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First Championship for Bailey leads to Driver of the Year and Crew Chief Awards at Merrittville 65th Anniversary Awards Night – Former racer Don Spiece introduced as new owner

For Immediate Release from Jim Irvine Merrittville Speedway Public Relations

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THOROLD, Ontario (November 28, 2016) - Merrittville Speedway's 65th consecutive season officially came to a close with the Night of Champions Saturday November 26th honoring the 2016 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Champions and other award recipients.

A crowd of 300 drivers, race team members, fans, staff and sponsors gathered at Port Robinson's Club Castropignano where $40,000 in Cash and other awards were presented.

Former racer Don Spiece of Welland was introduced as the new owner of the Thorold facility that first opened in 1952.

Pete Bicknell of St. Catharines took home his 24th Merrittville Speedway Pinty's Delicious Foods 358 Modified Championship in a storied career that began from a high school shop project.

Cody McPherson, also from St. Catharines earned his 4th Title in the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division while for the 6th time in 7 years – Josh Sliter of Ridgeway was honored as Champion in the Rev's Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Division.

Three drivers would be honored with their first career championship – Welland's Tyler Lafantaisie in the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder and Dave Bailey of Hagersville in the Hoosier Stock Divisions respectively.

Merrittville's Announcer Dana Curvin performed Master of Ceremony duties – presenting the points finishers from each division with point fund monies in addition to a wide variety of special awards.

From a runner-up finish overall in 2015, Bailey would best defending champion Mark Fawcett by 3 points in 2016 to win his first Hoosier Stock Championship earning Archer Truck Services Driver of the Year honours as well.

Bailey would take home 4 Feature Wins in his Jib's Action Sports/Window Werx/Club 54 Motorsports #49. Bailey's season also included Championships at Ohsweken and Humberstone Speedways in addition to a runner-up finish in the Duel on the Dirt Mini-Series involving his three home tracks and the Brighton Speedway.

One final accolade would involve Bailey as his Crew Chief – Mike Miller was awarded the Billy Matthews Crew Chief of the Year Award.

Pete Bicknell, who would finish in the runner up spot behind Chad Brachmann in 2015 would be one of 5 drivers who would take home 2 wins in 2016. Consistency has always been key for Bicknell's now 24 Championships since his first title in 1984.

Driving the Lucas Oil Products/Bicknell Racing Products/Merrittville Speedway/Integra Shocks/Pete's Automotive/Hoosier Tire Canada/Alex and Helen Bruce Photography #42, Bicknell would total 1040 points from 17 Top 10 finishes in 19 events.

Ransomville NY's Ryan Susice was the lone driver in the 358 Modified Division Top 10 without a Feature Win. A strong season would result in the second generation driver earning a third place finish and the 2016 Performer of the Year Award.

For the 4th time in his career, Cody McPherson would take home the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Championship. Another second generation driver – his 18 Top 10 Finishes in 18 Starts would include 5 Feature Wins.

2016 would also include another David Chevrolet King of the Crates Mini Series Title for McPherson in his St. Louis Bar and Grill/C McPherson Jr Trucking/Sommertyme Spray Foam Insulation/Brian's Tire Repair/Rosa Automotive/Hitch Man Trailers and Niagara Trailers #7.

In addition to the Overall Point Awards, three Mini-Series Champions were also honored with Andy Imbeault of Welland taking home the inaugural Eataly Foods Triple Truck Championship by Tomaski Racing while Kyle Rothwell took home his first career 4 Cylinder Triple Crown Series Title. Cody McPherson also won the David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series for the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division.

Vincent Pagnotta, (Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Division), Tyler Winger, (Rev's Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Division), Tom Richau Jr., (Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division) and Gary Lindberg, (Pinty's Delicious Foods 358 Modified Division) received 2016 Rookie of the Year Awards. There were no eligible Rookie drivers in the Hoosier Stock Division in 2016.

Several history-laden awards were also presented during the event.

The Ed MacPherson Construction Kelley-Winger Sportsmanship Award was presented by the Merrittville Speedway Reunion Committee to Welland's Kyle Rothwell of the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Division.

The Begolo-Little Award for the most improved driver went to Brent Begolo, 2nd in both the David Chevrolet King of the Crates Mini Series and the overall point standings for the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division.

It seemed fitting that for the first time the Most Improved Driver Award went to a driver not in the 358 Modified Division – the recipient is the grandson of the Award's cofounder Jeno Begolo.

Rick Bellamy was presented the 3rd Annual Pete Cosco Car Owner of the Year Award.

Bellamy – a racer himself was instrumental in the efforts of fellow drivers Chad Brachmann, Darrell Farraway and John Babion as car owner.

The award initiated by former Cosco Racing Driver Chris Steele and his wife Sami honors the memory of Pete Cosco who passed away late in the 2014 season.

The Gordie Award named after former Merrittville Announcer and Wall of Famer Gordie Wilson goes to a person, or group of people who exhibit dedication to the sport.

The 2016 winner was Speedway Assistant General Manager Jim Irvine who has been involved with the facility for 30 years. Irvine dedicated the award to his dad Bryant – former racer, car owner, sponsor and Speedway Owner who is recuperating after recent surgery.

The Billy Matthews Crew Chief of Year Award went to Mike Miller who led Dave Bailey to the 2016 Hoosier Stock Championship.  

Pinty's Delicious Foods 358 Modified Division Top 12 in Points.

Pete Bicknell – 1040, Gary Lindberg - 995, Ryan Susice – 962, Chad Brachmann – 956, Chris Steele – 920, Mike Bowman – 974, Mark D'Ilario – 898, Tommy Flannigan – 880, Tim Jones – 868, Erick Rudolph – 840, Todd Gordon – 770,

Yager Bros. Trucking Sportsman Division Top 12 in Points.

Cody McPherson – 968. Brent Begolo – 892,  Paul Gaboury – 890, Brad Rouse – 866 Jay Mallory – 858, Justin Sharp – 856, Rob Knapp – 793, Joey Mastroianni – 728, Chris Bellamy – 646, Darrell Farraway – 637, Tom Richau Jr. – 590, John Babion – 494.

Novice Sportsman Division

Trevor Wright 614, Sean Dominey – 572, John Babion – 400.

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GODOWN & HENRY OPEN WILD CARD WEEKEND WITH WINS

Ryan Godown and TJ Henry set the pace in their respective divisions as the Bridgeport Speedway presented the first of two nights of racing to conclude their 2016 racing season.

Friday night's event was sponsored by Colonial Pipeline 8-1-1 Dig Safely and fans were treated to Colonial's heated tent where they received several giveaways and free hot dogs before the start of the racing events.

Godown, winner of two 358 Small Block Modified track championships during the 2016 season, took the lead from Ryan Krachun on lap five of the thirty lap event and then held off the challenges from 2016 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt and Rick Laubach to capture the $3,000 payday.

Watt chased Godown through lapped traffic as the leaders caught the back of the field on lap eleven.  Watt closed in on Godown on several occasions but posed the biggest threat with just five laps to go when Godown battled with a lapped car in turns three and four.  Godown drifted up the track, leaving a hole that Watt quickly filled.  The lapped car made contact with Watt, allowing Laubach to make the pass for second.  The caution waved with four laps to go for the disabled car of Steve Young, setting up a single file restart.

Godown led the way without a further challenge as he took the checkered flag for his second career Bridgeport Small Block Modified win.  Laubach finished second with Watt holding on to third in spite of missing a right front shock after the incident in turns three and four.  Jeff Strunk raced from his eleventh place start to finish fourth with Brett Kressley rounding out the top five at the finish line.

Danny Bouc, Frank Cozze, Krachun, Ray Swinehart and Richie Pratt, Jr. finished sixth through tenth.

Timed hot lap sessions were run for the Big Block Modifieds and Crate/Sportsman during Friday night's event.  Brett Kressley and Ryan Anderson were awarded redraw positions in the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified event - Gone But Not Forgotten - on Saturday.  Stephen Kemery and Jeff Bubori were the recipients of the Sportsman and Crate redraw spots by virtue of their fast laps.

358 MODIFIEDS 1 – Ryan Godown, 2 – Rick Laubach, 3 – Ryan Watt, 4 – Jeff Strunk, 5 – Brett Kressley, 6 – Danny Bouc, 7 – Frank Cozze, 8 – Ryan Krachun, 9 – Ray Swinehart, 10 – Richie Pratt Jr, 11 – Rocco Infante, 12 – Billy VanInwegen, 13 – Ron Roberts, 14 – John Pakenham, 15 – Jason Bittner, 16 – Neil Huber, 17 – Scott Hulmes, 18 – Brian Hitz, 19 – Steve Young, 20 – Tom Sherby, 21 – Brandon Grosso, 22 – Dominick Buffalino, 23 – Matt Stangle, 24 – Chad Barney

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RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY FINALIZES 2016 SEASON

RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK --Last Friday night, Ransomville Speedway put the finishing touches to its 2016 season. Nearly 200 people filled the Ransomville Fire Hall, drivers from the weekly five division program received $30,000 point fund money and hardware. The banquet completes the first season for the Atwal family ownership of the facility.

Ryan Susice of Ransomville grabbed his second consecutive 358 Modified championship. The points battle went down to the final points night with Pete Bicknell of St. Catharines, Ontario and Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, finishing second and third. Bicknell is a fourteen time Ransomville Speedway champion. Susice won three times in 2016 at Ransomville Speedway and Bicknell would have had two victories. Rudolph won five times including the Super DIRTcar 358 Modified Series event in May. Ryan leads a list of successful stock car drivers that learned from the Thursday night go-kart program.

Susice not only excelled in a 358 Modified at Ransomville Speedway. He also nearly won in a Patriot Sprint car in June. Tommy Flannigan of St. Catharines was fourth in points while Jeff McGinnis of Ransomville was fifth. Kenny Wills of Ransomville, NIck Joy of Lyndonville, NY Scott Kerwin would also also get plaques for taking feature wins.  

In the Sportsman, Matt Farnham of Tonawanda, NY is just twenty-one years old and completed his second season in the class winning the division championship. Matt would win three feature events in 2016, including the season ending King of the Hill 100. James Henry of Niagara Falls, NY was second in points while Kevin Wills of Ransomville was third in points, winning two feature events. Jesse Cotriss of Medina, NY was fourth in points winning three times. Greg Martin of Wilson, NY was fifth with also getting three wins. Chris Burek, Austin Susice, Brett Martin, Steve Lewis and Derrick Borkenhagen was won awards for winning feature events. Cotriss will be moving up the Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds in 2017.

Justin McKay of North Tonawanda, NY moved into the Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman class after spending time in the Four Banger class and responded with the division championship. Justin would win three feature events, all coming in the final four nights of the season. McKay and Andrew Spurback of Niagara Falls, NY came into the final points night tied at the top of the  Novice Sportsman points. Andrew would sell his race car in that final week, Spurback was unable to find a ride. Despite this, Andrew was able to hang on for second place in points getting three feature wins. Anthony Muscato of Lockport, NY had two wins and finished third in points. Darrell Borkenhagen of Sanborn was fourth with two wins. Garrison Krentz of North Tonawanda was fifth in points. Receiving winners plaques was Dustin Gorhan, AJ Custodi, Robbie Johnston, Chase Matteson, Chris Miller and Brandon Williams.

There was several individual awards handed out.

DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Matt Farnham...The Investors Services Sportsman Champion, King of the Hill winner and a Futures Feature winner at Super DIRT Week.  OWNER OF THE YEAR: Ray Coons, owner of the Kevin Wills driven Investors Service Sportsman. Ray has been a key part of the Ransomville Speedway pit area for several years. PAT SPINA MECHANIC OF THE YEAR: Roy Susice has been a major part in the career of his son Ryan as the second generation driver has won two straight Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modified championships.    

RAY MACIVER SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Pete Bicknell, made himself available to a new track preparation group at Ransomville Speedway after early season problems persisted after the new management team put on a new track surface. Pete Bicknell, responsible for putting the track in at Merrittville Speedway, has been part owner of that facility for the past fourteen years. His additional duties also include part owner of Bicknell Racing Parts, which include locations in St. Catharines, Ontario and NIagara Falls, NY. Pete also has a busy Friday/Saturday racing schedule.

BEST APPEARING-Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds: Jeff McGinnis, Nick Joy; Investors Service Company Sportsman: James Henry, Jesse Cotriss; KI-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks: Chris Dziombra; Gippsters Collision Four Bangers: MIke Pahl, Anthony Guthrie; VAN RAINE CONSTRUCTION NOVICE SPORTSMAN: Robbie Johnston.

The Most Popular Driver was determined by a ballet process which could be found in the weekly Laps Program. Jeff McGinnis was the winner for the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds. Jesse Cotriss for the Investors Service Company Sportsman; Joey Zimmerman for the Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks; For the Gippsters Collision Four Cylinders it was Cole Susice and Robbie Johnston for the Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR-Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds: Phil Vigneri III; Investors Service Company Sportsman: Austin Susice; KI-PO CHEVROLET STREET STOCKS: Ryan Hoolihan. MOST IMPROVED DRIVERS-Krown Undercoating of Ransomville: Kenny Wills; Investors Service Company Sportsman: Steve Lewis Jr; Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks: Austin Hauser.

Ransomville Speedway gave out two Performance Awards. The first went to KI-Po Chevrolet Street Stock champion Cory Sawyer. Sawyer won a championship in 1996 and waited twenty years to repeat that performance. While he didn’t drive for several seasons, Sawyer could be in the Ransomville Speedway pits lending a hand to those needing it. Helping him get that second championship, Sawyer finished in top five thirteen times. Erick Rudolph kept his run at the Ransomville Speedway 358 Modified title going into the final night, despite missing three nights to run a BRP Modified Series event or something else, in which he won it’s championship. Erick was still able to finish third in Ransomville Speedway points, helped by having no finishes outside the top five and five victories.

With the change of management, The Key Player Award went to the entire staff of Ransomville Speedway, annually the award would go to one individual. The Atwal family and General Manager Tana Robinson realized the current staff has went over and beyond what has been asked of them. 

Tana Robinson addressed the gathering following and thanked everyone for it’s participation during the 2016 season.

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ALUMINUM WHEELS PERMITTED FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN RACERS AT GRANDVIEW IN 2017

ANNUAL RACER FLEA MARKET READY FOR BUSINESS ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6

BECHTELSVILLE, PA November 4, 2016 …….. The 2016 NASCAR stock car racing season was just recently completed at Grandview Speedway and changes are already being announced for 2017.

Track spokesperson Tina Rogers has announced that with the start of the new season aluminum wheels will be permitted for use by the NASCAR Sportsman stock car division.

Rules regarding weight for the three divisions of stock car racing will be discussed at a forthcoming meeting.

Additional news, regarding the new season, including the schedule, the 55th straight season of stock car racing, at Grandview will be announced in the near future.

The annual Grandview Speedway Racer’s Flea Market is set for Sunday, November 6 starting at 6:30 a.m. and running until 1 p.m. The event at the Bechtelsville, PA clay oval is open to the public free of charge. However if you are planning to sell stuff then you will have to pay $15 for a space to set up shop. The flea market takes place rain or shine. It is open to all divisions of auto racing, vendors, collectors (who knows you may find a Honus Wagner collectible card) and dealers.

This is where race teams unload some parts and equipment left from the season and perhaps make a purchase of something that will be of help for 2017.

There will be food and refreshments available. For more information contact Joanne Bailey at 484.357.5506.

And you just never know what treasure you may come across at the flea market and it often turns out to be the opportunity to catch up with old friends or make some new ones.

Information on sponsorship of events, billboard advertising and track magazine ads may be had from Ernie Saxton at 215.52.7797 or esaxton144@aol.com.

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Airborne Headed to DIRT

PLATTSBURGH- Airborne Park Speedway has officially announced their transformation from an asphalt surface to a dirt surface for the 2017 season.

The official announcement comes after many rumors about the track changing over. Airborne Promoter, John Walker, made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

“We have been waiting to make a final decision about this,” Walker said. “After exploring options and speaking with many people, this is the right decision and were moving forward with it.”

Airborne’s 2016 regular season came to a close on September 18. The track saw tremendous improvements last season after working to restore the local car count and fan base. The goals for 2016 were met and Walker was pleased with his first season as a promoter.

The need for change is to get Airborne in the best position for longevity. Dirt racing is a hot product and this opens an avenue for great success at the local racetrack. Airborne plans on working together with other tracks and building not only the local car count, but entertaining outsiders as well.

DIRTcar will be the new sanctioning for the progressively banked half-mile track. The DIRTcar rule book will be used to allow drivers from other DIRTcar tracks to race at Airborne without having to make any major changes to their equipment.

DIRTcar Northeast Director of Series and Sanctioning, Mike Perrotte, is a Plattsburgh resident and commented on the news from the local track.

“I’m very excited to have Airborne on board as a DIRTcar member.” Perrotte said. “Airborne has always been a special place for me, I started my racing career there and also ran the track for 9 seasons.”

DIRTcar has various touring series that Airborne will look to lineup for the 2017 season.

“I’m excited about the opportunities that DIRTcar can bring to Airborne.”

The 358 Modifieds will return as the headline division on a weekly basis. 602 Crate Sportsman Modifieds will be included in the weekly racing action. Track officials will be meeting with drivers in the former Renegade and Mini Mod divisions to discuss their alignment for next season.

“I think it’s imperative that we bring the 358’s back,” Walker noted. “The fans love them and a number of the 358 teams, old and new, have been in contact with us with the rumors out there.”

Airborne Park Speedway Media Director, Robby Knowles, had been receiving calls all weekend long inquiring about the potential change for next season. All those inquiries were positive and hopeful that the rumors were true.

In addition to the calls, Airborne drivers at the end of this season were extremely supportive about the possible switch and were committed to changing their setups over for the following season.

Talks with sponsors have already gotten underway for next season. The response and support has been extremely positive and has great momentum moving forward.

“Some sponsors have already renewed and increased their commitment in response to this decision,” Walked added. “Our sponsor’s input was vital in this decision.”
When Airborne first opened back in 1954, the track had a dirt surface. Since that time, the track has changed from dirt to asphalt, back to dirt, only to go back to asphalt in 1990. The last 26 years have been spent as an asphalt track and now a new chapter will begin with the surface change.

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RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY: A LOOK BACK AT THE 2016 SEASON

The biggest news of the 2016 season at Ransomville Speedway was the purchase of the racing facility made by the Atwal family, who became the third owner in the history of the speedway. The speedway saw numerous improvements this past season. Which included a brand new state of the art video board and a new lap counter. New Ransomville Speedway General Manager Tana Robinson was able to meet the additional demand for VIP seating with newly built VIP rooms. Ransomville Speedway also replaced the track surface for both the stock cars and go-karts. Keep your eye on the Ransomville Speedway website at www.ransomvillespeedway.com for more news on Ransomville speedway as Robinson is currently working on the 2017 season, including a very exciting schedule. The one thing she didn’t have to deal with on a regular basis in 2016 was weather issues. The rain interrupted the schedule just twice.  

Hometown driver Ryan Susice took home his second consecutive Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modified championship grabbing two feature victories. Susice came up through the ranks at Ransomville Speedway, starting in the Thursday night go-kart program. He has also won a Street Stock title and a pair of championships in the Investor’s Service Company Sportsman division. The 2016 358 Modified chase went down to the final points night with Susice getting a fourth place finish while Pete Bicknell of St. Catherines, Ontario finishing second in the race and in the points. Kenny Wills of Ransomville and NIck Joy of Lyndonville, NY picked up their first career 358 Modified wins. In all, twenty-one different drivers picked up weekly track points.

Matt Farnham of Tonawanda, NY led the youth movement in the Investor’s Service Company Sportsman, by winning the division championship. Farnham won three feature events this season, including the season ending KIng of the Hill 100. James Henry of Niagara Falls, NY made a late season run at Farnham, finishing second in points. Like Susice, Farnham was a champion in the track’s go-kart program. Kevin Wills of Ransomville and Jesse Cotriss of Medina, NY were third and fourth in points respectively. Nine different drivers won features, including two other drivers in their first season in the class Austin Susice and Steve Lewis Jr.  Nine different drivers won main events   

Cory Sawyer of Niagara Falls, NY came back to weekly competition in 2016 and won the Ki-Po Chevrolet StreetStock championship. Sawyer also won a championship in 1996. Cory won two feature events this season while Billy Bleich Jr won six times and was the early season points leader. MIke Short of Tonawanda was third in points. Jaren Israel of Wilson, NY was fourth in points and also had six feature wins. The Street Stocks saw a growth in numbers from 2015 with seven different drivers getting feature wins and eighteen getting points.

Cole Susice of Ransomville won the Gippsters Collision Four Banger championship, winning two features and establishing a consistency of finishing in the top five. It was Cole’s second season in the Four Bangers. He is also a driver who came up through the go-kart ranks. Ransomville fireman Chad Lederhouse finished second in points with three wins, making a late season charge at Susice for the points. Mike Kramarz of Niagara Falls, NY finished third in points with a single feature victory. Twenty-five different drivers took the green flag this season and ten different winners in the field.

Second generation driver Justin McKay of North Tonawanda, NY, moved into the Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman class after spending the 2015 season in the Gippsters Collision Four Banger class. Justin adjusted to his new surroundings very well winning the division championship. Justin won three times in 2016. Justin went into the final night of points tied with Andrew Spurback of Niagara Falls, NY, who sold his ride a few days before the final points night. Spurback still ended up second in points. Spurback also had three victories. Anthony Muscato of Lockport, NY was third in points with two wins and Darrell Borkenhagen of Sanborn, NY was fourth in points also with two wins. Garrison Krentz of Tonawanda was fifth in points. Ten different competitors were feature winners here as well.

The Van Raine Novice Sportsman class has been an excellent starting point for young drivers with several competitors moving up the ranks over the past two years.

If you’re still interested in going to the 2016 Ransomville Speedway banquet, you still have time to get your tickets. Call the speedway office at 716-791-3602 or call Tana at 716-514-6297. If you buy your tickets by November 4th tickets will be $40 after that they will be $45.

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Orange County Fair Speedway
Eastern States Weekend 2016
Sun., Oct. 23
358 modified feature (100 laps)
1. Brian Krummel
2. Tyler Dippel
3. Anthony Perrego
4. Andy Bachetti
5. Danny Creeden
6. Tommy Meier
7. Kenny Tremont
8. Dominick Buffalino
9. Danny Johnson
10. Marc Johnson
11. Brendan Finley
12. Allison Ricci
13. Wayne Jelley
14. Brett Haas
15. Don Elliott
16. Steven Dillion
17. Gary Edwards Jr.
18. Zach Vavricka
19. Jessy Muller
20. Bob McGannon
21. Jerry Higbie
22. Ryan Darcy
23. Chris Shultz
24. Frank Cozze
25. Billy VanInwegen
26. Craig Mitchell
27. Shane Jablonka
28. Willy Auchmoody
29. Stewart Friesen
30. John Lieto
31. John Ferrier
32. Jimmy Spellman
33. Mike Ricci
34. Patrick Reiser
35. Ronnie Johnson
36. Matt Janiak
DQ Brett Hearn

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CRAIG VONDOHREN AGAIN PROVE TO BE THE MAN TO BEAT IN SMALL BLOCK FALL CHAMPIONSHIP

By CHARLIE BROWN, DELMAR, DE – A break from Mother Nature allowed all of the qualifying and almost all of the main events for the two day $60,000 Delaware State Dirt Track Championship to get in. Quilifing was held for all divisions with the 50-lap Small Block Modified championship highlighting the evening. The annual main is the only event all season for the division and carries a hefty purse.

A solid field of 29 Small Block Modifieds were on hand for Friday night's 50-lap championship event. Heats were won by Trent Willey, Carson Wright and Richie Pratt, Jr.

Pratt jumped out to the early lead with Willey in second. Craig VonDohren wasted no time at the start and was running second by lap two. Pratt was smooth out front and built a comfortable lead while VonDohren and Ryan Watt battled for second.

VonDohren was able to run down Pratt but just as he got to his bumper the yellow flew for Kevin Sockriter. Watt took advantage of the restart to take second from VonDohren but the yellow was out again as Willey's good drive ended on lap 19 when he got around while running in fifth.

On the restart VonDohren practiced what he had learned from Watt and regained the second spot. VonDohren kept up his momentum and went to the outside of Pratt going into the third turn. VonDohren was able to complete the pass to lead lap 21.

Pratt would get around two laps later collecting several cars including C.J. Jones; H.J. Bunting, Kevin Gardner, Carson Wright, Dave Dissinger and Scott Holmes.
At the halfway sign the top five were VonDohren, Watt, Matt Jester, Kevin HIrthler and Ray Swinehart. Jordan Watson in the Will Brown No. 1W started to pick his way through the field taking fifth as Swinehart began to slow then fourth from Jester. With ten to go Watson moved by Hirthler to take over third.

VonDohren would make no mistakes and opened a comfortable lead that he carried to the checkered. It was his sixth Small Block Fall Championship win and was worth $5475. Watt finished in the second spot with Watson third. Hirthler finished in the fourth spot and Jester rounded out the top five.

"I saw what Watt did on that one restart," said VonDohren. "On the next restart I decided to go for it while my tires were still good. I took it in hard and it stuck."

50-Lap Small Block Modified Finish: Craig VonDohren; 2. Ryan Watt; 3. Jordan Watson; 4. Kevin Hirthler; 5. Matt Jester; 6. Brad Trice; 7. Scott VanGorder; 8. Jim Britt; 9. Michael White; 10. Dave Dissinger; 11. C.J. Jones; 12. Matthew Peck; 13. Kevin Gardner; 14. Scott Hulmes; 15. H.J. Bunting; 16. Ray Swinehart; 17. Richie Pratt, Jr.; 18. Carson Wright; 19. Dave Shirk; 20. Ron Roberts; 21. Trent Willey; 22. Kevin Sockriter; 23. Pete Serra; 24. Kyle Borror; 25. Steve Warner; 26. Scott Ambruster, Jr.; DNS: Jeff Brown; Robert Riley; Jeff Sargent.

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Tim Fuller Completes 358 Modified Super DIRT Week Sweep

Leads All 100 Laps To Win Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 100

by Clayton Johns

OSWEGO, NY – Oct. 9, 2016 — Tim Fuller dominated the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series all week and continued his reign Sunday night at Oswego Speedway to win the Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 100 at the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.

Fuller started on the pole after setting fast time in Thursday’s time trial session and won the first twin 25-lap heat on Friday night before leading every lap of Sunday’s main event to complete the weekend sweep.

“Randy and Bob Slack, they brought a great car. We unloaded fast and finished up fast. It was a pleasure to drive. We’re two-for-two in that car,” said Fuller, who also won in the Slack-owned No.3rs 358 Modified earlier this season at Mohawk International Raceway.

Fuller quickly jumped to the lead in the outside lane, while Brett Hearn and Matt Sheppard battled for third behind Billy Dunn. Hearn took the spot from Sheppard and then moved past Dunn for second on lap five.

The first caution of the race came on lap seven for debris in turn one. Fuller maintained the lead while Hearn kept pace and then caught the leader on lap 14. The second caution of the race came on the same lap to bring the battle to a halt when Billy Decker, who won Thursday’s Hurricane 100 at Brewerton Speedway, slowed with a flat left-rear tire.

Shortly after lap 20, Hearn pulled his No.20 to the pit area while running second with what was later described as an engine issue. Stewart Friesen assumed the second spot during the 23-lap green flag that lasted until Ryan Darcy met the outside wall in turn four on lap 37.

Dunn surrendered a top-five spot under the yellow as he pulled his car behind the wall after he said he felt an oncoming rear-end failure.

The lap-43 restart set up a battle for second between Friesen and Erick Rudolph while Mike Maresca broke into the top-five for the first time behind Matt Sheppard. At the halfway point, Fuller caught lapped traffic but maintained pace ahead of Friesen. The restarts were the most challenging part of the race for Fuller.

“It all came down to restarts, and I hated every restart because somebody could have got up inside me and slid me a little bit,” Fuller explained. “That was my only concern. I knew once I got out front I could stretch it out. I just had to survive the restarts.”

The fourth yellow flag of the race came on lap 57 when David Allen spun and made contact with the turn one wall. Fuller brought the field back to green on lap 62, and the top-five held their positions before another debris caution on lap 65.

Fuller raced away from Friesen again on the restart until the only red flag of the race occurred on lap 71, when Mike Butler flipped upside down in turn three. He was uninjured. The lap-75 restart didn’t appear to bother Fuller as he continued to pull away from Friesen and Rudolph.

Fuller continued in the outside lane while Rudolph and Friesen wrestled for second. Rudolph drove to second on lap 90, but hit the outside wall in turn four one lap later to bring out another yellow and end his bid for a win.

Friesen dove to the inside of Fuller on the restart, but the momentum up top allowed Fuller to hold the lead and open a 1.3-second advantage with five laps to go. It was erased, however, when Michael Parent fell off the pace in his No.25 to cause the final yellow on the same lap.

The final green flag run saw both Friesen and Matt Sheppard dive to the inside of Fuller in turns one and two, but neither could take the lead away. On the final lap, Fuller had the victory sewn up while Friesen claimed second just hours after winning the Big-Block Modified Bud Light 200.

“It was an exciting race. Keeping these Small Blocks wound up is tough. [Fuller] and Slack, they have a good combination with that No.3 car. I was happy to run second to them. They’re a top notch team,” Friesen said.

Marc Johnson raced into third after Sheppard fell off the pace on the final lap.

“That was a tough race. It was a crazy track. I’m just happy to get a top-three out of it,” Johnson said. “It’s been a long week. The guys deserve this finish. I’m just glad I could get it for them.”

A pair of rookie drivers complete the top-five as Gary Lindberg and Mike Maresca finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Lindberg, who crashed out of Friday’s Futures Race, was happy with Sunday’s rebound effort.

“We’re happy with that. The crew worked hard on the car all week – it was just me, my dad and my brother. They did all the work and got us here,” Lindberg said. “We can’t complain. I would have been happy with a top-10 tonight. A top-four, we can’t beat that.”

Maresca only raced a part-time schedule in 2016, but pulled double duty in a Big-Block and Small-Block Modified during NAPA Super DIRT Week. He was ecstatic to earn a top-five finish at Oswego, where he earned his first career win in a Legends car on the asphalt.

“I’ve been itching to come back. I had a really good time on the track. I thought it raced really well, and I thought it was really fun,” Maresca said. “There was passing, and it was an action filled race. I don’t think anyone expected a perfect track.”

Fuller was also content with the racetrack.

“If your car was good you could still pass. It was rough, but we’ve all been on rough race tracks before. You’ve got what you’ve got and everybody’s racing on it, so make the best out of it,” Fuller said.

Fuller’s victory was historic not only as the first 358 Modified winner on dirt at Oswego, but because of its dominant fashion.

Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 100 Results: 1. 3RS, Tim Fuller [1]; 2. 66, Stewart Friesen [10]; 3. 3J, Marc Johnson [5]; 4. 28, Gary Lindberg [7]; 5. 7M, Mike Maresca [15]; 6. R2J, Ronnie Johnson [17]; 7. 14J, Alan Johnson [18]; 8. 27J, Danny Johnson [12]; 9. ONE, David Hebert [14]; 10. 55, Brett Haas [38]; 11. 37S, Tommy Flannigan [31]; 12. 47S, Corey Wheeler [27]; 13. 25P, Michael Parent [21]; 14. 19N, Chad Phelps [34]; 15. 01, Chris Raabe [19]; 16. 19M, Jessie Mueller [16]; 17. 62, Erick Rudolph [13]; 18. 14, Matt Sheppard [4]; 19. 22C, Mario Clair [24]; 20. 23, Joey Ladouceur [33]; 21. 16W, Lance Willix [32]; 22. 02, Roy Bresnahan [37]; 23. 04, Mike Butler [22]; 24. 15, Kenny Tremont Jr [26]; 25. 27W, Nicholas Webb [39]; 26. 66X, Carey Terrance [6]; 27. 111, Demetrios Drellos [25]; 28. 88, David Allen [20]; 29. 96, JF Corriveau [41]; 30. 26, Rich Richner [28]; 31. 9, Billy Dunn [2]; 32. 55W, Matt Woodruff [36]; 33. 21D, Ryan Darcy [35]; 34. 46, Billy Decker [8]; 35. 20, Brett Hearn [3]; 36. 39T, Ryan Bartlett [23]; 37. 99L, Larry Wight [9]; 38. 42P, Pat Ward [11], 39. 8, Rich Scagliotta [29]; 40. 21, Yan Bussiere [30]; 41. 34, George Foley [40]; 42. 24, Patrick Dupree [42]; 43. 49, Donnie Elliott [43].

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Decker Soars to Hurricane 100 Triumph at Brewerton

Holds off Susice to win thrilling Hurricane 100

CENTRAL SQUARE, N.Y. - Oct. 6, 2016 - Billy Decker led more than 75 laps in front of an excellent Brewerton Speedway crowd Thursday night to win the 24th Annual Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Hurricane 100 presented by SUNY Canton Racing during the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.

The win was the first of Decker's career at Brewerton on the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series tour. It did not come easy, but the "Franklin Flyer" certainly made it exciting. He owed the win to his No. 46 team.

"It's been a long time coming," Decker said. "I'm just happy to be here. I can't thank Jeremy Smith and his entire team enough. These guys are all pumped and I'm just tickled because they're very exciting to be around. They're working really hard and it's nice to see it pay dividends."

Decker jumped to the lead on the opening lap from the second starting spot, pushing the pole-sitter Susice back to second. The top-six quickly fell single-file over the first five laps while the rest of the field battled door-to-door for position.

The race was slowed early on lap six when an implement tire was pushed on to the racetrack in turn three. Decker got back to speed on lap 12 and jumped out front of Susice. Danny Johnson quickly made his way forward to sixth from the 12th-starting spot. The race was slowed shortly after for the second time on lap 18 when Yan Bussiere, Lance Willix and Randy Chrysler tangled in turn one.

The field came back to the green on lap 22 as Alan Johnson challenged Billy Dunn for third. Dunn held on to the spot until the next caution on lap 27 when Danny O'Brien came to rest in turn two.

The race was green for three laps before Jean-Francois Corriveau spun in turn one. The drivers found their groove on the lap 41 restart as it began a stretch of 57 green flag laps.

Susice jumped ahead of Decker when the green flag waved again. Susice held its first lead of the night for nine laps. Meanwhile, Danny Johnson and Dunn battled side-by-side for the third. Danny Johnson eventually took the position on lap 45 while Decker took the lead back from Susice on lap 49.

At the halfway mark, Decker, Susice, Danny Johnson, Dunn and Alan Johnson held the top-five positions. On lap 54, Danny Johnson took second from Susice and appeared to be reeling in Decker, who had encountered lapped traffic for the first time.

Susice jumped back to second on lap 58 after Danny Johnson was pinned behind a lapped car. The top three remained in that order until Susice caught Decker on lap 78.

Susice then raced within a car length of Decker, who was faced with navigating through a three-wide battle of lapped traffic to his front. Susice ceased the opportunity and drove to the outside of Decker on lap 80 and reclaimed the lead.

"What's he thinking?" joked Decker in victory lane. "He was driving by me and I'm sweating, my shield's fogging up. I'm old!"

It was a short-lived triumph for Susice though, as a slip-up in turn one allowed Decker to drive under Susice to retake the lead. Susice muscled his way past Decker again in turn one, as the two drivers made minor contact on lap 82, only to have Decker battle back to the point at the opposite end of the track.

"The lapped cars were kind of making their own lines sometimes," said Susice, apologizing for the contact in victory lane. "[Decker] checked up to go around somebody and left the bottom open. I was committed already at the starter stand and he didn't know I was coming so we bumped."

Over the final 18 laps, Decker settled in up front and began to pull away from Susice. With 10 to go, Decker's lead was nearly a second before he grew it to 2.5 seconds with five laps to go.

Decker was denied an easy trip to victory lane, however, as the final caution of the race waved on lap 98 to setup a green-white-checkered finish. Regardless, the single-file restart played to Decker's hand as he held off Susice at the checkered flag.

"I think I sealed my left-rear tire and it held us up a little bit. He was running really good and my hats off to him," Decker said of Susice. "I had to work a little harder than I wanted to, but it's all in good fun."

"I wish we could have had something for him on that green-white-checkered, but I spun my tires so badly and at that point I just went in to protection mode," Susice said of his second-place finish.

Tim Sears Jr. set quick time in group time trials with a lap of 14.369 seconds around Brewerton. Sears, Dunn, Alan Johnson, and Michael Maresca claimed qualifying heat race wins while Randy Chrysler and Danny Creeden won the Last Chance Qualifiers.

Brewerton Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Billy Decker won a thrilling battle with Ryan Susice during the 24th Annual SUNY Canton Hurricane 100 presented by Billy Whittaker Cars and Trux. Decker and Susice each led on at least two separate occasions before the Franklin, N.Y. native Decker grabbed the point position for good on lap 82. The win was the first of Decker's career on the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series tour at Brewerton Speedway

24th Annual Hurricane 100
Brewerton Speedway
Oct. 6
(DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Hurricane 100) - BILLY DECKER, Ryan Susice, Danny Johnson, Alan Johnson, Billy Dunn, Pat Ward, Tim Sears Jr., Chris Raabe, Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Bartlett, Mike Maresca, Ronnie Johnson, Larry Wight, Mike Mahaney, Kyle Dingwell, Danny Creeden, David Herbert, Gary Lindberg, Scott Wood, Demetrois Drellos, Roy Bresnahan, Tommy Flannigan, Jean-Francois Corriveau, Jordan McCreadie, Randy Chrysler, Lance Willix II, Mario Clair, Danny O’Brien, Joey Ladouceur, Carey Terrance, Yan Bussiere.

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Tim Fuller Grabs The Pole For Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 150
By Clayton Johns

Tim Fuller was the only driver to crack the 22-second bracket as his lap time of 22.829 seconds earned him the pole for the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series' Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 150 at the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.

Fuller was the first car to hit the track for time trials after fastest time in the noon practice session. He took full advantage of his qualifying position to grab the pole for Saturday's 358 Modified main event.

"I was so close to the wall. You have to nip the wall down here in turn one and I can't believe I didn't hit it," Fuller said following time trials. "That's all we had to do - we just had to hit it right."

Watertown, NY driver Billy Dunn maintained the second-fastest spot in time trials with a lap of 23.008 seconds. Dunn, a 358-Modified regular, earned a starting spot on the outside of the front row for Saturday's 150-lap feature event.

"Getting locked in is such a huge deal. This makes it so much easier going into the weekend. From the looks of this racetrack and how slick it's getting, track position is going to be really important," Dunn said.

Brett Hearn was the biggest mover in time trials. He advanced from 10th fastest following practice to third quick in the qualifying session as part of the second group to take time.

"[The car] was pretty good. I'm really happy we were able to advance from our 10th-place time in practice," Heard said. "I think right now we just have to plan for the heats tomorrow night. We'll do all the things we normally do here at Super DIRT Week [to get ready]."

Completing the top-six guaranteed starters for Saturday's event were Matt Sheppard, Marc Johnson and Carey Terrance. While Fuller was certainly happy to lock into the front row, he acknowledged there's still plenty of racing to be done.

"The only thing this does is guarantee you aren't going to have any dust on the car at the drop of the green flag. Once we get in to the race, it's fair game for everybody," Fuller said.

The noon-hour practice session was the only track time prior to time trials for drivers in the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, save for those pulling double duty in a Big-Block Modified. The lack of information and continued uncertainty means there will still be plenty of adjustments ongoing over the next two days.

"I still think everybody's trying to figure this place out and figure their cars out. I don't think anybody has their car where they want it," Dunn said. "There's things I want to change to try and get better, so we'll go into the qualifier tomorrow night with some changes."

The final track time for the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series prior to Saturday's Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 150 is Twin 25-lap heat races on Friday night at Oswego. It presents one final opportunity for drivers to tune their setups before the $20,000-to-win showdown on Saturday afternoon.

Qualifying Results - 1. 3rs- Tim Fuller, 22.829, 2. 949- Billy Dunn, 23.008, 3. 20- Brett Hearn, 23.016, 4. 14- Matt Sheppard, 23.025, 5. 3j- Marc Johnson, 23.087, 6. 66x- Carey Terrance, 23.205, 7. 66- Stewart Friesen, 23.277, 8. 99L- Larry Wight, 23.281, 9. 28- Gary Lindberg, 23.313, 10. 46- Billy Decker, 23.325, 11. 27j- Danny Johnson, 23.325, 12. 42p- Pat Ward, 23.379, 13. 25p- Michael Parent, 23.384, 14. 62- Erick Rudolph, 23.392, 15. 2rj- Ronnie Johnson, 23.402, 16. 14j- Alan Johnson, 23.420, 17. 1- David Hebert, 23.507, 18. 19m- Jessey Mueller, 23.585, 19. 19n- Chad Phelps, 23.603, 20. 7m- Michael Maresca, 23.651, 21. 01- Chris Raabe, 23.672, 22. 8- Rich Scagliotta, 23.697, 23. 115- Kenny Tremont Jr., 23.794, 24. 88- Dave Allen, 23.929, 25. 111- Demetrios Drellios, 23.938, 26. 22c- Mario Clair, 24.012, 27. 02- Roy Bresenthan, 24.141, 28. 47s- Corey Wheeler, 24.180, 29. 24- Patrick Dupree, 24.244, 30. 23- Joey Ladouceur, 24.335, 31. 21- Yan Bussiere, 24.346, 32. 37s- Tommy Flannigan, 24.376, 33. 26- Rick Richner, 24.460, 34. 04- Mike Butler, 24.562, 35. 16w- Lance Willix III, 24.599, 36. 96- Jean-Francois Corriveau, 24.652, 37. 27w- Nick Webb, 24.773.

Rudolph Shines Bright at Weedsport

Root Brothers hold ground to finish on podium

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Oct. 5, 2016 - Erick Rudolph and Todd Root kicked-off the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week with victories Wednesday night in the 358-Modified and Sportsman class at Weedsport Speedway. The speedway's Super DIRT Week Kick Off Party attracted more than 100 drivers between the two DIRTcar Racing divisions to the 3/8-mile oval.

Rudolph jump-started his NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week with a dominant win in DIRTcar 358 Modified Series racing. Rudolph took the lead from Ryan Susice on lap 22 and never looked back on the way to his third series victory this season.

"It feels great. Finally we were able to finish off the whole race here," Rudolph said in victory lane. "The car was really hooked up on the bottom. I tried keeping it on the bottom even through lapped traffic. I'm glad to be here in victory lane."

Rudolph was the class of the field over the final 50 laps of the race, but initially it was pole-sitter Brett Hearn who showed impressive speed out front of the field. Hearn had little difficulty building a three-second advantage over second-starting Michael Parent through the first seven laps.

Hearn's pace was slowed by the first of two cautions on lap seven when Roy Bresnahan spun to a stop at the bottom of turn four. The ensuing restart saw Hearn regain his advantage while Rudolph worked his way to third form the ninth starting position by lap 17 behind fourth-starting Susice.

Hearn's run came to an abrupt end on lap 21 when he suddenly pulled the car to the pits, surrendering the lead in the process.

"It had a wicked vibration. I thought we broke the bottom end of the motor, so I shut it down," Hearn said following the race. "Initially we thought it was the engine, but now it looks like it may be the rear-end. Usually in these cases I can pick out what it is and tell you exactly what happened, but I'm a little bit mystified right now."
The race stayed green despite Hearn's departure and Susice led lap 21. Rudolph took over the top spot on lap 22 as the leaders began to work through traffic. The second caution of the night on lap 31 halted his effort after third-running Gary Lindberg spun in turn one.

On the restart, Chad Brachmann made his move to get by Susice for the runner-up position and trailed Rudolph by 1.4 seconds at the halfway mark of the 75-lap affair.

As the track continued to slick off, Rudolph migrated further to the inside lane and systematically disposed of lapped traffic to maintain his advantage over Brachmann.

"I felt I had as good a car as him, if not better, but he caught the breaks through the lapped traffic. I got stalled a few times and it let him get back ahead of me by what I gained on him," Brachmann said.

Rudolph asserted his dominance over the final 20 laps as he pulled away from Brachmann by over three seconds at the checkers. Mike Mahaney rounded out the podium ahead of Susice and Larry Wight.

"We've had some good momentum lately and I'm really happy about it," Mahaney said following his third-place run. "I'm very excited. I'm in to Super DIRT Week and we're doing well."

The victory to kickoff the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week will help build momentum for Rudolph and his team entering Saturday's Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 150 at Oswego, the Ransomville, NY native said.

"It boosts the morale of the team a little bit. I'm sure they're as excited as I am. Now we're looking for the next one," Rudolph said.

In the Sportsman class, series points leader Shane Pecore led the 31-car field into the green flag for the 30-lap feature. Pecore, who won his heat earlier in the night, began the highly-anticipated race barreling down the front stretch with two drivers who also won their heat races. Kevin and Todd Root not only shared their heat race victories in common, but are also brothers local to the area.

In the two-caution feature, Pecore led much of the race by less than a half-second margin. His No. 0 racecar stayed in the middle of the track, while the bottom was the line of choice for the Root brothers. Todd Root moved his way into the second-spot early and bided his time at the top. He consistently made up his time cutting the corner in turn two beneath Pecore. There, his No. 15 car gained a few more tenths on the leader.

While Todd Root maintained his bumper-to-bumper distance from the leader, Kevin Root danced in and out of the podium with Central Square, N.Y. native Alan Fink. The top four drivers separated into two's, leaving the rest of the field behind. With two-thirds of the race completed, the Root brothers began to make their moves.

Though the next seven laps were filled with unsuccessful attempts, lapped traffic proved to be the deciding factor with three laps remaining. Running out of real estate, Todd Root weaved under lapped traffic quicker than Pecore could overtake them. Todd Root claimed the lead, while Pecore began to fade. Kevin Root ran down Pecore within the final laps with his No. 34 car to finish second to his brother.

The victory is the first series win of Todd Root's career. Beaming ear-to-ear, he said he accomplished one goal of his - finishing in front of his brother.

"I just needed to beat him," said Todd Root, getting the best of the sibling rivalry. "I was way too tight to run the bottom, and it took too long to find a rhythm on the top. Once I got a rhythm, it was the lapped traffic that played a big role in [taking the lead]. This is big for us. If you wanted to pass the guys in front, you had to go up-top."

The DIRTcar 358 Modified Series returns to action at Brewerton Speedway for the Hurricane 100 on Thursday night. The DIRTcar Sportsman Series will also be in competition.

Weedsport Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES: Brett Hearn used his pole starting position to lead the opening 20 laps by a commanding margin before a mechanical failure forced him to retire to the pit area. Hearn's misfortune was the benefit of Ryan Susice who assumed the lead for a single lap before Erick Rudolph took over the top spot on lap 22. The second and final restart of the race came on lap 31 and Rudolph paced the field without much difficulty through traffic to claim the victory over Chad Brachmann, Mike Mahaney, Ryan Susice and Larry Wight.

Shane Pecore led the 31-car field into the green flag Wednesday night at Weedsport Speedway, but it was Todd Root's last-minute pass with three laps remaining that led him into the checkers. In those three laps, Pecore fell back to the final podium spot. Kevin Root ultimately made the podium a family affair, finishing second to his brother.

DIRTcar Racing Statistical Report; Weedsport Speedway; Weedsport, N.Y.; Oct. 5, 2016
DIRTcar 358 Modified Feature - (75 Laps) - 1. 25r- Erick Rudolph [9], 2. 3b- Chad Brachman [12], 3. 88m- Mike Mahaney [5], 4. 38- Ryan Susice [4], 5. 99L- Larry Wight [15], 6. 1- David Hebert [7], 7. 42p- Pat Ward [8], 8. 14j- Alan Johnson [14], 9. 357- Matt Sheppard [22], 10. 01- Chris Raabe [19], 11. 39- Ryan Bartlett [24], 12. 66x- Carey Terrance [17], 13. 25p- Michael Parent [2], 14. 25h- Bobby Herrington [30], 15. 16x- Danny Creeden [21], 16. 28z- Gary Lindberg [3], 17. 99j- Jimmy Phelps [20], 18. 21- Yan Bussiere [28], 19. 23- Joey Ladouceur [10], 20. 26- Rich Richner [11], 21. 38w- Scott Wood [27], 22. 949- Billy Dunn [13], 23. 22c- Mario Clair [23], 24. 16w- Lance Willix III [25], 25. 2j- Ronnie Johnson [16], 26. 37s- Tommy Flannigan [29], 27. 02 Roy Bresnahan [18], 28. 20- Brett Hearn [1], 29. 12j- Nick Joy [6], 30. 7m- Michael Maresca [26] Lap Leaders: Brett Hearn 1-20, Ryan Susice 21, Erick Rudolph 22-75

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature - (30 Laps)- 1. 15- Todd Root [3]; 2. 34- Kevin Root [2]; 3. 0- Shane Pecore [1]; 4. 8- Alan Fink [6]; 5. 7c- Glenn Forward [7]; 6. R32- Ron Davis III [10]; 7. c21- Brian Calabrese [8]; 8. 1R- Adam Hilton [11]; 9. 33- Alex LaJoie [13]; 10. 09- Connor Cleveland [16]; 11. 9x- Tyler Trump [20]; 12. r18- Brad Rouse [12]; 13. 111b- Brett Senek [9]; 14. m1- Dave Marcuccilli [15]; 15. b15- Brianna Ladouceur [18]; 16. 38- Zach Sobotka [19]; 17. 17- Tristian Draper [30]; 18. F11- Dan Ferguson [5]; 19. T21- Taylor Caprara [29]; 20. ms7- Michael Sabia [25]; 21. J18- Louie Jackson Jr. [14]; 22. k29- Chris Cunningham [31]; 23. 92- Martin Pelletier [27]; 24. 1v- Jim Spano [22]; 25. 1- Robert Delormier [24]; 26. p15- Aaron Pierson [17]; 27. 1J- Rocky Warner [4]; 28. 82- Will Shields [82]; 29. 7m- Cody McPherson [23]; 30. 52- Jessica Power [26]; 31. k31- Kane Bristol [28] Lap Leaders: Shane Pecore 1-27; Todd Root 28-30

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There’s No Race Like Home at Brockville Speedway’s DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

At the weekly level, short track stock car racing has long been focused on family and friends. With the 8th running of Brockville Ontario Speedway’s 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals less than a month away, the thought of a Saturday night regular taking the checkered flag is a distinct possibility. Car counts in the Small Block and Sportsman Modified divisions at The BOS have been strong for a number of years and several of the drivers in each class are members of racing families.

13-time track champion Danny O’Brien – who competes in the 358 Modified field with his older brother Pat and younger sibling Tim – followed in the footsteps of his father, Pat O’Brien Sr. Stephane Lafrance added an extra digit to the #15 made famous over the years by his father Marcel and made his own mark in the sport with his craft-built, limited edition racecars.

After practicing his craft at a number of different tracks in past campaigns, Matt Billings – a former go kart racer – returned home this year and logged a pair of main event wins, while finishing 7th in points. Chris Herbison – a former Sportsman division champion – developed a passion for the sport from watching his father George compete and this year, his son Jarrett – who also graduated from the karting ranks – finished 16th during his rookie Sportsman-Modified season.

The Brockville hometown attitude continues with the Evoy clan and 2016 Sportsman division track champion Dylan – whose race shop is about a 10-minute drive from the speedway – and even extends to nearby Spencerville, with the father and son duo of John and Madison Mulder, who finished 10th and 12th respectively in the recently concluded Small Block Modified standings.

For the 8th annual edition of the 1000 Islands RV Northeast Fall Nationals – A Craig Revelle Tribute, presented by St. Lawrence Radiology, Rez-X Racing and sponsored by 103.7 BOB-FM, the Brockville Recorder & Times and CKWS-TV – the Friday, October 14th program has the final Mr. DIRTcar championship event for the 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Street Stocks, with a 7:00 green flag. The Saturday, October 15th agenda is headlined by DIRTcar Big Block Mods, the championship final for Sportsman Modifieds, Mini Stocks and Outlaw Vintage Mods. Racing gets underway at 4:00.

Fans can find complete Northeast Fall Nationals details by checkingwww.brockvillespeedway.com, as well as the track’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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Rain & Cold Weather Cancels Friday Program Of Bullring Challenge

Tonight's first night of competition for Bullring Challenge Weekend sponsored by Costy's Energy Services has been cancelled due to rain and cold temperatures for the rest of today.

"We're disappointed to lose Night 1 of the Bullring Challenge," said Woodhull Owner and Promoter Ted White.

"Our plan now is to give the weather 24 hours to change and re-evaluate for Saturday's event tomorrow morning.  Hopefully this will give everyone ample notice who planned on coming out today.  The campground is open if anyone was already planning to come out to camp for the weekend."

Saturday night’s championship will see Big Block/Small Block Modifieds go forty laps for $3,000-to-win in the 7th annual Bullring Challenge.  The Grit Racing Series American Racer Series will go thirty laps for $1,000-to-win and $100 to take the green flag.

The 360 Late Models will compete in the final 360 Late Model event of their long history on the High Banks.  Saturday will also see open Street Stocks and the finale Championship race for the Quad C division in 2016.  The Quad C division is the only division left that must settle their season championship point race.

Fans can find their way into the grandstands Saturday at 3:30 for only $15 for adults 13 and up.  Seniors and ages 8-12 will be $8.  Children 7 and under are always free at Woodhull Raceway.

Saturday’s program takes the green flag at 5:30pm.  Free camping is offered on the speedway grounds for those wishing to make it a weekend of family, friends and dirt track racing.

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7th Annual Bullring Challenge Weekend Friday & Saturday At Woodhull Raceway

WOODHULL, NY – For the seventh year in a row, Ted and Brandi White will host Bullring Challenge Weekend at the Woodhull Raceway this Friday and Saturday nights sponsored by Costy Energy Services.  This will be the final weekend of circle track racing on the High Banks for 2016, with only a bulls and barrels rodeo in two weeks left on the schedule.

Friday night kicks off the weekend of competition with an $800-to-win Grit Racing Series qualifier for the Crate Sportsman.  The winner of Friday night’s feature will not only win $800, but will earn a guaranteed starting spot in Saturday night’s Grit Racing Series American Racer Series event.  Friday night will NOT pay Grit Series points.

The 360 Late Models will also be on hand, along with Open Street Stocks, Quad C (RWD/FWD 4 Cylinders) and the Woodhull Warriors.  

Fans can find their way into the grandstands Friday at 5:00 for only $12 for adults 13 and up.  Seniors and ages 8-12 will be $6.  Children 7 and under are always free at Woodhull Raceway.  

Friday’s first green flag will be thrown by Scott Lyon at 7:00pm.  Free camping is offered on the speedway grounds for those wishing to make it a weekend of family, friends and dirt track racing.

Saturday night’s championship will see Big Block/Small Block Modifieds go forty laps for $3,000-to-win in the 7th annual Bullring Challenge.  The Grit Racing Series American Racer Series will go thirty laps for $1,000-to-win and $100 to take the green flag.

The 360 Late Models will compete in the final 360 Late Model event of their long history on the High Banks.  Saturday will also see open Street Stocks and the finale Championship race for the Quad C division in 2016.  The Quad C division is the only division left that must settle their season championship point race.

Fans can find their way into the grandstands Saturday at 3:30 for only $15 for adults 13 and up.  Seniors and ages 8-12 will be $8.  Children 7 and under are always free at Woodhull Raceway.  

Saturday’s program takes the green flag at 5:30pm.  Free camping is offered on the speedway grounds for those wishing to make it a weekend of family, friends and dirt track racing.

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NON-STOP RACING ON SATURDAY OF EASTERN STATES WEEKEND

Small-Block Modifieds and 305 Sprint Cars Star on Saturday

MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 30)……..The Small-Block Modifieds, powered by 358-cubic inch engines, will be the Saturday, October 22 headline attraction during the 55th Annual Eastern States Weekend at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. This year’s 40th Annual Eastern States Small-Block Modified Championship Presented by Halmar International, WLR Construction, and Arkel Motors race will be 100 laps in distance.

A star-studded lineup of top Small-Block Modified drivers from the entire Northeast dirt track Modified circuit will battle Orange County’s weekly competitors for the trophy and top prize money in this prestigious event. For the second consecutive year, the winner will earn $15,000 plus lap and other prize money. And with the $10,000 incentive bonus for sweeping the weekend, several drivers from the Big-Block Modified ranks will are expected to enter Small-Block-powered cars, adding even more drama to the Small-Block Modified race.  

Since its inception in 1977, the Small-Block Modified race has had several different formats, having been run at 50-, 75-, 100-, and 150-laps distances. The field for this year’s 100-lap race will be set through time trials and heat races, with the final starters coming from consolation races all run prior to Saturday’s main event.

Two drivers, Brett Hearn, Orange County’s all-time race winner and eight time Small-Block Modified point champion, and twice Small-Block Modified titlist Danny Johnson have won more than one-half of the previous 39 races in this annual fall classic which dates from 1977. Hearn has 16 Eastern States Small-Block Modified victories to his credit, while arch-rival Johnson has won this race five times. Other multi-time winners include the late Doug Hoffman (four victories), Kenny Tremont (three), and Jeff Heotzler (two wins).  

Single Eastern States Small-Block Modified champions include 2013 winner Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, 2015 Orange County Modified champion Jerry Higbie, Alan Johnson, Dickie Keiper, Mike Petruska Sr., Harry Behrent, and Anthony Ferraiuolo IV.

Saturday’s card is one of the busiest in all auto racing. In addition to the Small-Block Modified Championship 100 race, the 305 Sprint Cars are on the card, with timed hot laps and qualifying races leading up to their 25-lap Eastern States Championship feature race. Kevin Nagy is the defending winner, having captured the victory in last year’s CRSA Eastern States race.

On Eastern States Saturday, the fairgrounds and pits open at 8:00 am, with spectator gates opening two hours later at 10:00 am. Following the drivers meeting at 11:00 am, non-stop racing action begins on the five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway, concluding first with the CRSA feature and then wrapping up with the 40th Annual Eastern States Small-Block Modified 100-lap Championship race.

Advance tickets for Saturday or the entire Eastern States Weekend as well as camping and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office during regular business hours, or credit card sales (Visa and MasterCard) by calling 845-342-2573. Additional information can be found at the official Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

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Rudolph Scores Night 2 Victories At PartSource Applefest Shootout

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON, Ont. – September 24, 2016 – The busiest and fastest night of racing hit the track for night two of Brighton Speedway’s PartSource Applefest Shootout Weekend presented by Cool 100, Coca-Cola, Lucas Oil and Image Factor on Saturday night.

The pit area was jammed with 125 cars signed in for action in five divisions with the PartSource Applefest Shootout 100 for the 358 Modifieds and 65-lap Excel Tower Service Great Crate Race presented by Hotch’s Auto Parts, Dibbits Excavating and Vanderlaan Building Products for the Go Nuclear Late Model Series headlining the night’s events.

Rudolph Wins Third Straight Applefest Shootout

The name Erick Rudolph (No.62 Van Raine Construction) has become synonymous with victory lane at Brighton’s Applefest Shootout weekend and 2016 was no different. The Ransomville, NY native drove from the 12th starting spot to win the 100-lap DIRTcar 358 Modified race and $5,000 payday for the third straight year.

Tyler McPherson (No.777) led early after starting on the pole. A trio of restarts before the race reached lap 25 kept the field tight and allowed Rudolph to make his march forward. Gary Lindberg (No.28 He’s Not Here Bar & Grill) drove to the lead on a lap 18 restart and opened a five-second lead over Mcpherson before a caution on lap 40.

At the halfway mark, Kyle Dingwall (No.66 King Edward Auto Parts) trailed Lindberg in the runner-up position while McPherson and Rudolph raced nearby. Rudolph drove to second shortly after and then challenged Lindberg for the lead on a lap 65 restart. Lindberg moved the Ransomville native up the track in turns three and four which allowed Dingwall to take over the top spot.

Another restart 11 laps later saw Rudolph return the favour to Lindberg as he retook second and four laps later claimed the lead from Dingwall. Despite another handful of cautions, Rudolph scored the win by maintaining momentum through the middle of the racetrack which was also the slickest part of the surface. Nobody else in the field could run the same line as Rudolph, allowing him to pull away to a victory by 1.6 seconds over Lindberg, Dingwall, Ryan Arbuthnot (No.R70) and Chad Brachmann (No.3).

Pelletier Scores Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series Win

A massive field of DIRTcar Sportsman drivers helped fill the pit area for the second-half of the doubleheader weekend. Several drivers made the trip from Friday’s series race in Quebec while others extended their stay at Brighton for the second Sportsman race of the weekend.

Martin Pelletier (No.92 BRRS Recycling) of Sorel, QC started on the pole for the 35-lap main event and never relinquished the top spot. Pelletier overcame restarts on lap 6, 18, 25 and 26 to earn the win. Pelletier fought off a group of tough contenders including Humberstone champion Brad Rouse (No.18r Rick’s Delivery), Friday night winner and Merrittville champion Cody McPherson and front row starter Jessica Power (No.52 Speedy Auto Service).

While Rouse and McPherson periodically tried the outside lane, Pelletier successfully used the shortest way around the 1/3-mile oval to dominate the race. McPherson took second from Rouse on a restart with nine laps to go and finished in the runner-up spot. Rouse, Justin Sharp (No.8s Blue Moon Potatoes) and Brianna Ladouceur (No.15b Twin Leaf Express) completed the top-five.

DIRTcar 358 MODIFIEDS (23 Entries)A-Main (100 Laps): 1. 62 Erick Rudolph, 2. 28 Gary Lindberg, 3. 66 Kyle Dingwall, 4. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot, 5. 3 Chad Brachmann, 6. 777 Tyler McPherson, 7. 25 Bobby Herrington, 8. 115 Stephane Lafrance, 9. 9J Jordan McCreadie, 10. 28 Todd Gordon, 11. 75 Joe Banks, 12. 24b Jessica Power, 13. 88 Curtis Bellamy, 14. 96 Fred Carleton, 15. 15J Tim Jones, 16. 38 Scott Wood, 17. M96 Dale Planck, 18. 7 Mike Maresca, 19. 08 Mark D’Ilario, 20. L12 Jeremy Lasalle, 21. 63 Chris Herbison, 22. 47s Corey Wheeler, 23. 16 Gage Morin (DQ). No Time. Margin of Victory: 1.634 seconds.

DIRTcar SPORTSMAN (33 Entries) A-Main (35 Laps): 1. 92 Martin Pelletier, 2. 7 Cody McPherson, 3. 18r Brad Rouse, 4. 8s Justin Sharp, 5. 15b Brianna Ladouceur, 6. 52 Jessica Power, 7. 0 Shane Pecore, 8. 33 Ryan Scott, 9. 18jr Louis Jackson Jr., 10. 22s Shane Stearns, 11. 32r Ron Davis III, 12. 14 Kyle Wilson, 13. 8 Zach McBride, 14. 20x Jason Shipclark, 15. 2k Rob Knapp, 16. 94 Gabriel Cyr, 17. 17 Tristan Draper, 18. 35 Thomas Cook, 19. 38j Jared Herbison, 20. 81 Bruce Makinson, 21. 72 Gordon McIntosh, 22. 174 Chris Storm, 23. 08 Chris Ferguson, 24. 29k Chris Cunningham, 25. 2c Luke Carleton, 26. 102 Derek Cryderman, 27. 44 Jonathan Ferguson, 28. 9r Tom Richau Jr., 29. m70 Billy Cook, 30. 8t Tyler Parker. No Time. Margin of Victory: 1.678 seconds.

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IT'S COZZE OVER PAUCH IN BARNBURNER ON THE EVE OF THE KING OF THE BIG BLOCKS!

It brought back memories for seasoned racing fans!

It was a show not many will forget as two drivers who have forged stellar careers in stock car racing over the span of forty years battled wheel to wheel and side by side for more than half the race.

Frank Cozze picked up his first Bridgeport Speedway win in more than twenty years as he held off the challenges of Billy Pauch to win the twenty-five lap 358 Small Block Modified feature event at the Bridgeport Speedway on the eve of the first running of The King of the Big Blocks!  It was Cozze's seventh Bridgeport Speedway win while Pauch sits tied for third on the track's All Time Feature Winner's List with fifty-eight wins.

It was Cozze's fourth win of the season for car owner, Tom Umbenhauer.  Cozze lined up along side of 2016 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt for the start and quickly jumped out in front.  Pauch drove into second from his sixth place start on lap eleven and the battle was on.

Lap after lap, Pauch would race ahead of Cozze on the inside as the two battled side by side through the turns but it was Cozze who would roll the outside off the corner to regain the lead.  Pauch edged ahead as the leaders raced across the line to complete lap seventeen but Cozze was back in front as the pair exited turn two on the next circuit.

Cozze and Pauch led a stellar field of talent to the checkered flag at the end of twenty-five laps.  The amount of racing history represented in those first to spots is nothing less than staggering.  Billy Pauch, Jr. finished third in his own Kid Racing No. 15.  Dominick Buffalino finished fourth with Brett Kressley racing into fifth on the final laps.

Watt, Tyler Dippel, Craig VonDohren, Ryan Krachun and Rick Laubach rounded out the top ten finishers.

Steph Palmai-Carberry returned to Bridgeport's Victory Lane when she picked up the win in the Hilborn Tri-State Race Savers Sprint Car (TSRS) feature event earlier in the evening after leading from the green flag to the checkered.  The winner was greeted in Victory Lane by her father and grandfather who have played integral roles in her racing career.

Tim Tanner raced into second on lap fourteen and began to cut in to the lead but was unable to get to Palmai-Carberry's No. 99 before the checkered.  Tanner finished second with Robbie Stillwaggon racing into third in the race's final laps.  Tommy Carberry, the winner's husband finishing fourth with Mike Haggenbottom rounding out the top five.  It was the final night of points for TSRS as Haggenbottom earned his fifth consecutive title with his fifth place finish.

Several hot lap sessions were offered for the Big Block Modifieds who will take center stage tonight (Saturday) in the first King of the Big Blocks event.  Fifty laps of Big Block Modifieds with $12,000 going to the winner in an event sponsored by K&A Excavating Company and United Rental Inc.

By virtue of the quick laps in the final timed sessions, Craig VonDohren and Brett Kressley earned guaranteed starting spots in the King of the Big Blocks.

358 SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS (25 LAPS): 1 – Frank Cozze, 2 – Billy Pauch, 3 – Billy Pauch Jr, 4 – Dominick Buffalino, 5 – Brett Kressley, 6 – Ryan Watt, 7 – Tyler Dippel, 8 – Craig Von Dohren, 9 – Ryan Krachun, 10 – Rick Laubach, 11 – John McClelland, 12 – Duane Howard, 13 – Jim Britt, 14 – Tommy Scheetz, 15 – Ray Swinehart, 16 – PJ Oiver, 17 – Ryan Forte, 18 – Ron Roberts, 19 – Brian Papiez, 20 – Eric Kormann, 21 – Kevin Vaclavicek, 22 – John Pakenham, 23 – Mike Iles, 24 – Ryan Godown, 25 – Jimmy Horton, 26 – Richie Pratt

TRI-STATE RACE SAVER SPRINT CARS (20 LAPS): 1 – Steph Palmai-Carberry, 2 – Tim Tanner Jr, 3 – Ryan Stillwaggon, 4 – Tommy Carberry, 5 – Mike Haggenbottom, 6 – Eddie Wagner, 7 – Joe Lord, 8 – Dave Brown, 9 – Joe Kay, 10 – Kyle Purks, 11 – Chris Allen, 12 – Samantha Lieberman, 13 – Bryant Davis, 14 – David Bonner, 15 – Harris Kohen, 16 – Tim Smolenyak, 17 – Douglas Snow, 18 – Scott Frack, 19 – Doug Suiter, 20 – Jeff Geiges, 21 – Rick Steif

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Redemption for Riggs: Fourth Little Guys Nationals Championship

(Mercer, Pa September 24, 2016):  Lonny Riggs came to life after a lap 14 restart, and drove eleven more laps to victory in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified portion of the 17th Annual Little Guys Nationals at Mercer Raceway Park. It was Riggs' fourth triumph in the season-ending classic. Trusty Rusty Moore earned his third prestigious win in the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Car segment of the Little Guys Nationals.

Other winners were Greg Dobrosky (Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors), Gary Luzier (Precise Racing Products Open Stock Car B Feature), Joshua Ferry (2 Barrel E-Mods), Ryan Fredericks (270 Micro Sprints), Mark Marcucci (Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites), and Shane Shook (Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks).

It was a bit of sweet redemption for Lonny Riggs, who was running up front in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature the previous night. In fact, Riggs led for a bit before fading at the end of the race. "I was thinking about last night, I didn't want to run out of fuel again," Riggs said of a late-race caution that set up a one-lap shootout. "Actually, what happened last night was the fuel pick up started floating in the tank, and we got it fixed this afternoon, and that did the trick," Riggs clarified.

Eric Gabany and Jeff Schaffer, Sr. were the class of the field for the first half of the race. They traded positions several times, and, to make matters even more interesting, they played some mind games by switching lanes for the several restarts that dotted the affair up to the midpoint.

Eventually, Schaffer took command, but he still could not shake free of Gabany. Meanwhile, Ricky Richner worked his way into third, and he began to close in on them. Tommy Kristyak, Kyle Fink, Steve Schumacher, Lonny Riggs, and Jimmy Holden were swapping spots behind them.

Riggs got his chance to shine on lap 14. At the time, he was riding in third, behind Schaffer and Gabany. While Schaffer had the advantage on the restart, Riggs quickly passed Gabany for second. Just one lap later, he ducked under Schaffer in turns one and two, and he had the lead as they entered turn three.

"Our car was pretty good, I was just getting bunched in there, and I was just waiting for it to clear out a little bit," Riggs explained.

He was leading Schaffer and Gabany as the laps wound down. Gabany was starting to apply some pressure to Schaffer for the second spot, but his bid for the spot ended prematurely. Gabany's car broke on the frontstretch bringing out that final caution that made Riggs start to think about his misfortune the night before.

Riggs powered off turn four with a healthy advantage in the one-lap dash for the cash. Kyle Fink followed in his tire tracks, getting under Schaffer as they came off the corner. Schaffer held onto third. Richner, the winner of the very first Little Guys Nationals, was fourth. Jimmy Holden crossed in fifth.
Kristyak led Matt Reeher to the line for sixth. Kyle Holden, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., and Jason Sines completed the top ten.

The heat winners were Gabany, Kristyak, and Richner.

Greg Dobrosky led wire to wire to claim the Outlaw Sprint Warrior finale presented by Bonnell's Rod Shop. "It was pretty easy tonight, just hold it to the floor and turn," Dobrosky noted. He got his break at the start of the race when the odds-on favorite, Adam Kekich, was put back a row for gassing it up too soon on the initial start. That moved Dobrosky to the pole, and Kekich just could not chase him down.

Dobrosky jumped out to the lead, with Tyler Denochick holding off Kekich for the second spot. They ran in that order through the first twenty laps. Kekich drove around his youger competitor in turns one and two to grab the position, but Dobrosky had an insurmountable lead by then.

Following Dobrosky, Kekich, and Denochick across the finish line were Jacob Gomola, Mike Marano, II, Gregg McCandless, and Dan Bennett. Jeremy Kornbau and Andy Priest were unable to finish the race.

The staff and management of Mercer Raceway Park wish to thank the fans and competitors for a fun-filled and entertaining 2016 racing season.

358 Modifieds:  Lonny Riggs, Kyle Fink, Jeff Schaffer, Sr., Ricky Richner, Jimmy Holden, Tommy Kristyak, Matt Reeher, Kyle Holden, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Jason Sines, Clyde Gumpp, Ryan Kemery, Josh Deems, Eric Gabany, Jerry Bowser, Steve Schumacher, Kevin Green, Frank Guidace, J.R. McGinley, John Smith, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Jimmy Parenti, Jr., Richard Whitney, Kevin Hoffman (DNS).

Sprint Warriors:  Greg Dobrosky, Adam Kekich, Tyler Denochick, Jacob Gomola, Mike Marano, II, Gregg McCandless, Dan Bennett, Jeremy Kornbau, Andy Priest.

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Gabany and Kekich Home Again in Mercer Raceway Park's Victory Lane

(Mercer, PA September 23, 2016):  Mercer's Eric Gabany celebrated a homecoming of sorts, winning the opening night for the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds in the 17th Annual Little Guys Nationals. Another former track regular, Andy Buckley, seized upon the opportunity presented on lap ten when the leader pounded the wall in turn one, and went on to win the main for the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series and Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars.

Also taking wins were Adam Kekich (Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors), Todd Reuser (270 Micro Sprints), Ed Haylett (Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks), Tyler Frankenberry (2 Barrel E-Mods), Mark Marcucci (Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites), Roman Jones (Elder Tractor Sales & Service Junior Sprints).

Gabany, who swapped out his 358 powerplant for a big block midway through the year, was glad that he kept the trusty engine. "The big block didn't last very long. That small block, man, I'll tell you, it keeps going, and it's great when you win."

Kyle Fink grabbed the early lead in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature event. He was challenged by Gabany, Lonny Riggs, and J.R. McGinley. Fink led the way through lap ten. However, a caution allowed Gabany to line up beside him for the restart. Gabany had the preferred inside line, and he shot out to the lead, pulling Riggs into second.

Two laps later, another restart put Riggs on the front row, and this time, Gabany switched to the outside. It was almost his undoing.

"The restarts were a little tricky, but I managed to pull through," Gabany said. "I tried the outside for that restart and the flagman wouldn't let me start the race, so I had to go back down on the inside, which was smart becasue there was a lot more grip down there than on the outside anyway."
Riggs got away first, and he began pulling away. But as the laps counted down, Gabany rallied. He was able to make a power move coming though turn four to take the lead from Riggs on lap 23.

Soon after Gabany regained the lead, a rash of yellow fever took over, but he was able to maintain control. Having learned his lesson, Gabany stayed low for the final restarts in the race.

Riggs was not so fortunate, though. The restarts did not suit him, and he was shuffled out of contention for the win. Kyle Fink grabbed second in the process, with Jimmy Holden quietly getting third. McGinley had the fourth spot. Fifth went to Kevin Hoffman.

New York invader Steve Schumacher was the last man to pass Riggs. Next came Jeff Schaffer, Sr., Sid Unverzagt, Jr., and Frank Guidace.

The winners of the twin semi-features were Fink and Richard Whitney.

In the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Adam Kekich registered the win, and the significance of the accomplishment was not lost on him. You see, Kekich was driving the McMillin number five, one of the most storied cars in the annals of Western PA Sprint Car racing. Kekich fondly recalled Ted Wise, who drove that mount many years ago. "It's an honor to bring home a win for them at a historical place like this," he added.  

C.J. Jones jumped ahead at the start, with Kekich biding his time in second. Jeremy Kornbau and Gregg McCandless were also in the mix. The race was stopped on lap five when Mike Miller rolled slowly after colliding with Greg Dobrosky, who spun in turn two. Jones held the lead for four more laps before he slid out of the groove in turn three. That opened the door for Kekich, who went by and led the remainder of the race.

"I knew if I kept C.J. in check, I was going to have a shot at him in traffic. But he just bobbled there, and we took advantage of the opportunity we had to get by."

Andy Priest took the second spot from Jones near the midpoint of the race, and he followed Kekich to the checkers. Jones held on for third. Jeremy Kornbau turned in a strong performance getting fourth. Gregg McCandless ran in the top five the whole distance. Jacob Gomola came through the field to take sixth. Seventh was Ken Rossey, with Tyler Denochick, Dan Bennett, and Andrew Naugle rounding out the top ten.

The twin Semi-features went to Jones and Denochick.

The season will conclude Saturday with the second haldf of the 17th Annual Little Guys Nationals. Gates will open at 1 with racing starting at 3 p.m.

358 Modifieds:  Eric Gabany, Kyle Fink, Jimmy Holden, J.R. McGinley, Kevin Hoffman, Steve Schumacher was the last man to pass Riggs. Next came Jeff Schaffer, Sr., Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Frank Guidace, Jason Sines, Richard Whitney, Kevin Green, John Smith, Matt Reeher, Clyde Gumpp, Ryan Kemery, Jerry Bowser, Tommy Kristyak, Kyle Holden.  DNQ:  Josh Deems, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Travis Walsh.

Outlaw Sprint Warriors:  Adam Kekich, Andy Priest, C.J. Jones, Jeremy Kornbau, Gregg McCandless, Jacob Gomola, Ken Rossey, Tyler Denochick, Dan Bennett, Andrew Naugle, Greg Dobrosky, Mike Miller, George Englert.

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Little Guys Nationals Format Announced for Mercer Raceway Park
 
(Mercer, PA September 21, 2016): Due to the high volume of calls about this weekend’s Little Guys Nationals, the management of Mercer Raceway Park is releasing additional information about the format of the two-day event.

Friday will have a standard program consisting of heats, B Mains and A Main for the clash between the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series and Mercer’s own Precise Racing Products Open Stocks.

"However, changes were made for the other divisions in the hope of concluding the program at a reasonable hour," said track owner Bill Altman.

Several of the classes—Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, and the 270 Micro Sprints—will be racing in a pair of semi-features, with the top ten to twelve racers moving on to the Feature events.

The remaining classes—Elder Tractor Sales & Service Junior Sprints, Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites, Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking/Ray’s Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks, and the two barrel E-Mods—will have quick hot laps before heading into their features only competition. Those hot lap sessions will start at 6 p.m., followed by racing at approximately 6:30.

Saturday will be a bountiful day of racing, starting at 3 p.m, with a full compliment of heats, consolations, and feature events for all classes. Please keep in mind that there may be as many as three feature events for the Stocks, depending on the number of entries.

Friday’s Order of Events:
5:30 Pill Draw Closes and Driver’s Meeting
6:00 Hot Laps for Junior Sprints, Mod Lites, 2-bbl E-Mods, and Mini Stocks
6:30 Heats for Sock Cars
Junior Sprint Feature
Outlaw Sprint Warrior semi-features
Mod Lite feature
358 Modified semi-features
2-bbl E-Mod feature
Micro Sprint semi-features
Mini Stock feature
Stock B Mains (if needed)
Outlaw Sprint Warrior features
Stock Car feature
358 Modified feature
Micro Sprint features
Saturday’s Order of Events:
2:30 Pill Draw Closes and Driver’s Meeting
3:00 Heat Races for Stock Cars, Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Junior Sprints,
358 Modifieds, 2-bbl E-Mods, Micro Sprints, Mod Lites, Mini Stocks
B Mains (if needed) for Stock Cars, Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Junior Sprints,
358 Modifieds, 2-bbl E-Mods, Micro Sprints, Mod Lites, Mini Stocks
Stock Car A feature
Outlaw Sprint Warrior feature
Junior Sprint feature
358 Modified feature
Stock Car B feature
2-bbl E-Mod feature
Micro Sprint feature
Mod Lite feature
Mini Stock feature
Stock Car C feature

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DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals Still to Come on Brockville Speedway’s 2016 Schedule

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

The regular season is over and the track championships at Brockville Ontario Speedway have been decided. All that remains on this year’s calendar is the prestigious 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals – Friday and Saturday, October 14th and 15th – at The BOS.

Action gets underway Friday night with the 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Street Stocks starting at 7:00. Big Block Mods are the headline class for Saturday’s schedule, along with the Sportsman Modifieds, Mini Stocks and Outlaw Vintage Mods. Racing will hit the 3/8th of a mile oval on Temperance Lake Road, north of the city at 4:00. Track owner and promoter Paul Kirkland says the motorsports community has been buzzing about this marquee event ever since the season-ending checkered flag was unfurled.

“Drivers from across the province, into Quebec and the States will be here, but our Saturday night regulars are hungry for the win,” admitted Kirkland. “Victories by home track runners at the Northeast Fall Nationals have been few and far between, but this could be the year to change all that. We’ve scheduled a 2-day event that packs nearly the same level of excitement as our crowds see all season. If someone they see every week can walk away with the checkered flag, it’ll be a huge occurrence.”

Kirkland points out that the 2011 and 2013 Sportsman Modified trips to victory lane by Chris Herbison and Shane Pecore’s 2014 win had been the only successes by Brockville regulars at the end of year spectacular until Dylan Evoy – who recently claimed his 3rd track championship – logged a Fall Nationals triumph last year.

A pair of DIRTcar Racing’s biggest names has enjoyed multiple wins over the years. Billy Decker won the Small Block main event in 2010 and 2011, as well as the Big Block headliner in 2013. Danny Johnson grabbed the Big Block win in 2010 and the Small Block honours in 2012. He swept both feature races in 2014.

For the 8th annual edition of the 1000 Islands RV Northeast Fall Nationals – A Craig Revelle Tribute, presented by St. Lawrence Radiology, Rez-X Racing and sponsored by 103.7 BOB-FM, the Brockville Recorder & Times and CKWS-TV – the Friday, October 14th program has the final Mr. DIRTcar championship event for the 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Street Stocks, with a 7:00 green flag. The Saturday, October 15th agenda is headlined by DIRTcar Big Block Mods, the championship final for Sportsman Modifieds, Mini Stocks and Outlaw Vintage Mods. Racing gets underway at 4:00.

Fans can find complete Northeast Fall Nationals details by checking www.brockvillespeedway.com, as well as the track’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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PAUCH, JR. POWERS TO A WIN AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY’S ALL STAR EVENT

New Egypt, NJ (September 18, 2016) – At New Egypt Speedway’s fourth annual All Star Cup event, Billy Pauch, Jr. powered to the win in the 358 Modified feature. Ryan Godown was the victor in the main event for the Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprints. Jim Housworth topped the field in the Sportsman feature. The Crate Modified feature was won by Matt Stangle.

As the 50-lap Modified feature got underway, polesitter Jeff Strunk grabbed the lead with Billy Pauch, Jr. in second. After a side-by-side battle, Pauch, Jr. slipped by Strunk to gain the top running spot on the fifth lap. With ten circuits recorded, Pauch, Jr, had developed a comfortable lead with Strunk, John McClelland, Jimmy Horton and Ryan Godown next in line. By lap fifteen, Pauch, Jr. was knifing his way through lap traffic as McClelland was tracking down Strunk for the runner-up position. After a multi-lap tussle for the runner-up position, McClelland edged by Strunk on the twenty-first tour to assume second place. Three laps later, Strunk regained the spot. On the next circuit, the sizeable advantage that Pauch, Jr. had established was wiped out as the yellow flag waved for a halfway point fuel stop. When action resumed, Pauch, Jr. remained in control with Godown jumping into second and McClelland in third. As he did in the first half of the race, Pauch, Jr. began to pull away from the field. With ten circuits to go, Pauch, Jr was slicing his way through lap traffic with Godown narrowing the gap. On lap forty-three, the yellow lights were lit as Rick Laubach stopped on the backstretch. As the green flag waved, Pauch, Jr. repelled Godown to keep his lead with McClelland, Dominick Buffalino and Strunk in pursuit. The final caution period of the race took place on the forty-fifth revolution as PJ Oliver’s ride stopped. Following the single file restart, Pauch, Jr. maintained his position and continued to pace the field to the checkered flag. For Pauch, Jr., the victory was his fifth of the year at New Egypt Speedway and his second career All Star Cup win. Godown completed the race in second with Buffalino finishing in third. A strong run resulted in McClelland crossing the line in fourth place. Strunk came home in fifth. Buffalino, Strunk, and Danny Bouc won the 358 Modified heat races. Ryan Krachun took the checkered flag in the consolation contest.

For the fifth time in 2016, Ryan Godown was the victor in the Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprint main event. Heidi Heddin led the first four circuits of the 20-lap main event before Johnny Cornell took over. Godown, who started the contest in twelfth place, charged past Cornell for the lead on the thirteenth tour. Cornell, who announced his retirement from racing, finished in second place. Third place was taken by Bobby Butler. The top five was completed by Heddin and Brian Spencer. The qualifying events in the Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprints division were taken by Lee Nardelli and Butler.

In the 25-lap Sportsman feature, Jim Housworth collected his fifth career win at New Egypt Speedway. Art Liedl led the pack for the opening eleven circuits. On lap twelve, ninth place starting Steve Davis darted to the front. Following a caution period on the nineteenth revolution, Housworth outdueled Davis to gain the lead. In the final laps, Housworth kept his advantage to grab his first win at New Egypt Speedway since 2013. Second place was claimed by Bob Lineman, Jr. With Davis taking third, Brandon Grosso was fourth and Matt Stangle took fifth. Davis and Art Liedl were victors in the Sportsman heat races.

Matt Stangle, the 2015 New Egypt Speedway Rookie champion, sped to the victory in the 25-lap Crate Modified feature. Jeremy Martino started the race in front and paced the field until John Aumick took over on the twelfth lap. On the next tour, Stangle worked his way past Aumick and led the race for the remaining distance. Aumick took the runner-up spot with Ebby Ridge completing the event in third. Frank Dorry, Jr. and Ryan Simmons filled out the top five. The Crate Modified heat race winners were Stangle and Jordan Cox.

358 MODIFIEDS - 50 LAPS FEATURE: 1. BILLY PAUCH, JR. 2. Ryan Godown 3. Dominick Buffalino 4. John McClelland 5. Jeff Strunk 6. David Van Horn 7. Doug Manmiller 8. Ryan Grim 9. Ryan Krachun 10. Billy VanInwegen 11. Duane Howard 12. Jimmy Horton 13. Rick Laubach 14. Lou Cicconi 15. Jim Britt 16. Clay Butler 17. Andrew Bohn 18. Chad Barney 19. PJ Oliver 20. Danny Bouc 21. Willie Osmun 22. Wade Hendrickson 23. John Willman 24. DJ Ruppert    

NEWS SPRINTS - 20 LAPS FEATURE: 1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Johnny Cornell 3. Bobby Butler 4. Heidi Heddin 5. Brian Spencer 6. Lou Cicconi 7. Rich Mellor 8. Lee Nardelli 9. Wayne Weaver 10. Chris Moll 11. Al Cheney 12. Jermain Godshall 13. Duane Nixon 14. Larry Ricci 15. Brody Adamsky.  

SPORTSMAN – 25 LAPS FEATURE: 1. JIM HOUSWORTH 2. Bob Lineman, Jr. 3. Steve Davis 4. Brandon Grosso 5. Matt Stangle 6. Art Liedl 7. Eric Kormann 8. Cale Ross 9. Bill Liedtka 10. Roger Manning 11. Mickey Kessler 12. Rocco Infante 13. Will Dupree 14. Kyle Lilick 15. Chris Grbac 16. Dakota Kessler 17. Jimmy Amato 18. Ryan Lilick 19. Stan Ploski  
 
CRATE MODIFIEDS – 25 LAPS FEATURE: 1. MATT STANGLE 2. John Aumick 3. Ebby Ridge 4. Frank Dorry, Jr. 5. Ryan Simmons 6. Jason Bittner 7. John Criscione 8. Jordan Cox 9. Kyle Kania 10. Jeremy Martino 11. Alonzo Morales 12. Walt McIntyre 13. Matt Knaub 14. Dan Fleming 15. Brandon Grosso 16. Johnny Bangs 17. Devin Dodson 18. Shawn Ratchford 19. Eric Palmer 20. Rich Jones

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Woodhull’s ‘Mr. Small Block’; Van Pelt Wins 200th Small Block Race Of Career In Lyle Sherwood Memorial

(WOODHULL, NY) – There were plenty of great stories to share when it came to the 2016 running of the Lyle Sherwood Memorial.  Woodhull Raceway honored the late driver of the No. 17, who lost his life in a race on the High Banks after suffering a massive heart attack.  

Billy Van Pelt won his first ‘Lyle Sherwood’ the year we lost Sherwood, back in June of 2005, and added his third straight Lyle Sherwood Memorial to go along with his 200th Small Block Modified victory of his career.  But Jeff Daugherty wouldn’t let Van Pelt take the entire spotlight, winning his first career Crate Sportsman feature- in his first career start.

Van Pelt drew the tenth starting position for the thirty-five lap event, that was led early by Penn Can Speedway track champion Alan Rudalavage.  In fact, the first four positions in the redraw saw Penn Can’s Rudalavage, Five Mile Point’s Jeff Crambo, Outlaw Speedway’s Ron Cartwright Jr. and Woodhull Raceway’s Ryan Tracy lead the field to Scott Lyon’s green flag.

Rudalavage took the early lead, but it was fifth place starter and Outlaw Speedway owner Tyler Siri who quickly moved up to the runner-up spot to challenge Rudalavage for the top spot.  Van Pelt was working the outside lane to perfection while the top two battled, as a majority of the starting field worked the bottom lane to find traction.

‘Captain Quick’ Curt Van Pelt was making a rare start, in a backup Grant Hilfiger-owned machine, and also found the outside to his liking while making passes.  While his brother Billy was a comfortable distance behind Rudalavage and Siri, a timely lap sixteen caution flag slowed the field and would bunch them back up for a Delaware double-file restart.

But before that restart could take place Siri would head to the pit area with problems and gave up the second position.  Siri did not return for the restart.  Donnie Lawson also went to the pits with what appeared to be a flat tire, dashing his chances at a Lyle Sherwood victory.

On the lap sixteen restart, Van Pelt went to work on Rudalavage for the lead trying to make it three-straight Lyle Sherwood Memorial wins for car owner Grant Hilfiger.  Van Pelt had earlier in the week, announced that he and Kevin Chilson will once again team up for the 2017 season.

Van Pelt was scored as the leader on lap twenty-two after finally clearing Rudalavage on the outside.  Another caution would fly two laps later, a four-car melee including Crambo, Joe Dgien, Dylan Dewert subbing for Frank Dunning and Kenny Peoples Jr.

Once the green flag came back out, Van Pelt set sail.  Nobody was going to take away career Small Block win number two hundred.  Van Pelt scored the win over Rudalavage, Cartwright Jr., Curt Van Pelt who recovered to fourth and Eric Fisher the top five after a fierce battle with Brady Fultz.

“This is one of the races that we really really love to win,” said Van Pelt in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane.  “We still miss Lyle, ‘Mr. Outside’.”

Van Pelt spoke to the intense battle for the lead with Rudalavage, who had a stout race car Saturday night.

“He (Rudalavage) was squeezing me pretty hard.  But he was doing everything he could to try and win the race.  I was going to do whatever he wasn’t going to do.”

Winning this race was an important one to check off the list, again, before Van Pelt and Hilfiger’s time together as a team came to an end.

“This is one of the biggest races that Grant always wanted to win, and we’ve won it three years in a row.  Super happy for him, I have to thank Grant even for the opportunity to drive this hot rod.”

The Modifieds led off the night’s features on a night where changing forecasts had race officials concerned on just how many features would be able to take the green flag.  But for one young man out of Elmira- Mother Nature holding off created the biggest night of his young racing career.

Jeffery Daugherty took the leap from the Mini Stocks, where he won his first career feature earlier this season, to the Crate Sportsman Modifieds on Saturday night on the High Banks.  He jumped into a car his team purchased about halfway through the season, and has had a handful of practice sessions after a night’s racing card had concluded.  The team took a patience approach to debuting Daugherty in the division, which paid off big as Daugherty would knock his first start out of the park.
 
Daugherty finished third in his heat race and showed his fellow competitors and fans alike that he wasn’t there to just poke around and log laps- he was there to race.  During the redraw, Daugherty picked the number two spot putting him outside pole for the start of the twenty-five-lap feature.

Daugherty started alongside Woodhull veteran Kenny Peoples Jr, who was piloting the No. 6x for David Mayo.  Although Peoples had a strong car, Daugherty powered to the lead on the initial green flag and set the early pace.

Chris Daugherty, 2016 NAPA Crate Sportsman track champion, quickly moved himself into the runner-up spot and found himself behind his son pacing the field.

“My expectation for him was a top ten finish and put it back in the trailer in one piece,” said Daugherty of his expectation of his son’s first Crate race.  “This is a night to remember right here.”

It’s safe to say that the fourteen year old exceeded his father’s and his own expectations on this night.  Daugherty fought off charges from not only his father, but from Peoples as well with the top three running nose-to-tail for a majority of the event.

“My expectation was to just come out, have some fun, learn something about the car and if it was fast let ‘er eat,” said Jeffery post-race.

While Daugherty was leading, his father was putting the pressure on him to earn it.  But most in attendance had that feeling that if you were going to get the lead in this one, you were going to have to not only go through the No. 01, but Chris’ No. 22jz as well.  Surely a win by Daugherty’s son in his first race, would be just as if not more special than a win himself on this night.

Peoples through everything but the kitchen sink at Chris to try and get by for second place.  He tried high, he tried low, he tried running up against the infield yuke tires, but there was just no way around the Daugherty boys on this night.

The rookie bagged his first Crate Sportsman win of his career over his father Chris, Peoples battled all night to have to settle for third, Jake Dgien brought the No. 3 home fourth while Chris Fisher made a rare Woodhull start to finish in the top five.

“I don’t even know what to say, I’m speechless,” said the younger of the Daughertys.  “I pushed up a couple times, so I tried to slow my entry so I could stay on the bottom.  Coming out and to finish one-two with my dad, that’s great.”

BIG BLOCK/SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS, 23 cars (35 Laps): BILLY VAN PELT, Alan Rudalavage, Ron Cartwright Jr., Curt Van Pelt, Eric Fisher, Brady Fultz, Ryan Tracy, Kevin Chilson, Cory Costa, Brian Doolittle, Joe Dgien, Dave DuBois, Kenny Peoples Jr., Lee Bills, Ray Bliss, Dillon Groover, Dylan Dewert, Jeff Crambo, Dale Welty, Boyd McTavish, Donnie Lawson, Tyler Siri, Stacy Jackson

Heat Winners: Ron Cartwright Jr., Jeff Crambo, Joe Dgien

CRATE SPORTSMAN, 17 cars (25 Laps): JEFFERY DAUGHERTY (1st Career Crate Sportsman Win In First Start), Chris Daugherty, Kenny Peoples Jr., Jake Dgien, Chris Fisher, Stevie Hartman III, Brandon Butler, Tim Guild, Connor Brown, Tracy Stanford, Bill Williams, Dan Michaud, John Austin, Stacey Jackson, Wade Knickerbocker, Mike Jackson  DQ: Dayton Brewer
 
360 LATE MODELS, (20 Laps): BRUCE MILLER, Glenn Whritenour, Jason McGregor, Carl Hughes, Steve LaBarron, Wally Wade, Mick Seeley, Adam Austin, Kurt Stebbins

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