Orange County Fair Speedway
Saturday, July 22
MODIFIED Feature) Matt Janiak, Chris Whitehead, Bob McGannon, Rich Eurich, Mike Kolka, Stewart Friesen, Jerry Higbie, Billy Vaninwegen, Jimmy Horton, Gary Edwards Jr., Jeremy Markle, LJ Lombardo, Mike Ruggiero, Danny Cronk, John Lieto, Donnie Wilson, Kirk Horton, John Ferrier, Brendan Finley, Chris Shultz, Craig Mitchell, Jesse Kline, Tommy Meier
SPORTSMAN Feature) Joe Conklin, Howie Finch, Joey Falanga, Tyler Boniface, Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Hulseapple, Eddie Burgess, Bobby Deleon, Austin Smith, Leo Fotopoulos, Troy Arnold, Corey Cormier, Dan Morgiewicz, Joe Bonetti, Joey Bruning, Rafaele Carson, Tommy Vigh, Allison Ricci, Jesse Leiby, Steve
Eubanks, Milton Mann, Doc Young, Jeff Richardson, Frank Venezia
ROOKIE SPORTSMAN Feature) Rich Ricci III, Patrick Reiser, Matt Shultz, Brad Horton, Connor Otten, Ashley Rogosich, Chris Raser, Bobby Flood, Tommy Zwart, Taylor Hurban, Dylan Smith, Erin Paulison, Michael Guiliano, Tanner Johnson, Cole Hentschel, John Farissier, Jimmy Devitt, Jared Miller, Brian Jones
Mike Bowman, Billy Clark Jr. ,First Time Brewerton Speedway Feature Winners
By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY - July 22, 2016 - First career feature winners are always special. Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway the Big Block Modifieds, Sportsman and Mod Lites saw first time winners while the Four Cylinders saw a five time winner.
Going to victory lane on 911 Restoration & Shriners Night were, Mike Bowman (Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds) Billy Clark Jr. (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Josh Kinney (Firehouse Subs Mod Lites) Ray Bechler (JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinders). There has yet to be a repeat winner in the Big Block Modifieds this season.
The first attempt to start the 35 lap Big Block Modified feature would see the field get stacked up with Chad Phelps, Tom Sears Jr. and Jimmy Phelps all going to the pits with only Sears not being able to return.
The second attempt to get the feature started was successful that saw Mike Bowman grab the early advantage.
With 10 laps complete Bowman was setting a fast pace out front running the bottom of the speedway opening a ten car length advantage over Tim Sears Jr. and Max McLaughlin as they were in a close battle for second and third. Vic Coffey and Ryan Phelps showed in the top five on the scoring tower.
At the 15 lap point Bowman still led but now he had McLaughlin all over him with Sears right there waiting for any mistake by the top two.
With 10 laps to go McLaughlin kept trying to get underneath Bowman but couldn’t find the speed he needed to get by just before a quick yellow would slow the race. This would line up Bowman, McLaughlin, Sears, Coffey, Phelps and last week's winner Ryan Bartlett for a dash to the checkers.
On lap 28 McLaughlin got off the bottom and would take the lead using the top of the speedway.That lead would be short lived and Bowman would shoot back into the lead one lap later.
One last caution period would come on lap 31 giving the field one last shot at Bowman to try and take away his first ever Brewerton win.
Over the remaining laps the racing would be a wild two and three wide battle that saw Bowman not make a mistake as he was first under the checkers over Tim Sears Jr. by 0.296 of a second. Chris Hile made a late charge to finish third followed by Max McLaughlin and Jimmy Phelps.
In the 25 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature Mike Stanton Jr. would grab the lead at the drop of the green. He would only lead 3 laps as he would hit a yuke tire in turn two collapsing his front end.
JJ Courcy would lead until lap 7 when he left an opening that Billy Clark Jr. took advantage of, bolting into the lead.
Clark would jump out to a full straightaway lead until ]a caution on lap 12 would wipe out the advantage he built up.
With 10 laps to go Clark still showed the way as Tony Finch II who was running second was closing the gap on Clark’s lead. Earl Rudy, Tyler Trump, Dylan Zacharias, Todd Root were in a tight battle for third through sixth.
Even with a couple caution periods over the remaining laps it was not going to stop Billy Clark Jr. from his first career Brewerton victory. Tony Finch II, Tyler Trump, Earl Rudy and Todd Root finished second through fifth.
July 22 Results
DIRTcar Modifieds 35 Laps) - MIKE BOWMAN, Tim Sears Jr., Chris Hile, Max McLaughlin, Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Phelps, Vic Coffey, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Ryan Bartlett, Chad Phelps, Rob Bellinger, Billy Whittaker, Chuck Bower, Joe August Jr., Vinnie Vitale, Tim Kerr, Matt Hulsizer, Rich Scagliotta, John West, Jim Witko Jr., Jeff Blackburn, Tom Sears Jr. DNS Ryan Arbuthnot.
Sportsman 25 Laps) - BILLY CLARK JR., Tony Finch II, Tyler Trump, Earl Rudy, Todd Root, Stephen Denton, Glenn Forward, Nick Krause, Ron Davis III, JJ Courcy, Chris Cunningham, Mike Taylor, Kyle Fink Zach Sobotka, Jeff Stevenson, Corey Barker, Jack Meeks, Brent Joy, Steve Marshall, Dylan Zacharias, Ricky Yelle, Rich Townsend, Mike Stanton Jr., Joe Sobotka, Alan Fink.
H.J. Bunting Blasts To $2,300 Georgetown Speedway Modified Score; Davie Franek Pulls Off Late-Race URC Heroics
By Marshall Gabell
GEORGETOWN, DE - H.J. Bunting was not going to be denied in the Big-Block/Small-Block 25-lap 'Blast at the Beach' Qualifier event at the historic Georgetown Speedway on Friday night.
Bunting, the Milford, Del. veteran, wheeled his No. 85 Jake Marine-owned big-block Modified to the triumph after holding back Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series hotshoes Ryan Godown and Jordan Watson in the late stages.
Along with a $2,300 payday ($2,000 from posted purse and an additional $300 from the Dutton family in memory of late racer Harry Dutton), Bunting earned a redraw spot in the Short Track Super Series third annual 'Blast at the Beach' special, hosted at Georgetown on Tuesday, August 30.
"This gives us a lot of confidence going into the 'Blast at the Beach' race," Bunting said. "There is a little things we can work on to get some more speed, but a lot of winning here is starting position. The front brakes were burning there a little, and it just seemed like it was getting a harder to drive."
Godown, the 41-year-old, Ringoes, N.J. native recorded a runner-up finish, but was unable to pass Bunting during the final two restarts - handing him his second top-five in two starts at the Georgetown, Del. track this season.
Defending 'Blast at the Beach' victor Watson closed the top-three podium positions in the 25-lap feature, but was left with some things to adjust on for when Georgetown returns to action next month for the Short Track Super Series Velocita South Region season finale.
"Tonight was our first night running this new motor, we lost this one at the beginning of the season," Watson said.
"We thrashed to get here all week, too - even got here late tonight. We did not even know what gear to run when we first got here. But, it was a good first night out with this new package."
Substituting for his injured uncle Jamie Mills (he suffered five broken ribs in a vicious crash at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway in June), Joseph 'Jo Jo' Watson (from dead last in a spirited drive) and Matt Jester completed the top-five positions in the action-packed feature.
Hailing from Laurel, Del., Scott Van Gorder started the event from the pole position after dominating his respective heat race. However, before even one circuit was contested, Bunting utilized his second starting spot to take the lead in the opening laps.
From that point, aside from a few spaced-out cautions and persistent lap traffic, Bunting soared to the winners circle untouched, adding to his impressive resume at Delaware dirt tracks. Godown closed significantly in the race's final third, working the inside as Bunting struggled to maintain control of his ailing car.
Van Gorder, Howard O'Neal, Dale Hawkins, Eric Vent, and Dale Hawkins capped the top-10 positions.
For the second time at Georgetown this season, Davie Franek of Wantage, N.J., captured the checkers in the United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars feature after a late-race maneuver in his No. 28F Franek Auto Sales machine.
Franek, the current URC Sprint Cars championship leader, rocketed through lap traffic in the closing laps of the 25-lap main - passing polesitter and Delaware native Kevin Darling in the process - to earn his fifth win in the series this season.
"We set up for the long run there and the motor kept stumbling for us on the starts," Franek expressed. "But, Kevin (Darling) was running a helluva pace. I was just glad that lapped traffic was there (laughter). It was do or die there."
Making his third URC Sprint Cars appearance this season, the runner-up result was both uplifting and heartbreaking for Darling, who was hoping to score a breakthrough win in his home state (he resides an hour from the track).
"We read the track and we knew we could run up top," Darling said. "So when we got in lap traffic, we could really only run the top - so at one point, we actually got a little from the track trying to get around them. But, we had a great night.
"To go up there and compete against Davie Franek, who has won half the races this season ... I will take second, for sure."
Josh Weller, Curt Michael, and Davey Sammons made up the top-five in the results.
New Jersey's Frank Holmes triumphed in the Crate 602 Sportsman feature after leading wire-to-wire and celebrated with some emotion after capturing his first win at Georgetown. Holmes utilized a restart to power outside Westley Smith for a lead he never relinquished.
Smith, Brett Ballard, Dillon Steuer, and Jeremy Harrington rounded out the top-five positions.
During their 20-lap feature, Blades Motorsports' Dylan Betts and rookie Trevor Collins made contact entering the first corner, throwing Collins modified upside down.
After track personnel responded quickly to the incident, Collins was helped from his machine and walked away unscathed.
On Tuesday, August 30, the track hosts the highly-anticipated $5,000-to-win Big-Block Modified/Small-Block Modified 'Blast at the Beach' event, Crate 602 Sportsman, Delmarva Chargers, and Delaware Super Trucks.
GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY JULY 22, 2016 RESULTS SUMMARY
Big-Block Modified Feature Finish (25 Laps): H.J. BUNTING III, Ryan Godown, Jordan Watson, Joseph Watson, Matt Jester, Scott Van Gorder, Howard O'Neal, Dale Hawkins, Eric Vent, Ron Roberts, Kevin Sockriter, Matt Peck, Don Hallowell, Dave Gerhart, Bobby Watkins, Michael White, Kevin Gardner.
United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Car Feature Finish (25 Laps): DAVIE FRANEK, Kevin Darling, Josh Weller, Curt Michael, Davey Sammons, Robbie Stillwaggon, Chris Coyle, Justin Whittall, Troy Betts, Brett Michalski, Will Eggimann, Jason Cherry, Mike Haggenbottom, Adam Carberry, Jason Clauss.
Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 Laps): FRANK HOLMES, Westley Smith, Brett Ballard, Dillon Steuer, Jeremy Harrington, Connor King, Scott Hitchens, Adam White, Joseph Tracy, Daniel Hudson, Jordn Justice, Brian Hitz, Brandon Watkins, David Jenkins, George Freeman, Duane Rust, Mike Hough, Ryan Mortimer, Jeff Marker, Trevor Collins, Dylan Betts, Trent Van Vorst.
Jimmy Phelps Untouchable at Sharon Speedway
Takes home first series win of the season
HARTFORD, O.H. - July 21, 2016 - Jimmy Phelps proved that his J&B Installations, Inc. No. 98h team had what it took as he was untouchable in the return of the Super DIRTcar SeriesBig-Block Modifieds 100-lap feature at Sharon Speedway.
"I had no idea but I got nervous there in the end with all of those yellows happening with twenty to go," Phelps said in victory lane. "The tires started to cool off and I didn't know how good the guys were behind me. We started slip-sliding around there but we've been good here since we unloaded today."
Ryan Watt and Ryan Susice were the ones to bring the field to the green. Watt's pole position was short lived as Susice took the lead by the time they scored lap one.
Susice used the outside cushion to his advantage as Watt hugged the bottom in second place.
By lap 13 fifth place starter, Phelps, passed Matt Sheppard for third position.
On lap 25 the scoreboard saw Watt, Sheppard, Phelps, Susice, and Brett Hearn as the top five. Watt caught the back end of the field on lap 31.
On a lap 46 restart Watt chose the inside lane with Phelps restarting on the outside in second. Phelps charged into turn one on the topside and drove passed Watt for the lead coming out of turn two.
Billy Decker, who started in 10th, took advantage on the lap 65 restart as he passed Watt for second place. On lap 75 the scoreboard saw Phelps, Decker, Watt, Hearn, and Dave Blaney as the top five.
The biggest caution of the night was brought out with just four laps to go as everyone scattered when Eric Rudolph and Blaney got together in turns three and four running fifth and sixth as Rudolph dove below Blaney, contact was made as Rudolph's right rear tore apart sending Blaney sideways coming out of turn four. Jimmy Horton and Larry Wight got collected up in the middle of it causing all four to go to pits.
The final restart of the night saw the field go single file as Decker moved to the outside going into turn one and shot to the bottom coming out of turn two to try and pass Phelps for the top position. Decker made the move but just couldn't get the job done as Phelps pulled away.
It was Jimmy Phelps who took the checkered for his first series win of the season over Decker, Watt, Hearn, and Ward. His last series win came in August 2015 at Albany-Saratoga in Malta, N.Y.
"I can't thank Curt and Al and everybody at Mohawk and HBR enough. We had a good race and we just have to keep digging to prove it," Phelps said.
"I couldn't make any mistakes, the track got real narrow there especially in one and two. Fortunately we got out front and had good track position. We had a real good restart on the outside and passed the 14 on the outside. That was the real key to the deal."
The cautions are what Decker had hoped for but just couldn't make it happen.
"We had a different tire on than Phelps did and he got rolling pretty good. I was pretty good on those restarts," Decker said. "I was starting to fade but was then coming through a bit so I liked all of those cautions because I could pass all of those cars for a lap or two. The last restart I tried to cut across, maybe if I stayed to the outside of him I could have gave him a shot but he was really good."
For pole-starter Ryan Watt, the third place run was his best finish with the series.
"That's my best run we had with the series. Williams Grove we had a good run going there but my car was getting tighter and tighter and I made a mistake and got a left front flat. We may have had a top five," Watt said. "I don't get a chance to come up here and run with these guys very often and now we know we can do it. I just wish it wasn't such a far ride to go."
Race Notes: Prior to Phelps' win at Sharon Speedway he only had three top five's out of 10 series races. 51 cars attempted to qualify and 32 cars started the field. The top two points leaders, Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen, didn't finish in the a-main. Friesen's suspension broke as he pulled into the pits on lap nine. Sheppard's car overheated as he pulled into the pits on lap 47. The fastest overall in time trials was Jimmy Phelps with a 16.375.
The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action in Quebec, Canada on Monday, July 25 at Granby and on Tuesday at Drummond.
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Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; July 21, 2016; Sharon Speedway; Hartford, Ohio.
A-Main (100 Laps) - 1. 98h-Jimmy Phelps; 2. 91-Billy Decker; 3. 14w-Ryan Watt; 4. 20-Brett Hearn; 5. 42p-Patt Ward; 6. 6h-Max McLaughlin; 7. 165-Rex King Jr; 8. 38-Ryan Susice; 9. 8-Rich Scagliotta; 10. 35-Frank Cozze; 11. 88-Mike Mahaney; 12. 21-Yan Bussiere; 13. 43-Keith Flach; 14. 19-Tim Fuller; 15. 13-Chad Brachman; 16. 65-Rex King; 17. 07-Tim Kerr; 18. 99L-Larry Wight; 19. 21k-Erick Rudolph; 20. 32R-Jim Rasey; 21. 7M-Michael Maresca; 22. 6m-Mat Williamson; 23. 18b-Dave Blaney; 24. 43h-Jimmy Horton; 25. 18h-Peter Britten; 26. 32c-Vic Coffey; 27. 66m-JR McGinley; 28. 15-Billy Pauch Jr; 29. 9s-Matt Sheppard; 30. 27j-Danny Johnson; 31. 23-Jim Weller; 32. 44-Stewart Friesen
Tim Fuller Conquers Return of the Big-Blocks to Eldora Speedway
Fuller fends off big field at The Big E, Captures Aspen Dental Dirt Derby 100
ROSSBURG, Ohio - July 19, 2016 - After a 10-year absence, the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds returned to Eldora Speedway Tuesday night as Tim Fuller battled through the field and claimed his second series victory of the year.
For Fuller, the win was his second big-block modified victory at the historic half-mile oval in Rossburg, Ohio since 2006.
'I'm real happy," Fuller said. "We won the last modified race here in 2006 and then Tony Stewart buys it and I get to win it. It's really good - it's a very special place."
"I knew it was going to make the start of the race way better after I drew 12th. It actually opened up the racing and it made it where there was a bottom, middle, and a top. You could float all over this place. It was really a lot of fun."
The win did not come without a little adversity at the front of the pack as several drivers battled for that top spot.
The initial start of the feature saw Dave Blaney and Erick Rudolph on the front row. Rudolph took an early charge into the top spot but was soon passed by Larry Wight on lap two. On lap 17, Bobby Varin took the lead over from Wight.
Fuller, who charged forward, and Wight, who looked to reclaim the top spot, diced through lapped traffic all over the track. Wight moved off of the top lane and to the bottom to get through lapped traffic as Fuller blew by on the topside to gain the lead.
A short time later, Jimmy Horton, who started 24th, moved into third place and worked to hold off Wight. He and Wight however made contact which forced Wight to the pit as Horton kept rolling.
Through the closing stretch, Blaney closed the gap on Fuller and was just about to pass him to retake the lead as the sixth caution of the night flew.
Blaney tried to make a charge on the final restart on the top side but Fuller pulled away.
Blaney said Fuller was just a little faster than him all night.
"He could maneuver around a lot better," Blaney said. "He could cross the corner and catch the cushion a lot better than I could. The track was kind of greasy and I got hung up in the wrong lane. We weren't the greatest but we hung in there."
Horton, who finished in third, said he felt like he had the car to win but got into trouble in ltraffic.
"I don't know what he was thinking but he took two good race cars out and we're bent up pretty good," Horton said. "That's why we finished third and didn't win it. We had to just hang on then because it's all bent up. The front axle is pushed back and is out a little bit. No excuse though, we run the race and finished third, I'm happy with that."
When the checkered flag fell, Fuller scored his second win of the season and kept his reigning title as the 'Big E' winner.
58 cars attempted to qualify and 32 cars started the field. The Aspen Dental Dirt Derby was 100 laps and paid $6,000 to the winner. It was the biggest field so far this year for the Super DIRTcar Series. Larry Wight was the fastest overall in time trials with a 17.351. The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Wednesday at Eldora for a special exhibition race with the NASCAR Truck Series.
Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; July 19, 2016; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg, Ohio.
A-Main (100 Laps) - 1. 19-Tim Fuller; 2.18b-Dave Blaney; 3. 43h-Jimmy Horton; 4. 84-Gary Tomkins; 5. 91-Billy Decker; 6. 6m-Mat Williamson; 7. 20-Brett Hearn; 8. 35-Frank Cozze; 9. 76-Bobby Varin; 10. 42P-Pat Ward; 11. 44-Stewart Friesen; 12. 32c-Vic Coffey; 13. 14w-Ryan Watt; 14. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 15. 88-Mike Mahaney; 16. 9s-Matt Sheppard; 17. 5H-Chris Hile; 18. 43-Keith Flach; 19. 74-J.R Heffner; 20. 7M-Michael Maresca; 21. 777-Kevin Bolland; 22. 8-Rich Scagliotta; 23. 165-Rex King Jr.; 24. 6H-Max McLaughlin; 25. 99L-Larry Wight; 26. 28p-Eldon Payne; 27. 66x-Carey Terrance; 28. 27J-Danny Johnson; 29. 1-Justin Hears; 30. 07-Tim Kerr; 31. 25r-Erick Rudolph; 32. 18H-Peter Britten
ROB BELLINGER SCORES SECOND VICTORY AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY WHILE STEVE WAY TAKES SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES SPORTSMAN WIN
VERNON, NY- Wilbur-Duck Chevrolet and Joe’s Jerky brought an exciting night of racing to the Utica-Rome Speedway this past Sunday, as the Super Short Track Series held a 35-lap event for the Open Sportsman to go along with an action-filled card of Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds, SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, and G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stocks. Rob Bellinger picked up his second win of the season in the Modified division, while Steve Way won the Short Track Super Series Sportsman event to take home the $1000 prize. Rocky Warner won a thriller of a race with the 602 Sportsman, taking the lead in the final corner. For the Pro Stocks, Luke Horning held off Mike Welch to get his car to victory lane.
Matt Hulsizer and Tim Mayne headed the field of Gates-Cole Modifieds as they came to the green flag for their 30-lap feature event. The first circuit saw Hulsizer take advantage of his pole starting position, jumping out to an early lead. Mayne relinquished his spot to Rob Bellinger, who was then passed by a charging Marc Johnson. Bellinger, not willing to go away, stuck with Johnson as the two duked it out for the runner up spot. During their battle, a mechanical issue slowed down Hulsizer, forcing him to pull into the pits on lap six, giving the lead to Bellinger. A caution a lap later slowed the field. The return of the green was accompanied by a return of the battle between Bellinger and Johnson. The two stayed glued together, with Johnson even getting the edge on lap 9, before Bellinger found some momentum and pulled away.
With the leader pulling away from the field, the top five began to battle for position. Danny Varin and Matt Sheppard had both worked their way toward the front, gaining on the top two as the race entered its second half. Sheppard, using the middle of the racing surface, began to gain on Varin, who was using the bottom. With seven laps to go, another yellow halted the racing action. On the restart, Bellinger once again pulled away from Johnson, but Sheppard was able to get a run on Varin, completing the pass a pair of laps later. At that point, however, both Bellinger and Johnson were too far ahead for Sheppard to track down. Bellinger took home his second win of the season, following by a strong outing by Johnson. Sheppard, Varin, and Larry Wight filled out the top ten. They were followed by Alan Johnson, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Mike Mahaney, and Mayne.
The Short Track Super Series Sportsman 35-lap feature came to the green with Charlie Hendrickson and Brian White filling out the front row. The race was stalled, however, due to an opening lap multi-car mêlée that involved nearly half the field and adjusted the starting lineup. The incident also ended the night for five cars. When green returned, invader Brian White took the lead using the top side. He began to build a cushion between himself and Randy Shantel, who had taken over the runner up spot. The third position was filled by Jack Miller, completing a trio that would stay the same until lap 15, when speedway points leader Steve Way began to put pressure on Miller, completing the pass a lap later. Way then set his sights on Shantel, who gave up his spot on the 19th circuit.
It wasn’t long after when White started to feel the heat from Way. With White still running the top, Way dove to the bottom. The two swapped the lead back and forth, with Way breaking through on the 21st lap only to give it back to the White the following circuit. On lap 25, Way was finally able to break away from White, allowing him to drive away to take the win. Miller and Claude Hutchings Jr. both made it past White as well to fill the podium with all home track drivers. White settled for fourth, followed by Shantel.
The SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman were led to the green flag by Casey Williams and Chris Mackey, with Mackey taking the early lead. Using the bottom groove, Mackey began to pull away from Williams and Kyle Kiehn, who came from his fifth starting spot. As the top five began to string out, the top two points, Matt Janczuk and Rocky Warner, started to mount charges to the front, coming from the fifth row. When the race reached the halfway mark, Warner had battled into the top five, with Janczuk not far behind. With five to go, Warner was working over Kiehn and looking to move forward, but the top two had created too much distance to overcome.
With one lap remaining, however, a caution for a spinning car in turn one and brought the field together and gave Warner an opportunity. On the restart, both Mackey and Williams dropped to the bottom of the speedway. Warner took his machine to the top side, searching for the cushion. On the exit of turn two, Warner was shot out of a cannon, blasting past Williams for second and searching for more. On the entry to turn three, Warner pulled alongside Mackey as he carried all of his momentum to the top side once more while Mackey continued to work the bottom. On the exit of turn four, Warner pulled past Mackey and crossed the line for the win. Mackey took the runner up spot, followed by Williams, Jason Rood, and Janczuk.
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- ROB BELLINGER, Marc Johnson, Matt Sheppard, Danny Varin, Larry Wight, Alan Johnson, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Mike Mahaney, Tim Mayne, John Lutes Jr., and Matt Hulsizer.
602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- ROCKY WARNER, Chris Mackey, Casey Williams, Jason Rood, Matt Janczuk, Kyle Kiehn, Nick Krause, Stephen Denton, Brad Alger, Brent Joy, Rocco Leone, A.J. Miller, Dave Manchester, Charlie Tibbitts, Billy Trexler III, and John Christian. DNS- David Schilling, Daryl Nutting, Jimmy Moyer, and A.J. Digsby.
SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES OPEN SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (35 LAPS)- STEVE WAY, Jack Miller, Claude Hutchings Jr., Brian White, Randy Shantel, Mark Effner, Charlie Hendrickson, Chris Jordan, Heath Carney, Kevin Jordan, Shane Jablonka, Craig Pope, Aaron Jacobs, Tom Tophoven, Rich Ricci III, Alyssa Cody, Lucas Heintz, Jeremy Vunk, Jim Rothwell, Bobby Trapper Jr., and Anthony Cardamone.
SPRAKER RACING SWEEPS FONDA EVENTS FOR THE SECOND TIME IN 2016
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – On the second week of racing in 2016 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, the Jake & Nancy Spraker owned cars swept feature events in both the modified and sportsman divisions. Last Saturday evening they did it again with Ronnie Johnson and Rocky Warner sweeping events in their respective divisions
For Johnson in the modified division it was his fourth win of the season and the 29th of his career at Fonda while for Warner in the sportsman division it was his third win of the season and the 16th of his career in the division placing him on top of the all-time win list in that class.
In other divisions on Saturday the winners were David Manchester (rookie sportsman), Nick Stone in the Hondo Classic for pro stocks, Josh Coonradt (street stock), and in a special “Bill Ag” Elimination race for the modifieds Johnson took home a total of $2037 after winning all five elimination match races vs. his other competitors.
The “Bill Ag” event was the first main event on the schedule with a total of $2037 on the line for the top five drivers in the modified point standings which were in no specific order Bobby Varin, Johnson, Jeremy Wilder, Josh Hohenforst, and Danny Johnson with the driver chosen by a random draw being Justin Boehler. Danny Johnson opted out of the event allowing Jessey Mueller to compete in his place.
Ronnie Johnson and Mueller drew to complete in the first two lap elimination race with Johnson the winner. Johnson chose both his lane to start the races on and his next competitor which was Hohenforst. Race after race Johnson chose the inside line to defeat his competitors one by one with victories over Boehler, Wilder, and Varin to follow as he swept all of the $2037 in prize money.
Pep Corradi led early at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag to start the 35-lap modified feature but by the time lap one was completed fourth place starter Darwin Greene was the race leader. Corradi’s night came to an end way to early as he came to a stop in turn four on lap two and was done for the night while running second.
Greene held the lead on the restart and by lap six he had already built up a straightaway advantage over the second place car of Mark Kislowski who was followed at that point by Jeff Rockefeller, Ronnie Johnson who started 10th, and seventh place starter Josh Hohenforst. While Greene was in lap traffic on lap 13, Johnson had made his way by Kislowski for the second spot.
Greene was a straightaway ahead of Johnson at that point but when the yellow came out on lap 17 it brought the field back to Greene for the restart. Greene maintained the lead on the restart with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Greene, Johnson, Kislowski, ninth place starter Jeremy Wilder, and Hohenforst. Greene was using the extreme outside of the track to maintain the lead with Johnson fishing around in different grooves on the track to find a way to overtake the leader.
Johnson tried to go down low under Greene many times in the turns to no avail and then decided to track Greene’s every move for a couple of laps to see exactly where Greene was running on the track. On lap 23 Johnson made his move to the inside of Greene and as the lap was completed Johnson was the new race leader.
Johnson and Greene stayed side by side for one more lap before Johnson finally cleared Greene for good for the lead. Johnson held a straightaway lead on lap 27 and was in lap traffic but his car was so good that it didn’t matter as he went on to an easy victory over Greene, Wilder, Kislowski, and Hohenforst.
“My race car was very fast tonight,” Johnson told Ed Biittig Sr. in victory lane. “And tonight the race track was good enough to be able to show just how good it was. When we started the season Jake and Nancy gave me the best race car that money could buy and the best car that I have had at Fonda in many years. I want to thank all of my fans and I am very proud to be in victory lane here at the Fonda Speedway.”
The 25-lap sportsman feature started out slow with three yellow flags slowing the event in the first three laps. The first caution was for a wreck in turn three involving John McAuliffe, Brian Calabrese, Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Nick Scavia, and others with McAuliffe, and Scavia done for the night at that point. The other two cautions were for Tony Farone and Aaron Burton who came to a stop on track with Burton able to continue on.
At that point after the three early cautions, race director Joe Achzet had seen enough and ordered a single file restart with outside pole position starter Chris Curtis the race leader as the green flag flew again. With all of the caution flags that flew, 13th place starter Rocky Warner had worked his way up to the second position on lap four as he began to pressure Curtis for the lead.
Warner got around the outside of Curtis in turns one and two on lap six to take the lead and from that point on he stretched out his advantage to a straightaway which is the margin he would win the event by over the top five of Curtis, 14th place starter JaMike Sowle, sixth place starter Dan Santabarbara, and fifth place starter Chris Schaffer.
“Having two lanes to race on tonight was very beneficial for us,” Warner said in victory lane. “We made some changes to the car this week and the car and the track both came to us. Even though our car has been good this year we are always trying to get faster.”
Saturday evening was also tribute to the Romano’s Night honoring Andy, Mike, and AJ with Warner saying this after his win: “The Romano’s were my heroes growing up and it is an honor to win here at Fonda on their night”
David Manchester led all 12 laps of the rookie sportsman feature to take his first career win in the division over Josh Neal, Mike Peek, Bobby Gage, and Kaydon Hohensheldt.
The 11th Annual Hondo Classic in honor of the late Hondo Carpenter was a 29-lap event with a 30 car starting field taking honorary starter Joe Achzet’s green flag. Before the green flag flew however a four wide salute to Hondo was done by the starting field while Hondo’s favorite song “Thunderstruck” was played over the sound system and purple and gold balloons were released in the air.
Outside pole sitter Frank Twing took the early lead while fourth place starter Luke Horning made his way up to the second position on lap four. A yellow flag on lap six slowed the field with Tom Denton the new second place car on the restart while Horning, Bill Knapp, and Chuck Dumblewski who started 12th now in the top five.
Another restart after a lap eight caution put Horning back into the second position and he pressured Twing heavily until lap 10 when Horning made his move on the inside of turn two to take the lead over Twing. Two more yellow flags flew on laps 11 and 12 and on the last restart Dumblewski was the new second place car and looked to be one of the quickest cars on the track.
At the halfway point in the event Horning was the leader followed by Dumblewski, 10th place starter Pete Broderson, seventh place starter Nick Stone, and Denton. The yellow flag was out again on lap 17 and under this caution Dumblewski was being pushed down the old drag strip in the middle of the track after mechanical issues took him out of the event.
Stone made the most of the restart as he moved up to the second position past Broderson and on lap 18 Stone got by Horning for the lead on the outside of turn four. Horning was trying so hard to get back by Stone for the lead that he almost spun himself out going into turns one and two on lap 22 after throwing his car hard in the turns to try to get underneath Stone for the lead. Horning somehow straightened himself out and continued on.
One final caution on lap 27 took away the straightaway lead that Stone had built up and set up a fantastic two lap dash to the checkered flag. Horning took the lead back on the restart but on the final lap Stone got a run on the inside of Horning going down the backstretch and by the time they approached turns three and four Stone was the leader and went on for the win while Horning dropped all the way back to fifth.
Broderson ended up second while 18th place starter Kenny Gates was third and Denton fourth following Stone across the finish line.
It was Stone’s third win in the “Hondo Classic” event after also winning the event back in 2007 & 2008.
“I miss racing weekly here at the Fonda Speedway,” Stone said as he is not a regular at the track in 2016. “I just wanted to go out there and try other stuff at other tracks which is actually good for my pro stock chassis building business. The track was actually good tonight and gave us something to work with. You don’t have to have the best car when the track is like this.”
Hondo Classic event organizer Kelley Keefe who along with her daughter Kaitlyn puts on the event said afterwards: “It is a labor of love putting on this event in honor of Hondo.”
Jason Samrov led the first eight laps of the 12-lap street stock event until seventh place starter Josh Coonradt took over the lead on lap nine. Coonradt went on to his ninth win of the season and the 12th of his career at Fonda in just two short seasons over Bill Yager, Jerry Cohn, Johnny Young, and Dave Horning Sr.
Action continues at Fonda on Saturday, July 23 with a regular show in all division on Dave Camara Tribute Night! A regular show in all divisions is on the racing card which will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Fonda Speedway Museum will also be open from 3:00 p.m. up until race time with displays honoring Camara for his achievements at the “Track of Champions”.
It will also be Autograph Night and a Hot Rod Show will also be held on the grounds starting at 12 noon! For more information about the Fonda Speedway you can go to www.fondaspeedway.com
MODIFIED FEATURE – 35-LAPS – RONNIE JOHNSON, Darwin Greene, Jeremy Wilder, Mark Kislowski, Josh Hohenforst, Jessey Mueller, Bodie Bellinger, Bobby Varin, Jeff Rockefeller, Danny Johnson, Justin Boehler, Scott Huber, Kenny Sparks, Ed Harris, Craig Hanson, Jeff Holt, Pep Corradi, Korey Wilder DNS, Troy Palmer DNS
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – ROCKY WARNER, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Dan Santabarbara, Chris Schaffer, Adam McAuliffe, Chad Edwards, Dave Constantino, Tim Hartman Jr., Jack Lehner, Brian Pessolano, Ray Zemken, Aaron Burton, Ricky Quick, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Doug Hancock, Josh DeMagistris, Jason Greco, Harry Shaffer, David Manchester, Mark Mortensen, Tony Farone, James Introne Jr., Brian Calabrese, Doug Flynn, Nick Scavia, John McAuliffe, Billy Gray
ROOKIE SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 12-LAPS – DAVID MANCHESTER, Josh Neal, Mike Peek, Bobby Gage, Kaydon Hohensheldt, Travis Billington, Chris Kugler
PRO STOCK FEATURE “HONDO CLASSIC” – 29-LAPS – NICK STONE, Pete Broderson, Kenny Gates, Tom Denton, Luke Horning, Jason Casey, Shane Henderson, Frank Twing, Dan Older, Robbie Speed, Jay Casey, James Normoyle Jr., AJ Walters, Jeff McPhail, Danny Wood, Gus Hollner, Cassidy Wilson, Don Kennedy, Randy Cosselman, Jamie Warner, Dennis Joslin, Ivan Joslin, Chuck Dumblewski, Jim Normoyle, Jim Morrison, Rob VanAernam, Justin Knight, Adam Warner, Bill Knapp, Walt Brownell
LONEY GRABS FIRST CAREER MODIFIED FEATURE WIN FRIDAY AT PENN CAN SPEEDWAY
SUSQUEHANNA, PA…Mike Loney has won plenty of races at Penn Can Speedway over the years in the Street Stock and Sportsman divisions. On Friday night he raced to his first career Modified feature win, becoming the seventh different winner in as many races. Mike Schane, Shane Wolf, Jr., Bud Phillips, Randy Fox and Nick Kennedy were also victorious in their respective features.
Loney raced into the lead from his outside pole starting position at the drop of the green. The race got off to a rough start with three cautions falling between laps two and three. From that point on the action would be slowed by just one more caution on lap 14 and would go clean and green from then on. Loney was challenged early by Dan Pompey but it was Nick Rochinski who was on the move from his sixth starting position.
Rochinski moved into second and set his sights on the high flying Loney. Rochinski ran the top of the speedway while Loney had his HigFab Chassis dialed in on the bottom of the track. Loney ran a flawless race, as one mistake would open the door for Rochinski, who has missed the last two races due to motor issues.
Rochinski would gain ground going into the corners but Loney was able to pull him off the corners. In the closing laps the leaders encountered lapped traffic. On the last lap the lap car stayed on the outside, which played right into the hands of Loney and foiled any attempt Rochinski could make.
Loney, who lost the lead in turn four on the final lap last year, wasn’t going to let it happen again this year as he raced to his first career Modified feature win. Rochinski was a strong second ahead of Pompey, point leader Alan Rudalavage and rookie standout Ryan Olsommer. Sixth through tenth went to Mike Colsten, Joey Colsten, Mike Dougherty, Alan Kellogg and Larry Mekic.
“I only heard Nick a couple of times but I knew that the bottom was the place to be and that he would have to drive around me on the top to pass me”, said Loney. “We have won a lot of races with the Street Stock and the Sportsman but it is really great to finally get a Modified feature win”, he added.
After sitting out the 2015 racing season, former Modified driver Mike Schane made the decision over the winter to go Crate Sportsman racing in 2016. The decision has proven to be a good one. The current point leader started seventh on the grid and methodically made his way through the field. He took over third from another former Modified driver Adam MacGeorge on lap 12. He then went to work on Marty Bunker who was leading the way out front.
The two drivers would run side by side with Bunker on the top and Schane glued to the bottom. “I changed my approach to the corner and slowed down going in which made the car stick and allowed me to come off the corner better”, said Schane. That approach worked as he was able to take the lead and go onto his fourth win of the season. Bunker was second ahead of MacGeorge, Nick Branning and impressive rookie driver Leo McGurrin. “I love these Crate Sportsman”, said an elated Schane after the feature.
Randy Fox took the lead from Kris Shimer on lap four and raced to the victory in the Factory Stock feature event. He was followed to the line by Jeremy Williams, Josh Towner, Jason Rinker and Jason Travis.
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH: MIKE LONEY, Nick Rochinski, Dan Pompey, Alan Rudalavage, Ryan Olsommer, Mike Colsten, Joey Colsten, Mike Dougherty, Alan Kellogg, Larry Mekic, Frank Porreca, Dan Morden, Dan Solomon, Brian Malcolm, Greg Morgan, Mike Decker, Joey Grammes. DNS: Butch Green.
CRATE SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH: MIKE SCHANE, Marty Bunker, Adam MacGeorge, Nick Branning, Leo McGurrin, Mike Decker, Ryan Stone, Michael Murphy, Johhny Bangs, George Gareis, Jr., Moose Gulley, Mike Barrett. DNS: Dusty Barton.
Ryan Bartlett Wins First Career Brewerton Speedway Modified Feature
By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY - July 15, 2016 - Ryan Bartlett from Watertown, NY and his family-owned team has raced in the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds for many seasons at the Brewerton Speedway. He has had top-five runs, lead features late only to see it slip away at the finish.
All that changed for Ryan Bartlett Friday night. Bartlett took the lead on the first lap of the 35 lap feature holding off all challengers consistently running the fastest laps of the race, winning by over four seconds when the checkered flag waved for his first ever Modified win at the speedway.
Other winners on Syracuse Haulers night were, Glenn Forward (Sportsman) Doug Williams (Mod Lites) and Ray Bechler (Four Cylinders).
Ryan Bartlett bolted out to the early lead in the 35 lap big block modified feature while behind him the racing was tight right at the drop of the green battling for position.
With 5 laps complete Bartlett held a couple car length advantage running the bottom of the speedway. Matt Hulsizer, Rich Scagliotta, Mike Bowman, Max McLaughlin and Ryan Phelps were in a tight fight for second through sixth.
At the 10 lap mark Bartlett and Hulsizer were in a two-car breakaway at the front of the field. Bowman, Scagliotta and Tom Sears Jr. showed in the top five on the scoring tower.
With 15 laps complete Bartlett opened the biggest lead of the race as Hulsizer chased the leader alone in second trying to find a way to narrow the gap.Tom Sears, Scagliotta, Larry Wight from 16th starting spot, Tim Sears Jr.and Chad Phelps were using every inch of the speedway racing for third through seventh.
Bartlett would open a full straightaway lead with 10 laps to go still running the bottom of the speedway. Hulsizer still ran in second but had Wight all over his back bumper as the final laps started clicking off the lap counter. Tom Sears and Chad Phelps showed in fourth and fifth.
Over the remaining laps Bartlett appeared to get quicker with no yellows as he cruised to the win by 4.378 seconds over the field. Larry Wight, Tom Sears, point leader Jimmy Phelps and Chad Phelps finished second through fifth.
After doing a victory lane roof dance on his DP Bartlett & Sons Plumbing/Heating/AC/No.93, Ryan Bartlett talked about his first ever Brewerton Speedway win.
“That doesn’t seem like it should be in the same sentence,” said Bartlett when the track announcer said his name and welcome to Brewerton Speedway victory lane.
“We haven’t won a modified race since 2006 (Thunder Alley Speedpark). It’s been a big monkey on our back for a long time. We could of ran some other tracks but we chose to come here and compete against the best competition and challenge ourselves week in week out. When you can beat those guys it feels pretty good.”
“I’ve got to thank my family, my uncle, my dad, my brother, without them none of this would be possible.”
Bartlett finished up talking about the engine that powered him to victory.
“We picked up this engine over the winter. It’s just been sitting on the floor for a few months. We finally put it in the last time here and it worked good tonight.”
Twenty-seven SUNY Canton Sportsman signed in the pits for the night's racing.
In the 25 lap feature racing in the top five and throughout the field was tight the entire distance. Kyle Fink led from lap 2 until lap 17 when Glenn Forward used a power move on the top of the track exiting turn four on lap 18 to be scored the new leader. Once out front nobody seriously challenged Forward over the remaining laps for his second win of the year. Chris Cunningham, Tyler Trump, Kyle Fink and Dylan Zacharias finished second through fifth.
“This is what the team really needed, we have had a rough last few weeks,” Glenn Forward said in victory lane. “It's cost us a lot of money. Had to take a step back and look at what we were going to do. Coming here we have had a lot of fun, had some bad finishes, some due to me, some due to other things. To come back and do this tonight is what we really needed.”
July 15 Results
DIRTcar Modifieds 35 Laps) - RYAN BARTLETT, Larry Wight, Tom Sears Jr., Jimmy Phelps, Chad Phelps, Tim Sears Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Chris Hile, Rich Scagliotta, Chuck Bower, Mike Bowman, Billy Whittaker, Rob Bellinger, Max McLaughlin, Ryan Phelps, Pat Ward, Joe August Jr., Tim Kerr, Vic Coffey, Jeff Blackburn, Jim Witko Jr., DNS John West.
Sportsman 25 Laps) - GLENN FORWARD, Chris Cunningham, Tyler Trump, Kyle Fink, Dylan Zacharias, Gregg Kimball, Stephen Denton, Tony Finch II, Billy Clark Jr., Zach Sobotka, Brent Joy, Corey Barker, Todd Root, Earl Rudy, Alan Fink, Jack Meeks, Rich Townsend, JJ Courcy, Nick Krause, Beth Bellinger, Mike Taylor, Mike Stanton Jr., Joe Sobotka, Ricky Yelle, Ron Davis III, Jordan Bennett, Will Shields.
CNYRP Official Statement On Super DIRT Week 2016
Though we are disappointed that we were not able to meet the construction schedule to be able to host the 2016 edition of Super DIRT Week, we are glad that the event was able to stay in Central New York and in Oswego County.
CNYRP management will continue to work with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York in obtaining the grant funds to make sure the CNYRP facility is ready to host Super DIRT Week 2017.
Matt Sheppard Dominates Grandview Speedway
Captures fifth Super DIRTcar Series win of the season
BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. - July 14, 2016 - From green-to-checkered, it was Matt Sheppard who dominated Thursday night's Traffic Jam at Grandview Speedway and captured his fourth Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds victory of the season.
Sheppard, who started the feature on the front row with Pete Britten, jumped out to the lead early. Despite lapped traffic, Sheppard was strong from the start to finish.
Sheppard, driver of the No. 9s FX Caprara Big-Block Modified was all smiles in victory lane.
"This car has been so good," Sheppard said. "We were a little tight tonight but it's still a great racecar. It had enough grip to keep it going. Starting position was key tonight and starting on the pole helped."
Sheppard was running the top lane early on but chose the bottom lane on a lap 22 restart with Craig Von Dohren beside him; it was Sheppard who powered forward.
There was a tough battle forming behind Sheppard as Britten and Von Dohren battled hard for the second spot. After several laps of side-by-side action Britten was able to take back the second spot on lap 24.
At the halfway mark the scoreboard saw Sheppard, Britten, Von Dohren, Stewart Friesen, and Billy Decker.
Sheppard caught the back of the pack on lap 34. As Sheppard caught lapped traffic, Britten closed the gap in a hurry.
Running hard on the top to catch Sheppard, Britten got sideways between turns three and four causing him to lose his momentum and almost spinning. Britten though was able to save his No. 18H machine.
Friesen found the top side and was in third on lap 51 but it didn't seem like the outside groove was the place to be.
Sheppard was very proud of his crew.
"I don't know if I've ever had a stretch like this," Sheppard said. "It's unbelievable with a tour like this with as many guys following the tour this year it's incredible. I can't thank my guys enough."
Second place finisher Britten was satisfied with his podium finish.
"Congratulations to Matt tonight, he's been running good. I feel real good for finishing second. We want to be able to push a little harder. The car got good midway through. We're getting there."
For Friesen, he has several podium finishes this season so far but is still digging.
"I think the cautions killed us there in the beginning. We got to them in lapped traffic but there wasn't much of an outside groove tonight to challenge him. We're consistent just not getting the balance."
The Super DIRTcar Series takes on Eldora Speedway July 19 and 20, and Sharon Speedway July 21. For more information, visit EldoraSpeedway.com and SharonSpeedway.com
Notebook: The 60-lap Traffic Jam at Grandview Speedway paid seven thousand dollars to win. 30 cars attempted to qualify and 30 cars started the field. Billy Decker set fastest time overall in time trials with a 14.309.
For more information on the Super DIRTcar Series, visit SuperDIRTcarSeries.com. Follow the Super DIRTcar Series on Twitter at Twitter.com/SuperDIRTcar.
Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; July 14, 2016; Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, Pa.
A-Main (60 laps) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 18h-Pete Britten; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen; 4. 66-Duane Howard; 5. 91-Billy Decker; 6. 98h-Jimmy Phelps; 7. 14s-Craig Von Dorhen; 8. 88m-Mike Mahaney; 9. 43h-Jimmy Horton; 10. 14w-Ryan Watt; 11. 19-Tim Fuller; 12. 55-Anthony Perrego; 13. 126-Jeff Strunk; 14. 27j-Danny Johnson; 15. 747-Ryan Godown; 16. 20-Brett Hearn; 17. 6w-Mat Williamson; 18. 43-Keith Flach; 19. 42p-Pat Ward; 20. 8-Rich Scagliotta; 21. 6h-Max Mclaughlin; 22. 28p-Eldon Payne; 23. 15-Billy Pauch Jr; 24. T3-Tom Sheetz; 25. 44j-John McClelland; 26. 19b-Brett Kresley; 27. 51m-Dominic Buffalino; 28. 17-Marcus Dinkins; 29. 99L-Larry Wight; 30. 35-Frank Cozze
NAPA Super DIRT Week Moves to Oswego Speedway in 2016
New Stage, Still Racing's Biggest Party
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - July 14, 2016 - NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, Oct. 5-9, will move to the historic Oswego Speedway in 2016.
Oswego, a historic paved, half-mile track 35 miles north of Syracuse, will be covered with dirt for the first time since 1952 to accommodate the Napa 300 and all of the week's events and festivities.
"With support from Governor Cuomo, the State of New York, and incredible fans and sponsors, we are excited to write a new chapter in the history of Racing's Biggest Party," said DIRTcar Racing CEO Brian Carter. "We've developed a great relationship with John Torrese and his team over the past several months, and Super DIRT Week is going to be a lot of fun at Oswego this year."
In addition to assisting with the three-week process of covering the track with some 9,600 cubic yards of clay, the State of New York and DIRTcar are also making improvements to the grandstands and camping facilities at Oswego. The investment in the speedway will not only benefit NAPA Super DIRT Week but future use of the facility, including Oswego's "Classic," the third largest motorsports event in New York behind only the NASCAR weekend at Watkins Glen and Super DIRT Week.
NAPA Super DIRT Week is an annual economic driver for Central New York. The event attracts 70,000 fans and competitors and contributes $12 million to the local economy. This year that will strongly benefit Oswego County and the City of Oswego.
"We're thrilled to have the event here," said NAPA Syracuse Sales Manager John Provo. "This is a great event and a great venue, both pillars of the Central New York motorsport legacy."
Following the demolition of the Moody Mile on the property of the New York State Fairgrounds, which had been the home of NAPA Super DIRT Week since its inception, an agreement was struck between DIRTcar Racing and the State of New York to keep the annual event in New York for the next 10 years. As part of the agreement, Super DIRT Week was committed to the Central New York Raceway Park (CNYRP) under the condition that the facility be fully completed. Committed to keeping the event in New York, the state agreed to assist in moving the event to Oswego if needed and is putting that plan in action in recognition of the importance of motorsport to the State of New York.
"While we are disappointed CNYRP will not yet be ready for 2016, we understand the challenges of building a new facility," Carter said. "Glenn Donnelly's vision for CNYRP will be an incredible addition to the racing landscape in Central New York when complete."
The format and schedule for NAPA Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway will remain the same as previous years with on-track action every day from October 5 through 9 at Oswego, including a return of Friday Night Lights. Other municipalities will get in on the action with traditional nighttime events slated for Weedsport Speedway on Wednesday, October 5; Brewerton Speedway in Central Square, NY on Thursday, October 6; and the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will be racing at Fulton Speedway in Fulton, NY on Saturday, October 8.
All fans that placed deposits will be contacted to select their seats and camping spots in the order of their deposit through July 25. Tickets and camping spots will then be made available to all on August 8. More information will be available to fans at SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com after Friday, July 15, or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).
2016 NAPA SUPER DIRT WEEK SCHEDULE
Schedule subject to change – Still working on it!!!!
12-6pm Grounds Open for camper parking – reservations and weeklong credentials required
11am 5pm Ticket, Camping and Pit Pass sales begin at Gate 6 entrance
12-6pm Grounds Open for camper parking – reservations and weeklong credentials required
11am-5pm Ticket, Camping and Pit Pass sales begin at Gate 6 entrance
9am Ticket, Camping and Pit Pass sales begin at Gate 6 entrance
10am-6pm “Early Bird” Tech Inspection for All Divisions open at Breitbeck Park
126pm Grounds Open for camper parking – reservations and weeklong credentials required
7:45 am Hauler Pre-Stage in Pit Area
8:00 am Gates open for Campers and Haulers
9:00 am Inspection Begins for All Divisions
3:00 pm Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Opening Practice (must be registered as a Modified, no other divisions)
7:30 pm WEEDSPORT SPDWY: DIRTcar 358-Modified & Sportsman Series
10:00 pm Infield Hot Pit Area Closed
8:00 am Infield Hot Pit Gates Open
8:00 am Inspection for All Divisions (pit road turn 4 side, under inspection tent)
9:00 am Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Mod & DIRTcar 358-Mod Draw Opens
10:00 am Grandstands Open
10-10:55am Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified practice
11–11:55am DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Practice
12:00 pm Media Day Press Conference –TBD
1:20 pm DIRTcar 358-Modified Time Trials (2laps, Top-6 Qualify for Front-3 Rows)
Qualifying Placement based on Practice Times Slowest to Fastest Time
2:45 pm Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Time Trials
(2-laps, Top-6 Qualify for Front-3 Rows)
Qualifying Placement based on Practice Times Slowest to Fastest Time
7:30 pm BREWERTON SPDWY: DIRTcar 358-Mods at 24th Annual “Hurricane 100”
10:00 pm Infield Hot Pit Area Closed
10:00 am Infield Hot Pit Gates Open, Sportsman – All Divisions Inspection Open (pit road tent)
11:00 am DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar Futures
(Big Blocks, 358-Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds and Pro Stocks)
Draw for Qualifying Positions Opens-Location TBD
12–12:25pm DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Practice
12:30-1pm DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Practice
1:05-1:15pm DIRTcar Futures Practice/Qualifying (358-Modified)
1:20-1:30pm DIRTcar Futures Practice/Qualifying (Sportsman)
1:35-1:45pm DIRTcar Futures Practice/Qualifying (Pro Stocks)
1:50-2pm DIRTcar Futures Practice/Qualifying (Big Blocks)
2:25 pm Sportsman Modified Time Trials (2-laps, Top 6-Qualify)
3:50 pm DIRTcar Futures Race (358-Modifieds - 20-lap, 15 minute timed)
DIRTcar Futures Race (Sportsman - 20-lap, 15 minute timed)
DIRTcar Futures Race (Pro Stock - 20-lap, 15 minute timed)
DIRTcar Futures Race (Big Block Modified - 20-lap, 15 minute timed)
Pro Stock Practice
6:55 pm Opening Ceremonies
DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Twin 20s
DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Triple 10s
Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Triple 20s
11:00 pm Infield Hot Pit Area Closed
8:00 am Infield Hot Pit Gates Open, Pro Stock - All Divisions Inspection Open
8:30 am DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Draw for Qualifying Position Opens
9:00 am DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Drivers and Crew Chief Meeting
(in Pit building)
9:30 am Grandstands Open
9:30-9:55am DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Final Practice
9:45 am Chapel Service – Ed Harkins (in pit building)
10-10:25am DIRTcar Pro Stock Series First Practice
10:30 am DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Practice
11:00 am DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Time Trials (2-laps, Top 24 Qualify)
DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Last Chance Qualifying Race(s)
DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Last Chance Qualifier
DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Last Chance Qualifier
Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Last Chance Qualifier
Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Practice
DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Salute the Troops 150 Pre-Race ceremonies
2:00 pm DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Salute the Troops 150 (150 laps)
4:00 pm Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified FINAL Practice
7:30 pm FULTON SPDWY: Twin 25’s – World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars Plus “Win and You’re In” Modified
(Mod Winner Earns 45th starting spot in Syracuse 300)
8:30 am Infield Hot Pit Gates Open
8:30 am Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Inspection Begins
9:00 am Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Driver’s Meeting (Infield Bldg)
9:15 am DIRTcar Pro Stock Driver’s Meeting (Infield Building)
9:30 am DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Driver’s Meeting (Infield Building)
10:00 am Grandstands Open
10:00 am Chapel Service – Ed Harkins (Infield Building)
10:00 am DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Final Practice DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Final Practice
11:00 am SDW XLV DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Championship (75 laps)
11:45 am Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Top 30 Autograph Signing Midway (Top 30 in Thursday time trials)
12:00 pm SDW XLV DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Championship (50 laps)
1:30 pm 45th Annual NAPA Super DIRT Week Pre-Race ceremonies
2:00 pm 45th Annual NAPA Super DIRT Week NAPA 300
Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Series (300 laps)
TBA- Rain Date for Saturday or Sunday events
BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY OFFERS NON-QUALIFERS WEEKLY TOW MONEY
Bridgeport, NJ - On Wednesday afternoon Bridgeport Speedway announced that they will offer 'Tow Money' to both the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds and the Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman starting this Saturday evening. Any Big Block modified drivers that fail to make the main event will receive a consolation prize of $75, while the non-qualifiers in the Crate/Sportsman division will bring home $50.
"We realize that is a difficult task to for any race team just to make it to the track week in and week out. We just wanted to give back to some of the drivers that don't happen to qualify into the features that particular night," explained track owner Brian Ramey. "We've had weather on our side as of late, we've had tremendous racing, our crowds continue to grow each week, and we feel that Bridgeport Speedway is the place to race at as well as attend here in the Northeast," Ramey added.
Saturday, July 16 will 'First Responder's Night' where all First Responders receive FREE admission with ID. Local township fire engines, ambulances, and police vehicles will be on display behind the grandstand before and during the races. At intermission the First Responder vehicles will make a parade lap around the 5/8 mile speedway. The Big Blocks will also be making their fan-favorite visit behind the grandstands before their 25-lap main event. Joining the mighty Modifieds on Saturday will be the Crate/Sportsman and the Pennco Tech Outlaws Stocks, who will compete in Twin -12 lap feature events.
Weedsport Speedway Adds Super DIRTcar Series Labor Day Spectacular
New Location for Super DIRTcar Series Event; New Date for Weedsport Speedway Event
Weedsport, N.Y. - July 8, 2016 - Weedsport Speedway will welcome the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified tour for a Labor Day spectacular on September 5, 2016.
Construction delays and discussions with Central New York Raceway Park officials freed up the Super DIRTcar Series Labor Day event, which Weedsport quickly picked up in order to transform a previously scheduled non-series event into a bigger and better event for all involved.
An extremely congested northeast schedule through mid-July forced Weedsport Speedways management to make the tough decision to postpone their originally scheduled July 24 event featuring Big-Block Modifieds and the Empire Sprints. The July 24 date, sandwiched between a 3-day stretch in Ohio and an early week swing through Quebec, made it difficult for teams and traveling fans to attend.
On Monday, September 5, Weedsport Speedway will welcome the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified tour, along with the best 360 Sprint Car racers in the Northeast, set to broadcast on MAVTV Speed Sport. Event details and ticket information will be available in the coming weeks, so make plans today and spend Labor Day at The Port.
And don't miss the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds up next at The Port on Tuesday, August 9, for the Hall of Fame 100 with the Napa Sportsman Shootout Series.
Racing Action Returns To Georgetown Speedway; Open Practice Set For Tuesday, July 12; URC Sprint Car & Big-Block Doubleheader Approaching On Friday, July 22
GEORGETOWN, DE – We’re back!
After sitting idle since June 2, the roar of race engines returns to Delaware’s historic Georgetown Speedway in July. The half-mile oval’s gates will unlock twice in the next two weeks at the “special-events” schedule under the BD Motorsports Media LLC management team resumes.
On Tuesday, July 12, a special “test and tune” open practice session will be held. The practice gives race teams an ample opportunity to dial in their cars for upcoming events. All race vehicles are welcome. Gates in the pit area open at 5 p.m. Practice begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues for approximately three hours. Pit admission is $20 and grandstand admission will be free. The track will be prepared as it would for a race night. In the event of rain, the practice will be held on Wednesday (July 13).
Racing resumes on Friday, July 22 with a much anticipated doubleheader program.
For the first time since March, big-block/small-block Modifieds return to Georgetown in a 25-lap ‘Blast at the Beach’ qualifier event. The winner not only takes home $2,000, but will also earn a guaranteed redraw position in the Tuesday, Aug. 30 ‘Blast at the Beach’ Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP Velocita South Region finale.
The July 22 winner will not even have to run a heat race when the STSS returns to Georgetown. They will automatically transfer to the redraw.
Joining the Modifieds are the powerful United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars in their second appearance of the season. Davie Franek of Wantage, N.J., won the first URC event of the season in May.
Also on the card are the Crate 602 Sportsman, Southern Delaware Vintage Cars, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.
GRANDVIEW’S BEST PROVIDE STIFF COMPETITION TO DIRTCAR ELITE. . .
SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES TRAFFIC JAM PRESENTED BY PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS RETURNS TO THE HILL ON THURSDAY, JULY 14
BECHTELSVILLE, PA (July 7, 2016) – The premier Big-Block Modified series in the country, the Super DIRTCar Series, heads to the Berks County high-banked Grandview Speedway on Thursday night, July 14 when the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series brings you the 19th Annual Traffic Jam presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings. The Traffic Jam has eighteen years of history with some of the greatest names in modified racing winning this prestigious event.
This fan-favorite event brings the stars of the nationally touring Super DIRTCar Series to the Keystone State, challenging Pennsylvania’s fiercest and fastest competitors in a 60-lap battle offering $7,000 to the winner, $1,000 for tenth, and $500 to take the green flag. This is one of the most attractive purses offered for a 60 lap event on the DIRTCar tour.
Also on the program, the ever-competitive Sportsman in a 25-lap feature, paying $1,200 to the winner. With a relaxed tire rule – allowing any American Racer Track Stamp -- this event is open to all area competitors that meet Grandview Speedway Sportsman specifications.
The Grandview Speedway Modified regulars will bolt into their Big-Block steeds providing some of the stiffest competition for DIRTCar’s elite – and looking at the history books proves that this event, more than any event on the DIRTCar schedule can provide some surprise winners.
In 2010, Craig VonDohren, of Oley, PA, charged from the twenty-third starting position to take the lead and the win with 8-laps remaining, fans were on their feet as Duane Howard, also of Oley, PA, overtook the second spot for a one-two punch from the Grandview regular competitors.
Howard, himself claimed the Traffic Jam victory in 2013; with Pennsylvania-New Jersey region stars Rick Laubach of Quakertown; Jeff Strunk of Bethel, PA; and Neshanic Station, NJ’s Jimmy Horton all picking up Traffic Jam wins respectively.
Leading the DIRTCar contingent is defending race and series Champion Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, NY. Sheppard claimed the $6,000 victory in 2015, propelling himself to the 2015 Super DIRTCar Series Big-Block Modified Championship. Sheppard currently sits second in the 2016 Super DIRTCar Series point standings, just 7 points behind current point leader and two-time Traffic Jam winner Tim Fuller, of Watertown, NY.
Over 20 Super DIRTCar Series regulars are expected to compete in the 19th Annual Traffic Jam including four-time Traffic Jam winner Brett ‘The Jet’ Hearn, out of Sussex, NJ; Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, PA, who picked up a Saturday Night win at Grandview earlier this season; two-time Traffic Jam winner Billy Decker of Unadilla, NY; 2012 Traffic Jam winner and 2014 Forrest Rogers Memorial winner Danny Johnson of Rochester, NY; and 2014 Freedom 76 winner, Stewart Friesen, of Sprakers, NY. Although Stewart has won at Grandview, so far he has been denied a Thunder on the Hill Traffic Jam victory, something we all know he is looking to secure.
While past Grandview winners fill the field, an assembly of top-notch young drivers seek their first Thunder victory; Larry Wight aboard the Gypsum Express No. 99L; Keith Flach, of Ravena, NY, who claimed a qualifying race win in a postponed Thunder event; King Ferry, NY’s Mike Mahaney, aboard the Buzz Chew Chevrolet entry; and 16-year-old competitor Max McClaughlin.
The 19th Annual Traffic Jam presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings marks the final area appearance of the Super DIRTCar Series competitors.
The complete list of past Traffic Jam winners includes: Matt Sheppard (2015), Rick Laubach (2014), Duane Howard (2013), Danny Johnson (2012), Jeff Strunk (2011), Craig VonDohren (2010), Tim Fuller (2009, 2005), Brett Hearn (2009, 2007, 2002, 1998), Billy Decker (2008, 2003), Alan Johnson (2006), Tim McCreadie (2004, 2001), Frank Cozze (2000), and Jimmy Horton (1999).
The battle of the ages takes place on Thursday, July 14 the 19th Annual Super DIRTCar Series Traffic Jam presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings.
Modified legends Kenny Brightbill and Gerald Chamberlain will be on hand to take part in the pre-race Meet & Greet.
General Admission tickets for Thursday, July 14 are $25 for Adults, $10 for Children 6-11 and Free for Children under 6. Pit Admission is $35, no license is required.
Pit Gates open at 2:30 PM, Driver’s Meeting is at 6:15 PM, Hot Laps at 6:45 PM and Racing Starts at 7:30 PM.
Advance tickets are on sale now and may be ordered by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets may be picked up and paid for on race night after 3:30 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, one half hour prior to the sale of General Admission tickets.
Friesen Wins By .08 at The Big Show 8
Captures second Super DIRTcar Series win of the year
By Mandee Pauch
ALBANY, N.Y. - July 6, 2016 - The Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified Series returned to Albany-Saratoga Speedway Wednesday night for Brett Hearn's Big Show 8.
Starting the thirty-two car field to the green was Vic Coffey and Stewart Friesen followed by Larry Wight and Jimmy Phelps.
Friesen made a quick charge to the outside and gained the top spot over Coffey by the first lap. Coffey didn't give up and held on tight to the bottom as he battled for his spot back but was unable to as Friesen eventually drove away.
"Having a clear track in front of me and being able to pick my lines was good. Starting position was key," said Friesen in victory lane.
The second caution of the night flew on lap fifteen. After the field got reorganized the green flag dropped once again on lap nineteen only to be halted by the red flag.
Bobby Varin and Danny Johnson were battling for position going into turn one and made contact causing both to go spinning involving half the field to go piling up into the turn which also caused Pat Ward to go rolling over.
Most of the field was able to regroup and rejoin the back of the pack.
After a lap 37 caution, the restart saw Decker bolt to the outside as he started knocking on Coffey's rear bumper as he closed in.
At halfway the scoreboard saw Friesen, Coffey, Decker, Britten, and Wight as the top five.
Defending champion, Matt Sheppard, passed Jimmy Phelps for the sixth position on lap 55 as he then began to chase down Wight before the seventh caution of the night was brought out on lap 59.
The green flag dropped once again on lap 65 as Sheppard slid into third spot passed Decker.
It didn't take long for twelfth starter, Matt Sheppard, to show his strong hand as he closed in on Coffey running in second position.
Friesen had a half straightaway lead over Coffey until he caught lapped traffic on lap 77.
Decker, who started in seventh position, had a late race charge as he was able to menouver passed Sheppard and Coffey on the bottom for second spot on lap 94.
Decker pulled Friesen in fast with just two laps to go and gave Friesen a hard fought battle for that number one spot.
Decker dove down to the bottom as Friesen was running the top trying to move around lapped traffic. Coming out of turn four on the final lap it seemed like it was going to be a drag race to the finish line until Decker got caught up behind a lapped car running the bottom line giving Friesen the advantage on the outside. It was Friesen who took home the checkered to capture the win by .088 seconds over Decker.
"I saw him (Decker) down in one and two. Max was plugging along the bottom. It's just tough there," said Friesen about lapped traffic. "Billy was good in the long run. The brakes were getting super hot. Billy The Kid gave us some good smoke to beat him."
Second place finisher, Billy Decker made a late race charge and gave Friesen a great run to finish runner up. "We were better under the long greens. I got better at the end," said Decker. "I thought I had him. I bobbled a little bit getting into three. I was hoping I could get enough bite coming off but I just couldn't get it."
Side Note: Forty-two cars attempted to qualify and thirty-two started the field. The Big Show 8 was 100 laps the distance paying $10,000 to the winner. There were seven cautions and one red flag during the feature.
To close out the week the Super DIRTcar Series will be heading North to Mohawk International Raceway on Thursday, July 7.
Follow the series on Twitter @SuperDIRTcar, or click www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com.
Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; July 6, 2016; Albany-Saratoga Speedway; Albany, N.Y.
A-Main (60 Laps): 1. Stewart Friesen; 2. Billy Decker; 3. Matt Sheppard; 4. Marc Johnson; 5. Vic Coffey; 6. Peter Britten; 7. Mat Williamson; 8. Kenny Tremont Jr.; 9. Jimmy Phelps; 10. Larry Wight; 11. Erick Rudolph; 12. Bobby Varin; 13. Ronnie Johnson 14. Tim Fuller; 15. Mike Mahaney; 16. Elmo Reckner; 17. J.R Heffner; 18. Jessey Mueller; 19. Keith Flach; 20. Bodie Bellinger; 21. Max McLaughlin; 22. Frank Cozze; 23. Eldon Payne; 24. Chad Jeseo; 25. Brett Hearn; 26. Andy Bachetti; 27. Kris Verold; 28. Danny Johnson; 29. Matt DeLorenzo; 30. Pat Ward; 31. Rich Scagliotta; 32. Ryan Arbithnot.
Stewart Friesen Earns Accord Speedway First On Tuesday, Tops ‘Battle of the Bullring 4’ For $5,710 Payday
Tyler Boniface (STSS Open Sportsman)
ACCORD, NY – Stewart Friesen got the Accord Speedway monkey off his back.
Friesen, the Sprakers, N.Y., star, had enjoyed very little success at the quarter-mile oval located in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Until Tuesday night, that is. Friesen won for the first time in his career at Accord, topping the New York Truck Parts Inc. ‘Battle of the Bullring 4’ for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds.
He collected $5,400 from the posted purse and an additional $310 in lap money and bonus awards for a total of $5,710.
“We haven’t had any luck here at all,” Friesen, 32, said after celebrating on the roof of his Halmar International-backed No. 44 Teo-Pro car. “It’s been one thing after another. We had one good finish here (second in the ‘Gobbler’ 2013 inaugural) and the rest of the time it’s been flat tires, wrecks, motor problems…”
On Tuesday, Friesen endured no misfortune after a side-by-side photo finish with Brett Graham in his heat race and rolling off eighth in the 54-lap feature.
At the outset of the main, teenager Tyler Dippel rolled off the outside lane to take command from pole starter Erick Rudolph. Dippel, the Wallkill, N.Y., teenager, opened up a solid lead in the early portions of the event.
Dippel’s outing, unfortunately, ended on lap 15 when he slowed and was pushed back to the pit area.
With Dippel sidelined, Rudolph assumed command over Friesen, who had diced through traffic to run second.
As such, an extended side-by-side battle raged, with Rudolph – in his Accord debut – occupying the topside of the banked oval and Friesen relentlessly working the bottom.
Finally – at lap 25 – Friesen executed a “slider” in turn three and assumed command.
As Friesen led, position-swapping was a plenty behind him as Danny Johnson (from 15th), Danny Creeden (from 14th) and Jimmy Horton (from 20th) were moving forward.
Creeden raced into second on lap 27. The Wurtsboro, N.Y., short-track talent caught Friesen as he was pinned in double-file lapped traffic. Johnson and Horton closed in as the top-four ran in tight formation.
Friesen led the contingent across the line, picking up his first STSS Halmar International North Region triumph of the season.
Inside the final five laps, Rochester, N.Y.’s Johnson slipped beneath Creeden to register a stout runner-up result in the Chris Gennarelli-owned No. 27J small-block.
Horton, driving a Halmar-backed small-block, ended his drive from 20th at third, a strong podium effort for the Neshanic Station, N.J., driver who turned 60 years old on Sunday.
Creeden, battling brake issues, settled for fourth and Rudolph maintained his lead in the quest for the STSS North Region crown, ending his long ride from Ransomville, N.Y., with a top-five result.
Completing the top-10 were Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., who won the event in 2014; former Accord champion Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., who started 19th; heat winner and STSS mainstay Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J.; Rock Fantasy $150 Hard Charger Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y., who rolled off the grid dead last; and Rich Ricci Jr. of New Paltz, N.Y., from 21st in the field.
A diverse and talented 43-car field signed in. Five heat races were won by Meier, Perrego, Friesen, Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., and Brett Tonkin of Carbondale, Pa. Three consolations set the remainder of the starting field, with Bobby Varin of Sharon Springs, N.Y., Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., and Tyler Siri of Horseheads, N.Y., the 10-lap winners.
Pine Bush, N.Y., talent “The Twister” Tyler Boniface of Pine Bush, N.Y., earned a $1,000 payday in the accompanying 25-lap STSS Sportsman feature event. Boniface, a rising star in southeastern New York racing, was challenging Accord’s top winner – Jimmy Wells – for the lead for the early stages of the main.
Wells, whose car developed a water leak on the sixth lap, ultimately slowed amidst smoke and steam. Boniface took over at that point and raced to the win.
Boniface utilized a Crate 602 engine in his drive to the win.
Shane Jablonka extended his lead in the STSS Open Sportsman standings with a runner-up effort. Rafaele Carson, Dave Werber and STSS traveler Brian White completed the front five. White recovered from a tangle and right-front flat tire for his top-five effort.
NEW YORK TRUCK PARTS ‘BATTLE OF THE BULLRING 4’ RACE SUMMARY – ACCORD SPEEDWAY JULY 5, 2016
North Region Event No. 5 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (54 Laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Danny Johnson, Jimmy Horton, Danny Creeden, Erick Rudolph, Anthony Perrego, Andy Bachetti, Tommy Meier, Mike Ricci, Rich Ricci Jr., Jerry Higbie Jr., Bobby Varin, Brian Malcolm, Danny Tyler, Matt DeLorenzo, Tyler Siri, Mike Mahaney, Brett Tonkin, Randy Green, Ryan Jordan, Ryan Godown, Brett Graham, Duane Howard, Tyler Dipple, Ryan Wood, Billy Van Inwegen.
Open Sportsman Event No. 3 Feature Finish (25 laps): TYLER BONIFACE, Shane Jablonka, Rafaele Carson, Dave Werber, Brian White, Leo Fotopoulos, Greg McCloskey, Mike DuBois, Cole Hentschel, Collin DuBois, Dave Demorest, Alissa Cody, J.R. Fulper, Joey Bruning, Connor Otten, Phil Goetchius, Jimmy Wells, Rich Ricci III, Bobby Trapper Jr., Tyler Johnston, Brandon McGill, Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Dillon Steuer, Darrel Ford, Jim Introne, Pat Jordan.
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