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DIRTcar Action Returns to Rolling Wheels for Two Huge Events

Super DIRTcar Big-Blocks invade Thursday, Sept. 3, DIRTcar 358-Modifieds roll into ‘The Fast Track’ on Friday, Oct. 9, during NAPA Super DIRT Week

ELBRIDGE, N.Y. - Aug. 28, 2015 - DIRTcar Racing returns next week to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park as the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series stars will invade 'The Fast Track' on Thursday, Sept. 3, for the Bud Light 100. In addition, the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series will race on Friday, Oct. 9, at the 5/8-mile dirt oval just west of Syracuse during NAPA Super DIRT Week events in Central New York.

The Super DIRTcar Series championship battle will take on the Bud Light Night at the Wheels presented by Page Trucking in a $7,500-to-win and $400-to-start event. Also included will be the GRIT Sportsman Series Empire Recycling 20 paying $1,000-to-win. The gates will open on Thursday at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. General admission is $20, kids 11-16 and seniors over 60 are $10, with kids 10-and-under free.

The action-packed NAPA Super DIRT Week will get bigger with the Friday, Oct. 9, points-paying DIRTcar 358-Modified Series 50-lap race paying $4,000-to-win.

"I am looking forward to these two mega events at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park," said DIRTcar's Jeff Hachmann. "Rolling Wheels has always been a facility with showcase events and it is great to bring the best drivers in DIRTcar back to The Fast Track."

Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., leads Brett "The Jet" Hearn of Sussex, N.J., in the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series championship by 102 points. Hearn won a 50-lap Big-Block Modified race in July at Rolling Wheels. Sheppard's teammate, Jimmy Phelps, is third in the Super DIRTcar Series standings followed by 2014 series champion Billy Decker.

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DAN POMPEY RECORDS 5th WIN AT PENN CAN
 
SUSQUEHANNA, PA… For the fifth time in 2015 Dan Pompey parked his number 11 Modified in victory lane at the Penn Can Speedway on Rob’s Market night. After a hard fought battle with Brian Weaver, Pompey was able to take over the lead in the closing stages of the 30 lap main event en route to the victory. Todd Titus picked up his first win of the season as he drove to victory in the 602 Crate Sportsman 20 lap feature. Jon Carpenter returned to the speedway for the first time this year and found his way to victory lane in the Street Stock main event. Jeremy Williams made it two in a row in the Factory Stock division with Nick Kennedy recording his first win of the season in the 4 Cylinder feature.
 
Bob Trapper and Frank Porreca brought the Modified field to the green flag with Porreca taking command of the race on the outside of the speedway. Porreca held onto the lead for the opening 5 circuits but battled an ill handling race car in the early stages. Bob Trapper was able to race past Porreca on lap 6 to claim the lead.  Meanwhile Brian Weaver quickly moved into second as was able to get by Porreca. Trapper would lead the next few laps until Weaver found the quick way around the speedway and made a pass for the lead on lap 9.  The first caution flag would fly on lap 11 and would mark the end of a great night for Bob Trapper’s number 69. At this point Weaver continued to lead with young Bobby Trapper now moving into second with Nick Petrilak, Brian Malcolm, and Porreca completing the top 5.
 
Brian Weaver would restart on the bottom of the speedway with Trapper alongside. Trapper was able to take the lead as the pack raced into turn one. The caution flag would again fly on lap 12 with Trapper the new race leader. On the ensuing restart Weaver was able to again reclaim the advantage. By the halfway point of the race, Dan Pompey had cracked into the top three from 11th on the starting grid. As the race continued, Weaver maintained the advantage but Pompey quickly began to close in and challenge for the race lead. By lap 18 the top two began to trade paint as they battled for the lead. Weaver then switched lanes to protect the inside as Pompey began to show his nose. On lap 22 Pompey was able to take the lead from Weaver on a pass that was deemed rough riding. Weaver slid back into second but would reclaim the lead after the penalty was assessed to Pompey on the lap 25 caution. On the ensuing restart Weaver led the field to the green and took to the inside of the track. Pompey was then forced to the outside but found speed in the middle groove of the track. Pompey reclaimed the lead on lap 27 and quickly opened up his advantage in the immediate laps to follow. As the field received the checkered flag it was Pompey in for his fifth win of the season. He was followed to the line by Weaver, Bobby Trapper, Kevin Hartnett, and Nick Petrilak.
 
In the Sportsman 20 lap feature, rookie driver Devon Zona took the initial race lead from his pole starting spot. Zona would lead the opening 4 circuits of the race until Todd Titus raced up from third on the starting grid to take the lead on the outside of the track. Titus was then able to open up a sizeable advantage over the field in the immediate laps to follow. Zona moved back to second with Ryan Olsommer moving into the third position. Titus continued to set the pace and maintain a three to four car length advantage in the late stages of the race. Great battling took place behind the leader for positions two and three. In the closing laps, Titus was able to keep the field behind him en route to his first win of the season. Olsommer, Zona, Matt Brewer, and Dusty Barton compoleted the top 5.
 
PENN CAN POINTS: Fans were treated to another great night of racing with plenty of side by side action in all of the divisions. The program was completed in whole in just less than three hours. The racing surface was in excellent shape and featured multiple grooves for racing. The point’s battles are in the final stretch and drivers are gearing up for the Seward Rice memorial “Spectacular” coming up on September 4th. This Friday night the CRSA Sprint cars return to the Speedway for the second time in 2015. They will be joined by the Modifieds, Crate Sportsman, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks, and 4 Cylinders. For more information check us out online at Penncan.com or on Facebook. We can be reached by telephone at 570-853-3434.
 
QUICK RESULTS 8-14-15:
 
MODIFIEDS: Dan Pompey, Brian Weaver, Bobby Trapper, Kevin Hartnett, Nick Petrilak, Frank Porreca, Alan Rudalavage, Joey Colsten, Mike Loney, Bobby Yeager, George Kostelansky, Gary Tomkins, Brian Malcolm, Mike Dougherty, Nick Rochinski, Bob Trapper, Randall Paxton
 
SPORTSMAN: Todd Titus, Ryan Olsomme,r Devon Zona, Matt Brewer, Dusty Barton, Marty Bunker, Alec Gennarelli, Randy Fox, Justin Lawrence, Mike Wahl
 
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Cornwall next up for Super DIRTcar Series

Mel Valade Backhoe 100 rainout make-up - $30,000 purse - $6,000-to-win

CORNWALL, ON – August 16, 2015 – The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series crosses the border for its fifth Canadian event of the season, the Mel Valade Backhoe Services 100, Sunday, August 23 at Cornwall Speedway.

Super DIRTcar Series competitors chasing point leader Matt Sheppard, driver of the FX Caprara No. 9, are hoping the three-time Series champion will remain winless in Canada a while longer.

Sheppard has four Big-Block Modified Series wins in 2015, most recently at Weedsport, and has a 72-point lead over HBR Racing teammate Jimmy Phelps, but he has yet to win a Canadian race in four starts.

To date, Canadian Super DIRTcar Series victories have gone to Danny Johnson/Brockville-Ontario Speedway, Chad Brachmann/ Ohsweken Speedway, Mat Williamson/Merrittville and Brett Hearn/Autodrome Drummond.

Hearn is third in the championship point standings, 29 points behind Phelps and seven points better than defending Super DIRTcar Series champion Billy Decker.

In addition to Phelps, Hearn and Decker, Sheppard will get opposition in his bid for his fifth Series win from Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Billy Dunn, Stewart Friesen and Tim Fuller as well as Cornwall 358-Modified champion Carey Terrance and other top local drivers including Chris Raabe, Stephane LaFrance, Lee Ladouceur and Mario Clair - all feature winners at Cornwall this season.

On Tuesday, August 25, the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series heads to Lebanon Valley Speedway for the $17,500-to-win Mr. Dirt Track USA 100.

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LARRY WIGHT AND MATT SHEPPARD SPLIT TWIN 50 LAP FEATURES ON UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY’S NIGHT OF LEGENDS       
 
VERNON, NY(August 16 ,2015)- On a night that honored former owner Gene Cole as a part of the Night of Legends, both Larry Wight and Matt Sheppard took home $5,000 paychecks as they both won one of the two 50 lap main events. It was Wight’s third win of the season and Sheppard’s eighth. Rocky Warner was the other big winner on the night, being victorious in the GRIT Sportsman series feature that paid $1,000. The night’s activities were sponsored by Carbone Auto Group and Gate-Cole Insurance.
 
The first of two 50 lap Stampede Steakhouse Modified feature events rolled onto the speedway with current point leader Matt Sheppard and defending track champion Stewart Friesen on the front row. Sheppard used his pole position to dive to the bottom of the speedway, allowing him to pull from Friesen at the start. Friesen tried the top side, but the leader was too fast and started to pull away. This allowed Larry Wight, who started a row behind Friesen, to catch the runner in second and begin a battle that would last nearly ten laps, as both drivers tried different grooves to try and get the advantage over the other. Wight finally got the best of the battle with the first ten of the laps complete, then setting his sights on the leading Sheppard. Sheppard had adjusted his line and began sliding up the track to the cushion through the turns, so Wight dropped to the bottom and tried to work his way below the leader. On lap 12, however, Sheppard slowed coming out of turn 2 and limped down the backstretch, causing a yellow. As Sheppard pulled into the pits, he handed the lead to Wight, with Friesen right behind him.
 
The restart was stalled by another yellow, but when everything went green again, Wight stuck to the bottom line as Friesen looked to the top. Just like with Sheppard, however, Friesen couldn’t catch Wight on the bottom and switched to following the leader’s groove. Behind him, Mike Mahaney was going back and forth with another regular Tim Fuller for the final podium spot, with both Billy Decker and Alan Johnson gaining ground after starting in 15th and 19th, respectively. Brett Hearn wasn’t far behind, driving from 12th. With 20 remaining, the top ten behind Wight and Friesen was in flux, with battles in twos and threes around the speedway.
 
As 40 laps went in the books, Decker had worked past Mahaney and was catching Fuller, with Hearn and Johnson hot on his heels. The four of them fought for the final podium spot as Friesen was slowly closing in on the leading Wight. Wight was working his way around lap traffic, giving Friesen the opportunity to close the distance and pull within five car lengths with a handful of laps left. Friesen once again tried a lane higher than Wight, but the leader would not give up the top spot, holding on to the faster line. Decker won the battle behind them for third, and was trying to erase the distance when the final caution of the race came out for a slow car in the west end of the speedway. The last drop of the green came with two to go, and Wight got an excellent restart while Friesen lost ground. Wight was able to lead the rest of the way, but Decker fought by Friesen on the final lap for second. With Friesen in the final podium spot, Johnson and Hearn followed in the top five. Fuller, Mahaney, Marc Johnson, Sheppard, and Danny Varin trailed.
 
With all of the cars on the lead lap inverted for the second 50 lap Modified feature, Danny Johnson started on the pole with Mike Bowman on the outside. Danny Johnson took the lead on the first lap, but Bowman wasn’t letting him run away with the lead as he stuck with him on the outside. Decker came to a stop on the backstretch on the second circuit, slowing the field as he made his way to the pits. The restart saw Bowman take the lead before a second yellow flew for Pat Ward slowing in turn four. This time, Danny Johnson regained his lead on the bottom. He was starting to build himself a lead when Sheppard, who started 16th due to the invert, was finding his way to the front after having issues in the first feature. He used the bottom to get to the front, and then jumped to the top when he caught Johnson and tried to take the lead. Johnson couldn’t hold the lead, and gave it to Sheppard on the 10th circuit.
 
Johnson fell back to second, but behind him the field was beginning to shuffle as five cars were vying for the same spots in the top five. Chad Brachmann was the fastest car out of a group that included Hearn and Mahaney, taking third and closing in on the pole sitter. Johnson was running the bottom, so Brachmann decided to take his machine through the middle of the speedway. Making it stick, Brachmann took over the second spot, but Sheppard was long gone, having built a lead that stretched a straightaway. Brachmann was able to string together some laps that were faster than the leader’s, but they weren’t enough to eat into the distance that Sheppard had created. With Sheppard running away with the win, Brachmann took second, followed by Danny Johnson, Mahaney, and Hearn. The top ten was rounded out by Decker, Friesen, Ryan Phelps, Marc Johnson, and Chris Hile.
 
Brad Alger and Robert Bublak led the 602 Sportsman to the green flag for their $1,000 to win feature event. Alger led the first lap using his starting position on the pole, but A.J. Filbeck passed for the lead after starting a row back from the front. He was followed by Matt Janczuk, who started to his outside. Further back in the pack, Rocky Warner, who started in 11th, was navigating his way through the field as he began a charge to the front. With the first third of the race complete, Warner had passed half of the that started in front of him and didn’t show any signs of slowing down. Filbeck, at the front, was still the fastest car on the track, driving clear of the pack with Janczuk behind.
 
A caution halfway to the checkered deleted the lead that Filbeck had created, instead giving cars behind him a chance to make something happen. Warner was the one to make the most of restart, charging from sixth to fourth in the matter of a lap, taking third another lap later. He then began to work over Janczuk, who clung to the bottom of the racing surface, forcing Warner to move higher on the speedway. He was able to make it work, however, and was in possession of the runner up spot with 17 laps complete. Filbeck had once again made distance between himself and the rest of the top five, but Warner was eating away at the lead as the feature entered the final ten laps. Warner was able to catch the leading Filbeck, but couldn’t get a strong enough run on the bottom to completely take over the spot, with Filbeck edging him out lap after lap. Getting a run off the backstretch, Warner tried once more to carry his momentum along the bottom and take the lead with three to go, getting just enough to sneak by and grab the top spot. From there, Warner took the win. Filbeck and Janczuk filled out the podium, with Eric Giguere, Rocco Leone, and Jason Rood trailing.
 
MODIFIEDS FEATURE FINISH #1 (50 LAPS)-LARRY WIGHT, Billy Decker, Stewart Friesen, Alan Johnson, Brett Hearn, Tim Fuller, Mike Mahaney, Marc Johnson, Matt Sheppard, Danny Varin, Ryan Phelps, Chris Hile, Matt Hulsizer, Ronnie Johnson, Chad Brachmann, Chris Mackey, Rob Bellinger, Mike Bowman, Danny Johnson, Ryan Bartlett, Ryan Arbuthnot, Tim Mayne, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, and Jack Miller.
 
MODIFIEDS FEATURE FINISH #2 (50 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Chad Brachmann, Danny Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, Stewart Friesen, Ryan Phelps, Marc Johnson, Chris Hile, Danny Varin, Larry Wight, Tim Fuller, Mike Bowman, Rob Bellinger, Ryan Arbuthnot, Matt Hulsizer, Steve Way, Tim Mayne, Jack Miller, Ronnie Johnson, Chris Mackey, Ryan Bartlett, and Pat Ward. DNS- Vic Coffey.

602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-ROCKY WARNER, A.J. Filbeck, Matt Janczuk, Eric Giguere, Rocco Leone, Jason Rood, Corey Barker, Cody Clark, Brent Joy, Robert Bublak, Glenn Forward, Casey Williams, Casey Pavlick, Daryl Nutting, Kyle Kiehn, Alan Fink, Nick Guererri Andrew Buff, Scott Duell, Stephen Denton, Bobby Hackel IV, Jack Gentile, Chris Cunningham, Nick Webb, Brad Alger, John Christian, and Chris Johnson.
 
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MATT HAWKINS WINS NORRIS BRYAN MEMORIAL FOR FIRST CAREER WIN IN DELAWARE BIG BLOCKS
 
By CHARLIE BROWN, DELMAR, DE – The challenging August schedule has had an effect on car counts at the Delaware International Speedway but the quality of the racing ramped up on Saturday night for the Norris Bryan Memorial. Matt Hawkins scored his first career win becoming the first father/son combo to win in the same division in the same season in recent memory. Amanda Whaley set a blistering pace to hold off Donald Lingo, Jr. and Ricky Elliott in the S.R. Pete & Sons Late Models. Dwayne Crockett in the AC Delco PSC Modifieds and Zac Weller in the Crate Models both scored their second career wins while James Hill made it number eight in the Mod Lites and Mel Joseph, Jr. won his fifth in the Little Lincoln Vintage Cars.
 
Robert Dutton took the lead at the start of the 25-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature. Scott VanGorder worked by Matt Hawkins for second and took the lead for lap four. Going into the third turn, Dutton and VanGorder made contact with VanGorder getting around and bringing out the yellow.
 
Back under the green Hawkins kept the pressure on Dutton while Bobby Watkins moved into third. H.J. Bunting was on the charge from seventh and was up to fourth just as Matt Hawkins got by Dutton to lead lap eight. Two laps later, Bunting was up to third and at the halfway sign the top five were Hawkins, Bunting, Dutton, Brad Trice and Watkins.
 
The caution flew again at this point when VanGorder came to a stop. The remainder of the race would be caution free. Hawkins remained flawless and kept just out of the reach of Bunting to earn his first Big Block Modified victory. Bunting would finish in second with Dutton third. Fourth went to Trice and Watkins rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Matt Hawkins and his father Dale Hawkins.
 
“We have had terrible luck this season,” said Hawkins. “I thought tonight was going to be more of the same when I picked up a wad of clay in my right rear wheel on the first lap. I almost shook me to death.”
 
The 20-lap Norris Bryan Memorial Late Model feature was a barn burner. Amanda Whaley jumped on the throttle at the drop of the green with Nick Davis glued to her back spoiler. The caution flew on lap five when Ed Drury III got around.
 
On the restart it was a three car battle between Whaley, Davis and Donald Lingo, Jr. for the lead. Whaley held off the challenge but the yellow would fly just two laps later when Davis rolled to a stop then headed to the pits with power steering issues.
 
Whaley, Lingo, Jr., and Ricky Elliott went almost three wide on the restart but once again Whaley would prevail. On lap 13, Whaley almost spun coming off the second turn with both Lingo and Elliott braking hard to avoid contact. All three recovered and the order remained unchanged just as the yellow would fly a final time for Bob Geiger who rolled to a stop.
 
Whaley would not make any more mistakes as she drove to her second win of the season. The battle for second went down to the wire with Lingo and Elliott finishing in a dead heat for the runner-up spot. Fourth went to Herb Tunis and Davis returned to finish in fifth. Heats were won by Whaley and Lingo, Jr.
 
Zac Weller took full advantage of his pole starting spot in the 15-lap Crate Model feature. Weller jumped out to the early lead with Robbie Wall, Jr. in close pursuit. Weller would turn in an error free performance in the caution free event.
 
Walls, Jr. got out of shape just before the halfway point and rookie, Charles Shawver shot by for second. Shawver would not be able to catch Weller who drove to his second career win. Tyler Reed came on strong in the closing laps to finish in the third spot with Matt Hill following into fourth and Sparky White fifth. Heats were won by Mike Wilson and Weller.
 
Dwayne Crockett started in the third starting spot in the 15-lap AC Delco PSC Modified feature but was on a mission as he jumped to the outside and passed both Kenneth Peek and Danny Smack to lead lap one. By lap three Carson Wright had cleared Smack for second but would not be able to reel in Crockett.
 
The race went caution free and Crockett would pick up his second career win. Wright continued his great season finishing in second with Smack holding on to third. Fourth went to Brandon Watkins and Jordan Justice got by Devin Dodson late in the race to finish in fifth. Heats were won by Smack and Peek.
 
Modified Finish: 1. Matt Hawkins; 2. H.J. Bunting; 3. Robert Dutton; 4. Brad Trice; 5. Bobby Watkins; 6. Dale Hawkins; 7. Scott VanGorder; 8. Dave Gerhart; 9. Mike White.
 
Late Model Finish: 1. Amanda Whaley; 2. (dead heat) Donald Lingo, Jr. and Ricky Elliott; 4. Herb Tunis; 5. Nick Davis; 6. Matt Glandon; 7. Kellie Lewis; 8. Bob Geiger; 9. Ed Drury III.
 
Crate Model Finish: 1. Zac Weller; 2. Charles Shawver; 3. Tyler Reed; 4. Matt Hill; 5. Sparky White; 6. Mike Wilson; 7. Mike Wharton; 8. Billy Thompson; 9. Roy Hassler; 10. Robbie Walls, Jr.; 11. Richard Harden; 12. Derek Magee; DNS: Steven Baker.
 
AC Delco PSC Sportsman Finish: 1. Dwayne Crockett; 2. Carson Wright; 3. Danny Smack; 4. Brandon Watkins; 5. Jordn Justice; 6. Devin Dodson; 7. Scott Hitchens; 8. Kevin Sockriter; 9. Brian Hitz; 10. Kenneth Peek; 11. Matt Smith; 12. Ryan Tarr; 13. Nick Alberti; 14. James Breasure; 15. Trevor Collins; 16. Garrie Bostwick; DNS: Freddy Massey.
 
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Smackdown! to Dave Murdick

Mercer, PA (August 15, 2015): The thunder of The BRP Modified Tour once again roared at Mercer Raceway Park, and Butler's Dave Murdick emerged as the winner of the annual Smackdown! event. Murdick started in the sixth position and methodically worked his way forward throughout the 35 lap affair. It was just his second victory of the season for the former touring series champion.

Also reaching victory lane were Cody Bova (Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors), Mark Marcucci (Rock Concrete Modified Lites), Shane Shook (Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks), Cory Haupt (Pa Vintage Modifieds), and Brian Stivenson (Pa Vintage Modifieds/Sportsmen Division).

Shane Pierce, who hails from the Niagara Region in Ontario, Canada led the first 25 laps of the race after pulling the number two pill in the redraw for starting positions. He was passed for the lead by Murdick after a lap 25 restart, and a lap later, the hard charging Erick Rudolph managed to slide past Pierce as well. Pierce held on to a podium finish as he followed Murdick and Rudolph under the checkers. Fourth place went to Rex King, Jr., while Mercer's own Lonny Riggs led the way for the locals with a very strong fifth place finish.

Positions six through ten went to Rex King, Sr., Rick Richner, Eric Gabany, Rick Regalski, and Tommy Kristyak.

It was a heartbreak for teenager Kyle Holden, a regular in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified ranks, as he finished second in his heat race and pulled the number three pill for the feature, only to have his car break on the first of the parade laps and have to exit the event on the hook.

Winners of the four heat races were Garrett Krummert, Rudolph, Kng, Jr., and Kyle Fink. B Mains went to Richner and Jimmy Holden, the current Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified points leader. Provisionals were granted to J.R. McGinley and Rodney Beltz.

The Outlaw Sprint Warrior feature presented by Bonnell's Rod Shop was the Cody Bova Show as he dominated the race from the drop of the green flag. The 20 lap tilt was only slowed once for a caution on lap 16, when the second place car of George Englert slowed in turn four. At the time of that caution, Bova had over a half track lead on second place and was still pulling away. On the restart, he again jumped out quickly and sailed to the win, his fourth of the year. Crossing in second place was the car that was previously been driven by Tim Callahan as car 54. The car has been renumbered to 86 and is now being driven by Mike Lutz. Ken Rossey, Darin Gallagher, and Andy Priest completed the top five.

Evan Kornbau, George Hobaugh, Greg Dobrosky, Alex Paden, and C.J. Jones rounded out the top 10.

Heat races went to George Englert and George Hobaugh.

Next week, Mercer Raceway Park will host the Auto Racers for Kids charity race, which was postponed previously due to rain. All six divisions that make up a Saturday Night Live! card will be on hand. The racers will have extra money on the line, courtesy of Scott Bonnell of Bonnell's Rod Shop. There will be no points for this race, however. Remember that all proceeds from that event are used to benefit area children and youth programs.
 
The final night of points will be held on Saturday, August 29. It will be the second Meet Your Heroes Night, presented by Herr's, the official snack food of Mercer Raceway Park. Double points will be awarded. The first twelve starting positions will be lined up based upon the eligible drivers' point standings going into that night of racing.
 
BRP Modified Tour/Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds: Dave Murdick, Erick Rudolph, Shane Peirce, Rex King, Jr., Lonny Riggs, Rex King, Sr., Rick Richner, Tommy Kristyak, Jim Rasey, Max Smoker, Kevin Bolland, Gary Smoker, Rich Whitney, Kevin Hoffman, J.R. McGinley, Randy Chrysler, Garrett Krummert, Jimmy Holden, Rodney Beltz, Tom Glenn, Kyle Fink, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Eric Martin, Kyle Holden (DNS).
 
DNQ: Shawn Fleeger, Mark Frankhouser, Tommy Mattocks, Dillon Barr, Carl Murdick, Randy Chronister, Steve Barr, Brett Clarke, Clyde Gumpp, Eric Beggs, Brad Rapp.
 
Outlaw Sprint Warriors: Cody Bova, Mike Lutz, Ken Rossey, Darin Gallagher, Andy Priest, Evan Kornbau, George Hobaugh, Jr., Greg Dobrosky, Alex Paden, C.J. Jones, Devin Litwiler, Chris Matthews, Darren Pifer, Andrew Fescemyer, George Englert, Terry Young, Shane Pfeuffer, Mike Marano, II (DNS).
 
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Williamson and McPherson stay tied atop Turner’s Leaderboard with fifth wins

Sarver, PA (August 14, 2015) The Late Models rolled onto the speedway first with points leader Alex Ferree on the pole and Jared Miley in row six, but by the time the checkered flag waved, Miley had given Ferree all he could handle en route to his fourth win of the season. 

Mat Williamson cruised to victory in the mods after a mid-race restart to claim his fifth win of the season. 

Jack Sodeman Jr. scored an emotional win in the 410 sprints that he dedicated to his mother whom lost her battle to cancer earlier this summer. 

8.14.15

DIRTcar Northeast Modifieds Feature: (25 Laps)
1. Mat Williamson, St. Catharines, ONT
2. Garrett Krummert, Butler
3. Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, NY
4. Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
5. Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
6. Rex King Jr., Bristolville, OH
7. Rick Regalski, Slippery Rock
8. Rex King Sr., Bristolville, OH
9. Steve Feder, Butler
10. Carl Murdick, Butler
11. Jeff Miller, Sarver
12. Shawn Fleeger, Butler
13. Dave Murdick, Meridian
14. Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
15. Tom Winkle, Mars
16. Chelsea Kriegisch, Ellwood City
17. Rodney Beltz, Ellwood City
DNS Mike Gilliland, Butler

Heat Race Winners: Mat Williamson, Kevin Bolland

DIRTcar 410 Sprints Feature: (25 Laps)
1. Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson, OH
2. Brent Matus, Wampum
3. Brandon Matus, Wampum
4. Craig Mintz, Gibsonburg, OH
5. Carl Bowser, Sarver
6. AJ Flick, Apollo
7. Brandon Spithaler, Evans City
8. Dan Shetler, Johnstown
9. Zach Morrow, Mars
10. Davey Jones, Baden
11. Michael Fischesser, Cincinnati, OH
12. Bill Kiley, Cabot
13. Colby Womer, Mt. Pleasant
14. Ralph Spithaler, Evans City
15. Dan Kuriger, New Brighton
16. Bobby Siegel, Saxonburg
DNS Cody Bova, Struthers, OH
DNS Jimmy Morris, Fowler, OH

Heat Race Winners: Dan Kuriger, Craig Mintz

DIRTcar Late Models Feature: (25 Laps)
1.      (10) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
2.      (H1) Jared Miley, Pittsburgh
3.      (111) Matt Lux, Franklin
4.      (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
5.      (1C) Mike Pegher Jr., Wexford
6.      (10L) Gary Lyle, Hyde Park
7.      (3) Dan Swartzlander, Freeport         
8.      (23) Tony Burke, Sarver
9.      (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry
10.  (9) Clayton Kennedy, Mars
11.  (77) Danny Huston, Sarver
12.  (7X) Herman Bertolini, Creighton
13.  (84) Andrew Wylie, Saltsburg
14.  (72) Michael Norris, Sarver
DNS (56) Russell King, Bristolville, OH
DNS (32) Trevor Herr, Creighton
Heat Race Winners: Alex Ferree, Ken Schaltenbrand

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UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY MAKES MINOR REVISIONS TO REMAINING 2015 SCHEDULE, EXTENDS STAMPEDE STEAKHOUSE MODIFIED SEASON
 
VERNON, NY-Due to several early season rainouts at Utica-Rome Speedway and a Super DIRTcar Series rescheduling conflict, speedway officials have made several revisions to the remainder of the 2015 season schedule.  The changes mainly effect the Stampede Steakhouse Modified division and when the $13,000 title will be decided.  The remaining season schedule is listed below.
 
August 16-Carbone Auto Group and Gates-Cole Insurance present the Night of Legends honoring Gene Cole featuring Twin 50 lap $5,000 to win races for the Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds plus the Grit 602 Sportsman Series paying $1,000 to win, $100 to start.  Both Modified races are full point events while the Sportsman will be show up points only.
 
August 23-Excell Motorsports and Mirabito Fuel Group present the Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Open Sportsman, and Pro Street Stocks plus Autograph Night.  Full NASCAR points and show up track points only for the Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds (must be competing at the rescheduled Super DIRTcar Series event at Cornwall or at Utica-Rome Speedway to receive show up points).  Heat draw and redraw for Modifieds.
 
August 30-Regular show of Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Open Sportsman, and Pro Street Stocks plus one on one spectator races.
 
September 6-Stampede Steakhouse and Mirabito Fuel Group present the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints plus Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Open Sportsman, and Pro Street Stocks.  Final night of points for the 602 Sportsman, Open Sportsman, and Pro Street Stocks.
 
September 7-Stampede Steakhouse presents the New Yorker 200.  Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series, 100 lap-$10,000 to win for the Modifieds plus Upstate Sportsman Alliance/Grit Sportsman Series, $1,000 to win, $100 to start.
 
September 12-Gates-Cole Insurance presents the 3rd Annual Cole Cup for 360 Sprints, 30 laps $10,000 plus final point event for Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds.
 
Times remain the same as originally posted and the remainder of the schedule remains unchanged.
 
The changes were made to give the Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds an opportunity to make up for some the shows lost to weather and to not penalize our regulars who support the Super DIRTcar Series.
 
For more information, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.  Utica-Rome Speedway can also be found on Facebook and Twitter at @UR_Speedway.

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Phelps has a Big night at Albany-Saratoga

Becomes 8th different winner in 13 Super DIRTcar Series events

MALTA, NY – August 12, 2015 – Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y. drove to his first Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified win this season by dominating the second half of Brett Hearn’s Big Show VII 100-lap, $10,000-to-win event at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

Phelps started 5th in a 30-car field and passed polesitter Matt DeLorenzo to take the lead for keeps on lap 32. DeLorenzo was never passed again on the way to his best-ever Super DIRTcar Series finish.

Series point leader Matt Sheppard withstood pressure from a fast-closing Hearn to place third by half a car-length.

Hearn brought out the third of nine yellows with 28 laps in the books when a torque arm broke on the Madsen Overhead Doors No. 20 and got caught up in the driveshaft. He got back out of the pits just in time to avoid going a lap down and then powered his way back up through the field. Gary Tomkins - from 21st - finished 5th.

Phelps proved untouchable on the numerous restarts even though they were much appreciated by DeLorenzo.

“My car was quick for a few laps each time and then it would get free and I’d worry about Sheppard,” DeLorenzo said. “I wasn’t going to catch Phelps.”

“We’ve been getting better and better and now we’ve finally got one,” Phelps said. “The car was good-good. I could put it anywhere. I’ve very proud of the HBR team. It feels good to win here. I love Albany-Saratoga. The fans here are phenomenal.”

Several would-be challengers who showed speed ran into early mechanical problems just like Hearn.

Kenny Tremont breezed to a win in his heat and was running 4th at the halfway before dropping out on lap 62 and finishing 22nd. Stewart Friesen time-trialed well, but struggled early. Danny Johnson was running in the top-5 when he spun out on lap 38, pitted and lost 14 laps in the pits.

Peter Britten, who won the Pole Position Raceway Fast Time Award, drew 11th in the Dig Safely NY redraw and had a solid performance to finish sixth, just ahead of Billy Decker. Albany-Saratoga regular Keith Flach, Marc Johnson and Elmo Reckner finished 8-9-10.

The next event on the Super DIRTcar Series schedule is set for August 23 at Cornwall Speedway in Cornwall, Ontario.

Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Statistical Report;
Albany-Saratoga Speedway; August 12, 2015
“Big Show VII 100”
A-Main (100 laps): start in (*)
1. 98h Jimmy Phelps - Baldwinsville, N.Y. (5)
2. 3d Matt DeLorenzo – Cropseyville, N.Y. (1)
3. Matt Sheppard Waterloo, N.Y. (4)
4. 20 Brett Hearn – Sussex, NJ (9)
5. 84 Gary Tomkins – Clifton Springs, N.Y. (21)
6. 14b Peter Britten - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (2)
7. 91 Billy Decker - Unadilla, N.Y. (7)
8. 43 Keith Flach - Ravena, N.Y. (2)
9. 3j Marc Johnson – Guilderland, N.Y.
10. 17 Elmo Reckner – Ballston Lake, N.Y. (13)
11. 16 AJ Romano – Johnstown, N.Y. (14)

12. 8 Rich Scagliotta – Bound Brook, N.J. (3)
13. 99L Larry Wight – Phoenix, N.Y. (10)
14. 4* Tim McCreadie – Watertown, N.Y. (16)
15. 42 Pat Ward – Genoa, N.Y. (22)
16. 14g Brian Gleason – Guilderland, N.Y. (26)
17. 19m Jessey Mueller – Olmstedville, N.Y. (17)
18. 27J Danny Johnson - Rochester, N.Y. (8)
19. 7z Stewart Friesen – Sprakers, NY (12)
20. 19 Tim Fuller – Edwards, N.Y. (19)
21. 1x Tyler Dippel – Walkill, N.Y. (15)
22. 115 Kenny Tremont Jr. – West Sand Lake, N.Y. (6)
23. 48T Dave Rauscher – Waterloo, N.Y. (27)
24. 34 Shaun Pangman (25)
25. 17p Rob Pitcher – Chatham, N.Y. (30)
26. 2j Ronnie Johnson – Duanesburg. N.Y. (20)
27. 21j Jeff Trombley – Altamont, N.Y. (18)
28. 7s Mike Sabia – Easton, Conn. (29)
29. 44 Mike Ricci – Kingston, N.Y. (23)
30. 41 Jim Davis – Ballston Spa, N.Y. (28)

DID NOT START
816 Jeff Rockefeller
16w Willy Auchmoody
41 Jim Davis
14x Floyd Billington

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Brewerton Speedway Ready To Host ‘Wings & Warriors’ This Friday

By Dave Medler – BREWERTON, NY – August 12, 2015 – If you love clay slinging, grandstand shaking, high speed racing action, then the Brewerton Speedway has a must-see event this Friday, August, 14th when Schneider Packaging Equipment Company presents the ‘Wings & Warriors’ series. It will also be the final race of the A-Verdi Storage Containers Fulton & Brewerton 360 Sprint Car Challenge Series.

Hitting the ‘D-Shaped Dirt Demon’ for a night of racing will be the methanol breathing, winged beast of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints plus the 800 horsepower ground pounding warriors of the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds. Also on the race card will be the SUNY Canton Sportsman and Pro Race Cars Mod Lites. Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders have the week off.

Brewerton Speedway Big Block Modified regular Larry Wight will be looking to defend home turf when he straps into his 360 Sprint Car against the best the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints has to offer.

With just four point-paying races left to decide the 2015 Track Champions, here is a look at the Top-Five Division Standings.

TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT MODIFIEDS – Matt Sheppard 522. Jimmy Phelps 520. Billy Decker 484. Pat Ward 470. Ryan Phelps 434.

SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN – Ron Davis III 515. Jack Meeks 478. Tony Finch II 460. Nick Krause 440. Steve Abt 436.

PRO RACE CARS MOD LITES – Jim Bogett 724. Joe Isabell 714. Mike Mullen 690. Jeff Sykes 682. Lowell Zehr 630.

HILTON’S AUTOMOTIVE FOUR-CYLINDERS - Chuck Powelczyk 636. Chris Bonoffski 566. Colby Herzog 566. Sam Carista 478. Sam Curcie 474.

Adult grandstand admission Friday, August 14th is $20 with everyone 18 yrs. old and younger admitted FREE. Pit admission is $35. Gates will open at 5:30 with racing at 7:30.

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Stewart Friesen  battles Dylan Dewert to win the first ever Hustlin' the High Banks 51

Paul T. Harkenrider

Woodhull, NY For the biggest and richest event ever held at the Woodhull Raceway, the racing fell nothing short of spectacular as Stewart Friesen, who never stepped foot on the facility grounds until Tuesday August 11, took home the win over Dylan Dewert and Danny Johnson.

After five qualifying heats, and three consolation events, the stars and cars of Short Track Super Series Big Block/ Small Block Modified's were ready to go 51 laps with $5,100 on the line. Starting the 28 car field was track regular and feature winner earlier this season on the high banks was Josh Nobriga on the  but he would be going  up against a long time veteran to modified racing in Dylan Dewert.

Grabbing the early race lead was Dewert as one lap was complete before the first caution came out involving the top two point leaders, Billy Van Pelt, and Donnie Lawson on the bottom of turn four. Both drivers also had to qualify through the consolation events.

Only one more lap would be complete after the next yellow flag was presented and this involved Andy Bachetti, another driver making his debut on the high banks.

13 laps would then go on and it was a tight battle between the top five drivers of Nobriga, Dewert, Boyd MacTavish, Mike Mahaney and now Stewart Friesen. Also making his charge to the front after being involved in the lap one caution was Billy Van Pelt, who now sat in 11th.

On the lap 15 restart, Nobriga would power his Deming's service center #22 to the outside and became the new race leader at the line on lap 16. However, another caution would come out two laps later this time involving Cory Costa and Donnie Lawson on the ditch of turn four.

Making his way into the top five and having a solid run was Mike Bills who won a heat race, as well as Alan Rudalavage but both would be part of a caution that was originally started from Friesen and Dewert but they were able to straighten themselves out.

Nobriga would be leading the halfway mark but on the following lap, his DeWert powered #28 muscled the top side and grabbed the race lead heading to the line on lap 27.

But here came series point leader, Stewart Friesen as he was able to go from fourth to second on lap 32 and he would then set his eyes on the race leader of Dewert and this would set up an awesome final 18 laps between Friesen and Dewert.

Circuits would click by and both drivers had different but preferred racing lines that would result them going side by side racing. The lead would flip flop between Dewert and Friesen but a lap 48 caution and Friesen being scored as the race leader from the previous lap.

Friesen was able to protect the top and bottom from Dewert and was able to take home the win over Dylan Dewert and Danny Johnson who made a late run at the end to take home third. Tyler Siri and Josh Nobriga would complete the top five.

In the final feature of the night, Josh Keesey would bring home his first feature win on the year at the Woodhull Raceway after having a number of seconds or bad luck in the early part of the year. Keesey would go to work with Chris Daugherty and he made it look easy on lap eight taking the lead from Daugherty. Brandon Martin made a late charge and would come up short and take home second, Josh Sawyer, Chris Daugherty and Dayton Brewer would complete the top five.
            
NAPA Auto Parts Hustlin the High Banks 51 Presented by Maple City Dodge, Outman Equipment, Two Rivers Timber Company
Quick Results
Short Track Super Series North Region

Feature (51 Laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Dylan Dewert, Danny Johnson, Tyler Siri, Josh Nobriga, Andy Bachetti, Kenny Peoples Jr, Bobby Davis, Boyd MacTavish, Alan Johnson, Billy Van Pelt, Donnie Lawson,  Alan Rudalavage, Grant Hilfiger, Byron Worthing, Mike Bills, Jeff Hoetzler, Joe Dgien, Eric Fisher, Mike Mahaney, Dillon Groover, Anthony Perrego, Jackie Brown, Cory Costa, Dale Welty, Ray Bliss Jr, Art Goodier, Danny Creeden

SUNY Canton GRIT Sportsman Series Feature: JOSH KEESEY, Brandon Martin, Josh Sawyer, Dayton Brewer, Chris Daugherty, Brandon Butler, Casey Pavlick, Dale Welty, AJ Costley, Tim Guild, Zach Sutton, Stacey Jackson, Steve Andrulonis, Bryan Belanger, Ryan Olsomer, Kyle Inman, Ron White, Bobby Peoples, Collin Brown, Mickey Wilbur, Rich Powell, Zach Cary, Brett Buono, Jake Dgien, Ray Bliss Sr, Ray Bliss Jr

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Modifieds Galore at Mercer Raceway Park

Mercer, PA (August 11, 2015):  The Big Blocks are coming! The Big Blocks are coming!

That's right, on Saturday, August 15, the ground pounding Big Blocks of the BRP Modified Tour will be coming to Mercer Raceway Park to challenge the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds on their home turf. It will be Smackdown! as the stars of the Modified world go head to head for bragging rights.

Erick Rudolph has a pair of wins with the touring Big Block Mods in 2015, including one score worth $5,000. Single victories have gone to Dave Murdick and Rex King King, Jr. Cooter's victory was also worth a cool $5,000. Rex King, Sr. is still searching for his first win of the season with the Modified Tour, but he leads the points due to his consistent finishes. His son rides in second, with Rich Rickner and Dave Murdick close behind. Other top drivers in the series include Kevin Bolland, back on the local speedpaths after an extended layoff, Garrett Krummert, Jim Rasey, Eric Gabany, and Brad Rapp. The Mod Tour has been drawing great car counts and providing exciting competition at all of the events. This one should be no different.

The Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds boast plenty of talented drivers as well. Jimmy Holden leads the point standings, but this will be a non-points event for Mercer's own Mod squad. Lonny Riggs has proven his mettle against the Big Blocks, with two wins under his belt, one coming at the Park! Kyle Fink, Tommy Kristyak, J.R. McGinley, Sid Unverzagt, Brian Schaffer, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Rich Whitney, Kyle Holden, and Kevin Green are some of the others who will try to defend the home turf.

This will be a knock-down, drag-out, no hold barred fight to the finish! Come early, and get your favorite seats.

Joining the Modifieds in action will be The Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, the Rock Concrete Modified Lites, and the Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks. These divisions will be racing for points. With the final night of points just weeks away, these racers will be going hard for every position.

George Hobaugh, Jr. holds just a narrow eleven point lead over Cody Bova in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. While that division seems to have become a two horse race for the championship, the other drivers will be gunning for the gold and the glory nonetheless. Meanwhile, Mark Marcucci  and Michael Thompson have distinguished themselves in the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites and the Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks.

And, there is more! The PA Vintage Modifieds will also be in action. These old-style Mods will bring back many fond memories for the older fans and they will give the younger generation a glimpse of what racing was like back in the day. This won't be a parade, either! The Vintage Mods will race just as hard as the newer models.

Please remember that there will be no Precise Racing Products Stock Cars this Saturday.
The spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. Racers can enter the pits an hour earlier. Practice will start at 6:30, with heat races at 7:00.

Ticket prices for the Modified special will be as follows:  adults $15, seniors (60+) $13, and students (9-15) $7. The children (ages 8 and under) will be admitted for free, as always. The Family Pass will be good for mom and dad, and up to four minors of any age, and that will cost just $32. Pit Passes will be $30.    

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HARTNETT PADS POINT LEAD WITH COMMANDING VICTORY FRIDAY AT PENN CAN
 
SUSQUEHANNA, PA…Kevin Hartnett took the lead from George Kostelansky with nine laps to go and went on to score the Modified feature win Friday at Penn Can Speedway. Dusty Barton, Shane Wolf, Jr., Jeremy Williams and Dylan Robinson were also victorious in their feature events.

George Kostelansky and Mike Dougherty brought the field to the green flag with the veteran Kostelansky jumping out in front. The only caution of the race slowed the field on lap one with multi time feature winner Dan Pompey going off on the hook. When racing resumed Kostelansky was able to stretch a comfortable lead over the field.

Hartnett, the defending Track Champion, sliced his way through the field from his 12th starting position, working his way into the top five in just six laps. He was up to third by lap 12 and challenged Dougherty for second for several laps before taking the spot. He then set his sights on the high flying Kostelansky who had opened up a straightaway field under green flag conditions. Hartnett closed the gap each lap and caught Kostelansky to make the winning pass on lap 21 of the 30 lap feature.

Once in front he never looked back and romped to the win in impressive fashion, all under green flag conditions. Kostelansky came home second in his best run of the year. He was followed by Nick Rochinski, who made a late race charged from his eighth starting spot. Dougherty was a solid fourth ahead of Joey Colsten. Sixth through tenth went to sophomore sensation Frank Porreca, last week’s winner Alan Rudalavage, Brian Malcolm, Brian Weaver and Mike Loney.

The Sportsman feature found rookie standout Devon Zona out front at the drop of the green. He would lead the entire race after a hard fought battle with Ryan Olsommer.  As the leaders entered turn three on the final lap they came together allowing Dusty Barton to slip by and score the win. Olsommer was second ahead of Marty Bunker, Nick Branning and Matt Brewer at the finish.

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH: KEVIN HARTNETT, George Kostelansky, Nick Rochinski, Mike Dougherty, Joey Colsten, Frank Porreca, Alan Rudalavage, Brian Malcolm, Brian Weaver, Mike Loney, Nick Petrilak, Bobby Trapper, Bobby Yeager, Bryan Batzel, Richard Emel, Randall Paxton, Dan Pompey. DNS: Bob Trapper.
 
602 CRATE SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH: DUSTY BARTON, Ryan Olsommer, Marty Bunker, Nick Branning, Matt Brewer, Alec Gennarelli, Devon Zona, Todd Titus, Ed Mrochko, Justin Lawrence.

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Billy Pauch Leads First Lap, Gets First Victory of 2015 Saturday at New Egypt Speedway

New Egypt, NJ-- It’s been a long time coming. 51 weeks to be exact since Billy Pauch was last in Victory Lane at New Egypt Speedway. That changed Saturday night as he led his first lap of the 2015 season on his way to his first victory.

Doug Ostwald and Chad Barney led the field to take the green with Barney taking the early lead. The first caution of the night would wave on lap three for a spin involving Jimmy Horton and Ryan Godown which collected Ryan Krachun, Tommy Farrell, Chris Grbac, and Billy Pauch, Jr. For his part in the spin Ryan Godown was sent to the rear for over aggressive driving. On the impending restart the caution would wave again for John Pakenham who spun going into turn two. After a lap seven pile up in turn four involving five cars Barney was able to hold the lead for one more lap before Pauch took over leading his first lap of the 2015 season on lap eight. It was smooth sailing for Pauch out front while Godown fought through the field after the over aggressive driving call. By lap 25 Godown was in second place hunting Pauch down who had caught the tail end of the field. As the laps clicked by Godown was gaining ground on Pauch who was trying desperately to make his way through lapped traffic to avoid a last lap showdown with Godown. In the end on the final lap in the final turn Godown gave it everything he had but it was Pauch who proved he’s still got it and took the checkers and his first victory of the 2015 season. Rounding out the top five were Godown, David VanHorn, Chad Barney, and PJ Oliver.

Young Crate Modified driver Brandon Grosso scored his fourth victory of the 2015 season Saturday night. Rookie Shawn Ratchford led the field to the green and took the lead until a restart on lap nine where he ran into issues with Grosso coming out of turn four on their way to the green flag. Ratchford ended up spinning himself and put Grosso on the pole for the impending restart. Grosso would lead the final 11 laps and secure the victory over Brian Papiez, Connor King, Ebby Ridge, and Ryan Simmons. With only two races until double points championship night remaining, the top 11 in Crate Modified points are separated by only 60 points, setting up what will be a very exciting battle to the championship in this division.

MODIFIED Feature (30 Laps): 1. Billy Pauch 2. Ryan Godown 3. David VanHorn 4. Chad Barney 5. PJ Oliver 6. Neal Williams 7. Billy Pauch Jr. 8. Sammy Piazza 9. Jimmy Horton 10. Jimmy Blewett 11. Mike Butler 12. Tommy Farrell 13. Doug Ostwald 14. John Pakenham 15. Danny Bohn 16. Chris Esposito 17. Chris Grbac 18. Ryan Krachun 19. Rick Holsten 20. Patrick Gold


CRATE MODIFIED Feature (20 Laps): 1. Brandon Grosso 2. Brian Papiez 3. Connor King 4. Ebby Ridge 5. Ryan Simmons 6. Steve Hicks 7. Jeremy Martino 8. Jordan Cox 9. Tom Tanner 10. Jarrett Rozycki 11. Frank Dorry 12. Jason Dunn 13. Doug Urbano 14. Adam Cox 15. Dan Fleming 16. Stan Hawk 17. Mike Carman 18. Tom Princiotta 19. Shawn Ratchford 20. Aaron Weaver 21. Matt Carman 22. Scott Hyland 23. Eric Palmer 24. Heidi Heddin

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Tremont Doubles Down With Wins

At Lebanon Valley Speedway, winning both Big Block and Small Block Modified features in the same night is a rare feat.  Only five drivers over the 60+ year history of the track have pulled off the feat.  JR Heffner added himself to that list just last week.  Saturday night saw the feat accomplished once again, although the man who pulled it off is no stranger to winning.
 
Denny Soltis led the field to green from the pole and held off John Ruchel, who was racing with confidence after a top 10 last week.  It did not take long for the defining moment of the evening to occur.  On the second lap of the race, Kolby Schroder appeared to slow suddenly in turn 2.  That created a huge crash as Schroder, Heffner and points leader Brett Hearn all piled in.  Keith Flach, Kyle Sheldon, Paul Gilardi were also involved.  Heffner and Schroder were out on the spot.  Hearn’s crew attempted repairs, but could not continue at a decent pace.  Gilardi and Flach’s teams performed similar repairs with similar results.
 
On the restart, Soltis came immediate pressure from Ruchel, who had a very quick car.  It took only a couple of laps for Ruchel to dispatch of Soltis and pull away from the pack.  However, with Hearn’s demise, Tremont had the fastest car on the track.  Taking advantage of pace that allowed him to turn in the only sub-20 second lap in the feature, Tremont made up his way up from tenth starting spot to fifth by the time Ruchel took the lead.  A couple of laps later, he was second.  Despite Ruchel’s quick pace, Tremont took only a couple of laps to dispatch of Ruchel for the lead.

From there, Tremont pulled away from the pack until Eddie Marshall blew a right rear tire to bring out the yellow with 13 laps to go.  Contact with Steve Hough earlier in the race may have been a root cause for the failure.  On the restart, Matt Pupello was able to get by Ruchel for second, but could do nothing with the 13-time champion, who pulled away to take his fourth Big Block win of the year.
 Afterwards, Tremont promptly credited his crew’s hard work for the victory.

"[The car] was actually good during the feature," Tremont said in the pits.  "The night didn’t start off that good.  We really weren’t that comfortable with it.  We changed this and changed that between warm-ups and the [heats], then again between the heat and hot laps and again before the feature.  We’ve really been working hard at it."
 
Behind Tremont and Pupello was Andy Bachetti in third.  Ruchel held on for a career-best fourth, while Kyle Armstrong was fifth.
 
In the Small Block Modifieds, Ryan Darcy led from the pole, but the action started immediately.  Kim LaVoy and Jason Herrington had contact in turn 1 on the first lap, creating a chain reaction incident that involved half a dozen cars.  Everyone involved continued, but it forced a complete restart.
 
Despite the rocky start, the rest of the feature was clean.  Darcy led and pulled away from the pack once the race restarted.  Meanwhile, Brett Haas was very aggressive early on, making moves to the inside, especially in turn 3, to improve his position.  Further back, Tremont managed to weave his way through the wreck and was also on the move.

It took quite a while, but Haas ran down Darcy at the halfway point.  Haas took multiple laps to get past, but he made the move work on lap 16.  Tremont followed Haas by a lap later, then put the pressure on Haas.  Haas’ No. 55 was very fast, but started to falter late after the right rear tire started to give up.  That gave Tremont all he needed to charge by with a lap and a half to go and claim the win.

Darcy held on to finish third, while Steven Hankle took a fine fourth.  Heffner finished fifth.

Modified Feature Results: 1) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 2) Matt Pupello, 3) Andy Bachetti, 4) John Ruchel, 5) Kyle Armstrong, 6) Kyle Hoffman, 7) Steve Hough, 8) Kyle Sheldon, 9) Mike King, 10) Chad Jeseo, 11) Olden Dwyer, 12) Brian Berger, 13) Jeff Watson, 14) Eddie Marshall, 15) Denny Soltis, 16) Elmo Reckner, 17) Keith Flach, 18) Paul Gilardi, 19) Brett Hearn, 20) Kolby Schroder, 21) JR Heffner, 22) Tyler Chartrand.  DNS: Dave McFeeters
 
Small Block Modified Feature Results: 1) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 2) Brett Haas, 3) Ryan Darcy, 4) Steven Hankle, 5) JR Heffner, 6) Peter Carlotto, 7) Wayne Jelley, 8) Demetrios Drellos, 9) Ray Hall, Jr., 10) Frank Harper, 11) Olden Dwyer, 12) Shane Jablonka, 13) Alan Houghtaling, 14) Jason Herrington, 15) Kim LaVoy, 16) Chad Pierce, 17) Frank Hoard, III, 18) Brian Sandstedt, 19) Dave Hinsch, 20) Bryan McGuire, 21) Buddy Hencke, 22) David Schilling, 23) Mark Pullen, 24) Ryan Charland, 25) Jason Tompkins, 26) Michael Malloy, 27) Kenny Aanonsen, Jr.
 
Sportsman Feature Results: 1) Michael Sabia, 2) John Virgilio, 3) Cody Hunt, 4) Matt Pappa, 5) Chris Lynch, 6) Chris Curtis, 7) Kevin Arnold, 8) Alissa Cody, 9) Ricky Davis, 10) Cody Ochs, 11) Ryan Stortini, 12) Greg Catlin, 13) Brandon Lane, 14) Whitey Slavin, 15) Courtney Crews, 16) John Miller, 17) John Lutes, 18) Phil Wood, 19) Ryan Heath, 20) Matt Delfino, 21) Nikki Ouellette, 22) Kevin Ward.  DNS: Diana Huyck, Daniel Sanchez
 
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MATT SHEPPARD FENDS OFF LATE RACE CHARGE BY LARRY WIGHT TO SCORE ANOTHER UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY MAIN EVENT   
 
VERNON, NY- Last Sunday, August 9th, Dick Waterman and Gates-Cole Insurance sponsored a night that saw Matt Sheppard charge to the front of the Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds for his seventh win of the season and his 22nd at the speedway, which pushed him up to 12th on the all-time wins list. Matt Janczuk won his second of the season in the 602 Sportsman, cutting the points differential between him and the leading Rocky Warner in half. Other visitors to victory lane included Claude Hutchings Jr. in the Open Sportsman and Glenn Forward in the Pro Street Stocks.

Tim Mayne used his pole starting spot to gain a substantial lead on the first lap, pulling away from Mike Bowman, who started beside him. As he was pulling away, the point leader, Matt Sheppard, was on the move. Starting on the inside of row five, Sheppard dove to the bottom of the racing surface to race his way into the top five on the first lap. Then, after powering by Mike Mahaney, Sheppard found his way to second by lap three. He reeled in Mayne, who was using the middle, and completed the pass after a two lap battle by the sixth circuit. From there, Sheppard had an open track to help build a sizable lead.

Sheppard was not the only one charging through the field, however. Larry Wight, the winner of the week before, had started in 10th and was slowly making his way to the front on the very top groove of the speedway, followed by Stewart Friesen on the bottom. The two of them worked their way into the top five before they began to battle back and forth. Wight was finally to pull ahead by the 15th lap and he began to work on Mahaney by diving to the bottom. He made it stick and won the battle for the runner up spot as the raced entered the final third.

A pair of back to back cautions slowed the race on the 21st and 22nd laps, which erased the nearly full straightaway lead Sheppard had built. On the restart, Wight once again drove up the track and found the cushion while Sheppard continued his use of the bottom. While Sheppard had pulled away on the restart, Wight was inching closer and closer as the laps wore on, and was within striking distance with four remaining. As they entered the first turn, Wight tried to dive below Sheppard and take away his line, pushing Sheppard up the track. Sheppard, however, was able to pull away again. Wight tried the top side once more, but it was to no avail as Sheppard took his seventh win of the season, With Wight in second, Friesen, Pat Ward, and Vic Coffey rounded out the top five. Matt Hulsizer, Rob Bellinger, Danny Varin, Mayne, and Chris Mackey followed.

The 602 Sportsman came to the green with John Christian at the head of the field, but Nick Krause led the first lap as he took the lead from the outside of the front row. He held it for the first two laps, but a yellow flag was displayed on the third. The restart saw A.J. Filbeck take the lead away before another couple of cautions slowed things down. Both times, Filbeck was able to hold onto his lead after advances from Daryl Nutting. Two more yellows waved in the second half of the race, and this time, Filbeck could not hold on to the top spot as Matt Janczuk had navigated the field and started on the back bumper of the leader. He was able to take the lead and hold it for the rest of the race. Second belonged to Jason Rood, who was followed by Filbeck, Rocco Leone, and Rocky Warner.
 
Heath Carney and Tom Tophoven were the duo in front of the Open Sportsman field at the drop of the green flag, with both surrendering the lead to Claude Hutchings Jr. on the first lap, who came from sixth. The yellow came out on the third lap for a spinning machine on lap two, but Hutchings was still able to hold onto the lead on the restart. Another caution on lap seven slowed the field again, but Hutchings still hung on, even after Jack Miller tried to take the lead. Hutchings was able to drive away for the win, followed by Miller, Jeremy Vunk, Randy Shantel, and Steve Way.

MODIFIEDS FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Larry Wight, Stewart Friesen, Pat Ward, Vic Coffey, Matt Hulsizer, Rob Bellinger, Danny Varin, Tim Mayne, Chris Mackey, Mike Mahaney, Scott Huber, Joel Thomas, Bob Henry Jr., Mike Bowman, and Alan Johnson.
 
602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-MATT JANCZUK, Jason Rood, A.J. Filbeck, Rocco Leone, Rocky Warner, Kyle Kiehn, Brad Alger, Glenn Forward, Brent Joy, Casey Williams, Chris Cunningham, Alan Fink, John Baker, Stephen Denton, Cody Clark, Daryl Nutting, Nick Krause, John Christian, Corey Barker, and Aaron Jacobs. DNS- Beth Bellinger.
 
OPEN SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-CLAUDE HUTCHINGS JR., Jack Miller, Jeremy Vunk, Randy Shantel, Steve Way, Heath Carney, Craig Pope, Aaron Jacobs, Tom Tophoven, and Lucas Heintz.
 
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WILDER TAKES LEAD ON FINAL LAP TO WIN MODIFIED FEATURE AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – A week ago on Saturday evening at the Fonda Speedway things didn’t go to well for the Adirondack Motorsports ride driven by Jeremy Wilder as he had a fire under the hood of his Bill Schoons owned modified and was done early in the feature event. Fortunately Wilder was able to get out of the car safely and was not injured in any way.

This Saturday things went a lot better for Wilder as he won the second feature event of the 2015 season and the fifth of his career at the Fonda Speedway in exciting fashion as he took the lead on the final lap of the event from Brian Gleason to take the victory.

“The 14G (Gleason) was on rails and he drove a great race,” Wilder said in victory lane. “But when he started slipping up in the turns I thought that maybe I would have a chance to get by him and fortunately for me I was able to do that.”

Other winners on New York Central Mutual Insurance Company Night at the “Track of Champions” were Rocky Warner (602 sportsman), Nick Stone (pro stock), Dave Horning Sr. (street stock), and Ken Hollenback (4-cylinder).

The 30-lap modified main event had trouble getting started as it took four tries to get the event underway. On the first try to start the event Scott Huber spun in turn four taking Josh Hohenforst with him with Hohenforst forced to the pit area with damage to his racer. Hohenforst who was in the top five in points coming in to the event came back out to run a few more laps but was not competitive and retired from the event early.

On the second try a pile up ensued in between turns three and four involving defending track champion Stewart Friesen, and six other cars. Friesen was taken to the pits on the hook but did come back out and turn a few more laps later in the event. When Bodie Bellinger spun in turn two on the next try at the restart it forced race director Denny Tillison to order a single file restart on the next try. That was what was needed to get the event going with Jessey Mueller the leader and Brian Gleason in tow.

Alton Palmer and Wilder were on the move early after starting 12th and 14th respectively as they both got by Pep Corradi for the third and fourth positions on lap four. One lap later Wilder got by Palmer for the third position while Gleason erased the early lead that Mueller had and was pressuring him for the lead by lap eight. On the inside of turns three and four Gleason made his move to take the lead with Wilder also getting by Mueller for the second spot.

On lap 10 Bellinger spun in turn four to bring out the final caution flag of the event and on the restart 13th place starter A.J. Romano was the new third place car after he got by Mueller with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Gleason, Wilder, Romano, Mueller, and Palmer.

Without the aid of any more caution flags Wilder had to try to gain ground on the leader in another way so he was trying everything in order to do that including the high line on the track which wasn’t working as he lost ground going out there as the inside groove was the fast way around the track on this night.

Wilder used lap traffic to his advantage on lap 23 to gain ground on the leader but when Gleason cleared the lap cars of Bellinger and Troy Palmer on the next lap it looked as though he was on his way to his first career win. Wilder had other ideas however as he was pressuring Gleason when the white flag was thrown by Joe Kriss and going into turn one was able to get underneath Gleason who drifted up the track in the turn. By the time the two drivers exited turn two Wilder was the new race leader and he was able to protect the bottom to the checkered flag to get the win over Gleason, Romano, Palmer, and Mueller.

“That just goes to prove that you never give up,” Wilder told guest announcer Andrew Biittig in victory lane. “I knew that lap traffic would play a factor in the race and fortunately for me it did.”

The 20-lap 602 sportsman feature was another great race that was decided just before the white flag flew. Harry Shaffer led at the start from his pole starting position with fourth place starter Aaron Burton in tow. Third place starter Mark Mortensen was able to get by Burton for the second position on lap three with sixth place starter Rocky Warner also getting by Burton for the third spot at that point.

At the halfway point in the event Shaffer was the race leader with Mortensen and Warner duking it out for the second spot in a fantastic race. On lap 14 Mortensen was able to duck under Shaffer and a lap car to take the lead with Warner also getting by Shaffer for the second position. The remaining laps were touch and go with lap traffic as Warner continued to pressure Mortensen for the race lead.

Going into turn three on lap 19 Mortensen came up on the lap car of Doug Hancock and in a split second decision decided to duck under Hancock to try to get by. At that point Warner made it three wide as he got to the inside of both Mortensen and Hancock and was able to get by both of them for the lead as Mortensen had to back out of it when he ran out of room between the two cars.

Warner went on to his fourth victory of the season and the 12th of his career in the division in the Jake and Nancy Spraker owned #1J and was followed by Mortensen, Cody Clark, Shaffer, and 15th place starter Adam McAuliffe.

Caution flags on laps two and three of the 20-lap pro stock feature slowed the event but allowed many of the cars who started further back in the pack to move quickly to the front with outside pole starter Jason Casey the early race leader. Jim Normoyle made the most of a restart on lap three to take the race lead with fifth place starter Pete Broderson now second.

MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – JEREMY WILDER, Brian Gleason, A.J. Romano, Alton Palmer, Jessey Mueller, Korey Wilder, Jeff Trombley, Ronnie Johnson, Craig Hanson, Pep Corradi, Ed Harris, Troy Palmer, Bodie Bellinger, Stewart Friesen, Ronnie Holmes, Josh Hohenforst, Scott Huber, Justin Boehler, Mark Kislowski, Darwin Greene, DNS Vinny Sanganetti

602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 20-LAPS – ROCKY WARNER, Mark Mortensen, Cody Clark, Harry Shaffer, Adam McAuliffe, Aaron Burton, Connor Cleveland, Tony Farone, Chad Edwards, Dave Constantino, Anthony Cardamone, Ricky Quick, Don Bellen, Nick Scavia, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Brian Pessolano, Doug Hancock, Cody Bleau, Joe Orlando, Ivan Joslin, Emily Quinn, Jack Lehner, Mike Peek, Chris Schaffer, Bert Film, DNS Jason Greco, DNS Doug Flynn

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KING JR WINS $3K BIG-BLOCK MOD JOHNNY ZDELAR MEMORIAL

By Mike Leone

After winning three of the season's first four DIRTcar Big-Block Modified races, Rex King, Jr. has been shutout of victory lane at Sharon for over two months. The young King got the weekend started picking up the victory on Friday night at Lernerville Speedway then went to win one of the biggest races of his career on Saturday night in the second annual "Johnny Zdelar Memorial". The 30-lap Hovis Auto & Truck Supply feature was worth $3,000.

"This the biggest one I've ever won and this is obviously for Johnny (Zdelar)," expressed the 24-year-old Bristolville, Ohio racer. "You want to win them all, but in my mind there's a couple races you really want to win and this is one of them. There's the Russ King Memorial for my grandpa and this one. I got this one and I don't want anyone to win the other one. He was like an uncle growing up, but was taken too soon. He was there when I was racing go-karts. I've been doing this (Mods) nine years now and it hasn't been right since he's been gone. I have to thank everyone for coming out- my sponsors, crew, family, and Sharon Speedway for putting this on. Johnny's family is great. I love those guys. He was a hell of a guy and everyone that knew him would agree."

Dave Murdick looked strong early on racing to the lead over Brad Rapp and Garrett Krummert. Sixth starting Rex King was on the move as he passed Rick Regalski, Jr. on lap two for fourth and then Krummert for third on lap four before the event's first caution. Several cars made contact on the frontstretch that resulted in Tom Glenn slamming into the turn one fence and the accident also ended the night for Skip Moore. Glenn was awarded the hard luck and received two pit passes for the next event compliments of Hovis.

Back under green King and seventh starting King, Jr. drove by Rapp on the restart for second and third. The elder King took over the top spot on lap six driving under Murdick in turns one and two with his son following in second one lap later. Murdick's race ended when he slowed with eight laps scored. King chose the inside on the restart, but "Cooter" found the outside to his liking blasting by his father for the lead that he'd never relinquish. A caution for a spinning Jeremiah Shingledecker, who had moved from eighth into a battle for third, slowed the race for the final time with 15 laps completed.

The last 15 saw the two Kings distance themselves from the field. "Cooter" opened up a comfortable advantage, but King closed back in during the final laps and was actually almost right on his son's rear bumper at the finish coming up just 0.461 of a second back for the $1,000 runner-up finish. King, Jr's win was the 18th of his career tying him for seventh with Jim Rasey on the division's all-time win list, and came in the Jim Brown Seed Sales/University Hospitals/Schaeffer Oil/Arrowhead Services/Bristol Disposal/Cedar Steel/Mahan Welding & Fab/Profession Heating Systems/Reese Services X-10-sponsored #165.

A great race took place over the final 15 laps for third between Krummert, Richner, and Jim Weller, Jr. All three drivers had their share of the position, but it was Weller garnering the $750 spot on lap 29. Weller started from the 16th starting spot. Richner came from 15th to third before losing the spot at the end to Weller. Krummert was fifth as Rapp, Regalski, Kevin Bolland, Rasey, and Shingledecker completed the top 10. Heat winners were Shingledecker and King, Jr.

Dan Davies and Mike Kinney put on one of the best races for the lead witnessed in a long time. The duo ran side-by-side nearly the entire final 11 laps with Davies pulling out his first career Sharon win in the 20-lap Summit Racing Equipment Modified feature. It was redemption for Davies, who came up just 0.001 of a second shy of a victory Friday night at Raceway 7. In addition to the $750 win, Davies also received the $25 Summit Racing Equipment Hard Charger award.

"I went soft on tires," revealed the 30-year-old Warren, Pa. driver. "I was just maintaining making sure I wasn't going to burn my stuff off and 3 (Kinney) get back by me so I just rode to keep my stuff underneath me. We finally got it done and got that 0.001 out of the way. You have to have a lot of trust with the guy outside of you. He did an awesome job. He stayed out to the wall. We were neck and neck. It's possible to race side-by-side without smashing your stuff all up. We have a lot of help tonight and some guys I think it's their first time to victory lane so that's pretty cool."

The race got off to an ugly start when a big accident at the start of the race collected nine of 20 starters; however after that point the 20 laps went green-to-checkered. Kinney raced to the early lead over Shawn Shingledecker, Matt Lux, and eighth starting Davies, who was halfway to the front after one lap. Davies drove under Lux for third on lap two then three laps later passed Joe Gabrielson off the bottom of turn two for second.

Kinney was out front setting the pace in search of his season's first victory, but Davies began to close in on lap seven and was on the leader on lap eight. This is when things got good and the two ran side-by-side nearly the entire way to the finish with Davies on the bottom and Kinney on the top. Davies officially led lap 12, but Kinney regained the lead on laps 14 and 15 only to see Davies nose back ahead on lap 16. It looked like Davies may have finally cleared Kinney, but the lapped car of Shingledecker made things interesting as it was three-wide off turn two and down the backstretch on lap 18- this time with Davies on the outside and he had enough run to maintain his lead.

Davies finally got away from Kinney over the final two laps to win by 1.440 seconds. Davies became the 51st different winner in the history of the division at Sharon taking the victory in his King Fab-sponsored, Lethal Chassis #71D. Gabrielson rode third the final 15 laps and was selected in the random draw to receive two pit passes for next Saturday compliments of Hovis Auto & Truck Supply. Lux was fourth over Jack Young, who had a solid run in his second night out after starting 11th. Completing the top 10 were point leader Will Thomas III, Brent Rhebergen in a second Dan Davies entry, Jeff Johnson, Jacob Eucker, and Dwayne Clay. Heat victors were Lux and Kinney.

Nick Ritchey was the last driver to beat Greg Martin back on June 20 before Martin went on a tear winning three straight features in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. On Saturday night, Ritchey out-dueled Jordan Eck and held off a charge from 15th starting Martin for his second 15-lap Weller Hughes Contracting & Developing feature win. Ritchey, who has three wins at Sportsman's Speedway, is atop the $3,000 to-win Bicknell Racing Products RUSH Weekly Series point standings.

"When that caution came out I thought 'man I didn't want to see that'," acknowledged the 32-year-old Oil City, Pa. racer. "I came down the backstretch and saw Greg was there and I knew he came up a long ways. It was some good racing tonight. I drove real hard to beat Jordan. The longer it went the better my tires got. I figured if it keeps going and going I could get him. I have to thank all of my sponsors, my crew, my mom and dad, and everyone that puts everything into this car."

Jerry Schaffer led the first four laps before a caution for Kyle Martell, who was running second, slowed action. This moved fifth starting Ritchey to second for the restart and was trailed by Jim Bryce with Martin now up to sixth. When racing resumed, Martin gained two more spots. Up front, Ritchey put the pressure on Schaffer as the two raced side-by-side for the lead on laps six and seven with Ritchey taking over.

Eighth starting Jordan Eck was on the move as he passed Schaffer for second on lap nine with Martin following in third one lap later. On lap 12, Schaffer would lose the handle in turn three and collected teammate Jessica Kriegisch along with Bryce ending a good run for all three racers. Ritchey chose the inside for the restart putting Eck on the outside. The duo ran side-by-side over the final three laps with Martin following closely. Eck was credited with leading lap 14, but Ritchey led the lap that counted for the victory in his E&R Motorsports/Cranberry Auto/DRK/Jeff Aiken/Kings Landscaping-sponsored #77N. by 0.279 of a second over Eck.

Eck was disqualified in post-race tech for a carburetor violation moving point leader Martin to second. Earlier in the night, RUSH Officials confiscated Martin's $135 Bilstein sealed, spec shocks for further testing and gave him four new ones. RUSH "Futures Cup" point leader, Kole Holden, was third. Michael Kristyak continues to improve. Two weeks ago he matched a career best finish in eighth and bettered that last week with a fifth and did one better Saturday in fourth! Brandon Ritchey also turned in his best career Sharon finish in fifth. Heat winners were Nick Ritchey and Holden.

Big-Block Modifieds "Johnny Zdelar Memorial" ($3,000 to-win, 30 laps): 1. REX KING, JR. (165) 2. Rex King (65) 3. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 4. Ricky Richner (26) 5. Garrett Krummert (29) 6. Brad Rapp (11R) 7. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 8. Kevin Bolland (777) 9. Jim Rasey (32) 10. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD) 11. Rob Kristyak (00) 12. Carl Murdick (6) 13. Dave Murdick (61) 14. Justin Rasey (21) 15. Skip Moore (17M) 16. Tiffany Williams (58) 17. Tom Glenn (83T).

RUSH Sportsman Modifieds (15 laps): 1. NICK RITCHEY (77N) 2. Greg Martin (4) 3. Kole Holden (2) 4. Michael Kristyak (404) 5. Brandon Ritchey (17) 6. Kyle Martell (8) 7. Tiffany Williams (Smith 3G) 8. Chelsie Kriegisch (Schaffer 10) 9. Josh Deems (9D) 10. Will Schaffer (4) 11. Cody Cooper (24) 12. Jerry Schaffer (14) 13. Jim Bryce (30X) 14. Jessica Kriegisch (Schaffer 28) 15. Jordan Eck (1M)-DSQ (carburetor).

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Danny Johnson Tops Fulton Speedway Modified Field

By Dave Medler – FULTON, NY – August 8, 2015 - When Danny Johnson decided to make the Fulton Speedway his home in the 2015 season, fans and competitors alike knew he would be a threat weekly to pick up consistent top-fives and victories in the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds.

Saturday night Johnson would take advantage of his seventh starting spot in the 35-Lap feature picking up his second win of the year. Johnson, using mainly the top-side of the speedway, would take the lead from Jim Witko Jr. on 15-Lap and then outrun Jimmy Phelps and the rest of the field for his 11th career win on the 'Highbanks.'

Jim Witko Jr. would jump out to the narrow lead over Andrew Ferguson to start the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature.

With 5-Laps showing on the scoring tower Witko opened a little over a one second lead over Danny Johnson who started seventh. Behind the top-two, Joe August Jr., Chuck Bower and Billy Whittaker.

On Lap-10 Witko still showed the way, running the top of the speedway, as Johnson was starting to cut into Witko’s lead. Whittaker was running a strong third with Bower and August still showing in the top-five.

After catching Witko on Lap-14 Johnson would switch from the top of the speedway to the middle groove exiting turn four to be scored the new leader on the fifteenth go-round.

The first yellow of the feature would wave on Lap-17 erasing the big lead Johnson built up.

With 20-Laps showing on the scoring tower Johnson held on to a narrow lead over Whittaker, Witko, plus track heavy hitters Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight and Billy Decker.

A quick yellow on Lap-23 would once again take away an over one second lead Johnson opened up setting up a 12-Lap shootout to the checkers.   

With 10-Laps to go Johnson held on to a narrow lead as behind him Phelps, Whittaker, Wight, and Decker used up every inch of the speedway racing for position and looking for a way to catch Johnson.

Over the remaining laps Johnson stayed on the top of the speedway and pulled away for the win. Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight, Billy Whittaker and Billy Decker finished second through fifth. Matt Fink, Chris Hile, Chad Phelps, Joe August Jr. and Tom Sears Jr. completed the top-ten.

Twenty-Five SUNY Canton Sportsman cars started the 25-Lap feature that saw Jim Spano grab the early advantage before a multi-car incident when Steve Abt spun in turn four. Cars that were damaged were, Billy Clark Jr., Riley Gill, Tyler Trump, Tyler Meeks and Ron Davis III.

With 5-Laps complete Spano opened a ten car length advantage over Gregg Kimball. Tyler Trump, Chris Cunningham and Mike Button battled for third through fifth.

At the 10-Lap mark Spano still led but Kimball was all over Spano's back bumper. One lap later Kimball drove by Spano and into the lead. Button, Cunningham and Draper ran in the top-five.

On Lap-13 Button moved into second and took off after Kimball.  

With 10-Laps to go the yellow would fly again for a multi-car tangle in turn-four involving Brett Draper, Brandon Ford, Wade Chrisman and Steve Abt. Only Ford wouldn’t continue.

After working on Kimball for 3-Laps, using the high groove of the speedway, Button found the speed he needed to drive into the lead and was scored the new leader on Lap-18.

Over the final laps Kimball threw everything he had at Button pulling even a couple times. Button held his line on the top of the speedway grabbing the win over Kimball. Chris Cunningham, Jim Spano and Tony Finch II finished third through fifth.

Jason Occhino led the opening 2-Laps of the 20-Lap NAPA Late Model feature before Alan Fink took the lead for one lap with Occhino fighting back for the top spot one lap later.

With two and three wide racing throughout the field a quick yellow would wave on Lap-9 to slow the great racing.

On the restart you could throw a blanket over Occhino, Fink, Dave Talbot , Kevan Cook and Sean Beardsley.

With 5-Laps to go Occhino took off, opening quarter of a straightaway lead over Fink. Talbot, Beardsley, Cook and AJ Kingsley were in a tight fight for third through sixth.

Over the remaining laps and no yellows Occhino was the class of the field picking up his second win of the year. The racing was so close it took AMB scoring to decide Alan Fink, Dave Talbot, Sean Beardsley and Kevan Cook finished second through fifth.

When you arrive inside the gates everyone will be able to enjoy 'Fan Fest' in the midway behind the grandstands. Fans will be able to get up close to some of the racing equipment and meet some of their favorite drivers for autographs and pictures.

Modifieds 35 Laps) - DANNY JOHNSON, Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight, Billy Whittaker, Billy Decker, Matt Fink, Chris Hile, Chad Phelps, Joe August Jr., Tom Sears Jr., Tim Sears Jr., Tim Schneider Jr., Pat Ward, Jim Witko Jr., Chuck Bower, Kyle Fink, Roy Shields, Andrew Ferguson, Ryan Phelps, Tim Murphy, Aaron Jacobs.

Sportsman 25 Laps) -  MIKE BUTTON, Gregg Kimball, Chris Cunningham, Jim Spano, Tony Finch II, Joe Kline, Dylan Zacharias, Mike Phelps, Brandon Kuhn, Tim Gareau, Will Shields, Steve Abt, Wade Chrisman, Mike Root, Rocky Grosso, Randy Gates, Brett Draper, Corey Barker, Brandon Ford, Riley Gill, Tyler Meeks, Billy Clark Jr., Ron Davis III, Tyler Trump. DNS, Amy Holland.
 
Late Models 20 Laps - JASON OCCHINO, Alan Fink, Dave Talbot, Sean Beardsley, Kevan Cook, AJ Kingsley, Chris Fleming, Bret Belden, Harry Halliday, Johnny Hill, Luke Carlton, Brandon Carvey, Alan Chapman, Aron Backus, Mike Kazmierczak, Aaron Jacobs, Steven Coit.

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MCGINNIS, MCPHERSON, MARTIN, TAKE WINS AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY – Friday, August 7, 2015 – Jeff McGinnis of Ransomville, NY topped the field in the FinditQuick.com Modfiied thirty lap feature main last Friday night.  Winning his first of the year, McGinnis chose the perfect night to do so as his sponsor Stirling Lubricants was also one of the presenting sponsors for the night.  McGinnis took the lead early on and held a solid lead through the mid-way portion of the event.  Tommy Flannigan and Pete Bicknell would erase McGinnis’s lead and give the fans a great three car show for the top spot in the final laps. McGinnis kept the pair at bay and collected the very popular win.  Flannigan notched the second spot followed by Bicknell, Tyler McPherson, and John Smith.

Cody McPherson won his second Investors Service Sportsman feature of the season in the regularly scheduled twenty-five lap feature main.  McPherson erased a 1.7 second lead held by Brett Martin and took the top spot with just a hand full of laps remaining. Piloting his McPherson Trucking sponsored #7, McPherson unofficially took over the points lead as he competes in his first full season at the Big R.  Martin held on to finish second aboard his Farmers Insurance of Lockport, NY sponsored #10.  James Michael Friesen, James Henry, and Brett Senek rounded out the top five.

Greg Martin of Wilson, NY was victorious in the Investors Service Sportsman make-up feature. Martin took the lead away from rookie Steve Lewis Jr. on lap nineteen and held it through the lap twenty-five checkered.  Piloting his Lawta Farms/NYDKS sponsored #4, Martin collected his third of the year much to the delight of his family and crew.  Justin Sharp, Cody McPherson, James Michael Friesen, and Lewis rounded out the top five. Point contender Jesse Cotriss was caught up in an early incident when he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Cotriss suffered a lot of damage resulting in a dnf. A total of three caution periods slowed the pace early on.

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – JEFF MCGINNIS, Tommy Flannigan, Pete Bicknell, Tyler McPherson, John Smith, Rick Richner, Ryan Susice, Danny Johnson, Robbie Krull, Scott Kerwin, Brett Clarke, Rob Clark, Phil Vigneri Jr., Scott George, Brian Sage, Chad Brachmann, and Erick Rudolph. Heat Winners – Chad Brachmann and John Smith.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (7-31-15) – GREG MARTIN, Justin Sharp, Cody McPherson, James Michael Friesen, Steve Lewis Jr., Mark Sylvies, Brett Senek, James Henry, Chris Burek, Kevin Wills, Matt Farnham, James Sweeting, Billy Coleman, Jim Zimmerman, Mike Williams, Zack Sam, Jeremy Josephite, Allan Wills, Brett Martin, Dan Heschke, Jim Harbison, Jesse Cotriss, and Ricky Wegner.  

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (8-7-15) – CODY MCPHERSON, Brett Martin, James Michael Friesen, James Henry, Brett Senek, Ricky Wegner, Zack Sam, Matt Farnham, Allan Wills, Jesse Cotriss, James Sweeting, Justin Sharp, Mike Williams, Kevin Wills, Jim Zimmerman, Steve Lewis Jr., Greg Martin, Jeremy Josephite, Chris Burek, Billy Coleman, and Mark Sylvies. Heat Winners – Brett Martin, Kevin Wills, and Brett Senek.

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Sheppard finishes strong at Weedsport

Point leader lands $10,000 with 4th Series win

WEEDSPORT, NY – August 6, 2015 – Super DIRTcar Series point leader Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y. took the lead 55 laps into the Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport Speedway and was fast and flawless the rest of the way to earn $10,000 with his 4th win in 12 races.

Sheppard started eighth in the FX Caprara/Mohawk Northeast No. 9h, stayed patient in the early going and passed polesitter Danny Johnson to take over first place after several laps of jousting in lapped traffic.

Johnson slowed on the backstretch soon after surrendering the lead bringing out the third caution. The ensuing restart dramatically changed the complexion of the race. Billy Decker, starting on the inside of row two, had a stuck throttle and spun out in the first turn, collecting Peter Britten and Brett Hearn, who had risen from 12th to 4th and was showing signs of overtaking the leaders.

Decker left on the hook while Hearn pitted, advancing Tim Fuller and Jimmy Phelps into the second row. Sheppard drove away from teammate Jimmy Phelps at the drop of the green, never to be closely challenged again.

“We were going back and forth, sort of floating around in 6th or 7th for quite a while, but then we had a pretty long green flag run and next thing you know, there we were racing for the lead,” Sheppard said. “It’s great to win here. It’s truly one of the classiest tracks in the Northeast with a lot of tradition.”

Phelps was alongside Fuller on the restart that proved to b Decker’s undoing along with Hearn and Britten.

“I was inches away from getting into it myself,” Phelps said. “Thanks to all the fans for coming out. We had a lot of great people behind us helping put this race together.

Pat Ward finished fourth after testing Fuller often for third only to have lapped traffic cut down his angles.

Erick Rudolph got better as the race went along and drove underneath Justin Haers with four laps remaining to complete the top five.

Positions 7-10 went to Larry Wight, Stewart Friesen, Billy Dunn and Britten.

Hearn, the Pole Position Raceway Fast Award Winner, gained little of the track he lost after pitting for a tire following the Decker incident.

The next stop on the Super DIRTcar Series schedule is the ”Big Show 7”, which Hearn promotes, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y. Wednesday, August 12.

Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Statistical Report; Weedsport Speedway; August 6, 2015
“Hall of Fame 100”
A-Main (100 laps): start in (*)
1. 9h Matt Sheppard - Waterloo, N.Y. (8)
2. 98h Jimmy Phelps - Baldwinsville, N.Y. (16)
3. 19 Tim Fuller – Edwards, N.Y. (7)

4. 42p Pat Ward - Genoa, N.Y. (12)
5. 21 Erick Rudolph – Ransomville (13)
6. 3 Justin Haers – Phelps, N.Y. (6)
7. 99L Larry Wight- Phoenix, N.Y. (10)
8. 7z Stewart Friesen – Sprakers, NY (11)
9. 49 Billy Dunn - Watertown, N.Y. (22)
10. 21a Peter Britten - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (2)
11. X Chad Phelps – Fulton, N.Y.(24)
12. 20 Brett Hearn – Sussex, NJ (12)
13. 14J Alan Johnson – Middlesex, N.Y.(3)
14. 33 Mike Mahaney – King Ferry, N.Y. (27)
15. 1s Rob Bellinger – Cicero, N.Y. (28)
16. 1x Tyler Dippel – Walkill, N.Y. (4)
17. 28p Eldon Payne Jr. – Hopewell, N.Y. (23)
18. 48T Dave Rauscher – Waterloo, N.Y. (29)
19. 02 Roy Bresnahan Fulton, N.Y. (30)
20. 43 Keith Flach - Ravena, N.Y. (20)
21. 8 Rich Scagliotta – Bound Brook, N.J. (9)
22. 91 Billy Decker - Unadilla, N.Y. (5)
23. 27J Danny Johnson - Rochester, N.Y. (1)
24. 32 Vic Coffey – Leicester, N.Y. (19)
25. 19w Justin Wright – Niagara Falls, N.Y. (17)
26. 99 Ryan Phelps – Fulton, N.Y. (14)
27. 93 Ryan Bartlett – Adams Center, N.Y. (26)
28. 16 Mike Bowman – Baldwinsville, N.Y. (25)
29. 3B Chad Brachmann – Sanborn, N.Y. (18)
30. 84 Gary Tomkins – Clifton Springs, N.Y. (21)

DID NOT START
99b Chuck Bower
63 Adam Roberts
56 Vince Vitale
26 Rich Rickner

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DAVID VAN HORN POCKETS $5215 WITH DIAMOND STATE 50 WIN AT DELAWARE
 
DELMAR, DE - In an absolutely crucial race in the South Region point standings, David Van Horn Jr. dominated the ‘Diamond State 50’ for a massive $5,000-plus payday, and a new lead in the standings. Harmony, N.J.’s Van Horn, after drawing the fourth-starting position, eventually took the lead on lap 29, and cruised to the victory for his first Short Track Super Series (STSS) victory. The ‘Diamond State 50’ was the fourth of the five-race STSS Fueled by Hi-Tek Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region schedule presented by Scotty’s Speed & Diesel.
 
“This is the biggest win of my career,” Van Horn exclaimed in Victory Lane with his Harmony Sand and Gravel-sponsored No. 71 as fireworks lit up the sky. “This is a great feeling.”

The win marked Van Horn’s third top-10 finish of the South Region, and his second finish inside the top-two. The victory adds Van Horn’s name to the BD Motorsports Media LLC all-time win list, and surges him into the South Region points lead with one race remaining Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway.

Van Horn pocketed $5,215 cash plus other incentives for his triumph in the event co-sponsored by Taylor & Messick and Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply.
At the drop of the green it was Craig Von Dohren who jumped out to the early lead from his third starting spot followed by Ryan Watt and Van Horn before Neal Williams slowed on lap eight to bring out the first caution.

On the ensuing restart, Watt, who entered the night in a tie for the South Region points lead with Rick Laubach, pulled ahead of Von Dohren. While Watt, Von Dohren and Van Horn settled into their respective positions, Jamie Mills, Matt Jester, Anthony Perrego and Ryan Godown were busy taking and losing positions just outside the top-five.

Jamie Mills was a man on a mission from his 21st starting position. By lap 12, Mills had begun battle with Matt Jester for the fifth spot and on lap 18 he dove underneath Beau Wilkins for fourth.

After a slew of cautions on lap 20, Watt led Van Horn, Mills, Von Dohren and Perrego when championship contender Godown slowed and pulled into the pits.
Van Horn took advantage of that restart snagging the lead after side-by-side action with Watt for four laps.

“I saw Jamie Mills pass us on the top on a restart (that was negated for a caution),” Van Horn noted. “It looked good out there so I thought I might as well go out there and it worked.”

From then on, Van Horn didn’t look back despite a barrage of challenges on a multitude of restarts. One such restart allowed Mills to slide underneath Watt for second. Mills made contact with Watt and ran over his front end sending him spinning. Perrego and Laubach, other championship contenders, were also involved in the incident, and Mills pitted after being sent to the rear of the field for contact by series officials. With that shake up, Jester was the beneficiary of second position.

Another slew of cautions occurred on lap 35, but once the green unfurled, it was for the final time as Van Horn drove to the victory.

Matt Jester, the Milford, Del., native, crossed the line in second on an up-and-down evening. In the first couple of laps, Jester was a hard charger, jumping into the top five after drawing ninth.

“I thought I was going to do something big after the beginning of the race,” Jester announced. “But then the big-blocks with their big motors came through the field. We got better at the end as the track dried out and we could roll the top, but Van Horn really had us beat.”

He dropped a couple of positions but eventually worked his way back to the runner-up spot. Jester went home with $3,150.

Craig Von Dohren finished third in the Dick Biever-owned No. 14s. The Oley, Pa. driver started in third, moved to the lead, and continued to move throughout the top five, but always was in the mix.

“We were okay,” Von Dohren said of the night. “We weren’t a third-place car, but we’ll take it.”

Scoring an under-the-radar fourth was Hurlock, Md.’s Shawn Ward, aboard the No. 7W. Ward started the feature event in fifth, got mixed up in some incidents that pushed him back a couple of spots, but he persevered to finish with his first STSS top-five.

Brad Trice of Parsonsburg, Md., rounded out the top five making three First State mainstays in the first five. Trice was another one who benefitted tremendously from the mid-race tangles. He cashed in on the opportunity, though, by running a consistent and solid race.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were: Mills, of Milford, Del., who battled for a sixth despite being sent to the rear on two separate occasions; Orefield, Pa.’s Brian Kressley struggled in the early portion of the race but was able to turn a 14th starting spot to a seventh-place finish; Beau Wilkins of Milford, Del., who battled for eighth after running the first half of the event in the top five before being involved in a lap 35 with Mills; Laurel, Del.’s Scott Van Gorder had his share of exciting moments as well including some contact under the caution with Ryan Godown, but fought for ninth from a 25th starting spot; Dave Dissinger of Mohrsville, Pa., managed a 10th thanks to a solid heat race which pushed him into one of the nine redraw positions.
 
Brad Trice accepted an offer from AC Delco driver Kenneth Peek to drive his 620 Sportsman in Wednesday night’s Diamond State 50 program. After finishing fifth in the Diamond State 50 and drawing the pole starting spot, Trice led wire to wire in the caution free 25-lap main and earned $1000.
 
Trice took off at the drop of the green and would make no mistakes. Carson Wright held off challenges by Kevin Sockriter in the early laps and the pair would finish in second and third. Fourth went to Richie Wilson and Jordn Justice worked his way from seventh to finish in fifth. Heats were won by Brandon Watkins and Devin Dodson.
 
Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Modified Feature Finish (50 Laps): DAVID VAN HORN JR. ($5,215), Matt Jester, Craig Von Dohren, Shawn Ward, Brad Trice, Jamie Mills, Brian Kressley, Beau Wilkins, Scott Van Gorder, Dave Dissinger, Ryan Watt, Ron Roberts, Eric Vent, Anthony Perrego, Dale Hawkins, Rick Laubach, H.J. Bunting III, Bobby Watkins, Billy Pauch Jr., Ryan Godown, Matt Hawkins, Eric Kormann, Michael White, Neal Williams, Jordan Watson, Jimmy Horton.
 
Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 Laps): BRAD TRICE, Carson Wright, Kevin Sockriter, Richie Wilson, Jordn Justice, Dwayne Crockett, Bryan Brasure, Devin Dodson, Scott Hitchens, Wesley Smith, Brandon Grosso, Brett Ballard, Brandon Watkins, Matt Stangle, Matt Smith, Dylan Betts, Brian Hitz, Jeff Marker, Freddy Massey.

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Williamson shines at Merrittville for 1st Super DIRTcar Series win

Local driver earns $6,000 with Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial 100 victory

THOROLD, ON – August 3, 2015 – Local favorite Mat Williamson of St. Catharines, Ontario weaved through heavy lapped traffic in pursuit of Matt Sheppard, took the lead from him on lap 56 and went on to his first-ever Super DIRTcar Series win Monday at Merrittville Speedway.

Williamson, driving the S&W Service Center No. 6, held off runner-up Brett Hearn on a restart with 22 laps to go and drove off to victory. Sheppard withstood a determined challenge by Stewart Friesen to claim third place and retain the Series point lead. Mike Bowman, another Merrittville regular, rallied late to finish 5th.

After taking over the second spot from Hearn at the halfway point, Williamson closed quickly on Sheppard, who was reaching the rear of the field. By lap 70, the track was slicking up, Hearn was running in second, Sheppard was coming under attack from Stewart Friesen and Mike Bowman (5th) was making a late rush top side.

The yellow was out after a spin by Jimmy Phelps on lap 78, but Williamson was unfazed at having lost a straightaway lead.

“This is awesome to win on home soil,” Williamson said. “I’m glad we could keep it local. “We’re going to tear this place up.”

Pat Ward, Pete Bicknell, Chad Brachmann, Tommy Flannigan (from 23rd) and Danny Johnson completed the top ten.

Sheppard retained the series point lead with his 3rd-place effort. His closest competitor at the start of the night, 2014 Series champion Billy Decker placed 14th.

“I tried to get some momentum off the top on the restart,” Hearn said. “We’re trying to get back in the points race. Now it’s August and everybody’s tongue is hanging out, but we’re after it.”

The Super DIRTcar Series moves to Ransomville Speedway for the Alex Friesen Nationals 100 Tuesday, August 4.
Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial
A Main (100 laps): start in (*)
1. 6m Mat Williamson – St. Catharines, ON (3)
2. 20 Brett Hearn – Sussex, N.J. (5)
3. 9h Matt Sheppard – Waterloo, N.Y. (2)
4. 7z Stewart Friesen – Sprakers, N.Y. (1)
5. 71 Mike Bowman – St. Catharines, ON (10)
6. 42p Pat Ward – Genoa, N.Y. (7)
7. 41 Pete Bicknell – St. Catharines, ON (11)
8. 3 Chad Brachmann – Sanborn, N.Y. (22)
9. 37 Tommy Flannigan – Port Robinson, ON (23)
10. 27j Danny Johnson – Rochester, N.Y. (9)
11. 108 Bill Bleich – Port Robinson, ON (4)
12. 98 Jimmy Phelps – Baldwinsville, N.Y. (12)
13. 99L Larry Wight – Phoenix, N.Y. (8)
14. 91 Billy Decker – Unadilla, N.Y. (6)
15. 08 Mark D’Ilario – Smithville, ON (29)
16. 96 Fred Carleton – Niagra, ON (16)
17. 19 Tim Fuller – Edwards, NY (13)
18. 21a Peter Britten – Brisbane, Australia (14)
19. 38 Scott Wood – Thorold, ON (19)
20. 41 Boyd MacTavish – St. Catharines, ON (15)
21. 8 Rich Scagliotta – Broad Brook, N.J. (30)
22. 43 Keith Flach – Ravena, N.Y. (25)
23. 28 Todd Gordon - St. Catharines, ON (20)
24. 19c Erick Rudolph – Ransomville, N.Y. (21)
25. 3r Billy Dunn – Watertown, N.Y. (17)
26. 15j Tim Jones (27)
27. 93 Gary Tomkins – Clifton Springs, N.Y. (28)
28. 21k Randy Chrysler – Tuscarora Nation (18)
29.777 Tyler McPherson - St. Catharines, ON (26)
30. 37 Jeremiah Shingledecker – Polk, PA (24)

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Camping World Fast Friday on Oct. 9 at NAPA Super DIRT Week a Packed Day of Racing Action at the New York State Fairgrounds

Reserved camping sold out, general camping still available

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Aug. 3, 2015 - Tradition is key during NAPA Super DIRT Week, and after four years of racing on Friday nights at the New York State Fairgrounds, the action is moving back under the sun for Camping World Fast Friday at the Moody Mile.

The day will be absolutely packed with racing action beginning at 9:30 a.m. and featuring five different classes of cars as the USAC Silver Crown Series will join the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series, the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series in qualifying events for the weekend's features.

In addition, the next generation of drivers get their shots at the Mile in the DIRTcar Futures races, exciting showcases on a huge stage for the sport's rising stars.

At night, the racing action shifts to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., as 358-Modifieds and 360 Sprint Cars will tackle "The Fast Track" about a half hour west of Syracuse.

"Our long-time fans are used to seeing racing on Friday at the Fairgrounds and Friday night at Rolling Wheels so we're excited to return that tradition NAPA Super DIRT Week this year," said DIRTcar's Jeff Hachmann. "Camping World has been a big part of the Friday night events at the Mile for four years now, and we're really pleased they are continuing as a partner with the racing shifting back to the daytime. Camping World Fast Friday is going to be full of non-stop action."

GOT QUESTIONS? We have answers. For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NAPA Super DIRT Week, click the "Got A Question" link at www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com.

JOIN YOUR FRIENDS: Reserved camping is already sold out for this year's NAPA Super DIRT Week, but there still are general camping locations left at the New York State Fairgrounds. Don't wait too long to lock up a spot to see history by going to www.DIRTcar.com/tickets or calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).

RESERVE YOUR SEATS: Tickets are still available by clicking www.DIRTcar.com/tickets, going to www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com and clicking the ticket link, or calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).

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