 25 lap A main. Brian Knowles that led the opening laps finished second, followed by Glen Whritenour, Brady Wonderling and Ray Bliss Jr. Bruce Miller, Carl Hughes and Bliss were the heat winners.

Rostell’s Family Restaurant presents a regular Big 6 Show on July 6th as gates opening at 4:30 and racing starting at 6:30. 

370 Modified Feature: DYLAN DEWERT (1) Donnie Lawson, Alan Rudalavage, Eric Fisher, Joe Dgein, Bobby Davis, Kenny Peoples Jr, Brian Doolittle, Billy VanPelt, Stacey Jackson, Steve Hartman Jr, Dave Dubois, Ron White, Casey Pavlick, Wes Campbell, Frank Dunning, Kevin Chilson, Mike Bills, Bryce Davis, Lee Bills, Jason Knowles, Brady Worthing, Don Lawson, Ray Bliss Jr.

Cars: 25

Heats: Frank Dunning, Joe Dgein, Steve Hartman Jr

360 Late Models  Feature: JOHN WATERS (4) Brian Knowles, Glen Whritenour, Brady Wonderling, Ray Bliss Jr., Bruce Miller, Carl Hughes, Brad LaBarron, Mick Seeley, Steve LeBarron, Carl Cleveland, Jason McGregor, Fred Amman, Frank LeBarron, Jared Hill, Josh Smith, Wally Wade, Buck Payne, Jeremy Wonderling, Cecil LaBarron, Jaye McConnell, Jerry Wilson

Sportsman Feature: ROD MULLEN (1)Brett Buono, Russell Morseman, Brandon Butler, Josh Sawyer, Brady Fultz, Don Knowles, Lynn Burrell, Bob Buono, Josh Keesey, Bob Peoples, Jake Dgein, Dillon Groover, Tim Guild, Chris Fisher, Collin Brown, John Hargrave, Ryan Tracy, Art Goodier, Connor Brown, Josh Butler, Chris Daugherty, Ray Smith, Scott Waters, Roger Williams, Larry Keegan.     DNS: Dave Yehl

Cars: 27

Heats: Chris Daugherty, Brady Fultz, Rod Mullen

Consolation: Connor Brown

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DUANE HOWARD WINS SIXTH MODIFIED FEATURE AT GRANDVIEW, SEAN MERKEL AND KRESSLEY ALSO VISIT VICTORY LANE

BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 30, 2013 . . . “A lot of people thought we were down and out (after not winning for two weeks in a row),” said Duane Howard in victory lane on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway after winning his sixth NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified feature race of the season. Apparently Howard and his team were not down and out as Howard drove the Chad Sinon owned BPG Racing No. 4 from 16th starting spot to take the win in the Bechtelsville Car Wash/A&Z Furniture sponsored feature race.

Sean Merkel drove the Kochel Equipment No. 118 to a win in the 25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature race giving him his first win at Grandview since July, 2007. And Brett Kressley put the Kressley Auto & Truck Sales No.19K in victory lane for the fourth time this season in the 25-lap Sportsman feature race.

Young Todd Smith, a recent Drexel University graduate, charged to the front at the drop of the green for the 28-car starting field in the 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified and set the pace for 19 laps while eventual winner Duane Howard was working his way through the field from his 16th place starting spot. Smith was able to hold off challenges from Mike Laise, Don Norris, Kyle Weiss and Howard for a few laps. On the 20th lap Howard, a five time track champion, charged to the front in Turn 4 with Kyle Weiss close behind.

The final laps saw Howard able to build up a comfortable lead and the have it all wiped out when Doug Manmiller took a wild flip in Turn 1 (he was not injured) and the event was red flagged. On the restart Howard again took command and was able to hold off late race challenges by Weiss and Meme DeSantis to get the victory.

The win put Howard (Oley) back in front in the chase for the lucrative NASCAR 358 Modified title. Craig VonDohren, who led the standings going into the night of racing, finished 19th after a late race pit stop for a flat tire, and that put him 150 points behind Howard. Second spot in the Modified feature went to Weiss (Hamburg) followed by DeSantis (Temple), Tommy Scheetz III (Boyertown) and Mike Gular (Green Lane).

Tom Miller led all the laps except the final two in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature race with Brett Kressley charging to the front from his 13th place starting spot to gain the lead on the 24th circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay track. Once in front the Orefield based racer was able to take his fourth win of the season comfortably ahead of Tom Miller (Barto) followed by Ronnie Krex (Hatfield), Paul Kline (Muhlenberg) and point leader Jared Umbenhauer (Richland). Kressley’s car stopped in Turn 1 after he won and Brett ran to victory lane while his car was being pushed because of a mechanical failure.

In the 25-lap feature for the Late Models veteran racer Sean Merkel put his Kochel Equipment No. 118 in front of the field at the start and led all the laps to win his first of the season and first since 2007. A very happy Gilbertsville based racer said, “It feels great to be back in victory lane. This win will help us as we set up for the big Firecracker 40 coming up on Saturday night.” Merkel had been close to winning a feature a couple of times during the first half of the season. Second spot went to Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) coming from 12th starting spot. Schutz continues to lead the point chase for the Late Models as he chases his seventh title. Kory Fleming (Milford, NJ) finished third followed by Ron Kline (Salford) making his first start of the season in the Late Models and Rick Todorow (Quakertown).

The 12-lap qualifying heats for the Modifieds were won by Jeff Strunk, Don Norris, Jon Kellner Sr. and Mike Laise. The 10-lap consolations for the Modifieds were won by Ray Swinehart and Doug Manmiller. The Bechtelsville Car Wash Cash Dash featuring the Modified heat winners in a 5-lap race, paying $500 to win, was won by Jeff Strunk. Late Model 8-lap qualifiers were won by Sam Schlosberg and Chuck Schultz. Sportsman 8-lap qualifying events were won by Guy Germano, Tom Miller and Erik Renninger with the consolation, an 8-lapper, was won by Craig Whitmoyer.

Coming up on Saturday, July 6th, 7:30 p.m. the Fourth of July Spectacular with great FIREWORKS SHOW, Firecracker 40 for Late Models and NASCAR 358 Modified racing. At least 10 events of racing plus Kory Fleming race team bicycle giveaway and Henning Train Shop Lionel NASCAR trail giveaway.  Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is just $25.00 while young people 6 through 12 pay just $5 and youngsters under 6 are admitted FREE. As gates open there will be drivers doing a meet and greet along with having their race cars on display.

358 MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS:1. Duane Howard 2. Kyle Weiss 3. Meme DeSantis 4. Tommy Sheetz III 5. Mike Gular 6.Jeff Strunk 7. Todd Smith 8. Don Norris Jr. 9. Jon Kellner Sr. 10. Jon Kellner Jr. 11. Kevin Hirthler 12. Jarred Miller 13. Chris Esposito 14. Eric Biehn 15. Ryan Grim 16. John Willman 17. Glenn Owens 18. Terry Meitzler 19. Craig VonDohren 20. Mike Laise 21. Nate Christman 22. Bobby Gunther Walsh 23. Dou Manmiller 24. Ron Seltman 25. Glenn Strunk 26. Frank Cozze 27. Justin Grim 28. Ray Swinehart

SPORTSMAN FEATURE - 25 LAPS:1.Brett Kressley 2. Tom Miller 3. Ron Krex 4. Paul Kline 5. Jared Umbenhauer 6. Craig Whitmoyer 7. Ryan Lilick 8. Kenny Gilmore 9. Guy Germano 10. Mike Lisowski 11. Brian Hirthler 12. Ryan Beltz 13. Michael DeMedio 14. Kevin Beach 15. Scott Davis Sr. 16. Dean Bachman 17. Brandon Whitmoyer 18. Erik Renninger 19. Scott Davis Jr. 20. Jordan Henn 21. Kaitie McCardle 22. Ken Eckert 23. Joe Fanelli 24. Tommy Scheetz II 25. Kyle Borror

LATE MODEL FEATURE - 25 LAPS: 1. Sean Merkel 2. Chuck Schutz 3. Kory Fleming 4. Ron Kline 5. Rick Todorow 6. Mike Kellner 7. Steve Todorow 8. Danny Snyder 9. Steve Nederostek 10. Lou Egrie Sr. 11. Wayne Pfeil 12. Bill Henning 13. Dan Green 14. John Giesler 15. Buddy Mertz 16. Sam Schlosberg 17. Jason Miller

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ALL STARS AND FIREWORKS JULY 6
 
Mercer, PA (June 29, 2013): Mercer Raceway Park lost the June 29 Patriots Night program due to saturated grounds and intermittent showers. Racing will resume on July 6 with the UNOH All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars. The Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Bonnell's Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, and Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks will also be part of the card. Pizza Joe's will present a fireworks spectacular as well.
 
All veterans with identification and scouts in uniform will be admitted free!
 
Gates will open at 4 p.m., practice will start at 6:30, and racing at 7.
 
You can get alerts regarding the cancellation of any racing event at Mercer Raceway Park sent to your smartphones or other electronic devices. Just go to the track's
park.

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MOTHER NATURE CLAIMS THIRD OF SEASON AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY; MANAGEMENT GEARS UP FOR A BIG WEEK TO CELEBRATE JULY 4TH
 

Ransomville, NY - Friday, June 28th - Mother Nature once again played the spoiler all over the Northeast last Friday including Ransomville Speedway.  All night rains on Thursday gave way to gloomy but dry conditions through the early part of Friday giving hope to all.  Unfortunately the rains returned at 3 pm forcing officials to pull the plug on the program slated for June 28th.

Focus immediately turned to the BIG week scheduled for the first of July.   In an effort to make up some of the lost events, the speedway added a show for Tuesday, July 2nd. This will kick off a three day week of racing in the small hamlet of Ransomville located in Western New York.  Dig Safely NY will present a Full Card of Mighty Taco Modifieds, Investors Services Sportsman, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks, Gippster's Collision 4 Bangers, plus an Open Wheel Pit Crew Competition.  Regular admission prices will apply.

The action will return the following night as Waste Management and FinditQuick.com present the 4th annual Battle at the Border featuring twin DIRTcar SDS events - $5000 to WIN 75 lap 358 Modified DIRTcar Series, $1000 to WIN 50 lap Sportsman Series plus the FinditQuick.com Fireballs, and Fireworks.  See invaders Stew Friesen, Danny Johnson, Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, and Dale Planck whom are all expected.  They will take on the likes of points leader Erick Rudolph, defending champion Pete Bicknell, 2011 champion Chad Brachmann and more.  Gates will open early at 4:30 pm, racing is slated for 7:00 pm.   Grandstand admission is $25 for adults, $20 for students and senior citizens, $10 kids 8 - 12, 7 and under is FREE.  A two day pit pass will be available for Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Friday - we will race once again!!  Join us as RPM Property Management and Brad Angelo Lanes Present a Full Card of Mighty Taco Modifieds, Investors Services Sportsman, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks, FinditQuick.com Fireballs, Gippster's Collision 4 Bangers, Kid's Rides, and the Football Demolition Derby.  Regular Admission prices will apply.  ***Adults, Senior Citizens, and Students whom bring their general admission ticket stub from Wednesday, July 3rd will receive a $3 discount off their general admission for Friday. 

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FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA FRIDAY JULY 5TH AT PENN CAN SPEEDWAY

Susquehanna, PA…The month of July starts out at Penn Can Speedway with one of the most anticipated nights of the 2013 season. On Friday July 5th the speedway will present the annual Fireworks Extravaganza. This big night of racing will feature the largest fireworks display in the area. It will also feature some of the finest stock car racing in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and southern tier of New York. The entire night of thrilling racing and the large fireworks presentation is being sponsored by Warner’s gas Service of Vestal, New York.

“Two years ago we went out and switch suppliers for our fireworks night,” explains Reed Miller. “For the last two seasons ZY Pyrotechnics of Wapwallopen, PA put on one of the best shows ever seen at Penn Can Speedway. They will be back better than ever on July 5th.”

The racing action will be just as exciting. The top modified division has produced some very entertaining races with any number of drivers capable of winning the thirty lap feature event. There has not been a repeat winner in the modified division in 2013. The point battle this season is every bit as exciting. Currently 2011 Penn Can champions, Kevin Hartnett leads the battle over Alan Rudalavage, and Bob Trapper.

The featured race of the night will be an exciting 35 lap modified feature event. Joining the modifieds and sportsman on the card of racing will be the street stocks, factory stocks, and four cylinders.

Gates will open at 5:15 with racing at 7:30.

For more information about Penn Can Speedway call the track office at 570-585-9928 or on the web at www.penncan.com.

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY BICYCLE GIVE A WAY ALONG WITH A REGULAR BIG 6 SHOW HEADLINE JULY 13 PROGRAM AT THE WOODHULL RACEWAY

(Woodhull, NY)  Kibbe Concrete in Harrison Valley, Pa. along with the New York State Stock Car Association will present a big night both on and off the track at the Woodhull Raceway on Saturday, July 13, 2011.


Seeing action will be the Insinger Performance 370 Modifieds, the S&W Awards and Photos 360 Late Models, the NAPA Crate Sportsman, the Joe Willcox Performance Street Stocks, the Signs Plus Mini’s along with the LaBarron Brothers Repair and Parts FWD classes.

In addition there will be plenty of excitement for the youngsters in attendance as Santa and Mrs. Claus will make the trek south from their home at the North Pole to help celebrate the tracks Annual Christmas in July celebration.  As in years past track owner, Ted White and a number of track sponsors will give away numerous brand new bicycles to a bunch of lucky kids who register in the three different age brackets.

For Doug Kibbe, his family and staff members it will be their fourth consecutive yearly trip to Woodhull as a nightly event sponsor.  Kibbe Concrete is one of the regions largest suppliers of ready mix concrete serving the Twin Tiers of NY and Pa.

The New York State Stock Car Association has made a huge presence at Woodhull over the past few years and for the second year in a row will be a nightly event sponsor this year joining Kibbe Concrete to help promote the Christmas in July celebration.

Gates for the July 13 event open at 4:30 with the first green flag of the night waving at 6:30 pm. 

For more information simply click on at www.woodhullraceway.com.

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TRIPLEHEADER RACING ACTION FOR THE NASCAR STOCK CARS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 26, 2013 . . . The battle for the very lucrative NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified title continues this Saturday, June 29th, at Grandview Speedway as six time champion Craig VonDohren, the current point leader, is locked in a close battle with five time champion Duane Howard who had led the standings since the beginning of the year until VonDohren took over last Saturday with a fan pleasing feature victory.

VonDohren and Howard will be back at Grandview chasing a win in the 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race with competition coming from some of the best talents in area dirt track stock car racing including Meme DeSantis, Jeff Strunk, Mike Gular, rising star Tommy Scheetz III, Frank Cozze, Tim Buckwalter and a host of others. The Modifieds will also take part in a special five lap Cash Dash which is always of interest to fans in the stands.

The Bechtelsville Car Wash/A & Z Furniture sponsored night will include not only the Modifieds but also racing action featuring the hard charging Sportsman stock cars and the always exciting Late Models. At least 14 events of racing will be presented starting at 7:30 p.m.

Three lucky fans will go home with a pair of tickets to the Pocono 400 IndyCar race sponsored by Sunoco being run on July 7th. The tickets are courtesy of Pocono and WNPV-1440 AM radio, the official area NASCAR radio station.

Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with warm-ups at 6:45 p.m. Adult admission is just $15 with youngsters 12 and under admitted free. Active military personnel showing a current active ID card will be admitted FREE.

Coming up on Saturday, July 6th, 7:30 p.m. is one of the most exciting events of the season with the Thomas Hartnett Thrivent Financial Services of Lansdale, PA sponsoring the 4th of July special show. Included will be the always popular Fireworks display along with the big event of the season for the Late Models, the Firecracker 40 along with racing for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds. Late Model racer Kory Fleming will be giving bicycles to six lucky youngsters and Henning Trains of Lansdale will have three sets of Lionel NASCAR trains, valued at close to $300 each, to give away.

Admission for this special night on Saturday, July 6th is $25 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 thru 12 and free admission for kids under 6. Active military personnel showing a current, active ID card will be admitted FREE.

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NYSSCA Safety Award Night at Woodhull Raceway July 13th

The New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA), an organization that is dedicated to promoting the sport of stock car racing will join forces with Kibbe Concrete of Harrison Valley, Pa to sponsor the Annual Christmas In July Bicycle Give-A-Way at the Woodhull Raceway on Saturday, July 13, 2013.  This is the second year that Woodhull Raceway has been a NYSSCA member track.  There has been a tremendous amount of support from track owners Ted White and Brandi McCutcheon and the track staff and racing community.

The NYSSCA Safety Award Night is a night held at each member track once a year.  The highest finishing NYSSCA member in each feature division receives $75.00; the second highest finishing member receives $25.00.  All first and second place members also receive a NYSSCA hat and yearbook.  There is also a $50.00 “wild card” drawing where all of the names of the NYSSCA drivers, racing that night, are put into a hat and a winner is drawn.

NYSSCA’s most important project was to establish a benefit fund to help members who were injured in race related accidents. This fund provides a $125.00 cash benefit per week for all members injured during a sanctioned racing event and who are unable to work.  Benefits are paid up to 26 weeks.

A NYSSCA Yearbook is published annually which contains a record of all the NYSSCA functions from the previous season.   A NYSSCA Awards Banquet is held each year in January.  The evening includes the much celebrated Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, awards and recognizes the accomplishments of the members.

Membership is open to anyone – drivers, owners, fans, press, sponsors and other members of the racing family. On most Saturday nights you will see Shari Pierson and Mary Woodworth who are the Woodhull  NYSSCA track representatives talking with everyone and signing up new members. The annual membership fee is $25.00 per member.

Gates for the July 13 at Woodhull open at 4:30 with the first green flag of the night waving at 6:30 pm.

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Fireworks and More at Mercer Raceway Park
 
Mercer, PA (June 25, 2013): There will be fireworks on the track and in the sky above, as Mercer Raceway Park celebrates Patriot Night this Saturday, June 29. The Saturday Night Live! racing program will include a huge fireworks spectacular, provided by Pizza Joe's. As an added bonus, all veterans will be admitted free with identification and all scouts will also be admitted free in uniform.

Last weekend, Mercer Raceway Park hosted the Mid-Season Championships. The fans witnessed one of the closest finishes in the history of the speedway, when Eric "Turkey" Williams edged out Jack Sodeman, Jr. by just .003 second to win his first 410 Sprint Car race of the season. Were that not enough excitement for the evening, Kyle Fink banged wheels with race leader Frankie Guidace with a little more than a lap to go as they fought for the victory in the 358 Modifieds. Other winners last time out were Joe McEwen in the Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Rusty Moore in the Stock Cars, Shane Pfeuffer in the Modified Lites, and Alex Paden in the Mini Stocks.
The races last weekend carried double points, and the finishes shook up the points standings in several of the classes.

In the 410 Sprints, Greenville's Williams gained over 40 points on the rest of the field in his quest for a second crown supplied by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and Jim Butch, Inc. The biggest change in this division was Sodeman passing Scott Priester for the second spot. And, don't look now, but Rod George climbed into the top ten with a stirring drive from the rear of the field to garner a top five finish at the checkers.

Other talents expected to compete this weekend include Dan Kuriger, who also lodged a top five in the Mid-Season Championship race, Adam Kekich, Chris Best, Bob McMillin, John McCracken, Jr., and Gale Ruth, Jr. The father and son duo of Brent and Brandon Matus will be looking for top finishes to get back in the points chase. Jason Dolick, Mike Lutz, and many more will be on hand as this will be the final tune-up before the invasion of the UNOH All Stars Circuit of Champions on July 6.

In the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, the hometown hero, Frankie Guidace, has a 100 plus point lead, but now it is Kyle Fink who occupies second. Jeff Schaffer, J.R. McGinley, Jimmy Holden and Lonny Riggs are all within striking distance of Fink, though, as only 22 points separate them. Three younger pilots, Makayla Guidace, Max Smoker, and Shawn Fleeger and joined by Mopar Matt Reeher in the top ten.

Joe McEwen, also of Mercer, leapfrogged young Michael Bauer at the top of the list in the Bonnell's Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. McEwen had a banner weekend, chalking up two feature wins after replacing the camshaft in his car on race day. Jim Morris, C.J. Jones, Andy Feil, Jacob Lagestee, Thomas Sanders, Jacob Gomola, Mike Miller, and Jeff Goodman, Jr. will all challenge McEwen for the top honors.

Can anybody stop Trusty Rusty Moore in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars? Moore is charging towards his third straight championship, and the New Castle veteran leads Curtis J. Bish by 153 markers. Andy Thompson, Bob Schwartzmiller, Leigh Wheeler, Garrett Calvert, Brandon Johnston, and Charlie McMillen will also try to pull off the upset.

With his win, Rochester's Shane Pfeuffer now leads the Bova borthers, Cody and Jacob, by more than 110 points. Pfeuffer is gunning for his first title in the Modified Lites, sponsored by Big Daddy's Speed Center and Rock Concrete. Bill Stivason, Josh Deems, Cory Webb, and former champ Darin Gallagher will be among the challengers.

Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles present the Mini Stocks, and Jamey Lee leads that parade.Tyler Fulton, Rudy Troples, Wally Stearns, Pete Blazak, and Ed Haylett are among those who can pull into victory lane. Patricia Riffe and Alex Paden are two younger drivers who test their mettle each week against the more seasoned racers.

The gates will open at 4 p.m., practice starts at 6:30, and racing will follow at 7.

There will be no increase in ticket pricing for the holiday celebration. That's right, adults will be admitted for only $13, seniors (60+) for $11, and students (9-15) for $5. Children (8 and under) are free. The economical Family Pass will be $28, which is good for two adults and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will cost $25.
The first of two visits by the touring 410 Sprinters of the University of Northwestern Ohio All Stars Circuit of Champions will take place on July 6, so circle that date on your racing calendars. Can Williams and company defend the home turf? Or, will one of the All Stars bank the $5,000 paycheck? Two of them have gotten to Mercer's victory lane already in 2013, including Cap Henry and Pittsburgh's Danny Holtgraver. Plus, Dale Blaney and Tim Shaffer, two of the best in the business, have countless laps around the tricky oval. This will be a can't miss event.

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Big Diamond Speedway
358 Modified Point Standings

1) 1c Craig Von Dohren 2303
2) 4* Jeff Strunk      2199
3) 88d Meme Desantis    2057
4) 46 Doug Manmiller   1952
5) 357 Frank Cozze      1871
6) 3a Kevin Albert Jr. 1611
7) F15 Dale Hartz       1584
8) 33 Ray Swinehart    1545
9) 5 Ricky Yetter     1523
10) 7 Kevin Smith      1462

Sportsman Modified
1) 16d/11 Jared Umbenhauer 2027
2) 72 Ray Woodall Jr.  1993
3) 17 Billy Moyer Jr.  1946
4) 17x Kevin Beach Jr.  1868
5) 15 Mike Lisowski    1682
6) T102 Tim Fitzpatrick  1572
7) 2 Mike Glass       1552
8) 64 Wayne Witmer     1521
9) 80 Doug Hendricks   1446
10) 13L Robin Schultz    1371

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POWER, O'BRIEN, BEAT THE WEATHER AT THE BOS

This past Saturday looked like another rainout as a brief shower passed through the speedway before the start of the night. However the skies held off and the fans were treated to yet another fast racing surface, which provided some exciting action in all divisions.

The Rookie Sportsman was first on deck. Richard Raison and Jasmine David led the field to the start of the 15 lap feature event but made heavy contact off turn 4 causing a flat left rear for David. Once the race got going Raison was the class of the field with Josh Powers and Chris Bakker chasing from 2nd and 3rd. Through the midway portion of the event Powers started to charge forward and close in on the battle for the top spot. On lap 10 the great run by Powers came to an end as he slid off turn 1 causing damage to his machine. This brought Jamie Young to 2nd but 3 laps later he lost control of his car in turn 4 bringing out the yellow again. On the final restart Tristan Draper did everything he could get by but Raison soared on for his first win of his career over Draper, Jeremy Coulter, Bakker and Young.

In Sportsman competition Tabatha Murphy and Jessica Power were looking to get their seasons back on track and they made their presence known by jumping out in front of the field over Dana Aikins, Kevan Bennett, and Jonathan Ferguson. The girls started to open up a half straighaway advantage with Power leading and Murphy following from the 2nd spot. The yellow flew on lap 9 for Kevan Bennett who spun in turn 3.  On the restart Power continued her dominant run as she quickly charged to a 4 car length lead over Jonathan Ferguson, Murphy, Sheldon Hoogwerf and Aikins. 3 cautions over the next 3 laps were brought out as turn 3 collected more drivers. Jason Cummings, Kenny Polite, Jason Shipclark, Dana Aikins all were victims of the tricky turn but all were able to continue. At the halfway point Power still held a strong lead but Chris Herbison was on the move. After starting 14th he made his way to 2nd around Ferguson with Murphy and Dylan Evoy coming from 11th on the grid to complete the top 5. Aaron Pugh brought out the yellow on lap 19 as he fell victim to turn 3 while running 7th. 1 lap later the caution flew for a wreck involving Sheldon Hoogwerf in turn 1 as he hit a tire and came back across the track collecting several drivers in the top 10.  All drivers suffered minor damage and continued on. On the final restart Herbision did everything in the books to get by but Power still would not budge from the top side of the speedway as Ferguson, Murphy and Evoy rounded out the top 5. Despite a late yellow with 2 to go nobody had anything left for Powers as she led all 25 laps and put the bad luck behind her for her 3rd career win and first of 2013. Herbison, Ferguson, Evoy and Shane Pecore rounded out the top 5.

Next up was the 358 Modifieds as 2 Kingston Ontario natives Andy Lloyd and Luke Stewart led the field to the green and Stewart rocketed to the number 1 position over Lloyd, Jason Riddell, Pat O'Brien and Bryan Rogers. The first caution came out on lap 4 for Steve Bilow as he spun making slight contact with the wall in turn 4 but was able to continue on. When the green flew again Stewart was looking strong on this night as he rode the cushion to a 4 car length lead over Riddell, Pat O'Brien, Danny O'Brien and Rogers. The man on the charge just before the halfway point was Danny O'Brien however. After starting 9th with a brand new power plant under the hood, was able to run down Stewart and the battle was on for the lead. On lap 16 O'Brien ducked low in turn 1 as Stewart pushed up high allowing the 10 time track champion to grab the lead away. Once in front O'Brien wasted no time putting a full straightway lead on the field with Luke Whitteker coming from 10th to 2nd. Pat O'Brien, Stewart and points leader Lee Gill rounded out the top 5. Even with a late caution and Whitteker closing quickly, Danny O'Brien proved he was the dominant force as he marched on to his 2nd win in the last 4 weeks over Whetteker, Pat O'Brien, Gill and Bobby Herington.

The Go Nuclear Late Model Series was on hand for the 3rd event of the Northern Tour. Charlie Sandercock in a borrowed ride after his primary car experienced motor issues, drew the pole position for the 35 lap event. Sandercock wasted no time jumping out to the early lead over Kyle Sopaz Greg Belyea, Harry Halliday and Caley Weese. Elmer Stevenson brought out the first yellow of the race as he spun in turn 4. Sandercock continued to lead the way on the restart as Sopaz, Halliday, Belyea and Fall Nationals late model winner Dale Caswell completed the top 5. Dave McDonald experienced problems in turn 2 as he hit a tire bringing out the first of 2 straight yellow flags. One lap later Caley Weese and Adam Turner both made contact in turn 4 but were able to continue on. Sandercock was still out in front of the field using the top side of the race track but Caswell began to put the pressure on the Brighton Speedway regular and the battle was on. Caswell tried several attempts on the bottom as the top 2 ran wheel to wheel over the next 4 laps with Sandercock keeping the number 1 position. One driver on the move was World of Outlaw Late Model star and previous nights winner at Mohawk, Chub Frank. After Problems in the heats Frank charged from his 11th starting spot in a Greg Belyea back up car, to break into the top 5 on lap 12. "Chubzilla" could go anywhere on the race track and make passes as he dipped low on lap 19 to get by Caswell for the number 2 spot and the chase was on for the lead. The yellow returned again on lap 20 for Elmer Stevenson as he slowed in turn 2. On the restart Sandercock continued to lead the field but Frank was right there to challege. Frank knew the only way to get by was on the bottom and made several attepmts but Sandercock never backed down and held off the WOO Late Model star for the lead with 10 to go. Sandercock started to put some distance between himself and 2nd place Frank until lap 26 as the yellow flew for a 4 car tangle in turn 4. On the final restart Sandercock drove on with the lead as Chub Frank's run at 2 wins in a row came to an end as he faded to 3rd at the finish. Charlie Sandercock went from a blown motor the night before to victory lane on this night for his first ever Go Nuclear Series win. Caswell came home 2nd with Chub Frank 3rd,Greg Belyea and Harry Halliday rounded out the top 5.

A heavy fog rolled in just before the start of the Rookie feature causing officials to post pone the event to next week.

Next Saturday the 2nd event of the Ford Dingwall Vintage Series will highlight the night along with a full card of racing in all classes puls the annual kids tire race. The green flag drops at 7 pm.

358 Modifeds: DANNY O'BRIEN, Luke Whitteker, Pat O'Brien, Lee Gill, Bobby Herrington, Luke Stewart, Kyle Dingwall, Bryan Rogers, Brian McDonald, Ryan Arbuthnot, Joe Banks, Roger Levesque, Andy Lloyd, Jason Riddell, Steve Bilow, Stephane Lafrance, Tim O'Brien

Go Nuclear Late Models: CHARLIE SANDERCOCK, Dale Caswell, Chub Frank, Greg Belyea, Harry Halliday, Kyle Sopaz, Mat Vanderlinden, Brandon Kidd, Adam Turner, Caley Weese, Mark Rayner, Shane Tenace, Steve Baldwin, AJ Kingsley, Dave McDonald, Brian Down, Dave Talbot, Phil Potts, Rick Miller, Jason McRory, Elmer Stevenson, Brandon Mowat

Sportsman: JESSICA POWER, Chris Herbison, Jonathan Ferguson, Dylan Evoy, Shane Pecore, Tabatha Murphy, Ryan Poole, Jon Mills, Doug O'Blenis, Dana Aikins, Jason Shipclark, Kenny Polite, Steve Barber, Kurtis Lee, Aaron Pugh, Kevan Bennett, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Jason Cummings, Corey Wheeler, Bruce Makinson

Rookie Sportsman:  RICHARD RAISON, Tristan Draper, Jeremy Coulter, Chris Bakker, Jamie Young, Jasmine David, Josh Powers

Rookie-Delayed to 6/29

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UMBENHAUER, VONDOHREN AND SCHUTZ VISIT NASCAR VICTORY LANE ON SATURDAY AT GRANDVIEW
 
BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 23, 2013 . . . Defending NASCAR Sportsman champion Jared Umbenhauer took the win in the biggest event of the season for the Sportsman racers, the Bashore Trucking/BFP Specialties Summer Splash 40-lapper, picking up $1600 for his efforts. Craig VonDohren, a six time track champion, charged off the fourth turn on the final lap of the 30-lap Modified main event, getting by the first and second place cars with the checkered flag in sight, to win his third NASCAR 358 Modified feature of the season and take over the chase for the lucrative Modified point title. And in the 25-lap show topper for the Late Models it was defending champion Chuck Schutz charging to his third win of the season and increasing his lead in the battle for his seventh Late Model championship.

Ronnie Krex took command of the 24 car starting field in the 40-lapper for Sportsman and set a quick pace while Tommy Scheetz II challenged him for more than half of the race. At 22 laps Jared Umbenhauer, coming from 13th starting spot moved into second place and put pressure on the leader. With 25 laps in the record book Umbenhauer was able to charge past Krex for the lead with his Eastern Rigging No. 5 and set the pace for the balance of the almost caution free event. At the finish Kenny Gilmore was putting pressure on the leader. When checkered flag was display Umbenhauer (Richland) was first across the line followed by veteran Gilmore (Fleetwood). Third place went to Paul Kline (Muhlenberg) who challenged the leaders with a late race charge. Fourth place was earned by Ronnie Krex (Hatfield) and Tommy Scheetz II (Boyertown) came home fifth.

 A very excited Jared Umbenhauer had high praise for his crew, the way his car handled as he used the low groove to his benefit and for his sponsors. The $1600 win money included a $100 bonus from TP Trailers of Limerick, PA.

 The 30-lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen 358 Modifieds saw 28 cars take the green with Justin Grim in front of the field for 12 laps before Tommy Scheetz III was able to take the top spot and set the pace for most of the race holding the lead until the final lap when a caution for a truck tire used as an infield marker was pushed onto the track and that created a caution. On the restart Scheetz again charged to the front but Craig VonDohren was able to power his way from third to first as they approached the checkered flag coming off the fourth turn and steal the win away from young Scheetz.

At the finish VonDohren (Oley) had the Kauffman’s BBQ Chicken/Pioneer Pole Buildings No. 1C in front by the narrowest of margins claiming his third win and moving in front of Duane Howard in the chase for the lucrative Modified title. Scheetz held on for what had to be a disappointing second place finish for the Boyertown racer. Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville) had a strong performance to claim third followed by nine time track champion Jeff Strunk (Pottstown) still searching for his first win of the season and Don Norris Jr. (Douglassville).

VonDohren indicated that racing 30-laps, almost non-stop, is tough racing at Grandview. When the victory lane announcer pointed out it was his 301st career win, VonDohren said, “I am not into the numbers I am here to win every night.” The win was worth $2750 to VonDohren including a $250 bonus from TP Trailers of Limerick. He also earned a $150 product certificate from VP Racing Fuels for being the first across the line using VP racing gas.

The 17-car starting field for the 25-lap Late Model feature had Sean Merkel in front for 17 laps while Sam Schlosberg spent 14 laps challenging him. On the 15th lap it was Chuck Schutz charging into second spot and just three laps later Schutz was able to get by Merkel after a three lap battle. Once in front Schutz (Pottstown) was able to hold on to the top spot and get his third win of the season and continue to hold on to his number one spot in the Late Model point standings. Schutz is also number one in the NASCAR National Finalist Division II standings, a title he won last year. Sean Merkel challenged to get the lead back in the closing laps but the Gilbertsville racer had to settle for second. Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) was third followed by Mike Kellner (Lansdale) and Steve Todorow (Quakertown).
 Schutz was a man of few words in victory lane as it was clearly visible that he was battling the flu and looked as if it was clearly determination for another championship that allowed him to finish the race.

Twelve lap qualifying heat races for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds were won by Justin Grim, Jeff Strunk, Kevin Hirthler and Don Norris Jr. The Modified consolation races, each 10 laps, had wins going to Duane Howard and Nate Christman. In the Sportsman eight lap qualifiers the victories were earned by Mike Stringer, Tommy Scheetz II and Dean Bachman. The eight lap consolation with 15 cars starting was won by Craig Whitmoyer. Late Model qualifiers, each 8 laps, were won by Sam Schlosberg and Sean Merkel.

Racing action on Saturday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m. (Warm-ups at 6:45p.m.) Included will be NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman sponsored by Bechtelsville Car Wash/A to Z Furniture. An added attraction will be a five lap Cash Dash for the Modifieds.  At least 14 events of racing. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is just $15.00, youngsters 12 and under are admitted FREE. As gates open there will be drivers doing a meet and greet along with having their race cars on display. Active members of the military showing a a current active military ID card will be admitted FREE.

One of the most popular events of the season comes up on Saturday, July 6, 7:30 p.m. and features NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Firecracker 40 for Late Models plus Fireworks. It will be Tom Harnett, your friendly Thrivent Financial local representative’s Night at the Races. There will be a Kory Fleming kid’s bicycle giveaway and a Henning’s Train Shop Lionel NASCAR Trains giveaway.

358 MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS: 1. Craig VonDohren 2. Tommy Scheetz III 3. Glenn Strunk 4. Jeff Strunk 5. Don Norris Jr. 6. Duane Howard 7. John Willman 8. Meme DeSantis 9. Kevin Hirthler 10. Kyle Follweiler 11. Frank Cozze 12. Doug Manmiller 13. Justin Grim 14. Terry Meitzler 15. Jason Clauss 16. Ryan Grim 17. Mike Gular 18. Jarred Miller 19. Nate Christman 20. Kyle Weiss 21. Chris Esposito 22. Jon Kellner Jr. 23. Ron Seltman 24. Todd Smith 25. Chris Gambler 26. Andy Ressler 27. Bobby Gunther Walsh 28. Ray Swinehart
 
LATE MODEL FEATURE - 25 LAPS:1. Chuck Schutz 2. Sean Merkel 3.Wayne Pfeil 4. Mike Kellner 5. Steve Todorow 6. Sam Schlosberg 7. Jason Miller 8. John Giesler 9. Danny Snyder 10. Dirk Rimrott 11. Kory Fleming 12. Drew Weisser 13. George Irwin 14. Lou Egrie Sr. 15. Buddy Mertz 16. Dan Green 17. Bill Henning  DNS - Rick Todorow
 
SPORTSMAN FEATURE - 40 LAPS: 1. Jared Umbenhauer 2. Kenny Gilmore 3. Paul Kline 4. Ron Krex 5.Tommy Scheetz II 6. Kevin Beach 7. Kyle Borror 8. BradBrightbill 9. Craig Whitmoyer 10. Brett Kressley 11. Kirby Sites 12. Mike Lisowski 13. Ryan Lilick 14. Dean Bachman 15. Joe Fanelli 16. Scott Davis Jr. 17. Jason Neidlinger 18. Erik Neidlinger 19. Scott Davis Sr. 20. Brian Hirthler 21.Jordan Henn 22. Ryan Beltz 23. Kaitie McCardle 24. Mike Stringer
 
UNOFFICIAL  POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR MODIFIEDS
AS OF JUNE 22, 2013
 1. Craig VonDohren, Boyertown, PA #1C 2919***
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4 2886*****
3. Frank Cozze, Easton, PA   #357 2638
4. Jeff Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA #4* 2581
5. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 2455*
6. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D 2445**
7. Nate Christman, Oley, PA  #37 2005
8. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA  #117 1986
9. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K 1936
10. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W 1865
11. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19 1825
12. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA  #53 1811
13. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA  #17 1749
14. Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA  #2 1751
15. Tommy Scheetz III, Boyertown, PA  #22 1477
16. Jarrad Miller, Barto, PA  #917 1454
17. Jon Kellner Sr., Lansdale, PA  #41 1431
18. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA  #976 1427
19. Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, PA   #81 1352
20. Tim Buckwalter, Royersford, PA  #91 1294
21. Kyle Follweiler, Slatington, PA  #42 1264
22. Chris Esposito, Perkasie, PA  #31 1259
23. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA  #33R 1228
24. Ron Seltman, Lower Pottsgrove, PA  #R19 1045
25. Justin Grimm, Orefield, PA  #61 971
26. Addison Meitzler, Kutztown, PA  #21 954
27. Eric Biehn, Barto, PA  Lower Pottsgrove, PA  #87 855
28. Jon Kellner Jr., Lansdale, PA  #67 809
29. Brad Grimm,  Allentown, PA   #611 792
30. Shawn Reimert, Oley, PA   #58S 747
 
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN
 AS OF JUNE 22, 2013
 1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5 2423***
2. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 2280
3. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 2235
4. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA  #B4 2096*
5. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA  #19K 2032***
6. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA  #19 1976
7. Kevin Beach, Minersville, PA  #17X 1901*
8. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 1817
9. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA  #15 1799
10. Paul Kline, Muhlenberg, PA  #14 1724
11. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J, 1501
12. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA  #77H 1419
13. Kaitie McCardle, Honey Brook, PA   #11 1350
14. Dean Bachman, #65 1300
15. Joe Fanelli, Exton, PA  #22 1272
16. Scott Davis, Jr.  Emmaus, PA  #67 1216
17. Ryan Lilick,  Collegeville, PA #142 1210
18. Kirby Sites, Harrisburg, PA  #21K 1205
19. Guy Germano, Richlandtown, PA  #542 1167
20. Kevin Eckert Jr.,  Orwigsville, PA  #29 1121

UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR LATE MODELS
 AS OF JUNE 22, 2013
1. Chuck Schutz, Pottstown, PA  #00 2397***
2. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA  #57 2351**
3. Wayne Pfeil Jr., Mohnton, PA #72 2229
4. Jason Miller, New Tripoli PA  #44 2216
5. Danny Snyder, Green Lane, PA  #4S 2094*
6. Sean Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA #118 2079
7. Kory Fleming, Milford, NJ, #704 1994
8. Sam Schlosberg, Green Lane, PA #70 1932*
9. John Giesler, Aston, PA  #ZT1 1883
10. Dan Green, Coatesville,  PA  #46 1702
11. Lou Egrie, Sr.  Willow Grove, PA  #X4 1694
12. Bill Henning, Lansdale, PA  #80 1662
13. Rick Todorow, Quakertown, PA  #93 1605
14. Steve Nederostek, Walnutport, PA #769 1539*
15. Doug Walton, Spring City, PA #02 1421
16. Steve Todorow, Quakrtown, PA  #83 1370
17. Steve Butler, Quakertown, PA , #91 1346
18. Lee Miller, New Tripoli, PA  #56 1279
19. Dirk Rimrott, Phoenixville, PA   #92 1087
20. Kyle Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA  #117 1050*
 
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)

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VONDOHREN WINS 4TH OF YEAR/300TH OF CAREER IN MODIFIEDS, WOODALL TAKES SPORTSMAN, HOLLAND AND WALLS ALSO VICTORIOUS

MINERSVILLE, PA - JUNE 22th, 2013

Craig Von Dohren had about as perfect of an evening as a racer could have.  Von Dohren won his heat and the 30 lap feature event Friday evening at Big Diamond Speedway.  The victory was his forth of the season and 300th of his storied career.  All four victories have come in 30 lap/$3,000 to win events.  With the victory, Von Dohren was also able to extend his lead in the season long point standings.

Mike Mamanna bolted into the lead from his pole starting spot over Dale Hartz and raced out to a commanding lead.  Caution flags on laps 7 and 8 slowed the event for a moment.  On the lap 8 restart, Mamanna once again set the pace, but now Frank Cozze had moved into the runner up spot, followed closely by Jeff Strunk and Craig Von Dohren.  Mamanna raced out to a big lead, while the show was Cozze, Strunk, and Von Dohren battling tooth and nail for the 2nd thru forth spots over the next few laps.  At the halfway point it was Mamanna still leading over Strunk and Von Dohren, but now Meme Desantis had moved into the forth position.  As Mamanna worked his way through lapped traffic during the 2nd half of the event, Strunk and Von Dohren slowly began to reel him in.  A caution flag on lap #25 for a stopped Nathan Klinger ended a run of 18 consecutive green flag laps and put Strunk and Von Dohren right on Mamanna's tail.  Von Dohren was able to power past Strunk on the restart, and immediately began to pressure Mamanna.  Coming down for the white flag, Von Dohren moved to the outside in turn three to attempt a pass for the lead.  Mamanna moved up just a tad to block, and Von Dohern bolted back to the inside to pull almost even at the stripe.  Going into turn one, Mamanna still led by inches, but exiting turn two Von Dohren was able to pull ahead for the lead and drive to his 78th career victory at Big Diamond Speedway.  Mamanna held on for a season best 2nd place finish, followed by Strunk, Desantis, and Cozze.  Dale Hartz continued a nice run of top ten finishes coming home 6th, followed by Ricky Yetter, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Ray Swinehart, and Billy Pauch Jr.  Heat races for the 25 ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds on hand were won by Von Dohren, Doug Manmiller, and Tim Buckwalter.

In the 20 lap USS Achey Sportsman feature, Andy Cozze led the first six laps of the slow starting event from his pole starting spot.  On lap six, his teammate Ray Woodall Jr. took over the top spot and began to pull away to a comfortable margin.  As Woodall led, Mike Lisowki and Jared Umbenhauer had a great back and forth battle going on for the 2nd and 3rd place positions.  The final twelve laps went caution free, and Woodall was able to race away to his 1st victory of the season, followed by Lisowski, Umbenhauer, early leader Cozze, and rookie Robin Schultz.  Sixth thru tenth were Wayne Witmer, Billy Moyer Jr., Colt Harris, Kevin Beach, and Harry Landis.  Heat races were won by Lisowski and Umbenhauer.

Chris Holland was able to score his first victory of the season in the Savage 61 Roadrunners after a race long battle with TJ Fitzpatrick.  Dave Miller led the first seven laps from his pole starting spot until Holland took over on lap eight.  Lap nine saw Fitzpatrick power into the lead, where he stayed for the next nine laps.  Holland was never more than a car length behind, as the two drivers orchestrated an epic battle for the top spot.  Coming down for the two to go sign, five time winner Marc Berzowski all of a sudden threw his hat into the ring and the three drivers raced under a blanket for the final two laps.  At the line it was Holland, followed by Berzowski, Fitzpatrick, Terry Kramer Jr., and early leader Miller.  Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. was sixth, followed by Glenn Rowan, Neil Bressler, Tim Spesak, and John Whyne.  Heat races were won by TJ Fitzpatrick and Shon Elk.

In the 20 lap Anthracite Coal Delivery Street Stock feature event, Mike Walls was able to make it two wins in a row as he took the lead from Jeff Haag on lap nine and checked out on the field.  Jeremy Stork made a late race pass for the second positon, with Haag, Mike Radocha, and Scott Thunberg rounding out the top five.  Heat races for the 14 Street Stocks on hand were won by Shaun Miller and Jason Geesaman.

Racing returns to Big Diamond this coming Friday, June 28th, with the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners, and the second appearance of the season by the Legend Cars.  First heat hits the track at 8:15 PM.

Just two nights later on Sunday, June 30th, the Central PA 410 Sprint Cars return to Big Diamond Speedway for the third leg of the 2013 PA Sprint Speedweek.  They will be joined by the Roadrunner cars.  Time trials for the Sprinters begin at 7:30 PM.  Be sure to get there early, as this show is always a standing room only event.

Big Diamond Speedway Results - 6/21/2013

Modifieds (30 Laps) 1) Craig Von Dohren ($3,000) 2) Mike Mamanna 3) Jeff Strunk 4) Meme Desantis, 5) Frank Cozze 6) Dale Hartz 7) Ricky Yetter 8) Shawn Fitzpatrick 9) Ray Swinehart 10) Billy Pauch Jr. 11) Tim Buckwalter 12) Andy Burkhart 13) Nick Desantis 14) Brad Arnold 15) Bobby Gunther Walsh 16) Jim Bobbitt Jr. 17) Dan Hineline 18) Neil Huber 19) Nathan Klinger 20) Blaine Bracelin 21) Donny Hartz 22) Kevin Smith 23) Kevin Albert Jr. 24) Doug Manmiller DNS) Danny Nicholas

Sportsman (20 Laps) 1) Ray Woodall Jr. 2) Mike Lisowski 3) Jared Umbenhauer 4) Andrew Cozze 5) Robin Schultz 6) Wayne Witmer 7) Billy Moyer Jr. 8) Colt Harris 9) Kevin Beach 10) Harry Landis 11) Joe Mooney 12) Tim Fitzpatrick 13) Shawn Light 14) Jared Siegfried 15) Charles Fayash 16) Doug Hendricks 17) Mike Glass 18) Josh Hertzog 19) Todd Huffman 20) Corey Renninger 21) AJ Gerhart

Roadrunners (20 Laps) 1) Chris Holland 2) Marc Berzowski 3) TJ Fitzpatrick 4) Terry Kramer Jr. 5) Dave Miller 6) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 7) Glenn Rowan 8) Neil Bressler 9) Tim Spesak 10) John Whyne 11) Joe Kavanaugh 12) Connor Horan 13) Charlene Lisowski 14) Jeremy Becker 15) Jesse Krasnitsky 16) Devin Trexler 17) Shon Elk 18) Jim Kost 19) Kyle Killian 20) Kris Ney 21) Charles Webber 22) Bruce Ditzler DQ) Dave Long Jr.

Street Stocks (20 Laps) 1) Mike Walls 2) Jeremy Stork 3) Jeff Haag 4) Mike Radocha 5) Scott Thunberg 6) Michelle Walls 7) Chuck Eckert 8) Dave Kamp 9) Kody Sites 10) John Schreffler 11) Jason Geesaman 12) Shaun Miller 13) Mike Kiehl 14) Chris Deer 15) Dustin Hollinger

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RICHNER, MACTAVISH, VIST VICTOR Y LANE AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY – Friday, June 21, 2013 – How many ways can you describe a perfect race night?    Excited to say that is what we experienced last Friday night at Ransomville Speedway.  A packed house was entertained by some eighty-five cars whom signed in pitside for competition in the four star program slated to compete.   The night was brought to the fans in part by National Maintenance Contracting Corporation, Creekside Sales & Service, and BlueCross/BlueShield of WNY.

Ricky Richner of Niagara Falls, NY became the sixth different winner in the Mighty Taco Modified division with his win last Friday night.  Richner would take control at the drop of the green and hold it the entire thirty circuits. Richner had to contend with Ryan Susice and Chad Brachmann late in the race but would hold on for the win aboard his Jetport Lounge/Lazy Lakes Camping Resort sponsored #26.  “ This thing was a rocket tonight,” commented Richner as he celebrated trackside with family and friends.

 The 2011 Mighty Taco Modified champion Brachmann came from seventh to claim the runner up position.  A last lap caution put Brachmann on the back bumper of Richner but it would be Richner hanging on to the point position and collecting the win.   Susice would settle for third followed by the defending champion Pete Bicknell and Justin Wright.

Boyd MacTavish of Ransomville, NY only led one lap last Friday night in the Investor’s Services Sportsman main but it was the most important one – the final one. Coming from mid pack, MacTavish  would make his way to the front of the field and reel in Cotriss in the closing circuits.  MacTavish used a move to the inside of Jesse Cotriss as the pair came off turn four to take the win by just a car length in the twenty-five lap main.  MacTavish became the fifth different winner in the division aboard his Jerry Higbie chassis #41.  Cotrss held on for second aboard his 55c followed by Nate Reynolds, Scott George, and Adam Hiilton.  Brett Martin led laps one through six, Adam Hilton led laps seven through ten, and Cotriss led laps eleven through twenty-four.

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – RICKY RICHNER, Chad Brachmann, Ryan Susice, Pete Bicknell, Justin Wright, Erick Rudolph, Robbie Krull, Phil Vigneri Jr, Todd Burley, Brian Sage, Steve Schumacher, Scott Kerwin, Nick Joy, John Smith, Steve Miller, Tommy Flannagan, Rick Vinson, Fred Carleton, and Jeff McGinnis. Heat Winners – Ricky Richner and Nick Joy.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – BOYD MACTAVISH, Jesse Cotriss, Nate Reynolds, Scott George, Adam Hilton, Greg Martin, Dave Conant, Mike Williams, Derek Smith, Don Spatorico, Chris Burek, Billy Coleman, Derrick Borkenhagen, Justin Sharp, Brett Martin, James Michael Friesen, Allan Wills, Matt Farnham, Kevin Wills, Phil Vigneri III, Jim Zimmerman, Kevin Drake, Rob Clark, James Henry, and Ed Cain. Heat Winners – Phil Vigneri III, Boyd MacTavish, and Brett Martin.

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FANS AND DRIVERS ALIKE CAN BE WINNERS WITH BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY STICKER PROMOTION

MINERSVILLE, PA - JUNE 20th, 2013

Speedway owners and promoters Jake and Jasmine Smulley are pleased to announce the new Big Diamond Speedway sticker promotion to help put gas in the cars of their fans and money in the pockets of their drivers.

Beginning this Friday, June 21st, Big Diamond Speedway stickers will be for sale in the candy stand under the announcers tower at a cost of $5.00 per piece.  Along with showing your support for Big Diamond Speedway, this will also be a way for fans and drivers to take home an added bonus from the track.

For fans, all you need to do is visibly disply the sticker on your vehicle.  Each and every week our "privite eyes" will be scouring the parking lot for cars displaying a Big Diamond Speedway sticker.  We will pick three cars each and every week from those displaying the sticker.  We will announce details about your car and your license plate number.  If that person is you, you will receive a $25.00 gas card to either Sheetz or Turkey Hill.

For drivers, if you purchase a sticker, mount it on the right or left side of your car on an outer body panel.  If you win at another speedway no matter where, have the sticker on display, and thank Big Diamond Speedway for the sticker promotion in your victory lane interview, we will give you $100.00 cash money.

Just yet another way Big Diamond Speedway is trying to thank our drivers and fans for their continued support.

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TRIPLEHEADER STOCK CAR RACING ACTION AT GRANDVIEW SATURDAY, POINT BATTLES ARE TIGHT, 40 LAPS FOR SPORTSMAN
 
Bechtelsville, PA June 20, 2013 . . . The NASCAR Sportsman stock cars will be featured on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway as they race in a 40-lap feature race. In addition there will be a 30-lap feature for the Modifieds and a 25-lap feature for the Late Models. At least 14 events of stock car racing will be make up the Bashore Trucking/BFP Specialties Night with the green flag being waved at 7:30 p.m.
 
Defending Sportsman champion Jared Umbenhauer will be looking for his third win of the season in the 40-lapper as he works at holding off the challenge of Craig Whitmoyer who is just 60 points behind in the battle for the title.
 
In the primary class of competition defending NASCAR 358 Modified champion Duane Howard will be looking to add his sixth win of the season and increase his lead in the chase for the lucrative title. Howard has just a 19 point edge over two feature winner Craig VonDohren who has finished second the last three Saturdays.
 
And in the exciting Late Model division defending titleholder Chuck Schutz continues his battle for a seventh title as he holds just an 18 point edge over Mike Kellner. Each driver has two wins.
 
Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. at the same time three drivers will be doing a meet and greet as they display their race cars. Warm-ups start at 6:45p.m.
 
Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 thru 12 and under 6 are admitted FREE. Pit admission is $30 and must include a NASCAR license. Active military are admitted FREE upon showing a valid active military identification card.
 
Then on Sunday (June 23) at 1 p.m. the Outlaw Enduros will run a two big 100-lap features plus a 40-lap event. In addition the Blast from the Past Vintage Cars will race in two 15-lap features giving fans a chance to see what race cars and racing was like in years past. Adult admission is just $10 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted free. Kids will have a chance to win the opportunity to flag an Enduro race.
 
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DETAILS RELEASED FOR JACK RICH MEMORIAL COALCRACKER 72 RACE AT BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY

MINERSVILLE, PA - JUNE 20th, 2013

With only a little over two months remaining until labor day weekend, track owners Jake and Jasmine Smulley have started to release details for this years Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 race for the ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds at Big Diamond Speedway.

The race will be Sunday, September 1st and will once again be 72 laps paying $10,000 to win.  This years "to take the green" money has been increased to $500.

The entire evenings events will be sponsored by Jack Rich, Inc.  Jack Rich is your full service community oil company, supplying quality fuels & related heating, cooling and plumbing services throughout the Greater Schuylkill County.

Heat races will be lined up by luck of the draw.  All drivers who finish in a handicap spot in their heat event will redraw for their feature starting position.

All 72 laps will be run under green flag conditions.

Big Diamond 358 Modified rules apply.  Weights will be 2350 for cars running alcohol and 2275 for those on gas.  Any American Racer tire with any track stamp will be allowed for this event as long as the tread pattern and compounds are equal to Big Diamond Speedway tires.

Pit participation fees will be $35.00 with a membership and $40.00 without.  Any track license will be accepted as membership for this event.

Early car registration fee for this event will be $30.00 per car.  The day of the race the car registration fee will increase to $40.00 per car.

Grandstand admission will be $25.00 for this event.  Kids 6 to 12 will be $5.00, kids under 6 years of age are admitted free of charge.

First heat hits the track at 8:15 PM sharp.

Lap sponsorships are available for $20.00 per lap.  Laps can be purchased from Tim Long at the pit sign in booth each race night from now until the event.  You can also email pengwin1@ptd.net with details if interested in sponsoring a lap.

More details will be released as they become available.

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Big Diamond Speedway
Points
358 Modifieds

1)  Craig VonDohren    1993
2)  Jeff Strunk         1910
3)  Doug Manmiller 1872
4)  Meme DeSantis 1778
5)  Frank Cozze   1604
6)  Kevin Albert Jr. 1524
7)  Kevin Smith   1367
8)  Dale Hartz    1326
9)  Ray Swinehart  1319
10)  Ricky Yetter  1274

Sportsman
1)   Jared Umbenhauer  1737
2)   Billy Moyer Jr.   1698
3)   Ray Woodall Jr.  1684
4)   Kevin Beach Jr.  1641
5)   Mike Glass        1406
6)   Mike Lisowski   1382
7)   Tim Fitzpatrick   1382
8)   Doug Hendricks  1287
9)   Wayne Witmer   1271
10)  Corey Renninger  1131

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Big Diamond Speedway Quick Results - 6/14/2013

Modifieds (25 Laps) 1) Jeff Strunk ($2,750) 2) Doug Manmiller 3) Craig Von Dohren 4) Frank Cozze 5) Duane Howard 6) Ricky Yetter 7) Meme Desantis 8) Dale Hartz 9) Kevin Smith 10) Nathan Klinger 11) Jim Bobbitt Jr. 12) Dan Hineline 13) Donny Hartz 14) Mike Mamanna 15) Brandon Whitmoyer 16) Kevin Albert Jr. 17) Ray Swinehart 18) Andy Burkhart 19) Brad Arnold 20) Blaine Bracelin 21) Shawn Fitzpatrick DQ) Ron Haring Jr.

Sportsman (45 Laps - Andy Fayash Jr. Memorial Race) 1) Tim Fitzpatrick ($1,570) 2) Ray Woodall Jr. 3) Doug Hendricks 4) Jordan Henn 5) Mike Lisowski 6) Jared Umbenhauer 7) Jason James 8) Billy Moyer Jr. 9) AJ Gerhart 10) Andy Cozze 11) Kevin Brady 12) Charles Fayash 13) Kirby Sites 14) Colt Harris 15) Kyle Weiss 16) Craig Whitmoyer 17) Corey Renninger 18) Kevin Beach Jr. 19) Brad Brightbill 20) Mike Glass 21) Shawn Light 22) Andrew Fayash III 23) Kyle Borror 24) JR Fulper DNS) Rick Hendricks DNQ) Joe Mooney, Rob Martin, Jason Neidlinger, Jeremy Hertzog, Josh Hertzog, Jared Siegfried, Mark Behm, Paul Kline, Robin Schultz, Wayne Witmer, Harry Landis, Steve Searock IV, Mike Diehl

Roadrunners (20 Laps) 1) Marc Berzowski 2) Shon Elk 3) Jeremy Becker 4) TJ Fitzpatrick 5) Chris Holland 6) Terry Kramer Jr. 7) Dave Miller 8) Glenn Rowan 9) Devin Trexler 10) Jim Kost 11) Tim Spesak 12) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 13) Neil Bressler 14) Jesse Krasnitsky 15) Billy Wingle Jr. 16) Connor Horan 17) Alan Renninger 18) Bill Wingle Sr. 19) Kyle Killian 20) Kris Ney 21) John Whyne 22) Kyle Wingle DNS) Kody Sites DQ) Mike Radocha

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FRIESEN, RUDOLPH, JOHNSTON,  MEYERS, AND TORRES CLAIM WINS AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY – Friday, June 14, 2013 – After suffering difficult weather conditions in the past few weeks in Western New York, Mother Nature was finally on our side as bright blue skies reigned over the Big R last Friday.   A total of ninety-five cars filled the pit area set to entertain a jam packed grandstands. After three weeks of rain claimed the victor, safe to say everyone was more than ready to get back to the track as Johnston’s Restaurant, Modern Corporation, and Investor’s Services presented a full card of racing.

James Michael Friesen of St. Catharines, Ontario collected a cool grand last Friday night after his victory in the fifty lap VP D98 Sportsman series event.  Piloting his #52 entry, Friesen took the lead away from James Henry of Niagara Falls, NY on lap three and held it the remaining distance.  Friesen would hold off defending champion Don Spatorico who mounted a challenge at the mid-way point.  Friesen would build up a comfortable lead in the final fifteen laps prior to lapped traffic allowed Spatorico to close the margin.  The pair would dice their way through the slower machines with Friesen maintaining the point position.  Friesen would collect the win followed by Spatorico, Jesse Cotriss, Nate Reynolds, and Henry. 

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY took top honors aboard the thirty lap Mighty Taco Modified main event.  Rudolph took the lead away from Jeff McGinnis on lap twenty-two aboard his Snyder Industries sponsored #25 and never looked back.  Rudolph would set a quick pace up front for the remaining eight laps and become the fifth different winner in the division in 2013. Ryan Susice would reel in Rudolph in the closing laps but was unable to challenge as Rudolph took the checkered flag.  Jeff McGinnis came home in third place after leading a pair of laps must past mid-way.  2011 champion Chad Brachmann came from deep in the field to finish fourth followed by Robbie Krull.  Phil Vigneri Jr. led the first ten circuits prior to losing the power plant in his #44v.  John Smith led laps 11 – 19. 

Jesse Johnston of Wilson, NY captured his first ever victory in the Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stock class last Friday night.  After some dismal finishes the weeks prior, Johnston found himself with a front row start for the fifteen lap main.  Johnston would take advantage of his starting position and take command at the drop of the green.  Johnston would lead all fifteen circuits after having to endure several yellow flag breaks enroute to the big win. Brian Lonneville ran a tight second through-out the fifteen circuits but was unable to mount a challenge.  Lonneville would settle for second followed by Jason Meyers, Kyle Wendt, and Ken Camidge.

Jason Meyers of North Tonawanda, NY has been racing for thirty plus years and last Friday it all paid off as he won his first ever feature.  Taking the lead on lap three of the second twenty lap Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stock event, Meyers would hold off a hard charging Webb Nashwinter for the win.  Meyers was greeted trackside by an elated crew and family as he emerged one very happy man.  Nashwinter held on for second followed by Brian Lonneville, Neil Pafk, and Ken Camidge.

 MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – ERICK RUDOLPH, Ryan Susice, Jeff McGinnis, Chad Brachmann, Robbie Krull, Pete Bicknell, John Smith, Brian Sage, Nick Joy, Steve Miller, Scott Kerwin, Ricky Richner, Justin Wright, Rich Vinson, Tyler McPherson, Tommy Flannigan, Todd Burley, Phil Vigneri Jr., and Steve Schumacher.  Heat Winners – Phil Vigneri Jr. & Steve Miller.

 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – JAMES MICHAEL FRIESEN, Don Spatorico, Jesse Cotriss, Nate Reynolds, James Henry, Cody McPherson, Dave Conant, Justin Sharp, Billy Coleman, Boyd MacTavish, Derek Smith, Chris Burek, Mike Williams, BJ Willard, Matt Farnham, Rob Clark, Derrick Borkenhagen, Phil Vigneri III, Bob Winters, Sandy Pembleton, Jim Zimmerman, Greg Martin, Andy Smith, Adam Hilton, Brett Martin, Allan Wills, Kevin Wills, Scott George, Kevin Drake, and Dave Just.  Heat Winners – Cody McPherson, James Michael Friesen, Rob Clark, and Nate Reynolds.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH #1 – JESSE JOHNSTON, Brian Lonneville, Jason Meyers, Kyle Wendt, Ken Camidge, Jaren Israel, Alex Morris, Pat Dell, Webb Nashwinter, Neil Pafk, Cliff Brucker, Ryan Stephenson, Sean Letts, Randy Zimmerman, Austin Hauser, Chase Madison, Brandon Sherwood, Mike Greenawalt, Cliff Gregg III, Shawn Parker, Ron Tuttle, Mike Short, and Donald Hermanson.  Heat Winner s- Jesse Johnston and Jason Meyers.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH #2 – JASON MEYERS, Webb Nashwinter, Brian Lonneville, Neil Pafk, Ken Camidge, Mike Greenawalt, Alex Morris, Jesse Johnston, Mike Short, Pat Dell, Kyle Wendt, Chase Madison, Cliff Brucker, Randy Zimmerman, Austin Hauser, Cliff Gregg III, Jaren Israel, and Donald Hermanson.

4 BANGER FEATURE FINISH – JOSE TORRES, Mike Kramarz, Mike Pahl, Jeff York, Brett Senek, Chris Lammerts, Ryan Plante, Gordan Gau, Eugene Washburn, Chris Miller, Jeffrey Sonnenburg, Eric Tupper, Camille Fuller, Corey OKeefe, Howard Guthrie, Trevor Goble, Tom Ruble, Joey Zimmerman, Austin Susice, Ruben Coffey, Ken Washburn III, BobbiLynn Spillman, Kyle Sharkey, Brian Monahan Jr., and Brendan OKeefe. Heat Winners – Mike Pahl & Brian Monahan.

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URC TO HONOR MIDGE MILLER AT GRANDVIEW, URC SPRINTS, 358 MODIFIEDS AND VINTAGE CARS RACE
Ryan Godown taking on the Modifieds
 
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 13, 2013. . . One of the most popular events of the season takes place at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, June 15th, when the URC sprint cars join with the NASCAR 358 Modifieds and the Blast from the Past Vintage Cars to produce a great tripleheader action card of racing.

Robbie Stillwagon and a host of other top URC sprint racers will be seen in action on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval and the sprint cars always produce some excitement at Grandview.

A very special part of the night will be when fans and racers get to remember the late Midge Miller. He passed away recently after spending many years as a racer and a URC official. He will be inducted into the URC Hall of Fame during the evening’s events.

Duane Howard will see if he can continue his domination of the NASCAR 358 Modified action as he tries for his sixth win in a row. The NASCAR point leader has been able to edge out six time track champion Craig VonDohren the last couple of Saturdays but things could change as VonDohren has been running very strong this season. There are a number of top talents that could be showing up in victory lane rather than Howard on Saturday night. Just added to the field of talents trying to beat Howard on Saturday is Ryan Godown. The New Egypt Speedway ace, a winner just about everywhere, has the night off at the Central Jersey racing facility and figures he will challenge the Grandview racers where he has been a big winner in the past.

Added to the special night of racing is the Blast from the Past Vintage cars that will give fans a chance to see the cars of the past in action for the first time as a part of the Saturday night show.

Adult admission is $25 while youngsters 6 through 12 get in for just $5 and under 6 are admitted free. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and there is a meet and greet with three racers showing off their race cars. Racing gets the green at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a special Grandview Groove track magazine to remember Midge Miller and include four extra pages of photos and information on the URC sprint cars.

Race information can be had at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688. Grandview Speedway info can be found at www.facebook.com/grandviewspeedwayinc or at Twitter @gviewspeedway.

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Accord Speedway Quarter-Mile To Host First Midweek Modified Event In 10 Years On Tuesday, August 6 With 'Battle of the Bullring' Offering $5,100 Top Prize, $1,000 For Fifth, $500 For 10th & $300 To Start!
 
ACCORD, NY - For the first time in more than 10 years, midweek dirt Modified racing will return to Accord Speedway.
 
On Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, the Ulster County quarter-mile oval will host the first 'Battle of the Bullring' event featuring big-block/small-block Modifieds in a 51-lap event paying $5,100 to the winner plus lap money and bonuses. The event is an inaugural co-promotion involving Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC and facility owners Gary and Donna Palmer.
 
A guaranteed purse will be in place for the Modified starting field of 24 cars. Fifth place pays a minimum of $1,000, with $500 reserved for the 10th-place driver and $300 to take the green flag.
 
The unsanctioned event will be open to big-block and small-block Modifieds utilizing gasoline or methanol. American Racer or Hoosier tires will be allowed. Specific compounds will be released as the event gets closer. Sail panels will be permitted on the Modifieds.
 
"This is an event I am really looking forward to," said event co-promoter Deyo. "I grew up around Accord Speedway. My family lives close to the track. I started working there in 1999 for Dave Flach and continued on with Gary and Donna from when they bought the track in 2001 through 2006 doing everything from scoring, handicapping, announcing, public relations and even spent some time in the office during the week while I was in college."
 
Accord's Gary Palmer is enthusiastic about the event.
 
"There is definite popularity in these specialty type events," he said. "We have been looking at trying some different things to re-introduce people to the track and showcase our facility to racers and fans that may come back on a Friday night.
 
"When Brett approached us about having an event, Donna and I were both very excited."
 
With the Super DIRTcar Series off racing in Michigan on Aug. 6, the door is open for weekend racers to collect a healthy payday. Rules will be such that weekly racers from all surrounding facilities will be able to compete.
 
"This should be a showcase event of teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York's Capital Region and beyond," Deyo said. "The small, banked layout at Accord should produce some intense racing action.
 
"At 13 seconds a lap, fans will witness one heck of a show."
 
The '51' number signifies the speedway's opening date of 1962, some 51 years ago.
 
Serving as the second division for the program will be the Crate 602 Sportsman and Open Sportsman running together in a 25-lap event paying $1,000 to the winner. Crate 602 competitors will be given a weight break. Steel or aluminum wheels will be permitted for both engine varieties.
 
The last midweek show at Accord Speedway took place on Wednesday, May 14, 2003. The 75-lap event - run in three 25-lap segments - was won by Rich Ricci Jr. of New Paltz, N.Y. His brother Mike Ricci of Rosendale, N.Y., finished second and Robbie Green of Wallkill, N.Y., placed third. Wind Gap, Pa., invader Frank Cozze dominated the event, winning the first two segments, but suffered a flat tire in the third segment. He was scored fourth overall.
 
Marketing opportunities are now available for this event by contacting Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com. Race information will be posted on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com or under "BD Motorsports Media" on Facebook.
 
Accord Speedway, a neat-and-tidy quarter-mile clay oval nestled in the hills of Ulster County, is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. The speedway is on the web at www.accordspeedway.com.
 
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THE WOODHULL RACEWAY GEARS UP FOR WHAT WILL BE THE LARGEST FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA EVER HELD AT THE TRACK

June 29, 2013 is the date for the Annual Jim Williams Memorial Races, Chicken BBQ and Fireworks Show presented by Instant Heat Wood Pellets and Spiegel Recycling.

 (Woodhull, NY)  Woodhull Raceway owner, Ted White is staking his claim that this years Jim Williams Memorial Races and Fireworks Extravaganza will be the best yet.

For the racers beautiful trophies will be presented to the feature winners in each division named in honor of one of the tracks former owners. 

That is just the beginning as White has made arrangements with the folks from Galeton, Pa. to put together a fireworks extravaganza to top all other fireworks shows ever staged at the historic Steuben County oval.

“I have been working very closely with former track owner, Scott Drake on this year’s fireworks program.  Jim Williams started this way back when, the Drakes moved it to the next level and now we want to make it even bigger.  The fireworks show at the Woodhull Raceway attracts spectators from all across the region.  People move their campers in a week before the event.  Every seat is taken an hour after the gates open, but there is always room for everyone.  The Woodhull Fire Department sells a thousand chicken dinners before race time.  The racing is great and then after dark the real fun will begin.”  That according to Ted White.

Two heavy weight marketing partners of the Woodhull Raceway will be onboard to present the Annual Jim Williams Memorial night as Instant Heat Wood Pellets of Addison along with Spiegel Recycling of Elmira will once again team up to sponsor the June 29 spectacular.

Make your plans now to be a part of the areas largest fireworks event, the Annual Jim Williams Memorial, June 29, 2013 at the Woodhull Raceway.

Pre-event ticket sales will begin on Saturday June 15 and June 22 at the track during regular race hours. One day reserved seating just for the June 29 event will be available at the track from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at the track the day of the event.  Those wishing to reserve a seat just for the night are encouraged to bring a blanket, plastic or cardboard as well as duct tape to securely fasten it to the wooden bleachers.  Reserved seating is $5.00 for the night.

For more information simply log on at www.woodhullraceway.com.

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RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY MAKES BATTLE AT THE BORDER A TWO DAY SHOW

Ransomville, NY – Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – Mother Nature has not been a friend to weekly short track racing in the Northeast in 2013.  A total of one and a half rain-outs have plagued Ransomville Speedway in just the first five weeks of the season prompting officials to consider make-up dates.

“After last Friday’s rain-out, we received a few calls in the office from drivers asking about making some of these point shows up,” commented Marketing and PR

Director Tana Robinson. “Through these conversations came the idea to run the Eve of the Battle at the Border – Tuesday, July 2nd.”

“Awesome, I love it,” commented 2011 Mighty Taco Modified champion Chad Brachmann.   Brachmann is excited to have another opportunity to earn points towards the 2013 title – one he hopes to come out on top of.  In 2012 – Brachmann came into the night tied with Pete Bicknell.  The pair would run nose to tail much of the event with Bicknell claiming the title – just edging out Brachmann.  To say Brachmann is looking to reverse that in 2013 would be an understatement.

“I’d love another point’s night,” commented BCL racing Representative Jim Briggs.  Briggs was on hand last Friday when the decision to cancel due to inclement weather.  “We really don’t get too many opportunities to race,” commented Briggs.  “It’s exciting to have another race added to the schedule.”
Slated for competition will include the Mighty Taco Modified’s, Investor’s Services Sportsman, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks, and Gippster’s Collision 4 Bangers.  Gates will open at 5 pm in the Pits and 6 pm in the Grandstands.  Racing will being at 7:15 pm.

The racing will continue the following night – Wednesday, July 3rd for the 4th annual Battle at the Border.  Presented by Waste Management and FinditQuick.com , the $5000 to WIN 75 lap 358 Modified headline is also a stop on the Super DIRTcar Series promising a great field of cars will be on hand.  Additionally, the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series will also be in attendance.  Between these two divisions and the FinditQuick.com Fireballs – car counts should near 100.  Gate times for Wednesday are 4:30 in both the Pits and Grandstands.  Racing will begin with time trials at 7 pm.

Make plans to kick off your Holiday weekend on Tuesday, July 2nd at the Big R where Camping is always free.

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GILL AND HERBISON CLAIM INAUGURAL OGILVIE'S TRIPLE CROWN WINS AT BROCKVILLE

Mother Nature spoiled the party at The BOS 1 week ago and she tried to do the same thing this past Saturday night not once, but twice. A brief shower before hot laps delayed the start of the night. Then just before the start of the feature the skies opened up again. But the track crew did their best to fight off the rain and did so as 111 cars were able to take to one of the fastest racing surfaces all season.

The first portion of the Ogilvie's Auto and Fleet Triple Crown saw birthday boy Lee Gill and Bobby Herrington bring the 358 Modified field for the start of the 50 lap event with Gill grabbing the lead over Herrington, Pat O'Brien, Luke Whitteker, and Brian McDonald. Gill would go on a tear leading the opening 6 laps before a caution would fly for Andy Lloyd who slowed in turn 3. On the restart a nasty crash in turn 4 took place. As the field came off the turn Brian McDonald clipped a tire sending him back across the field collecting 9 cars in total, the race was red flagged as the track was completely blocked. All drivers walked away from the wreck. Tim O'Brien, McDonald, Roger Levesque, and Steve Bilow received the most damage as they were towed to the pits for the night. On the restart Gill continued to show the way running the top side of the speedway with Herrington, Whitteker, Pat O'Brien, and Quebec driver Frederick Gamache charging from 10th to complete the top 5. Gill had no problems on the tacky surface until lapped traffic showed up. With a narrow groove it made things tough to get by but Gill powered through to hold a slight lead until lap 19 when Joe Banks spun at the top of turn 2 bringing the yellow out again. Pat O'Brien also experienced problems running 4th and headed pitside but was able to return. The green returned and Gill continued his great run but it appeared the handling started to go away on his car bringing Herrington and Whitteker within striking distance. Other drivers were also on the move as well, Mario Clair started 17th and had a great battle with Frederick Gamache to move into 5th just past the halfway point. At the front of the field it was a classic youth versus experience battle as Gill did everything he could to hold off Herrington for the lead and the battle was on. Herrington pulled even with Gill down the backstretch with 10 laps to go and fans were treated to a great side by side battle but Gill held off all challenges. With the top 2 battling hard this brought Danny O'Brien, Whitteker and Clair all up to the party as well making it a 5 car dash to the finish. On the final lap Herrington tried one more move off turn 2 but got loose and that was all Gill needed to secure his 2nd win in a row over Herrington, Danny O'Brien, Whitteker and Clair.

The 2nd part of the Ogilvie's Auto and Fleet Triple Crown saw Steve Barber and Chris Herbison bring 25 Sportsman cars to Gary Vandermeer's green flag with Herbison taking the top spot away in turn 1. It didn't take long for the first of 2 caution flags to come out. On lap 3 Kenny Polite slowed in turn 4. Then one lap later Doug O'Blenis spun off turn 3. Once the racing resumed Herbison had a spirited battle with Dylan Evoy for the top spot with Barber, Jon Mills and Shane Pecore completing the top 5. Herbison had one of the fastest cars on the race track and was able to get away from Evoy by 4 car lengths by lap 12,  but Evoy changed his line and began to run down the 2 time champion. Evoy closed in on lap 15 and the 2 drivers put on a show for the fans running side by side, ducking in and out of lapped cars but Herbison was still able to hold off the challenges from Evoy for the time being. Quebec champion Steve Bernier was the man on the move just past the halfway point. Coming from 14th he charged past Ferguson to move into 5th. Then 1 lap later would get by Barber and Mills to move into 3rd and quickly close in on the top 2. With 10 to go Herbison continued his strong run but the battle was on for 2nd as Evoy and Bernier ran side by side through turn 2. Evoy seemed to spin out as he turned completely sideways slamming into the side of Bernier's car. Somehow Evoy bounced off the Bernier machine correctly and was able to keep going but fell out of the top 5 at the finish. With 2 laps to go the battle for the lead was on as Bernier and Herbison  battled hard through traffic but the defending track champion held off the Quebec invader for his first win of the season over Bernier, Ferguson, Mills and Pecore.

The Rookie Sportsman took to the speedway for their 15 lap event. Tristan Draper was looking to put motor troubles behind him as he jumped out to the lead from the outside pole. Several cautions slowed the event through the first 5 laps due to tricky track conditions. When the racing resumed, Draper was driving like a man possessed as he opened up over a half track lead over the rest of the field. The final caution flew on lap 12 for Jasmine David as she broke a front end in turn 2. Nobody had anything for Draper on this night as he put motor issues to rest as he scored his first career Sportsman win with Jeremy Coulter, Alex Lajoie, Chris Bakker and Jamie Young completing the top 5.

In the Rookie division Mike Best and Cody McEroy led the field to the green with Best grabbing the top spot. On lap 3 a scary crash involving Tim Rhoden as he lost a tired and slammed hard into the front stretch wall. Rhoden was able to climb out on his own but the car was heavily damaged. One lap later the yellow flew for Cody McEroy as he sailed off turn 4 but was able to continue.  Bob Ray has been the dominant driver in the Rookie class winning the last 2 weeks and he seemed to be on his way to a 3rd as he came from 14th grab the lead by lap 5. With 5 to go Ray lost the handle in turn 1 spinning out while navigating traffic. At the same time Samantha Henderson spun in turn 2 bringing out the yellow for the final time. This left Quincy Roberts and Brighton Speedway regular Brady Greer to battle for the win. Roberts would hold strong over the final 3 laps to grab his 1st win of the year over Greer, Tyler Markell, Riley Greer and Jamie Truelove.

Next week the annual Spectator Bag race will be on the card along with a Jiffy Muffler 25 lap event for the Rookies and regular show for all divisions. The green flag drops at 7pm.

358 Modifieds LEE GILL, Bobby Herrington, Danny O'Brien, Luke Whitteker, Mario Clair, Kyle Dingwall, Stephane Lafrance, Frederick Gamache, Jason Riddell, Jeff Sykes, Pat O'Brien, Ryan Arbuthnot, John Mulder, Joe Banks, Luke Stewart, Andy Lloyd, Bryan Rogers, Brian McDonald, Tim O'Brien, Steve Bilow, Roger Levesque, Skip Mackenzie

Sportsman CHRIS HERBISON, Steve Bernier, Jonathan Ferguson, Jon Mills, Shane Pecore, Eric Champange, Dylan Evoy, Steve Barber, Dana Aikins, Ryan Poole, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Bruce Makinson, Aaron Pugh, Brian Comeau, Tabatha Murphy, Jason Shipclark, Billy Cook, Kaven Poliquin, Doug O'Blenis, Kevan Bennett, Jason Powers, Jessica Power, Dylan Breen, Kenny Polite, Ghislain Lacombe

Rookie Sportsman TRISTAN DRAPER, Jeremy Coulter, Alex Lajoie, Chris Bakker, Jamie Young, Jasmine David, Richard Raison

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McPherson takes first David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Event at Merrittville

Sunday June 9, 2013 THOROLD, ONTARIO –  Defending Mini-Series and Overall Champion Cody McPherson took home the first David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Event of 2013 at Merrittville Speedway June 8th in the 40 lap Special Event for the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division.

Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action also saw Tyler Lafantaisie take the opening event in the 2013 Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Series for the 4 Cylinders.  Brad Sheehan, Jason Corless and Mike Bowman win their Features in the Hoosier Stock, , J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Divisions respectively.

“We finally had one go our way,” said Cody McPherson in Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Victory Lane for the first time in 2013, “we’ve had nothing but bad luck so far this year but tonight the car worked great and the track came to us. Hopefully we can use it to build some momentum for the rest of the season.”

One of the keys to McPherson’s Overall Title in 2012 had to be the David Chevrolet King of the Crates Mini-Series Title where he overcame a lot take top spot by a single point en route to the Mr. DIRTcar Title as well.

The track came to McPherson right away who took top spot from initial leader Rob Knapp the first time through Turn 1 in the 40 lap Main Event.

The first caution would slow the field on lap 4 and by lap 10 – McPherson would open up a lead of some 5 car lengths until the second caution narrowed the gap on lap 13.

Contact back in the pack between a number of cars would slow the leader for the third time with Greg Panunte now in the runner up spot after getting by Knapp just before the caution. By the halfway point, McPherson stretched his lead even more.

The race to watch was the one for the runner up spot with Knapp challenging Panunte with 15 laps to go. By lap 27 McPherson was into lap traffic but was still able to increase his lead. Gary Lindberg would soon take third spot from Knapp with caution slowing the field for the final time on lap 36.

McPherson set the pace on the restart and right away was off to a comfortable lead – one he would maintain until the finish with Greg Panunte holding off Gary Lindberg to round out the top 3. Knapp would settle for fourth with Justin Sharp in fifth.

“This division has a lot of good drivers … it’s feels good to be able to compete with them,” commented Tyler Lafantaisie in Victory Lane after winning the rain-delayed 20 lap Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Triple Crown Series Opener, “ running three tracks makes for a lot of maintenance … I have three different set ups so it’s a lot of work between races so thanks to everyone!”

At the drop of the green flag, Evan Curtis was the initial leader with Lafantaisie settling in about a car length behind. Quickly however Lafantaisie would challenge Curtis – taking control of top spot out of Turn 4. By the halfway point, Lafantaisie had caught lap traffic but showed no signs of slowing.

Race fans had to be keyed in to the race to fill out the Top 5 with Curtis, Rocco Conte, Tony Kelly and Kyle Pelrine at times three and four wide.

That battle would be put on pause after a lap 14 caution slowed the event with Lafantaisie back in control on the restart.

Defending Triple Crown and Overall Champion Rocco Conte would now hold down the runner up spot but in the final laps had nothing for the leader.

Lafantaisie and Conte were followed by  Curtis, Pelrine, Kelly, Jason Coutu.

Mark Fawcett was first to lead the 20 lap Hoosier Stock Feature but at the first caution or at the finish the second generation driver would be put back after jumping the original start.

Fellow front row starter Rob Murray would eventually take over top spot early on until caution would slow things down on lap 4. That caution unfortunately was for Fawcett after his car rocketed off Turn 4 into the safety barriers after his throttle stuck wide open.

Fawcett was OK but his car suffered front end damage.

The restart had Murray and his step son Brad Sheehan on the front row for the restart and either one of the two were determined to hold off all challengers so Murray’s famous dog Ruckus could make one last trip to Victory Lane.

The two were side by side when action resumed with Murray holding a slight lead before Sheehan would take control a couple laps later. The battle between the two raged on including slight contact.

Sheehan would keep top spot through to the finish with Murray second and James Thompson third. Pete Reid would edge Kevin Knapp who rounded out the top 5.

“When you beat Rob Murray … it’s a good night!” revealed Sheehan, “he’s hard to race with. Thanks to Brian’s Tire … we couldn’t do this without you and thanks as well to Baron Roofing and Terry for the extra money – we all appreciate it.”

Ray Sliter Jr. was first to lead the 15 lap Feature for the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites with Kory Howe the new leader at the start-finish line to start lap 2.

By lap 3, 12 year old fourth generation driver Dylan Davidson was in the runner up spot and closing in on the leader. Davidson would take control into Turn  1 of lap 8.

With Jason Corless now in to the runner up spot, Davidson would hold the lead until Corless was able to pull alongside the much younger leader on lap 13.

Davidson however would maintain the lead until the final time through Turns 3 and 4 when Corless was able to slip by.

“That kid drove a crazy good race,” remarked Jason Corless in Victory Lane,” one little mistake though was all I needed.”

Corless and Davidson were followed by Howe, Josh Sliter and Randy Hollingshead.

During qualifying, Mat Williamson was clocked on the Lucas Oil Live Leaderboard with a lap of 14.994 seconds – a time that would have beat standards set by Big Blocks and even Sprint Cars.

“The top is going to be fast certainly … hopefully we can put a good show on for the fans,” said Williamson after his heat.

Shayne Pierce first to lead the 35 lap Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature with Williamson quickly taking control before a lap 4 caution slowed the field for the first time.

Williamson regained top spot on the restart with Mike Bowman taking second just as a second caution slowed the pace the next lap.

Williamson was back out front on the restart but staying right with him was Bowman who took the lead down the backstretch of lap 7. Lap 17 saw Williamson make a serious challenge on Bowman as the two were coming up on slower cars. Bowman was running around the outside with Williamson trying to power underneath.

With 10 laps to go, Pete Bicknell was closing in on the two front-runners with at most a couple car lengths separating each of the top three drivers. Exiting Turn 4 to complete lap 29 Williamson got a run around the bottom with the two nearly making contact.

Through to the finish, Bowman would hold the lead over  Williamson and Bicknell with Scott Wood and Chris Steele rounding out the top 5.

“That was like a 35 lap Heat Race tonight,” revealed Mike Bowman in Victory Lane, “I’ve been struggling a lot this year so far so it feels good to be here. Thanks to the crew – they have been putting up with through a lot so far.”

PIT NOTES

Baron Roofing’s Terry Keegan went above and beyond with a $4,000 addition to the night’s purse money which was distributed through each of the 5 Divisions. Keegan also gave away a free Baron Roof via a draw in the Grandstand with Tamara Lipscomb picked as the winner.

The bad luck continued for two drivers after Adam Leslie gently flipped the former Shawn Sliter Sportsman car in the Consi and once the car was righted … continued but failed to qualify. A last turn incident for Dillan Sliter in the 4 Cylinder Feature saw the third generation driver examined and was OK.

David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Opener – Rick’s Delivery Sportsman DIRTcar Division – (40 laps) Cody McPherson, Greg Panunte, Gary Lindberg, Rob Knapp, Justin Sharp, Boyd MacTavish, BJ Willard, Brad Rouse, Paul Gaboury, James Friesen, Andrew Smith, Jason Moore, Jason Farraway, Jim Johnstone, Austin Wood, David Flannigan Jr., Travis Miller, Gord McIntosh, Dan Miller, Rob Clark, Joey Mastroianni, Jordan Cosco, Brent Begolo, Charlie Lynch. DNQ - Derick Hodge, Robert Baker, Chris Bellamy, Paul Williamson, Adam Leslie.

BOBCAT OF HAMILTON DIRTcar 358 MODIFIED FEATURE (35 laps) Mike Bowman, Mat Williamson, Pete Bicknell, Scott Wood, Chris Steele, Erick Rudolph, Bill Bleich, Brandon Easey, Tim Jones, Tommy Flannigan, Robbie Krull, Todd Gordon, Ken Winfield, Shayne Pierce, Fred Carleton, Rick Hoctor, Chad Chevalier.

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UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY NASCAR DIVISIONS - 6-9-2013
 

MODIFIEDS
1.    Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4    2427*****
2.    Craig VonDohren, Boyertown, PA #1C    2314**
3.    Frank Cozze, Easton, PA   #357    2150
4.    Jeff Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA #4*    2031
5.    Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46    2024*
6.    Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D    1897*
7.    Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19    1792
8.    Nate Christman, Oley, PA  #37    1754
9.    Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K    1690
10.    Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA  #117    1603
11.    Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA  #53    1602
12.    Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA  #2    1453
13.    John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W    1431
14.    Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA  #17    1371
15.    Jarrad Miller, Barto, PA  #917    1211
16.    Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA  #33R    1184
17.    Tommy Scheetz III, Boyertown, PA  #22    1170
18.    Tim Buckwalter, Royersford, PA  #91    1136
19.    Jon Kellner Sr., Lansdale, PA  #41    1132
20.    Don Norris, Douglassville, PA  #976    1120
21.    Chris Esposito, Perkasie, PA  #31    925
22.    Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, PA   #81    924
23.    Kyle Follweiler, Slatington, PA  #42    854
24.    Eric Biehn, Barto, PA  Lower Pottsgrove, PA  #87    835
25.    Addison Meitzler, Kutztown, PA  #21    830
26.    Brad Grimm,  Allentown, PA   #611    792
27.    Ron Seltman, Lower Pottsgrove, PA  #R19    791
28.    Justin Grimm, Orefield, PA  #61    771
29.     Shawn Reimert, Oley, PA   #58S    747
30.    Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA  #15    626
 
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN
AS OF JUNE 8, 2013
 1.     Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5    2116**
2.    Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99    2056
3.    Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7    1936
4.    Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA  #B4    1850*
5.    Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA  #19K    1815***
6.    Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA  #19    1738
7.    Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4*    1704
8.    Kevin Beach, Minersville, PA  #17X    1645*
9.    Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA  #15    1607
10.    Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J,     1501
11.    Paul Kline, Muhlenberg, PA  #14    1439
12.    Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA  #77H    1311
13.    Kaitie McCardle, Honey Brook, PA   #11    1268
14.    Guy Germano, Richlandtown, PA  #542    1157
15.    Dean Bachman, #65    1120
16.    Kevin Eckert Jr.,  Orwigsville, PA  #29    1111
17.    Joe Fanelli, Exton, PA  #22    1105
18.    Scott Davis, Jr.  Emmaus, PA  #67    1061
19.    Ryan Lilick,  Collegeville, PA #142    1022
20.    Kirby Sites, Harrisburg, PA  #21K    999
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)
 
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New Egypt Speedway
358 Modifieds

1 Ryan Godown*** 429
2 Billy Pauch* 425
3 David Van Horn 404
4 Sammy Piazza 395
Gary Butler** 395
6 Neal Williams* 392
7 Willie Osmun* 377
8 Ron John Koczon 376
9 Rocco Infante* 372
10 Tad Cox 364
* denotes wins

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RAIN WASHES OUT BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY - FORCES SOME SCHEDULE CHANGES

MINERSVILLE, PA - JUNE 8th, 2013

Non-stop rain overnight, all day, and forecasts calling for anywhere from 1" to 3" more forced the cancellation of the racing events scheduled for Big Diamond Speedway on Friday, June 7th.  This was the 5th time in 2013 that mother nature has scored a victory over the racing fans, and it has forced some slight changes to the racing schedule.

This coming Friday, June 14th, Big Diamond Speedway and event sponsor USS Achey present the first ever Andy Fayash Jr. Memorial race for Sportsman.  This race, run in memory of long time Big Diamond competitor Andy Fayash Jr. will be 45 laps in distance, paying $1,570 to win and $157 to take the green.  Lap money and other awards valued at more then $1,200 have already been collected for this event, with even more expected by that evening.  As of this moment, if one driver were lucky enough to lead every lap, they would go home with more than $2,131 in cash and other awards.  Extra cash awards are already in place for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 11th, 15th, and 17th place finishing cars.  Also on the card that night are the Modifieds and Roadrunners.  The Street Stock event scheduled for that evening has been rescheduled to Friday, August 9th.

Friday, June 21st finds the Modifieds running yet another 30 lap event for $3,000 to win and $300 to take the green.  Defending point champion and current point leader Craig Von Dohren is 3 for 3 so far in these extra distance/extra money events.  Will Von Dohren make it 4 for 4, or will one of the other Big Diamond hot shoes step in and take home the top prize?  Also on the card that night will be the Sportsman, Roadrunner, and Street Stocks.

Then on Sunday, June 30th, it's time for the big boys.  The Central PA 410 Sprint cars invade Big Diamond Speedway for the annual Sprint Speed Week show.  This will be round #3 of the Sprint Speed Week Series, and will be a 30 lap event paying $5,000 to the winner.  Former track champion and multi-time Speed Week champion Fred Rahmer is expected to be on hand, along with Brian Monteith, Lance Dewease, Dan Dietrich, and many, many more.  This is always one of the most exciting and well attended events during the racing season at Big Diamond Speedway.  Be sure to mark it on your calendar now so you do not miss out.  The Sprints will be joined this evening by the Roadrunner division.  Racing starts at 7:30 PM.

On Friday, July 5th it's the 33rd annual Georgie Stevenson Memorial for Modifieds paying $3,300 to the winner and $330 to take the green.  This event has become a "must attend" event for many fans and competitors alike, and this years event should be no different.  Also on the card that evening will be the Sportsman, Roadrunners, and 600cc Modifieds.  Fireworks will also be parts of the evenings events.

Friday, July 12th, it's time for the most unprecedented event in the history of Big Diamond Speedway.  It's time for FANdemonium.  What is FANdemonium? FANdemonium is an event created by track owners Jake and Jasmine Smulley to thank the most important people in racing - the fans.  How much will admission be to FANdemonium?  Free.  That's right - free.  All fans entering the grandstand area on the night of FANdemoium will be admitted free of charge. When Jake and Jasmine purchased the track back in October 2012, one of their main goals was to give the track a fresh start.  A new beginning.  FANdemonium is part of this new beginning.  This event, the first of its kind in track history, is their way of showing the fans exactly how important they are, and to thank them for their fantastic support so far in 2013  FANdemonium will consist of regular, points paying events for the Modifieds, Sportsman, and Roadrunners.  But the racing is only a small part of the days activities.  There will be plenty of activities for the kids.  Tons of giveaways for the fans. Plans are in the works to have dozens of cars on display in the grandstand area.  An autograph session is planned featuring many of your favorite drivers, and much, much more.

Lastly, on Friday, July 19th, Big Diamond Speedway tries again to present the Crazy 8's for the Roadrunner division.  The ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds and USS Achey Sportsman will be on the card with their normal 25 and 20 lap feature events respectfully, but what everyone will be there to see is the fan favorite Savage 61 Roadrunners competing in the Crazy 8's - four 8 lap feature events. Each 8 lap feature for the Roadrunners will be a full, points paying event. The first feature will be lined up by normal handicapping procedures. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th feature events will be lined up via an invert number, drawn by the previous feature winner. The invert numbers available will be 5 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 11 - and 13. Whatever number is drawn for the 2nd feature will not be used again. Same thing for the 3rd and 4th features. An invert number can only be used one time during the night. Should make an interesting show even more interesting.  The point standing are sure to look a lot different once the night is over. First heat hits the track at 8:15 PM.

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MOTHER NATURE CLAIMS JUNE 7TH EVENTS AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY – Friday, June 7th, 2013 – Despite persistent efforts to wait out Mother Nature, it was not to be as the management of Ransomville Speedway was forced to cancel the racing program at 2 pm.  Heavy rains on Thursday followed by a constant morning drizzle resulted in saturated grounds at the Western New York half mile.

The racing program slated for June 7th has been rescheduled for Friday, June 14th.  On tap includes the VP D98 Sportsman challenge $1000 to WIN 50 plus twin 20’s for the Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks, plus a full program of Mighty Taco Modifieds and Gippster's Collision 4 Bangers.  The rain checks from May 31st will be honored on June 14th.   The United Way benefit scheduled for June 7th will be held on June 21st – the rain date listed on the tickets.

While Mother Nature continues to plaque the entire Northeast’s racing community – there is still plenty of excitement ahead at the Big R.   In just four weeks the 4th annual Battle at the Border will take center stage.  The 75 lap main will serve as a stop on the 358 Modified SDS sled and will pay $5,000 to the winner.  Slated for Wednesday, July 3rd – this event is sure to attract many outsiders looking to take on the very stout Mighty Taco Modified field.  The Sportsman SDS will join the 358’s on this night giving fans a great treat – a dual DIRTcar Series card.

On Friday, August 16th – the 29th annual Alex Friesen Summer Nationals will pay $13,000 to the winner!  This 100 lap event is a MUST attend for drivers and fans.  Expected to invade include Danny Johnson, Alan Johnson, Billy Decker, Stewart Friesen, Larry White, and more.  The Investor’s Services Sportsman, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks, and GIppster’s Collision 4 Bangers will fill the card.

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Big Diamond rains out

Due to rain received overnight, all morning so far, and forecasts calling for anywhere from 1" to 3" more on top of what we already have received, Big Diamond has made the decision to cancel this evenings racing events.

The Crazy 8's event for the Roadrunners has been rescheduled to Friday, July 19th.  More details on upcoming events to be posted later this weekend.

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Big Diamond Speedway
358 Modified

1. Craig Von Dohren 1707
2. Jeff Strunk 1602
3. Doug Manmiller 1573
4. Meme DeSantis 1531
5. Kevin Albert Jr. 1364
6. Frank Cozze 1328
7. Ray Swinehart 1171
8. Kevin Smith  1147
9. Dale Hartz 1087
10.  Brad Arnold 1055

Sportsman
1. Jared Umbenhauer 1692
2. Billy Moyer Jr. 1653
3. Ray Woodall Jr. 1639
4. Kevin Beach Jr. 1596
5. Mike Glass 1361
6. Mike Lisowski 1337
7. Tim Fitzpatrick 1337
8. Doug Hendricks 1242
9. Wayne Witmer 1226
10. Corey Renninger 1086

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Whritenour Dominates for the 3rd consecutive week

Lawson, Smith, Morseman, Baker and Potrzebowski also victorious.

By Paul Harkenrider

(WOODHULL NY)   An unusual low car count in the 360 Late Models certainly benefited the Jasper native as it did not take Glen Writenour a very long time to take command in the 25 lap A main. Very similar to last week, “Fast” Freddy Amman started on the pole and led a number laps. Then a caution occurred and Amman was unable to maintain the top spot. Amman eventually ended up finishing 4th when it was all said and done. Jeremy Wonderling and John Waters finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, and Clint Button finished in 5th. Heats went to Waters and Wonderling.

It was a green to checkered, no cautions, show for the Insinger Performance 370 Modified’s, picking up the feature win was Donnie Lawson for the 2nd time this year, but for a number of laps, he  had to battle Frank Dunning before dunning had mechanical issues and had to go pit side for the remainder of the race. Mike Bills was able to finish 2nd, followed by Billy VanPelt, Steve Hartman Jr, and Joe Dgien. Heats were won by Dgien, Lawson and Eric Fisher.

In the Crate Sportsman, a number of drivers were in command at one point of the race but on lap 25, it was Ray Smith who won his first feature of the year. He had to pass then race leader, John Hargrave, who finished 3rd. Bobby Peoples had a great run and was in contention to win until he was involved in a 2 car caution with Russ Morseman on turns one and two. Rod Mullen also found success on the high side and was able to pass Hargrave late in the race to finish second. Hargrave finished 3rd, followed by Chris Daugherty, and Brett Buono was the top five. Heats were picked up by Morseman, Smith and Daugherty.

Next week, RLB trucking is the nightly sponsor as our Annual Scott Dennison Memorial will take place in the 360 Late Model Division. Gates opening at 4:30, first green flag drops at 6:30.

Woodhull Raceway Quick Results

June 1, 2013

Brico Technologies Night (Fireman’s Appreciation night)

370 Modified’s (25 Laps) Feature: DONNIE LAWSON (2) Mike Bills, Billy VanPelt, Steve Hartman Jr., Joe Dgien, Alan Rudalavage, Dylan Dewert, Kenny Peoples Jr., Stacy Jackson, Ron White, Lee Bills, Josh Nobriga, Casey Pavlick, Kevin Chilson, Brady Fultz, Brian Doolittle, Eric Fisher, Bobby Davis, Frank Dunning, Brandon Martin, Dale Welty, Don Lawson, Herbie Wright

Heats: Joe Dgien, Donnie Lawson, Eric Fisher

Crate Sportsman Feature: RAY SMITH (1) Rod Mullen, John Hargrave, Chris Daugherty, Brett Buono, Bob Buono, Roger Williams, Connor Brown, Josh Sawyer, Larry Keegan, Stacey Jackson, Colin Brown, Lynn Burrell, James Howard, Doug Kline, Bobby Peoples, Ryan Tracy, Josh Keesey, Dillon Groover, Russ Morseman, Jake Dgien, Ron Hargrave, Steve Hartman Sr.

DNS: Scott Waters, Chris Brockway

Heats: Russ Morseman, Ray Smith, Chris Daugherty,
 
360 Late Models Feature: GLEN WHRITENOUR (3) Jeremy Wonderling, John Waters, Fred Amman, Clint Button, Cecil LeBarron, Jaye McConnell, Buck Payne, Carl Hughes, Jerry Wilson, Steve LaBarron, Frank LaBarron, Mick Seeley

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HOWARD WINS FOURTH MODIFIED FEATURE, SCHLOSBERG AND KLINE ALSO WINNERS AT GRANDVIEW
 
BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 2, 2013 . . . With Craig VonDohren closing quickly Duane Howard was able to keep his BPG Racing No. 4 in front of the field and win the 30-lap PBGW Accounting Night NASCAR 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night.

Former sprint car racer Sam Schlosberg brought his Green Lane Auto No. 70 to the finish line first just ahead of Kory Fleming in the 25-lap Late Model feature and it was Paul Kline driving his Roadrunner Racing Fuels/Margaritaville Pizza No. 16 to victory in the 25-lap Sportsman main event in front of a large crowd on the first good weather night of the season.

Jon Kellner Jr. set the pace for the first two laps of the NASCAR Whelen All American 358 Modified feature with Ray Swinehart charging to the front on the third circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay track. Meme DeSantis challenged Swinehart in a fan pleasing battle for several laps before taking the top spot on the seventh trip around the clay oval. Just short of halfway Duane Howard, coming from 16th starting spot, move in to challenge DeSantis and just a little after the halfway mark Howard charged past DeSantis coming off the fourth turn to take control of the race.

Once in front Howard set a quick pace but with five laps remaining Craig VonDohren became a factor with his Pioneer Pole Buildings No.1c and looked to be in a position to get his second win of the weekend (having won the night before at Big Diamond Speedway). However Howard was able to keep his Bicknell racer in front of the field the Oley racer earned his fourth win of the season and $2750. VonDohren (Oley) had to settle for second, a very close second, followed by Meme DeSantis (Temple), Ray Swinehart (Perkiomenville) and Doug Man miller (Shoemakersville).
 
In victory lane Howard apologized to some turmoil that eliminated Jeff Strunk early in the race. “You have to race aggressively here at Grandview,” said Howard. “I apologize for what happened but I am here to win. It was a great win for the team.”
 
As has become the norm for the Late Models it took a couple of cautions to get the 25-lap feature race moving along but once it was underway Sam Schlosberg has a relatively easy time of it leading all the laps to take his first win of the season. The Green Lane racer did have Kory Fleming, making his best showing of the season, to contend with throughout the entire 25 laps and that kept the fan interest. At the finish Schlosberg was just a narrow margin in front of second place Fleming (Milford, NJ) who was closing as the checkered flag fell. Third place was earned by Sean Merkel (Gilbertsville) followed by Jason Miller (New Tripoli) and Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton).
 
Tommy Scheetz II was quick to gain control of the 24 car starting field in the 25-lap feature for Sportsman. Scheetz set the pace for the first seven laps but a two car tangle on the backstretch brought out a caution and on the restart Paul Kline went to the front of the field.

The Muhlenberg racer had little competition until the closing laps when Jared Umbenhauer (Richland), coming from 14th starting spot put his Eastern Rigging No. 5 in contention for the win. The defending Sportsman champion was gaining on the leader as the race ended and had to settle for second. Tommy Scheetz II (Boyertown) finished third followed by Kyle Borror (Peach Bottom) and Kenny Gilmore (Fleetwood).
 
Kline, a very happy winner, may have set a record for the longest victory lane interview after his win thanking sponsors, crew, friends and family.

Qualifying heat winners for the Modifieds were Todd Smith, Jon Kellner Jr., Ray Swinehart and Jon Kellner Sr. Modified consolation races were won Ron Kline and Jordan Umbenhauer. Late Model qualifying race winners were Sam Schlosberg and Lee Miller. Qualifying heat races for the Sportsman were won by Tommy Scheetz II, John Kovatch IV, and Dean Bachman while the consolation race victory was taken by Joe Fanelli.

Racing action on Saturday, June 8th at 7:30 p.m. will feature a tripleheader show of NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars sponsored by TP Trailers of Limerick, PA. At least 14 events of racing. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is just $15.00 while young people 12 and under enter for FREE. As gates open three drivers representing three divisions of racing will be doing a meet and greet along with having their race cars on display.
 
On Sunday, June 9, 1 p.m. the Outlaw Enduros are racing along with the Blast from the Past Vintage cars. Some new events have been added for the Enduro racers. Adult admission is $10.

358 MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS: 1. Duane Howard 2. Craig VonDohren 3. Meme DeSantis 4. Ray Swinehart 5. Doug Manmiller 6. Glenn Strunk 7. Frank Cozze 8. Ryan Grim 9.Kyle Follweiler 10. Kyle Weiss 11. Don Norris Jr. 12. John Willman 13. Jarred Miller 14. Jordan Umbenhauer 15. Nate Christman 16. Mike Gular 17. Ron Kline 18. Ron Seltman 19. Justin Grim 20. Eric Biehn 21. Mark Kratz 22. Brad Grim 23.Todd Smith 24. Terry Meitzler 25. Jon Kellner Jr. 26. Jeff Strunk 27. Jon Kellner Sr. 28. Kevin Hirthler
 
SPORTSMAN FEATURE - 25 LAPS:1.Paul Kline 2. Jared Umbenhauer 3. Tommy Scheetz II 4. Kyle Borror 5. Kenny Gilmore 6. Mike Lisowski 7. Kirby Sites 8. John Kovatch IV 9. Brian Hirthler 10.Kaitie McCardle 11. Ryan Lilick 12. Dean Bachman 13. Craig Whitmoyer 14. Ken Eckert Jr. 15. Jamie Undercoffler 16.Chris Jenkins 17. Erik Renninger 18. Joe Fanelli 19. Kevin Beach 20. Guy Germano 21. Brett Kressley 22. Brad Brightbill 23. Matt Hafer DNS Joe Funk

LATE MODEL FEATURE - 25 LAPS:1. Sam Schlosberg 2. Kory Fleming 3. Sean Merkel 4. Jason Miller 5. Wayne Pfeil 6. Chuck Schutz 7. Lee Miller 8. John Giesler 9. Steve Butler 10. Bill Henning 11. Dan Green 12. Rick Todorow 13. Buddy Mertz 14. Steve Nederostek 15. Danny Snyder 16. Mike Kellner
 
UNOFFICIAL  POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR MODIFIEDS AS OF JUNE 1, 2013
 
1.    Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4    2118****
2.    Craig VonDohren, Boyertown, PA #1C    2018**
3.    Frank Cozze, Easton, PA   #357    1951
4.    Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46    1896*
5.    Jeff Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA #4*    1763
6.    Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D    1607*
7.    Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K    1593
8.    Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19    1592
9.    Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA  #53    1570
10.    Nate Christman, Oley, PA  #37    1544
 
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN AS OF JUNE 1, 2013
 1.     Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5    1859**
2.    Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99    1770
3.    Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7    1689
4.    Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA  #B4    1638*
5.    Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA  #19    1530
6.    Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA  #19K    1509**
7.    Kevin Beach, Minersville, PA  #17X    1500*
8.    Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4*    1467
9.    Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA  #15    1422
10.    Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J,     1222

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

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VONDOHREN 3 FOR 3 IN $3,000 EVENTS, UMBENHAUER WINS 3rd OF YEAR IN SPORTSMAN, BERZOWSKI GRABS 4th WIN IN ROADRUNNERS, LORD & PEPE WIN 305 AND 600 MAINS

MINERSVILLE, PA - JUNE 1st, 2013

The pits were bursting at the seams on Friday, as a staggering 138 cars signed in to do battle at Big Diamond Speedway on a hot and steamy evening.

First on the agenda were the ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds.  Current point leader Craig Von Dohren continued the torrid start to his 2013 campaign, winning his 3rd feature event of the season.  Ironically, all three victories have been in extra distance, 30 lap, $3,000 to win events.

Craig Whitmoyer bolted into the lead at the start of the event from his pole starting spot, followed closely by Kevin Smith from spot number three.  The first half of the event saw Whitmoyer and Smith exchange the top spot several times, all while 9th starting Von Dohren meticulously worked his way to the front.  One lap after the halfway signal was given to the field, Von Dohren made his move past Smith and into the top spot.  Behind Von Dohren, Meme Desantis and Doug Manmiller all of a sudden made their presence known, and began an epic battle with Tim Buckwalter for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th positions.  These three drivers were definitely the show over the last half of the race, while Von Dohren checked out to his 3rd win of the season.  Desantis was able to come home 2nd, with Manmiller, Buckwalter, and 25th starting Billy Pauch Jr. rounding out the top five.  Jeff Strunk, Kevin Smith, Craig Whitmoyer, Andy Burkhart, and Kevin Albert Jr. completed the top ten.  Heat races were won by Dan Hineline, whose car failed to fire at the start of the feature, Desantis, and Von Dohren.

In the Sportsman 20 lap main event, Doug Hendricks led from his pole starting spot, followed closely by Billy Moyer Jr.  These two drivers ran neck and neck the first few laps, each holding the lead at numerous times.  Right before the midway point of the event, Kevin Beach Jr. bolted into the lead coming off of turn two, followed closely by Jared Umbenhauer.  Beach continued to lead until a caution on lap 14.  During this caution, Beach dashed into the pit area, victim of a flat tire due to contact with another car earlier in the event.  This handed the lead over to Umbenhauer, who never faltered over the final six laps and went on to score his third victory of the season at Big Diamond Speedway.  Billy Moyer Jr. continued the great start to his season by coming home second, followed by Hendricks, Mike Lisowski, and Corey Renninger.  Wayne Witmer, Ray Woodall Jr., Colt Harris, Robin Schultz, and Tim Fitzpatrick rounded out the top ten.  Heat races were won by Umbernhauer and Moyer Jr.

Marc Berzowski raced to his forth win of the season in the Roadrunner division, grabbing the lead from Shon Elk near the halfway point of the event and never looking back.  Elk held on for his best finish of the season, coming home second, followed by Jim Kost, Tim Spesak, and Chris Holland.  Terry Kramer Jr., Kris Ney, new high school graduate Kyle Killian, Joe Kavanaugh, and Tim Fitzpatriack Jr. rounded out the top ten.  Heat races were won by Jeremy Becker and Elk.

Joe Lord was able to score the victory in the TSRS 305 20 lap Sprint feature, while Jonathan Pepe was victorious is the 600cc Modified event.

Racing returns to Big Diamond Speedway next Friday, June 7th, with what is sure to be one of the craziest events of the season.  The ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds and USS Achey Sportsman will be on the card with their normal 25 and 20 lap feature events, along with the fan favorite Savage 61 Roadrunners competing in the Crazy 8's - four 8 lap feature events.  Each 8 lap feature for the Roadrunners will be a full, points paying event.  The first feature will be lined up by normal handicapping procedures.  The 2nd, 3rd and 4th feature events will be lined up via an invert number, drawn by the previous feature winner.  The invert will be either 2, 4, 6, or 8. The point standing are sure to look a lot different once the night is over.  First heat hits the track at 8:15 PM.

358  Modifieds (30 Laps) 1) Craig Von Dohren 2) Meme Desantis 3) Doug Manmiller 4) Tim Buckwalter 5) Billy Pauch Jr. 6) Jeff Strunk 7) Kevin Smith 8) Craig Whitmoyer 9) Andy Burkhart 10) Kevin Albert Jr. 11) Frank Cozze 12) AJ Desantis 13) Nathan Klinger 14) Ricky Yetter 15) Shawn Fitzpatrick 16) Danny Nichloas 17) Brad Arnold 18) Donny Hartz 19) Bill Gensler 20) Jim Bobbitt Jr. 21) Dale Hartz 22) Ray Swinehart 23) Tommy Sheetz Jr. 24) Blaine Bracelin 25) Ron Haring Jr. DNS) Dan Hineline DNQ)Mike Mamanna, David Ogin

Sportsman (20 Laps) 1) Jared Umbenhauer 2) Billy Moyer Jr. 3) Doug Hendricks 4) Mike Lisowski 5) Corey Renninger 6) Wayne Witmer 7) Ray Woodall Jr. 8) Colt Harris 9) Robin Schultz 10)Tim Fitzpatrick 11) Harry Landis 12) Mike Glass 13) Kevin Brady 14) Brandon Whitmoyer 15) Kevin Beach Jr. 16) Charles Fayash 17) Andrew Fayash III 18) Jared Siegfried 19) AJ Gerhart 20) Chad Putalavage 21) Andrew Cozze 22) Joe Mooney 23) Shawn Light 24) Mark Behm 25) Josh Hertzog

Roadrunners (20 Laps) 1) Marc Berzowski 2) Shon Elk 3) Jim Kost 4) Tim Spesak 5) Chris Holland 6) Terry Kramer Jr. 7) Kris Ney 8) Kyle Killian 9) Joe Kavanaugh 10) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 11) Kyle Wingle 12) Bill Wingle Jr. 13) Alan Renninger 14) Devin Trexler 15) Connor Horan 16) Joey Brennan 17) Charles Webber 18) Jon Schlauch 19) TJ Fitzpatrick 20) Dave Miller 21) John Whyne 22) Jeremy Becker 23) Marty Purcell DNS) Dave Long Jr.

600cc Modified Winner - Jonathan Pepe

TSRS 305 Sprint Winner - Joe Lord

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JOSE TORRES WINS AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY BEFORE MOTHER NATURE CLAIMED THE REMAINDER OF THE EVENT

Ransomville, NY – Friday, May 31, 2013 – What a year it has been at the Big R as Mother Nature once again made for a stressful night in Western New York.  Just after the Gippster’s Collision 4 Banger feature main, the skies opened up bringing the racing to a halt.   Prior to the dismal weather - another great field of cars made their way to Ransomville Speedway  as 101 cars filled the pit area last Friday night for a Full Card of Racing presented by Investor’s Services. 

Jose Torres of Niagara Falls, NY captured the win in the Gippster’s Collision 4 Banger twelve lap feature main.  Torres took the lead away from Chris Miller on lap five and held off persistent challenges from Michael Kramarz enroute to his second win of the year.  Hot off his win the week prior, Kramarz would pull alongside of Torres as the pair came off turn four.  At the finish line – a photo finish would result in Torres for the win by inches of Kramarz.  Brett Senek claimed the third position followed by Miller and Mike Pahl.

The points battles to date finds Pete Bicknell of St. Catharines, Ontario topping the charts in the Mighty Taco Modifieds.  The defending champion leads youngster Erick Rudoph by eight markers followed by Chad Brachmann, Ryan Susice, and Robbie Krull.   The Investor’s Services Sportsman race finds defending champion Don Spatorico in the point position by four points over James Michael Friesen.  Jesse Cotriss, Scott George, and Boyd MacTavish rounds out the top five.   Pat Dell leads the way aboard the Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks followed by defending champion Alex Morris, Webb Nashwinter, Jaren Israel, and Mike Greenawalt.  Defending champion Jim Stone of Ransomville, NY looks to be in championship mode as he has three wins to date and leads the points.  Chris Leone, Zack Sam, Chris Lederhouse, and Ashley Harbison rounds out the top five.   A graduate of the go-kart ranks, Austin Susice finds himself in the lead aboard the Gippster’s Collision 4 Banger points chase.  Mike Kramarz, Eric Tupper, Jose Torres, and Mike Hossfeld rounds out the top five. 

Rain – checks will be honored for Friday, June 7th, 2013.
 
MIGHTY TACO MODIFIED - Heat Winners – Phil Vigneri Jr. and Chad Brachmann.
INVESTOR’S SERVICES VP D98 SPORTSMAN– Heat Winners – Nate Reynolds, Cody McPherson, and James Michael Friesen.
KI-PO CHEVROLET STREET STOCK  - Heat Winners – Neil Pafk and Jesse Johnston.
FINDIQUICK.COM FIREBALL– Heat Winners – Chris Lederhouse.

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Baron Roofing and Siding set to open 2013 David Chevrolet King of Crates Series at Merrittville

Date – May 30, 2013 THOROLD, ONTARIO – For Merrittville Speedway’s Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division – the David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series is over their heads and Baron Roofing and Siding can help!

Niagara’s Roofing and Siding Specialist  will help continue the month of June with the Opening Round of the Mini-Series set for 40 laps in addition as part of the 5 Division Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event – Saturday June 8th.

“If the Series unfolds anywhere near how it did last season … race fans are in for some exciting and unpredictable action ,” reveals (Merrittville GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “the race to be the David Chevrolet King of the Crates went right down to the final lap with Cody McPherson winning taking home the crown by a single point!”

Looking back – McPherson beat his brother Tyler in a thrilling battle in the Series’ Opener … survived a 10 caution … 2 red flag 40 lap marathon to win the second and fought back from a flat tire in the finale.

To date in 2013, Brad Rouse leads the point standings with 276 going in to June 1st’s Archer Truck Services/Semenuk’s Esso Night – a mere 4 points ahead of Gary Lindberg.

McPherson however is still looking for his first win of the season and sits in third spot – 26 points behind. McPherson’s cousin BJ Willard is in fourth just 2 points behind while Greg Panunte rounds out the top 5 – just 36 points out of top spot.

The GM Crate Engine is a bullet-proof 350-horsepower, 350-cubic-inch factory-sealed racing engine and is a tough combination of power and reliability, and it fits almost any racing budget.

Join us Saturday June 8th when the 2013 David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series opens up for the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division. Showtime for the Baron Roofing and Siding Special is 7:00 PM. Gates open at 5:30.

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Frenchie’s Chevrolet Presents Re-Scheduled Frenchie’s ‘Chevy Runs Deep’ Modified Series Race and Memorial Cup Plus Full Show at Mohawk International Raceway on Friday Night

AKWESASNE, NY – Last weekend’s Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” 358 Modified Series was postponed due to rain and wet grounds at Mohawk International Raceway, but we will return this week for the rescheduled event, featuring 50 laps of Modified feature action, as well as a full show of Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Mod Lites and Bandits.

Last year’s Frenchie’s Champion Billy Dunn will be back to defend his title and hopes to add his name to the elite list of past Memorial Cup race winners.

The Memorial Cup has been a huge part of Mohawk International Raceway dating back to the 1990 season.  Barry Poitras and Roger Lalonde split the inaugural Memorial Cup event on the only year they had twin 20 lap features. Poitras also won the event in 1995.  Dave Heaslip won in 1991, picking up his first of five Memorial Cup victories, also earning wins in 1997, 2004, 2005, and 2008.  Randy Connors won in 1992 followed by back to back wins from Billy King in 1993 and 1994.  Peter Mantha won the coveted trophy in 1996, Pierre Dagenais in 1998 and Bill “Moon” Mullin won back in the 1999 season.  Vince Quennville, Joel Doiron, Mike Perrotte and Jeff Sykes won in 2000 to 2003, with invaders Danny Johnson and Tim Fuller stealing the local’s thunder with wins in 2006 and 2007.  Carey Terrance went back to back in 2009 and 2010 with Memorial Cup wins, while more recent winners include Chris Raabe in 2011 and Dale Planck in 2012.  Be sure to attend Mohawk International Raceway this Friday night to see who will add their name to the list of Memorial Cup winners.

Pit Gates and Spectator area will open at 4pm.  Heat race action will get underway at 7:30pm.  Pit Admission is $30 with DIRTcar License and $35 without.  Grandstand Admission is only $20 with children 12 and under is just $5.

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