GAGE MORIN CHARGES BACK TO BROCKVILLE VICTORY LANE IN DOMINANT FASHION
By: Tim Baltz
The Patriot Sprint Tour was ready to go for 25 laps as Constantia New York's Jason Barney led the field of 24 drivers to the green flag with Barney grabbing the top spot heading into turn 1 over Steve Poirier, Devin Caron, Rick Wilson and Parker Evans. The top 2 drivers Barney and Poirier were the first to break free of everyone and put on a fantastic side by side battle for the lead with neither driver giving an inch. Just behind the leaders Evingham Site Excavating Dash winner and current series points leader Jared Zimbardi was on the move from his 9th starting spot. "The Juice" moved into the 4th spot on lap 12 getting by Parker Evans and was in pursuit of the top 3 before the first yellow flew for a spun Dylan Westbrook in turn 1. On the restart Barney continued to lead but Poirier was trying to find a way by. On lap 15 Poirier made a brave move on the top side off turn 4 to take over the position while Barney held on to 2nd with Devin Caron, Jared Zimbardi and Parker Evans completing the top 5. Poirier began to pull away from everyone and looked to be heading to his 2nd win of the weekend. However the caution flew for Cory Turner who slowed off turn 3 with problems. Under the same caution race leader Steve Poirier headed to the pits with a flat tire. He would get it changed and return to the speedway but was not a factor at the finish. On the restart with 9 to go Barney continued to lead but Jared Zimbardi was closing fast and looking for his 5th career win at Brockville. Zimbardi tried several times to get by but it wasn't enough as Jason Barney duplicated his great run last August scoring his 2nd PST Canada Series win of the year over Jared Zimbardi, Devin Caron, Parker Evans and Matt Tanner who got by Rick Wilson for 5th at the line.
The 358 Modified division also had a fast racing surface to deal with and this was good news for Gage Morin who took the lead from the outside pole over Tim O'Brien, Ryan Poole, Andy Lloyd and John Mulder. Morin had without a doubt the fastest car on the speedway as he drove away to a comfortable advantage by lap 5 as Tim O'Brien looked to close in from 2nd while Poole, Mulder and Lloyd were all locked in a great top 5 battle. Morin began to enter lapped traffic just past the halfway point and was on rails on this night. Behind the top 5 drivers Danny O'Brien and Bobby Herrington were on the move having moved into the top 5 by lap 14 and were trying to find a way to run down Morin and Tim O'Brien. On lap 16 Dana Aikins slowed with a problem in turn 2 which brought out the first yellow of the night. On the restart Morin was able to get away from the field with Tim O'Brien still 2nd with Bobby Herrington getting by Ryan Poole for 3rd and Danny O'Brien still 5th. Morin started to pull away from everyone once again and was on pace to score win number 2 of the year. Behind him Tim O'Brien was in a battle with Herrington and Danny O'Brien and this battle did not disappoint. Herrington and the O'Brien brothers put on a fantastic show for the fans as Danny O'Brien would eventually move to 3rd, getting by younger brother Tim and was on the charge and looking for the leader. On lap 26 the final caution flew which bunched up the field for the last restart. When the green flew Morin was in complete control while Danny O'Brien charged by Herrington for 2nd and tried at will to catch Gage Morin. After a great run came to an end on Friday night at Mohawk, Gage Morin got redemption at "The Bullring" as he held off Danny O'Brien to score his 2nd win of the year with Herrington, Tim O'Brien and Stephane Lafrance who came from 9th on the grid to finish up 5th.
The Sportsman event saw Zac McBride take away the lead from the pole position over Brian Comeau, Tristan Draper, Johnathon Ferguson and Jason Cummings. In just his 2nd season in the division McBride has been impressive over the last few weeks and was looking for his first ever win while behind him Tristan Draper was doing all he could to take over the top spot. However the caution flew right away for a 4 car pileup which nearly took out points leader Shane Pecore. Shane Stearns received the most damage in the crash and was towed to the pits. When the green flew Tristan Draper went right to work as he grabbed the top spot away from McBride and began to pull away. By lap 8 Draper was comfortably out front as Zac McBride was doing all he could to hold off Johnathon Ferguson, Shane Pecore and Ryan Scott. Pecore started to charge forward getting by Ferguson and closed in on the back bumper of Zac McBride for 2nd. Behind the top 5 July 2nd winner Steve Barber was moving forward from his 14th starting spot as he moved into the top 5 after a big move getting by both Ryan Scott and Zac McBride. At the front of the field Pecore was inching closer to the Tristan Draper machine. On lap 18 Pecore used the bottom side to take over the lead and begin to pull away. Over the final 8 laps the 2 time track champion and current points leader was on cruise control as he drove on to score his 2nd win of the season over Draper, Ferguson, Steve Barber and Ryan Scott.
In Rookie Sportsman action Dan Christiensen was showing his muscle on this night as he jumped into the lead from the pole over Tyler Parker and Anthony Rassmussen. Up to this point of the year Christiensen's best finish of the year was 5th back on June 4th but had a car on this night that was capable of winning. On lap 6 Suzi Roy lost the handle on her machine. On the restart Christiensen continued to lead but Derek Cryderman was on the charge as he came to 2nd on lap 8, then quickly ran down the race leader. With 5 laps remaining Cryderman pulled by Dan Christiensen on the top side of turn 4 bringing Anthony Rassmussen to 2nd. Over the final 5 laps both Cryderman and Rassmussen would put on a fantastic battle for the lead. On the final lap the top 2 raced side by side for the lead, as they came off turn 4 Rassmussen pulled alongside on the bottom and made it close at the finish. However Derek Cryderman had just enough to hold off the youngster at the line for his first ever win over Rassmussen, Jacob Clancy, Tyler Parker and Matthew Barbour.
Patriot Sprint Tour
JASON BARNEY, Jared Zimbardi, Devin Caron, Parker Evans, Matt Tanner, Rick Wilson, Yan Bilodeau, Jeff Cook, Dylan Westbrook, Jake Brown, Ryan Turner, Steve Poirier, Mitch Brown, Havard Daniels, Dale Gosselin, Lee Ladouceur, Chris Jones, Alain Bergeron, Kyle Fraser, Paul Pekkonen, April Wilson, Lee Winger, Cory Turner, Pauli Colagiovanni
GAGE MORIN, Danny O'Brien, Bobby Herrington, Tim O'Brien, Stephane Lafrance, John Mulder, Matt Billings, Chris Herbison, Kyle Dingwall, Jeremy LaSalle, Joe Banks, Andy Lloyd, Jason Riddell, Ryan Poole, Kenny Polite, Steve Bilow, Jordan McCreadie, Madison Mulder, Roger Levesque, Mike Adderley, Dana Aikins
SHANE PECORE, Tristan Draper, Johnathon Ferguson, Steve Barber, Ryan Scott, Zac McBride, Dylan Evoy, Jason Shipclark, Tyler Reynolds, Connor Dawdy, Jason Cummings, Brian Comeau, Josh Kirkland, Shane Stearns, Nathan Berry, Jarrett Herbison, Aaron Pugh
DEREK CRYDERMAN, Anthony Rassmussen, Jacob Clancy, Tyler Parker, Matthew Barbour, Jeremy Coulter, Nicole Austin, Pascal Racette, Dan Christiensen, Courtney Mastin, Suzi Roy, Chris Ferguson, Jeremy Bilow
Van Pelt Wins A Thriller Over Groover At Woodhull Raceway
For Immediate Release – July 3rd, 2016
(WOODHULL, NY) – Whites Repair out of Westfield, PA sponsored the racing action on Saturday night with several area NAPA Auto Parts locations sponsoring the Crate Sportsman King of the Ring event. Billy Van Pelt would hold on to win a thriller over his nephew Dillon Groover who was the hard-charger of the night.
Race fans, teams and members of the Bath Cheerleading squad were also on hand to pay tribute to Schylar Hyer who was lost in a tragic accident just one week ago. The Mini Stock drivers asked Ray Hyer to lead them out front in a four-wide salute prior to their feature event. Drivers from the Mini Stocks and other divisions also participated in a pass the helmet collection for the Hyer family which raised $1,513.98.
When the feature racing action kicked off, the Insinger Performance 370 Modifieds would see Russell Morseman and Cory Costa lead the field to Scott Lyon’s green flag for their twenty-five lap feature event.
Morseman’s run at the front would only last to turn one as he got out of shape with contact from behind, to go spinning in front of the field. He would rejoin the tail of the field, but would have more bad luck later in the event to finish seventeenth.
Several caution flags marred the start of the Modified feature, with one incident seeing several cars spin in turn two. Boyd McTavish was one car that was involved in the third caution period. While spinning out, McTavish spun the car in a 360 in the infield in very close proximity to race officials, safety workers and photographers.
Although it did not appear to be directed at race officials, McTavish was asked to return to his trailer for the rest of the event due to the large safety issue that was created in the infield.
When the race returned to green flag conditions, it would only be slowed once more for a spin in turn three on lap seven involving several cars including Morseman and Kevin Chilson. Billy Van Pelt had opened up a commanding lead during the initial seven green flag laps and would do so again on the restart.
Once the green was displayed, the next eighteen laps would go wire-to-wire and set up a thrilling finish. Young sophomore sensation, Dillon Groover, was the fastest car on the racetrack on Saturday night. Groover found the outside cushion to his liking early in the event and used it to pick off car after car on his way to the front.
Groover started in the eighth position and was up to fourth on lap ten. Then Groover would get by Eric Fisher to move into third place on lap fifteen. It took the driver out of Beaver Dams, NY just four more laps to catch Donnie Lawson and work the ‘top shelf’ to get by for the runner-up position.
With just six laps left to try and catch the driver he has looked up to all his life, Groover took to the whip and was driving the BMS Manufacturing, Daugherty Auto Sales, Gary’s Motivation No. 12x for everything it was worth.
Van Pelt had a very strong car out in front in his Grant Hilfiger-owned No. 78, but everyone saw how fast Groover was making his car look on the outside. The question was, could he get there in time to challenge for the lead?
As the white flag flew, it looked as though Groover had run out of laps to make a move. Heading into turns three and four for the final time, Groover backed it in on the cushion harder than he had all night long. The car stuck, and Groover and Van Pelt made it a family affair drag-racing to the double checkered flags.
With fans standing up cheering wildly, Van Pelt would squeak out the win over Groover by mere inches at the line. Groover had to settle for another runner-up finish still looking for that first career Modified win. Lawson watched on from the third spot, Fisher fourth and Costa rounding out the top five.
“It would have been awesome for him to win, hats off to the young man as he’s really doing a great job,” said Van Pelt in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane. “First, second- either way I would have taken it, I’m proud of him.”
Van Pelt has finally started to get into a groove here in the middle of the season and another win certainly helps out in the point race.
“It’s definitely going to help, I’m just tickled to be here. We’ve got our new motor back finally and I’ve been waiting to get it into this car. Hopefully we can keep knocking off some top fives and be more competitive.”
Keeping it in the family in the NAPA Crate Sportsman, Stacy Jackson and Tim Guild would take their RealtyUSA.com cars from the front row for the twenty-five lap feature event. Jackson would lead the opening lap and set the No. 22J to cruise control as he would dominate the early portion of the event.
The caution flag would not come out until lap fourteen as Billy Williams found himself backwards on the backstretch. That allowed Josh Keesey, AJ Costley and company to pull up to the back bumper of Jackson for the restart.
Keesey had worked his way from the fifth starting spot up to third on lap seven and then by Guild for second on lap ten. Costley started deep in the pack at tenth and found himself third after passing Guild on lap thirteen.
On the restart, Jackson pulled away but Costley took after Keesey hard for the second spot. Costley in the Ridge Runner Café No. 40 was using Groover’s line on the top side and using it well as he would race around Keesey on lap eighteen and set his sights on the leader Jackson.
As the leaders worked turns one and two on lap twenty-three, Costley got underneath Jackson and would be scored the leader as Scott Lyon waved the white silk. Costley would hold on to pick up his first victory of the season over Jackson, Keesey, Dayton Brewer and Guild.
“I didn’t think I was going to get it,” said Costley in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane. “Jackson let me have the bottom a little bit and I just took it and ran away with it.”
Costley has had a frustrating season as bad luck and figuring the set up out on the car has seen early season struggles.
“The last two weeks have been kind of ‘gimmes’ as we started up front, but tonight we started tenth and had to work our way to the front and it feels awesome.”
In the 360 Late Models, Glenn Whritenour and Jason McGregor would lead the field to green for their twenty-lap feature event. McGregor would lead the opening two circuits, but Whritenour was on a mission just one week after suffering a big blow in the point race.
Whritenour would wrestle the lead from McGregor and look to run away from the field enroute to his second late model victory of the season. But point leader Bruce Miller had other thoughts, as the driver of the family-owned No. 80 reeled Whritenour in to make it an interesting race to the end.
Unfortunately for Miller, that race would only last until just past the halfway mark when something broke on Miller’s car. A flat right front was noted as he exited the speedway, but the possibility of something more serious was suspected as Miller did not return or finish the event.
Whritenour would then fend off several advances from the Troups Creek Auto Parts No. 29 of Steve LaBarron. But it would not be enough as Whritenour picked up a much-needed late model win over LaBarron, McGregor, Carl Hughes and Kurt Stebbins the top five.
“We had a rough week last week, regrouped and here we are tonight,” said Whritenour. “That’s what it takes (regrouping).”
370 MODIFIEDS, 18 cars (25 Laps): BILLY VAN PELT (2), Dillon Groover, Donnie Lawson, Eric Fisher, Cory Costa, Mike Bills, Frank Dunning, Brady Fultz, Kenny Peoples Jr., Bob Davis, Josh Nobriga, Ryan Tracy, Art Goodier, Brian Doolittle, Kevin Chilson, Dave DuBois, Russell Morseman DQ: Boyd McTavish
CRATE SPORTSMAN, 22 cars (25 Laps): AJ COSTLEY (1), Stacy Jackson, Josh Keesey, Dayton Brewer, Tim Guild, Brandon Martin, Mike Jackson, Scott Lehman, Chris Daugherty, Collin Brown, Jake Dgien, Brandon Butler, Mickey Wilbur, Billy Williams, Jerry Aldrich, Scott Tubbs, Tracy Stanford, John Austin, Bobby Peoples
360 LATE MODELS, 11 cars (20 Laps): GLENN WHRITENOUR (2), Steve LaBarron, Jason McGregor, Carl Hughes, Kurt Stebbins, Wally Wade, Rick Loucks, Mick Seeley, Jacob McConnell, Bruce Miller DNS: Mike Jackson
PETE BICKNELL WINS FIRST OF THE SEASON AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY
RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK_ After a late afternoon rain shower hit the facility, Ransomville Speedway got it’s tenth straight night in the books for the 2016 season. Farmers Insurance of Lockport and Krown Undercoating of Ransomville enjoyed themselves in the VIP Towers. Once again, Ransomville Speedway avoided the rain and enjoyed a beautiful fireworks display. The grandstands were packed with race fans celebrating the fourth of July weekend holiday. The pit area was also busy with 110 race cars.
Thirteen time Ransomville Speedway Modified champion Pete Bicknell of St. Catharines, Ontario took another step towards another points title with his first Ransomville Speedway Krown Undercoating 358 Modified win of the season. Bicknell had finished second several times here in 2016, before getting the victory last Friday night. Bicknell took the lead from rookie driver Allan Wills of Ransomville on lap twenty of the thirty lap feature. Bicknell moved into second on lap fourteen. Bicknell then started using the high groove after making several attempts to pass Wills down low. With Bicknell winning, defending track 358 Modified champion Ryan Susice of Ransomville would win a battle with Wills for second. Previous week winner Chad Brachmann of Sanborn, NY was fourth. Jeff McGinnis of Ransomville was fifth. Kenny Wills of Ransomville was sixth. Tommy Flannigan of St. Catharines was seventh. Robbie Krull of Cambria, NY was eighth. Krull would lead the first fourteen laps of the feature. Steve Schumacher of North Tonawanda, NY was tenth.
Bicknell has also be instrumental in his guidance and advice to new track owners and their track prep crew. Following Bicknell's advice on Friday to grade the track prior to features - this proved to be a very smart decision as a very fast and tacky surface provided for great racing for the main events.
"While making the fans sit through a long intermission is something no track ever wants, it was the right thing to do," commented General Manager Tana Robinson. "We certainly apologize for the delay but hope in the end the fans got their monies worth as the racing was some of the best of the season. Thanks to everyone for their patience as we continue to work on making Ransomville your Friday destination."
Greg Martin of Wilson, NY would win his second twenty-five lap Investors Service Company Sportsman feature in 2016 at Ransomville Speedway. Martin would finish two car lengths ahead of second place finisher Mike Williams of the Tuscarora Nation, NY. Martin would take the lead on lap sixteen when then leader, Don Spatorico of Ransomville,suffered mechanical difficulties and headed pitside. Spatorico was attempting to put Andy Smith down a lap when Smith made contact with Spatorico. After enjoying much success in the Sportsman ranks, Spatorico was looking for his first win of 2016 and had a large lead at the time of the incident. “Spats” would never return after he want to the pits to check out the damage. Third was Steve Lewis Jr of Ransomville while points leader Matt Farnham of Tonawanda, NY was fourth. James Henry of Niagara Falls, NY was fifth. Chris Burek of Wilson, NY was sixth. Kevin Wills of Ransomville was seventh. Finishing eighth was Brett Senek followed by Brett Martin and Austin Susice.
In the fifteen lap Van Raine Construction Novice feature, Jonathan Reid of Lockport, NY won for the second time in 2016. Dustin Gorhan of Ransomville was second. Andrew Spurback of Niagara Falls, NY was third. Points leader Anthony Muscato also of Lockport was fourth. Darrell Borkenhagen of Sanborn was fifth. Chase Matteson of Wilson was sixth. Robbie Johnston was seventh. Justin McKay of North Tonawanda, NY was eighth. Bryan Harris of Newfane, NY was ninth. Tommy Lolonia Jr was tenth.
RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY RESULTS-JUNE 1, 2016
358 MODIFIEDS: PETE BICKNELL, Ryan Susice, Allan Wills, Chad Brachmann, Jeff McGinnis, Kenny Wills, Tommy Flannigan, Robbie Krull, Steve Schumacher, John Smith, Jim Zimmerman, Nick Joy, Scott George. Heat Winners: Robbie Krull, Pete Bicknell.
SPORTSMAN: GREG MARTIN, Mike Williams, Steve Lewis Jr, Matt Farnham, James Henry, Chris Burek, Kevin Wills, Brett Senek, Brett Martin, Austin Susice, Colton Chappius, Derrick Borkenhagen, Noah Walker, Jim Harbison, Don Spatorico, Zack Sam, Andrew Smith, Mark Potter, Dave DiPietro, Jesse Cotriss. Heat Winners: Greg Martin, James Henry, Mike Williams.
STRUNK LEADS 358 STANDINGS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 3, 2016 . . . Two of the three battles for NASCAR point titles at Grandview Speedway had changes in the top spot as a result of Saturday night race finishes.
Ten time 358 Modified champion Jeff Strunk took a step toward his 11th title with a strong second place finish on Saturday night in the 30-lap main event. Strunk moved to the top spot ahead of Craig VonDohren, another multi-time champion, who had a tough night and finished 17th in the feature race. Strunk now has 2657 counters while VonDohren sits with 2636. Mike Gular holds third with 2476 points.
Young Jordan Henn continues to lead the battle for the NASCAR Sportsman division title with 1925 points while Brian Hirthler sits with 1794. Craig Whitmoyer is third with 1780 counters.
MODIFIEDS AS OF JULY 2, 2016
1. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #126 2657*
2. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 2636***
3. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #2 2476
4. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19 2150
5. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #22 2104
6. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 2034
7. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 1918
8. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 1901
9. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA #B4 1822*
10. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 1795**
SPORTSMAN AS OF JULY 2, 2016
1. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 1925*
2. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 1794
3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 1780*
4. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 1777*
5. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #142 1607*
6. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14 1526
7. Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65 1461
8. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 1447
9. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #54/72 1376*
10. Brad Arnold, Sinking Springs, PA #830 1371*
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)
KYLE DINGWALL ENDS 2 YEAR DROUGHT WITH 358 TRIUMPH AT BROCKVILLE
By: Tim Baltz
Week number 7 at the Brockville Ontario Speedway this past Saturday night saw 6 big classes ready for action and all eyes were focused on the Mini Stock division who were geared up for a big 25 lap feature event.
The 25 lap Sportsman feature was ready for battle and unlike the previous feature, would see no yellow flag during the entire event. Zac McBride took over the lead at the drop of the green flag over Shane Stearns, Tristan Draper, Nathan Berry and Johnathon Ferguson. McBride, a Rookie Sportsman graduate had a strong race car and was looking to score his first ever Sportsman win but the field behind him was not making things easy. By lap 10 Stearns, Draper and Ferguson were all right there to challenge but McBride was not backing down as he still held the top spot. The man who was charging forward at the halfway point was Steve Barber coming from his 7th starting spot. On lap 14 Barber made his way to 3rd while Stearns was able to make his way to the race lead getting by McBride with Draper and now Aaron Pugh making up the top 5. Stearns was pulling away from a stout field but Barber was making a hard chare to the front of the field as he took 2nd from McBride and quickly closed in on the leader who appeared to lose the handling on his race car. On lap 21 Barber made the pass that counted as he took over the lead for good with Stearns now having to deal with Dylan Evoy for position number 2. After heartbreak 1 week ago Steve Barber had everything go his way as he checked out to score his first win of the year over Evoy, Stearns, Draper and Aaron Pugh.
The 358 Modifieds were next on the grid and Chris Herbison was the early race leader over Luke Stewart, Gage Morin, Stephane Lafrance and Ryan Poole. With 2 great grooves on the track Herbison was able to use the top lane to his advantage as he pulled away from a talented field of drivers while Lafrance and Morin were starting to close in. On lap 7 Morin was able to power away on the bottom lane to take over the lead and was on a mission to become the 2nd 2 time winner of the year. The yellow flag flew for the first time for John Mulder who slowed in turn 1. On the next restart Morin was the leader but Chris Herbison got the jump off turn 4 bringing Kyle Dingwall to 2nd who immediately went to work to get by Herbison for the lead. The 2012 track champion would get the job done down the back stretch and begin to open up a comfortable advantage. The caution flew before halfway setting up another key restart. When the green flew Dingwall took the lead again while Herbison and Lafrance had a great battle for 2nd and 3rd. Herbison was able to keep the 2nd spot but the drivers on the move were points leader Danny O'Brien and Jordan McCreadie. both drivers would break into the top 5 with 10 laps remaining form 15th and 16th starting spots respectively and were looking to close in on the leaders. With 3 laps to go Dingwall had a sure win in the bag but that all changed as Matt Billings slowed on the back stretch. On the restart Dingwall pulled away while Danny O'Brien got the run he was looking for taking 2nd away from Herbison and tried hard to take the lead from Kyle Dingwall. Over the final 3 laps Dingwall held off all challenges and scored his first win since June. 28 of 2014 at "The BOS". Danny O'Brien settled for 2nd with Chris Herbison, Stephane Lafrance and Jordan McCreadie completing the top 5.
In the Rookie Sportsman 15 lap event Dan Christiensen was the early leader over Chris Ferguson and Tyler Parker. All 3 drivers at the front were determined to get their first ever win but the drivers on the move were Anthony Rassmussen and Jake "The Snake" Clancy coming from row 3. Clancy made the charge first getting by both Christensen and Ferguson for the lead and began to pull away from the field. As the laps wound down Rassmussen finally clear all traffic in front of him but still had over a straightaway to make up with only 4 laps to go. That deficit was all thrown away as the caution flew for Matthew Barbour who slowed in turn 2. When the green flew for the final time Clancy was able to hold off Rassmussen over the next 4 laps to score his 2nd win of the season over Anthony Rassmussen with Chris Ferguson crossing in 3rd.
KYLE DINGWALL, Danny O'Brien, Chris Herbison, Stephane Lafrance, Jordan McCreadie, Pat O'Brien, Jeremy LaSalle, John Mulder, Ryan Poole, Jason Riddell, Madison Mulder, Joe Banks, Tommy Jock Jr., Steve Bilow, Andy Lloyd, Luke Stewart, Mike Adderley, Bobby Herrington, Gage Morin, Matt Billings, Kenny Polite, Tim O'Brien, Dana Aikins
STEVE BARBER, Dylan Evoy, Shane Stearns, Tristan Draper, Aaron Pugh, Ryan Scott, Shane Pecore, Zac McBride, Johnathon Ferguson, Jarrett Herbison, Nathan Berry, Jason Cummings, Josh Kirkland, Jason Shipclark, Brian Comeau
JACOB CLANCY, Anthony Rassussen, Chris Ferguson, Jeremy Coulter, Matthew Barbour, Nicole Austin, Mike Evans, Tyler Parker, Dan Christiensen
DANNY O'BRIEN AND DYLAN EVOY SHARE OGILVIE'S SPOTLIGHT AT BROCKVILLE
By: Tim Baltz
The 358 Modifieds were set for 50 laps of racing as Pat O'Brien and Ryan Poole led the field of 26 cars to the green with O'Brien getting the jump into turn 1 over his brother Danny O'Brien, Matt Billings, Luke Whitteker and Bobby Herrington. Before the first lap was completed a 3 car tangle in turn brought out the yellow right away. When the green returned Pat O'Brien continued to lead but Danny O'Brien had a fast race car and was able to take over the top spot heading off turn 2 with Billings, Whitteker and Herrington still completing the top 5. Danny O'Brien was on cruise control in the early going as he pulled away from a quality field by a straight away as the field completed lap 10 with Matt Billings and Luke Whitteker charging to 2nd and 3rd with Pat O'Brien and Herrington still running strong in the top 5. With a long green flag run the track began to take on rubber and became very fast which made it tough to pass especially lapped cars. The race leader had his fair share of struggles in traffic as O'Brien couldn't get by 2 lapped cars on lap 26 which allowed Billings to close in and try to take over the lead. On lap 32 the caution flag came out setting up a restart which proved to be a big break for the race leader. When the green flew Danny O'Brien drove away by 3 car lengths while Billings tried to keep pace with Pat O'Brien, Luke Whitteker and Dale Planck who came from 11th on the grid to complete the top 5. Danny O'Brien had a stout race car and was looking to become the first 2 time winner of the year as he once again pulled out to a straight away lead. On lap 41 the final yellow flew as Tommy Jock Jr. spun in turn 4. On the final restart Danny O'Brien drove away from the field in convincing fashion to score his 5th Ogilvie's Series win and 2nd win of 2016 over Matt Billings, Pat O'Brien, Dale Planck and Luke Whitteker.
The Sportsman portion of the Ogilvie's Triple Crown saw Ryan Scott and defending track champion Dylan Evoy lead the field to green in the 40 lap contest with Evoy taking the top spot from the bottom side with Aaron Pugh, Shane Stearns and Tristan Draper giving chase. Dylan Evoy has had a rough start to the year despite his 2 wins the year has been plagued by DNF's and bad luck. Ryan Scott however was not making things easy as he pulled even with Evoy several times in the opening laps but the 2 time track champion stayed strong in the number 1 spot. On lap 12 Tristan Draper suddenly slowed on the track bringing out the first yellow of the race. When the green flew Evoy remained in front but the man on the move was Steve Barber. The Joyceville Ontario native started 6th and charged by Aaron Pugh for the 3rd spot, then took over 2nd at the half way point from Ryan Scott and began to run down the race leader. At halfway the yellow flerw for Nathan Berry who spun in turn 2. When the green flew Evoy still remained in front but Steve Barber was on a mission. The top 2 raced side by side for the next 5 laps until Barber used the top lane to get by on lap 27 and began to pull away. As the laps wound down Barber was inching closer to his first Ogilvie's Series win but lapped traffic would be the deciding factor. With 5 laps to go Barber was unable to clear to lapped cars which allowed Evoy to close in and create one of the best races in recent memory. Evoy closed in on Barber on the final lap heading into turn 1 while Barber tried to find a way by the lapped cars. However Barber made one slip in turn 2 and that's all Evoy needed to sneak by on the bottom lane and hold off all challenges from Barber to score his 3rd win of the year and 2nd in a row in the Ogilvie's Series. Barber came home a close 2nd with Aaron Pugh, Ryan Scott and Shane Stearns completing the top 5.
In Rookie Sportsman Mike Evans was the man in charge as he took the lead from Nicole Austin at the drop of the green flag with Anthony Rassmussen charging to the 3rd spot, After several weeks of disappointment Evans had a great car and was looking for his first ever win but 14 year old Rassmussen was on his back bumper and looking for the lead. Evans was strong but he slipped wide off turn 4 with 5 to go allowing Rassmussen to close the gap. The 2 drivers made heavy contact sending Evans into the infield with a broken front end while Rassmussen escaped with minor body damage to his car. On the restart, despite the damage Anthony Rassmussen was able to hold off Jacob Clancy in the closing laps to grab his first ever Brockville win and his 2nd of the weekend having won a Novice Sportsman feature the previous night at Mohawk. Clancy came home 2nd with Tyler Parker crossing 3rd.
358 Modified Triple Crown Round #2
DANNY O'BRIEN, Matt Billings, Pat O'Brien, Dale Planck, Luke Whitteker, Jordan McCreadie, Mike Adderley, Chris Herbison, Bobby Herrington, Stephane Lafrance, Jeremy LaSalle, Gage Morin, Ryan Poole, Jason Riddell, Lance Willix, Joey Ladouceur, Luke Stewart, Joe Banks, John Mulder, Andy Lloyd, Tom Jock Jr., Steve Bilow, Chris Raabe, Madison Mulder, Kyle Dingwall, Tim O'Brien
Sportsman Triple Crown Round #2
DYLAN EVOY, Steve Barber, Aaron Pugh, Ryan Scott, Shane Stearns, Tyler Givogue, Shane Pecore, Johnathon Ferguson, Jessica Power, Connor Dawdy, Steve Morris, Brian Comeau, Zac McBride, Jarrett Herbison, Tyler Reynolds, Nathan Berry, Tristan Draper, Tom Roy, Dave Heaslip
ANTHONY RASSMUSSEN, Jacob Clancy, Tyler Parker, Jeremy Coulter, Chris Ferguson, Nicole Austin, Courtney Master, Dan Christiensen, Jeremy Bilow, Mike Evans, Matthew Barbour
CRAIG VONDOHREN CONTINUES TO LEAD 358 MODIFIED POINTS AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 26, 2016 . . . Craig VonDohren continues to be the man to be in 358 Modified racing at Grandview Speedway.
The defending champion is currently leading the standings with 2490 counters. Last Saturday he earned his third feature win of the season and his 98th career Grandview win.
Dave Ogin is in front in the BRC Late Model standings, without benefit of a feature win, holding a 67 point edge over Lou Egrie Sr. Ogin stands with 1680 points while Egrie Sr. has 1613. The Late Models were not part of the Saturday night action but will return on July 2nd.
In the Sportsman stock cars, where there has been nine races run with nine winners, Jordan Henn is on top with 1710 points followed by Brian Hirthler with 1670.
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS MODIFIEDS AS OF JUNE 25, 2016
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 2490***
2. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #126 2363*
3. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #2 2307
4. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19 1934
5. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #22 1874
6. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 1806
7. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 1730
8. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 1644
9. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 1625**
10. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA #B4 1622*
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
SPORTSMAN AS OF JUNE 25, 2016
1. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 1710*
2. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 1670
3. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 1610*
4. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 1572*
5. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14 1426
6. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #142 1409*
7. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #54/72 1350*
8. Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65 1286
9. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 1261
10. Brad Arnold, Sinking Springs, PA #830 1227*
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)
CHAD BRACHMANN WINS FIRST OF THE 2016 SEASON AT RANOMVILLE SPEEDWAY
RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK_ Eight weeks into the 2016 season, Ransomville Speedway continues to be perfect with the weather. Last Friday night, the half mile oval drew another large crowd in the grandstands and a pit full of race cars. The nights’ activities were sponsored by Localedge, Scott Joy Trucking and Snyder Industries.
In the 30 lap 358 Modified feature, Chad Brachmann of Sanborn, NY won for the first time in 2016. With the victory, Brachmann stopped an unlucky streak of bad luck. The veteran took the lead when then leader Ryan Susice of Ransomville, broke on lap twenty retiring to the infield after taking over the lead on lap eleven. Brachmann and Phil Vigneri III both battled in the early stages for the top spot with Vigneri holding the preferred lane. Vigneri would take over the lead on lap three. On lap seven, the division point’s leader Erick Rudolph came to a stop on the front chute with a left rear tire going flat. He would then head to the pits for the change. Susice was now into third, behind Vigneri and Brachmann.
On a lap eleven restart, Vigneri chose the outside lane. Sudden disaster struck for the leader as he headed pitside with mechanical issues. Brachmann inherited the lead for a few laps prior to losing it to the defending points champion Ryan Susice. On a lap fifteen caution, it was noticeable that Susice was having rear end issues. He would soon retire for the night, giving the lead back to Brachmann. Pete Bicknell of St. Catharines, Ontario was now in second behind Brachmann. Tommy Flannigan, also of St. Catharines would soon pass Bicknell for second. He would finish 1. 869 seconds behind Brachmann at the finish. After his flat tire on lap seven, Erick Rudolph of Ransomville would come back to finish third. Rudolph will continue on to be the points leader going into this week’s action. Bicknell would finish fourth.
Fifth was Jeff McGinnis of Ransomville who was one of the fastest on the track when the checkered flag flew. Scott George of Wilson, NY was sixth and Scott Kerwin of Newfane, NY was seventh. Steve Schumacher of North Tonawanda, NY was eighth. Kenny Wills of Ransomville was ninth. Nick Joy of Medina, NY rounded out the top ten.
Matt Farnham of Tonawanda, NY won his second twenty-five lap Investors Service Company Sportsman main of the 2016 season. Farnham not only took the feature win, he took back the point’s lead. Matt would take the lead after a lap twelve restart from James Henry of Niagara Falls, NY. Farnham would quickly go out to a 1.8 second lead. When the checkered flew it was nearly five second advantage. Farnham is one of the youngest drivers in the class and has been impressive all season long.
Chris Burek of Wilson was third. Derrick Borkenhagen of Ransomville was fourth. Kevin Wills also of Ransomville was fifth. Brett Martin of Lockport, NY was sixth. Ransomville’s Jim Harbison was seventh. Jesse Cotriss of Medina was eighth. Don Spatarico of Ransomville was ninth. Mike Williams of the Tuscarora Nation, NY was tenth.
In the 15 lap Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman, Anthony Muscato of Lockport became the first two-timen winner of the 2016 season.
RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS-JUNE 23, 2016
358 MODIFIEDS: CHAD BRACHMANN, Tommy Flannigan, Erick Rudolph, Pete Bicknell, Jeff McGinnis, Scott George, Scott Kerwin, Steve Schumacher, Kenny Wills, Nick Joy, Allan Wills, Rick Richner, John Smith, Jim Zimmerman, Ryan Susice, Phil Vigneri III, Russ Zimmerman, Robbie Krull.
SPORTSMAN: MATT FARNHAM, James Henry, Derrick Borkenhagen, Kevin Wills, Brett Martin, Jim Harbison, Jesse Cottris, Don Spatarico, Mike Williams, Noah Walker, Brett Senek, Steve Lewis Jr, Austin Susice, Mark Potter, Greg Martin, Dan Michaud, Andy Smith, Kyle Inman, Dave DiPietro.
VAN RAINE CONSTRUCTION NOVICE SPORTSMAN: ANTHONY MASCOTO, Justin McKay, Darrell Borkenhagen, Dustin Gorhan, AJ Custodi, Andrew Spurback, Garrison Krentz, Bryan harris, Jonathan Reid, Carl Inman, Orval Harris, Robbie Johnston, Chase Johnston, Chase Matteson, Cliff Gregg.
BECHTELSVILLE CAR WASH ADDS MODIFIED CASH DASH TO THEIR NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SATURDAY
18 FEATURE WINNERS SO FAR THIS SEASON, WILL SATURDAY PRODUCE MORE
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 22, 2016 . . . Two NASCAR divisions of racing will be in the spotlight this Saturday at Grandview Speedway along with Sprint cars when Bechtelsville Car Wash presents another tripleheader show of motorsports entertainment featuring the TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, TSRS 305 Sprints and the Sportsman in action with racing starting at 7:30 p.m.
Added to the Saturday night show is a special Cash Dash event featuring the Modified qualifying heat winners racing for $300 posted by Bechtelsville Car Wash. There will also be prize money for others participating in the Cash Dash based on how many heat races are needed.
With 18 different feature winners already listed in the record book fans will be anxious to see if there are more new winners on Saturday night in the two NASCAR divisions.
Again this week the Low Down and Dirty Radio Meet & Greet will take place at the main gate area with TSRS driver Jon Haegele showing of his race car and greeting fans. In addition Sportsman racer Paul Houseknecht will be part of the fun.
Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with adults paying $18 and youngsters under 12 admitted free.
On Tuesday, June 28th, 7:30 p.m. the Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week 410 Sprints will be featured along with the 358 Modifieds. Bryan Clauson, the standout USAC racer, winner of the June 7th USAC Sprint race at Grandview, will headline the action in a night of racing sponsored by Pioneer Pole Buildings.
Coming up on Saturday, July 2nd Kory Fleming’s Sleepy Hollow Modified team will be giving youngsters a chance to win bicycles. This has become a tradition that is looked forward to by the children. At least 4 bikes will be given away to kids by luck of the draw from entry blanks filled out by the youngsters.
Racing on this night will include the TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman with action sponsored by Whelen Engineering, a longtime supporter of NASCAR racing. Again racing will start at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free.
After being away from racing at Grandview for a while Chapman Ford, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Ram of Horsham, PA will return to sponsor the Firecracker 40 for BRC Late Models on Saturday July 9th. This is the biggest event of the season for the Late Models. In addition the TP Trailers 358 Modifieds and Sportsman will be racing and there will be FIREWORKS. Admission for this very special night will be $25 for adults and $5 for youngsters 6 thru 11. Under 6 are admitted free and active military with proper ID will also be admitted free.
JORDAN MCCREADIE DOMINATES BROCKVILLE FOR FIRST 358 MODIFIED WIN OF 2016
By: Tim Baltz
With warm temperatures and tricky track conditions the drivers at the Brockville Ontario Speedway had their hands full this past Saturday night which made for some great racing all evening. The good folks at Draper Doors and the great race fans were treated to a great show.
The 358 Modified division got off to a slow start but when the green flew for the 30 lap feature Kingston Ontario's Andy Lloyd took the lead over Joe Banks, Jeremy LaSalle, Luke Stewart and Mike Adderley. With all the drivers running around the bottom of the speedway Joe Banks needed to figure out a way to get by the leader. He did just that using the top side of the race track with Lloyd now 2nd, LaSalle, Jordan McCreadie and Mike Adderley. With banks out front and pulling away Jordan McCreadie who moved into the top 5 from his 9th starting spot was on the charge and looking for the leaders. On lap 7 he drove by both Jeremy LaSalle and Andy Lloyd to go into 2nd and 1 lap later would catch Joe Banks in turn 4 and take over the lead heading into turn 4 and start to pull away. With nothing but clear race track in front of his McCreadie was able to pull away to a commanding lead over Banks, LaSalle, Bobby Herrington and Danny O'Brien who was on the charge from the 14th starting spot. O'Brien was not content to ride in 5th as he got by Herrington on lap 16 and then pressured Jeremy LaSalle for 3rd, a position he would eventually take over. With 6 to go Jordan McCreadie had a huge lead over the field and was working traffic perfectly while O'Brien was making a late race charge. But the yellow never flew the entire 30 lap distance and Jordan McCreadie finally got it all together for his first Brockville 358 win in dominant fashion over Danny O'Brien, Bobby Herrington, Jeremy LaSalle and Matt Billings who came from 13th to complete the top 5.
In the Sportsman 25 lap affair a 4 car tangle in the opening lap slowed the field but when the field went back under green it was Jason Cummings jumping out to the race lead over Tom Roy, Brian Comeau, Shane Stearns and Steve Barber. Cummings led the first 4 laps until Steve Barber took command of the field on lap 5 and began to pull away in his stout race car. The Joyceville Ontario native built up a full straightaway lead over the next 7 laps while behind him current points leader Shane Pecore was on the move from his 8th starting spot. He got by Jason Cummings to move into 5th on lap 10 and then drove to the high lane to get by both Shane Stearns and Brian Comeau to take over the 2nd spot on lap 11. The caution flew on lap 12 as Jason Cummings lost the handle on his machine in turn 3 bunching up the field for another restart. When the green flew Pecore immediately went to work on the high side of turn as Barber didn't get the restart he wanted to allowing Pecore to draw even with Barber heading into turn 1. Both drivers raced side by side not giving an inch before Pecore took the lead for good on lap 13. With Pecore in front Barber held on to 2nd while behind him Ryan Scott, Johnathon Ferguson and Dylan Evoy were all in a great battle for a top 5 position. Evoy was making a charge from the back after his lap 1 tangle and made a great effort getting by both Ferguson and Scott to move into 3rd with 3 laps remaining. The night belonged to Shane Pecore though as the St. Andrews native finally went to victory lane for the first time in 2016 and first since the opener of last year. Barber grabbed his best finish of the year coming home 2nd while Dylan Evoy, Ryan Scott and Johnathon Ferguson rounded out the top 5. Fans were also treated to the return of long time 358 Modified star Dave "the slip" Heaslip who made his Sportsman debut in the Jason Shipclark owned number 20. Heaslip started in the 16th spot and finished a very respectable 11th at the checkered flag.
The 15 lap Rookie Sportsman feature was a great one on Draper Doors night as Chris Fleming led in the early going but was being pressured by former karting champions Jacob Clancy and 2 time feature winner Jarrett Herbison. Clancy made the move on lap 3 to grab the lead bringing Herbison to 2nd. On the same lap Colin Tracey, who was making his Sportsman debut, spun in turn 2. On the restart Herbison kept pace with Clancy and their battle continued over the next 3 laps before Herbison took control of the race on lap 6 with Clancy now 2nd and Anthony Rassmussen rounding out the top 3. Herbison was a rail in his number 38J building up a big lead with 5 to go While Rassmussen finally got by Clancy for 2nd with Jeremy Coulter and Tyler Parker completing the top 5. Herbison was not to be denied on this night as he drove on to victory lane for the 2nd straight week and 3rd of the season over Rassmussen, Clancy, Jeremy Coulter and Tyler Parker.
Next Saturday night the 2nd round of the Ogilvie's Auto and Fleet Triple crown series for the 358 Modified and Sportsman divisions will highlight the night. The Street Stocks and Mini Stocks will also be on the card with hot laps and time trials for the Sportsman and 358 Modifieds beginning at 6 while the first green flag will drop on the first heat race at 7pm.
JORDAN MCCREADIE, Danny O'Brien, Bobby Herrington, Jeremy LaSalle, Matt Billings, Mike Adderley, Stephane Lafrance, Joe Banks, Kyle Dingwall, Pat O'Brien, Chris Herbison, Madison Mulder, Tim O'Brien, John Mulder, Luke Stewart, Andy Lloyd, Ryan Poole, Steve Bilow, Gage Morin
SHANE PECORE, Steve Barber, Dylan Evoy, Ryan Scott, Johnathon Ferguson, Brian Comeau, Aaron Pugh, Steve Morris, Shane Stearns, Tristan Draper, Dave Heaslip, Zac McBride, Pete Stapper, Tom Roy, Gabriel Cyr, Jason Cummings, Tyler Reynolds
JARRETT HERBISON, Anthony Rassmussen, Jacob Clancy, Jeremy Coulter, Tyler Parker, Chris Ferguson, Colin Tracey, Jeremy Bilow, Nicole Austin, Mike Evans, Dan Christiensen, Nathan Collins
358 MODIFIED SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES MAKES A STOP AT WESTERN NEW YORK’S RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY
Ransomville, NY – Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – In just a few short days the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series will return to the Big R. After a few year’s hiatus, the management of Ransomville Speedway decided to bring the Series back to Western New York.
“It’s been a few years since the 358 Modified DIRT series has been here and even longer since we hosted a Memorial day event,” commented General Manager Tana Robinson. “We wanted to help support the 358 Modified series considering that division is our head-lining class. Additionally we hoped to do our part in helping the series to grow. Giving our weekly drivers two opportunities to compete in the series at a local (Merrittville and us) level leads to a higher likelihood for them to follow the series in the Fall thus growing the series. When one of us succeeds – we all succeed. Supporting each other’s events and the common sanctioning body is important for us to continue to thrive and grow as an industry.”
Slated for this Monday, May 30th – the 75 lap $5000 to win 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series along with a full card of Investors Services Sportsman, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers and Fireworks. Gates will open at 4:30 pm with time trials slated for 6:45 pm. Racing will get underway at 7:15 pm.
Rudolph wins 2nd Brian Stevens Memorial
May 24, 2016 THOROLD, ONTARIO - Third generation driver Erick Rudolph from Ransomville, NY was victorious in the 100 lap Brian Stevens Memorial for the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series on Zavitz Financial Strategies and Z.F.S. Benefit Solutions night at Merrittville Speedway. For Rudolph, it was his second win in the event that honored the two time Merrittville Speedway Modified champion.
Whitesville, NY driver John Waters claimed the $2,000 to win Sweeney Chevrolet, Buick, GMC RUSH Late Model Touring Series event. Danny Wurster from Niagara Falls, Ontario took the top prize in winning round one for the Eataly Foods Pro 4 Triple Truck Challenge. Tyler Lafantaisie from Welland, Ontario won the main event for the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinders in round one of their Triple Crown.
“I found something on the bottom and the car handled well and it was a strong run” stated Rudolph in victory lane after the 100 lap event.
Tyler McPherson and Kenny Wills led the field to the green flag for the Brian Stevens Memorial 100 for the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series and it was Wills leading on the opening circuit. McPherson and Wills would battle for the lead as McPherson would regain the lead on lap three, just as Pete Bicknell passed Tommy Flannigan to take over third place. Danny Johnson and Erick Rudolph would battle for fifth place as Bicknell started to reel in race leader McPherson. Gary Lindberg slowed on the back straightaway to bring out the races first caution on lap 12. The restart would happen on lap 16 with McPherson, Bicknell and Tommy Flannigan would take over third as Erick Rudolph moved into fourth with Danny Johnson entering the top five.
At the races 1/5th point it was McPherson, Bicknell, Flannigan, Johnson, and Rudolph running in the top five. Danny Johnson would continue to move towards the front as “The Doctor” was operating on the outside to pass Flannigan to take over third place on lap 22. The caution would come back out on lap 25 as Mark D’llario came to a stop in turn one after suffering a flat left front tire. Erick Rudolph would move into second after passing Bicknell on lap 34 and Mat Williamson moved into third just one lap later, as Bicknell was fading back into fifth. Williamson and Rudolph would battle for second for several circuits with Rudolph holding off Williamson’s advances. McPherson would stretch out his lead over Rudolph near the races halfway point as the lead was 1.151 seconds for the driver of the Niagara Form Works 777. The leaders hit lap traffic on lap 46 as Rudolph would slice McPherson’s lead to just a single car length. The caution would fly as Pete Bicknell slowed on the front stretch and went into the pit area. The lap 52 restart would see McPherson continue to show the way as Rudolph and Danny Johnson moved into third. Rudolph and McPherson would battle for the lead but the caution would fly once again on lap 56 as Wayne Conn spun in turn four after contact with Mark D’llario.
The green flag would fly on lap 61 as Rudolph would take over the lead on lap 62 over McPherson. Johnson would pass McPherson on lap 71 to take over second place, after McPherson held off “The Doctor” for several circuits. Rudolph would hit lap traffic on lap 72 as he led Danny Johnson by a half straightaway with 25 laps remaining.
Rudolph continued to put distance between himself and Johnson as he had a full straightaway lead with 18 laps remaining. The time difference was over two seconds between race leader Rudolph and “The Doctor”. Johnson would start to close in on Rudolph as the leader would hit lap traffic with 15 laps remaining. As the leader pulled away, Mike Bowman would challenge early race leader Tyler McPherson for third place in the late going.
Erick Rudolph would pull away from the field to claim his second consecutive Brian Stevens Memorial. Danny Johnson would finish in second and was followed to the line by Mike Bowman, Tyler McPherson, and Chris Steele.
Bryce Davis and Phil Potts brought the field of RUSH Late Models to the green flag for the second running of the Victoria Day Classic and it was Davis jumping out into the lead with John Waters moving into second with Potts, Dennis Lunger Jr and Mike Pegher Jr running in the top five. Jason Knowles passed Pegher and Lunger to move into fourth as Lunger fell back to fifth on lap five. Will Thomas III went three wide passing Lunger and Pegher to take over fifth place. Travis Martineau brought out the races first caution on lap six, just as John Waters caught race leader Davis.
Third generation driver Colton Ledingham spun in turn two to bring out the caution on lap eight. On the restart, Davis would pull away as Phil Potts looked to go underneath Waters to regain second. Steve Dixon would bring out the races third caution on lap nine, setting up a single file restart as per RUSH Series rules. Jason Knowles, the second generation driver from the Southern Tier region of New York slowed in turn two during the caution, ending his night. Davis and Waters would stretch out their advantage over the rest of the field at the races mid-way point. The leaders would encounter lap traffic at the cross flags just as Waters went three wide with Davis and lap traffic to take over the lead on lap 17. Phil Potts was able to catch Davis through lap traffic but Davis was able to keep the second spot.
Jeff Dayman spun in turn four after making contact with Brady Wonderling to bring out the caution with just three laps remaining. The restart saw Waters take off out front as Mike Pegher moved into third with Potts taking over second, sending Davis back to fourth. Waters would pull away to pick up the win. Potts would finish in second followed by Mike Pegher Jr, Bryce Davis and Brian Knowles.
STATISTICAL REPORT – MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY 5-23-16
100 lap Super DIRTcar Series Main Event 358 Modifieds: ERICK RUDOLPH, Danny Johnson, Mike Bowman, Tyler McPherson, Chris Steele, Chad Brachmann, Mat Williamson, Todd Gordon, Gary Lindberg, Tommy Flannigan, Pete Bicknell, J.F. Corriveau, Mathieu Desjardins, Mark D’llario, Wayne Conn, Randy Chrysler, Tim Jones, Kenny Wills, Lance Willix, Joey Ladouceur, Chris Raabe, Scott Wood, Scott George, Ryan Susice
RUSH Late Model Touring Series (30 lap): JOHN WATERS, Phil Potts, Mike Pegher Jr, Bryce Davis, Brian Knowles, Will Thomas III, Brandon Mowat, Charlie Sandercock, Randy Hall, Zack Carley, Ken Winfield, Brady Wonderling, Paul Grigsby, Andy Mayhew, center including Kala’s Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts and RCM Racing Equipment. Steve Dixon, Colton Ledingham, Travis Martineau, Mike Greene, Brian Swank, Jeff Dayman, Tim Gillespie, Rob Pietz, Eric Wilson, Jason Knowles, Dennis Lunger Jr Did Not Qualify: John Pinsonneault, Brad Simpson
Qualifying Winners: Jason Knowles, Phil Potts, John Waters
Danny O'Brien Shows Everyone Who's "BOS" With Opening Day Win at Brockville
By: Tim Baltz
After heavy rains forced the cancellation of racing action 1 week ago, Mother Nature decided to let the top stars of the Brockville Ontario Speedway come out and have some fun as the good folks at BOB FM, Kayden Construction, Kitley Collision, Superior Cellular and Sound were on hand for the opening day action.
21 drivers were set to go for 30 laps in the 358 Modified division as Bobby Herrington and Jeremy LaSalle led the field to green with Herrington getting the top spot away in the early going over Kyle Dingwall Danny O'Brien, LaSalle and Jordan McCreadie completing the top 5 early on. Herrington had a great race car in the early stages as he pulled away to nearly a straightaway lead over the field while behind him O'Brien, Dingwall and McCreadie had a spirited battle for position. O'Brien went to his favorite lane on the high side and was able to clear Dingwall for 2nd just before halfway and charged after Herrington who was in some heavy lapped traffic. On lap 14 the yellow flew for Jason Riddell who slowed in turn 2. On the restart Herrington decided to go from the outside lane but it didn’t matter as Danny O'Brien snuck by on the inside lane to take over the lead with Herrington now 2nd, Jordan McCreadie, Jeremy LaSalle and Matt Billings now running 5th. Billings had a great race car as well coming from 10th on the grid to challenge the top 5 drivers. He got by LaSalle for 4th and quickly ran down Herrington and McCreadie for a top 3 position. While O'Brien was pulling away Billings was continuing to move forward eventually getting by Herrington for 3rd and battled McCreadie for 2nd in the closing stages. With 2 laps remaining the caution flag flew setting up a 2 lap dash to the checkered flag. On the final restart O'Brien would pull away with no issues as he quickly made claim that he wants another title by score the opening day victory over McCreadie, Billings, Herrington and Mike Adderly who made his way past Jeremy LaSalle for 5th at the checkered flag.
In Sportsman action Shane Pecore and Tabatha Murphy started on the front row with Pecore getting the edge over Murphy at the completion of lap 1 with Aaron Pugh, Ryan Scott and Steve Barber completing the top 5. Pecore had a fast race car in the opening laps and was pulling away looking for his 2nd win of the weekend having won at Mohawk on Friday night. On lap 13 the yellow flew for Mike Evans who lost the handle on his race car in turn 4. When the green flew Aaron Pugh was able to sneak by Pecore on the bottom of the speedway with Scott, Barber and Murphy still holding the number 5 position. Pugh had a great car and was beginning to put some distance between himself and Pecore as the laps wound down. As the laps wound down the man on the move was Connor Dawdy charging from his 10th starting spot. Dawdy had a great race car and would find his way past Tabatha Murphy for 5th with 6 to go as the top 4 drivers raced in heavy traffic. On lap 24 Pugh seemed headed for victory with no problems but the caution flew setting up a 1 lap dash to the checkered flag. When the green flew Pecore went right to work as he tried at will to take over the lead. Pugh kept to his strategy using the bottom lane as Pecore made one last charge on the top side of turn 4 but it was not to be, as Aaron Pugh won for the the first time on opening day and his 4th career Sportsman victory overall. Pecore settled for 2nd with Ryan Scott, Steve Barber and Jason Shipclark who charged from 15th starting spot to finish in the number 5 spot.
In Rookie Sportsman former Street Stock campaigner Derek Cryderman had a great race car as he took the lead from the outside pole over long time karting regulars Jarrett Herbison and Jacob Clancy. Cryderman and Herbison were having a great battle for the lead in the opening 7 laps racing side by side to the halfway point. On lap 8 Herbison had the handling set just right as he drove by Cryderman for the top spot and began to pull away. Herbison did have some lapped cars to deal with which allowed Cryderman to close in but it didn’t matter as Herbison was too strong on this night, as he drove away to score his first ever Sportsman victory. Cryderman ran a great race but settled for 2nd with Jacob Clancy, Chris Ferguson and Suzi Roy crossing in 5th at the line.
Next week the first round of the Ogilvie's Auto and Fleet Triple Crown Series for the 358 Modifieds and Sportsman will headline the night along with a full show for Rookie Sportsman, Street Stock and Mini Stocks. The green flag drops at 7pm.
DANNY O'BRIEN, Jordan McCreadie, Matt Billings, Bobby Herrington, Mike Adderley, Jeremy LaSalle, Luke Stewart, Stephane Lafrance, Tim O'Brien, Madison Mulder, Chris Herbison, Joe Banks, Kenny Polite, Roger Levesque, Jason Riddell, Steve Bilow, John Mulder, Gage Morin, Ryan Poole, Kyle Dingwall, Andy Lloyd
AARON PUGH, Shane Pecore, Ryan Scott, Steve Barber, Jason Shipclark, Connor Dawdy, Tabatha Murphy, Nathan Berry, Tristan Draper, Johnathon Ferguson, Shane Sterns, Josh Kirkland, Jason Cummings, Mike Evans, Dylan Evoy, Tom Roy, Brian Comeau
JARRETT HERBISON, Derek Cryderman, Jacob Clancy, Chris Ferguson, Suzi Roy, Dan Christienson, Nicole Austin, Courtney Masters
Rain, Wind & Cold Temperatures Force Woodhull Cancellation; Patriot Sprint Tour Rescheduled For June 11
WOODHULL – Tonight’s racing for Saturday May 14th has been cancelled due to rain, wind and colder temperatures moving into the Southern Tier during the afternoon hours leading up to race time. Woodhull Raceway and the Patriot Sprint Tour have rescheduled their first of two stops to “New York’s Toughest Bullring for Saturday June 11th, 2016.
Although tonight’s action has been cancelled, this is amazingly the first rainout of 2016 for Woodhull Raceway. After weather affected so many shows in 2015, Mother Nature has been kind to the Steuben County oval up until tonight.
Expected Severe Thunderstorms Cancel Racing at New Egypt Speedway Saturday, May 14
NASCAR Night Highlights Saturday, May 21st Event
New Egypt, NJ – The expected severe weather set to hit during the evening hours of Saturday, May 14th forced a cancellation of New Egypt Speedway’s Legends Night event. The Legends Night and Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club exhibition have been rescheduled for Saturday, July 9th.
The Speedway has a busy week ahead with NASCAR Night Saturday, May 21st and the World of Outlaw Sprints invading on Tuesday, May 24th. NASCAR Night will see the NEWS Sprints presented by Burlington Overhead Door, Sportsman, Crate Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookies in action. Wear your favorite NASCAR driver apparel and you’ll receive $2 off your General Admission.
There will also be NASCAR themed giveaways throughout the night. Pit gates open at 3 pm, front gates open at 4 pm, hot laps begin at 5 pm, and racing starts at 6 pm. Adults are $20, seniors 65 and older are $18, teens 12-15 and military and their spouses with ID are $10, and children 11 and under are FREE.
Rain Washes Out Another Friday Night Of Action At Big Diamond
ARDC Midgets to Appear May 20; Short Track Super Series Invades On Tuesday
For Immediate Release
May 13, 2016
MINERSVILLE, PA. – For the third consecutive Friday, rain has forced the cancellation of the racing action at the Big Diamond Speedway.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that the ever popular American Racing Drivers Club midgets have been added to the card for next Friday, May 20.
On Tuesday, the track will be back in action as the Short Track Super Series makes its annual visit to the coal region oval for the Anthracite Assault.
The 50-lap big block/small-block feature pays $5,000 to win. It will also be the debut of the STSS Open Sportsman series and the 600 modifieds will round out the three-division show.
There is a special start time of 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday night.
Next Friday, the ARDC midgets will join the U.S.S. Achey Sportsman, Savage 61 roadrunners, and No Sweat Service Group street stocks along with the Kim’s Kreation’s Mechanics Race.
The previously scheduled Sportsman Challenge has been moved to June 3.
The month of May concludes on the 27th with the Mark’s Service Center Night; Gone But Not Forgotten Memorial featuring the CJ’s Tire & Automotive Services 358 modifies, sportsman, roadrunners, street stocks and the vintage cars.
For the latest news, be sure to like the Big Diamond Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/bigdiamondspeedway, and follow the speedway on Twitter, @BigDSpeed.
Short Track Super Series ‘Anthracite Assault’ Postponed At Big Diamond Speedway
For Immediate Release
May 10, 2016
MINERSVILLE, PA. – The weather certainly has not been a favorable one for race fans in northeastern Pennsylvania since the calendar turned to the month of May.
As of late last week, the forecast was for sunny skies and highs in the 70s for tonight's Short Track Super Series event.
Instead, race fans woke up today to weather conditions more like November with highs in the 40s and rain, forcing Big Diamond Speedway to postpone the race combined North/South STSS event presented by H.B. Steele & Co., to its scheduled rain date of Tuesday, May 17.
Big Diamond Speedway and STSS made the decision early this morning based on the radar and showers that were predicate throughout the day. The early-morning announcement was made with respect to the teams and fans who had to travel a distance to get to the speedway.
Next Tuesday’s race will see the debut of the STSS Open Sportsman division. Also on the card will be the 600 modifieds.
The track will attempt to get its first Friday show in after two straight weeks of rainouts as the ARDC midgets invade the speedway for the first of two events this year. Former Bloomsburg resident John Heydenreich will be in competition with ARDC at the speedway for the first time in several years.
The midgets will join the CJ’s Tire & Automotive Services 358 modifieds, Savage 61 roadrunners, No Sweat Service Group street stocks and the Blast from the Past Vintage Modifieds.
On Friday, the gates will open at 5:30 with warm-ups at 7:45 and racing gets underway at 8:15. General admission is $18, seniors, $16 and kids’ 12-and-and-under and active military with a valid ID are free.
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Cory Costa Takes CO2 Motorsports To Victory Lane At Woodhull
For Immediate Release – May 8th, 2016 –
(WOODHULL, NY) – Cory Costa hasn’t had the best start to the 2016 season so far. His CO2 Motorsports team has been out at several dirt tracks in the Southern Tier and have more times than not, found themselves in someone else’s mess.
That would not be the case Saturday night at Woodhull as Costa and the team finally put a good night together, from start to finish. Costa would re-draw the pole for the 25-lap Insinger Performance 370 Modified feature and would dominate the race, leading from green to checkered.
The Corning, NY driver got off to a great start in his heat race by winning that race in convincing fashion as well. Costa and Russell Morseman would re-draw the front row for Scott Lyon’s green flag and Costa would jump out front immediately to set the pace.
The race saw a couple caution flags slow the field, as Dave DuBois spun in turn two. DuBois was racing with a heavy heart Saturday, as long time car owner and most recently dedicated crew member and supporter Skip Starkey passed away in a tragic accident earlier in the day. A moment of silence was held for Starkey during opening ceremonies Saturday night.
While Costa paced the field, ‘The Maniac’ Mike Bills took over the runner up spot from Dillon Groover and looked quite sporty in his No. 21M. Bills couldn’t close the gap on Costa but he also didn’t lose a ton of ground either, with Costa stretching no further than five to six car lengths.
Groover had a great battle with Billy Van Pelt late in the race, who had charged from his tenth starting position. Nephew and uncle battled nose-to-tail, door-to-door for the final 10 circuits with Van Pelt nipping Groover for the third spot at the line.
Out front though, Costa wasn’t going to be denied. He worked high and low, wherever the Costa’s Auto Body and Towing No. 02 wanted to go.
“It finally feels good to have one go our way,” said Costa in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane. “To start the year out so rough and finally had some good luck here tonight.”
Costa spoke to being out front and not knowing where the other drivers were.
“I just tried not to look back. You look back and you get yourself out of the game, it’s all part of it just being a mind game.”
Bills finished a strong second ahead of Van Pelt, Groover and Morseman who had the No. 44 handling much better for him this week.
It’s been documented how Josh Keesey did not start the 2016 season as he would have hoped, as he found himself in someone else’s mess and on his lid on opening night. A new frame and a whole new outlook on the season saw Keesey walk away from the NAPA Crate Sportsman field for the 25-lap victory.
Keesey started in the fourth position as Collin Brown and Mike Williams led the field to green. Brown would take the early lead, as the Rotsell’s Family Restaurant ride was bad fast all night long.
It wouldn’t take Keesey long before he would wrestle the top spot away as the field clicked off lap number four. While Keesey dominated the rest of the race, the battle was on from second on back with several veterans of Woodhull Raceway putting on a show for the fans in attendance.
Mike ‘Action’ Jackson was putting his many years of experience on display as he carved his way through the top five. Jackson would work for several laps to get around another strong competitor in Brandon Butler. But after passing Butler, he had to contend with defending track champion Chris Daugherty.
Daugherty had to start in the twelfth position after winning last week and the week prior, but charged through the field like he seems to do on a weekly basis. The Williams Construction and Sprayfoam 22jz was on a tear and put an immense amount of pressure on Jackson for the runner up spot- to no avail.
Keesey didn’t just walk away to victory unscathed though. While working lap traffic, Keesey made contact with a lap car that spun directly in front of him. The Campbell Building Supply No. 4 made contact with the left front corner and caused concern on just how much damage was done.
Whatever damage was there did not bother Keesey as he went on to complete the comeback in victory over Jackson, Daugherty, Butler and AJ Costley.
“I have to thank my guys,” said Keesey in what was a pretty emotional victory lane. “This is my second frame of the year, we’ve built three race cars in a matter of three weeks. I’ve just got incredible help in the shop and without them I’m not standing here.”
Keesey spoke to the team’s need to just not have the bad luck Saturday night.
“I kept telling these guys we don’t need any good luck, we just need to come up here and not get any bad luck.”
When asked if the damage worried him at all about finishing the race up front?
“The first couple corners felt like it, the right front was shimmying but it eventually went away.”
370 MODIFIEDS, 16 cars (25 Laps): CORY COSTA (1), Mike Bills, Billy Van Pelt, Dillon Groover, Russell Morseman, Josh Nobriga, Kenny Peoples Jr., Donnie Lawson, Boyd McTavish, Eric Fisher, Frank Dunning, Brady Fultz, Brian Doolittle, Art Goodier, Dave DuBois DNS: Joe Dgien
CRATE SPORTSMAN, 26 cars (25 Laps): JOSH KEESEY (1), Mike Jackson, Chris Daugherty (motor claimed), Brandon Butler, AJ Costley, Tim Guild, Dayton Brewer, Collin Brown, Chris Fisher, Josh Sawyer, Zach Cary, Tracy Stanford, Tim Schram, Garett Rushlow, Stevie Hartman III, Mark Benson, John Sekoll, Scott Tubbs, Brandon Martin, Jerry Aldrich, David Mayo, Mike Williams, Mickey Wilbur, Jake Dgien, Stacey Jackson, Bobby Peoples
360 LATE MODELS, 8 cars (20 Laps): KURT STEBBINS (First Career 360 LM Win), Steve LaBarron, Glenn Whritenour, Rick Loucks, Carl Hughes, Jason McGregor, Bruce Miller, Mickey Seeley
Rouse and Klager three time winners, Bowman takes second At Merrittville
May 8, 2016 THOROLD, ONTARIO – In three events to start the 2016 Season both Brad Rouse and Paul Klager both have scored natural hat tricks. Rouse of St. Catharines won this 3rd Sportsman Feature while Klager of Beamsville is three for three in the Modified Lite Division.
In recent years it has been well into summer before the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Division has a repeat winner but St. Catharines’ Mike Bowman earned his second 35 lap Victory of the season.
“We made a couple changes just before Feature Time,” said Brad Rouse after winning his third 25 lap Sportsman Main Event, “I put a shock on that we save for when the track slicks up … I could drive it anywhere I wanted.”
Rouse who started from 11th drove his way into the runner-up spot by about the halfway point after overtaking Jay Mallory. On lap 14 – he was the new leader.
Last week’s Novice Feature Winner Tom Richau set the pace at the start until Darrell Farraway took control on lap 6. Mallory and Rob Knapp who was named the Archer Truck Service Driver of the Week to start the night were battling for second with Knapp quickly taking on Farraway for top spot.
Trying to celebrate his Birthday with his first Feature Win of the season was former Champion Cody McPherson who took control of second spot on lap 18. Unfortunately one lap later both McPherson and Knapp were collected in an incident with slower cars slowing the pace on lap 19.
Rouse resumed the lead on the restart and once again after a lap 22 caution through to Starter Steve DeVos’ Checkered Flag.
Rouse was followed by Justin Sharp, Paul Gaboury, Mallory and Brent Begolo.
“I couldn’t decide just what to do … it was a last minute decision to switch lanes,” said two time 358 Modified Feature Winner Mike Bowman of the battle with Pete Bicknell, “we’ve played this game before.”
Bowman beat Scott Wood to the green flag on a lap 10 restart after defending Champion Chad Brachmann slowed down the front stretch.
Tim Jones was first to lead the 35 lap Feature through a lap 3 restart after Bill Bleich slowed. Quickly Bowman was challenging Wood for second before Wood closed in on Jones. Wood became the new leader on lap 8 with Wood, Bowman and Jones three wide for top spot.
Lap 13 wasn’t lucky for Rookie Gary Lindberg fresh off his first win the week earlier with the second generation driver slowing with engine trouble.
With Bowman out front on the restart, Jones was quickly back to second. A big shuffle had Pete Bicknell come from almost nowhere to take over the runner up spot with Tyler McPherson battling Jones for third.
By the halfway point, Bowman had opened up a lead of about a half straightaway but by lap 20 – Bicknell had caught the leader.
Bowman and Bicknell were side by side crossing the start-finish line to start lap 25 with Bicknell in top spot on lap 26. Bowman regained top spot one lap later and at the finish was 8/10th’s of s second ahead of Bicknell.
Jones, McPherson and Chris Steele rounded out the top 5.
358 Modified Feature (35 laps) Mike Bowman, Pete Bicknell, Tim Jones, Tyler McPherson, Chris Steele, Ryan Susice, Erick Rudolph, Fred Carleton, Tommy Flannigan, Mark D’Ilario, Wayne Conn, Scott Wood, Travis Cunningham, Todd Gordon, Dave Flannigan Jr., Chad Brachmann, Randy Chrysler, Gary Lindberg, Bill Bleich.
Sportsman Feature (25 laps) Brad Rouse, Justin Sharp, Paul Gaboury, Jay Mallory, Brent Begolo, Cody McPherson, Darrell Farraway, Joey Mastroianni, Mark Chiddy, Jesse Penner, Chris Bellamy, Rob Knapp, Jim Harbison, Tom Richau, Chris Storm, Zach Sam, Mike Beyore, Trevor Wright, Gord McIntosh, ean Dominey, Chris Watters
Sportsman Novice Division Feature (10 laps) Chris Watters, Mike Beyore, Robbie Johnston.
Erick Rudolph Take 358 Mod Feature At Ransomville's 59th Opener
RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK --Ransomville Speedway opened its gates for its 59th season last Friday night with a large grandstand crowd. The pit area was also loaded down with 100 race cars as the weather cooperated with some great racing as the Atwal family legacy began at Ransomville Speedway. The Atwal family purchased the speedway during the past off-season. The Atwal’s are the fourth different owner of the Ransomville Speedway. The night was sponsored VP Small Engine Fuels.
Twenty-eight 358 Modifieds took the green flag for the 30 lap feature, Erick Rudolph of Ransomville started the 2016 Ransomville Speedway season in dominate fashion. Erick had a great move on lap two, going from third into the lead. Erick had to wait it out though several cautions going on to the victory. After each of the restarts, Rudolph was able put the Rob Clark owned Bicknell chassis way out in front. His final run around the newly surfaced Ransomville Speedway was 0.586 better than Bicknell at the finish line.
Pete Bicknell of St Catharines, Ontario finished second while Gary Lindburg of Ridgeway, Ontario was third. He was followed by defending track Modified champion Ryan Susice in fourth. Jeff McGinnis was fifth, both from Ransomville. Randy Chrysler of the Tuscarora Nation, NY was sixth, Todd Gordon of St. Catharines, Ontario finished seventh, Rick Richner of Niagara Falls, NY was eighth. Scott George of Wilson, NY was ninth and Phil Vigneri III of Elba, NY was tenth.
Danny Johnson and Tommy Flannigan were involved in an lap nine accident that took both drivers out of the race.
In the 25 lap Sportsman feature, Andy Smith of Lockport, NY led the entire event after starting on the pole position. Like Rudolph, Smith was on his “A” game and had to endure several caution periods. The Sportsman heat races were also set up by time trials. Smith and defending co-champion Cody McPherson was quickest on the half-mile. Smith also won a full barrel of VP Racing Fuels.
McPherson had problems throughout the night and finished far back of the pack. Matt Farnham of Tonawanda, NY was second while Sandy Pembleton of Niagara Falls, NY was third. Fourth was Derrick Borkenhagen and Brett Senek was fifth, both of Ransomville. Sixth was Kevin Wills and Steve Lewis Jr was seventh, both also from Ransomville. Noah Walker of North Tonawanda, NY was eighth. Jim Harbison of Ransomville was ninth. Dan Michaud of Medina, NY was tenth. The event was marred by a red flag on lap 11. Contact up front sent Jesse Cotriss around – James Henry and Brett Martin were collected. All drivers were ok but their racers suffered substantial damage.
Darryl Borkenhagen of Sanborn, NY captured the win in the Novice Sportsman main. Borkenhagen would take the lead away from Anthony Muscato and maintain it the remaining distance. In his first open wheel start at the Big R – Justin McKay would have a strong showing coming home in third. Brandon Michaud and AJ Custodi rounded out the top five. Heat winners were Borkenhagen and Muscato. A total of twelve competitors were on hand.
Friday, May 6th
358 MODFIEDS (30 Laps): ERICK RUDOLPH, Pete Bicknell, Gary Lindburg, Ryan Susice, Jeff McGinnis, Randy Chrysler, Todd Gordon, Rick Richner, Scott George, Phil Vigneri III, Dave Flannigan, Scott Kerwin, Chad Brachmann, Robbie Krull, Chris Steele, Nick Joy, Kenny Wills, Steve Schumacher, John Smith, James Sweeting, Jim Zimmerman, Tommy Flannigan, Danny Johnson, James Friesen, Tyler McPherson, Russ Zimmerman. Allan Wills-DNS. Fast time: Tommy Flannigan Heat Winners: Erick Rudolph, Danny Johnson, Kenny Wills.
SPORTSMAN (25 Laps): ANDY SMITH, Matt Farnham, Sandy Pembleton, Derrick Borkenhagen, Brett Senek, Kevin Wills, Steve Lewis Jr, Noah Walker, Jim Harbison, Dan Michaud, Chris Burek, John Conklin, James Henry, Jesse Cotriss, Don Spatarico, Sean Letts, Dave DiPietro. Fast time: Andy Smith Heat Winners: Greg Martin, James Henry, Brett Senck.
NOVICE SPORTSMAN (12 Laps): Darryl Borkenhagen, Anthony Muscato, Justin McKay, Brandon Michaud, AJ Custodi, Jonathan Reid, Chase Mattison, Brandon Williams, Robbie Johnson, Dustin Gorhan, Chris Miller. Heat Winners: Darrell Borkenhagen, Anthony Muscato.
SATURATED GROUNDS FORCE GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY TO CANCEL SATURDAY NIGHT RACING
FREE POCONO NASCAR TICKETS TO BE GIVEN AWAY ON SATURDAY, MAY 14
BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 7, 2016 . . . All the rain may be great for the May flowers but it is not good for auto racing on the Grandview Speedway clay track. The tripleheader show of NASCAR stock car racing, featuring the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman racers has been canceled for tonight (Saturday, May 7). The overly saturated grounds, a result of all the rain that has fallen in the area, have made it impossible to get the track into racing condition.
Racing will return on Saturday, May 14th when Whelen Engineering Night is presented featuring another tripleheader card of NASCAR racing that will again include the 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. Racing will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. with spectator gates opening at 5:30 p.m.
Londontown Weather Forces Cancellation of New Egypt Speedway’s May 7th Event
Legends Night Autograph Session May 14th Event
New Egypt, NJ – Mother Nature takes the victory again this weekend as New Egypt Speedway was forced to cancel their Mother’s Day race on Saturday, May 7th. A week of rain capped off with early morning showers made it impossible to get the track in racing condition.
“We’ve had a lot of early season rain outs which has really put a damper on the start of the 2016 point races,” said General Manager Allyse Wolfinger. “But we have a lot of great racing still left over the next 5 months and hopefully Mother Nature will relent so we can get those shows in.”
Next Saturday, May 14th is Legends Night sponsored by Premio Foods. Racing will be the 358 Modifieds, NEWS Sprints presented by Burlington Overhead Door, and the TSRS Sprints. There will be a huge intermission autograph session sponsored by MEG Wheels and Clutter Room Collectables. with legends such as Tony Siscone, Gil Hearne, Art Filburn, Glen Fritzgerald, Sammy Beavers, Dean Gulick, Ken Brenn Jr., Bobby Rossell, Newt Hartman, Lou Farina, John Leach, Ray Liss, John Megill, Jay Stone, and more. The Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club will also have their first exhibition event of the season during the night.
BATTLES FOR LUCRATIVE POINT TITLES ARE TIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
OLDEST AND YOUNGEST MOM WILL WIN RACE TICKETS
RISING STAR TYLER DIPPEL TO RACE WITH MODIFIEDS ON SATURDAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 4, 2016 . . . The NASCAR stock car racing season is well underway at Grandview Speedway and the battles for the lucrative point titles are very tight. NASCAR stock car racing returns to the one-third-mile, banked clay oval on Saturday (May 7) at 7:30 p.m. 358 Modifieds headline the action as the Saturday night tripleheader will also feature the BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. At least 12 events make up the exciting night of racing.
Former champion Duane Howard leads the standings in the Modifieds by a very narrow margin over defending champion Craig VonDohren. In the Late Models Sean Merkel has a narrow lead over the challengers and Joe Funk is tops in the Sportsman division. Ten different drivers have earned feature victories this season with the season moving into the fifth week.
Added to the field of Modified standouts racing on Saturday will be rising young star Tyler Dippel who will be in the #26 Searock Fabrication entry. Other visitors are also expected for the tripleheader racing action.
To celebrate Mother’s Day (May 8th) the oldest mom and youngest mom in the audience will be presented with a pair of tickets for a future regular Saturday night event at Grandview.
Hilfiger Holds On To Win Modified Opener At Woodhull Raceway
For Immediate Release – May 1st, 2016 –
(WOODHULL, NY) – Grant Hilfiger made the three and a half hour drive to Woodhull Raceway from Canadensis, PA on Saturday night as he often does to support his Grant Hilfiger Racing team led by driver and seventeen-time Woodhull track champion Billy Van Pelt. But on this night, it was the bossman taking the victory in the season opener for the 370 Modifieds.
Eric Fisher and Mike Bills would lead the field to Scott Lyon’s green flag and although Fisher led the opening circuit, Hilfiger was charging from his fourth starting spot. A daring three-wide move on the outside of Turn 3 would see Hilfiger take the lead as the field clicked off lap number two.
Hilfiger set a torrid pace out front while the battle for second place was a good one between Alan Rudalavage, Dillon Groover, Kenny Peoples Jr and Boyd McTavish. ‘The Maniac’ Mike Bills drove through the pack several times in his No. 21m as he fought some handling issues on the cushion, as Mother Nature’s rain the night before provided drivers with a heavy, tacky racing surface.
As the race wore on, Hilfiger continued to lead but Addison, NY driver Kenny Peoples Jr began his charge to the front of the pack. Peoples was utilizing the extreme bottom of the speedway, while Hilfiger was using the middle to top lanes to pace the field.
With just five laps remaining, Peoples turned the wick up and began to pour a heavy dose of pressure on Hilfiger for the lead- several times pulling a wheel along the rear quarter panel of the No. 78.
As the leaders streaked across the line with two laps to go, Peoples arced his family-owned No. 5k hard into Turn 1. It looked as though Peoples had the momentum needed to take over the lead from Hilfiger, but caught the implement tire on the inside of the speedway when he hit the apex of the corner. The contact sent Peoples spinning to a stop- ending what was an exciting run that had the Woodhull faithful on their feet.
“I seen him once and I thought in my head man he showed it too early,” said Hilfiger of Peoples’ challenge. “Then to come around and see him turned- I just hate it because he’s got a hard working family. I want to beat him, but I would have rather seen him finish second. He’ll be here the rest of the year, just like Boyd and the rest of them.”
That set up a chilling restart with just two laps to go, putting McTavish on the back bumper of the Walker Plumbing, Hilfiger Contracting, Instant Heat Wood Pellets No. 78. On the restart, Hilfiger pulled away slightly. As the duo entered three and four for the final time, McTavish pulled up to the bumper but could do no more as Hilfiger went on to score the victory.
In Victory Lane, Hilfiger was quite emotional, retelling a story of a family friend that came into some health struggles and inspired him to keep working harder at his craft.
“I went to see her and she was working her heart out,” said Hilfiger. “She said life is going to be different but I just have to work harder. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of the Campbell family…and it feels good to come represent them with a win.”
McTavish started out his full-time effort with Brad and Kim Herrington in probably the second best way he could after also winning a heat race. Rudalavage had a strong showing for third, while Brady Fultz and Groover rounded out the top five.
Chris Daugherty used some last minute heroics to take the win last week in the NAPA Crate Sportsman, but this week was much less heroic and quite a bit more dominant. Daugherty started in the twelfth position on the starting grid after the win last week by rule, but used several early cautions to move up through the field quickly.
The event got off to a scary start as Stacey Jackson took a hard hit when he got crossed up sideways, facing traffic in Turn 1. He would get hit at nearly full speed and spun around, but would climb from his No. 22J that had significant damage to the frame.
Once the race got started and into a rhythm, Jake Dgien took the early lead as he would pace the field for the opening nine circuits. Daugherty stalked his way into the top five on lap four and into the runner-up spot by lap five. Once Daugherty caught Dgien, it was around the Avoca driver’s No. 3 and away Daugherty went.
At one point, Daugherty had stretched out to a full straightaway advantage. He would have to encounter one final scare though before the checkered flag waved on the Williams Construction and Sprayfoam 22jz. Entering Turn 4 for the final time, a lap car drove into the back of Daugherty, nearly spinning him around. A couple handfuls of steering wheel and quick work of the brakes saved Daugherty’s car and the victory.
Dgien had a great run to take the runner-up spot, Josh Sawyer was strong in his No. 01 for third, while David Mayo and Mike Jackson rounded out the top five.
“I had to earn that one tonight,” said Daugherty after hopping down from doing a roof dance and salute to the crowd. “There’s a lot of nights here where slower is faster. I had a few spots given to me (with the accidents) and we had to make the outside work a few times and the track surface helped tonight too.”
Woodhull Raceway Quick Results 04/30/2016
370 MODIFIEDS, 17 Cars (25 Laps): GRANT HILFIGER (1), Boyd McTavish, Alan Rudalavage, Brady Fultz, Dillon Groover, Billy Van Pelt, Art Goodier, Frank Dunning, Eric Fisher, Cory Costa, Russell Morseman, Joe Dgien, Mike Bills, Kenny Peoples Jr, Brian Doolittle, Donnie Lawson
CRATE SPORTSMAN,(25 Laps): CHRIS DAUGHERTY (2), Jake Dgien, Josh Sawyer, David Mayo, Mike Jackson, Jerry Aldrich, Zach Cary, Mark Benson, Brandon Butler, Collin Brown, Tim Schram, Josh Keesey, Tracy Stanford, Brandon Martin, Tim Guild, John Sekoll, Garett Rushlow, Eric Williams, Mickey Wilbur, Scott Tubbs, Bob Johnson, Dayton Brewer, AJ Costley, Mike Williams, Cole Clark, Stacey Jackson
360 LATE MODELS, (20 Laps): BRUCE MILLER (1), Steve LaBarron, Kurt Stebbins, Jason McGregor, Rick Loucks, Jacob McConnell, JJ Rutkowski, Glenn Whritenour, Mickey Seeley
Rookie Gary Lindberg Wins First Career 358 Modified Feature
May 1, 2016 THOROLD, ONTARIO – 2016 Rookie Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway drove away to his first career Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Feature. Veterans Jason Fontaine (Port Colborne) and Tony Kelly (Niagara Falls) were first time winners in the Hoosier Stock and Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Divisions.
Another first time winner was Lockport NY’s Tom Richau who won his first career Novice Feature while Brad Rouse of St. Catharines won his second Feature of the season both coming in the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division.
Beamsville’s Paul Klager was also won his second straight event in the Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Division.
“This is a heck of a way to start the season,” said Gary Lindberg after winning his first Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modified Feature as a rookie, “I had to keep it together … I hopped the cushion a few times.”
At the start, second generation drivers Ryan Susice and Gary Lindberg led the field to the green flag with polesitter Susice the first to lead the 35 lap Event before Lindberg took control down the backstretch.
Back through the field, cars were sometimes four wide battling for position behind the leader who held a 2 second advantage over defending champion Chad Brachmann who was in the runner up spot by lap 5.
Just as Lindberg came up on slower cars – the first caution would slow the pace on lap 12.
With Lindberg in control on the restart – contact through the pack had Brachmann off the pace and losing several positions until caution would slow the field once again on lap 13.
Multi-time champion Pete Bicknell was now in the runner-up spot after starting in 14th.
A multi-car incident on lap 16 involving several front-runners left Scott Wood facing the wrong way in Turn 1 with the flat tire. Wood’s night ended unfortunately then as he wouldn’t return after pitting.
With Lindberg resuming control once again, the driver who won 9 Features last season en route to his first Sportsman Title in what was then the Rick’s Delivery sponsored Division resumed a 2 second advantage by lap 25.
Susice battled back to regain second spot with Mark D’Ilario challenging Bicknell for third. D’Ilario would overtake Bicknell until a lap 33 caution slowed the field the final time.
With Lindberg out front, Susice and D’Ilario got hooked together but were able to break apart. Susice though would lose several spots.
At the finish, Lindberg was followed by D’Ilario, Tommy Flannigan, Brachmann and Bicknell.
“It’s awesome to be here again … we’ve got some good competition this season,” said Brad Rouse after his second straight win of 2016 in the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division, “Paul (Gaboury) and I had a great race … I just had to keep working on him”
Gaboury was first to lead the 25 lap Event after outracing former Tuesday Night Kart Racer Brett Senek. The first caution slowed the field on lap 6. Gaboury set the pace until the second caution on lap 8.
When racing resumed, Brad Rouse had landed in the runner up spot and was challenging Gaboury. A lap 16 caution had Gaboury out front but quickly Rouse pulled alongside the leader.
Rouse would take over top spot on lap 21 by half a car length. From 15th starting spot Cody McPherson was now in third spot behind Brent Begolo.
In the closing laps, Rouse and Begolo were followed by Gaboury who rallied to overtake McPherson. Adam Leslie rounded out the top 5.
After Chris Storm took the first ever Novice Sportsman 10 lap Feature to the green flag, Tom Richau quickly took control of top spot. The only incident on lap 10 shortened the scheduled 12 lap event to 10 after there were only three cars remaining.
358 Modified Feature (35 laps) Gary Lindberg, Mark D’Ilario, Tommy Flannigan, Pete Bicknell, Wayne Conn, Tyler McPherson, Chris Raabe, Chris Steele, Ryan Susice, Mike Bowman, Bill Bleich, Fred Carleton, Jeff McGinnis, JF Corriveau, Todd Gordon, Scott George, Scott Wood, Brandon Easey. DNS – Tim Jones.
Sportsman Feature (25 laps) Brad Rouse, Brent Begolo, Cody McPherson, Adam Leslie, Justin Sharp, Rob Knapp, Joey Mastroianni, Jay Mallory, Darrell Farraway, Chris Bellamy, Jim Harbison, Gord McIntosh, Chris Storm, Jesse Penner, Trevor Wright, John Babion, Tom Richau, Zach Sam, Austin Susice, Brett Senek, Sean Dominey.
Novice Sportsman Feature (10 laps) Tom Richau, Trevor Wright, Rick Moreash, Robbie Johnson, Chris Storm, Sean Dominey.
CORNELL SCORES A THRILLING WIN IN THE BURLINGTON COUNTY OVERHEAD DOOR NEWS SPRINT FEATURE AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
New Egypt, NJ (May 1, 2016) – Johnny Cornell scored a thrilling win in the Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprint feature. Alan Bleacher was victorious in the Sportsman main event. The Crate Modified feature was captured by John Aumick. Bill Liedtka took top honors in the Street Stock race.
At the start of the 20-lap Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprint feature, polesitter Pat Hires bolted to the front with Rich Mellor and Johnny Cornell next in line. The comfortable advantage built by Hires was wiped out by a fourth circuit red flag incident involving Dan Mazy and Heidi Heddin. When action resumed, Hires remained on top with Cornell motoring into second and Neal Williams wheeling into third. At the halfway point, Hires briefly lost control of his car and Cornell advanced to first with Williams taking the runner-up spot. Following a restart on lap 11, the second red flag of the night was displayed when contact was made between Williams and Hires and the sprint car of Williams flipped several times before landing near the turn one outside wall. After the track was cleared and green flag racing got back underway, Hires regained the lead with Lou Cicconi advancing into second and Cornell falling back into third. As the race entered the closing circuits, the top three of Hires, Cicconi and Cornell would stay close and in order until lap 18 when Cornell slipped by Cicconi for second. One tour later, these three drivers would cross by the flagger’s stand three abreast with Cornell narrowly in front of Hires and Cicconi. On the final lap, Cornell would continue on the point to gain the win with Cicconi nipping Hires by a slim margin for second. Brian Spencer wound up in fourth and Wayne Weaver finished in fifth. Rich Mellor and Pat Hires were the heat race victors in the Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprints division.
For the first time in his career, Alan Bleacher visited victory lane after topping the field in the 20-lap Sportsman feature. Derek Krum set the pace for the opening six circuits before the seventh place starting Bleacher took over. Although Bleacher would lead the rest of the way, he was pressured in the final half of the race several times by second place finishing Brandon Grosso. Third place went to Bob Lineman, Jr. Pat Wall came home in fourth place. Rookie Cale Ross had an impressive run to take fifth. The Sportsman qualifying races were won by Brandon Grosso, JT Trstensky and Bob Lineman, Jr.
John Aumick took the lead from John Criscione on the sixteenth circuit of the 20-lap Crate Modified main event and maintained control in the final tours. Steve Hicks followed Aumick across the finish line but was disqualified following the race for an illegal carburetor. Brandon Grosso, who started the race in last place due to a throttle issue, drove through the field and was awarded the runner-up spot. Billy Osmun, Connor King and Tom Tanner completed the top five. Heat race winners in the Crate Modified division were John Aumick and Shawn Ratchford.
After taking the lead on the ninth circuit, Bill Liedtka stayed in command for the remaining distance to win the 20-lap Street Stock feature. Todd Dige set the pace for the opening eight tours before the twelfth place starting Liedtka took over. Vern McLaughlin inched by Dige at the checkered flag to finish in second. With Dige in third, fourth went to John Meyer. Mick Search completed the event in fifth.
NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016
NEWS SPRINTS - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. JOHNNY CORNELL 2. Lou Cicconi 3. Pat Hires 4. Brian Spencer 5. Wayne Weaver 6. Rich Mellor 7. Brody Adamsky 8. Molly Chambers 9. Lee Nardelli 10. Neal Williams 11. Bobby Butler 12. Dan Mazy 13. Heidi Heddin
SPORTSMAN - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. ALAN BLEACHER 2. Brandon Grosso 3. Bob Lineman, Jr. 4. Pat Wall 5. Cale Ross 6. TJ Lilly 7. Marty Saxton 8. Steve Desmelyk 9. Jesse Dill 10. Derek Krum 11. Dakota Kessler 12. Chuck Potts 13. Rob Anderton 14. Will Trstensky 15. Rob Morris 16. JT Trstensky 17. Bill Liedtka 18. Joe Dill 19. Marty Resnick 20. Johnny Cornell 21. Jimmy Amato 22. Andy Visinski 23. Ryan Simmons
CRATE MODIFIEDS - 20 LAPS FEATURE: 1. JOHN AUMICK 2. Brandon Grosso 3. Billy Osmun 4. Connor King 5. Tom Tanner 6. John Criscione 7. Ryan Simmons 8. Shawn Ratchford 9. Ebby Ridge 10. Jeremy Martino 11. Dan Fleming 12. Jason Bittner 13. Lauren Emmons 14. Frank Dorry, Jr. 15. Alonzo Morales 16. Stan Hawk 17. Aaron Weaver 18. Adam Cox 19. Chuckles Stone 20. George Gareis, Jr
Unofficial Grandview Point Standings
1. Duane Howard 1140
2. Craig VonDohren 1123
3. Mike Gular 1028
4. Jared Umbenhauer 961
5. Jeff Strunk 940
6. Doug Manmiller 869
7. Tim Buckwalter 854
8. Ryan Grim 846
9. Danny Erb 774
10. Kyle Weiss 651
1. Joe Funk 885
2. Jordan Henn 862
3. Craig Whitmoyer 828
4. Brad Brightbill 798
5. Brett Gilmore 794
6. Mike Lisowski 765
7. Dean Bachman 691
8. Brian Hirthler 628
9. Ken Eckert 574
10. Ryan Lilick 560