Blaney sweeps UNOH All Star weekend at Fremont
FREMONT, Ohio (Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014) – The numbers just keep piling up for Dale Blaney. The four time University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions titlist would drive to the $10,000 payday on JLH General Contractor Night for the 7th Annual Jim Ford Classic at Fremont Speedway Saturday.
Blaney would sweep the two-day event at “The Track That Action Built.” It was his 15th UNOH All Star win of the season and runs his career total to 114. Blaney has five wins in 2014 at Fremont to take his career total at the track to 24, moving him into a tie with John Beaber for 19th on the track’s all-time win list. It was the 116th appearance of the UNOH All Stars at Fremont and Blaney leads all drivers in career series wins at the track with 18.
“Chris (Andrews) was really good in the dash. I really thought he was going to be the guy to beat. But we got rolling really good around the top and he was struggling through the middle a little bit and I was gaining some ground on him. Man this car just got better and better and I could put it anywhere I wanted,” said Blaney beside his Kennedy Cattle/Ti22 Performance/Penske Shocks/Gf1 Chassis backed machine.
“George Fisher (crew chief) is unbelievable. I’ve worked with him for 12 years now and we’re going good and I’m proud of everybody. Skippy and Donnie and Ricky Jr….we have a lot of guys that put in a great effort and it shows,” added Blaney.
Andrews and Rob Chaney would bring the field to green for the 50-lap feature with Andrews gaining the advantage as Blaney would move from third to second. As Andrews and Blaney pulled away, Andrew Palker and Chaney would battle for third with Lee Jacobs, Bryan Sebetto, Tim Shaffer and Caleb Griffith in pursuit.
Lee Jacobs would blast into third on lap three just before the caution flew on lap four for a Cap Henry spin. On the restart Andrews and Blaney again pulled away with Jacobs, Palker, Chaney, Shaffer, Sebetto and Griffith giving chase.
With six laps in the books, Blaney began to pressure Andrews. On lap eight Blaney would shoot around Andrews going down the back stretch but the caution would fly when Craig Mintz suffered front end damage and stopped on the front stretch.
On the restart Andrews and Blaney picked right back up on their battle with Lee Jacobs, Palker, Chaney and Sebetto in tow. Cale Thomas would stop on lap 10 for another caution. And again when the green flew Andrews and Blaney battled for the lead. That duo would wage war over the next seven laps before hitting heavy lapped traffic on lap 16.
Blaney would rocket off the bottom of turn three on lap 18 to steal the lead from Andrews with Lee Jacobs, Chaney and Sebetto the running order. Palker’s great run would end on lap 24 when he spun in turn two and that would bring out a red flag fuel stop.
When the green flew Blaney had a couple of lapped cars separating him from Andrews while Lee Jacobs, Chaney, Sebetto, Griffith and 17th starter Greg Wilson in pursuit. The caution flew again on lap 28 for a Brian Lay spin. On the restart Henry would tumble on the front stretch; he was uninjured.
On the restart Blaney again pulled away from Andrews as Chaney drove around Jacobs for third with Wilson moving into the top five. That top five would not change as they again raced into lapped traffic on lap 37. With 10 laps to go Jacobs began pressuring Chaney for the third spot when he would suffer front end damage on lap 41, ending his run.
On the restart Blaney had a two lapped car cushion over Andrews, Chaney and Wilson. Chaney would drive into second on lap 43 but Andrews challenged back with five laps to go. Chaney would finally pull away from Andrews and began closing on Blaney.
But, Blaney’s lead was insurmountable and he drove to the victory over Chaney, Andrews, Wilson and Sebetto.
“I think there’s a lot of credibility to running second to him. I stayed with Dale last night and I used his car today and I put gas in it and now I wish I wouldn’t have,” joked Chaney beside his Stan Cortad Racing #9x.
After leading the first 17 laps and having a bad couple of weeks that saw him miss out on a track title at Attica and the Kistler Racing Products FAST championship, Andrews was happy to finish third.
“I tried to take Dale’s advice. I didn’t want to go too hard and then he showed his nose past me and I kind of just followed him and learned a little bit. I got to racing with lapped cars that should have probably just pulled out of the way and let the leaders run a little bit. Seems like we run pretty good at the Jim Ford Classic every year. It makes up for a lot of bad runs here recently and I’m pretty excited,” said Andrews beside his Burmeister Racing/Lucas Oil/K&N Filters/Goofy Golf/Re-elect Judge Anstead/Tender Touch Car Wash/Schiets Motorsports/Kistler Engines/Adkins Sanitation/Applebees Restaurant backed #16.
The UNOH All Stars and Fremont Speedway announced the series would return to Fremont Speedway for several big shows in 2015.
The All Stars now head to Brushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, Ohio on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Fremont Speedway - 9/13/2014
UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions (39 Cars)
UNOH A-Main - (50 Laps)
1. 14K-Dale Blaney; 2. 9X-Rob Chaney; 3. 16-Chris Andrews; 4. W20-Greg Wilson; 5. 29-Bryan Sebetto; 6. 40DD-Caleb Griffith; 7. 45-Tim Shaffer; 8. 24H-Brandon Wimmer; 9. 14H-Todd Heller; 10. 2+-Brian Smith; 11. 9-Dean Jacobs; 12. 7C-Caleb Armstrong; 13. 60K-Jody Keegan; 14. 83M-Broc Martin; 15. 22S-Brandon Spithaler; 16. 81-Lee Jacobs; 17. 27-Chad Kemenah; 18. 53-Cap Henry; 19. 45L-Brian Lay; 20. 57X-Andrew Palker; 21. 11F-D.J. Foos; 22. 91-Cale Thomas; 23. O8-Dan Kuriger; 24. O9-Craig Mintz
Qualifying – Kistler Engines
1. 14K-Dale Blaney, 12.492; 2. 57X-Andrew Palker, 12.521; 3. 16-Chris Andrews, 12.572; 4. 9X-Rob Chaney, 12.643; 5. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 12.676; 6. 53-Cap Henry, 12.740; 7. 29-Bryan Sebetto, 12.784; 8. 55F-Taylor Ferns, 12.816; 9. 14H-Todd Heller, 12.827; 10. 81-Lee Jacobs, 12.837; 11. 24H-Brandon Wimmer, 12.837; 12. 45-Tim Shaffer, 12.851; 13. 45L-Brian Lay, 12.905; 14. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.911; 15. 16M-Danny Mumaw, 12.928; 16. 40DD-Caleb Griffith, 12.982; 17. 2+-Brian Smith, 12.999; 18. O8-Dan Kuriger, 13.068; 19. 27-Chad Kemenah, 13.100; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.147; 21. 22S-Brandon Spithaler, 13.155; 22. 11F-D.J. Foos, 13.203; 23. 9-Dean Jacobs, 13.264; 24. 83M-Broc Martin, 13.280; 25. 51-Roger Campbell, 13.287; 26. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 13.293; 27. 9W-Derek Hagar, 13.300; 28. 39M-Matt Merrill, 13.336; 29. O9-Craig Mintz, 13.375; 30. 6-Jac Haudenschild, 13.415; 31. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 13.416; 32. 5R-Byron Reed, 13.459; 33. 21-Travis Philo, 13.493; 34. 60K-Jody Keegan, 13.711; 35. 10-Carl Bowser, 13.806; 36. 40-Caleb Helms, 13.952; 37. 91-Cale Thomas, 14.079; 38. 13-Brandon Matus, 14.104; 39. 33-Brent Matus, 14.607
Heat 1 – Kear’s Speed Shop (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 2+-Brian Smith ; 2. 22S-Brandon Spithaler ; 3. 14K-Dale Blaney ; 4. O9-Craig Mintz ; 5. 91-Cale Thomas ; 6. 14H-Todd Heller ; 7. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 8. 45L-Brian Lay ; 9. 21-Travis Philo ; 10. 51-Roger Campbell
Heat 2 – All Pro Aluminum Heads
(10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. O8-Dan Kuriger ; 2. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 3. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 4. 11F-D.J. Foos ; 5. 60K-Jody Keegan ; 6. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 7. 1ST-Gary Taylor ; 8. 13-Brandon Matus ; 9. 6-Jac Haudenschild ; 10. 53-Cap Henry
Heat 3 – Dragon Racing Fuels (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 16-Chris Andrews ; 2. 27-Chad Kemenah ; 3. 24H-Brandon Wimmer ; 4. 9-Dean Jacobs ; 5. 29-Bryan Sebetto ; 6. 9W-Derek Hagar ; 7. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 8. 10-Carl Bowser ; 9. 33-Brent Matus ; 10. 16M-Danny Mumaw
Heat 4 – Kinsler Fuel Injection (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. W20-Greg Wilson ; 2. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 3. 9X-Rob Chaney ; 4. 83M-Broc Martin ; 5. 40DD-Caleb Griffith ; 6. 5R-Byron Reed ; 7. 55F-Taylor Ferns ; 8. 39M-Matt Merrill ; 9. 40-Caleb Helms
Dash – Quality Inn/Comfort Inn & Suites of Fremont (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature
1. 16-Chris Andrews ; 2. 9X-Rob Chaney ; 3. 14K-Dale Blaney ; 4. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 6. 29-Bryan Sebetto
B-Main – MSD Ignition (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 53-Cap Henry ; 2. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 3. 45L-Brian Lay ; 4. 14H-Todd Heller ; 5. 1ST-Gary Taylor ; 6. 5R-Byron Reed ; 7. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 8. 55F-Taylor Ferns ; 9. 9W-Derek Hagar ; 10. 10-Carl Bowser ; 11. 51-Roger Campbell ; 12. 39M-Matt Merrill ; 13. 21-Travis Philo ; 14. 40-Caleb Helms ; 15. 13-Brandon Matus ; 16. 6-Jac Haudenschild ; 17. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 18. 33-Brent Matus
Blaney gets late race UNOH All Star win to open Jim Ford Classic at Fremont
FREMONT, Ohio (Friday, Sept. 12, 2014) - Dale Blaney has often said he would rather be in second late in a race. The reason? So he can watch where the leader is running and choose where to make a move for the win.
He did just that Friday on All Pro Cylinder Heads Night at Fremont Speedway to open the 7th Annual Jim Ford Classic with his 14th University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions victory of 2014.
The numbers just keep piling up for “The Low Rider” as he looks to wrap up his unprecedented fifth career UNOH All Star championship. The victory was the fourth overall for the year at Fremont Speedway and ran his career total at the track to 23 to move him into a tie for 20th on the track’s all-time win list. Blaney sits atop the UNOH All Star career win list with 113 victories. It was the 115th appearance of the UNOH All Stars at Fremont Speedway and Blaney leads all drivers in series wins at “The Track That Action Built” with 17 victories.
In the first half of the race, Blaney witnessed a tremendous battle between Bryan Sebetto and Brandon Wimmer. Once in lapped traffic with eight laps to go, Blaney moved around Wimmer for second and pressured Sebetto. Blaney would drive off the bottom of turn two on lap 27 to take the lead with Sebetto now applying the pressure. Sebetto would spin in turn two on lap 29 setting up a green, white checkered finish. Blaney would pull away for the win.
“I watched a hell of a race. Those guys were dicing and it was awesome for me to sit there and watch them. I watched where they raced. The top got a little bit better down there (in three and four). I could see Bryan made a good lap around there on that restart and I started to run up there and I was just kind of trying to run where they weren’t. Down here (in one and two) it was survival. I was a little snug and got better and better as the race went on,” said Blaney.
In the 30-lap UNOH All Star feature, Sebetto and Wimmer brought the field to green with Sebetto, a former Jim Ford Classic winner, grabbing the top spot over Wimmer, Cap Henry, Blaney, Cole Thomas, Craig Mintz and Brandon Spithaler.
On lap two Gary Taylor would tumble in turn three with Brandon Matus stopping in turn two. On the restart Jody Keegan would hit the cone on the front stretch necessitating another start. When the green flew so did Sebetto, pulling away slightly from Wimmer, Henry, Blaney, Thomas, Mintz, Spithaler and Lee Jacobs.
Sebetto would catch the back of the pack on lap eight and narrowly avoided disaster when Taylor Ferns got sideways in front of him in turn three, allowing Wimmer to shoot into the lead with Henry, Blaney, Thomas, Dean Jacobs and Mintz in tow.
The caution flew on lap 13 when third place running Henry suffered a front axle failure and stopped on the track. On the restart Sebetto drove around Wimmer to regain the lead with Blaney, Thomas, Dean Jacobs, Spithaler and Mintz in pursuit.
With 10 laps to go the leaders again found heavy lapped traffic and Wimmer drove into the lead on lap 21. Sebetto blasted back by a lap later, bringing Blaney to second. While Wimmer and Blaney battled fro second, Sebetto pulled away slightly.
With five laps to go Blaney had secured second and was closing on Sebetto with Wimmer, Thomas, Dean Jacobs and Byron Reed in tow. Blaney would rocket off the bottom of turn two on lap 27 to take the lead. Sebetto challenged to his outside while Wimmer, Dean Jacobs, Thomas and Reed trying to stay close.
As they took the white flag, Sebetto tried a move in turn two and it backfired as he spun to bring about the green white checkered finish. On the restart it was Blaney over Wimmer, Dean Jacobs, Mintz, Reed, Rob Chaney and Thomas.
Blaney would pull away the last two laps for the win with Wimmer, Dean Jacobs, Mintz and Reed Rounding out the top five. Chaney would grab sixth with Lee Jacobs rallying those final two laps for seven with Thomas, Caleb Griffith (up from 21st) and D.J. Foos (up from 16th) rounding out the top 10.
“It’s been an awesome year and my guys have given me an awesome race car and I’m just the lucky guy who gets to drive it. I love coming to Fremont…the fans…everyone treats me great here,” said Blaney.
Wimmer expressed his frustration with another second place run to Blaney.
“I hate to add up how many times I’ve run second to that guy. He drives me nuts. He’s just tough to beat. You mess up one time and he’s buy you. We’re happy to be up here on the front stretch though. I have to thank the Hammer family and hopefully we can get one spot better for the big one tomorrow,” said Wimmer.
Last week’s Fremont winner Dean Jacobs would drive from ninth to a third place finish.
“This was as challenging, challenging race track tonight. The bottom was really sticky. If your car could roll there you were good and if you missed it a little bit you got in that slick spot and you got loose. But it made it great because it made the guy in the seat do his job,” said Jacobs.
The UNOH All Stars will be back in action Saturday at Fremont Speedway for the 50-lap $10,000-to-win event.
A-Main - University of Northwestern Ohio (30 Laps) 1. 14K-Dale Blaney; 2. 24H-Brandon Wimmer; 3. 9-Dean Jacobs; 4. O9-Craig Mintz; 5. 5R-Byron Reed; 6. 9X-Rob Chaney; 7. 81-Lee Jacobs; 8. 91-Cale Thomas; 9. 40DD-Caleb Griffith; 10. 11F-D.J. Foos; 11. 45L-Brian Lay; 12. 9W-Derek Hagar; 13. 13-Brandon Matus; 14. 6-Jac Haudenschild; 15. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 16. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild; 17. 29-Bryan Sebetto; 18. 55F-Taylor Ferns; 19. 22-Brandon Spithaler; 20. 53-Cap Henry; 21. 60K-Jody Keegan; 22. 16-Chris Andrews; 23. 8M-T.J. Michael; 24. 1ST-Gary Taylor
Renegade Sprints Teams Focus on Positivity as its Next Event Nears
Inside Line Promotions - FINDLAY, Ohio (Sept. 10, 2014) - Renegade Sprints drivers are seeking opportunities to keep busy racing with a couple more weeks until the next event.
One option is the 7th annual Jim Ford Classic this Friday and Saturday at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio.
"Jim Ford was the best promoter Fremont has ever had," Renegade Sprints President Shane Helms said. "Randy, who is Jim's son, and my dad raced together for years. And I raced against Randy at the end of his career. Jim was always a gentleman. They don't make them like that too often."
There has been recent conversation in Ohio about a rivalry between the Renegade Sprints and other entities, which Helms wants to clarify.
"I don't want to hurt racing," he said. "Every driver has a personal choice to make. There's no instruction on my part to boycott this weekend. We're about the positives, about building the sport, treating the owners and drivers with respect, etc. Improving the sport is what we have to focus on."
That has been the emphasis of the Renegade Sprints during its inaugural season, which showcased a great battle between 37 drivers at its first-ever race last month.
The Renegade Sprints was formed to develop and improve the sport of 410ci sprint car racing in the rich historic region that includes Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan. The series aims to operate a professional organization that is focused on creating value for sponsors and promoters along with offering an affordable form of high-quality entertainment for the fans. The Renegade Sprints is also dedicated to creating long-lasting partnerships with the team owners and drivers for the future of the sport.
"We are focused on the goals that we set in an effort to continue to build a top-notch sprint car series that values its fans, drivers, owners, sponsors and tracks," Helms said. "We believe in taking the positive road and that we can help sprint car racing as we continue down this path."
Dean Jacobs gets Fremont 410 sprint win, Byron Reed wraps up FAST title
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio – Jerry McClure has never won a sprint car race as a car owner in 18 years. Dean Jacobs fixed that Saturday on Tank’s Meats Night at Fremont Speedway. Jacobs got a break from a late race caution and went on to an emotional win in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints.
“Jerry McClure deserves this. He just told me it’s been 18 years and he’s never won an A-main. The first time I ever drove his car at Lakeville Speedway and my son, Coty won and I ran second and Jerry’s cousin…he was with us with cancer and sat on the trailer a few times…that last time I drove Jerry’s car there he died that night. I’d like to dedicate this race to him…he was a great guy,” said an emotional Jacobs beside his Harbach Electronics/Hochstetler Truck and Auto Repair/Gressman Powersports/Kear’s Speed Shop/Mac & Bob’s Towing backed #9.
And that caution with six laps to go? It was for Chris Andrews who came into the night atop the Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship Series points. Andres suffered front end problems. Byron Reed would finish third and wrap up his second (he was the 2010 FAST champion) FAST title and the $10,000 payday. It was also announced that Kistler Racing Products would be back as the title sponsor of FAST for the seventh straight year.
“This one wasn’t won by me…it was won by my crew. We weren’t very good for the middle part of the season but we never dropped out of a race. We’d have a bad night but we still managed an eighth or ninth out of it. That’s what won it for us. We got good the last month….back to where should be. My thanks to my crew, Kurt, Dick, Kevin, Tom, my kids, my dad and my mom…everyone that had a part in it. I’m not a young guy any more…score one for the old guys with me and Dean on the front stretch,” said Reed beside his Crown Battery backed machine.
The caution was very beneficial for Jacobs as Cap Henry had just passed him down the back stretch to take the lead. But going back to the last fully completed lap, Jacobs was again the leader.
“I’ve had them yellows beat me many a time and that won the race for me. In an open race track I could run the guts out of this thing,” said Jacobs of his sixth career Fremont victory.
Chad Kemenah and Jacobs would bring field to green for the 30-lap 410 sprint feature with Jacobs grabbing the lead over Cap Henry, Kemenah, Gary Taylor, Rob Chaney, D.J. Foos and Reed. The leaders would catch the back of the pack by lap five with Jacobs holding a slight lead over Henry, Kemenah and Chaney. By lap 10 Jacobs was having some difficulty dealing with traffic and Henry closed. Jacobs was able to pick his way through and continued lead Henry, Kemenah, Reed, Taylor, Chaney and Foos with 10 laps to go in a rapidly moving race.
But, with seven laps to go, Henry closed again on Jacobs and just drove to his outside to take the top spot when the first caution flew for Andrews. On the restart Jody Keegan and Caleb Griffith would tangle. On the ensuing restart, Jacobs again had his hands full from Henry with Reed, Kemenah, Taylor and Chaney in pursuit. Jacobs would hit his marks to perfection the remaining laps to take the win over Henry, Reed, Kemenah and Foos.
410 Sprints A-Main - (30 Laps) 1. 9-Dean Jacobs; 2. 53-Cap Henry; 3. 5R-Byron Reed; 4. 27-Chad Kemenah; 5. 11F-DJ Foos; 6. 9X-Rob Chaney; 7. 45L-Brian Lay; 8. 24H-Brandon Wimmer; 9. 2+-Brian Smith; 10. 83M-Broc Martin; 11. 40DD-Caleb Griffith; 12. 1ST-Gary Taylor; 13. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 14. 14H-Todd Heller; 15. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 16. 8M-T.J Michael; 17. 60-Jody Keegan; 18. 11-Shawn Hubler; 19. 16-Chris Andrews; 20. 39M-Matt Merrill; 21. 21-Travis Philo
Stevie Smith ties dad with 16th UNOH All Star win, takes Night Before the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal
PORT ROYAL, PA (Friday, Sept. 5, 2014) – Stevie Smith held off charges from Danny Holtgraver to win the $5,000 Night Before the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway Friday Night. The win was Smith’s 16th career University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions victory, as he has tied his dad, Steve Smith’s career series total.
Piloting the Fred Rahmer/Dave Prichard-owned #51, Smith took the lead from pole-sitter Doug Esh early in the non-stop 30-lapper. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania driver Danny Holtgraver, who started in the outside front row, challenged Smith several times late in the race, but his car faded in the final laps as Danny Dietrich took second on the last lap.
“I was thinking it was 25 laps,” Smith said with a chuckle beside his Miller Chevrolet/Aran Trading/Tru-Line Contractors/Don Ott Engines/Ken’s Tire/Durr Enterprises/Engler backed machine.
“It didn’t seem that long, but I guess when you are up front and having fun, it doesn’t seem like much,” continued the New Oxford, Pa. native who now calls Broken Arrow, Ok. home.
Car-owner Fred Rahmer may make the rest of the competition nervous for the 50 lap event Saturday at the Juniata County oval. A $12,000 – or more as there’s lap money involved as well – check awaits the winner.
“Stevie did a great job. He did what he had to do, and we hope we can get the car even better tomorrow,” said Rahmer.
It was Smith’s first UNOH All Star win since 2012 and he became the 16th different series winner out of 32 events in 2014.
Esh took the early lead over Holtgraver and Smith. The top three ran within three car-lengths of each other at times before entering traffic by lap 7. Smith drove under Holtgraver on lap 8 and worked lapped traffic to perfection to take the lead from Esh on lap 11. Holtgraver would move into second two laps later.
Smith ran the middle and low line with Holtgraver blasting away along the outside fence which propelled him to close rapidly on Smith by lap 17. Holtgraver raced to Smith’s outside with five to go.
“I didn’t know who it was but I saw someone running the very top,” said Smith. “That is where I love to be, but I knew it was time to move down.”
Smith stayed glued to the bottom which got faster as the race wore on. Holtgraver made a great run, but he didn't challenge over the final four circuits.
"I just slowed down some more," Smith said. "I hated to do it, but I think we were faster. I could run the top early, but it's a decision I had to make. It could have cost us the race, but we won anyway."
Dietrich, who took a UNOH All Star win at Lincoln Speedway in June, might have been the fastest car at the finish. He passed Esh for third on lap 16 and drove around Holtgraver for the runner-up spot exiting turn two on the last lap.
"We were pretty good," Dietrich said beside his Gary Kauffman Racing/Sandoe’s Fruit Market/Mark Bell Trucking/Racers Used Parts Warehouse/Bear Mountain Orchards/Drop of Ink Tattoo and Body Piercing backed #48. "I didn't think it would go 30 laps. A caution would have been nice. I don't know if we would have had anything for Stevie, but we sure as hell would have given it everything we had." Holtgraver fell to third.
“The car just got worse and worse and worse. It faded bad at the end. I was running as hard as I could but I was hanging it off the turn two fence. I went to the bottom the last lap so I wouldn’t wreck and Danny got around me. The tires wore off and I couldn’t get the wing back fast enough. I can’t wait till tomorrow,” said Holtgraver of his Rob Hunter owned, Seneca Energy Corp./DKW Transport/Bonnell’s Rod Shop backed machine.
UNOH All Star point leader Dale Blaney came from 10th to fourth, and Blane Heimbach completed the top five.
Port Royal Speedway - 9/5/2014
All Star Circuit of Champions (41 Cars)
A-Main- (30 Laps) 1. 51-Stevie Smith; 2. 29-Danny Dietrich; 3. 10H-Danny Holtgraver; 4. 14K-Dale Blaney; 5. 12-Blane Heimbach; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett; 7. 14-Lance Dewease; 8. 19M-Brent Marks; 9. 11-Mike Erdley; 10. 8H-Doug Esh; 11. 56-Nate Snyder; 12. 5-Justin Barger; 13. 94-Ryan Smith; 14. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe; 15. 12J-Lynton Jeffrey; 16. O-Rick Lafferty; 17. 5G-Curt Michael; 18. 21-Brian Montieth; 19. 33-Curt Stroup; 20. O7-Justin Henderson; 21. 747-Davey Sammons; 22. 7-Chad Layton; 23. 5C-Dylan Cisney; 24. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss
Qualifying - Kistler Engines
1. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe, 16.258; 2. 12-Blane Heimbach, 16.372; 3. 29-Danny Dietrich, 16.381; 4. 11-Mike Erdley, 16.403; 5. 8H-Doug Esh, 16.424; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett, 16.496; 7. 5-Justin Barger, 16.502; 8. 51-Stevie Smith, 16.510; 9. 10H-Danny Holtgraver, 16.524; 10. 19M-Brent Marks, 16.588; 11. 20-Ryan Taylor, 16.607; 12. 56-Nate Snyder, 16.609; 13. 21-Brian Montieth, 16.626; 14. 14K-Dale Blaney, 16.664; 15. 747-Davey Sammons, 16.673; 16. 94-Ryan Smith, 16.755; 17. 5G-Curt Michael, 16.757; 18. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 16.775; 19. 12J-Lynton Jeffrey, 16.781; 20. 14-Lance Dewease, 16.812; 21. 33-Curt Stroup, 16.830; 22. O-Rick Lafferty, 16.830; 23. 29W-Ryan Wilson, 16.892; 24. 7-Chad Layton, 16.901; 25. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.902; 26. 25B-Tyler Bear, 16.918; 27. O7-Justin Henderson, 16.929; 28. RG3-Logan Wagner, 16.981; 29. 99M-Kyle Moody, 16.983; 30. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 17.000; 31. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer, 17.047; 32. 44H-Joey Hershey, 17.066; 33. 65-Dave Ely, 17.253; 34. 36D-Wayne Dadetto, 17.264; 35. 44-Rodney Westhafer, 17.389; 36. 21K-Kyle Pruitt, 17.404; 37. 15S-Vince Snyder, 17.418; 38. 75-Nicole Bower, 17.531; 39. 12W-Troy Fraker, 17.779; 40. 15R-Jay Reichard, 18.231; 41. 98H-Dave Blaney, 99.999
Heat 1 - Kears Speed Shop (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 33-Curt Stroup ; 2. 10H-Danny Holtgraver ; 3. 8H-Doug Esh ; 4. 5G-Curt Michael ; 5. 21-Brian Montieth ; 6. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe ; 7. 65-Dave Ely ; 8. 99M-Kyle Moody ; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss ; 10. 98H-Dave Blaney ; 11. 15S-Vince Snyder
Heat 2 - All Pro Aluminum Heads (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 19M-Brent Marks ; 2. 5C-Dylan Cisney ; 3. O-Rick Lafferty ; 4. 14K-Dale Blaney ; 5. 12-Blane Heimbach ; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett ; 7. 9W-Jac Haudenschild ; 8. 25B-Tyler Bear ; 9. 75-Nicole Bower ; 10. 36D-Wayne Dadetto
Heat 3 - Dragon Racing Fuels (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 12J-Lynton Jeffrey ; 2. 747-Davey Sammons ; 3. 29-Danny Dietrich ; 4. O7-Justin Henderson ; 5. 5-Justin Barger ; 6. 44-Rodney Westhafer ; 7. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer ; 8. 29W-Ryan Wilson ; 9. 20-Ryan Taylor ; 10. 12W-Troy Fraker
Heat 4 - Kinsler Fuel Injection (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 7-Chad Layton ; 2. 14-Lance Dewease ; 3. 94-Ryan Smith ; 4. 51-Stevie Smith ; 5. 56-Nate Snyder ; 6. 11-Mike Erdley ; 7. RG3-Logan Wagner ; 8. 44H-Joey Hershey ; 9. 21K-Kyle Pruitt ; 10. 15R-Jay Reichard
Dash - Howard Johnson Hotel - Lima, OH (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature
1. 8H-Doug Esh ; 2. 10H-Danny Holtgraver ; 3. 51-Stevie Smith ; 4. 12-Blane Heimbach ; 5. 29-Danny Dietrich ; 6. 5-Justin Barger
B-Main - MSD Ignition (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 27-Greg Hodnett ; 2. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe ; 3. 11-Mike Erdley ; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss ; 5. 9W-Jac Haudenschild ; 6. RG3-Logan Wagner ; 7. 65-Dave Ely ; 8. 99M-Kyle Moody ; 9. 44-Rodney Westhafer ; 10. 44H-Joey Hershey ; 11. 98H-Dave Blaney ; 12. 25B-Tyler Bear ; 13. 36D-Wayne Dadetto ; 14. 75-Nicole Bower ; 15. 12W-Troy Fraker ; 16. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer ; 17. 15S-Vince Snyder ; 18. 21K-Kyle Pruitt ; 19. 20-Ryan Taylor ; 20. 29W-Ryan Wilson ; 21. 15R-Jay Reichard
All Stars set to invade Port Royal for 47th Annual Tuscarora 50 Weekend
PORT ROYAL, PA. (Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014) – The All Star Circuit of Champions are hoping to put an end to the domination of the Pennsylvania Posse at this weekend’s 47th Annual Tuscarora 50 weekend at Port Royal Speedway. The event takes place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. as part of the 160th Annual Juniata County Fair.
When the UNOH All Stars invaded Port Royal in April for the Bob Weikert Memorial, Hodnett would take the victory but it wasn’t easy as four time All Star champion Dale Blaney pressured him most of the way.
The 2013 Night Before event drew 39 cars and saw Greg Hodnett wire the field for the $5,000 payday
With 40 cars in action, last year’s Tuscarora 50 saw a rousing event as both Danny Dietrich and Brian Montieth came from deep within the field to challenge leader Don Kreitz Jr. for the lead with Montieth taking control nearing the 10-to-go point. Montieth’s rally put Kreitz’s elbows up and the Sinking Spring veteran surged back to the front a few laps later to drive to his third career Tuscarora victory while pocketing over $13,000 for the checkers.
This year, Friday’s Night Before The 50 sprint car program will pay the winner $5,000 to win the 30 lap feature event and $400 just to start.
Packer’s Concessions of Centre Hall is sponsoring a $200 fast time award for the fastest Night Before The 50 qualifier in time trials.
The super late models are also on the Friday card with group time trials slated in warm ups.
Saturday’s 47th annual running of the Tuscarora 50 will see a total event purse of some $42,000 posted for the sprinters including a paid B Main. Sponsored by Ramsey’s Car Washes, the Tuscarora 50 main event will pay $12,000 to win and $500 just to start. Each lap of the Tuscarora 50 will pay $25 to lead and the Packer’s Concessions fast timer for the 50 will receive a $300 cash award.
The econo lates will join the 410 sprints for the 50, racing in a special, rare, topless event.
This will be the 32nd and 33rd events in 2014 for the UNOH All Stars with 15 different drivers picking up series wins thus far.
Blaney must be considered a contender to upset the PA Posse! The Hartford, Ohio driver scored his 13th UNOH All Star win this past Saturday at Attica Raceway Park in Ohio, running his career series total to 112. “The Low Rider” hasn’t scored this many UNOH All Star wins since 1996 when he won 17 features.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Danny Holtgraver also posted a UNOH All Star win at Attica this past Friday, the third series win of 2014. He currently is third in the All Star’s national points.
And NEVER count out “The Wild Child” Jac Haudenschild. The Wooster, Ohio driver has a pair of UNOH All Star wins in 2014 and sits second in the series national points.
The pair of races are points battles in the UNOH All Star’s Eastern Region standings where Hodnett leads four time national All Star champion Tim Shaffer by just 16 markers. Shaffer scored his first UNOH All Star win of 2014 two weeks ago at Mercer Raceway Park in Western Pennsylvania.
Danny Dietrich sits fifth in the UNOH All Star Eastern Region standings and recorded a series win at Lincoln Speedway in June.
And to add even more excitement to the weekend’s events, the pair of races will determine the Port Royal Speedway track champion for 2014 and the title fight couldn’t be any closer.
After Monday’s Labor Day Classic for the sprints at Port Royal, both Rick Lafferty and Chad Layton are tied for the point lead with 4,825 markers. Both men have a win at the historic oval already this season.
Layton is already a two-time Port Royal rack champion, having scored the laurels for Middleswarth racing in 2010 and in 2012. If he would be able to take over the point lead and claim the crown with the conclusion of this weekend’s All Stars Sprints races, it would be an unprecedented eighth career track title for his car owner, Dave Middleswarth. Aside from Layton’s two titles, the Middleswarth stables garnered crowns with Keith Kauffman as their driver at the track in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2007.
Lafferty, a self-owned race, is looking for a first ever track title however after taking over the point lead from Mike Wagner at the track on August 30. Traditionally, Lafferty has performed better than Layton on slick track surfaces like the one that the Port Royal oval usually produces over the course of the 50 events.
And not to be counted out at this point is 2006 track champion Mike Erdley of Elizabethville, who sits just 50 points out of the lead coming into the weekend. Erdley too sometimes excels at slick track surfaces and on the heels of his car owner Randy Lisi’s just released retirement announcement effective at the end of the season, the Cinderella story of the Tuscarora 50 weekend at Port Royal lays in his hands.
Defending track champion Blane Heimbach currently sits fourth in season points, at a 120-point deficit to the tied leaders. A bad night by any or all of the previously mentioned trio could thrust Heimbach right back to the top of the standings, a position he held for over three-quarters of the 2014 season since it began in April.
Admission to the Juniata County Fair that surrounds the speedway is FREE both nights with adult race general admission priced at $25 on Friday and $30 on Saturday. Students ages 12 -18 are admitted to the races for just $5 both nights.
Camping is available adjacent to the fairgrounds for the economical flat price of only $30, regardless of length of stay.
Gates for both racing programs will open at 4 p.m.
For more information go to www.portroyalspeedway.com or www.allstarsprint.com
Atomic Resumes Action with $3,000 Sprint Invite
$1,000 for Sport Mods
CHILLCOTHE, OHIO- The high banks of the historic Atomic Speedway near Chillicothe, Ohio will be alive this weekend as action resumes with a $3,000 to win 410 Sprint Car special and a potent $1,000 to win Sport Mod main. Also on the race card are AMRA Octane Advanced Services Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, and the Dreadland Haunted Hills Enduro.
The sprint car event is sanctioned by the Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association with Ervco Inc. sponsoring the boost in the sprint car purse. Bobst Auto Parts and Tim Hattle Trucking have upped the Ante in the Sport Mods. Atomic Speedway would like to thank these fine sponsors and all the other Atomic sponsors for a great 2014 season.
Yes, make plans now for a great family night at Ohio's fastest 3/8 Mile high banked dirt track.
$3,000 TO WIN FOR OVSCA SPRINTS!
$1,000 TO WIN FOR C & M RACING SPORT MODS!
$750 TO WIN FOR ADVANCED SERVICES AMRA MODIFIEDS!
$400 TO WIN FOR RACERS EDGE SUPPLEMENTS STREET STOCKS!
PLUS DREADLAND HAUNTED WOODS ENDUROS!
For more information please call 740-703-9749 or 740-663-4141 or visit the Atomic Speedway website at <<< www.atomicspeedway.net >>> Atomic is located 12 miles South of Chillicothe, Ohio off SR 23, two miles out Blain Highway between Chillicothe, Ohio and Waverly, Ohio at Alma.
Racing resumes Saturday, September 6 at Atomic.
September 13- DARF NIGHT- Sprints, AMRA Late Models, AMRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sport Mods
September 20- BOB CRACE SR MEMORIAL- $5,000 to win AMRA Late Models, AMRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sport Mods
September 27- FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT #2 Sprints, AMRA Late Models, AMRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Ohio Valley Roofers Legends
October 4-Season Championships: $2,500 to win Sprints & Late Models, $1,000 to win Modifieds
UNOH All Stars announce 2015 Point Fund, Tow Money Packages
CAMARGO, Ill. (Friday, Aug. 29, 2014) – To reward sprint car teams who support fans and tracks where the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions compete at, the series has revamped it’s point fund for 2015.
The UNOH All Stars will no longer utilize the “region” point fund and will go back to crowning one national champion. Also, the series will incorporate “tow money” to the teams who follow the tour all season.
The 2015 point fund – which will be paid to teams by Jan. 20, 2016 – will reward the UNOH All Star champion $30,000. Series President Guy Webb said more money has been added through the top 10.
“This point fund will help the race teams trying to stay on the tour for the entire season. We want to reward the teams that put great effort to entertain the fans and support the tracks that support them,” said Webb.
The 2015 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Point Fund will be:
1. $ 30,000
2. $ 20,000
3. $ 17,000
4. $ 12,000
5. $ 9,000
6. $ 8,000
7. $ 7,000
8. $ 6,000
9. $ 5,000
In addition, the series will pay the previous year’s national champion $500 “tow money” per track and $300 to up to 9 other teams registered to run the entire season.
“For example, during Ohio Sprint Speedweek, not only will teams be running for $5,000 to win each of nine nights, but those nine cars who registered to run the entire season with us, could earn an extra $2,700 in tow money just for that week,” said Webb.
The UNOH All Stars have also revamped the funding for all non-transfer cars – those that do not qualify for the A-main feature - at each series event. All non-transfer cars at each UNOH All Star event will now receive $100.
“We want to try and help the smaller funded teams and be as welcoming as we can to the local teams that compete with us at all our great tracks,” said Webb. “We recognize the local competitors are as important to our series and the fans and tracks as the All Star competitors.”
The UNOH All Star officials have been working hard to put together another strong schedule for 2015.
“Things are moving forward and in the right direction. We have the 2015 schedule nearly wrapped up and are excited about the teams we have coming aboard and the great racing they will provide for the fans. We have great business partners like the University of Northwestern Ohio and great relationships with the tracks. I believe 2015 will be a fantastic year for our sport,” said Webb.
For more information go to www.allstarsprint.com
Blaney gets by Chaney late to take All Star win at Attica
By Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – Dale Blaney gave his daughter Leah a fantastic 19th birthday present Saturday at Attica Raceway Park – a victory.
The Hartford, Ohio driver got by Rob Chaney with five laps to go and went on to score his 13th University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions feature win of 2014 to close out the track’s season on Baumann Auto Group Night. The previous night the Tony Kennedy owned team had experimented with a different chassis and decided to put another car together for Saturday’s event and it paid off.
The victory is the second most All Star wins in a season for Blaney – he won 17 in 1996 – and runs his career total to an amazing 112 with the series. The victory was the fourth win of 2014 at Attica for “The Low Rider” and runs his career total to 21 at the track to move into third on the track’s all-time win list. Blaney leads all drivers in UNOH All Star wins at Attica with 15 victories.
“I was as good as what he was (Chaney)…it’s hard being behind a guy. He was kind of running where I wanted to in one and two and three and four he was taking up some ground. He had a really good car. It’s bitter sweat for me. He’s my best buddy out here. We talk all the time. He’s been going really, really, really good. I can see he has a lot of confidence. I love to win races…he’s going win a lot here. Those guys are going pretty good,” said Blaney beside his Kennedy Cattle/Penske Shocks/Ti22 Performance/GF1 Chassis/Tom’s Sewer and Septic Service backed #14k.
“We switched cars from last night…put this one together. I just didn’t feel comfortable with the other one. I told George (Fisher, crew chief) after the race ‘my car is back.’ Awful proud of all the guys. Tony is putting together a great team. We’ve had unbelievable success in his first year as an owner. Just looking forward to the rest of the races. Looking forward to getting back to Fremont in a couple of weeks…looking forward to some outlaw races. George has this thing dialed in,” added Blaney.
For Millersburg, Ohio’s Rob Chaney, running second after leading 23 of the 40 laps was bittersweet as well. He looked like he had the race in hand when the caution flew with seven laps to go and Blaney pounced soon after.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. I’m happy to run second. We got beat by the heavy weight champ. If you give him (Blaney) that many opportunities he’s going to find a way and he did. He does what he does to everybody…to outlaws…it doesn’t matter, he finds a way,” said Chaney beside his Stan Cortad Racing #9x.
“Our guys have worked real hard. We struggled really badly early in the year and we have this car rolling now and have a lot of confidence in it,” added Chaney.
Lockbourne, Ohio’s Cole Duncan would get by Byron Reed the final two laps to score the third place finish.
“I screwed up early and let some guys get by me and it really cost us there for awhile. No body had anything for Dale. Him and George had that thing rolling from the drop of the green so you have to congratulate them. It feels good to come back and get third after we struggled so badly last night,” said Duncan of his Motorcity Auto Transport/Wolfden Products/Industrial Special Powder Coating/Gressman Powersports backed #22.
Duncan and Chaney would bring the field to green for the 40-lap All Star feature with Chaney gaining the upper hand with Cap Henry sliding into second and Duncan back to third. Henry would immediately challenge Chaney for the lead on lap two when the caution flew for a Caleb Armstrong spin in turn four.
On the restart Chaney would lead Henry, Duncan, Blaney, Danny Holtgraver, Sheldon Haudenschild, Randy Hannagan and Byron Reed. Henry would blast under Chaney in turns three and four to grab the lead on lap six with Blaney driving around Duncan for third a lap later.
The caution flew again on lap 11…unfortunately it was for leader Henry who spun in turn two. That handed the lead back to Chaney with Blaney, Sheldon Haudenschild, Duncan, Reed, Holtgraver and Reed in tow. When the green flew Blaney immediately put pressure on Chaney as Sheldon Haudenschild, Reed and Duncan put on a fantastic battle for third.
Henry would spin again on lap 14 to bring out the caution and he would retire to the pits. On the restart Chaney was able to pull away slightly from Blaney with Sheldon Haudenschild, Reed, Holtgraver, Duncan, Hannagan and Chris Andrews giving chase.
At the half-way point Blaney began closing again on Chaney with Haudenschild, Reed, Holtgraver and Duncan still battling for third. The leaders would encounter lapped traffic on lap 23, as Haudenschild slipped over the banking in turn two allowing Reed, Holtgraver and Duncan to get by.
With 15 laps to go, Chaney and Blaney were battling for the lead while Reed, Holtgraver and Duncan did the same for third. Just as things were heating up, Andrew Palker would stop on the back stretch bringing out the yellow. On the ensuing restart Holtgraver, who picked up the win the previous night, would stop with mechanical issues, ending his night.
When the green flew the battle between Chaney and Blaney continued with Reed, Duncan, Haudenschild and Andrews in pursuit. As the laps ticked off, it appeared Chaney had just enough to hold off Blaney. But, Hannagan would spin with seven laps left, giving Blaney the shot he needed
On the restart Chaney and Blaney raced side by side with Blaney driving into the lead with five laps to go. Once in the lead Blaney pulled away from Chaney for the victory. Duncan would get around Reed on the white flag lap to take third with Reed and Andrews rounding out the top five.
UNOH All Star 410 Sprints (36 Cars)
A-Main - (40 Laps) 1. 14K-Dale Blaney; 2. 9X-Rob Chaney; 3. 22-Cole Duncan; 4. 5r-Byron Reed; 5. 16-Chris Andrews; 6. 24h-Brandon Wimmer; 7. 40dd-Caleb Griffith; 8. 9w-Jac Haudenschild; 9. w20-Greg Wilson; 10. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 11. 9-Dean Jacobs; 12. o9-Craig Mintz; 13. 81-Lee Jacobs; 14. 98h-Dave Blaney; 15. 11n-Randy Hannagan; 16. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 17. 5t-Travis Philo; 18. 7c-Caleb Armstrong; 19. 10h-Danny Holtgraver; 20. 57X-Andrew Palker; 21. 4-Danny Smith; 22. 6M-Max Stambaugh; 23. 83M-Broc Martin; 24. 53-Cap Henry
Fall Fun Coming at Mercer Raceway Park
Mercer, PA (August 27, 2014): After crowning Tim Shaffer as the 25th Western Pennsylvania Sprint Car Champion, the management and staff of Mercer Raceway Park are taking a short break to catch their breaths and to prepare themselves for the final stretch run in the 2014 racing season.
Last weekend, the All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series was in town for a pair of thrilling events.
In Saturday's preliminary feature, Dale Blaney, of nearby Fowler, OH, scored his first career win at the speedway that has created many fond memories for his celebrated racing family. Brother Dave scored his very first Sprint Car victory there on his way to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the ranks of NASCAR. Father Lou was one of the most successful and beloved racers in the history of the track. He earned over 85 wins in the Sprint Car and Modified divisions as he built a resume that put him into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame. Dale, a four-time All Stars Champion and the current points leader is making his case for induction, and it seems only fitting that he would grace victory lane at the Park in one of his most successful seasons behind the wheel of a winged Sprinter. Blaney battled another Hall of Famer, Jac Haudenschild, to the finish.
Sunday's finale saw Tim Shaffer hold off the late-race charge of his protege, Danny Holtgraver. Shaffer timed his passes of lapped cars perfectly to preserve a safe margin of victory. For Shaffer, it was a much-needed score, as he has had a sub-par year to date. Like Blaney, Shaffer is a four-time title holder who made his mark on the local speedpaths before hitting the road.
In other racing action, C.J. Jones and Tyler Denochick prevailed in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors; J.R. McGinley and Frankie Guidace triumphed in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds; and Randy Wyant and Shaun Fawcett topped the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars.
In addition to the exciting racing action, the Western PA Championship weekend featured a variety of fun-filled events for all to enjoy. Free camping was available for the entire weekend. After the races Saturday, there was a Party with the Pits. The local 410 Sprint contingent, known as the "back row boys" because of where they park their rigs on race nights, hosted the festivities and provided the live music. Sunday morning, breakfast was served before a worship service. A scrumptious hog roast was offered for lunch. All proceeds of these activities benefited the injured drivers relief fund.
Plans are already being made to have a bigger and better event in 2015!
Racing will resume at the Park on Saturday, September 6. It will be championship night at the speedway. Double points will be on the line. In two of the divisions, the final finishing order will determine who will wear the crowns! Eric "Turkey" Williams, one of the ringleaders of the "back row boys," holds the advantage over Rod George in the 410 Sprints presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and McCrudden Heating & Supply. Jimmy Holden now has a slim margin over Kyle Fink in the Approved Toilet Rentals. Jimmy Morris is likely to prevail in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors; Rusty Moore in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars; George Englert in the Rock Concrete Modified Lites; and Mike McConnell in the Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks.
The final action on the oval will take place on September 26 and 27, when the 15th Annual Little Guy Nationals will go to the post. In addition to the previously announced classes, the two-barrel Econo Modifieds will be part of the program. Registration forms are available on the website, www.mercerracewaypark.com; by calling the track office, 724-663-1310; or by picking one up on race night. Competitors should sign up now to take advantage of the early bird discount.
September 13 and 14 will see some different motorsports fun at the Park. The popular USA East Regional Final Fall Nationals Truck and Tractor Pull will happen on Saturday, September 13. The next day, there will be the first Car Cruise for Causes. Make your plans to take in one or both of these programs.
Attica closes out 2014 in HUGE way
By Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – Attica Raceway Park will close out the 2014 season in a HUGE way Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29 and 30 for the traditional Attica Ambush.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Series and University of Northwestern All Star Circuit of Champions will kick off the double-header weekend on Detroit Chocolat Night, Friday, Aug. 29. The Lucas Oil Late Models will be vying for $10,000 to win while the winged UNOH All Star sprints will battle for $3,000 to win.
The UNOH All Stars headline Saturday’s event on Baumann Auto Group Night as they battle for $5,000 to win. The Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models, Foster Auto Body 305 Sprints and Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks will also be in competition on Saturday, Aug. 30.
Four time UNOH All Star champion Tim Shaffer swept the Attica Ambush weekend in 2013. Shaffer is coming off his first All Star win of 2014 when he picked up the victory Sunday at Mercer Raceway Park. He also picked up a weekly win at Attica on April 18th, the 13th of his career at the track.
The UNOH All Stars have made only one appearance at Attica in 2014 as two other events were rained out. Four time All Star champion and current series point leader Dale Blaney picked up the win in April at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” speedplant and leads all drivers in series wins at the track with 14. Blaney has three overall wins at Attica in 2014 to take his career total to 20 at the track to tie him for third on the track’s all-time win list.
Blaney has 12 UNOH All Star wins in 2014 and has raised his series’ leading career total to 111.
The UNOH All Stars have competed at Attica in 102 events in their history.
As always the UNOH All Stars will have their hands full with the tough Attica weekly competitors. Six time track champion Byron Reed picked up his first win of 2014 at the track this past Saturday. Caleb Griffith, who has a win at Attica in 2014, earned the track’s championship. Craig Mintz, the 2013 Attica champion, has three wins at the track this season. Cap Henry, a former All Star regular, has 2 wins at Attica in the past month and Chris Andrews also has a pair of wins at the track in 2014.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Series made their first ever appearance at Attica in 2013 and Jimmy Owens scored the win. Owens leads the series points over Don O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis and Eddie Carrier Jr.
O’Neal picked up the latest Lucas Oil win at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Indiana on Saturday. Owens has eight series wins in 2014 while O’Neal has six victories. The Lucas Oil stars will also have their hands full with Attica’s tough weekly competitors. Jeff Babcock wrapped up the track’s 2014 championship this past Saturday, winning his sixth feature of the year. Look for the likes of Ryan Markham, who has three wins at Attica this year, and Mike Bores, Ryan Missler, Rocky Owens, Doug Drown and Rusty Schlenk who have victories at Attica in 2014.
Pit gates open Friday at 3 p.m. with main gates at 4 p.m. and racing at 7:45 p.m. Pit gates open Saturday at 3 p.m. with main gates at 4 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.
For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com
Sammy Swindell Retiring From Full-Time Racing Effective Immediately
Sammy Swindell races into Turn 3 at Williams Grove in what would be his final visit to the track back in July. Photo Copyright Shawn Wood Productions.
Inside Line Promotions - GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (Aug. 25, 2014) - Sammy Swindell has decided to retire from professional racing effective immediately.
Swindell, who has driven for Big Game Motorsports the past four years of his 40-plus year career, isn't planning to race again outside of the Chili Bowl Nationals.
Here are his words to the fans:
"After the last two weeks of our break from racing I have decided to retire from racing. I would like to still drive my midget at the Chili Bowl. I have been thinking a lot about this for the last three months. It has been a hard decision to make. I always knew when the time came to retire it would be clear. I've had a long and very successful career. Part of the reason for the timing now is I've spent the last two weekends with my son, Kevin, racing. I haven't had any time to spend with his racing the last four years. He will drive a (NASCAR) Nationwide car for the rest of the year and I want to be there to support him. I was going to do a limited schedule next year or retire at the end of this year. I've had a long talk with (Big Game Treestands Founder) Tod Quiring and we both agreed that this is the best for me.
"Amy and I would like to thank Tod and everyone at Big Game Treestands for the last four seasons. We would also like to thank everyone who has helped or been a part of my career, my fans and the friends that I have met over the last 43 years."
Swindell has one of the most well-rounded racing careers at any level. While he had stints in NASCAR and IndyCar, Swindell made a name for himself on dirt race tracks across the country.
He earned three World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championships and he ranks second in career wins - 294 - with the premier sprint car series.
Swindell has also claimed almost every major sprint car event, including the Knoxville Nationals, Gold Cup Race of Champions, Kings Royal, Williams Grove National Open, Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, Selinsgrove Open, Western World Championships and Syracuse Super Nationals to name a few.
Additionally, Swindell won an unprecedented two World of Outlaws features on the same day in 1991 and he picked up victories at Bristol Motor Speedway when it was covered in dirt in 2000-01.
Also, his five Chili Bowl victories are the most for any driver at the famed midget event.
Swindell, who was elected into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2006, started racing when he was 15-years-old. Two years later he began a sprint car career that has culminated in more than 600 feature victories and at least one win in every season.
His career during the past 40-plus years of chasing races from state to state and coast to coast is legendary. Now he will focus on another career - that of his son, Kevin, who is the youngest driver to win a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series main event, is the only driver to win four consecutive Chili Bowl titles and is embarking on an opportunity in NASCAR.
Freedom 40 to Randy Hannagan
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO- Thirty-seven of the nation's fastest sprint cars made history Saturday night (August 23, 2014) when the Renegade Sprints made their inaugural start at the Atomic Speedway for the 16th Annual Freedom 40. Also making history was Randy "The Hurricane" Hannagan, originally from San Jose, California, who pocketed the $5,000 winner’s paycheck. Hannagan inherited the lead from dominating leader Cole Duncan with two laps to go to win the 2014 version of the Freedom 40 event. Dave Fireball Pinkerton won the shortened AMRA Octane Advanced Services Modified feature; a race that ended with violent flip by Kenny Johnson.
Despite the high humidity, a large crowd turned out to salute the stars of open wheel racing. Not only did the Renegade Series deliver with a host of talent, they also created a fan-friendly atmosphere that allowed fans to connect with the drivers. Multiple opportunities were given for fans to get up-close and personal with the drivers. Ten of the series cars and drivers set up a meet-and-greet at the front gate to welcome race fans and sign autographs.
Support features were won by Harley Martin in the Sport Mods, Larry Highland in the Street Stocks and Tim Howard in the Enduro.
Heavy rains over Thursday and Friday put the race in doubt, but the Atomic crew worked hard to prep the track in adverse conditions. The extra moisture left the track super fast for the races as moisture worked out of the track surface for excellent traction, albeit a few choppy soft spots.
Like a Greek epic, Saturday's racing unfolded with classic drama. For some it was heartbreak; for others it was heaven. For Shane Helms and the Renegade Series it was a huge success. Excitement filled the air all evening long.
he first-ever Renegade Sprint feature event saw Caleb Armstrong and Cole Duncan pace the field to starter Frank Lemaster's green flag.
New Castle, Indiana driver Armstrong took the early lead with a good start over outside pole sitter Cole Duncan. Surviving a caution on lap two for Caleb Helms, and a red on the restart on a flip by Aaron Higgins, Armstrong continued to lead. Armstrong was smooth and fast through the turns with great forward bite off the high side. The young driver led through lap five when he jumped the cushion and spun over the back-chute.
That spin was followed by a flip by Brian Sabetto who jumped the cushion on the restart following Armstrong's misfortune. Both flip victims, Sabetto and Higgins were ok, but unable to continue.
With Armstrong restarting on tail, Cole Duncan 'blasted off' in what looked like a dominating drive to victory. Duncan sliced and diced through traffic, turning lap times reflective of qualifying times . Duncan lapped all the way up to sixth place by lap 25 and was working on sixth place Chad Kemenah. Great racing took place throughout the pack among some of the biggest names in racing. Duncan's effort, however, was delightful to watch.
Young Lady driver Taylor Ferns held a top five most of the race. The young feminine phenom remained poised and fast, holding down a strong third behind Andrew Palker who now had anchored a solid second. Randy Hannagan chased down Ferns by lap 26. Ferns made contact with another car and went headlong into the wall then rode the circumference through turn four before bringing her mount down on all fours on lap 34.
By this time Duncan was 3/4 lap ahead of his nearest competition. On the restart Duncan again was on a rail and raced some 12 car lengths ahead of the pack. Both Hannagan and Brandon Wimmer blitzed by Palker on the restart, leaving Palker and Danny Smith to battle it out for fifth.
According to the transponders, Hannagan had the second fastest car on the track. Caleb Helms who had gone a lap down early, actually was turning times faster than the leader Duncan in an effort to dig himself out of a hole. By races' end Helms had charged back into a top ten.
Duncan continued to drive as if chased by a pack of hungry wolves. Coming around to take the white flag, Duncan's mount slid high above the cushion, caught the turn four concrete and flipped violently into the catch fence. Duncan emerged unscathed but his newly built #49 was badly damaged.
Hannagan inherited the lead and raced on to the very first Renegade Sprint win. Much to the delight of the fans Hannagan did a wing stand after exiting his mount in victory lane.
Rounding out the top ten were Randy Hannagan, Brandon Wimmer, Chad Kemenah, Danny Smith, Andrew Palker, Caleb Helms, Dean Jacobs, Mike Terry, Jr., Jesse McCreary, and Mark Imler. Imler came from deep in the pack, while McCreary held his own in the top ten all evening long.
"I'll tell you what," said a winded Hannagan. "I gotta thank Brad (McCown) and this entire Renegade series. This series is gonna be a great deal."
"It's really a shame that my car owner Ed Neumeister is not here to see it, but he's probably listening now on the internet. I'd like to thank my crew, Charlie Fisher Engines, and everyone who made it possible to get me here. I was hungry for a win, but I think some guys behind me were just as hungry. (laughing) Ed will probably fix his hauler with the winnings."
"This car was a rocket tonight. We made some wholesale changes and some changes during the open red. It was Cole's race to lose and unfortunately he did. I hated to see that, but Cole is out there racing and knows there are 23 other guys out there behind him. We all race as hard as we can."
"We got ourselves behind in qualifying when the wing fell apart," said second place Brandon Wimmer. "But I can't complain with getting a second here tonight. We fought that qualifying time, but had a good run."
"I'd like to thank the fans for sticking this deal out," noted third place Chad Kemenah. "Continue to support this series. It is going to be a good deal."
"We had some things happen tonight, but the bottom line is you can't beat the weather and you gotta deal with it. We appreciate Brad for putting on this show and appreciate the fans for being here."
Kemenah raced from 9th to third, Terry from 17th to 8th, Jacobs from 19th to 7th, and Imler from 21st to tenth.
Brandon Wimmer was the hard charger in a great run from 18th to second place.
Heat winners were Dean Jacobs, Mark Imler, Wes McGlumphy, and Brandon Wimmer. Caleb Armstrong won the dash, and Jimmy Nier won the B-main. Jimmy Stinson, two-time Atomic Champion flipped in the dash, doing extensive damage to the Jamie Miller #6. Ryan Myers took a nasty end-for-end flip on the last lap of the B-main and actually transferred while flipping across the line. His mount, however, was unable to continue, thus his position and Stinson's allowed six cars instead of four cars to transfer from the B to the A-main.
Greg Wilson was absent from the sprint event in the hospital with gallstones. Ed Neumeister (Hannagan's owner) was on the sprint line-up, however, Neumeister's rig broke down and he was unable to make repairs.
410 Sprints Feature: Randy Hannagan, Brandon Wimmer, Chad Kemenah, Danny Smith, Andrew Palker, Caleb Helms, Dean Jacobs, Mike Terry, Jr., Jesse McCreary, Mark Imler, Ronnie Blair, Josh Davis, Eddie Slone, Cole Duncan, Caleb Armstrong, Taylor Ferns, Jimmy Nier, Todd Kane, Wes McGlumphy,Brian Sabetto,Nathan Skaggs, Travis Philo, Adam Strausser, Aaron Higgins
Fast Time- Cole Duncan 11:722
Heat One-Dean Jacobs,Jesse McCreary, Travis Philo, Cole Duncan, Caleb Armstrong, Ryan Myers, Adam Strausser, Josh Davis, Mark Coleman, Brandy Bower
Heat Two-Wes McGlumphy, Jimmy Stinson, Todd Kane, Chad Kemenah, Caleb Helms, Nate Reeser, Bryan Nuckles, Jeff Conrad, Ronnie Blair
Heat Three-Mark Imler, Nathan Skaggs, Danny Smith, Andrew Palker, Mike Terry, Jr., Aaron Higgins, Cody Gardner, Dean Kester
Heat Four-Brandon Wimmer, Randy Hannigan, Eddie Slone, Taylor Ferns, Brian Sabetto, Kevin Roberts, Randy Fink, Jimmy Nier, Ryan Broughton
Dash: Caleb Armstrong, Cole Duncan, Andrew Palker, Caleb Helms, Taylor Ferns, Jimmy Stinson
B-Main: Jimmy Nier, Aaron Higgins, Ronnie Blair, Adam Strausser, Ryan Myers, Nate Reeser, Josh Davis, Cody Gardner, Jeff Conrad, Brandy Bower, Brian Nuckles, Kevin Roberts, Randy Fink, Dean Kester, Mark Coleman, Kory Crabtree, Ryan Broughton.
Reed gets first win of season...Griffith claims Attica 410 championship
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – Byron Reed has been racing quite awhile now. But even a veteran can start doubting himself when he goes through a drought. Reed, a six time Attica Raceway Park champion, came into the Kistler Racing Products Presents the Mark Keegan Classic Championship Night winless in 2014.
That all changed Saturday as the Monclova, Ohio driver led all 30 laps to score his 30th career Attica win. Ironically, Reed is second on the track’s all-time win list to…Keegan.
“Probably part of the reason I’ve struggled so much this year…qualifying the first half of the year and bad pill draws. Everyone is so close it’s sometimes hard to get buy guys who are in clean air. Mid-season there I was pretty frustrated. We started the year off with some of the same stuff we did last year and it just wasn’t working. We had to change some stuff and we’ve been pretty good the last month and we finally have a win to show for it,” said Reed..
“I have to thank my crew for staying with me and working hard. And my wife has to come to every race now because she drew the number two for the feature. My sons drew that one that got me in the back of the heat. So she has to draw now,” added Reed.
And, Castalia, Ohio’s Caleb Griffith, a former Attica 305 sprint champion, would come home second and would claim his first ever track championship in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 sprints. Griffith is only the 9th 410 sprint champion in the track’s 27 year history.
“Obviously I’m happy we won the track championship but it’s not the way I wanted to do it with Chris (Andrews) sitting in the infield and Craig (Mintz) getting hurt early in the year. But, the last five times we’ve been to the race track from the time we drop the trailer door to the time we roll out to the heat race it’s been a complete struggle. This is fantastic for the guys. Byron was a little bit better than us on the short run…we needed lapped traffic. That’s Byron’s first win this year…that shows you how competitive this deal is,” said Griffith.
Brian Lay and Reed would bring the field to green for the 410 sprint feature with Reed gaining the advantage over Lay, Christopher Bell, Griffith, Cap Henry, Gary Taylor and Brian Smith. Griffith would drive into third on lap three.
Reed would drive into heavy lapped traffic by the 7th circuit as Griffith picked up second. Griffith began closing on Reed as they worked through traffic with Bell, Lay, Henry, Taylor, Craig Mintz and Rob Chaney in pursuit.
The first caution would fly on lap 17 when Bell spun off of turns three and four while running third. On the restart and with a clear track Reed pulled away slightly from Griffith, Henry, Mintz, Lay, Taylor and Chaney.
All eyes were on Chris Andrews who had started 12th and needed a solid top eight finish to secure the track championship. He was up to 9th by lap 18.
The more laps under green that were run, Griffith was able to close on Reed. With seven laps remaining the running order was Reed, Griffith, Mintz, Henry, Lay, Taylor, Chaney and Andrews. However, Andrews would make contact with one of the infield tractor tire barriers on lap 27, bringing out the caution and ending his championship run.
The three lap shoot-out saw Reed drive to victory with Griffith just a car length back. Mintz, Chaney and Henry would round out the top five.
Fremont’s Bobby Clark would drive under Steve Rando for the lead on lap 13 of the Foster Auto Body 305 Sprint feature and would pull away for his second win of the season. The victory is the 15th of his career at Attica and ties him with D.J. Foos – ironically the son of Clark’s crew chief – for 6th on the division’s all-time win list.
“We were mediocre with my car and they had this car out for a couple of runs (with Bobby’s nephew driving) and it looked kind of promising. So we decided we wanted to try it…I think we’re going to keep it,” said Clark beside his Fremont Fence/Little Bar on the Prairie/B&L Plumbing/Kear’s Speed Shop/Big D’s Pizza/Kistler Engines/Nagy Equipment Sales/CRF Concrete/Willey’s Towing backed machine.
Clark started the feature with his wing pulled way back on the car. While most were rim-riding around turns three and four, Clark was able to drive the middle and bottom of the track in a 25-lap non-stop feature event.
“Dave (Foos, crew chief) always has a good read on the track. He pays attention and that’s what he decided to do with the wing and I’m glad he did. As long as I kept it low and smooth I had good drive off. I might have another year or two in me yet,” added Clark.
Castalia, Ohio’s Jordan Ryan, just 16 years of age, would drive from 13th to an eighth place finish to wrap up his first ever Attica track championship.
“I hustled just to get a top four in the heat to make the feature. In the feature we started deep and I was just trying to stay calm and stay away from other cars. We’re planning on going 410 racing next year but we’ll see what happens. It’s been a real consistent season and that’s the key,” said Jordan who has had 11 top five finishes in 2014 at Attica.
Attica Raceway Park wraps up the 2014 season with a big double-header weekend Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29 and 30. On Friday Detroit Chocolat Presents the Lucas Oil Late Model Series gunning for $10,000 to win with the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions also in competition for $3,000 to win. On Saturday the UNOH All Stars battle for $5,000 to win on Baumann Auto Group Night with the late models going for $1,500 to win and the 305 sprints and dirt trucks also in action.
For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com
Attica Raceway Park - 8/23/2014
410 Sprints A-Main - (30 Laps) 1. 5R-Byron Reed; 2. 40DD-Caleb Griffith; 3. O9-Craig Mintz; 4. 9X-Rob Chaney; 5. 53-Cap Henry; 6. 45L-Brian Lay; 7. 1ST-Gary Taylor; 8. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 9. 53C-Christopher Bell; 10. 2+-Brian Smith; 11. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 12. 11X-Brandon Martin; 13. 83M-Broc Martin; 14. 14-Chad Wilson; 15. 73-Joe Armbruster; 16. 60-Jody Keegan; 17. 8-Kevin Shelbo; 18. 16-Chris Andrews; 19. 17-Scott Euler; 20. 3T-Tony Beaber; 21. 14H-Todd Heller
305 Sprints A-Main - (25 laps) 1. 18-Bobby Clark; 2. 19R-Steve Rando; 3. 1-Nate Dussel; 4. 6-Dustin Dinan; 5. 1W-Paul Weaver; 6. 2-Ricky Peterson; 7. 8I-John Ivy; 8. 5R-Jordan Ryan; 9. 3J-Trey Jacobs; 10. 68G-Tyler Gunn; 11. 25-Jason Keckler; 12. 8M-T.J Michael; 13. 48-Mike Burkin; 14. 12-Kyle Capodice; 15. 11G-Luke Griffith; 16. 10-Josh Harrison; 17. 36-Seth Schneider; 18. 32-Dan Hennig; 19. 22M-Dan McCarron; 20. O2-Kevin Lee
Tracks ban together to support UNOH All Star Circuit of Champion events
In recent years track operators throughout the Midwest have worked together to insure dirt tracks across the region are successful.
With the recent announcement of a new sprint car series many tracks once again have jointly discussed the issues this brings to sprint car racing and have decided to continue their support of the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions and the organization’s 30+ year history including Ohio Sprint Speedweek and other special events.
The tracks announcing their support of the All Stars include Fremont Speedway, Limaland Motorsports Park, Eldora Speedway, Sharon Speedway, the NAPA Auto Parts Wayne County Speedway and Waynesfield Raceway Park in Ohio; Lernerville Speedway, Lincoln Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park in Pennsylvania; Butler Motor Speedway in Michigan; Wilmot Raceway in Wisconsin; Huset Speedway in South Dakota; and Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.
These tracks represent over 75 percent of the current UNOH All Star schedule.
The UNOH All Stars have upcoming races at Mercer Raceway Park (Aug. 23 and 24), Attica Raceway Park (Aug. 29 and 30), the NAPA Auto Parts Wayne County Speedway (Aug. 31); Canandaigua Motorsports Park (Sept. 4); Port Royal Speedway (Sept. 5 and 6); Fremont Speedway (Sept. 12 and 13); Brushcreek Motorsports Complex (Sept. 20); and Eldora Speedway (Oct. 11).
THURSDAY NIGHT ‘SPRINT CAR 101’ FORUM FEATURING JON AGAN TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON THE INTERNET
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (August 19, 2014) – Thursday night’s “Sprint Car 101: An Evening with Jon Agan” forum at the National Sprint Car Museum will be streamed live at www.ustream.tv/channel/sprintcarhof. The Eric Arnold-emceed program, which is free and open to the public, will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Central.
Museum special events coordinator David Herrmann said today, “We are definitely increasing our reach by streaming these Sprint Car 101 programs live on the internet. The fact that former All Star Circuit of Champions regular Jon Agan is having a banner year here in the Midwest at Knoxville Raceway and with the Sprint Invaders Association should make it a popular feed for those unable to make it to our Knoxville-based museum this Thursday night.”
Blaney rolls to 11th All Star win
By Brian Liskai
QUINCY, Mich. (Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014) – Dale Blaney continued his phenomenal summer, holding off Jac Haudenschild for the sweep of the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions weekend at Butler Motor Speedway.
The win is Blaney’s 11th series victory in 2014 and the 110th of his career with the UNOH All Stars. Jac “The Wild Child” Haudenschild didn’t make it easy for the “Low Rider,” challenging in traffic. But, several cautions helped Blaney stay out of traffic late for the win.
“Track was a lot better tonight. We drew a number one for the dash and that’s huge here. Track position is everything at Butler. We had a good car but I’ll tell you if Jac would have gotten the lead I don’t know if I could have gotten back around him,” said Blaney beside his Kennedy Cattle/Ti22 Performance/Penske Shocks/GF1/Tom’s Sewer and Septic Service backed #14k.
Blaney is on track to record one of his best seasons of racing. Not only does he have 11 UNOH All Star wins, but a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory as well. Blaney’s best season with the UNOH All Stars came in 1996 when he took 17 victories after having 12 wins with the series in 1995. Blaney is looking to become the series first ever five time champion.
Haudenschild would rebound from a bad night Friday to finish second in the Destiny Racing/Rick Rogers Construction/Mondak Portables/Triple X Racing/Renegade Rentals/Champion Oil #9w.
“It was a lot better night tonight. Scott Benic and the crew worked hard to get this thing better. I don’t know what we have to do to beat Dale but we’re getting better,” said Haudenschild.
Local racer Chad Blonde would race his way to a third place finish.
“After the drama last night, it was nice to have a clean race and pass some cars and bring this thing home in third. Shawn and Chris Robinson fund this all out of their pocket and I’m so thankful for what they do for me. The track was a lot better tonight and I was able to move around a little in traffic,” said Blonde beside his Krieger Racing Engines backed machine.
A-Main - (30 Laps) 1. 14K-Dale Blaney; 2. 9W-Jac Haudenschild; 3. 1-Chad Blonde; 4. 24H-Brandon Wimmer; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs; 6. 19-Doug Zimmerman; 7. 17H-Jared Horstman; 8. 6M-Max Stambaugh; 9. 17-Scott Euler; 10. 51-Roger Campbell; 11. 4-Josh Turner; 12. 10J-Jared Delong; 13. 21T-Troy Chehowski; 14. 29S-Mark Aldrich; 15. 20A-Andy Chehowski; 16. 27K-Ryan Kirkendall; 17. 81X-John Gall; 18. 39-Matt Merrill; 19. 48-Scott Hull; 20. 9E-Tim Evilsizer; 21. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 22. 59P-Chris Jones; 23. 11-Trey Smith; 24. 25M-Ken Mackey
McKisson Scores at Mercer Raceway Park
Mercer, PA (August 16, 2014): Andy McKisson took advantage of a miscue by divisional rookie A.J. Flick to take the lead on lap 12, and then held off the youngster in the final laps to claim victory at Mercer Raceway Park in the 410 Sprints presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and McCrudden Heating & Supply. It was the veteran's first win of the season after getting a late start on the action. The evening's events, including bicycle races for the children, was made possible by Approved Toilet Rentals and Ray's Racing Collectibles.
Jimmy Holden overtook the point leader, Kyle Fink, with three laps in the books, and went on to victory in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature. The win propelled Holden into the points lead by just four counters, with the double-point finale on September 6 looming on the horizon. In the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, Rusty Moore cruised to his sixth win of the season in his quest for a fourth straight point championship. C.J. Jones ran out front through the entire contest for the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. George Englert captured his fifth feature win in the Rock Concrete Modified Lites. Steve Longwell, Jr. wore the nightcap for the Mini Stocks running under the twin banners of Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles.
Michael Bauer hopped into the lead from the pole for the 410 Sprint Car feature offered by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and McCrudden Heating & Supply. The divisional rookie led the field to the first caution, which came on the fourth lap for Dennis Wagner. The restart gave Andy McKisson and A.J. Flick the opportunity to surpass Bauer. After a brief tussle, Flick rode the cushion to the lead.
Flick and McKisson began to distance themselves from the rest of the pack. While doing so, McKisson began to apply the pressure to Flick, who is also in his first season of 410 Sprint Car racing. Flick held his own, but when his car popped a wheelie coming off the second corner, McKisson powered ahead on the inside groove.
McKisson held control through two more cautions. During this interval, Carl Bowser snuck by Flick, but that was merely a temporary setback. On the restart, with 18 laps in the books, Flick went to the top side of the raceway and passed him for second. Flick began to close in on the leader, but a caution for debris on lap 21 seemingly ended his bid for a career first victory. McKisson opened a three car length advantage on the restart, but Flick fought back. While Flick did close the gap on the veteran, McKisson had enough smoke to hold him at bay for the win.
Carl Bowser held off Eric Williams for the third spot. Williams benefited from a rare mistake by Rod George, who spun while running in the top five. George regrouped, and kept the car moving, but lost valuable track position. That misfortune hampered him in his battle with Williams for the track title, as Williams will lead him by 24 points heading into the double-point event held on September 6. Brandon Matus was fifth, and Bauer sixth, followed by George, Brent Matus, Adam Kekich, and Arnie Kent.
The heat winners were George, McKisson, and Dan Kuriger. Thee was no B Main.
Tommy Kristyak and Kyle Fink paced the field to the start of the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature event. Kristyak got the advantage entering the first turn, but fink slipped under him in turn two to grab the lead. While they fought for position, Jimmy Holden held down third, waiting for his opportunity to pounce. It came on just the third lap, wen he powered off turn two to take the lead away from Fink. Kristyak continued on fourth, but he tangled with a lapped car in turn one with five laps completed. Kristyak slowed immediately and retire from the fray.
The lone caution of the race came on lap eight, when rookie Kyle Martell spun coming off turn four. While Holden continued to lead Fink on the restart, Frank Guidace moved to the third position. Rookie Brian Schaffer moved into fourth when the green was displayed. That bumped Brian FInk back to fifth in the car normally driven by Shayne Izzo. Shawn Fleeger led Matt Reeher, Tom Holden in his son Kyle's machine, Rich Whitney, and Jeff Schaffer, Jr.
The remaining laps wound off without any further interruptions. Holden crossed first, with Kyle Fink, Frank Guidace, and Brian Schaffer next. Brian Fink placed fifth, despite having heavy contact with Schaffer at the finish line. Fleeger, Reeher, Tom Holden, Whitney, and Martell completed the top ten.
The division ran an experimental format for this event, as all cars took time during their hot lap sessions, The evening's fastest qualifier was Holden. The heat winners were Dan FInk and Brian Schaffer. Kristyak was the dash winner for the six fastest qualifiers. There was no B Main.
The Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors went to the post with C.J. Jones on the pole. He grabbed a lead that he would never relinquish. Mike Marano, II ran in the second position through most of the event. However, Cody Bova charged up from the 16th starting position to take it away from him. Joe McEwen logged another top five finish with his experimental GM 602 Crate Engine. Teenage Clay Roney placed fifth.
Evan Kornbau, Eric L. Williams, Devin Litwiler, Andy Feil, and Dan Demyan completed the top ten.
There was a three-car tangle midway through the race, involving Ken Rossey, Andy Feil, and Jimmy Morris, all of whom were fighting for positions in the top ten. Morris was the most disappointed of them, as he was eliminated from the race.
The heat winners were Jones and Demyan. There was no B Main.
Next week, Mercer Raceway Park will host a two-day program for the All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars. The first evening will conclude with a party hosted by the loyal, local 410 Sprint Car drivers. There will be a live band and other festivities. On Sunday morning, breakfast will be sold at the Main Concession stand before the church service. After the service, there will be a pig roast and other fun filled activities, including a dunk tank. Proceeds for the pig roast and dunk tank will go toward the Western Pennsylvania Injured Drivers Relief Fund.
410 Sprint Cars: Andy McKisson, A.J. Flick, Carl Bowser, Eric Williams, Brandon Matus, Michael Bauer, Rod George, Brent Matus, Adam Kekich, Arnie Kent, Dan Kuriger, Scott Priester, Bill Jones, Jr., Brandon Cornelius, Francis Sesco, Dennis Wagner, Gale Ruth, Jr., Charlie Cornelius, Gale Ruth, Sr., Chris Pochiro, George Hobaugh (DNS).
358 Modifieds: Jimmy Holden, Kyle FInk, Frank Guidace, Brian Schaffer, Brian Fink, Shawn Fleeger, Matt Reeher, Tom Holden, Rich Whitney, Kyle Martell, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Makayla Guidace, William Schaffer, Don Blaney, Kole Holden, Carl Weatherby, Tommy Kristyak, Lonny Riggs (DNS), Randy Kriegisch (DNS), Clyde Gumpp (DNS).
Outlaw Sprint Warriors: C.J. Jones, Cody Bova, Mike Marano, II, Joe McEwen, Clay Riney, Evan Kornbau, Eric L. Williams, Devin Litwiler, Andy Feil, Dan Demyan, Alex Paden, Darren Pifer, Ken Rossey, Harold Braden, Jim Morris, Chad Matthews, Michael Bauer (DNS).
THE JERSEY RUSH 4 AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY TUESDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 19 . . . . .LANCE DEWEASE & DUANE HOWARD ADDED AS ENTRIES
It only happens one time a year at New Egypt Speedway and the Jersey RUSH 4 is fast approaching.
This double header event showcasing the 410 Sprints & Modifieds is presented by NAPA Auto Parts and Pioneer Pole Buildings will take place on Tuesday night, August 19. Gates will open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM. 410 sprint car star Lance Dewease is a pre-entry for the 30 lap feature that will pay $5,000 to the winner. Dewease holds the one lap track record at New Egypt Speedway, setting the fast time mark at 13.349. Oley, PA Modified standout Duane Howard, a past mid-week show feature winner at New Egypt will be driving the Glenn Hyneman owned #126.
Race fans are invited to come out early and as an added treat, you may take part in the pre-race Meet & Greet (5 to 6 PM). The Meet & Greet will invite fans to go into the pits and meet your favorite drivers, just prior to warm-ups.
Several bonus money incentives are added for the competitors and includes the Lentini Auto Salvage of Flemington, NJ, who posted $200 to win each heat race for the 410 sprints and modifieds. Lentini Auto Salvage is New Jersey’s first fully computerized Auto Salvage. Owner Darryl Carman who raced the 747 Modified at Penn National, Flemington, East Windsor and Bridgeport in years past, is still active in the sport sponsoring several race teams and we welcome them as a sponsor of the Jersey RUSH 4. Visit their website at www.LAS-PARTS.com
Other special awards include a $100 Hard Charger Bonus for both the Sprints & Modifieds posted by John Blewett INC. CnB Mushrooms has a $100 cash bonus for the 410 sprint car fast time of the night. The current one lap track record at New Egypt is held by Lance Dewease with a time of 13,349 set at the 2013 running of the Jersey RUSH on August 20. And some other bonus opportunities include an award from Thayer Performance, with the sprint car driver that finishes eleventh in the feature to receive a right rear tire. Vahlco Racing Wheels has posted two wheel halves to the 15th place finisher in the 410 sprint feature.
This event is all about the stars and they’ll all be out including Greg Hodnett, Lance Dewease, JJ Grasso, Brent Marks, Freddie Rahmer, Brandon Rahmer, Davey Sammons, Billy Dietrich, Robbie Stillwaggon, Davey Franek, Mark Bitner, Curt Michael, Joey Hershey, Kevin Nagy, Rick Lafferty, Ed Aikin and Troy Betts are just a few of the pre-entries. Chasing the modified payoff will be Billy Pauch Sr., Ryan Godown, Duane Howard, Rick Laubach, Billy Pauch Jr., Neal Williams, Chris Grbac, Sammy Piazza, Jimmy Horton, Kyle Merkel, Willie Osmun and Jimmy Blewett.
The modified portion of the show will offer an exciting mix and match of rules to attract the very best in the modified division. 358 Modifieds will race with sail panels as they challenge the Big Block Modifieds without sail panels. PA/New Egypt legal 358 will compete with sail panels. 358’s on gas must weigh 2,275, cars on alcohol must weigh 2,350, 9:1 Steel heads must weigh 2,275 . Open small blocks must weigh 2,450 and will compete with windows and no sail panels. Big Block Modifieds, maximum 467 cu in, windows only, on gas only must weigh 2,500. The modifieds will earn $500 for tenth and $200 to take the green flag. $50 will be paid to all non-qualifiers.
There is a pre-entry bonus offered to both sprint and modified drivers. Entry forms, rules and a complete payoff is posted on line at: www.aarn.com and www.newegyptspeedway.net Admission for this event is $29 for adults, $10 children 6 to 11 and children five and under will be admitted for free. The pit fee is $35 and a license is not required.
In the event of rain, Wednesday night, August 20 will be the rain date with a starting time of 7:30 PM.
The Jersey Rush spectacular is a co-promotion between Lenny, Danny and Davey Sammons and special events organizer Bob Miller.
THE JERSEY RUSH 4 EVENT FACTS:
What: The Jersey Rush 4 410 Sprints & Modifieds Doubleheader
When: Tuesday, August 19 Gates Open 5 PM 7:30 PM Starting Time
Rain Date: Wednesday, August 20 7:30 PM
Where: New Egypt Speedway
720 Pinehurst Road New Egypt, NJ 08422 (on Route 539)
Meet & Greet: Pit Gates Open at 3:30 PM, Meet & Greet for Sprint Drivers 5-6 PM Drivers Meeting 6:15 PM
Track Phone: 609-758-1900 (Race Day Information)
Information: Call Bob Miller 443 513 4456
ADVANCE TICKETS: CALL 443 513 4456 Leave your name, phone number and number of tickets you need. Tickets may be paid for and picked up o race night at the New Egypt Speedway Office after 4:30 PM.
Adults: $29, Children 6-11 $10, Children 5 & under Free. Pit Fee $35 no license required.
Jersey Rush Past Winners:
2013 JJ Grasso
2012 Daryn Pittma
2011 JJ Grasso
“AN EVENING WITH JON AGAN” SET FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, AT THE NATIONAL SPRINT CAR MUSEUM
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (August 15, 2014) - The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum will host its monthly Sprint Car 101: Third Thursday Series program on Thursday, August 21, at 7 p.m. with “An Evening with Jon Agan.” The program is free and open to the public, and it will take place on the second floor of the non-profit museum.
According to museum curator Tom Schmeh today, “Because of the season that Jon Agan is having this year, we’ve wanted him to be our special guest for a while now. But, his schedule with the Sprint Invaders Association has precluded it from happening until this coming Thursday night. The former regular with the All Star Circuit of Champions is currently second in Knoxville Raceway ‘360’ points and he is leading the ‘360’ Sprint Invaders points. He is a threat to win every time out. We are anxious to have Knoxville historian Eric Arnold interview Jon about his life and racing career.”
Those individuals interested in learning more about the “Sprint Car 101” Third Thursday Series at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum are urged to visit www.sprintcarhof.com.
Shane Stewart Edges Kraig Kinser for Knoxville Prelim Victory
by Bryan Hulbert/Bill Wright
KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 8, 2014 – The long wait by fans for the races originally scheduled for Wednesday night was well worth it as Shane Stewart worked past Kraig Kinser on the final lap to claim the Racingjunk.com Qualifying Night victory on Friday night of the 54th running of the FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores.
"Man, my car was just so good from the get-go," said Stewart of his Larson/Marks No. 2. "These races are pretty short, so you can't really bide your time like you do on Saturday; especially with Dollansky, and of course the No. 15. Everyone knows how darn good he is here."
Pocketing $12,000, the win counts as Stewart's sixth Knoxville Raceway triumph.
Taking the lead from the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 11k on the white flag lap by 0.005 seconds, Shane opened his advantage to 0.750 seconds at the checkered flag.
"I honestly didn't think he was going to leave the bottom open for me like that. He ran a great race, and sometimes when you're leading, it's just hard to know where to go," said Stewart. "My car, once I got to the bottom, stuck really well so I just can't thank my guys enough."
Working into the top five on the opening lap, Stewart gave chase as Mark Dobmeier and Kraig Kinser battled for the lead with the No. 13 leading the first two rounds before giving up the point to Kinser with a low-line pass exiting turn-four as the caution waved.
Underway, leaders hit slower traffic by the tenth round with Kinser holding just under a second advantage as the race from second through fourth came into focus with Stewart having to hold off Donny Schatz for third before the caution waved on Lap 12 for Jac Haudenschild.
Trying for second, Stewart was quickly joined by Schatz to make it a three way race for the runner up spot. Distancing away from the STP No. 15, the race for second was close as Stewart and Dobmeier banged wheels with the No. 2 taking the runner-up spot.
Slowing on Lap 22 for Joshua Hodges, Shane Stewart was completely focused on Kinser at the green.
Coming to the tip of the green, Stewart swung high into turns one and two. Even for a moment, Kinser powered back to the lead, moving up the track entering three as Stewart seized the chance and stuck the berm to grab the win.
"We have some great points, and I hope I have a better finish than last year," said Stewart. Asked about the track, Shane replied, "The track stayed pretty good all night. I don't really see it being this good on Saturday, but if you were patient enough, you could run the bottom with a little bit of speed; and if it was free enough. It had to be free to run all the way around."
Kraig Kinser's runner-up finish put the MVT No. 41 ninth in Saturday's A-Feature.
"I knew the laps were counting down. I didn't know it was actually down to three until after the yellow fell," commented Kinser when asked about the final restart. "When I got into lapped traffic, I was rolling pretty good around them, but I just got a little free in the last handful of laps. I just made a bad choice going down the back straight-a-way and thought I heard Shane coming on the top and just didn't really know where to run because the car felt good everywhere."
After battling for the lead early on, Mark Dobmeier completed the podium; having to hold off Schatz in the closing laps, "You know I hear he's pretty good here and that last yellow kind of saved us. He actually got underneath us, but the yellow came out and we got out spot back. We were running hard the entire race, I just gave up the bottom too quick, and Kraig took it over and then I stayed on the top too long, but overall it's a great run for our team."
Donny Schatz crossed fourth from seventh with David Gravel slipping back one for fifth.
Craig Dollansky was sixth with Justin Henderson seventh. Brooke Tatnell came to eighth from twelfth with Lee Jacobs ninth. Danny Dietrich came from thirteenth to make up the top-ten.
After two qualifying nights, Donny Schatz has earned the pole in Saturday's A-Feature with 492 points. Shane Stewart will start second with 491 points. Kerry Madsen tied but with Stewart's win, Madsen will start third with Brian Brown fourth at 485 and Paul McMahan fifth at 484 points.
Saturday will begin with the qualifier originally slated for Friday night with Hot Laps beginning at 11:00 A.M. (CT).
Time Trials (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (9), 14.934; 2. 15, Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND (2), 14.980; 3. 96, Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville, IA (23), 15.002; 4. 2, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (4), 15.019; 5. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (30), 15.043; 6. 1D, Justin Henderson, Tea, SD (39), 15.065; 7. 83, David Gravel, Watertown, CT (29), 15.132; 8. 45, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (40), 15.139; 9. 59, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA (10), 15.197; 10. 53, Andy Gregg, Placerville, CA (41), 15.214; 11. 9, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (35), 15.226; 12. 40H, Caleb Helms, Findlay, OH (7), 15.239; 13. 11K, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (50), 15.262; 14. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND (22), 15.274; 15. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (49), 15.279; 16. 4X, Dakota Hendrickson, Omaha, NE (15), 15.284; 17. 0, Bud Kaeding, Campbell, CA (14), 15.290; 18. 49, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (44), 15.297; 19. 7S, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (26), 15.304; 20. 47, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (43), 15.313; 21. 28, Brian Paulus, Mooresville, IN (3), 15.318; 22. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA (38), 15.324; 23. 81X, Lee Jacobs, Dalton, OH (33), 15.370; 24. 27, Greg Hodnett, Spring Grove, PA (31), 15.385; 25. 5V, Colby Copeland, Roseville, CA (12), 15.386; 26. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aus (11), 15.409; 27. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA (6), 15.412; 28. 19P, Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH (1), 15.427; 29. 71A, RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL (34), 15.428; 30. 29W, Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA (45), 15.433; 31. 77X, Wayne Johnson, Knoxville, IA (37), 15.439; 32. 11N, Randy Hannagan, Pittsboro, IN (32), 15.461; 33. W20, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH (36), 15.472; 34. 9W, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (53), 15.476; 35. 56, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (52), 15.501; 36. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (16), 15.502; 37. 18, Tony Bruce Jr., Owasso, OK (47), 15.509; 38. 1A, Jacob Allen, Hanover, PA (8), 15.550; 39. 19, Bob Weuve, Newton, IA (20), 15.557; 40. 74X, Josh Hodges, Tijeras, NM (28), 15.571; 41. 44W, Austen Wheatley, Lake Stevens, WA (46), 15.574; 42. 31B, Christopher Bell, Norman, OK (48), 15.661; 43. 4S, Danny Smith, Chillicothe, OH (21), 15.711; 44. 05, Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO (25), 15.712; 45. 12P, TJ Peterson, Des Moines, IA (5), 15.742; 46. 45X, Johnny Herrera, Albuquerque, NM (42), 15.809; 47. 75, Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust (51), 15.864; 48. 60, Kory Crabtree, West Jefferson, OH (24), 15.916; 49. 45C, Dustin Clark, Agency, IA (13), 15.942; 50. 19L, Jason Tostenson, Glencoe, MN (17), 16.190; 51. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (27), 16.369; 52. 7X, Critter Malone, Pittsboro, IN (18), NT; 53. 49J, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (19), NT.
Heat one (started), 10 Laps, NT: 1. Wayne Johnson (2); 2. Brooke Tatnell (3); 3. Justin Henderson (7); 4. Craig Dollansky (8) / 5. Brady Bacon (1); 6. Daryn Pittman (6); 7. Johnny Herrera (10); 8. Brian Paulus (4) / 9. Austen Wheatley (9); 10. Dakota Hendrickson (5)
Heat two (started), 10 Laps, 2:36.4: 1. Donny Schatz (8); 2. Randy Hannagan (2); 3. Tony Bruce Jr. (1); 4. David Gravel (7) / 5. Caleb Helms (6); 6. Bud Kaeding (5); 7. Glen Saville (10); 8. Christopher Bell (9) / 9. AJ Moeller (3); 10. Lynton Jeffrey (4)
Heat three (started), 10 Laps, NT: 1. Greg Wilson (2); 2. Kraig Kinser (6); 3. Tim Shaffer (7); 4. Lee Jacobs (4) / 5. Brad Sweet (5); 6. Jacob Allen (1); 7. Danny Smith (9); 8. Paige Polyak (3) / 9. Bronson Maeschen (8); 10. Kory Crabtree (10)
Heat four (started), 10 Laps, 2:38.1: 1. Jac Haudenschild (2); 2. Shane Stewart (8); 3. Mark Dobmeier (6); 4. Greg Hodnett (4) / 5. Jason Sides (5); 6. RJ Johnson (3); 7. Tim Kaeding (7); 8. Brad Loyet (9) / 9. Bob Weuve (1); 10. Dustin Clark (10)
Heat five (started), 10 Laps, NT: 1. Davey Heskin (2); 2. Danny Dietrich (3); 3. Josh Hodges (1); 4. Don Droud Jr. (5) / 5. Tasker Phillips (6); 6. Colby Copeland (4); 7. Andy Gregg (7); 8. Sammy Swindell (8) / 9. Jason Tostenson (10); 10. TJ Peterson (9)
C main (started), 10 Laps, 2:39.6: 1. Bronson Maeschen (1); 2. Dakota Hendrickson (2); 3. Lynton Jeffrey (3); 4. Josh Schneiderman (10) / 5. Austen Wheatley (4); 6. Jason Tostenson (8); 7. Kevin Ingle (11); 8. Dustin Clark (9); 9. Bob Weuve (5); 10. TJ Peterson (7); 11. Kory Crabtree (6); DNS - 12. AJ Moeller (4); DNS - 13. Critter Malone (12)
B main (started), 12 Laps, NT: 1. Tim Kaeding (2); 2. Daryn Pittman (4); 3. Sammy Swindell (1); 4. Brad Sweet (8) / 5. Tasker Phillips (6); 6. Bud Kaeding (7); 7. Brady Bacon (14); 8. Brad Loyet (18); 9. Caleb Helms (5); 10. Andy Gregg (3); 11. Bronson Maeschen (21); 12. Colby Copeland (11); 13. Lynton Jeffrey (23); 14. Paige Polyak (12); 15. Josh Schneiderman (24); 16. Jacob Allen (15); 17. Danny Smith (17); 18. Johnny Herrera (19); 19. Glen Saville (20); 20. Christopher Bell (16); 21. Dakota Hendrickson (22); 22. Brian Paulus (10); 23. Jason Sides (9); 24. RJ Johnson (13)
A main (started), 25 Laps, NT: 1. Shane Stewart (6); 2. Kraig Kinser (2); 3. Mark Dobmeier (1); 4. Donny Schatz (7); 5. David Gravel (4); 6. Craig Dollansky (8); 7. Justin Henderson (5); 8. Brooke Tatnell (12); 9. Lee Jacobs (10); 10. Danny Dietrich (13); 11. Don Droud Jr. (9); 12. Greg Hodnett (11); 13. Daryn Pittman (22); 14. Davey Heskin (18); 15. Sammy Swindell (23); 16. Wayne Johnson (14); 17. Brad Sweet (24); 18. Randy Hannagan (15); 19. Tim Kaeding (21); 20. Tony Bruce Jr. (19); 21. Greg Wilson (16); 22. Josh Hodges (20); 23. Jac Haudenschild (17); 24. Tim Shaffer (3). Lap Leaders: Dobmeier 1, K. Kinser 2-24, Stewart 25. Hard-charger: Pittman.
Lineups for the 54th Annual FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores
15, Donny Schatz 492
2, Shane Stewart 491
29, Kerry Madsen 491
21, Brian Brown 485
51, Paul McMahan 484
24, Terry McCarl 481
7, Craig Dollansky 481
1D, Justin Henderson 472
11K, Kraig Kinser 471
83, David Gravel 471
13, Mark Dobmeier 464
15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr. 457
71m, Joey Saldana 454
82, Bryan Clauson 444
1, Sammy Swindell 443
6R, Ryan Bunton 443
9, Daryn Pittman 441
4, Cody Darrah 437
51s, Stevie Smith 434
45, Tim Shaffer 434
55, Brooke Tatnell 433
47, Don Droud Jr. 433
81x, Lee Jacobs 431
40, Clint Garner 430
59, Tim Kaeding 430
1B, Sheldon Haudenschild 428
94, Jeff Swindell 427
41, Jason Johnson 426
10, Matt Moro 424
27, Greg Hodnett 423
49, Brad Sweet 422
29w, Danny Dietrich 421
4A, Jon Agan 420
17B, Bill Balog 416
55J, Ian Madsen 414
77x, Wayne Johnson 410
1z, Lucas Wolfe 409
56, Davey Heskin 406
7TAZ, Tasker Phillips 402
96, Bronson Maeschen 402
17w, Cole Wood 401
11N, Randy Hannagan 401
1st, Gary Taylor 401
40H, Caleb Helms 400
24R, Rico Abreu 399
W20, Greg Wilson 396
53, Andy Gregg 396
14K, Dale Blaney 394 19M, Brent Marks 394
Bud Kaeding 393
51. 53D, Jack Dover 392
52. 71, Kevin Swindell 390
53. 9w, Jac Haudenschild 390
54. 18, Tony Bruce Jr. 384
55. 11, Steve Kinser 383
56. 24H, Brandon Wimmer 381
57. 63, Chad Kemenah 381
58. 33, Danny Lasoski 380
59. 3G, James McFadden 379
60. 10H, Danny Holtgraver 377
61. 74x, Josh Hodges 374
62. 13v, Seth Brahmer 367
63. 91, Dusty Zomer 366
64. 5v, Colby Copeland 365
65. 55x, Trey Starks 365
66. 81, Austin Johnson 361
67. 83x, Jason Meyers 360
68. 7s, Jason Sides 358
69. 12, Lynton Jeffrey 357
70. 99, Brady Bacon 356
71. 4x, Dakota Hendrickson 354
72. 19P, Paige Polyak 349
73. 28, Brian Paulus 347
74. 1s, Logan Schuchart 344
75. 71A, RJ Johnson 333
76. 1a, Jacob Allen 331
77. o5, Brad Loyet 329
78. 1K, Chris Shirek 326
79. 4s, Danny Smith 316
80. 7G, Kaley Gharst 310
81. 31B, Christopher Bell 309
82. 45x, Johnny Herrera 308
83. 7K, Dustin Selvage 308
84. 75, Glen Saville 304
85. 2L, Ed Lynch Jr. 302
86. 20, AJ Moeller 302
87. 44, Chris Martin 301
88. 69, Mike Moore 299
89. 23K, Rob Kubli 298
90. 44w, Austen Wheatley 288
91. 19, Bob Weuve 284
92. 21x, Joey Moughan 274
93. 1x, Cap Henry 271
94. 4K, Kody Kinser 271
95. 19L, Jason Tostenson 268
96. 12P, TJ Peterson 267
97. 23, Jimmy Light 265
98. 45c, Dustin Clark 263
99. 49J, Josh Schneiderman 262
100. 1P, Curtis Evans 261
101. 60, Kory Crabtree 259
102. 2K, Kevin Ingle 238
103. 4c, Tyler Courtney 230
104. 35, Skylar Prochaska 223
105. 7x, Critter Malone 221
Brown Continues Sprintweek Dominance on Night one of Knoxville Nationals!
by Bryan Hulbert/Bill Wright
Knoxville, IA, August 7, 2014 – After rains washed out Wednesday night at the Knoxville Raceway, the skies finally gave a sigh of relief as Thursday's Lucas Oil Qualifying Night opened up the 54th running of the FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store with Brian Brown scoring his third victory of the week during Southern Iowa Sprintweek.
In Victory Lane, Brown explained that he was running out of tear-offs and was signaling to his crew on a Lap 19 red, "Their answer was let's just get the lead, and not worry about the tear-offs."
Going after Sam Hafertepe, Jr. for the lead on the restart, Brown had to re-think his approach after nearly making contact with the Lone Star Speedway No. 15h, "I guess I'm getting a little bit smarter in my old age," joked Brown.
"The car was pretty good, we weren't great...probably not as good as we've been...but we were able to maneuver there on that restart. I got a good run on Sam [Hafertepe] and was going to try and slide him, and thought why not try and stick it, and I did, but then he kind of chopped me so I rolled out of it and said well--I guess I'll just run second--but then I got a pretty good run and stuck it there on the bottom."
Gridding the FVP / Casey's General Store No. 21 fifth, Brown began working through a torrid battle from second through fifth. Moving to third on Lap 16, Brown gave chase as Sam Hafertepe, Jr. worked on running down Jeff Swindell for the lead.
Setting a blistering pace through slower traffic, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. grabbed the lead on Lap 14 with Brown working past Swindell for second five laps later.
Rolling to the red on Lap 19 for the No. 71 of Kevin Swindell, Brown worked low on Hafertepe on Lap 20, but would have to wait until the following revolution to grab the point for his twenty-ninth Knoxville Raceway triumph; putting the No. 21 second in the week's standings with 485 points.
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. posted a runner-up finish to put himself fifth in the overall standings going into Saturday night with 457 points.
"You never want to see a yellow flag with the No. 21 behind you for sure," said Hafertepe of the restart with six laps to go. "We were getting through traffic really awesome, and felt like we were really gapping ourselves just hitting the bottom really good, and on the restart, I just said...You know what...I'm just going to make these guys drive underneath me. It was pretty hard to hit down there, and if anyone could hit it, it's Brown, and thought we were going to have enough momentum to make him stay on the outside and maybe hold him off. I chopped him one time, and thought about chopping him again, but he had such a good run coming off the bottom; I didn't want to lose a couple more spots."
Kerry Madsen posted his best preliminary night finish to complete the night's podium; getting around Jeff Swindell on the restart as the No. 94 began slowing in the closing laps. Madsen's third place finish effectively positioned the No. 29 atop the points with 491.
"We got great points, and should have a fairly good starting position on Saturday night. We just had a great night," commented Madsen. "We're having a little fun, not really taking anything too serious, and just enjoy having a good night"
Terry McCarl from sixth gabbed fourth with Bryan Clauson slipping to round out the top-five.
Paul McMahan was sixth with Jason Johnson seventh from thirteenth. Joey Saldana from the night's B-Feature came from twenty-second to eighth as the night's Hard Charger. Clint Garner and Jon Agan completed the top-ten.
Thursday night saw 52 drivers drawing in to take time. Paul McMahan set the fast time at 14.633 seconds. Five Heat Races went to Bill Balog, Jon Agan, Jack Dover, Ian Madsen, and Kevin Swindell. C-Feature action was won by Dustin Selvage with the B-Feature topped by Cody Darrah.
Kerry Madsen leads the points with 491 markers. Brian Brown with 485, Paul McMahan at 484, Terry McCarl with 481, and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. at 457 make the top-five point getters after the first night of competition.
Drivers originally scheduled to run Wednesday night will get their chance to qualify on Friday, August 9 with racing getting underway 7:15 P.M. (CT). For more information, log on to www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com!
Time Trials (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 51, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (26), 14.633; 2. 29, Kerry Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust (33), 14.738; 3. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (9), 14.748; 4. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (17), 14.753; 5. 1B, Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (37), 14.812; 6. 4, Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA (4), 14.821; 7. 51S, Stevie Smith, Broken Arrow, OK (29), 14.829; 8. 71M, Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN (28), 14.849; 9. 33, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (10), 14.866; 10. 1Z, Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA (32), 14.871; 11. 6R, Ryan Bunton, Morton, IL (5), 14.877; 12. 24R, Rico Abreu, St. Helena, CA (50), 14.881; 13. 1ST, Gary Taylor, Snohomish, WA (21), 14.895; 14. 14K, Dale Blaney, Hartford, OH (6), 14.908; 15. 19M, Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA (3), 14.935; 16. 11, Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN (24), 14.947; 17. 55X, Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA (38), 14.968; 18. 10H, Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh, PA (31), 14.969; 19. 13V, Seth Brahmer, Wisner, NE (15), 14.972; 20. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (27), 14.984; 21. 94, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (40), 14.986; 22. 82, Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN (41), 15.020; 23. 10, Matt Moro, Polk City, IA (22), 15.041; 24. 81, Austin Johnson, Pleasant Hill, IA (42), 15.044; 25. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (43), 15.046; 26. 1S, Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA (19), 15.058; 27. 91, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD (49), 15.061; 28. 83X, Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA (30), 15.071; 29. 41, Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA (11), 15.117; 30. 2L, Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo, PA (2), 15.154; 31. 17B, Bill Balog, Brookfield, WI (8), 15.157; 32. 4A, Jon Agan, Knoxville, IA (14), 15.165; 33. 53D, Jack Dover, Springfield, NE (16), 15.165; 34. 55J, Ian Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust (18), 15.170; 35. 71, Kevin Swindell, Bartlett, TN (46), 15.227; 36. 1K, Chris Shirek, Thompson, ND (12), 15.231; 37. 24H, Brandon Wimmer, Fairmount, IN (47), 15.244; 38. 17W, Cole Wood, Auburn, CA (23), 15.270; 39. 63, Chad Kemenah, Elvada, OH (51), 15.290; 40. 3G, James McFadden, Ormeau, QLD, Aust. (52), 15.304; 41. 7K, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA (20), 15.368; 42. 23K, Rob Kubli, Milo, IA (45), 15.425; 43. 21X, Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL (39), 15.447; 44. 7G, Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL (25), 15.472; 45. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (34), 15.484; 46. 69, Mike Moore, Des Moines, IA (44), 15.495; 47. 4K, Kody Kinser, Bloomington, IN (48), 15.516; 48. 1X, Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH (1), 15.532; 49. 23, Jimmy Light, West Springfield, PA (7), 15.553; 50. 1P, Curtis Evans, Norborne, MO (13), 15.839; 51. 4C, Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, IN (35), NT; 52. 35, Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN (36), NT.
Heat one (started), 10 Laps, NT: 1. Bill Balog (2); 2. Jeff Swindell (4); 3. Paul McMahan (8); 4. Ryan Bunton (6) / 5. Logan Schuchart (3); 6. Steve Kinser (5); 7. Chris Shirek (1); 8. Cody Darrah (7) / 9. Dustin Selvage (9); 10. Mike Moore (10)
Heat two (started), 10 Laps, 2:34.3: 1. Jon Agan (2); 2. Kerry Madsen (8); 3. Bryan Clauson (4); 4. Brandon Wimmer (1) / 5. Dusty Zomer (3); 6. Rico Abreu (6); 7. Stevie Smith (7); 8. Trey Starks (5) / 9. Rob Kubli (9); 10. Kody Kinser (10)
Heat three (started), 10 Laps, 2:34.5: 1. Jack Dover (2); 2. Cole Wood (1); 3. Matt Moro (4); 4. Terry McCarl (8) / 5. Jason Meyers (3); 6. Gary Taylor (6); 7. Joey Saldana (7); 8. Danny Holtgraver (5) / 9. Joey Moughan (9); 10. Cap Henry (10)
Heat four (started), 10 Laps, 2:31.8 (NTR): 1. Ian Madsen (2); 2. Chad Kemenah (1); 3. Jason Johnson (3); 4. Brian Brown (8) / 5. Danny Lasoski (7); 6. Austin Johnson (4); 7. Dale Blaney (6); 8. Seth Brahmer (5) / 9. Kaley Gharst (9); 10. Jimmy Light (10)
Heat five (started), 10 Laps, 2:33.2: 1. Kevin Swindell (2); 2. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (5); 3. Clint Garner (4); 4. James McFadden (1) / 5. Brent Marks (6); 6. Lucas Wolfe (7); 7. Sheldon Haudenschild (8); 8. Chris Martin (9) / 9. Ed Lynch Jr. (3); 10. Curtis Evans (10)
C main (started), 8 Laps, 2:06.1: 1. Dustin Selvage (2); 2. Rob Kubli (3); 3. Kaley Gharst (5); 4. Mike Moore (6) / 5. Cap Henry (8); 6. Kody Kinser (7); 7. Jimmy Light (9); 8. Curtis Evans (10); DNS - 9. Ed Lynch Jr. (1) DNS - 10. Joey Moughan (4) DNS - 11. Tyler Courtney (11) DNS - 12. Skylar Prochaska (12)
B main (started), 12 Laps, NT: 1. Cody Darrah (2); 2. Joey Saldana (4); 3. Sheldon Haudenschild (1); 4. Stevie Smith (3) / 5. Lucas Wolfe (6); 6. Gary Taylor (8); 7. Dale Blaney (9); 8. Rico Abreu (7); 9. Brent Marks (10); 10. Danny Holtgraver (13); 11. Dusty Zomer (17); 12. Steve Kinser (11); 13. Jason Meyers (18); 14. Seth Brahmer (14); 15. Austin Johnson (15); 16. Kaley Gharst (23); 17. Trey Starks (12); 18. Mike Moore (24); 19. Chris Shirek (19); 20. Dustin Selvage (21); 21. Chris Martin (20); 22. Danny Lasoski (5); 23. Logan Schuchart (16); 24. Rob Kubli (22)
A main (started), 25 Laps, NT: 1. Brian Brown (5); 2. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (3); 3. Kerry Madsen (7); 4. Terry McCarl (6); 5. Bryan Clauson (1); 6. Paul McMahan (8); 7. Jason Johnson (11); 8. Joey Saldana (22); 9. Clint Garner (10); 10. Jon Agan (13); 11. Ian Madsen (15); 12. Cole Wood (18); 13. Bill Balog (12); 14. Matt Moro (9); 15. Ryan Bunton (4); 16. Jeff Swindell (2); 17. Cody Darrah (21); 18. James McFadden (20); 19. Stevie Smith (24); 20. Brandon Wimmer (17); 21. Chad Kemenah (19); 22. Kevin Swindell (16); 23. Jack Dover (14); 24. Sheldon Haudenschild (23).
Lap Leaders: J. Swindell 1-13, Hafertepe 14-20, Brown 21-25.
Thursday Point Totals…
Kerry Madsen 491
Brian Brown 485
Paul McMahan 484
Terry McCarl 481
Sam Hafertepe Jr. 457
Joey Saldana 454
Bryan Clauson 444
Ryan Bunton 443
Cody Darrah 437
Stevie Smith 434
Clint Garner 430
Sheldon Haudenschild 428
Jeff Swindell 427
Jason Johnson 426
Matt Moro 424
Jon Agan 420
Bill Balog 416
Ian Madsen 414
Lucas Wolfe 409
Cole Wood 401
Gary Taylor 401
Rico Abreu 399
Dale Blaney 394
Brent Marks 394
Jack Dover 392
Kevin Swindell 390
Steve Kinser 383
Brandon Wimmer 381
Chad Kemenah 381
Danny Lasoski 380
James McFadden 379
Danny Holtgraver 377
Seth Brahmer 367
Dusty Zomer 366
Trey Starks 365
Austin Johnson 361
Jason Meyers 360
Logan Schuchart 344
Chris Shirek 326
Kaley Gharst 310
Dustin Selvage 308
Ed Lynch Jr. 302
Chris Martin 301
Mike Moore 299
Rob Kubli 298
Joey Moughan 274
Cap Henry 271
Kody Kinser 271
immy Light 265
Curtis Evans 261
Tyler Courtney 230
Skylar Prochaska 223
Schedule Change For FVP Knoxville Nationals
With persistent rain and wet conditions the 54th FVP Knoxville Nationals Presented by Casey's General Store will have a Schedule Change.
Tonight will be Thursday show only. The Wednesday show will be run on Friday night. The Friday show will be on Saturday afternoon. Top 50 in points locked in to the Saturday A-B-C mains. 51st and below will race on Saturday afternoon.
Thursday- Thursday Qualifying Night
Friday- Wednesday Qualifying Night
Saturday Afternoon- Friday Last Chance Qualifying/ Speed Sport World Challenge
Saturday Evening- A,B,C,D,E MAIN EVENTS
*schedule is subject to change
THE JERSEY RUSH RETURNS TO NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY TUESDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 19 410 SPRINTS & MODIFIED DOUBLE HEADER
The fourth presentation of THE JERSEY RUSH will return to the New Egypt Speedway on Tuesday night, August 19. NAPA Auto Parts and Pioneer Pole Buildings jointly present the “Ultimate Double Header” that will showcase the 410 Sprints in a $5,000 to win 30 lap feature event along with a $3,000 to win 30 lap Modified feature. Race time is set for 7:30 PM with gates opening 5 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM. Race fans are invited to come out early and take part in the sprint drivers Meet & Greet from 5 to 6 PM. That’s right, race fans may enter the pit area prior to this great racing program to meet the drivers before the drop of the green flag.
This is a rare chance to see the best of the Pennsylvania Posse 410 sprint stars in the state of New Jersey. Greg Hodnett, Lance Dewease, JJ Grasso, Brent Marks, Freddie Rahmer, Brandon Rahmer, Davey Sammons, Robbie Stillwaggon, Davey Franek, Mark Bitner, Curt Michael, Joey Hershey, Ed Aikin and Troy Betts are just a few of the pre-entries. Chasing the modified payoff will be Billy Pauch Sr., Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch Jr., Neal Williams, Chris Grbac, Sammy Piazza, Jimmy Horton, Willie Osmun and Jimmy Blewett.
Time trials for the 410 sprints will open the show followed by qualifying heat race events for the sprints and modifieds, all leading up to the spectacular twin thirty lap main events.
The sprint car payoff will offer an attractive $1,000 to finish tenth and $400 to take the green. A $300 bonus is posted to the highest finishing 360 sprint car. Standard Central Pennsylvania wing and weight rules will apply along with an open tire rule.
The modified portion of the show will offer an exciting mix and match of rules to attract the very best in the modified division. 358 Modifieds will race with sail panels as they challenge the Big Block Modifieds without sail panels. PA/New Egypt legal 358 will compete with sail panels. 358’s on gas must weigh 2,275, cars on alcohol must weigh 2,350, 9:1 Steel heads must weigh 2,275 and open 358 modifieds must weigh 2,500 lbs. Big Block Modifieds, maximum 467 cu in, windows only, on gas only must weigh 2,500. The modifieds will earn $500 for tenth and $200 to take the green flag. $50 will be paid to all non-qualifiers.
There is a pre-entry bonus offered to both sprint and modified drivers. Entry forms, rules and a complete payoff is posted on line at: www.aarn.com and www.newegyptspeedway.net Admission for this event is $29 for adults, $10 children 6 to 11 and children five and under will be admitted for free. The pit fee is $35 and a license is not required.
In the event of rain, Wednesday night, August 20 will be the rain date with a starting time of 7:30 PM.
JJ Grasso won the inaugural Jersey Rush in 2011 and won the event again in 2013. In 2012, Daryn Pittman won the Jersey Rush.
The Jersey Rush spectacular is a co-promotion between Lenny, Danny and Davey Sammons and special events organizer Bob Miller.
THE JERSEY RUSH 4 EVENT FACTS:
What: The Jersey Rush 4 410 Sprints & Modifieds Doubleheader
When: Tuesday, August 19 Gates Open 5 PM 7:30 PM Starting Time
Rain Date: Wednesday, August 20 7:30 PM
Where: New Egypt Speedway
720 Pinehurst Road New Egypt, NJ 08422 (on Route 539)
Meet & Greet: Pit Gates Open at 3:30 PM, Meet & Greet for Sprint Drivers 5-6 PM Drivers Meeting 6:15 PM
Track Phone: 609-758-1900 (Race Day Information)
Information: Call Bob Miller 443 513 4456
ADVANCE TICKETS: CALL 443 513 4456 Leave your name, phone number and number of tickets you need. Tickets may be paid for and picked up o race night at the New Egypt Speedway Office after 4:30 PM.
Adults: $29, Children 6-11 $10, Children 5 & under Free. Pit Fee $35 no license required.
Jersey Rush Past Winners:
2013 JJ Grasso
2012 Daryn Pittman
2011 JJ Grasso
Facility Amenities: The entire New Egypt Speedway facility features a daylight-quality lighting system and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The track is fully wheelchair-accessible with wide, clear and well groomed walkways. There are clean, heated rest rooms, a monitored playground area for the little fans. Whistle-clean concession facilities serve up everything from sausage sandwiches to ice cream treats at family style prices. Our dynamic-duo of track announcers keep fans informed and involved with a state of the art sound system.
The Track: The racy, 7/16-mile D-shaped clay oval plays host to some of the tightest all out wheel-to-wheel competition you’ll ever witness.
Cap Henry wins at Attica Raceway Park - F.A.S.T. Quick Review/Full Results: Friday, August 1st
By Tyler Altmeyer: F.A.S.T. Public Relations
Attica, OH (August 1st, 2014) - It was a night of ‘first’ for both F.A.S.T. divisions. Cap Henry took command of the 30-lap Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title Championship Series presented by KS Sales & Service main event on lap six and never looked back; holding off a ninth starting Dean Jacobs for his first F.A.S.T. ‘410’ Championship Series victory of the 2014 season. The win was a career-first for Cap Henry in a ‘410’ sprint car at Attica Raceway Park. Eighth starting Byron Reed rounded out the F.A.S.T. ‘410’ Championship Series feature podium; followed by an eleventh starting Craig Mintz, and Brandon Martin. Rob Chaney was the opening leader, but would be forced to surrender the top spot on lap three due to issues with his right rear wheel. Brandon Martin would lead laps four and five before being slid by Henry. There were three cautions during the 30-lap main event including one red flag for Jody Keegan. Keegan would restart and finish fourteenth. Dean Jacobs was the evening’s ‘hard charger;’ moving forward seven positions during F.A.S.T. ‘410’ Championship Series main event action. Officially, Chris Andrews has a twenty-three point advantage in the current $10,000-to-win F.A.S.T. ‘410’ Championship Series standings heading into the August 2nd event at Fremont Speedway.
Paul Weaver would hold off defending F.A.S.T. ‘305’ Championship Series champion, Nate Dussel, for his first F.A.S.T. ‘305’ sprint win of the 2014 season on Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. Nate Dussel would finish where he started during the 25-lapper; followed by Jordan Ryan, Jason Keckler and John Ivy. The 25-lap F.A.S.T. ‘305’ Championship Series main event would go caution free. Jordan Ryan was the evening’s ‘305’ ‘hard charger;’ climbing four positions from seventh to finish third. Officially, Nate Dussel takes command of the $2,000-to-win F.A.S.T. ‘305’ Championship Series standings with one event remaining on September 6th at Fremont Speedway.
There were twenty Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title Championship Series presented by KS Sales & Service ‘410’ sprint cars signed in at Attica Raceway Park on Friday, August 1st. The twenty cars were divided into three separate groups for qualifying time trials; with Caleb Griffith, Rob Chaney and Byron Reed each recording the fastest time during their respective group qualifying sessions. Rob Chaney set the fastest time overall; with an official time of 12.499 seconds around the Attica Raceway Park bullring. Cap Henry, Rob Chaney and Byron Reed each earned heat race victories during the evening’s F.A.S.T. preliminary program. There would be no consolation B-main.
Twenty-six JLH General Contractors Fremont/Attica Sprint Title ‘305’ Championship Series presented by Engine Pro sprint cars registered for action at Attica Raceway Park on August 1st. The twenty-six F.A.S.T. ‘305’ sprint cars were split into three group qualifying sessions; with Jordan Ryan, Steve Rando and Nate Dussel each recording the fastest time during their respective group time trial sessions. Jordan Ryan set the fastest time of the night overall; recording an official time of 13.541 seconds around the Attica 3/8’s mile dirt oval. T.J. Michael, Steve Rando and Nate Dussel each earned victories during their respective heat races. Ricky Peterson earned his way into the F.A.S.T. ‘305’ Championship Series A-main by way of winning the consolation B-main.
410 A-Main Finish: (30-Laps) 1. Cap Henry 2. Dean Jacobs 3. Bryon Reed 4. Craig Mintz 5. Brandon Martin 6. Chris Andrews 7. Caleb Griffith 8. Travis Philo 9. Stuart Brubaker 10. Duane Zablocki 11. Andrew Palker 12. Critter Malone 13. Brian Lay 14. Jody Keegan 15. Bryan Nuckles 16. Stuart Williams 17. Rob Chaney 18. Troy Kingan 19. Bruce White 20. D.J. Foos (DNS)
Hard Charger: Dean Jacobs [+7]
History Note: Caleb Griffith earned his second Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title Championship Series presented by KS Sales & Service main event win of the 2014 season on Friday evening, July 25th at the Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio. It was a career-first ‘410’ sprint car victory for Griffith at the Attica bullring. Greg Wilson and Chris Andrews rounded out the podium finishers on Friday, July 25th. In recent JLH General Contractors Fremont/Attica Sprint Title ‘305’ Championship Series presented by Engine Pro competition, it was defending series champion, Nate Dussel, earning the ‘305’ sprint win at the Attica Raceway Park on Friday, July 25th. Dussel lead Jordan Ryan and Alvin Roepke at the line. F.A.S.T. ‘410’ and ‘305’ action was canceled on Saturday, July 26th due to inclement weather conditions. That event will not be rescheduled.
Looking Ahead: Action for the Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title Championship Series presented by KS Sales & Service will continue on Saturday evening, August 2nd at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio. The JLH General Contractors Fremont/Attica Sprint Title ‘305’ Championship Series presented by Engine Pro will not return to competition until their ‘season finale’ on Saturday evening, September 6th at the Fremont Speedway.
Renegade Sprints to Debut at Atomic Speedway on Aug. 23
FINDLAY, Ohio (Aug. 1, 2014) - The newly formed Renegade Sprints is excited to announce its first-ever race.
Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, will host the 410ci sprint car series on Saturday, Aug. 23, during the Freedom 40. The winner's share has also been increased to $5,000.
The Renegade Sprints will return to Atomic Speedway on Oct. 24-25 for the $15,000-to-win Open Wheel Championships. Following a practice night on Oct. 23, the sprints will compete on Oct. 24 with qualifying, heat races and a dash for cash. Main events will be held on the final evening, which is capped by a big-paying feature.
"Not only are we proud to announce our first dates, we're ecstatic that the Open Wheel Championships pays $15,000 to the winner," Renegade Sprints President Shane Helms said. "We're working on additional dates this season, but I want to thank Atomic Speedway for giving us this first opportunity."
As a bonus, the winner of the Renegade Sprints inaugural event on Aug. 23 will be granted a provisional into the Open Wheel Championships main event on Oct. 25.
Additionally, Helms said Tim Shaffer, Greg Wilson, Chad Kemenah, Dean Jacobs, Randy Hannagan, Andrew Palker, Lee Jacobs, Travis Philo, Caleb Helms, Cole Duncan, Bryan Sebetto, Danny Holtgraver, Rob Chaney and Danny Smith have signed on to compete with the series.
"We have a great list of drivers who want to be a part of the Renegade Sprints," Shane Helms said. "This series continues to grow every day."
DAVE BLANEY BEATS TEAMMATE & BROTHER DALE BLANEY TO WIN HIS 1ST "LOU BLANEY MEMORIAL" IN THE SPRINTS WHILE REX KING JR CONTINUES STELLAR SEASON WITH BRP MOD TOUR WIN AT SHARON
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH July 30, 2014 Sharon Speedway hosted the sixth annual "Lou Blaney Memorial" on Wednesday night. Despite thunderstorms scattered throughout the region during the day and night, only two brief showers hit the speedway in the late afternoon. A large crowd turned out along with 23 "410" Sprint Cars and 31 Big-Block Modifieds in the Ollie's Bargain Outlet Alzheimer's Association Benefit Event. Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Dave Blaney-"410" Sprint Cars and Rex King, Jr.-BRP Tour Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds. And there has still yet to be a repeat winner in either division after six years!
Dave Blaney has won a lot of big races and championships throughout his stellar career. He's won USAC and World of Outlaw Sprint championships, the Knoxville Nationals, the Kings Royal and Historical Big One at Eldora Speedway, and even a victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but none may have been as special as Wednesday night's victory at his home track. The elder son of the late Lou Blaney took charge on lap six from Caleb Helms and set a torrid pace in the 30-lap Sprint Car feature to beat his brother Dale at the finish for the $5,000 victory- his first in six tries in the Memorial event.
"I guess it took me bringing a second car for Dale to finally win this," joked the 51-year-old High Point, North Carolina resident. "This feels pretty good to win this race. I have to thank everyone for the support all of these years- it's been a lot of fun! Nights like this make Sprint Car racing worthwhile. It gets frustrating sometimes as I've been doing this part-time, and can't seem to be able to do what I used to be able to do. I'm glad Dale was here in my car- that was really fun!"
From the outside pole, Helms took charge of the event from Caleb Griffith with Dave Blaney in third on the opening lap. Dale Blaney started sixth and was fifth after one lap then passed Cole Duncan for fourth on lap three. Helms caught lapped traffic on lap five, while Dave Blaney began to challenge Griffith for second. Dave made the pass with an inside move in turn four on lap five then quickly caught leader Helms and made the winning move racing off the bottom of turn four one lap later.
Griffith began to challenge Helms for second on lap seven and finally worked his way by two laps later in traffic with the help of the lapped car of Dennis Wagner. Dale Blaney meanwhile continued his way forward as he caught Helms and made the pass on lap 11 to grab third. Dale looked strong as he ran down Griffith and appeared ready to make the pass when the first caution was displayed for C.J. Jones with 15 laps scored. The caution erased a 4.208 second lead by Dave Blaney!
Back under green, Dale Blaney put a slider on Griffith in turn two to steal the runner-up spot. A caution for a slowing Jason Dolick brought action to a halt with 18 laps recorded. Fast qualifier Lee Jacobs was quiet for most of the first half of the event, but worked his way back into the top five on lap 20 taking the spot from Duncan. Three laps later, the two-time Lernerville Speedway winner this season passed Helms for fourth.
Dave Blaney was back in lapped traffic on lap 23 before the final caution was displayed for the fifth place running Helms, who was unable to make it off the speedway. When racing resumed for the final time, Rod George made his way into the top five passing Duncan for the spot, but that would be the final passing in the top five.
Dave Blaney would go pretty much unchallenged by his brother in the final three laps to win by a margin of 1.286 seconds. The victory was Blaney's third overall of the season in his Mohawk Northeast/Global Oil & Gas Services/Tom's Sewer & Septic Service/Lelands.com/Bill Davis Trucking-sponsored #98H, and 28th of his career at Sharon in Sprint Cars to go along with two Big-Block Modified wins.
Dale Blaney, the current All Star point leader and winner of 13 features this season in Tony Kennedy's #14K, was runner-up in an identical #98 car to his brother Dave as he came up just shy in his bid for his first "Lou Blaney Memorial" victory. Griffith edged out a hard charging and fast closing Jacobs for third. George was fifth in Jim Chappel's #8- the same ride that won the 2010 event driven by Mike Lutz.
Completing the top 10 were Duncan, 13th starting Andy McKisson, Brandon Matus, Eric Williams, and 15th starting Adam Kekich. Heat winners were Jacobs, Matus, and Kekich. Jacobs set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 13.186- just four tenths off the track record.
When you're having a career year, things just seem to fall in place. Rex King, Jr. drew the outside pole starting spot for the 35-lap BRP Tour Big-Block Modified feature and got a much needed caution just as it appeared Dave Murdick was about to take the lead. King, Jr. then held off Murdick in the closing laps for his season's fifth win at Sharon and eighth overall on the circuit. Like Dave Blaney, it was King, Jr's first ever "Lou Blaney Memorial" victory, worth $2,000, for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply point leader.
"I never raced with Lou, but he was always as nice as can be to me in the pits and grandstands," explained the 23-year-old Bristolville, Ohio racer. "To be honest, my brother and I didn't like him at first because he'd kick everyone around- you couldn't beat the guy! It's a real honor to win this race. He was great for the community. Look at all of the people that came out for this night and that just tells you what kind of guy he really was. The track was great tonight and I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting Lou and his race."
King, Jr. powered around pole-sitter Lonny Riggs on the start and began to pull away. Riggs' "358" small-block had his hands full trying to fend off Murdick and Jimmy Weller III in the battle for second on lap four. Murdick made the pass of Riggs for runner-up on lap five, while Weller III followed in third two laps later.
King, Jr. caught the back of the pack on lap eight. Weller III ran down Murdick and the duo raced side-by-side on laps 11 and 12 with Murdick holding on to the runner-up spot. After 14 non-stop laps, a caution for Jeremiah Shingledecker bunched up the field. Back under green, King, Jr. sped away from the pack while the battle raged for second between Murdick and the two Wellers.
On lap 22, King, Jr. was back in traffic and this time struggled to clear some of the slower cars as Murdick closed in on lap 23. The father-son Weller duo battled for third with Weller, Jr. getting the spot on lap 25; meanwhile, back up front the race was on for the lead as Murdick pulled even on laps 27 and 28 before a caution for Shayne Pierce. The caution reverted scoring back to lap 27 when King, Jr. had just a 0.004 of a second lead!
The final eight laps saw King, Jr. keep Murdick at bay by just 0.689 of a second for his 13th career Sharon win in the KMB Inc.-owned, Jim Brown Seed Sales/Bristol Disposal/Reese Services/Professional Heating Systems/Jet Inc/Cedar Steel/Mahan Welding & Fab/Schaeffer Oil/Cintas Uniform/Cleer Excavation-sponsored #165.
"It's always entertaining with lapped traffic," expressed the winner. "The top was good at the start of the race then it started to go away. We started getting some traction in the middle of the track in one and two then turn three and four started 'rubbering' so we had to make our way down there."
It was a solid effort for Murdick, the 2008 and 2012 Sharon Champion, who was making his first start at the Hartford, Ohio oval in the 85th anniversary season. Weller, Jr. beat out his son Weller III for the third spot. Brian Swartzlander came from 11th to place fifth. Completing the top 10 were Brad Rapp, 15th starting Rex King, Ricky Richner, 16th starting Jim Rasey, and Kevin Hoffman. Heat winners over the season high 31-car field were Murdick, Weller, Jr., and Swartzlander. Kyle Fink won the last chance B main.
"410" Sprint Cars (30 laps, $5,000 to-win): 1. DAVE BLANEY (98) 2. Dale Blaney (98) 3. Caleb Griffith (Davis 40DD) 4. Lee Jacobs (Lewis 81) 5. Rod George (Chappel 8) 6. Cole Duncan (Rudzik/Demyan 49) 7. Andy McKisson (0) 8. Brandon Matus (13) 9. Eric Williams (7) 10. Adam Kekich (5K) 11. Carl Bowser (10) 12. Mike Lutz (McMillin 5M) 13. Brent Matus (33) 14. Dennis Wagner (38) 15. Mike Bauer (46) 16. Roger Campbell (51) 17. C.J. Jones (10J) 18. Gale Ruth (1R) 19. Caleb Helms (40) 20. Jason Dolick (D12) 21. Jared Zimbardi (35) 22. Brandon Spithaler (22)-DNS 23. Dan Kuriger (08)-DNS.
BRP Tour Big-Block Modifieds (35 laps, $2,000 to-win): 1. REX KING, JR. (165) 2. Dave Murdick (61) 3. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 4. Jimmy Weller III (23) 5. Brian Swartzlander (83) 6. Brad Rapp (11R) 7. Rex King (65) 8. Ricky Richner (26) 9. Jim Rasey (32) 10. Kevin Hoffman (00) 11. Lonny Riggs (58) 12. Justin Wright (19W) 13. Bob Warren (96B) 14. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 15. Tom Mattocks (69) 16. Rodney Beltz (64) 17. Chris Haines (35H) 18. Eric Gabany (3E) 19. Tom Glenn (83T) 20. Kyle Fink (Hinkle 77) 21. Kevin Green (74) 22. Carl Murdick (6) 23. Randy Chronister (71) 24. Shayne Pierce (88) 25. Steve Barr (25B) 26. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD). DNQ: Justin Rasey, Eric Beggs, Mark Frankhouser, Shayne Izzo, Shawn Kozar.
"410" Sprint Car Time Trials (Track record 12.704 by Danny Holtgraver on 8/20/13): 1. Lee Jacobs 13.186 2. Dale Blaney 13.210 3. Cole Duncan 13.214 4. Dave Blaney 13.247 5. Caleb Helms 13.247 6. Caleb Griffith 13.441 7. Eric Williams 13.460 8. Rod George 13.537 9. Jason Dolick 13.557 10. Carl Bowser 13.567 11. Brandon Matus 13.586 12. Jared Zimbardi 13.623 13. Andy McKisson 13.636 14. Brandon Spithaler 13.834 15. Adam Kekich 13.843 16. Mike Lutz 13.955 17. Roger Campbell 14.044 18. Mike Bauer 14.063 19. C.J. Jones 14.349 20. Brent Matus 14.482 21. Dennis Wagner 14.746 22. Gale Ruth 15.393 23. Dan Kuriger NT.
"410" Sprint Heat 1: 1. Jacobs 2. Lutz 3. McKisson 4. Dave Blaney 5. Carl Bowser 6. Williams 7. Jones 8. Ruth.
"410" Sprint Heat 2: 1. Brandon Matus 2. Dale Blaney 3. George 4. Helms 5. Campbell 6. Brent Matus 7. Spithaler 8. Kuriger-DNS.
"410" Sprint Heat 3: 1. Kekich 2. Dolick 3. Zimbardi 4. Bauer 5. Duncan 6. Griffith 7. Wagner.
BRP Mod Tour (top 7 transfer)
Heat 1: 1. Dave Murdick 2. Hoffman 3. Weller III 4. Shingledecker 5. Warren 6. Jim Rasey 7. Mattocks 8. Fink 9. Kozar 10. Chronister 11. Justin Rasey-DNS.
Heat 2 (top 7 transfer): 1. Weller, Jr. 2. Wright 3. King, Jr. 4. Glenn 5. Pierce 6. Regalski 7. Green 8. Frankhouser 9. Izzo 10. Carl Murdick.
Heat 3 (top 7 transfer): 1. Swartzlander 2. Riggs 3. Rapp 4. Richner 5. King 6. Beltz 7. Gabany 8. Haines 9. Barr 10. Beggs.
B main (top 3 transfer): 1. Fink 2. Haines 3. Barr 4. Justin Rasey 5. Beggs 6. Frankhouser 7. Izzo 8. Kozar 9. Chronister 10. Carl Murdick-DNS.
Sprint Car Drivers and Teams Band Together to Create the Renegade Sprints
FINDLAY, Ohio (July 30, 2014) - Sprint car drivers and teams have come together to establish the Renegade Sprints, which will make its debut later this season.
The 410ci series will compete in approximately 50 races each year throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan. Details on a points fund and race payout are in the works, but Renegade Sprints President Shane Helms expects each race to pay at least $5,000 to win.
"The most important thing is that a group of drivers in this area have decided to band together to form a new series," Helms said. "Our desire is to do this for the fans and for the racers. We want to be able to control our own destiny, take care of the fans and grow the sport."
Approximately a dozen drivers have committed to running the series, including former All Star Circuit of Champions title winners Tim Shaffer, Greg Wilson and Chad Kemenah.
The officers for the series are Helms, Rob Hunter and Larry Helms, who will also serve as the competition director.
"My dad has been racing his whole life," Shane Helms said. "He'll be the main honcho on race day to make sure everything is flowing right."
In addition to the officers, drivers will be elected to a board that will set up and enforce rules, work on the schedule and deal with the everyday circumstances of operating a sprint car series.
Stay tuned for additional details about the committed drivers, schedule, purse and more.
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RENEGADE SPRINTS - The Renegade Sprints is a new 410ci sprint car series with approximately 50 races throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan. The series anticipates building a points fund for eligible drivers and for every race to pay at least $5,000 to win.
Final Full F.A.S.T. Weekend Ahead at Attica and Fremont!
Chris Andrews and John Ivy Lead the Pack Down the Homestretch
Fremont, OH (July 28th, 2014) - F.A.S.T. action is quickly coming to a close for the 2014 season; in fact, only three (3) events remain for the Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title Championship Series presented by KS Sales & Service; including two (2) during the upcoming weekend. The JLH General Contractors Fremont/Attica Sprint Title ‘305’ Championship Series presented by Engine Pro only has two (2) events remaining on its 2014 racing schedule; with one (1) being featured during the upcoming weekend. Both F.A.S.T. championships will come to a close on Saturday evening, September 6th at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio. F.A.S.T. promoter Rich Farmer will crown two (2) champions on that night; as well as hand out two (2) championship checks. The F.A.S.T. ‘410’ Championship Series champion will earn a $10,000 pay day; with this year’s F.A.S.T. ‘305’ Championship Series champion earning $2,000.
“Its been a pretty successful season so far...it wouldn’t be possible without the continuing support from our sponsors and the teams that participate” explained Rich Farmer, “Its been really competitive this year...and with the weather only interfering with two shows so far, I’d say that makes us pretty lucky...the next few races should be exciting…the point standings are close; that makes it even better!”
The F.A.S.T. organization will host three (3) events during the upcoming weekend; making its usual visits to the Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway. Attica Raceway Park will host the F.A.S.T. ‘410’ Championship Series and F.A.S.T. ‘305’ Championship Series for the final time in 2014 this Friday evening, August 1st. It will be the only event of the weekend for the JLH General Contractors Fremont/Attica Sprint Title ‘305’ Championship Series presented by Engine Pro. F.A.S.T. ‘305’ competitors will conclude their 2014 campaign on Saturday evening, September 6th at the Fremont Speedway.
Although the F.A.S.T. ‘305’ Championship Series will only be featured once during the upcoming weekend, the stars and cars of the Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title Championship Series presented by KS Sales & Service will be featured twice; returning to action on Saturday, August 2nd at the Fremont Speedway for the final time before their season finale at Fremont on September 6th. The final ‘full’ weekend of F.A.S.T. competition should prove to be than thrilling; as the championship standings continue to be ‘too close to call.’
Two-time feature winner with the series in 2014, Chris Andrews, currently finds himself on top of the F.A.S.T. ‘410’ Championship Series point standings with 1697 points heading into this weekend’s pair of events; holding a thirty-four (34) point advantage over former series champion, Byron Reed. Reed, who still remains winless in 2014 during F.A.S.T. competition, sits second in the standings with 1663 points. Caleb Griffith, Brian Lay and Travis Philo find themselves third through fifth in the updated championship rankings; with Griffith and Lay each earning two (2) F.A.S.T. victories along the way. Defending series champion, Craig Mintz, is another two-time winner during F.A.S.T. action in 2014, but a streak of absences due to injury has kept Mintz out of championship reach. Besides ‘Mother Nature’ on July 26th, Caleb Griffith is the most recent series winner; stealing the show from Greg Wilson on Friday, July 25th at Attica Raceway Park.
John Ivy’s top-ten performance at Attica Raceway Park last Friday evening, July 25th allowed the veteran to take back the top spot in the current F.A.S.T. ‘305’ Championship Series standings; holding a three (3) point advantage over Steve Rando heading into the August 1st program. Nate Dussel, Jordan Ryan and Dustin Dinan sit third through fifth in the standings; with Dussel and Ivy being the only drivers inside the top-five with F.A.S.T. ‘305’ wins on the year. Nate Dussel is the most recent series winner; earning his first F.A.S.T. victory of 2014 at Attica Raceway Park on Friday, July 25th. Dussel was denied the opportunity to sweep the weekend; with ‘Mother Nature’ claiming a washout at Fremont on Saturday, July 26th.
Upcoming Event Details:
Friday, August 1st - Attica Raceway Park - Attica, Ohio - Gates @ 5PM / Racing @ 7:45PM / Adults: $15; Seniors: $13; 11-15: $10; 10 & Under: Free; Pit Pass: $30
Saturday, August 2nd - Fremont Speedway - Fremont, Ohio - Gates @ 4PM / Racing @ 7:00PM / Adults: $14; Seniors: $12; Students: $8; 10 & Under: Free; Pit Pass: $30
*F.A.S.T. ‘410’ & ‘305’ Event Friday/F.A.S.T. ‘410’ Event Only Saturday*
Fremont/Attica Sprint Title ‘410’ Winners:
410 Night #1 Attica Raceway Park (April 18th) - Tim Shaffer
410 Night #2 Fremont Speedway (April 19th) - Christopher Bell
410 Night #3 Attica Raceway Park (April 25th) - RAIN (No Make-Up Date)
410 Night #4 Fremont Speedway (April 26th) - Caleb Griffith
410 Night #5 Attica Raceway Park (May 16th) - Dale Blaney
410 Night #6 Fremont Speedway (May 17th) - Brian Lay
410 Night #7 Attica Raceway Park (June 6th) - Craig Mintz
410 Night #8 Attica Raceway Park (June 13th) - Chris Andrews
410 Night #9 Fremont Speedway (June 14th) - Brian Lay (2)
410 Night #10 Attica Raceway Park (July 4th) - Chris Andrews (2)
410 Night #11 Fremont Speedway (July 5th) - Jamie Veal
410 Night #12 Attica Raceway Park (July 18th) - Craig Mintz (2)
410 Night #13 Fremont Speedway (July 19th) - Rob Chaney
410 Night #14 Attica Raceway Park (July 25th) - Caleb Griffith (2)
410 Night #15 Fremont Speedway (July 26th) - RAIN (No Make-Up Date)
Future F.A.S.T. ‘410’ Events:
Night #16 Attica Raceway Park - Friday, August 1st
Night #17 Fremont Speedway - Saturday, August 2nd
Night #18 Fremont Speedway - Saturday, September 6th FINALE
Current Championship Standings (As Of July 28th, 2014):
1. Chris Andrews 1697
2. Byron Reed 1663
3. Caleb Griffith 1643
4. Brian Lay 1620
5. Travis Philo 1478
6. Stuart Williams 1439
7. Dean Jacobs 1410
8. Stuart Brubaker 1386
9. Duane Zablocki 1386
10. Jody Keegan 1347
Ian Madsen Holds Off Field in Marathon at Knoxville
by Bill Wright
KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, July 26, 2014 – Ian Madsen was victorious for the second time this season and the fourth time in his career at the Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night in the 410 feature. A roller coaster A main saw just fifteen competitors cross the checkers at the finish. In the 360 class, Justin Henderson won for the second time this season, padding the BDS Motorsports #1 owner’s point lead in that class.
Before a lap could be completed in the 410 A main, Austen Wheatley flipped after contact from another car. Danny Lasoski spun to avoid the incident. Wheatley was o.k., and Lasoski restarted at the tail.
On the complete restart of the 20-lapper, Dusty Zomer took command from the pole, with Madsen and Mark Dobmeier in tow. With just a lap in the books, Cole Wood flipped hard in turn one. He was also uninjured. After the race went green again, Madsen found his way by Zomer on lap three to take the point.
Brian Brown was on the move as well, going from eighth to fifth on lap one, and taking fourth from Dobmeier on lap five. Madsen and Zomer traded the lead briefly at the halfway point, with Madsen pulling away. On lap fourteen, Brown passed Dobmeier for third and set his sights on the leaders.
Point leader, Terry McCarl, who had to work his way through the B, stalled with motor problems with fifteen laps in the books. Clint Garner, who was running seventh, spun to avoid him and had to restart at the tail. Madsen led Zomer, Brown, Dobmeier and Bronson Maeschen back to green flag racing. Brown made quick work of Zomer to move into second.
Two laps later, a vicious three-car crash ensued involving Lynton Jeffrey, Jon Agan and Dakota Hendrickson. All three climbed from their machines. Brown slid in front of Madsen when the green replaced the red, but surrendered the lead down the backstretch. When he tried to enter under Madsen in turn three, he caught the berm, made contact with the leader and launched straight into the fence. He too, walked away.
That would prove to be the final stoppage of the event. Zomer shot in front of Madsen in turns one and two when the green flew, but Madsen ducked back under to pull away for a win worth $3,000 to the Nehring #18 team. Zomer followed in second, ahead of Craig Dollansky, Dobmeier and Lasoski, from the tail. Maeschen, Davey Heskin, Justin Henderson, Don Droud Jr. and Sam Hafertepe Jr. rounded out the top ten.
Brown posted quick time on the night as well as winning his heat from the sixth starting spot. Other heat winners included Garner, Hafertepe and Heskin. Lasoski won the B. Bryan Clauson lost a left rear wheel in qualifying and flipped in turn one. He was also uninjured, but done for the night.
With two point shows remaining, there are just 137 points separating first from fifth in the standings.
“I gave everything I had,” said Madsen in Victory Lane. “I didn’t want to give another one up. When I get around Brian, we start racing pretty hard. I hope he’s not too angry at him. I did chop him. I can’t thank my team enough. It’s definitely, I think, the best team in the Midwest and one of the best in the country. I’m just lucky to drive it.”
The 360 feature went almost without a hitch. Young Josh Baughman shot from the pole to lead Matt Covington and Henderson early on in the 18-lapper. The only caution came on lap five when Alan Ambers slowed to a stop in turn one.
Baughman led Covington, Henderson, Calvin Landis and Nate Van Haaften back to green flag racing. Henderson made quick work of Covington for second at that point, while Landis followed him into third on lap eight.
Baughman continued to lead until lap twelve, when Henderson found his way by for 360 career win number three here. Baughman ran a strong second, ahead of Landis, Van Haaften and Jamie Ball. Joe Beaver, Sheldon Haudenschild, Covington, Jon Agan and Dusty Zomer rounded out the top ten.
Joe Beaver registered quick time on the night over the 40-car field, while Sawyer Phillips, Henderson, Jarrod Schneiderman and Brooke Tatnell won heat races. Tony Bruce Jr. won the B.
“This was a great win,” said Henderson in Victory Lane. “I’m super-happy for this team. I’m just happy to be a part of it. Baughman was running a great race. He was doing a great job. I just enjoy the heck out of running with these guys.”
Join us Thursday night as the 24th Annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Nationals gets underway. The 360 Nationals will run Thursday, July 31 through August 2. The 3rd Annual Capitani Classic will be Sunday, August 3! For more information, log on to www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com!
410 A main (started), 20 Laps, NT: 1. Ian Madsen (2); 2. Dusty Zomer (1); 3. Craig Dollansky (5); 4. Mark Dobmeier (4); 5. Danny Lasoski (21); 6. Bronson Maeschen (3); 7. Davey Heskin (11); 8. Justin Henderson (20); 9. Don Droud Jr. (9); 10. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (18); 11. Brooke Tatnell (24); 12. RJ Johnson (10); 13. Tasker Phillips (14); 14. Matt Moro (19); 15. Garrett Dollansky (17); 16. Brian Brown (8); 17. Clint Garner (13); 18. Lynton Jeffrey (7); 19. Jon Agan (6); 20. Dakota Hendrickson (12); 21. Terry McCarl (22); 22. Glen Saville (16); 23. Cole Wood (23); 24. Austen Wheatley (15).
Lap Leaders: Zomer 1-2, I. Madsen 3-20.
Time Trials (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (19), 15.194; 2. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (7), 15.332; 3. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA (11), 15.384; 4. 1S, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (20), 15.393; 5. 33, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (17), 15.402; 6. 4A, Jon Agan, Knoxville, IA (3), 15.452; 7. 17W, Cole Wood, Auburn, CA (1), 15.482; 8. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (28), 15.489; 9. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND (10), 15.504; 10. 96, Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville, IA (33), 15.511; 11. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust (27), 15.524; 12. 91, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD (21), 15.550; 13. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aus (37), 15.581; 14. 47, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (13), 15.593; 15. 71A, RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL (30), 15.620; 16. 56, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (26), 15.621; 17. 4, Dakota Hendrickson, Omaha, NE (36), 15.621; 18. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (35), 15.625; 19. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (16), 15.666; 20. 44W, Austen Wheatley, Lake Stevens, WA (12), 15.703; 21. 75, Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust (9), 15.717; 22. 10, Garrett Dollansky, Elk River, MN (8), 15.750; 23. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (29), 15.772; 24. 2M, Matt Moro, Polk City, IA (5), 15.774; 25. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA (34), 15.811; 26. 49, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (2), 15.812; 27. 74X, Josh Hodges, Tijeras, NM (15), 15.894; 28. 7K, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA (24), 15.911; 29. 1, Justin Henderson, Tea, SD (18), 15.931; 30. 9W, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (4), 15.932; 31. 81, Austin Johnson, Pleasant Hill, IA (31), 15.976; 32. 24R, Rico Abreu, St. Helena, CA (6), 16.024; 33. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (32), 16.048; 34. 69, Mike Moore, Des Moines, IA (23), 16.127; 35. 19, Bob Weuve, Newton, IA (25), 16.172; 36. 47AU, Trevor Reynolds, Perth, WA, Aust. (22), 16.441; 37. 82, Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN (14), NT.
Heat one (started), 8 Laps, 2:06.8: 1. Brian Brown (6); 2. Dakota Hendrickson (2); 3. Mark Dobmeier (4); 4. Justin Henderson (8); 5. Glen Saville (1) / 6. Danny Lasoski (5); 7. Brady Bacon (9); 8. AJ Moeller (7); 9. Brooke Tatnell (3) DNS – Bryan Clauson
Heat two (started), 8 Laps, 2:07.3: 1. Clint Garner (2); 2. Bronson Maeschen (4); 3. Garrett Dollansky (1); 4. Don Droud Jr. (3); 5. Jon Agan (5) / 6. Terry McCarl (6); 7. Josh Schneiderman (7); 8. Mike Moore (9); 9. Jac Haudenschild (8)
Heat three (started), 8 Laps, 2:07.1: 1. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (1); 2. Tasker Phillips (2); 3. Ian Madsen (4); 4. Lynton Jeffrey (6); 5. RJ Johnson (3) / 6. Cole Wood (5); 7. Bob Weuve (9); 8. Josh Hodges (7); 9. Austin Johnson (8)
Heat four (started), 8 Laps, 2:07.0: 1. Davey Heskin (3); 2. Matt Moro (1); 3. Austen Wheatley (2); 4. Craig Dollansky (5); 5. Dusty Zomer (4); 6. Sammy Swindell (6); 7. Rico Abreu (8); 8. Dustin Selvage (7); 9. Trevor Reynolds (9)
B main (started), 12 Laps, NT: 1. Danny Lasoski (3); 2. Terry McCarl (1); 3. Cole Wood (4); 4. Brooke Tatnell (5) / 5. Josh Schneiderman (7); 6. Jac Haudenschild (10); 7. Rico Abreu (12); 8. Dustin Selvage (9); 9. Josh Hodges (8); 10. Brady Bacon (13); 11. Mike Moore (14); 12. AJ Moeller (6); 13. Austin Johnson (11); 14. Bob Weuve (15); 15. Trevor Reynolds (16); 16. Sammy Swindell (2)
360 A main (started), 18 Laps, NT: 1. Justin Henderson (3); 2. Josh Baughman (1); 3. Calvin Landis (4); 4. Nate Van Haaften (6); 5. Jamie Ball (5); 6. Joe Beaver (8); 7. Sheldon Haudenschild (7); 8. Matt Covington (2); 9. Jon Agan (11); 10. Dusty Zomer (10); 11. Dustin Selvage (14); 12. Johnny Herrera (23); 13. Jason Johnson (24); 14. Brooke Tatnell (16); 15. Tony Bruce Jr. (21); 16. Chris Martin (12); 17. Jarrod Schneiderman (19); 18. Dylan Peterson (22); 19. Ryan Roberts (15); 20. Sawyer Phillips (13); 21. John Hall (9); 22. Casey Friedrichsen (20); 23. Russ Hall (17); 24. Alan Ambers (18).
Lap Leaders: Baughman 1-11, Henderson 12-18.
Caleb Griffith wins at Attica Raceway Park - F.A.S.T. Quick Review/Full Results: Friday, July 25th
By Tyler Altmeyer: F.A.S.T. Public Relations
Attica, OH (July 25th, 2014) - Caleb Griffith would make history in Attica, Ohio on Friday evening, July 25th; earning his first-career ‘410’ sprint car main event victory at Attica Raceway Park. Griffith started seventh (7th) in the 30-lap Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title Championship Series presented by KS Sales & Service main event; surviving a handful of cautions, one red flag, and rallying six (6) positions to secure his first Attica ‘410’ win, and second F.A.S.T. ‘410’ Championship Series victory of 2014. A last lap pass of Greg Wilson would secure Griffith’s spot in victory lane; Wilson led the first twenty-nine (29) circuits. Greg Wilson would hang on for second; followed by a twelfth (12th) starting Chris Andrews who finished third. Craig Mintz and Brian Lay rounded out the top-five. Caleb Griffith’s first F.A.S.T. ‘410’ Championship Series victory of 2014 took shape at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio back on Saturday, April 26th.
There were twenty-four (24) Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title Championship Series presented by KS Sales & Service ‘410’ sprint cars signed in for competition at the Attica Raceway Park on July 25th. Craig Mintz, Byron Reed and Chris Andrews each recorded ‘fast time’ during their respective group qualifying sessions; with Craig Mintz recording the fastest time overall at 12.331 seconds. Travis Philo, Greg Wilson and Caleb Helms each earned victories during heat race action. Brandon Martin earned the F.A.S.T. ‘410’ Championship Series consolation B-main victory; with Stuart Williams, Andrew Palker, Dean Jacobs and Stuart Brubaker also earning A-main starting positions by way of transferring through the 10-lap B-main.
A-Main Results: (30-Laps) 1. Caleb Griffith 2. Greg Wilson 3. Chris Andrews 4. Craig Mintz 5. Brian Lay 6. Stuart Williams 7. Duane Zablocki 8. Dean Jacobs 9. Byron Reed 10. Travis Philo 11. Brandon Martin 12. Rob Chaney 13. Bryan Sebetto 14. Broc Martin 15. Stuart Brubaker 16. Cap Henry 17. Jody Keegan 18. Andrew Palker 19. Dain Naida 20. Caleb Helms.
History Note: During recent F.A.S.T. ‘410’ Championship Series competition, it was Rob Chaney picking up the series win at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio last Saturday evening, July 19th. The $2,500 F.A.S.T. victory was the first of the 2014 season for Chaney; adding his name to an elite list of one-time winners with the F.A.S.T. program in 2014. Bobby Clark is the most recent JLH General Contractors Fremont/Attica Sprint Title ‘305’ Championship Series presented by Engine Pro main event winner; taking home the cash back on Saturday evening, June 14th at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio. There has yet to be a repeat winner during F.A.S.T. ‘305’ competition entering the Friday, July 25th program at Attica Raceway Park.
Lucrative & prestigious $5,000-to-win/ $700-to-start Peter Murphy Classic at Thunderbowl Raceway represents King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series round 13 this Saturday night
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – July 21, 2014…The anticipation has been mounting ever so slightly since the announcement of the Peter Murphy Classic and this Saturday night July 26 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to finally invade the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway for the big $5,000-to-win/ $700-to-start showcase.
Saturday’s event not only has a large amount of money on the line, but we’ll of course also be paying honor to popular Sprint Car driver Peter Murphy. Last season the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series had one of its toughest nights in recent memory when Murphy suffered injuries during a main event crash at the Antioch Speedway on July 20.
The result of the accident has ultimately forced Murphy to retire from Sprint Car racing as a driver, having suffered a traumatic brain injury, ligament damage in his neck, shoulder and knees, along with a compressed T-3 vertebra. The Sydney, Australia native continues to recover from the accident and has gathered a large amount of money that’s going towards this Saturday’s event at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway.
“Originally I wanted to do something at Antioch to help make the night a special one for everybody that was there last year,” said Murphy, who resides in Clovis, California. “The last time we were there it wasn’t a very good ending, so I had planned to change that around this season and make it a memorable one for another reason. With the Antioch event being canceled I’m really glad Steve Faria & Thunderbowl Raceway has picked up the date. I definitely hope all the fans that were in Antioch last season will come down to Tulare for what will be a great night of racing.”
The Peter Murphy Classic this Saturday features the biggest purse of the season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series with the $5,000-to-win & $700-to-start A-main! In addition to the beefed up purse there will also be $500 on the line for fast time, $500 to hard charger and $500 to the longest tow! A 360 Sprint Car bonus of $300, $200 and $100 will also be awarded to the three highest finishing drivers utilizing a 360 engine during the night.
The Dash during the night will also have a special twist thrown in. Rather than doing the standard eight car dash where all drivers compete for six laps, the night will see an Australian & New Zealand style Pole Shuffle thrown into the mix.
The eight dash cars will still be determined the same way as always, but drivers will race each other two by two for two laps, until the final pair go at it for a couple laps to determine the pole sitter. The drivers that draw 8 & 7 will race each other first, with the winner going against the driver that draws number 6. The process will go on until there are two drivers left standing.
“I really want this night to be a big one for all the fans and teams,” Murphy said. “The King of the West Sprint Car Series is one of the best Sprint Car tours you’ll find anywhere and Tulare will be great place to host an event like this. I still can’t thank everyone enough for all that they have done for me the last year. It’s been so humbling to have the support from people all over the world. This is kind of a way for me to give back and show how much I appreciate this sport we all love.”
Going into the night Chico’s Kyle Hirst will be looking to rebound after a couple of rough weeks, which has cut his King of the West point lead down to 79-markers. The defending KWS champ picked up victory during the most recent series event at the Thunderbowl Raceway and will trying hard for another on Saturday aboard the Roth Motorsports machine. Hirst is tied with Rico Abreu for the most King of the West wins this season, having scored three so far.
Once down by 126-points just a couple weeks back, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding will look for a strong night to cut even further into Hirst’s lead in the King of the West standings. The driver of the Williams Motorsports No. 0 Sprinter earned his first KWS win of the year on July 12 and will be gunning for number two on Saturday. When Peter Murphy first came to the US to drive, his initial full-time ride was in the Morrie Williams owned ZERO from late 1997-2001.
Coming off a heartbreaking finish last Saturday, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding goes into the Peter Murphy Classic continuing to maintain the third spot in the KWS points. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer looked to be on way to victory in Placerville until a final corner spin relegated him to a second place finish. Kaeding charged from 17th to seventh during the most recent series event in Tulare aboard the famed Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 machine.
Sitting just 18-markers behind Kaeding now is last Saturday night’s main event winner Sean Becker of Roseville, who holds down fourth in the standings. The 2005 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion earned a thrilling victory this past weekend and will look to continue the momentum at the Peter Murphy Classic in the Main Motorsports No. 35 mount.
Rounding out the top-five in the King of the West standings is three-time series champion Jonathan Allard of Chico, who had a strong run going in May at Tulare, until a flat tire sent him spinning late in the race. The driver of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c has one KWS victory so far in 2014 and certainly wants number two at the Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday.
A very close & heated battle is still seen between the drivers ranking sixth through ninth in the KWS points, as just 10-markers separate the four drivers.
Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, fresh off his first podium finish of the season, holds onto the sixth position in the standings. The 2004 series champ in fact, is only 16-points back of Allard for fifth after charging from 13th to third last week. Fremont’s Shane Golobic had a tough end to the feature last weekend, but sits just five-digits behind Statler for sixth in the points. The current Civil War & Ocean Sprints point leader ran second at Tulare in May with KWS.
Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi has gained momentum with the season going on and is just two-markers back of Golobic in the points. The 17-year-old last Saturday charged from 17th to fourth in the main event. Only three-markers behind Scelzi is Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, who finished third at Tulare in May and will look for a solid night Saturday to help move up the ladder. Completing the top-10 in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings is Hanford’s DJ Netto, who has also picked up strength as the season has gone on.
More drivers set to invade the Tulare Thunderbowl on Saturday will include Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, who captured victory in the KWS season-opener at the one-third mile oval, along with Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Lemoore’s Carson Macedo, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Scott’s Valley’s Evan Suggs, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Tipton’s Mike Faria, Winton’s Gordon Rodgers and others.
Reserved grandstand seats for the Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday July 26 will cost $25 with general admission bleacher tickets $20. To reserve your seat contact (559) 688-0909. The front gate will open at 4pm with racing expected to get underway around 7pm. Also in action during the night will be Wingless 360 Sprint Cars to make for a great card of racing.
The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. More info can be found at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com
Henderson Wins Thriller at Knoxville
by Bill Wright
KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, July 19, 2014 – Justin Henderson shot by Ian Madsen coming for the white flag to grab the $3,000 win in the 410 sprint car feature on 3M Night at the Knoxville Raceway on Saturday. The win was Henderson’s sixth in his career at the famous half-mile. Dusty Zomer picked up a convincing win in the 360 main event, and rookie Devin Kline picked up his first career win in the 305 feature.
Wayne Johnson shot out from his starting spot on the pole to lead the first two laps of the 410 main event, ahead of Madsen and Henderson. Madsen took the point on the third go-around, while Henderson followed him by Johnson two laps later.
The only caution of the event flew with seven laps completed. Brad Loyet came to a rest in turn two. Under caution, contact from another car collapsed the front end of the tenth place car of Mark Dobmeier. He retired with Loyet.
Madsen led Henderson, Johnson, Clint Garner and Dusty Zomer back to green on the restart. Zomer took over the fourth spot, with Garner in fifth. Behind them, Sammy Swindell, Terry McCarl and Brian Brown were slicing and dicing for position.
Meanwhile, Madsen continued to lead, increasing his margin on Henderson. With five laps to go, Henderson brought the BDS Motorsports #1 closer to the leader. In heavy lapped traffic coming for the white flag, he made his winning move. Madsen finished second ahead of Johnson, Zomer and Brown. Swindell, Garner, McCarl, Davey Heskin and Craig Dollansky rounded out the top ten.
Swindell set quick time on the night, while Garner, Brown, Jason Johnson and Don Droud Jr. claimed heat races. Danny Lasoski won the B main.
“I was doing nothing but screwing up,” said Henderson in Victory Lane. “I was ramping the inside berm and hitting the wall. It was a lot of fun though. I like a lot of things that are going on. It makes it a lot of fun. Bryan (Sunby) always gives us a really good car. If I wouldn’t have screwed up earlier, maybe I could have driven by him (sooner). It was a great racecar as always.”
Calvin Landis led the first two laps of the 360 feature, but it was all Dusty Zomer after that. The Sioux Falls native took the point on lap three. On the fourth go-around, Henderson moved into third, passing Sawyer Phillips.
On lap six the only stoppage of the 18-lapper came for debris in turn two. Zomer led Landis, Henderson, Jamie Ball and Lee Grosz back to green flag racing. Zomer pulled away from the field, while Henderson slowly reeled in Landis for the runner-up position. He would make his move for the spot on the last lap. Ball and Jeff Swindell trailed the lead trio. Joe Beaver, Grosz, hard-charger Russ Hall, Jarrod Schneiderman and Jason Johnson rounded out the top ten.
Henderson posted quick time in the 360 class, while Wayne Johnson, Dylan Peterson, Josh Baughman and Russ Hall claimed heat races. Billy Alley topped the B main.
“It was a fast race track,” said Zomer of his third career 360 feature aboard the Derek Ingalls’ #91. “There was a good bottom and a good top. We started everything simple. We always have some things to change, but we were fast and we were good. I think we’ll have some good notes for a couple of weeks (360 Nationals).”
Devin Kline put the L&J Enterprise #5J in the lead right away in the 15-lap 305 feature from his starting position on the pole with Steve Breazeale and Kade Higday in tow. Keoni Texeira took third briefly, but J Kinder was on the move, grabbing third on lap five, and then second from Breazeale on lap nine in the non-stop event.
Kinder was on a rail and shot by Kline in traffic for the lead on lap ten. He drifted up a bit behind a lapped car on the next circuit, however, and Kline shot back by, never giving up the point again. It was his first ever feature win here. Kinder followed, ahead of Breazeale, Texeira and Kevin Hetrick. Hard-charger Stacey Alexander, Jeff Wilke, Mitchell Alexander, Higday and Mike Philben rounded out the top ten.
Matthew Stelzer set quick time in the 305 class, but suffered motor problems in his heat and retired for the night. Stacey Alexander, Mitchell Alexander and Dustin Clark won heat races, while Corey Kautz won the B.
“I felt like I set a good pace until I got to lapped traffic,” said Kline in Victory Lane. “I got into the middle and didn’t know where to go. I ran the top and slowed down a lot. Once (Kinder) slid me, and slid back up, I knew I had a good enough car to get back on the bottom and set sail.”
410 A main (started), 20 Laps, NT: 1. Justin Henderson (4); 2. Ian Madsen (2); 3. Wayne Johnson (1); 4. Dusty Zomer (5); 5. Brian Brown (7); 6. Sammy Swindell (8); 7. Clint Garner (3); 8. Terry McCarl (6); 9. Davey Heskin (11); 10. Craig Dollansky (18); 11. Dustin Selvage (13); 12. Rico Abreu (22); 13. Danny Lasoski (21); 14. Brooke Tatnell (10); 15. Don Droud Jr. (20); 16. Bronson Maeschen (24); 17. Cole Wood (16); 18. Lynton Jeffrey (23); 19. Jason Johnson (19); 20. Dakota Hendrickson (12); 21. AJ Moeller (14); 22. RJ Johnson (17); 23. Mark Dobmeier (9); 24. Brad Loyet (15). Lap Leaders: W. Johnson 1-2, I. Madsen 3-18, Henderson 19-20. Hard-charger: Abreu.
Time Trials (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 1S, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (1), 15.406; 2. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (31), 15.416; 3. 33, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (17), 15.458; 4. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA (27), 15.53; 5. 96, Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville, IA (7), 15.570; 6. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (35), 15.587; 7. 91, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD (6), 15.596; 8. 1, Justin Henderson, Tea, SD (25), 15.603; 9. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (8), 15.607; 10. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust (10), 15.616; 11. 77X, Wayne Johnson, Knoxville, IA (15), 15.635; 12. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND (28), 15.650; 13. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (22), 15.667; 14. 24R, Rico Abreu, Rutherford, CA (32), 15.763; 15. 56, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (9), 15.797; 16. 4, Dakota Hendrickson, Omaha, NE (12), 15.830; 17. 7K, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA (23), 15.835; 18. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA (29), 15.908; 19. 05, Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO (4), 15.931; 20. 17W, Cole Wood, Auburn, CA (20), 15.946; 21. 71A, RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL (21), 16.014; 22. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (16), 16.015; 23. 41, Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA (14), 16.047; 24. 47, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (11), 16.053; 25. 49, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (3), 16.085; 26. 5J, Jamie Ball, Knoxville, IA (19), 16.126; 27. 75, Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust (18), 16.161; 28. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (5), 16.189; 29. 69, Mike Moore, Des Moines, IA (34), 16.303; 30. 19, Bob Weuve, Newton, IA (24), 16.349; 31. 74X, Josh Hodges, Tijeras, NM (13), 16.362; 32. 10, Garrett Dollansky, Elk River, MN (26), 16.433; 33. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (30), 16.557; 34. 17M, Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL (2), 16.620; 35. 47AU, Trevor Reynolds, Perth, WA, Aust. (33), NT.
Heat one (started), 8 Laps, 2:09.8: 1. Clint Garner (4); 2. RJ Johnson (1); 3. Dustin Selvage (2); 4. Brooke Tatnell (3); 5. Sammy Swindell (6) / 6. Bronson Maeschen (5); 7. Josh Schneiderman (7); 8. Tasker Phillips (9); 9. Mike Moore (8)
Heat two (started), 8 Laps, NT: 1. Brian Brown (6); 2. Craig Dollansky (1); 3. Ian Madsen (4); 4. Terry McCarl (5); 5. AJ Moeller (2) / 6. Rico Abreu (3); 7. Joey Moughan (9); 8. Jamie Ball (7); 9. Bob Weuve (8)
Heat three (started), 8 Laps, 2:08.7: 1. Jason Johnson (1); 2. Davey Heskin (3); 3. Dusty Zomer (5); 4. Wayne Johnson (4); 5. Brad Loyet (2) / 6. Danny Lasoski (6); 7. Josh Hodges (8); 8. Glen Saville (7); 9. Trevor Reynolds (9)
Heat four (started), 8 Laps, 2:12.1: 1. Don Droud Jr. (1); 2. Mark Dobmeier (4); 3. Justin Henderson (5); 4. Cole Wood (2); 5. Dakota Hendrickson (3) / 6. Lynton Jeffrey (6); 7. Chris Martin (7); 8. Garrett Dollansky (8)
B main (started), 12 Laps, 3:17.2: 1. Danny Lasoski (1); 2. Lynton Jeffrey (2); 3. Rico Abreu (4); 4. Bronson Maeschen (3); 5. Josh Schneiderman (5); 6. Mike Moore (9); 7. Joey Moughan (12); 8. Tasker Phillips (13); 9. Chris Martin (6); 10. Josh Hodges (11); 11. Bob Weuve (8); 12. Glen Saville (7); 13. Garrett Dollansky (10); 14. Trevor Reynolds (14) DNS – Jamie Ball
360 A main, 18 Laps, NT: 1. Dusty Zomer (3); 2. Justin Henderson (8); 3. Calvin Landis (1); 4. Jamie Ball (5); 5. Jeff Swindell (6); 6. Joe Beaver (7); 7. Lee Grosz (4); 8. Russ Hall (17); 9. Jarrod Schneiderman (11); 10. Jason Johnson (16); 11. Tony Shilling (13); 12. Chase Johnson (9); 13. Jon Agan (22); 14. Dylan Peterson (15); 15. Billy Alley (21); 16. Nate Van Haaften (10); 17. Matt Covington (20); 18. Carson McCarl (23); 19. Bronson Maeschen (12); 20. Josh Baughman (19); 21. Harli White (24); 22. Wayne Johnson (14); 23. Sawyer Phillips (2) DNS – Ryan Roberts. Lap Leaders: Landis 1-2, Zomer 3-18. Hard-charger: R. Hall.
305 A main, 15 Laps, 4:44.2: 1. Devin Kline (1); 2. J Kinder (5); 3. Steve Breazeale (4); 4. Keoni Texeira (6); 5. Kevin Hetrick (8); 6. Stacey Alexander (12); 7. Jeff Wilke (10); 8. Mitchell Alexander (13); 9. Kade Higday (2); 10. Mike Philben (9); 11. Dustin Clark (17); 12. Tanner Edwards (11); 13. Mike Mayberry (14); 14. McKenna Haase (15); 15. Joe Simbro (16); 16. Christopher Scank (20); 17. Corey Kautz (19); 18. Bob Hildreth (18); 19. Laney Feight (22); 20. Kevin Hiemstra (21); 21. Michael Fishel (24); 22. Lee Patterson (23); 23. Chris Walraven (7); 24. Terri O’Connell (3). Lap Leaders: Kline 1-9, Kinder 10, Kline 11-15. Hard-charger: S. Alexander.