Barney, Williamson and Lindberg Sizzle in Seaway Mall Night at Merrittville
Sunday April 26, 2015 THOROLD, ONTARIO – After kicking off their 40th Birthday Celebrations earlier in the day, Seaway Mall was celebrating again with the 2015 Season’s first feature winners Saturday April 25th.
Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Spring Sizzler action had Jason Barney of Constantia NY taking home the 25 lap Patriot Sprint Tour Season Opener. Defending Pinty’s 358 Modified Champion Mat Williamson started off his title defense taking home the 35 lap Feature with Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway opening the 64th Season winning the 25 lap feature for the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division.
Antwerp NY’s Jeff Cook was first to lead the 25 lap A Main for the Patriot Sprint Tour but handed top spot to Jason Barney on lap 10 after drifting high off the front-stretch at the start finish line.
A lap 15 restart found Barney back out front after former Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Champion Shawn Sliter spun his sprint car. By lap 20 Barney and Cook had pulled away from the field setting up a 5 lap dash to the finish through lap traffic.
While Barney was able to hold off Cook – another race to watch was for third.
Two Ohsweken Speedway Sprint Car Division regulars Mitch Brown and Glenn Styres in a challenge with Brown prevailing. Jared Zimbardi rounded out the top 5.
An early race red flag stopped the event with just 3 laps complete when St. Catharines driver Chris Steele and Quebec’s Alain Bergeron came together between Turns 1 and 2. Both drivers were ok after the violent incident while both their cars suffered extensive damage.
Jamie Turner, Tommy Wickham and Barney won qualifying heats while former Rick’s Delivery Sportsman competitor Ryan Turner won the B Main in his first outing.
“If tonight had been 36 laps it might have been a different story,” said defending Pinty’s 358 Modified Champion Mat Williamson, “I’m lucky to be here.”
Coming up on slower cars late in the event had Chad Brachmann of Sanborn NY making a late race charge on the leader after taking over the runner up spot from second generation driver Jeff McGinnis of Ransomville NY on lap 28.
At the halfway point, Williamson had opened up as much as a half straightaway lead on the field.
Starting from the pole at the start, the leader probably didn’t see the racing behind him.
After a lap 1 caution, the action from Williamson on back between Scott Wood, McGinnis and Mike
Bowman let the leader pull away. After a lap 12 caution, McGinnis would settle into second spot ahead of Wood.
Once Brachmann landed in second spot, his late race charge got him to within a car length of Williamson at the finish.
Williamson and Brachmann were followed by McGinnis, Wood and Tyler McPherson.
Williamson, Bowman and McGinnis won qualifying heats.
“It’s a great way to start the season for sure,” said Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Feature Winner Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway, “right out of the box … we have the new car figured out!”
At the start of the 25 lap event, Lindberg out-raced fellow front row starter Jordan Cosco to take top spot before a lap 1 incident slowed the pace right away. Drivers involved included defending Point Champion Cody McPherson, Robert Baker and Jay Mallory with all able to continue.
Lindberg resumed the lead with Paul Gaboury quickly taking second. At the half-way point Lindberg maintained a car length advantage on Gaboury. Through increasing lap traffic however Lindberg was able to open up a comfortable lead through to the checkered flag with Chad Chevalier, Brent Begolo and Rob Knapp closing out the top 5.
Lindberg, Cosco and Knapp won qualifying heats.
PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR FEATURE (25 laps) Jason Barney, Jeff Cook, Mitch Brown, Glen Styres, Jared Zimbardi, Jim Huppenen, Cory Turner, Matt Tanner, Jamie Turner, Ryan Turner, Sammy Reakes IV, Tommy Wickham, Justin Martin, Keith Dempster, Jake Muench, Dane Lorenc, Shawn Sliter, Todd Hoddick, Alain Bergeron, Chris Steele, Paulie Colagiovanni, Chris Jones, Jim Porter..
358 MODIFIED FEATURE (35 laps) Mat Williamson, Chad Brachmann, Jeff McGinnis, Scott Wood, Tyler McPherson, Mike Bowman, Mark D’Ilario, Chris Steele, Pete Bicknell, Bill Bleich, Travis Miller, Billy Dunn, Rob Krull, Boyd MacTavish, Davey Moore, Chris Bellamy, Fred Carleton, Todd Gordon, Tim Jones, Wayne Conn.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE (25 laps) Gary Lindberg, Paul Gaboury, Chad Chevalier, Brent Begolo, Rob Knapp, Jason Moore, Austin Wood, Cody McPherson, BJ Willard, Jordan Cosco, Joey Mastroianni, Jason Farraway, Ryan Ferri, Robert Baker, Gord McIntosh, Chris Storm, Jay Mallory, Justin Sharp.
VICTORY LANE IN NASCAR STOCK CAR RACING EVENTS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY NIGHT
Bechtelsville, PA April 25, 2015 . . . Multi-time champion Craig Von Dohren became the third different 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series Modified feature winner in four outings on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway when he collected his first win of the season and 91st career victory at the 1/3-mile oval. Von Dohren battled race leader Ryan Grim for several laps before the pair made contact going into the second turn. Von Dohren got underneath Grim to merge into first on the 27th lap – the same lap current point leader Duane Howard advanced to second. Howard tried his best to get past Von Dohren, but fell short as Von Dohren pulled the Beartown Recycling/K.L. Harring Transportation No. 1C into the winner’s circle.
Kory Fleming, who was sidelined from Late Model action last week by a drive shaft issue in the heat, bounced back and scored his first win of the year. In the 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model Feature Fleming ended his winless drought being shut out since September 10, 2011. The N.J.-based driver said, “He didn’t know when he was going to win again and the car kind of drove itself he was just along for the ride.”
In NASCAR Sportsman competition Brett Kressley continued his dominance of the division and won his third 25-lap feature out of four.
Modified action saw Ryan Grim, sidelined by an opening night crash, keep his self-owned/sponsored Hoffman Speed Supplies/Willow St. Pub No. 17, in front from his pole starting position trailed by Kevin Hirthler, Kyle Borror, running his back-up car after his opening night flip;, Ron Haring Jr. and Brian Houseknecht.
A seven-car homestretch accident eliminated Ray Swinehart, Tim Buckwalter and Jarrad Miller to bring out the red with one lap completed. On the restart Kevin Hirthler put the Green Lane/Wm. Penn/4-Star Lettering No. 117 into the lead, but Grim stuck with him trying to regain control.
A third lap first and second turn spin involving Mike Kellner, Jamie Speers and Meme DeSantis brought out the yellow. This restart Hirthler had a push coming off the fourth turn and Grim dove underneath him to regain the top spot.
In a matter of laps Grim had some distance built up between himself and second through fifth-place runners Hirthler, Glenn Strunk, Don Norris Jr. and Borror. Coming on strong behind them were Kevin Hartnett, Von Dohren and Howard.
Norris Jr., who previously moved into third, continued to be plagued by misfortunes when front end suspension problems brought him to a stop in the fourth turn for the final caution on lap 15. Grim maintained his position, but now putting in their bids for first were Hirthler, Von Dohren, Howard and Borror. Trying to break into the top five after being involved in the second lap red was Jeff Strunk and by the 16th lap he was fifth.
Von Dohren cleared Hirthler for second on the 19th lap and set sail after Grim.
Lapped cars came into play with five laps to go and a blanket could have been put over the top five comprised of Grim, Von Dohren, Howard, Strunk and Hirthler.
Von Dohren and Grim made contact coming off turn two with Von Dohren now first and Howard second while Grim fell to third on lap 27.
Von Dohren kept everyone behind and went on to score the win with Howard a close second followed by Grim, Strunk and Hirthler. Rounding out the top ten were Kyle Weiss, Doug Manmiller, Borror, G. Strunk and rookie Jared Umbenhauer.
Grim, Hirthler and Weiss won the heats. The consi went to Billy Pauch Jr. making a rare appearance at Grandview.
Polesitter Bill Henning took control of the Late Model feature on the initial green with Fleming and Lou Egrie Jr. right on his bumper.
Henning held on to first until Fleming got by him on the eighth lap. At the same time veteran campaigner Rick Todorow and Sean Merkel followed through for second and third.
Sean Merkel got past Todorow on the 12th lap to attempt to unseat Fleming who had a healthy lead built up.
Cory Merkel hit the third turn infield marker tire sending it onto the track bringing out the caution on the 17th lap. Henning, left with nowhere to go, hit the outside wall. It was still Fleming at the head of the pack when action resumed.
No one was able to take the lead away from Fleming even though Merkel made several runs on him and as the checkered unfurled Fleming was triumphant followed by Merkel, Todorow, for his season best finish; Chuck Schutz, coming from dead last and Dan Green. Wayne Pfeil, Dave Ogin, Cory Merkel, Steve Wilson and Henning completed the top ten.
Heat winners were Henning and Green.
358 Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Craig Von Dohren, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Ryan Grim, 4. Jeff Strunk, 5. Kevin Hirthler, 6. Kyle Weiss, 7. Doug Manmiller, 8. Kyle Borror, 9. Glenn Strunk, 10. Jared Umbenhauer, 11. Kevin Hartnett, 12. Mike Gular, 13. Nate Christman, 14. John Willman, 15. Meme DeSantis, 16. Frank Cozze, 17. Danny Erb, 18. Billy Pauch Jr., 19. Todd Smith, 20. Mike Kellner, 21. Eric Biehn, 22. Brian Houseknecht, 23. Jamie Speers, 24. Ron Haring Jr., 25. Don Norris Jr., 26. Jarrad Miller, 27. Tim Buckwalter, 28. Ray Swinehart. DNQ: Ron Krex, Ron Seltmann Jr., Mark Kratz and Bobby Gunther-Walsh.
Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Brad Arnold, 3. Ken Eckert Jr., 4. Jim Housworth, 5. Joe Funk III, 6. Brandon Whitmoyer, 7. Ryan Beltz, 8. Jordan Henn, 9. Craig Whitmoyer, 10. Brett Gilmore, 11. Erik Renninger, 12. Jeff Sechrist, 13. Mike Lisowski, 14. Dean Bachman, 15. Andy Ressler, 16. Paul Houseknecht, 17. Tom Miller, 18. Jason Neidlinger, 19. Sean Weiss, 20. Kyle Lilick, 21. Brian Hirthler, 22. Mark Kemmerer, 23. Dave Dissinger, 24. Kenny Gilmore. DNQ: John McGovern, Mike Koffel, Josh Adams, Pat Conrad, Ray Woodall Jr.
NASCAR BRC Late Model Feature (25 Laps): 1. Kory Fleming, 2. Sean Merkel, 3. Rick Todorow, 4. Chuck Schutz, 5. Dan Green, 6. Wayne Pfeil, 7. Dave Ogin, 8. Cory Merkel, 9. Steve Wilson, 10. Bill Henning, 11. John Giesler, 12. Buddy Mertz, 13. Lou Egrie Sr., 14. George Irwin, 15. Steve Gross, 16. Lou Egrie Jr., 17. Joe Fanelli, 18. Devin Frey, 19. Shawn Horning, 20. Dirk Rimrott. DNS: Randy Stoudt.
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
MODIFIEDS AS OF APRIL 25, 2015
1. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 1110**
2. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 1055*
3. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 955
3. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #88 955
5. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA #357 931
6. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5 916
7. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 888
8. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357 858
9. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 767
10. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #74W 717
SPORTSMAN AS OF APRIL 25, 2015
1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 1012***
2. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 823
3. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #00 798
4. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 786
5. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14J 743
6. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 722
7. Jeff Sechrist, Robesonia, PA #29G 718*
8. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 701
9 Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 700
10. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ #51 619
Big Diamond Cancelled 4/24
Racing action has been cancelled at Big Diamond Speedway for Friday, April 24. Projected below-freezing temperatures and high-winds forced owner/promoter Jake Smulley to make the tough decision.
“It’s unfair to expect the race teams to put their equipment at risk with this severely cold weather,” stated Smulley. “With tonight also being dedicated to kids it is in everyone’s best interest to regroup for next Friday’s racing action.”
Racing action returns to “God’s Country” this Friday night, May 1st, with Leindecker Racing Engines Night as the Lias Tire 358-Modifieds have their first full-points show of the season. Joining the modifieds on the card this coming week will be the highly anticipated return of the ARDC Midgets along with points races for the Savage 61 Roadrunners and the Slifko Fabrication Street Stocks.
The Modified Challenge will complete next week’s racing line-up. The challenge races will be determined by a fan vote. Look for details to be released early next week.
BILLY PAUCH JR. TO BE PART OF RACING EXCITEMENT AT GRANDVIEW SATURDAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 23, 2015 . . . One of the rising young stars of area auto racing is Billy Pauch Jr. and he is planning to join the star studded field of racing talent that is seen in the NASCAR 358 Modified stock cars this Saturday, April 25, at Grandview Speedway. Pauch, son of legendary dirt track racer Billy Pauch Sr., will be wheeling the Breitenstein #14 Modified.
In addition to this Saturday Pauch will be seen at Grandview on May 16, June 13, July 18 and August 15th.
Pauch will be going up against such top talents as Duane Howard, Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk, Meme DeSantis, Doug Manmiller and a host of others in the NASCAR 358 Modified action. In addition fans will be able to enjoy the excitement of the BRC Late Models and NASCAR Sportsman stock cars.
Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. and at the same time the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet will be taking place with fans having the opportunity meet last week’s BRC Late Model feature winner Lou Egrie Sr., Modified racer Ron Haring Jr. and Sportsman talent Jim Housworth. Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 11 and under are admitted FREE. Active military personnel are admitted free with proper ID.
HOWARD, KRESSLEY AND EGRIE SR. EARN VICTORY LANE VISITS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY NIGHT
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. April 19, 2015. . . . Past champion Duane Howard drove the Atlas Paving #66 to his second win of the young season in the NASCAR 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Brett Kressley was able to earn his second Sportsman feature win and Lou Egrie Sr. earned his first BRC Late Model feature victory since 2012.The entire three division show of stock car racing was completed before 10 p.m.
Opening night feature winner Howard quickly closed the distance between himself and leader Ryan Watt, who encountered lapped cars that somewhat hindered him, by the 18th lap of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature.
Defending point champion Jeff Strunk came on strong in the closing stages, but time ran out and Howard pulled into victory lane to be the first repeat winner of the season in the division.
It was Oley, PA based Howard’s 66th career win at the oval which is ironically his car number. After a fourth-place heat finish the crew made major changes and Howard commented, “They gave me a hell of a race car for the feature.”
Pole sitter Kevin Hirthler led for one lap before Glenn “The Professor” Strunk powered ahead on the second circuit. Jockeying for positions behind him were Hirthler, Watt, Tim Buckwalter and Danny Erb.
Doug Manmiller brought out the first caution when he stopped along the fourth turn wall with a front and back flat right tire on the fifth lap. He was able to rejoin the action following a quick pit stop. After three attempts to get the next lap completed Glenn Strunk was still the pacesetter with runner-up Watt making his presence known.
The lead changed for the third time on the seventh lap as Watt and Buckwalter got past Glenn Strunk as he fell to third with Howard and Jeff Strunk fourth and fifth.
Kyle Weiss, last week’s feature winner, slowed in turn one bringing out the yellow on lap nine. After a quick trip to the pits he soon was trackside again. Watt maintained the lead but now Howard was in second and Watt wasted no time outdistancing himself from the rest of the competition.
Lapped cars came into the picture by lap 18 which allowed Howard to reel Watt in to pressure him for the lead.
Howard took advantage of the situation the others were also dealt and powered into first on lap 20. Dealing with the slower cars behind Howard now were Watt, Jeff Strunk, Buckwalter and Mike Gular.
Watt and Jeff Strunk battled for second for several laps before Jeff Strunk cleared him and set sail after Howard.
No one was able to erase the distance and Howard was victorious again. Coming on strong in the end only to have to settle for second was Jeff Strunk followed by Watt, who also picked up the Dan’s Deli ½-way Hoagie certificate; Buckwalter and Gular. Jared Umbenhauer, Frank Cozze, Erb, meme DeSantis and John Willman, who received the Cargo Trailer certificate completed the top ten.
Jeff Strunk, Buckwalter and Watt won the heats.
Craig Von Dohren, the point leader at the start of the race night, took a hard hit in the heat and had to be double-hooked to the pits. They were able to repair the car for the feature in which he took a provisional and he finished 14th.
In BRC Late Model action Willow Grove, PA’s Lou Egrie Sr., who sat out the previous week with engine problems, came back strong and led from the second lap until the drop of the checkered to win his first 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model feature of the season. It was his first win since May 12, 2012.
Bill Henning, back from vacation, set the pace for one lap until Egrie motored ahead.
While Egrie showed the way, the Merkel brothers Cory and Sean diced for second while Henning, Steve Gross and Chuck Schutz anticipated a false move.
By the 10th lap it was a three-way battle for first between Egrie and the Merkel’s.
Gross brought out the caution on the 19th lap when he spun in turn two. It was still Egrie at the front of the field on the restart.
With the Merkel’s battling this allowed Egrie some extra breathing room.
Sean Merkel finally cleared Cory on the 22nd lap and next would have to try to catch Egrie.
Egrie never surrendered the lead and put the Frank and Doris McCarthy-owned No. X4 in the winner’s circle. Finishing second was Sean Merkel with Schutz getting third at the line with Cory fourth and Joe Fanelli fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Dan Green, Rick Todorow, Dave Ogin, Henning, who received the Cargo Trailers certificate and Gross.
Sean Merkel and Green were the heat winners.
The 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature also saw a repeat winner as Brett Kressley of Orefield, PA took home the checkered as he got leader Brad Arnold, who led from the initial green, out of the groove in the third turn with five laps to go and went on to win the event in which he also picked up $100 from T.P. Trailers.
Arnold, who had tire issues the past two weeks, wasted no time pulling away fast in the WEEU 830 AM car trailed by Tom Miller, Erik Renninger, Joe Funk and Craig Whitmoyer.
By halfway mark, which Arnold received, he had a commanding lead built up.
The straightaway lead Arnold had was wiped out by the 16th lap caution brought out when John McGovern spun in the fourth turn. When action resumed Arnold continued his pace, but now Craig Whitmoyer and Kressley were second and third putting the pressure on.
Kressley advanced to second on the 18th lap and began to challenge Arnold.
As the pair entered turn three on lap 20 Kressley slid underneath Arnold taking him up towards the marbles and was now the new leader.
Kressley and his Kressley’s Auto & Truck Sales #19 never faltered and was victorious again followed by Arnold, Whitmoyer, Funk and Brett Gilmore. Sixth through tenth were Miller, Renninger, Kenny Gilmore, who received the Cargo Trailers certificate; Ryan Beltz and Ryan Lilick.
The heats were won by Arnold, Ryan Lilick and Whitmoyer.
NASCAR 358 Modified Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Duane Howard, 2. Jeff Strunk, 3. Ryan Watt, 4. Tim Buckwalter, 5. Mike Gular, 6. Jared Umbenhauer, 7. Frank Cozze, 8. Danny Erb, 9. Meme DeSantis, 10. John Willman, 11. Nate Christman, 12. Glenn Strunk, 13. Doug Manmiller, 14. Craig Von Dohren (provisional), 15. Mike Kellner, 16. Don Norris Jr., 176. Eric Biehn, 18. Kyle Borror, 19. Kyle Weiss, 20. Ray Swinehart, 21. Brian Houseknecht, 22. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 23. Jamie Speers, 24. Mike Laise, 25. Ron Haring Jr., 26. Kevin Hartnett, 27. Kevin Hirthler, 28. Todd Smith, 29. Ron Seltmann Jr. DNQ: Jarrad Miller.
NASCAR Sportsman Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Brad Arnold, 3. Craig Whitmoyer, 4. Joe Funk, 5. Brett Gilmore, 6. Tom Miller, 7. Erik Renninger, 8. Mike Lisowski, 9. Kenny Gilmore, 10. Ryan Beltz, 11. Ryan Lilick, 12. Jeff Sechrist, 13. Jim Housworth, 14. Jordan Henn, 15. Dean Bachman, 16. Kyle Lilick, 17. Paul Houseknecht, 18. John McGovern, 19. Mark Kemmerer, 20. Joe Masiado, 21. Pat Conrad, 22. Brian Hirthler, 23. Alyssa Fogel, 24. Mike Koffel. DNS: Dave Dissinger.
NASCAR BRC Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Lou Egrie, 2. Sean Merkel, 3. Chuck Schutz, 4. Cory Merkel, 5. Joe Fanelli, 6. Dan Green, 7. Rick Todorow, 8. Dave Ogin, 9. Bill Henning, 10. Steve Gross, 11. John Giesler, 12. Dirk Rimrott, 13. George Irwin, 14. Wayne Pfeil, 15. Buddy Mertz, 16. Lou Egrie Jr. DNS: Kory Fleming.
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
MODIFIEDS AS OF APRIL 18, 2015
1. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 815**
2. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA #357 766
3. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 749
4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 711
5. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357 708
6. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5 702
7. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 698
8. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #88 678
9. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 620
10. Ryan Wyatt, Boyertown, PA #14W 614
SPORTSMAN AS OF APRIL 18, 2015
1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 755**
2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 674
3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 645
4. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #00 638
5. Jeff Sechrist, Robesonia, PA #29G 572*
6. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 561
Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 561
8. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 534
9. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14J 526
10. Tom Miller, Gilbertsville, PA #77 488
3rd Annual Money in the Mountains goes to Ryan Watt
A great night of racing action took place at Big Diamond Speedway Friday evening for the 3rd annual Money in the Mountains. The top names came out for their chance to take home the $7500 top prize that was being offered at the end of the 40 lap Modified Main event. Ryan Watt would set the pace for the race, but the action through out the pack is where the focus was during the evening. Craig VonDohren held the 2nd place spot early on in the event, but Ryan Godown was slowly working his way towards the front, battling the likes of Meme DeSantis and Tyler Siri . As the field began to work their way through the rear of the pack and put the drivers a lap down, the drivers had to be careful not to get tangled with anyone that they were passing. Unfortunately, Godown would tangle with the lapped car of Heath Metzler when he was coming down the front stretch. Godown never stopped after the contact and continued going and as a result was given his spot back on the restart. Metzler had just gone 2 laps down at the time of the incident and he had bobbled as he came down the front stretch, causing the contact to happen. Godown wasn’t able to catch up to Watt and had to settle with finishing up in the runner up spot. The top 5 finishers were Ryan Watt, Ryan Godown, Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard and Rick Laubach. Ryan Godown, Ryan Watt and Rick Lauback were the heat winners.
Daryl Dissinger looked like he was the car to beat in the USS Achey Sportsman Feature Friday evening. He had his hands full with the Charlie Webber ride, but Webber would end up with a left rear flat that put him out of contention for the win. Steve Searock looked like he had something for Dissinger, but it all came down to the last turn of the race to determine the winner. Brett Kressley found himself in a 3 way battle with Daryl Dissinger and Steve Searock coming to the checkers. The cars came off the turn with a full head of steam and no one was giving an in h, but when it came to the finish line, it would be Kressley edging out the competition and he found himself leading the right lap at the right time to take home the Sportsman win for the 2nd time this season and keeping him at the top of the points standings for the class. The top 5 finishers were Brett Kressley, Darryl Dissinger, Steve Searock IV, Mike Lisowski and Mike Mammana. Brett Kressley and Mike Lisowski were the heat winners.
1 Ryann Watt 2 - Ryan Godown 3 - Craig VonDohren 4 - Duane Howard 5 - Rick Laubach 6 - Doug Manmiller 7 - Erick Rudolph 8- Danny Johnson 9 - Billy
Pauch JR 10 - Tyler Sirir 11 - Meme DeSantis 12 - Jimmy Reppert JR 13 - Heath Metzler 14 - Mario Dinatale 15 - Jeff Strunk 16 - Randy Chrysler 17 -
Mike Gular 18 - Colt Harris 19 - Sawn Fitzpatrick 20 - Kevin Beach 21 Justin Grim
1 - Brett Kressley 2 - Daryl Dissinger 3 -Steve Searock 4 - Mike Lisowsk 5 - Mike Mammana 6- Tim Fitzpatrick 7 - Wayne Witmer 8 - Charles Fayash III 9 - Rob Light 10 - Shawn Light 11 - Chad Putalavage 12 - Billy Moyer JR 13 - Jack Butler 14 - Steve Desmelyk 14 - Matt Clay 15 - Charles Webber 16 - Paul Kline 17 - Doug Hendricks 18 - JR Fulper 19 - Glenn Rowan DNS - Mike Glass
Test, Tune and Inspection Day means 2015 Season almost here
April 16, 2015 THOROLD, ONTARIO – When it comes to Saturday April 18th’s Test and Tune Session at Merrittville – the biggest question is … who is ready for it more?
Race Fans looking to put this past Winter behind them or Race Teams who will see a new track since they last raced in the fall and for some during last weekend’s Pete Bicknell Driving School.
“With the more than 400 loads of clay we put down last fall – it has been a constant work in progress,” informs (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “between when it arrived last year and preparing it for winter and countless man hours again this spring – we can’t thank Dave Walters enough for his efforts and fleet of equipment and to EVERYONE that has helped … THANK YOU. We all agree … we can’t wait for the start of the 2015 Season!”
For the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Teams – it’s 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, Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lites and Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinders will be looking for all important seat time in preparation for the 2014 Championship Chase Kickoff presented for the first time by Pinty’s - Saturday May 2nd
Saturday April 25th’s Seaway Mall Spring Sizzler will see the Pinty’s 358 Modifieds and Rick’s Delivery Sportsman in action in addition to the Season Opener for the Patriot Sprint Tour.
While the evening session April 18th is intended for the Thorold facility’s LOWRS Divisions – drivers from other classes are expected in including RUSH Late Models, and local Sprint Car Teams looking to prepare for visits of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints and the return of the Southern Ontario Sprints throughout the season.
Race Teams should make note that the Pit Gates will open at 12 PM April 18th 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 and Concessions will be open.
Money in the Mountains Set for Big Diamond Friday
One of the biggest races on the 2015 schedule is coming to "God's Country" this Friday night. The 3rd annual Money in the Mountains, $7,500 to win/$500 to start event for the big/small block modifieds returns to Big Diamond Speedway.
A super talented field is expect to be on hand for the chance at a big pay day. Danny Johnson, Larry Wight, Erick Rudolph, Ryan Godown, Ryan Watt, Stewart Friesen, Tyler Siri, Doug Manmiller, and Randy Chrysler are just some of the expected outsiders coming to Minersville Friday night. Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren, Rick Laubach, Billy Pauch Jr, and Meme DeSantis, headline a group of talented regulars hoping to defend the home turf.
The U.S.S. Achey Sportsman and Savage 61 Roadrunners will also be in action. Brett Kressley (sportsman) and Terry Kramer (roadrunner) hope to build off their momentum from their opening night victories.
Gates will open at 5:00 Friday evening with racing set to take place at 8:15. Admission for this top-tiered show is just $25 while kids and active military (with valid ID) are admitted free.
Modified rules for Friday's event are as follows: spec head small-block on gas – 2,275 lbs.; spec head small-block on alcohol – 2,350 lbs.; open small-block on gas (under 363 c.i.) – 2,350 lbs.; open small-block on alcohol (under 363 c.i.) – 2,400 lbs.; small-block over 363 c.i. – 2,500 lbs.; big-block – 2,500 lbs.
DIRTcar/Big Diamond body rules are in effect (no sail panels). Tire compounds permitted are: American Racer – 33 or harder left front; 38 or harder right-front; 44 or harder left-front; 48 or harder right-front; or Hoosier D300 or harder all four corners.
Full points for the Sportsman and Roadrunners. Modifieds in attendance will receive 75 show-up points.
Let's Go Racing! this Saturday at the Park
May Flowers 150 Enduro Announced
Mercer, PA (April 15, 2015): "We will be ready to race on Saturday," Mercer Raceway Park track manager Frank Benic confidently declared. The speedway has yet to start the 2015 racing season, as wet weather interfered with four straight events. Add in the postponement of the Jack Frost 150 Enduro in January, and that makes five missed opportunities.
"Let's go racing," will be heard loud and clear on Saturday afternoon when the gates swing open for the first special event of the new season. Bonnell's Rod Shop has added money to the purses for each of the six divisions that will see action. Four thousand dollars will await the winner of the initial 410 Sprint Car race that will be presented by 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels. The Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors will slug it out for a cool grand, as will the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. The Precise Racing Products Stock Cars will chase after $500. The Rock Concrete Modified Lite winner will take home $375. The Mini Stocks will have $200 on the line in their contest offered by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles.
And, don't forget that these will be full point races, so defending champions Eric Williams (410 Sprints), Jimmy Holden (358 Modifieds) and Mike McConnell (Mini Stocks) better be ready to defend their respective titles. Three of the classes will be up for grabs, as Jimmy Morris (Outlaw Sprint Warriors) and George Englert (Modified Lites) have moved into new divisions. Trusty Rusty Moore, the perennial champion in the Stock Car ranks, plans to be an infrequent competitor at the Park in 2015.
The gates will open at 4 p.m. Practice will start at 6:30, and racing will commence at 7.
Special event ticket pricing will apply. That means that adults will be admitted for $17, seniors (60+) for $15, and students (9-15) for $7. Children (8 and under) will be admitted for free. The Family Pass will be available for $35, and that can be used by two adults and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will be $35.
If you cannot make it to the tack this weekend, remember that the first Saturday Night Live! program will be held on April 25. That will also be Pittsburgh Circle Track Club night, with all members in good standing being admitted to the grandstands free of charge.
Then, get ready for the first doubleheader weekend at the Park. The new All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Car tour will invade the speedway on Saturday, May 2. America's series is now owned by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, and the the circuit boasts the deepest talent pool in years! But, that will not be all.
The often postponed Jack Frost Enduro will be held the very next day. The race will be dubbed the May Flowers 150. And, the Mini Stocks will go in the Full Bloom 25.
358 Modifieds points
1.Ryan Godown 124
2.Billy Pauch 106
3.Jimmy Blewett 101
4.Sammy Piazza 98
5.David Van Horn 96
6.Willie Osmun 90
7.John McClelland 82
8.Billy Pauch Jr. 76
9. Neal Williams 73
10. Mike Butler 68
GODOWN GETS JOB DONE FROM EIGHTEENTH ON HOCKEY NIGHT AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
New Egypt, NJ - Ryan Godown of Ringoes, NJ dominated his second straight New Egypt Speedway 358 Modified feature on Saturday night worth $2,500 from the eighteenth starting spot.
"I can't thank my guys enough for all the hard work they put in," said Godown. "We ran some satellite races up in New York during Super DIRT Week and we stumbled across something that just made us that much better."
Hamilton, NJ's DJ Ruppert led the 24 car field to the green and would get out to a sizeable lead throughout the first nine laps until PJ Oliver came to a stop in turn two. On the ensuing restart Richie Pratt, Jr. would jump out to the lead but the restart would be negated as Danny Bouc and Johnny Guarino tangling in turn two bringing the yellow back out. It was determined that Pratt jumped the previous restart, putting him back two positions and leaving Ruppert and Ryan Godown on the front row for the restart. Godown would jump out to a commanding lead with Jimmy Horton and Jimmy Blewett in hot pursuit. The yellow would fly again when Rocco Infante spun and was hit by Danny Bouc ending Bouc's night with an apparent broken right front shock. Godown would continue to dominate until the final caution came out on lap 21 when Willie Osmun spun coming off of turn two. On the final restart Godown seemed to pull away at will, putting a half a straightaway between him and Horton until Horton pulled off on the backstretch with motor issues. Godown would go uncontested to his second win in as many weeks at New Egypt. Blewett would come home second with a left front flat tire while Richie Pratt Jr., David VanHorn and Sammy Piazza rounded out the top five.
Dave Brown, Jr. would start on the pole and lead all 20 laps of the season opener for the NERS Sprint cars over Mark Bitner, a very hard charging Mike Haggenbottom, Bobby DeVault, and Adam Carberry.
In Sportsman action Mike Lyons would wrestle the lead away from rookie Brandon Grosso on lap three as he went on to win over Brian Roemer, Mike Hendershot, Bob Lineman, Jr. and JR Fulper.
358 Modified Modified Feature- 1. Ryan Godown 2. Jimmy Blewett 3. Richie Pratt, Jr. 4. David VanHorn 5. Sammy Piazza 6. Billy Pauch 7. John McClelland 8. Neal Williams 9. Willie Osmun 10. Andrew Krause 11. Chad Barney 12. Tad Cox 13. Mike Butler 14. DJ Ruppert 15. Doug Ostwald 16. Jimmy Horton 17. John Stangle 18. Chuck Steuer 19. Rocco Infante 20. Danny Bouc 21. Billy Pauch, Jr. 22. Johnny Guarino 23. PJ Oliver 24. Chris Grbac
DNQ: Ryan Krachun, Patrick Gold, Chris Esposito, Jimmy Martin
Sportsman Feature (20 Laps): 1. Mike Lyons 2. Brian Roemer 3. Mike Hendershot 4. Bob Lineman, Jr. 5. JR Fulper 6. Steve Davis 7. Billy Osmun 8. Marty Saxton 9. Brandon Grosso 10. JT Trstensky 11. Jason Dunn 12. John Cornell III 13. George Gareis, Jr. 14. Will Trstensky 15. Craig Martin 16. Clay Butler 17. Will Dupree 18. Derek Krum 19. Tom McCoy 20. Pat McBride
NERS 305 Sprint Car Feature (20 Laps): 1. David Brown, Jr. 2. Mark Bitner 3. Mike Haggenbottom 4. Bob DeVault 5. Adam Carberry 6. Ryan Stillwaggon 7. Rick Stief 8. Chris Allen Jr. 9. Gabe Fox 10. Ed Wagner 11. Pat Frieberger 12. Joe Lord 13. Keith Anderson 14. Harris Kohen 15. Ryan Cox 16. Brad Franks 17. Zack Byrd 18. Jeff Geiges
WEISS ENDS LONG WINLESS DROUGHT AT GRANDVIEW, WINS MODIFIED FEATURE; SCHUTZ AND SECHRIST ALSO WINNERS ON SATURDAY NIGHT
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. April 12, 2015 . . . Veteran racer Kyle Weiss was able to grab the rich victory in the 35-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night topping a stellar field of top dirt track racing talent with his MAS Trucking entry in front of the RCN-TV cameras. In the 25-lapper for the BRC Late Models multi-time champion Chuck Schutz charged to victory with the PPB sponsored mount and in the 25-lap main event for the Sportsman stock cars the win went to Jeff Sechrist in his BFP sponsored racer.
Weiss, labeled the Jalappa Jet, shut out of victory lane at Grandview Speedway since April 2006, finally had a change of luck in his second outing of the season at the Berks Co. 1/3-mile clay oval. Hampered by mechanical issues in the opener, Weiss overtook Nate Christman, another driver sidelined by mechanical problems the first week, on the seventh lap of the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modified feature and went on to score a $3,000 payday with a closing Doug “The Handler” Manmiller a close second. Weiss also received $250 from T.P. Trailers, Limerick and the Dan’s Deli, Boyertown, ½ Hoagie Award. He commented that his second victory, which was broadcast by RCN-TV 4 of Allentown, meant more to him than the first one.
Kevin Hirthler led for three laps until Christman moved ahead on the fourth circuit.
Weiss put the MAS Trucking/USS Achey Inc. No. 21K at the head of the pack on lap seven with Christman, Hirthler, Don Norris Jr. and Jeff Strunk in pursuit.
Norris Jr. brought out the yellow on the 11th lap with a spin in the third and fourth turn. Jeff Strunk was sidelined at the same time with a left front flat tire. Both drivers rejoined the race after pit stops. Weiss was still in control on the restart, but now the battle behind him heated up between Christman, Hirthler, Ryan Watt and John Willman.
Duane Howard, opening night winner, who had just moved into sixth was spun by Mike Gular, who was placed to the back of the pack for the incident, for the 19th lap caution. The restart was void when Hirthler and Watt tangled in the fourth turn and spun in front of several cars. This aided some of the back runners to advance positions.
When action resumed the order behind Weiss now consisted of Christman, Manmiller, Willman and Craig Von Dohren, who started 22nd after winning the consi.
Manmiller overtook second on the 25th lap and set his sights on Weiss to see if he could possibly reel him in to challenge him.
Time ran out and no more cautions bunched the field up after the last one on lap 20 and when the checkered unfurled Weiss, who didn’t run consistently at the track, claimed a lone overdue win. Chasing him across the line were Manmiller, Von Dohren, Christman and Willman. Sixth through tenth were J. Strunk, Meme DeSantis, Tim Buckwalter, Jared Umbenhauer and Mike Laise, recipient of the Cargo Trailers certificate.
Hirthler, Christman and Weiss won the heats. The consi was won by Von Dohren.
The caution filled 25-lap BRC NASCAR Late Model feature was eventually won by Chuck Schutz after he retook the lead from Wayne Pfeil, last week’s winner, with one lap to go. Schutz didn’t have an easy time of putting the PPB sponsored, Ty Zeigler-owned No. ONE in victory lane since he battled side-by-side with Pfeil until the end. He also received $100 from T.P. Trailers plus the Dan’s Deli ½-way Hoagie Award.
The red was thrown before the first lap was completed for a multi-car accident that eliminated Cory and Sean Merkel plus Dean Stoudt. The next try was aborted after Dan Green spun Lou Egrie Jr. and was put to the rear. When action finally got underway Schutz was the race leader followed by Dave Ogin, Kory Fleming, Pfeil and John Giesler.
Steve Gross, returning after a 20-year hiatus, spun between turns three and four on the eighth lap and then on the restart Egrie Jr. and Rick Todorow tangled in turn two. Schutz continued to lead on the next try, but by this time Pfeil was putting his bids in for first.
Schutz and Pfeil dueled for several laps before Pfeil dove underneath Schutz coming out of the fourth turn and into first on the 16th lap.
Behind the pair anticipating a miscue were Green, Ogin and Fleming, the only cars left running.
Schutz was back in front at the white flag lap and continued his pace until he was in victory lane with Pfeil a close second trailed by Green, Ogin and Fleming completing the run down. Rick Todorow, John Giesler, Egrie Jr., Joe Fanelli and Gross, who received the Cargo Trailers award, were sixth through tenth even though they were not running at the conclusion.
The 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature also had a rash of yellow fever with Jeff Sechrist taking home his first career win, behind the wheel of the Savage L & B No. 29G, in which he also received $100 from T.P. Trailers and the Dan’s Deli ½-way Hoagie Award.
Rookie Ryan Lilick was the early pacesetter and led until the 11th lap restart for an eight-car third turn accident. On the restart Sechrist charged into the lead while R. Lilick, Kenny Gilmore, Jordan Henn and Brett Kressley diced for positions.
K. Gilmore took over second on the 17th lap and set sail after Sechrist.
Gilmore was closing in on Sechrist, but time ran short as Sechrist went on to victory. Finishing a close second was K. Gilmore with Kressley, R. Lilick and Henn completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Jim Housworth, Craig Whitmoyer, Brian Hirthler, Brett Gilmore and Ryan Beltz, the Cargo Trailer certificate recipient.
Joe Funk, R. Lilick and Jason Neidlinger were the heat winners. The consi was won by Kyle Lilick.
NASCAR 358 Modified Feature (35 Laps): 1. Kyle Weiss, 2. Doug Manmiller, 3. Craig Von Dohren, 4. Nate Christman, 5. John Willman, 6. Jeff Strunk, 7. Meme DeSantis, 8. Tim Buckwalter, 9. Jared Umbenhauer, 10. Mike Laise, 11. Jarrad Miller, 12. Duane Howard, 13. Frank Cozze, 14. Mike Gular, 15. Don Norris Jr., 16. Ray Swinehart, 17. Danny Erb, 18. Mike Kellner, 19. Todd Smith, 20. Ron Seltmann Jr., 21. Keith Hoffman, 22. Chris Gambler, 23. Kevin Hirthler, 24. Ryan Watt, 25. Kevin Hartnett, 26. Kyle Borror, 27. Glenn Strunk, 28. Eric Biehn. DNQ: Ron Haring Jr., Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Jamie Speers, Brian Houseknecht, Ron Krex, Ryan Grim and Mark Kratz.
Late Model Feature (25 Laps): 1. Chuck Schutz, 2. Wayne Pfeil, 3. Dan Green, 4. Dave Ogin, 5. Kory Fleming, 6. Rick Todorow, 7. John Giesler, 8. Lou Egrie Jr., 9. Joe Fanelli, 10. Steve Gross, 11. Shawn Horning, 12. Cory Merkel, 13. Sean Merkel, 14. Dean Stoudt. DNS: Steve Wilson.
Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Jeff Sechrist, 2. Kenny Gilmore, 3. Brett Kressley, 4. Ryan Lilick, 5. Jordan Henn, 6. Jim Housworth, 7. Craig Whitmoyer, 8. Brian Hirthler, 9. Brett Gilmore, 10. Ryan Beltz, 11. Tom Miller, 12. Mike Lisowski, 13. Joe Funk, 14. Erik Renninger, 15. Mark Kemmerer, 16. Josh Adams, 17. Jason Neidlinger, 18. Paul Houseknecht, 19. Brad Arnold, 20. Ken Eckert Jr., 21. Kyle Lilick, 22. John McGovern, 23. Paul Effrig, 24. Allyssa Fogel. DNQ: Pat Conrad, Mike Koffel and Brandon Whitmoyer.
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
MODIFIEDS AS OF APRIL 11, 2015
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 579
2. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA #357 538
3. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 522
4. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 508*
5. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357 462
6. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5 445
7. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 430
8. Jarred Miller, Barto, PA #917 407
9. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #57 402
10. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 383
SPORTSMAN AS OF APRIL 11, 2015
1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 497*
1. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 497
3. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 426
4. Jeff Sechrist, #29G 424*
5. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #00 419
6. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 406
7. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 405
8. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 387
9. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 375
10. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #142 320
Extra Loot for All Classes Next Week at Mercer Raceway Park
Mercer, PA (April 9, 2015): "Let's go Racing!" is a chant heard throughout Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, as weekly rains have frustrated racers, fans, and the staff of Mercer Raceway Park. Every program attempted so far in 2015 had to be postponed due to poor weather conditions.
All will try again this coming Saturday, April 18, And, if the thrill of victory were not incentive enough for the racers to let it all hang out, there will be extra money on the line for all divisions, courtesy of Bonnell's Rod Shop.
This special event will also be a full point program for all six divisions: the 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels 410 Sprint Cars, the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, the Rock Concrete Modified Lites, and the Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks. Gates will open at the regular time, 4 p.m, with a customary 7 p.m. green flag for racing.
Ticket pricing will be as follows: adults $17, seniors (60+) $15, and students (9-15) $7. Children (8 and under) will be free as always. The Family Pass will be $35, and that will be good for up to two adults and up to four minors of any age. The Pit Passes will be $35 as well.
The oft-postponed Jack Frost Enduro and Snowflake 25 will be rescheduled, and track management is searching for a suitable date.
Remember that you can get alerts regarding any postponement of racing action at Mercer Raceway Park through Rainedout.com. You can sign up for this free service by clicking on the icon at the track's website and following the simple steps.
Weekend Doubleheader on Tap at Mercer Raceway Park
April 8, 2015: "Let's play two," was a favorite phrase of Chicago Cubs first baseman Ernie Banks. Well, Mercer Raceway Park will present its version of a racing doubleheader this Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12. A Saturday Night Live! program will be held on Saturday and the rescheduled Jack Frost Enduro and Snowflake 25 will be conducted on Sunday.
Both events are contingent on favorable weather. "We just can't catch a break," said track manager Frank Benic. "I have never seen a season get off to such a
slow start," he added. Yet, Benic and company will be ready and able to swing open the gates and throw the first green flag of the Western Pennsylvania racing season.
Saturday will be a full point program for all six divisions that fans can enjoy most weekends at the Park. The 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels 410 Sprint Cars, the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, the Rock Concrete Modified Lites, and the Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks will be gunning for valuable points that will count towards the season championships. Gates will open at the regular time, 4 p.m, with a customary 7 p.m. green flag for racing.
Come out and see your favorite 410 Sprint Car pilots, such as Eric "Turkey" Williams defend his track title against the likes of the "Kittanning Comet" Rod
George, Brent and Brandon Matus, Adam Kekich, Brandon Spithaler, and many more. Making his first start of 2015 will be popular Jack Sodeman, Jr., who saw his bid for a championship end when he was injured at another area speedway.
Jimmy "the Jet" Holden will be out to protect his 358 Modified crown, but he will have to deal with strong threats from Frank "on the Gas" Guidace, the "Tugboat" Lonny Riggs, Kyle Fink, most improved driver Shawn Fleeger, and a host of others. Returning to the fray will be "Rapid" Rob Curtis who was the high point man in his last full season of action at the Park.
The Outlaw Sprint Warrior division offers much promise. Gone is last year's champ, Jimmy Morris, who will be a top contender in the more powerful 410 Sprints, but there are plenty of newcomers ready to fill that void, including Mod Lite champs George Englert and Darren Gallagher.
The Stock Car, Modified Lite and Mini Stock ranks will include some of the best competitors in the region.
The next day, everyone will reconvene for the Jack Frost 150 Enduro and the Snowflake 25. See a mix of amateur and experienced drivers race street legal cars modified only for safety purposes in the region's most prestigious race of its kind. And, the popular Mini Stocks will kick off that program, giving the racer in that class tow chances to grab the gold and the glory. Gates will open that day at 10 a.m., with the Snowflake 25 going green at 1 p.m.
Admission prices will be the same for both events, but no combination packages will be available. Adults will be admitted for $13, seniors (60+) for $11, and students (9-15) for $5. Children (8 and under) will come in for free, as always. The economical Family Pass will cost $28, which is good for up to two adults and four minors of any age. Pit Passes will be $30.
35-LAP NASCAR 358 MODIFIED FEATURE TOPS THE ACTION AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 8, 2015 . . . When there is extra money up for grabs the racers will be on top of their game to make sure they have an opportunity to take home the big bucks at Grandview Speedway. This Saturday, April 11th, the NASCAR 358 Modifieds will be battling for in excess of $3,000 to win the 35-lap main event. Actual racing starts at 7 p.m.
Duane Howard, coming off an impressive opening night victory, will be looking to pad his wallet with a second win at the Berks County clay oval. In addition to the $3,000 first place money posted by the track there will be a $250 bonus from T.P. Trailers of Limerick and a $150 VP Racing Fuels product award for the winner provided they meet the requirements of the special award sponsors.
Howard will have plenty of competition as Craig VonDohren tries to move up a position from his second place finish of last Saturday. Meme DeSantis was strong in the opener as he unveiled his new Norm Hansell mount to grab third. Others who performed well on opening night were Frank Cozze, Mike Kellner, Mike Gular, Doug Manmiller and others and they will all be back to try for a win in the rich 35-lap feature. Defending track champion Jeff Strunk was forced out of action late in the opening night action costing him a top finishing spot. He will be looking to change that this Saturday night.
Again this Saturday the BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars will be back in action producing another exciting tripleheader show of NASCAR stock car racing. A full series of qualifying events will lead up to the feature races for the top performers.
Adult admission for the special night of tripleheader racing action is $20 with youngsters 5 through 11 paying $5 and kids under 5 are admitted FREE. Active military are welcomed at Grandview and are admitted free with proper military identification.