Bud Kaeding leads all 30-laps to capture fourth King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory of the season on Saturday at Placerville Speedway
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – September 24, 2016…After scoring his first career Placerville Speedway victory in April Campbell’s Bud Kaeding returned to the high-banked bullring on Saturday night and added another, by claiming the 30-lap main event with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.
It was the fourth overall triumph of the season for Kaeding and the Williams Motorsports team, in what has been a solid year for the Oakhurst, CA based team. It also marked his 16th career King of the West 410 Sprint Car win, which gives him sole possession of seventh on the all-time series list, breaking a two-way tie between himself and Tim Green. Kaeding is now just one victory away from tying Los Angeles driver Tyler Walker for sixth on the win list.
“We’ve had a really good season overall and to win twice in Placerville this year is pretty special,” commented Kaeding. “This hasn’t always been my best track over the years, but Sean Grealy and my guys gave me an outstanding car tonight. These races are never easy to win, so you have to celebrate them when you get the chance. We’ve had a great group of racers out here and I hope all the fans are enjoying the close competition this season. Thanks to everyone for coming out tonight and supporting all of us. We hope everyone can make it out to Watsonville & Tulare in a couple weeks.”
The 30-lap feature got off to a rather slow start, with multiple stoppages plaguing the flow early on. After lap 10 however, the race went green to checkered and saw Kaeding have his way out front for the duration of the contest. Roseville’s Colby Copeland tried to keep pace through lapped traffic, but Kaeding was ultra strong picking his way through the slower cars.
Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, who was making his first ever King of the West Placerville start, looked like a veteran as the laps wound down in the feature. After starting 10th in the field he battled his way under Hanford’s DJ Netto on lap 19 for third and then sliced under Copeland for second on lap 26.
Bernal then closed the gap between himself and Kaeding over the final few laps, but would come up just short, having to settle for second at the stripe. The official margin of victory for Kaeding at the line was 0.682 seconds. The runner up effort was a career best with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series for Bernal aboard the Mike Phulps owned Metal Works No. 56 machine.
“I’m pretty pumped to finish on the podium with the King of the West Series tonight,” said Bernal. “We had a really good car in the feature and I got into a nice groove on the bottom the last 10-laps. I think with a couple more laps we would have had a shot at Bud (Kaeding). I’ll take a second though considering the kind of competition we are running against. It was a great weekend for us to get a couple of second place finishes with the winged car.”
Copeland crossed under the checkered flag in third to claim his second podium finish of the King of the West season. It was also his first series start in the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association/ Antaya Motorsports No. 20 Sprinter. “I thought we had a shot to get a win early on, but a third place finish is pretty good for us tonight. This is a new deal for me so I can’t thank Larry Antaya, Tim Werbach and this entire team enough for giving me the chance to drive this car. I’m excited for the remainder of the season.
After winning the night’s dash DJ Netto had a solid run in the feature to come home in fourth behind the wheel of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c mount. Fremont’s Shane Golobic thrilled the crowd after having to go to the rear of the field on lap one aboard the Keith Day Trucking No. 22 Sprinter. He proceeded to charge around the high-side of the quarter-mile and march his way back to fifth by the finish. If a yellow had come out at some point in the race Golobic certainly would have made things interesting up front.
The top-10 was completed by Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Paradise’ Kyle Hirst, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox and Fresno’s Cory Eliason. Hirst was able to recover for an eighth place finish after getting upside down in his heat race and also being caught up in an early race incident in the feature. After the night he still maintains a 30-point lead over Kaeding with four events remaining in 2016.
A-main finish: 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Colby Copeland, 4. DJ Netto, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Bobby McMahan, 7. Mitchell Faccinto, 8. Kyle Hirst, 9. Justyn Cox, 10. Cory Eliason, 11. Jason Statler, 12. Chase Johnson, 13. Jarrett Soares, 14. Chase Majdic, 15. Sean Watts, 16. Willie Croft, 17. Matt Barber, 18. Billy Wallace, 19. Jake Morgan, 20. Jim Richardson
As noted DJ Netto captured the dash, while heat race victories went to Colby Copeland, DJ Netto and Justyn Cox. Bud Kaeding started off the night by setting his first fast time of the season by clocking a 10.587 around the Placerville Speedway. Full results are available at www.racepmg.com
The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will take this coming weekend off, before getting back underway with a double header outing on Friday October 7 at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville and then Saturday October 8 at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare for the KRC Safety Fall Shootout.
Final Placerville Speedway appearance of the season up next for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this Saturday September 24
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – September 20, 2016…With the season winding down the start of five races to go for the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will take place this Saturday night with the final visit of the season to the always action packed Placerville Speedway.
The Placerville bullring is located just 40 minutes from the capital city of Sacramento and this Saturday marks the third trip of the season to the Scott Russell & Kami Arnold promoted quarter-mile clay oval. The first two events have been nothing short of thrilling and this weekend promises to feature much of the same, as drivers look to build momentum for the final month & a half in Northern California. Also on hand will be the always entertaining BCRA Midgets, plus IMCA Sport Mods.
Two-time King of the West champion Kyle Hirst leads the field into Saturday aboard the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x Sprinter. The Paradise, CA wheel-man sits atop the standings by 57-markers and will be gunning for his sixth victory of the campaign this weekend. Last year Hirst swept both events at the Placerville Speedway and led a number of laps in the feature during the most recent visit on July 30. If he were to park it in victory lane it would set a new personal high for him when it comes to wins in a season with the series.
“We’re looking forward to getting the season back underway this Saturday at Placerville Speedway,” Hirst commented. “We’ve had a really strong year so far and hopefully we can continue that during these last five races. Whenever King of the West competes in Placerville it’s a wild show, so hopefully the fans will pack the stands this weekend. It would mean a lot to get that sixth win of the season. We had a good shot last time in Pville and definitely want to seal the deal on Saturday.”
The previous two King of the West appearances in Placerville have been picked off by Campbell’s Bud Kaeding & Fremont’s Shane Golobic respectively. Both drivers have claimed three wins apiece this season, with Golobic claiming victory at the two most recent events held. Kaeding ranks second in the points going into Saturday and will be hoping for a strong night to try and cut into Hirst’s lead with five races to go. Golobic will be searching to make it three in a row with the series this weekend.
Sacramento’s Willie Croft has been in position to win both King of the West stops in Placerville this season, but each time has found heartbreak city towards the end. The season-opener saw him lead 26-laps, before a spun car ended his shot at victory. In July he looked to be on way to a certain triumph, until banging the cushion just hard enough to send him sideways & on his side in dramatic fashion just prior to the checkered. Croft looks to put that behind him on Saturday to try and scoop up his first Placerville KWS win.
Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler & Hanford’s DJ Netto round out the top-five in the standings going into Placerville. Cox will continue his rookie campaign with the series and has certainly gained speed with the season wearing on. Statler earned a podium finish in July at Placerville and will be gunning to improve by a couple more spots on Saturday. Netto will be looking to score his first win of the season, as he makes his second King of the West start since joining the Tri-C Motorsports team.
More possibilities on Saturday will include Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Fair Oak’s Jake Morgan, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.
Adult tickets this Saturday cost $22, seniors 62 & over and juniors 12-15 will be $15 with kids 6-11 being $6. Children under 6 are free. The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 3pm and racing anticipated to begin around 7pm.
The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more on Placerville Speedway log onto http://www.placervillespeedway.com
Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com
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Remaining King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events in 2016
Saturday September 24: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
Friday October 7: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA
Saturday October 8: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (KRC Safety Fall Shootout)
Saturday October 15: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (31st Cotton Classic)
Saturday November 5: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (33rd Tribute to Gary Patterson)
Season Championship Preview: Nygaard vs. Mack
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (Sept. 16) - A long, grueling points battle that began in late April has come down to one night at the Bullring. Tonight we crown the 2016 NOSA champion, but who that will be is yet to be determined.
Coming into tonight, eight-time and defending series champion, Wade Nygaard has an 11 point lead over 2011 champion, Casey Mack. In order to secure the championship, regardless of what Mack does, Nygaard would have to finish 11th or better. The stats look to be in Nygaard’s favor too, considering he hasn’t finished worse than ninth in 2016 at River Cities Speedway.
However, Mack has been awfully fast as of late and if it weren’t for mechanical issues at Buffalo River Race Park a few weekends back, this points race could have very well been a lot closer than what it is. Still Mack can’t be counted out to take the win tonight and put the pressure on the No. 9N team.
2014 champion, Austin Pierce, also has a shot at the title tonight sitting 19 points behind Nygaard.
Racing starts at 7pm! Save $15 at the front gate with a Family Pass (admits two adults and three kids). Save $3 per adult by purchasing your ticket at Home of Economy, University Station, Gateway Cenex, StaMart, ElRoco Bottle Shop, or Northdale Oil! Students receive 50% off the ticket price with a valid Student ID.
Previous NOSA Champions:
2015: Wade Nygaard
2014: Austin Pierce
2013: Wade Nygaard
2012: Chris Shirek
2011: Casey Mack
2010: Chris Shirek
2009: Bobby Martin
2008: Lou Kennedy Jr
2007: Lou Kennedy Jr
2006: Scott Butz
2005: Chris Shirek
2004: Mark Dobmeier
2003: Mark Dobmeier
2002: Wade Nygaard
2001: Wade Nygaard
2000: Wade Nygaard
1999: Wade Nygaard
1998: Wade Nygaard
1997: Wade Nygaard
1996: Kevin Jopp
1995: Todd Mack
1994: Todd Mack
Reed claims FAST title with win at Fremont
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Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio – Byron Reed has put together THE best season of his 26+ years of 410 sprint car racing. He dominated the 30-lap feature at Fremont Speedway Friday to score his 9th win of 2016 to wrap up his fourth Kistler Racing Products FAST Championship Series presented by KS Sales and Service title.
For Monclova, Ohio’s Reed, the victory was the 32nd of his career at Fremont Speedway and ties him with Shawn Valenti and hall of famer Wally Heminger for 13th on the track’s all-time win list. The $5,000 victory on All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Night to kick off the 9th Annual Jim Ford Classic weekend also meant Reed would take the $10,000 FAST title.
“It wasn’t that good until we got it freed up to where I could maneuver a little bit. I was terrible in the heat race. I won nine races and this probably was my least favorite win because I started on the front…I really don’t feel like I totally earned it. Of all the different championships we have won I feel like we had a great year. Nothing was close and no one was really challenging us. It was a great win. I have to thank Crown Battery, Ken Gill Construction, Kistler Engines…this motor had All Pro heads on it…and my crew, Kurt, Kevin, Dick, my mom and dad, my wife and kids for putting up with all of this,” said Reed in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
Fremont’s John Ivy has struggled in 2016. The former multi-time track champion got some help from a former crew chief and it paid off as he survived several restarts to claim his second win of the year in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 sprints to the tune of $2,000. It was Ivy’s 52nd career win at Fremont as he sits sixth on the track’s all-time win list.
“We’ve had a bad string here. Joey and my brother have been busting their butts and we finally got to start up front. We had Guy Myers come back and give us a hand and keep us in line and apparently it worked out. This thing was good. I have to thank the Sipes family..they put us a good race car together,” said Ivy.
Fremont, Ohio’s Paul Weaver finished second and earned his first JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro championship.
“This is pretty neat to win the FAST deal and Attica and almost got Fremont championship too. It’s been a pretty good year,” said Weaver.
Dustin Sautter won the McCullough Industries 602 Late Model feature, but when he failed to go to the scales after the event, he was disqualified and the win went to Tim Sabo. For Sabo, it was his first win of the year and the 27th of his career tying him with his brother, Steve, for 17th on the track’s all time win list. Wayne, Ohio’s John Brooks got a last lap pass to secure his first ever Fremont Speedway track championship in the division.
“I was pretty angry after Miller dumped me over there. So I was kind of doing some things I shouldn’t have been. I have to thank Rusty Schlenk Race Cars…he helped me a lot with setting this up. Chris Watson…he works tirelessly for no pay. My friends are all here from out of town. I have to thank my wife,” said Brooks.
In the 30 lap Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 sprints, Reed and Todd Heller brought the field to green with Reed gaining the advantage. After a lap was completed Duane Zablocki flipped and on the restart Bryan Nuckles spun. When the green reappeared Reed pulled away as DJ Foos pulled into second and a lap later Carson Macedo took third. Reed steadily pulled away as Foos and Macedo battled for second with Brock Martin and Travis Philo staying close.
With nine laps in Stuart Brubaker would spin followed by Brandon Matus tangling with another machine. Each time the caution flew it wiped out an over two second lead for Reed. On lap 10 Martin drove from fourth to second. Chris Andrews took a tumble on lap 12 with Reed leading Martin, Foos, Macedo, Philo and Cole Duncan. Reed built a big lead again when the green flew and raced into lapped traffic by the 19th circuit.
Philo spun battling for fourth on lap 21, again wiping out a big lead for Reed. Reed would get a fantastic restart and drove away for the win over Martin, Macedo, who took third on the last lap, Foos and Duncan.
In the 25 lap 305 feature, Jason Keckler and Dustin Rall brought the field to green but Brandon Moore would stop before a lap could be recorded. On the restart Keckler would gain the advantage over fourth starting Ivy with Weaver, Steve Rando and Rall in tow. After Cody Bova spun on lap four, Ivy would challenge Keckler on the restart before another yellow for Dan Henning on lap five. With eight laps in Alvin Roepke and Chris Andrews would spin just after Ivy took the lead over Keckler and Weaver.
A spat of yellow flags and crashes involving Kyle Peters and Landon LaLonde and another with Seth Schneider would keep the flow of the race in check. When the green flew again on lap nine, Ivy led, Keckler, Weaver, Nate Dussel, Dan McCarron and Matt Foos. Ivy would pull away slightly as Weaver pressured Keckler for second. The leaders found lapped traffic again with three laps to go as Ivy led Keckler, Weaver, Dussel and Foos.
Weaver would finally take second on lap 24 but ran out of time to catch Ivy. Dussel scored third with Foos and Keckler rounding out the top five.
Fremont Speedway will wrap up the 9th Annual Jim Ford Classic on Saturday, Sept. 17 (rain date of Sunday, Sept. 18). For more information go to www.fremontohspeedway.com
Jim Ford Classic Night #1
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
[*] starting position
A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 5-Byron Reed ; 2. 97-Broc Martin ; 3. 09X-Carson Macedo ; 4. 23-DJ Foos ; 5. 9x-Cole Duncan ; 6. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 7. 33M-Max Stambaugh ; 8. 4k-Kody Kinser ; 9. 8-Bryan Sebetto ; 10. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 11. 5T-Travis Philo ; 12. 09-Craig Mintz ; 13. 14H-Todd Heller ; 14. 38-Dean Jacobs ; 15. 73-Chris Andrews ; 16. 13-Brandon Matus ; 17. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 18. 59-Bryan Nuckles ; 19. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 20. 4-Danny Smith
305 Sprints A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 77I-John Ivy ; 2. 1W-Paul Weaver ; 3. 1-Nate Dussel ; 4. 2F-Matt Foos ; 5. 25-Jason Keckler ; 6. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 7. 19R-Steve Rando ; 8. 4M-Jamie Miller ; 9. 4T-Chris Andrews ; 10. 2-Ricky Peterson ; 11. 9R-Dustin Rall ; 12. 41-Thomas Schinderle ; 13. 20I-Kelsey Ivy ; 14. 97-Kyle Peters ; 15. 36-Seth Schneider ; 16. 20B-Cody Bova ; 17. 7M-Brandon Moore ; 18. 99-Alvin Roepke ; 19. 2L-Landon Lalonde ; 20. 32H-Dan Hennig
Lay earns 1st Fremont 410 win of 2016; Marin takes track title
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Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
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By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio – At the end of the 2015 racing season Brian Lay briefly contemplated hanging up the helmet. But the Genoa, Ohio driver decided to give it another shot and it has paid off in 2016. Lay led all 30 laps at Fremont Speedway on Kistler Racing Products Championship Night to score his first 410 sprint feature win of the season at “The Track That Action Built.”
By virtue of his third place finish in feature, Wooster, Ohio’s Broc Martin claimed the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint track title, the first of his career at the track.
Lay, who arrived at the track after attending a friends wedding, had to withstand a late race restart and held off a charging Jody Keegan to claim his third career victory at Fremont Speedway. He also had to pick his way through heavy lapped traffic and admitted he started the race with 26 tear-offs and was down to his last one when the checkers fell.
“After the year we had last year, just to be standing on the front stretch here is an accomplishment. I want to thank my Uncle Kenny, my dad, my cousin Rick, Pauly..Jeff’s not here with us tonight but this one means a lot. I want to thank Paul Kistler and all the fans for sticking it out for us,” Lay said beside his Robert Mucha Law; Seagate Sandblasting; Varga Farms; American Quality Stripping; Dave Story Equipment; Wood County Collision backed #45.
“I have to thank one of my sponsors, Varga Farms, he got married tonight and I was in his wedding…I was the sixth guy standing in line. I peeled off my tuxedo to race and this is the best way I can repay him when I get back to the party,” added Lay from the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
For Martin, the track championship is a dream come true.
“I have to be honest. After the heat race I was a little flustered. Then Rich (Farmer, track promoter) told my guys we had to take the green in the feature for the championship and that took a huge weight off my back. I was still a little nervous. I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous to fire a race car as I was tonight. Once the green flew I knew I was going to go for it. We had a good car but just came up a little short. There’s ton of guys on that trophy and it means a lot. I come from the Wayne County area but Fremont is pretty much like a home to me now and people have accepted that. Realistically, this is for all my guys, Matt (Root), Lane (Cecil) and all our sponsors, Rick who’s here tonight…but mostly this is for my parents (Jim and Traci Martin). They put a lot of time into this. It means a ton when I can come out and finish something off like this. I’m going to cherish this. No matter what happens my name is going to be on that list forever,” Martin said.
Bradner, Ohio’s Nate Dussel has been so close to winning a track championship in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints for several years. He finally accomplished that goal Saturday, holding off a charging Matt Foos to score his fourth win of the year and the 21st of his career at Fremont Speedway to earn his first ever track title.
“I saw Paul (Weaver) was up to seventh in 10 laps (started 13th), it was just Paul being Paul, you know he’s going to be in the mix. One of us had to start in the back tonight and unfortunately for him it was him. We’ve been there and done that. There’s never been a time when I’ve looked at my crew guys on a green and I’m going down the back stretch and I see all of them screaming and yelling. I knew there was someone about to pass me and all of a sudden I could hear Foos (Matt). I thought it was Weaver. I just ran it in real hard and kind of made it tight on some lapped cars. This is awesome. Thanks to Rich Farmer. Who would have thought the race track would be this beautiful. I’d be lying if I said I was hoping it wouldn’t rain out. This is sweet as hell,” said Dussel beside his Berrier Custom Fabrication; Al Davis Carpet and Laminate; Gressman Powersports; Foster Fabrication; Real Geese; Industrial Machinery Movers; Kistler Racing Products backed #1.
The championship for the Burmeister Trophies Dirt Trucks would also come down to the final laps of the feature. When the checkers flew it was Fostoria, Ohio’s Shawn Valenti standing in the Engine Pro Victory lane for the 7th time of the season while Keith Sorg’s third place run was good enough to garner him his first ever Fremont Speedway championship. The victory was the 32nd of his career at Fremont Speedway and ties Valenti with hall of famer Wally Heminger for 13th on the track’s all-time win list.
“First off I want to thank Rich Farmer for sticking this one out. There are promoters who would have pulled the plug on this one early. It’s a great season. I have to thank Craig Miller Trucking, Dave Story Equipment, Gressman Powersports, Burns Petroleum, Conrad Transport, Best Performance Motorsports, JP Enterprises, Real Geese Decoys…just very thankful,” Valenti said.
“It didn’t handle all that great but I made what I could out of it and it got us the championship. This is awesome when you consider the history of this track. It doesn’t get any better than this in your home town,” said Sorg.
Lay and Duane Zablocki brought the field to green for the 30-lap 410 sprint feature with Lay gaining the advantage. Lay set a blistering pace, encountering lapped traffic by the fifth circuit as Zablocki was trying to hold off Jack Sodeman Jr., Jody Keegan, Stuart Brubaker, Martin and Max Stambaugh.
Lay picked his way through traffic and built a 4.5 second lead at the half-way point with Keegan, Zablocki and Martin giving chase. Lay found heavy lapped traffic by lap 18 and that allowed Keegan to close with Martin taking third. The only caution of the event fell on lap 20 for Todd Heller who coasted to a stop. When the green came back out, Lay now had his hands full with Keegan with Martin and 14th place starter Dean Jacobs in tow with Tyler Gunn and Zablocki battling for fifth.
Once he got his momentum back Lay pulled away the remaining eight laps for the win. Keegan, Martin, Jacobs and Zablocki rounded out the top five.
Seth Schneider bolted into the lead of the 25-lap 305 sprint feature with Dussel, Dan McCarron and Kyle Capodice giving chase. Dussel would drive under Schneider for the lead on lap two. The leaders encountered heavy lapped traffic by the sixth lap with Dussel leading Schneider, McCarron, Matt Foos from 12th and Capodice.
The race ground to a halt on lap 10 when Jamie Miller went for a wild ride on the front stretch. He was uninjured but done for the night. On the restart Dussel led Foos, Capodice, McCarron and a closing Paul Weaver who started 13th. With 10 laps to go Dussel had pulled away slightly while Schneider battled with Foos for second and Weaver moving into fourth. Foos, in his rookie year of sprint car racing, grabbed second on lap 16 and ate away at Dussel’s lead.
With five laps to go Foos was all over Dussel’s rear bumper as they raced through lapped traffic with Weaver closing as well. Dussel would get aggressive with lapped cars and drove to the victory over Foos, Weaver, Schneider and Steve Rando.
Fremont Speedway will be back in action Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17 for the 9th Annual Jim Ford Classic (JFC). It will be the largest combined purse in the history of the JFC with the 410 sprints battling for $5,000 to win, $500 to start the A-main each night.
On All Pro Cylinder Heads Night, Friday, Sept. 16, it will be the championship night for the Kistler Racing Products FAST Championship Series presented by KS Sales and Service for the 410 sprints and the JLH General Contractor 305 FAST Series presented by Engine Pro. It is also the track championship night for the McCullough Industries 602 Late Models. The 305 sprints will be battling for $2,000 to win and $305 to start the A-main.
Saturday’s Jim Ford Classic events begin at 9:30 a.m. with the 5th Annual Kick-It tournament featuring 10 local teams. There will also be a silent auction with many awesome racing and non-racing items up for bid. There will be a live auction at 12:30 p.m. followed by the 2017 Fremont Speedway Queens and Little Miss contest in the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame at 1 p.m. The racing action on JLH General Contractor Night begins with gates opening at 4 p.m. JLH has several cash rewards for fans and race teams throughout the night.
On Saturday, the 305 sprint teams will all compete in a feature as the field is split in two. The dirt trucks will also see a purse increase.
For more information go to www.fremontohspeedway.com
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
Kistler Racing Products Season Championship Night
410 Sprints A-Main 1 1. 45L-Brian Lay ; 2. 60-Jody Keegan ; 3. 83M-Broc Martin ; 4. 38-Dean Jacobs ; 5. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 6. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 7. 23-DJ Foos ; 8. 33M-Max Stambaugh ; 9. 33W-Matt Westfall ; 10. 8J-Jess Stiger ; 11. 5-Byron Reed ; 12. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 13. 4-Tracy Hines ; 14. 51-Roger Campbell ; 15. 1K-Joey Pendergrass ; 16. 23JR-Jack Sodeman ; 17. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 18. 14H-Todd Heller ; 19. 12X-Lou Scudere ; 20. 38J-Trey Jacobs ; 21. 2+-Brian Smith
305 Sprints A-Main 1. 1-Nate Dussel ; 2. 2F-Matt Foos ; 3. 1W-Paul Weaver ; 4. 36-Seth Schneider ; 5. 19R-Steve Rando ; 6. 20I-Dustin Stroup ; 7. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 8. 99-Alvin Roepke ; 9. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 10. 1XX-Jordan Ryan ; 11. 1X-Dustin Dinan ; 12. 25-Jason Keckler ; 13. 97-Kyle Peters ; 14. 77I-John Ivy ; 15. 9R-Dustin Rall ; 16. 2L-Landon Lalonde ; 17. 2-Ricky Peterson ; 18. 47-Matt Lucius ; 19. 75-Jerry Dahms ; 20. 66-Jamie Miller ; 21. 7M-Brandon Moore
Lance Dewease earns record fifth Tuscarora 50 win at Port Royal Speedway in dominating fashion
PORT ROYAL, PA. (September 10, 2016) - For an unprecedented fifth time, Lance Dewease is a Tuscarora 50 champion at the Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania.
The Central Pennsylvania veteran, who now owns 100 career victories at the Port Royal “Speed Palace,” as well as 31 career victories against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, earned more than $12,000 for his record setting main event win, crossing under the final checkers nearly eight seconds ahead of Stevie Smith and Dale Blaney.
Dewease took command officially on lap 12 and never looked back, utilizing the bottom groove of the Port Royal Speedway half-mile for the majority of his laps led.
“This feels great. It’s an honor to do it for these guys,” Dewease said on the Port Royal Speedway victory lane stage. “I think I may have won this race with five different car owners, too, so that makes it pretty special. I wanted this one so bad all year for these guys. We’ve been really good everywhere we’ve went. We had a really good race car last night, but had some mechanical problems that were nobody’s fault. I’m having a lot of fun driving for this race team. We are all really
enjoying this limited schedule. We savor every one of these things.”
With a redraw setting the first five starting rows of the 50-lap, Tuscarora 50 feature finale, it was Greg Hodnett and T.J. Stutts setting the tone on the initial start.
Hodnett jumped to the early advantage, leading Dale Blaney, T.J. Stutts, and Sheldon Haudenschild at the completion of lap one. Hodnett quickly opened up at the front of the field, extending his lead to a near-two second advantage by lap 10.
In the meantime, Lance Dewease, pilot of the Don Kreitz-owned/Sharman Builders/No. 69K, started to pick his way through the field. The Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, native drove forward from eighth on the grid, securing the third position by lap 10, second position by lap 11, and the top spot by lap 12, but not without help from Greg Hodnett.
Hodnett, who was still controlling the point position during Dewease’s charge, slowed to a stop on lap 12, the result of mechanical woes.
Dewease took advantage of Hodnett’s misfortune and quickly extended himself from his fellow front runners, chased to the lap 25 break by Stevie Smith, Dale Blaney, and Sheldon Haudenschild.
“That first 25 laps, I didn’t run that hard,” Dewease explained. “I knew we could go pretty soft on tires because I’m not that hard on tires. We came in during that red and my guys said my tires were still really good. So, I knew I could get going then. I just wanted to get inside the top-four before the break. I just found a line and was able to reel those guys in. You have to be there in the end in this deal. That’s what it’s all about. ”
The second segment of the Tuscarora 50 main event ignited with Lance Dewease returning to his place at the front of the field, followed by Stevie Smith and Dale Blaney. It would not take long for Dewease to once again open up his advantage, stretching to nearly four seconds by lap 30.
While Dewease dominated, a battle for second, third, and fourth would ensue involving Stevie Smith, Dale Blaney, and Cap Henry. Smith soon established himself in the runner-up position, followed by a lap-by-lap battle between Dale Blaney and Cap Henry.
Despite all of their attempts to catch the familiar No.69K of Lance Dewease, nothing proved to be beneficial. Dewease ultimately scored the five-digit payday, followed by Stevie Smith and Dale Blaney to complete the podium.
“There are probably only a few of us here that have experience racing on the same set of tires for all 50 laps,” Lance Dewease said. “There is a little bit of a nact to it and a little bit of a patience to it. I’m happy to get it done for these guys.”
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will close out the month of September with a visit to the World’s Greatest Dirt Track. The Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, will showcase Arctic Cat All Star competition on Saturday evening, September 24, during night two of the 35th Annual Four Crown Nationals.
“America’s Series” will join all three national divisions of the United States Auto Club (USAC), Midget, Sprint, and Champ, during their visit to Eldora Speedway, the first time Eldora Speedway has hosted four divisions during the Saturday night portion of the Four Crown Nationals since 2007.
Those seeking additional information regarding the 35th Annual Four Crown Nationals program at The Big E should visit Eldora Speedway at http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/event/35th-annual-four-crown-nationals/
A-Main (50 Laps) 1. 69K-Lance Dewease ; 2. 51S-Stevie Smith ; 3. 1-Dale Blaney ; 4. 21-Cap Henry ; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich ; 6. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe ; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 8. 19m-Brent Marks ; 9. 12-Blane Heimbach ; 10. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 11. 71m-Dave Blaney ; 12. 94-Ryan Smith ; 13. 5-Dylan Cisney ; 14. O7-Doug Esh ; 15. 7W-Logan Wagner ; 16. 55-Mike Wagner ; 17. 88-TJ Stutts ; 18. 21M-Brian Montieth ; 19. 70-Danny Holtgraver ; 20. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss ; 21. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 22. 33-Curt Stroup ; 23. 13-Tim Shaffer ; 24. 25-Aaron Ott ; 25. 27-Greg Hodnett
Standings (September 10, 2016):
1. Dale Blaney - 4836
2. Chad Kemenah - 4814
3. Sheldon Haudenschild - 4780
4. Cap Henry - 4510
5. Danny Holtgraver - 4452
6. Kraig Kinser - 4444
7. T.J. Michael - 4262
8. Caleb Helms - 4076
9. Lee Jacobs - 3936
10. Andrew Palker - 3864
Stevie Smith takes $5,000 from Port Royal Speedway during Night Before The Tuscarora 50
Tuscarora weekend continues Saturday with Tuscarora 50 finale
PORT ROYAL, PA. (September 9, 2016) - For the first time in 2016 and for the fourth time in his career, the “Black Bandit” Stevie Smith is a main event winner against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions at Port Royal Speedway, this time scoring the Night Before The Tuscarora 50 victory to officially kick-off Tuscarora weekend at the “Speed Palace.” Smith, who started third on the feature grid, took command for the first time on lap 12, eventually holding back Greg Hodnett and Lucas Wolfe by nearly 2.5 seconds to score the $5,000 top prize. It was Smith’s 17th career victory with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, equaling his father’s total on the all-time Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions win list.
“I am really happy to be out here tonight,” Stevie Smith said in victory lane. “I’ve always really enjoyed racing at Port Royal and I like winning at Port Royal. Although, I have to be truthful, I like winning at any track. It seems like it gets harder and harder to win every year. This track is putting on a great show for us here this weekend. I can’t thank everyone enough. They are the real reason why we are out here.”
Pole sitter Greg Hodnett took command during the initial Night Before The Tuscarora 50 main event start, leading Brock Zearfoss and Stevie Smith by the flag stand for the first time. Despite Hodnett’s ability to quickly extend his advantage at the front of the field, reaching a near-two second lead by lap 5, it was Lance Dewease who was creating the most noise.
Within two circuits, sixth starting Lance Dewease was already putting pressure on Stevie Smith, Brock Zearfoss, and Greg Hodnett, ultimately stealing third from Smith at the completion of lap two, and second from Zearfoss on lap three. The Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, native locked himself down on the bottom of the speedway, erasing Hodnett’s near-two second lead by lap eight, eventually driving under the familiar No. 27 on lap nine during a battle in traffic.
Unfortunately for the pilot of the Don Kreitz-owned/No. 69K, the dominance would soon come to an end, unexpectedly pulling to a stop on the backstretch on lap 11. This would allow Greg Hodnett to inherit the lead once again, followed by Stevie Smith and now Dale Blaney.
Greg Hodnett’s campaign at the front of the field would only last a single circuit, eventually overtaken by Stevie Smith with a textbook slide job between turns three and four on lap 12. That move would prove to be the winning move with Stevie Smith surviving the remaining 18 circuits of the 30 lap main event to earn his place on the coveted Port Royal Speedway victory lane stage, crossing under the final checkers nearly 2.5 seconds ahead of Greg Hodnett and Lucas Wolfe, who worked his way back to a podium finish by lap 13.
“We were just so tight at the beginning. It took us half of the race to really get going,” Stevie Smith explained. “Lance (Dewease) was really good tonight. I’m not sure how we would have ended up if he wouldn’t have broke. I just had to go where the car told me to go and where I thought the car was right. It hasn’t been right a lot this year, but it paid off tonight.”
The 49th running of the Tuscarora 50 will cap off a full weekend of competition for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions at Port Royal Speedway, awarding a minimum of $12,000 after 50 laps of green flag competition on Saturday night, September 10. The Tuscarora 50 finale, a show-up points event for the Arctic Cat All Stars during their third and final Port Royal Speedway appearance of 2016, will also award lap money on top of the five-digit payday, which will be accumulated during the entire main event.
Port Royal Speedway will open Tuscarora 50 pit gates and main gates at 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 10. A mandatory drivers meeting will be held at 5:45 pm, followed by hot laps at 6:30. For more information, please visit Port Royal Speedway at www.portroyalspeedway.com.
A-Main (30 Laps) 1. Stevie Smith; 2. Greg Hodnett; 3. Lucas Wolfe; 4. Dale Blaney; 5. Danny Dietrich; 6. Dave Blaney; 7. Brock Zearfoss; 8. Aaron Ott; 9. Sheldon Haudenschild; 10. Doug Esh; 11. Chad Kemenah; 12. Cap Henry; 13. Blane Heimbach; 14. Dylan Cisney; 15. Ryan Smith; 16. Mike Wagner; 17. TJ Stutts; 18. Kraig Kinser; 19. Jason Shultz; 20. Nicole Bower; 21. Danny Holtgraver; 22. Brent Marks; 23. Logan Wagner; 24. Lance Dewease; 25. Kody Lehman; 26. Steve Buckwalter.
Current Standings (September 9, 2016):
1. Dale Blaney - 4756
2. Chad Kemenah - 4734
3. Sheldon Haudenschild - 4700
4. Cap Henry - 4430
5. Danny Holtgraver - 4372
6. Kraig Kinser - 4364
7. T.J. Michael - 4182
8. Caleb Helms - 3996
9. Lee Jacobs - 3856
10. Andrew Palker - 3784
Arctic Cat All Stars will challenge Pennsylvania Posse for final time in 2016 during Tuscarora 50 weekend
INDIANAPOLIS (September 7, 2016) - Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will make one final trek into the heart of the Keystone State during the upcoming weekend, set to challenge the world-renowned Pennsylvania Posse during one of the most historic and competitive events in Central Pennsylvania; the Tuscarora 50.
Hosted in conjunction with the 162nd annual Juniata County Fair, Tuscarora 50 weekend will feature two, complete programs for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and Pennsylvania Posse, battling head-to-head at the Port Royal Speedway “Speed Palace” in Port Royal, Pennsylvania. The two-day showcase will be capped off with the 49th running of the 50-lap, Tuscarora 50 main event.
Tuscarora 50 weekend, set for Friday and Saturday, September 9-10, will ignite officially on Friday evening, September 9, with the Night Before The Tuscarora 50 preliminary program. The Night Before The Tuscarora 50 will feature a complete Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions program, awarding full points, as well as a $5,000 top prize. It will be the first Arctic Cat All Star appearance at the Port Royal Speedway “Speed Palace” since April 23 when Dale Blaney parked his familiar Big Game Treestands/GoMuddy.com/CH Motorsports/No.1 on the victory lane stage, earning $5,000 for capturing the inaugural Keith Kauffman Classic title.
Tuscarora 50 weekend will continue on Saturday evening, September 10, with the 49th running of the 50-lap, Tuscarora 50 main event paying a minimum of $12,000 to the winner. In addition to the five-figure payday, lap money will also be awarded, accumulated by leading laps during the 50-lap finale. The “Myerstown Missile” Brent Marks, a Pennsylvania Posse regular who has qualified for 12 Arctic Cat All Star main events in 2016, is the defending Tuscarora 50 champion, sweeping the entire Tuscarora weekend in 2015 by capturing the Night Before The Tuscarora 50 and Tuscarora 50 programs.
Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild will lead the Arctic Cat All Star stampede into Central Pennsylvania, not as the championship point leader, but as the series’ leading winner and hottest driver on tour, scoring three consecutive victories including two for a combined $20,000. Haudenschild recently picked up victories during the Inaugural Dirt Classic Ohio at Attica Raceway Park, as well as the Pete Jacobs Memorial at Wayne County Speedway. The pilot of the Southern Pacific Farms/Walker Performance Filtration/Factory Kahne/ No. 93 has earned eight victories on the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions trail thus far in 2016 and currently sits third in the championship chase, just 46 points out of the top spot.
Despite Haudenschild’s recent hot streak, defending Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Dale Blaney continues to hold down the championship lead, maintaining an eight point advantage over of fellow former series champion Chad Kemenah, and a 46 point advantage over Haudenschild. The “Low Rider” owns seven victories thus far in 2016, cashing in for 30 top-ten finishes in 38 feature starts.
Chad Kemenah will use Central Pennsylvania as an opportunity to reclaim the top spot in the championship. The Alvada, Ohio, native has only one victory on the season thus far, but an impressive run of 22 top-five finishes, leading all Arctic Cat All Star competitors in 2016.
Port Royal Speedway will use identical time tables during Tuscarora 50 weekend, opening pit gates at 4:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, September 9-10. A mandatory drivers meeting, which will be conducted during both programs, will be held at 5:45 pm, followed by hot laps at 6:30. For more information, please visit Port Royal Speedway live on the Web at www.portroyalspeedway.com.
"410" SPRINTS RETURN SATURDAY FOR FINAL APPEARANCE OF 2016 AT SHARON; FINAL NIGHT OF POINTS FOR BIG-BLOCK MODS
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH September 6, 2016 After being dark over the Labor Day Weekend, Sharon Speedway will return to action this Saturday (September 10) for the final appearance of the 2016 season by the "410" Sprint Cars along with the final "Steel Valley Thunder" program as the points will end for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Race time is 7 p.m. The Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars have the night off.
Coming off two successful Arctic Car All Star Circuit of Champions events in June and July for Ohio Speedweek and the "Lou Blaney Memorial" won by the late Bryan Clauson and Danny Holtgraver, the "410" Sprint Cars will appear Saturday in a non-sanctioned, regular event paying $1,500 to-win, $200 to-start for the 25-lap feature. If 24 or more cars are present, the payoff will increase to $2,000 to-win, $225 to-start. The complete payoff is posted below. The national "410" Hoosier Tire rule will be in effect. Mufflers are not required. Drivers will draw pills for the heat race line-ups with a maximum invert of eight or nine (depending on the number of heats) for the feature lineup. There are no registration, membership or entry fees. This will be the only "410" Sprint Car event in the western Pa. and eastern Ohio for the entire weekend.
Last year, Jimmy Seger won this event for his first career Sharon victory and his first since returning to racing following a terrifying accident in 2014 at Williams Grove Speedway. Seger was a teammate on this night to Jack Sodeman, Jr. Sodeman has been red hot on the circuit this year scoring nine victories including six at Mercer Raceway Park and three at Lernerville Speedway. He also captured the track championships at both tracks. Sodeman, of North Jackson, Ohio, won the last two track championships at Sharon when the Sprints competed regularly in 2009 and 2010 and owns 12 career wins at the track.
Dan Shetler, who won the 2008 title, has been fast in the region and has been knocking on the door of his first win of the season. Gary Edwards, who competed at both of the earlier Sprint shows this year, is the only other active racer who owns a championship at Sharon. Edwards won the 2000 title on the old half-mile track. The now retired Ed Lynch, Jr. leads the all-time win list with 50 victories. Ed's son Sye is a weekly competitor at Lernerville, and finished third on Saturday night at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway in an event won by Carl Bowser.
The early part of the 2016 season in the Big-Block Modifieds saw the father-son duo of Jim Weller, Jr. and Jimmy Weller III dominate action, while recently veteran drivers Jim Rasey, Dave Murdick, Rick Richner, and Kevin Bolland have ended winless droughts. Through it all though, it's been one of the division's youngest drivers in Rex King, Jr. sitting atop the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply standings. With two wins, the Bristolville, Ohio driver will look to capture his second title in three years on Saturday night. "Cooter" leads Weller III by a pretty comfortable 26 points. Completing the top 10 points paying positions are Rex King, Murdick, Richner, Rasey, Rick Regalski, Jr., Rob Kristyak, Bolland, and Weller, Jr.
Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5. Sprint engine starts will be at 6:30 p.m. following by warm-ups for the Sprints only. Heat races begin at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $13. Pit passes are $30. Children 13 and under along with parking and camping are free. Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.
The 87th anniversary season will conclude next Friday and Saturday (September 16-17) with the annual "Apple Festival Nationals". Racing begins at 6 p.m. both days. Check SharonSpeedway.com for more information.
Madsen and Reutzel Score Monumental AGCO Jackson Nationals Victories
JACKSON, Minn. (Sept. 4, 2016) - Kerry Madsen and Aaron Reutzel both charged to huge paydays on Sunday at Jackson Motorplex during the finale of the 38th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals.
Madsen captured the $25,000 top prize for claiming the National Sprint League main event, which featured the Spirit Lake Silver & Gold NSL 410 Sprint Cars, while Reutzel netted $10,000 for winning the Last-Deck® 360 Sprint Cars A Main that showcased the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
Madsen, who was driving the Matt Wood Racing No. 17w that was previously piloted by Bryan Clauson, who tragically passed away less than a month ago, capped the three-day event by leading the final six laps en route to his NSL leading fourth feature victory of the season.
"I wish I had words," Madsen said in the Winner's Circle. "I don't. That car was on another level. It was driving itself somehow."
Brian Brown powered into the lead on the opening lap of the 25-lap main event and he led the next eight circuits before Ian Madsen took command on Lap 9 with a slide job in turn four. Madsen entered traffic on the ensuing lap and he built nearly a two-second advantage by the time his brother, Kerry, passed Brown for the runner-up position on Lap 16.
Kerry Madsen reeled Ian Madsen in before a daring slide job that nearly resulted in contact between the two in turns three and four gave him the lead on Lap 20.
"Early I figured with the way the track was I didn't have a shot to win," Kerry Madsen said. "I just wanted to do my best. The harder I drove the car the faster it went. It was unbelievable. Then you go, 'Ok, we're on for the victory.' I pushed and was aggressive, but sometimes that's what you gotta do. It's sprint car racing. If you be too patient with someone someone is going to put the move on you. When you have the momentum you have to go."
A caution came out a lap later to give the new leader clean track in front of him. Two more cautions in the final five laps provided Ian Madsen an opportunity to reclaim the lead with a pass, but Kerry Madsen had enough in the tank to maintain the top spot.
Ian Madsen finished second, which secured the Jackson Motorplex Spirit Lake Silver & Gold NSL 410 Sprint Cars championship, with Brown rounding out the podium.
Sammy Swindell ended fourth with Craig Dollansky placing fifth.
The night began with Wayne Johnson and Tasker Phillips each winning a heat race with Swindell picking up the pole shuffle victory.
360 Sprint Cars
Reutzel's aggressiveness paid off as he garnered the Last-Deck® 360 Sprint Cars featuring the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour triumph thanks to a late-race caution.
"That race played out really good for us," he said. "The first start went like it needed to go. The cautions fell when I needed them. It all played out perfectly."
Reutzel started the 25-lap feature on the outside of the seventh row, but he quickly advanced to sixth place by Lap 3. He spent the next 15 laps battling Danny Lasoski for fifth place before securing that position on Lap 17 just before a caution on the following lap.
Reutzel picked up two positions on the restart before capitalizing on a caution with two laps remaining. While Ian Madsen, who started on the outside of the front row and led the first 23 laps, fought for the bottom of the track with Kerry Madsen in tow, Reutzel rocketed around the high side.
He passed Kerry Madsen in turns one and two before taking the lead in turn four. Reutzel officially led the final two laps for the win.
"On that last restart I watched them go to the bottom and chop each other," he said. "I figured the only way I was going to win was if they did that again and I went to the top. I committed to the top and didn't even watch to see if they were coming to the top. I just knew the only way I was going to win is if I could get a clean run through the top and sure enough they left me the top."
Ian Madsen held off Kerry Madsen for the runner-up position with Josh Baughman finishing fourth and Sam Hafertepe Jr. rounding out the top five.
Gregg Bakker scored a sixth-place result and is the Last-Deck® 360 Sprint Cars champion at Jackson Motorplex.
Jackson Motorplex will return to action Sept. 23-24 for the IMCA Stock Car Nationals, which is the final event of the season at the half-mile oval.
The National Sprint League will be off next weekend before resuming racing on Sept. 16 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa, for the Arnold Motor Supply Shootout and Sept. 17 at U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo., for the FVP Missouri High-Banked Nationals. Both races are co-sanctioned with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
NATIONAL SPRINT LEAGUE NOTES : Wayne Johnson garnered a $100 certificate from Walker Performance Filtration for winning a heat race. … Tasker Phillips scored a $100 certificate from Kaeding Performance for winning a heat race. … Craig Dollansky was the So Close Award winner and received a certificate from Rod End Supply for being the highest starting NSL driver who missed the feature redraw. … Eric Schulz powered to the Locked in Award to garner a $100 certificate from Hooker Harness for being the final driver to start the A Main. … Kerry Madsen picked up a $50 certificate from KSE Racing Products for being the Hard Charger in the A Main. … Paige Polyak was given the Hard Luck Award, which provided a $100 certificate from Ti22 Performance for facing the worst luck of the night.
Spirit Lake Silver & Gold NSL 410 Sprint Cars Featuring the National Sprint League Race Report: Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., on Sept. 4, 2016 -
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 17W-Kerry Madsen (8); 2. 18-Ian Madsen (3); 3. 21-Brian Brown (2); 4. 1-Sammy Swindell (1); 5. 2KS-Craig Dollansky (9); 6. 3-Tim Kaeding (5); 7. 56N-Davey Heskin (7); 8. 2-Danny Lasoski (4); 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson (10); 10. 55-Brooke Tatnell (17); 11. 09-Matt Juhl (12); 12. 7W-Tasker Phillips (11); 13. 7X-Kaley Gharst (13); 14. 55L-Aaron Reutzel (14); 15. 84-Scott Bogucki (18); 16. 16-Travis Whitney (16); 17. 17E-Ryan Bickett (21); 18. 4H-Cody Hansen (25); 19. 25-Dylan Peterson (22); 20. 21K-Thomas Kennedy (6); 21. 7D-Dustin Selvage (19); 22. 4X-Eric Schulz (26); 23. 14-Jody Rosenboom (24); 24. 4W-Matt Wasmund (23); 25. 19P-Paige Polyak (15); 26. 17-Josh Baughman (DNS). Laps Led: Brian Brown 1-8; Ian Madsen 9-19; Kerry Madsen 20-25.
UNOFFICIAL NATIONAL SPRINT LEAGUE TOP 10 IN POINTS AFTER ROUND 21 - .1. 2-Danny Lasoski 7197; 2. 2ks-Craig Dollansky 6955; 3. 21-Brian Brown 6894; 4. 18-Ian Madsen 6597; 5. 55-Brooke Tatnell 5468; 6. 1s-Sammy Swindell 5355; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen 5199; 8. 7w-Tasker Phillips 4668; 8. 9. 56n-Davey Heskin 4490; 10. 10-Dakota Hendrickson 3876.
Last-Deck ® 360 Sprint Cars Featuring the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Race Report: Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., on Sept. 4, 2016 -
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel (14); 2. 18-Ian Madsen (2); 3. 117-Kerry Madsen (1); 4. 17-Josh Baughman (8); 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr (4); 6. 11X-Gregg Bakker (7); 7. 6-Carson McCarl (6); 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson (15); 9. 35-Skylar Prochaska (16); 10. 23-Seth Bergman (24); 11. 7-Kaley Gharst (9); 12. 2L-Logan Forler (18); 13. 4J-Lee Grosz (22); 14. 2-Derrik Lusk (20); 15. 7W-Tasker Phillips (19); 16. 23W-Scott Winters (12); 17. 17B-Ryan Bickett (5); 18. 52-Blake Hahn (11); 19. 1M-Danny Lasoski (3); 20. 17W-Harli White (17); 21. 3P-Sawyer Phillips (21); 22. 75C-Casey Heser (13); 23. 45X-Johnny Herrera (10); 24. 95-Matt Covington (23). Laps Led: Ian Madsen 1-23; Aaron Reutzel 24-25.
Sheldon Haudenschild dominates Pete Jacobs Memorial at Wayne County Speedway for second consecutive $10,000 top prize
ORRVILLE, Ohio (September 4, 2016) - For the second time in as many days, Sheldon Haudenschild pocketed $10,000 during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions competition, this time in dominating fashion during a non-stop main event at the Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio.
Haudenschild, pilot of the Southern Pacific Farms/Finzer Farms/Haudenschild Racing/No. 93, led all 35 circuits of the Pete Jacobs Memorial at “Orrville’s Historic Oval” on Sunday night, September 4, crossing under the final checkers nearly three seconds ahead of the competition. Now with eight victories on the season, as well as three consecutive since August 28, the Wooster, Ohio, native now finds himself on top of the victory leader-board during Arctic Cat All Star competition in 2016.
“Man, this crowd. Everything about this is just awesome,” Sheldon Haudenschild said in victory lane. “That’s what this is all about. To win in front of this crowd, in front of my hometown, is just awesome. Hats off to the entire track crew here tonight. They did a really good job preparing the race track. They worked in the top and bottom for us to race on, which really proved itself. I just can’t thank my guys enough for this. Everyone’s help is truly appreciated and I wouldn’t be here without them.”
Sheldon Haudenschild took the Pete Jacobs Memorial green flag from the inside of the second row, eventually driving by Dale Blaney at the exit of turn two, as well as Cap Henry at the exit of turn four, to officially lead lap number one over the pair of Ohio natives.
Haudenschild’s pace at the front of the field was untouchable, gaining a straightaway advantage by lap five using his familiar line at the top of the speedway. Traffic came into play for the first time shortly thereafter, but proved to be no distraction for Haudenschild, stretching his commanding lead to nearly five seconds by lap 18 of 35. Slower cars utilized the bottom lane of the speedway, allowing Haudenschild to work his line without losing momentum.
By lap 25, traffic started to intensify with cars battling two and three wide for position in front of the leader. Despite the potential road block, Haudenschild continued to navigate the outer rim of the speedway, still keeping a three to four second advantage over second place running Cole Duncan. In repeat fashion, Haudenschild kept his nose clean during the final ten circuits, driving on to score a 14th career Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory, his 13th since June of 2015.
“That’s just my mindset every time we hit the track, ya know,” Haudenschild explained. “You have to make every lap count. I really tried to minimize my mistakes, which was really hard on this race track. Both corners were different and sometimes got me caught up. I almost got balled up once or twice, but it was all worth it and a lot of fun.”
Cole Duncan finished just behind Haudenschild after starting on the outside of row two, followed by current Arctic Cat All Star point leader Dale Blaney, Chad Kemenah, and Cap Henry. Duncan raced inside the top-five during the entire main event, battling in the third position permanently by lap 19, all before sneaking by Dale Blaney in traffic for the runner-up spot on lap 24.
“Sheldon (Haudenschild) was in a different zip code all weekend,” Duncan explained after finishing second. “I’m not sure if we really had anything for him. I saw him at the end a little bit and thought maybe we were catching him. It would have been one thing to catch him, but a completely different thing to pass him. I can’t thank all of my guys enough for this opportunity. We are all really happy to end the weekend on a good note.”
With the Pete Jacobs Memorial officially in the books, only 46 points now separate Sheldon Haudenschild from the top spot in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions title chase, currently third behind Chad Kemenah and Dale Blaney. Blaney owns a slim, eight point advantage in the championship, with Kemenah just 38 points ahead of Haudenschild in second.
The Port Royal Speedway “Speed Palace” will welcome the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions to Central Pennsylvania for the final time in 2016 on Friday and Saturday, September 9-10, joining the notorious “Pennsylvania Posse” for two nights of Tuscarora 50 weekend competition. Tuscarora 50 weekend will comprise of two, full days of Arctic Cat All Star/”Pennsylvania Posse” competition, headlined with the 50-lap, $12,000-to-win, Tuscarora 50 main event on Saturday evening, September 10.
Like previous editions, the Friday night portion of Tuscarora 50 weekend will feature a complete Arctic Cat All Star format and program, followed by a special Tuscarora 50 format on Saturday awarding show-up points to all Arctic Cat All Stars who choose to compete. For those seeking additional information, please visit Port Royal Speedway live on the Web at www.portroyalspeedway.com.
A-Main (35 Laps) 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 2. 22-Cole Duncan ; 3. 1-Dale Blaney ; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 5. 21-Cap Henry ; 6. 19m-Brent Marks ; 7. 97-Gary Taylor ; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 9. 49-Tim Shaffer ; 10. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 11. 23-DJ Foos ; 12. 22S-Brandon Spithaler ; 13. 38K-Brad Haudenschild ; 14. 8M-TJ Michael ; 15. 16M-Danny Mumaw ; 16. 38-Dean Jacobs ; 17. 49H-Bradley Howard ; 18. 15H-Mitch Harble ; 19. 84-Brandon Hanks ; 20. D12-Jason Dolick ; 21. C1-Clay Riney ; 22. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 23. 59N-Bryan Nuckles ; 24. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 25. 70-Danny Holtgraver
Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (September 4, 2016) “Waelti claims Badger Midget Championship with Angell Park victory”
1. Dale Blaney 4614
2. Chad Kemenah 4606
3. Sheldon Haudenschild 4568
4. Cap Henry 4304
5. Danny Holtgraver 4264
6. Kraig Kinser 4250
7. T.J. Michael 4102
8. Caleb Helms 3916
9. Lee Jacobs 3776
10. Andrew Palker 3704
Sheldon Haudenschild scores $10,000 during Inaugural Dirt Classic Ohio at Attica Raceway Park
Mega Labor Day weekend continues Sunday at Wayne County Speedway with Pete Jacobs Memorial
ATTICA, Ohio (September 3, 2016) - After nearly giving it all away, spinning in front of the entire feature field after leading the first eight circuits at Attica Raceway Park, Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild would recover; rigorously working back to the top spot around a pair of Ohio veterans, ultimately scoring the 40-lap, Inaugural Dirt Classic Ohio victory worth $10,000. The win was Haudenschild’s seventh of the 2016 season with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, tying for the series lead with defending Arctic Cat All Star champion Dale Blaney.
2016 Attica Raceway Park track champion Byron Reed finished second during the Dirt Classic Ohio main event, followed by Blaney, Pennsylvania invader Brent Marks, and Craig Mintz.
“The big thing was keeping myself in the race during the first half,” Haudenschild explained. “After that spin, I just needed to regroup, keep my tires from spinning, and really focus on hitting my marks. I’m just really proud of my guys and what they do for this race team. We work as hard as we can to win races. That is what keeps us on the road. We had a blast tonight. Hopefully we can move to Wayne County tomorrow and create a similar outcome.”
Originally scheduled to start on the outside of row two, Sheldon Haudenschild was moved to the outside pole position, the result of a false start by Bryon Reed during the initial green flag. The pilot of the Southern Pacific Farms/Finzer Farms/Haudenschild Racing/No. 93 jumped to the early advantage using the top line of the speedway, leading lap one over Dale Blaney and Tim Shaffer.
For the first eight circuits, Haudenschild seemed invincible; leaning against Attica’s curb at the top of the speedway, now maintaining an advantage over Dale Blaney and Byron Reed, who snuck by Shaffer with just three laps in the books. On his way to completing lap nine, disaster nearly struck Sheldon Haudenschild; spinning in front of the field while attempting to negotiate traffic. Luckily for Haudenschild, he was able to maintain control of the car while staying in the throttle, eventually completing a 360-degree spin to keep his spot in the running order without bringing out a caution. Dale Blaney would inherit the top spot, followed by Byron Reed and now Haudenschild.
Despite the near-total loss, Haudenschild quickly worked his way back up the running order, driving back by Dale Blaney on the low side during a battle in traffic with 15 laps in the books to take over the runner-up position. After working beyond Blaney, Haudenschild set his focus back on the point position, returning his momentum to the very topside of the speedway. By lap 20, Haudenschild raced to the back bumper of Byron Reed, eventually driving by the eight-time Attica Raceway Park track champion with a textbook slide job between turns three and four. At that point, the race was Haudenschild’s to lose; opening to a near-straightaway advantage even during traffic. The second generation racer went on to score his 13th career Arctic Cat All Star victory
“I just pinned the throttle and kept it running!” Sheldon Haudenschild said regarding his spin while leading. “I knew at this track, even if you spin and keep your momentum, you have a good shot to recover and still get it done. The track was just awesome, ya know. Hats off to the track prep team. Everything this car makes goes right back into the crew and car. We need to win races like this to keep us going.”
Byron Reed raced inside the top-five during the entire 40-lap main event, leading seven laps before finishing second to Haudenschild at the final checkers.
“With the track having a curb, we knew going in that Sheldon (Haudenschild) was going to be good,” Byron Reed explained. “He’s really good on a racetrack like this. At least we were able to beat Blaney.”
Dale Blaney’s third place finish was just enough to put the “Low Rider” back on top in the current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions title chase. The Hartford, Ohio, native now holds a mere six point advantage in the championship chase over Chad Kemenah entering round two of Labor Day weekend on Sunday evening.
Labor Day weekend will continue for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions on Sunday evening, September 4, at the Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio. The Pete Jacobs Memorial, honoring the late Wayne County Speedway founder and promoter who passed away in 1970, will award a $10,000 top prize on Sunday night at “Orrville’s Historic Oval,” the second of two, $10,000 top prizes for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions during the holiday weekend. The September 4 program will be the fourth and final Wayne County Speedway appearance for the Arctic Cat All Stars in 2016.
Wayne County Speedway will open Pete Jacobs Memorial pit gates at 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, September 4. A mandatory drivers meeting will be conducted at 5:30 pm, followed by hot laps at 6:10. Those seeking additional information should visit Wayne County Speedway live on the Web at www.waynecountyspeedway.com.
A-Main 1 - (40 Laps) 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 2. 5-Byron Reed ; 3. 1-Dale Blaney ; 4. 19m-Brent Marks ; 5. O9-Craig Mintz ; 6. 5T-Travis Philo ; 7. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 8. 70-Danny Holtgraver ; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 10. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 11. 11N-Randy Hannagan ; 12. 8M-TJ Michael ; 13. 40-Caleb Helms ; 14. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 15. 97-Gary Taylor ; 16. 21-Cap Henry ; 17. 45L-Brian Lay ; 18. 83M-Broc Martin ; 19. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 20. 73-Chris Andrews ; 21. 33M-Max Stambaugh ; 22. 49-Tim Shaffer ; 23. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 24. 9X-Cole Duncan ; 25. 23-DJ Foos ; 26. 9Z-Duane Zablocki
Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (September 3, 2016):
1. Dale Blaney 4470
2. Chad Kemenah 4464
3. Sheldon Haudenschild 4418
4. Cap Henry 4164
5. Danny Holtgraver 4162
6. Kraig Kinser 4116
7. T.J. Michael 3980
8. Caleb Helms 3836
9. Lee Jacobs 3674
10. Andrew Palker 3598
Twice as Nice: Two, $10,000 Paydays Await Arctic Cat All Stars During Labor Day Weekend, Championship battle heats up!
INDIANAPOLIS (August 31, 2016) - The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will celebrate the upcoming holiday weekend in a big way; competing in two areas of the Buckeye State for a pair of $10,000 top prizes. “America’s Series” will visit familiar territory during their holiday tour of Ohio, entering action at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, and the Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio. The weekend will ignite officially on Saturday, September 3, with the inaugural Dirt Classic Ohio in Attica, Ohio.
The inaugural Dirt Classic Ohio, the fourth and final Arctic Cat All Star appearance at Attica Raceway Park in 2016, will not only award $10,000, but also the coveted golden ticket; an automatic A-main pass for the $20,000-to-win/$1,000-to-start Dirt Classic finale at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, September 24.
The Dirt Classic Ohio will feature a complete, full points, Arctic Cat All Star program; an important step in the 2016 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions title chase. Dale Blaney, the defending Arctic Cat All Star champion and major favorite during any program at the Attica highbanks, has won two out of three All Star events at Attica Raceway Park in 2016, finishing seventh during his most recent appearance during Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket. Recent NASCAR Cup winner Kyle Larson won the Attica speedweek program, his first of two Ohio Sprint Speedweek victories.
Wayne County Speedway will host the second $10,000-to-win program for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions during Labor Day weekend. “Orrville’s Historic Oval” will celebrate the life of Pete Jacobs on Sunday night, September 4; the original founder of Wayne County Speedway who passed in 1970. Just like Attica Raceway Park, Sunday’s program will be the fourth and final Arctic Cat All Star appearance of 2016. California native Rico Abreu was victorious during the last two Arctic Cat All Star visits to Wayne County Speedway, with local, Wooster native Jac Haudenschild scoring the first.
With only seven events remaining on the 2016 Arctic Cat All Star schedule, the race to the championship has officially hit the homestretch. The top three competitors in the title chase, all of which Ohio natives, are separated by a mere 66 markers, with former champion Chad Kemenah holding down the top spot over Dale Blaney and Sheldon Haudenschild.
With one victory on the tour thus far in 2016, it is Kemenah’s ability to maintain consistency that has kept the former series champion at the top of the heap. The Alvada, Ohio, native owns 21 top-five finishes on the season, the most of any full-time competitor in 2016.
Seven-time main event winner Dale Blaney trails Chad Kemenah by eight points entering the pair of $10,000 programs. Blaney, the defending series champion and 2016 point leader during certain segments of the season, has scored 28 top-ten finishes out of 36 feature starts in 2016, 19 of which inside the top-five.
Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild will enter Labor Day weekend just 66 points out of the championship lead. The second generation racer found victory lane six times thus far in 2016 with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions; ranked second in the win column just behind Dale Blaney. Haudenschild is also the most recent winner during Arctic Cat All Star competition, scoring $5,000 at Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Ohio, on Sunday, August 28.
Cap Henry and Danny Holtgraver currently sit fourth and fifth in the championship standings, respectively. They own a combined total of 34 top-ten finishes on the tour in 2016, as well as three victories - all accomplished by Holtgraver. Henry will enter Labor Day weekend fourth in the championship race trailing Kemenah by 288 markers, followed by Holtgraver who trails the top spot by 306 markers.
Attica Raceway Park will open pit gates for the Dirt Classic Ohio at 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon, September 3. A mandatory drivers meeting will be conducted at 5, followed by hot laps at 5:40. Those seeking additional information should visit Attica Raceway Park live on the Web at www.atticaracewaypark.com, or visit Dirt Classic live on the Web at www.dirtclassic.com.
Wayne County Speedway will open pit gates for the Pete Jacobs Memorial at 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, September 4. A mandatory driver meeting will be conducted at 5:30 pm, followed by hot laps at 6:10. Those seeking additional information should visit Wayne County Speedway live on the Web at www.waynecountyspeedway.com.
Current Points (8/31/2016)
1. Chad Kemenah 4334
2. Dale Blaney 4326
3. Sheldon Haudenschild 4268
4. Cap Henry 4046
5. Danny Holtgraver 4028
6. Kraig Kinser 3984
7. T.J. Michael 3854
8. Caleb Helms 3712
9. Andrew Palker 3494
10. Lee Jacobs 3432
1. Dale Blaney 4836
2. Chad Kemenah 4814
3. S. Haudenschild 4780
4. Cap Henry 4510
5. Danny Holtgraver 4452
6. Kraig Kinser 4444
7. T.J. Michael 4262
8. Caleb Helms 4076
9. Lee Jacobs 3936
10. Andrew Palker 3864
FINAL OSW Winners
6/18 S. Haudenschild
6/19 Dale Blaney
6/20 Rico Abreu
6/21 Bryan Clauson
6/22 Kyle Larson
6/24 Randy Hannagan
6/25 Jac Haudenschild
1. Chad Kemenah 1058
2. S. Haudenschild 1028
3. Tim Shaffer 1012
4. Dean Jacobs 1012
5. Kraig Kinser 996
6. Danny Holtgraver 982
7. Cap Henry 970
8. Travis Philo 958
9. Cale Thomas 956
10. Dale Blaney 952
1. Danny Lasoski 7197
2. Craig Dollansky 6955
3. Brian Brown 6894
4. Ian Madsen 6597
5. Brooke Tatnell 5468
6. Sammy Swindell 5355
7. Kerry Madsen 5199
8. Tasker Phillips 4668
8. Davey Heskin 4490
10. D. Hendrickson 3876
1. Danny Lasoski 5352
2. Brian Brown 4865
3. Ian Madsen 4761
4. Craig Dollansky 4606
5. Brooke Tatnell 4374
6. Davey Heskin 4364
7. Tasker Phillips 3789
8. B. Maeschen 3736
9. J.Schneiderman 3476
10. Scott Bogucki 3206
1. Kyle Hirst 2366
2. Bud Kaeding 2309
3. Justyn Cox 2130
4. Jason Statler 2086
5. D.J. Netto 2083
6. Sean Watts 1994
7. Jarrett Soares 1976
8. Mitchell Faccinto 1524
9. Shane Golobic 1419
10. Chase Johnson 1369
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