Harris, Mammana earn victoriesat Big Diamond Speedway
Minersville, PA August 21, 2015
Only three races remain at Big Diamond Speedway for the 2015 season. The Modifieds are preparing for their final points event this coming week, where Billy Pauch Jr has a 24 point lead over Duane Howard. Either one can take the championship this coming week as long, and while Rick Laubach is 256 points out of first place, he is not mathematically out of the equation. If he would win the race and neither of the top 2 drivers could start the feature, he would be able to take home the championship, the same goes if either of the top 2 drivers were unable to start, then he could even move up to 2nd place. So track position will become a hot commodity this week as these drivers will be battling it out to see who will be the 2015 Lias Tire 358 Modified Champion. The USS Achey Sportsman, Savage 61 Roadrunners and Slifko Fabrications Street Stocks have 2 more points races left to determine their champions. The USS Achey Sportsman will take center stage this coming week for the Andy Fayash Memorial Feature event paying $1570 to win and $157 to take the green. This week the ladies will also take to the track in the Kim’s Kreations Powder Puff event for all divisions. Everyone is also asked to wear Pink in order to help turn the track in pink in honor of Breast Cancer awareness. Mike Glass’s pink number 2 Sportsman will be on display for fans to sign their in memory and in honor of messages prior to the races this coming Friday night.
The Lias Tire 358 Modified division were ready for action and Scott Albert and Shawn Fitzpatrick brought the field to the green flag for their 25 lap feature event on Savage 61 Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep Night at Big Diamond Speedway. A caution on the first start attempt left many of the field going to the rear after being involved in the incident and left several cars such as Meme DeSantis, Paul Moyer, Kyle Follweiler and Kent Reinhart unable to continue. When the green flag flew after the caution, Fitzpatrick would take over the top spot and began to put distance between himself and Scott Albert and the third place car of Colt Harris. The caution would fly with one lap to go and reset the field for a one lap shootout between Fitpatrick Harris, Albert, Duane Howard, Rick Laubach and John Willman. The teams would battle it out and at the checkers, it would be Colt Harris picking up the win followed by Duane Howard, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Rick Laubach and Scott Albert. The heats were won by Scott Albert and Meme DeSantis.
The USS Achey Sportsman were back in action on Friday night and Todd Huffman and Glenn Rowan drew the front row to start the 20 lap Sportsman Feature event. Huffman would take the early lead, but then Mike Mammana would take over the top spot and pull away from the field. Behind him the battle heated up between Wayne Witmer, Doug Hendricks and Mike Glass and Tim Fitzpatrick. Witmer and Hendricks would battle side by side and allow the 4th and 5th place cars of Glass and Fitzpatrick to catch up. At the checkered flag it would be Mike Mammana followed by Wayne Witmer, Doug Hendricks, Tim Fitzpatrick and Mike Glass. The heats were won by Doug Hendricks and Daryl Dissinger. The GME Hard Charger award would go to Doug Hendricks for going from 10th place to 3rd for a gain of 7 positions.
358 Modified Prelude to the Coal Cracker Feature Results - 1. Colt Harris 2. Duane Howard 3. Shawn Fitzpatrick 4. Rick Laubach 5. Scott Albert 6. Jared Umbenhauer 7. Kevin Beach Jr. 8. Andy Burkhart 9. John Willman 10. Billy Pauch Jr. 11. Kyle Borror 12. Bobby Gunther Walsh 13. Jarrad Miller 14. Heath Metzger 15. Ray Swinehart 16. Jay Aten 17. Joe Mooney 18. Justin Grim 19. Meme DeSantis 20. Kyle Follweiler 21. Kent Reinhart 22. Paul Moyer
Sportsman Feature Results - 1. Mike Mammana 2. Wayne Witmer 3. Doug Hendricks 4. Tim Fitzpatrick 5. Mike Glass 6. Billy Moyer Jr. 7. Mike Lisowski 8. Shawn Light 9. Rob Light 10. Charles FAyash 11. Steve Searock 12. Billy Wingle Jr 13. Todd Huffman 14. Matt Clay 15. Glenn Rowan 16. Rich Emel 17. Carl Bittenbender 18. Daryl Dissinger 19. Ed Mirochko DNS - Jeremy Jertzog, Jr. Fulper
358 Modified points as of 8/21/15
1 15 BILLY PAUCH JR 4143
2. 126 DUANE HOWARD 4119
3 91 RICK LAUBACH 3887
4 24 JOHN WILLMAN 3491
5 17x KEVIN BEACH JR 3419
6 30 COLT HARRIS 3211
7 T102 SHAWN FITZPATRICK 3191
8 33 RAY SWINEHART 3113
9 19 JARED UMBENHAUER 3100
10 357 MEME DESANTIS 3048
USS Achey Sportsman Points as of 8/21/15
1 T102 TIM FITZPATRICK 3681
2 80 DOUG HENDRICKS 3671
3 15 MIKE LISOWSKI 3542
4 71 MIKE MAMMANA 3473
5 64 WAYNE WITMER 3451
6 19 SHAWN LIGHT 3057
7 5x DARYL DISSINGER 2925
8 00 GLENN ROWAN 2560
9 17 BILLY MOYER JR 2483
10 2 MIKE GLASS 2450
ANNUAL KING OF THE HILL EVENT AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY CHANGES FORMAT; $1500 TO WIN TWIN 75’S FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH
Ransomville, NY – Thursday, August 20, 2015 – With the end of the season just around the corner, the management team at Ransomville Speedway took a hard look at the traditional season ending two day event. “In the economic interest of the drivers, we have elected to make it a one day show on Saturday, September 19th rather than the two day show ran in previous years,” commented Co-Promoter Jamie Friesen. “Less laps for a bigger purse will save the teams financially and hopefully increase the car count for Saturday’s event.”
Investors Services and L.O.E. Trailer Sales will present an action packed day of racing on Saturday, September 19th to complete the 2015 season. Slated for competition are; Investors Services Sportsman $1500 to Win 75 Laps, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks $1500 to Win 75 Laps, Parts Plus ProStock Series $500 to Win 25 Laps, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers 12 Laps and Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman 15 Laps. The champions in both the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers and Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman will be crowned on Saturday as well. Friday’s program has been cancelled.
"The drivers talked and we listened,” said PR Director Tana Robinson. “The King of the Hill event has become a great tradition at the speedway. We certainly did not want to see that change however with the increasing costs of everything we thought change was in order. Between the increased purse, lap money, and potential added bonus awards – this year’s event is sure to help us end the 2015 season on a big note!” Each Ki-Po Chevrolet KOH SS heat winner will receive a FREE American Racer tire and each Investors Services Sportsman heat winner will receive a FREE Hoosier tire compliments of Ransomville Speedway and Hoosier Tire.
Gates will open on Saturday, September 19th at 4:30 pm with racing slated for 6 pm. Grandstand admission in US Funds will be $12 for adults, $10 for students (13-17) and senior citizens (60 plus), $6 kids 8-12, 7 and under and Free. Additional information can be obtained by calling the speedway at 716-791-3602 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Godown, Fulper earn victories Friday Evening at Big Diamond Speedway
Minersville, PA August 14, 2015
The 358 Lais Tire Modified drivers were ready to tune their cars for the big Jack Rich Inc. Coal Cracker 72 that is coming up in a few weeks at Big Diamond Speedway and were joined by the USS Achey Sportsman, Savage 61 Roadrunners and the Slifko Fabrications Street Stocks. The fans were ready to see some of the “invaders” that came out to the track for the $4,000 to win 30 lap feature event for the Lias Tire 358 Modifieds.
The Lias Tire 358 Modified division had an open draw night, so everything was a level playing field for all of the drivers in attendance. The top 12 qualifiers redrew for their feature starting spots and that put Joe Mooney and Ryan Godown on the pole for the main event. Godown would take over the lead at the start and everyone else played chase the leader down trying to catch him. Jeff Strunk would be in second place and have his hands full with track regulars Rick Laubach and Billy Pauch Jr. Doug Manmiller was back in 5th doing all he could to keep the battle going between these 4 drivers for the runner up spot. Laubach would take over the runner up spot from Strunk on the 9th lap, but the drivers were still chasing down Godown as he began to pull away from the field. Strunk was back in 3rd holding off the charges of Doug Manmiller, Ryan Watt and Billy Pauch Jr. The caution flew with 5 laps to go when debris from a car was seen on the track and the field was regrouped for the last time. The top bunch would battle it out, but it would be Ryan Godown taking the win, followed by Jeff Strunk, Rick Laubach, Doug Manmiller and Craig VonhDohren. The heats were won by Jeff Strunk, Ryan Godown and Billy Pauch Jr. and the Consi was won by Scott Albert. The GME Hard Charger for the feature event would be Dale Hartz for going from 26th to 13th for a gain of 13 spots.
The USS Achey Sportsman were back in action on Friday night. Tim Fitzpatrick and Daryl Dissinger would have the luck of the draw and score the front row starting spots. After a few rough starts, it would Daryl Dissnger that would take over the lead followed by Fitzpatrick, Jr. Fulper, Doug Hendricks and Charles Fayash. Fitzpatrick would take over the top spot on the second lap and would have his hands full battling with Fulper who was doing all he could to find the best line around the track and on lap 8 he was able to take over the lead. Mike Mammana had worked his way up to the runner up spot and would battle Fulper as the laps ticked down. The two would battle to the checker flag, but it would be JR Fulper going to Victory Lane, followed by Mike Mammana, Tim Fitzpatrick, Doug Hendricks and Charles Fayash. The heats were won by Charles Fayash and Doug Hendricks. The GME Hard Charger award would go to Mike Mammana for going from 11th place to 2nd for a gain of 9 positions. The Kim’s Kreations Hard Luck award would go to Todd Huffman after he had issues on the start of the race and was unable to complete a lap of the event.
For more information, please visit the tracks Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/bigdiamondspeedway or on the web at www.bigdspeedway.com. Live time scoring is now available on Friday evenings through the Race Monitor application that is available for both the IOS and Android operating systems.
358 Modified Prelude to the Coal Cracker Feature Results - 1. Ryan Godown 2. Jeff Strunk 3. Rick Laubach 4. Doug Manmiller 5. Craig VonDohren 6. Billy Pauch Jr. 7. Ryan Watt 8. Duane Howard 9. Tim Buckwalter 10. Danny Bouc 11. Kyle Borror 12. Ryan Grim 13. Dale Hartz 14. Scott Albert 15. Shawn Fitzpatrick 16. Bobby Gunther Walsh 17. Jared Umbenhauer 18. Andy Burkhart 19. Joe Mooney 20. Kevin Beach Jr. 21. Frank Cozze 22. Kyle Follweiler 23. John Willman 24. Meme DeSantis 25. Ray Swinehart 26. Colt Harris DNQ - Dan Hineline, Justin Grim, Chris Gambler, Heath Metzger, Paul Moyer, Jay Aten, Mario Dinatale and Kent Reinhart
Sportsman Feature Results - 1. JR Fulper 2. Mike Mammana 3. Tim Fitzpatrick 4. Doug Hendricks 5. Charles Fayash 6. Daryl Dissinger 7. Chris Lilick 8. Craig Whitmoyer 9. Shawn Light 10. Steve Searock 11. Wayne Witmer 12. Mike Glass 13. Mike Lisowski 14. Billy Moyer Jr. 15. Glenn Rowan 16. Ed Mirochoko 17. Chad Putalavage 18. Kevin Brady 19. Richard Emel 20. Matt Clay 21. Rob Light 22. Todd Huffman 23. Josh Hertzog
MIKE BILLS PICKS UP FIRST FEATURE WINS OF 2015
Paul T. Harkenrider
Woodhull, NY A beautiful night of racing was in store for the fans that made the trip to New York States toughest Bull Ring as a small shower hit the speedway right before race time that caused Colonial Hotel and Troups Creek Auto night start about a half hour behind schedule.
It was all worth it for Mike Bills and his Addison Racing Parts No. 21M as he finally put the 370 Modified in victory lane. Cory Costa and Art Goodier paced the 21 car field and Cory Costa jumped out to the early race lead, but Bills, who started fourth was able to muscle the top side to slide into the runner up position. Costa then began to protect the top side of the track and then a caution on lap 9 would slow the field down. On the following restart, Bills drive the car now in hard and grabbed the race lead going down the back stretch and was the new race leader on lap 10. From there on, no one seemed to contest Bills from there on out and Bills was able to take home his first modified victory of the 2015 season. Costa finished second and had a solid weekend picking up his first ever feature win at the Black Rock Speedway the night before. Art Goodier came home in third, followed by Donnie Lawson, and Dale Welty.
In the 360 Late Models, it was Jason McGregor bringing home his first ever feature win of his career and it was quite an impressive way to do it. McGregor started in the ninth position and would slowly charge to the front by taking the inside lane. Bruce Miller was making it work up top so McGreogor elected to run the bottom and it worked as on lap 11, McGregor go to wheel to wheel with Miller and eventually pull away. Miller gave one last run at the end but McGregor was able to hold him off.
In the Crate Sportsman, Steve Hartman III took home his first career feature win of the year and now joins Dillon Groover and Ryan Tracy as the only 14 year old drivers to win a feature at the minimum age at Crate Sportsman competition. Hartman had to protect a race line from a charging Stacey Jackson as the two race heard around the bull ring. Then along came Steve Andrulonis as he is still in search of his first ever feature win as well. Hartman was able to hold them both off and pick up the first of many feature wins in his young career.
The final feature of the evening saw Adam DelGrosso take him a track leading eight feature wins of the season. DelGrosso would run with Matt Prescott and Nate Freeland for the majority of the race until DelGrosso would start to pull away to collect feature win number right. Freeland, and Prescott who finished two and three are officially scored as Disqualified as failing to pass post race tech inspection. Joe Birdsall and Carl Lebarron completed the top five.
370 Modified Feature: MIKE BILLS (1), Cory Costa, Art Goodier, Donnie Lawson, Dale Welty, Frank Dunning, Kenny Peoples, Joe Dgien, Josh Nobriga, Ray Bliss, Russ Morseman, Mike Jackson, Lee Bills, Dave Dubois, Greg Galligan, Ryan Tracy, Bobby Davis, Steve Hartman Jr, Ron White, Steve Hartman Sr
360 Late Models Feature: JASON MCGREGOR (1),Bruce Miller, Glenn Whritenour, Steve LeBarron, Carl Hughes, Jared Hill, Kurt Stebbins, Buck Payne, Jay McConell, Rick Loucks, Jacob McConell, Quinn Sutherland, Jeremy Wonderling, Bob Lubberts, Mick Seeley
Crate Sportsman Feature: STEVE HARTMAN III (1), Steve Andrulonis, Stacey Jackson, Tim Guild, AJ Costley, Mikey Wilbur, Dayton Brewer, Jake Dgien, Brandon Butler, Bobby Peoples, Chris Daugherty, Zack Cary, Sarah Johnson, Colin Brown, Jerry Aldrich, Ed Presher, Mike Williams, Damian Long, David Mayo
MIKE KELLNER BECOMES 10TH MODIFIED FEATURE WINNER OF THE SEASON AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. August 16th, 2015 . . . Mike Kellner, the Grandview Speedway 2014 Modified rookie, has been having a rather bleak season experiencing his shares of ups and down. Saturday night the sophomore racer turned the tables on what seems to have become his lucky weekend. Last year Kellner scored his first career T.P.Trailers 358 Modified win on the same weekend after switching over to the Modified class from the Late Model division where he had won 30 features. Kellner became the 10th different Modified feature winner of the season.
The win in the TP Trailers NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified feature sponsored by Henning Trains and Henning Motorsports and broadcast by RCN TV, Allentown didn’t come easy. Kellner had to deal with lapped cars plus his own overheating family owned #57 with five laps to go. “I was worried about the cars catching me, and the overheating problem, but I just held my line and the win feels great,” commented an elated Kellner in victory lane. He also earned extra monetary prizes from T.P. Trailers and the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award. A product award was available from VP Racing Fuels if he met their award criteria.
Dave Ogin has come close on numerous occasions to winning a 25-lap BRC NASCAR Late Model feature, but always fell short. The Bechtelsville native was finally able to win his first career feature to become the eighth different winner in the division. He had so many people to thank he extended a huge thank-you to everyone that helps him.
Ryan Lilick went off on a tow truck last week, but after three solid days of everyone pitching in to repair the car, the team was ready to go. He made some daring move along the backstretch for the lead and went on to become the fifth repeat winner in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature and 10th different winner.
RCN-TV Night is next up at Grandview with the NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars in action on Saturday, August 22nd, 7:30 p.m. RCN has videotaped several Saturday night events for late week showing and have been doing that for a number of years giving the sport and its sponsors a great amount of exposure. In addition Ingersoll Rand will award a $600 IR tool pack to each NASCAR feature winner. The Blast From the Past Vintage Racers will also be in action.
Modified action saw Kellner, who started on the pole, maintain the lead at the start, but neither Eric Biehn, Mike Laise, Ryan Grim nor Meme DeSantis gave him breathing room.
Grim, having a solid fourth-place run, was hampered with mechanical problems and slowed in turn three for the one and only caution on lap four. It was still Kellner first, but by now Biehn, DeSantis, Kevin Hirthler and Tim Buckwalter were trying to unseat him. Back further Ray Swinehart, Craig Von Dohren and Doug Manmiller were trying to get into the mix.
Within a few laps Kellner had a sizeable margin built up over his fellow competitors, but the distance began to shrink since he had some difficulty getting past some of the slower traffic that were running the high lane he was rather than move over to the inside lane as instructed by the flagman and radio.
Kellner finally cleared Ron Haring Jr. after several attempts, but by this time the rest did too and closed in. He now had to be concerned with them bearing down on him plus other issues.
Kellner was able to overcome all obstacles and pull into the winner’s circle to be the division’s tenth different winner. Biehn’s runner-up finish was his career best at the track. DeSantis, finally had a change of luck for his best finish since the April opener, followed by Von Dohren and Buckwalter. Hirthler, Swinehart, Duane Howard, Manmiller and Jared Umbenhauer were sixth through tenth.
DeSantis, Howard and Von Dohren won the heats. The consolation race went to Kyle Borror.
For the second week in a row Drew Weisser was the early leader in the Late Model feature.
Chuck Schutz, the current point leader, slowed along the backstretch with what appeared to be a driveshaft problem since there were debris on the track that brought out the fifth lap caution when he pulled into the infield. Weisser held the lead when action resumed trailed by Lou Egrie Jr., Kyle Merkel, Ogin and Kory Fleming.
Weisser’s chance of victory went up in smoke as the yellow was thrown on lap 12 relinquishing first to Egrie Jr. By the restart it was a three-way battle for first between Egrie Jr., Ogin and Randy Stoudt.
Ogin overtook the leader on the 15th lap restart needed when Bill Henning spun in turn two.
Another victory also eluded Stoudt when his car suffered mechanical problems and pulled into the infield without causing a yellow.
The top five in the closing laps never changed with Ogin the victor followed by Egrie, Wayne Pfeil, K. Merkel and Sean Merkel. Rounding out the top five were Fleming, Devin Frey, Steve Wilson, Steve Gross and Joe Fanelli.
Heats were won by Stoudt and Weisser.
In Sportsman action Paul Houseknecht led for six laps before Brad Arnold got by him for the lead.
Arnold, in search of his second win, soon had to hold off the challenges of Brad Brightbill with Ryan Lilick, Houseknecht and Jordan Henn waiting for a false move.
Lapped cars allowed Lilick to quickly close in on the front pair and by the 19th circuit it was a three-way battle for first.
Jim Housworth broke on the backstretch and he was able to get off the track without a mishap. With everyone bunched up Lilick took advantage of this and made a bold move to pass Brightbill and Arnold to become the new leader.
Despite more restarts Lilick never surrendered the lead and went on to another victory. Brightbill hung on for second followed by Arnold, Houseknecht and Henn. Completing the top ten were Brandon Whitmoyer, Brian Hirthler, Ryan Beltz, Craig Whitmoyer and Kenny Gilmore. There have been 10 different feature winners this season in the Sportsman division.
Heat winners were Brett Kressley, Houseknecht, and Mark Kemmerer. C. Whitmoyer won the consi.
Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Mike Kellner, 2. Eric Biehn, 3. Meme DeSantis, 4. Craig Von Dohren, 5. Tim Buckwalter, 6. Kevin Hirthler, 7. Ray Swinehart, 8. Duane Howard, 9. Doug Manmiller, 10. Jared Umbenhauer, 11. Jeff Strunk, 12. Glenn Strunk, 13. Danny Erb, 14. Mike Laise, 15. Ryan Watt, 16. John Willman, 17. Don Norris Jr., 18. Kyle Borror, 19. Mike Gular, 20. Todd smith, 21. Brian Houseknecht, 22. Jamie Speers, 23. Ron Haring Jr., 24. Tad Cox, 25. Nate Christman, 26. Ron Seltmann Jr., 27. Ryan Grim. DNS: Mark Kratz. DNQ: Glenn Owens, Chris Gambler, and Bobby Gunther-Walsh.
BRC NASCAR Late Model Feature (25 Laps): 1. Dave Ogin, 2. Lou Egrie Jr., 3. Wayne Pfeil, 4. Kyle Merkel, 5. Sean Merkel, 6. Kory Fleming, 7. Devin Frey, 8. Steve Wilson, 9. Steve Gross, 10. Joe Fanelli, 11. Dirk Rimrott, 12. Cory Merkel, 13. Dan Green, 14. Randy Stoudt, 15. Bill Henning, 16. Drew Weisser, 17. Rick Todorow, 18. Shawn Horning, 19. Chuck Schutz.
NASCAR Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Kyle Lilick, 2. Brad Brightbill, 3. Brad Arnold, 4. Paul Houseknecht, 5. Jordan Henn, 6. Brandon Whitmoyer, 7. Brian Hirthler, 8. Ryan Beltz, 9. Craig Whitmoyer, 10. Kenny Gilmore, 11. Brett Gilmore, 12. Joe Funk III, 13. Brett Kressley, 14. Jason Neidlinger, 15. Erik Renninger, 16. Lex Shive, 17. Ray Woodall Jr., 18. Kyle Lilick, 19. Paul Kline, 20. Ryan Shupp, 21. Mark Kemmerer, 22. Jim Housworth, 23. Steve Young, 24. Mike Lisowski.
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
MODIFIEDS AS OF AUGUST 15, 2015
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 4437***
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 4331***
3. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 4021
4. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #88 3905**
5. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 3488*
6. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5/11 3223
7. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53/2 3191
8. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA #976 3122
9. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357/19 2997
10. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #22 2970
SPORTSMAN AS OF AUGUST 15, 2015
1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 3517****
2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 3314**
3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 3173
4. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 3049
5. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 2904
6. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #00 2894*
7. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 2730**
8. Brad Arnold, Kenhorst, PA #830 2721*
9. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #142 2658**
10. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 2554
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)
LAFRANCE, OBRIEN, DOMINATE AT THE BOS
The 358 Modifieds were ready for battle and it was Jason Riddell taking the lead at the drop of the green flag over John Mulder, Jordan McCreadie, Luke Stewart and Ryan Poole. With motor issues 1 week ago Riddell was looking to put all that behind him as he drove away from the rest of the field in the early going. An early caution set up the first restart which proved to be the undoing for Riddell. When the green flew on lap 3 Riddell's car did not get going as he slowed to a crawling pace in turn 2 done for the night. On the next restart Jordan McCreadie took control of the race and he also was looking to end all the bad luck that has plagued him all season. McCreadie would lead the next 7 laps before Chris Herbison, who was running 3rd, slowed to a stop in turn 3 with smoke pouring from his car. 1 lap later another yellow flew for Joe Banks who slowed due to mechanical issues in turn 1 making 10th in points very tight at the finish. On the next restart Stephane Lafrance was back in fine form as he took over the lead with McCreadie, Kyle Dingwall, Lance Willix and John Mulder. Lafrance has had a season of mixed results but was up to the challenge as he pulled away from the field in search of another win. In contrast Kyle Dingwall has had a consistent season but no wins and closed in on the race leader as the laps wound down with Danny O'Brien, Pat O'Brien and Lance Willix battling hard behind him in the top 5. Even in lapped traffic Dingwall was not able to make the move as Stephane Lafrance scored his 3rd win of the season over Dingwall, Danny and Pat O'Brien, Lance WIllix completed the top 5. Danny O'Brien Ryan Arbuthnot and Kyle Dingwall were all able to lock themselves into the top 3 spots for the final championship round in September while despite issues with his car early on Chris Herbison was able to nab the final spot in the top 10 for a chance at the track title.
In the Sportsman ranks Dylan Evoy, Ryan Scott and Jessica Power were looking to secure spots in the final championship round and pretty much needed a clean night to do that. Tabatha Murphy on the other hand, came into the night 11th in points and had a clear shot to make the top 10 but her closest rival Cory Winters started alongside for the start of the 25 lap feature event. Murphy would grab the early lead and begin to charge away from the field with Winters, Ryan Scott, Steve Morris and Aaron Pugh giving chase. Murphy had a great car running the outside lane around the speedway and would dominate the opening 11 laps before a caution flew for Cory Winters who spun in turn 2. Giving Murphy a chance to capitalize. When the green flew Ryan Scott made a quick move to the low side and raced wheel to wheel with Murphy over the next 2 laps and was able to take over the top spot on lap 13 with Aaron Pugh, Steve Morris and Jason Shipclark completing the top 5. Scott has had an impressive rookie campaign and tonight showed how great of a car he had as he pulled away from a tough field of cars leaving the others in the top 5 to battle it out amongst themselves. In the end Ryan Scott proved to be too much for everyone on this night as he ran to his 2nd feature win of the year. Aaron Pugh came home 2nd with Evoy, Jeremy LaSalle and Tabatha Murphy rounded out the top 5. Both Scott and Evoy secured spots in the final championship round while Jessica Power's 10th place finish was good enough to score the final spot in that round. Tabatha Murphy did what she had to do as her 5th place finish was enough to get the final spot in the top 10 for a chance at her first track title.
STEPHANE LAFRANCE, Kyle Dingwall, Danny O'Brien, Pat O'Brien, Lance Willix II, Gage Morin, Bobby Herrington, Jordan McCreadie, Ryan Arbuthnot, John Mulder, Luke Stewart, Kenny Polite, Dana Aikins, Ryan Poole, Roger Levesque, Doug Haldane, Steve Bilow, Joe Banks, Chris Herbison, Jason Riddell
RYAN SCOTT, Aaron Pugh, Dylan Evoy, Jeremy LaSalle, Tabatha Murphy, Steve Morris, Jason Shipclark, Johnathon Ferguson, Steve Barber, Jessica Power, Tristan Draper, Tyler Givogue, Billy Cook, Connor Dawdy, Joey Evans, Cory Winters, Scott McGill, Jason Cummings, Shane Stearns
Tim Sears Jr. Grabs First Fulton Speedway Modified Win Of 2015
By Dave Medler - FULTON, NY - August 15, 2015 - Coming into Saturday's racing, Tim Sears Jr. sat just outside the top-five in Modified points with three top-five finishes and ten top-ten finishes behind the wheel of his Mullen Industrial Handling Corp./No.83x.
In the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature Sears would work the bottom of the speedway in the later stages, driving by Ryan Phelps with 5-Laps left and then went on to the popular win. For Sears it was his first win of 2015 and his fourth career Fulton Modified win.
Other winners on Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux $20-A-Car Load night were, Tyler Meeks (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Kevan Cook (NAPA Late Models) Shannon Pitcher (E&V Energy Novice Sportsman) Ray Bechler (Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders).
Jim Witko Jr. and Chuck Bower lead the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds down to the green that saw Witko grab the early advantage that lasted one lap before Chuck Bower took the top-spot in the 35-Lap feature.
On Lap-4 Ryan Phelps rim rode his way into the lead and opened a ten-car length advantage.
A quick yellow on Lap-6 for a spin by Tim Schneider Jr. would tighten the field up that would line up Phelps, Bower, Witko, Matt Fink, Jimmy Phelps and Tim Sears Jr. at the front for the restart.
With 10-Laps complete Phelps still set the pace out front. Fink, Sears, Bower, and Pat Ward used every inch of the speedway fighting for position.
Phelps, still running the top of the speedway, would hold about a fifteen car advantage on Lap-15 as Fink and Sears were in a tight fight for second and third and Larry Wight, Bower and Pat Ward raced for a top-five position.
With 11-Laps to go Sears would move into the runner-up spot and set his sights on Phelps.
As the top of the speedway appeared to be going away with groove getting higher, Tim Sears Jr. would start working on Phelps running the middle to the bottom as he started cutting into Phelps' lead. On Lap-30 Sears would drive by Phelps to be scored the new leader.
Over the final laps Sears would out-distance Ryan Phelps by 1.236 at the checkers. Larry Wight, Matt Fink and Jimmy Phelps finished third through fifth. Chad Phelps, Pat Ward, Billy Decker, Chuck Bower and Danny Johnson completed the top-ten.
Twenty-Five SUNY Canton Sportsman took the green for the 25-Lap feature that saw Brett Draper take the lead for the opening lap before Tyler Meeks bolted into the lead one lap later to set the early pace.
On Lap-4 Josh Blackwell made hard contact with two yuke tires inside of turns one and two as Mike Stanton Jr. made hard contact with the back straight wall. Both cars were towed to the pits.
When the green came back out, Dylan Zacharias looped it in three and four collecting Nick Krause who sustained heavy damage, ending his night.
At Lap-10 Meeks had over a two-second lead as Steve Abt, Joe Kline, Wade Chrisman and Draper battled in the top-five.
With 10-Laps to go Meeks was a straightaway ahead of the field. Abt ran alone in second while Chrisman and Kline were in a tight fight for third and fourth and Draper a distant fifth.
Over the final laps and no yellows to tighten the field up Meeks cruised to his second win of the season. Steve Abt, Wade Chrisman, Joe Kline and Will Shields finished second through fifth.
Will Shields, in the post-race weigh-in, was light going over the scales.
Modifieds 35 Laps) - TIM SEARS Jr., Ryan Phelps, Larry Wight, Matt Fink, Jimmy Phelps, Chad Phelps, Pat Ward, Billy Decker, Chuck Bower, Danny Johnson, Billy Whittaker, Tom Sears Jr., Chris Hile, Jim Witko Jr., Joe August Jr., Vinnie Vitale, Tim Schneider Jr., Tim Kerr, Kyle Fink, Roy Shields, Tim Murphy.
Sportsman 25 Laps) - TYLER MEEKS, Steve Abt, Wade Chrisman, Joe Kline,Corey Barker, Gregg Kimball, Ron Davis III, Brett Draper, Jim Spano, Mike Button, Randy Gates, Billy Clark Jr., Tyler Trump, Ricky Yelle, Tony Finch II, Todd Root, Dylan Zacharias, Mike Phelps, Rocky Grosso, Chris Cunningham, Tim Gareau, Josh Blackwell, Mike Stanton Jr., Nick Krause, **Will Shields.
** Will Shields - Post race weight infraction.
MOTHER NATURE STALLS RACING PROGRAM AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY FOR THE THIRD TIME IN 2015
Ransomville, NY – Friday, August 14, 2015 – For the third time in 2015, Ransomville Speedway officials were forced to cancel their regularly scheduled racing program. Persistent rain showers through the morning hours and early afternoon left the facility saturated. With additional showers forecasted through the evening hours, officials felt it best to cancel and allow everyone an opportunity to plan accordingly. Racing will resume on Friday, August 21st for a Full Card plus Kid’s Rides for the first one hundred through the gate.
As the season begins to wind down, focus turns to the point chase’s and who will be crowned the 2015 season champions. The Modified class is currently being lead by Ransomville native Ryan Susice. The mid-twenty year old is looking for his first title in the head-lining division but has two seasoned veterans hot on his tail. Susice currently holds a sixteen point lead over past champion Pete Bicknell and a thirty-five point lead over Danny Johnson. Both Bicknell and Johnson have multiple titles and will be a threat the final three point weeks.
The Sportsman title is holding true to form and is as tight as ever. Just four points separate Cody McPherson and James Michael Friesen. McPherson is currently in his first full season of competition at Ransomville although he has had a lot of experience visiting a hand full of times per season over the course of the last few years. Friesen won the title a few years back and would love an opportunity to stand atop the podium once again. Jesse Cotriss sits third thirty-five points back. Again, with three point races remaining, anything can happen.
Despite the season winding down, there is plenty of excitement as the final six events unfold.
VonDohren Scores Sixth Forrest Rogers Memorial Victory
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. August 9, 2015 . . . Craig VonDohren, the current T.P. Trailers Modified point leader, behind the wheel of his K.L.Harring Transportation/Pioneer Pole Buildings sponsored No. 1C, made some daring moves to get to the front of the pack from his 14th starting berth in the 45th annual Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings 50-lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR Whelen Modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The race also videotaped for future broadcast by RCN TV, Allentown. He put the Nick Gatto powered mount into second on the 19th lap and coming off the fourth turn dove underneath Eric Biehn to become the new leader. VonDohren dealt with heavy lapped traffic in the later stages that allowed to competition to close the gap, but he kept everyone at bay and went on to score his third win of the season and become the sixth winner of the event. In addition to the $10,000 payday he received a monetary award from T.P. Trailers, products from VP Fuel for running gas plus earned a guaranteed starting berth in the 45th Annual Freedom 76 on September 12 which offers $25,000 to the winner.
Ryan Kunkle led the Modified race for four laps before Biehn passed him on the fifth lap restart needed for a backstretch involving Doug Manmiller and Jordan Umbenhauer.
Behind Biehn the battle for positions brewed between Kunkle, Kyle Borror, Ryan Grim and Meme DeSantis.
Jared Umbenhauer brought out the 12th lap caution with a flat left rear tire. He quickly went pit side and rejoined the action. Biehn held his post when action resumed, but now pressure came from Kunkle, Borror, VonDohren and Grim.
The three-way battle for second between Kunkle, Borror and Von Dohren gave Biehn some breathing room. Waiting in the wings for a slip-up were Ray Swinehart, Grim and Jeff Strunk.
Once VonDohren broke free and overtook second his next mission was to pass Biehn.
The lead changed on lap 20 when VonDohren’s move underneath Biehn off turn four stuck and he was now the new pacesetter.
By the 28th lap VonDohren approached lap traffic and at this point was now trailed by Kunkle, Strunk, Duane Howard and Biehn.
J. Strunk, who started 15th, advanced to second on the 30th lap and set sail after VonDohren who by this time was in heavier lap traffic. This allowed Strunk to gain some ground, but by the 39th lap, 13th place starter Howard was third trying to get by Strunk.
The next yellow was for John Willman’s spin on the 43rd lap. It took two attempts to complete the next lap with VonDohren, Strunk, Howard, Grim and Danny Erb compili9ng the front five.
VonDohren, who “felt it was his turn tonight,” never surrendered the lead and went on to put his mount in victory lane. Claiming second was Strunk followed by Howard, Grim, changing his luck finally and Erb. Taking an impressive sixth-place finish from 25th was 15-year old New York State visitor Tyler Dippel with Kunkle, Tim Buckwalter, Borror and Glenn Strunk sixth through tenth.
DeSantis, Ron Seltmann Jr. and J. Strunk won the heats. The consi winner was Mike Gular.
Late model action saw Drew Weisser take the early lead and set the pace for nine laps before Stoudt took over first.
The battle for positions behind Stoudt was an intense one between Devin Frey, Weisser, Lou Egrie Jr. and Steve Gross.
Frey, who was having one of his best runs, had misfortune strike and was out of contention on lap 15. Frey’s mishap put Egrie Jr. in a position to chase down Stoudt followed by Schutz, Weisser and Rick Todorow. Trying to break into the top five was Sean Merkel and by the 19th lap he advanced to fourth.
With two laps to go Egrie Jr. developed problems and pulled into the infield relinquishing the spot to Schutz.
Stoudt never looked back and was victorious once again followed across the line by Schutz, s. Merkel, Dave Ogin and Todorow. Rounding out the top ten were Kyle Merkel, Wayne Pfeil, Cory Merkel, Joe Fanelli and Weisser.
Gross and Egrie Jr. won the heats.
Weiss quickly motored to first on the initial start of the Sportsman feature ahead of Steve Young, Paul Houseknecht, Dean Bachman and Erik Renninger.
The red was thrown on the fourth lap when Brad Brightbill hit the first turn wall with heavy impact. Also involved were Jordan Henn and Joe Funk III. Brightbill was slightly shaken and through for the night, but the others could continue after a pit stop. Weiss held onto first on the restart with heavy pressure coming from Bachman, Jim Housworth, Renninger and Brandon Whitmoyer.
Ryan Beltz brought out the 15th lap yellow after he spun in the fourth turn. It was still Weiss first, but now Renninger took over second and was in hot pursuit of the lead.
Renninger had the opportunity at one point to pass Weiss, but had the door shut on him as Weiss was protecting the lead.
With one lap to go Renninger, having a solid second place run, spun in turn four for the final yellow. On the restart Weiss wasted no time moving out since Housworth was now second.
Weiss never gave up the top spot and went on to chalk up a well-deserved victory followed by Housworth, C. Whitmoyer, Bachman and B. Whitmoyer. Completing the top ten were Kyle Lilick, Kenny Gilmore, Henn, Brian Kressley and Ryan Shupp.
Heats were won by Weiss, Housworth and Young. Kyle Lilick was the consi winner.
Forrest Rogers Memorial/Pioneer Pole Buildings Modified Feature (50 Laps): 1. Craig Von Dohren, 2. Jeff Strunk, 3. Duane Howard, 4. Ryan Grim, 5. Danny Erb, 6. Tyler Dippel, 7. Ryan Kunkle, 8. Tim Buckwalter, 9. Kyle Borror, 10. Glenn Strunk, 11. Meme DeSantis, 12. Doug Manmiller, 13. John Willman, 14. Ryan Watt, 15. Don Norris Jr., 16. Eric Biehn, 17. Mike Gular, 18. Ray Swinehart, 19. Todd Smith, 20. Brian Houseknecht, 21. Ryan Anderson, 22. Frank Cozze, 23. Jordan Umbenhauer, 24. Jared Umbenhauer, 25. Kyle Weiss, 26. Kevin Hirthler, 27. Ron Seltmann Jr., 28. Nate Christman. DNQ: Chris Gambler, Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Ron Haring Jr., Dale Hartz, Mike Kellner, Mark Kratz and Glenn Owens.
BRC NASCAR Late Model Feature (25 Laps): 1. Randy Stoudt, 2. Chuck Schutz, 3. Sean Merkel, 4. Dave Ogin, 5. Rick Todorow, 6. Kyle Merkel, 7. Wayne Pfeil, 8. Cory Merkel, 9. Joe Fanelli, 10. Drew Weisser, 11. Kory Fleming, 12. Steve Wilson, 13. Steve Gross, 14. Lou Egrie Jr., 15. Bill Henning, 16. Shawn Horning, 17. Devin Frey, 18. Dan Green.
NASCAR Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Sean Weiss, 2. Jim Housworth, 3. Craig Whitmoyer, 4. Dean Bachman, 5. Brandon Whitmoyer, 6. Kyle Lilick, 7. Kenny Gilmore, 8. Jordan Henn, 9. Brett Kressley, 10. Ryan Shupp, 11. Paul Houseknecht, 12. Joe Funk III, 13. Jason Neidlinger, 14. Erik Renninger, 15. Lex Shive, 16. Ryan Beltz, 17. Brian Hirthler, 18. Mike Lisowski, 19. Brett Gilmore, 20. Steve Young, 21. Brad Arnold, 22. Ryan Lilick, 23. Brad Brightbill, 24. Mark Kemmerer.
UNOFFICIA POINT STANDINGS
MODIFIEDS AS OF AUGUST 8, 2015
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 4157***
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 4091***
3. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 3794
4. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #88 3699**
5. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 3304*
6. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53/2 3067
7. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5/11 3007
8. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357/19 2997
9. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA #976 2977
10. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #74W 2801
SPORTSMAN AS OF AUGUST 8, 2015
1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 3377****
2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 3148**
3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 3003
4. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 2832
5. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #00 2739*
6. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 2707
7. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 2704**
8. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 2507
9. Brad Arnold, Kenhorst, PA #830 2483*
10. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #142 2394*
* denotes feature win
POINT LEADERS OF EVERY CLASS DOMINATE ON S&W AWARDS NIGHT AT THE WOODHULL RACEWAY
(Woodhull, NY) A lot of interesting stats develop at the Woodhull Raceway every Saturday night, but this stat might be the most interesting this past Saturday on S&W Awards night as every class besides the NAPA Crate Sportsman, the point leaders heading into the night came out victorious.
In the Insinger Performance 370 Modified's, it was none other than Billy Van Pelt taking home his sixth win of the season but it was no easy task. 25 Small block Modified's were set to go for their 25 lap main event, Kenny Peoples jumped out to the early race lead only off a strong Josh Nobriga. Both driver were hogging the bottom where there was still traction for drivers on top. Van Pelt, who started 12th was the first to find the moisture on top and he began to make his charge to the front. On lap 19, Van Pelt jumped from fifth to second and then started to work on the Peoples No. 5k. Finally on lap 23, Van Pelt powered on the outside of turn four and grabbed the lead at the line and it was history. Van Pelt scores his sixth win of the year, his second in the month of August. This will also give Van Pelt a lot of momentum heading into Tuesdays Hustlin the High Banks 51. Peoples came home in the second spot, followed by Alan Rudalavge, Mike Bills, and Josh Nobriga.
Whritenour then took that fourth place finish and picked up another win in the S&W Awards 360 Late Models. Steve Lebarron jumped out to the early lead, but then was off the pace on lap 11 which allowed Carl Hughes to take the race lead. Hughes would lead the next several laps before Whritenour caught the No. 2d and took the race lead on lap 19 on the outside. Whritenour would not get too far away from Hughes then our of nowhere, Bruce Miller began make his presence known on the outside as he inched closer to the No. 15. But on lap 24, Miler would get involved in lap traffic. Whritenour had a solid restart and beat Hughes to the line to colllect win number 6 in 2015. Hughes finished second, followed by rookie driver Jamie Freeman, Jay McConell, and Jason McGregor.
370 Modified Feature: BILLY VAN PELT (6), Kenny Peoples Jr, Alan Rudalavage, Mike Bills, Josh Nobriga, Dale Welty, Steve Hartman Sr, Steve Hartman Jr, Cory Costa, Art Goodier, Mike Jackson, Russ Morseman, Donnie Lawson, Lee Bills, Grant Hilfiger, Ray Bliss, Dillon Groover, Brian Doolittle, Bobby Davis, Dave Dubois, Kevin Chilson, Larry Keegan, Ron White, Eric Fisher, Dan Vauter
360 Late Models Feature: GLENN WHRITENOUR (6), Carl Hughes, Jamie Freeman, Jay McConell, Jason McGregor, Jared Hill, Buck Payne, Rick Loucks, Bruce Miller, Jacob McConell, Mick Seeley, Steve Lebarron, Kurt Stebbins
RUSH Crate Late Models Feature: WAYNE ROBERTSON, Bryce Davis, Jason Knowles, Jeremy Wonderling, John Waters, Scott Waters, Mike Wonderling, Wyatt Scott, John Haggerty, Doug Ricotta, Brian Haggerty, Brad Mesler, Steve Lebarron
Crate Sportsman Feature: BRANDON BUTLER (2), Steve Andrulonis, AJ Costley, Tim Guild, Stacey Jackson, Dayton Brewer, Josh Sawyer, Jake Dgien, Colin Brown, Brett Buono, Mike Williams, Chris Daugherty, Brandon Martin, Mikey Wilbur, Steve Hartman III, Bobby Peoples, Ray Bliss Jr, Connor Brown, Zack Carey, Dave Mayo.
O'BRIEN, BARBER, TOP TOUGH FIELDS AT BROCKVILLE
After several bouts with Mother Nature the last few weeks the weather was absolutely perfect with a full pit area and some great racing in all 6 classes.
The 358 Modified division was set for battle and Roger Levesque was the early race leader and was holding off some great cars in the opening 7 laps with Kenny Polite, Ryan Arbuthnot, Chris Herbison and Danny O'Brien giving chase. Levesque was running the top side of the speedway and was having the race of his career pulling away from the field. On lap 9 the yellow flew for Doug Haldane who spun in turn 3 and Levesque took quick action to get by with no harm. On the restart Levesque pulled a slide job on Ryan Arbuthnot to hold on to the race lead with Herbison 3rd followed by Pat O'Brien and Danny O'Brien. Levesque was able to clear the rest of the field and begin to pull away but behind him the O'Brien brothers put on another show in the top 5. Danny tried several times to get by Pat as the laps wound down but Pat was able to hold off all challenges to hold the spot. 1 lap later Danny charged to the high side and drove by his older brother to move into 4th but the battle wasn’t over yet as both Danny and Pat closed in and got by Arbuthnot to move into 2nd and 3rd. On lap 18 Pat O'Brien closed in on Levesque for the top spot using the bottom side of the speedway, but on this night it was not meant to be as he shut the car down off turn 4 and pulled it to the infield bringing out the caution for the final time. On the restart Levesque was not able to hold the lead as Danny O'Brien used a nice move on the low side of the track to take over the lead and begin to pull away. In the closing laps Levesque was still running strong but a mistake in turn 2 cost him a shot at a top 5 run but would still end up 9th at the checkers. In the end Danny O'Brien was gone away from the field scoring his 3rd win of the year with Arbuthnot, Lance Willix, last week's winner Gage Morin and Chris Herbison coming home 5th.
The Sportsman 25 lap event was probably the quickest event of the season for these drivers as Steve Barber took over the top spot at the drop of the green flag with Aaron Pugh and Cory Winters chasing him down in the top 3. Barber had a quick car in the opening laps but Pugh was also right there with him. Despite all the effort Aaron Pugh would have to settle in for 2nd as Barber got hooked up on the high side of the speedway and was beginning to turn in a dominant performance. With the race going caution free for 23 laps Steve Barber was able to build up a healthy lead over a quality field as Pugh, Winters, Shane Stearns and Jessica Power were all looking for ways to catch him. Jessica Power was starting to make things happen with 5 to go as she took over 4th from Stearns and quickly closed in on Cory Winters for 3rd. Power would eventually take the position away and begin her pursuit of the top 2 drivers. On lap 23 Jeremy LaSalle slid off turn 4 and the caution flew for the first and only time. On the restart both Aaron Pugh and Jessica Power did all they could but Steve Barber was clearly the class of the field storming to his 2nd win of the 2015 season in a race that took 9 minutes to complete. Aaron Pugh, Jessica Power, Shane Stearns and Jason Shipclark rounded out the top 5.
DANNY O'BRIEN, Ryan Arbuthnot, Lance Willix, Gage Morin, Chris Herbison, Kyle Dingwall, Bobby Herrington, Luke Stewart, Roger Levesque, Ryan Poole, Joe Banks, John Mulder, Dana Aikins, Doug Haldane, Steve Bilow, Kenny Polite, Pat O'Brien, Jordan McCreadie, Stephane Lafrance, Jason Riddell
STEVE BARBER, Aaron Pugh, Jessica Power, Shane Stearns, Jason Shipclark, Cory Winters, Tyler Givogue, Tristan Draper, Dylan Evoy, Ryan Scott, Tabatha Murphy, Johnathon Ferguson, Joey Evans, Steve Morris, Jeff Stevenson, David Andre, Billy Cook, Jeremy LaSalle, Jason Cummings
GRANDVIEW REMEMBERS TRACK FOUNDER WITH FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL PRESENTED BY PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS SATURDAY, $10,000 GOES TO THE WINNER OF THE MODIFIED CLASSIC
BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 6, 2015 . . . Saturday, August 8, offers one of the classic events of the season at Grandview Speedway, one of the most prestigious of area tracks, with the running of the Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings. The 50-lap race paying at least $10,000 to win will feature the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds and with that amount of money being offered it is quite possible that there will be some visitors, outside competition, coming to try for the pot of gold that also includes $250 from TP Trailers of Limerick and $150 in product from VP Racing Fuels provided that the winner has the proper decals on the winning car and is using VP racing gasoline.
The Rogers family keeps the NASCAR sanction on this event and it is their way to make this race something special for the Modified racers that support the track each week.
Also included as part of the night of stock car racing action will be the exciting BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars.
A full slate of qualifying races will be run and earn the drivers starting spots in the three different feature stock car racing events. At least a dozen events are on the schedule for the night’s activities. Just five more Saturday night NASCAR point events remain as drivers battle to win titles and improve their positions in the point standings so they can share in the lucrative point funds posted by the Rogers family and NASCAR.
The night remembers the man who had the idea and a plan. He made it all work.
Adult admission is $25 while youngsters 6 to 12 pay $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free.
Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Albert, Fayash, Somer and Wink earn victories Friday Evening at Big Diamond Speedway.
Minersville, PA July 31, 2015
The 358 Modified division were ready for action Friday evening. Heath Metzler would start on the pole along side of Scott Albert and Albert was ready to go after his first win of the season and quickly jumped out to the top spot. Justin Grim would be hot on his heals trying his best to get into the lead position, but on lap 6 he pulled off suddenly when the transmission failed. That relinquished the runner up spot to Colt Harris who was feeling the pressure from Kyle Follweiler and Kevin Beach. Top top four would do all they could to shuffle around their spots, but no one was willing to give up their valuable track position. Duane Howard was trying to advance hi his 5th place spot, and was bringing along Rick Laubach. At the checkers it would be Scott Albert taking home the win and all the glory that goes along with it, followed by Colt Harris, Kyle Follweiler, Kevin Beach Jr and Duane Howard. The GME Hard Charger for this event would be Billy Pauch Jr. for going from 16th to 8th for a gain of 8 spots.
The TSRS 305 Sprit Cars made their first visit to the track and brought out a strong field of racers that were all ready for their chance to celebrate in Victory Lane. Samantha Lieberman and Tyler Reeser would lead the field to the green flag and Reeser would take the early race lead. Lieberman would fall behind in the runner up spot, but on the second lap, she had some trouble in turn 2 that would end her night early. On the restart it would be Reeser followed by Stephanie Stevens Dodson looking for her chance to take over the lead. Reese would have the advantage but Dodson was not giving up and tried to find the best line around the track in order to keep Reeser in her sights. Joe Kata was able to pass Dodson for the runner up spot on lap 12 and he then set his sights on the leader. The caution would fly again on lap 16, setting up a 4 lap shootout to the finish. Reese would pull away and leave Kato and Dodson behind him to battle it out. When the checker flag flew it was Tyler Reeser taking home the victory followed by Joe Kata, Stephanie Stevens Dodson, Mike Haggenbottom and Adam Carberry. Bill Jones Jr, Tim Tanner Jr. and Joe Kata were the heat winners.
Gates Open at 5:45 PM with Warm ups starting at 7:45 and racing getting underway at 8:15.
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358 Modified Feature Results - 1. Scott Albert 2. Colt Harris 3. Kyle Follweiler 4. Kevin Beach Jr. 5. Duane Howard 6. Rick Laubach 7. Andy Burkhart 8. Billy Pauch Jr. 9. John Willman 10. Ray Swinehart 11. Meme DeSantis 12. Joe Mooney 13. Steve Searock 14. Heath Metzger 15. Shawn Fitzpatrick 16. Paul Moyer 17. Kent Reinart 18. Jimmy Bobbit Jr. 19. Justin Grim 20. Jared Umbenhauer
TSRS Feature Results - 1. Tyler Reeser 2. Joe Kata 3. Stephanie Stevens Dodson 4. Mike Haggenbottom 5. Adam Carberry 6. Scott Ellerman 7. Tim Tanner Jr. 8. Joe Kay 9. Erin Statler 10. Jason Rochelle 11. Karl Freyer 12. Keith Anderson 13. Tony Smolenyak 14. Alex Potosky 15. Darran Miller 16. Bill Jones Jr. 17. Zack Burd 18. John Martin 19. Terry Schaeffer 20. Mike Esposito 21. Sam Lieberman 22. Cody Flach 23. Jonathon Jones
Lias Tire 358 Modified Points as of 7/31/15
1. BILLY PAUCH JR 3489
2. DUANE HOWARD 3393
3. RICK LAUBACH 3149
4. JOHN WILLMAN 2868
5. KEVIN BEACH JR 2765
6. RAY SWINEHART 2669
7. MEME DESANTIS 2664
8. COLT HARRIS 2569
9. SHAWN FITZPATRICK 2482
10. JUSTIN GRIM 2435