Big Block Modifieds




Tremont Claims First Of Season At Albany-Saratoga

For Immediate Release
May 16th, 2015

Malta, NY – There was good news and bad news for the Upstate DIRTcar Modified division competitors at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Friday night. The good news was that the show, including their 35 lap feature event beat Mother Nature and was able to get in. The bad news was that a certain Sand Lake Slingshot served notice that he was back in winning stride.

Kenny Tremont, Jr. picked up the win in the 35 lap Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified feature event. The win was the 12 time track champion’s 63rd of his career and first since August 2014.

Other winners during the evening were Jeremy Pitts (Sportsman), Rob Yetman (DIRTcar Pro Stocks), Randy Miller (Street Stocks), Anthony Alger (Sportsman) and Steve Ryan (Greg’s Towing and Repair Four Cylinders).

Alex Bell and Rich Ronca led the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified field to the green with Ronca taking the early lead over Bell, Bobby Hackel, IV, Ray Hoard and Rob Pitcher. Hackel meanwhile was strong early on. The third generation driver was all over Bell by lap three and took over the second position on lap five.

The red flag would halt the filed on lap six when Brett Wright flipped in turn one.  Hackel moved the Swisset Tools number 97 into the lead on the restart with Ronca, Hoard, Bell and Jimmy Cottrell following. By this time Tremont and Brett Hearn were also making their way through the field. After starting 14th and 15th respectfully, the duo occupied 10th and 11th on the restart.

Bell’s time in the top five came to an end on lap eight as the Cambridge, New York driver slipped high in  turn two, which allowed Cottrell to move into fourth and Keith Flach to enter to top five. Hearn and Tremont were both charging to the front fast. Hearn took over sixth on lap 11 however a tangle between Matt DePew and Hector Stratton negated the pass.

Hackel continued to lead on the restart with Ronca, Flach, DePew and Tremont following. Flach wasted no time and passed Ronca for second on lap 12 while Tremont moved past Hoard for the fourth position. Matt Delorenzo also made his way past Hoard to enter the top five while Hearn moved to sixth.

On lap 14 Tremont continued his march towards the front by taking third from Ronca and then immediately under Flach for second. On lap 15 Tremont secured second as Delorenzo moved past Ronca for fourth. Hearn followed suit and moved into the top five.

Tremont meanwhile closed right in on Hackel and after Ray Hoard spun in turn four, had a perfect chance to get along side of Hackel on the ensuing restart. When racing resumed Tremont was the race leader over Hackel, Flach, Hearn and Delorenzo. Following a lap 19 caution for Brian Whittemore, Tremont controlled what would be the final restart with Hearn taking over second, Hackel third, Peter Britten fourth and Flach fifth.

Britten moved past Hackel for third on lap 20 with Flach following suit two laps later. Marc Johnson started to make a charge in the races second half. After starting 21st, Johnson moved past Hackel on lap 26 for the fifth position.

Despite heavy slower traffic, Tremont pulled away from Hearn to pick up his first win of the season. Hearn finished second with Britten third, Johnson fourth and Flach fifth. Heat races for the 31 car field were won by Mark Kislowski, Brian Gleason and Rich Ronca.

Defending and two time track champion Jeremy Pitts won the caution filled 25 lap Sportsman feature event. The win was the seventh of Pitt’s career at the Great Race Place. It was also his first win of the season and first since August 2014.

Alissa Cody and Jake Scarborough led the field to the green with Cody taking the early lead. A jingle on the opening lap sent Scarborough and three others to the tail of the field. Cody led on the restart and held the position until Jack Gentile took over on lap two.  Gentile’s time out front lasted until lap four when Robert Bublak, Jr. took over.

Bublak kept the M&J Construction number 27B out front until Pitts made his way past on lap 12. Once out front Pitts pulled away for the win over Bublak, Chris Johnson, Tim Hartman, Jr. and Rock Warner. Heat races for the 30 car field were won by Scarborough, Rob Maxon and John Proctor.

Anthony Alger won his third career Limited Sportsman feature event. With the win Alger now has graduated to the regular Sportsman division. Chris Curtis finished second with Zach Daurio third, Scott Flanders fourth and Tim Heady fifth. Heat races for the 20 car field were won by Travis Billington, Alger and Curtis.

Official Results

DIRTcar Modified Results (35 Laps) - 1) Ken Tremont Jr, 2) Brett Hearn, 3) Peter Britten, 4) Marc Johnson, 5) Keith Flach, 6) Ronnie Johnson, 7) Matt Delorenzo, 8) Elmo Reckner, 9) Bobby Hackel IV, 10) Mark Kislowski, 11) Rich Ronca, 12) Don Ronca, 13) Jimmy Cottrell, 14) Neil Stratton, 15) Rob Pitcher, 16) John Lutes Jr., 17) Brian Gleason, 18) Hector Stratton, 19) Kris Vernold, 20) Jessey Mueller, 21) Scott Duell, 22) Dylan Scribner, 23) Alex Bell, 24) Justin Barber, 25) Brian Whittemore, 26) Mike Perrotte 27) Ray Hoard, 28) Matt Depew, 29) Brett Wright, DNS) Don Mattison, DNS) Jim Nagle

Sportsman Results (25 Laps) - 1) Jeremy Pitts, 2) Robert Bublak, 3) Chris Johnson, 4) Tim Hartman Jr 5) Rocky Warner, 6) Dave Baranowski Jr, 7) Johnny Scarborough, 8) Derek McGrew, 9) Mike Burdo, 10) Chris Murray, 11) Adam Gage, 12) Rob Maxon, 13) Alissa Cody, 14) Nick Anatriello, 15) Pete Jeske, 16) Brandon Pitcher, 17) Ricky Davis, 18) Nick Lussier, 19) Hunter Bates, 20) Mike Ostrander, 21) Joey Scarborough, 22) Colin Bokus, 23) Jack Gentile, 24) Jack Speshock, 25) Jack Swinton, 26) John Proctor, 27) Jon Miller, 28) Jake Scarborough, 29) Connor Cleveland, DNS) Jack Bublak

DIRTcar Pro Stock Results (25 Laps) - 1) Rob Yetman, 2) Robbie Speed, 3) Brandon Emigh, 4) Daniel Sanchez, 5) Byron Wescott, 6) Ken Martin, 7) Kim Duell, 8) Chuck Dumblewski, 9) Dave Depaulo, 10) Bernie Companion, 11) Bill Smith, 12) Dan Older, 13) Cale Kneer, 14) Mark Burch, 15) Scott Lawrence, 16) Dan Madigan, 17) Kevin Loomis, 18) Norm Loubier, 19) Jeff Washburn, 20) Ed Thompson, 21) Pete Porter

Limited Sportsman Results (15 Laps) - 1) Anthony Alger, 2) Chris Curtis, 3) Zach Daurio, 4) Scott Flanders, 5) Tim Heady, 6) John Stowell, 7) Reggie Bonner, 8) Christopher Ronca, 9) Nick Fretto, 10) Scott Bennett Jr, 11) Rob Lanfear, 12) Anthony Savoca, 13) Diana Huyck, 14) Travis Billington, 15) Ken Conroy, 16) Mike Coffey, 17) Bob Schmidt, 18) Pat Jones,  19) Gary Derocher, DNS) George Dorvee


Super DIRTcar Series Returns May 20 to Canandaigua Motorsports Park

FX Caprara extends 2015 partnership with Super DIRTcar Series, NAPA Super DIRT Week

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - May 15, 2015 - The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series is headed to Canandaigua Motorsports Park for the 5th annual Jan Corcoran Memorial 64 event on Wednesday, May 20.

The $6,000-to-win event is the Super DIRTcar Series' first appearance at the Canandaigua half-mile since 2012. If racing rises to the level of the Super DIRTcar Series' previous event at Fulton Speedway, as five-time Canandaigua Big-Block Modified champion Matt Sheppard predicts, it will be memorable.

Sheppard, a three-time SDS Big-Block Series champion from Waterloo, N.Y., finished second to defending series champion Billy Decker in the series' first points race of the year at Fulton.

Since then, driving the FX Capara No. 9H, Sheppard has a win and a second in two regular-season starts at Canandaigua. He was also the opening night winner at Brewerton Speedway.

When the feature lineup rolls out onto the track Wednesday, it will be led by the FX Caprara pace car. FX Caprara is the Official Car Company of the 2015 Super DIRTcar Series and NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIV (October 7-11).

"It's really nice to have a series race at Canandaigua," Sheppard said. "It's been my home track for a long time. It's really racy and it's already in mid-summer shape. If your car is good, you can come from out of the back and win."

The gates open for the Jan Corcoran Memorial 64-lap event at 5 p.m. with racing slated to begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $25/adults, $5/kids-16 and under. Call the track at 585-394-0961 for more information.

The top 12 competitors attempting to win the Pole Position Raceway Fast Time Qualifier award will participate in the Dig Safely NY 811 redraw to determine the first six rows in the 30-car field.

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By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH May 13, 2015 After a successful 2015 opener on May 2, Mother Nature decided to intervene last Saturday night at Sharon Speedway washing out the Mothers Day Celebration program. Well over 70 cars were in the pits with a line out to Route 305 when the event was forced to be cancelled. Rain checks from last week are good for Saturday night and all regular events throughout 2015.

Sharon will look to try again for week number two of the 86th anniversary season this Saturday night (May 16) with a full program of "Steel Valley Thunder" action featuring the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Weller Hughes Contracting & Developing RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Group qualifying begins at 7 p.m.

Kids will be able to participate in the first Power Wheels races of the season during intermission. This week's kitchen special is baked chicken with parsley potatoes and vegetable. Beer and 50/50 raffle proceeds will benefit the Northeast Ohio Adoption Services.

The DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds had the highest car count on opening night with 22 cars in the pits. Defending track and Lou Blaney Memorial "Drive to be a Champion" titlist, Rex King, Jr. wasted little time showing he's going to be force to repeat with his opening night win. Brian Swartzlander and Dave Murdick looked to be contenders until dropping from the event late with overheating problems. The return of Kevin Bolland is expected in the coming weeks.

Not many times does a newcomer to a division win a feature out the box, but Will Thomas did it on the May 2 opener in the Modifieds and pocketed the $700 increased payout. Modifieds are reminded that, 24 cars or more will result in $1,000 to-win and an increased payoff! It was a rough night for defending track champion, Steve Dixon, who crashed in qualifying ending his night. Past champions Mike Kinney and Joel Watson were right there in second and third.

It was good to see a record 15 RUSH Sportsman Modifieds on hand for their first race as being a weekly division. The class attracted between 10 and 13 on a limited schedule in their inaugural 2014 season. Several other new racers are expected in the coming weeks like 14-year-old Jeremy Weaver, Justin Shea, Joe Plesniak, Jim Bryce, Jerry Schaffer, last year's inaugural winner Jordan Eck, Josh Chaney, Michael Miller, and more. It was a familiar face in victory lane though as Greg Martin won his fifth career race at the track. Martin, who travels three and a half hours to race, has yet to finish worse than second in his nine starts at the speedway.

Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, and group qualifying slated for 7. Admission for those 14 and over is $10. Pit passes are $30. As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE! Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.


Can Anyone Stop Matt Sheppard This Friday May 15 At The Brewerton Speedway

BREWERTON, NY – MAY 12, 2015 (By Dave Medler) – This Friday, May 15th 911 Restoration of Central New York presents a night of family affordable, fast racing action at the Brewerton Speedway.

On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds/SUNY Canton Sportsman/Pro Race Cars Mod Lites and Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders.

Last week in the Modifieds Matt Sheppard won his second feature in a row in the early season, showing he is going to be tough to unseat as track champion. With the talent in the division that looks like a Super DIRTcar series race every Friday, don’t write the check in Sheppard’s name just yet. Top-Five Point Standings. Matt Sheppard (120) Jimmy Phelps (106) Billy Decker (92) Pat Ward (88) Matt Billings (81).

The SUNY Canton Sportsman have shown they are great addition to the weekly lineup with bumper-to-bumper and two and three-wide racing Last week Jack Meeks came from the 12th starting spot to pick up the big win. Top-Five Point Standings. Jack Meeks (102) Rich Townsend (92) Tony Finch II (90) Gregg Kimball (86) Mike Prentice (84).

Gates will open this Friday, May 15 at 5:30 with racing starting at 7:30. Adult grandstand admission will be $12 with everyone 18 yrs. old and younger FREE. Pit admission $27 Participant/$30 Non-Participant.



It’s been five years since the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series has taken to the famed 1/3 mile Grandview Speedway, but all of that changes on Tuesday, June 16 with a double-header of Big-Block Modified and 358 Modified action for the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series 18th Annual Traffic Jam.  The real question is, who will Double Down and run both modified divisions?

This first time ever presentation at Grandview marks the only appearance of the DIRTcar Big-Blocks in the region -- with over $44,000 in cash payout.  all of the area’s top drivers and many invaders are lining up to get a piece of the action.

The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds will compete in a 60-lap event with $6,000 waiting for the winner in Victory Lane.  The 358 Modifieds will battle for a $3,000 top-prize in a 30-lap event.  Sweetening the pot is the Pioneer Pole Buildings Double Down Bonus – which will offer an additional $1,000 to any driver that can conquer both Modified events, sending that driver home with a whopping $10,000.

For a true modified fan, this event is a dream come true.  No filler divisions on this program, it’s ALL Modifieds, ALL Night!

Leading the contingent of Series invaders is three-time and defending Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series champion and two-time Traffic Jam winner, Unadilla, NY’s Billy Decker.  Decker picked up right where he left off capturing the opening DIRTcar event on April 25 at the Fulton Speedway and is certainly a favorite leading into Tuesday, June 16 “on the hill”.

DIRTcar regulars expected to march in with Decker include: three-time Series Champion Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, NY, 2014 Forrest Roger Memorial winner Rochester, NY’s Danny Johnson, eight-time series champion Brett Hearn of Sussex, NJ and 2014 Freedom 76 winner Stewart Friesen.

A home-track advantage is definitely an asset and the Grandview Speedway weekly competitors have proved that they should not be taken lightly.  

In 2010, after starting twenty-third in a thirty car field, Oley, PA’s Craig VonDohren roared passed series regular Dale Planck with just nine-laps remaining capturing the Traffic Jam victory.  VonDohren knows the fast way around the Bechtelsville oval with almost 100 career victories at Grandview Speedway.    A pairing to keep an eye on is Oley, PA’s Duane Howard aboard the Mike Petruska owned Atlas Paving Contractors No. 66 machine.  Howard holds the second spot on Grandview Speedway’s all-time win list and the Petruska No. 66 has seen DIRTcar series victory lane with almost every pilot that’s taken the wheel.

VonDohren and Howard along with Pennsylvania’s top guns: Jeff Strunk of Bechtelsville, Doug Manmiller of Shoemakersville, Rick Laubach of Quakertown, and Ryan Watt of Boyertown – hope to defend the home-turf against an insurgence of DIRTcar drivers and take home a possible $10,000.

Past Traffic Jam Winners include: Rick Laubach (2014), Duane Howard (2013), Danny Johnson (2012), Jeff Strunk (2011), Craig VonDohren (2010), Tim Fuller (2009, 2005), Brett Hearn (2009, 2007, 2002, 1998), Billy Decker (2008, 2003), Alan Johnson (2006), Tim McCreadie (2004, 2001), Frank Cozze (2000), and Jimmy Horton (1999)

Celebrating the 26th season of racing action NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series always includes fun for the fans with activities such as: Pre-Race Pit Tours, the Inside/Out Experience – where fans can sign-up to watch hot laps from the infield, the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show pre-race Meet & Greet, JOE “THE PIZZA DUDE”, giveaways, fireworks and appearances by the Thunder Girls.

General Admission ticket pricing for Tuesday, June 16 is $25 for Adults, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & under are FREE! Pit Admission pricing is $35 without a license and $30 with a DIRTcar or Grandview Speedway license.

Pit Gates open at 3:00 PM, Grandstand Gates open at 5:00 PM, Hot Laps begin at 6:45 PM and Racing starts at 7:30 PM

Bonus awards, rules and event information are available at on the front page.


Accord Speedway Offers Something For Everyone Next Tuesday, May 19 With New York Truck Parts Inc. ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’

ACCORD, NY – Accord Speedway will have something for everyone next Tuesday, May 19.

A talent-laden field of racers, a huge payout, bonuses, awards and even a race fan giveaway highlight the New York Truck Parts Inc. ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ presented by Shakelton Auto & Truck Center at the Ulster County quarter-mile oval.

The special midweek event is headlined by the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek big-block/small-block Modifieds in a 53-lap event paying $5,300-plus to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 just to take the green flag. This event is the third of eight races in the Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region $15,000 championship battle currently led by Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y.

Also on the card: Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman in a 25-lap feature offering a $1,000 winner’s share and Slingshots running a 20-lap main with $300 going to the victor. There is a rain date in place of Wednesday, May 20.

Special awards and bonuses are adding up quickly. Economy Movers, based in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., has signed on as the Hard Charger Award sponsor, providing a $200 bonus to the driver advancing the most positions from their scheduled start to the finish of the 53-lap STSS Modified event. Economy Movers also added $50 each to laps 20 and 40 in the main.

Rock Fantasy Concert, Smoke Shop & Pinball Room of Middletown, N.Y., will reward the Halfway Leader in the STSS Modified main with $150 cash. Laps are filling up quickly for the event and will be distributed at $20/lap to drivers rotating through the top-seven running order.

Zubi’s Racing owner Dave Zubikowski has instituted a unique fan incentive. Five lucky fans will receive $20 gas cards via a drawing of general admission ticket stubs during the evening.

Halmar International of Nanuet, N.Y., has signed on for a pair of Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway bonuses. With OCFS silent for an off-weekend on May 23, competitors choosing to compete in the ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ will be rewarded. The top-finishing OCFS big-block regular in the order of finish will receive $150, while the highest-placing small-block takes home $100.

The top-finishing representative from Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway in the 53-lap main will earn a cash bonus of $100 for their efforts courtesy of speedway management. A similar $100 bonus will be handed out to the leading New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway representative.

ASI Trophy & Awards will boost the top-finishing Accord (N.Y.) Speedway regular’s earnings by $100 at the finish of the extra-distance 53-lap main.

A number of product awards and certificates will be handed out, as well, from Allstar Performance, American Racer/Lias Tire, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Fast Axle, Hi-Tek/VP Racing Fuels, Shiley Fabrication, S&W Awards and Vahlco Wheels.

Hunt’s Machine will reward the highest-placing, Accord-sealed Crate 602 Sportsman engine with a $200 bonus following the 25-lap Sportsman main.

The ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ celebrates its third running in 2015. Last year, Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., emerged from an intense tussle with Tommy Meier to score the victory. In the inaugural ’13 running, Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., was the winner.

For the ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ pit gates open at 3 p.m. Grandstand gates will be unlocked at 4 p.m. A drivers’ meeting is planned for 5:45 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $22. Seniors (ages 65 and over) pay $20. Kids 11 and under pay $5. There are limited indoor seats available at $35 each. They can be reserved by contacting the speedway office at 845.626.1142. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Complete rules, general information, prices, etc. have been posted on the Short Track Super Series website at the following link:

Entry forms for all three divisions have been posted and registration is open at this time.


Hearn Claims First Valley Win of 2015 on Dangerous Night

West Lebanon, NY: Saturday night got off to a dangerous start before warm-ups even began.  Tyler Dippel and one of his crewmembers were injured when the lift gate on Dippel’s hauler hit them.  Both were taken to Albany Medical Center.  Dippel has a bruised pelvis and hip, while his crewmember has a broken left leg and broken nose.  Needless to say, the incident put Dippel out of both the Modified and Small Block Modified classes for the night.

Once the feature came along, Brett Hearn was hungry and wanted to add to his trophy collection.  Starting 14th, Hearn made short work of much of the field to get into the top-5.

On lap 4, Brian Berger and Kyle Armstrong came together in turn 4 and went into the wall, bringing out the first caution.  Kolby Schroder was also collected.  All three drivers drove away from the crash.  While Berger and Armstrong were out on the spot despite getting back to the pits on their own, Schroder continued after a tire change and repairs.

On the restart, Hearn continued to make his presence known.  He immediately moved up to third on the restart.  On the next lap, Hearn took second away from Chad Jeseo.  From there, Hearn set his sights on pole-sitter and early leader Steve Hough, who just so happened to be debuting a new car that Hearn’s team prepared.

Hearn ran down Hough and proceeded to hound the veteran for several laps.  Eventually, Hearn was able to get past on the inside in turn 4 on Lap 15.  From there, Hearn began to pull away and it looked an easy victory.  Not so fast.

Andy Bachetti dropped fluid in turn 3 on lap 21, which led to a crash involving Rob Pitcher and Schroder to bring out another caution that bunched up the field.  On the restart, Kenny Tremont, Jr. made a great move to advance from seventh to third, but with a significant gap to Hough.  Another quick caution due to a blown right rear tire for Mike King bottled the field up again.

Tremont was able to get by Hough on the restart for second, and thanks to wall contact for Keith Flach, got one more shot at Hearn.  While Tremont did dip his nose to the inside, he could not get past Hearn, who earned his 86th career Modified win at Lebanon Valley.

Afterwards, Hearn was very happy with his Modified on the evening.

“It was awesome; awesome right from the start,” Hearn said at his hauler.  “This week was different; last week, [the strongest contenders] had a head start.  On an even footing, the results were a little different.”

For Tremont, he was not that disappointed in failing to run his streak to three in a row.  He could take solace in the fact that suspension changes made post-feature allowed him to make the inside move on Hearn work to win the Dirt Track Outlaws Shootout later in the evening.
In the Small Block Modified feature, J.R. Heffner’s drivetrain issues that prevented him from starting the first Small Block Modified feature of the season resulted in him starting from pole after winning his heat race.  From there, Heffner got an excellent jump on Jason Herrington on the start and was gone.
The top-3 drivers (Heffner, Herrington and Shane Jablonka) spent much of the race by themselves.  Behind them, Kim LaVoy and rookie Peter Carlotto battled early on for fourth before the Alexis Diner-sponsored veteran emerged victorious.

Further back, Brett Haas had to battle from the 13th starting spot and found the going rather difficult at times.  While he eventually got back to a sixth-place finish, he explained afterwards that it was one of the most difficult races that he’d run in quite a while.

Heffner would not be caught on the way to his first Small Block Modified.  Herrington was second, while Jablonka was a distant third.  LaVoy was fourth, while Alan Houghtaling was fifth.


Modified Feature (30 laps): 1) 20- Brett Hearn, 2) 115- Kenny Tremont, Jr., 3) 34- Steve Hough, 4) 47- Jeff Watson, 5) 98- Eddie Marshall, 6) 42- Kyle Sheldon, 7) 87x- Paul Gilardi, 8) 25- Chad Jeseo, 9) 45- Wayne Jelley, 10) 74- J.R. Heffner, 11) 55- Mike King, 12) 43- Keith Flach, 13) 34B- Andy Bachetti, 14) 17R- Elmo Reckner, 15) 17- Rob Pitcher, 16) 81- D.J. Faulkner, 17) 16- Kyle Hoffman, 18) 98S- Kolby Schroder, 19) 816- Jeff Rockefeller, 20) 1X- Denny Soltis, 21) 11A- Kyle Armstrong, 22) 60- Brian Berger, 23) 42P- Matt Pupello, 24) 23- Olden Dwyer,

Small Block Modified Feature Results (24 laps): 1) 74- J.R. Heffner, 2) 1- Jason Herrington, 3) 44X- Shane Jablonka, 4) 3- Kim LaVoy, 5) 250- Alan Houghtaling, 6) 55- Brett Haas, 7) 12C- Peter Carlotto, 8) 7T- Timothy Davis, 9) 88JR- Olden Dwyer, 10) 45- Wayne Jelley, 11) 72- Ray Hall, Jr., 12) 12- Brian Sandstedt, 13) 115- Kenny Tremont, Jr., 14) 21- Ryan Darcy, 15) 10C- Ryan Charland, 16) 83- Chad Pierce, 17) 20- David Schilling, 18) 111- Demetrios Drellos, 19) 44- Jeff Kelley, 20) 82- Brian Peterson, 21) 6- Bryan McGuire, 22) 6R- Ryan Heath



VERNON, NY- With precipitation starting to fall in the early afternoon and an unfavorable forecast forced Utica-Rome Speedway management to cancel the racing program for Sunday May 10.  On tap for the special Mother Days program was Twin 20’s for the Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds plus regular events for the 602 Sportsman, Open Sportsman, and Pro Street Stocks.

Action will resume next when Wilber-Duck Chevrolet and Certified Auto Outlet Inc. presents another exciting regular show of Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Open Sportsman, and Pro Street Stocks.  Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing set to begin at 6 p.m.  Regular admission is $13 for adults while kids 16 and under are free.


Chad Cook Turns Around Early Struggles, Wins First Of 2015 In Thunder Mountain Modified Action

CENTER LISLE, NY – Chad Cook broke free from his early season struggles on Saturday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway.

Cook, a former champion from Deposit, N.Y., drove to his first big-block/small-block Modified score of the 2015 season at the Center Lisle three-eighths-mile oval, fending off a persistent Brian Malcolm to win the 30-lap main event. Cook earned $1,200 for his efforts driving Mike Costello’s No. 222.

Another massive crowd filled the Thunder Mountain concrete grandstand for Saturday’s program, contested under picture-perfect weather conditions.

“We were off here the first couple weeks,” Cook admitted. “We figured some stuff out but the car still wasn’t perfect yet. I had to be careful how I drove it because it would go from loose to tight. I knew Brian (Malcolm) was right there.”

Cook took command on the second lap of a rough-and-tumble main event from pole starter Ken Titus. Meanwhile, a battle for second raged behind him. Malcolm’s Chris Clark and Tom Coar No. 119 Troyer emerged in the runner-up spot following a lap-nine restart when he cleared his teammate, defending track champion Brent Wilcox.

Malcolm, in between cautions, was able to draw in on race leader Cook. On the 17th lap he pulled to the inside of Cook in turns three and four. However, Cook was able to repel the advance.

Malcolm made another run at Cook during the race’s last three laps but was unable to unseat the leader.

Cook put his name on the board as a ’15 feature winner on the Mountain, the third different victor in three Modified races run this year. Malcolm, of Lake Ariel, Pa., settled for second. Point leader Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., drove Jim Shear’s No. 77X to a third-place result.

Defending track champion Wilcox of Binghamton, N.Y., recovered from involvement in a lap-12 homestretch tangle to finish fourth, marching through traffic in the race’s second half. Making his first start of the season, Mike Clapperton of Sidney, N.Y., drove from 20th to finish fifth.

Point leader Eric Leet has been a model of consistency in the Open Sportsman division. On Saturday, the Marathon, N.Y., driver earned the biggest win of his career, taking a $1,000 payday home from the 20-lap main. Leet inherited the top spot on the third lap when Ricky Ross Jr. slowed.

Billy Spoonhower, making his first Sportsman start of the year, cut through the field to finish second. Invader Brandon Walters drove from 15th to third, having completed repairs following a heat-race collision with an infield marker tire. Tommy Eiklor finished fourth and Randy Green completed the front five in a rare Thunder Mountain start.

Making the long drive from Buffalo, N.Y., worthwhile, Adam Hilton topped the 20-lap Crate 602 Sportsman headliner. Hilton inherited the lead moments before the halfway mark when Pat Jordan and Shayne Spoonhower, who had been trading the lead, tangled entering turn three.

From that point on, Hilton led the event to win in his first start of the year on the Mountain driving the No. 3 car normally piloted by his father, Fran. Daryl Krebs, Lanson Albanese, Rich Powell and Geoff Powell trailed.

Dominic Fuller was an unlikely winner of the 15-lap Rookie Sportsman division. The Clay, N.Y., driver fell behind early, but was able to surge ahead inside the final five laps. Opening Night winner Rudy Roth overcame an early spin to chase Fuller across the line.


Modified Feature Finish (30 Laps): CHAD COOK, Brian Malcolm, Mike Mahaney, Brent Wilcox, Mike Clapperton, Kevin Bates, Chris Stull, Ken Titus, Colton Wilson, Mike Nagel Jr., Steve Cummings, Billy Spoonhower, Nick Rochinski, Tom McGurrin, Marshall Balzer, Chance Spoonhower, Marc Goodwin, Byron Worthing, Mike Wilbur, Ryan Jordan.

Open Sportsman Feature Finish (20 Laps): ERIC LEET ($1,000), Billy Spoonhower, Brandon Walters, Tommy Eiklor, Randy Green, Chris Jordan, Kenny Hammond, Nick Mady, Kevin Jordan, Travis Smith, Dan Burman, Jacob Fowlston, Ricky Ross Jr., Geordie Decker, Larry Hillis.

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 Laps): ADAM HILTON, Daryl Krebs, Lanson Albanese, Rich Powell, Geoff Powell, Pat Jordan, Shayne Spoonhower, Randy Gates, Dan Pease, Dustin Jordan, Joshua Underwood, Isaiah Forward.  

Rookie Sportsman Feature Finish (15 Laps): DOMINIC FULLER, Rudy Roth, Tyler Keener, Shawn Davis, Kerri Cook, Kinser Hill, Terry Falter.



SUSQUEHANNA, PA………. For the second consecutive week, Dan Pompey was victorious at Penn Can Speedway in the Modified main event. Pompey raced from sixth to claim his second win in as many tries. Defending Sportsman champion Ryan Olsommer picked up where he left off in 2014 with his first win of the season Friday. The CRSA Sprint cars made their first appearance of the year at the speedway with Scott Goodrich picking up the win. Doug Stack Jr. claimed his first career Street Stock feature win, with Frank Kennedy claiming top honors in the 4 Cylinders, and Buck Mills Sr. picking up the win in the Factory Stock feature.

21 Modifieds were on hand for the second race of 2015 at the Penn Can Speedway. Scranton, PA’s Bob Trapper and Binghamton, NY’s Joey Colsten led the field to the green flag for the 30 lapper. Trapper wasted no time taking his number 69 machine to the lead.

Despite back-to-back cautions on laps 3 and 4, Trapper was quickly able to open up a 5-car length advantage over Joey Colsten. By lap 5, last week’s feature winner Dan Pompey was able to move into third from sixth on the starting grid. On lap 6, the caution flag would fly again for a pileup in turn one. At this point, the top 5 saw Trapper the leader over Colsten, Pompey, Kevin Hartnett, and Brian Malcolm.

On the ensuing restart, Pompey began to apply the pressure to Colsten’s number 151 as they battled for second. Trapper again opened up a sizeable advantage as the battle raged behind him. The caution flag would again fly on lap 10, this time for Joey Grammes. When the green flag again flew, Pompey wasted no time making a move to work around Colsten for position two. Meanwhile, Greenfield Township’s Nick Petrilak cracked into the top 5 from ninth, showing that the topside was coming in.

The battle continued in the front of the pack with Pompey now pressuring Trapper lap after lap for the lead. Trapper finally surrendered the lead on lap 13 to Pompey who made an inside pass to claim the top spot.

By the midway point of the 30-lap feature, Pompey led over Trapper, Colsten, Malcolm, and Nick Rochinski now completing the top 5. In the immediate laps to follow, defending track champion Kevin Hartnett let his presence be known by moving into third, then making quick work of Trapper to move into second. Rochinski was able to follow Hartnett through, as he would take over the number three spot.

As the race entered the final 5 laps, Hartnett had caught Pompey’s back bumper and began to pressure for the lead. Rochinski continued to run third a few car lengths back, with Malcolm, and Mike Colsten now rounding out the top 5. As Pompey worked the bottom groove of the speedway, Hartnett ran the extreme high side in the closing laps. Coming off of turn 4 on the final lap the crowd was on their feet as Hartnett momentarily was side by side with Pompey for the lead. Pompey was able to hold off the strong challenge of Hartnett en route to his second consecutive win at the speedway. Hartnett, Rochinski, Malcolm, Mike Colsten, Trapper, Ken Titus, Alan Rudalavage, Mike Loney, and Joey Colsten completed the top 10.

In the Crate Sportsman 20 lap feature, defending track champion Ryan Olsommer was able to claim his first victory of the 2015-racing season. Randy Gates looked to be the car to beat in the early stages of the event as he led the first 13 laps in dominating fashion. Olsommer, who started sixth, wasted no time moving up to second just 7 laps into the race. On lap 14, Olsommer made a move that would stick, giving him the lead for good. In the closing laps, last weeks feature winner Alec Gennarelli was able to race past Gates claiming position two. Olsommer held on for his first win of the season with Gennarelli, Gates, Dusty Barton, and Butch Green completing the top 5.


MODIFIED RESULTS: Dan Pompey, Kevin Hartnett, Nick Rochinski, Brian Malcolm, Mike Colsten, Bob Trapper, Ken Titus, Alan Rudalavage, Mike Loney, Joey Colsten, Nick Petrilak, Bobby Trapper, Adam MacGeorge, George Kostelanski, Sam Allen, Jamie Batzel, Joey Grammes, Frank Porreca, Mike Austin, Mike Dougherty, DNS: Scott Adams

SPORTSMAN RESULTS: Ryan Olsommer, Alec Gennarelli, Randy Gates, Dusty Barton, Butch Green, Tyler Singleton, Grant Hilfiger, Paul Rooney, Matt Brewer, Devon Zona, Todd Titus, Marty Bunker, Kyle Pierce, Ted Mills III, Bud Phillips

CRSA RESULTS: Scott Goodrich, Dustin Purdy, Josh Pieniazek, Mike Kiser, Brian Krummel, Dalton Herrick, Geoff Quackenbush, Cory Sparks, Kyle Sparks, Kyle Smith, Warren Alexson, Chad Miller, Joe Kata, Tyler Jashembowski, Dana Wagner, Ed Kelly, John Matrafailo, Jeremy Quick, Emily Vaninwegen, Josh Flint, Dan Hennessy, Jordan Thomas, Brett Jaycox, Tom Radivoy



By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – Any of us who started out as race fans as a child know the importance of contact at the speedway with their favorite drivers and the joy it brings to a young child’s face when your favorite driver takes a minute to say hello and spend a little time with one of their young fans.

On Saturday night at the Fonda Speedway the little bit of time that Stewart Friesen spent with a young fan may have just brought him a little bit of luck as he went on to his third win of the 2015 season and the 32nd of his career at Fonda tying him with Steve Danish for 12th on the all-time win list at the “Track of Champions”.

During the meet and greet on the track where fans could come out on the track to meet their favorite drivers, Friesen had all of the children who came to visit him sign their names inside the number of his race car and one of those names was Darryn Fallis who is the son of Drew Fallis who is a former competitor at Fonda.

“Darryn signed my car last year too,” Friesen said in victory lane after the win. “How cool is that.”

Friesen positioned his car on victory lane with the driver’s side facing the grandstand to show the names that were signed on the number of his race car. That just goes to show how important it is to give up a little bit of your time at the track to your fans.

Other winners on Saturday evening at Fonda were Cody Bleau (602 sportsman), Chuck Dumblewski (pro stock), Yule Cook who took his first career win at Fonda in the street stock division, and Ken Hollenback (4-cylinder).

Not only was it meet and greet night there were also four lucky children who went home with bicycles as they were given away during the racing program as well.

Alton Palmer and Justin Boehler brought the 26 car starting field down for Joe Kriss’ green flag to start the modified feature event with Palmer the early race leader. Young hot shoe Boehler kept the pressure on the veteran driver Palmer however as they made it a two car race for the lead by lap seven as they were a straightaway ahead of the third place car of Jessey Mueller at that point.

The first of only two caution flags flew in the event on lap 10 when Bodie Bellinger slowed on the backstretch with Pep Corradi and Darwin Greene completing the top five behind Mueller. On the restart Corradi and Brian Gleason both got by Mueller who got tangled up with Greene and unfortunately was done for the night at that point as he drove off the track into the pit area.

At the halfway point in the 30-lap event the top two of Palmer and Boehler were again a straightaway ahead of the third place car of Gleason with 15th place starter Friesen now in the top six behind Corradi and Jeff Trombley who started the event in the 11th position. As the laps counted down Palmer began to slide up high in the turns but Boehler wasn’t close enough to take advantage of it.

The yellow flag was out again on lap 23 for Korey Wilder who came to a stop on the backstretch to bring out the caution and once the caution came out he drove away into the pit area which was a move that could have cost Palmer the race win. On the restart Friesen got by Gleason for the third spot and with only one lap to go also got by Boehler for second. Then on the final lap Palmer again slid up high in between turns one and two allowing Friesen to duck underneath him and coming out of turn two Friesen had the race lead.

Palmer ducked under Friesen going into turn three but was unable to complete the pass as Friesen went on to yet another win at Fonda in the Parks Companies #1F Teo car over Palmer, Boehler, Gleason, and Jeremy Wilder who started 10th.

“That was tough,” Friesen told Toby LaGrange in victory lane. “I found something there on the bottom and what a great accomplishment it is for my Thad Parks Racing Team to now be in the top 12 on the all-time win list tied with Steve Danish.”

Shea Montgomery led lap one of the 20-lap 602 sportsman feature event before fourth place starter Cody Bleau took over the lead on a restart after a multiple car wreck on the backstretch just after lap one was completed. Defending track champion Rocky Warner was the new second place car on lap six after starting 10th but he slowed on the backstretch to bring out the caution once again and then drove to the hot pit area for service on his race car. He would restart at the rear of the field.

On the restart Brian Pessolano ended up on the infield in the backstretch to bring out another caution flag with Bleau, Montgomery, sixth place starter Aaron Burton, and John McAuliffe in the top five. Bleau pulled away to a straightaway lead with only two laps to go and would maintain that distance to the checkered flag in the Greg’s Towing #173 followed by Burton, Connor Cleveland, Cody Clark, and Ricky Quick.

Montgomery actually finished the event in the second position but was disqualified for being light at the scales.

For Bleau who was the 2012 602 sportsman track champion at Fonda it was his sixth career win in the division.

“I didn’t expect this at all,” Bleau said in victory lane. “The upfront start helped and the car stayed under me tonight.”

MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Alton Palmer, Justin Boehler, Brian Gleason, Jeremy Wilder, Jeff Trombley, Ronnie Johnson, Pep Corradi, Bobby Varin, Darwin Greene, A.J. Romano, Bodie Bellinger, Josh Hohenforst, Craig Hanson, Mark Kislowski, Floyd Billington, Scott Huber, Korey Wilder, C.G. Morey, Jessey Mueller, Ed Harris, Vinnie Sanganetti, Eric Stumpf, DNS Danny Varin, DNS Jimmy Davis, DNS Ronnie Holmes

602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 20-LAPS – CODY BLEAU, Aaron Burton, Connor Cleveland, Cody Clark, Ricky Quick, Dave Constantino, Tony Farone, Chris Schaffer, Jason Greco, Brian Pessolano, Rocky Warner, Anthony Cardamone, Adam McAuliffe, Chris Curtis, Aaron Jacobs, Harry Shaffer, Alissa Cody, Mark Mortensen, John McAuliffe, Chad Edwards, Ivan Joslin, Mike Peek, Nick Scavia, Greg Havlichek, DNS Dan Santabarbara, DNS Doug Hancock, DNS Kurtis Hohensheldt, DQ Shea Montgomery

PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – CHUCK DUMBLEWSKI, Jim Normoyle, Jason Casey, Jay Casey, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Tom Denton, Randy Cosselman, Walt Brownell, Jeff McPhail, Dean Charbonneau, Bill Knapp, Shane Henderson, Dennis Joslin, Rob VanAernam, Gus Hollner, Nate Furman, Nick Stone, John Bradt, Mark Sullivan, Kenny Martin Jr., Pete Broderson, Jamie Warner, DNS Cassidy Wilson, DNS Shane Playford



By CHARLIE BROWN, DELMAR, DE – Saturday night’s St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Benefit sponsored by K&B Auto produced some new winners and one first time winner. Shawn Ward survived a wild NAPA Big Block Modified 25-lap main to collect his first win of the season and become the third winner in three weeks in the division.

The Big Block feature got off to a wild start when the front markers got together in the second turn. When the pileup ended top runners H.J. Bunting, Beau Wilkins and last week’s feature winner, Brad Trice were taken to the pits never to return. Making repairs and getting back out on the speedway were Scott VanGorder, Michael White and Trent Willey.

Shawn Ward got by Dale Hawkins coming off fourth turn to take the lead on lap one. Jordan Watson was headed to the front getting by both Bobby Watkins and Hawkins to second by lap three. Three laps later, Watson moved on top.

By halfway the top five were Watson, Ward, Watkins, Matt Hawkins and VanGorder. Watson built a 3.5 second advantage but the car lost power at the start/finish line with eight to go. Watson coasted to a stop in the second turn to bring out the final yellow.

Ward was back on top with Watkins running a strong second. Ward would make no mistakes as he powered to his first win of the season. “We didn’t get the car done until seven o’clock,” said Ward. My guys have been putting it together and taking it apart since Thursday night.”

Watkins turned in his best run of the year in second with Matt Hawkins third. Fourth went to VanGorder and White rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Watson and Watkins.

A tangle in the first turn forced a restart at the beginning of the 15-lap AC Delco PSC Modified feature. The second try was the charm with pole sitter, Brandon Gallo jumping out to the early lead. Rookie Devin Dodson settled into second with Brandon Watkins running in third.

The race would be green until cautions on laps nine and ten would put the pack on Gallo’s bumper. Gallo was picture perfect for the final five laps to record his first career win in the division. “Last year was a learning experience and I guess it paid off,” said Gallo. Watkins finished a solid second. Rookie Devin Dodson continued to impress finished third with Joe Tracy fourth and Jordn Justice taking fifth on the final lap. Heats were won by Tracy and Watkins.

The Late Models provided plenty of action Saturday night in their 20-lap feature. A tangle on the first lap sent Herb Tunis, Nick Davis, Dylan Evans and Ricky Elliott to the rear of the field. Brandon Dennis jumped out to the early lead with Staci Warrington chasing in second and Donald Lingo, Jr. running in third.

Lingo got by Warrington for second on lap five. Dennis slipped high on the next lap and Lingo shot by for the lead. The yellow as out on lap 11 when Kellie Lewis was being overtaken on the back straight by a three car battle for third. Andrew Mullins made contact with Lewis who bounced off the back wall to bring out the yellow while Mullins headed to the pits with damage.

Herb Tunis was up to third behind Lingo and Dennis as Elliott, who had come from the rear of the field, began to challenge in fourth. Elliott would get by both Tunis and Dennis but the caution would be out before the lap was complete forcing him to restart back in fourth.

The field took the white flag but Davis and Joe Warren tangled in the first turn setting up a one lap dash for the win. Lingo remained perfect as he drove to the checkered for his first win of the season. “These wins come harder and harder the older I get,” said Lingo. Brandon posted his best finish in second with Tunis holding off Elliott to finish in third. Evans recovered from the first lap tangle to round out the top five. Heats were won by Lingo and Davis.

Big Block Modified Finish: 1. Shawn Ward; 2. Bobby Watkins; 3. Matt Hawkins; 4. Scott VanGorder; 5. Michael White; 6. Dale Hawkins; 7. Trent Willey; 8. Jordan Watson; 9. Dana Walker; 10. HJ Bunting; 11. Beau Wilkins; 12. Brad Trice.

AC Delco PSC Modified Finish: 1. Brandon Gallo; 2. Brandon Watkins; 3. Devin Dodson; 4. Joseph Tracy; 5. Jordn Justice; 6. Scott Hitchens; 7. Kenneth Peek; 8. Dwayne Crockett; 9. Kevin Sockriter; 10. Brad Roberts; 11. Danny Smack; 12. Carson Wright; 13. Brandon Blades; 14. Matt Smith; 15. Brian Hitz; 16. Brian Nailor; 17. Adam  Weberl 18. Wesley Smithl 19. Ryan Tarr; 20. Garrie Bostwick; 21. Nick Alberti; 22. Robert Riley III; DNS: Dylan Betts.

Late Model Finish: 1. Donald Lingo Jr; 2. Brandon Dennis; 3. Herb Tunis; 4. Ricky Elliott; 5. Dylan Evans; 6. Kerry King Sr; 7. Nick Davis; 8. Kerry King Jr; 9. Joe Warren; 10. Andrew Mullins; 11. Kellie Lewis; 12 Staci Warrington; 13. Bob Geiger; DNS: Rob Schirmer.


Williamson outduels Swartzlander in modified thriller

Sarver, PA (May 8, 2015)  Modified division sponsor Diehl Automotive was on hand for the best race of the season featuring Mat Williamson and All Time Division wins leader Brian Swartzlander.Swapping the lead back and forth multiple times, Williamson got the best of Swartzlander in heavy lapped traffic to score his first feature win of 2015.  

Defending sprint champ Carl Bowser chugged the Turner’s Premium Iced Tea in Victory Lane to celebrate his first feature win of the season and got a picture with his mom Ruth for Mother’s Day.

Russ King became the first repeat winner in the Precise Late Models this season, much to the satisfaction of his mother Sis.

410 Sprints Feature: (25 Laps)
1. Carl Bowser, Sarver
2. AJ Flick, Apollo
3. Brandon Matus, Wampum
4. Brandon Spithaler, Evans City
5. Brent Matus, Wampum
6. Cory Good, Smicksburg
7. Jimmy Morris, Fowler, OH
8. Scott Priester, Rimersburg
9. Ralph Spithaler, Evans City
10. Davey Jones, Baden
11. Ryan Frederick, Hillsville
12. Dave Smith, Chilicothe
13. Bill Kiley, Cabot
14. Joseph Kubenic, Lockport, NY
15. Zach Morrow, Mars
16. Ed Lynch Jr, Apollo
17. Sye Lynch, Apollo
18. Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson, OH

Late Models Feature: (25 Laps)
1. Russ King, Bristolville, OH
2. Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
3. Jared Miley, South Park
4. John Mollick, Toronto, OH
5. Mike Pegher Jr., Wexford
6. Michael Norris, Sarver
7. Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
8. John Garvin Jr., Sarver
9. Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
10. Ed Ferree, Valencia
11. Gary Lyle, Hyde Park
12. Andrew Gordon, DuBois
13. Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry
14. Dan Swartzlander, Freeport         
15. Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights
16. Clayton Kennedy, Mars
17. Tony Musolino, Pittsburgh

DIRTcar Northeast Modifieds Feature: (25 Laps)
1. Mat Williamson, St Catharines, ONT
2. Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
3. Dave Murdick, Meridian
4. Rex King Jr., Bristolville, OH
5. Garrett Krummert, Butler
6. Steve Feder, Butler
7. Shawn Fleeger, Butler
8. Tom Glenn, Barkeyville
9. Bob Warren, Slippery Rock
10. Mike Turner, Herman
11. Rodney Beltz, Ellwood City
12. Rick Regalski, Slippery Rock
13. Carl Murdick, Butler
14. Shawn Kozar, Renfrew
15. Rex King Sr., Bristolville, OH
16. Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
17. Dave Reges, Butler
18. Shayne Izzo, New Wilmington
19. Travis Walsh, Mars


By Tom Coughlin
Fultonville, N.Y.- On a hot spring night two drivers, who thought that their 2015 racing season might not even happen, went out and put their names at the top of the list on the first night of points at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

As the mofidieds took their parade lap before the start of the 30 lap feature Craig Hanson of Tribes Hill and Josh Hohenforst of Johnstown were leading the field. But after a number of miscues that saw the yellow flag come out, on lap one,the call was made by Race Director Joe Achzet to go to a single file restart. When things settled down, Hanson took off from the field with Willy Decker of Vernon and Hohenforst giving chase. By lap four the lead pack had formed of Hanson, Decker, Hohenforst, Justin Boehler, and reigning champion Bobby Varin. Decker driving the 2014 championship winning Bicknell chassis-85 of the Nelson Race team was beginning to close in on the Yellow Transportation 20c of Hanson, each time the pair would enter turn three. Varin in the Dover Brake-West End Towing-00, would get inside of Boehler by lap seven and take the fourth position. Decker continued to work inside of Hanson as Varin was now looking inside of Hohenforst, with ten laps on the board. Varin made the next move as he was able to grab third place on the next circuit around the ‘Fastest 1/4 Mile on Dirt’, now looking to close in on the front two as they set a torrid pace. Decker kept trying to overtake Hanson on the inside of turns three and four, but then began to give the high side a try and he made it work to his advantage as he was the new leader at the completion of lap thirteen. At the halfway point Decker, Hanson, Varin, Hohenforst, Boehler, and Jim Becker were the front six. Hanson was not giving up as he would dart inside of Decker a couple of times, but at the same time Varin was closing in with lapped traffic playing into the factor,with ten laps to go. Varin was gaining ground and after going inside of the lapped car of veteran Bobby Vedder, he was soon on the rear bumper of early leader Hanson. The back straight would be where Varin would slide into second and set his sights on catching his former ride. Varin did close in on the Bloomfields sponsored car of Decker, getting inside and even alongside at one point, but that was it for this week, as Decker held on for his first win of the early 2015 season. Rounding out the top five were Varin, Hanson, Hohenforst, and Boehler.

Rich Dodson of Dodson Construction added a nice chunk of change to the purse as the winner of the A-Verdi Storage Container 602 Sportsman feature would pocket an extra $200. plus another $500. was spread throughout the field.

Ivan Joslin and Kurtis Hohensheldt were the front row of the A-Verdi Storage Container 25 lap feature and Hohensheldt in the Mattice & Sons, plumbing & heating-54H, wasted no time in jumping to the early lead with reigning sportsman champion Rocky Warner in the Jake Spraker Used Cars-1J, hot on his tail. But lap two would see Warner make a rare mistake on his part as he got into and spun to the infield  in turn four, Warner would join the field at the back. The Delaware restart on lap 3 would show Hohensheldt up front with last weeks winner Chad Edwards and Brian Pessolano behind him. Pessolano would slide into second behind his brother, with Edwards, Mark Mortensen, and Dave Constantino, the top five. With plenty of dicing going on behind him for position, especially between Mortensen and Constantino, Hohensheldt just stayed focused on holding the lead until he saw the checkekered flag of starter Joe Kriss. Rounding out the top five were Pessolano, Edwards, Mortensen, and Constantino.

MODIFIED FEATURE 30-LAP-WILLY DECKER, Bobby Varin, Craig Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, Justin Boehler, Jim Becker, Lance Willix, Bobby Vedder, Chuck Allen, Dan Humes, Shaun Pangman, Jeff Rockefeller, Cass Bennett, C.J. Casteletti, Rich Price, Al McCoy.

602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE 25-LAP- KURTIS HOHENSHELDT, Brian Pessolano, Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Dave constantino, Harry Shaffer, Rocky Warner, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Nelson, Ivan Joslin.


‘The Hurricane’ Returns To Victory Lane At Black Rock Speedway

DUNDEE, NY – For Immediate Release – May 9th, 2015

It was well documented that both Steve Paine and Alan Johnson needed great runs in the third week of competition at the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’ in Dundee to get back on track.  Paine and Johnson found themselves 19th and 17th in points respectively coming into Free General Admission night- they would not leave the night in that position.

Paine and Johnson would find themselves on the front row for the 30-lap feature event based on the handicap and their poor recent finishes.  The Waterloo, NY pilot of the Swarthout Recycling 7x blasted out in front of the field and took charge early over Johnson and Conklin, NY’s Chris Ostrowsky.

Johnson from Middlesex, NY wasn’t as good on restarts as Paine seemed to be as there was several late race restarts with less than 10 laps to go. ‘AJ Slideways’ would catch Paine on lap 14 as they entered Turn 1 and would try to take advantage of Paine catching slower traffic.

The race would go green from laps 1 to 17 until Brady Fultz had a right rear tire go down- continuing his hard luck streak in 2015.  Paine would pull away on each of the following restarts on Laps 17, 18, 22 and 25.

With five laps to go Paine pulled away quickly on the restart from Johnson but he would not let Paine walk away easily.  Johnson threw everything the Friendly Ford 14J had left in it but it was ‘The Hurricane’ taking victory #1 of 2015.  Johnson had to settle for second, Chris Ostrowsky came home third, Joe Dgien fourth and Brian Swarthout without sail panels in his first race of the season rounded out the Top 5.

“We’ve had some bad luck recently, but my dad went to work on this car this week and got us going again,” said Paine to a roaring cheer as he exited the car in Champion Power Equipment Victory Lane.

“I gave it all I had out there, there isn’t any more left in it,” talking about trying to stay in front of Johnson.

Lance Irwin earned his first career win in the 25-lap Crate Sportsman feature event.  Irwin runs a low budget operation with teammates Brent Ayers and Eric Bell as well as returning to the racetrack without father, Les, who passed away in the offseason.

“Man I just wish my dad was here to share this with us,” said Irwin while doing his very best to keep his emotions in check.

However a post-race technical inspection found that Irwin’s car was running a distributor that did not conform to the Crate Sportsman rulebook- disqualifying Irwin from the win, the points and any money earned.  Fisher came home second followed by Doug Smith, Chris Silvers and Dale Welty the Top 5.  Irwin’s winnings will transfer to the driver’s point fund while all drivers in the Sportsman division will move up one spot for the purposes of points.

Modifieds 16 cars (30 Laps): STEVE PAINE (1), Alan Johnson, Chris Ostrowsky, Joe Dgien, Brian Swarthout, Stacey Jackson, Ron Cartwright Jr, Donnie Lawson, Derrick Podsiadlo, Eric Fisher, Brady Fultz, Tyler Siri, Marcus Dinkins, Corey Costa, Scott Boudinot, Daryl Hilkert

Crate Sportsman 17 cars (25 Laps): LANCE IRWIN (DQ after Post Race Inspection), Chris Fisher, Doug Smith, Chris Silvers, Dale Welty, Casey Pavlick, Ross Vleck, Tim Guild, Jake Dgien, Steve Gray, Brent Ayers, Bill Laviolette, Zach Ziegenhagen, Mike Buchanan, Jordan Siri, Eric Bell, Josh Keesey


Hearn Goes Back To Back At Albany-Saratoga

For Immediate Release
May 9th, 2015

Malta, NY – After troubles on opening night, New Jersey’s Brett Hearn has hit his stride at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. The Jersey Jet picked up Friday night’s 35 lap Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified feature event win, his second in a row at the Great Race Place. The win raises Hearn’s all-time best feature win total to 118 at the fast four tenth of a mile oval.

Other feature winners during the evening were Dave Baranowski, Jr. (Sportsman), Kim Duell (Featherfoot Warrior Series DIRTcar Pro Stock), Mike Coffey (Limited Sportsman), Randy Miller (Street Stock) and Todd Goldstein (Greg’s Towing & Repair Four Cylinders).

Alex Bell and Kris Vernold led the filed down to the start of the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified 35 lap feature event with Bell taking the early advantage. A five car tangle in turns three and four would slow the field before a lap could be completed. Those involved in the incident were Rob Pitcher, Ray Hoard, John Lutes, Jr., Don Ronca and Jesse Mueller. Pitcher suffered the most damage.

When racing resumed Vernold took the lead with Matt Delorenzo, Bell, Neil Stratton and Elmo Reckner following. As the field completed lap five, Delorenzo was all over Vernold for the race lead. Reckner moved past Stratton for the fourth position on lap six with the second generation driver from Vermont falling back to fifth.

Delorenzo took the BBL Companies machine to the lead on a lap seven restart however a spun Don Ronca brought out the caution flag, negating the Fonda Speedway promoters pass for the lead.  On the restart Delorenzo would take the lead with Reckner moving to second, Vernold falling to third, Hearn debuting in the top five in fourth and Bell completing the top five.

By the one third mark of the event Peter Britten was on the move. After starting from the 12th position, Britten moved into the fifth position on lap nine and then four past Vernold on lap 11. Hearn meanwhile was running down the leaders. After having already forced Vernold to fourth, Hearn tracked down and passed Reckner for second with Britten following into third. At the same time Marc Johnson moved into the top five.

As the race reached lap 20, Hearn was all over Delorenzo for the lead. He moved the Madsen Overhead Door’s machine into the lead at the end of lap 20. Britten followed Hearn into second with Delorenzo dropping to third, Reckner fourth and Johnson fifth.

Britten stayed with Hearn and by lap 24 was challenging him for the lead. Hearn quickly responded once clear of traffic and opened up a five car length advantage. Johnson moved past Reckner for the fourth position on lap 28 and set his sights on the leaders.

The fourth and final caution period of the event waved on lap 29 for a spun Brett Wright. The restart saw Hearn lead but Britten was all over him. With Hearn using the top side and Britten down low, Britten was able to grab the lead for a short time coming off turn two however Hearn powered back and immediately pulled away.

In the end Hearn cruised to his second consecutive Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified feature event win over Britten, Delorenzo, Johnson and 28th place starter Kenny Tremont, Jr. A total of 28 drivers entered the event with heat races being won by Vernold, Rich Ronca and Bobby Hackel, IV.

Dave Baranowski, Jr. picked up the win in the 25 lap Sportsman feature event. The win was the second generation driver’s first career win at the Great Race Place. Baranowski became the 132nd Sportsman division feature winner at the track.

Mike Burdo and Brandon Pitcher led the field to the green with Burdo taking the early lead. After an opening lap jingle involving Nick Lussier and Mike Ostrander, Burdo controlled the event with Pitcher and Alissa Cody following. Baranowski moved to third on lap five and then second on a lap seven restart. By lap nine Baranowski had caught Burdo and moved alongside the veteran pilot of the number 97B.

The duo ran side by side until Baranowski took control on lap 15. Connor Cleveland and Jeremy Pitts made late race charges but ran out of time as Baranowski picked up the win. Cleveland finished second with Pitts third, Burdo fourth and Colin Bokus fifth. Heat races for the 30 car field were won by Burdo, Cleveland and Bokus.

Kim Duell picked up the first round of the DIRTcar Pro Stock Featherfoot Warrior Series. The win moved Duell’s career total to 18 at the track and ties him with Lori Langevin for sixth on the all-time feature winners list.

Amsterdam’s Chuck Dumblewski was the first to lead the 25 lap event. Dumblewski led the first 17 laps before giving way to Duell on lap 18. Once out front Duell held off challenges from Rob Yetman and Dumblewski to bring home his first win of the season. Yetman and Dumblewski finished second and third respectfully with Dave DePaulo crossing the line fourth and Brandon Emigh fifth. Heat races for the 19 car field were won by Dumblewski and Cale Kneer.

Mike Coffey picked up the 15 lap Limited Sportsman feature event win. The win was the second in a row for the true division rookie. Zach Daurio led the first three laps before giving way to Coffey. In the end Coffey picked up the win over Daurio, Ken Conroy, Andrew Buff and Travis Billington. Heat races for the 23 car field were claimed by Daurio and Coffey.

Official Results
DIRTcar Modified Results (35 Laps) - 1) Brett Hearn, 2) Peter Britten, 3) Matt Delorenzo, 4) Marc Johnson, 5) Ken Tremont Jr, 6) Elmo Reckner, 7) Mark Kislowski, 8) Keith Flach, 9) Kris Vernold, 10) Matt Depew, 11) Scott Duell, 12) Alex Bell, 13) Neil Stratton, 14) Ronnie Johnson, 15) Brett Wright, 16) John Lutes Jr., 17) Brian Whittemore, 18) Dylan Scribner, 19) Jimmy Cottrell, 20) Brian Gleason, 21) Don Ronca, 22) Mike Perrotte 23) Justin Barber, 24) Rich Ronca, 25) Ray Hoard, 26) Bobby Hackle IV, 27) Jesse Mueller, 28) Rob Pitcher

Sportsman Results (25 Laps) - 1) Dave Baranowski Jr, 2) Connor Cleveland, 3) Jeremy Pitts, 4) Mike Burdo, 5) Colin Bokus, 6) Nick Anatriello, 7) Brandon Pitcher, 8) John Proctor, 9) Nick Lussier, 10) Jack Swinton, 11) Derek McGrew, 12) Hunter Bates, 13) Johnny Scarborough, 14) Alissa Cody, 15) Ricky Davis, 16) Jack Bublak, 17) Jack Speshock, 18) Robert Bublak, 19) Jason Gray, 20) Chris Lynch, 21) Adam Gage, 22) Jack Gentile, 23) Rob Maxon, 24) Jake Scarborough, 25) Mike Ostrander, 26) Joey Scarborough, 27) Elliott Lussier, 28) Chris Murray, 29) Jon Miller, 30) Chris Johnson

DIRTcar Pro Stock Featherfoot Series Results (25 Laps) - 1) Kim Duell, 2) Rob Yetman, 3) Chuck Dumblewski, 4) Dave Depaulo, 5) Brandon Emigh, 6) Dan Older, 7) Ken Martin, 8) Robbie Speed, 9) Cale Kneer, 10) Byron Wescott, 11) Bernie Companion, 12) Daniel Sanchez, 13) Scott Lawrence, 14) Brian Keough, 15) Jeff Washburn, 16) Bill Smith, 17) Mark Burch, 18) Kevin Loomis, 19) Norm Loubier

Limited Sportsman Results (15 Laps) - 1) Mike Coffey, 2) Zach Daurio, 3) Ken Conroy, 4) Andrew Buff, 5) Travis Billington, 6) Rob Lanfear, 7) Scott Flanders, 8) Christopher Ronca, 9) Emily Quinn, 10) Mark Rabideau, 11) Reggie Bonner, 12) Gary Derocher, 13) Anthony Savoca, 14) Scott Bennett Jr, 15) Diana Huyck, 16) Nick Fretto, 17) George Dorvee, 18) Anthony Alger, 19) Matt Atwood, 20) Ben Brownell, 21) John Stowell, DNS) Pat Jones,  DNS) Matt Westcott


Brewerton Speedway
May 8 Qucik Results

DIRTcar MODIFIEDS 35-LAPS) – MATT SHEPPARD, Matt Billings, Matt Hulsizer, Jimmy Phelps, Rob Bellinger, Pat Ward, Mike Bowman, Chris Mackey, Billy Decker, Larry Wight, Chad Phelps, Vic Coffey, Chris Hile, Vinnie Vitale, Ryan Phelps, Tim Sears Jr., Chuck Bower, Matt Fink, Jim Witko Jr., Tim Kerr, Tom Sears Jr., Ryan Bartlett, Joe August Jr., Dave Bartlett.

SPORTSMAN 25-LAPS) - JACK MEEKS, Todd Root, Ricky Yelle, Tony Finch II, Chris Cunningham, Rich Townsend, Stephen Denton, Chris Hulsizer, Mike Prentice, John Cunningham, Corey Barker, Gregg Kimball, Steve Abt, James Carlson, Brent Joy, Dylan Zacharias, Nick Krause, JJ Courcy, Alan Fink, Mike Taylor, Justin Lindsey, Ron Davis III.


Several Black Rock Speedway Modified Drivers Needing To Get Back On Track

DUNDEE, N.Y. – For Immediate Release – May 8th, 2015

Weekly racing is back.  The dirt modifieds are back.  The race fans are making their way back to the track.  Those have been some of the early season stories at the Black Rock Speedway so far in 2015.  But some of the stories that are starting to stick out are the terrible luck of some of the speedway’s most prolific drivers.

‘The Hurricane’ Steve Paine has certainly been a name that has stuck out in the terrible luck column recently as the Waterloo, NY driver has yet to show his old form in the Swarthout Recycling 7x.

Week one saw the seven-time Black Rock Speedway Modified track champion get a piece of a Lap 1 crash suffering damage to the aero-dependent sail panel and quarter panel.  Paine was not a factor that night finishing in 13th place.

Last week didn’t prove to have turned their season around either as Paine blew the rear end out of the famous 7x in his qualifying heat race.  He would not make the call for the feature- sacrificing all points on the night and burying him in 19th position in points.  ‘The Hurricane’ will look to regain his magic of the past on what is shaping up to see the biggest crowd of the season thus far.

Another driver that needs some luck to turn his way is that of Middlesex, NY’s ‘AJ Slideways’ Alan Johnson.  Opening Night found Johnson in a backup Herbie Wright entry numbered 88J and saw Johnson bring home a tenth place finish.  Not a bad start to the season but not the result the multi-time Super DIRTcar Series champion is accustomed to.

Johnson brought out his own #14J last week with Big Block power under the hood.  However Johnson ‘s luck did not improve as the engine in the Friendly Ford ride expired in his heat race- sidelining him for the rest of the night.

It’s not often that you see two drivers of their caliber not even start the feature event, much less be contenders for the win.  Paine and Johnson find themselves 19th and 17th respectively in points trailing leader Ron Cartwright Jr by 36 and 33 points- more than a full race for each driver.


Super DIRT Week Gains Huge Support at Public Hearing

Strong turnout of supporters speak out on the significance of motorsports
to the New York State Fairgrounds and all of Central New York

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - May 7, 2015 - A large group of supporters who want to see motorsports continue at the New York State Fairgrounds beyond this year's NAPA Super DIRT Week greeted state officials Wednesday night to share their opinions in the first public hearings about potential improvements at the fairgrounds.

Led by Brian Pokorny and clad in "Save the Moody Mile" shirts, nearly half the room at the fairgrounds was taken over by fans and backers of NAPA Super DIRT Week with an interest in enhancing the future of the decades-old October racing tradition in Central New York.

Before the public hearing, DIRTcar Racing officials were encouraged by private meetings with the engineering and consulting firms retained by New York to help determine the best way to appropriate $50 million budgeted by the state for improvements at the fairgrounds.

DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter showcased for fans and officials at the hearing the major economic impact NAPA Super DIRT Week has on Central New York businesses in addition to the nearly 50 years of tradition that has come along with it.

"Between our meetings in the afternoon with the consultants retained by the state, and then the public hearing last night, we are very optimistic that there's room for horses and horsepower at the New York State Fairgrounds," Carter said. "We want to thank Brian Pokorny for all of his efforts to organize fans, and everybody who attended the hearing last night for letting state and fair officials understand the significance of NAPA Super DIRT Week at the fairgrounds. Super DIRT Week will continue, and we hope it continues in Syracuse."

Those who were not able to attend the hearing last night can still have their voice heard by sending an email to For more information on NAPA Super DIRT Week, go to


Short Track Super Series
South Region Standings
*After Big Diamond, May 5
1. Rick Laubach 200
2. Ryan Watt     157
3. David Van Horn Jr. 153
4. Billy Pauch Jr.  148
4. Jamie Mills      148
6. Anthony Perrego 147
7. Craig VonDohren 132
8. Ryan Godown     128
9. Andy Bachetti 122
10. Billy Pauch Sr. 104

North Region Point Standings
*After Big Diamond, May 5
1. Stewart Friesen  195
2. Anthony Perrego 150
3. Danny Johnson   144
4. Tommy Meier        141
5. Rick Laubach    140
6. Jerry Higbie Jr. 135
7. Andy Bachetti   130
8. Billy Van Pelt  118
9. Mike Ricci       101
10. Erick Rudolph  94



By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH May 6, 2015 Over the past six years, the "Lou Blaney Memorial" has become one of the region's most prestigious events held annually at Sharon Speedway. During the offseason, the announcement was made that not only would the event carry the All Star Circuit of Champions sanction, but would also pay a record $10,000 to-win for the "410" Sprint Cars on Saturday, July 11! The event also annually includes a $2,000 to-win event for the Big-Block Modifieds under the BRP Tour banner.

Meanwhile across the border in Franklin, Pennsylvania, fans and racers have been anxiously awaiting the reopening of the former Tri-City Speedway. After sitting dark for three and a half years, the Venango County half-mile will come to life this spring under the name of Tri-City Raceway Park thanks to new owner Mark Tatalovic.

While Sharon of course was Blaney's home track and later where he'd enjoy spending his retirement after his son Dave took over part ownership of the Hartford, Ohio showplace in 2002, Tri-City was a longtime stomping grounds for the legendary driver. Blaney won 29 Sprint Car features and another 24 in the Modifieds during his career at Tri-City.

Today the Blaney name still continues to excel. Dale has been a dominant force with the All Star Circuit of Champions winning 116 features and five championships, and brother Dave is coming off a long tenure in NASCAR as he returns to his roots running more Sprint Car races nowadays. Meanwhile, Lou's grandson Ryan is well on his way to becoming the next Blaney star as he makes his way up the NASCAR ladder.

The Blaneys annually come together to celebrate the life of their patriarch at the "Lou Blaney Memorial". This year, a qualifying event will be held for each division at Tri-City giving the respective winner a guaranteed starting spot (provisional). The Big-Block Modified qualifier will be held at the opener on Sunday, May 17 in the $5,000 to-win BRP event. The Sprint Cars then will take center stage on June 21 in a $2,000 to-win "Lou Blaney Memorial" qualifier.

Not only will the Sprint Car portion be the richest in the history of the "Lou Blaney Memorial" and sanctioned by the All Stars for the first time, but also will be run under the new ownership of Tony Stewart. In addition, Stewart's #11 Sprint Car driven by 20-time World of Outlaws Champion, Steve Kinser, will be making its inaugural appearance at the event!

The 2015 season at Sharon Speedway got underway on May 2 featuring the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Weller Hughes Contracting & Developing RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. The 86th anniversary season will feature just $10 general admission for non-special events!


Rick Laubach Continues ‘Assault’ Of Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek, Tops Big Diamond ‘Anthracite Assault’ Tuesday

Written by Cody Manmiller

MINERSVILLE, PA - Rick Laubach continued his assault of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek, conquering an extremely tough field at Big Diamond Speedway on Tuesday.

Laubach drew an all-important front row starting spot and glided to his second straight Short Track Super Series (STSS) victory. This, the ‘Anthracite Assault,’ was the only North/South Region combo race for the season, and points were earned for both the Pioneer Pole Buildings South Region presented by Scotty’s Speed & Diesel and the Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region.

Laubach, 42, of Hellertown, Pa. captured the STSS South Region opener at N.J.’s Bridgeport Speedway last month providing for a fantastic start to his championship contention. On Tuesday night, he pocketed $5,540 including lap money, bonuses and the posted purse for his efforts in the 50-lap main event.

The series’ first trip to Big Diamond served as the second event in both the eight-race North Region and the five-race South Region.

The co-promotion involving BD Motorsports Media LLC and speedway owners Jake and Jasmine Smulley went off despite widespread rain north and south of the speedway, a 90 percent chance of precipitation and sprinkles during the three features. The show was spun off rapid fire as a result of the threatening weather.

“I was excited when I first heard about this series because I’ve won races at all of these tracks in the South Region,” Laubach noted in Victory Lane. “It’s a very lucrative deal with all the money.”

Laubach, in his Gary Spotts-owned No. 91, different from the car that he used to dominate the field at the Bridgeport ‘South Jersey Shootout,’ took the lead from the outset from pole-sitter Nick Nye before the first caution waved on lap six for a spinning Shawn Ward.

The real action began to develop just behind the leader as the top five reached lapped traffic. Jeff Strunk, Erick Rudolph, Stewart Friesen and Doug Manmiller scraped and clawed for spots two through five in very heavy slower traffic. Friesen’s terrific move pushed him to second from fourth just before Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y, was sent spinning in turns one and two on lap 28. At times, the foursome made it three-wide while trying to make their way through the gaggle of slower cars ahead of them.

Trouble erupted on the ensuing restart. Manmiller, of Shoemakersville, Pa., restarting in the fourth position, spun after contact busted the rear-end of his Jason Miller-owned car, sending it sideways in front of the field. Numerous cars scrambled to avoid and sustained damage during the melee. One more tangle slowed the event, when Billy Pauch Sr. and Danny Johnson collided entering turn one when the green unfurled to draw the yellow again.

For the remainder of the distance, Friesen chased Laubach, settling for a runner-up effort after starting eighth in the Jeff Daley-owned No. 44. The Sprakers, N.Y., driver took home $3,160 for his runner-up effort.

“Hats off to Rick,” Friesen said. “He’s hot right now and he is awesome here. I needed longer runs for my right-rear tire to start taking off. We went a little harder and the cautions killed me. I’m happy to get out of PA with a second.”

Friesen leads the STSS North Region standings after winning the opener at N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway April 11.

Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., drove the Zubi’s Racing No. 88 Hig Fab Chassis to a solid third-place finish.

“It feels good to be on the podium at one of these races,” Strunk said. “It was a quality field tonight for sure.”

Wheeling from 21st starting position, Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., drove Gary Mann’s No. 55 to a fourth-place finish. The event’s biggest mover was Jamie Mills of Milford, Del., who placed fifth after starting 26th on the grid. Mills has been able to carve through traffic in both STSS South Region events run thus far.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Billy Pauch Jr. of Frenchtown, N.J, an impressive feat after having to come from the back of the pack on two occasions in John Pakenham’s big-block; Ryan Watt, Boyertown, Pa., who added another top-10 finish at STSS South Region races; 2014 STSS Champion Andy Bachetti, who took an eighth-place finish back to Sheffield, Mass., after starting 29th; Milford, Del.’s H.J. Bunting, who moved from the 19th starting spot to ninth in a rare non-Delaware start with Jake Marine’s No. 85; and Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y, in his first Big Diamond appearance.

Another competitive field of cars featuring 44 Modifieds from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland and Massachusetts attempted to qualify for the ‘Anthracite Assault.’

Heat winners were Friesen, Johnson, Rudolph, Strunk and Pauch Jr. Consolation victors were Perrego and Tyler Dippel of Wallkill, N.Y.

Charles Fayash III of Allentown, Pa., earned an emotional $1,000 payday in the Sportsman 25-lap event, in memory of the late Andy Fayash. In a battle to the finish, Fayash fended off the challenges of Garden State rookie Brandon Grosso. On the final lap, Grosso slid wide in a bid for the lead, allowing J.R. Fulper to take second. Grosso, Steve Searock IV and Tim Fitzpatrick trailed.

Moonlighting in an XCel 600 Modified, Wallkill, N.Y.’s Tyler Dippel, a young Modified standout, scored the 20-lap, $1,000-to-win triumph with a three-wide pass two laps from the finish. Dippel ducked inside Aaron Bowes and Brian Carber to take the lead and drove Doug Borger’s ‘X’ rental car on to the win over Carber, Richie Hitzler, Bowes and Nathan Brinker.

The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek continues Tuesday, May 19 (rain date: May 20) with the New York Truck Parts Inc. ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ at N.Y.’s Accord Speedway. Modifieds run 53 laps for $5,300 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to start. Sportsman (Open vs. Crate 602) and Slingshots complete the three-division card.  This is event No. 3 of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region.

COAL NUGGETS:  One of the season’s most diverse Modified fields signed in for the return of the ‘Anthracite Assault’ at Big Diamond; many of the drivers on hand had never raced at the speedway or returned after many years’ absence. The event has previously been run only once, on July 26, 2011….Duane Howard had driven Glenn Hyneman’s No. 126 from 28th starting spot to run as high as fourth before heading to the pits on the 39th lap….Danny Creeden was leading the fifth heat race when rear-end failure ended his night. The Wurtsboro, N.Y., native was piloting a spec head small-block No. 16X mount. Creeden received the Shiley Fabrication Hard Luck Award…The Delaware region was well represented with Jamie Mills, H.J. Bunting III, Shawn Ward, Brad Trice, Matt Jester and Jordan Watson on hand….The ‘Dog Pound’ race fan $250 bonus for a driver suffering misfortune went to N.Y.’s Billy Van Inwegen, whose car sustained damage on the opening lap of the first heat race….

The Short Track Super Series is presented by Hi-Tek Race Fuel, American Racer/Lias Tire, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., Scotty’s Speed & Diesel, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Allstar Performance, ATL Fuel Cells, Bicknell Racing Products, COMP Performance Group (COMP Cams, Driven Racing Oil & Quarter Master), Crane Ignition, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust, Hig Fab Chassis, Hyperco, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Lineman Racing, Pilat Graphic Design, Race Pro Weekly, Racers Guide, S&D Bodyline, S&W Awards, Shiley Fabrication, Simplicity Design, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & VP Racing Fuel.


Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region Presented By Scotty’s Speed & Diesel Race No. 2 & Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region Race No. 2

Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Modified Feature Finish (50 Laps): RICK LAUBACH ($5,540), Stewart Friesen, Jeff Strunk, Anthony Perrego, Jamie Mills, Billy Pauch Jr., Ryan Watt, Andy Bachetti, H.J. Bunting III, Craig Hanson, Billy Van Pelt, David Van Horn Jr., Tommy Meier, Danny Johnson, Ryan Godown, Tyler Dippel, Billy Pauch Sr., Nick Nye, Brian Kressley, Shawn Ward, Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren, Jordan Watson, Erick Rudolph, Doug Manmiller, Jerry Higbie Jr., Shawn Fitzpatrick, Jackie Brown Jr., Mike Sabia.

Sportsman Feature Finish (25 Laps): CHARLES FAYASH III ($1,000), J.R. Fulper, Brandon Grasso, Steve Searock IV, Tim Fitzpatrick, Mike Mammana, A.J. Gerhart, Billy Moyer Jr., Mike Lisowski, Daryl Dissinger, Scott Hitchens, Kevin Beach Jr., Brett Ballard, Charles Webber, Chad Putalavage, Joey Decker, Matthew Peck, Matt Clay, Glenn Rowan, Ed Mirochko.


By CHARLIE BROWN, DELMAR, DE – It was a great night of racing with near perfect track conditions on Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. “Bad” Brad Trice of Parsonsburg, Md. had gone winless all last season but on Saturday night he ended that streak by capturing the 25-lap NAPA Big Block main.
Heats were won by Beau Wilkins and Jordan Watson. In the feature Matt Hawkins got off to a great start with Bobby Watkins riding in second and Scott VanGorder in third. Trice had started in sixth but wasted no time climbing to third by lap three.
Beau Wilkins looked like a contender as he powered from eighth to fourth by lap eight and Shawn Ward held down fifth. Back to back cautions at the mid-point of the race found Trice up to second and on the back bumper of Hawkins. Hawkins was able to hold off Trice’s challenges until his engine started to go sour on lap 16. He would roll to a stop at the top of the fourth turn to bring out the yellow with eight to go.
Trice was now on top as Watkins got back by Wilkins for second. The caution would be out for a final time with four to go as defending point champion, Jordan Watson rolled to a stop. On the restart Trice pulled away as Watkins and Wilkins battled for second. Trice would take the win with Watkins holding off Wilkins for second. Fourth went to H.J. Bunting and VanGorder rounded out the top five.
“We struggled a lot last year but I think we have got our stuff together this year,” said Trice before thanking his crew and family.
In the 15-lap AC Delco PSC Modified feature, 15 year old Carson Wright would start on the pole and set the early pace over Kevin Sockriter. The yellow was out on the second lap for a tangle in the first turn between Tyler Reed, Brian Hitz, Robbie Riley and Dwayne Crockett. That would turn out to be the only caution of the race.
Wright would control the restart with Joe Tracy getting by Jordn Justice for third. By lap seven Wright was comfortably out front and opening night winner Scott Hitchens was up to fifth. Wright was able to open a one and a half second advantage over Sockriter and drive to his first win of his young career in the division. Sockriter finished in second with Tracy, Justice and Hitchens rounding out the top five. Heats were won by Wright and Sockriter.

The 20-lap Super Late Model Feature was a good one. Joe Warren would lead the first lap as the field went three wide in the battle for second with Andrew Mullins taking the spot followed by Herb Tunis and Staci Warrington. On lap five Warren began to slow and Mullins shot by into the lead. Ricky Elliott was on the move from ninth and already up to the fourth spot that had been occupied by Amanda Whaley.
Elliott got by Tunis for third at the halfway sign and began to reel in the leader Mullins. Elliott was the only car using the high groove and coming off the second turn on lap 12 he went around the outside of Mullins to take the lead. His advantage would be erased with just two laps to go as Donald Lingo, Jr. came to a stop in the third turn.
Elliott had no problem pulling away on the restart and he drove to his second consecutive win of the season. “The car was pretty good last week but I just couldn’t charge the corner,” said Elliott. “We made a couple of adjustments over the last two weeks with the rainout and I’m telling you, we made all the right adjustments.” Mullins stayed close to finish in the second spot with Tunis third. Rookie Dylan Evans scored another top five in fourth and Whaley rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Mullins and Warren.
In the five lap Shoot-Out between the winner of the NAPA Big  Block Modified feature and the S.R. Pete and Son Super Late Model feature Brad Trice proved to be no match on that night for Elliott who led the entire distance for the win.

NAPA Big Block Modified Finish: 1. Brad Trice; 2. Bobby Watkins ; 3. Beau Wilkins; 4. HJ Bunting; 5. Scott VanGorder; 6. Shawn Ward; 7. Dale Hawkins; 8. Dana Walker; 9. Kyle Fuller; 10. Kevin Gardner; 11. Jordan Watson; 12. Michael White; 13. Matt Hawkins; 14. Matt Jester; 15. Norman  Short.

AC Delco Modified Finish: 1. Carson Wright; 2. Kevin Sockriter; 3. Joseph Tracy; 4. Jordn Justice; 5. Scott Hitchens; 6. Greg Humlhanz; 7. Brandon Gallo; 8. Devin Dodson; 9. Brandon Watkins; 10. Kenneth Peek; 11. Brad Roberts; 12. Matt Smith; 13. Ryan Tarr; 14. Brian Nailor; 15. Dwayne Crockett; 16. Brian Hitz; 17. Robert Riley III; 18. Garrie Bostwick; 19. Nick Alberti; 20. Tyler Reed; 21. Dylan Betts; DNS: David Scarano; Danny Smack.

Super Late Model Finish: 1. Ricky Elliott; 2. Andrew Mullins; 3. Herb Tunis; 4. Dylan Evans; 5. Amanda Whaley; 6. Nick Davis; 7. Austin Hubbard; 8. Staci Warrington; 9. Brandon Dennis; 10. Kerry King Jr; 11. Kellie Lewis; 12. Donald Lingo Jr; 13. Bob Geiger; 14. Joe Warren.


Race Fans Set to Attend Upcoming Hearing, Rally for The Moody Mile

MILFORD, NEW YORK, MAY 2, 2015 - A few weeks ago, the New York State budget for 2015-16 was passed in Albany. The legislature included $50 million in the state budget to upgrade the New York State Fairgrounds, and the next step in the state’s plan is to have a public hearing to receive public feedback on how the project should be executed.

In March 2015, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney mentioned this funding in her State of the County Address. She said that she requested the funding to build a hockey facility, equestrian center, and RV park. To do this, the main grandstands and race track would need to be removed to ensure sufficient space for the new structures and attractions. This would inevitably eliminate auto racing at the fairgrounds on the mile dirt track known as “The Moody Mile”.

Race fans have been working in unison, sending messages to Albany, Onondaga County, and NYS Fair Officials. The message is clear: race fans feel that tradition matters, and they want the tradition of dirt racing to continue at the fairgrounds.

“Generations of race fans have been coming to the fairgrounds for decades.” says Brian Pokorny, owner of and Facebook page “Save Super Dirt Week at the NYS Fairgrounds”. “For the past 43 years, Super Dirt Week at the fairgrounds has been the crown jewel of dirt modified racing. It has brought race fans from New York, Canada, and the East Coast together. Moving this event to another facility just wouldn’t be the same. In addition, there is no other facility in New York State that could host this event. The closest facilities that could accommodate the over 60,000 attendees would be over 500 miles away.”

Super Dirt Week has a huge impact on the Central New York economy. Thousands of race fans make the greater Syracuse area their home for the week, spending money in stores, hotels, pubs, and restaurants. Several satellite racing events held during the week allow racers to explore the area and other tracks.

Since the budget has been officially announced, race fans are asking that the funds be allocated to renovate the grandstands and to preserve the one-mile dirt track so that Super Dirt Week and other race events can be held for years to come.

On May 6, 2015, the public hearing will be held in the Martha Eddy room in the Art & Home Center Building at the NYS Fairgrounds at 6pm. Pokorny urges race fans to attend the event to send a unified message to save the Moody Mile and the grandstands. Pokorny also asks that attendees remain calm and respectful to ensure that the cause’s voice is truly heard. At the hearing, Pokorny will present signatures of 1,200+ race fans that support saving the fairgrounds and race track.

NYS Fair officials have setup an e-mail account so that absent supporters can voice their opinions and thoughts, .

About the involvement of lawmakers in the decision-making process of the fate of The Moody Mile, Pokorny said, “Dirt racing in NYS is a hidden economical force that I don’t think most lawmakers are aware of. I invite lawmakers to visit their local dirt track to see what all the excitement is about.”



MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 6)......The popular Small-Block Modifieds will make their third 2015 appearance on Saturday, May 9 at the historic five-eighths-mile “Hard Clay” Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.  In addition, folks will get a look back to an earlier era as the Vintage Modified race cars will also be in action.

Bob McGannon won the season inaugural race for the Small-Block Modifieds, while Tim Hindley captured the feature on week two of the point season. McGannon and Hindley and two-dozen other competitors will be after the trophy, cash prize money, and the glory that comes from winning at one of the country’s oldest speedways.

The evening’s schedule includes a full racing program featuring Big-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Small-Block Modifieds, Street Stocks, Four-Cylinder race cars, and the Vintage machines in qualifying heats and feature races. The evening’s activities are sponsored by Sparta Trucking and New York Truck Parts.

In the headline Modified division, defending champion Tim Hindley has yet to win, but he tops the point race with solid finishes. Young Anthony Perrego was victorious in the season opener, while former track champions Chuck McKee and Jeff Heotzler Sr. have also won Modified division features in early season racing.

Admission prices for the May 9 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $1 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

Looking ahead, a program of Modified, Small-Block Modified, Sportsman, Street Stock, and Thunder Trucks is set for Saturday, May 16. No racing is scheduled for Saturday, May 23, but action returns to the Hard Clay track on Saturday, May 30, with a dynamite lineup that includes Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Thunder Trucks, Four-Cylinder Cars, and a return engagement of the CRSA Sprint Cars.


By Tom Coughlin
Fultonville, N. Y.- On the first warm spring night of 2015 Glen Ridge Motorsports Park threw open its’ doors to welcome in a new racing season. With fans gathering in the stands, able to take in the beautiful view of the Mohawk Valley, the race teams were preparing their cars in anticipation of taking the opening night feature.

Rockefeller of Scotia in his 816, would start on the pole for the start of the 30 lap, Cousins Construction LLC. modified feature, while veteran Bobby Vedder of Schoharie in the Vedder Excavating 53 sat on the outside pole. When  starter Joe Kriss waved the green flag Rockefeller jumped to the early lead with 2012 track champion Jeremy Wilder of Fort Plain in his 22J in hot pursuit, as Vedder sat in third. Rockefeller held the lead on lap three, but fifth place starter and reigning track champion Bobby Varin was on the move and now sat in the third position after passing Vedder and 2007 track champion Craig Hanson of Tribes Hill. Lapped traffic would become an issue for Rockefeller just before the lap 10 mark, with Wilder, Varin, Hanson, and now Willy Decker making up the top five. Just as the field approached the halfway point of the event, the Yellow Transportation 20c of Hanson would suffer a right rear flat and go pit side, for the night. Even though the restart would bring the leaders back together Rockefeller and his D.R. & Son Lawncare Bicknell chassis was able to grab back the lead, followed by Wilder, Varin, Decker, and Vedder. Again lapped traffic would play a factor as the leaders tried to weave through back markers. The 34-Rhoades Excavating of Shaun Pangman would drop out after suffering a right rear flat, with Rockefeller still holding the point followed by Wilder, Varin, Decker, and Vedder. Wilder was closing the gap between himself and the leader, only to have the motor let go on lap 25 ending his night and bringing out the caution flag. Lapped cars were put to the rear for the ensuing restart, allowing Varin and the top runners another shot to grab the lead. Varin did get inside of the leader in front of the grandstand, but Rockefeller held on to take his second career Glen Ridge win and his first since 2013.

When the sportsman lined up, it would be Aaron Burton in the Eckler Racing 26A and Chad Edwards in his Adirondac Leather 14, on the front row. after Shea Montgomery took a spin into the turn three wall on the original start things, settled down as the drivers, restarted the 20 lap feature. Edwards quickly took the point, with Burton, Ivan Joslin, and Brian Pessolano giving chase. Joslin was pressuring Burton with plenty of side by side racing, Lap six would see the the yellow out with the 79- West End Towing of reigning champion Rocky Warner being pushed to the pits. Restarts tend to bring some added excitement and sure enough, this one would see Brian Nelson in his 47N slide up in turn one and touch the wall, but fortunately the race continued, with Edwards opening almost a 1/2 track lead. Lapped traffic factored in as Burton and Joslin tried to reel in the high flying Edwards. Justin Comes would bring out the yellow on lap 18, thus setting up a dash to the finish. Edwards was able to hold on for the win in his Dodson Construction, Riley Mortuary sponsored ride.

MOFIDIFED FEATURE 30 LAPS-JEFF ROCKEFELLER, Bobby Varin, Willy Decker, Bobby Vedder, Rich Price, Al McCoy, Jeremy Wilder, Shaun Pangman, Craig Hanson.

602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE 25 LAPS-CHAD EDWARDS, Ivan Joslin, Brian Pessolano, Shea Montgomery, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Harry Shaffer II, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Nelson, Steve Wagoner, Justin Comes, Rocky Warner, Dave Constantino, DQ Aaron Burton.


VERNON, NY- Whelen Engineering sponsored an exciting night of racing as Mike Mahaney takes home his first victory of the season after holding off a handful of drivers in the closing laps, including defending track champion Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard, the winner of last week’s feature. More winners include Claude Hutchings Jr. in the Open Sportsman, Rocky Warner in the 602 Sportsman, Glenn Forward in the Pro Street Stocks, and Joe Isabell in the Mod Lites.
The modifieds came to the green with Dave Moyer and Brett Wright at the head of the field. Wright took the early lead, but a caution on the second lap slowed the race down. On the restart, Mike Mahaney took to the high side and took the top spot, looking to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. Another yellow on lap six paused the race, erasing Mahaney’s lead and putting Larry Wight, who charged up from his 10th starting position, on his bumper. Wight took second and instantly began to put pressure on the leader. Diving to the low side on lap 10, Wright was able to slide up in front of Mahaney and take the top spot. Behind them, Matt Sheppard was looking to take home his third victory of season as he broke into the top five after coming from 12th, with Pat Ward following him.
Sheppard and Mahaney were fighting for second when the third caution of the race brought the entire field together. Mahaney took advantage of his restart on the top side and took the lead back from Wight. Sheppard wasn’t going away, however. With Mahaney on top and Wight down low, Sheppard took to the middle of the racing surface opened up a three way battle for the lead. Another pair of yellow flags slowed the race, but the battle continued up front, with Stewart Friesen joining the fray. On lap 28, Friesen tried to pass Wight on the top side, but contact between the two cars ended with Friesen spinning over the top of turns three and four. Both cars ended up in the pits, with Wight returning to the race. With the race back underway, Mahaney was starting to feel the pressure from Sheppard. Sheppard tried to slide up in front of Mahaney, but Mahaney was able to hold him off and take home his first win of the season. Sheppard took home second, followed by Danny Varin, Ward, and Vic Coffey. The top ten was rounded out by Ryan Bartlett, Erick Rudolph, Mike Bowman, Wright, and Chris Mackey.
John Christian and Aaron Jacobs brought the 602 Sportsman to the green for their feature. Both were passed on the first lap by Stephen Denton, who opened a bit sizable lead on the rest of the field. After a caution on lap five, Rocky Warner fought his way into the top five, navigating the pack from his 13th starting position. He battled his way to second on lap 8, and took the lead away from Denton on the 10th circuit. Warner was able to pull away and take the win, followed by Alan Fink, Matt Janczuk, Denton, and Jacobs.
The Open Sportsman started with Craig Pope and Mike Richmond in the top two spots, with Pope taking off the with advantage. A yellow on the fourth lap slowed the field, and gave Claude Hutchings Jr. a chance to catch up to top duo. With a strong restart, Hutchings took the lead and checked out on the rest of the field, leaving Pope and Richmond to battle for the runner up spot. With Hutchings winning, Richmond finished second, with Pope, Jack Miller, and Jeremy Vunk trailing.

MODIFIED FINISH (30 LAPS)- MIKE MAHANEY, Matt Sheppard, Danny Varin, Pat Ward, Vic Coffey, Ryan Bartlett, Erick Rudolph, Mike Bowman, Brett Wright, Chris Mackey, Larry Wight, Dave Rauscher, Dave Moyer, Darwin Greene, Tim Mayne, Stewart Friesen, Dave Bartlett, Pete Taylor, and Tim Fuller. DNS- Mat Williamson.
OPEN SPORTSMAN FINISH (20 LAPS)- CLAUDE HUTCHINGS JR., Mike Richmond, Craig Pope, Jack Miller, Jeremy Vunk, Randy Shantel, Heath Carney, Steve Way, Mike Stiles, Tom Tophoven, and Lucas Heintz.
602 SPORTSMAN FINISH (20 LAPS)- ROCKY WARNER, Alan Fink, Mat Janczuk, Stephen Denton, Aaron Jacobs, Cody Clark, John Christian, Connor Cleveland, Glenn Forward, Dave Rogers, Chris Cunningham, Daryl Nutting, Corey Barker, Brent Joy, Joe Orlando, Rocco Leone, Haiden Burdick, Nick Krause, Jim Thomas, Geoff VanRiper, Kyle Kiehn, and A.J. Filbeck.


Tremont Outduels Hearn for Back-to-Back Wins

by Phil Allaway

West Lebanon, NY: Saturday night saw the first all-out Modified race of the year.  Brett Hearn, Keith Flach and Tyler Dippel were in the house and ready to give their all to take on all comers.  The result was a very good race.

The top-6 finishers from Opening Night claimed the top-6 starting spots in reverse order of the finish.  As a result, Andy Bachetti claimed the pole and opened a small, but comfortable lead.  That didn’t last as the first yellow flew when Ken Maguire spun in turn 2 and collected Jeff Rockefeller.

Shortly after the restart, Dippel slipped a little entering turn 1.  Flach just so happened to be on Dippel’s outside at the time.  Contact was made, sending Flach head-on into the outside wall to bring out another yellow.  Flach was ok, but claimed afterwards that it was “…one of the top-3 hits I’ve taken.”

Opening night winner Kenny Tremont, Jr. had moved up to third from sixth in the first three laps and took second from Eddie Marshall on the restart.  From there, Tremont went to work on Bachetti, but Bachetti did not make it easy.  Bachetti used the outside line to keep himself ahead, but Tremont kept trying the inside.

The continuing battle between Tremont and Bachetti allowed Hearn to insert himself into the conversation from the 12th starting spot.  Eventually Tremont was able to make the pass on lap 17 to take the lead.  Hearn followed past and began a new battle for the lead.

The two champions ran side-by-side for multiple laps, even making contact on lap 21.  A couple of laps later, Tremont was able to use the car of Elmo Reckner as a pick to open up a small gap. That was all he needed to be able to claim his second consecutive win to start the year.

Afterwards, Tremont felt his car needed to be a little better, but was a little lost as to how to do it given his recent success.

“[My car] wasn’t bad,” Tremont said.  “If you ran second, you’d say that you could change this or that.  There’s always room to make it better, but overall, it’s good.”

Behind Tremont and Hearn was Marshall, who got by Bachetti on the final lap to finish third.  Heffner rounded out the top-5.

The Small Block Modified feature saw Chad Pierce start from pole and lead early.  After a spin by Kenny Aanonsen, Jr. bunched up the field, a chain reaction saw Wayne Jelley spin on the backstretch to bring out another yellow.  Less than a lap after that restart, heck broke loose.  Contact was made between Frank Harper, Brian Sandstedt and Dippel exiting turn 4, resulting in a pile-up involving one-third of the field.  Peter Carlotto ended up on his side, but continued and finished tenth.

Shortly after the restart, Frank Hoard, III made a dive to the inside entering turn 3, slid up in front of Pierce and managed to make the pass stick for the lead.  From there, Hoard opened up a decent lead over the pack.

A late caution due to serious mechanical problems for Kim LaVoy led to a four-lap shootout, but no one could do anything with Hoard, who easily took the win to honor his late great-grandmother, Gladys.

Pierce held on for third with Brett Haas third.  Tremont claimed fourth, while Olden Dwyer was fifth.


Danny Johnson Wins Incredible Instant Modified Classic At Fulton Speedway

FULTON, NY – May 2, 2015 (By Dave Medler) – Everyone in attendance Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway walked away seeing one of the best and most wild Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified features they had ever seen. Not that often when the announcer says “How did you like that one?” does the crowd give a standing ovation like the fans did.

Danny Johnson, Tim Sears Jr., Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker and Larry Wight throughout the 35-Lap distance put on a bumper-to-bumper, rub rail banging, two and three wide battle royal that saw Johnson grab the victory by a mere .389 of a second over Decker when the checkers waved.

Other winners on the night were, Tyler Meeks, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Alan Fink, NAPA Late Models, Shannon Pitcher, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Tim Dunn, Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders.

Danny Johnson out-raced Tim Sears Jr. by a narrow margin to start the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature.

With 5-Laps complete Johnson opened a ten-car advantage running the top of the speedway. Behind Johnson, Sears and Jimmy Phelps ran side by side for the runner-up spot with Chuck Bower, Jim Witko and Larry Wight in a three car tussle for fourth through sixth.

With battles all over the speedway, attention turned to the front of the pack on Lap-15 when Phelps, who hounded Johnson for many laps, worked his way by Johnson by a nose at the flag stand. One lap later Johnson went back by Phelps.

At the halfway point Johnson and Phelps were still going at it at the front of the field. Sears and Wight were still running hard bumper to bumper and side by side as they tried to close in on the top-two with Chuck Bower showing fifth.

The yellow would wave on Lap-23 when Sears would spin in turn four after contact with Wight.

On the restart Billy Decker looked like he was shot out of a cannon as he went from fifth to second in one move.

With 10-laps to go Johnson, Decker and Wight had everyone in attendance on the edge of their seats as they were using every inch of the speedway running within inches of each other. On Lap-31 Wight made an incredible three wide move coming out of four and banging side rub rails with Johnson at the start-finish line to lead Lap-31. Johnson would later say he did not expect Wight to get the run he did and be on his outside when they banged. One lap later Johnson regained the lead as Decker moved to second.

On Lap-33 Wight saw his strong run and shot at the win end with a rear flat. This would set up a wild dash to the finish.

Over the final two-laps Decker would throw everything he had Johnson, pulling even a couple of times in the dash to the checkers. Johnson had just enough to beat Decker to the finish by 00.389. Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward and Tom Sears Jr. rounded out the top-five. Chuck Bower, Ryan Phelps, Chris Hile, Tim Sears Jr. and Joe August Jr. completed the top-ten.

In the 25-Lap Sportsman feature Tony Finch II would shoot from his third starting spot and into the lead to lead the early going of the main. After a couple caution periods Tyler Meeks and Billy Clark Jr. would drive by Finch to take over the top-two spots on a Lap-4 restart.

With 10-Laps showing on the scoring tower Meeks held onto a few car length lead over Clark. Behind the top-two Finch, Earl Rudy and Corey Barker were in a close battle as they kept the leaders in sight.

At the halfway point Meeks and Clark took off and were in a race of their own in first and second. Finch, Rudy and Barker still ran a distant third, fourth and fifth.

Over the last ten-laps Meeks was able to put lapped cars between himself Clark to go onto his first ever Fulton Speedway Sportsman win. Finch, Rudy and Mike Button rounded out the top-five. Wade Chrisman, Joe Kline, Mike Phelps, Brandon Ford and JJ Courcy completed the top-ten.

Alan Fink was the class of the field in the 20-Lap Late Model feature leading every lap. A caution with three laps to go erased the big lead Fink built up. When the race went back green nobody had anything for Fink as he was the first under the checkers. Sean Beardsley, AJ Kingsley, Johnny Hill and Jason Occhino finished second through fifth.

Shannon Pitcher looked like he was going to dominate the 15-Lap Novice Sportsman feature. In the late going Amy Holland was able to reel in Pitcher for a last lap dash. Exiting turn two Holland was able to pull even with Pitcher using the outside as the pair raced even down the back straight and into turns three and four setting up a drag race to the finish. Pitcher found just enough speed to win by 00.159 of a second. Kelly Smith, Taylor Jackson and Zach Sobotka finished third through fifth.

DIRTcar MODIFIED 35-LAPS – DANNY JOHNSON, Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward, Tom Sears Jr., Chuck Bower, Ryan Phelps, Chris Hile, Tim Sears Jr., Joe August Jr., Jim Witko Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Adam Roberts, Billy Whittaker, Roy Bresnahan, Larry Wight, Roy Shields, Chad Phelps, Tim Schneider Jr., Rob Bellinger, Matt Fink, Tim Harris.

SPORTSMAN 25-LAPS – TYLER MEEKS, Billy Clark Jr., Tony Finch II, Earl Rudy, Mike Button, Wade Chrisman, Joe Kline, Mike Phelps, Brandon Ford, JJ Courcy, Gregg Kimball, Ryan Amell, Josh Blackwell, Dylan Zacharias, Jordan Bennett, Steve Abt, Jeremy Pitcher, Jeremy Dygert, Rocky Grosso, Ron Davis III, Nick Webb, Kris VanNorstrand, Corey Barker.

LATE MODELS 20-LAPS – ALAN FINK, Sean Beardsley, AJ Kingsley, Johnny Hill, Jason Occhino, Bret Belden, Kevan Cook, Brandon Ford, Chris Fleming, Aron Backus, Alan Chapman.

NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15-LAPS – SHANNON PITCHER, Amy Holland, Kelly Smith, Taylor Jackson, Zach Sobotka, Mike FeFreitas, John West, Tyler Trump, Jason Amidon, Dorian Wahdan, Mike Stanton Jr., Ryan Hatherill.


Cartwright Jr Outduels Fisher For Modified Victory At Black Rock Speedway

DUNDEE, NY – For Immediate Release – May 2nd, 2015

The second points night at the Black Rock Speedway saw a great crowd on hand to go along with 87 cars that filled the pit area across the six divisions at the speedway.  The Modified feature saw 3 lead changes within the last 10 laps and it was Ron Cartwright Jr that would outduel Bluff Point, NY’s Eric Fisher for the lead and the win.

Fran Hilton and Stacy Jackson led the field to Scott Hixson’s green flag but there would be trouble on the speedway before the field could even complete one lap.  Hilton and third place starter Marcus Dinkins made contact on the backstretch, sending Hilton air born in turn 3.

Hilton would keep the car on all four tires but slid back into the racing groove leaving Dundee, NY’s Brady Fultz no place to go- the two made heavy contact drawing the red flag.  Hilton gingerly got himself out of the car with a minor injury to his shoulder while Fultz’ night was done in the 70 car.

As the field took the green, young guns Dinkins and Addison, NY’s Joe Dgien pulled out and hid as the field completed 22 laps out of 30 without a caution to slow the field down.  Dinkins was fast in the Leaf Racewear 17 car but he would surrender the lead on Lap 21 to Joe Dgien as the right rear tire on the Dinkins ride went flat.  Dinkins would nurse the car around one more lap but drew the caution on lap 22, setting up a wild 8 lap dash to the finish.
Eighth place starter Ron Cartwright and ninth place starter Eric Fisher had quietly moved their way into the top five prior to the yellow.  On the restart Dgien stayed glued to the bottom side of the speedway but Fisher blasted around the outside in turns 3 and 4 to take the lead with seven laps remaining.

With five laps remaining Dgien made a run to the low side that didn’t work, meanwhile Cartwright overtook third position from Corning’s Cory Costa.  Cartwright set out to get by Dgien for second and would do just that with only 3 laps to go.

“We played a little tire game and it come into our favor with the long green flag run to start the race,” said Cartwright in SuperGen Products, Champion Power Equipment Victory Lane.

Cartwright took the lead into turn 1 as he and Fisher got the signal for two laps to go.  Fisher battled tough on the outside but it was the driver from Fillmore, NY driving the DJ Beardsley Electric, Ferris and Sons Concrete #2b that would take his first checkered flag of 2015.

Fisher would have to settle for second, Dgien finished third, Costa fourth and Tyler Siri recovered from early problems to bring home a top five finish.

After a tough season in 2014, Cartwright was elated to get their first checkered flag this early in the season.

“It feels good as we had one get away from us at Woodhull last week on the last lap so I didn’t want that to happen again.”

Elbridge, NY pilot Rob Humphreys led the field to the green in the Crate Sportsman feature and looked to run away with the feature in his #85 machine.  Humphreys pulled out to a big lead and led the feature until a lap 21 yellow flag slowed the field.  This put the defending track champion Casey Pavlick out of Addison, NY on the back bumper of the Humphreys ride.

On the restart Humphreys tried to hold off the C&S Services 18p but it was to no avail.  Pavlick powered around the outside of turn 4 to take the lead and not look back, scoring his first victory of the season in his title defense.  Humphreys got passed late by Jake Dgien in the 3x to make it a 1-2 sweep for the contingent from Addison.  Humphreys settled for third while Ross Vleck and Chris Silvers rounded out the top five.

“It’s been quite a while since I’ve been here (in victory lane) but this feels awesome,” said Pavlick in Victory Lane.

“I was riding the brakes to get through the corners and I didn’t think I was going to get him but we were able to get by.”

May 1st, 2015 Full Results:

MODIFIEDS (30 Laps): Ron Cartwright, Eric Fisher, Joe Dgien, Cory Costa, Tyler Siri, Derrick Podsiadlo, Stacy Jackson, Scott Boudinot, Dylan Dewert, Chris Ostrowsky, Daryl Hilkert, Marcus Dinkins, Donnie Lawson, Brian Doolittle, Fran Hilton, Brady Fultz   DNS: Alan Johnson (motor), Steve Paine (rear end), Ray Dann (Accident)
CRATE SPORTSMAN (25 Laps): Casey Pavlick, Jake Dgien, Rob Humphreys, Ross Vleck, Chris Silvers, Brent Ayers, Josh Keesey, Brett Buono, Dale Welty, Doug Smith, Jordan Siri, Josh Sawyer, Jimmy Morton, Lance Irwin, Eric Bell, Chris Fisher   DNS: Zach Ziegenhagen, Steve Gray


Sheppard, Marcuccilli, Take Brewerton Speedway Opening Night Wins

BREWERTON, NY – May 1, 2015 (By Dave Medler) – Defending Brewerton Speedway, Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified Champion Matt Sheppard served notice on Friday night that he wasn’t giving up his title easily.

Taking advantage of an opening night draw spot that put him on the front row, Sheppard took the lead at the drop of the green flag that saw him lead every lap of the 35-Lap feature. Teammate Jimmy Phelps could get within a few car lengths a couple of times late in the going but never seriously challenged for the win.

Other winners on Ferris Mowers night were, Dave Marcuccilli, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Joe Isabell, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites and Chuck Powelczyk, Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders.

Sheppard bolted out to the lead at the drop of the green and by Lap-10 opened around a ten car length advantage. Behind Sheppard, Tim Sears Jr., Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps and Larry Wight were not only chasing the leader but were locked in a tight battle for second through fifth just before a quick yellow.

With 15-Laps showing on the scoring tower Sheppard opened a straightaway lead in his FX Caprara Chevy/HBR/Mohawk Northeast/No.9H/Troyer. Sears, Phelps and Wight were still putting on a show for second, third and fourth with Decker sliding back to a distant fifth.

On Lap-18, coming down the front straight, Wight would get by Phelps for third. When Wight made the pass it was tight quarters between him and Phelps causing Wight to bang the wall causing a right rear flat. Wight made a trip to the pits and returned.

On Lap-21 Phelps moved into second and took off after Sheppard. With 10-Laps to go Phelps was slowly cutting into Sheppard’s lead. Sears, Decker, Vinnie Vitale and Ryan Phelps fought for third through sixth.

On Lap-29 the final yellow would wave setting up a six-lap dash to the checkers. Over the remaining laps Phelps threw everything he had at Sheppard, but Sheppard was too strong as he went under the checkers just over a second ahead of Phelps. Decker, Sears and Ryan Phelps rounded out the top-five. Chuck Bower, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Chris Hile and Matt Fink completed the top-ten.

Dave Marcuccilli in his Page Trucking/No. M1 will go in the record books as the first feature winner for the SUNY Canton Sportsman as a weekly class at the speedway.

In the 25-Lap feature great racing was found throughout the 24-car starting field. Todd Root would lead the opening 12-Laps before Marcuccilli took over the top spot. Once in the lead Marcuccilli would outrun Fulton Speedway Track Champion Ron Davis III to the checkers. Gregg Kimball, Earl Rudy and Alan Fink would round out the top-five. Rich Townsend, Mike Prentice, Jack Meeks, Tony Finch II and Stephen Denton would complete the top-ten.

DIRTcar Modifieds 35-Laps)- MATT SHEPPARD, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Tim Sears Jr., Ryan Phelps, Chuck Bower, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Chris Hile, Matt Fink, Tom Sears Jr., Vinnie Vitale, Rob Bellinger, Pat O’Brien, Larry Wight, Chris Mackey, Ryan Bartlett, Matt Billings, Ryan Arbuthnot, Tim Kerr, Mike Bowman, Matt Hulsizer, Jim Witko Jr., Dan Vauter. DNQ – Chad Phelps, Dave Bartlett, Danny O’Brien, Roy Bresnahan, Joe August.

Sportsman 25-Laps– DAVE MARCUCCILLI, Ron Davis III, Greg Kimball, Earl Rudy, Alan Fink, Rich Townsend, Mike Prentice, Jack Meeks, Tony Finch II, Stephen Denton, Corey Barker, Nick Krause, JJ Courcy, John Cunningham, Chris Cunningham, Chris Hulsizer, Brent Joy, Steve Abt, Todd Root, Mike Button, Dylan Zacharias, Justin Lindsey, James Carlson, Ricky Yelle.


Hearn Jet’s To Win Number 117 At Albany-Saratoga

For Immediate Release
May 2nd, 2015

Malta, NY – After suffering the first rain out courtesy of Mother Nature one week ago, the Albany-Saratoga Speedway roared back to life on Friday evening with a full slate of weekly racing. When the night was through defending track champion Brett Hearn stood in victory lane as the DIRTcar Modified feature winner. The win for Hearn made it two years in a row that he won the second points paying event of the season.

Other winners during the evening were Adam Gage (Sportsman), Rob Yetman (DIRTcar Pro Stock), Mike Coffey (Limited Sportsman) and Bill Duprey (Street Stock).

Alex Bell and Mark Kislowski led the 28 car field to the green with Bell putting the Jeffies Mart number 23 out front first. The Cambridge driver held the top spot for the first two laps before giving way to Ballston Lake’s Kislowski.

Once out front Kislowski looked strong, just as he had in earlier heat race action. Kislowski, whose two previous feature wins at the Great Race Place came nearly a year apart in August of 2013 and 2014, looked to be on his way to his ninth overall track win. On lap 24 his plans to add to his DIRTcar Modified and Sportsman feature win totals went away as he gave way to Hearn.

As is custom, Hearn looked very strong once out front. Despite second generation driver Neil Stratton shredding a right rear tire on lap 32, Hearn was able to cruise home for his first DIRTcar Modified feature win of the season at the Great Race Place. With the win Hearn increased his track best DIRTcar Modified feature win total to 117 and took a big step in his quest for track championship number eight.

Hearn crossed the finish line first with Kenny Tremont, Jr. second, Ronnie Johnson third, Kislowski fourth and Brett Wright fifth. Don Ronca brought the newly sponsored Tony Mangino Mitsubishi number seven home sixth with Elmo Reckner, Rich Scagliotta, Jesse Mueller and Peter Britten rounding out the top ten.

A total of 29 DIRTcar Modifeds entered the night’s action with heat races being won by Bell, Tremont and Wright.

Adam Gage picked up the 25 lap Sportsman feature event. The win was the first for Gage at the Great Race Place. Defending and two time track champion Jeremy Pitts finished second with Chris Johnson third, Jon Miller fourth and Joey Scarborough fifth. Ricky Davis brought the Luke’s Luggage/White Creek Auto Sales number 43 home in the sixth position with Derrick McGrew, Chris Murray, John Scarborough and Jack Bublak rounding out the top ten. A total of 29 drivers entered the event with heat race victories going to Gage, Connor Cleveland and Davis.

Rob Yetman picked up the win in the 25 lap DIRTcar Pro Stock feature event. The win was the 20th at the track for the 2013 and 2014 track champion. Robbie Speed brought the River Station number 24 home second with Brandon Emigh third, Jeff Washburn fourth and Dan Older, Sr. fifth. Opening day feature winner Byron Wescott finished sixth in the Lazzaro’s Auto Body number 00 with Bernie Companion, Kim Duell, Daniel Sanchez and Dave DePaulo rounding out the top ten. A total of 23 drivers entered the event with heat race wins being claimed by Washburn, Emigh and Yetman.

Sportsman division rookie Mike Coffey picked up the win in the 15 lap Limited Sportsman feature event. The win was Coffey’s first of his career. Coffey was followed across the line by Andrew Buff, Chris Ronca, Pat Jones and Zach Daurio. John Lindblade finished sixth with Ken Conroy, Travis Billington, Ben Brownell and opening day winner Anthony Alger completing the top ten. A total of 26 drivers entered the event with heat races being won by Brownell, Coffey and Jones.

Official Results

DIRTcar Modified Results (35 Laps) - 1) Brett Hearn, 2) Ken Tremont Jr, 3) Ronnie Johnson, 4) Mark Kislowski, 5) Brett Wright, 6) Don Ronca, 7) Elmo Reckner, 8) Rich Scagliotta, 9) Jessey Mueller, 10) Peter Britten, 11) John Lutes Jr., 12) Mike Perrotte 13) Jimmy Cottrell, 14) Brian Gleason, 15) Rob Pitcher, 16) Matt Depew, 17) Kris Vernold, 18) Marc Johnson, 19) Neil Stratton, 20) Ray Hoard, 21) Dylan Scribner, 22) Keith Flach, 24) Justin Barber, 25) Alex Bell, 26) Bobby Hackle IV, 27) Brian Whittemore, 28) Rich Ronca, DNS) Matt Delorenzo

Sportsman Results (25 Laps) - 1) Adam Gage, 2) Jeremy Pitts, 3) Chris Johnson, 4) Jon Miller, 5) Joey Scarborough, 6) Ricky Davis, 7) Derek McGrew, 8) Chris Murray, 9) Johnny Scarborough, 10) Jack Bublak, 11) Hunter Bates, 12) Jack Speshock, 13) Robert Bublak, 14) Rob Maxon, 15) Mike Ostrander, 16) John Proctor, 17) Jack Swinton, 18) Nick Anatriello, 19) Pete Jeske, 20) Alissa Cody, 21) Brandon Pitcher, 22) Connor Cleveland, 23) Colin Bokus, 24) Jack Gentile, 25) Elliott Lussier, 26) Dave Baranowski Jr, 27) Jake Scarborough, 28) Tim Hartman Jr (Sr Sub), DNS) Mike Burdo

DIRTcar Pro Stock Results (25 Laps) $600 To Win -  1) Rob Yetman, 2) Robbie Speed, 3) Brandon Emigh, 4) Jeff Washburn, 5) Dan Older, 6) Byron Wescott, 7) Bernie Companion, 8) Kim Duell, 9) Daniel Sanchez, 10) Dave Depaulo, 11) Mark Burch, 12) Kevin Loomis, 13) Ken Martin, 14) Cale Kneer, 15) Bill Smith, 16) Norm Loubier, 17) Russell Farr, 18) Scott Lawrence, DNS) Walt Brownell, DNS) Chuck Dumblewski, DNS) Luke Horning, DNS) Dan Madigan, DNS) Nick Stone

Limited Sportsman Results (15 Laps) - 1) Mike Coffey, 2) Andrew Buff, 3) Christopher Ronca, 4) Pat Jones,  5) Zach Daurio, 6) John Linblade, 7) Ken Conroy, 8) Travis Billington, 9) Ben Brownell, 10) Anthony Alger, 11) Emily Quinn, 12) Rob Lanfear, 13) Scott Bennett Jr, 14) John Stowell, 15) Nick Fretto, 16) Gary Derocher, 17) Scott Flanders, 18) Diana Huyck, 19) Reggie Bonner, 20) Chris Curtis, 21) Mark Rabideau, 22) Anthony Savoca, 23) Matt Atwood, DNS) George Dorvee, DNS) Bob Schmidt, DNS) Matt Westcott



























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