BRODERSON, YOUNG, AND CLEMENT TAKE NIGHT OF FEATURES VICTORIES AT FONDA WHILE REMAINDER OF THE RACING PROGRAM IS RAINED OUT
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – Continuous light rain forced the cancelation of most of the Night of Features racing program at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening but before the cancellation Pete Broderson (pro stock), Johnny Young (street stock), and Art Clement (4-cylinder) took victories in feature events in their respective divisions.
With DIRT points ending on Labor Day and Fonda being closed until Saturday, September 13 because of the annual Fonda Fair, the cancellation of the remainder of the racing program saw the leaders in the point standings going into the Saturday evening’s Night of Features racing program being crowned the point champions in their respective divisions.
Point champions crowned at Fonda on Saturday evening were Stewart Friesen in the modified division (third consecutive title after winning it back in 2012 and 2013), Rocky Warner (first career championship in the 602 sportsman division), Nick Stone (first career championship in the pro stock divisions), Dave Horning Sr. (second track championship at Fonda after winning it back in 2006), and Ken Hollenback (third consecutive title at Fonda after winning it back in 2012 and 2013).
Before any racing took place at Fonda for the BBL Companies Night of Features racing program some festivities were held on victory lane including announcer Jim King and Paul Montenaro taking the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. Also there was a tribute to Kevin Ward Jr. who was killed a week ago at Canandaigua Motorsports Park when white, orange, and black balloons were released in his honor. The National Anthem was then performed with a flyover also taking place.
The sportsman and modified features that were rained out on Saturday evening will now take place at Fonda on Friday, September 19 along with a racing program consisting of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS), street stocks, and 4-cylinders with a starting time of 7:00 p.m.
Before any feature events took place B-main events for the sportsman and modified divisions were won by Doug Hancock and Jeff Rockefeller respectively.
Dennis Joslin held the early lead in the 15-lap pro stock feature event with Gus Hollner, Nick Stone, and Pete Broderson completing the top four spots at the completion of lap four. Broderson made his way by Stone for the third position on lap five shortly before the caution came out when Walt Brownell spun in turn two.
After the restart on lap seven Broderson was the new race leader with Stone now second, Chuck Dumblewski third after starting 11th, and Kenny Gates fourth after starting 12th. The final caution of the event was out on lap 11 for Jason Casey who came to a stop in turn three. On the restart Dumblewski and Gates got by Stone for the second and third positions but it was Broderson who went on to the feature victory for the fourth time in 2014 and the 18th of his career in the division.
Gates got the second position on the final lap at the line over Dumblewski while Stone, and Luke Horning completed the top five.
Randy Cosselman led the first three laps of the street stock feature until 10th place starter Johnny Young took over the point on lap four on the inside of turn three with a three wide move to the inside of both Cosselman and Yule Cook. One yellow flag slowed the field on lap eight but Young got a good restart and held on for his first win at Fonda. Cook, Cosselman, John Bradt, and Dave Horning Sr. completed the top five.
Keith Tesiero Jr. led early in the 4-cylinder feature but at the completion of lap one Ken Hollenback was the new race leader. Art Clement started the event in the seventh position and on lap two he was the new second place car after getting by Tesiero for the spot. The caution came out to slow the field at that point and again on the restart but on the second restart Clement was in the second spot and was pressuring Hollenback for the lead.
When the leaders came up on lap traffic on lap seven, Hollenback made contact with the lap car in turn four breaking the rear end on his car allowing Clement to take the lead and go on to his first career win at Fonda over Wayne Russell, Shawn Morrison, Tesiero Jr. and Hollenback who was able to make it to the checkered flag with a damaged race car.
“Coming into tonight it (the championship) was ours to lose,” Friesen said as the champions celebrated their titles. “It was a tough fight with Bobby (Varin) this year and although we won the championship because of the rain we would have rather raced for it as this Thad Park’s team is a very competitive group.”
“Back in June and July we had some bad luck and started thinking that this may not be our year but Thad bought the new Teo car and Dan Bedell provided us with a great small block motor and that allowed us to get back into it.”
“2014 wasn’t one of our best seasons as far as wins go at Fonda but we were able to finish the events in the top five,” Rocky Warner said. “It was very stressful as one bad finish took you back many spots but fortunately for us we had our misfortunes early in the year while all our competitors had their problems late in the year.”
“We got through the season without any breakdowns and I have to thank an improved maintenance program for that along with my dad, my crew, and my sponsors,” Nick Stone said of his first career Fonda title. “We raced a lot this year with one car and we scale and check the car over after every race so it was a lot of work for us this year.”
“I made it,” Dave Horning Sr. said about his second career street stock title. “We have a decent promoter here at Fonda now which is the only reason I came back this year and we go from one end of the car to the other after every race to make sure everything is ready to go.”
“Racing is a good thing to get into for younger guys and I have been trying to help them get involved in the sport as much as I can,” Hollenback said of his 4-cylinder title.
MODIFIED B-MAIN – 10-LAPS - Jeff Rockefeller, Danny Varin, Josh Hohenforst, C.J. Morey, Matt DeLorenzo, Todd Morey, Ed Harris, Ronnie Holmes, Troy Palmer, Chad Miller, Pep Corradi
SPORTSMAN B-MAIN – 10-LAPS – DOUG HANCOCK, Robert Bublak, Ivan Joslin, Brandon Sweet, Jeremy Pitts, Chris Curtis, Anthony Cardamone, Mike Peek, Dana Palombo, Josh Demagistri, Aaron Burton, Jason Greco
PRO STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – PETE BRODERSON, Kenny Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Nick Stone, Luke Horning, Gus Hollner, Randy Cosselman, Rueben Kennedy Jr., Mark Sullivan, Jeff McPhail, A.J. Walters, Jason Casey, Walt Brownell, Nate Furman, Malcum Warner, Jamie Warner, Adam Warner, Bill Knapp
ALL IN THE FAMILY AS JAMIE MILLS AND JORDAN WATSON SPLIT BIG BLOCK 20’S IN DELAWARE
By CHARLIE BROWN, DELMAR, DE – It was “all in the family” as Jamie Mills captured the first of the Twin 20’s in the NAPA Big Block Modifieds then chased his nephew, Jordan Watson who won the second 20 lap main on Foster and Adoptive Family Night.
Dale Hawkins led the first two laps of the first NAPA Big Block Modified feature before Jamie Mills, who had started in seventh shot to the top. Matt Hawkins followed Mills into second and Shawn Ward took third. At the halfway sign Matt was within a car length of Mills while Ward, Brad Trice and H.J. Bunting rounded out the top five.
The second and final yellow was out with eight to go when Bunting slowed with a flat rear tire. Mills would open some breathing room on the restart as Beau Wilkins powered into the top five. Wilkins was up to fourth with four to go and two laps later got by Ward for third. Mills would collect his sixth win of the season by a comfortable margin with Matt Hawkins turning in another solid performance in second. Wilkins would settle for third with Ward fourth and Trice fifth. Heats were won by Mils and Matt Hawkins.
“Charlie (Cathell) threw us a little bit of a curve with this new surface,” said Mills following the win. “We put in our little motor for tonight and it seemed to like this kind of track.”
The field was inverted for the second 20-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature. Jordan Watson, who had broken a transmission in the first 20 lapper quickly shot from fourth starting spot to the front on lap one. Dave Dissinger held the second spot until lap three when JoJo Watson took the spot. The yellow was out at this point when Shawn Ward came to a stop and under the yellow Brad Trice headed to the pits.
On the restart, H.J. Bunting moved into third and two laps later was up to second. Beau Wilkins, who started in tenth, came charging through the field dropping Bunting to third at the halfway sign. Jordan Watson continued to build a lead until lap 13 when Drew Simmons came to a stop. On the restart, Jamie Mills grabbed third from Bunting and one lap later JoJo Watson scraped by for fourth.
Simmons got around a second time on lap 19 setting up a one lap shoot out. Jordan Watson took off at the drop of the green and sped to his third win of the year. Wilkins finished in the second spot with JoJo Watson getting by Mills on the final lap for third. Mills finished in the fourth spot with Bunting fifth.
“I have to thank my Grandfather (Eugene Mills) and my Uncle Jamie for lending me this engine.” said Watson. “We lost our engine last week at Georgetown and wouldn’t have been here without their help.”
Bryan Brasure started off the night winning his AC Delco PSC Modified heat in convincing fashion then started on the pole in the 15-lap main. Brasure set the pace from the drop of the green with Dwayne Crockett holding second and Westley Smith third.
Smith raced into second with Greg Humlhanz, who had won the second heat earlier, made the climb from eight to third by lap four. The race would go caution free with Brasure building a substantial lead over Smith. With five to go Joseph Tracy got by Chad Clark for fifth.
Brasure would make no mistakes and collected his second checkered of the season. Following the win the car was impounded for tech later this week so all results are unofficial at this posting. Smith finished in the second spot with Humlhanz third. Fourth went to Crockett and Tracy rounded out the top five.
James Hill went to the top side at the drop of the green and drove from sixth to lead lap one. Nick Sapp followed from eight to pull into second while pole sitter, Kirk Miles, Sr. held on to third. Alan Passwaters got cranked up and took third on lap three then on the next lap got by Sapp for second. Hill had built a solid lead but Passwaters began to reel him in.
The yellow would fly for a tangle involving for the second time Jake Nelson and Ryan Dryden. On the restart Nelson would get around a third time ending his night. Hill was able to pull away from Passwaters on the restart as Mike Stratton dropped Sapp to fourth.
With six to go the yellow was out for a final time sending Dryden to the pits. Hill controlled the restart as Stratton went to work on Passwaters. With three to go Stratton was able to take second but Hill and checked out and went on to the win. Stratton finished in second with Passwaters third. Fourth went to Sapp and Ray Gulliver rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Dryden and Hill.
Herb Tunis of Georgetown, Del. took full advantage of his pole starting position in the 20-lap Super Late Model feature. Tunis jumped out to the early lead with Kerry King, Jr. in second and Joe Warren running third. The first of two yellows was out on lap three as point leader, Andrew Mullins lost and engine and rolled to a stop.
On the restart King, Jr. cranked up the pressure and got by Tunis on lap five. Staci Warrington worked her way into third with Donald Lingo, Jr. following into fourth and Ricky Elliott up to fifth. Tunis settled back in on the back bumper of King, Jr. and on lap eight regained the lead spot.
King, Jr. wanted the lead back and was charging hard in the corners. On lap 12 the lead pair made contact in the second turn but were able to keep control remaining in the same order. The final yellow was out on the next circuit as Bob Geiger got around.
Warrington put the pressure on King, Jr. on the restart but would lose third to Lingo Jr. Elliott would follow into fourth. As Tunis continued to set the pace Lingo, Jr. got by King, Jr. with one to go as did Elliott. Tunis would make no mistakes as he drove the Greg Mitchell mount to his first win in the division. Lingo, Jr. finished in second with Elliott third. Fourth went to King, Jr. and Warrington rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Lingo, Jr. and Mullins.
“I’m getting too old for this,” said a winded Tunis in victory lane. “My wife has only seen me race three times in my career and she was here tonight. I guess I will have to bring her every week.”
1st NAPA Big Block Finish: 1. Jamie Mills; 2. Matt Hawkins; 3. Beau Wilkins; 4. Shawn Ward; 5. Brad Trice; 6. Howard O’Neal; 7. Joseph Watson; 8. Bobby Watkins; 9. Jordan Watson; 10. HJ Bunting; 11. Robert Dutton; 12. Dave Dissinger; 13. Scott VanGorder; 14. Dave Simmons; 15. Drew Simmons; 16. Blaine Bracelin; 17. Dale Hawkins; DNS: Michael White.
2nd NAPA Big Block Finish: 1. Jordan Watson; 2. Beau Wilkins; 3. Joseph Watson; 4. Jamie Mills; 5. HJ Bunting; 6. Bobby Watkins; 7. Matt Hawkins; 8. Shawn Ward; 9. Howard O’Neal; 10. Dave Dissinger; 11. Drew Simmons; 12. Blaine Bracelin; 13. Robert Dutton; 14. Scott VanGorder; 15. Brad Trice; DNS: Dale Hawkins; Michael White.
UNOFFICIAL AC Delco PSC Modified Finish: 1. Bryan Breasure; 2. Westley Smith; 3. Greg Humlhanz; 4. Dwayne Crockett; 5. Joseph Tracy; 6. Chad Clark; 7. Brandon Watkins; 8. Tim Trimble; 9. Carson Wright; 10. Jordn Justice; 11. Scott Hitchens; 12. Brandon Gallo; 13. Kyle Fuller; 14. Jeremy Harrington; 15. Adam Weber; 16. Kevin Sockriter; 17. Rodney Cordrey; 18. Brian Hitz; 19. Patrick Galloway;20. Shawn Weber; 21. Garrie Bostwick.
Super Late Model Finish: 1. Herb Tunis; 2. Donald Lingo Jr; 3. Ricky Elliott; 4. Kerry King Jr; 5. Staci Warrington; 6. Nick Davis; 7. Brandon Dennis; 8. Joe Warren; 9. Bob Geiger; 10. Andrew Mullins.
Hearn Continues His Dominance at the High Banks
Saturday August 16, 2014
By: Rodney Rescott
West Lebanon, NY: The most exciting show on dirt is getting toward the end of the points season, and all the drivers were ramped up to score as many points as possible to try and capture their division championship titles at Lebanon Valley Speedway. Brett Hearn scored all that’s allowed by winning the Big Block Modified Feature as Wayne Jelley finally scored a win in the Small Blocks, while Jon Routhier held on to score the win in Pro Stocks.
The points battle is coming down to just 3 short weeks of racing to determine the Big Block Mod champion. The top 3 in the chase are only separated by under 30 points between J.R. Heffner, Brett Hearn and Donnie Corellis.
The 30 lap battle began with the 42P of Matt Pupello out front early, as the race was rushed to a start due to impeding rain on the horizon. Pupello had a solid lead, but cautions early kept him from pulling away.
The first yellow was for a mechanical issue suffered by the 11A of Kyle Armstrong forcing his ride into the turn 4 wall. The next was on lap 8 for the 97 of Bobby Hackel IV as he slowed on the back stretch.
As the racing continued, Brett Hearn was charging through the field in his 20H with the 74 of J.R. Heffner and Donnie Corellis in his 57. But Hearn wanted to get to the front first, and that he did, by cracking the top 3 by lap 15.
Pupello did all he could, but Hearn was just too strong as he took over the top spot on lap 19, and that was all she wrote. Hearn scores the win, his 7th on the season, followed by a strong run for Kenny Tremont Jr. Kolby Schroder finished 3rd followed by Matt Pupello and J.R. Heffner.
In the Small Block 20 lap feature, Brian Peterson brought the field to green. But by lap 5, Wayne Jelley, had the car to beat as he took control of the event and went on to take the win. Chad Jeseo battled to take the 2nd position over the 1 of Jason Herrington. Brian Sandstedt held on to finish 4th and Frank Hoard III finished 5th to complete the top 5.
The Pro Stock full fendered 20 lap feature saw the 29 of Ricky Duzlak out front early, but the 463 of Daniel Sanchez took control by lap 2. Cautions plagued this event as they came early and often. The most interesting of which occurred on lap 11 as the 8 of Jay Corbin made a pass for the lead out of 4, and heavy contact was made by Sanchez and Corbin, causing them both to spin in front of the field collecting the 143 of Rob Yetman.
With that, the race was handed over to the 315 of Jon Routhier who was running 4th. Routhier made no mistakes for the remaining 9 circuits, taking the victory over the closing 243 of Victor Hopkins. Robbie Speed battled back from an early flat to finish 3rd followed by Frank Twing and Chad Arsenault to round out the top 5 finishers.
For more information and current point standings, visit our website at www.LebanonValley.com, and click on ‘Speedway’.
Big Block Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1)Brett Hearn, 2)Kenny Tremont Jr, 3)Kolby Schroder, 4)Matt Pupello, 5)J.R. Heffner, 6)Eddie Marshall, 7)Rob Pitcher, 8)Donnie Corellis, 9)Andy Bachetti, 10)Keith Flach, 11)Kyle Sheldon, 12)Mike King, 13)Brian Berger, 14)Denny Soltis, 15)Wayne Figler, 16)Paul Gilardi, 17)Bobby Hackel, 18)Kyle Armstrong, 19)Kyle Hoffman, DNS)Dave McFeeters
Small Block Modified Feature (20 Laps): 1)Wayne Jelley, 2)Chad Jeseo, 3)Jason Herrington, 4)Brian Sandstedt, 5)Frank Hoard III, 6)Frank Harper, 7)Brett Haas, 8)Alan Houghtaling, 9)Olden Dwyer, 10)Brian Peterson, 11)Mendel Sean, 12)Chad Pierce, 13)Ray Hall, 14)Ryan Darcy, 15)Art Collins, 16)Jason Tompkins, DNS)Kenny Aanonsen JR
Pro Stock Feature (20 Laps): 1)Jon Routhier, 2)Victor, Hopkins, 3)Robbie Speed, 4)Frank Twing, 5)Chad Asenault, 6)Hugh Page, 7)Milo Campbell, 8)Paul Engwer, 9)Richard Spencer, 10)Chris Lunn, 11)Scott Kilmer, 12)Nick Hilt, 13)Steven LaRochelle, 14)Jeff Kelmel, 15)Brian Walsh, 16)Rob Yetman, 17)Tom O'Connor, 18)Jay Corbin, 19)Chuck Towslee, 20)John Denue, 21)Rick Duzlak, 22)Paul Rogers, DQ)Daniel Sanchez
RUDALAVAGE CAPTURES PENN CAN MODIFIED FEATURE
Susquehanna, PA…A cool crisp summer night meant for a fast tacky track at Penn Can Speedway on Rob’s Market Night. Going into the night’s racing program a number of drivers were in contention for the title. Alan Rudalavage of Newton Lake made the point race even tighter winning a hard fought battle with Ken Titus of Kirkwood, New York. In the 602 sportsman division Paul Rooney finally found some good luck and Victory Lane in their twenty lap feature. Steve Deinhardt of Deposit, New York bested a strong field of street stocks while Eric Beach of Susquehanna won again in the factory stocks and Dylan Robinson repeated in the four cylinder class. Bill Nichols was the SRP Sprint winner.
Bobby Trapper and Kenny Titus lead the modified field to the start with Titus getting the jump. Titus led the first few laps over Trapper, Mike Schane, and Bob Trapper. The first of only two cautions came out early on lap four with cars coming together in turn four collecting second point man Billy Thornton. Both cars returned to action with Titus taking control. The side by side race took place all though the field with Adam MacGeorge and Steve Babicek moving into the top six chasing the leaders. The second and final caution appeared with the car of point leader Kevin Hartnett coming to a stop in turn four. He would refire and get checked out in the pits before rejoining the race.
At the halfway mark Titus now had Bobby Trapper on his rear bumper followed by Alan Rudalavage, Bob Trapper, and Schane. The action continued lap after lap. Rudalavage moved into second on lap twenty and set off after Titus. The two battled side by side for a few circuits with Rudalavage making the winning pass on lap twenty three. Bob Trapper got by his son and put pressure on Titus for second during the last five laps of the race while Rudalavage held on to the top position and came home first for his second feature win of the season. Titus, Trapper Sr, Trapper Jr, and Schane rounded out the top five.
PENN NOTES: Many fans turned out in orange and a moment of silence was held in the memory of Kevin Ward Jr. Mike Pompey broke a rear end during hot laps and ran the feature in the Alec Gennarelli ride. With Rudalavage’s win the point battle tightens with only three point races remaining. The 270 Sprints have been added to the program Friday. The Nunzi’s Northeast Nationals will be a combined event with Greenwood Valley Speedway with a bonuses added for the top combined finishing cars that run both. The rained out “Hot Summer Night” special has been rescheduled for Tuesday September 9th.
Modified Feature: Al Rudalavage, Ken Titus, Bob Trapper, Bobby Trapper, Mike Schane, Nick Rochinski, Adam MacGeorge, Billy Thornton, Mike Nagel Jr, Brian Malcolm, Steve Babicek, Kevin Hartnett, Joey Colsten, Mike Loney, Mike Dougherty, George Kostelansky, Dan Pompey, Scott Adams, Frank Porreca
602 Sportsman Feature: Paul Rooney, Ryan Olsommer, Randy Gates, Todd Titus, Alec Gennarelli, Brian Mady, Marty Bunker, Nick Mady, Nick Branning, Ted Mills III
Tremont Wins The Battle But Hearn The War At Albany-Saratoga
Malta, NY – Some would call the DIRTcar Modified feature event at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Friday night as a battle for the ages and others a reincarnation of Ali versus Frazier but track announcer Danny Martin said it best when he proclaimed that we have just witnessed two of the all-time best battle it out.
Kenny Tremont, Jr. picked up his third feature win of the season over the only active driver to have more feature wins that him at the four tenths of a mile oval. With his second place run, Brett Hearn has officially clinched the 2014 DIRTcar Modified track championship. This is the New Jersey driver’s seventh track title and third in a row.
The night’s racing was called the Night of Features as it was a features only program for all divisions except the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modifieds (who ran regular qualifying heats) and the Sportsman division (who ran a pair of B-Mains after locking the top 16 in the point standings).
In other action, Jeremy Pitts picked up the 25 lap Sportsman feature event while Bernie Companion won his second straight DIRTcar Pro Stock event.
Brian Whittemore and Brian Gleason led the DIRTcar Modified field to the green with Gleason taking the BBL Companies number 14g out to the lead first. Chris Busta moved into second with Whittemore, Matt Depew and Mark Kislowski following. The first caution flag of the event slowed the field on lap two when Clifton Park’s Rich Ronca slowed with a left rear flat tire.
When racing resumed Busta would be the new race leader over Gleason, Kislowski, Keith Flach and Whittemore. Tremont then started to make his charge towards the front. The West Sand Lake driver moved into fifth on lap four with Hearn following to sixth and Ronnie Johnson to seventh. At the same time Kislowski took over the second position from Gleason. Two laps later Flach followed past Gleason for third.
Tremont continued his charge on lap ten when he moved past Gleason for the fourth position. Hearn once again followed Tremont through. Busta had opened a comfortable lead over the field until he slipped up into the loose stuff in turn four on lap 14. This allowed the remainder of the top five to close right in on his back bumper. Kislowski would do the same thing on 15 and it would cost him the second position as Tremont was able to get past.
On lap 18 Cass Bennett spun in turn four to bring out the caution flag. Busta held the lead on the restart with Tremont, Kislowski, Flach and Hearn following. A lap later the caution flag waved again, this time for a pile up in turn four featuring five cars. The restart would see the top five remain the same however a lap later Hearn moved past Flach for the fourth position. On lap 24 Hearn took the third position from Kislowski.
With ten laps to go Tremont was all over the rear deck of Busta’s K-Bass Towing and Recovery machine. On lap 26 Tremont nosed ahead at the start/finish line and took the lead in full a half lap later. Hearn moved past Busta on lap 29 and set his sights on Tremont. Neal Stratton slowed on lap 31 forcing another caution period.
The restart saw Tremont lead however Hearn was all over him. They ran side by side for a lap before the caution flag interrupted their entertaining battle for the final time. This time Elmo Reckner and Whittemore tangled in turn one.
When racing resumed the battle for the lead did as well, only with higher intensity. Tremont had the lead however Hearn was all over him. The duo produced an epic battle that came down to the wire. Tremont picked up the win by less than a nose over Hearn. Kislowski finished in the third position with Marc Johnson and Peter Britten completing the top five. Heat races for the 27 car field were won by Depew, Busta and Kislowski.
Jeremy Pitts won the 25 lap Sportsman feature event. The win for Pitts brings him even closer to his second straight track title. Jack Speshock jumped out to the early lead, holding it comfortably until a lap four caution flag slowed the field. Speshock led the next five restarts before Pitts was able to mount a serious challenge at the end of the event. Speshock and Pitts battled through traffic over the final five laps with Speshock holding the advantage until the final lap. Amidst heavy traffic Pitts was able to get past Speshock on the final lap to pick up the win. Speshock settled for second with Robert Bublak third, Scott Duell fourth and Jake Scarborough fifth. The B-Mains were won by Chris Johnson and John Proctor. A total of 37 drivers entered the event.
Bernie Companion picked up his second win in a row in the DIRTcar Pro Stock division. Brandon Emigh held the early lead before giving way to Kim Duell on a lap six restart. Duell remained the leader until a lap ten restart saw Dan Older, Sr. take over. Companion pressured Older and on lap 19 was able to get past for the lead. Once out front Companion would not be denied as he brought home the win over Older, Rob Yetman, Duell and Kenny Martin. A total of 20 drivers entered the event.
David Emigh won his third Limited Sportsman feature event of the season. With the win he will now have to move up to the Sportsman division. Emigh took the lead from Alissa Cody on lap ten and pulled away for the win over Jack Bublak, Cody, Zach Daurio and Ken Conroy. A total of 19 drivers entered the event.
Coming up on Friday September 12th the annual Northeast Crate Nationals will take center stage. The GRIT Sportsman Series will be on hand for a $2,225 to win event along with the Street Stock division. Please stay tuned for further announcements regarding this event.
DIRTcar Modified $3,000 To Win Results (35 Laps) - 1) Ken Tremont Jr, 2) Brett Hearn, 3) Mark Kislowski, 4) Marc Johnson, 5) Peter Britten, 6) Keith Flach, 7) Chris Busta, 8) Ronnie Johnson, 9) Don Ronca, 10) Brian Gleason, 11) Hector Stratton, 12) Kyle Armstrong, 13) Mike Perrotte 14) Neil Stratton, 15) Bobby Hackle IV, 16) Elmo Reckner, 17) John Lutes Jr., 18) Brian Whittemore, 19) Justin Barber, 20) Al McCoy, 21) Dylan Scribner, 22) Matt Depew, 23) Cass Bennett, 24) Ryan Darcy, 25) Matt Delorenzo, 26) Rich Ronca, DNS) Jimmy Cottrell
Sportsman Results (25 Laps) - 1) Jeremy Pitts, 2) Jack Speshock, 3) Robert Bublak, 4) Scott Duell, 5) Jake Scarborough, 6) Derek McGrew, 7) Rocky Warner, 8) Joey Scarborough, 9) Chad Miller, 10) Olden Dwyer, 11) Pete Jeske, 12) Chris Murray, 13) Jack Swinton, 14) Dave Baranowski Jr, 15) Joe Orlando, 16) Hunter Bates, 17) John Proctor, 18) Mike Ostrander, 19) Mike Burdo, 20) Elliott Lussier, 21) Jon Miller, 22) Colin Bokus, 23) Adam Gage, 24) Frank Hoard Jr, 25) Cody Bleau, 26) Connor Cleveland, 27) Chris Johnson, 28) Timothy Davis, 29) Bert Film, DNS) Daryl Nutting, DNQ) Nick Anatriello, DNQ) Alex Bell, DNQ) Justin Comes, DNQ) Ivan Joslin, DNQ) Nick Lussier, DNQ) Rob Maxon, DNQ) Shea Montgomery
DIRTcar Pro Stock Results (25 Laps) - 1) Bernie Companion, 2) Dan Older, 3) Rob Yetman, 4) Kim Duell, 5) Ken Martin, 6) Robbie Speed, 7) Walt Brownell, 8) Chuck Dumblewski, 9) Danny Wood, 10) Byron Wescott, 11) Bill Smith, 12) Brandon Emigh, 13) Dave Depaulo, 14) Norm Loubier, 15) Cody Whitbeck, 16) Ed Thompson, 17) Jeff Washburn, 18) Pat Zimmer, 19) Rowdy Burch, DNS) Kevin Loomis
Limited Sportsman Results (15 Laps) - 1) David Emigh, 2) Jack Bublak, 3) Alissa Cody, 4) Zach Daurio, 5) Ken Conroy, 6) Ron Casey, 7) Christopher Ronca, 8) Travis Billington, 9) Steve Wagoner, 10) Tim Heady, 11) Diana Huyck, 12) Bob Schmidt, 13) Scott Flanders, 14) Jesse Edwards, 15) Walter Cook, 16) Anthony Alger, 17) Shannon Donnelly, 18) Emily Quinn, 19) Ben Brownell
Brett Hearn garners first Super DIRTcar Series win of 2014 at Lebanon Valley Speedway
WEST LEBANON, N.Y. - August 14, 2014 - Better late than never. One of the winningest drivers to ever sit behind the wheel of a Big Block Modified had gone through more than half the race season without a Super DIRTcar Series victory, until Thursday.
Brett Hearn steered to victory Thursday, Aug. 14, at Lebanon Valley Speedway, claiming his first series win of the season.
"I just did what I do on Saturday nights," said the Sussex, N.J., driver, whose winless series transcript was still impressive, with four top-five finishes and eight top-tens out of ten starts. "I have a couple spots on the track where I like to make passes and I was able to do that. When time came to step it up at the end there to get the last two spots, I was able to do that."
Hearn's Madsen Overhead Doors No. 20 was fast right out of the gate, both setting fast time and setting a new track record with a 19.335-second lap."The Jet" later flew to victory in his heat race, but started the race tenth after a disappointing redraw.
However, a less-than-stellar starting position wasn't about to keep the eight-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion out of the limelight at his home track. After a lap-seven caution slowed the pace early in the race, Hearn leveraged the ensuing double-file restart to gain several positions, and by lap 13 he was running in fourth. Defending 'Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A.' Andy Bachetti, of Great Barrington, Mass., started the race on the outside front row and held onto the lead after the first caution of the race.
Within just a couple laps, Hearn was challenging Donnie Corellis, of Averill Park, N.Y. for third, and claimed the position in lap 15. His battle with Kolby Schroeder, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., proved a greater challenge as the leaders soon reached traffic at the back of the field. Bachetti slowed as he lapped cars, allowing Schroeder and Hearn to gain ground. In lap 27, the three were within a few car lengths of each other, and the next lap Hearn rounded Schroeder for second. Hearn and Bachetti raced wheel-to-wheel until Hearn powered forward on the inside groove to claim the lead.
In lap 29, Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., came to a stop in turn 2 to bring the race's second caution. Sheppard, who came to Lebanon Valley with the series point lead, pulled into the pits for a tire change and returned to the track under yellow. However, with more extensive mechanical issues, Sheppard exited the track again in lap 35.
Hearn was fast on restarts, and had no trouble staying ahead of the field in lap 34 when the green flag waved, nor in lap 52 after a lap-48 caution.
The yellow flag waved for the fourth caution of the race in lap 69 for Billy Decker, of Sidney, N.Y. Decker, who was second in series point standings to Sheppard by a margin of five points, had stopped on the track and the Gypsum Wholesalers No. 91 was towed to the pit area. When field returned to green, Sheppard pulled the FX Caprara Car Co. No. 9H back onto the half-mile in an attempt to keep his point advantage over rival Decker.
Schroeder brought the last caution of the race in lap 79 with a flat right rear tire and Hearn kept his lead off the restart. Hearn powered forward, all the way to the 'Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A.' Victory Lane to claim his $17,500 check.
"We had some goals coming here tonight," said Hearn, whose victory has brought him closer to leaders Sheppard and Decker in series point standings. "We would have liked to have drawn a little bit better, but as it turned out, it was our race to win."
Last year's race winner Bachetti finished second and Corellis finished third.
"The car was a little tight tonight, we just missed a little bit," said Corellis, who started third, fell to fifth mid-race, and made his way back up by lap 78. "If we had been a little freer we could have had second, but I don't think we had anything for Brett Hearn. It was a good show."
Stewart Friesen, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, finished fourth after a tense late-race battle with Danny Johnson, of Rochester, N.Y., who finished sixth. Rob Pitcher, of Chatham, N.Y., finished fifth. Rounding out the top ten are Larry Wight, of Altmar, N.Y., in seventh, Kyle Sheldon, of Nassau, N.Y., in eighth, Eddie Marshall, of Ridgefield, Conn., in ninth, and Keith Flach, of Ravena, N.Y., in tenth.
Sheppard's return to the racetrack put him at 23rd, two positions behind Decker in 21st. Sheppard keeps his point lead, but by a slim margin of three points. Hearn remains third in points, but now within 40 points of the lead.
The Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series charges to Quebec for a 100-lap feature race Saturday, Sept. 6, at Autodrome Granby. For more information about the Super DIRTcar Series, visit www.superdirtcarseries.com.
Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series Statistical Report
'Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A'
Lebanon Valley Speedway
Thursday, August 14, 2014
A-Main (100 laps):
1. 20 Brett Hearn - Sussex, N.J. ($17,500)
2. 34 Andy Bachetti - Great Barrington, Mass.
3. 57 Donnie Corellis - Averill Park, N.Y.
4. 1wgc Stewart Friesen - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
5. 17 Rob Pitcher - Chatham, N.Y.
6. 27J Danny Johnson - Rochester, N.Y.
7. 99L Larry Wight - Altmar, N.Y.
8. 42 Kyle Sheldon - Nassau, N.Y.
9. 98 Eddie Marshall - Ridgefield, Conn.
10. 43 Keith Flach - Ravena, N.Y.
11. 74 J.R. Heffner - Stephentown, N.Y.
12. 7z Erick Rudolph - Ransomville, N.Y.
13. 98s Kolby Schroeder - Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
14. 673 Gary Tomkins - Clifton Springs, N.Y.
15. TEN Billy VanInwegen - Sparrowbush, N.Y.
16. 60 Brian Berger - Castleton, N.Y.
17. 42P Pat Ward - Genoa, N.Y.
18. 16 Kyle Hoffman - Averill Park, N.Y.
19. 55 Mike King - Nassau, N.Y.
20. 98h Jimmy Phelps - Baldwinsville, N.Y.
21. 91 Billy Decker - Sidney, N.Y.
22. 11A Kyle Armstrong - Milford, Conn.
23. 9h Matt Sheppard - Waterloo, N.Y.
24. 74M Matt Billings - Brockville, N.Y.
25. 3 Justin Haers - Phelps, N.Y.
26. 21a Pete Britten - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
27. 42m Matt Pupello - East Greenbush, N.Y.
28. 115 Kenny Tremont, Jr. - West Sand Lake, N.Y
29. 14 C.G. Morey - Rutland, Vt.
30. 8 Rich Scagliotta - Hillsborough, N.J.
Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 3 redraw)
Heat 1: Johnson, Friesen, Haers, Wight, Decker, King, Ward, Rudolph
Heat 2: Hearn, Bachetti, Flach, Sheppard, Sheldon, Billings, Scagliotta
Heat 3: Heffner, Corellis, Schroeder, Phelps, Britten, Tremont, VanInwegen, Pupello
Heat 4: Pitcher, Armstrong, Hoffman, Marshall, Berger, Tomkins, Morey
Time Trials: 1. Hearn 19.335, 2. Bachetti 19.722, 3. Hoffman 19.737, 4. Heffner 19.796, 5. Sheppard 19.798, 6. Phelps 19.823, 7. Corellis 19.832, 8. Schroeder 19.849, 9. Pupello 19.880, 10. Armstrong 19.893, 11. Pitcher 19.915, 12. Flach 19.934, 13. Johnson 19.935, 14. Friesen 19.938, 15. Billings 19.940, 16. Haers 19.942, 17. Sheldon 19.945, 18. Decker 19.962, 19. Rudolph 19.967, 20. Tremont 20.008, 21. Wight 20.013, 22. Marshall 20.020, 23. Britten 20.064, 24. Ward 20.070, 25. Berger 20.078, 26. King 20.171, 27. VanInwegen 20.256, 28. Scagliotta 20.343, 29. Tomkins 20.481. NT: Morey
Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series Driver Points (Top 20)
After Lebanon Valley Speedway, Aug. 14
1. Matt Sheppard 903
2. Billy Decker 900
3. Brett Hearn 866
4. Danny Johnson 812
5. Jimmy Phelps 763
6. Justin Haers 671
7. Pete Britten 667
8. Erick Rudolph 661
9. Larry Wight 652
10. Gary Tomkins 637
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