Hard Work and Preparation Can Lead to Northeast Fall Nationals Success
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Burning the midnight oil. Keeping your nose to the grindstone. Putting your ducks in a row. Pick a cliché or come up with your own. Drivers in every division will do anything it takes to enter the history books as a winner of the biggest event on Brockville Ontario Speedway’s schedule.
The 2015 edition of the 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals gets closer every day and as the season-ending extravaganza approaches, the anticipation continues to build. Friday, October 16th the Small Block Modifieds, Late Models and Street Stocks will thrill fans, with action starting at 7:00. Saturday, October 17th, it’ll be Big Block, Sportsman Modifieds and Vintage Mods – along with a 40 lap 4 cylinder invitational. The first green flag waves at 4:00.
There’ll be more than just racing during the weekend. 3 live bands will entertain, kicking off Friday afternoon at 2:00 with crowd favourite Ambush. Abby Stewart, Saturday afternoon at 1:30 and Texas Tuxedos Saturday night at 10:00. This is the event the entire motorsports community has been talking about and looking forward to all year and it’s just a couple of weeks away.
Two years after claiming the Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified Championship, Mario Clair of Drummondville, Quebec became the first ever Northeast Fall Nationals winner in 2009. After finishing 7th in the points at Autodrome Granby and 5th in the final standings at Drummondville, his crew will have considerable resources to draw from as they prepare the #22C machine and the #22J of his brother, Gino Clair who was 11th and 5th at the same venues.
In the Big Block Modified ranks, the 2 car Troyer Racecars Heinke-Baldwin Racing tag-team of Matt Sheppard and Jimmy Phelps will have the experience of running the full Super DIRTcar Series trail, while also competing regularly for home track points at some of best-known layouts on the circuit.
Brockville Ontario Speedway is set to roar back to life at this year’s edition of the 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals – a Craig Revelle Tribute – at The BOS. Presented by St. Lawrence Radiology and Rez X Racing. Sponsored by 103.7 BOB-FM, The Brockville Recorder & Times and CKWS-TV. Friday, October 16th racing starts at 7:00 and features the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Street Stocks. DIRTcar Big Blocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Vintage Mods and the Lifetime Cemetery Memorials and Personal Touch Car Cleaning & Detailing 40 lap 4 cylinder invitational take the spotlight for a 4:00 green flag Saturday, October 17th.
Check out www.brockvillespeedway.com for full event details and be sure to like the Brockville Ontario Speedway page at www.facebook.com and follow the track on Twitter for all the latest news and information.
Billy Decker The Class Of The Field In Winning His Third Fulton Speedway Outlaw 200
By Dave Medler FULTON, NY – October 3, 2015 – Like an outlaw after robbing a bank, Billy Decker for most of the 30th Annual Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 presented by SUNY Canton ran away and hid from the competition in dominating fashion, bagging $20,000.
In the 200-lap grind, the race would feature two and three wide racing throughout the field and would have five different leaders. It was Decker who would take the lead on lap-85 to get to the 100-lap break to give race teams 15 minutes to make adjustments for the second 100-lap segment. The second segment only had one caution to slow the action allowing Decker to put on a driving clinic winning in easy fashion.
After exiting his Gypsum Wholesalers/Stadium International Trucks/Integra Racing Shocks/NAPA/ LJL Kevlar Racing Engines/No.91/Bicknell Billy Decker, who is usually real calm, showed his excitement after winning one of the crown jewels in Modified racing in the Northeast.
“I wanted to burn the place down, but we’re going to use the car a lot this year,” said an excited Decker after the show he put on getting his car to victory lane. "This baby was on fire, these guys worked their tails off on this race car. I was a little nervous after the first 100, it was a real struggle to get where we were and stay there.” Decker took the lead on lap-85 to get to the break. “I got to hand it to these guys, that thing was fun the last 100. I liked it with not too many cautions. I’m just proud to be here.”
Chris Hile and Danny Johnson would lead the 44 car starting field down to the green to start the 30th Annual Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 presented by SUNY Canton with Danny Johnson grabbing the early advantage.
After a couple caution periods for Stewart Friesen and Jackie Brown, Mike Mahaney would blast into the lead on lap-9 using the top of the speedway. Just 2-laps later Billy Decker, digging on the bottom of the speedway, would drive into the lead.
Another quick yellow would wave on lap-15 erasing a half a straightaway lead Decker had built up over the field. When the green came back out on lap-18 Mahaney would grab the top spot back and lead until lap-22 when Decker would wrestle the lead away.
At the quarter way of the first 100-lap segment, Decker, Tim Fuller and Mahaney were in three car breakaway putting on a show at the front of the field. Behind the top-three, Larry Wight and Dale Planck were having a tight battle of their own in the top-five.
Decker and Fuller were in a two car fight for the lead in heavy traffic running bumper to bumper and side by side. A lap-33 restart saw Fuller took advantage of the quick top lane to blast into the lead.
A yellow on lap-38 would take away Fuller’s big lead and would put the fastest car on the speedway, Larry Wight, right next to him when the green came back out.
At the halfway point of the first segment the fans were getting their money’s worth. Fuller, Wight, Johnson, Decker and Mahaney were putting on a show using every inch of the speedway surface racing at the front of the pack. Behind the top-five the racing was just as intense as everyone raced to get to the break to make adjustments.
At lap-75 Fuller was able to open a half a straightaway advantage between him and the fight between teammates Wight and Decker. Mahaney, Pat Ward and Jimmy Phelps who started 33rd were having a great race of their own for fourth through sixth.
From lap-75 to lap-83 Decker was able to run Fuller down and catch him. Once Decker got to Fuller it just took him two-laps to be scored in the top-spot on the scoring tower.
Over the next 14-laps to get to the break Decker would get quicker and quicker building a 5.064 second lead heading to the pits. Larry Wight, Tim Fuller, Mike Mahaney and Pat Ward completed the top-five for the second 100-laps. Jimmy Phelps, Tim McCreadie, Danny Johnson, Danny Varin and Dale Planck would lineup sixth through tenth.
When the race reached lap-120 Decker was on cruise control out front leading by two-seconds, putting lapped cars between himself and the heavyweight fight going on between Wight and Fuller for second and third, lap after lap. Mahaney, Phelps, Ward, McCreadie and Varin were in their own slug-fest for fourth through eighth positions.
With just 50-laps to go Decker held around a fifteen car length advantage over Wight who was looking for a way to close in on the leader. Fuller would run alone in third, with Mahaney and McCreadie showing in the top-five.
With 25-laps to go Decker was still cruising out front with an almost three-second lead. Wight was able to get away from Fuller running a strong second. Varin who was fourth was starting to get quicker as he was reeling in Fuller for third and Mahaney showed fifth.
Over the remaining laps nobody had anything for Decker as he easily cruised under the checkers unchallenged. Wight and Varin put on a classic battle lap after lap that saw Varin come home second with Wight a strong third. Tim Fuller finished fourth and Ryan Phelps put on an impressive second 100-laps finish fifth.
30th Annual Outlaw 200) - BILLY DECKER, Danny Varin, Larry Wight, Tim Fuller, Ryan Phelps, Mike Mahaney, Tim McCreadie, Erick Rudolph, Jimmy Phelps, Chris Hile, Chad Phelps, Gary Tomkins, Pat Ward, Matt Hulsizer, Brett Hearn, Danny Johnson, Bob Henry Jr., Vic Coffey, Joe August Jr., Darwin Greene, Brandon Walters, Yan Bussiere, Ryan Jordan, Jeff Crambo, Tim Kerr, Alan Barker, Billy Whittaker, Dale Planck, Matt Sheppard, Bobby Varin, Randy Chrysler, Tim Sears Jr., Craig Von Dohren, Tom Juhl, Justin Wright, Alan Johnson, Willy Decker, Stewart Friesen, Chuck Bower, Rob Bellinger, Matt Fink, Mike Bowman, Tim Schneider Jr. Jackie Brown.
Lap Leaders - Danny Johnson (1-8) Mike Mahaney (9-11) Billy Decker (12-17) Mike Mahaney (18-21) Billy Decker (22-32) Tim Fuller (33-39) Larry Wight (40) Tim Fuller (41-62) Larry Wight (63) Tim Fuller (64-84) Billy Decker (85-200).
Orange County Fair Speedway’s 2015 Eastern States Weekend
Sets a Record for Prize Money
More than $60,000 awaits a driver who can win both Modified championship races
MIDDLETOWN, NY (October 4)……..Six times in Orange County Fair Speedway’s Eastern States history, one driver has won both the Small Block Modified championship race and the headline Eastern States 200 in the same weekend. Danny Johnson swept both races in 1992 and Brett Hearn took top honors in both races five times---1986, 2002, 2004, 2012, and 2014. But neither Johnson nor Hearn ever won as much money as a double victor will this year.
With $35,000 going to the winner of the 2015 Eastern States 200, and $15,000 to the Small-block Modified 100 victor, plus a $10,000 bonus for a sweep of the two races, one driver could leave the historic Middletown “Hard Clay” on Sunday evening, October 25 some $60,000 richer. And this doesn’t include special awards like $1,000 for fast time and the pole position in the 200 and $500 for the outside pole slot, nor the lap money in both races to the leader of each completed circuit.
The questions thus become, how many drivers will enter both races? And who has to best chance of winning the double?
During Orange County’s 2015 weekly racing schedule, 19 different drivers raced one or more times in both the Big-Block Modified and the Small-Block Modified divisions. Of the 19, the best overall record was turned in by Tim Hindley, who was the runner up in the Big-Block standings and finished third in Small-Block points. Hindley has finished third in the last two Eastern States 200 races, but hasn’t had similar luck in the Small-Block event, dropping out last year and finishing 14th in 2013. Yet, based on his 2015 weekly performances in both divisions, Hindley has to be considered one of the favorites to join Johnson and Hearn in the exclusive weekend sweep club.
WET & COLD WEATHER FORECASTED FOR SATURDAY POSTPONES NIGHT 2 OF "APPLE FESTIVAL NAT'S" TO APRIL 16 AT SHARON
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH October 2, 2015 With wet weather forecasted throughout the day on Saturday and temperatures not expected to get out of the 40s, Sharon Speedway has made the decision to postpone Saturday's scheduled make-up of night two of the "Apple Festival Nationals" to Saturday, April 16, 2016 with a rain date of the following Saturday. And with that, the 86th anniversary season is now concluded. The 2015 awards banquet will be held on Saturday, February 27 at Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom.
"We wanted to make the decision early to eliminate any unnecessary travel expenses for the racers and the fans as well," explained GM Dave Willoughby. "Next Saturday McKean County Raceway has their Fall Classic and Lernerville Speedway has their Stampede event later in October so those weekends are out and there's no point delaying the event any further. Hopefully we'll get a nice spring day to kickoff our 87th anniversary season and we'll have a built in rain date until we can get the event completed."
The Mod Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds was to run a complete show, while the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Tour, Bicknell RUSH Sportsman Modified Tour, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks were to finish their program that already included heat races that were completed on September 11.
Cars that didn't compete on September 11 are permitted to race in all of the divisions on April 16. New cars will draw pills to determine their starting order behind the qualified cars. Qualified cars that will have a driver change on Saturday will force that car to start behind all of the qualified cars, but ahead of any new cars. Two-day passes purchased on September 11 and single pit passes purchased on September 12 will be accepted on April 16.
OUTLAW 200 WEEKEND NIGHT #1
Late Model Championship 50 Laps) - BRYCE DAVIS, Bret Belden, Kevan Cook, Billy Eisele, Jason Occhino, AJ Kingsley, Dale Caswell, Alan Fink, Brandon Mowat, Sean Beardsley, Brandon Ford, Mike Trapp, Dave Talbot, Aron Backus, Brandon Carvey, Jason Parkhurst, Jim O’Hara, Alan Chapman, Mike Kazmierczak, Aaron Jacobs, Dane Keller Jr., Chris Fleming.
Novice Sportsman Championship 20 Laps) - DAN FERGUSON, Jason Amidon, Todd Fenoff, Richie Riggs, Jackson Gill, Ryan Hatherill, John West, Anthony Rasmussen, Kelly Smith, Nate Higgins, Michelle Courcy, Torrey Stoughtenger, Troy Flemming, Andrew Wren, Tim Merrit, Angelo Komuda, Dorian Wahdan, Kyle Perry, Joe Bounagurio. DNS Dwight Nichols.
Modified Heat Race Winners guaranteed To Start No Worse Than 17-20 In The Outlaw 200.
Modified (15 laps)
Heat 1 - Bob Henry Jr., Tim Schneider Jr., Billy Whittaker, Ryan Jordan, Chris Hile, Tim Harris, Yan Bussiere, Darwin Greene,Joe August Jr.
Heat 2- Tim Fuller, Dale Planck, Vic Coffey, Tim McCreadie, Kyle Fink, Jackie Brown, Tim Kerr.
Heat 3- Craig Von Dohren, Mike Bowman, Chuck Bower, Rob Bellinger, Nick Nye, Tom Keyes, Tim Murphy, Dusty Hanlon, Tim Sears Jr., Roy Bresnahan.
Heat 4 - Chad Phelps, Gary Tomkins, Ryan Phelps, Tom Juhl, Brandon Walters, Jim Walsh, Andrew Ferguson.
Industrial Tire Of CNY Shootout Heats 10 Laps 2 Qualify & Consolations 15 Laps 2 Qualify. Industrial Tire Of CNY Heat Race Bonuses $150 (1st) $100 (2nd) $75 (3rd).
Heat 1- Jim Spano, Rocco Leone, Mike Button, Tim Gareau, Alan Fink, Rich Townsend, Austyn Fugle, Nick Krause, Rich Riggs, Brent Joy.
Heat 2- Chris Mackey, Ryan Scott, Anthony Stockman, David Schilling, Corey Barker, Dan Kapuscinski, Joe Kline, Brett Draper, Mike Taylor, George Dyer, Rocky Grosso.
Heat 3 - Jeremy Dygert, Steve Abt, Tony Finch II, Tyler Singleton, Bill Clark Jr., Tyler Meeks, Will Shields, James Carlson, Kelly Smith, John West.
Heat 4 - Dave Marcuccilli, Gregg Kimball, Todd Root, Brian Murphy, Chris Cunningham, Mike Phelps, Brad Weaver, Josh Blackwell, Dylan Zacharias, Taylor Caprara.
Heat 5- Rocky Warner, Brandon Kuhn, Kyle Kiehn, Jeremy Pitcher, Joel Hargrave, Kane Bristol, Tim Baker, Jason Amidon, Tyler Trump.
Heat 6- Matt Janczuk, Tommy Paige, Bruno LePage, Mike Stanton Jr., Randy Gates, Beth Bellinger, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Zach Sobotka, JJ Courcy.
Heat 7- Ron Davis III, Matt Farnham, James Michael Friesen, Greg Doust, Ricky Yelle, Amy Holland, Tyler Ward, Matthew Larame, Geoff VanRiper, Daryl Nutting, George Sanford.
Heat 8 - Kevin Root, Wade Chrisman, Connor Cleveland, Earl Rudy, Alec Gennarelli,, Joe Sobotka, Stewart Garrison, Josh Bon, Rob Humphreys, Todd Fenoff.
Consi 1 - 2 Qualify) - Mike Button, Corey Barker, Anthony Stockman, Alan Fink, Dan Kapuscinski, Joe Kline, Rich Townsend, Tim Gareau, Austyn Fugle, Brett Draper, Rich Riggs, Rocky Grosso, Torrey Stoughtenger, Mike Taylor, David Schilling.
Consi 2 - 2 Qualify) - Tony Finch II, Todd Root, Mike Phelps, Brian Murphy, Tyler Meeks, Tyler Singleton, Bill Clark Jr., Brad Weaver, Will Shields, Taylor Caprara, Dylan Zacharias, Josh Blackwell, John West, Chris Cunningham, Kelly Smith.
Consi 3 - 2 Qualify) - Jeremy Pitcher, Bruno Lepage, Beth Bellinger, Mike Stanton Jr., Joel Hargrave, Kane Bristol, Kyle Kiehn, Randy Gates, Zach Sobotka, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tyler Trump, Tim Baker, Jason Amidon, JJ Courcy, Tony Komuda.
Consi 4 - 2 Qualify) - James Michael Friesen, Connor Cleveland, Ricky Yelle, Greg Doust, Earl Rudy, Tyler Ward, Todd Fenhoff, Casey Williams, Alec Gennarelli, Matthew Larame, Joe Sobotka, Amy Holland, George Sanford.
Saturday, October 3 Outlaw 200 Weekend Schedule
• 30th Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Presented By SUNY Canton For Modifieds
• Last Chance Qualifiers And 50-Lap Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout
Pit Gates Open – 11am
Grandstands Open – Noon
Hot Laps – 3pm
Heat Races Begin – 4:30 pm
Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Championship – Approx – 7:15
30th Outlaw 200 – Approx – 8:00
Saturday, October 3 Ticket Prices
Adult General Admission (15 yrs. Old & Up) - $35
Student ( 14 yrs. Old And Younger) - $10
Reserved Seat All Ages - $40
Pit Pass - $45
Weather Not An Issue And All Systems Go For The Fulton Speedway 30th Annual Outlaw 200 Weekend October 2-3
By Dave Medler FULTON, NY – October 1, 2015 – Campers have already started setting up at the Fulton Speedway and racers are putting finishing touches on their cars in preparation for one of the most prestigious racing event’s in the Northeast. This Friday and Saturday the 30th annual Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 Weekend presented by SUNY Canton is ready to hit the ‘Highbanks.’
Early in the week the weather looked like it was going to be a big issue but no longer according to the local news channels. The hurricane that was talked about all week long and the effects that could be felt if at all, will not be in the Central NY area until long after the racing is over with.
Here is the exciting weekend schedule that kicks off Friday with a full night of racing all building up to Saturday’s $2,500-to-win Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout 50 & the $20,000-to-win Outlaw 200 for Modifieds.
30th Annual Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 Weekend Presented By SUNY Canton Schedule
Wednesday, September 30
Camping Lot Opens For The Weekend – 5pm
Thursday, October 1
Tickets Sales & Will Call Open – 5pm – 7pm
Friday, October 2
• 15-lap Modified Qualifiers (Winners Earn 17th-20th Place Starting Spots In Outlaw 200)
• Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout Heats And Consolations
• Pit Stop Convenience Stores Late Model 50
• Greene’s Ale House Doug Cooper Memorial Mod Lite Championship
• Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinder Open
• E&V Energy Novice Sportsman
Ticket Sales Open – Noon
Pit Gates Open – 3pm
Grandstands Open – 5pm
Hot Laps – 6pm
Racing – 7pm
Saturday, October 3
• 30th Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Presented By SUNY Canton For Modifieds
• Last Chance Qualifiers And 50-Lap Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout
Pit Gates Open – 11am
Grandstands Open – Noon
Hot Laps – 3pm
Heat Races Begin – 4:30 pm
Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Championship – Approx – 7:15
30th Outlaw 200 – Approx – 8:00
Any questions you might have please contact Cory Reed at email@example.com (315) 593-6531. For everything you need to know about the Outlaw 200 for fans and competitors go to www.fultonspeedway.com once there click on the Outlaw 200 tab at the top of the page. Also like the track Facebook page for daily Outlaw 200 updates www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway .
Future of NAPA Super DIRT Week Will Be at State-of-the-Art Central New York Raceway Park
DIRTcar ready to welcome fans to next weeks Finale at the Fairgrounds
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sept. 30, 2015 - The 44th annual NAPA Super DIRT Week is only ONE week away at the New York State Fairgrounds, but DIRTcar Racing and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are already looking to the future, jointly announcing today the event will relocate to Central New York Raceway Park when completed.
"The State of New York has made a 10-year commitment to Super DIRT Week to keep the event in Central New York," DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter said. "We are excited to announce today Central New York Raceway Park in Hastings will be the new home for Super DIRT Week after this year's 'Finale at the Fairgrounds.'"
The joint announcement today at the fairgrounds, where the gates open next Wednesday for this year's event, is the next step in a plan between Super DIRT Week and the State of New York to move the event to a new, state-of-the-art facility that is currently under construction about 20 minutes north of Syracuse.
"After next week's 44th NAPA Super DIRT Week, our team is looking forward to the challenge of bringing Super DIRT Week, the Super DIRTcar Series and its fans to a brand new venue," Carter said. "We are eager for our entire staff, from ticketing to operations, to begin working on next year's event as soon as the checkered flag waves on this year's Syracuse 200."
Tickets are still available for this year's heart-pounding Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified and DIRTcar Modified action at NAPA Super DIRT Week by clicking www.DIRTcar.com/tickets, going to www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com and clicking the ticket link, or calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).
For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NAPA Super DIRT Week, click the "Got A Question" link at www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com. For all of the news and information about NAPA Super DIRT Week, make sure to check out www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com, like the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SuperDIRTWeek, or follow it on Twitter at @SuperDIRTWeek.
DECKER WINS AT FONDA AFTER A 27 YEAR DROUGHT WHILE GATES WINS THE 10TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC
By: Ron Szczerba
FONDA, NY – When the Super DIRTcar Series comes to town it always brings with it added excitement for the fans as it may be one of if not the only times that certain drivers visit the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway during the racing season.
On the second day of the 2015 “Mohawk Valley Weekend” on Saturday, September 26 all of the stars and cars of the Super DIRTcar Series were in town in both the modified and pro stock divisions and at the checkered flag to complete the modified feature event it was Billy Decker winning the 100-lap modified event for his first win at Fonda since September 24, 1988!
“That just tells you how old I am getting,” Decker told DIRTcar announcer Shane Andrews in victory lane.
The 10th annual 39-lap “Hondo Classic” was won by Fonda Speedway regular Kenny Gates and it was his second win in the prestigious event after also getting the victory back in 2009, For Gates it was his fourth win of the 2015 season and the 58th of his career at the Fonda Speedway in the pro stock division which is on top of the all-time win list in the division.
“I wanted this win more than anything, more than 100 Syracuse wins,” Gates told the “Voice” of the Fonda Speedway announcer Jim King in victory lane.
The 20-lap sportsman feature which was held over from September 19 after heavy rain forced the cancellation of that event was won by Cody Clark for his first win of the 2015 season and his second in the division at Fonda.
“It’s been a rough year but next year we will be running this car (the family owned North Hudson Woodcraft #4) full time here at Fonda,” Clark told Fonda Speedway assistant announcer Toby LaGrange in victory lane.
Gary Tomkins led at the start of the 100-lap Super DIRTcar Series modified event at the drop of Dave Farney’s green flag after starting the feature from the pole position. Seventh place starter and 2015 Fonda Speedway Track Champion Stewart Friesen moved into the second position on lap six after getting by Matt Sheppard for the spot with third place starter Brett Hearn following him by Sheppard into third.
Tomkins was already in lap traffic by lap nine allowing Friesen and Hearn to close in and on the outside of turn four on lap 13 Friesen got a run on Tomkins and took over the lead. Tomkins wouldn’t go away easily however and tried once to get by Friesen on the inside of turn four only to have Friesen turn left right in front of him to maintain his lead. Tomkins had to back off to keep from getting into Friesen which allowed Hearn to get by Tomkins for the second spot.
Teammates Larry Wight and Billy Decker who started the event in the fourth and fifth positions respectively made a sandwich out of Tomkins as they both got by into the third and fourth spots as Hearn took over the race lead from Friesen on the outside of turn four on lap 34. Wight and Decker stayed side by side for many laps as they battled for the third position which Decker was finally able to wrestle away on lap 43.
At the halfway point in the event Hearn was the race leader followed by Decker, Friesen, Wight, and Tomkins. A caution flag for the spun car of Jeff Rockefeller in turn three slowed the field again and on the double file restart Hearn continued to lead followed by Decker with Wight and Tomkins the new third and fourth place cars after both were able to get by Friesen who was now dropping back in the field.
The top three of Hearn, Decker, and Wight distanced themselves from the rest of the field as they pulled away from the fourth place car of Tomkins with eighth place starter Tim Fuller now up into the top five. Hearn held a straightaway advantage by lap 62 and was in lap traffic allowing Decker to close in and on the inside of turn four on lap 72 Decker was the new race leader but that only lasted a couple of laps as Hearn was able to get the lead back in lap traffic on lap 74.
On lap 78 Decker used the inside groove to take over the race lead and when he cleared the lap car of Danny Johnson it gave him some breathing room from the second place car of Hearn. On lap 82 Wight was able to get by Hearn who slowed in turn one on lap 84 to bring out the caution after his car went up in smoke.
Decker pulled away again on the restart while Wight and Tomkins battled for the second position and Friesen was making a late race charge back to the front. Friesen got by Fuller for the fourth position on lap 88 and with 10 laps remaining was the new third place car after getting by Tomkins. Lap traffic with five laps to go slowed Decker slightly but with the straightaway lead that he had nobody ever got close.
At the checkered flag it was Decker in the Gypsum Wholesalers, LTL Kevlar powered Bicknell who collected his third career win at Fonda followed by Friesen, Wight, Tomkins, and Fuller.
“I am super happy to be here and I want to thank the Fonda fans for coming out tonight,” Decker said. “It was a total team effort as I was kind of lost at first but Scott (crew chief Scott Jeffries) and I looked around and made some changes to the car. I lost a couple of positions at the start and had a couple of horrible restarts but once the car finally got rolling it was good.”
“Under the last caution I kept the tires open”, Decker continued to say. “Whoever wins at Super DIRT Week this year is going to have to earn it because the 91 is coming” he said when asked about Syracuse next month.
“Tadd (car owner Tadd Parks) gave us a great car and Dan Bedell gave us a great motor like they always do and I thought that we had a well-balanced race car,” Friesen said after his second place finish. “But the tire peeled up in the middle of the race and from that point on it felt like I had an on/off switch on the car as it was either good or bad so I guess that we will just go and get them at Fulton next week in the 200.”
“I tried to keep the 91 (Decker) behind me because I knew that if he got by us he would be hard to beat,” Wight said of his many lap side by side battle with his teammate Decker early in the event. “My car was a little too loose but this Teo Pro car fits my driving style real well. This car has 70 races on it now and we have been doing a lot of R & D work with the Kevlar Engines with this car.”
A four wide parade lap began the festivities for the 10th Annual Hondo Classic for the pro stock cars which has been held the last 10 years in honor of the late Hondo Carpenter who competed in the division at Fonda. Jay Casey led at the drop of the green flag to start the event only to have third place starter Gus Hollner go from third to first as he got by both Robbie Speed and Casey to take the lead.
Before the next lap was completed however the yellow was out for Nick Stone who slowed with a flat tire. Stone was able to pit for a new tire and return to the rear of the field but the race reverted to the last completed lap handing Jay Casey back the race lead. Jason Casey got by Jay Casey for the lead on lap four and held it until lap 10 when Robbie Speed was the new race leader.
With four cautions in the first 12 laps of the race DIRTcar officials ordered a single file restart after a caution on lap 12 with Speed, 11th place starter Kenny Gates, Pete Broderson, Jason Casey, and Walt Brownell completing the top five on the restart. Gates who was using his familiar inside groove around the speedway ducked under Speed in turn four to take the race lead on lap 14 with Broderson the new second place car three laps later.
Gates was able to pull away to a straightaway advantage until a lap 24 caution brought the field back to him. On the restart Gates pulled away again but when the lap car of Frank Twing held him up on lap 34 it allowed Broderson to close in. Once Gates got by Twing he led the remaining laps for the win over Broderson, Speed, Brownell, and 14th place starter Kenny Martin Jr.
“This makes all of the hard work after our bad wreck at the end of the season worthwhile so I have to thank my crew Leo and Joe for all of their hard work,” Gates said in victory lane.
“I left the bottom open and the 35 (Gates) got by me and after that I knew that I was in trouble,” Broderson said. “I was trying to make the outside work for me and when Kenny was held up by that lap car it gave me one last shot but it wasn’t enough.”
“My crew knew what I wanted in the car but I over drove the car,” Speed said. “This is my first Hondo Classic and to finish third behind those two champions isn’t too bad.”
Pole position starter Cody Bleau led at the start of the held over 20-lap sportsman feature from September 19 with fourth place starter Cody Clark second by lap two after getting by Dan Santabarbara. Mark Mortensen also got by Santabarbara for the third position with Clark up to the leader on lap four. Bleau and Clark spent lap 12 side by side with Bleau able to hold on to the lead at that point.
On lap 13 Clark got by Bleau on the inside of the front stretch and went on to the win while Bleau and Mortensen came to the finish line side by side with Bleau getting second by a nose. Mortensen, Jeremy Pitts, and Dave Constantino completed the top five.
“It has been a rough year,” Clark said in victory lane. “We worked on the car yesterday and started 25th in the feature event and finished fourth so I have to thank Mike from Fox Shocks for all of his help.”
The 2015 racing season is now complete at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway but you can keep up with plans for the upcoming 2016 season by going to their website www.fondaspeedway.com and also by liking the Fonda Speedway Facebook page!
SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES MODIFIED FEATURE – 100-LAPS – BILLY DECKER, Stewart Friesen, Larry Wight, Gary Tomkins, Tim Fuller, Matt Sheppard, Danny Varin, A.J. Romano, Jimmy Phelps, Keith Flach, Bobby Varin, Peter Britten, Craig Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, Mark Kislowski, Jeremy Wilder, Brian Gleason, Pat Ward, Danny Johnson, Rich Scagliotta, Elmo Reckner, Jeff Rockefeller, Rob Pitcher, C.G. Morey, Darwin Greene, Brett Hearn, Ronnie Johnson, Connor Cleveland, Vic Coffey, H.J. Bunting, Ronnie Holmes, DNS Korey Wilder, DNQ Matt DeLorenzo, DNQ Pep Corradi, DNQ Vinnie Sanganetti, DNQ Dave Rauscher, DNQ Jessey Mueller
DIRTCAR PRO STOCK HONDO CLASSIS FEATURE – 39-LAPS – KENNY GATES, Pete Broderson, Robbie Speed, Walt Brownell, Kenny Martin Jr., Tom Denton, Shane Henderson, Nick Stone, Jason Casey, Jim Normoyle, Chad Arsenault, James Normoyle Jr., Chuck Dumblewski, Jeff McPhail, Joselyn Roy, Dave Bissonnette, Bill Knapp, Rock Aubin, Guy Viens, Sparky Reily, Gus Hollner, Frank Twing, Pascal Prayeur, Jay Casey, Mark Sullivan, Justin Chicoine, Todd Hoffman, Rob Yetman, Ivan Joslin, Luke Horning, DNQ Danny Wood, DNQ Jamie Warner, DNQ Jack Hamm, DNQ Randy Cosselman, DNQ Jason Morrison, DNQ Dana Camenga, DNQ Rob VanAernam, DNQ David Emigh, DNQ Floyd Billington
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FROM SEPTEMBER 19 – 20-LAPS – CODY CLARK, Cody Bleau, Mark Mortensen, Jeremy Pitts, Dave Constantino, Dan Santabarbara, Robert Bublak, Tim Hartman Jr., Rocky Warner, Aaron Burton, Billy Gray, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ivan Joslin, DNS Anthony Cardamone, DNS Derrick McGrew, DNS Chad Edwards, DNS Harry Shaffer, DNS Doug Hancock, DNS Andrew Buff, DNS Jason Greco, DNS Chris Schaffer, DNS A.J. Filbeck, DNS Ricky Quick, DNS Mike Peek, DNS Nick Scavia, DNS Winter Mead, DNS Jeff Holt, DNS Brian Nelson
THE ROAD TO THE FINALE STARTS AT THE UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY WITH BIG TUESDAY NIGHT SHOW FEATURING $3,000 TO WIN EVENTS FOR THE MODIFIEDS AND 360 SPRINTS
VERNON, NY-Utica-Rome Speedway will close the doors on its 2015 racing season on Tuesday, October 6 with a special three division midweek show. Billed as Tuesday Night Thunder, the event sponsored by A-Verdi Container Storage and Clinton Tractor & Implement Company, will feature $3,000 to win events for the Big Block/Small Block Modifieds and 360 Sprints plus a rare appearance by the Mod Lites for a $1,000 to win main event.
The Modifieds will compete in 30 lap distance, a normal Sunday main event, but this time it will pay $3,000 to win instead of the weekly $2,000 to win. Matt Sheppard dominated much of the action in 2015 as he claimed the 2015 Utica-Rome Speedway Stampede Steakhouse Modified track championship over Larry Wight, Mike Mahaney, Pat Ward, and Vic Coffey. Sheppard’s title was worth $13,000 plus he will get another $6,000 for finishing second in New York State NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings. The Modified field for this event looks to be a diverse field with many unexpected invaders who will be in the area for the final Super DIRT Week event at the NYS Fairgrounds. The Modifieds will compete under the normal weekly rules which are available on the speedway website.
Always providing exciting action when they visit the Action Track of the East, the 360 Sprints will return for the final time in 2015. Like the Modifieds, the Sprints will race for a special $3,000 to win payday with the A Main being 25 laps. Many of the top Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, Patriot Sprint Group, and United Racing Club teams are expected to make their way to the Vernon oval for the special event. Stewart Friesen has won two of the three visits by the Sprints in 2015 while Chuck Hebing was the victor in the remaining event.
The Mod Lites will complete the three division show as they will try to tackle the fast half mile in a rare stop at the Utica-Rome Speedway. This will be the highest paying Mod Lite event ever at the Vernon oval as the main event will pay $1,000 to win. With that kind of purse, many of the region’s top Mod Lite competitors are expected to find their way to the Utica-Rome Speedway.
Campers will be welcome at the Utica-Rome Speedway as many will be in the area awaiting for the gates to open for them at the New York State Fairgrounds for the Finale at the Fairgrounds Super DIRT Week event. Anyone wanting to set up early and stage on the speedway grounds until Wednesday morning are more than welcome to do so.
Gates for this special midweek event will open at 4:30 p.m. with racing slated to begin at 7 p.m. The schedule may altered slightly on the day of the event, depending on how teams make it through inspections at the fairgrounds. Admission for adults will be $22 with kids 16 and under admitted for free. Pit admission will remain at the normal weekly rate with competitors set at $27 and non-participants at $32. No NASCAR license is required for this event.
NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER SERIES FINALE. . . . .
DRIVERS “DARE TO ENTER” THUNDER ON THE HILL’S, MODS AT THE MADHOUSE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
A frightening chill and an eerie darkness will fall across Grandview Speedway on Saturday, October 17 (Rain date: Saturday, October 24) as the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents Mods at the Madhouse, a thrilling three-division show headlined by a Small-Block/Big-Block Modified event -- including full qualifying heat races – plus action from the Sportsman and TSRS Sprint Cars. Race time is set for 6 PM.
A staple of the Thunder Series calendar for over 15 years, the Halloween themed event will feature a 40-lap Small-Block/Big-Block feature event with a possible $5,000 top-prize going to the winner. The treats don’t stop there, with tenth place paying $1,000 and a whopping $500 to start.
Pre-entries are filing in as many of the area’s top stars dare to enter the Madhouse. Regular Grandview ghouls include: 2015 Track Champion Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, Doug Manmiller, and Danny Erb, plus invading drivers like Billy Pauch Jr. and Ryan Watt are set to haunt the hill.
There is no entry fee but competitors are encouraged to pre-enter by October 10th by calling 443-513-4456. Pre-entered competitors will compete for a $5,000 top prize. If the winner is not pre-entered the winner’s share will be $4,000.
Joining the Modifieds on Saturday, October 17 (Raindate: October 24) will be the Sportsman, competing in a 25-lap feature event paying $1,300 to the winner. 2015 Track Champion Brett Kressley was among the first entries received, and Freedom 38 winner Craig Whitmoyer has also pre-entered for this event.
All Sportsman competitors are welcome to attend with full qualifying heat races and a consolation event on the schedule.
Also on the schedule is a full program of TSRS Sprint Cars with a 25-lap main event, heats, and a consolation.
Race fans young and old are encouraged to dress in costume to be eligible for special Halloween treats, a tradition of this event for many, many years. The Halloween Party remains a big part of this event.
General Admission ticket pricing for Saturday, October 17 is $25 for Adults, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & under are FREE! The pit fee is $35 and a license is not required. A rain date of Saturday night, October 24 is in place.
Advance tickets are available by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name, the number of tickets you will need and a phone number. Tickets may be paid for and picked-up at the WILL CALL Window on race night after 3:00 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 3:30 PM a full half-hour before General Admission tickets go on sale.
Celebrating the 26th season of racing action, the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series always includes fun for the fans with activities such as: Pre-Race Pit Tours, the Inside/Out Experience – where fans can sign-up to watch hot laps from the infield, the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show pre-race Meet & Greet, JOE “THE PIZZA DUDE”, giveaways, fireworks, and appearances by the Thunder Girls. Jim Gallagher and GALCO Communications always take part in offering some special fun for the race fans.
NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor joined by: Quaker Steak & Lube, Window World, GALCO Business Communications & Pioneer Pole Buildings.
Modified & Sportsman Tire Rules -- American Racer or Hoosier Tires are allowed. No mixing of tire brands, competitors must run four of one brand. Any Track Stamp is welcome. American Racer Compounds: Fronts – 33 or harder, Left Rear – 44 or harder, Right Rear – 48 or harder. Hoosier Tire Compound must be D300 or harder.
Modified Rules – Weights: 358 on Gas: 2,275 lbs., 358 on Alcohol: 2,350 lbs., Big Block: 2,500 lbs. ** No oxygenated gasoline. Standard body, NO SAIL PANELS.
Sportsman Rules – Weights: Open Sportsman w/ Steel Wheels: 2,450 lbs., Open Sportsman w/ Aluminum Wheels: 2,500 lbs., Crate 604: 2,375 lbs., Crate 602 w/ Aluminum Wheels: 2,375 lbs. SAIL PANELS ARE PERMITTED
FRANK COZZE AND RYAN WATT ADDED TO LIST OF INVADERS FOR 3RD ANNUAL ALL STAR CUP SHOOTOUT
New Egypt, NJ - Two time New Egypt Speedway track champion Frank Cozze and Ryan Watt are the latest invaders to confirm their entries into Saturday's All Star Cup Shootout paying $7,500 to win and $400 to start.
Cozze, who was the Modified champion in 2003 and 2005 and also amassed 26 career wins with his last coming in 2010 at the Ocean County oval, was rather enthusiastic when reached by phone on Thursday.
Ryan Watt another former New Egypt Speedway winner back in 2004, has also indicated he will be in attendance on Saturday as well chasing after the $7,500 top prize.
Other invaders include Dominick Buffalino, Doug Manmiller, John Willman, Kevin Beach, Tommy Scheetz, Duane Howard and Rick Laubach just to name a few. They'll tackle NES regulars Billy Pauch, Ryan Godown, David VanHorn, Sammy Piazza, Billy Pauch Jr., Neal Williams, and more.
The All Star Cup Shootout weekend kicks off on Friday September 25th with the "Prelude to the Cup" featuring the "Big Rooster 20" In Memory of John Cornell Jr. for the Open Sportsman cars paying $1150 to win, the RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars will be racing for $500 to win and the Black Flagged Racing Street Stock Spectacular paying a whopping $1,000 to the winner. Pit gates open at 3 pm, front gates open at 5 pm, hot laps begin at 6 pm, and racing starts at 7 pm. Adults are $20, teens 12-15 and military and their spouse are $10, and children 11 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 with any track or series license and $40 without.
Then the attention turns to Saturday's All Star Cup Shootout featuring the All Star Cup 40 for the 358 Modifieds paying $7,500 to win with $400 to start. Also on the card are the 602 Crate Modifieds which will be competing for a huge $3,000 to win $350 to start purse and the North East Wingless Sprint Cars which will be 20 laps paying $1,500 to win and $150 to start as long as there is a ten car field. Pit gates open at 11 am, front gates open at 1 pm, Fan Fest is from 1-3 pm, hot laps begin at 4 pm, and the first green flag waves at 5 pm. Adults are $30, teens 12-15 and military and their spouses with ID are $15, and children 11 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 with any track or series license and $40 without. A two day general admission pass will be available for $45 for adults and $20 for teens and military.
For more information on the All Star Cup Weekend visit www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway. New Egypt Speedway is 7/16th mile, family friendly dirt racing track located minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure on Route 539 in New Egypt, NJ.
Two Distinct Point Battles Shaping Up This Sunday At Thunder Mountain Speedway Wade Decker Memorial Race;
American Racer Southern Tier Challenge Cup 2015 Champion To Be Decided This Weekend; Valuable Short Track Super Series North Region Points At Stake
CENTER LISLE, NY – Two distinct point battles will be underway when the MjH Oilfield Wade Decker Memorial Modified 50-lap event hits the track this Sunday, Sept. 27 at Thunder Mountain Speedway.
Certainly, the focus will be on the seventh leg of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region for Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek (STSS) competitors. A $15,000 STSS North Region title is on the line with only two events remaining. However, another championship – this for the American Racer Southern Tier Challenge Cup – will be decided when the checkered flies on the Wade Decker Memorial.
The Southern Tier Challenge Cup, in its first year, is a $10,000 program involving I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., and Thunder Mountain.
Starting with both speedway’s Opening Nights, a driver’s 15 best finishes at each venue count toward the final Southern Tier Challenge Cup standings. Currently, both facilities – I-88 and Thunder Mountain – have completed 18 events.
The final two programs that will count toward the points take place this weekend: the ‘Fall 250’ Saturday at I-88 and Wade Decker Memorial Sunday at Thunder Mountain.
Following Thunder Mountain’s lucrative Wade Decker Memorial on Sunday, the final points will be tabulated utilizing the drivers’ ‘Best 15’ finishes.
Entering this weekend, I-88/Thunder Mountain champion Mike Mahaney sits atop the standings representing I-88 over a trio of competitors from the Afton Fairgrounds oval: Mitch Gibbs, Andy Bachetti and Brett Tonkin. Thunder Mountain holds the next four positions with Brian Malcolm, Mike Mahaney, Chad Cook and Ryan Jordan fifth through eighth, respectively. Rusty Smith from I-88 is ninth and Brent Wilcox from Thunder Mountain completes the top-10.
Lias Tire and the participating facilities have provided a solid point fund/award list for the top-10 overall drivers in the Southern Tier Challenge Cup standings.
The breakdown is as follows: champion: $650 cash plus eight tires ($2,000 value); second: $400 plus four tires ($1,072 value); third: $350 plus three tires ($854 value); fourth: $200 plus two tires ($536 value); fifth: $150 plus two tires ($486 value); sixth: two tires ($336 value); seventh: two tires ($336 value); eighth: one tire ($168 value); ninth: $85 off a tire; and 10th: $50 off a tire.
Awards will be available for pickup during the weekend of Friday-Saturday October 9-10 when I-88 Speedway, in conjunction with the Short Track Super Series, hosts the Halmar Short Track SuperNationals 8 presented by Olum’s.
Southern Tier Challenge Cup Point Breakdown: 1. 60 points; 2. 56; 3. 52; 4. 48; 5. 44; 6; 40; 7. 38; 8. 36; 9. 34; 10. 33; 11. 32; 12. 31; 13. 30; 14. 29; 15. 28; 16. 27; 17. 26; 18. 25; 19. 24; 20. 23; 21. 22; 22. 21; 23-Last 20; DNQ/DNS: 10
American Racer Southern Tier Challenge Cup Point Standings (*after Thunder Mountain, Sept. 19)
Pos. Driver Track Total
1. Mike Mahaney I-88 903
2. Mitch Gibbs I-88 879
3. Andy Bachetti I-88 852
4. Brett Tonkin I-88 798
5. Brian Malcolm Thunder Mtn 792
6. Mike Mahaney Thunder Mtn 786
7. Chad Cook Thunder Mtn 778
8. Ryan Jordan Thunder Mtn 715
9. Rusty Smith I-88 690
10. Brent Wilcox Thunder Mtn 684
11. Nick Nye I-88 664
12. Jim Mahaney I-88 641
13. J.R. Hurlburt I-88 639
14. Chris Stull Thunder Mtn 631
15. Darwin Greene I-88 615
16. Billy Spoonhower Thunder Mtn 609
17. Paul Jensen I-88 589
18. Colton Wilson Thunder Mtn 570
19. Nick Rochinski Thunder Mtn 568
20. Ken Titus Thunder Mtn 566
HARTNETT SEALS THE DEAL, WINS PENN CAN’S CLASH AT THE CAN OUTRIGHT
SUSQUEHANNA, PA…Kevin Hartnett was on a mission Sunday night and when the checkered flag flew it was mission accomplished as the 2015 Penn Can Speedway Track Champion raced to the win in the Clash at the Can for the Race of Champions Modifieds at Penn Can Speedway. Nick Nye, Kevin Ward, Shane Wolf, Jr. and Tim Vandermark were also victorious.
Hartnett drew the pole for the 60 lap feature but slipped back a few spots at the outset as Tyler Dippel raced into the early lead. The caution flew on lap eight when Tyler Siri and Nick Petrilak got together in turn two. Six time Penn Can feature winner Dan Pompey was now in the runnerup spot as he tried to track down the high flying Dippel. Meanwhile Nick Rochinski was working his way through the field and by lap 15 took over second and mounted a challenge on Dippel.
By the halfway point Dippel, Rochinski and Pompey were locked in a torrid three car battle for the lead. At that point Hartnett had moved to the top of the speedway and joined in on the battle for the lead. The last half of the race featured and amazing battle amongst the top five drivers with Stewart Friesen also joining in on the action.
With ten laps to go Dippel found Rochinski on his inside and Hartnett up on the top as they were three wide for the lead, with Pompey and Friesen. The caution flag flew just as Hartnett was making his bid for the lead, relegating him to third on the restart. When the green flew again Rochinski changed lines and moved to the top, slowing down Hartnett’s progress. Hartnett moved up even further up the track and was able to wrestle second from Rochinski on lap 49. It then took just one lap to race past Dippel to grab the lead with ten laps to go.
With Hartnett in command, positions two through six were swapped back and forth between Rochinski, Dippel, Pompey, Friesen and Mike Mahaney, who made a late race charge. Dippel began to fade while Pompey, Rochinski and Friesen all switched back and forth from second to fourth.
Hartnett scored the $5,000 outright win, a year after finishing in a dead heat with Danny Johnson in last year’s event. Rochinski came home second ahead of Friesen, Pompey and Dippel, who passed Mahaney for fifth on the last lap. Danny Creeden was seventh with Brian Weaver, Danny Johnson and Joey Grammes rounding out the top ten.
Hartnett was quick to point out how racey the track was. “The track was awesome. The bottom was good but when I went to the top the car really took off”, he said. Friesen also commented on how wide the racing groove was, allowing for three and a few time even four wide racing. “I have never been able to run this high on the track”, said Friesen.
The Race of Champions Sportsman feature saw Kevin Jordan and Nick Nye lead the field to the green flag. Nye would chase Jordan for the first 18 laps with Brad Szulewski close behind in third. Nye was able to move past Jordan for the lead with 11 laps to go with Szulewski following him into second on the next lap.
Nye would go onto take the checkers ahead of Szulewski, Jordan, Mike Austin, who came from 17th, and Ryan Olsommer. Sixth through tenth went to Jim Pratt, Ken Hammond, Steve Davis, Randy Green and Charlie Hendrickson.
The GRIT Series Sportsman feature found Chris Daugherty and Kevin Ward on the front row. Ward would jump out in front and held the top spot until Casey Pavlick raced into the lead on lap eight. At the same time Kyle Rohner moved into the battle for the lead, from his ninth starting spot.
Pavlick’s lead was shortlived as Ward would move back ahead just two laps later. Those three drivers put on a great race for the lead. Ward opened up a slight advantage but the caution flew with five laps to go and bunched up the field. On the restart Pavlick was able to mount a serious challenge for the lead but Ward was up to the challenge and was able to hold him off for the victory.
Pavlick came home second ahead of Rohner, Daugherty and Brian Mady. Positions six through ten went to Track Champ Chris Gennarelli, Rocky Warner, Pat Jordan, Brett Buono and Will Shields.
The next event at Penn Can will be the annual King of the Can Weekend, October 16th and 17th. Friday’s show features the Race of Champions Modifieds, GRIT Series Sportsman and Four Cylinders. On Saturday night the CRSA Sprint Cars will be joined by the Race of Champions Sportsman and Street Stocks along with IMCA Style Modifieds and Factory Stocks.
CLASH AT THE CAN RoC MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH: KEVIN HARTNETT, Nick Rochinski, Stewart Friesen, Dan Pompey, Tyler Dippel, Mike Mahaney, Danny Creeden, Brian Weaver, Danny Johnson, Joey Grammes, Mike Loney, Erick Rudolph, Gary Tomkins, Brian Malcolm, Ken Titus, Bobby Trapper, Brandon Walters, Mike Clapperton, Mike Colsten, Mike Dougherty, Alan Rudalavage, Jackie Brown, Tyler Siri, Nick Petrilak.
RoC SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH: NICK NYE, Brad Szulewski, Kevin Jordan, Mike Austin, Ryan Olsommer, Jim Britt, Ken Hammond, Steve Davis, Randy Green, Charlie Hendrickson, Jr., Kevin Ward, Claude Hutchings, Jr., Cory Pike, Randy Fox, Chris Jordan, Brian White, Brett Buono, Geordie Decker, Bryan Batzel, Craig Pope, Ryan Higgs, Joey Bonetti, Heath Carney, Randy Shantel.
GRIT SERIES CRATE SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH: KEVIN WARD, Casey Pavlick, Kyle Rohner, Chris Daugherty, Brian Mady, Chris Gennarelli, Rocky Warner, Pat Jordan, Brett Buono, Will Shields, Josh Keesey, Dale Welty, Ryan Olsommer, Dustin Jordan, Phil Vigneri III, Tim Howell, Ben Wheeler, Matt Brewer, Randy Fox, Todd Titus, Tyler Ward, Stacy Jackson, Michael Murphy, Brandon Butler, Eddie White, Jacob Dgien.
Fonda hosts Super DIRTcar Series
September 26 Mohawk 100 - $30,000 purse pays $6,000-to-win
FONDA, N.Y. September 21, 2015 The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series heads to Fonda Fairgrounds for the 20th event of the season, the Mohawk 100 Saturday, September 26.
Matt Sheppard, driver of the FX Caprara No. 9h and a three-time Series champion, will arrive at Fonda as the point leader on the strength of four series wins.
Sheppard leads Brett Hearn by 92 points. Hearn has a sterling record of success on Fondas flat half-mile. The Jersey Jet won last years Mohawk 100, which was the first appearance by the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds at Fonda since 2003.
Hearn has won three of the last four SDS races at Fonda and he has eight series win over his career.
Sheppard and Hearn will go up against 2015 Fonda champion Stewart Friesen, defending Super DIRTcar Series champion Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Tim Fuller and top local runners Ronnie Johnson of Duanesburg and Jeff Trombley of Altamont.
Saturdays race card includes the Hondo Classic 50 for DIRTcar Pro Stocks. Post time is 7 p.m.
HAPPY HARRY WINS BIG IN SPORTSMAN, WILDER SCORES THIRD WIN
By Tom Coughlin
FULTONVILLE, N.Y.-Winners on Krash Menders Night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park for the evening of September 18, 2015 included Jeremy Wilder (Krash Menders Modifieds), Harry Shaffer II (A-Verdi Storage Container 602 Sportsman), Cole Lawton (4 Cylinder Cruisers), Doug O’Hara (Trucks), Josh Pieniazek (C.R.S.A. Sprints).
It may have been Krash Menders Night, but it was the A-Verdi Storage Container 602 Sportsman that were the headline division as they would be competing in their own 35 lap feature with a whopping $1,000. prize waiting for the winner in victory lane. Held over from last week due to inclement weather, the 602 sportsman field was full of top notch championship caliber drivers. With track champion Brian Pessolano setting fast time of 13.351 seconds for the A-Verdi Storage Container 602 sportsman during his heat race, he would draw the number five to invert the feature starting order. Bobby Hackel IV and Happy Harry Shaffer II would benefit from that as they would now setup the front row of the 35 lap event. Shaffer showed his knowledge as the veteran driver pushed his 21H TEO Pro Car to the lead as the field charged into turn one, with Hackel and the West End Towing team cars of Pessolano and A.J. Filbeck side by side. Mark Mortensen was moving up as he passed Dave Constantino to take fifth on lap two and then the caution was out for a tangle in turn one that involved Jim Introne Jr. and Billy Gray, that saw both drivers retire to the pits. The ensuing restart would let the fans witness the typical three wide racing that take place at The Ridge as Pessolano would move into the second position and Mortensen was now up to fourth, while Filbeck would go pit side at this time. Shaffer was doing his best to maintain the lead as Pessolano, Hackel, Mortensen, Constantino, and Rocky Warner followed. Debris on the track would see the field go under the yellow on lap 8 and then Mortensen dive into the pits to have his crew address a right rear tire that was going soft. The lap nine restart would see Hackel try his best to work over Shaffer trying high and low and actually getting along side, before Shaffer picked it up a notch and started to put some distance on the Hackel 97H. Around the halfway mark Brian Nelson and Pessolano would pull off the track, but there were still challenges for Shaffer as Constantino who was now in third was feeling the pressure of Warner who was closing in on his way to the front. Shaffer dodged the slower cars, but this did allow Hackel, Constaantino and Warner to gain on the Sign Action Production car of the leader. One last restart on lap 31 would see Warner in the Jake Spraker Used Cars 1J make the pass to get around Constantino as Shaffer would again open a few car length lead over the field. Kurtis Hohensheldt and Ivan Joslin rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners were A.J. Filbeck and Brian Pessolano.
Jeff Sheely and Willy Decker paced the field to begin the Krash Menders modified 35 lap feature and Decker charged into turn one as starter Joe Kriss waved the green. The Bloomfields Florist 85 of Decker was setting a torrid pace over Jeremy Wilder, Sheely, Shaun Pangman, and Jim Nagle, until Decker would slow and go pit side on lap four with a broken rear axle tube, that was possibly caused by contact in his heat race. Misfortune for Decker, would put Jeremy Wilder of Fort Plain driving his 24 normally used on Saturdays at Fonda into the lead and 2015 track champion Bobby Varin was now up into the top five. Wilder was driving as if he were on fire as he opened a half a track lead on the second place car of Pangman. The yellow was out for Pangman on lap 16 as he came to a stop at the entrance to pit road with a right rear flat. Varin was now running second followed by Sheely, Nagle, Bobby Vedder, and Craig Hanson in the Yellow Transportation 20C. Nagle and Hanson would move up to third and fourth respectively on the restart as Vedder and Sheely ran side by side to remain in the top five. By lap 22 Wilder had again opened a controlling lead on Varin, with Hanson and Nagle trying to keep the top two in sight, as Sheely and Vedder continued their side by side battle. Varin closed in on Wilder around lap 28, but again the 24 of Wilder made the most of the tacky clay surface. Lap 30 shows Wilder with a huge lead, but slower traffic up ahead and coming out of turn two Wilder splits the middle of Sheely and Ricky Davis, Sheely would get high and out of shape, bringing out another yellow. Another restart and Hanson would now be up to second and at the end Varin finished third followed by Pangman and Davis.
Wilder thanked car owner Joe Wagner for his support and said that Hanson and Varin are always tough to beat. Varin had set fast time of 12.620 seconds for the modifieds and drew an invert of nine for the feature.
Heat race winners were Craig Hanson and Bobby Varin
Even though it was not on the C.R.S.A. schedule and it would be a non-points event, the 305 winged sprinters never fail to thrill the fans with their amazing quick laps and it would be Josh Flint who would set a new track record for the 305 sprints with a fast time of 11.557 seconds. In their 15 lap feature the line up would be Josh Pieniazek, Josh Flint, Brett Jaycox, and Thomas Radivoy.Flint would challenge Pieniazek until a miscue in turn two, would allow Radivoy to get by Flint and that is how they would finish. Flint’s problems were later learned to be caused by a tire that was loosing pressure.
Glen Ridge in now on break until their big year end event The Grand Daddy 602 Sportsman World Championship, presented by Adirondac Leather and Don’s Towing, a 60 lap feature with lap sponsorship and other bonuses scheduled for Friday, October 16 and Saturday October 17.
MODIFIEDS-35 LAP FEATURE-JEREMY WILDER, Craig Hanson, Bobby Varin, Shaun Pangman, Ricky Davis, Bobby Vedder, Jim Nagle, Jeff Sheely, John Lutes Jr., Al McCoy, Willy Decker.
602 SPORTSMAN-35 LAP FEATURE-HARRY SHAFFER II, Rocky Warner, Dave Constantino, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ivan Joslin, Mark Mortensen, Alissa Cody, Bobby Hackel IV, Justin Auspelmyer, Doug Hancock, Brian Pessolano, Brian Nelson, Reggie Bonner, A.J. Filbeck, Steve Wagoner, Jim Introne Jr., Billy Gray.
C.R.S.A.-15 LAP FEATURE-JOSH PIENIAZEK, Thomas Radivoy, Josh Flint, Brett Jaycox.
NON-STOP RACING ON SATURDAY OF EASTERN STATES WEEKEND
Small-Block Modifieds and 305 Sprint Cars Star on Saturday
MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 20)……..The Small-Block Modifieds, powered by 358-cubic inch engines, will be the Saturday, October 24 headline attraction during the 54th Annual Eastern States Weekend at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. This year’s 39th Annual Eastern States Small-Block Modified Championship Presented by Halmar International, WLR Construction, and Arkel Motors race will be 100 laps in distance.
A star-studded lineup of top Small-Block Modified drivers from the entire Northeast dirt track Modified circuit will battle Orange County’s weekly competitors for the trophy and top prize money in this prestigious event. With $15,000 going to the winner---and $225 just for making the starting field---this will be the richest Eastern States Small-Block Modified Championship race in history.
Since its inception in 1977, the Small-Block Modified race has had several different formats, having been run at 50-, 75-, 100-, and 150-laps distances. The field for this year’s 100-lap race will be set through time trials and heat races, with the final starters coming from consolation races all run prior to Saturday’s main event.
Two drivers, Brett Hearn, Orange County’s all-time race winner and eight time Small-Block Modified point champion, and twice Small-Block Modified titlist Danny Johnson have won more than one-half of the previous 38 races in this annual fall classic which dates from 1977. Hearn has 15 Eastern States Small-Block Modified victories to his credit, while arch-rival Johnson has won this race five times. Other multi-time winners include Doug Hoffman (four victories), Kenny Tremont (three), and Jeff Heotzler (two wins).
Single Eastern States Small-Block Modified champions include 2013 winner Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, 2015 Orange County Modified champion Jerry Higbie, Alan Johnson, Dickie Keiper, Mike Petruska Sr., Harry Behrent, and Anthony Ferraiuolo IV.
Saturday’s card is one of the busiest in all auto racing. In addition to the Small-Block Modified Championship 100 race, they will be joined by the 305 Sprint Cars, with timed hot laps and qualifying races leading up to their 25-lap Eastern States Championship feature race. Jeremy Quick is the defending winner, having captured the victory in last year’s CSRA Eastern States race.
On Eastern States Saturday, the fairgrounds and pits open at 8:00 am, with spectator gates opening two hours later at 10:00 am. Following the drivers meeting at 11:00 am, non-stop racing action begins on the five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway, concluding first with the CRSA feature and then wrapping up with the 39th Annual Eastern States Small-Block Modified 100-lap Championship race.
Advance tickets for Saturday or the entire Eastern States Weekend as well as camping and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office during regular business hours, or credit card sales (Visa and MasterCard) by calling 845-342-2573. Additional information can be found at the official Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
Champions Chase the Checkers at the DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
At the start of the season, every short track racer sets their sights on a season championship. Having crossed that task off the bucket list, the next goal is winning one of the year’s biggest shows.
Brockville Ontario Speedway’s marquee event – the 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals – is less than a month away. Friday and Saturday, October 16th and 17th fans will experience the ultimate motorsports experience, with live entertainment both days. The first day’s action includes DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Street Stocks, with a 7:00 start. Stay for the excitement of DIRTcar Big Blocks, Sportsman Modifieds and Vintage Mods, kicking off Saturday afternoon at 4:00.
After clinching the 2015 track championships using the new double elimination format at The BOS, Danny O’Brien and Dylan Evoy will be looking to add a first Fall Nationals crown to their already impressive resumes. O’Brien – whose title total now starts at 12 – will have 2 chances
to have his name put in the record books. The Kingston, Ontario native will steer his own potent #17D machine in the Friday events and climb behind the controls of the LaSalle Motorsports #M96 in the Saturday show. Second generation Sportsman standout Evoy – who owns a pair of championships – will do his best to parlay a hometown advantage into a trip to the winner’s circle. The team’s shop is about a 5 minute drive from the popular 3/8th mile oval on Temperance Lake Road, just north of Brockville.
The 2015 version of the DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals is more than just 2 days of terrific racing. There will be 3 live bands over the weekend, including the crowd favourite Ambush to kick things off, Friday afternoon at 2:00.
Don’t miss a single second of the action at this year’s edition of the 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals – a Craig Revelle Tribute – at Brockville Ontario Speedway. Presented by St. Lawrence Radiology and Rez X Racing. Sponsored by 103.7 BOB-FM, The Brockville Recorder & Times and CKWS-TV. Friday, October 16th, racing starts at 7:00 and features the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Street Stocks. DIRTcar Big Blocks, Sportsman Modifieds and Vintage Mods take the spotlight for a 4:00 green flag Saturday, October 17th.
Rain halts Super DIRTcar Series at Brewerton Speedway
Next Super DIRTcar Series event - Fonda Speedway Sept. 26
BREWERTON, N.Y. September 19, 2015 Heavy rainfall brought the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified event on McDonald's Night at Brewerton Speedway to a halt Saturday after three of four qualifying heats had been completed.
Track officials intend to make an announcement regarding a possible make-up date Monday, September 21.
Lebanon Valley’s Chris Kokosa Aims to Make More History at the Moody Mile
Former Syracuse Sportsman Champion Attempting to Repeat Victory
BELCHERTOWN, MA – September 17, 2015 -- With the demise of dirt racing at the New York State Fairgrounds made official earlier this week by DirtCar Motorsports, an unlikely Sportsman driver is dusting off his firesuit and helmet in an attempt to make more Dirt Track history in the last race ever at “Moody Mile” #OneMoreTime.
Chris Kokosa was a Sportsman staple at Lebanon Valley Speedway from 1992 through 1999. In 2000 he ran in both the Modified and Sportsman divisions at the classic, high-banked oval and then returned to the Sportsman ranks full time again in 2006 and ‘07 with a sprinkling of travelling modified races in the between years. He racked up 24 career feature wins, 4th on the all-time Sportsman win list at Lebanon. Chris put his racing career on hold those non-race years to start a business and a family. But, as is typically the case, the racing desire has never really left him. It’s always been in his blood.
In 1998, Team 00 made the requisite trek west to Syracuse and Kokosa won the biggest race of his career, the coveted Super Dirt Week Sportsman Championship. Chris is still the only Lebanon Valley driver to ever win that race in its 14-year history.
Fast forward now, to 2015 and the proclaimed end of the Moody Mile. The last chance for a long-time competitor to post another “W” in the Win column at Super Dirt Week and make a mark in history as the only two-time winner and the only Lebanon Valley winner at the Mile, Forever. Chris had to make this happen.
Kokosa Motorsports has teamed up with Brian Peterson and his Peterson Racing #82 will be shedding its skin and reemerging like the phoenix, as the Kokosa Motorsports 00. A fresh crate motor has been lined up and the sponsors are starting to come together nicely, as many want the opportunity to be a part of history and the “Finale at the Fairground” on October 11, 2015.
Chris and his crew members, some old and some new, headed up by long-time friend and competitor Mike Middleton, are pulling together for one last #FinaleAtTheFairgrounds and hoping to leave their exclamation mark in history at the legendary Super Dirt Week mile.
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