Howard Visit Victory Lane at Big Diamond Speedway
Minersville, PA May 15, 2015 The Lias Tire 358 small block Modifieds was led to the green flag by Justin Grim and Dave Dissinger. Justin would take over the top spot and lead the first 5 laps of the event, but after the caution came out, it was Duane Howard jumping into the top spot, but Grim would not give up easily and continued to challenge for a top finishing spot. Howard would begin to pull away but Rick Laubach was working his way through the field and lapped traffic and was hoping to be a contender at the end. Howard weaved his way flawlessly through the tail end of the field lapping the cars and Laubach tried all he could, but he would have to settle for the runner up spot. Craig VonDohren would work his way around Grim and then had to deal with Billy Pauch JR wanting to take over the 3rd place spot, but it would be VonDohren holding on and beating Pauch. Howard would cross the finish line first followed by Laubach, VonDohren, Pauch Jr and Colt Harris finished in 5th place. The GME Hard Charger Award was earned by Joe Mooney for starting 19th and finishing 10th. The heats were won by Billy Pauch Jr. and Duane Howard.
Smulley's "Gone But Not Forgotten" tribute will have the name of each person being memorialized on a 4 X8 foot billboard, which will be erected in the grandstand area on May 22 during the track's first annual "Gone But Not Forgotten Friday." The tribute is sponsored by Mark's Service Station in Pottsville and will remain on display for the entire season.
All are welcome to send Jake Smulley the name/s of anyone associated with the speedway whom they want included on the tribute. There is NO CHARGE. Names must be emailed to Jake Smulley at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:00 pm, Monday, May 18.
The annual "Gone But Not Forgotten Memorial" race night will include a full-card of action as the Modifieds, Sportsman, and Roadrunners continue their season long point's battle.
Adult General Admission is $15 for regular Friday Night shows, Senior Citizens are $13 and Active Military with ID and kids 12 and under are FREE! Gates Open at 5 PM with Warm ups starting at 7:30 and racing getting underway at 8:15.
Lias Tire 358 Modified Feature Results - 1. Duane Howard 2. Rick Laubach 3. Craig VonDohren 4. Billy Pauch Jr. 5. Colt Harris 6. Ray Swinehart 7. Kevin Beach Jr. 8. Kyle Follweiler 9. Mike Gular 10. Joe Mooney 11. Shawn Fitzpatrick 12. Heath Metzger 13. Scott Albert 14. Neil Huber 15. Mario Dinatale 16. Justin Grim 17. Dave Dissinger 18. Jared Umbenhauer 19. Kent Reinhart 20. Meme Desantis 21. John Willman 22. Andy Burkhart 23. Dale Hartz
358 Modified Points as of 5/15/15
1. RICK LAUBACH 756
2. DUANE HOWARD 749
3. BILLY PAUCH JR 730
4. COLT HARRIS 650
5. RAY SWINERHART 595
6. SHAWN FITZPATRICK 578
7. HEATH METZGER 534
8. KEVIN BEACH JR 530
9. MEME DESANTIS 501
10. JUSTIN GRIM 493
SPORTSMAN POINTS AS OF 5/8/15
1. TIM FITZPATRICK 805
2. DARYL DISSINGER 793
3. WAYNE WITMER 771
4. MIKE LISOWSKI 708
5. MIKE MAMMANA 677
6. CHARLES WEBBER 643
7. BRETT KRESSLEY 620
8. DOUGH HENDRICKS 608
9. CHARLES FAYASH 605
10. JACK BUTLER 569
44 lap $4,444.44 to win Brian Stevens Memorial just 1 week away
May 11, 2015 THOROLD, ONTARIO – With the first Holiday Doubleheader of the 2015 Season opening with Lococo Wholesale Rankin Cancer Run Night Saturday Night – Monday May 18th’s Zavitz Financial Strategies and Employee Benefits Extravaganza will remember a driver we lost this past February to the disease.
One week from today former Pinty’s Delicious Foods Modified Champion and L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Famer Brian Stevens will be remembered with a 44 lap $4,444.44 to win Main Event for the 358 Modifieds.
“We’re expecting quite a field to challenge our Pinty’s 358 Modifieds,” relates Merrittville GM Erica Bicknell-Jones, “… any of our Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Drivers have a shot at Victory Lane as will drivers including Tim McCreadie … Danny Johnson and Brett Hearn. It’s fitting that it’s a Syracuse Qualifier … 30 years ago next year Brian came home 5th in the Big Block Main Event”
Hearn of Sussex NJ has come to love Mondays in May at Merrittville over the years and may be an odds on favorite. The day Stevens passed away was the opening of the DIRTcar Nationals and before leaving for Volusia Speedway Park in Florida promised him a ‘Gator’ with a win.
To relive Hearn’s Victory Lane interview in this video courtesy fellow racer Shayne Pierce click on https://www.facebook.com/shayne.pierce.39/videos/o.411315092354924/1553967281529382/?type=2&theater
“Throughout his career, Brian had great support from many racing-minded businesses and it’s wonderful to see many of them come together for this special night,” said Bicknell-Jones, “he also was fortunate to have a dedicated crew and loyal fans and perhaps one of the first fan clubs that worked together to keep Stevens Racing in contention every race.”
Long-time sponsors of Stevens – York Electro Plating, Hingston Metal Fabricators and Cosgrove Racing Engines now owned by Tom Cosgrove’s son and former racer Ken Cosgrove in addition to Transport Sales and Service and the Slack Family, Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports, the Tony DiPaolo Corporation’s James Little, Gallagher’s Farm Market, long-time fan Dylan Wurfel, Mike Lindsay, Harry Vanderzanden, Bill Sargent, Nancy Ewer, Bicknell Racing Products, Pete’s Automotive and Hoosier Tire Canada are among the friends that have come forward with donations to help build the winner’s share to one that features many of Stevens’ former numbers.
“We are encouraging Niagara’s business community … race fans and especially those who knew Brian to join with us,” added Bicknell-Jones, “it is our goal to remember him with quite a spectacle and reward competitors right through the starting field with bonus purse money … anyone can support the event!”
While cash donations of any amount would be appreciated – an amount of $44.00 would be fitting with all monies generated going right into the purse for the event.
Individuals wishing to support the Brian Stevens Memorial should contact Jim Irvine via e mail email@example.com or at the Speedway Office up to Race Day.
In addition to the 44 lap Brian Stevens Memorial the Holiday Extravaganza will feature the first ever visit for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series in addition to Hoosier Stocks and the first Ballhockey.com Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College
SIXTEEN YEAR OLD RYAN KRACHUN PROVES HE’S THE REAL DEAL; WINS FIRST CAREER 358 MODIFIED RACE IN SECOND START AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
New Egypt, NJ – Sixteen year old Ryan Krachun picked up his first career 358 Modified win in just his second career start at the Ocean County speed plant and would do so in dominating fashion by leading all 30 laps.
"It's awesome to do this," said Krachun. "This is only my second race I made in one of these cars and it's great to win in front of my hometown crowd. I grew up watching my dad in victory lane here and now I'm in victory lane here too, so it's pretty special."
Lambertville, NJ’s Doug Ostwald led the twenty-five car field to the green but it would be Ryan Krachun hopping out to the early lead. The first caution would fly just as a lap was being completed when four-time feature winner Ryan Godown was backwards off of turn four. When green replaced yellow Krachun would jump back out to the lead but again the yellow would come unfurled when there was a multi car pileup in turn one involving title contenders Jimmy Blewett and Sammy Piazza. Krachun would again show the way on the restart holding off the challenges of Danny Bouc and Billy Pauch, Jr. The caution would come out again on lap 11 for David VanHorn who stopped on the backstretch with a flat tire. On the restart Pauch, Jr. would elevate his game by getting by Bouc for second and setting his sights on Krachun until he would come to a rest in the short chute on lap 17 with a right-rear flat tire. Krachun would again jump out to the lead now with Bouc in tow. As the race would go on, Bouc would gain entering the corner and Krachun would pull away coming off until the final caution flag would fly with just two laps to go when Chris Esposito came to a sudden stop just off of turn four. Ryan Krachun would not be denied on the final restart winning over Danny Bouc who has his best run of the 2015 campaign with a strong second place; Billy Pauch would wind up third with Jimmy Horton and John McClelland rounding out the top-5.
Mike Carman would pick up his first career Crate Modified feature holding off a late race challenge from his brother and winner last time out Matt Carman. Following the Carman brothers over the finish line would be Jason Bittner, Ryan Simmons, and Steve Hicks.
The NERS/TSRS Sprint Cars would complete five laps of their 20-lap feature when the red would fly for Bobby DeVault who took a nasty flip in the short chute. During the red flag heavy fog, which had been rolling in throughout the evening, just became too much for the competitors to see, causing the remainder of the race to be finished when the series comes back on May 30th.
Shaun Ratchford would make it four winners in four races in the HCI/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman Division over Dan Fleming, Matt Stangle, Heidi Hedin and newcomer Dakota Kessler.
New Egypt Speedway Results 5/9/15
358 MODIFIED Feature (30 Laps): 1. Ryan Krachun 2. Danny Bouc 3. Billy Pauch 4. Jimmy Horton 5. John McClelland 6. Neal Williams 7. Billy Pauch Jr. 8. Ryan Godown 9. Sammy Piazza 10. Chris Grbac 11. David Van Horn 12. Chuck Steuer 13. Jimmy Martin 14. Chris Esposito 15. DJ Ruppert 16. Willie Osmun 17. Johnny Guarino 18. Doug Ostwald 19. Jimmy Blewett 20. Tad Cox 21. Tommy Farrell 22. Lou Cicconi 23. Andrew Bohn 24. Dave Witte 25. Rocco Infante
DNQ: Bryan Kuhl, John Stangle, Chris Bennett, Chad Barney, PJ Oliver, Mike Butler
NERS/TSRS 305 SPRINT CAR Feature Running Order (Remaining 15 Laps to be run 5/30): Adam Carberry, Gabe Fox, Karl Freyer, Tommy Carberry, Joe Lord, Mike Haggenbottom, Mark Bitner, Rick Stief, Tim Tanner, Stefanie Palmai, Eddie Wagner, Chris Allen Jr., Dave Brown Jr., Kody Kinser, Brad Franks, Sam Lieberman, Bryant Davis, Joe Kay, Keith Anderson, Brandon Poff, Pat U’Selis, Harris Kohen, Jeff Geiges, Bob DeVault
CRATE MODIFIED Feature (20 Laps): 1. Mike Carman 2. Matt Carman 3. Jason Bittner 4. Ryan Simmons 5. Steve Hicks 6. Tom Tanner 7. Jeremy Martino 8. Tom Princiotta 9. Ebby Ridge 10. Shawn Ratchford 11. Frank Dorry 12. Dan Fleming 13. Scott Hyland 14. Brandon Grosso 15. Joe Nappi 16. Marty Resnick 17. Joe Reid 18. Aaron Weaver 19. Eric Palmer 20. Bobby Butler 21. Adam Cox 22. Jordan Cox 23. Jarrett Rozycki 24. Brandon Clauss 25. Kevin Dale
KEVIN HIRTHLER SCORES SEASON FIRST GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY NASCAR 358 MODIIED FEATURE WIN
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. May 10, 2015 . . . Kevin Hirthler gave his mother an early Mother’s Day present on Saturday night when he collected his first 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature of the season at Grandview Speedway. Hirthler, who led from start to finish didn’t have an easy task since he had several different drivers alongside him on restarts and the last five laps he had constant pressure from runner-up Craig Von Dohren. He held off all challenges for his ninth career win. The win made Hirthler the fifth different winner in the Modifieds.
Wayne Pfeil finally had a change of luck after struggling a few weeks and was able to record his second 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model feature of the current campaign holding off a hard-charging second-place finisher Sean Merkel. In victory lane Pfeil thanked Fluffy from Berks-Mont Towing for all his help the past week.
Hirthler wasted no time getting the jump on polesitter Ron Seltmann Jr. to keep his self-owned Wm. Penn/Green Lane Towing/4-Star Lettering No. 117 ahead of the 28-car starting grid.
The first caution was when Ray Swinehart slowed in the fourth turn with mechanical issues. Hirthler held his own when action continued with Tim Buckwalter, Kyle Weiss, Todd Smith and Glenn Strunk giving him a run for the money.
Hirthler held the high side while Buckwalter tried to pass him on the inside.
Positions were constantly changing and by the 13th lap Buckwalter and Jeff Strunk were in a fierce duel for second with Weiss and G. Strunk waiting for a slip-up.
Mike Kellner stopped with a left front flat tire in the fourth turn on the 15th lap for another caution. By this time Weiss was next to Hirthler on the restart, but he left him behind along with Buckwalter, Doug Manmiller and J. Strunk. Attempting to get into the thick of the action was Von Dohren.
The final caution was lap 17 when Kellner and Bobby Gunther-Walsh tangled between turn three and four. Hirthler was still in command with Weiss, Manmiller, Von Dohren and Buckwalter in hot pursuit.
Lap 25 saw Von Dohren overtake second and was on the move to try to close in on Hirthler. He couldn’t pull the feat off and Hirthler defeated him by 0.593 seconds. Third went to Manmiller, who had a change of luck followed by Weiss and Buckwalter. Sixth through tenth were G. Strunk, Danny Erb, J. Strunk, Frank Cozze and Duane Howard.
Weiss, Nate Christman and Hirthler were the heat winners.
Lou Egrie Sr. set the pace for four laps of the Late Model feature before Pfeil charged past him the fifth circuit.
While Pfeil showed the way Egrie Sr., Kory Fleming, S. Merkel and Randy Stoudt diced for the remaining positions.
Pfeil approached lap cars by the 11th lap, but he kept outdistancing himself from the others.
The full straightaway lead Pfeil had was erased when Lou Egrie Jr. spun in the second turn. Pfeil motored away quickly leaving S. Merkel, Egrie Sr., Stoudt and Fleming chasing.
The positions behind Pfeil were constantly being swapped and that gave him extra breathing room.
Pfeil never faltered and went on to pick up career win number eight. S. Merkel was second with defending champion Stoudt, third; Chuck Schutz, fourth and Fleming, fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Egrie Sr., Joe Fanelli, Rick Todorow, Dave Ogin and Corey Merkel.
Heats were won by Egrie Sr. and C. Merkel.
Sportsman action had Dean Bachman as the early leader with pressure from Kyle Lilick, Brian Hirthler, Jason Neidlinger and Ryan Beltz.
At the completion of ten laps, Bachman and Beltz, both trying to win their first career feature, battled for first.
A six-car first turn tangle brought out the yellow on the 11th lap. On the restart Beltz became the new leader while now Bachman, Jim Housworth, K. Gilmore and Hirthler jockeyed for second through fifth.
Gilmore advanced to second on the 17th lap to put his bids in for the lead. Beltz held the high line while Gilmore ran the inside trek.
The lead changed for the third time when Gilmore powered to the front on the 21st lap.
Kressley took over second with two laps to go and was coming on strong.
This time Gilmore was determined to keep Kressley behind and pulled into the winners circle for his first win of the year. Third was Beltz followed by Housworth and Bachman. B. Hirthler, Ryan Lilick, Ken Eckert Jr., Brad Arnold and Jordan Henn completed the top ten.
Neidlinger, Bachman and Hirthler won the heats.
358 Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Kevin Hirthler, 2. Craig Von Dohren, 3. Doug Manmiller, 4. Kyle Weiss, 5. Tim Buckwalter, 6. Glenn Strunk, 7. Danny Erb, 8. Jeff Strunk, 9. Frank Cozze, 10. Duane Howard, 11. Jared Umbenhauer, 12. Meme DeSantis, 13. Jarrad Miller, 14. Don Norris Jr., 15. John Willman, 16. Kyle Borror, 17. Ryan Grim, 18. Nate Christman, 19. Eric Biehn, 20. Ron Seltmann Jr., 21. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 22. Jamie Speers, 23. Mike Bailey, 24. Mike Kellner, 25. Todd Smith, 26. Ray Swinehart, 27. Mark Kratz, 28. Mike Gular. DNQ: Ron Haring Jr., Brian Houseknecht and Ryan Kunkle.
Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Kenny Gilmore, 2. Brett Kressley, 3. Ryan Beltz, 4. Jim Housworth, 5. Dean Bachman, 6. Brian Hirthler, 7. Ryan Lilick, 8. Ken Eckert Jr., 9. Brad Arnold, 10. Jordan Henn, 11. Jason Neidlinger, 12. Brett Gilmore, 13. Joe Funk III, 14. Craig Whitmoyer, 15. Sean Weiss, 16. Kyle Lilick, 17. Mike Koffel, 18. Paul Effrig, 19. Mark Kemmerer, 20. Tom Miller, 21. Erik Renninger, 22. Andy Ressler, 23. Mike Lisowski, 24. Jeff Sechrist, 25. John McGovern.
Whelen Engineering NASCAR BRC Late Model Feature (25 Laps): 1. Wayne Pfeil, 2. Sean Merkel, 3. Randy Stoudt, 4. Chuck Schutz, 5. Kory Fleming, 6. Lou Egrie Sr., 7. Joe Fanelli, 8. Rick Todorow, 9. Dave Ogin, 10. Cory Merkel, 11. Steve Wilson, 12. Dan Green, 13. Bill Henning, 14. John Giesler, 15. Buddy Mertz, 16. Lou Egrie Jr., 17. Shawn Horning, 18. Steve Gross.
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
MODIFIEDS AS OF MAY 9, 2015
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 1640*
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 1562**
3. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 1449
4. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #88 1436
5. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5 1313
6. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA #357 1312
7. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357/19 1236
8. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 1168
9. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53/2 1139
10. Nate Christman, Fleetwood, PA #37 1042
SPORTSMAN AS OF MAY 9, 2015
1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 1509****
2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 1209*
3. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 1157
4. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 1127
5. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 1099
6. Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA #221 966
7. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #00 953
8. Brad Arnold, Kenhorst, PA #830 946
9. Jeff Sechrist, Robesonia, PA #29G 925*
10. Ken Eckert, Orwigsburg, PA #29 904
D’Ilario’s first win of 2015 quickly becomes two at Merrittville
Sunday May 10, 2015 THOROLD, ONTARIO – For Mark D’Ilario, Brad Rouse, Dave Bailey, Rob Misener and Kyle Haynes – the pressure to get the first win of 2015 is off.
For D’Ilario – the Smithville native can easily apply some pressure now after winning a Honda Power Washer in Dave’s Small Engines Night. Once the final checkered flag flew each of the 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Divisional Feature Winners were all eligible for the prize valued at more than $600.00.
“After last week … this sure is a nice way to come back!” said Mark D’Ilario in Victory Lane after winning the 35 lap Feature for the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modifieds, “ and to top it off – taking this home is sweet – thanks to everyone at Dave’s Small Engines.”
After beating fellow front row starter Boyd MacTavish to the initial green flag, D’Ilario who spin into the infield one week ago seemed to be on a mission. By lap 10, the former Kart Racer had already caught slower cars.
D’Ilario and the 24 car field would catch a break at the half-way point after a red flag was necessary to clear a stranded car in front of the Insta-Insulation Turn 1 Lap Counter.
When the action resumed, one of the drivers on the move was Scott Wood with a number of cars trying to break into the top 5. By lap 25, the leader had opened up a lead of some 10 car lengths and with lap 30 showing in the Lucas Oil Live Leaderboard managed to stretch his advantage.
The race to watch was the one for third with Tim Jones trying to hold off challenges from Mat Williamson, Chad Brachmann, Billy Dunn and others.
Contact between Jones and Williamson down the back-stretch of lap 33 had both drivers able to continue even with Williamson right sideways heading into Turn 3. Slight contact with Brachmann straightened his car out but contact with the guardrail may have led to caution after the defending champion spun between Turns 1 and 2.
With D’Ilario back in control in the two lap dash – the battle for second went three wide with Brachmann, Dunn, MacTavish and Tommy Flannigan as the Top 5.
“That’s racing,” said sportsman feature winner Brad Rouse who also rebounded nicely from a disappointing finish last week, “we left last week’s car at home and brought the new car out this week.”
Unfortunate contact between defending champion Mark Fawcett and 2015’s only feature winner Jason Fontaine opened the door for Bailey after a lap 18 restart.
DIRTcar 358 Modified Feature (35 laps) Mike D’Ilario, Chad Brachmann, Billy Dunn, Boyd MacTavish, Tommy Flannigan, Tim Jones, Scott Wood, Tyler McPherson, Pete Bicknell, Chris Steele, Wayne Conn, Mike Bowman, Fred Carleton, Mat Williamson, Bill Bleich, Travis Miller, Davey Moore, Brandon Easey, Dennis Giancola, Jeff McGinnis, Todd Gordon, Luke Skywalker, Chris Bellamy, Scott George.
DIRTcar Sportsman Feature – (25 laps) Brad Rouse, Jay Mallory, James Friesen, Chad Chevalier, Gary Lindberg, Cody McPherson, Paul Gaboury, Brent Begolo, Jason Moore, Robert Baker, Joey Mastroianni, Justin Sharp, Chris Storm, Austin Wood, Jordan Cosco, Adam Leslie, Paul Williamson, Gord Moreau, Rob Clark.
Redemption For Chad Phelps With Fulton Speedway Victory
FULTON, NY – May 9, 2015 (By Dave Medler) – Chad Phelps has had a start to the 2015 season he would rather forget. Mechanical gremlins bit Phelps at every turn until Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway.
In the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature it all came together for Phelps. Phelps took advantage of a Lap-20 restart when he was able to drive under and by defending Track Champion Larry Wight for the lead. Once out front, Chad Phelps was able to outdistance the field putting his HAUN Welding Supply/Ashley Lynn Winery/Twin Tech Auto & RV/D&S Landscaping Of CNY/No.X in victory lane
Other winners on K-Rock night were, Corey Barker, SUNY Canton Sportsman/Dale Caswell, NAPA Late Models/ Amy Holland, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman/ Skip DeGroff, Hilton's Automotive Four-Cylinders and Joe Isabell, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites.
Rob Bellinger and Matt Fink would swap the lead back and forth on the opening two-laps before Larry Wight drove by both of them to take lead on Lap-3 to start the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature.
With 10-Laps complete, Wight drove out to a half a straightaway lead over Chad Phelps, while Bellinger, Fink and Joe August Jr. we're in a tight battle for third through fifth.
By Lap-15 Wight still maintained his advantage over Phelps as he started to catch the back of the field. Bellinger, Fink and August still showed on the scoring tower.
A quick yellow would wave on Lap-20 erasing the lapped cars Wight built up between himself and Phelps. On the restart Phelps dug deep on the bottom off turn-two was able to shoot by Wight to be scored the new leader.
With 10-Laps to go Phelps was on rails opening a 15-car length advantage still running the bottom over Wight who ran the top side. Jimmy Phelps and Ryan Phelps from deep in the field worked their way to third and fourth with Bellinger still showing in the top-five.
On Lap-31 Jimmy Phelps moved into second and set his sights on Chad Phelps for a shot at the win. Chad Phelps was not to be denied as he was the first under the checkers over Jimmy Phelps by .958 at the finish. Larry Wight, Ryan Phelps and Billy Decker finished third through fifth.
Corey Barker would jump out to the early lead in the 25-Lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, while the battles behind him were bumper to bumper and side by side fighting for position.
With 10-Laps complete, Barker still led running the extreme bottom. Ron Davis III who didn't even know if he was going to be able to race after exploding an engine Friday night chased Barker running the top groove. Jeremy Dygert, Mike Button from 14th and Jordan Bennett showed in the top-five.
At the halfway point Barker held a ten car advantage over Davis, with Dygert, Button and Bennett still battling in the top-five.
On lap-17 Davis saw his strong run come to an end as he headed pit side.
The yellow would wave on Lap-18 erasing the lead Barker had setting up a 7-Lap dash to the checkers. When the green came back out Barker hit his marks on every lap going under the checkers by 1.8 over Jordan Bennett. Billy Clark Jr. who started 16th finished third. Todd Root who started in the last row after a heat race wreck was fourth and Mike Button fifth.
Eighteen NAPA Late Models signed in the pits Saturday night setting up a competitive feature after the heats.
Late Model rookie Chris Fleming would jump to the early lead in the 20-Lap feature opening a few car advantage while Johnny Hill, Dale Caswell, rookie Jason Occhino and Aron backus raced behind Fleming.
While Fleming and Hill ran the bottom, Caswell went to the top driving by them both to be scored the new leader on Lap-9.
Over the last half of the race Caswell took off winning by 3.5 seconds over last week’s winner Alan Fink. Johnny Hill, Jason Occhino and Chris Fleming finished second through fifth.
In the highly competitive 15-Lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature, Amy Holland would take advantage of a late restart to get by two early leaders Mike Stanton Jr. and Ryan Hatherill to go on to the popular victory. Ryan Hatherill, Kelly Smith, Mike Stanton Jr. and Zach Sobotka would round out the top-five.
DIRTcar MODIFIEDS 35-LAPS) – CHAD PHELPS, Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight, Ryan Phelps, Billy Decker, Matt Fink, Rob Bellinger, Pat Ward, Joe August Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Tom Sears Jr., Tim Sears Jr., Chris Hile, Chuck Bower, Tim Kerr, Jim Witko Jr., Tom Kinsella, Billy Whittaker, Danny Johnson, Adam Roberts, Tim Schneider Jr., Roy Shields, Roy Bresnahan.
SPORTSMAN 25-LAPS) – COREY BARKER, Jordan Bennett, Billy Clark Jr., Todd Root, Mike Button, Jeremy Dygert, Joe Kline, Brandon Ford, Gregg Kimball, Tony finch II, Mike Phelps, Steve Abt, JJ Courcy, Wade Chrisman, Chris Van Norstrand, Dylan Zacharias, Rocky Grosso, Kevin Root, Will Shields, Ryan Amell, Tyler Meeks, Chris Hulsizer, Ron Davis III, Mike Taylor, Josh Blackwell.
LATE MODELS 20-LAPS) – DALE CASWELL, Alan Fink, Johnny Hill, Jason Occhino, Chris Fleming, AJ Kingsley, Bret Belden, Dave Talbot, Aron Backus, Shayne Tenace, Kevan Cook, Steven Coit, Ryan Halliday, Laslow Hollyfeld, TJ Downs, Alan Chapman, Brandon Ford. DNS Sean Beardsley.
SPORTSMAN 15-LAPS) – AMY HOLLAND, Ryan Hatherill, Kelly Smith, Mike Stanton Jr., Zach Sobotka, Taylor Jackson, Dorian Wahdan, Michelle Courcy, Tony Komuda, Jason Amidon, Tyler Trump, Dwight Nichols.
Donnie Lawson finally back in victory lane after two seasons
(Woodhull, NY) Celebrating his 16th birthday earlier this week, Dillon Groover had a fantastic end to his week by picking up his first career qualifying heat win in the Insinger Performance 370 Modified's. He then drew the number two spot for the 25 lap main event.
Groover got out to a very hot start leading the first 19 laps but heavily contested by the 2013 track champion in Donnie Lawson. Lawson finally got within a car length of Groover on lap 12, but then a caution came out on lap 14. This would allow for the young teenage rookie to reorganize his thoughts and have a great restart and be able to pull away but Lawson would not give up. Finally on lap 18, Groover left just enough on the bottom for Lawson to have a drag race for the lead down the front stretch and Lawson was scored as the leader on 19. Lawson, who started fifth, was able to go on the lead the final six laps and pick up his first feature win of the year.
Groover, came home in second and as he went across the Griffith energy weight scales, a standing ovation was given to the 16 year old pilot from the fans on a job well done and running with arguably the best modified class in all of the Northeast. Mike Bills came home in third, followed by Brady Fultz, and Bobby Davis. With three modified events in the books for 2015, the Insinger performance 370 Modified's now have three different feature winners.
Also off to a strong start in the 2015 season is the Joe Willcox Performance Street Stocks, and Saturday night (May 9) was no different, as Teddy Morseman becomes the fourth different feature winner in four weeks in the rejuvenated competition. Morseman, started on the pole and led all 20 laps but was heavily contested by Kurt Stebbins who was also looking for his feature win in 2015. Stebbins had to settle for second followed by Jeremy Potrzebowski, Jeredd Dennis and Tracy Dunn.
The Patriot Sprint Tour also put on a 25 lap show, and it was Bryan Howland taking the win over Robbie Stillwaggon in an exciting finish. For more information be sure to visit patriotsprinttour.com.
370 Modified Feature DONNIE LAWSON (1), Dillon Groover, Mike Bills, Brady Fultz, Bobby Davis, Frank Dunning, Billy Van Pelt, Joe Dgien, Ray Bliss, Art Goodier, Cory Costa, Wayne Robertson, Kenny Peoples Jr, Brian Doolittle, Josh Nobriga, Stacey Jackson, Chuck Hebing, Russ Morseman, Dave Dubois
360 Late Models Feature: GLENN WRITNEOUR, Jason McGregor, Mick Seely, Steve Lebarron, Carl Hughes, Bobby Lubberts, Jamie Freeman, jay McConell, Zane King Jr, Jacob McConell, Buck Payne, Rick Loucks
Crate Sportsman Feature: CHRIS DAUGHERTY (1), Jake Dgien, Brandon Butler, Tim Guild, Bobby Peoples, Collin Brown, Dayton Brewer, Steve Andrulonis, Ron White, AJ Costley, Ray Smith, Otis Quick, Brandon Martin, Zack Cary, Steve Hartman III, Mickey Wilbur, Ed Presher, Josh Sawyer, Mike Williams, David Mayo
RYAN ARBUTHNOT BEATS LAFRANCE AND MOTHER NATURE IN BROCKVILLE SEASON OPENER
The 358 Modifieds were set for 30 laps but on the initial start chaos ensued on the front straightaway. Chris Herbison made contact with another car causing him to hit head on into the catch fence collecting Bobby Herrington and several race cars behind him. The track was blocked in turn 1 as a total of 12 cars were involved in the accident. Most drivers backed away with minor damage and were able to continue, Herrington was towed pitside done for the night, while Chris Herbison climbed from his wrecked car uninjured in the horrific accident and walked back to the pits under his own power. When the race resumed after the lengthy red flag and repairs to the fence, another crash occurred in turn 4 collecting numerous cars including defending track champion Danny O'Brien, who was forced pitside for a right front flat tire. O'Brien would return to the field but restarted last on the grid. When the race got going Ryan Arbuthnot and Brian McDonald led the field to green and Arbuthnot held the advantage with McDonald, Mario Clair, Stephane Lafrance and Gage Morin completing the top 5. Arbuthnot was flying around the top side of the race track and pulling away while McDonald and Lafrance stayed in his tire tracks and tried to keep pace. At the halfway point Arbuthnot had control of the field but Lafrance was charging forward as he took 2nd from McDonald and began running down the leader. Kyle Dingwall was also on the move as he cracked into the top 5 after coming from 26th spot to 5th. On lap 20 the lead battle got interesting as Lafrance somehow made the bottom work and was able to slide past the leader in turn 3, but Arbuthnot's momentum on the top side was to his advantage as he held Lafrance at bay until the final yellow flew for Lance Willix as he slowed in turn 2. The final restart was classic as Lafrance did all he could to take the lead away but it was Ryan Arbuthnot's night as he led all 30 laps to score his 3rd career 358 Modified win at Brockville over Lafrance. Kyle Dingwall had a strong run to finish up 3rd, Brian McDonald finished in the 4th spot and Danny O'Brien who recovered from early race struggles to claim a hard fought 5th at the checkers.
The Sportsman division saw Jessica Power race out to the lead from the pole and begin to pull away from the field, Jason Shipclark, Dylan Evoy, Tristan Draper and Steve Barber rounded out the top 5 early on. Power was on cruise control and was not only racing he competitors but the rain as well, as a small rain shower came down on lap 8 bringing out the yellow. Drivers remained on the speedway for several laps but the rain got heavier forcing officials to postpone the remaining laps and the rest of the evenings action.
The remaining laps of the Sportsman plus the full 12 lap Rookie Sportsman event will be made up on May 30th while the Street Stock and Vintage Modifieds will be made up in 2 weeks time on May 23rd.
358 Modified RYAN ARBUTHNOT, Stephane Lafrance, Kyle Dingwall, Brian McDonald, Danny O'Brien, Mario Clair, Jordan McCreadie, Pat O'Brien, Ryan Poole, Luke Whitteker, Jean Francois Corriveau, Gage Morin, Joe Banks, Kenny Polite, Roger Levesque, Lance Willix, April Wilson, Luke Stewart, Bryan Rogers, Gino Clair, Jason Riddell, John Mulder, Chris Herbison, Bobby Herrington, Chris King, Andy Lloyd
Williams and Holden Show Championship Form at Mercer Raceway Park
Mercer, PA (May 9, 2015): On Pittsburgh Circle Track Club night at Mercer Raceway Park, a pair of defending divisional champions, Eric "Turkey" WIlliams (4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels 410 Sprints) and Jimmy Holden (Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds) went to victory lane.
Brandon Matus blasted out to an early lead in the 410 Sprint feature, presented by 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels. Francis Sesco, the pole man, held second briefly, but Eric Williams and Jack Sodeman, Jr. quickly nudged him back a couple of spots in the running order. Matus could not get away from WIlliams and Sodeman as he began to work his way through traffic.
Sodeman just passed Williams moments before the race was halted on lap 12 due to an emergency in the pit area requiring the attention of the track medical crew. During that extended red, Williams gathered his thoughts. "My mind doesn't always work too fast in these 25 lap races. I had a long time to think about it."
On the restart, Matus and and Sodeman held their positions, However, the start was waived off when Joe Kubiniec brought his car to a stop in turn four. That gave Williams another shot at the leaders. This time, he showed that he clearly had the fastest car on the track, and the plan that he devised under the extended red worked to perfection the second time around.
"He (Sodeman) was real good on the bottom, so it was a pretty safe thing where he was going to go on the restart," WIlliams said. He acknowledged that Sodeman had the edge the first time. "He drove away on that first restart but then we had that early caution, so I just thought we'd take it to the top and see what happens." Williams concluded, "it stuck, and it worked, and now we're here (in Victory Lane). Williams rode the cushion and passed both Sodeman and Matus to take the lead.
Williams pulled away over the next twelve laps for the easy win. On the final lap of the contest, Sodeman worked the inside line in turn one to take second from Matus. Rod George took fourth, ahead of Dan Kuriger. Earlier in the race, they had a spirited battle for fourth before George salted it away.
Carl Bowser finished sixth. Adam Kekich was seventh. Scott Priester slipped ahead of A.J. Flick, who made a remarkable save in turns three and four when he pulled a wheelie. Texas teen T.J. Michaels made his first appearance at the Park a memorable one with a solid tenth place run.
The preliminaries belonged to George and Brandon Matus. There was no B Main.
Jimmy "the Jet" Holden and early leader J.R. McGinley thrilled the fans with a side by side duel for the lead after a lap six restart. "Any time that you have a track like that where you can move positions and really race side by side, it's a lot of fun," Holden said. "We really had a good two, three lap run there side by side, and I think that's what we come here for, and what the fans come for." Their battle was so intense that they made slight contact fighting for the preferred line on the back stretch. "I think he wanted to come up, and I wanted to come down, I think it was about mutual, you know." But, they gathered it up and kept on racing, much to the delight of the crowd.
J.R. McGinley and Frankie Guidace paced the field for the start of the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature event. Guidace rolled the top of turn one to take the lead, but he slid too high on the exit of the second corner, surrendering the lead to McGinley. Before McGinley could stretch his advantage, the caution was displayed for a spin by Eric Beggs in turn two.
On the restart, McGinley resumed the lead. but now Lonnie Riggs was giving chase.. Jimmy Holden was lurking in third, with Sid Unversagt, Jr., and Clyde Gumpp close behind. Kyle Fink had climbed from ninth to sixth in the early going.
Another caution on lap 5 for a four car skirmish between turns one and two shook up the running order in the top ten, as Richard Whitney, Tommy Kristyak, Shayne Izzo, and Clyde Gumpp came together.
The racers completed one more round before the third and final caution was displayed. for the disabled car of Kevin Green. During this stoppage, Riggs pulled off the track while still in the third position.
McGinley had the inside line, but Holden found some bite on the top of the track. The two ran side by side for a couple of laps before Holden took command. It was during this run that McGinley and Holden made slight contact while battling on the back chute. They both kept control of their cars, and no positions changed hands.
Holden led the rest of the way for his first win of the young season. McGinley held on for second, with Kyle Fink advancing to third. Tommy Kristyak rallied for fourth. Unversagt crossed in fifth. Tom Holden was sixth. Brian Schaffer, Shayne Izzo, Makayla Guidace, and Clyde Gumpp rounded out the top ten.
The heat winners were Shayne Izzo and Kyle Fink. There was no B Main.
410 Sprints: Eric WIlliams, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Brandon Matus, Rod George, Dan Kuriger, Carl Bowser, Adam Kekich, Scott Priester, A.J. Flick, T.J. Michaels, Jim Morris, Michael Bauer, John McCracken, Jr., Dennis Wagner, Brent Matus, Francis Sesco, Joe Kubiniec, Davey Jones, Gale Ruth, Jr. (DNS).
358 Modifieds: Jimmy Holden, J.R. McGinley, Kyle Fink, Tommy Kristyak, Sid Unversagt, Jr. , Tom Holden, Brian Schaffer, Shayne Izzo, Makayla Guidace, Clyde Gumpp, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Max Smoker, Eric Beggs, Chelsea Kriegisch, William Schaffer, Frank Guidace, Lonnie Riggs, Richard Whitney, Kevin Green.
Sprint Warriors: George Hobaugh, Evan Kornbaugh, Cody Bova, Alex Paden, Greg Dobrosky, Mark Rossey, Darin Gallagher, George Englert, Ken Rossey, and Joe McEwen, Chris Matthews, Andy Feil, Darren Pifer, Devin Litwiler, C.J. Jones, Tyler Denochik, Mike Marano, II, Kotie Kirkbride.
Paul Kline, Frankie Herr are victorious at Big Diamond Speedway.
Paul Kline and Mike Lisowski brought the field to the green for the 20 lap USS Achey Sportsman feature event. Kline would jump out in front and begin his domination over the field for the evening. Kline would pull away as Daryl Dissinger and Mike Glass would begin their battle for the runner up spot. Dissinger would end up finishing in the runner up spot and Glass would finish third. Rounding out the top five were Mike Mammana and Tim Fitzpatrick. Winning the heats were Paul Kline and Mike Glass.
The visiting Super Sportsman division was a huge hit with the fans. Todd Leonard and Timmie Barrick would lead the field to the green. Leonard would control the top spot until lap 14 when his car came to a stop on the back stretch. He would relinquish the lead to Timmie Barrick, but Frankie Herr was right there waiting for his chance to take over the top spot and did so on lap 16. Herr would be the victor of the 25 lap feature event, followed by Barrick, Jay Fannasy, Scott Dellinger and Mike Enders. Chad Trout and Russ Mitten won the heat events.
Sportsman Feature Results - 1 - Paul Kline 2- Daryl Dissinger 3 - Mike Glass 4 - Mike Mammana 5 - Tim Fitzpatrick 6 - Wayne Witmer 7 - Charles Webber 8 - Jack Butler 9 - Shawn Light 10 - Glenn Rowan 11 - Chad Putalavage 12 - Ed Mirochoko 13 - Doug Hendricks 14 - JR Fulper 15 - Matt Clay 16 - Charles Fayash 17 - Rob Light 18 - Mike Lisowski 19 - Bily Moyer JR. DNQ Jeff Hertzog
Super Sportsman Feature Results - 1 - Frankie Herr 2- Timmie Barick 3 - Jay Fannasy 4 - Scott Dellinger 5 - Mike Enders 6 - Bobby Hockenberry 7 - Chad Criswell 8 - Doug Denson 10 - Russ Mitten 11 - Tim Wickoff 12 - Chad Smith 13 - Bill Devine 14 - Kenny Edkin 15 - Todd Leonard 16 - Matt Young 17 - Scott Deesey 18 - Chad Trout DNS - Rich Eichelberger and Davey Walsh
Laubach, Buckwalter, Ney and Becker Victorious at Big Diamond Speedway
Minersville, PA May 1, 2015 The 358 small block Modifieds feature was brought to the green by Rick Laubach and Jeff Strunk. Laubach would take over the top spot and would be followed by Ryan Godown. Ryan Watt and Billy Pauch Jr. would battle back and forth for the 3rd place spot while the leaders pulled away from the rest of the field. Laubach would begin to work his way through the tail end of the field and put some distance between himself and Godown, who lost his runner up spot on lap 20 when he had to pull off with mechanical issues. As the field would gather back up for a the restart, Laubach would be challenged by Pauch and Watt, with Duane Howard on their heels, but Laubach would hold them off in order to visit Victory Lane. Billy Pauch Jr was second followed by Duane Howard, Ryan Watt and Jeff Strunk. The GME Hard Charger Award was earned by John Willman for starting 16th and finishing 10th. The heats were won by Ray Swineherd and Billy Pauch Jr.
Tim Buckwalter celebrated in Victory Lane after winning the 20 lap ARDC feature event. Tom Kunsman would lead the race for the first 4 laps, but Buckwalter was busy working his way through the field and by lap three was up to 2nd place and on lap 5 he would assume the lead and pulled away from the field as the other drivers would swap positions behind him. Billy Pauch Jr. was waiting for Buckwalter to bobble, but that would not be the case and found himself in a battle to with the 3rd place car of Steven Drevicki coming to the checkers and Drevicki would prevail, taking home 2nd place, Pauch would finished 3rd followed by Nick Wean and Trevor Kobylarz. The heats were won by Tim Buckwalter and Ryan Garth.
358 Modified Feature Results - 1. Rick Laubach 2. Billy Pauch JR. 3. Duane Howard 4. Ryan Watt 5. Jeff Strunk 6. Ray Swinehart 7. Meme Desantis 8. Colt Harris 9. Shawn Fitzpatrick 10. John Willman 11. Dave Dissinger 12. Heath Metzger 13. Justin Grim 14. Ryan Godown 15. Scott Albert 16. Kyle Follweiler 17. Mario Dinatale 18. Kevin Beach Jr. 19. Kent Reinhart
ARDC Feature Results - 1. Tim Buckwalter 2. Steven Drevicki 3. Billy Pauch Jr. 4. Nick Wean 5. Trevor Kobylarz 6. Bruce Buckwalter 7. Tom Kunsman 8. Ryan Watt 9. Brett Arndt 11. Tony Dimattia 12. PJ Gargiulo 13. Brett Wanner 14. Eric Heydenreich 15. Ryan Garth
358 Modified Points as of 5/1/15
1. Rick Laubach 459
2. Billy Pauch Jr. 450
3. Duane Howard 439
4. Ryan Watt 427
5. Jeff Strunk 417
6. Meme DeSantis 396
7. Colt Harris 385
8. Shawn Fitzpatrick 375
9. Heath Metzger 343
10. Justin Grim 338
RUDOLPH, JAMES MICHAEL FRIESEN, TAKE WINS ON OPENING NIGHT AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY
Friday, May 1, 2015
Ransomville, NY – Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY would emerge victorious in the thirty lap Modified main event and pocket $2,000 for his efforts. Rudolph enjoyed the pole position start after setting fast time the week prior at practice. Rudolph would quickly take control of the twenty-two car field, pulling away to a ten car length advantage with ten to go. Scott Kerwin’s time was impressive as he ran quicker laps than Rudolph in the closing laps. Although Kerwin was able to close the margin, he was unable to mount a challenge and would settle for second. Taking the win was Rudolph aboard his Snyder Industries sponsored #25. Kerwin finished second followed by Pete Bicknell, Ryan Susice, and Chad B rachmann.
James Michael Friesen of St. Catharines, Ontario took the opening night checkered in the Sportsman class. Friesen took the lead away from Jesse Cotriss on lap two of the twenty-five lap main and quickly established himself as the man to beat. Friesen would enjoy as much as a half a straight away lead at the half way point. A few cautions would slow the main and bunch up the field but to no avail as Friesen held on for the win. Friesen started on the outside of the front row alongside of Cotriss after the pair led the way during test, tune, and time. Cotriss held on for second followed by Cody McPherson, Chris Burek, and Don Spatorico. A total of twenty-four cars took the initial green while twenty-seven signed in pitside.
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – ERICK RUDOLPH, Scott Kerwin, Pete Bicknell, Ryan Susice, Chad Brachmann, Danny Johnson, Tyler McPherson, Jeff McGinnis, Randy Chrysler, Scott George, Robbie Krull, Rick Richner, Nick Joy, Steve Schumacher, Sam Crogan, Brandon Easey, Billy Bleich, Kenny Wills, Phil Vigneri Jr., Russ Zimmerman, and Boyd MacTavish.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – JAMES MICHAEL FRIESEN, Jesse Cotriss, Cody McPherson, Chris Burek, Don Spatorico, Justin Sharp, Greg Martin, Mike Williams, James Henry, Kevin Wills, Allan Wills, Derrick Borkenhagen, Rob Clark, Jim Zimmerman, Brett Martin, Matt Farnham, Dan Heschke, Jim Stone, Steve Lewis, Zack Sam, Brett Senek, Chris Brown, Andy Smith, and James Sweeting.
Barney, Williamson and Lindberg Sizzle in Seaway Mall Night at Merrittville
Sunday April 26, 2015 THOROLD, ONTARIO – After kicking off their 40th Birthday Celebrations earlier in the day, Seaway Mall was celebrating again with the 2015 Season’s first feature winners Saturday April 25th.
Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Spring Sizzler action had Jason Barney of Constantia NY taking home the 25 lap Patriot Sprint Tour Season Opener. Defending Pinty’s 358 Modified Champion Mat Williamson started off his title defense taking home the 35 lap Feature with Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway opening the 64th Season winning the 25 lap feature for the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division.
Antwerp NY’s Jeff Cook was first to lead the 25 lap A Main for the Patriot Sprint Tour but handed top spot to Jason Barney on lap 10 after drifting high off the front-stretch at the start finish line.
A lap 15 restart found Barney back out front after former Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Champion Shawn Sliter spun his sprint car. By lap 20 Barney and Cook had pulled away from the field setting up a 5 lap dash to the finish through lap traffic.
While Barney was able to hold off Cook – another race to watch was for third.
Two Ohsweken Speedway Sprint Car Division regulars Mitch Brown and Glenn Styres in a challenge with Brown prevailing. Jared Zimbardi rounded out the top 5.
An early race red flag stopped the event with just 3 laps complete when St. Catharines driver Chris Steele and Quebec’s Alain Bergeron came together between Turns 1 and 2. Both drivers were ok after the violent incident while both their cars suffered extensive damage.
Jamie Turner, Tommy Wickham and Barney won qualifying heats while former Rick’s Delivery Sportsman competitor Ryan Turner won the B Main in his first outing.
“If tonight had been 36 laps it might have been a different story,” said defending Pinty’s 358 Modified Champion Mat Williamson, “I’m lucky to be here.”
Coming up on slower cars late in the event had Chad Brachmann of Sanborn NY making a late race charge on the leader after taking over the runner up spot from second generation driver Jeff McGinnis of Ransomville NY on lap 28.
At the halfway point, Williamson had opened up as much as a half straightaway lead on the field.
Starting from the pole at the start, the leader probably didn’t see the racing behind him.
After a lap 1 caution, the action from Williamson on back between Scott Wood, McGinnis and Mike
Bowman let the leader pull away. After a lap 12 caution, McGinnis would settle into second spot ahead of Wood.
Once Brachmann landed in second spot, his late race charge got him to within a car length of Williamson at the finish.
Williamson and Brachmann were followed by McGinnis, Wood and Tyler McPherson.
Williamson, Bowman and McGinnis won qualifying heats.
“It’s a great way to start the season for sure,” said Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Feature Winner Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway, “right out of the box … we have the new car figured out!”
At the start of the 25 lap event, Lindberg out-raced fellow front row starter Jordan Cosco to take top spot before a lap 1 incident slowed the pace right away. Drivers involved included defending Point Champion Cody McPherson, Robert Baker and Jay Mallory with all able to continue.
Lindberg resumed the lead with Paul Gaboury quickly taking second. At the half-way point Lindberg maintained a car length advantage on Gaboury. Through increasing lap traffic however Lindberg was able to open up a comfortable lead through to the checkered flag with Chad Chevalier, Brent Begolo and Rob Knapp closing out the top 5.
Lindberg, Cosco and Knapp won qualifying heats.
PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR FEATURE (25 laps) Jason Barney, Jeff Cook, Mitch Brown, Glen Styres, Jared Zimbardi, Jim Huppenen, Cory Turner, Matt Tanner, Jamie Turner, Ryan Turner, Sammy Reakes IV, Tommy Wickham, Justin Martin, Keith Dempster, Jake Muench, Dane Lorenc, Shawn Sliter, Todd Hoddick, Alain Bergeron, Chris Steele, Paulie Colagiovanni, Chris Jones, Jim Porter..
358 MODIFIED FEATURE (35 laps) Mat Williamson, Chad Brachmann, Jeff McGinnis, Scott Wood, Tyler McPherson, Mike Bowman, Mark D’Ilario, Chris Steele, Pete Bicknell, Bill Bleich, Travis Miller, Billy Dunn, Rob Krull, Boyd MacTavish, Davey Moore, Chris Bellamy, Fred Carleton, Todd Gordon, Tim Jones, Wayne Conn.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE (25 laps) Gary Lindberg, Paul Gaboury, Chad Chevalier, Brent Begolo, Rob Knapp, Jason Moore, Austin Wood, Cody McPherson, BJ Willard, Jordan Cosco, Joey Mastroianni, Jason Farraway, Ryan Ferri, Robert Baker, Gord McIntosh, Chris Storm, Jay Mallory, Justin Sharp.
VICTORY LANE IN NASCAR STOCK CAR RACING EVENTS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY NIGHT
Bechtelsville, PA April 25, 2015 . . . Multi-time champion Craig Von Dohren became the third different 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series Modified feature winner in four outings on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway when he collected his first win of the season and 91st career victory at the 1/3-mile oval. Von Dohren battled race leader Ryan Grim for several laps before the pair made contact going into the second turn. Von Dohren got underneath Grim to merge into first on the 27th lap – the same lap current point leader Duane Howard advanced to second. Howard tried his best to get past Von Dohren, but fell short as Von Dohren pulled the Beartown Recycling/K.L. Harring Transportation No. 1C into the winner’s circle.
Kory Fleming, who was sidelined from Late Model action last week by a drive shaft issue in the heat, bounced back and scored his first win of the year. In the 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model Feature Fleming ended his winless drought being shut out since September 10, 2011. The N.J.-based driver said, “He didn’t know when he was going to win again and the car kind of drove itself he was just along for the ride.”
In NASCAR Sportsman competition Brett Kressley continued his dominance of the division and won his third 25-lap feature out of four.
Modified action saw Ryan Grim, sidelined by an opening night crash, keep his self-owned/sponsored Hoffman Speed Supplies/Willow St. Pub No. 17, in front from his pole starting position trailed by Kevin Hirthler, Kyle Borror, running his back-up car after his opening night flip;, Ron Haring Jr. and Brian Houseknecht.
A seven-car homestretch accident eliminated Ray Swinehart, Tim Buckwalter and Jarrad Miller to bring out the red with one lap completed. On the restart Kevin Hirthler put the Green Lane/Wm. Penn/4-Star Lettering No. 117 into the lead, but Grim stuck with him trying to regain control.
A third lap first and second turn spin involving Mike Kellner, Jamie Speers and Meme DeSantis brought out the yellow. This restart Hirthler had a push coming off the fourth turn and Grim dove underneath him to regain the top spot.
In a matter of laps Grim had some distance built up between himself and second through fifth-place runners Hirthler, Glenn Strunk, Don Norris Jr. and Borror. Coming on strong behind them were Kevin Hartnett, Von Dohren and Howard.
Norris Jr., who previously moved into third, continued to be plagued by misfortunes when front end suspension problems brought him to a stop in the fourth turn for the final caution on lap 15. Grim maintained his position, but now putting in their bids for first were Hirthler, Von Dohren, Howard and Borror. Trying to break into the top five after being involved in the second lap red was Jeff Strunk and by the 16th lap he was fifth.
Von Dohren cleared Hirthler for second on the 19th lap and set sail after Grim.
Lapped cars came into play with five laps to go and a blanket could have been put over the top five comprised of Grim, Von Dohren, Howard, Strunk and Hirthler.
Von Dohren and Grim made contact coming off turn two with Von Dohren now first and Howard second while Grim fell to third on lap 27.
Von Dohren kept everyone behind and went on to score the win with Howard a close second followed by Grim, Strunk and Hirthler. Rounding out the top ten were Kyle Weiss, Doug Manmiller, Borror, G. Strunk and rookie Jared Umbenhauer.
Grim, Hirthler and Weiss won the heats. The consi went to Billy Pauch Jr. making a rare appearance at Grandview.
Polesitter Bill Henning took control of the Late Model feature on the initial green with Fleming and Lou Egrie Jr. right on his bumper.
Henning held on to first until Fleming got by him on the eighth lap. At the same time veteran campaigner Rick Todorow and Sean Merkel followed through for second and third.
Sean Merkel got past Todorow on the 12th lap to attempt to unseat Fleming who had a healthy lead built up.
Cory Merkel hit the third turn infield marker tire sending it onto the track bringing out the caution on the 17th lap. Henning, left with nowhere to go, hit the outside wall. It was still Fleming at the head of the pack when action resumed.
No one was able to take the lead away from Fleming even though Merkel made several runs on him and as the checkered unfurled Fleming was triumphant followed by Merkel, Todorow, for his season best finish; Chuck Schutz, coming from dead last and Dan Green. Wayne Pfeil, Dave Ogin, Cory Merkel, Steve Wilson and Henning completed the top ten.
Heat winners were Henning and Green.
358 Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Craig Von Dohren, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Ryan Grim, 4. Jeff Strunk, 5. Kevin Hirthler, 6. Kyle Weiss, 7. Doug Manmiller, 8. Kyle Borror, 9. Glenn Strunk, 10. Jared Umbenhauer, 11. Kevin Hartnett, 12. Mike Gular, 13. Nate Christman, 14. John Willman, 15. Meme DeSantis, 16. Frank Cozze, 17. Danny Erb, 18. Billy Pauch Jr., 19. Todd Smith, 20. Mike Kellner, 21. Eric Biehn, 22. Brian Houseknecht, 23. Jamie Speers, 24. Ron Haring Jr., 25. Don Norris Jr., 26. Jarrad Miller, 27. Tim Buckwalter, 28. Ray Swinehart. DNQ: Ron Krex, Ron Seltmann Jr., Mark Kratz and Bobby Gunther-Walsh.
Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Brad Arnold, 3. Ken Eckert Jr., 4. Jim Housworth, 5. Joe Funk III, 6. Brandon Whitmoyer, 7. Ryan Beltz, 8. Jordan Henn, 9. Craig Whitmoyer, 10. Brett Gilmore, 11. Erik Renninger, 12. Jeff Sechrist, 13. Mike Lisowski, 14. Dean Bachman, 15. Andy Ressler, 16. Paul Houseknecht, 17. Tom Miller, 18. Jason Neidlinger, 19. Sean Weiss, 20. Kyle Lilick, 21. Brian Hirthler, 22. Mark Kemmerer, 23. Dave Dissinger, 24. Kenny Gilmore. DNQ: John McGovern, Mike Koffel, Josh Adams, Pat Conrad, Ray Woodall Jr.
NASCAR BRC Late Model Feature (25 Laps): 1. Kory Fleming, 2. Sean Merkel, 3. Rick Todorow, 4. Chuck Schutz, 5. Dan Green, 6. Wayne Pfeil, 7. Dave Ogin, 8. Cory Merkel, 9. Steve Wilson, 10. Bill Henning, 11. John Giesler, 12. Buddy Mertz, 13. Lou Egrie Sr., 14. George Irwin, 15. Steve Gross, 16. Lou Egrie Jr., 17. Joe Fanelli, 18. Devin Frey, 19. Shawn Horning, 20. Dirk Rimrott. DNS: Randy Stoudt.
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
MODIFIEDS AS OF APRIL 25, 2015
1. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 1110**
2. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 1055*
3. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 955
3. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #88 955
5. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA #357 931
6. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5 916
7. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 888
8. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357 858
9. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 767
10. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #74W 717
SPORTSMAN AS OF APRIL 25, 2015
1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 1012***
2. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 823
3. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #00 798
4. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 786
5. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14J 743
6. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 722
7. Jeff Sechrist, Robesonia, PA #29G 718*
8. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 701
9 Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 700
10. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ #51 619
Big Diamond Cancelled 4/24
Racing action has been cancelled at Big Diamond Speedway for Friday, April 24. Projected below-freezing temperatures and high-winds forced owner/promoter Jake Smulley to make the tough decision.
“It’s unfair to expect the race teams to put their equipment at risk with this severely cold weather,” stated Smulley. “With tonight also being dedicated to kids it is in everyone’s best interest to regroup for next Friday’s racing action.”
Racing action returns to “God’s Country” this Friday night, May 1st, with Leindecker Racing Engines Night as the Lias Tire 358-Modifieds have their first full-points show of the season. Joining the modifieds on the card this coming week will be the highly anticipated return of the ARDC Midgets along with points races for the Savage 61 Roadrunners and the Slifko Fabrication Street Stocks.
The Modified Challenge will complete next week’s racing line-up. The challenge races will be determined by a fan vote. Look for details to be released early next week.
BILLY PAUCH JR. TO BE PART OF RACING EXCITEMENT AT GRANDVIEW SATURDAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 23, 2015 . . . One of the rising young stars of area auto racing is Billy Pauch Jr. and he is planning to join the star studded field of racing talent that is seen in the NASCAR 358 Modified stock cars this Saturday, April 25, at Grandview Speedway. Pauch, son of legendary dirt track racer Billy Pauch Sr., will be wheeling the Breitenstein #14 Modified.
In addition to this Saturday Pauch will be seen at Grandview on May 16, June 13, July 18 and August 15th.
Pauch will be going up against such top talents as Duane Howard, Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk, Meme DeSantis, Doug Manmiller and a host of others in the NASCAR 358 Modified action. In addition fans will be able to enjoy the excitement of the BRC Late Models and NASCAR Sportsman stock cars.
Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. and at the same time the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet will be taking place with fans having the opportunity meet last week’s BRC Late Model feature winner Lou Egrie Sr., Modified racer Ron Haring Jr. and Sportsman talent Jim Housworth. Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 11 and under are admitted FREE. Active military personnel are admitted free with proper ID.
HOWARD, KRESSLEY AND EGRIE SR. EARN VICTORY LANE VISITS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY NIGHT
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. April 19, 2015. . . . Past champion Duane Howard drove the Atlas Paving #66 to his second win of the young season in the NASCAR 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Brett Kressley was able to earn his second Sportsman feature win and Lou Egrie Sr. earned his first BRC Late Model feature victory since 2012.The entire three division show of stock car racing was completed before 10 p.m.
Opening night feature winner Howard quickly closed the distance between himself and leader Ryan Watt, who encountered lapped cars that somewhat hindered him, by the 18th lap of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature.
Defending point champion Jeff Strunk came on strong in the closing stages, but time ran out and Howard pulled into victory lane to be the first repeat winner of the season in the division.
It was Oley, PA based Howard’s 66th career win at the oval which is ironically his car number. After a fourth-place heat finish the crew made major changes and Howard commented, “They gave me a hell of a race car for the feature.”
Pole sitter Kevin Hirthler led for one lap before Glenn “The Professor” Strunk powered ahead on the second circuit. Jockeying for positions behind him were Hirthler, Watt, Tim Buckwalter and Danny Erb.
Doug Manmiller brought out the first caution when he stopped along the fourth turn wall with a front and back flat right tire on the fifth lap. He was able to rejoin the action following a quick pit stop. After three attempts to get the next lap completed Glenn Strunk was still the pacesetter with runner-up Watt making his presence known.
The lead changed for the third time on the seventh lap as Watt and Buckwalter got past Glenn Strunk as he fell to third with Howard and Jeff Strunk fourth and fifth.
Kyle Weiss, last week’s feature winner, slowed in turn one bringing out the yellow on lap nine. After a quick trip to the pits he soon was trackside again. Watt maintained the lead but now Howard was in second and Watt wasted no time outdistancing himself from the rest of the competition.
Lapped cars came into the picture by lap 18 which allowed Howard to reel Watt in to pressure him for the lead.
Howard took advantage of the situation the others were also dealt and powered into first on lap 20. Dealing with the slower cars behind Howard now were Watt, Jeff Strunk, Buckwalter and Mike Gular.
Watt and Jeff Strunk battled for second for several laps before Jeff Strunk cleared him and set sail after Howard.
No one was able to erase the distance and Howard was victorious again. Coming on strong in the end only to have to settle for second was Jeff Strunk followed by Watt, who also picked up the Dan’s Deli ½-way Hoagie certificate; Buckwalter and Gular. Jared Umbenhauer, Frank Cozze, Erb, meme DeSantis and John Willman, who received the Cargo Trailer certificate completed the top ten.
Jeff Strunk, Buckwalter and Watt won the heats.
Craig Von Dohren, the point leader at the start of the race night, took a hard hit in the heat and had to be double-hooked to the pits. They were able to repair the car for the feature in which he took a provisional and he finished 14th.
In BRC Late Model action Willow Grove, PA’s Lou Egrie Sr., who sat out the previous week with engine problems, came back strong and led from the second lap until the drop of the checkered to win his first 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model feature of the season. It was his first win since May 12, 2012.
Bill Henning, back from vacation, set the pace for one lap until Egrie motored ahead.
While Egrie showed the way, the Merkel brothers Cory and Sean diced for second while Henning, Steve Gross and Chuck Schutz anticipated a false move.
By the 10th lap it was a three-way battle for first between Egrie and the Merkel’s.
Gross brought out the caution on the 19th lap when he spun in turn two. It was still Egrie at the front of the field on the restart.
With the Merkel’s battling this allowed Egrie some extra breathing room.
Sean Merkel finally cleared Cory on the 22nd lap and next would have to try to catch Egrie.
Egrie never surrendered the lead and put the Frank and Doris McCarthy-owned No. X4 in the winner’s circle. Finishing second was Sean Merkel with Schutz getting third at the line with Cory fourth and Joe Fanelli fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Dan Green, Rick Todorow, Dave Ogin, Henning, who received the Cargo Trailers certificate and Gross.
Sean Merkel and Green were the heat winners.
The 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature also saw a repeat winner as Brett Kressley of Orefield, PA took home the checkered as he got leader Brad Arnold, who led from the initial green, out of the groove in the third turn with five laps to go and went on to win the event in which he also picked up $100 from T.P. Trailers.
Arnold, who had tire issues the past two weeks, wasted no time pulling away fast in the WEEU 830 AM car trailed by Tom Miller, Erik Renninger, Joe Funk and Craig Whitmoyer.
By halfway mark, which Arnold received, he had a commanding lead built up.
The straightaway lead Arnold had was wiped out by the 16th lap caution brought out when John McGovern spun in the fourth turn. When action resumed Arnold continued his pace, but now Craig Whitmoyer and Kressley were second and third putting the pressure on.
Kressley advanced to second on the 18th lap and began to challenge Arnold.
As the pair entered turn three on lap 20 Kressley slid underneath Arnold taking him up towards the marbles and was now the new leader.
Kressley and his Kressley’s Auto & Truck Sales #19 never faltered and was victorious again followed by Arnold, Whitmoyer, Funk and Brett Gilmore. Sixth through tenth were Miller, Renninger, Kenny Gilmore, who received the Cargo Trailers certificate; Ryan Beltz and Ryan Lilick.
The heats were won by Arnold, Ryan Lilick and Whitmoyer.
NASCAR 358 Modified Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Duane Howard, 2. Jeff Strunk, 3. Ryan Watt, 4. Tim Buckwalter, 5. Mike Gular, 6. Jared Umbenhauer, 7. Frank Cozze, 8. Danny Erb, 9. Meme DeSantis, 10. John Willman, 11. Nate Christman, 12. Glenn Strunk, 13. Doug Manmiller, 14. Craig Von Dohren (provisional), 15. Mike Kellner, 16. Don Norris Jr., 176. Eric Biehn, 18. Kyle Borror, 19. Kyle Weiss, 20. Ray Swinehart, 21. Brian Houseknecht, 22. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 23. Jamie Speers, 24. Mike Laise, 25. Ron Haring Jr., 26. Kevin Hartnett, 27. Kevin Hirthler, 28. Todd Smith, 29. Ron Seltmann Jr. DNQ: Jarrad Miller.
NASCAR Sportsman Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Brad Arnold, 3. Craig Whitmoyer, 4. Joe Funk, 5. Brett Gilmore, 6. Tom Miller, 7. Erik Renninger, 8. Mike Lisowski, 9. Kenny Gilmore, 10. Ryan Beltz, 11. Ryan Lilick, 12. Jeff Sechrist, 13. Jim Housworth, 14. Jordan Henn, 15. Dean Bachman, 16. Kyle Lilick, 17. Paul Houseknecht, 18. John McGovern, 19. Mark Kemmerer, 20. Joe Masiado, 21. Pat Conrad, 22. Brian Hirthler, 23. Alyssa Fogel, 24. Mike Koffel. DNS: Dave Dissinger.
NASCAR BRC Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Lou Egrie, 2. Sean Merkel, 3. Chuck Schutz, 4. Cory Merkel, 5. Joe Fanelli, 6. Dan Green, 7. Rick Todorow, 8. Dave Ogin, 9. Bill Henning, 10. Steve Gross, 11. John Giesler, 12. Dirk Rimrott, 13. George Irwin, 14. Wayne Pfeil, 15. Buddy Mertz, 16. Lou Egrie Jr. DNS: Kory Fleming.
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
MODIFIEDS AS OF APRIL 18, 2015
1. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 815**
2. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA #357 766
3. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 749
4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 711
5. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357 708
6. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5 702
7. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 698
8. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #88 678
9. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 620
10. Ryan Wyatt, Boyertown, PA #14W 614
SPORTSMAN AS OF APRIL 18, 2015
1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 755**
2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 674
3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 645
4. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #00 638
5. Jeff Sechrist, Robesonia, PA #29G 572*
6. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 561
Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 561
8. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 534
9. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14J 526
10. Tom Miller, Gilbertsville, PA #77 488
3rd Annual Money in the Mountains goes to Ryan Watt
A great night of racing action took place at Big Diamond Speedway Friday evening for the 3rd annual Money in the Mountains. The top names came out for their chance to take home the $7500 top prize that was being offered at the end of the 40 lap Modified Main event. Ryan Watt would set the pace for the race, but the action through out the pack is where the focus was during the evening. Craig VonDohren held the 2nd place spot early on in the event, but Ryan Godown was slowly working his way towards the front, battling the likes of Meme DeSantis and Tyler Siri . As the field began to work their way through the rear of the pack and put the drivers a lap down, the drivers had to be careful not to get tangled with anyone that they were passing. Unfortunately, Godown would tangle with the lapped car of Heath Metzler when he was coming down the front stretch. Godown never stopped after the contact and continued going and as a result was given his spot back on the restart. Metzler had just gone 2 laps down at the time of the incident and he had bobbled as he came down the front stretch, causing the contact to happen. Godown wasn’t able to catch up to Watt and had to settle with finishing up in the runner up spot. The top 5 finishers were Ryan Watt, Ryan Godown, Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard and Rick Laubach. Ryan Godown, Ryan Watt and Rick Lauback were the heat winners.
Daryl Dissinger looked like he was the car to beat in the USS Achey Sportsman Feature Friday evening. He had his hands full with the Charlie Webber ride, but Webber would end up with a left rear flat that put him out of contention for the win. Steve Searock looked like he had something for Dissinger, but it all came down to the last turn of the race to determine the winner. Brett Kressley found himself in a 3 way battle with Daryl Dissinger and Steve Searock coming to the checkers. The cars came off the turn with a full head of steam and no one was giving an in h, but when it came to the finish line, it would be Kressley edging out the competition and he found himself leading the right lap at the right time to take home the Sportsman win for the 2nd time this season and keeping him at the top of the points standings for the class. The top 5 finishers were Brett Kressley, Darryl Dissinger, Steve Searock IV, Mike Lisowski and Mike Mammana. Brett Kressley and Mike Lisowski were the heat winners.
1 Ryann Watt 2 - Ryan Godown 3 - Craig VonDohren 4 - Duane Howard 5 - Rick Laubach 6 - Doug Manmiller 7 - Erick Rudolph 8- Danny Johnson 9 - Billy
Pauch JR 10 - Tyler Sirir 11 - Meme DeSantis 12 - Jimmy Reppert JR 13 - Heath Metzler 14 - Mario Dinatale 15 - Jeff Strunk 16 - Randy Chrysler 17 -
Mike Gular 18 - Colt Harris 19 - Sawn Fitzpatrick 20 - Kevin Beach 21 Justin Grim
1 - Brett Kressley 2 - Daryl Dissinger 3 -Steve Searock 4 - Mike Lisowsk 5 - Mike Mammana 6- Tim Fitzpatrick 7 - Wayne Witmer 8 - Charles Fayash III 9 - Rob Light 10 - Shawn Light 11 - Chad Putalavage 12 - Billy Moyer JR 13 - Jack Butler 14 - Steve Desmelyk 14 - Matt Clay 15 - Charles Webber 16 - Paul Kline 17 - Doug Hendricks 18 - JR Fulper 19 - Glenn Rowan DNS - Mike Glass
Test, Tune and Inspection Day means 2015 Season almost here
April 16, 2015 THOROLD, ONTARIO – When it comes to Saturday April 18th’s Test and Tune Session at Merrittville – the biggest question is … who is ready for it more?
Race Fans looking to put this past Winter behind them or Race Teams who will see a new track since they last raced in the fall and for some during last weekend’s Pete Bicknell Driving School.
“With the more than 400 loads of clay we put down last fall – it has been a constant work in progress,” informs (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “between when it arrived last year and preparing it for winter and countless man hours again this spring – we can’t thank Dave Walters enough for his efforts and fleet of equipment and to EVERYONE that has helped … THANK YOU. We all agree … we can’t wait for the start of the 2015 Season!”
For the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Teams – it’s Spring Training and the pre-season all wrapped up in a one day session to test out the new car and for some - a new division.
Drivers representing the Hoosier Stocks, Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lites and Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinders will be looking for all important seat time in preparation for the 2014 Championship Chase Kickoff presented for the first time by Pinty’s - Saturday May 2nd
Saturday April 25th’s Seaway Mall Spring Sizzler will see the Pinty’s 358 Modifieds and Rick’s Delivery Sportsman in action in addition to the Season Opener for the Patriot Sprint Tour.
While the evening session April 18th is intended for the Thorold facility’s LOWRS Divisions – drivers from other classes are expected in including RUSH Late Models, and local Sprint Car Teams looking to prepare for visits of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints and the return of the Southern Ontario Sprints throughout the season.
Race Teams should make note that the Pit Gates will open at 12 PM April 18th for Inspection with the first Test and Tune Session scheduled for 5:00 PM. Cars will not be allowed on the track until they are inspected.
Grandstand Admission is free and Concessions will be open.
Money in the Mountains Set for Big Diamond Friday
One of the biggest races on the 2015 schedule is coming to "God's Country" this Friday night. The 3rd annual Money in the Mountains, $7,500 to win/$500 to start event for the big/small block modifieds returns to Big Diamond Speedway.
A super talented field is expect to be on hand for the chance at a big pay day. Danny Johnson, Larry Wight, Erick Rudolph, Ryan Godown, Ryan Watt, Stewart Friesen, Tyler Siri, Doug Manmiller, and Randy Chrysler are just some of the expected outsiders coming to Minersville Friday night. Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren, Rick Laubach, Billy Pauch Jr, and Meme DeSantis, headline a group of talented regulars hoping to defend the home turf.
The U.S.S. Achey Sportsman and Savage 61 Roadrunners will also be in action. Brett Kressley (sportsman) and Terry Kramer (roadrunner) hope to build off their momentum from their opening night victories.
Gates will open at 5:00 Friday evening with racing set to take place at 8:15. Admission for this top-tiered show is just $25 while kids and active military (with valid ID) are admitted free.
Modified rules for Friday's event are as follows: spec head small-block on gas – 2,275 lbs.; spec head small-block on alcohol – 2,350 lbs.; open small-block on gas (under 363 c.i.) – 2,350 lbs.; open small-block on alcohol (under 363 c.i.) – 2,400 lbs.; small-block over 363 c.i. – 2,500 lbs.; big-block – 2,500 lbs.
DIRTcar/Big Diamond body rules are in effect (no sail panels). Tire compounds permitted are: American Racer – 33 or harder left front; 38 or harder right-front; 44 or harder left-front; 48 or harder right-front; or Hoosier D300 or harder all four corners.
Full points for the Sportsman and Roadrunners. Modifieds in attendance will receive 75 show-up points.
Let's Go Racing! this Saturday at the Park
May Flowers 150 Enduro Announced
Mercer, PA (April 15, 2015): "We will be ready to race on Saturday," Mercer Raceway Park track manager Frank Benic confidently declared. The speedway has yet to start the 2015 racing season, as wet weather interfered with four straight events. Add in the postponement of the Jack Frost 150 Enduro in January, and that makes five missed opportunities.
"Let's go racing," will be heard loud and clear on Saturday afternoon when the gates swing open for the first special event of the new season. Bonnell's Rod Shop has added money to the purses for each of the six divisions that will see action. Four thousand dollars will await the winner of the initial 410 Sprint Car race that will be presented by 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels. The Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors will slug it out for a cool grand, as will the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. The Precise Racing Products Stock Cars will chase after $500. The Rock Concrete Modified Lite winner will take home $375. The Mini Stocks will have $200 on the line in their contest offered by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles.
And, don't forget that these will be full point races, so defending champions Eric Williams (410 Sprints), Jimmy Holden (358 Modifieds) and Mike McConnell (Mini Stocks) better be ready to defend their respective titles. Three of the classes will be up for grabs, as Jimmy Morris (Outlaw Sprint Warriors) and George Englert (Modified Lites) have moved into new divisions. Trusty Rusty Moore, the perennial champion in the Stock Car ranks, plans to be an infrequent competitor at the Park in 2015.
The gates will open at 4 p.m. Practice will start at 6:30, and racing will commence at 7.
Special event ticket pricing will apply. That means that adults will be admitted for $17, seniors (60+) for $15, and students (9-15) for $7. Children (8 and under) will be admitted for free. The Family Pass will be available for $35, and that can be used by two adults and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will be $35.
If you cannot make it to the tack this weekend, remember that the first Saturday Night Live! program will be held on April 25. That will also be Pittsburgh Circle Track Club night, with all members in good standing being admitted to the grandstands free of charge.
Then, get ready for the first doubleheader weekend at the Park. The new All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Car tour will invade the speedway on Saturday, May 2. America's series is now owned by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, and the the circuit boasts the deepest talent pool in years! But, that will not be all.
The often postponed Jack Frost Enduro will be held the very next day. The race will be dubbed the May Flowers 150. And, the Mini Stocks will go in the Full Bloom 25.
358 Modifieds points
1.Ryan Godown 124
2.Billy Pauch 106
3.Jimmy Blewett 101
4.Sammy Piazza 98
5.David Van Horn 96
6.Willie Osmun 90
7.John McClelland 82
8.Billy Pauch Jr. 76
9. Neal Williams 73
10. Mike Butler 68
GODOWN GETS JOB DONE FROM EIGHTEENTH ON HOCKEY NIGHT AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
New Egypt, NJ - Ryan Godown of Ringoes, NJ dominated his second straight New Egypt Speedway 358 Modified feature on Saturday night worth $2,500 from the eighteenth starting spot.
"I can't thank my guys enough for all the hard work they put in," said Godown. "We ran some satellite races up in New York during Super DIRT Week and we stumbled across something that just made us that much better."
Hamilton, NJ's DJ Ruppert led the 24 car field to the green and would get out to a sizeable lead throughout the first nine laps until PJ Oliver came to a stop in turn two. On the ensuing restart Richie Pratt, Jr. would jump out to the lead but the restart would be negated as Danny Bouc and Johnny Guarino tangling in turn two bringing the yellow back out. It was determined that Pratt jumped the previous restart, putting him back two positions and leaving Ruppert and Ryan Godown on the front row for the restart. Godown would jump out to a commanding lead with Jimmy Horton and Jimmy Blewett in hot pursuit. The yellow would fly again when Rocco Infante spun and was hit by Danny Bouc ending Bouc's night with an apparent broken right front shock. Godown would continue to dominate until the final caution came out on lap 21 when Willie Osmun spun coming off of turn two. On the final restart Godown seemed to pull away at will, putting a half a straightaway between him and Horton until Horton pulled off on the backstretch with motor issues. Godown would go uncontested to his second win in as many weeks at New Egypt. Blewett would come home second with a left front flat tire while Richie Pratt Jr., David VanHorn and Sammy Piazza rounded out the top five.
Dave Brown, Jr. would start on the pole and lead all 20 laps of the season opener for the NERS Sprint cars over Mark Bitner, a very hard charging Mike Haggenbottom, Bobby DeVault, and Adam Carberry.
In Sportsman action Mike Lyons would wrestle the lead away from rookie Brandon Grosso on lap three as he went on to win over Brian Roemer, Mike Hendershot, Bob Lineman, Jr. and JR Fulper.
358 Modified Modified Feature- 1. Ryan Godown 2. Jimmy Blewett 3. Richie Pratt, Jr. 4. David VanHorn 5. Sammy Piazza 6. Billy Pauch 7. John McClelland 8. Neal Williams 9. Willie Osmun 10. Andrew Krause 11. Chad Barney 12. Tad Cox 13. Mike Butler 14. DJ Ruppert 15. Doug Ostwald 16. Jimmy Horton 17. John Stangle 18. Chuck Steuer 19. Rocco Infante 20. Danny Bouc 21. Billy Pauch, Jr. 22. Johnny Guarino 23. PJ Oliver 24. Chris Grbac
DNQ: Ryan Krachun, Patrick Gold, Chris Esposito, Jimmy Martin
Sportsman Feature (20 Laps): 1. Mike Lyons 2. Brian Roemer 3. Mike Hendershot 4. Bob Lineman, Jr. 5. JR Fulper 6. Steve Davis 7. Billy Osmun 8. Marty Saxton 9. Brandon Grosso 10. JT Trstensky 11. Jason Dunn 12. John Cornell III 13. George Gareis, Jr. 14. Will Trstensky 15. Craig Martin 16. Clay Butler 17. Will Dupree 18. Derek Krum 19. Tom McCoy 20. Pat McBride
NERS 305 Sprint Car Feature (20 Laps): 1. David Brown, Jr. 2. Mark Bitner 3. Mike Haggenbottom 4. Bob DeVault 5. Adam Carberry 6. Ryan Stillwaggon 7. Rick Stief 8. Chris Allen Jr. 9. Gabe Fox 10. Ed Wagner 11. Pat Frieberger 12. Joe Lord 13. Keith Anderson 14. Harris Kohen 15. Ryan Cox 16. Brad Franks 17. Zack Byrd 18. Jeff Geiges