VONDOHREN, KRESSLEY AND SCHUTZ EARN NASCAR TITLES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
JEFF STRUNK AND KENNY GILMORE TAKE AMERICAN RACER TRACK TITLES
Bechtelsville, PA November 21, 2015 . . . Veteran stock car racers Craig VonDohren and Chuck Schutz along with Brett Kressley were honored as the 2015 NASCAR champions on Saturday night at the 53rd Anniversary Grandview Speedway Awards Banquet which took place at the Gilbertsville, PA Fire Co. Social Hall. Jeff Strunk topped the American Racer Cup standings for the Modifieds while Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, earned the American Racer Cup with the Sportsman. A large turnout of racers, team members, fans, family members, media and more were on hand.
A new award came from NASCAR with the announcement that young Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, Pa, had earned the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) Youth Achievement Award. This honor included a cash award and UNOH Scholarship.
For VonDohren, who calls Oley, PA home, the 2015 NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modified championship was his eighth time as the titleholder while Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) earned his 7th BRC NASCAR Late Model title. For Brett Kressley (Orefield) the Sportsman championship was his first at the Rogers family owned auto racing facility.
Wheeling the K.L.Harring Transportation sponsored entry VonDohren had what could be considered a dream season as in addition to the championship worth well over $10,000 in point fund money from Grandview and NASCAR, he was able to win $10,000 for his victory in the Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings and $25,000 for topping the field in the Freedom 76 Modified Classic. VonDohren had 5294 points while second place went to another Oley resident Duane Howard, a five time track champion, who had four feature wins and tallied 4952 points. Ten time track champion Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, settled for third with 4763 counters and two wins.
Chuck Schutz received cash and awards for his first place finish in the BRC NASCAR Late Model point standings for the seventh time. He was able to amass 4427 points and four feature wins with his Pioneer Pole Buildings #1 topping Wayne Pfeil, Mohnton, who had 4116 points and two feature wins in the Saturday night NASCAR racing action. Sean Merkel, Boyertown, finished just two points behind Pfeil with 4114 counters and one feature win.
The Sportsman title battle had Brett Kressley, driving his own entry, finishing on top with 4023 points and four main event wins. Second spot was taken by Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, with 3698 points followed by Jordan Henn, Kutztown, who had 3596 tallies.
In the 358 Modified division Rookie of the Year honors went to Jared Umbenhauer while the Most Improved Driver was Tim Buckwalter who went from 17th in the 2014 points to 10th this year. Best Appearing Car owners were earned by Danny Erb. Kyle Borror took the Hard Luck Award.
Young Kyle Lilick was named Rookie of the Year in the Sportsman division while Brad Arnold earned the Outstanding Newcomer honors. Brett Gilmore is the Most Improved Driver and went from 16th in points in 2014 to 5th this season and had a feature win. Kenny Gilmore was named the Hard Luck Driver as he missed out on a second place finish in the point standings when his engine let go just two races from the finish of the season. Jordan Henn earned the Best Appearing Car Award.
The BRC Late Model division has Shawn Horning as the Rookie of the Year while Dave Ogin took home the Most Improved Driver having finished 10th in points and winning 2 feature races. Dan Green had the Best Appearing Car. Steve Gross took the Hard Luck Award having returned to racing after being away for several seasons.
Track announcer Jeff Ahlum welcomed a number of media to the banquet and thanked them for their support.
It was also announced that the 2016 racing season would kick off with the traditional free-to-the-public practice session on Saturday, March 26th and that practice is open to all divisions of competition.
Fans and racers are reminded that they can stay informed on 2016 plans for racing at Grandview by visiting www.grandviewspeedway.com or their Facebook and Twitter sites. The track phone number is 610.754.7688.
FINAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
358 MODIFIEDS AS OF SEPTEMBER 5, 2015
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 5294****
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 4982****
3. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #88 4763**
4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 4409
5. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 4215*
6. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53/2 3941
7. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5/11 3806*
8. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA #976 3770
9. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357/19 3672
10. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #22 3643
11. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117 3493***
12. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #74W 3470
13. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA #33 3335*
14. Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA #41 3209
15. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA #357 2940
16. Nate Christman, Oley, PA #37 2916
17. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA #B4 2868
18. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 2639*
19. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 2620*
20. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #A1/57 2566*
21. Eric Biehn, Bechtelsville, PA #87 2533
22. Brian Houseknecht, Bechtelsville, PA #323 2448
23. Jarred Miller, Barto, PA #917 2087
24. Todd Smith, Hatfield, PA #39 1974
25. Ryan Wyatt, Boyertown, PA #14W 1658
26. Ron Seltmann, Lower Pottsgrove, #R19 1564*
27. Bobby Gunther Walsh, Allentown, PA #1 1488
28. Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA #15 1485
29. Mike Bailey, Kutztown, PA #81 1403
30. Ryan Kunkle, Fleetwood, PA #77K 1052
OFFICIAL FINAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
SPORTSMAN AS OF SEPTEMBER 5, 2015
1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 4023****
2. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 3698
3. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 3596
4. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #00 3414*
5. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 3350**
6. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #142 3276***
7. Brad Arnold, Kenhorst, PA #830 3247*
8. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 3190***
9. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 3142
10. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 3105
11. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ #51 2648
12. Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA #221 2542
13. Jason Neidlinger, Schuylkill Haven, PA #88X 2275
14. Brandon Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #25 2156
15. Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104 1971
16. Paul Kline, Reading, PA #1 1963**
17. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14J 1854
18. Ken Eckert, Orwigsburg, PA #29 1825
19. Ryan Shupp, #15R 1693
20. Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65 1599
Also Feature Winners: Mark Kemmerer (1), Sean Weiss (1), Brad Brightbill (1), Jeff Sechrist
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)
NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY GEARING UP FOR 2016
New Egypt, NJ (November 13, 2015) – With activities completed for this year, New Egypt Speedway is gearing up for 2016.
Up first, the 2015 track champions and top finishers in points will be honored at an awards banquet on Saturday, January 16. This year’s gala event will occur at the Hibernians Club located on Kuser Road in Hamilton, NJ. Tickets are on sale now for $75 per person. Reservation forms are available at the speedway’s website at www.newegyptspeedway.net. Completed banquet forms are due back to New Egypt Speedway no later than Friday, December 18, 2015. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card and is due to the Speedway by December 18th. No reservations or payment will be accepted after this date. If you reserve a ticket and payment is not received by December 18th, your reservation will be cancelled. There are many local area hotels located just a few miles from the banquet hall including the Hamilton Hilton, Homewood Suites of Hamilton, and the Hampton Inn Robbinsville for those that are interested.
After the awards banquet, New Egypt Speedway will be exhibiting at the 2016 Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show from January 22nd through the 24th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. At the exhibit, fans can pick up a schedule for the upcoming season. For drivers, all the necessary paperwork will be available with the New Egypt Speedway team available to answer any queries.
Marketing partnerships are now available for the 2016 season. A full gamut of packages is being offered from division naming rights to billboard advertising to race night sponsorship. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Mike Wisniewski from Wiz Motorsports Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
As a reminder, New Egypt Speedway’s “5 Days of Thanks” sale and food drive will start in less than one week. This year’s sale will feature specials on apparel, season passes, reserved spectator parking spots, March Madness tickets, and Saturday night general admission tickets. The “5 Days of Thanks” will also carry along with it a food drive to benefit the New Egypt Food Pantry. The “5 Days of Thanks” sale kicks off on Wednesday, November 18, and ends on Tuesday, November 24, excluding Saturday and Sunday. Each day will feature a different sale starting with Wednesday, November 18, offering free shipping or a 2016 money saving coupon booklet with the purchase of any 2015 Speedway apparel that is already on sale. Thursday, November 19, will offer a free 2016 New Egypt Speedway t-shirt and hat with the purchase of a 2016 season pass. Friday, November 20, will offer a $5 off coupon for Opening Night (Saturday, April 2nd) to anyone purchasing a 2016 Reserved Spectator Parking Space. Monday, November 23, will offer a $3 off Opening Night coupon to anyone purchasing a General Admission ticket for the March Madness Meltdown event on Saturday, March 19th. Finally, on Tuesday, November 24, fans can purchase 2-$20 value 2016 event tickets for $28, with an offer limit of 2 per person. The Speedway office will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for fans wishing to make sale purchases or donate non-perishable food items for the New Egypt Food Pantry. All fans donating food items will receive a free New Egypt Speedway t-shirt. Fans who cannot make it to the Speedway but would like to make sale purchases over the phone, can call the Speedway office at (609) 758-1900.
New Egypt Speedway Awards Banquet Set for Saturday, January 16, 2016
New Egypt, NJ-- New Egypt Speedway has scheduled their annual awards banquet to honor the 2015 champions and top finishers in season ending points for Saturday, January 16, 2016. This years banquet will take place at the Hibernians Club located on Kuser Road in Hamilton, NJ.
Tickets for the event are on sale now for $75 per person. Reservation forms are on the New Egypt Speedway website www.newegyptspeedway.net. The banquet will run from 6 pm to 10 pm. There are many local area hotels located just a few miles from the banquet hall including the Hamilton Hilton, Homewood Suites of Hamilton, and the Hampton Inn Robbinsville for those that are interested.
Reservation forms are due to the Speedway no later than Friday, December 18, 2015. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card and is due to the Speedway by December 18th. No reservations or payment will be accepted after this date. If you reserve a ticket and payment is not received by December 18th, your reservation will be cancelled.
This year’s event will honor the 2015 season champions Ryan Godown, Clay Butler, Eric Palmer, John Carpenter, Mark Bitner, and Matt Stangle. Also being honored are the top 10 in Modified and Crate points and the top five in the Sportsman, Street Stock, and Sprint points. HCI and Metal Fab representatives will be on hand to help honor the top three finishing Rookies.
2015 CHAMPIONS HONORED AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY AWARDS AND DINNER BANQUET
Ransomville, NY – Friday, October 30th, 2015 – The 58th annual racing season officially came to a conclusion last Friday night as some two hundred guests gathered to honor the 2015 Champions along with many others.
Ryan Susice of Ransomville, NY was crowned the Champion in the 358 Modified’s after a very consistent season aided him to top the field. Winning by just eleven points over veteran Danny Johnson, Susice claimed his first of what will most likely be many Modified titles. Susice had just one victory in the 2015 season but finished in the top five all but twice in Regular points events. With six wins Johnson finished in the runner up position while Mr. Smallblock Pete Bicknell rounded out the top three.
As has become customary, the Sportsman title came down to the final night as three drivers vied for the title. When the final checkered flew, not one but two drivers stood as co-champions as a tie in points between Cody McPherson and James Michael Friesen was the result. It was only the third time in Ransomville history and first since 1996 that a tie was recorded. For McPherson it would be his first Ransomville title. What is most impressive is it came in his very first regular season in competition at the ½ mile dirt oval. McPherson enjoyed five wins, two of them coming in the Grit Series and DIRTcar Sportsman Series. James Michael Friesen would claim his second championship in the division, enjoying some five victories as well and fourteen top three finishes. Jesse Cotriss claimed the third place points finish with four wins to his credit and seven additional top five finishes.
The Novice Sportsman Champion is Austin Susice. Susice made the switch from 4 Bangers to Sportsman racing seem easy. Enjoying four wins and six additional top three finishes, Susice came into the final event with John Conklin mathematically still in the hunt. Susice would take the championship with Conklin settling for second. Conklin also made the move from 4 Banger racing into the open wheel ranks in 2015, picking up three wins. Tony Muscato enjoyed three wins as well and earned himself a third place points finish.
Chris Leone is no stranger to the title ranks. Picking up yet another track championship in the Gippsters Collision 4 Banger ranks, this driver has proven to be one of the most competitive on a weekly basis. Leone won three of the last four point’s events solidifying himself as the 2015 Champ. Ryan Plante had one victory on the season and ten additional top five finishes to claim the runner up position. Steve Matson of Ransomville, NY finished in third with two wins and three top five finishes.
The 2015 Ray MacIver Sportsmanship Award went to Pat Dell. When Mark Loveland’s Street Stock was absolutely destroyed in a mid-season meeting with the wall, it looked as if any chance of a top points finish, much less the change of racing again soon was gone. However Dell was quick to step in and lend him his back up racer. This gesture kept Mark in the championship hunt in which he ultimately finished second. This selfless assistance to a fellow racer earned Dell the 2015 honors.
The Rookie of the Year honors are awarded to the highest finishing rookies in a division. This year the honor went to Investors Services Sportsman campaigner Brett Senek whom finished 12th in points. Kenny Wills took home the honors in the FinditQuick.com Modified class.
Tommy Flannigan was awarded the Most Improved Modified Driver honors – if he hadn’t missed the first two weeks of the season, he may have been in the hunt for the track title. As it was, he scored seven top five finishes and an impressive third place at the Battle at the Border.
After claiming his first win in the Investors Services Sportsman ranks, this years’ Most Improved Driver award went to James Sweeting. Not only did he pick up that memorable first win, he also did it in his rookie year coming home just a few points shy of claiming that title as well.
Ryan Susice’s development as a racer has been witnessed by a lot of people at Ransomville Speedway. His dad was a competitive racer for many years, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. He established himself as a youngster as a competitive go-kart racer, and made the move to stock cars seem effortless, with championship seasons in the Street Stocks and Sportsman. Upon his move to the Modifieds, his learning curve was fast. It all came together for him this season with his first ever Modified title, all while he was expanding his racing horizons with competitive outings in a Sprint Car and TQ Midget. By virtue of his 2015 successes, Susice was awarded the highly prestigious Driver of the Year Honors.
Cartwright Wins 2nd Career Dutch Hoag National Open
DUNDEE, NY – For Immediate Release – October 29th, 2015
142 cars jammed the pit area at the Black Rock Speedway for the completion of Dutch Hoag National Open Weekend. The weather on Saturday was iffy at best with everyone seeing massive amounts of rain slated to kick off around the midnight hour. All events up to the last three heat races were complete when the rains came between 7PM and 8PM.
The rain stopped for a brief period and the track equipment began grooming the hard-packed surface, but another shower forced promoter Mike Jackson to postpone the remaining events to Sunday at 1PM.
When the green flag dropped for the first time on Sunday, a great crowd turned out to see the exciting finish to the weekend held in honor of a local racing hero. In the Modified championship named in honor of Dutch Hoag, it was Ron Cartwright Jr scoring his record-tying second career Dutch Hoag National Open victory over rival Steve Paine.
Cartwright's daughter drew her father and Chris Ostrowsky the front row for the 50-lap Modified challenge. Cartwright started on the outside of the front row and cruised around the outside of the speedway to lead the opening laps of the event.
Donnie Lawson, in the Woodhull Auto Supply No. 11, took over the lead from Cartwright on lap 3 using the bottom groove of the track. Lawson's lead would only last for three laps as Cartwright would blast back by to reclaim the lead as they worked lap 7.
While Cartwright paced the field, the overnight rain storms started brewing a hurricane. Paine started back in position number seven and worked his way to Cartwright's back bumper on lap 13. The two rivals began hitting lap traffic on lap 16 and were battling high and low for the lead just three laps later.
As Steve Kellogg gave the two the signal for halfway, Paine had finally found himself nerf bar to nerf bar with Cartwright for the lead. There is absolutely no love loss between these two drivers and the fans were on their seats to see how this race would finish out.
What they were treated to was an incredible battle and a clean battle for the win in the Dutch Hoag National Open. Paine pulled up on Cartwright's bumper several times but could get no closer. This allowed Bob Henry Jr to claw his way into third, searching for his second victory in the Dutch Hoag National Open.
Paine and Henry Jr would come up short as it was Cartwright locking down his second victory in this October race. The win nows ties Cartwright with Alan Johnson for the most wins in the prestigious fall race, each with two.
Paine came home second, Henry Jr third, Lawson fourth and Dundee's Brady Fultz fifth. Boyd McTavish, Billy Van Pelt, Joe Dgien, Chris Ostrowsky and Connecticut's Dan Humes rounded out the top ten.
"We drew 99 out of the gate, finished second in our heat and here we are in victory lane," Cartwright said.
Cartwright spoke about the tire choices drivers had to make as the track baked under the sun for the entirety of the 50-lap feature.
"We had a game plan before we even got here, we stuck with it and here we are."
Shayne Tenace's Go Nuclear Late Model Series were also in town for their season-ending championship event, going topless for a 35-lap A-Main. Tenace joined the announcers in the booth for the event which saw Canisteo driver Bryce Davis avenge a race he nearly won two years ago.
Davis led a late model race at Black Rock two years ago on the last lap, only to fall victim to an engine that went South down the backstretch. He would never look back in this event, which was a good thing, because Scio, NY pilot Jeremy Wonderling was lightning fast in his charge toward the lead.
'Mr. Excitement' quickly worked his magic around the Black Rock Speedway and got up into the second position but couldn't get the lap cars to fall right as he chased down the leader Davis.
A couple of late race restarts gave Wonderling the best shots he had to win the race. On one restart, Wonderling worked the top lane and wedged himself between Davis and the wall, only to have Davis shut the door going into turn 1.
The next restart saw Wonderling take the high lane of Row 2 for the Delaware Double-File restart. On the drop of the green, Wonderling outgunned Charlie Sandercock and shot down low underneath Davis. The pair would find themselves door-to-door for the lead but the caution quickly came back out, squashing Wonderling's bid for the lead.
Davis would go on to win the 35-lap A-Main over Wonderling, Sandercock, Lee Gill and Dustin Waters the top five.
"There's a lot of redemption here," said Davis. "We went back to the drawing board after struggling on Saturday. The car was great today.
Davis spoke to the fierce battle he had with Wonderling.
"I saw him coming and pinched him in the wall, almost wrecked both of us. We got lucky there for sure."
Lee Gill pulled off the 2015 Series Championship for the Go Nuclear Late Models, but wasn't impressed with the racing he encountered with some of his fellow competitors.
"A little survival deal here, we had a couple guys that don't run with us all year and thought they'd run us all over the track, just no respect," Gill said.
Dutch Hoag National Open Modifieds, 30 cars (50 Laps): RON CARTWRIGHT JR, Steve Paine, Bob Henry Jr, Donnie Lawson, Brady Fultz, Boyd McTavish, Billy Van Pelt, Joe Dgien, Chris Ostrowsky, Dan Humes, Daryl Hilkert, Tyler Siri, Jordan Siri, Jim Larock, Cory Costa, Ken Titus, Randy Brokaw, Chris Daugherty, Doug Smith, Nick Nye, Ray Smith, James Sweeting, Stacey Jackson DNS: Alan Barker
Lap Leaders: Cartwright 1-2, Lawson 3-6, Cartwright 7-50
Go Nuclear Crate Late Models, 23 cars (35 Laps Topless): BRYCE DAVIS, Jeremy Wonderling, Charlie Sandercock, Lee Gill, Dustin Waters, Brian Knowles, Greg Belyea, Chris Fleming, Brett Belden, Brandon Ford, Bill Eisele, Beamer Guzzardi, Brandon Mowat, Kyle Sopaz, Steve LaBarron, Mike Wonderling, Brian Down, Andy Mayhew, Dave DuBois, Eli Mayhew, Brandon Carvey, Alan Chapman DQ: Adam Turner
Lap Leaders: Bryce Davis 1-35
MAJOR EVENT DATES SET FOR 2016 AUTO RACING SEASON AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA October 27, 2015 . . . Despite the fact that auto racing action at Grandview Speedway has just finished, important dates for the 2016 season have already been announced.
Sticking with tradition the new season will kick off with a free-to-the-public practice session on Saturday, March 26th at noon. This test and tune session allows racers, representing a variety of forms of auto racing, to have the opportunity to do shake down runs with their new or refurbished racing equipment as they get ready for the NASCAR season opener on Saturday, April 2nd.
The NASCAR Whelen Series 358-Modifieds will be a regular Saturday attraction along with the popular Sportsman and Late Model racers.
Plans for special Saturday night attractions and the Bob Miller-Bruce Rogers produced Thunder on the Hill Series will be released in the near future.
Two of the biggest race events each season at Grandview are the Forrest Rogers Memorial for the NASCAR Modifieds and the rich Freedom 76 Modified Classic. Dates for those events are in place with the Forrest Rogers Memorial, run in memory of the track founder, set for Saturday, August 13 with an August 20 rain date. The Granddaddy of Modified Classics, the 46th Annual Freedom 76, a long standing tradition, is set for Saturday, September 10th with a September 17th rain date. The Classic will again pay at least $25,000 to win.
In addition the annual Firecracker 40, the big event of the season for the Late Models, is set for July 9.
A complete schedule of events will be made available in the near future.
On Sunday, November 8th, 7 a.m. the annual Fall Racer’s Flea Market is set to take place on the speedway grounds.
And on Saturday, November 21st the 53rd Anniversary Awards Banquet takes place at the Gilbertsville, PA Fire Co. Social Hall. The champions and outstanding performers will be honored. Ticket orders are being accepted at 610.754.9167 and tickets are priced at $40 each.
For information on Grandview Speedway please telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at Facebook or Twitter. The track is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown.
Eastern States Saturday Recap
Posted: October 26, 2015
By FRANK CATIZONE
MIDDLETOWN – The possibility of earning more than $60,000 during this year’s 54th annual Eastern States Weekend at the Orange County Fair Speedway proved to be too enticing to pass up for Modified racing sensation Brett Hearn.
Hearn, the biggest winner in the history of the track with over 300 career victory, has been mulling over this weekend for several months after Halmar International made substantial purse increases to the 2015 edition of Eastern States – the richest overall purse during the history of this prestigious event.
Halmar International owner Chris Larsen increased the lion’s share of this afternoon’s Eastern States 200 for Modified competitors to $35,000, while the Small Block Modified drivers were vying for the winner’s payout of $15,000. Larsen offered a $10,000 bonus if a driver was able to win both races – which guaranteed that individual at least $60,000.
That dollars increase faced Hearn with a dilemma as he was already scheduled to compete in yesterday’s Super DIRTcar Series event in upstate Weedsport. But the 57-year-old superstar, who has already swept both Eastern States race on five occasions, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have his biggest paying weekend ever at OCFS.
Hearn, who said the weather and track conditions in Weedsport also played a factor, decided to pass up the DIRTcar Series event in favor of Eastern States. So far, the gamble has paid off in a big way.
Hearn, after grabbing the pole position with the quickest lap in time trials, became the only driver with a chance at cashing in on all of that money yesterday afternoon as he led the entire distance to defend his title in the Eastern States 100 Small Block Modified championship. Hearn, who claimed his 302nd career OCFS win, picked up his 16th victory in this event, which was finally checkered after 102 laps.
“This was just too much to pass up,’’ admitted Hearn. “I’ve been a bundle of nerves since Halmar made the announcement on what to do. But knowing how successful I’ve been at Eastern States, and the possibility of poor weather in Weedsport swayed my decision to stay put.
“I know tomorrow is going to be tricky if we get the rain that is forecast for tonight (Saturday). It’s going to expose more of the grit and made the track even more abrasive than it is right now. I’m just looking at my rear tires and realize how much they’ve worn off at just 100 laps.’’
Hearn, who has won the 200-lap grind on 11 occasions, will be looking for his fourth straight title in this Modified event this afternoon, which is scheduled to get underway at 2:30 p.m. He’ll have his work cut out for him as he starts in 14th position after capturing a qualifying heat Friday afternoon.
Hearn’s quest for the weekend sweep got into high gear when he turned in a time of 20.910 seconds around the five-eighths mile, hard clay oval to grab the pole position with an average speed of 107.604 miles per hour.
Hearn, who also grabbed all the lap money by leading the entire distance, had some anxious moments en route to the checkered flags as Danny Creeden provided the OCFS audience with several challenges for the lead and lapped traffic also proved to be a significant obstacle as the race progressed.
Creeden, after starting in fifth place, wasted no time advancing to second place after just two laps as he took advantage of two early restart following a pair of early cautions – which included Marc Johnson’s second-turn flip. The race was momentarily red-flagged to attend to Johnson, who wasn’t injured.
Hearn took control when racing continued and was able to stretch out leads following each restart. But Creeden didn’t let Hearn out of his sight and kept within striking distance as the laps ticked away. The two leaders began moving in on slower traffic as the event approached its middle stages.
Hearn put Randy Sweetman down a lap on the 35th circuit and Creeden, Stewart Friesen, Tommy Meier and Ken Tremont Jr. were all closing in as the slower traffic made the race very interesting. Hearn has his problems getting around Mike Mahaney and Creeden dove underneath him while racing between the first and second turns on the 43rd lap.
But Hearn was able to maintain his lead as Creeden fell off the pace a bit. Hearn finally was able to get ahead of Mahaney as well as some other slower traffic to stretch out his lead. But Creeden closed in once again and the two drivers raced side-by-side between the first and second turns on the 64th lap.
“Brett was racing the bottom and I just didn’t have enough to get around him,’’ said Creeden. “I could feel a tire going down as the race went on and there was just too much rubber on the top to make a serious pass for the lead.’’
Rookie driver Ryan Krachun brought out a caution with 69 laps completed with a right rear flat to slow the pace for the first time since the 25th circuit. Friesen was able to pass Creeden when racing resumed on the 74th lap.
Creeden regained second place on the 80th circuit, but really mounted another challenge to Hearn and eventually fell to fifth place at the finish.
“Creeden gave me some good challenges,’’ said Hearn. “But I knew what he was trying to do and just tried to stretch out my lead following each restart. The lapped traffic was difficult because there wasn’t a whole lot of room to race and they weren’t giving an inch.
“I didn’t want to risk going on the top and around them because I was afraid someone might sneak underneath me.’’
Meier and Friesen swapped second place back-and-forth the final 13 laps as cautions for Tim Hindley and Duane Howard, and another for Matt DeLorenzo on the 97th circuit extened the race two extra laps. Meier took advantage of that as he passed Friesen for second on the final restart.
“I feel like I won the race even though I only finished second,’’ said Meier. “We had a real good run and I’m more than pleased with the new motor we purchased.’’
Meier, who was racing with a 525-cubic inch Corvette engine, finished ahead of Friesen, Tremont, Creeden, Jeff Heotzler Sr., Tyler Dippel, Ronnie Johnson, Chris Shultz and Mike Ricci.
Kevin Nagy made an auspicious debut to the Orange County Fair Speedway as he utilized an awesome display of power to capture the Capital Region Sprint Agency (CRSA) 20-lap main event for the 305 cubic inch sprint cars.
Nagy, who also won the eight-lap, dash-for-cash among the top six time trailers, started on the pole and led the entire distance as he finished ahead of Brian Krummel, Kyle Smith, Scott Flammer and Scott Goodrich.
“I’ve never been here before,’’ said Nagy. “I just ran my race and stayed on the bottom. I figured if anyone was going to beat me, they were going to have to go around me.
“My goal was to finish in the top six for the time trials and it worked out for me. I wasn’t worried if anyone was on my tail, because there’s always someone there behind you. Things just worked out and I’m happy the way my car performed throughout the day.’’
Nagy only had two interruptions en route to his first OCFS career win. The first came with 12 laps completed when Brody Adamsky slammed hard into the third turn wall and then flipped several times to force a red-flag condition. He wasn’t injured.
Christian Rumsey slowed on the homestretch with 18 laps down to force the only other caution and give Krummel a final stab at another Eastern States crown. But Krummel, who won Friday’s Sportsman 50-lapper, came up short and had to settle for second.
SATURDAY - SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS
Brett Hearn, Tommy Meier, Stewart Freisen, Kenny Tremont, Danny Creeden, Jeff Heotzler, Tyler Dippel, Ronnie Johnson, Chris Shultz, Mike Ricci, Donnie Elliott, Gary Edwards Jr., Tom Hindley, LJ Lombardo, Jimmy Spellmon, Yan Bussiere, Alan Houghtaling, Frank Cozze, Matt DeLorenzo, Ryan Krachun, Mike Mahaney, ANthony Perrego, Duane Howard, Timmy Hindley, Shane Jablonka, Brett Haas, Andy Bachetti, Matt Janiak, Jeff Strunk, Randy Sweetman, Timmy McCreadie, Jerry HIgbie, Craig Hanson, Marc Johnson, Frank Hoard, Bob McGannon
New Egypt Speedway Schedules First Event of 2016 for Saturday, March 19
March Madness Meltdown to Feature Modifieds, Sportsman, and Wingless Sprints
New Egypt, NJ-- With 2016 right around the corner, the management of New Egypt Speedway has been busy putting together the 2016 racing schedule. The first event to kick off the 2016 season will put a new twist on a fan favorite.
Gone is the ROC sanctioned Cabin Fever event and in its place will be will the March Madness Meltdown on Saturday, March 19, 2016. The March Madness Meltdown will feature a 50-lap open Modified event paying $5,000 to win and $400 to take the green. Joining the Modifieds will be a combined 25-lap Open Sportsman and Crate Modified event paying $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green and the Wingless NEWS Sprints whose payout and feature length will depend on car count with details being released at a later date.
“The opening night event is a fan and Speedway favorite because we are all ready to shake off a long winter of no racing,” said General Manager Allyse Wolfinger. “We want to keep the great opening night program we’ve delivered over the past several years alive. This new, updated version keeps the integrity of the event we’ve built but puts our own unique spin on it.”
The opening event of every season at New Egypt brings the Big Block Modifieds back to make one of their limited appearances at the Speedway while taking on the weekly 358 Small Block Modifieds. With many area tracks not yet open due to the usually chilly temperatures, New Egypt is the place to be for many area drivers to make their first start of the 2016 racing season. Entry forms for the event are available on the Speedway’s website with a $5 discount for early entry being offered.
As a special event the race will carry lap money and bonus awards. Laps for the Sportsman event will pay a minimum of $10 each and laps for the Modifieds will pay a minimum of $15 each. The first bonus award will be for the winner of the Modified event, who will receive a guaranteed starting spot in the All Star Cup event at New Egypt Speedway in September. If anyone is interested in sponsoring a lap or posting a bonus for the event, they can contact the Speedway office at 609-758-1900. Lap and bonus sponsors will be announced as they are received a full list will appear on the homepage of the Speedway website.
DIRTcar 358 Modified Series title on the line at Weedsport
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. October 22, 2015 - The 2015 DIRTcar NE 358 Modified Series championship will be decided Friday, October 23 at Weedsport Speedway the opening night of its Last Call at the Port three-day spectacular that closes out the regions racing season.
Chris Raabe of Napanee, ON, David Hebert of St. Damase, QC and Steve Bernard of Granby, QC enter the 125 lap, $7,500-to-win race separated by only nine points.
Raabe is the current point leader three points ahead of Hebert the 2015 358 Modified Mr. DIRTCar winner. Raabe came on strong for a podium finish at the Brockville Ontario Speedway Fall Nationals 100 for Big-Block Modifieds in his 358 Modified No. 01.
Mario Clair of St. Amand, QC is also still mathematically in the title hunt.
Fridays race card includes Big-Block Modified time trials for Saturdays $20,000-to-win Super DIRTcar Series All Ways Concrete Pumping 150 and a $3,500-to-win prelude Big-Block 35-lap feature.
Racing action begins both nights at 7 p.m.
Sunday, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series takes to the Weedsport half-mile at 5 p.m.