THERE WILL BE A NEW NASCAR SPORTSMAN CHAMPION AT GRANDVIEW; BRUCE AND TERESA ROGERS CONTINUE RECOVERY FROM FLORIDA AUTO ACCIDENT; NEW LOOK WEBSITE WITH UPDATED RULES IN PLACE AND SEASON GETS GREEN ON MARCH 26TH
BECHTELSVILLE, PA February 7, 2016 . . . There could be a repeat champion in the T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified division and in the BRC NASCAR Late Models at Grandview Speedway this season. Craig VonDohren will be back to try for his 9th title in the Modifieds while Chuck Schutz will be shooting for his 8th championship in the Late Models.
However in the NASCAR Sportsman there will be a new champion as the 2015 titleholder Brett Kressley is moving on up to the Modifieds and will be driving the Norm’s Save Station #357 owned by veteran car owner Norm Hansell. That will leave the championship open for a number of Sportsman talents to challenge for the title. Early season favorites would include Craig Whitmoyer, Brad Brightbill, and Kenny Gilmore, along with a number of others. It should all make for a very interesting season.
The 54th consecutive season of stock car racing on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval will kick off with a free-to-the public practice session at noon on Saturday, March 26th. Then on Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m. the battle for the lucrative point titles in each division. Grandview Speedway continues to be one of the very few tracks in the nation that offers racers two point funds with money coming from NASCAR and from the Rogers family.
Season tickets remain available for $350 and that give the season pass holder a seat for every Saturday night event between April and September. Send a check/money order payable to Grandview Speedway to 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to speed the return of the season pass.
A redesigned website is now up and running at www.grandviewspeedway.com. The new site, created by Jay Dugan, offers rules, schedule, latest news and more. Speaking of rules, Tina and Kenny Rogers, responsible for the operation of events at Grandview, are reminding all competitors planning to race at Grandview to acquaint themselves with the rules, which can be found on the website, so there is no confusion or questions once the season is open.
Opportunities do exist for advertising in the track magazine, sponsorship of a night of racing with a couple of TV nights remaining and billboard advertising. For information including a detailed brochure contact Ernie Saxton at Esaxton144@aol.com or telephone 267.934.7286.
UPDATE ON BRUCE AND TERESA ROGERS AS THEY RECOVER FROM AUTO ACCIDENT. As many may be aware Bruce and Teresa, owners of the Grandview Speedway, were involved in a serious auto accident in Daytona Beach, Florida about two weeks ago. They continue their recovery. Teresa is in a rehabilitation facility while Bruce is in the ICU at the Florida Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida. Cards and letters will reach them at 173 Bear Foot Trail, Ormond Beach, Florida 32174.
The Rogers family appreciate the good wishes along with the many cards that have been received.
New Egypt Speedway Gears Up for March Madness Meltdown, Season Opener Set for Saturday, March 19th
NEW EGYPT, NJ (February 5, 2016) -- As the last bit of remaining snow melts after Winter Storm Jonas, Ocean County’s New Egypt Speedway is heating things up in preparation for their 2016 season opener – the March Madness Meltdown on Saturday, March 19. This double header of racing action will feature a 50 lap Open Modified event paying $5,000 to win and $400 to take the green, and a 30 lap Open Sportsman feature also on the card, paying $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green.
“We’re excited to kick-start the season with a lucrative event highlighting two of our most popular racing divisions,” General Manager, Allyse Wolfinger said. “It’s been a few years since we’ve had the opportunity to have full control of the season opener and we’re putting forth a strong effort to make this one of the best events of the year.”
Plans are in place to make ‘The Meltdown’ a premiere event at New Egypt Speedway. This year fans can expect various activities, including a pre-race Fan Fest, added giveaways, and an exclusive line of March Madness Meltdown merchandise.
As an added bonus to the competitors, New Egypt Speedway is currently collecting additional bonuses and lap money. Laps are currently on sale for a minimum of $15 per lap for the Modified division and a minimum of $10 per lap for the Sportsman. There are also additional sponsorship opportunities available to get involved with the event. For more information or to get involved, contact the Speedway office at 609-758-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drivers are encouraged to pre-enter for the event. Modified early entry is $20 and Sportsman early entry is $10 – entry fees for both divisions will see a $5 increase on the day of the event.
Pit gates will open at 12 pm for early technical inspection. All cars MUST be inspected before hitting the racetrack. Front gates will open at 3 pm with hot laps starting at 4 pm and racing starting at 5 pm.
Adult admission is $25, seniors 65 and older are $23, teens 12-15, members of the military and their spouses are $15, and children 11 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 with any track or series license and $40 without a license.
New Egypt Speedway sees action on Saturday, March 24 with a free-to-the-public open practice session for all divisions. Competitors are encouraged to test and tune their machines in preparation for the 2016 racing season.
New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 in just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from roast beef sandwiches to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.
For more information, visit online: www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway.
Mercer Raceway Park Celebrates 2015 Season with Annual Awards Banquet
Mercer, PA (January 25, 2016): The Mercer Raceway Park family celebrated the 2015 season and welcomed the 2016 edition Saturday night at the Normandy Banquet Center in Hermitage, PA. Taking top honors in their respective divisions were Jack Sodeman, Jr. (4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels 410 Sprint Cars), Jimmy Holden (Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds), Cody Bova (Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors), Ryan Moyer (Precise Racing Products Stock Cars), Mark Marcucci (Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites), and Mike Thompson (Ray's Racing Collectibles and Eperthener's Auto Wrecking Mini Stocks). In addition, some special awards were presented to Jeff Schaffer, Jr. (Most Improved Driver), Darin Gallagher (Rookie of the Year), and George Hobaugh, Jr. (Walt Wimer's Cavalcade Award for the Limited Sprint class).
The 2015 season saw Jack Sodeman, Jr. rebound to earn another title in the track's headline class, the 410 Sprint Cars presented by 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels. Sodeman has been in the hunt year after year, but misfortune has kept him from clinching multiple championships before 2015. In his "off" seasons, he sustained season-ending injuries at other area tracks. But, he stayed healthy and on course. Finishing second was up and coming Brandon Matus, the third-generation driver. A.J. Flick took third, which was his best season ever at the storied track.Adam Kekich and Scott Priester completed the top five. Brent Matus, Dan Kriger, Michael Bauer, Eric Williams, and Gale Ruth, Jr. also obatined due recognition. These drivers, and many more, are expected to compete weekly at Mercer Raceway Park in 2016.
Jimmy Holden regained his championship form as well, topping Lonny Riggs by a mere 14 point margin over the 2105 season. Kyel Fink, Tommy Kristyak, and newcomer Sid Unverzagt, Jr. were also in the top five of the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. J.R. McGinley was always competitive, but he missed a show or two due to mechanical woes, thereby eliminating him from the title chase.Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Shane Izzo, and Brian Schaffer showed that there is room for the younger drivers to achieve in this competitive class, while veteran Rich Whitney claimed the tenth place honors. The 358 Mods will get their season off to a big start taking on their Big Block brothers as the Chiller Thriller will once again feature the rivalry with the BRP Modified Tour, on March 26.
Cody Bova was exciting and fast throughout the 2016 season in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, but he had plenty of competition week in and week out. George Hobaugh, Jr. was tops in the region, but ony second at the Park in this growing class. Darin Gallagher showed his prowess in his first season in a full sized car, earning multiple feature wins that led to his special accolade. Evan Kornbau was dapper in his blue blazer and colorful bow tie, but he looks to make a bigger impression on the speedway in 2016. Mike Marano, II earned his first career victory in 2015 and that helped him to fifth in the standings. Darren Pifer, George Englert, Alex Paden, Devin Litwiler, and Kotie Kirkbride also received awards.
Joining the fun in 2016 will be the Junior Sprints, which made their debut during the 2015 Little Guy Nationals.
Management presented the tentative 2016 schedule, which features action on the oval starting on March 19, with an open practice session and the fun-filled Jack Frost 150 Enduro. The first of two grudge matches between the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds and the BRP Modified Tour will Take place on March 26 for the Chiller Thriller. Saturday Night Live!racing will kick off on April 2, and the points chase will begin the following week.
The merry month of May will have two Sprint Car specials. The All Stars Circuit of Champions will make their only appearance at the track on May 14. Two weeks later, the Sprints will take off their wings to compete with the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series. The month will conclude with the first of two big truck and tractor pulls, on May 29.
The Annual Auto Racers for Kids charity race will be a Sprint Car triple header in 2016! The Patriot 360 Sprints will be added to the card for this must see event.
Other popular attractions will be on the card, including the Putsy Kekich Memorial, an invasion of the FAST 305 Sprints from western Ohio, and the season-ending 17th Annual Little Guy Nationals.
New Egypt Speedway Honors 2015 Season Champions at Annual Awards Banquet
Ryan Godown Collects $10,000 Modified Championship Payday
New Egypt, NJ--This past Saturday, January 16th, New Egypt Speedway honored their 2015 season champions at their annual awards banquet at the Hibernians Club in Hamilton, NJ. This year’s point fund, courtesy of Lias Tire, paid $31,585 spread through five divisions. In addition, the Crate Modified point fund received an extra $802 from the $.25 from each gallon of the spec fuel purchased during the 2015 season.
Taking home the big $10,000 Modified division top prize for the second year in a row was Ringoes, NJ’s Ryan Godown. Godown scored six Saturday night 358 Modified victories in 2015 to help secure the championship over rival Billy Pauch by 82 points and thanked his long time sponsor John Chemidlin of EG Tire and Auto Center as well as his entire crew and other long time sponsors dating back to his street stock driving days. Also in attendance to receive their 2015 point earnings was new dad and third place finisher Billy Pauch Jr., fourth place finisher and soon to be new dad David VanHorn, fifth place finisher Sammy Piazza, sixth place finisher Neal Williams, and tenth place finisher Jimmy Blewett, who gave a heartfelt goodbye to his dirt racing career at New Egypt Speedway.
For the second time in his racing career Clay Butler of Medford, NJ was crowned the Sportsman champion. Butler thanked his long time sponsor David Cray of Cray Electric for all of his support on their way to their second Sportsman championship together. Steve Davis and Brandon Grosso were also in attendance to collect their second and third place point earnings.
Eric Palmer of Cresco, PA celebrated his third Crate Modified championship in four years with his crew. In a division that sees a lot of youth starting their careers, Palmer proves year in and year out that experience at point racing can make a huge difference. With the addition of the spec fuel money the top 10 finishers in the Crate Modified division received point fund earnings. Second place finisher Jordon Cox, third place finisher Frank Dorry, fourth place finisher Ryan Simmons, fifth place finisher Brandon Grosso, sixth place finisher Brian Papiez, eighth place finisher Jeremy Maritino, and tenth place finisher rookie Tom Tanner were all on hand to collect their point earnings.
Mark Bitner of Trenton, NJ added to his impressive sprint car racing resume by capturing the 2015 NERS Sprint championship. Bitner scored a season ending victory to capture the championship by 10 points over second place. Also on hand to collect their 2015 point earnings was fifth place finisher Joe Lord. The NERS Sprints will once again be under the TSRS banner at New Egypt Speedway for the 2016 racing season.
Matt Stangle, who at just 16 years old, captured the 2015 HCI/Metal Fab Rookie division championship. Stangle was presented his 2015 point earnings by sponsors Mike Lyons of HCI and Mark Blackwell from Metal Fab Race Shop. Also on hand to receive their point earnings from Lyons and Blackwell was second place finisher Dan Fleming.
For the third year New Egypt Speedway awarded one driver with their unique Overall Champion award that is designed to highlight the under rated qualities of a champion including leadership, a team mentality, sportsmanship, and determination. This year’s Overall Champion award was given to 16-year-old Modified rookie Ryan Krachun who showed his maturity both on and off the track when racing in a division full of legends.
RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY AND WORLD RACING GROUP FINALIZE SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES EVENTS AND SANCTION FOR THE 2016 SEASON
RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK_Ransomville Speedway General Manager Tana Robinson has announced that the legendary Western New York Friday night weekly short track facility will once again work under the DIRTcar Northeast sanction in 2016.
Ransomville Speedway was purchased by the Atwal family this past December from the Friesen family, who bought the facilty in 1972.
The Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds and the Investors Service Company Sportsman will once again be under DIRTcar sanctioning. Robinson also announced several specialty racing events for Ransomville Speedway.
“We are pleased to have the folks from DIRTcar involved with Ransomville Speedway,” said Robinson. “We re proud to be apart of the DIRTcar family and working within it’s structure.”
The 2016 season will see a tradition return to the half mile clay oval. It’s been a while, but Ransomville Speedway will host a 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series event on Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day. Presented by Budweiser, the event is tentatively slated to be a $5000 to WIN, 75 lap affair.
“This event will be the start of the of the 2016 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series,” says Robinson. “We expect anyone who is entertaining thoughts of running the series to be here.”
Then on Tuesday, August 2nd, the Super DIRTcar big block Modified will be back at the Ransomville Speedway as part of the 32nd Summer Nationals. Presented by Coors Light, the Big Blocks will speed round the quick Ransomville Speedway oval for 100 laps, paying the winner $6,000. The Summer Nationals has been one of the biggest short track events annually on the northeast short track theatre.
The Summer Nationals will be the second straight night of the racing for the Super DIRTcar big blocks, racing at Merrittville Speedway the previous night. Known as the “Racers Vacation” the two day program gives drivers and it’s teams and their families a chance to view many of the sights in the region…including the world famous Niagara Falls.
The Summer Nationals was the idea of Alex Friesen in 1975, who wanted to give the Modifieds a large purse to compete for. Billy Decker is the defending champion of event.
The Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series will also make it’s annual appearance at Ransomville Speedway on Friday night, September 9th. Competitors from all over New York State and Eastern Canada are expected for the series at Ransomville Speedway. Historically, the Ransomville Speedway regulars have proven to be strong on the Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series. Past touring champions have been Chad Brachmann, Randy Chrysler and Cody McPherson, all Ransomville Speedway champions.
Woodhull Raceway gearing up for 2016 Arnot Mall Car Show sponsored by Swarthout Recycling
For Immediate Release - January 9th, 2016
Woodhull, N.Y. - 'New York's Toughest Bullring' has had some of the toughest competition in the Northeast, featuring 370 Modifieds, Crate Sportsman Modifieds, 360 Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Front Wheel Drives and the Woodhull Warriors. All of these divisions will return for 2016 with the only potential changes expected to be for the Street Stocks pending several official and driver meetings.
But before any laps are turned on the Steuben County third-mile oval, racers and fans can look forward to the annual Arnot Mall Car Show, which will be sponsored by Swarthout Recycling for the 7th year in a row. Woodhull's car show is one of the busiest weekends for the Arnot Mall, located directly off Interstate 86 in Big Flats, NY and the 2016 version expects to be no different.
Swarthout Recycling is a well-known supporter of local motorsports located in Beaver Dams, NY. They specialize in scrap metals including mixed steel, aluminum, copper, brass and cast iron. The recycling department accepts cardboard, newspaper, mixed office paper and junk mail, clear and green glass, tin and plastic.
Swarthout is also a race fan’s go-to source for household and commercial refuse. Their large fleet of trucks and equipment has one of the area's largest assortments of roll-off canisters in various sizes. They can also provide front-loading trash dumpsters in 2, 4, 6, and 8 cubic yard sizes for commercial refuse.
The always-potent Woodhull racing community will line the halls of the Arnot Mall starting with move-in night on Friday March 18th as the mall closes business that evening. Saturday and Sunday will be the official car show with the raceway having a large display in center court.
One change for 2016 will turn a lot of heads and spark the interest of the local race teams in attendance. For the first time in several years, Woodhull Raceway is proud to announce the Team Pit Stop Competition held in center court will return on Saturday evening, slated to begin at 6:30PM.
Teams of 3 will be accepted featuring a jack man, tire carrier and tire changer, with crew members being allowed to enter the contest on only one team. The competition will feature changing a right rear tire in the fastest amount of time without leaving any lug nuts loose. Teams may register at the show OR by emailing the team name and team members to email@example.com.
There is no entry fee to enter your race vehicle into the car show, but you must submit your entry by Friday March 11th, 2016. You may submit your registration to firstname.lastname@example.org, by sending a message to the Woodhull Raceway Facebook page, by calling Steve at (315) 729-3825 or by calling Brandi at (607) 857-1337.
2016 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, SEASON TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE
BECHTELSVILLE, PA January 2, 2016 . . . The 2016 auto racing season will be here before you realize it. Grandview Speedway has released their schedule for the new season so that racers and fans are able to make their plans for the 54th consecutive season of auto racing at the one-third-mile, banked clay oval.
As in the past the Saturday schedule of events kicks off on Saturday, March 26th with a free-to-the –public practice session. This opportunity for racers to test and tune their equipment for the new season and fans to see what their favorite will be driving has become a tradition.
However this season there will be one event run prior to the practice day with the Outlaw Enduro racers and Blast from the Past Vintage racers seeing action on Sunday, March 19th at 1 p.m.
The schedule for 2016 includes more than three dozen races with the first official NASCAR Saturday night event set for Saturday, April 2 and will feature the TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars starting at 7 p.m.
The Thunder on the Hill special events series, promoted by Bob Miller and Bruce Rogers, will include seven dates that will feature several different forms of racing including Big Block Modifieds, 358 Modifieds, TSRS 305 Sprints, United States Auto Club AMSOIL Non-Wing Sprints, All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints, Sportsman and 410 Sprints.
For just $350, no increase in the price over the 2014 and 2015 season, a 2016 Grandview Speedway season pass is available that offers a guaranteed seat for each exciting Saturday night of auto racing entertainment.
Included in the season pass is the Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings, the Firecracker 40 Late Model event, the classic Freedom 76 for Modifieds racing for at least $25,000 to win along with other special Saturday events.
Each season pass holder is entitled to a reserved seat, of his or her choice, for the season and avoids having to stand in the ticket line.
A check in the amount of $350 should be sent for each season pass being ordered. Make the check payable to Grandview Speedway and mail to 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for convenience in getting the season pass returned to you.
The complete schedule can now be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com and on Facebook. The schedules will also be made available at a number of car shows and driver appearances leading up to the new season.
Saturday, March 26 FREE to the Public Practice Session. 12 Noon
Saturday, April 2 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7 PM
Saturday, April 9 Modifieds 35 laps, Sportsman, Late Models
Saturday, April 16 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7 PM
Sunday, April 17 Outlaw Enduro Racing & Blast from the Past Vintage Car Racing, 1 PM
Saturday, April 23 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models + Blast from the Past Vintage Car Racing 7 PM
Saturday, April 30 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7 PM
Saturday, May 7 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 14 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 21 Modifieds, Sportsman, & Late Models + Blast from the Past Vintage Racers, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 28 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 29 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM Modifieds * (35 laps, $4000 to win), Sportsman and TSRS Sprints
Saturday, June 4 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 7 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES—Jesse Hockett Classic USAC AMSOIL National Non-Wing Sprint Tour & 358 Modifieds*, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 Modifieds, Sportsman, & Late Models plus Blast From the Past Vintage Cars, TP Trailers Night 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 18 Modifieds, Sportsman (40 laps) & Late Models, BFP Specialties/Bashore Trucking Night, 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 25 Modifieds, Sportsman & TSRS 305 Sprints, 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 28 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES PA Sprint 410 Sprint Speed Week Series & 358 Modifieds*7:30 PM
Saturday, July 2 Modifieds, Sportsman, & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 9 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models Firecracker 40, ireworks! 7:30
Thursday, July 14 SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES MODIFIEDS 19th Annual TRAFFIC JAM Big Block Modifieds 60 laps and Sportsman, 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 16 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM Atlas Paving Night
Saturday, July 23 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 26 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES (Sprint Thunder Cup) 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds*,7:30 PM
Saturday, July 30 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models + Blast from the Past Vintage Car Racing,7:30 PM
Saturday, August 6 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 13 Forrest Rogers Memorial for Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, 7:30
Thursday, August 18 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES- ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS 410 Sprints and TSRS Sprints, 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 20 Modfieds, Sportsman & Late Models (Forrest Rogers Rain Date) 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 27 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models + Blast from the Past Vintage Car Racing, 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 3 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models - -30 Laps 7:30 PM
Friday, September 9 Sportsman (38 laps) and TSRS 305 Sprints plus Modified practice, 7
Saturday, September 10 46th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic $25,000 to win + Cash Dash 7 PM
Saturday, September 17 Freedom 76 Rain Date 7 PM
Saturday, October 15 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES Halloween Party MODS at the MADHOUSE Modifieds*, Sportsman, TSRS Sprints – 6 PM
Saturday, November 19 54th Anniversary Awards Banquet 6 PM Doors Open 4 PM Gilbertsville Fire Co
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is a Bruce Rogers/Bob Miller Promotion - -26th Anniversary Season! Visit our web sites: www.grandviewspeedway.com and www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com; www.facebook.com/grandviewspeedwayinc; twitter@grandviewspeedway.
Those Thunder dates that include * (asterisks) have Modifieds earning NASCAR points.
W-16 Engine Approved for Competition in DIRTcar 358-Modified Division
$10,000 engine option opens doors for new teams in division
By Mike Mallett
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Dec. 29, 2015 - After a full year of testing, the Wegner Motorsports W-16 Engine is approved and ready for implementation in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. For less than $10,000, the engine will be legal at all DIRTcar sanctioned facilities as well as in the 358-Modified Series in 2016.
The new combination will allow drivers to enter the division while giving those already in competition an economical option.
"What we wanted was an alternative for the Sportsman guys moving up as well as for drivers who are already in the division and looking for an economical option," said Mike Perrotte, DIRTcar director, series and sanctioning. "This isn't for everyone, but it is affordable and will keep more people racing. We've seen what the GM Performance option has done to grow the Sportsman ranks and we hope to help some of them move up to the 358-Modified division."
The engine combination was tested and tuned throughout the 2015 season at Merrittville Speedway with the assistance of Randy Slack Racing, Bobby Slack at Bicknell Racing Products and former Super DIRT Week champion Billy Dunn. The group worked with Perrotte to find the right combination to make the engine competitive against other options available in the division. Their efforts proved successful as Dunn was able to capture three feature victories during the season.
"A lot of tinkering around went into this to get it where it needed to be," Bobby Slack said of the combination. "It's a middle-of-the-road priced engine and we wanted it to act like that. After getting some smart people involved we were able to sort things out and make this a viable solution."
The team made numerous changes to get the engine to a point where it could compete with more expensive engines. Slack said that the engine is not for everyone but offers an alternative for those looking to move up without investing more.
"I don't want a guy with a built engine to have a disadvantage and the way it is set up right now he doesn't," Slack said. "There is still a bit of an advantage with an open engine but this engine isn't at that much of a disadvantage where you wouldn't use it."
Dunn, who drove the car all season, will return in 2016. After putting the engine through its paces to test reliability and improve performance, Dunn said he was impressed with where they ended up.
"We spent half the summer changing intakes, cams, exhaust and getting it competitive, and by the end of the summer we were," Dunn said.
The goal of the new program is to increase accessibility to the series and grow 358 car counts throughout the Northeast.
"My realistic goal is this year to get five or six guys to move up from all the race tracks from Sportsman cars and other divisions," Slack said. "Maybe every year we can get a few more and eventually have a full field."
Bicknell Racing Products will be the official exclusive supplier of the W-16 Engine. Rules will be strictly enforced with the engines which will feature official "DIRTcar" cable seals as well as tape seals that contain a QR Code to track the engine serial numbers through the website. Much like the current rules in the Sportsman division, those caught cheating their engines will face severe penalties.
Those looking for information about the engine can contact Mike Perrotte at (704) 796-4566, or email him at email@example.com. Purchasing can be done by calling Bicknell Racing Products at (716) 285-7502 (USA) or (905) 685-7223 (Canada).
Woodhull Raceway Year in Review
Woodhull, NY The New York States Toughest Bull Ring completed its 51st season of racing under the promotional management of Ted and Brandi White. The track welcomed 44 different drivers into victory lane. The track also had the unfortunate luck of having six cancellations thanks to mother nature.
Billy Van Pelt once again finished on top in the Insinger Performance 370 Small Block Modified’s for the 17th time in his career. The Grant Hilfiger owned, Walker Plumbing No. V78 made it to victory lane six times. Van Pelt won both the George and Jim Williams Memorial Trophy Races, as well as the Lyle Sherwood Memorial, and the end of the year Bull Ring Challenge event. Donnie Lawson finished in second in points with three feature wins. Other Modified drivers making it into victory lane were Alan Rudalavage, Josh Nobriga, Mike Bills, and Kenny Peoples Jr. Rookie drivers Cory Costa and Dillon Groover both made strong runs as they both finished in the top 10 in points. Sportsman of the year went to Kenny Peoples Jr.
The biggest modified event ever in the 51-year history at the track was held on Tuesday August 11, under the promotional direction of Brett Deyo and Ted White. The event had drivers from New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and even Canada gather for night of mid-week racing. The event was won by Stewart Friesen who went to battle with Dylan DeWert for the entire race.
In the 360 Late Models, Glenn Whritenour claimed his eighth track championship in nine years. Whritenour used a strong month of May and June winning three consecutive times as well as the prestigious Scott Dennison Memorial. Also making it into victory lane on the season were Bruce Miller. Also winning for the first time in their careers were Steve LeBarron, Jason McGregor and Jamie Freeman. Jamie Freeman took home rookie of the year honors while Bruce was given the Sportsman of the year award.
In the Crate Sportsman, Chris Daugherty used three feature wins and number of consistent runs to take his second track championship in three seasons. Brandon Butler finished seven points behind him as he had three feature wins during the regular season and a feature win on the final weekend of the season when the GRIT Series was in town. Other feature winners on the year included AJ Costley, Bobby Peoples, Brandon Martin, Brett Buono, and Jake Dgien. Josh Keesey was victorious in two of the three SUNY Canton GRIT Sportsman series.
The Woodhull Raceway season was another success under the promotional management of Ted and Brandi White who completed their sixth season of running the historic Steuben County Bull Ring. The 2016 schedule is in the works which almost every series and show returning including the Short Track Super Series that is slated for Tuesday August 16, as it will be a 52 lap race for the Big Block/ Small Block Modified’s paying $5,200 to win.
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First Championship for Lindberg leads to Crew Chief and Performer Awards – Bellante, Sliter and Fawcett among other Special Award Winners at Merrittville Awards Night
For Immediate Release from Jim Irvine Merrittville Speedway Public Relations
THOROLD, Ontario (November 29, 2015) - Merrittville Speedway’s 64th consecutive season officially came to a close with the Night of Champions Saturday November 28th honoring the 2015 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Champions and other award recipients.
Chad Brachmann of Sanborn, NY and Mark Fawcett of Canfield Ontario both took home top honors for the second time in their careers in the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified and Hoosier Stock Divisions respectively.
Two drivers would be honored with their first career championship – Port Colborne’s Rob Goulding in the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder and Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway in the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Divisions.
Josh Sliter also of Ridgeway was awarded the Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Title for the fifth time in his career.
Merrittville’s Co-announcers Dana Curvin and Brett Wood performed Masters of Ceremony duties – presenting the top 12 points finishers from each division with point fund monies in addition to a wide variety of special awards.
Lindberg’s 9 win season led to the second generation driver being named Performer of the Year.
His win total included a victory in the David Chevrolet King of the Crates Mini-Series in which he won as well in 2015.
After finishing in the runner up spot last season to first time Champion Mat Williamson, Brachmann who won his first title in 2008 earned the first for car owner Norm Ellsworth of St. Catharines.
Driving the Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports/Castle Mechanical/Bellamy’s Towing/LKQ Niagara/Pine View Drywall/Turn 4 Collision #3 - Brachmann collected 3 wins and 12 top 5 finishes.
Last season, there were just 6 points separating the top 3 spots en route to Mark Fawcett’s first Hoosier Stock championship. In running to a second straight title in 2015 – Fawcett came out on top almost 150 points up on third.
This run to the Championship had Fawcett earning 7 wins and 19 top 10 finishes in 19 starts. Josh Sliter’s fifth Championship in the Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Division saw him rack up 15 Top 5 finishes in 16 events. Sliter would park in Victory Lane 7 times.
Rob Goulding’s first career Championship in the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Division came from 15 Top 10 finishes including two wins.
All 5 division champs earned traditional Merrittville Speedway Championship Rings and Jackets in addition to trophies and cash awards.
Brian Teeple, (Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Division), Steven Beckett, (Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Division), Dave Bailey, (Hoosier Stock Division) and Chris Storm, (Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division) received 2015 Rookie of the Year Awards. There were no Rookie drivers in the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Division in 2015.
Lucas Oil Slick Mist Best Appearing Car Awards were presented to Kyle Rothwell, (Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Division), Dylan Davidson, (Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Division), Kevin Knapp, (Hoosier Stock Division), Jay Mallory, ( Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division) and Fred Carleton, (Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Division).
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 Joey Mastroianni of the Rick’s Delivery Sportsman Division.
The Begolo-Little Award for the most improved driver in the 358 Modified Division went to Mark D’Ilario, 6th in the Pinty’s Delicious Foods Divisional Standings.
Ray Sliter Jr was presented the 2nd Annual Pete Cosco Car Owner of the Year Award by inaugural Winner Linda Cosco.
Sliter – a racer himself was instrumental in his son Josh’s 5th Modified Lite title in addition to the efforts of team-mates Rob Misener, Jamie Gilbert and RJ Pietz while serving on integral role in the Southern Ontario Mod Lite Racing Association.
The award initiated last season 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 2015 recipient grew up in the sport as a fan before becoming a driver before his involvement as a sponsor and car owner over the years through his company Rick’s Delivery.
The winner was Rick Bellante of Welland with Brad Rouse accepting on his behalf as Bellante and his wife Sam were away on their honeymoon.
The Billy Matthews Crew Chief of Year Award went to Paul Lindberg who led his brother Gary to the 2015 Sportsman Championship. Gary was also named the Performer of the Year.
Fawcett’s second straight Hoosier Stock title led to being named the Archer Truck Centre Driver of the Year.
358 Modified Division Top 12 in Points.
Chad Brachmann – 1049, Pete Bicknell – 1008, Mat Williamson – 990, Mike Bowman – 974, Billy Dunn – 941, Mark D’Ilario – 936, Scott Wood – 929, Tommy Flannigan – 926, Tim Jones – 917, Tyler McPherson – 900, Bill Bleich – 872, Fred Carleton – 845.
Sportsman Division Top 12 in Points.
Gary Lindberg – 1092. Brad Rouse – 966 Chad Chevalier – 956, Cody McPherson – 945, Paul Gaboury – 916, Brent Begolo – 858, Jay Mallory – 852, James Friesen – 850, Rob Knapp – 825, Austin Wood – 805, Justin Sharp & Jason Moore (tie) – 797.
VONDOHREN, KRESSLEY AND SCHUTZ EARN NASCAR TITLES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
JEFF STRUNK AND KENNY GILMORE TAKE AMERICAN RACER TRACK TITLES
Bechtelsville, PA November 21, 2015 . . . Veteran stock car racers Craig VonDohren and Chuck Schutz along with Brett Kressley were honored as the 2015 NASCAR champions on Saturday night at the 53rd Anniversary Grandview Speedway Awards Banquet which took place at the Gilbertsville, PA Fire Co. Social Hall. Jeff Strunk topped the American Racer Cup standings for the Modifieds while Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, earned the American Racer Cup with the Sportsman. A large turnout of racers, team members, fans, family members, media and more were on hand.
A new award came from NASCAR with the announcement that young Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, Pa, had earned the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) Youth Achievement Award. This honor included a cash award and UNOH Scholarship.
For VonDohren, who calls Oley, PA home, the 2015 NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modified championship was his eighth time as the titleholder while Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) earned his 7th BRC NASCAR Late Model title. For Brett Kressley (Orefield) the Sportsman championship was his first at the Rogers family owned auto racing facility.
Wheeling the K.L.Harring Transportation sponsored entry VonDohren had what could be considered a dream season as in addition to the championship worth well over $10,000 in point fund money from Grandview and NASCAR, he was able to win $10,000 for his victory in the Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings and $25,000 for topping the field in the Freedom 76 Modified Classic. VonDohren had 5294 points while second place went to another Oley resident Duane Howard, a five time track champion, who had four feature wins and tallied 4952 points. Ten time track champion Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, settled for third with 4763 counters and two wins.
Chuck Schutz received cash and awards for his first place finish in the BRC NASCAR Late Model point standings for the seventh time. He was able to amass 4427 points and four feature wins with his Pioneer Pole Buildings #1 topping Wayne Pfeil, Mohnton, who had 4116 points and two feature wins in the Saturday night NASCAR racing action. Sean Merkel, Boyertown, finished just two points behind Pfeil with 4114 counters and one feature win.
The Sportsman title battle had Brett Kressley, driving his own entry, finishing on top with 4023 points and four main event wins. Second spot was taken by Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, with 3698 points followed by Jordan Henn, Kutztown, who had 3596 tallies.
In the 358 Modified division Rookie of the Year honors went to Jared Umbenhauer while the Most Improved Driver was Tim Buckwalter who went from 17th in the 2014 points to 10th this year. Best Appearing Car owners were earned by Danny Erb. Kyle Borror took the Hard Luck Award.
Young Kyle Lilick was named Rookie of the Year in the Sportsman division while Brad Arnold earned the Outstanding Newcomer honors. Brett Gilmore is the Most Improved Driver and went from 16th in points in 2014 to 5th this season and had a feature win. Kenny Gilmore was named the Hard Luck Driver as he missed out on a second place finish in the point standings when his engine let go just two races from the finish of the season. Jordan Henn earned the Best Appearing Car Award.
The BRC Late Model division has Shawn Horning as the Rookie of the Year while Dave Ogin took home the Most Improved Driver having finished 10th in points and winning 2 feature races. Dan Green had the Best Appearing Car. Steve Gross took the Hard Luck Award having returned to racing after being away for several seasons.
Track announcer Jeff Ahlum welcomed a number of media to the banquet and thanked them for their support.
It was also announced that the 2016 racing season would kick off with the traditional free-to-the-public practice session on Saturday, March 26th and that practice is open to all divisions of competition.
Fans and racers are reminded that they can stay informed on 2016 plans for racing at Grandview by visiting www.grandviewspeedway.com or their Facebook and Twitter sites. The track phone number is 610.754.7688.
FINAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
358 MODIFIEDS AS OF SEPTEMBER 5, 2015
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 5294****
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 4982****
3. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #88 4763**
4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 4409
5. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 4215*
6. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53/2 3941
7. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5/11 3806*
8. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA #976 3770
9. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357/19 3672
10. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #22 3643
11. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117 3493***
12. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #74W 3470
13. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA #33 3335*
14. Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA #41 3209
15. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA #357 2940
16. Nate Christman, Oley, PA #37 2916
17. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA #B4 2868
18. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 2639*
19. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 2620*
20. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #A1/57 2566*
21. Eric Biehn, Bechtelsville, PA #87 2533
22. Brian Houseknecht, Bechtelsville, PA #323 2448
23. Jarred Miller, Barto, PA #917 2087
24. Todd Smith, Hatfield, PA #39 1974
25. Ryan Wyatt, Boyertown, PA #14W 1658
26. Ron Seltmann, Lower Pottsgrove, #R19 1564*
27. Bobby Gunther Walsh, Allentown, PA #1 1488
28. Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA #15 1485
29. Mike Bailey, Kutztown, PA #81 1403
30. Ryan Kunkle, Fleetwood, PA #77K 1052
OFFICIAL FINAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
SPORTSMAN AS OF SEPTEMBER 5, 2015
1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 4023****
2. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 3698
3. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 3596
4. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #00 3414*
5. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 3350**
6. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #142 3276***
7. Brad Arnold, Kenhorst, PA #830 3247*
8. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 3190***
9. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 3142
10. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 3105
11. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ #51 2648
12. Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA #221 2542
13. Jason Neidlinger, Schuylkill Haven, PA #88X 2275
14. Brandon Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #25 2156
15. Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104 1971
16. Paul Kline, Reading, PA #1 1963**
17. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14J 1854
18. Ken Eckert, Orwigsburg, PA #29 1825
19. Ryan Shupp, #15R 1693
20. Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65 1599
Also Feature Winners: Mark Kemmerer (1), Sean Weiss (1), Brad Brightbill (1), Jeff Sechrist
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)
NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY GEARING UP FOR 2016
New Egypt, NJ (November 13, 2015) – With activities completed for this year, New Egypt Speedway is gearing up for 2016.
Up first, the 2015 track champions and top finishers in points will be honored at an awards banquet on Saturday, January 16. This year’s gala event will occur at the Hibernians Club located on Kuser Road in Hamilton, NJ. Tickets are on sale now for $75 per person. Reservation forms are available at the speedway’s website at www.newegyptspeedway.net. Completed banquet forms are due back to New Egypt Speedway no later than Friday, December 18, 2015. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card and is due to the Speedway by December 18th. No reservations or payment will be accepted after this date. If you reserve a ticket and payment is not received by December 18th, your reservation will be cancelled. There are many local area hotels located just a few miles from the banquet hall including the Hamilton Hilton, Homewood Suites of Hamilton, and the Hampton Inn Robbinsville for those that are interested.
After the awards banquet, New Egypt Speedway will be exhibiting at the 2016 Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show from January 22nd through the 24th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. At the exhibit, fans can pick up a schedule for the upcoming season. For drivers, all the necessary paperwork will be available with the New Egypt Speedway team available to answer any queries.
Marketing partnerships are now available for the 2016 season. A full gamut of packages is being offered from division naming rights to billboard advertising to race night sponsorship. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Mike Wisniewski from Wiz Motorsports Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
As a reminder, New Egypt Speedway’s “5 Days of Thanks” sale and food drive will start in less than one week. This year’s sale will feature specials on apparel, season passes, reserved spectator parking spots, March Madness tickets, and Saturday night general admission tickets. The “5 Days of Thanks” will also carry along with it a food drive to benefit the New Egypt Food Pantry. The “5 Days of Thanks” sale kicks off on Wednesday, November 18, and ends on Tuesday, November 24, excluding Saturday and Sunday. Each day will feature a different sale starting with Wednesday, November 18, offering free shipping or a 2016 money saving coupon booklet with the purchase of any 2015 Speedway apparel that is already on sale. Thursday, November 19, will offer a free 2016 New Egypt Speedway t-shirt and hat with the purchase of a 2016 season pass. Friday, November 20, will offer a $5 off coupon for Opening Night (Saturday, April 2nd) to anyone purchasing a 2016 Reserved Spectator Parking Space. Monday, November 23, will offer a $3 off Opening Night coupon to anyone purchasing a General Admission ticket for the March Madness Meltdown event on Saturday, March 19th. Finally, on Tuesday, November 24, fans can purchase 2-$20 value 2016 event tickets for $28, with an offer limit of 2 per person. The Speedway office will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for fans wishing to make sale purchases or donate non-perishable food items for the New Egypt Food Pantry. All fans donating food items will receive a free New Egypt Speedway t-shirt. Fans who cannot make it to the Speedway but would like to make sale purchases over the phone, can call the Speedway office at (609) 758-1900.
New Egypt Speedway Awards Banquet Set for Saturday, January 16, 2016
New Egypt, NJ-- New Egypt Speedway has scheduled their annual awards banquet to honor the 2015 champions and top finishers in season ending points for Saturday, January 16, 2016. This years banquet will take place at the Hibernians Club located on Kuser Road in Hamilton, NJ.
Tickets for the event are on sale now for $75 per person. Reservation forms are on the New Egypt Speedway website www.newegyptspeedway.net. The banquet will run from 6 pm to 10 pm. There are many local area hotels located just a few miles from the banquet hall including the Hamilton Hilton, Homewood Suites of Hamilton, and the Hampton Inn Robbinsville for those that are interested.
Reservation forms are due to the Speedway no later than Friday, December 18, 2015. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card and is due to the Speedway by December 18th. No reservations or payment will be accepted after this date. If you reserve a ticket and payment is not received by December 18th, your reservation will be cancelled.
This year’s event will honor the 2015 season champions Ryan Godown, Clay Butler, Eric Palmer, John Carpenter, Mark Bitner, and Matt Stangle. Also being honored are the top 10 in Modified and Crate points and the top five in the Sportsman, Street Stock, and Sprint points. HCI and Metal Fab representatives will be on hand to help honor the top three finishing Rookies.
2015 CHAMPIONS HONORED AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY AWARDS AND DINNER BANQUET
Ransomville, NY – Friday, October 30th, 2015 – The 58th annual racing season officially came to a conclusion last Friday night as some two hundred guests gathered to honor the 2015 Champions along with many others.
Ryan Susice of Ransomville, NY was crowned the Champion in the 358 Modified’s after a very consistent season aided him to top the field. Winning by just eleven points over veteran Danny Johnson, Susice claimed his first of what will most likely be many Modified titles. Susice had just one victory in the 2015 season but finished in the top five all but twice in Regular points events. With six wins Johnson finished in the runner up position while Mr. Smallblock Pete Bicknell rounded out the top three.
As has become customary, the Sportsman title came down to the final night as three drivers vied for the title. When the final checkered flew, not one but two drivers stood as co-champions as a tie in points between Cody McPherson and James Michael Friesen was the result. It was only the third time in Ransomville history and first since 1996 that a tie was recorded. For McPherson it would be his first Ransomville title. What is most impressive is it came in his very first regular season in competition at the ½ mile dirt oval. McPherson enjoyed five wins, two of them coming in the Grit Series and DIRTcar Sportsman Series. James Michael Friesen would claim his second championship in the division, enjoying some five victories as well and fourteen top three finishes. Jesse Cotriss claimed the third place points finish with four wins to his credit and seven additional top five finishes.
The Novice Sportsman Champion is Austin Susice. Susice made the switch from 4 Bangers to Sportsman racing seem easy. Enjoying four wins and six additional top three finishes, Susice came into the final event with John Conklin mathematically still in the hunt. Susice would take the championship with Conklin settling for second. Conklin also made the move from 4 Banger racing into the open wheel ranks in 2015, picking up three wins. Tony Muscato enjoyed three wins as well and earned himself a third place points finish.
Chris Leone is no stranger to the title ranks. Picking up yet another track championship in the Gippsters Collision 4 Banger ranks, this driver has proven to be one of the most competitive on a weekly basis. Leone won three of the last four point’s events solidifying himself as the 2015 Champ. Ryan Plante had one victory on the season and ten additional top five finishes to claim the runner up position. Steve Matson of Ransomville, NY finished in third with two wins and three top five finishes.
The 2015 Ray MacIver Sportsmanship Award went to Pat Dell. When Mark Loveland’s Street Stock was absolutely destroyed in a mid-season meeting with the wall, it looked as if any chance of a top points finish, much less the change of racing again soon was gone. However Dell was quick to step in and lend him his back up racer. This gesture kept Mark in the championship hunt in which he ultimately finished second. This selfless assistance to a fellow racer earned Dell the 2015 honors.
The Rookie of the Year honors are awarded to the highest finishing rookies in a division. This year the honor went to Investors Services Sportsman campaigner Brett Senek whom finished 12th in points. Kenny Wills took home the honors in the FinditQuick.com Modified class.
Tommy Flannigan was awarded the Most Improved Modified Driver honors – if he hadn’t missed the first two weeks of the season, he may have been in the hunt for the track title. As it was, he scored seven top five finishes and an impressive third place at the Battle at the Border.
After claiming his first win in the Investors Services Sportsman ranks, this years’ Most Improved Driver award went to James Sweeting. Not only did he pick up that memorable first win, he also did it in his rookie year coming home just a few points shy of claiming that title as well.
Ryan Susice’s development as a racer has been witnessed by a lot of people at Ransomville Speedway. His dad was a competitive racer for many years, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. He established himself as a youngster as a competitive go-kart racer, and made the move to stock cars seem effortless, with championship seasons in the Street Stocks and Sportsman. Upon his move to the Modifieds, his learning curve was fast. It all came together for him this season with his first ever Modified title, all while he was expanding his racing horizons with competitive outings in a Sprint Car and TQ Midget. By virtue of his 2015 successes, Susice was awarded the highly prestigious Driver of the Year Honors.
Cartwright Wins 2nd Career Dutch Hoag National Open
DUNDEE, NY – For Immediate Release – October 29th, 2015
142 cars jammed the pit area at the Black Rock Speedway for the completion of Dutch Hoag National Open Weekend. The weather on Saturday was iffy at best with everyone seeing massive amounts of rain slated to kick off around the midnight hour. All events up to the last three heat races were complete when the rains came between 7PM and 8PM.
The rain stopped for a brief period and the track equipment began grooming the hard-packed surface, but another shower forced promoter Mike Jackson to postpone the remaining events to Sunday at 1PM.
When the green flag dropped for the first time on Sunday, a great crowd turned out to see the exciting finish to the weekend held in honor of a local racing hero. In the Modified championship named in honor of Dutch Hoag, it was Ron Cartwright Jr scoring his record-tying second career Dutch Hoag National Open victory over rival Steve Paine.
Cartwright's daughter drew her father and Chris Ostrowsky the front row for the 50-lap Modified challenge. Cartwright started on the outside of the front row and cruised around the outside of the speedway to lead the opening laps of the event.
Donnie Lawson, in the Woodhull Auto Supply No. 11, took over the lead from Cartwright on lap 3 using the bottom groove of the track. Lawson's lead would only last for three laps as Cartwright would blast back by to reclaim the lead as they worked lap 7.
While Cartwright paced the field, the overnight rain storms started brewing a hurricane. Paine started back in position number seven and worked his way to Cartwright's back bumper on lap 13. The two rivals began hitting lap traffic on lap 16 and were battling high and low for the lead just three laps later.
As Steve Kellogg gave the two the signal for halfway, Paine had finally found himself nerf bar to nerf bar with Cartwright for the lead. There is absolutely no love loss between these two drivers and the fans were on their seats to see how this race would finish out.
What they were treated to was an incredible battle and a clean battle for the win in the Dutch Hoag National Open. Paine pulled up on Cartwright's bumper several times but could get no closer. This allowed Bob Henry Jr to claw his way into third, searching for his second victory in the Dutch Hoag National Open.
Paine and Henry Jr would come up short as it was Cartwright locking down his second victory in this October race. The win nows ties Cartwright with Alan Johnson for the most wins in the prestigious fall race, each with two.
Paine came home second, Henry Jr third, Lawson fourth and Dundee's Brady Fultz fifth. Boyd McTavish, Billy Van Pelt, Joe Dgien, Chris Ostrowsky and Connecticut's Dan Humes rounded out the top ten.
"We drew 99 out of the gate, finished second in our heat and here we are in victory lane," Cartwright said.
Cartwright spoke about the tire choices drivers had to make as the track baked under the sun for the entirety of the 50-lap feature.
"We had a game plan before we even got here, we stuck with it and here we are."
Shayne Tenace's Go Nuclear Late Model Series were also in town for their season-ending championship event, going topless for a 35-lap A-Main. Tenace joined the announcers in the booth for the event which saw Canisteo driver Bryce Davis avenge a race he nearly won two years ago.
Davis led a late model race at Black Rock two years ago on the last lap, only to fall victim to an engine that went South down the backstretch. He would never look back in this event, which was a good thing, because Scio, NY pilot Jeremy Wonderling was lightning fast in his charge toward the lead.
'Mr. Excitement' quickly worked his magic around the Black Rock Speedway and got up into the second position but couldn't get the lap cars to fall right as he chased down the leader Davis.
A couple of late race restarts gave Wonderling the best shots he had to win the race. On one restart, Wonderling worked the top lane and wedged himself between Davis and the wall, only to have Davis shut the door going into turn 1.
The next restart saw Wonderling take the high lane of Row 2 for the Delaware Double-File restart. On the drop of the green, Wonderling outgunned Charlie Sandercock and shot down low underneath Davis. The pair would find themselves door-to-door for the lead but the caution quickly came back out, squashing Wonderling's bid for the lead.
Davis would go on to win the 35-lap A-Main over Wonderling, Sandercock, Lee Gill and Dustin Waters the top five.
"There's a lot of redemption here," said Davis. "We went back to the drawing board after struggling on Saturday. The car was great today.
Davis spoke to the fierce battle he had with Wonderling.
"I saw him coming and pinched him in the wall, almost wrecked both of us. We got lucky there for sure."
Lee Gill pulled off the 2015 Series Championship for the Go Nuclear Late Models, but wasn't impressed with the racing he encountered with some of his fellow competitors.
"A little survival deal here, we had a couple guys that don't run with us all year and thought they'd run us all over the track, just no respect," Gill said.
Dutch Hoag National Open Modifieds, 30 cars (50 Laps): RON CARTWRIGHT JR, Steve Paine, Bob Henry Jr, Donnie Lawson, Brady Fultz, Boyd McTavish, Billy Van Pelt, Joe Dgien, Chris Ostrowsky, Dan Humes, Daryl Hilkert, Tyler Siri, Jordan Siri, Jim Larock, Cory Costa, Ken Titus, Randy Brokaw, Chris Daugherty, Doug Smith, Nick Nye, Ray Smith, James Sweeting, Stacey Jackson DNS: Alan Barker
Lap Leaders: Cartwright 1-2, Lawson 3-6, Cartwright 7-50
Go Nuclear Crate Late Models, 23 cars (35 Laps Topless): BRYCE DAVIS, Jeremy Wonderling, Charlie Sandercock, Lee Gill, Dustin Waters, Brian Knowles, Greg Belyea, Chris Fleming, Brett Belden, Brandon Ford, Bill Eisele, Beamer Guzzardi, Brandon Mowat, Kyle Sopaz, Steve LaBarron, Mike Wonderling, Brian Down, Andy Mayhew, Dave DuBois, Eli Mayhew, Brandon Carvey, Alan Chapman DQ: Adam Turner
Lap Leaders: Bryce Davis 1-35