Jimmy Phelps Wheels To First Brewerton Speedway Win Of 2015
By Dave Medler - BREWERTON, NY - July 24, 2015 - Right from the drop of the green to start the season and coming into this week’s racing, Baldwinsville, NY driver Jimmy Phelps has been fast racking up top-five finishes and knocking on victory lane's door. Friday night Phelps not only knocked on the door, he swung the door wide open, picking up his first Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature win of the year at the Brewerton Speedway.
In the caution free 35-Lap Feature, Phelps would move into second place on Lap-6 and then would spend the next 16-Laps battling race-long leader Robbie Bellinger before making the final pass for the lead on Lap-23. Once out front Phelps would outdistance Bellinger the rest of the way for the popular win.
Robbie Bellinger would lead the opening lap by a narrow margin over Ryan Bartlett to start the exciting 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature.
With 10-Laps complete, Bellinger would build up an over two-second lead on the rest of the field as he looked to run away and hide in the early going. Jimmy Phelps ran alone in second with Ryan Phelps, Chuck Bower, Bartlett and Billy Decker waging their own battle racing for third through sixth.
At the 15-Lap mark, Bellinger still showed the way out front as Phelps cut his lead in half, just before the halfway point. Behind the top-two, Ryan Phelps, Bower and Bartlett showed on the scoring tower.
On Lap-20, Phelps caught Bellinger as the pair raced bumper to bumper and side by side as they fought for the lead in heavy traffic. Ryan Phelps, Bower and Decker were putting on a show of their own in the top-five.
On Lap-21 Phelps would wrestle the lead away from Bellinger but Bellinger retook the lead one lap later. Phelps would battle back on Lap-23 making the final pass for the lead.
Over the remaining laps, Jimmy Phelps would outdistance Robbie Bellinger to the checkers for his first Brewerton win of the season. Billy Decker, Chuck Bower and Ryan Phelps would finish third through fifth. Pat Ward, Ryan Bartlett, Matt Sheppard, Larry Wight and Chad Phelps would complete the top-ten.
In the 25-Lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature Mike Prentice would jump out to the narrow lead to start the always entertaining feature while behind him there was two and three wide racing in the early going.
With 5-Laps showing on the scoring tower, Prentice and James Carlson would come across the line just inches apart battling for the top-spot. Behind the top-two, Gregg Kimball, Chris Cunningham, Dylan Zacharias and Ricky Yelle were using every inch of the speedway fighting for third through sixth.
After a caution period, James Carlson would grab the lead on a Lap-6 restart and show the way until Prentice would retake the lead on Lap-10 where you could have thrown a blanket over Prentice, Carlson, Ron Davis III with Todd Root and Yelle within striking distance.
On Lap-11 Davis found the speed he needed to be scored the new leader and start his charge to the feature win. Over the remaining laps Davis not only had to fight off different drivers challenging him for the lead, but also had to survive a left front flat tire that made his car a handful to drive. Todd Root, Corey Barker, Nick Krause, Ricky Yelle, would finish second through fifth. James Carlson, Dylan Zacharias, Brent Joy, Steve Abt and George Dyer would complete the top-ten.
Modifieds 35 Laps) - JIMMY PHELPS, Rob Bellinger, Billy Decker, Chuck Bower, Ryan Phelps, Pat Ward, Ryan Bartlett, Matt Sheppard, Larry Wight, Chad Phelps, Tim Sears Jr., Chris Mackey, Matt Hulsizer, Mike Bowman, Matt Fink, Vinnie Vitale, Tim Kerr, Vic Coffey, Chris Hile, Jim Witko Jr., Jeff Blackburn, Andrew Ferguson.
Sportsman 25 Laps) - RON DAVIS III, Todd Root, Corey Barker, Nick Krause, Ricky Yelle, James Carlson, Dylan Zacharias, Brent Joy, Steve Abt, George Dyer, Mike Stanton Jr., Rocky Grosso, Taylor Jackson, Chris Cunningham, Mike Prentice, Gregg Kimball, Alan Fink, Jack Meeks, Tony Finch II, Earl Rudy, Stephen Denton.
Hearn Tames Traffic In Triumph At Rolling Wheels
Northeast win leader gains stronghold in Modified ranks with 16th checkered flag of 2015
Elbridge, NY – July 23, 2015 Tom Skibinski, Rush Hour PR Correspondent - Veteran Brett Hearn from Sussex, N.J. made a triumphant return to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Thursday night, overtaking upstart Larry Wight en route to capturing the headline Page Trucking 50 for Modifieds. Hearn forged the lone lead change on lap 18 then pulled away in familiar fashion to pocket $5,000 for his Northeast-best 16th feature win of 2015 on Armed Forces Appreciation Night presented by Page Trucking at the popular Elbridge, N.Y. oval.
Canadian standout Stewart Friesen claimed the companion Patriot Sprint Tour 25-lap A-Main presented by A-Verdi Storage worth $2,500 while Jeremy Pitts garnered top honors and a first-place check of $1,000 in the GRIT Racing Series Sportsman TugEdge 20 finale run in tribute to DIRT Northeast Hall of Fame member Jayne Doust.
A warm night greeted a packed house of hungry race fans as event promoter Glenn Donnelly's second show of the summer attracted 32 Modified teams geared up for competition in front of the cameras on the smooth five-eighths miler. Qualifying heat race winner Hearn filed into third on the 29-car starting grid and shadowed pole-sitter Wight in the early stages aboard his potent black #20 Madsen Overhead Doors-Cedar Peaks Enterprise/TEO entry. The multi-time Mr. DIRTcar points champion charged ahead down the back chute shy of the halfway mark then dominated the remainder of the distance to score a convincing 2/3-straightaway victory in round two of the nationally televised 'Rush Hour' broadcast series seen on MAVTV. “It was a super, super team effort, a great race car tonight and a fantastic Rolling Wheels speedway,” beamed Hearn, 56, after posing in victory lane for the 43rd time in his legendary career at the 'Fast Track.' It marked the 30th win at RWRP piloting a Big-Block although the first since 2010 for the 3-time track points champion. “I was pleasantly surprised with the way the track came out tonight and I kinda like it. The new surface is awesome. I thought it was great racing and it slicked up just enough to where we could race and move around a little bit. I showed that I had a lane on the outside and made it work. The clay held together really well the entire night,” noted Hearn, who cited minimal tire wear on his mighty modified mount in the post-race pit area.
With both drivers performing double-duty on this night, Wight (21st in Patriot sprint car A-Main) held on for second-place followed by sprint winner Friesen, who charged from 13th to third in the Modified main. Super DIRTcar Series stalwarts Billy Decker and Jimmy Phelps filled out the front-5 ahead of Pat Ward and hard charger Gary Tomkins, who started 20th behind the wheel of the #93 Vinson Racing/Bicknell ride.
With the 'heads-up' feature format pitting heat winners in the first two rows, Wight and Ryan Phelps headed the all-star line-up followed directly behind by Hearn and Ward. Massachusetts driver Andy Bachetti copped the last-chance consolation race. A trio of early race yellow flags kept the feature field tight as Wight and Hearn out-distanced Ward and the Phelps pair of Ryan and Jimmy through the opening five circuits. Teenager Tyler Dippel and Roy Bresnahan incurred brief caution periods as they slid over the high banks of turns three and four to slow the side-by-side action. Hearn was unable to take advantage of the ensuing restarts yet when the green lights remained on and his tires had a chance to heat up, the 'Corporate Jet' flew past for the final time with 18 laps scored. “I thought my car got better and better the longer the race went on,” figured Hearn, a weekend warrior throughout the season at New York capital district tracks Albany-Saratoga and Lebanon Valley Speedway. “I was a little bit tossed up on that (lap 14) restart, whether or not to take the bottom or the top. I knew (Larry) had been strong off the bottom but when you're the control car it changes things up a little bit, so I stayed with what was working for me … and it worked. I can't thank enough everybody that helps out, I have a great group of sponsors and that's what keeps this deal rolling.”
Fresh off his Super DIRTcar Series win Monday (July 20) at Autodrome Drummond in Quebec, Hearn matched Matt Sheppard's Northeast-leading Modified total of 16 on Thursday. Hearn opened the 2015 campaign in the winner's circle at Volusia Speedway Park during the annual Florida Tour in February and has since added checkered flags at Albany-Saratoga (7) and Lebanon Valley (6) closer to his Garden State home. Race runner-up Wight, a weekly open-wheel contender at Central New York's Brewerton, Fulton and Utica-Rome speedways, was in search of a 9th feature win ---including his first-ever Patriot sprint victory at Fulton in June--- in '15 yet his red Gypsum Express Ltd./TEO machine had to settle in one spot short. “We just got a little bit too loose and Brett was able to get around us,” stated Wight, 22, who garnered DIRTcar Rookie of the Year honors in both Big-Block and 358-Modified divisions in 2008. “He then used the clean air after that and it was clear sailing for him. The track went away just a little bit and it was just enough for us not to be able to catch him after that.”
Looking to match his first-place run logged less than an hour earlier in the Patriot sprint car finale, Friesen finished in the show position buckled into the blue no. 7z Page Trucking-Exit 40 Truck Repair-Honeoye Auto Parts/Bicknell car. “Definitely a great night, quite an event and just happy to be a part of it,” said Friesen, 31, who earned $2,000 for Modified owner Mike Payne after handing over the $2,500 sprint car winner's check to owner, and wife, Jessica Zemken. “Pretty cool deal to be able to run both divisions in one night. Having a first and third and passing a bunch of cars in the Modified, its something we're very proud of. Got a great race team here and have to thank Mike for giving me a chance to get in the seat. We're learning every race out and we've only been together for a couple weeks. Made some changes between the heat and feature and its something I'm really happy with tonight. It was a heck of a race for us,” added Friesen, himself a 15-time race winner this season to rank only one rung below Hearn and Sheppard. Rolling Wheels Raceway Park returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 3 with the third show of its summer season covered by Rush Hour on Dirt for a later broadcast on MAVTV. The mighty Big-Block Modifieds are back contending for a starting berth in the 100-lap finale with Sportsman joining in for their own 20-lap feature. Gates open at 4pm with races going green at 7pm. General Admission is just $20, kids 11-16 & seniors 60+ $10, children 10 yrs. and under free.
Big-Block Modified (50 laps): 1. Brett Hearn, 2. Larry Wight, 3. Stewart Friesen, 4. Billy Decker, 5. Jimmy Phelps, 6. Pat Ward, 7. Gary Tomkins, 8. Billy Dunn, 9. Ryan Phelps, 10. Tom Sears Jr., 11. Matt Sheppard, 12. Steve Paine, 13. Peter Britten, 14. Chad Phelps, 15. Rick Laubach, 16. Chad Brachmann, 17. Erick Rudolph, 18. Vic Coffey, 19. L.J. Lombardo, 20. Chad Homan, 21. Adam Roberts, 22. Justin Haers, 23. Roy Bresnahan, 24. Andy Bachetti, 25. Alan Johnson, 26. Randy Chrysler, 27. Chris Hile, 28. Tyler Dippel, 29. Chuck Bower. DNQ: Bob Henry Jr., Shawn Ward, Danny Johnson.
Stewart Friesen Storms Through I-88 Speedway ‘Crazy 8s Special’
AFTON, NY - Stewart Friesen started slow but stormed through the field to capture the richest event this season in the Southern Tier, the ‘Crazy 8s Special’ at I-88 Speedway, worth $9,028.
Friesen started 12th, dropped several spots in the early going of the 48-lap main, but rebounded quickly and rocketed through the field before passing I-88 regular Andy Bachetti with six laps to go. It was Friesen’s second win of the five-race Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region.
“My car was incredible,” Friesen proclaimed of his Billy the Kid-powered Teo-Pro Car. “This is an awesome old place to race at! How cool is it to see it packed to the gills with fans? I’m super proud of the team to win here.”
The Sprakers, N.Y., driver replicated his finish from the ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway, the season opener for the STSS North Region. This also marks the fourth top-two finish in the five North Region races for the Sprakers, N.Y. driver. The victory is Friesen’s fifth BD Motorsports Media LLC promotion, the most all-time.
Friesen was eligible for the $2,000 Halmar International “Gambler’s Challenge” by posting the $20 fee before the start of racing. That raised his base payout to $8,888 plus lap money and other incentives.
Bachetti led the star-studded field to the green flag and, after a few early-race cautions, built himself a solid lead by lap 10. Danny Johnson, the fifth-place starter, began his pursuit of Bachetti shortly thereafter, and as the two maneuvered through lapped traffic, Johnson took the top spot.
As Johnson and Bachetti swapped the lead multiple times, Danny Creeden was on the move from the 15th starting position. By lap 17, Creeden had pushed his nose to third with his sights set on the top two.
Creeden caught Johnson and Bachetti by lap 19, and the three engaged in a frenzied encounter, continuously interchanging lanes positions. The caution flag flew on lap 22 to calm the battle when Gary Tomkins, a top-five runner, lost a wheel after contact with the frontstretch wall.
After another quick caution on lap 23, Bachetti restarted in the lead with Creeden, Johnson, Billy Van Pelt and now Friesen rounding out the top five.
Creeden, driving the Smokers Choice No. 16X, resumed his challenge for the lead, edging aside of Bachetti as the two pulled away from the field. Behind them, a massive four-car battle ensued including Johnson, Van Pelt, Friesen and Jeff Heotzler, the 21st starter. Friesen dropped to sixth, but then drove by all three cars on the outside to reach third on lap 32.
“The tires came in late and I started rolling,” Friesen noted in Victory Lane. “The top opened up and I used it to my advantage.”
Meanwhile, Bachetti, of Sheffield, Mass., pulled away from Creeden through lapped traffic with Friesen really on the move behind them. By lap 39, Friesen had caught and passed Creeden for second and started catching Bachetti.
With just six laps to go, Friesen shot in between Bachetti and a lapped car to take the lead. A caution for a spinning Mike Mahaney with five to go set up a single-file restart.
“I didn’t really want that caution at the end, but I just barely beat Andy (Bachetti) to the line,” Friesen added.
From there, it was Friesen leading the final five laps and taking home the huge payday in the Jeff Daley-owned No. 44. Sheffield, Mass., driver Bachetti settled for second, an effort worth $3,388-plus lap money and a $200 bonus from Greg Page Construction as the highest-finishing speedway regular.
Wallkill, N.Y.’s Jeff Heotzler, the night’s $288 Zubi’s Racing Hard Charger, finished with a strong third after moving up 18 positions in the 48-lap feature with the Mel Schrufer No. 2A.
“I’m really happy with the finish,” Heotzler said. “The car was better the longer it went. Stew just hit another gear there at the end.”
Creeden finished fourth after battling for the lead for the middle part of the event. Wednesday night marked the best finish in the STSS North Region for the driver out of Wurtsboro, N.Y.
Jerry Higbie Jr., of Newburgh, N.Y., came home with a top-five result despite an eventful evening. Higbie qualified through the consolation and started 20th in the feature. He was involved in a pair of tangles that sent him to the tail. From the rear, Higbie pushed through once again to finish fifth with a $1,488-plus payday.
Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were: Van Pelt, of Westfield, Pa., after starting eighth and contending in the top-five all race; Rochester, N.Y.’s Danny Johnson was forced to settle for seventh in the Traction Grabber No. 27J; Tyler Siri, of Horseheads, N.Y., took home an eighth on a night where he captured one of the heat-race victories; Rich Ricci Jr. of New Paltz, N.Y., drove from 16th to a ninth-place finish; I-88 regular Mitch Gibbs, of North Norwich, N.Y., rounded out the top ten from the 17th starting position.
The field of 46 Modifieds, provided an unbelievable field of stars including drivers from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Josh Keesey of Savona, N.Y., pocked $1,000 as the winner of the 25-lap GRIT American Series Crate 602 Sportsman event. Keesey took advantage of a mid-race restart to press into the lead and drove on to the win. I-88 track regular Alan Barker placed second, ahead of Jake Dgien, Rocky Warner and Stacy Jackson. Matt Hitchcock, who dominated the first half of the main, finished seventh.
Feature Finish (48 Laps): STEWART FRIESEN ($9,028), Andy Bachetti, Jeff Heotzler, Danny Creeden, Jerry Higbie Jr., Billy Van Pelt, Danny Johnson, Tyler Siri, Rich Ricci Jr., Mitch Gibbs, Brett Tonkin, Shaun Walker, Jim Mahaney, J.R. Heffner, Jackie Brown Jr., Cory Costa, Mike Ricci, Tommy Meier, Rusty Smith, Mike Mahaney, Brian Malcolm, Rick Laubach, Michael Sabia, Tyler Dippel, Erick Rudolph, Gary Tomkins, Jeff Strunk, Anthony Perrego.
GRIT American Series Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 Laps): JOSH KEESEY ($1,000), Alan Barker, Jake Dgien, Rocky Warner, Stacy Jackson, Frank Guererri, Matt Hitchcock, Casey Pavlick, Tyler Boniface, Ray Bliss Jr., Pat Jordan, Dale Welty, Gary Card Jr., Dustin Jordan, Bobby Peoples, Allison Ricci, Shea Montgomery, Brett Buono, Brandon Martin, Rick Powell, Dominic Roselli, David Doig Jr., Kenny Peoples.
Hearn Continues Valley Streak with Fifth Consecutive Win
by Phil Allaway
Recently at Lebanon Valley, Brett Hearn has been dominant. Entering Saturday night, he’d won the last four Modified features in a row, exasperating many while building a huge points lead. Saturday night helped those totals even more.
Kolby Schroder, who has struggled with engine issues recently, started his primary car on pole with the backup engine onboard. He was able to outrun third-place starter Matt Pupello into turn 1 and get into a nice flow. The two drivers would then open up a gap on the field.
Meanwhile, the contenders had mixed nights. JR Heffner had mechanical issues almost from the start and retired. Meanwhile, Hearn and Kenny Tremont, Jr. had to battle through traffic. Passing is not exactly easy at the Valley, but both men are veterans who know how to get the job done.
Hearn was up to ninth by lap 5 while Tremont was close behind. It was only once Hearn entered the top 5 on lap 12 that he got away from Tremont. From there, Hearn got past Paul Gilardi for third by the halfway point and immediately closed the gap between himself, Schroder and Pupello.
Gilardi’s No. 87x slowing on the backstretch brought out the yellow and eliminated any gap between Hearn and Schroder on lap 21. Once the race restarted, Hearn made short work of Schroder for the lead and pulled away to take his fifth consecutive win.
After the race, Hearn was at a loss for words.
“[The car] was awesome,” Hearn said. “It’s better than it was last week. I can’t even think about complaining about it; it’s handling unbelievably.”
Behind Hearn and Schroder was a hard-charging Tremont in third. Andy Bachetti was fourth and Brian Berger took advantage of a late tire issue for Mike King to finish fifth. Tyler Dippel made his return to racing at Lebanon Valley after a trailer incident in May. He ran well to finish seventh after starting 12th.
In the Small Block Modified class, Chad Pierce started from the pole and streaked away from Kim LaVoy. LaVoy ran well early on, but succumbed to a mechanical issue that forced her to stop on track, drawing the first yellow with four laps complete.
Olden Dwyer, who started fifth, quickly moved up to second and became Pierce’s chief rival for the evening. The two drivers proceeded to run away from the pack. Spins for Kenny Aanonsen, Jr. and Demetrios Drellos bunched the field up late, but no one could do anything with Pierce, who went flag-to-flag to take the win.
Behind Pierce and Dwyer was Tremont, who charged up from 15th to finish third. Alan Houghtaling was fourth, while Wayne Jelley rounded out the top 5.
Sportsman saw Nikki Ouellette start from the pole and charge out front with Rob Maxon in tow. Maxon tried to make a move for the lead on Ouellette on lap 3 in turn 4. The two drivers collided and slid down the hill, but continued. Alissa Cody slipped past and took the lead, but immediately fell into the clutches of John Virgilio, who was on a mission to recover from last week’s crash.
Virgilio wasted no time in taking the lead on lap 4 from Cody and pulling away from the field. Only a couple of cautions, one for Cody spinning out in turn 3 and another for internal issues for Ricky Davis, kept the field close. Following Davis’ issues, Virgilio pulled away over the final eighth laps to take his third win of the season.
Chris Lynch moved into second at the halfway point and held on for his best run of the year. Matt Pappa was third, followed by Maxon and Michael Sabia.
Modified King of the Track Results: 1) Brett Hearn, 2) Kolby Schroder, 3) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 4) Andy Bachetti, 5) Brian Berger, 6) Matt Pupello, 7) Tyler Dippel, 8) Eddie Marshall, 9) Kyle Hoffman, 10) Elmo Reckner, 11) Keith Flach, 12) Steve Hough, 13) Chad Jeseo, 14) Olden Dwyer, 15) Kyle Armstrong, 16) Jeff Watson, 17) Denny Soltis, 18) John Ruchel, 19) Mike King, 20) Paul Gilardi, 21) Tyler Chartrand, 22) Kyle Sheldon, 23) Ken McGuire, 24) JR Heffner. DNS: Wayne Jelley, Rob Pitcher
Small Block Modified Feature Results: 1) Chad Pierce, 2) Olden Dwyer, 3) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 4) Alan Houghtaling, 5) Wayne Jelley, 6) Brett Haas, 7) JR Heffner, 8) Frank Harper, 9) Jason Herrington, 10) Shane Jablonka, 11) Brian Peterson, 12) Dave Hinsch, 13) Brian Sandstedt, 14) Frank Hoard, III, 15) Peter Carlotto, 16) David Schilling, 17) Bryan McGuire, 18) Timothy Davis, 19) Steve Hankle, 20) Mike Molloy, 21) Demetrios Drellos, 22) Kenny Aanonsen, Jr., 23) Ryan Darcy, 24) Kim LaVoy. DNS: Ricky Davis (Crash), Ray Hall, Jr., Matt Pupello
Sportsman Results: 1) John Virgilio, 2) Chris Lynch, 3) Matt Pappa, 4) Rob Maxon, 5) Michael Sabia, 6) Cody Hunt, 7) Frank Hoard, Jr., 8) Whitey Slavin, 9) Bobby Hackel, IV, 10) Kevin Arnold, 11) Todd Lane, 12) Brandon Lane, 13) Phil Wood, 14) Cody Ochs, 15) Nikki Ouellette, 16) Matt Burke, 17) Ryan Heath, 18) Alissa Cody, 19) Courtney Crews, 20) Diana Huyck, 21) Jeff Lutes, 22) Christopher Delfino, 23) John Miller, 24) Ricky Davis. DNS: Chris Curtis
FRIESEN WINS ON HALL OF FAME INDUCTION NIGHT AT FONDA
By: Ron Szczerba
FONDA, NY – There is no question whatsoever that the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway is a historical place, a place that’s bigger than life for young race fans just as it was for me growing up.
On Saturday evening at Fonda during intermission on the historic “Victory Lane” five new inductees were inducted into the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame including journalists Ed & Betty Biittig, co-author of the book “Fonda” Andy Fusco, the “Voice” of the Fonda Speedway Jim King, car owner Carole Palmer and her husband and driver Alton Palmer, and last but certainly not least legendary driver Dave Lape.
“We do it for the love of the sport and the love of this track,” Ed Biittig said regarding his and his wife Betty’s love of writing about the people and tracks involved in the great sport of stock car racing. “And also because we want people to remember what the history of this place called the “Track of Champions is.”
Jackie Lape accepted the induction on behalf of longtime family friend Andy Fusco whose family was unable to attend the event. “David and I were good friends with Andy for our whole lives and I am proud to accept this award in his honor,” Jackie said. “Andy loved this track and had a very soft spot in his heart for the Fonda Speedway.”
“I just want to thank everyone here at the speedway for this honor,” Alton Palmer said. “I want to thank Dave Lape and his “Champ Car” brand who I won a lot of races and championships with driving one of his chassis here at Fonda.”
“I want to thank all of the drivers who I am associated with now (all of which were present when the award was presented to Alton and Carole),” she said. “I can’t think of a better place to be on a Saturday night then here at Fonda.”
“This is a pretty cool deal,” Jim King said of his induction into the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame. “My family started racing a car here in 1954 and I have been announcing here since 1972. After a few years away from the track I am back home here in the announcing tower at the Fonda Speedway.”
“I raced with some great people during my career here at Fonda,” Dave Lape said. “It was an honor to race here with the likes of Pete Corey, Lou Lazzaro, Jack Johnson, and all of the other greats that I raced with over the years so I want to thank everyone for this honor.”
As far as the racing action is concerned on Pro Tech Scale Service Night at Fonda Stewart Friesen won his eighth feature of the season in the modified division and the 37th of his career at Fonda moving him into a tie with Fonda Speedway promoter Matt DeLorenzo for 10th on the all-time win list.
Other winners at Fonda on Saturday included Adam McAuliffe (602 sportsman), Nick Stone (pro stock), Dave Horning Sr. (street stock), and Frank Blanchard (vintage). With his win Horning also moved to the top of the street stock all time win list over his son Dave Jr. with 52 victories.
John Lakata sponsored a bonus for the top finisher in each of the feature events for drivers who were pitted on the infield with those bonuses going to Craig Hanson (modified $100), Adam McAuliffe (602 sportsman $50), Dennis Joslin (pro stock $50), and Jason Samrov (street stock $50).
Scott Huber and Darwin Greene swapped the lead three times in the first two laps of the 30-lap modified feature after starting on the front row with Greene taking the advantage at the finish line as lap two was completed. Eighth place starter Craig Hanson was the new second place car on lap three just before the caution came out for Alton Palmer who ended up on his roof in turn three.
Stewart Friesen made a three wide move to the inside of both Palmer and Jessey Mueller coming into turn three and the result was Palmer going into the tire wall and turning over on his roof. Palmer was okay after the incident and actually came back out on the track for one lap before retiring from the event. A video replay of the incident in the tower showed that it was a racing incident between Friesen and Palmer so no penalty was assessed by race director Denny Tilison to Friesen who was now in the ninth position after starting 13th.
On the restart Hanson was the new race leader with 12th place starter Jeremy Wilder now in the top five with Friesen just behind. Friesen went down the middle of both Wilder and Brian Gleason for the fourth position on lap six and was able to get by Wilder while Gleason was able to hold on to the fourth spot for the moment. On lap eight Friesen was not to be denied however as he got by both Gleason and Huber for the third spot.
Friesen got by Greene for the second position on lap 12 and one lap later was the new race leader after getting by Hanson on the inside of the backstretch. Hanson made the most of a restart after a yellow flag at the halfway point on lap 15 as he took the lead back from Friesen in turn two but by the time the lap was completed Friesen was again the leader followed by Hanson, Wilder who was the new third place car, Greene, and 15th place starter Bobby Varin who was now in the top five.
Varin moved up quickly from there as he got by Hanson for the second position on lap 18 as Josh Hohenforst moved his way into the fourth spot after starting 18th. The final yellow in the event came out with 10 laps to go when Wilder came to a stop on the front stretch with what looked like problems in the rear of the car. Wilder was done for the night at that point after a great drive to the front.
Friesen pulled away on the restart to a straightaway advantage with five laps to go as the top five continued to change. Ronnie Johnson started the event in the 11th position and moved past Hanson for the third position on the final lap but nobody was able to do anything with Friesen who went on for the win over Varin, Johnson, Hanson, and Hohenforst.
In post-race inspection Varin failed the P&G test of the motor and was disqualified moving A.J. Romano into the top five after starting 17th.
“This is a great team that Tadd (Parks) has put together and the car was good tonight,” Friesen said in victory lane. I got under the 76 (Palmer) and I guess that he didn’t see me so I feel bad about what happened to him but was glad to see him get back out on to the track. We are a very competitive group and plan to just keep plugging away.”
A crash in turns one and two just after the start of the 20-lap 602 sportsman involved multiple cars including front row starter Jason Greco, Aaron Burton, and point leader Rocky Warner who was done for the night with heavy front end damage. Greco was able to continue while Burton was done for the night along with Warner.
Mike Peek was the race leader on the original restart with Ricky Quick in tow as seventh place starter Adam McAuliffe was the new third place car on lap three. Cody Bleau started the event in the fifth position and moved past McAuliffe for the third spot on lap four as he was making his way to the front. Quick and Bleau swapped the second position many times before Bleau took it over for good on lap five with Peek running a smooth steady pace out front.
At the halfway point of the 20-lap event Bleau was right on Peek’s rear bumper for the lead which he was able to take over on lap 13 on the outside of the front stretch. McAuliffe was the new second place car on lap 16 and one lap later was the new race leader after getting by Bleau for the point on the front stretch as lap 17 was completed.
McAuliffe led the remaining laps for his first win of the 2015 season and the sixth of his career in the division in the Ed McAuliffe Trucking #234 over Bleau, Peek, Tim Hartman Jr. who was subbing for Brian Pessolano, and Chad Edwards.
“It’s been awhile,” McAuliffe said since he had been to victory lane last. “I have been waiting to get back here. Cody (Bleau) ran a great race but he just kept on getting looser and looser and I was able to get by him for the win.”
Next Saturday, July 25 all divisions plus limited sportsman will be in action at the “Track of Champions”. There will also be a drivers Meet & Greet and it will be Classic Car/Hot Rod Night with the racing program beginning at 6:45 p.m.
MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Ronnie Johnson, Craig Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, A.J. Romano, Brian Gleason, Bodie Bellinger, Jeff Trombley, Mark Kislowski, Pep Corradi, Darwin Greene, Jessey Mueller, Justin Boehler, Scott Huber, Ronnie Holmes, Korey Wilder, C.G. Morey, Jeremy Wilder, Alton Palmer, Vinny Sanganetti, Ed Harris, DQ Bobby Varin
602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 20-LAPS – ADAM MCAULIFFE, Cody Bleau, Mike Peek, Tim Hartman Jr., Chad Edwards, Tony Farone, John Scarborough, Connor Cleveland, Dave Constantino, Cody Clark, Mark Mortensen, Ricky Quick, Ivan Joslin, Jason Greco, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Don Bellen, Jack Lehner, Harry Shaffer, Aaron Burton, Nick Scavia, Brian Nelson, Chris Schaffer, Rocky Warner, Anthony Cardamone, DNS Doug Hancock, DNS Dan Santabarbara
RICHNER WINS 1ST OF YR IN BIG-BLOCK MODS AT SHARON
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH July 18, 2015 After a rain out and three special events, Sharon Speedway returned to "Steel Valley Thunder" weekly action on Saturday night for the first time since June 20. A total of 109 race cars filled the pit area on Twin-State Auto Racing Club Night. Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Ricky Richner-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Will Thomas III-RUSH Late Models, David Scott-Summit Racing Equipment (E) Modifieds, Greg Martin-Weller Hughes Contracting & Developing RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Rusty Moore-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Ryan Fraley-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Brian Felmlee-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.
Ricky Richner has been a Sharon Speedway regular for three years now as he makes the weekly three-hour drive down form Niagara Falls, New York. Richner won the 2013 "Russ King Memorial" for $3,500 in 2013, but otherwise has been winless during weekly competition at Sharon. That ended on Saturday night when the veteran racer led all 30 laps of the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modified feature.
"I had a really good tire on the right rear and got a lot of bite," explained the 55-year-old racer. "The track was perfect tonight. It had a lot of grip on the outside and I figured that was the place to be. It's been tough this year. I want to thank my crew for working through it. It was super hot today- they never gave up and neither did I."
Richner started second and powered around Rick Regalski, Jr. on the opening lap around the cushion for the early lead. Rex King started fourth and moved by Jimmy Weller III on lap one and then Regalski on lap two for second. Richner maintained a steady lead until King closed in on lap eight. The top two began to pull away from the field, while fifth starting Jim Weller, Jr. got by Regalski for third on lap 17. The event's only caution slowed action with 17 laps completed when Tom Mattocks came to rest, while Tom Glenn got caught up with the lapped car of newcomer Tom Shaffer ending his night. Glenn was awarded the hard luck and received two pit passes for next Saturday compliments of Hovis.
Regalski exited the event under caution and relinquished fourth to Rex King, Jr., who then got by Weller, Jr. for third when racing resumed. Up front, King never made a serious challenge on Richner over the final 13 non-stop laps as Richner's Jet Port Restaurant-sponsored #26 took the checkered flag first by 1.634 seconds over King. Sixth starting King, Jr. was third and was able to maintain his point lead but by just three over his father. Weller, Jr. and Weller III completed the top five. Sixth through 10th were Kevin Bolland, Regalski, Jim Rasey, Justin Rasey, and Skip Moore, who made his season debut. King, Jr. set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 16.071.
After three rainouts, the RUSH Late Models were finally able to get their first show of 2015 in the record books and it was a familiar face in victory lane as two-time champion and the division's all-time winner, Will Thomas III, returned to prominence winning the 20-lap feature after early leader Dennis Lunger, Jr. got caught up with a lapped car.
"Dennis had a really good car," stated the 39-year-old Sharpsville, Pa. racer. "I'd have loved to have a restart with me right next to him, but we were fortunate enough to win. I was trying to be careful back there and not run over anyone."
Kyle Scott led the opening lap before fourth starting Lunger took over on lap two with an inside move in turn three. Clay Ruffo was trying to hold off Wyatt Scott, Thomas, and Bobby Whitling in the battle for third. Lunger opened up his lead to a straightaway on lap seven. Two laps later it was three-wide for third with Thomas getting by both Wyatt Scott and Ruffo.
After 10 non-stop laps, Lunger caught traffic on lap 10. Lunger was trying to put a lap on Lon Emerick, but contact was made resulting in heavy damage for Lunger that ended his night and gave the lead back to Kyle Scott. Scott though was unable to lead another lap as Thomas used the outside to fly into the lead. Wyatt Scott had gotten by Ruffo then inherited third when Lunger exited. The two Scott brothers battled it out for second between laps 12-14 before the 10-year younger Wyatt made the pass on lap 14.
Thomas though went unchallenged by 1.875 seconds for his third overall win of 2015 at Sharon, 14th of his career in the RUSH Late Models, and 16th of his career overall at Sharon.
DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds (30 laps): 1. RICK RICHNER (26) 2. Rex King (65) 3. Rex King, Jr. (165) 4. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 5. Jimmy Weller III (23) 6. Kevin Bolland (777) 7. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 8. Jim Rasey (32) 9. Justin Rasey (21) 10. Skip Moore (17M) 11. Tom Glenn (83T) 12. Tom Mattocks (69) 13. Tom Shaffer (34).
Late Models (20 laps): 1.WILL THOMAS III (9) 2. Wyatt Scott (X3) 3. Kyle Scott (3JR) 4. Clay Ruffo (14R) 5. Bobby Whitling (7W) 6. Dylan Lewis (44) 7. Alan Dellinger (Williams 8) 8. Bobby Pifer III (6P) 9. Joe Long (71) 10. Dave Shagla, Jr. (6) 11. Khole Wanzer (01W) 12. W.L. Stile (1W) 13. Steve Hollabaugh (3) 14. Russ Byler (Hoover 00H) 15. Dennis Lunger, Jr. (Schwartz 71L) 16. Lon Emerick (3) 17. Bryan Salisbury (126) 18. Reuben Schwartz (71I).
Decker, Sheppard logjam with Autodrome Drummond ahead
Back-to-back Super DIRTcar Series events at Drummond, Granby
DRUMMONDVILLE, QC July 17, 2015 The Super DIRTcar Series swings into action on back-to-back nights in the province of Quebec Monday, July 20 and Tuesday July 21 at Autodrome Drummond and Autodrome Granby with a deadlock atop the championship point standings.
Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y. and defending Series champion Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y. are currently tied (704) for 1st-place in the Big-Block Modified Series point standings.
Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y. (669) and Sheppards teammate Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y. (662) are in close pursuit.
Sheppard and Decker have three wins apiece over the first nine starts, but both endured a rare finish outside the top ten in the recent race at Five Mile Point Speedway, which was won with a final turn pass by Stewart Friesen.
Sheppard has four Super DIRTcar Series career wins on the Drummond quarter-mile. He posted back-to-back wins in 2011-12. Deckers lone Drummond win came in 2003.
Brett Hearn, 5th in points, is the all-time Super DIRTcar Series win leader at Autodrome Drummond (7). Hearn has yet to land a podium finish in a 2015 Series event. He ran strong in the second half of the Five Mile Point race and rallied to finish 6th after getting turned around in the early going. Hearn finished second behind Erick Rudolph at Drummond in 2014.
Both the Autodrome Drummond event and the Autodrome Granby race are 100 laps with a purse exceeding $30,000 that will pay $6,000-to-win.
Post time both nights is 7:30 p.m.
Black Rock Speedway Results Friday July 17th, 2015
Modifieds, 19 cars (30 Laps): STACY JACKSON (1), Brady Fultz, Ron Cartwright, Steve Paine, Tyler Siri, Alan Johnson, Chris Ostrowsky, Derrick Podsiadlo, Brian Swarthout, Fran Hilton, Marcis Dinkins, Lee Bills, Cory Costa, Daryl Hilkert, Donnie Lawson, Frank Dunning, Joe Dgien, Dale Welty DNS: Don Slover
Lap Leaders: Jackson 1-30
Crate Sportsman, 20 cars (25 Laps): BRENT AYERS (1) **Pending Engine Dyno Monday**, Chris Fisher, Casey Pavlick, Chris Silvers, Doug Smith, Brett Buono, Mike Williams, JJ Kreidler, Jake Dgien, Jason Scales, Zach Ziegenhagen, Loren Lincoln, Tim Guild, David Mayo, Russell Morseman, John Rathburn, Dale Welty, Mike Buchanan, Lance Irwin DQ: Steve Gray
Lap Leaders: Brent Ayers 1-25
NAPA Super DIRT Week A Massive Celebration of Motorsports Oct. 6-11 on the N.Y. State Fairgrounds Moody Mile
New Camping World Fast Friday shifts Modified Triples, Twins back to daylight along with USAC Silver Crown qualifying
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - July 17, 2015 - The 2015 NAPA Super DIRT Week is going to be the biggest week of racing and celebration in the storied 44-year history of the event that runs from Oct. 6 through Oct. 11.
Fans and competitors from 21 states and three countries are already making plans to descend on the New York State Fairgrounds for what's become known as Racing's Biggest Party, and with so many fans taking part of this event for nearly five decades it's truly the most anticipated annual New York motorsports tradition.
It all kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 6, with a tech inspection day where all of the new and unique hot rods that will compete during the week are unveiled for officials to dissect. Cars hit the Moody Mile for the first time on Wednesday and qualify on Thursday. At night on Wednesday the racing shifts to Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway for DIRTcar 358-Modified and DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, and on Thursday it's the DIRTcar 358-Modified Hurricane 100 at Brewertown (N.Y.) Speedway.
"Camping World Fast Friday" is now a jam-packed day with the Triple 20s for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, the Twin 20s for the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds and the Triple 10s for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds running during the day along with USAC Silver Crown qualifying and DIRTcar Futures races. The Camping World Fast Friday action then shifts at night to "The Fast Track" Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., where DIRTcar 358-Modifieds and ESS 360 Sprint Cars will put on a show at the monster 5/8-mile dirt oval.
The huge weekend kicks off on Saturday with the USAC Silver Crown Salt City 78 and DIRTcar 358-Modified Salute to the Troops 150. At night everything shifts back to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park for World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and "Win-and-You're-In" DIRTcar Big-Block Modified features.
The massive week of racing wraps up on Sunday with DIRTcar Sportsman Modified 30-lap championship, the DIRTcar Pro Stock 25-lap event and the finale, the Super DIRTcar Series Syracuse 200.
Along with many special surprises for fans, the week is sure to be the most memorable NAPA Super DIRT Week in history. Camping is already nearly sold out and tickets are going fast so don't delay in making plans to be part of this unique event.
For tickets and information, call 844-DIRTTIX (844-347-8849) or go to www.DIRTcar.com/tickets. For all the latest news and information about NAPA Super DIRT Week, go to www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SuperDIRTWeek or follow us on Twitter @SuperDIRTWeek.
NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIV Events Schedule Oct. 6 - Oct. 11, 2015
*All times and events subject to change
DAY-DATE TIME EVENT
10:00 am - 6:00pm
"Early Bird" Tech Inspection Begins for All Divisions open at gate 10 area 12:00 pm (noon)
Ticket, Camping and Pit Pass sales being at entrance gate
8:30 am Gates open for Campers and Haulers
3:00 pm Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series 'Opening Practice'
7:30 pm DIRTcar 358-Modified & DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series at Weedsport Speedway
10:00 am Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series practice
DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Practice
12:00 pm 'Media Day' Press Conference -Infield "John Hill Media Center"
1:20 pm DIRTcar 358-Modified Time Trials (2-laps, Top-6 Qualify for Front-3 Rows)
Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series Time Trials (2-laps, Top-6 Qualify for Front-3 Rows)
DIRTcar Futures Practice/Qualifying (358-Modified, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Big-Blocks)
7:30 pm DIRTcar 358-Modified Series at 23nd Annual "Hurricane 100" Brewerton Speedway
9:30 am DIRTcar Pro Stock, Sportsman, USAC Silver Crown Practice
Sportsman Modified Time Trials (2-laps, Top 6-Qualify)
USAC Silver Crown Practice
11:20 am DIRTcar Futures Races (358-Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stock and Big-Block Modified)
1:00 pm USAC Silver Crown 1-lap Qualifying
Modified, Sportsman, 358-Modified, Pro Stock Practice
3 pm DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Twin 20's
DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Triple 10's
Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Triple 20's
7:30 pm DIRTcar 358-Modified and ESS 360 Sprint Cars at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park
9:30 am DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, Pro Stock Sportsman Practice
11:00 am DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Time Trials (2-laps, Top 24 Qualify)
11:45 am DIRTcar 358-Modified Series LCS, Sportsman LCS, Pro Stock LCS
Dig Safely NY Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Series Last Chance Qualifier
1:30 pm USAC Silver Crown Race (Salt City 78)
Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Practice
3:30 pm DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Salute the Troops 150 (150 laps)
Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series FINAL Practice
7:30 pm Twin 25's - World of Outlaws Sprint Cars plus "Win and You're In" Modified at Rolling Wheels Raceway (Mod Winner Earns 45th starting spot in Syracuse 200)
10:00 am DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Final Practice
DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Final Practice
11:00 am SDW XLIV DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Championship (30 laps)
11:45 am Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series Top-30 Autograph Signing under grandstand (Top 30 in Thursday time trials)
12:00 pm SDW XLIV DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Championship (25 laps)
2:00 pm 44th Annual NAPA Super DIRT Week Syracuse 200 Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series (200 miles)
Rain Date for Saturday or Sunday events
The Contenders: Laubach, Watt, Perrego, Pauch Jr., Van Horn & Godown Separated By Just 19 Points Entering Next Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Event At Delaware International Speedway Tuesday, August 4
Release Prepared By Cody Manmiller
DELMAR, DE - As the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek (STSS) Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region presented by Scotty’s Speed & Diesel heads to The First State for the final two legs of the five-race series, six drivers are tightly locked into a battle to grab the title and top prize of $7,500.
After traveling to Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway for the ‘South Jersey Shootout,’ the ‘Anthracite Assault’ at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., and New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway for the ‘Dirty Jersey 3,’ Rick Laubach and Ryan Watt are tied atop the standings with Anthony Perrego just five points behind. The trio of Billy Pauch Jr., David Van Horn Jr. and Ryan Godown all sit within 19 points of the two leaders.
With just the ‘Diamond State 50’ at Delaware International Speedway and the ‘Blast at the Beach 2’ at Georgetown Speedway standing in the drivers’ way of a potential $7,500, Modified racing in the state of Delaware will be more important than ever in the next two months.
Rick Laubach (Hellertown, Pa.) No. 7/91 – 242 points – You absolutely could not have started better than how Rick Laubach opened up his quest for a STSS South Region championship. Laubach drew the pole at the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ at Bridgeport and completely overwhelmed the competition on his way to a comfortable win and $5,400 payday. Laubach followed that up with another victory, this time at Big Diamond Speedway, where once again nobody was really able to put up enough a challenge to put the result in doubt. He struggled, however at New Egypt and did not finish, giving him a 22nd-place finish. Through three races, Laubach has the worst average finish of the six top contenders (8th) because of the ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ result, but his two victories push him into the top spot in the standings with two races remaining. Thanks to those wins, the Hellertown, Pa. driver has amassed an astounding $11,340 total for three nights of racing.
Ryan Watt No. 14w (Boyertown, Pa.) – 242 points – Ryan Watt has done his work relatively under the radar in the STSS South Region thus far, yet with just two races remaining, he finds himself tied atop the standings. He roared around the outside at Bridgeport on his way to a fourth-place finish coming from 12th. At Big Diamond, he started deep in the field once again (20th), survived all the mayhem and maneuvered to a seventh. Watt then turned a third starting spot into a fourth-place finish at New Egypt, racking up his second top-five and third top-10 of the series. He has the best average finish of anyone who has raced all three races in the South Region of fifth even with an average starting position of 11.67. Watt’s steady run of finishes has earned him $4,305 along the way.
Anthony Perrego No. 55 (Montgomery, N.Y.) – 237 points – With two races left, Perrego sits just five points from the South Region leaders, and is also in third in the STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region. Perrego has been very steady in the three races thus far, collecting two top-fives, and has yet to finish worse than 10th. He opened the South with a 10th at Bridgeport even after having to go to the rear with a flat tire midway through the race. He bounced back with a tremendous run at Big Diamond, when he came from the 21st to finish fourth. At New Egypt, Perrego led the first couple of circuits from outside the front row, before battling to a third-place finish. In three races, Perrego has scored a solid average finish of 5.66 and $4,863 in the process.
Billy Pauch Jr. No. 18 (Frenchtown, N.J.) – 228 points – Nobody has passed more cars in the STSS South Region thus far than Billy Pauch Jr. Pauch’s average starting position of 17.66 has been difficult, but he has been able to transform them into an average finish of sixth. He has yet to start better than 15th in a South Region race this season, but hasn’t finished worse than seventh, an impressive statistic. He was steady at Bridgeport, coming from 15th to seventh. At Big Diamond he was forced to the rear on two separate occasions, but still was able to battle back to a sixth-place finish. He started the night in 16th. Again, at New Egypt, Pauch Jr. was forced to qualify in the consolation, resulting in a 22nd starting spot. Quickly, he was a man on a mission, and was able to come home with a top five in fifth. Pauch Jr. has earned $4,185 in the three South Region races.
David Van Horn Jr. No. 71 (Harmony, N.J.) – 225 points – Van Horn has also put himself into contention despite a few rough beginnings to nights at the track. Van Horn’s average starting position is 17th even after starting second at Bridgeport. He was the last car to qualify at Big Diamond, resulting in a 24th starting position, a race in which he came home in 12th. He didn’t qualify at New Egypt, but a provisional gave him a shot, albeit from the 25th spot. Van Horn battled for a top-10, a seventh-place finish. Van Horn is in contention largely because of his performance at the opener, at Bridgeport Speedway. He took advantage of that front-row starting position and finished second. That result not only kept him in contention for the championship, but it also earned him $3,200 of the $5,095 that he has brought him thus far.
Ryan Godown No. 747/901(Ringoes, N.J.) – 223 points – It has been an up-and-down three races for the Ringoes Rocket. Godown made up some ground at Bridgeport for a sixth-place finish after starting in ninth. Big Diamond was full of bad luck, however. He started back in the 17th position, and was sixth by the halfway point before being involved in a restart melee that saw him wind up finishing 15th. That night at Big Diamond could end up coming back to haunt Godown, as a top-five finish would have placed him in the points lead as of now. But, he still sits just 19 points out of the lead, a manageable deficit thanks to his hard charging effort at his home track, New Egypt Speedway, where he muscled from 18th to finish as the runner-up. He is still in the hunt, and has added $5,425 through the three races.
All eyes in the Modified racing world will be glued on Delaware, first on Delaware International Speedway on Tuesday, August 4 (rain date: August 5), then again on Georgetown Speedway on Tuesday, September 1 (rain date: September 2) with $5,000-plus up for grabs for the winner in each event.
In three races, 81 drivers have attempted to qualify in the STSS South Region, and now with two events remaining, six drivers are separated by just 19 points for the chance at a championship and big payday.
Hard Clay Regulars Invade The Fast Track
Elbridge, NY - On July 23rd Rolling Wheels Raceway Park will once again come to life as the mighty Big Block modifieds take center stage in the Ferris Mowers 50 on Ferris Mowers Armed Forces Appreciation Night. Orange County Fair Speedway regulars LJ Lombardo & Anthony Perrego plan to once again invade “The Fast Track” looking to take back the top prize to the downstate area. Both young guns have had success at their home track picking up feature wins in 2015.
Lombardo, who drives the Pascual Racing Parts 3L for Pascual Racing, is coming into Rolling Wheels fresh off his first ever big block victory on July 11th at Orange County Fair Speedway. “I love Rolling Wheels Raceway park, if I could we would be there every week,” said Pascual Racing Owner Bill Pascual. “With big money on the line and a national TV audience on MAVTV, it just adds to the allure of racing at a facility with so much history.”
Having the nights event’s broadcast on MAVTV was also a big reason why the Anthony Perrego driven, New York Truck Parts sponsored, Gary Mann Sr. owned #55 team decided to make the return trek to the “Fast Track.” “The money and history of the track play a part, but the TV coverage is most important,” said Mann Sr. “In the long run the exposure will be a big help in attracting future sponsorships.” Perrego, who won on opening night at the Orange County Fair Speedway, finished 6th in his first appearance at Rolling Wheels in 2015 on July 1st.
The night will feature the big block modifieds going wheel to wheel for a $5,000 payday in the Ferris Mowers 50. Joining the big block modifieds will be the Patriot Sprint Group presented by A-Verdi Storage Containers for a 25 lap $2,500 to win feature, and the GRIT Sportsman Racing Series for the $1,000 to win TugEdge 20, which will be ran in tribute to DIRT Hall of Fame member Jayne Doust.
The action packed night will start with gates opening at 4pm, warmups at 6pm and racing at 7pm. In honor of our armed forces, active military & veterans general admission will be $10, with Veterans 60 & over only $5. Regular general admission to the three class show is just $20, Children 11-16 & seniors 60+ $10, Kids 10 & under free.
Five Mile Point reschedules Super DIRTcar Series to July 15
KIRKWOOD, N.Y. July 14, 2015 With thunderstorms forecast, the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Greatest Drivers 65 scheduled for Tuesday, July 14 at Five Mile Point Speedway has been postponed until Wednesday, July 15.
Wednesdays event will be the first appearance of the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds since 1997 as Five Mile Point Speedway celebrates its 65 th anniversary season.
The Big-Block Modified Series moves north of the border to Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, QC, Monday, July 20.
Vinnie Vitale Wins Brewerton Speedway Modified Thriller Over Matt Sheppard
By Dave Medler - BREWERTON, NY - July 10, 2015 – On a perfect weather night for racing, fans were treated to a full night of racing that featured close finishes and a wild incident in the Modifieds that involved almost a dozen cars.
Vinnie Vitale took the lead on Lap-7 of the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature and looked to have things in hand until Lap-31 when Matt Sheppard moved into second place from his 23rd starting spot setting up a barn-burner finish.
With Vitale running the top of the speedway, Sheppard started digging on the bottom, setting up a finish that had the winner in doubt till the checkers. Sheppard could draw even with Vitale on different points on the track, but Vitale didn't flinch on the high-side, winning the dash to the checkers off of turn four for his first win of the year.
Other winners were Jack Meeks (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Jeff Isabell Jr. (Pro Race Cars Mod Lites) Chuck Powelczyk (Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders).
Chris Mackey outraced Andrew Ferguson to grab the lead to lead the opening lap of the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature before almost a dozen cars were involved in a metal-crunching incident.
Right at the flag stand three-drivers tried to occupy the same space sending cars all over the speedway making contact and ending up in a pile to the entry of turn one with last week’s winner Tim Kerr rolling over. Cars involved besides Kerr were Mike Bowman, Rob Bellinger, Chris Hile, Vic Coffey, Jimmy Phelps, Matt Fink, Jeff Blackbun, Kyle Fink, Larry Wight and Joe August Jr.. All drivers were okay and remarkably the only cars who couldn’t continue were Bellinger, Hile, Bowman and Kerr.
When the green came out Chuck Bower would be the leader at the 5-Lap mark while Vitale chased Bower as he ran alone in the second spot. Behind the top-two, Mackey, Andrew Ferguson, Jim Witko Jr. and Pat Ward were locked in a tight fight for third through sixth before a yellow would wave for Tim Sears Jr. who had a broken driveshaft.
On the restart Vitale had his car working on the top of the speedway as he would drive by Bower to be scored the new leader on Lap-7.
With 10-Laps complete, Vitale and Bower ran nose-to-tail and side-by-side for the top spot with Ward within striking distance. Chad Phelps and Witko were having a fight of their own for top-five positions.
On Lap-15 Vitale and Bower were still in a tight battle for the lead with Ward, Matt Sheppard from 23rd and Chad Phelps still in contention for a victory.
With 10-Laps remaining Vitale was still the rabbit out front, running the top of the speedway as Bower kept Vitale in sight. Sheppard, Ward, Billy Decker and Chad Phelps were in a tight fight within the top-five.
On Lap-31 Sheppard moved into second and took off after Vitale. Over the remaining laps Sheppard threw everything he had at Vitale, at times pulling even with Vitale on different points of the speedway. The veteran Vitale wasn’t rattled as he ran the top of the track to perfection winning the race under the checkers by 00.289.
Behind Vitale and Sheppard, Chuck Bower, Chad Phelps and Pat Ward would finish third through fifth. Billy Decker, Larry Wight with a beat-up car from the Lap-1 accident, Jim Witko Jr., Joe August Jr. from Lap-1 accident and Jimmy Phelps from the same accident finished sixth through tenth.
Dylan Zacharias would lead the opening lap of the 25-Lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature before a quick yellow and restart that would see James Carlson take over the top-spot.
With 5-Laps in the books Carlson would open a few car lengths' advantage while behind him Stephen Denton, Mike Prentice, Corey Barker, Gregg Kimball and Steve Abt were locked in a fight for second through sixth.
A quick caution period would happen on Lap-6 that Denton would take advantage of as he blasted into the lead when the green came back out.
With 10-Laps complete, Denton led by four/five cars as Carlson, Barker, three time feature winner Jack Meeks and Gregg Kimball battled as they keep Denton in sight.
At Lap-15 you could have almost thrown a blanket over Denton, Barker and Meeks with Carlson and Ron Davis III showing in the top-five.
On Lap-19 Barker made a wicked cross over move going from the top to the bottom to drive by into the lead. By running the bottom Barker left the top open and Meeks took advantage as he was shown the new leader one lap later.
Over the remaining laps Meeks was able to hold off a determined Barker for his fourth Brewerton win of the year. Todd Root, Ron Davis III and James Carlson came home third through fifth. Stephen Denton, Tony Finch II, Gregg Kimball, Ricky Yelle and Nick Krause completed the top-ten.
Modifieds 35 Laps) - VINNIE VITALE, Matt Sheppard, Chuck Bower, Chad Phelps, Pat Ward, Billy Decker, Larry Wight, Jim Witko Jr., Joe August Jr., Jimmy Phelps, Matt Hulsizer, Ryan Bartlett, Chris Mackey, Andrew Ferguson, Kyle Fink, Jeff Blackburn, Ryan Phelps, Matt Fink, Tim Sears Jr., Mike Bowman, Robbie Bellinger, Chris Hile, Vic Coffey, Tim Kerr.
Sportsman 25 Laps) - JACK MEEKS, Corey Barker, Todd Root, Ron Davis III, James Carlson, Stephen Denton, Tony Finch II, Gregg Kimball, Ricky Yelle, Nick Krause, Brent Joy, Mike Prentice, Steve Abt, Chris Cunningham, Joel Hargrave, Mike Taylor, Alan Fink, Earl Rudy, George Dyer, Rich Townsend, Chris Hulsizer, Kelly Smith, Dylan Zacharias.
Super DIRTcar Series returns to Five Mile Point
Big-Blocks help celebrate tracks 65th anniversary
KIRKWOOD, N.Y. July 11, 2015 The Super DIRTcar Series returns to Five Mile Point Speedway for the first time in nearly twenty years on Tuesday, July 14 for the Greatest Racer 65, a 65th anniversary season event offering $30,000 in purse and awards, including $6,000-to-win.
Defending Super DIRTcar Series champion Billy Decker from near-by Unadilla, N.Y., driver of the Gypsum Wholesalers No. 91, won the last Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified race at the Southern Tier quarter-mile in 1997.
Decker recently drove to his third Series win of the year at Mohawk International Raceway. It will be a different type of race on a quarter-mile, but thats okay, he said. Im glad the series is returning to Five Mile Point. You just have to make adjustments and go racing.
As a part of its 65th anniversary celebration, Five Mile Point promoter Andrew Harpell has announced that five drivers have been added to tracks 65 Greatest Drivers list and will be honored Tuesday including Bob McCreadie who had over 35 Super DIRTcar Series wins in his career.
Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y. another member of the speedways All-time 65 list, will be one of Deckers prominent competitors along with Matt Sheppard, Jimmy Phelps, Brett Hearn, Danny Johnson, Tim Fuller and Pat Ward.
I broke into Modified racing full-time at Five Mile Point and won a couple of titles there, Friesen said. I made a lot of money there I like the place.
The Southern Tier racing surfaces could play to our advantage, Friesen added, although I havent raced there on these Hoosier tires. I know Decker and Sheppard and Hearn have all raced there. It will be tough to win as always.
Pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot Laps will begin at 6:15 p.m. with racing set for 7:30 p.m. Adult grandstand admission is $25, Seniors (65 years and older) are $22, Youth (ages 13-17) are $15. Kids 12 and younger will be admitted free!
Tremont & Gentile Victorious At Albany-Saratoga
For Immediate Release
July 10th, 2015
Malta, NY – Kenny Tremont, Jr. showed just why he is one of the kings of the Great Race Place Friday night when he picked up the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified feature event win. Tremont’s main championship challenger and defending track champion Bret t Hearn charged through the field to finish second however was later disqualified in post-race technical inspection due to an illegal drive shaft. The disqualification means that Tremont now holds a 48 point lead over Hearn in the championship battle.
Other winners during the night were Jack Gentile (Sportsman), Robbie Speed (DIRTcar Pro Stock), Andrew Buff (Limited Sportsman), Randy Miller (Street Stock) and Steve Ryan and Phil DeFiglio (Greg’s Towing & Repair Four Cylinders).
New Jersey’s Rich Scagliotta and second generation driver Jimmy Cottrell led the field to the green with Scagliotta taking the early lead over Don Ronca, Cottrell, Ray Hoard and Matt Depew. Cottrell had the Cottrell Racing mount hooked up on the top side and took over number two on lap four. Hoard followed Cottrell past Ronca for third on lap six.
By lap nine the field closes on the lapped car of Dylan Scribner. Scriber served as a pick and that allowed Cottrell to take the lead with Hoard following into second and Scagliotta dropping to third. Soon after Kenny Tremont, Jr. moved past Depew for fifth. On lap 14 Tremont moved past Ronca for position number four. Tremont then made his way past Scagliotta for third on lap 16.
At the half way point Cottrell remained as the race leader with Hoard second and a fast approaching Tremont third. Tremont dives under Hoard for second on lap 21 and immediately closes on Cottrell. On lap 22 Tremont took the lead from Cottrell.
Meanwhile as 15th place starter Tremont pulled away from the field, 14th place starter Brett Hearn entered the top five. Hearn took over fifth from Depew on lap 25 and set his sights on the top four. On lap 29 Hearn caught his fellow Garden State racer and a lap later took over position number four. Within a lap Hearn was under Hoard for third.
Hearn’s charge wasn’t enough as Tremont pulled away for the win in the caution free event. Hearn made a last lap pass on Cottrell for second, with Cottrell settling for third. Hoard held on for fourth and Scagliotta fifth. During post-race technical inspection Hearn was found to have an illegal drive shaft and was disqualified. The disqualification moved Ronca into the final top five. A total of 27 Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified drivers entered the event with heat races being won by Elmo Reckner, Matt Delorenzo and Scagliotta.
Jack Gentile won his second Sportsman feature event of the season. It was the veteran driver’s eighth career win at the track.
Nick Anatriello and Joe Orlando led the field to the green with Anatriello taking the early lead over John Proctor and Orlando. Anatriello’s time out front was short lived as he spun in turn two on lap one, collecting Nick Lussier. When racing resumed Proctor held the lead over Orlando, Jack Gentile, Jack Swinton and Jake Scarborough. Gentile moved past Orlando for second on lap five with Swinton following past a lap later.
As the laps clicked off Proctor and Gentile began to distance themselves from the field. The field was slowed on lap nine for Lussier who again had issues in turn two, eliminating the leader’s advantage. Proctor fired first on the restart with Connor Cleveland moving into fifth. A lap la ter four drivers tangled in turn two, causing the fourth yellow flag of the event.
On the restart Gentile moved into the lead however an incident involving a handful of drivers, including Rocky Warner slowed the field. Jack Speshock was sent to the rear for his involvement in the wreck. When racing resumed Gentile held the lead over Proctor and Orlando. On lap 12 Swinton moved past Orlando for third. With ten laps to go Gentile had put about a straightaway’s distance between himself and second place Proctor.
Despite a lap 21 restart and a hard charge by Cleveland, Gentile was able to bring home the win. Cleveland settled for second with Jeremy Pitts third, Proctor fourth and Swinton fifth. Heat races for the 31 car field were won by Anatriello, Gentile, Orlando and Proctor.
Modified Results (35 Laps) - 1) Ken Tremont Jr, 2) Jimmy Cottrell, 3) Ray Hoard, 4) Rich Scagliotta, 5) Don Ronca, 6) Tyler Dippel, 7) Keith Flach, 8) Jessey Mueller, 9) Matt Depew, 10) Marc Johnson, 11) Neil Stratton, 12) Matt Delorenzo, 13) Ronnie Johnson, 14) Elmo Reckner, 15) Rob Pitcher, 16) Peter Britten, 17) Andy Bachetti, 18) Brian Gleason, 19) Alex Bell, 20) Kris Vernold, 21) Mark Kislowski, 22) Justin Barber, 23) Bobby Hackel IV, 24) Dylan Scribner, 25) Mike Perrotte, DNS) Rich Ronca, Brett Hearn DQ)
Sportsman Results (25 Laps) - 1) Jack Gentile, 2) Connor Cleveland, 3) Jeremy Pitts, 4) John Proctor, 5) Jack Swinton, 6) Adam Gage, 7) Mike Tholin, 8) Derek McGrew, 9) Tim Hartman Jr, 10) Scott Duell, 11) Joe Orlando, 12) Rocky Warner, 13) Hunter Bates, 14) Robert Bublak, 15) Jake Scarbor ough, 16) Jon Miller, 17) Elliott Lussier, 18) Nick Lussier, 19) Mike Burdo, 20) Joey Scarborough, 21) Shea Montgomery, 22) Stan Lemiesz, 23) Chris Johnson, 24) David Schilling, 25) Colin Bokus, 26) Jack Speshock, 27) Jack Bublak, 28) Chris Murray, 29) Ryan Simmons, 30) Nick Anatriello, 31) Dave Baranowski Jr
Limited Sportsman Results (15 Laps) - 1) Andrew Buff, 2) Ken Conroy, 3) Zach Daurio, 4) Christopher Ronca, 5) Mike Coffey, 6) Rob Lanfear, 7) Pat Jones, 8) Tom Princiotta, 9) Diana Huyck, 10) John Stowell, 11) Bob Schmidt, 12) Clint Bonner, 13) Reggie Bonner, 14) Ben Brownell, 15) Brandon Pitcher, 16) Scott Flanders, 17) Nick Fretto, 18) Mark Rabideau, 19) Matt Westcott, 20) Scott Bennett Jr, DNS) Anthony Alger
Decker denies Fuller, wins Mohawk 100
3rd Super DIRTcar Series win for defending champion
HOGANSBURG, N.Y. July 9, 2015 Billy Decker drove to his third Super DIRTcar Series win of the season in the Gypsum Wholesalers No.91 Thursday at Mohawk International Raceway despite a late race rally by Tim Fuller.
Decker started 7th in a 30-car field in the Gypsum Wholesalers No. 91 and took the lead on a lap-79 restart after a 30-lap duel with Billy Dunn. He opened up a four car-length lead while Fuller kept advancing (13th at halfway) and moved into second just before a final caution with nine laps left.
Fuller ran a high line and led by a wheel at the line to complete lap 93 before Decker regained control. Earlier, Decker earned the Pole Position Raceway Fast Time Award by besting Brett Hearn by 0.001 seconds.
Pat Ward, steady throughout, completed the podium finish with Jimmy Phelps 4th and Brett Hearn 5th.
Decker stayed in the lowest groove possible while Fuller got a wheel past him on the outside to lead 93 but then he regained control and won by four car-lengths.
Fuller scared the hell out of me, Decker grinned in victory lane. I had a very good car and track was in terrific shape. Dunn and I ran two different lines for a long time. There was a lot of track to work with.
Dunn, the 2014 Mohawk track champion, started 3rd and wrested the lead from Brian McDonald on lap 29 after a door-to-door battle with polesitter Carey Terrance. Decker wound up alongside him on a lap 52 restart after the second of six cautions.
A final caution on lap 91 set up Fullers bid. He had advanced steadily in the second half of the race.
I made a different tire choice than Decker, Fuller said. You heat up the right rear enough and you fade. I lead a lap, but it was the wrong one Considering where I started Ill take it.
Series point leader Matt Sheppard started 12th and placed ninth.
Jimmy Phelps and Brett Hearn completed the top five.
The Super DIRTcar Series moves to Five Mile Point Speedway Tuesday, July 14.
A-Main (100 laps)
1. Billy Decker
2. tim Fuller
3. Pat Ward
4. Jimmy Phelps
5. brett Hearn
6. 49 Billy Dunn
7. Chad Brachmann
8. Ryan Arbuthnot
9. Matt Sheppard
10. Stewart Friesen
11. Lance Whitteker
12. Keith Flach
13. Larry Wight
14. Danny Johnson
15. Mario Clair
16. Jimmy Davis
17. Carey Terrance
18. Peter Britten
19. Adam Roberts
20. Lance Willix
21. Brian McDonald
22. Erick Rudolph
23. Rrich Scagliotta
24. Charlie Rice
25. Tyler Dippel
26. Mark Kislowski
27. Jordan McCreadie
28. Danny OBrien
29. Laurent Ladouceur
30. Dave Rauscher
DID NOT START
94 Gage Morin
55x Wallace Stacey
X Craig Collier
34 George Foley
55 Dexter Stacey
Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, top 3 redraw)
Heat 1: D Johnson, Terrance, Sheppard, Willix, Kislowski, McCreadie, Clair, Scagliotta, Foley
Heat 2: Hearn, McDonald, Dunn, Fuller, Arbuthnot, Britten, Wight, Rauscher
Heat 3: Decker, Ward, Brachmann, Rudolph, OBrien, Roberts, Ladouceur, Collier
Heat 4: Whitteker, Phelps, Friesen, Davis, Dippel, Flach, Rice, W Stacey
Consi 1: Wight, McCreadie, Britten, Scagliotta, Rauscher, Foley, W Stacey
Consi 2: Flach, Roberts, Ladouceur, Rice, Collier, D Stacey
Big Show VII at Albany-Saratoga postponed by rain
Super DIRTcar Series event reset to August 12
MALTA, N.Y. July 7, 2015 The Super DIRTcar Series Big Show VII scheduled for Tuesday, July 7 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway has been postponed with rain forecast.
Big Show VII promoter/driver Brett Hearns $10,000-to-win event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 12.
With the drizzle thats been falling at the track all morning and the pending thunderstorms coming this afternoon we felt it was best for everyone to postpone, Hearn said.
We talked with (DIRTCAR NE Director) Mike Perotte and agreed upon the date of August 12th that seemed to fit well for everyone. Our biggest concern was not having the same thing happen as last year, when fans had to come twice to see the show. It was important to us to make sure the full Big Show experience happened without a hitch or weather issue, Hearn added.
This Thursday, July 9, the Super DIRTcar Series is at Mohawk International Raceway in Hogansburg, N.Y. for the Mohawk 100.
The Big-Block Modifieds will then travel to Five Mile Point Speedway Tuesday, July 14 for the Greatest Drivers 65 five drivers will be added to Five Mile Points all-time greatest drivers list.
Mohawk Modifieds set for Super DIRTcar Series invasion
Matt Sheppard going for 3rd straight Mohawk win
HOGANSBURG, N.Y. ? July 6, 2015 ? The Super DIRTcar Series moves to Mohawk-International Raceway in Hogansburg, N.Y. Thursday, July 9 for the Mohawk 100, a Big-Block Modified event with a $30,000 purse paying $6,000-to-win.
Current Super DIRTcar point leader Matt Sheppard is glad to see Mohawk come up on the schedule. Sheppard has won the last two Series events at Mohawk, but he will meet with stiff opposition from regulars Billy Dunn ? the defending track champion and a series regular who is 5th in the SDS standings, Tim Fuller ? a two-time feature winner at Mohawk this season, Carey Terrance, Tom Conklin and Jordan McCreadie.
Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Sheppard?s HBR Racing teammate with two Super DIRTcar wins at Mohawk on his resume will also be hand, joined by the likes of Danny Johnson, Brett Hearn, Stewart Friesen, Larry Wight and Peter ?Batman? Britten.
Big-Block Modified time trials begin at 7 p.m. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Admission is adults/$30, kids 16 & under/$8.
VARIN SCORES WITH ON TRACK FIREWORKS
By Tom Coughlin
FULTONVILLE, N.Y.-With America celebrating its’ birthday, it was only fitting that defending modified track champion Bobby Varin and his red, white, and blue Dover Brake 00, would be sitting in victory lane at the conclusion of the Cousins Construction LLC, 35 lap modified feature. Other feature winners’ on this Independence Day weekend were Ray Zemken in the A-Verdi Storage Container 602 sportsman, Cole Lawton in the 4 cylinder cruisers, Stan Wetmore vintage modified, Doug Mathewson vintage sportsman, Wayne Gaige late model.
As the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston, pace car pulled off the third turn of the fastest 1/4 Mile on Dirt, C.J. Casteletti and Bobby Vedder were set to grab the early lead of the Cousins Construction LLC modified feature. The veteran Vedder would shoot to the early lead, but Craig Hanson and Jeremy Wilder would make it a three wide battle as they completed lap one. Jeff Rockefeller and Casteletti would round out the top five for lap two, with multi time winners Bobby Varin and Willy Decker taking it three wide to get past the 117 of Casteletti, on the next circuit.Chuck Allen in his Thermo Control 36 would bring out an early yellow as he rolled to a stop in turn two, thus putting the field on the rear bumper of the Vedder Excavating 53. On the lap five restart Vedder would have not one, but three former track champions applying pressure and Wilder was side by side with the leader within a moments time, as Hanson, Bobby Varin, and Rockefeller gave chase. Lap 7 would show Wilder as the new leader and by lap 8 Hanson had completed his pass of Vedder and was charging to the front. Rockefeller who was running fifth, would get crossed up between turns three and four, strike a yuke tire on the infield and bring out the caution from flagger Joe Kriss, Rockefeller suffered only minor damage and was able to continue. The current running order was Wilder, Hanson, Varin, Vedder, and Decker, one lap after the restart last weeks winner John Lutes Jr. would bring out the yellow after losing a right rear wheel. When racing resumed Varin would try the high side to get around Hanson, but the yellow was back out for the 4 of Al McCoy and Varin would have to line up behind the 2007 Glen Ridge champion again. Hanson of Johnstown in his Sampson Motorcar 20c would take to the high groove in his attempt to chase down the leader Wilder,.Hanson did bobble a little in turn one, but he was able to hold his position for now, but Varin in his 00 with West End Towing on the side was closing in and the leaders were also closing in on the cars at the tail end of the field. The lapped cars of Casteletti and Jeff Kelley, would give the crafty veteran Varin the opportunity he needed as he would pass Hanson on lap 25, forcing Hanson to now contend with the challenges of Decker and his Bloomfields Florist 85. With only a few laps to go Varin was putting heavy pressure on Wilder, first going high and then low as he used the lapped traffic to his advantage in over taking Wilder and going on to his third win of 2015, with under two laps to the end.
In victory lane Varin said “That’s short track racing, I had a good car and we were able to use the lapped cars to our advantage this week, we lost one to Jeremy(Wilder) a couple weeks ago the same way. This time it worked in our favor. I’m just glad to get the win for the team and my car owners Dover Dave Cruickshank and Ray Sefrin Rounding out the top five were Craig Hanson, Willy Decker, and Bobby Vedder.
Heat race winners were Bobby Vedder and Jeremy Wilder.
Alissa Cody would sit on the pole to begin the A-Verdi Storage Container 602 sportsman 25 lap feature, with veteran driver Ray Zemken along side. The 1Z of Zemken made a clean run for the lead with Cody the only female of the field in second followed by A.J. Filbeck, Kurtis Hohensheldt, and Chad Edwards. Zemken was out to a comfortable lead early as Cody was able to keep the others behind her. Edwards worked his way around Hohensheldt, while Filbeck completed the pass of Cody. Edwards was eyeing a way to get by Cody on lap 9 and made the pass work the following lap, while Brian Pessolano in the West End Towing team car to Filbeck, would get under Cody for fourth on lap 15. Unfortunately Edwards Team mate John Scarborough in his Dodson Construction/ Riley Mortuary 64J would spin out in turn one as he attempted to advance past the slower Cody in her 21L and also challenge Hohensheldt. When racing resumed Pessolano would soon be up to race side by side with his former team mate Edwards, but Edwards was able to open the gap a little and that is how they finished, with Zemken taking his first A-Verdi Storage Container 602 sportsman win of 2015 over A.J. Filbeck, Chad Edwards, Brian Pessolano, and Kurtis Hohensheldt. In victory lane Zemken Thanked his long time friend Bobby Booth and his crew for help in getting his car ready every week.
Heat race winners were Ray Zemken and A.J. Filbeck.
MODIFIED-FEATURE-35 LAP-BOBBY VARIN, Jeremy Wilder, Craig Hanson, Willy Decker, Bobby Vedder, Rich Price, Justin Boehler, Jim Becker, Jeff Rockefeller, Jeff Kelley, C.J. Casteletti, Al McCoy, John Lutes Jr., Shaun Pangman, Chuck Allen.
602 SPORTSMAN-FEATURE-25 LAP-RAY ZEMKEN, A.J. Filbeck, Chad Edwards, Brian Pessolano, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Alissa Cody, Robert Tucker, John Scarborough, Ricky Quick, Ivan Joslin, Harry Shaffer, Mike Peek, Steve Wagoner, Aaron Burton, Chris Curtis, Brian Nelson.
MIKE MAHANEY PASSES LARRY WIGHT ON FINAL LAP TO TAKE WIN AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
VERNON, NY- Utica-Rome Speedway was lit up by both fireworks and racing on the Gate-Cole Insurance and Safelite Auto Glass-sponsored this past, Sunday, July 5. Mike Mahaney made a last lap pass in the Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds for his fifth career win at the track while Stewart Friesen held on for the win in the Empire Super Sprints final of CNY Speedweek. For more on the ESS feature event, see their press release. Other winners on the night included Matt Janczuk in the 602 Sportsman, Claude Hutchings Jr. in the Open Sportsman, and Mike Welch in the Pro Street Stocks.
The duo Tim Mayne and Matt Hulsizer brought the field of Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds to the green flag of their main event on July 4th weekend. Mayne dropped to the low side to take the lead on the first lap, but Hulsizer was not going to let him get away, as he stuck with him around the speedway using the middle groove. Mayne was able to hold Hulsizer off at the line on the second circuit, but Hulsizer was too strong and took the top spot. Behind him, Larry Wight was on the move, rolling into second by lap five after starting back in eighth. Wight was using the extreme top side of the speedway, trying to use whatever moisture he could to drive his way to the front.
Hulsizer still used his middle line of the speedway as Wight closed in on the top side. Wight tried to swing it around Hulsizer as they entered turns one and two, but Hulsizer was able to shut the door on him and retain the lead as he was the stronger machine on the east end of the speedway. Wight, however, was more powerful on the exit of turn four, and he began using that to his advantage as he began to reel in the leader again. Meanwhile, the final podium spot was taken by the hard charging Mike Mahaney, who had found a line to work with on the bottom. He was running just behind the top two as they battled it out at the halfway mark of the race. Once again Wight piloted his machine to the top of turns three and four, but this time he got a run and drove past Hulsizer for the lead. Mahaney still dropped to the bottom, and was right there with the leaders as they battled through lap traffic and the lead exchanged hands. He was being gained on by both Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard, and all of the top five were together as the race entered the final ten laps.
Wight had the lead, but Hulsizer was not going away. He changed his line to the bottom and was still right next to Wight as the rest of the top five caught up to their battle. Mahaney ran a line just lower than Hulsizer, and made the battle for the lead a three car affair. Sheppard, running in third, was slowly closing in on the three, with Friesen not far behind. Hulsizer tried to dive low and slide up the speedway, but Wight was still faster on the top, and it opened up lane for Mahaney on the bottom. Mahaney pulled alongside Hulsizer as the two went into the third turn, and Mahaney took the runner up spot as three laps remained. Sheppard entered the fray as well, going alongside of Hulsizer as Mahaney began to battle with Wight with two to go. Wight took his car to the top side, his preferred line all night, as Mahaney used the lowest groove possible. As they came to the white flag, Mahaney’s front wheels lined up with Wight’s rear pair. They took it into the first two turns side by side, and Mahaney had enough to edge Wight down the backstretch. Wight jumped back to the outside one more time, but Mahaney made it stick on the bottom and drove to the checkered, winning his second win of the season. Wight took second, with Sheppard edging out Hulsizer at the line for the third. Friesen filled out the top five. Vic Coffey, Danny Varin, Mike Bowman, Pat Ward, and Chris Mackey rounded out the top ten.
The 602 Sportsman came to the line to start their feature with Cody Clark and Kyle Kiehn on the front row. Clark took the early lead, leading the field for the first seven laps until a yellow for a spinning car came out On the restart, Matt Janczuk was able to take advantage and power to the lead on the bottom, after starting in fifth. Janczuk pulled away from Clark and led the race until lap 19 when another caution slowed the field. The restart saw Janczuk pull away once more and take the win. The top five was filled out by Clark, Kiehn, Alan Fink, and Corey Barker.
Chris Carr and Craig Pope brought the Open Sportsman to their green flag for their feature, with Pope edging out Carr on the first circuit. Carr, however, was able to win the battle and drive by for the lead. He was able to create some distance for himself at the front. Behind him, Claude Hutchings Jr. was on the move, navigating his way to the front of the field. He slowly caught up to the leading as the race progressed into its second half, catching and passing Carr on the 11th lap. Hutchings was able to pull away, but Jeremy Vunk was moving up through the field and catching the runner up Carr. With two laps remaining, Vunk was able to work past Carr, but he didn’t have enough to catch Hutchings as Hutchings took the win. With Vunk in second, Carr finished in third, followed by Mike Richmond and Pope.
MODIFIEDS FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- MIKE MAHANEY, Larry Wight, Matt Sheppard, Matt Hulsizer, Stewart Friesen, Vic Coffey, Danny Varin, Mike Bowman, Pat Ward, Chris Mackey, Andrew Ferguson, Tim Mayne, Tommy Kinsella, Pete Taylor, and Dave Moyer.
602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- MATT JANCZUK, Cody Clark, Kyle Kiehn, Alan Fink, Corey Barker, Nick Krause, Brent Joy, Kevin Ward, Stephen Denton, A.J. Filbeck, Glenn Forward, Daryl Nutting, Casey Williams, John Christian, Geoff Van Riper, Brandon Kuhn, Ivan Joslin, Aaron Jacobs, Mike Walton, and Jim Thomas.
OPEN SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- CLAUDE HUTCHINGS JR., Jeremy Vunk, Tom Tophoven, Mike Richmond, Steve Way, Craig Pope, Heath Carney, Jack Miller, Randy Shantel, Jim Rothwell, and Lucas Heintz.
Super DIRTcar Series wheels into Albany-Saratoga
Brett Hearn?s ?Big Show VII? - $10,000-to-win, $500-to-start
MALTA, N.Y. ? July 4, 2015 ? A deep, strong field of Big-Block Modified invaders and talented locals will square off at Albany-Saratoga Speedway Tuesday, July 7 in driver/promoter Brett Hearn?s ?Big Show VII?, one of the premier events of the 2015 Super DIRTcar Series.
Primary sponsors Recovery Sports Grill, Ferris Mowers, Cedar Peaks Enterprises, and VP Racing Fuels have been joined by Halmar International, which is providing a car for NASCAR personality Kenny Wallace, a dirt track racing enthusiast, to drive in Big Show VII.
?We had talked with him about making an appearance and signing autographs, but now he?ll be able to go racing too,? Hearn said. ?The purse is now over $35,000 and it pays $10,000-to-win and $500 to start. I think this could be the best Big Show yet.?
Hearn, Albany-Saratoga?s winningest driver and an eight-time Super DIRTcar Series champion, has won the Big Show himself once (2013). Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., the defending series champion - currently second in the standings - is a two-time Big Show winner.
Series point leader Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., who has won three of the first seven events this season, comes in looking for his first Big Show win. Number three point-man, Danny Johnson of Rochester, was the 2014 winner.
Other top invaders include Jimmy Phelps, Stewart Friesen, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Billy Dunn, Tim Fuller and Peter Britten. Keith Flach, Mark Kislowski and Britten are Super DIRTcar Series competitors with Albany-Saratoga as their home track.
There is no shortage of Albany-Saratoga regulars more than capable of walking off with the $10,000 winner?s check, including the ?Sand Lake Slingshot? Kenny Tremont Jr., Marc Johnson of Guilderland, Ronnie Johnson of Duanesburg, Matt Delorenzo and Jack Cottrell.
Hearn is hoping to jumpstart his 2015 Super DIRTcar Series season at the Big Show VII. He has 10 wins combined in weekly appearances at Albany-Saratoga and Lebanon Valley and is battling with Tremont Jr. for the point lead at both tracks, but he has yet to record a podium finish in the series.
?I did win down at Volusia (FL) in February, but that wasn?t a point-race,? he said. ?We?re not where we need to be. We always seem to be recovering from something and haven?t found a rhythm yet. At Utica-Rome I had a broken tailpipe that cut a line and I lost the brakes. Out at Ohsweken (ON), I got up to 4 th and then struggled on some restarts.?
?There?s $10,000 on the table for whoever wins it," Hearn summed up. "I?m not giving anybody anything. I?d like to win it for myself.?
Gates open at 4 p.m. An autograph session between 5-6 p.m. will include Kenny Wallace, the stars of the Super DIRTcar Series and Albany-Saratoga?s top regulars.
Final Turn Pass Earns Sheppard Super DIRTcar Series Win
Point leader snatches 3rd win from Larry Wight at Canandaigua
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. July 2, 2015 Matt Sheppard snatched victory from Larry Wight with a last-lap final turn low-lane move as a large holiday crowd rose to its feet in a 76-lap Super DIRTcar Series thriller at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Thursday.
Wight had retaken the lead from Sheppard with 11 laps to go and opened up a three car-length lead that shrank in a hurry when the pair broke out of lapped traffic momentarily with two laps to go.
Wight met a final backmarker exiting turn three on the final lap and hesitated for a split second enabling Sheppard to pull off his winning bid through the final turn. Sheppards margin of victory four feet.
I was running up top to get around the traffic, but I was getting free up there, Sheppard said. When I got some open race track at the end, I got to the bottom.
I saw the white flag and I thought if I do this right, I think I can get there.
I thought I had time to get around that last car, but then I saw Matt there, Wight shrugged, One little slip-up cost me, but well keep working at it.
Jimmy Phelps finished third, close behind the leaders. Right as I got to them, I had a left front going down, Phelps said.
Billy Decker, who contested the lead for many a lap over the first 50 circuits, finished fourth. Stewart Friesen was fifth after outdueling Peter Britten and Billy Dunn. Steve Paine, Rob Bellinger and Justin Haers completed the top ten.
Polesitter Danny Johnson led for 24 laps before giving way to Wight. He was closely stalked by Decker and Sheppard (from 9th on the grid) before bringing out the first of two cautions with a flat tire on lap 32.
At the halfway mark, Wight had a two car-length advantage over Sheppard with Decker third and Britten fourth.
Sheppard gained the point with a strong inside move on the final restart on lap 45.
The Super DIRTcar Series moves to Albany-Saratoga Speedway Tuesday, July 7 for the Brett Hearns Big Show 7, which pays $10,000-to-win and will include Kenny Wallace and many competitive local teams. Thirty-seven Big-Blocks competed at Canandaigua.
BILLY DECKER POCKETS $5200 WITH WIN IN THE BATTLE AT THE BORDER 75 AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY
Ransomville, NY – Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 – Billy Decker of Unadilla, NY captured the win in the Battle at the Border 75 and became the third different winner in the six year history of the event. Using lapped traffic to his advantage, Decker would catch leader Matt Sheppard on lap fifty-nine and take over the point position. Decker immediately pulled away from the remainder of the field to claim the win aboard his Gypsum sponsored, John and Laura Wight owned #91. Sheppard and Tommy Flannigan pulled in on the rear bumper of Decker in the final two circuits bringing fans to their feet. Sheppard would take a look on the high side as the trio came off turn four but it would Decker hanging on for the win. Sheppard, Flannigan, Scott Kerwin, and Randy Chrysler rounded out the top five.
Cody McPherson took the lead away from Kevin Wills on an early race restart to claim the point position in the thirty lap Grit Sportsman Series event. Piloting his McPherson Trucking sponsored #7, McPherson picked up his first win of the year at the Big R. McPherson is a regular weekly competitor for the first time in his racing career and is proving to be quite competition. Cody currently also sits in the top five in points aboard the Investors Services Sportsman class. Chris Burek enjoyed his best finish of the season in second followed by Greg Martin, Mike Williams, and Gary Lindberg. A total of thirty-two sportsman entered the pits with twenty-four taking the initial green. Rocky “the flying squirrel” Warner made his first visit to the Western New York facility. Unfortunately a broken shock tower would send him pitside early resulting in a twelfth place finish.
BATTLE AT THE BORDER FEATURE FINISH (75) – BILLY DECKER, Matt Sheppard, Tommy Flannigan, Scott Kerwin, Randy Chrysler, Stewart Friesen, Tyler McPherson, Chad Brachmann, Erick Rudolph, Mat Williamson, Mike Mahaney, Pete Bicknell, Ricky Richner, Nick Joy, Lance Willix, Kenny Wills, Adam Hilton, Ryan Susice, Danny Johnson, Jimmy Phelps, John Smith, Robbie Krull, Dave Flannigan, Billy Bleich, Gil Tegg, Justin Wright, Jeff McGinnis, Brian Sage, and Scott George.
GRIT SPORTSMAN SERIES FEATURE FINISH (30) – CODY MCPHERSON, Chris Burek, Greg Martin, Mike Wiliams, Gary Lindberg, Don Spatorico, James Henry, Billy Coleman, Eric Giguere, James Sweeting, Allan Wills, Rocky Warner, Matt Farnham, Dan Heschke, Ricky Newton, Derrick Borkenhagen, Justin Sharp, Jim Harbison, Jesse Cotriss, James Friesen, Kevin Wills, Brett Martin, Zack Sam, and Brett Senek.
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