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THE FREEDOM 76 FIELD OF ENTRIES JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER; MIKE MAHANEY, JERRY HIGBIE, ANTHONY PERREGO AND RICK LAUBACH SIGN ON FOR $25,000 TO WIN AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 17, 2014 . . . With just three days to go the field of entries is just getting better and better for the 44th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Stock Car Classic set for Grandview Speedway this Saturday, September 20th, 7 p.m.

Three more New York racing talents Anthony Perrego, Jerry Higbie and Mike Mahaney have added their names to other New York racers planning to compete in the $25,000 to win race. Earlier Andy Bachetti, Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen, New York stock car racing standouts, had announced they would be trying for a starting spot in the 76-lap Classic that offers close to $60,000 in prize money along with other perks and lap money.

In addition Hellertown, PA dirt track standout Rick Laubach has let his intentions be known that he will be seeking his first win in the big event.

These drivers will join an already star studded lineup of racing talents that includes 10 time Grandview champion Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Meme DeSantis, and a long list of others. More than 70 entries took part in the 2013 Freedom 76.

Again on September 20 the tech inspection will get underway at 9 a.m. as the pit gates are opened.  Spectator gates will open at 3 p.m. for advance ticket holders while the ticket windows will be open at 3:30 p.m. Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Racing action will include qualifying heat races, the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, a $1,000 to win Cash Dash and the $25,000 to win Freedom 76 Modified Classic.

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NEW YORK STANDOUTS HEADED TO GRANDVIEW TO TRY FOR THE $25,000 FIRST PLACE MONEY IN THE 44TH ANNUAL FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED STOCK CAR CLASSIC ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

 BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 16, 2014 . . . Outstanding New York racers Matt Sheppard, Andy Bachetti and Stewart Friesen will be part of the 44th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 20th. All three drivers have been consistent performers this season on New York dirt tracks and will offer tough competition for the track regulars. The $25,000 to win Classic will get the green flag at 7 P.M. Close to $60,000 in prize money has been posted along with a number of perks and lap prize money.

Ten time track champion Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller and other Grandview Speedway talents will be ready to hold off the New York invaders. Invader Matt Sheppard will be in the same Norm Hansell owned No. 357 Norm’s Save Station entry with which he recently earned $10,000 by winning the Coalcracker 72.

Of course there are some racers that could be considered dark horses in the quest for the rich victory including Mike Gular, Jon Kellner Sr., Tim Buckwalter, recent entry Kenny Gilmore, Ray Swinehart, Terry Meitzler, Meme DeSantis and a host of others. The 2013 edition of the big race attracted more than 70 entries.

Again on September 20 the tech inspection will get underway at 9 a.m. as the pit gates are opened.  Spectator gates will open at 3 p.m. for advance ticket holders while the ticket windows will be open at 3:30 p.m. Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Racing action will include qualifying heat races, the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, a $1,000 to win Cash Dash and the $25,000 to win Freedom 76 Modified Classic.

Adult admission is $35, while youngsters 6 through 12 pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Pit admission, no track or organization license required, is priced at $45. There is a Saturday, September 27th rain date in place, just in case.

Many of the top names in dirt track Modified stock car racing were on hand for the rained out show but most are scheduled to return and with some schedule changes brought about by the rain there could very well be some additional well-known names showing up to participate as has already happened with the entries that have been announced.

Fans are reminded that using markers of any type to hold spots in the ticket lines will not be permitted. It will be first come first served basis on ticket sales though those who have purchased advance tickets will be allowed to enter the speedway at 3 p.m. again on the first come, first served basis.

Sunday, October 5 – 1 p.m. – Outlaw Enduro Racing, Blast from the Past Vintage Racers and Slingshots

Saturday, October 18, 6 p.m. – Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Halloween Party featuring 358 Modifieds, ARDC Midgets, URC Sprints, Sportsman, Legends, Monster Smash Demo Derby and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers – Rain date is Sunday, October 19, 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, November 1 & 2: Fall Jamboree featuring SpeedSTRs, Slingshots, Junior Slingshots and Wingless 600s, 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, Annual Fall Racer’s Flea Market starts at 7 a.m.

Saturday, November 15, 52nd Anniversary Awards Banquet, Doors open 4 p.m., Dinner 6 p.m. at Gilbertsville Fire Co.

2015 TENTATIVE Opening Date: Annual Practice Day, Saturday, March 28, Noon

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44th ANNUAL FREEDOM 76 AT GRANDVIEW POSTPONED UNTIL SEPT. 20 DUE TO RAIN AND MORE RAIN

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR NOVEMBER 15TH CHAMPIONS BANQUET

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 13, 2014 . . . Rain and more rain and no relief in sight forced track owner Bruce Rogers to postpone his biggest event of the season, the 44th annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic at Grandview Speedway, until Saturday, September 20. The race pays $25,000 to the winner and offers almost $60,000 in total prize money plus lap money and other perks.

“We had been pretty fortunate and only lost a few shows this season to weather,” said Rogers. “However it is disappointing that rain has forced us to postpone our biggest event of the season. We are fortunate that we have used the same rain date for many years and our fans and racers are well aware of how it works and we look forward to strong support on the 20th.”

Again on September 20 the tech inspection will get underway at 9 a.m. as the pit gates are opened.  Spectator gates will open at 3 p.m. for advance ticket holders while the ticket windows will be open at 3:30 p.m. Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Racing action will include qualifying heat races, the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, a $1,000 to win Cash Dash and the $25,000 to win Freedom 76 Modified Classic.

Adult admission is $35, while youngsters 6 through 12 pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Pit admission, no track or organization license required, is priced at $45.

Many of the top names in dirt track Modified stock car racing were on hand for the rained out show but most are scheduled to return and with some schedule changes brought about by the rain there could very well be some additional well-known names showing up to participate.

In other Grandview news tickets for the 52nd annual Grandview Speedway Awards Dinner-Dance are now available for $40 each. The banquet takes place at the Gibertsville, PA Fire Co. Social Hall on November 15 with doors opening at 4 p.m. and a family style dinner being served at 6 p.m.

Champions Jeff Strunk, Randy Stoudt and Jared Umbenhauer will be honored along with other top finishers in the final point standings in the 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman divisions. There will also be awards for the Most Improved Drivers, Rookie of the Year Awards and much more.

To order tickets please telephone Vicki Gehris at 610.367.2776 Monday through Thursday between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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Dunn Dominates DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Feature at Mohawk International Raceway

Mohawk Modified Track Champion Defends Reigns Supreme

AKWESASNE, N.Y. - Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Billy Dunn didn't just pick up the win Friday night at Mohawk International Raceway; he left his competition in the dust. Dunn, a three-time Modified track champion at Mohawk, raced his way from sixth place to first place in the 75-lap DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature Friday, Sept. 12, lapping all but the top eight cars.

"We've just been really good here all year. We've really hit on a package that, when the track gets slick here, our car really comes to life," said the Watertown, N.Y. chauffeur of the Mr. Radiator Auto Service No. 23. "I was a little worried when we started the race, I thought the track wasn't going to come to us, but right around lap 20 it did. I knew if I could at least get to the front, I would have a good shot at winning."

After making the fastest lap in time trials and winning his heat, Dunn redrew the sixth starting spot. Luke Whetteker, of Iroquois, Ontario, and Pete Britten, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, started on the front row. Britten was faster at the green flag and claimed the lead within the first lap. Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., also snuck by Whitteker in lap 1, claiming second.

Dunn was advancing quickly, in fourth place by the completion lap 2, and successfully passing Whitteker in third in lap 3. The leaders quickly reached traffic on Mohawk's 4/10-mile oval, and Dunn made his move around Sheppard, who was slowed by a lapped car, in lap 11. By lap 18, Dunn was racing wheel-to-wheel with Britten for the lead. He made the pass just as the yellow flag waved and restarted on the pole.

Keeping the top spot off the first and only restart of the race, Dunn charged ahead and never looked back. Sheppard battled Britten for second, taking the spot off the restart, but losing it to Britten in lap 31. Ahead of them, Dunn raced through lapped traffic and continually built on his lead. By the completion of lap 75, Dunn had a 6-second lead over runner-up Britten. Thanks to more than 50 green laps and Dunn's unmatched speed on the track, only the top eight cars remained on the lead lap at the conclusion of the race.

"It was an awesome race," Dunn said. "We didn't really start where we wanted to, but we just picked our way on through and had a really good car that could go wherever we needed it to. Luckily, there weren't a lot of cautions, and we just cruised to the win."

Britten stayed ahead of Sheppard to claim second place in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature race.

"It was fun," Britten said of his mid-race battle with Sheppard for second. "It was good to actually come out ahead of Matt (Sheppard) for once. He passed me, and I was just trying to hang with him and Billy. I started to find my rhythm and I was able to get by him."

Rounding out the top five are Mario Clair, of St. Edmond, Quebec, in third, Sheppard in fourth, and defending DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Champion Erick Rudolph in fifth.

Mohawk Nationals Weekend concludes Saturday, Sept. 13, at Mohawk International Raceway, featuring the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series.

Dunn, whose Big Block Modified success includes last year's Syracuse 200 victory during NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, said he expects the weekend's Super DIRTcar Series race to be drastically different from Friday's small block race.

"That's a whole different ball game," said Dunn, who expects significant changes to track conditions as well as car handling. "We'll enjoy this one tonight, and we'll think about the Big Block race tomorrow."

Britten, who is also hoping to race in Mohawk's scheduled Super DIRTcar Series race, said he grateful to put some laps on the track, even if conditions change for the next race.

"Laps on the track gets you in a rhythm," said Britten, who hopes a strong finish Friday bodes well for Saturday. "It's definitely a confidence boost. Whenever you have a good run it helps."

For more information about the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, visit www.dirtcar.com.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Statistical Report
Mohawk International Raceway
Friday, September 12, 2014
A-Main (75 laps):
(Finish Position/Car Number/Driver/Hometown/Start Position)
1. 23 Billy Dunn - Watertown, N.Y. [6] ($4,000)
2. 21a Pete Britten - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia [2]
3. 22c Mario Clair - St. Edmond, Quebec [5]
4. 9h Matt Sheppard - Waterloo, N.Y. [3]
5. 25 Erick Rudolph - Ransomville, N.Y. [7]
6. m96 Danny O'Brien - Kingston, Ontario [9]
7. 37 David Hebert - St. Damase, Quebec [18]
8. 99j Jimmy Phelps - Baldwinsville, N.Y. [17]
9. 66x Carey Terrance - Hogansburg, N.Y. [21]
10. 42p Pat Ward - Genoa, N.Y. [13]
11. 6m Mat Williamson - St. Catharines, Ontario [14]
12. 9J Jordan McCreadie - Watertown, N.Y. [26]
13. 29 Tom Conklin - Gouverneur, N.Y. [12]
14. 22d Danny Johnson - Rochester, N.Y. [15]
15. 115 Stephane LaFrance - St. Albert, Quebec [10]
16. 12 John Mulder - Brockville, Ontario [8]
17. 66 Kyle Dingwall - Morrisburg, Ontario [20]
18. 777 Tyler McPherson - St. Catharines, Ontario [23]
19. 08 Mark D'Ilario - Smithville, Ontario [31]
20. 124 Mathieu Desjardins - Sorel, Quebec [32]
21. 66w Dexter Stacey - Kahnawake, Quebec [29]
22. 44 Casey Swamp - Akwesasne, N.Y. [33]
23. 188 David Papineau - Akwesasne, N.Y. [34]
24. 26 Maxime Viens - St. Cesaire, Quebec [30]
25. 99 Bruno Lepage - Maple Grove, Quebec [28]
26. 151 Brian McDonald - Cornwall, Ontario [22]
27. 16m Gage Morin - St. Andrews West, Ontario [25]
28. 73 Alain Boisvert - Pointe-Claire, Quebec [11]
29. 16w Lance Willix - Theresa, N.Y. [24]
30. 21 Yan Bussiere - Drummondville, Quebec [4]
31. 55j Alan Johnson - Middlesex, N.Y. [27]
32. 3m Bill Mullin - Iroquois, Ontario [16]
33. 38 Luke Whitteker - Iroquois, Ontario [1]
34. 55 Matt Woodruff - Bloomingdale, N.Y. [19]

DNS: 99L Larry Wight - Altmar, N.Y.
Dash: 1. LaFrance [1], 2. Bussiere [2], 3. Britten [4], 4. Dunn 3, 5. Conklin [7], 6. Whittaker [5], 7. Clair [6], 8. Boisvert [8]
B-Main 1 (10 laps): 1. Terrance [1], 2. McPherson [2], 3. Morin [4], 4. A. Johnson [3], 5. Stacey [7], 6. D'Ilario [6], 7. Swamp [5], 8. Papineau [8]
B-Main 2 (10 laps): 1. McDonald [1], 2. Willix [5], 3. McCreadie [4], 4. LePage [2], 5. Viens [6], 6. Desjardins [7]. DNS: Wight [3]

Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 qualify, top 3 redraw)
Finish-Driver-[Starting Position]
Heat 1: 1. LaFrance [1], 2. Whittaker [2], 3. Mulder [3], 4. Ward [6], 5. Phelps [5], 6. Terrance [4], 7. A. Johnson [8], 8. Swamp [7], 9. Stacey [9]
Heat 2: 1. Bussiere [1], 2. Clair [2], 3. O'Brien [3], 4. Williamson [4], 5. Hebert [6], 6. McPherson [5], 7. Morin [9], 8. D'Ilario [7], 9. Papineau [8]
Heat 3: 1. Dunn [1], 2. Conklin [2], 3. Sheppard [5], 4. D. Johnson [3], 5. Woodruff [6], 6. McDonald [7], 7. Wight [4], 8. Willix [8]
Heat 4: 1. Britten [1], 2. Boisvert [3], 3. Rudolph [4], 4. Mullin [2], 5. Dingwall [5], 6. Lepage [6], 7. McCreadie [8], 8. Viens [7], 9. Desjardins [9]

Time Trials: 1. Dunn 16.042, 2. Bussiere 16.076, 3. LaFrance 16.092, 4. Conklin 16.112, 5. Whitteker 16.116, 6. Mulder 16.122, 7. D. Johnson 16.172, 8. Clair 16.174, 9. Terrance 16.175, 10. Britten 16.235, 11. Mullin 16.247, 12. Boisvert 16.248, 13. Wight 16.253, 14. Phelps 16.253, 15. Ward 16.327, 16. Sheppard 16.338, 17. O'Brien 16.339, 18. Rudolph 16.379, 19. Woodruff 16.586, 20. McDonald 16.406, 21. Williamson 16.420, 22. Dingwall 16.451, 23. McPherson 16.473, 24. Lepage 16.477, 25. Swamp 16.493, 26. A. Johnson 16.508, 27. Stacey 16.660, 28. Viens 16.730, 29. Hebert 16.779, 30. McCreadie 16.800, 31. D'Ilario 16.811, 32. Papineau 16.821, 33. Desjardins 16.824, 34. Morin 17.131, 35. Willix 17.511

2014 DIRTcar 358 - Modified Series Schedule
Sun., May 18 Cornwall Speedway Cornwall, Ontario Mario Clair
Mon., May 19 Merrittville Speedway Thorold, Ontario Danny Johnson
Tues., July 1 Humberstone Speedway Port Colborne, Ontario Erick Rudolph
Wed., July 2 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville, NY Danny Johnson
Sun., Aug. 31 Cornwall Speedway Cornwall, Ontario Carey Terrance
Fri., Sept. 5 Autodrome Granby Granby, Quebec David Hebert
Fri., Sept. 12 Mohawk International Raceway Akwesasne, New York Billy Dunn
Fri., Sept. 19 Le RPM Speedway St-Marcel De Richelieu, QC
Sat., Sept. 20 Brighton Speedway Brighton, Ontario
Wed., Oct. 8 Cayuga County Fairgrounds Speedway Weedsport, NY
Thurs., Oct. 9 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton, NY
Sat., Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, NY
Fri., Oct. 17 Brockville Speedway Brockville Speedway

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New Egypt Speedway Regulars Ready To Do Battle With Invaders For All Star Cup Shootout Win Saturday, September 20th

New Egypt, NJ--   A little over one week from now New Egypt Speedway will host its second annual All Star Cup Shootout featuring the 358 Modifieds, Crate Modifieds, and Racesaver® Sprints. As the event looms near with a big payday on the line invader entries are stacking up to take on New Egypt Speedway regulars. Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Keith Hoffman, Tim Buckwalter, Craig VonDohren, Mike Mahaney, Richie Pratt Jr., Jimmy Horton, and Rick Laubach are all expected to compete in the 40-lap, $10,000 to win 358 Modified All Star Cup Shootout. They will look to out dual New Egypt regulars Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch, David VanHorn, Jimmy Blewett, Neal Williams, Willie Osmun, Tad Cox, Gary Butler, Danny Bouc, Billy Pauch Jr., Kevin Vaclavicek, Johnny Cornell, and John Stangle who will fight hard to defend their home turf on their way to a big pay day.

Not only will drivers Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch Jr., Ryan Godown, and Billy Pauch look to be collecting on a $10,000 payday, but they will also be competing to be crowned the second annual 358 Modified All Star Cup champion. That payday carries a $5,000 price tag, so one driver could walk away with $15,000 by winning both the race and the championship.

Racing in their own All Star Cup Shootouts that night will be the Crate Modifieds in a 30-lap, $5,000 to win $250 to start event and the Racesaver® Sprints in a 25-laps $3,005 to win $300 to start event. Pit gates will open at 10:30 am for all outsiders needing to go through New Egypt safety and technical tech. Grandstand gates will open at 12:30 pm with a pre-race party taking place in the turn four picnic area with autograph sessions, cars on display, vendors, and a silent auction. Hot laps will begin at 3 pm and the first green flag will wave at 4 pm. Adults are $30, seniors 65 and older are $28, teens 12-15 and active military and their spouses are $15, and children 11 and under are free.  Pit admission is $35 with any track license and $40 without any track license.

For more information on the All Star Cup, visit our website  www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway. New Egypt Speedway is family-friendly, 7/16 thmile dirt track located on Route 539 in New Egypt, NJ, just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure.

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Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Raises the Stakes for Saturday’s ‘Pete Mitchell Memorial’ 75 Lap DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race as they Double the Winner’s Share Making it $5000 to win

AKWESASNE, NY –
When the ‘Pete Mitchell Memorial’ Race was first announced a couple weeks ago it was going to be a 50 lap DIRTcar Sportsman Series race paying $1000 to win.  Over the past week leading up to the event, it has grown astronomically as the local businesses and others involved in the racing community pushed to make this event a very special one.  

We last updated that the race will be 75 laps, paying $2500 to win with a pit stop on the track at lap 54, where teams can make adjustments to their cars before completing the final 21 laps.  That plan is still in place.  However, thanks to Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, the winner will now take home $5000.  In addition, all laps have been sold $20, and due to demand, we are continuing to collect additional lap sponsorship and will now be $40 per lap paid out.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort is proud to contribute $2,500 towards the 1st Annual Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series race, making the top prize $5,000. Pete was a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort’s Facilities team for 15 years and his presence is missed every day.  

“It’s with a heavy heart that we remember Pete, but a joyful honor to take part in his first memorial race,” added Patrick Bassney, AMCR General Manager.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort would like to wish everyone a safe, happy, and fun-filled weekend at MIR.

The Mohawk Nationals Weekend will get underway on Friday night as the 358 Modified DIRTcar Series invades MIR with a 75 lap, $4000 to win event lined up as well as the Go Nuclear Late Model Series with a 30 lap feature paying $1000 to win and a 20 lap TUSA Mod Lite Canada East Series race.  Number One Speed has come on board to sponsor a 358 Modified Dash for Cash paying $500 to the winner.

MIR will return to action the following day with another exciting schedule featuring the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series with a 100 lap, $6000 to win main event, plus the 75 lap Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series race with $5000 up for grabs plus lap money and contingency awards, plus a $1000 dash for cash.  The Go Nuclear Late Model Series is also on the card once again with the 40 lap, $1500 to win Richard Tenace Memorial. The Late Models will also have a $500 to win dash for cash, as will the Big Block Modifieds as OlsonFab has come on board as a sponsor for that event.  OlsonFab has also kicked in a $300 bonus to the 2nd 358 Modified to cross the finish line in Saturday’s Big Block event, and a $200 bonus to the 3rd 358 Modified across the line.  This follows the $500 top prize from Action Race Parts for the 1st 358 Modified in the running order on Saturday.

Dr. and Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology and Wear on Earth in Potsdam, New York have also graciously donated 4 kids specialty bikes (2 girls and 2 boys bikes) that will be given out on Saturday night as well.

General Admission for Friday night is just $30.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $25.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $35.00 for DIRTcar members and $40.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 4:00PM on Friday night, with racing getting underway at 7:30PM.

Saturday’s General Admission is $35.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $30.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $40.00 for DIRTcar members and $45.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 1:00PM on Saturday night, with racing getting underway at 6:00PM.

Weekend admission packages are available, with General Admission tickets priced at $60.00 for adults, $50.00 for Seniors, $20.00 for kids 12 and under.  Weekend Pit admission is $80.00.

Breakfast and lunch will be available throughout the day on Saturday at Mohawk, and a bull ride will be available for children to occupy their time.  Fat Jack’s DJ Service will be playing throughout the weekend as well.  Free RV Parking is available at MIR and we invite everyone to come on out for a great weekend of racing.  Hotel Accommodations are also available by contacting the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino at 1-877-99-CASINO, 518-358-2222.  Use code 649 when booking your room for the Mohawk Nationals Weekend.

The family and team of Brandon Hagan will also be with us through the weekend.  The familiar Hagan #12 race car will help pace the field for each feature event during the weekend.  Hagan is a former MIR regular (2011) and a fine young man that will be missed by many.  We look forward to hosting the Hagan family next weekend.

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TWO BIG EVENTS OF RACING TOPPED BY $25,000 TO WIN FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED CLASSIC SET FOR SEPT. 12-13 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

Advance tickets for Freedom 76 available on Friday night at track

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 8, 2014 . . . Many of the best known names in dirt track Modified stock car racing are planning to compete for a starting spot in the $25,000 to win 44th Annual Freedom 76 Classic at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 13th at 7 p.m.

And fans will be able to get warmed up for the Saturday action with a first time Friday night doubleheader featuring the exciting American Racing Drivers Club wingless midgets and the Race of Champions Sportsman stock cars with the green flag falling at 7:30 p.m. The ROC Sportsman event, “The 38er”, will pay $1,500 to win. As an added attraction on Friday night the Modified racers planning to take part in the Freedom 76 activities are invited to participate in practice sessions.

The winner of “The 38er” will earn a guaranteed starting spot in the big ROC Sportsman event at Five Mile Point Speedway on October 10th and the Freedom 76 winner will get a guaranteed starting spot in the big American Racer Cup Modified event at Five Mile Point Speedway on October 11.

The 44th annual Freedom 76 has attracted entries from Billy Pauch Sr. (a six time 76’er winner), Billy Pauch Jr. (a rising young star in area racing), Ryan Godown (a standout at many area speedways), along with a long list of Grandview standouts including newly crowned American Racer Cup champion Duane Howard, 10-time Grandview Modified titleholder Jeff Strunk, veterans Meme DeSantis, Doug Manmiller, Ray Swinehart, seven time track champion Craig VonDohren, Mike Gular, rising star Tim Buckwalter and a host of many others. Last year’s race attracted more than 70 entries.

 Dirt track legend Doctor Danny Johnson is a guaranteed starter based on his win in the $10,000 to win Forrest Rogers Memorial.

The Freedom 76, including qualifying heat races, $1,000 to win Cash Dash, Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 and the 76-lap Classic, will start at 7 p.m. with warm-up sessions at approximately 6 p.m.

Spectator gates open on Friday at 5:30 p.m. while the pits will be open at 3 p.m. Adult admission is $12 while youngsters 6 through 12 pay $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Pit passes are $30. Advance tickets for the Freedom 76 will be on sale until intermission. Spectators are asked to remove pillows and blankets from seats when they are leaving after the Friday night events.

On Saturday the pits open at 9 a.m. and pit admission is priced at $45. Entry fee on race day is $115 and that includes one pit pass. Spectator gates open at 3 p.m. for advance ticket holders. The ticket offices will open at 3:30 p.m. with adult prices set at $35, youngsters 6 thru 12 pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free.

There is a Saturday, September 20th rain date in place and will follow the same schedule. Should the Friday events being rained out they will not be rescheduled.

Saturday race attendees are advised that season pass holders are entitled to their reserved seats which are numbered.

Camping and parking is available on the speedway grounds free while space remains available. There are other areas surround the track that will offer paid parking at reasonable rates. For campers there are no open fires allowed, no pallet burning, no block parking for campers, and no roping off of areas.

Grandview Speedway offers outstanding concession facilities and 12x12 containers of beverages are permitted but no glass bottles allowed.

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Mohawk International Raceway’s ‘Mohawk Nationals Weekend’ Gets Bigger and Bigger With Additions to 1st Annual Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race on Saturday

AKWESASNE, NY – This weekend’s Mohawk Nationals just got a little sweeter for the Sportsman division, as the 1st annual Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series will now be the highest paid Sportsman event in the history of Mohawk International Raceway with the winner taking home $2500 in the now 75 lap main event plus lap money and other contingency awards. A 5 lap dash for cash will also take place, featuring the top 2 cars from each qualifying heat race and will pay $1000 to win.

Saturday’s Sportsman race will also feature a pit stop on the track.  They will break at lap 54 and the race teams will have 15 minutes to make adjustments to their cars before restarting the race with 21 laps remaining.  Lap money will be awarded, with $20 a lap being collected for this event.  There will also be other contingency awards, such as a $200 gift certificate from Finish Line Web Design to the highest finishing MIR regular from Saturday’s race.  The race leader at lap 54 will receive a $500 bonus from Mohawk International Raceway.  The 18th place car at lap 54 will receive $100 courtesy of Pete Mitchell’s brothers (Ray, Brian, Merv, Dion, Keon & Al), the 18th place finisher and the leader at lap 18 will also receive a $100 bonus from our friends at HAVFD. Fast time will receive $100 courtesy of Shane Mitchell, and awards will also be given out to furthest traveler to MIR, and the hard charger of the race. More contingency awards may be added before Saturday’s event.

The Mohawk Nationals Weekend will get underway on Friday night as the 358 Modified DIRTcar Series invades MIR with a 75 lap, $4000 to win event lined up as well as the Go Nuclear Late Model Series with a 30 lap feature paying $1000 to win and a 20 lap TUSA Mod Lite Canada East Series race.

MIR will return to action the following day with another exciting schedule featuring the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series with a 100 lap, $6000 to win main event, plus the first annual 75 lap Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series race with $2500 up for grabs plus lap money and contingency awards.  The Go Nuclear Late Model Series is also on the card once again with the 40 lap, $1500 to win Richard Tenace Memorial.

General Admission for Friday night is just $30.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $25.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $35.00 for DIRTcar members and $40.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 4:00PM on Friday night, with racing getting underway at 7:30PM.

Saturday’s General Admission is $35.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $30.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $40.00 for DIRTcar members and $45.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 1:00PM on Saturday night, with racing getting underway at 6:00PM.

Weekend admission packages are available, with General Admission tickets priced at $60.00 for adults, $50.00 for Seniors, $20.00 for kids 12 and under.  Weekend Pit admission is $80.00.

Breakfast and lunch will be available throughout the day on Saturday at Mohawk, and a bull ride will be available for children to occupy their time.  Fat Jack’s DJ Service will be playing throughout the weekend as well.  Free RV Parking is available at MIR and we invite everyone to come on out for a great weekend of racing.  Hotel Accommodations are also available by contacting the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino at 1-877-99-CASINO, 518-358-2222.  Use code 649 when booking your room for the Mohawk Nationals Weekend.

The family and team of Brandon Hagan will also be with us through the weekend.  The familiar Hagan #12 race car will help pace the field for each feature event during the weekend.  Hagan is a former MIR regular (2011) and a fine young man that will be missed by many.  We look forward to hosting the Hagan family next weekend.

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VAN PELT SCORES 9TH ANNUAL LYLE SHERWOOD MEMORIAL

Van Pelt’s Nephew, Groover also back in victory lane

(Woodhull, NY) It was a very tough call for Woodhull Raceway Track Promoter Ted White, but at the end of the night, as rain ended around 5:30, and racing began right around 7 p.m., it was the right call as 68 total cars were registered in, 32 of them, being Big Block/ Small Block Modified’s.

In the 9th annual Lyle Sherwood Memorial, Donnie Lawson, who has yet to win a feature in 2014, after being last year’s track champion, led the full field to the green before the first caution came out on lap  one. The next 11 laps involved three more cautions where Lawson remained as the race leader. Billy Van Pelt, who started in the Sixth position stayed put for the first opening laps before finding something on the top side of the speedway, after the fourth restart on lap 11.

Van Pelt then made his way into the top five by lap 13 and in the runner up spot by lap 15. Then ironically on lap 17, the car number Lyle Sherwood chauffeured for so many years at the Woodhull Raceway, passed Lawson on turn two.

 Despite many cautions that also occurred throughout the second half of the race, Van Pelt was able to have great restarts and hold off Donnie Lawson, who finished in second, followed by Steve Hartman Jr, Mike Bowman, and Lee Bills.

“You know, I was talking to my car owner, Grant Hilfiger, at the beginning of the year, and I was hoping to win a lot of features this year, but if there was one feature I wanted to win, it would be this one, and I was happy to pass Lawson, “The Lyle way,” on the top side of the speedway. Donnie Lawson is such a great competitor, along \with a lot of drivers here and I am happy to be here again for the sixth time” said Van Pelt in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane.

In the Crate Sportsman, finally picking up his second feature win of the year was Dillon Groover of Beaver Dams, NY. Groover, who is only 15 years old started third took the lead on the very first lap. Not a single caution was thrown until lap 19, where Josh sawyer was sitting in second. Sawyer was unable to pass Groover, and Groover picked up the win after being so close so many times. Sawyer came home in second, followed by Jake Dgien, Cory Costa and Kenny Peoples Jr who was piloting the Zack Carey 2z in the 25 lap sportsman event.

It was a family Sweep as Van Pelt picked up the win in the Modified event, and Dillon Groover, who is the nephew of Billy Van Pelt, was the Crate Sportsman winner.

Big Block/ Small Block Modified’s (9th Annual Lyle Sherwood Memorial- 35 Laps)
Cars: 32
Heats: Brian Doolittle, Bryan Batzel, Donnie Lawson, Mike Bowman
Feature: BILLY VAN PELT (6), Donnie Lawson, Steve Hartman Jr, Mike Bowman, Lee Bills, Eric Fisher, Brady Fultz, Nick Petrilock, Joe Dgien, Dylan Dewart, Bryan Doolittle, Ryan Susice, Dave Dubois, Randy Chrysler, Frank Dunning, Ron Cartwright, Bryan Batzel, Kenny Peoples, Rod Mullen, Mike Jackson, Stacey Jackson, Mike Bills, Ryan Gordon, Ray Bliss, Grant Hilfiger

Crate Sportsman Feature: DILLON GROOVER (2), Josh Sawyer, Jake Dgien, Cory Costa, Kenny Peoples Jr, Brett Buono, Brandon Butler, Kyle Rohner, Bill Williams, Steve Andrulonis, Collin Brown, Dayton Brewer, Randy Chrysler, Mikey Wilbur, Josh Butler, Ray Bliss Jr
 
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RAIN WIPES OUT FINAL POINT RACE OF THE SEASON AT GRANDVIEW

BIG DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND OF RACING SET FOR SEPT. 12-13 TOPPED BY $25,000 TO WIN FREEDOM 76 CLASSIC

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 6, 2014 . . . Rain brought an end to the NASCAR point battles at Grandview Speedway as the Saturday night tripleheader sponsored by Green Lane Wm Penn/Four Star Lettering was canceled and will not be rescheduled.

“With the lateness of the season and so many special events being planned for other area tracks we just cannot come up with a suitable date,” said track owner Bruce Rogers. “It is disappointing but we are now turning our attentions to our big Freedom 76 Classic scheduled for Saturday, September 13.”

With the final point race canceled because of wet weather Jeff Strunk will be declared the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified champion for the 10th time while Randy Stoudt picks up the Late Model championship and Jared Umbenhauer earns the Sportsman title for the third year in a row. Unofficially Duane Howard has picked up the NASCAR Penna. State Championship.

The champions and other top award winners will be honored at the annual Grandview Speedway banquet set for November 15th. Ticket prices and additional information will be released shortly.

All attention will now be centered on the 44th Annual Freedom 76 Classic weekend set for September 12-13. The Freedom 76 will reward the winner of the 76-lap Modified race with at least $25,000 and will attract many of the top names in dirt track modified stock car racing. Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m. In addition to the 76 lap Classic there will be qualifying races for all competitors along with a Cash Dash paying $1000 to win and the Schaffer Motorsports Minuteman 20. Adult admission is $35 while youngsters 6 through 12 pay $10. Kids under 6 are admitted free. Rain date is September 20.

New this year is a Friday night doubleheader of ARDC wingless midget racing along with ROC Sportsman stock cars. Those events will start at 7:30 p.m. with a $12 admission price for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 through 12 and under 6 being admitted for free.

Just announced is the fact that the winner of the Friday night Sportsman race and the Saturday Freedom 76 will earn guaranteed starting spots in the American Cup Race Weekend modified and sportsman events at Five Mile Point Speedway October 10-11th.

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Big Dimaond Speedway
Friday
358 Modified Coal Cracker 72
1) Matt Sheppard 2) Duane Howard 3) Ryan Godown 4) Rick Laubach 5) Doug Manmiller 6) Craig Von Dohren 7) Jeff Strunk 8) Jared Umbenhauer 9) Ryan Watt 10) Craig Whitmoyer 11) Dale Hartz 12) Tim Fitzpatrick 13) Kevin Smith 14) Kevin Albert Jr. 15) Kyle Borror 16) Billy Pauch Jr. 17) Keith Hoffman 18) Tim Buckwalter 19) Billy Pauch Sr. 20) Scott Albert 21) Ryan Anderson 22) Shawn Fitzpatrick 23) John Willman 24) Meme Desantis 25) Danny Johnson 26) John Stangle 27) Ray Swinehart

DNQ) Frank Cozze, Jimmy Horton, Dominic Buffalino, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Mike Gular, Ryan Kunkle, Dan Hineline, Mike Mamanna, Kyle Follweiler, Steve Searock IV, Colt Harris, Ron Haring Jr., Danny Bouc, Tommy Sheetz, Paul Moyer, Jason Rivers, Danny Nicholas

Roadrunners (25 Laps) 1) Jeremy Becker 2) Tom Hablett 3) Andrew Fayash III 4) Jim Kost 5) Joey Brennan 6) Elvin Brennan III 7) Shon Elk 8) Kris Ney 9) Jesse Krasnitsky 10) John Whyne 11) Terry Kramer Jr. 12) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 13) TJ Fitzpatrick 14) Shawn Mulhall 15) Joe Kavanaugh 16)Chuck Eckert 17) Bruce Ditzler 18) Greg Zelinsky 19) Chris Holland

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David Hebert tops DIRTcar 358-Modified 150-lapper at Autodrome Granby

Hebert battles Hearn, Robidoux for the win

GRANBY, QUEBEC -- September 5, 2014 -- David Hebert, of St-Damase, Quebec, fended off late-race challenges from Brett Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., to pick up the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series win Friday night at Autodrome Granby.

"It was a good race, a good car," Hebert said. "I got to the front and the car stayed good to the end of the race."

Thirty-eight cars started the 150-lap special on Granby's half-mile, with Carey Terrance, of Hogansburg, N.Y., taking the initial lead over Erick Rudolph, of Ransomville, N.Y. Hebert started eighth on the grid and worked his way to the top five by lap 47.

Steve Bernier, who started seventh, quickly dashed to the front of the pack and overtook Terrance for the lead off a lap-25 restart. The race leaders approached slower traffic in lap 34, but Bernier skillfully maneuvered past lapped cars, putting distance between the his No. 25* and the second place car, Mario Clair's No. 22c.

Meanwhile, Brett Hearn, out of Sussex, N.J., made it to twelfth in the running order by lap 54 after having started 32nd, and was setting his sights on the win.

Hebert was also making moves through the lapped traffic, making it to second place in lap 59 and challenging Bernier for the top spot. In lap 62, Hebert crossed the start-finish line ahead of Bernier by a nose, and before the leaders hit the backstretch Hebert had pulled ahead of the No. 25*.

However, with almost 100 laps left to the feature race, Hebert was hardly in the clear. After the completion of lap 75, the field took a mandatory five-minute pit stop to fuel up and make adjustments.

Hebert kept his lead when cars returned to the track. Behind him, Hearn was steadily working his way forward, powering past Clair and Yan Bussiere off a lap-94 restart for second. A caution in lap 96 for early race leader Bernier brought the field together again for a restart, and Hearn sped ahead at the green flag to claim the lead.

Hebert was not ready to let a win slip from him without a fight, and kept at Hearn's tail. Kayle Robidoux, then in third, found some speed to pass Hebert in lap 105 and Hearn the next lap, but lap 106 was not complete when the yellow flag waved again.

Robidoux was able to again charge to the front, and Hebert was also fast enough on the next restart to pass Hearn as well.

In lap 110, Hebert pulled up beside Robidoux and battled him for four laps before he was able to reclaim the lead. The next 30 laps, Robidoux and Hearn fought for second, Hearn taking it in lap 128, Robidoux reclaiming the position in lap 132 and Hearn taking it back in lap 134.

With some momentum from the series of green laps, Hearn was able to make up some distance, challenging Hebert for the lead the last five laps, to no avail.

"I saw him at the bottom there, and I just pushed hard the last five laps and I stayed good," Hebert said of his battle with Hearn.

Hearn finished second after Hebert and Robidoux third. Rounding out the top five are Clair in fourth and Dominic Dufault in fifth.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series continues Friday, Sept. 12, at Mohawk International Raceway in Akwesasne, N.Y. For more information about the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, visit www.dirtcar.com.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Statistical Report
Autodrome Granby
Friday, September 5, 2014
A-Main (150 laps)
1. 1 David Hebert - St-Damase, Quebec
2. 20 Brett Hearn - Sussex, N.J.
3. 46 Kayle Robidoux - St-Constant, Quebec
4. 22c Mario Clair - Drummondville, Quebec
5. 63 Dominic Dufault - St-Victoire-de-Sorel, Quebec
6. 22J Gino Clair - Drummondville, Quebec
7. 73 Alain Boisvert - Dorval, Quebec
8. 16W Lance Willix - Theresa, N.Y.
9. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot - Renfrew, Ontario
10. 23b Dany Bilodeau - Victoriaville, Quebec
11. 3 Claude Broulliard - Tracy, Quebec
12. 97 Michel Chicoine - Ste-Cecile-de-Milton, Quebec
13. 25 Erick Rudolph - Ransomville, N. Y.
14. 99 Bruno Lepage - Maplegrove, Quebec
15. 25P Michel Parent
16. 21 Yan Bussiere - Drummondville, Quebec
17. 44 Sebastien Gougeon - Drummondville, Quebec
18. 64 Daniel Nadeau - Montreal, Quebec
19. 47 Simone Perreault - Longeuil, Quebec
20. 66x Carey Terrance - Hogansburg, N. Y.
21. 49 Francois Bernier - St-Hyacinthe, Quebec
22. 37 Paul St. Sauveur
23. 25* Steve Bernier - St-Hyacinthe, Quebec
24. 10 Gabriel Richer - Les Coteaux, Quebec
25. 43 Sebastien Fournier - St-Leonard, Quebec
26. 124 Pierre Dagenais - L'Ange Guardien, Quebec
27. 54 Steve Bernard - Granby, Quebec
28. 94 J.F. Corriveau - Granby Quebec
29. 26 Maxime Viens - St-Cesaire, Quebec
30. 39 Alex Therrien - Victoriaville, Quebec
31. 44R Yvan Rivard
32. 39A Alain Therrien - Victoriaville, Quebec
33. 21J Jacques Poulen - Bolton-Est, Quebec
34. 7 Patrice Demers - Drummondville, Quebec
35. 8 Peter Britten - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
36. 13 Kevin Hamel - Yamaska, Quebec
37. 13R Roger Labreche - Saint-Remie, Quebec
38. 13p Paul Hamel - Yamaska, Quebec

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY PRESENTS THE ANNUAL COAL CRACKER 72 ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th

MINERSVILLE, PA - September 3rd, 2014

There's an old saying that "the third time's the charm".  The owners and promoters of Big Diamond Speedway hope that old adage holds true, as this Friday, September 5th they will try for the third time in less than a week to present the annual running of the Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 race.

The Coal Cracker 72 is by far the biggest race of the season at Big Diamond, paying $10,000 to win and $700 just to take the green flag.  A great field of cars is expected for this race.  American Racer or Hoosier tires will be permitted.  Drivers will draw for their heat starting spot and redraw for the feature if they finish in a redraw position in their heat race.  Twenty-six cars are slated to start the feature event.  Also on the card will be the Savage 61 Roadrunner in their Coal Cracker 25 event paying $300 to win, along with a huge fireworks display.  Gates will open at 5 PM on Friday, with warm-ups at 7:45 PM, and the first heat hitting the track at 8:15 PM.  Grandstand general admission will be $25.00, with active military (with ID) and kids 12 and under admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees will be $40.00 with no license required.  Car entry fee for the Coal Cracker 72 event is $40.00 for early entry and $60.00 the day of the race.  All 72 laps will be run under green flag conditions!

For those fans who still have a wristband from the August 22nd event, those wristbands can be used for Friday's show and pay the difference.  If you cannot attend the respective show listed, please send the wristband to P.O. Box 671, Minersville, PA 17954 for a full refund.  Be sure to include a return address.

We look forward to seeing everyone this coming Friday when the "Crown Jewel Of Speed" presents its' crown jewel event of the season and brings the 2014 race season to a close.

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THE NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE DECIDED AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY

FREEDOM 76, $25,000 TO WIN, SET FOR SEPT. 13, MIDGETS AND SPORTSMAN SEPT. 12

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 4, 2014 . . . Nine time NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified racer Jeff Strunk has nine championships at Grandview Speedway and Duane Howard has five. Each of these great Modified racing talents wants to add another title at the end of racing on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

The Green Lane Wm. Penn/Four Star Lettering tripleheader show set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. will feature the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars and the championship will be decided in each division.

Much of the fan interest will be centered on the Strunk and Howard battle as the two stars battle for the well over $10,000 in point fund money that goes to the champion driver and his car owner. Grandview continues to be one of the few tracks in the nation, in fact it may be the only one that offers two point funds with one coming from NASCAR and the other coming from the track operators, Bruce Rogers and his family.

Strunk holds a 167 point edge over Howard as they battle it out in the final point night of the season and in addition to battling for the championship both will use the night of Modified racing to get ready for the huge Freedom 76 Classic that pays $25,000 to win and is set for Saturday, September 13.

Modified talents such as Doug Manmiller, Craig VonDohren, Mike Gular, Frank Cozze and a host of others will be looking to do well in the Saturday night action and improve their position in the final point standings which will increase the amount of money they share in from the point funds.

Randy Stoudt, a past champion, leads the BRC Late Model standings as they enter the final point events. Stoudt, winner of six features this season, holds a 216 point edge over six time champion Chuck Schutz. In third is Sean Merkel who is 234 points behind. All three racers have the opportunity to win the BRC Late Model title.

And in the Sportsman division Jared Umbenhauer is shooting for his third straight title and has to just start the feature race to wrap up the that title. Umbenhauer also leads the NASCAR National Division II standings. Brett Kressley, winner of four features, is second in the standings 295 points behind Umbenhauer.

Spectator gates for the Green Lane Wm. Penn/Four Star Lettering Night will open at 5:30 p.m. and at the same time the weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet&Greet will be taking place with featured drivers being Kevin and Brian Hirthler representing their sponsor Green Lane Wm. Penn/Four Star Lettering. Admission for this exciting night of racing is just $15 for adults while youngsters 12 and under are admitted FREE.

With the point battle finished all attention will turn to the 44th Annual Freedom 76 Classic set for Saturday, September 13th at 7 p.m. The event paying $25,000 to win, the richest race of its type, will attract many of the top dirt track modified racers in the sport with Billy Pauch Sr. and Jr. already signed to compete along with Ryan Godown, Stewart Friesen (a winner at Grandview earlier in the season) and a host of others plus the stars of Grandview. Adult admission is $35 while youngsters 6 thru 12 are admitted for $10 and under 6 pay nothing.

New this year is a night before the Freedom 76 doubleheader that will feature the American Racing Drivers Club Wingless Midgets and the Race of Champions Sportsman. Being a first time event the Friday racing is bound to attract a lot of attention. And Modified racers planning to compete in the Freedom 76 are invited to participate in practice sessions during the evening of racing. Adult admission is $12 while youngsters 6 thru 12 pay just $5. Kids under 6 are admitted free.

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Osmun Wins Back to School Night at New Egypt Speedway

New Egypt, NJ (August 30, 2014) –
Willie Osmun of Bloomsbury, NJ ended the Summer on a high note Saturday night as he captured his first win of the season in the 30 lap Modified feature at New Egypt Speedway on Back to School night. Osmun took the lead from Gary Butler just before the halfway mark of the event and cruised to his 6th career win at the Central Jersey facility.   

DJ Ruppert led the field at the drop of the green with outside pole-starter Gary Butler giving chase. Ruppert led the first couple of laps before Butler roared around the leader to assume command. Butler set a fast pace as seventh starting Osmun quickly charged into the top 3 by the third lap.

Osmun wasted no time getting by Ruppert, but Butler proved to be more of a challenge as all he could do was keep up with him over the next 10 laps.

Butler looked good, but Osmun kept applying the pressure until he found the bite he was looking for as he drove under the leader off of turn four before halfway.

Once in front Osmun opened a comfortable lead as Butler had his hands full behind him as point leader and 2012 champ Ryan Godown moved in to challenge Butler.

This duo battled side by side right down to the final turn with Butler holding on for second by just half of a car length.

Osmun cruised in front, masterfully negotiating lapped traffic for the popular win, Butler and Godown followed him across the line for second and third while David Van Horn finished fourth and Danny Bouc fifth.

Chuck Steuer of Bohemia, NY also won his first feature of the season, his third career, in the 20 lap Crate Modified feature event. 

Steuer, a former Riverhead NY Asphalt Modified champion, announced in victory lane his plans to move up into the Modified division in 2015.

Steuer started ninth and held off Mike Butler over the second half of the race to post the victory. Butler came home second trailed by Bryan Kuhl, 24th starter Jarrett Rozycki and John Micek.

MODIFIED Feature (30 Laps):
1. Willie Osmun 2. Gary Butler 3. Ryan Godown 4. David Van Horn 5. Danny Bouc 6. John McClelland 7. Tad Cox 8. Jimmy Blewett 9. DJ Ruppert 10. John Stangle 11. Sammy Piazza 12. Kevin Vaclavicek 13. Billy Pauch 14. Tommy Farrell 15. Johnny Cornell III 16. John Pakenham 17. PJ Oliver 18. Chris Grbac 19. Steve Davis 20. Andrew Bohn 21. Billy Pauch, Jr. 22. Tim Apgar 23. Neal Williams 24. Doug Ostwald

CRATE MODIFIED Feature (20 Laps):
1. Chuck Steuer 2. Mike Butler 3. Bryan Kuhl 4. Jarrett Rozycki 5. John Micek 6. Frank Dorry 7. Eric Palmer 8. Jason Bittner 9. Chuckles Stone 10. Ebby Ridge 11. Ryan Simmons 12. Jeremy Martino 13. Jimmy Martin 14. Adam Cox 15. Paul Hartwig 16. Jordan Cox 17. Mike Carman 18. Derek Krum 19. Steve Hicks 20. John Aumick 21. Matt Carman 22. Mike Everett 23. Brian Papiez 24. Aaron Weaver

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HERRINGTON, O'BRIEN, EVOY, SCORE BIG WINS ON FINAL POINTS NIGHT AT BROCKVILLE

The 358 Modifieds were set to go with twin 20s and with a 62 point difference in the championship Stephane Lafrance had a lot of work ahead of him to catch Danny O'Brien. At the start of the first 20 lap event Roger Levesque took the top spot away with Steve Bilow, Bobby Herrington, Chris Herbison and Joe Banks completing the top 5. Levesque was fast early on but the newly inducted BOS hall of famer was hot on his heels and looking for the lead. On lap 4 Bilow's great run came to an early end as he lost the handle on his machine spinning in turn 4. On the restart Levesque continued to lead but Bobby Herrington was on the charge. He took over the top spot from Levesque and would quickly pull away with Chris Herbison, Kyle Dingwall, Stephane Lafrance and Ryan Poole rounding out the top 5. With Herrington in front the only thing that could stop him was lapped cars which played right into the hands of Stephane Lafrance. On lap 14 Lafrance pulled within striking distance of the leader and was on Herrington's back bumper as the top 2 headed for the white flag. Down the back stretch Herrington found a little extra bite and was able to pull away to score his 2nd win of 2014. Lafrance settled for 2nd with Kyle Dingwall, Jordan McCreadie and Ryan Arbuthnot completing the top 5 while points leader Danny O'Brien came home in the 9th position.

In the 2nd twin 20 Andy Lloyd took the lead at the drop of the green flag and was looking to put a season of struggles behind him. Lloyd had a fast race car and built up a straightaway lead with last week's winner Bryan Rogers, Danny O'Brien, Joe Banks and Jason Riddell making up the top 5. On lap 10 the first yellow came out for a spin in turn 1 involving Lance Willix. When the green flew Lloyd continued to hold the lead but Danny O'Brien was looking to close his season out with a big win. O'Brien took over the lead on lap 15 and began to pull away with Rogers, Arbuthnot and Stephane Lafrance rounding out the top 5. 1 lap later Andy Lloyd's great run came to an end as he hit the wall on the front stretch bringing out the final yellow. On the final restart nobody was catching O'Brien as he stormed to his 8th win of the year and his 11th BOS track title. Bryan Rogers, Stephane Lafrance, Ryan Arbuthnot and Bobby Herrington completed the top 5.

In the Sportsman event Johnathon Ferguson was the early pace setter as he took his machine to the head of the field leading the opening 5 laps over Connor Dawdy, Dylan Evoy, Bruce Makinson and Jason Shipclark. On lap 8 Jeremy LaSalle brought out the first yellow after spinning off in turn 4. When the green flew Ferguson held onto the lead but Dylan Evoy was on a mission in his #83. After moving into 2nd Evoy Ran down the race leader and would take over the top spot by lap 11 with Makinson, points leader Shane Pecore and Jason Shipclark stil completing the top 5. On lap 12 Tristan Draper experienced problems in turn 4 bringing out the yellow for the 2nd time. When the green flew Evoy still was in control over Ferguson and Pecore. On lap 16  Connor Dawdy also spun his machine in turn 4. When the green flew for the final time Evoy was running hard and was doing everything he could do to not only win the feature but also claim the point title. Shane Pecore remained within striking distance through the final laps as he battled with Johnathon Ferguson for the 2nd spot. On this night it was all Dylan Evoy as he scored his 7th win of the 2014 season in dominant fashion with Ferguson finishing 2nd. Pecore claimed 3rd which was enough to secure his 2nd straight Sportsman crown while, Jason Shipclark and Bruce Makinson rounded out the top 5.

358 Modified #1
BOBBY HERRINGTON, Stephane Lafrance, Kyle DIngwall, Jordan McCreadie, Ryan Arbuthnot, Chris Herbison, Ryan Poole, Lance Willix, Danny O'Brien, Jason Riddell, Joe Banks, Luke Stewart, Bryan Rogers, Dave Austin, Roger Levesque, Andy Lloyd, Steve Bilow, Dylan Breen

358 Modified #2
DANNY O'BRIEN, Bryan Rogers, Stephane Lafrance, Ryan Arbuthnot, Bobby Herrington, Kyle Dingwall, Jason Riddell, Jordan McCreadie, Lance Willix, Luke Stewart, Roger Levesque, Steve Bilow, Andy Lloyd, Joe Banks, Dylan Breen, Dave Austin, Chris Herbison, Ryan Poole   

Sportsman
DYLAN EVOY, Johnathon Ferguson, Shane Pecore, Jason Shipclark, Bruce Makinson, Aaron Pugh, Jon Mills, Jessica Power, Jeremy LaSalle, Kenny Polite, Tabatha Murphy, Scott McGill, Connor Dawdy, Jason Cummings, Tristan Draper, Mike Mainse, Mike Maresca

Rookie Sportsman
TYLER REYNOLDS, Shane Sterns, David Andre, Greg Ezard, Moise Page, Derek Morsley

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DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature race at Cornwall Motor Speedway postponed to Monday, September 1

CORNWALL, ONTARIO -
Sunday August 31, 2014 - Martin Bélanger, DIRTcar Correspondent - Inclement weather at Cornwall Motor Speedway has forced the postponement of tonight's events.

The Jiffy Auto Service Triple Crown has been postponed to tomorrow, Monday, September 1, at 2 p.m. with the 125-lap DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature along with the 40-lap Seaway-Lussier Sportsman Series, the 40-lap Mohawk Race Parts Pro-Stock Series and the final event for Semi-Pro and Mini-Stock.

The pit gates will open at 10 a.m. General admission opens at noon and racing is scheduled to being at 6 p.m. For more information about the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, visit www.dirtcar.com.

DIRTCAR 358 - Modified Series Schedule of Events
Date  Track  Winner
May 18  Cornwall Speedway  M. Clair
May 19  Merrittville Speedway D. Johnson
July 1 Humberstone Speedway E. Rudolph
July 2  Ransomville Speedway D. Johnson
Aug. 31 Cornwall Speedway 125
Fri., Sept. 5 Autodrome Granby 75
Fri., Sept. 12 Mohawk International Raceway 100
Fri., Sept. 19 Le RPM Speedway 100
Sat., Sept. 20 Brighton Speedway 100
Wed., Oct. 8 Cayuga County Fairgrounds Speedway 75
Thurs., Oct. 9 Brewerton Speedway 100
Sat., Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds 150
Fri., Oct. 17 Brockville Speedway 100


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Peoples wins second feature in 2014, Van Pelt Crowned once again as Modified Track Champion


(Woodhull, NY) It has been a stellar month of August for Kenny Peoples Jr, as he picked up his second feature in 2014 in the 370 Modified’s. Peoples started in the 5th position and immediately found himself in the runner up spot where he raced the same line as Steve Harman Jr, who was leading from the start. Laps ticked away and Peoples did everything he could to take over the top spot. Then on lap 15, Hartman Jr spun heading into turn one and Peoples was able to take over the lead on lap 15. Eric Fisher would then contest in attempt to pick up his second feature in 2014, but it would not be enough and he ended up going home second. Donnie Lawson took home the third place position, while B
rady Fultz and Ron Cartwright completed the top five.

Billy Van Pelts night ended early as he was involved in a caution on lap two, but Van Pelt was able to come home with  his 16th career track championship.
In the 360 Late models, It was Carl Hughes who was able to come away with the win. This is Hughes second career feature win, where he will finish the season second in points, behind Glenn Writenour, who will pick up now his seventh career track championship. Buck Payne finished in the runner up spot, followed by Writenour, Brett Marlatt, and Jay McConnell.

The 10th annual Lyle Sherwood Memorial will be the headline event for September 6th. Gates will be opening up at a special time, 3:30, and racing will begin at 5:30. For more information, find us on facebook, or log onto woodhullraceway.com.

370 Modified’s
Feature: KENNY PEOPLES JR (2), Eric Fisher, Donnie Lawson, Brady Fultz, Ron Cartwright, Grant Hilfiger, Stacey Jackson, Joe Dgien, Ray Bliss, Ryan Gordon, Steve Hartman Jr, Steve Hartman Sr, Lee Bills, Chris Fisher, Chris Clark, Ryan Tracey, Dave Dubois, Kevin Chilson, Mike Bills, Ray Bliss Jr, Tim Guild, Billy Vanpelt
2014 Track Champion: Billy Van Pelt (16)

Crate Sportsman
Feature: AJ COSTLEY (3), Corey Costa, Russ Morseman, Chris Daugherty, Josh Sawyer, John Hargrave, Brett Buono, Dillon Groover, Jake Dgien, Zack Carey, Marc Benson, Steve Andrulonis, Dayton Brewer, Mike Buchanan, Bill Williams, Brandon Butler
2014 Track Champion: Russ Morseman (1)

360 Late Models
Feature: CARL HUGHES (2), Buck Payne, Glenn Writenour, Brett Marlatt, Jay McConell, Mick Seely, Cecil Lebarron, Rick Loucks, Steve Lebarron, Josh Smith
2014 Track Champion: Glenn Writenour (7)

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MANMILLER WINS FIFTH OF THE SEASON IN MODS AT GRANDVIEW, STOUDT AND KRESSLEY ARE ALSO MULTI TIME FEATURE WINNERS

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. August 31, 2014 . . . For the fifth time this season Doug Manmiller was able to wheel to victory in the 30-lap Bernheisel Race Components Night NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Brett Kressley, currently second in the Sportsman standings, was able to drive to victory in the 25-lap Sportsman feature race giving the young racer his fourth victory of the season. Current point leader Randy Stoudt charged to his sixth win of the season taking the victory in the special 30-lap Bernheisel Racing Components Late Model feature race.

Coming up on Saturday, September 6th, 7:30 p.m. Green Lane Wm. Penn and Four Star Lettering present a tripleheader show of NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. It will be the final NASCAR Whelen All American Series point races of the season. Many of the Modified talents will be using this final point race as tune-up for the September 13th $25,000 to win Freedom 76 Classic.

Doug Manmiller was on a winning streak in the beginning of the 2014 Grandview Speedway season and suddenly the Josh Biever owned No. 46 team hit a dry spell as the others got better. Saturday night, “The Handler” started in the lucky 13 starting spot, was running second by the 17th lap and in first on the 22nd lap when he passed race leader Tim Buckwalter. Shut out of the win column since June 21, Manmiller continued his pace until he won his fifth 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature for a $2,900 payoff.

Tommy Scheetz overtook Bobby Gunther-Walsh for the lead at the second lap marker and held that spot until the 12th lap restart needed when Todd Smith jolted the fourth turn wall and stopped along the homestretch for the yellow. He was uninjured, however, the car was badly damaged. When action resumed Buckwalter shot into first in quest of his second win of the year with John Willman, Manmiller, Scheetz III and Ryan Grim in tow.

Manmiller battled Willman a few laps before he cleared him for the runner-up spot on the 17th lap and took chase after Buckwalter.

Buckwalter held the high groove while Manmiller was on the move on the bottom lane since his car worked “best” there as the track was good down low and he reeled him in by the 20th lap.

The race saw the fourth different leader when Manmiller motored to the front on the 22nd lap.

The battle for positions was a highly contested one in the later stages of the race between Buckwalter, R. Grim, Duane Howard and Jeff Strunk as they all wanted the same spot.

Manmiller never looked back and went on to the winner’s circle trailed by Grim, Howard, Buckwalter, who also received the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader award and Strunk. Willman, Terry Meitzler, Craig VonDohren, Mike Gular and Scheetz III, Cargo Trailer product certificate recipient, completed the top ten.

Heats were won by Scheetz III, Gunther-Walsh, Howard and Buckwalter. Jordan Umbenhauer and Craig Whitmoyer were the consolation race winners.

The Bernheisel Race Components Superior Products 30-lap Late Model feature which had a rash of yellow fever, was won by current point leader Randy Stoudt for his sixth win of the season.

Wayne Pfeil was eliminated from competition before the first lap when he made contact with the second turn infield tire. On the complete restart, John Giesler led for one lap before he spun in the second turn and now Cory Merkel, already a feature winner this year in his rookie season, was the new leader.

Stoudt diced with teammate Joe Fanelli for several laps before he got by him on the ninth lap to do battle with C. Merkel.

The lead changed hands on the 10th lap when Stoudt did a slide job on C. Merkel going into the second turn and it held since he was now in command.

C. Merkel wasn’t about to give up without a fight and tried to regain the lead. In doing so, however, he spun in the fourth turn for the yellow. It was a tough break for C. Merkel since he had a strong run going, but now had to go to the back of the pack. Stoudt remained the leader on the restart being chased down by Fanelli, Dan Green, Chuck Schutz, who was on the move on the outside from his 23rd starting berth and Sean Merkel.

With ten laps to go the order behind Stoudt consisted of Green, Schutz, Fanelli and S. Merkel with neither one giving an inch.

Once Stoudt was in front of the pack he never faltered and went on to victory and also received the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader award, chased across by Schutz, who ran out of time; Green, Fanelli and S. Merkel. Rounding out the top ten were Rick Todorow, Steve Wilson, Jason Miller, Lou Egrie and Devin Fry, who also received the Cargo Trailer product certificate.

Lou Egrie Jr. and John Giesler won the heats. The 3-lap Cash Dash sponsored by Scott Lee’s Diamond Billiard and Game Service of Reading was won by C. Merkel.

Brett Kressley chalked up his fourth NASCAR 30-lap Sportsman feature over runner-up Brandon Whitmoyer, who scored his season best finish.

Jason Neidlinger took the early lead and held the position for eight laps until Whitmoyer charged ahead.

With Whitmoyer now in front, Neidlinger, Guy Germano, Kressley and Sean Weiss diced for second through fifth. Kressley advanced to second on the 11th lap and began to challenge Whitmoyer for first.

On the 16th lap the lead changed when Kressley overtook Whitmoyer for the number one spot.

Despite the numerous caution periods, Kressley never gave up until he was in the winner’s circle with Whitmoyer, Weiss, who scored his best run; Neidlinger and Mike Lisowski behind. Sixth through tenth were Ryan Beltz, Brian Hirthler, Brett Gilmore, Jim Housworth and Germano who earned the Cargo Trailer product certificate.

Jamie Undercoffler, Germano and Lisowski won the heats. The consi went to Brad Grim.

Close to 90 cars took part in the Saturday night racing action.

RESULTS


Modified Feature (30 Laps):
1. Doug Manmiller, 2. Ryan Grim, 3. Duane Howard, 4. Tim Buckwalter, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. John Willman, 7. Terry Meitzler, 8. Craig VonDohren, 9. Mike Gular, 10. Tommy Scheetz III, 11. Brian Houseknecht, 12. Kevin Hirthler, 13. Andy Ressler, 14. Ron Seltmann Jr., 15. Kevin Hartnett, 16. Jordan Umbenhauer, 17. Mike Mahaney, 18. Ryan Kunkle, 19. Nate Christman, 20. Craig Whitmoyer, 21. Chris Esposito, 22. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 23. Justin Grim, 24. Kyle Borror, 25. Mike Laise, 26. Frank Cozze, 27. Todd Smith, 28. Jon Kellner. DNQ: Jamie Speers, Chris Gambler, Don Norris Jr., Ray Swinehart, Glenn Owens, Eric Biehn, Mike Kellner.

Late Model Feature (30 Laps): 1. Randy Stoudt, 2. Chuck Schutz, 3. Dan Green, 4. Joe Fanelli, 5. Sean Merkel, 6. Rick Todorow, 7. Steve Wilson, 8. Jason Miller, 9. Lou Egrie, 10. Devin Fry, 11. Dirk Rimrott, 12. Tony Giglio, 13. Kory Fleming, 14. Buddy Mertz, 15. George Irwin, 16. John Giesler, 17. Dave Ogin, 18. Cory Merkel, 19. Drew Weisser, 20. George Marrero Jr., 21. Steve Butler, 22. Lou Egrie Jr., 23. Bill Henning, 24. Wayne Pfeil.

Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Brandon Whitmoyer, 3. Sean Weiss, 4. Jason Neidlinger, 5. Mike Lisowski, 6. Ryan Beltz, 7. Brian Hirthler, 8. Brett Gilmore, 9. Jim Housworth, 10. Guy Germano, 11. Tom Miller, 12. Paul Kline, 13. Chris Jenkins, 14. Kevin Dries, 15. Jared Umbenhauer, 16. Joe Funk III, 17. Dave Bartram, 18. Jamie Undercoffler, 19. Erik Renninger, 20. Jordan Henn, 21. Brad Grim, 22. Kenny Gilmore, 23. Ken Eckert Jr., 24. Ryan Lilick. DNQ: Lex Shive, Mark Behm, Blaine Bracelin, Nathan Mohr, Kyle Lilick.

UNOFFICIAL  POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
MODIFIEDS AS OF AUGUST 30, 2014
1. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA  #4* 5332**
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 5165*****
3. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA  #1C 4967***
4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 4740*****
5. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 4108
6. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA  #357 3942
7. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA  #17 3503
8. Nate Christman, Fleetwood, PA  #37 3314
9. Kevin Hirthler, Bechtelsville, PA  #117 3301*
10. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #19 3192

Sportsman
1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5 5144***********
2. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 4849****
3. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 4364
4. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 3888*
5. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA  #72 3545
6. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA  #77H 3506
7. Ryan Beltz, Harleysville, PA  #221 3498
8. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J 3402
9. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ  #51 3316
10. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 3215*

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

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BUTLER WINS SPORTSMAN COAL CRACKER, BECKER WINS ROADRUNNER FEATURE & TITLE, FITZPATRICK & WEAVER ALSO VICTORIOUS

MINERSVILLE, PA - August 29th, 2014

Coal Cracker weekend at Big Diamond Speedway began on Friday evening, August 29th with an array of divisions in action.

First on the agenda was the Coal Cracker 40 for the USS Achey Sportsman division.  Shawn Light led lap #1 from his pole starting position before Clay Butler took over the lead from position #4.  Butler led the first nine caution plagued laps before Brett Kressley took over the lead on a restart on lap ten.  Kressley set a blistering pace over the next 20 laps, lapping all but the top ten cars and looked to be well on his way to victory.  On lap 30 disaster struck the young talent, as a small puff of smoke appeared as Kressley entered turn one, and his car quickly slowed on the backstretch.  Kressley pulled to the infield, and Butler now all of a sudden found himself back in the lead.  Now second place running Tim Fitzpatrick tried in vane to track down the leader, but it was to no avail, and Butler pulled into victory lane for his biggest win ever at the Schuylkill County oval.  Fitzpatrick held on for second, with Steve Searock IV, Kevin Beach Jr., and Mike Lisowski rounding out the top five.  2014 Sportsman Point Champion Wayne Witmer was sixth, with Shawn Light, Harry Landis, Billy Moyer Jr., and Charles Webber completing the top 10.  An awards presentation was held at intermission for Sportsman Champion Witmer, his first ever at the track.

After a huge pile up on the original start, Roadrunner title contenders Chris Holland and Jeremy Becker suddenly found themselves on the front row, up from their original fourth and seventh place starting positions.  Holland quickly jumped into the lead on the restart, with Becker in tow.  Holland led the first six laps before Becker was able to wrestle away the lead.  From there Becker led the rest of the way, with Holland close, but never quite able to find his way back by Becker for the lead.  Becker would pull into victory lane as the race winner and 2014 Savage 61 Roadrunner Point Champion.  Holland would come home second, with Tom Hablett, TJ Fitzpatrick, and Shon Elk rounding out the top five.  Sixth thru tenth were Andrew Fayash III, Tim Fitzpatrick Jr., Jesse Krasnitsky, Terry Kramer Jr., and Joe Kavanaugh.

Next on tap was a 20 lap non-winners race for the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic DIRTcar 358 Modifieds.  To be eligible you had to have run or attempted to qualify for 5 feature events during the 2014 season.  Seven cars lined up for the event, with a guaranteed starting spot in Sunday's Coal Cracker 72 race worth $700 awaiting the winner.  Shawn Fitzpatrick bolted into the lead from his pole starting spot and quickly pulled away to a huge lead.  Around the mid-point of the race though, Kyle Follweiler and Kyle Borror began tracking down the leader, and with two laps to go there was all of a sudden an exciting three car battle for the lead.  With two to go Follweiler took the lead entering turn one, but exiting turn two he jumped the cushion ever so slightly, resulting in contact between all three cars.  When the dust settled, Fitzpatrick was now once again in the lead, and was able to hold on to win the race, punching his ticket into Sunday's big event.  Borror came home second, with Lou Cicconi, Scott Albert, and Paul Moyer rounding out the top five.

All focus now turns to Sunday, August 31st for the biggest race of the season at Big Diamond, the Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 event paying $10,000 to win and $700 just to take the green flag.  Once again, a great field of cars is expected for this race.  American Racer or Hoosier tires will be permitted.  Drivers will draw for their heat starting spot and redraw for the feature if they finish in a redraw position in their heat race.  Twenty-six cars are slated to start the feature event.  Also on the card will be the Savage 61 Roadrunner in their Coal Cracker 25 event paying $300 to win, and a huge fireworks display.  Gates will open at 4 PM on Sunday, with warm-ups at 7:45 PM, and the first heat hitting the track at 8:15 PM.  Grandstand general admission on Sunday will be $25.00, with active military (with ID) and kids 12 and under admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees will be $40.00 with no license required.  Car entry fee for the Coal Cracker 72 event is $60.00 the day of the race.  All 72 laps will be run under green flag conditions!

Wristband policy for those that attended last weeks racing event will be as follows.  Modified wrist bands can be used for Sunday's event.  For the fans, grandstand wristbands can be used for Sunday's show and pay the $10.00 difference.  If you cannot attend, please send the wristband to P.O. Box 671, Minersville, PA 17954 for a full refund.  Be sure to include a return address.

Big Diamond Speedway Full Results 8/29/2014

Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic DIRTcar 358 Modifieds Non-Winners Race (20 Laps) 1) Shawn Fitzpatrick 2) Kyle Borror 3) Lou Cicconi 4) Scott Albert 5) Paul Moyer 6) Kyle Follweiler 7) Bobby Gunther Walsh

Sportsman (40 Laps) 1) Clay Butler 2) Tim Fitzpatrick 3) Steve Searock IV 4) Kevin Beach Jr. 5) Mike Lisowski 6) Wayne Witmer 7) Shawn Light 8) Harry Landis 9) Billy Moyer Jr. 10) Charles Webber 11) Brett Kressley 12) Chad Putalavage 13) Todd Huffman 14) Brad Brightbill 15) Doug Hendricks 16) Ray Woodall Sr. 17) Mike Glass 18) Josh Hertzog 19) Charles Fayash 20) AJ Gerhart 21) Ray Woodall Jr. 22) Marc Berzowski 23) JR Fulper DNS) Mark Behm

DNQ) Craig Whitmoyer, Rob Reigel

Heat Winners - Doug Hendricks, Clay Butler, Steve Searock IV

Roadrunners (20 Laps) 1) Jeremy Becker 2) Chris Holland 3) Tom Hablett 4) TJ Fitzpatrick 5) Shon Elk 6) Andrew Fayash III 7) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 8) Jesse Krasnitsky 9) Terry Kramer Jr. 10) Joe Kavanaugh 11) Jason Brown 12) Elvin Brennan III 13) Jim Kost 14) Kyle Wingle 15) Jon Schlauch 16) Greg Zelinsky 17) John Whyne 18) Jared Seigfried 19) Kris Ney 20) Devin Trexler 21) Bill Wingle Jr. 22) Bruce Ditzler


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DUNN, WHEELER, 2014 TRACK CHAMPIONS AT MOHAWK

AKWESASNE, NY –
Everything was on the line this past Friday night at the Mohawk International Raceway as drivers were searching for that little something extra to try and take away a coveted track championship, and join some great drivers from years past.

The 358 Modifieds were set to not only conclude their regular season but also the Frenchie's Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified Series was on the line as Danny O'Brien, Chris Raabe and Brian McDonald were all in line for the title while Billy Dunn was also back in line for his 3rd straight track championship as well. At the start of the 50 lap Labor Day Shoot Out Chris Raabe grabbed the top spot away and would lead the opening 6 laps with Tommy Conklin, Brian McDonald, Ryan Arbuthnot and Billy Dunn holding down the top 5 spots early on. Raabe had one of the fastest cars on the race track as he built up nearly a full straight away lead by lap 10. The first yellow of the night came out as Lance Willix spun on the backstretch. On the restart Raabe continued to be strong as always as he pulled away with the lead over McDonald, Conklin, Arbuthnot and Dunn. Despite a stellar 2014 season Raabe had gone winless this year at Mohawk and was poised to change that as he showed no signs of letting up with McDonald, Dunn, Arbuthnot and now Carey Terrance moving into the top 5 by lap 18. Raabe would enter into lapped traffic and this played out perfect for Dunn as he quickly got by McDonald for 2nd and slowly chipped away at Chris Raabe's big lead. On lap 37 Dunn would catch Raabe and take the top spot away in turn 1 with Raabe now 2nd. Brian McDonald, Carey Terrance and Ryan Arbuthnot completing the top 5. With Dunn now in the lead and in firm control on his 3rd straight track title, the focus shifted to the tight battled between O'Brien, Raabe and McDonald for the Frenchie's Series Crown. These 3 drivers would battle hard over the next 5 laps of the event with O'Brien moving to 3rd getting by McDonald which proved huge in the chase for the Frenchie's Series title. On lap 43 Carey Terrance came into contact with the 4th turn wall bringing out the final yellow. When the green flew Dunn drove away but Danny O'Brien was all over Raabe, trying to get by for 2nd with McDonald 4th and Ryan Arbuthnot rounding out the top 5. With all the battling behind him Billy Dunn would cruise on to record his 4th win of the season and in the process join Mike Perrotte and Ovide Doiron as the only drivers to win the 358 Modified title 3 straight years. Raabe came home 2nd with O'Brien taking 3rd and in the process wrap up his first ever Frenchie's Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified championship. Ryan Arbuthnot and Brian McDonald rounded out the top 5 finishers.

The Sportsman division was looking to crown a track champion and also a champion in the Frenchie's Ford Go Further Sportsman Series. "The Enforcer" Mike Stacey took the lead at the start of the 35 lap event with Zach Arquiett, Wyatt Mullin, Joel Hargrave and Dylan Evoy making up the top 5 in the early going. Stacey had a strong car early and would lead the opening 5 laps as behind him Joel Hargrave would spin to the infield in turn 4 bringing out the first yellow of the race. On the next restart Brad Winters made contact with the wall on the front stretch bringing the yellow back out again. 1 lap later Eli Gilbert also had problems as he slowed in turn 3. Once yellow fever was out of the way the racing began to heat up and Dylan Evoy was on a mission on this night. Having a big deficit to make up in an effort for his 3rd track title, Evoy knew he had a shot at the Frenchie's Series and used that as motivation as he took the lead from Mike Stacey with Mike Maresca now in 3rd. Once in front Evoy was untouchable as he drove out to a big lead but Maresca had gotten by Stacey on lap 11 and was closing the gap as the race approached halfway. On lap 12 Brent Kelsey broke his front end on the front stretch bringing out another yellow flag. On the restart Evoy took the top spot but Maresca was fighting hard on the top side of the speedway in 2nd with Louie Jackson Jr., Mike and Zach Arquiett completed the top 5. Both Evoy and Maresca had the fastest cars on the track and quickly put major distance on the rest of the field as the laps wound down but that all changed as Greg Snyder lost a motor in turn 1 on lap 24 bringing out the caution. 4 laps later on lap 28 Thomas Cook lost a right rear tire and spun in turn 4 bringing out the final caution. On the final restart Dylan Evoy and Mike Maresca continued to lead the way with Jackson, Arquiett and Corey Wheeler who came from the consi to get into the top 5 with a few laps to go. Despite numerous challenges Dylan Evoy proved to be too strong as he claimed his 3rd win of the year and in the process claim his 4th straight Frenchie's Ford Go Further Sportsman series title. Maresca came home a hard fought 2nd with Jackson, Mike Arquiett and Corey Wheeler's 5th place finish secured him his 2nd straight Sportsman track championship.
 
In 2 weeks time Mohawk International Raceway will be back racing with a 2 day show kicking off Friday with the 358 Modified Super DirtCar Series plus the DirtCar Sportsman Series and the Go Nuclear Late Model Series.Saturday the Big Block Modified Super DirtCar Series takes center stage for a 100 lap event plus the TUSA Mod Lite Series and Go Nuclear Late Models Series. For information on start times for both days check us out online atmohawkinternationalraceway.com.
 
Frenchie's Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified Series
BILLY DUNN, Chris Raabe, Danny O'Brien, Ryan Arbuthnot, Brian McDonald, Jordan McCreadie, Tom Conklin, John Mulder, Gage Morin, Charlie Rice, Pierre Dagenais, Matt Woodruff, Casey Swamp, Ryan Poole, David Papineau, Tommy Jock Jr., Carey Terrance, Chris Herbison, Lance Willix, Patrick Dupree, Dexter Stacey

Frenchie's Ford Go Further Sportsman Series
DYLAN EVOY, Mike Maresca, Louie Jackson Jr., Mike Arquiett, Corey Wheeler, Ryan Stabler, Brianna Ladouceur, Zach Arquiett, Wyatt Mullin, Bryan Green, Bruce Makinson, Joel Hargrave, Mike Stacey, Billy Cook, Adam Rozon, Shane Sterns, Ryan Helm, Scott McGill, Jasmine David, Eli Gilbert, Thomas Cook, Ricky Thompson, Darryl Nutting, Darryl Mitchell, Greg Snyder, Brent Kelsey, Brad Winters

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Johnson wins, captures first track title since 2003

Ransomville, NY – Friday, August 29th, 2014 –
Danny Johnson of Rochester, NY came into the night five points ahead of Erick Rudolph and nine points ahead of Ryan Susice for the 2014 title.  Performing open throttle surgery on a lap seventeen restart, the Doctor went from fourth to first using the extreme outside lane. Rudolph would advance to second on lap 32 only to find Johnson with a full five second lead. Rudolph was able to close the gap slightly but to no avail as Johnson collected the win and the title aboard his Traction Grabber sponsored #27j.  It was Johnson’s eighth track championship at the Big R – his last coming in 2003.  “Thanks to my family, crew, sponsors, and to everyone for coming out tonight, “ commented Johnson trackside.

Erick Rudolph finished in the runner up position aboard his Snyder Industries sponsored #25 and would also finish second in points.  Defending champion Pete Bicknell came home in the third position followed by Ryan Susice, and Ricky Richner. Richner led several laps early on.


James Michael Friesen won his fifth of the season in the Investor’s Services Sportsman division.  Friesen of St. Catharines, Ontario took the lead away from Greg Martin on lap twenty of the twenty-five lap main event aboard his Manchester Cable sponsored #52 and held it the remaining five circuits. “I have to thank my crew and sponsors for their help this season” commented Friesen. “Also congrats to the Martin team on winning the track title.”   Martin held on for second followed by Scott George, Nate Reynolds, and Boyd MacTavish.

Greg Martin of Wilson, NY won his first track title in the Investor’s Services Sportsman class.  Martin came into the event eleven points behind defending champion Jesse Cotriss with Friesen nineteen back of the lead.  While Friesen and Martin brought the field to the checkered with a one two finish, Cotriss suffered a flat tire just past half way sending him pitside.  Piloting his Atwal Eye Care / NYDKS sponsored #4, Martin did a donut in celebration before joining family, crew, and sponsors in a trackside celebration.

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH  -- DANNY JOHNSON, Erick Rudolph, Pete Bicknell, Ryan Susice, Rick Richner, Chad Brachmann, Scott Kerwin, Tom Flannigan, Sam Crogan, Brett Clarke, Rick Hoctor, Russ Zimmerman, Randy Chrysler, Steve Schumacher, Jeff McGinnis, Dave Flannigan Jr., and Robbie Krull. Heat Winners –Jeff McGinnis and Ricky Richner.
 
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – JAMES MICHAEL FRIESEN, Greg Martin, Scott George, Nate Reynolds, Boyd MacTavish, Justin Sharp, Kevin Wills, Derrick Borkenhagen, Allan Wills, Kenny Wills, Jeramie Josephite, Brett Martin, Jesse Cotriss, Jim Harbison, Mike Williams, Andy Smith, Sean Letts, James Henry, and Matt Farnhan.  Heat Winners – Brett Martin and Nate Reynolds.

NOVICE SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – DAN HESCHKE, Zack Sam, Mike Martin, Randy Chrysler Jr., Steve Lewis, Jim Stone, Roy Ace, James Sweeting, and Ken Washburn.  

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY PRESENTS THE ANNUAL COAL CRACKER 72 WEEKEND

MINERSVILLE, PA - August 29th, 2014

Bobby Emerich won the first ever Coal Cracker event back in 1979.  Back then it was a 50 lap event.  The most recent event run last season found Jeff Strunk in victory lane after 72 laps of exciting action.  In between a who's who of small block modified drivers have won the event, led by Duane Howard with 6 victories in the crown jewel event for the speedway.  With last years victory Strunk now has 4 wins in this event, followed by "Chargin" Charlie Eckert and Doug Hoffman with 3 wins each.  Kenny Brightbill, "Fast" Freddie Rahmer, Toby Tobias, Billy Pauch Sr., Paul Koch, and Billy Schinkel are just a few of the other legendary names that have tasted victory in this great event.  Who will win the 2014 version is anyone's guess.
 

Looking at drivers who have multiple wins at Big Diamond for their career but have yet to win the "big one", you would have to list "The Temple Tornado" Meme Desantis, Ray Swinehart, Billy Pauch Jr., and 2014 track champion Rich Laubach as potential victors this weekend.

Each year this event takes several exciting twists and turns during the evening, and this year is sure to be no different.  After attracting 41 cars for the "Prelude to the Coal Cracker" race two weeks back, event organizers Jake and Jasmine Smulley are expecting a very nice sized field for this event.  Past winners Howard, Strunk, Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch Sr., Keith Hoffman, and Doug Manmiller are expected to be in attendance, and there are rumors going around that a "Doctor" may visit Big Diamond on Sunday, and you can never count him out of any race he is in.

So plan to be there on Sunday, August 31st for the Jack Rich Memorial 72 paying $10,000 to win $500 just to take the green.

The weekend begins on Friday, August 29th, the USS Achey Sportsman take center stage with the running of their Coal Cracker 40 event.  This race will pay $1,600 to win and $150 to take the green flag as long as 26 cars show up to compete.  Both American Racer and Hoosier Tires will be allowed for this event, and a stellar field of Sportsman competitors is expected.  Drivers will draw for their heat starting position, and there will be a redraw for the feature event for those who qualify in a redraw position in their heat event.  Also on the racing card on this evening will be the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic DIRTcar 358 Modifieds competing in a non-winners race, along with Savage
61 Roadrunner in their final point event of the season, and the Enduro Dash cars.  For the Modifieds, the winner of the non-winners race will earn a guaranteed starting spot in Sunday's Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 event.  To be eligible, you must have run or attempted to qualify for at least 5 feature events during the 2014 season without a victory.  American Racer and Hoosier Tires will be allowed for this event.  For the Savage 61 Roadrunners, it will be a feature only to decide the 2014 Big Diamond Speedway Roadrunner Champion.  With the field already set from Friday's heat race action, that feature line-up will be used and the Roadrunners will go 20 laps to decide who will take home the Championship.  The Enduro Dash cars will end the night with a 20 lap feature event.  The Late Model portion of Coal Cracker weekend has been cancelled.  Gates open at 5 PM, warm-ups are at 7:45 PM, and first heat hits the tracks at 8:15 PM.  Grandstand general admission will be $10.00, with active military (with ID) and kids 12 and under admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees will be $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members.

Then on Sunday, August 31st it's the biggest race of the season at Big Diamond, the Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 event paying $10,000 to win and $700 just to take the green flag.  Once again, a great field of cars is expected for this race.  American Racer or Hoosier tires will be permitted.  Drivers will draw for their heat starting spot and redraw for the feature if they finish in a redraw position in their heat race.  Twenty-six cars are slated to start the feature event.  Also on the card will be the Savage 61 Roadrunner in their Coal Cracker 25 event paying $300 to win, and a huge fireworks display.  Gates will open at 4 PM on Sunday, with warm-ups at 7:45 PM, and the first heat hitting the track at 8:15 PM.  Grandstand general admission on Sunday will be $25.00, with active military (with ID) and kids 12 and under admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees will be $40.00 with no license required.  Car entry fee for the Coal Cracker 72 event is $40.00 for early entry and $60.00 the day of the race.  All 72 laps will be run under green flag conditions!

Wristband policy for those that attended last weeks racing event will be as follows.  Sportsman, Roadrunner, and Enduro pit wristbands can only be used for Friday evenings event.  Modified wrist bands can be used Friday or Sunday.  For the fans, grandstand wristbands can only be used for Sunday's show and pay the difference.  If you cannot attend the respective shows listed, please send the wristband to P.O. Box 671, Minersville, PA 17954 for a full refund.  Be sure to include a return address.

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$25,000 WAITS FOR WINNER OF THE 44TH ANNUAL FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED STOCK CAR RACING CLASSIC AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SEPTEMBER 13

Friday, September 12, ARDC Midget and ROC Sportsman races added

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 26, 2014 . . .
The Granddaddy of dirt track Modified stock car racing classics, the Freedom 76, is set for Saturday, September 13th at Grandview Speedway. $25,000 plus other perks wait for the winner of the 44th annual classic.

Added to the weekend of racing action for the first time is a Friday, September 12th, doubleheader show of ARDC Midgets and Race of Champions Sportsman stock cars. In addition Modified racers planning to race on Saturday will be invited to participate in practice sessions as part of the Friday night show.

Already indicating they will be trying for starting spots in the Freedom 76 are six time race winner Billy Pauch, modified standout Ryan Godown and rising star Billy Pauch Jr. Modified racing legend Danny Johnson, winner of the recent Forrest Rogers Memorial, has a guaranteed starting spot for the race.

Many area Modified racing standouts are expected to enter along with Grandview stars such as Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Meme DeSantis, Kevin Hirthler, Mike Gular, Kevin Hartnett, Jon Kellner and many others.

More than 70 racers were on hand to try for starting spots in the 2013 Freedom 76.

Entry forms can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

The Friday night show of Midgets, Sportsman stock cars and Modified practice will start at 7:30 p.m. and will have a $12 admission for adults, youngsters 6 through 12 pay $5 and under 6 are admitted free.

Action on Saturday will have warm-ups at about 6 p.m. with qualifying events for the Freedom 76 getting the green at 7 p.m. Also included in the night of racing will be the Schaffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, a Cash Dash featuring top performers and the Freedom 76 Classic. Adult admission is $35 while youngsters 6 thru 12 pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free.

Lap sponsorships are available at $20 a lap and can be purchased at the pit office, track office or by contacting Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797. Qualifying event sponsorships are priced at $250 and are available from Saxton also. More than half the laps are taken and just two event sponsorships remain.


Bobby Guther Walsh and his sponsors have posted a $300 award for the Hard Charger and T.P. Trailers has offered a $200 Hard Charger Award while qualifying events are sponsored, so far, by Stoudt Auto Sales of Reading, T.P.Trailers of Limerick, Dave’s Auto Service of Boyertown and Bill’s Printing of Trenton, NJ.

The final NASCAR point event of the season is set for Saturday, September 6th, 7:30 p.m., when the Green Lane Wm. Penn/Four Star Lettering Night is presented featuring the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars.

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Lindberg wins Bellante Memorial, McPherson wins 2nd David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Title

Sunday August 24, 2014 THOROLD, ONTARIO –
The Pen Centre presented a night of racing that featured the 2014 David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Finale with Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway taking home the 40 lap Gabe Bellante Memorial. Cody McPherson earned his second Mini-Series Title. The J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Division were also in the spotlight in a TUSA Modified Lite Tour Event with Western Regional Point Leader Paul Klager of Beamsville taking the checkered flag..

Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action also saw two Alexander Awning sponsored drivers in Victory Lane as Tim Jones (Port Robinson) won his 1st Feature of the season in the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modiified Feature,, Peter Reid (Stevensville) took home top honors in the Hoosier Stock Division while Jason Coutu of St. Catharines won the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Division Feature.

“The car was really good tonight,” said Gary Lindberg after his 2nd straight win, “I just had to bide my time until I got to the front. Thanks to all my sponsors and my crew … Rick Bellante as well for the extra money he donated for the event that remembers his dad.”

“Dad was a diehard race fan … he probably didn’t miss a Saturday Night in 50 years,” commented Gabe Bellante’s son Rick, “he always liked to see a good race and I think we saw that through all the divisions tonight!”

Paul Gaboury was first to lead the 40 lap Main Event for the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division but unfortunately the leader would have to be put back two spots on the next caution or the end of the race – whichever came first for jumping the original start. Luckily the first caution would come on lap 12.

Brad Rouse was the new leader on the restart with Lindberg challenging the 2011 King of the Crates Champion by lap 15. Rouse enjoyed a couple car length lead on lap 20 but as the leaders were coming up on lap traffic – Lindberg was able to make the race winning move on lap 23.

Out of Turn 2 the second generation driver split some slower cars to take over top spot. Heavy lap traffic at some points did not slow Lindberg down as by the time the checkered flag flew on lap 40 – the now 3 time 2014 Feature Winner had pulled away to almost a full straightaway lead on Rouse.


James Friesen, Cody McPherson and Justin Sharp who won last year’s 40 lap $1,000 to win Series Finale rounded out the top 5.

Rob Knapp, Austin Wood and Adam Leslie won the Sportsman Qualifying Heats while Robert Baker won the Consolation.

McPherson with two wins and a fourth won his second career David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Title.

“Thanks to Rick for all his support of our division,” said McPherson in Victory Lane, “it’s nice to win the King of the Crates Title … now we can focus on the overall points and next week!”.

“I have to dedicate tonight to a former Kart Racer Connor Mooradian who passed away this past week,” remarked Paul Klager after his 3rd J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature win of the season, “hopefully we can carry this over to Sunday Night … I really don’t know who that was who drew my starting spot – but I owe him big time!”

“I really didn’t want to see those cautions towards the end,” revealed Tim Jones in Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Victory Lane, “you never know what can happen on restarts … thanks to my crew and my sponsors.”

The final restart for Jones came on lap 31 which meant everyone behind him was lined up single file. Previous to that two cautions on laps 29 and 30 would have the cars lined up double file bringing late race challenger Tyler McPherson alongside Jones on the restarts.

Jones was the initial leader of the 35 lap event – losing top spot to Mark D’Ilario after a couple cautions right away delayed the green flag action.

By lap 10 Jones had caught the leader D’Ilario – regaining the lead on lap 12.

To the halfway point – Jones, McPherson and Tommy Flannigan made up the top 3 comfortably spread apart from each other. The battle for 4th on back was the one to watch between D’Ilario, Pete Bicknell and the race for top spot in the overall points between  Mat Williamson and Chad Brachmann.

Just after McPherson began to challenge Jones for top spot – the trio of cautions saw Jones retain top spot while McPherson was challenged by Williamson in the closing laps.

Jones and McPherson were followed by Williamson with Flannigan and Brachmann making late race charges to close out the top 5.

Brachmann, Bicknell and Travis Miller won the Qualifying Heats for the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds.

“We’ve done a ton of work on this car the last couple weeks … we’ve broke a lot of parts and have had lots of problems,” revealed Hoosier Stock Feature Winner Pete Reid, “but it’s all good … I’m back in Victory Lane tonight!”

DIRTcar SPORTSMAN Gabe Bellante Memorial
… David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Finale – (40 laps) Gary Lindberg, Brad Rouse, James Friesen, Cody McPherson Justin Sharp, Paul Gaboury, Rob Knapp, Boyd MacTavish, Jason Farraway, Austin Wood, Adam Leslie, Brent Begolo, Ryan Turner, Robbie Rounce, Joey Mastroianni, Jordan Cosco, Gord McIntosh, Robert Baker, Charlie Lynch, Chris Bellamy, Derick Hodge, Ray Hockridge, Gord Moreau..

DIRTcar 358 MODIFIED FEATURE (35 laps)
Tim Jones, Tyler McPherson, Mat Williamson, Tommy Flannigan, Chad Brachmann, Pete Bicknell, Brandon Easey, Mark D’Ilario, Mike Bowman, Scott Wood, Chris Steele, Travis Miller, Fred Carleton, Ryan Susice, Luke Skywalker, David Flannigan, Jr., Ken Winnfield, Dennis Giancola, Brett Clarke, Todd Gordon.

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RAIN WASHES OUT SATURDAY RACING AT GRANDVIEW

Bechtelsville, PA August 23, 2014 . . .
This season it has been a rare happening at Grandview Speedway. Rain washed out the scheduled Bernheisel Racing Components Night of racing action on Saturday.

The 30-lap feature for the BRC Late Models plus racing for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Sportsman stock cars has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 30, 7:30 p.m. The Late Models will be featured in a special event that gives all the racers, sporting BRC decals on both sides of their race cars, the opportunity to pick up a share of the more than $5,000 worth of racing products being made available by Bernheisel Racing Components.

Only two point events remain on the Grandview Speedway for all three divisions of competition. At present Jeff Strunk is on top in the NASCAR 358 Modifieds shooting for his 10th title. Randy Stoudt tops the Late Models and Jared Umbenhauer is shooting for his third straight Sportsman championship.

Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet taking place at the main gate and featuring Kory Fleming, Dan Green and Sean Merkel. Racing gets the green at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted free.

The final Open Wheel Spectacular of the season is set for Sunday, August 31st at 7:30 p.m. featuring the top talents of the Hilborn TSRS Winged Sprints and ARDC Wingless Midgets. Both divisions top off their shows with exciting, action-packed 25-lap feature races. A full series of qualifying events is presented leading up to each feature race. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 6 through 12 pay just $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free.

Coming up on Saturday, September 6th is the Green Lane Wm. Penn/Four Star Lettering sponsored final point events of the season featuring the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman at 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are on sale for the Saturday, September 13th $25,000 to win Freedom 76 Modified Classic. The 76 lap race is expected to attract many of the top dirt track modified racers. Admission is $35 for adults, $10 for youngsters 6 through 12 and under 6 are admitted free. Tickets can be ordered through the mail by sending a check/money order payable to Grandview Speedway along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505.

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RAIN WASHES OUT FRIDAY NIGHTS RACING AT BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY, LAUBACH & WITMER DECLARED POINT CHAMPIONS

MINERSVILLE, PA - August 23rd, 2014

A persistent rain shower that hit the track after the completion of three heat races forced the cancellation of the racing events scheduled at Big Diamond Speedway on Friday August 22nd.  With the cancellation, Rick Laubach was crowned the 2014 Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic DIRTcar 358 Modified Point Champion.  Wayne Witmer was crowned the 2014 USS Achey Sportsman Point Champion.  The championships were a first for both drivers at Big Diamond Speedway.

All attention now turns to next weekend, when racing returns to the 3/8 mile oval on both Friday and Sunday evenings for the annual Coal Cracker weekend.

On Friday, August 29th, the USS Achey Sportsman take center stage with the running of their Coal Cracker 40 event.  This race will pay $1,600 to win and $150 to take the green flag as long as 26 cars show up to compete.  Both American Racer and Hoosier Tires will be allowed for this event, and a stellar field of Sportsman competitors is expected.  Drivers will draw for their heat starting position, and there will be a redraw for the feature event for those who qualify in a redraw position in their heat event.  Also on the racing card on this evening will be the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic DIRTcar 358 Modifieds competing in a non-winners race, along with Savage 61 Roadrunner in their final point event of the season, and the Enduro Dash cars.  For the Modifieds, the winner of the non-winners race will earn a guaranteed starting spot in Sunday's Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 event.  To be eligible, you must have run or attempted to qualify for at least 5 feature events during the 2014 season without a victory.  American Racer and Hoosier Tires will be allowed for this event.  For the Savage 61 Roadrunners, it will be a feature only to decide the 2014 Big Diamond Speedway Roadrunner Champion.  With the field already set from Friday's heat race action, that feature line-up will be used and the Roadrunners will go 20 laps to decide who will take home the Championship.  The Enduro Dash cars will end the night with a 20 lap feature event.  The Late Model portion of Coal Cracker weekend has been cancelled.  Gates open at 5 PM, warm-ups are at 7:45 PM, and first heat hits the tracks at 8:15 PM.  Grandstand general admission will be $10.00, with active military (with ID) and kids 12 and under admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees will be $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members.

Then on Sunday, August 31st it's the biggest race of the season at Big Diamond, the Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 event paying $10,000 to win and $700 just to take the green flag.  Once again, a great field of cars is expected for this race.  American Racer or Hoosier tires will be permitted.  Drivers will draw for their heat starting spot and redraw for the feature if they finish in a redraw position in their heat race.  Twenty-six cars are slated to start the feature event.  Also on the card will be the Savage 61 Roadrunner in their Coal Cracker 25 event paying $300 to win, and a huge fireworks display.  Gates will open at 4 PM on Sunday, with warm-ups at 7:45 PM, and the first heat hitting the track at 8:15 PM.  Grandstand general admission on Sunday will be $25.00, with active military (with ID) and kids 12 and under admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees will be $40.00 with no license required.  Car entry fee for the Coal Cracker 72 event is $40.00 for early entry and $60.00 the day of the race.

Wristband policy for those that attended last nights race will be as follows.  Sportsman, Roadrunner, and Enduro pit wristbands can only be used for Friday evenings event.  Modified wrist bands can be used Friday or Sunday.  For the fans, grandstand wristbands can only be used for Sunday's show and pay the difference.  If you cannot attend the respective shows listed, please send the wristband to P.O. Box 671, Minersville, PA 17954 for a full refund.  Be sure to include a return address.

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DANNY JOHNSON TOPS MODIFIED MAIN AND MAINTAINS POINTS LEAD

Ransomville, NY –
Friday, August 22nd – Danny Johnson of Rochester, NY made a house call last Friday night at the Big R as he collected his third win of the season.  The win couldn’t come at a better time for the veteran racer as just one point separated him from hotshoes Erick Rudolph and Ryan Susice coming into the event.  Johnson took the lead away from Easy E Rudolph on lap eleven of the thirty lap main and quickly pulled away to a one second lead. Rudolph was able to close the margin in lapped traffic but to no avail as  Johnson took  the win aboard his Traction Grabber #27j and extended his points lead unofficially to five markers over Rudolph and nine over Susice with one fifty lap main remaining.  Rudolph finished second followed by Susice, Pete Bicknell and Chad Brachmann. Bicknell currently sit fourth in points.

Mike Williams of the Tuscarora Nation collected his first win of the 2014 season in the Investors Services Sportsman division. Williams took command of the twenty-five lap feature main at the drop of the green and maintained it the entire distance.  Williams had to content with youngster Allan Wills who challenged for the number one position through the middle stages.  It would go all for naught as Williams held on to win the feature go.  Wills settled for second followed by James Henry, Matt Farnham, and Jesse Cotriss.  The points remain tight as Cotriss, James Michael Friesen and Greg Martin battle for position.  The three came into the event just seven points apart.  Cotriss enjoyed a fifth place finish while Martin ran seventh.  Friesen made contact with the wall towards the end of the main resulting in a thirteenth place finish.

James Sweeting captured his second win of the season in the Van Raine Constructiion Novice Sportsman main event.  Sweeting took the lead at the drop of the green in the fifteen lap main and dominated the event aboard his Sweeting Asphalt sponsored #11j.  Dan Heschke finished in second followed by Mike Martin, Steve Lewis, and Rick Blech.

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH –
DANNY JOHNSON, Erick Rudoph, Ryan Susice, Pete Bicknell, Chad Brachmann, Jeff McGinnis, Scott Kerwin, Sam Crogan, Tom Flannigan, Steve Schumacher, Bill Bleich, Chuck Hossfeld, Dave Flannigan Jr., Russ Zimmerman, Rich Richner, Chd Chevalier, Robbie Krull, Brett Clarke, and John Smith. Heat Winners – Robbie Krull and Jeff McGinnis.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – MIKE WILLIAMS, Allan Wills, James Henry, Matt Farnham, Jesse Cotriss, Brett Martin, Greg Martin, Scott George,, Boyd MacTavish, Derrick Borkenhagen, Nate Reynolds, Kevin Wills, James Michael Friesen, Justin Sharp, Kenny Wills, Jeremie Josephite, Sean Letts, Jim Harbison, andd Andy Smith. Heat Winners – Brett Martin and Derrick Borkenhagen.

NOVICE SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH
– JAMES SWEETING, Dan Heschke, Mike Martin, Steve Lewis, Rick Blech, Jim Stone, Matt Hartsock, Ken Washburn, Mike McCarthy, and Chris Ketch.  Heat Winner – Dan Heschke

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SEASON POINTS FINALE NEXT SATURDAY AT THE WOODHULL RACEWAY

(Woodhull, NY)
Saturday August 30th will be the regular season championship at the Woodhull Raceway, after 18 weeks of point races; six different track champions will be crowned on this special night presented by Kibbe Oil & Gas Field Services, out of Harrison Valley, PA.

Billy Vanpelt is looking to pick up yet another track championship in his legendary modified career in the Insinger Performance 370 Small Block Modified’s. His four feature wins, and 13 top five finishes has put him in a comfortable lead over Eric Fisher, Stacey Jackson, Josh Nobriga, and Brady Fultz.

Glenn Writenour is also looking to add another track championship to his very impressive S&W Awards and Photos 360 Late Model career. Writenour has put his Joe Willcox Performance, RLB Trucking, Penn York Tax Company #15 in victory lane four times as well! Carl Hughes who has one feature win, coming back on June 30th, sits in second over Steve LaBarron, Mick Seeley, and Cecil Lebarron.

The NAPA Crate sportsman point battle is very tight at the top with Russ Morseman with the slight edge over Corey Costa, Chris Daugherty and AJ Costley. Morseman, the former 2x Street Stock champion is looking to pick up his first ever Crate Sportsman track title.

After finishing in second in points for a number of years in the Joe Willcox Performance Street Stocks, Brett Marlatt won his first career Track Championship in 2013, here we are again in 2014 and Marlatt is looking to pick up his second consecutive track championship. Marlatt has five feature wins in 2014 with 13 top five finishes. Jeredd Dennis sits in second with two feature wins, followed by Gary Archer, Teddy Morseman, and Trevor Tompkins.

In now only second full season of racing on dirt, Jason Gleason has mastered the high banked 1/3 mile oval in the Signs Plus Mini Stocks. Gleason has put his Comfort Zone heating and Air Conditioning #24hrs in victory lane nine times in 2014, which puts him atop the point standings over Ricky Amidon, Josh Collins, Brian Grant Sr, and John Hand Jr.

After not winning a single feature win in 2013 in the Woodhull Auto Supply Front Wheel drives, he has certainly made up for it finding himself in victory lane four times, and the point leader over Matt Prescott, Wes Houghtalin, Jake McConnell and Nate Freeland.

Come see what every single driver has been working on all season long and see who gets crowned this year’s 2014 track champions. Gates for the August 30th program will open at 4:30 and racing will begin at 6:30. For more information, be sure to log onto woodhullraceway.com.

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MIKE KELLNER SCORES FIRST CAREER MODIFIED VICTORY AT GRANDVIEW, MILLER AND KRESSLEY EARN REPEAT NASCAR VICTORIES

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. August 17, 2014 . . . .
Long time Late Model standout Mike Kellner was able to drive to victory in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified feature race earning his first career Modified victory on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. Defending BRC Late Model champion Jason Miller was able to win his second feature of the season taking the top spot in the 25-lap Late Model main event and returning to victory lane in the 25-lap Sportsman feature after a long absence was Brett Kressley earning his third victory of the season.

Mike Kellner began racing in the Late Model class several years ago at Grandview Speedway and throughout the course of time he garnered 30 wins to his credit in the division.

In 2014 Kellner teamed up with Vince Gagliardo for his rookie season in the 358 modified ranks to be teammates with his dad Jon. He was accustomed to driving late models and it took him a while to get used to a modified and the Vince’s Towing and Recovery team struggled on occasion in the New Year. The Lansdale racer is thankful they stuck by him.

Now all three Kellner’s – Jon (the father), Jon Jr. and Mike have won at least one modified feature race at Grandview.


Kellner motored the “Squeak” powered No. A1 into the lead from his pole starting berth, but Mike Laise, Todd Smith, Chris Esposito and Terry Meitzler were right behind him.

Kellner had a comfortable lead built up by the seventh lap, but he encountered lap traffic by the ninth circuit allowing Laise to reel him in.

By the 14th lap Laise caught Kellner as the pair battled for first while Smith, Meitzler and Esposito chased the duo down.

The running order behind Kellner and Laise by lap 20 consisted of Meitzler, Tim Buckwalter and Don Norris Jr. with Duane Howard knocking on the door.

Just as the race appeared it would be non-stop, Norris Jr. tried to go through an opening that closed up and he spun in the second turn for the first and only caution on lap 26. This incident put the pack on Kellner’s bumper for the single-file restart and he gassed it to stay ahead. Laise and Howard had their own battle for second while Meitzler and Jeff Strunk trailed.

Kellner kept everyone behind him and went on to be the ninth different feature winner of the season and pull into victory lane – a place he called “awesome.” Grabbing second on the final lap was Howard followed by Laise, Meitzler and Jeff Strunk, the current point leader. Sixth through tenth were Buckwalter, Craig VonDohren, Billy Pauch Jr., Cargo Trailer product certificate recipient; Jon Kellner and Smith.

Norris Jr., Meitzler, Buckwalter and Laise were the heat winners. The consies were won by Pauch Jr. and Kyle Borror.

Jason Miller, the defending Late Model point champion won his second 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model feature of the season by a straightaway over runner-up Chuck Schutz.

Rookie Lou Egrie Jr. led for six laps before Miller overtook him the seventh time around.


While Miller showed the way, Egrie Jr., Kory Fleming, Bill Henning and Lou Egrie diced for second through fifth as positions constantly changed.

As Miller increased the distance by the 16th lap a four-way battle for second ensued between Egrie Jr., Fleming, Schutz and Randy Stoudt, last week’s feature winner with neither one giving up. Stoudt dropped out on the 17th lap with mechanical issues.

Miller, who struggled throughout the course of the season with motor issues, never looked back until he was in the winner’s circle chased across by Schutz, Fleming, Wayne Pfeil and Egrie Jr., for his best run of the season. Finishing sixth was Lou Egrie followed by Dan Green, Cory Merkel, Sean Merkel and Henning, who also received the Cargo Trailers certificate.

Egrie Jr. and Miller won the heats.

Saturday, August 23, these same drivers plus a host of others will compete in the 30-lap Bernheisel Race Components feature.

In the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature, Brett Kressley held off Kenny Gilmore’s challenges to win his third feature of the season.

Sean Weiss was the leader until the eighth lap caution needed when Dean Bachman had contact with Erik Renninger, who was sent to the rear for the mishap. On the restart Brett Gilmore overtook first and was on his way.

B. Gilmore held that position until something broke on the car forcing him to pull into the infield and relinquish the lead to second place runner at the time Brandon Whitmoyer.

Positions were changing every other lap and by the 15th lap Kressley was the new leader.

Kenny Gilmore moved into second on the 17th lap and set his sights on Kressley.

The red was thrown on the 23rd lap when Bachman and Renninger tangled in the first turn. Renninger was sent to the pits and through for the night. Bachman was shaken up a bit. Kressley held his own when action resumed, but Gilmore stuck right with him waiting for a mistake.

Kressley didn’t slip-up and went on to claim the win trailed by Gilmore, B. Whitmoyer, Lilick and Ryan Beltz. Rounding out the top ten were Weiss, Jim Housworth, Paul Kline, Joe Funk III and Jared Umbenhauer, Cargo Trailer certificate recipient. Umbenhauer drove the car normally driven by Jason Neidlinger after his car sustained heavy damage in a heat race incident.

Brian Hirthler, Kline and Weiss won the heats.

Modified Feature (30 Laps):
1. Mike Kellner, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Mike Laise, 4. Terry Meitzler, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. Tim Buckwalter, 7. Craig Von Dohren, 8. Billy Pauch Jr., 9. Jon Kellner, 10. Todd Smith, 11. Kevin Hartnett, 12. Mike Gular, 13. John Willman, 14. Ryan Grim, 15. Chris Esposito, 16. Frank Cozze, 17. Doug Manmiller, 18. Kevin Hirthler, 19. Nate Christman, 20. Don Norris Jr., 21. Brian Houseknecht, 22. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 23. Eric Biehn, 24. Andy Ressler, 25. Lou Cicconi, 26. Kyle Borror, 27. Justin Grim, 28. Ray Swinehart. DNQ: Ron Seltmann Jr., Jarrad Miller, Chris Gambler, Mike Mahaney, Neil Huber, Chad Moyer, Paul Moyer, Jordan Umbenhauer.

Late Model Feature (25 Laps):
1. Jason Miller, 2. Chuck Schutz, 3. Kory Fleming, 4. Wayne Pfeil, 5. Lou Egrie Jr., 6. Lou Egrie, 7. Dan Green, 8. Cory Merkel, 9. Sean Merkel, 10. Bill Henning, 11. Rick Todorow, 12. Joe Fanelli, 13. Dave Ogin, 14. Tony Giglio, 15. Randy Stoudt, 16. Steve Butler, 17. Buddy Mertz, 18. John Giesler.

Sportsman Feature (25 Laps):
1. Brett Kressley, 2. Kenny Gilmore, 3. Brandon Whitmoyer, 4. Ryan Lilick, 5. Ryan Beltz, 6. Sean Weiss, 7. Jim Housworth, 8. Paul Kline, 9. Joe Funk III, 10. Jared Umbenhauer, 11. Jordan Henn, 12. Brian Hirthler, 13. Ken Eckert Jr., 14. Guy Germano, 15. Ian Humphreys, 16. Mike Behm, 17. Brett Gilmore, 18. Erik Renninger, 19. Dean Bachman, 20. T.J. Stump, 21. Mike Lisowski, 22. Chris Jenkins, 23. Lex Shive, 24. Jamie Undercoffler, DNS: Craig Whitmoyer.

GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY UNOFFICIAL  POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
MODIFIEDS AS OF AUGUST 16, 2014
1. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA  #4* 5063**
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 4875*****
3. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA  #1C 4729***
4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 4432****
5. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA  #357 3885
6. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 3879
7. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA  #17 3204
8. Nate Christman, Fleetwood, PA  #37 3190
9. Kevin Hirthler, Bechtelsville, PA  #117 3105*
10. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #19 3037

SPORTSMAN AS OF AUGUST 16, 2014
1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5 4978***********
2. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 4543***
3. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 4268
4. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 3641*
5. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA  #77H 3391
6. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA  #72 3320
7. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J 3247
8. Ryan Beltz, Harleysville, PA  #221 3240
9. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 3215*
10. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ  #51 3189


* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)
 
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JOHNSON MAKES LAST LAP PASS FOR WIN AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY – Friday, August 15th-
Danny Johnson of Rochester, NY captured his second win of the season in the FinditQuick.com Modified division.  In what came down to one of the most exciting finishes of the season, Johnson used a move to the inside of defending champion Pete Bicknell on the final lap to take over the point position and the win in the thirty lap main.  Chad Brachmann and Erick Rudolph were also in the hunt as the four car battle brought fans to the edge of their seats.  By virtue of his win, Johnson would take over the points lead by just one marker over Ryan Susice and Erick Rudolph who are tied for second.  Just two points separate the top three with two point shows remaining.  This could not be scripted any better!!  Bicknell held on to finish second followed by Brachmann, Rudolph and Susice.  

Jesse Cotriss of Akron, NY took top honors for the third time in 2014 aboard the Investors Services Sportsman division.  The defending champion used a move to the inside of Justin Sharp on lap eighteen and quickly pulled away from the field.  Piloting his Fearby’s Auto sponsored #55c, Cotriss unofficially took over the points lead by three markers over James Michael Friesen. Boyd MacTavish advanced to second followed by Justin Sharp, Greg Martin, and James Henry.

Mike Martin of Lockport, NY captured his second win of the season in the Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman twelve lap main.  Martin took the lead away from Dan Heschke with just a couple of laps remaining.  Heschke held on for second followed by James Sweeting, Randy Chrysler Jr., and Jim Stone.

Ransomville fans, drivers, staff, and sponsors joined in presenting a “sea of orange” in remembrance of Kevin Ward whom lost his life the week prior at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park.  In addition to many in attendance wearing orange, patrons of the pit area lined the backstretch and joined those in the grandstands with a moment of silence for Kevin.  The Modified feature would find the outside pole position left empty for Kevin during the initial pace lap.  During victory lane, one attendee mentioned how fitting it was that an orange car won the headlining division’s feature main.  R.I.P #13.

MODIFIEDS FEATURE FINISH – DANNY JOHNSON, Pete Bicknell, Chad Brachmann, Erick Rudolph, Ryan Susice, John Smith, Scott Kerwin, Jeff McGinnis, Tom Flannigan, Steve Schumacher, Robbie Krull, Rick Richner, Sam Crogan, Chuck Hossfeld, Russ Zimmerman, Nick Joy, Dave Flannigan Jr., and Brett Clarke. Heat Winners – Pete Bicknell and Jeff McGinnis.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – JESSE COTRISS, Boyd MacTavish, JustiN Sharp,  Greg Martin, James Henry, Nate Reynolds, Derrick Borkenhagen, James Friesen, Andy Smith, Brett Martin, Mike Williams, Billy Coleman, Kevin Wills, Allan Wills, Kenny Wills, Sean Letts, Don Spatorico, and Matt Farnham. Heat Winners – Derrick Borkenhagen and James Henry.

NOVICE SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – MIKE MARTIN, Dan Heschke, James Sweeting, Randy Chrysler Jr., Jim Stone, Steve Lewis, Joe Drake, Ken Washburn, and Rick Blech. Heat Winner – Dan Heschke.

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CAREY TERRANCE DOMINATES FOR 3RD WIN OF THE YEAR AT MOHAWK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

AKWESASNE, NY –
In 358 Modified action Lance Willix and David Papineau led the field to Austin Swamp's green flag with Willix jumping out to the early race lead over Carey Terrance, David Papineau, Gage Morin and Ryan Arbuthnot. Willix had one of the fastest cars on the track as he opened up a full straightaway lead by lap 10 and was in search of his first win in a long time at Mohawk. Carey Terrance was racing with a heavy heart on this night and was more than determined to run down the race leader. By lap 15 Terrance would catch Willix in traffic and would use the top side of the speedway to grab the lead away over Willix, Brian McDonald, Billy Dunn and David Papineau. Once in front Terrance began to show his muscle as he pulled out to a commanding lead as behind him Lance Willix was doing all he could do to hold on to 2nd as McDonald, Dunn and Papineau closed in. McDonald would move by for 2nd with 5 laps to go but Terrance was running like a bear through lapped cars and would build up a lead of over 3 seconds as the laps wound down. With the race going caution free Carey Terrance had no problems throughout the entire 25 lap contest as he cruised to his 3rd win of the season in dominant fashion. Brian McDonald held on for 2nd while Billy Dunn nipped Lance Willix at the line for 3rd with last week's winner at Cornwall, Gage Morin rounding out the top 5.

In the Sportsman division the odds of a first time winner were pretty good as 2 former Mohawk track champions started on the front row with former Pro Stock champion Ricky Thompson taking the top spot away from reigning Mod Lite champion Joel Hargrave. Thompson would have no problems in the opening 5 laps as he built up a comfortable advantage over the rest of the field as behind him Hargrave, Zach Arquiett, Adam Rozon and Louie Jackson Jr. were having a great battle in the top 5. On lap 11 Thompson still held the lead but as he entered  traffic the first yellow flew for Billy Cook who broke a front end in turn 4. On the restart Thompson still was able to pull away with no problems as Hargrave, Jackson, Bryan Green and Wyatt Mullin were on the charge in the top 5. Bryan Green was running his best race of the season as he charged by both Jackson and Hargrave to jump into 2nd, and quickly reel in the leader by lap 17. On lap 18 the final yellow flew giving Bryan Green a clear shot at the leader. On the restart Thompson grabbed the top spot but Green was able to keep pace. Corey Wheeler was also on the charge as he recovered from a mid race tangle to charge back to the front and contend for the win. Bryan Green gave it all he had but the experience of Ricky Thompson paid off as he finally broke through to score his first ever Sportsman feature since moving from the Pro Stock division. Green came home 2nd with Wheeler, Dylan Evoy and Mike Maresca who recovered from a hard crash in hot laps to score yet another top 5 finish coming home 5th.
 
August 15th, 2014 Race Results:

358 Modified 
CAREY TERRANCE, Brian McDonald, Billy Dunn, Lance Willix, Gage Morin, Chris Raabe, Ryan Arbuthnot, Danny O'Brien, Tom Conklin, David Papineau, Jordan McCreadie, Steve Paine, Charlie Rice, Joel Doiron, Matt Woodruff, Bruno Lepage, John Mulder, Kevin Bates, Kevin Gamble, Casey Swamp

Sportsman
RICKY THOMPSON, Bryan Green, Corey Wheeler, Dylan Evoy, Mike Maresca, Wyatt Mullin, Joel Hargrave, Louie Jackson Jr., Ryan Stabler, Ryan Helm, Adam Rozon, Thomas Cook, Eli Gilbert, Perry Francis, Brianna Ladouceur, Scott Mere, Neal Provost, Jasmine David, Greg Snyder, Robert Delormier, John Greene III, Mike Stacey, John Greene Jr., Billy Cook, Brent Kelsey, Zach Arquiett, Styles Arquiett

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PAUCH JR. WINS PRELUDE TO COAL CRACKER FOR FIFTH VICTORY OF SEASON, HAUS WINS LATE MODEL FEATURE AND TITLE, BECKER IN ROADRUNNERS

MINERSVILLE, PA - August 17th, 2014

Scott Haus scored the Late Model point Championship Friday evening at Big Diamond Speedway and did it in fashionable style as he also scored the evenings feature win.  Haus drew the pole in the rewdraw and lined up with Steve Nederosteck on the outside and brought the field to the green.  Scott quickly put his red and white number 21 in front of the field and never looked back.  Nederostak would be challenged by Bryan Bernheisel and on lap 11 Bernheisel took over the runner up spot, but 4 laps later, Andrew Haus would take that spot and give the Haus family first and second place finishes for the evening.  Bernheisel would finish third followed by Steve Nederostak and Grant Adams.  Scott Haus is your 2014 Slifko Fabrication Services Points Champion, finishing second in the points was Steve Nederostak, with Danny Snyder, Andy Haus and Billy Wampler rounding out the top five in points.

The Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Modifieds had their chance to get their cars ready for the upcoming Coal Cracker 72 event by running in the 2nd annual Prelude to the Coal Cracker.  Doug Manmiller drew the pole alongside Billy Pauch Jr. and took the field to the green flag.  Pauch would quickly take over the top spot and pull away from the field for the win.  Manmiller, Craig Von Dohren, Frank Cozze and Rich Laubach would battle it out for the runner up spot, and it was Manmiller who would take 2nd place at the finish line, followed by VonDohren, Cozze and Laubach.

Frank Cozze was the overall victor in the one-on-one match races for the top 11 in points, taking home a set of four Hoosier tires for his efforts.

The Savage 61 Roadrunners saw Jeremy Becker and TJ Fitzpatrick bring the field to the green flag.  Becker would take over the top spot honors and Fitzpatrick would fall to 2nd and feel pressure from Kris Ney.  The pair would swap the 2nd spot back and forth numerous times.  Becker ended up taking home the win, Kris Ney would  earn the runner up spot followed by Fitzpatrick, Tom Hablett and Jim Kost.  Becker is the current points leader in the class, followed by Chris Holland, Jim Kost, Shon Elk and Tim Fitzpatrick JR.

Racing returns to Big Diamond Speedway this coming Friday, August 22nd, featuring the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, USS Achey Sportsman, Savage 61 Roadrunners, and the Enduro Dash cars.

For the Modifieds and Sportsman, it will also be championship night, with the season long point battles decided in both divisions.  In the Modfieds, just 69 points separate the top 3 of Rick Laubach, Duane Howard, and Billy Pauch Jr., with Frank Cozze, Kevin Smith, and Meme Desantis still mathematically in the hunt.  It would be the first Big Diamond Speedway point title for everyone listed except for Howard, who is going for his 8th track championship.  In the USS Achey Sportsman, just 33 points separate the top 3 of Wayne Witmer, Tim Fitzpatrick, and Doug Handricks, with Billy Moyer Jr., Clay Butler, Shawn Light and Kevin Beach still in the mix.  For everyone but Hendricks and Beach it would be their first Big Diamond Speedway track title, while for Hendricks and Beach it would be their second.

Gates open at 5 PM, with warm-ups at 7:15 PM and the first heat hitting the track at 8:15 PM.  Adult general admission is $15.00, seniors and students ages 13 to 17 are $13.00 (both with valid ID), while active military (with ID) and kids 12 and under are free.

For Modified drivers, entry forms will be available at the pit sign in booth for the annual Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 race to be held Sunday, August 31st.  Early car entry fee for this event is $40 and $60 the day of the race.

Speaking of Coal Cracker weekend, we are less than two weeks away from the annual event spread over two days of the Labor Day weekend.  On Friday, August 29th, the Sportsman cars take the main stage with the running of the Coal Cracker 40 for the Sportsman paying $1,600 to win and $150 to take the green (with 26 or more cars).  Both Hoosier and American Racer tires will be allowed for this event.  Also on the card will be the Savage 61 Roadrunners in their final point event of the season, along with the Enduro Dash cars and a just added Modified non-winners race for the Modifieds.  The winner of the non-winners race gets a guaranteed starting spot in Sunday's Coal Cracker 72 event.  The Late Model portion of the Coal Cracker weekend scheduled for Friday evening has been canceled.  Gates will open at 5 PM, warm-ups are at 7:45 PM, and first heat hits the track at 8:15 PM.

Then on Sunday, August 31st, it's time for the biggest race of the season at Big Diamond Speedway, the Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 race paying $10,000 to win win and $700 just to take the green flag.  A stellar field of cars is expected for this event which was won last season by Jeff Strunk in the 4* machine.  Both Hoosier and American Racer tires are legal for this event.  Also on the card will be the Savage 61 Roadrunners in their Coal Cracker 25 event paying $300 to win, and a huge fireworks display for the fans.

Gates will open at 4 PM on Sunday, with warm-ups at 7:45 PM and the first heat at 8:15 PM.  Grandstand general admission for the Sunday portion of Coal Cracker weekend will be $25.00, with kids 12 and under free.  Pit participation fees on Sunday will be $40.00 per person with no license required.

Big Diamond Speedway
Friday, Aug. 15
DIRTcar 358 Modifieds (30 Laps)
1) Billy Pauch Jr. 2) Doug Manmiller 3) Craig Von Dohren 4) Frank Cozze 5) Rick Laubach 6) Kevin Albert Jr. 7) Ryan Godown 8) Duane Howard 9) Kyle Follweiler 10) Kevin Smith 11) Ray Swinehart 12) Ryan Watt 13) Brett Kressley 14) Bobby Gunther Walsh 15) Rusty Smith 16) Steve Searock IV 17) Dale Hartz 18) Shawn Fitzpatrick 19) John Willman 20) Dan Hineline 21) Jeff Strunk 22) Tim Buckwalter 23) Danny Nicholas 24) Jared Umbenhauer 25) Mike Mammana 26) Meme Desantis

DNQ)
Brad Trice, Scott Albert, Harry Landis, Jason Rivers, Heath Metzger, Jamie Speers, Mario Dinatale, Paul Moyer, Kyle Borror, Jim Bobbitt Jr., Robin Schultz, Tim Fitzpatrick, Ron Haring Jr., Shawn Ward, Colt Harris

Heat Winners -
Rick Laubach, Meme Desantis, Duane Howard, Shawn Fitzpatrick

Modified Challenge Races - Overall Winner - Frank Cozze

Late Models (20 Laps)
1) Scott Haus 2) Andrew Haus 3) Bryan Bernheisel 4) Steve Nederostak 5) Grant Adams 6) Danny Snyder 7) Sean Merkel 8) Jim O' Hara DNS) Ben Whitaker, Drew Weiser

Roadrunners (20 Laps)
1) Jeremy Becker 2) Kris Ney 3) TJ Fitzpatrick 4) Tom Hablett 5) Jim Kost 6) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 7) Andrew Fayash III 8) Chris Holland 9) Joey Brennan 10) Jared Seigfried 11) Terry Kramer Jr. 12) Joe Kavanaugh 13) John Whyne 14) Greg Zelinsky 15) Bruce Ditzler 16) Jon Schlauch 17) Chuck Eckert 18) Shon Elk DNS) Devin Trexler DQ) Jesse Krasnitsky

Heat Winners - Tom Hablett, Jesse Krasnitsky

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