358 MODIFIED SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES MAKES A STOP AT WESTERN NEW YORK’S RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY
Ransomville, NY – Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – In just a few short days the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series will return to the Big R. After a few year’s hiatus, the management of Ransomville Speedway decided to bring the Series back to Western New York.
“It’s been a few years since the 358 Modified DIRT series has been here and even longer since we hosted a Memorial day event,” commented General Manager Tana Robinson. “We wanted to help support the 358 Modified series considering that division is our head-lining class. Additionally we hoped to do our part in helping the series to grow. Giving our weekly drivers two opportunities to compete in the series at a local (Merrittville and us) level leads to a higher likelihood for them to follow the series in the Fall thus growing the series. When one of us succeeds – we all succeed. Supporting each other’s events and the common sanctioning body is important for us to continue to thrive and grow as an industry.”
Slated for this Monday, May 30th – the 75 lap $5000 to win 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series along with a full card of Investors Services Sportsman, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers and Fireworks. Gates will open at 4:30 pm with time trials slated for 6:45 pm. Racing will get underway at 7:15 pm.
Rudolph wins 2nd Brian Stevens Memorial
May 24, 2016 THOROLD, ONTARIO - Third generation driver Erick Rudolph from Ransomville, NY was victorious in the 100 lap Brian Stevens Memorial for the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series on Zavitz Financial Strategies and Z.F.S. Benefit Solutions night at Merrittville Speedway. For Rudolph, it was his second win in the event that honored the two time Merrittville Speedway Modified champion.
Whitesville, NY driver John Waters claimed the $2,000 to win Sweeney Chevrolet, Buick, GMC RUSH Late Model Touring Series event. Danny Wurster from Niagara Falls, Ontario took the top prize in winning round one for the Eataly Foods Pro 4 Triple Truck Challenge. Tyler Lafantaisie from Welland, Ontario won the main event for the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinders in round one of their Triple Crown.
“I found something on the bottom and the car handled well and it was a strong run” stated Rudolph in victory lane after the 100 lap event.
Tyler McPherson and Kenny Wills led the field to the green flag for the Brian Stevens Memorial 100 for the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series and it was Wills leading on the opening circuit. McPherson and Wills would battle for the lead as McPherson would regain the lead on lap three, just as Pete Bicknell passed Tommy Flannigan to take over third place. Danny Johnson and Erick Rudolph would battle for fifth place as Bicknell started to reel in race leader McPherson. Gary Lindberg slowed on the back straightaway to bring out the races first caution on lap 12. The restart would happen on lap 16 with McPherson, Bicknell and Tommy Flannigan would take over third as Erick Rudolph moved into fourth with Danny Johnson entering the top five.
At the races 1/5th point it was McPherson, Bicknell, Flannigan, Johnson, and Rudolph running in the top five. Danny Johnson would continue to move towards the front as “The Doctor” was operating on the outside to pass Flannigan to take over third place on lap 22. The caution would come back out on lap 25 as Mark D’llario came to a stop in turn one after suffering a flat left front tire. Erick Rudolph would move into second after passing Bicknell on lap 34 and Mat Williamson moved into third just one lap later, as Bicknell was fading back into fifth. Williamson and Rudolph would battle for second for several circuits with Rudolph holding off Williamson’s advances. McPherson would stretch out his lead over Rudolph near the races halfway point as the lead was 1.151 seconds for the driver of the Niagara Form Works 777. The leaders hit lap traffic on lap 46 as Rudolph would slice McPherson’s lead to just a single car length. The caution would fly as Pete Bicknell slowed on the front stretch and went into the pit area. The lap 52 restart would see McPherson continue to show the way as Rudolph and Danny Johnson moved into third. Rudolph and McPherson would battle for the lead but the caution would fly once again on lap 56 as Wayne Conn spun in turn four after contact with Mark D’llario.
The green flag would fly on lap 61 as Rudolph would take over the lead on lap 62 over McPherson. Johnson would pass McPherson on lap 71 to take over second place, after McPherson held off “The Doctor” for several circuits. Rudolph would hit lap traffic on lap 72 as he led Danny Johnson by a half straightaway with 25 laps remaining.
Rudolph continued to put distance between himself and Johnson as he had a full straightaway lead with 18 laps remaining. The time difference was over two seconds between race leader Rudolph and “The Doctor”. Johnson would start to close in on Rudolph as the leader would hit lap traffic with 15 laps remaining. As the leader pulled away, Mike Bowman would challenge early race leader Tyler McPherson for third place in the late going.
Erick Rudolph would pull away from the field to claim his second consecutive Brian Stevens Memorial. Danny Johnson would finish in second and was followed to the line by Mike Bowman, Tyler McPherson, and Chris Steele.
Bryce Davis and Phil Potts brought the field of RUSH Late Models to the green flag for the second running of the Victoria Day Classic and it was Davis jumping out into the lead with John Waters moving into second with Potts, Dennis Lunger Jr and Mike Pegher Jr running in the top five. Jason Knowles passed Pegher and Lunger to move into fourth as Lunger fell back to fifth on lap five. Will Thomas III went three wide passing Lunger and Pegher to take over fifth place. Travis Martineau brought out the races first caution on lap six, just as John Waters caught race leader Davis.
Third generation driver Colton Ledingham spun in turn two to bring out the caution on lap eight. On the restart, Davis would pull away as Phil Potts looked to go underneath Waters to regain second. Steve Dixon would bring out the races third caution on lap nine, setting up a single file restart as per RUSH Series rules. Jason Knowles, the second generation driver from the Southern Tier region of New York slowed in turn two during the caution, ending his night. Davis and Waters would stretch out their advantage over the rest of the field at the races mid-way point. The leaders would encounter lap traffic at the cross flags just as Waters went three wide with Davis and lap traffic to take over the lead on lap 17. Phil Potts was able to catch Davis through lap traffic but Davis was able to keep the second spot.
Jeff Dayman spun in turn four after making contact with Brady Wonderling to bring out the caution with just three laps remaining. The restart saw Waters take off out front as Mike Pegher moved into third with Potts taking over second, sending Davis back to fourth. Waters would pull away to pick up the win. Potts would finish in second followed by Mike Pegher Jr, Bryce Davis and Brian Knowles.
STATISTICAL REPORT – MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY 5-23-16
100 lap Super DIRTcar Series Main Event 358 Modifieds: ERICK RUDOLPH, Danny Johnson, Mike Bowman, Tyler McPherson, Chris Steele, Chad Brachmann, Mat Williamson, Todd Gordon, Gary Lindberg, Tommy Flannigan, Pete Bicknell, J.F. Corriveau, Mathieu Desjardins, Mark D’llario, Wayne Conn, Randy Chrysler, Tim Jones, Kenny Wills, Lance Willix, Joey Ladouceur, Chris Raabe, Scott Wood, Scott George, Ryan Susice
RUSH Late Model Touring Series (30 lap): JOHN WATERS, Phil Potts, Mike Pegher Jr, Bryce Davis, Brian Knowles, Will Thomas III, Brandon Mowat, Charlie Sandercock, Randy Hall, Zack Carley, Ken Winfield, Brady Wonderling, Paul Grigsby, Andy Mayhew, center including Kala’s Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts and RCM Racing Equipment. Steve Dixon, Colton Ledingham, Travis Martineau, Mike Greene, Brian Swank, Jeff Dayman, Tim Gillespie, Rob Pietz, Eric Wilson, Jason Knowles, Dennis Lunger Jr Did Not Qualify: John Pinsonneault, Brad Simpson
Qualifying Winners: Jason Knowles, Phil Potts, John Waters
Danny O'Brien Shows Everyone Who's "BOS" With Opening Day Win at Brockville
By: Tim Baltz
After heavy rains forced the cancellation of racing action 1 week ago, Mother Nature decided to let the top stars of the Brockville Ontario Speedway come out and have some fun as the good folks at BOB FM, Kayden Construction, Kitley Collision, Superior Cellular and Sound were on hand for the opening day action.
21 drivers were set to go for 30 laps in the 358 Modified division as Bobby Herrington and Jeremy LaSalle led the field to green with Herrington getting the top spot away in the early going over Kyle Dingwall Danny O'Brien, LaSalle and Jordan McCreadie completing the top 5 early on. Herrington had a great race car in the early stages as he pulled away to nearly a straightaway lead over the field while behind him O'Brien, Dingwall and McCreadie had a spirited battle for position. O'Brien went to his favorite lane on the high side and was able to clear Dingwall for 2nd just before halfway and charged after Herrington who was in some heavy lapped traffic. On lap 14 the yellow flew for Jason Riddell who slowed in turn 2. On the restart Herrington decided to go from the outside lane but it didn’t matter as Danny O'Brien snuck by on the inside lane to take over the lead with Herrington now 2nd, Jordan McCreadie, Jeremy LaSalle and Matt Billings now running 5th. Billings had a great race car as well coming from 10th on the grid to challenge the top 5 drivers. He got by LaSalle for 4th and quickly ran down Herrington and McCreadie for a top 3 position. While O'Brien was pulling away Billings was continuing to move forward eventually getting by Herrington for 3rd and battled McCreadie for 2nd in the closing stages. With 2 laps remaining the caution flag flew setting up a 2 lap dash to the checkered flag. On the final restart O'Brien would pull away with no issues as he quickly made claim that he wants another title by score the opening day victory over McCreadie, Billings, Herrington and Mike Adderly who made his way past Jeremy LaSalle for 5th at the checkered flag.
In Sportsman action Shane Pecore and Tabatha Murphy started on the front row with Pecore getting the edge over Murphy at the completion of lap 1 with Aaron Pugh, Ryan Scott and Steve Barber completing the top 5. Pecore had a fast race car in the opening laps and was pulling away looking for his 2nd win of the weekend having won at Mohawk on Friday night. On lap 13 the yellow flew for Mike Evans who lost the handle on his race car in turn 4. When the green flew Aaron Pugh was able to sneak by Pecore on the bottom of the speedway with Scott, Barber and Murphy still holding the number 5 position. Pugh had a great car and was beginning to put some distance between himself and Pecore as the laps wound down. As the laps wound down the man on the move was Connor Dawdy charging from his 10th starting spot. Dawdy had a great race car and would find his way past Tabatha Murphy for 5th with 6 to go as the top 4 drivers raced in heavy traffic. On lap 24 Pugh seemed headed for victory with no problems but the caution flew setting up a 1 lap dash to the checkered flag. When the green flew Pecore went right to work as he tried at will to take over the lead. Pugh kept to his strategy using the bottom lane as Pecore made one last charge on the top side of turn 4 but it was not to be, as Aaron Pugh won for the the first time on opening day and his 4th career Sportsman victory overall. Pecore settled for 2nd with Ryan Scott, Steve Barber and Jason Shipclark who charged from 15th starting spot to finish in the number 5 spot.
In Rookie Sportsman former Street Stock campaigner Derek Cryderman had a great race car as he took the lead from the outside pole over long time karting regulars Jarrett Herbison and Jacob Clancy. Cryderman and Herbison were having a great battle for the lead in the opening 7 laps racing side by side to the halfway point. On lap 8 Herbison had the handling set just right as he drove by Cryderman for the top spot and began to pull away. Herbison did have some lapped cars to deal with which allowed Cryderman to close in but it didn’t matter as Herbison was too strong on this night, as he drove away to score his first ever Sportsman victory. Cryderman ran a great race but settled for 2nd with Jacob Clancy, Chris Ferguson and Suzi Roy crossing in 5th at the line.
Next week the first round of the Ogilvie's Auto and Fleet Triple Crown Series for the 358 Modifieds and Sportsman will headline the night along with a full show for Rookie Sportsman, Street Stock and Mini Stocks. The green flag drops at 7pm.
DANNY O'BRIEN, Jordan McCreadie, Matt Billings, Bobby Herrington, Mike Adderley, Jeremy LaSalle, Luke Stewart, Stephane Lafrance, Tim O'Brien, Madison Mulder, Chris Herbison, Joe Banks, Kenny Polite, Roger Levesque, Jason Riddell, Steve Bilow, John Mulder, Gage Morin, Ryan Poole, Kyle Dingwall, Andy Lloyd
AARON PUGH, Shane Pecore, Ryan Scott, Steve Barber, Jason Shipclark, Connor Dawdy, Tabatha Murphy, Nathan Berry, Tristan Draper, Johnathon Ferguson, Shane Sterns, Josh Kirkland, Jason Cummings, Mike Evans, Dylan Evoy, Tom Roy, Brian Comeau
JARRETT HERBISON, Derek Cryderman, Jacob Clancy, Chris Ferguson, Suzi Roy, Dan Christienson, Nicole Austin, Courtney Masters
Rain, Wind & Cold Temperatures Force Woodhull Cancellation; Patriot Sprint Tour Rescheduled For June 11
WOODHULL – Tonight’s racing for Saturday May 14th has been cancelled due to rain, wind and colder temperatures moving into the Southern Tier during the afternoon hours leading up to race time. Woodhull Raceway and the Patriot Sprint Tour have rescheduled their first of two stops to “New York’s Toughest Bullring for Saturday June 11th, 2016.
Although tonight’s action has been cancelled, this is amazingly the first rainout of 2016 for Woodhull Raceway. After weather affected so many shows in 2015, Mother Nature has been kind to the Steuben County oval up until tonight.
Expected Severe Thunderstorms Cancel Racing at New Egypt Speedway Saturday, May 14
NASCAR Night Highlights Saturday, May 21st Event
New Egypt, NJ – The expected severe weather set to hit during the evening hours of Saturday, May 14th forced a cancellation of New Egypt Speedway’s Legends Night event. The Legends Night and Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club exhibition have been rescheduled for Saturday, July 9th.
The Speedway has a busy week ahead with NASCAR Night Saturday, May 21st and the World of Outlaw Sprints invading on Tuesday, May 24th. NASCAR Night will see the NEWS Sprints presented by Burlington Overhead Door, Sportsman, Crate Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookies in action. Wear your favorite NASCAR driver apparel and you’ll receive $2 off your General Admission.
There will also be NASCAR themed giveaways throughout the night. Pit gates open at 3 pm, front gates open at 4 pm, hot laps begin at 5 pm, and racing starts at 6 pm. Adults are $20, seniors 65 and older are $18, teens 12-15 and military and their spouses with ID are $10, and children 11 and under are FREE.
Rain Washes Out Another Friday Night Of Action At Big Diamond
ARDC Midgets to Appear May 20; Short Track Super Series Invades On Tuesday
For Immediate Release
May 13, 2016
MINERSVILLE, PA. – For the third consecutive Friday, rain has forced the cancellation of the racing action at the Big Diamond Speedway.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that the ever popular American Racing Drivers Club midgets have been added to the card for next Friday, May 20.
On Tuesday, the track will be back in action as the Short Track Super Series makes its annual visit to the coal region oval for the Anthracite Assault.
The 50-lap big block/small-block feature pays $5,000 to win. It will also be the debut of the STSS Open Sportsman series and the 600 modifieds will round out the three-division show.
There is a special start time of 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday night.
Next Friday, the ARDC midgets will join the U.S.S. Achey Sportsman, Savage 61 roadrunners, and No Sweat Service Group street stocks along with the Kim’s Kreation’s Mechanics Race.
The previously scheduled Sportsman Challenge has been moved to June 3.
The month of May concludes on the 27th with the Mark’s Service Center Night; Gone But Not Forgotten Memorial featuring the CJ’s Tire & Automotive Services 358 modifies, sportsman, roadrunners, street stocks and the vintage cars.
For the latest news, be sure to like the Big Diamond Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/bigdiamondspeedway, and follow the speedway on Twitter, @BigDSpeed.
Short Track Super Series ‘Anthracite Assault’ Postponed At Big Diamond Speedway
For Immediate Release
May 10, 2016
MINERSVILLE, PA. – The weather certainly has not been a favorable one for race fans in northeastern Pennsylvania since the calendar turned to the month of May.
As of late last week, the forecast was for sunny skies and highs in the 70s for tonight's Short Track Super Series event.
Instead, race fans woke up today to weather conditions more like November with highs in the 40s and rain, forcing Big Diamond Speedway to postpone the race combined North/South STSS event presented by H.B. Steele & Co., to its scheduled rain date of Tuesday, May 17.
Big Diamond Speedway and STSS made the decision early this morning based on the radar and showers that were predicate throughout the day. The early-morning announcement was made with respect to the teams and fans who had to travel a distance to get to the speedway.
Next Tuesday’s race will see the debut of the STSS Open Sportsman division. Also on the card will be the 600 modifieds.
The track will attempt to get its first Friday show in after two straight weeks of rainouts as the ARDC midgets invade the speedway for the first of two events this year. Former Bloomsburg resident John Heydenreich will be in competition with ARDC at the speedway for the first time in several years.
The midgets will join the CJ’s Tire & Automotive Services 358 modifieds, Savage 61 roadrunners, No Sweat Service Group street stocks and the Blast from the Past Vintage Modifieds.
On Friday, the gates will open at 5:30 with warm-ups at 7:45 and racing gets underway at 8:15. General admission is $18, seniors, $16 and kids’ 12-and-and-under and active military with a valid ID are free.
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Cory Costa Takes CO2 Motorsports To Victory Lane At Woodhull
For Immediate Release – May 8th, 2016 –
(WOODHULL, NY) – Cory Costa hasn’t had the best start to the 2016 season so far. His CO2 Motorsports team has been out at several dirt tracks in the Southern Tier and have more times than not, found themselves in someone else’s mess.
That would not be the case Saturday night at Woodhull as Costa and the team finally put a good night together, from start to finish. Costa would re-draw the pole for the 25-lap Insinger Performance 370 Modified feature and would dominate the race, leading from green to checkered.
The Corning, NY driver got off to a great start in his heat race by winning that race in convincing fashion as well. Costa and Russell Morseman would re-draw the front row for Scott Lyon’s green flag and Costa would jump out front immediately to set the pace.
The race saw a couple caution flags slow the field, as Dave DuBois spun in turn two. DuBois was racing with a heavy heart Saturday, as long time car owner and most recently dedicated crew member and supporter Skip Starkey passed away in a tragic accident earlier in the day. A moment of silence was held for Starkey during opening ceremonies Saturday night.
While Costa paced the field, ‘The Maniac’ Mike Bills took over the runner up spot from Dillon Groover and looked quite sporty in his No. 21M. Bills couldn’t close the gap on Costa but he also didn’t lose a ton of ground either, with Costa stretching no further than five to six car lengths.
Groover had a great battle with Billy Van Pelt late in the race, who had charged from his tenth starting position. Nephew and uncle battled nose-to-tail, door-to-door for the final 10 circuits with Van Pelt nipping Groover for the third spot at the line.
Out front though, Costa wasn’t going to be denied. He worked high and low, wherever the Costa’s Auto Body and Towing No. 02 wanted to go.
“It finally feels good to have one go our way,” said Costa in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane. “To start the year out so rough and finally had some good luck here tonight.”
Costa spoke to being out front and not knowing where the other drivers were.
“I just tried not to look back. You look back and you get yourself out of the game, it’s all part of it just being a mind game.”
Bills finished a strong second ahead of Van Pelt, Groover and Morseman who had the No. 44 handling much better for him this week.
It’s been documented how Josh Keesey did not start the 2016 season as he would have hoped, as he found himself in someone else’s mess and on his lid on opening night. A new frame and a whole new outlook on the season saw Keesey walk away from the NAPA Crate Sportsman field for the 25-lap victory.
Keesey started in the fourth position as Collin Brown and Mike Williams led the field to green. Brown would take the early lead, as the Rotsell’s Family Restaurant ride was bad fast all night long.
It wouldn’t take Keesey long before he would wrestle the top spot away as the field clicked off lap number four. While Keesey dominated the rest of the race, the battle was on from second on back with several veterans of Woodhull Raceway putting on a show for the fans in attendance.
Mike ‘Action’ Jackson was putting his many years of experience on display as he carved his way through the top five. Jackson would work for several laps to get around another strong competitor in Brandon Butler. But after passing Butler, he had to contend with defending track champion Chris Daugherty.
Daugherty had to start in the twelfth position after winning last week and the week prior, but charged through the field like he seems to do on a weekly basis. The Williams Construction and Sprayfoam 22jz was on a tear and put an immense amount of pressure on Jackson for the runner up spot- to no avail.
Keesey didn’t just walk away to victory unscathed though. While working lap traffic, Keesey made contact with a lap car that spun directly in front of him. The Campbell Building Supply No. 4 made contact with the left front corner and caused concern on just how much damage was done.
Whatever damage was there did not bother Keesey as he went on to complete the comeback in victory over Jackson, Daugherty, Butler and AJ Costley.
“I have to thank my guys,” said Keesey in what was a pretty emotional victory lane. “This is my second frame of the year, we’ve built three race cars in a matter of three weeks. I’ve just got incredible help in the shop and without them I’m not standing here.”
Keesey spoke to the team’s need to just not have the bad luck Saturday night.
“I kept telling these guys we don’t need any good luck, we just need to come up here and not get any bad luck.”
When asked if the damage worried him at all about finishing the race up front?
“The first couple corners felt like it, the right front was shimmying but it eventually went away.”
370 MODIFIEDS, 16 cars (25 Laps): CORY COSTA (1), Mike Bills, Billy Van Pelt, Dillon Groover, Russell Morseman, Josh Nobriga, Kenny Peoples Jr., Donnie Lawson, Boyd McTavish, Eric Fisher, Frank Dunning, Brady Fultz, Brian Doolittle, Art Goodier, Dave DuBois DNS: Joe Dgien
CRATE SPORTSMAN, 26 cars (25 Laps): JOSH KEESEY (1), Mike Jackson, Chris Daugherty (motor claimed), Brandon Butler, AJ Costley, Tim Guild, Dayton Brewer, Collin Brown, Chris Fisher, Josh Sawyer, Zach Cary, Tracy Stanford, Tim Schram, Garett Rushlow, Stevie Hartman III, Mark Benson, John Sekoll, Scott Tubbs, Brandon Martin, Jerry Aldrich, David Mayo, Mike Williams, Mickey Wilbur, Jake Dgien, Stacey Jackson, Bobby Peoples
360 LATE MODELS, 8 cars (20 Laps): KURT STEBBINS (First Career 360 LM Win), Steve LaBarron, Glenn Whritenour, Rick Loucks, Carl Hughes, Jason McGregor, Bruce Miller, Mickey Seeley
Rouse and Klager three time winners, Bowman takes second At Merrittville
May 8, 2016 THOROLD, ONTARIO – In three events to start the 2016 Season both Brad Rouse and Paul Klager both have scored natural hat tricks. Rouse of St. Catharines won this 3rd Sportsman Feature while Klager of Beamsville is three for three in the Modified Lite Division.
In recent years it has been well into summer before the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Division has a repeat winner but St. Catharines’ Mike Bowman earned his second 35 lap Victory of the season.
“We made a couple changes just before Feature Time,” said Brad Rouse after winning his third 25 lap Sportsman Main Event, “I put a shock on that we save for when the track slicks up … I could drive it anywhere I wanted.”
Rouse who started from 11th drove his way into the runner-up spot by about the halfway point after overtaking Jay Mallory. On lap 14 – he was the new leader.
Last week’s Novice Feature Winner Tom Richau set the pace at the start until Darrell Farraway took control on lap 6. Mallory and Rob Knapp who was named the Archer Truck Service Driver of the Week to start the night were battling for second with Knapp quickly taking on Farraway for top spot.
Trying to celebrate his Birthday with his first Feature Win of the season was former Champion Cody McPherson who took control of second spot on lap 18. Unfortunately one lap later both McPherson and Knapp were collected in an incident with slower cars slowing the pace on lap 19.
Rouse resumed the lead on the restart and once again after a lap 22 caution through to Starter Steve DeVos’ Checkered Flag.
Rouse was followed by Justin Sharp, Paul Gaboury, Mallory and Brent Begolo.
“I couldn’t decide just what to do … it was a last minute decision to switch lanes,” said two time 358 Modified Feature Winner Mike Bowman of the battle with Pete Bicknell, “we’ve played this game before.”
Bowman beat Scott Wood to the green flag on a lap 10 restart after defending Champion Chad Brachmann slowed down the front stretch.
Tim Jones was first to lead the 35 lap Feature through a lap 3 restart after Bill Bleich slowed. Quickly Bowman was challenging Wood for second before Wood closed in on Jones. Wood became the new leader on lap 8 with Wood, Bowman and Jones three wide for top spot.
Lap 13 wasn’t lucky for Rookie Gary Lindberg fresh off his first win the week earlier with the second generation driver slowing with engine trouble.
With Bowman out front on the restart, Jones was quickly back to second. A big shuffle had Pete Bicknell come from almost nowhere to take over the runner up spot with Tyler McPherson battling Jones for third.
By the halfway point, Bowman had opened up a lead of about a half straightaway but by lap 20 – Bicknell had caught the leader.
Bowman and Bicknell were side by side crossing the start-finish line to start lap 25 with Bicknell in top spot on lap 26. Bowman regained top spot one lap later and at the finish was 8/10th’s of s second ahead of Bicknell.
Jones, McPherson and Chris Steele rounded out the top 5.
358 Modified Feature (35 laps) Mike Bowman, Pete Bicknell, Tim Jones, Tyler McPherson, Chris Steele, Ryan Susice, Erick Rudolph, Fred Carleton, Tommy Flannigan, Mark D’Ilario, Wayne Conn, Scott Wood, Travis Cunningham, Todd Gordon, Dave Flannigan Jr., Chad Brachmann, Randy Chrysler, Gary Lindberg, Bill Bleich.
Sportsman Feature (25 laps) Brad Rouse, Justin Sharp, Paul Gaboury, Jay Mallory, Brent Begolo, Cody McPherson, Darrell Farraway, Joey Mastroianni, Mark Chiddy, Jesse Penner, Chris Bellamy, Rob Knapp, Jim Harbison, Tom Richau, Chris Storm, Zach Sam, Mike Beyore, Trevor Wright, Gord McIntosh, ean Dominey, Chris Watters
Sportsman Novice Division Feature (10 laps) Chris Watters, Mike Beyore, Robbie Johnston.
Erick Rudolph Take 358 Mod Feature At Ransomville's 59th Opener
RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK --Ransomville Speedway opened its gates for its 59th season last Friday night with a large grandstand crowd. The pit area was also loaded down with 100 race cars as the weather cooperated with some great racing as the Atwal family legacy began at Ransomville Speedway. The Atwal family purchased the speedway during the past off-season. The Atwal’s are the fourth different owner of the Ransomville Speedway. The night was sponsored VP Small Engine Fuels.
Twenty-eight 358 Modifieds took the green flag for the 30 lap feature, Erick Rudolph of Ransomville started the 2016 Ransomville Speedway season in dominate fashion. Erick had a great move on lap two, going from third into the lead. Erick had to wait it out though several cautions going on to the victory. After each of the restarts, Rudolph was able put the Rob Clark owned Bicknell chassis way out in front. His final run around the newly surfaced Ransomville Speedway was 0.586 better than Bicknell at the finish line.
Pete Bicknell of St Catharines, Ontario finished second while Gary Lindburg of Ridgeway, Ontario was third. He was followed by defending track Modified champion Ryan Susice in fourth. Jeff McGinnis was fifth, both from Ransomville. Randy Chrysler of the Tuscarora Nation, NY was sixth, Todd Gordon of St. Catharines, Ontario finished seventh, Rick Richner of Niagara Falls, NY was eighth. Scott George of Wilson, NY was ninth and Phil Vigneri III of Elba, NY was tenth.
Danny Johnson and Tommy Flannigan were involved in an lap nine accident that took both drivers out of the race.
In the 25 lap Sportsman feature, Andy Smith of Lockport, NY led the entire event after starting on the pole position. Like Rudolph, Smith was on his “A” game and had to endure several caution periods. The Sportsman heat races were also set up by time trials. Smith and defending co-champion Cody McPherson was quickest on the half-mile. Smith also won a full barrel of VP Racing Fuels.
McPherson had problems throughout the night and finished far back of the pack. Matt Farnham of Tonawanda, NY was second while Sandy Pembleton of Niagara Falls, NY was third. Fourth was Derrick Borkenhagen and Brett Senek was fifth, both of Ransomville. Sixth was Kevin Wills and Steve Lewis Jr was seventh, both also from Ransomville. Noah Walker of North Tonawanda, NY was eighth. Jim Harbison of Ransomville was ninth. Dan Michaud of Medina, NY was tenth. The event was marred by a red flag on lap 11. Contact up front sent Jesse Cotriss around – James Henry and Brett Martin were collected. All drivers were ok but their racers suffered substantial damage.
Darryl Borkenhagen of Sanborn, NY captured the win in the Novice Sportsman main. Borkenhagen would take the lead away from Anthony Muscato and maintain it the remaining distance. In his first open wheel start at the Big R – Justin McKay would have a strong showing coming home in third. Brandon Michaud and AJ Custodi rounded out the top five. Heat winners were Borkenhagen and Muscato. A total of twelve competitors were on hand.
Friday, May 6th
358 MODFIEDS (30 Laps): ERICK RUDOLPH, Pete Bicknell, Gary Lindburg, Ryan Susice, Jeff McGinnis, Randy Chrysler, Todd Gordon, Rick Richner, Scott George, Phil Vigneri III, Dave Flannigan, Scott Kerwin, Chad Brachmann, Robbie Krull, Chris Steele, Nick Joy, Kenny Wills, Steve Schumacher, John Smith, James Sweeting, Jim Zimmerman, Tommy Flannigan, Danny Johnson, James Friesen, Tyler McPherson, Russ Zimmerman. Allan Wills-DNS. Fast time: Tommy Flannigan Heat Winners: Erick Rudolph, Danny Johnson, Kenny Wills.
SPORTSMAN (25 Laps): ANDY SMITH, Matt Farnham, Sandy Pembleton, Derrick Borkenhagen, Brett Senek, Kevin Wills, Steve Lewis Jr, Noah Walker, Jim Harbison, Dan Michaud, Chris Burek, John Conklin, James Henry, Jesse Cotriss, Don Spatarico, Sean Letts, Dave DiPietro. Fast time: Andy Smith Heat Winners: Greg Martin, James Henry, Brett Senck.
NOVICE SPORTSMAN (12 Laps): Darryl Borkenhagen, Anthony Muscato, Justin McKay, Brandon Michaud, AJ Custodi, Jonathan Reid, Chase Mattison, Brandon Williams, Robbie Johnson, Dustin Gorhan, Chris Miller. Heat Winners: Darrell Borkenhagen, Anthony Muscato.
SATURATED GROUNDS FORCE GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY TO CANCEL SATURDAY NIGHT RACING
FREE POCONO NASCAR TICKETS TO BE GIVEN AWAY ON SATURDAY, MAY 14
BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 7, 2016 . . . All the rain may be great for the May flowers but it is not good for auto racing on the Grandview Speedway clay track. The tripleheader show of NASCAR stock car racing, featuring the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman racers has been canceled for tonight (Saturday, May 7). The overly saturated grounds, a result of all the rain that has fallen in the area, have made it impossible to get the track into racing condition.
Racing will return on Saturday, May 14th when Whelen Engineering Night is presented featuring another tripleheader card of NASCAR racing that will again include the 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. Racing will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. with spectator gates opening at 5:30 p.m.
Londontown Weather Forces Cancellation of New Egypt Speedway’s May 7th Event
Legends Night Autograph Session May 14th Event
New Egypt, NJ – Mother Nature takes the victory again this weekend as New Egypt Speedway was forced to cancel their Mother’s Day race on Saturday, May 7th. A week of rain capped off with early morning showers made it impossible to get the track in racing condition.
“We’ve had a lot of early season rain outs which has really put a damper on the start of the 2016 point races,” said General Manager Allyse Wolfinger. “But we have a lot of great racing still left over the next 5 months and hopefully Mother Nature will relent so we can get those shows in.”
Next Saturday, May 14th is Legends Night sponsored by Premio Foods. Racing will be the 358 Modifieds, NEWS Sprints presented by Burlington Overhead Door, and the TSRS Sprints. There will be a huge intermission autograph session sponsored by MEG Wheels and Clutter Room Collectables. with legends such as Tony Siscone, Gil Hearne, Art Filburn, Glen Fritzgerald, Sammy Beavers, Dean Gulick, Ken Brenn Jr., Bobby Rossell, Newt Hartman, Lou Farina, John Leach, Ray Liss, John Megill, Jay Stone, and more. The Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club will also have their first exhibition event of the season during the night.
BATTLES FOR LUCRATIVE POINT TITLES ARE TIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
OLDEST AND YOUNGEST MOM WILL WIN RACE TICKETS
RISING STAR TYLER DIPPEL TO RACE WITH MODIFIEDS ON SATURDAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 4, 2016 . . . The NASCAR stock car racing season is well underway at Grandview Speedway and the battles for the lucrative point titles are very tight. NASCAR stock car racing returns to the one-third-mile, banked clay oval on Saturday (May 7) at 7:30 p.m. 358 Modifieds headline the action as the Saturday night tripleheader will also feature the BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. At least 12 events make up the exciting night of racing.
Former champion Duane Howard leads the standings in the Modifieds by a very narrow margin over defending champion Craig VonDohren. In the Late Models Sean Merkel has a narrow lead over the challengers and Joe Funk is tops in the Sportsman division. Ten different drivers have earned feature victories this season with the season moving into the fifth week.
Added to the field of Modified standouts racing on Saturday will be rising young star Tyler Dippel who will be in the #26 Searock Fabrication entry. Other visitors are also expected for the tripleheader racing action.
To celebrate Mother’s Day (May 8th) the oldest mom and youngest mom in the audience will be presented with a pair of tickets for a future regular Saturday night event at Grandview.
Hilfiger Holds On To Win Modified Opener At Woodhull Raceway
For Immediate Release – May 1st, 2016 –
(WOODHULL, NY) – Grant Hilfiger made the three and a half hour drive to Woodhull Raceway from Canadensis, PA on Saturday night as he often does to support his Grant Hilfiger Racing team led by driver and seventeen-time Woodhull track champion Billy Van Pelt. But on this night, it was the bossman taking the victory in the season opener for the 370 Modifieds.
Eric Fisher and Mike Bills would lead the field to Scott Lyon’s green flag and although Fisher led the opening circuit, Hilfiger was charging from his fourth starting spot. A daring three-wide move on the outside of Turn 3 would see Hilfiger take the lead as the field clicked off lap number two.
Hilfiger set a torrid pace out front while the battle for second place was a good one between Alan Rudalavage, Dillon Groover, Kenny Peoples Jr and Boyd McTavish. ‘The Maniac’ Mike Bills drove through the pack several times in his No. 21m as he fought some handling issues on the cushion, as Mother Nature’s rain the night before provided drivers with a heavy, tacky racing surface.
As the race wore on, Hilfiger continued to lead but Addison, NY driver Kenny Peoples Jr began his charge to the front of the pack. Peoples was utilizing the extreme bottom of the speedway, while Hilfiger was using the middle to top lanes to pace the field.
With just five laps remaining, Peoples turned the wick up and began to pour a heavy dose of pressure on Hilfiger for the lead- several times pulling a wheel along the rear quarter panel of the No. 78.
As the leaders streaked across the line with two laps to go, Peoples arced his family-owned No. 5k hard into Turn 1. It looked as though Peoples had the momentum needed to take over the lead from Hilfiger, but caught the implement tire on the inside of the speedway when he hit the apex of the corner. The contact sent Peoples spinning to a stop- ending what was an exciting run that had the Woodhull faithful on their feet.
“I seen him once and I thought in my head man he showed it too early,” said Hilfiger of Peoples’ challenge. “Then to come around and see him turned- I just hate it because he’s got a hard working family. I want to beat him, but I would have rather seen him finish second. He’ll be here the rest of the year, just like Boyd and the rest of them.”
That set up a chilling restart with just two laps to go, putting McTavish on the back bumper of the Walker Plumbing, Hilfiger Contracting, Instant Heat Wood Pellets No. 78. On the restart, Hilfiger pulled away slightly. As the duo entered three and four for the final time, McTavish pulled up to the bumper but could do no more as Hilfiger went on to score the victory.
In Victory Lane, Hilfiger was quite emotional, retelling a story of a family friend that came into some health struggles and inspired him to keep working harder at his craft.
“I went to see her and she was working her heart out,” said Hilfiger. “She said life is going to be different but I just have to work harder. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of the Campbell family…and it feels good to come represent them with a win.”
McTavish started out his full-time effort with Brad and Kim Herrington in probably the second best way he could after also winning a heat race. Rudalavage had a strong showing for third, while Brady Fultz and Groover rounded out the top five.
Chris Daugherty used some last minute heroics to take the win last week in the NAPA Crate Sportsman, but this week was much less heroic and quite a bit more dominant. Daugherty started in the twelfth position on the starting grid after the win last week by rule, but used several early cautions to move up through the field quickly.
The event got off to a scary start as Stacey Jackson took a hard hit when he got crossed up sideways, facing traffic in Turn 1. He would get hit at nearly full speed and spun around, but would climb from his No. 22J that had significant damage to the frame.
Once the race got started and into a rhythm, Jake Dgien took the early lead as he would pace the field for the opening nine circuits. Daugherty stalked his way into the top five on lap four and into the runner-up spot by lap five. Once Daugherty caught Dgien, it was around the Avoca driver’s No. 3 and away Daugherty went.
At one point, Daugherty had stretched out to a full straightaway advantage. He would have to encounter one final scare though before the checkered flag waved on the Williams Construction and Sprayfoam 22jz. Entering Turn 4 for the final time, a lap car drove into the back of Daugherty, nearly spinning him around. A couple handfuls of steering wheel and quick work of the brakes saved Daugherty’s car and the victory.
Dgien had a great run to take the runner-up spot, Josh Sawyer was strong in his No. 01 for third, while David Mayo and Mike Jackson rounded out the top five.
“I had to earn that one tonight,” said Daugherty after hopping down from doing a roof dance and salute to the crowd. “There’s a lot of nights here where slower is faster. I had a few spots given to me (with the accidents) and we had to make the outside work a few times and the track surface helped tonight too.”
Woodhull Raceway Quick Results 04/30/2016
370 MODIFIEDS, 17 Cars (25 Laps): GRANT HILFIGER (1), Boyd McTavish, Alan Rudalavage, Brady Fultz, Dillon Groover, Billy Van Pelt, Art Goodier, Frank Dunning, Eric Fisher, Cory Costa, Russell Morseman, Joe Dgien, Mike Bills, Kenny Peoples Jr, Brian Doolittle, Donnie Lawson
CRATE SPORTSMAN,(25 Laps): CHRIS DAUGHERTY (2), Jake Dgien, Josh Sawyer, David Mayo, Mike Jackson, Jerry Aldrich, Zach Cary, Mark Benson, Brandon Butler, Collin Brown, Tim Schram, Josh Keesey, Tracy Stanford, Brandon Martin, Tim Guild, John Sekoll, Garett Rushlow, Eric Williams, Mickey Wilbur, Scott Tubbs, Bob Johnson, Dayton Brewer, AJ Costley, Mike Williams, Cole Clark, Stacey Jackson
360 LATE MODELS, (20 Laps): BRUCE MILLER (1), Steve LaBarron, Kurt Stebbins, Jason McGregor, Rick Loucks, Jacob McConnell, JJ Rutkowski, Glenn Whritenour, Mickey Seeley
Rookie Gary Lindberg Wins First Career 358 Modified Feature
May 1, 2016 THOROLD, ONTARIO – 2016 Rookie Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway drove away to his first career Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Feature. Veterans Jason Fontaine (Port Colborne) and Tony Kelly (Niagara Falls) were first time winners in the Hoosier Stock and Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Divisions.
Another first time winner was Lockport NY’s Tom Richau who won his first career Novice Feature while Brad Rouse of St. Catharines won his second Feature of the season both coming in the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division.
Beamsville’s Paul Klager was also won his second straight event in the Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Division.
“This is a heck of a way to start the season,” said Gary Lindberg after winning his first Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Feature as a rookie, “I had to keep it together … I hopped the cushion a few times.”
At the start, second generation drivers Ryan Susice and Gary Lindberg led the field to the green flag with polesitter Susice the first to lead the 35 lap Event before Lindberg took control down the backstretch.
Back through the field, cars were sometimes four wide battling for position behind the leader who held a 2 second advantage over defending champion Chad Brachmann who was in the runner up spot by lap 5.
Just as Lindberg came up on slower cars – the first caution would slow the pace on lap 12.
With Lindberg in control on the restart – contact through the pack had Brachmann off the pace and losing several positions until caution would slow the field once again on lap 13.
Multi-time champion Pete Bicknell was now in the runner-up spot after starting in 14th.
A multi-car incident on lap 16 involving several front-runners left Scott Wood facing the wrong way in Turn 1 with the flat tire. Wood’s night ended unfortunately then as he wouldn’t return after pitting.
With Lindberg resuming control once again, the driver who won 9 Features last season en route to his first Sportsman Title in what was then the Rick’s Delivery sponsored Division resumed a 2 second advantage by lap 25.
Susice battled back to regain second spot with Mark D’Ilario challenging Bicknell for third. D’Ilario would overtake Bicknell until a lap 33 caution slowed the field the final time.
With Lindberg out front, Susice and D’Ilario got hooked together but were able to break apart. Susice though would lose several spots.
At the finish, Lindberg was followed by D’Ilario, Tommy Flannigan, Brachmann and Bicknell.
“It’s awesome to be here again … we’ve got some good competition this season,” said Brad Rouse after his second straight win of 2016 in the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division, “Paul (Gaboury) and I had a great race … I just had to keep working on him”
Gaboury was first to lead the 25 lap Event after outracing former Tuesday Night Kart Racer Brett Senek. The first caution slowed the field on lap 6. Gaboury set the pace until the second caution on lap 8.
When racing resumed, Brad Rouse had landed in the runner up spot and was challenging Gaboury. A lap 16 caution had Gaboury out front but quickly Rouse pulled alongside the leader.
Rouse would take over top spot on lap 21 by half a car length. From 15th starting spot Cody McPherson was now in third spot behind Brent Begolo.
In the closing laps, Rouse and Begolo were followed by Gaboury who rallied to overtake McPherson. Adam Leslie rounded out the top 5.
After Chris Storm took the first ever Novice Sportsman 10 lap Feature to the green flag, Tom Richau quickly took control of top spot. The only incident on lap 10 shortened the scheduled 12 lap event to 10 after there were only three cars remaining.
358 Modified Feature (35 laps) Gary Lindberg, Mark D’Ilario, Tommy Flannigan, Pete Bicknell, Wayne Conn, Tyler McPherson, Chris Raabe, Chris Steele, Ryan Susice, Mike Bowman, Bill Bleich, Fred Carleton, Jeff McGinnis, JF Corriveau, Todd Gordon, Scott George, Scott Wood, Brandon Easey. DNS – Tim Jones.
Sportsman Feature (25 laps) Brad Rouse, Brent Begolo, Cody McPherson, Adam Leslie, Justin Sharp, Rob Knapp, Joey Mastroianni, Jay Mallory, Darrell Farraway, Chris Bellamy, Jim Harbison, Gord McIntosh, Chris Storm, Jesse Penner, Trevor Wright, John Babion, Tom Richau, Zach Sam, Austin Susice, Brett Senek, Sean Dominey.
Novice Sportsman Feature (10 laps) Tom Richau, Trevor Wright, Rick Moreash, Robbie Johnson, Chris Storm, Sean Dominey.
CORNELL SCORES A THRILLING WIN IN THE BURLINGTON COUNTY OVERHEAD DOOR NEWS SPRINT FEATURE AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
New Egypt, NJ (May 1, 2016) – Johnny Cornell scored a thrilling win in the Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprint feature. Alan Bleacher was victorious in the Sportsman main event. The Crate Modified feature was captured by John Aumick. Bill Liedtka took top honors in the Street Stock race.
At the start of the 20-lap Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprint feature, polesitter Pat Hires bolted to the front with Rich Mellor and Johnny Cornell next in line. The comfortable advantage built by Hires was wiped out by a fourth circuit red flag incident involving Dan Mazy and Heidi Heddin. When action resumed, Hires remained on top with Cornell motoring into second and Neal Williams wheeling into third. At the halfway point, Hires briefly lost control of his car and Cornell advanced to first with Williams taking the runner-up spot. Following a restart on lap 11, the second red flag of the night was displayed when contact was made between Williams and Hires and the sprint car of Williams flipped several times before landing near the turn one outside wall. After the track was cleared and green flag racing got back underway, Hires regained the lead with Lou Cicconi advancing into second and Cornell falling back into third. As the race entered the closing circuits, the top three of Hires, Cicconi and Cornell would stay close and in order until lap 18 when Cornell slipped by Cicconi for second. One tour later, these three drivers would cross by the flagger’s stand three abreast with Cornell narrowly in front of Hires and Cicconi. On the final lap, Cornell would continue on the point to gain the win with Cicconi nipping Hires by a slim margin for second. Brian Spencer wound up in fourth and Wayne Weaver finished in fifth. Rich Mellor and Pat Hires were the heat race victors in the Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprints division.
For the first time in his career, Alan Bleacher visited victory lane after topping the field in the 20-lap Sportsman feature. Derek Krum set the pace for the opening six circuits before the seventh place starting Bleacher took over. Although Bleacher would lead the rest of the way, he was pressured in the final half of the race several times by second place finishing Brandon Grosso. Third place went to Bob Lineman, Jr. Pat Wall came home in fourth place. Rookie Cale Ross had an impressive run to take fifth. The Sportsman qualifying races were won by Brandon Grosso, JT Trstensky and Bob Lineman, Jr.
John Aumick took the lead from John Criscione on the sixteenth circuit of the 20-lap Crate Modified main event and maintained control in the final tours. Steve Hicks followed Aumick across the finish line but was disqualified following the race for an illegal carburetor. Brandon Grosso, who started the race in last place due to a throttle issue, drove through the field and was awarded the runner-up spot. Billy Osmun, Connor King and Tom Tanner completed the top five. Heat race winners in the Crate Modified division were John Aumick and Shawn Ratchford.
After taking the lead on the ninth circuit, Bill Liedtka stayed in command for the remaining distance to win the 20-lap Street Stock feature. Todd Dige set the pace for the opening eight tours before the twelfth place starting Liedtka took over. Vern McLaughlin inched by Dige at the checkered flag to finish in second. With Dige in third, fourth went to John Meyer. Mick Search completed the event in fifth.
NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016
NEWS SPRINTS - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. JOHNNY CORNELL 2. Lou Cicconi 3. Pat Hires 4. Brian Spencer 5. Wayne Weaver 6. Rich Mellor 7. Brody Adamsky 8. Molly Chambers 9. Lee Nardelli 10. Neal Williams 11. Bobby Butler 12. Dan Mazy 13. Heidi Heddin
SPORTSMAN - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. ALAN BLEACHER 2. Brandon Grosso 3. Bob Lineman, Jr. 4. Pat Wall 5. Cale Ross 6. TJ Lilly 7. Marty Saxton 8. Steve Desmelyk 9. Jesse Dill 10. Derek Krum 11. Dakota Kessler 12. Chuck Potts 13. Rob Anderton 14. Will Trstensky 15. Rob Morris 16. JT Trstensky 17. Bill Liedtka 18. Joe Dill 19. Marty Resnick 20. Johnny Cornell 21. Jimmy Amato 22. Andy Visinski 23. Ryan Simmons
CRATE MODIFIEDS - 20 LAPS FEATURE: 1. JOHN AUMICK 2. Brandon Grosso 3. Billy Osmun 4. Connor King 5. Tom Tanner 6. John Criscione 7. Ryan Simmons 8. Shawn Ratchford 9. Ebby Ridge 10. Jeremy Martino 11. Dan Fleming 12. Jason Bittner 13. Lauren Emmons 14. Frank Dorry, Jr. 15. Alonzo Morales 16. Stan Hawk 17. Aaron Weaver 18. Adam Cox 19. Chuckles Stone 20. George Gareis, Jr
Unofficial Grandview Point Standings
1. Duane Howard 1140
2. Craig VonDohren 1123
3. Mike Gular 1028
4. Jared Umbenhauer 961
5. Jeff Strunk 940
6. Doug Manmiller 869
7. Tim Buckwalter 854
8. Ryan Grim 846
9. Danny Erb 774
10. Kyle Weiss 651
1. Joe Funk 885
2. Jordan Henn 862
3. Craig Whitmoyer 828
4. Brad Brightbill 798
5. Brett Gilmore 794
6. Mike Lisowski 765
7. Dean Bachman 691
8. Brian Hirthler 628
9. Ken Eckert 574
10. Ryan Lilick 560
HOWARD, SHUEY AND HENN WIN AT GRANDVIEW ON SATURDAY NIGHT
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. May 1, 2016 . . . Duane Howard survived the numerous skirmishes to become the first repeat winner in the 358 Modified 30-Lap feature.
“We were driving like a bunch of animals and there wasn’t one car that wasn’t bent,” commented Howard in victory lane.
Late Model action also had a two-time season winner as Brian Shuey scored his second 25-Lap feature victory.
Jordan Henn, who has been close on numerous occasions to winning a 25-Lap Sportsman feature, finally was able to put the “Moose” Eisenhard No. 77 in the winner’s circle by a narrow margin over runner-up and last week’s feature winner Mike Lisowski to claim a well-deserved first career win.
NASCAR stock car racing action returns to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, May 7th at 7:30 p.m. when the 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars are in action.
Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. The weekly Meet and Greet featuring three different drivers and their race cars each Saturday takes place at the main gate at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is just $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted FREE.
The Modified feature took three tries to complete one lap in which seven cars were eliminated in the multiple incidents.
When the first lap was recorded Ron Haring Jr. was the early pacesetter followed by Chris Gambler, Ray Swinehart, Tim Buckwalter and Jared Umbenhauer.
Swinehart, who almost rolled his car on one of the many early cautions never losing a position, charged past Haring Jr. on the second lap multi-car caution to become the new leader.
Buckwalter overtook second on the third lap to challenge the veteran leader. He made several bids to pass him, but to no avail as the door was shut on him as Swinehart protected his lead. Advancing to third from his 16th starting spot was 10-time point champion and the point leader going into the feature, Jeff Strunk who was gaining ground on the pair.
Lapped traffic moved into the picture by the half-way mark and by now Strunk was second challenging Swinehart for first.
The lead changed for the third time on the 1th lap when Strunk put the Glenn Hyneman-owned No. 126 into first.
Strunk’s lead was short-lived as mechanical issues sidelined him on the 20th lap which also caused him to drop in the standings giving the lead back to Swinehart.
While Swinehart and Buckwalter diced for first, this allowed Howard, behind the wheel of the Petruska-owned Atlas Paving No. 66 to gain ground on them.
It wasn’t long before a five-car battle brewed between Swinehart, Buckwalter, Howard, Umbenhauer and Craig VonDohren as they all built momentum coming out of the fourth turn.
Howard got a strong run coming off the turns and stormed past Buckwalter and then Swinehart to take charge of the top spot on the 24th circuit.
Jeremy Banos stopped in the second turn with a flat tire unable to pull into the infield bringing out the caution on the 26th lap. Howard held his ground on the restart while Swinehart and VonDohren battled for second with Buckwalter and Umbenhauer waiting in the wings for something to happen.
Something did occur when Swinehart and VonDohren headed into the first turn. Contact was made, Swinehart went around and VonDohren continued with the yellow out on the 28th lap. Umbenhauer barely squeezed by as he made contact and the innocent victim was Ryan Grim being through for the night along with Swinehart. It was still Howard first when action resumed with VonDohren trying to unseat him.
Despite a one-lap shoot-out set up when Danny Erb and Mike Kellner tangled in the fourth turn, Howard went on to chalk up his 70th career win trailed by defending point champion Von Dohren. Finishing third and fourth for their season best outings were Buckwalter and Umbenhauer with Mike Gular, fifth. Sixth through tenth were Doug Manmiller, John Willman, Billy Pauch Jr., Don Norris Jr. and Brian Houseknecht.
Ray Swinehart, Brett Kressley and Steve Swinehart won the heats. The consi went to Chris Esposito.
Drew Weisser was the early leader of the Late Model feature and he held onto that spot until Shuey dove underneath him coming out of the fourth turn on the eighth lap. Weisser didn’t surrender easily as he made several attempts to regain first.
In a matter of time Shuey had a comfortable lead built up and was running up on lap traffic.
The yellow was thrown for Ron Kline when he was stopped in the second turn with a flat tire on the 21st lap. At the same time Weisser relinquished second and pulled into the infield out of competition. Shuey pulled away quickly with Cory Merkel now second giving him a run for the money.
Shuey managed to keep C. Merkel behind him, “not knowing he was there,” and went on to score another win. Following them across were Lou Egrie Jr., Dan Green and Bill Henning. Rounding out the top ten were Lou Egrie, Randy Stoudt, making a rare appearance; Wayne Pfeil, Dave Ogin and Sean Merkel. Chuck Schutz, last week’s winner and defending point champion dropped out early in the event finishing a disappointing 17th.
Bryon Sipe and Weisser were the heat winners.
Rookie Andrew Kreis was the early pacesetter on the Sportsman feature.
The red was thrown on the fourth lap when cars went three-wide in the second turn and found themselves out of racing room. As a result Jim Housworth, who scored his first career victory recently, hit the wall, got turned into traffic and flipped along the backstretch with others involved as they all scattered. All drivers involved were uninjured, with Housworth’s car sustaining heavy damage.
On the restart Mark Kemmerer grabbed the lead trailed by Kreis, another rookie Ryan Higgs along with Henn and Jack Butler, another rookie.
Ken Eckert Jr. brought out the yellow on lap seven as he stopped in the turn one infield at a dangerous spot. The restart was void for a multi-car first turn tangle. On this restart Henn powered into first as Kemmerer seemed to be experiencing problems since he started to fall off the pace loosing several positions.
Challenges for Henn came in the form of Higgs, Kreis, Dean Bachman and Butler with Lisowski, last week’s winner, soon joining the thick of the battle.
Lisowski advanced to second on the 19th lap and set his sights on Henn who had a slight edge built up.
With two laps to go Higgs, who was running a solid third, hit the fourth turn infield marker tire putting him out of contention with the yellow out. Henn was still the leader on the restart with Lisowski giving him no room to error.
It was a drag race to the checkered between Henn and Lisowski, but Henn hung on for the win. Third went to Brett Gilmore followed by Brad Brightbill and Bachman. Completing the top ten were Joe Funk III, Kreis, Butler, Brad Grim and Brian Papiez.
Higgs, Ryan Lilick, Butler and Lisowski were the heat winners. Consies went to Ken Eckert Jr. and Brad Brightbill.
Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Duane Howard, 2. Craig VonDohren, 3. Tim Buckwalter, 4. Jared Umbenhauer, 5. Mike Gular, 6. Doug Manmiller, 7. John Willman, 8. Billy Pauch Jr., 9. Don Norris Jr., 10. Brian Houseknecht, 11. Kyle Weiss, 12. Chris Gambler, 13. Bobby Gunther-Walsh and 14. Carroll Hine III. DNF: 15. Mike Kellner, 16. Danny Erb, 17. Ray Swinehart, 18. Ryan Grim, 19. Ron Haring Jr., 20. Jeremy Banos, 21. Jeff Strunk, 22. Kenny Gilmore, 23. Chris Esposito, 24. Ron Seltmann Jr., 26. Steve Swinehart, 26. Kevin Hirthler, 27. Eric Biehn, 28. Brett Kressley. DNQ: Justin Grim, Meme DeSantis, Kyle Borror and Kory Fleming.
Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Jordan Henn, 2. Mike Lisowski, 3. Brett Gilmore, 4. Brad Brightbill, 5. Dean Bachman, 6. Jo Funk III, 7. Andrew Kreis, 8. Jack Butler, 9. Brad Grim, 10. Brian Papiez (alternate), 11. Mark Kemmerer, 12. Brian Hirthler, 13. Kyle Lilick, 14. Mike Stringer, 15. Craig Whitmoyer, and 16. Ken Eckert Jr., DNF: 17. Dylan Swinehart, 18. Ryan Higgs, 19. Skylar Sheriff, 20. Jesse Landis, 21. Kurt Bettler, 22. Ryan Beltz, 23. Lex Shive, 24. Ryan Lilick, 25. Jim Housworth, and 26. Ryan Shupp. DNQ: Derrick Smith, Nathan Mohr, B.J. Joly, Mike Koffel, Paul Houseknecht, Brandon Whitmoyer, Chad Kohler, Josh Adams, Kenny Bock and Pat Conrad.
RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY CANCELS TEST, TUNE, AND TIME
Ransomville, NY – Thursday, April 28, 2016 – Ransomville Speedway management has decided to cancel the annual test, tune, and time as the grounds are simply not ready. “The weather we endured at the beginning of the month really hurt us and put us behind,” commented General Manager Tana Robinson.
On Friday, May 6th – VP Small Engine Fuels will present the 59th season opener featuring Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, 4 Bangers, and Noice Sportsman.
Bowman Claims 358 Modified Clash at Merrittville
Chad Brachmann and Wayne Conn started on the front row for the 35-lap 358 Modified main event. Neither driver took advantage of the track position to start, however, as Mark D’Ilario used the outside lane to drive around both drivers and lead the opening lap after starting fourth.
Brachmann ran side-by-side with D’Ilario for six laps before reclaiming the lead. Brachmann then pulled away as D’Ilario battled tooth and nail with Kenny Wills’ No.21. Pete Bicknell and Ryan Susice also applied pressure to the second and third-place runners as Brachmann pulled away to a full straightaway lead at the halfway point.
Wills attack eventually relented as he relinquished third to Bicknell. D’Ilario held a slim advantage as Bicknell knocked on the rear-bumper of the No.08 with 15 to go.
The game changed significantly on lap 25 when Dave Flannigan went up in smoke down the backstretch. The yellow erased Brachmann’s nearly half lap lead over D’Ilario who has held off Bicknell and a hard-charging Mike Bowman.
The restart with 10-to-go allowed Bowman to vault in to the second spot and challenge Brachmann for the lead as D’Ilario fell to fourth behind Bicknell. Brachmann held the low lane, but Bowman’s momentum in the outside lane allowed him to clear the polesitter with five to go for the point position. Brachmann did his best to fight back, but Bowman ran a mistake-free five laps to claim the victory. Brachmann, Bicknell, D’Ilario and Susice.
Rouse Wins Sportsman Opener
Brad Rouse and Matt Farnham started on the front row for the 25-lap Sportsman Modified main event. Rouse endured a handful of restarts in the first five laps as the field struggled to build momentum.
Following a lap five restart Rouse couldn’t be tamed by Farnham or third-place runner Chad Chevalier as the field got went on a 15-lap green flag run. Rouse quickly caught the tail of the field before navigating a tough set of lapped traffic.
Cody McPherson took the runner-up spot from Farnham during the long run, which gave him the catbird seat for the final restart of the night on lap 20. The single-file restart played to Rouse’s advantage as he cruised around the bottom lane to his first victory of the season.
The final five laps produced a three-car battle for third. Farnham claimed the spot over Rob Knapp and Chad Chevalier following the battle which was three-wide for a moment.
358 Modified A-Main (35 Laps): 1. 71 Mike Bowman, 2. 3 Chad Brachmann, 3. 42 Pete Bicknell, 4. 08 Mark D’Ilario, 5. 38R Ryan Susice, 6. 28z Gary Lindberg, 7. 777 Tyler McPherson, 8. 21 Kenny Wills, 9. 28z Gary Lindberg, 10. 8 Wayne Conn, 11. 38 Scott Wood, 12. 3RS Chris Steele, 13. 37 Tommy Flannigan, 14. 01 Chris Raabe, 15. 28 Todd Gordon, 16. 15J Tim Jones, 17. 47 Simon Perreault, 18. 108 Bill Bleich, 19. 96 Fred Carleton, 20. 74 Dave Flannigan.
Sportsman A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 18R Brad Rouse, 2. 7 Cody McPherson, 3. 7F Matt Farnham, 4. 2k Rob Knapp, 5. 12 Chad Chevalier, 6. 20 Jay Mallory, 7. 9 Paul Gaboury, 8. 11 Joey Mastroianni, 9. 16 Brent Begelo, 10. 8s Justin Sharp, 11. 15 Adam Leslie, 12. 174 Chris Storm, 13. 81 Austin Susice, 14. 72 Gord McIntosh, 15. 119 Chris Watters, 16. 04 Zach Sim, 17. 62 John Babion, 18. 9R Tom Richau, 19. 53B Chris Bellamy, 20. 09 Trevor Wright, 21. 75 Sean Dominey, 22. 18w Chris Herbison, 23. 53 Darryl Farraway, 24. 111B Brett Senek, 25. 00 Jesse Penner.
Patriot Sprint Tour A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 87 Jason Barney, 2. 35 Jared Zimbardi, 3. 10 Mitch Brown, 4. 28FM Steve Poirier, 5. 97 Cory Turner, 6. 90 Matt Tanner, 7. 11 Jamie Turner, 8. 14H Jim Huppunen, 9. 22 Jim Porter, 10. 00 Dane Lorenc, 11. 17 Sammy Reakes, 12. 17x Dain Naida, 13. 33k Kyle Patrick, 14. 71s Shawn Sliter, 15. 01 Kyle Fraser, 16. 01k Mikey Kruchka, 17. 51 Lee Ladouceur, 18. 49 Todd Hoddick, 19. 7 Tom Huppunen, 20. 67R Pete Richardson, 21. 11J Chris Jones, 22. 27z Stan Zanchin, 23. 81 Derek Jonathan, 24. 67 Steve Collins.
Grandview Unofficial points
1. Jeff Strunk 835
2. Duane Howard 832
3. Craig VonDohren 825
4. Mike Gular 762
5. Ryan Grim 709
6. Jared Umbenhauer 684
7. Danny Erb 620
8. Doug Manmiller 610
9. Meme DeSantis 585
10. Tim Buckwalter 565
1. Craig Whitmoyer 711
2. Joe Funk 676
3. Jordan Henn 603
4. Brad Brightbill 578
5. Brett Gilmore 564
6. Ryan Lilick 530
7. Jim Housworth 519
8. Mike Lisowski 515
9. Brian Hirthler 488
10. Dean Bachman 475
PAUCH SR. HOLDS OFF HIS SON TO TAKE NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY’S 358 MODIFIED FEATURE
New Egypt, NJ (April 24, 2016) – On Ugly Sweater Night, Billy Pauch, Sr. held off his son to take the 358 Modified feature at New Egypt Speedway. Billy Osmun won the Crate feature and Mark Bitner was the victor in the TSRS Sprint Car main event. The Lyons Constructions/Metal Fab Rookie races were won by Cale Ross and Kyle Kania.
Polesitter Mike Butler grabbed the lead at the start of the 30-lap 358 Modified feature with fourth place starting Billy Pauch, Sr. in tow. With six circuits completed, the top two of Butler and Pauch, Sr. were in close quarters with DJ Ruppert, Tad Cox and fourteenth place starting Ryan Godown next in line. After a trio of cautions and restarts on the ninth tour, Butler remained on top with Pauch, Sr., Ruppert, Godown and sixteenth place starting Billy Pauch, Jr giving chase. On lap 11, Pauch, Sr. used the inside groove and rocketed past Butler for the top running spot. At the halfway point, Pauch, Sr. was beginning to distance himself from the second place running Butler and his son who had moved into third place on lap 13. Pauch, Jr. began to close in on Butler and eventually gained the runner-up spot with nine revolutions remaining. With five laps to go, the elder Pauch began to encounter traffic which increased as the race entered the final circuits. As the white flag was displayed, the younger Pauch had driven to the bumper of his father but Pauch, Sr. held on as the checkered flag waved. The victory by Pauch, Sr. was his 125th Modified win at New Egypt Speedway. Pauch, Jr. claimed the runner-up spot. Butler’s strong run resulted in a third place finish. Godown fought back a final lap charge from eighteenth place starting Jimmy Horton to finish fourth. Mike Butler, PJ Oliver, and Ryan Godown won the 358 Modified heat races.
Billy Osmun survived a final circuit restart to win the 20-lap Crate feature. Jason Dunn led the opening four tours before Tom Tanner gained the point. With six laps to go, Osmun worked his way around Tanner for the lead and remained on top for the remaining distance. With Tanner taking second, Brandon Grosso came home in third. Fourth went to Connor King and Dunn completed the race in fifth. The Crate heat races went to Tom Tanner, Billy Osmun, and Brandon Grosso. Aaron Weaver took top honors in the consolation race.
In the 20-lap TSRS Sprint Car main event, Mark Bitner endured a final lap restart to gain the win. Although he led every tour, Bitner fought back several challenges in the entertaining contest from Adam Carberry and Kevin Nagy to collect his fifth career 305 Sprint Car victory at New Egypt Speedway. Nagy, who diced his way towards the front after starting the race in eleventh place, finished in the runner-up spot. Carberry and Jeff Geiges swapped third place on the last tour with Carberry taking the position. With Geiges finishing fourth, Tim Tanner, Jr. took fifth place. The victors in the TSRS Sprint Car qualifying events were Jeff Geiges, Adam Carberry, and Tim Tanner, Jr.
In the first 8-lap Lyons Constructions/Metal Fab Rookie race, fifth place starting Cale Ross took the lead from Doug Twaits on the second circuit and sped away from the field to take the checkered flag. The victory was Ross’s second of the season. Kyle Kania finished in second place. Johnny Bangs, Alonzo Morales, and Doug Twaits rounded out the top five.
The second 8-lap Lyons Constructions/Metal Fab Rookie race saw Kyle Kania enter the winner’s circle. Kania took the lead from Doug Twaits on lap 2 and held off John Bangs for the win. With Bangs taking second, Cale Ross took third. Alonzo Morales and Twaits completed the top five.
358 MODIFIEDS - 30 LAPS FEATURE 1. BILLY PAUCH, SR. 2. Billy Pauch, Jr. 3. Mike Butler 4. Ryan Godown 5. Jimmy Horton 6. DJ Rupert 7. Tad Cox 8. Clay Butler 9. Lou Cicconi 10. Ryan Krachun 11. Chad Barney 12. John McClelland 13. Willie Osmun 14. Chris Grbac 15. Andrew Bohn 16. Bryan Kuhl 17. Tommy Farrell 18. PJ Oliver 19. Patrick Gold 20. Brian Roemer 21. Dominick Buffalino 22. Neal Williams 23. John Pakenham 24. Doug Ostwald
Crates - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. BILLY OSMUN 2. Tom Tanner 3. Brandon Grosso 4. Connor King 5. Jason Dunn 6. Chuckles Stone 7. Ryan Simmons 8. Frank Dorry, Jr. 9. Steve Hicks 10. Matt Stangle 11. Adam Cox 12. Dan Fleming 13. Jason Bittner 14. Mickey Kessler 15. Jeremy Martino 16. Joe Reid 17. Kyle Kania 18. Stan Hawk 19. John Aumick 20. Ebby Ridge 21. Alonzo Morales 22. George Gareis, Jr. 23. Shawn Ratchford 24. Aaron Weaver 25. John Bangs
TSRS SPRINTS - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. MARK BITNER 2. Kevin Nagy 3. Adam Carberry 4. Jeff Geiges 5. Tim Tanner, Jr. 6. Bob DeVault 7. Chris Allen, Jr. 8. Samantha Lieberman 9. Rick Stief 10. Kyle Purks 11. Joe Kay 12. Bobby Sandt, Jr. 13. Stef Palmai 14. Mike Haggenbottom 15. Scott Frack 16. Brendon Poff 17. Tyler Reinhardt 18. Austin Burke 19. Gabe Fox 20. Eddie Wagner 21. David Bonner 22. Karl Freyer 23. Jason Rochelle
ROOKIES - 8 LAPS FEATURE #1
1. CALE ROSS 2. Kyle Kania 3. John Bangs 4. Alonzo Morales 5. Doug Twaits 6. Guy Haupt 7. Matt Knaub
ROOKIES - 8 LAPS FEATURE #2
1. KYLE KANIA 2. John Bangs 3. Cale Ross 4. Alonzo Morales 5. Doug Twaits 6. Guy Haupt
COZZE, SCHUTZ, LISOWSKI, PECK AND SMITH GARNISH FEATURE VICTORIES AT GRANDVIEW SATURDAY NIGHT
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. April 24, 2016 – Nine features have been run at Grandview Speedway since the 2016 April opener and thus far it has produced nine different winners in the three regularly scheduled NASCAR divisions.
Frank Cozze, in his second season behind the wheel of the Tom Umbenhauer-owned/Harry’s U-Pull It sponsored mount now sporting the No. 4, was MIA last week attending his daughter’s wedding. He returned this week and started the evening off right by winning the second heat. He then led the T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified All-American Racing Series 30-Lap feature from start to finish and one-hour prior to winning the event he learned his son and daughter-in-law made him a grandfather. The 60-year old Wind Gap veteran, who hasn’t won since July 2013, didn’t have an easy task in scoring his second Grandview victory. He dealt with lapped cars, three-wide racing with Kenny Gilmore and eventual runner-up Rick Laubach. “The track was tricky tonight because it was slippery and I didn’t want to make any stupid mistakes with the lap cars commented the elated winner and this win really helped the team.”
Defending late model champion Chuck Schutz and the Ty Zeigler-owned team really worked hard the past week to repair the No. ONE car that suffered significant damage the week before in the feature and arrived late to the track as they were putting the finishing touches on the car. Things finally went better for the seven-time champ as he turned crash into cash this week to score his first win of the season in the BRC NASCAR 25-Lap Late Model feature. He couldn’t thank everyone enough for all their efforts.
Sportsman action proved that it isn’t over until it’s over. After Craig Whitmoyer, at the head of the pack, and Mike Lisowski, glued to his bumper trying to regain control went into the first turn after taking the one to go signal, Whitmoyer bobbled a bit. Lisowski quickly took advantage of the situation and took back the lead. Lisowski went on to score his first win of the year.
On the initial green of the Modified feature, Cozze shot from second and past Bobby Gunther-Walsh to become the early pacesetter.
A homestretch tangle between Brett Kressley and John Willman brought out the first yellow on lap six with Kressley going off on the hook and Willman continued only to drop out later. Cozze held the top spot on the restart while Kenny Gilmore, Rick Laubach, Gunther-Walsh and Kevin Hirthler jockeyed for positions. Anticipating a slip-up so they could advance were Ryan Grim and Jeff Strunk.
By the 16th lap the front runners approached a gaggle of lap cars and had to thread the needle carefully to get by because some didn’t heed the mover-over flag.
The final caution was on the 24th lap when Eric Biehn slowed his pace and was unable to get into the infield quickly enough. As the yellow unfurled Strunk hit the first turn uke tire knocking it onto the track, but didn’t get penalized since it was after the yellow was thrown.
The battle for the lead went three-wide on the restart between Cozze, Gilmore and Laubach with neither one lifting while Grim and Strunk waited for something to happen.
Cozze held off all the competition and went on to claim his second career Grandview win. Grabbing second at the line was Laubach trailed by Gilmore, Grim and Strunk. First through fourth all posted their season best finishes. Jared Umbenhauer, Craig Von Dohren, Hirthler, Duane Howard and Ryan Watt completed the top ten.
Heats winners were Danny Erb, Cozze and Gunther-Walsh. Meme DeSantis won the consi.
Dan Green led four laps of the Late Model feature before Schutz put the Pioneer Pole Building special in first.
Cory Merkel, who was running a solid fourth spun in the fourth turn for the fifth lap caution. Schutz had just moved into first and resumed the position on the restart with Green and Lou Egrie Jr. trying to change the status.
Behind Schutz the action for second was hot and heavy between Green, Egrie Jr., Drew Weisser and Ron Kline with neither one about to give in.
Weisser was in the backstretch wall on the 15th lap after Dave Ogin and he tangled. Ogin continued not losing any spots. Schutz resumed the top spot on the restart while Green, Egrie Jr., Kline and Ogin diced for second through fifth. Soon joining the thick of the battle was opening night feature winner Sean Merkel.
Positions behind Schutz may have constantly been changing, but he never looked back and went on to claim his 41st career win. Finishing second for his season best performance was Green followed by Ogin, S. Merkel and Kline. Rounding out the top ten were Lou Egrie, Egrie Jr., Bill Henning, Brian Shuey, last week’s feature winner, and C. Merkel.
Green and Shuey were the heat winners.
Before the first lap of the Sportsman feature could be scored, an eight-car fourth turn tangle brought out the red. Once things got underway, Brandon Whitmoyer was in charge and immediately pulled away leaving Andrew Kreis, Kurt Bettler, Dylan Swinehart, all rookies second through fourth and Brett Gilmore in tow. Lisowski overtook second on the fourth lap and set his sights on B. Whitmoyer.
It took Lisowski two laps to reel B. Whitmoyer in and one lap to move into first. Behind the pair making it a three-way battle for first was C. Whitmoyer.
C. Whitmoyer overtook his brother Brandon for second on the 12th lap to pressure Lisowski for the top spot. Lisowski and C. Whitmoyer swapped paint many times, but the lead remained the same.
C. Whitmoyer took advantage of lap traffic on the 22nd lap with the pair still rubbing and move into first. After getting the white flag and on his way to a possible victory, C. Whitmoyer slipped up going into the first turn. Lisowski quickly pounced on the situation and was back in front.
Lisowski didn’t give up first and was in victory lane for his sixth career victory with C. Whitmoyer a close second. Finishing third was B. Whitmoyer trailed by Joe Funk and Gilmore. Sixth was Ryan Lilick followed by Brad Brightbill, Jim Housworth, Dean Bachman and Jordan Henn. B. Whitmoyer, Dylan Swinehart and Housworth won the heats. The consi went to Brad Brightbill.
358 Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Frank Cozze, 2. Rick Laubach, 3. Kenny Gilmore, 4. Ryan Grim, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. Jared Umbenhauer, 7. Craig VonDohren, 8. Kevin Hirthler, 9. Duane Howard, 10. Ryan Watt, 11. Tim Buckwalter, 12. Mike Gular, 13. Danny Erb, 14. Kyle Borror, 15. Doug Manmiller, 16. Meme DeSantis, 17. Steve Swinehart, 18. Don Norris Jr., 19. Brian Houseknecht, 20. Justin Grim, 21. Mike Kellner, 22. Chris Esposito and 23. Bobby Gunther-Walsh. DNF: Eric Biehn, Ray Swinehart, John Willman, Ron Seltmann Jr. and Brett Kressley. DNQ: Ron Haring Jr., Chris Gambler, Kory Fleming and Jeremy Banos.
Late Model Feature (25 Laps): 1. Chuck Schutz, 2. Dan Green, 3. Dave Ogin, 4. Sean Merkel, 5. Ron Kline, 6. Lou Egrie, 7. Lou Egrie Jr., 8. Bill Henning, 9. Brian Shuey, 10. Cory Merkel, 11. Wayne Pfeil, 12. Devin Frey, 13. Joe Fanelli, 14. Shawn Horning and 15. Dirk Rimrott. DNF: Drew Weisser, Bryon Sipe and Eric Hoch.
Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Mike Lisowski, 2. Craig Whitmoyer, 3. Brandon Whitmoyer, 4. Joe Funk, 5. Brett Gilmore, 6. Ryan Lilick, 7. Brad Brightbill, 8. Jim Housworth, 9. Dean Bachman, 10. Jordan Henn, 11. Ryan Beltz, 12. Brian Hirthler, 13. Mark Kemmerer, 14. Ken Eckert Jr., 15. Paul Houseknecht, 16. Ryan Higgs, 17. Kyle Lilick, 18. Jack Butler, 19. Josh Adams, 20. Rich Jones and 21. Lex Shive. DNF: Dylan Swinehart, Andrew Kries, Kurt Bettler, Mike Stringer and Chris Jenkins.
OCFS RESULTS APRIL 23
SMALL BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE – Tim Hindley, Bob McGannon, Tommy Meier, Matt Janiak, Jesse Leiby, Bobby Hentschel, Brian Krummel, Jimmy Spellmon, Shane Jablonka, John Ferrier, Tyler McKee, Rob Rowe, Joey Falanga, Frank Doty, Mike McKerrell, Joe Barbagallo, Tom Hindley, Gary Edwards Jr., Zach Vavricka, Thomas Strupp
SPORTSMAN FEATURE- Jesse Leiby, Randy Sweetman, Allison Ricci, Zach Mead, Jimmy Johnson, Tyler Boniface, Tyler Johnston, Steve Eubanks, Joe Bonetti, Jeff Hulseapple, Rafaele Carson, Jared Labagh, Johnny Illanovsky, Joey Falanga, Anthony Falanga, Joe Conklin, Dan Morgiewicz, Troy Arnold, Howie Finch, Austin Smith, Eddie Burgess, Scott Flammer, Chris Stevens
ROOKIE SPORTSMAN FEATURE – Cody Hunt, Roger Henion Jr., Steven Ball, Bobby Flood, Danny Carlough, George Begg, Ira Landrum, Chris Raser, Stan Vishinski IV, Bryan Jones, Matt Shultz, Brad Horton, Ashley Rogosich, Cole Hentschel, Otto Bradatsch, Rich Ricci III, Jimmy Devitt, Bobby DeLeon, Tommy Zwart, Patrick Reiser, Derrick Cormier, Tanner Johnson, Rich Eggers, Dylan Smith, Jared Miller, Erin Paulison, Phil Johnson
URC SPRINTS FEATURE- Davie Franek, Ed Aikin, Curt Michael, Robbie Stillwagon, Randy West, Justin Barger, Nate Snyder, Troy Betts, JR Berry, Paul Colagiovanni, Jimmy Stetzel, Scott Flammer, Jonathan Swanson, Mark Sasso, Davey Sammons, Jason Clauss, Benny Rizzo, Brett Michalski
Daugherty Powers To $1,000 Victory At Woodhull Raceway
For Immediate Release - April 24th, 2016 –
WOODHULL, NY – Chris Daugherty made a statement Saturday night on the high banks of Woodhull Raceway. If you’re going to take the 2016 championship in the NAPA Crate Sportsman- you’re going to have to go through the No. 22jz to do so.
Daugherty rolled off the starting grid in the ninth position and methodically worked his way to the runner-up spot by lap 24. A late caution with two laps to go put Daugherty on Brandon Butler’s back bumper, setting up a power move on the outside of Turns 1 and 2 to take the lead and the $1,000 back home to Elmira.
There were stories aplenty in this one as last week’s winner Tim Guild and Josh Keesey, who was on his lid last week, set the pace when Scott Lyon waved the green flag for 30 laps. Guild would lead the first lap, but there was a pack of dogs behind him nipping at his heels.
Casey Pavlick made a bonsai three-wide move in Turn 2 to advance from his fifth starting spot to run second on lap 1. Pavlick would take the lead from Guild by lap 2 and looked poised to take the win in his first race behind the wheel so far in 2016.
That all changed on lap 9 as Pavlick attempted to put rookie John Sekoll a lap down. Sekoll was running the middle lane and appeared to move up high to let the leaders pass through. What he didn’t know was Pavlick was going to make his pass on the top lane, causing the two to make contact and come to a stop- ending what had been a flawless night for Pavlick.
This would hand the lead over to Brandon Butler who had Mike Williams in the Herrington Motorsports No. 1 and Addison, NY pilot Mike Jackson as the top three. Williams was another story of the night, as he walked away from the field in his heat and ran top five all night long after starting back in eleventh.
Butler had a good lead over the rest of the field late, as it looked as though he had saved his tires for the end of the event. But a lap 28 caution changed everything. Daugherty was able to cool his American Racers off for one last try at the win, which proved to be the difference.
“That pass for the lead, thank God for that caution,” said Daugherty. “At that point I didn’t have anything for him, but we cooled the tires off for one last dash. It was one of them ‘we’re either going to win or we’re going to finish last’.”
Daugherty powered to the outside of Butler and although Butler had been the car to beat, Daugherty proved to have the horses down the backstretch. The Elmira, NY driver would race away to the $1,000 win over Butler, Williams, Jackson and Guild.
Dave DuBois said in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane Saturday night that his wife ragged on him all week for making a ‘rookie mistake’ last week when he lost the lead on lap 9 in what could have been a win. He would not make the same mistake this week.
The Corfu, NY driver known as ‘The Outlaw’ brought out all the six-shooters as the No. 012 was fast right off the trailer in hot laps. If the draw and redraw would fall in his favor, DuBois was set for a flawless night.
DuBois led from the drop of the green rag and never looked back, taking a dominant win in the SWL Awards 360 Late Models. Bruce Miller was hard-charging on the top side of the speedway all night long, but would lose the battle for the runner-up spot to Steve LaBarron at the double checkers. Glenn Whritenour and Jason McGregor rounded out the top five finishers.
“This car is just hooked up,” said DuBois. “It was a little slicker tonight and we were just on it.”
CRATE SPORTSMAN $1,000-to-win, 30 cars (30 Laps): CHRIS DAUGHERTY (1), Brandon Butler, Mike Williams, Mike Jackson, Tim Guild, Zack Sutton, Ray Bliss, Dayton Brewer, Josh Sawyer, Josh Keesey, AJ Costley, Billy Van Pelt, Chris Fisher, Bobby Peoples, Jake Dgien, Zach Cary, Casey Pavlick, Jerry Aldrich, Brandon Martin, Brett Buono, Collin Brown, Stevie Hartman III, David Mayo, John Sekoll
Lap Leaders: Guild 1, Pavlick 2-9, Butler 10-27, Daugherty 28-30
Big Diamond Speedway
Points as of 4/22/16
1. Ryan Godown 837
2. Billy Pauch Jr. 779
3. Jeff Strunk 774
4. Ryan Grim 749
5. Ray Swinehart 702
6. Rick Laubach 669
7. Ryan Watt 659
8. Duane Howard 653
9. Brett Kressley 628
10. Shawn Fitzpatrick 541
1. Brandon Grosso 1207
2. Tim Fitzpatrick 1070
3. Ray Woodall Jr. 1066
4. Wayne Witmer 1044
5. Chuck Fayash 993
6. Kyle Gruber 794
7. Matt Clay 788
7. Doug Hendricks 788
9. Ed Mrochko 769
9. Matt Stangle 769
MAY MODIFIED MADNESS RETURNS TO NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY; FOUR RACE SERIES TO CONCLUDE SATURDAY JUNE 4
New Egypt, NJ – The May Modified Madness Series will return to New Egypt Speedway for the third straight season this coming May. Last year, Billy Pauch won the May Modified Madness title, taking the $1,000 (plus bonuses) back to Frenchtown, NJ. Bloomsbury, NJ’s Willie Osmun picked up the $3,000 first place check, winning the May Modified Madness Finale.
“Last year we were able to raise over $14,000 in cash and contingencies to go back to the drivers that support us each week; I really want to try and top that this year. I can’t wait until the 2016 version kicks off here in a couple weeks,” said series promoter Pete MacDonald.
2014 May Modified Madness Champion Ryan Godown has indicated that he will be back to chase another title, alongside the likes of defending champion Billy Pauch and New Egypt Speedway regulars Billy Pauch Jr., Ryan Krachun, Danny Bouc, PJ Oliver, Dominick Buffalino, Mikey Butler, Lou Cicconi and more.
For those who don’t know what the May Madness Series is, the New Egypt Speedway 358 Modified point standing--as of May 1, 2016--will be ranked 1-24 in a bracket style tournament (similar to March Madness in NCAA Basketball). Throughout the 358 Modified features in May, whomever finishes ahead of the person they're bracketed up against moves on to the next round until the finale takes place on June 4th. In the event of a rain out, the next round will take place on the next available week, where normal NES weekly rules, handicapping, and lineup procedures will take place.
The 2016 May Modified Madness format will remain unchanged from 2015. If a driver wins the feature in any of the three previous rounds (and were in the Top-24 in points from the start), they are automatically qualified to be a part of the finals on June 4th. A maximum of six cars could take part in the final round--the three finalists along with the three feature winners from previous rounds (if they are not already of the final group).
May 7 – “The Top Twenty-Four” Round of 24 (30 Laps)
May 14- “The Dirty Dozen” Round of 12 (30 Laps)
May 28- “The Slideways Six” Round of 6 (30 Laps)
June 4- “The Finale” Round of 3 (Laps TBA, Double Points)
(Maximum 6 Cars. Last 3 Remaining + 3 Feature Winners in Previous Rounds)
FOUR DIVISIONS OF RACING ACTION AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY, APRIL 23
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 20, 2016 . . . . Four exciting divisions of auto racing excitement will be the big attraction at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 23rd. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. and racing gets the green at 7 p.m.
The Saturday night show will include the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars along with a special appearance of the Blast from the Past Vintage Car racers giving fans a look at race cars from the past. There will be no increase in admission with adults admitted for $15 and youngsters 11 and under entering for free.
Six feature events, two in each division, have been run so far this season with six different winners. That indicates that it is going to be a very competitive racing season at the Berks County clay oval.
Spring Sizzler features Patriot Sprint Tour, 358 Mods, Sportsman and TUSA Mod Lite Weekend Finale
April 18, 2016 THOROLD, ONTARIO – Even though the new 2017 Ski-doos have arrived at Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports, BRP’s Number 1 Dealer in Canada for customer satisfaction is set to kick off Merrittville Speedway’s 2016 Season with the annual Spring Sizzler … Saturday April 23rd.
The first event on the 65th Anniversary Season will have the Patriot Sprint Tour … the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modifeds … the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman and the rain delayed conclusion of the 2015 Niagara Falls Nissan Modified Lite Weekend ready to ride.
Ready to ride April 23rd, the first event of 2016 for the Patriot Sprint Tour also kicks off the Canadian Series won last season by Little Valley NY’s Jared Zimbardi. Jason Barney of Constantia NY who finished in second spot is the defending Spring Sizzler Winner. Justin Martin of Rodney Ontario was the highest finishing Canadian finishing behind the two New Yorkers in third.
The final race of 2015 also featured Sprint Cars with Mitch Brown of Brantford Ontario taking home the win becoming the 20th Anniversary Southern Ontario Sprints Champion.
Also visiting Victory Lane (Friday September 11, 2015) was Derek Wagner of Middleport NY who won the opener in what is annually a two day event for the Modified Lites. Torrential rain on Saturday post-ponned the TUSA Canadian Championships until the Spring Sizzler.
Also seeing action in April 23rd’s Spring Sizzler are the 358 Modifieds and the sportsman.
Ultramar Labour Day Classic Underlines Brighton Speedway Sprint Car Season
BRIGHTON (April 18, 2016) – With the 2016 season just a handful of days away, Brighton Speedway is looking forward to a number of major events during its 49th season of action.
The 1/3-mile clay oval will host the Southern Ontario Sprints presented by Sanderson’s Tire and Automotive on six occasions in 2016, including the double-header Ultramar Labour Day Classic Weekend presented by Lucas Oil, Rock 107 and Mystical Distributing. The 2016 edition takes place on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4.
The event once again features two nights of Winged 360 Sprint Car action for the SOS. The Ultramar Classic offers a rare opportunity in Ontario to see Sprint Cars on back-to-back nights at the same track.
Friday night will also feature the Four Wide Designs Dream Come True Dash for drivers who have never for a Winged 360 race. Saturday features the Simon Petit Wingless Sprint Car Dash.
In addition to the Southern Ontario Sprints, the OilGARD Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4s and Quinte Septic Stingers all compete on Friday night. The Vanderlaan Building Products RUSH Pro Late Models and OilGARD Canadian Modifieds compete topless on Saturday night along with the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks.
Off the track the event is a family favourite which often features a barbeque and several family activities in addition to the on track action.
The annual Ultramar Labour Day Classic Weekend is among the can’t-miss events at Brighton Speedway this season. Adult admission is just $20 each night.
For more information on the Ultramar Labour Day Classic Weekend and for the complete 2016 Brighton Speedway schedule, visit www.brightonspeedway.com.
The 2016 Brighton Speedway season kicks off with the Monster Energy Season Opener presented by UCB Canada on Saturday, April 30. Admission is just $2 with a non-perishable food donation to the Brighton Speedway Fare Share Food Bank on race day.
35 LAP NASCAR MODIFIED RACE PAYS $3500 PLUS TO WIN ON SATURDAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 13, 2016 . . . Many of the top names in area dirt track modified stock car racing will be seen in action on Saturday (April 16th) at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway when the 35-lap T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified race, froze out last week, is presented. The winner walks off with more than $3500 for his winning efforts.
Craig VonDohren, winner of the opening night Modified feature race, is a favorite in the 35-lapper but he will have plenty of competition from the likes of Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, Meme DeSantis, Mike Gular, Ray Swinehart and a host of others.
Along with the Modifieds racing in a full schedule of qualifying events topped off by the 35-lap special event there will be racing for the BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. At least 12 events of racing will make up the night of racing excitement.
Adult admission is $20 for the special night while youngsters 6 thru 11 paying just $5. Kids under 6 are admitted free. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing getting the green at 7 p.m.
$10 Admission For Woodhull Raceway Season Opener This Saturday
For Immediate Release - April 12th, 2016
(WOODHULL, N.Y.) – The much anticipated 2016 season at ‘New York’s Toughest Bullring’ begins on Saturday night as six out of the seven regular divisions will see action on Ted White Trucking night on the high banks.
This season marks the 52nd consecutive season of racing on the Steuben County oval and the anticipation amongst the race fans has been palpable. Mother Nature has been playing kind so far this week, with even better weather projected for this weekend and race night.
Race Fans will be treated to $10 general admission as the Insinger Performance 370 Modifieds will not begin their points season until Saturday April 30th. What this sets up is a grand stage for the support divisions of Woodhull Raceway.
The NAPA Crate Sportsman will take the stage for the Woodhull faithful just one week before the 30-lap $1,000-to-win show. This first event will allow drivers like Brandon Martin, Brandon Butler, AJ Costley, Mike Williams and the Jackson brothers a chance to fine tune on their new or rebuilt mounts for the 2016 campaign.
A favorite for this one would also have to be the defending track champion Chris Daugherty. In a Facebook fan poll that is active on the Woodhull Raceway page, Daugherty has a narrow lead over Mike Jackson with 24% of the votes so far. Jackson, returning to Crate Sportsman racing in 2016, currently holds 19% of the Fan Poll votes.
Glenn Whritenour is back to defend his title in the 360 Late Model division and displayed his sharp No. 15 in center court at the annual Arnot Mall Car Show. He will have a stout field to battle with the likes of Carl Hughes, Mick Seeley, Bruce Miller and Kurt Stebbins. Look for the No. 15 to pull double duty with the Street Stocks as well.
For more information on Woodhull Raceway, race over to www.woodhullraceway.com. There you will find the latest news, results, points, driver profiles and a feed of the latest on our Social Media accounts. Follow Woodhull Raceway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodhullraceway as well as on Twitter @WoodhullPR.
Saturday April 16th will be opening night to start the 52nd consecutive season of racing on the third-mile Steuben County oval sponsored by Ted White Trucking. The Insinger Performance 370 Modifieds will have April 16th and 23rd off with their opening show taking place on April 30th.
This night will put all support divisions on center stage including the SLW Awards 360 Late Models, NAPA Crate Sportsman, Joe Willcox Performance Automatics Street Stocks, Daugherty Auto Sales Mini Stocks, Woodhull Auto Supply Front Wheel Drives and Daugherty Auto Sales Warriors.
Pit gates will open at 3:30PM with general admission gates opening at 4:30PM with Scott Lyon’s first green flag of 2016 waving promptly at 6:30PM. General admission is just $10. Race fans are encouraged to sign up for the fastest alerts from Woodhull Raceway’s Rained Out Alert system by sending the text message “WoodhullAlert” to 84483, message and data rates may apply.
Weather Foils the Fun Again at Mercer Raceway Park
(Mercer, PA April 7, 2016): For the second straight week, rain and snow, together with cold temperatures, forced the cancellation of racing action at Mercer Raceway Park. Let's Go Racing! will be heard loud and clear as April 16 approaches. That is when the next racing program is scheduled. It will be a special event hosted by Bonnell's Rod Shop. Extra money will be on the line, along with a full dose of championship points.
Racing action will start at 5:30 p,m, with full programs for the Mini Stocks, presented by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles. Also taking the early greens will be the Rock Concrete Modified Lites. The Elder Tractor Sales and Service Junior Sprints will have the week off.
Then, at 7 p.m., the action will start for the Precise Racing Products Open Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, and 4 Your Car Connection 410 Sprints!
Pit gates will open at 4 and front gates at 4:30.
Special event ticket pricing will apply. Adults will be admitted for $17, seniors (60 and up) for $15, and students (9 to 15) for $7. Children (8 and under) will be admitted for free. The Family Pass will be $35, as will all Pit Passes.
April 23 and April 30 will be Saturday Night Live! programs, with the latter, April 30, also being Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Night presented by Elder Tractor Sales and Service.
COLD, WIND, WET WEATHER MAKES GROUNDHOG WRONG ABOUT EARLY SPRING, GRANDVIEW FORCED TO POSTPONE $3500 TO WIN NASCAR 358 MODIFIED RACE UNTIL SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 8, 2016 . . . The groundhog seems to have been wrong. His prediction of spring weather did not hold true and Grandview Speedway management was forced to postpone their Saturday, April 9th NASCAR stock car racing events and reschedule them for Saturday, April 16th.
That means the Modified racers will have to wait a few more days to have their chance to race in the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified 35-lapper that rewards the winner with $3500plus. All the same talents will be returning including opening night winner Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, Meme DeSantis, Doug Manmiller and a long list of others as they battle for top honors and the big bucks.
A full series of qualifying events will lead up to the 35-lap main event featuring 28 starters.
Also the BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars will run in qualifying events topped off by 25-lap features in each division.
Adult admission is $20 while youngsters 6 through 11 are admitted for $5. Kids under 6 get in for free. Military with proper ID are admitted free.
Then on Sunday (April 17th) at 1 p.m. a full show of Outlaw Enduro and Blast From the Past Vintage Car racing will be presented.
Winter Weather Forces Cancellation of New Egypt Speedway’s April 9th Event
Star Wars and Autism Awareness to Highlight Saturday, April 16th Event
New Egypt, NJ – For the second week in a row Mother Nature will win out and force the cancellation of New Egypt Speedway’s Saturday, April 9th event. With below freezing temperatures and the chance of a mix of rain and snow, Speedway management had no choice but to call the event.
“We were hoping the weather would change in our favor, but unfortunately it is still calling for freezing temperatures and some kind of precipitation,” said General Manager Allyse Wolfinger. “We are looking forward to kicking off the 2016 regular season next Saturday, April 16th, with Star Wars Night sponsored by New Jersey Line X.”
Next Saturday’s Star Wars Night sponsored by New Jersey Line X will see the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, NEWS Sprints, and Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookies in action. In addition to the Star Wars theme it will also be a rescheduled Autism Awareness Night as the entire month of April is Autism Awareness month. If you wear blue to the track in support of Autism Awareness $1 from your ticket will be donated to Autism Speaks and you will be entered to win one of two “Night at the Races” baskets valued at over $100. You can also purchase raffle tickets for additional baskets provided by Derek Krum with those proceeds also being donated to Autism Speaks. Derek will be signing autographs from 4-4:30 pm at the front grandstand entrance.
Star Wars night offers fans the chance to dress like their favorite Star Wars characters and receive FREE general admission. We will also be having a costume contest at Intermission will the three best costumes receiving a prize basket that includes the newly released Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD. The first 100 fans through the front gates will receive a Star Wars candy filled character and throughout the night we will have Star Wars trivia for the chance to win the new Force Awakens DVD.
Pit gates will open at 2 pm, grandstands will open at 4 pm, hot laps will begin at 5 pm, and the first green flag will wave at 6 pm. Adults are $20, seniors 65 and older are $18, teens 12-15 and military and their spouses with ID are $10, and children 11 and under are FREE. The newly established “Fan Band” reward program will kick off next Saturday, April 16th. Fans are reminded to save all of their Saturday night general admission wristbands from all 21 remaining events to receive a free night at the races in 2017.
WINNER WILL EARN MORE THAN $100 A LAP IN 35 LAP NASCAR 358 MODIFIED STOCK CAR FEATURE SATURDAY AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 7, 2016 . . . It is anyone’s guess as to who will take home the big bucks at Grandview Speedway this Saturday when the Modifieds are in the limelight with an extra distance event that will see the winner earning at least $100 a lap. The T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds will be battling for in excess of $3,500 to win the 35-lap main event. Actual racing starts at 7 p.m.
Should weather conditions force postponement the Saturday card of events will be moved to Saturday, April 16th at 7 p.m.
Craig VonDohren, coming off an exciting come from behind opening night victory, will be looking for his second win of the early season at the Berks County clay oval as he defends his 2015 NASCAR title. In addition to the $3,500 first place money posted by the track there will be a $250 bonus from T.P. Trailers of Limerick.
VonDohren will have plenty of competition as Duane Howard will try to reverse the finish from last Saturday night with a big win and VonDohren finishing behind him. Ten time track champion Jeff Strunk was strong in the opener. Others looking to give VonDohren and Howard some strong competition are Frank Cozze, Ray Swinehart, Meme DeSantis, Mike Gular, Doug Manmiller and others and they will all be trying for a win in the rich 35-lap feature.
Again this Saturday the BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars will be back in action producing another exciting tripleheader show of NASCAR stock car racing. A full series of qualifying events will lead up to the feature races for the top performers.
Adult admission for the special night of tripleheader racing action is $20 with youngsters 5 through 11 paying $5 and kids under 5 will be admitted FREE. Active military are welcomed at Grandview and are admitted free with proper military identification.
As happens each Saturday night the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet will feature racers from each division in the main gate area at 5 p.m. when the spectator gates are opened. This Saturday BRC Late Model racer Dean Bachman will be there to greet fans along with Modified racer Steve Swinehart and Sportsman talent Eric Hoch.. A great opportunity for fans to take photos, collect autographs and get an up close look at the race cars. Actual racing action starts at 7 p.m.
The race night will be taped and shown later in the week on RCN/TV, Tuesday and Friday, and again later in the season.
Pit gates for racers will be open at 3 p.m. with all racers required to sign in by 5:30 p.m. Pit admission is $30 and all those entering the pit area must have a NASCAR membership.
Championship Racing Starts this Week at Mercer Raceway Park
(Mercer, PA April 6, 2016): The chase for the championships will start this Saturday, April 9, at Mercer Raceway Park. Racers in all seven classes will get their first opportunities to earn valuable points that will count toward the coveted titles.
Because the speedway lost the first Saturday Night Live! program to snow and unseasonable temperatures last week, the pressure will be on right from the first green flag of the night. You see, the new format at the track does not allow for practice on regular race nights, which means that every competitor has to be fast every time his or her car hits the track. Points are earned in heat races and feature events, so every pass will count, all night long!
The evening's activities will start at 5:30 p.m. with the first heat race for the Elder Tractor Sales and Service Junior Sprints. This will be the first time ever that these young drivers will gather points at the track. Point chasing is nothing new for the pilots in the Mini Stocks, presented by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles, and the Modified Lites, offered by Rock Concrete Supply. These three classes will complete their part of the program by 7 p.m.
The second flight will take off at 7. The Precise Racing Products Open Stocks will go first, followed by the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, and the 4 Your Car Connection 410 Sprint Cars. These traditional headline classes will run a full program of heats, B Mains (if needed), and A Mains to determine who will get the bragging rights.
Gates will open at 4 to allow the racers into the pit area. Spectators can enter the grounds at 4:30.
Regular event ticket pricing will apply. So, adults can see all of the action for just $13. Seniors will be admitted for $11, and students (ages 9-15) for $5. Children (ages 8 and under) will be admitted free of charge. The Family Pass will be available for $28, and that will apply to two adults and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will be $30.
Brockville Ontario Speedway is Set to Unleash its 2016 Schedule
By Jim Clarke
Canadian winters have long held a reputation for being long, cold sentence. Almost punishment for the fleeting summers everyone enjoys. An uncharacteristically mild holiday season – with temperatures more familiar with May 26th than December 26th – allowed track officials to schedule the first Boxing Day practice session in Brockville Speedway history and from there, the countdown to the 2016 season opener had begun.
“It was a rare opportunity that may never happen again,” said track owner and promoter Paul Kirkland. “Being able to have cars on the speedway the day after Christmas was a unique experience that also allowed us to evaluate our social media presence. We put the post out through our Facebook page and asked people to share the status. It didn’t take too long for the word to spread.”
Fans at The BOS enjoyed an action-packed 2015 season and the first year of the new Elimination Round format saw a quartet of drivers battle to the wire for the title in the 358 Modified and Sportsman divisions, before Danny O’Brien and Dylan Evoy were named track champions. Madison Mulder, Jamie Truelove and John Gifford also claimed the Rookie Sportsman, Mini Stock and Street Stock crowns respectively.
As a new campaign looms on the horizon, supporters of the popular 3/8th mile clay oval on Temperance Lake Road, north of Brockville will have the annual Fan Fest at Walmart, 1942 Parkdale Avenue – Saturday, April 16th – with live entertainment from Healy and Orr to look forward to, before the green flag waves for opening night – presented by 103.7 BOB-FM, Kayden Construction and Kitley Collision – Saturday, May 14th.
“We also have an open practice session scheduled for Saturday, May 7th to give fans a couple of opportunities to see the cars before they start earning points,” said Kirkland. “The teams put a lot of hard work into their equipment during the off-season and our drivers are as excited about getting things underway as the people who sit in the grandstands every week.”
In addition to their 5 weekly classes, Brockville Ontario Speedway’s action will also feature the Ogilvie’s Auto & Fleet Triple Crown Series for DIRTcar 358’s and Sportsman Modifieds, Outlaw Vintage and Patriot Sprint Tour on selected Saturday nights. The schedule will wrap-up with the 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals, Friday and Saturday, October 14th and 15th. Full details can always be found by visiting www.brockvillespeedway.com.
Gates open at 5:00, with racing underway at 7:00 for most weekly events. Be sure to like the Brockville Ontario Speedway page at www.facebook.com and follow the track on Twitter for the latest news and information throughout the year.
Spring is in the air at Seaway Mall and so is the smell of racing fuel – Final Race Car Show brings start of 65th Season a little closer
March 28, 2016 THOROLD, ONTARIO – Spring is in the air at Seaway Mall and so is the smell of racing fuel when Merrittville Speedway’s Annual Race Car Show takes over Centre Court and hallway areas March 31st to April 3rd.
“You know it’s a sure sign another racing season is almost here when we showcase race cars and karts at the Seaway Mall,” said (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “shoppers will have a chance to pick up a schedule … get info on Special Events and the Kid’s Club and see racers that will be featured through-out our 65th Season.”
Joey Mastroianni’s Seaway Mall sponsored #11 will represent the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division while perennial Champion Pete Bicknell will represent the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Division.
The Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Division will have the motorcycle engine-powered cars of veteran Paul Klager, second year driver Steven Beckett and 2016 Rookie Tyler Winger featured.
Full fendered fans will enjoy Kyle Rothwell and Chris Laskey’s Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder cars, the Hoosier Stock of Peter Reid and the Late Model of Sam Pennachio.
Sprint Car fans will not be left out as Shawn Sliter’s #71 will round out the display.
Merrittville’s Tuesday Night Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series will have second year driver Cohen Corbett and rookie Nigel Pendykoski showing off their Karts.
Seaway Mall is one of Niagara’s top shopping destinations since the day it opened in 1975. With over 120 shops and services, Seaway Mall offers the region an unparalleled shopping experience with a strong emphasis on community involvement. Located in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula, Seaway Mall is anchored by Winners, Shoppers Drug Mart and a 7 screen Cineplex Odeon.
Upcoming Seaway Mall Events include a Boat Show that launches April 4th until April 10th with the Friday and Saturday also featuring an Outdoor Show. Thursday April 7th, Seaway Mall will welcome it’s newest store – Alia n TanJay with their Grand Opening.
Seaway Mall is open from 10 AM to 9 PM Monday to Friday … 9:30 to 5:30 Saturday and from 11 to 5 PM on Sunday.
The Seaway Mall is located at 800 Niagara Street in Welland Ontario.
54th SEASON OPENER FOR NASCAR STOCK CAR RACING SET AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
ADMISSION PRICES STAY THE SAME, ALL APRIL SATURDAY EVENTS AT 7 PM
(Racers reminded to sign in at the pits by 5:30 p.m. on race night)
BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 25, 2016 . . . The stock car racing battles being this Saturday, April 2nd, at Grandview Speedway. A tripleheader show of NASCAR racing featuring the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars will kick off the 54th consecutive season of stock car racing at the Bechtelsville track as racers battle for the lucrative NASCAR and track titles.
Many of the top talents in area dirt track Modified racing will be in action including 10-time track champion Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Frank Cozze, Ray Swinehart, Tim Buckwalter, Doug Manmiller and many others.
The 358 Modifieds will top off their qualifying heat races with a 30-lap main event while the BRC Late Models and Sportsman stocks will all follow their qualifying action with 25-lap feature races.
Drivers taking part in Saturday night events during the month of April must be signed into the pit area by 5:30 p.m.
Good news for race fans, in addition to all the exciting racing action being offered, prices for tickets for regular Saturday racing action will remain the same as they have been for a number of years. Adults are admitted for just $15 while youngsters 11 and under are given free admission. There will be increases in ticket prices for special Saturday night events. And as in the past military with proper ID will be admitted free.
As in the past all April Saturday night races will start at 7 p.m. with spectator gates opening at 5 p.m. Starting time will change to 7:30 p.m. with the first Saturday night race in May.
Coming up on Saturday, April 9th will be the first special event of the season for the NASCAR racers with a 35-lap feature topping the program for the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds. In addition the BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars will see action. Adult admission for this event will be $20 for adults while youngsters 6 thru 11 will pay $5. Kids under 6 are admitted free.
Brett Hearn To Drive Petruska Family No. 66 For Deron Rust Memorial $3,396-To-Win Small-Block Modified Event
GEORGETOWN, DE --“The Corporate Jet” Brett Hearn will land this Friday, March 25 at Georgetown Speedway.
Hearn, the Sussex, N.J., superstar driver, invades the First State for the first time since 2008 to take part in the Deron Rust Memorial at the historic half-mile oval. On Friday, the small-block Modifieds take the limelight in a 33-lap, $3,396-to-win event offering $396 to take the green flag.
Hearn will pilot the potent Petruska family Atlas Paving No. 66 small-block, replacing a vacationing Duane Howard.
“We had a good time racing at Georgetown for the opener with Duane and wanted to get back down there,” Jared Petruska said. “Duane is on vacation this week and Brett was available. We’re looking forward to it.”
Hearn, when contacted by phone, said it had been many years since he won at Georgetown.
“I think I won one there back in 1981,” he reflected, noting his most recent start there was a Super DIRTcar Series event under the Jay James management team on July 17, 2008.
Hearn’s memory was correct. He actually has two career Georgetown Speedway victories: the first came on November 8, 1981 and the second on May 15, 1988.
Hearn and the Petruska family have a longtime friendship. He drove the car once last season as a sub for Howard in the ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ event at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway. The pairing looks for better results this time around at Georgetown.
“We ran our open motor for the first time Saturday with Duane at New Egypt (the track’s March 19 opener) and feel good about it,” Petruska said. “Our lap times were right there.”
Joining the small-block Modifieds on the Friday card are Crate 602 Sportsman ($700 to win, $100 to start), Delmarva Chargers, Delaware Super Trucks and Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars.
Adult grandstand admission is just $15. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $12. Kids 9-12 pay $8 and children under eight years old are admitted free.
Pit admission is $30, with no license required.
PRACTICE, YES PRACTICE, IS SET FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 26TH AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
CHASE FOR TITLE KICKS OFF ON APRIL 2ND WITH NASCAR TRIPLEHEADER
BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 18, 2016 . . .” I mean, listen, we're talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, we talking about practice. Not a game.” That is the famous quote by basketball great Allen Iverson back several years ago. Perhaps Iverson did not feel practice was important but many racers do and that is why a large turnout of racers is expected for the Saturday, March 26th free-to-the-public practice session at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA.
Activity is expected to get the green flag at noon with many different classes of competition expected to join the Grandview regulars of T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars.
The Saturday afternoon practice session will give racers the opportunity to test and tune their racing equipment for the new season, work out the kinks and just get a feel for the track before “official” racing action gets underway on April 2nd.
Fans will possibly get a chance to see what their favorite racer will be bringing to the Saturday night battles for the new season.
Season passes will be available, $350 per person, and those who have season passes and have not done so already will have the opportunity pick their seat that will be good for every Saturday night stock car racing event, April through September (Freedom 76).
The battle for the 2016 NASCAR championships gets underway on Saturday, April 2nd, 7 p.m. with a stellar field of racers expected to be taking part in the lucrative championship chases for the 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars.
“Friday Night Lights” At Georgetown Speedway With Deron Rust Memorial Small-Block Modified Event Friday, March 25
Sealed Spec Head Bonuses Of $500, $300 & $200 Posted For Top-Three Across Line
GEORGETOWN, DE – After a wildly successful opener on March 12 – the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial – at Georgetown Speedway, attention now turns to racing “under the lights” on a Friday night.
The Deron Rust Memorial, honoring a true Georgetown supporter as a racer and former promoter, is set for next Friday, March 25 at the historic half-mile oval. The small-block Modified division will serve as the headliner with a 33-lap main paying $3,396 to the winner and $396 to take the green flag. Rust’s iconic number, of course, was the ‘396’ as reflected in this event.
“Our mission in 2016 was to embrace and honor the great history that Georgetown Speedway has,” promoter Brett Deyo said. “Deron Rust had such a passion for racing at the track we wanted to make his memorial event a big part of our early season schedule.”
The event welcomes a number of small-block engine combinations to Georgetown. Small-blocks (maximum 363 cubic inches) weigh 2,400 lbs. Big Diamond/Grandview/New Egypt-sealed spec head engines weigh 2,350 lbs. using methanol and 2,275 lbs. utilizing gasoline.
Just announced, the first three Big Diamond/Grandview/New Egypt-sealed engine combinations across the line will share in cash bonuses of $500, $300 and $200, respectively.
All sealed engines will need a pre-race tech inspection by George McKelvey.
Joining the small-block Modifieds on the Friday card are Crate 602 Sportsman ($600 to win, $100 to start), Delmarva Chargers, Delaware Super Trucks and Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars.
Adult grandstand admission is just $15. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $12. Kids 9-12 pay $8 and children under eight years old are admitted free.
Pit admission is $30, with no license required.
There are no pre-registration forms or car entry fees for this event.
Following the Deron Rust Memorial on March 25, Georgetown Speedway will be silent through May 13 when the United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars invade. The “one event per month” schedule runs through the summer season.
Cory Costa, Herbie Wright Team Up For Run At Outlaw Speedway Championship
(DUNDEE, N.Y.) – Cory Costa has to be pinching himself these days.
The Corning, NY hot shoe has had success in Street Stocks being a former winner of Outlaw Speedway's Empire 100 and took a weekend sweep of the Short Track Supernationals in his Crate Sportsman during a successful 2014 campaign. He's also one of the hardest working guys in the Outlaw/Woodhull Modified pit area on a weekly basis and just aligned himself with a quality Friday night ride for Outlaw Speedway for the 2016 season.
Costa and local dirt modified owner Herbie Wright are proud to announce they have combined forces for the 2016 season to make a run at the Outlaw Speedway track title. Costa will race for Wright in his locally familiar No. 88 'Batmobile' on Friday nights, freeing Costa's own ride up for Saturday night competition and a run at the Short Track Super Series North region series promoted by Brett Deyo.
Their Saturday night plans are not solid, opening the door for them to potentially test and tune at tracks they will need to be spot-on at when the Short Track Super Series comes to town.
With Monday evening's announcement, Costa's energy for the upcoming season was palpable.
"It takes a lot of pressure off me and my team to be able to run a second car Friday nights and still be able to chase some racing on Saturday nights with my own car," Costa said.
"I learned a lot in 2015 and intend on applying myself 110 percent in 2016. I'm excited to get this race season underway, and fully intend on bringing home some W's."
Costa had to work hard to get through the 2015 season- his rookie year in the Modifieds at both Outlaw Speedway and Woodhull Raceway. It was a tough learning curve but the crew thrashed whenever it was called on them to do so and the Costa No. 02 made it to the track to compete. Not even a rollover could keep them down- they just bolted on their old body from 2014 and kept on plugging away. Things like that made car owner Herbie Wright take notice.
"Cory is a great racer, he puts his all into it and picked up an impressive win last season," said Wright.
"I'm happy to have Cory in my car for this season at Outlaw Speedway, and there's a lot to look forward to there by the sounds."
The Big Block/Small Block Modifieds will race for $2,000-to-win and $200 to take the green flag weekly at Outlaw Speedway. Outlaw opens up with a $3,000-to-win kickoff on Friday April 22nd during the Outlaw Spring Nationals co-starring the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints. The pot gets even sweeter with the recently announced Insinger Performance/Sunoco Outlaw Challenge- if a Modified driver can win the Outlaw Sprint Nationals, Outlaw Fall
Nationals and the Dutch Hoag National Open they will take home a cool $25,000.
A bonus that Costa and car owner Wright no-doubt have their eyes on come Friday April 22nd in Dundee. Wright's team is by no means a high dollar, stacker trailer type of team- but they are competitive as any. Last year, Stacey Jackson took Wright to victory lane with the Batmobile in convincing fashion.
Costa, who is as determined as he has even been in his career, looks forward to doing the same for the car owner in the Southern Tier that is better known by his first name than his last.
Woodhull Raceway Reveals 2016 Schedule For 52nd Consecutive Season
WOODHULL, N.Y.- Woodhull Raceway owners and promoters Ted and Brandi White have released their 2016 schedule for public viewing, in what is no doubt going to be a season to remember on the high banks.
The unofficial beginning to the season is just two weeks away when Woodhull Raceway converges on Horseheads, NY's Arnot Mall for the annual car show presented by Swarthout Recycling. Space still remains for any Woodhull Raceway competitor wishing to enter their car into this year's show. Move in night is slated for Friday March 18th at mall closing time.
The show will commence on Saturday March 19th and run through Sunday March 20thduring normal mall hours. Saturday night will feature the return of the Pit Stop Competition in center court at 6:30PM, with prizes being given out to the fastest three stops and the best dressed team. Teams of three for the pit stop competition and interested racers are advised to sign up online on the track website www.woodhullraceway.com or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost to enter a car for the show or to enter the pit stop competition.
The driver registration form for the 2016 season became available online this week as well. Drivers are encouraged to fill the registration form out and return to Ted and Brandi White via snail mail or in-person at the Arnot Mall Car Show.
The Steuben County third-mile clay oval will roar to life for an open practice session on Saturday April 9th starting at 5PM and running for approximately four hours. As always, the grandstands will be free for this open practice night.
On Saturday April 16th, Woodhull Raceway will fire up the lights and flip the switch on their 52nd consecutive year of dirt track competition with a complete show except for the 370 Modifieds. This opening show will feature our fantastic support divisions that include the 360 Late Models, Crate Sportsman, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Front Wheel Drives and the return of the Woodhull Warrior name to Woodhull's youth mini stock division.
The Crate Sportsman will take center stage on April 23rd as they take to 'New York's Toughest Bullring' for 30 laps paying a cool $1,000-to-win. Just one week later on April 30th, the 370 Modifieds will return for their season opening event where 17-time track champion Billy Van Pelt will start his quest for three-straight and number 18 in his Grant Hilfiger Contracting No. 78.
The high-flying Patriot Sprint Tour will bring their 360 sprint car series to town on two occasions- Saturday May 14th and Saturday July 23rd. Speaking of wings, the popular 270cc Micro Sprints have also confirmed their return to Woodhull on Saturday August 13th.
Modified specials include the 2nd Annual 'Hustlin' The High Banks 52' Short Track Super Series North Region stop paying $5,200-to-win, $1,000 for tenth and $400 to take the green flag for 52 long laps around the bullring. This race is once again supported by great marketing partners in Maple City Dodge, NAPA Auto Parts, Outman Equipment and Two Rivers Timber.
Other Modified specials during the season include the 35-lap $2,000-to-win George Williams Memorial set for May 21st. The Jake Davis King of the Ring on July 16th, the Lyle Sherwood Memorial $1,700-to-win Big Block/Small Block challenge on Saturday September 10th and the annual Bullring Challenge Weekend finale on Saturday October 1st paying $3,000-to-win.
Other King of the Ring special events will take place on June 18th for the 360 Late Models sponsored by Troups Creek Auto Parts and July 2nd for the Crate Sportsman sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts. The Street Stocks will go for $750-to-win in a special 50-lap affair on Saturday July 9th. This will be a nice tuneup for the annual Street Stock Open 100-lap race with the Fight Night All Star Street Stock Series on Saturday September 24th paying $1,000-to-win.
The biggest fireworks show in New York will return on it's traditional date of June 25th for the Jim Williams Memorial with a rain date slated for Saturday August 13th. The legends of Woodhull Reunion will take place on Saturday August 27th, with season championship night falling on the first weekend of September- Saturday September 3rd.
The raceway will take a week off on July 30thwhile the Lucas Oil Tractor Pull comes in for a 6PM show filled with torque, power and eardrum-blowing pulls. Once again, the season-ending banquet and awards ceremony will take place at Watson Homestead in Painted Post, NY on Saturday December 10th.
STRUNK, VONDOHREN AND HOWARD HAVE BEEN THE DRIVERS TO BEAT FOR TITLE AT GRANDVIEW, COULD THERE BE SOMEONE NEW TAKING THE TRACK/NASCAR MODIFIED TITLE IN 2016?
SEASON TICKET HOLDERS GET TO PICK THEIR SEAT ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH
BECHTELSVILLE, PA February 25, 2016… Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren and Duane Howard have pretty much dominated the TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified stock car championships at Grandview Speedway for the last 16 seasons. Terry Meitzler, now retired, won the title in 1999 and the “big three” have shared the championships between them since then. Strunk has won ten, VonDohren claimed four including last season and Howard topped the standings twice.
However all that could change this season. Doug Manmiller is looking for his first title and is planning on a strong effort at the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. Young Tim Buckwalter, Hall of Famer Frank Cozze along with veterans Meme DeSantis, Danny Erb, Mike Gular, Ray Swinehart and others are planning to chase the title. Young Brett Kressley moving up from the Sportsman ranks to Modifieds is another driver with his sights on a title.
The Modifieds are coming off one of the most competitive seasons seen at the track in a number of years.
Fans will get to see what is new for 2016 when many of the teams planning to race in the NASCAR stock car action at Grandview take part in the free-to-the-public-practice session on Saturday, March 26th starting at noon.
And on Saturday, April 2nd, 7 p.m. the chase for the lucrative championships in the Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman gets underway.
Season pass holders are invited to the track on Saturday, March 5th at 1 p.m. (weather permitting) to pick the seat that they will use each Saturday night during the season, April through September). Those who have not purchased their season pass can do so on that day for just $350.
Track owners Bruce and Teresa Rogers continue to recover from the auto accident in Daytona Beach, Florida with Teresa now getting therapy attention at their Florida home. Bruce continues his stay in the local hospital. The family is most appreciative of all the cards, notes and social media messages that have been received wishing Bruce and Teresa well as they continue their recovery.
New Egypt Speedway Offering Free Lunch With Purchase of Single Race Tickets
Saturday, March 5th During Spring Swap Meet
New Egypt, NJ-- During New Egypt Speedway’s Spring Swap Meet on Saturday, March 5th, the Speedway will be offering free lunch to anyone purchasing single race tickets to preview the new Speedway Grill menu for the upcoming 2016 season.
“We are excited that the Speedway is venturing into owning their own concession stands and we want to give the fans a taste of what’s to come during the season,” said General Manager Allyse Wolfinger. “The Swap Meet always has a great turn out and we wanted to create some extra buzz going into the 2016 season.”
Starting at 10 a.m. in the Speedway office, anyone purchasing a single 2016 race ticket will receive their choice of a hot dog or sausage sandwich with a bag of chips. The offer will end at 1 p.m. when the office closes. The office will also be open for anyone wishing to purchase their 2016 season licenses, parking spots, and deeply discounted 2015 apparel.
The Winter Swap Meet opens at 7:30 a.m. It is $15 to sell and free to browse. All divisions of racing from dirt to asphalt to drag are invited to sell their cars, parts, and tools so long as they are automotive related. If you have questions about selling, contact Doug Megill at 732-681-3776 or email@example.com.
New Egypt Speedway’s Annual Winter Jam Set for Friday, March 4th
New Egypt, NJ-- New Egypt Speedway’s annual Winter Jam where drivers, crew members, and fans come to get ready for the 2016 season will be held Friday, March 4th at the Gambler’s Ridge Golf Course Bar and Grill in Cream Ridge, NJ. Drivers and crew members will be able to purchase all of their 2016 season essentials such as licenses, parking spots, and race entries for the All Star Cup and March Madness Meltdown. The event will run from 5 pm to 9:30 pm.
Fans that make it out to this year’s event can purchase deeply discounted 2015 season apparel and well as a special ticket package. This year’s ticket package will offer fans two general admission tickets, 2 hot dogs, and 2 sodas for $45. The ticket package is good for any 2016 Saturday night event excluding the March Madness Meltdown and All Star Cup events. The Speedway will also be raffling off prizes including apparel, stickers, and more throughout the night.
The newly renovated Gambler’s Ridge Bar and Grill will be open with food and drinks available for purchase all night long. The Jam will take place in the Bar and Grill located next to the Pro Shop. Speedway staff will be on hand to assist with 2016 season purchases. The address for the Gambler’s Ridge Golf Course is 121 Burlington Path Rd., Cream Ridge, NJ 08514.
THERE WILL BE A NEW NASCAR SPORTSMAN CHAMPION AT GRANDVIEW; BRUCE AND TERESA ROGERS CONTINUE RECOVERY FROM FLORIDA AUTO ACCIDENT; NEW LOOK WEBSITE WITH UPDATED RULES IN PLACE AND SEASON GETS GREEN ON MARCH 26TH
BECHTELSVILLE, PA February 7, 2016 . . . There could be a repeat champion in the T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified division and in the BRC NASCAR Late Models at Grandview Speedway this season. Craig VonDohren will be back to try for his 9th title in the Modifieds while Chuck Schutz will be shooting for his 8th championship in the Late Models.
However in the NASCAR Sportsman there will be a new champion as the 2015 titleholder Brett Kressley is moving on up to the Modifieds and will be driving the Norm’s Save Station #357 owned by veteran car owner Norm Hansell. That will leave the championship open for a number of Sportsman talents to challenge for the title. Early season favorites would include Craig Whitmoyer, Brad Brightbill, and Kenny Gilmore, along with a number of others. It should all make for a very interesting season.
The 54th consecutive season of stock car racing on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval will kick off with a free-to-the public practice session at noon on Saturday, March 26th. Then on Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m. the battle for the lucrative point titles in each division. Grandview Speedway continues to be one of the very few tracks in the nation that offers racers two point funds with money coming from NASCAR and from the Rogers family.
Season tickets remain available for $350 and that give the season pass holder a seat for every Saturday night event between April and September. Send a check/money order payable to Grandview Speedway to 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to speed the return of the season pass.
A redesigned website is now up and running at www.grandviewspeedway.com. The new site, created by Jay Dugan, offers rules, schedule, latest news and more. Speaking of rules, Tina and Kenny Rogers, responsible for the operation of events at Grandview, are reminding all competitors planning to race at Grandview to acquaint themselves with the rules, which can be found on the website, so there is no confusion or questions once the season is open.
Opportunities do exist for advertising in the track magazine, sponsorship of a night of racing with a couple of TV nights remaining and billboard advertising. For information including a detailed brochure contact Ernie Saxton at Esaxton144@aol.com or telephone 267.934.7286.
UPDATE ON BRUCE AND TERESA ROGERS AS THEY RECOVER FROM AUTO ACCIDENT. As many may be aware Bruce and Teresa, owners of the Grandview Speedway, were involved in a serious auto accident in Daytona Beach, Florida about two weeks ago. They continue their recovery. Teresa is in a rehabilitation facility while Bruce is in the ICU at the Florida Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida. Cards and letters will reach them at 173 Bear Foot Trail, Ormond Beach, Florida 32174.
The Rogers family appreciate the good wishes along with the many cards that have been received.
New Egypt Speedway Gears Up for March Madness Meltdown, Season Opener Set for Saturday, March 19th
NEW EGYPT, NJ (February 5, 2016) -- As the last bit of remaining snow melts after Winter Storm Jonas, Ocean County’s New Egypt Speedway is heating things up in preparation for their 2016 season opener – the March Madness Meltdown on Saturday, March 19. This double header of racing action will feature a 50 lap Open Modified event paying $5,000 to win and $400 to take the green, and a 30 lap Open Sportsman feature also on the card, paying $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green.
“We’re excited to kick-start the season with a lucrative event highlighting two of our most popular racing divisions,” General Manager, Allyse Wolfinger said. “It’s been a few years since we’ve had the opportunity to have full control of the season opener and we’re putting forth a strong effort to make this one of the best events of the year.”
Plans are in place to make ‘The Meltdown’ a premiere event at New Egypt Speedway. This year fans can expect various activities, including a pre-race Fan Fest, added giveaways, and an exclusive line of March Madness Meltdown merchandise.
As an added bonus to the competitors, New Egypt Speedway is currently collecting additional bonuses and lap money. Laps are currently on sale for a minimum of $15 per lap for the Modified division and a minimum of $10 per lap for the Sportsman. There are also additional sponsorship opportunities available to get involved with the event. For more information or to get involved, contact the Speedway office at 609-758-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drivers are encouraged to pre-enter for the event. Modified early entry is $20 and Sportsman early entry is $10 – entry fees for both divisions will see a $5 increase on the day of the event.
Pit gates will open at 12 pm for early technical inspection. All cars MUST be inspected before hitting the racetrack. Front gates will open at 3 pm with hot laps starting at 4 pm and racing starting at 5 pm.
Adult admission is $25, seniors 65 and older are $23, teens 12-15, members of the military and their spouses are $15, and children 11 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 with any track or series license and $40 without a license.
New Egypt Speedway sees action on Saturday, March 24 with a free-to-the-public open practice session for all divisions. Competitors are encouraged to test and tune their machines in preparation for the 2016 racing season.
New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 in just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from roast beef sandwiches to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.
For more information, visit online: www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway.
Mercer Raceway Park Celebrates 2015 Season with Annual Awards Banquet
Mercer, PA (January 25, 2016): The Mercer Raceway Park family celebrated the 2015 season and welcomed the 2016 edition Saturday night at the Normandy Banquet Center in Hermitage, PA. Taking top honors in their respective divisions were Jack Sodeman, Jr. (4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels 410 Sprint Cars), Jimmy Holden (Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds), Cody Bova (Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors), Ryan Moyer (Precise Racing Products Stock Cars), Mark Marcucci (Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites), and Mike Thompson (Ray's Racing Collectibles and Eperthener's Auto Wrecking Mini Stocks). In addition, some special awards were presented to Jeff Schaffer, Jr. (Most Improved Driver), Darin Gallagher (Rookie of the Year), and George Hobaugh, Jr. (Walt Wimer's Cavalcade Award for the Limited Sprint class).
The 2015 season saw Jack Sodeman, Jr. rebound to earn another title in the track's headline class, the 410 Sprint Cars presented by 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels. Sodeman has been in the hunt year after year, but misfortune has kept him from clinching multiple championships before 2015. In his "off" seasons, he sustained season-ending injuries at other area tracks. But, he stayed healthy and on course. Finishing second was up and coming Brandon Matus, the third-generation driver. A.J. Flick took third, which was his best season ever at the storied track.Adam Kekich and Scott Priester completed the top five. Brent Matus, Dan Kriger, Michael Bauer, Eric Williams, and Gale Ruth, Jr. also obatined due recognition. These drivers, and many more, are expected to compete weekly at Mercer Raceway Park in 2016.
Jimmy Holden regained his championship form as well, topping Lonny Riggs by a mere 14 point margin over the 2105 season. Kyel Fink, Tommy Kristyak, and newcomer Sid Unverzagt, Jr. were also in the top five of the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. J.R. McGinley was always competitive, but he missed a show or two due to mechanical woes, thereby eliminating him from the title chase.Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Shane Izzo, and Brian Schaffer showed that there is room for the younger drivers to achieve in this competitive class, while veteran Rich Whitney claimed the tenth place honors. The 358 Mods will get their season off to a big start taking on their Big Block brothers as the Chiller Thriller will once again feature the rivalry with the BRP Modified Tour, on March 26.
Cody Bova was exciting and fast throughout the 2016 season in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, but he had plenty of competition week in and week out. George Hobaugh, Jr. was tops in the region, but ony second at the Park in this growing class. Darin Gallagher showed his prowess in his first season in a full sized car, earning multiple feature wins that led to his special accolade. Evan Kornbau was dapper in his blue blazer and colorful bow tie, but he looks to make a bigger impression on the speedway in 2016. Mike Marano, II earned his first career victory in 2015 and that helped him to fifth in the standings. Darren Pifer, George Englert, Alex Paden, Devin Litwiler, and Kotie Kirkbride also received awards.
Joining the fun in 2016 will be the Junior Sprints, which made their debut during the 2015 Little Guy Nationals.
Management presented the tentative 2016 schedule, which features action on the oval starting on March 19, with an open practice session and the fun-filled Jack Frost 150 Enduro. The first of two grudge matches between the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds and the BRP Modified Tour will Take place on March 26 for the Chiller Thriller. Saturday Night Live!racing will kick off on April 2, and the points chase will begin the following week.
The merry month of May will have two Sprint Car specials. The All Stars Circuit of Champions will make their only appearance at the track on May 14. Two weeks later, the Sprints will take off their wings to compete with the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series. The month will conclude with the first of two big truck and tractor pulls, on May 29.
The Annual Auto Racers for Kids charity race will be a Sprint Car triple header in 2016! The Patriot 360 Sprints will be added to the card for this must see event.
Other popular attractions will be on the card, including the Putsy Kekich Memorial, an invasion of the FAST 305 Sprints from western Ohio, and the season-ending 17th Annual Little Guy Nationals.
New Egypt Speedway Honors 2015 Season Champions at Annual Awards Banquet
Ryan Godown Collects $10,000 Modified Championship Payday
New Egypt, NJ--This past Saturday, January 16th, New Egypt Speedway honored their 2015 season champions at their annual awards banquet at the Hibernians Club in Hamilton, NJ. This year’s point fund, courtesy of Lias Tire, paid $31,585 spread through five divisions. In addition, the Crate Modified point fund received an extra $802 from the $.25 from each gallon of the spec fuel purchased during the 2015 season.
Taking home the big $10,000 Modified division top prize for the second year in a row was Ringoes, NJ’s Ryan Godown. Godown scored six Saturday night 358 Modified victories in 2015 to help secure the championship over rival Billy Pauch by 82 points and thanked his long time sponsor John Chemidlin of EG Tire and Auto Center as well as his entire crew and other long time sponsors dating back to his street stock driving days. Also in attendance to receive their 2015 point earnings was new dad and third place finisher Billy Pauch Jr., fourth place finisher and soon to be new dad David VanHorn, fifth place finisher Sammy Piazza, sixth place finisher Neal Williams, and tenth place finisher Jimmy Blewett, who gave a heartfelt goodbye to his dirt racing career at New Egypt Speedway.
For the second time in his racing career Clay Butler of Medford, NJ was crowned the Sportsman champion. Butler thanked his long time sponsor David Cray of Cray Electric for all of his support on their way to their second Sportsman championship together. Steve Davis and Brandon Grosso were also in attendance to collect their second and third place point earnings.
Eric Palmer of Cresco, PA celebrated his third Crate Modified championship in four years with his crew. In a division that sees a lot of youth starting their careers, Palmer proves year in and year out that experience at point racing can make a huge difference. With the addition of the spec fuel money the top 10 finishers in the Crate Modified division received point fund earnings. Second place finisher Jordon Cox, third place finisher Frank Dorry, fourth place finisher Ryan Simmons, fifth place finisher Brandon Grosso, sixth place finisher Brian Papiez, eighth place finisher Jeremy Maritino, and tenth place finisher rookie Tom Tanner were all on hand to collect their point earnings.
Mark Bitner of Trenton, NJ added to his impressive sprint car racing resume by capturing the 2015 NERS Sprint championship. Bitner scored a season ending victory to capture the championship by 10 points over second place. Also on hand to collect their 2015 point earnings was fifth place finisher Joe Lord. The NERS Sprints will once again be under the TSRS banner at New Egypt Speedway for the 2016 racing season.
Matt Stangle, who at just 16 years old, captured the 2015 HCI/Metal Fab Rookie division championship. Stangle was presented his 2015 point earnings by sponsors Mike Lyons of HCI and Mark Blackwell from Metal Fab Race Shop. Also on hand to receive their point earnings from Lyons and Blackwell was second place finisher Dan Fleming.
For the third year New Egypt Speedway awarded one driver with their unique Overall Champion award that is designed to highlight the under rated qualities of a champion including leadership, a team mentality, sportsmanship, and determination. This year’s Overall Champion award was given to 16-year-old Modified rookie Ryan Krachun who showed his maturity both on and off the track when racing in a division full of legends.
RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY AND WORLD RACING GROUP FINALIZE SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES EVENTS AND SANCTION FOR THE 2016 SEASON
RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK_Ransomville Speedway General Manager Tana Robinson has announced that the legendary Western New York Friday night weekly short track facility will once again work under the DIRTcar Northeast sanction in 2016.
Ransomville Speedway was purchased by the Atwal family this past December from the Friesen family, who bought the facilty in 1972.
The Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds and the Investors Service Company Sportsman will once again be under DIRTcar sanctioning. Robinson also announced several specialty racing events for Ransomville Speedway.
“We are pleased to have the folks from DIRTcar involved with Ransomville Speedway,” said Robinson. “We re proud to be apart of the DIRTcar family and working within it’s structure.”
The 2016 season will see a tradition return to the half mile clay oval. It’s been a while, but Ransomville Speedway will host a 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series event on Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day. Presented by Budweiser, the event is tentatively slated to be a $5000 to WIN, 75 lap affair.
“This event will be the start of the of the 2016 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series,” says Robinson. “We expect anyone who is entertaining thoughts of running the series to be here.”
Then on Tuesday, August 2nd, the Super DIRTcar big block Modified will be back at the Ransomville Speedway as part of the 32nd Summer Nationals. Presented by Coors Light, the Big Blocks will speed round the quick Ransomville Speedway oval for 100 laps, paying the winner $6,000. The Summer Nationals has been one of the biggest short track events annually on the northeast short track theatre.
The Summer Nationals will be the second straight night of the racing for the Super DIRTcar big blocks, racing at Merrittville Speedway the previous night. Known as the “Racers Vacation” the two day program gives drivers and it’s teams and their families a chance to view many of the sights in the region…including the world famous Niagara Falls.
The Summer Nationals was the idea of Alex Friesen in 1975, who wanted to give the Modifieds a large purse to compete for. Billy Decker is the defending champion of event.
The Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series will also make it’s annual appearance at Ransomville Speedway on Friday night, September 9th. Competitors from all over New York State and Eastern Canada are expected for the series at Ransomville Speedway. Historically, the Ransomville Speedway regulars have proven to be strong on the Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series. Past touring champions have been Chad Brachmann, Randy Chrysler and Cody McPherson, all Ransomville Speedway champions.
Woodhull Raceway gearing up for 2016 Arnot Mall Car Show sponsored by Swarthout Recycling
For Immediate Release - January 9th, 2016
Woodhull, N.Y. - 'New York's Toughest Bullring' has had some of the toughest competition in the Northeast, featuring 370 Modifieds, Crate Sportsman Modifieds, 360 Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Front Wheel Drives and the Woodhull Warriors. All of these divisions will return for 2016 with the only potential changes expected to be for the Street Stocks pending several official and driver meetings.
But before any laps are turned on the Steuben County third-mile oval, racers and fans can look forward to the annual Arnot Mall Car Show, which will be sponsored by Swarthout Recycling for the 7th year in a row. Woodhull's car show is one of the busiest weekends for the Arnot Mall, located directly off Interstate 86 in Big Flats, NY and the 2016 version expects to be no different.
Swarthout Recycling is a well-known supporter of local motorsports located in Beaver Dams, NY. They specialize in scrap metals including mixed steel, aluminum, copper, brass and cast iron. The recycling department accepts cardboard, newspaper, mixed office paper and junk mail, clear and green glass, tin and plastic.
Swarthout is also a race fan’s go-to source for household and commercial refuse. Their large fleet of trucks and equipment has one of the area's largest assortments of roll-off canisters in various sizes. They can also provide front-loading trash dumpsters in 2, 4, 6, and 8 cubic yard sizes for commercial refuse.
The always-potent Woodhull racing community will line the halls of the Arnot Mall starting with move-in night on Friday March 18th as the mall closes business that evening. Saturday and Sunday will be the official car show with the raceway having a large display in center court.
One change for 2016 will turn a lot of heads and spark the interest of the local race teams in attendance. For the first time in several years, Woodhull Raceway is proud to announce the Team Pit Stop Competition held in center court will return on Saturday evening, slated to begin at 6:30PM.
Teams of 3 will be accepted featuring a jack man, tire carrier and tire changer, with crew members being allowed to enter the contest on only one team. The competition will feature changing a right rear tire in the fastest amount of time without leaving any lug nuts loose. Teams may register at the show OR by emailing the team name and team members to email@example.com.
There is no entry fee to enter your race vehicle into the car show, but you must submit your entry by Friday March 11th, 2016. You may submit your registration to firstname.lastname@example.org, by sending a message to the Woodhull Raceway Facebook page, by calling Steve at (315) 729-3825 or by calling Brandi at (607) 857-1337.
2016 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, SEASON TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE
BECHTELSVILLE, PA January 2, 2016 . . . The 2016 auto racing season will be here before you realize it. Grandview Speedway has released their schedule for the new season so that racers and fans are able to make their plans for the 54th consecutive season of auto racing at the one-third-mile, banked clay oval.
As in the past the Saturday schedule of events kicks off on Saturday, March 26th with a free-to-the –public practice session. This opportunity for racers to test and tune their equipment for the new season and fans to see what their favorite will be driving has become a tradition.
However this season there will be one event run prior to the practice day with the Outlaw Enduro racers and Blast from the Past Vintage racers seeing action on Sunday, March 19th at 1 p.m.
The schedule for 2016 includes more than three dozen races with the first official NASCAR Saturday night event set for Saturday, April 2 and will feature the TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars starting at 7 p.m.
The Thunder on the Hill special events series, promoted by Bob Miller and Bruce Rogers, will include seven dates that will feature several different forms of racing including Big Block Modifieds, 358 Modifieds, TSRS 305 Sprints, United States Auto Club AMSOIL Non-Wing Sprints, All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints, Sportsman and 410 Sprints.
For just $350, no increase in the price over the 2014 and 2015 season, a 2016 Grandview Speedway season pass is available that offers a guaranteed seat for each exciting Saturday night of auto racing entertainment.
Included in the season pass is the Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings, the Firecracker 40 Late Model event, the classic Freedom 76 for Modifieds racing for at least $25,000 to win along with other special Saturday events.
Each season pass holder is entitled to a reserved seat, of his or her choice, for the season and avoids having to stand in the ticket line.
A check in the amount of $350 should be sent for each season pass being ordered. Make the check payable to Grandview Speedway and mail to 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for convenience in getting the season pass returned to you.
The complete schedule can now be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com and on Facebook. The schedules will also be made available at a number of car shows and driver appearances leading up to the new season.
Saturday, March 26 FREE to the Public Practice Session. 12 Noon
Saturday, April 2 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7 PM
Saturday, April 9 Modifieds 35 laps, Sportsman, Late Models
Saturday, April 16 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7 PM
Sunday, April 17 Outlaw Enduro Racing & Blast from the Past Vintage Car Racing, 1 PM
Saturday, April 23 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models + Blast from the Past Vintage Car Racing 7 PM
Saturday, April 30 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7 PM
Saturday, May 7 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 14 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 21 Modifieds, Sportsman, & Late Models + Blast from the Past Vintage Racers, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 28 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 29 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM Modifieds * (35 laps, $4000 to win), Sportsman and TSRS Sprints
Saturday, June 4 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 7 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES—Jesse Hockett Classic USAC AMSOIL National Non-Wing Sprint Tour & 358 Modifieds*, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 Modifieds, Sportsman, & Late Models plus Blast From the Past Vintage Cars, TP Trailers Night 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 18 Modifieds, Sportsman (40 laps) & Late Models, BFP Specialties/Bashore Trucking Night, 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 25 Modifieds, Sportsman & TSRS 305 Sprints, 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 28 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES PA Sprint 410 Sprint Speed Week Series & 358 Modifieds*7:30 PM
Saturday, July 2 Modifieds, Sportsman, & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 9 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models Firecracker 40, ireworks! 7:30
Thursday, July 14 SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES MODIFIEDS 19th Annual TRAFFIC JAM Big Block Modifieds 60 laps and Sportsman, 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 16 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM Atlas Paving Night
Saturday, July 23 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 26 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES (Sprint Thunder Cup) 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds*,7:30 PM
Saturday, July 30 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models + Blast from the Past Vintage Car Racing,7:30 PM
Saturday, August 6 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 13 Forrest Rogers Memorial for Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, 7:30
Thursday, August 18 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES- ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS 410 Sprints and TSRS Sprints, 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 20 Modfieds, Sportsman & Late Models (Forrest Rogers Rain Date) 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 27 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models + Blast from the Past Vintage Car Racing, 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 3 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models - -30 Laps 7:30 PM
Friday, September 9 Sportsman (38 laps) and TSRS 305 Sprints plus Modified practice, 7
Saturday, September 10 46th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic $25,000 to win + Cash Dash 7 PM
Saturday, September 17 Freedom 76 Rain Date 7 PM
Saturday, October 15 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES Halloween Party MODS at the MADHOUSE Modifieds*, Sportsman, TSRS Sprints – 6 PM
Saturday, November 19 54th Anniversary Awards Banquet 6 PM Doors Open 4 PM Gilbertsville Fire Co
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is a Bruce Rogers/Bob Miller Promotion - -26th Anniversary Season! Visit our web sites: www.grandviewspeedway.com and www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com; www.facebook.com/grandviewspeedwayinc; twitter@grandviewspeedway.
Those Thunder dates that include * (asterisks) have Modifieds earning NASCAR points.
W-16 Engine Approved for Competition in DIRTcar 358-Modified Division
$10,000 engine option opens doors for new teams in division
By Mike Mallett
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Dec. 29, 2015 - After a full year of testing, the Wegner Motorsports W-16 Engine is approved and ready for implementation in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. For less than $10,000, the engine will be legal at all DIRTcar sanctioned facilities as well as in the 358-Modified Series in 2016.
The new combination will allow drivers to enter the division while giving those already in competition an economical option.
"What we wanted was an alternative for the Sportsman guys moving up as well as for drivers who are already in the division and looking for an economical option," said Mike Perrotte, DIRTcar director, series and sanctioning. "This isn't for everyone, but it is affordable and will keep more people racing. We've seen what the GM Performance option has done to grow the Sportsman ranks and we hope to help some of them move up to the 358-Modified division."
The engine combination was tested and tuned throughout the 2015 season at Merrittville Speedway with the assistance of Randy Slack Racing, Bobby Slack at Bicknell Racing Products and former Super DIRT Week champion Billy Dunn. The group worked with Perrotte to find the right combination to make the engine competitive against other options available in the division. Their efforts proved successful as Dunn was able to capture three feature victories during the season.
"A lot of tinkering around went into this to get it where it needed to be," Bobby Slack said of the combination. "It's a middle-of-the-road priced engine and we wanted it to act like that. After getting some smart people involved we were able to sort things out and make this a viable solution."
The team made numerous changes to get the engine to a point where it could compete with more expensive engines. Slack said that the engine is not for everyone but offers an alternative for those looking to move up without investing more.
"I don't want a guy with a built engine to have a disadvantage and the way it is set up right now he doesn't," Slack said. "There is still a bit of an advantage with an open engine but this engine isn't at that much of a disadvantage where you wouldn't use it."
Dunn, who drove the car all season, will return in 2016. After putting the engine through its paces to test reliability and improve performance, Dunn said he was impressed with where they ended up.
"We spent half the summer changing intakes, cams, exhaust and getting it competitive, and by the end of the summer we were," Dunn said.
The goal of the new program is to increase accessibility to the series and grow 358 car counts throughout the Northeast.
"My realistic goal is this year to get five or six guys to move up from all the race tracks from Sportsman cars and other divisions," Slack said. "Maybe every year we can get a few more and eventually have a full field."
Bicknell Racing Products will be the official exclusive supplier of the W-16 Engine. Rules will be strictly enforced with the engines which will feature official "DIRTcar" cable seals as well as tape seals that contain a QR Code to track the engine serial numbers through the website. Much like the current rules in the Sportsman division, those caught cheating their engines will face severe penalties.
Those looking for information about the engine can contact Mike Perrotte at (704) 796-4566, or email him at email@example.com. Purchasing can be done by calling Bicknell Racing Products at (716) 285-7502 (USA) or (905) 685-7223 (Canada).