PAUCH PICKS UP HIS SECOND NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY CHECKERED FLAG OF THE YEAR
New Egypt, NJ (April 22, 2018) - At New Egypt Speedway, Billy Pauch, Jr. picked up his second checkered flag of the year after beating his rivals in the Modified feature. Art Liedl was victorious in the Hammer Sportsman main event. The Crate Modified feature was won by Jordan Cox. Eric Jennings took top honors in the Larry's Hot Rods & Harley's Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars feature. Ryan Heim won the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman race.
Polesitter Chad Barney grabbed the lead as the 30-lap Modified feature began with Richie Pratt, Jr. and Jim Bobbitt next in line. After several caution periods and eight tours recorded, Barney was still in charge with Steve Davis, Matt Stangle, Billy Pauch, Jr. and Pratt, Jr. completing the top five.
At the halfway point, the front four of Barney, Davis, Stangle and Pauch, Jr. were racing in close quarters of one another. Shortly afterwards, Pauch, Jr., who started the event in twenty-fourth, began to use the middle racing lanes in the corners and motored into second place on the seventeenth revolution. Two laps later, Pauch, Jr. scooted past Barney to take over first place.
Once on top, Pauch, Jr. began to pull away from the field. Behind the leader and with nine circuits to go, Stangle edged up into third while eighteenth place starting David VanHorn continued his march forward as he moved into fourth. As Pauch, Jr. was beginning to approach lap traffic, his comfortable lead evaporated due to a caution period for Tim Apgar with four laps to go. On the ensuing restart, Pauch, Jr. held off Barney with VanHorn advancing into third, Davis riding in fourth and Stangle slipping back to fifth.
Over the final laps, Pauch, Jr. distanced himself away from the pack and cruised to his second win of the year. Barney's strong run netted him second place. With VanHorn finishing third, Davis was fourth and Stangle was fifth. Matt Stangle, Ryan Godown and Dominick Buffalino were the Modified heat winners.
Art Liedl, who has the most feature wins in the former SS Sprint division at New Egypt Speedway, was victorious in a Hammer Sportsman feature for the first time since 2004. Liedl captured his second career win in the division after taking the lead from Jimmy Amato on the third circuit of the 20-lap contest. David Burns claimed the runner-up spot while Billy Osmun finished in third. The top five was filled out by Cale Ross and Amato. The Hammer Sportsman heat races were taken by David Burns and Billy Osmun.
In the 20-lap Crate Modified feature, Jordan Cox led from start to finish to collect his first career win. Eric Palmer chased Cox throughout the feature to take second place. Third went to Kyle Kania. Ninth place starting Ryan Simmons came home in fourth and Johnny Bangs completed the race in fifth. Kyle Kania and Dan Fleming were the victors in the Crate Modified heat races.
For the second week in a row, Ryan Heim topped the field in the Lyons Rookie Sportsman feature. Paige Brown led the opening four circuits before the seventh place starting Heim took control. Sam Martz, Jr. chased Heim over the final tours to claim the runner-up spot. With Brown finishing third, Kevin Borden, Jr. was fourth and Erich Conk came
home in fifth.
MODIFIEDS - 30 LAPS FEATURE 1. BILLY PAUCH, JR. 2. Chad Barney 3. David VanHorn 4. Steve Davis 5. Matt Stangle 6. Rich Rutski 7. John McClelland 8. Wade Hendrickson 9. Ryan
Krachun 10. Ryan Godown 11. Danny Bouc 12. Richie Pratt, Jr. 13. JR Fulper 14. PJ Oliver 15. Brian Papiez 16. Tim Apgar 17. Blaine Bracelin 18. Dakota Kessler 19. Brian Roemer 20. Jeff Bubori 21. Jim Bobbitt 22. Kevin Vaclavicek 23. Davey Sammons 24. TJ Lilly 25. Dominick Buffalino
SPORTSMAN - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. ART LIEDL 2. David Burns 3. Billy Osmun 4. Cale Ross 5. Jimmy Amato 6.Will Dupree 7. Bob Lineman, Jr. 8. Bill Liedtka 9. Marty Resnick 10. Pat
Wall 11. Bob Rambone 12. Ryan Heim 13. Erich Conk 14. Shaun Ratchford 15. Joseph Brown
CRATE MODIFIEDS - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. JORDAN COX 2. Eric Palmer 3. Kyle Kania 4. Ryan Simmons 5. Johnny Bangs 6. George Gareis, Jr. 7. Steve Hicks 8. Sam Martz, Jr. 9. Rob Mancini 10. Tom Princiotta 11. Aaron Weaver 12. Steve Desmelyk 13. Joe Toth 14. Jeremy Martino 15. John Criscione 16. Dan Fleming 17. Paul Hartwig 18. Paige Brown
19. John Aumick 20. Robby Dunn 21. Kevin Borden 22. Glenn McIntyre.
NORTHEAST WINGLESS SPRINT CARS - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. ERIC JENNINGS 2. Karl Freyer 3. Bob Tersillo 4. Rich Mellor 5. Brian Spencer 6. Jermain Godshall 7. Duane Nixon 8. Heidi Hedin 9. Paul Comstock 10. Larry Drake 11. TJ Lilly. DQ: Larry McVay
ROOKIE SPORTSMAN - 8 LAPS FEATURE 1. RYAN HEIM 2. Sam Martz, Jr. 3. Paige Brown 4. Kevin Borden, Jr. 5. Erich Conk 6. Matt Miller 7. Bobby Holzwarth. DNS: Zachary Merola
BRAD GRIM AND RYAN WATT CAPTURE CHECKERED FLAGS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY NIGHT
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 22, 2018 . . . A full card of regular season NASCAR points paying events Saturday night at Grandview Speedway got the 2018 racing season underway on a very exciting note, as Brad Grim and Ryan Watt, all, took home Opening Night wins at the popular high-banked third-mile clay oval in Bechtelsville, PA.
In the Sportsman feature, a heads-up starting order saw Jim Housworth of Riegelsville, PA immediately jumped out in front after starting from the pole in the 24-car starting field and was the race leader after lap one. On lap two, third-place starter Brad Grim out of Coplay, PA made a move on the outside off turn four to become the new race leader at the line by a radiator, racing side-by-side with Housworth. Cautions after lap two and again after lap three bunched up the field, however, Grim remained out in front completing lap four, with outside front row starter Brian Hirthler in tow, as Housworth fell to third.
Grim maintained his advantage as the race leader, as Housworth moved back into the runner-up position by lap six, with Hirthler and Brad Brightbill now trailing. Brightbill climbed into third-place on lap eight and a caution flag after 11-laps were completed tightened up the field again.
With the new green it was Grim out in front over Housworth, Brightbill, Hirthler and now Louden Reimert of Oley, PA, who started from eleventh. Grim immediately started pulling away and opening up a sizeable advantage as the laps clicked off. With five to go, Grim was out in front by a full straightaway.
Little changed in the closing laps as Grim raced under the checkered first outrunning Housworth, Brightbill, Hirthler and Reimert in that order. Grim took home an additional $100 bonus from TP Trailers as well for his victory.
“The car was a little tight there at the end. We had to run the top and that wasn’t where I wanted to be, but I knew it was where I had to be if I wanted to stay out in front because that’s where the bite was. This is a very good team and I thought that they were closer to me there at the end, but my crew tells me we won by a full straightaway and that surprised me,” announced Grim.
Sportsman heat race winners were Housworth, Hirthler and Grim. The consolation winner was Kyle Lilick. A total of 33 Sportsman racers signed in for competition on Saturday night.
In the 30-lap 358 Modified headliner, the heads-up start showed Doug Manmiller from Shoemakersville, PA racing out in front with the initial green flag after starting from the pole, but all eyes were on Ryan Watt from Boyertown, PA, who started fourth in the 28-car starting field and quickly powered his way around the outside to move up to the runner-up position after one tour. Watt fought it out with Manmiller wheel-to-wheel and made the pass to become the new race leader down the back part of the speedway and racing into turn three on lap four.
With six complete it was Watt, Manmiller and second-place starter Steve Swinehart of Perkiomenville, PA running as the top three. A caution quickly bunched up the field at that point.
On lap seven, tenth-place starter Duane Howard from Oley, PA powered his way into third, followed by Mike Gular out of Harleysville, PA and Kevin Hirthler of Boyertown, PA, who started from seventh. Howard started to work his way under Manmiller by lap nine and, eventually, squeezed by on lap 12 to take second. With 13 circuits in the record books, Watt was now out in front by a full straightaway.
Watt started to get slowed by lapped traffic, as Howard began to reel the leader in. With 18 down, Howard was now right on Watt, working through the lapped traffic, as Manmiller brought out a caution due to a badly smoking motor after 21 rounds were completed.
On the restart Watt powered out in front again over Howard, fourteenth-place starter Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, PA and Gular. After 23 circuits, Watt again pulled out to a safe advantage. On lap 25, Craig Von Dohren from Oley, PA climbed into the top five, after starting in twenty-first.
Watt easily claimed the first-place pay check, with Howard, Cozze, Gular and Von Dohren in tow.
Watt earned an additional $250 bonus check from TP Trailers after his feature win, plus the weekly $2,500 first-place winner’s prize.
“I wish we had this car here last week (referring to the VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial that paid $7,500 to win). We’ve been so close here with a couple of second-place finishes. We’ve got a lot of friends and family here tonight. It’s great to finally be back in victory lane. I almost forgot how to get here. We brought this Bicknell car here last year but had a fuel line issue hurt us. Tonight there was a lot of grip and I could easily get that bite if I got back into the throttle again. I wasn’t really worried once we got out in front,” commented Watt.
The 358 Modified heat race winners were Manmiller, Steve Swinehart, Kenny Gilmore and Watt. Consolation winners were Von Dohren and Jared Umbenhauer of Richland, PA. A total of 39 358 Modified cars signed in for competition on Saturday evening.
Racing action returns to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 28th, 7 p.m. with the running of a tripleheader card of racing featuring the NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars.
358 Modified feature (30-laps) – 1) Ryan Watt, 2) Duane Howard, 3) Frank Cozze, 4) Mike Gular, 5) Craig Von Dohren, 6) Kevin Hirthler, 7) Brett Kressley, 8) Rick Laubach, 9) Jeff Strunk, 10) Ryan Grim, 11) Brian Krummel, 12) Jared Umbenhauer, 13) Danny Erb, 14) Justin Grim, 15) Tim Buckwalter, 16) Kyle Weiss, 17) Ryan Lilick, 18) John Willman, 19) Chris Gambler, 20) Doug Manmiller, 21) Kenny Gilmore, 22) Eric Biehn, 23) Clay Butler, 24) Steve Swinehart, 25) Bobby Trapper, 26) Mike Kellner, 27) Jordan Henn, 28) Bobby Trapper Jr.
Sportsman feature (25-laps) – 1) Brad Grim, 2) Jim Housworth, 3) Brad Brightbill, 4) Brian Hirthler, 5) Louden Reimert, 6) Craig Whitmoyer, 7) Joe Funk, 8) Mark Kemmerer, 9) Kurt Bettler, 10) Jesse Landis, 11) Mike Lisowski, 12) Ryan Higgs, 13) Ryan Beltz, 14) Gary Wagner, 15) Lex Shive, 16) Derrick Smith, 17) Tyler Reber, 18) Nathan Brinner, 19) Kyle Lilick, 20) Kenny Eckert Jr., 21) Dylan Swinehart, 22) Nico Flammer, 23) Scott Kohler, 24) Jack Butler
UnSpring-like weather adds two Monday Events to 2018 Schedule – Spring Sizzler cancelled, Test & Tune added
April 19, 2018 THOROLD, ONTARIO – UnSpring-like weather has forced Merrittville Speedway Officials to cancel this Saturday's Semenuk's Esso Patriot Sprint Tour Spring Sizzler.
Race Fans and Race Teams however should note that an addition to the 67th Season ... the Monday Madness BBQ Sizzler is scheduled for Monday July 2nd.
A second Monday Event has also been added for April 23rd with the addition of a Test and Tune Night starting at 5 PM.
"The overnight lows from the last few days and those predicted for the next couple days are keeping the grounds frozen," said Merrittville Race Director Tom Beales, "we're expecting the grounds to thaw Saturday as the temperatures begin to rise and that will make both the parking lot and pit areas unusable."
"It's unfortunate to have to cancel this Saturday's event but we really don't have any other options," added Merrittville owner Don Spiece, "Ed and Peter Semenuk have put so much effort into making the Sizzler into a special night for race fans and teams alike ... we will announce plans for July 2nd as soon as everything comes together ... but you can be assured that it will be an event that should be everyone's racing calendar."
After Monday April 23rd's Test and Tune Night ... the 2018 Season will begin with Loop Paint presenting the Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series Opener for all 6 Divisions on Saturday April 28th.
Featured on the last Saturday of April will be the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Stocks, Mod Lites, 4 Cylinders and the V6 Divisions.
On Saturday April 28th the Pits will open at 5, the Grandstands at 5:30 and Show Time is 7 PM.
Utica-Rome Speedway Forced to Cancel April 22 Program; Opening Day Now Set for April 29
VERNON, NY – Although temperatures have finally begun to rise, the wet weather that forced Utica-Rome Speedway to cancel last weekend's practice session had continued. As a result, speedway officials have been forced to make the difficult decision to cancel this weekend's racing program scheduled for April 22.
"With all the rain that has fallen this week we can't get on the track," said promoter Bill Shea. "Plus the parking lot and pit areas are just saturated. Unfortunately there is no way we can get the racing in this weekend."
Luckily, it looks like next week the weather is finally set to turn with warmer temperatures and sunshine currently in the forecast which will allow the track maintenance team to get on the track and prepare for Sunday, April 29. On the schedule for the evening's racing program are the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman, the Rookie Sportsman and the only appearance in 2018 at the track by the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series which features a hefty $1,000 winner's payday. Budwesier and VP Racing Fuels are the presenting sponsors of the night's racing program.
The April 29 event now marks the opening round of points for all divisions, including the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds. The Modified high point man will earn $5,000 with the top 10 drivers sharing in a point fund of nearly $20,000.
On May 6, Utica-Rome Speedway is scheduled for the first PICK 4 Show of the season featuring the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman, Ted's Body Shop DIRTcar Pro Stocks and the Rookie Sportsman. A PICK 4 program means that all fans in attendance will be eligible to win prizes including free passes, food vouchers and much more.
Mother's Day weekend (May 13) features the return of the New York 100 for the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series presented by St. Lawrence Radiology Serving Oneida Healthcare, Lewis County Hospital & Open MRI of Mohawk Valley LLC. The 100-lap feature will pay a cool $4,000 to the winner of the main-event. Joining the New Yorker 100 is a complete show for the Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman, Ted's Body Shop DIRTcar Pro Stocks and the Rookie Sportsman.
Racing on April 29 will get underway promptly at 6pm with grandstand gates opening at 3:30pm. Tickets for the grandstands are just $13 while it's $10 for Seniors/Students/Military and kids under the age of 16 are free.
POINT BATTLES KICK OFF FOR ALL THREE DIVISIONS OF STOCK CAR RACING AT GRANDVIEW ON SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 17, 2018 . . . When NASCAR stock car racing gets the green flag at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 21st, two 10-time champions, Craig VonDohren and Jeff Strunk, will be trying to be the first to reach 11 championships. VonDohren has earned the T.P.Trailers 358 Modified championships the last three years and his strong third place effort in the VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial last Saturday showed that he is ready for another strong season, perhaps a fourth straight title.
However Jeff Strunk is also looking for a strong season as he goes after his 11th title and first since 2014. Duane Howard, another talented veteran, is a five time champion and will be seeking his sixth title, last one won in 2012, during the 2018 season.
Make no mistake though it will not be all about VonDohren, Strunk and Howard as the season gets underway with many young talents setting their sights on the lucrative title. Grandview Speedway is one of very few tracks, perhaps the only track, in the nation that affords racer the opportunity to win two titles, the NASCAR and track championships.
The Saturday card of racing, a tripleheader with a 7 p.m. starting time, will feature the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Late Model stock cars battling for championship points. An extra added attraction for Saturday is the first 2018 appearance of the Blast from the Past Vintage Car racers with no increase in the regular admission price.
A full slate of qualifying events will lead up to the exciting feature events in each NASCAR division of racing.
Admission for Saturday night is $15 for adults and youngsters under 12 are admitted FREE. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m.
When the racing ends each night fans are invited to head back to the pit area to see the race cars up close, take pictures and collect autographs.
PAUCH IS VICTORIOUS AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY'S 2018 SEASON OPENER
New Egypt, NJ (April 15, 2018) - On Opening Night at New Egypt Speedway, presented by Oliver Communications Group, Billy Pauch, Jr. was victorious in the extra distance 40-lap Modified feature. Pat Wall topped the field in the Hammer Sportsman race. The Street Stock feature was won by Bill Liedtka. Ryan Heim took the checkered flag in the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie contest.
As the 40-lap double point Modified feature got underway, polesitter Steve Davis sped to the front with JR Fulper and Billy Pauch, Jr. next in line.
With three tours completed, Pauch, Jr. had motored into second with Brandon rosso advancing to third. On lap four, Pauch, Jr. was just about to take command of the race when the yellow flag waved for Brian Papiez. On the ensuing restart, Pauch, Jr. used the outside groove to drive by Davis and into the lead. After several caution periods and ten circuits in the books, Pauch, Jr. was still in control with Danny Bouc, Grosso, Dominick Buffalino, Jimmy Horton and Davis in tow. Due to the total amount of circuits under green and yellow flag conditions, a fuel stop took place at lap seventeen with Pauch, Jr., Grosso, Bouc, David VanHorn and Kevin Vaclavicek in the top five positions.
When racing got back underway, Pauch, Jr. retained his edge with Grosso holding onto second and VanHorn zipping into third. While cleanup of a lap eighteen multi-car tangle was occurring, Grosso went pitside and relinquished second place to VanHorn. Pauch, Jr. repelled a strong bid by Van Horn for the top running spot as action resumed. By the twenty-fifth tour, Pauch, Jr. was beginning to pull away from the pack with Bouc in second and VanHorn in third. As the leader was approaching the back of the field and with only six circuits remaining, the yellow lights illuminated for a slowing Ryan Krachun.
On the ensuing restart, Pauch, Jr. kept his lead with Bouc and VanHorn trying to track him down. Over the final laps, several minor incidents brought out the yellow flag including the final caution of the contest with one circuit to go. During this period, the second place running Bouc went to the pits with a right rear flat.
On the last lap shootout, Pauch, Jr., the 2017 division champion, held off VanHorn to earn the win. With VanHorn taking second, Modified rookie TJ Lilly finished in third place. Grosso rebounded to take fourth and Vaclavicek's strong performance earned him a fifth place finish. The Modified heat winners were Steve Davis, David VanHorn and Brandon Grosso. PJ Oliver was the victor in the consolation race.
In the 20-lap Sportsman feature, Pat Wall took the lead from Bill Liedtka on the eighth circuit and paced the field for the remaining distance to score his fifth career victory. Bob Lineman, Jr., who chased Wall over the final half of the race, was the runner-up. Cale Ross drove up from his twelfth place starting spot to come home in third. Billy Osmun, the 2017 Hammer Sportsman champion, completed the race in fourth while Kyle Kania finished in fifth. David Burns, Cale Ross and Pat Wall won the qualify events for the Hammer Sportsman. The consolation race winner was Shaun Ratchford.
In the 8-lap Rookie feature, Ryan Heim led every step of the way to record the win. Sam Martz, Jr charged from his sixth starting spot to claim the runner-up spot. Third went to Bobby Holzwarth. Eric Conk finished fourth and fifth was taken by Kevin Borden, Jr.
MODIFIEDS - 40 LAPS FEATURE 1. BILLY PAUCH, JR. 2. David VanHorn 3. TJ Lilly 4. Brandon Grosso 5. Kevin Vaclavicek 6. Davey Sammons 7. JR Fulper 8. John McClelland 9. Ryan Godown 10. Wade Hendrickson 11. Brian Papiez 12. Danny Bouc 13. Dillon Steuer 14. Jeff Bubori 15. Ryan Krachun 16. Jimmy Horton 17. Chris Grbac 18. Steve Davis 19. Tim Apgar 20. Dominick Buffalino 21. Jack Swain 22. PJ Oliver 23. Matt Stangle 24. Rich Rutski
SPORTSMAN - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. PAT WALL 2. Bob Lineman, Jr. 3. Cale Ross 4. Billy Osmun 5. Kyle Kania 6. Bill Liedtka 7. Art Liedl 8. Shaun Ratchford 9. Jeremy Martino 10. Marty Resnick 11. Paul Hartwig 12. Joe Toth 13. Sam Martz, Jr. 14. Jason Kosch 15. Kevin Borden, Jr. 16. Johnny Bangs 17. John Criscione 18. David Burns 19. Ryan Heim 20. Aaron Weaver 21. Joseph Brown 22. Brad Roberts 23. Will Dupree 24. George Gareis, Jr. 25. Jim Hawke. DNS: Rob Mancini
ROOKIE SPORTSMAN - 8 LAPS FEATURE 1. RYAN HEIM 2. Sam Martz, Jr. 3. Bobby Holzwarth 4. Eric Conk 5. Kevin Borden, Jr. 6. Zachary Mendola 7. Matt Miller. DNS: Paige Brown
MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES - 20 LAPS FEATURE - POSTPONED DUE TO CURFEW
Woodhull Season Opener Cancelled; Open Practice Saturday 2pm-6pm
For Immediate Release – April 12th, 2018 –
(WOODHULL, N.Y.) – Mother Nature is showing her cards this week in the Twin Tiers, and those cards are not cards race fans were hoping to see.
Wet weather and already wet grounds across the property at Woodhull Raceway has forced track officials to cancel the season opener scheduled for Saturday night. "New York's Toughest Bullring" and its fans will have to wait one more week to get their dirt track fix.
An open practice has been scheduled for Saturday afternoon instead from 2:00-6:00. A move that track owner Ted White said was the only call his team could really make.
"If we didn't get any more rain, we would have been ready to race," said White. "The track is in great shape, maybe still a little soft but ready for a practice session and even a race night if we had to."
The grounds across the property on County Route 102 in Woodhull- well that's a different story.
"The general admission parking area and the outside edge of the pits by the pit shack is still pretty wet. But we can just avoid those areas and welcome racers in to get some laps on their cars and motors."
Practice will run from 2:00-6:00 and will carry a $15 pit pass. The grandstands will be open free of charge. Any car from any track is welcome to join us for open practice.
The opening event for the Bears Auto Body/CB Motorsports Front Wheel Drive Challenge Series will now shift to Saturday April 21, paying $400-to-win and $50-to-start. This race will carry a $10 entry fee for the Front Wheel Drives.
The $1,000-to-win Close Racing Supply Crate Late Model 30-lap event has been rescheduled to run on the same night as the Crate Late Model King of the Bullring match race event on Saturday June 16.
Saturday April 21 will now serve as the season-opening event for Woodhull Raceway. Insinger Performance and Lias Tire will sponsor the action, featuring a 30-lap NAPA Crate Sportsman feature paying $1,000-to-win. Also in action will be the first race of the three-race Woodhull Street Stock Challenge Series. Race No. 1 of this series will pay $400-to-win and $50-to-start.
The Crate Late Models will also join the Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks and Woodhull Warriors on the card.
Pits open April 21 at 3:30 with pit passes being set at $30. Grandstands open from 4:00-5:00 for $1 off the $12 general admission price for ages 13 and up. Seniors 65+ and ages 8-12 pay the reduced price of $6. Children 7 and under as well as camping are always FREE at Woodhull Raceway.
Practice Postponed; Chase for $5,000 358-Modified Championship Begins with Chill Factor 50 on April 22
VERNON, NY – Mother Nature's wintery grip just doesn't seem to want to let go this year forcing the Utica-Rome Speedway to postpone the practice scheduled for Sunday, April 15. As a result, the speedway has canceled the practice session and hopes to reschedule a practice for this coming week dependent on Mother Nature. The Chill Factor 50 will still kick off the season.
The chase for the $5,000 title begins on Sunday, April 22 as Budweiser presents the Chill Factor 50 for the 358-Modifieds. It is the first full-point event of the 2018 season at the track and offers $3,000 to the winner of the 50-lap affair. The format will include a draw for heat starting positions as well as a redraw for starting spots at the front of the field. Joining the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds on the schedule that night and kicking off their point chase are the Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman who are competing for $1,000 to win along with the Ted's Body Shop Pro Stocks. The Rookie Sportsman division is also set to compete that night.
With the change to the DIRTcar 358-Modified division as the headline class the chase for the 2018 championship is wide open. The multi-time and defending track champion Matt Sheppard has not committed to weekly racing at the facility meaning it's possible that new champion will be crowned and take home the $5,000 top prize with the top ten in points sharing in a nearly $20,000 overall point fund for the division. It is set to be one of the strongest 358-Modified point funds in the Northeast.
Besides the Chill Factor opener, the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds will have several opportunities to compete in extra distance races with raised purses. The first of two visits by the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series comes on Mother's Day, May 13 as $4,000 will go to the winner of the New Yorker 100. Joining the May 13event is the first official event of Super DIRT Week on Tuesday, October 2 with another $4,000 to win event for DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. The King of Dirt Series visits on June 3 with $2,000 on the line for the 358-Modifieds. The Friday Dirt Double event featuring Tony Stewart's All Star Circuit of Champions also has a $2,000 win purse for the 358-Modified division in an open draw format.
The Chill Factor 50 is scheduled for April 22 with racing action set to get underway promptly at 6pm with grandstand gates opening at 3:30pm. Tickets for the grandstands are just $18 while it's $15 for Seniors/Students/Military and kids under the age of 16 are free.
Test, Tune and Inspection Day means 2018 Season almost here
April 9, 2018 THOROLD, ONTARIO – When it comes to Saturday April 14th's Test and Tune Session at Merrittville – the biggest question is ... who is ready for it more?
Race Fans and Race Teams alike have both suffered from a cold, hard winter and it's time for spring!
"We were able to complete the Turning Point School of Driving this past weekend," said Merrittville's Don Spiece, "although the grounds around it may have not been in the best condition ... I think the race track held up real good ... if nothing else – the sounds of racing engines at speed and smell of race fuel in the air had everyone anticipating the start of another year!"
For the Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series Teams – this coming Saturday is Spring Training and the pre-season all wrapped up in a one day session to test out the new car and for some - a new division.
Drivers representing the Hoosier Stocks, Vansickle Pet Valu and Groomingdale's Modified Lites and the new Dave's Auto and Speed Centre V6 Division will be looking for all important seat time in preparation for the 67th Season Opener presented by Loop Paint - Saturday April 28th.
Saturday April 21st's Semenuk's Esso Spring Sizzler will see the S&W Service Centre 358 Modifieds, David Chevrolet Sportsman and Central Fabrication 4 Cylinders in action in addition to the Season Opener for the Patriot Sprint Tour. Drivers from each of those divisions will be on track at Practice shaking down their cars for the following week.
While the evening session April 14th is intended for the Thorold facility's BOHWRS Divisions – drivers from other classes are expected including local Sprint Car Teams looking to prepare for visits of the Action Sprint Tour and Southern Ontario Sprints throughout the season.
Race Teams should make note that the Pit Gates will open at 12 PM April 14th for Inspection with the first Test and Tune Session scheduled for 5:00 PM. Cars will not be allowed on the track until they are inspected.
Grandstand Admission is free.
A WINTERY MIX FORCES THE POSTPONEMENT OF GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY’S VP RACING FUELS BRUCE ROGERS MEMORIAL TO SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 5, 2018 . . . A weather forecast that includes a wintery mix of cold, snow, rain and wind on top of the already saturated grounds has forced Grandview Speedway management to postpone the First Annual VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker Classic, scheduled for Saturday, April 7, to Saturday, April 14th at 7 p.m.
The same schedule of events will be presented on April 14th including a 50-lapper featuring the Small Block Modifieds going up against the Big Block Modifieds with the winner walking off with $7,500 and each feature starter earning at least $1,000. Also included in the doubleheader will be the exciting Sportsman stock cars racing for $750 to win and each feature starter earning $125.
A full series of qualifying heat races will be run in each division to decide who will get to race in the main events.
Craig Von Dohren Opens 2018 Northeast Season With $4,049 Small-Block Modified Victory At Georgetown Speedway
By CODY MANMILLER
GEORGETOWN, DE – Craig Von Dohren used a restart with 18 laps remaining to cruise to a season-opening victory on Friday night's portion of the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial weekend at Georgetown Speedway.
Von Dohren, of Oley, Pa., jumped ahead of Billy Pauch Jr. on lap 12, and secured the lead before the caution flag flew again just two laps later on a chilly evening to capture a $4,049-payday.
"It's really a great feeling to win right off the bat," Von Dohren said in Victory Lane. "We found some things at the end of the season last year at Bridgeport, and it seemed to carry over tonight."
Billy Pauch Jr. led from the opening lap, pushing ahead of Jeff Strunk and Von Dohren from his outside pole starting spot. The lead trio joined in a heated scuffle, with Von Dohren and Strunk trading positions on almost every lap. The first 10 laps clicked off without a stoppage until H.J. Bunting brought out the first yellow.
The first caution led to a few more, including a nasty flip for top-five running Jamie Mills. On the restart with 11 laps in, Strunk ran off the top of the banking coming off of turn two, dropping from the runner-up spot to the tail of the field. A lap ticked off before the next yellow on lap 12, sending him outside the top 20 on the next restart.
Von Dohren jumped in front of Pauch Jr. on the ensuing restart, using the outside lane to his advantage, and when Danny Bouc sat facing the other way on lap 14, Von Dohren was in control. He led Pauch Jr., Duane Howard, Jared Umbenhauer, Stewart Friesen, Doug Manmiller, Anthony Perrego, Mike Gular, Danny Creeden and Matt Stangle.
"I had to get there first," Von Dohren said when asking how he took the lead. "When I finally cleared Jeff (Strunk) I was able to work on Billy a little bit." "I crossed him up coming off of two and had a good run heading down the backstretch on the next restart," Von Dohren said. "I was able to slide up in front of him heading into turn three."
The next 16 laps went out without a hitch, with Von Dohren opening his lead to over half a straightaway. Pauch Jr. held on for second, outdueling Howard in a spirited battle for the runner-up position. Howard was third, Umbenhauer took fourth and Friesen concluded the top five.
Rounding out the top ten was Gular, Perrego, Creeden, Manmiller and Stangle. Strunk battled back to 11th after his early-race mishap.
Von Dohren, Strunk, Billy Pauch Sr. and Friesen took the four qualifying races as 36 Small-Block Modifieds signed in for action.
Saturday (March 17) brings the 50th event in Short Track Super Series history with a 49-lap event paying $6,949 to the winner and $490 to start. This event kicks off the 10-race, $10,000 South Region battle.
Also on the docket is the first STSS Crate 602 Sportsman South event ($1,049 to win) plus features only for Delmarva Chargers, Delaware Super Trucks, Little Lincolns and Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars.
Pit gates open at noon on Saturday. Grandstand gates are open at 1 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 3 p.m. and racing gets underway at 4 p.m.
Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (30 laps): CRAIG VON DOHREN, Billy Pauch Jr., Duane Howard, Jared Umbenhauer, Stewart Friesen, Mike Gular, Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Doug Manmiller, Matt Stangle, Jeff Strunk, Roger Manning, Danny Bouc, H.J. Bunting, Jack Lehner, Brad Trice, Tyler Boniface, Danny Johnson, Ryan Godown, Mark Byram, Jamie Mills, Andy Bachetti, Carson Wright, Billy Pauch, Ryan Watt, David Van Horn, Frank Cozze, Allison Ricci, Jordn Justice.
Did Not Qualify: Scott Van Gorder, Wade Hendrickson, Shayne Spoonhower, Billy Decker, Jeremy Smith, Ron Roberts Jr, Matt Sheppard.
Pen Centre Race Car Show kicks off 67th Season
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday March 9, 2018 THOROLD, ONTARIO – Exciting changes are ahead! This year will mark Pen Centre's 60th Anniversary. With an ongoing commitment to offering guests a fresh & exciting experience – construction on the old Target space and the northeast parking lot has begun.
Exciting changes during March Break Week (March 12th to March 19th) at Niagara's leading shopping destination include Merrittville Speedway's Annual Race Car Show and a chance to get a 2018 Schedule.
"Winter has been too long and too frigid for us all," relays (Merrittville Owner) Don Spiece, "race fans and race teams alike can't wait for racing season to get started ... our week at the Pen will surely get everyone excited about our 67th Season of Saturday Night racing in addition to the 25th Season of Tuesday Night Kart Racing!."
The off season has been busy for former 4 Cylinder Racer Tom Neale as the St. Catharines native will make to move to the S&W Service Centre 358 Modified Division. Joining Neale will be the cars of veterans Scott Wood, Mike Bowman and Tommy Flannigan in addition to the Big Block Modified of Tyler McPherson.
The David Chevrolet Sportsman Division will be represented by rookie second generation driver Noah Mamo, Trevor Wright and Brent Begolo. Begolo will also display his Vansickle Pet Valu & Groomindale's Modified Lite Division Championship car from 2017.
Central Fabricating & Welding 4 Cylinder Fans can look forward to checking out the cars of Jay Moulton, Vincent Pagnotta and Austyn Werstroh.
2018 will see a new Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series Division join the action in the Dave's Auto & Speed Centre represented by Stephen Conway and others.
Sprint Car Fans will enjoy 5 events in the coming season and former Kart Champion Joshua Hansen show off his racer that will make 2 visits as part of the Action Sprint Tour that features the Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Cars from the Ohsweken Speedway.
The Tuesday Night Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Karting Series 25th Season will be represented by a group of karters including Logan Iliffe, Jacob Mamo and Nigel Pendykoski.
Merrittville Speedway's Race Car Show at the Pen Centre will run from Monday March 12th to Sunday March 18th during Mall Hours with plenty of FREE March Break activities also planned for the kids.
Once the Pen Centre Race Car Show closes – all sights will be set on Saturday April 15th's Test and Tune Day before Semenuk's Esso presents the 2018 Spring Sizzler Saturday April 21st and the rest of the 2018 Season.
VP RACING FUELS BRUCE ROGERS MEMORIAL OPENS STOCK CAR SEASON AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 9, 2018 . . . The First annual VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker set for Saturday, April 7th at Grandview Speedway will reward the winner with at least $7,500. However the honor of winning the 50-lap Small Block/Big Block Modified race could very well mean more to the winner than the big bucks.
Rogers, the man who built the one-third-mile, banked clay track along with his father, was one of the most respected auto racing promoters in the business. And he was very well respected by the competitors. During his 55 years of running the popular auto racing facility he was able to bring it to national notoriety. It is one of the most successful short track racing operations in nation and has continued under the operation of members of the Rogers family since he passed away in March of last year.
Many well-known racing talents have expressed interest in being a part of this event which will kick off the 56th consecutive season of stock car racing at the Bechtelsville oval.
In addition to the $7,500 for the winner each driver taking the green in the first time event will earn at least $1,000.
A full series of qualifying events will lead up to the 50-lap main event. Sportsman stock cars will be featured as the second part of the show. Rules can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
Racers planning to participate are requested to pre-enter (no entry fee) by telephoning or texting 484-256-4375. There is no license required and it is a non-point event. Please provide driver’s name, contact information and phone number to assist in the promotion of the event.
Rain date for the Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker will be Saturday, April 14.
Ticket prices for the April 7th special event are $28 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 thru 11 and those under 6 will be admitted FREE.
Grandview Speedway will kick off their 55th consecutive season of stock car racing on Saturday, March 31st, 12 noon, with a free-to-the-public practice session featuring all types of competition.
LESS THAN A MONTH FOR THE STOCK CAR RACING SEASON TO START AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BRUCE ROGERS MONEY MAKER MEMORIAL SET FOR APRIL 7
BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 2, 2018 . . . Less than one month remains before stock car racing action returns to the Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA.
Officially kicking off the season will be the traditional Free-to-the-Public practice session set for Saturday, March 31st starting at noon. The practice is open to all divisions of competition.
The first annual VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Money Maker Memorial, paying $7,500 to win, will take place on Saturday, April 7th with a 7 pm starting time. Featured will be a 50-lap main event, remembering the late track promoter who passed away last March, which will have Small Block and Big Block Modifieds pitted against each other. A full series of qualifying events will lead up to the big money main event that will have every starter earning at last $1,000. More than $46,000 will be paid out. Rules can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
In addition to the Modifieds the Sportsman stock cars will also present a full show of racing using Grandview rules. There will be no Late Model racing.
Racers planning to participate are requested to pre-enter (no entry fee) by telephoning or texting 484-256-4375. There is no license required and it is a non-point event. Please provide driver’s name, contact information and phone number to assist in the promotion of the event.
Rain date for the Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker will be Saturday, April 14.
Ticket prices for the April 7th special event are $28 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 thru 11 and those under 6 will be admitted FREE.
Woodhull Raceway 2018 Season Schedule Released
For Immediate Release – February 21st, 2018
By Steven Ovens
(WOODHULL, NY) – 'New York's Toughest Bullring' is gearing up for their 2018 season- their 54th consecutive season of racing at the Woodhull, NY facility founded by the Williams family and now owned and promoted by Ted and Brandi White.
The 2018 schedule features 25 race nights, a stop by the Lucal Oil Pro Pulling Series and the traditional September stop by the New York State Horse Pulling Association. Traveling series making stop on the High Banks this season include the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series, Patriot Sprint Tour, CRSA 305 Sprint Tour, Grit Racing Series and the annual 270 Micro Sprint Reunion.
Returning in 2018 for weekly action will be the headline division Big Block-Small Block Modifieds, debuting a new BB/SB rules package. They will be joined by the Crate Sportsman, Crate Late Models, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Front Wheel Drives and Woodhull Warriors Youth division.
The annual kick off to the season, the Arnot Mall Car Show in Horseheads, NY, is planned for St. Patrick's Day weekend March 16th, 17th and 18th. Registration is open for this year's show, drivers are encouraged to sign up early, as space is limited inside the confines of the mall.
The first opportunity to hit the track, weather permitting, will be Saturday April 7 for an open practice session from 5:00-9:00.
Opening Day 2018 is slated for the following week, featuring a $1,000-to-win show for the Crate Late Models sponsored by Close Racing Supply. The Crate Sportsman will take center stage on Saturday April 21 for a $1,000-to-win affair sponsored by Lias Tire and Insinger Performance.
The quest for a career-defining 20 track championships for defending Modified champion Billy Van Pelt will kick off on Mountain Dew/Pepsi Night April 28. A wealth of competition including a few new players will all be ready to knock Van Pelt off the top rung of the Woodhull Modified ladder.
Brett Deyo's Short Track Super Series will move their traditional August date to a Wednesday on August 8, with a rain date of Thursday August 9. The Modifieds will go 54 laps for a winner's share of $5,400, while the Short Track Super Series 602 Sportsman Series will race 25 laps for $1,000-to-win. The Street Stocks have been added to this card in 2018, racing Challenge Event No. 2 of 3 on this night with more details on the challenge forthcoming.
Twice on the schedule, Mike Emhof's Patriot Sprint Tour will tackle the High Banks. First on Saturday May 12, followed by their traditional July stop on July 14. Their sister series, the CRSA 305 Sprint Tour, will return to Woodhull for their second ever visit on Saturday June 9 to see if Jeff Trombley can make it two-for-two.
Other notable dates include the Southern Tier's biggest fireworks show on Saturday June 30 with the Jim Williams Memorial. The George Williams Memorial will commence on Saturday May 26 to kick off Memorial Day Weekend.
Jake Davis' Memorial King of the Bullring for the Modifieds see circle track racing return to Woodhull, after taking July 28 off for the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Series featuring Mod tractors, heavy supers and 2.6 pickups.
Championship night on September 1 will be flanked by the Lyle Sherwood Memorial (Sep. 8), Street Stock Woodhull 100 (Sep. 22) and the season-ending Bullring Challenge Weekend September 28 and 29.
For more information visit www.woodhullraceway.com or for the late breaking news, results and updates follow Woodhull Raceway on Facebook www.facebook.com/woodhullraceway or on Twitter @WoodhullPR.
Sportsman Racers Ready To Tackle DIRTcar 358 Modified Division At The Fulton Speedway
By David Medler
BALDWINSVILLE, NY – When it was announced in 2017 that the Fulton Speedway would be going to the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds as its headline division, interest was immediately high from some of the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways' SUNY Canton DIRTcar Sportsman race teams.
Defending track champion at both speedways, Ron Davis III, plus top-runners Todd Root, Tyler Trump and Glenn Forward have all indicated they are excited to make the move from the Sportsman division to the 358 DIRTcar Modifieds.
Ron Davis III from Memphis, NY, is looking forward to the Tracey Road Equipment 358 DIRTcar Modifieds at the Fulton Speedway behind the wheel of the Joe Abbass owned No.1, that will be renumbered with his familiar No. 32R powered by the W-16. Davis indicated they are also looking to add a DIRT legal 358 to their stable.
“The sportsman class was fun, but I just want to further my racing career and keep improving,” Davis said. “Big blocks are too expensive for us and when they announced the small block class it opened up an opportunity for us to take on the next challenge. And who doesn’t like driving a faster car.”
It didn’t matter if it was at the Brewerton Speedway or Fulton Speedway, if you looked at the front of the SUNY Canton Sportsman feature field chances are you were going to see Todd Root from Phelps, NY battling for a win or a top finishing position.
Look for Root in the Highlife Novelty owned No.11 with backing from Shaner Investments with a W-16 under the hood. He will also have his familiar No.15 at his disposal with a spec-head 358.
“It would be a huge accomplishment to win some races this year, I believe we can," Root said about the upcoming season. “I always wanted to race against some of the best out there before they retire.”
When Glenn Forward from Morrisville, NY, made the decision to call Brewerton and Fulton his Friday and Saturday night home, the dedication paid off. In the final 2017 SUNY Canton Sportsman point standings, Forward finished 5th at Brewerton and 4th at Fulton. In 2018 he is ready for the next step in his racing career.
Forward related he is excited to get the season going in the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar 358 Modifieds. When the season starts in April he will strap into his No.7c with a Bedell Spec Head Small Block under the hood.
“I believe it’s a great stepping stone class between the Sportsman and Big Block classes,” Forward said. “In addition, I know a lot of the top talented guys who were my competition (Sportsman) will be moving up, so it will be great competition in the small block class.”
Forward finished up by saying none of it would be possible without support from his mom, dad and wonderful wife Ashley.
Lacona, NY, high school student, Tyler Trump has turned heads with his progression in the SUNY Canton Sportsman, and is now ready to take the next step, moving into the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar 358 Modifieds at the Fulton Speedway.
Trump will have a DIRT legal 358 in his number 9x.
When asked why the move to the small blocks Tyler said, “My dad always says, to be the best you have to race against the Best! I’m looking forward to racing with Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Tim Sears, Billy Whittaker and others.”
Between veterans and a strong incoming rookie class, the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar 358 Modifieds being the feature class, 2018 looks to be a highly fast and competitive field.
Rapidly approaching will be the 2018 Winter Blast at long-time Fulton Speedway supporter RFH’s Hideaway on Saturday, February 17th. RFH’s is located just minutes south of the Fulton Speedway on Route 57.
The evening is free to attend for fans and racers. So, join us for a relaxing night of bench racing to start the ball rolling toward the new season. 2017 Point Fund awards to be distributed to top teams. The final night of the DIRTcar Nationals from Volusia will be live-streamed. Cash Buffet available, with Door prizes throughout the night.
2018 Driver Meetings set for Stock Car and Kart Divisions
Friday February 2, 2018 THOROLD, ONTARIO – Whether the groundhog saw it's shadow or not ... Merrittville Speedway's 2018 season will get closer to going green with Driver Meetings for all Saturday and Tuesday Night Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series Divisions Saturday February 10th at Port Robinson's Club Castropignano.
"In different sessions through the day, racers can learn of any rules changes and/or safety updates," informed (Merrittville owner) Don Spiece, "Drivers also have the chance to register by purchasing Driver VIP Passes or Kart Memberships ... Crew Members can also pick up their Saturday Night Pit Season Passes as well."
Drivers and Crew Members can purchase their Passes prior to their Division's designated time slot and pick them up on their way out.
With the 67th consecutive season a little more than 2 months away, the Central Fabricating and Welding 4 Cylinders and the new Dave's Auto and Speed Centre V6 Divisions will kick off sessions for Saturday Night Racers at 1 PM.
The Hoosier Stocks and Wood Motor Company Modified Lites will be discussed starting at 2 PM with the S&W Service Centre Sportsman and Pinty's Delicious Foods 358 Modifieds closing out the afternoon starting at 3 PM.
2018 Driver VIP Passes will remain at $250.00 while Pit Season Passes are $375.00 until March 1st when they become $450.00.
Sportsman and 358 Modified Drivers can also apply for their 2018 DIRTcar Memberships. Application Forms are available at https://www.dirtcarmembers.com/
Merrittville's 25th Season of Kart Racing will kick it all off with a 12 PM start for those competing in the Performance Manufacturing Line Up that includes the Designed Wright St. Catharines Discount Auto Parts Wilder Racing Engines Novice 1 and Novice 2, RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1, Quick Ink Custom Screen Printing Junior 2 and Southern Ontario Modified Lite Racing Association Senior Animal Divisions in addition to the Senior Fun and new for 2018 Micro Sprint Divisions.
2018 Kart Memberships are $60.00 which will include the Driver's Banquet Ticket.
"To use the new Driver VIP Pass – you must have your car in the pit area and compete on that given night," revealed Spiece, "if there is a night between April 28th and September 1st that your division is not on the schedule ... you can still use it for admission ... Driver VIP Passes will only be available until March 1st." Driver VIP Passes are valid between April 28th and September 1st."
For Drivers to be eligible for season ending awards and point monies, drivers must have maintained attendance of 75% or greater in 2018.
4 Cylinders, Modified Lites and Hoosier Stocks are not required to hold a Driver VIP Pass or Pit Season Pass to collect points, but must have at least 75% attendance in 2018 to receive point fund monies and any other awards at the end of the season.
The most direct route to Club Castropignano is from Merrittville Highway ... exit onto Port Robinson Road, travel over HWY 406 and turn right onto Egerter Road.
Weather permitting in the off season, Merrittville Speedway's Office (at the race track) is open Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. To reach by phone call 905-892-8266 or via e mail at email@example.com.
Tremont, Quenneville Officially Crowned at Devil's Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions
RUTLAND, Vt. – Devil's Bowl Speedway officially crowned its track champions from the 2017 stock car racing season on Saturday, January 27, at the annual Banquet of Champions. A packed house of more than 325 guests celebrated at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, Vt., honoring the accomplishments of top drivers across 12 divisions on both the dirt and asphalt surfaces at Devil's Bowl Speedway.
The event officially drew to a close the dual-surface era at the West Haven, Vt., facility, and kicked off the 2018 season that will dirt racing return full-time to the half-mile layout at Devil's Bowl.
Kenny Tremont Jr., of West Sand Lake, N.Y., collected his eighth career Devil's Bowl Speedway track championship, topping the point standings in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified division on the dirt track. The title was his first under NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanction. Vince Quenneville Jr., of Brandon, Vt., received championship honors for the asphalt track's O'Reilly Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division – his second title in three years.
In the Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Super Stock division, Chris Murray of Fair Haven, Vt., was crowned champion of the dirt track, and 18 year-old Dylan Rabtoy of Swanton, Vt., celebrated his asphalt track title. Portland Glass Mini Stock championship titles went to Chris Charbonneau of Rutland, Vt., on the dirt, and rookie Shawn Moquin of Milton, Vt., on the asphalt.
Track championship awards were also presented to Seth Bridge of Mendon, Vt. (Driven Transport Late Model – asphalt); Lacey Hanson of Orwell, Vt. (360 Sprint Car – dirt); 15 year-old rookie Austin Chaves of Chester, Vt. (500cc Mini Sprint – dirt); and Cory Gray of Clarendon, Vt. (Enduro Series). The top point standing drivers in all divisions were also recognized, along with drivers from the Ladies Mini Stock and Bandit Youth Mini Stock classes.
Rookie of the Year laurels were presented to Sportsman Modified drivers James Fadden and Chad White on the dirt and asphalt tracks, respectively, while Super Stock honors went to Brian Rogers and Brett Wood, Mini Stock awards were given to Johnny Bruno and champion Moquin, and the freshman crown was given to Late Model racer Evan Hallstrom.
The annual Sportsmanship Awards, which were decided by a vote of drivers, were given to Modified racers Quenneville and Jimmy Ryan, Super Stock drivers Murray and Wood, Mini Stock racers Cameron Kennedy and Andrew FitzGerald, and 500cc Mini Sprint champion Chaves. Most Improved Driver honors went to dirt Modified runner Billy Lussier, Super Stock drivers Josh Bussino and R.J. Germain, Mini Stock competitors Bruno and Roo Forrest, and Mini Sprint racer Cody O'Brien, who was just 12 years old during the 2017 season.
Ransomville Speedway Releases 2018 Schedule
RANSOMVILLE, NY... (January 31, 2018) The 61st season of racing at the Ransomville Speedway is soon upon us and the Big R has big plans for the 2018 campaign. With the season opener just three months away, the Friday night race schedule is jammed packed with everything that the best race fans in the Northeast would want to see.
Ransomville Speedway is only one of a handful of tracks in the Northeast that will be hosting all three major touring series in 2018, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models, and the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series. For the first time since 2006, the "Badest Late Models on the Planet", the World of Outlaw Craftsman Late Models will invade Ransomville on Friday, June 15. The 358 Modifieds and Sportsman will also be on the card. For the second straight season, "The Greatest Show on Dirt" will be at the Big R on Friday, July 27 and will be joined in competition by the Investors Service Sportsman and Fireworks! The Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series will once again be in action for the annual Summer Nationals on Tuesday, August 7plus the Sportsman and Street Stocks.
An announcement will be announced in the coming weeks regarding ticket purchases for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars events.
The Patriot Sprint Tour will once again be at Ransomville for their annual visit on Friday, June 1. The Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series will once again start their Niagara Region swing with a stop at the Big R on Friday, September 7. The Sportsman SDS race will be the Sportsman King of the Hill 50 with lap money. The BEI Lightning Series for Sportsman will make their inaugural trip to Ransomville on Friday, September 14. The PA Vintage Modifieds will make their first trip to Ransomville on Friday, August 3 along with a Sportsman/Novice Shootout. Fans of the demolition derbys are excited about Friday, August 31 as we will be having a demolition derby on that night.
The Krown Undercoating Modifieds will be having a couple of big-money shows throughout the season. A $2,000 to win event will take place on Friday, May 25. The Sid Jeffery Memorial will be a Modified event and will take place on Friday, August 17. The KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks will once again have their 100 lap special on Friday, September 14 for the running of the King of the Hill.Plans are still in the works for the John Susice Memorial for the Street Stocks, which will take place on Friday, July 13.
The cars will hit the new surface at the Big R on Friday, April 27 for Test, Tune, and Time presented by VP Racing Fuels. The rain date for Test, Tune, and Time will be on Wednesday, May 2. The 61st season opener will take place on Friday, May 4 as VP Racing Small Engine Fuels presents the season lid-lifter for all divisions, featuring the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds, Investors Service Sportsman, KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers and the Stevenson's Hardware Novice Sportsman.
Before the cars hit the track for the first time, they will be on display at the Motorsports Expo in Syracuse the weekend of March 10-11 and then the annual car show at the Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls USA the weekend of March 23-25 during mall hours. For the second season, the crowning of Miss Ransomville will be held at the car show on Saturday, March 24th. Any female 18 years of age or older that would like to apply for Miss Ransomville, can do so by calling the speedway office at (716) 791-3602, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by messaging the Ransomville Speedway Facebook page. The timing for the crowning of Miss Ransomville will be released in the coming weeks with more events being planned for the Mall Show.
Annual Ransomville Speedway Car Show Set for March 23-25
RANSOMVILLE, NY... (January 25, 2018) The 2018 season is just three months away and the Ransomville Speedway is getting ready for their annual mall show to give fans their first chance to see many of the cars and stars of the Big R and Little R before they hit the track for the 2018 season.
The car show will once again be held at the Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls USA the weekend of March 23-25 during mall hours. "We will have drivers and cars from every division that races at Ransomville from the go-karts right up to the 358 Modifieds," comments Ransomville Speedway General Manager Jennifer Martin. For the second season, the crowning of Miss Ransomville will be held at the car show on Saturday, March 24th. Any female 18 years of age or older that would like to apply for Miss Ransomville, can do so by calling the speedway office at (716) 791-3602, by email at email@example.com or by messaging the Ransomville Speedway Facebook page. The timing for the crowning of Miss Ransomville will be released in the coming weeks with more events being planned for the Mall Show.
Once the cars are out of the mall, the attention will shift to Test, Tune, and Time presented by VP Racing Fuels on Friday, April 27 with a rain date scheduled for Wednesday, May 2. The 61st season opener at the Big R will take place on Friday, May 4 as VP Racing Small Engine Fuels presents the season lid-lifter for all divisions, featuring the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds, Investors Service Sportsman, KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers and the Stevenson's Hardware Novice Sportsman.
A FEW RULE CHANGES RELEASED FOR STOCK CAR RACING AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA January 24, 2018 . . . With the new season of weekly stock car racing at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway a few rule changes have been announced as a result of a recent rules meeting.
Late Model stock cars racing at the one-third-mile, banked clay Bechtelsville oval will now be able to us any CFM Holley style carburetor.
All 602 and 604 Crate engine Sportsman cars with aluminum or steel wheels must weight 2,300, a weight reduction from past seasons. All other Sportsman weights will remain the same as they have been.
No digital dashboards will be allowed, only analog gauges are permitted.
Newcomers in the Sportsman and Modified divisions will be permitted to run American Racer tires with their current track stamps for the first week of official competition. A G-View stamped tire must be added each week after that until all four wheels have G-View stamped tires.
Late Model division newcomers may run their current track tires the first night (Hoosier or American Racer). Each week following the first week a G-View stamped tire must be added until and all fours have the G-View tires.
Management plans to have the new track rule book in place at www.grandviewspeedway.com in a week or two.
Ed Scott can answer any questions racers may have at 610.298.2408 (after 6 pm) or Cliff Quinn at 484.357.2587.
The racing season at Grandview Speedway kicks off on Saturday, March 31st with a free-to-the-public practice session open to all divisions of competition.
The Bruce Rogers Memorial is set to get the “real racing” started on Saturday, April 7th. The Modifieds will race in a 50-lapper paying $7,500 to win while all feature starters will earn at least $1,000. Sportsman stock cars will also be part of the doubleheader show. There is no entry fee, no points and no license required for this special race.
Revamped Handicap, Double File Restarts Add To Excitement At Woodhull
For Immediate Release – January 20th, 2018
(WOODHULL, NY) – Last weekend Woodhull Raceway held their annual rules meeting at Woodhull's local volunteer fire department with several divisions. Changes were discussed and reviewed, with additional changes being requested from drivers. Final rules are now posted online at www.woodhullraceway.com.
After the rules meetings wrapped up, track officials held a meeting to review several procedural changes for 2018. Changes including a new procedural rules for all restarts and a revamped handicap system- both of which are being changed to enhance the on-track product and provide a better show for the weekly fans in attendance.
The first change is a big change regarding restarts. 2018 will usher in a new era of "Delaware Double File" restarts throughout the entire race, as opposed to only being up to the halfway mark of the event. In a Delaware Double File restart, the leader of the race gets row one to their lonesome, with second and third place making up row two.
If consecutive cautions fall for incidents on the track, it will be at the discretion of race control and the on-track officials to call for a single file restart to keep the show moving. Once consecutive laps are put on the board, the race will resume double file restarts. Starts and restarts will also see a cone be placed exiting turn four on the frontstretch, with no car being able to make a pass until they reach the cone.
"This move is being made to increase the excitement of our races this season," said Woodhull Raceway owner and promoter Ted White. "We've all been to races where there's a yellow with five to go, a single file restart and then you have what you have. Our goal is for the fans to see the best show possible and this is going to make it exciting."
In addition to double file restarts, the track's handicap system is getting revamped as well. Last season, the handicap included points earned for heats and features. For 2018, the handicap will use a 'money earned' format, with the format listed below being used across all divisions to determine the handicap order.
Drivers will continue to draw for heat position at the pit gate, with the top twelve drivers in heat qualifying earning their handicap starting spot for the feature. This will allow drivers not following weekly action for points to join a weekly program and have a chance to start no worse than row six for the feature event. In the event that a division does not draw twelve cars, the entire field will be handicapped.
"We found last year that going by points didn't really work out the best because there just wasn't enough points gap in between positions," said track Media Director Steven Ovens. "We listened to our racers and have come up with a money earned system that handicaps a win a lot more than it did in 2017. We had more winners with the handicap, we had four point races come within one point at season's end, so we know this is the right way to go for 2018."
The 2018 handicap system will be the same across all divisions and is as follows:
The points system for heats and features used in 2017 will remain unchanged.
The annual Arnot Mall Car Show in Horseheads, NY is planned for St. Patrick's Day weekend, March 16th, 17th and 18th. Registration is open for this year's show, drivers are encouraged to sign up early, as space is limited inside the confines of the mall.
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2018 Woodhull Arnot Mall Car Show Mar. 16-18
(WOODHULL, NY) – 'New York's Toughest Bullring' is gearing up for their 2018 season- their 54th consecutive season of racing at the Woodhull, NY facility founded by the Williams family and now owned and promoted by Ted and Brandi White.
But before any laps are turned on the Steuben County third-mile oval, racers and fans can look forward to the annual Arnot Mall Car Show for the 9th year in a row on Friday March 16th through Sunday March 18th. Woodhull's car show is annually one of the busiest weekends for the Arnot Mall, located directly off Interstate 86 in Big Flats, NY and the 2018 version expects to be no different.
The always-potent Woodhull racing community will line the halls of the Arnot Mall starting with move-in night on Friday March 16th as the mall closes business that evening. Saturday and Sunday will be the official car show with the raceway having a large display in center court.
One twist for 2018 will feature educational seminars that will be completely free of charge for the Woodhull Warriors, a session for any first-season Woodhull racers and a session on tires with a representative from American Racer.
For the third year in a row, Woodhull Raceway is proud to bring back the Team Pit Stop Competition held in center court on Saturday evening, slated to begin at 6:30PM.
Teams of three will be accepted featuring a jack man, tire carrier and tire changer, with crew members being allowed to enter the contest on only one team. The competition will feature changing a right rear tire in the fastest amount of time without leaving any lug nuts loose. Teams may register at the show OR by emailing the team name and team members to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no entry fee to enter your race vehicle into the car show, but you must submit your entry by Friday March 9th, 2018. You may submit your registration for the show by filling out the form online on our website www.woodhullraceway.com and following the link to the car show page on the site.
SCHEDULE FOR 56TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF AUTO RACING AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCED
BECHTELSVILLE, PA January 6, 2018 . . . An ambitious schedule of more than three dozen events has been announced for the 2018 auto racing season at Grandview Speedway.
The one-third-mile, banked clay track located in Bechtelsville, PA will be offering its 56th consecutive season of auto racing and there will be a variety of events.
The 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Late Models will pretty much be the regular Saturday night attraction with Blast From the Past Vintage cars and Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series racers being added for special Saturday night programs.
Enduro and Vintage racers will kick off the season with a doubleheader on Sunday, March 24th at 1 p.m. Five of these doubleheaders are currently on the schedule.
The traditional practice day, open to all divisions of racing, is set for Saturday, March 31st with a 12 noon starting time. Fans are welcome to see what is new for 2018 and free grandstand seating is offered.
Sure to attract a huge amount of attention is the First Annual Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker run in memory of the late track promoter. The race, a 50-lapper, will include big and small block Modifieds with $7500 for the winner.
The first of five Thunder on the Hill promotions will take place on Sunday, May 27 with the running of the 21st Annual Traffic Jam Big Block/Small Block Classic along with racing for Sportsman and Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS) Sprints.
For the 48th year the Freedom 76 will be on the schedule offering a huge purse for the Modified Classic taking place on Saturday, September 15th. A September 22nd rain date is in place. And on July 7th the Late Models will be in the spotlight with the Firecracker 40. The Pioneer Pole Buildings Forrest Rogers Memorial is presented on August 11th.
2018 GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE
As of 1/6/2018
This schedule is subject to change without notice. For information on events, weather, etc. Call 610-754-7688 or check out the website at WWW.GRANDVIEWSPEEDWAY.COM. A NASCAR license is required for all those entering the pit area for Saturday night auto racing events.
All events start at 7:30 PM unless otherwise noted on the schedule.
Saturday, March 24 Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars 1 PM
Sunday, March 25 Rain Date for March 24- - -12 Noon
Saturday, March 31 Free to the Public Open Practice-All Divisions--12 Noon
Saturday, April 7 1st Annual Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker, 50 laps for Big and Small Block Modifieds $7,500 --7 PM
Saturday, April 14 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models 7 PM
Saturday, April 21 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars 7 PM
Saturday, April 28 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7 PM
Saturday, May 5 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Sunday, May 6 Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--12 Noon
Saturday, May 12 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, May 19 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--7:30 PM
Saturday, May 26 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Sunday, May 27 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series--7:30 PM 21st Annual Traffic Jam Big Block/358 Modifieds*, Sportsman, MASS Sprints
Saturday, June 2 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Sunday, June 3 Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--12 Noon
Saturday, June 9 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Thursday, June 14 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series 7:30 PM USAC Non-Wing Sprints Jesse Hockett Classic Plus 358 Modifieds*
Saturday, June 16 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, June 23 Modifieds, Sportsman 40 laps, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, June 30 Bechtelsville Car Wash Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, MASS Sprints, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 3 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series--7:30 PM 410 Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series Plus 358 Modifieds*
Saturday, July 7 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Model Firecracker 40--7:30 PM
Saturday, July 14 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, July 21 Hatfield Quality Meats Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars – 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 28 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, August 4 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, August 11 Pioneer Pole Buildings Forrest Rogers Memorial 50 laps, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, August 18 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models (Forrest Rogers Rain Date)--7:30 PM
Thursday, August 23 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series--7:30 PM All Star 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds*
Saturday, August 25 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--7:30 PM
Saturday, Sept 1 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--7:30 PM
Saturday, Sept 8 WNPV Radio Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models- Champions Night--7:30 PM
Friday, Sept 14 Sportsman 38 laps, Mass Sprints & Modified Practice--7 PM
Saturday, Sept 15 48th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic--7 PM
Saturday, Sept 22 Freedom 76 Rain Date--7 PM
Saturday, Sept29 Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--12 Noon
Saturday, October 13 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series--6 PM
Mods at the MADHOUSE Halloween Party; Big Block/358 Modifieds, Sportsman, MASS Sprints
Saturday, October 20 Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--12 Noon
Sunday, November 11 Flea Market--7 AM
Ryan Susice Celebrates Third Consecutive Title; Sets 2018 plans
RANSOMVILLE, NY... (December 13, 2017) When the Ransomville Speedway celebrated their 2017 season at the banquet last month, Ryan Susice of Ransomville, NY was celebrating his third straight track championship in the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds.
"Winning the third straight title was awesome" stated Susice. "It's almost surreal to think about the other drivers that have won three straight and know that my name will be listed right with them". "We need a few more to put us close to what Pete (Bicknell) has" Susice added.
Susice never finished outside of the top six in capturing his third consecutive Ransomville Modified title in 2017, becoming only the fourth driver in Ransomville's 60 year history to pull off the Modified "three-peat." Ryan was also named the Friends of Auto Racing Club (FOAR SCORE) Driver of the Year on Dirt at their celebration this past weekend.
"I wish we could have visited victory lane a few more times at the Big R but it was a really good year otherwise. We had a string of top three finishes that really sealed the deal for us. It also helped to have luck on our side and not get into any wrecks or have any part failures. The only major problem we had was an ignition coil going bad on the final points night and luckily it made it all 50 laps."
Susice was also busy on the other side of the border on Saturday nights as he drove for the Slack family at Merrittville in the famed 3rs. "We were finally able to get to victory lane at Merrittville this year and that took a huge weight off my shoulders" Susice added. He was in the hunt for the points title at Merrittville and missed one night for his best friend's wedding. "I was happy with our season in the Slack 3rs. We won two races and had a bunch of other real strong runs . Hopefully we can build on that for next season and battle for a championship at Merrittville in the 3rs."
"The Ransomville Renegade" also competed in the Jerrid Morphy owned Young Drivers #18 Sprint Car. "Qualifying for my first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series A-Main at Ohsweken and eventually finishing 7th was probably the highlight of the entire season" Susice commented. "Just to be able to compete with those guys was a dream come true, let alone run in the top 10." Susice also earned a win with the Southern Ontario Sprints at Merrittville and had a fourth-place finish in the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken. "I wish we could have got the original WoO show in at Ransomville in July. The track would have been a little more in my favor with a 360 motor against the 410's."
The plans for 2018 are looking to be very similar for Susice. Just like in 2017, Ryan will race the family-owned #38 on Friday nights at Ransomville, Saturday in the Slack Racing #3rs at Merrittville and anytime with an open date to race the sprint car for Jerrid Morphy.
At the moment, it looks like Ryan might kick off the 2018 campaign in Florida in February at East Bay Raceway with the Young Drivers #18 sprint car.
Ryan would also like to thank all his fans for their support as well as his family and crew. "I cannot thank my parents, wife Rebecca, Crew Chief Ricky plus Scott, Chris, John and Mike for all their help and time in the garage every night".
Champions Crowned At Woodhull Raceway Awards Banquet
For Immediate Release – December 3rd, 2017
(WOODHULL, NY) – With over two hundred guests in attendance at the Watson Homestead Retreat & Conference Center in Painted Post, NY, Woodhull Raceway crowned the track champions of all of their divisions.
There were awards for the top point finishers in each division, along with point fund earnings as well as other bonuses earned from Woodhull's great partners at Lias Tire/American Racer as well as Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels.
Billy Van Pelt was crowned for the nineteenth time in his career as a Modified track champion. This was Van Pelt's fourth championship in a row and first championship since re-uniting with the team owned by Kevin and Karen Chilson. Van Pelt drove for Chilson prior to taking a ride with Grant Hilfiger from 2014-2016.
Russell Morseman was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for Modifieds. Morseman scored one victory, his first in a Modified at Woodhull, and was painfully close to have two on the year. Rookie of the Year honors went to Jeffery Daugherty, who scored three wins in only half a season of competition in the division.
The Dust to Glory Award was presented by Tony Van Pelt to Modified driver Brian Doolittle, who had a very respectable season with several top five finishes. Doolittle races under the tutelage of his father Larry who has great history at Woodhull and many other area tracks. Their team makes the most of what they have and are a great story of family in motorsports.
Dale Welty was crowned as the Crate Sportsman division champion, on the heels of a thrilling battle that came down to a single point over Stevie Hartman III. Welty also earned the Sportsmanship Award for the division. Kirk Reynolds traded in his track spatula and tongs for a steering wheel and a helmet, winning Rookie of the Year honors after just missing the top ten in points.
VONDOHREN CAPTURES FRIDAY NIGHT BRIDGEPORT WIN
After a pair of second place finishes, Craig VonDohren made a strong statement as he raced to the win in the 358 Small Block Modified feature event at the Bridgeport Speedway on the first night of the Wildcard Racing weekend. Tom Wills, Jr. raced to his sixth win of the season in Pennco Tech Outlaw Stock competition.
Polesitter, Brett Kressley led the first fifteen laps of the feature event, looking for his second Bridgeport Small Block Modified victory of the season. Kressley had early pressure from both 2017 Track Champion, Ryan Watt and Jeff Strunk. Kressley led Watt and Strunk through lap five as VonDohren and Frank Cozze battled for fifth.
The leaders were in lapped traffic by lap eight but a caution was needed for Chris Grbac one lap later. Kressley gained a clear track on the restart but had Watt, Strunk, VonDohren and Cozze on his tail for the green flag. VonDohren raced into third as Watt challenged for the lead.
Watt and VonDohren raced side by side on lap eleven with VonDohren taking the spot off of turn two. VonDohren looked to the inside of Kressley on several occasions but it was a move to the outside that paid dividends as VonDohren put Dick Biever's No. 14s out in front on lap sixteen.
Dominick Buffalino had just raced his way up to third before the lead change and it wasn't long before he had dropped Kressley to third while Watt and Strunk battled for position.
VonDohren raced away from the field but Buffalino was able to close some of the gap as they raced through lapped traffic in the closing laps. VonDohren raced to the win - his first at Bridgeport since he doubled during the 2008 Atlantic Coast weekend. Buffalino finished second followed by Kressley, Watt and Strunk. Cozze, Billy Pauch, Jr., Duane Howard, Brandon Grosso and Dylan Steuer rounded out the top ten.
"The bottom really felt good," VonDohren explained after the win. "Kressley kept moving down, which is what you do. That left the top open and I had to go for it. I didn't know what it was going to do but I went to the outside and it stuck."
Polesitter, Rich Stinson, Jr. took the wheel of his dad's Outlaw Stock and led the first five laps of the Colonial Pipeline Dig Safely 2017 Poker Series Hand # 5. Stinson outgunned seven time winner, Jeramy Doerr who was driving the Andrew Joslin No. 6 in this race. Rich Brosshard took over second and chased Stinson as Tom Wills, Jr. raced through the top five.
Wills raced into the lead on lap six as Stinson, Doerr, Broschard and TJ Henry all battled for position. Both Doerr and Henry exited with mechanical problems by halfway as Wills raced ahead for the win and his third Ace in Poker Series competition.
Willis captured the fifteen lap main event in record time, setting a new fifteen lap record for the Outlaw Stocks with a time of 6:24.513. Wills took the win over Stinson, Broschard, Jeff Dirkes and 2017 8 Cylinder Enduro Champion, Lee Allen who was making his first Outlaw Stock start.
Dominick Buffalino set the fastest time of the night in Spirit Auto Center Big Block first timed hot lap session with a time of 19.526. Rick Laubach was the fastest car in the second round with a time of 19.936. Both drivers earned starting positions in Saturday night's Gone But Not Forgotten season finale. Roger Manning set a new one lap record during timed hot laps for the Sportsman with a time of 21.002, earning him a starting spot in Saturday night action.
SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS (25 laps): 1. Craig VonDohren, 2. Dominick Buffalino, 3. Brett Kressley, 4. Ryan Watt, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. Frank Cozze, 7. Billy Pauch, Jr., 8. Duane Howard, 9. Brandon Grosso, 10. Dillon Steuer, 11. Ryan Krachun, 12. Ron Roberts, 13. Kevin Vacavicek, 14. Jack Swain, 15. Ryan Lilick, 16. Tom Sherby, 17. Scott Hulmes, 18. Jordan Cox, 19. Bob Sarkisian, 20. Jimmy Horton, 21. Dakota Kessler, 22. Chris Grbac.
Ransomville Speedway Crowns Champions at Awards Banquet
RANSOMVILLE, NY... (November 11, 2017) The Ransomville Speedway closed out the 2017 season with the annual Awards Banquet at the Lewiston #2 Fire Hall. Track announcer Rick Mooney served as the Master of Ceremonies.
For the third consecutive season, "The Ransomville Renegade" Ryan Susice from Ransomville, NY was once again sitting at the head table for winning the Krown Undercoating 358 Modified track championship. Erick Rudolph, Pete Bicknell, Jeff McGinnis and Scott Kerwin rounded out the top five in points. Rudolph visited victory lane three times in 2017, with Bicknell and Jesse Cotriss with two wins each. Alan Wills, Tommy Flannigan, Jeff McGinnis and Susice all visited victory lane on one occasion.
For the second straight season, Tonawanda, NY's Matt Farnham once again took home the championship trophy for the Investors Service Sportsman. James Henry finished 43 points behind Farnham for the title. Derek Wagner, Greg Martin, and Brett Senek completed the top five in points. Farnham, Wagner, Martin, Senek, Chris Burek, Kevin Wills, Dave DiPietro, Derrick Borkenhagen, Jim Harbison, Jonathan Reid and Justin McKay all visited KiPo Chevrolet victory lane.
Second-generation driver Jake Stefanski from North Tonawanda, NY won his first career KiPo Chevrolet Street Stock Championship. Jake edged out his Uncle Pete Stefanski by a slim eight points to win the title. Brandon Sherwood, Ken Camidge, and divisional rookie Mike Kramarz rounded out the top five in points. Jake Stefanski, Pete Stefanski, Brandon Sherwood, Ken Camidge, Jaren Israel, Billy Bleich Jr and Ryan Hoolihan visited victory lane.
For the third time in the last four seasons, Niagara Falls, NY driver Chris Leone was crowned the 2017 Gippsters Collision 4 Banger Champion. Cole Susice, Chad Desso, Ashley Harbison-Blech and Brendan O'Keefe finished second through fifth in points respectively. Leone, Susice, Desso, Blech, Matt Hornquist, Ryan Plante and Anthony Guthrie visited victory lane.
Second-generation driver Cameron Tuttle from Wilson, NY claimed the Stevenson's Hardware Novice Sportsman title. Tuttle edged out Kyle Wendt by six points to clinch the title. Robbie Johnston, Bubby Pawlak, and David Fingerlow completed the top five in points. Tuttle, Wendt, Johnston, Pawlak, and Fingerlow all went to victory lane.
The Most Popular Drivers for 2017 as voted by the fans in the souvenir program were Ryan Susice, Dave DiPietro, Pat Dell and Ken Camidge, Ashley Harbison-Blech and Cameron Tuttle. The Best Appearing Car Award went to Erick Rudolph, Chris Burek, Chris Dziomba, Cole Susice and Bubby Pawlak in the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, 4 Bangers and Novice Sportsman respectively.
The Rookie of the Year Award went to Jesse Cotriss in the 358 Modifieds. After a successful rookie season, Derek Wagner was the Rookie of the Year in the Sportsman. "That Guy" Mike Kramarz and Brandon Potter were named Rookies of the Year in the Street Stocks and 4 Bangers respectively. The Hard luck award went to John Smith, Brett Martin, Brian Monahan, and Howard Guthrie. The Most Improved Driver Award went to Allan Wills, Brett Senek, Chris Dziomba and Chad Desso.
The Trevor Wilkens Hard Charger Award went to Sportsman Driver Matt Farnham. The Pat Spina Mechanic of the Year award went to Charlie Farnham, father of Sportsman champion Matt Farnham. The Owner of the Year went to John Susice. The Performance Award went to Jake Stefanski. Chris Leone was the recipient of the Ray MacIver Sportsmanship Award. Ransomville Modified Champion Ryan Susice was named Driver of the Year.
In Special events at Ransomville, Tim Schaffer won the return visit by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars. "Super Matt" Matt Sheppard was victorious in the Summer Nationals for the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series. Steve Collins and Chuck Hebing won the visits by the Patriot Sprint Tour.
More than 300 truckloads of new clay will be added to the racing surface last week and will be worked in and ready to go for the 2018 Test, Tune and Time. Ransomville Speedway General Manager Jenn Martin addressed the crowd on hand discussing the plans for the 2018 season at the Big R. The Modifieds and Sportsman will once again be under the DIRTcar Northeast banner. Rules meetings for the 4 Bangers and Street Stocks will be announced in the near future to discuss any possible rule changes. Stay tuned to the website and the track's social media pages for dates and times.
GROSSO GAINS HIS FIRST CAREER MODIFIED FEATURE VICTORY AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY'S ALL STAR CUP SHOOTOUT
New Egypt, NJ (October 22, 2017) - At New Egypt Speedway's All Star Cup Shootout Brandon Grosso gained his first Modified feature victory. Kyle Lilick topped the field in the main event for the Sportsman. The Crate Modified feature was won by Matt Stangle while Ryan Godown scored the checkered flag in the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car contest.
When the 60-lap Modified feature got underway, Dominick Buffalino grabbed the lead with Jimmy Horton and Brandon Grosso next in line. On lap three, Grosso moved past Horton to take over second with Duane Howard advancing into fourth. The top four of Buffalino, Grosso, Horton and Howard were intact when the first appearance of the yellow flag took place for John Pakenham on the eighth tour. When action resumed, Grosso zipped by Buffalino to take the top running position with Howard motoring into third. After two more caution periods, Grosso was still in command on lap thirteen with Howard, Buffalino, Horton, and Mike Gular in tow. Setting a torrid pace, Grosso began to enter lap traffic on the nineteenth circuit. On lap twenty-six as the top runners were slicing their way by slower competitors, the third place running Buffalino spun to bring out the yellow flag.
On the ensuing restart, Grosso fended off Howard to maintain his edge with Horton, Billy Pauch, Jr. and Gular in his tracks. At the halfway point, a fuel stop took place and Grosso was still on top with Howard, Horton, Pauch, Jr. and Gular rounding out the top five. Following the brief break, Grosso outgunned Howard again to keep his lead with Pauch, Jr. taking over third. With twenty laps remaining, Grosso was beginning to encounter lap traffic as Howard was trying to hold off Pauch, Jr. for second place. With ten to go, Grosso was knifing his way through competitors as Howard and Pauch, Jr. were in a battle for second while Horton was trying to hold off Brett Kressley for fourth. On lap fifty-four, the yellow lights illuminated for the final time for JR Fulper. As the green flag waved, Grosso repelled another challenge by Howard to hold onto his lead. Over the final tours, Grosso continued to pull away from the field and led them to the finish line for his first career Modified win. Howard edged Pauch, Jr. by less than a car length to come home in second. A late run by David VanHorn earned him fourth place and fifth was taken by Horton. Jimmy Horton, Jeff Strunk and Mike Gular scored wins in the Modified heat races.
The 25-lap Hammer Sportsman feature went down to the wire as a last circuit pass gave Kyle Lilick the victory. Polesitter Jeff Bubori took control of the race at the start and he drove to a straightaway advantage with ten revolutions recorded. Kyle Lilick, who started the event in thirteenth, climbed into second place just before the halfway mark. With five to go, Bubori's lead had been cut in half as Lilick was quickly tracking him down. As the white flag waved, Lilick was nearing the bumper of Bubori. Coming out of turn four on the last circuit, Lilick used the inside land to slip past Bubori to claim his first New Egypt Speedway checkered flag. With Bubori in second, Pat Wall was third. Brian Papiez finished in fourth and fifth went to Jim Housworth. The Sportsman qualifying events were taken by Pat Wall and Art Liedl.
After grabbing the lead from Frank Dorry, Jr. on the sixth circuit, Matt Stangle headed the field to the finish line to take the 25-lap feature for the Crate Modifieds. Dorry, Jr. followed Stangle to claim second place. Ryan Simmons completed the race in third. Kyle Kania was fourth and Jeremy Martino was fifth. Matt Stangle and Alonzo Morales were the Crate Modified heat race victors.
Ryan Godown took the lead on the fifth tour and paced the field for the remaining distance to collect his eleventh win of the year in the 20-lap feature for the Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars. Lee Nardelli was the runner-up. Third place was taken by Eric Jennings. Bobby Tersillo and Brody Adamsky completed the top five. Rich Mellor won the qualifying contest for the Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars.
Modifieds- 60 LAPS FEATURE
1. BRANDON GROSSO 2. Duane Howard 3. Billy Pauch, Jr. 4. David VanHorn 5. Jimmy Horton 6. Dominick Buffalino 7. Brett Kressley 8. Mike Gular 9. Jeff Strunk 10. Rich Rutski 11. PJ Oliver 12. Chad Barney 13. Kevin Vaclavicek 14. Rusty Smith 15. Jim Bobbitt 16. JR Fulper 17. Danny Bouc 18. Eric Engstrom 19. Ryan Krachun 20. John McClelland 21. John Pakenham 22. Tad Cox 23. Cory Holsten.
DNS: Ryan Godown, Mark Kratz
Sportsman - 25 LAPS FEATURE
1. KYLE LILICK 2. Jeff Bubori 3. Pat Wall 4. Brian Papiez 5. Jim Housworth 6. Ryan Lilick 7. Art Liedl 8. Roger Manning 9. Will Dupree 10. Dakota Kessler 11. Jimmy Amato 12. Mickey Kessler 13. Cale Ross 14. Bob Rambone 15. Shaun Ratchford 16. Marty Resnick
25 LAPS FEATURE 1. MATT STANGLE 2. Frank Dorry, Jr. 3. Ryan Simmons 4. Kyle Kania 5. Jeremy Martino 6. Kevin Graver, Jr. 7. Adam Cox 8. Tom Princiotta 9. Joey Toth 10.
JD Cranstoun 11. Steve Searock 12. Alonzo Morales 13. Joseph Brown 14. Rick Wegner, Sr. 15. Rob Mancini 16. Roger Gaskill 17. Jim Housworth 18. Matt Miller 19. Walt McIntyre
Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars 20 LAPS FEATURE
1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Lee Nardelli 3. Eric Jennings 4. Bobby Tersillo 5. Brody Adamsky 6. Larry Drake 7. Heidi Hedin 8. Art Liedl 9. Rich Mellor 10. Duane Nixon
Eastern States 100 Small Block Feature Finish: 1. Stewart Friesen, 2. Brett Hearn, 3. Tommy Meier, 4. Tim Hindley, 5. Gary Edwards Jr., 6. Craig Mkitchell, 7. J.R. Heffnerf, 8. Jesse Leiby, 9. Allison Ricci, 10. Matt Janiak, 11. Brian Krummel, 12. Michael Maresca, 13. Dillon Steuer, 14. Chris Stevens, 15. Anthony Perrego, 16. Patrick Reiser, 17. Yanick Mathieu, 18. Ken Tremont Jr., 19. Scott Flammer, 20. Andy Bachetti, 21. Danny Creeden, 22. Brendan Finley, 23. Joe Conklin, 24. Tyler Boniface, 25. Frank Venezia, 26. Brad Horton, 27. Tyler Dippel, 28. C.G. Morey, 29. Chris Shultz, 30. Mike Mahaney, 31. Zack Vavricka, 32. Danny Cronk, 33. Sean Mandel, 34. Tom Hindley, 35. Jerry Higbie, 36. Frank Cozze.
RYAN WATT SCORES DELAWARE DIRT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP WIN IN SMALL BLOCKS
By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – Ryan Watt of Boyertown, N.J. has taken a real liking to the Delaware International Speedway in 2017. On Friday night he topped a strong field of Small Block Modifieds to post his first win in the Fall Championship event. When added to his two previous wins this season his $5110 victory took his race winning to over $13,000 this year!
Three cautions before the first lap of the 50 lap race was in the books got the race off to a rocky start. The first was brought out when Jamie Mills got around in turn three. Neal Williams, Kevin Sockriter and Scott Hulmes tangled on the next attempt and perennial favorite, Craig VonDohren slowed on the back straight with a flat tire to bring out the third before one lap was in the books.
When the first lap did get in it was Richland, Pa.'s Jared Umbenhauer, who was making his first start at DIS, in the lead. Ryan Watt bolted from his fifth starting spot into second and immediately began applying the pressure to the leader.
Watt proved to be too much for Umbenhauer taking the lead on lap six. Behind the lead duo a good battle was being waged by H.J. Bunting in third and Richie Pratt, Jr. in fourth, both of which are former Fall Championship winners in the Small Blocks.
Pratt got by Bunting on lap ten and Jordan Watson followed into third. Watt was showing a lot of confidence in his mount as he threaded the needle going three wide in lapped traffic.
VonDorhen was making his way back towards the front but there was some confusion as to whether or not he had gotten a lap down when he pitted with the flat. A post race evaluation found that he had indeed missed the first lap but his charge towards the front would prove to be profitable at the end.
A yellow on lap sixteen would tighten the field and lead to a long stretch of green that lasted until three laps to go. By that point, VonDohren had worked his way up to the leader but sparks started showering from his front brakes indicating a problem.
Watt remained smooth and quick and seemed intent on lapping the field. He may have come close to achieving that had Chuck Sayres not gotten around to bring out the final yellow with three to go. Watt had no problem handling the final circuits as he outdistanced Umbenhauer to the checkered.
"Man was that thing fast," said a smiling Watt in Victory Lane. "Right from the beginning I knew we had a good car but every start there in the beginning kept getting called back. When Neal (Williams) went around in front of me – I don't know how I missed that deal."
Umbenhauer made his first Delaware start a good one finishing in second with Watson third. Mills and Pratt, Jr. got together in the final turn with Pratt getting around and Mills finishing fourth. VonDohren's charge back through the field placed him as the first car that was one lap down, finishing fifth.
50-Lap Small Block Finish: 1. Ryan Watt; 2. Jared Umbenhauer; 3. Jordan Watson; 4. Jamie Mills; 5. Craig VonDohren; 6. H.J. Bunting; 7. Jeff Brown; 8. Brad Trice; 9. Scott VanGorder; 10. Trent Willey; 11. Chuck Sayres; 12. Matthew Peck; 13. Richie Pratt, Jr.; 14. Neal Williams; 15. Duane Rust; 16. Ryan Mortimer; 17. Jack Swain; 18. Kevin Sockriter; 19. Pete Serra; 20. Scott Hitchens