KING OF THE WEST-NARC HEADED TO PETALUMA ON SATURDAY
Sacramento, CA …The King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series will battle wheel-to-wheel at Petaluma Speedway, this Saturday (July 14th) featuring California’s top open wheel teams in a full-program of exciting championship racing action.
This marks the stretch run for the winged 410 traveling series, which only has six races remaining on the schedule. This includes the final appearance of the season at Petaluma on Saturday.
Most eyes will be focused on Kyle Hirst of Paradise, CA, easily recognized as one of the hottest race car drivers in the country. Hirst, along with car owner Dennis Roth, have dominated victory lane, capturing four of the past five King of the West-NARC feature events, and five total in this season’s 10-races. Hirst is on a quest to claim his fourth series championship, after earning the coveted crown in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
Hirst currently maintains a 933-894 advantage over Elk Grove driver Shane Golobic, and a 70-point lead over defending series champion Bud Kaeding of Campbell. Assuming he doesn’t miss the 101 freeway exit in Petaluma, Hirst lead is what can best be described as “comfortable.”
While Hirst aims for another title, a couple of other rookie drivers are striving to experience that same level of greatness. That would include rookie of the year candidate Dustin Golobic, 23, of Fremont, CA He is the younger brother of Shane Golobic and is sixth in points. Also in the top ten in the championship standings is rookie Jenna Frazier.
“Being a rookie on the King of the West-NARC tour this year has been very tough,” admitted Dustin Golobic. “I have learned a lot about 410 racing and it’s a whole different ballgame. The 410 is a different animal and every track we go to is a learning curve for me to get comfortable again. I didn’t realize how competitive the series is, especially cracking into that solid top 10 group of cars.”
But he is not alone in his efforts to gain success on the track. “All of the drivers have been cool to me whenever I reach out for advice or help,” explained Golobic, a third generation driver. “My dad (John Golobic) has given me a really good car all year and my brother has been huge on helping me with driving and on the car when needed.”
Golobic realizes that his small advances will lead to long term success.
“To get that first win, we’re gonna need everything to fall our way all night and enjoy a little bit of luck! But on the short term, we’re looking to pick up our first top five finish very soon!”
Other drivers expected in the pit area include local driver Chase Johnson of Penngrove; Roseville’s Colby Copeland; Mitchell Faccinto of Hanford; Atwater driver’s Nathan Rolfe and Sean Watts; Discovery Bay’s Jarrett Soares; Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan; and many others. A local contingent of drivers are also expected to compete including Geoff Ensign, John Clark and Klint Simpson.
The racing program includes qualifying, three 10-lap heat races, the six-lap Sunnyvalley Bacon dash; followed by the 30-lap Fujitsu Sprint Car Series headliner. The winner earns a $3000 paycheck.
Pit gates open at Noon. Front gates open at 4:00 p.m. Racing starts at 6:00 p.m. Also on the racing card is Super Stocks, Dwarf cars, and mini-stocks.
General admission tickets are $22 with seniors (65+) at $18.00. Junior’s aged 6-11 are $18. Kids five and under are FREE!
Petaluma Speedway is located at the fairgrounds in Petaluma, CA. For more information, call 707-763-RACE, or go to NARC410.com
Kyle Hirst, Paradise (5) 933
Shane Golobic, Fremont (2) 894
Bud Kaeding, Campbell (1) 863
Chase Johnson, Penngrove 835
Colby Copeland, Roseville 803
Dustin Golobic, Fremont ® 790
Willie Croft, Roseville (1) 778
DJ Netto, Hanford 731
Nathan Rolfe, Atwater 715
Jenna Frazier, Sacramento ® 700
Jarrett Soares, Discovery Bay 573
Jason Statler, Grass Valley 551
Bobby McMahan, Elk Grove 523
Sean Watts, Atwater 517
Tanner Thorson, Minden, NV 504
Broughton Takes Mid-Season Sprint Car Championship Race
Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Mike Swanger
For the Sprints, it was Mid Season Championship and double points up for grabs with Dean Jacobs setting the pace from his pole position with Chillicothe's Ryan Broughton in his tire tracks. Behind them in the first half of the feature were Brad Haudenschild, Jordan Ryan, Clay Riney and Trey Jacobs as they were tightly grouped together.
As the leaders started to encounter the back markers, Broughton was putting the pressure on Dean Jacobs for the lead and as they came out of turn four on lap 11, Jacobs got trapped behind one of the slower cars and Broughton would slip past for the lead and on the next lap the red flag waved for a fan in the stands.
As the race returned to green, Ryan would move into third past Haudenschild with Riney and Trey Jacobs going back and forth fifth. Broughton would start to pull away from the field but would get slowed down for Dean Jacobs losing a wheel in turn for on lap 18 and looked like he was going to flip but didn't as the red flag waved. Ryan would take over the second spot but as the laps dwindled down, Broughton would pull away as the attention of the fans went to the battle for third as 12th starting Danny Mumaw was on the move. With four circuits to go, Mumaw was sixth behind Trey Jacobs as Riney would take third from Haudenschild.
On the final lap, Broughton would have the win in hand with Ryan in second but Mumaw went to the highside of turn one and two and blew by both Haudenschild and Riney for third. Haudenschild, Trey Jacobs and Broughton topped the heat races.
SPRINTS Feature: Ryan Broughton, Jordan Ryan, Danny Mumaw, Clay Riney, Brad Haudenschild, Trey Jacobs, Tyler Dunn, Dennis Wagner, Steve Butler, Kirk Jeffries, Henry Malcuit, R J Jacobs, Troy Kingan, Nick Patterson, Mitch Harble, Frankie Nervo, Dean Jacobs, Russ Sansosti, Dylan Kingan, Kris Davis dns
Matt Juhl, McKenna Haase and Ryan Leavitt Grab Hard Fought Wins
By Eric Arnold
KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 7, 2018) – Matt Juhl grabbed a hard fought win on Dennison Racing Tee's and Jersey Freeze Night at Knoxville Raceway! The second win of his career at Knoxville the South Dakota driver started on the pole and was able to hold off challenges from Terry McCarl and Davey Heskin in the closing laps. At the halfway point Juhl had a two second lead of Terry McCarl wiped away when the caution came out for a slowing Carson McCarl. On the restart T-Mac was not able to get to Juhl and he once again was pulling away. One last caution on lap 15 the caution flew once again for Lynton Jeffrey who spun down the front stretch after contact with Tasker Phillips. With a five-lap dash to the finish the field was once again lurking to try to steal the win. As the green flag flew Terry McCarl dived to the bottom of turn one and slid up in front of Juhl. Juhl was able to pass back McCarl in turn three but out of nowhere came Davey Heskin who would pass them both on the inside and gar the lead when they came to the line on lap 16. Heskin's lead was brief as he couldn't hold off Juhl for long as the #09 came roaring back to lead lap 17 and the rest of the way to meet Hall of Fame flagman Doug Clark in Victory Lane.
"I seen Terry and Heskin were behind me and I knew Terry was going to pull a slider and I was just trying to get the best start I could off the line," said Juhl in victory lane. "That first caution (restart) worked out for me but then on the second one Terry was able to drive me underneath and it was fun after that with Heskin and Terry. It was quite the race and I hoped you guys liked it! I knew we could do it and it was just getting it done. I'm proud of my guys!"
A big story on this night was Brooke Tatnell who was second in the Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series standing coming into tonight. After a disappointing time trial the team changed engines for their heat race. Tatnell would win his heat easily but stopped immediately after taking the checkered flag with a fire in his car. Tatnell suffered minor burns to his legs and was able to start the feature but elected to park his #55 TK Concrete car after one lap to collect points.
In the 360 class McKenna Haase took advantage of her front row starting spot and beat Ryan Giles to the lead going into turn one. Matt Moro was able to catch Haase midway as they raced through lapped traffic, passing her briefly before Haase made the pass back two corners later and retook the point. From there she had Moro, Giles, and Sawyer Phillips on her heals the rest of the way. Sawyer Phillips made a daring pass going into turn one with four laps remaining, passing both Giles and Moro in one corner. Phillips would turn his fastest lap of the night on final lap but it wasn't quite enough to catch Haase as she went on to pick up her second career 360 feature win at Knoxville.
When asked about the slider from Moro, "I knew it wasn't going to clear unless I lifted, so I hit the brakes a little bit and thankfully I was able to duck back underneath of him and get the lead back," said Haase. "There was much left on the bottom and I was like I don't know if I can get that, but we did and very grateful and thankful for my crew who gave me such an awesome car and for everyone that makes it possible, just a really great win for our team!"
The 305 feature was barn burner as well on this night. Eric Bridger who has won six times this season took off with the lead early and appeared to have the race in hand. Knoxville's Ryan Leavitt started fifth and was able to climb to second early but wasn't catching Bridger. With a handful of laps remaining Leavitt began working the low groove and found something that his car liked and he began reeling in the leader. At the white flag Leavitt was able to pull even with Bridger and make the winning pass entering turn one on the last lap and hold on for his second feature win of the season!
410 A Feature, 20 Laps, No Time: 1. Matt Juhl; 2. Terry McCarl; 3. Davey Heskin; 4. Austin McCarl; 5. RJ Johnson; 6. Jordyn Brazier; 7. Rager Phillips; 8. Tasker Phillips; 9. Shane Golobic; 10. Carson McCarl; 11. Josh Schneiderman; 12. Lynton Jeffrey; 13. Bobby Mincer; 14. AJ Moeller; 15. Glen Saville; 16. Bob Weuve; 17. Brooke Tatnell; 18. Chase Wanner.
360 A Feature, 18 Laps, No Time: 1. McKenna Haase; 2. Sawyer Phillips; 3. Matt Moro; 4. Ryan Giles; 5. Calvin Landis; 6. Matt Juhl; 7. Clint Garner; 8. Nate Van Haaften; 9. Mason Daniel; 10. Christian Bowman; 11. Matt Howard; 12. Jon Agan; 13. Tom Lenz; 14. Mitchell Alexander; 15. Brad Comegys; 16. Nathan Mills; 17. Billy Butler; 18. Cody Wehrle.
305 A Feature, 15 Laps, No Time: 1. Ryan Leavitt; 2. Eric Bridger; 3. Mike Mayberry; 4. Matthew Stelzer; 5. Evan Epperson; 6. Jayce Jenkins; 7. Joe Simbro; 8. Kelby Watt; 9. Chris Horton; 10. Chase Young; 11. Casey Greubel; 12. Dan Henning; 13. Mike Ayers; 14. Jeff Wilke; 15. Tyler Glass; 16. Brandon Worthington.
Andrews gets 2nd straight at Fremont FAST 410 win
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Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - It was a night of repeat winners at Fremont Speedway Saturday, July 7 on Crown Battery Night.
Sandusky, Ohio's Chris Andrews scored his second straight 410 sprint win as did Fremont, Ohio's Jamie Miller in the 305 sprints. Tiffin, Ohio's Chester Fitch scored his third consecutive late model victory while Fostoria, Ohio's Shawn Valenti charged from his 12th starting spot for his second win of the year in the dirt trucks.
Andrews win in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints aboard the Burmeister Racing machine was his 11th career victory at "The Track That Action Built" and was worth $3,000. He also scored the $1,000 victory in the Alex Burkett Memorial Australian Pursuit and another $250 for winning his heat, all thanks to Crown Battery. It was Andrews second win of the year with the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series Presented by Ohio Logistics.
Nate Dussel and Stuart Brubaker brought the field to green for the 30-lap 410 A-main but a four car tangle that left Todd Heller upside down and involved Ricky Peterson, Tony Beaber and Aaron Middaugh halted the action. Everyone was okay with Middaugh and Peterson rejoining the field.
On the second attempt Brubaker grabbed the lead over Dussel, Andrews and Brock Martin. Brubaker pulled away slightly as Andrews drove into second on lap three just before Dan McCarron tumbled in turn four ending his night though he was uninjured. On the restart Andrews drove to Brubaker's outside to take the lead and quickly pulled away.
Andrews caught the back of the field on lap 10 and picked his way through to maintain the lead over Brubaker, Dussel, Craig Mintz, Byron Reed and Tyler Gunn. By the half-way point of the race Andrews was in heavy traffic. Brubaker was occupied trying to hold off Dussel while Mintz and Reed went at it heavy for the fourth spot.
Andrews made some daring moves in traffic and with 10 to go had a some what clear track that he used to build his lead to three seconds. He cruised to the win with Brubaker holding off Dussel for second. Reed and Mintz rounded out the top five.
The 25-lap 305 A-main went green with Miller and Alvin Roepke leading the field. Miller quickly moved out front with Roepke battling with Bobby Clark and Tyler Street for second. Miller's lead was nearly three seconds when he drove into heavy lapped traffic by just the sixth circuit.
Miller was patient in traffic and picked them off one at a time to maintain his advantage over Roepke, Clark, Street, Kyle Peters and John Ivy. The battle between veterans Roepke and Clark in traffic was very entertaining for the runner-up spot.
When the only caution flew on lap 22 for a Jared McFarland spin Miller had built up a four second lead over Roepke. The caution also stopped a tremendous battle for third involving Peters, Ivy, Clark and Street.
Miller drove away when the green reappeared with Roepke maintaining second while Ivy took third. With a clear track no one was going to challenge Miller as he took the checkers over Roepke, Ivy, Peters and Street.
Foos and Brad Mitten brought the field to green for the 20-lap dirt truck A-main with Foos taking the lead over Mitten, Jeff Ward, Andy Keegan, Dustin Keegan and Brad Stuckey. The first caution for a stopped Dana Fry fell on lap four with Foos leading Mitten, Ward, Valenti, Andy Keegan, Stuckey and Dustin Keegan.
A caution for a Noah Wagner spin on lap seven wiped out a 1.5 second lead for Foos and put Valenti on his rear bumper. When the green flew Foos and Valenti went at it for the lead with Mitten, Ward and Andy Keegan battling for third.
Kyle Lagrou brought out another caution on lap nine just as Valenti had taken the lead. With a clear track Valenti and Foos pulled away from the field with Mitten battling with Andy Keegan and Ward exchanging the fifth spot lap after lap with Dustin Keegan.
The final caution flew with five laps to go for Ben Clapp with the running order Valenti, Foos, Mitten, Andy Keegan, Ward and Dustin Keegan. Again when the green flew Valenti and Foos pulled away with Andy Keegan moving into third.
Valenti took the checkers with Foos right in his tire tracks while Andy Keegan, Dustin Keegan and Ward rounding out the top five.
410 Sprints A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Chris Andrews; 2. Stuart Brubaker; 3. Nate Dussel; 4. Byron Reed; 5. Craig Mintz; 6. Tyler Gunn; 7. TJ Michael; 8. Cap Henry; 9. Brian Smith; 10. DJ Foos; 11. Tracy Hines; 12. Ricky Peterson; 13. Jess Stiger; 14. Duane Zablocki; 15. Shawn Valenti; 16. Aaron Middaugh; 17. Kelsey Ivy; 18. Broc Martin; 19. Dan McCarron; 20. Bruce White; 21. Tony Beaber; 22. Todd Heller.
Hard Charger: 2+-Brian Smith +8
305 Sprints A-Main (20 Laps): 1. Jamie Miller; 2. Alvin Roepke; 3. John Ivy; 4. Kyle Peters; 5. Tyler Street; 6. Seth Schneider; 7. Bobby Clark; 8. Dustin Stroup; 9. Bryan Sebetto; 10. Kyle Capodice; 11. Brandon Moore; 12. Jimmy Mcgrath; 13. Dustin Rall; 14. Steve Rando; 15. Mike Burkin; 16. Matt Lucius; 17. Justin Adams; 18. Landon Lalonde; 19. Jared McFarland; 20. Kevin Mingus; 21. Josh Harrison.
Dave Blaney wins at Sharon Speedway for second Lou Blaney Memorial title
HARTFORD, Ohio (July 7, 2018) - In appropriate fashion, the "Buckeye Bullet" Dave Blaney earned the Lou Blaney Memorial crown on Saturday night at Sharon Speedway, becoming the first repeat winner of the prestigious event in its ten year history. Blaney, son of the legendary Lou Blaney, earned his 49th career Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 triumph in exciting fashion, ultimately holding off Western Pennsylvania regular George Hobaugh and a fast charging Spencer Bayston in front of a packed house to claim the $5,000 winner's share.
"This is really special for me and my entire family. I'm really happy to win this race," Dave Blaney said in victory lane, driver of the Premier Motorsports/Mohawk Northeast/No. 70. "To be honest, the last couple of weeks we've been working to win this race. You kinda know what you're going to get when you come to Sharon; it is slick and smooth and wide. We had enough for them tonight, I guess. Pete Grove, my car owner, won this race a few years back with Danny Holtgraver. I couldn't be happier to get my first All Star win of the year here at Sharon."
By way of dash victory, Blaney's campaign at the front of the field started from the outside-front row, earning the initial jump over fellow front row starter Carl Bowser and fifth-starting George Hobaugh. Although he was the class of the field during the early segments of the 30-lapper, extending his lead to nearly four seconds just before the midpoint, Blaney's stronghold over the field was soon interrupted by traffic. Hobaugh, who advanced to the runner-up spot on lap two, was able to chip away at Blaney's advantage in traffic, cutting it down to less than two seconds by lap 18, then down to just a half-second by lap 20.
With traffic intensifying in Blaney's preferred groove around the bottom of the speedway, the 2014 Lou Blaney Memorial champion had no choice but to shift lanes and move to the top of the speedway. The desperate lane shift would not only cost momentum, but also cost Blaney the point position, as Hobaugh was able to slip underneath Blaney to officially lead the 22nd circuit. Realizing he needed to move back to the bottom, Blaney recovered in a hurry, eventually working back by Hobaugh as the pair battled a lapped car down the back straightaway. Blaney shut the door on Hobaugh entering turn three and regained control of the field to lead lap 23.
A caution the following circuit would allow Blaney the opportunity to catch his breath. With clean air and an open track in view, Blaney cruised on to lead the remaining circuits unscathed, only encountering lapped traffic slightly before the final checkers flew. Hobaugh held on to finish second to earn his career-best finish with the All Star Circuit of Champions, followed by a cushion-pounding Spencer Bayston from eighth, Gary Taylor, and Chad Kemenah.
"I was just trying to keep myself calm. I was driving around and said 'oh sh--, there's (Dave Blaney),'" George Hobaugh said with a laugh, driver of the Hobaugh's Auto Parts/Matus Motorsports/No. 40. "It's really awesome to run with these guys. I got to watch Lou (Blaney) race as a kid, so to be out here racing with Dave is just a blast."
"You never know what is going on behind you," Blaney explained regarding the lead exchange. "I didn't want to get bottled up too bad behind the lapped cars, so I decided to move up the race track. It may have worked a tiny bit, but not enough."
With many All Star Circuit of Champions competitors planning to enter the upcoming Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park, as well as the 35th Annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway, the 2018 All Star calendar will take a weekend off before returning to competition on Friday and Saturday, July 20 & 21, with a pair of stops in Western Pennsylvania, this time visiting Eriez Speedway and Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, respectively. Dubbed the I-79 Summer Shootout, the weekend double will be the final Western Pennsylvania visit for the traveling All Stars in 2018.
A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 70-Dave Blaney ; 2. 40-George Hobaugh ; 3. 39-Spencer Bayston ; 4. 11-Gary Taylor ; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 6. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 7. 98-Carl Bowser ; 8. 13-Paul McMahan ; 9. 3G-Carson Macedo ; 10. 5M-Max Stambaugh ; 11. 7K-Cale Conley ; 12. 7KX-Dan Shetler ; 13. 35Z-Jared Zimbardi ; 14. 49X-Tim Shaffer ; 15. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 16. 21-Dale Blaney ; 17. 3-Jac Haudenschild ; 18. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 19. 51-John Garvin ; 20. 22-Brandon Spithaler ; 21. 97AU-Mitchell Wormall ; 22. 35-Tyler Esh ; 23. 4-Parker Price-Miller ; 24. 14-Tony Stewart ; 25. 13M-Brandon Matus  Lap Leaders: Dave Blaney (1-21), George Hobaugh (22), Dave Blaney (23-30)
All Star Circuit of Champions Driver Standings: (after 7/7/2018)
1. Carson Macedo - 2912
2. Chad Kemenah - 2890
3. Aaron Reutzel - 2886
4. Jac Haudenschild - 2826
5. Dave Blaney - 2730
6. Paul McMahan - 2704
7. Parker Price-Miller - 2696
8. Cale Conley - 2546
9. Carl Bowser - 2380
10. Brandon Spithaler - 2342
ARCTIC CAT ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS & NASCAR 358 MODIFIEDS INVADE “THE Hill” AT GRANDVIEW THURSDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 23
The fourth Annual Thunder Cup Championship for sprint cars will return to Grandview Speedway on Thursday night, August 23rd in an event sanctioned by the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. This will mark the 131st race of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series and is presented by Levan Machine & Truck Equipment.
Previous Thunder Cup winners include Greg Hodnett (2015), Danny Dietrich (2016) and Dale Blaney (2017). All three drivers are expected to be in the field to chase the $5,000 to win 35 lap feature along with many others who complete on the All Star Circuit of Champions tour. The 358 NASCAR Modifieds will be on the race card as well. After a series of qualifying events, the modifieds will duke it out in a 30 lap $3,000 to win feature event.
On Thursday night, August 23, gates will open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM. Adult admission prices are $30, children 6-11 $10 and kids 5 and under will be admitted for free. The pit fee is $35 and a license is not required.
For advance tickets, please call 443-513-4456, clearly speak your first and last name and tell us the number of tickets you would like. You may pick-up an pay for your tickets on race night (Thursday, August 23) after 4 PM at the Will Call Window. All advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, one half hour prior to general admission tickets going on sale. Advance tickets may be ordered daily until 9 AM on race day. On race day, tickets go on sale at 5 PM.
Arctic Cat All Stars presented by Mobil 1 will invade Sharon Speedway for Lou Blaney Memorial on July 7th
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 5, 2018) - The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will invade Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, for the third and final time of 2018 during the upcoming weekend, this time honoring the late, great Lou Blaney with the 10th Annual Lou Blaney Memorial worth $5,000 on Saturday, July 7. Certainly synonymous with All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car competition, Sharon Speedway has hosted the traveling Series on 102 occasions since the All Stars first made tracks in Hartford in 1970, crowning 51 different winners in nearly as many seasons.
Lou Blaney, the father of current All Star full-timer and former World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney, as well as 134-time All Star winner and six-time Series champion Dale Blaney, is also a former All Star winner, capturing a victory at Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway during the Series' inaugural season in 1970. The All Star victory was the first and only on Blaney's impressive, hall of fame worthy, short track resume that also includes a combined win total of 132 at Sharon Speedway alone; 121 in a modified and 11 in a sprint car.
During the nine prior Lou Blaney Memorial events, no repeat winner has been crowned. Incidentally enough, Tony Stewart, owner of the All Star Circuit of Champions, earned top honors during the inaugural Lou Blaney Memorial in 2009.
The 10th Annual Lou Blaney Memorial will launch a short, but competitive July schedule for the All Star Circuit of Champions that includes seven events across five states, all of which contested at seven different facilities. Included in the mix is a four-race Midwest swing that features events in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa on Thursday through Sunday, July 26-29.
Although second in the current All Star driver championship, Clute, Texas' Aaron Reutzel will enter the weekend hot; sweeping the most recent weekend of competition during a two-day visit to Indiana and Illinois. The five-time All Star winner, who claimed victories at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway and at the Dirt Oval @ Route 66 (Ill.) during his Midwest winning spree, trails the current All Star driver championship leader, Carson Macedo, by just eight markers entering the Lou Blaney Memorial. Macedo has a pair of victories on the season, also earning 12 top-five finishes in 20 feature starts.
Six-time and defending All Star champion, Chad Kemenah, will enter the Lou Blaney Memorial third in the All Star driver championship chase, followed by the "Wild Child" Jac Haudenschild and Kokomo, Indiana's Parker Price-Miller.
Dave Blaney is sixth in the All Star driver standings, followed by two-time winner Paul McMahan, West Virginia's Cale Conley, Western Pennsylvania hotshot and former Lernerville Speedway champion Carl Bowser, and Evan City's Brandon Spithaler; another Western Pennsylvania favorite and former Lernerville Speedway champion.
In addition to Carson Macedo and Aaron Reutzel, full-time Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 competitors with victories this season include Chad Kemenah (2), Jac Haudenschild (1), and Paul McMahan (2). Reutzel's first All Star victory of the season, as well as the first of his career, took shape at Sharon Speedway during the inaugural Buckeye Cup on Saturday, May 5.
Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, will open pit gates at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. Main gates will also open at 3 p.m. with activities to follow behind the main grandstands. An All Star drivers meeting is set to begin at approximately 6 p.m., followed by hot laps and qualifying time trials. Those who are seeking additional information regarding the 10th Annual Lou Blaney Memorial should visit Sharon Speedway live on the Web at www.sharonspeedway.com.
All Star Circuit of Champions Driver Standings: (after 6/30/2018)
1. Carson Macedo - 2780
2. Aaron Reutzel - 2772
3. Chad Kemenah - 2750
4. Jac Haudenschild - 2710
5. Parker Price-Miller - 2592
6. Dave Blaney - 2580
7. Paul McMahan - 2570
8. Cale Conley - 2418
9. Carl Bowser - 2244
10. Brandon Spithaler - 2232
Conley holds off Mintz for 1st FAST win at Waynesfield; Ivy breaks through for 305 FAST victory
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By Brian Liskai
WAYNESFIELD, Oh. - Vienna, West Virginia's Cale Conley held off Craig Mintz to score his first ever All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series Presented by Ohio Logistics win Tuesday, July 3 at the Summer Sprint Sizzler at Waynesfield Raceway Park. While Conley led all 30 laps, the victory wasn't easy as Mintz, the current series point leader and a two-time FAST champion, closed quickly the last four circuits to finish right on the rear bumper of Conley's Dave Jessup owned sprint car.
"I had a feeling someone was there. They are never easy. I'm living the absolute dream...not many guys can say they are living their childhood dream and I'm one of them. I have to thank the man up above and thank Mother Nature for not raining on us today. What a cool thing...my fiancée is here and she's pregnant so if it's a boy we might have to him Wayne," Conley said beside his Merchant Services LTD/All Star Performance/PPC Powder coating/Brookville Auto Parts/Duncan Oil backed machine.
Mintz, from Gibsonburg, Ohio, will walk away with an expanded FAST point with his runner-up finish aboard his Eagle Ignition Leads/Real Geese Decoys/Design Graphics Group/KS Sales & Service/Anjulina's Banquet Hall/Linder's Speed Equipment backed #09.
"We will take it. We weren't any better than that 7K car. We were just creeping there, creeping there, creeping there. It was one of those deals where you get into second and you're in the cat bird seat but it just didn't work out. I want to thank Waynesfield. I enjoy racing here," Mintz said.
Dalton, Ohio's Lee Jacobs ran through the first half of the race after setting quick time during qualifications and settled for a third place finish aboard the Simcox Grinding and Steel/Amanda J. Lewis Attorney At Law/DAC Vitamins and Minerals/Wings Unlimited backed #81.
"We had a really really good race car. That first caution my right foot started getting ice cold then my leg then my leg started getting cold...we had a heck of a fuel leak. I started taking it easy and making sure I didn't get all the way out of the gas going into the corners so we didn't get any back firing," Jacobs said.
Fremont, Ohio's John Ivy has a lot of top five finishes in 2018 but none for a win. That changed Tuesday as he powered to his first win in the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series Presented by Engine Pro. Ivy, aboard the C&N Construction Supplies/Ginnever Trucking/L&R Farms/SMS Racing/Rohr's Lawn Care/Mr. Appliance/Kistler Racing Products/Kercher Engines/Sonny's Machine & Welding/Dave Story Equipment Repair/MRE/Tiffany's Furniture/Linder's Speed Equipment/North Coast Asphalt/Atkinson Farms backed machine, led all 25 laps for the victory. However, Ivy didn't gain many points toward the FAST title, as Jamie Miller, who came into Tuesday's race having won four straight series races, finished third in the A-main.
"We've been pretty good here. We won this race last year and this year we have a lot of seconds. We got to start up front and that helped. I have to thank everyone on this team. They had this thing locked down tonight. With lapped traffic there...you don't know what to do when you run up on them that quickly. I know I got bottled up there a little bit and I knew I had to get going," Ivy said.
Conley and Jacobs brought the field to green for the 30-lap FAST 410 A-main with Conley gaining the advantage. Conley maintained a car length advantage over Jacobs and Mintz while Shawn Dancer, Stuart Brubaker, Chris Andrews and 15th place starter Cap Henry - who scored the Summer Sprint Sizzler win in 2017 at Waynesfield - battling hard for fourth.
Conley caught the back of the field with 10 laps scored but neither Jacobs or Mintz could close. Meanwhile the huge crowd were entertained by the battle four fourth between Brubaker, Dancer, Andrews, Tyler Gunn and Henry. The first caution flew at the half-way point when DJ Foos executed a 360 spin and Dan McCarron spun to avoid him.
With a clear track Conley pulled away from Jacobs as Mintz now had his hands full with Henry and Andrews. Jess Stiger brought out the second and last caution of the event on lap 17 with the running order Conley, Jacobs, Mintz, Henry, Andrews, Gunn and Brubaker. When the green flew so did Conley with Mintz driving into second on lap 19 with Jacobs holding off Henry, Andrews, Gunn and 18th starter Cole Duncan who had experienced mechanical woes in qualifying.
Conley closed on the back of the field again with four laps to go and Mintz quickly closed to within half a car length while Jacobs, Gunn, Henry and Duncan battled for third. Conley picked his way through traffic and held off Mintz for the win. Following Jacobs were Henry, Gunn, Duncan, Andrews, Jac Haudenschild, Brubaker and Dancer rounding out the top 10.
In the FAST 305 A-main Ivy and Miller brought the field to green with Ivy gaining the upper hand over Miller, Dustin Stroup, Kyle Capodice and Bobby Clark. Ivy began to pull away as Miller was forced to fend off Stroup with Capodice moving into fourth and Seth Schneider taking fifth.
With 10 laps to go in the non-stop 25-lap feature, Ivy was battling heavy lapped traffic and Miller and Stroup closed quickly. Stroup took second with five laps to go and was within a car length of Ivy who was hung up on a couple of lapped cars. Ivy was able to slip by the lappers and drove to the win over Stroup, Miller, Clark, Capodice, Schneider, Tyler Street, Kyle Peters, Dustin Rall and Matt Lucius.
Randy Hannagan took his second NRA Sprint Invaders victory of the weekend while Austin Powell dominated the mini-sprint A-main.
Waynesfield Raceway Park
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
FAST 410 Sprints A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Cale Conley; 2. Craig Mintz; 3. Lee Jacobs; 4. Cap Henry; 5. Tyler Gunn; 6. Cole Duncan; 7. Chris Andrews; 8. Jac Haudenschild; 9. Stuart Brubaker; 10. Shawn Dancer; 11. Duane Zablocki; 12. DJ Foos; 13. Mitch Harble; 14. Dan McCarron; 15. TJ Michael; 16. Kody Swanson; 17. Jess Stiger; 18. Luke Hall; 19. Kelsey Ivy; 20. Nate Dussel.
F.A.S.T 305 Sprint Cars A-Main (25 Laps): 1. John Ivy; 2. Dustin Stroup; 3. Jamie Miller; 4. Bobby Clark; 5. Kyle Capodice; 6. Seth Schneider; 7. Tyler Street; 8. Kyle Peters; 9. Dustin Rall; 10. Matt Lucius; 11. Dustin Hammond; 12. Matt Russell; 13. Brandon Moore.
NRA Sprint Invaders A-Main (25 Laps): 1. Randy Hannagan; 2. Phil Gressman; 3. Tim Allison; 4. Shawn Dancer; 5. Matt Westfall; 6. Dustin Daggett; 7. Devon Dobie; 8. Hud Horton; 9. Luke Hall; 10. Kody Swanson; 11. Matt Foos; 12. Jeff Williams; 13. Noah Dunlap; 14. Kobe Allison; 15. Danny Smith; 16. Jared Horstman; 17. Butch Schroder; 18. Max Stambaugh.
"LOU BLANEY MEMORIAL" TO FEATURE ALL STAR SPRINTS SATURDAY AT SHARON; MOD TOUR BIG-BLOCKS ALSO PART OF PROGRAM; SEVERAL ACTIVITIES TO BENEFIT ALZHEIMER'S ASSOC SUCH AS "SHIRT OUT" ON TAP
by Mike Leone
Hartford, OH July 4, 2018 One of the season's biggest events is mere days away as Sharon Speedway is set to host the 10th annual "Lou Blaney Memorial" presented by Ollie's Bargain Outlet this Saturday night (July 7) featuring Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars and The Mod Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds. Activities to benefit the Alzheimer's Association will begin after the gates open at 3 p.m. leading up to warm-ups at 6:30.
With this year's event being the 10th annual affair, the Blaney Family is thrilled to launch a new promotion. The Lou Blaney "Shirt Out" presented by Colonial Metal Products and Carpenter's Towing will award one lucky fan $1,000! Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite Lou Blaney or Lou Blaney Memorial t-shirts. Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase a shirt the day of the event. Each fan that has on a Lou Blaney shirt will go to a pre-determined area where they'll receive 10 tickets. Those wearing Lou Blaney shirts will also have the ability to purchase tickets as well. Later in the evening, a drawing will take place where one lucky fan will win $1,000! The remaining proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
For the fourth straight year, Saturday's "Lou Blaney Memorial" will be under the All Stars' sanction. There has yet to be a repeat winner in the nine prior "Lou Blaney Memorial" Sprint Car events! Series owner, Tony Stewart, won the inaugural event in 2009. Mike Lutz was the first local winner taking the 2010 version for Jim Chappel. Texan Sam Hafertepe, Jr. won in 2011, while Californian Brad Sweet, who now races with the World of Outlaws, was victorious in 2012. Jack Sodeman, Jr. became the second local driver to win the prestigious event in 2013, while Dave Blaney won his father's memorial for the first time in 2014. Sheldon Haudenschild, who is in his second season with the WoO, won the 2015 event. Pittsburgh's Danny Holtgraver won the biggest race of his career in 2016, while last year saw Christopher Bell win his first at the track.
Thus far this season Aaron Reutzel and Bell were victorious in the All Star-sanctioned events, while Chad Kemenah and Sye Lynch captured the $3,000 non-sanctioned victories. For Lynch, it was his second win at Sharon after winning his first career "410" race last Saturday at the "Apple Festival Nationals". Saturday will mark the season's third and final appearance by the All Stars. The "410" Sprints next visit will then be on August 4 for another Menards "Super Series" event.
Speaking of Reutzel, the Texan swept last weekend's two events in Indiana and Illinois as he's now up to five wins in 2018 and trails Carson Macedo by just eight points heading into Saturday night's event. Kemenah, Jac Haudenschild, and Parker Price-Miller are third through fifth in points. Completing the top 10 are Dave Blaney, Paul McMahan, Cale Coley, Carl Bowser, and Brandon Spithaler.
Leading the local contingent is Jack Sodeman, Jr. The North Jackson, Ohio driver won the last two championships when the Sprints last ran weekly in 2009 and 2010. Sodeman has 12 "410" wins at Sharon. Brandon Matus finished third on Saturday night and captured his first career All Stars win back in 2013 at Sharon during Ohio Speedweek. Several other local talent as well as Ohio regional racers and others will be on hand to take on the All Stars.
The Big-Block Modifieds will round out the show in a $2,000 to-win event. Jim Rasey became the first and only driver to repeat in the "Lou Blaney Memorial" with his $2,000 win in 2016! New York legend Jack Johnson captured the 2009 race, while local Ohio drivers Rasey and Rob Kristyak stole the thunder in 2010 and 2011. Kevin Bolland won the prestigious event in 2012 and fellow western Pa. racer Dave Murdick joined him in 2013. In 2014, Rex King, Jr. won the event part of his dream season, while in 2015 Jim Weller, Jr. added his name to the win list. Jeremiah Shingledecker won his first "Lou Blaney Memorial" in 2017. The locals have now won eight straight "Lou Blaney Memorials"! Will an outsider end that trend?
Unfortunately, due to rain, the Big-Block Modifieds have yet to complete an event this season outside of four heat races that were completed back on May 26 before rain washed out the remainder of the program.
This past weekend saw two Sharon regulars picked up Mod Tour wins as Jim Weller, Jr. won on Friday night Raceway 7, while Rex King, Jr. was victorious Saturday night at Stateline Speedway. King, Jr. has the Mod Tour points lead by five over veteran Dave Murdick entering Saturday night. Jim Rasey, Rex King, and J.R. McGinley currently complete the top five in the standings.
Friends of Lou Blaney will again attend the Memorial event to help celebrate the life and accomplishments of the Hall of Fame driver, who won more than 600 feature victories during a five-decade career. The legend has at least 121 Modified wins and another 11 documented in a Sprint Car at Sharon alone. Blaney passed away in 2009 after battling Alzheimer's.
A silent auction of many, varied baskets will be available for everyone to bid on and then a live auction of race memorabilia and sports related items will be sold off to the highest bidders. The silent auction will be during the afternoon with the live auction beginning at approximately 4:30-4:45 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
Pit passes will go on sale at 3 p.m. A drivers meeting is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. with Sprint engine starts at 6:15, warm-ups at 6:30 with qualifying and racing to follow.
Ohio Sprint Car Series Continues Work Toward Purse and Points Fund in 2019
By Shawn Miller
FREMONT, Ohio (July 3, 2018) - Although the 2018 racing season has just reached the halfway point, the Ohio Sprint Car Series is already making plans for 2019 with a great point fund, strong nightly purse and incentives for race teams.
OSCS President Steven Pocock has been contacting teams and marketing partners alike preparing for next year.
"So far I've gotten great response from race teams in the Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania area who are excited for the vision we have of a working man's series that doesn't involve a lot of travel and puts some funds back into their pockets," he said.
Pocock's plans are for a standard OSCS purse to award $3,000 to the feature winner and $400 to start with all non-transfer cars out of the B Main earning $150. There is also a purse structure for "special" events that pays $5,000 to the feature winner and $1,000 to the 11th-place finisher.
There will also be tow money for the top five in points and each new 2019 OSCS team will receive two free pit passes per event. The weekly members can also receive bonuses of $100 for fast time and $50 for the feature's hard charger with the addition of "pop-up" bonuses throughout the season.
Pocock has a tentative point fund of $23,500 for 2019, awarding the champion $7,500 and paying the top 10 in points. If a title sponsor is brought on board, the point fund would increase to $32,500 and award the champion $10,000.
"The $23,500 point fund is based off of sanctioning fees so any race dates that get cancelled and not made up means the point fund could be pro-rated and adjusted," Pocock said. "We are working hard to bring on marketing partners that believe in our vision of strengthening and growing sprint car racing in the Ohio and Western Pennsylvania region, giving the weekly racer a chance to maybe see new tracks and compete for good purses and a good point fund. We need the tracks and race teams to help if they want this to grow. We all need to work together to accomplish these goals. I want the OSCS to be a partner with the tracks and to take care of the race teams."
The OSCS is also working with Hoosier Tire on saving series members some money.
"Any teams that run 90 percent or more of the OSCS races will receive tires at my cost when they order," Pocock noted.
The next OSCS event is July 21 at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio.
IT’S HIRST AGAIN, THIS TIME AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY
6/30/18 – By Jim Allen – Placerville, CA … Championship point leader Kyle Hirst continued his dominance of the King of the West-NARC victory lane with yet another impressive performance during Saturday’s fast-paced 30-lap Fujitsu-sponsored sprint car headliner at Placerville Speedway.
It was Hirst fifth win in 10 King of the West-NARC events this season. Hirst also earned the ARP Fast Qualifier award for the seventh time.
Sixteen year old Buddy Kofoid set the standard from the pole position, surviving five caution flags in the early going and a constant barrage of mid-race attacks by Hirst. The pair zigged and zagged frantically through lap traffic with Hirst shadowing his every move for the first half of the race.
With heavy traffic slowing the leaders progress, Hirst closed in nose-to-tail with the leader exiting turn four on lap 16, and then motored past Kofoid on the backstretch on 17th circuit to take a lead he would not relinquish the remaining distance.
“Buddy was running a pretty good race and lap traffic made it interesting,” admitted Hirst in victory lane. “However, the Roth Motorsports team gave me another excellent handling car to drive tonight. I just kept running high up on the curb and waited for the opportunity to get out front.”
Once Hirst took the point, the battles for the remaining podium positions were worth the price of admission. Kofoid, Shane Golobic and Bud Kaeding dueled wheel to wheel running multiple lines on the quarter miler. Golobic got past Kofoid to take the runner-up spot in the Tarlton Motorsports KPC on the 26th circuit. Kaeding also got around Kofoid with about a mile to go, and then managed to narrowly slip past Golobic on the white flag lap to secure second at the checkered. Kaeding was driving the Morrie Williams-owned Alviso Rock Maxim. Golobic came home third.
Justin Sanders drove past Kofoid on the final circuit to secure fourth in the Clayton Snow number 7. Kofoid rounded out the top five aboard the Mark Moore-owned Maxim.
The rest of the top 10 included Tanner Thorson, 11th starter Chase Johnson, Mitchell Faccinto, Sean Becker and Australian driver Marcus Dumesny.
Feature (30 laps): Kyle Hirst, Bud Kaeding, Shane Golobic, Justin Sanders, Michael Kofoid, Tanner Thorson, Chase Johnson, Mitchell Faccinto, Sean Becker, Marcus Dumesny, Willie Croft, Tim Kaeding, Colby Copeland, Sean Watts, Andy Forsberg, Dustin Golobic, Matt Dumesny, Nathan Rolfe, Richard Brace Jr., John Clark, Jenna Frazier, CJ Humphries, Bobby McMahan
Lap Leaders: Michael Kofoid 1-16, Hirst 17-30
PALKER OVERPOWERS WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY'S OVSCA FIELD
Saturday, June 30, 2018
By Mike Swanger
Coming off his second place finish in the Ohio Sprint Speedweek race almost 2 weeks ago at 'Orrville's Historic Oval', West Salem's Andrew Palker took his outside pole position starting spot and quickly distances the El Campesino Restaurent and King Inspection #57x from the field. A couple of cautions would be the only time the field would have a chance at getting close to Palker. One of the cautions came just past the halfway mark when Steve Butler would spin in turn two but Trey Jacobs and Brad Haudenschild would get together in turn four as they were fighting for top five placing. With OVSCA's rule of if you stop on the track, you go to the tail, that would end their chances of top five as Haudenschild would pull off the next lap. This would now set up a showdown for second as the green flag waved again. With Palker pulling away, the McClure team cars of Jordan Ryan and Dean Jacobs had the eye of the fans as they went back and forth before Ryan put on a slider in turns three and four on lap on lap 17 to secure second place as 13th starting Danny Mumaw had climbed into fourth. A white flag caution would bunch the field together one last time with Palker powering away for the win as Ryan would take second as Mumaw would ride high in turn one and two to slip past Jacobs for third as Jason Dolick rounded out the top five after passing Tom Schinderle on the restart and Clay Riney dropped out on the last lap while running fifth. Heat winners were Tyler Dunn, Palker and Schinderle.
Brad Malcuit used his outside front row starting position to set the pace for the first two laps of the Kar Connection Super Late Model feature as Wooster's J R Gentry was right in his tire tracks. Taking to the high side of the 3/8 mile oval, Gentry and his El Campesino Restaurent, Holmes Pest Control and Campco #14 would power past Malcuit on lap three and drive away. This would set up a three car race for second between Malcuit, points leader Cody Scott and Ryan Markham. Malcuit would be scored in second every lap although Scott, using the low groove, could edge ahead coming out of turn two a couple of times and when he did not do that, Markham would use the high side of the track to momentarily get ahead of Scott coming out of turn two. Markham would slide back in the late stages of the race with Malcuit and Scott seemingly joined at the hip. A last lap caution for D J Miller when he went hard into a front stretch retaining tire after his steering broke, while dueling with Charlie Duncan for fifth. On the restart, Gentry would dash away for the win and Malcuit would edge out Scott by millimeters for second as Markham, who won the Accu Force hard charger was fourth followed by Duncan. Collecting the heat wins were Markham and Duncan
Saturday, June 30, 2018
OVSCA SPRINTS Feature: Andrew Palker, Jordan Ryan, Danny Mumaw, Dean Jacobs, Jason Dolick, Tom Schinderle, Trey Jacobs, Tyler Dunn, Clay Riney, Lance Webb, Henry Malcuit, Jake Hesson, Jamie Myers, Dave Dickson, Jeremy Duposki, Andy Fike, Steve Butler, Brad Haudenschild, Troy Kingan, Nick Patterson, Andre Layfield, Jordan Harble dns
SUPER LATE MODELS Feature: J R Gentry, Brad Malcuit, Cody Scott, Ryan Markham, Charlie Duncan, D J Miller, Craig Hartong, Greg Mazzoleni, Matt Bee Aber, Mitch Caskey, Jim Nicely dns, Loren Longbrake dns, Thomas Baker dns
SYE LYNCH'S 2ND CAREER SHARON "410" SPRINT CAR WIN IS WORTH ANOTHER $3000; FOSNAUGHT TAKES 1ST EVER IN STOCKS; KRUMMERT IS 3RD DIFFERENT RUSH MOD WINNER IN 3 RACES
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH June 30, 2018 Sharon Speedway returned to action on a scorching hot Saturday night for another Menards "Super Series" event. Capturing wins on Thompson Fab Night and celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Sye Lynch-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply "410" Sprint Cars, Jason Fosnaught-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Garrett Krummert-HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Jacob Eucker-Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods. The pits were packed with 107 cars for the four-division program.
While Sye Lynch led all 30 laps from the pole, the "410" Sprint Car win was far from easy as he had to withstand heavy pressure from John Garvin, Jr. and Brandon Matus throughout lapped traffic. Last September, Lynch won his first career "410" feature and now has two at the track- both worth $3,000 for the third generation racer whose father Ed, Jr. is the track's all-time winner at 50 victories.
"This feels amazing to first off get another win here but everyone that follows us knows that we've had a lot of demons with this car (#2L) this year but I think we're getting along quite well now," expressed the 20-year-old Apollo, Pa. racer. "It was an amazing track just like at last year's Apple Nationals. It's a little slick during the day, but once the night comes it gives you guys some great racing. I have to thank my sponsors, family, and of course the fans because if it wasn't for you we wouldn't be doing this."
Lynch nosed ahead of George Hobaugh at the start-finish line to lead lap one and by lap two the duo began to distance themselves from Garvin, central Pa. invader Jordan Givler, and Matus. Sixth starting Matus moved ahead of Givler for fourth on lap three. Lynch increased his lead on lap four, while Dennis Wagner moved into the top five. Lynch had a straightaway lead on Hobaugh when he caught lapped traffic on lap six, but would have a clear traffic after a caution for Wagner, who spun on the backstretch after contact with the fence.
When racing resumed on lap six, Garvin went to the outside of Hobaugh to take second with Matus following in third. Garvin and Matus began to reel in Lynch on lap 10, but one lap later Garvin got too high smacking the fence, which allowed Matus to move to runner-up. Gary Kriess, Jr. had worked from 17th to fifth, but brought out the red when he got upside down in turn four. He was okay.
Back under green on lap 17, Lynch pulled away while the battle was on for second. Garvin went to the bottom and raced side-by-side with his brother-in-law over the course of the next four laps, but Matus had the momentum off the top to maintain second. Ironically, Andy Feil brought out the event's third and final caution when he collected the fence with 24 laps scored making all three stoppages for drivers running in the fifth spot!
When green replaced yellow for the final time, Jack Sodeman, Jr. raced into the top five getting by Brent Matus then would drive around Hobaugh for fourth on lap 27. Garvin finally got by Brandon Matus for second on lap 29 and then went after Lynch on the final lap. Lynch though had enough of a lead to hold on by 0.645 of a second over Garvin in his Mosites Motorsports/FML Industries/DieZel Snow Removal-sponsored, J&J Chassis, Kistler Engine-powered #2L. It was Lynch's second "410" win of the season overall as he picked up a $2,000 victory at Tri-City Raceway Park earlier this season. Lynch also became the fourth different "410" winner in four races this season.
Matus was third over the hard charging Sodeman, who started 13th. Hobaugh dropped to fifth. Brent Matus was sixth over Cody Bova. Dan Kuriger came from 19th to eighth. Givler dropped to ninth in his first ever appearance and picked up the $100 longest tow bonus. Rookie "410" racer Frankie Nervo was 10th after starting 10th. Brandon Matus set fast time over the 28-car field in qualifying with a lap of 14.841. Heat winners were Hobaugh, Garvin, and Feil. Dan Kuriger won the last chance B main.
Jason Fosnaught was the benefactor of leader Bobby Whitling getting caught up in an accident in lapped traffic with three laps to go as the veteran Stock Car driver then held off Chris McGuire for his first career win at Sharon. With more than a full field on hand, the Gibson Insurance Agency-sponsored division raced for the $700 to-win purse.
"I feel bad for Bob (Whitling) but I've been in those situations as well and for once I'm actually the beneficiary," explained the 39-year-old Tarentum, Pa. driver. "He was very good through the middle and I just couldn't do what he was doing, but a win is a win and we'll take it. The changes we made to the car for the feature at the (Steel Valley) Nationals (June 16) unfortunately weren't the right changes, but we learned some things. This is a S&S car from Chris Schneider. I've known him for about 30 years so he gives me a lot of info. I called him right before the feature and he told me what to do."
Fosnaught started from the pole and led over McGuire with fifth starting Whitling moving to third on the opening lap. Whitling then passed McGuire for second on lap three. The top three of Fosnaught, Whitling, and McGuire distanced themselves from the field on lap five. Whitling went to the outside of Fosnaught and made the pass in turn one on lap nine with the lapper of Gil DeMello playing a role. The two continued their side-by-side battle for the lead on lap 10, but Whitling cleared him one lap later.
The race continued to go caution-free; however on lap 16 heavy lapped traffic came into play. Whitling led lap 17, but tried to go low just before turn one and had nowhere to go as Jamie Duncan and Brian Carothers made contact as all three would get collected and stopped in turn one. This handed the lead back to Fosnaught who would hold off McGuire by just 0.363 of a second for the victory in the Neil Tristani-owned, Butler Truck Parts/Northern Allegheny Stone/Beck Trucking-sponsored #73.
Fourteenth starting Steve D'Apolito made a late charge. D'Apolito was running seventh on lap 17 before Whitling's misfortune then went sixth to fourth on the lap 18 restart. D'Apolito then passed Mike Clark on lap 19 to secure the third spot. Mike Miller got by Clark on the final lap to finish fourth with Clark dropping to fifth. Rusty Moore, Whitling, and Miller won the heat races over the 27-car field, while Tyler Thompson captured the last chance B main.
In his first season in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Garrett Krummert has picked up two victories at Pittsburgh and one at Tri-City. On Saturday night, Krummert led all 20 laps of the HTMA/Precise Racing Products feature holding off standout Alan Dellinger for his first win of the season at Sharon. With a full field of cars on hand, the RUSH Mods raced for the $500 to-win purse once again.
"This car is pretty good but having Dellinger beside me all the time is tricky because he's probably as good as anyone in any class so this one was tough tonight," stated the 30-year-old Ellwood City, Pa. driver. "Jerry Schaffer owns this car. We talked about things over the winter after the eligibility rules were changed so Jerry gave me the chance to do this and we've had a lot of fun so far."
Krummert used the outside to pass Dellinger on the opening lap for the lead with Kole Holden, Chas Wolbert, and Tony Tatgenhorst in tow. Wolbert passed Holden for second on lap two. By lap six, Krummert, Dellinger, and Wolbert pulled away. On lap seven, Krummert extended his lead, while the battle was on for second. Dellinger and Wolbert then closed back in again on lap 10 before Krummert caught lapped traffic on lap 14.
Jessica Kriegisch spun to bring out the event's first caution after 14 non-stop laps. When racing resumed, Wolbert, who dominated the June 19 event, would slow with a flat tire to bring out a caution with 15 laps now completed. Justin Shea passed Holden for third on lap 17 before Chelsie Kriegisch stopped to bring out the event's final caution.
The final three laps saw Krummert pull away to win by 1.868 seconds in the JGCP-owned, Rentools & Equipment/Fombell General Store/Turn 4 Toilets-sponsored #10S as he also took over the points lead. Krummert also won a Big-Block Modified feature at Sharon in 2015. Dellinger was a season best second over Shea. Eighth starting Rocky Kugel passed Holden on lap 19 to finish fourth with Holden dropping to fifth. Dellinger, Krummert, and Holden won the heat races over the 24-car field.
410 Sprint Cars (30 laps, $3,000 to-win): 1. SYE LYNCH (2L) 2. John Garvin, Jr. (51) 3. Brandon Matus (13) 4. Jack Sodeman, Jr. (23JR) 5. George Hobaugh (40) 6. Brent Matus (33) 7. Cody Bova (20B) 8. Dan Kuriger (08) 9. Jordan Givler 10. Frankie Nervo (21N) 11. Bryan Salisbury (126) 12. Michael Bauer (46) 13. Darin Gallagher (12) 14. Jared Zimbardi (Chappel 8) 15. Jimmy Morris (4N) 16. Eric L. Williams (4W) 17. Bob McMillin (5) 18. Mike Miller (Garvin G1) 19. Andy Feil (08) 20. Davey Jones (76) 21. Gary Kriess, Jr. (Frederick 55) 22. Jeremy Kornbau (27K) 23. Dennis Wagner (38) 24. Don Blaney (11). DNQ: Haley Lapcevich (77L), Jared McFarland (250), Russ Sansosti (23), Gerald Hairhoger (23C).
RUSH Sportsman Modifieds (20 laps, $500 to-win): 1. GARRETT KRUMMERT (10s) 2. Alan Dellinger (Williams 8) 3. Justin Shea (14s) 4. Rocky Kugel (83) 5. Kole Holden (2) 6. Brandon Ritchey (17) 7. Rob Kristyak (00) 8. Jeremy Weaver (35W) 9. Josh Deems (9D) 10. Kyle Martell (8) 11. Tony Tatgenhorst (63T) 12. Gary Haupt (16) 13. Michael Kristyak (404) 14. David Kalb, Jr. (11J) 15. Jordan Ehrenberg (JD57) 16. Brian Schaffer (41) 17. Chelsie Kriegisch (10) 18. Steve Slater (29) 19. Will Schaffer (4) 20. Preston Cope (24P) 21. Chas Wolbert (c3) 22. Jessica Kriegisch (63) 23. Lexi Couch (51) 24. Jacob Wolfe (7)-DNS.
David Gravel Fires Winning Shot in Brownells Big Guns Bash at Knoxville
Ryan Giles Wins Weather-Shortened 360 Feature
by Bill Wright
KNOXVILLE, Iowa (June 30, 2018) – David Gravel won a thriller Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway in the finale of the weekend's Brownells Big Guns Bash! The Watertown, Connecticut driver's win was his third career at Knoxville, and was worth $10,000 aboard the CJB Motorsports #5. The 360 main event was shortened to 11 laps due to inclement weather in the area. Ryan Giles picked up his second win of the season and the fourth in his career here.
Donny Schatz led the 25-lap World of Outlaws main event early on ahead of a battle for second between Brad Sweet and Brian Brown. Logan Schuchart was fourth and Cory Eliason fifth. David Gravel asserted himself on the second go-around, surging from sixth to fourth. Justin Henderson suffered damage to his right rear and came to a stop with three laps in.
The double-file restart had Schatz choosing the inside line ahead of Sweet, Brown, Gravel, Schuchart and Eliason. When the green fell, Gravel fought by Brown for third, and Schuchart used a slider to move into fourth two laps later.
Sweet would reel in Schatz and slid in front of him to lead lap nine. Meanwhile, Schuchart was losing power. Schatz battled back by for the point, but the move was negated when the yellow came out for Schuchart. Sweet would choose the inside line on the restart with Schatz beside him, and Gravel behind.
Gravel would duck under the entire front row heading into turn one and slide up into the lead. Sweet and Schatz put on a furious battle the next few laps for second, while Brown rode in fourth. Schatz would take the runner-up spot on lap 14. As the leaders approached traffic for the first time, with seventeen laps down, Brooke Tatnell brought out the final caution when he stopped in turn three.
On the restart, Gravel held off Schatz, but it wasn't easy. The two traded the lead briefly, before Gravel began to pull away to end over Schatz, Sweet, Brown and 23rd starting hard-charger Davey Heskin. Ian Madsen, Shane Stewart (from 17th), Eliason, Brent Marks (from 24th) and Kerry Madsen rounded out the top ten. Sweet and Schatz set quick time in their respective groups, while Brown, Eliason, Schatz and Terry McCarl won heats. Schatz won the Dash and Kraig Kinser took the B main.
"Who's ready for Nationals?" said Gravel in Victory Lane. "We have unfinished business here. We were really good all day yesterday, but for qualifying. We got ourselves in the Dash there. We wanted to start further towards the front, and whoever had the lead there, Donny, me or Brad, I think that's probably who was going to win the race. Luckily, I was able to get by those guys on the restart. I knew what he (Schatz on the second restart) was going to do. I was thinking I was going to get a good enough start where he couldn't roll around me. I knew he was going to pick up the crumbles in two about halfway up. I knew I had to hit my line. We just had enough. He gave me room. He's a first-class racer. I'm happy to race with him most of these nights."
The 18-lap 360 feature would ultimately be shortened. Before a lap could get in, a tangle involving Brant O'Banion, Shayle Bade and Joe Beaver slowed things. Ryan Giles would take the lead ahead of Nate Van Haaften, Matt Moro, Clint Garner and Calvin Landis early. Both Moro and Garner would get by Van Haaften for second and third. Thomas Kennedy moved into the top five by the third lap.
Kennedy battled with Van Haaften, taking fourth on the sixth lap. Meanwhile, Giles, Moro and Garner were headed for heavy lapped traffic. Garner worked his way by Moro on lap nine. Giles weaved through traffic before a lap eleven crash involving McKenna Haase, who appeared to have something break on the car. The race was deemed complete with inclement weather in the area.
Giles win came over Garner, Moro, Kennedy and Sawyer Phillips. Landis, Van Haaften, Mason Daniel, Cody Ledger and Ryan Bickett completed the top five. Van Haaften set quick time for the 360's, while Phillips, Landis and Ledger won heats.
410 A main (started), 25 Laps, NT: 1. David Gravel (5); 2. Donny Schatz (1); 3. Brad Sweet (2); 4. Brian Brown (6); 5. Davey Heskin (23); 6. Ian Madsen (13); 7. Shane Stewart (17); 8. Cory Eliason (4); 9. Brent Marks (24); 10. Kerry Madsen (9); 11. Sheldon Haudenschild (11); 12. Austin McCarl (10); 13. Jason Sides (14); 14. Daryn Pittman (15); 15. Greg Wilson (22); 16. Terry McCarl (8); 17. Gio Scelzi (20); 18. Jordyn Brazier (18); 19. Kraig Kinser (21); 20. Jacob Allen (7); 21. Brooke Tatnell (19); 22. Logan Schuchart (3); 23. Justin Henderson (16); 24. Sammy Swindell (12). Lap Leaders: Schatz 1-8, Sweet 9, Gravel 10-25. Hard-charger: Heskin.
360 A main (started), 11 Laps, NT: 1. Ryan Giles (1); 2. Clint Garner (5); 3. Matt Moro (6); 4. Thomas Kennedy (11); 5. Sawyer Phillips (7); 6. Calvin Landis (4); 7. Nate Van Haaften (2); 8. Mason Daniel (9); 9. Cody Ledger (13); 10. Ryan Bickett (12); 11. Dylan Peterson (19); 12. Cody Wehrle (14); 13. Christian Bowman (3); 14. McKenna Haase (8); 15. Brad Comegys (22); 16. Nathan Mills (15); 17. Tom Lenz (10); 18. Ryan Roberts (24); 19. Troy Manteufel (16); 20. Jordan Martens (17); 21. Joe Beaver (18); 22. Mitchell Alexander (23); 23. Shayle Bade (21); 24. Brant O'Banion (22). Lap Leaders: Giles 1-11. Hard-charger: Peterson.
Aaron Reutzel wins Summer Slash at Route 66; Sweeps weekend with All Stars
JOLIET, Ill. (June 30, 2018) - Officially sweeping the two-day Indiana/Illinois road trip, Clute, Texas, native Aaron Reutzel cruised to his fifth All Star Circuit of Champions victory of the 2018 season on Saturday night, this time scoring a $5,000 payday during a visit to the Dirt Oval @ Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois. Reutzel, who was forced to overcome engine issues early in the program, took command for the first time on lap seven and never looked back, eventually surviving a few bobbles on a fast, but tricky curb, ultimately keeping a hard charging Dave Blaney at bay.
Six-time and defending All Star champion Chad Kemenah chased Blaney and Reutzel to the final checkers, followed by Lemoore, California's Carson Macedo and Nashville's Paul McMahan.
"This goes to show what kind of a team we have," Aaron Reutzel said in victory lane. "Hurting a motor earlier today really threw a wrench in our plans. Lucky for me, my guys were able to get that changed pretty quick. Besides that hiccup, we never really struggled tonight. We were able to put ourselves in a key position in the heat race, followed up with a solid dash finish, and then a win."
Reutzel's first, official bid for the top spot occurred on lap seven, actually driving around two competitors in one circuit to claim the race lead. Utilizing the very topside of the speedway while racing in the third position entry powered around Parker Price-Miller at the exit of turn two to gain the runner-up spot, just before nailing a perfect slider on race leader Jac Haudenschild at the exit of turn four. The textbook slider worked perfectly, maintaining control as the front-runners raced by the flagstand to complete lap seven.
Reutzel's campaign at the front of the field was not all gravy, forced to withstand four cautions and periods of heavy traffic. Perhaps Reutzel's biggest challenge was the topside cushion, nearly biting the former ASCS national champion with less than five laps remaining. By that time, Dave Blaney, who had already charged from 21st to second, was closing in. Although strong around the bottom groove, Reutzel's momentum on top was stronger, holding on to score his second All Star victory in as many days.
"This track really reminds me of a track we have back home," Reutzel continued. "That track is really hard on left rears, so I knew I had to keep my left rear under me and just keep the tires from spinning. Once I got to third right from the start, I just kinda went into cruise mode. I was able to get around Parker [Price-Miller] and then make a slider work on Jac [Haudenschild]. That last caution actually saved me because I think I had the wing a little too far back. I'm glad to get this done."
With the month of June officially in the books, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will move ahead and begin preparations for an action-packed July agenda, first visiting Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, for the 10th Annual Lou Blaney Memorial on Saturday evening, July 7.
Tony Stewart's All Stars visited Sharon Speedway twice thus far in 2018; once for the inaugural Buckeye Cup in early May, followed by a visit during Ohio Sprint Speedweek in mid-June. Two different winners were crowned including Aaron Reutzel in May, followed by Christopher Bell during the 36th edition of Speedweek.
A-Main (30 Laps)1. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 2. 70-Dave Blaney ; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 4. 3G-Carson Macedo ; 5. 13-Paul McMahan ; 6. 4-Parker Price-Miller ; 7. 3-Jac Haudenschild ; 8. 5J-Jeremy Schultz ; 9. 11-Gary Taylor ; 10. 35-Tyler Esh ; 11. 14-Tony Stewart ; 12. 64-Scotty Thiel ; 13. 7K-Cale Conley ; 14. 85M-Steve Meyer ; 15. 28-Brian Paulus ; 16. 23-Russel Borland ; 17. 9X-Paul Nienhiser ; 18. 2W-Scotty Neitzel ; 19. 73-Ben Schmidt ; 20. 1M-Phillip Mock ; 21. 25-Jake Blackhurst ; 22. 63-Kevin Thomas Jr. ; 23. 98-Carl Bowser ; 24. 65-Jordan Goldesberry  Lap Leaders: Jac Haudenschild [1-6], Aaron Reutzel [7-30]
All Star Circuit of Champions Driver Standings: (after 6/30/2018)
1. Carson Macedo - 2780
2. Aaron Reutzel - 2772
3. Chad Kemenah - 2750
4. Jac Haudenschild - 2710
5. Parker Price-Miller - 2592
6. Dave Blaney - 2580
7. Paul McMahan - 2570
8. Cale Conley - 2418
9. Carl Bowser - 2244
10. Brandon Spithaler - 2232
Andrews breaks through for first FAST 410 win of the year at Fremont
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By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - Chris Andrews knocked the gorilla off his back Saturday, June 30 at Fremont Speedway. The Sandusky, Ohio driver has dealt with mechanical issues and an ill-handling race car throughout 2018, but the Burmeister Racing team put it all together for Andrews to score his first FAST 410 sprint win of the year.
It wasn't easy for Andrews as he first battled with Broc Martin and then had to hold off a charging Tyler Gunn the final five laps to score his 10th career win at "The Track That Action Built." The win also will help Andrews inch closer to the top three in points for the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series Presented by Ohio Logistics.
"Track was pretty good tonight and the Kistler motor was running pretty good and Mikey (Sommers, crew chief) had the car good. I thought we had it a little tight at the beginning...it's a 100 degrees out and I was working twice as hard but I can't thank these guys enough. Channel Seed, Edwards Agriculture, ML Graphics, Kistler Engines, Kistler Racing Products, and Mikey and Rollie, Tommie, Glenn and Sharon Burmeister for putting up with all of us," Andrews said in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
"It's been a frustrating year. This is not easy. Broc Martin and Byron Reed and Stuart Brubaker...all these guys are tough and are getting better all the time," Andrews added.
Craig Mintz came into the night undefeated in 410 sprint racing at Fremont, earning the first four victories of 2018. He settled for a seventh place finish, good enough to maintain a comfortable point lead in the FAST standings heading into the July 3 Summer Sizzler at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio.
Jamie Miller is the hottest 305 sprint car driver in Ohio right now. The Fremont, Ohio driver dominated the A-main for his fourth straight win in the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series Presented by Engine Pro. It was Miller's second win of the year at Fremont and his fifth overall victory of 2018. Miller will take a big FAST point lead into the series race at Waynesfield Raceway Park Tuesday, July 3.
"This isn't really my type of trace track. It was pretty slick for me but we have this car really dialed in. It doesn't seem like we can do any wrong with it. This things stutters and stumbles like crazy on starts and restarts but we worked on it and it was a lot better tonight. I popped off six in a row at Attica one time and I'm hoping to out do that. This is special because we have won four in a row at three different race tracks. It's tough to win that many races period in this division. On any given night there's 15 cars in the pits that can win," said Miller beside Sonic Hauling, Fostoria Mod Shop, Phil Rister Racing, NAPA of Attica, Reedtown Tavern, Branham Builders, Crown Battery, Avon by Angie, Sparting Underground backed #26.
Andrews and DJ Foos were scheduled to comprise the front row of the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint A-main but Foos went pit-side before the green could wave. That would move Broc Martin to the outside of the front row. When the green flew Martin grabbed the lead but Andrews raced to his inside with Byron Reed and Kody Kinser battling for third. Andrews took the lead on lap two but Martin continued to hound him to the outside over the next few laps.
Andrews began to steadily inch away from Martin while Kinser, Reed and Tyler Gunn gave chase. Just as the leaders were preparing to enter heavy lapped traffic with Kinser challenging Martin for the runner-up spot, Kinser spun. Andrews got a terrific restart and pulled away from Martin, Reed, Stuart Brubaker, Gunn, Nate Dussel (from 14th) and Craig Mintz. Reed took second on lap 14 and chipped away at Andrews' lead and was right on his rear bumper when they encountered lapped traffic again with nine laps to go. The car on the move was Gunn, who charged into third on lap 17 and was closing on Andrews and Reed when the caution flew for a Thomas Meseraull spin with seven laps to go.
With a clear track Andrews pulled away slightly when the green flew again with Gunn quickly taking second from Reed. With four laps to go Gunn was racing to Andrews' outside. The duo battled wing to wing to the checkers with Andrews scoring the narrow win over Gunn with Reed, Brubaker and Dussel rounding out the top five.
In the 305 A-main Kyle Peters and Miller brought the field to green with Peters gaining the advantage over Miller, Bobby Clark, Seth Schneider and Brandon Moore. Peters led until lap five when he got bottled up behind a lapped car and both Miller and Clark snuck around him. Miller steadily pulled away from Clark with Peters, Moore and John Ivy in pursuit. Miller was in heavy lapped traffic with seven laps remaining when the caution flew for Jim Taddeo. But, when the green came back out Miller pulled away once again to take the checkers with a huge advantage over Clark.
After the race Clark was found to be light at the scales so Peters would be credited with second and Ivy, Moore and Tyler Street would round out the top five.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Starting Position [*]
410 Sprints A-Main 1 (30 Laps): 1. 16-Chris Andrews ; 2. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 3. 5-Byron Reed ; 4. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 5. 1-Nate Dussel ; 6. 97-Broc Martin ; 7. 09-Craig Mintz ; 8. 8M-TJ Michael ; 9. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 10. 4T-Tracy Hines ; 11. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 12. 4H-Cap Henry ; 13. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 14. 4k-Kody Kinser ; 15. 98-Joe Trenca ; 16. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 17. 20I-Kelsey Ivy ; 18. 00-Thomas Meseraull ; 19. 2+-Brian Smith ; 20. 23-DJ Foos
305 Sprints A-Main (20 Laps): 1. 26-Jamie Miller ; 2. 97-Kyle Peters ; 3. 77I-John Ivy ; 4. 7M-Brandon Moore ; 5. 4*-Tyler Street ; 6. 21-Dustin Stroup ; 7. 19R-Steve Rando ; 8. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 9. 36-Seth Schneider ; 10. 4T-Jim Taddeo ; 11. X-Mike Keegan ; 12. 09-Justin Adams ; 13. 18R-Duffy Rubel ; 14. 8-Bobby Clark